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Brewed by Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Style: Dunkelweizen
Freising, Germany
Serve in Stein, Weizen

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1689   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   IBU: 14   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our dark wheat beer is impressive with its creamy white foam. A fruity-fresh sweetness and hints of mature bananas harmonise with delicious flavours of roasted malt, sparkling and full-bodied with a light caramel taste on the first sip. An excellent accompaniment from hearty meals and game to chocolate and nut desserts. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ClarkVV (6090) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2007
Draught weizen at Deep Ellum on 11/3/07
Prominent, foamy, beige head tops a cloudy magenta-maroon body. Strong retention and lacing speak to both the quality of brewing and the cleanliness of Deep Ellums draught lines.
Soft and fruity, with warm cherry, date and raisin notes mixing with caramel malts to give an easygoing aroma. Banana and clove do not bludgeon, but add a tell-tale signature to the finish, leaving spicy hops to add zestiness and dry some of the sweetness. Bubble gum is fairly strong here, and the lack of roast in this dunkelweizen helps push it to the forefront, for better or worse. It comes off a little sugary/bubble gummy, then, but still impresses with the cleanliness and mild, comforting notes. No alcohol or flaws, medium to medium-high strength of aroma.
Very soft and chewy palate immediately evokes wheat, caramel sugars and fluffy, yet tight carbonation. Dates figs cast a more poignant note in the background, while up front sweet, caramel pecan flavors mix with vanilla-dusted bananas and medium dry toffee. The bubble gum is not noticed as singularly in the flavor, but certainly does add to the overall sweetness when taken with the caramel and toffee-like malt notes. I wont say the 23oz glass went down with extreme ease, but it certainly wasnt a challenge to drink it either. Soft, wheat and yeast-blunted flavors provide the mild nature to the beer and improve drinkability, which could be further improved with less sweetness. Certainly not unbalanced, though. Flawless, with no alcohol or fusels noticed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
guzzler67 (1673) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Cloudy mahogany appearance with a large, off white head and nice lacing. Many of the fruity esters typical in a hefe, accented with chocolate malts. Yeasty, fruity, slightly sweet, toasted wheat taste; gently hopped. Smooth mediium/full bodied, well carbonated mouthfeel. Lingering spicy finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1402) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2007
Pours is deep red with an initial large head. Aroma of banana, nutmeg, and some caramel toffee. Wow, the flavor is great. I think this easily rivals the regular hefeweizen, with even some more complexity. It may beat it out IMO. Very nice and underrated!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SHIG (4930) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 19, 2007
Bottle: Poured a deep tea like brown a bit hazy with carbonated bubbles, foramed a thick creamy tan head. The aroma is very yeasty bread and some of that sweet banana, there is also some spices. Taste is a mix between that yeasty hefe taste and a nice spicy malt, there is plenty of carbonation and after tingle. Makes the tongue tingle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale ber alles, Arizona, USA - NOV 16, 2007
tap @ papago...pours a murky brown with a thin white head. aromas of yeast, wheat bread and some spiciness. flavor is again, wheat bread. its mixed with bananas, clove, yeast and molasses. nice dry finish keeps me coming back. lingering banana flavor. medium bodied with a nice creaminess and pretty active carbonation...

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RSRIZZO (1972) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2007
Aroma is a sweet Hefe like scent with tones of banana in it. Color is a dark golden brown with very high carbonation and a thick head that starts off tight but loosens quickly. Taste is sweet and toasted. Starting with a medium body it goes down with a smooth feel. Finish comes is with a mellow sweet flavor that has a nice toasted taste and mild banana esters. This is a tasty and impressive brew.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (14896) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - NOV 14, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2008 500ml Bottle. Muddy orangy brown, thick bready head. Classic rye-bread and banana aroma, sharp spicy hints too. Well carbonated, maybe a little fizzy in the mouth. Sweet and dense malty taste, caramel heading towards treacle. Leaves the mouth surprisingly crisp. Excellent dunkel hefeweizen.
Rerate 20080905 - just as good, identical rating.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ogivlado (7434) - Zagreb, CROATIA - NOV 14, 2007
Bottled(500ml). -Murky caramelish brown coloured, medium to big sized pale beige head, pleasant wheaty fruity and pappery nose. The aroma is very fruity (strong taste of banana and mild of apple), wheaty and roasted malty with notes of caramel and toffee. Light fruity finish. Very nice dunkelweizen.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ElGaucho56 (394) - USA - NOV 3, 2007
Draft @ Kavarna, Decatur, GA. Pours a murky brown with thin pearl film on top. Nose is like a banana rye bread: firm and doughy, with some fruity notes. Peppery on the palate, mildly carbonated, wheats come through strong along with nutmeg spiciness and a relatively full body. Finishes dry with very mild bitterness. Quite nice, like most weihenstephans.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 2, 2007
Wonderful Dunkel. No surprise coming from Weihen. Pours a perfect deep copper brown with a rich foamy off-white head. Subtle aromas of banana and clove - perfect for the style. Flavor is malty and balanced by a touch of bitterness on back of palate that became more pronounced as the beer warms. Very nice beer. Recommended.


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