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

bottled
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RATINGS: 1726   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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3.5
ilovedarkbeer (2748) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2008
Pours a cloudy brown color with a massive creamy off white head that just doesnt die. Nose is of clove coriander, wheat, and some dark malt. Taste is some what bland. Roasted malt, a bit of chocolate, wheat, spice and a bit of watery mouthfeel. Really very average. I expected more for Weihenstephaner.

3.4
dmac (6459) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2008
500 ml bottle. Pours a hazy muddy amber brown with a largey pillowy white head. Aroma of wheat, grass, cloves and malts. Refreshing palate with lively carbonation. Flavor of wheat, brown bread and slight cloves. Refreshing wheat beer that goes down easy like a Thai hooker.

3.3
BMan1113VR (7929) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 6, 2008
Aroma of clove, cinnamon, and corinader, with some wheat. Pours with a huge, creamy, off-white head that sticks around. Taste is a bit watery and mouthfeel is dry, but not that bad, I have had better dunkelveizens.

2.8
Embrouille (2854) - SWITZERLAND - MAR 4, 2008
Bottled 50cl. It pours a very dark hazy orange beer with a beautiful nicely remaining creamy whitish head. The nose is wheaty with hints of mint, maple syrup, banana and apples. Very soft. No cloves detectable. Low bitterness. Medium to full bodied. Rather malty with a hint of mint. Some banana accompanied by a touch of white wine and sour apples. Lightly sour and smoky. Nice lingering yeasty finish with a hint of peppermint. The spritzy characteristic gets cloying after a few sips. Decent, nothing more. Noticeably inferior to a good Dunkelweizen.

3.1
Dragonfly1 (500) - Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Schnitzel Plas- On draft- Cloudy orange/brown, fluffy head. Had this right after the Korbinian, and I know it’s a bad comparison, but I was let down with this dunkel after the stellar performance of the doppelbock. This beer was a bit on the sweet side for me.

3.9
BellsFan (49) - Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2008
Pours out looking like a brown ale. Great sweet flavor. Can’t go wrong with this one.

4
FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2008
A careful pour produces a voluminous, four-finger thick, lightly cocoa tinged, tan colored head that only laves a touch of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is a earthy, dark plum color, but shows a lightly hazed, lightish cranberry hue when held up to the light. When held up to the light you also get a good sight of the seething mass of bubbles that are packed into this brew. Quite an appetizing aroma, it is a melange of banana, caramelized bread crust, a touch of sweet plum, crushed grain, some smooth phenolic clove notes and a light peppery spice character that is just barely noticeable underneath the surface. The Dunkel part of the malt bill adds a bit more, slightly rich, fruitiness to the aroma than one would find in a pale version. It also accentuates aromas of toasty grain and fresh baked, whole-grain bread crust.

The carbonation keeps this fairly light and definitely adds a light frothy texture to this brew. Very lightly sweet, but it does have a richness of malt character to it that pale Hefeweizens do not have. Soft fruit flavors of ripe plums seem to be a bit more noticeable up front than either of the signature banana or clove notes. Both are here though with the banana playing a subtle flavor role up front and in the middle, while the clove flavors add a spicy finish to this brew where it plays a pretty significant role. Coupled with the clove in the finish is a nice, wheat-beer tartness. As the beer warms up a bit, the clove flavors begin to stretch into the front parts of each sip. The texture of this beer really has a nice, soft, velvety character to it; it coats the mouth, but softly as this is a very quaffable brew. Melanoids and caramelized notes characterize the malt / grain character up front, while a bit of dusty grain character with just a kiss of toast graces the palate in the middle. At times a spicy, pepper-like character inserts itself onto the palate, it is quite nice and provides a sort of palate cleansing.

This is just a very nice example of a Dunkel Weizen. The caramelized, slightly toastier malt adds an interesting dimension to the traditional Hefeweizen character. This is a beer I would be quite happy to drink a few liters of.

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3.3
TikiE (368) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Tasty and sweet! Pours an orange hazy color with minimal head. Taste nice and sweet, good beer!

3.4
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - FEB 27, 2008
Pours an off white head and brown/red color. Aroma of sweet caramel. Kinda dark and clowdy. I like this beer, I plan to have more from this brewer.

3.6
alexsdad06 (10812) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Bottled. Pours a hazy brown color with a large frothy off white head. The aroma is wheat grass, some banana, bready malt. The flavor is malty; sweet caramel and roasted bread, some spices, and a hint of citrus. Medium bodied. My first dunkelweizen, not bad.


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