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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: 1727   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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3.2
Jvittorio4187 (255) - Boardman, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2007
Pours a clear amber/copper with a white head. Lots of malt and nuts on the nose. Taste is a dry sweetness with a nutty finish. Not bad.

4
kappldav123 (6097) - GERMANY - DEC 20, 2007
The bottle looks a little bit boring. But the beer is everything else than boring. Looks great in the glass. Tastes very fresh, zippy, modest malty - really a good beer from the oldest brewery of the world!

3.5
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Not as pleasing as the helles-weiss. Soft caramel sweetness and a mid-palate metallic transition to a sharp wheat finish. Phenols and cloves in the aroma. Head did not last.

3.1
gnoff (10224) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2007
(50 cl bottle at Haket, Göteborg)
Huge tan head, almost hard to see any beer just after pouring.
Slight shady deep golden color, big creamy tan lasting head, even after waiting a good while.
Estery and somewhat phenolic scent, banana and a bit spicy.
Grainy, malty, spicy, metallic and chocolate taste.
Alcohol and sweet aftertaste.
After a while it does get a bit smoked/rauchbier aftertaste.
Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness
Purchased on December 12, 2007.
6/4/6/3/12=3.1

3.2
EKGoldings (664) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Excellent beer, some dark malt character with a grainy character. Flavor gets more complex as it warms in your glass, some yeast, caramel, very light floral hops. Pretty good change of pace beer.

3.8
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2007
Beautiful, frothy, off-white head over a murky, swampy and reddish-brown. Highly wheaty aroma - kind of sweet and filled with honey. The aroma reminds me somewhat of the smell of breakfast cereal - Special K or something like that. The flavor is not bad - it is also very wheaty and slightly sweet. Its a refreshing and easy to drink beer.

3.9
notalush (5866) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 6, 2007
Super hazy, bronze-colored beer, with a frothy head that continues to grown long after the pour - complex aroma of sweet, over-ripe fruits, yeasty qualities, a mild nuttiness - very smooth, with a medium body - the expected clove and spicy notes are present, along with a sweet, caramel apple flavor, and some slight notes of fig - quite fruity and sweet, but with enough balance spice to keep it quite pleasant and mellow.

4
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2007
Pours a dark maple brown with a thick foamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, brown sugar and banana. Very smooth tasting beer with hints of maple, hazelnut, chocolate, banana and a touch of spice.

3.9
BREWMUSKCLES (2671) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2007
nice and foamy with a fiercely active beige head. really nice flavors of malt clove and banana. caramel sweetness and a touch of appropriate spicing. looks wheaty and dark caramel colored. a very good representation.

3.8
ClarkVV (6637) - 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 Ellum’s 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 won’t say the 23oz glass went down with extreme ease, but it certainly wasn’t 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.


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