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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel - Erdinger Weissbräu

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85
very good

1,134 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,134
Reviews: 584
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 36
Gots: 127 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2001

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Ratings: 1,134 | Reviews: 584
Reviews by PorterLambic:
Photo of PorterLambic
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As others have noted, this brew is listed on the bottle as 5.5%. Since I'm in Florida, this might be a mislabeling to comply with the, now thankfully repealed, bottle laws that required beers over 5.5% to be listed as malt liquor. They also allowed only 4 bottle sizes to benefit the big brewers.

Pours a dark brown with a big, tight head that drops to 1/2".
Smell is roasted malt, fruit, some light hops and smoke in the background.
Taste is malty, chocolate, caramel, hops and a light smoke, very nice complexity.
Mouthfeel very good. Body is medium-full, smooth, nice effervescence.
Drinkability is quite high, I will have this one many times.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Very dark with a rising head that went down slowly.

Smell – Nice, dark burnt malt aroma.

Taste – Roasted malt flavors dominate this bier. The burnt nature of this ale works with a slight molasses sweetness to quench the pallet.

Mouthfeel – Flat and smooth; medium-bodied.

Drinkability – This went down well. It’s definitely not a session beer, but probably a good one to have on tap if you can find it.

Comments – This is currently labeled as a dunkel weitzen. It is completely off-style from this and is more like a classic German schwartz (black) bier. I rated this in accordance with this style.

Photo of Guden
3.6/5  rDev -4%

Poured into a hefe glass at Tiroler Hut in London.

A- very dark with caramel brown highlights and a big fluffy white head holding some yeast.

S- not a lot here. I was expecting banana, clove and a little roast, all I get is some sweet grain and corn.

T- like the nose the flavor is seriously lacking. Grainy wheat and a hint of toasty bitterness, and some metallic yeastiness.

M- medium to medium light in body but with the creamy wheat character and high carbonation I expect of a hefe.

O- I was very disappointed by this beer. Fortunately I drank it after finishing my excellent Austrian meal so it did not get in the way of that.

Photo of Billolick
2.77/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

mid sized bottle, with best before dating. Pours the expected dark chocolaty brown with a faint tinge of plums, head quickly goes bye bye and this leaves no lacing (booo). Fruity nose, mouthfeel is kind of sharp and prickly and flavor notes are suprisingly minor, just some cola, overripe bananas and a slight metalic finish, yuck, there are much better dunkle weiss beer out there, give this one a pass, I wish I had...

Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy medium brown with a big blooming white head that settles pretty quickly leaving no lace behing,aromas of banana,smoke, and clove dominate here staying true to style wich is very nice.Pick up some banana and clovey spiciness up front flavor wise,finishes with a black liquorice flavor I havent encountered with this style I have to say.Not very complex but enjoyable pretty straight forward and thats ok,not bad I would try again some time for sure.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this in Shanghai at the intercontinental.

A huge fluffy light tan head sits atop a dark brown brew. Smells of banana, citrus, coriander and a bit of pine. The taste does not live up to the promise of the smell. A dull intro is followed up by malts mixed with faint bananas and a bit of spice. Mouth-feel is smooth and light-bodied. Carbonation is fairly active.

Photo of brownbeer
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a massive tan head that lasts the duration of the glass.

Faint, musty aroma with a nutty, cocoa not. Not very typical in a bad way.

Almost void of flavor aside from some chocolate malt and faint hefe yeast. The carbonation is soft, the finish is quick and clean, but in the end, it just doesn't deliver.

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bubbly dark brown with a foamy tan head. It looks a lot like root beer.
The aroma is loaded with toffee, bread and ripe banana.
A tasty brew. Lots of bread and toffee with a little banana and spice. Nice slightly bitter and refreshing finish.
Mouthfeel is smooth and bubbly.
This is a very easy drinking beer that goes nicely with food.

Photo of Todd
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Labeled as "Erdinger Hefeweizen dunkel" in Germany -- tasted in Berlin.

Served in 0.5l branded weissbier glass. Presented as a dark, ruddy brown beer with some near black depth. Think, creamy foam lace with lost of stamina.

Slightly astringent, tight carbonation feel which induces a creamy mouthfeel and smoothness on the palate. Light malts, touch of chocolate, caramel and molasses. Hints of banana. Mineral body and flavour, with a thin citrus hop flavour that matches the malts and balances things out quite nicely.

A most delicious dunkel weissbier. A highly recommended brew ... from this expert weissbier brewer.

Photo of grynder33
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark pour, extremely foamy for this type of brew, taste was enjoyable but somewhat light and thin for a weisbier, sort of reminded me of what a lite American malt liquor would taste like. It was OK but not at the top of my list.Weissbiers should be a little bolder than this.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500 ml tall brown Euro style bottle with a “best before end” freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Nearly black with hues of tarnished ruby, thick powdery tiny bubbled lace lays on top then drops down to a thin stable lace.

Smell: Fruity with tones of prune and black currants, light alcohol esters are in the nose also. Malty with a mild spiciness in the aroma.

Taste: Bold and crisp upfront with a spicy tingle that is enhanced by the medium leveled carbonation. Solid and clean maltiness on the palate, crisp snappish wheat with undertones of caramel and bread. Hops are subdued with little in the flavour, fruity from middle to end with dark fruit flavours. Mild cocoa and husk flavours drawn on a dryness, alcoholic esters gather towards the end. Dry in the finish though there are a few left over residuals in the mouth so hold the body together far into the end.

Notes: Spicy with a clean zip, rich malty flavours from start to end. This makes for a near stellar brew of such a delicate style.

Photo of merlin48
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, deep brown body with a beige head that rises about an inch before falling flat. No lacing. Aroma is subdued, with some dark fruits(mostly figs), spicy clove, and a note of ripe banana. I really enjoyed the mouthfeel which is smooth, almost creamy, yet well carbonated. Light medium body. Taste is mostly dark roasty malts, with toffee and dark fruits(more figs), a hint of chocolaty Munich malt, spicy clove, and minimal hops bitterness. Well balanced, but I would have preferred more assertive hops bittering. Very understated, overall, but well constructed and pleasantly drinkable.

Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a fluffy white head. Strong caramel malt presence in aroma as well as the flavor. Slight smoke presence in the flavor as well. Light-medium body and a very easy drinker. Medium carbonation. Drank this with some homemade venison German sausage and it was outstanding.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On a bit of a dunkel kick - now for another old favorite.

Pours a very dark brown, just a hint of russet when held in the light. Leaves a foamy 1 inch head, which encirles the glass and leaves a bit of lacing.

The smell didn't impress me at first, but I figured that I had the beer too cold. I put it in the fridge with everything else and sort of forgot about it, so when I took it out, it was very cold. As it warmed up a little in the glass, I started getting caramel, dark malts, spicy fruit and wheat on the nose. Still very subtle, but the smell was there.

The taste is malty and fruity (figs or plums) with caramel and just a hint of hops. Runs sweet to bitter.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, giving the beer a smooth character. Almost creamy (probably the result of the head still being around halfway through the glass).

A highly drinkable dunkel, not my favorite, but certainly worth a go. I'll keep an eye out for this one on tap (and will make sure I let it warm a little next time!)

Photo of Byeast
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: very dark brown , almost black , with an inch of tan foam.

Smell: a bit of light fruitiness , hint of not quite ripe banana , and some very faint chocolate.

Taste: light and crisp maltiness , bit of chocolate , twangy wheat , bit of darker bread flavor , hints of mineral.

Mouthfeel: slightly creamy from the carbonation , then crisp.

Drinkability: a very drinkable dunkel weizen , a refreshing tonic of a dark brew.

Photo of standardcherry
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle served into a pilsner glass. Best before May 2013.

A: First dunkel I've had but I guess this is a good looking one. Lightly clouded dark brown color with a big off-white head.
S: Light fruitiness (apples/banana), and caramel malts. A bit grassy/bready. Pretty good.
T: Opens with a bready flavor. A bit of apple and spices in the middle. Finishes with a clean malty caramel flavor.
M: Light/medium bodied with a bit of a high carbonation. A crisp and smooth finish. Leaves some stickiness in the mouth.
O: First ever dunkel but I'd gladly try more. A good beer that I'd drink again.

Photo of ryanocerus
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice translucent, deep red/brown color with nice carbonation. Pours with a very thick, long lasting, tan head. Slightly citrusy aroma and flavor. I enjoyed this more than the Pinkatus. A refreshing beer.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2014. Acquired a while back from a supermarket.

Poured into an Erdinger weissbier glass (yes!). Bottle conditioned. A deep reddish-brown hue with plenty of fine sediment and intense carbonation; appears opaque in the glass. Produces a huge head of creamy light-brown foam that lasts for quite a while before settling as a patchy surface layer. Aroma of toasted grain with hints of caramel malt, wheat, earthiness, fruity yeast esters and subtle stewed leaves. OKish but lacking in character.

Tastes of toasted caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of caramel, wheat, mild grain, earthiness, vague fruity yeast esters and stewed leaves. Faintly sweet, followed by a mild, yeasty character upon swallowing. No bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with prickly carbonation and a somewhat insubstantial body for the style. Lightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of dry yeast, caramel and faint wheat.

Drinkable but nothing special - about par for Erdinger. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are decidedly lacklustre. Caramel and light wheat notes with some yeastiness - muddled and indistinct. So-so body. Goes down without complaint but a pretty forgettable dunkel - no need to hunt it down.

Photo of Thrasher
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown, nearly black liquid, with rocky head that subsides. Little yeast chips at the bottom of my glass. Mild aroma with hints of caramel, leather, and sugary hard candy that I find typical in German dark malts (unlike the roasty, coffeeish aromas found in British-style porters and stouts). A sweet, refreshing beer that is not as weighty as it looks. Actually quite thin - a little more chewiness would be nice. Regardless, a delicious brew. Like Erdinger's hefe, the wheat is subdued, almost innocuous, but its thirst-quenching quality is still certainly present. I can see why Erdinger is so popular in its homeland; its beers are easygoing and mild, yet extremely palatable.

(Paired with a specialty sandwich from my local Alpen sandwich shop: well-done roast beef, shredded lettuce, Bernaise sauce on Bavarian black bread. The sandwiches from this terrific store - I hate to call it a deli - always go excellently with well-made German beers... but this was a particular match in heaven.)

Photo of monkeybeer
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark reddish brown with a large tan head that held through the whole beer. Also some nice lacing.
S- A sweet roasted wheat smell, with a hint of caramel and chocolate.
T/M- A little too high on the carbonation, has some sweetness to it with a bready wheat taste as well
D- This is a very easy beer to drink, goes down very smooth. It looks dark but there is not mistaking that it is wheat.

Photo of BranfordBound
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5 L brown bottle with black label and gold lettering. Into an Erdinger weizen glass fom the gift box. Contained a hefe, dunkel, and the glass for $10.

Pours an almost porter deep brown color, completely opaque like cola. A small tan head formed which fizzed like soda and disappeared to nothingness. No lace. Darkest dunkel I've had.

Smells of raisins, molasses, and dark fruity malts.

Tastes like the aroma, bready, roasted malts with raisins, dark fruit, cherries, and a slight spice when warm. A little watered down.

Mouthfeel is wet and slightly chewy.

This beer is a good beer. It's not great, but not bad. It's missing some normal dunkel notes and ends up being just like other Erdingers, average and very drinkable.

Photo of ADR
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark and hazy brown color with a glistening tan head of 1/2 an inch, medium duration, and slight lacing. Sweet malty aromas, slight diacetyl butter impression along with some wheat grain of a mild toastiness. Medium mouthfeel with mild esters and a caramel sense overall. Fruit (currants) mid mouth. Finishes light and without "suffocating" properties that I note in many Wheat Dunkels. An impressive beer in a style that often leaves me cold.

Photo of rastaman
3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice Dunkel, but lacks some flavour, still light and easy to drinkable, and hints of chocolate and banana, smooth aswell.

Photo of linnet
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very big tan head, cloudy dark brown colour. The aroma is very clean, malts and hops and roasted malts too. Flavour is roasted a bit acidic and hoppier than most german weisses. Mouthfeel is crisp with medium bubbles. To me this was a very good weissbier, not exceptional like weihenstephaner, but still very good.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Exactly what I expected from a hefe-weizen dark or dunkelweizen. It's a deep leathery brown that has an unfiltered murkiness to it that is a signature of these beers. The head is mocha brown and rather pillowy. There are a lot of small bubbles making it very creamy looking and it sounds like snap crackle pop cereal as it begins to fade.

The scent is low on the kick ass scale because all I really get out of it is some toasted malts and a little fruitiness. What is there isn't bad just kind of blah and mundane.

The flavor follows suit. For such a dark looking beer to lack any nose or taste is magically alarming. There are hints of toasted grains and wheats as well as a little banana but in such small doses it's surprising. In fact most of it is covered up by the taste of the carbonation.

What's really interesting is that it isn't a watered down feeling when you drink. The medium to full body of this beer makes you expect more flavor but it just never materializes. Like a stripper this beer has a great body to look at and feel, hell even spend a few bucks on it at the bar but there is no substance to it and it's not one to take home.

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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
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