Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel - Erdinger Weissbräu

Not Rated.
Erdinger Weissbier DunkelErdinger Weissbier Dunkel

Educational use only; do not reuse.

590 Reviews
very good

(Read More)
Reviews: 590
Hads: 1,189
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 18.43%
Wants: 44
Gots: 149 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Erdinger Weissbräu visit their website

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (11) | Events
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 590 | Hads: 1,189
Photo of EricVonStein
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich cloudy date brown with a big bubbly head that slowly fizzles down to a thin layer sitting on top.

The aromas are not overly forward, with some sweet raisins, roasty malts,

Fruity bananas come through on the front followed by dark stone fruits, dried raisins and dark bread malts with some toasty character. There is an apple like, slightly tart, juiciness in the middle. Highly carbonated and alive on the tongue.

Overall there are some nice flavours present with the dunkel bringing out the more overripe and dried fruit flavours. Not particularly great in any one area but nice all around. Will seek out other dunkels before coming back the the Erdinger however.

 682 characters

Photo of chrisjws
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose. 8oz pour into a tulip glass.

A: Dark brown, two fingers of frothy off-white head. Lots of carbonation and lacing from this one.
S: Dark fruit, plums, raisons, spicy yeast, baked bread. Smells like a mashup of a belgian, a hefe and a dark lager
T: Taste follows the nose. Sweet malt upfront, bready flavors throughout, little bit of spice and dark fruits in the finish, raisons, dried cherries, plums and a touch of cranberry
M: Light on the tongue, drinks very smoothly with a creamy mouthfeel that complemented the sweetness.
O: Sweet, spicy, a bit fruity and all delicious. I don't think I could do too many as it is fairly rich, but its a very enjoyable beer that I'd drink again.

 731 characters

Photo of Andrewharemza
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, Pours dark red to brown with a beige head. Aroma of banana, toffee, some caramel and mild chocolate notes burnt brown sugar. Dry, small to medium bodied with average carbonation. Taste of banana, toffee, bready malt chocolate.

 239 characters

Photo of 911CROFT
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle into a conical pint glass. Paid £1.79 for a single bottle.

Pours an opaque, dark brown, almost black coloured body that glows a dark ruby red when held to the light. A huge amount of miniscule carbonation bubbles stream up from the bottom of the glass to form a two-finger in height, thick, dense, off white coloured head. It has excellent retention, sticking around for an age, and leaves behind impressively thick solid lacing.

On the nose there are mild aromas of roasted malts, dark fruits and spicy yeast, but also a feint, slightly unpleasant metallic note that does not belong. The taste is similar to the nose; upfront roasted dark malts dominate the initial flavour, with fruity and bready wheat relegated to a supporting role. A touch of dark stone fruits, burnt caramel, sweet molasses, chocolate malt, light banana and spicy clove phenols all come through in the middle, but uninspiringly, none of these really stand out as spectacular. Light to medium bodied, in the mouth it feels thin, over-carbonated and slightly prickly, but although lacklustre, still reasonably smooth and creamy, easy drinking and refreshing. The finish is semi-sweet and dry with dark malts providing a roasted bitterness that lingers on the palate.

Overall this is a flawed but decent beer. I’d certainly try it again if I came across it on tap but won't go out of my way to buy another bottle.

 1,404 characters

Photo of jzlyo
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Maltiness mixed with the expected bananas and yeast, although slightly subdued to the maltiness. Relatively close to a dunkel, the weizen aspect of this is subdued.

 165 characters

Photo of Gajo74
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a beautiful foam and slightly tan head. Good creamy lace retains well.
Nutty, hint of coffee and roasted malt aroma. Slightly sweet and lightly roasted malt taste. Creamy feel. Very smooth finish. Light to low medium body. Very good beer.

 262 characters

Photo of Phigg1102
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown pour with some amber hues tons of white-brown foam that settles into a thin ring. A touch of chocolate mixed in with a fair amount of woodiness in the nose. Very crisp and clean malt flavor with hints of cola and cherry.

 231 characters

Photo of bskrtz
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured cold from bottle to glass Weiss stein

L) Shoe polish brown, unfiltered, rising puffy white head due to high carbonation

S) Dates, raisons, bananas - stewed cooked fruit, baked sour dough bread. Delicious.

T) Classic fruity Weiss with mild burnt caramel, cocoa, mild spice

F) Surprisingly light, perhaps due to high carbonation. Smooth, medium body, sticky

O) Very good example of dunkel Weiss style. Affordable too!

 428 characters

Photo of Das_Reh
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A delicious Dunkelweizen, had this on a hot afternoon at the World Expo at EPCOT. Poured by a pretty German girl from Munich, too (her favorite is Augustiner)! Totally worth the price tag for the experience alone.

Refreshing and crisp, wheaty with a nice bready yeast character. A hint of lemon, banana and hefe spice. Recommended.

 336 characters

Photo of breakingbland
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is an OK dunkel, a style that I generally like fairly well (that is, it's not my favorite style but is a good fallback). The taste profile of this one is fairly simple but a bit muddled and not clean. It's roastiness almost has a charred quality. The carbonation is good though the body is slightly on the thin side. All in all, not bad but not my favorite of this style.

 376 characters

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.39/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly perfect. Dark, but when held to light it creeps through. The creamy tan head is what dreams are made of. Weiss beer not big n smells other than sweet and malt with Dunkel. I bet the smell of this on the floor of a real German beer hall is quite the experience. Love the Weiss but the Dunkel roasted malt jus ups it all, especially taste and finish. Could alternate Weiss and Dunkel on a summer day all day long.

 428 characters

Photo of timontheroad
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a half liter weizenbeer glass. Kicked up a huge head, probably 2/3rds of the glass. It took about 10 minutes to pour the entire beer into the glass. The color was a hazy dark brown, almost opaque, kind of looked like a cola. The aroma was pretty light, but I did get some slight touches of toffee, sweet malt,cloves and banana. The taste wasn't much bigger than the aroma, rather disappointing. The flavor was mostly sweet malt, with just a touch of banana and caramel. The mouthfeel was rather thin, but pretty creamy. I was rather disappointed in this beer, expected a lot more flavor, probably won't be buying this one again.

 640 characters

Photo of NilocRellim
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy brown. Smells malty and fruity, like a dark witbier (appropriately). Tastes malty with a hint of caramel. Slightly sweet with faint notes of toasted malts, similar to a nut-brown ale. Very drinkable dunkel!

Would I buy it again? Probably

 252 characters

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks : Out of the bottle this pours a greyish - amber color, but when it settles in the glass it's more of a muddy chocolate hue. Held up to the light the body looks more like cranberry juice, sitting at about 70% opacity. The head is enormous, I'm used to these by now, I used to get so excited but they are still awesome. About 10% body, 90% head at first, then it decreases to about a 10% or 1 finger head. There is no lacing left behind.

Smells : Dried cranberry, currant, fig, raisin, with roasted malts, slight melon rind. Yeast as well, but darkened bread permeates that smell. A nice aroma, about medium strength in the bouquet department.

Tastes : A large body of roasted malts, with slightly charred and roasted dark fruits - namely plums and figs on a stick over an open fire; Some yeasty and wheaty notes, and still more plum and fig in a big way. It ends slightly kilned and with dried malt wort.

Feels : Quite a bit like a lager. It's rather light bodied, not very creamy, and has spatial yet furious carbonation throughout the shallow body. An interesting thing happens as the beer begins to soak into the walls of the mouth, and it takes on a dried feel, much like chewing a dried apricot or drinking a strong wine.

Overall : This was okay. It wasn't the homerun I was expecting, but it's not bad for a Dunkel. I'd have it again, I just don't know how excited I am to go out and buy more. Try it if you haven't, this one was only three dollars.

 1,470 characters

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Almost opaque, dark brown color with a copper hue and some powerful activity. Creamy foamy thick light brown 3 finger head lasting around 15 minutes, creating a foam island eatable with a spoon, and some good legs.

Aromas and flavors of toffee, grains, fruits, corn, herbal spices. Rich sweet fruity flavors with overtones of caramel and molasses, but unfortunately quite metallic. Pleasantly earthy and toasty without the bitterness.

Creamy light body with prickly carbonation. Well intensified but short finish ending with a slightly sweet toffee and spicy feel on the tongue.

Overall : Good craft; The flavors are a little faint and the body surprisingly thin compared to the head, still the taste is nice, refreshing, and well intensified.

 746 characters

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.06/5  rDev +10%
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.

 346 characters

Photo of drmeto
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

-pours a cloudy mahogany with a big,frothy,beige head
-high carbonation visible
a little caramel,toffee and roast
-Follows the nose
Pretty boring Dunkelweizen

 170 characters

Photo of abner
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Nice beer... prior to beginning drinking micro/craft beer I would have said this was great, now with the abundance of amazing local ales most foreign beers have lost their cachet.

 180 characters

Photo of Decko
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Both thin in mouthfeel and I got only coffee malty aromas and taste rather than fruity/ester weissen. Decent beer but not particularly distinguished or memorable.

 162 characters

Photo of Savaseri
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It has dark brown and hazy colour. It smells bready and roasty malt. Its taste is average comparing with other dunkels. At the end you can feel the bitterness. However, I tasted Erdinger Picantus yesterday.Personally i think that Picantus is better than this dunkel. If you have a chance, you should taste Picantus.

 315 characters

Photo of ExtraStout
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

 366 characters

Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark in colouration like a dark ale or even porter like. Dense dirty tobacco foam head which has very good retention.

Smell - Doughy bready aroma and plenty of banana with a good malty wheat profile.

Taste - Basically identical to the aroma profile. It cannot be denied this is an above average Dunkel but I personally feel the banana was a little subdued in the flavour and much more doughy flavour was coming through as a result. It was sweet but not quite what i would expect or hope for in the style.

MF - Creamy and full with a nice long lived linger that is mild but pleasing.

Overall - Pretty good, above average even but it is not the best you will come across and not as balanced in the flavour as I would hope for.

 741 characters

Photo of Bunman3
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very nice Dunkel! This has a surprising amount of carbonation, that helps push out the toasty malt flavours. It's not overly complex or layered, just tasty. Once you get past the yeast/corn nose and let this sit in your mouth, you can appreciate the overall balance of the Erdinger Dunkel.

 289 characters

Photo of Fatehunter
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours two fingers of light tan head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is caramel and damp grains.
The taste has lots of caramel sweetness, though nicely balanced by a light bitterness.
The texture is smooth with a light fizz.
It smells great and tastes nice.

 257 characters

Photo of SomethingClever
2.91/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle poured into Dixie cup

A: Nice brackish brown color fair head on the beer

S: almost nothing on the nose except some bread and corn grain smell almost like smelling an old AAL

T: bready with an almost sour old beer taste to much in the way of taste reminds a lot of a Macro beer Budweiser

M: surprising amount of carbonation lays sour on the tongue on the finish

O: unless this was an old beer this was a horrible beer and I poured half of it out

 457 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
83 out of 100 based on 590 ratings.