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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel - Erdinger Weissbräu

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Reviews: 595
Hads: 1,234
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 18.7%
Wants: 45
Gots: 181 | FT: 0
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Erdinger Weissbräu
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Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen | 5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2001

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic pint glass. $3.79 for 16.9oz. Drink before 8/2014.

A rather non-descript beer. An average tasting beer and I don’t believe it is a good representation of the style. Go someplace else for a dunkel. 3.0

A – Pours a clear reddish brown (opaque in the glass) with a mousey three-finger head that dissipates quite quickly (-). No lacing. Sediment in the bottle. 3.75

S – A bit of spice/cloves, yeast ,no banana, maybe some pear. 3.25

T – Malty, slightly spicey. 3.0

MF – Medium-light bodies, semi-dry finish, rather thin but well carbonated and bright in the mouth. 3.0

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I've never been impressed with Erdinger's hefeweizen. It's probably the least impressive German offering of the style I've tasted so I was interested to see of their dunkel would have a little more to offer.

A - Looks gorgeous. Really dark, cloudy, hazy and yeasty.

S - Not picking up a lot. Faint phenols, perhaps a touch of spice and wheat. Not much yeast.

T - Similar to the nose. The baseline refreshing wheat flavour is there, but there are none of the spice, malt or yeast layers which give the best dunkels their taste and complexity.

M - Carbonation is pretty good, but the beer feels a little thin and watered-down

O - Looks great but slides downhill thereafter. I wouldn't bother with this one again.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 16.9 oz bottle

Appearance - Dark cola blackish tan. 3/4 inch foamy head with nice lacing.

Smell - Smoke, roasty malts, beef jerky, some dark fruits like raisin and plum, then a little note of some lemon, grapes and cherries.

Taste - Nice mix of roasted malts and classic light flavors such as lemon, floral hops and fruits. Very smooth, but lacking any wheat flavors. Some sweet fruits like cherry and orange mix well and provide mild flavors. Slight chocolate and coffee mix comes out near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Malts coat the tongue with smokey, roasty flavors. Palate picks up some sweet fruits, and a little chocolate and coffee. Aftertaste is light, roasty and smooth.

Overall - A nice easy beer. A rather safe and low on flavor version, yet its still a pleasure to drink. Not a world class, or well done version of this style but its certainly worth drinking for anyone that wants a easy drinker with low alcohol and still can cover the craving of a good, solid craft beer.

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Photo of benfons
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: cola colour, dark creamy thick head, looks pretty good

S: caramel, malts, hints of banana

T: not much there, hints of malts, and caramel, and even a hint of cola

M: good carbonation, a bit too thin

O: nothing special, not a lot of flavour, nothing bad but nothing you will look for

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

A- Pours a stunning reddish/brown colour that is quite cloudy. This is topped with a beautiful, lumpy tan coloured head that is about two fingers high. Not only is the head a wonder to look at, but it remains for most of the session.

S- The scent of dark chocolate and fruit immediately come to mind with this one. Quite pleasing on the nose and really makes you want to tip up that glass!

T- My god is this beer drinkable! It is very bready that is complimented nicely with some sweetness.

M- Light Carbonation that goes hand in hand with the flavour profile. The kind of consistency you would expect with a quality wheat beer.

O- I am admittedly in love with this beer. So much so that I plan to pick a few bottles up the next time I go to purchase beer. Erdinger Wessbier has no doubt become my favourite wheat beer.

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Photo of janubio
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml. bottle. Dark almost opaque colour, with a average head that does not hold for too long. Smell is wonderful: prunes, dark fruits, toffee, peaches and hints of chocolate. Average body, taste is almost the same as smell, maybe with some roasted grain notes. It was the new 5.3% version.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle at a beer parlor in Calgary's Kensington area. This dark wheat offering pours a murky opaque brown, almost like coffee with just the faintest hint of cream mixed in. Aroma was dark malts and hefe yeast all the way, no discernible hops but a decent amount fruit and spice, a bit like pumpkin pie. Palate was big chewy dark malts and yeast phenols, I get a lot of stone fruit (cherry, plum), raisin, and toffee/irish creme flavors with a healthy dose of spicy clove and some toasty notes that are not out of place in the sea of dark malt and yeast. Body is chewy and rich, albeit thinner than a huge doppelbock or the like. The rich malty character and spicy yeast leads the way but there is a decently bitter finish that includes some herbal hops (but you have to look for this) and syrupy booze. Solid German wheat beer albeit more coarse and perhaps "rough around the edges" than some other examples. Would have liked to see the sweet flavors pop out a bit more.

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Photo of Hex
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Let me just say that this beer saved the day. After a 2 hour commute from the Bronx to Coney Island and discovering that the Coney Island Brewery was closed due to the hurricane, We (my lover and I) stopped into Coney Island Bar and Grill where we discovered this delicious beer.

Now we may begin.

A- With a good pour this beer may have as big as a 3 finger head. The frothy goodness looks like yogurt when you peep into the top of the glass. It has incredible retention considering it is a wheat beer. Its color is the deepest of ambers... its almost not. If you were sitting at a bar with a glass freshly poured of this one might approach you and say "hey whats that stout you're having?" but then upon realizing you can see to the other side of the bar through the glass they will feel very stupid. lol

s- a bit of caramel and some dark chocolate mousse hit the nose very hard... these notes are ever so closely followed by what I perceive as pizza dough, or old fashioned doughnuts... Leaning more towards pizza dough. The very end has a bit of alcohol and some sweetness almost like raisin bran cereal after the milk has made it semi-soggy.

T- My my, what a concoction of little flavors we have here. Very Wheat beery with small hints of dunkel... pizza dough with black currants and rose hips on the gulp. What a delightful treat this beer is. Dangerously easy to drink; Practically chuggable. The appearance of this beer might definitely fool someone to thinking it is quite chewy and full of coffee, but as a matter of fact it is somewhat delicate tasting and light with much character.

m- Mouthfeel is what you wold expect from a quality wheat beer. I compare it to Franziskaner's weissbier. Lighter on the carbonation and still very drinkable. It is almost hard to believe exactly how refreshing a beer that looks and smells like this can be until you have tried it.

O- Overall I would definitely say this is quite possibly a favorite beer contender, but its availability is far to inadequate for me to enjoy it as a "go-to". If I could describe this beer in one word, that word would be "quaint".

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Photo of T100Mark
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A brown 500ml bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Ruby black in color. The head disappeared quickly. No lace at all.

Smell - Malt. Sweet. Raisins.

Taste - Malt. Sweet. Raisins.

Mouth - Smooth. Mild carbonation. Pleasant on the pallet.

Overall - This beer isn't much to look at. Also, unlike a good Weissbier, the taste of this beer is fairly one dimensional (sweet malt). The beer looks and taste like Dr. Pepper. Weird.

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Photo of KajII
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

[Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass]

The pour was a hazy dark caramel brown with an average tan fizzy head that totally dissipated and had virtually no lacing to speak of.

The aroma was of a toasted dark malt and a sweaty doughy yeast with notes of caramel, dark fruit (plums and prunes) and a light scent of alcohol.

The taste was much like the aroma with a lightly sweet acidic maltiness a touch of caramel and a mild dose of fruit throughout, with the finish having a much yeastier appeal and strongly effervescent. The flavor was rather short in duration, disappearing quickly off the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was lighter than expected in body for a Dunkel with a watery texture and an extremely fizzy carbonation.

Overall this was a pretty tasty brew, although nothing over the top. I could see myself sippin' on a few of these on a nice hot day...


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Photo of Graphirus
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: 500 ml bottle.

A - Pours a dark and lightly cloudy beer with an average light brown diminishing head. Lacing is spare. The body is sparkling with a lot of micro bubbles .

S - Outstanding smell. Notes of caramel, grain, apple, orange and banana. Very light hops

T - Very light taste that has no traces of wheat. If not for the bottle I could not tell I'm drinking a Weissbier. Roasty and caramel notes

M - Body is very light, lightly sweet. No bitterness. Thin texture. Carbonation is lively. Finish is somewhat disappointing because the flavor is short.

Overall - An above average beer that is very straightforward, feels lacking some character.

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Photo of jcbogantes
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dunkel hefe, 500ml bottle. It saids that it is fermented in the bottle.

A: pours deep brown caramel color with an off white head

N: figs and grains, some sweetness and a little alcoholicky

T: cured sweet figs, and breadyness, with some alcohol at the end and a tad astringent

O: good beer, good with ribs, easy to drink nice flavor

Light to medium body. Leaves a yeast residue in the bottom of the bottle

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle from LCBO for $3.15 CDN purchased. Served cold into a a St. Pauli Girl Pint glass.

Appearance - Nice dark brown color, 2.5 fingers of rocky but creamy off-white head with decent retention time. Hazy and looks fairly effervescent.

Smell - Wheat, malts like hint of dark chocolate, a little dark fruit thrown in, bubblegum and a hint of booze. Also some clove in there as well. Pretty standard fare.

Taste- Wheat, chocolate, other light malts, and clove. Hop presence is invisible. Overall it's tasty if not overly complex.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and rich, but with high carbonation, which actually works for me here. Fizzy sensation on the tongue.

Overall - A fine beer, but nothing out of the ordinary for the style. However, always worth drinking especially if a certain other legendary German brewer does not have their dunkelweizen in stock.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

50 cl brown bottle poured into a pint glass (tumbler).

I really enjoy hefeweizens overall, but haven't tried too many dunkels.

A: dark, murky brown, which fits the overall description of dunkels, from what I can tell. A thick foamy head, even from a slow, careful pour. Head of beige, that dissipates at a normal rate, but leaves loads of lacing all the way round.

S: bit of mild spice, also a tad metallic, but I'm not sure where that's coming from.

T: different from normal hefe's, which is to be expected, but I'm not entirely sure this is an improvement. It's somewhat bland, to be honest.

M: a nice carbonation bite, that is not too overpowering, thin and light on the tongue, especially for a dark beer.

O: this is okay, I certainly would try again, but I'm not incredibly impressed overall considering how much I normally like wheat beers.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Dark chestnut; big frothy head, long lasting

Aroma: Malty, cloves

Taste: Creamy, malt, peppery, not too bitter; not bad, but not great; not a particularly complex finish

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance - Pours a dark, dark brown...almost black colour. The faint amount of light that does get through shows the beer to be cloudy. On top sits almost 3 fingers of off white creamy head which sticks around for ages. Quite the eye candy.

Smell - Dark fruit smell seems most prominent. Prunes and the like. There is also some light toasted malt notes.

Taste - Dark fruits here as well. Followed by a very faint spice flavour. Not sure what exactly. There's also some caramel malt flavours. Towards the finish there is a definite alcohol presence.

Mouthfeel - Medium to light body but very, very creamy. Moderate carbonation leaves for a crisp and satisfying finish.

Overall - 4/5

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Photo of Vixie
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep ruby red color with a large tan head that lingers. Very nice looking beer.

Smell is malty and sweet, light hints of caramel and toffee.

Starts out a bit sweet, the chocolate notes appear. Also a slight hint of coffee and fruit, seems to be like raisin.

Nice smooth feel to it with somewhat heavy carbonation.

A nice flavorful beer, although not quite what I was expecting. A bit sweeter than I would have guessed, but not overly so. It does go down easy, and is worth trying.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark chocolate with a dirty white/faded caramel head.
S: Fruit and malty tones in the aroma.
T: It has medium carbonation, I'd say, the right level of carbonation you want in a beer. You don't want it to explode in your mouth neither you want it without life. You can feel the solid matiness and some undertones of caramel and bread.
M: It's a really smooth beer, you can't even notice the 5,3% ABV on it. Its finnish is almost sweet and dry. I can tell that this beer's IBU is really low. After the sip, the body is held together by a fantastic taste that's left in your mouth.
O: It's one the most well-balanced beers I've ever tasted, makes you want to drink one after another.

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Photo of FLima
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky brown color with a two finger off-white head with medium retention.
Light aroma of earthy hops and sligthly toasted malts and wheat.
Similarly, taste of toasted malt and wheat with earthy hops and notes of caramel and condiments.
Light body with medium carbonation and tiny bubbles. Zesty feeling.
A light body dunkel with good drinkability, though I found the other Erdingers more interesting.

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Photo of dar482
4.26/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is dark brown with a light brown head.

There is not much of an aroma, but of some banana and malt.

The taste does not fit the color. It's light like regular hefeweizens (wheat beers). It has a crystal malt taste. I would compare it almost to lighter fruitier red/brown ale.

The mouthfeel is light and the finish is easy. It's extremely drinkable and really a treat. I would have this many times again.

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Photo of AmitC
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Weihenstephaner hefe glass.

Color is dark chocolate brown with a good amount of ruby hues. Head is about two fingers thick with a good retention. Not a huge head for a dunkel. Decent lacing that does not stick much. Bubbly. Almost opaque.

Aroma is very thin. Strength is moderate to low. Wheat for sure. Typical hefe yeasts. Some roasted malts. Coffee. Caramel. Sweetness.

Taste is full of wheat. Some huge malts as well. Yeast is a lot. Coffee and caramel. A bit of roastiness. Finish is dry and semi sweet.

Mouth feel is full bodied. Good thickness and well rounded. High carbonation. Easy to drink and very pleasant. No astringency.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-cloudy brown with a thin tan head that fades to nothing

S-dark German grains and caramel. Definitely smells tasty but not of high quality. Has an artificial aspect to it

T-comes in as it smells. Dark German grains and caramels. Tasty but once again it tastes slightly artificial as if caramel syrups were added to it. Nothing off to it, no bad flavors.

M-high carbonation with a semi dry finish

O-definitely not how an authentic German should be tasting. Still though, it's an enjoyable beer by all means. I just expect a lot more in terms of raw flavor.

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Photo of djura
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark as night,with nice dirty foam. Medium carbonation.
S - Dark fruits,blueberry,some sweet malt.
T/M - Huge carbonation,bitter finish,caramel-burned sugar. A bit watery,but drinkable. Maybe a touch more carbonation then needed.
O - Really good,i like it.

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a straight pint glass.

Pours a cloudy light brown colour, with a lively white head.

Smells very sweet and malty.

Tastes... very sweet and malty. Almost overbearing in some aspects, as it is a very general malt taste, very bready, and almost chewy if you can imagine that.

Overall an okay attempt but this is really an example of how bland some wheat beers can get.

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Photo of delta490
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 500ml bottle into an Imperial Pint glass. Fairly short-lived creamy light tan head (probably due to the glass used), but it did linger and leave some lacing. Nice deep brown (almost black) and no light gets through. Not much aroma detected, but had a nice roasted malt taste, with coffee and little bitterness on the finish. Had a nice mouthfeel, as well.

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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
83 out of 100 based on 595 ratings.