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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel | Erdinger Weissbräu

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Erdinger Weissbräu
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Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by kbub6f on 11-15-2001

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

Picked this up at Oak Barrell in Hagerstown. Excellent looking beer, darker than many which I liked, had that delicious look. Smell was odd, more of a caramel than wheat. Taste was outstanding, very smooth and easy to drink. This was quite the surprise, I liked it very much but may not buy often as others I like more that cost less.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a straight-sided glass.

Appearance - Murky dark brown. Huge khaki head. Settles in a while to a thick collar.

Smell - Caramel and lightly chocolatey malt. Some wheat. Yeasty aromas overtake the malt, especially as it warms. Some banana and some brighter esters come through.

Taste - Wheat is stronger here. So are the darker malts. Caramel and some chocolate. Yeastiness takes over. Sharper, brighter flavor into the finish. Grainy finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - I've never thought that the wheat and dark malts have worked all that well together, except in rare circumstances. This is lacking that special quality, but still tastes pretty good.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into nonic pint. best before january 2015, enjoyed on june 11, 2014

a: super murky dark brown with a bit of a chestnut glow around the edges. nearly three fingers of head off of an aggressive pour, but quickly fades. ugly but pretty

s: mostly toast, roasted malt, spice, and raisins. slight yeast, some chocolate, and hints of overripe bananas. quite nice

t: in three words: toasted raisin bread. toast, raisins, spices, and bits of chocolate. less prominent dark fruit flavours in here too, like figs and dates. timid yeast and banana notes. finishes malty/bready. very sweet overall, and heavy on the toasted raisin bread side, but it's good

m: light to medium body. the carbonation is medium-to-high and feels really sharp, almost biting, upon suds-tongue contact

o: my first dunkelweizen ever happens to be very flavourful, though one-sided, while being simultaneously drinkable -- this beer went down ridiculously fast. definitely wouldn't mind having more in the future

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

Lager Mill $ 3.19/16.9 oz bottle
Bottle best 12-2014 at 45 degrees into weizen glass
Aroma of malt
Head huge (9 cm), light brown, creamy with some rocks, slowly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing spotty – just some islands of small bubbles
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor begins slightly sweet with malt overtones, rapidly yielding to slight yeasty notes; no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl
Body medium, watery, lively carbonation

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks nice with a big head although mine dissipated quite a bit and lacing was decent but not great.

The smell was sweet with cola and yeast being the prominent notes.

The taste was delicate, sweet and malty. There are notes of dark fruits, cola and chocolate and a hint of refreshing hops. There are subtle complexities at work here and the beer grows on you as you get down the glass,

Mouthfeel is pretty carbonated and good.

Overall this is a very refreshing yet refined beer. I slightly preferred the Weihenstephaner Dunkel which seemed to have more pronounced characteristics. But this one is a good tasty beer. I had a SN Torpedo IPA straight after this and the contrast between the sweetness of this one and the bitterness of the Torpedo was exquisite. So a tasting tip.... dunkel Weiss followed by IPA = good!

My mark out of one hundred would be 78.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 PINT .9 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a weizen glass

A - It pours brown with some deep amber highlights. It topped with a giant tan head that slowly settles to a thin layer.

S - I get some wheat malt and cocoa. Kind of disappointing.

T - There is not a lot going on here. It is kind of bland. I get a little cocoa.

M - Medium

O - I enjoy this style, so even though it is bland by the standards of the style, I like it. I just with it had some spice to it. It is easy drinking, but I'll stick with my favorites in this style.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into an Erdinger weisbier glass. The beer pours out a hazy deep tawny brown with a massive mocha-colored head that seems to last forever. It's difficult to get a nose on this beer with this massive head trapping all the aromatics. Once it dissipated a bit, I picked up some bready malty notes, spicy phenols, a puff-pastry like note, and some mild fruity esters.

Medium-light body with a mild, fruity flavor. Not as much malt sweetness as I anticipated. Some nice yeast and banana flavors up front and a healthy dose of spicy clove-like phenols at mid-palate. Some hop character is evident as well. Refreshing and light.

Overall, a very good German wheat beer, but not quite good enough to advance to the head of the class. The flavor is a bit mild and the phenols and esters don't run quite deep enough. Still, one heck of a nice beer.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from pint bottle into a Guinness glass. Best by 08-2014

A- Pours a deep, dark brown that is very murky with light coming in on the edges when the glass is tilted. High slightly brownish-white head.

S- Slight dark fruit, fruit cakey thing going on, light spice of clove and allspice.

T- Taste is more like a normal Hefe with light spice, banana, and orange zest. Some added dark fruit in there as well.

M- Light and refreshing.

O- I nice lighter version of a dunkel, I enjoyed the added raisin notes and enjoyed this much more than Erdinger's regular hefe. A very affordable beer as well, a quality pint of beer for 2 bucks is always welcomed.

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

A - Very dark brown or black depending on how much light hits it.

S - Dark fruit, spices and earthy notes.

T - Rich dark fruits, cloves and a sweet finish.

M - Mild carbonation but otherwise watery.

O - A deep inviting beer for those that like this style. Easy to drink even though many will be put off by its dark appearance. Although I prefer other Erdinger beers as this one feels a bit too heavy on the taste buds.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with about three fingers of head. Active carbonation working in the glass throughout. Dark brown on the edges where some light gets in, the rest sits black in the glass.

Smell: Big potent front of cloves, banana, dark fruits, and earthy spices. Strong yeast, leafy greens, and fruit aroma opens up and carries the body throughout. Nutmeg and cinnamon pop up more noticeably on the back end.

Taste: Dark complex fruits open up right away. Light base of spices and leafy greens back it up and carry into the body. The cloves and vegetal flavors continue to grow and peak at the back. Lingering yeast medium bodied dryness sticks around on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Bold full bodied mouthfeel. Lots of creamy malt cover the palate with plenty of the yeast tones dancing on the tongue as well.

Overall: I sometimes get caught up in the world of American craft beer with something new coming out every day and forget about some of the really great beers that have been around forever. The darker fruits in this beer really shine through. All the traditional Hefe accents one would look for.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best By March 2014

Pours like a cola, murky brown with a huge fizzy light tan head, fades quickly leaving no lacing on the glass.

Smell has hints of sweet cocoa and roasted malt, the slightest hint of banana fruitiness.

Taste starts out slightly metallic but not so much that it ruins the beer, roasted malt with a toffee like backing comes, huge carbonation that just explodes in the mouth like a cola, it's quite distracting and thins out the beer.

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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 Euro-Bomber poured into a dimpled glass mug.

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 (malt, minimal hops, no German sour flavor). 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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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
83 out of 100 based on 607 ratings.