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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
83
good

588 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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Reviews: 588
Hads: 1,177
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 43
Gots: 142 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Germany

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 Hex
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
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".
Enjoy! (2,120 characters)

Photo of T100Mark
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (446 characters)

Photo of KajII
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
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 +4.6%
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. (659 characters)

Photo of jcbogantes
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
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 (409 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.57/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (859 characters)

Photo of fullsweep
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (852 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
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 (257 characters)

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
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 (748 characters)

Photo of Vixie
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
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. (400 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.26/5  rDev +16.4%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of AmitC
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of djura
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (260 characters)

Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
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. (403 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (364 characters)

Photo of standardcherry
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (595 characters)

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

500 ml bottle into signature weizen glass, best before 9/2013. Pours very hazy dark brown color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice rocky cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, banana, clove, pear, apple, brown bread, wheat, pepper, floral, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of malt and ester notes. Taste of caramel, chocolate, banana, clove, brown bread, wheat, pear, apple, floral, herbal, and yeast earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, banana, clove, pear, apple, chocolate, floral, brown bread, wheat, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark malt and yeast esters, with good robustness of flavor; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish as expected. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a moderately creamy and very crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice dunkelweizen! Very nice balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable well rounded example of the style. (1,363 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Erdinger is the epitome of the Germanic dark wheat beer for me, and although not a style I'd personally choose, think this is a well brewed example. Stays true to form, despite the lengthy shipping distance to the LCBO in which it was bought for a "trip down memory lane"...

Pours a hazy dark brown with an impressive tan head, that has good staying power as well as lacing. A visually impressive pour. Aroma is wheat and "German" yeast forward, although with some caramelized and roasted dark malt undertones. Very rarely do I pick up on "toffee" that many others smell, but even I can find it in this nose. The sweet flavour is rather simple and uninspiring, but true to form. Caramel notes and some roasted malts, but I find the wheat and yeast typical of this style pretty overwhelming. As I'm not a big fan of either flavour, this is the first time I've purchased this beer outside of Germany. (899 characters)

Photo of Kremlock
2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Deep mahogany colour, pours a huge thick frothy head that is off white in colour. Looking through a light you can see the active carbonation.

S: I keep getting a tin smell from the beer. Soft notes of caramel/toffee

T: There is an upfront tin flavour, then you get caramel and toffee a bit and some nice soft coffee on the palate late in the taste. Some residual bitterness that is very soft.

M: Carbonation is nice for a wheat beer. Sort of an oily feel to it too.

O: The tin flavour just takes it all away for me. Not all that great of a wheat dunkel. (561 characters)

Photo of Everydayoff
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap served in an Erdinger weizen glass at She Bar, Bangkok.

Dark brown color with thick frothy tan head that stands with great retention, it collapses to everlasting foamy laver covering atop. There is plenty of intricate lacing clinging here and there. Suggestion by a nuance of dark fruits in the aroma yet also reminds of citrus, banana, some spice and hint of roasted malt.

Load of citrus and dark fruits contact the palate sensation. Bready malt and hint of roasted malt participate with some spiciness. The body is medium with smooth mouthfeel and dry finish. Pretty good overall. (591 characters)

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

Erdinger Hefe-Weizen Dark has a thick, fizzy, beige head that quickly dissipates, a little bit of lacing, and a dark brown, very cloudy, bubbly appearance. The aroma is of tea, chocolate powder, sweet brown bread, yeast, and maybe raisin. The flavor is almost identical, and there is essentially no bitterness associated with the beer. One picks up a good amount of tap water in the taste. Mouthfeel is medium, and Erdinger Hefe-Weizen Dark finishes mostly dry, refreshing, and watery. Overall, it is a very good beer, but not an excellent one.

RJT (550 characters)

Photo of Guden
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

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. (639 characters)

Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
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