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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel - Erdinger Weissbräu

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Ratings: 1,020
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 28
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2001)
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4/5  rDev +7%

jsnoek, Nov 23, 2011
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5/5  rDev +33.7%

RepMichigan, Nov 22, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

RedAleMan, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

Nightrain87, Nov 20, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

mnixon86, Nov 19, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into ... glass

A: very hazy rich brown color. very fluffy head with a brownish tint. great retention and some very fluffy lacing.

S: roasted marshmallow, a little fruitiness. perhaps banana. wish i could draw some more conclusions here.

T: a fluffy roasty flavor? well definitely roasty. a light roasted. fruitiness similar to the nose. a mild pear with the slightest banana. anything else would be a stretch.

M: a very light bodied brew with a naturally light carbonation.

D: ridiculously refreshing. not a ton of flavor here. a touch of roast there and touch of fruit here. overall a refreshing, highly drinkable brew.

Jimmys, Nov 19, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

s4s, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

codynevels, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +33.7%

thundersteel, Nov 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev +7%

Thehuntmaster, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +33.7%

tonyf55, Nov 15, 2011
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2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a large goblet.

A - The beer is a deep brown color with orange highlights. Initially it seemed murky and didn't let light through, but eventually it cleared, so perhaps that was stirred-up carbonation bubbles. The head is off-white and initially thick, but fades to a thin layer of medium-sized bubbles. Slight lacing.

S - Interestingly, I don't get wheat from this aroma. I smell noble hops, low bready malt, fruity yeast and some chocolate notes. The aromas are fairly muted, even after the beer warms.

T - Again, I don't get much/any wheat character. The beer is clean-tasting to a fault. There is some noble hops flavor, mild malt and a hint of lemon or citrus from yeast. No bananas, no grainy wheat, no chocolate or roast.

M - There is some hop bitterness that combines with CO2 bite to give a sharp mouthfeel. Medium to light body. No alcohol burn.

O - This beer is well-made and very clean tasting, but I find it too clinical and bland. You would not know you were drinking a German wheat beer. Very uninteresting.

Radome, Nov 03, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, quite roasty with nice coffee notes. In the taste, a small roast with notes of coffee, and some lingering hints of wheat and lemon citrus. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry citrus and coffee like aftertaste. Nice coffee roast, and a refreshing lemon citrus to back it up.

OWSLEY069, Nov 03, 2011
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2.42/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazed brown color, opaque in the glass and a very nice thick creamy foam head.

A good hefe nose of bananas, cloves, sweet malts, but there’s a higher sharper note at the finish.

5.6%? You gotta be kidding me. This beer packs not just a lot of flavor, but a heck of a lot of alcohol taste. This one comes off very spicy and really nothing like a dark hef. Caramel malts and citrus hops all subdued by the yeast flavors.

A bit over carbonated, nothing out of style but lacks the pillow/cream body that I so much enjoy in the better Hefs.

There’s a date of 3/2012 so this should be considered fresh enough, but I feel like something has gone wrong here. This just seems off especially for the always by the book Germans.

bobhits, Nov 01, 2011
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3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - dark brown, slightly lighter around the edges, with a long-lasting finger of frothy head.

Smell - Subtly earthy and roasty, with aroams of bread, wheat malt, and fruity banana.

Taste - Roasty and bready with soft fruit and spicy cloves.

, Oct 18, 2011
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3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased October 17th 2011 Durban South Africa. 500ml bottle poured into a Hefeweizen glass.

a - Pours a dark amber/brown color with a tall and fluffy white head.

s - Smells of roasted wheat, hops, with notes of banana, cloves and toasted caramel

t - Strong flavors of wheat and hops with hints of banana and caramel.

m - Medium body and moderate/high carbonation.

o - Not nearly as comples or flavorful as other German Dunkels, but smooth and very drinkable. Not the best but a pretty good example of the style.

NatalBrewingCo, Oct 17, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight from fridge, rolled the bottle and poured into a pint glass.

A- dark nut brown, clear. Off white head that persists.

S- can't pick up on too much here, malts and very slight roasty aromas. wild yeast.

T- More malty sweetness than hops. Dark fruits-plum.

M- Medium carbonation with a light body.

Overall just a good beer and not much else. Had it on tap at the Oktoberfest held in Grand rapids and was much fresher there and had a crisper body. There wasn't much I could pick up on this beer otherwise, but it wasn't bad.

Flux, Oct 02, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark, murky brown. It has a medium, light chocolate colored head with good retention. Some light dancing is noticeable from the carbonation.

S: I couldn't pick up on much here, just some dark chocolate-like malts and some cloves.

T: Some strong clove tastes come through initially followed by some banana fruitiness and sweet toffee malts.

M: It has a medium body that is on the heavier side. It has minimal carbonation, which complements the style well and is quite smooth.

O: This is a solid dunkel. I would definitely revisit this again if I'm in the mood for a dunkelweizen.

BilbosNuts, Oct 01, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a - dark, cloudy mahogany. oranges and yellows come out towards the end of the glass. abundant head with a light tan-cream color that lasts for a while. minimal lacing that becomes nonexistent after some time.

s - mild bready, spicy smell. becomes more apparent as the beer warms.

t - at first i thought it was pretty watery for a hefe. the breads and spices come through in the taste, and i'm also getting a little metallic taste too. the flavors become more robust as the beer warms. i definitely recommend drinking it at a warmer temperature. some sour notes linger on the sides of the tongue as an aftertaste. i am enjoying it much more 45 minutes after taking it out of the fridge and pouring.

m - a little frothy and pretty bubbly. as stated before, a little watery for me.

o - nothing spectacular here. it is quite drinkable but i wish it was more dense - that's just my taste. solid brew and worth a shot if this sounds good to you. i won't be getting this one again

Doshkin, Sep 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into chalice

A: nice dark opaque brown with a fluffy off white head that has stayed for the entire beer, which is pretty impressive in a goblet.

S: subdued dark malt, sweet biscuit, hints of apples and clove.

T: banana, clove, toasty malt, finishes dry with lingering clove and dark fruit.

M: high carbonation, lively fizzy mouthfeel. Dry finish.

O: not bad, first I've had of this type, subdued flavors, easy to drink. More exciting than the very light wheat beers.

ReelBigwigFish, Sep 27, 2011
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3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured the contents of the 500ml bottle into an Erdinger weizen glass. It looked like iced coffee with a strong tan head that tasted of chocolate. It had a toasty, coffee nose, and tasted of dark chocolate, malt and caramel. Medium-bodied and carbonated, and pretty drinkable. I guess it's not as nuanced as when I first tried it, but I still maintain that this is a great gateway beer for those used to macro pilseners. I guess I'll have the same fondness for this beer in the same way that everyone has that fondness for their cheap childhood chocolates. See Muriel Barbery's Gourmet Rhapsody.

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econ, Sep 24, 2011
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3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate brown colored ale. Rich, creamy head with excellent retention and blankets of lacing.

Not much in the smell. Faint yeast and chocolate is all that is there.

Weak malt flavor, mild biscuit character. Hint of chocolate that carries into the aftertaste. No hops detectable. Just the faintest hint of roasted malt with a burnt toast character. Touch of cider spices. No banana.

Thin feel yet very smooth. Low carbonation and very easy drinking.

Overall, it is just an ok beer. Lacks depth of flavor yet is smooth and drinkable.

bnes09, Sep 20, 2011
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3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle served in an official Erdinger weizen glass. I've never had a dark wheat beer before, so this should be a good experience.

It pours a very dark hazy brown. It's almost totally opaque, but held to a light, it reveals some dark red colour too. The head is generous and extremely foamy. A delicious looking beer!

Warm toasted malts are the most prominent aspect of the aroma. There is also some kind of cutting background that reminds me of citrus hops, but I'm not totally sure.

The flavour is malted wheat up front, and the dark malts come through as it develops. Some slight banana flavour comes through towards the end. This is a very smooth dark beer, and not too heavy on strong roasted malty flavours. I like it.

Overall, this was a good experience. I'm not sure exactly when I would have this kind of beer, as it isn't exactly a summer thirst-quencher. Still, it's worth a try and generally quite easy to find.

evlu1441, Sep 10, 2011
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3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle dated best by 03/12 into a .5L wheat glass, which yeilds an enticing dark chocolate hue. 2" of off white froath slowly falls to around .5" and is just hangin out with me for awhile.

Smell of wheat, grains, a little dark fruit in there as well as hints of bannana.

Taste follows threw very clean and blananced.

Smooth, a pleasant sensation of carbonation but not too much which I like.

Overall I was pleasantly suprised with the quality of this brew. At 2.99 it's alright but in the town over for 2.49 it is better.

guitarsnbeer, Aug 12, 2011
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3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one looks interesting; never reviewed a dunkel before. Pours deep opaque brown colour, similar to cola or root beer. 1.5 fingers of tan head last a few minutes before shrinking to a creamy cap and lacing. Smell isn't really anything special; roasted malts and wheat.

Wheat and yeast are the first notes I pick up and the most intense. Underlying flavours of roasted malts, bittersweet baker's chocolate, and dark fruit. A bit of banana, but not much spice. Finish is slightly sweet, and a little sticky in the mouth after swallowing. Medium-bodied with fairly high carbonation. The extra booze is not noticeable.

I rather like this stuff, certainly moreso than Erdinger's flagship Weißbier. Will likely pick some up again, and will keep an eye out for others of this style.

[Updated March 31 2014]

Another bottle, this time served near cellar temperature. Erdinger Weißbier Dunkel is pretty much the only option locally as far as dunkelweizens go, and I have to say it really is quite serviceable. It's a little more flavourful than their standard hefe, but remains just as sessionable, and is not bold or exciting enough to turn off newcomers, either. A good stepping stone beer, and certainly worth a shot.

Final Grade: 3.64, a B.

thehyperduck, Jul 30, 2011
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