Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel - Erdinger Weissbräu

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Reviews: 590
Hads: 1,188
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 18.43%
Wants: 43
Gots: 149 | FT: 0
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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 stcules
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany colour, almost black. Abundant foam, brown, with some big bubbles.
Smell of burned caramel, liquorice, rhubarb, orange (just a little), herbal notes (hop?).
At the taste, liquorice and burned caramel again, but over all a good background softness.
Medium-low body. Aftertaste with predominance of liquorice and woody notes, but even with some bitter. Drinkable.

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Photo of dauss
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Came in a 50cl bottle. It poured a cloudly dark brown color. The tan colored head was tremendous. Even with the gentlelist pour the head was more than the height of the beer in the glass. Highly carbonated, very malty and crisp. Not much bitterness or hopiness. As for the beer, poor drinkability because too much carbonation because it was overly carbonated.

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Photo of Zorro
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a resilient tan head.

Smells of malt and mild banana and spice.

Tastes mild, standard Hefe-Weizen taste only a bit subdued. Standard bananas, raisins, figs, spice taste.

Mouthfeel is good, but not great.

Beats Budweiser, but there are better beers.

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Photo of Ave
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, dark, nutty brown out of a 50cl bottle, with full fluffy head of large bubbles. The head does fade a bit over time, but never dies completely. Yeast is there for the taking for those who care for it.

Sweet, clean, lightly spicy nose. Raisin & fig is just barely there. A rather disappointing & distant aroma I thought.

Malt is apparent up front in the aroma & makes a bigger statement immediately on the tongue, but it soothes wonderfully to a creamy wheat sweetness. Yum! Yum! Mild roast & toasts flavors come in & play with subtle bitter hints. A wondrously subtle yet complex beer.

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

Pours dark brown with orange edges, strong head creamy and huge. The head deflates and hollows out, but never really goes away.
Smells like dark bread, toastes wheat aroma, yeasty, fruity.
Wheat and breadlike taste, just minor hops, dark fruit, and I'm probably imagining carmelized banana.
Smooth and light-bodied
The first time I ever tried this style, and it won't be the last time I go back to this beer, or the style.

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Photo of diablo14
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

erdinger dunkel is yet another example of their ability to brew solid but not outstanding versions of the respective styles. considering this is one of their stock standard brewers in germany, its a very enjoyable beer.

wonderful dark mahogany color, pored with a creamy head which was a light brown color. plenty of jets of carbonation shooting up from the bottom of my schofferhoffer glass, which gave it a delighful crisp feel. nose was quite sweet, fruity, roasted tones and spicy elements which included cloves. subtle in aroma. flavors were a little bolder, but still fairly subtle, tho beautifully balanced. initially traces of blood plums, raisins and currants in there, stretching into a nice chocolate roastedness with a hint of molasses, and a nice spicy undertone which went well with the crisp mouthfeel of the beer. well rounded bitterness joins in at just the right moment on the way down. great thing about this beer is it never gets too sweet at any stage.

i like my dark beers to be a bit more powerful than this, but this dunkel ranks highly on the drinkability charts. very smooth, clean and crisp, it has a pleasant subdued nature which allows continued drinking. another enjoyable beer from erdinger.

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Photo of barleypop
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a nice dense coffee colour. Streams and streams of small bubbles rise from the depths to create a wispy head that quickly dissapates. The nose is very, very subtle with sweet fruity notes. The taste and mouthfeel are a bit lacking. It just doesn't have richness one would expect from a dark wheat. I would not make an effort to find this one.

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Photo of grynder33
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark pour, extremely foamy for this type of brew, taste was enjoyable but somewhat light and thin for a weisbier, sort of reminded me of what a lite American malt liquor would taste like. It was OK but not at the top of my list.Weissbiers should be a little bolder than this.

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Photo of Hobbz
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I hear that the brewery itself in Erding Germany is spotless and lovely... I am only glad that I have sampled some of their better output.

This is a descent Dunkelweizen, worthy of purchase and enjoyment, but will not rank among my favorites of the style (to me it's like a Kristalweiss charading as something more).

Appearance was fine -- coloring and haziness. I like a bit firmer, lasting foam, though. Smell offered some small promise of sweetness -- which was there in the taste, but unsupported by my preference of background (Vienna/Munich malts) and foreground (phenols/esters) flavors. Is this intentionally brewed colder to limit these flavors?

Summation: A good brew and something I would not pass up in and of itself.

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Photo of RocketWidget
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark color with hints of gold. Although carbonation is persistent, head is short-lasting and disappears before the finish. Smell is sweet, somewhat like maple syrup. Taste is much more sweet than bitter, and I feel the substance is only mediocre, giving the bulk of the spicy flavor only in the aftertaste. Not a bad brew but not the best either.

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

A bemused deep brown beer with a large and steady head that is light tan in color and frothy in its texture, as it slowly erodes a thick and glutinous sheet of lace blocks off the glass. Roasted grains, sweet caramel, refreshing is this nose also a light hint of yeast, start thick malt, sweet, and the top rich and somewhat full. Finish is perfectly hopped, the carbonation benign, dry aftertaste, a quite quaffable beer.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – Very dark with a rising head that went down slowly.

Smell – Nice, dark burnt malt aroma.

Taste – Roasted malt flavors dominate this bier. The burnt nature of this ale works with a slight molasses sweetness to quench the pallet.

Mouthfeel – Flat and smooth; medium-bodied.

Drinkability – This went down well. It’s definitely not a session beer, but probably a good one to have on tap if you can find it.

Comments – This is currently labeled as a dunkel weitzen. It is completely off-style from this and is more like a classic German schwartz (black) bier. I rated this in accordance with this style.

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

This is a decent beer. I have had better, but this one was most certainly not awful. The quite dark appearance is intriguing and its smell was quite lovely, too. However, to be that dark and smell the way that it does, the taste wasn't as aggresive or powerful as I was expecting. Very pleasant taste and fair mouth feel to say the very least, just not as bold as I was anticipating. I felt that a rating of 3.5 was in order for drinkability. It is indeed quite easy to drink, there are just better beers available and I feel given this rating system, 3.5 is the most suitable rating for this one.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.16/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep brown color, large white foamy head. Nice malty and fruity nose. Malts are slightly sweet. Chocolate, caramel and a slight touch of vanilla. A milder flavored Dunkel. Nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml brown bottle. Appearance was dark brown with a forthy, quickly fading off-white head. Little lace.

Smell: fruity aroma with hints of raisins and plums over a vaguely bready malt aroma.

Taste: hard to pinpoint taste beyond a yeasty maltiness. The fruitiness I smelled failed to translate into the taste. Beyond the malt flavor, it was lacking any definitive flavor. Disappointing.

Feel: light-bodied, fizzy. Rather thin and watery.

Drinkability: only average. I could drink more of this beer but with the lack of taste, why should I bother? A pretty big let-down. I was hoping for more.

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Photo of ALEBOY
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very enjoyable! Dark, slightly cloudy. Fruity aroma with a slight hint of tobacco (sounds strange I know). The taste profile is very similar to the aroma. I found it to be lighter in the mouth than expected with a light dry finish. I am enjoying this beer as much in winter as I did in the summer, when I found it to be an excellent thirst quencher.

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

Pours out a murky brown, nearly maroon, with reddish tinges, and features an impressively large, flourishing head of frothy off-white foam.
Aroma: disappointing, suggesting nothing at all, spare, blank, giving off a hint of spiciness, a touch of fruit, but nothing major.
Very smooth, very easy, very minimal texture, just enough to qualify as a weizen, but with very little complexity and scant flavor. I run out of things to say about this beer, for it gives little else of itself to be examined. Some chocolate comes forth later on, much appreciated, but too little, too late?
Not bad, just not much. Thanks to JohnnyDuvel for the sample.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally sampled on 26 April 2003. I am writing this review from my notes. This pours an opaque brown color with a tan head. The aroma is malty. The flavor is malty. This is a very drinkable dunkel. It's slightly sour, but very nice to drink. definitely worth trying

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Photo of hotstuff
4.8/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When poured into my glass, this beer had a medium sized head with small bubbles. The lacing was good on the sides of my glass and there was some carbonation observed with this beer. I found this beer to be very smooth along with a very good flavor. This is a beer that I definitely could drink all night at a bar or party. Party on!!

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Photo of TheDM
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love German brews. Upon pouring this brew I noticed a highly carbonated and very lively brew with an excellent light brown head that contained very fine creamy bubbles and lasted a very long time. Its aroma was very pleasant and filled with malt. It has a very malty taste that goes down superbly smooth with a hint of aftertaste. It has notes of mellow caramel and deep dark malt. Some carbonation was noticeable on the tip of my tongue. Its taste was excellent and very much to my liking. Exactly what I expect of a great German beer and very SMOOTH!

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Photo of bierman2000
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very drinkable Dunkel Weizen with chocolate flavors and a nice head retention throughout the beer. Low carbonation for a Weizen and was sampled at Erdinger's Brewery. This beer has a roasty smell and is delicious, made well and has a great malt character.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a brown 500ml bottle, freshness date marked on the back. When held to the light is a deep oak colour, a deep cloudy brown with reddish highlights. Thickish spongy tan head that recedes but lasts. Nose is of malt and spice. Flavour is sweet, I can't quite put my finger on that predominant taste, like anise and sour cherry, but not quite... Grainy undertones. This is very drinkable, far more than what I had expected, I'm quite impressed.

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Photo of ADR
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark and hazy brown color with a glistening tan head of 1/2 an inch, medium duration, and slight lacing. Sweet malty aromas, slight diacetyl butter impression along with some wheat grain of a mild toastiness. Medium mouthfeel with mild esters and a caramel sense overall. Fruit (currants) mid mouth. Finishes light and without "suffocating" properties that I note in many Wheat Dunkels. An impressive beer in a style that often leaves me cold.

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

A nice beer to try but not the best dunkel. Pours a dark close-to black tone with a brownish, thick and consistent head. Its smell gives off a nice malty feel with some acidic and bitter presence. The taste, clearly malty and wheaty is accompanied by some soury and bitter mouthfeels that enhance the mouthfeel. Despite all, it is a little watery. A good beer afterall.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The color is deep dark ruby. A small creamy brown head floats on top for a while. The aroma is wheat, clove, pepper and a little medicinal. There is nothing bad about the taste of this beer other than it seems very watered down compared to others I have had of this style. There is really not a lot going on with the flavor profile. Some light notes of dark malt. Very little of the typical weizen characteristics. Just a dab of pepper. Close to light in body. An uninspiring experiment.

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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
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