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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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Photo of atis
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with large foamy off-white head that slowly fades to a dense layer at the top. Aroma is bready and sweetish malt, some weak hints of roasted.

Taste is lemony roasted with light clove, wheat, very low hops, sweetish malt in the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a good dark Hefeweizen, maybe slightly too light and intense than desired.

atis, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt. 9fl. oz. bottle served in a .5l weizen glass. 11-2009 printed on the back label. Poured a deep garnet color with red highlights when backlit. Incredible, rocky, khaki-colored head occupied three quarters of the glass as it slowly cascaded and receded into a quarter inch cap. Delicate, cloud-like clumps of lacing were revealed during the session. Nose was malty sweet with dark fruity esters. Taste consistent with nose, but a little more muted and balanced with a subtle, bready quality that formed the backbone of the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium/light with a consistent, lively background effervescence from start to finish. Easy drinking brew - not much complexity but very flavorful and sessionable.

Jwale73, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of uno99
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this many times on tap at Paddy Flaherty's in Sarnia. Sadly they no longer have it and opted just to tap the inferior non dunkel version. This is my frist time ive made time to really focus on the bottled version of this

A: cant imagine a beer looking much better than this. maybe if the head was longer lasting and thicker. A very nice ruby red with offwhite head that leaves lots of lacing.

S: I get a strawberries up front every time with this beer. Other fruits as well. peach etc. slight roasted malt scent. yeast almost smells belgian.

T: quite bold and fruity. again strawberries for me is upfront, although not as strong as on the nose.

M: I find this beer a little too brash on the pallet. too much carbonation perhaps. a little thin as well. I think this is less of a problem when its on tap.

D: I could - would - and have drank these all night long.

Great beer, and one that never has let me down.

uno99, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large beige head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains wheat, caramel, dark malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and roasted malts. Then there are some semi sweet flavors of caramel and bananas that comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this one is a little darker than most others I've had in the style, but it's a decent beer to drink for a while if you're in the mood for this kind of beer.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of SamN
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, here we go, my very first dunkelweizen beer, and I gotta say I'm excited! I've heard good things about these beers, so here we go. Bomber bought from BeverageWorld in Loveland. Poured into sort-of-hefe glass.

This beer is an almost opaque brown color with a huge, pillowly tan head that lasts. Up to a bright light it's a clear stunning red. Great looking beer, perfect five.

Smell is of spices, mostly. That banana smell is present, smells like a great hefeweizen, but with more oomph to the aroma.

Taste is just like you'd expect a dark wheat beer to taste like; like a concentrated Hoegaarden. Spices, cloves, a little mustier tasting. Dark, yet refreshing. Pretty damn good.

Mouthfeel is decent, bubbly without being too much and canceling the delicate flavors of the wheat style.

Overall, I like this beer, because I like hefeweizens, and this is like two hefeweizens in one bomber. Tasty, and fun to drink. It might get a little old after two or three glasses, but it's a interesting change from the same old Blue Moon and Sunshine Wheat.

SamN, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle has a "best before end" date of December 2009.

Poured into my moose drool hefe style glass. Forcefully pours a thick "big bubble" off-white head that doesn't have much retension. No lacing found on the glass at all. Color is a murky dark brown. Nose has the usual yeasty wheat touch with some spicy cloves and some caramel tossed in there for kicks as well. Fair amount of carbination makes this one lighter in mouthfeel than I expected but strangely smooth as well. Taste from the front to finish features a very low hop profile, some bready notes, malt sweetness easily detected with the yeast ever present. I found the smell of this beer to be the star of this show instead of the taste, the smell was slightly more enjoyable than the taste but still it was a good experience.

stakem, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of MeisterBurger
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a richly turbid, deep dark copper with an astonishingly tall, off-white head that just won't quit. Sloppy lacing. It certainly looks the part.

The aroma is slightly fruity esters and malty caramel, with a light dusting of cocoa powder.

The taste is fruity and nutty, crisp with a clean finish. A bit of chocolate. A hint of bubblegum or pink erasers. Mild banana and breadiness. No bitterness or hops to speak of.

Mouthfeel is creamy--good carbonation.

Not a jawdroppingly amazing beer, but a very enjoyable and approachable one.

A good introduction/gateway to the style and one you could drink a lot of.

MeisterBurger, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of HitokiriNate85
2.88/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a chocolate brown with a very slight red twinge. Rocky, frothy head that fades suprisingly fast. It lacks the creamy head I associate with the style.

S - Really big chocolate malt notes. There's a hint of fruit, but it's mostly covered up by the spicy yeast character. The malt is dominant, though, and is holding things back a little.

T - Follows the nose pretty well. Big chocolate malt note that lingers the entire way through. The wheat finally shows itself here, but it's surprisingly mild. I'm not sure what yeast Erdinger uses, but it's definitely less assertive than some of the other German breweries.

MF - Pretty standard for the style. All the creaminess is there, but the carbonation could stand to be a little higher.

D - Decent for the style, but I don't think I'd really want another. I wouldn't turn it down, but I doubt I'll seek it out again with better options available. Ayinger and Weihenstephaner do the same style to a much, much better degree.

HitokiriNate85, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of crowncapcollect
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

A perfectably acceptable example of the type, but nothing of any special merit. Perhaps it is just not my style, as I generally prefer the Hefe type. Smell is a bit slight and taste lacks complexity.

But, it is hard to find many Dunkel beers in the UK.

crowncapcollect, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of tatoodkelt
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 9/3/09- from notes.

Brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Dark hazy brown with a soapy three finger tan head that had pretty good retention. Not much in the way of lacing though.

S- More muted than I expected. Some banana and citrus.

T- Same qualities as the smell with a little unexpected roasted malt added in.

M- Light to medium bodied with active carbination. A little creamy and tingly at the same time.

D- Pretty easy to drink but I probably wont pick this one up again.

tatoodkelt, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of PapaEugene
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poored it into my Erdinger glass. Great dark brown color and a nice thick creamy head.

S: Like many weizen beers the Banana sticks out, but also raisins, citrus and some caramel.

T: Yeasty, slightly bitter, roasted malts, banana and some notes of apple.

M: Medium carbonation and a light body.

D: To my humble opinion this beers seems like a hybrid between a weizen and a Guiness. I really like this one. It's my favorite german beer next to Aventinus and Sternweizen.

PapaEugene, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of biggred1
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark brown with a creamy tan cap that leaves some fine lace on the glass. The nose is really faint and comprised of roasted malt and cocoa. The taste is pretty malty and roasty with some nutty yeastiness in the finish, not the most flavorful example of the style. Medium light bodied with bright carbonation. Tasty brew but a little wimpy for the style IMO.

biggred1, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of albern
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a bad dunkelweizen, but not my favorite either. It pours a slightly hazy mahogany color with a tan head that is a bit fizzy and foamy coming out of the bottle but dissipates into a thin creamy film there after. No lacing going on either. The nose on the beer is full malt, with some molasses, caramel, and buttery chocolate notes. The aroma is quite nice with a big malt bouquet.

The taste is no surprise. It is a bit creamier, and little less prickly than most wheat beers. It has the big malt palate, with molasses, caramel, and semi sweet grainy malts present. The consistency is a little heavier than most wheat beers, although I wouldn't label this as medium bodied either. There are some sweetish roasted flavors on the back end of this beer too, but the molasses does take precedence here. A nice beer, easy to drink and enjoy, not bad with some interesting character for the style.

albern, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of linnet
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very big tan head, cloudy dark brown colour. The aroma is very clean, malts and hops and roasted malts too. Flavour is roasted a bit acidic and hoppier than most german weisses. Mouthfeel is crisp with medium bubbles. To me this was a very good weissbier, not exceptional like weihenstephaner, but still very good.

linnet, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of Graham5161986
2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This dunkelweizen pours a typical dark brown into my weizen glass with a two finger, off-white head that dissipates rather quickly into a bubbly film and leaves no lacing. Smells of bright cherries hit my nose first along with banana, malt vinegar and caramel (quite an unexpectedly interesting nose). Taste is of light banana up front with faint bready hints followed by those slight, bright cherry and vinegar notes. Unfortunately, the flavours are quite faint and a bit bland all around- a bit watery. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and chewy with a crisp backbone and a clean finishing touch. Because of the relative lack of flavour, this beer becomes instantly less enjoyable than it should be. That being said, I could see myself drinking a few of these quite easily. However, after this, I wouldn't choose to have another one as I am quite unimpressed by its blandness. I wasn't a huge fan of their hefe and I'm not a big fan of this one either. pass.

And the nose was so promising... darn.

Graham5161986, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of ChrisCage
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A- Wow, what a head! This starts off with a 3 inch head that's thick and foamy, eventually tapering off to a dense 1/2 inch layer over the liquid! The colour reminds me of what wet red clay looks like when it's mixed in with some potting soil....not quite black but very dark with some very deep red hues. Dense carbonation and some sticky lacing.

S- There's a muted spiciness in the aroma, reminiscent of cloves primarily. I also detect some fruit, but a little more of a bitter tinge, like banana peel. There is some sweet malt aromas but I didn't detect a hop bitterness.

T- Nice flavors that are well balanced! Along with the aforementioned spices and banana, which by the way comes off sweeter than the smell lets on. The sweet malts come through well and the finish isn't bitter but rather more along a dark chocolate dryness.

M- This is a little lighter than I was expecting, but it is nice and smooth at the same time. The carbonation is fine, and isn't dominant, but rather complimentary to the flavors of the beer.

D- Give this beer to me any time and I'll be sure to enjoy it. Spicy, yet sweet, and a very smooth bitterness to finish off. Very well rounded beer. Another one that would be excellent on tap but that isn't available in my area at least. One of the better beers I've come across. I highly recommend this one!

ChrisCage, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16.9 oz bottle (best before 12/09) served in a weizen glass.

Deep brown color with a creamy beige head that thinned to a layer and stayed around because of the constant bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.
The aroma is almost porter-like with a rich, roasted malty smell.
The taste is again somewhat similar to a porter, as the roasted malts dominate over the faint taste of spices and yeast.
Medium bodied, crisp and refreshing feel.
Extremely easy to drink, at least for me anyway.

JoeyBeerBelly, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of endovelico
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tall weiss (Erdinger) glass. Served relatively cool, not chilled. Reviewed under low light. Best before date 03 2010. Batch L191103.

Appearance: Thick voluptuous head, that eventually fizzles out. Deep mahogany / muddy brown color. White head. Some perceived effervescence. Hard to make out any yeast/floaties.

Smell: Grainy, chocolaty, yeasty, a little caramel and raisins on the back. Some spiciness. Balanced and rich.

Taste: Nice round, chocolaty, toasty and grainy taste. Strong clove taste as well. Still rather bland and not that complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Medium to medium high carbonation. Low bitterness and astringency. A bit unbalanced. In my opinion either drop the carbonation just a wee bit or dry the beer a little. Lingering toasty chocolaty aftertaste.

Drinkability: Relatively drinkable at 5.6%. Not overly complex, does not "beg" for you to drink it though. Best served in my opinion more on the chilled side rather than just cool. Goes well in a hot summer night on the patio.

endovelico, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of Evocatus
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Has a dark opaque brown color with a beige, thick, and foamy head. Not too much aroma; nothing distinct nor strong. Taste was also pretty weak, but there were hints of a roast and banana flavors. The mouthfeel is pretty much the highlight of the beer. The beer itself is pretty thick, and mixed with the lingering foamy head, it feels great in the mouth for savoring what taste there actually is. Pretty good overall, decent beer that can be drunk at anytime, just needs more taste.

Evocatus, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of BeerSingh
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The first dark beer for me. Poured from a 22 oz into a balloon glass.

A : Ruby browm with a good head, thick and firm. Amazing for a Weissbier

S : Toasted malts, chocolatey

T : Hmm..fruit and chocolate flavours in the beginning ending with a tart note

M : Could have done with more fizz for a weiss.

D : Really good beer to enjoy during or after a meal. Its great with roasted meats.

BeerSingh, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of engisch
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark cloudy brown, with a tan head. This is actually fairly dark for it's style, so it's hard to see the cloudiness, as it wouldn't be very clear even without the cloudiness.

The smell is sweet with a hint of bananas, but not the same that you expect from most wheat-brews. The flavor is pleasant and I enjoy it, but if you are looking for a darker wheat beer, this doesn't have the same strong almost overwhelming banana and clove that you would expect from a wheat beer. It is a nice dunkel with a hint of wheatiness and a bit of nuttiness.

The mouthfeel, carbonation, etc make for a very well balanced beer.

engisch, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of weazal
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Looks are deceiving, smells like hefe-weizen despite such dark color. Overall tough to pick out aromas or much potency. Mostly yeast with some mild spices.

T: A thicker tinge, but overall clean experience. Most of the flavor comes towards the end with a smokiness and tacky molasses.

weazal, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of jbphoto88
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Exactly what I expected from a hefe-weizen dark or dunkelweizen. It's a deep leathery brown that has an unfiltered murkiness to it that is a signature of these beers. The head is mocha brown and rather pillowy. There are a lot of small bubbles making it very creamy looking and it sounds like snap crackle pop cereal as it begins to fade.

The scent is low on the kick ass scale because all I really get out of it is some toasted malts and a little fruitiness. What is there isn't bad just kind of blah and mundane.

The flavor follows suit. For such a dark looking beer to lack any nose or taste is magically alarming. There are hints of toasted grains and wheats as well as a little banana but in such small doses it's surprising. In fact most of it is covered up by the taste of the carbonation.

What's really interesting is that it isn't a watered down feeling when you drink. The medium to full body of this beer makes you expect more flavor but it just never materializes. Like a stripper this beer has a great body to look at and feel, hell even spend a few bucks on it at the bar but there is no substance to it and it's not one to take home.

jbphoto88, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of fank2788
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle served in a weizen glass
Very impressive after the pour huge thick head that I had to let settle some before completing the pour. The body is deep dark brown with red highlights and a bit of cloudiness. The nose is a bit weak, I get some dark fruit tones and a bit of dark malts but absent are any clove or wheat aromas that would be nice. The taste of this too is somewhat lacking. I'm not really getting nearly as much yeast flavor either clove or banana or wheat as I should be with a beer of this style. It tastes like a solid dark beer but not a dunkel weiss. Mouthfeel too misses the mark, this beer is just too light and doesn't have the creamy fullness that a wheat beer should have. Drinkability is ok but there are much better options in this style available and the lack of complexity makes this a bit boring.

fank2788, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of HeroJH
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good.

A - Dark Brown - white head
S - Apple, light toasty. Dark brown Sugar. Green Banana
T - Tart - a bit shallow. Nice bitter. Little sweet. Clove and green banana.
M - Dry and nice. not any of that tart sweetness that I get from some Bavarians which I don't like much.
D - Good. not interesting but would be terrific with food.

HeroJH, Jul 14, 2009
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