1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel - Erdinger Weissbräu

Not Rated.
Erdinger Weissbier DunkelErdinger Weissbier Dunkel

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
84
good

944 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 944
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 27
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Erdinger Weissbräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2001)
View: Beers (9) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel Alström Bros
Ratings: 944 | Reviews: 557 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of EatsTacos
EatsTacos

Yukon (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a creamy beige head that stayed on the beer all the way down.

The aroma is definately malty and sweet with some fruitiness present. Plums, dried apples, raisins

The taste is quite sweet all the way through, not a lot of bitterness. The malt is chewy caramel and the hops come through very fruity like red grapes, figs and raisins.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy with a medium crisp carbonation.

Drinkability would be great but its just a little too sugary for my taste to drink too many.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 03:12:07 | More by EatsTacos
Photo of danadeny
danadeny

Colorado

4.8/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is a nice looking dark beer. the coudy hefe body lends to a think looking dark beer. the head is off white and one of the creamest and lingering heads i have seen. the lace on the glass just doesnt go away. I was expecting to get more from the smell but all i get is a typical lightly fruity, fresh hefe smell. The taste is very very smoth and balanced. the darker malt lends to a great balance. the hefe yeast still contributes it's fruity esters. not as much banana flavor as other breweries. And a crisp clean finish is classic. beeing a hefe the mouthfeel is solid, but erdinger has the thickest mouth feel i think. some of it has to do with the release of the carbonation when you drink it, so bubbles froth in your mouth. due to the balanced flavor, and overall light, crisp, and refreshing nature of this beer and style this is for sure a full on session beer

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 19:32:36 | More by danadeny
Photo of Macca
Macca

Australia

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brown with a two finger head which disappears. The nose is dominated by toasted malts and dark fruit. A wonderful creamy mouthfeel. The palate is bananas and some light chocolate. A bit of spiciness gives it a bit of zing and provides some length.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 10:57:05 | More by Macca
Photo of Overlord
Overlord

California

3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow, I expected a lot more from this beer.

Pours a dark, moderately clear amber. An inch or two of tan head. Smells like ... really, not much of anything. A faint whiff of roasted malt, I suppose.

Taste is fairly bland. Some roasted malt, an overcarbonated seltzer feel, no rich flavors, hues, or anything special. I'd avoid entirely.

Not a good first impression of this brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2008 03:51:05 | More by Overlord
Photo of CanuckRover
CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a good looking beer. A nice, nearly opaque, ruby. Very thick creamy lookig offwhite head. Slightly cloudy.

Very light on the aroma. Slight banana with a hint of alcohol, nothing much there really.

There's the characteristic alcohol and a slight dusty yeastiness, but no real flavour. Malt comes through a little bit, some dark fruit, but nothing in the way of traditional weissbier flavour. No finish at all.

A nice mouthfeel, it's certainly an easy drinker beer. A sessionable wheat beer, the kind that Erdinger excels at. Nice, but look elsewhere for complexity.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 23:11:16 | More by CanuckRover
Photo of ecoastman
ecoastman

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 mL bottle. (7 months ahead of the best before date of June 2009)

Appearance - Dark brown with thin carbonation and retention. Looks rich.

Smell - slighly sweet with yeast. Not as distinct as other weiss beers.

Taste - very mild like the smell.

Mouthfeel - Light and thin but a slight coarse finish. Good carbonation level.

Drinkability - There is nothing offensive about this beer but I would definitely prefer a different wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 04:02:07 | More by ecoastman
Photo of babaracas
babaracas

Florida

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500ml bottle, a translucent dark brown with light tan head, no retention, spotty lacing. Smell: dark fruit, prunes, maybe fig. No banana. Wheat and a touch of astringency + alcohol. Taste: wheat, dark fruit, caramel, chocolate, and a banana-esque softness but without the banana. Mouthfeel: medium bodied, hard-water feel, a little too effervescent for the style, it's there and gone with not much to remember it by. It's immediately recognizable as an Erdinger, maybe it's their yeast? This was enjoyable but doesn't rate with the top German dunkelweizens.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 04:14:30 | More by babaracas
Photo of GRPunk
GRPunk

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle with a best by date of 1/2008 poured into a weizen glass.

A- It poured with a frothy, 3 finger, light tan head that left thick rings on the glass. The body was a cleaner than expected dark brown nearing black with lighter tones near the edges. It had plenty of small bubbles of carbonation racing toward the head.

S- A decent mix light light fruit, robust bread and, slight chocolate tones.

T- A lot of sweeter tones mixed with chocolate provided by the darker malts. It was lacking some of the more classic Bavarian banana and clove I might expect in smaller doses in a dunkel.

M- Medium to heavy carbonation with a velvety smoothness.

D- It's a pretty easy drinker, like most Bavarian wheats. It would be a great pair with classically German meal.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 01:18:26 | More by GRPunk
Photo of MTNboy
MTNboy

Germany

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As soon as I opened the bottle I noticed the bread like aroma with yeast tones it was not as malty as one might imagine or as their other beers for that matter. It is a very foamy beer with lots of head and lace. The body is dark almost cola looking with a very dark amber hue. It has very bread like taste and is not as roasty as most dunkels. It is very balanced though. The malt and the hops equally each other out well. The mouthfeel is egg like and slick. It is a very drinkable beer that goes well with food

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 16:50:44 | More by MTNboy
Photo of kshankar
kshankar

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish tint in a brown/near black beer. Thick tan foam that has good retention. Recedes to a nice cap after a little. Minimal lacing

Aroma: Slightly malty, and some fruits like prunes and other darker fruits. Banana isn't there that much in this one.

Taste: Malts and wheat. There is some breadyness going for it as well. Banana again is minimal. There is also a decent amount of dark fruit flavorings, such as the aforementioned prunes. Raisins too as well? Has a sweetish finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, with crispness, and decent carbonation. Doesn't really coat the mouth that much. It goes down fairly well

Drinkability: Not too heavy, relatively low ABV, etc. Not that bad really, I could have a couple of these. I've had better dunkelweizens though. Franziskaner comes to mind. Or Weihenstephaner. This ones a good pick though. I'd pick the other two over this, but I won't avoid it either.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 04:14:49 | More by kshankar
Photo of JayQue
JayQue

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown with a highly carbonated white head. The head fades fairly quickly. There are some mild hefe qualities here, a bit astringent..some taste of cloves and banana, but it is mostly a malty beer.

Mild taste for a Dunkel but definitely bready malt predominates.

Mouthfeel is ok. Not too light but not as rich as some Dunkels. Drinkability is ok as well.

This beer is ok but lacks any "wow" factor....not bad but pretty average.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 03:14:54 | More by JayQue
Photo of Psilo707
Psilo707

California

2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance:
Wow that's foamy. Pours a deep ruby red with lots of head on top to complement the dark brown underneath. Dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell:
Not all that present but when stirred a little there is a noticeable dark hazelnut aroma. Smells pretty good when present.

Taste:
Decent at best. Doesn't taste as dark as it looks and the light texture leaves a bit to be desired. Still, I find nothing truly negative about the beer and it's definitely around the 'average' quality rating of taste for a dark hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel:
At first I thought I enjoyed the feeling in the mouth but the carbonation quickly kicked in and I realized it wasn't what I thought at first. If it wasn't for the slight sting of the carbonation it would be above average in this aspect.

Drinkability:
Mediocre. Taking more than a few sips/gulps at a time produces a weird feeling of taste as it's going down. Individually sipped, it's alright.

Overall:
I expected more, especially from the nice look of the initial pour of the brew, but it's not a bad hefeweizen. Just not one that I would buy too often, or at all if there are other choices around.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2008 23:03:15 | More by Psilo707
Photo of MisterE
MisterE

Florida

2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

brown half liter (16.9 oz) bottle purchased in gift pack with a bottle of Hefe-Weizen (Weissbier) and a tall Erdinger 0.5 liter Weizen beer glass - all for $5.99 at Ward's

A: pours a deep reddish brown, initially with plenty of carbonation to support a large light tan head, but look quickly; in a few minutes it's gone

S: subtle but pleasant aroma of roasted malt, wheat, and hops - clean with no off notes

T: first comes the carbonation, then the mellow grains, finishing dry and clean

M: as mentioned above, mouthfeel is dominated by the bubbles, so that the last swallow is my favorite one

D: for me the high carbonation is not a plus, but fortunately that challenge can be overcome by drinking slowly

This is now my second bottle in two months, and I don't feel the need to try another one. But maybe if I see it on tap...

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 23:23:14 | More by MisterE
Photo of tronester
tronester

Oklahoma

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. Smell is of wheat and molassas. Taste is malty, with hints of chocolate and a slight wheat twang. Mouthfeel is thin and watery, carbonation high. Quite drinkable though, a smooth drinking beer, I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 01:11:12 | More by tronester
Photo of BradLikesBrew
BradLikesBrew

Missouri

3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: Cloudy brown body. Huge fluffy head with great retention.

s: Don't catch much of an aroma, very light wheat.

t: Wheat, caramel, maybe a hint of cocoa. I don't pick up any banana, strange. Overall a pretty weak flavor profile.

m: Super smooth and creamy.

d: One of those beers that just disappears from your glass it goes down so easy. That being said, I was really looking for a stronger, more complex flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 05:27:53 | More by BradLikesBrew
Photo of MusicaleMike
MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a wheat beer glass. The "best before" date reads 12-2008.

A: Three fingers of a big, bubbly, tan head sit on the cloudy, dark brown body of this beer like a cloud. There are attractive red highlights on the edge of the glass as the light shines through. There is a lot of active carbonation showing through the dark brown body. The head definitely dies rapidly for a wheat beer, first becoming more compact and creamy, eventually falling to a thin lace.

S: At first there was little to write about, and it was nothing that I had expected. The problem I think had to do with the temperature. It was probably too cold. I did eventually get a bready malt smell and a very faint wheat smell, with all too subtle hints of banana. Unfortunately, the dominant smell was astringent.

T: Like the smell, that characteristic banana flavor, usually present in a wheat beer, is barely noticeable on the palate. As the beer warms, the roasted, toasted wheat flavor becomes more powerful and is the dominant flavor, next to a subtle caramel flavor.

M: The mouthfeel is not that bad. The body is light-medium and the carbonation livens the beer, with a spritzy character that doesn't hinder the smoothness in any way.

D: I found myself disappointed by this offering. I have had some delicious beer from Erdinger and this did not match my expectations. It was drinkable, since it remained extremely light throughout the glass, but it lacked a certain complexity that I wanted from this dunkel-weiss. It is worth trying, especially is you wanted to pair it with a plate of grilled chicken.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 05:56:55 | More by MusicaleMike
Photo of AltBock
AltBock

Ohio

2.73/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500 ml bottle with a classic looking black label with "Erdinger" in gold letters and "Hefe-Weizen" in red letters. Also on the label there is a small amount of German here and there. The back label has a brief paragraph about the beer and a best before date and bottle code in a small gold brick. Mine was best before January 2009.

When poured into a Erdinger Weizen glass, this Dunkelweizen was an appealing murky dark chestnut brown with some caramel coloring mixed in with it. Usually Weizens have a massive head of foam on it, but the one on this beer was more controlled. It was about 1 1/2 inches in height and was an off white color. This head of foam quickly fizzled away and only left behind a handful of fizzy off white colored rings. I liked the color, but the head of foam needed a little something. This beer needs to be swirled around to wake up the aroma. When it was, the aroam was still very subtle with dark roasted wheat, a splash of sweet caramel, and a hint of banana and cloves. To me, the aroma needed more malted wheat and banana and it shouldn't have to be swirled around to get any kind of smell out of it. The taste was very crispy and carbonated with plenty of dark roasted wheat, a hint of banana, a pinch of cloves, and then finishes up with more malted wheat. It is a Weizen, but there should have been a little bit more flavor in here. Wheat can get a little boring by itself. This was a light bodied beer that was heavy on the carbonation and featured a faint aftertaste of dark roasted wheat and a hint of cloves. No banana, just wheat and cloves. It wouldn't be so bad if they lowerd the carbonation so I could get more of an aftertaste out of this beer. In the end, this Weizen was overly carbonated with a ton of malted wheat and really nothing else. There are better German or American Dunkelweizens out there. I will continue to use the glass with the Erdinger name on it, but I won't be pouring this beer into it any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 17:04:57 | More by AltBock
Photo of froghop
froghop

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pour is opaque with a large foamy light tan head, good lacing.

smell is of malt, some cocoa, git of bread dough in the back, touch of coffee.

taste is crisp, malt, touch of cocoa, some wheat, yeast, ends a little dry yet smooth.

overall a nice dunkel.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 01:03:05 | More by froghop
Photo of JRed
JRed

New Jersey

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

Dark brew with large foamy head that stays around. Alcoholic scent coming through the open medicine cabinet with some roasted nuts laying around. A bit malty taste, light carbonation zing with a touch of chocolate grain makes for a beer that sits well on the palate and easy on the stomach. A great balance of a light bodied beer that has characteristics of a dark, heavy bodied one.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 23:09:04 | More by JRed
Photo of velkyal
velkyal

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I could drink this until the cows come home. My local pub finally had this on tap so it had to be tried.

It pours a dark chestnut brown with a creamy, ivory head which sat nicely and laced the glass all the way down the drink.

The taste is like a slightly soured chocolate bar - a Hershy bar perhaps.

In the mouth, it feels maybe just a little too thin for my full bodied tastes, but just a tad.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2008 08:27:25 | More by velkyal
Photo of Tucquan
Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 16 oz bottle in Columbia, PA

The beer pours a beautiful, burnt cienna color and produces a thick, 3 finger tan head into a 20 oz glass.

The aroma is mild and is yeasty with roasted malt.

The taste is of molasses and carmelized apple without a hint of citrus. It is slighty sweet but not cloying and has a clean after taste.

The carbonation is mild to medium. All-in-all, this is a crisp, refreshing Dunkel; about on par with Franziskaner but not as good as Weihenstephaner.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 14:37:40 | More by Tucquan
Photo of Halcyondays
Halcyondays

California

2.68/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours brown with a fizzy tan head, fair head retention, fleeting, no lace, looks good initially.

S: Dark bread, pumpernickel, molasses, notes of root beer.

T: Really dark bread malt is the only thing there akin to a dopplebock, in fact it tastes more like a bock than a weizen, no real estery flavour at all. Flavour is light across the board, vapid.

M: Too much carbonation for the style, bursts in to carbon dioxide upon entering the mouth, overall light-bodied.

D: Can be difficult to drink due to the carbonation. Similar to the hefe from this brewery, I'm just not getting much. Compared to the real good weisse beers out there, this one just screams average.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 05:32:29 | More by Halcyondays
Photo of PittBeerGirl
PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Body is a medium chestnut brown hue with a very small amount of cloudiness. Pours with a very large foamy off-white head that eventually fades to a 1/2 finger and then retains pretty well. Some lacing is left behind in the glass. Decent but could be a lot hazier.

S- Very faint smell of what seems to be rich Munich malt. Some sweet yeast is noted too.

T- A hint of chocolate and toffee comes through upfront with a mild yeast backbone. A hint of roasted bitterness comes through for the finish which is otherwise clean.

M- Low carbonation and light, smooth, mild, yeasty body.

D- This is a decent beer overall but not what I have in mind for this style. I didn't detect the characteristic banana or spiciness. This is light, mild, and drinkable-nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 01:07:48 | More by PittBeerGirl
Photo of JohnfromDublin
JohnfromDublin

Ireland

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tasted this 500 ml bottle on 26.08.08 (best by 05 2009). It costed €2.50 per bottle in a Molloys Liquorstore, Dublin, Ireland.
I poured it into a weizen glass a dark brown moderately cloudy brew with a nice off-white head.
Very nice smell of banana, cloves, vanilla.

It tasted sharper, cleaner than a standard hefeweissen with a nice dry finish. I could sense the alcohol in this beer.

Overall a nice change from a hefe, sort of on the way towards a weizenbock.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 15:45:09 | More by JohnfromDublin
Photo of ATPete
ATPete

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

The brew pours a deep brown, almost rusty color with lots of haze and a huge and healthy beige/tan head that leaves lots of sticking on a .5L Erdinger Weiss glass. The nose emits aromas of toasted wheat, apple and a subtle chocolate malty sweetness. Its flavor drops off rather quick while tasting. Hints of spice, some detectable hop twang mid palate and on the finish, some metallic funk notes, oats, and definite notes of banana. Lots of active carbonation through out the bottle, light body and extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 12:56:24 | More by ATPete
Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
84 out of 100 based on 944 ratings.