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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,067 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,067
Reviews: 568
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 32
Gots: 90 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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)
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Photo of irishking1977
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Jet black with a small tan head that leaves no residual lacing.

S: Lots of malt in this brew. I do not detect anything that resembles wheat or anything to do with a hefe-weizen.

T: Very malty, but otherwise, there isn't much else to this brew. Basic by dunkel standards; non-existent hefeweizen standards. This is a dunkel, nothing more.

M: Nicely carbonated and quite chalky and chewy due to the robust maltiness of this brew. Not bad.

D: I've had better dunkels, better hefeweizens, and have even had better dark hefeweizens. This has almost no relevance to hefeweizens as far as my palate is concerned. This isn't a terrible brew, but it's just lacking in complexity. For those who like dark, malty brews, check this one out. Those who prefer their hefeweizens taste, smell and feel like hefeweizens, this one is probably not what you're looking for.

irishking1977, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a massive tan head that lasts the duration of the glass.

Faint, musty aroma with a nutty, cocoa not. Not very typical in a bad way.

Almost void of flavor aside from some chocolate malt and faint hefe yeast. The carbonation is soft, the finish is quick and clean, but in the end, it just doesn't deliver.

brownbeer, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of gpzhumphrey
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy, opaque, very dark brown. Definitely a hefe.

Aroma: Some banana and slight bit of clove. Nothing overwhelming though. Banana esters dominate the clove phenols. As it warms, more dark fruits present: raisin and fig perhaps.

Flavor: Light on the tongue with noticeable wheat character. Slight roast, but subdued. Creamy. Hop bitterness and flavor evident, but not overpowering - within style.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium full body. Effervescent. Creamy and light (a dichotomy, but it's there nonetheless).

Overall: Excellent example of a dunkelweizen - as expected.

gpzhumphrey, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass. The best-before date on the back of the bottle is 9/2009, which I didn't notice before purchase. Four months shouldn't be a big problem, though.

Appearance: deep brown color with a ruby tinge; quite dark for a dunkelweizen. Head is a couple of fingers of tan foam. Overall, I do quite like it.

Smell: a little wheat and a little roasted malt. One smell I detect is that of bourbon; it seems more like an off aroma in this context than anything else. Call this one average.

Taste: the flavor has a nicer wheat component than the aroma. There is a little caramel flavor to the malt and not much in the way of any roasted malt flavor. It's pretty good, but not fantastic.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with a good level of carbonation. There is a nice creamy texture here that I like.

Drinkability: really, quite drinkable, if a little sweet. I could definitely have a couple of these over fried food at a pub.

flagmantho, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of acelin
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this at the local Cork and Barrel here in Lawrence. Pretty cheap for a 500 ml - was something around 2 bucks. Bought a lot of great German brews that night.

Poured out of the dark glass bottle into a half liter weißbier glass. Tried the fancy Deutsch bar way - completely upside down pour. The head was gigantic at first but settled to a one finger white head within 2 minutes.

The aroma of this beer was heavily dominated by banana, cloves and other peppery spices. What a beautiful smell! Very delicious to the nostrils - wafts in like incense.

The taste of this beer was very pleasing- not cloying in any way with regards to sweetness. A proper balance of wheat malt and traditional weißbier hops. Banana tones were the most present other than the wheat malt. Kicks a little harder in the hop department than American dunkelweizens - not a bad thing at all. Gives you what you want in a dunkel.

Had a pretty damn good mouthfeel. Decently good drinkability. I would have consumed another had I purchased more than one.

acelin, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of DKMonroe
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this in Wolfsburg Germany at the local grocery store. The bottle is pretty neat looking the colors of the label go perfect along with the standard brown color of the bottle. Very classy, which is why I picked it up. Also the label was slightly different than the picture here. The word Weissbier was missing from the front label altogether.

It poured really dark, you can see color peeking through the edges where the light had less volume to travel through. Color was nice, and there was some visible bits of east after the last pour after the usual swirling. The head was Great it was large for a few moments, and did get smaller, but never less than 1.5 cm. Lacing was total when tipping the glass for a drink, and nice remnants of it down the glass as it was consumed

The smell was mild, I like a little more usually but this was a good mild, little hinds of chocolate.. I really loved the smell.

Taste like the smell especially for the darkness was mild also, and the little chocolate as mentioned before came through in the taste. It was a little less than in your face but got it's point across.

Very easy to drink.. like it.. and will drink it again..

DKMonroe, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of JohnnyP3
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5L bottle with a best by date of 03/2010 into an imperial pint glass.

A: Beautiful rich, dark brown with a creamy, frothy head that has good staying power. Beer leaves some lacing as it works its way around the glass.

S: Bananas, cloves, spice, nutmeg, light hints of caramel or chocolate. Creates an alluring quality that makes me want to explore this beer.

T: Definitely a spicy character imparted from the wheat. Also some fruits (banana, maybe dried apricot?) in there, combined with some faint strands of pepper, powdered cocoa. Overall, a nice mixture of tastes from this dark wheat brew.

M: Not an extremely "smooth" beer because of the spice quality, but well carbonated and rolls nicely across the palate as it is consumed.

D: Fairly easy drinking. This dark wheat is enjoyable in all seasons. The dunkel imparts a more hearty feel for cold weather months, but also has a refreshing quality during the summer as well. Goes well with schnitzel, sausages, even seafood. Or just enjoy by itself on a relaxing weekend afternoon.

JohnnyP3, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a fluffy white head. Strong caramel malt presence in aroma as well as the flavor. Slight smoke presence in the flavor as well. Light-medium body and a very easy drinker. Medium carbonation. Drank this with some homemade venison German sausage and it was outstanding.

Mora2000, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of lstokes
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although it poured nice and dark and heady, I was seriously underwhelmed by this beer. The smell was light (I think Erdinger smells are always light?) and a bit smokey, and then the taste was just smokey and sugary, maybe a little bit of chocolate malt, and a bitter aftertaste that lingers.

Even though I suffered through the overly light taste, the mouthfeel was surprisingly thick for that, and felt sediment-thick instead of creamy thick. Not a bad beer, necessarily, but not one I would drink again.

lstokes, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of Natural510
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark, opaque brown with a half-inch of off-white head. Foam quickly dissipates into the thinnest layer on top before going completely flat.
Not much to the scent, other than a bit of cola and hint of chocolate.
Malt provides the cola/sarsaparilla-like flavor. A certain breadedness is created by the wheat, otherwise not much going on, taste-wise. Thin and watery in the mouth, and completely flat after 10 minutes or so.
Lacks any real substance or bold flavors. Quite embarrassing when compared to other German dunkels. May be a bit better when fresh from the brewer, but having tried other Erdinger brews, that's quite an assumption.

Natural510, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of berley31
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a large, creamy off-white head that lasted for a good long time before dissipating to 1/2-finger. Body is dark brown and cloudy.

S: Aroma of light malt and yeast, with hints of banana and possibly some clove.

T: Sweet flavor with the banana coming through... the finish is quite mild and with an average duration. Luckily the sweetness doesn't become sickening; in general, the flavor really IS quite mild, but nicely so.

M: Light-bodied and creamy, with lively-to-fizzy carbonation.

D: Quite an easy beer to drink. The flavor certainly isn't blow-your-mind or anything, but overall it's a good beer.

berley31, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of Long813
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

G: Erdinger Weizen Glass

A: Dark chesnut bpdy, some light escapes around the edges of the glass. There is three fingers of thick creamy off-white head with good retention. It leaves thick fomay lacing.

S: Caramel, roasted nuts, figs and raisins. The aromas are not overly strong here.

T: Figs and roasted nuts are the strongest which are followed by sweet caramel. Seems to end off with a slight assortment of hops.

M: Light bodied, medium low-carbonation. It feels very smooth around the mouth and leaves a bitter-sweet finish with the taste of figs and caramel.

D: Not a bad beer, I don't know how this comapres to other dunkels but I wouldn't be resilient to try them. Very tasty if you enjoy the taste of the darker fruits.

Long813, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of Seanstoppable
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A random pickup from the NSLC. I've had this a few times before.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with tons of foamy white head. Head lingers for quite a while. Minor lacing left on the glass.

Some scent that is like a cross between caramel and molasses, as well as something that reminds me of plums.

Taste begins with a nice mellow and sweet malt flavor. Again I am reminded of a cross between caramel and molasses. Something somewhat fruity as well, but I can't quite nail it. Very smooth and light in the mouth. Sweetness lingers a bit after swallowing.

Smooth, tasty, and very, very drinkable.

Seanstoppable, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of jbonapar
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love this in bottles, but at Pub Italia in Ottawa, its on tap.

A wonderfully dark but drinkable German Beer. I often recommend this to friends that do not normally drink dark beer, but wants something refreshing.

Smell - Overripe Banana;s with a slight chocolate overtone. No bitterness in the smell.

Taste - Smoothness is the key here. Overripe banana, figs chocolate (milk chocolate). Such a nice smooth beer. So easy to drink and so refreshing.

of all the dark wheat beers, this is the probably my favorite "every-day" beer. It never disappoints. On tap, its even better.

jbonapar, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On a bit of a dunkel kick - now for another old favorite.

Pours a very dark brown, just a hint of russet when held in the light. Leaves a foamy 1 inch head, which encirles the glass and leaves a bit of lacing.

The smell didn't impress me at first, but I figured that I had the beer too cold. I put it in the fridge with everything else and sort of forgot about it, so when I took it out, it was very cold. As it warmed up a little in the glass, I started getting caramel, dark malts, spicy fruit and wheat on the nose. Still very subtle, but the smell was there.

The taste is malty and fruity (figs or plums) with caramel and just a hint of hops. Runs sweet to bitter.

Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, giving the beer a smooth character. Almost creamy (probably the result of the head still being around halfway through the glass).

A highly drinkable dunkel, not my favorite, but certainly worth a go. I'll keep an eye out for this one on tap (and will make sure I let it warm a little next time!)

JohnnyBarman, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of roddwolff
4.72/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black wheat beer from Germany. The label says its refermented in the own bottle. I had to wait 10 days since i pulled all 4 wisdom teeth (31-oct-2009) to re-tasting beers.

A: Deep brown, almost black, foam head is dark, creamy with three fingers, nice lacing, it took me about 20 minutes to drink the beer, and the head foam never goes away;

S: Roasted malts and earth hops, produces essences of caramel and roasted chestnuts;

T: Roasted malt and wood, hoppy end;

M: Bitter, dry and woody, leaves taste in the mouth to prune and snuff, fuzzy and full body;

D: Very tasty, the best Erdinger i have proven.

roddwolff, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer served on draft at Churchkey in D.C. Beer is brown, hazy with a gigantic head. Head falls away in a few minutes leaving a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate and steady, large bubbles. A really attractive beer.

Aroma is much weaker than I expected. I can't really smell any malt to speak of, there is some hints of esters (banana) like you'd expect, just a lot more subtle than I thought it should be.

Medium body smooth beer. Both this beer and Erdinger hefeweiss have very similar flavors. And that flavor is bland. I know that these beers are suppose to have refreshing and simple flavors, all I'm saying is that I've had better beers in these categories. All of the flavors you'd expect are there, just muted, some banana / clove-like flavor, some malt (since this is the dunkel) just not a lot of it. Perfectly fine tasting beer, just really subtle.

Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied, smooth, no aftertaste. Drinkability is high, as it should be. A pretty good beer.

drabmuh, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a mahogany color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of roasted malt thats a little sweet

T - Follows the nose sweet roasted wheaty malt

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I thought this was a pretty damn good Dunkel easy to drink with a good taste is a thumbs up in my book worth trying sometime

armock, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of TheHammer
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this one up at the LCBO, it claims on the label to be brewed according to the purity law of 1516. Given that this is a wheat beer, I think they should review what exactly the Reinheitsgebot entails. Anyways, onto the review.

Appearance: Whoa Nelly, way too much head as a modest pour has produced half a glass of it. Not really much more can be said besides that, apart that it retained well and left some mild lacing. The beer is a deep dark brown, as I'd expect from a Dunkel and seems decently carbonated.

Smell: It's nice, although not especially pronounced or varied, as it smells of malt & wheat mixed with a dark chocolate caramel. There really isn't any additional complexity.

Taste: A very nice and rich beer, as it starts with a light wheaty caramel that turns to a more robust sweet roast malt with some nutmeg and chocolate notes and the barest touch of banana and ending with neigh unnoticeable herb like hops. I've never encountered a wheat beer with such a simple and easy taste, but that's not necessarily a bad thing here.

Mouthfeel: Nice and creamy with a carbonation that might leave you thinking it was poured with a nitro. It does leave the mouth a little moist but it makes up for that with a delightfully light chocolate caramel aftertaste that lingers for just the right amount.

Drinkability: Smooth as silk going down the hatch, decently refreshing but I little bit heavy on the gut. No gas issues to speak of, but I could see the sweetness getting old fast with this offering.

Final Thoughts: Well this was my first Dunkelweizen and I have to say, I'm a fan. I've really taken a liking to wheat beers, and this one is no exception. If you are a hop head, you will not enjoy this beer, however I am a bit of a sweet tooth, and that really comes out with this one. Great dessert beer, or something to have by the fireplace.

TheHammer, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of corby112
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very deep, dark chestnut brown color that's almost black and completely opaque. Slightly light mahogany edges hen held to a alight source and a 2.5 frothy light beige head that quickly settles into a lasting cap that leaves spots of soapy lacing.

Slightly roasted malt aroma with a prominent spicy clove presence as well as some dark chocolate, bready yeast, citrus peel and ripe banana.

Very carbonated mouthfeel with a slightly watered down body. Very prominent spicy clove flavor with some roasted malt along with strong citrus peel flavor. The bready yeast notes aren't as strong as I would like, resulting in the slightly watery feel. Also, not as much chocolate malt as expected. To me it just seems like a dark hefe that's slightly roasty with a lot of clove and lemony zest.

corby112, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of docfmf
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A neighbor brought this back from germany. Not bad for an average beer.

Packaging good, although bottle looks like it should be a dark porter. Beer its self is lighter than I thought it would look.

I had it cold, and drinkability very good, taste average. Smell was almost like a weaker beer shoud smell, if that makes sense.

docfmf, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of mmva321
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a simple beer that has very little that really stands out but is consistently good all around.

The apperance is almost a dark copper color; a dirty brown with a slight tint of red. The off-white head quickly dissapates down the side, leaving a thick, bubbly layer on the top.

The smell really doesn't have any auromas that really break through. It is a little fruity, but anything that is there is drowned out by a still faint smell of yeast.

The taste has the banana falvor but also the same bitter yeast taste. After having the beer, that yeast smell and flavor is what I really remember about it. There is a lingering bitterness afterwards. Still, this is a solid dark wheat beer with a consistent and simple taste.

The mouthfeel looses some marks for being so carbonated. Otherwise, there is nothing wrong with it, but for the dark flavors, I was hoping for something a little more substantial. This was a little too thin.

The drink was also satisfying but unmemorable. It goes down fine but doesn't really leave any stong lasting impressions. And that's the beer itself. A good beer with simple, consistent and subtle flavors that is too carbonated and at times, perhaps, a little too subtle.

mmva321, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours murky brown with a large but quickly dissipating head.
Nose shows ripe banana, spicy noble hops, wheat and some darker (toasted) grains.
Flavours consist of toasted grains, some caramel, banana, more noble hops, wheat, some alcohol, followed by a very light bitterness.
Refreshing light body, but carbonation is over the top!
Very easy to drink.

CrazyDavros, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of allforbetterbeer
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown, completely opaque. Cream-colored fizzy head that quickly disappeared. Little to no lacing.

Smell: Grains, primarily wheat, maybe sugar. Overall, no significant smell.

Taste: Overall much less taste than expected. Mouthfeel is so bubbly that I can't detect much taste initially, only carbonation. Light wheat and toasted grains follow. No significant afertaste, very minimal hops, no malts. Possibly a little caramel on the side of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Very bubbly (reminded me of diet soda) and watery. Not impressed.

Drinkability: Easy to drink because of lack of intensity, but so bubbly and thin it didn't satisfy.

Overall: Looking at other reviews makes me question my particular bottle's quality. It's drink before date is still months away, so I am not sure. Judging from this bottle, I would say this beer isn't worth the time. However, it comes from a respected brewery, so I will try to get another and re-review it soon.

allforbetterbeer, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of atis
3.9/5  rDev +4%
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
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