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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel - Erdinger Weissbräu

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1,086 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,086
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 32
Gots: 99 | FT: 0
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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 weeare138
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark brown with deep mahogany. A small off white head slowly fades into a gentle cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, caramel, herbs, grain, brown sugar, and cream.
Taste is of the aromas with a dry cocoa flavor.
Mouthfeel is mdium bodied, semi sweet and dry.

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Muddied brown/ruby pour. Dark alright, but the lack of a head screams that's missing the bought as per style. It has a head, but very minimal.
Well, aroma is caramel and sweet. Some roastiness. No spice, yeast, citrus, cloves...
Taste matches aroma. It's not bad, just not to style. But I wonder if that's b/c they missed the boat, or just didn't try. No spice, no tingle. Had it with a burger and shouldn't have.

Poured the last inch to the drain. If only because I had another beer waiting on deck.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light cloudy flat brown with pink highlights and a big lively head that fades to cling. Fresh Irish brown bread nose - yeast + wheat. Waxy yeast, banana esters in the middle and a spicy pop to end. Kola nut linger. Soft, lively, light.

All the flavors are in the right place, but maybe a bit thin and simple. Could stay on this a while, though.

Photo of xylophonica
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 50cl bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Very dark. Pours with about 2.5 fingers of head. Dark crystal froth on top. Minimal lacing.

S - Dark berries, cherry being most notable. Some malt and dark caramel as well. Toffee coming through later on.

T - Dark caramel, cacao flavours at first with some bitter toffee to balance. However roasted malts and rich nut flavours are the basis of this drink.

M - Not bad, but hardly worth any special mention. Strong on the tongue at first but fading out quickly to a nice smooth ending.

D - Very easy to drink, quite smooth which makes it great for an early evening sip around the fireplace. Goes down easy.

Not a bad Dunkel, but a bit darker than most i.e. the roasted malts are more obvious here. Preference in this category would be Hofbrau Dunkel but this is great to drink regardless.

Photo of kjyost
2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle dated BB 09-2010 poured moderately into a weizen glass at around 4-5C. Swirled some sediment into the glass, but missed much of it as it had flocculated heavily.

The body of the beer is a deep brown with a rich head that doesn't lace, but leaves a ring about the edge for the entire session.

The aroma of the beer is its greatest disappointment. Very light, with malty notes and roasted grain with little wheat aromas. Much too light and I was taken aback by its lack of character. The aroma develops over time though.

The beer has a malty body that has flavours of chocolate in it that eventually gives way to some fruity undertones with a strong and somewhat bitter finish that lingers a little too strongly ini the mouth. Seems a touch unbalanced, with the malt being too strong or the fruity character being too low.

Feels nice in the mouth, with the carbonation being below average for the style, but still crisp. A decent glass of beer, though flawed in (IMHO) the most important places.

Photo of jspruit
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this 50cl bottle as an Easter gift.

Pours a cola-ish brown body with a giant 3 finger foamy white head, which slowly reduces to a small 1/2 finger head.

Doesn't smell of too much-sort of sweet notes, small wheat/yeast, and a bot of light chocolate but very faint.

Tastes more sweet wheatiness than anything. Malt comes through in the middle of the sip with some light spices, chocolate and caramel notes. Nothing overpowering though and I didn't detect much banana/cloves hints that I would have expected from a dunkelweizen.

Feels relatively light in the mouth and going down and not too filling.

Higher ABV than I would have thought for this one after tasting it. Drinks pretty easy, but there isn't as much to taste as I would have expected. I'd like to try some other beers of this style to see what the best are supposed to be like.

Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty dark brown, little bit of red. The head is pretty tall, and looks like the foam on a glass of pop, except for the very top, where it looks and feels creamy. At least a little head sticks around for the whole drink.

Smell is good... pretty average. Kind of sweet / doughy / roasted.

Taste is good. I wasn't impressed by it much... seemed like an average good beer. Nothing made go "wow, that's cool". A bit sweet, roasted... standard stuff.

Feels fine in the mouth. Not too fizzy, pretty smooth.

Pretty drinkable. I don't think I like it enough to be motivated enough to have more than one at a time, though.

Photo of OtherShoe2
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a chestnut brown with a big billowy beige/tan head. Some bubbles rising in the glass, and some good lacing. Pretty beer -- surprised at depth/degree of brown in this one.

Dunkelweizen? Really? Where in the f*ck is the clove, banana, spice, etc.? Hell, where is the wheat? Where is the yeast? Toasted malt, some cocoa in the nose...is this Schwarzbier? Nope, label says dunkelweizen.

Big friggin disappointment here. Some nice toasted grain flavors, but then there's a brown sugar element to this. Again, you cannot tell this is wheat beer. Some uneven balance between sweet brown bread and pumpernickel. Some bitter/sweet in the finish. Not undrinkable but damn, what a mess.

Nice carbonation, decent body, but just right on the lighter side.

I drank it. Didn't dig the sweet part of this and all of the elements missing from traditional versions of the style. With all of the other good, complex and easily available versions of this beer out there, there is no way in hell I'd seek this out for another go. Again, it was drinkable, but falls far short of others.

Photo of VWBuggirl
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice deep dark brown with a thick light brown foamy head. I get lots of caramel and banana in the smell. It is quite sweet smelling.

The taste is a bit lemony at first and end with toffee/caramel sweetness that lingers. I don't get a lot of wheat in the flavor which is a bit disappointing as I really enjoy their Hefeweizen.

It is a very easy drinker and the sweetness only slightly hinders that.

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

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into an Erdinger weizen glass. Best before date of "07-2010".

Appearance: Big tan head, cloudy brown body. Decent carbonation and spots of lacing.

Smell: Prune and banana are the most prevalent aromas for me. Noble hops, as well.

Taste: Noble hops play a bigger part of the taste than I was expecting. Dark malts and a little banana after the noble hops have faded from my palate.

Photo of FishGetter
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Super thick head from an aggressive pour. Color of dark coffee.
Great nose on this brew with grain aromas ballanced by noble hops. Some toffee and coffee aromas in there too, but light.
Light wheat flavors, some other grains in there too. Nice low malted profile that maintains dominace. Very mild coffee flavors mixed in. Real clean brew.
Medium mouthfeel, again real clean, no lingering flavor.
Nothing outstanding here, just a solid offering. Very plesant brew.

Photo of mrmanning
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour. Heady beige foam atop. Spices, peat, and roasted malts in the nose. Flavours include sweet candy malts, a subtle spiceyness, with mild earthy peaty flavours in the finish. Medium light bodied, with a somewhat watery finish. No trace of the ABV. Pretty good Dunkel.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent, if a bit flat, dunkelweizen

Presentation: 500 ml. bottle. classic label design around the brand text and seal. Back notes briefly the characteristics of the brew, and enumerates ingredients. Shows best before date (05 2010). Notes brewing according to the reinheistgebot, and Alc. by Vol. (5.6%) Poured into a tall weisse glass.

A - Brown hazy pour, with an early assertive head, that does not show much retention, and minimal lacing.

S - Wheat and soft yeasty smell, with a citrusy note, and a toffee and caramel small range.

T - Light spicy wheat taste with a soft range of spices, and a malty sweetness that shows notes of caramel and toffee.

M - Light body with good carbonation early on that halfway through fades a bit retaining its body a bit better than other Erdinger offerings.

D - Good drinkability, lacks much to make it memorable but it is pretty reliable.

Notes: Nothing remarkable but it is one of their better offerings and makes for a fair dunkelweizen.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer comes in a 50 cl short-necked brown bottle. The label is dark brown with the writing in golden with a picture of barley.

A: The pour is hazy dark brown with a really creamy light brown large head that takes some time to dissipate. Some lacings.

S: Roasted malt and wheat, ripe bananas and some yeast. Some chocolate notes as well. A bit flowery.

T: Nice mix of roasted sweet malt and wheat. Very bready. The bananas are held back a bit. Flowery.

M: Refreshing with a rather short aftertaste that holds some sweetness and bitterness at the same time. The body is mediumlight and carbonation is rich. A smooth warm feeling fills your mouth.

D: A Dunkelweizen is always a nice experience. This one was a bit to light in taste and smell to be a top-beer for me.

Photo of BMoney575
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 2-24-10
Best before April 2010

Pours a slightly cloudy reddish-brown color, with a great white head that last forever in a thin, bubbly layer.

Smell is very light, a little bit of clove and banana, and just the tiniest bit of sweet malt. Not overly complex, and maybe slightly adjuncty.

Taste is just like the smell, subtle sweet malt, and hints of banana. A little bit on the bland side.

Mouthfeel is very thin and bubbly, but suits this beer well.

Drinkability is good, just not very exciting.

Overall, I'd go with the regular hefe-weizen anytime.

Photo of rarbring
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very dark brown beer, almost black, the head is tan and recedes rather quickly, leaving some lacing.

The smell is typical for many wheat bears, sour notes mixed with dough and yeast. A sweetness from caramel and toffee.

Taste is some sourness, bread notes and a rather short bitterness. The malt is dominating.

A heavy carbonation, small sizzling bubbles.

I have some difficulties with finding the right surrounding for dark sweeter wheat beers, maybe a strong hard cheese?

But anyway a good and well made beer.

Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The bottle opens with an aggressive hiss of carbonation and pours with a bit, three finger head of light tan foam. The body is dark amber-brown with a light haze. The head exhibits good retention and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - A light, toasty aroma of dark bread and sweet malt with just a hint of toffee richness. A little bit of bubblegum and clove yeast character shows through in the background.

T - Dark, toasted malt flavors blend up front with banana and bubblegum yeast notes. More toasty, cola like malt flavors in the middle before a finish of fruity yeast with some clove notes that compliment the darker malt notes.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is a very enjoyable beer with nice yeast character and a touch of dark malt that adds color and complexity to the beer without overwhelming it in caramel sweetness. I particularly like the way that the yeasty clove flavor in the finish compliments the sweet toast and toffee flavors of the malt. A nice example of the style and an enjoyable, refreshing beer.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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..

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.

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.

Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
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