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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,043 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,043
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 28
Gots: 83 | 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)
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Photo of JAStheAce
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out dark, but not dunkelweizen dark. Dunkelweizen dark is sexy. Dunkelweizen dark is brown caramel with yelllow/amber undertones and cloudy/turbid. This beer was closer to black with reddish/garnet undertones and did not have the signature cloudy appearance of a dunkel.

I could smell a little banana and bubblegum and I knew the beer was trying to smell like a dunkel, but it didn't succeed. Same with the taste. It was yeasty and had the wheat malts but not much of them - they were not very pronounced and I had to strain to taste and smell the characteristics of this beer style which I am most fond of. For this, I cannot give good marks as the beer should reach out to me and not the other way around.

It was a well carbonated and balanced beer and a decent mouthfeel, but once again, not the chewy bready medium mouthfeel I expect in a "doonn-kel vite-sen." I could accept a light to medium, but this was a very light mouthfeel, it wasn't bad but not thick enough.

In conclusion, this is not a bad beer. It is procedurally correct and all the components are there. But these components aren't top quality and as a result are substantively deficient. Therefore, it is not a bad beer, its an allright beer. But it is not a good dunkelweizen.

JAStheAce, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. This offering is available damned-near everywhere you look in liquor stores around here - time I gave it a shake, I suppose.

This beer pours a murky, practically opaque chocolate brown colour, with four fingers of puffy, silken, and thickly foamy beige head, which leaves some chunky avian-esque lace around the glass as it duly subsides.

It smells lightly of grainy wheat, yeast, banana, bubblegum, dark cocoa, and roasted caramel malt. The taste is bittersweet chocolate, wheaty whole grain, nutty caramel malt, a subtle bready yeastiness, a bit of dark fruit sweetness, like raisins or figs, and tame earthy noble hops.

The carbonation is a bit on the high side, in its over-abundantly frothy manner, the body a sort of thin medium weight (but that may just be a relative perception based on the 'heavy' appearance), and quite base in its smoothness. It finishes mostly dry, the chocolate getting somewhat chalky, and the grainy wheat just chugging along.

Decent, and rather plainly inoffensive, and nowhere near the fruit/yeast bomb that I was expecting. It's more akin to the well-made but boring brown ales around here. Very old-world, I suppose, as I always seem to see older Euro gentleman carrying armfuls of this stuff to the tills at the store.

biboergosum, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of DerBayer
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Dunkel is in my view usually better than the pale variety (in fact in most beers) - it tends to capture most of the aromas and flavours of the pale variety but adds on some roast nuts and caramel.

Erdinger Dunkel does not disappoint here:

A - Pours a beautiful dark brown - black but not quite as nice as say Aventinus

S - Hefeweizen with roast nuts overtones

T - Tastes just the way it smells but slightl shy of its attracive looks

M - Feels crisp and refreshing, medium carbonation with nice bubbles

D - Can be had all year round

DerBayer, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of Anthony1
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a goblet

Pours a strong dark black with a decent tan head. Not much lacing, but looked thick.

This beer tricked me at first. It pours so dark I thought it was going to be like a stout. but it smelled and tasted almost the same as the hefe. If I closed my eyes, i could have thought it was an pale orange color. It was a little lacking of the strong flavors like the erdinger hefe, but it was still good. I enjoyed the beer, but nothing amazing .

Anthony1, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of bmwats
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard 50cl weizen.

A: Hazy dark brown. Seems to have a pretty hefty amount of carbonation. Pours into a 4 finger, frothy, off white head. Slowly settles as the giant bubbles disintegrate. Leaves a little layer of foam when it's all said and done. Any lacing quickly retreats into the brew as you drink. The giant head renews as you top it off.

S: Has a roasted, wheat and almond aroma. A hay or grass smell, kinda' like you're taking a stroll in a pasture.

T: Subtle wheat, and a somewhat roasted nut flavor.

M: Robust, but the carbonation lightens the body a bit. Nice soft, lingering aftertaste.

D: Very good balance of flavor and body. A good beer to sip on.

Really strong atmosphere. Great appearance, and a thick but subtle nose. Flavor is not complex, but full and balanced. The body is light, but it does have a hearty feel. Overall, very solid quaff.

PS. After writing the review, I checked some others to see where mine settled in. I see my score is a bit high, but then again, I'm a dunkelweisse fan. . . so I shouldn't be surprised at that, I suppose. Kind of a polarizing style, I've noticed.

bmwats, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of erz316
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

.5 L bottle into pualaner weizen glass. date says 04/2009: I'm 1.5 months too late!!!

A - pours nicely, not giving off a lot of head, and that which did form dissipated into a thin layer. colour looks good with a dark brown with hints of deep red.

S - the nose is extremely weak. there is something to be smelled, but I can't quite make it out. I think it is a malty-yeasty scent, but it is quite, quite faint.

T - a weak taste, not more or less. there is some malty presence, but even after putting some back into the bottle and getting that last bit of yeast from the bottom there is no real improvement. during the finish the same lame malt flavour clings on for dear life. the after taste is simply of the cracker (one measly cracker) I ate prior to reviewing.

MF&D - again the beer (like the regular version) is incredibly carbonated and thin; though it is hard to tell between viscosity and sheer carbonation.

erz316, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of gmfessen
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle has a best before date of 07 2009, so I guess I'm getting to this just in time. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is an almost opaque brown color with a huge brown-cream head. The smell is a mixture of sweetly roasted malts, breadiness, spicy yeast and just a hint of banana/clove. The taste is much the same, no flavor is overly dominate but it is a slightly sweet mixture of the toasted malt, bready yeast and subdued spice. The mouthfeel is good, full bodied and almost chewy, carbonation is present but in check. Overall, a very drinkable beer but not the most impressive Dunkelweizen I've had. Non-offensive, it might be a good beer for a BMC drinker to try as a gateway beer.

gmfessen, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of Blissmo
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had the Erdinger Kristallklar and Hefe before so I was anxious to pick this one up when I first heard of it. I bought a bottle of Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel at the "systembolaget" (it's the monopoly we have here in Sweden for selling beer and such with higher than 3.5% alcohol by volume) in a neighboring town.

I poured it into a weissbier glass, and the first thing I noticed was that that the beer was much darker than I had expected, almost as dark as say, a Guinness, but with a slightly brown/tan foamy head.

It smelled a lot less than I expected, but I could smell a little bit of caramel.

The taste was good but it didn't taste as much as I expected. The taste was a bit caramelly as well, with less fruit and citrus than an ordinary wiessbier and virtually no bitterness at all.

Overall I liked the look and mouthfeel to it the most. The taste and smell was good but very subtle. Although I must say it's a very drinkable beer.

Blissmo, Jun 17, 2009
Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't remember where or when I had this. Notes are undated but thorough.

Color is very dark brown, almost black, with brownish-red highlights. Head is thick and foamy, about one head, and leaves thin lacing.
Lots of dark fruits on the nose: raisin and plum, perhaps. Caramel malt makes a strong backing and there's a light peppery spice.
Caramel malt forms the backbone with strong molasses. There's some dark chocolate and the banana notes are faint but present. Hops are also weak but present and add to balance. The peppery spice is also in the back.
This one has a crisp mouthfeel. The body is quite full and carbonation is moderate.
This is a tasty brew and makes me look forward to trying more in this style.

Brenden, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of gameface23
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours cola brown (much darker than expected) with a fizzy head.

S: Not much in the way of classic hefe/dunkel smells. I didn't detect much clove/banana/bubblegum. It almost seemed to smell like a doppelbock or something.

T: Again, like a hybrid between a bock and a hefe. I detected some dark fruits and definitely caramel.

M: It's smooth

D: Average. This beer is an outlayer from all the other dunkels that I have had so far. There isn't much yeast flavor and the malt is what dominates.

gameface23, Jun 09, 2009
Photo of nickynick
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel poured a dark brown, much darker then I expected. Almost looked like a stout. The smell was faint, hints of bread and yeast. Taste was very full, hints of chocolate, but lighter. Mouthfeel was good. Drinkability was ok, was a little filling. Overall this was an interesting beer. I liked it, was a different style of hefe. Unexpectedly pleasant. Would look for again.

nickynick, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass for a soapy, off-white one-finger head that died at a medium pace with no lace on a cola colored body. A balance of clove and citric notes along with caramel malt passes for the aroma. Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy, has a little spicy clove taste up front the citric notes and hop bitterness (along with some good carbonation) mix with some caramel, roasted malts for a slightly sweet and citric beer that is a little sticky and has a dry, crisp backbite. A good all-around beer but there is nothing outstanding about it that makes it great.

clayrock81, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BB June 2009 - which is right now. Poured a murky brown and settled a dull, dark brown and olive colour with some transparence in the edges when in the light. Nice globs of tiny bubbles after the pour, bubble centres spread over the perimeter of the tan head. Nice ring and some minor lace.

There is an understated smell of burnt toast and rye bread. Some of that early carbonation made for a slightly spritzy mouthfeel to begin with but that settled, hoppiness on the mild side. Taste initially was of dark malty flavours, hint of figs, balance not bad at all. Air brought out a bit of licorice and a sharper finish. That was less pronounced with additional warming, I expected the opposite. By mid-glass, the beer lost a lot of its' lustre and came to resemble an American dark lager of sorts.

Overall, I found this beer hard to fault and I would not hesitate to keep a few of these around the house. However, that is likely because I tend to favour North American dark lagers over German dunkels in the first place. Frankly, this would not have struck me as a dunkel to begin with, or at least not very representative of the style.

ThatWineGuy, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered a a beautiful half-liter at Sunswick 35/35 for $7. This dark brown beer with its light tan head looked oh-so promising, but fell flat once I started sipping. Sure, the carbonation was fine, but it only tasted like a creamed wheat or oatmeal cereal with a hint of cocoa powder.

tempest, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle picked up at a off-license in Dingle, County Kerry, Ireland while vacationing there. Some ridiculously expensive price like Euro2.69, which, with the dollar having taken a beating for a couple of years, equaled about $3.90, which is WAY too much to pay for this beer, unless you've had nothing but Guinness for a few days. Best before date, March 2010.

Moderate pour yields a huge chucky tan head over a rich dark mahogany body. Huge thick sticky sheeting coasts the inside of the glass. A truly lovely beer: maybe even a 5.0.

Rich, strong chocolate malt aroma you can smell across the room. Nice wheaten notes, with a slight little hint of sweet cola in the background. Smells delicious.

After the rich and complex aroma, the taste, while still okay, is a bit of a let-down. The cola flavor is more pronounced and the chocolate malt is definitely in the background. Good, but not as good as the aroma.

Mouthfeel is rounded about by the soft nice carbonation, doesn't match the head and lacing. Still, quite pleasant.

As with all wheat beers, eminently drinkable. Smooth, light and easy. Positively sessionable.

Overall, a fine example of the still: good, but not the best in class.

ColoradoBobs, May 28, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best before 01-2010.

500ml brown bottle.

Poured into a goblet a very dark brown color with creamy, fine-laced head that sticks around pretty well.

Aroma is sweet and nutty with a buttered bread characteristic that is very unique.

Flavor sweet with a nice toasted malt taste. There is some raisin and plum flavor that go really well with the carmel and toffee. It's very nicely balanced and not too sweet which has become my main concern with this style. There is also some subtle spice that is welcome.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and medium-plus bodied. Overall a very nice drinkable dark wheat beer. I could enjoy this on a regular basis.

GilGarp, May 20, 2009
Photo of Murchmac
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark cola brown James brown with some ruby tuesday highlights. Otis My Man!

Not much of a smell. Some earthy grain notes on the tip of my nose... Who dropped a whole truckload of fizzies into the swim meet? Who delivered the medical school cadavers to the alumni dinner?

Tastes of some roasted malts and faint chocolate overtones. Thank you sir! May I have another?

Sweet but vapid aftertaste. I gave my love a cherry / That had no stone / I gave my love a chicken / That had no bones / I gave my love a story / That had no end / I gave my..

Fat drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, so drink this beer unless like Fred Dorfman your a closet case.

Murchmac, May 20, 2009
Photo of donteatpoop
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark cola-colored beer with tan head that disappears quikly.

Smells of roasted malts, grain, and some earthy tones; underlying mocha scent as well.

Not as sweet as the scent, but a solid presentation. The roasted malt and grain were very present, the chocolate hints are almost an after thought.

Pretty harsh carbonation, needs to be toned down a bit.

Otherwise a pretty good beer.

donteatpoop, May 19, 2009
Photo of Hornet2003
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours dark, amber-brown colour. Fizzy head that faded quickly.

Smell: A little smoky but with a weissbier profile. Yeasty, a little banana and some lemon.

Taste: A little sweeter than I was expecting. Similar to the aroma, there is a smokiness with citrusy yeastiness.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a little high but overall, nothing to complain about.

Drinkability: As with all German low ABV brews, I could drink these all day with ease. German beer drinkability never ceases to amaze me.

Hornet2003, May 17, 2009
Photo of TheSarge
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured Erdinger Dunkel into my supplied weissbier glas, and I must say quite a perfect pour. The amount of head produced is massive, nice milky tan color that retains as a weissbier should. The body of the brew is nearly black and murky, with subtle reddish hues that shine through.

The aroma is fruity and slightly cola like.

The taste is of over ripe banana and a small bubble gum like flavor.

Mouth feel wise this is crisp and refreshing up front, and finishes with an oily slickness and bite from the carbonation.

Overall I'm surprised at how good this dunkel weizen turned out, since their regular weissbier is somewhat average to most people.

TheSarge, May 16, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours medium to light brown with off-white head. Nose is somewhat tame compared to other Hefe-Weizens I've sampled recently, whether dunkel or not. Palate offers a medium malty flavor with brown bread, light baking spices, and a faint suggestion of cookie dough. Finish is medium short with more cookie dough.

yemenmocha, May 11, 2009
Photo of drtth
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly chilled and poured into a 0.5 liter Erdinger weizen glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The color is hazy brown with reddish touches. The head is light tan and thick and foamy. Not much lacing though.

Smell: The aroma is not strong but contains some fruit (banana) and clove with some dark malt and yeast present.

Taste: As expected from the aroma, the flavor contains traces of clove and banana along with some dark caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is light bodied with soft continuous carbonation. The finish is of medium length and ends dry, but nothing exceptional happens on the way to the end.

Drinkability: While not much more complex than the Weissbier from Erdinger, this dunkel is fine and I could have more, both now and sometime again.

drtth, May 07, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown color with an extremely large amount of fluffy tan head, even with a gentle pour. Retention is real nice, but not much lacing.

The smell is nicely balanced between the three usual suspects in a dunkelweiss - chocolate, banana and cloves. A bit of bready yeast rides along as well.

Man, this is one tasty beer. dark chocolate flavors are in the forefront with a bit of banana esters in mid palate with a nice, crisp wheat tang on the finish. It is a bit mild mannered compared to others of the style, but extreme is not really what I look for in a German wheat beer. I like the lively carbonation it provides with a careful pour. This is one of the better dunkelweizens I have had, and I will definitely be buying more of it. Highly recommended.

twiggamortis420, May 07, 2009
Photo of juju7
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is what it is...dark brown with a tan, rocky head. Not as much on the nose as I was hoping even after it warmed up a bit. Touch of cocoa, coffee with just a dab of fruity esters in the background. Drinks super smooth and a little creamy even. Not bad but I just expected a little more.

juju7, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle with a best by date of October 2009. Nice dark brown color, small head. Smells decent and malty but not much like a hefe. The flavor is nice and malty but i get no clove or bubblegum nor banana that I usually get from a hefeweissen. I need to drink more dunkelweizens to get a good feel for the style.

ArrogantB, Apr 05, 2009
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