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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
84
good

946 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 946
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 27
Gots: 40 | 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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hoegaardenhero

California

2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: pours nice deep brown color; small amount of airy white head lasts only for the shortest period of time; upward moving caronation bubbles up until the finish

s: vert light but smells of sweet malts and grains w/molasses hints; small amount of darker coffee malt smell also hits the nose

t: prominent metallic flavor very distracting from other underlying flavors; spicy thick yeasty sweet flavors with slightest hints of bitter darker malts at end of sip

m: a little thicker and syrupier than i would like from a dunkel weiss but nice carbonation lightens it up a bit

d: this is the second bottle that I have had and both have suffered from pretty strong metallic flavors which made the beer a little harder to enjoy; overall i feel that this beer is ok but i wouldn't go out of my way to drink it.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 10:42:02 | More by hoegaardenhero
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binkman

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 500ml bottle --

A - pours BLACK, very very dark brown when held to the light with a lot of big fluffy head on it. Had trouble getting it into a 22oz hef glass. Very little evidence of lacing on the glass.

S - smalls kind of like a wheat bear, very mild smell

T - a little hoppy at first, then some citrus flavor with a bitter toffee finish, almost a little burnt

M - good carbonation, head is very fluffy and sticks in mustaches.

D - a little too burnt in the finish will make it a little more difficult to get this one down. also it feels a little heavier than even the average Hefe-weizen dunkel.

Overall: I'll probably have it again and I would recommend it for a dark hef, but it probably wouldn't be top on the list.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 01:14:38 | More by binkman
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livingregret

Washington

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

Serving Type: A lovely 1pt .9fl oz bottle that I have had sitting in my mini-fridge for about a month

Appearance: Pours a lovely dark brown(almost black) w/ a lovely off white head that lingered. Plenty of lacing

Smell: Soft wheat, a touch of coffee...nice and mild is the key w/ this beer

Taste: Smooth...goes down easy and has a very great taste. Not a Hefe-Weizen really but a nice dark wheat beer. Some roasted/dark grains w/ some citrus flavour(very light)

Drinkability: I was expecting a Hefe(and if you are...don't drink this beer because it is not a Hefe) but it rather enjoyable. A nice mild beer that goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2007 02:56:40 | More by livingregret
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dnichols

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured a 650 ml capped bottle into a chilled Franziskaner Weissbier glass.

A: It poured a murky brown that when back lit revealed a creamy dull ruby red hue. There was initially an abundant caramel head approaching four fingers. However, the head receded quickly to an even cover that persisted and fed a full lacing.

S: I picked up thinly brewed coffee, almonds, and nutmeg.

T: There was a noticeable flavor of toasted sweet malts and a bready, yeasty aroma of rye bread fresh out of the oven. There are also undercurrents of spice and fruit that never really play a dominant role in the flavor profile.

M: Moderate body which was somewhat surprising given the typical full bodied mouth feel of weissbiers. Moderate sweetness from start to finish, moderate carbonation and low alochol leave a relatively clean and sweet aftertaste that is pleasant.

D: It was a pleasant beer, easy to drink with little character to make it stand out from the crowd.

Comment: I enjoyed it but it did little to entice me to become a regular.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2007 04:00:01 | More by dnichols
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sbe1

New York

4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark cola brown with a thick foamy head that lasts right to the end.

Smell: Soft wheat scent, a good pleasant smell but nothing really stands out.

Taste: Smooth and rich--and slightly and pleasantly sweet. Not like a dunkel, maybe because it's not exactly a dunkel--other reviewers keep calling it a dunkel, but nowhere on the label does it say dunkel.

Mouthfeel: Again smooth with a slight tickle of carbonation. Very pleasant mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability, I could drink this all night.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 00:20:00 | More by sbe1
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Amalak

New York

4.63/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

App: Dark, opaque beer with a bubbly (as opposed to foamy) head. Slightly bubbly.

Smell: Mild, nutty smell. Honestly, I like it, because there is nothing overpowering about it.

Taste: A lot of people don't like it because they are expecting a Hefe. But what makes this beer amazing, in my opinion, is how it blends smokey dark with wheat. It's completely original in its taste, and is honestly one of my favorite darks. I think that is the key. View this as a dark beer, with wheat hints, as opposed to a wheat beer that is dark.

Mouthfeel: So smooth, but carbonated. This beer just blends in my opinion from taste to appearance.

Drinkability: Goes down wonderfully. Again, if you view this as a dark beer with wheat hints, it is as original as it comes.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 02:39:08 | More by Amalak
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gunnerman

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a wheat glass, pours a dark black color with a fluffy 3 finger head that stays around the entire drink, looks like a Russian imperial stout. Smell is a bit of a weedy citrus smell with a roasted malt in the mix as well. This beer is not to flavorful, I can detect a bit of citrus and also a bit of lemon as well. This beer did go down quickly and pretty smooth, good for a summer day, but kind of weird drinking a dark hefe, over all not to bad and one I would probably have again.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 17:35:24 | More by gunnerman
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basica

Singapore

4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this Erdinger Oktoberfest pack from the gas station; it was basically a gift box with 2 Erdinger Dunkel and 2 Normal Erdinger, 2 50cl glasses an a booklet with O-fest coupons. All for S$28.80; a pretty good deal by SG standards. The Erdinger Dunkel pours out with a dark brown black with a huge round head, medium retention that reduces to a < 1 inch head rather quickly. The smell is light but I can detect dark roasted wheat malts, yeast. The taste intense on dark roasted wheat
malts which was very delicious; yeast was also clear in the taste. Some spices are in the package too but the usual Weizen banana taste is lighter on the dark version probably because of a stronger dark wheat malt taste; a rather enjoyable taste and also with some wheat, malt and yeast aromas on the nose. The finish was very slightly bitter and going into the after taste it was malty, wheaty as expected but as it lingers a little; it becomes a little fruity plummy like Belgian dark ales and I could sense some breadiness and bananas on the nose. Some spices was detected in the after taste as well; it finally fades off to leave a light grape citrus finale; not too shabby! The mouthfeel was around medium body with a intense carbonation which was at first pretty stinging. The smoothness and refreshing nature was however very well crafted as expected in Weizen beers. A very enjoyable refreshing tasty beer indeed. I definitely prefer this to the non dark default version of the Erdinger.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 16:54:00 | More by basica
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becktone

Ohio

1.55/5  rDev -58.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Not expecting too much considering what I thought of its brother...

Eye: Dark dark brown in color with brown highlights. Again, the head here is pretty pitiful for a wheat brew...just a film with no lacing.

Nose: A little bit of roasted/toasted dark grains, other than that nothing really. Not very potent, no complexity, no phenols or esters. Something that reminds me of tomato soup...I know its weird, perhaps my nose and other senses are off today.

Tongue: Pretty bland in flavor. I mean there is a bit of roasted/toasted dark grains in there, but not much else. Carbonation gets in the way of the flavor, makes it real hard to taste anything. I mean, this is just piss poor, it doesn't suck, but still it is a big let down. It has very little flavor.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This beer is over carbonated. So much so that it interferes with the flavor of the brew. Carbonation is sharp and quickly foams up in the mouth. However, the bottle could've been infected, but still... As to drinkability...I will not be buying this beer again. It just plain sucks, overall it has no redeeming qualities. I won't say avoid it but I will caution the buyer-"caveat emptor"- this is a poor brew, not only stylistically but all around. Poor appearance, poor taste, poor mouthfeel, and the drinkability, well I'll never buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 02:40:00 | More by becktone
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OKCNittany

Oklahoma

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle into a pilsner glass

A: Huge bubbly tan head that fell quickly to a ring and then nothing at all. Deep, dark brown body.

S: Light (too light) aroma of caramel & chocolate malts. Very little of the clove and banana that I expected (which is fine with me) - but I had to have my nose in the glass to smell anything.

T: Chocolate, caramel, and even a touch of molasses up front. As it warmed, yeast & spices (clove & some pepper) appeared.

M: Light to medium body, medium carbonation, and a malty dry finish.

D: Goes down fairly easily. With very little banana presence, it's a better fit for me than most weissbiers.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 04:00:15 | More by OKCNittany
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark brown, slightly hazy beer with a huge cookshat, that stays on the entire glass.

Smell is light roasted, chocolate, some coffee and a grainy wheat end. The yeast does not seem to give the banana and clove smell, normally found in Weizens.

Taste is light wheat and Weizen taste. Banana's and clove are almost not present. The chocolate and roasted/burned notes are present and let the beer's balance lean the total opposite of a normal Weizen. Nothing phenolic, but more caramel. The yeast also seems to differ from a standard Weizen yeast. Aftertaste is dry and light chocolate. Good beer, but not what I expected.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 17:32:43 | More by Absumaster
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oneeyedhoolie

Maryland

2.63/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle dated 1/2008. As others have said, the beer poured nice. Big thick head, nice dark red color but the taste really was a downer. To me, this doesn't even taste like a Hefeweiss. There are no pronounced characteristics of the wheat at all. It's not a bad beer but just not a good example of what it should be. Would I drink it again? Sure, but I wouldn't order it over other Weiss beers if given the choice.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2007 16:35:01 | More by oneeyedhoolie
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Kulrak

Australia

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

Pours a dark cloudy brown color with plenty of creamy tan head that just won't go away. Smells of yeast and fruity. Some plum and raisin in the aroma. The flavor also fruity, some plums and also a small amount of chocolate. There's also a yeasty flavor through it. The mouthfeel is very fizzy and scraping on the tongue, and a little heavy, just like a wheat should be. Overall, it's a very drinkable and tasty brew. I just wish I could afford to get it all the time.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 10:05:01 | More by Kulrak
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Durge

Connecticut

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

A nice dark reddish-brown with a decent tan head. Aroma is malty but a touch of sour too. It is very smooth going down but does leave a bitter charcoal taste, pretty nice. Not overly carbonated. Quite drinkable but not quite as impressive as I expected on tap. Definitely worth a try but not one I would hang my hat on.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2007 04:37:30 | More by Durge
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xav33

Michigan

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

Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel
1/2 liter bottle
Moderate pour in a Weizen glass.
Best before 10/07, dinged 06/07.

Poured a clear ruddy brown with lots of bubbles and a medium fizzy somewhat diminishing light brown head.

Smelt of moderate spices, toasted malt, light molasses.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet and bitter toasted grain and molasses followed by more of the same, except more pronounced on the bitter end. Short to medium length finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, fizzy,slightly dry and lightly astringent.

Overall, its good a good dark wheat flavor which is one of my favorite grain flavors, but nothing extraordinary. Overly carbonated and generally light flavors make this a good session beer, but nothing to marvel about.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2007 04:59:47 | More by xav33
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pmcadamis

Illinois

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

A - Pours a semi-transparent black with a small but persistent off-white head. Some nice lace is left on the glass, and swirling builds the head up a bit.

S - Mildly roasty with some faint dark chocolate hints. Not a very assertive nose, but it smells nice enough.

T - Dark bitter chocolate, roasted grains, and toffee. Tasty, but very subdued and mild....almost Scwarzbier like.

M - Initially crisp carbonation builds a frothy foam when I swish it in my mouth. Really unique in that it's light, carbonated, heavy, foamy, and full all at the same time...bizarre. Feels like banana baby food with carbonation.

D - Excellent. It's almost perfectly sessionable. The only thing I didn't like is it's weak nose and light flavors....it just needs kicked up a notch.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2007 06:14:43 | More by pmcadamis
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Yet another decent dunkel in Manitoba's liqour stores, this is a very dark deep take on the style with a lot to explore when the beer warms. More caramel than banana this beer shows real legs on the finish with a semi sweet exit. I will certainly buy this again when I see it as it often difficult to get a dunkel as nice as this.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2007 19:53:23 | More by canucklehead
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zeff80

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color with flecks of red. It had a foamy, off-white, three-finger head that left some lace.

S - It smelled of wheat and nut.

T - It tasted of malt and wheat. It also had some yeast flavor.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good dunkel. Another good German brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2007 15:03:04 | More by zeff80
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Freshness date of 10-2007. Poured into weizen glass.

Pours brown with thick (at first too foamy, but quickly settled) off-white head that slowly descended to a sizeable cover.

The smell is of caramel, dark fruitiness, slight wet cardboard. Earthy in the back.

The taste is of caramel/toffee. Faint cocoa. Dark fruits and a nutty/earthiness in the back. That hint of wet-cardboard from oxidation is there, but not strong. Slight non-descript spiciness - not quite clove - comes in and out. Candy sweet in the finish.

Mild carbonation in a thin, but not watery, body.

A decent dunkel weizen, though I've had better of style from Bavariia. It's well-within freshness date, but slight oxidation and blandness make me wonder how well this one held up in transit.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 15:26:52 | More by jwc215
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Stephen63

United Kingdom (Scotland)

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

A - Wonderfully dark body, very nice foamy head that persisted.

S - Malt, yeast and fruits detected, quite sweet also.

T - Caramel and slight citrus feel but with hints of dark fruits. Alcohol well hidden.

M - Excellent carbonation and very light in the mouth.

D - A nice thirst quencher with plenty of taste.

Interesting variation on wheat beer and I have to say that I really liked this one. Will certainly be trying again.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2007 20:50:45 | More by Stephen63
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TravelingBeerMug

Tennessee

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

The beer pours very dark brown with a frothy tan head that sticks around for a while. It has a light smell of caramel that is clean and crisp. The taste is really toasty and dark - almost like drinking a stout. The mouthfeel is excellent - creamy and the right amount of carbonation. Overall this is very drinkable and creamier than the average hefe weizen.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2007 23:39:03 | More by TravelingBeerMug
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nriech

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice and dark brown. One finger head that retained well. Good carbonation:

Smell: Wheat, yeast, banana. Not too strong though. A little roasty though.

Taste: Good dark fruit flavors. Roasted grains and toffee. Dark malts and light wheat flavor. A little light on flavor but consistent with the style. A strong wheat beer would be strange.

Mouthfeel is decent. Carbonation and flavors roll off the tounge.

Overall very drinkable and a very good dark hefe. Dunkels make wheat beers redeemable. This is one of the better dunkels.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2007 18:38:21 | More by nriech
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harpo111

Georgia

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

i tried this one on a whem and loved it. Dark, with a light lacey head. has a woderful yeasty, almost sweet flavor.
a: dark, mild carbonation..lacey head
s: sweet, yeasty..but with a carmel overtone
taste: nice...somewhat sweet, but very flavorful...mild on the hops..but lots of other flavors floating around in there...coffee, choco whatever...carmel...you can taste the grains some too...
mouthfeel...moderately creamy
d: Yes..would order again...

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2007 16:13:48 | More by harpo111
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Pepeton

Mexico

4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one, along with it's hefe weizen sibling, in a new supermarket.

Pours a very dark, with a matching fluffy head. Little dark lacing.

Smell is malty, with some typical banana honors the style and a nice spicy background.

Taste is really good. Malty from the first to the last sip. Gets better as it warms a bit.

Mouthfeel is round; medium body. Nice tangy aftertaste.

Drinkability is really high in my neck of the bushes since this brew satisfies both a serious beer drinker and the almost mandatory "lightness" required in my Northeast México climate.

¡Salud!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2007 19:51:48 | More by Pepeton
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5L bottle to a .5L Hefe glass. The Liquid is very dark, a deep cloudy walnut color with good carbonation. The head is 3 finger tan but leave almost no lace.

The smell is good, dark fruit and some spice. I bit of toasted banana.

The taste is not quite as good, Could have been on the boat too long.A little tangy but lack any Banana Clove taste.

The mouthfeel is good . OK medium body and good carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

The drinkability is OK maybe good as well. I would like to try this on tap. It looks awesome but slides from there. MK

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2007 03:51:44 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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