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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,044 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,044
Reviews: 564
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 28
Gots: 84 | 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 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
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

04/02/09- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with a best buy date printed on the back of the label. Poured into my Ayinger weizen glass.

Appearance- Dark malty brown in color. Full one inch upon a very slow pour. Increases in size after the pour is finished. Lacing is pretty light with some light spotting.

Smell- Chocolate malt nose mized with light banana, a bit of clove and some wheat-grassy scents.

Taste- Pretty much like a hefe with dark chocolate malt tossed in. Lots of chocolate malt...deeper than expected for a lower abv beer. Banana flavors as well as clove and a few other spices I can't put my finger on.

Mouthfeel- A bit higher of a carbonation level. Pretty crisp and not a lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability- Haven't had very many of this style. Quite nice and enjoyable.

GClarkage, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of krunchie
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Franziskaner glass at 13.8°C. My first Dunkelweisse!

A: Dark, murky, red-brown liquid. Like dark syrup. Incredible head that foams up a whole lot on first pour and stays thick for a long time. Like a fluffy, airy guinness-head. Took a while to make it settle.

S: Chocolate banana, candy, chocolatey malts. Hard to describe, but very sweet and syrupy.

T: Chocolate, nuts, malted wheat and weak coffee. I dare even say it's a bit insipid at times. Like sugar water.
Gets better after half a bottle, still a bit too sweet for my taste.

M: Thick and overwhelming. Great creaminess thanks to the head. Moderate to low CO2, adequate for the style.

D: Not as drinkable as Erdinger's other brews, but good. One is enough, I'd rather order a bunch of Erdinger Kristallklar instead.

krunchie, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of bashiba
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very dark and slightly cloudy amber with a thick and creamy tan head. Some mild retention and light lacing.

The smell was very hefe like with yeast, wheat, and banana and a touch of sour grain.

The flavor has a very powdery artificial light chocolate flavor mixing in with a hint of wheat, banana, and yeast.

The mouthfeel is light and slightly creamy with a lot of carbonation.

A pretty average dunkel, drinks ok but there are such better versions out there that this won't be spending any time in my fridge.

bashiba, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: On tap at the Bier Stube in Rock Island Illinois in a 28oz boot...hell's yah!

Appearance: Dark mahogany beer with a large tan FLUFFY cap with good retention

Smell: dark caramel malt, touches of dark fruit, and just a HINT of spice...this is understated and simple, but quite nice.

Taste: Less wheat/spice characteristics than I expected; there are rich caramel malt and sweet, vibrant dark fruit undertones...again, simple, but nice.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, smooth as silk

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Nice, clean, simple, tasty, smooth, full of dark fruit; not quite what I was expecting, but super tasty nonetheless.

BedetheVenerable, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle. Pours a very dark muddy brown with a fluffy tan head that drops quickly. Smell is tart wheat and some very faint chocolate and a bit of banana. Slightly tart taste with a roasted character, and very faint fruits. Metallic, dry finish. Thin feel with moderate carbonation. Pretty mediocre.

philipquarles, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of UGADawgGuy
4.7/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I had heard good things about this beer, so I picked up the first bottle I saw. I poured it into my half-liter weissbier glass, making sure to swirl in that tasty yeast.

Appearance: Very, VERY dark, especially for a weissbier. Generally, dunkelweizens are more of a khaki to mahogany color -- this one is VERY dark brown. Its color is strongly reminiscent of Ayinger Celebrator and other dark doppelbocks, only without the vaguely ruby-hued highlights. Also noteworthy: even a careful pour yields an impressive four-finger head of cream-colored foam. Retention is modest, but that head looked cool! Lacing is minimal.

Smell: A lighter, breadier, sweeter version of Celebrator, but with yeasty/wheaty undertones that just make it sing. The roasted-malt character of most doppelbocks is relatively muted, allowing the weizen aromas equal footing. Very unique, and very good.

Taste: Outstanding! The flavor follows the nose, which is a very good thing. Served at the typical weissbier serving temperature of 45 to 50 degrees, this is a hearty but VERY refreshing beer. Really unique among weissbiers. Other dunkelweizens have a bit of roasted malt, supported by a lot of yeasty wheatiness. This one showcases its roasted flavors, to great effect. Toasted bread crust and biscuits come to mind.

Mouthfeel: Good, but not perfect -- I'd like this beer to be a bit creamier/heavier in the mouth. Still, the ample carbonation typical of hefeweizens elevates things beyond the mundane, and the beer IS heavier than almost any American interpretation of a weissbier.

Drinkability: At 5.6% ABV, with a flavor and aroma profile like this, I believe I've found another go-to session beer! Due to its prominent roasted character, I might enjoy it more on a cold night than on a warm day, but given that it works well when served very cold, I could be wrong about that. Sensationally drinkable -- like a lower ABV Celebrator, but with an appreciable dose of yeast and wheat. Great stuff!

I am very pleased with Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel. As others have noted, this is mildly surprising, as their standard hefeweizen (at least the way it turns out after being bottled and imported into the US) really isn't stellar. Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel is easily the brewery's finest offering (stateside, at least). I strongly, strongly recommend this beer, to any fan of hefeweizens, doppelbocks, and/or weizenbocks.

UGADawgGuy, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 7/10/2008 (bottle 03-2009):

Pours a dark reddish colored body. Brownish head, creamy & lasting, and pretty big. Malty, somewhat banany aroma, grapey. Not too strong an aroma. Somewhat banana, dusty taste. More body than a hefeweizen. Nutty.

jujubeast6000, Mar 18, 2009
Photo of Blakaeris
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark, almost black. head was absolutely huge during initial pour; but quickly dissipates to a thick frothy layer with nice lacing.

Aroma is powdery dark malt and dark fruit.

Taste is bready caramel malt with a pleasant roasted quality. Wheaty, and a nice bit of dry cocoa and banana and dark fruit to keep things interesting. Finish is crisp, highlighting the subdued yeasty spices.

Mouthfeel is medium in body. A bit prickly.

Not bad. No off flavors here, but could be more robust. This brew has a lighter flavor profile than some Hefe's but certainly drinkable.

Blakaeris, Mar 11, 2009
Photo of NightINgale
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a very dark brown, with a rich, slightly caramel-coloured head.

S-A sweet scent, with notes of caramel, wheat, and bananas. Pretty good for the start.

T-A sweet, roasted flavour, with notes of banana, cloves, and a hint of chocolate. A bit different from the standard dunkel-weizen taste.

M-Medium bodied, yet way too much carbonation, at least for my taste.

D-Not a bad example of the style, but it could be much better. The drinkability is rather low, courtesy of the high carbonation. It would be difficult to have a few of these in a row.

NightINgale, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of Rennpferd
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured with a deep slightly tan four finger head. It was dark brown with a high amount of carbonation visibly moving up the edge of the glass.

Clove, banana, yeast. All together it was a great mild scent of fresh banana nut loaf.

It had a slightly malty taste. Alcohol came through most of the flavor. It was medium bodied with a lite, slightly hoppy finish.

It is very good. I think it might be too strong to be a session beer, but the other characteristics make it close.

Rennpferd, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of medic25
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of an Erdinger gift set; served in a tall weizen glass. Chocolate brown color with a tremendous tan head. Minimal aroma; mix of malt and banana. Taste is pleasant, if fairly mild. A little banana, perhaps a little less complex than I prefer. Relatively easy drinking brew.

medic25, Feb 22, 2009
Photo of Jeffo
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at Bert's Bier Huis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a weizen glass.

Note: Erdinger has included some roasted malt in this brew, which is not normal for the dunkelweiss style.

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2-3 finger medium off-white head. Some carbonation evident in the form of large slow bubbles. A very dark chocolate brown colour, perhaps bistre even. Head slowly dissipates leaving some immediate lacing. Head eventually levels out to a thin film and leaves minimal lacing, but the darker than normal colour is very nice.

SMELL: Some wheat malt, sweet caramel malt and toffee. As the ingredients list, you can also smell some roasted malt in the back, accompanied by some dark fruit and a slight tinge of chocolate as well. Certainly not to style, but very enticing indeed.

TASTE: Followed the nose nicely. Wheat malt, but more pronounced sweet caramel malt and toffee. A touch of roasted malt is there as well, along with some dark fruits like plums and raisins. A mild yet long lingering sweet caramel and wheat malt aftertaste with a slight touch of roasted and toasty bread at the very end. Very tasty.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Goes down slightly prickly and finishes somewhat dry on the palate.

OVERALL: Very enjoyable and very drinkable; only the slightly prickly palate kept it from being a whopper. Went down like magic; I could definitely drink this all night. Actually surprised it isn't rated higher on here.

Final note: As noted above, the bottle lists roasted malt in the ingredients, which is perhaps not quite true to style. Non-the-less, this addition has made a unique and tasty treat; an interesting interpretation of the dunkelweizen. Prost!

Final final note: I debated buying this bottle, as I actually despise their normal hefeweizen. I closed my eyes and bought it, then avoided opening it for about a month. These two beers are worlds appart and I wish I had tried this sooner. A complete surprise.

Jeffo, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of hoplover82
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Deep dark hazy bubbly amber, almost brown. Huge ivory very bubbly head that dissapears in a blink with no lace.

S-Lots of cloves, sweet pale wheat, yeasty and faint spicy hops with rotten bannanas. Not impressive.

T-Clove, wheat, tangy light bitterness, sweet bread dough.

M-Good medium bodied, but way too effervecent. Big minus.

D-Not very drinkable, turns flat after 15 to 20 mintunes.:( Not very good at all.

hoplover82, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of Rayek
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an official Erdinger Weizen glass.

A: Cloudy chocolate brown with fairly active carbonation. Soapy beige head starts out strong and then dissolves to a thin film. Leaves bits of lace.

S: Heavy banana pudding aroma, with a slight coriander bite and a touch of baker's chocolate. The best part of the beer for me.

T: Promising aromas don't translate over to the taste that well. Bittersweet chocolate is backed up by a mild pepper bitterness. Wheat adds a dry bread flavor. Finishes rather clean.

M: Medium light body is grainy and doesn't have quite enough carbonation.

D: Disappointing overall to me. I'm certainly glad I was able to try it, but there's not enough going on here to make me want another. There are much more complex choices in this style out there.

Rayek, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of blatherbeard
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark deep brown with a noticeable haze. Head is about 2 inches and fades very fast. I finally appreciate head for what it is, so fading fast is not a good thing for me anymore. The foam is brownish white.

I smell a bit of well, beer. A bit of spice, maybe a bit of ....clove? Lots of wheat.

Taste is a bit, well a bit bland actually. Thick, but not a lot of taste. I taste the spice and wheat..but thats about it and its kind of not there. Although the longer it sits in the mouth, the more i get some bannanna flavor(WOW!) for the first time for me.

Mouthfeel is decent, nothing to jump up and shout about. A bit thin for a dark but there is definetly a film there, but it falls down the throat and is gone.

Drinkability...well its definetly drinkable. No bitter aftershock, no bad taste. For a dark beer its actually surprisingly crisp, but i guess thats par for a Hefewiesen too so thats a plus in its cap.

overall, if i could get a six at cheaper price than i pay per 16.9 oz bottle id buy it more. Right now, its a buy when i dont have the cash for a better dark hefe/dunkel.

blatherbeard, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of TommyW
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Murky brown body that's almost black. Nice tan head with great retention.

S- Malty with a light note of banana.

T- Roasted malts with some notes of caramel and chocolate. Some light fruity sweetness as well. Notes of alcohol on the finish make it dry.

M- Carbonation creates a smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

D- Goes down really well, great feel and finish.

Overall, a decent dunkelweiss but its a little tame in the nose and taste.

TommyW, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark dunkel with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with light caramel and light banana aftertaste. Taste is mostly dominated by some roasted malt with a light bitter finish and some light fruity notes also noticeable. Average body with good carbonation. OK but again a style that really doesn't appeal to me that much.

Phyl21ca, Jan 24, 2009
Photo of Ralphus
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Erdinger Dunkkel - a dark wheat beer. You might be expecting a little bit more from this one than what you get. It's not that it's bad, it's just not very noteworthy. Sort of like the time you had purple catchup and it tasted.. just like ketchup.

An opaque dark brown pour with lots of carbonated head greets you. It settles fast and leaves no trace of head behind. The smell has something to offer though..some banana maltiness which is nice.

Unfortunately it's nowhere to be found once you actually drink it. Instead you get fairly lackluster and heavily carbonated, malt start and finish. There's just not enough volume here, and certainly no complexity - or much of anything for that matter.

Mouthfeel is ok despite the high carbonation and drinkability is passable. But what a boring beer!

Ralphus, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of bigbelcher
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A huge billowing light tan head three fingers deep. Color is a dark brown. Nice aroma of banana and some clove but mostly banana. The taste does not live up to the promise of the smell. Mouthfeel was weak, Some malt and fruitiness in the flavor, somewhat chocolatey. High CO2.

bigbelcher, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Erdinger- Dunkel

A- Dark murky brown with a thick tan head. Good foamy lacing.
S- Malty with sugar and molasses.
T- Sweet deep malt with molasses and toffee. Light wheat and bread crust grains.
M- Sugary and malty with a dry wheat body. Light malty sweet finish.

Overall- Decent but simple and lacking real umph!

NJpadreFan, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of biggmike
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured an attractive dark brown that was nearly black with a generous tan head that lasted a while. The aroma is a combination of fruit, chocolate, and caramel. The flavor is similar to the smell and I think the chocolate intensified a bit as the beer got warmer. The mouthfeel was pleasant. This was a good beer with good drinkability.

biggmike, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of Quej
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark cloudy brown, lots of carbonation, good retention.
S - Sweeter, and quite malty, with notes of fruit and coffee coming through.
T - Tastes mildly of toasted malts and coffee. A bit boozy and watery, but with the typical yeastiness of a weißbier and the slight sweetness of a dark beer.
M - Medium to light body, slightly watery.
D - Not bad, but not great. Doesn't have much moreishness.

Quej, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of biegaman
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep kalamata olive that is tenaciously unyielding even when held directly in front of the afternoon sunlight. Its inflexibility prevents both highlights and clarity. Its frothy, staunch head rest in sepia tone. Although both persistent and adhesive, it seems stunted. The fact that it's served in the appropriate weiss glass makes it seem all the more squat for its style.

The bouquet seems more than apprehensive to reveal itself. Deep breaths might discover subtle hints of over ripe apple or tannic grapes, but again these notes would be very subtle and these breaths would have to be really deep. All that is revealed is a standard note of wheat. It lacks the presence of clove, zest, and spice that more often accompanies it. No phenols, no esters - it is a bore.

The taste is slightly less disinclined than aroma, although it too is lacking in almost every regard. The flavours are far from refined. Again, no phenols, no esters. Notions of zest, citrus fruit, banana and clove are rather abstract. There is no sense of caramelization. Even the wheat which (by law) makes up at least 50% of the grist is missing in action, I detect no rich malt, bread crust or grain taste.

This mouthfeel could cause rioting in some parts of Bavaria. For one, I repeat: no phenols, no esters. Secondly, there is nothing effervescent about it. German wheat beers tend to have an intensely quenching character in large part to their high carbonation; the carbonation in this is pitifully low. There is no richness or fullness, nor is there anything quenching about it. I suspect Erdinger uses cheap ingredients.

This could maybe pass as an American dark lager but not a true German dunkel. It may be dark but it is far from spicy, fruity, malty or refreshing. A real dunkelweizen should posses all the zesty yeast and citrusy wheat character of a hefeweizen and all the heavy, malty caramel richness of a dunkel (hence the damn name!) but this fails at both ends of its title.

biegaman, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of bobsy
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown pour with a generous tan head that soon fades to a thin cap, but laces well. The beer gives off a pleasant aroma consisting of a melange of chocolate, fruit and caramel, mixed in with some roughly milled grain. Good light fruity flavour with some chocolate and a slightly drying, yet flavourful, finish. The chocolate becomes far more prominent as the beer warms, and this transition is pleasing. The flavours are quite simple, but clean and refreshing. Body and carbonation is as it should be for a dunkel.

A nice drinkable dunkel - very simple and straightforward, but pleasant and refreshing, making it an easy drinker. Its definitely not exceptional in the field, but I would consider it again.

bobsy, Dec 18, 2008
Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
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