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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel - Erdinger Weissbräu

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Ratings: 1,018
Reviews: 562
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 28
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2001)
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Photo of illidurit
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Pours an extremely dark brown, nearly opaque, with an off-white head of 1 finger.

Aroma is half banana phenol, half sweet, caky malt.

Taste is less malty than the aroma, almost indistinguishable from a regular hefeweizen. Not much clove character.

Palate is, as expected in a wheat beer, exquisitely smooth and drinkable.

illidurit, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 11/08
Pours a cloudy dark brown, slightly translucent with massive off-white, tan head. Aromas are really muted with very little phenols present, no spice, no citrus. What I get is mostly caramel and toasted bread from the darker malts. On the palate more of the same. There are some banana flavors, but still no clove, just a fair melanoidin character. I don't know if my sample is just too cold, but not much of anything is coming off this beer. There is a nice malty, tart finish though. A medium bodied beer with high carbonation, not quite as high as a heffe, and also with a slight stinging feel. Overall, this is a so-so dunkel.

dreadnatty08, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of Brad007
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: Dark brown color with a one-finger head.

Aroma: Thick and malty with some clove character showing through.

Taste: Sweet and malty with banana/clove esters. Aftertaste is more banana than clove. Smooth. Sweet.

Mouthfeel: Much of the same as described below.

Verdict: A drinkable dunkelweizen. I don't really notice anything that sets it apart but It's smooth, it goes down well and that counts for something.

Brad007, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a weissbier glass.

A: pours a deep mohagany, somewhat opaque, with amber highlights. Creamy off-white head retains fairly well.

S: Yeasty, bready, spicy/clovy, hint of fruitiness though the other character dominates.

T: Starts with a sweet bread/toasty flavor, balanced with a clovy spice flavor, very little fruit if any in the palette. A grainy flavor is apparent after drinking for awhile. Malt flavors are most striking in this, the clove flavors are somewhat muted for a weissbier.

M: Effervescent and light, not very sticky.

D: a good drinker, could have quite a few of these.

joeysmokedporter, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of monkeybeer
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark reddish brown with a large tan head that held through the whole beer. Also some nice lacing.
S- A sweet roasted wheat smell, with a hint of caramel and chocolate.
T/M- A little too high on the carbonation, has some sweetness to it with a bready wheat taste as well
D- This is a very easy beer to drink, goes down very smooth. It looks dark but there is not mistaking that it is wheat.

monkeybeer, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of daledeee
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I continue to go through the list of German Hefe since I love this genre.

This pours the darkest of any hefeweizen I have tried. The head is nice but goes away quicker than other. This is a nice beer to look at.

The nose is rather nonexistent. I would expect a little more. A slight bready tone to the nose.

The taste is OK but not much complexity. Some malt a little "dark" tasting. Nice caramel addition to the taste. The mouth feel is very good.

daledeee, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of Upgrayedd
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into a traditional Bavarian Sturzl. This puppy had a nice, big soft foamy head that slowly dissapated but did not dissapear completely. They put a decent amount of Munich malt into this one. I really like Munich malt and that characteristic malty carmel flavor with almost no sweetness. However, I detected absolutely NO hefeweizen characteristics! No wheaty tang, no clove, no banana. Oh well, I love Dunkels and I enjoyed this beer.

Upgrayedd, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of PhageLab
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Dark brownish amber coloration which produced a massive head of froth. Slight bit of hazing and a cyclone of rising suds populate it's body. Lacing and retention were both great. Impressive presentation.

S - Yeasty and a bit acidic. Some malt hints, but overall there isn't much going on here. Made me a bit weary because the pour had gotten me a pretty excited.

T - Cloves and spice hit the palate immediately, with a yeast body following it. Finish is fairly clean. Not very complex, but well balanced. Has an oddly refreshing quality to it.

M - Light bodied, decent carbonation level and again I will stress the clean finish.

D - Nice in all, it is easily quaffable. I could make a night of this brew and not get bored once. If you see one of these, pick it up, recommended!

PhageLab, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of watchnerd
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wine goblet, resulting in a two finger head that settled down with some mild lacing. Color a medium coffee intensity, just shy of Guinness darkness. Aroma is of malt and alcohol esters, with less wheat than one might expect, especially compared to its competitor from Spaten. Malt and fizziness dominate the taste sensation, with bits of dried dark fruit and very little wheat taste apparent. Great mouthfeel with notable carbonation. The Spaten is eminently drinkable, but this might be even more so.

watchnerd, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of AlexLMS
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: opaque due to the very dark brown almost black colour. The head is light brown, large and foamy. Fair retention but almost no lacing.
Aroma: caramel, sweet malts, spices and some roasted coffee notes.
Taste: caramel, dark malts, brown sugar and roasted malts.
Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy, average carbonation, average alcoholic strength (5.6% ABV) and a medium body.
Finish: roasted malts and slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall: nice dunkel weizen. Not top of the notch but very interesting and quite enjoyable.

AlexLMS, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of Bookseeb
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dark brown with a thick off white fluffy head. Smell is light wheat mostly malt, fruity. Taste is heavier in malt with a hint of coffee, not alot of charactor. Mouthfeel is light - medium with good carbonation. A good beer, but not great, I don't think I'll run out any time soon to grab another.

Bookseeb, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of BrewSomerville
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Bready, banana, clove, caramel, burnt sugar.

Looks: Dark brown with red highlights. Large head that is a light biege in colour. Good head retention. Some lace.

Taste: Citrus, bread, banana, clove, brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. High carbonation.

BrewSomerville, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of baos
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes

22 oz into small restaurant beer glass.

A: Dark dark with brown head.

S: Caramel and brown sugar oatmeal.

T: Pretty good. Yeasty sweet bready with a bit of deep chocolate coffee flavors. At first wasn't so great but the flavor really grew on me.

M: Very nice.

D: I downed two bottles with my pork chops and sauerkraut and potato cakes at the Edelweiss Restaurant in Greenwood. Fuhrer Num NUm!

baos, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1pt 9 fl oz. bottle>giant mug.

A gentle pour creates this massive 4-finger deep, frothy and clumpy tan colored head over a redish-brown liquid, the retebntion is really slow and all is looking good.

A very sweet caramel scented malt hits the nose first, then a roastie wheat 'n oats, burnt chocolate, dark maple syrup and hearty wheat-grains is detected behind that. a pretty nice pungunt aroma.

The flavor is roastie, the sweetness has become subtle and the malt flavor is more wheat-like than sweet, but there is a pleasnat current of malted sweetness and a hint of dark chocolate way down. after that it's a doughy lager yeast flavor and finishing with a hearty veggie-green hop taste. The aftertaste is dominated by the bready-lager yeast flavor that becomes classicly sour.

This is a light to medium body, it's dark and frothy but the feel is a bit light to spite this.

I personally enjoyed this up to a point, it become a bit boring in the long-run.

GratefulBeerGuy, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of altgeeky1
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pfft. Pours with a nice finger of head, which settles to half that in about 10 seconds. Pours a deep rich dark brown, almost black. Hold it to the light and there are caramel-red highlights a plenty. Smell is weak as expected for the style, but you pick up notes of caramel and hop. Taste is where the hops come out of the woodwork - hops are the first thing you notice after the medium carbonation. The hops settle out with the bubbles, and you're left with milder hops and sweet caramel aftertaste. Carbonation is good - a bit of a bite, but not overdone. Drinkability is good, but there is a bit of carbonation to process. Not to overstate the carbonation, but letting it sit for 15 minutes helps. Poured from a bottle this attribute is more noticeable, but I expect if you got this in Germany it would be in a bigger glass than 16oz, and therefore would have time to breathe. Alcohol content is 5.5% according to the label. Would have uploaded a picture but I see one is already awaiting review.

altgeeky1, Dec 08, 2007
Photo of MmmIPA
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Off white thick head that goes down slow.Brown,sorda translucent with some ruby tinges to it.

Oxidation,malt and dark fruit notes.

You can really taste the malt in this one,dark fruit and some chocolate notes.

Harsh carbonation,right on with the mouthful.Very effervecent.

Not bad but I like the lighter Hefes better.Nice to try but dont think I would go out of my way to try again.

MmmIPA, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of irishkyle21
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Erdinger glass ( my 5th glass now). Has a creamy off white head, good retention and lacing. The color is a dark purple.

Smells of dark malts, molasses, licorice, fruits and spices.

Tastes of sweet malts, dark fruits, chocolate, spicy hops and caramel. I enjoy this dunkel but it is lacking in some areas

irishkyle21, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of mpyle
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - Very dark ruby red color. Largish off-white head, creamy and with good retention characteristics. Good clarity to the best I can tell.

Aroma - Dark malt, a bit sweet, but no strong banana/clove hefe-weizen yeast aroma. A fairly clean aroma with a hint of alcohol as it warms.

Flavor - Dark malt sweetness and a very slight fruitiness. Nice malt complexity, but wheat character is subdued. Almost like a strong, dark lager.

MF - medium body and high carbonation. Carbonation annoying, but style appropriate.

D'abiliy - Clean when cold, and almost lager-like. Nice dark malt character.

mpyle, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of ralree
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep opaque coffee brown with a beautiful frothy tan head of 2-fingers that settles into a 1/2-finger lace. Glorious.

S: Delicious sugary roasted caramel malt and lots of grain. Slight hops on the nose as well.

T: Roasted caramel malt with a delicious aftertaste of vanilla. Slight alkalinity on first couple drinks, but not noticeable thereafter. Mellow aftertaste of a touch of coffee and roasted malt. I really like this one.

M: Medium-bodied and really creamy. Very wet after swallowing - lingers well. Completely non-astringent and non-offensive. Would be great with a meal. Good carbonation, but it's a little bit watered down.

D: Very drinkable. I will be buying it again.

ralree, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of bluejacket74
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle, best by 4/2008. Served in a weizen glass, the beer pours dark brown with an inch off-white head. It smells like roasted malt, wheat and a little bit of chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, except there's also a bit of spice (clove) noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, and with a lot amount of carbonation. The carbonation hurts the drinkability a bit, but it's not hard to drink. Overall I think this is a decent beer, but it seems like something is missing from it. Lowering the carbonation would definintely help.

bluejacket74, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of Squelch
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Malty nose. Low hops with almost no aroma which is par for style. Smooth beer with rich mouthfeel. A taste of roasted malts lingers in your mouth at the end. Pours dark with a large tan head that subsides quickly. I usually don't like Hefe's but I would drink this one again.

Squelch, Nov 12, 2007
Photo of animal69
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i went on a dark " heavy weezin' " trip today for some reason, this one was #1 on deck ; pours a dark slightly cloudy ruddy-brown w a fluffy tan head which dissapated rather quickly ( may have been the glass tho) left a moderate lacing ; not a strong aroma at all, a faint hint of some wheaty yeast esters, a little fruitiness to it, bannana maybe, some hop spiciness, metallic aroma, too ; a thin almost "watery" flavor, you can taste some darker malts and hops in a "euro macro" base, not much wheatiness to it, kinda metallic aftertaste as well ; a good mouthfeel true to style, light w/ lots of bubbles, sticks to your tounge just right ; this is a drinkable one, but i feel it's not really " weezy" enough...

animal69, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of hoegaardenhero
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.

hoegaardenhero, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of binkman
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.

binkman, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of livingregret
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.

livingregret, Oct 21, 2007
Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
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