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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,026 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,026
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 28
Gots: 79 | 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 mpyle
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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%
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 -9.9%
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 -1.9%
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
3.62/5  rDev -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 -25.9%
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 -13.3%
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 +7.5%
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
Photo of dnichols
3.6/5  rDev -4%
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.

dnichols, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of sbe1
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

sbe1, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of Amalak
4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

Amalak, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of gunnerman
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

gunnerman, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of basica
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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.

basica, Sep 07, 2007
Photo of becktone
1.55/5  rDev -58.7%
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.

becktone, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of OKCNittany
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

OKCNittany, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Absumaster, Aug 14, 2007
Photo of oneeyedhoolie
2.63/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

oneeyedhoolie, Aug 08, 2007
Photo of Kulrak
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Kulrak, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of Durge
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Durge, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of xav33
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

xav33, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

pmcadamis, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

canucklehead, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

zeff80, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

jwc215, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of Stephen63
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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.

Stephen63, May 19, 2007
Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
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