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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel - Erdinger Weissbräu

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1,053 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,053
Reviews: 567
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 30
Gots: 85 | 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 jdhilt
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a five finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer and leaves traces of lace. Cloudy amber color, yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Mostly malty nose. Flavor is malty, sweet, hints of yeast. Clean finish. Nice hefe. $3.99 for a 500ml bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

jdhilt, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a half glass of creamy, light brown colored head that faded faster then normal. Hazy cola colored beer has an amber hue around the edges. Smells of raisin and cocoa with spoon full of yeast. The flavor is rich and has hints of rum and raisins under then doughy dark malt base. The flavors remind me of something stronger like a Weizenbock, which is nice because there is something freaky about a dark weizen beer that tastes exactly like a pale weizen. The mouthfeel is a bit fizzy and not as smooth and full as I was expecting, but it's not a deal killer. It's definitely my type of Dunkelweizen.

HappyHourHero, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of peck95
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is the first dunkel weisse that i've tried so the review might not be fair for the style compared to other dunkel's;
a nice dark brown with a small head but good lacing, overall a nice
clean look
i didn't catch much in the nose a small spice smell and maybe
this is a very nice tasting beer some sweet roasted taste followed with a crisp wheat beer and European hefe clove/banana taste similar to a banana bread
mouthfeel and drinkability are both relatively the same there is nothing in this beer that is bad it is relatively crisp but smooth. but there is nothing that jumps out. Really makes me want to try
some other dunkel's

peck95, Apr 19, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Max's the other day. Really don't see many dunkel weizens on tap in the states it seems, so this was a treat.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. The beer is somewhat exotic smelling on the nose, with some sweet malt and underlying banana and spice. It smells pretty good. On the palate this beer is just delicious. It's not heavy at all and has moderate sweetness, but with that tell tale drying finish I get in good German hefeweizen. There are dark fruits in this beer, and frankly this beer is just delicious. The beer has a smooth mouthfeel and is soft on the palate. Drinkability is fantastic. I could drink this all day.

Just a delightful beer. Even as I review it today it's making me want another glass right now. Just delicious stuff.

John_M, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

available in the same places that erdinger white is in beijing

dark brown, almost black color that is nearly opaque. decent tan head sticks around and slowly shrinks to thin layer. lacing is somewhat sparse.

dried fruit aroma with hints of clove-like spice. yeasty and phenolic notes with faint roasted malt. whiff of chocolate?

flavor is slightly muddled, but can pick out the roasted malt and hops, slight acidity with the wheat. mild bitterness keeps things from getting medicinal. fruitiness in the aftertaste too.

not too thin, moderate carbonation.

maybe i'm just not as big a fan of dunkelweizen as i am with regular pale hefes? i can't drink more than one or two of these. still, for erdinger, actually a better choice than their regular weiss.

tai4ji2x, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a dark muddy-water brown with some red highlights and a pretty big very light tan head. The smell is light with some fruitiness and a touch of spice. Taste is light as well. Toasted and wheaty grains mostly with a bit of earthiness to it. A good amount of carbonation but unspectacular feeling in the mouthfeel. Not very impressive overall.

Slynger, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of Daredevil
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

beautiful opaque color ... firm head ... smell of bananas, mango slightly tainted by a hint of detergent ... the taste is buttery, fruity, a slight bitterness, which is not too well integrated ...
quite a good beer, which could become a truly great beer with a bit of improvement in the brewhouse ....

Daredevil, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of stephens101
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A huge fluffy light tan head sits atop a dark brown brew. Smells of banana, citrus, coriander and a bit of pine. The taste does not live up to the promise of the smell. A dull intro is followed up by malts mixed with faint bananas and a bit of spice. Mouth-feel is smooth and light-bodied. Carbonation is fairly active.

stephens101, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of nrbw23
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- A dark brown can hardly see through this.

S- wheat and malt smells is about all I can pick up on this one. Not a whole lot going on here.

T- Not a whole lot going on here also. Tasted rather bready to me. Very boring for such a nice dark looking brew.

M- A lot of carbonation and felt rather watery to me.

D- Easy to drink not a whole lot to this beer.

Not my favorite by any means. I'll probably pass on this one.

nrbw23, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of Greggy
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: 22 oz bottle poured into a hefe glass. 1 finger head that quickly recedes quickly. No lacing. Dark brown - barely see-through.

Smell: Wheat yeast, yeast, light toasted malt, touch of alcohol.

Taste: A nice clean dark hefeweizen that has a nice smooth taste with a hint of chocolate and toasted malts.

Mouthfeel: This is where the beer suffers great, in my opinion. I found the mouthfeel to suffer due to the over the top carbonation. The mouthfeel reminded me of a sparkling wine which didn't work for this style.

Drinkability: At 5.6% I could drink this one now and then but the mouthfeel being so overly carbonated makes lowers the drinkability.

Greggy, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of nasty15108
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When it comes to Dunkle I usually grab Franziskaner or Paulaner, but I hadn't drank Erdinger in awhile and decided to give it a go. The beer was poured from a Euro-syle bottle into a Hefe Wizen glass.

A - A dark, almost black in color. Much darker than what I am used to from a Dunkle. The head was tan and foamy.

S - Very faint fruitiness, very slight rasin and bananna aromas.

T - Not what I expected from such a dark rich looking brew. The taste was bland and somewhat watery.

MF/D - Thin and watery with a hint of alcohol warmness. This beer is drinkable, but not nearly as good as it other German counterparts. I wouldn't go out of my way for this one, there are much better examples of this style out there.

nasty15108, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of lukeforehand
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's rare that I see this beer, so when I do I usually pick up a bottle. This is probably my second favorite Dunkelweizen behind Franziskaner's Dunkel.

The best part of this beer is the taste and mouthfeel. Upon drinking from a glass your nose catches the clove and banana like aroma while your mouth tastes hints of chocolate and roasted malt. This great combination is delightful and leaves you longing for the next taste.

This beer is very dark which sets it apart from a lot of other hefeweizens.

lukeforehand, Feb 29, 2008
Photo of illidurit
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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 -8.5%
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%
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%
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 +6.1%
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 -1.3%
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 -15.2%
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 -4%
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 +5.3%
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 -4%
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 -16%
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 -0.5%
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 -2.7%
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
Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
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