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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel - Erdinger Weissbräu

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Ratings: 1,102
Reviews: 575
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.03%
Wants: 35
Gots: 110 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2001

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Photo of bigbelcher
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
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!

Photo of biggmike
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of Quej
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of biegaman
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of bobsy
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of selecter70
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice 16.9oz bottle at propwer temperature poured out a rich, deep dark brown with a mild roasted malt and citrus aroma. The head was minimal but had retention and the flavor was malt-roasted with slight citrus & wheat, but not grassy or hempish. There was a nice hazelnut undertone and though there was good thick body, it still ultimately was light in drinkability and delicious! More please...

Photo of mullenite
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown, almost black with amber edges when held up to the light. An off-white, frothy head went from the .5L mark on the Weizen glass to just over the top. It went away with medium haste and did not hang around. Very little lacing to speak of.

The smell and taste are almost identical with the taste having just a little bit more bittersweet flavor to it. Roasted, caramel, and some chocolate malts come through in a well balanced manner.

Body is similar to Guiness and works well for the style. Medium carbonation is perfect and leaves the palette feeling clean and not sticky.

Easily drinkable beer, low ABV, good taste, and good mouthfeel make sure of that.

Photo of EatsTacos
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a creamy beige head that stayed on the beer all the way down.

The aroma is definately malty and sweet with some fruitiness present. Plums, dried apples, raisins

The taste is quite sweet all the way through, not a lot of bitterness. The malt is chewy caramel and the hops come through very fruity like red grapes, figs and raisins.

Mouthfeel is pretty creamy with a medium crisp carbonation.

Drinkability would be great but its just a little too sugary for my taste to drink too many.

Photo of danadeny
4.76/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is a nice looking dark beer. the coudy hefe body lends to a think looking dark beer. the head is off white and one of the creamest and lingering heads i have seen. the lace on the glass just doesnt go away. I was expecting to get more from the smell but all i get is a typical lightly fruity, fresh hefe smell. The taste is very very smoth and balanced. the darker malt lends to a great balance. the hefe yeast still contributes it's fruity esters. not as much banana flavor as other breweries. And a crisp clean finish is classic. beeing a hefe the mouthfeel is solid, but erdinger has the thickest mouth feel i think. some of it has to do with the release of the carbonation when you drink it, so bubbles froth in your mouth. due to the balanced flavor, and overall light, crisp, and refreshing nature of this beer and style this is for sure a full on session beer

Photo of Macca
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brown with a two finger head which disappears. The nose is dominated by toasted malts and dark fruit. A wonderful creamy mouthfeel. The palate is bananas and some light chocolate. A bit of spiciness gives it a bit of zing and provides some length.

Photo of Overlord
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow, I expected a lot more from this beer.

Pours a dark, moderately clear amber. An inch or two of tan head. Smells like ... really, not much of anything. A faint whiff of roasted malt, I suppose.

Taste is fairly bland. Some roasted malt, an overcarbonated seltzer feel, no rich flavors, hues, or anything special. I'd avoid entirely.

Not a good first impression of this brewery.

Photo of CanuckRover
3.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a good looking beer. A nice, nearly opaque, ruby. Very thick creamy lookig offwhite head. Slightly cloudy.

Very light on the aroma. Slight banana with a hint of alcohol, nothing much there really.

There's the characteristic alcohol and a slight dusty yeastiness, but no real flavour. Malt comes through a little bit, some dark fruit, but nothing in the way of traditional weissbier flavour. No finish at all.

A nice mouthfeel, it's certainly an easy drinker beer. A sessionable wheat beer, the kind that Erdinger excels at. Nice, but look elsewhere for complexity.

Photo of ecoastman
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 mL bottle. (7 months ahead of the best before date of June 2009)

Appearance - Dark brown with thin carbonation and retention. Looks rich.

Smell - slighly sweet with yeast. Not as distinct as other weiss beers.

Taste - very mild like the smell.

Mouthfeel - Light and thin but a slight coarse finish. Good carbonation level.

Drinkability - There is nothing offensive about this beer but I would definitely prefer a different wheat beer.

Photo of babaracas
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500ml bottle, a translucent dark brown with light tan head, no retention, spotty lacing. Smell: dark fruit, prunes, maybe fig. No banana. Wheat and a touch of astringency + alcohol. Taste: wheat, dark fruit, caramel, chocolate, and a banana-esque softness but without the banana. Mouthfeel: medium bodied, hard-water feel, a little too effervescent for the style, it's there and gone with not much to remember it by. It's immediately recognizable as an Erdinger, maybe it's their yeast? This was enjoyable but doesn't rate with the top German dunkelweizens.

Photo of GRPunk
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle with a best by date of 1/2008 poured into a weizen glass.

A- It poured with a frothy, 3 finger, light tan head that left thick rings on the glass. The body was a cleaner than expected dark brown nearing black with lighter tones near the edges. It had plenty of small bubbles of carbonation racing toward the head.

S- A decent mix light light fruit, robust bread and, slight chocolate tones.

T- A lot of sweeter tones mixed with chocolate provided by the darker malts. It was lacking some of the more classic Bavarian banana and clove I might expect in smaller doses in a dunkel.

M- Medium to heavy carbonation with a velvety smoothness.

D- It's a pretty easy drinker, like most Bavarian wheats. It would be a great pair with classically German meal.

Photo of MTNboy
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As soon as I opened the bottle I noticed the bread like aroma with yeast tones it was not as malty as one might imagine or as their other beers for that matter. It is a very foamy beer with lots of head and lace. The body is dark almost cola looking with a very dark amber hue. It has very bread like taste and is not as roasty as most dunkels. It is very balanced though. The malt and the hops equally each other out well. The mouthfeel is egg like and slick. It is a very drinkable beer that goes well with food

Photo of kshankar
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Reddish tint in a brown/near black beer. Thick tan foam that has good retention. Recedes to a nice cap after a little. Minimal lacing

Aroma: Slightly malty, and some fruits like prunes and other darker fruits. Banana isn't there that much in this one.

Taste: Malts and wheat. There is some breadyness going for it as well. Banana again is minimal. There is also a decent amount of dark fruit flavorings, such as the aforementioned prunes. Raisins too as well? Has a sweetish finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, with crispness, and decent carbonation. Doesn't really coat the mouth that much. It goes down fairly well

Drinkability: Not too heavy, relatively low ABV, etc. Not that bad really, I could have a couple of these. I've had better dunkelweizens though. Franziskaner comes to mind. Or Weihenstephaner. This ones a good pick though. I'd pick the other two over this, but I won't avoid it either.

Photo of JayQue
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish brown with a highly carbonated white head. The head fades fairly quickly. There are some mild hefe qualities here, a bit astringent..some taste of cloves and banana, but it is mostly a malty beer.

Mild taste for a Dunkel but definitely bready malt predominates.

Mouthfeel is ok. Not too light but not as rich as some Dunkels. Drinkability is ok as well.

This beer is ok but lacks any "wow" factor....not bad but pretty average.

Photo of Psilo707
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Wow that's foamy. Pours a deep ruby red with lots of head on top to complement the dark brown underneath. Dissipates fairly quickly.

Not all that present but when stirred a little there is a noticeable dark hazelnut aroma. Smells pretty good when present.

Decent at best. Doesn't taste as dark as it looks and the light texture leaves a bit to be desired. Still, I find nothing truly negative about the beer and it's definitely around the 'average' quality rating of taste for a dark hefeweizen.

At first I thought I enjoyed the feeling in the mouth but the carbonation quickly kicked in and I realized it wasn't what I thought at first. If it wasn't for the slight sting of the carbonation it would be above average in this aspect.

Mediocre. Taking more than a few sips/gulps at a time produces a weird feeling of taste as it's going down. Individually sipped, it's alright.

I expected more, especially from the nice look of the initial pour of the brew, but it's not a bad hefeweizen. Just not one that I would buy too often, or at all if there are other choices around.

Photo of MisterE
2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

brown half liter (16.9 oz) bottle purchased in gift pack with a bottle of Hefe-Weizen (Weissbier) and a tall Erdinger 0.5 liter Weizen beer glass - all for $5.99 at Ward's

A: pours a deep reddish brown, initially with plenty of carbonation to support a large light tan head, but look quickly; in a few minutes it's gone

S: subtle but pleasant aroma of roasted malt, wheat, and hops - clean with no off notes

T: first comes the carbonation, then the mellow grains, finishing dry and clean

M: as mentioned above, mouthfeel is dominated by the bubbles, so that the last swallow is my favorite one

D: for me the high carbonation is not a plus, but fortunately that challenge can be overcome by drinking slowly

This is now my second bottle in two months, and I don't feel the need to try another one. But maybe if I see it on tap...

Photo of tronester
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with reddish highlights. Smell is of wheat and molassas. Taste is malty, with hints of chocolate and a slight wheat twang. Mouthfeel is thin and watery, carbonation high. Quite drinkable though, a smooth drinking beer, I would drink again.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: Cloudy brown body. Huge fluffy head with great retention.

s: Don't catch much of an aroma, very light wheat.

t: Wheat, caramel, maybe a hint of cocoa. I don't pick up any banana, strange. Overall a pretty weak flavor profile.

m: Super smooth and creamy.

d: One of those beers that just disappears from your glass it goes down so easy. That being said, I was really looking for a stronger, more complex flavor.

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a wheat beer glass. The "best before" date reads 12-2008.

A: Three fingers of a big, bubbly, tan head sit on the cloudy, dark brown body of this beer like a cloud. There are attractive red highlights on the edge of the glass as the light shines through. There is a lot of active carbonation showing through the dark brown body. The head definitely dies rapidly for a wheat beer, first becoming more compact and creamy, eventually falling to a thin lace.

S: At first there was little to write about, and it was nothing that I had expected. The problem I think had to do with the temperature. It was probably too cold. I did eventually get a bready malt smell and a very faint wheat smell, with all too subtle hints of banana. Unfortunately, the dominant smell was astringent.

T: Like the smell, that characteristic banana flavor, usually present in a wheat beer, is barely noticeable on the palate. As the beer warms, the roasted, toasted wheat flavor becomes more powerful and is the dominant flavor, next to a subtle caramel flavor.

M: The mouthfeel is not that bad. The body is light-medium and the carbonation livens the beer, with a spritzy character that doesn't hinder the smoothness in any way.

D: I found myself disappointed by this offering. I have had some delicious beer from Erdinger and this did not match my expectations. It was drinkable, since it remained extremely light throughout the glass, but it lacked a certain complexity that I wanted from this dunkel-weiss. It is worth trying, especially is you wanted to pair it with a plate of grilled chicken.

Photo of AltBock
2.71/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

500 ml bottle with a classic looking black label with "Erdinger" in gold letters and "Hefe-Weizen" in red letters. Also on the label there is a small amount of German here and there. The back label has a brief paragraph about the beer and a best before date and bottle code in a small gold brick. Mine was best before January 2009.

When poured into a Erdinger Weizen glass, this Dunkelweizen was an appealing murky dark chestnut brown with some caramel coloring mixed in with it. Usually Weizens have a massive head of foam on it, but the one on this beer was more controlled. It was about 1 1/2 inches in height and was an off white color. This head of foam quickly fizzled away and only left behind a handful of fizzy off white colored rings. I liked the color, but the head of foam needed a little something. This beer needs to be swirled around to wake up the aroma. When it was, the aroam was still very subtle with dark roasted wheat, a splash of sweet caramel, and a hint of banana and cloves. To me, the aroma needed more malted wheat and banana and it shouldn't have to be swirled around to get any kind of smell out of it. The taste was very crispy and carbonated with plenty of dark roasted wheat, a hint of banana, a pinch of cloves, and then finishes up with more malted wheat. It is a Weizen, but there should have been a little bit more flavor in here. Wheat can get a little boring by itself. This was a light bodied beer that was heavy on the carbonation and featured a faint aftertaste of dark roasted wheat and a hint of cloves. No banana, just wheat and cloves. It wouldn't be so bad if they lowerd the carbonation so I could get more of an aftertaste out of this beer. In the end, this Weizen was overly carbonated with a ton of malted wheat and really nothing else. There are better German or American Dunkelweizens out there. I will continue to use the glass with the Erdinger name on it, but I won't be pouring this beer into it any time soon.

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