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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel - Erdinger Weissbräu

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Ratings: 956
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 28
Gots: 48 | 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 stoutman


2.6/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The smell and body of this beer were fantastic...very malty and almost thick in aroma...the head was impressive and very rich, making me think I had a rich dunkel-weiss on my hands. Erdinger says it gets its full-bodied taste from fine 'flavor hops' and dark malt. on the contrary, when I tasted it, I was surprised to find just a malty flavored, watery, beverage. Dissappointed with this one.

Serving type: can

07-22-2004 00:57:56 | More by stoutman
Photo of Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is one tasty wheat dunkel.

The head was exceptionally large, even when poured relatively slowly. Light brown coffee coloured. The beer is not black or brown but a dark dark caramel, toffee, somewhat moccha, and very singular. The head is thick and viscous and very solid; chunky. The aroma is deliciously sweet, recalling grape-juice, raisins, and fruity-sweet yeast, akin to some Belgian fruit beers. The aroma was very bewildering--I did not expect this sweetness, but the surprise was welcomed: I love a sweet beer. So the malt combines supremely with the yeast and exudes an ultra-sweet aroma, mouth-wateringly rich. There are some drier smells, hops hiding in the background, but I picked out mostly the tart sugariness of the nose. This really smells like a yeasty Belgian, but I am sure the Germans have been producing this wonderful yeasty smell for just as long as the Belgians. However, it is the first German beer I have tried with such strong yeasty sweet fruitiness. Ambrosial. The taste is very sweet too, where the dark malt announces itself, but not like a stout--this malt makes itself more known as a grainy, sweet, creamy caramel. I suppose the wheat is detectable, but the barley malt is too. Grapes, dates, dusty yeast, flowery sweet honey and candy-like flavours. The two malts make for a crisp and highly refreshing dark lager. This is exceptional, and it suits my personal palate very well. Dark, sweet, yeasty, and preeminently drinkable. I could quaff these all day, summer or winter.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2004 09:18:13 | More by Cwrw
Photo of connecticutpoet


3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice dark brown beer with a tan head that didn't grow too big, but lasted quite a while.

The aroma began with some lightly roasted malt, and was slightly sweet, with touches of bitter chocolate and a hint of cloves thrown in.

I was surprised at how carbonated this beer was. That was my first sip impression... it seemed like club soda, it had tht kind of a tang to it. There was almost no roasted character to it, and it was very crisp and clean. The aftertaste was slightly toast-like.
This did not in any way taste like the color hinted. It was a smooth easy-drinking beer, and although it was not remarkable it went down nice and easy. I'd recommend it to fans of wheat beers, but not with the expectation that there would be a lot of depth to it like a dunkel would usually have.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2004 02:31:37 | More by connecticutpoet
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Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured hazy mahogany brown colour with a creamy dense peaked head floating on top that seems to last forever.

On the nose, a sweet malty aroma, estery and spicy.

Grainy and wheat flavours on top, with a light caramel touch. Some sherry richness but overall it's quite dry and bracing, with a slightly alcoholic character. Some phenolic zing as well.

In the mouth it feels full and soft without being syrupy. It has a nice rich feel to it. Overall, I find this beer to be quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2004 00:04:26 | More by Garin
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, opaque, brown color, and is topped by a thick light brown head. Enticing aromas of raisins, caramel, and toast waft from my glass to my nose. Overall the aroma is quite fruity as well. The taste is mildly sweet and finishes with a hint of clove, and smooth mellowness. This has some really nice bready notes mixed with caramel and biscuit flavors. There is a dry finish, which begs for you to take another sip. This is a nice enjoyable example, that could use, perhaps, a bit more of the traditional Hefe flavors, but it is quite good as is.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2004 22:10:59 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of surfmeister


3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I think I just like stronger flavors nowadays
Appearance: dark brown, foggy, copious head, nice to look at
Smell: nutty, a little fruity but very subtle
Taste: definitely more roasty malt than a regular Hefe, the banana tastes are still there but now they fight it out with the malt, usual low hop profile, again...subtle
Mouthfeel: refreshing vs. watery? Hefes are always refreshing but a little bland
Drinkability: could drink many, but for a hot weather brew give me a pilsner

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2004 21:15:17 | More by surfmeister
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New York

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very big, gray-tan head. Dense, uneven foam. Cloudy, dark brown beer. The aroma: spicy, but there's a little sour milk. It's kind of sick, but not really off-putting. Strange. The creamy, sweet, fruity front registers bananas, strawberries and cherries. Bring in the chocolatey malt of the equally fruity middle and I'm getting black forest cake. And nuts in the finish. I really like this. It starts creamy with bananas and strawberries, through chocolate to a nutty finish: this is a banana split!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2004 15:24:46 | More by kbub6f
Photo of chriscolby


3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle says "Erdinger Hefe-weizen Dark," not "Dunkel."

Very dark brown with big, lasting head. The beer from my bottle smells a bit oxidized, but not badly; a dark malt character is still noticable. As with Erdinger Hefe-weizen , no wheat beer character (banana/clove/bubblegum) in the nose or flavor.
The flavor shows a chocolatey dark malt flavor with no bite from grain bitterness. Hop bitterness is fairly high as dunkels go, but well-balanced in the overall flavor profile.
This is a well-made, drinkable beer, It tastes to me that, like Erdinger Hefe, this is made from fairly hard water. (I could be wrong about this.) Although this doesn't taste much like other German dunkelweizens, it's a good beer when judged without reference to it's labeled style.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2004 03:35:17 | More by chriscolby
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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours with a dark brown body, some but little light penetration, whispy foamy head

Smell is malty, stout like aromas of roasted malt

Taste is malty, dry and thick, however and almost greasy residue left on the palette after consumption

Very nice dunkel, its grown on me over time

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2004 01:11:11 | More by cypressbob
Photo of Globetrotter


2.85/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tall brown half liter bottle with a black, gold and red label featuring nothing but lettering. Purity law applies. Best before 7/31/04, I opened it on 5/2/04.

Magnificent to the eye: deep opaque brown under a beautiful firm tan head that creates a crown above the glass and lasts forever, leaving good lace. The nose is very mild, in fact, I'm not picking up much of anything at all The mouth is light and quite prickly. The flavors are also very mild, with just a touch of spice and an initial hint of caramel. The taste is actually quite watery, with neither yeast nor hops. There is essentially no aftertaste. Real disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2004 19:07:13 | More by Globetrotter
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Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one looks and smells like a big wheat dunkel. Poured a lush cloudy mahogany red with a big frothy off-white meringue cap. Light but steady effervescence. Aromas of dried fruits currants, prunes mingle with cinnamon and cloves....wonderful nose on this beer. Starts bold with a big ol’ wack of sweet toasty malt then builds to a creamy mouth feel punctuated with banana, spices and other ester tastes as malt and hops fuse on the tongue. Then the finish is fairly clean for such a big beer...almost watery with little more than a sweet malt after taste. This is a good import beer and a great representastion of the dunkel style in the wheat beer tradition. I like it and will always have a bottle or two around.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2004 00:50:39 | More by pootz
Photo of Sixpack595


3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Medium-dark brown in color with a huge tan head. Pour carefully, not over white carpet. Aroma is very muted, tending towards chocolate and a touch bready. Flavor is malty with cocoa and fruits tending more towards the dark end of the spectrum. Mouthfeel is light, but toward the medim end of the weissbier range. Good drinkability, but somewhat lacking in complexity.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2004 01:40:58 | More by Sixpack595
Photo of rkhaze


3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy iced tea brown with a huge creamy, cloud like tan head. Smells of bread/grain, chocolate and a bit of spice.
Semi-sweet toasted malt flavor. Chocolate, caramel, fruit, a hint of clove and a pleasant soft bitterness in the finish. All the flavors were rather mild and disappeared quickly.
Light bodied with good effervesence. Nice and refreshing. A little light in the smell and taste department. Looking forward to trying more Dunkel Weissbiers to get a better idea of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2004 00:10:43 | More by rkhaze
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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Sheesh. This sucker poured with about 8 feet of head. Hold on an hour and I'll tell you what color it is. (The head's tan, for sure...)

OK, there we go. The beer itself is a cloudy dark brown, and the head settles down to a respectable size after a while. Aroma is fairly weak -- mildly sharp wheat with a bit of malt once it warms. But not much there.

The same, alas, is true of the flavor. Starts with a bit of wheat tang, develops a very rich malty sweetness in the middle which rapidly becomes cloying as the beer warms, and then...nothing. Not a trace of hop flavor to be found in this. There is something that strikes me as an off-alcohol flavor -- surprising for such a low ABV beer.

I like the style, but this beer is too much like candy. Too sweet with no real depth.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2004 18:37:49 | More by mzwolinski
Photo of filabrazilia


4.88/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a gorgeous dark amber with a generous tan head that leaves sheets of lace on the glass. The head is huge at first and settles nicely in the glass.

There are heavy fruit notes in the nose (banana and raisan) with a touch of spice. This fruity and spicy beer is joined by a delightful malt sweetness that has elements of carmel. Fantastic.

A dark malt flavor is understated in the mouth. The fruit is full and sweet and absolutely delicious. This beer is easy to drink because it is sweet, but not too sweet and complex without being overbearing.

This is a medium bodied beer that is smooth and creamy in the mouth. The carbonation grabs the tongue in the finish treating the mouth to a full on assault of texture.

This is a great beer. It is a beer of contradictions--a dark beer that is light and refreshing; a wheat beer that is complex and flavorful and a beer that can be both a sipping beer and a thirst quencher. I could drink this beer anytime of the year and feel that it is the right time to drink it.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2004 17:29:10 | More by filabrazilia
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3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany colour, almost black. Abundant foam, brown, with some big bubbles.
Smell of burned caramel, liquorice, rhubarb, orange (just a little), herbal notes (hop?).
At the taste, liquorice and burned caramel again, but over all a good background softness.
Medium-low body. Aftertaste with predominance of liquorice and woody notes, but even with some bitter. Drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2004 16:47:40 | More by stcules
Photo of dauss


3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Came in a 50cl bottle. It poured a cloudly dark brown color. The tan colored head was tremendous. Even with the gentlelist pour the head was more than the height of the beer in the glass. Highly carbonated, very malty and crisp. Not much bitterness or hopiness. As for the beer, poor drinkability because too much carbonation because it was overly carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2004 05:13:49 | More by dauss
Photo of Zorro


3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a resilient tan head.

Smells of malt and mild banana and spice.

Tastes mild, standard Hefe-Weizen taste only a bit subdued. Standard bananas, raisins, figs, spice taste.

Mouthfeel is good, but not great.

Beats Budweiser, but there are better beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2004 23:13:59 | More by Zorro
Photo of Ave


3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, dark, nutty brown out of a 50cl bottle, with full fluffy head of large bubbles. The head does fade a bit over time, but never dies completely. Yeast is there for the taking for those who care for it.

Sweet, clean, lightly spicy nose. Raisin & fig is just barely there. A rather disappointing & distant aroma I thought.

Malt is apparent up front in the aroma & makes a bigger statement immediately on the tongue, but it soothes wonderfully to a creamy wheat sweetness. Yum! Yum! Mild roast & toasts flavors come in & play with subtle bitter hints. A wondrously subtle yet complex beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2003 16:44:27 | More by Ave
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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with orange edges, strong head creamy and huge. The head deflates and hollows out, but never really goes away.
Smells like dark bread, toastes wheat aroma, yeasty, fruity.
Wheat and breadlike taste, just minor hops, dark fruit, and I'm probably imagining carmelized banana.
Smooth and light-bodied
The first time I ever tried this style, and it won't be the last time I go back to this beer, or the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2003 17:03:57 | More by mschofield
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

erdinger dunkel is yet another example of their ability to brew solid but not outstanding versions of the respective styles. considering this is one of their stock standard brewers in germany, its a very enjoyable beer.

wonderful dark mahogany color, pored with a creamy head which was a light brown color. plenty of jets of carbonation shooting up from the bottom of my schofferhoffer glass, which gave it a delighful crisp feel. nose was quite sweet, fruity, roasted tones and spicy elements which included cloves. subtle in aroma. flavors were a little bolder, but still fairly subtle, tho beautifully balanced. initially traces of blood plums, raisins and currants in there, stretching into a nice chocolate roastedness with a hint of molasses, and a nice spicy undertone which went well with the crisp mouthfeel of the beer. well rounded bitterness joins in at just the right moment on the way down. great thing about this beer is it never gets too sweet at any stage.

i like my dark beers to be a bit more powerful than this, but this dunkel ranks highly on the drinkability charts. very smooth, clean and crisp, it has a pleasant subdued nature which allows continued drinking. another enjoyable beer from erdinger.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2003 03:45:00 | More by diablo14
Photo of barleypop


3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a nice dense coffee colour. Streams and streams of small bubbles rise from the depths to create a wispy head that quickly dissapates. The nose is very, very subtle with sweet fruity notes. The taste and mouthfeel are a bit lacking. It just doesn't have richness one would expect from a dark wheat. I would not make an effort to find this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2003 18:45:57 | More by barleypop
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3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark pour, extremely foamy for this type of brew, taste was enjoyable but somewhat light and thin for a weisbier, sort of reminded me of what a lite American malt liquor would taste like. It was OK but not at the top of my list.Weissbiers should be a little bolder than this.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2003 00:41:48 | More by grynder33
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Rhode Island

3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I hear that the brewery itself in Erding Germany is spotless and lovely... I am only glad that I have sampled some of their better output.

This is a descent Dunkelweizen, worthy of purchase and enjoyment, but will not rank among my favorites of the style (to me it's like a Kristalweiss charading as something more).

Appearance was fine -- coloring and haziness. I like a bit firmer, lasting foam, though. Smell offered some small promise of sweetness -- which was there in the taste, but unsupported by my preference of background (Vienna/Munich malts) and foreground (phenols/esters) flavors. Is this intentionally brewed colder to limit these flavors?

Summation: A good brew and something I would not pass up in and of itself.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2003 04:29:46 | More by Hobbz
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3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark color with hints of gold. Although carbonation is persistent, head is short-lasting and disappears before the finish. Smell is sweet, somewhat like maple syrup. Taste is much more sweet than bitter, and I feel the substance is only mediocre, giving the bulk of the spicy flavor only in the aftertaste. Not a bad brew but not the best either.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2003 00:21:24 | More by RocketWidget
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