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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel - Erdinger Weissbräu

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Ratings: 1,125
Reviews: 582
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 36
Gots: 121 | 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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Ratings: 1,125 | Reviews: 582
Photo of Slynger
3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of Daredevil
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
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 ....

Photo of stephens101
3.32/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of nrbw23
2.51/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

Photo of Greggy
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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.

Photo of lukeforehand
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of illidurit
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of monkeybeer
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of daledeee
3.71/5  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.

Photo of Upgrayedd
3.15/5  rDev -16%
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.

Photo of PhageLab
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
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!

Photo of watchnerd
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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.

Photo of Bookseeb
3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of BrewSomerville
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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!

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of altgeeky1
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of MmmIPA
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of irishkyle21
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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

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.

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