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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel - Erdinger Weissbräu

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Ratings: 1,020
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.83%
Wants: 28
Gots: 75 | 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 vanrassel
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahhh, the beauty of BA: before joining this site, I never knew the joys of the Dunkel.

This poured from the bottle with a towering tan head over a beer that was nearly opaque — like Guinness, but with a little cloudiness. The head remained throughout, though it left little lacing on my glass.

The smell was subtle roasted malts with fruity esters that translated well into the taste. With a few sips, I could pick out the banana taste that is apparently characteristic of this style. Well-balanced between malt and a bit of bitterness.

The vigorous carbonation and full body made this a pleasant drink that left a nice alcoholic warming effect going down. Not my last Dunkel by any stretch of the imagination....

vanrassel, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of TheEclecticGent
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer on a recent run through Helen, GA. I poured it from a bottle into a Erdinger glass.

Appearance – A nice basically clear cola or dark caramel color with a great head and good lacing. Looks fantastic in this Erdinger Weizen Glass.

Smell – The nose is of yeasty wheat and malt.

Taste – Ja ist gut! Tastes subtly of wheat, a dry wheat flavor with caramel, malty bread, and a hint of winter spices. I do love a good Dunkle Weizen!

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation and Medium/heavy mouthfeel with creaminess to it.

Drinkability – This is a very drinkable beer. It tastes surprising light not heavy in “weight” (i.e. isn’t filling).

TheEclecticGent, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of Redteketed
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What a contradiction, a dark weissbier. Germans no humor?
Seriously, and Germans are serious considering beer, this beer has a dark colour, large foamy head that fully lasts.
I sense malt, caramel sugar, little burnt and even some malt-bitterness in it’s flavour. The taste is a bit malt-bitter, burnt with a base between a little bitter and bitter. I even spot a very small amount of oxidation, not in a way that ruins the beer.
A light/medium mouthfeel, bit sparkling, some tartness, flowing in a little bitter/burnt aftertaste.

I always ignored this beer. Now that I started reviewing again, I felt it was time to try. I’m happy to review again!

Redteketed, Mar 05, 2006
Photo of crwills
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I actually liked this a lot. Not a style I get very often, and quite interesting and tasty.

Pours a very dark, near black, into my Erdinger weissbier glass. Huge foamy head that almost screwed up my pour and flowed over the top. The dark beer looks really cool in this glass, though!

Smell is a bit surprising -- hops, pine, grapes, cloves. Very fresh, although a bit of skunk in there, or maybe I imagined it.

Interesting smokey flavour, nice hop/malt balance. Candy, bananas, grains, some pepper or spice, and a bit of caramel (not diacetyl though). Thick witbier mouthfeel, roasty toffee aftertaste.

Honestly, even though I didn't give it the highest grade, I'll probably find some to keep in stock for a nice change of pace.

crwills, Feb 24, 2006
Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking beer.mahogany with a lovelly and huge ,creamy tan head. Very malty type aroma thjough much sour and wheat notes are detected. Taste is quite smooth and mostly all malt, with slight touches of estery tastes and the mearest hint of bitterness near the end. Not too bad on the palate..thin but acceptable given the style. Nice enough beer not great but much better than their Hefe.

Reidrover, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of VoodooBrew
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is dark in color, darker than a bock for example, with less of a billowy head than a wheat-based beer might normally offer. The aroma is light but there is a slight metallic tinge to it. For that matter, this beer drinks fairly easily, despite the noticeable malt character. There's not too much wheat here, I don't think. Not a whole lot going on here but this is a decent beer. Why not give it a shot.

VoodooBrew, Feb 03, 2006
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark, opaque bown, with hints of cherry red. Big rocky mocha-coloured head, which froths up vigorously, then settles to a steady film. Minimal lacing.

Sweet dark malted wheat on the nose. Aromas of toffee, treacle, raisins brandy, fruitcake. It's rather good, but somewhat subdued. I'm waiting for the layering effect, for subtle nuances, and they're not forthcoming. Still, it's a nice nose.

Taste is dark, a little sweet, and rather dry. It really is quite flat when you get down to it. Starts with a malty, dark flavour, but flattens very quickly to a dry, barren and rather insipid nothingness. It's a shame, as there's genuine promise there. You can see where it's going, but it doesn't actually get there.

lacqueredmouse, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of laituegonflable
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good head, dissipating slowly. Looks quite strong, but its dark colour isn't quite black. Held up to light it's quite cocoa coloured, cherry maybe.

Smells like weak, gritty coffee. But OK.

Tastes also like coffee, but not really ridiculously so (Like HMB Ale, e.g.) It's actually quite mild, considering how dark it is. Mouthfeel quite tangy, but goes down smooth and nicely. I don't usually like dark ales as a rule, but this is a bit of an exception. It's really not strong and overwhelming like so many others.

I could see myself swallowing this rather than spitting, anyway.

laituegonflable, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of Tupperwolf
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle marked 06/2006 into my Weizen glass, this beer pours a dark, dark, dark brown! Super dark, like a porter. Murky and almost opaque. It barely even lets light through at all! Thick, fluffy, energetic dark tan head rises and rises and as I pour the yeast it just gets fluffier and more poofy. There are huge (1/2") bubbles of carbonation working their way up through the 2.5" head and bursting. The head fades down after a time to a tan-brown ring, then dissappears completely, which brings down the score (if it stuck around more it'd easily be a 4.5).

This one is all Hefeweizen in the scent. Banana, bubblegum, toasty marshmallows with a tiny spice chaser. I wasn't sure what I was getting into with Erdinger but the scent is very appealing. Smells just as good or better than my old standby Franziskaner. Let's hope it tastes as good...

Mmmm, definitely a great, great Dunkelweizen I've got on my hands! I'd have to do a blind taste test with Franziskaner to decide which I like more. All of the tastes I hope for are there; That fruity, smooth, yeasty combination of bananas and wheat with a tiny finisher of cloves and a tiny astringency of alcohol, just the way I like it. It tap-dances around the whole palate, making friends with every bit.

Smooth, smooth on the tongue, just a little crisp carbonation; Very light mouthfeel with a creamy aftertaste, just the way I like my Weizens, which are my light, happy, easy to drink and enjoy beer.

Wow, I can't believe I'm giving this such a high rating... But damn, it deserves it! I can't think of any reason not to love this beer. It's so easy to drink, tasty, and satisfying. It has all the flavors I love with an awesome crispness, nothing cloying or extreme. Cheers!

Tupperwolf, Jan 10, 2006
Photo of jarmby1711
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This dark brown red tinged opaque beer had a wonderfully large head.
There is not a lot of the expected wheat tartness in this brew , instead there is a roated sugar , banana and a distinct roated grain on the finish.
It is smooth balanced and complex.
I drank this in the middle of summer , although not on a hot day .
I look forward to this ,come winter , when I think it would be a fantastic beer , standing around an open fire.

jarmby1711, Jan 05, 2006
Photo of trevorwideman
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a very pretty beer. Dark, Cloudy, and very nearly opaque. Poured with a big, bountiful head that subsided quickly, and a frothy lace that disappeared soon after, making this beer look a bit flat. Smell is all Weizen, Bready, Bananas, cloves, but hints of dark fruits, plum and cherry. Taste is not nearly as complex as I was expecting, sugary, malty, hints of lemony sourness, not much of the typical refreshing Weizen flavours I've come to expect. Watery mouthfeel and fizz on the tongue, slides down very easily.

I really wanted this beer to be more than it was, maybe I had too high expectations.

trevorwideman, Dec 29, 2005
Photo of CrazyMike
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a beerstien with a puffy thick head. After it setteled it tasted very smooth and fruity. It smelled sweet and fruity.

The taste was malty and sweet, here I found the wheet and fruity were only slightly evident. This definatly went down good, the taste was crisp and smooth.

Unlike other wheat beers (i.e. Hacker-Pschorr) the taste doesn't hit you right away. It's just very refreshing and pleasent.

CrazyMike, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, rusty brown in color with a massive, frothy head of wheat colored suds. Retention is good and lacing is minimal.

Aroma is sweet, darkly roasted wheat, malt syrup, brown sugar, a hint of dark fruit, and a faint whisper of spice. Where's the banana and clove?

Flavor has a great, dark wheat character that reminds me of Cream of Wheat sweetened with brown sugar. It's surprisingly malty and toffee like for a wheat beer. It has a nice fruitiness centering around rasberry and raisdn. Unlike any other dunkel I've ever had. Virtually no clove, banana, and spice characteristics that are typical of a good dunkel. Tastey nontheless.

Body is medium, silky smooth, with a crisp wheaty mouthfeel and surprising drinkability.

AlexJ, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of slitherySOB
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black like a stout, with just a little hint of ruby glowing through. Big, fluffy head that ever so slowly disipates to about a finger and a half worth of foam. Delicious looking. Dark, sweet smell. Very malty, with lots of ripe and dark fruits such as cherries, plums, blackberries... Nice, thick sweet taste. Plenty of wheat malts, bit of a spicy crispness, and lots of sweet fruits and breads. Bit of chocolate as well, with some... Coconut? Interesting. Makes the aftertaste a bit more refreshing. Thick, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Absolutely delicious. An excellent beer. I hope to try more offerings from this brewery.

slitherySOB, Dec 10, 2005
Photo of canadianbarman
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

--Came in a large brown 500 ml bottle, best before chart on back label.
--Poured a dark brown with reddish hues. Thickm white, foamy head that lasted with great lacing.
--Smelled like chocolate with slight fruit.

This was a very easy beer to drink. It was my first Dunkel variety (I know...pretty lame!!) and I was pleased. Would drink again.

canadianbarman, Nov 27, 2005
Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown, orange edges, huge off white head forms and laces on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty, with some orange, citrus chocolate and yeast notes. Taste is chocolate and malty, with some iron, citrus and yeast. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied and medium carbonation. The glass is killer.

Viggo, Nov 17, 2005
Photo of daliandragon
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ah, good old Erdinger. These beauties on tap at the Three Alley Pub in Itaewon kept me sane in my time in Korea, home of the world's worst beer, give or take.
Pours a shade lighter than black with respectable, lasting head and lacing. Very appetizing. The smell is fresh and a touch fruity, with malt to spare.
Clean initially in the mouth, followed by a rich, caramel and malt based sweetness. Not horrible at all but I'd prefer it a touch dryer. Mouthfeel is solid but could use a bit more hop action and bitterness. The aftertaste almost reminds me of malt liquor, which isn't meant as a complement.
Unfortunately, I guess you can't go back to Seoul again..which is just peachy with me. I enjoyed this more on tap but either way the lighter version is preferable in my humble opinion.

daliandragon, Nov 11, 2005
Photo of Skidz
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out hazy amber brown and sits deep chocolate brown in the glass with a large tan head, fading quickly to a light skim, few lacings around the glass.

Smells rich and deeply toasted with rounded notes of caramel and nuts. Mild and fluid grassy tones hints of cocoa scattered about. Bits of raisins and figs as well.

Tastes roasty up front, specks of coffee, cocoa and a pleasant nutty/wooden presence. Hops intrude with mild branches of leafy flavors, moist and comforting. Finishes with a muddy blend of cocoa, nuts and mashed brown bananas (better than it sounds, i hope).

Light and pillowy in the mouth, mild carbonation in small bubbles. Body is medium-light and easily conquered.

Very standard all around, which isn't bad, but won't keep my imagination entertained. Regardless, its qualities win over my wishes, and it is what it is.

Skidz, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of DrJay
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight hazed dark toffee brown with a fluffy, light brown head. Great retention and clumps of foam stick to the sides of the glass. Mild aroma, cocoa, vanilla, and caramel malt along with a bit of yeastiness. Light chocolate flavour, a bit doughy, finishes with caramel sweetness. Moderately high carbonation gives the body a lot of life and adds a bit of acidity. Creamy texture with a hint of slickness. Quite tasty. I'd definitely try it again.

DrJay, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first Dunkel Weizen Ive reviewed (I cant believe it). It came in a set with the regular hefe and a very cool looking glass.

It pours a cloudy chocolate brown with a gigantic tan head that recedes to a thin vale. Lacing is a few patchy islands. The aroma of caramel, some roast malts, cloves, other spices and some dark fruit. The taste is malty with layers of crisp wheat, chocolate malt, bananas and prunes competing for attention. Hops are negligable. The finish is fruity and somewhat sweet. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy.

Im impressed with this Dunkel. Its got lots of complexity. I would buy it again if it was sold by itself in Ontario.

CAMRAhardliner, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of TerryW
3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours up looking something like a cola, but with a much more impressive head. The head is moderately long-lived and gives good lace.

Slightly fruity character both in it's aroma and taste. Both are rather mild, though, making this a not particularly memorable or outstanding beer. Has an oddly dry, dusty finish giving it a somewhat pinched mouthfeel. Light bodied overall.

Slightly better than a macro, that's about it.

TerryW, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a typically fluffy white head that lasts forever and leaves nice lacing

Smell: Brown bread, bananas, cloves and a nice yeasty aroma

Taste: Tastes much like the aroma from start to finish; a touch of chocolate malt and caramel adds a nice dimension to the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light and spritzy

Drinkability: Nothing complex, just a very enjoyable dark weissbier

brentk56, Oct 28, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown in colour with lots of carbonation. Aromas of raisin, spicy yeast, and a touch of roasted grain. Surprisingly astringent roasted grain flavors dominate the palate, with a bit of the standard hefeweizen banana flavors creaping in at the tinish. I thought that the roasted flavors dominated too much, and it would have been better to get some other more subtle flavors out of the darker grains.

fisherman34, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of radshoesbro
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this pours a dark brown with huge off white head and very little recession. rather than a nice lace it left huge patches along the sides of the glass. lots of bubbles racing up the sides due to the high carbonation. smells of malts, yeast, wheat, grains, etc. the taste is quite excellent, very sweet and complex on my palate. banana flavor sort of jumps out at you and then subsides to a good full wheat flavor. there are also traces of maple syrup, and dates. the complexity of this is fabulous. this is a medium bodied hefe, very complex throughout. the finish is fantastic. man, i have to find this on tap.

radshoesbro, Oct 17, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Dark brown with a huge, creamy head. The aroma is wheat with some spiciness and hops. The flavor is very doughy, with chocolate and spice. Some toasted malt flavor. This beer is strange, and it's not really what I expected, but it's not bad. Not malty enough, or spicy enough. Medium mouthfeel. Good drinkability. There's nothing wrong with this beer, but it would be better if all the flavors were turned up a little. Still, I prefer this to the regular hefe.

beveragecaptain, Oct 17, 2005
Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
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