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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel - Erdinger Weissbräu

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Ratings: 1,114
Reviews: 581
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 35
Gots: 116 | 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 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.

Photo of ralree
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep opaque coffee brown with a beautiful frothy tan head of 2-fingers that settles into a 1/2-finger lace. Glorious.

S: Delicious sugary roasted caramel malt and lots of grain. Slight hops on the nose as well.

T: Roasted caramel malt with a delicious aftertaste of vanilla. Slight alkalinity on first couple drinks, but not noticeable thereafter. Mellow aftertaste of a touch of coffee and roasted malt. I really like this one.

M: Medium-bodied and really creamy. Very wet after swallowing - lingers well. Completely non-astringent and non-offensive. Would be great with a meal. Good carbonation, but it's a little bit watered down.

D: Very drinkable. I will be buying it again.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle, best by 4/2008. Served in a weizen glass, the beer pours dark brown with an inch off-white head. It smells like roasted malt, wheat and a little bit of chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, except there's also a bit of spice (clove) noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, and with a lot amount of carbonation. The carbonation hurts the drinkability a bit, but it's not hard to drink. Overall I think this is a decent beer, but it seems like something is missing from it. Lowering the carbonation would definintely help.

Photo of Squelch
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Malty nose. Low hops with almost no aroma which is par for style. Smooth beer with rich mouthfeel. A taste of roasted malts lingers in your mouth at the end. Pours dark with a large tan head that subsides quickly. I usually don't like Hefe's but I would drink this one again.

Photo of animal69
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%

i went on a dark " heavy weezin' " trip today for some reason, this one was #1 on deck ; pours a dark slightly cloudy ruddy-brown w a fluffy tan head which dissapated rather quickly ( may have been the glass tho) left a moderate lacing ; not a strong aroma at all, a faint hint of some wheaty yeast esters, a little fruitiness to it, bannana maybe, some hop spiciness, metallic aroma, too ; a thin almost "watery" flavor, you can taste some darker malts and hops in a "euro macro" base, not much wheatiness to it, kinda metallic aftertaste as well ; a good mouthfeel true to style, light w/ lots of bubbles, sticks to your tounge just right ; this is a drinkable one, but i feel it's not really " weezy" enough...

Photo of hoegaardenhero
2.75/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: pours nice deep brown color; small amount of airy white head lasts only for the shortest period of time; upward moving caronation bubbles up until the finish

s: vert light but smells of sweet malts and grains w/molasses hints; small amount of darker coffee malt smell also hits the nose

t: prominent metallic flavor very distracting from other underlying flavors; spicy thick yeasty sweet flavors with slightest hints of bitter darker malts at end of sip

m: a little thicker and syrupier than i would like from a dunkel weiss but nice carbonation lightens it up a bit

d: this is the second bottle that I have had and both have suffered from pretty strong metallic flavors which made the beer a little harder to enjoy; overall i feel that this beer is ok but i wouldn't go out of my way to drink it.

Photo of binkman
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 500ml bottle --

A - pours BLACK, very very dark brown when held to the light with a lot of big fluffy head on it. Had trouble getting it into a 22oz hef glass. Very little evidence of lacing on the glass.

S - smalls kind of like a wheat bear, very mild smell

T - a little hoppy at first, then some citrus flavor with a bitter toffee finish, almost a little burnt

M - good carbonation, head is very fluffy and sticks in mustaches.

D - a little too burnt in the finish will make it a little more difficult to get this one down. also it feels a little heavier than even the average Hefe-weizen dunkel.

Overall: I'll probably have it again and I would recommend it for a dark hef, but it probably wouldn't be top on the list.

Photo of livingregret
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: A lovely 1pt .9fl oz bottle that I have had sitting in my mini-fridge for about a month

Appearance: Pours a lovely dark brown(almost black) w/ a lovely off white head that lingered. Plenty of lacing

Smell: Soft wheat, a touch of coffee...nice and mild is the key w/ this beer

Taste: Smooth...goes down easy and has a very great taste. Not a Hefe-Weizen really but a nice dark wheat beer. Some roasted/dark grains w/ some citrus flavour(very light)

Drinkability: I was expecting a Hefe(and if you are...don't drink this beer because it is not a Hefe) but it rather enjoyable. A nice mild beer that goes down easy.

Photo of dnichols
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured a 650 ml capped bottle into a chilled Franziskaner Weissbier glass.

A: It poured a murky brown that when back lit revealed a creamy dull ruby red hue. There was initially an abundant caramel head approaching four fingers. However, the head receded quickly to an even cover that persisted and fed a full lacing.

S: I picked up thinly brewed coffee, almonds, and nutmeg.

T: There was a noticeable flavor of toasted sweet malts and a bready, yeasty aroma of rye bread fresh out of the oven. There are also undercurrents of spice and fruit that never really play a dominant role in the flavor profile.

M: Moderate body which was somewhat surprising given the typical full bodied mouth feel of weissbiers. Moderate sweetness from start to finish, moderate carbonation and low alochol leave a relatively clean and sweet aftertaste that is pleasant.

D: It was a pleasant beer, easy to drink with little character to make it stand out from the crowd.

Comment: I enjoyed it but it did little to entice me to become a regular.

Photo of sbe1
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark cola brown with a thick foamy head that lasts right to the end.

Smell: Soft wheat scent, a good pleasant smell but nothing really stands out.

Taste: Smooth and rich--and slightly and pleasantly sweet. Not like a dunkel, maybe because it's not exactly a dunkel--other reviewers keep calling it a dunkel, but nowhere on the label does it say dunkel.

Mouthfeel: Again smooth with a slight tickle of carbonation. Very pleasant mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability, I could drink this all night.

Photo of Amalak
4.56/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

App: Dark, opaque beer with a bubbly (as opposed to foamy) head. Slightly bubbly.

Smell: Mild, nutty smell. Honestly, I like it, because there is nothing overpowering about it.

Taste: A lot of people don't like it because they are expecting a Hefe. But what makes this beer amazing, in my opinion, is how it blends smokey dark with wheat. It's completely original in its taste, and is honestly one of my favorite darks. I think that is the key. View this as a dark beer, with wheat hints, as opposed to a wheat beer that is dark.

Mouthfeel: So smooth, but carbonated. This beer just blends in my opinion from taste to appearance.

Drinkability: Goes down wonderfully. Again, if you view this as a dark beer with wheat hints, it is as original as it comes.

Photo of gunnerman
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a wheat glass, pours a dark black color with a fluffy 3 finger head that stays around the entire drink, looks like a Russian imperial stout. Smell is a bit of a weedy citrus smell with a roasted malt in the mix as well. This beer is not to flavorful, I can detect a bit of citrus and also a bit of lemon as well. This beer did go down quickly and pretty smooth, good for a summer day, but kind of weird drinking a dark hefe, over all not to bad and one I would probably have again.

Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
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