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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel - Erdinger Weissbräu

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1,100 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,100
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 nriech
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice and dark brown. One finger head that retained well. Good carbonation:

Smell: Wheat, yeast, banana. Not too strong though. A little roasty though.

Taste: Good dark fruit flavors. Roasted grains and toffee. Dark malts and light wheat flavor. A little light on flavor but consistent with the style. A strong wheat beer would be strange.

Mouthfeel is decent. Carbonation and flavors roll off the tounge.

Overall very drinkable and a very good dark hefe. Dunkels make wheat beers redeemable. This is one of the better dunkels.

Photo of harpo111
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i tried this one on a whem and loved it. Dark, with a light lacey head. has a woderful yeasty, almost sweet flavor.
a: dark, mild carbonation..lacey head
s: sweet, yeasty..but with a carmel overtone
taste: nice...somewhat sweet, but very flavorful...mild on the hops..but lots of other flavors floating around in there...coffee, choco whatever...carmel...you can taste the grains some too...
mouthfeel...moderately creamy
d: Yes..would order again...

Photo of Pepeton
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one, along with it's hefe weizen sibling, in a new supermarket.

Pours a very dark, with a matching fluffy head. Little dark lacing.

Smell is malty, with some typical banana honors the style and a nice spicy background.

Taste is really good. Malty from the first to the last sip. Gets better as it warms a bit.

Mouthfeel is round; medium body. Nice tangy aftertaste.

Drinkability is really high in my neck of the bushes since this brew satisfies both a serious beer drinker and the almost mandatory "lightness" required in my Northeast México climate.


Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5L bottle to a .5L Hefe glass. The Liquid is very dark, a deep cloudy walnut color with good carbonation. The head is 3 finger tan but leave almost no lace.

The smell is good, dark fruit and some spice. I bit of toasted banana.

The taste is not quite as good, Could have been on the boat too long.A little tangy but lack any Banana Clove taste.

The mouthfeel is good . OK medium body and good carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

The drinkability is OK maybe good as well. I would like to try this on tap. It looks awesome but slides from there. MK

Photo of rjimlad
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beaut looking beer with a big creamy head. Deep and dark colour like black Assam tea. A slight doughy, wheaty aroma but nothing too apparent. The flavour is pretty subdued but wheaty with faint dark chocolate notes. My wife just says "molasses" but she doesn't like dark beer although she has an excellent nose and palate. I agree with other reviewers that its a bit watery but I think this may be a saving grace in terms of drinkability. I like this beer and if it weren't for the price it would be a session beer for me. Sure, it's not overly complex but its a medium body dark with nice wheaty flavours and creamy drinkability. Nice.

Photo of Slatetank
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Ruddy Brown body with large fluffy pale tan head served in a wheat glass. I noticed pockets gradually forming in the canopy

S - Toffee, pralines and nutmeg spice odor is evident in the nose. Slighty citrus quality similar to blood orange or read pear.

M - Swells of carbonation and thin body quickly relaxing as it is held in the mouth for a moment. Slightly sugary feel envelopes as the liquid is swallowed.

T - Toasted and sugar notes jump out with bready cake like flavors. Yeast and malt flavors play a dominant role with hints of spice and caramel.

D - A quaffable brew that goes down easy. I would probably hestitate to drink more than one, though since it is more carbonated than I would prefer. This is perfectly fine for the style.

Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, ruby brown with a great pillow head and excellent lacing. Smell is lightly malty, garssy with a soft "cotton candy" quality. Taste is mainly malty, sugary quality, but with a crisp quality. Smooth and refreshing...mouthfeel is lightly chewy and smooth.

Photo of alexgash
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yeast haze dark cola brown with a large, dense, foamy, dirty khaki brown head that sticks around. Nose is wheat bread dough, yeast, spicy carrot cake, light banana, and herbal, noble hops. Mild toffee mixes with charred fruits, cardboard, light-roasted coffee, and cooked banana. Finish is yeasty with a light herbal hop snap. Moderate body could use a little more substance. Mouthfeel is a little over-bubbly, lifting the flavor off the tongue too soon. Not bad, but a little disappointing overall.

Photo of Shadman
2.53/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Nice looking beer..dark opaque brown with a frothy head that took forever to go away...ramp down the aggressive pour if you want all 500ml to fit in to a standard glass. Faint bread/wheat smell and not much else. Taste was a bit disappointing..very bleh and watery with some faint spiciness at the end of a swallow. Mouthfeel was similar to the other dunkel I tried with medium amounts of carbonation. Really felt let down by this offering.

Photo of jettjon
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presented in 500ml bottle marked “best by 8-2007.” Pours a very dark, nearly opaque reddish-brown color with moderate carbonation. Tremendous pillowy brown-tan head, slowly fades leaving scattered, sticky lacing. Not much on the nose; cold, it’s merely wheaty. Warming, a bit of sweet malt is evident. Taste is really rather neutral; it’s possible I got a “skunked” beer? Mouth is semi-viscous; watery but not thin, light carbonation, smooth.

Overall: Pretty underwhelming. Not sure if I got a bad bottle. Definitely warrants a second try.

Photo of Metalmonk
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The dark chocolate/caramel color is beautiful, with a large head made of tight, compact bubbles. Looks like a root beer let out of the insane asylum. Really good looking beer, and unfortunately the best aspect of this one, by far.

Nose picks up nuttiness, fresh bread, and banana, also a sweet malt presence, but all this is very subtle.

The flavor is underwhelming, especially for a beer whose labels states "World's #1 Hefe-Weizen". Caramel, banana, and chocolate form the base, but the yeast is way too laid back, unbelievably subdued (and yes, I shook the yeast out of the bottom like a good hefe-weizen drinker).

Making matters worse, the mouthfeel is on the thin side, pretty weak and watery.

This is okay, but only okay. Largely bland and unexciting. When it comes to dunkel weizens, Julius Echter and Franziskaner far outclass this ho-hum offering.

Photo of demcorhip
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one via trade, thanks trevorwideman! Finally got around to drinking this tasty brew, dug it out of the depths of my beer cupboard last night.

This dunkel poured dark and murky, slightly darker than a cola. One finger tan head formed on a gentle pour and quickly dissipated. Me bad, glass wasnt clean as i was drinking water out of it earlier, needless to say there wasnt much for lacings. Medium level of medium sized bubbles carbonated this brew.

Bready and nutty aromas of wheat on the forefront. The aromas of chocolate and dark roast coffee from the roasted barley plays a slightly lesser role. Its all rounded out by the earthy and slightly lemony and grassy hop bitterness.

Theres a fair amount of wheat, with the nutty and bready flavours of whole wheat in this brew, making up the backbone of grain flavour. Some hints of clove and anise also present, but not as prominent as the flavours of the roast barley, which still isnt as predominant as the wheat. Nice solid hints of dark chocolate and dark roast coffee from the roasted grain. Finishes with a clean and crisp earthy hop with a lemon grass tang.

A light to medium bodied wheaty, nutty, and slightly bitter brew, from both the roast barley as well as the hops. Very well balanced between these elements.

A tasty and refreshing beer. Very drinkable, and would serve as a good intro to brews using roasted barley, or would make a nice refreshing beer in the dog days of summer to give one their fix of roasted barley. Glad i got to try this one.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.9/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle best before 03/2007, drank 12/2006.

Poured into a Franziskaner Weissbier glass, it looked dark, heavy and tasty. Mahogany black with a two finger tanned foaming head, which slowly sank down to a thinner covering.

Aroma of wheat and yeast, neither very strong, even as the bier warmed up.

Thin, almost watery (for a weissbier,dunkel or otherwise), no depth
or feel to the taste, the mouthfeel, very poor really, not a great example of this style in my opinion.

I will not be rushing out and buying a crate of this, but if I ever see it on tap anywhere I will give it another try.

Photo of Onibubba
2.45/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Did a little Dunkel side by side last night with this, Weihenstephaner, Julius Echter, and Franziskaner. All four were nearly identical in pour and appearance. All got a full aggressive pour with the yeast, cause that's how I like em. This gave the beers a somewhat (but not too) cloudy nut brown color. Head on all was present, but short lasting.

Smell was similar in all four beers, with a yeasty banana bread and almost medicinal clove aroma. Not as pronounced in this one though.

Taste was kind of off. Sour banana? Bready and yeasty, clovey, yes, but a bit off-putting. Something in this beer is not geling. Taste is more sour and medicinal on top of the other flavors. Putting this one aside...

Mouthfeel is thin. Carbonation is noticeable. Does not lend itself to big gulps like the JE and the Franz. Not terrible, just not great. Drinkability would be fine if I could get past the taste, but I can't. This stood out significantly on the downside from the other 3 Dunkels. I will not buy this again.

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

pours a hazy dark brown colour with a huge fluffy tan head. head is slow to drop and leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is nice. bready malt. light sweetness. cloves. slightly fruity. bubblegum.

taste is good. moderate bitterness, a little higher than i expected. bready malt. clove. bit of dark chocolate. feels a little 'plain' for a weizen.

mouthfeel is good. above average carbonation level. good body. definite clove on the tongue.

drinkability is good. alcohol is hidden well. tasty.

Photo of brdc
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a classical weizen glass (the Aventinus one).
Dark beer with some golden hues when held against light; visible sediment on the bottom.
Smell is pleasant but not very pronounced, with hints of clover, vanilla and banana.
Taste is also pleasant but again not very pronounced, similar to smell: mostly malted with hints of banana and clover, no noticeable hopiness.
Pleasant medium body, very easy to drink. Good beer, but Aventinus delivers a lot more.

Photo of Orrshow
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This beer is a deep mahogany color with a plentiful amount of light tan frothy head. The head has some staying power but not a whole lot.

Smell – I smell sweet black licorice, some roasted aromas, toffee, currants, and dates. It’s pleasant indeed but not overly strong.

Taste – Definite roasted grain flavors arise right off the bat with cloves and dark fruit flavors. Some toffee like flavor is there as well with black licorice. It has a nice dark malt flavor all around which I like.

Mouthfeel – Has a good body to it with some viscosity. Carbonation is about right as well.

Drinkability – Great. Down easily and can be savored.

This beer is definitely worth a revisit at some point.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark brown with a huge, creamy meringue-like head.

S - Raisins and prunes with toasted grain are prominent.

T - Toasted bitterness and a dry fruitiness are dominant. Cloves, yes, banana, not so much, but the bubblegumminess is in there as well.

M - Medium bodied, IMO. Nothing exceptional

D - Not bad, but somehow it's a heavier beer with lighter flavour.

Photo of Byeast
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: very dark brown , almost black , with an inch of tan foam.

Smell: a bit of light fruitiness , hint of not quite ripe banana , and some very faint chocolate.

Taste: light and crisp maltiness , bit of chocolate , twangy wheat , bit of darker bread flavor , hints of mineral.

Mouthfeel: slightly creamy from the carbonation , then crisp.

Drinkability: a very drinkable dunkel weizen , a refreshing tonic of a dark brew.

Photo of DogFood11
2.85/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a Weizen glass it forms an aggressive loose head that fades quickly to a ring edge. Traces of tan lace. Dark brown body.

First thing I noticed is hops are not a factor here and not surprisingly either, but the complete lack of balance could be a problem as I move forward. Malts are bready with a mild spiced backer. Pretty subtle. Suggestions of drak fruits and more spices. As it warmed the toasted characteristic comes out a bit more but nothing to extraordinary. Finishes fairly clean and crisp with little aftertaste. Leans towards fizzy mouthfeel.

Notes: I'm on a bit of a bad streak. Sometimes you need to go back to the tried and true to get some perspective. This didn't do it for me and for now I"m going back to proven winners only for a while.

Photo of Wasatch
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown color, nice carbonation, huge head, lots of lacing afterwards. Scents of sweet slightly roasted malts, yeast, and banana. The taste is kinda sweet malts, slight tones of banana. Medium body, highly carbonated feel in the tongue. Drinkable, not a bad brew, but other's of this style are quite different and more re-freshing.

Photo of bennetj17
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark coffee colored, almost black as you can barely see light passing through. The head is thick and foamy, the color of malted milk, and it settles fairly quickly. The aroma is bready and yeasty, with some dark fruit character, but overall it's pretty weak.

Mild flavor, with more yeasty breadiness, fairly clean. I really don't detect much in the way of banana or clove spice as expected. The body is a bit thin/watery but the beer is strong on carbonation, not bad.

Overall this beer was unimpressive. The smell and taste were weak, and lacked complexity for the style. Worth a try perhaps...

Photo of joe1510
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml. Bottle

Erdinger's Dunkel Weizen poures black with dark brown highlights. Dark chestnut when held to the light. A big frothy 3 finger tan head sits up top and slowly fades to a 1 finger head.

Smells like a loaf of fresh bread. Along with hints of banana. A little sweetness. I'm smelling a nuttiness as well. Smells filling.

Tastes good. It's lighter than I thought it would be from the smell. The sweet malts are present. Lightly toasted along with that a faint touch of the wheat. Maybe just a little weak on the flavors. They could pop out a little more.

Mouthfeel is good. It's smooth with a good amount of carbonation that tickles the tongue.

Drinkability is good. It's refreshing and smooth. An easy drinker.

Overall Erdinger's Dark Hefe is a good drink. I will be buying more of these to enjoy occasionally. I haven't had a lot of dunkel weizen's but this is pretty good. I'm looking forward to trying a few others.


Photo of tatterdash
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the Esplanade Biermarket in Toronto. Pours an impressive dark brown with a bubbly off-white head that laces well. Aroma of raisins, cloves, some malt and a hint of cranberry (I would have liked some banana in there). Taste was a sweet chocolately front, with bananas and chocolate malt pouring in, and a raisiny malt finish a feeling I just a ate a banana. Hop character was low, as the style would dictate. Mouthfeel was effervescent yet very smooth and creamy. This is a great Dunkel Weizen.

Photo of seanyfo
4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - deep mahogany chocolate brown body with tan, thick creamy blossoming head. Looks really moreish

S - cant get much out of this one, a bit bready and maybe raisins and prunes, but very faint. Not much to go on here. However, as the beer warms, i can get faint notes of marzipan.

T - Smooth doughy bread flavours, with milk and chocolate notes amongst it, finishing very smooth and creamy but a little too bland. No roasted notes as i was expecting

M - Creamy with a smooth carbonation, almost stout like. Goes down easy

This was my first dunkel weizen, and i was expecting somethin a bit different - perhaps more fruit notes.The flavours and smells do become more apparent as the beer warms slightly, even though the beer was not excessively chilled. I could drink a few of these, a nice simple creamy sweet flavour and texture that sits comfortably in the stomach. Something nice when you are not looking for anything too complex in the weissbier category, a good sessioner

Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
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