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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel - Erdinger Weissbräu

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1,088 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,088
Reviews: 574
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 32
Gots: 99 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2001)
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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
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 -34.7%
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 -1.9%
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 -3.2%
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 +6.7%
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 -8.5%
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 +4.8%
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%
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 -9.9%
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 -17.3%
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 +0.8%
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 +26.7%
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 +11.5%
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

Photo of Injemanze
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had my first bottle at a Turkish restaurant in Shanghai and luckily for me it is available in Hangzhou where I live albeit for a for about five times the average price of the local beers(if they can be classified as beers).

Appearance – Very dark brown with some visible carbonation. Great initial light caramel colored head retention.

Smell – Chocolate, caramel, fruits, and rye bread

Taste – Banana, dark berries, smooth chocolate/cocoa, and cream. Mouthfeel was heavy medium

Drinkability –Good drinkability. Great by itself or paired with hearty foods that don't overwhelm its flavor (i.e. a burger or bratwurst)

I love the Weissbier Dunkel style and Erdinger is an excellent example but I believe I am still searching for the style defining beer.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. bottle best before 04/2007

Pours a deep, dark brown -almost black. Has a fluffy, thick tan head that maintains. Thick lacing on the glass.

Not much of an aroma. Some light bready/yeasty smells with a light nuttiness and maybe a hint of hops. Smells kind of bland.

Some light bready and yeasty flavors upfront followed by a light caramel flavor and some nuttiness. Finishes with a mild and uninteresting hop flavor - fairly bland finish.

Medium-light body, creamy carbonation.

Eh, just a completely average dunkel weizen. Easy enough to drink, but not much else to make it interesting.

Photo of Rudgers73
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 500 mL glass bottle.

A- Lots of head. Not really a rough pour and it's taking voer half of the pint glass. Settles down to a thick fizzy 3/4 inch of head. The beer is dark and appears to be slightly cloudy but the darkness makes it hard to tell.

S- Sweet, caramel, wheat, smells a little dry with the hops...

T- Rich, sweet. Well balanced. Starts with a caramel kick that turns dry as it passes over the tongue. Burnt malty middle with another kick of sweetness at the end. Leaves a really enjoyable taste in the mouth.

M- I enjoy the mouthfeel of this brew. The carbonation is vigorus enough to dance on your tounge and keep it interesting. The flavor is well balanced and has nice changes throughout the drink and it isn't too dry.

D- I'd say this is my favorite hefe-weizen dunkel so far. Nice and clean.

Photo of BeerSox
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 9 oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Pours dark cloudy brown with orange edges in the light. Creates a tan thick head with decent retention. Not much lacing along the glass, surprising for a wheat beer.

Mild fruity aromas moxed with malty scents. Alcohol notes become increasingly louder as the beer warms.

Some bitterness accompanied by dry fruit flavors and nutty maltiness. Some light banana tastes can barely be detected.

Medium body with some bit from the strong carbonatoin; finishes crisply.

Flavors in this are a little stronger than a standard hefe-weizen, lowering the drinkability a little. Still a good beer; it's worth the try.

Photo of plaztikjezuz
2.4/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

tasted at the classic wines annual beer tasting earlier this year, i am reviewing this from my notes.
was served a deep mohogany sample with no head.
the aroma was clovey, chocolate.
the flavor was malty, then in my notes there is a horizontal line followed by this sucks!
think that sums it up.

Photo of vancurly
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy copper, tan head, which fades.
Nose of blackcurrant, some tinned corn (DMS ?), grains, dark malt.
Complex malty palate, almost smoky. Doughy, wheaty aftertastes.
A fairly light finish, which is according to style apparently. Never thought of dark beers as session beers, but I reckon the Dunkelweissbier style fits the bill.... malty complexity with dry light finish.
I reckon this would make a great breakfast beer, if such things were allowed in my house...

Photo of neonbrown82
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing can beat a nice Dunkleweizen after a long hard day at work. This was the best of the Erdinger beers I had available, and one of the best Dunkleweizen I've tried.

The beer pours to a very dark nutty brown color, damn near black. Has a fairly small off-white head, in comparison to the other Erdinger beers. The beer is too dark to observe the carbonation.

The smell is very good. Some nice roasty aromas backed by the classic banana and clove. A hint of lemon zest as well. Mouthwatering to say the least.

The taste is no exception. Bliss. Nice sweet malt flavor up front, along with some banana esters. Fades nicely into a gently toasted malt bitterness with a touch of clove and lemon. A nice crisp carbonation brings everything together on the palate. Has everything you could ask for: the full-flavor of a "dark beer" as well as the quenchability of a "light beer."

Photo of wl0307
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

BB 06/2007, served chilled in a pint-size weizen glass.

A: dark caramel-red brownish hue; an effervescent, thick, tightly frothy beige head sustains really well, on top of constant streams of moderate fizziness ascending from the bottom of the glass.
S: soft, creamy grainy, toffee-ish, burned-sugary and mildly chocolatey dark malts blend well with wheat-ish malts with a sour-doughy and faintly lemony hint, hiding the banana-ish fruitiness in the background. More creamy dark-malts than the wheat-ish theme. Soft, light, pleasant.
T: extremely softly grainy Munich malts upfront, like whole-meal rye bread, with plenty of brown sugary sweetness to follow... surprisingly the normal weizen's banana-ish flavour is kept at the minimum here, but still noticeable on top of a thin wheat-ish texture and a sour-sweet edge of lemons... a light flavour of burned-malts, aromatic roast-nuts, and licorice lingers shortly in the aftertaste, which otherwise goes thin-ish and slightly rusty in texture...
M&D: the carbonation is on the verge of being too spritzy, not as soft as the appearance suggests; medium-bodied, no sign of alc., easy-drinking... but the texture is thinner than ideal. Like two other Dunkel Weizen I've tasted, I guess this style is simply not my cup of tea, as compared with Hefe-weizen I mean. Still a solid brew by all standards, though.

Photo of SethB2
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Hefe glass.

A - Pours a deep brown with ruby colored highlights with a very nice, rocky tan head that demonstrates a little staying power.

S - If the bottle didn't say "Hefe-Weizen Dark", I wouldn't know what this is. No hint of the fruity yeasts that typical German hefes have. There is a malt presense, combined with the smell of freshly peeled Band-Aids.

T - Better than the smell. Boozy bubble gum with a small amount of spice cover a tiny bit of banana. Overall, not very strong tasting in any aspect.

M - Meh. I bit thin and dry.

D - OK. This would probably be better right out of the bottle so that you didn't have to smell it.

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

Pours a deep, opaque black-brown with a tan head that, though thick and creamy, dissipated quickly. Quite easy on the eyes and a pleasure to pour and savor.

Malty, caramel aroma – not too sweet, but pleasant. The usual clove and banana aromas associated with this style were faint but teasing, and makes for an inviting brew.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, effervescent, and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. Pleasant, not too heavy, quite drinkable. Nice Hefe to savor, though not as “wheaty” as some, which works in its favor and actually makes it quite the quaffable brew.

Photo of andjusticeforale
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this big bottle of dark hefe weizen along with a bunch of other German weizens and such at Mountain top liquors in Naugatuck, CT. Tremendous selection; going in there is the opposite of most other places where you are trying to find the one thing you would like, here you have to actually choose.

This beer poured big and dark; Brown with a two finger tan head; this dissipated into lace sticking to the glass. The smell hits quickly; a perfumey quality, this is reinforced in the taste. The taste is medium to light bodied with so little of a carbonation feel that it almost seems flat; but light, paradoxical almost; the slight perfumed hops persists, never bitter, with a chalky maltiness running with the ball and stealing the show. There is a lager-like drynes to th efinish, and a lingering perfumed wheat aftertaste that is quite pleasant.

All and all this is a quite elegant dunkel weizen. This to me has too much of a predominantly flowery and perfumed flavor to drink too many, but I am sure reasonable minds could disagree.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a big Erdinger bottle (1pt .9oz) into hotel room glasses. I expected a lot as Erdinger makes Pikantus, but this was kind of a weak dunkel weiss...

The appearance was pretty dark, darker than other dark weiss beers I've tried. There was a minimal head despite good carbonation. The smell was almost anti-aroma of wheat beers, I couldn't detect any of the fruity yeast by-products or the wheat smell at all. The taste was mostly the same, maybe just a hint fruitier than the aroma implied.

I can't recommend this, get Weihenstephaner instead.

Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
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