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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel - Erdinger Weissbräu

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1,067 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,067
Reviews: 568
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 13.07%
Wants: 32
Gots: 90 | 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 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."

neonbrown82, Aug 18, 2006
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.

wl0307, Aug 16, 2006
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.

SethB2, Aug 04, 2006
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.

TheLiterati, Jul 23, 2006
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.

andjusticeforale, Jul 14, 2006
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.

TurdFurgison, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahgony with effervescence & a 4 fingers tan head. Some lacing & okay head retention

S: caramel notes & that's it

T: Fruittty with a slight licorice flavor. Slight grainyness & choclate assert themselves as it warms. Finished fruitty & quenching

MF: A little thin but has good carbonation

Drinks okay, just not very memorable. Try it & decide yourself

russpowell, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of wedge
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, hazy reddish-brown with a huge rocky, moussy head - very nice. Mild aroma of dark fruits and caramel with the primary focus on wheaty grain malts. The taste is quite malty...some tartness from dark, fruity esters. Any banana and clove flavors usually present in dunkels are absent. Soft, nearly creamy mouthfeel has a apple-like dryness to it and seems like it might be a little undercarbonated.

A tame, malty dunkel...not the best example of the style as it lacks complexity and just about any weizen characteristics. Not bad as a beer though...

wedge, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very large slick head is light purpleish brown and body is thickly clouded and a dark woody red-brown color. Aroma is mostly caramel malty, with some chocolate, spice, and apple fruitiness. Smells pretty good but with such a giant head I was expecting huge aromas. Taste is thin and has the same malt, mild spice + fruit, dark chocolate. Appropriate mild hopping through the finish. I feel like this is more of an easy drinking hot summer version of a dunkel. Mouthfeel is alright. Its slick but a little thin. Drinkable like crazy though. I don't know where the beer in my glass went.

Not too shabby, refreshing and good looking.

tastybeer, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of BabaJohn
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my third time drinking this fine beverage. It’s a wheat beer with intrigue.

Poured dark and alluring. Head didn’t last long but I wasn’t paying attention as I was captivated by the deep darkness of color. Earthy scents predominated with some sweetness after a bit of persistence. The taste was nice and mildly sweet, with earthy, nutty aftertastes. In fact, I should note that the lingering and shifting aftertaste is one of the key aspects of this beer. The carbonation kicked for a bit but it was really not a problem. I’ll keep on coming back to this one. I’ve been converted to the ways of the dunkel.

BabaJohn, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of thelagerheads
4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This stuff isn't Sanka! This is the kulak's share of the five year plan's most desired whispering wheat plastered

on the world's biggest Mein Kampf mustache. This is Juan Carlo on his mule picking the beans fresh and

rinsing them off in fresh hot candied rum. This is the run-off from the Milk Way's underground rivers. Enough

of the limp-wristed poesy Baudelaire:

"Time to get drunk!"
Don't be martyred slaves of Time,
Get drunk!
Stay drunk!
On wine, virtue, poetry, whatever!"

thelagerheads, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of SigEp
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My girlfriend was like "I don't like weiss beer, it's like too sharp or something" I was like "you haven't tried a dark weiss".. So I got an Erdinger Dark and we split it. Man I love weiss, but the Erdinger Dark combines dark malts and wheat punchiness to make some kind of wonderful bastard child that even weiss-haters can enjoy.
Look: 3-4 finger efferfescey head that sticks around, ya this is a weiss. Dark brown but not black, and not fully opaque.
Smell: Smells like wheat beer but with a rounder dark malty smell.
Taste: Mmmm. I love the dark wheat. It's almost sweet and malty, but it has that wheat sharpness that makes it almost refreshing. This beer is like the "swiss-army-knife" of beers, I could drink it on a hot day, or on a winter night. It is well balanced and tasty. Try one now.

SigEp, Jun 15, 2006
Photo of BigBry
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml brown bottle with BB date on back label, poured into the weizen glass that accompanied the 2 beers in gift box.
Color is a dark brown with a big fluffy tan head. The foam keeps growing, be carfeul not to pour to aggressively. The head shrunk down leaving a thin floating cap. Slightly hazy, and by the end of the glass, a few floaties had settled to the bottom. The smell has some dark fruit to it like raisins. Also detected a touch of smoke, but didn't have a lot of yeasty aroma. Nice flavorful beer, with no overpowering tastes. More prune or raisins balanced with wheat beer background. Nice amount of carbonation gives it a great body and mouthfeel. Easy to drink, the big bottle disappeared into the glass, then into me. Good all around.

BigBry, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of clickpush
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour: Half liter bottle to a weizen glass. Pours an unbelievable 4 fingers of tan head, taking up more than half the glass. As it goes down it looks like a fluffy cloud from above. The beer has a dark brown, slightly cloudy body with plenty of bubbles.

Nose: Smells like icing on a cake - malts and toffee and hints of oranges.

Mouth: Has a good malty sweetness with just enough hop presence to balance it out. A slight grassy taste in the back of the mouth. The beer enters with a good mouthfeel and finishes with a good one, but somehow in the middle the beer feels like water.

Overall, just average really. Goes down easy, but too much head and not enough character to be an impressive brew.

clickpush, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of Gaisgeil
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an appealing dark umber in color, with a frothy off-white head. Nose is just a tinge smokey/roasty with a very malt laden profile. Taste is quite nice, typical dark wheat flavors with that same slight smokiness found in the nose. Quite malty overall, though a little lighter on the mouthfeel.

There are better German dunkels, but this is certainly worth a go.


Gaisgeil, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of JayTheFinn
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"A dark hefeweizen?", I thought when I picked it up. "Oh, it's a dunkel." I thought they'd made a stout/hefe frankenstein! It definitely has the wheatiness of the hefe with the malty flavorings of the stout. I like it! It's very dark in the glass with a good strong head. I thought I smelled rootbeer at first, even in the taste. It's a great balance of the two. I think I've only had one dunkel in my life, but if this is a decent representation of the style, I'll be gettin' down on the dunkel!

JayTheFinn, May 30, 2006
Photo of AlesRTasty
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Immediately after pouring this guy into a glass a thick head forms and stays. Very nice head retention with some good residue left on the sides of the glass. The appearence is great with a very dark cloudy brown hue underneath all the creamy white head. The nose reveals malty fruity esters. Oh man, fantastic taste. The malty fruity esters that I expected to taste from the smell are mild and hidden. They are over powered by a toast/biscuit flavor that crisp the tounge beautifully. This beer has a thicker mouthfeel with a slight bit of carbonation. Overall I really enjoy this beer. The bottle advertises the "World's #1 Weissbier" and they might be on to something. Quite tasty and highly recommened.

AlesRTasty, May 28, 2006
Photo of jwff
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Expiry date 9/06. Sits in my glass beautifully with an amazingly rich and fluffy head. Black to ruby to brown edges, very inviting. Really weak smell where I can pick up very small bits of banana and sugar. Taste is a bit watery unfortunately, but there is some flavor underneath. A banana pudding start with kind of a chocolatey-sugar sweetness and some mild spice that sits on the tongue pleasantly. There is a solid creaminess going on but even that falls flat with a bit of seltzery carbonation in the finish. I could probably only stand one of these as it sits a bit thick in the stomach, but at least it looks pretty.

jwff, May 22, 2006
Photo of dgallina
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle dated 12/2004.

Pours a cloudy dark-brown / black with prodigious tan head that quickly recedes without a trace. Smells of restrained roasted malt, wheat, maybe a touch of chocolate at the edges. Full of tiny bubbles and surprisingly light and quenching in the mouth. Flavor is more delicate than expected. Creamy toasted malts and wheat intermix, building to a simply but tasty and snappy nutty finish.

dgallina, May 15, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tobacco brown with red and gold highlights. With bright backlighting, the color is closer to dusky maroon. No beer was visible immediately after the pour due to an explosion of ecru foam. The cap is creamyfluffy and sports huge craters on its upper surface. I don't expect much lace given the texture of the head... and don't get much.

The nose is so low on power and presence that it's tough to pick out the usual aromas that are characteristic of the style. In fact, it's hard to appreciate this beer as a 'dark' beer at all. I'm hoping that it blossoms with warming, although it isn't anywhere close to cold now.

I was surprised to discover that I've only had four dunkel weizens prior to this one. I was equally surprised to see that I thought highly of 75% of them. It looks like my 'impressed by dunkles percentage' has dropped to 60%. Even though I haven't had a really good Erdinger Weissbrau beer yet, I had high hopes for this one.

The biggest problem is a simple one: lack of flavor. While the beer isn't quite the no-show on the palate that it is in the nose, it isn't getting up close and personal with my taste buds either. Weissbier Dunkel tastes like a dark lager brewed by a second-rate brewery. Where's the toasted wheatiness? Where's the banana and clove yeastiness? Where's the complexity? Absent, absent and absent.

It doesn't look like the flavor is hiding in any 'stealth yeast' at the bottom of the bottle since I've added the entire contents to my weizen glass and the beer is as crystal clear as it was after the first pour. Is there such a thing as a kristal dunkel weizen? It tastes as if all (or at least most) of the personality has been filtered out. The 'best by' date would suggest that this is still a relatively fresh beer.

The mouthfeel is definitely on the lighter end of the style spectrum. I like my weizens to have a wheaty lushness, a light creaminess. Nothing of that sort is evident here. An energetic amount of carbonation tries to help, but it can only do so much. At least the mouthfeel is consistent with the flavor. Consistently average.

Apparently, I like dunkel weizens more than I remembered. My fondness for them may be due to the fact that I've tasted some of the best that the style has to offer. Or it may be that I just like dark wheats in general. Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel, on the other hand, isn't weissbier enough or dunkle enough to suit me.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of Derek
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at Rechthaler-Hof in Munich (across from the train station).

A: Chestnut, slight haze, lots of off-white head, very little retention/lace.

S: Bready malt with a little fruit.

T: Very fruity, banana bread, slightly sweet, a little caramel, fairly malty.

M: Moderate body is creamy, carbonation is light to moderate.

D: Quite good.

Derek, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of akorsak
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 650 mL bottle poured into a Widmer Bros. weizen glass. The ale is cool in temperature.

Appearance: The ale is highly carbonated as I pour it, giving 4-5 fingers worth of head. Unsurprisingly, the ale is a deep brown color. There is also a certain level of sediment in the glass.

Smell: The roasted malts used to make the dunkel are readily apparent in the nose. After that, there is a light wheat aroma.

Taste: The ale's roasted character is the first thing that strikes me in the taste. The roast notes along with the soft rounded wheat gives the ale a unique and very enjoyable flavor. I don't taste any clove notes, but I am mostly pleased by the taste.

Mouthfeel: The ale's roasted notes are very pleasing on the palate.

Drinkability: The ale is good, not the best dunkel weizen, but drinkable nonetheless.

akorsak, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of qcitydarkstar
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Right before pouring I noticed that back label states “Best before end: 01-2005.” This has never happened to me from this beer seller, but I will give it a shot anyway. Poured into a standard pint glass, this hefe poured a deep brown reminiscent of a nut brown although a little hazier. The head on this brew is not existent as bubbles race to the top. Upon smelling, I do not notice the characteristic banana/clove scent of a hefeweizen, instead smelling sour apple and grains. Upon tasting, the sour fruit profile continues followed by an almond taste. Rater odd for this style, I think I will let it warm for a few minutes.

Fifteen minutes later I still notice the sour taste, which now extends with a light candy sugar aftertaste. The mouthfeel is rather light, almost to the point of being watery. I cannot say that I am fond of this beer as it is overall unremarkable and rather bland. Given it is one year out of date, but I do not know if I am motivated to try again at $3/500ml bottle.

qcitydarkstar, Mar 29, 2006
Photo of WMBierguy
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A, dunkel weizen... my favorite beer style.This beer looked absolutely magnificent. It had a thick, dark head that lingered throughout the beer and left lacing down the glass. It had a rich taste, a bit reminiscent of a doppelbock. Though this isn't as good as the Weihenstephaner doppelbock (in my opinion, the gold standard of doppel bocks), this is still a very good beer. Try it if you find it.

WMBierguy, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of vanrassel
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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
Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
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