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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 basica
4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this Erdinger Oktoberfest pack from the gas station; it was basically a gift box with 2 Erdinger Dunkel and 2 Normal Erdinger, 2 50cl glasses an a booklet with O-fest coupons. All for S$28.80; a pretty good deal by SG standards. The Erdinger Dunkel pours out with a dark brown black with a huge round head, medium retention that reduces to a < 1 inch head rather quickly. The smell is light but I can detect dark roasted wheat malts, yeast. The taste intense on dark roasted wheat
malts which was very delicious; yeast was also clear in the taste. Some spices are in the package too but the usual Weizen banana taste is lighter on the dark version probably because of a stronger dark wheat malt taste; a rather enjoyable taste and also with some wheat, malt and yeast aromas on the nose. The finish was very slightly bitter and going into the after taste it was malty, wheaty as expected but as it lingers a little; it becomes a little fruity plummy like Belgian dark ales and I could sense some breadiness and bananas on the nose. Some spices was detected in the after taste as well; it finally fades off to leave a light grape citrus finale; not too shabby! The mouthfeel was around medium body with a intense carbonation which was at first pretty stinging. The smoothness and refreshing nature was however very well crafted as expected in Weizen beers. A very enjoyable refreshing tasty beer indeed. I definitely prefer this to the non dark default version of the Erdinger.

Photo of becktone
1.57/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Not expecting too much considering what I thought of its brother...

Eye: Dark dark brown in color with brown highlights. Again, the head here is pretty pitiful for a wheat brew...just a film with no lacing.

Nose: A little bit of roasted/toasted dark grains, other than that nothing really. Not very potent, no complexity, no phenols or esters. Something that reminds me of tomato soup...I know its weird, perhaps my nose and other senses are off today.

Tongue: Pretty bland in flavor. I mean there is a bit of roasted/toasted dark grains in there, but not much else. Carbonation gets in the way of the flavor, makes it real hard to taste anything. I mean, this is just piss poor, it doesn't suck, but still it is a big let down. It has very little flavor.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This beer is over carbonated. So much so that it interferes with the flavor of the brew. Carbonation is sharp and quickly foams up in the mouth. However, the bottle could've been infected, but still... As to drinkability...I will not be buying this beer again. It just plain sucks, overall it has no redeeming qualities. I won't say avoid it but I will caution the buyer-"caveat emptor"- this is a poor brew, not only stylistically but all around. Poor appearance, poor taste, poor mouthfeel, and the drinkability, well I'll never buy it again.

Photo of OKCNittany
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle into a pilsner glass

A: Huge bubbly tan head that fell quickly to a ring and then nothing at all. Deep, dark brown body.

S: Light (too light) aroma of caramel & chocolate malts. Very little of the clove and banana that I expected (which is fine with me) - but I had to have my nose in the glass to smell anything.

T: Chocolate, caramel, and even a touch of molasses up front. As it warmed, yeast & spices (clove & some pepper) appeared.

M: Light to medium body, medium carbonation, and a malty dry finish.

D: Goes down fairly easily. With very little banana presence, it's a better fit for me than most weissbiers.

Photo of Absumaster
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark brown, slightly hazy beer with a huge cookshat, that stays on the entire glass.

Smell is light roasted, chocolate, some coffee and a grainy wheat end. The yeast does not seem to give the banana and clove smell, normally found in Weizens.

Taste is light wheat and Weizen taste. Banana's and clove are almost not present. The chocolate and roasted/burned notes are present and let the beer's balance lean the total opposite of a normal Weizen. Nothing phenolic, but more caramel. The yeast also seems to differ from a standard Weizen yeast. Aftertaste is dry and light chocolate. Good beer, but not what I expected.

Photo of oneeyedhoolie
2.62/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle dated 1/2008. As others have said, the beer poured nice. Big thick head, nice dark red color but the taste really was a downer. To me, this doesn't even taste like a Hefeweiss. There are no pronounced characteristics of the wheat at all. It's not a bad beer but just not a good example of what it should be. Would I drink it again? Sure, but I wouldn't order it over other Weiss beers if given the choice.

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

Pours a dark cloudy brown color with plenty of creamy tan head that just won't go away. Smells of yeast and fruity. Some plum and raisin in the aroma. The flavor also fruity, some plums and also a small amount of chocolate. There's also a yeasty flavor through it. The mouthfeel is very fizzy and scraping on the tongue, and a little heavy, just like a wheat should be. Overall, it's a very drinkable and tasty brew. I just wish I could afford to get it all the time.

Photo of Durge
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice dark reddish-brown with a decent tan head. Aroma is malty but a touch of sour too. It is very smooth going down but does leave a bitter charcoal taste, pretty nice. Not overly carbonated. Quite drinkable but not quite as impressive as I expected on tap. Definitely worth a try but not one I would hang my hat on.

Photo of xav33
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel
1/2 liter bottle
Moderate pour in a Weizen glass.
Best before 10/07, dinged 06/07.

Poured a clear ruddy brown with lots of bubbles and a medium fizzy somewhat diminishing light brown head.

Smelt of moderate spices, toasted malt, light molasses.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet and bitter toasted grain and molasses followed by more of the same, except more pronounced on the bitter end. Short to medium length finish.

Palate was light to medium bodied, fizzy,slightly dry and lightly astringent.

Overall, its good a good dark wheat flavor which is one of my favorite grain flavors, but nothing extraordinary. Overly carbonated and generally light flavors make this a good session beer, but nothing to marvel about.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a semi-transparent black with a small but persistent off-white head. Some nice lace is left on the glass, and swirling builds the head up a bit.

S - Mildly roasty with some faint dark chocolate hints. Not a very assertive nose, but it smells nice enough.

T - Dark bitter chocolate, roasted grains, and toffee. Tasty, but very subdued and mild....almost Scwarzbier like.

M - Initially crisp carbonation builds a frothy foam when I swish it in my mouth. Really unique in that it's light, carbonated, heavy, foamy, and full all at the same time...bizarre. Feels like banana baby food with carbonation.

D - Excellent. It's almost perfectly sessionable. The only thing I didn't like is it's weak nose and light flavors....it just needs kicked up a notch.

Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another decent dunkel in Manitoba's liqour stores, this is a very dark deep take on the style with a lot to explore when the beer warms. More caramel than banana this beer shows real legs on the finish with a semi sweet exit. I will certainly buy this again when I see it as it often difficult to get a dunkel as nice as this.

Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color with flecks of red. It had a foamy, off-white, three-finger head that left some lace.

S - It smelled of wheat and nut.

T - It tasted of malt and wheat. It also had some yeast flavor.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good dunkel. Another good German brew.

Photo of jwc215
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Freshness date of 10-2007. Poured into weizen glass.

Pours brown with thick (at first too foamy, but quickly settled) off-white head that slowly descended to a sizeable cover.

The smell is of caramel, dark fruitiness, slight wet cardboard. Earthy in the back.

The taste is of caramel/toffee. Faint cocoa. Dark fruits and a nutty/earthiness in the back. That hint of wet-cardboard from oxidation is there, but not strong. Slight non-descript spiciness - not quite clove - comes in and out. Candy sweet in the finish.

Mild carbonation in a thin, but not watery, body.

A decent dunkel weizen, though I've had better of style from Bavariia. It's well-within freshness date, but slight oxidation and blandness make me wonder how well this one held up in transit.

Photo of Stephen63
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Wonderfully dark body, very nice foamy head that persisted.

S - Malt, yeast and fruits detected, quite sweet also.

T - Caramel and slight citrus feel but with hints of dark fruits. Alcohol well hidden.

M - Excellent carbonation and very light in the mouth.

D - A nice thirst quencher with plenty of taste.

Interesting variation on wheat beer and I have to say that I really liked this one. Will certainly be trying again.

Photo of TravelingBeerMug
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours very dark brown with a frothy tan head that sticks around for a while. It has a light smell of caramel that is clean and crisp. The taste is really toasty and dark - almost like drinking a stout. The mouthfeel is excellent - creamy and the right amount of carbonation. Overall this is very drinkable and creamier than the average hefe weizen.

Photo of nriech
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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 +6.7%
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
4.2/5  rDev +12%
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
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
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
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +7.5%
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 -5.9%
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
2.54/5  rDev -32.3%
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
2.99/5  rDev -20.3%
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
2.96/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
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