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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel - Erdinger Weissbräu

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593 Reviews
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Reviews: 593
Hads: 1,211
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 18.65%
Wants: 44
Gots: 156 | 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 WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, roasted malt aroma that boasts of crystal malts and roasted barley. It has some yeast fruitiness, but not much. The taste is decent as well. It a dry, earthy flavor that boasts of crystal and roasted malts. It goes down slow due to the overwhelming carbonation. It has a slight tart aftertaste, but little sign of wheat malt. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a pretty good beer, but I prefer a sweeter, fruitier dunkel. This was neither.

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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

04/02/09- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with a best buy date printed on the back of the label. Poured into my Ayinger weizen glass.

Appearance- Dark malty brown in color. Full one inch upon a very slow pour. Increases in size after the pour is finished. Lacing is pretty light with some light spotting.

Smell- Chocolate malt nose mized with light banana, a bit of clove and some wheat-grassy scents.

Taste- Pretty much like a hefe with dark chocolate malt tossed in. Lots of chocolate malt...deeper than expected for a lower abv beer. Banana flavors as well as clove and a few other spices I can't put my finger on.

Mouthfeel- A bit higher of a carbonation level. Pretty crisp and not a lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability- Haven't had very many of this style. Quite nice and enjoyable.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown with a fluffy white head. Strong caramel malt presence in aroma as well as the flavor. Slight smoke presence in the flavor as well. Light-medium body and a very easy drinker. Medium carbonation. Drank this with some homemade venison German sausage and it was outstanding.

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Photo of Billolick
2.77/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

mid sized bottle, with best before dating. Pours the expected dark chocolaty brown with a faint tinge of plums, head quickly goes bye bye and this leaves no lacing (booo). Fruity nose, mouthfeel is kind of sharp and prickly and flavor notes are suprisingly minor, just some cola, overripe bananas and a slight metalic finish, yuck, there are much better dunkle weiss beer out there, give this one a pass, I wish I had...

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a straight-sided glass.

Appearance - Murky dark brown. Huge khaki head. Settles in a while to a thick collar.

Smell - Caramel and lightly chocolatey malt. Some wheat. Yeasty aromas overtake the malt, especially as it warms. Some banana and some brighter esters come through.

Taste - Wheat is stronger here. So are the darker malts. Caramel and some chocolate. Yeastiness takes over. Sharper, brighter flavor into the finish. Grainy finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - I've never thought that the wheat and dark malts have worked all that well together, except in rare circumstances. This is lacking that special quality, but still tastes pretty good.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, opaque, brown color, and is topped by a thick light brown head. Enticing aromas of raisins, caramel, and toast waft from my glass to my nose. Overall the aroma is quite fruity as well. The taste is mildly sweet and finishes with a hint of clove, and smooth mellowness. This has some really nice bready notes mixed with caramel and biscuit flavors. There is a dry finish, which begs for you to take another sip. This is a nice enjoyable example, that could use, perhaps, a bit more of the traditional Hefe flavors, but it is quite good as is.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got nothing going on tonight, so why not finsih it off with a half-liter of what claims to be the World's #1 Hefe-Weizen. No, really, I'm reading it off the bottle label. Well, on to the beer:

This one pours with a lot of foam, the color is light murky brown with orange hues at the edges. The head sticks well at first, leaving lacing on the glass here and there. The nose is light in power; some mushy apples, the cereal used in Cinnamon Toast Crunch, with a bit of a hidden phenolic edge. The taste holds its own in my mouth with enough of it to keep me going. Apple strudels anyone? A pinch of baking spice kicks in midway through the beer. The finish is dry with leftovers of cereal and wheat bread. The overall flavor seems to intensify as I drink more of it.

Wheat beers are good to drink for breakfast, but if you want liquid apple strudel flavor over liquid banana bread, grab this beer.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.73/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Muddied brown/ruby pour. Dark alright, but the lack of a head screams that's missing the bought as per style. It has a head, but very minimal.
Well, aroma is caramel and sweet. Some roastiness. No spice, yeast, citrus, cloves...
Taste matches aroma. It's not bad, just not to style. But I wonder if that's b/c they missed the boat, or just didn't try. No spice, no tingle. Had it with a burger and shouldn't have.

Poured the last inch to the drain. If only because I had another beer waiting on deck.

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Photo of tempest
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered a a beautiful half-liter at Sunswick 35/35 for $7. This dark brown beer with its light tan head looked oh-so promising, but fell flat once I started sipping. Sure, the carbonation was fine, but it only tasted like a creamed wheat or oatmeal cereal with a hint of cocoa powder.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.72/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours brown with a fizzy tan head, fair head retention, fleeting, no lace, looks good initially.

S: Dark bread, pumpernickel, molasses, notes of root beer.

T: Really dark bread malt is the only thing there akin to a dopplebock, in fact it tastes more like a bock than a weizen, no real estery flavour at all. Flavour is light across the board, vapid.

M: Too much carbonation for the style, bursts in to carbon dioxide upon entering the mouth, overall light-bodied.

D: Can be difficult to drink due to the carbonation. Similar to the hefe from this brewery, I'm just not getting much. Compared to the real good weisse beers out there, this one just screams average.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.89/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured into a weizen glass. Cloudy and dark in appearance.

S. Malted barley steals the show here. Other than that I can't really pick up anything else.

T. Pretty tasty dunkel here. Sweet malts and some spice, does well for its style. Like other Erdinger offerings, it has a slightly metallic twang.

M. Medium to full bodied. Creamy and smooth.

D. Goes down fairly easy, but my is this one filling. Its like having a meal.

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Photo of Zorro
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with a resilient tan head.

Smells of malt and mild banana and spice.

Tastes mild, standard Hefe-Weizen taste only a bit subdued. Standard bananas, raisins, figs, spice taste.

Mouthfeel is good, but not great.

Beats Budweiser, but there are better beers.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.01/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured in to pint glass

A - Dark brown with two fingers of off-white head.

S - Sweet caramel, cereal grain, no noticeable hops.

T - Bready malts, sweet caramel, light toffee notes and a slight hop bitterness.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

D - This one got really dull after a while. Wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of biegaman
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep kalamata olive that is tenaciously unyielding even when held directly in front of the afternoon sunlight. Its inflexibility prevents both highlights and clarity. Its frothy, staunch head rest in sepia tone. Although both persistent and adhesive, it seems stunted. The fact that it's served in the appropriate weiss glass makes it seem all the more squat for its style.

The bouquet seems more than apprehensive to reveal itself. Deep breaths might discover subtle hints of over ripe apple or tannic grapes, but again these notes would be very subtle and these breaths would have to be really deep. All that is revealed is a standard note of wheat. It lacks the presence of clove, zest, and spice that more often accompanies it. No phenols, no esters - it is a bore.

The taste is slightly less disinclined than aroma, although it too is lacking in almost every regard. The flavours are far from refined. Again, no phenols, no esters. Notions of zest, citrus fruit, banana and clove are rather abstract. There is no sense of caramelization. Even the wheat which (by law) makes up at least 50% of the grist is missing in action, I detect no rich malt, bread crust or grain taste.

This mouthfeel could cause rioting in some parts of Bavaria. For one, I repeat: no phenols, no esters. Secondly, there is nothing effervescent about it. German wheat beers tend to have an intensely quenching character in large part to their high carbonation; the carbonation in this is pitifully low. There is no richness or fullness, nor is there anything quenching about it. I suspect Erdinger uses cheap ingredients.

This could maybe pass as an American dark lager but not a true German dunkel. It may be dark but it is far from spicy, fruity, malty or refreshing. A real dunkelweizen should posses all the zesty yeast and citrusy wheat character of a hefeweizen and all the heavy, malty caramel richness of a dunkel (hence the damn name!) but this fails at both ends of its title.

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Photo of weeare138
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a dark brown with deep mahogany. A small off white head slowly fades into a gentle cap. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of cocoa, caramel, herbs, grain, brown sugar, and cream.
Taste is of the aromas with a dry cocoa flavor.
Mouthfeel is mdium bodied, semi sweet and dry.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.35/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark, opaque bown, with hints of cherry red. Big rocky mocha-coloured head, which froths up vigorously, then settles to a steady film. Minimal lacing.

Sweet dark malted wheat on the nose. Aromas of toffee, treacle, raisins brandy, fruitcake. It's rather good, but somewhat subdued. I'm waiting for the layering effect, for subtle nuances, and they're not forthcoming. Still, it's a nice nose.

Taste is dark, a little sweet, and rather dry. It really is quite flat when you get down to it. Starts with a malty, dark flavour, but flattens very quickly to a dry, barren and rather insipid nothingness. It's a shame, as there's genuine promise there. You can see where it's going, but it doesn't actually get there.

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Photo of John_M
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Max's the other day. Really don't see many dunkel weizens on tap in the states it seems, so this was a treat.

The beer pours a very dark brown color with good head retention and lacing. The beer is somewhat exotic smelling on the nose, with some sweet malt and underlying banana and spice. It smells pretty good. On the palate this beer is just delicious. It's not heavy at all and has moderate sweetness, but with that tell tale drying finish I get in good German hefeweizen. There are dark fruits in this beer, and frankly this beer is just delicious. The beer has a smooth mouthfeel and is soft on the palate. Drinkability is fantastic. I could drink this all day.

Just a delightful beer. Even as I review it today it's making me want another glass right now. Just delicious stuff.

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Photo of wl0307
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A medium brown base with little light passing through. A big foamy head atop that stays around a while.

S - Dark tangy wheat aromas with brown sugar, molasses and other brown sweetness scents.

T - Chewy caramelized wheat sugars and dark grains. Molasses and dried dates hitting the palate. A nice tangy yeast through the sip and a bitter mineral-like finish.

M - Chewy medium bodied beer. Thirst quenching up front with a lightly drying finish.

O - Well rounded dunkel from a classy brewery.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a five finger light tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer and leaves traces of lace. Cloudy amber color, yeast left in bottle. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Mostly malty nose. Flavor is malty, sweet, hints of yeast. Clean finish. Nice hefe. $3.99 for a 500ml bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

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Photo of akorsak
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass. The best-before date on the back of the bottle is 9/2009, which I didn't notice before purchase. Four months shouldn't be a big problem, though.

Appearance: deep brown color with a ruby tinge; quite dark for a dunkelweizen. Head is a couple of fingers of tan foam. Overall, I do quite like it.

Smell: a little wheat and a little roasted malt. One smell I detect is that of bourbon; it seems more like an off aroma in this context than anything else. Call this one average.

Taste: the flavor has a nicer wheat component than the aroma. There is a little caramel flavor to the malt and not much in the way of any roasted malt flavor. It's pretty good, but not fantastic.

Mouthfeel: light-medium body with a good level of carbonation. There is a nice creamy texture here that I like.

Drinkability: really, quite drinkable, if a little sweet. I could definitely have a couple of these over fried food at a pub.

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Photo of corby112
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very deep, dark chestnut brown color that's almost black and completely opaque. Slightly light mahogany edges hen held to a alight source and a 2.5 frothy light beige head that quickly settles into a lasting cap that leaves spots of soapy lacing.

Slightly roasted malt aroma with a prominent spicy clove presence as well as some dark chocolate, bready yeast, citrus peel and ripe banana.

Very carbonated mouthfeel with a slightly watered down body. Very prominent spicy clove flavor with some roasted malt along with strong citrus peel flavor. The bready yeast notes aren't as strong as I would like, resulting in the slightly watery feel. Also, not as much chocolate malt as expected. To me it just seems like a dark hefe that's slightly roasty with a lot of clove and lemony zest.

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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
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