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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel - Erdinger Weissbräu

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1,027 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,027
Reviews: 563
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 28
Gots: 79 | 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 WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

WesWes, May 28, 2005
Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Mora2000, Dec 29, 2009
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.

jwc215, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +33.3%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Gueuzedude, Jun 12, 2004
Photo of kojevergas
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Erdinger pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Pours a four finger head of nice slight tan cream and very nice thickness, with a wonderful retention. Cloudy dark brown colour.

Sm: Chocolate, nuttiness, light hops, toffee, slight caramel. Very nicely executed. A bit of malt.

T: All the notes from the nose, with cream and chocolate present from the open through the body. They're all present, but well balanced. It's a complex dunkel that takes note of what's effective for stouts and porters. Wheat body supports the hops nicely. Built well.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but adequately coarse to bring out the flavours.

Dr: Affordable even by Irish standards, and certainly worth a go.


06.03.14: more notes from a 50cl bottle purchased in Berlin. Expectations are high; I remember this beer being really tasty and I quite like Erdinger. Reviewed live. Served cold into a Berliner Kindl Weisse glass. BB: 11-2014.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2.5 fingers wide. Pale khaki colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Nice consistency. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is pretty good - about 4-5 minutes.

BODY: Dark brown-black with some grey hues. Nontransparent. Nontranslucent. Not a solid colour; you can tell it's a dunkel. No yeast particles or hop sediment is visible.

It's a nice looking dunkel but the appearance isn't unique or special for the style.

AROMA: Delightful banana and clove from the yeast. Wheat. Bready malt character. Nutty notes. Caramel. The brown bread and banana dominate. It's fresh, full, and evocative. I'm craving the first sip.

TASTE: Banana and brown bread dominate, with some supporting caramel and nutty notes in there too - all over a wheat and brown malt body. Any hop presence is minimal. It's well balanced, if simple, with nice subtlety. Good depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Good amplitude.

It's a tasty dunkel, alright. I quite like it.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied. Nice thickness. It could be softer, but overall this texture supports the taste nicely. Carbonation is slightly off.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, scratchy, or rough.

OVERALL: A very drinkable dunkel which perhaps isn't as good as I remember it. But then my first review was a draught review, and maybe it was more fresh? In any case, it's well worth trying and I quite like it. Still a beer I'll be recommending to friends.

High B-

[The average of my two reviews is a B.]

kojevergas, May 12, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

Halcyondays, Sep 03, 2008
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.

BlackHaddock, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

GClarkage, Apr 03, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

oriolesfan4, May 25, 2014
Photo of corby112
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

corby112, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of weeare138
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

weeare138, May 18, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Jan 23, 2006
Photo of stakem
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle has a "best before end" date of December 2009.

Poured into my moose drool hefe style glass. Forcefully pours a thick "big bubble" off-white head that doesn't have much retension. No lacing found on the glass at all. Color is a murky dark brown. Nose has the usual yeasty wheat touch with some spicy cloves and some caramel tossed in there for kicks as well. Fair amount of carbination makes this one lighter in mouthfeel than I expected but strangely smooth as well. Taste from the front to finish features a very low hop profile, some bready notes, malt sweetness easily detected with the yeast ever present. I found the smell of this beer to be the star of this show instead of the taste, the smell was slightly more enjoyable than the taste but still it was a good experience.

stakem, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of dbrauneis
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at Tonic (Hilton Beijing) in Beijing, China

A: Pours a cloudy dark brown in color with heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall frothy and dense dark beige head (which stood about one full finger above the top of the glass) that had good retention properties, eventually reducing to a patchy surface of thin film and some small thicker patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of dark malts and yeast with just a hint of sweetness. Additionally there is a light presence of clove that can be detected.

T: The flavor is dominated by the dark malts which also have a light amount of sweetness to them and there are some lesser notes of clove and yeast.

M: Light to medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer is light and easy to drink but does not have the same strength of flavor and aroma that some other examples have in the style. This is a very solid beer but not anything special.

dbrauneis, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of tempest
3.3/5  rDev -12%
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.

tempest, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of Billolick
2.73/5  rDev -27.2%
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...

Billolick, Aug 05, 2005
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
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

wrightst, Jun 28, 2014
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 DoubleJ
3.9/5  rDev +4%
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.

DoubleJ, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of Zorro
3.15/5  rDev -16%
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.

Zorro, Jan 18, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

jdhilt, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of ejimhof
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

ejimhof, May 16, 2012
Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into signature weizen glass, best before 9/2013. Pours very hazy dark brown color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice rocky cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, banana, clove, pear, apple, brown bread, wheat, pepper, floral, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of malt and ester notes. Taste of caramel, chocolate, banana, clove, brown bread, wheat, pear, apple, floral, herbal, and yeast earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, banana, clove, pear, apple, chocolate, floral, brown bread, wheat, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark malt and yeast esters, with good robustness of flavor; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish as expected. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a moderately creamy and very crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice dunkelweizen! Very nice balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable well rounded example of the style.

superspak, Feb 23, 2013
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