Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel - Erdinger Weissbräu

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1,162 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,162
Reviews: 595
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 40
Gots: 139 | 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 DrJay
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight hazed dark toffee brown with a fluffy, light brown head. Great retention and clumps of foam stick to the sides of the glass. Mild aroma, cocoa, vanilla, and caramel malt along with a bit of yeastiness. Light chocolate flavour, a bit doughy, finishes with caramel sweetness. Moderately high carbonation gives the body a lot of life and adds a bit of acidity. Creamy texture with a hint of slickness. Quite tasty. I'd definitely try it again.

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

This beer comes in a 50 cl short-necked brown bottle. The label is dark brown with the writing in golden with a picture of barley.

A: The pour is hazy dark brown with a really creamy light brown large head that takes some time to dissipate. Some lacings.

S: Roasted malt and wheat, ripe bananas and some yeast. Some chocolate notes as well. A bit flowery.

T: Nice mix of roasted sweet malt and wheat. Very bready. The bananas are held back a bit. Flowery.

M: Refreshing with a rather short aftertaste that holds some sweetness and bitterness at the same time. The body is mediumlight and carbonation is rich. A smooth warm feeling fills your mouth.

D: A Dunkelweizen is always a nice experience. This one was a bit to light in taste and smell to be a top-beer for me.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of banana and spices. Taste is somewhat mild, malts, some banana, not really as much clove or spice as I expected. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this makes for a pretty good beer.

Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown, orange edges, huge off white head forms and laces on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty, with some orange, citrus chocolate and yeast notes. Taste is chocolate and malty, with some iron, citrus and yeast. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied and medium carbonation. The glass is killer.

Photo of Bighuge
3.13/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The color is deep dark ruby. A small creamy brown head floats on top for a while. The aroma is wheat, clove, pepper and a little medicinal. There is nothing bad about the taste of this beer other than it seems very watered down compared to others I have had of this style. There is really not a lot going on with the flavor profile. Some light notes of dark malt. Very little of the typical weizen characteristics. Just a dab of pepper. Close to light in body. An uninspiring experiment.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into Weisse glass 5/1/12

A murky cola with about as many bubbles as one could fit into a glass, took a couple tries too get all the liquid into the glass because of the massive tan head that just sits there the whole time you drink it leaving lots of unorganized lace

S chocolate milk with a little coffee and bruised banana, decent but faint

T what I smell but slightly stronger with a faint nutty aspect

M fairly light and nearly turns into foam in your mouth, slight chocolate on the finish

O not a bad beer but its pretty basic, there's much better examples of the style for similar prices

I think this ones an industry stranded for a Dunkel, nothing too be ashamed of but nothing worth searching for

Photo of Brad007
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: Dark brown color with a one-finger head.

Aroma: Thick and malty with some clove character showing through.

Taste: Sweet and malty with banana/clove esters. Aftertaste is more banana than clove. Smooth. Sweet.

Mouthfeel: Much of the same as described below.

Verdict: A drinkable dunkelweizen. I don't really notice anything that sets it apart but It's smooth, it goes down well and that counts for something.

Photo of bark
3.24/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The colour is dark brown with a tint of red. The liquid is very cloudy. The head is enormous and it dissolves slowly into a very firm cone of pale brown foam.

The smell is quite gentle with sour notes of caramel, some hops and a roasted touch of tar.

The carbonation is mild, yet fresh with small bubbles.

The taste is soft with sour notes, but I also noticed some sweetness, a mild hop aroma and a slightly roasted touch of hard toffee. The body was surprisingly good for a wheat beer. The aftertaste is clean, burned with notes of French loaf.

A nice beer, that accompanies Spanish Tapas in a fantastic way, a combination that I really recommend!

Photo of Haybeerman
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown color, not opaque. Poured with a one head that held for awhile then dissipated. Liberal lacing.

S: Sweet malt. Some clove coming through.

T: Sweet malt, Banana and clove comes through clearer. Aftertaste is more banana than clove.

M: Medium to full body. Smooth and sweet.

D: Nothing that makes it really special, but beer is drinkable. Maybe due to 5.6 ABV.

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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle, best by 4/2008. Served in a weizen glass, the beer pours dark brown with an inch off-white head. It smells like roasted malt, wheat and a little bit of chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, except there's also a bit of spice (clove) noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, and with a lot amount of carbonation. The carbonation hurts the drinkability a bit, but it's not hard to drink. Overall I think this is a decent beer, but it seems like something is missing from it. Lowering the carbonation would definintely help.

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

The color is a hazy dark brown. Head is large, forthy, and light brown. Retention is very good. The aroma was a little unexpected, rather sparse with a generic spice smell over mild malts. However, the taste is very good. Sweet malts dominate but are enhanced by a mild nutty yeast taste. None of the expected banana/clove flavors were present. A mild herbal hop taste adds complexity. Drinkability is great, I could drink this all day long anytime.

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

A bemused deep brown beer with a large and steady head that is light tan in color and frothy in its texture, as it slowly erodes a thick and glutinous sheet of lace blocks off the glass. Roasted grains, sweet caramel, refreshing is this nose also a light hint of yeast, start thick malt, sweet, and the top rich and somewhat full. Finish is perfectly hopped, the carbonation benign, dry aftertaste, a quite quaffable beer.

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

500ml Bottle

Appearance - Hazy dark brown colour with a very large size frothy light brown coloured head. It's hard to make out how much carbonation there is and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 few minutes before it was completely gone.

Smell - Malts, grains, dark fruits, cloves

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a lot of carbonation and it's fairly light and lively on the tongue. I can taste dark fruits (raisins?) mixed with some malts and grains. There are also some light notes of cloves. It finishes with a malty dark fruit aftertaste.

Overall - At first this tasted a little bit harsh, but it seemed to mellow out as I progressed through my glass. It's a fairly decent beer but there are so many better options within this style category I'd rather be drinking.

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 clayrock81
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass for a soapy, off-white one-finger head that died at a medium pace with no lace on a cola colored body. A balance of clove and citric notes along with caramel malt passes for the aroma. Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy, has a little spicy clove taste up front the citric notes and hop bitterness (along with some good carbonation) mix with some caramel, roasted malts for a slightly sweet and citric beer that is a little sticky and has a dry, crisp backbite. A good all-around beer but there is nothing outstanding about it that makes it great.

Photo of tbeckett
3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Murkey dark brown pour leading to a fluffy, 2 finger head with a latte like colour. Lot's of carbonation and a thin cap all the way through.

S - Mild malts and yeast is all I can pick up.

T - Dark malts come through with the yeast again. Mild.

M - Creamy with lot's of carbonation and a frothy type of finish.

D - Decent. Nice flavours mixed with a nice ABV. Refreshing in a different light.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown color with an extremely large amount of fluffy tan head, even with a gentle pour. Retention is real nice, but not much lacing.

The smell is nicely balanced between the three usual suspects in a dunkelweiss - chocolate, banana and cloves. A bit of bready yeast rides along as well.

Man, this is one tasty beer. dark chocolate flavors are in the forefront with a bit of banana esters in mid palate with a nice, crisp wheat tang on the finish. It is a bit mild mannered compared to others of the style, but extreme is not really what I look for in a German wheat beer. I like the lively carbonation it provides with a careful pour. This is one of the better dunkelweizens I have had, and I will definitely be buying more of it. Highly recommended.

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt. 9fl. oz. bottle served in a .5l weizen glass. 11-2009 printed on the back label. Poured a deep garnet color with red highlights when backlit. Incredible, rocky, khaki-colored head occupied three quarters of the glass as it slowly cascaded and receded into a quarter inch cap. Delicate, cloud-like clumps of lacing were revealed during the session. Nose was malty sweet with dark fruity esters. Taste consistent with nose, but a little more muted and balanced with a subtle, bready quality that formed the backbone of the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is medium/light with a consistent, lively background effervescence from start to finish. Easy drinking brew - not much complexity but very flavorful and sessionable.

Photo of stcules
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany colour, almost black. Abundant foam, brown, with some big bubbles.
Smell of burned caramel, liquorice, rhubarb, orange (just a little), herbal notes (hop?).
At the taste, liquorice and burned caramel again, but over all a good background softness.
Medium-low body. Aftertaste with predominance of liquorice and woody notes, but even with some bitter. Drinkable.

Photo of champ103
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown with some ruby hues around the edges. A two finger head forms and recedes slowly to a ring. A bit of patchy lace.
S: Doughy and yeasty malt that is a bit funky. Not a hole lot of depth in the nose, but a pleasant roasted malt aroma.
T: Plenty of rich roasted malts that dances on the tongue. A good fruity character of banana and light citrus flavors. A bit of clove. Not very complex, but a delicious beer.
M/D: This has a medium body, and a nice crisp creaminess. A bit to watery though. Like the hefe, this is extremely smooth and easy to drink.

This is a very good beer. One of my favorite Dunkleweizen's, and one of the first good German beers that I tried as I was moving away from macro's. Though this is more than a gateway beer. Something I still enjoy years after my first try.

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

I don't remember where or when I had this. Notes are undated but thorough.

Color is very dark brown, almost black, with brownish-red highlights. Head is thick and foamy, about one head, and leaves thin lacing.
Lots of dark fruits on the nose: raisin and plum, perhaps. Caramel malt makes a strong backing and there's a light peppery spice.
Caramel malt forms the backbone with strong molasses. There's some dark chocolate and the banana notes are faint but present. Hops are also weak but present and add to balance. The peppery spice is also in the back.
This one has a crisp mouthfeel. The body is quite full and carbonation is moderate.
This is a tasty brew and makes me look forward to trying more in this style.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black with a light tan head. In the aroma, quite roasty with nice coffee notes. In the taste, a small roast with notes of coffee, and some lingering hints of wheat and lemon citrus. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry citrus and coffee like aftertaste. Nice coffee roast, and a refreshing lemon citrus to back it up.

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

Tarnished bruised brown with amber edging. Sits almost black in most light. Emensely tall, billowing sandy colored foam grows up quickly from the pour. Gets a little too big too quick, yet it's impressive. Takes a long time to dwindle, if it all, to one solid capping of whipped froth with a light bumpyness to its surface. Strangely laced in long skinny patches.

Aroma of dry wheat and cocoa. Slightly woodish and/or dried leaves or husks and a touch of vanilla bean skins.

Taste is mild, crisp, and dryish with a dark bread crust backing, a brief standing wheaty sweetness slips across its nature. Dried wheat husk, straw, and cocoa keeps some nice additions to the flavors. Not bad, was looking for a bit more out if it but what's there is quite relaxing and pleasant once a few sips have set in.

Feel is medium bodied and fairly set with a stern, bold give and take in its carbobation. A touch frothy and tenderly sweet with a nice drying effect throughout its character.

A pretty solid Dunkel. A bit on the tame side; non banana-like but worthy with its bold body and dryness of husks and cocoa. Easily sessionable.

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