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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 HitokiriNate85
2.85/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a chocolate brown with a very slight red twinge. Rocky, frothy head that fades suprisingly fast. It lacks the creamy head I associate with the style.

S - Really big chocolate malt notes. There's a hint of fruit, but it's mostly covered up by the spicy yeast character. The malt is dominant, though, and is holding things back a little.

T - Follows the nose pretty well. Big chocolate malt note that lingers the entire way through. The wheat finally shows itself here, but it's surprisingly mild. I'm not sure what yeast Erdinger uses, but it's definitely less assertive than some of the other German breweries.

MF - Pretty standard for the style. All the creaminess is there, but the carbonation could stand to be a little higher.

D - Decent for the style, but I don't think I'd really want another. I wouldn't turn it down, but I doubt I'll seek it out again with better options available. Ayinger and Weihenstephaner do the same style to a much, much better degree.

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Photo of WildMaverick1200
4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Erdinger Dunkel pours out as a really really dark and cloudy beer into the glass with yellowish foam to spare. I can hardly see the light through the glass. The foam will stick around to the very end.

Smells of wheat, hops, and syrup become quickly apparent.

The initial taste is sweet & syrupy, with a variety of cereal flavors making up the sweetness and an elusive but omnipresent overroasted coffee taste for contrast. Alcohol becomes a bit more evident as it warms, and potato flavors start to show up.

The body feels like medium, not too thick, adequate carbonation, and a joy to drink along with the foam.

What a wonderful beer indeed. Highly recommended.

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Photo of monkeybeer
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark reddish brown with a large tan head that held through the whole beer. Also some nice lacing.
S- A sweet roasted wheat smell, with a hint of caramel and chocolate.
T/M- A little too high on the carbonation, has some sweetness to it with a bready wheat taste as well
D- This is a very easy beer to drink, goes down very smooth. It looks dark but there is not mistaking that it is wheat.

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Photo of engisch
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark cloudy brown, with a tan head. This is actually fairly dark for it's style, so it's hard to see the cloudiness, as it wouldn't be very clear even without the cloudiness.

The smell is sweet with a hint of bananas, but not the same that you expect from most wheat-brews. The flavor is pleasant and I enjoy it, but if you are looking for a darker wheat beer, this doesn't have the same strong almost overwhelming banana and clove that you would expect from a wheat beer. It is a nice dunkel with a hint of wheatiness and a bit of nuttiness.

The mouthfeel, carbonation, etc make for a very well balanced beer.

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Photo of FishGetter
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Super thick head from an aggressive pour. Color of dark coffee.
Great nose on this brew with grain aromas ballanced by noble hops. Some toffee and coffee aromas in there too, but light.
Light wheat flavors, some other grains in there too. Nice low malted profile that maintains dominace. Very mild coffee flavors mixed in. Real clean brew.
Medium mouthfeel, again real clean, no lingering flavor.
Nothing outstanding here, just a solid offering. Very plesant brew.

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Photo of Blissmo
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had the Erdinger Kristallklar and Hefe before so I was anxious to pick this one up when I first heard of it. I bought a bottle of Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel at the "systembolaget" (it's the monopoly we have here in Sweden for selling beer and such with higher than 3.5% alcohol by volume) in a neighboring town.

I poured it into a weissbier glass, and the first thing I noticed was that that the beer was much darker than I had expected, almost as dark as say, a Guinness, but with a slightly brown/tan foamy head.

It smelled a lot less than I expected, but I could smell a little bit of caramel.

The taste was good but it didn't taste as much as I expected. The taste was a bit caramelly as well, with less fruit and citrus than an ordinary wiessbier and virtually no bitterness at all.

Overall I liked the look and mouthfeel to it the most. The taste and smell was good but very subtle. Although I must say it's a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Hobbz
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I hear that the brewery itself in Erding Germany is spotless and lovely... I am only glad that I have sampled some of their better output.

This is a descent Dunkelweizen, worthy of purchase and enjoyment, but will not rank among my favorites of the style (to me it's like a Kristalweiss charading as something more).

Appearance was fine -- coloring and haziness. I like a bit firmer, lasting foam, though. Smell offered some small promise of sweetness -- which was there in the taste, but unsupported by my preference of background (Vienna/Munich malts) and foreground (phenols/esters) flavors. Is this intentionally brewed colder to limit these flavors?

Summation: A good brew and something I would not pass up in and of itself.

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Photo of peck95
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is the first dunkel weisse that i've tried so the review might not be fair for the style compared to other dunkel's;
a nice dark brown with a small head but good lacing, overall a nice
clean look
i didn't catch much in the nose a small spice smell and maybe
this is a very nice tasting beer some sweet roasted taste followed with a crisp wheat beer and European hefe clove/banana taste similar to a banana bread
mouthfeel and drinkability are both relatively the same there is nothing in this beer that is bad it is relatively crisp but smooth. but there is nothing that jumps out. Really makes me want to try
some other dunkel's

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Photo of Ch1mpy
3.18/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown that resembles the colour of a Swedish cup of coffee. Tan head of standard wheat beer proportions.

Smell of malts and some chocolate.

Taste is surprisingly plain. Some malts and citrus but not much more.

Smooth mouthfeel but compared to a standard hefe it falls short. The drinkability is also only average.

Despite the fact that this is a good beer I must say that after the nice appearance and a good first impression it actually ends in something of a disappointment.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
4.54/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer. It's very dark, rich, full-bodied, and smooth down to the last drop. It's best to drink this one slowly to appreciate all of the flavor - and there is a lot of it. It goes well with hearty food, not so well with lighter snacks as it can overpower them. It's also a great beer to have on its own when out with some friends.

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Photo of jenitivecase
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mmm, more beer from the grocery store. Ah, Germany.

Poured from a 0,5L bottle into a glass.

A: Dark, nutty amber brown with an immense fluffy head that is incredibly pillowy. The head dissipates at a moderate pace, leaving some decided patches of lacing behind.

S: Lots of yeast and malt, with some kind of strange metallic undertones and some light citrus notes.

T: Definitely a more roasted taste than a normal hefeweizen. Less malt than the smell would have suggested, and less metallic tang, too, although the metallic undertones are definitely present. The classic banana notes are present, but very subdued and easy to miss. It's pretty good - very straightforward, though slightly less one-dimesional than the classic Erdinger.

M: Creamy; goes down clean, leaving a bit of tingle from the carbonation on the tongue.

D: I'm going to say this is slightly less drinkable than "normal" Erdinger, but very drinkable for a Dunkel. I would probably make it through two, maybe three of these (assuming, of course, that they're the European half-liter bottles).

All in all, a pleasurable drinking experience and a fantastic diversion from the actual work I should be doing (metrical analysis of Beowulf - there's a reason I need a beer break).

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Photo of NilsFrisk
2.81/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served into a pint glass at a bar, asked for a weizen glass, but they didn't have it.
Appearence: Cloudy Black with a tan head
Smell: Not much smell here
Taste: Hints of butter and caramell, a friend of mine said it tasted quite like a pilsner, maybe because there isn't so much taste in it eighter.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and buttery

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Photo of Redteketed
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What a contradiction, a dark weissbier. Germans no humor?
Seriously, and Germans are serious considering beer, this beer has a dark colour, large foamy head that fully lasts.
I sense malt, caramel sugar, little burnt and even some malt-bitterness in it’s flavour. The taste is a bit malt-bitter, burnt with a base between a little bitter and bitter. I even spot a very small amount of oxidation, not in a way that ruins the beer.
A light/medium mouthfeel, bit sparkling, some tartness, flowing in a little bitter/burnt aftertaste.

I always ignored this beer. Now that I started reviewing again, I felt it was time to try. I’m happy to review again!

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Photo of UGADawgGuy
4.67/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I had heard good things about this beer, so I picked up the first bottle I saw. I poured it into my half-liter weissbier glass, making sure to swirl in that tasty yeast.

Appearance: Very, VERY dark, especially for a weissbier. Generally, dunkelweizens are more of a khaki to mahogany color -- this one is VERY dark brown. Its color is strongly reminiscent of Ayinger Celebrator and other dark doppelbocks, only without the vaguely ruby-hued highlights. Also noteworthy: even a careful pour yields an impressive four-finger head of cream-colored foam. Retention is modest, but that head looked cool! Lacing is minimal.

Smell: A lighter, breadier, sweeter version of Celebrator, but with yeasty/wheaty undertones that just make it sing. The roasted-malt character of most doppelbocks is relatively muted, allowing the weizen aromas equal footing. Very unique, and very good.

Taste: Outstanding! The flavor follows the nose, which is a very good thing. Served at the typical weissbier serving temperature of 45 to 50 degrees, this is a hearty but VERY refreshing beer. Really unique among weissbiers. Other dunkelweizens have a bit of roasted malt, supported by a lot of yeasty wheatiness. This one showcases its roasted flavors, to great effect. Toasted bread crust and biscuits come to mind.

Mouthfeel: Good, but not perfect -- I'd like this beer to be a bit creamier/heavier in the mouth. Still, the ample carbonation typical of hefeweizens elevates things beyond the mundane, and the beer IS heavier than almost any American interpretation of a weissbier.

Drinkability: At 5.6% ABV, with a flavor and aroma profile like this, I believe I've found another go-to session beer! Due to its prominent roasted character, I might enjoy it more on a cold night than on a warm day, but given that it works well when served very cold, I could be wrong about that. Sensationally drinkable -- like a lower ABV Celebrator, but with an appreciable dose of yeast and wheat. Great stuff!

I am very pleased with Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel. As others have noted, this is mildly surprising, as their standard hefeweizen (at least the way it turns out after being bottled and imported into the US) really isn't stellar. Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel is easily the brewery's finest offering (stateside, at least). I strongly, strongly recommend this beer, to any fan of hefeweizens, doppelbocks, and/or weizenbocks.

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

Served in a Franziskaner glass at 13.8°C. My first Dunkelweisse!

A: Dark, murky, red-brown liquid. Like dark syrup. Incredible head that foams up a whole lot on first pour and stays thick for a long time. Like a fluffy, airy guinness-head. Took a while to make it settle.

S: Chocolate banana, candy, chocolatey malts. Hard to describe, but very sweet and syrupy.

T: Chocolate, nuts, malted wheat and weak coffee. I dare even say it's a bit insipid at times. Like sugar water.
Gets better after half a bottle, still a bit too sweet for my taste.

M: Thick and overwhelming. Great creaminess thanks to the head. Moderate to low CO2, adequate for the style.

D: Not as drinkable as Erdinger's other brews, but good. One is enough, I'd rather order a bunch of Erdinger Kristallklar instead.

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Photo of linnet
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very big tan head, cloudy dark brown colour. The aroma is very clean, malts and hops and roasted malts too. Flavour is roasted a bit acidic and hoppier than most german weisses. Mouthfeel is crisp with medium bubbles. To me this was a very good weissbier, not exceptional like weihenstephaner, but still very good.

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Photo of oneeyedhoolie
2.62/5  rDev -29.2%
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.

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Photo of Rocko
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this one in a completely black 500ml bottle. I was very curious on how it would look, not suprisingly it poured up very dark, it looked really awesome. I have to say I think it had a bit of watery taste, it's a bit disappointing because it felt like it had more to give. The main wheat taste however had a touch sweet toffee. This is definitely a beer I will buy again.

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Photo of AlesRTasty
4.09/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of Nightwing
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Poured from bottle. Aroma of hay and herbs. Pours very dark brown with big head. Very mild bitter taste. Full bodied, oily texture, with lively carbonation. Overall it looks like a dark beer but tastes quite close to other weizen beers.

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Photo of lipschitz
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 500ml bottle, best before date of September 2003
Pours very dark, almost stout-like appearance with an impressive frothy head that dissipates rather slowly. Slight malt aroma, rather delicate. Tastes of dry-malt with a slight sweetness, which lingers nicely. Minimal hops detected, quite refreshing. Rather thin mouthfeel with medium to low carbonation.
Don’t be fooled by its deep hue – this is a very quenching beer. It’s not overloaded with flavours, but the subtle ones that are present make this a very enjoyable beer on a warm day. This is a good example of not having to bash you over the head with bold flavours to be good. Its subtlety is one of its strengths. As the beer warms, the malts become slightly more prominent, but still remain in the periphery.
It’s always nice to see a listing of all ingredients on the label…now if only North American breweries would get on board with that.

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Photo of Ave
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich, dark, nutty brown out of a 50cl bottle, with full fluffy head of large bubbles. The head does fade a bit over time, but never dies completely. Yeast is there for the taking for those who care for it.

Sweet, clean, lightly spicy nose. Raisin & fig is just barely there. A rather disappointing & distant aroma I thought.

Malt is apparent up front in the aroma & makes a bigger statement immediately on the tongue, but it soothes wonderfully to a creamy wheat sweetness. Yum! Yum! Mild roast & toasts flavors come in & play with subtle bitter hints. A wondrously subtle yet complex beer.

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Photo of blatherbeard
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark deep brown with a noticeable haze. Head is about 2 inches and fades very fast. I finally appreciate head for what it is, so fading fast is not a good thing for me anymore. The foam is brownish white.

I smell a bit of well, beer. A bit of spice, maybe a bit of ....clove? Lots of wheat.

Taste is a bit, well a bit bland actually. Thick, but not a lot of taste. I taste the spice and wheat..but thats about it and its kind of not there. Although the longer it sits in the mouth, the more i get some bannanna flavor(WOW!) for the first time for me.

Mouthfeel is decent, nothing to jump up and shout about. A bit thin for a dark but there is definetly a film there, but it falls down the throat and is gone.

Drinkability...well its definetly drinkable. No bitter aftershock, no bad taste. For a dark beer its actually surprisingly crisp, but i guess thats par for a Hefewiesen too so thats a plus in its cap.

overall, if i could get a six at cheaper price than i pay per 16.9 oz bottle id buy it more. Right now, its a buy when i dont have the cash for a better dark hefe/dunkel.

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Photo of altgeeky1
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pfft. Pours with a nice finger of head, which settles to half that in about 10 seconds. Pours a deep rich dark brown, almost black. Hold it to the light and there are caramel-red highlights a plenty. Smell is weak as expected for the style, but you pick up notes of caramel and hop. Taste is where the hops come out of the woodwork - hops are the first thing you notice after the medium carbonation. The hops settle out with the bubbles, and you're left with milder hops and sweet caramel aftertaste. Carbonation is good - a bit of a bite, but not overdone. Drinkability is good, but there is a bit of carbonation to process. Not to overstate the carbonation, but letting it sit for 15 minutes helps. Poured from a bottle this attribute is more noticeable, but I expect if you got this in Germany it would be in a bigger glass than 16oz, and therefore would have time to breathe. Alcohol content is 5.5% according to the label. Would have uploaded a picture but I see one is already awaiting review.

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Photo of eskilgh
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

From 0,5 glass bottle bought at vinmonopolet Trondheim, Norway.

A - Dark brown color, fairly clear considering it's a german weizen. Thick head with good retention.

S - As I first smelled this beer I only got the malt profile: mild roasted malts and some faint caramel. However as it warms up I can get some more estery notes, especially banana is evident and melds very well with the malt profile.

T - Same problem as with smelling, I initially poured this too cold and was disappointed. After approaching a warmer temperature the banana comes through, and makes this beer taste waaaay better. Tastes as it smells, a nice lightly roasted malt profile blended with mainly banana and other esters. The finish is dry and pleasant for drinkability, however the creamy mouthfeel doesn't hold quite together all the way to the end.

M - medium high carbonation, creamy.

O - Who would have thought serving temperature affects the beer? ... At least I got another reminder with this tasting experience. Served at the proper temperature this was a nice balanced brew that focused on the malt profile and let the esters play second fiddle. Clean and well brewed, good drinkability. Personally I think I'd prefer a Dunkel with more emphasis on the yeast produced flavors.

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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
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