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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel - Erdinger Weissbräu

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960 Ratings

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Ratings: 960
Reviews: 557
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 13.1%
Wants: 28
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: kbub6f on 11-15-2001)
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Photo of Toddv29424

District of Columbia

4.8/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW! Pours an almost black color, with dark brown at the flute of the glass. A large head unless poured at an extreme angle. Just a perfect taste, almost like no taste because it is so agreeable. I ordered this off of a whim from my favorite bar in London. It has a pseudo creamy taste almost like a stout but much easier to swallow. It has a slight chocolaty finish, but for the most part there aren't any tastes that jump out at you.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2005 15:46:42 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of akinsja


4/5  rDev +7%

11-27-2011 21:57:02 | More by akinsja
Photo of Seanstoppable

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A random pickup from the NSLC. I've had this a few times before.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black color with tons of foamy white head. Head lingers for quite a while. Minor lacing left on the glass.

Some scent that is like a cross between caramel and molasses, as well as something that reminds me of plums.

Taste begins with a nice mellow and sweet malt flavor. Again I am reminded of a cross between caramel and molasses. Something somewhat fruity as well, but I can't quite nail it. Very smooth and light in the mouth. Sweetness lingers a bit after swallowing.

Smooth, tasty, and very, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 02:39:23 | More by Seanstoppable
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Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - two finger fluffy head, dark fig colour, lots of bubbles, nice lacing

S - wheat, hint of banana, a little dark fruit

T - much like the smell but a little subdued for me - tasted almost a little watered down

M - lots of carbonation, light bodied, has summer session beer written all over it in terms of mouthfeel - refreshing

O - Not bad at all but lacks that nice banana/ bread, cloves punch I like about the style - nice on a hot day though.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 10:24:32 | More by Stocean1
Photo of BierStein711


4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pint bottle poured into weizen, jet, cocoa black

Four finger dark white head

Smell: alcohol, wheat malt

Taste: chocolate malt, munich malt, cocoa, alcohol

Mouthfeel: moderate, not too thick

Overall, I'd have this again.

Not a bad offering from the world's number one Weissbrau.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 21:42:20 | More by BierStein711
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

erdinger dunkel is yet another example of their ability to brew solid but not outstanding versions of the respective styles. considering this is one of their stock standard brewers in germany, its a very enjoyable beer.

wonderful dark mahogany color, pored with a creamy head which was a light brown color. plenty of jets of carbonation shooting up from the bottom of my schofferhoffer glass, which gave it a delighful crisp feel. nose was quite sweet, fruity, roasted tones and spicy elements which included cloves. subtle in aroma. flavors were a little bolder, but still fairly subtle, tho beautifully balanced. initially traces of blood plums, raisins and currants in there, stretching into a nice chocolate roastedness with a hint of molasses, and a nice spicy undertone which went well with the crisp mouthfeel of the beer. well rounded bitterness joins in at just the right moment on the way down. great thing about this beer is it never gets too sweet at any stage.

i like my dark beers to be a bit more powerful than this, but this dunkel ranks highly on the drinkability charts. very smooth, clean and crisp, it has a pleasant subdued nature which allows continued drinking. another enjoyable beer from erdinger.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2003 03:45:00 | More by diablo14
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4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 10:05:01 | More by Kulrak
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3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a wheat beer glass. The "best before" date reads 12-2008.

A: Three fingers of a big, bubbly, tan head sit on the cloudy, dark brown body of this beer like a cloud. There are attractive red highlights on the edge of the glass as the light shines through. There is a lot of active carbonation showing through the dark brown body. The head definitely dies rapidly for a wheat beer, first becoming more compact and creamy, eventually falling to a thin lace.

S: At first there was little to write about, and it was nothing that I had expected. The problem I think had to do with the temperature. It was probably too cold. I did eventually get a bready malt smell and a very faint wheat smell, with all too subtle hints of banana. Unfortunately, the dominant smell was astringent.

T: Like the smell, that characteristic banana flavor, usually present in a wheat beer, is barely noticeable on the palate. As the beer warms, the roasted, toasted wheat flavor becomes more powerful and is the dominant flavor, next to a subtle caramel flavor.

M: The mouthfeel is not that bad. The body is light-medium and the carbonation livens the beer, with a spritzy character that doesn't hinder the smoothness in any way.

D: I found myself disappointed by this offering. I have had some delicious beer from Erdinger and this did not match my expectations. It was drinkable, since it remained extremely light throughout the glass, but it lacked a certain complexity that I wanted from this dunkel-weiss. It is worth trying, especially is you wanted to pair it with a plate of grilled chicken.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 05:56:55 | More by MusicaleMike
Photo of fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

3.09/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

50 cl brown bottle poured into a pint glass (tumbler).

I really enjoy hefeweizens overall, but haven't tried too many dunkels.

A: dark, murky brown, which fits the overall description of dunkels, from what I can tell. A thick foamy head, even from a slow, careful pour. Head of beige, that dissipates at a normal rate, but leaves loads of lacing all the way round.

S: bit of mild spice, also a tad metallic, but I'm not sure where that's coming from.

T: different from normal hefe's, which is to be expected, but I'm not entirely sure this is an improvement. It's somewhat bland, to be honest.

M: a nice carbonation bite, that is not too overpowering, thin and light on the tongue, especially for a dark beer.

O: this is okay, I certainly would try again, but I'm not incredibly impressed overall considering how much I normally like wheat beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 21:47:04 | More by fullsweep
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

12-17-2013 01:02:39 | More by humulusphile
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New York

4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Creamy head, as if cream was added to it. Definetely better if poured completely into a glass so all the yeast is removed from the bottle and into your belly. Great color.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2001 21:40:16 | More by AaronRed
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy iced tea brown with a huge creamy, cloud like tan head. Smells of bread/grain, chocolate and a bit of spice.
Semi-sweet toasted malt flavor. Chocolate, caramel, fruit, a hint of clove and a pleasant soft bitterness in the finish. All the flavors were rather mild and disappeared quickly.
Light bodied with good effervesence. Nice and refreshing. A little light in the smell and taste department. Looking forward to trying more Dunkel Weissbiers to get a better idea of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2004 00:10:43 | More by rkhaze
Photo of VaterRoss

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +7%

12-14-2011 04:58:14 | More by VaterRoss
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4/5  rDev +7%

02-08-2014 00:25:28 | More by Hockey_Fan
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -19.8%

12-10-2013 19:49:26 | More by byronic
Photo of dreadnatty08

District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 11/08
Pours a cloudy dark brown, slightly translucent with massive off-white, tan head. Aromas are really muted with very little phenols present, no spice, no citrus. What I get is mostly caramel and toasted bread from the darker malts. On the palate more of the same. There are some banana flavors, but still no clove, just a fair melanoidin character. I don't know if my sample is just too cold, but not much of anything is coming off this beer. There is a nice malty, tart finish though. A medium bodied beer with high carbonation, not quite as high as a heffe, and also with a slight stinging feel. Overall, this is a so-so dunkel.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 21:10:10 | More by dreadnatty08
Photo of B967ierhunter177


4.78/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear, very dark, brown with 2" thick head and lace lasting to the finish. It's aroma has hints of banana, dark chocolate, and bread. The flavor is very well balanced between banana, chocolate, malt sweetness, and hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium, smooth, and has the right amount of carbonation. Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel is an outstanding beer, very drinkable, an excellent example of the style. Highly recommended!!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 21:00:48 | More by B967ierhunter177
Photo of pbrian


3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkest dunkel I've encountered with little if any of those wonderful bubblegum/bannana aromas. A little roasty on the palate but was otherwise pretty bland. Drank almost like a weak porter(?). Not bad, but there are better (Edelweiss).

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2001 08:04:20 | More by pbrian
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4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown, almost black with amber edges when held up to the light. An off-white, frothy head went from the .5L mark on the Weizen glass to just over the top. It went away with medium haste and did not hang around. Very little lacing to speak of.

The smell and taste are almost identical with the taste having just a little bit more bittersweet flavor to it. Roasted, caramel, and some chocolate malts come through in a well balanced manner.

Body is similar to Guiness and works well for the style. Medium carbonation is perfect and leaves the palette feeling clean and not sticky.

Easily drinkable beer, low ABV, good taste, and good mouthfeel make sure of that.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 09:21:12 | More by mullenite
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4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Dunkel is in my view usually better than the pale variety (in fact in most beers) - it tends to capture most of the aromas and flavours of the pale variety but adds on some roast nuts and caramel.

Erdinger Dunkel does not disappoint here:

A - Pours a beautiful dark brown - black but not quite as nice as say Aventinus

S - Hefeweizen with roast nuts overtones

T - Tastes just the way it smells but slightl shy of its attracive looks

M - Feels crisp and refreshing, medium carbonation with nice bubbles

D - Can be had all year round

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 08:31:24 | More by DerBayer
Photo of almychristopher

New York

3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

looks like a good dunkle, nice cloudy dark color with an off white rocky head that fades to lacing. that's pretty much where the good dunkle thing ends isn't it? the aroma isn't spectacular by any means, little bit of maltiness, maybe some fruit esters, buy not much. the taste is much the same, fruit, little wheat, not a lot else. the mouthfeel is pretty decent, a bit of maltiness that isn't overshadowed by the carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 04:14:39 | More by almychristopher
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3.03/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beauty pour, a nice root beer and mud brown with a big 'Ol fat off-white head ...

I seem to be missing the nose here, i'm getting wet grain and nothing else

A malted banana and walnut bread glosses the tongue. There's the caramel and wheat my two lost friends. All these flavors are too hidden unfortunately. Maybe I should let it warm up a bit. Barely helped.

It holds a creamy medium body, thick blanket of small bubble carbonation cushions the tongue.

This is a classic Dunkel however I would say it was less than I had hoped in flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 01:50:52 | More by JoeAmerican77
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7%

06-02-2014 03:16:13 | More by Zekenyce
Photo of erz316


3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

.5 L bottle into pualaner weizen glass. date says 04/2009: I'm 1.5 months too late!!!

A - pours nicely, not giving off a lot of head, and that which did form dissipated into a thin layer. colour looks good with a dark brown with hints of deep red.

S - the nose is extremely weak. there is something to be smelled, but I can't quite make it out. I think it is a malty-yeasty scent, but it is quite, quite faint.

T - a weak taste, not more or less. there is some malty presence, but even after putting some back into the bottle and getting that last bit of yeast from the bottom there is no real improvement. during the finish the same lame malt flavour clings on for dear life. the after taste is simply of the cracker (one measly cracker) I ate prior to reviewing.

MF&D - again the beer (like the regular version) is incredibly carbonated and thin; though it is hard to tell between viscosity and sheer carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2009 21:36:50 | More by erz316
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Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A - Poured a cloudy opaque reddish brown with a thick beige head. Slowly reduced to lasting thin cap. Good lacing.

S - Toasted bread, some hops and hints of spices.

T - Sweet malts, caramel, toasted wheat bread, some sour notes and a mild hop finish.

M - Smooth, thick, creamy, tangy, sticky and a crisp finish.

D - Easy to drink. Like Erdinger's Hefe-Weizen it's another good brew but it doesn't stand out.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 02:01:16 | More by decimator
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