Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel
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German Dunkelweizen
Ranked #38
Ranked #30,249
3.75 | pDev: 12.53%
Erdinger Weissbräu
Erdinger Weissbier DunkelErdinger Weissbier Dunkel
Notes: Also labelled as Erdinger Hefe-Weizen Dunkel

Carefully selected dark malts with delicate roasting aromas give ERDINGER Dunkel its full-bodied flavor and strong character.

This elegant wheat beer has a lustrous, deep dark-brown appearance in the glass. The first sip reveals a harmonious symphony of carefully selected wheat and barley malts with exquisite Hallertau aroma hops. The taste buds detect hints of caramel, nuts and fresh bread. An unmistakable top-fermenting accent is provided by ERDINGER’s traditional yeast.

ERDINGER Dunkel first saw the light of day in 1989, when ERDINGER’s master brewers created a dark wheat beer as a birthday present for the private brewery’s owner, Werner Brombach. He liked it so much that he decided to put it on the market in 1990.
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Reviews: 659 | Ratings: 1,486
Photo of Beersnake1
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours nice and black/dark brown with light tan head. Nose is raisin, malts, chocolate, wheat, and nuts. Taste is very nice. Nuts, dark fruit, grass, wheat, wood, and roasted malts. Maybe a touch of honey. Mouthfeel is fairly light. Overall a nice beer

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Nearly pitch black with a mild brown highlight at the bottom of the glass. One finger of bubbly off-white head with decent retention.

Smell: Sweet and bright malt. A tiny hop citrus note.

Taste: Mild malt with the lightness given from wheat in the grain bill. Gently sweet but lacking much else.

Mouthfeel: Chewy body with very high, tingling carbonation.

Overall: Too mild for the darkness present.

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Photo of jamesroses
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown in colour, beige head.

Aroma was a but muted. I got some chocolate milk notes and not much else.

Taste was light an delicate, a bit clove and bananas, plus herbal hop note.

Medium mouthfeel. Pleasant.

Good but it lacks punch.

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Photo of JonnoWillsteed
2.94/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

L- Deep chocolate brown, slightly hazy, pours with huge 4-5Cm pillowy cream coloured head. (And this was a 500ml rested and chilled bottle poured slowly in a 560ml pint glass, - so this is a super-lively beer + pour with care). ps. holds well; 3/4 way down the glass (after 10-15 minutes) it still has a 4-5mm solid head on it.
S- I don't get much of a smell from it, just some bready malts.
T- Again the flavour is much milder than the look/style suggested. Generally mild hopping, some moderate richness.
F- It doesn't pack much punch in the body, and isn't very characterful.
O- Underwhelming, no reason found within the above to buy it again. Nothing notably wrong, it's just bland and underwhelming, quite a disappointment for what I'd expected to be much better.
From Waitrose in London. £2/500ml bottle BB 02/2020.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L- Pours a well pronounced three to four finger headed beer with a clean but solid dark brown and fizzy body.
S- Caramel, molasses, nuttiness, dark toasty malt, clove and some, or very little, ginger aroma. Very solid on the nose.
T- The taste follows the nose quite well. I pick up cracker immediately through the nose as I sip. Molasses and caramel are up front, followed by a little bit of bitter hops and some ginger and clove. Interesting nuttiness. Almond, chestnut and walnut.
F- Full bodied.
O- Overall very pleased with this Dunkel. Very nice beer to end the day of work and just sip on. It isn't the best of the style I've had, but certainly isn't the worst. I would seek out again for sure.

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Photo of Spike
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle.
L: Cloudy, dark brown with hazelnut edging. Thick, tan coloured head is short-lived.
S: Brown bread with a hint of cloves.
T: Like the nose, sweet & malty upfront with cloves and banana in the background.
F: Smooth, medium/light bodied, slightly sticky, foaming carbonation.
O: Easy-drinking, sweet and dark, wheat beer. Pleasant but not a stand-out.

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Photo of mj24053
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good. Good flavor. Notes of caramel. Not "wheaty" enough for a wheat beer. Overall just nothing special about it. Worth a try, but I doubt I'd repeat buy.... If I want a dunkelweizen I'll get weihenstephaner or franziskaner

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Photo of antonyliu
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16.9oz bottle poured into a pilsner

Brown and murky. Fluffy light khaki head.

Toasty malt and yeast. The German yeast.

Ester-y dark fruit, some phenolic spice. Peppery and clove. Sour tartness. Sweet.

Some sharp carbonation, then very easy and smooth as warms up.

Refreshing and drinkable. It’s a “dark Hefeweizen”, and that is what it tastes like. I’d prefer either a true Hefeweizen or a dark bock, but not in-between. For that reason, thought it’s a good beer, I probably won’t get it again.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; deep mahogany in color; 2 finger light brown head that receded to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: chocolate with sweet malt in the background;

T: malty, but not sweet; a little caramel and chocolate; mild bitterness comes in during the aftertaste;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: easy drinking;

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Photo of D1noB
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A deep beer with a lightness, every time it pushes dark it pulls back. Grain is within slightly to curtain.

Taste rating in words: it's a shear curtian being held up, just before the show.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.24/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Decent Dunkel...

Loved the way it looked - dark, thick head, dissipating very fast. The smell had a strange floral scent, not appealing at all. Mouthfeel was light and a tad watery. The taste was full-mouthed barley, nutty, and the lightest hints of caramel. I really enjoyed this, of course, I am a bit warm on dunkels...

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours very dark brown with a white foamy head and decent lacing.
N: Malt, wheat, hops, and some caramel.
T: Follows the nose, nice malty hit with a sweet caramel finish. Minor hops and wheat tones.
M: Light/Medium
O: A decent beer, enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From an 11oz bottle best by 08-2018. Mahogany color with a good two fingers of tan head. Smells of grass with a hint of malt. Sticky feel with plenty of carbonation. Tastes of malt, cloves, and some floral hops. Lighter than you'd expect given the appearance.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown similar to a cream stout. Three finger pillowy head that sticks all the way down the glass with great lacing. A light cocoa taste is followed by some corriander, clove, and banana. It’s light to medium bodied with tight medium carbonation. Just fantastic! A great session brew. My first time and this may become a go to. Don’t think this case will last past 2 sessions.

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Photo of Act25
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As part of a Dark side flight at Bier Markt Montreal - a must try.
A) NOt much to set apart, neither head, lace nor body. Brown pour.
S) NOt much here either Malts.
T) Cola like, sweet, wheat beer.
F) Feels clingy to my teeth and ready for a different pour.

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Photo of FBarber
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark chocolate brown color with a thin velvety tan head. Head is thin but has excellent retention.

Aroma is rather subdued but there are some notes of wheat, roasted malts, little bit of clove and banana on the finish.

Taste has notes of wheat, toasted malts, lots of banana, hints of spice and clove on the back end. Hops play a complimentary role allowing the malts to shine.

Feel is smooth and creamy. Fizzy carbonation with a slightly dry finish.

Overall its a solid beer. I'd drink this one again.

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Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy, brown in color with one inch head. Taste is pumpernickel and banana. Medium bodied, high carbonation, and sweet. A bit tame for the style. Not bad, but I have had better examples in the style.

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Photo of lastmango
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy dark brown color with tan foamy 2 finger head that dissipated to a thin retained film. Aroma was slight nuts, malt and bread. Faint malty taste with a hint of cloves and chocolate. The taste is a bit flat. Creamy moderate feel, moderate carbonation and a bit dry.

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Photo of jdurey
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This poured beautifully from a 500ml can into a hefe glass. Perfect two-fingered head and lovely dark brown (but not too dark!) color. I already like this better than Erdinger's Weissbier! Failed to discern much from the smell. Pretty mellow, possibly some dates? The taste is not sophisticated and is typical of beers of this style...wheat, hints of caramel. Very quaffable. Feel betrays the taste and is a bit thick, heavier than I'd like. Filling. A bit acidic. For me, Weihenstephan still reigns supreme in this category, but no complaints here. Added bonus - $1 per can means I will be revisiting this beer again soon.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown. Cloudy. 2 finger off white head. Big bubbles. Some small. Ring around the glass with islands on the cap.
Wheaty. Banana. Clove. Honey sweetness.
Again, wheaty. Banana. Clove. Honey sweetness. But this time with more banana. And over ripe at that.
Body? Medium. Carbonation? Higher, but still...medium. Spicey, tingly mouth feel and finish.

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Photo of Themorg826
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look- Dark beer, no clarity. Very little head, light lacing of white foam

Smell- Extremely malty smell, little to no hop identity in aroma. Caramel/coffee scents

Taste- Complex and rich malt taste; less sweet than what the smell may have led you to think. Bready aftertaste, just slight like the weizen.

Feel- Higher carbonation than appearance led me to think. No alcohol warmth. Bubbly sensation on top of mouth at height of sip.

Overall- Lighter tasting beer than what appearance and clarity portrays; will not drink again.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A wonderfully nice sessionable dark German beer. Enough flavor not to be boring, nothing offputting or extreme anywhere in this beer. Liked this one quite alot.

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Photo of YoungMtn52
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice smooth bready tasting beer with a big head and a deep brown 'dunkel' hue...bought this at Total Wine in a variety pack....a good one...will buy again!

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Photo of Ob512316
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into glass.
Look: dark brown almost black. A thin off white head is present.
Smell: bread, roasted malt, nuts.
Taste: caramel, buiscuits bread, a hint of hops at the end.
Feel: Above average, easy to drink.
Overa; great beer3

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Photo of KEH
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a solid brew! It costed me less than $2 for a bottle locally (in a place where imports are rather hard to come by.) The beer is quite dark, and pours with a nice, lacy light tan head. It has a slightly sweet, malt-heavy odor. Drinking it really is a pleasure - a nice, toasty malt character with a subtle sweetness, and just a touch of hops to balance it out. Definitely one I can drink a few of!

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