Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel
Erdinger Weissbräu

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Dunkelweizen
Ranked #38
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
85
Ranked #35,491
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 12.53%
Reviews:
690
Ratings:
1,561
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Erdinger Weissbräu
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  337
SCORE
85
Very Good
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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Lucular from Maryland

3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle split with my wife, poured into a wine glass. Pours a chestnut brown with a creamy light tan head. Aroma and flavor feature light coffee, milk chocolate, and roasted malts with a whiff of earthy/spicy hops. Mouthfeel is slightly watery. Overall it's a decent dunkel but is lacking in flavor and body.

Oct 13, 2021
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karsten61

3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very large head. Very Dark brown. Standard malty/wheaty aroma. Very smooth taste. Surprisingly inoffensive for a dunkel. Little carbonation. Slight hints of raisins or dark chocolate.

Oct 05, 2021
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jonmikel from Spain

3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought at a Supermarket in Spain. Half liter bottle poured into a glass.
-Dark brown opaque colour with a thick 1 cm foam head. Ruby lightness under the glass or under the light.
-Hazelnut and raisin smell. Hints of coffee and bubblegum. Floral, in a sense.
-Light chocolate and coffee.
-Mouthfull feel. Lots of carbonation. Crispy.

Overall a good beer. I highly recomennd it. It can be heavy but that is what should be expected from Hefe Weizen beers.

Aug 25, 2021
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James94 from England

3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark with slight ruby brown towards the bottom of the glass, lots of head
S: Wheat, dark chocolate, raisins
T: Bubblegum, jam, wheat, herbs, dark fruits
F: Slightly overcarbonated, a bit heavy

O: 3.5

Aug 13, 2021
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DIM from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I wish it wasn't so hard to find a good dunkelweizen. I was excited to see this pretty fresh at best before 01/2022, so I gave it a shot. It isn't bad, I'd call it muted. Not much in the way of classic hefe notes, faint banana and even fainter clove. In its place was a whisper of cocoa and maybe some raisin. Pretty forgettable overall.

Jun 20, 2021
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C-Stockwell from New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: very nice deep, opaque, brown with an initially tall khaki head that stays well
S: a little sour, like sourdough bread, and rich malt
T: dry, crisp, but with malt sweetness
F: excellent carbonation and smooth

Very good with red meat and spice. Probably would be a good pairing with a roast or sausage or pretzels. Minimal alcohol bite or smell. Could use more nuance in terms of flavor, but otherwise, a nice beer.

Mar 19, 2021
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

2.16/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Opague darkest brown possible. Faint smells of bubblegum and coffee. Barely smell it. Bland. Tastes like almost nothing. Yeast esters. Lively carbonation. Estery. I do not have covid. I am not sick. I ate with this. I taste the food. Not the beer. It is the fourth beer I’ve had from Erdinger and they are all bland. I taste nothing it’s weird. Just like this one it’s no flavor literally even Dasani has a flavor and it is extremely unfortunate

Feb 21, 2021
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jkrich from Florida

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a freshness dated 11.2 oz. bottle: nearly black with a sustained, foamy, and creamy off-white head; one of the prettiest pours I have seen in quite some time.

Wine-like and spicy aromas dominate.

This one is dominated by roast and faint coffee with some of the yeasty characteristics of a wheat beer. While not hugely complex, it is quite flavorful and refreshing. This is a neglected style in the beer industry - this may be only the second dark wheat beer I have had in the last ten years. That is a shame as it is a quite enjoyable style.

Feb 13, 2021
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Erdinger Weissbräu "Weissbier Dunkel"
11.2 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "Best before end: 07-2021 L 2411071"
$2.29 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It's been a while since I've had a dunkleweissbier. Years in fact. My last trip to Germany was in September of 2017, and it looks like my last one was in Nürnberg. I don't generally go for the dunkle because I feel the darker malts block some of the yeast character. This one is a classic though. It's a very dark chestnut and mahogany brown beneath a full head of tan foam. The aroma is clean, lightly sweet, and bready with a note that's similar to Ovaltine. The flavor follows but brings with it some of the banana that's normally found in weizen, and a little bit of clove shows at the finish as well. It's sweetish and nutty, but balanced, and there's also a little bit of grassy hop and cocoa left lingering. Ahhh, I've forgotten how drinkable this style is! It doesn't seem quite as sweet to me as a standard weizen and thus there's no pausing, I just keep drinking until it's gone. In the mouth it's medium bodied, and as expected, lively and effervescent. It's definitely a modern classic.
Review #7,170

Jan 25, 2021
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SimplySinister from Florida

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Normal pour into a flute glass producing a dark amber colored transparent brew sporting a 1" quickly dissipating white head. Moderate carbonation. Minimal lacing.

S - Wheat, barley, hops, sweet clove, malt.

T - Malt, light chocolate note, hops, barely, clove.

M - Clean, crisp, semi-lingering.

D - Very, very good beer. Extremely easy drinking. In a word - enjoyable. Truthfully, I'm a much larger fan of the typical hefe as I've found many dunkels to be unappetizing. However, this brew is anything but unappetizing. Try it, you won't regret it.

Dec 29, 2020
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(Erdinger Weißbier Dunkel; heavy 330 ml brown bottle; best before end 07-2021; purchased single off shelf... poured into a fat tulip)

L: med-dark, burgundy-brown liquid; explosive foam build on the pour (half the bottle in first, wait, emptied remainder on second pour); foam keeps a dense, silky structure up top, more open and spongy around the glass edge; great retention, slow recede; but little lacing

S: fruity, almost grape juice aroma immediately; subtle hints of thick, toasty, brown bread crust slowly emerge, soon followed by more caramel-like malt... with the (small) yeast slug finally added, the overall smell is simply grainy brown bread, with subtle caramelized toast flourishes; grassy, leafy notes later develop

T: first sip: vaguely-thin, brown-bready malt foundation, subtle chocolate-caramel accents to the doughy malt... as it goes: lingering almost Cocoa-puff, cereal grain flavor lingering most prominently in the aftertaste, along with some background roasty toastiness, hints of med-roast coffee grounds... perhaps some floral hop character in the background; little classic yeast character (banana, clove)

F: mildly (doppel)bock like swell to its body, with a soft presence of alcohol building over the course; fluffy (highly-carbonated) texture... mellow residual silty film left behind... substantial girth, but lifts enough, narrowly avoiding a sluggish flow

O: quite a liquid-bready beer, full-flavored malt base, but with subdued yeast aromatics; solid enough, but not quite vibrant or distinctive; I've had several more interesting examples of the dunkelweiss (1721)

Dec 28, 2020
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shambeano from Australia

3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle, best before 28/11/2021. Poured into a tulip.
Look: Cola coloured dark brown/light black. About 5cm of foamy tan head. Head subsides to a thin film, but leaves a fair bit of lacing down the side of the glass.
Smell: A little yeasty, a little malty, some spice, there is a sweetness in there as well.
Taste: Like the smell, some yeast and spice, some caramel and malt. There is the slightest touch of roastiness towards the end, not getting much in the way of hops.
Feel: I find it a little oily. Otherwise, I would probably call it somewhere between light and mid bodied, tingly carbonation.
Overall: Yeah, it's alright, but I can think of a couple other dunkels I would grab before this one in future.

Nov 28, 2020
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scootny from New York

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

I'm used to Weiss beers that feature the yeast. This is a different take. The emphasis is on the Dunkle. A great looking beer. A deep mahogany brown fluid with a huge light brown head that stays for quite some time. The nose offers lots of roasted malt and light caramel. A touch of raisin and clove weave between what malt and the faintest wisp of banana. Taste is almost like a wheat bock. Lots of malt and caramel notes. As advertised, a bit of nuttiness and bread. Just enough Hallertau to lightly bitter the finish. Very lightly. Not much coming from the yeast. Feel is smooth and mildly carbonated. Easy drinking and sessionable. While not a standout, this is an inoffensive tasty and easy drinking beer. A great beer for your friends who avoid bitterness in their beers.

Nov 25, 2020
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InspectorHound from Canada (ON)

3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Opaque dark brown with a 1 1/2 finger beige/grayish head. Great head retention, after 5 minutes there is still full covering 1/4 fingers thick.
Smell: Very mild, some roasted malt notes and light wheat. Could be stronger.
Taste: Tangy and surprisingly tart and crisp. Notes of prune but very average wheat beer taste. If I drank this beer blindfolded I would never have guessed it's colour. Missing the sweetness of a Munich type dunkel like I was expecting.
Feel: Creamy and rich on the front end, a little bitter and drying on the back end.
Interesting beer. I was expecting more roasted malt notes and sweetness given other Dunkels I've had. This earns a B.

Oct 15, 2020
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DrBeergood from Ohio

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

L: Pours brown. Foamy.

S: Roasted wheat with hints of clove.

T: Tangy with roasty caramel. Bitter and sharp.

F: Wholesome. Wet refreshing finish.

O: Your standard everyday go-to Dunkelweizen.

Oct 15, 2020
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HalfFull from California

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330 ml. heavy bottle conditioned bottle poured into a half weizen glass, aka a snifter. Pours a dark mahogany with some wheat cloudiness and shows a cap of tan foam which lingers well and supports a surface film with a spin as required.

Nose of dark muddled malts topped with some shaved chocolate, some hops and an intriguing yet rather light wheat character.

Taste is creamy with a mixed malt character and a smooth finely carbonated feel. Somewhat light on the wheat like their standard hefe leaves me a bit short but that allows for an easy drinking brew as well.

Jul 27, 2020
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Alexc11 from Canada (QC)

3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Having this with a calzone - An Italo-Roman-Barbarian-Germanic combo.

Pours a deep brown color with a fizzy but foamy head that recedes. Nothing over powering in both the aromas and flavour which contain for the most part, yeast, prunes, banana, and malt. Sweet, no bitterness and high carbonation I like this beer has an elegant touch but a resolute power to it. That is, it may not pack an immediate punch but you feel it later on in the session.

Jul 22, 2020
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

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

I've had this beer a couple of times, most recently at a restaurant in Hamburg in August 2019 at an academic workshop. I've also had it from a bottle purchased in North America. Anyway, it had notes of carmel on draft, I think I prefer Munich Dunkel because this style has less roasted malt taste and is sweeter.

May 04, 2020
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LosDosAmigos from Arizona

3.17/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very refreshing, clean finish. Won't drive anyone away with overpowering flavor but is really pleasant. Solid session beer. I imagine it would be a great daily beer to have on tap in the kegerator. Went very well with Barro's Pizza from out here in Arizona. Want to try it with steak next.

May 02, 2020
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Brugesman from California

4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Fizzy tan head with audible carbonation. Head dissipates quickly. Dark brown with ruby highlights.

S: Brown bread dough. Dark malt, but not much. I do not detect any hop aroma, but perhaps it's there, but subtle, and I'm not picking up on it.

T: Pumpernickel bread, with just a hint of sweetness. Finishes with a slight hoppy bite. Very well balanced. Exactly what I would expect in this style. I do not detect any banana or clove yeast character. 

M: Highly carbonated. Luscious texture, closer to milk than water in its viscosity.

O: A highly satisfying brew with a malt-balanced flavor profile and a pleasing fizzyness that makes me want another when I reach the end of the pint size bottle. True to its Bavarian weissbier roots, a great example of the Dunkles Weissbier style.

Apr 26, 2020
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TryThemAllOnce from California

3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a pub glass on March 8, the 'best by' date is end of July 2020. Code below that is L1022072 fwiw... anyway, from the brewer's perspective this is a fresh product with 4 months left of shelf life.

It's cola dark with a light tan head of about a finger, which recedes fairly quickly to 1/8th inch.... but that layer lasts and lasts, it just never fully goes absent. I don't get alot of distinguishable aromas, just a subtle hint of raisin. Taste also is quite subtle dark fruits, this becomes more pronounced as the beer warms after 10 minutes or so. Carbonation seems high initially, but smooths out as the minutes pass. The feel is a bit thin at first, but again this one requires some time to fully enjoy.

I find it quite nice if consumed patiently, otherwise if too quickly downed it could pass for a Shiner Bock and be fairly unimpressive.

Mar 08, 2020
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Nugganooch from California

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

From the 500ml bottle - Imperial nonic style glass

Pours an opaque dark cola brown with a thick foamy dark khaki head that settles to a thin cap on the surface. A few foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Dark wheat malt is abundant, I get banana bread wth a carmalized sugary sweetness. Moderate chocolate with some floral hops and an earthy spice yeast note. A little thin and watery, but sessionable in that sense. Drinks bigger than the 5.3% ABV listed on the label. Nice to check this style out but not something I would probably go seeking out often.

Mar 06, 2020
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Scott17Taylor from Iowa

3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours murky brown with a large head.
The aroma is light roast with some banana and clove. Fairly neutral for the style.
The flavor is sweet dark malts and a mild bana and clove,
Overall it’s not bad, but there are definitely more full flavored beers in the style. I know they’re private but this tastes like an AB InBev version of a dark wheat.

Feb 27, 2020
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Roguer from Connecticut

3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big head production, decent retention. No noticeable lacing. Between the color of the body (dark, nutty brown) and the head (dark tan foam), it looks like dark wheat bread in a glass.

"Dunkel-" rules the nose over "-weizen," with strong notes of prunes and cola, along with pumpernickel, rye, nuts, and a dry aspirin-like note.

Much more balanced on the palate, with banana and clove from the yeast, and milky tones from the wheat, all blending with the dark malt base. Cola, prune, nuts, and dark bread.

Slick and nearly flat on the palate; unsurprising perhaps given the poor head retention.

Jan 12, 2020
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ASKasten

3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Crisp malt and the sweetness is easily detectable. Holds well against it’s counterparts as the head stays longer than expected. As expected, taste does vary if refrigerated compared to room temp.

Dec 22, 2019
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