Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel
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Style:
Wheat Beer - Dunkelweizen
Ranked #38
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
84
Ranked #32,770
Avg:
3.75 | pDev: 12.53%
Reviews:
676
Ratings:
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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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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

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 Georgia

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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cwm51662 from Indiana

4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

On opening got a nice whiff of flavor, harder to get once poured. A hair lighter than the porters I've been drinking, but with a somewhat creamier feel. Coffee and raisin. The head I got was good to start, but didn't last long. I'd try again for sure.

Dec 01, 2019
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beertunes from Kiribati

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz bottle poured into 14oz teku. Poured a very dark brown, almost black, with over an inch of tan head that had good retention and light lacing.

Good earthy grains highlight the aroma, with yeast and floral hops offer contrast.

Very similar on the tongue, just better defined.

The body was light, crisp, clean, and had a medium finish.

Drinkability was very nice, the beer is a classic for a reason.

Overall, a great beer. Worth your time

Nov 10, 2019
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Nofoba

2.6/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500ml can. It has a coffee brown, almost black body, and a thick, soapy, off-white head with little lacing.

It has a faint aroma of dark malts and dried fruit.

The taste follows the smell; a light taste of dark malts and dried fruit; really watery to be honest. It has no bitterness and it's highly carbonated.

For its style I feel that it has too little taste and too much carbonation. Disappointing.

Oct 27, 2019
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LocalBeerGuy from Canada

3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

little thin on the watery side had some head abit bland not much taste they could do little better on this one or maybe it was just bad one I had. I found out this brewery is top 10 selling in germany but I have had better beers from germany if know I'm part german.

Oct 22, 2019
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vinicole from England

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

Bottle. Dark amber with an extra thick and dense head which lasts. Slight haze.
Mild sweet malty aroma.
The sweetness becomes more apparent upon tasting.
Mid carbonation and body.
Not much there.

Sep 28, 2019
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mooseisloose from Florida

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

Listed on the menu as Erdinger Weiss Hefe Dunkel. (In Germany) Arrived on draught in the appropriate signature Erdinger weissbier glass a nice opaque brown with a tan head. Smells of chocolate and cocoa. Taste is nice wheat backbone with light chocolate and toasted malt. Goes great with the Croatian food I am having. It’s a winner

Sep 18, 2019
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown with thick, tan head.

Smell is roasty and a bit yeasty with notes of dark bread, chocolate and leather.

Taste is roasty and a bit sweet. Notes of bread, yeast, chocolate and a hint of citrus and banana. Soft bitterness, very balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium, soft and well carbonated.

Overall, a very nice beer, my first Dunkelweizen, but really tasty.

Sep 10, 2019
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Beersnake1 from California

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

Aug 19, 2019
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chitoryu12 from Florida

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.

Aug 09, 2019
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jamesroses from Argentina

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.

Jul 06, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

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.

Jun 26, 2019
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JacobusFavier23 from Texas

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.

Jun 18, 2019
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Spike from England

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.

May 05, 2019
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mj24053 from North Carolina

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

Dec 29, 2018
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antonyliu from California

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

16.9oz bottle poured into a pilsner

Look:
Brown and murky. Fluffy light khaki head.

Smell:
Toasty malt and yeast. The German yeast.

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

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

Overall:
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.

Nov 16, 2018
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