Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel | Erdinger Weissbräu

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Erdinger Weissbier DunkelErdinger Weissbier Dunkel

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Erdinger Weissbräu

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of filabrazilia
4.85/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a gorgeous dark amber with a generous tan head that leaves sheets of lace on the glass. The head is huge at first and settles nicely in the glass.

There are heavy fruit notes in the nose (banana and raisan) with a touch of spice. This fruity and spicy beer is joined by a delightful malt sweetness that has elements of carmel. Fantastic.

A dark malt flavor is understated in the mouth. The fruit is full and sweet and absolutely delicious. This beer is easy to drink because it is sweet, but not too sweet and complex without being overbearing.

This is a medium bodied beer that is smooth and creamy in the mouth. The carbonation grabs the tongue in the finish treating the mouth to a full on assault of texture.

This is a great beer. It is a beer of contradictions--a dark beer that is light and refreshing; a wheat beer that is complex and flavorful and a beer that can be both a sipping beer and a thirst quencher. I could drink this beer anytime of the year and feel that it is the right time to drink it.

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Photo of hotstuff
4.8/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When poured into my glass, this beer had a medium sized head with small bubbles. The lacing was good on the sides of my glass and there was some carbonation observed with this beer. I found this beer to be very smooth along with a very good flavor. This is a beer that I definitely could drink all night at a bar or party. Party on!!

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Photo of danadeny
4.76/5  rDev +29%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is a nice looking dark beer. the coudy hefe body lends to a think looking dark beer. the head is off white and one of the creamest and lingering heads i have seen. the lace on the glass just doesnt go away. I was expecting to get more from the smell but all i get is a typical lightly fruity, fresh hefe smell. The taste is very very smoth and balanced. the darker malt lends to a great balance. the hefe yeast still contributes it's fruity esters. not as much banana flavor as other breweries. And a crisp clean finish is classic. beeing a hefe the mouthfeel is solid, but erdinger has the thickest mouth feel i think. some of it has to do with the release of the carbonation when you drink it, so bubbles froth in your mouth. due to the balanced flavor, and overall light, crisp, and refreshing nature of this beer and style this is for sure a full on session beer

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.76/5  rDev +29%
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.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%
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!!

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Photo of tatterdash
4.71/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at the Esplanade Biermarket in Toronto. Pours an impressive dark brown with a bubbly off-white head that laces well. Aroma of raisins, cloves, some malt and a hint of cranberry (I would have liked some banana in there). Taste was a sweet chocolately front, with bananas and chocolate malt pouring in, and a raisiny malt finish a feeling I just a ate a banana. Hop character was low, as the style would dictate. Mouthfeel was effervescent yet very smooth and creamy. This is a great Dunkel Weizen.

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Photo of roddwolff
4.7/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black wheat beer from Germany. The label says its refermented in the own bottle. I had to wait 10 days since i pulled all 4 wisdom teeth (31-oct-2009) to re-tasting beers.

A: Deep brown, almost black, foam head is dark, creamy with three fingers, nice lacing, it took me about 20 minutes to drink the beer, and the head foam never goes away;

S: Roasted malts and earth hops, produces essences of caramel and roasted chestnuts;

T: Roasted malt and wood, hoppy end;

M: Bitter, dry and woody, leaves taste in the mouth to prune and snuff, fuzzy and full body;

D: Very tasty, the best Erdinger i have proven.

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Photo of jreitman
4.7/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark amber color with light tan head. Very nice aroma with hints of chocolate. Malt and sweet flavors with not trace of hops. Not overly complex but nicely balanced. Good carbonation. Extremely easy to drink. My first dunkel.... I think I will be trying more.

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Photo of UGADawgGuy
4.67/5  rDev +26.6%
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 psugrad98
4.6/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent weissbier. Very dark in color, like coffee or birch beer, but the flavor is lighter than it looks. Slight sweet with a fruity palate. There are hints of vanilla or honey. Goes down smoothly. Drink with a pinch of lemon to enhance its flavor. Try drinking on a hot day. Very refreshing.

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Photo of ORM1
4.58/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

That's my favourite Dunkel Hefeweizen: very nice colour, remarkable wheat taste with slight fruit and caramel tones. When it's warm a taste of black bred comes vivid...
But I disagree with the previous note: I never could find any chocolate bits in the its taste...

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Photo of Kventin
4.57/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer, reminds slighly Czech dark lager beers and red stouts, very smooth, spicy and aromatic. Didn't try neither cask or on-tap versions , but the bottle version is great. The colour is nice, a little bit reddish, but generally a very good appearance.

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Photo of Amalak
4.56/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

App: Dark, opaque beer with a bubbly (as opposed to foamy) head. Slightly bubbly.

Smell: Mild, nutty smell. Honestly, I like it, because there is nothing overpowering about it.

Taste: A lot of people don't like it because they are expecting a Hefe. But what makes this beer amazing, in my opinion, is how it blends smokey dark with wheat. It's completely original in its taste, and is honestly one of my favorite darks. I think that is the key. View this as a dark beer, with wheat hints, as opposed to a wheat beer that is dark.

Mouthfeel: So smooth, but carbonated. This beer just blends in my opinion from taste to appearance.

Drinkability: Goes down wonderfully. Again, if you view this as a dark beer with wheat hints, it is as original as it comes.

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Photo of kilustration
4.55/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Rich thick head, great lacing and nice dark color

S - Bread, yeast, chocolate and nutty / fruity

T - Very smooth and creamy, subdued, light sweet at finish.

M - Again smooth and creamy. Crisp and nice

O - A suberb beer. First time trying - would drink again.

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Photo of radshoesbro
4.55/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this pours a dark brown with huge off white head and very little recession. rather than a nice lace it left huge patches along the sides of the glass. lots of bubbles racing up the sides due to the high carbonation. smells of malts, yeast, wheat, grains, etc. the taste is quite excellent, very sweet and complex on my palate. banana flavor sort of jumps out at you and then subsides to a good full wheat flavor. there are also traces of maple syrup, and dates. the complexity of this is fabulous. this is a medium bodied hefe, very complex throughout. the finish is fantastic. man, i have to find this on tap.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
4.54/5  rDev +23%
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 thelagerheads
4.51/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This stuff isn't Sanka! This is the kulak's share of the five year plan's most desired whispering wheat plastered

on the world's biggest Mein Kampf mustache. This is Juan Carlo on his mule picking the beans fresh and

rinsing them off in fresh hot candied rum. This is the run-off from the Milk Way's underground rivers. Enough

of the limp-wristed poesy Baudelaire:

"Time to get drunk!"
Don't be martyred slaves of Time,
Get drunk!
Stay drunk!
On wine, virtue, poetry, whatever!"

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Photo of bierman2000
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very drinkable Dunkel Weizen with chocolate flavors and a nice head retention throughout the beer. Low carbonation for a Weizen and was sampled at Erdinger's Brewery. This beer has a roasty smell and is delicious, made well and has a great malt character.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing can beat a nice Dunkleweizen after a long hard day at work. This was the best of the Erdinger beers I had available, and one of the best Dunkleweizen I've tried.

The beer pours to a very dark nutty brown color, damn near black. Has a fairly small off-white head, in comparison to the other Erdinger beers. The beer is too dark to observe the carbonation.

The smell is very good. Some nice roasty aromas backed by the classic banana and clove. A hint of lemon zest as well. Mouthwatering to say the least.

The taste is no exception. Bliss. Nice sweet malt flavor up front, along with some banana esters. Fades nicely into a gently toasted malt bitterness with a touch of clove and lemon. A nice crisp carbonation brings everything together on the palate. Has everything you could ask for: the full-flavor of a "dark beer" as well as the quenchability of a "light beer."

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Photo of TheDM
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love German brews. Upon pouring this brew I noticed a highly carbonated and very lively brew with an excellent light brown head that contained very fine creamy bubbles and lasted a very long time. Its aroma was very pleasant and filled with malt. It has a very malty taste that goes down superbly smooth with a hint of aftertaste. It has notes of mellow caramel and deep dark malt. Some carbonation was noticeable on the tip of my tongue. Its taste was excellent and very much to my liking. Exactly what I expect of a great German beer and very SMOOTH!

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Photo of Cwrw
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is one tasty wheat dunkel.

The head was exceptionally large, even when poured relatively slowly. Light brown coffee coloured. The beer is not black or brown but a dark dark caramel, toffee, somewhat moccha, and very singular. The head is thick and viscous and very solid; chunky. The aroma is deliciously sweet, recalling grape-juice, raisins, and fruity-sweet yeast, akin to some Belgian fruit beers. The aroma was very bewildering--I did not expect this sweetness, but the surprise was welcomed: I love a sweet beer. So the malt combines supremely with the yeast and exudes an ultra-sweet aroma, mouth-wateringly rich. There are some drier smells, hops hiding in the background, but I picked out mostly the tart sugariness of the nose. This really smells like a yeasty Belgian, but I am sure the Germans have been producing this wonderful yeasty smell for just as long as the Belgians. However, it is the first German beer I have tried with such strong yeasty sweet fruitiness. Ambrosial. The taste is very sweet too, where the dark malt announces itself, but not like a stout--this malt makes itself more known as a grainy, sweet, creamy caramel. I suppose the wheat is detectable, but the barley malt is too. Grapes, dates, dusty yeast, flowery sweet honey and candy-like flavours. The two malts make for a crisp and highly refreshing dark lager. This is exceptional, and it suits my personal palate very well. Dark, sweet, yeasty, and preeminently drinkable. I could quaff these all day, summer or winter.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.39/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a half glass of creamy, light brown colored head that faded faster then normal. Hazy cola colored beer has an amber hue around the edges. Smells of raisin and cocoa with spoon full of yeast. The flavor is rich and has hints of rum and raisins under then doughy dark malt base. The flavors remind me of something stronger like a Weizenbock, which is nice because there is something freaky about a dark weizen beer that tastes exactly like a pale weizen. The mouthfeel is a bit fizzy and not as smooth and full as I was expecting, but it's not a deal killer. It's definitely my type of Dunkelweizen.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.39/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly perfect. Dark, but when held to light it creeps through. The creamy tan head is what dreams are made of. Weiss beer not big n smells other than sweet and malt with Dunkel. I bet the smell of this on the floor of a real German beer hall is quite the experience. Love the Weiss but the Dunkel roasted malt jus ups it all, especially taste and finish. Could alternate Weiss and Dunkel on a summer day all day long.

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Photo of slitherySOB
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black like a stout, with just a little hint of ruby glowing through. Big, fluffy head that ever so slowly disipates to about a finger and a half worth of foam. Delicious looking. Dark, sweet smell. Very malty, with lots of ripe and dark fruits such as cherries, plums, blackberries... Nice, thick sweet taste. Plenty of wheat malts, bit of a spicy crispness, and lots of sweet fruits and breads. Bit of chocolate as well, with some... Coconut? Interesting. Makes the aftertaste a bit more refreshing. Thick, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Absolutely delicious. An excellent beer. I hope to try more offerings from this brewery.

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