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 Thankin_Hank
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Love the rich dark color and the smell is light but very good. Not a strong flavor but I expected a lighter taste from previous dunkels that I have had. It goes down way too easy and at 5.3 ABV I could handle a few of these 11.2 ouncers. I will buy this again when I find it. At Ron's Corner Tavern in a bottle best by 12-2017.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a hazy brown with a nice, weissbier like head. Scent is modest, with a touch of yeast and some malt. The mouth revels in the lightly roasted bread flavor. Yum!

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Photo of ofYYC
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown, with a tan head of, frankly, ridiculous size. Minimal smell, slightly boozy, metallic, and fruity. Flavors of dark, roasted grains, fruit, a hint of root beet, and a surprising booziness for 5.3%. Smooth, and all around good beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Wolff's Biergarten in Albany, NY.

This one pours a dark golden amber, with a small head, and a good amount of sticky lacing.

Smells like slight dusty caramel, cocoa powder, spicy wheat, and fruity yeast.

This is really quite solid, and everything you want a dunkel to be. It's got a nice deep maltiness to it, more flavor than you'd expect a brew of 5.3% to have. There's a nice caramelized breadiness, a hint of wheaty bitterness, and the classic clovey yeast character.

This is super drinkable, with a good levle of carbonation.

This has to be up there with the best dunkels on the market. Awesome stuff.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured pint bottle into weizen glass. Monstrous, long-lingering beige head. Murky brown color.

Yeasty nose from the foam.

Tastes of muted caramel, some bitterness on the back end.

Medium dryness on the mouth, though not in the throat. A little watery.

Overall taste is a little muted, but it's a nice subtle type of cocoa wheat, and drinks well. Kind of beer that pairs amazingly well with food.

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.71/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Smell has a nice malty smell to it, with scents of cloves and other spices. Taste is very smooth, very much like a malty Hefeweizen with a slight chocolate taste mixed in. Very little bitter taste in this beer at all, overall it is well balanced, has a good level of carbonation, and at the end has a faint aftertaste but not too dry.

This isn't the first time I have bought this beer, and will certainly will not be the last. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer-- it is like crossing a good quality hefeweizen with the stronger tastes of a doppelbock. I consider this a sleeper beer-- I can easily find this beer, and when the more popular brands like Weihenstephan, Paulaner, etc. are out of stock at the local store, this is the beer I will grab.....

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Photo of Jimlikesbeer
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It looked very good. Smell was appealing. Taste was good. Not high carbonation and no strong alcohol taste. It says wheat beer, but I did not think it tasted like a wheat beer. I do not particularly like most Wheat beers, so the fact that this one didn't taste like a Wheat beer definitely helped increase my rating.

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Photo of lmaduells
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

For my taste, too smooth, without much pretension. Now that these beers you can not ask for much; but I like more the complexity and evolution, beer worked.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a curved wheat ale glass.

Deep chestnut brown body, with a slight bit of cola carbonation, and mix of finer bubbles. Head is a big tan and creamy froth! Classic bulging with ice cream scoop licking properties. Big hold, big head, and creamy fine retention, more as if it was just shoved on top than created from the bottom. Classic, aggressive, in control, booming. Just great looking.

Aroma takes minor touches of toffee but has a very dry phenolic property to it. Drying clove and almost char smelling to powedery flour. Clean, but also a bit closed. Not too much going on the nose here.

Palate sticks to basics nicely. Light toffee and an excellent creamy mouthfeel hitting almost like a British ale yeast. Fruit sensing berries, mixing in with milk chocolate in the mid palate. Finishes with clotted cream and light body feelings and flavors.

A real nice simple dunkel, limits on the depth but a creamy flavor and esters seems to be very unique and making a good drinking experience.

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Photo of Kobold
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

cherry lactic on the nose followed by lightly creamed pecan pie and sugar plums sporting little rusted razor blades coated in baby powder aftertaste. Within the long, forgotten afterwards licorice stubs, tamed by cleanliness, patiently punch out of near oblivion.

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Photo of ByronDBeer
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pitch black with malty brown healthy head
S: Champagne, fruity, sweet
T: Sweet, champagne, light dull toffee malts. Not much wheatiness or anything aside from the champagne feel.
F: Moderate carbonation, a bit empty feel, not much finish

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Photo of prost2hefeweizen
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L - 4.25 khaki lingering head with dark brown body
S - 4.25 malty, toffee, caramel, banana, clove
T - 4.25 same as smell. With an emphasis on the caramel and banana
F - 3.5 a lot more carbonation than I'm used to with dunkel a bit that's kind of typical with erdinger in my opinion
O - 4 solid beer not my favorite dunkel but still a really good beer

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Photo of HefeweizenLover
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 0.5l bottle into a Weizen glass. ABV 5.3%

A: Pours hazy with chocolate brown color. Two fingers tall beige color head, quickly dissipates but leaves good lacing. Medium carbonation is visible in the glass.

S: Smell is of yeast, wheat and sweet dark malts.

T: Taste is mostly malty with sweet caramel flavor. Just a touch of bitterness. Lacks the usual clove and banana characters.

M: Smooth and light-to-medium bodied, with good amount of carbonation on the palate.

Ol: Pleasant and easy drinkable, but not too complex. Just like Erdinger Weissbier, it's decent enough, but pretty average for the style.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Been a few years since i had this, but I never wrote it up.
Bottle poured vigorously. Rich oatmeal colored foam pounces up from the coffee colored beer.
Smell is a little caramelly, banana, yeast, and some gentle roasted malt.
Taste is much the same as the nose with hints of date.
Mouthfeel has a nice creaminess to it while carbonation continues to play along.
Overall, for a pretty sold dunkel.

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Photo of OlaB
3.64/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Gives of a dark color, a gigantic top of haed when i pour the glass, the head disolves very rapid, some lacings on the glass.

A: roasted malts, bread, i sense dark fruits and some herbal notes

T&F: I think this beer starts of fruity and sweet, i think especially dark fruits is very noticable in the flavour.In the middle and the end i think the dark roasted malts takes much more domination in the flavour, and is sweet and roasted malts that i sense in the flavours. The aftertaste is staying there for a good time, and my feel about this beer is that is well balanced in the flavours .The beer in itself is very easy drinkable. The thing I have to have against it is that I think the taste is a little boring

O; A ok dunkelweizen. Nothing more. A little to boring taste ,and I missed the sweetness in the taste that is usually in the typical wheat beers

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Photo of Lewnanny
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A super nice foamy beer, When you poor it out, the foam is what you see first. I like a nice foamy beer, and this one gave me what I was looking for in a beer.

The brown color of this beer was reminding me the Guinness, but not black but brown.

The taste have no bitterness, a real nice product of Germany.

The bottle of 500 ml with it alcohol content of 5.3 %, is enjoyable like the famous Guinness.

I will definitely buy this one again.

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Photo of akolb
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma: banana, yeast, caramel, wheat, a little roast
Taste: subtle yeast and chocolate, bread, sweet malt. Fairly simple but pleasant.
Appearance: dark brown with a huge head
Feel: Slightly creamy, moderate body and carbonation
Overall: A sweet, easy drinking dunkel. Simple, classic flavors.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Germany. Epcot.
Aroma: Roasted barley.
TASTE: Malty. Caramel, Brown bread.
FEEL: Creamy, smooth.

Perfect for "walking around the world"

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Photo of beerari
1.98/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

This beer is piss. Oh yeah! The appearance is surprisingly dark for a wheat beer. The appearance is like Coca Cola which is surprising as I liked it. Even the opacity is like Coca Cola, only thing is that it sticks more to the walls of the glass than Coca Cola does.

The smell contains some malt, maybe slight smell of banana cake but hardly noticeable at all. It lacks of character.

With the taste the carbonation is ridiculously over prominent. This is in my mouth right now. The flavours are muddy being whatever the heck they are. The wheat does although come through.

Overall, the beer lacks of character and the carbonation destroys the flavor experience. Oh well, it seems like non existent flavor to me. Wouldn't be proud of brewing this, Erdinger Weissbrau. Did I have a faulty bottle or what? I can't believe how many piggies like this. Because in the end I believe this is purely made for animals.

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Photo of erk0607
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: inviting dark chocolate color with short lived head

S: malt forward, roasty, some yeast

T: roasted grain, dark fruit notes, malt

F: this is where its a bit odd... Its super light, watery almost, and turns to foam the instant it hits your palate. Extremely small carbonation.

O: refreshing, light but roasty beer. Would go well with a dinner, as its easily drinkable.

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Photo of josanguapo
3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Hipercor. In Bavaria glass. Reviewing CSHTP6 Ch4. Very balanced, without the sweetness of others in its style. Great carbonation, with a lasting foam and not bothering the sip. High drinkability. Its only handicap is that its so balanced that its lacks something that stand out specially

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Photo of Stout7
3.77/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the first German beer I've had since...well, since I was there. There is no correlation whatsoever to the beer in-country and our imports over here, in my experience. Should start with that.

We started out real well with a beautifully pouring very dark brown body with a an inch of thick foam head, stemless Reidel glass, which gradually dissipated into a ring. If a well poured German beer doesn't roust your appetite, that's a new one to me. Sadly at very first sip the immediate thought was,"This is thin; too bad." Followed by: is that immediate assessment colored by the other robust beer (RIS, brown ale, etc.) I like? No--I just reviewed a light IPA that had more *gravitas.*

I don't see Heineken dark any more, but that's what it reminded me of. That's not good. What did Miles say in "Sideways?" "Quaff-able, but far from transcendent." Better Polish beers at $3 the imperial.

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L- Very dark brown, cloudy. Orange around the edges of the glass. Creamy sand colored head, low retention.
S- Grain notes, bread, herb spices, some banana.
T- Weak taste, fairly light. Bread, sweet malt grains, corn and a light finishing bitterness at the end. Faint metallic note.
F- Medium.
O- This has potential, but the overall experience feels too light.

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Photo of daringer
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle fermented goodness. Not quite as smooth as a nitro tap, but as close as you can get from the bottle.
Poured into a paper cup, unfortunately. I was at a public event and had no other option.

Appearance, couldn't see it well because of the cup, but, as the head dissipated, the dark brown was smooth and pleasant.
Nose had dark fruit, slight alcohol.
Taste was malty with more dark fruit and just enough hops to balance the sweetness. Nothing overly impressive, but a quality beer nonetheless.
Mouthfeel was killer. Super creamy and smooth.
Overall, is recommend this to anyone searching for something beyond the bitterness of an IPA, but without the cloying sweetness of a lot of popular stouts and porters. Will have again.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look: A clear medium brown, with a smooth, long-lasting tan head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: A mineral smell disrupts orchard fruit that are light for the style--red apples and golden pears. Caramel and cracker malt make for a solid background.

Taste: The same mineral quality on the nose is present on the tongue. The cloves and bananas that are a hallmark of the style are but tiny pawns struggling to break through a fortress of bready malt malt taste. A tart apple cider flavor doesn't quite fit into the mix, but isn't unappealing. bitterness barely noticeable, existing only to balance out any residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium, slightly chewy body. Medium carbonation provides a welcome distraction from the less appetizing flavor components.

Overall: Not completely without merit and certainly drinkable, but nowhere near as complex and flavorful as other examples of the style.

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