Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel | Erdinger Weissbräu

BA SCORE
84
good
1,354 Ratings
Erdinger Weissbier DunkelErdinger Weissbier Dunkel
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Erdinger Weissbräu
Germany
erdinger.de

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.

Added by kbub6f on 11-15-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,354
Reviews:
623
Avg:
3.7
pDev:
12.7%
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
256
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 1,354 |  Reviews: 623
Photo of Sammy
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking and creamy. Easy drink but not one that distinguished itself. Some aroma there including cocoa. Bit of different flavours, including nuts but altogether on the thin mouthfeel side. Roast and also a tad burnt wheat. Malty more than anything. Thanks Pootz. Had another bottle straight from Germany and more carbonated less mellow. Thanks Mark.

 354 characters

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before 12/2012.

Pours an opaque dark brown with a 2 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, caramel, and some yeast aromas. Taste is of wheat and caramel mainly with some slight yeast flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy drinking but nothing really stands out with this one.

 500 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i liked this one. on sale at the duty free fridge in delhi, india. poured a reddish brown color with a glorious rising off white head. smells like fruity yeast, german malts of many varieties, and a touch of hops. flavor is nice, very well balanced without the sweetness that usually comes with this style. more of an amber taste to me, with the wheat malt being playing more of a supporting role. notes of caramel and banana also present themselves in turn. feel is a little light i think, but i liked this beer a lot despite that. its got relaxed bubbles and a long complex finish. i could have drank quite a number of these if i had more rupees. good juice!

 660 characters

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of metter98
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured dark brown into a weizen glass with a perfectly sized tan head that has good head retention properties. A very high amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are faint aromas of cloves, dark malts and yeast in the nose.
T: The overall taste has a bit of sweetness and is mostly malty with some notes of cloves and yeast.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and very bubbly.
D: The beer is rather easy to consume, although there's nothing particularly special that would definitely make me want to have another one.

 572 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my favorite style, but a solid beer. Has the flavors of a very light Brown Ale or a Viena Lager with the body of a Bavarian Wheat. Got to get over the muddy brown color, but the head, retention, and lacing makes up for it. Faint roasty aromas, mildly cocoa, and lightly estery and tart. Flavors are mildly bready, roasty, cocoa, and fruity. The darker grains tend to mask what I like most in a Wheat. The darker grains don't display enough character to make this beer interesting. It's caught in the middle. There is more malty sweetness than is detected in the first sip. The body is quite large and full. Finishes mildly sweet and slightly dry. No alcohol or hops detected; just for balance. It's a clean, well balanced beer--maybe too balanced. It's ok, you just got to be in the mood for it.

 799 characters

Photo of biboergosum
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle. This offering is available damned-near everywhere you look in liquor stores around here - time I gave it a shake, I suppose.

This beer pours a murky, practically opaque chocolate brown colour, with four fingers of puffy, silken, and thickly foamy beige head, which leaves some chunky avian-esque lace around the glass as it duly subsides.

It smells lightly of grainy wheat, yeast, banana, bubblegum, dark cocoa, and roasted caramel malt. The taste is bittersweet chocolate, wheaty whole grain, nutty caramel malt, a subtle bready yeastiness, a bit of dark fruit sweetness, like raisins or figs, and tame earthy noble hops.

The carbonation is a bit on the high side, in its over-abundantly frothy manner, the body a sort of thin medium weight (but that may just be a relative perception based on the 'heavy' appearance), and quite base in its smoothness. It finishes mostly dry, the chocolate getting somewhat chalky, and the grainy wheat just chugging along.

Decent, and rather plainly inoffensive, and nowhere near the fruit/yeast bomb that I was expecting. It's more akin to the well-made but boring brown ales around here. Very old-world, I suppose, as I always seem to see older Euro gentleman carrying armfuls of this stuff to the tills at the store.

 1,274 characters

Photo of kojevergas
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Erdinger pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Pours a four finger head of nice slight tan cream and very nice thickness, with a wonderful retention. Cloudy dark brown colour.

Sm: Chocolate, nuttiness, light hops, toffee, slight caramel. Very nicely executed. A bit of malt.

T: All the notes from the nose, with cream and chocolate present from the open through the body. They're all present, but well balanced. It's a complex dunkel that takes note of what's effective for stouts and porters. Wheat body supports the hops nicely. Built well.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but adequately coarse to bring out the flavours.

Dr: Affordable even by Irish standards, and certainly worth a go.

3.75

---
06.03.14: more notes from a 50cl bottle purchased in Berlin. Expectations are high; I remember this beer being really tasty and I quite like Erdinger. Reviewed live. Served cold into a Berliner Kindl Weisse glass. BB: 11-2014.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2.5 fingers wide. Pale khaki colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Nice consistency. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is pretty good - about 4-5 minutes.

BODY: Dark brown-black with some grey hues. Nontransparent. Nontranslucent. Not a solid colour; you can tell it's a dunkel. No yeast particles or hop sediment is visible.

It's a nice looking dunkel but the appearance isn't unique or special for the style.

AROMA: Delightful banana and clove from the yeast. Wheat. Bready malt character. Nutty notes. Caramel. The brown bread and banana dominate. It's fresh, full, and evocative. I'm craving the first sip.

TASTE: Banana and brown bread dominate, with some supporting caramel and nutty notes in there too - all over a wheat and brown malt body. Any hop presence is minimal. It's well balanced, if simple, with nice subtlety. Good depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Good amplitude.

It's a tasty dunkel, alright. I quite like it.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied. Nice thickness. It could be softer, but overall this texture supports the taste nicely. Carbonation is slightly off.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, scratchy, or rough.

OVERALL: A very drinkable dunkel which perhaps isn't as good as I remember it. But then my first review was a draught review, and maybe it was more fresh? In any case, it's well worth trying and I quite like it. Still a beer I'll be recommending to friends.

High B-

[The average of my two reviews is a B.]

 2,481 characters

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark brown color with a typically fluffy white head that lasts forever and leaves nice lacing

Smell: Brown bread, bananas, cloves and a nice yeasty aroma

Taste: Tastes much like the aroma from start to finish; a touch of chocolate malt and caramel adds a nice dimension to the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light and spritzy

Drinkability: Nothing complex, just a very enjoyable dark weissbier

 415 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark dunkel with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with light caramel and light banana aftertaste. Taste is mostly dominated by some roasted malt with a light bitter finish and some light fruity notes also noticeable. Average body with good carbonation. OK but again a style that really doesn't appeal to me that much.

 391 characters

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color with flecks of red. It had a foamy, off-white, three-finger head that left some lace.

S - It smelled of wheat and nut.

T - It tasted of malt and wheat. It also had some yeast flavor.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good dunkel. Another good German brew.

 337 characters

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into signature weizen glass, best before 9/2013. Pours very hazy dark brown color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice rocky cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of chocolate, caramel, banana, clove, pear, apple, brown bread, wheat, pepper, floral, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of malt and ester notes. Taste of caramel, chocolate, banana, clove, brown bread, wheat, pear, apple, floral, herbal, and yeast earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, banana, clove, pear, apple, chocolate, floral, brown bread, wheat, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice balance and complexity of dark malt and yeast esters, with good robustness of flavor; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish as expected. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a moderately creamy and very crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice dunkelweizen! Very nice balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable well rounded example of the style.

 1,363 characters

Photo of Boone757
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The bottle opens with an aggressive hiss of carbonation and pours with a bit, three finger head of light tan foam. The body is dark amber-brown with a light haze. The head exhibits good retention and leaves nice, thick lace.

S - A light, toasty aroma of dark bread and sweet malt with just a hint of toffee richness. A little bit of bubblegum and clove yeast character shows through in the background.

T - Dark, toasted malt flavors blend up front with banana and bubblegum yeast notes. More toasty, cola like malt flavors in the middle before a finish of fruity yeast with some clove notes that compliment the darker malt notes.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is a very enjoyable beer with nice yeast character and a touch of dark malt that adds color and complexity to the beer without overwhelming it in caramel sweetness. I particularly like the way that the yeasty clove flavor in the finish compliments the sweet toast and toffee flavors of the malt. A nice example of the style and an enjoyable, refreshing beer.

 1,080 characters

Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy medium brown with a big blooming white head that settles pretty quickly leaving no lace behing,aromas of banana,smoke, and clove dominate here staying true to style wich is very nice.Pick up some banana and clovey spiciness up front flavor wise,finishes with a black liquorice flavor I havent encountered with this style I have to say.Not very complex but enjoyable pretty straight forward and thats ok,not bad I would try again some time for sure.

 470 characters

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large beige head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains wheat, caramel, dark malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and roasted malts. Then there are some semi sweet flavors of caramel and bananas that comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this one is a little darker than most others I've had in the style, but it's a decent beer to drink for a while if you're in the mood for this kind of beer.

 843 characters

Photo of dbrauneis
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at Tonic (Hilton Beijing) in Beijing, China

A: Pours a cloudy dark brown in color with heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall frothy and dense dark beige head (which stood about one full finger above the top of the glass) that had good retention properties, eventually reducing to a patchy surface of thin film and some small thicker patches and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of dark malts and yeast with just a hint of sweetness. Additionally there is a light presence of clove that can be detected.

T: The flavor is dominated by the dark malts which also have a light amount of sweetness to them and there are some lesser notes of clove and yeast.

M: Light to medium bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer is light and easy to drink but does not have the same strength of flavor and aroma that some other examples have in the style. This is a very solid beer but not anything special.

 1,036 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
3.7 out of 5 based on 1,354 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.