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 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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.


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.]

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.16/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tobacco brown with red and gold highlights. With bright backlighting, the color is closer to dusky maroon. No beer was visible immediately after the pour due to an explosion of ecru foam. The cap is creamyfluffy and sports huge craters on its upper surface. I don't expect much lace given the texture of the head... and don't get much.

The nose is so low on power and presence that it's tough to pick out the usual aromas that are characteristic of the style. In fact, it's hard to appreciate this beer as a 'dark' beer at all. I'm hoping that it blossoms with warming, although it isn't anywhere close to cold now.

I was surprised to discover that I've only had four dunkel weizens prior to this one. I was equally surprised to see that I thought highly of 75% of them. It looks like my 'impressed by dunkles percentage' has dropped to 60%. Even though I haven't had a really good Erdinger Weissbrau beer yet, I had high hopes for this one.

The biggest problem is a simple one: lack of flavor. While the beer isn't quite the no-show on the palate that it is in the nose, it isn't getting up close and personal with my taste buds either. Weissbier Dunkel tastes like a dark lager brewed by a second-rate brewery. Where's the toasted wheatiness? Where's the banana and clove yeastiness? Where's the complexity? Absent, absent and absent.

It doesn't look like the flavor is hiding in any 'stealth yeast' at the bottom of the bottle since I've added the entire contents to my weizen glass and the beer is as crystal clear as it was after the first pour. Is there such a thing as a kristal dunkel weizen? It tastes as if all (or at least most) of the personality has been filtered out. The 'best by' date would suggest that this is still a relatively fresh beer.

The mouthfeel is definitely on the lighter end of the style spectrum. I like my weizens to have a wheaty lushness, a light creaminess. Nothing of that sort is evident here. An energetic amount of carbonation tries to help, but it can only do so much. At least the mouthfeel is consistent with the flavor. Consistently average.

Apparently, I like dunkel weizens more than I remembered. My fondness for them may be due to the fact that I've tasted some of the best that the style has to offer. Or it may be that I just like dark wheats in general. Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel, on the other hand, isn't weissbier enough or dunkle enough to suit me.

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Photo of russpowell
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours mahgony with effervescence & a 4 fingers tan head. Some lacing & okay head retention

S: caramel notes & that's it

T: Fruittty with a slight licorice flavor. Slight grainyness & choclate assert themselves as it warms. Finished fruitty & quenching

MF: A little thin but has good carbonation

Drinks okay, just not very memorable. Try it & decide yourself

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

Dark as could be it comes to my table looking like melted milk chocolate. Nice firm head of maybe three inches caps the top and settles down quickly into a smooth and even layer.

Aroma is big, deep chocolate, rich roasted malts, enormous brown sugar and caramel notes, this one was a beast to say the least. Really carried over and expanded into the flavor. Rich chocolate, roasted nuts, molasses, hints of earthy, dry notes. Really just very full and deep. Rich, creamy feel and a session ability that was top notch.

Overall this was about as solid as it gets. A tremendously good beer that I would love to be able to try again.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Ruddy Brown body with large fluffy pale tan head served in a wheat glass. I noticed pockets gradually forming in the canopy

S - Toffee, pralines and nutmeg spice odor is evident in the nose. Slighty citrus quality similar to blood orange or read pear.

M - Swells of carbonation and thin body quickly relaxing as it is held in the mouth for a moment. Slightly sugary feel envelopes as the liquid is swallowed.

T - Toasted and sugar notes jump out with bready cake like flavors. Yeast and malt flavors play a dominant role with hints of spice and caramel.

D - A quaffable brew that goes down easy. I would probably hestitate to drink more than one, though since it is more carbonated than I would prefer. This is perfectly fine for the style.

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

Presentation: 500 ml tall brown Euro style bottle with a “best before end” freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Nearly black with hues of tarnished ruby, thick powdery tiny bubbled lace lays on top then drops down to a thin stable lace.

Smell: Fruity with tones of prune and black currants, light alcohol esters are in the nose also. Malty with a mild spiciness in the aroma.

Taste: Bold and crisp upfront with a spicy tingle that is enhanced by the medium leveled carbonation. Solid and clean maltiness on the palate, crisp snappish wheat with undertones of caramel and bread. Hops are subdued with little in the flavour, fruity from middle to end with dark fruit flavours. Mild cocoa and husk flavours drawn on a dryness, alcoholic esters gather towards the end. Dry in the finish though there are a few left over residuals in the mouth so hold the body together far into the end.

Notes: Spicy with a clean zip, rich malty flavours from start to end. This makes for a near stellar brew of such a delicate style.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is a dark mahogany color with some red/amber notes and a fizzy off-white head.

S: The nose is quite yeasty with lots of spice esters (particularly clove). A fair amount of sweet dark fruits and a mild cola characteristic.

T: This starts off somewhat mild with trace amounts of banana and spicy esters. There are some notes of roasted malts and there's a high level of (carbonic) acidity which does not appeal to me.

M: Very highly carbonated with a medium body. The carbonation and acidity from the carbonation that is present in the flavor gives this a bit of a soda water feel.

D: I found this one to be disappointing. I don't know if the bottle was old or what, but the flavor was really not very good.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a hazy dark brown. Head is large, forthy, and light brown. Retention is very good. The aroma was a little unexpected, rather sparse with a generic spice smell over mild malts. However, the taste is very good. Sweet malts dominate but are enhanced by a mild nutty yeast taste. None of the expected banana/clove flavors were present. A mild herbal hop taste adds complexity. Drinkability is great, I could drink this all day long anytime.

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

500 mL bottle poured into a straight-sided glass.

Appearance - Murky dark brown. Huge khaki head. Settles in a while to a thick collar.

Smell - Caramel and lightly chocolatey malt. Some wheat. Yeasty aromas overtake the malt, especially as it warms. Some banana and some brighter esters come through.

Taste - Wheat is stronger here. So are the darker malts. Caramel and some chocolate. Yeastiness takes over. Sharper, brighter flavor into the finish. Grainy finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Well carbonated.

Overall - I've never thought that the wheat and dark malts have worked all that well together, except in rare circumstances. This is lacking that special quality, but still tastes pretty good.

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Photo of stakem
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle has a "best before end" date of December 2009.

Poured into my moose drool hefe style glass. Forcefully pours a thick "big bubble" off-white head that doesn't have much retension. No lacing found on the glass at all. Color is a murky dark brown. Nose has the usual yeasty wheat touch with some spicy cloves and some caramel tossed in there for kicks as well. Fair amount of carbination makes this one lighter in mouthfeel than I expected but strangely smooth as well. Taste from the front to finish features a very low hop profile, some bready notes, malt sweetness easily detected with the yeast ever present. I found the smell of this beer to be the star of this show instead of the taste, the smell was slightly more enjoyable than the taste but still it was a good experience.

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

A - A medium brown base with little light passing through. A big foamy head atop that stays around a while.

S - Dark tangy wheat aromas with brown sugar, molasses and other brown sweetness scents.

T - Chewy caramelized wheat sugars and dark grains. Molasses and dried dates hitting the palate. A nice tangy yeast through the sip and a bitter mineral-like finish.

M - Chewy medium bodied beer. Thirst quenching up front with a lightly drying finish.

O - Well rounded dunkel from a classy brewery.

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