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 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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Photo of MyThoughtsExactly
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass
L: dark brown to black color with a thick finger and half of head.
S: Munich malt and yeast on the nose. Not much roasted malt aroma here.
T: Upfront you get crisp munich malt this is followed by mild roasty and chocolate notes.
F: Creamy mouthfeel which leaves the mouth wet and chewy.
Overall a solid Dunkel. Note my favor Dunkel but a solid beer with clean flavors.

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Photo of _drummer_
4.54/5  rDev +22.7%
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 RyanK252
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours rich dark brown with a creamy khaki head that settles to a light layer and laces well.

S: Toasty bready malt, plenty of fruity notes, a bit earthy, and a little toffee sweetness.

T: Bready, toffee sweetness, hints of coffee, burnt toast, and smoke, nice fruity notes, raisin, plumb, apple, and a faint wheaty twang.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, quite drinkable.

O: Very tasty beer on a fall night.

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Photo of EricVonStein
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich cloudy date brown with a big bubbly head that slowly fizzles down to a thin layer sitting on top.

The aromas are not overly forward, with some sweet raisins, roasty malts,

Fruity bananas come through on the front followed by dark stone fruits, dried raisins and dark bread malts with some toasty character. There is an apple like, slightly tart, juiciness in the middle. Highly carbonated and alive on the tongue.

Overall there are some nice flavours present with the dunkel bringing out the more overripe and dried fruit flavours. Not particularly great in any one area but nice all around. Will seek out other dunkels before coming back the the Erdinger however.

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Photo of chrisjws
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Harry's Hofbrau in San Jose. 8oz pour into a tulip glass.

A: Dark brown, two fingers of frothy off-white head. Lots of carbonation and lacing from this one.
S: Dark fruit, plums, raisons, spicy yeast, baked bread. Smells like a mashup of a belgian, a hefe and a dark lager
T: Taste follows the nose. Sweet malt upfront, bready flavors throughout, little bit of spice and dark fruits in the finish, raisons, dried cherries, plums and a touch of cranberry
M: Light on the tongue, drinks very smoothly with a creamy mouthfeel that complemented the sweetness.
O: Sweet, spicy, a bit fruity and all delicious. I don't think I could do too many as it is fairly rich, but its a very enjoyable beer that I'd drink again.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From bottle, Pours dark red to brown with a beige head. Aroma of banana, toffee, some caramel and mild chocolate notes burnt brown sugar. Dry, small to medium bodied with average carbonation. Taste of banana, toffee, bready malt chocolate.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle into a conical pint glass. Paid £1.79 for a single bottle.

Pours an opaque, dark brown, almost black coloured body that glows a dark ruby red when held to the light. A huge amount of miniscule carbonation bubbles stream up from the bottom of the glass to form a two-finger in height, thick, dense, off white coloured head. It has excellent retention, sticking around for an age, and leaves behind impressively thick solid lacing.

On the nose there are mild aromas of roasted malts, dark fruits and spicy yeast, but also a faint, slightly unpleasant metallic note that does not belong. The taste is similar to the nose; upfront roasted dark malts dominate the initial flavour, with fruity and bready wheat relegated to a supporting role. A touch of dark stone fruits, burnt caramel, sweet molasses, chocolate malt, light banana and spicy clove phenols all come through in the middle, but uninspiringly, none of these really stand out as spectacular. Light to medium bodied, in the mouth it feels thin, over-carbonated and slightly prickly, but although lacklustre, still reasonably smooth and creamy, easy drinking and refreshing. The finish is semi-sweet and dry with dark malts providing a roasted bitterness that lingers on the palate.

Overall this is a flawed but decent beer. I’d certainly try it again if I came across it on tap but won't go out of my way to buy another bottle.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Maltiness mixed with the expected bananas and yeast, although slightly subdued to the maltiness. Relatively close to a dunkel, the weizen aspect of this is subdued.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.96/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a beautiful foam and slightly tan head. Good creamy lace retains well.
Nutty, hint of coffee and roasted malt aroma. Slightly sweet and lightly roasted malt taste. Creamy feel. Very smooth finish. Light to low medium body. Very good beer.

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown pour with some amber hues tons of white-brown foam that settles into a thin ring. A touch of chocolate mixed in with a fair amount of woodiness in the nose. Very crisp and clean malt flavor with hints of cola and cherry.

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Photo of bskrtz
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured cold from bottle to glass Weiss stein

L) Shoe polish brown, unfiltered, rising puffy white head due to high carbonation

S) Dates, raisons, bananas - stewed cooked fruit, baked sour dough bread. Delicious.

T) Classic fruity Weiss with mild burnt caramel, cocoa, mild spice

F) Surprisingly light, perhaps due to high carbonation. Smooth, medium body, sticky

O) Very good example of dunkel Weiss style. Affordable too!

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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
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