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 DaveBar
4.11/5  rDev +11.4%

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $4.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- 4.25- Nice and dark!! Pours a nice head that is gone in no time.

S- 3.75- A bit lacking. Can smell the malt and caramel

T- 4.0- Very good. Super light for the ABV. Malty and sweet.

M- 4.0- Dry and a lot of carbonation.

O- 4.11- Nice beer. Would buy again. Refreshing but dark

Food Pairing

This nice little beer went well with...... Rabbit stew. Brazed then root veggies in the oven you go!!


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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500 ML bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Has a big malt, wheat and caramel smell. Appearance- Pours nearly black with a medium sized off-white head. Taste- Has a sweet malt and wheat flavor, very good. Palate- A medium to heavy bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer has a nice dry finish. Overall- A very good Dunkel, should be on everyone’s list to try.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2014. Acquired a while back from a supermarket.

Poured into an Erdinger weissbier glass (yes!). Bottle conditioned. A deep reddish-brown hue with plenty of fine sediment and intense carbonation; appears opaque in the glass. Produces a huge head of creamy light-brown foam that lasts for quite a while before settling as a patchy surface layer. Aroma of toasted grain with hints of caramel malt, wheat, earthiness, fruity yeast esters and subtle stewed leaves. OKish but lacking in character.

Tastes of toasted caramel malt with a dry finish. Notes of caramel, wheat, mild grain, earthiness, vague fruity yeast esters and stewed leaves. Faintly sweet, followed by a mild, yeasty character upon swallowing. No bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with prickly carbonation and a somewhat insubstantial body for the style. Lightly astringent, accompanied by an aftertaste of dry yeast, caramel and faint wheat.

Drinkable but nothing special - about par for Erdinger. Looks alright, while the aroma and flavour are decidedly lacklustre. Caramel and light wheat notes with some yeastiness - muddled and indistinct. So-so body. Goes down without complaint but a pretty forgettable dunkel - no need to hunt it down.

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Photo of David121
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Very nice color with a thick light brown head

Very mild smell of grain

The taste is roasted caramel malt and is very mild, not too sweet at all.

The mouth-feel is very pleasant with medium carbonation

Overall this is a great mild beer for someone not looking to adventure outside the box. This beer is sweet with not a lot of carbonation. Don't let its dark haziness fool you into thinking this will be too rich. This is a very easy beer to drink and it gets extra points because of its cheap price.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours opaque dark brown with cola edges. The huge 2 inch shimmering khaki head fades to a cap on top and leaves thick strands of lace.

The smell is of grain, wheat bread and dirt.

The taste is of roasted caramel malt and whole wheat bread with an underlying fruit sweetness.

The texture is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Roasted malt and wheat flavors dominate with a definite hint of fruity sweetness. Refreshing and easy drinking. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Nightwing
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Poured from bottle. Aroma of hay and herbs. Pours very dark brown with big head. Very mild bitter taste. Full bodied, oily texture, with lively carbonation. Overall it looks like a dark beer but tastes quite close to other weizen beers.

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Photo of eskilgh
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

From 0,5 glass bottle bought at vinmonopolet Trondheim, Norway.

A - Dark brown color, fairly clear considering it's a german weizen. Thick head with good retention.

S - As I first smelled this beer I only got the malt profile: mild roasted malts and some faint caramel. However as it warms up I can get some more estery notes, especially banana is evident and melds very well with the malt profile.

T - Same problem as with smelling, I initially poured this too cold and was disappointed. After approaching a warmer temperature the banana comes through, and makes this beer taste waaaay better. Tastes as it smells, a nice lightly roasted malt profile blended with mainly banana and other esters. The finish is dry and pleasant for drinkability, however the creamy mouthfeel doesn't hold quite together all the way to the end.

M - medium high carbonation, creamy.

O - Who would have thought serving temperature affects the beer? ... At least I got another reminder with this tasting experience. Served at the proper temperature this was a nice balanced brew that focused on the malt profile and let the esters play second fiddle. Clean and well brewed, good drinkability. Personally I think I'd prefer a Dunkel with more emphasis on the yeast produced flavors.

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Photo of TheVenerableMead
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pint bottle into a pilsner.

A - Dark brown like a porter and cloudy. A tall head that is about the same consistency as the head on a cola and disappears about as quickly. No lacing.

S - Slight esters of a wheat beer and quite a bit of malt.

T - Pretty much follows the nose. A hint of the banana flavour of a weizen but with quite a bit of crystal and some chocolate. No hops present.

M - Light and refreshingly ebullient.

O - This was actually a great beer. However, it was not a very good example of what I expect from a dunkelweizen. I wonder if this beer wasn't fermented at the low limit of the temperature range for its yeast.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up at Oak Barrell in Hagerstown. Excellent looking beer, darker than many which I liked, had that delicious look. Smell was odd, more of a caramel than wheat. Taste was outstanding, very smooth and easy to drink. This was quite the surprise, I liked it very much but may not buy often as others I like more that cost less.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
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 kevinlater
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into nonic pint. best before january 2015, enjoyed on june 11, 2014

a: super murky dark brown with a bit of a chestnut glow around the edges. nearly three fingers of head off of an aggressive pour, but quickly fades. ugly but pretty

s: mostly toast, roasted malt, spice, and raisins. slight yeast, some chocolate, and hints of overripe bananas. quite nice

t: in three words: toasted raisin bread. toast, raisins, spices, and bits of chocolate. less prominent dark fruit flavours in here too, like figs and dates. timid yeast and banana notes. finishes malty/bready. very sweet overall, and heavy on the toasted raisin bread side, but it's good

m: light to medium body. the carbonation is medium-to-high and feels really sharp, almost biting, upon suds-tongue contact

o: my first dunkelweizen ever happens to be very flavourful, though one-sided, while being simultaneously drinkable -- this beer went down ridiculously fast. definitely wouldn't mind having more in the future

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Lager Mill $ 3.19/16.9 oz bottle
Bottle best 12-2014 at 45 degrees into weizen glass
Aroma of malt
Head huge (9 cm), light brown, creamy with some rocks, slowly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing spotty – just some islands of small bubbles
Body dark brown, clear
Flavor begins slightly sweet with malt overtones, rapidly yielding to slight yeasty notes; no alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl
Body medium, watery, lively carbonation

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks nice with a big head although mine dissipated quite a bit and lacing was decent but not great.

The smell was sweet with cola and yeast being the prominent notes.

The taste was delicate, sweet and malty. There are notes of dark fruits, cola and chocolate and a hint of refreshing hops. There are subtle complexities at work here and the beer grows on you as you get down the glass,

Mouthfeel is pretty carbonated and good.

Overall this is a very refreshing yet refined beer. I slightly preferred the Weihenstephaner Dunkel which seemed to have more pronounced characteristics. But this one is a good tasty beer. I had a SN Torpedo IPA straight after this and the contrast between the sweetness of this one and the bitterness of the Torpedo was exquisite. So a tasting tip.... dunkel Weiss followed by IPA = good!

My mark out of one hundred would be 78.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 PINT .9 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a weizen glass

A - It pours brown with some deep amber highlights. It topped with a giant tan head that slowly settles to a thin layer.

S - I get some wheat malt and cocoa. Kind of disappointing.

T - There is not a lot going on here. It is kind of bland. I get a little cocoa.

M - Medium

O - I enjoy this style, so even though it is bland by the standards of the style, I like it. I just with it had some spice to it. It is easy drinking, but I'll stick with my favorites in this style.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into an Erdinger weisbier glass. The beer pours out a hazy deep tawny brown with a massive mocha-colored head that seems to last forever. It's difficult to get a nose on this beer with this massive head trapping all the aromatics. Once it dissipated a bit, I picked up some bready malty notes, spicy phenols, a puff-pastry like note, and some mild fruity esters.

Medium-light body with a mild, fruity flavor. Not as much malt sweetness as I anticipated. Some nice yeast and banana flavors up front and a healthy dose of spicy clove-like phenols at mid-palate. Some hop character is evident as well. Refreshing and light.

Overall, a very good German wheat beer, but not quite good enough to advance to the head of the class. The flavor is a bit mild and the phenols and esters don't run quite deep enough. Still, one heck of a nice beer.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from pint bottle into a Guinness glass. Best by 08-2014

A- Pours a deep, dark brown that is very murky with light coming in on the edges when the glass is tilted. High slightly brownish-white head.

S- Slight dark fruit, fruit cakey thing going on, light spice of clove and allspice.

T- Taste is more like a normal Hefe with light spice, banana, and orange zest. Some added dark fruit in there as well.

M- Light and refreshing.

O- I nice lighter version of a dunkel, I enjoyed the added raisin notes and enjoyed this much more than Erdinger's regular hefe. A very affordable beer as well, a quality pint of beer for 2 bucks is always welcomed.

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Photo of fallenshadow
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Very dark brown or black depending on how much light hits it.

S - Dark fruit, spices and earthy notes.

T - Rich dark fruits, cloves and a sweet finish.

M - Mild carbonation but otherwise watery.

O - A deep inviting beer for those that like this style. Easy to drink even though many will be put off by its dark appearance. Although I prefer other Erdinger beers as this one feels a bit too heavy on the taste buds.

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Photo of KFBR392
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with about three fingers of head. Active carbonation working in the glass throughout. Dark brown on the edges where some light gets in, the rest sits black in the glass.

Smell: Big potent front of cloves, banana, dark fruits, and earthy spices. Strong yeast, leafy greens, and fruit aroma opens up and carries the body throughout. Nutmeg and cinnamon pop up more noticeably on the back end.

Taste: Dark complex fruits open up right away. Light base of spices and leafy greens back it up and carry into the body. The cloves and vegetal flavors continue to grow and peak at the back. Lingering yeast medium bodied dryness sticks around on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Bold full bodied mouthfeel. Lots of creamy malt cover the palate with plenty of the yeast tones dancing on the tongue as well.

Overall: I sometimes get caught up in the world of American craft beer with something new coming out every day and forget about some of the really great beers that have been around forever. The darker fruits in this beer really shine through. All the traditional Hefe accents one would look for.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Best By March 2014

Pours like a cola, murky brown with a huge fizzy light tan head, fades quickly leaving no lacing on the glass.

Smell has hints of sweet cocoa and roasted malt, the slightest hint of banana fruitiness.

Taste starts out slightly metallic but not so much that it ruins the beer, roasted malt with a toffee like backing comes, huge carbonation that just explodes in the mouth like a cola, it's quite distracting and thins out the beer.

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a nonic pint glass. $3.79 for 16.9oz. Drink before 8/2014.

A rather non-descript beer. An average tasting beer and I don’t believe it is a good representation of the style. Go someplace else for a dunkel. 3.0

A – Pours a clear reddish brown (opaque in the glass) with a mousey three-finger head that dissipates quite quickly (-). No lacing. Sediment in the bottle. 3.75

S – A bit of spice/cloves, yeast ,no banana, maybe some pear. 3.25

T – Malty, slightly spicey. 3.0

MF – Medium-light bodies, semi-dry finish, rather thin but well carbonated and bright in the mouth. 3.0

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I've never been impressed with Erdinger's hefeweizen. It's probably the least impressive German offering of the style I've tasted so I was interested to see of their dunkel would have a little more to offer.

A - Looks gorgeous. Really dark, cloudy, hazy and yeasty.

S - Not picking up a lot. Faint phenols, perhaps a touch of spice and wheat. Not much yeast.

T - Similar to the nose. The baseline refreshing wheat flavour is there, but there are none of the spice, malt or yeast layers which give the best dunkels their taste and complexity.

M - Carbonation is pretty good, but the beer feels a little thin and watered-down

O - Looks great but slides downhill thereafter. I wouldn't bother with this one again.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type - 16.9 oz bottle

Appearance - Dark cola blackish tan. 3/4 inch foamy head with nice lacing.

Smell - Smoke, roasty malts, beef jerky, some dark fruits like raisin and plum, then a little note of some lemon, grapes and cherries.

Taste - Nice mix of roasted malts and classic light flavors such as lemon, floral hops and fruits. Very smooth, but lacking any wheat flavors. Some sweet fruits like cherry and orange mix well and provide mild flavors. Slight chocolate and coffee mix comes out near the finish.

Mouthfeel - Malts coat the tongue with smokey, roasty flavors. Palate picks up some sweet fruits, and a little chocolate and coffee. Aftertaste is light, roasty and smooth.

Overall - A nice easy beer. A rather safe and low on flavor version, yet its still a pleasure to drink. Not a world class, or well done version of this style but its certainly worth drinking for anyone that wants a easy drinker with low alcohol and still can cover the craving of a good, solid craft beer.

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Photo of benfons
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: cola colour, dark creamy thick head, looks pretty good

S: caramel, malts, hints of banana

T: not much there, hints of malts, and caramel, and even a hint of cola

M: good carbonation, a bit too thin

O: nothing special, not a lot of flavour, nothing bad but nothing you will look for

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

A- Pours a stunning reddish/brown colour that is quite cloudy. This is topped with a beautiful, lumpy tan coloured head that is about two fingers high. Not only is the head a wonder to look at, but it remains for most of the session.

S- The scent of dark chocolate and fruit immediately come to mind with this one. Quite pleasing on the nose and really makes you want to tip up that glass!

T- My god is this beer drinkable! It is very bready that is complimented nicely with some sweetness.

M- Light Carbonation that goes hand in hand with the flavour profile. The kind of consistency you would expect with a quality wheat beer.

O- I am admittedly in love with this beer. So much so that I plan to pick a few bottles up the next time I go to purchase beer. Erdinger Wessbier has no doubt become my favourite wheat beer.

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Photo of janubio
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml. bottle. Dark almost opaque colour, with a average head that does not hold for too long. Smell is wonderful: prunes, dark fruits, toffee, peaches and hints of chocolate. Average body, taste is almost the same as smell, maybe with some roasted grain notes. It was the new 5.3% version.

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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
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