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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 Naes
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is a dark brown with a bit of cloudiness. The head is ridiculous. Upon the first pour, I ended up with more foam than beer.

Its aroma consists of yeast and hops.

The flavor is very full of wheat. There is also a nice balance of hops with malt.

Mouth feel is light, but has a bit of syrupy stickiness.

It’s highly drinkable, as I have these every now and again.

Overall, a good beer but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tarnished bruised brown with amber edging. Sits almost black in most light. Emensely tall, billowing sandy colored foam grows up quickly from the pour. Gets a little too big too quick, yet it's impressive. Takes a long time to dwindle, if it all, to one solid capping of whipped froth with a light bumpyness to its surface. Strangely laced in long skinny patches.

Aroma of dry wheat and cocoa. Slightly woodish and/or dried leaves or husks and a touch of vanilla bean skins.

Taste is mild, crisp, and dryish with a dark bread crust backing, a brief standing wheaty sweetness slips across its nature. Dried wheat husk, straw, and cocoa keeps some nice additions to the flavors. Not bad, was looking for a bit more out if it but what's there is quite relaxing and pleasant once a few sips have set in.

Feel is medium bodied and fairly set with a stern, bold give and take in its carbobation. A touch frothy and tenderly sweet with a nice drying effect throughout its character.

A pretty solid Dunkel. A bit on the tame side; non banana-like but worthy with its bold body and dryness of husks and cocoa. Easily sessionable.

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Photo of Billolick
2.77/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

mid sized bottle, with best before dating. Pours the expected dark chocolaty brown with a faint tinge of plums, head quickly goes bye bye and this leaves no lacing (booo). Fruity nose, mouthfeel is kind of sharp and prickly and flavor notes are suprisingly minor, just some cola, overripe bananas and a slight metalic finish, yuck, there are much better dunkle weiss beer out there, give this one a pass, I wish I had...

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Photo of Winter
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark brown with a thick light head. Malty and fruity aroma. Not overpowering. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with crisp, almost sharp, carbonation. Flavors of wheat malt and husky grain. Unsweetened chocolate and the slightest hint of banana. Fruitiness emerges in the middle. Finish is smooth. Enjoyable, yet easily forgotten afterwards.

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Photo of palliko
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is very dark with a hint of red, some foam followed by good lace. Aroma has notes of raisin and cherry, followed by malt and spice. Initial taste contains a clean carbonated malt and grainy brown sugar middle. Finish has a hoppy bite. Chocolate and barley. Very complex.

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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +3%
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 Gagnonsux
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Brian700
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a real dark brown with an off-white head that discipates to a thin layer, not much lacing. The smell is yeasty and malty. The taste is malty with a little bit of fruitiness. It is also a little dry and metallic in the finish. The mouthfeel is O.K. medium carbonation. This is an O.K. beer. It didn't really impress me but overall it's O.K. Just O.K. Try it if you are running out of beers to try at your local beer store.

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

The beer pours a dark brown color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, roasted malt aroma that boasts of crystal malts and roasted barley. It has some yeast fruitiness, but not much. The taste is decent as well. It a dry, earthy flavor that boasts of crystal and roasted malts. It goes down slow due to the overwhelming carbonation. It has a slight tart aftertaste, but little sign of wheat malt. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a pretty good beer, but I prefer a sweeter, fruitier dunkel. This was neither.

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Photo of Litterbean
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a gift pack that came with a weizen glass. Not too friggin' bad!

Pours a glorious brown, with a towering fluffy head. To my surprise, it remains towering and only after a few minutes does it settle out. Great head retention. Lace is non-existent.

Fruity banana smell with some phenolic grape. I am reminded of a milder Robitussin type smell, or grape soda.

The grape flavor is noticeable in the taste as well, and there is also a very chalky yeast character. The taste then thins out a bit, and it's a bit watery at the end. Not bad, but not the best tasting beer either.

Decent mouthfeel, smooth, a little bit oily and very light in body. A refreshing beer that would be good once the warmer weather hits.

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Photo of karst
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted at the monthly M.A.S.H. homebrewers meeting I dropped by Chefs Pantry in Rolla, Mo to find a case just being unloaded from the wholesaler.
Pint 0.9 fluid ounces "Best Before end of 10-2005" on label.

Dark murky mahogany brown body. The hand sized head Looks great and is nitro-like, thick and creamy kicking up strong enough beading to produce a downward counterflow.

The aroma is of chocolate with some caramel and dark bread.

Taste similar, these improve at 50°F and above. The dark fruits and a smooth chocolate covered banana middle mixes well with a light cocoa feel. Lighter than expected mouthfeel.

Drinks well, best with only a slight chill.

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Photo of hefevice
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured tan with bubbly biege head that disappeared quickly and left hardly any lacing on my weizen glass, which usually picks up heaps of lace. Aroma dominated by caramel malt. Similar with the taste, smooth and mild with a slight metalic coffee finish. Easy drinkin and uncomplicated for a dark beer.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark brown with a thick tan head. Not much lace. Smells of over ripe banana. Rich wheat malt. Bready. Spicy clove and pepper in the nose.

Flavor mirrors the nose. Ripe banana, bready wheat malt, sweet and sticky and spicy pepper and clove flavors. a lemony finish and sticky in the mouth. Pretty good stuff if not overly complex.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is a very-dark brown/black color, with brown light hues showing through. Big cream colored head, though the pour was fairly aggressive. Earthy tones with caramel malt on the nose. Wheat characteristics, some clove/banana, along with some level of caramel malt. Highly active on the tounge. Thinner mouth. Not horrible, but could use a little more of the flavoring to become better. Nonetheless, it wont kill you if you try it (See cave creek).

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Photo of ybnorml
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark brown beer with ruby highlights. Has a small light brown head. There is a nice sweet malty aroma with a good molassess character. The flavor starts with a bit of malty sweetness on the tip of the tongue with thw molassess taste landing on the back of you tongue on the finish.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.76/5  rDev +29%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW! Pours an almost black color, with dark brown at the flute of the glass. A large head unless poured at an extreme angle. Just a perfect taste, almost like no taste because it is so agreeable. I ordered this off of a whim from my favorite bar in London. It has a pseudo creamy taste almost like a stout but much easier to swallow. It has a slight chocolaty finish, but for the most part there aren't any tastes that jump out at you.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out to a very dark mahogany, darker than most porters, so I really can't tell if this is cloudy or not. It forms a large soapy light tan head which gradually becomes creamy and whipped-like. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is interesting...it certainly smells dark with some pronounced caramelized sugar and milk chocolate overtones, but I'm not getting the cloves and bananas I would expect to find in a Hefe-Weizen. The mouthfeel is deceptively light by the mild fizziness. Taste begins with caramelized sugar, some light molasses and toffee followed by very mild roasted malt overtones, some distant grass towards the finish and ending with a light herbal bitterness and semi-dry chalky mouthfeel. No cloves, no bananas at all.

Well, not really excited with this one. This tastes more like a schwarzbier than it does a hefe-weizen. A disappointment. Average at best.

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Photo of beerluvr
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy sedimented deep reddish brown, capped with a frothy light tan head. Fruity and bubblegummy nose over a base of sweet malt. Light roasty tones compete with a malty sweetness, subtly hopped. Finishes with a slight dryness at the very end. The relative light body makes this easy to drink in quantity.

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Photo of merlin48
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, deep brown body with a beige head that rises about an inch before falling flat. No lacing. Aroma is subdued, with some dark fruits(mostly figs), spicy clove, and a note of ripe banana. I really enjoyed the mouthfeel which is smooth, almost creamy, yet well carbonated. Light medium body. Taste is mostly dark roasty malts, with toffee and dark fruits(more figs), a hint of chocolaty Munich malt, spicy clove, and minimal hops bitterness. Well balanced, but I would have preferred more assertive hops bittering. Very understated, overall, but well constructed and pleasantly drinkable.

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Photo of bark
3.24/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The colour is dark brown with a tint of red. The liquid is very cloudy. The head is enormous and it dissolves slowly into a very firm cone of pale brown foam.

The smell is quite gentle with sour notes of caramel, some hops and a roasted touch of tar.

The carbonation is mild, yet fresh with small bubbles.

The taste is soft with sour notes, but I also noticed some sweetness, a mild hop aroma and a slightly roasted touch of hard toffee. The body was surprisingly good for a wheat beer. The aftertaste is clean, burned with notes of French loaf.

A nice beer, that accompanies Spanish Tapas in a fantastic way, a combination that I really recommend!

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Photo of HardTarget
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pint 9 oz brown bottle with a best before date of 03-2005, no abv but listed as Reinheitsgebot
Aroma: Metallic yeast and candy sweet malt rise from the glass
Appearance: Careful pour led to 4 fingers of thick goopy brown head on a black glass with carbonation streams visible at the bottom
Flavor: True to the aroma. Some dark malt, banana and even more metal join the cast. Starts sweet candied banana, goes over to a malt flavor in the swallow followed by that metal taste. Some wheat flavor noted as well as a touch of bubblegum as it warmed. A bit of a cola aftertaste emerged as well.
Mouthfeel: Grainy texture but a full body and milky smoothness.
Overall Impression: Take away the metallic note, and this is a great example of the style. The aroma is lacking, but the taste is fairly solid. It is filling and slightly flawed, so drinkability is a bit impaired, but not a bad beer in my book.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Erdinger is one of the larger wheat beer breweries in Germany, and their normal hefeweizen is a pretty standard version of the style brewed to please the masses. Their dunkelweizen offering is quite a nice example of the style, as it focuses on the dunkel qualities and hefe qualities both equally.

The label on my beer resembles the one pictured here on the site and reads "Erdinger Hefewezien Dunkel." This beer pours a nice dark brown color with some amber hints to it. A large foamy head forms and lasts for over a minute, leaving some lacing when it dissipates. Aroma wasn't too strong, but there were some roasted notes along with some fruitiness present. The mouthfeel was smooth, but slightly more watery than expected (still passable and par for the style though). The roasted malt flavors are nice in this beer, and bring to mind chocolate and heavily toasted/burnt bread. A "hefe fruitiness" is indeed present, along with the "hefe banana" flavors. Some light spiciness also shows up. There is a low-moderate dryness in the finish, and the brew concludes with a little bit of alcoholic warmth.

This brew is certainly worth a try if you are a fan of dunkel-weizens. While other German dunkelweizens may surpass it, this is an easy to drink wheat brew that still maintains a good quality of flavor to it. A nice surprise from Erdinger.

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Photo of Quaffer
2.3/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

16.9 oz. bottle. Picked this up in Kansas City. Not available here in Wichita. Best before next month.

Appearance: This is by far the darkest dunkel hefe that I have ever seen. Even held up to the light, there is just a murky, brown glow around the edges of the glass. The head rose up big and coarse and dissipated very quickly. There was no lacing at all.

Smell: The main component of the smell was a syrupy sweetness. This was backed up by some dark fruits and a little bit of roasted malt. Hints of yeast. Very light in the aroma department, overall.

Mouthfeel: Extremely heavy carbonation at first, though it didn't make the beer too rough. This calmed down after awhile. Slightly chewy at times and medium bodied. On other drinks, very thin and light bodied. It came across as a little watery on the finish. Very strange how it seemed to change from drink to drink.

Taste: Light in flavor. Corn and caramel sweetness dominated. The yeast came across as dry and musty. There was not much else to this one.

Very odd and unimpressive. There just wasn't much there, both in flavor and aroma. The musty yeast flavor was really distracting. I didn't finish this one, not because it was bad (well, the mustiness got old pretty quickly) but because I didn't want to waste my time. Knowing that I could have finished it kept it from getting a "one" for drinkability.

I love dunkelweizens; I did not like this beer.

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Photo of elricorico
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks very nice, is a dark brown with a big fluffy tan head. The head shrunk, but didn't go away.

The smell has a hint of something that reminds me of the Belgian Dark Ales, perhaps raisin or prune. A little bit of sourness and a hint of smoke to it. Smells pretty good.

Taste is a mixture of sweetness and wheat dryness. There is a hint of chocolate to it within the dark fruit taste as it enters the mouth. In the finish is a touch of alcohol warmth.

This beer has a bit of body to it, and just enough carbonation for my tastes. It's an easy drinking beer.

This is a brew that is good in all categories, and is one of my personal favorites. Good whether you just want one, as there is enough flavour to satisfy, or for a session as it goes down easy.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What a great looking brew. Cloudy walnut brown with a tightly bubbled tan head. Some lacing on the glass as the brew receded. The aroma which was doughy, and clearly wheaten, it was not what I was hoping for. The yeast was faint, no cloves no banana . The taste was mild. In fact it was tough to get beyond the carbonation which was intense almost excessive. I will let it warm up a bit and try again.

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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
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