Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel | Erdinger Weissbräu

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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.

Added by kbub6f on 11-15-2001

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3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
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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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
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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3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
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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3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
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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3.6/5  rDev -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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3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 1,381 ratings
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