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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 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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Photo of Suds
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, dark brown color with a towering, large-bubbled, tan head. The head is ever-lasting and impressive. Just a bit of yeastiness, banana, and alcohol in the aroma, and rather muted at that….slight disappointment. It’s smooth, creamy, and rather full-bodied. Sweet and fruity. There’s just a little mouth-puckering astringency, but just enough to make you want another sip. Finish is soft and spicy. It’s not a top-shelf Dunkel Weizen, but it is good.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half-liter bottle, poured into a genuine Erdinger weizen glass.

Appearance: Fairly dark reddish-brown, creamy tan head that takes a while to settle down.

Aroma: Fruity (black cherry) aroma, with some sweet, bready malty aroma.

Flavor/Body: Sweet malt on the front, wheat flavor detectable. Esters aren't as prevalent as the aroma would lead one to think. Somewhat neutral on the phenolic side as well. Finish is fairly sweet. Highly carbonated and effervescent.

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Photo of Sammy
3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
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 joecast
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

large eggshell colored foamy head. dark purple/brown color, not quite black.

sweet malty aroma with noticeable spiciness.
loses the fruitiness of a hefe but gains a sweet soothing maltiness. very relaxing.

not too relaxing though as the spritzy mouthfeel keeps things lively.
an interesting style. not sure that i like it as much as the lighter version, but does offer some intriguing qualities.

tried again 27/5/05:
have to agree with most of what i said in my first review. upped scores for all aspects exept smell as i thought it deserved it.

head forms as more of a tan color than eggshell, and the beer has a ruby hue to it that is quite attractive.

never would have thought about a dark wheat as a session beer, but tonight it seems like it would fill that role very well. sadly i only have the one bottle. to be honest i didnt think i had reviewed this yet, but im not too upset as its a classy beer.

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy, deep redish brown with an off white head that started pretty thick and subsided to a quarter inch of foam with no cling at all. Aroma was of dry malt with a touch of roasted malt and a touch of herbal hops and a banana ester as well. The flavor begins with a rush of carbonation tickling the tongue revealing a dry very wheaty malt flavor with roasted accents but no bitterness associated with roasted malts. The flavor is very clean and easy to drink while still giving the drinker a complex malt flavor. The carbontation is very high which is typical for the style though I find that at the bottom of the glass when the beer has gotten a little flatter that the flavor becomes more balanced and enjoyable. This is an excellent session beer and would be great on either a cold night or a hot summer day as is is very easy to drink yet gives the drinker a good dose of flavor to keep things interesting.

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Photo of carln26
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A few yeas ago, I was fortunate to do some business traveling in Europe and used Munich as the base for the trips. The hotel I stayed at, had Erdinger beer on tap at all of their bars, so I really acquired a taste for this fine product. In a recent trip to Denver, I stopped in at Falling Rock, and saw this beer on draft. I had to try it. If only the reality met the memory. I was mildly disappointed. The beer poured a dark brown with a nice head for a Hefe, and a minimal lace. No real nose to speak of, light citrus aroma, no cloves or malt. The taste was primarily a light malt flavor, and gain, none of the citrus or spice I expected from this beer. As with any Hefeweizen (dunkel or otherwise) it had a nice light mouth feel and was very drinkable. My memories of this beer led me to expect much more. I know the lines had just been cleaned, and the folks at Falling Rock seem to really care for their beer, so I must assume that time had blinded me on the quality of this brew.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As others have noted, this brew is listed on the bottle as 5.5%. Since I'm in Florida, this might be a mislabeling to comply with the, now thankfully repealed, bottle laws that required beers over 5.5% to be listed as malt liquor. They also allowed only 4 bottle sizes to benefit the big brewers.

Pours a dark brown with a big, tight head that drops to 1/2".
Smell is roasted malt, fruit, some light hops and smoke in the background.
Taste is malty, chocolate, caramel, hops and a light smoke, very nice complexity.
Mouthfeel very good. Body is medium-full, smooth, nice effervescence.
Drinkability is quite high, I will have this one many times.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah, the first beer after getting off the pain meds from a bout of kidney stones. It pours a nice dark brown, darker than other dunkels I ahve had recently. I had to let the head fall a bit before pouring the remainder of the bottle in. The head has fallen to about a finger and a half of nice tan foam. The nose is mostly sweet wheat malt, but there is a bit of caramel in the nose as well. The flavor is more full than the other dunkels I have been drinking. There is more of a roasted flavor, along with a more full wheat flavor in this one. The finish is spicey and delightful. Overall a nice taste. What I find missing is the creamy banana. That detracts just a bit from the flavor. The beer is not quite as creamy as I would like. Its a nice moderate to thick texture, but it needs that added texture from the yeast that I find missing. I like the beer, but I think that there are others in the style that I would pick up again before I tried this one again. Still, worth picking up and trying.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.01/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Half Liter (1 Pint 0.9 fluid ounces) brown glass bottle with a black and gold colored main, and v-shaped, neck label. In between these a black thin strip professes “Mit Feiner Hefe In Der Flasche Gereift” in gold lettering, which roughly translates as ‘bottle-conditioned’ in proper lingo me thinks. The main label lists the beer as “Erdinger Weissbräu Erdinger Hefe-Weizen Dark”. Discretely listed as 5.5% [0.1% less than listed], with a Best Before code of 03-2005 on the reverse label.

Appearance: Washed and cleaned after the standard Hefe-Weizen, yet again I used the proper glass for this one. The Erdinger Weissbräu vessel is a 0,5l Sahm that has an inverted bell top that curves away to a thinner concave base, the glass is just about the same height as the bottle. Dark murky brown body with some deep mahogany reflections. Streamer activity is just noticeable at the base where the refracted light sheds some light into the darkened body. The head is nitro-like during the pour, thick and creamy with the usual thick rivulets of dissolved carbon dioxide underneath the head. A Teutonic mass it eventually reveals a rocky head that collapses yet retains a crusty 1” to 2” deep honeycombed layer. Lots of tan colored sticky lacing on the glass walls. As with other Erdinger offerings, a solid level of carbonation results in a return of the massive head when topped up, even carefully. Looks good.

Nose: Thin nose, not much except a mild milk chocolate odor mixed with some caramel and a dark wheat bread nose. Pretty tame.

Taste: Thin and rather wishy-washy at first, a few mouthfuls soon builds a flavor base that consists of chocolate and caramel in the first third, a dark prune like middle and a lightly hopped latter third that has a spicy tingle. Actually, this improves with temperature I find. The dark fruits emerge as the chill wears off and a smooth chocolate covered banana middle mixes well with a light cocoa feel.

Mouthfeel: It certainly does not drink as good as it looks and it is rather a let down in the mouthfeel department. As it warms it develops some backbone and a more substantive feel that is more in line with the appearance and style.

Drinkability: Drinks well, but unlike the ‘original’ Hefe-Weizen I had earlier, I much prefer this one with only a slight chill.

Overall: Second Erdinger of the evening and definitely another easy going brew just as with the “standard” Hefe-Weizen, its pretty average, and nothing special.

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Photo of stoutman
2.7/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The smell and body of this beer were fantastic...very malty and almost thick in aroma...the head was impressive and very rich, making me think I had a rich dunkel-weiss on my hands. Erdinger says it gets its full-bodied taste from fine 'flavor hops' and dark malt. on the contrary, when I tasted it, I was surprised to find just a malty flavored, watery, beverage. Dissappointed with this one.

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Photo of Cwrw
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is one tasty wheat dunkel.

The head was exceptionally large, even when poured relatively slowly. Light brown coffee coloured. The beer is not black or brown but a dark dark caramel, toffee, somewhat moccha, and very singular. The head is thick and viscous and very solid; chunky. The aroma is deliciously sweet, recalling grape-juice, raisins, and fruity-sweet yeast, akin to some Belgian fruit beers. The aroma was very bewildering--I did not expect this sweetness, but the surprise was welcomed: I love a sweet beer. So the malt combines supremely with the yeast and exudes an ultra-sweet aroma, mouth-wateringly rich. There are some drier smells, hops hiding in the background, but I picked out mostly the tart sugariness of the nose. This really smells like a yeasty Belgian, but I am sure the Germans have been producing this wonderful yeasty smell for just as long as the Belgians. However, it is the first German beer I have tried with such strong yeasty sweet fruitiness. Ambrosial. The taste is very sweet too, where the dark malt announces itself, but not like a stout--this malt makes itself more known as a grainy, sweet, creamy caramel. I suppose the wheat is detectable, but the barley malt is too. Grapes, dates, dusty yeast, flowery sweet honey and candy-like flavours. The two malts make for a crisp and highly refreshing dark lager. This is exceptional, and it suits my personal palate very well. Dark, sweet, yeasty, and preeminently drinkable. I could quaff these all day, summer or winter.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice dark brown beer with a tan head that didn't grow too big, but lasted quite a while.

The aroma began with some lightly roasted malt, and was slightly sweet, with touches of bitter chocolate and a hint of cloves thrown in.

I was surprised at how carbonated this beer was. That was my first sip impression... it seemed like club soda, it had tht kind of a tang to it. There was almost no roasted character to it, and it was very crisp and clean. The aftertaste was slightly toast-like.
This did not in any way taste like the color hinted. It was a smooth easy-drinking beer, and although it was not remarkable it went down nice and easy. I'd recommend it to fans of wheat beers, but not with the expectation that there would be a lot of depth to it like a dunkel would usually have.

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Photo of Garin
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured hazy mahogany brown colour with a creamy dense peaked head floating on top that seems to last forever.

On the nose, a sweet malty aroma, estery and spicy.

Grainy and wheat flavours on top, with a light caramel touch. Some sherry richness but overall it's quite dry and bracing, with a slightly alcoholic character. Some phenolic zing as well.

In the mouth it feels full and soft without being syrupy. It has a nice rich feel to it. Overall, I find this beer to be quite drinkable.

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

Pours a thick, opaque, brown color, and is topped by a thick light brown head. Enticing aromas of raisins, caramel, and toast waft from my glass to my nose. Overall the aroma is quite fruity as well. The taste is mildly sweet and finishes with a hint of clove, and smooth mellowness. This has some really nice bready notes mixed with caramel and biscuit flavors. There is a dry finish, which begs for you to take another sip. This is a nice enjoyable example, that could use, perhaps, a bit more of the traditional Hefe flavors, but it is quite good as is.

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Photo of surfmeister
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I think I just like stronger flavors nowadays
Appearance: dark brown, foggy, copious head, nice to look at
Smell: nutty, a little fruity but very subtle
Taste: definitely more roasty malt than a regular Hefe, the banana tastes are still there but now they fight it out with the malt, usual low hop profile, again...subtle
Mouthfeel: refreshing vs. watery? Hefes are always refreshing but a little bland
Drinkability: could drink many, but for a hot weather brew give me a pilsner

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Photo of kbub6f
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very big, gray-tan head. Dense, uneven foam. Cloudy, dark brown beer. The aroma: spicy, but there's a little sour milk. It's kind of sick, but not really off-putting. Strange. The creamy, sweet, fruity front registers bananas, strawberries and cherries. Bring in the chocolatey malt of the equally fruity middle and I'm getting black forest cake. And nuts in the finish. I really like this. It starts creamy with bananas and strawberries, through chocolate to a nutty finish: this is a banana split!

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Photo of chriscolby
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle says "Erdinger Hefe-weizen Dark," not "Dunkel."

Very dark brown with big, lasting head. The beer from my bottle smells a bit oxidized, but not badly; a dark malt character is still noticable. As with Erdinger Hefe-weizen , no wheat beer character (banana/clove/bubblegum) in the nose or flavor.
The flavor shows a chocolatey dark malt flavor with no bite from grain bitterness. Hop bitterness is fairly high as dunkels go, but well-balanced in the overall flavor profile.
This is a well-made, drinkable beer, It tastes to me that, like Erdinger Hefe, this is made from fairly hard water. (I could be wrong about this.) Although this doesn't taste much like other German dunkelweizens, it's a good beer when judged without reference to it's labeled style.

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Photo of cypressbob
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

Pours with a dark brown body, some but little light penetration, whispy foamy head

Smell is malty, stout like aromas of roasted malt

Taste is malty, dry and thick, however and almost greasy residue left on the palette after consumption

Very nice dunkel, its grown on me over time

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Photo of Globetrotter
2.89/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tall brown half liter bottle with a black, gold and red label featuring nothing but lettering. Purity law applies. Best before 7/31/04, I opened it on 5/2/04.

Magnificent to the eye: deep opaque brown under a beautiful firm tan head that creates a crown above the glass and lasts forever, leaving good lace. The nose is very mild, in fact, I'm not picking up much of anything at all The mouth is light and quite prickly. The flavors are also very mild, with just a touch of spice and an initial hint of caramel. The taste is actually quite watery, with neither yeast nor hops. There is essentially no aftertaste. Real disappointment.

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Photo of pootz
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one looks and smells like a big wheat dunkel. Poured a lush cloudy mahogany red with a big frothy off-white meringue cap. Light but steady effervescence. Aromas of dried fruits currants, prunes mingle with cinnamon and cloves....wonderful nose on this beer. Starts bold with a big ol’ wack of sweet toasty malt then builds to a creamy mouth feel punctuated with banana, spices and other ester tastes as malt and hops fuse on the tongue. Then the finish is fairly clean for such a big beer...almost watery with little more than a sweet malt after taste. This is a good import beer and a great representastion of the dunkel style in the wheat beer tradition. I like it and will always have a bottle or two around.

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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
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