Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel | Erdinger Weissbräu

Erdinger Weissbier DunkelErdinger Weissbier Dunkel
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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.

Added by kbub6f on 11-15-2001

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Photo of NilsFrisk
2.81/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served into a pint glass at a bar, asked for a weizen glass, but they didn't have it.
Appearence: Cloudy Black with a tan head
Smell: Not much smell here
Taste: Hints of butter and caramell, a friend of mine said it tasted quite like a pilsner, maybe because there isn't so much taste in it eighter.
Mouthfeel: Creamy and buttery

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Photo of kojevergas
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Erdinger pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Pours a four finger head of nice slight tan cream and very nice thickness, with a wonderful retention. Cloudy dark brown colour.

Sm: Chocolate, nuttiness, light hops, toffee, slight caramel. Very nicely executed. A bit of malt.

T: All the notes from the nose, with cream and chocolate present from the open through the body. They're all present, but well balanced. It's a complex dunkel that takes note of what's effective for stouts and porters. Wheat body supports the hops nicely. Built well.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but adequately coarse to bring out the flavours.

Dr: Affordable even by Irish standards, and certainly worth a go.


06.03.14: more notes from a 50cl bottle purchased in Berlin. Expectations are high; I remember this beer being really tasty and I quite like Erdinger. Reviewed live. Served cold into a Berliner Kindl Weisse glass. BB: 11-2014.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 2.5 fingers wide. Pale khaki colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Nice consistency. Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Retention is pretty good - about 4-5 minutes.

BODY: Dark brown-black with some grey hues. Nontransparent. Nontranslucent. Not a solid colour; you can tell it's a dunkel. No yeast particles or hop sediment is visible.

It's a nice looking dunkel but the appearance isn't unique or special for the style.

AROMA: Delightful banana and clove from the yeast. Wheat. Bready malt character. Nutty notes. Caramel. The brown bread and banana dominate. It's fresh, full, and evocative. I'm craving the first sip.

TASTE: Banana and brown bread dominate, with some supporting caramel and nutty notes in there too - all over a wheat and brown malt body. Any hop presence is minimal. It's well balanced, if simple, with nice subtlety. Good depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Good amplitude.

It's a tasty dunkel, alright. I quite like it.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied. Nice thickness. It could be softer, but overall this texture supports the taste nicely. Carbonation is slightly off.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, scratchy, or rough.

OVERALL: A very drinkable dunkel which perhaps isn't as good as I remember it. But then my first review was a draught review, and maybe it was more fresh? In any case, it's well worth trying and I quite like it. Still a beer I'll be recommending to friends.

High B-

[The average of my two reviews is a B.]

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Photo of KTCamm
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours very dark brown with fizzy mostly white foam. Little stickiness very pleasant malt bouquet. Notes of chocolate and toffee. Rich malty chewy taste, like a liquid candy bar. Sweetness implied but not powerful. Firm carbonation. Altogether flavorful blend, very tasty. Excellent.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark as could be it comes to my table looking like melted milk chocolate. Nice firm head of maybe three inches caps the top and settles down quickly into a smooth and even layer.

Aroma is big, deep chocolate, rich roasted malts, enormous brown sugar and caramel notes, this one was a beast to say the least. Really carried over and expanded into the flavor. Rich chocolate, roasted nuts, molasses, hints of earthy, dry notes. Really just very full and deep. Rich, creamy feel and a session ability that was top notch.

Overall this was about as solid as it gets. A tremendously good beer that I would love to be able to try again.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a huge, brownish white head that has good retention. Some evidence of carbonation with bubbles rising & excellent lacing on the glass.

Faint on the nose with a light clove scent being the most apparent. There is also a subdued sweet caramel smell as well but overall there isn't much happening on the aroma front.

A chocolate like flavour to begin with along with some hints of banana and clove but not much of the later. Finishs with a bitter, coffee like aftertaste.

Medium bodied and smooth with lots of carbonation. This is definitely a rich, filling beer.

Although this is a style I haven't tried before, I can see it being on that I will enjoy in future. A very nice, flavoursum beer that despite lacking in smell makes up for it in other areas.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Erdinger weizen glass.

A - Pours a very dark brown colour, with an of White head that stays the distance and laces.

S - Nice malty caramel aromas.

T - Plenty of malt up front and some caramel follows, a littel bit of hazelnut present and a little spicy on the finish.

M - Medium to full body with fullish carbonation.

O - I really enjoyed this beer and well worth a try

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.81/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked up Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel for $2.99 at The Lager Mill. It's been a while since I have had a Dunkelweizen, so one of these sounded like a good choice for tonight. It had a best before date of May 2011. Poured from a brown 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

A- The label is pretty traditional for Erdinger with a brown background. It poured a hazy deep dark brown color with four fingers worth of tan head that died down to a thin ring.

S- The aroma seems a little muted to me, I wish it was more aromatic. I pick up sweet slightly roasted malts. There is a little bit of that typical banana and clove aroma along with some brown sugar. I also picked up some tart dark fruits at the end.

T- The flavor seems a little subdued also. It starts off with some lightly roasted malts that have a brown sugar sweetness to them. Then come the typical clove and banana flavors but not as strong as it should be. The finish is full of dark fruits with some tartness to them.

M- Medium bodied, slightly tart, and a little over carbonated.

Overall this Dunkelweizen was average at best. The flavor and aroma seems muted and were not as full as they should be. The typical flavors I would expect from this style were there but they were muted and overpowered by dark fruits and tartness. I have been disappointed with Erdinger, both beers I have had from them never meet my expectations, I am weary about trying any other brews from them. I wouldn't buy this again, there are much better dunkelweizens out there.

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Photo of Jemonster
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: This one poured a deep and opaque brown with a dense and long lasting head that stayed until the end. One of the best looking beers I've ever seen, actually.

S: Not a whole lot was noticeable at first. Some wheat bread and a little grass. After warming up and aerating, it was very caramel forward and a little nutty as well.

T: Very rich malt right from the start, with wheat. Caramel sweetness that was just right, with just enough hops to balance it out. I don't think this beer is getting the credit it deserves. After all this, it still manages to finish mineral clean. Don't pick up much of the "banana" usually associated with the style, but some nuttiness and just a tiny bit of spice is here.

M: High carbonation. Nice and heavy body. You can drink this beer however you want because it's so versatile.

O: Really great for me. I thought this was one of the best of the style that I have had. I gotta get out and try more.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.99/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beauty pour, a nice root beer and mud brown with a big 'Ol fat off-white head ...

I seem to be missing the nose here, i'm getting wet grain and nothing else

A malted banana and walnut bread glosses the tongue. There's the caramel and wheat my two lost friends. All these flavors are too hidden unfortunately. Maybe I should let it warm up a bit. Barely helped.

It holds a creamy medium body, thick blanket of small bubble carbonation cushions the tongue.

This is a classic Dunkel however I would say it was less than I had hoped in flavor.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance - Hazy dark brown colour with a very large size frothy light brown coloured head. It's hard to make out how much carbonation there is and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 few minutes before it was completely gone.

Smell - Malts, grains, dark fruits, cloves

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a lot of carbonation and it's fairly light and lively on the tongue. I can taste dark fruits (raisins?) mixed with some malts and grains. There are also some light notes of cloves. It finishes with a malty dark fruit aftertaste.

Overall - At first this tasted a little bit harsh, but it seemed to mellow out as I progressed through my glass. It's a fairly decent beer but there are so many better options within this style category I'd rather be drinking.

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Photo of Kartoffeln
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque brown, nearly black, with a large, fizzy tan head that's slow to fade, but left little lacing.

S: Unfortunately, the smell is faint overall. Yeast, sweet malts, and the usual scent of fresh bananas and cloves. Hints of coffee, too.

T: Dark, slightly roasty wheat malts with nicely balancing coffee and dark chocolate undertones. Earthy spices throughout, with subdued banana esters. Lots of nice yeasty flavours.

M: Medium-bodied with the typical champagne-like carbonation of a Weizen, quite smooth but also filling.

D: I don't have any other Dunkelweizen to compare this to, but it seems like a pretty solid representative of the style if not very complex.

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Photo of woemad
3.01/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16.9oz bottle purchased at the Alpine Deli in Spokane for $3.25. Best by May, 2011, according to the back label.

Very dark brown color, that took on a very slight redness at the extreme edges when held directly up to the light. Big, creamy beige colored head that took lots of time dropping.

As it warms up, there are cloves and brown sugar in the scent. A very slight earthy grain smell is present as well, but it is WAY in the back. Rather subdued smelling beer.

This tastes like a rather bland attempt at a dark hefe.

Somewhat watery mouthfeel, though carbonation is about right.

Not much of a beer. It's inoffensive, but that's a pretty short list of positive attributes. No need to try this again.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of banana and spices. Taste is somewhat mild, malts, some banana, not really as much clove or spice as I expected. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this makes for a pretty good beer.

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Photo of scott451
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into it's own glass. A big fine bubbly caramel head on a very dark brown. Very good head retention, it lasts to the end. Streamers of foamy lacing.

Mils in the smell department. Roasted malt smells. Some spiciness. Tastes of chocolate up front. Fruity in the middle with a mildly prickly finish. No hops to speak of. Very pleasant and well melded flavours.

The mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy with lots of fine carbonation. Very drinkable. I coould drink these all night.

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Photo of mariposafan
3.09/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 06-2011

Dark, dark brown - completely opaque in my Duvel tulip, even with sunlight coming from behind it. Two fingers of fairly tight beige head with good staying power.

Very, very little aroma. Just the slightest hints of fruit and sweetness but it's not strong enough to really make out individual components.

Oddly tart but it doesn't taste off in any way. Some banana but mostly a little roasty. The flavor is a bit weak and watery - a little more sweetness would probably save it but it's just not there.

Not as watery as the flavor would suggest with fine carbonation.

Easy enough to drink but not something I can imagine buying again. Just not enough character to the flavor or the aroma to make it worth the expense. Pity.

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Photo of ThaCreep
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Scented nose, dried fruits of Autumn but no real coffee beans instead of wheat, but light enough compared to other weizenbieren. Fairly light body with a little acidity significantly. Aftertaste which is reminiscent of jam, both bitter and slightly sour, with an aftertaste found in nuts finely. A good model for the kind Dunkeweizen but without transcending it.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.01/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured in to pint glass

A - Dark brown with two fingers of off-white head.

S - Sweet caramel, cereal grain, no noticeable hops.

T - Bready malts, sweet caramel, light toffee notes and a slight hop bitterness.

M - Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

D - This one got really dull after a while. Wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of ticklechicken
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a nice light brown rocky head that dissipated after a few minutes, but left some lacing. The body has a nutty brown colour with almost no transparency. Lookswise, it could almost be mistaken for coffee.
S - Not a strong scent, but theres sweet banana, malt and yeast in there. Nothing offensive but nothing intriguing
T - rich chocolate and grain with a coffee aftertaste. There's a bitterness that definitely becomes more pronounced as you drink.
M - Has an interesting creaminess to it. Meanwhile, it's deceptively high in carbonation which you feel in your gut rather than your mouth.
D - Good drinkability. The thick creamy appearance and mouthfeel are this dunkel's strong points. It's not so competitively priced where I'm from, but I definitely wouldn't turn down a free glass.

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Photo of bryehn
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy dark brown, with lighter nutty tones visible around the edges. A rather sizable head reduced to a ring within minutes, but it's hanging on.

Aroma seems very light to me. I get a malty smell with some fresh grain and some banana-like fruit tones. After warming a bit I'm getting a pronounced bread tone too.

the mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, a stark contrast to the biting tang of "white" beers. There is a nice body, but it's still easy to drink and is has a clean and crisp finish.

The taste is malty, with a roasted chocolate tone. I definitely get banana as well about halfway through before a decent bitterness kicks in.

This is my first dunkel and I find it an extremely interesting take on wheat beer. After several samples, I can't quite put my finger on what I like about it, but I definitely like it.

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Photo of SebD
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: : It has a nice dark brown colour to it. It has a nice thick off-white creamy head that dies down moderatly and has minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of malts, yeast and fruity notes.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice roasty malt character to it with a wheat like yeast flavour and a bit of banana notes.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a bit of a bitterness.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavours and aromas. It's an overall good beer.

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Photo of Domingo
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even though I've been within a few miles of Erding, I'd never had this before...mainly just because Erdinger seems to only focus on bottled items. Still, I saw a fresh bottle and had to give it a go, since their weissbiers are unique.
Pours a moderately cloudy chestnut brown. Probably the darkest example of the style I've yet seen - it's a ringer for Aventinus. Not as much yeast or sediment as I expected. Maybe it's partially filtered?
The nose reveals an interesting contrast that continues over the the palate. While there are clear wheat beer notes (cloves, vanilla, nutmeg) there is minimal banana character. What does come through very clearly is the chocolate and bready dark malt. It's almost like a mild weizen crossed with a strong Munich dunkel. Pretty interesting item, and I have to say that I do like it. The flavor characteristics that I tend to like are on display here. If you're expecting a typical weiss, this is likely not for you. However, someone who doesn't like most weissbiers or someone who is a dunkel fan likely will.
No chalky or heavy character here - this is easy drinking. I love that it's sold in 1/2L bottles over here, too. That's a perfect size for a brew like this...and it was priced well, too.
I might have to explore the Erdinger library more. This is the 2nd beer from them (that I've had) that deviated from the fruity weizen notes and focused more on the body and spice character. While that can be both good or bad, it's a solid change of pace. Unique and tasty stuff!

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Photo of gkunkle
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful deep brown color with a fluffy tan head. By appearance, one of the darkest dunkels i have seen. Smells of wheat with dark fruit. Taste includes some nuttiness with that great dark wheat background. Mouthfeel is medium. Drinkability is great. A well crafted and delicious beer.

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Photo of marty21
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very dark brown with a foamy tan head. Settles to a nice cap. Not much for lacing.

S: Not a very strong smell but there's a fruity smell to it which includes bananas. Mild yeasty smell as well.

T: Slight roasted malt with small hints of bananas. Bit of a yeasty taste in the aftertaste.

M: Medium carbonation with a medium body.

D: I've had this one before but it seemed to have less flavor this time around. Nothing really stands out with this beer but it's still decent. I'd recommend to try it at least once.

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Photo of clamper1069
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer in Germany and at a German restaurant in China. The first time on tap and the second time poured from a bottle into a glass. It was almost like a dessert with a creamy taste, extraordinarly smooth. This time from a bottle. It wasn't as good as I remembered but still a high quality beer. It still had the characteristic barley smell with chocolate/sweet notes and went down smooth. Definitely good for a session.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- very dark, nearly black, think off-white head that dissapates quickly into a thin film

S-Toasty with some fruity hues, ethanol in the background

T- Smoky with some fruit. Very bitter towards end. Sweeter with bigger sips. The alcohol is well hidden under the smokyness and some chocolate hints, but still detectable.

M- Smooth, not too carbonated. Leaves a semi-clean palate

D- Easier than some, but still heavy boddied and filling, Good though.

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