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 mariposafan
3.09/5  rDev -16.5%
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 -5.4%
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 -18.6%
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 -1.6%
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 -8.9%
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 +3.5%
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 +7.3%
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 +13%
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 -3.2%
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 +8.9%
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 -0.8%
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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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle, Bruery tulip, best by June 2011.

Dark, significantly hazed auburn brown, like cola. The head is pretty amazing; light brown, thick and creamy with great wheat beer retention.

Very subtle cocoa and light roast here in the nose and banana fried with brown sugar begins to emerge with a little swirl and warmth. Soft and slightly chalky banana yeast.

More straight banana flavors let you know you're drinking a Weizen. Cocoa and light roast lurking. It leans towards sweetness, not very balanced.

Pretty soft chalky mouthfeel with carbonation that steps in and keeps you from having to rub it off of your tongue.

One of the most drinkable beers I've had lately. Nice dark flavors with some Hefeweizen characteristics make it refreshing and a tasty alternative.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel has a brown colour and an excellent 2 cm head that lasts. It smells more like a typical wheat beer than a stout. The taste is slightly sweet at first and malty and the finish is quite grainy. This beer is quite thick in the mouth. This beer is very tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Look: despite a very conservative pour, a huge slightly brown head forms. The color is a dark, walnut/tobacco brown. If you look closely, there are lots of bubbles floating up. The head retains very well but surprisingly left no lacing. Its surprisingly clear for a weizen, especially since I poured every bit of liquid from the bottle. I can't justify giving this a good score even though I like the color of the beer and the head, given that it doesn't fit the style and the over sized head hurts it.

Smell: subdued. I don't even really smell much in the way of roasted malt. I don't find anything in the way of the typical weizen aromas like banana, clove, fruit, etc. I can't even tell I'm smelling a wheat beer. Not impressed.

Taste: a bit more flavor in the mouth than in the nose but that isn't hard. Tastes like a hint of dark malt but that's it and nothing says "this is a dunkelweizen" to me. Granted, I haven't had that many dunkelweizens, but there aren't any toasted wheat flavors, no typical weizen flavors, no yeastiness. Disappointed.

Feel: crisp, light in body.

Drink: this is possibly the redeeming quality of the beer. This could be drank all day and all night without much consequence.

Overall, kind of disappointed even though I didn't have huge hopes going into this one. My girlfriend likes the Erdinger Hefeweizen and so she was drinking that while I had this and honestly, hers had more flavor than mine! What's that about? I didn't care for this one. I would give it a try just to say you had it but don't expect much.

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Photo of patra7
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Black color, with red shades revealing themselves when you drink / tilt against a white background. Big brown head.
Smell: Yeast, malt and alcohol. None of them too obvious, except perhaps for the alcohol. Occasional smells of roasted caramel / malt - something sweetish.
Taste: Rather subdued taste. Alcoholic, malty and yeasty. Any hop bitterness is just enough to keep things in balance. Rather dry aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Alcoholic, fairly strong carbonation - most evident at the start, and light/medium body.
Drinkability: It doesn't excite but it certainly manages to go down... undetected (in the, rather, positive sense of the word). I've already drunk two today and I could go on with more.

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Photo of Kventin
4.57/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excellent beer, reminds slighly Czech dark lager beers and red stouts, very smooth, spicy and aromatic. Didn't try neither cask or on-tap versions , but the bottle version is great. The colour is nice, a little bit reddish, but generally a very good appearance.

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Photo of Bobby12many
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep brown, with a massive frothy rocky-top head. Fantastic looking beer with a lively head that stays aloft for much longer than expected.

S - Roasty and bready with a slightly acidic tinge. Nothing too complex in the nose

T - Very nice taste. The roasty malt and breadiness in the nose translate almost directly on the palette. The yeasty wheat beer taste is right underneath with a familiar German wheat profile.

M - A bit thin, although the abundant carbonation gives it a smooth and creamy feel.

D - A very Enjoyable Dunkel that is a classic example of the style. I could have a few of these in a sitting, if the mood was right. I can only imagine that this would be sublime on tap at the source.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.88/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is a dark mahogany color with some red/amber notes and a fizzy off-white head.

S: The nose is quite yeasty with lots of spice esters (particularly clove). A fair amount of sweet dark fruits and a mild cola characteristic.

T: This starts off somewhat mild with trace amounts of banana and spicy esters. There are some notes of roasted malts and there's a high level of (carbonic) acidity which does not appeal to me.

M: Very highly carbonated with a medium body. The carbonation and acidity from the carbonation that is present in the flavor gives this a bit of a soda water feel.

D: I found this one to be disappointing. I don't know if the bottle was old or what, but the flavor was really not very good.

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Photo of Arinthos
2.86/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is ok at best I would say the appearance is a dark brown with reddish hues the head starts out huge very bubbly then quickly disapates leaving little lacing. The smell is mild with a light malty odour. The tast is light also with a malty flavour but to me tastes more watery than it should. Mouthfeel is this beers strongest point as it is so watery it doesn't feel harsh or overly alcoholic. Overall I wasn't thrilled by this beer as I hoped I would be but at the same time I wouldn't turn it down if someone gave me one.

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Photo of boss302
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Dark red not see thru. Decent head, but it faded quickly, lasted most of the glass, but was gone by the end. Nice color very inviting. 4 

S Not much smell, clean yeasty, estery aroma. 3 

T Roasted malt but slight. Yeast flavor typical of wheats. Nothing standout, but clean and flaw free. 3.5 

M Thin in body, carbonation seems light. 3.5 

D Very good drinkable beer, easy to have one after the other. 4  

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Photo of A380
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown that almost looks like a reddish clay colour when held up to the light. Has a very nice head that leaves amazing lace and if your lucky the head may just hang around for the whole beer. I taste a lot of coffee and roasted flavours. very sweet malt roasts and a hint of yeast. just right. this does taste more like a dark than a weissbier but it works so dont worry. Generally I find this a lot more flavourful than the erdinger weissbier, not sure if thats any help to anyone. btw the carbonation is perfect. Its not very heavy at all but you notice it as you pour the first bit without the yeast. but since im in a not so well lit area i cant really tell. I think these are great, i personally like them for a treat because it really is a good dark beer, but i dont mean to insult anyone when i say this i find rickard's dark very similar. and they arent even close to being the same in category. either way try em both and see what you think.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Murkey dark brown pour leading to a fluffy, 2 finger head with a latte like colour. Lot's of carbonation and a thin cap all the way through.

S - Mild malts and yeast is all I can pick up.

T - Dark malts come through with the yeast again. Mild.

M - Creamy with lot's of carbonation and a frothy type of finish.

D - Decent. Nice flavours mixed with a nice ABV. Refreshing in a different light.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500ml bottle into an erdinger weissebier glass.

Pours a very dark, yet slightly clear fizzy color with a light tan head. Really nice body and good lacing. The aroma is lightly aromatic with some chocolate notes, maybe some banana esters. Flavor is light and a little bland for me. Really doesn't have the chocolate banana flavor I look for. The mouthfeel is nice with some fizzy qualities but it's over carbonated and tastes too dry and boozy. Drinkability isnok, not the best example I have tasted.

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Photo of Gmann
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky chocolate brown color with a soapy tan head that settles into a light ring. Head retention was fairly short and left no lacing. The aroma is of a wheat malt with some metallic notes as well a light banana. Not too much in any yeasty goodness. The taste has a banana creme pie thing going, which I am not too wild on with hefes or dunkels. The metallic characteristic can be found in the flavor as well as some vinous notes. There is some milk chocolate flavors towards the end which smooths out the profile and is nice. The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation, which cuts through the body; sweet throughout on the palate. I would like to see more yeasty phenols in this beer but the flavor is not bad. It drinks easy and is refreshing.

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Photo of StephenRich
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What is a Weissbier Dunkel? A Weissbier is a German Wheat beer; a classic beer style brewed with 25% or more malted or unmalted wheat. These beers are typically very refreshing, effervescent, lightly fruity with a wheaty fresh aroma and flavor. So what's the Dunkel all about? Come the colder months of the fall and winter the German people wanted a beer with greater depth, something that would reflect the season a bit better than a quenching summer weisse. Thus was born the Dunkel, a Weissbier brewed with a portion of darker caramelized malts.

What you get is the fresh feeling of a Weissbier, with an added touch of spice, malt, dark aromas and caramel. The authentic versions of this beer style, such as the Erdinger, which may be one of the most authentic, are all bottle conditioned, and medium in strength. The Erdinger is 5.6% abv, is bottle conditioned, and comes in a standard German 500ml bottle. It is available at the LCBO year round, and is a treat year round.

I love wheat beers, and I love them all year. But its a funny thing, I often forget than the Dunkels exist! Its really strange because I really enjoy the maltier sensations of the dark weisse, but somehow they escape my memory banks. A few weeks ago I was walking through the Queens Quay LCBO and noticed the Dunkels sitting there - it was like finding an old friend I hadn't spoke with in years.

I opened the Dunkel cold around 7C (45F) and poured it into the tall Erdinger glass than mounts the front of my glassware cabinet. This is also one of my favorite things about this beer; its glass and the way it it served. I mean, just look at it! The tall weisse glass facilitates an eruption of carbonation pouring up from the bottom cascading to a pillowy and airy mountain of foam. The pour was smooth and gentle at first, but once the beer crashed onto itself a great rush of life was created and a creamy tan brown head began to form very easily. By the end of a gentle pour I had a tall amber brown beer with a 3 inch cap of walnut brown foam. The beer was lightly cloudy with streams of bubbles rushing to the surface. Hints of dark gold and maroon could be seen as you gaze through it, but rich browns and caramel dominate this beer.

The nose is light and delicate, but if you lean in for a good long breath you will get soft vanilla aromas, wheat, hints of pepper, spice, cinnamon, cloves, and light fruit. Soft banana and wheat is present as it is with the typical wiesse, but light brown sugar, a hint of toast and caramel is also here. Overall it is gentle, fresh and slightly warming; pretty much exactly what this beer is designed to encompass.

Bringing the tall glass to your mouth is a momentous feeling. Your hand will easily grasp the middle of the neck with a good 4 inches of beer sticking out both sides of it. The first wave of the Dunkel is so classically German - it is filled with fresh wheaty flavors and textures that dance and tingle over your tongue and across your cheeks. It is cold and refreshing brining with it a mirror of the aromas.

Light citrus and soft banana balance with vanilla right of the front, but by the time that beer reaches the back of your mouth you are already exposed to warm caramel, cinnamon, clove, spice and pepper. It is crispy peppery with a wheaty fresh seasoning. Enormous amounts of gentle malt show up here much more than a normal weissbier, as does hints of brown sugar and molasses.

Fading in the back are bits of dried fruits and dark candy with a touch of earth and yeast. Carbonation helps the beer stay alive on your palate the whole time, and also keeps it quite light and easy. It is not very strong, not to potent, and is easy to drink with a lightly warming touch. I think I actually might have enjoyed it more if it was closer to 7%, and maybe with a bigger dosing of aromatic hops, which are fairly nonexistent here. In either case, it is a quenching and sparkling beer perfect in the summer and winter, or with a huge range of roasted foods.

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