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.

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Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into chalice

A: nice dark opaque brown with a fluffy off white head that has stayed for the entire beer, which is pretty impressive in a goblet.

S: subdued dark malt, sweet biscuit, hints of apples and clove.

T: banana, clove, toasty malt, finishes dry with lingering clove and dark fruit.

M: high carbonation, lively fizzy mouthfeel. Dry finish.

O: not bad, first I've had of this type, subdued flavors, easy to drink. More exciting than the very light wheat beers.

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Photo of econ
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured the contents of the 500ml bottle into an Erdinger weizen glass. It looked like iced coffee with a strong tan head that tasted of chocolate. It had a toasty, coffee nose, and tasted of dark chocolate, malt and caramel. Medium-bodied and carbonated, and pretty drinkable. I guess it's not as nuanced as when I first tried it, but I still maintain that this is a great gateway beer for those used to macro pilseners. I guess I'll have the same fondness for this beer in the same way that everyone has that fondness for their cheap childhood chocolates. See Muriel Barbery's Gourmet Rhapsody.

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Photo of bnes09
3.24/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark chocolate brown colored ale. Rich, creamy head with excellent retention and blankets of lacing.

Not much in the smell. Faint yeast and chocolate is all that is there.

Weak malt flavor, mild biscuit character. Hint of chocolate that carries into the aftertaste. No hops detectable. Just the faintest hint of roasted malt with a burnt toast character. Touch of cider spices. No banana.

Thin feel yet very smooth. Low carbonation and very easy drinking.

Overall, it is just an ok beer. Lacks depth of flavor yet is smooth and drinkable.

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Photo of evlu1441
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle served in an official Erdinger weizen glass. I've never had a dark wheat beer before, so this should be a good experience.

It pours a very dark hazy brown. It's almost totally opaque, but held to a light, it reveals some dark red colour too. The head is generous and extremely foamy. A delicious looking beer!

Warm toasted malts are the most prominent aspect of the aroma. There is also some kind of cutting background that reminds me of citrus hops, but I'm not totally sure.

The flavour is malted wheat up front, and the dark malts come through as it develops. Some slight banana flavour comes through towards the end. This is a very smooth dark beer, and not too heavy on strong roasted malty flavours. I like it.

Overall, this was a good experience. I'm not sure exactly when I would have this kind of beer, as it isn't exactly a summer thirst-quencher. Still, it's worth a try and generally quite easy to find.

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Photo of guitarsnbeer
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle dated best by 03/12 into a .5L wheat glass, which yeilds an enticing dark chocolate hue. 2" of off white froath slowly falls to around .5" and is just hangin out with me for awhile.

Smell of wheat, grains, a little dark fruit in there as well as hints of bannana.

Taste follows threw very clean and blananced.

Smooth, a pleasant sensation of carbonation but not too much which I like.

Overall I was pleasantly suprised with the quality of this brew. At 2.99 it's alright but in the town over for 2.49 it is better.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one looks interesting; never reviewed a dunkel before. Pours deep opaque brown colour, similar to cola or root beer. 1.5 fingers of tan head last a few minutes before shrinking to a creamy cap and lacing. Smell isn't really anything special; roasted malts and wheat.

Wheat and yeast are the first notes I pick up and the most intense. Underlying flavours of roasted malts, bittersweet baker's chocolate, and dark fruit. A bit of banana, but not much spice. Finish is slightly sweet, and a little sticky in the mouth after swallowing. Medium-bodied with fairly high carbonation. The extra booze is not noticeable.

I rather like this stuff, certainly moreso than Erdinger's flagship Weißbier. Will likely pick some up again, and will keep an eye out for others of this style.

[Updated March 31 2014]

Another bottle, this time served near cellar temperature. Erdinger Weißbier Dunkel is pretty much the only option locally as far as dunkelweizens go, and I have to say it really is quite serviceable. It's a little more flavourful than their standard hefe, but remains just as sessionable, and is not bold or exciting enough to turn off newcomers, either. A good stepping stone beer, and certainly worth a shot.

Final Grade: 3.61, a B.

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Photo of rvdoorn
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served by PapaEugene.
Look: the beer pours brown color with a nice fluffy and creamy head.
Smell: Banana, roasted malts, clove, dark fruits, citrus and caramel.
Taste: Roasted malts, banana, freshly cut apples, caramel and yeast. Aftertaste is moderately bitter with some clove.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, light but smooth bodied
Overall: Very nice beer

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Photo of Dawkfan
2.49/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Excellent retention on a off white head that covers a murky brown body. Fine carbonation bubbles climbing up the bottom half of my weizen glass, disappearing in to a darker upper half. Lacing is close to none.

S- Cracked grains a hint of chocolate malt, not much going on here at all!

T- Barely better than the nose. Starts of with some grainy wheat, a little dark malt and fruit. I got absolutely no banana or clove.

M- It starts of light in the mouth and builds, the finish is slightly chewy. The carbonation feels ok for the style.

O- MILD! This is the boringest Dunkel I've ever had, nothing stands out. This is just as bad as the hefe, scratch that it's definitely worse. I guess I should of expected this.

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Photo of Matt1516
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky dark brown with a two-finger tan head. Aroma of wheat, malt, some brown sugar.

Initial flavor of wheat, primarily. Then come flavours of dark fruit, biscuit, and caramel come out.

The extra malts add a little something to the traditional weissbier. Slightly watery but quite refreshing and good year-round.

Will look for again.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: whopping 5" cream coloured head over cloudy root beer coloured liquid.

S: Faint scent of malt, wheat, and white wine.

T: Light, smooth, slightly malty and refreshing.

M: Medium thickness and a low level of carbonation.

O: A very nice wheat beer that is an easy drinker any time of year. I like the added malt, as I am not typically a wheat beer fan.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark cloudy brown colour, two fingers of beige head with solid retention and no real lacing.

S - Dark caramel with a hint of milk chocolate and the spiciness of cloves and cinnamon.

T - A little disappointing on the tongue, with the flavours coming off a tad weak. Nonetheless, some sweet caramel cloves off the top, a touch of bitterness lingers alongside some bananas and apples.

M - Comes across heavily carbonated, but finishes thin.

O - Overall, it started off looking and smelling like a winner, but finished with a fizzle. Certainly nothing to sneeze at, but I had higher expectations and hopes.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Half-pint on tap at the Euston Tap.

A: Very dark body - hazy vermillion - under a finger of soft, fine tan head. Good retention, nice fine lacing. Attractive.

S: Chocolate-covered bananas, with some floral esters. Simple and enjoyable.

T: Clove, banana, chocolate, and bittersweet floral notes. Long, lightly alcoholic finish. Pretty tasty, but a little underwhelming for the style.

M: Medium body, prickly carbonation.

O: Tasty enough beer, but not quite memorable; way too boozy for 5.6%. There are better Dunkelweizens out there.


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Photo of kilustration
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Rich thick head, great lacing and nice dark color

S - Bread, yeast, chocolate and nutty / fruity

T - Very smooth and creamy, subdued, light sweet at finish.

M - Again smooth and creamy. Crisp and nice

O - A suberb beer. First time trying - would drink again.

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Photo of dbaker61
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brew date: Dec. 1, 2010.

Appearance: At least 4 inches of thick, creamy, dense head of a light brown color. Excellent head retention. Left a solid foamy film all around the glass and well down the sides. Superb head! Deep chocolate brown color.

Smell: Roasty, toasty chocolate. Sweet with promise.

Taste: Mild roast flavor combines with sweet malt to give a smooth taste experience. Notes of chocolate and bread.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, quite satifying on the palate. Nice balance of carbonation. Sweet but crisp finish.

Overall: Very sessionable. I have had mostly hefes lately; I had forgotten just how much I enjoy this style. Smooth and inviting.

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Photo of Stocean1
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - two finger fluffy head, dark fig colour, lots of bubbles, nice lacing

S - wheat, hint of banana, a little dark fruit

T - much like the smell but a little subdued for me - tasted almost a little watered down

M - lots of carbonation, light bodied, has summer session beer written all over it in terms of mouthfeel - refreshing

O - Not bad at all but lacks that nice banana/ bread, cloves punch I like about the style - nice on a hot day though.

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Photo of Roke87
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle, poured into an Erdinger weizen glass at cellar temperature.
Best before date: August.2011

Appearance- Pours a murky dark dark brown colour, looks almost like swamp water, and almost completely opaque but it does illuminate a little once held up to a light. Average pour yielded a nice soapy two fingers of off white head that very quickly dissipates to a tiny little few bubbles of a ring leaving almost no lacing throughout the glass.

Smell- bready and malty right off the bat and a touch of yeast as well, slight hints of dark chocolate with a nice fruity undertone in there as well.

Taste- Is a lot like the smell, dominated by a nice bready malt flavour and you can definitely taste the yeast in there as well. The chocolate somewhat comes through but not as strong as in the nose, the fruity flavours are there in the taste, maybe banana I’m thinking? Does finish rather sweet as well with a nice hint of toffee in there.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied, has very high carbonation but still finishes smooth and crisp on the palate.

Overall- When I first tried this one I loved it a little more, but now as my palate is growing more refined it doesn’t hit the same notes that it once did, although don’t get me wrong this is still a very quality wheat beer and probably one of my favourites. It is still one of my go to’s when in search of a good wheat beer but it’s just not in the same high regard it once was when I first started trying new beers.

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

Poured into a weizen glass a nice dark amber with an explosive smooth foamy head.

Nose is lightly malty and bready with a hint of fruity alcohol spice.

A sip is crisp maltiness with very a open carbonation feel that hints of chocolate and dark fruits. Not much hop presence save for a touch of spiciness lingering on the finish.

Solid dark hefe, clean and refreshing.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear, very dark, brown with 2" thick head and lace lasting to the finish. It's aroma has hints of banana, dark chocolate, and bread. The flavor is very well balanced between banana, chocolate, malt sweetness, and hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium, smooth, and has the right amount of carbonation. Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel is an outstanding beer, very drinkable, an excellent example of the style. Highly recommended!!

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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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Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel from Erdinger Weissbräu
Beer rating: 3.75 out of 5 with 1,381 ratings
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