strafefire (8) - - FEB 1, 2013
4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Just to preface this review, I think a little disclaimer is in order. I like toffee and caramel, I like liquorice, I adore wheat beer, and positively worship coffee. And to complete the package, black is a personal favourite colour of mine.
It comes as no surprise then that despite what is becoming an increasingly apparent palate of frighteningly diverse enjoyment in almost every beer style i experiment with, once I go black, there really is no going back for the night. Stouts, porters, schwarzbiers and dark milds, I seriously cannot get enough of them.
Shockingly, it would seem I also adore dunkel weizens. A combination of all that I love in beers, AND a wheat beer rolled in one? Never stood a chance kiddo.
So, Erdinger dunkel, what can we say? Poured into a recently acquired Erdinger glass, Dunkel could quite easily be a main installment in a modern art exhibition. It is quite frankly stunning.
Pouring a opaque deep brown almost approaching mahogany, it throws a magnificent eggshell hued head in a delicious reminiscence of an Espresso con Leche.
On the nose there is the subtle suggestion of cloves and banana (that’ll be the fruits of the yeast we all know and love floating around in there) typical of the style, accompanied by warm treacle toffee, espresso and possibly a hint of dark chocolate in the mix?
Taste is a revelation. Banana? Check. Cloves? Very, very subdued, more dominating is a mix of malt and demerera sugar sweetness approaching burnt toffee, followed by a dark roasted coffee and a very subtle bitter finish. Magnificent.
A medium carbonation lifts the creamy wetness typical of weizens, ensuring that the body remains wholesome and full like a good wheat beer should, while at the same time give that outrageous thirst quenching quality and preventing the flavour-body combination from becoming too cloying.
Overall, I would be extremely ignorant to declare this as the best dunkel weizen I have tried, seeing as it is so far the only one. However if this is even a middling representation of the style, I see me enjoying other examples very, VERY much.
Lagerboy (894) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 2, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
500 ml bottle. Clear deep dark copper, foamy tan head settles and mostly lasts. Mild aroma of wheaty malt and caramel. Taste is weak toasted malt, dark fruit (plum), some milk chocolate and caramel. Well carbonated, thin body, low hopped. Pleasant despite being quite watery, which makes it: MLF (More Lagerboy Friendly)
PriorL (880) - Gent, BELGIUM - DEC 1, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle, shared with Mathieu87.
APPEARANCE: clear brown beer, small unstable beige head.
NOSE: somewhat smoked, burned malts, caramel.
TASTE: caramel, chocolate, burned malts.
stefannilssons (1176) - SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fasiken vad det här var gott och fint. Smaken var lätt jästig led toner av choklad. Kroppen var okej men balansen var tokfin.
AtronSeige (308) - Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA - NOV 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: Dark fruit, cherry, nutty, chocolate, grassy
Appearance: Dark brown with amber hints body with lots of bubbles. Massive rocky tan long lasting head. Lacing
Flavour: Nutty, cherry, dry finish. Medium sweet. Very light bitterness
Palate: Medium body. Active carbonation making the body seem more.
Overall:I think my version may have been old/mistreated. Overall still a good, easy drinking beer.
500 ml bottle, poured.
4B. Munich Dunkel
Lowenbrau (1443) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - NOV 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap & bottle, many times over the years. Nice dunkelweissbier. Fruity, caramel, malty, ripe fruit, liquorice, pours hazy dark copper with frothy off-white head. Again lively carbonation, but enjoyable anyway.
janubio (326) - SPAIN - NOV 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
500 ml. bottle. Dark almost opaque colour, with a average head that does not hold for too long. Smell is wonderful: prunes, dark fruits, toffee, peaches and hints of chocolate. Average body, taste is almost the same as smell, maybe with some roasted grain notes. It was the new 5.3% version.
Rugamu (83) - SPAIN - NOV 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Buena cerve de trigo con muy buen aroma al abrirlo y después un sabor rico que queda un rato en boca, pero va perdiendo fuerza lentamente. No tengo problemas en volver a repetirla.
hwang (2) - SOUTH KOREA - NOV 6, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
omg this is unbelievably great! The deep taste of dunkel makes me addicted to Erdinger.
Vighals (386) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Svart med høyt beige skum som ligger. Tydelig hvetelukt, men også noe karamell. Søt, medium bitter, medium kullsyre.
hackobock (657) - SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours hazy brown with a huge frothy tan head. Aroma has banana, roasted malts, caramel. Taste is sweet caramel banana esters with some roasted and hop bitterness. Finish is light roasty bitter.