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.
RRistow12 (709) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - SEP 21, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted from bottle. Pours a dark brown with whitish head. Faint roasted aroma. Taste is moderately to heavily sweet with no bitterness. Flavors of coffee, caramel, toffee, nutty, butterscotch. Overall a very well done dunkel.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
llucmaduell (170) - barcelona, SPAIN - SEP 20, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
For my taste, too smooth, without much pretension. Now that these beers you can not ask for much; but I like more the complexity and evolution, beer worked.
jsporrer (708) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark caramel brown with a big foamy tan head. Roasted malt and sweet toffee aroma. Light carbonation. Tastes of caramel, toffee, and roasted malt. Smooth, light, and refreshing. Good flavors that leave a nice mouth feel and a smooth finish.
malushky (42) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 18, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
500 ml bottle. Pours dark brown with big tanned head. Sweet and malty aroma with a hint of caramel. Same taste, sweet, malty and caramel, slightly roasted. Rather empty, short finish, no bitterness. Nothing special.
Demonisch (6) - CREWE, Cheshire, ENGLAND - SEP 17, 2016 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Long drink. Tastes of caramel, butterscotch. Smooth and full bodied, easy to drink
PintjeFritz (159) - Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - SEP 13, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
No information about the malts, hops and drinktemperature on the bottle.
Appearance is fantastic, a black beer with a large large stable fine cream-colored head, no smell, oily, light malty, very light sweet, roasty, for me the banana taste is too low,
(I have 0.5l bottle with best-before 04-2017 and batch L283107 0659)
mikkellund42 (763) - DENMARK - SEP 10, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark cola - almost black - with large off-white head. Aroma is malt, grain, bread, sweet apples and hints of soy sauce. Taste is medium sweet, light bitter and faint acidic. Body is oily with lively carbonation. Finish is long and mostly sweet with notes that follow the nose plus notes of caramel, fudge and hints is chalk.
midovark (548) - Balassagyarmat, HUNGARY - SEP 5, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
0.5 l bottle shared with my dad. Pours deep brown, almost black with a thick, long lasting beige head. Roasted malts, fruity notes, yeast and hay in aroma. In taste first come the usual weizen notes, some banana, yeast and bubblegum-like sweetness. But then appear the bitter coffee and roasted malts making the sip a whole. Short cofee finish, soft carbonation, light body. Nice dunkelweizen.
Poobah (377) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - SEP 3, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber and hazy with a dense head and a sweet, wheat nose. Mild intro with a malty mouthfeel and a caramel finish.
rodenbach99 (4193) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 29, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Style et résumé: Bonne dunkel hefe weizen.
Comment: En fût au Biermarket.
Portrait: Un liquide brun avec une mousse beige. Un nez typique avec du blé, des bananes, des épices et une touche de caramel. Une bouche soyeuse presque crémeuse aux saveurs de pain d’épices, de blé tendre et de levure banane. Très agréable.