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.
L_Lovecraft (123) - - MAY 23, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Banana, yeast, dark brown/reddish with a huge and rocky tan head, light/medium body, medium carbonation, quite sweet, fruits, malts and spices...very good and refreshing.
Ttheilen (370) - USA - MAY 16, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I do not wax on poetically about beer but I do know the quality of a beer once tasted. This review is not about my tastes but reinforces the numbers, which are arbitrary.
wlf (174) - DENMARK - MAY 8, 2016
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
black with giant brownish head, yeasty aroma, bubblegum, banana, some malt, spicy taste, some fruits, thin mouthfeel, fizzy carbonation
craftykev (15) - - MAY 1, 2016
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
01/05/05 bottle from Tesco. pours dark brown not too much carbonation. quite smooth with hints malt and caramel
KrOliK (112) - - APR 20, 2016
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nutty brown in colour and very much creamy head. Tastes of dark malt, coffee light caramel. Medium-light body, to much carbonation, watery mouthfeel. Not the best
einherjar (252) - Rijeka, CROATIA - APR 7, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown color, large head. Aroma roasted malt. Taste caramel, fruits, prums, dry medium bitter aftertaste.
josanguapo (878) - SPAIN - APR 6, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From Hipercor. In Bavaria glass. Reviewing CSHTP6 Ch4. Very balanced, without the sweetness of others in its style. Great carbonation, with a lasting foam and not bothering the sip. High drinkability. Its only handicap is that its so balanced that its lacks something that stand out specially
TheKernOwl (117) - West Sussex, ENGLAND - APR 6, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Is it a slightly spice-y Weizen, or just mildly mocca-infused seawater or drain water? Creamier (and has more body and soul than) – but not a million miles away from – Negra Modelo, por ejemplo. Bit disappointing from a German big gun, but mildly better than its standard Weissbier (sampled simultaneously).
revoltingblob (45) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 3, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 3, 2016 500ml bottle. Better than the white erdinger but still pedestrian for a German beer. Not great but decent.
Piw (711) - Rüsselsheim, GERMANY - APR 2, 2016
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml Flasche. Naturtrüb und dunkel. Mittelgroße Schaumkrone. Leichtes Malzaroma. Leicht spritzig. Mild im Geschmack.