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.
Cool_Bond (2085) - KUNG_AV_OL @ Instagram, SWEDEN - NOV 28, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Malty aroma. Watery and slightly malty flavor. OK bitterness which fills the upper part of the mouth a weak moment. Good but too watery. Follow me @ Kung av öl @ Facebook for more pictures and ratings.
Homer321 (2982) - Melboring, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Broken Barrel while I waited for my Thanksgiving day pickup. Haz, medium brown with a medium sized off white head. Grainy, bready and very faint chocolate malt aroma. Moderately "rich" malt but not like a cloying marzen. Taste is similar with nuanced banana and vanilla. subtle on the clove. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, but I think there might have been a light bump due to drinking a great beer at lunch time.
Thomas_W1 (141) - Rastatt, GERMANY - NOV 24, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Flasche 0,5l: Sehr dunkel/schwarz mit kräftiger Trübung und festem feinporigem Schaum; würzig-süße Nase mit kräftiger Malzigkeit, Röstaromen und dunklen Fruchtaromen; im Körper kräftige malzige Süße, Röstaromen, Kaffee und leichte Nussigkeit
Hopmaestro (869) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 23, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma is slightly roasted malts with caramelly and spicey notes. Dark bread and yeast. Taste contains a wee note of banana, dark fruits and maybe a bit too sweet for my book? Very mild and drinkable though.
gattinko (30) - Trnava, - NOV 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tmavé pšeničné, jemná osviežujúca chuť ľahký kávový nádych Krásna pena, ktorej výdrž ma neprekvapila
Malin_aiisa (400) - SWEDEN - NOV 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown, heavy off white head
Aroma caramel, cherry, stable
Taste sweet, mild cream,
hvn (74) - Cracow, POLAND - NOV 9, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Piwo ciemne o bardzo ciemnej rubinowej barwie, mętne, gęsta drobnopęcherzykowa piana która powoli opada. Zapach na początku to czerwone wino, później czerwone owoce. W smaku wyraźne nuty palone które można podciągnąć pod kawę. Nic więcej nie odnajduję w tym aromacie. Piwo bardzo pijalne lecz trochę zbyt puste w smaku.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
ston3s42 (106) - - NOV 8, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nutty brown in colour and very much creamy head. Tastes of dark malt, light caramel, nuts and wood. Medium-light body, not much carbonation, creamy mouthfeel and a light nutty finish. Not the best
sccp1910 (107) - BRAZIL - NOV 7, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma discreto, porém não menos agradável. Aperencia sensacional, escura, espuma densa. Sabor com amargor pequeno e com otimo paladar.
Desverger (5077) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Meny (Amager), Copenhagen - dark brown pour with tan head. Aroma and taste is sweet and toasty malty, notes of caramel and fudge sweetness, some banana and light spices into the finish.
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