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.
Davhgbrew (845) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Malty is the word with this dunkel. I know it’s authentic but it’s just too malt forward for me. Roasted malt and caramel. Medium bodied with big malt banana finish. Not my fav dunkel.
kacsagergo (23) - HUNGARY - MAR 12, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle. Cloudy, almost black color nice brownish head. Fruitty, banana, caramel aroma, little sweet malty taste. Medium body. Very nice!!
Iphonephan (2606) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a bottle at O’Connell’s in Old Town Alexandria. Pours a cloudy dark brown with a creamy brown head. Toasted malt nose. Caramel flavors. Medium body. High carbonation. Smooth crisp finish.
Abijen (1086) - ’s-Hertogenbosch, NETHERLANDS - MAR 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown cola ish beer with a good bubbling white head. Smells caramel, malts and honey. Tastes honey, caramel, sweet and malts. Average carbo, medium body and a sticky texture.
basaywhat (35) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a 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. This is a great introduction to dark beers for someone who is hesitant to try. Very good beer. I will definitely drink this again.
Tide (1376) - Espoo, FINLAND - MAR 5, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught at Black Door. Dark brown color, beige head. Bittersweet taste with banana, wheat, a bit of roasted malts and nuts. Very bland body. Bittersweet taste with banana, wheat and a bit of nuts. Very bulky dunkel.
VictorStr (898) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ja, en av mina favoritöl för några år sedan. Levererar fortförande som en lättare mörk öl. Rostade toner och bra balans i smaken. Fin långvarande skumkrona.
wihlan (91) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Inslag av rostade toner. Fin skumkrona som hängde kvar länge. Svag beska, kanske något vattnig i sin konsistens.
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gwillrich (120) - São José dos Campos, BRAZIL - MAR 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aromas de açúcar, fermento e pão. Na boca se repete, com um adicional gosto de caramelo.
jookos (1460) - FINLAND - FEB 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap @ ahven. Dark brown. Sweet banana, dark malty roasted nose. A bit watery body (or more watery than the nose suggested), malty, soft. There’s some coffee, dry chocolate. And the banana esters. Decent, but a bit more roasty-coffee than I’d expect. Ok drink though.