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.
BadAprilia1000 (344) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 4, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a gorgeous dark brown color that you can’t see much through with a great head. Aroma is malty, yeasty bread, caramel, dried fruits, weak hops. Taste is yeast bread and caramel up front with good dried fruits, some bitter chocolate, roasty delicious with a nice hop bitter that isn’t too strong for the finish. Great beer, easily sessionable, perfect example of a dunkel hefe.
Teran (115) - Belgrade, SERBIA - MAY 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quickly disappearing beige top. Cloudy opaque brown colour.
Pretty much light, but delicate and pleasant with fresh carbonation.
Malty biscuit, lightly sweet, almost no bitterness. Easy drinking beer.
BeerAndPonies (109) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 3, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
500 ml bottle from Sobeys Liquor, served in a tall wheat beer glass. Pours an opaque deep brown with a towering, thick, moussey, mocha-hued cap that leaves rings of lace. Aroma is deeply toasted malts with herbal hops, light sweet caramel, and vinous fruits underneath. Tiny hints of banana. Flavor features dark, bittersweet malt, with hints of dark chocolate chips embedded in banana with a breath of caramel, and light winey berries. Slightly thick, creamy, and with a clean finish. Just indulgent enough and doesn’t overwhelm in any aspect. Very, very good!
felip989 (85) - São Paulo, BRAZIL - APR 29, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served in a weizen. Dark brown with a medium light beige head. Aroma is fruity (bananas, citric, red and dried fruits) with some herbal notes and maltiness (bread, wheat, caramel). Taste is dried fruits, yeast, bread, caramel, light hops presence. Malty aftertaste. Great Dunkelweizen, a classic!
wozap (250) - Węgorzewo, POLAND - APR 29, 2015
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Oto przykład, że zwykłe piwo może być tak inne od pozostałych. Wystarczył dodatek palonych słodów i od razu w smaku i aromacie pojawiły się nuty czekolady i palone. Doskonałe.
DraftDodger (340) - - APR 28, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Copenhagen 28/4 2015. 50 cl bottle from Føtex. Pours hazy brown with big foamy head. Very slow in settling. Not much aroma. A little wheat malts. Soft carbonation. Taste is sweet - a little chokolade - and malty wheat. Short sweet aftertaste. No hops around here.
ordybill (530) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - APR 28, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 500 ML bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a big malt, wheat and caramel smell.
Appearance- Pours nearly black with a medium sized off-white head.
Taste- Has a sweet malt and wheat flavor, very good.
Palate- A medium to heavy bodied beer with moderate carbonation. This beer has a nice dry finish.
Overall- A very good Dunkel, should be on everyone’s list to try.
Vincent68 (225) - Nitra, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - APR 27, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fľaša 0,5 l zo supermarketu. Tmavá farba, nahnedlá hustá pena, príjemná aróma. Stredná rezkosť, jemne nahorklá chuť, na konci pražená káva a horká čokoláda. Príjemné pitie.
Sandog_au (19) - Gladstone, AUSTRALIA - APR 25, 2015
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
500ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a creamy off white head. Aromas of grass and malt. Sweet malty flavour with not much bitterness. Hints of chocolate.
olio (7253) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 25, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
50 cl bottle. BBE 07/2015.
Pours murky dark brown color with a head. Dark fruits and wheat on the nose, some spice notes and yeast. Strong carbonation, fruity and yeast flavor, somewhat spicy. Not very balanced.