Brewed by Erdinger Weissbräu
Style: Dunkelweizen
Erding, Germany
Serve in Stein, Weizen


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RATINGS: 1450   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Bottle conditioned.
Ingredients: Water; wheat malt; barley malt; roasted malt; hops; yeast.
Name changed from Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel to Erdinger Dunkel, and abv changed from 5.6% to 5.3% by 2012.
A wheat beer from the good old days.
Erdinger Weissbier ’dark’ is a rich and smooth wheat beer specialty from Erdinger Weissbräu. It owes its full-bodied flavor to the fine hops and dark malt used in its production.
The dark beer specialty is brewed according to an age-old recipe. Its spicy flavor also results from the increased proportion (about 13%) of original wort. Nonetheless, at 5.3%, it doesn’t contain much more alcohol than Erdinger Weissbier ’with fine yeast’.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
strafefire (8) - - FEB 1, 2013
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. Happy gulping!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
a_sully (81) - - JUL 11, 2014
Deep brown and cloudy with a light white head. Earthy aroma, and taste with hints of fruit, malts and caramel. Effervescent on the tongue. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jayzz (293) - Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Surprisingly, I like dunkels best of all the traditional German beers. This was lovely on draft with a mellow nutty flavor and it goes down so easy. Wonderful and mellow.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
RickFifty (214) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - JUN 24, 2014
Cloudy brown color with tones of red, rapidly fading beige head with large bubbles. Malty, fruity nose, lightly roasted, sour notes. Roasted malt taste, hints of caramel and earthy hops. Medium body, lively carbonation, watery texture. Not my favorite style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuideDogSaint (65) - Epsom, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2014
500 ml bottle from local shop in Guilin Lu, Changchun. Pours dark brown with a creamy head. Burnt chocolatey aroma. OK.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jayseppi (143) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2014
Beautiful, dark brown, clear body with a head that is just slightly off white. The banana and clove notes that are expected are accompanied by some caramel and toast notes. The flavor is slightly sweet from the darker malts with the caramel providing a nice base for the yeast esters. Would like a touch more carbonation on this one or a more lively mouth feel. Finishes a little sweet with the caramel from the malt shinning through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (4635) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2014
I’ve had this beer a few times before, but I can’t think of a better place in the world to rate this aside from Hong Kong. Aroma of raisins, roasted malt, prunes and tonnes of caramel. Medium-bodied; Strong rich caramel flavour at first with a lot of prune and raisin flavour coupled with some dry malt and a bit of bitterness from the roasted malt at the finish. Aftertaste shows a solid sweet flavour with a good amount of roasted malt and even more caramel and prunes to balance out the maltiness. Overall, a nice dunkles with a solid profile and a rich caramel sweetness. I sampled this 50 cL bottle purchased at Flavour in the United Centre in Admirality, Hong Kong on 21-June-2014 for HK$15,80 sampled in my hotel room here in Wan Chai, Hong Kong on 22-June-2014.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
Ngejo (142) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle. Brown, tan foam, frothy, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, lively, & astringent finish,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beezzting (5) - SOUTH AFRICA - JUN 11, 2014 does not count
Bottle from liquor city . pours dark brown with perfect head. Good malty taste with hints of fruits.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Calisky (458) - ALSACE, FRANCE - JUN 9, 2014
Couleur brune sombre, mousse beige qui disparait. Nez très leger grillé. Gout doux de caramel grillé et malt grillé. Note de reglisse en fin de bouche. Pas trop mal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MunBro (230) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 7, 2014
Aroma of wheat and malts. Nice roasted malt taste without the ale profile. Yummy! Nice wheat beer.

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