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.
rjplumer (451) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Faint banana bread with an apple in the background aroma. Some roasted malt too. Heavy brown color. Super off white head that seems last forever. Roasted malt with a tangy fruit on the other side of taste buds. Sweet and refreshing. Finish on the clean wet side with only a hint of roast malt.
Sadacdur (7) - - DEC 13, 2014 does not count
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
I am not good analyzing malt aromas, but I think that wheat malt gives some banana (bananish =D) aroma. Feeling on palate is smooth with crispy end.
Fatehunter (1371) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - DEC 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours two fingers of light tan head on a dark brown body.
The aroma is caramel and damp grains.
The taste has lots of caramel sweetness, though nicely balanced by a light bitterness.
The texture is smooth with a light fizz.
It smells great and tastes nice.
mjik83 (634) - - DEC 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
- Alcoholpercentage van 5,3%
- Redelijk biertje destijds gedronken
- Niet verkeerd, maar heb naar mijn smaak veel lekkerder biertjes gedronken
- Vandaar mijn niet al te hoge waardering uiteindelijk
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Cimbasso (232) - - DEC 4, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hazy dark brown with huge beige head. Not much aroma, but some sweet vanilla and cinnamon notes. For a weissbier there is little of the usual banana and clove taste. Some sweetish roasted malt flavours. Could be good with a rich meal of German-style roasted pork, but a little bland when drunk without food. A slightly disappointing beer.
rreinis (12) - Jurmala, LATVIA - NOV 28, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle 0,5l. Color turbid brown, huge head. taste good with cheese, anyway, weisbier is not my favorite..
Jablanko (7) - - NOV 28, 2014 does not count
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark brown body and a medium head that dissipated quite quickly for a weizen beer. Aroma of roasted malts and plum. Easy to drink with soft carbonation.
I can’t really taste the weizen in this, only dunkel. And there is the whole problem. I just can’t see how is this considered a (dunkel)weizen if there are no signature banana/spice/clove notes. I’m trying hard, but I shouldn’t be, especially because Erdinger is considered to be the flagship of the style, at least in the eyes of the media. Maybe I’d overlook this and call this a decent dunkel if it was named differently, but it wasn’t supposed to be.
andrewje41 (643) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pour. Pours a near black color with a foamy head. Sweeter candy malt aroma. Sweet flavor with a gra p e flavor like background. Not quite what I expected but good either way. Enjoyable beer
dirtyrat (44) - Bowling Green, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from .5L bottle. Poured dark brown... almost black. Thick brownish head. Tasted slightly sweet, with nice bitter finish. Full body, thick texture. Quite good.
Suttree (5255) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cola colored, with a light beige head. Smells like pumpernickel bread, maybe a touch more sweetness. Taste is toasty, a bit of rye, and some more light sweetness in the finish.