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.
rodenbach99 (4174) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 29, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Style et résumé: Bonne dunkel hefe weizen.
Comment: En fűt au Biermarket.
Portrait: Un liquide brun avec une mousse beige. Un nez typique avec du blé, des bananes, des épices et une touche de caramel. Une bouche soyeuse presque crémeuse aux saveurs de pain d’épices, de blé tendre et de levure banane. Trčs agréable.
Perun (70) - Rostov-on-Don, RUSSIA - AUG 19, 2016
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Слабовы& вкус хлеба и хмеля, легкие дрожжи и карамел&
Rubin77 (916) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 18, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
F: big, off-white, good retention.
C: dark brown, hazy, opaque.
A: malt, wheat, chocolate, molasses, yeast, bread.
T: malt, wheat, molasses, yeast, dark bread, medium body, very good balanced, mild carbonation, good beer, 0,5l bottle @ Zampa guest house in Stary Smokovec.
OminouSC2 (426) - SWEDEN - AUG 15, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Brown color, medium beige head. Banana, yeast and wheat aromas. Taste mirrors the aroma with some added sugar. Decent.
Cristobal37 (765) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 6, 2016
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Aroma of soap, toast and cinnamon. Quite dark with big foamy head. Taste is pretty vacant. Not sure I tasted anything. Erdinger makes quite possibly the worst German beers in mass distribution. Some syruppy matter remains but otherwise it’s wet air. What a joke. Best before 03-2017 so it’s not a bad bottle just a bad beer.
TheBeerUnited (43) - - AUG 3, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
500ML bottle. Pours dark clay brown with large white head. Good retention. Some Lacing. Smell is still yeasty but usurped by malt and nut. Taste is malty with caramel, hazelnut, some spice and quite yeasty. Thin yeasty mouthfeel. Nice tasting but a little weak bodied. Not much else to say, it’s obviously a good quality brew as always with erdinger, but a pretty pedestrian effort. Probably an entry level or benchmark dunkel.
Shuffle (26) - Budapest, HUNGARY - AUG 1, 2016
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Barna búzasör ami elég kuriózum. Nem is rossz, krémes, kellemesen karamellás ízű egy kis banánnal spékelve. Adalékmentes. Egy nagy hibája van, hogy kevés benne a bubi. De nagyon.
LasseVPedersen (382) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JUL 30, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, 50cl. Pours blurry light-medium hazed deep brown colour with strong brownish, stable, creamy foam. Aroma is subtle, but noticable. Roasted malts, wheat, clove, caramel, toffee, coffee, chocolate, banana, ripe fruits, bread, and of course yeast. Then again. If you want, you could say its weak for the style - metallic and just pale malt. You really have to look for it. Light sweet, roasty bitterness with creamy mouthfeel. Rye bread, malt, caramel flavour, but bit watery. Bit confusing to drink. It’s easy to drink and whatnot, but everytime you about to praise it for being something, its not delivering. Average.
MikeBossO (7) - Trencin, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - JUL 27, 2016 does not count
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium strong taste with taste of caramel, yeasts and sweet fruits.
Beer is turbid from yeasts, color is from dark brown to black. Beer has very nice creamy foam.
Taste is yeastsy and little sour with creamy texture.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for Android
Audioquest (13) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 26, 2016
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
I was expecting a lot of flavour from this dark dunkel. I was very disappointed from the first taste. It is incredibly bland and rather flavourless for a dark brew.