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.
tarmok (271) - Tartu, ESTONIA - MAY 31, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma: bread, caramel, hay, roasty, dried fruits. Appearance: brown clear liquid with frothy tan head. Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, light sweetness, Palate: light body, thin feel, average carbonation, astringent,
indrekr (107) - ESTONIA - MAY 30, 2015
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Aroma: bread, roasted, malts. Appearance: brown, clear, tan foam, minimal head. Taste: lightly bitter, lightly sour. Palate: light body, thin feel, soft carbonation, astringent.
huineman (372) - Madrid, SPAIN - MAY 28, 2015
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours cloudy dark brown, rocky fawn head.
Aroma is rye brad, plantain, dates, chocolate.
Silky, full-bodied, low carb. Medium finish.
jsmerig (1325) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a hazy dark brown with a golden tan head. Aroma of of syrupy malt with a bready base. Taste is syrupy malt with a yeasty note. Very little hop presence.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
FireGlider (186) - Zagreb, CROATIA - MAY 22, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Brown muddy color, with medium size brown head. Light aroma of chocolate and malt. . Taste feels watered. Aftertaste lasts quite long, but I am not fond of it.
Miburui (17) - - MAY 20, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep, rich amber in color with a frothy pale head. Like most weizens, this is a beautiful beer to look at. Not much going on with the nose, breathing deep from the glass doesn't give away much. Flavor is light and crisp, but not heavy on any one note in particular. Extremely low IBU is up front. The subtleties were revealed after lingering with a few sips; roasted malt and some fruitiness. This is not an in your face beer, but is well rounded. Would buy again.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BadAprilia1000 (352) - 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 (133) - 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 (103) - 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!