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


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RATINGS: 1457   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (1986) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JUL 25, 2014
Expectation: love the style and the poor ratings don’t mean much.
Hardware: half liter (best by 11-2014) into weizen glass
Nose: malty raisins, not a typical aroma for the style.
Sip: airs I recognize but not pronounced enough for the style. Malty.
Taste: a tad sweet
Conclusion: I don’t rate the beer for the style it’s supposed to represent - lucky for Erdinger in this case. I rate the beer. Smooth and drinkable. Very neutral but in no way offensive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
adster (164) - HUNGARY - JUL 20, 2014
Vörösesbarna színű, opálos főzet egy piszkosfehér habbal a tetején, mely puha és krémes, továbbá bizalomgerjesztő látványt produkál. Illata hasonlatos egy belga apátsági dubbelhez: telt, élesztős, enyhén pörkölt, gabonában gazdag. Közepesen testes, mégis laktató, kissé fémes ízzel, sűrű és apró szemű szénsavbuborékokkal, némiképp azonban visszafogottabb (de korántsem egysíkú) jelleggel, mint amit illata alapján vártunk. Az idő múlásával egyre inkább előjön a búzasörös savanykásság is, karakterét pedig tovább erősíti a kezdetektől jelenlévő, enyhe pörköltsége, valamint halvány alkoholossága, melyek alapján nem teljesen szokványos, de mindenképpen elismerésre méltó búzasörhöz lehet szerencsénk.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Peter_L (627) - SWEDEN - JUL 18, 2014
Flaska@Akkurat. Brunsvart vätska. Dammig doft...lite kryddig. Citrusig och frisk smak utan syran. Lättdrucken.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jrodooo5 (944) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 17, 2014
Love the deep brown pour w/ a perfect tan head that doesn’t leave much lacing. The aroma is somewhat malty w/out much else standing out. The taste is fairly uninteresting. It’s pretty well balanced & goes down easily but there’s not a lot going on here. It’s ok!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pumpkinhead2 (302) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 17, 2014
Bičre brune foncé aux reflets rouge-orangées, bien voilée, trčs effervescente, et surmontée d’une copieuse mousse couleur moka, riche et trčs dense, qui se réduit tout doucement en formant de larges cratčres et une riche dentelle sur les parois du verre. Arômes de caramel et de mélasse, pain grillé, pain aux bananes, léger de malt fumé, petits fruits foncés (raisin, cerise, prune/pruneau…), légčre torréfaction (céréale rôtie, gâteau trop cuit, chocolat, pointe de café…), et évidentes épices (clou de girofle, muscade, poivre, piment de la Jamaďque…). Nez bien agréable, trčs intense, trčs belle complexité. En bouche, pétillement élevé sur la langue, breuvage bien mousseux, onctuosité intéressante au palais, corps moelleux et velouté. Au goűt, moins sucré que le nez laissait présager, saveur évidente de caramel et de mélasse néanmoins, avec céréale rôtie, pain (trčs!) grillé, chocolat, prune/pruneau, malt fumé, épices (clou de girofle, poivre, piment de la Jamaďque…), et léger goűt de banane bien műre. La finale est légčrement alcoolisée et légčrement amčre sans qu’on y discerne véritablement de goűt houblonné. Mais celle-ci vient fort bien équilibrer les saveurs plus maltées, excellente intégration des différentes saveurs entre elles. Trčs bon goűt, trčs belle complexité, excellente intensité! Je ne suis pas un grand connaisseur de dunkelweizen, un style peu offert au Québec, mais celle-ci est la plus foncée et la plus torréfiée que je connaisse, et j’adore cela. Un gros coup de cśur pour moi!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Sdaniel90 (314) - Mexico City, MEXICO - JUL 14, 2014
Bottle, 500ml. Pours a deep copper/brown with a frothy brown head with good retention and mild lacing. Malty, earthy aroma, with hints of roasted caramel, straw, citrus zest, raisins and bready yeasts. Medium to light bodied, with high, fizzy carbonation. Quite watery in the end, with an abrupt, paper finish and some saltiness from all the carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Percy0103 (104) - MEXICO - JUL 14, 2014
Bottle, 500ml. A copper reddish beer with a big foamy head. Aroma is of dry fruits, roasted malt, alcohol and maybe a hint of caramel. Taste is bitter and well-balanced. This beer is heavy on carbonation and with some astringency. Not very dense, yet taste doesn´t fade away.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
a_sully (101) - - 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 (299) - 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.

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