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.
strap (437) - Seoul, SOUTH KOREA - OCT 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours dark like a cola with a quickly dissipating beige head. sweet and sour aroma. roasted malts really come through in this one. very robust and perfect for winter. sour on the end. not bad.
BenOver (98) - SLOVENIA - OCT 17, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark with a lot of head that quickly diminishes. Smell is sour with a hint of yeast. Taste is gentle and sour quite good.
triskaideka (144) - Killarney, IRELAND - OCT 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Courtney’s , Killarney. Pours dark brown with beige head. Nose is typical weissbier - banana, cloves. Taste - slight notes of caramel and chocolate. Overall,slightly out of the run-of-the-mill
apoi (1) - GERMANY - OCT 15, 2014 does not count
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown with light, short-lived head. Taste has light roasty and bready notes. Minor aftertaste. Fine basic dunkel.
PsychoGunnar (200) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells of cloves, freshly baked bread and deciduous forest. Thin foam and milky mouth feel. Very sharp for a weizen, which I like. The taste furthermore comprises elements of toffee, christmas pastries and cream. A classic.
Gbgbrouge (44) - SWEDEN - OCT 12, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from bottle, dark brown with medium creamy head. Aroma is light with notes of banana, not so different from Hefe Weissbier. Taste though is quite different, dark toast with toffee and dried friut with notes of banana.
hoppybeerlover (163) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark brown colour, giant creamy head, buttery, banana aroma, sweet and smooth, thin-bodied, the finish is quite neutral and short - no character
oliodnb (329) - ITALY - OCT 10, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
50cl bottle. Pours light cola brown with a quickly disappearing beige head. Aroma is light sweet and roasted malts, taste is also very light. Bland beer.
BeerFunGuy (677) - California, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer has a great looking dark color. It smells just like a freshly opened box of California raisins. It has a mild flavor.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
monk191 (983) - California, USA - OCT 9, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A purely average Dunkel. Pours a muddy brown with a tan head. A bit like Negro Modelo. Not much smell, a bit of caramel. Taste is smooth and well balanced, but quite forgettable. Had in the bottle at Hopmonk.