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.
a_sully (81) - - JUL 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
jayzz (293) - Illinois, USA - JUN 30, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
RickFifty (214) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - JUN 24, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
GuideDogSaint (65) - Epsom, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500 ml bottle from local shop in Guilin Lu, Changchun. Pours dark brown with a creamy head. Burnt chocolatey aroma. OK.
Jayseppi (143) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful, dark brown, clear body with a head that is just slightly off white. The banana and clove notes that are expected are accompanied by some caramel and toast notes. The flavor is slightly sweet from the darker malts with the caramel providing a nice base for the yeast esters. Would like a touch more carbonation on this one or a more lively mouth feel. Finishes a little sweet with the caramel from the malt shinning through.
jgb9348 (4635) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’ve had this beer a few times before, but I can’t think of a better place in the world to rate this aside from Hong Kong. Aroma of raisins, roasted malt, prunes and tonnes of caramel. Medium-bodied; Strong rich caramel flavour at first with a lot of prune and raisin flavour coupled with some dry malt and a bit of bitterness from the roasted malt at the finish. Aftertaste shows a solid sweet flavour with a good amount of roasted malt and even more caramel and prunes to balance out the maltiness. Overall, a nice dunkles with a solid profile and a rich caramel sweetness. I sampled this 50 cL bottle purchased at Flavour in the United Centre in Admirality, Hong Kong on 21-June-2014 for HK$15,80 sampled in my hotel room here in Wan Chai, Hong Kong on 22-June-2014.
Ngejo (142) - Jakarta, INDONESIA - JUN 16, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Brown, tan foam, frothy, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, lively, & astringent finish,
Beezzting (5) - SOUTH AFRICA - JUN 11, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from liquor city . pours dark brown with perfect head. Good malty taste with hints of fruits.
Calisky (458) - ALSACE, FRANCE - JUN 9, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Couleur brune sombre, mousse beige qui disparait. Nez très leger grillé. Gout doux de caramel grillé et malt grillé. Note de reglisse en fin de bouche. Pas trop mal.
MunBro (230) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 7, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of wheat and malts. Nice roasted malt taste without the ale profile. Yummy! Nice wheat beer.