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


on tap

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RATINGS: 1797   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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!

JefVerstraete (3348) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - JUL 19, 2017
Bottle @ home, dark brown colour, beige foam. Caramel, light roastiness, dark malts. Taste is light sweet, bit bitter. Easy drinkable. Dunkelweizen? Reminds me more as a Dunkel.

mmmeinike (184) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 18, 2017
Dark brown with a thin white head. Roasted malt, chocolate and malty aroma. Taste of caramel, chocolate and malt.

futre7 (238) - Taipei, TAIWAN - JUL 15, 2017
Family Mart in Taipei City. Very clean and easy to drink. Pleasant malty aroma. Splendid dark coloring and light, fleeting head. Taste is light malts with a mild toffee with some dark fruits. Not your typical Dunkel. It is sweet, clean and light. Mild, yet very enjoyable. Such a good balance of flavours in this one. Great for sessioning.

BeerLieutenant38 (97) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - JUL 13, 2017
Dark brown with beige head. Some dark malty aroma. Flavour is slightly sweet, with a dark chocolate flavour lingering in the background. Slightly dry finish. Highly carbonated with a light mouthfeel.

Lager43 (46) - Watertown, Connecticut, USA - JUL 12, 2017
A great Dunkle Weißbier. Smooth and malty with all the refreshing characteristics of a German hefe Weizen. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

kraddel (8074) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - JUL 11, 2017
Bit sharp, some fruits ( mild citrussy, but not as sharp or fresh as the usual american varieties ) bit of pale malts. mild stale-ness, but not bad just yet. Taste is surprisingly bitter, with a very lively carbonation. Assertive maltyness ( doughy, bit creamy ) bit of unfreshness.

LazyPyro (1199) - Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, ENGLAND - JUL 11, 2017
50cl bottle. Cloudy dark brown with a large thick beige head. Aroma: malty, sweet dried fruits, light roast. Taste: sweet malts, dried fruit, banana, bready, hint of spice. Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Lighter than I expected.

jrh2254 (114) - burton-on-trent, Staffordshire, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2017
From a beerhawk mystery case. Pours dark brown with a thin head. Little aroma. Light fresh roasted malt aroma. Chocolate malt taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

meldorf75 (105) - - JUL 5, 2017
W aromacie slud bardzo wyrazny I karmel . W smaku to samo . Barwa brazowa metna. Piana wysoka ale dosc szybko opada. Piwo calkiem fajne tresciwe. Polecam

MonsterMagnet (1444) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 4, 2017
Bottle, pours a brown with an off white head.Quite high carbonation, sweet-ish, no bitterness, banana, sugar, nuts. Not bad, just boring.

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