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.
jann3 (357) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 22, 2017
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours very dark brown with a beige foamy head. Aroma is malty with notes of caramel, nuts, yeast and ripe berries. Taste is sweetish with slightly roasted malts, caramel and a hint of chocolate. Finishes with moderate spiciness. A good example of the style. (0,5 l bottle, bb 11/2017)
hauxe (623) - Butzbach, Hesse, GERMANY - APR 22, 2017
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours very dark brown from the bottle and leaves a tall, foamy off-white crown. A few evident floaters. The aroma is dank, yeasty, a bit nutty; noticeably absent is the banana component so prevalent in this style of beer. Taste is lightly milk chocolate sweet, trending sour going into the finish. Overall however the flavors are dampened by the somewhat watery impression the beer leaves behind, and there is not much complexity in the taste. Lighter than average body with a prickly carbonation. Decent but not particularly good.
wombat23 (1224) - Texas, USA - APR 10, 2017
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
33cl bottle. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Roasty, nutty aroma. Taste is roasted malt, nuts, brown bread, caramel notes. Finish is mildly bitter. Light body.
ozzy70 (1050) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 9, 2017
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11.2 oz. bottle. Poured dark brown, foamy off white head. Aroma was malty, yeast. Taste was moderate sweet, toffee, roasted malts, yeast.
Villyzzz (364) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 6, 2017
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown with a big white head. Aroma has caramel, wheat and banana. Taste has mild malts and banana. Okay.
mrjaxson (547) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - APR 3, 2017
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big, puffy head releases a mild aroma of yeast, caramel and roasted nuts. Medium weight and sweet body. Not much hop bite. A good example of a tasty style. Poured from a half-liter bottle.
stupre (272) - Nanterre, FRANCE - APR 1, 2017
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
50cl bottle.Belle couleur marron. Notes de caramel et de malt un peu fumé.
Grumpelmies (290) - North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - APR 1, 2017
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown with shades of orange and black. Big foamy head. Aroma of (roasted) malts. Taste is malts, plums, chocolate, sugar and only a little bit of bananas. Almost no yeast character to speak of. Finish is sweet, a little bit sour and bitter. Medium carbonation. Ok.
Bijl (490) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 31, 2017
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Donkerbruin, volle schuimkraag die crèmekleurig is, veel koolzuur, troebel.
Aroma: Moutig, geroosterd, noten, iets kruidig, tarwe, zoetig, iets fruitig. Mild aroma.
Smaak: Karamel, brood/biscuit, geroosterde mout, en iets kruidig. Een licht zuurtje van de tarwemout en een Jammer dat de bekende weizen gist hier niet uitspringt. Er is een lichte fruitigheid maar niet wat ik gewend ben. Vrij vlak.
Medium body, zacht mondgevoel, veel koolzuur, afdronk is moutig en vlak.
DavidWoodruff (530) - Windsor, California, USA - MAR 30, 2017
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Dark brown with a tan head. Nutty aroma with some spice notes. Malty, nutty flavor with a touch of marzipan and spice. Light bodied with high carbonation. Not much complexity for a Dunkelweizen.