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.
rumore (185) - Rimini, ITALY - JAN 7, 2017
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From 50cc bottle. Pours chocolate brown, with abundant brownish foam at pouring. Aroma is caramel, roasted barley. Body is medium. Taste is sweet, but not too much. Finish is not that short, with some sweetness sticking around.
ChewyBeer (299) - SOUTH AFRICA - DEC 26, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: deep copper brown with good off white head
Aroma: roasty malts , light hops
Mouthfeel: medium light mouthfeel and carbonation
Taste: caramel, light roast malts
Overall: great tasty beer although lighter than flavours suggest
Jptarasido (26) - - NOV 25, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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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Ritzn (758) - Bavaria, GERMANY - JAN 2, 2017
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Brown with little white head. Aroma is chestnut and syrup, a little chocolate. Something herbal sweet phenolic. Taste is pale sweet ith dust sourness and nut bitterness. Medium body. Ok, not great.
PlasticSoul (72) - - DEC 1, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
50 cl. bottle. Dark brown with beige head. Aroma is roasty bread, caramel, coffee, toffee, along with floral and spicy notes. Taste is not very rich. Quite sweet and malty with minimal bitterness and some sourness. It is medium bodied and creamy textured, but it still is quite watery probably because of the lack of taste. Lively carbonation and a short bittersweet and somewhat sour finish. Not special but not bad. Decent.
hvedelover (3) - Glamsbjerg, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2017 does not count
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dejlig mørk hvedeøl. Flot lysebrunt skum. Lidt sød karamel smag. En rigtig god øl, fra Erdinger
vlada94 (27) - Nis, SERBIA - DEC 13, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
dark brown , nice foam , tastes like roasted malt, caramel and bread. realy good beer.
elosop (349) - SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2016
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mörkorange och lite grumlig med fin beige skumkrona. Doftar lite malt och frukt. Smaken hyggligt fyllig, lite söt. Eftersmaken ganska kort med någon bränd karamellsötma.
ChadPoole (384) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours very dark brown with a tanned head. Aroma is roasted malts, carmel and wheat. It has a sweet and sour flavour with carmel, roasted malts and roasted grains. Not bad.
OnTheTrail (418) - Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper dark, big head. Aroma is malyty, bread, spicy flowery. Taste is light wheaty, sweet dark malts, spicy. Sprightly mouthfeel.