Erdinger Dunkel – The giant in the dark edition

In today’s post I propose the next dark version of the well-known Weizen. Here is tasting of Erdinger Dunkel.


In the previous post I described the dark Franziskaner.
Today, following the same path, I decided to compare two wheat beers from the known brewery Erdinger.

It is worth to look to this post in which I described their traditional Weissbier and I made some additional information about the brewery.

Erdinger Weissbier – this beer is widely available in supermarkets. Its dark version – Dunkel, is a little more difficult to acquire.
By the way, I invite you to the following entries, where I will share my impressions from tasting two other beers from the brewery Erdinger.

As in the case of the Franziskaner, I equipped additionally in white Hefeweizen, I set bottles next to each other and started to compare the two versions.


Erdinger Weissbier & Erdinger Dunkel


Erdinger Weissbier & Erdinger Dunkel - beers


Name: ERDINGER DUNKEL (Dunkelweizen, alc. 5,3% ABV, ext. 12,8°P)
Brewery: Erdinger Weißbräu [Erdinger Weissbrau] (Erding, Germany)

Expiration date: 07/2016 (bottle 500ml)
drank 06/06/2016

Erdinger Dunkel - beer (1)
Erdinger Dunkel - labels
Erdinger Dunkel - beer (2)
test-look-small Colour of beer – dark brown
Foam is light beige, very high
– initially fine-bubbles, then there are medium-sized and large bubbles.
test-sniff-small The aroma of malt and mostly roasted, caramel note.
Very clear fruity esters, light hint of chalk.
A little of alcohol.
test-drink-small The taste is mild sweetness of malt, with a hint of caramel and chocolate accent.
Fruity esters are present and it’s not banana, but rather these are dark fruits: plums, raisins.
Palpable is also alcohol, compounded further by the esters.
Bitterness minimal, need to be traced. A little more is it at the finish – is a herbal in character.
Aftertaste of fruits and malt.
Saturation and bodied at a medium level.


Erdinger Dunkel - beer (3)


Erdinger Dunkel will not disappoints fans of beers from that brewery.
Pleasant aroma: malty-caramel with clear dark fruits.
The taste is just such a malty sweetness with a hint of caramel and chocolate. Additionally fruits: plums, raisins. A little alcohol. Virtually no bitterness.
If someone likes Weissbier from that brewery, would probably will get to like also Dunkel.
I have not found here my flavours. I love weizens, but still the most classic: with bananas and cloves. In this beer, I found not enough elements typical for this style, even for a dunkelweizen.





Erdinger Dunkel - beer (4)

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