Dark beer, without a bitter edge

2015-12-24 06:00

WE have talked before about Weiss beers being cloudy and zingy and German in origin. I would like to expand on that theme and include the next step to say that they can be dark too.

Now, I know that people think dark beer and automatically assume it is strong and bitter. That is not the case and this is the beer to prove it.

Erdinger Dunkel

Edringer brewery in Germany has been brewing beer since 1886. The beer is made from wheat and barley, both being slightly roasted to give it the colour. It is fermented using the particular wheat yeast that leaves light spice and cloves notes in the beer.


Dark, almost black brown, ruby highlights colour, with a ivory white, thick head.


Fresh toasted bread, malty rich, fruity notes, a bit earthy, and a touch of toffee treacly sweetness.


First sip starts with a soft caramel smooth mouth feel. This is followed by healthy carbonation that zings on the tongue. The swallow brings out the malty bready and a slight hint of roasted. It is pretty clean and the cloves and notes are not that noticeable.

Food pairing

The nice thing with this beer is the combination of slightly roasted and the zingy clean wheat makes it workable across a wide range of flavours. So chicken salads or fish won’t be too overpowered, while a big steak won’t completely obliterate the beer. It is also light enough for a hot day.


A smooth, clean, refreshing beer that is dark enough to be interesting but definitely not over-reaching. No rough edges or bitter hits, at 5,3% alc it is still a sessional beer.

Available at

Parklane Tops has the Erdinger range in 500ml bottles.

• Travis Boast is a local brewer, member of East Coast Brewers and self-professed beer geek.

Follow him and these articles at www.goodbeer.co.za

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