Erdinger Schneeweisse - Erdinger Weissbräu

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 103
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 7.71%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 07-13-2003

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.68/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Very good hefeweizen. Smells like banana, bubblegum, clove, sweet fruits. Tastes citrusy, banana hints, alcoholic, bitterness is mild and friendly. Overall a nice german hefe. (175 characters)

Photo of drmeto
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a hazy golden-orange with a small frothy white head
-high visible carbonation
-head dissipates fairly quick
S:
-very grassy and spicy (Clove,Cinnamon) with a big honey note
T:
Follows the nose plus a sweet candy and slight elderberry with christmas-esque spices
F:
-high carbonation,medium body
O:
Sets itself apart from the regular Erdinger with a more descernable sweetness and loads of spices (405 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

Been a long time since I broke this glass out, but it's coming out of semi-retirement for a seasonal hef that I've never seen before. It pours a clear brass topped by a mountain of white foam. The nose comprises dry cracked wheat, mild banana, mild lemon peel, and a few pinches of clove here or there. The taste bursts with some banana- and clove-laden orange, with some wheat biscuits tossed into the fray toward the back end through the finish. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a solid, if unremarkable hef. 'Nuff said. (628 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.09/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Unfortunately, my bottle was many months past the "best by" date, so that needs to be considered. Erdinger Schneeweisse has a medium soapy, crackly, white head, a hazy, vigorously bubbly, hazy, orange appearance, which clouds up, once the caked bottom sediment is loosened and poured in. No lacing left behind. The aroma is of pungent, sweet & sour grain and bread crust. Taste is similar with a very low hop component. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Erdinger Schneeweisse finishes semi-dry and highly drinkable. Overall, this would be in the quality and flavor range of a Shock Top or Blue Moon.

RJT (605 characters)

Photo of teromous
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On the label: "Best before end 08-2015" so it looks like I'm well before that date.

Appearance: Massive carbonation, huge thick white head under a slightly hazy straw yellow body with a waterfall of bubbles.

Aroma: There is a slightly spicy aroma and a slight metallic scent and a huge CO2 bite on the nose from all the carbonation.

Taste: The flavor of tangy wheat rolls onto the tongue at first, followed by a spicy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: It is a very easy drinking beer. The body is light and there is a slight bitter presence in the beer.

Overall: It felt pretty average, lacking a lot of yeast character in the aroma and flavor that come from drinking a fresh Hefeweizen. For an import it stands up pretty well and is still enjoyable to drink. (753 characters)

Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 15A). Bottle 50 cl - Batch L071108. AROMA: faint fruity aroma reminiscent of clove, vanilla and banana mixed with wheat notes. no hop aromas. APPEARANCE: light Orange color and a bit hazy. thin white head with poor retention. TASTE: dilluted wheat flavour with some fruity and vanilla notes. PALATE: medium-low body with low carbonation. OVERALL: a slight more fruity weiss from Erdinger but nothing more. (452 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

Look: Very hazy dark wheat color. Thick foamy tan head, good retention. Light lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts, grains, faint banana.

Taste: Malt sweetness, wheat, grains.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: I like this. It's not a banana bomb, very clean and subtle. (301 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BBD: 08-2014

Opaque orange body, fluffy head of foam that rises above the rim of the glass in rocky peaks. Long lasting surface coverage that remains unbroken for the duration of the glass. Flecks of lace dot the glass in concentric circles.

Mellow bready wheat aroma, not much in the way of yeast esters.

Smooth feel, taste is also easygoing with mellow wheat and the slightest clove presence. Slight oxidation. Creamy and medium bodied with a light wheaty aftertaste. Not sweet at all. Pretty easy to drink but not much to set it apart really. For a winter warmer I usually go for Aventinus or the Eisbock version. (620 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.24/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.
5.6% ABV, Best Before End: 08-2014

A - Raw honey golden in color, this hefe pours with a classic cap of tall white foam. The suds slowly collapse into the hazy, well-carbonated beer draping sheets of beautiful lace down the glass for an appearance that begs to be sipped.

S - Like any good hefeweiss, this beer is driven by a yeasty aroma but instead of the nostalgic summer time notes of ripe banana, bubblegum, and spicy clove, this yeast nose offers far more muted, dusty, earthy tones trickling into soft wheat.

T - Grainy pale malts give way to soft, bountiful wheat that's finished by a strong earthy yeast profile that directly mirror's the aroma's earthy, dusty scent with just the slightest hints of fruit and spice but neither harken back to the traditional summer-like hefe characteristics.

M - Creamy and smooth from front to back, Scheeweisse has a wonderfully effervescent carbonation level that gives the dry finish a lively feel!

O - Want a hefeweiss in winter without lamenting that it's winter? Grab yourself a bottle of Erdinger's winter hefeweiss, Schneeweisse, their winter seasonal. This hefe is complete with the same classic appearance and drinkable, creamy mouthfeel but without those overarching banana and clove notes that'll send your mind right back to the days when you could enjoy a refreshing beer outside. This earthier yeasty version of a hefe is a welcome, however brief, departure from the classic summery wheat beers of Germany! (1,512 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BBD of 08-14. When I was stationed in Germany, there were a fair amount of brewers who put out Christmas or winter beers. Some times the differences between these & their standard beers were not huge. I wonder if that's what I'm getting here. Same abv as their flagship beer

Pours an effervescent apricot with 4 fingers of pearl colored head. Stays effervescent, alright head retention & lacing

S: Band-aid & not much else

T: Grassyness, slight breadyness & a bit of caramel & white grape up front. More grassiness, faint wheat tartness, pears & a bit of caramel & green banana as this warms. Finishes dry, fruity, with a kiss of taffy, & more green banana

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation

Drinks easy, but nothing special here (738 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
4.09/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge, dense, white head with that typically hefeweizen persistence. Hazy, straw-raw sienna color. Soft, yeasty aroma with a little spice. Starts with a sweet, spicy flavor with a twinge of metallic. Then a touch of bitterness, then comes that really nice hefe wheat and yeast into the finish.

This is very nice, as I'd expect from Erdinger. Not overly spicy, so it's a really pleasant divergence on their hefeweizens. Apparently there are no spices added to this, it's just the length of time they age it. Fascinating. (527 characters)

Photo of tronester
3.44/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden/amber with a medium creamy off-white head. Smells of spicy phenolics. Taste begins with some bananna, then some husky grain, then a big metallic flavor, finishing with a smooth fruity finish. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a pretty good beer, though the metallic flavor is a bit much. (300 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a seized glass. Best before date of 8/2014 means this is about as fresh as it gets for imported German beer.

A: Pours a cloudy amber/orange color with darker tawny hues. Huge rocky head retains its massive size throughout. Lots of clumpy lacing.

S: Bready and wheaty with hints of walnut and toasty crust. Green bananas. Pineapple and lively tropical fruit esters. Good dose of clove and pepper spiciness becomes dominant. Yeasty throughout. Hint of alcohol.

T: Toasted crust, walnut, bready. Baked banana bread. Green bananas. Yeast is a constant flavor. Spiciness dominates mid to late. Peppery and clovey. Fleeting hop oils bring a dash of hop spice. Quick jab of alcohol. Yeasty and doughy finish with a slight lingering alcohol prick.

M: Round and creamy with some of that frothy wheat feel. Firm. Aggressive prickling carbonation.

O: A larger, more muscular hefeweizen brewed for the winter months. It sacrifices some of the nuances of the style in favor of a more forceful approach. (1,031 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hast dark golden orange color with golden straw edges and a frothy, three finger white foam head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Possibly over carbonated with great retention, taking a long time to settle and leaving chunks of soapy lacing behind.

Earthy, zesty spice aroma with hints of pepper, clove and cardamom followed by bready yeast, bubble gum and citrus. The peppery spice really stands out as it warms but is nicely countered by the yeast, banana and citrus zest notes. Lots of peppery lemon and orange peel in there. I'm not really sure what makes this a winter wheat beer. Maybe the heavy spice profile but it's not very different from a traditional take on the style.

On the fuller end of medium body with soft carbonation and a strong peppery spice presence that lingers over the yeast, light fruit and citrus zest into a sweet, slightly dry finish. Refreshing zesty spice character with hints of clove, coriander, ginger and white pepper, and while it dominates the palate, it's isn't too strong or overpowering, letting the other notes come through. There's a prominent bready yeast flavor mid-palate with hints of bread, banana and bubblegum. Crisp, zesty citrus sweetness toward the finish with lemon spritz and orange rind. Complex yet well balanced and very easy to drink. A really refreshing classic wheat beer with a great zesty spice presence that's countered by just the right amount of yeast and citrus sweetness. (1,471 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This pours a semi-cloudy golden amber color with a fluffy off-white head. The aroma is slightly malty with hints of wheat and citrus. The taste is light and simple yet there is a decent amount of grain and flavor. Very easy drinking and quite refreshing. (254 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high white head that died down leaving a short head on the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass. The head has good retention properties.
S: Light aromas of yeast are present in the nose, although not much in the way of banana fruits are perceptible.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that there is less earthiness in the yeast and a little more bananas and lots of wheat. No cloves are perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and you get more of the wheat compared to the bananas. (715 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From: Binny's, Des Plaines, IL
Date: Best by 2014-08
Glass: Weihenstephan weizen glass

Erdinger has an interesting hefeweizen with their Schneeweisse ("snow white"), interesting only in the sense that it wasn't what I was epxecting. While I was thinking of a winter beer that would exhibit a bit more toast, caramel, or roast, Erdinger surprised me with a very clean wheat beer: the esters, phenols, and malt are fairly unassuming, showcasing a very clean yeast profile. The result is an easy-drinking, but not particularly flavorful hefeweizen that I don't think I'd seek out again.

Pours a towering head of off-white foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, frothy-looking, which lasts for several minutes in a slow fade to a 0.5cm cap atop the body of the beer that lasts the duration of the drink. Lacing is present, but not exceptional, with some spots of foam clinging loosely to the sides of the glass in sparse, random patterns. Body is a dark golden yellow color, with light bringing out brighter golden yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the nearly opaque body (70-80% opacity), high in number and fairly active.

Aroma is primarily of fairly straightforward wheat malt, slight fruity esters (bosc pear), faint yeast, and lightly toasted wheat malt. Certainly not unappetizing, but one has to inhale deeply to detect much: wonder what yeast they used and what the fermentation temperature and schedule was, as this is a seriously non-aromatic hefeweizen.

Overall flavors are very "clean" for a wheat beer: mild pear and apple fruit esters with subtle bread and grain, hints of tartness and nary a note from phenols or banana-like esters. Front of palate picks up sweet and bread-like wheat malt, fruit esters (pear and apple), hints of yeast, and minimally spicy phenolics. Mid-palate of fruit esters (bosc pear and mealy golden apples), with subdued sweetness and breadiness from wheat malt, hints of slight tartness. Back of palate encounters a mild tartness that is mixed with slight wheat malt graininess, malt sweetness, tart apple, and yeast. Aftertaste of mild yeast, tartness, bread-like wheat malt, and fruit esters (mealy apple and pear).

Beer is medium bodied, with carbonation of medium to medium-low intensity, resulting in a pleasantly foamy (3/5) and smooth (2/5) mouthfeel that generally goes well with the beer and style, though a bit more carbonation could be beneficial. Closes dry, with light to medium-light stickiness clinging to the palate. (2,483 characters)

Photo of KingSlayer
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a hazy golden colored liquid, 3 fingers white dense head, nice retention and lacing, nose of malts wheat and hops, palate a bit like cardboard but in spite of that quite pleasant, wheat very present, medium body nice carbonation, i loved the presentation, smell and palate are nice. (289 characters)

Photo of Tomais
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed this two years ago. I'm replacing that review - I'm not sure if the beer has changed, or my taste buds ...

6.5 months before sell-by date

Nice big even off-white head, some lacing. Head fades down but doesnt quite disappear.

Smell initially very strongly metallic - to the extent it was off-putting when taking a drink. It mellows after a short while to very mildly medicinal/phenolic, with a little bubblegum.

Taste is nice and dry - it's got a little banana flavour, with bubblegum in the finish, but it's stength is this dry crispness. I presume this comes via the hops. After I add the yeasty bottle-end and it's warming a little, it's got some more flavour: citrusy, malty, wheaty, some spicyness, a hint of clove.

(The last time I reviewed this I got sour notes at the finish - no problem that way this time.) (829 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Erdinger Weizen glass.

A - Pours a hazy golden colour with a frithy white head that dies slowly.

S - Bready and citrus dominate the nose.

T - Sweet sticky yeast flavours first, followed by some spicey banan and clove, finishes a little dry.

M - Medium body, high carbonation

D - Enjoyable and drinkable (321 characters)

Photo of Everydayoff
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into an Erdinger weizen glass by freshness date.

A:
Hazy yellow-copper color which is a bit darker than typical Hefeweizen with massive white creamy dense head that slowly recedes to decent everlasting foamy layer on the top and leaves plenty of lacing patch all around, rather high carbonation, visible bubbles of carbonation stream fast towards the top.

S:
Very malty ranging from big biscuit to slight caramel, almond, clove spice, citrus, lemon, orange peel.

T:
Upfront by biscuity sweet and malty flavor, clove/wheat spiciness and citrus/lemon zest dwell through the middle then biscuity malt sweetness re-dominates again at the almost end until the finish. The usual banana ester and yeasty trait are just subtle but they are still there with a hint.

M:
Medium-bodied, very smooth mouthfeel, crisp with actively high carbonation that is well suit to carry all the things well, quite dry finish.

D:
This brew is very malty with a prominent biscuity-like character yet also bolder than typical Hefeweizen by boosting up malty profile and alleviating norm fruity character, anyway still delicious and highly enjoyable and drinkable. (1,160 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle into Erdinger Weisbier pint glass (how apt!). Purchased and poured in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Pours a head of nice thickness and moderate cream. Retention is average. Cloudy yellow-copper colour. Appealing.

Sm: Musty malted barley with hops. Wheat (shocker). Fresh, almost a bit flowery. Moderate strength scent. Pleasant, but nothing special.

T: Cream to a pleasant body that balances wheat and barley notes with its malt quite nicely. A bit too hoppy. The finish sits alongside the body kind of strangely. There's a slight injection of off-bitter flavour in the finish which doesn't complement the beer well. Too malty (especially for a Hefeweizen).

Mf: Too smooth, too wet. Coarseness on the climax is critical for this style, and it's missing.

Dr: It's cheap enough to have again - if I enjoyed it more. I wouldn't have it again unless I found it on draught. (886 characters)

Photo of basica
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy amber orange pour yielding the usual thick rocky white weizen head with medium rentention finally settling down to a finger-thick foamy layer. Slow carbonation visible from the bottom of the tall, slender Erdinger glass (4)

S - Mild nose of wheat malts with some citrus zest meeting some spices and a dash of banana flavor. (3.5)

T - Notes of wheaty maltiness and sweetness upfront meeting with a grassy, bready citrus middle, concluding with some spices and banana phenols towards the end. (4)

M - Medium bodied mouthfeel with medium low carbonation going down creamy smooth albeit with a slightly watery feel. (4)

D - Pretty drinkable Weissbier although the nose is a tad mild. Definitely better than the standard Erdinger Weissbier on the flavor. (4) (767 characters)

Photo of leonardopacu
3.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

aspect typical of weiss: orange and cloudy..
fruity odor, banana and clove..
weiss unimpressive flavor, not as hoppy as your typical colleague..
moderate body..
like all erdingers is very refreshing being possible to take several.very drinkability.!! (250 characters)

Photo of sfprint
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On sale from Getränke Hoffman, now that xmas season is over.

A: Darker than normal weißbier's. Definitely orange in color. Nice fluffy head.

S: Not a strong smell, but the yeast is there.

T: A pretty flat flavor, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. At the very end, there's a bit of sweetness, but only in some of the sips.

M: It's fine. Just the bitterness isn't pleasant.

D: I wouldn't buy it again. Not so many good qualities about it, then again, not so many bad. (474 characters)

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