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Erdinger Schneeweisse - Erdinger Weissbräu

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98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 12.68%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | 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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Ratings: 98 | Reviews: 42
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Photo of JohnW
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Typical appearance of a bottled Wheat beer, big dense head, crisp dry aroma, though not the powerful 'banana' and spice aroma of the best wheat beers. This is reflected in the taste - crisp, fresh and light textured, not the strong character of the usual wheat beers, but - to me - very pleasant and refreshing. A very enjoyable beer, though, as the name suggests it has that zesty crisp taste you would expect of a beer with 'snow' in the name, but not the strength of flavour or character of a great wheat beer.

John W
B'ham UK Jan 2006

Photo of sfprint
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
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

Photo of Bierschenker
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this bottle at Cambridgesons in Galway (ROI). They have a nice selection (for Ireland).

When I poured it in a ‘Stiegl’ 0,5l glass, a vivid beer emerged. It produced a rough white and creamy head. The head soon collapses from the middle and a thin layer with tiny bubbles remains.
The colour is an apricot like golden orange. It is very foggy as wel.
The taste is fruity: grapes, pear and banana. Yeast varied nuts grains. Well proportioned carbonation. Creamy taste.
Mouthfeel is very full: watery at first, but as it swirls around the tongue it thickens. Like a balloon that is being inflated. Lush and buttery.
The aftertaste tastes like a watered down milkshake. Still very full, fruity and soft like silk. Real butter and milk.
Nice beer, but the overall taste should have been more stronger.

Erdinger stays one of my favourite brands.

Photo of basica
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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)

Photo of emerge077
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.24/5  rDev +19.4%
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!

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.09/5  rDev -13%
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

Photo of metter98
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of eric5bellies
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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

Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in Clifden, Ireland in March 2007.

Poured a hazy dark straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a soft wheat malt and some yeast esters.

The taste was upfront grainy, with some soft and mildly spicy wheat. Not much in the way of yeast detected. A bit subdued for a hefe.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side and mildly chewy.

Overall a tasty enough beer. However, not traditional in terms of a hefe. Perhaps the heavier body and subdued esters is what makes this a winter offering.

Photo of drmeto
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Photo of roddwolff
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Once poured in my glass "Bayern Weissbier":

A: Yellow-nector color very cloudy, fat foamy head with two fingers thick and medium lacing;

S: Poor, rancid and metal essences, some bananas too but generally unpleasant;

T: Wheat and bananas, spicy hops and more wheat at the finish;

M: Very refreshing and fruity, medium bitterness, medium body and high carbonation;

D: Tastes more like summer beer than winter beer.

Photo of Sigmund
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, now available in Norway (Vinmonopolet, special orders). Like most Weissbiers it pours with an enormous head, this one is also very thick and creamy and lasts "forever". Colour of beer is cloudy brownish golden, a bit darker than most Hefe-Weissbiers. Very moderate and subdued hefe aroma, hints of leather. Flavour has bit more hops and less "banana & cloves" elements than your standard h.w. Fairly dry. A drinkable h.w., but not really remarkable. However, I love this style, and the Schneeweisse makes no exception.

Photo of TheSarge
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours very well for a massive amount of rocky light tan head. The body is hazy and caramel in color.

The aroma's weak. Very little hints metallic fragrances.

The taste has sweet banana and a hint of caramel flavor.

MF is good, prickly, and wetting to the palate.

This is not a very warming beer. Thus I wouldn't prefer this to a nice Doppel or Eisbock, but it doesn't really taste too bad.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of Andreji
3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

'Das Winterbier' from Erdinger is not precisely the best christmas gift, considering most other Erdinger products are a better purchase.

Pours a very dark and opaque golden tone with a thick and white head that leaves absolutely no lacing. The smell, a tad skunky, with some yeast and fruityness to it, is very faint.

Much as the flavour. Yeah, some wheatyness and some yeastyness with some fruity tones to it, but the actual feeling, very scarce on hops and reflecting little of the visually perceivable carbonation, is way too soft. Extremely soft and unappealing thus, gives a dull mouthfeel.

Photo of Tomais
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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.)

Photo of teromous
3/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy dark golden, almost apricot colored beer. Huge, creamy, off-white head bubbles actively. Typical Hefe Weizen aroma is not as pronounced in this one and there is a bit more malt evident. Flavors of yeast and a bit of banana, but also a decent amount of fruit (apricot and pears? Like a pale ale). Finish is slightly bitter, which seams out of place. Not as soft and fluffy as a typical Hefe Weizen, a bit watery. On the Erdinger website it says the beer is a slightly stronger Hefe Weizen that is brewed to drink with Holiday dinners. Even though it was brewed for the Holiday season I think "uninspired" best describes this beer.

Photo of atis
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber with large and foamy slightly off-white head that stays stable for considerable time and some lacing. Lots of small carbonation bubbles visible.

Aroma is very weak straw malty, maybe some fruit. Taste is rather sweetish wheat. There are also some spices felt, cloves being the most prominent and not much of aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium and soft.

Overall, I liked the beer, maybe it is not the typical Hefeweizen, but very refreshing and highly drinkable, I finished the glass in no time.

Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Photo of Everydayoff
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of leonardopacu
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
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.!!

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Erdinger Schneeweisse from Erdinger Weissbräu
81 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.