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Erdinger Schneeweisse - Erdinger Weissbräu

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 104
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 4
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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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 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 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 Bierschenker
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (871 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 helloloser12345
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: Bottle.

Appearance: Light amber with little head and lacing.

Smell: Not a great deal of aroma from this brew.

Flavour: Quite nice wheaty taste which fades quick leaving no aftertaste at all.

Overall: Not as good as their Oktoberfest brew - go for it if you get the chance. (298 characters)

Photo of JohnW
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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 (542 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 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 Sigmund
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (533 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 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 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 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 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 wl0307
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB June 2009, served lightly chilled and cloudy in a pint-size weizen glass.

A: pours a lightly murky, blood-orangey hue with constant feed of lively carbonation, resulting in a well-lasting huge and cottony white frothy head.
S: I haven't tried the Erdinger Weissbier for a long while, but this one smells much less estery in the banana apartment as compared with most other weizen and allows the light orangey citric and mildly lemon-zesty fruitiness to lead the chorus, which consists of a dusty note of the froth, creamy wheat-ish malt and a very light tinge of melted crystal sugar. The typical spicy touch of cloves remains utterly light here, only as decoration.
T: moderately sweet, almost banana+mango-bready maltiness prevails upfront with plentiful aroma of malts, slowly ensued by a moderately-flavoured citric-zesty fruity aftertaste, soothingly woody+spicy yeastiness and a semi-dry palate to linger until the end. Pleasantly chewy in the finish, hand in hand with a wee bit of alc. and more malt+wheat-ish aroma to linger.
M&D: this is a rather malty interpretation of weizen to me, showing a thicker-than-normal body and pronounced performance of the maltiness, while in the aftertaste the usual suspects of spicy fruits do make a kickback to complement the main theme. Medium-bodied, soothingly carbonated, this weizen is very pleasant due to the malty support but still very quaffable indeed in the wintry season! (1,432 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 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 Mosstrooper
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from half-liter bottle into Paulaner Weizen glass.

Appearance: A classic Weißbier- golden/amber and hazy, with a large, thick white head.

Smell: The classic Weißbier smell- banana and wheat smells, with a little bit of added fruit and spice.

Taste: A bit underwhelming. Again, typical Weißbier taste of wheat and banana, with some added fruit notes. However, it isn't quite as tasty as it smells.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with almost no carbonation- actually seems kind of flat.

Drinkability: An interesting beer. Has some shortcomings, but overall is a "different" kind of Weißbier. I would have it again for sure, but it's not the first beer of this style I would go for if given other, more "traditional" choices. (732 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 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 seanyfo
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Erdinger Weissbier Glass

A - Pours a slightly hazy amber will massive rocky foamy head

S - Rather bland, not as much banana as i expected.

T - Rather bland with an apparent aftertaste of cloves and wheat

M - A lighter frothy feel than other weissbiers. Sometimes i find certain weizens such as tucher or schofferhofer to be too carbonated ( although that is a feature of the style)

D - Easy to drink but not very memorable. I cant find a reason why this is branded a winter beer although it is pleasant enough. (539 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 plaid75
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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. (393 characters)

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