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Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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82
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497 Ratings
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Ratings: 497
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 15
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bierman2000 on 07-17-2003

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Ratings: 497 | Reviews: 273
Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Pig & Fiddle with a sausage plate.
A: Hazy straw gold under a 2” finely bubbled off-white foam cap that grips the side of the glass producing sheets of lace.
S: Spicy nose with traces of banana and clove.
T: Doughy yeasty wheat palate lightly seasoned with banana and hints of clove.
F: Big luscious velvety smooth body with above average very finely bubbled carbonation.
O: Cleaner with fewer phenols and esters than many Weizens which might appeal to those not overly fond of banana and clove.

Photo of SierraFlight
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle pour - cloudy and golden. Familiar wheat beer aromas: banana, clove, citrus. Wheat malt spices, medium hop bitterness on the finish. Crisp silky mouthfeel.

Photo of humuloner22
2.75/5  rDev -24%

Its a Hefeweizen and I will never give this style a good review because they are all terrible to me. The taste is akin to the smell of rotten cabbage to me. So, that be said, if you like hefeweizen beer, then you might like this one. I did not realize this was one until after I started drinking it and decided to read the label a little more closely. That is about all I can say.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw color. The head is three fingers high, and white in shade. Retention is frustratingly good, and it has a texture similar to whipped cream. A lot of lacing is left on the glass. (3.5)

Smell: The hefeweizen characteristics are somewhat muted here - I do get a little bit of banana/clove, but only a little bit. It compensates for this by having that grainy sweetness redolent of a wiesn. There's also a kiss of noble hops. Not super-interesting, but it smells like it will get the job done. (3)

Taste: It opens up with muted notes of banana, clove, and bubblegum. Afterwards, it turns into a wiesn, featuring a sugar cookie-esque sweetness on the finish. It's not a paragon of complexity, but this one does its job decently. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: It's easy to think of it as a bigger, heavier version of the standard weizen from Erdinger, and it is. The carbonation is middling, so while it's easy to drink, it's not infinitely chuggable. Eh, who cares? (3.25)

Overall: I think I get this one better than Erdinger's regular weizen. The drinkability is there, but it's also richer and sweeter. Unfortunately, I also get a bit of that insipidness, yet for some reason, it doesn't bother me as much here. I doubt I'd buy it again personally, however. It's a fine oktoberweizen regardless. (3.25)

3.21/5: If nothing else, it does a great job of tasting like a hefeweizen and a wiesn at the same time

Photo of Markiboy
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

A totally solid weissbier. Much better than regular Erdinger Weissbier and not far behind the likes of Hoegaarden and Weihenstephaner. I must admit, last night I had a bottle of this followed by a bottle of Weihenstephaner and, although the Erdinger Oktoberfest was really drinkable, the Weihenstephaner really was noticeably better. This said, I could sit and drink the Erdinger Oktoberfest all night and keep on enjoying it. It has a good colour, nice head, perfect carbonation and a smooth taste. What's not to like?

Photo of TheSSG
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours an expected large, foamy head that has great persistence. Familiar hefe and oktoberfest aromas. Hazy, straw color. Starts with a nice medium-low hop bitterness and hefe yeastiness. A distinct spiciness moves in after this, a bit more hoppiness. Finish is malt, mild clove/banana and hop spice.

This is really nice. That banana/clove pairs really well with the spicy hoppiness. It's sort of a hoppier hefe, but with that Oktoberfest spice.

Photo of KonigObHops
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a pale opaque yellow. It was moderately cloudy, and had a foamy white head that was about 3 finger widths.

The smell was very interesting. You are definitely hit with the typical wheat beer smell first, but there is definitely a hint of that toasted caramel scent that comes with the marzen style.

This beer has a very light slightly sweet taste in the beginning. The middle was not as interesting as the smell. You get a hint of that Oktoberfest taste, but not much. The finish is full of that banana taste that you find in many wheat beers.

The mouth feel is very good. It is a smooth light beer without the chalkiness that you find in some wheat beers.

Overall, if you really want an Oktoberfest, this isn't it. However, if you want a Wheat Beer during Oktoberfest, this is a good choice.

Photo of wiscokid920
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

Basically has the flavor profile of a Hefe...sweet pear, yeasty esters, clove, banana...with a creamy Oktoberfest mouthfeel and body. A nice beer, and one that my girlfriend enjoys to boot!

Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Bottle from Londonderry Quick Stop.
Pours a hazy light golden color with a huge bubbly frothy white head that persists forever. Aromas of rich bready malt, banana and a bit of earthy funk. The flavor is bready and fruity with bits of banana and lemony spice. Medium body moderate to high level of carbonation. Decent brew, but I was fooled by the Oktoberfest moniker, I wasn't trying to grab a six pack of Hefeweizen.

Photo of pkalix
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

awesome carbonation, head. beautiful looking pour! creamy, fluffy head. haziness....
smell is of a commercial adjunct crap.
taste is kind of like the above smell. more American-crap-tasting than original-German-goodness that I remember.... not a good omen, because I have a Hofbrau and another popular Oktoberfest beer in the frig still... probably be back on the American craft stuff in no time.... but it's a wheat brew and that may explain the beautiful lingering head, and the pseudo-richness I am not enjoying. it's thin, and overall just a regular beer that I would consider below average for an Oktoberfest event.

Photo of fx20736
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought as a single bottle from Wegman's Hylan Dr on 9/27/14. Poured into a dimpled mug, served at fridge temp.

appearance: cloudy honeycomb yellow with a soft, thick quilted white head.

aroma: soft wheat, light lemon, faint cloves.

taste: weak Hefe flavors

mouthfeel: good

overall: not sure why this has an Oktoberfest name. It's a weak Hefe.

Photo of biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. What makes an Oktoberfest wheat beer? Well, wheat, for starters, I guess.

This beer pours a very hazy, pale golden yellow hue, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves a few broad swaths of streaky lace around the glass as it steadily sinks away.

It smells of peppy, earthy yeast, banana chips, semi-sweet wheat malt, a lesser caramel sweetness, white pepper and tame clove spice, and a slight menthol astringency. The taste is bready, doughy wheat, grainy caramel, some laid-back banana and ripe apple fruitiness, ethereal clove and table pepper, and a hint of meek alcohol sniffing about.

The bubbles are a bit tight and edgy up front, but settle down after a wee spell, the body an adequate medium weight (for the given style here), and fairly smooth, the yeast the only usual suspect, and it's on its best behaviour. It finishes off-dry, the wheat and waning caramel sweetness ruling the roost.

I sort of get it now - for a wheat beer specific brewery to make an Oktoberfest (especially since they're just outside of Munich's city limits), they need only to slightly raise the alcohol (not unusual - see weizenbocks, et al.), and add a bit of caramel amber lager goodness. It all works out, without losing the inherent weissbier character - nice stuff.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier has a very thick, frothy, overflowing white head, a cloudy (which gets much cloudier once the bottom contents are swished & poured in), yellow-gold appearance, fierce bubble streams, and a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of white wheat bread, some sweetness, and a touch of yeast. Taste is of white wheat bread, malt, some paper, a little bit of bitterness, and a syrupy sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Erdinger Oktoberfest finishes semi-wet, a tad alcohilic, and easy drinking.

RJT

Photo of dbrauneis
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

A: Pours a cloudy medium golden yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and medium yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall pillowy foamy off-white head that reduces to a finger thick cloud like layer covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat and light aromas of pale malts. Moderate aromas of banana and just a hint of clove become apparent as the beer warms up.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of wheat malts and just a light amount of pale malt flavors as well. Moderate flavors of banana with a light flavor of clove and just a touch of earthy hops. Light amounts of bitterness is present in the finish but it does not linger for long.

M: Light to medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is an interesting hybrid style beer - a wheat Oktoberfest... Not sure that I would go out of my way to find this one again but it was worth the try (I more enjoy the classic Oktoberfest examples). Easy to drink.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

I picked up a bottle of Erdinger's Oktoberfest Weissbier last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I know this beer is released for Germany's Oktoberfest and it isn't a Marzen, but that makes sense, from what I know Erdinger only makes Wheat beers so it makes sense that they would want to make a beer for the celebration while giving people a option that isn't a Marzen. I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a 330ml bottle onto a Weizen glass.

A- The label looks good, it goes great with the name and I think it's pretty eye catching. It poured a cloudy golden yellow color that took on more of a darker golden hue when held to the light with about four fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty and patchy lacing behind. This was a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the wheat being the first to show up and it imparts a nice wheat like aroma with a slight bit of grainy malts coming through along with a nice bready aroma. Up next comes the yeast that seems to stick out the most and it imparts a nice fruity aroma with some banana, pear and fruit juice like aromas coming through with the banana sticking out the most by a little bit and there's just a light amount of spices showing up in the background. This beer had a good aroma, that seemed to be pretty true to style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the wheat still being the first to show up, but it's just a little lighter than it was in the aroma with the wheat aspects still sticking out the most. Up next comes the yeast which imparts the same fruity aspect that i got in the aroma, but this time there's a nice apple skin like flavors with neither aspect seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's no bitterness with a light wheat flavor and lots of fruity yeast flavors showing up in the aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, it was a little different than a traditional Hefe, but I liked it.

M- Smooth, fairly clean, a little crisp, on the very light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and even though it was a little different for a hefe, I thought it was a nice and unique take on the style, people expect something a little different to go with the season for Oktoberfest and while this isn't a Marzen I still think it fits the bill as a nice beer to enjoy during Oktoberfest. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, fairly clean, a little crisp, not filling at all and the taste did a nice job of holding my attention, I could drink a few of these especially if I start to get worn out with the Marzens. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma and that it wasn't just like every other Hefe and I think that made it pretty memorable. What I like the least about this beer was that the wheat didn't come through just a little more in the taste. I would buy this beer again, it makes for a nice change of pace from all the Marzens and I would recommend giving it a try, especially if your a fan of wheat beers. All in all I was happy with this beer, it was just a good all around beer and if I ever make my way to the official Oktoberfest in Germany I would make sure to have a couple steins of this. In the past I haven't been too fond of this brewery, but this was a nice beer and it's now my favorite from this brewery and I think it's a notable beer Good job guys, this was a nice beer, keep up the hard work.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%

A non-Marzen Oktoberfest. I was unaware hat this was a Hefe when I first poured it. Hazy yellow hue witha thick, white head. Smelled like a Hefe but it also had some traditional Oktoberfest aromas, too. The overall aroma was much too soft, however. Very mellow was the flavor as well. Not very spicy or phenolic, more plain and simple. Not much like a Marzen here, it didn't bind the style together as well as the nose did. It was light and easy. Peppy carbonation. I was not a fan of this beer. Shame on me for expecting something different. -Bottle offering-

Photo of utopiajane
3.8/5  rDev +5%

Pours like a wheat beer. Turbid , unfiltered, yellow straw with sunshine highlights. Fat head of white foam that lasts and leaves lace. Nose is a faint bit of ripe banana that is perfectly ripe and not over ripe. Although faint it has a depth within the beer. There is the crisp scent of wheat with it's natural sweetness. There is scent like bread crusts but light colored bread and not the usual dark bread you might find in the traditional oktoberfest. Taste is refreshing. A bit of soft banana, ripe but not dominating the palate. A touch of crisp and dry wheat malt with that light touch of bread crust. There is the lightest touch of caramel I can say I have ever observed in a beer and it really brings this beer together. It comes forward a bit on the nose as the beer warms and is like a pretty little surprise to the palate. The flavors are all light enough and balanced enough so that you can taste them all. The body is creamy and smooth, crisp and well carbonated. Finishes dry and a bit perky with the faintest amount of bitterness and leaves that bread to linger with that light caramel. I liked it more and more as I drank.

Really unique. I would say that this beer brought key elements of both styles together gracefully and with a light touch.

Photo of pirilauamarelo
4.97/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best beer I have ever drink. The taste after-flavour is awesome, it smells like a real beer. This is the real thing, the flavour is the best part.. at first swig I automatially realized, this is the best taste and mouhfeel I've ever had. Drink it when not eating. Had just a bad experience, I bought some on a promotion beacause of expiration date, and altought it was still on a valid date the taste was completely different, so make sure it is bottled recently before buying.

Photo of seedyone
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

09/25/13 On tap at Rattle n HUm, NYC. Listed as a weizen. More body than I expected. Nice balance of dry and refreshing. Although Oktoberfest is a harbinger of colder days, this is a great transitional brew.

Photo of puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 11.2 oz bottle. Sampled on January 18, 2014.

It pours a cloudy and foggy pale yellow with a huge carbonated white head that fizzles down rather quickly. It looks like there is some yeast still floating around this one.

The aroma is of toasted biscuit malts, wheat, and lemongrass.

The body is light and refreshing making it easy to quaff.

The taste is echoes the aroma with a lot of toasted biscuit, wheat, and a clean lemon finish.

Photo of Furlinator
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours translucent golden yellow with a faint white head that settles to a thin film on top before disappearing completely. No lace to speak of.

Smell is mostly malt with faint citrus notes and a hint of clove.

Taste is of sweet malt with some notes of Autumn spices.

Mouthfeel is lighter bodied with high carbonation. A stream of tiny bubbles rises continuously throughout the drink down.

A decent Oktoberfest. This is lighter in body and less spice-forward than most of it's American counterparts.

Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Faint to light aromas of caramel and toasted malts are present in the nose along with notes of bananas, the latter of which becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste shares some similarities with the smell, but is more balanced with stronger flavors of bananas from the yeast that stand up to the caramel and toasted malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this beer to be unique because it is a maltier version of a hefeweizen and makes for a good wheat beer to drink when it is a little chillier outside in the spring or fall.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 10/31/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a stange glass.

A: The beer is a dark gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, some hops and some fruit.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel and some fruit. Then a hearty malt character breadiness comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet ad slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer but there are better choices within the style.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, golden color with two fingers of white head that quickly dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass, as well formed wispy clouds that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Malt, yeast, some hops and some spice of clove, banana and a little bit of bubblegum.

Taste: Nice balance between hops and malt, with some nice wheat beer backbone, which surprises me as I don’t usually like wheat beers. Some tasty notes of black pepper, citrus, clover and banana.

Mouthfeel: Medium, with some really good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With and ABV of 5.7%, there is no presence of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is much better than I thought it would be. I don’t really like wheat beers, but this Erdinger Oktoberfest Weizen is very tasty. I’d certainly get it again.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a wheat Oktoberfest? well, ive certainly never had one, stoked! effervescence on the pour is intense, very bubble, like hydrogen peroxide almost. rising and active white soda head against a hazy pale straw body. the nose on this isn't that different than other german hefe types, but has maybe a touch more density to the grain bill, and is just slightly less fruity as the banana notes go. the flavor is super light, far lighter than any other octoberfest styles ive had this year. I will say that its strange to have an ale, not a lager, filling this role. the long finish, yeasty and spiced, is seemingly more appropriate for fall, and I am surprised more brewers haven't gone in this direction. the wheat is a strange juxtaposition to the fall season though, light, pale, gentle, floral even, summer, out of place. great carbonation and lighter than almost any other beer under this label. a nice one from erdinger, not their best, but a clever new twist (for me at least) on a classic style.

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