Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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498 Ratings
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Ratings: 498
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 16
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: bierman2000 on 07-17-2003

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Ratings: 498 | Reviews: 273
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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into weizen glass, best before 5/2014. Pours hazy bright golden amber color with a 2-3 finger dense and rocky head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, orange, pear, apple, clove, pepper, light banana, wheat, bread, floral, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with solid complexity and balance of malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with decent strength. Taste of lemon, orange, pear, apple, wheat, toast, bread, honey, light banana, light clove, floral, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, wheat, toast, honey, floral, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and solid complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a pretty good hefeweizen. Solid complexity, balance, and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to drink. An enjoyable offering.

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.

Photo of oberon
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Iam not st sure what a Oktoberfest weizen is but this beer sheds a bit of light on the subject,poured into a weizen glass a slight hazed medium golden with a large blooming white head that stuck like glue to the glass as it settled very slowly.Light aromas I picked up some sweet clove and yeast with a hint of iron,a little fuller than the standard weizen in the mouthfeel dept wich I like I think it would go very well with some German roast chicken or pork it really has a nice body to it.Somewhat dry and toasty on the palate with a lingering juicy fruitiness slightly clovey and quite toasty.I like it and it something I will serve when I have my wifes relatives from Germany over next month with some German fare.

Photo of RoyalT
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a bright but heavy orange in color with a good head that wasn't out of control like most HWs.

Smell - True to its appearance this beer has a noticeable orange citrus character with some light banana and decent yeast.

Taste - Everything is here from the nose. The yeast is toned down just a bit and the banana is more prominent, but it's mixed well with the natural orange flavor.

Mouthfeel - This is short of medium-bodied but bigger than light with some decent carbonation.

Drinkability - This was nothing exceptional but wasn't a complete flop, either. It had a few of the HW components but didn't manage to bring it all together. It was also kind of flat, not compared to most other styles but failed to deliver on that light, fluffy feel in between the cheeks that you come to expect from a top quality example of the style.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very impressive.

Pours a dirty apricot into a Ball Jar (it’s all I have to drink out of in GB at the moment). Tons of off white head. Diminishes to a healthy skim.

Great aroma blends marzen malts with banana yeast, clove, and bready notes.

Taste is very clean and crisp. A perfectly blended hi-bred of two great styles. Plenty of banana and clove, tons of fresh baked bread, hints of lemon, lots marzen malt flavors and a little bit of cinnamon and pumpkin spice.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, completely clean and refreshing.

Drinkability is through the roof.

Great beer.

Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz brown bottle with a "best before" freshness date on the back label of "04-2006".

A- Very frothy, excellent head retention ... cloudy straw orange brew from the yeast being poured into the glass.

S- Pear and nectarine come to mind, touch of coarse grain and nutty yeast as well.

T- Touch of spiciness from the fermented wheat, mild malt sweetness. Minimal hop character. Hint of fruitiness with a muted estery alcohol. Finishes with a little sweetness on the palate.

M- Crispness of a wheat beer but the body of an Oktoberfest-bier.

D- Drinkable, mild enough to start off with but certainly not a closer. Not as flamboyant as I thought it would have been.

Photo of badbeer
4.35/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden color with a pillowy white head, typical looking for a hefe. Smell is grainy, sweet, and I even get a little bit of lemon. Taste immediately gives you a sweet caramel flavor, some clove, and earthy hops. Mouthfeel is full, with higher than medium carbonation. Very drinkable beer for me, I liked this a little more than expected, I wish I picked up more.

Photo of Mora2000
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a white head. The aroma is wheat with some grapes, apples and flowers. The flavor is a mix of wheat, grassy hops, lemons, pepper, bananas and maybe some toffee. Relatively complex, but it doesn't melt together as well as I hoped. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of LyonsHead
2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a hazy (wheat) orange with a monster head that was gone fast. Looks like a cloudy oktoberfest

S: There is a smell of munich malt with soft bread undertones. There is a subtle citrusy, ale character. Fruity esters does not at all seem appropriate for an oktoberfest style beer.

T: This is weird. I know its not a true oktoberfest because its a wheat beer. but this is just crawling with fruity esters. There is a strong citrus character and the malty flavors are suppressed to small background notes.

M: To thin for the style, watery almost

D: I didn't like this very much. Perhaps Its because my heart was set on an Octoberfest and this really tastes nothing like the style.

Photo of bsp77
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Weizen glass.

Appearance: Cloudy straw yellow with thick, foamy white head and great lacing.

Smell: Clove, banana, wheat notes and more spicy hops than typical in the nose of a Hefe. Becomes muted after the initial pour.

Taste: Has the expected wheat base malt, but the also seem to be some more toasted and cherry notes as well, so maybe they did try to incorporate some light Marzen flavors. Light banana as well. Finish has both clove and noble hops.

Feel: A little fuller and creamier than a typical Hefe, probably due to the slightly elevated abv. Moderately high carbonation. Dry finish, but not quite as dry as the best of em.

Overall: Basically a bigger Hefe with hints of a Marzen. I like it. Still need to try the standard Erdinger, even though based on its lower scores and mass sales, it seems to the Budweiser of Hefeweizens.

Photo of wattoclone
4.52/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite "oktoberfest" import. To be fair, the oktoberfest style is not one of my favorites but hefeweizen is one I drink regularly. The Erdinger Oktoberfest is unusual in that it is actually a hefeweizen so it is no surprise that I seek it out and consume it annually. Since it is bottle conditioned and has fruitiness I assume it is brewed with ale yeast as is traditional for wheat beers. Although I like it better than their regular hefeweizen it would not be my first pick if I was craving a wheat beer. The main reason I buy it is to celebrate the oktoberfest season with a beer I enjoy. It does have the characteristics one looks for in a hefe: sweet malt, spicy caramel, candied fruit and roasted banana in the finish. As one one expect for a Bavarian beer, it is extremely well balanced and goes down very easy. On draft it is even better.

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 MattyG85
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Date on bottle says 02-2013.

Appearance: Pours a fairly cloudy pale golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge six finger white head with pretty good retention. Leaves a lot of clingy lacing on the glass.

Smell: A fairly sweet wheat aroma with lots of fruity esters. Wheat grains, yeast, and pale malts with big hints of bananas, apples, pear, and a little citrus orange. One of the most lively banana aromas I've smelled. Good hints of cloves and a little white pepper spice. Also some hints of sweet caramel and honey along with some spicy earthy hops. Solid aroma.

Taste: As wheat and fruit dominate as the smells previews. Sweet wheat grains, pale malts, and yeast up front. Clove spices and a little pepper. Big taste of banana and apples. Also some notes of pear and citrus orange and lemon. Bready cereal grains and malts with some notes of biscuit, caramel, and crackers. Earthy hop presence is pretty light. A pretty nice dried fruit taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Creamy, crisp, and somewhat prickly. Has a nice drying finish.

Overall: A pretty good Hefeweizen. Nice lively taste of banana and apple along with the wheat.

Photo of Jeffwildcat
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a golden with a light haze color. This is one of the only Octoberfest beers that is pleasant and refreshing that does not give you the skunky aftertaste that the "green bottle" Octoberfest beers are known for. Has just a hint of banana and citrus with a light to medium body. A very good weissen beer and certainly much better than most unfiltred wheat beers.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a cloudy copper amber tone with a large off white head leaves nice streaks of lacing around my pint glass. Aroma has a faint banana clove yeast character but stays true to more Ofest tone with a touch of caramel malts slight mineral character with a touch of citrus and herbal qualities from the hops and yeast characteristics. Flavor semi sweet caramel biscuit malt profile with a mild bitterness slight metallic tone and herbal hop finish very festive in nature not a bad brew at all. Mouthfeel has a higher carbonation with a light to medium body stays on the palate for awhile. Drinkability is decent the effervescent wheat character mixed with an ofest is interesting but give me one or the other I'm not big on the high bred.

Photo of FredTheSeal
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Note: I didn't swirl up the yeast from the bottom but I did gently pour all of the beer so I got a little of the yeast but not all of it.

A - Fizzy at first but turned into a suprisingly billowy white head. Slightly cloudy golden color. No lacing though.

S - Alcohol, yeast, toffee

T - yeast, caramel, slightly alcoholic

M - Highly carbonated, medium body

D - A solid hefe. It's drinkable, not sure if I could drink more than 3; then again I probably couldn't have more than 3 of any hefe.

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 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 dacrza1
2.46/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thick pillowy head on an effervescent golden orange body...soft malt scent with slight grain hints--nothing distinctive...watery soft palate....slightly metallic tinge with soft nondescript flavor....a bit of hay taste too...this doesn't quite bring the sweetness of an Octoberfest or the refresment of a weizen....surprisingly average...

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Erdinger- Oktoberfest Weissbier

Appearance- Light hazy orange with a huge billowy head.
Smell- Light clove/ banana with a touch of malt.
Taste- Clove, banana, wheat, caramel malt.
Mouthfeel- Over carbonated. Each sip produces excessive gas (burping). Flavorful more towards the backend.

Overall- A mildly interesting yet mediocre beer here. A fest/ hefe blend. The flavor is just too subdued. Drinkable but I want more flavor.

Photo of Daniell
2.4/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: head quickly dissipates, nice dark apricot colour.

S: not pungent at all. Bitter meaty smell. Few dark fruits and a vaguely weird smell.

T: vaguely fruity- apricot. Some malt and bitterness in there.

M: totally insufficiently carbonated, which is why head dissipates so quickly.

D: not only is it underflavoured but it's not carbonated enough.

Perhaps I am being overly harsh on this beer. It's not unpleasant but I wouldn't drink it again. It's just boring and ADDITIONALLY it doesn't help me out on this extremely hot night. I expect more from imports.

Photo of cokes
4.06/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Autumnal, brown-tinted golden-orange below a fat rise of marshmallow foam.
The nose has elements of apple sauce, wheat bread, and pecans, but seems a bit diffuse on the whole.
Up front in the mouth, there is a quick wheatiness that ebbs just as quick towards the more traditional Munich-y traits of toasted nut, bagel, and caramelized raisin. A phenolic sense of vanilla arises midway and lingers into the close, shiftly slightly towards banana pudding. On the whole, however, the weizen yeast is not a dominating force here. Hopping is modest with steely herbs and grasses.
A fairly brawny body is given some levity by the increased carbonation, forming an impression of carbonated cream.
This is plenty drinkable and likeable on nearly all accounts. It's not an explosive mash-up of flavors, but basically a fairly mild (but well-made) festbier with a subtle weiss infusion.

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

A hefe with a straight out bitterness, offset in finish by moderate crystal malt. Some wheat and even a tad of smoke in the aroma. Easy drinking, medium and creamy mouthfeel. Yellowish with substantial head, in my pour. Satisfying aftertaste, with a tad of wood-fired oven bread in the aftertaste.

Photo of aval89
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my faithful weizen glass. poured a light light copper color with minimal head. looked very refreshing. initial smell was raisins? followed by a sweet citric smell. taste was sweet grain at first. took another dive. hints or coriander? a little pear in there as well. very refreshing. leaves a somewhat dry finish that leaves you wanting more. this is highly drinkable in my opinion. i could definitely throw a few of these back with no problem.

overall a nice solid brew not too much, not too little..

Photo of pmcadamis
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A huge four finger and a thumb head rises above a cloudy amber-orange brew and leaves some milky lace on the glass. This looks pretty damn good

S - The top note is mineral water and wet stone with some gritty and bready malt. Some really fruity orange rind notes come through also. This nose is dominated by the big yeasty fruit aromas. I thought that this was an oktoberfest brew when I picked it up, but now I see that it is more of a hefe with bigger malt in the nose.

T - This is quite the hybrid oktober-wiezen indeed! Its really malty and bready like a fest bier, but it's also very citrusy and yeaty like a good hefe should be. I think that this is a good hefe with an extra dose of caramel malt added in the grist.

M - Medium bodied and crisply carbonated. This feels like a hefe through and through. It's very lively on the tongue.

D - This has the magical hefe drinkability factor going on for sure, but it is very autumnal and malty too. A late-summer early-fall transition beer for the early autumn season.

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