Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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Reviews: 274
Hads: 500
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.01%
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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Photo of pirilauamarelo
4.97/5  rDev +38.8%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of wattoclone
4.52/5  rDev +26.3%
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. (859 characters)

Photo of Heritage02Rider
4.45/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this first when my buddy, who is in the military brought me a split case, 12 Oktoberfest and 12 Dunkel from his trip to Germany. I had not heard of this brewery so, needless to say I was excited. When I was in Germany I had several different kinds, but mostly draft and loved every one. So, after taking my first pour and seeing it the glass... nice German head and good color. I had to taste. It left nothing behind... the taste was very good.

Overall, I like the Oktoberfest better than the Dunkel, however they are different enough to not be competition for my palate.

I have not had an import version of this beer, but I would have to assume it should be just as good.

If you have a chance to taste this beer; get two. (731 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a dimpled mug.

Look: Hazy golden honey wheat color. A white foamy head dissipates slowly leaving a light film, not much lacing present.

Aroma: Wheat, sweet caramel, honey.

Taste: Sweet wheat grains, faint caramel sweetness, and honey.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall, I love this beer. It's refreshing and has a great combination of normal oktoberfest caramel sweetness with a nice honey-wheat touch. Very smooth and drinkable. (447 characters)

Photo of Generik420
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I tried this on tap at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. Wow, this beer is really fantastic. A medium brown color with an off-white head. Aroma was citrusy, sweet, and a touch of roasty. Just as the name implies, it combines a true German style hefeweizen with Oktoberfest beer and was the highlight of the beers at the festival I was at. On one hand, you have the estery flavors from the hefeweizen, and on the other hand you have some of the malty and roasted flavors from the Oktoberfest beer. Combine those together and you have a winner. Somewhat light and thin mouthfeel made it perfect for the 80 degree day outside. I could have drank a lot more of this one. (656 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.38/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark burnt orange/light chestnut brown color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy off-white head that has excellent retention, hardly fading at all throughout the whole glass, leaving splotches of soapy lacing in it's path.

This is a very unique beer which blends two excellent German styles and it's complexity is showcased excellently in every area.

The aroma displays qualities of both styles that this hybrid is made from. Caramel malt notes along with brown sugar and cinnamon spice are balanced by a prominent citrus fruit and spice clove presence.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma in that there is a nice caramel malt sweetness up front along with some brown sugar and cinnamon spice countered by a very spicy clove presence and lots of yeast/bread notes along with citrus peel and ripe banana.

This beer is a perfect combination of the two styles and is extremely well balanced, making it very drinkable. I wish this style was produced more often, but only if done this well. Highly recommended. (1,069 characters)

Photo of badbeer
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of scooter
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle

First, as a few mentioned it's not a marzen so any comparisons to a typical Oktoberfest marzen is simply a waste of time. Oktoberfest is not a style. This is a hefe-weizen that Erdinger apparently feels is an alternative to drinking marzen and that's what it should be reviewed as.

Nearly the darker color of Schneider-Weisse which I had just before this. I very much enjoy that beer. This beer is creamier, has a little more fruitiness to it. A hint of peach white tea. I like it a lot. It's a bit pricey though at nearly $11 a six pack and that would hold me back from purchasing it in the future. It's not a high alcohol beer at 5.7% so that doesn't justify the cost. Guess it's just a limited production beer and maybe that's the reason.

So in a nutshell, try it, if you're into weisse beers it's definitely worth it and you'll likely find it enjoyable. (876 characters)

Photo of blakesell
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass

Appearance- Beer pours a hazy gold with a big head of froth. I don't know what kind of beer these other reviewers have been getting, mine had a 3 finger head with a very slow dissapation.

Smell- Malt and wheat combined into one great smelling marzen. A nice balanced hop character. This smells great. Malt character comes out more as the beer warms.

Taste- Oh this is nice. Sweet caramelly malts with a nice light wheaty feel that keeps this beer light and refreshing, a touch of vanilla. Any gripe would be that the pils malt and saaz hop is contributing a little too much sweetness for some, but it's just enough for me.

Mouthfeel- Medium light bodied and refreshing with an excellent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability- Quite quaffable with a reasonable amount of alcohol. This is one I could drink on all day with no arguments. (889 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a medium amber cloudy color (a couple of shades darker than a typical hefe) with the expected frothy head that leaves squiggles of lacing

Smell: A combination of hefe smells (bananas, cloves and yeast) and märzen smells (caramel malt)

Taste: Starts with a malty flavor that is quickly followed, after the swallow, by the hefe flavors of bananas and cloves; then, the malty flavor re-asserts itself only to be followed, again by the crisp lemony finish of the hefe

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lots of carbonation - a bit fuller bodied than a hefe

Drinkability: Very intriguing brew and a nice effort by Erdinger to experiment with something new; it is rare to see the German brewers break from a traditional mold and do something creative so kudos are well-deserved for this brew (803 characters)

Photo of bump8628
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with an interesting German Oktoberfest cartoon and best before of 3-2011 clearly marked. It's nice to see a real German Hefeweizen that is dated with an easy to find and easy to read mark.

The beer pours into a Pilsner-type glass a glowing gold that initially clearly shows a whirl of carbonation before the yeast is added and clouds things up. An inch of creamy, white head adorns the top of the beer for the whole session.

Tangy, slightly sour wheat builds the base for a nice, mild blend of yeast derived notes of clove, cinnamon, vanilla, and a bit of plum and banana. A touch of lemony, grassy hop bitterness rounds it out and is softened by the creamy, wheaty mouthfeel.

I'm impressed with this beer this year. In years past I thought it was only a serviceable Hefeweizen, but I'm really digging it this time around. I may pick up another couple of bottles while I know it's still fresh. (908 characters)

Photo of Phatz
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange copper color with a massive four finger head (with great retention) in my Weizen Glass, and the carbonation rising through the body it impressive.

Smell: It smells like caramelized Bavarian malts and spicy wheat at the same time. There are hints of caramel and fruits and also some subtle banana clove aromas.

Taste: Wow. Now that is interesting! It is a very unique beer. It is an Oktoberfest Weizen right from the start. I wouldn't have know there was such a thing but the flavor screams it from the top. Banana Nut bread and fruit cake meet in this festively spice wheat beer. There is really nothing like it. Cloves and nuts and nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin spice and wheat bread and candied little berries. It is very tasty and certainly unique. The finish is lightly spicy. The sweet aftertaste lingers delightfully.

Mouthfeel: This beer is so remarkably smooth and light and easy it simply becomes one with my blood stream the moment it touches my lips.

Drinkability: Down right outstanding! It is flavorful but easy and sits light in your stomach like a wheat beer making it a very sessionable option.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers! (1,187 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Poured a murky golden color with about a fingers worth of head that settles to a nice layer with great lacing.

S: Sweet malt, wheat and yeast upfront. Then there is a mix of spice with citrus mixed in.

T: Good mix of tart citrus flavors up front with a strong malt sweet backbone... Good mix of flavors here... perfect mix for a Hef.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation... Great feeling beer.

D: Great Hef.. good mix of flavors, good ABV... Nothing but good things here... Only mark on this is the fact it has Oktoberfest in the name... Don't over look this one. (625 characters)

Photo of thecarster1
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a weizen, four finger off white colored billowy head that had some great retention (actually really wonderful retention- i'm almost done and i've still got a quarter inch of head), hazy honey brown coloring that darkens as the glass goes up.

s- wheat, bit of pepper, lemon, tart green apple.

t- silky smooth, nice wheat that mixes with lemon and a bit of green apple and banana, slight bit of pepper again with an ever so slight hop finish, very delicious.

m- nice medium body, very smooth, goes down a bit too easily.

d- really great, i got this in an mixed oktoberfest variety case, and i'm glad it was included, very unexpected but delicious, i could drink several of these, it's maybe a tad bit heavier than a normal hefe but i'm loving it. (770 characters)

Photo of KonigObHops
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
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. (819 characters)

Photo of botham
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. pours a clear amber color with a sizable white head that takes a couple minutes to subside.

aroma is rather malty, with caramel malts and citrus dominating. subtle wheat malts are also present, alongside a fruity base, with pear and apple. a decent mix of aromas. basically a weizen with caramel malts.

taste is of caramel malts up front, with the same fruity base of apple. finishes more like a marzen, with caramel malts lingering. great utilization of the caramel malts to counter the fruity nature of hefeweizens.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a smooth texture and finish. CO2 is moderate, with a slick feel after finishing.

drinkability is good. this is a brew bold enough to stand up to others, yet subtle enough to warrent a couple bottles in a sitting. cheers! (825 characters)

Photo of rousee
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a golden amber color. Leaves a small head that disappears quickly. Good wisp of foam remains on top of the glass. Minor lacing is seen on the sides. Not as murky as you would expect for a wheat beer.

Smell is malty and bready.Seems grassy with some sour aspects as well. Almost like cranberries.
Taste is nice and smooth malt-reminds me much more of a marzen style than a hefe-weisee. Since this seems to cross the style boundaries, I will just consider it for general enjoyment and it does seem to satisfy quite well. Im glad I bought it and would definitely buy again. Exceptional drinkability. (607 characters)

Photo of BCraig
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a squat weizen glass.
A- Thick dense off-white head that only slowly dissipates to a quarter-inch lacing. Golden hay color tinged with orange.
S- upfront apple and citrus aromas, some grapefruit, but barely perceptible. After awhile an earthy aroma can be sensed and the distinct character of the German yeast.
T-well balanced beer. golden malt taste with enough hops to clear palette. It's got pep to it. Less cloying than other Oktobers. A little raisin and mild citrus.
M-A little bite of carbonation upfront, but good tongue coating - balanced.
O- Very enjoyable and drinkable beer. I little lighter than I was expecting from one of my favorite styles, especially as compared to Ayinger. I didn't notice the bubblegum and clove flavors that of typically German Weissbier, but I was not disappointed. A good find and enjoyable fall beer. Break it out for the cold weekend brunches of early fall. (925 characters)

Photo of FickleBeast
4.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy yellow color with foam that billows out of the glass. Head is very light and wispy and fades away without lacing. Aroma is wheat, and some fruity undertones.

First sip is... a nice wheat/malt sweetness, with a banana yeasty flavor that is present but not overpowering. This beer is actually on the sweet side, and the banana flavors are more present as it warms.

A fine example of a Hefeweizen. It drinks very nicely with no harsh or off flavors. Just a nice sweet wheat malt / banana yeast balance. (559 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.11/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's the other night

The beer pours an orange/gold color, with very good head retention and lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, just some malt and a hint of spice. On the palate this is really a delicious take on the marzen recipe. It has the sweet maltiness of a good marzen, but also has some good funk/spiciness (banana and nutmeg) from the German wheat. The beer has a very nice mouthfeel, and is quite easy to drink. This beer finishes very smoothly on the palate and is not the least bit heavy.

This is a very flavorful, easy to drink wheat/marzen. A very nice beer indeed. (604 characters)

Photo of fitzy84
4.08/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Moan and Dove. The beer had a slight orange, dim gold appearance with a thick head.Crisp citrus aromas permeated from the drink along with a slight spice. The drink had a balanced sweet-bitter taste to it. The spices and malts were wicked good. A crisp and refreshing beer. Overall, this one was great. (316 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
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. (883 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light yellow with a huge 3 inch bubbly white head that settles to a small cap. Thin broken rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, mild spices, and yeast. The smell is nothing special - a very typical hefeweizen smell on this one. Taste is so much better with wheat, banana, and a nice level of mild spices. There are also some nice caramel notes. This is the first hefeweizen I have had that I can really taste a distinct banana flavor that isn't solely in the background. The carbonation level is good with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good hefeweizen with that nice banana flavor that I am digging. I will probably go back and get some more of these. (716 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber cloudy color, and a readily formed durable two finger plus head gave this beer an attractive appearance that fell appropriately halfway between a Hefeweizen and a Oktoberfestbier. Aroma was malty, earthy, and spicy, somewhat resembling a Belgian Pale Ale. The taste was light, and refreshing, with light banana, toasted wheat bread, salt water taffy, and peppermint flavors. Despite the somewhat complex flavor profile for the style, the beer was easy to drink, with an airy light mouthfeel. This did not feel even close to being 5.7% ABV listed on the label. I could have downed two or three in a sitting quite easily, and then would have been sucker punched by this sneaky little beer. Straddling two great styles, and retaining the best qualities of each one. (775 characters)

Photo of TrojanRB
4.04/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle

Pale gold color with a finger of thick white head.

Great smell, some citrus, fruit, and spice, but less banana than you would expect. That's not a bad thing though. Smells lively without being too sweet.

Light wheat taste, along with citrus. Maybe a bit of tart apple. Has some light spice to it. Very smooth, no funky aftertaste, although the citrus does longer on the tip of your tongue.

Great beer, very easy drinking. Perhaps a bit lighter than most Oktoberfest beers. Highly recommended. (527 characters)

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