Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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499 Ratings
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Ratings: 499
Reviews: 274
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

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

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Photo of Jonte
3.01/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow/red, cloudy and with a big white head.

A light smell of sweetness, yeast, light bread, banana.

Tastes of malt sweetness, bananas, yeast, alcohol. A bit too flat.

The body is light to medium and the carbonation is lively.

An ordinary weissbier. There are better weissbier´s out there.

Photo of Mitchster
3.02/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wonder if this is different than the normal Erdinger Weizen. I wasn't impressed with the weizens from this brewery, so I thought "Hrmmm...3 times is a charm". This one pours out to a cloudy light amber, forming a slowly rising and peaking off white soapy head of large bubbles...the kind of head that grows out of the glass. Retention is very good and lacing is good. Carbonation is semi-brisk, contributing to the ever-growing head and spiral streamers. The aroma is certainly not very "weizen", just kinda "beer" with some green apples thrown in. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean. The taste is of light green apples, some distant non-descript pale wheat malt cracker sweetness, and a touch of yeast. Hops are minimal. No phenols or esters typical for the style. Mild bitterness, clean lightly dry finish. No perceptable off-flavors, but also no perceptable "on" flavors either.

Not that this is a bad beer, but for the style, it's dull and boring...not even remotely close to style. Pass on this one. 3 strokes, you're out Erdinger.

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 jarmby1711
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange gold and cloudy with a regular small bubble feeding a one finger head of fine white froth .
The smell was more biscuity malts with traces of citrus peeland lesser traces of wheat.
Flavour was stunted orangey bubblegum with an understated wheat profile.
The mouthfeel was oily and was dully bitter .
Disappointing beer. Doesnt quite seem to know what it really wants to be , and subsequently does nothing very well

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 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 Hopswagger
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

P:  Hazy orange copper body with a whipped crown if creamy full finger off white head.  Bubbly lacing. 

S:  Creamy toasted caramel and toffee malt with pears, orange oil, clove, white grapes, honey and salt water taffy. Spicy citrus hops with a hint of mint. 

T/M:  Toasted cereal grains, honey nut Cheerios, banana, wheat bread, spiced rum, and orange oil. Body is creamy but flavor seems to be mostly pronounced cereal grains and spice. Not much going on. Spiced rum comes out once warmed and the aftertaste is odd and hard to pinpoint. 

O:  Not a huge fan of this one. Pretty simple but the simplicity doesn't work well. Muddled and  confused flavors that don't play well together. Has a cheap taste to it. I won't be trying this again anytime soon. 

Photo of Halcyondays
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy burnt orange, with a nice head, a solid look, light lace.

S: I got tradtional Munich malt upfront, Fest smell, copper, real light banana.

T: Definitely a clove and spice mix, some tasty malt flavour, just light intensity overall, not really much to go on.

M: Light, thinnish soft carbonation, watery, spritzy. This is a hefe, it should have some more body.

D: Good, but I wanted a little something extra, I assume I've made that clear. Too light as I have found the other Erdingers to be that I've had. Would be OK to wash down some good German food.

Photo of Argion
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saw this at the local distributor and gave it a try. Didn't like it as much as the original Erdinger but it was better than average. Something just seemed to be off with the flavor, and even though it is stronger than a regular Erdinger, the flavor and overall feeling didn't match that expectation.

Photo of dmamiano
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very hazy on the pour. More than likely from the wheat malt. Billowy, white head with nice lacing and plenty of carbonation.
Smells of wheat, bready with a fruity essence. (bananas are noted).
Decent on the tongue as far as feel.
Bready and wheat malts, with a slight meta note in the finish.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into hotel glasses. Appearance is pretty neutral, clear golden color without much head.

The smell is slightly sour for the style, almost Belgian-like. Not as clovy or banana-y as I'd prefer in a hefe-wiezen, but this is an Oktoberfest Weizen so who knows what the hell the style is meant to be...

Easy enough to drink, but the flavor is nowhere near what I like in a hefewiezen. So mediocre scores across the board.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy orange color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly leaving nice lacing. The aroma has some banana, and some clove. However, it is all quite faint. The taste is much the same it has some really nice hefe qualities, but it is just too weak. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a chewy texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is one of Erdinger's better beer, but unfortunately that doesn't mean much. I could drink this again, but with so many better wheat beers out there I highly doubt I will.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

An Oktoberfest Hefe? Hmm interesting. Pours a dark cloudy orange, nice big fluffy head to it and tons of lacing... this beer is a beaut in the glass. Slight banana aroma. Nice creamy mouthfeel.. but tons of carbonation, definitely a bit prickly in the mouth. Some nice malt sweetness to it but to me the carbonation kills it.. all you taste little bubbles of CO2 when you take a sip with a slight sweet kick mixed in there. Does seem to mellow down a bit about midway through the beer. Nice change of pace for the seasonal but not sure if I really like it.

Photo of mynie
3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An oktoberfest... hefe? Well this is a bit of letdown, but whatever.

Nice pour, tame aroma. It actually smells a little marzeny, but not at all like a hefe. A quick google tells me this is supposed to be a combination of the two styles, and while that seems like a remarkably bad idea I guess it don't smell bad, just tame.

Same thing going on, tastewise. There's the tiniest hint of wheatmalt at the beginning, in the form of a little whitepeppry fruitness, and this bleeds into a more rounded, sweet marzen middle. But, like, the two flavors don't really accentuate one another so much as they blot one another out.

This is a lot of work to go through to brew a beer that don't taste like all that much of nothing.

Photo of CMUbrew
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Founders imperial pint glass

A: Straw yellow-light orange in color, with a definite cloudiness. An insane of carbonation racing to the surface supports the thick, rocky, creamy white head that actually built up for about two minutes following the pour. Faded to about two centimeters for the rest of the beer. Minimal stickage to the glass.

S: Light wheatiness, with a slight whiff of lemon peel.

T: Light on the wheat flavor, not much in the way of spiciness. Hint of citric with some earthy flavors on the finish.

M: A little bit watery surprisingly. Carbonation doesn't feel as active as I thought it would.

O: Maybe I'm being too hard on this beer, but I just don't think it lived up to what a German Hefeweizen should be. That being said, I do think I could drink a lot of these in a row and enjoy doing so.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into weizen glass.

I'm not sure what this is supposed to be...some sort of hefe/okto hybrid? I'll attempt to rate to style.

A - Yellowish brown, murky, with a finger or two of white head that recedes quickly, though a thick cap remains throughout the duration. Minimal lacing.

S - Smells sort of like a hefe, maybe an okto, maybe I'm smelling the two combined? There's a thin banana component, with a rather strong sweet citrus element. Brown sugar-like backbone.

T - Not bad, but more one-dimensional that I'd expect. There's a citrusy graininess from the beginning where the fruity and sweet flavors attempt to shine through. Aside from a faint pineapple flavor and some vague caramel floating around in the background, there is little flavor. Quickly the brew sours up, balanced by a mild sweetness. Finish is a sour and a little bitter.

M - Medium to light bodied, heavier than most hefes but a half notch down from what I know of oktoberfestbiers. Carbonation is high and on point for a hefe, but doesn't work to accentuate any oktoberfest qualities.

D - This is an uninteresting beer at best. I don't think weizens and oktos are a combination meant for each other. It's fairly bland and lacks enough of what makes each style special, though I will agree that it is more of a hefe than an okto.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into dimpled mug. Clear bubbly pale amber with a large fizzy-foamy off-white head. Thin aroma of stale grain and very light sweetness,slightly grassy; stale, with a touch of bottle. The taste is an odd mix of dry grass, light banana, dry generic grainy mailt and a little zing of lightly peppey yeast in the finish. Quite watery, has some life to it, but the taste is gone instantly, leaving a little stickiness and sorta banana residue. Crisp enough for me.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep orange with a huge, fluffy white head that retains well. Aroma has big toasted bread notes, as well as a yeasty citrusy character (classic wiezen) and some light caramel notes. The flavor is of toasted bread, lemon rind, crackers, caramel and some yeasty flavors. This is really a hefe with the body, mouthfeel and malt profile of an oktoberfest...not really a great combination. The mouthfeel is full and chewy which doesnt compliment the style well and drinkability is descent at best. An ok hefe, not something to seek out, especially if you want a real oktoberfest.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a hazy lemon yellow with two fingers of creamy off-white head.

The aroma is faint malts, lemon, cloves, and banana.

The taste is quite mild and watered down. Light sweet grainy malts and a touch of saltiness on the tongue. Not much else.

Lighter bodied and moderately carbonated.

Drinkable but nothing special. There are many better hefeweizens out there.

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 BEERchitect
3.22/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

01-03-09
After drinking again for the first time in a few years, I feel that further commenting is necessary. Along with my initial views below, the beer seems to steer away from the weissbier notions and prefer the malty lagered notes instead. Lightly estery and ultimately malty throughout, this beer balances but always favors the malts. A nice Oktoberfest that uses the wheat for body, texture, and head retention. The wheat flavors are modest and take a backk seat to all things Oktoberfest. Don't let the wheat distract you, this is a true Oktoberfest with a slight wheat flair in taste, body, and appearance.

11-04-05
Although nothing extremely special, it's a clean and well brewed beer. The aromas show a heavy bready, moderately malty, and lightly caramel tones. The wheat doesn't add much esters, fruitiness, or spiciness. A medium copper color with a slight wheat haze. Wheat adds to the head retention and lacing. Flavors are typical bready, toasty, malty, and caramelly for an Oktoberfest, but the wheat adds a cereal-like quality and perhaps accentuates the grain flavors a bit too much. Hops are only for balance and go greatly unnoticed. The texture is smooth and creamy because of the wheat addition, but also brings out a light grain 'bite'. Finishes mildly sweet, grainy; yet clean and refreshing. Overall, an average beer. Thanks Clvand0 for sharing.

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 BBM
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear amber color with almost no head or lacing around the glass. Aroma was bread-like and sweet, but not very strong.

Some hefe weizen spices come through to add a little dimension to this Oktoberfest, making it somewhat unique. The spices aren't overpowering though. It's sweet, with a healthy amount of caramel malt flavor. There's almost no bitterness. This is a fairly good Oktoberfest, and I like the idea of adding weizen spices to this kind of brew, but I don't think the idea was fully realized here.

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

Pours hazy yellow-orange, slight head and no lacing.

Aroma is grainy malt with plenty of yeasty spices and a nice touch of banana.

Taste is initially sweet bready malt with the expected banana and clove. Then turns a little sour with apple and bubblegum notes. Finish holds spices and some warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel is smooth and very creamy due to generous carbonation.

Overall flavor was pleasant and unified. More hefe than marzen. I've never heard of this style. I don't find it spectacular, but it's certainly worth a try.

Photo of russpowell
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle which seems to made of sort of heavy radioactive amber glass (will survive many drops I'm sure!) with an assumed bbd of 1 2008

Pours a slightly hazed, effervescent bronze/amber with 4+ fingers off whipped up off white head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Appleskins, honey malt & lemons as this warms

T: Lemony & grassy notes up front. Not much hefe taste here, just grainyess, more lemon hops

MF: Spritzy with some wetness & medium body.

Drinks easy for the abv, but this is even plainer than their flagship offering, which is pretty clean tasting. A couple, then it's time to move on to something closer to the source. Glad I only purchased one, thank you Lukas Liquors for your build a sixer offerings!

MF: Overcarbonated up front,

Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
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