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Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
82
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393 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 12
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bierman2000 on 07-17-2003)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2007 02:54:16 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 03:18:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Equal parts tangerine and goldenrod with a serious shortage of yeast, even after the final few ounces are added. The whipped creamy crown is large, filling more than half the glass after the pour. This hefeweizen may not be a knockout in the looks department, but it's nothing that deserves to be hidden in a stein.

I'm curious about whether a beer that is presumably a hybrid of two such disparate styles will favor one or the other when it comes to smell and taste. The nose is most reminiscent of a weak Oktoberfest. It's mildly malty, with a wheaty tang and no banana or clove.

Erdinger Weissbrau brews nothing but wheat beer (hence their name), which is why they've done something so seemingly strange as create an Oktoberfest Weizen. To my unending surprise and delight, they've actually managed to create a beer that has the qualites of each of those styles.

The malt tastes slightly toasted and lightly caramel-like, something not usually found in a hefeweizen. The fruit and spice that are absent in the nose are present on the palate, albeit in muted form. Clove esters are next to absent and the (hefe) weizen banan-o-meter score is only 1.0/5.0.

Although relatively light, the mouthfeel features a featherweight, mouthfilling creamy quality that more light-bodied beers should possess. Proper carbonation, as always, is the key.

Erdinger Oktoberfest Weizen may not be great beer, but it gets points for originality. It looks like I haven't scored anything from these guys very high. This one is as good as anything they brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 13:59:16 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 03:16:24 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 22:45:07 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2005 14:10:59 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -3%

10-14-2012 20:41:48 | More by acurtis
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -10%

09-29-2013 14:32:19 | More by ygtbsm94
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -10%

11-16-2013 04:22:55 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -3%

12-14-2013 02:58:57 | More by kylehay2004
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oberon

North Carolina

3.75/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2007 22:47:19 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

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

This brew poured out as a cloudy looking yellow color with a fluffy white head on top. The smell of the beer is grainy and had some soft banana aromas to it. The taste of the beer gives off some wheat flavors along with some light autumn flavors too. The mouthfeel is very drinkable, it's a very easy going beer. Overall it's a nice beer for just about anytime of year. I would probably drink this one again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 02:02:12 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

One of many O-Fests finally being sampled this year. Took me long enough... It pours a hazy tawny-amber topped by a finger of pale cream foam. The nose comprises orange peel, light lemon zest, wheat, very light caramel, and a touch of rye bread. The taste holds notes of mild toffee, light rye spice, orange zest, and a pinch of cardamom. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly grainy feel. Overall, a generally enjoyable hefe, one that revels in its light malty leanings.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 19:51:08 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Darker than the average hefe with a great head, this one poured out a cloudy burgundy color with orange highlights. It had a thick, bubbly head of khaki colored foam. It left some soapy residue behind.

S - It has some standard hefe aromas, wheat and yeast. However, the banana and clove aromas were muted.

T - It hits with spiciness at first sip and backs that up with some sweet wheat flavors. There is a touch of citrus and some grainy/yeasty flavors, too.

M - It was crisp and fairly sharp, not as carbonated as most hefeweizens. It actually drinks a little heavy which is surprising.

D - This is still a very tasty brew. I could be very sessionable and is a unique twist for an "Oktoberfest" release.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 00:39:04 | More by zeff80
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emerge077

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A couple fingers of foam rise, leaving some sticky lacing. After swirling the yeast sediment and pouring it, it clouds up slightly. Pretty much like a darker hefe in appearance.

Not much aroma, mostly grainy wheat and pale malt.

Wheaty flavor, sort of papery and dry. The last thing i'd expect to carry the Oktoberfest banner. More like a substandard hefe-weizen. No citrus, clove, or any darker malts even. Wheaty, somewhat creamy mouthfeel due to the yeast/wheat content. Fairly simple and easy drinking without much thought.

Dull, very much unlike the scene painted on the bottle. Any barmaid who can heft 4 liter krugs and dance at the same time is worthy of having her likeness on this bottle. She's probably also the women's curling champion of Bavaria or something.

Sampled during "Oktoberfest" at Back Door Lounge, Utica, IL.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 01:28:52 | More by emerge077
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Typical weizen appearance with a darker body that falls into the amber range. Not quite copper. White head. Excellent retention. Very nice rings of lace.
S- The aroma is more fruity than anything, with apple, pear, apricot, and mild banana. Delicate spice in the background. Some mild, grainy malt.
T- The flavor is again fruity, with a little bit more banana and a lot more spice. The wheat character comes out more whereas it was simply grainy and kind of nutty in the nose. Sweetness is not as high as in a standard weizen; and it finishes mainly dry with some residual spice and a touch of fruit and malty sweetness.
M- Medium bodied and crisp.
D- I was surprised that I didn't like this as much as their standard weizen. It's a great idea though. Maybe I just need to try it again and get used to it a bit, but I think I'd pretty much always opt for either a straight weizen or a straight oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 22:03:51 | More by NeroFiddled
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2013 21:57:17 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2005 21:54:19 | More by Jason
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.23/5  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,

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2007 05:09:39 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft served in pint glass. Cloudy yellowish orange, white diffue head, moderate carbonation. Almost no aroma, some maltiness wetness in the aroma. Pleasant clean flavor, finishes completely. High drinkability, no hop character. No lacing but head forms on the edge of the glass. This was quite an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2009 04:55:20 | More by drabmuh
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2006 21:40:35 | More by WVbeergeek
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not sure how this can be an Oktoberfest AND Hefe, but I guess I'll find out.

Pours a big fluffy 2+ finger head that fades fairly quickly, unfortunately no lacing, hazy bright carrot orange color.

Nose is interesting, somewhat hefe with wheat, light banana, hints of clove and spices, some citrus, but fairly light in all the above... but at the same time a light malty pilsner aspect, with light straw, and some lager undertones. So I guess almost like a blend of the two beers.

Taste comes in light and airy but plenty of flavor, and tons of carbonation. Big wheat aspect at first, hefe flavored, juicy, citrus, little banana wheat, very light clove spices, clementine, etc. A very light toasty malt and straw but barely any, and again just a hint of a lager like base but more wheat like. Light and drinkable, much more summer than October beer. Finish is a bit sticky but dry, light orange citrus, juice, wheat, and toasty flavors lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, lots of carbonation.

Overall interesting, decent but not great. Almost like a blend of Hefe and pilsner, with light hints of both, but never really gets where it wants to go I think. Drinkable and tasty though.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 23:24:54 | More by jlindros
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WesWes

New York

3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a dry, yet slightly fruity aroma that boasts of pale, light crystal, and wheat malts along with Bavarian yeast. It's earthy and dry with a bit of tartness. The taste is decent. It has a dry, malty flavor that boasts of crystal malts and weizen yeast. It goes down smooth, but finishes dry and earthy with a weizen aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good brew, but it's not one I'd buy again. I like the regular weizens and the dunkels, but the Octoberfest ones I could do without.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2005 00:51:24 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

3.35/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 05:25:52 | More by Mora2000
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 05:40:26 | More by StonedTrippin
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Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
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