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Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
82
good

435 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 435
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 14
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +10.5%

imperialking, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of rootbeerman
2.65/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours bright cloudy yellow, with a frothy two finger white head. Head does leave some chunks of lacing. Looks great.
S: very light overall aroma, light yeast, not much of the normal Weiss aroma. I smell this as lacking overall.
T: rather weak on flavor, mostly light wheat and yeast.
M: light, slightly prickly carbonation.
O: needs to be more, yes I understand it is this way to allow for large quantity to be drank.

rootbeerman, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of bubseymour
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Decent looking hef. with 1 finger head, yellow murky wheat beer appearance with volcanic carbonation. Very good head retention.

Smell - bananna/lemon notes but faint

Taste - Very mild taste. Very light on flavor. Some crispness and dryness in finish. I'm picking up some metallic tastes as well.

Mouthfeel - Slightly watery.

Overall - A very forgettable Hef. easy to drink but little flavoring to remember it by.

bubseymour, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of Argion
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Argion, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of janubio
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml. bottle, pours a good head that does not hold much, leaving some lace. Smell is the weakest part, fainted cloves and bananas with some citrus. Now, it feels much better on the palate, good carbonation, fizzy. In the tongue there is everything that the smell lacks: banana, cloves, peaches... Very drinkable, anyway.

janubio, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of Avagadro
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Erdinger Oktoberfest pours to form a giant fluffy head of admirable retention. Its body exhibits great lacing and clarity, especially given that it is listed as a hefe.

S: The aroma is fairly faint, and displays a bit of herbal and solvent notes.

T: Light and dry, with a touch of lemon, caramel, and toast.

M: Light, clean, and effervescent.

O: Much closer to the light and drinkable German Oktoberfests than the malty American versions. Tasty, but I think Paulaner still takes the crown.

Avagadro, Oct 18, 2011
Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken at a local pubs Ocotberfest last night, sadly not in the correct glassware, £2.00 for a half pint in a standard unbadged UK half sleeve.

Cloudy, murky, you choose! It's lemon gold in colour with a good white crown on top, just like almost all wiessbiers.

Bananas and cloves with a vanilla overtone, in both the smell and taste: yummy.

I couldn't tell any difference to the regular Erdinger to be honest, the advertised 5.7% ABV certainly didn't feature greatly in the taste but I did knock a glass over in the next pub I visited, so maybe it was stronger than I thought.

BlackHaddock, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy pale yellow body with a white head.

Aromas include a cocktail of toasty and bready malt notes, some light esters as well.

A mild session beer, Erdinger Oktoberfest features a crisp carbonic bite like you might find in club soda. Malt is present but restrained with cracker notes and a hint of phenolic spice. Bitterness is low as is the noble hop flavor.

The body is crisp like a hefe, but rounder like an Oktoberfest.

Not much to right home about frankly. Somewhere between a hefe and Oktoberfest, this beer misses on both. I think I would rather have one or the other. Like a fuller bodied hefe with less esters and phenols or an oktoberfest without interesting malt character. Not bad by any stretch, but not all that good either.

BradLikesBrew, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a general fan of Erdinger, I was very glad to find a bottle of their Oktoberfest. Pours a slightly hazy, pale yellow body, with a two-finger white head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves very little lacing.

The aroma is, as expected, close to their traditional hefeweizen, but comes in low on the banana notes and nearly nonexistent in the clove arena. Still, a good citrus aroma, and there is a sweetness that seems like barley malt, but, of course, must be the wheat grain in some fashion.

The flavor is equally close to the hefeweizen, but, again, light on banana, missing clove, and adding some sweetness similar to a marzen.

Medium to light mouthfeel and a sweet finish. Overall, a tasty and different take on the Octoberfest beer and I like it.

FanofHefe, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of homersimpson67
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden hazy straw color into my trusty tulip, very inviting.
Pleasant floral aroma, lemon and spice, smells fresh.
Easy going flavor, nothing unique but clean and crisp, not overpowering, goes down smooth.
Hits the mouth with a more carbonation than most Oktoberfests I've tried.
Overall very good but wouldn't say will remember as one of my favs. Will try again, love the fall beers!

homersimpson67, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy pale golden with a large long lasting white head, with nice lacing. Light citrus hops, some malt, yeast, lemon and nice fruity notes fill the nose. Taste is malt, yeast, wheat, some fruity notes and light hops bitterness. Palate is light to medium crisp body with nice carbonation. Finish is sweet malt, yeast, some fruity notes, with some light hops and a light fruity nutty ending. Overall a very nice refreshing and easy drinking brew.

Samp01, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of farrago
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge frothy three finger head, close to bone white, while delicate has very good retention and staying power, close to no lacing though. Mild haze to the bright golden color, slight zinc tint, plenty of thick bubble beads visible and pretty damn transparent when factoring for that haze. Sweet nose of honey coated oats, orange glaze, molasses and challah bread, solid contribution by apricot, peach, yellow apple fruit too, pretty floral dew notes, more yeast than real baked bread, attractively open and appealing. Full-bodied with broad, fluffy carbonation which creates more volume in the mouth. The softness allows it to soak into your mouth pores while it still has a relatively clean finish. Lots of fruit here, a range of apricot, pear, apple, peach and a hint of banana, sweetens further with orange pulp flavors. The wheat seems incidental to the whole. More caramel and toffee than hoppiness, suggestion of clove or other sweet spices. Sufficiently dry finish to avoid sugary residue. Quite fun to drink but not necessarily a complex, cerebral brew.

farrago, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of bluHatter
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Thick cloudy yellow with a tall thick sudsy head. Nice lacing. Looks very German.

S: lemon, wheat, very subtle hops

T: malt, lemon, with a slightly hoppy finish. Pretty tasty.

M: Just the right amount of carbonation. A bit tangy on the tongue. Easily drinkable - not as thick feeling as it looks.

O: A very successful Oktoberfest. Easy to drink and delicious. I love the way this beer looks in the glass.

bluHatter, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of FickleBeast
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

FickleBeast, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of Minkybut
2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 40 degrees. The beer was cloudy and pee colored. The beer poured a monster white puffy head that was really nice. The beer had a odd metallic smell to it. The taste was okay I guess for a Weissbier, but still not my favorite. Almost had that sour taste I hate. I will not buy again.

Minkybut, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of mynie
3.15/5  rDev -13%
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.

mynie, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

TMoney2591, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of DannyDan
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark yellow with a thick cream whitehead that leaves some really nice retention and lacing. A very nice looking beer. The smell has a faint yeast and grains aroma. The taste starts out with some caramel, wheat and fruits. I get some apples, pears and bananas. I get some spices and hops in the background. The taste is nice and balanced and the mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth. Overall, this is a very good tasting beer that I could easily enjoy every fall.

DannyDan, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Kind of a buzz kill that this one explodes in the glass with carbonation. After is settles to a very sticky layer I get a nice amber brown beer that is light in color.

S - Not really getting much spice tones but I it does taste a bit less hop forward which is nice. Slight lemon zest and caramel/toffee smells all around.

T - Much lighter than expected it starts with lemon then quickly to sweet malts of toffee and then a bit hoppy in the finish. No real spice just overall sweet malts.

M - Again it drank with a very light body. A very drinkable offering of the style.

Overall I don't think I got what I paid for since this was a bit bitter for my palate which was expecting a full on sweet malt flavor. Still I enjoyed it overall.

DrDemento456, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of magine
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy orange kissed yellow. Has a white fluffy head. Head settles to a nice fluffy island about a pinkie thick. Island floats nicely as you take each sip. Some minimal lace remains. Pretty good looks.

Brew smells of clove, zesty lemon spice and banana. Pretty good smelling brew.

Brew is medium bodied; initially some peppery spice then a nice malty yeast in the middle. Bready grains, cloves, lemon, spices and some banana finish the palate. Dry finish. Pretty good tasting brew.

Picked this up in a mix your own six pack at Wegmans. I picked it up quickly with intentions of it being a marzen style. Oh well as a hefe goes it is pretty standard fair. Pretty good but nothing to rave about.

magine, May 06, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here's one to break the mold; a wheat oktoberfestbier. A festive label adorns the 330 ml bottle. On to the beer:

It's a major foamer on the pour. Given time, the stereotpical hefewiezen look is yielded; cloudy yellow-orange color with a big head on top. Head retention and lacing are fair. Some spicy hop aroma registers to the nose, as do light notes of lemon and banana. Overall, it smells a little different from the usual hefe.

It's spicy like an oktoberfest, yet it retains some hefeweizen characteristics. Spicy and sweet malted flavors register right off the bat. Looking at it deeper generates little waves of banana, cinnamon, and clove. Yum! The mouthfeel is light, a little chalky, and with gentle carbonation.

This beer refreshes and puts a smile on my face. It's a great alternative to all the other oktoberfestbiers out on the market.

DoubleJ, Feb 15, 2011
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.

CuriousMonk, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of matjack85
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.99. A freshness date is notched out along the side of the back label, so you can always tell if you are getting this year's batch. Despite the label touting this as a Marzen/ Oktoberfest beer, BA lists it as a hefeweizen, which after looking at it, smelling it, and tasting it, seems to be the right call.

The beer pours a cloudy golden color with sediment in it, which is typical of an unfiltered wheat beer. The head is enormous with 75% of the glass filled with frothy white foam. The head took awhile to receed so retention was good, but surprisingly, despite the big head, this beer didn't leave any lacing.

The smell was all hefeweizen - strong wheat malt smell along with a nice dose of fruity banana and spicy clove aroma.

The beer had a sweet caramel malt and wheat flavor with the spiciness coming in a strong second. An orange and banana fruit flavor was there as well, but not as strong as the other flavors. Not much in the way of hops in here and therefore not much bitterness. The spiciness is used to help balance the malts rather than any hops.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

This is a decent tasting beer. The 5.7% alcohol is barely noticeable, so having a few at a sitting is entirely doable.

matjack85, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale amber gold, huge fluffy white head with webs on the side, sinking unevenly on top but slowly, thanks to the large robust carbonation. Mostly clear body. Looks nice but not hugely weizeny or even what I'd expect to find at Oktoberfest.

Nose is really rather sweet. Lots of malt and sweetish grain, with corn notes, caramel aroma and some vanilla as well. Some fuirt notes lingering, soft banana and apple. Largely though it's just grainy. Not unpleasant, but simple.

Taste is very grainy as well. Pearl barley with oatmeal and sweet grain bread on the front gets more sweet on the mid, with notes of honey, popcorn and more vanilla, plus a very sticky bread-dough character leading to the finish which is really rather unfortunate. But it's also characteristic of some German yeasts which is one of my bugbears really. Finish itself is not bad, some very light grassy hops -possibly Hallertau Hersbrucker but used very sparingly. Vegetative and clean with no lingering bitterness, just a flat and clean aftertaste. This makes for extremely clean, simple, excessive drinking, but not a lot on the interest side.

Very smooth feel, nice grainy texture through the palate. Full-bodied and just the slightest dryness at the back.

The fact that the texture and drinkability of this beer are the best aspects suggests a great deliberateness to it. The technical aspects are absolutely spot on and the whole thing drinks like its purpose in life is to be drunk in copious amounts. I don't love the flavour, but it gets it over the line and I could just smash stein after stein of this in a tent in Munich some time.

laituegonflable, Dec 17, 2010
Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
82 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.