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Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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Reviews: 287
Hads: 546
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 17
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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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 biboergosum
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier has a very thick, frothy, overflowing white head, a cloudy (which gets much cloudier once the bottom contents are swished & poured in), yellow-gold appearance, fierce bubble streams, and a bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of white wheat bread, some sweetness, and a touch of yeast. Taste is of white wheat bread, malt, some paper, a little bit of bitterness, and a syrupy sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Erdinger Oktoberfest finishes semi-wet, a tad alcohilic, and easy drinking.


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Photo of dbrauneis
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%

A: Pours a cloudy medium golden yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and medium yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall pillowy foamy off-white head that reduces to a finger thick cloud like layer covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat and light aromas of pale malts. Moderate aromas of banana and just a hint of clove become apparent as the beer warms up.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of wheat malts and just a light amount of pale malt flavors as well. Moderate flavors of banana with a light flavor of clove and just a touch of earthy hops. Light amounts of bitterness is present in the finish but it does not linger for long.

M: Light to medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is an interesting hybrid style beer - a wheat Oktoberfest... Not sure that I would go out of my way to find this one again but it was worth the try (I more enjoy the classic Oktoberfest examples). Easy to drink.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

I picked up a bottle of Erdinger's Oktoberfest Weissbier last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I know this beer is released for Germany's Oktoberfest and it isn't a Marzen, but that makes sense, from what I know Erdinger only makes Wheat beers so it makes sense that they would want to make a beer for the celebration while giving people a option that isn't a Marzen. I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a 330ml bottle onto a Weizen glass.

A- The label looks good, it goes great with the name and I think it's pretty eye catching. It poured a cloudy golden yellow color that took on more of a darker golden hue when held to the light with about four fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty and patchy lacing behind. This was a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the wheat being the first to show up and it imparts a nice wheat like aroma with a slight bit of grainy malts coming through along with a nice bready aroma. Up next comes the yeast that seems to stick out the most and it imparts a nice fruity aroma with some banana, pear and fruit juice like aromas coming through with the banana sticking out the most by a little bit and there's just a light amount of spices showing up in the background. This beer had a good aroma, that seemed to be pretty true to style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the wheat still being the first to show up, but it's just a little lighter than it was in the aroma with the wheat aspects still sticking out the most. Up next comes the yeast which imparts the same fruity aspect that i got in the aroma, but this time there's a nice apple skin like flavors with neither aspect seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's no bitterness with a light wheat flavor and lots of fruity yeast flavors showing up in the aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, it was a little different than a traditional Hefe, but I liked it.

M- Smooth, fairly clean, a little crisp, on the very light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and even though it was a little different for a hefe, I thought it was a nice and unique take on the style, people expect something a little different to go with the season for Oktoberfest and while this isn't a Marzen I still think it fits the bill as a nice beer to enjoy during Oktoberfest. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, fairly clean, a little crisp, not filling at all and the taste did a nice job of holding my attention, I could drink a few of these especially if I start to get worn out with the Marzens. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma and that it wasn't just like every other Hefe and I think that made it pretty memorable. What I like the least about this beer was that the wheat didn't come through just a little more in the taste. I would buy this beer again, it makes for a nice change of pace from all the Marzens and I would recommend giving it a try, especially if your a fan of wheat beers. All in all I was happy with this beer, it was just a good all around beer and if I ever make my way to the official Oktoberfest in Germany I would make sure to have a couple steins of this. In the past I haven't been too fond of this brewery, but this was a nice beer and it's now my favorite from this brewery and I think it's a notable beer Good job guys, this was a nice beer, keep up the hard work.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%

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-

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Photo of utopiajane
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours like a wheat beer. Turbid , unfiltered, yellow straw with sunshine highlights. Fat head of white foam that lasts and leaves lace. Nose is a faint bit of ripe banana that is perfectly ripe and not over ripe. Although faint it has a depth within the beer. There is the crisp scent of wheat with it's natural sweetness. There is scent like bread crusts but light colored bread and not the usual dark bread you might find in the traditional oktoberfest. Taste is refreshing. A bit of soft banana, ripe but not dominating the palate. A touch of crisp and dry wheat malt with that light touch of bread crust. There is the lightest touch of caramel I can say I have ever observed in a beer and it really brings this beer together. It comes forward a bit on the nose as the beer warms and is like a pretty little surprise to the palate. The flavors are all light enough and balanced enough so that you can taste them all. The body is creamy and smooth, crisp and well carbonated. Finishes dry and a bit perky with the faintest amount of bitterness and leaves that bread to linger with that light caramel. I liked it more and more as I drank.

Really unique. I would say that this beer brought key elements of both styles together gracefully and with a light touch.

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Photo of pirilauamarelo
4.97/5  rDev +38.4%
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.

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Photo of seedyone
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

09/25/13 On tap at Rattle n HUm, NYC. Listed as a weizen. More body than I expected. Nice balance of dry and refreshing. Although Oktoberfest is a harbinger of colder days, this is a great transitional brew.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 11.2 oz bottle. Sampled on January 18, 2014.

It pours a cloudy and foggy pale yellow with a huge carbonated white head that fizzles down rather quickly. It looks like there is some yeast still floating around this one.

The aroma is of toasted biscuit malts, wheat, and lemongrass.

The body is light and refreshing making it easy to quaff.

The taste is echoes the aroma with a lot of toasted biscuit, wheat, and a clean lemon finish.

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Photo of Furlinator
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours translucent golden yellow with a faint white head that settles to a thin film on top before disappearing completely. No lace to speak of.

Smell is mostly malt with faint citrus notes and a hint of clove.

Taste is of sweet malt with some notes of Autumn spices.

Mouthfeel is lighter bodied with high carbonation. A stream of tiny bubbles rises continuously throughout the drink down.

A decent Oktoberfest. This is lighter in body and less spice-forward than most of it's American counterparts.

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Photo of metter98
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.69/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Hex
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I will keep this review short and sweet... there isn't much I have to say about this beer that is necessary to everyone getting the picture.

A- on the pour, the color of the beer is almost identical to that of Oberon... If this beer was a fine fragrance like YSL or Viktor & Rolf, Oberon would be the imitation fragrance purchased at Walmart (mind you that Im comparing the likeness of appearance and not smells) So, a richer version of Oberon is what this appears to be. 2 finger head upon a good pour, retention is moderately impressive.

S- Very sweet... almost reminds me of an artificially flavored grape cough syrup. (In a good way) but not the way I want my Oktoberfest to smell. There is a bit of oatmeal in there as well.

T- also sweet. Sweetly disappointing for the label on the beer. The flavor reminds me much of the Brooklyn Oktoberfest beer for those of you who've had it. Bread, Concorde Grapes, and a tiny hint of pre-prohibition hoppiness.

M- just a bit heavy. slightly chewy, with good enough carbonation to pleasantly repel the beer from unattractively staying on the palate long enough to overstay its welcome.

O- overall this is a beer to be had. There are some characteristics here to be understood as something other than an Oktoberfest, but many may disagree and believe its sweet malty nature to be the essence of this style of beer. Ignorance is bliss.

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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of sommersb
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 10-14-2013
Freshness: Best by 05-2014
Packaging: 330ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Weizen glass
Purchased: 6-pack from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

This is intriguing as it's labeled as an Oktoberfest but also a hefe-weizen.

Appearance: Beer is a cloudy honey color, capped with a tall and rocky white head. The head has excellent retention and very good lacing.

Smell: I get some typical hefe aromas of banana fruitiness, a light malty sweetness, and some citrus notes.

Taste: Light fruity in taste, with some citrus elements of lemon and orange. The malts make this a somewhat sweet brew, with little in the way of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The body is light from the wheat, with high carbonation levels. The finish is malt-forward but not overly sweet

Overall: I'm not sure what makes this an Oktoberfest weizen beer, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

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Photo of BCraig
4.13/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of EBeckett3
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Orangy with white head, light laces
S - citrusy, light malt
T - lightly sweet, no bitterness but dry finish, lighter than other marzens
M - crisp, refreshing, light to medium body
O - enjoyable weissbrau, but stretching the marzen label

Poured in a 16 oz pint glass at The Pourhouse, Westmont, NJ

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Photo of Beirbelly1989
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I think the B- average is about right. Nothing in this beer that makes me cringe, but not a lot to put it above other beers of the same type. It is definitely easier to drink than a lot of wheat beers that can be too syrupy and leave your mouth feeling coated in glue, so credit for that. Otherwise, not a must have but good to try.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

What do you know an Oktoberfest Weissbier.
Sure looks like a weissbier. Huge full head - yellow/gold slightly cloudy body.
Soft wheat and pale malt. Slight fruit and a bit of tart.
After a brush with sweet malt then bread, then fruit, a touch of hops and a pretty prominent drying. Quite complex for an easy drinking beer and with emphasis on hops. I swirled in the yeast and now get a shot of that too.
Moderate body, esp. for style.
This is a nice beer. I'm enjoying it.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy bright golden body with a thick white head. Leaves some lacing and retains well enough.

A little surprising with a sweet citric fruit note sitting atop the usual hefe characteristics.

Wheat and lots of that tangerine like character. Don't really know what is Oktoberfest like about what is going on here, but it is enjoyable.

Lots of bubble scrubbing action going on. Crisp and medium bodied.

I'd drink this over their regular hefe.

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Photo of ISmith87
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - 3.75 - Nice hazy golden color, I'm assuming from yeast. Really nice half finger white head that sticks around forever and gives a nice lumpy lacing.

Smell - 3.50 - bananas, pears, wheat, sweet corn

Taste - 3.50 - same as smell, good banana and pear flavor, a lot of wheat in there, sweet corn

Mouth feel - 3.50 - light, alcohol completly hidden, almost no aftertaste but what's there is slight wheat, medium to high carbonation

Overall - 3.50 - not too bad, tastes smooth, a nice Oktoberfest

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Photo of thecheapies
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First Oktoberfest beer I ever swirled the yeast into the glass for. The last Erdinger weissbier I had was a big dud, let's see how this goes...

Pours a golden color with deep haze from the yeast. The head is stoic in its petrification. Loves to hold, tries to lace.

Has some ripe banana notes that compete with malty wheat and toasted grain notes, not unlike many a Marzen. It offers a musty tang with some metallic flair tailing. Clove is very minor, but there's a strange vanilla presence. Mostly bready, versus a hefe with a good yeast character. The breadiness encompasses all that's slightly darker, slightly maltier, and with a toastier and more caramelly backbone. Not awful, but shit, give me something to talk about here!

Slightly smoky flavor with big maltiness that has contributions from both wheat and barley. Toastier than normal and with a burst of sweetness that isn't cut by the needed lemony/orange-y note. Plays with notes of roasted banana and syrup, and that brings to mind pan-juice caramel. Has something along the lines of tutti frutti going for it, but I wouldn't describe it quite as bubble gum. Almost apple-like in its fruitiness, plus the wheaty bread notes--it's like eating a banana and sliced apple sandwich. Note that these bananas are browned and the apple is slightly oxidized. Decent flavor, I suppose. Just a bit musty and grainy.

Pretty smooth without sacrificing richness. The body doesn't hold too much more than medium. Carbonation is tingling, but not crisp. Many a hefe equals this kind of feel, which is not bad.

What can I say, other than 'much better than their last one'? Not what one might look for, but a different take on a fall German beer, for sure.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.04/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
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