Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu
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4/5 rDev +10.8%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.
A: Dark golden and cloudy. 3 finger frothy white head. Lots of carbonation rises throughout. Thick carbonation very shortly hangs on to the sides of the glass, but mostly retreats.
S: Wheat and lots of yeast, a little citrus. Kinda freshly mowed lawn and baked bread combo.
T: Wheat, not as yeasty as the nose suggests, but really grainy.
M: A little heavier than one might expect. Full flavored. The grains are very pronounced and linger on the palette.
D: Very good beer to sip, but can be powered thru if that sort of thing suits you.
Very solid appearance. Nice golden hue and big frothy head like you'd expect from a weizen. More carbonation than i'd expect, but it really doesn't come out in the feel. Very pronounced nose unlike the subdued sort from most weizens, and pleasant too. Really strong pronounced flavor as well. Nice combination of components. Overall, this is a really good quaff.
11-01-2009 04:33:12 | More by bmwats
3.98/5 rDev +10.2%
Bottle poured into my weizen glass. Pours a very murky dark gold with a good-sized off-white head on top. Decent retention. Leaves little lace. Smells of bananas, yeast, and a big bubble gum scent. Very sweet smelling.
The mouth is creamy smooth, but with enough carbonation to give a good balance of crispness. This is a really nice mellow hefe. Very smooth bready flavors, with a semi-sweet slightly tart finish. This is a nice change from the usual fall offerings. Refreshing, smooth, pleasant. Get some.
10-27-2009 17:33:28 | More by Onenote81
3.63/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
10-21-2009 00:39:04 | More by zeff80
3.93/5 rDev +8.9%
Pours a cloudy orange with a big, frumpy white head whose aromas are surprisingly subdued. I detect hints of sourdough bread and general yeastiness. The taste is somewhat redeeming. Bready malts are at the fore, followed by light banana, nut, and spice notes that I enjoy very much. Is less sweet than your typical hefeweizen, but in a good way.
10-15-2009 20:36:59 | More by droomyster
4.25/5 rDev +17.7%
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.
10-11-2009 21:02:37 | More by thecarster1
4.03/5 rDev +11.6%
A - Hazy golden w/a bit of copperish-like hue and a rich, fluffy, cratered cap that's simply beautiful. No lace.
S - Very much like a Weisen with wheat, clove, lemon and malt.
T - Oktoberfest but with a Weizen accent. Nice sort of nutty malt but with a touch of cinnamon and fruit that finishes dry. Delicious!
M - Rich w/nice supporting carbonation that's super silky.
D - Food friendly given the low ABV and splendidly balanced carbonation. Hugely drinkable!
10-10-2009 00:53:34 | More by pinotboy007
3.68/5 rDev +1.9%
11.2oz. bottle served in a .5l weizen glass. 02-2010 indicated on the back label. Poured a hazy honey gold with a a dense, bright white head that filled half the glass. Head eventually settled into a solid two inch, frothy cap with light strands of lacing adhering to the sides of the glass as the brew receded. Nose reveals wheat, some clove and light banana esters with a heavy metallic quality at the back. Taste follows nose; however, somewhat muted and luckily missing the coppery quality indicated in the nose. Mouthfeel was light bodied and lively with a fairly clean finish. Decent Hefe (although I thought I was buying an Oktoberfest from the label), solid and easy drinking.
10-06-2009 23:33:57 | More by Jwale73
4.03/5 rDev +11.6%
This is by no means an Oktoberfest style lager but Erdinger perhaps decided to slap the term on to this beer perhaps to cash in on the trend or is this a hybrid? We will see. Best before February 2010.
Pours into my Weizen glass with a typically huge and uncontrollable Erginder-styled head. The color is a bit darker than the original and that is about it.
Scent is weisen, with noticable wheat and clove scents along with some lemon but with an extra kick of malt. It smells very spicy. It really is a hybrid of weisen and oktoberfest in the scent department.
Suprisingly the Otoberfest characteristic is carried into the taste department, though with a Weizen twist. Remarkable. Typical nutty malts meld with the subtle fruitiness of the Weizen, again, remarkable.
This was a surprise I was expecting another version of the Weizen and this truly is a hybrid. One of my new favorites for this season.
10-03-2009 01:18:58 | More by crossovert
3.9/5 rDev +8%
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.
10-02-2009 04:55:20 | More by drabmuh
District of Columbia
4.03/5 rDev +11.6%
Well this was a surprise. Got this one not paying much attention, and didn't see the wheat coming in. Nonetheless, a really nice, tasty beer. Nice amber beer with an incredibly fruity nose - lots of wheat, citrus, and maybe even grapes or sweet dried fruit in there. Flavor is likewise, mixed with a definite Oktoberfest straightforward maltiness. Feel is fine, appropriate for the style. Really enjoyed this one, would definitely grab it again - highly drinkable.
The Reef/16 oz/$6
09-30-2009 02:59:13 | More by soupyman10
3.8/5 rDev +5.3%
Served in a 0.5 L weizen glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.
Appearance: As served the beer is a hazy amber orange with a 1 ½" creamy white head. Though out the beer sipping leaves behind sheets and patches of lacing. Although by the end of the beer the foam has receded to a small ring around the beer and sipping leaves at least some minimal lacing.
Smell: The aroma is fresh and floral/grassy with sweet malt and wheat but most similar to a regular Oktoberfest. There are no real traces of the bubblegum. banana or clove expected in a hefeweizen. Instead there is the caramel from the malt snf some light brown sugar, with citrus fruit.
Taste: The flavors are predictable from the nose with some nice sweet caramel malt and a bit of soft wheat character, backed up by the floral, grassy hops along with some citrus character, mostly orange zest..
Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium-bodied and creamy with persistent gentle carbonation. There is a long, dry, somewhat yeasty finish and a faint earthy bitterness at the end.
Drinkability: While not an outstanding beer this is a well made tasty beer that leaves me interested in sampling it again. The idea of an Oktoberfest weizen beer is new and to me so this is one I'm interested in tasting more than once. While I'd not make a special trip to seek this one out, if the occasion arises I'll try this one again.
09-24-2009 00:38:18 | More by drtth
4.4/5 rDev +21.9%
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.
09-21-2009 02:10:54 | More by corby112
3.13/5 rDev -13.3%
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.
09-18-2009 20:42:06 | More by oriolesfan4
3.78/5 rDev +4.7%
Picked this up while touring the Marzens, didn't realize it was a weiss until I got it home. What a treat! I thought I'd said goodbye to hefeweizens when summer ended.
A: I've never given a 5 for appearance, but this beer is beautiful when light shines through. Cloudy, just a little darker than the average weizen.
S: Not bad. Banana, cloves, like a hefeweizen should.
T: This is just a bit maltier than the average hefeweizen, which detracts from the wheat malt tastes but adds a surprising complexity.
M: Creamy. Silky. This is a pleasure to drink.
D: Definitely a "where did my glass go" beer, which I think is the most important qualification for an Oktoberfest, whether or not it's a Marzen. I could definitely see myself finishing a 1-liter stein and going back for another.
09-18-2009 06:06:09 | More by TonyReaves
3.93/5 rDev +8.9%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug. A cloudy light brown with a garnett hue.
Aroma of wheat, lending a hay like character, and sweet candy malts.
A very well balanced brew, certainly leans more to a true Oktoberfest with the german malts prevelant in the flavor. Wheat lends a subtle light fruit backing and everything is tied together with the noble hop.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied.
Drinkability is quite good. This would make a fine session beer in the winter months.
09-17-2009 16:59:01 | More by Stinkypuss
4/5 rDev +10.8%
Interesting Oktoberfest/Weizen. Which one is it. I guess I will have to drink it to find out. Poured into my pint glass this beer produces an amazing amount of head. Possibly an over agressive pour by me. The head is light tan in color. After settling I can now see the beer itself is cloudy orange with golden hilights. The head leaves a bit of creamy lace around the rim. The aroma is sweet and fruity. Apples oranges and slight banana are right up front. Some spice along with a strong malt backbone. The flavor is a nice balance of malt and sweet fruit. Hints of pepper and wheat crackers are finished off with a tart fruity bite. A very creamy mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. Although not really a marzen a very solid beer overall. Worth picking up again.
09-14-2009 22:18:33 | More by beerwolf77
3.73/5 rDev +3.3%
had this from a 12-oz bottle, first time having this bier.
A: has a typical hefe-appearance. Cloudy, pseudo-amber color, with a nice foam head that is thick in nature and lasts a good amount of time.
S: Orange, lemony mix that is very inviting.
T: Don't get much out of the oktoberfest-hefe mix, it is mostly a hefe bier in color, nature, and taste.
M: A good bier to drink, very full and refreshing.
D: Easy to drink, could have a few of these without a problem.
Overall, a good hefe bier even though I don't see much of the fest bier in it. Still, a good bier and one that I recommend. Prosit.
09-09-2009 02:22:37 | More by nocheinsbitte
3.15/5 rDev -12.7%
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.
09-07-2009 19:23:41 | More by KarlHungus
4.38/5 rDev +21.3%
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.
09-06-2009 01:11:14 | More by scooter
3.88/5 rDev +7.5%
Interesting new beer from Erdinger. It makes a very nice pour, with a substantial head on top of a lightly hazy golden amber. The nose is very faint, but offers a few notes of phenols. Interesting flavor: a nice maltiness comes through with some good melanoidens, appropriate for an octoberfest. Fruitiness is light, but there is some good cloviness, with a hint of bandaids, there. Hoppier than a standard weiss as well.
Interesting beer--not sure if I'll buy it again, but it's well-crafted and nicely balances the two styles.
08-29-2009 00:50:43 | More by allengarvin
2.63/5 rDev -27.1%
A: Pours a hazy (wheat) orange with a monster head that was gone fast. Looks like a cloudy oktoberfest
S: There is a smell of munich malt with soft bread undertones. There is a subtle citrusy, ale character. Fruity esters does not at all seem appropriate for an oktoberfest style beer.
T: This is weird. I know its not a true oktoberfest because its a wheat beer. but this is just crawling with fruity esters. There is a strong citrus character and the malty flavors are suppressed to small background notes.
M: To thin for the style, watery almost
D: I didn't like this very much. Perhaps Its because my heart was set on an Octoberfest and this really tastes nothing like the style.
08-27-2009 00:19:45 | More by LyonsHead
3.25/5 rDev -10%
On tap at the Brewhaus in Springfield, IL
Poured a hazy yellow with hues of orange. A huge, rocky, white head towers over the edge of the glass and leaves decent lacing. Aromas seemed weak - wheat, German yeast, mild fruits, and banana. Tastes seemed somewhat off-putting with a strange array of flavors over the palate - wheat, bubblegum, slight toffee, German yeasts hinting at bananas and ripe fruits (apple or pear perhaps). Alcohol is somewhat present, but hangs around in the background. Mouth-feel was medium bodied and creamy. Complex - yes, but the tastes do not seem to go together well. I'll stick to either an authentic German Hefeweizen or opt for a traditional Marzen for Oktoberfest.
08-20-2009 00:04:08 | More by barnzy78
3.75/5 rDev +3.9%
I'm a fan of Oktoberfest brews so I was interested to see how the style mixed.
Poured into a pint glass.
A- Hazy kind of dirty orange with a white inch thick head that faded pretty quick. Decent carbination.
S- Wheat and citrus
T- Same as the smell but I picked up some banana in there as well.
M- Light, watery and crisp.
D- Pretty easy to drink.
All in all I didnt really notice many Oktoberfest qualities but its still a decent brew.
05-26-2009 12:11:26 | More by tatoodkelt
4.45/5 rDev +23.3%
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.
02-18-2009 21:26:54 | More by Heritage02Rider
3.48/5 rDev -3.6%
It pours a dark amber/orange color with a good level of carbonation into my Tucher weizen glass. The beer is definitely hazy, as I would expect from a weissbier, and a nice cloudy white 3 finger head forms. The head disappears quickly but there is some nice lacing left around the glass.
I was very interested in how the aroma of this beer was going to present itself. Since these two beer styles have a different notes to them I was curious to see if they mix well or if one dominates the other. As soon as I brought the brew up to my nose I could tell the hefeweizen style was dominate in the aroma, although there are many players here. The first thing I detect is citrus, pear, and banana. A maltiness is also present, that mixes fairly well with the citrus flavors. There is a substantial amount of tangy wheat which is present in most weissbiers. Overall, the aroma leans toward a weissbier with some darker malt added in.
Erdinger was able to balance out the two styles fairly well in the flavor. As I take a drink, I definitely get the wheat up front. The beer essentially has two sides, one brings caramel malts and more of a fresh bread taste, and another has a banana and citrus zest. I'm not getting much in the way of a hop profile and the brew finishes dry.
01-26-2009 18:53:47 | More by CMW
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