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Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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Reviews: 276
Hads: 505
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 17
Gots: 28 | 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 Toddv29424
2.74/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty sweet Oktoberfest brew which would be perfect to enjoy in 1 liter stein in Munich. Unfortunatly it's a little weak to drink on its own, or as part of a review session. The wheat is very apparent like other Erdingers, and the sweetness is really enjoyable. But there is something that just seems to be lacking from this brew, and I cant exactally put my finger on it. (383 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.32/5  rDev +20.7%
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 (803 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Autumnal, brown-tinted golden-orange below a fat rise of marshmallow foam.
The nose has elements of apple sauce, wheat bread, and pecans, but seems a bit diffuse on the whole.
Up front in the mouth, there is a quick wheatiness that ebbs just as quick towards the more traditional Munich-y traits of toasted nut, bagel, and caramelized raisin. A phenolic sense of vanilla arises midway and lingers into the close, shiftly slightly towards banana pudding. On the whole, however, the weizen yeast is not a dominating force here. Hopping is modest with steely herbs and grasses.
A fairly brawny body is given some levity by the increased carbonation, forming an impression of carbonated cream.
This is plenty drinkable and likeable on nearly all accounts. It's not an explosive mash-up of flavors, but basically a fairly mild (but well-made) festbier with a subtle weiss infusion. (883 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass slightly hazy with a low white head which fell quickly but laced the glass.

The aroma was malty with a nutty caramel malt aroma of Munich or Vienna. The aroma also contained a slight spicy hop presence. Also present was just the lightest amount of smoke and banana.

The flavor was crisp with a light banana and clove flavor that were at low levels. The flavor contained a bit of caramel and a low wheat flavor. Also present was a light spice character.

The finish was dry with a crisp and light fruity ester that lasts of banana. The body was medium and the carbonation fairly high. Kinda boring, but easily drinkable.

11.2 ounce bottle, 5.7% ABV on label. (700 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
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. (1,039 characters)

Photo of apintofknowledge
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Erdinger Weissbrau Oktoberfest Weizen is an unusual take on the Fest style. It’s a Weizen beer, meaning it’s a wheat beer rather than the traditional all-malt Märzen. The carbonation of this one is much more like that of a Hefeweizen, the more common German style of wheat beer, with a thick foamy white head. Both the aroma and taste are both sweet and spicy, and overall this one is much sweeter than any of the Fest beers I've tried. Definitely a different direction and interesting to taste… a hybrid of a Weiss beer and a Märzen that has some of the better qualities of both. (585 characters)

Photo of silver0rlead
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (582 characters)

Photo of maxpower
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz bottle pours a cloudy golden orange color with a nice off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Fruity nutty aromas, nutty, caramel and spicy flavors. Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel, finishes on the sweet side, maybe a bit too sweet. (257 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.22/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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. (1,372 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light hazy golden color with a light head that falls to a complete coat over top. Nose is not giving me a lot of hefe character. Slight lemon with a touch of wheat and a hint of clove. Flavor is pretty bland. Wheat is the predominant flavor. No real hefe character here. It really is very bland overall. Feel is moderate, not creamy, with a moderate to moderate-high carbonation. I'm really less than impressed with it. There is nothing in the flavor and the nose that draws me in. I'd pass on this one in the future. (525 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (674 characters)

Photo of cypressbob
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, poured into a large franziskaner weizen glass

Pours with an off yellow body, slight orange hues. Thick white voluptuous head, good retention

Smell, some slight banana, a pretty noticable whack of cloves. Some slight yeast too

Taste, smooth and a tad alcoholic. Little bit of creaminess, some esters but very slight

A solid wheat, more flavour than their standard hefe (393 characters)

Photo of Naes
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 04 2006, must be fresh.
This brew pours out a copper color with a huge bubbly white head.
Its aroma is malty sweet and a bit fruity.
The flavor starts out a bit fruity / yeasty then moves into a malty sweetness and toastiness as expected in a fest beer.
Light bodied and highly carbonated. (306 characters)

Photo of filabrazilia
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cider orange with a mid size tan head.

There are furit and malt notes in the nose that are faint but very inviting.

The taste lightly malty with a touch of apple and banana. I wish this had a little more substance to it.

This is a nice beer in the mouth. The carbonation sucessfully bites you back as you drink. There is also a slightly hoppy finish that leaves me wanting more.

While the aroma and flavor lack the substance I would like, this is a nice beer that is very easy to drink and enjoy. (518 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a full Oktoberfest mug at Alisal cellars in Solvang California.

This beer is a cloudy peach color, but no where as cloudy as a traditional Hefe.

Smell is fruity and very bready. The expected banana and cloves are missing but this does smell good.

Taste is mostly bread with fruity flavors from the yeast. This has a nice malt after taste. Mild flavor of banana shows up about half way through the glass.

Mouthfeel is quite thick and delivers well on the beer is "Liquid Bread" concept.

Super drinkable Oktoberfest beer here. Tasty and mild, this would not cover up the taste of any food. An excellent beer for a rustic lunch or dinner of beer, fresh baked bread and cheese. One mug of this was a meal all by itself. (743 characters)

Photo of BierManVA
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am pleasantly surprised with this bier. It adhears well to the standards of a Weissbier but has adopted the characteristics of a nice Fest bier as well.

Crisp and zesty with a nice malt balance. A little low on any banana/clove aroma. Nicely drinkable however.

A good bier to bridge the gap between the Wheat heavy summer and the Malt heavy winter seasons.

Worth a try.

John (388 characters)

Photo of mmmbeer
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle, best before 4/2006 - served chilled in a tulip. Pours a chestnut/orange with a 2 inch head of medium-sized bubbles that reduces to a thin blanket. The beer is opaque after the yeast and the head leaves no lace. Smells of dark fruits, toastiness, sugary sweetness, banana, and perhaps bubblegum, but overall the aroma is a bit weak. Caramel, toasty malts, and dark fuits are the first to show up on the palate - most of the rest is hiding behind the massive carbonation. The flavors that are hiding are bananas, some cloves, and band-aids. It has a medium body that is too tingly even after 20 minutes. I didn't think I served it as cold as I did, but it's overpowering the flavors. Overall, I'll give it points for originality - I really like the toastiness - and I bet I'd give it a higher score if it were at a higher temperature. (849 characters)

Photo of Hibernator
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Erdinger Oktoberfest
11.2 oz brown bottle
Freshness date labeled on the back label for 04-2006
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a cloudy and hazy light orange. Sudsy and bubbly white head on top.

Aroma of cloves, lemons, wheat and malt.

Liquid apple sauce flavors right up front. Fruity and malty all together with a wheat/clove bounce on the tongue. Prickly and lightly carbonated on the palate.

Interesting brew, I like the fact that it's something new for me try and rings in at a respectable 5.7% ABV. (531 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A Hefe-toberfest.:^)
Pours a nice straw gold that was very clear until I poured in the last ounce. Then it clouded up.

The smell was a faintly sweet aroma which I liked.

The taste was an interesting cross between the sweetness of the malt and the clove flavour that Hefe's bring to the table and I thought the balance was well done. This is a very drinkable beer to me and I'm kind of sad that I only bought the one bottle.(in a mixed 6-pack) (449 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber cloudy color, and a readily formed durable two finger plus head gave this beer an attractive appearance that fell appropriately halfway between a Hefeweizen and a Oktoberfestbier. Aroma was malty, earthy, and spicy, somewhat resembling a Belgian Pale Ale. The taste was light, and refreshing, with light banana, toasted wheat bread, salt water taffy, and peppermint flavors. Despite the somewhat complex flavor profile for the style, the beer was easy to drink, with an airy light mouthfeel. This did not feel even close to being 5.7% ABV listed on the label. I could have downed two or three in a sitting quite easily, and then would have been sucker punched by this sneaky little beer. Straddling two great styles, and retaining the best qualities of each one. (775 characters)

Photo of Redrover
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz brown longneck with clear freshness dating. The dancing couple on the label looks like they have had more than few beers!

The beer is a cloudy bronze with a dense chiffon like head.

Nose of tasty malts and a bit of banana aroma.

The beer is has a bit of the clove/banana taste you would expect from a wheat, but there is a bit of toasted grain/malt that adds a nice balance. Beer is a bit sour. No off tastes at all. More spice late.

The mouth is fine with just enough carbonation to move things a long. Easy enough drinker, this would be a session beer for most folks.

I’m not sure if this is a bit of gimmick beer as I’ve never heard of this style before, but you know what, it is tasty and goes great with German food. (749 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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. (677 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle bought from the Vineyard, Belfast..

Poured a cloudy golden yellow colour... Head was white, big and foamy with quite small beading and lasted until near the end...

Aroma - Lemony, citrusy, spicy, earthy hints, peppery notes also...

Taste – Quite subtle flavours, creamy, lemony, slight banana and strawberry notes..

Feel - Quite sharp as there is quite a lot of carbonation...

Overall - A pretty good and very, very drinkable hefe weizen... (469 characters)

Photo of steinlifter
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

this poured a hazy copper, sudsy head, that quickly diminished, left thin collar all the way down.
smell was of sweet malt, hint of banana and spice.
taste was light and subtle mild malt, ghost like banana, and spicey notes all mingle together, not a whole lot of flavor, very mild.
mouthfeel was of tiny bubbles exploding all over my tongue, thin, watery, slight creaminess on the aftertaste.
drinkability is fantastic, I would say, you could really put down a few of these, but not quite as flavorful, as I had anticipated, certainly worth a try, especially if you like weizens. (584 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer gushed on me! Beer has storage instructions (between 46 – 53) but not serving instructions. Also has a best by date section, but the last year listed is 2003, and no notches are evident. Very odd.
Aroma: Applesauce! Fresh out of the fridge, single serving applesauce. As is warmed, a bit more of a cider aroma developed.
Appearance: Clear deep gold, edge of amber color with active carbonation that feeds a constantly dying head of larger bubbles. The battle was lost about a quarter of the way through and the head faded away, leaving no lace.
Flavor: Overall, fairly sweet. Starts with an Oktoberfest roasted maltiness, and ends with a bubble gum hefeweizen taste. A bit of alcohol is noted as it warms.
Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, a bit too much for me. Very dry finish, light body.
Overall Impression: Not what I would consider a high quality beer, but surprisingly enjoyable. An interesting mix of styles that works out. As a seasonal, respectable, but it is a bit too sweet for regular consumption or any kind of session. Worth a try! (1,051 characters)

Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
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