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Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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393 Ratings

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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 12
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: bierman2000 on 07-17-2003)
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Photo of Stinkypuss


3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 16:59:01 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of beerwolf77


4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 22:18:33 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of nocheinsbitte

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 02:22:37 | More by nocheinsbitte
Photo of KarlHungus


3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2009 19:23:41 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of scooter

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 01:11:14 | More by scooter
Photo of allengarvin


3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2009 00:50:43 | More by allengarvin
Photo of LyonsHead


2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 00:19:45 | More by LyonsHead
Photo of barnzy78


3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2009 00:04:08 | More by barnzy78
Photo of tatoodkelt


3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 12:11:26 | More by tatoodkelt
Photo of Heritage02Rider

New York

4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 21:26:54 | More by Heritage02Rider
Photo of CMW


3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 18:53:47 | More by CMW
Photo of johanvond


3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From The Dead Man's Chest. Oct 29th 08
Pours hazy golden with a thick head. There is a yeasty aroma accomponied with some citrus. The carbonation cleanses the palette witch leaves a dry cracker flavor. The finnish has some clove a banana esters. Yes this is a nice Hefe, but why buy a hefe being resold as an Oktoberfest ? Should Oktoberfest beers only be Marzens? Well at lest I got a nice Heffe glass.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 20:54:39 | More by johanvond
Photo of BedetheVenerable


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

Presentation: 12oz pop-top brown bottle with a cool Oktoberfest-themed label, with best before January 2009 stamped on bottle.

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark gold beer with a rocky, fluffy white head with good retention.

Smell: Yeasty, wheaty, and with a nice citrus zing.

Taste: Citrus notes mix with wheat, light toasty malts, and light banana/clove flavors. This is like a typical hefe-weissbier with just a little more depth and slightly more maltiness. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, and refreshing

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Definitely a different take on an "Oktoberfest" beer, but this is a great Hefeweizen (I especially like the little bit of maltiness behind the typical yeasty/fruity flavors). I try to return to this at least once or twice a year.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 18:20:50 | More by BedetheVenerable
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright sunset orange color, thin white head.

S: Sweet Vienna malt on nose.

T: Very sweet caramel body, very creamy as well. Never had a weizen octoberfest but really like this interpretation. Sweet malty backbone and incredible drinkability would make for a nice session beer at octoberfest. I could drink this and enjoy it.

M: creamy, with some malt sweetness and a slight noble hop bitterness to balance it out perfectly.

D: Nice per style, a little sweeter then most Octobers probably due to the wheat backbone but overall enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 00:27:47 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Macca


3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a cloudy pale gold. A good two to three fingers of head.

Aromas of bananas and spices. Only hints of these though. Noth the over the top style that I like. Similar profile on the palate.

Quite a high level of carbonation.

An OK weissbier but not great.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 09:09:35 | More by Macca
Photo of mcox90

New Hampshire

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

12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a 2 finger white foamy head. Nose is wheat, spice and banana. Moderately carbonated mouthfeel, medium body. Taste is banana, spices (cloves and nutmeg) and wheat. More of a typical hefe than an Octoberfest. Very enjoyable none the less.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 14:49:45 | More by mcox90
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very hazy on the pour. More than likely from the wheat malt. Billowy, white head with nice lacing and plenty of carbonation.
Smells of wheat, bready with a fruity essence. (bananas are noted).
Decent on the tongue as far as feel.
Bready and wheat malts, with a slight meta note in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 00:58:24 | More by dmamiano
Photo of babaracas


3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber with billowy dense white head that fades to half inch, thick lacing. Smell: fruit: apple,pear, grain. Taste: spicy, lemon, some abstract fruitiness, wheat, a touch of alcohol, some ofest malt characteristics. Mouthfeel: nice and smooth but finishes with a wheaty astringent crispness, heavier than a typical hefe. I guess this is their fall/fest version of a hefe, without the clove and banana, and with some ofest characteristics. Interesting, but doesn't impress on either front.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 04:24:49 | More by babaracas
Photo of Mdog


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

Appearance: Cloudy yellow, huge head.

Smell: Light citrus, wheat.

Taste: Crisp, lemon, wheat grain flavors. Pretty tasty.

Drinkability: Goes down easy.

Picked up a few fall beers, and wondered what a weizen octoberfest was like. It's pretty much like any weizen beer, I didn't really see any octoberfest qualities. But since I like weizens more than fests that's ok with me. A decent, if unspectacular beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 14:01:52 | More by Mdog
Photo of Proteus93


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

A: A hazy blonde/straw... not as much of a murky unfiltered look as some can be, but it certainly still is, by all means. A nice, rolling white head topping everything off.

S: Soft citrus notes, moreso than I'd usually expect from a German hefe, with some pear-skin aromas and a light whiff of clove.

T + M + D: Lighter flavours - citrus, and a decent wheat note. Not an incredible lot going on, but very inoffensive and easy to drink. It made for a reasonable session choice. A fairly crisp body, nice carbonation, with a smooth and wet finish. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 03:13:41 | More by Proteus93
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

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

On tap at Flat Rock Saloon, served in a pint

Appears a cloudy, dull orange with a fluffy two finger bone white cap. Light lacing and minimal retention.

Spicy, lemony citrus and biscuits. Nothing overly fantastic, but pleasing.

Sweet, lemon and orange citrus up front balanced by doughy, bready yeast. A little bit of white pepper in there too. Once again, not a lot going on, but concise and pleasing.

Creamy and medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

Pretty easy to put down. A different take on the seasonal.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2008 16:24:34 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of beernut

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a wonderful cloudy blonde/orange color with a thick head that lasts about one minute. No heavy carbonation with this beer. Aroma is fruity, with a hint of malt ( a HINT). Taste is chewy, good carbonation, fruity with some slight toffee. Really is a good spin on an Oktoberfest, this is probably what you get over in Germany during the "Real Oktoberfest." Can drink plenty of these in a nite.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 01:59:09 | More by beernut
Photo of scottg


3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a weizen glass at American Flatbread in Burlington, VT.

Pours a cloudy orange color with a one finger white head made up of little bubbles, good retention. Aromas of carmelized malt, citrus and stone fruit. Citrusy flavors up front, orange, honey then the stone fruit with a lingering sweetness. Medium carbonation, medium body there is a creamy mouthfeel. Good drinkability, but I didn't taste any banana in the hefeweizen.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2008 00:21:38 | More by scottg
Photo of matty


3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange colored beer with a huge head that rapidly fades.Aroma is faint citrus.Taste sweet with with a citrusy backround.Overall a very average beer.Way too many choices out there to seek this again.I tried it once and it's about time to move on!!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 05:02:51 | More by matty
Photo of tronester


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

Pours a hazy amber/orange with a big white head. Smell is slightly acidic and phenolic. Taste is tart, wheaty, grainy with a bit of interesting bubblegum flavor as well. Nice bitterness rounds things out. Mouthfeel is smooth, slightly high carbonation, but spot on for the style. Drinkability is good, it would be easy to drink a few of these.

A nice bottle conditioned ale, I plan on having this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 02:43:23 | More by tronester
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