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Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
82
good

424 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 424
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 14
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Erdinger Weissbräu visit their website
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 rtepiak
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%

pour is quite nice with with a tight cotton candy head that gets all over the glass. nose of apple, citrus, yeast and a mild roasty quality. a bit dark for a hef even. palate is surprisingly bitter citrus... crisp and clean though. then apple and citrus... and a sweet wheat malt quality that is a bit alcoholic and cider like. yeast is nice and toasty too. after a while its quite one dimensional though. leaves an intersting putrid grape quality in your mouth for a while... its a bit on the bright side and a bit on the earthy side. um... sort of like october!!! ha. i like this one.

rtepiak, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a white head. The aroma is wheat with some grapes, apples and flowers. The flavor is a mix of wheat, grassy hops, lemons, pepper, bananas and maybe some toffee. Relatively complex, but it doesn't melt together as well as I hoped. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of aval89
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Poured into my faithful weizen glass. poured a light light copper color with minimal head. looked very refreshing. initial smell was raisins? followed by a sweet citric smell. taste was sweet grain at first. took another dive. hints or coriander? a little pear in there as well. very refreshing. leaves a somewhat dry finish that leaves you wanting more. this is highly drinkable in my opinion. i could definitely throw a few of these back with no problem.

overall a nice solid brew not too much, not too little..

aval89, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of Daniell
2.38/5  rDev -34.3%

A: head quickly dissipates, nice dark apricot colour.

S: not pungent at all. Bitter meaty smell. Few dark fruits and a vaguely weird smell.

T: vaguely fruity- apricot. Some malt and bitterness in there.

M: totally insufficiently carbonated, which is why head dissipates so quickly.

D: not only is it underflavoured but it's not carbonated enough.

Perhaps I am being overly harsh on this beer. It's not unpleasant but I wouldn't drink it again. It's just boring and ADDITIONALLY it doesn't help me out on this extremely hot night. I expect more from imports.

Daniell, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%

11.2 oz bottle poured into a weiss glass. "Ale". 5.7% ABV, Best before end 02-2010.

A - A hazy golden yellow pours from the skinny bottle to unleash a four-finger head. Solid retention to the dense white head but little lace clung on. Lots of carbonation streaming up though.

S - Certainly an interesting Hefe-Weizen aroma. Pale and Munich or Vienna malts are predominant with a dry hoppy aroma. A bit toasted. A little yeast comes through but has no hefe-weiss characteristic scents like clove or bubblegum. It's a decent nose but what's going on?

T - The flavor makes me wonder if this hefe is crossed with an Oktoberfest in brewing. It has more hefe characteristics in flavor than the nose. For example, the yeast is stronger, there is a hint of clove, and a slight bit of bubblegum. The malts are still strong and have a lightly toasted essence to them. Some dry hops give it a nice crispness too. A bit of an amalgam.

M - Light-medium bodied and fully carbonated, it's a crisp beer that's also smooth in texture. A light carbonation crispness finishes out with a mild dryness.

D - I still can't figure out what's going on here but it's not bad whatever it is. A bit of both worlds combined into a solidly drinkable German brew.

BeerFMAndy, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%

Pours a wonderfully cloudy deep golden orange colour into my weizen glass, with an enormously healthy and frothy head of creamy foam. Carbonation is large-bubbled, but looks very good overall. It's perhaps a tad darker than the style is generally, but it looks really good overall. I love to see this style of beer in my glass.

Pretty light nose, decent notes of pepper and a little light weizen acidity. Spice is heavier than the deeper, sweeter banana phenols you might expect. Some creaminess noticeable, but it's pretty subdued. Indeed, the whole nose is far more subtle than I like - a hefe should be bursting with luscious wheat notes, and while they're present here, they're neither luscious nor bursting.

Taste is also much subdued. The wheat acidity is present here, and the smoothness that was detectable on the palate only very briefly at the end, before a very dry finish - far drier than it should be. Initially, the spritzy carbonation is slightly overdone, and with the light acidity, this dominates most of the palate. Little spice, little fragrance - it feels very off style, and while it certainly is pleasant enough, it's missing enough to make me disappointed.

No, not a winner for me. It seems to lack character, and it's more disappointing that the style is generally so delicious. It's not a bad brew, just bad by comparison - it's still refreshing, drinkable and certainly inoffensive. I just wanted something more.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%

A weizen for an Oktoberfest? Some say travesty, I say brilliant! Very cool label with a best by date of 02 2010. Pours a cloudy dark gold color with a creamy layer of tan foam. Retention is not all that great and it does not leave much lacing behind.

Requisite banana and cloves on the nose, with the cloves being the stronger of the two. Smells maybe a little more of earthy malt, but that is about all I can find to distinguish it from most weizen beers.

There is definitely a difference on the taste though. More grainy, with an almost caramel malty sweetness that does make it feel more like a feistbier. Unfortunately, I find it to be less tasty than the other Erdinger offerings I have had. The malty and grainy notes seem to overpower the delicate clove and banana flavors I love so much in traditional Bavarian hefeweizens. There is a touch of toasty bitterness and not a very creamy mouthfeel, both seem out of place as well. It's ok, but I am disappointed in this beer, from a usually pretty strong wheat beer brewery.

twiggamortis420, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of peterjk
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a trois pistoles goblet.

A: Rich golden orange and notable cloudy with a white head that fades quickly leaving ring of foam with small bubbles.

S: Subtle but great aroma's of tangerine, honey, fresh dough and spices

T: Slightly sweet fresh bread, mildly sweet citrus, spiced cider, lasting crisp and slightly spicy finish

D: Great twist on traditional Weissbier. Goes down easy and works as a session beer but has enough nuance to be sipped

peterjk, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%

Poured from the bottle a hazy lemon yellow with two fingers of creamy off-white head.

The aroma is faint malts, lemon, cloves, and banana.

The taste is quite mild and watered down. Light sweet grainy malts and a touch of saltiness on the tongue. Not much else.

Lighter bodied and moderately carbonated.

Drinkable but nothing special. There are many better hefeweizens out there.

Monkeyknife, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of Andreji
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

09 oktoberfest

Well i don't really know much about the difference this beer has from the usual erdinger weizen. i didn't even think there was any. but the beer is anyway a very decent weizen. Golden hue with a matte appearance, very wheaty to the nose and a balanced flavour, perfectly allowing the maltier feel to prevail above a too-strong spicy or fruity feel usual to other weizens. it's a worthy one if you ask me, but not the best. and a change in labeling ain't gonna raise it far higher- down here the freshness factor (perhaps a reason to hunt down this o-fester) won't have much claim because it'll take as long to get here as usual.

Andreji, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of dstc
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

Pours a cloudy orange color with a nice foamy, light tan head. Great head retention and fine lace.

It has a bit of a grain aroma with some fruity undertones.

Tastes a bit sweet and of malts. Has some spice and fruit. Can't find any real hops. Finishes sweet.

Medium bodied in the mouth and crisp.

Decent, very easy drinking beer but nothing spectacular. Very good though.

dstc, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of MisterTiat
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%

A: orange/coppery golden, nice cloudyness, head billows up but recedes quickly into almost nothing

S: bready, bananaish wheat yeast

T: first thing is spice, like clove/allspice, then sweet bready notes from the wheat. Meh. A little solventy as well.

M: Too watery, thin, carbonation reminds me more of soda than beer

D: Refreshing thanks to the lightness

This is not something I would want to celebrate Oktoberfest with however...

MisterTiat, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of dasenebler
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle from a six-pack. I've been on a German beer kick recently, and this was on sale.

Deep straw-orange color. Nice billowing head, but it dissipates all too quickly.

Aroma of rising dough and the slightest bit of ripe fruit. Pretty faint altogether.

Flavor is nice. Fruity, with notes of sweet bread and clove. Somewhat grassy background. Grainy/wheaty aftertaste. You've got to shake and swirl the bottle at the end of the pour to bring out all of the yeasty goodness. Mouthfeel was pretty carbonated and a little bit harsh. Overall easy to drink.

An interesting take on Oktoberfest beer. Essentially, this is a variation on a Hefeweizen. Decent stuff, though the standard Erdinger Hefe is better.

dasenebler, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy burnt orange, with a nice head, a solid look, light lace.

S: I got tradtional Munich malt upfront, Fest smell, copper, real light banana.

T: Definitely a clove and spice mix, some tasty malt flavour, just light intensity overall, not really much to go on.

M: Light, thinnish soft carbonation, watery, spritzy. This is a hefe, it should have some more body.

D: Good, but I wanted a little something extra, I assume I've made that clear. Too light as I have found the other Erdingers to be that I've had. Would be OK to wash down some good German food.

Halcyondays, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

Pours a hazy, golden/copper color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, and yeast. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, sweet malt, slight hops, and wheat.

Tone, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.73/5  rDev +3%

11.2oz bottle served in a shaker pint. Bottle conditioned. Lots of carbonation which is typical for the style. Poured a hazy gold with two fingers of white head. Nose is pretty restrained. Some wheaty malt and a little bit of banana. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Solid base of malt with a hint of banana in the finish. Flavor is a little on the bland side. Very drinkable though, refreshing.

homebrewhawk, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of PABSTPUSHER
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

This was my first year to really hit the Octoberfest beers hard. i found a new love! the drinkability for them is great, they have great flavor, and just kinda make you feel as if you there, in spirit at least!

this one in particular, Erdinger, has a lighter amber flavor than the others i have had, but still a real easy drink. little to no aroma, but with these ambers you always have that slight smell of copper. lightly carbonated, but very refreshing, and has little to no head. It appears darker than the taste. still a real refreshing beer, on the the lighter side of some of the other wiessbiers i have had.

PABSTPUSHER, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of bmwats
4/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

bmwats, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

Onenote81, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

zeff80, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of droomyster
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

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.

droomyster, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of thecarster1
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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.

thecarster1, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of pinotboy007
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

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!

pinotboy007, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

Jwale73, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of crossovert
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

crossovert, Oct 03, 2009
Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
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