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Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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447 Ratings

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Ratings: 447
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 14
Gots: 20 | 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 FickleBeast
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a cloudy yellow color with foam that billows out of the glass. Head is very light and wispy and fades away without lacing. Aroma is wheat, and some fruity undertones.

First sip is... a nice wheat/malt sweetness, with a banana yeasty flavor that is present but not overpowering. This beer is actually on the sweet side, and the banana flavors are more present as it warms.

A fine example of a Hefeweizen. It drinks very nicely with no harsh or off flavors. Just a nice sweet wheat malt / banana yeast balance.

FickleBeast, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of Minkybut
2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 40 degrees. The beer was cloudy and pee colored. The beer poured a monster white puffy head that was really nice. The beer had a odd metallic smell to it. The taste was okay I guess for a Weissbier, but still not my favorite. Almost had that sour taste I hate. I will not buy again.

Minkybut, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of mynie
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An oktoberfest... hefe? Well this is a bit of letdown, but whatever.

Nice pour, tame aroma. It actually smells a little marzeny, but not at all like a hefe. A quick google tells me this is supposed to be a combination of the two styles, and while that seems like a remarkably bad idea I guess it don't smell bad, just tame.

Same thing going on, tastewise. There's the tiniest hint of wheatmalt at the beginning, in the form of a little whitepeppry fruitness, and this bleeds into a more rounded, sweet marzen middle. But, like, the two flavors don't really accentuate one another so much as they blot one another out.

This is a lot of work to go through to brew a beer that don't taste like all that much of nothing.

mynie, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

One of many O-Fests finally being sampled this year. Took me long enough... It pours a hazy tawny-amber topped by a finger of pale cream foam. The nose comprises orange peel, light lemon zest, wheat, very light caramel, and a touch of rye bread. The taste holds notes of mild toffee, light rye spice, orange zest, and a pinch of cardamom. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly grainy feel. Overall, a generally enjoyable hefe, one that revels in its light malty leanings.

TMoney2591, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of DannyDan
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark yellow with a thick cream whitehead that leaves some really nice retention and lacing. A very nice looking beer. The smell has a faint yeast and grains aroma. The taste starts out with some caramel, wheat and fruits. I get some apples, pears and bananas. I get some spices and hops in the background. The taste is nice and balanced and the mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth. Overall, this is a very good tasting beer that I could easily enjoy every fall.

DannyDan, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky light yellow with a huge 3 inch bubbly white head that settles to a small cap. Thin broken rings of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, mild spices, and yeast. The smell is nothing special - a very typical hefeweizen smell on this one. Taste is so much better with wheat, banana, and a nice level of mild spices. There are also some nice caramel notes. This is the first hefeweizen I have had that I can really taste a distinct banana flavor that isn't solely in the background. The carbonation level is good with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good hefeweizen with that nice banana flavor that I am digging. I will probably go back and get some more of these.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Kind of a buzz kill that this one explodes in the glass with carbonation. After is settles to a very sticky layer I get a nice amber brown beer that is light in color.

S - Not really getting much spice tones but I it does taste a bit less hop forward which is nice. Slight lemon zest and caramel/toffee smells all around.

T - Much lighter than expected it starts with lemon then quickly to sweet malts of toffee and then a bit hoppy in the finish. No real spice just overall sweet malts.

M - Again it drank with a very light body. A very drinkable offering of the style.

Overall I don't think I got what I paid for since this was a bit bitter for my palate which was expecting a full on sweet malt flavor. Still I enjoyed it overall.

DrDemento456, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of magine
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy orange kissed yellow. Has a white fluffy head. Head settles to a nice fluffy island about a pinkie thick. Island floats nicely as you take each sip. Some minimal lace remains. Pretty good looks.

Brew smells of clove, zesty lemon spice and banana. Pretty good smelling brew.

Brew is medium bodied; initially some peppery spice then a nice malty yeast in the middle. Bready grains, cloves, lemon, spices and some banana finish the palate. Dry finish. Pretty good tasting brew.

Picked this up in a mix your own six pack at Wegmans. I picked it up quickly with intentions of it being a marzen style. Oh well as a hefe goes it is pretty standard fair. Pretty good but nothing to rave about.

magine, May 06, 2011
Photo of DoubleJ
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here's one to break the mold; a wheat oktoberfestbier. A festive label adorns the 330 ml bottle. On to the beer:

It's a major foamer on the pour. Given time, the stereotpical hefewiezen look is yielded; cloudy yellow-orange color with a big head on top. Head retention and lacing are fair. Some spicy hop aroma registers to the nose, as do light notes of lemon and banana. Overall, it smells a little different from the usual hefe.

It's spicy like an oktoberfest, yet it retains some hefeweizen characteristics. Spicy and sweet malted flavors register right off the bat. Looking at it deeper generates little waves of banana, cinnamon, and clove. Yum! The mouthfeel is light, a little chalky, and with gentle carbonation.

This beer refreshes and puts a smile on my face. It's a great alternative to all the other oktoberfestbiers out on the market.

DoubleJ, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of CuriousMonk
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into dimpled mug. Clear bubbly pale amber with a large fizzy-foamy off-white head. Thin aroma of stale grain and very light sweetness,slightly grassy; stale, with a touch of bottle. The taste is an odd mix of dry grass, light banana, dry generic grainy mailt and a little zing of lightly peppey yeast in the finish. Quite watery, has some life to it, but the taste is gone instantly, leaving a little stickiness and sorta banana residue. Crisp enough for me.

CuriousMonk, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of matjack85
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.99. A freshness date is notched out along the side of the back label, so you can always tell if you are getting this year's batch. Despite the label touting this as a Marzen/ Oktoberfest beer, BA lists it as a hefeweizen, which after looking at it, smelling it, and tasting it, seems to be the right call.

The beer pours a cloudy golden color with sediment in it, which is typical of an unfiltered wheat beer. The head is enormous with 75% of the glass filled with frothy white foam. The head took awhile to receed so retention was good, but surprisingly, despite the big head, this beer didn't leave any lacing.

The smell was all hefeweizen - strong wheat malt smell along with a nice dose of fruity banana and spicy clove aroma.

The beer had a sweet caramel malt and wheat flavor with the spiciness coming in a strong second. An orange and banana fruit flavor was there as well, but not as strong as the other flavors. Not much in the way of hops in here and therefore not much bitterness. The spiciness is used to help balance the malts rather than any hops.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

This is a decent tasting beer. The 5.7% alcohol is barely noticeable, so having a few at a sitting is entirely doable.

matjack85, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale amber gold, huge fluffy white head with webs on the side, sinking unevenly on top but slowly, thanks to the large robust carbonation. Mostly clear body. Looks nice but not hugely weizeny or even what I'd expect to find at Oktoberfest.

Nose is really rather sweet. Lots of malt and sweetish grain, with corn notes, caramel aroma and some vanilla as well. Some fuirt notes lingering, soft banana and apple. Largely though it's just grainy. Not unpleasant, but simple.

Taste is very grainy as well. Pearl barley with oatmeal and sweet grain bread on the front gets more sweet on the mid, with notes of honey, popcorn and more vanilla, plus a very sticky bread-dough character leading to the finish which is really rather unfortunate. But it's also characteristic of some German yeasts which is one of my bugbears really. Finish itself is not bad, some very light grassy hops -possibly Hallertau Hersbrucker but used very sparingly. Vegetative and clean with no lingering bitterness, just a flat and clean aftertaste. This makes for extremely clean, simple, excessive drinking, but not a lot on the interest side.

Very smooth feel, nice grainy texture through the palate. Full-bodied and just the slightest dryness at the back.

The fact that the texture and drinkability of this beer are the best aspects suggests a great deliberateness to it. The technical aspects are absolutely spot on and the whole thing drinks like its purpose in life is to be drunk in copious amounts. I don't love the flavour, but it gets it over the line and I could just smash stein after stein of this in a tent in Munich some time.

laituegonflable, Dec 17, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a bright but heavy orange in color with a good head that wasn't out of control like most HWs.

Smell - True to its appearance this beer has a noticeable orange citrus character with some light banana and decent yeast.

Taste - Everything is here from the nose. The yeast is toned down just a bit and the banana is more prominent, but it's mixed well with the natural orange flavor.

Mouthfeel - This is short of medium-bodied but bigger than light with some decent carbonation.

Drinkability - This was nothing exceptional but wasn't a complete flop, either. It had a few of the HW components but didn't manage to bring it all together. It was also kind of flat, not compared to most other styles but failed to deliver on that light, fluffy feel in between the cheeks that you come to expect from a top quality example of the style.

RoyalT, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of FredTheSeal
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Note: I didn't swirl up the yeast from the bottom but I did gently pour all of the beer so I got a little of the yeast but not all of it.

A - Fizzy at first but turned into a suprisingly billowy white head. Slightly cloudy golden color. No lacing though.

S - Alcohol, yeast, toffee

T - yeast, caramel, slightly alcoholic

M - Highly carbonated, medium body

D - A solid hefe. It's drinkable, not sure if I could drink more than 3; then again I probably couldn't have more than 3 of any hefe.

FredTheSeal, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of thekanna
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a stein. Clear gold with an incredbile white head.

S: Strong biscuity yeasts, a hint of sweetness and possibly apricots.

T/M: Slightly metallic sweet malts with some phenols and medicinal hops. Light and a little on the under-carbonated side.

D: Good to relax to, but nothing too outstanding.

thekanna, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of xylophonica
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 50cl bottle into an Paulaner Oktoberfest mug.

A - Cloudy golden appearance with a big fluffy head.

S - Sweet wheat and malts. Slightly spicy with light berries and various other fruits coming through.

T - Initially sharp & tart with a touch of lemon zest. Citrus flavours continue with a bigger dose of orange in the main body of the taste. Also some bready hints..

M - Bitey & bitter-sweet.

D - Nice beer for a warm afternoon.

Drank quite a bit of the previous year's (2009) Oktoberfest beer and while this one is ok, it isn't as good as its predecessor.

xylophonica, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of mltobin
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single bottle at Ancona`s Wine & Liquors.

Appearance is a hazy orange color with a two finger head, that does not last very long. Smell is a mixture of yeast, bread, along with some spice kicking in. Taking a sip of this Oktoberfest offering, I taste wheat, various citrus notes, and more spice, specifically pepper. It tastes similar, but better than the average beer for this style IMO. The MF is medium bodied & overall works very well for the style. Drinkability is very much solid in this beer from Erdinger. This beer is one that you could enjoy a few of over the course of a session without any problem.

mltobin, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of megahurts4
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier

Appearance: Cloudy apricot with a large head.

Smell: Fruity and spices.

Taste: Fruits, slight pumpkin spice, hops, and malts.

Mouthfeel: medium-light and smooth.

This is a most excellent beer! It is very smooth and flavorful. It has a very good balance. I feel like I could drink many.

megahurts4, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of KI9A
2.38/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Hazy orange, not much head, no lace to speak of.

S: What smell? Funny, sourness.

T: Sweet, pear, some kind of cider, maybe apple? Very wierd, not in a good way.

M: Highly carbonated.

D: Drain pour. Could not make it thru the whole bottle. Was not an old bottle, had 2010 date on it.

KI9A, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of joecast
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My own personal Oktoberfest. Updating my review from a few years back.

Incredibly attractive in the glass. Cloudy golden with a large persistent white head. Great lacing. Med-high carbonation.

Macro lager like aroma. Pretty clean, light malt. Not much else. Not bad but very understated.

Missing a lot of the wheat character. Nice enough but like an all malt lager. Some sweet malt flavor but little hop or yeast presence.

Smooth and drinkable enough but nothing exceptional. Would probably benefit heaps from more atmosphere ;)

joecast, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of bump8628
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with an interesting German Oktoberfest cartoon and best before of 3-2011 clearly marked. It's nice to see a real German Hefeweizen that is dated with an easy to find and easy to read mark.

The beer pours into a Pilsner-type glass a glowing gold that initially clearly shows a whirl of carbonation before the yeast is added and clouds things up. An inch of creamy, white head adorns the top of the beer for the whole session.

Tangy, slightly sour wheat builds the base for a nice, mild blend of yeast derived notes of clove, cinnamon, vanilla, and a bit of plum and banana. A touch of lemony, grassy hop bitterness rounds it out and is softened by the creamy, wheaty mouthfeel.

I'm impressed with this beer this year. In years past I thought it was only a serviceable Hefeweizen, but I'm really digging it this time around. I may pick up another couple of bottles while I know it's still fresh.

bump8628, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of jsh420
1.4/5  rDev -61.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

best by date on the back of the bottle 03-2011

pours semi cloudy gold with a big 3 finger fizzy white head that faded fast and left no lacing

smells like water with hints of grain

taste is just as bad as the nose - hints of grain and banana and thats giving this brew too much credit

mouthfeel - way too much carbonation - this fizzy beer stings the roof of my mouth

drinkability is awful and how couldnt it be with no flavor and harsh mouthfeel

i hate to say it but bud light wheat is much better beer

jsh420, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of uhhhaaron
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

consumed 04-03-2010, 12oz bottle into weizen glass.

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 citrus smell. taste was sweet grain at first. took another dive. hints of 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.

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

uhhhaaron, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of rtepiak
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
82 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.