Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
82
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491 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 14
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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Germany

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Overall:
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.

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.

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 ;)

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.

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

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..

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.

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.

Photo of aval89
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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..

Photo of Daniell
2.38/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of peterjk
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
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