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Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 261
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 14
Gots: 14 | 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 ColForbinBC
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

ColForbinBC, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of beernut
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%

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.

beernut, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of scottg
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

scottg, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of matty
3/5  rDev -17.1%

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!!

matty, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of tronester
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

tronester, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of thequeen711
3/5  rDev -17.1%

This seasonal wheat beer from Erdinger poured cloudy into the pint glass, and left a light lacing. The mouthfeel was light and refreshing, just a malty goodness. Nothing spectacular, just smooth and refreshing. A reasonably good Octoberfest brew with a low 5.6% ABV, worth a test taste!

thequeen711, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Cloudy orange in color, very yeasty. Small frothy head, but retains well.

4.0 S: Light fruit, but not tropical. Malty sweetness and yeast.

4.0 T: Peach nectar and spice. Plenty of malt character, but little for hops. Very pleasant taste and different than a lot of other wheats.

3.5 M: A little bity, but good nonetheless.

4.0 D: Very good beer and unique enough to last a whole night.

DavoleBomb, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of CharlesRiver
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%

Standard 12oz brown bottle, capped. Pours out a very cloudy light brown/dark tan color with a good size head. Nice fluffy off white in color. Smell is yeasty, bready and zesty. Slight lemon and malt notes come through as well.

Taste is explosive in the mouth. Solid yeast in the beginning giving way to lemon, pepper and something herby? Aftertaste is sharp and slightly bitter with a bit of grass. Nothing is overpowering here at all.

I feel like I have been tricked (wouldn't be the first time) here somewhat. Why do they have Oktoberfest on the bottle? Either way, a good beer that I would buy again. Lacks a bit of complexity but is very drinkable.

CharlesRiver, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of stephens101
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

The pour results in a quickly growing, huge off-white head that reaches well above the rim of the pint glass and recedes quite slowly, leaving a chunky, inconsistent lacing behind. Color is a hazy orange. Smells rich and malty up front with some caramel sweetness making itself noticed. There's an aroma of yeast in the background. Tastes a bit spicy and even fruity up front with a good malt backbone. Mouth-feel began with a little crispness but became creamier as I finished off the glass. There's quite a bit of carbonation activity upon a swirl. Without a doubt one of the best Oktoberfests I've had, but that's not surprising considering who it came from.

P.s. It goes to show how much I pay attention, but I just noticed this was an Oktoberfest "Weissbier", so I guess that explains the fruity notes on the palate. With that information in mind, the review still stands as written. Either way, it's a damn good beer.

stephens101, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of fitzy84
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%

Had on tap at Moan and Dove. The beer had a slight orange, dim gold appearance with a thick head.Crisp citrus aromas permeated from the drink along with a slight spice. The drink had a balanced sweet-bitter taste to it. The spices and malts were wicked good. A crisp and refreshing beer. Overall, this one was great.

fitzy84, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of Murchmac
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

Different than the other oktoberfests I had last night. I didn't realize this was a hefe oktober.

Big white head, pale lager honey yellow color.

Hoppy smell, lighter, crisper, some malts, some fruit notes.

More malt than you think in the taste, hoppy, bubble gum.

Not bad, I was expecting more, but you still got that oktobermaltness you want.

Murchmac, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of Chinon01
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%

Grapey taste estery light malt and some citrus acidity. A little bubble gum. Layeredness in mouthfeel. I really can't say that it has a nice finish but rather no finish. Nose is of citrus orange tea and scant malt. Drinkability is high but would be better with more acid in finish. Virtually opaque tan appearance with thin soapy spotty head.

Chinon01, Sep 21, 2008
Photo of Dodo2step
3.8/5  rDev +5%

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

A- Pours a very frothy cloudy banana yellow. A nice 5 finger head. I have to stop the pour so it doesnt overflow. A nice sticky lacing to my glass. the head hangs around forever it seems.

S- Banana and german malts. maybe a little clove or some floral spice as well.

T- german malts hits me first. a somewhat toasty caramel flavor with hints of candied fruit. I dont taste the banana that i smelled.

M- a german mouthfeel. the malts dominate but it is quite yeasty as well. Not bad but not great.

D- i would feel gassy after a few of these. a nice beer to chill with on occassion.

Dodo2step, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of Pauly2X
4/5  rDev +10.5%

A- Solid hazy yellow, two finger head.

S- Spicy banana w/ light hints of caramel and hops.

T- Very clean malt throughout. The yeasy character is very prominent but does not over power. This allows for a little bit stronger malt profile to come through which adds nicely without dominating.

M- Spritzy yet silky.

D- I'll buy this again.

A very nice seasonal twist on a classic. Do yourself a favor and pick some up.

Pauly2X, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into weizen glass.

I'm not sure what this is supposed to be...some sort of hefe/okto hybrid? I'll attempt to rate to style.

A - Yellowish brown, murky, with a finger or two of white head that recedes quickly, though a thick cap remains throughout the duration. Minimal lacing.

S - Smells sort of like a hefe, maybe an okto, maybe I'm smelling the two combined? There's a thin banana component, with a rather strong sweet citrus element. Brown sugar-like backbone.

T - Not bad, but more one-dimensional that I'd expect. There's a citrusy graininess from the beginning where the fruity and sweet flavors attempt to shine through. Aside from a faint pineapple flavor and some vague caramel floating around in the background, there is little flavor. Quickly the brew sours up, balanced by a mild sweetness. Finish is a sour and a little bitter.

M - Medium to light bodied, heavier than most hefes but a half notch down from what I know of oktoberfestbiers. Carbonation is high and on point for a hefe, but doesn't work to accentuate any oktoberfest qualities.

D - This is an uninteresting beer at best. I don't think weizens and oktos are a combination meant for each other. It's fairly bland and lacks enough of what makes each style special, though I will agree that it is more of a hefe than an okto.

PatrickJR, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of morimech
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%

Pours a cloudy golden with a very large white head that has plenty of staying power. For the amount of head and retention, I was surprised by the virtual lack of lacing.

I smell the yeast giving it a spicy aroma. The malt lends a deeper and richer aroma than found on more traditional Hefes.

Light but still has a rich caramel malt flavor with a spicy yeast component. Has a faint citrus finish.

Light body with abundant carbonation. Not harsh but lively in the mouth.

Very drinkable and an alternative to heavier Oktoberfests.

morimech, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of ATPete
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

11.2oz bottle

The Erdinger Oktoberfest offering pours a hazy, pale yellow color with vigorous rising carbonation and an enormous frothy white head that stays around for a while. Awesome nose to this beer, notes of quality wheat, toasty grain and some definite detection of bright citrus-like hops. Citrus fruits return and hit you right upfront upon the initial tasting, immediate fruit notes turn to a soft wheat texture overshadowed by notes of, mellow and pleasant, but apparent spice and malt. A hint of alcohol heat on the finish seems to make the spice and wheat flavors linger in the aftertaste for only a short amount of time. I kind of wish it was a more elongated show. Its carbonation levels are bright and refreshing, and a light body makes this fest-bier dangerously drinkable. I recommend this to someone that cant quite let go of summer beers yet, among others.

ATPete, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
3.73/5  rDev +3%

A: Pours semi-cloudy golden with a thick head that leaves little in the way of lacing.

S: Banana and clove. Sweet somewhat bready malt.

T: Tastes like it smells - in a good way. Caramel malt comes through.

M: Light to medium body; a little thin. Good balance with carbonation.

D: Very drinkable. Nothing that sets it apart.

Haybeerman, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%

Single, 11.2 oz bottle just copped from Gary's in Madison...
An aggressive pour yielded an amazing appearance with a full, five-fingered, foamy and frothy head that exhibited an enormous amount of staying power...
A strong, wheat, lemon, citrus, and slight malt essence dominates the aroma...
Definitely an interesting mix between an Hefeweizen and Oktoberfest beer... Malt is obvious in the flavor along with hints of wheat and citrus and slight lemon, with minor nuances of caramel and bread and butter...
Medium-bodied mouthfeel along with a great level of drinkability...
Good stuff...

dsa7783, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of Bighuge
2.03/5  rDev -43.9%

Fogged orange body. Ivory white head. Carbonation looks to be pretty active. Smells o.k., but not much like a hefe-weizen. More of a grainy sweet maltiness. Just a touch of ghostly spiciness. As it turns out, carbonation is too active. Way too spritzy. And gaseous. After cutting through all the seltzer like carbonation, I find this tastes more like an ofest than a hefeweizen. I find it hard to believe that a hefe-weizen yeast strain was used for this since all the characteristics of such a strain are absent. The maltiness is sweet more than malty. I'm not too fond of this beer. Looking at my other reviews of Erdinger, it seems I'm not too fond of the brewery in general.

Bighuge, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of AlexLMS
2.93/5  rDev -19.1%

Appearance: clear, no floating yeast with a medium gold colour. The head is white, huge and foamy/frothy with excellent retention and good amount of lacing.
Aroma: malts, herbal hops, grains and little bit of wheat.
Taste: sweet malts, not much hops, grains and a little citrus presence.
Mouthfeel: slightly dry, high carbonation, low alcoholic strength and very little body.
Finish: very weak and slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall: the body is very thin and watery and the beer has not much personality. It does not even seem to be a Weissbier (no banana presence whatsoever). This Erdinger is made to be drink in large quantities, so it is perfect for an event like Oktoberfest but not to be appreciated in a more controlled environment.

AlexLMS, Mar 11, 2008
Photo of ibashmuck
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a lovely cloudy copper. Smelt of a typical wheat with an unappealing metallic tinge. Tasted of a typical but pretty good wheat, feeling thick on the way down. Nothing else really stood out, but ranks higher up on my hefeweizen list.

ibashmuck, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of botham
4.2/5  rDev +16%

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. pours a clear amber color with a sizable white head that takes a couple minutes to subside.

aroma is rather malty, with caramel malts and citrus dominating. subtle wheat malts are also present, alongside a fruity base, with pear and apple. a decent mix of aromas. basically a weizen with caramel malts.

taste is of caramel malts up front, with the same fruity base of apple. finishes more like a marzen, with caramel malts lingering. great utilization of the caramel malts to counter the fruity nature of hefeweizens.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a smooth texture and finish. CO2 is moderate, with a slick feel after finishing.

drinkability is good. this is a brew bold enough to stand up to others, yet subtle enough to warrent a couple bottles in a sitting. cheers!

botham, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

Equal parts tangerine and goldenrod with a serious shortage of yeast, even after the final few ounces are added. The whipped creamy crown is large, filling more than half the glass after the pour. This hefeweizen may not be a knockout in the looks department, but it's nothing that deserves to be hidden in a stein.

I'm curious about whether a beer that is presumably a hybrid of two such disparate styles will favor one or the other when it comes to smell and taste. The nose is most reminiscent of a weak Oktoberfest. It's mildly malty, with a wheaty tang and no banana or clove.

Erdinger Weissbrau brews nothing but wheat beer (hence their name), which is why they've done something so seemingly strange as create an Oktoberfest Weizen. To my unending surprise and delight, they've actually managed to create a beer that has the qualites of each of those styles.

The malt tastes slightly toasted and lightly caramel-like, something not usually found in a hefeweizen. The fruit and spice that are absent in the nose are present on the palate, albeit in muted form. Clove esters are next to absent and the (hefe) weizen banan-o-meter score is only 1.0/5.0.

Although relatively light, the mouthfeel features a featherweight, mouthfilling creamy quality that more light-bodied beers should possess. Proper carbonation, as always, is the key.

Erdinger Oktoberfest Weizen may not be great beer, but it gets points for originality. It looks like I haven't scored anything from these guys very high. This one is as good as anything they brew.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 12, 2008
Photo of Finn
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%

Best by date: 01/2008

Appearance: 12 oz. bottle poured hard gave rise to a tall thick head, which dissipated to nothing very quickly. Brilliantly clear dark-gold color, with strong carbonation.

Smell: Very little aroma to speak of, faint hints of caramel malts.

Taste: Mild munich/caramel malt flavor in the beginning, fading into a somewhat sharp dryness, partly due to the high carbonation. Very mild. Can't detect much Weissbeer quality here, although maybe a hint of the Wheaty fruitiness, but no funky yeast flavor character.

Mouthfeel: Thin/medium mouthfeel with a slight creaminess. The carbonation cuts through quite a bit.

Drinkability: Would be easy to put away a few of these, though carbonation is a bit high for my liking, as it detracts from the flavor a bit. Overall, this is a pretty mild beer. I'm not sure why it's called an Oktoberfest/Weizen. I've had much better Oktoberfests, and much better weizens. Cool idea, but I'd sooner spend my money elsewhere.

Finn, Dec 29, 2007
Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
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