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Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
82
good

392 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 12
Gots: 8 | 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.

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TheLongBeachBum

California

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

Presentation: 11.2 fluid ounce brown glass bottle sealed with a crown cap that is decorated with the gold, black and red Erdinger WeissBräu logo. The main label on my bottle looks like the one pictured on BA and listed at alc. 5.7% vol. in the bottom right hand corner. The back label has a Best Before of 03/2007, so this is a fresh example.

Appearance: Cloudy orange body with some low amber hints, all contributing to a deeply polished slightly dark golden torso. The head is a frothy affair, pure white with a pillowy texture. Lacing starts with a series of rings but soon breaks into a clotted patchy blob like pattern as you work down the glass. Residual carbonation is lively and the overall presentation is pretty good.

Nose: Musty fruit bowls mix with Maltesers. Oaty texture has a banana and clove hint with some strong grainy interludes I the back end. A strange nose, not very appealing but very different.

Taste: Clean profile, the malty Oktoberfest blends with and against the wheats and yeast heavy Weizen DNA. Pale sweetness and some baked bread flashes. It all feels a bit messy and rather muddled, but it still pulls off as a passable effort.

Mouthfeel: The feel is distinctly heavy and at times a little stodgy. But the conditioning helps to offset some of this dour weight.

Drinkability: I played around with this score, I started out with a straight easy no-brainer 3.0, but after the bottle finished it picked up a half point. Struggles a bit but it manages to pull off an above apathetic coverage.

Overall: A novel concept, a synergistic combination of two classic Germanic styles, Oktoberfest and Weizen – it seems to work rather well, yet it doesn’t quite pull it off. I would still recommend this though. Not so sure I would go for the Lederhosen but I’d certainly share this with a busty blue eyed blond Fraulein.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 08:18:31 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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

A- Typical weizen appearance with a darker body that falls into the amber range. Not quite copper. White head. Excellent retention. Very nice rings of lace.
S- The aroma is more fruity than anything, with apple, pear, apricot, and mild banana. Delicate spice in the background. Some mild, grainy malt.
T- The flavor is again fruity, with a little bit more banana and a lot more spice. The wheat character comes out more whereas it was simply grainy and kind of nutty in the nose. Sweetness is not as high as in a standard weizen; and it finishes mainly dry with some residual spice and a touch of fruit and malty sweetness.
M- Medium bodied and crisp.
D- I was surprised that I didn't like this as much as their standard weizen. It's a great idea though. Maybe I just need to try it again and get used to it a bit, but I think I'd pretty much always opt for either a straight weizen or a straight oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 22:03:51 | More by NeroFiddled
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gpcollen1

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appeared with a majestic head, poured from a bottle into my Erdinger Weisbier glass- only slightly cloudy with a golden brown hue.

The aroma hinted of Weisbier but also of Marzen maltiness. Nothing outstanding but seemingly quite balanced.

Taste is quite incredible. I just love the flavor – what a combination – I have never had this before.

Mouthfeel yields quite a bit of carbonation but not too much, allowing you to taste both sides of this brew.

I could drink these all day long. Very happy I put another in the fridge.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 23:57:10 | More by gpcollen1
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dherling

New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured out of the bottle an orange bronze color with a thick rich white head. The nose was earthy, sweet, and metallic. The metallic aspect was there in my first tasting, along with some clove, grapefruit, and bananas. It tasted sweet, with malt undertones supporting spice, banana, and soap. There was some caramel in an otherwise clean finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 04:54:50 | More by dherling
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Generik420

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I tried this on tap at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. Wow, this beer is really fantastic. A medium brown color with an off-white head. Aroma was citrusy, sweet, and a touch of roasty. Just as the name implies, it combines a true German style hefeweizen with Oktoberfest beer and was the highlight of the beers at the festival I was at. On one hand, you have the estery flavors from the hefeweizen, and on the other hand you have some of the malty and roasted flavors from the Oktoberfest beer. Combine those together and you have a winner. Somewhat light and thin mouthfeel made it perfect for the 80 degree day outside. I could have drank a lot more of this one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2006 18:51:15 | More by Generik420
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very impressive.

Pours a dirty apricot into a Ball Jar (it’s all I have to drink out of in GB at the moment). Tons of off white head. Diminishes to a healthy skim.

Great aroma blends marzen malts with banana yeast, clove, and bready notes.

Taste is very clean and crisp. A perfectly blended hi-bred of two great styles. Plenty of banana and clove, tons of fresh baked bread, hints of lemon, lots marzen malt flavors and a little bit of cinnamon and pumpkin spice.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, completely clean and refreshing.

Drinkability is through the roof.

Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2006 17:22:47 | More by DaPeculierDane
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vancurly

Australia

3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Only just in to my local bottlo, so hopefully is fresh. That's the trouble with being in Australia... you never know how fresh it is, or how long it's been sitting in a container on a Singapore wharf.

Best by 02-2007.

Poured into a Jenlain glass I had handy, offering a majestic white head, and orange/amber body.

Aromas include some wheat & cara. I detect hop notes, reminiscent of a lager. I believe this is characteristic of the true Oktoberfest Lager style. But as it's a wheat, I also get banana/clove as per Hefe style, and a hint of citrus.

The flavour is definitely Hefe....some spice including nutmeg, musk, and some clove of course. A bit of candy-like hints along with the wheat.

There is a very, very late (5+ minutes) hint of ryebread....maybe it's my imagination....

It's got a good body, a hint of bitterness, and a subtle acid tang also.

It's an interesting mix of two styles, and an all-round good German ambassador...

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2006 07:49:32 | More by vancurly
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange copper color with a massive four finger head (with great retention) in my Weizen Glass, and the carbonation rising through the body it impressive.

Smell: It smells like caramelized Bavarian malts and spicy wheat at the same time. There are hints of caramel and fruits and also some subtle banana clove aromas.

Taste: Wow. Now that is interesting! It is a very unique beer. It is an Oktoberfest Weizen right from the start. I wouldn't have know there was such a thing but the flavor screams it from the top. Banana Nut bread and fruit cake meet in this festively spice wheat beer. There is really nothing like it. Cloves and nuts and nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin spice and wheat bread and candied little berries. It is very tasty and certainly unique. The finish is lightly spicy. The sweet aftertaste lingers delightfully.

Mouthfeel: This beer is so remarkably smooth and light and easy it simply becomes one with my blood stream the moment it touches my lips.

Drinkability: Down right outstanding! It is flavorful but easy and sits light in your stomach like a wheat beer making it a very sessionable option.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 04:50:09 | More by Phatz
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sabrills70

North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz brown bottle with best before date of 2/2007. Pours a clody light amber with a big 3 finger head with nice longevity and very nice lace. Not your typical hefe smells. Heavy malt aromas with a bit of friut mixed in - apple and lemon. Again not you typical hefe flavor. Much heavier on the malt side with low hop characteristics although they are present. Definate lemon and some tartness. Crisp and somewhat hearty. Nice for the season. A lower wheat, higher caramelized malt hefe.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2006 00:16:37 | More by sabrills70
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psinderson

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pilsner glass

Appearance: Cloudy copper-amber color. Foamy white head that sticks around...moderate lacing.

Smell: Some floral notes, but I'm not detecting the characteristic notes of the listed style - Banana/Clove. A strong, somewhat misplaced malty aroma. Some alcohol fumes as it warms.

Taste: Mild sourness and much sweeter than I would expect from a Hefe. This is truly a blend: some Hefe sourness and some Oktoberfest maltiness, although I think the malt stands out.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, tingly little bubbles. A decent feel.

Drinkability: This goes down OK, but not necessarily for a Hefe. A more traditional Hefe is a breeze to drink, this one gives me pause due to the strong maltiness and lack of other expected traits such as the citrusy background and fruity overtones. This one drinks more like a heavy Oktoberfest to me.

I am torn as to whether I should rate this beer based upon the stated style or overall. This beer does not seem to meet much of the Hefe Weizen and I'm not sure I particularly enjoy the combo that I think this beer is trying to be. This is certainly not a bad beer to me, just not enough of either style to be a standout.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2006 00:43:27 | More by psinderson
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rousee

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a golden amber color. Leaves a small head that disappears quickly. Good wisp of foam remains on top of the glass. Minor lacing is seen on the sides. Not as murky as you would expect for a wheat beer.

Smell is malty and bready.Seems grassy with some sour aspects as well. Almost like cranberries.
Taste is nice and smooth malt-reminds me much more of a marzen style than a hefe-weisee. Since this seems to cross the style boundaries, I will just consider it for general enjoyment and it does seem to satisfy quite well. Im glad I bought it and would definitely buy again. Exceptional drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2006 17:52:52 | More by rousee
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numenor1

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy dull orangish brown with a respectably fluffy offwhite head that dissipates before too long. Smell is a very weak for a weizen, but nice nonetheless: banana bread/banana pudding. Very nice mouthfeel immediately on the palate, creamy and full with substantial (although much less than a typical weizen) carbonation. Initially i pick up the typical banana, yet not so much of the clove, but the bready malts in this case seem to overshadow the yeast somewhat. Caramel overtones fading through a slightly spicy finish. Low bitterness, with typical wheaty crispness/acidity.

Not bad, but not nearly as good as i was hoping. Definitely drinkable though.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2006 01:23:35 | More by numenor1
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

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

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into hotel glasses. Appearance is pretty neutral, clear golden color without much head.

The smell is slightly sour for the style, almost Belgian-like. Not as clovy or banana-y as I'd prefer in a hefe-wiezen, but this is an Oktoberfest Weizen so who knows what the hell the style is meant to be...

Easy enough to drink, but the flavor is nowhere near what I like in a hefewiezen. So mediocre scores across the board.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2006 01:07:10 | More by TurdFurgison
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

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

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle to a weissen bier glass. Nice thick bone white head. Liquid is dark rich gold.

Smell is faint, mostly yeast, little malt and notes of apricot, peach and spice. Much more robust after warming, add pear and mango.

Taste is better then ave. But not a winner. Light yeast, slightly caramelized malt, spice and light sweet fruit. They must have given this the Oktoberfest name because of the darker color and deeper roasted malt. The flavor intensifies as it warms. Wait for it it will come. More fruit and richer malt. Hops are very subdued, almost unaccounted for.

Mouthfeel is nice, rich & crisp, sticky and lasting. Very nice carbonation.

Drinkability could be better. This one needs a little more work to make my A list. The better when warmer gig hurts the drinkability score. MK

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2006 04:23:19 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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Crosling

Colorado

2.7/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright orange oak. Sticky, vanilla, maple and toffee aromas, with hints of banana, which are barely achieved by the swirling of the glass. Flavor is very thin and bland, initially bubbly, then creamy. Not all that flavorful, but it possesses light hints of toffee, along with a light floral hop kick on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2006 03:01:21 | More by Crosling
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jhu1995

Maryland

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

Poured from a bottle. Could not decide whether this was a deep gold or an orange-copper color. Appeared to flip-flop between both. Not has cloudy as I expected it to be. Very frothy, long-lasting head with good carbonation and lacing. Smell was mostly bananas and cloves. Taste was mostly bananas and cloves and very refreshing. Had a bit more body to it than I expected. A smooth, solid beer that is worth a few bucks.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2005 02:46:53 | More by jhu1995
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Toddv29424

District of Columbia

2.75/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty sweet Oktoberfest brew which would be perfect to enjoy in 1 liter stein in Munich. Unfortunatly it's a little weak to drink on its own, or as part of a review session. The wheat is very apparent like other Erdingers, and the sweetness is really enjoyable. But there is something that just seems to be lacking from this brew, and I cant exactally put my finger on it.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2005 05:30:13 | More by Toddv29424
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a medium amber cloudy color (a couple of shades darker than a typical hefe) with the expected frothy head that leaves squiggles of lacing

Smell: A combination of hefe smells (bananas, cloves and yeast) and märzen smells (caramel malt)

Taste: Starts with a malty flavor that is quickly followed, after the swallow, by the hefe flavors of bananas and cloves; then, the malty flavor re-asserts itself only to be followed, again by the crisp lemony finish of the hefe

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with lots of carbonation - a bit fuller bodied than a hefe

Drinkability: Very intriguing brew and a nice effort by Erdinger to experiment with something new; it is rare to see the German brewers break from a traditional mold and do something creative so kudos are well-deserved for this brew

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2005 22:45:07 | More by brentk56
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Autumnal, brown-tinted golden-orange below a fat rise of marshmallow foam.
The nose has elements of apple sauce, wheat bread, and pecans, but seems a bit diffuse on the whole.
Up front in the mouth, there is a quick wheatiness that ebbs just as quick towards the more traditional Munich-y traits of toasted nut, bagel, and caramelized raisin. A phenolic sense of vanilla arises midway and lingers into the close, shiftly slightly towards banana pudding. On the whole, however, the weizen yeast is not a dominating force here. Hopping is modest with steely herbs and grasses.
A fairly brawny body is given some levity by the increased carbonation, forming an impression of carbonated cream.
This is plenty drinkable and likeable on nearly all accounts. It's not an explosive mash-up of flavors, but basically a fairly mild (but well-made) festbier with a subtle weiss infusion.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2005 19:39:02 | More by cokes
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass slightly hazy with a low white head which fell quickly but laced the glass.

The aroma was malty with a nutty caramel malt aroma of Munich or Vienna. The aroma also contained a slight spicy hop presence. Also present was just the lightest amount of smoke and banana.

The flavor was crisp with a light banana and clove flavor that were at low levels. The flavor contained a bit of caramel and a low wheat flavor. Also present was a light spice character.

The finish was dry with a crisp and light fruity ester that lasts of banana. The body was medium and the carbonation fairly high. Kinda boring, but easily drinkable.

11.2 ounce bottle, 5.7% ABV on label.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2005 22:54:15 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Mitchster

Michigan

3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wonder if this is different than the normal Erdinger Weizen. I wasn't impressed with the weizens from this brewery, so I thought "Hrmmm...3 times is a charm". This one pours out to a cloudy light amber, forming a slowly rising and peaking off white soapy head of large bubbles...the kind of head that grows out of the glass. Retention is very good and lacing is good. Carbonation is semi-brisk, contributing to the ever-growing head and spiral streamers. The aroma is certainly not very "weizen", just kinda "beer" with some green apples thrown in. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean. The taste is of light green apples, some distant non-descript pale wheat malt cracker sweetness, and a touch of yeast. Hops are minimal. No phenols or esters typical for the style. Mild bitterness, clean lightly dry finish. No perceptable off-flavors, but also no perceptable "on" flavors either.

Not that this is a bad beer, but for the style, it's dull and boring...not even remotely close to style. Pass on this one. 3 strokes, you're out Erdinger.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2005 15:59:36 | More by Mitchster
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apintofknowledge

New Jersey

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

Erdinger Weissbrau Oktoberfest Weizen is an unusual take on the Fest style. It’s a Weizen beer, meaning it’s a wheat beer rather than the traditional all-malt Märzen. The carbonation of this one is much more like that of a Hefeweizen, the more common German style of wheat beer, with a thick foamy white head. Both the aroma and taste are both sweet and spicy, and overall this one is much sweeter than any of the Fest beers I've tried. Definitely a different direction and interesting to taste… a hybrid of a Weiss beer and a Märzen that has some of the better qualities of both.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2005 00:13:55 | More by apintofknowledge
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silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep orange with a huge, fluffy white head that retains well. Aroma has big toasted bread notes, as well as a yeasty citrusy character (classic wiezen) and some light caramel notes. The flavor is of toasted bread, lemon rind, crackers, caramel and some yeasty flavors. This is really a hefe with the body, mouthfeel and malt profile of an oktoberfest...not really a great combination. The mouthfeel is full and chewy which doesnt compliment the style well and drinkability is descent at best. An ok hefe, not something to seek out, especially if you want a real oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2005 03:47:12 | More by silver0rlead
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maxpower

Missouri

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

11.2 oz bottle pours a cloudy golden orange color with a nice off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Fruity nutty aromas, nutty, caramel and spicy flavors. Medium bodied with a crisp mouthfeel, finishes on the sweet side, maybe a bit too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2005 01:38:44 | More by maxpower
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

01-03-09
After drinking again for the first time in a few years, I feel that further commenting is necessary. Along with my initial views below, the beer seems to steer away from the weissbier notions and prefer the malty lagered notes instead. Lightly estery and ultimately malty throughout, this beer balances but always favors the malts. A nice Oktoberfest that uses the wheat for body, texture, and head retention. The wheat flavors are modest and take a backk seat to all things Oktoberfest. Don't let the wheat distract you, this is a true Oktoberfest with a slight wheat flair in taste, body, and appearance.

11-04-05
Although nothing extremely special, it's a clean and well brewed beer. The aromas show a heavy bready, moderately malty, and lightly caramel tones. The wheat doesn't add much esters, fruitiness, or spiciness. A medium copper color with a slight wheat haze. Wheat adds to the head retention and lacing. Flavors are typical bready, toasty, malty, and caramelly for an Oktoberfest, but the wheat adds a cereal-like quality and perhaps accentuates the grain flavors a bit too much. Hops are only for balance and go greatly unnoticed. The texture is smooth and creamy because of the wheat addition, but also brings out a light grain 'bite'. Finishes mildly sweet, grainy; yet clean and refreshing. Overall, an average beer. Thanks Clvand0 for sharing.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2005 14:10:59 | More by BEERchitect
Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
82 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.