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Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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487 Ratings

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Ratings: 487
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 14
Gots: 25 | 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 LyonsHead
2.63/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a hazy (wheat) orange with a monster head that was gone fast. Looks like a cloudy oktoberfest

S: There is a smell of munich malt with soft bread undertones. There is a subtle citrusy, ale character. Fruity esters does not at all seem appropriate for an oktoberfest style beer.

T: This is weird. I know its not a true oktoberfest because its a wheat beer. but this is just crawling with fruity esters. There is a strong citrus character and the malty flavors are suppressed to small background notes.

M: To thin for the style, watery almost

D: I didn't like this very much. Perhaps Its because my heart was set on an Octoberfest and this really tastes nothing like the style.

LyonsHead, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of barnzy78
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Brewhaus in Springfield, IL

Poured a hazy yellow with hues of orange. A huge, rocky, white head towers over the edge of the glass and leaves decent lacing. Aromas seemed weak - wheat, German yeast, mild fruits, and banana. Tastes seemed somewhat off-putting with a strange array of flavors over the palate - wheat, bubblegum, slight toffee, German yeasts hinting at bananas and ripe fruits (apple or pear perhaps). Alcohol is somewhat present, but hangs around in the background. Mouth-feel was medium bodied and creamy. Complex - yes, but the tastes do not seem to go together well. I'll stick to either an authentic German Hefeweizen or opt for a traditional Marzen for Oktoberfest.

barnzy78, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of tatoodkelt
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a fan of Oktoberfest brews so I was interested to see how the style mixed.

Poured into a pint glass.

A- Hazy kind of dirty orange with a white inch thick head that faded pretty quick. Decent carbination.

S- Wheat and citrus

T- Same as the smell but I picked up some banana in there as well.

M- Light, watery and crisp.

D- Pretty easy to drink.

All in all I didnt really notice many Oktoberfest qualities but its still a decent brew.

tatoodkelt, May 26, 2009
Photo of Heritage02Rider
4.45/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this first when my buddy, who is in the military brought me a split case, 12 Oktoberfest and 12 Dunkel from his trip to Germany. I had not heard of this brewery so, needless to say I was excited. When I was in Germany I had several different kinds, but mostly draft and loved every one. So, after taking my first pour and seeing it the glass... nice German head and good color. I had to taste. It left nothing behind... the taste was very good.

Overall, I like the Oktoberfest better than the Dunkel, however they are different enough to not be competition for my palate.

I have not had an import version of this beer, but I would have to assume it should be just as good.

If you have a chance to taste this beer; get two.

Heritage02Rider, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of CMW
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a dark amber/orange color with a good level of carbonation into my Tucher weizen glass. The beer is definitely hazy, as I would expect from a weissbier, and a nice cloudy white 3 finger head forms. The head disappears quickly but there is some nice lacing left around the glass.

I was very interested in how the aroma of this beer was going to present itself. Since these two beer styles have a different notes to them I was curious to see if they mix well or if one dominates the other. As soon as I brought the brew up to my nose I could tell the hefeweizen style was dominate in the aroma, although there are many players here. The first thing I detect is citrus, pear, and banana. A maltiness is also present, that mixes fairly well with the citrus flavors. There is a substantial amount of tangy wheat which is present in most weissbiers. Overall, the aroma leans toward a weissbier with some darker malt added in.

Erdinger was able to balance out the two styles fairly well in the flavor. As I take a drink, I definitely get the wheat up front. The beer essentially has two sides, one brings caramel malts and more of a fresh bread taste, and another has a banana and citrus zest. I'm not getting much in the way of a hop profile and the brew finishes dry.

CMW, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of johanvond
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From The Dead Man's Chest. Oct 29th 08
Pours hazy golden with a thick head. There is a yeasty aroma accomponied with some citrus. The carbonation cleanses the palette witch leaves a dry cracker flavor. The finnish has some clove a banana esters. Yes this is a nice Hefe, but why buy a hefe being resold as an Oktoberfest ? Should Oktoberfest beers only be Marzens? Well at lest I got a nice Heffe glass.

johanvond, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz pop-top brown bottle with a cool Oktoberfest-themed label, with best before January 2009 stamped on bottle.

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark gold beer with a rocky, fluffy white head with good retention.

Smell: Yeasty, wheaty, and with a nice citrus zing.

Taste: Citrus notes mix with wheat, light toasty malts, and light banana/clove flavors. This is like a typical hefe-weissbier with just a little more depth and slightly more maltiness. Quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, and refreshing

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: Definitely a different take on an "Oktoberfest" beer, but this is a great Hefeweizen (I especially like the little bit of maltiness behind the typical yeasty/fruity flavors). I try to return to this at least once or twice a year.

BedetheVenerable, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright sunset orange color, thin white head.

S: Sweet Vienna malt on nose.

T: Very sweet caramel body, very creamy as well. Never had a weizen octoberfest but really like this interpretation. Sweet malty backbone and incredible drinkability would make for a nice session beer at octoberfest. I could drink this and enjoy it.

M: creamy, with some malt sweetness and a slight noble hop bitterness to balance it out perfectly.

D: Nice per style, a little sweeter then most Octobers probably due to the wheat backbone but overall enjoyed it.

beerthulhu, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of Macca
3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a cloudy pale gold. A good two to three fingers of head.

Aromas of bananas and spices. Only hints of these though. Noth the over the top style that I like. Similar profile on the palate.

Quite a high level of carbonation.

An OK weissbier but not great.

Macca, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of mcox90
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy golden color with a 2 finger white foamy head. Nose is wheat, spice and banana. Moderately carbonated mouthfeel, medium body. Taste is banana, spices (cloves and nutmeg) and wheat. More of a typical hefe than an Octoberfest. Very enjoyable none the less.

mcox90, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of dmamiano
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very hazy on the pour. More than likely from the wheat malt. Billowy, white head with nice lacing and plenty of carbonation.
Smells of wheat, bready with a fruity essence. (bananas are noted).
Decent on the tongue as far as feel.
Bready and wheat malts, with a slight meta note in the finish.

dmamiano, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of babaracas
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy amber with billowy dense white head that fades to half inch, thick lacing. Smell: fruit: apple,pear, grain. Taste: spicy, lemon, some abstract fruitiness, wheat, a touch of alcohol, some ofest malt characteristics. Mouthfeel: nice and smooth but finishes with a wheaty astringent crispness, heavier than a typical hefe. I guess this is their fall/fest version of a hefe, without the clove and banana, and with some ofest characteristics. Interesting, but doesn't impress on either front.

babaracas, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of Mdog
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy yellow, huge head.

Smell: Light citrus, wheat.

Taste: Crisp, lemon, wheat grain flavors. Pretty tasty.

Drinkability: Goes down easy.

Picked up a few fall beers, and wondered what a weizen octoberfest was like. It's pretty much like any weizen beer, I didn't really see any octoberfest qualities. But since I like weizens more than fests that's ok with me. A decent, if unspectacular beer.

Mdog, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A hazy blonde/straw... not as much of a murky unfiltered look as some can be, but it certainly still is, by all means. A nice, rolling white head topping everything off.

S: Soft citrus notes, moreso than I'd usually expect from a German hefe, with some pear-skin aromas and a light whiff of clove.

T + M + D: Lighter flavours - citrus, and a decent wheat note. Not an incredible lot going on, but very inoffensive and easy to drink. It made for a reasonable session choice. A fairly crisp body, nice carbonation, with a smooth and wet finish. Not bad.

Proteus93, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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
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