Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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Reviews: 274
Hads: 500
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 16
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: bierman2000 on 07-17-2003

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Photo of wattoclone
4.52/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite "oktoberfest" import. To be fair, the oktoberfest style is not one of my favorites but hefeweizen is one I drink regularly. The Erdinger Oktoberfest is unusual in that it is actually a hefeweizen so it is no surprise that I seek it out and consume it annually. Since it is bottle conditioned and has fruitiness I assume it is brewed with ale yeast as is traditional for wheat beers. Although I like it better than their regular hefeweizen it would not be my first pick if I was craving a wheat beer. The main reason I buy it is to celebrate the oktoberfest season with a beer I enjoy. It does have the characteristics one looks for in a hefe: sweet malt, spicy caramel, candied fruit and roasted banana in the finish. As one one expect for a Bavarian beer, it is extremely well balanced and goes down very easy. On draft it is even better. (859 characters)

Photo of rangerred
2.41/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance was a hazy dark orange with a thick one finger white head.

Aroma was very fruity with hints of banana, clove, and apple. Also some bready yeasty notes. Just a very tiny bit of caramel malt.

Flavor was all apples. Really reminded me of a funky apple cider. There was a tiny bit of banana and clove but it was all overshadowed by apple. I could catch some caramel towards the finish but it was very faint.

Overall, this is not at all what I was expecting. I could understand a little bit of fruit with this being a hefe, but this was way overdone. Not really anything to let me know this was an Oktoberfest. Not something I will seek out again. (693 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.42/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a dimpled mug.

Look: Hazy golden honey wheat color. A white foamy head dissipates slowly leaving a light film, not much lacing present.

Aroma: Wheat, sweet caramel, honey.

Taste: Sweet wheat grains, faint caramel sweetness, and honey.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall, I love this beer. It's refreshing and has a great combination of normal oktoberfest caramel sweetness with a nice honey-wheat touch. Very smooth and drinkable. (447 characters)

Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

Look - hazy light golden color, with about three fingers' worth of frothy foam that dissipates slowly.

Smell - wheat-like smell, slightly higher on the barley content, but with noble hops evident as well.

Taste - sweet, zesty, but also semi-dry. It has a typical wheat taste, but it's very subdued. Laid back type of taste overall. It has a sweet aftertaste, but doesn't linger long.

Mouthfeel - pretty well balanced overall, not too watery and not too creamy.

Overall - not a bad brew at all. Decently interesting, while staying true to the style. (596 characters)

Photo of Hopswagger
3.11/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

P:  Hazy orange copper body with a whipped crown if creamy full finger off white head.  Bubbly lacing. 

S:  Creamy toasted caramel and toffee malt with pears, orange oil, clove, white grapes, honey and salt water taffy. Spicy citrus hops with a hint of mint. 

T/M:  Toasted cereal grains, honey nut Cheerios, banana, wheat bread, spiced rum, and orange oil. Body is creamy but flavor seems to be mostly pronounced cereal grains and spice. Not much going on. Spiced rum comes out once warmed and the aftertaste is odd and hard to pinpoint. 

O:  Not a huge fan of this one. Pretty simple but the simplicity doesn't work well. Muddled and  confused flavors that don't play well together. Has a cheap taste to it. I won't be trying this again anytime soon.  (766 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a huge 2 inch white, frothy head that dissipates slowly, lacing thick lacing.

Aroma is dominated by wheat, orange rind, and lemon, with grainy notes and a touch of coriander.

Flavor follows suit, with undertones of orange and lemon adding character to slightly weak wheat backbone. There's a dry, bready, lightly peppered finish. Banana becomes evident as it warms.

Body is moderate to light, with fairly high carbonation. There's a bit of grainy astringency present, as well as alcohol warmth.

Overall, definitely a weisen instead of a marzen. Good beer, but lacking a bit of flavor in the body. Reminds me of a weak franziskaner. (676 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not sure how this can be an Oktoberfest AND Hefe, but I guess I'll find out.

Pours a big fluffy 2+ finger head that fades fairly quickly, unfortunately no lacing, hazy bright carrot orange color.

Nose is interesting, somewhat hefe with wheat, light banana, hints of clove and spices, some citrus, but fairly light in all the above... but at the same time a light malty pilsner aspect, with light straw, and some lager undertones. So I guess almost like a blend of the two beers.

Taste comes in light and airy but plenty of flavor, and tons of carbonation. Big wheat aspect at first, hefe flavored, juicy, citrus, little banana wheat, very light clove spices, clementine, etc. A very light toasty malt and straw but barely any, and again just a hint of a lager like base but more wheat like. Light and drinkable, much more summer than October beer. Finish is a bit sticky but dry, light orange citrus, juice, wheat, and toasty flavors lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, lots of carbonation.

Overall interesting, decent but not great. Almost like a blend of Hefe and pilsner, with light hints of both, but never really gets where it wants to go I think. Drinkable and tasty though. (1,192 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy golden/straw, 2 finger fluffy white head,
solid lacing

S: fresh wheat, yeast, mild lemon peel + pear

T: same as nose, very drinkable brew

M: med body, solid carbonation, mild tongue prick

O: Very solid German Oktoberfest offering.
Fall + Winter are my fav time of the beer calender.
I could drink this all day long. Quite flavorful for
being so light.

GOOD, WORTH TRYING! (388 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.96/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Weizen glass.

Appearance: Cloudy straw yellow with thick, foamy white head and great lacing.

Smell: Clove, banana, wheat notes and more spicy hops than typical in the nose of a Hefe. Becomes muted after the initial pour.

Taste: Has the expected wheat base malt, but the also seem to be some more toasted and cherry notes as well, so maybe they did try to incorporate some light Marzen flavors. Light banana as well. Finish has both clove and noble hops.

Feel: A little fuller and creamier than a typical Hefe, probably due to the slightly elevated abv. Moderately high carbonation. Dry finish, but not quite as dry as the best of em.

Overall: Basically a bigger Hefe with hints of a Marzen. I like it. Still need to try the standard Erdinger, even though based on its lower scores and mass sales, it seems to the Budweiser of Hefeweizens. (882 characters)

Photo of NStLincoln
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not your typical Marzen style Oktoberfest. Erdinger comes at you with a wheat beer and it's pretty good.

Cloudy body with a white head that is gone after a minute or so.

Smells of whole wheat bread, clove and slightly of banana.

This is going to sound weird, but there's a root beer thing going on in the mid palate. It's easy drinking, slighty spicy and summery. Probably not my pick for an Oktoberfest beer, but if we get another really hot August day this will work. (475 characters)

Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.37/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330 mL bottle. Pint glass.

A: Pale, clear yellow with a finger of very white head.

S: Fresh cut grass, lemon, light hoppiness.

T: Semi-sweet wheat character, some citrus, and a little dry bread at the end.

M: Medium-light body with a little creaminess.

O: It's light and less flavorful than others. (303 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light golden in color in the glass. Decent lacing and quite fizzy in the mouth. Lots of white foam. I don't taste any significant flavors of the usual Hefeweizen style, but it's a pleasant beery brew. Fairly malty, slightly fruity. Wouldn't be mistaken for an American wheat beer. Some perfume in the nose along with the malt aromas. Pleasantly sharp with a thin body but some substance from the malt.

Quite drinkable. More of a summer beer for chilling. (461 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: Poured a murky golden color with about a fingers worth of head that settles to a nice layer with great lacing.

S: Sweet malt, wheat and yeast upfront. Then there is a mix of spice with citrus mixed in.

T: Good mix of tart citrus flavors up front with a strong malt sweet backbone... Good mix of flavors here... perfect mix for a Hef.

M: Medium bodied, good carbonation... Great feeling beer.

D: Great Hef.. good mix of flavors, good ABV... Nothing but good things here... Only mark on this is the fact it has Oktoberfest in the name... Don't over look this one. (625 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a cloudy looking yellow color with a fluffy white head on top. The smell of the beer is grainy and had some soft banana aromas to it. The taste of the beer gives off some wheat flavors along with some light autumn flavors too. The mouthfeel is very drinkable, it's a very easy going beer. Overall it's a nice beer for just about anytime of year. I would probably drink this one again sometime. (417 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 'German-style' slim bottle into my pint glass.

Light cloudy amber with big thick head of white foam. Foams up large and settles down to about 1/4 inch. Light malty smell. Taste is very light - mostly a nutty malt. Firm carbonation, clean finish.

Like a malty pilsner. Good, not great. (302 characters)

Photo of rootbeerman
2.65/5  rDev -26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours bright cloudy yellow, with a frothy two finger white head. Head does leave some chunks of lacing. Looks great.
S: very light overall aroma, light yeast, not much of the normal Weiss aroma. I smell this as lacking overall.
T: rather weak on flavor, mostly light wheat and yeast.
M: light, slightly prickly carbonation.
O: needs to be more, yes I understand it is this way to allow for large quantity to be drank. (423 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Decent looking hef. with 1 finger head, yellow murky wheat beer appearance with volcanic carbonation. Very good head retention.

Smell - bananna/lemon notes but faint

Taste - Very mild taste. Very light on flavor. Some crispness and dryness in finish. I'm picking up some metallic tastes as well.

Mouthfeel - Slightly watery.

Overall - A very forgettable Hef. easy to drink but little flavoring to remember it by. (429 characters)

Photo of Argion
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Saw this at the local distributor and gave it a try. Didn't like it as much as the original Erdinger but it was better than average. Something just seemed to be off with the flavor, and even though it is stronger than a regular Erdinger, the flavor and overall feeling didn't match that expectation. (299 characters)

Photo of janubio
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml. bottle, pours a good head that does not hold much, leaving some lace. Smell is the weakest part, fainted cloves and bananas with some citrus. Now, it feels much better on the palate, good carbonation, fizzy. In the tongue there is everything that the smell lacks: banana, cloves, peaches... Very drinkable, anyway. (321 characters)

Photo of Avagadro
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Erdinger Oktoberfest pours to form a giant fluffy head of admirable retention. Its body exhibits great lacing and clarity, especially given that it is listed as a hefe.

S: The aroma is fairly faint, and displays a bit of herbal and solvent notes.

T: Light and dry, with a touch of lemon, caramel, and toast.

M: Light, clean, and effervescent.

O: Much closer to the light and drinkable German Oktoberfests than the malty American versions. Tasty, but I think Paulaner still takes the crown. (496 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken at a local pubs Ocotberfest last night, sadly not in the correct glassware, £2.00 for a half pint in a standard unbadged UK half sleeve.

Cloudy, murky, you choose! It's lemon gold in colour with a good white crown on top, just like almost all wiessbiers.

Bananas and cloves with a vanilla overtone, in both the smell and taste: yummy.

I couldn't tell any difference to the regular Erdinger to be honest, the advertised 5.7% ABV certainly didn't feature greatly in the taste but I did knock a glass over in the next pub I visited, so maybe it was stronger than I thought. (580 characters)

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy pale yellow body with a white head.

Aromas include a cocktail of toasty and bready malt notes, some light esters as well.

A mild session beer, Erdinger Oktoberfest features a crisp carbonic bite like you might find in club soda. Malt is present but restrained with cracker notes and a hint of phenolic spice. Bitterness is low as is the noble hop flavor.

The body is crisp like a hefe, but rounder like an Oktoberfest.

Not much to right home about frankly. Somewhere between a hefe and Oktoberfest, this beer misses on both. I think I would rather have one or the other. Like a fuller bodied hefe with less esters and phenols or an oktoberfest without interesting malt character. Not bad by any stretch, but not all that good either. (744 characters)

Photo of FanofHefe
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a general fan of Erdinger, I was very glad to find a bottle of their Oktoberfest. Pours a slightly hazy, pale yellow body, with a two-finger white head that dissipates rather quickly and leaves very little lacing.

The aroma is, as expected, close to their traditional hefeweizen, but comes in low on the banana notes and nearly nonexistent in the clove arena. Still, a good citrus aroma, and there is a sweetness that seems like barley malt, but, of course, must be the wheat grain in some fashion.

The flavor is equally close to the hefeweizen, but, again, light on banana, missing clove, and adding some sweetness similar to a marzen.

Medium to light mouthfeel and a sweet finish. Overall, a tasty and different take on the Octoberfest beer and I like it. (764 characters)

Photo of homersimpson67
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden hazy straw color into my trusty tulip, very inviting.
Pleasant floral aroma, lemon and spice, smells fresh.
Easy going flavor, nothing unique but clean and crisp, not overpowering, goes down smooth.
Hits the mouth with a more carbonation than most Oktoberfests I've tried.
Overall very good but wouldn't say will remember as one of my favs. Will try again, love the fall beers! (400 characters)

Photo of Samp01
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy pale golden with a large long lasting white head, with nice lacing. Light citrus hops, some malt, yeast, lemon and nice fruity notes fill the nose. Taste is malt, yeast, wheat, some fruity notes and light hops bitterness. Palate is light to medium crisp body with nice carbonation. Finish is sweet malt, yeast, some fruity notes, with some light hops and a light fruity nutty ending. Overall a very nice refreshing and easy drinking brew. (452 characters)

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