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Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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Reviews: 287
Hads: 546
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 16.43%
Wants: 17
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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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 drabmuh
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft served in pint glass. Cloudy yellowish orange, white diffue head, moderate carbonation. Almost no aroma, some maltiness wetness in the aroma. Pleasant clean flavor, finishes completely. High drinkability, no hop character. No lacing but head forms on the edge of the glass. This was quite an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark gold color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a dry, yet slightly fruity aroma that boasts of pale, light crystal, and wheat malts along with Bavarian yeast. It's earthy and dry with a bit of tartness. The taste is decent. It has a dry, malty flavor that boasts of crystal malts and weizen yeast. It goes down smooth, but finishes dry and earthy with a weizen aftertaste. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good brew, but it's not one I'd buy again. I like the regular weizens and the dunkels, but the Octoberfest ones I could do without.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.36/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.8/5  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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Bottle from Londonderry Quick Stop.
Pours a hazy light golden color with a huge bubbly frothy white head that persists forever. Aromas of rich bready malt, banana and a bit of earthy funk. The flavor is bready and fruity with bits of banana and lemony spice. Medium body moderate to high level of carbonation. Decent brew, but I was fooled by the Oktoberfest moniker, I wasn't trying to grab a six pack of Hefeweizen.

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Photo of tempest
2.8/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 01/2008

Wow, I don't know if this beer could be much more plain. The aroma smells more of dust than barley or wheat and the flavor only has a sweet, light caramel. Sure its drinkable and washes down food, but it really doesn't do much. Tastes like something BMC would make, light in flavor and inoffensive with no head or lacing.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy burnt orange, with a nice head, a solid look, light lace.

S: I got tradtional Munich malt upfront, Fest smell, copper, real light banana.

T: Definitely a clove and spice mix, some tasty malt flavour, just light intensity overall, not really much to go on.

M: Light, thinnish soft carbonation, watery, spritzy. This is a hefe, it should have some more body.

D: Good, but I wanted a little something extra, I assume I've made that clear. Too light as I have found the other Erdingers to be that I've had. Would be OK to wash down some good German food.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug. A cloudy light brown with a garnett hue.

Aroma of wheat, lending a hay like character, and sweet candy malts.

A very well balanced brew, certainly leans more to a true Oktoberfest with the german malts prevelant in the flavor. Wheat lends a subtle light fruit backing and everything is tied together with the noble hop.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied.

Drinkability is quite good. This would make a fine session beer in the winter months.

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Photo of Zorro
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a full Oktoberfest mug at Alisal cellars in Solvang California.

This beer is a cloudy peach color, but no where as cloudy as a traditional Hefe.

Smell is fruity and very bready. The expected banana and cloves are missing but this does smell good.

Taste is mostly bread with fruity flavors from the yeast. This has a nice malt after taste. Mild flavor of banana shows up about half way through the glass.

Mouthfeel is quite thick and delivers well on the beer is "Liquid Bread" concept.

Super drinkable Oktoberfest beer here. Tasty and mild, this would not cover up the taste of any food. An excellent beer for a rustic lunch or dinner of beer, fresh baked bread and cheese. One mug of this was a meal all by itself.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of John_M
4.11/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's the other night

The beer pours an orange/gold color, with very good head retention and lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, just some malt and a hint of spice. On the palate this is really a delicious take on the marzen recipe. It has the sweet maltiness of a good marzen, but also has some good funk/spiciness (banana and nutmeg) from the German wheat. The beer has a very nice mouthfeel, and is quite easy to drink. This beer finishes very smoothly on the palate and is not the least bit heavy.

This is a very flavorful, easy to drink wheat/marzen. A very nice beer indeed.

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Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark cloudy straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured some sweet caramel and an estery yeast.

The taste was upfront grainy and lightly sweet, followed by a sharp estery yeast and some wheat spice.

The mouthfeel was toward the heavier side for the hefe style.

Overall an enjoyable and relatively robust hefe. Good seasonal beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five-finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving traces of lace. Cloudy amber color. Piney/honey nose. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Flavor is smooth honey with some piney hops. Don't really notice any wheat. 12oz bottle $1.50 from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

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Photo of Tone
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden/copper color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, and yeast. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, sweet malt, slight hops, and wheat.

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Photo of corby112
4.38/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy dark burnt orange/light chestnut brown color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy off-white head that has excellent retention, hardly fading at all throughout the whole glass, leaving splotches of soapy lacing in it's path.

This is a very unique beer which blends two excellent German styles and it's complexity is showcased excellently in every area.

The aroma displays qualities of both styles that this hybrid is made from. Caramel malt notes along with brown sugar and cinnamon spice are balanced by a prominent citrus fruit and spice clove presence.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma in that there is a nice caramel malt sweetness up front along with some brown sugar and cinnamon spice countered by a very spicy clove presence and lots of yeast/bread notes along with citrus peel and ripe banana.

This beer is a perfect combination of the two styles and is extremely well balanced, making it very drinkable. I wish this style was produced more often, but only if done this well. Highly recommended.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.47/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 11.2 oz bottle. Sampled on January 18, 2014.

It pours a cloudy and foggy pale yellow with a huge carbonated white head that fizzles down rather quickly. It looks like there is some yeast still floating around this one.

The aroma is of toasted biscuit malts, wheat, and lemongrass.

The body is light and refreshing making it easy to quaff.

The taste is echoes the aroma with a lot of toasted biscuit, wheat, and a clean lemon finish.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A Hefe-toberfest.:^)
Pours a nice straw gold that was very clear until I poured in the last ounce. Then it clouded up.

The smell was a faintly sweet aroma which I liked.

The taste was an interesting cross between the sweetness of the malt and the clove flavour that Hefe's bring to the table and I thought the balance was well done. This is a very drinkable beer to me and I'm kind of sad that I only bought the one bottle.(in a mixed 6-pack)

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.06/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Pig & Fiddle with a sausage plate.
A: Hazy straw gold under a 2” finely bubbled off-white foam cap that grips the side of the glass producing sheets of lace.
S: Spicy nose with traces of banana and clove.
T: Doughy yeasty wheat palate lightly seasoned with banana and hints of clove.
F: Big luscious velvety smooth body with above average very finely bubbled carbonation.
O: Cleaner with fewer phenols and esters than many Weizens which might appeal to those not overly fond of banana and clove.

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Photo of bark
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The colour is orange-yellow-gold; the liquid is a little bit hazy. When poured; the glass is at first all foam. After some while, it stabilizes into a very fine three fingers high white uneven compact head, leaving some lacing.

The smell is sour (although not as much as many other weissbiers) with fruity notes of green apples, sweet barley-malt, bakers yeast and dough. There is also a slight hint of vinegar.

The taste is also less weiss than expected. Not that it lacks the souirsh wheat-flavours, but it is milder than in the other Erdinger weissbiers. Some pilsener-like malt, quite a lot of green apples, some sweetness and a gentle bitterness. The aftertaste got a little alcohol, some wheat-dough and a fresh mild anonymous bitterness.

The carbonation is very mild for being a weiss, it is more like a lager. The bubbles are small and the liquid is smooth.

I guess that this beer is made to be as drinkable and accessible as possible. In that case, Erdinger has really succeed. As a Festbier or a as a Weiss? Nahh...

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
81 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.