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Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
82
good

472 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 472
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 14
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bierman2000 on 07-17-2003)
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Photo of mactrail
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

mactrail, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

WesWes, Nov 03, 2005
Photo of Mora2000
3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Mora2000, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 01-2008:

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

The smell is of banana/clove - though not as much as could be (but in line with their regular HW). There is a bit more maltiness in the nose, which I suppose qualifies it as a HW O-fest.

The taste follows the aroma. Some banana/clove - tastes like their HW, which isn't bad, but rather weak considering it is Bavarian. It does have a bit of a caramelish maltiness. Decent, but mild. It's fine as an O-fest "light".

This is one for an unusually warm O-fest season. Easy-drinking, interesting, but not my choice for an O-fest nor a HW.

jwc215, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bountiful three-finger white head; becomes rocky as it dissipates. Great lace! Initially poured clear, but became cloudy as I finished off the bottle. Gold color.

Light malt aroma;slight wheat.

Very dry taste, leaving nearly no aftertaste. Light bodied with high carbonation, almost frothy. Soft in texture and in flavor. This beer is far closer to a marzen than hefeweizen in flavor. No hop.

After a promising appearance, this beer fades.

smcolw, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of XmnwildX12
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

An Oktoberfest Hefe? Hmm interesting. Pours a dark cloudy orange, nice big fluffy head to it and tons of lacing... this beer is a beaut in the glass. Slight banana aroma. Nice creamy mouthfeel.. but tons of carbonation, definitely a bit prickly in the mouth. Some nice malt sweetness to it but to me the carbonation kills it.. all you taste little bubbles of CO2 when you take a sip with a slight sweet kick mixed in there. Does seem to mellow down a bit about midway through the beer. Nice change of pace for the seasonal but not sure if I really like it.

oriolesfan4, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of Halcyondays
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Halcyondays, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

BlackHaddock, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of GClarkage
3/5  rDev -17.1%

GClarkage, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +10.5%

imperialking, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of corby112
4.4/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

corby112, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

lacqueredmouse, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of dbrauneis
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%

A: Pours a cloudy medium golden yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and medium yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall pillowy foamy off-white head that reduces to a finger thick cloud like layer covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat and light aromas of pale malts. Moderate aromas of banana and just a hint of clove become apparent as the beer warms up.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of wheat malts and just a light amount of pale malt flavors as well. Moderate flavors of banana with a light flavor of clove and just a touch of earthy hops. Light amounts of bitterness is present in the finish but it does not linger for long.

M: Light to medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is an interesting hybrid style beer - a wheat Oktoberfest... Not sure that I would go out of my way to find this one again but it was worth the try (I more enjoy the classic Oktoberfest examples). Easy to drink.

dbrauneis, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of tempest
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

tempest, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

duceswild, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into weizen glass, best before 5/2014. Pours hazy bright golden amber color with a 2-3 finger dense and rocky head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, orange, pear, apple, clove, pepper, light banana, wheat, bread, floral, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with solid complexity and balance of malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with decent strength. Taste of lemon, orange, pear, apple, wheat, toast, bread, honey, light banana, light clove, floral, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, wheat, toast, honey, floral, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and solid complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a pretty good hefeweizen. Solid complexity, balance, and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to drink. An enjoyable offering.

superspak, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

ejimhof, May 16, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
3.83/5  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.

DoubleJ, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of Zorro
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Zorro, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

jdhilt, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Stinkypuss, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

BillRoth, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

John_M, Sep 05, 2007
Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
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