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Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
82
good

487 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 487
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 14
Gots: 25 | 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.

(Beer added by: bierman2000 on 07-17-2003)
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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
Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

rab53, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

tdm168, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of plaid75
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

plaid75, Dec 17, 2007
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 Bighuge
2.03/5  rDev -43.9%
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.

Bighuge, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

rolltide8425, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Tone
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Tone, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

johnnnniee, Oct 02, 2014
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.15/5  rDev -13%
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.

TurdFurgison, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Boone757, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of Bitterbill
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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)

Bitterbill, Oct 06, 2005
Photo of bark
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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...

bark, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Griffith, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Hopheadjeffery, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a weiss glass. "Ale". 5.7% ABV, Best before end 02-2010.

A - A hazy golden yellow pours from the skinny bottle to unleash a four-finger head. Solid retention to the dense white head but little lace clung on. Lots of carbonation streaming up though.

S - Certainly an interesting Hefe-Weizen aroma. Pale and Munich or Vienna malts are predominant with a dry hoppy aroma. A bit toasted. A little yeast comes through but has no hefe-weiss characteristic scents like clove or bubblegum. It's a decent nose but what's going on?

T - The flavor makes me wonder if this hefe is crossed with an Oktoberfest in brewing. It has more hefe characteristics in flavor than the nose. For example, the yeast is stronger, there is a hint of clove, and a slight bit of bubblegum. The malts are still strong and have a lightly toasted essence to them. Some dry hops give it a nice crispness too. A bit of an amalgam.

M - Light-medium bodied and fully carbonated, it's a crisp beer that's also smooth in texture. A light carbonation crispness finishes out with a mild dryness.

D - I still can't figure out what's going on here but it's not bad whatever it is. A bit of both worlds combined into a solidly drinkable German brew.

BeerFMAndy, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
3.73/5  rDev +3%
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.

Haybeerman, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

DrDemento456, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A weizen for an Oktoberfest? Some say travesty, I say brilliant! Very cool label with a best by date of 02 2010. Pours a cloudy dark gold color with a creamy layer of tan foam. Retention is not all that great and it does not leave much lacing behind.

Requisite banana and cloves on the nose, with the cloves being the stronger of the two. Smells maybe a little more of earthy malt, but that is about all I can find to distinguish it from most weizen beers.

There is definitely a difference on the taste though. More grainy, with an almost caramel malty sweetness that does make it feel more like a feistbier. Unfortunately, I find it to be less tasty than the other Erdinger offerings I have had. The malty and grainy notes seem to overpower the delicate clove and banana flavors I love so much in traditional Bavarian hefeweizens. There is a touch of toasty bitterness and not a very creamy mouthfeel, both seem out of place as well. It's ok, but I am disappointed in this beer, from a usually pretty strong wheat beer brewery.

twiggamortis420, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of tavernjef
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden hay color, smeared body with a huge starchy topping of whitish crunchy tight foam. Resides down slowly to a firm and fluffy skim and minimal lacinf is specked about the glass.

Aroma is lightly doughy and semi sweet with a light tug of toasted grain and some dark grasses.

Taste is mild but fulfilling with a nice malt tone of sweet doughy breadyness, a bit pear and peachy in some ascents and a mear nudge of toasted grains. The thing about it is that its impression is gone to quick, it definately could use more length and a bit more complexity and girth.

Clean, crisp in a malty sense of sweetness and lofty toned in smoothness. A bit of carbonation grab is a bit out of place but not overpowering. The body is shy of medium and again seems to come up a tad short in body, girth, and length. Otherwise its stays malty doughty sweet the whole way through.

A decent enough O-fest, but seems a bit underwhelming in most aspects of its character. That said, it would be fairly easy to down a bunch of these.

tavernjef, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of Trashcat
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Trashcat, Friday at 07:45 PM
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 RoyalT
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a bright but heavy orange in color with a good head that wasn't out of control like most HWs.

Smell - True to its appearance this beer has a noticeable orange citrus character with some light banana and decent yeast.

Taste - Everything is here from the nose. The yeast is toned down just a bit and the banana is more prominent, but it's mixed well with the natural orange flavor.

Mouthfeel - This is short of medium-bodied but bigger than light with some decent carbonation.

Drinkability - This was nothing exceptional but wasn't a complete flop, either. It had a few of the HW components but didn't manage to bring it all together. It was also kind of flat, not compared to most other styles but failed to deliver on that light, fluffy feel in between the cheeks that you come to expect from a top quality example of the style.

RoyalT, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of puboflyons
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

puboflyons, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of laituegonflable
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale amber gold, huge fluffy white head with webs on the side, sinking unevenly on top but slowly, thanks to the large robust carbonation. Mostly clear body. Looks nice but not hugely weizeny or even what I'd expect to find at Oktoberfest.

Nose is really rather sweet. Lots of malt and sweetish grain, with corn notes, caramel aroma and some vanilla as well. Some fuirt notes lingering, soft banana and apple. Largely though it's just grainy. Not unpleasant, but simple.

Taste is very grainy as well. Pearl barley with oatmeal and sweet grain bread on the front gets more sweet on the mid, with notes of honey, popcorn and more vanilla, plus a very sticky bread-dough character leading to the finish which is really rather unfortunate. But it's also characteristic of some German yeasts which is one of my bugbears really. Finish itself is not bad, some very light grassy hops -possibly Hallertau Hersbrucker but used very sparingly. Vegetative and clean with no lingering bitterness, just a flat and clean aftertaste. This makes for extremely clean, simple, excessive drinking, but not a lot on the interest side.

Very smooth feel, nice grainy texture through the palate. Full-bodied and just the slightest dryness at the back.

The fact that the texture and drinkability of this beer are the best aspects suggests a great deliberateness to it. The technical aspects are absolutely spot on and the whole thing drinks like its purpose in life is to be drunk in copious amounts. I don't love the flavour, but it gets it over the line and I could just smash stein after stein of this in a tent in Munich some time.

laituegonflable, Dec 17, 2010
Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
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