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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
80
good

1,626 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 1,626
Reviews: 754
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 17
Gots: 243 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 01-03-2002

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Ratings: 1,626 | Reviews: 754
Reviews by AWolfAtTheDoor:
Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy light orange color in my pint glass. Reasonable amount of head. Not any lacing though.

Interesting. Lots of wheat malt on the nose. Wonder what happened to the yeast aromas?

More wheat malt on the palate. Malty but lacking that proper hefeweizen yeast note.

Mouthfeel is good. This one is properly carbonated, as a hefeweizen should be.

Overall the beer is decent, but the startling lack of yeast on the palate and in the aroma drags this one down a little. I still put it above Paulaner in my bavarian hefeweizen hierarchy (bottled and available in the states):
1) Weihenstephaner 2) Hacker-Pschorr 3) Franziskaner 4) Erdinger 5) Paulaner

More User Reviews:
Photo of Bayern1971
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Erdinger Weissbier is one of the Bavaria's weakest weissbiers. The appearance isn't as cloudy as other weissbiers and you can actually see through the beer which is a big strike in weissbier. The upfront taste is heavy with fruit & clove which aren't as strong as other weissbiers and the backend taste finishes a touch dry and bitter. Definitely leans more towards the bitter side and at times hints at a pilsner flavor. I rarely if ever drink or buy this. And now that Erdinger has come out with the superior Urweisse which is much better than the normal Weisse, there's really no reason to drink this anymore.

Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow/orange with a huge blooming head that sticks to the glass nicely,a great pour.I pick some apple and peach notes wich is different for a hefe and quite appetizing the spice aroma is more subdued.Taste is quite fruity as well quite citruisy leaning on the orange side not much spiciness comes thru until after a few sips but it comes thru nicely near the end of my glass.I had low expectations for this brew from other reviews but I thought it to be a well made easy quaffer nice and fruity a winner.

Photo of RoyalT
2.96/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This beer is gorgeous. It is light, hazy yellow in color with tons of good, healthy carbonation and a white, monster, foaming head that stayed until I drank through it.

Smell – The light yeasty base has some good coriander and is nicely complimented with banana and peach notes. I can also pick up the traditional clove, although barely.

Taste – The flavor came across as rather heavy-handed. The tart fruits lost their light, fluffy feeling from the nose and the yeast just wimped out.

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied, of course, with some fluffiness in the mouthfeel. The fruits were heavy and overly hopped.

Drinkability – Sorry, but I just couldn’t finish this heavy-handed off-style effort by Erdinger.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.71/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale golden color, cloudy but less so than many a hefe. Thick white head, good retention. Average appearing carbonation. Aroma of sweet malt, esters, wheat, honey, and some banana. Taste is unbalanced, too sweet and leaning toward honey. A powdered sugar mouthfeel adds to the abundance of sweetness to distract from the good elements of the beer. Light to medium bodied with aggressive carbonation on the tongue. Not smooth at all. Lacking in spice and banana. Easy to drink one but too sweet for another. A pass.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.22/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured one and a half Erdinger Hefe-Weizen beers into a 22 oz Weizen glass. Strange that the names are so mixed but all on the same bottle.

A- Straw yellow look with a short lived fluffy white head that falls quickly to a quarter inch ring and froth. So so for a bottle fermented brew.

S- Getting better with strong hints of lemon grass and musky yeast. Cellar torn musk like shelves linger in the nose with sharp hints of citrus peels gone sour. Spicey peppercorns are noticed.

T-M- Lightly sweetened lemon herb flavors upfront. Slightly dulled and watered down for the style IMO but nevertheless a good combo for drinkablity. Aftermath is a floral mix of malty yeast with a dry feel till the last bite.

O- Very drinkable for the style just lacking the hardcore aspects of the true Hefeweizen brew.

Photo of JMD71
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very vocal when poured! Huge head! Vigorous carbonation. Head lasts after pour for some time. Wonderful golden (cloudy) color. Looks very refreshing.

Aroma: Notes of wheat & malt. Doesn't have the strong hay, farmyard smell of other hefe's. Smells closer to a pils.

Taste: Slight wheat flavor, but malt is more prominent here. Not as characteristic of other hefe's. Mild sweetness noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Light & crisp. Clean on the palette. Really carbonated & fresh tasting.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. Goes down easily. Could drink a number of these.

Comments: I liked this for its crisp, refreshing taste, but didn't think it was the best example of a hefe. It didn't have the wet hay, farmy, wheaty smell & taste that I love in hefe's.

Photo of dill
3.52/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured on draught into a weizen glass

A - pours a light gold color with a white head. active carbonation running up the glass.

S - a light wheat aroma with some clove.

T - a strong flavor of banana and a touch of malt sweetness.

M- very crisp.

D - very easy to drink, but it's not outstanding in its class.

Photo of shark262
3.71/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The freshness label on this 16.9 oz. bottle indicates an expiration in two months. Pours with a nice, white, fluffy head (about the width of two fingers) and is highly effervescent. Light golden color and hazy due to suspended yeast (mit hefe).

Bready aroma is joined with lightly phenolic aroma of cloves. Fruity esters are slight, with a hint of bubblegum but not much banana.

Soft, grainy flavor hits the palette nicely and tastes refreshing. High carbonation level spreads the clove flavor evenly. The taste of bananas is more present in tasting than in the aroma. Mouthfeel is fluffy and light with a slight creaminess due to the suspended yeast.

Nice hefeweizen example and very drinkable. Great on a hot day.

Photo of badturtle
2.94/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bottle had a drink by date of 3/06. It poured a large, thick head which dissipated quickly, leaving no lacing. It smelled like fresh bread with a hint of orange. The color was opaque pale copper. I wasn't overly impressed by the taste. Not bad, but nothing special. It was just a weissbier. It tasted like a yeasty bread, again, with a hint of orange. The mouthfeel was a little light for a weizen. The carbonation was a little heavy, but not too bad. The finish had a light alcohol taste, which the malt while drinking. The finish was also reminiscent of a white wine. Overall, I was unimpressed. It was worth a try, but I would probably not buy it.

Photo of Duster72
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden with a two finger head. Aroma is light malts with cloves and banana. Taste is typical hefeweizen dominated by cloves with some banana and sweet malts. Rather light and watery for me. Not particularly drinkable - I had to force myself to finish it off.

Photo of Jason
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 500 ml tall brown Euro style bottle with a “best before end” freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Fluffy looking off white head with a less than normal head retention for a wheat beer, sunset orange yellow hue with a very cloudy look to for the decanting of the yeast in the glass.

Smell: Light fermented wheat twang, soft spicy clove with a rounded and mellow fruitiness makes up the aroma.

Taste: Just as smooth as it is crisp with a creamy medium body, not too much on the clove spiciness but it is there and holds on through the finish. Good dose of malt sweetness and a twang from the wheat, powdery yeast adds a touch of earthy flavour. Fruitiness is mellow just like the aroma with subtle ripe banana and pear. Hops are light and ride with the effervesce and clove. Sweetness and clove battle it out in the finish as the dryness tries to creep in also.

Notes: Decent, a bit one-dimensional for the style. Easy to drink which comes more from the mouth feel than the flavour. When it comes to wheat beers in general this one lands just above mediocre unfortunately.

Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium sized bottle, pours light yellow ,straw in color and very cloudy. Active carbonation produces a large white head. Quickly settling into a tiny bubble film, leaves some nice lacing. Bananas in the nose and flavor notes. Wheaty yeastyness also present. As noted in many other reviews, this one doesnt have that big fruity, spiceyness that the top weise brews boast. This one finishes with a dry hoppyness. Nice brew, slightly differant than some of the other germans. well worth trying and enjoying with some salad, bread and cheese.

Photo of badbeer
4.01/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Erdinger Weizen glass.

Pours a beautiful unfiltered golden color with an awesome pillowy head leaving great lacing all the way down the glass. Clove and banana in the aroma. Taste is of bread and yeast, followed by banana and clove in the finish. Higher carbonation than most, medium bodied. Very refreshing on a hot day here in Iowa.

Note: Getting yourself a fresh bottle from Germany really helps, this one was from the local store and didn't seem as good as the fresh ones in Germany.

Photo of Mora2000
3.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours golden straw color with a large white head. The aroma is wheat, yeast and a little citrus. The flavor is not really what I expected as I am not really getting much banana and clove. I am getting citrus fruit as well as wheat and yeast. Light to medium mouthfeel and highly carbonated. Slightly disappointing overall.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a few bottles of this in a pack along with a World Cup soccerball pokal. Cute...

Poured a light, opaque yellow hue. A hefty head to it, a good two inches which rapidly receded, leaving a thin ring. Pretty poor retention, actually, but good yeast cascading and colour.

Nose is subtle, but all the usual suspects are there: banana, lemon, clove, coriander. Subdued.

Taste is decent, but far less exciting than I'd remembered. Tastes like a typical hefe, but doesn't really pop. Wheat and malt backing pair well the citrus, but the whole thing is quite muted.

A bit watery, light carbonation.

The bonus glass was an awesome (for a split second, my glass looked like the Jules Rimet trophy...), and the beer is certainly drinkable, but not my favorite of the 'big' German hefe brews. I'll stick with Weihenstephaner and Schneider in the future.

Photo of Byeast
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Goldenrod , just a slight haze , poured with a huge billowy white head , that quickly faded to a thin layer.

Smell: bit of citrus , some yeast , hint of vanilla , and very faint alcohol.

Taste: Light citric flavors , some malty character pokes through , and a nice wheaty twang in the finish.

Mouthfeel: slick , with a medium carbonation

Drinkability: A quaffable hefe. Not as citric, phenolic, or cloudy as most iv'e had , but it goes down with ease on a sunny day.

Photo of jakester
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this as a single at Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a pilsner glass. Date clearly stamped on the label Yay!

Pours a fairly cloudy banana yellow with a huge head of white foam. Looks highly carbonated. The head eventually drops to islands and a ring. No lacing on the glass.

Some bananas and some cloves are in the aroma, but not a whole lot. Smells of wheat bread and yeast there also. This could use more aroma.

Flavor is tart bananas, cloves, black pepper. Good wheat character, like fresh bread. I've tasted better hefe's, but this one is pretty good. Aftertaste is clean bananas and cloves.

Mouthfeel is semi-sweet, with very tingly/fizzy carbonation. Very burpy. Finish is fizzy and sweet.

Like I said, I've had better hefe's. This seems to lack a strong banana/clove character, which I like very much. Those characteristics are there, but I need more. Not a bad beer, but not great, either.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Poured from bottle into a sample glass.

Appearance: Cloudy yellowish color with a decent size white head.

Smell: Wheat, maybe some hints of banana, not really a strong smell.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium to light bodied and smooth. Taste was average, what you would expect from a mid range hefenweizen.

Overall: Not a bad beer, but nothing spectacular. I guess I would have it again, it is easy to drink.

Photo of magictrokini
2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My guess is that this is the "Pyramid" of Germany when it comes to beer, you know, bigger micro that always sounds like it should be great but always disappoints. Pours hazy gold with a decent head. Lemony aroma with some yeast. Taste was pretty flat, some wheat, some citrus, but really watery. Get something else.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

.3l poured into a weiss glass.

Pours a very cloudy golden color with basically no head at all. Nose s super wheaty, fruity and yeasty.

Taste is smooth and wheaty. Some light banana and fruit notes. Sued creamy mouthfeel with a really dry finish. One of the better wheat beers I've had in a while.

Photo of ryanocerus
4.03/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good hefeweizen, but not the best. Not as good as Erdinger's Dunkel either, in my opinion. Cloudy golden color with a huge thick head (see head description of Kristallklar). The aroma was much more citrusy and less malty than the Kristallklar. The taste was also quite citrusy and less malty and it lingered on the tongue much longer. Excellent carbonation for a good mouthfeel.

Photo of jsolack
4.18/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange/yellow color and slight haze in color. Head is pretty light as well. Smells like wheat with a strong banana aroma. Taste is sweet in mouth with light banana flavor, finish has pleasing wheat flavor. Feel in mouth is smooth and pleasent. Overall the beer is very drinkable!

Photo of wjimson
2.85/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Perhaps I had became picky to hefeweizens, as they are such simple beers which are so distinctive and unique. The clove like or banana like flavour is something that is difficult to acheive, and this beer is too light to my personal taste.

I sniffed the beer after hoping the bottle at around 10 degree C. Smell is predominately of pilsner malt. The colour is a bit on the light side. The head is thick and bubbles were roaring along the side of the glass.

Taste like a pilsner with a bit of wheat it in, enough to develope a slight wheat taste which has that phenolic banana flavour. Hops are not at all prominent, which can be a good or bad thing.

This is the second time I had this beer. Its a bit more expensive than Hacker Pschorr or Paulaner. I felt like I had made the wrong choice today.

Photo of pepetrevino
4.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really love the moderately thick wheat and banana taste and the mouth feel of this Weißbier. The smell is also great, as you can smell the wheat aroma. Love the presentation, the beige color of the bottle makes it more attractive, I find the presentation particularly important. A really nice beer, despite being commercial. I'm not going to be very demanding with this one, it is one of my favorites, even if it doesn't make it to a very good opinion of "experts".

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