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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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1,449 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,449
Reviews: 721
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 10
Gots: 112 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 01-03-2002)
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Photo of Thorpe429
2.53/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rustico - Alexandria. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a single-finger white head and a bit of lacing. The nose is really quite plain. There's a bit of light grain plus a bit of pear and apple. There's really nothing going on in terms of the yeast, which is quite disappointing. I'm not getting any clove, banana, or bubblegum. Just really plain in general.

The flavor is about the same--there's a very slight amount of sweetness and not all that much going on. The feel is pretty light with moderate carbonation. In general, this is just not a good German weissbier. The main characteristic of this brew--the defining characteristic of the style--is the yeast and this beer simply just does not have that. It doesn't hit any of the right points for the style. At the same time it's light and somewhat refreshing, so it's not terribly difficult to drink.

Thorpe429, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of JackTheRipper
2.53/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Quick carbonation that gives a bighuge fluffy white head. Cloudy honey in color.
S: Bland. Sorry, but that's what comes to mind. Smells were faintly wheaty and grainy, but very subdued, even after a bit of warming. Nothing special here.
T: Again, subdued. Tastes feel watered down. There's a bit of a nice hefe taste, just too bland to give a higher score to.
M: Felt a bit too fizzy, too much carbonation. Body is medium, alcohol is pleasantly warming and fairly well balanced.
D&N: Very little character here. I didn't have a cold or anything like that that would kill my sense of taste or smell. This is the Budweiser of Hefe's.

JackTheRipper, Mar 08, 2005
Photo of mpyle
2.53/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Palish gold color, appropriately cloudy for the style. Small white head with fairly poor head retention.

Aroma seemed off. Caught a whiff of what seemed to be a plastic-like phenolic compound early, and some fruity sweetness later. Not the ideal phenol/ester character for the style.

Banana ester sweetness, offset by hop bitterness. Clove phenols a bit lacking. Wheat character lacking. Finishes very dry - carbonation caused or possibly a bit of oxidation.

High carbonation and low to medium body. Dry finish was a bit harsh.

Overall lacking in flavor, and perhaps a bit beyond peak. Aside from high carbonation, really lacked the ideal qualities of a Hefe-Weizen.

mpyle, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.54/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a cloudy dark gold color. The head is a three finger white shade with that has a foamy appearance to it. Retention is really nice, too.

S: Not only are the typical banana/clove estery aromas lacking here...so is just about anything else. About the only thing I really notice is a mild cherry-like sweetness and the faintest hint of wheat. Not really a bad aroma - after all, how can a nose so weak be considered bad?

T: Well, the aroma suggested a feeble flavor, and that's what I got. While the lack of weizen esters allows the opening wheat quality and finishing noble hops to shine through more strongly, it really drinks like a dinky-ass US wheat ale (think Widmer Hefeweizen) instead of a proper German hefeweizen. Okay, so a slight banana presence builds up after a few sips, but by then it's too little, too late. Just a boring beer in all flavor aspects.

M: The texture does a good job of staying out the way of the lack of flavor by finishing with a mildly clean dryness to it. I could do without the budding wet, syrupy linger, but I'll certainly give it points for being refreshing and crisp.

O: A score this low would suggest a mediocre-to-poor effort riddled with flaws - however this isn't actually flawed, just devoid of any good weizen characteristics...or any characteristics for that matter. This one is certainly easy to down, at least. But when both Sierra Nevada and Weihenstephaner make weizens that are both superbly drinkable AND full of character, why should you care about this one?

ThisWangsChung, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of Larrytown
2.58/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The head is substantial, but fizzles quickly over a golden-tan body. Some small lacing is present, but not overly noticeable. At nice cold temps, the beer has a decent if somewhat uninteresting taste, but as it warms (over the course of a few minutes) it becomes somewhat unpleasant. Not many of the typical hefe characteristics stood out at first, but it wasn't terrible. Within just those few minutes everything went from "decent, unremarkable beer" into "I won't be able to finish this". Not a good sign.

I won't be trying this one again.

Larrytown, May 15, 2008
Photo of thecheapies
2.6/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pint glass. Spirals of yeast suspension swirl in a rather clear golden beer. The fluffy head that came from the pour has fallen quickly. 3.5

Lemon rind and muted spices in the nose. Not very active aroma-wise. Breath of hops, wheat malts, and citrus. 3.0

Attenuated flavor. Some clove and coriander, but hardly any fruity esters. Lemony twang that doesn't stay in the finish. The finish actually comes with unexpected bitterness. Herbal hops are more noticeable than any bready malt flavors. Disappointing. 2.5

Watery body. Too thin. Bad feel. Over-carbonated. Ouch. 2.0

I found a German that I definitely dislike. Aside from that, it really is a poor example of the style. They shouldn't tout on the back label that they're 'the World's No. 1 Hefe-Weizen' because they are far from it. 2.5

thecheapies, May 04, 2012
Photo of Upgrayedd
2.6/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was the first "real" beer I ever had. I was a 19 year old college student studying in Germany and legal to drink! My only beers before then were cheap and macroesque. Even though the thought of this beer brings back good memories, this particular bottle was not too impressive. It poured a little pale and there was hardly any yeast dregs in the bottom of the bottle. The head went from a thick crown to a thin one by the end of the drink. I could not taste any bananas or cloves, so I was very disapointed.

Upgrayedd, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of mattday25
2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Picked this up in Atlantic Beach. Not really a fan of this style, but had to give it a try. It had a great golden look, but it didn't have a great taste to match. However, I believe this would make a great dinner beer. Especially for the bargain prices you get here

mattday25, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of vtfan77
2.63/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Light gold, more like a straw with orange highlights, with a head so large and slow to go down that it borders on annoying. Seriously, I'd like to drink this thing before it grows tepid.

S- Lemon and green apple with a good doughy, yeasty backing. No classic banana or clove aromas, though.

T- Light doughy malt with some earthy and vegetal aromas. Rather watery and bland, with a chalky and slightly bitter finish.

M- On the light side of medium and oddly smooth; quite lacking in carbonation.

This one gets a big ol' "meh" from me. There's nothing bad about it per se save for its blandness. I mean, I feel like I can drink it and perhaps drink a lot of it, but I could say the same thing about water, and water is a pretty crappy beer. That being said, I wouldn't turn it down and it could be a somewhat decent quencher on a hot day, but that's the best I can say about it. You can do better.

vtfan77, May 27, 2011
Photo of Budlum
2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with loads of creamy, white head that sticks around for most of the bottle. A careful, hefe-pour is definitely required. The body is a pale, straw yellow with a lot of orange yeast haze.

The nose is fresh and light but not very powerful. Fresh apples and pears provide some fruit smells along with very light vanilla. This is not the typical, aromatic hefe.

Initial flavors present a brief, peppery spice before a rush of apple and wheat malt flavors. Oddly, the yeast isn't very powerful and this tastes alot like apple juice with hints of raspberries. The finish offers some oak flavors along with more apple tastes.

Mouthfeel is only lightly carbonated and spiced with a watery texture.

Drinkability is pretty good but I doubt that I will try to track this down again. Other, more available samples offer a much better experience.

Budlum, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of kunzbrew
2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This brew pours your typical hazy straw color, for a weissbier. Monster white head that leaves rather quickly and then leaving a spotted lace behind. Minimal citrus or clove smell to this one, which make me a little weary of this one. Hops are minimal in aroma. This has week flavor for a weissbier not banana or clove or citrus yeasty flavors what so ever. I am not impressed with beer at all, no wonder it was only 1.95 at the package store. The finish is not strong either, I will make sure I do not visit this brewery when I go to Germany in the fall.


kunzbrew, Feb 17, 2003
Photo of Badssinblack
2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Color pale gold, a little cloudy but less than I expected. Head poured thick foamy, great lacing
not much carbonation at all
A little alcohol, malt, little fruit but not enough to describe. First instant my thoughts were it smelled like beer, like any other beer, nothing stood out. Which weighs more against this beer for me since I believe Heffe's should be very aromatic.
The hops do not stick out but they are there, this beer is very balanced a little Malty, doesn't have that fruity Heffe taste im used to, taste is very lacking. As it warmed I could taste a little more yeast, bust still remained well balanced, and tastes just like a lager.
Mouthfeel is smooth its actually very enjoyable a little carbonation, makes it very drinkable.
As far as imported Heffe-Weizens go, not impressed. It is very good don't get me wrong, it has great balance, but this balance comes at the cost of character. It tastes just like a lager, any old lager, doesn't fit the style at all. I would drink it again if I wanted a lawnmower beer in a fancy bottle, but not if I felt like Heffe-Weizen there are just so many more beers that fit the style better than this one.

Badssinblack, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of Bookseeb
2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is golden yellow with a white dissapating crisp head. Smell is clean with slight biscuit and citrus. Taste again has slight biscuit, citrus with with a light sweetness leaving a dry finish, overall just seems watered down, with a light and crisp mouthfeel. I'm just not to impressed with this beer for the style.

Bookseeb, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of HaysAmerica
2.65/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into the glass that came w/ the purchase. Best before end date of 03-2012. Has a very fluffy, off white head. Smell is more of light yeast & sopme subtle malt. Quite soft & overly quite if ya know what I mean. The taste is very straight foward. Actually, quite underwhelming. No spicy clove in this. No bubble gum in this. No clove at all. Really under performing overall. This was on the shelf for an undisclosed period of time at room temp so that could have affected this greatly. However, that said, it is really lacking. It could use a bit more of everything. At least I got the glass! Prosit!

HaysAmerica, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

DaPeculierDane, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of frank4sail
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clean fresh slight malt nose. hazy dark gold look (a little too dark). There is NOT a lasting head but there is a very fine white lace. Very basic plain disappointing taste. No fruit.. no yeast.. no special tongue at all just a basic wheat malt taste. Not much mouth either. I could not believe the blandness of the taste... My taste must be spoiled by Franziskaner and Paulaner....

frank4sail, Jul 07, 2002
Photo of mooseisloose
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not much smell to this beer but what there is is malty. Poured it into a pilsner glass and it looks like a hazy pale yellow. Foamy head a little bit clingy. Highly carbonated, too much in my opinion. Though it didn't smell hoppy it has a steady bitterness throughout the taste. This is a consistent malty flavored beer throughout. The malt is hearty and wheaty. It almost seems too balanced which makes it boring as nothing stands out. For a German brew not too impressive in my book.

mooseisloose, Oct 27, 2007
Photo of Reidrover
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

according to the back of the back label this is the "worlds #1 Hefe-Weizen", lets see if it stands up to the boasting. The aroma is very very weak compared to most German hefes I have had, what there is is slightly estry and green apple sweet . Appearance is par for the course for hefes, hazy light orange with a nice pure white head Taste is a let down very pedestrian..slightly wheaty and bubbly carbonation..with a slight tang of estery type yeast Pretty much average on the palate for the style I found this rather boring an not even as good as Paulaner Hefe..its certainlly not #1 in quality..must be in sales.

Reidrover, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of WestValleyIPA
2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Pilsner glass. Light golden, slightly hazy color. Prickly head, 2 fingers or so, fades very quickly. Something artificial about it. Aromas are very light in general. Some zesty, generic dessert baking spice smell. Fruity. Light sugary sweet smell. Juicy Fruit? Bubblegum? On the palate, more light flavors. Some sort of bad wheat lager funk. Just subdued, slightly sour, tangy, nothingness. I guess there's some spice there if you really look for it. Mouth feels very force carbed, light. How do you mess up a Hef this bad in Deutschland?

WestValleyIPA, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of aeolianshredhead
2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Looks pretty damn good. Pours a full, golden colour with very noticeable yeast sediment. The head is magnificent and retains exceptionally well while leaving decent lacing.

S- I have to admit, I was expecting a fair bit more here. There is a very light aroma of yeast and slight hops. Quite disappointing as I was expecting much more.

T- Straight up I'll say the taste is way too minimal. I can only really detect yeast, grain and marginal malts. All of these are subdued. On the positive side, I'll say that it's not actually offensive but there is just not enough going on.

M- Maybe a little thin. Still, a nice creamy texture with some decent carbonation.

O- Quite an underwhelming experience, if truth be told. This simply doesn't hold up when compared to the greats of this style. Still, it wasn't terrible but it needs some serious re-invigorating when it comes to the palate.

aeolianshredhead, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of jwc215
2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

best bore end of this month - poured into weizen glass.

Pours hazy (more than cloudy) straw yellow with a towering head that descends to a lasting, thin cover. Virtually no lacing sticks to glass.

There is a slight chemical/grassy aroma - not "skunk" though. There is a touch of tropical fruitiness underneath - restrained - I'll take that to be banana, is it is close enough. Maybe some clove, but I think it's more from expectation than actually there.

It is almost flavorless. There is some malty, grainy sweetness. Only the vaguest hint of banana. Very little, if any clove. A weak yeast strain hardly keeps things together and the malt seems out of whack with the rest of it. There is an oily slickness about it. It actually doesn't taste bad, though there is a subtle chemicalish veggie thing going on. Finishes rather sweet with only a hint of dryness, and rather bland.

It has a slick, almost medium body. Slightly overcarbonated, it's not as smooth as the style really should be.

A refresher on a hot day maybe? Maybe, but so are so many others. There are so many wonderful examples of this style that this one is not worth it. Shame that a Bavarian brewery so missed the mark on this one, IMO.

jwc215, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of riversider76
2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Recommended by the beer guy at Primer Gormet. He was wrong this time. Pours light,cloudy golden, Nice head and lacing. Really could not smell much, maybe some light spice. Mouthfeel is light,and carbonated. Not much of a taste to this beer. Not bad, just not much there. Spice flavored fizzy water.

riversider76, Apr 18, 2006
Photo of strangemusic
2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one poured hazy gold with transparent edges and a fluffy, tall head that was not very dense and a bit on the floppy side.

The smell was very muted, with oranges, clove and a little bit of spice, but dominated by a sort of grainy aroma and lots of yeast. Unimpressive.

Taste was clove, spice and orange as well, has the fundamentals of a wheat beer but lacking in any definition and punch. Yeasty here too. Sweet, kind of like Orangina, a little bit bitter, not very refreshing, not very good, but tolerable.

The MF was nicely creamy and held good carbonation but felt too wishy-washy and grainy to be really enjoyable, especially after a few sips. A bit of dryness at the end of the sip. Drinkability, as should be expected in a wheat beer, was not bad, but the grainy afterfeel definitely kept me from wanting another.

strangemusic, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of bashiba
2.73/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy yellow with lots of bubbles and a big fizzy white head that quickly settled into a nice thin white line across the top of the beer.

Smell is light with a bit of wheat, a touch of citrus.

Taste is light and grainy with a bit of yeast and a light citrus notes and finishing with a trace amount of grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is tingly and crisp with a bit of a dry finish.

Overall its on the bland side for a German Hefe, really lacking in the great banana nut bread notes and Cloves I have come to expect from the style.

bashiba, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of Globetrotter
2.73/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My half liter bottle looks just like the one in the picture. Fealty to the purity law proudly proclaimed on the label. Best before 9/2004, I opened it on 5/27/04.

Hey, good lookin'! Cloudy yellow gold under a two finger white head beautifully contoured and built to last. Some spots of lace linger as the glass is emptied. The nose is very mild, with just a touch of citrus and a whole lot of bread. The mouth is very prickly and heavy with yeast. The taste is mild, almost bland, with lots of yeast and not much more. I can detect no spices, no citrus and no hops. Oh, wait - deep in the aftertaste a very slight bitterness appears. That's it. Pretty non-descript, really.

Globetrotter, May 28, 2004
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