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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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Reviews: 766
Hads: 1,788
Avg: 3.46
pDev: 21.97%
Wants: 26
Gots: 372 | FT: 0
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Erdinger Weissbräu
Germany | website

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen | 5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 01-03-2002

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Half Liter (1 Pint 0.9 fluid ounces) brown glass bottle with a cream colored main, and v-shaped, neck label. In between these a metallic gold thin strip professes “Mit Feiner Hefe In Der Flasche Gereift”, which roughly translates as ‘bottle-conditioned’ in proper lingo me thinks. The main label lists the beer as “Erdinger Weissbräu Erdinger Hefe-Weizen”. Discretely listed as 5.3%, with a Best Before code of 04-2005 on the reverse label.

Appearance: I even had the proper glass for this one, for once. The Erdinger Weissbräu vessel is a 0,5l Sahm that has an inverted bell top that curves away to a thinner concave base, the glass is just about the same height as the bottle. Lots of streamer activity, continuously rising at a fast pace, they punctuate the lightly hazed golden yellow body. The head is Teutonic and massive at first but it slowly rescinds to a more manageable rocky surface about 1” thick, leaving some nice clumpy sticky lacing on the way down. Good carbonation results in a return of the massive head when topped up, even carefully.

Nose: Wheaty nose with some grain and a light lemon feel with a splash of zesty rind for good measure. Yeasty as it warms.

Taste: Light sweet malty start with some rough wheat builds into a middle that is very light in strength, banana, lemon and a very delicate hint of wheat again. Some cloying cloves and banana stick in the neck with the yeast during the swallow and after the finish. After a few mouthfuls some bitterness is detectable, but it is very hard to find at times, and you have to search for it.

Mouthfeel: A wee bit thin. Not much going on apart from the fact that this is a very light Hefe-Weizen that still manages to finish with a slight cloying feel.

Drinkability: A lightweight Hefe-Weizen, the 5.3% and delicate flavor profile mean that serving this one chilled will not affect or ‘damage’ it that much and help to take the cloying end at bay. As it gets warmer it gets a tad sticky and harder to imbibe. Keep this one well chilled and it is a great brew for a hot afternoon.

Overall: First of the afternoon and definitely an easy going brew, which is surprising because I am not a big fan of ‘heavy’ German Hefes. However, this is most certainly not a ‘heavy’ German Hefe, but more of a lighter ‘middle-of-the-road’ version that is probably designed to appeal to the masses, hence the claim on the reverse label of the bottle to being “the World’s #1 Hefe-Weizen”. It certainly busted the dust out of my lungs on a hot sticky afternoon with few problems. A good hot summer’s day drinker, and a decent enough Hefe that is lighter than most, but nothing special.

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer excavates itself from the 500ml brown bottle an unclouded golden amber color with a generous white head that is semi-creamy in texture; the resultant lace forms a thick and sticky sheet upon the glass. Nose has hints of wheat, citrus crisp, fresh and clean to the senses with the start sweet and it has a nice grain profile, the top a bit thin. Finish is meek in its acidity, the hops also benign in their spiciness, a nice summertime beer.

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Photo of dansteino
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a free sample from my Glazer rep.

Appearance: Good. Decent head. Head retention not great but not bad. Has the glowing cloudy gold color of a solid Hefeweizzen.
Smell: Good. Ripe fruit with touch of clove.
Taste: Crisp. Refreshing. Some clove. Some citrus. Some sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Pleasant. A bit watery.
Drinkability: God session beer.

Overall impression: Decent beer. Solid but unspectacular. Still, why should I put this on my shelf when I already carry the Paulaner, Franziskaner, Schneider, and Hitachino.

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Photo of Crosling
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Mr. Pickwick in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Cloudy Pale.

Aroma of wheat and notes of banana, clove, smoke and nutmeg.

Slightly sour, moderately bitter with notes of banana, clove, nutmeg and vanilla. At the time, this hit the spot. A few weeks later I sampled it again in a beach town near Venice, Italy and it wasn't nearly as good so I lowered the original score a little. Still, a pretty solid Hefster though.

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Photo of filabrazilia
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yeloow with fluffy plume of a head that sits on top.

There is mild yeast aroma that mixes with a touch of fruity sweetness.

The taste is understated but nice--fruit, yeast and a touch of hops mingle in the mouth. It would be awesome if the flavors were a touch stronger.

This is a nice thin body to this refreshing beer. Hops grab the back of the tongue and leave a nice note to the drinker.

Not a bad beer at all. If the aroma and taste were turned up a notch, this would be a superb beer. I think the Dunkel is by far the better of the two.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

White head on a opaque orange-brown body.
Spicey faint banana cream aroma. Extremely faint.
Slight hop bitterness, banana and wheat. A touch of zippiness.

Two Erdiners in one night and both of them dreadfully boring. Is this like the budweiser of Germany?

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Photo of UnionMade
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a murky, completely opaque ochre yellow, some brown and green in there, something like raw, golden earth. Excellent. A very thick heap of white froth tries to leap out of the glass, crowning out at least a finger and a half. The head subsides somewhat with time, although keeps a 1/4" coating all the way throughout. Gobs of lace cling to the glass, clumping in thick rings of belgian lace.
The aroma is very authentic, exactly what I expect with real german style hefeweizen. Strong wheat malt, with sweetly pungent banana and clove esters. Considerable bubblegum in this brew, with a bit of that Juicyfruit gum scent. A touch of wheaty sourness, along with a very slight nuance of herbal/floral hops.
The flavor starts with sweetish, airy wheat malt, estery banana coming through almost immediately. Considerable bubblegum flavor in the middle, riding atop the wheaty softness. Some clove as well, becoming more prominent in the finish. No real hop bitterness, just a faint suggestion of floral german hops, with a mild wheat sourness in the end. Rather dry in the finish, with a powdery mouthfeel, assisted by the generous amount of yeast. A hint of cashew or hazelnut in the aftertaste. Very strong, assertive carbonation, a lightish medium body, easily moving across the palate. Very pleasant.
Aside from the apearance, which i had the pleasure to view on an outdoor patio under natural sunlight, it's a solid, more-or-less average german hefeweizen. Not over the top, just tried and true. Well made, tasty and a great session beer, particularly in the summer.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My buddy called this "yummy bubble gummy" right before I sampled, completely throwing off the assessment.

It came in a pint glass with a lemon wedge. No head, but that might have been the bad bartender. Nice and cloudy.

Lemon and banana smells, seems very sweet.

Mmmm Mmmm. Very good bubble gum taste, just like a cheap penny bubble gum like bazooka joe.

Sweet maltiness really lingers in the mouth.

I would definitely have a few.

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Photo of scriabin
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Erdinger's hefe-weizen has a very full, foamy head and an amber, golden color. A strong banana flavor with some hints of clove permeates the palate. A light amount of carbonation is just what I look for in a hefe-weizen -- a heavily carbonated h/w takes away from the flavor in my opinion. Erdinger lacks the complexity of other h/w's but is very smooth and enjoyable none-the-less.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Erdinger's hefeweizen is supposedly the #1 wheat beer in Germany (and the world, according to the 6-pack carton). It is not a bad beer, but I can see how this might be popular amongst the masses because it is a very simple wheat beer and very easy to drink. The most attractive thing about this brew is probably the 6-pack carton, which has some beautiful shots of some German mountainscapes.

Erdinger pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a very large foam head which retains VERY well. Pleasant surprise there. A fruity aroma eminates from the brew, with some banana notes in there. Total lack of "hefe spices." Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but the brew practically glides down your esophagus. Quite quenching. The generic fruitiness noted from the aroma is present in the flavor too (as well as the banana presence). Once again, no spiciness! Some toasty wheat flavors make this brew a bit more interesting. These flavors are pretty much the only things that contibute to the aftertaste as well (no dryness was detected). The beer leaves no alcoholic warmth either.

This is a mild hefeweizen. Hey, I still enjoyed this more than Sam Adam's hefe (not really so much as mild but unpleasant), so that's a plus. Sweet, fruity, banana like, and very little yeast sediment. A weissbier for newbies or for the unadventurous.

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Photo of revdrjbob
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having sampled nearly all the other varieties by Erdinger, I thought I'd give the Weissbier a go. I was quite impressed, an easy drinking hefe, but it seemed to lack on the aroma side. I don't know if this is because it was a tad old, or possibly out of date (the best before wasn't marked, and it's a bit difficult to get top notch imported beers here in Australia). Poured with a superb head, slight aroma of banana and clove sweetness, no juicy fruit bubble gum. Tasted quite grainy, a heap of wheat on the palate, and a sweet tartness. As said, an easy drinking hefe, simple and to the point.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle pours a cloudy golden/straw color. Nice thick white fluffy head that stays a while. Smell is slightly citrusy, yeasty and banana. Pale malt taste with sourness, and a bit spicy. Light bodied with a lot of carbonation, which is where it should be. Overall, not bad but not a whole lot of flavor.There are others I enjoy more.

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Photo of Globetrotter
2.74/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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Photo of chriscolby
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Erdinger Hefe-weizen pours with a large white head that collapses reasonably quickly. It's straw yellow color and hazy — unless you swirl the bottle at the end and pour out the yeast from the bottom of the bottle, then it's fairly murky. If you're a wheat beer fan, the first thing you'll notice is the lack of the classic wheat beer "nose" — the banana/clove/bubblegum aroma found in most German wheat beers.
It has a crisp wheat-beer flavor with medium body and a relatively high bitterness as wheat beers go (although certainly not as hoppy as American pale ales or IPAs). Very drinkable. If you add the yeast, you get a little more of the "liquid bread" character that the best wheat beers show and the hops are masked a bit.
What you rate this beer as would depend highly on how you rate beers. If you rate this beer expecting it have lots of wheat beer character, it would score low. (To be honest, if it didn't say hefe-weizen on the label, I wouldn't even have pegged it as one. It smells almost like a lager and tastes more like a Belgian ale to me.) If you you rate it simply as a beer that "is what it is," it's a fairly decent, quaffable brew.

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Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium yellow color, with a big white head. The smells iss only faintly of banana and clove, but not as much as most hefe's I have tried. Taste is pretty plain, no very strong, but nothing offenzive. This is a slightyl above average beer, othing spectacular. After Paulaner and Weihenstephaner this beer doesn't do much for me.

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Photo of crawfow
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light straw color which is appropriate for style. Foamy head that lasted to the bottom of the glass.
Not alot of banana or clove aroma, really not much aroma at all.
Flavor is practically the same as the aroma, not much there. I was expecting alot of banana and clove taste, but it was just mediocre at best.
The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer...WOW...I wish I could get this much body in my own brews! Very well done!
Overall a decent hefe; but not near the "world's #1 Hefe-Weizen" as indicated on the bottle.

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Photo of Doiv
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy bright golden colour with a big white head.

Aroma is very subtle, a small wheaty tone and some sort of gummy hint.

Taste is similarly lacking - wheats, slightly hoppy, but nothing really noticeable except for malts and a tiny fruity tang.

Mouthfeel is also pretty average.

Luckily, this beer drinks very well.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This hefe is a lighter gold color than the average hefe, typical cloudy body. Big white foam head. Light scent, some clove. Pretty light and refreshing, classic hefe characteristics. Clove, banana, wheat. Not quite as complex as some of the top notch hefe, but a refreshing drink non-the-less.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle, $1.99

I was expecting in this a classic example of the style, one that stood heads above the competition on principal alone. Unfortunately this beer, while quite drinkable, was not memorable in the slightest and was not even close to one of the better wheat beers i've experience.

The beer pours out conventional to its style, canary yellow and yeast clouded, with a giant poofy head that leaves minimal lacing.

The nose is not as banana-clove laden as I expected. In fact, there is a small bit of banana but it is swallowed by major syrupy sweetness. A slight bit of noble hops attempts to break through to no avail.

The taste of this beer is rather one-dimensional and uninspiring. Lots of sweet maltiness, a slightly tired wheatiness, and just enough hops on the end to cut through the liquid vanilla-extract I almost couldn't get past.

I'll be back to try some other beers from this brewery, but this one didn't set the bar high at all.

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Photo of pootz
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy orange-gold color...lovely chunky 3-finger cap that lasts! Lots of effervescent activity. Not overly perfumed to the nose had the standard weiss-hefe aromas of banana-cloves...but very subdued. Started with a mild but refreshing maltiness which then gets peppery as the carbonation kicks the palate and the mild fruity-spicy tastes are imparted then finishes a tad thin with a slight sweetish after taste.

A good commercial weissbrau, subdued, light body...but very thirst quenching and very drinkable.

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Photo of tjd25
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The very dense and fine head gets foamy as it fades. The body is cloudy and opaque, of a golden orange color. Interesting smell, sweet juicy strawberry and wheat. The taste is decent, but the strawberry in the smell made me expect more. Very citric, with a refreshing wheat aspect. Carbonation is a little weak. The beer only gave me a mouthfeel in the first part of my mouth: clearly lacking here. A decent beer, but not a great example of its style.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is faint, but very lemony with a bit of bannana and orange. Cloudy yellow with a big white head. Taste is light and fruity. Prickly mouthfeel, strong carbonation and a spicy, peppery finish. Highly drinkable and fruity makes for one of the best drinkin on the porch on hot day beers I've had in a while.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big, white, crusty, rocky head. A dark, dirty gold, almost clear beer. Lots of carbonation. Cloudy on last pour. Smell is somewhat soapy. Light, a touch fruity, but no big esters. Too faint bananas in the front. The middle sweetens, turns a little creamy. Dry, nutty, fresh, crisp, almost lagery bitter finish. So I like that nutty finish. And the beer does get better (fruitier) as it warms. But it's really a little too crisp and clean for me. A decent taste, but needs more hefe- in the -weizen.

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Photo of steinlifter
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy mid to light yellow color,with a slight head that gives away quickly and leaves slight lacing in glass.Has a slightly fruity smell that is pleasant but vague.Taste is very pleasant a bit watery with a slight spiciness that finishes very quickly.mouthfeel is well carbonated like soda is about all I can say.Drinkability is high due to it's refreshing,crisp,thirstquenching qualities(nothing offensive here).Overall I would say that I've had wheat beers with a lot more flavor than this one, but sometimes that flavor is'nt all that pleasant.but as far as just having a nice really easy drinking beer thats a much better quality than just banging down some Bud's, try this one.

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Erdinger Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
79 out of 100 based on 766 ratings.