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Erdinger Weissbier | Erdinger Weissbräu

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Erdinger Weissbräu
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Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by pezoids on 01-03-2002

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

Pours a light orange yellow. White head that dissappeared quickly. Smells yeasty and lemony. Maybe a hint of floral notes in there too. Tastes somewhat bitter, not like a hefe at all. Actually not much like a wheat ale at all. Maybe I'm crazy, but this is more pale ale to me. Like a Flying Dog. There are lots of herbal/spice flavor. Corriander I'm guessing. Fruit notes? Pear maybe. No banana at all. Mouthfeel is loaded with carbonation. Sweet to begin with, and a touch dry at the end. This is an ok summer beer. It would cut the thirst, but I've had better.

On a side note, I had this a few nights ago at a bar on tap, and I remember it being a lot smoother, more full bodied, and flavor full. That's why I bought a 6 pack at the store. My opinion, stick to tap.

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

Nice appearance. Poured a yellow orange colour with a really fluffy white head that stuck around a while. Thick lacing. The smell is just about like any other hefe, but more concentrated. Strong yeast smell. The signature banana and spice smell so closely related to weissbier is present here, but it isn't nearly as strong as it is in many others. This hurts its score with me. Just a bit, anyway, as I really enjoy the smell of this style of brew. There is a bit more spice in the taste than there is in the smell, but the banana "essence" is the same. The mouth feel is very lightweight and smooth. Overall, this isn't terrible by any stretch of the imagination, but I have indeed had much better in this style from Germany.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.96/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a bottle at the Black Forest Restaurant in Nederland, CO, August 20, 2004. (BTW, the meal and service were fantastic -- genuine German food, well-prepared, served hot and fresh. I extend a really STRONG recommendation for this restaurant!!!)

Best by date: December, 2004.

Apperance: nice pour, blonde with a snow-white medium head that reduced fairly soon to a small ring. Note: Nederland is at 8,200 feet altitude -- I suppose that effects the head retention?

Smell: mild banana, mown hay, light spices, light hops, lots of wheat/yeast. Really nice aroma.

Taste: nice wheaten flavor, mild hops, a bit of orange and clove.

Mouthfeel: too much carbonation for me.

Drinkability: only had one, so I can't tell a lot here. Seemed very easy to drink, though the high carbonation might make one feel overfull. Could that be due, again, to the altitude at which this was consumed?

Overall, a nice H-W. Calls itself "The World's #1 Hefe-Weizen," which is probably a bit of advertising hyperbole. I would drink this by choice in many situations.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap

Pours with a murky amber/yellow body, very little light penetration

Smell is malty, very strong smell of yeast, strong esters

Taste is refreshing, very easy to drink. Taste of malt and a yeasty aftertaste as it goes down, although not a bad session beer
Very prominant sweet esters, bubblegum sweetness with a dry finish

Easy going down, not a bad wheat beer

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Photo of Winter
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1.9 oz bottle. Best before end of 08 2004 printed on the back label.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a fluffy white head. Aroma seems to be missing the expected banana and cloves, but rather consists of wheat malt and hops, that almost remind me a Saaz. Somewhat disappointing. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Taste consists of wheat malt upfront. Some slight hop spiciness introduces itself midway through. Some very feint banana toward the finish. Before I knew it my glass was gone. This is very clean and easy drinking for a hefe weizen, but lacks some of the flavor characteristics that a good one should have. This isn't a bad beer, just not a great hefe-weizen in my opinion.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light hazy golden colour. Nice Billowy white head. Smell is faintly of bananas and even less of cloves. Not as much nose as other hefe's. The taste is lighter than most German Hefe's I have had, and certainly lighter than Schneider Weiss. All the components to a decent hefe are there, but its just more subdued than most I have had. Mouthfeel is good and not as grainy as some hefe's The beers lightness actually improves its drinkability. Overall an average hefe, Not in my top 5, but it would do in a pinch. Surprisingly enough Erdinger is the largest producer of wheat beers in the world. Strange that.

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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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