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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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79
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1,471 Ratings
THE BROS
74
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Ratings: 1,471
Reviews: 725
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 11
Gots: 119 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Erdinger Weissbräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 01-03-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap At Pourhouse 50, a five ounce sample. Light whitish colour with good creamy head, medium mouthfeel and creamy, lacey in the glass. Some smell of wheat, also boozy. Easy drinking . Not all that much taste, but it is a thirst quencher on a dry night.

Sammy, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

t0rin0, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before 8/2012.

Pours a murky honey orange with a 2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a foamy cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is mainly of grain and wheat and maybe some slight yeast aromas. Taste is of the grain and wheat with some white grape juice flavors. I am not really getting any of the traditional banana, bubblegum, or spice flavors from this beer. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer all around and not much of a hefeweizen in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, May 27, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

djrn2, Feb 28, 2013
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 metter98
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured cloudy yellow in color into a weizen glass with a two finger high white head that has good retention properties. There is a high amount of visible carbonation.
S: The nose has some moderate aromas of bananas and wheat.
T: Compared to the smell, the taste is slightly more complex and has flavors of bubble gum, wheat and yeast along with notes of bananas and cloves.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and refreshing, although it can't be really considered as thirst quenching.

metter98, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a rather clear golden yellow color with a frothy white head and a vortex of mad bubbles; some lacing that quickly slips down the sides of the glass

Smell: Bananas and cloves, with undertones of caramel

Taste: Starts out with a banana flavor that adds a caramel element by mid-palate; a lemoney aspect emerges, after the swallow, but the overall effect is something like a butter rum Life Saver

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied; creamy, with a lot of carbonation

Drinkability: A bit different from the typical hefe but not bad

brentk56, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy lemon-amber with a faint orange peel blush. The frothy cap of lightly yellow-tinted bone white was massive initially with only a faint sliver of beer visible at the bottom of the glass. I like the rugged, craggy nature of the head, but was surprised to see that it was almost completely gone by the several minute mark and has left the glass lace-free.

Although the aroma is acceptable (all of the typical hefe weizen characteristics are present), it fails to impress due to its low wattage. Banana and clove are almost imperceptible, so the fact that they're present in roughly equal measure doesn't matter a whole lot. It would be a much better nose if even slightly more aggressive.

The lack of in-your-face flavor isn't as detrimental to a hefe weizen as it would be to, say, an Imperial stout. That said, I require a little more flavor than this beer is able to give. The amount of weizen is on the low end, but is acceptable. The lack of hefe is what really hurts. If wheat is the body of this style and yeast is the soul, Erdinger Weissbier is very nearly soulless.

The hefe weizen banan-o-meter score is 1.0/5.0. Not only that, but I don't appreciate much clove either. If I do the tasting equivalent of squinting, I can pick up faint echoes of spice on the finish. While there isn't much hoppiness, what's present grabs too much attention due to the lack of competing flavors and flavor sensations (i.e. sweet, tangy).

I like my hefe weizens to be lightly creamy and gently carbonated. This one is neither. I'll cut it a little slack by accepting the fact that it sneaks in under the bottom edge of the style limits.

I'm amused by the fact that almost every German brewery of any size claims to brew 'the World's #1 Hefe-Weizen', as Erdinger Weissbrau states on the rear label. They're delusional because this beer is nowhere near the summit and is eclipsed by any number of stateside offerings. Good German hefes are not hard to find. In fact, there are scores of them that leave Erdinger's version in the dust.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 02, 2006
Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Texasfan549, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Proved to be a quality brew, but I was expecting more. The beer shows a typical mild haze in a dull canary yellow brew. Head retention, though firm was quite fizzy. The aroma shows solid lemon zest, and fruity esters (juicy fruit bubble gum), along with light banannas and cloves. Though these qualities were present, I prefered bolder. Flavors followed up with the qualities found in the aroma, but subdued as well. The body felt thin and quaffable, but lacked the creamy texture that I usually prefer. The finish was light and powder with a light mint presence. Good beer, but a needs more oomph to compete with the great Brauweiss beers.

BEERchitect, May 31, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tap : Poured in tall 0.5l German glass with a huge pale white foamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of wheat is extremely dominating with some subtle floral and sweet notes. Taste is extremely refreshing with light banana notes and great wheat taste. Body is just medium full and carbonation is excellent. Great refreshing beer with good mastering of this style.

Phyl21ca, May 02, 2005
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

GRG1313, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

ygtbsm94, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: single finger head on a pale golden body.

S: sweet lemon custard, some breads.

T: more sweet lemon custard following in the flavor with breads, pale malts but these are light.

M: light to medium body and high carbonation. moist finish.

Overall: just a standard hefe. Drinkable but nothing sets it apart.

kylehay2004, May 11, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -14%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Presents a quite cloudy, dull, muted gold-toned body with a half inch of fizzy, white head. Give me your best shot, Erdinger!

Smell: Notes of clove and yeast lead followed by lesser touches of malted wheat and barley. Well, it's definitely not the most bountiful aroma on the block.

Taste: Mildly tangy-tasting malted wheat along with some simply barley. Lightly sweet. Good pinch of earthy spices with flavors of coriander and clove. Sadly lacking in fruity touches of banana. Bit of lemon. Spicy, floral hops with a medium-low bitterness. Finishes dry, spicy, and somewhat crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but lacks the creaminess of many of it's wheat-based brethren. Medium-high carbonation -- a bit too fizzy for me.

Drinkability: Average, at best. Comes up short in both the flavor department and texture of body, but one thing it isn't lacking in is carbonation. There are many far better hefes to be had out there.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This hefeweizen pours out as a cloudy golden yellow with a white fluffy head. The smell of the beer is a little bit of clove and grains. The taste has some banana in there and a light spice also. The mouthfeel was kind of on the light side and was a little watery. It's an average Hefe welt most, not too much else going on here.

Knapp85, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

oberon, Sep 24, 2004
Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, gold color with a white, foamy two-finger head. Leaves a little lacing.

S - It smelled of wheat, yeast and clove.

T - It tasted of wheat and clove. It also had a warm spiciness.

M - This has a very sharp bite on the tongue. A light-bodied brew.

D - The bottle claims it is the "World's #1 Hefe-Weizen" and it's hard not to disagree. It's a great tasting beer.

zeff80, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

This beer pours a cloudy pale golden straw colour, with tons of puffy, foamy, and sort of shiny off-white head, which leaves some spooky webbed lace around the glass as things quickly drop away.

It smells of weakly sweet, lightly toasted pale and wheat malt, somewhat spicy cloves and black pepper, very dry banana chips, apple core, a twinge of natural vanilla, and a softly swirling yeastiness. The taste is thankfully a more prominent sweet wheat malt, a touch of the bready pale sort, an apple mush and dehydrated banana fruitiness, subtle citrus rind notes, granulated sugar, subdued clove and white pepper, and ethereal earthy yeast.

The carbonation kicks off nice and crisp, and remains pleasantly innocuous thereafter, the body an adequate medium weight, and a tad fleshy in its tacit smoothness. It finishes off-dry, more or less soft, and lilting in its rounded graininess.

A decent enough weissbier, nothing too heady or complex, more of a non-threatening intro to the style, which is not all that surprising, as I see this everywhere around town, even on tap. It's not too big on the yeastiness, with a low-key spice level, and agreeable fruity malt. What's not to like, at the very least as an inculcation for wheat beer newbies?

biboergosum, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, tannish-golden-orange with a bright white head that holds OK. The aroma is slightly sweet and somewhat citrusy with little banana or clove. The body is medium-light which combines with a good level of natural carbonation (2.7 volumes CO2 or more) to give a zesty and then creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is mildly sweet up front with a good deal of sensation from the carbonation. The middle of the palate offers some citrusy notes. The finish brings out a swirl of hop flavor and bitterness, leaving a dry, clean aftertaste. Quite distinct in its citrusy elements, and very refreshing, but also limited in character.

NeroFiddled, Aug 19, 2002
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep hazy golden orrange hue with a nice frothy creamy head leaves big ol' patches of lacing. Aroma: Grassy tone to it with none of the banana and clove notes that I have come to know and love. Taste: Not impressed here, leaves a malted wheat sweetness to it with some mild yeast characteristics just lacks for a "true" German hefe. Mouthfeel: Creamy texture a bit light for a hefe. Drinkability: Middle of the road a lackluster German hefeweizen, but does seem refreshing epsecially on a warmer day.

WVbeergeek, Feb 28, 2004
Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +14.6%

nickfl, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Jason, Feb 23, 2002
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