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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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80
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1,562 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,562
Reviews: 736
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 16
Gots: 195 | FT: 0
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Erdinger Weissbräu visit their website
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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Photo of FanofHefe
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of my favorites. Poured from bottle into Duvel tulip. Nice two finger fluffy white head that leaves just a little lacing. Strong banana and wheat aroma, just a little of the clove.

I like the taste of this brew, goes down easy with just the right amount of the citrus and spices normally expected of a weissbier. That's part of the appeal to me. It's not overpowering.

Very little alcohol taste. Just a solid offering that goes down easy.

Photo of metter98
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of A380
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice clear yellow and goes nice and cloudy when the last bit of yeast is added. Very nice white fluffy head. Good carbonation and the foam on the beer will stay if you swirl it a bit during your experience. Tastes very light for a hefeweizen, most others have lots of fruit and yeast flavour yet i find this is just light yeast and very very light fruit. and tastes very light in comparison to others in general. drinkability is great and the aftertaste is pretty ok nothing too shabby. i drank this straight out of the bottle once swirling it with each sip to activate the yeast a bit and found it better that the standard pouring out into a weizen glass. now i know this kinda breaks the routing and ritual of drinking hefeweizen but out of the bottle i find it has a lot more carbonation and it prickles in your mouth. its actually quite interesting! give it a shot if you like to try new things.
cheers!

Photo of adam42381
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best before end: 07-2011 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a 3 finger fizzy white head.

Smell: Lemon, clove and yeast. Not as sweet as I expect from a hefeweizen.

Taste: Bitter citrus up front followed by a dry malt flavor in the middle and ending with mild spices and wheat. Finish is fairly dry and somewhat bitter. The typical banana and clove flavors are missing and this degrades the overall flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability. There is a bit too much carbonation and the flavor doesn't do too much for me.

Overall: Average beer. Nothing to write home about and definitely loses style points for missing the key banana and clove notes in the flavor. I wouldn't recommend this beer but it isn't the worst option out there.

Photo of case4816
3.72/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very golden yellow in colour with a bit of brown. Fairly cloudy; foamy head that lingered for a significant amount of time.

S- Heavy malt smell with hints of vanilla, toffee, and some dried fruits (banana chips, apples).

T- Very sweet in taste, The toffee flavour comes through fairly well along with the heavy malts. The caramel doesn't come through very much but the dried fruit flavour comes through fairly well at the finish.

D- First time ever hearing of this beer and it's not very bad at all. Not the best but will drink again.

Photo of Rasolante1
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw like color with a slight cloudiness from the yeast. 1/2 inch head that dissipated rather quickly.

S: Low clove and banana esters. Sweet malty aroma balanced with the ester profile. Hint of citrus in the background. Nothing over the top.

T: Very balanced malt flavor with low hop bitterness and a spicy character. Alcohol was evident in the after taste. The beer was relatively lifeless compared to other Hefewizens. The banana and clove notes were barely detectable.

M: Good mouthfeel but the carbonation was completely gone after 1/2 of a pint.

D: This was an easy drinking beer. I could easily drink a few pints in a sitting or as a compliment to a light meal.

Photo of bmwats
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a standard weizen.

A: Hazy, deep golden hue. Heavy carbonation, pours a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Settles very slowly, but never fully deteriorates. Some sparse lacing remains.

S: Wheat, a little lemon citrus, and a little less orange citrus. Does have a nice grainy base. A bit floral.

T: Light wheat flavor, not much else.

M: Very light body. Good flavor, but seems a little watered-down.

D: Great drinkability. Light and tasty.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice color and head; nose is pretty simple, but characteristic of the style. Flavor is very basic, but clean and pure. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Photo of ElGordo
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a weizen glass. Body is a bright golden without much cloudiness at all, topped by a huge white head that hangs around for a couple of minutes before settling down. Aroma of light wheat and a touch of citrus, with a little hint of clove.
Palate is crisp and clean, a nice balance between the wheat and pale malt and the light, citrusy hop profile. Some faint fruity esters, but not as much as I like in a German hefeweizen. Body is a bit light and not as cloudy or chewy as I like, either, but still holds the flavor well. Nicely drinkable, a very refreshing beer, but still a little lackluster vs. most of the other major German imports.

Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at BBC in Walpole.

Alight head fades quickly over semi clear pale orange wheat color.

The nose has light wheat, light citrus, orange peel, light banana, little creamy, little sweetness.

Taste is light with some wheat, little sweet, light fruits, little citrus and banana, slightly creamy and juicy, lots of wheat. Some crisp sweet lager flavors.

Mouth id medium to lighter with decent carbonation.

It finishes semi dry with a little sticky wheat sweet feel and more fruits, lots of lingering wheat and lager fruits.

Photo of choyhosoi
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

A-Cloudy yellow look with a white thin head. Typical look for a hefe.

S-Not too much here just a faint scent of hops and cloves.

T/M/D-This has a smooth mouthfeel with a good drinkable taste. There is hardly any carbonation and you cant taste the alcohol. Very good hefe I would recommend another.

Photo of BeerImmediately
2.94/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle (11/2010 freshness date) into Weizen glass

Bottle boasts that this is "the world's #1 Hefe-Weizen"... we shall see.

Pours with the classic booming foam-like head so often seen in German hefeweizens. Body doesn't quite have the opaque golden quality, but it is murky from the yeast. Decent carbonation. Head fades to film pretty quickly, with touch of lacing.

Worked hard to pull out the aromas on this one. Fresh bread, lemon zest, and a hint of clove.

Everything about the flavor was tame, too. Citrus is more present than the typical banana, some German hop bitterness, and evaporated milk-like sweetness. This almost seems more like an American Pale Wheat Ale than German Hefeweizen.

Little bit thin/watery for a good hefeweizen. Lacked some of the creaminess you'd expect to see. Decent level of carbonation.

Overall, nothing offensive, but also not one of the better representations of the style.

Photo of StoutHunter
2.35/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Been on a hefeweizen binge lately so i decided to pick this single up since i have never had a beer from erdinger and the germans wrote the book on hefeweizen's. Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 5 ounce sampler mug. Best before December 2011

A- Pours a light hazy yellow, with 2 fingers worth of thick white foam that recedes to a ring with very little lacing.

S- Pretty tame compared to most hefe's, smells like a hefewiezen light, picked up a lot of skunkyness, hope this is just in the smell and doesn't carry on through the taste.

T- Damn it, this is beer is skunked, picking light hefeweizen tastes that are dominated by skunk, this beer must have got infected somehow or was stored in sun light.

M- Typical medium body for a hefe, carbonation is spot on.

D- This beer is fairly drinkable as most hefe's are, but since this bottle is skunked all i want to do is get through this bottle and be done with it.

Overall i was expecting this beer to be a spot on example of a good german hefe, and this might as well been, but no the bottle i got, the skunkyness was a big turn off. I look forward to trying a fresher non skunked one, but till then first impressions are gonna make me leery of paying for another bottle of this.

Photo of Augustiner719
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my erdinger weisse glass.

Pours a hazy orange honey color with moderate clarity for a hefeweizen. Has a huge 3finger head that recedes quickly leaving moderate lacing. The aroma is faint. Small wheat prescence. Not much of a yeasty aroma. The flavor is flat, boring and not like German hefeweizens I have had. Really more like a blend of a hefeweizen and a helles lager. Mouthfeel is flat, little carbonation or acidic spike to wake the palate up like other hefeweizens do. Not my cup of tea. Easy to drink, not a good example of a hefeweizen but easy to drink.

Photo of keithmurray
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9OZ

Appearance - cloudy golden colour with fluffy white head

smell - wheat, yeast, citrus

Taste - wheat, slight citrus, kind of muted compared to other entrants to the style

mouthfeel - highly carbonated, light, somewhat refreshing, slight sourness on the end

drinkability - could drink 2 or 3 of these, but then again I've had better hefeweizens than this

Photo of BrendansBeerAdv
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So, the beer that this company lives by? Not bad at all. I did it proper, with a slice of lemon. This gives it strong citrus flavours, since it didn't sink well this time. It has a bit of spice flavour to it as well, though not to strong, which I appreciate since I'm not a fan of the strong Belgians. It tastes fairly different from a normal ale, which I attribute to the wheat and unfiltered-ness of it. I don't know why, I just feel like I can taste the cloudiness. Does that make sense?

Oh, and the head. I think I could balance a penny on that. It's like that really thick sea foam you see sometimes. I don't normally mention the top, but this time it really did pop up. That might be due to the long haul in the bottle, but it seemed like the consistency is something unique to this ale. Over all I'd say a bottle hear and there would be nice, but I don't think I could take an evening with this. Over time it'd become too much and I'd yearn for something darker and more beer like, in either flavour direction. However, I would suggest it for people wondering what a proper wheat beer should be going for. It's not perfect, but it's not experimental micro stuff, so share with a newbie.

Photo of leonardopacu
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

looks yellow, cloudy, white foam and moderately durable.
odor hopped, Little Bit of banana, and well hopped.i can´t smeel the tipycal smeel like wheat beers.
Body moderate, with something licourous in the end , balanced flavor, well hopped,
I felt very little wheat.
refreshing.good drinkability

Photo of Mjoepp
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy golden yellow, white head, medium bubbles, quite small head for a weizen and my "agressive" pour, dissapeard quickly.

S: Banana sweets, coriander, citric fruits, oranges,"hefe-yeast".

T: Banana sweets, coriander, oranges, hefe-yeast. No specific aftertaste more than yeast and a bitter feeling to it.

O: Good but not among the top 3 hefe breweries.

Photo of jporf911
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with Best Before 08-2010 on the back label.

Appearance- 3.5 out of 5. Pours a cloudy yellow color with orange tinting in the interior and a two finger white head that is extremely fizzy; strangely, the head retention is rather short compared to most wheat beers. It leaves a little clumpy lacing around the sides of the glass and a thin layer on top of the beer itself. Even through the cloudy golden sea, carbonation bubbles can be seen happily swimming their way to the top.

Smell- 3.5 out of 5. The smell of wheat is surprisingly light but definitely evident, as are the spicy hops. I smell more cloves than bananas in this particular brew, but the banana scent is still present. An undertone of green grapes seems to hover on the edge of the nose as well. It smells alright. Pretty mellow overall.

Taste- 4 out of 5. I'm normally not a fan of Hefeweizens, but this one has broken the mold for me. The wheat initially mixes with the sweet malt then gives way to a mellow fruity flavor that is like cloves and grapes intermingling. Next is a subtle flavor that I swear is almost like banana cream, quickly replaced by subdued hops that finish out the swallow. The aftertaste is of wheat and yeast; interestingly, the phenolic undertones are noticeably absent.

Mouthfeel- 4 out of 5. The body is fairly light and more wet than most Hefeweizens I've had. It is crisp, smooth, and sippable.

Drinkability- 4 out of 5. This is a pretty damned good Hefeweizen. It's not strong or particularly remarkable as far as the style itself goes, but if you're in the mood for something drinkable that doesn't slap you with spicy banana-wheat, go for an Erdinger or three.

Photo of WeedKing4
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wanted the sweet weizen glass, so i had to settle with 5 bottles of this. Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a large amount of foam. Tastes of slight banana with wheat and yeast lingering. Its pretty bland and nothing special, but its not shit either. In the end, i have a damn wicked glass for all different kind of wit biers. Thats about all I can say about this

Photo of PEIBeerGuy
3.49/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A cloudy orange-yellow, with lots of creamy white head. It kept rising after I thought it peaked. It fell not too long after, leaving a bit of lacing, but there was always total head cover over the top of the beer.

It smelled pretty good... nothing much stood out, though.

For a wheat beer, pretty darn good in my eyes (er, mouth). I usually don't like wheat beers. This one wasn't too sweet, though. It had a muted flavour, for me, of banana cream & "beer". Subtle & smooth.

Overall, a good feel in the mouth. Smoother than most wheat beers I've had.

Pretty drinkable overall. I found it a bit bland, but it was still decent.

Photo of bogus564
4.37/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall weizen glass.

Cloudy yellow in color, with a white head that holds for just under two minutes before dissolving into a wee bit of lace.

In smelling it, I'm picking up a nice but not heavy spicy note, perhaps clove, right behind a good grassy smell. After that, some orange, perhaps some raisin. Can't wait to drink it.

First drink - I'm so happy to not be disappointed by this brew. The combination of wheat, yeast, and hops is delivering an imaginative flavor. I'm getting light clove and grassiness up front, with orange and raisin not too far behind. This is one nicely done hefe-weizen, with some great balance.

I'll be picking up a six of this soon, to be sure. It was outstanding with my chicken and ribs combo. Made my afternoon.

Photo of BranfordBound
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5 L bottle with a beige label. Poured into matching Erdinger weizen glass.

The beers a golden color, a little more transparent than usual, with ample carbonation. 1 finger head fizzles and dies to a whispy covering. Brief lace slides back into the beer.

Smells fruity, sweet apples and bananas, bubblegum phenols. Not much in the spice/clove department.

Like the aroma, this is pretty mild and missing some stuff. It's fairly sweet, mostly bready with fruity yeast notes. No spices.

Mouthfeel is light, not too chewy, with only a hint of wetness.

Since it's basic and not too complex, it's very drinkable. But just like other Erdingers, it's fairly average. Nothing bad but it falls short. On par with Schneider Original Weisse.

Photo of biegaman
2.97/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Most styles allow a fair bit of room for variation, not only with things like bitterness or flavour profile, but appearance too. But one element that is a constant no matter what, one golden rule of brewing: weissbiers must have a large, fluffy, pillowy head. There's no exceptions. A weissbier that fails to have that fails period.

Besides its disgracefully flat surface - there's not even a sign of lacing, not a single bubble in sight! - the beer's rigidly hazed body doesn't exactly make for the prettiest looking thing anyhow. Its tarnished lemon-skin tone is, unlike most in the style, without even the slightest of sunny, shimmering highlight. It's U-G-L-Y and it ain't go no alibi, it's ugly.

Likewise, its aroma falls dreadfully far from the mark with regards to style. The bouquet of a German weissbier is a hard thing to mess up if brewed properly: hell, you just pitch the yeast and let it do all the work. Phenols that smell of clove and spice and esters that resemble banana, citrus and bubblegum come standard with all German weiss strains.

Which makes me wonder what ingredients were used - the label assures it's brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot which means it uses only four ingredients (water, malt, hops, yeast) but that doesn't necessarily ensure they're *good quality* ingredients.

The taste confirms they couldn't have been - as well as possessing no phenols or esters to note, it holds very little grainy, malty flavour or texture worth mentioning either. German weissbiers, even the lesser ones, tend to at least have a grainy, wheat-centered taste that is only more invigorating than it is distinctive and palatable.

As mentioned already, there isn't even a trickle of vanilla or banana or citrusy flavour. Par for the course; there isn't the least bit of a creamy, fluffy sensation nor is there even an adequately brisk carbonation. There is nothing really, less a drop of honey smudged onto a cracker, which leads me to believe they've skimped out on the wheat.

I didn't think a bad German weissbier was possible - the mere sound of it strikes me as perhaps the ultimate oxymoron, better even than 'unbiased opinion', 'peace force' or 'virtual reality'. There's an awful lot of things that make this style so wonderful - it's light and refreshing, spicy and effervescent, layered with flavour and distinctly attractive. Erdinger Weissbier, incredibly, fails to exhibit even one of those qualities.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
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 MattyV
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into an Erdinger football/soccer ball weizen glass.

Hazy light golden in colour, 2 finger pillowy puffy head lingers and haphzardly recedes to a ring that leaves some lacing.

Very subdued. Was surprised to not pick-up the banana aroma, the tangy wheat dominates.

The wheat comes through again with some tanginess and tartness that quenches the thirst. Picking up very little of the expected banana/clove/spice, although it is perceptible in the background

A lively drink, well-carbonated which lends well to the thirst-quenching dimension of the beer.

Highly drinkable in the summer time when looking for a widely-available and tasty pint to quench the thirst.

Overall, was somewhat of a let-down compared to other Hefeweizens, but is still an enjoyable although muted version of the style

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