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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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79
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1,443 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,443
Reviews: 721
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 10
Gots: 110 | 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 roadhouse
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle, best by 09/09, into a weizen glass.

Appears a hazy golden yellow color with a two inch white head. Some pretty nice lacing is left behind and the head retains well.

Aroma is mild overall but has banana, a bit of bubble gum, and some clove. Kind of metallic as well.

Taste of bananas at first, a bit of apple ester midway through with a bready malt character. Finish is spicy and slightly harsh.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, but gets dented a bit because it's overly harsh.

Not the best weizen I've had, but it's not too bad. There are worse things to drink out there and at 3 bucks a bottle it's no big dent in the wallet.

roadhouse, Feb 16, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
4/5  rDev +14.6%

A- Pours a beautiful cloudy yellow/brownish color with a nice large frothy off-white head. Looks very lively with ok retention.

S- Smells of wheat and barley with a touch of citrus.

T- Strong wheat taste with bits of clove and orange flavors with maybe a dash of vanilla. A light bready/yeast flavor in the finish.

M- Extremely smooth and pleasant with no overwhelming aftertaste. Good carbonation.

D- Overall a good representative of the style. Easy to drink and nice flavor. Worth trying.

projectflam86, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of Troyone
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%

This Erdinger Hefe-Weizen I suppose is the same as the above Weissbier, the abv is the same - 5.3%.

Poured this in a tall Hefeweizen glass (narrow). The head is evident however dissipates rapidly with minimal lacing. The head color, whats left, appears light was probably white. Has a nice wheat color with good carb action.

I'm getting some light banana and lemon aromas with a faint beerish smell.

I always swirl the yeast sediment around and top off my craft beers so I'm tasting a lot of grain (wheat) with a lightly salted grapefruit and lime citrus flavors.

The mouthfeel is light and kind of creamy since this fills the taste buds with grain (wheat) flavors. There is a fluffiness feel then the smooth lightly carbonated citrus and maybe a little metallic finish.

The graininess benefits this beer as a session beer since there is little or no sweetness. Essentially the more you drink the better it gets.

Kind of plain compaired to the Hefeweizens I have in my change up although I'll keep an eye on the price of this one.

Troyone, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange color. The head is a billowy bright white two inches of foam which recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of faint bananas and hints of bubblegum. This smells more like a bland American wheat beer than a German hefe. The taste is like the aroma...very bland. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied with a ton of carbonation. Overall, this is the weakest German hefe I have yet tasted, and I had a number of very bad hefes while I lived in Germany. I can't see myself drinking this again.

KarlHungus, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of tconboy
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours a nice light cloudy straw glowing color, very carbonated with a brig creamy fluffy head. Aroma is light and a nice subtle fruit and light wheat. Not much lacing going on. Very smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Tastes citrusy, with banana and light bready. Not a bad hefe, very drinkable, but flavor not as complex or rich as I would prefer.

tconboy, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%

Erdinger- Hefeweizen

A- Clear bright yellow with a huge thick foamy white head.
S- Very light lemony hay/ straw, with a touch of honey.
T- Light sweet lemon with typical wheat and straw notes. No clove/ banana?!
M- Again, very light honey sweet. Slight perfumy lavender touch in the end.

Overall- Very plain. Missing the good hefe banana/ clove. A boring wheat beer.

NJpadreFan, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of Quej
3.28/5  rDev -6%

A - Light cloudy, lots of head, but little retension.
S - Slightly sweet, quite yeasty and a little odd.
T - Rather yeasty tasting, some bready malt falvours. Tastes more grey than white. Not strong tasting but not offensive.
M - Light to medium body, good carbonation for a white.
D - Good summer beer. Not too strong to be drinkable.

Quej, Jan 11, 2009
Photo of JayNH
3.63/5  rDev +4%

A- pours a cloudy golden straw color with a large frothy head. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

S- mild fruity sweetness with a hint of bubblegum. Some citrus with a note of banana.

T- Wheat, a little yeasty. On the sweet side but not really fruity. Flavor lacks yeasty tanginess.

M- smooth but body is on the light side.

D- A decent brew but I've had better Hef's.

JayNH, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Sampled on tap at Shakespeare's Pub in Sarasota, FL.

A - Straw color with lots of haze and a thick white head. Some lacing.

S - Lemony with cloves and banana.

T - Lemony with banana and nice wheat notes. A bit tart in the finish.

M - Good consistency and moderate carbonation. Just right.

D - Not overly flavorful but interesting and enjoyable. Great for a warm, sunny day.

GJ40, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of Macca
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%

This pours a hazy pale golden with a dense head. Very obvious high carbonation in the glass.

I found it very hard to get much aroma out of this at all. Maybe a little wheat and banana in there. Quite dumb.

Again the wheatiness comes through and the banana is a bit more evident. A bit of sweetness. A bit of a hole in there though.

Nice mouth feel. Very smooth.

Very drinkable due to its easy mouth feel but not a great beer to ponder.

Macca, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of ecoastman
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%

Drinkability - a very easy drinking beer that is smooth and creamy. I'd have another if there were no better wheat beers available. However, this is not my favorite since the banana, clove and bubblegum tones are too mild for my preference. A good thirst quencher.

Appearance - nice pale cloudy straw gold. Good carbonation provides a creamy head with decent retention. A good looking wheat beer to start but no lacing as the beer shrinks in my weizen glass.

Smell - mild sweet and sour tones. Yeasty banana bread comes through lightly as it starts to warm up. It doesn't seem to have the noticeable ester aromas expected from a hefeweizen. Nothing wrong here but nothing outstanding either. Somewhat neutral.

Taste - a bit thin and similar to what you smell. The beer is balanced but lacks any specific dominance of character for the style. Some citrus, banana and pear. The finish has a slight paper-like cardboard flavour.

Mouthfeel - a medium body beer that is creamy and a bit chewy. Nice carbonation and a slightly sticky finish.

ecoastman, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of mullenite
3.98/5  rDev +14%

Poured from a .5L in to an Erdinger weizen glass. A hazy golden color with a frothy white head that stood about 3 fingers tall. The head dissipated at an average rate to leave a nice ring around the edge and some cloudiness on the top. Leaves a decent lacing.

Smell is strong cloves, a little bread, and very little banana.

Taste is cloves and bread, the little bit of banana from the nose sneaks in at the end but cloves and bread dominate. This is not as sweet as other hefeweizens and that's partly why I enjoy it so much.

Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, with a light body. Sharp carbonation but not a whole lot of it. Drinkability is going to depend on if you enjoy the spiciness of the cloves, if you can it is great, if you can't it may be hard to swallow.

mullenite, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of corby112
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours a clear golden yellow color with lots of visible carbonation bubbles and a thin foamy white head that quickly dissapears. Aroma is quite bland with slight apple presence as well as some lemon peel. Very quaffable with a crisp apple and pear taste as well as some slight citrus.

corby112, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
2.9/5  rDev -16.9%

My guess is that this is the "Pyramid" of Germany when it comes to beer, you know, bigger micro that always sounds like it should be great but always disappoints. Pours hazy gold with a decent head. Lemony aroma with some yeast. Taste was pretty flat, some wheat, some citrus, but really watery. Get something else.

magictrokini, Dec 08, 2008
Photo of petitearvine
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%

(Poured into hefeweizen glass)

Appearance - 3 finger white head, somewhat unstable but leaving nice lacing. Pale hazy orange color. Light carbonation.

Smell - Pretty weak smell. Some yeast and banana.

Taste - Again yeast and banana, but not as crisp as other weizenbiers. Some sweetness. Overall, rather weak in taste. No bitterness at all.

Mouthfeel - Rather watery, not quite the creamy experience that a weizenbier should be in my opinion.

Drinkability - Easy to drink, but not particularly special.

petitearvine, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of Jeffo
2.28/5  rDev -34.7%

Got this at the bottle shop down the road.

Poured into my weizen glass.

APPEARANCE: Golden orange in colour, and clearer than most weizens. White head is quite thin looking and fades quickly to a relatively thick head. A very large amount of carbonation is evident. Bubbles flying up to the top all over the place. This is by far the most carbonation I've ever seen in a weizen. The thick head is relatively persistent, but eventually disappears. Decent lacing down the sides.

SMELL: Wheat malt mostly. A slight banana and lemon undertone in the background as well. The malt nose is mild and nice, but not as crisp as some others.

TASTE: This is kind of a disappointment. There's some wheat malt initially, but little else. There is a slight bit of dough or sour bread, but not much. The aftertaste, however, is overly strong. The bready aftertaste lingers too long and is overpowering. Makes it difficult to drink.

PALATE: This is also odd. Thin bodied and way too much carbonation for the style. It's got a slight bite at the end and goes down a little rough as well. Finishes slightly sticky.

OVERALL: Disappointing really. Even more disappointing since it's so readily availible here in Holland. Not a favourite. The bready aftertaste made it difficult to enjoy, and palate was just too weak and bubbly for my liking. I basically dumped that last quarter of it or so. Basically undrinkable if you ask me, or at least un-enjoyable. Not something I'll want to drink again.

Jeffo, Nov 30, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%

A: Poured a pale, hazy lemony-light orange color with a big white fluffy head.

S: The nose yielded faint bananas, lemons and light traces of dried fruit and grains.

T: The nose was rather subtle overall and not really enticing. For flavor there was light bananas, cloves and wheat. There was decent breadiness, with a really good hop spiciness found of the finish, which was good, but not enough to save this.

M: really thin, with a light creaminess, light carbonation while finishing dry.

D: An ordinary drinking hefe, with a nice spicy finish which was one of the few highlights of this beer. ok, but rather boring.

beerthulhu, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of TommyW
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%

A- Pours a nice golden/yellow body, typical of wheat beers. Has a very nice, foamy head. Unfortunately, i think the appearance of the beer is its strongest characterstic.

S- Does not have the aromas that you would expect from a wheat beer. It has a fairy weak smell. I can only really note some hoppiness.

T- The taste isn't bad, but there isn't a lot going on. I get a little bit of banana, and a slight sweetness on the finish. But the flavors that I expect from a wheat beer aren't there. For me this was rather disappointing because I really enjoy those typical wheat beer flavors.

M- Fairly thin, with a touch of creaminess.

D- One could easily drink a few of these. Because of the lack of bold flavors, they can go down pretty easily.

Overall, if you want to have a more subtle version of a wheat beer it's worth buying. But, if you're like me and enjoy the normal flavors associated with a wheat beer, this one probably isn't for you.

TommyW, Nov 18, 2008
Photo of sliverX
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%

poored with a slow easy poor still got half a glass of head that retained to the point where i felt if the glass suddenly broke the head just would of hung out anyway, lots of bubbles but doesn't taste over carbonated.

Classic Hefe coloring.

Actually tastes "thin" or "weak" which isn't a bad thing but makes it very easy to drink I'd take a bottle of this over some bottled water any day. Very light banana taste with a small hint of cloves, better banana after taste. Would be a wonderful hot summer day refresher.
Taste improved with allowing the beer to warm to the room slightly.

sliverX, Oct 28, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%

"The World's #1 Hefe-Weizen" according to the bottle label. Hmmm....I have yet to try this until tonight, but I have to say I've had a number of good wheat ales, so Erdinger has some company. Spoiler Alert: a Swede I bar-hopped with in Boston many months ago said he didn't like Erdinger, but loves Franziskaner. 330 ml bottle from the Wine Exchange on to the beer:

The head is soapy and has solid retention on top this hazy pale blonde (almost straw color) body. Notice I didn't say cloudy there. I can see the carbonation bubbles clearly in this beer. There's something in the aroma, weak banana and clove. You have to inhale deeply or you'll never get it. taste....the malted wheat really comes out, toasty, but that's all I'm getting. No banana, no clove, no phenols. This is an authentic Bavarian weissbier....where are those flavors? It's not a bad flavor, but a monotone one. The carbonation is a bit too springy here, the body is light.

I have to agree with my Swedish buddy, this is nothing to shout about. Nothing bad here, just a blah example of a weissbier.

DoubleJ, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of Shumista
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%

12 oz. bottle into a clear plastic pint glass.

A- I poured this like an idiot and ended up with about 1/2 glass of head. I usually don't pour aggressively enough so I tried to make up for it and went way too far. So, the head I got was a huge, white and fluffy. The color is a hazy yellow-orange, definitely looks like a wheat beer.
S- Very mild aroma coming off of this beer. I smell some wheat malt and a little bit of lemon.
T- Follows the smell in that it is fairly mild. I taste the wheat malt, some lemon/citrus, and a small amount of very subdued hoppy bitterness.
M- Actually one of the beer's strong points, it was medium bodied and creamy.
D- You could put as many of these away as you wanted too. Personally I would probably be pretty bored with it after 2 or 3 though.
Overall, a pretty decent Hefeweizen, but I will probably not buy again.

Shumista, Oct 01, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%

Appearance- It has a nice straw golden yellow body. It has frothy slightly off white head.

Smell- Pretty plain and not much aroma to speak of which I thought was odd for Bavarian beer.

Taste- It has a very nice but even hoppy taste for a beer of this style. It has very nice wheat tones. Fruity and banana like. The one thing I did not get was the aftertaste. It had like an odd paint like feeling to it.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with some fizz.

Drinkability- Not my favorite but real good.

MTNboy, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of kshankar
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured into my Paulaner glass. 16.9 oz. bottle

Appearance: Cloudy orange/gold with a nice frothy head that retains for quite some time. Looks inviting.

Aroma: Mild. Very mild, actually. I can get the yeast, the cloves, and the banana, slightly. Maybe a little lemon too. But overall this beer isn't too overpowering in the aroma. Its very understated actually.

Taste: Subtle. Follows the aroma. Mild wheat, cloves and banana. A little sweetness to finish.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin, sort of creamy but not too much. Subtlety is fine, but this thing is just so weak.

Drinkability: Well, it certainly is drinkable. Its got that major characteristic of a wheat beer.

Overall, not the greatest example of a wheat beer, to me. Feels like I'm drinking a hefe diluted with water. Its really not too bad, but there are much better hefeweizens in the same price range.

kshankar, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of andjusticeforale
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%

This pours a nice cloudy orange gold and has a really nice head floating atop. This drops away quickly to a meringue size head. But your not supposed to stare at it- you drink it.

There is a noticeable lack of sweetness here and also a lack of tang. This makes the mouthfeel not as full as could be, but the bitterness adds to the refreshment. The aftertaste is of apple pie with no sugar in it at all. Like a sugarless apple tart. bready;

but some how you are beckoned in to have one more sip over and over until you are singing german folk songs and crying out for bratwurst.

andjusticeforale, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of JRed
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Yellow, fizzy beer with dissapating head. Not too appealing, a few steps up from Coors Light. Weak aroma of slight spice, wheat, and citrus that falls short of other hefe weiss beers. Vague carbonation and light bodied balanced with weak lemon flavor, wheat characteristics and a hint of vanilla. Overall, a disappointing wheat beer that can be skipped.

JRed, Sep 17, 2008
Erdinger Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
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