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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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1,400 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,400
Reviews: 719
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 9
Gots: 86 | FT: 0
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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 champ103


3.43/5  rDev -1.7%

A: Pours a cloudy pale golden orange color. A white head forms and recedes to a small cap. Not much lace.
S: A grainy, doughy aroma dominates. Some barnyard funky yeast. A bit of banana and cloves with some spice.
T: A biscuit and doughy flavor. Just a bit of fruity banana flavor. Not as much as I would expect though for the style. A little sweeter and more tart than the typical hefeweizen.
M/D: Light, crisp, and creamy. This seems watered down though. Very smooth and easy to drink. A wonderful beer to quaff during the hot summer months.

Not bad at all. Very smooth and easy to drink, which is the best part about the beer. Nothing over the top. This is something I use to drink all the time when I first branched out into different styles of beer. A good gateway beer.

07-02-2008 02:06:31 | More by champ103
Photo of Gmann

New York

2.98/5  rDev -14.6%

Pours a cloudy golden color with a nice and fluffy white head that left a sparse cap as it dissipated. The aroma is kind of grainy and has a very light clove/pepper smell; disappointing. The taste is of wheat malt, a bit husky, some light citrus notes, and mineral water. There is no real spice or banana flavors. Just not much that would indicate that this is a hefe. The feel is light with prickley carbonation, finishes a bit tart. Overall the brew drinks fine but its on the lower spectrum for Bavarian hefe's. The sample is fresh so oxidiation is not an issue, just not a flavorful hefe. Not recommended.

06-28-2008 03:51:58 | More by Gmann
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Single, 1 pint, .9 fl oz bottle copped for $2.99 from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
A slow and steady pour resulted in a very hazy, cloudy, straw-colored hue with a modest foamy head that quickly receded and deposited a nice layer of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Overall, this was a rather nondescript Hefeweizen... Didn't really stand at all... It was good, but not great and certainly nothing to write home about...
Bland aroma, with hints of citrus and wheat but all in all, rather subdued and uninviting...
Creamy, thick, wheat-laden flavor with small nuances of ripe fruit, slight citrus, pears, apples, and melons thrown into the mix...
Mouthfeel wasn't as thick as I was hoping, yet not entirely watered-down...
Good level of drinkability due to the lack of cloying flavors and modest 5.3% ABV...
Mediocore at best...

06-24-2008 22:41:49 | More by dsa7783
Photo of peabody


3.68/5  rDev +5.4%

Pours out a cloudy straw color with two fingers of white suds.
Smell is not like most hefe-weizens in that it has a strong sour smell like a bret type of beer.
IOt hides the clove and banana aroma.
Taste is weak for a Hefe but still it is a refreshing beer. Not filling like other hefe's but more drinkable and not as syrupy.
Mouthfeel is very clean and drinkability is very good.

06-18-2008 21:56:19 | More by peabody
Photo of BretSikkink


3.18/5  rDev -8.9%

Golden-orange, cloudy with a frothy white cap. My bottle poured just about an entire pint glass' worth of foam, with about one finger of beer on the bottom. The rest of the ale I poured into a chalice, swirling any yeasties into the glass as well. In the pint, the head had fairly good retention and lacing, with some good formation for a while, but the last part dissipated really fast. In the chalice I didn't get much head; most of the beer's lifespan was spent with a white ring around the top.

Reasonable aroma flavors, some banana and clove but not much. Generally just a little wimpy. Earthy yeast component as well. A little solvent alcohol.

Okay body, the mouthfeel is actually pretty good. Not too chewy, but definitely not watery. The hops take a strong part here, adding a noticeable bitterness and tang, where the yeast ought to be doing a better job. Again, not much on the classic German flavors of banana or clove, it doesn't seem to fall into either camp. Nor does it fall into my 'impressive' category.

I wouldn't mind a bit more carbonation given the flat flavoring. At least it would be pleasing to the mouth if not the palate per se. Weak German weissbier.

06-13-2008 05:06:03 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of sjohansen


3.73/5  rDev +6.9%

After rousing some yeast, this one pours a cloudy golden yellow, with some shades of amber. Lots of bubbles race to the top of the glass. Pretty impressive that they can be seen as the brew is opaque from the sediment. Got a nice two finger white head, but it quickly disappears leaving only a full moon film on the top of the glass. No lace.

Lots of clove and under ripe banana in the nose. Some other peppery spice as well.

Refreshing and smooth. Nice spice on the palate. Lots of sweet banana. Good hop character in the finish; not real bitter by any stretch, but definitely has a hop presence. Slight cloying effect which is the only unpleasant part of the taste.

Falls on the lighter side of a medium body. There is lots of tingling carbonation.

Enjoyable and refreshing. Definitely something to have on the porch for a hot summer day.

06-09-2008 00:48:29 | More by sjohansen
Photo of timbro81


3.45/5  rDev -1.1%

Smells of cloves and very very slight noble hops. Pours a hazy straw color topped with a big lumpy head that settles to a fine ring. Decent carbonation. Cloves and noble hops dominate the palate. Aftertaste is of a slight stale graininess. Really not much going on here, (sigh) may benefit from a...lemon wedge. Please don't tar and feather me!

06-07-2008 04:34:26 | More by timbro81
Photo of Ch1mpy


3/5  rDev -14%

Big white head. Unclear orange-brown colour. Little lacing

Mild smell of fudge and fruit.

After having sampled several other German hefe-weißens during past few weeks I was a little disappointed with the surprisingy bland taste of cloves and wheat.

Relatively well carbonated brew which makes the mouthfeel relatively stingy.

Average drinkability. Save it for a warm day.

06-03-2008 19:28:58 | More by Ch1mpy
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -2.6%

Poured from 12 bottle into weizen glass.

A - Hazy yellow/orange color. Unimpressive 2 finger head with poor retention, falls to little more than a collar and eventually nothing. Minimal lacing.

S - Decent balance between banana and sour wheat malt. More subdued than it should be.

T - Good, but bland for a hefe. Banana hits early palate but fades quickly. Phenolic character begins along with the wheat malt with bitter phenols taking over late palate, finishes fairly clean. Not bad, but overall the flavor is very restrained.

M - On point with any hefe, high carbonation and medium/light body.

D - Though I don't feel this represents hefeweizens very well, it is a decent brew to knock back, especially for those seeking a less intense Bavarian hefe experience.

05-31-2008 07:05:17 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of Bobdope


3.73/5  rDev +6.9%

I order a couple of these on Santa Monica Boulevard called Lago. They came out cold and were very delicious. The server delivered this beer in a pint glass. The color had a nice orange hue. The smell was as good as a heffe will ever be. I found this beer to be rather refreshing with god social drinkability.

05-27-2008 14:40:32 | More by Bobdope
Photo of loosey

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -13.2%

1 pint, .9 oz bottle, good before 11/2008

poured into a pint glass, hazy hazy pale gold... jesus! the bubbles! the bubbles! fast and furious, got about 3 inches of head (and yes i poured it right), whipped cream dollop on top.. this looks fake

smell wheat, lemon, fruity more than spicy, mellow

taste slightly astringent, malty banana and sweet, there is some hiding cloves, sourness

crispy dry bite, seltzer water, i wish it would chill out just a bit i feel under attack

not terrible but average, . i would drink this if i ran out of gas and was stuck at a roadside feed stand while eating mass amounts of bratwurst and sauerkraut with a balding german man while he tells me about his extra marital affair with the barmaiden

05-23-2008 22:28:06 | More by loosey
Photo of Portertime


3.18/5  rDev -8.9%

This came as a high recommendation from who I assume is the beer stocker at Ward's Market here in Gainesville. Not to poo poo a suggestion from a fellow beer enjoyer I decided to give it a go. Served it slightly chilled in my Duvel chalice. Poured sort of a sulhpur color with a wee head. Smell was faint but there, wheat, banana, lemon zest, cloves. Taste was of a typical German weizen, banana, cloves, lemon, hint of cherry, little yeasty. Not the best weizen I've had but then I have to say "Hast du Lust auf ein Beir?"

05-17-2008 14:30:20 | More by Portertime
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.7/5  rDev +6%

A. Clear straw yellow with a sizable head and excellent retention. A pretty sexy looking beer served in a Weizen glass. No date on bottle.

S. Smells somewhat like oatmeal, barley in the forefront. A little bit of lemony citrus in the background.

T. Unremarkable here but not bad. Wheaty and slightly metallic.

D. Quite drinkable as it is smooth. Wish I could have it from the tap as I surmise that would be more enjoyable. Not bad overall.

05-16-2008 16:29:16 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Larrytown


2.58/5  rDev -26.1%

The head is substantial, but fizzles quickly over a golden-tan body. Some small lacing is present, but not overly noticeable. At nice cold temps, the beer has a decent if somewhat uninteresting taste, but as it warms (over the course of a few minutes) it becomes somewhat unpleasant. Not many of the typical hefe characteristics stood out at first, but it wasn't terrible. Within just those few minutes everything went from "decent, unremarkable beer" into "I won't be able to finish this". Not a good sign.

I won't be trying this one again.

05-15-2008 00:17:13 | More by Larrytown
Photo of Brianmerrilyn

New York

3.4/5  rDev -2.6%

subtle sam, too carbonated with not enough flavor. perhaps that is the aim, to be more of a refined hefeweizen.

A: Poured into a weizen glass. Interesting yellow/golden color with bigger bubbles taking over smaller ones in the head but melting quickly. Some lacing but in splotches.

S: Subtle and simplistic.

T: Definite banana but fades as to tease or lead you into the next taste which is the starch bread taste that i did not enjoy.

M: Light and too carbonated.

D: Just above average, will give it another quaff when I see it on draft.

05-11-2008 18:49:21 | More by Brianmerrilyn
Photo of jenitivecase


3.18/5  rDev -8.9%

A: Served in a weizen glass. Slightly cloudy, pale gold color with a big head that dissipates into substantial lacing.

S: I've never gotten much out of the smell, even on-tap; fruity, citrus-y notes, but not too much happening here overall.

T: Wheat-y (obviously), with the fruity overtones promised by the smell. Apple, citrus, etc., but again, not a whole lot happening. Pretty straightforward, and not unpleasant, just not captivating.

M: Very light and smooth, slightly creamy. Decent carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable - when chilled, I can knock off quite a few of these. When it warms up, though, it becomes more difficult to drink, and can turn obligatory rather than enjoyable.

05-04-2008 21:56:50 | More by jenitivecase
Photo of NatetheGreat


3.93/5  rDev +12.6%

A: looks a lot like a pilsner: golden, not murky but clear, which threw me a little. Big fluffy white head, but recedes quickly.

S: fruity, spicy, tart - fresh tree fruit, very nice.

T: wheat is tart but also somewhat pasty. Quite fruity, with banana and some apple notes, with a mild spice/clove flavor in background.

M: crisp more than it is creamy, with good malt profile from the wheat. A bit effervescent or bubbly, like alka-selzer (I guess that's a weird comparison, but it's what comes to mind).

D: good drinkability due to mild alcohol % and refreshing nature. Good hefe but not great, nor by any means the "world's #1 hefe" as the bottle proclaims. Hefe's are one of my favorite styles and so I probably rate this a bit higher than most folks.

04-25-2008 02:19:06 | More by NatetheGreat
Photo of rtratzlaff

North Carolina

2.33/5  rDev -33.2%

Picked up a single bottle to try.

Pours a golden beer with yeast floating throughout. Tons of small bubbles rise consistently from the gottom of the glass.

Smells of slightly of apple and lemon, but not a whole lot going on.

Flavor is very subtle with a lemon bubblegum aftertaste. As with the smell, there isn't a whole lot there. Perhaps I didn't get enough of the yeast to add to the flavor profile. There was a good bit still stuck to the bottom of the glass.

Powdery light mouthfeel with a dry finish.

Easy drinking, but a bit one-dimensional.

04-23-2008 16:07:19 | More by rtratzlaff
Photo of Traquairlover


2.42/5  rDev -30.7%

1 pint, 0.9 oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A = Cloudy golden, large white head of foam and medium and large bubbles, pretty good retention.

S = Far too light scented, smells that do come through are light lemon, slight hops, very, very light yeast smells.

T = Tastes like a mixture of 2/3 Bud with 1/3 hefe-weizen. Very little taste (not surprising given how light the smell was), but the fact that it really tastes a lot like a macro lager is a big surprise. I expected it to taste like a very light hefe, but mostly it just has very light malt and hops flavors with almost no yeast or wheat tastes, no bananas, no esters. A big let down.

M = Light to light-medium bodied, little too flat, very little mouthcoating.

D = This is not really bad, but it is not what I was expecting from a hefe. It was mostly just a drinkable but uninspired beer. Would not recommend it, but on a hot day it might be okay if nothing else were available.

04-21-2008 23:21:10 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of mmmbeer


2.98/5  rDev -14.6%

Did a side-by-side comparison of this and the kristall-klar. From a half-liter bottle, unpasteurized and bottle-conditioned with an expired best-by date. I really need to pay more attention when I buy my beer. Anyway, on to the brew. It pours an opaque dark gold, with high carbonation and a three finger, quickly-receding head that eventually disappears. Light aroma, but what is there consists of weak hops and tropical fruits - no detectable phenols. Wheat and slight yeast on the palate, along with fruity esters, a touch of malts and perhaps some green hops on top of a light, tingly and dry body that imparts almost no finish. Not great as is, but probably not a whole lot better when fresh.

04-21-2008 20:26:25 | More by mmmbeer
Photo of tai4ji2x


3.33/5  rDev -4.6%

available in some stores, bars and restaurants in beijing

500ml brown bottle. yeast swirled in.

cloudy, orangey wheat color. decent head, but it fades to a very thin layer with a ring on the edges. almost no lacing.

faintly fruity banana, very slight clove in background. some grains and maltiness with hint of grassy hops. not really any citrus.

flavorwise, there starts out with some annoying medicinal character that couples with the bitterness and lasts throughout. it distracts from an otherwise honey-like maltiness and fruitiness. earthy, bready yeast notes head into the finish.

not too thin, pretty smooth, but also a bit too fizzy, even though i had re-poured it a couple times to get the yeast in.

drinkable, but not an exemplary hefeweiss

04-05-2008 02:38:38 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of Graham5161986

British Columbia (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -1.1%

A: pours a cloudy, pale yellow with a monster 3 finger rocky, white head that has great retention and leaves a decent, sticky lace.

S: light banana and sugary malts, a touch of grassy hoppiness as well.

T: floral hops, subtle banana, slight sour-cherry sweetness and a touch of spice - very light.

M:light, slightly creamy, well-carbonated and quite dry.

D: this is a decent hefe - it's quite light and doesn't seem to have the same potent banana and clove flavours so commonly found in other weissbiers. To me this one seemed more grassy and lager-like. Still a refreshing beer that is easy to drink. I would buy this one again - might be good as an intro to German wheat beers for some people.

04-03-2008 00:05:06 | More by Graham5161986
Photo of wjimson


2.85/5  rDev -18.3%

Perhaps I had became picky to hefeweizens, as they are such simple beers which are so distinctive and unique. The clove like or banana like flavour is something that is difficult to acheive, and this beer is too light to my personal taste.

I sniffed the beer after hoping the bottle at around 10 degree C. Smell is predominately of pilsner malt. The colour is a bit on the light side. The head is thick and bubbles were roaring along the side of the glass.

Taste like a pilsner with a bit of wheat it in, enough to develope a slight wheat taste which has that phenolic banana flavour. Hops are not at all prominent, which can be a good or bad thing.

This is the second time I had this beer. Its a bit more expensive than Hacker Pschorr or Paulaner. I felt like I had made the wrong choice today.

03-29-2008 21:49:58 | More by wjimson
Photo of nrbw23


3.33/5  rDev -4.6%

A- A nice golden color with a nice white head.

S- grass, wheat, and a little bit of fruit I can pick up on this one.

T- Bready, a little bit sweet bit of a disappointment here was expecting more from this one.

M- Fairly light in body with a descent amount of carbonation.

D- Easy to drink. Goes down nice and smooth. Not the best but easy to drink and light.

03-25-2008 10:05:44 | More by nrbw23
Photo of Natural510


3.2/5  rDev -8.3%

Served from 16.9 oz bottle, best by date 4/2008.

Pours a bright golden, slightly opaque color. Decent head which quickly dissipates...not much lacing left, either.
Smells of yeast & citrus, quite tangy.
Tastes, again, strongly of yeast with wheat apparent. The trademark banana & clove there also, with some orange notes also. Not sweet, but very tangy & brisk.
Not alot of carbonation, but the yeast leaves a puckering mouthful nonetheless.
Not the best German weissbier I've had; a bit too yeasty, but fairly drinkable still. Otherwise this is fairly unremarkable. I'll stick with Paulaner for the time being.

03-22-2008 21:38:20 | More by Natural510
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