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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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1,595 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,595
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 15
Gots: 216 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 01-03-2002

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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

Photo of mcdevster
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

erdinger may fall short of some of the better bottled hefeweizen beers (weinstephaner and paulaner come to mind) but it is a very refreshing brew nonetheless..
appearance is somewhat cloloudy straw color fairly typical medium carbonation.. smell is wheaty but light.. flavor is pleasant but not complex.. very easy to drink - but light on flavor notes- banana and clove are here but very light.

Photo of rarbring
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy golden brew with a firm white head that recedes slowly leaving good lacing.

The smell is wheat dough, with yeast and spices, clove, coriander and orange marmalade

The taste is like a liquid spicy wheat bun with bitter orange marmalade.

A medium carbonation, small intense and mouth-filling bubbles

A very decent wheat beer, nice in the summer sun.

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

Appearance - Pours a dark straw yellow, with a white head that holds to the side of glass and remianed halfway through the glass. Medium bubbles in the foam. Moderately cloudy, but crisp looking. Bubbles continue to rise from bottom throughout the drink.

Smell - Faint sweetness, with a flowery aroma. Slightly yeasty.

Taste - Faint banana and sweetness, but no spiciness.

Mouthfeel - Prickily carbonation on the tougne, with a somewhat hoppy finish and after taste.

Drinkability - A decent Hefe, but not my favorite. If you like rich banana, clove character Hefe, this isn't it.

Photo of scottyb88
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a traditional medium dark yellow, cloudy, three finger fluffy head that slowly fades to a 1/2 inch creamy foam; doesn't appear to be too much lacing

S-some banana, a little clove spiciness, yeasty bread aromas; not overly strong, but present; wheat is definitely there

T-banana, not much clove; wheat and yeast flavors are present; more of a wheat ale than a snappy hefeweizen type beer; not a whole lot of spice, but plenty of earthy wheat flavors are there

M-fairly creamy with medium carbonation; there is actually a hint of alcohol esters at the end of the sip; semi-dry with a yeasty bread like coating

D-it's a decent version of the style, but far from my favorite; for me it loses out with the lack of traditional flavors of clove and banana, but the wheat/yeast flavors are definitely still there; it's still not a terrible beer regardless of not being a stellar example of the style and not being overly complex

Photo of Sirzuke
4.68/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This WAS my favorite beer until I had some FRANZISKANNER HEFE! I've been buying all the hefes I can get my hands on at the local Total Beverage store. I've tried the Weihenstephaner, Hoegaarden, Fransizkaner....but the Erdinger is my second favorite. This drinks very well for me. I'm not much of a beer drinker at all but after having this I really can appreciate the smoothness of this and how it actually quenches thirst with no aftertaste! I don't like strong beers so this Erdinger is the second best...A- for me.

Photo of Ralphus
3.01/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Erdinger weissbier is really about a safe, mild mannered hefeweizen as I've ever had.

It pours a cloudy golden colour with a large poofy white head. It looks good. Small points lost on color and retention.

The smell is really subdued. Slightly sweet banana is all that's present. When having your first sip the first thing you might notice about the taste is how light it is. There is some sweetness but it's light and replaced by what I would describe as overly aggressive pinpoint carbonation. The aftertaste is strange wash of dullness. I guess it could be best described palate cleansing?

Mouthfeel is not that great due to the carbonation. The light taste might be good for some but I would think for most people here it would be a bit lacking.

Photo of trevorjn06
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Hefeweizen glass.
This German hefe-weizen pours a lovely golden color with a large, puffy white head.
The aroma is a bit more mild than some of the other hefe-weizens I have had, but it has the usual bready wheat and grain smells long with some yeast and mild fruity aromas. The banana and clove smells usually associated with German wheat beers are present, but not nearly as up front as usual.
Taste is a bit thin, not too bready, but grainy and a bit of light malt flavor. The finish is a bit thin as well, there is a bit of wheat and a mild, tart fruitiness to it.
Overall this beer has nice flavors but not the usual hefe-weizen aromas and it is overall a bit watered down tasting.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Boulevard Haus in Dayton. Served in an official Sohn 500mL Erdinger glass.

Appearance: Straw yellow - very hazy, with a white foam that went from the 500mL line to the top of the glass. The foam lasted a bit as did the lacing, but by the last 1/3 of the glass, it was all gone.

Smell: Wheat, raw grains, a bit musty. Not very strong though.

Taste: Refreshing with a strong grain flavor. As it warmed up I got hints of banana, but towards the end of the glass, it was more apple and juice like in taste and character. Nothing special as far as Weissbiers go.

Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation and very smooth. Has decent thickness to it, but still goes down smooth.

Drinkability: Went quite well with a meal and I wish I had another 250mL to further savor. Having another full glass though would have been too much.

Photo of mmahut
3.17/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light weize colour with smaller head.

Smell: Malt with citrus tone, alcohol. Hidden fruits.

Taste: Too weak for a weize in my opinion. Wheat, bananas, alcohol.

Mounthfeel: Strong on carbonation, very light body.

Drinkability: Nice summer weize, could drink few of them easily.

Photo of EkimGram
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pint bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Cloudy amber colour, a little murky with visible carbonation. Poured a thick foamy head that dissipated rather quickly.

Smell: Sweet, light, a little bit of banana and wheat.

Taste: Bitter, cloves, wheat.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, light, crisp, has a little bit of bite to it.

Drinkability: This beer is rather refreshing. It is light and easy, not too alcoholic. I wouldn't go out of my way to find this beer but it is not at all bad.

Photo of xylophonica
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 50cl Weihenstephan glass from a 50cl bottle.

A - Light amber colour, decent head. Good, but nothing special.

S - Immediate wheat presence. Some sweet fruits and herbs as well.

T - Little bit watery to be honest, not as solid a body of flavour as I'd expected. Little bit bitter, a hint of fruit; maybe some apple and grape. Hint of herbs but not enough. Nothing to write home about..

M - Quite bitter. Aftertaste doesn't help.

D - Somewhat bland. Relatively easy to drink (largely due to the aroma) if the opportunity arose but I doubt this would be the best option.

Drank this ages ago and had very fond memories. Must confess now that I'm not overly impressed with this beer. Taste above all else is not as strong as I would've liked. Not a bad beer but there are better wheat-beers out there. In light of this revelation I will endeavour to review some Weihenstephan and Schofferhoffer in the near future.. stay tuned!!

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

50 cl long-necked brown bottle with a beige, neat and clean label.

A: The pour is hazy orange/golden. White, a bit uneven, really large head. Slow dissipation leaves nice lacings.

S: Wheat - ripe sweet bananas. Citric. Some malt, barley gives it bready tone.

T: Wheat and malt. Ripe bananas and bready - almost like rye-bread. Some citric sezt.

M: Smooth light bodied liquid with rich carbonation, a bit rough though. Aftertaste is medium long and holds both sweet and bitter.

D: Wheatbeer is so very refreshing. This is a pretty nice one, but not the best from Bavaria.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.26/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice Hefe. Pours a semi hazy yellow with a fluffy golden head. Beautiful.
S - Mostly citrus and wheat with a slight bread backbone.
T - Like the smell, some lemon and fruit with a touch of bread and a nice smooth wheat finish.
M - Not bitter and refreshing. Great summer beer!
D - Well I would totally try more offerings by the company but I really wouldn't pick up the sixer for around 12 bucks. Nice to try though!

Photo of scott451
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into its own Hefe Weizen glass. Two finger foamy head, soon diminishing to a ring. Weak lacing. Opalescent lemony apricot colour. Very good looking.
S - Very low key citrus smell. Everything else much further back.
T - Lemon. Other flavours further back. Nice balance between the hops and yeast.
M - A bit thin.
D - High as with most wheats. No flaws hold it back. Order another.

Photo of RuudJH
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 0.5 l. Erdinger Weissbier. I never paid much attention to German wheats, but recently I tried some that were very good.
This Erdinger is a bit modest, but it's a pleasant brew nevertheless. Classic wheatbeer notes, with banana and white chocolate notes. There is yeast and malt/wheat and citrus, but it's all a bit faint.
However, in the mouth it's very refreshing. On a warm day, I wouldn't mind this one cold: I'd be perfectly happy with it.

Photo of soju6
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer in a local pub in Weisbaden.

Most of the beer was poured in to a proper logo glass. The last bit was swished around the bottle before being poured directly into the glass with gusto to create a head. The head slowly disappears but with some traces around the edge due to the carbonation. The color was a hazy gold and the smell was primarily grainy. The taste was crisp with a bitter edge. The feel was light with much carbonation and the finish seems a bit rough not really refreshing as I hoped. Still a good beer and change from all the pilsners.

Photo of strangemusic
2.71/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one poured hazy gold with transparent edges and a fluffy, tall head that was not very dense and a bit on the floppy side.

The smell was very muted, with oranges, clove and a little bit of spice, but dominated by a sort of grainy aroma and lots of yeast. Unimpressive.

Taste was clove, spice and orange as well, has the fundamentals of a wheat beer but lacking in any definition and punch. Yeasty here too. Sweet, kind of like Orangina, a little bit bitter, not very refreshing, not very good, but tolerable.

The MF was nicely creamy and held good carbonation but felt too wishy-washy and grainy to be really enjoyable, especially after a few sips. A bit of dryness at the end of the sip. Drinkability, as should be expected in a wheat beer, was not bad, but the grainy afterfeel definitely kept me from wanting another.

Erdinger Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
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