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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
80
good

1,562 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 1,562
Reviews: 736
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 15
Gots: 193 | 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 drabmuh
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an Erdinger wheat beer glass (0.5 L), part of my glassware project. Beer is yellow to orange and hazy (served with the yeast). Forms a thick white head of medium and large bubbles that falls away leaving lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to high and made up of medium bubbles that rise through the beer quickly.

Aroma is on the light side, some banana, not a lot, smells wet, that's a disappointment.

Nice, medium body, not dry, has a wheaty aftertaste. Some sweetness up front, not a lot. Kind of watery tasting. The more I drink the less I'm enjoying. It gets sweeter and the wheat aftertaste is getting less and less. Drinkability is high, mouthfeel is fine. There are better hefeweizens out there.

Photo of ludachris
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Since I've gained a bit more experience and have nothing else in my fridge to drink, I've decided to re-rate this beer, which ultimately resulted in a significantly lower mark.

Pours a slightly hazy pale golden hue with two fingers of creamy white head that displays decent retention at best (considering the style) and leaves minimal lacing.

The nose is akin more to a lager than a hefe with that "beery" smell of grassy hops and bready malts in the foreground leaving the good stuff like the yeast, a bit of pepper, and hints of bubblegum way in the back with the trademark notes of banana and clove being oddly absent.

The bready and yeasty aspects of this beer seem to be the main focus of this beer, with a bit of pepper, grass, and bubblegum sprinkled in.

The mouthfeel seems to adhere a bit more to the style being fleshy, creamy, and smooth. Fairly refreshing and easily drinkable.

I'd place this as a starter for the style rather than a staple of it. Simple and straight forward, but lacking many of the things that make you think of a hefe. I'd pay the 20 cents more to pick up the Hacker-Pschorr or Weihenstaphener any day over this.

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.9/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy orange/pale amber with fading white head.
Nose shows faint bready wheat with hints of lemon. No cloves or banana. Almost boring.
Similar flavours (weak) though the wheat makes more of an impact.
Too much carbonation.
Not much going on here.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

.3l poured into a weiss glass.

Pours a very cloudy golden color with basically no head at all. Nose s super wheaty, fruity and yeasty.

Taste is smooth and wheaty. Some light banana and fruit notes. Sued creamy mouthfeel with a really dry finish. One of the better wheat beers I've had in a while.

Photo of biboergosum
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
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?

Photo of jeranbrews
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Fluffy white head that fell very very quickly. Cloudy lemonade color. Lots of fiz but no lacing.

S - Sour, acidic, lemon starburst. After the beer warmed a bit I got a strong fruit punch smell.

T - Sweet, bready, but very simple. Way too simple to be a great beer. Some fruit flavors shine and very little hop flavor at all.

M - Fizzy, smooth, even creamy at moments but too light bodied for me.

D - Easy to drink. Goes down easier than sprite with many of the same tastes. A supreme top quality beer for the wine cooler / Zima crowd.

Photo of Daniellobo
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Decent, if a bit flat, hefeweizen

Presentation: 500 ml. bottle. classic label design around the brand text and seal. Back notes briefly the characteristics of the brew, and brags about being number 1. Shows best before date (04 2010). Notes brewing according to the reinheistgebot, and Alc. by Vol. (5.3%) Poured into a tall weisse glass.

A - Straw to pale gold hazy pour, with an early assertive head, that does not show much retention, and minimal lacing. In fact halfway through the brew lacks any crown and hints to a flat character.

S - Wheat and soft yeasty smell, with a citrusy note.

T - Light spicy wheat taste with a soft range of spices, and a shy malty sweetness.

M - Light body with good carbonation early on that halfway through fades quite a bit giving it a flat feeling.

D - Good drinkability, lacks much to make it memorable but it goes down pleasantly well.

Notes: Quite a bit short of excellence, but it makes for a nice session beer, in particular moving around central Europe where it is not an uncommon and decent offering in plenty of places.

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

Appearance: Poured a cloudy, light honey color, with a three finger bubbly/foamy head (slightly aggressive pour). Had to wait to pour the last bit. Some yeast at the bottom of the bottom, but not much. A relatively fine clouding, as you can’t make out the individual micro suspensions. Very good head retention, with a pillowy characteristic. Some lacing, but not much.

Smell: Smells of sweet wheat malts and apple juice on the first sniff. Subdued spices that only form one cohesive smell, not individual smells, and a moderate sweetness.

Taste: Light wheat malt flavors, with moderate sweetness. Mild banana/bubblegum flavors, but not much. Overall, very subdued

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, with a very mild body. Incredibly smooth.

Drinkability: Not the best or most flavor Hefe, but very pleasing nonetheless, while being incredibly easy to drink. I almost finished the whole glass before I even got this far.

Buy Again? Possibly. There are better Hefe’s, but this one could be a good bet.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - It pours a cloudy orangish yellow with a head that looks like meringue, but small-ish for the style.

S - Has little smell for a hefeweizen, basically like a pale lager plus wheat; absent are the banana, apple, orange, clove or straw.

T - The flavor is lager-y with mellow orange and banana and bitter almond on the finish. Understated flavor, to put it optimistically.

M - It is light enough and not too foamy.

D - Decent, poundable for the style.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A decent German Hefe-Weisse, or Weissbier, but lacks something that I can't think of at the moment. An explosion of flavors, especially if served around 50-60 degrees. Nothing great, but a good beer to have especially to appeal to German drinkers, or wheat beer drinkers. Good Head, nice lacing.

Photo of BMoney575
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on 1-2-10
Best before July 2010

Pours a cloudy pale gold color, with lots of fizzy bubbles forming an ever-lasting thin white head.

Smell is a little beery, subtle aromas of sweet malt and banana, and a hint of fruity hops.

Taste is a lot like the smell, but with an almost sour edge that I can't quite place. A little bland, but unoffensive with a slightly bready aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is just right for the style, a nice thickness but with higher carbonation to keep it light.

Drinkability is good, light flavors and session abv.

Overall, a decent beer, but nowhere near the best hefe I've had.

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

12 oz, into a pint

A - Pours a light golden color, almost straw. Strong head formation, bright white, a couple of mm in height. Well retained, light lacing. A bit hazy.

S - A light wheat note, some husky notes present. Just a small amount of clove is present. Not much of a hefe on the nose.

T - Starts off with a light sweetness, some wheat astringency and yeast breadiness comes through. A bit dry. Mid-stream is a bit more bitter, more dry yeast breadiness. A hair of clove. Finishes with the most spicy note of it, with a hair of clove and coriander coming through.

M - A strong carbonation bite. Body of the beer itself is a bit light. Very dry.

D - Very easy drinking. The dryness is a downside. A hair filling with the carbonation. ABV is highly manageable.

Photo of Mora2000
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours golden straw color with a large white head. The aroma is wheat, yeast and a little citrus. The flavor is not really what I expected as I am not really getting much banana and clove. I am getting citrus fruit as well as wheat and yeast. Light to medium mouthfeel and highly carbonated. Slightly disappointing overall.

Photo of LittleCreature
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4.0
Pours the classic hefeweizen appearance of four fingers of creamy white head over a cloudy, deep straw coloured body. A little lighter and more translucent than most.

Smell - 3.0
An odd, sharpish aroma that has only a suggestion of the banana and clove whiffs typical of the hefeweizen style. Savoury grain and husk dominate, with just a little fruit.

Taste - 3.0
Very refreshing with a dry crispness that seems out of place. Tastes of grain and husk, dusty yeast, subtle fruit, a little citric tartness and spice, becoming quite sweet in the finish. Not unpleasant, but not particularly a particularly good example of the style.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Fine and lively carbonation, medium bodied.

Drinkability - 3.5
A decent summer drink, but I wouldn't drink it again, particularly not at the same price as Weihenstephaner (actually it is usually more expensive).

OVERALL - 3.35
This German wheat beer is widely available on-tap in the UK - where I often drank it in preference to bland lagers when real ale was not available. When Carlsberg and English brewed Stella (shudder) are the alternatives, Erdinger seems pretty good. But when compared to its German peers, it becomes clear that it is a very average wheat beer.

Photo of roddwolff
3.7/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Took on a very hot day of june 2009.

A: Cloudy golden color, similar to the honey, the foamy head have a finger thick with little consistency, and no sediments in the bottle;

S: Banana with the pruritus characteristic of wheat;

T: Essences of orange peel and banana with wheat at the end;

M: Dry and bittersweet, very thickest;

D: Good but i prefer erdinger pikantus.

Photo of crnipeter
1.9/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I remember this beer as one of the most characterless hefeweizens out there. It's not a review-worthy but from some morbid masochism I spent another $ 2,50 on this crap only to rate it.

500 ml (BBE 06/2010) into Kapuziner glass swirling the bottle several times before final pour to rise the yeast.
Hazy pale yellow with orange highlights and streams of bubbles raising upwards till they join the rich white head with good retention.
Light aroma of wheat perceived as white bread and some hops atop of that.
Wheat bread flavor with touch of sourness which is not citrus alike but rather that of a slightly acidic bread. At this point the party ends - nothing else in here. A simplistic brew (which is not necessarily a deffectivness) with poor aroma/flavor profile lacking any fruity esters of banana and further crippled by absence of vanilla, bubblegum, citrusy tartness or even clove that all can embellish good hefeweizen.
Light-medium body with reach yet discrete carbonation not irritating the palate, dull and watery. It has decent drinkability but so does water. To be honest, this is not a bad brew but it's not good either.It's just...nothing. Erdinger possesses a very anemic character like some opinionless people whose major goal in life is to bear no grudge against someone. A brew to be forgotten in 30 seconds.

Photo of silasdc
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Should start with direct from Europe via a friend, not imported:

A) Vibrant orange and yellow mix. Good but not super thick head that retains alright. On the cloudy side. Very exciting in its proper glass

B) M- Sweet with a roast/caramel smell H - almost citrusy

Mouthfeel) certainly thick with an almost course, chewy texture (for a Hefe)

D) very drinkable, could have many

Overally it's a good Hefe. Better than the imported one, but not by much. There are better Weissbiers out there for the price.

Photo of thekanna
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice, radiant, opaque gold with a fantastic white head.

S: Honey and banana, capped off with floral aromas.

T: Subtle wheat malt flavor, with some light citrus and banana. There was also the faint taste of grassiness and a slightly bitter hop finish.

M: Crisp, with a slightly watery body. Finishes dry and clean.

D: Not a bad brew; sipping it conjures memories of relaxing in Beer Halls in Erding on my last trip to Munich. A solid German Weissbier.

Photo of DIM
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a: Poured into my new Erdinger Weissbier glass, thanks joepais! This was a murky straw color. It poured with a short lived, fluffy white cap.

s: Mild notes of banana and moderate spice. Kind of weak on both counts.

t: Pretty mild here too. The banana notes are soft and muted while the spicy bite at the end isn't very sharp. Okay overall.

m: Doesn't feel as chewy as I would expect from a German hefe.

d: Easy drinking, that's for sure. Plenty of better imported and domestic hefes.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Pilsner Glass :

A : Dark hazy yellow body, almost muddy with a foamy, off white head that quickly settles into a thin bangle width crown within no time

S : High on citrus, grass with a little tropical fruit note (banana, pineapple). The citrus nose dominates here

T : The citrus and fruits dominate here yet again, but what was disappointing was the absence of the usual hot spiciness (clove like) flavour that you usually associtae with a hefeweizen. A little tart to finish with

M : Medium to heavy bodied, a little syrupy and leaves the palate moist because of the tartness. Above average tingle because of the fizz

D : There are better hefeweizens, though there is nothing offensive about it.

Photo of Long813
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

G: Erdinger Weizen Glass

A: Green cloudy bosy with a thick 2 inch head that had good retention. Leaves thick lacing.

S: Sweet malts, banana and other citrus fruits, hops & yeast

T: Faint malts, stronger banada and yeast/wheat taste. Flavours could be stronger

M: Medium-light body, medium carbonation. Dry malty/fruit finish

D: Good beer, nothing to special about it though.

Photo of CRichardsMN
2.8/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance:
Poured out a dingy, hazy straw yellow with a ridiculously big head of large white bubbles. Leaves absolutely no lacing as the head falls to about a quarter inch thick.

Smell:
Nice nose of sweet malts, grass, tart fruit and yeast.

Taste:
Very sweet malts, grassy hints and a slightly tangy, not bitter, finish.

Mouthfeel:
Very crisp carbonation and a medium body. Goes down cleanly without coating.

Drinkability:
Not a typical fan of weissbiers but this is actually pretty good. Usually too yeasty, this is a decent flavorful beer that I could repeat.

Comment:
Pleasantly surprised by this one, I'll have to venture out to this style to see if it really is a fluke.

Photo of BillyBoysPie
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle into a glass (self-poured) at an outdoor party in Weimar, Germany.

Typical hefe - hazy stray/golden color. Full head, lacing. Nothing standout, but quality.

Mostly banana. A bit of yeast, but not very much. There should be more spice, because there isn't any to me.

Not much to mention here. It's yeasty and banana. Average.

Refreshing, but a little watery.

It's fine if it's the only hefe choice and you want one. But, if you're on a quest for interesting ones, skip this one.

Photo of AgentZero
2.23/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Straw-colored beer that poured with a ridiculously huge head that overflowed (yeah, blame the pourer here) onto my counter. Bubbles were too large, far and a way an over carbonation head on this one.

S - Really not a whole lot here, some citrus, a bit of wheat, very weak smelling, a little mediciny or chemically. Not particularly pleasant.

T - Tastes about how it smells, With hefe's I'm wanting more wheat or more yeast and this fails miserably on both fronts. Simple, lacking, and not good.

M - High carbonation, light bodied and slippery. Needs more depth.

D - Easy to drink becaues it's so light, but just not a very good beer.

Photo of PoisonedMushroom
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I got this 500 ml bottle together with Erdinger's Dunkel and a their branded Weizbier glass. So let's see...

A: I poured this into Erdinger's very own glass. A cloudy, pleasing straw yellow colour greeted me, with a very generous head that went over the glass but did not spill. The head stuck around for a fair amount of time, and eventually subsided to a nice, even film, leaving some lacing in its wake. This beer was, surely, a looker.

S: Ah, but disappointment came quickly. Aside from the citrus and a bit of wheat, there was not much there. As the beer warmed, a fruity note made its presence known, although it was by no means dominant. To give the brew credit, I thought the smells that were there to be mostly well defined.

T: Lots of wheat greeted me as I tasted this beer. Some of the citrus also came along for the ride, but was not as prominent as it was in the nose. That was it, really.

M: This was a light-bodied beer, with a fairly smooth mouthfeel. However, the high amount of carbonation was, for me, frankly overkill. There was just too much fizz in there that was not complimenting the beer very well.

D: Not bad, surely, but the overly harsh carbonation would grow tiresome to me.

Overall, at a cost of $3 at the liquor store, there is very little likelihood I will pick this up again, as there are just far better beers in this style out there. Still, it was worth buying the pack, just for the glass, which is very nice indeed.

Erdinger Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
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