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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
80
good

1,523 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 1,523
Reviews: 726
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 12
Gots: 151 | 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 albern
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Not sure why this one gets pretty mediocre reviews by other BA's and the Bros. it is a very nice Hefeweizen, a tad light, not all that lemony or clove tasting, but a nice beer nevertheless. It pours a fairly clear pale yellow color with a efforvescent head that doesn't retain long, no lacing. The nose is quite subtle, some grassy herbal graininess, but very subtle. A very, very slight lemony citrus lurking in the aroma too.

The taste is quite light, none too complex. The efforvescence, the prickly wheaty mouthfeel, and the slight zesty seltzer feel to the beer is quite nice. There is some lemony citrus, maybe a touch of spicey hop, a touch of clove spice. The beer is simple, with just a touch of sweetness from some grainy malts. This is a refreshing beer for a hot summer day. The aftertaste is barely noticeable. I like the beer although there isn't lots of complexity here.

albern, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of mtstatebeer
2.78/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

0,5 liter bottle. Pours a hazy yellow golden color with an orange hue, good billowy white head that quickly diminishes into a thin halo, fair lacing. Aroma is grain, a slight hint of banana, herbs, yeast, and a touch of citrus. Kind of light on the flavor, yeast, citrus and a little bit of spicy bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is a little watery, fairly carbonated, and a hint of bitterness on the tongue at the finish. Not the best hefe, but drinkable.

mtstatebeer, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A golden yellow body with a big fizzy white head , high carbonation and no lacing left . Aroma is light yeast and sour wheat , lemongrass and really faint banana . Flavor is slightly fruity ,maybe lemon light metallic note, a light hop bitterness , more like a lager than a wheat beer . Drinkable and good but not as flavorful as I would expect from a Hefe . Light body ,with a thin oily mouthfeel .

WakeandBake, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of berley31
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a fairly large, white head that dissipated quickly to a half-finger size. Body is dark yellow and very cloudy.

S: Smell is a little disappointing; some light traces of wheat and lemon there, but that's about it.

T: Also disappointing. I get the light sweetness and wheat at the beginning, along with some citrus, but it disappears very quickly, and really doesn't have much personality. Pretty bland-tasting for a hefeweizen, actually.

M: Pretty good mouthfeel, body is light with oily/creamy-textured. Average carbonation, good amount for the style.

D: Sure, you can drink it easily... barely even notice it going down, really. But I like to taste a hefeweizen more than this, so it's a little disappointing for the style.

berley31, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of laituegonflable
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an apricot-tinged golden colour with mild yellow haze and commanding snowy head, fed by a constant bubbly stream. Head is very retentive, although less can be said of the lacing, which is disappointing in both quality and quantity. Good head, standard elsewhere.

Nose is quite hoppy, with a fresh grass/herbal aroma. Hints of a weizen spice and a lighter, fruitier hint, subtly suggesting banana and mango. Aside from those fruity notes, the hops are dominant and actually quite pilsenery, more floral than spicy or phenolic. Smells refreshing, but doesn't have the powerful bouquet I expected.

Taste is quite sour, with a tart, tomato kind of flavour, basically like underripe fruit, that sort of puckering acidity. A slight woodiness on there as well, hints of pine and eucalyptus, and maybe some mint as well. A dank, peppery spice comes through on the back, but doesn't stick around for the finish which is tart again, with a vinous edge. Mouthfeel is richly textured, crackling and puckering from the first sip. Slightly thin but that's OK as it certainly isn't boring.

Overall, although this has an interesting palate and a fair amount of flavour, I'm slightly disappointed in it as a hefe. Maybe I shouldn't have reviewed this a couple of weeks after the Pikantus, but where I may have expected this to be a lighter, more quaffable version of that, I find instead a sour, less enjoyable beer. Not bad, of course, but less than I expected.

laituegonflable, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of TheQuietMan22
2.98/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured a cloudy, tinted lemonade straw yellow. Three fingers of head rose quickly and slowly dissipated to a thick lacing.

Smell: The aromas are subtle for a hefeweizen. I have to swirl and swirl and swirl the glass to get anything noticeable. No bananas, but there is faint apple cider and very subdued cloves. There's much more of a barnyard lager scent than that potent, heavenly wheat perfume.

Taste: As the smell goes, so does the taste -- at least the taste there is. It's dull and bread-like, though there are faint undertones of apple, strawberry, and bubblegum. But it's mostly grain. The mouthfeel is a wheat, but the taste is like a lager. Is this Erdinger Leicht?

Drinkability: It's not offensive, and it's beer. There you go.

TheQuietMan22, Aug 01, 2009
Photo of weazal
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Nice bright citrus - orange/lemon is strong.

T: Like the aroma, sweet, pleasant, and refreshing. Enjoyable carbonation that carries out the finish. Not very full/rounded flavor, but noticeable. Hard to pick up flavors, some yeast and grain notes.

weazal, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of SingleCell
2.95/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my weizen glass after warming out of the fridge for a few minutes. On the back label it claims to be "the world's most popular wheat beer". When I went to pick it up at my local LCBO there were just a few left so the claim holds some truth I suppose. This bottle has a best before date of March 2010.

A: Poured a medium hazy straw colour with a two inch rocky white head which had poor initial head retention. The head faded to just a thin cap on top of the beer and remained that way.

S: Spicy clove, weak traces of bubblegum, and some apple phenols. A typical hefe only lighter (even after the beer had a significant amount of time to warm).

T: Grainy upfront and behind you find those typical flavours found in a hefe. Light clove, hint of bubblegum but that's about it. It's mainly just grainy like a hefe watered down with a light lager.

M: Slightly heavier than light body with light carbonation (for the style at least). The palate feels clean after like after drinking a fresh glass of apple juice but there's not flavour to go along with the cleansing mouthfeel.

D: With the alcohol being so low I could have a few of these. However, since the taste and mouthfeel aren't really all they can be I'd have to say this one has mediocre drinkability.

I really tried to like this beer. Served it cool and enjoyed it slowly until it warmed. However, nowhere in this process could I get hooked on this particular beer. I wouldn't buy it again but I could see it being a good transition beer for light lager drinkers just getting into hefe's...

SingleCell, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of beertunes
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in 0.5 liter wheat glass. Poured the typical cloudy yellow of Hefe's, with a big, fluffy, white head that didn't have much retention and left good lacing.

The aromas were very muted and soft for the style, with the expected banana and clove most noticeable. The flavor profile was much like the aroma, soft and muted, with nothing standing out.

The body was also typical, full without being heavy, and nicely smooth. Drinkability was great, you could drink these all day, very easily. Not as flavorful as a lot of Hefe's, this one is still worth trying.

beertunes, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of wordemupg
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle july 18 2009

A cloudy golden yellow, did not want to stay in my glass, big fluffy head that dies pretty quick, very little lacing

S some citrus perhaps sweet grains not too much, tiny bit of banana

T not overpowering clove, banana, wheat some citrus not bad but not great

M/D big on bubbles a little thin but on this 30 degree day this is sinking like a ship, very easy to drink

i dig it good summer beer

wordemupg, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of jcpaulun
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a hefe glass.

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow. Enormous fluffy white head jumps out of the glass and stays around for quite a while.

S: Not much here. I get a little lemon and a faint bit of banana. Nothing else I can pick up.

T: Nothing really stands out on this one. Wheaty and a bit of citrus. Unoffensive.

M: Lots and lots of carbonation. Light and crisp.

D: It goes down easy enough. I could probably drind a few of these without much trouble. It is relatively refreshing and could be quenching on a hot day.

Notes: There are much better hefes out there. This one is decent, but forgettable.

jcpaulun, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of MeisterBurger
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer has some serious head. Pours a chalky dark honey color. Looks like a proper hefeweizen. The head lingers nicely to the end at about 1/4" and the beer laces nicely.

The aromas is faint. A hint of wheat or grains. Ummm...yeah. That's all I get.

The taste isn't bad, but is very subdued. I'm picking up a slight bit of creamy banana, some lemon zing, and just a trace of spicy clove, but the hefewiezen flavours are like Waldo in this beer; they're there. But you have to look long and hard to find them.

Mouthfeel is decent, medium with a nice tart finish--this is a seriously carbonated beverage.

Overall it just feels like a dumbed down version of a hefe, which is odd because in my opinion this is one of the more approachable styles even when done well.

Yeah. Of the six hefewiezens available to me, I'd reach for one or two or even five others before this.

MeisterBurger, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of david18
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Odd for a heffeweisen as there is very little to no banana smell. Tasted more like a straight wheat beer or even a thicker pilsner. However, as such it was very good and tasty. My wife had it and she enjoyed it as well. Would recommend this if you see it.

david18, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of Eldalonde
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy orangish color with a full thick head. Flavor is fruity, kind of citrusy, and a touch of grain character involved as well. Not as spicey as many German Wheat Beers, but is decent nonetheless. The mouthfeel is a bit lively and the body is very smooth. Finishes rather dry and grainy.

Eldalonde, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of malcontent
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The low scores have me bracing for the worst.

Absolutely exceptional head with fabulous retention. Hazy, pale straw body abetted by an army of top-flowing bubbles make for a model hefeweizen.

Hardly any scent other than faintest clove and a weirdly high amount of pilsner malt. Yeast definitely gets lost here.

Taste isn't bad at all; much more apparent bubblegum with less spice on the palate. Slightly zingy citrus presence but mostly understated and plenty easy to drink.

Honestly, I can't figure out why this is so underloved. Sure, there are at least a half dozen other German hefes I'd seek out first, but this is more than drinkable and the body is executed deftly. Good beer.

malcontent, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of Vixie
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow color with maybe just a hint of orange. Starts with a thick white head that lasts, reducing down to a bout a 1/2" after a time.

Smell is very bread like, a lot of yeast and malt notes. Can also detect just a hint of banana.

The taste has a lot more banana then the smell would indicate. There's a bit of spicy sweetness as well, also a bit of a citrus taste. There is just a slight bit of hops at the finish.

The feel isn't bad, I think it's helped by a high amount of carbonation. The taste is a bit bold, and lingers a bit after you swallow.

I have limited experience with this style of beer. I first tried it on tap at a local German restaurant, and liked it so well I bought a 6 pack of it. I quite enjoy this one, it's a nice drinking beer that doesn't ask much from you, but is very refreshing, and one I enjoyed quite a bit.

Vixie, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of fullsweep
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

Cloudy, off-white beer with a medium-thick, white head.

Nice smell, faint hints of grapefruit.

Bitter taste dominates over anything else, but there are some complexities to it.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonated, very nice.

fullsweep, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Presents a quite cloudy, dull, muted gold-toned body with a half inch of fizzy, white head. Give me your best shot, Erdinger!

Smell: Notes of clove and yeast lead followed by lesser touches of malted wheat and barley. Well, it's definitely not the most bountiful aroma on the block.

Taste: Mildly tangy-tasting malted wheat along with some simply barley. Lightly sweet. Good pinch of earthy spices with flavors of coriander and clove. Sadly lacking in fruity touches of banana. Bit of lemon. Spicy, floral hops with a medium-low bitterness. Finishes dry, spicy, and somewhat crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but lacks the creaminess of many of it's wheat-based brethren. Medium-high carbonation -- a bit too fizzy for me.

Drinkability: Average, at best. Comes up short in both the flavor department and texture of body, but one thing it isn't lacking in is carbonation. There are many far better hefes to be had out there.

ChainGangGuy, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of armock
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of banana and clove spices

T - Follows the nose banana clove and some yeast flavors

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

D - This was a very easy to drink hefe that i found enjoyable it has a good refreshing taste thats easy to drink worth a try

armock, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of Grunewald
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass. The color is a cloudy pineapple yellow. There is lots of head at the start but it fades rather quickly.

S - lots of citrus notes, lemon and pineapple

T - smooth sweet banana flavor

M - soft and smooth, medium carbonation that diminishes to become rather thin

D - decent, but not very interesting in flavor or mouthfeel.

Grunewald, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of ajmoody76
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

twelve ounce brown bottle into an imperial pint. cloudy straw color. some lacing. looks good.

esters on the nose. banana. no off odors.

get bananas and then a spiciness. mellow aftertaste. follows style of course.

mid body. good carbonation. i like this beer. my father frequently has this in his fridge also.

ajmoody76, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy gold with a loudly fizzing white head. Spotty retention struggles to hold together and eventually evaporates. Wheat beers deserve better.

Smells is juicey with coriander, lemon, and orange juice.

Smooth banana, lemon, and apricot with a peppery aftertaste. Not much of a yeasty presence at all.

My biggest problem with this beer is that it lacks personality. Ho hum.

donkeyrunner, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of DT7
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy orange/brown, similar to most hefeweizen's, and a nice white head

S-Wheat, a very slight hint of licorice

T-Smooth and sweet, a little bit of oatmeal and grains. Some hops but not really ovbvious enless you pick at it, and has somewhat of an licorice finish that lingers in the back of your mouth

M-Not overally carbonated, very smooth and clean

D-Very drinkable especially during the hot summers

DT7, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of DerBayer
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my home brew - yep I was born and raised in Erding so i should maybe show some beer patriotism in reviewing this is nonetheless not quite as good as other representatives of the Hefeweizen family:

A - Looks like a good Wheatbeer should - cloudy golden orange

S - First let down still smells like a wheat beer but somewhat less enticingly so than say a Franziskaner or Weihenstephaner

T - Same as above tastes like a Hefeweizen but slightly sour so...

M - Feels good nice carbonation not too dry

D - All in all still a very drinkable brew

DerBayer, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of Anthony1
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a weissen glass

Poured a cloudy orange/copper. nice white head.

smelled of banana, clove, and wheat, but not to strong

taste the same flavors, but also not as strong as i would hope. medium body that flowed smooth

Not my favorite hefe, but still a solid beer

Anthony1, Jun 22, 2009
Erdinger Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
80 out of 100 based on 1,523 ratings.