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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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1,447 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,447
Reviews: 721
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 10
Gots: 112 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 01-03-2002)
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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%

On-tap 2/24/07 at British Beer Company, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, lemon, spice, some hops and light malts.

T: A bready wheat flavor along with some lemon start out first. Some spice and hops follow. The malt character is thin and the sweetness is faint. The taste is a little dull overall.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, dry and clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not very filling, I could go with this beer for a while but there are many that are much better within the style.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of alexskovan
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%

Poured very pale cloudy yellow with a gigantic egg-white head. Very little aroma, some fruity sweetness and coriander. Taste is underwhelming, thin, orange and coriander, not a lot going on. It's called a "bottle-fermented Hefe", but I see no sediment whatsoever in the bottle.

Boring. Not really bad. Not really good. Boring.

alexskovan, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of jwc215
2.7/5  rDev -22.6%

best bore end of this month - poured into weizen glass.

Pours hazy (more than cloudy) straw yellow with a towering head that descends to a lasting, thin cover. Virtually no lacing sticks to glass.

There is a slight chemical/grassy aroma - not "skunk" though. There is a touch of tropical fruitiness underneath - restrained - I'll take that to be banana, is it is close enough. Maybe some clove, but I think it's more from expectation than actually there.

It is almost flavorless. There is some malty, grainy sweetness. Only the vaguest hint of banana. Very little, if any clove. A weak yeast strain hardly keeps things together and the malt seems out of whack with the rest of it. There is an oily slickness about it. It actually doesn't taste bad, though there is a subtle chemicalish veggie thing going on. Finishes rather sweet with only a hint of dryness, and rather bland.

It has a slick, almost medium body. Slightly overcarbonated, it's not as smooth as the style really should be.

A refresher on a hot day maybe? Maybe, but so are so many others. There are so many wonderful examples of this style that this one is not worth it. Shame that a Bavarian brewery so missed the mark on this one, IMO.

jwc215, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of browner
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%

A fine Hefeweizen Brew. Very nice hazy yellow color and off white half inch + / - head that doesn't disappear . Classic yeasty-bready aroma, banana, clove, and slight citrus flavor. Great finish with tones of sweetness and yeast , a truly fine beer. I would consider the Hefeweizen for it's drinkability with a little swager. Erdinger should make no apologies for tradition here.

browner, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of billybob
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%

pours a light slightly cloudy straw yellow with white three finger head that holds for a short time with minimal lacing. smell was swampy or like wet rags. taste was herbs, spice, slight clove. mouthfeel was light, crisp, good carbonation, nice bite to it. easy session beer. taste much better than it smells.

billybob, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%

A - Poured out a cloudy, gold color with a white, foamy two-finger head. Leaves a little lacing.

S - It smelled of wheat, yeast and clove.

T - It tasted of wheat and clove. It also had a warm spiciness.

M - This has a very sharp bite on the tongue. A light-bodied brew.

D - The bottle claims it is the "World's #1 Hefe-Weizen" and it's hard not to disagree. It's a great tasting beer.

zeff80, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%

Pours golden straw with a muddied clarity from the yeast pour. Rocky head fills the glass, then slowly settles and shows decent retention but poor lacing. Pilsener malt and soft wheat in the nose, with mild clove and pear aromatics. Sweet wheat and sharp pilsener flavors upfront, followed by spicy clove and faint fruity ester. Dry aftertaste with balanced bitterness and very subtle noble hop flavor. Light bodied with a signifgant creamy wheat texture and made crisp again by high carbonation. Finishes dry with a bit of clove and slight residual sweetness,but fairly clean. An authentic Hefeweizen, but in no way outstanding.

PBRstreetgang, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of MMansfield
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%

Picked up a single at the NSLC.

Appearance: Pours a flawless light golden straw colour with a large fizzy bone white head. Very hazy, head settles slowly to a nice lacing.

Aroma: Smell is light and citrusy. Notes of bready malt and pinch of cloves and other spices.

Taste: Nice and light. Wheat and solid malts, a bit of spices and bannana in the finish. Very nice flavour

Mouthfeel: Very nicely bodied, sharp carbonation, a definite thirst quencher.

Final Statement: I've been meaning to get into Hefe Weizen's for a while now, so figured I'd start with this. My only other experience with this style comes from the Rogue Roost's (local brew pup), and Sam Adam's. I rather liked this, and will continue to explore. I recommend this, It's definately sure to please on some level.

MMansfield, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of rousee
4.43/5  rDev +26.9%

Murky gold color with a small head of tiny bubbled foam---a thin lacing remains on the sides of the glass.

Very subtle blend of wheat, yeast and malt is apparent on the nose.

Taste is a thick rich lush fresh bread character and biscuit like with a slight citrus fruitines on the finish. Much less banana flavor than many hese-weizens exhibit but it is still lingering just a little --just enough to know this is a hefe.

Very nice quenching mouthfeel. About as drinkable as you get for the style. This is right up there amongst the best hefes I've had.

rousee, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of TerryW
2.8/5  rDev -19.8%

Pretty plain Jane. Looks good, nice hazy soft peach colour, good head with some retention and lace. After that its mild and unremarkable without a lot of the distinctiveness you'd normally expect out of a weissbier. Weak grains, weak citrus, weak spice. Not a ton of flavour, watery mouthfeel.

Easy enough going down, but at the end of the day, just not all that inspired.

TerryW, Jan 27, 2007
Photo of mpyle
2.53/5  rDev -27.5%

Palish gold color, appropriately cloudy for the style. Small white head with fairly poor head retention.

Aroma seemed off. Caught a whiff of what seemed to be a plastic-like phenolic compound early, and some fruity sweetness later. Not the ideal phenol/ester character for the style.

Banana ester sweetness, offset by hop bitterness. Clove phenols a bit lacking. Wheat character lacking. Finishes very dry - carbonation caused or possibly a bit of oxidation.

High carbonation and low to medium body. Dry finish was a bit harsh.

Overall lacking in flavor, and perhaps a bit beyond peak. Aside from high carbonation, really lacked the ideal qualities of a Hefe-Weizen.

mpyle, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%

The wind is cold outside, but the sun is out and beating down a little heat.

Poured into a weizen glass. Nice initial head, some stays for a while. Smell is citrusy and a little bready.

Taste is wheaty and yeasty with a little dryness. It has a nice citrusy flavor to it as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. It is fairly easy to drink.

jasonjlewis, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of Shadman
3.28/5  rDev -6%

Poured into a 16ox beer glass. Foamy off-white head that disappated quite quickly. Cloudy yellow with slight orange tinged coloring.

Smell: reminded me of bin full of grain in the winter time. Some hints of spiciness.

Taste: I found it to be bland at first with subtle wheat and spice(cloves?) undertones on the back end

Felt somewhat thicker than an average bar brew with a crisper finish that i was expecting.

Certainly not as sweet and spicy as the other wiess beer I have tried. This oneseems smoother but more filling. I'd try another.

Shadman, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%

I poured the beer from the bottle, german-style, into a weizen glass. The appearance of the beer is different than most hefe-weizens that I have had. This beer appears to be darker…somewhere between a typical hefe-weizen and a dunkle. The aroma is of darker citrus and metal, like a cyborg blood orange. The taste is similar, a little metallic, but not bad, and just a hint of citrus. This hefe-weizen is really enjoyable, very crisp and smooth. The carbonation is not overly done like most wheat brews.

For this being the “world’s #1 wheat beer” (notice the quotation marks), I would see why; it is smooth, refreshing, and delightful.

It's not bad but nothing close to great.

paulthebeerguru, Jan 11, 2007
Photo of umustdrink
2.4/5  rDev -31.2%

A - Pours a big head but dissipates fast to nothing. Evident lace. Cloudy orange color.

S - Faint earthy wheat smell

T - Faint taste as well, slightly fruity, similar hefeweizen tastes but very toned down. One of the blandest tasting Hefe's I've ever had.

M - Starts out relatively crisp but as carbonation fades, the mouthfeel becomes flatter

D - There are much, much better hefeweizens out there.

umustdrink, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.85/5  rDev -18.3%

Poured in one go, into a Franziskaner Weissbier glass, it looks fine, a very pale golden yellow. 50cl bottle, best before June 2007, drank on 16th Dec 2006.

The normal bubbles raising through the body to replenish the foaming white head at the top. The aroma is of vanilla and bannanas, as you would expect, but not as pronounced as some Wiessbiers.

The taste is also lacking compared with other like beers, both in complexity and depth. On a summers day this would be just right, however, this is Great Britain in mid December and its lightness doesn't work right now.

I have drank many Weissbiers over the years, in all weathers, this is a lightweight in all aspects. there is very little mouthfeel and aftertaste.

Not the best Hefe Weizen by a long way!

BlackHaddock, Dec 16, 2006
Photo of grub
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%

pours a hazy yellow with a fluffy white head. head drops slowly and leaves a little lace behind.

aroma is nice. light bready malt. clove. slightly sweet.

taste is nice. light bready malt. mild clove. not much else to say. it's fairly plain and lacks some of the character i expect from a weizen.

mouthfeel is good. decent body and good carbonation level.

drinkability is good. balanced and interesting, just seems to miss the mark for a hefeweizen.

grub, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of seanyfo
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%

A- Poured into my tucher weizen glass in traditional weissbier fashion. Produces a slightly dull copper amber gold, not as dark as schneider but not very light either.4 Finger solid standard ice creamy looking weissbier head. Looks good. Lots of brussels lacing. Head retention is good throughout

S- some faint hints of vanilla, fresh banana, perhaps wet dough, not really like fresh bread which is apparent in some hefes. Cant say i get cloves either

T- Taste is a little creamy for me, fresh banana is apparent, but still no cloves in either taste or smell as i swirl the beer to release aroma. A little sticky/greasy on the finish, but not watery which is a good thing.Overall a bit bland

M- Refreshing sublte yet lively carbonation, doesnt sting the tongue.

D- Fine but there are much better hefe's out there with more character and also more refreshing. The greasy sticky finish let it down taking away from any refreshing qualities

seanyfo, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%

Tap At Pourhouse 50, a five ounce sample. Light whitish colour with good creamy head, medium mouthfeel and creamy, lacey in the glass. Some smell of wheat, also boozy. Easy drinking . Not all that much taste, but it is a thirst quencher on a dry night.

Sammy, Nov 15, 2006
Photo of Budlum
2.65/5  rDev -24.1%

This beer pours with loads of creamy, white head that sticks around for most of the bottle. A careful, hefe-pour is definitely required. The body is a pale, straw yellow with a lot of orange yeast haze.

The nose is fresh and light but not very powerful. Fresh apples and pears provide some fruit smells along with very light vanilla. This is not the typical, aromatic hefe.

Initial flavors present a brief, peppery spice before a rush of apple and wheat malt flavors. Oddly, the yeast isn't very powerful and this tastes alot like apple juice with hints of raspberries. The finish offers some oak flavors along with more apple tastes.

Mouthfeel is only lightly carbonated and spiced with a watery texture.

Drinkability is pretty good but I doubt that I will try to track this down again. Other, more available samples offer a much better experience.

Budlum, Nov 12, 2006
Photo of FenwaySquid
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Presentation: 17 oz bottle, BBD of 07-2007 found on the back label. The back lavel also said the beer was bottle fermented, non-pasteurized, and is the world's #1 selling Hefe-Weisen. I poured it into a hefeweisen glass, swirling it when the bottle was about 2/3 empty.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale yellow color. the head formed thick, taking up most of the top, then faded quickly into some lacing.

Aroma: Mainly bananas and bubble-gum.

Taste: Fairly light citrus flavors, some bready malt flavors as well. The wheat comes out nicely in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, light carbonation.

Overall: Nothing special but then again not bad either. This is a pretty good beer for a hot summer day. If you like wheat beers it's worth a shot. Even if you don't try this one as it's not as strong as others.

FenwaySquid, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of GooberMcNutly
3.9/5  rDev +11.7%

My new summertime favorite. Pours thick and shockingly white into a 1/2 liter hefe glass with a good head. Aroma hits you before the pour is even done. Aspects of hot biscuits, pizza dough and cloves. Little of the typical banana aroma. Taste was complex and mouthfeel was clean and lemony.

GooberMcNutly, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of diamondc
2.4/5  rDev -31.2%

After being spoiled by Paulaner Hefe-Weizen, I decided to take a chance on some other hefe-weizens on the supermarket shelf. This bottle was good until May of 2007.

The pour and appearance was really nice, lots of foam and carbonation. I was already jazzed up on that oh so familiar slightly faint smell of bananas and cloves.

On taste, I tasted a hint of banana and then.... rice. Ugh.. I dont want to go back to tasting Budweiser, but thats what I was reminded of. I did manage to chug down the rest of the beer ( I was really thirsty..), but overall I was just disappointed and I can now safely go back to Paulaner's for a refreshing hefe-weizen.

diamondc, Oct 24, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%

16.9 oz. bottle served at just over fridge temperature in the brewery's classic, sexy weissbier glass. Best before end: 01-2007, we're in good shape here folks.

Appearance- Pours a brilliant hazy gold with a nice, three-finger head reminiscent of creme brulee. Fantastic, lively carbonation sends streams of tiny bubbles straight to the surface, replenishing an already generous creamy head.

Smell- Lighter than some other well-known examples, faint wisps of bubblegum, smoke, and clove with a touch of banana float into the nose. Crisp aroma, quite fleeting overall.

Taste- A phenolic bite grips the tip of the tongue right away, leading from metallic notes into a hoppier taste with the clove and banana in the background. Certainly not as satisfying or delicious as most others that are more readily available in most stores. A mild, understated hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Although slick in the mouth and rolling as a wheat beer should be, the aggressive "bite" that this offers is a detriment. With food, this would restart the tongue's tastebuds well, so that is a plus. Overall, an okay authentic German hefeweizen that doesn't dazzle.

yelterdow, Oct 16, 2006
Photo of Byeast
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%

Appearance: Goldenrod , just a slight haze , poured with a huge billowy white head , that quickly faded to a thin layer.

Smell: bit of citrus , some yeast , hint of vanilla , and very faint alcohol.

Taste: Light citric flavors , some malty character pokes through , and a nice wheaty twang in the finish.

Mouthfeel: slick , with a medium carbonation

Drinkability: A quaffable hefe. Not as citric, phenolic, or cloudy as most iv'e had , but it goes down with ease on a sunny day.

Byeast, Oct 13, 2006
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