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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
80
good

1,563 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 1,563
Reviews: 736
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 16
Gots: 196 | FT: 0
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Germany

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 changeup45
2.74/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was a bit disappointed with this one. Hazy yellow color with a big fluffy white head. Aroma is grassy and malty with only a slight hint of fruit. The flavor is somewhat bland with some spice, grassy and malty. Bottle is labeled as a hefeweizen but is seems more like a cross between a hefe and a lager to me.

Photo of ATPete
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

The brew pours a hazy, pale yellow color, beautifully speckled with lots of big rising carbonation, and a large, spongy white head. The nose is almost medicinal, lots of lemon (zest), spicy wheat and some hop presence. While tasting, an almost sweet wheat texture takes over which is slightly coating, mid palate becomes more spicy, some citrus fruit notes and hop bitterness as well as a tasty and bright banana note and the slightest hint of alcohol. The beer has very active carbonation and sports a light+ body. Very good drinkability.

Photo of ozidreads
2.26/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pale orange colour, with thick white head, slight trace of yeasty/wheat malt haze. Nowhere near as cloudy as a typical hefeweizen.

Aroma- quite disappointing, none of the strong estery/phenolic aromas. Hints of bready yeast and banana that barely become perceptible upon warming.

Taste- Slightly more phenolic on tasting, but nothing to write home about. Almost light lager like in character, without the bitterness. Dominated by sweetish malt, with a tart finish.

Mouthfeel- disappointing again, very thin and watery, and highly carbonated. Missing the typical creamy mouthfeel.

I'm a big fan of all German beer styles, and would have to say this was probably one of the most average examples I've tried. Doesn't even come close to the standards of Weihenstephaner or schoferhoffer.

Photo of NOOGIE
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: Poured pint (16 oz) bottle into mug, quick pour! Strong carbonation, crystal clear yellow and two fingers of foam which quickly disappears, but some stay around for the full drink.

Smell: Lots of grains, barley, wheat, malts, hops and a clean water taste.

Taste: Nice clean taste, very natural. Also has a bitter taste to it.

Mouthfeel: Great, very good carbonation. Stays in your mouth for the full drink.

Drink: Very easy! Only the bitter taste really hinders the drink and it really is minor in comparison to a very good beer.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Frisco's in Columbia

A: Hazy yellow with a moderate white head that doesn't really hold very well.

S: Fruity sweetness with lots of banana and bubblegum and some wheat. Not much spice in here, that would have really helped

T: Mostly similar to the nose with a lot of estery character. Mild wheat character but not dry and refreshing like the best of the bunch

M: A little bigger for a hefe than I'd like - a little too much sweetness. Carbonation was OK, though

D: Doubt i'd try it again

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

A - Golden yellow, slightly hazy, about a three finger head that dissipated to a nice lace ring

S - I have a horrible nose but it smelt like the typical hefe

T - Lightly fruity wheaty taste

M - Very smooth, light carbonation, light body

D - Very easy to drink but not very interesting, I wouldn't buy this beer again

Serving - Bottle to pint glass

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

A -Pours a hazy yellow with nice head.
S - Smells of bananas and spiced, and a bit of metal?
T - Tastes pretty good, with banana bread and cloves dominating.
MF - A bit thin
D - This was a decent hefeweizen. I liked the banana tones, however i felt like something was lacking in this brew.

Photo of kenito799
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

Just $22 a case at Costco for a German hefe-weizen? Too good to be true! Well, there's a reason. This pretty, cloudy, foamy, fresh-tasting beer looks the part, but the characteristic banana-clove spicy fruity aroma and flavors are all but absent. A decent brew, but drink one alongside a classic like Weihenstephaner and you would not put them in the same category. A nice bargain brew for sure, but you get what you pay for, here you really don't get a classic German hefe-weizen.

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

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured small, quickly disappearing head on a cloudy golden body. Smell was very light, different than other hefe's I've enjoyed. A touch of lemon was in there, but it also was very faint, and wasn't really in the taste either. Instead it was more of a honey sweetness. Also a bit if dustiness that was a little off putting. It did have the "proper" thick feel associated with most good hefe's. A good brew, but not among the greats.

Photo of Bookseeb
2.65/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is golden yellow with a white dissapating crisp head. Smell is clean with slight biscuit and citrus. Taste again has slight biscuit, citrus with with a light sweetness leaving a dry finish, overall just seems watered down, with a light and crisp mouthfeel. I'm just not to impressed with this beer for the style.

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

Murky orange. Okay head at first but it quickly disapears. Lacings are pretty decent however.

Not much on the nose. Faint citrus, that's about all I could get from it.

There really isn't much to this. Slightly dry, with a little bit of lemon sweetness, I don't get any of the usual suspects, no banana and very little spice. This could easily pass as a kristalweizen aside from the appearance.

It's a fine beer, but for the style there are much better to be had, especially in Berlin.

Photo of burnstar
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty cloudy orangish gold with a big white head that unfortunately recedes quickly with little lacing. Very muted aroma with a hint of sweetness and fruit- apples. Sweet malt balanced by wheat tang. Very crisp and clean tasting. Perhaps lacking in complexity but pleasant. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Easily drinkable. An decent wheat beer if a bit unremarkable.

Photo of Greggy
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- A huge fluffy head rises above my weizen glass and VERY slowly recedes. A nice amount of lacing remains. This is by far the fluffiest head I've ever seen. Quite nice. The body is straw colored, cloudy, and has ample carbonation bubbles.

S- Nice scent of bananas, pear and even a bit of apple. The yeastiness and clove is quite a bit less than I'm used to with authentic hefeweizens.

T- This starts off a bit watery or thin, and really has just a light amount of banana notes with some pear and a touch of green apple. The taste, I found, had a distinct dry mineral finish which was nice. Overall, however, this was just a bit thin.

M- Ample carbonation works well with the style. The mouthfeel, however, was a bit thin.

D- I could see this being a nice segway into craft beer as it doesn't have as large a mouthfeel as many other german hefeweizens have. For me though, this was a bit to thin.

Photo of champ103
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Gmann
3.01/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of dsa7783
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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...

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

Photo of BretSikkink
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of sjohansen
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of timbro81
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of Ch1mpy
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.42/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Bobdope
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of loosey
3.04/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Portertime
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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?"

Erdinger Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
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