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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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1,544 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,544
Reviews: 729
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 11
Gots: 165 | 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 shamus
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer looks promising but the first whiff set my expectations higher than what was delivered. It has a citrusy and not horrible quenching effect, however this is not a first rate wheat beer. I must admit I was leery from the start when i read the back label where it boldly states "The World's Most Popular Wheat Beer". In my experience this means more consideration goes into pumping out quantity than in producing quality. Still this is far better than most of the schlock that passes for beer in the Beer Store TM.

Photo of Radar
2.1/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A- More orange than golden. High head settles quickly.

S- Orange, clove and pear, with more yeast and acid odor than normal for a weiss.

T- The normal banana and citrus fade into pear. The kind off nasty-ass, can-of-pears-you'd-have-in-a-fallout-shelter pear you really wouldn't ever hope for in a hefe. It really tastes like acidic heavy syrup. A bit of clove throughout, but wih everything else going on it's dwarfed by ass-pear.

M- A bit acidy and dry for a hefe. About the right texture.

D- Damn, that acid feels like it's trying to crawl back up my throat. I have a feeling tomorrow I'm going to want to hurt whoever brewed this.

I hate many things, but not many beers. You will pay, Erdinger.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
2.53/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

11.2oz bottle poured into a weizen glass, best of 1-2008 on it.

A: Pours a sort of cloudy light orange with a two inch rocky sort of fake looking head that is a little clearer than I would have liked to see better head retention and lacing.

S: Smells a bit too much like corn for me and sort of off putting there is only the smallest hint of clove and herbal spice and a bit strange hit of hot and dusty yeast, really not that nice to smell.

T/MF: Little bit of creamy orange and hot herbalness, the mouthfeel is a fake sort of creamy, like there are bubbles and stuff there but they do not seem to be doing anything natural, really more bitter and drying than anything sort of strange.

D: I don't know man, I was sort of bothered by this one it really is sort of out of whack and not that good, darn this beer.

Photo of nasty15108
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had this one in awhile, and I'm sad to say its not nearly as good as I remembered it. I drank it from an impressive looking Euro-style bottle, poured into a Weizen glass.

A - A cloudy Yellow color, leaving a small white head.

S - Very mild almost non existence smell.

T - The taste was dull. Not much going on here at all.

MF/D - A very uninteresting Hefe Wizen. I could almost accept this from an American Hefe Wizen, but not from a German product. With all the other choices out there I would not go out of my way this one.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I found this on tap at Buffalo Wildwings one night after work.

A - A fluffy pillow-like head that Iv'e ever seen sits on top of a dandelion gold hazy brew. This sucker is prety much opaque, and a solid sheet of foam coats the glass when swirled, but doesn't really cling to the glass.

S - The nose is one the lighter side, and offers hints of bubblegum and glazed donuts on top of a sweet banana baby-food base. Smells pretty much like your average hefe. This one smells very true to form, but not as pungent as other hefes. The more I think about it, the more I'm reminded of mashed banana baby-food or banana pudding.

T - The banana pudding taste is very sweet, but not overdone. This one isn't super complex, or really even all that assertive, but it's really nicely quaffable, and I think that this might make the perfect summer BBQ session brew.

M - This is on the watery side for the style with a brief tingle of carbonation washing over the tongue before a drying sensation finishes things up nicely.

D - This is a little bit subdued and lacking in depth, but it more than makes up for that in drinkability...(no, make that chug-ability). Just about he perfect session brew. I'll surely be revisitng this one when he weathter warms up.

Photo of tayner
4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

50 cl bottle brought back from germany, label all in german, not made for the american import market, not sure what relevance that has, but figure it might differ from the import version.

Color was a cloudy golden yellow with a bright white head that finally faded to a ring that laced nice.

Smell was wheat and banana with a hint of clove.

Taste was wheat, sweet banana, and a hint of clove in the background, although very subtle flavors overall. no indication of any alcohol.

Light, carbonated and easy to drink. This was more than acceptable for mouthfeel.

This is a very easy drinking wheat beer, better than most wheat beers in my opinion. I will have to pick up a bottle of the imported variety to see if it is the same as the german or perhaps more hoppy for import reasons as there was very little hop presence in this version.

If the import is anywhere near this good it will be my go to wheat beer of the summer i think.

Photo of monkeybeer
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy orange yellow with minimal lacing and a quickly disappearing white head

S- Citrus and wheat with banana and clove although very subtle

T/M- Taste is of wheat citrus with a slight banana and clove, everything a good Hefe should be.

D- This is very drinkable Wheat, one of the better one out of the brewery. I could easily enjoy this one over and over again.

Photo of Brad007
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color: Cloudy pale yellow color with ample head.

Aroma: Faint hint of banana and clove. Light. Not much to detect.

Taste: Mostly a clove flavor. No banana to be found. Lightly malty. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Dry and wheatish. Clove.

Verdict: A middle of the road hefeweizen that is still more quite drinkable. Smooth. It's definitely a hefeweizen.

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

A - Golden, wheaty, cloudy...

S - Citrus, hint of bubblegum, banana

T -Yeasty, bananna

M - Lost of carbonation, but overall - not bad..

D - Could probably have many at a sitting, nice session beer.

For $24, this is a steal. If I was paying $30+, I'd prolly buy Paulaner or Wehienstephaner.

Photo of clayrock81
2.83/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had a 22 oz bomber bottle that I poured into my hefe glass. This was the bright spot for this beer. Had a cloudy, orange body with a one-finger head that was a constant with the beer and left small lacings. The smell was yeasty/wheaty with some faint citric aroma. Unfortunately, the taste was rather bland in this light-bodied hefe with no real citric, pepper/clove or other spices coming out at all and the wheat yeast is very pronouced, so it is not as smooth as most hefes. I really don't see myself getting this beer again.

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

I was looking forward to first drinking this beer, but was somewhat disappointed overall.

A - Typical golden cloudy appearance.

S - Grass, citrus

T - Citrus, banana, yeast dominant.

M - A tad bit overcarbonated.

D - Goes down reasonably well, but can't kick back too many of these.

I was a little disappointed with this beer considering it's fairly high price in South Africa. This beer is up against some very stiff competition from offerings such as Paulaner. Having said that, it is a worthy beer.

Photo of watchnerd
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A run of the mill weiss beer, with all the expected characteristics: yeasty, wheaty, and banana nose, medium carbonation, mild alcohol, easy drinking.

Not particularly outstanding, not offensive, either. You can definitely find better weiss beers than this, whether American or European. But Erdinger isn't too expensive, it's fairly widely distributed, and it doesn't do anything horribly wrong.

Very drinkable, very inoffensive, and very forgetable. Try the Spaten Franziskaner Hefe-Weiss for more characterful experience.

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

Poured cloudy orange, with a bit of head. A much lighter tasting hefeweizen than I'm used to and it is much better. More bubble gummy, banana, and light fruity orange flavors, rather than the spiced clove, coriander scent and taste I don't care for. Overall, probably my favorite German Hefeweizen, and one I could see actually getting again, unlike pretty much any other hef

Photo of hiikeeba
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe this hasn't been listed on BA. Comes in a light brown bottle with a cream label. It reads "All Natural Bottle-Fermented."

A - Pours up a slightly cloudy gold color with a dense white head that dissipates slowly.

S - Slightly fruity smell. A bit of spice. Very subtle.

T - Sweet malt flavor, that finishes with a bit of fruit flavor. It's hard to describe the flavor because it's so subtle.

M - Slightly thin with carbonation filling in.

D - Because this is so subtle, this is very drinkable. There are no flavors that build up. Three of four of these are easily doable.

Photo of Proteus93
2.83/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pretty straight forward, pale golden hue. Ever so slightly off-white head that was gone within moments of putting the glass down - no lacing at all.

S: A little grassy, sweet smelling

T: Bubblegum, but very mild, and a bit of a disappointment. Lacking a full flavour that I would have liked.

M: Perhaps a touch weighty for a hefe, but ends up being rather dry which was decent.

D: It's fairly easy to drink, and I'd have it if it were available in a social setting, but not something I see myself going out of the way to try again.

Photo of Upgrayedd
2.6/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was the first "real" beer I ever had. I was a 19 year old college student studying in Germany and legal to drink! My only beers before then were cheap and macroesque. Even though the thought of this beer brings back good memories, this particular bottle was not too impressive. It poured a little pale and there was hardly any yeast dregs in the bottom of the bottle. The head went from a thick crown to a thin one by the end of the drink. I could not taste any bananas or cloves, so I was very disapointed.

Photo of jneiswender
4.18/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 1.09 pint bottle into a hefe glass.

A-Nice bright white fluffy head. Sunset yellow, crimson body. Nice carbonation.

S-Nice bubblegum. Some bananna and clove.

T-Smooth for a hefe. Strong bubblegum, bannana bread.

M-Thick and full for a hefe. Not very much snap. Not very crisp for a hefe.

D-Good drinking beer. Great for the summer. Good flavor but not the snap or crispness that one may want in a hefe. All depends on one's taste.

Photo of cliffnorm
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours clear pale golden color with a nice hefe head that doesnt lasts throughout but does leave good lacing before disapering

Smell: smells like a sweet Miller high life!

Taste: Starts out with a bready flavor; after the swallow kick in; the finish has a sweet wheat flavor that balances out some of the earlier wheatyness!

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with prickly carbonation

Drinakbility: Easy to drink, but I will look eslewere for my beer nervana.

Photo of altgeeky1
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours frothy, generous head on top of tangerine tined straw body. Head settles a bit but maintains a nice even thick lace. Smells grainy, wheat, pineapple, citrus and banana. Tastes spicier than others of the style: pineapple and citrus at first, then the wheat, then fades to banana and last are the hops. Carbonation was really nice.. abundant, but not too sharp.. almost creamy. A pretty good session beer.

Photo of brendan13
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a Weizen style glass a cloudy light golden colour with a huge frothy 1.5 inch that slowly falls to a thin whisp.
S - The spicey phenols are quite dominant at first but then some banana comes through.
T - Banana and spice also on the taste but also with a sweet wheat malt taste.
M - Light to medium bodied, fairly high carbonation.
D - A classic, refreshing German Hefeweizen. Could drink a few with no problems.

Photo of irishkyle21
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a bright white foam. Decent retention and lacing. Has a hazy gold color with a lot of bubbles racing to the top.

Smells rather citrusy for a Hefe (IMO). Also has notes of wheat, banana and a yeasty spiciness.

Tastes crisp and refreshing but not the most flavourful. Hints of oranges and other fruits, clove, sweetness and wheat.

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

Many thanks to Jason Alstrom for posting a picture of that tasty ass german beer.It looked very tasty man.You got me wanting a Hefe.

Big,thick,fluffy white head that falls very slow from the bottem up.Cloudy straw,pale effervecent looking body and yellow in color.Clean bottem of the bottle,no more yeast. :) Head falls to a nice patch.

Notes of pepper,clove,bannana.The spices dominate the smell here.I also smell some citrus in there.

Sweet malt,slight hoppiness(dry),clove,bannana.Bitterness at the end of the sip.

Thin,but that goes with the style.Slightly effervecent but that goes with the style also.Easy on the palate.Sorta bland.

This style is really pulling me towards the dark side and I like it.Its light,refreshing and damn tasty.YOU GO GERMANY!

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

This beer poured an orangish yellow with a thin soapy white head that stayed to the bottom of the beer. It smelled of light banana and citrus. I did not get any clove in either smell or flavor. This is a very smooth drinking beer, I could put many back and enjoy it. It is light in body but overall very refresing and welcome with a fatty meal of grilled meat. I enjoyed it.

Photo of bluejacket74
2.5/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500 ml bottle, best by 4/2008. Served in a weizen glass, the beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a a large frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. It smells like lemon, cloves, bananas and wheat. Taste is similar to the aroma, but it's very, very grainy. The grainyness overpowers everything else. Not impressive at all. Mouthfeel/body is thin, with a large amount of carbonation. The carbonation takes away from the drinkability, as this isn't easy to drink at all. It becomes a chore to force this down after a while. It looks nice and smells decent, but unfortunately it goes downhill fast from there.

Photo of mooseisloose
2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not much smell to this beer but what there is is malty. Poured it into a pilsner glass and it looks like a hazy pale yellow. Foamy head a little bit clingy. Highly carbonated, too much in my opinion. Though it didn't smell hoppy it has a steady bitterness throughout the taste. This is a consistent malty flavored beer throughout. The malt is hearty and wheaty. It almost seems too balanced which makes it boring as nothing stands out. For a German brew not too impressive in my book.

Erdinger Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
80 out of 100 based on 1,544 ratings.