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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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Ratings: 1,452
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 FenwaySquid
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 16.9 oz bottle into a typical Bavarian style wheat beer serving glass. The beer poured with a huge amount of foam. Took several minutes to finish pouring because of this.

Once poured, the beer looks very nice as it has a nice cloudy look that but also looks fairly smooth. The smell is just average with hints of alcohol and a little bananna. Once I took a sip, the beer had a fairly mild taste for a hefe-weizen, and seemed to lack the complexity I typically enjoy in them. I really had to let this beer dance around on my tongue to pick up on the flavors it has. I mainly tasted a very slight hint of bananna and bubble gum with hints of alcholol mixed in. The mouthfeel of this brew adds to the lack of complexity as it's fairly thin.

I remember trying this back during the summer when it was very hot outside. It seemed to be more enjoyable then. I'm not saying this a bad brew but compared to other hefe weizens, I'm not really impressed with this one. If it's a hot day and you want a good thirst quencher, this would be a fairly good choice. Other than that, look for others as there are better ones out there.

AustinBeerLvr, Oct 11, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9oz bottle

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a fluffy white head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Very faint aroma, I struggled to detect just a hint of breadiness.

Taste is bland city. A very light breadiness, but otherwise quite tasteless.

Medium-light body, decent carbonation.

Wow, I don't even know what to think of this "hefe weizen". It has no real wheat beer characteristics other than the way it looks. It's too clear to be a hefe, and not enough flavor to even be an American pale wheat. Completely unoffensive and utterly bland, bland, bland....

MaltyGoodness, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of Orrshow
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This beer is clear and golden. The head is white and frothy and I must say there is a decent amount of it.

Smell – I get a lot of wheat out of it. Banana, honey, lemons, and orange appear as well giving it a decent Hefe aroma. Could be stronger though.

Taste – I detect a lot of wheat just like I did in the aroma. There is some banana and clove with the addition of a citrus bitterness. I do taste a little sourness which takes away some though.

Mouthfeel – Fairly nice. The carbonation is not overdone and the body is about right for the style.

Drinkability – Fairly good here but it didn’t quite have me rushing to sip again.

The right idea for a Hefeweizen…some fine tuning could make this one very nice.

Orrshow, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of xav33
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Erdinger Hefe-weizen
Pint bottle
Bottled Spring 05, consumed 09/06 (revisited 06/07, best before 01/08)
Medium pour in a pint glass, weizen

Poured a hazy gold with a large fizzy 1 inch mostly lasting white head. Lively carbonation with small bubbles.

Smelt of yeasty dough and light orangey hops.

Taste was upfront light sweet oranges and slight bitterness, followed by a more pronounced orangey sweetness and a hint of flowery hops and bitter dough in a short finish. Mouthfeel was light, watery/dry, and overly fizzy.

Overall, an excellent yeasty German Hefe-Weizen that offers a lot on taste, although a bit hidden by the carbonation. Revisit: A lot more refreshing on a hot summer day, but still fairly standard.

xav33, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 3/4 of the bottle and swirled the remaining 1/4 to release the yeast. Poured a cloudy pale yellow color with a nice creamy white head. There is some wheat, citrus and clove in the nose. Taste is clean and crisp but a bit lighter than I would want. There is some wheat and a slightly spicey citrus finish. Overall, this is a decent hefeweizen but look to Weihenstephaner and Paulaner for outstanding examples of this style.

cjgator3, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of aussielars
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I poured this pale, straw-coloured beer in a 500 ml Erdinger glass. It was cloudy with a sizable, thick head which I found very visually appealing. As expected, the accompanying effervescence was brisk and robust. I detected the aroma of sweet malt, grass, citrus and cloves. It tasted of clove and leaves while the wheat left a lingering dry, tart aftertaste. The mouthfeel was medium and very lively. It may not be the best wheat beer that I've tasted but certainly a pleasant one for a hot summer afternoon.

aussielars, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of helloloser12345
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 500ml Bottle

Appearance: Honey coloured hazy body with a fluffy white head.

Smell: Slight wheat nose and thats about it

Flavour: initial light, sweet malty flavour with quite a harsh mouthfeel. Malty and zesty aftertatse which lingers.

Overall: A very average wheat beer - not outstanding within its style but still a very drinkable brew.

helloloser12345, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of dherling
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Has the standard cloudy Weisse look to it, with an ultra white, ultra creamy head, almost Guiness-like. Lots of citrus in the nose, and spice too. Even some sweetness. Has a tin-like taste to it, with some citrus and a little malt. A very heavy moutfeel really disrupts this beer, leading to a finish nowhere near as clean as I expect from this style.

dherling, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of InDreams
3.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Always a fan of Hefe-Weizens, I figured I'd start drinking more good German examples before heading to Germany this fall. So this is my first;

A - Poured into a weizen glass with a light golden color and about an inch of fluffy head that wasn't too quick to dissipate, but left very little lacing. As expected, the body was pretty cloudy and full of that beautiful bubbling that makes hefeweizens so interesting.

S - Not overly strong, much to my disappointment, but still carried the citrusy, lemony zest of your typical hefe-weizens with a hint of sweetness from the malts and perhaps some yeastiness.

T - Damn fine. The lemon and citrus tastes are always the first thing you notice, with hints of something banana-like, maybe some clove. A nice wheaty maltiness with a certain amount of yeasty character, I think. Aftertaste brings in the minimal hop profile and more citrusy bitterness. very enjoyable.

M - Bubbly carbonated feel, kinda light-to-medium body. Nice.

D - I love hefe-weizens and this is a pretty good example of one so I'd definitely drink this without a second thought. Actually I probably wouldn't even give it a first thought. Anyways, it's tasty and drinkable, so give it a try.

InDreams, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of rarevos
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into weisse glass.

A: big, pillowy head that vanished almost immediately. Almost no lacing left behind. A few lines of carbonation rising in a cloudy yellow-ish beer. A tinge of orange to the color, but mostly straw yellow.

S: Wheat and lemon zest, with heavy emphasis on the lemon and the sourness. A bit of spice toward the end, but it's not an obvious hefe clove aroma.

T: Wheaty up front with an oomph of lemon zest. Middle of the tongue picks up some banana. Finish is mildly bready with a faint clove flavor and a barely perceptible bitterness. If you were to say "but this beer isn't bitter at all!" I wouldn't argue with you.

M: Tingly, a bit too fizzy in the mouth. Feels like it's dissolving my teeth.

D: Overall, it's OK, but it doesn't really quench my thirst, and it doesn't make me want to have another. The aroma is unmistakably German, which gives it an automatic edge over the American Pale Wheat Ales in that department. Not a bad hefe, but not a great one, either. I like the Erdinger Weissbier Dunkel much more, and I'd gladly take one of those over this ten times out of ten.

rarevos, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of neonbrown82
4.33/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was much better than its Kristallweizen counterpart. None of the unpleasant vegetal aroma or taste. Easily one of the better Hefe-weizen I've tried.

The beer pours to a fairly clear golden yellow color with a thick white foamy head. Not quite as thick and retentive as the Kristal, for some reason or another. Maybe just the pour? Nonetheless, I expected a bit more of a yeast haze, which this beer lacked. Looked nearly as clear as the Kristal, and had just as active of a carbonation.

The smell is good. Nice soft banana and clove with just a hint of lemon zest. No soapy aromas or vegetal off-flavors. Just a good wheat beer.

The taste is even better. Everything comes together perfectly. Just the right amount of banana and clove and just a dash of bitterness from a zesty lemon finish. Just a hint of hops as well.

The body is fairly big and has a nice crisp carbonation. Very refreshing. This one went down very easy, and I look forward to drinking it again in the future.

neonbrown82, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of vancurly
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice yellow/gold, light haze, frothy persistent egg-white head.
Aroma of some grainy malt.... tropical fruits (pineapple?).
Flavour of malt, wheat. Not much spice compared to others. touch of hop at the end.
Not a bad drop. I'm tasting this in parallel with Weihenstephan and Schofferhofer. It's got an edge on the latter, but the former is the clear winner on the day.

vancurly, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of funkengruven
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked one of these up at the local liquor store as they seem to have a new beer promotion going.

This poured a very beautiful hazy yellow with a puffy cloud head sitting at the top of the glass. Smell contains some banana clove notes, which carry nicely into the flavor. Mouthfeel is slightly thinner than most Hefe Weizens, and carries a lot of carbonation. However this is very refreshing and quite drinkable.

A Nice Hefe Weizen that I'd get again.

funkengruven, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of beveritt
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled a 500ml bottle poured in a weizen glass.

Appearance: The beer is a pale golden color with a very creamy, white head. Very slight haze to the beer. During my sampling it continued to put up little bubbles.

Smell: Sweet and fruity smell with just a hint of spiciness. Smells like a hefe should, to me at least.

Taste: Not as fruity as some of the hefe's I have had. Overall rather bland. No single flavor stands out, a little sweetness. Hops are barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: A good level of carbonation, not to little, not too much. Some lingering flavor, but nothing overwhelming.

Drinkability: Yea, I would drink another. However, if available, I would move on to a more interesting and complex hefe.

beveritt, Aug 02, 2006
Photo of UberWasser
4.13/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

1 pint .9 fl oz bottle served in a Weizen glass.

Pours a murky light gold color with a thick, rocky sea foam head that develops rapidly even with the lightest of pours. I mix in the yeast at the end of the pour but it does little, as it was already quite opaque.

Nose is mostly full of a light grainy citrus with some fruity undertones.

Taste starts with a sweet grain and fruit on the front and middle of the tongue. Light on the banana and clove flavors that I tend to look for, but pleasent all the same. After the swallow, though, a truly pleasing, though light, lemon bitterness builds and lingers. Very refreshing. Mouthfeel is slick and then dry after the swallow.

A nice wheat beer. Not as complex an intriguing as others, but it tastes good and is a good refresher. Could definitely be consumed in large quantities over a long period of time during a warm summer picnic, perhaps.

UberWasser, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.68/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale golden color, cloudy but less so than many a hefe. Thick white head, good retention. Average appearing carbonation. Aroma of sweet malt, esters, wheat, honey, and some banana. Taste is unbalanced, too sweet and leaning toward honey. A powdered sugar mouthfeel adds to the abundance of sweetness to distract from the good elements of the beer. Light to medium bodied with aggressive carbonation on the tongue. Not smooth at all. Lacking in spice and banana. Easy to drink one but too sweet for another. A pass.

DaPeculierDane, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of allergictomacros
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Hazy yellow/peach coloured with a mammoth creamy head

S - Notes of apple, but overall a muted aroma.

T - Banana comes on very strong in this one. Some bitterness shows through as well.

M - A little too carbonated for my taste. Mouthfeel is light-medium.

D - An easy-drinking, refreshing brew. Avoids being watery, but the flavour is a little on the light side, and could use a bit more oomph.

allergictomacros, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of Phocion
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into glass with a thick and foamy white head which quickly settles into a thick lacing. Color is that of a typical hefeweizen; a pale cloudy gold.

It smells naturally, of wheat. Banana and lemon aromas as well, plus somewhat of a yeast smell.

Wheaty, with a spicy and tarty citrus taste followed by a mildly bitter hops finish. Good, but nothing special, though it loses a bit because of the lingering yeasty and bitter aftertaste.

Light and sharp mouthfeel, and very crisp and refreshing as well. Average hefeweizen, though not bad it does nothing to stand out either. Worth a try, but don't go out of your way for it.

Phocion, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
2.93/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had a 16 oz. draft. Poured a golden orange, with a nice head at first, that unfortunately dissipated very quickly. Hazy appearance and a citrus-lemon aroma. Decent tasting and okay finish, but nothing spectacular about this beer, but then, I’m not much of a Hefe fan in general.

kimcgolf, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of BigBry
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml brown bottle from the gift pack that included a tall weizen glass and a dunkel. Pouring a cloudy yellow color, and forms a huge white foamy head. Great head retention, left thick chunks of lace. There is a strong wheat and yeasty clove smell, with some light fruits and even some banana. The taste has more of the same fruit flavors. Citrus taste of orange and lemon, and just a bit of soapiness. Just a touch of yeast and bready flavor, as you expect from a hefe. The large bulbous top of the glass swirls the liquid just enough to release the flavor and aroma with every swallow. A great example of needing the proper glassware. Beer is very refreshing and drinkable. Medium body with a nice smooth mouthfeel.

BigBry, Jul 01, 2006
Erdinger Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
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