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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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Ratings: 1,562
Reviews: 736
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 16
Gots: 193 | FT: 0
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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 Larrytown
2.65/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The head is substantial, but fizzles quickly over a golden-tan body. Some small lacing is present, but not overly noticeable. At nice cold temps, the beer has a decent if somewhat uninteresting taste, but as it warms (over the course of a few minutes) it becomes somewhat unpleasant. Not many of the typical hefe characteristics stood out at first, but it wasn't terrible. Within just those few minutes everything went from "decent, unremarkable beer" into "I won't be able to finish this". Not a good sign.

I won't be trying this one again.

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

subtle sam, too carbonated with not enough flavor. perhaps that is the aim, to be more of a refined hefeweizen.

A: Poured into a weizen glass. Interesting yellow/golden color with bigger bubbles taking over smaller ones in the head but melting quickly. Some lacing but in splotches.

S: Subtle and simplistic.

T: Definite banana but fades as to tease or lead you into the next taste which is the starch bread taste that i did not enjoy.

M: Light and too carbonated.

D: Just above average, will give it another quaff when I see it on draft.

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

A: Served in a weizen glass. Slightly cloudy, pale gold color with a big head that dissipates into substantial lacing.

S: I've never gotten much out of the smell, even on-tap; fruity, citrus-y notes, but not too much happening here overall.

T: Wheat-y (obviously), with the fruity overtones promised by the smell. Apple, citrus, etc., but again, not a whole lot happening. Pretty straightforward, and not unpleasant, just not captivating.

M: Very light and smooth, slightly creamy. Decent carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable - when chilled, I can knock off quite a few of these. When it warms up, though, it becomes more difficult to drink, and can turn obligatory rather than enjoyable.

Photo of NatetheGreat
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: looks a lot like a pilsner: golden, not murky but clear, which threw me a little. Big fluffy white head, but recedes quickly.

S: fruity, spicy, tart - fresh tree fruit, very nice.

T: wheat is tart but also somewhat pasty. Quite fruity, with banana and some apple notes, with a mild spice/clove flavor in background.

M: crisp more than it is creamy, with good malt profile from the wheat. A bit effervescent or bubbly, like alka-selzer (I guess that's a weird comparison, but it's what comes to mind).

D: good drinkability due to mild alcohol % and refreshing nature. Good hefe but not great, nor by any means the "world's #1 hefe" as the bottle proclaims. Hefe's are one of my favorite styles and so I probably rate this a bit higher than most folks.

Photo of rtratzlaff
2.3/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a single bottle to try.

Pours a golden beer with yeast floating throughout. Tons of small bubbles rise consistently from the gottom of the glass.

Smells of slightly of apple and lemon, but not a whole lot going on.

Flavor is very subtle with a lemon bubblegum aftertaste. As with the smell, there isn't a whole lot there. Perhaps I didn't get enough of the yeast to add to the flavor profile. There was a good bit still stuck to the bottom of the glass.

Powdery light mouthfeel with a dry finish.

Easy drinking, but a bit one-dimensional.

Photo of Traquairlover
2.46/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pint, 0.9 oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A = Cloudy golden, large white head of foam and medium and large bubbles, pretty good retention.

S = Far too light scented, smells that do come through are light lemon, slight hops, very, very light yeast smells.

T = Tastes like a mixture of 2/3 Bud with 1/3 hefe-weizen. Very little taste (not surprising given how light the smell was), but the fact that it really tastes a lot like a macro lager is a big surprise. I expected it to taste like a very light hefe, but mostly it just has very light malt and hops flavors with almost no yeast or wheat tastes, no bananas, no esters. A big let down.

M = Light to light-medium bodied, little too flat, very little mouthcoating.

D = This is not really bad, but it is not what I was expecting from a hefe. It was mostly just a drinkable but uninspired beer. Would not recommend it, but on a hot day it might be okay if nothing else were available.

Photo of mmmbeer
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Did a side-by-side comparison of this and the kristall-klar. From a half-liter bottle, unpasteurized and bottle-conditioned with an expired best-by date. I really need to pay more attention when I buy my beer. Anyway, on to the brew. It pours an opaque dark gold, with high carbonation and a three finger, quickly-receding head that eventually disappears. Light aroma, but what is there consists of weak hops and tropical fruits - no detectable phenols. Wheat and slight yeast on the palate, along with fruity esters, a touch of malts and perhaps some green hops on top of a light, tingly and dry body that imparts almost no finish. Not great as is, but probably not a whole lot better when fresh.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.37/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

available in some stores, bars and restaurants in beijing

500ml brown bottle. yeast swirled in.

cloudy, orangey wheat color. decent head, but it fades to a very thin layer with a ring on the edges. almost no lacing.

faintly fruity banana, very slight clove in background. some grains and maltiness with hint of grassy hops. not really any citrus.

flavorwise, there starts out with some annoying medicinal character that couples with the bitterness and lasts throughout. it distracts from an otherwise honey-like maltiness and fruitiness. earthy, bready yeast notes head into the finish.

not too thin, pretty smooth, but also a bit too fizzy, even though i had re-poured it a couple times to get the yeast in.

drinkable, but not an exemplary hefeweiss

Photo of Graham5161986
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours a cloudy, pale yellow with a monster 3 finger rocky, white head that has great retention and leaves a decent, sticky lace.

S: light banana and sugary malts, a touch of grassy hoppiness as well.

T: floral hops, subtle banana, slight sour-cherry sweetness and a touch of spice - very light.

M:light, slightly creamy, well-carbonated and quite dry.

D: this is a decent hefe - it's quite light and doesn't seem to have the same potent banana and clove flavours so commonly found in other weissbiers. To me this one seemed more grassy and lager-like. Still a refreshing beer that is easy to drink. I would buy this one again - might be good as an intro to German wheat beers for some people.

Photo of wjimson
2.85/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Perhaps I had became picky to hefeweizens, as they are such simple beers which are so distinctive and unique. The clove like or banana like flavour is something that is difficult to acheive, and this beer is too light to my personal taste.

I sniffed the beer after hoping the bottle at around 10 degree C. Smell is predominately of pilsner malt. The colour is a bit on the light side. The head is thick and bubbles were roaring along the side of the glass.

Taste like a pilsner with a bit of wheat it in, enough to develope a slight wheat taste which has that phenolic banana flavour. Hops are not at all prominent, which can be a good or bad thing.

This is the second time I had this beer. Its a bit more expensive than Hacker Pschorr or Paulaner. I felt like I had made the wrong choice today.

Photo of nrbw23
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A nice golden color with a nice white head.

S- grass, wheat, and a little bit of fruit I can pick up on this one.

T- Bready, a little bit sweet bit of a disappointment here was expecting more from this one.

M- Fairly light in body with a descent amount of carbonation.

D- Easy to drink. Goes down nice and smooth. Not the best but easy to drink and light.

Photo of Natural510
3.22/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from 16.9 oz bottle, best by date 4/2008.

Pours a bright golden, slightly opaque color. Decent head which quickly dissipates...not much lacing left, either.
Smells of yeast & citrus, quite tangy.
Tastes, again, strongly of yeast with wheat apparent. The trademark banana & clove there also, with some orange notes also. Not sweet, but very tangy & brisk.
Not alot of carbonation, but the yeast leaves a puckering mouthful nonetheless.
Not the best German weissbier I've had; a bit too yeasty, but fairly drinkable still. Otherwise this is fairly unremarkable. I'll stick with Paulaner for the time being.

Photo of SMark
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer was poured into a weizen glass at 46° from an 11.2 ounce bottle with no date information. Over three fingers of white pillow like foam with nice carbonation bubbles resulted from the pour, swirl, pour technique used. Head dissipation left minimal lacing. The beer was cloudy with some yeast suspension and golden in color.

The beer smelled of fruit, spice and yeast. There were traces of substances resembling perfume picked up also.

Spices were more pronounced in the taste than aroma with the clove taste coming out first. I picked up some slight yeast but was not really sure about banana.

There was a nice solid feeling in the mouth with the fruitiness spreading around well.

This one slides down well and makes a nice refreshing wheat beer for the warmer days ahead.

Photo of dill
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured on draught into a weizen glass

A - pours a light gold color with a white head. active carbonation running up the glass.

S - a light wheat aroma with some clove.

T - a strong flavor of banana and a touch of malt sweetness.

M- very crisp.

D - very easy to drink, but it's not outstanding in its class.

Photo of Kendo
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a large weizen glass. The result is a slightly hazy yellowish-golden body with lots of bubbles settling under a HUGE (4 fingers) foamy white head. No lacing.

S: Not terribly strong -- florally and lemony -- but not unpleasant.

T: Follows the nose: light in flavors all-around. There's a hint of clove but no banana. Wheat profile is strong. Finishes with a slightly lemony dry taste.

M: Light in body. Good spritzy feel to it helps clean the palate after each sip.

D: Very good. Could use some more flavor to make this a world-class Hefe, but it certainly goes down easy as a thirst-quencher.

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

Pale cloudy orange golden hay with a large and fuzzy white lid.

The smell is slight. light lemon, pale wheat and yeast. eh.

The taste is slightly better. Lemon, wheat and yeast with, eh, I'll give it some bitter bananas. Clove is there, but just barely perceptible. The mothfeel, on the other hand, is a nice medium with lush carbonation.

Very mediocre. It hits the main points, but seemingly without any zest for it. This is okay, but there are a bunch of great German and even Americans versions that are better.

Photo of orangemoustache
3.51/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-golden yellow and cloudy with a tall white head that was short lived leaving behind small traces of lacing,carbonation was active till the last sip

S-the nose was mostly that of white flour with some hints of fruit and spice

T-upront a sweet berry flavor with traces of banana and some clove,it finished a little buttery with all the traces of the fruit nonexistant at the end,lack of hop presence was a little disappointing

M-was rather foamy which made this beer a little heavier feeling than I had anticipated,nice clean finish

D-I enjoyed this for a change from my normal routine of Pale Ales and Stouts,it was served in a Erdinger tall glass approx.22oz and it was just about right,but I could also see an increased drinkability on a hot summer day

Photo of oelergud
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tall 1 pint 0.9oz brown glass bottle with a tan label and pry-off cap.
Pale and cloudy straw/sun golden body. Large white head that holds well and leaves great looking lace.
Delicious sweet malty scent with white bread and honey with abit of spice.
Mild sweet malt again with honey and mild spice. Refreshing and good. Short lived aftertaste of wheat.
Medium body and very little coating.
Highly drinkable, refreshing and mild. This will make a nice summer beer.


Photo of shamus
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
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
2.15/5  rDev -38.6%
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
2.48/5  rDev -29.1%
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
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
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
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
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
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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