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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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1,595 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,595
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 15
Gots: 216 | 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 andjusticeforale
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a nice cloudy orange gold and has a really nice head floating atop. This drops away quickly to a meringue size head. But your not supposed to stare at it- you drink it.

There is a noticeable lack of sweetness here and also a lack of tang. This makes the mouthfeel not as full as could be, but the bitterness adds to the refreshment. The aftertaste is of apple pie with no sugar in it at all. Like a sugarless apple tart. bready;

but some how you are beckoned in to have one more sip over and over until you are singing german folk songs and crying out for bratwurst.

Photo of JRed
3.27/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow, fizzy beer with dissapating head. Not too appealing, a few steps up from Coors Light. Weak aroma of slight spice, wheat, and citrus that falls short of other hefe weiss beers. Vague carbonation and light bodied balanced with weak lemon flavor, wheat characteristics and a hint of vanilla. Overall, a disappointing wheat beer that can be skipped.

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

Miller Lite meets wheat? Tad of lemon zeal; mostly light grain water...perfect for beer pong. Not much goin on. Bland, well balance of nothing. Tastes like mass produced pilsner with a couple shots in the dark that land on typical, mediocre wheat beer. Nothing special. Bust out the cups and quarters, were drinking not apreciating.

Photo of Porkchuck
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - wheat look with some good head

S - pretty mild smell yet complex and hard for me to pull them all apart, not enough amount in the ingredients

T - smooth and wheaty

M - sweet and a nice finish not very flavorful

D - had one and that was enough...kinda too light for me

Photo of glid02
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this on-tap at Brewhouse Cafe in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy lemon color with a half-finger white head that dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a thick foamy ring around the glass. This beer sheets nicely but the lacing doesn't stick around very long.

Smells kind of like nothing. The only thing I can distinguish is a very light banana aroma.

Tastes pretty good. A lot of light fruit, including bananas, and some bubblegum flavor. It's also just a little spicy at the end.

Mouthfeel is very nice. It's got a great thickness and the carbonation is subtle yet gets the job done. Goes down very smoothly.

Drinkability is pretty good. I could have a few of these, but there are many other beers from this style that I would go for first.

Overall this is an average beer with an above average smoothness. Worth a shot.

Photo of Halcyondays
2.91/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a solid white head for the style, average head retention, no lacing.

S: Smell is very light, hints of clove mostly, spicy.

T: Banana esters and some mild green apple form the flavour, clovely finish. Overall flavour is understated and not very complex.

M: Mild carbonation for the style, light-bodied with a watery finish, medium aftertaste, clean.

D: An average weissebier, does not have the complex esters ala Schneider or Hacker-Pschorr. No problem getting it down, but becomes boring.

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

A cloudy golden brew into my weiss glass. A decent head that thins to a light covering. No lacing. Carbonation is mild.

Smell is banana and light lemon. A spicy note that is bound to to a clove aroma. Mild wheat malt and bready yeast.

Taste is subtle. Mild lemon and wheat malt. Banana and fruit esters combine to bring a table for light clove to sit atop. Super mild hops with gentle slow finish. Light crackers and biscuits linger. Dry and clean in the end

Mouthfeel is smooth and light. Light frothy coating on the mouth is sweet and inviting.

Drinkability is good. A fine sessioning beer. Easy to drink low abv, quenching in nature.

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.

Erdinger Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
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