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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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Ratings: 1,606
Reviews: 747
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 17
Gots: 226 | 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 soupyman10
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one at the Berkley Front last night, as a starter before heading onto heavier offerings. Poured a mostly clear light straw-yellow color with a half-finger of white head on top that dissolves to a thin film of foam. Nose is fairly mild, but standard citrus and wheat, with light corriander. Taste is likewise, although I notice a slight lack of banana for a hefe; otherwise, it's a standard hefe taste, with lemon, wheat, and some spices. Body is medium, good for the style, with solid carbonation. Overall, this one a good but not great version of the style.

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

500ml bottle
5.3% ABV
I tried this beer on September 4, 2007 after pruchasing from my local LCBO store. It poured a murky gold colour into the glass with a large, loose white head that dissipated slowly. The aroma was slightly malty with a hint of fruit. The mouthfeel was medium bodied with a bit of carbonation on the tongue. The taste was a little bit of malt with some spices and fruits in the background.

Photo of Suds
4.07/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is quite an enjoyable beer. It pours a hazy and obscured dark golden color with a firm and thick head. The aroma is fitting...lots of bananas and pears, mixed with a bit of clove and yeast. There's a touch of wheat and lemon as well, and a just-wet flour aroma. It's a wonderfully comforting aroma. The beer is smooth and just a bit sweet in the front. Fruit flavors really come out in the taste, as well as a decent yeast character. The finish is a little drier, with a lingering citric quality. The beer was less carbonated than expected, which may have contributed to it's extreme smoothness. I have to say that I really enjoyed this one.

Photo of becktone
2.05/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Eye: To the eye this is every thing that is expected, cloudy and pale yellow/gold lively with carbonation. However, the head is seriously lacking on this brew, could be the glass though, this is the first time I've used this new glass.... When first poured the head was a large rocky somewhat off white color, however, it quickly receded to a thin film with no lace. Would've expected more from a wheat brew.

Nose: HA! Almost, and pretty much have to stand up to get my nose into the weizen glass. Large amount of spiciness in this brew's aroma. All in all the aroma is pretty hard to detect, I'm getting a very clean and very weak aroma. There is also a wheat aroma, and very little if any clove or banana phenols.

Tongue: Oh God!...This isn't good. There is a very strong metallic/aluminum tang that takes away from everything else in this brew. I mean there's a bit of wheat right up front, then it's just bland with a bit of sweetness. Finishes dry with a strong metallic tang and some spiciness. A little bit of banana phenol in there as well.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Highly carbonated, so much so that it takes away from the body of the brew. Finishes dry as already mentioned, very dry. This isn't a brew that I'll buy again, It doesn't do it for me.

Photo of JustinBathurst
2.81/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a big sudsy head that can't wait to disappear.

Smells of hay and not much else (which is strange, because other reviewers are mentioning so much that is definitely not coming from this glass).

The mouthfeel is crisp with perfectly balanced carbonation.

Tastes of sour apple, hops, citrus, and a smidgen of cloves. Very light in this department.

For a Hefe Weizen, this was a major disappointment. Of all I've had from Germany, this is not up to snuff. It almost seems more like a typical German lager, which it shouldn't. I won't be having this one again.

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

Of all the Hefe-Weizens I've sampled, this is by far the weakest in the areas of taste and aroma. Appearance wise, this was on par; however, the aroma was almost too weak to notice, the taste was only slightly detectable, which included notes of bubble gum and cane sugar. This was quite drinkable since it was like drinking a watered down Hefe. The recipe is hundreds of years old, but it's time for an upgrade.

Photo of Hornet2003
3.66/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this at the airport in Munich with an early lunch(ie, breakfast ;)).

Appearance...Pale yellow, obviously like most wheat beers. Cloudy, like lemon juice. Big frothy head that didn't subside until the beer had been on my table for 5 mins.

Smell: Yeasty, spicey...Like a hefeweisen. Not as ronounced as most N. American Hefe's, but it was all there. Nice subtle aromas of banana, a little bit of smoke, and tart orange.

Taste: Light and satisfying, this beer had a decent amount of yeasty spice as well as your standard Hefeweizen flavours. Like the aroma, not as pronounced but it was all there. Tangerine, orange, lemon and lime(without the bitterness) flavours dominate. All citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy carbonation. It was quite pleasant on the tongue. The tart yeaty flavour really gets you at the back of the tongue.

Drinkability: Off the charts. It was 10:30 am when I had this with some pretzels and weisswurst and I could have stayed there all day and been happy as a clam. The tartness was not so much that it got old and the alcohol was low enough that 3-5 glasses was well within comprehension...Although comprehension may not be within your capacity at that point. :P

Overall: Even though it was the last day of my trip in Europe and it was at the airport, I still remember it quite vividly.

Photo of Durge
2.76/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazey golden color with scant head and very active carbonation. Not much lacing here.Smells vaguely of berries but not much going on. A fizzy brew with a hint of apple. Tangy with a slight yeast finish. Soda-like. Pretty light stuff, refreshing enough. OK but I wouldn't go out of my way to have another.

Photo of BeerAndBourbon
2.96/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in its proper glass, which presents the beer nicely.

A. Beautiful. The fluffy white head fades slowly, but never dies completely. There is a constant stream of small bubbles from the bottom of the glass. The color is a slightly hazy golden.

S. Bread, yeast, and banana are up front. A little citrus shows through as the beer warms.

T. Weaker than I expected. Some banana and citrus with minimal hop flavor.

M. The carbonation scrubs the palate well.

D. Easy to drink, but rather unremarkable. I was expecting more flavor. It probably doesn't help that I drank this alongside a spicy Thai dish. I'll have to try it again some time without the Thai, but it did help cut the spice in the dish.

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

Pours a cloudy orange-gold color with plenty of chunky white head that stays around for a while. Smells yeasty and of bananas with a little spicy hoppiness. The taste is sweet and yeasty also with some banana flavor and just enough bitterness to finish clean. Don't taste a lot of hops there, but it's tasty anyway. The mouthfeel is a little heavy and very fizzy/scraping. Overall, it's very drinkable and tasty.

Photo of eb003
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall it's a pretty good brew. It's not quite as impressive to me as other Hefes, though.

The appearance is good... nice and cloudy like it should be. There is a decent amount of head and lacing on the glass. The smell is good, but not "aromatic". The taste is also good. It has a nice flavor, but it just doesn't quite have the fullness of flavor that other hefes offer. The mouthfeel is nice... relatively smooth.

The drinkability is pretty high. It's good enough to drink most of the night...and it's not filling.

Overall, it's worth a shot...it could be on of your favs.

Photo of 1fastz28
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a golden color with tons of carbonation and a big frothy white head. the smell is kinda skunky, more like a pilsner than a hefe, has some hop notes but nothing major. on the mouth it almost feel like champagne, so much carbonation it tickles the tounge, good tasting hefe, not fruity like some of the others but it doens't taste like a normal lager like it smells. pretty good all around easy to drink and relatively cheap.

Photo of bigman147
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy pale, slightly darer than expected. Very foamy and head is almost uncontrollable. Once it settles, it looks flat with no lacing. Very ugly looking after the initial pour.

Aroma: Smells of yeast and sulphur . Slight banana and wheat character. Nothing really jumped out. I figured that maybe it was too cold so I let it warm but nothing ever really developed.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Wheat and citrus. Full bodied with some yeast/eggy notes. Slightly sweet but not cloying.

Drinkability: Very drinkable but not very impressive. A good summer beer but not great.

Photo of 86sportster883
3.92/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My neighbor George keeps Erdinger Hefe-Weizen on tap in the summer and I've always found it to be an easy drinking hot weather beer. Last year, I was lucky enough to attend Erdinger's 75th Anniversary Autumn Fest in the town of Erding. It was an experience I will never forget.

The Erdinger Hefe is a truly worthy example of a Bavarian Hefe-Wezen. It’s a session beer with a nice kick at 5.3 abv. This beer is made with pride, by a people that strive for perfection. There are other Hefes that I've enjoyed more, but there are few (if any) that I've consumed more of.

Photo of dragonglen
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass.

My wife is committed to trying my beers now and help me rate. Of all the beers we've tried together (rated or not), this is her second-favorite of all time and easiest for her to drink.

A - Poured a light, cloudy amber with a huge head that filled half the glass and caused me to wait a while so I could finish the pour. Small bubbles continued to rise throughout and the beer left no lacing.

S - Rather plain with some nice fruity (banana?) and alcohol. Nothing really jumped out. She says it smells like beer.

T - Light and wet with a slight fruity taste. It left almost no aftertaste, and what was left actually tasted good. Each sip left me ready for another. Definitely above average, but not amazing.

M - The small bubbles tingled on the front of my tongue. It felt very wet, crisp and refreshing. This is a beer I could hold in my mouth for a while and enjoy it... if I was into that sorta thing. The wife agrees.

D - This is so easy to drink, I could have it all day and night. Perfect for the warmer weather, but definitely something that would be refreshing all year round. My wife says it's the easiest beer she's ever had to drink; it's so well balanced.

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

Nice crisp hefe, but not a stand-out one. Pours into a hefe glass with a cloudy gold color and a huge bubbly white head that hung in there well. Smell was very mild wheat. Taste was good but without any cloves, banana, citrus or astringency. Basically a nice, smooth wheat taste. Mouthfeel was just right, crisp and light. Drinkability was good. This would be a nice, light summer beer for a session. Just not an outstanding or memorable hefe.

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

Poured from a 500ml bottle in my Schneider hefe glass. Had a best by Jan 2008 date on back label. Was a cloudy golden yellow color. Had a huge head that slowly dissipated into a constant foam with some lacing. The aroma was pretty weak. It had the overripe banana, cloves and bubblegum but you really had to take a deep whiff to get it otherwise not much there. The taste was also kinda weak. I've read great reviews on this and it is my favorite style but this one just doesn't seem that great to me. Texas is really spotty on quality on the German beers so I've tried this several times over the years before reviewing and this is the best I've had yet. Other have had great samples after many tries but this one seems to be stuck in mid pack. Not bad but there are so many other great hefes out there to waste time on this one again unless limited options. With that said, I'll definitely be trying on tap when I go to Germany next year. (3.5, RB, T, Y)

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

I smell citrus, banana, cloves, orange peel, lemon...maybe bubble-gum?

Looks Mountain Dew-ish in colour. Yellow and hazy. Lots, and lots of fast rising bubbles. Huge rocky white head. Good head retention & good lacing.

Nice banana flavour upfront with a touch of clove in the background. Some citrus in the finish. Repeat what's in the aroma...except, I'm not getting any of the bubble gum now.

A lot of fine carbonation. A bit gassy, but that is characteristic of this style.

Overall, I like it very much & will have more of it in the future. A great Beer for the warmer weather.

Photo of beeragent
3.54/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass from a bottle. The beer pours a light hazy straw, forming a massive white fluffy head, that faded slowly. Light spots of lace on the glass. The aroma is not as pronounced as other hefe-weizens on the market, but still retains a light wheat/fruity aroma. The taste is also a little lighter than usual, but not bad. This beer seems to have a little more wheat flavor than the expected light banana taste and spice. The mouthfeel is thin, but very smooth. Easy enough to drink. Overall, I have to say that this wasnt exactly what I expected. I wasnt dissapointed by the taste, but since they advertise as "The worlds favorite hefeweizen", I suppose I was expecting a little more. Not as flavorful as I wanted it, but I could see this as being a crossover beer for all the BMC drinkers. Worth a try.

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

1PT 9oz brown bottle:

AP: Keeping the pour on the gentle side, this hazy, frosted yellow gold color with big carbonation creates a uncontrolable, massive four-full finger deep bone-white head that is going to take a few minutes to recede to the point where i can actually drink it. I'll take this time to take in the overall aroma...

nose: light malted wheat, sour yeast, metalllic aroma, very subtle citrus notes with banana, herbal hop-slightly peppery.

Flavor & Feel: a light, crisp malted wheat, lightly buttery effect hits first with an herbal grainy yeast and hop flavor that becomes smooth and slicker feeling going down. This light bodied brew has big visual carbonation that mellows out dramatically over time. The flavors do seem a bit subdued and watery.

DA: not a bad German imported hefe.

Photo of shark262
3.71/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The freshness label on this 16.9 oz. bottle indicates an expiration in two months. Pours with a nice, white, fluffy head (about the width of two fingers) and is highly effervescent. Light golden color and hazy due to suspended yeast (mit hefe).

Bready aroma is joined with lightly phenolic aroma of cloves. Fruity esters are slight, with a hint of bubblegum but not much banana.

Soft, grainy flavor hits the palette nicely and tastes refreshing. High carbonation level spreads the clove flavor evenly. The taste of bananas is more present in tasting than in the aroma. Mouthfeel is fluffy and light with a slight creaminess due to the suspended yeast.

Nice hefeweizen example and very drinkable. Great on a hot day.

Photo of bjohnson
3.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a two finger fizzy white head. The fluffy white head dimples as it sits making waves of pillow soft foam. Sticky thick lacing forms on the glass. Wheaty and bready flavors with a hint of spice. Grassy and leafy hop profile leaves the nose refreshed. Not a huge hop profile, but just enough to balance out the malt profile.

Subtle and soft wheat notes with a yeasty kick towards the finish. Banana and bubblegum notes blend well with the wheaty background. Lemon peel also noticeable after a nice shake. Not heavy at all---a nice light and airy hefe with a decent amount of flavor. Not overpowering or invasive. A good stepping stone hefe for a move to the bigger better brews.

Photo of Stephen63
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Fine looking beer with misty golden body and foamy head. Head faded a little quickly but did not disappear.

S - Very fruity with lemon, banana and pears.

T - Pretty decent though quite subtle, zesty. Alcohol was noticeable.

M - Very lively in the mouth, quite sharp.

D - Like a good wheat beer this is too damned easy to drink.

As wheat beers go this is a nice one and a good example of the style. Readily available in the UK including draught occasionally, probably will try the latter at some point.

Photo of Duster72
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden with a two finger head. Aroma is light malts with cloves and banana. Taste is typical hefeweizen dominated by cloves with some banana and sweet malts. Rather light and watery for me. Not particularly drinkable - I had to force myself to finish it off.

Photo of Pepeton
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found this one in a new supermarket. Hope they bring some other brews.

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange, with a fluffy yellowish and short lived head. No lacing at all.

Smell is mild, with some typical yeast in the background. Strikes me I couldn't pick up the trademark banana scent.

Taste lives up to the smell: Mild. Some spiciness. Refreshing, though.

Mouthfeel is almost watery. Some bitterness at the end.

Drinkability is high 'cause my Northeast México Summer helps it a lot.


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