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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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80
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1,591 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,591
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 15
Gots: 212 | FT: 0
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Germany

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 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.

¡Salud!

Photo of cichief
4.12/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD, in a half-liter weizen glass.

A- Pours a straw yellow, very hazy, with a thick snow-white head.

S- Scent of cloves and banana, with a yeasty overtone.

T- Again banana and clove, very refreshing. A super warm weather cooler.

M- Very carbonated with smaller bubbles, with a medium body.

D- A super refreshing drink, this is a classic of the style.

Photo of ncvbc
3.22/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not one of my favorites when it comes to a Hefe but a decent example. Poured a murky straw color with less of a head than I usually see. Somewhat bland in appearance. Smells about average but it doesn't have that "zing" that others do. No bold fruit smells or anything that has highlighted other enjoyable Hefes. Average. Taste isn't too bad but nothing I can highlight. Mouthfeel is carbonated and light. It's a Hefe so it's drinkable as most but no better than good due to the fact that most everything else was lacking in some way. Not too bad, not too good. You might like it if this is your style but I'll probably stick to a few others that come to mind.

Photo of billysj
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance - pours as a cloudy dark orange with a big white head.

Smells of fruit sweetness. The taste differ from the smell, bland with a lot of wheat and slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is average with good carbonation.

The Erdinger Hefe-Weizen fail to compares to other hefe I drink. Overall an average hefe.

Photo of joeysmokedporter
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

served in a bottle, poured into an Erdinger weizen glass.

appearance: straw gold color, very little cloudiness for style, strong rocky head with lacing

smell: light malt aroma with some weizen (banana/clove) character, pretty low for style

Taste: very light on banana/clove/weizen flavors, drinks a lot more like a pilsner.

mouthfeel: light and carbonated, true to style

Drinkability: can drink many of these, not my favorite weizen though.

Photo of auxiliary
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Light straw color, cloudy, lots of carbination when poured, large head but then disolved. Head was just bubbles.

smell - Yeast, hops, straw, bread.

taste - Yeast, ting of hops, spices, clean and crisp.

mouthfeel - Light, little bitter at the end, but not like a hop beer. Crisp.

drinkability - Bottle says " all-natural bottle-fermented". easy drinking, nice brew enjoyed.

Photo of jim102864
2.19/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is one of the least interesting beers I've reviewed and it starts with the aroma, because there essentially was none. It's a fine looking honey like yellow brew with a lovely white head as I poured it into my Toucher Weizen glass. But again, once you get past the appearance, where's the beer? The head was as white as a Hawaiian beach but that's where the good press ends. I detected so little flavor in this brew. It's clean but to the point of offering absolutely no excitement to the taster. The mouthfeel was so light it was wanting as well. I will take a pass on this brew should it ever be offered to me again. A dissapointing experience given that this brewery's other offerings are something to enjoy.

Photo of wl0307
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Only once have I had the bottled version of this beer, while the tap version as I recall it is quite solid. Now the bottled version is available at the Sainsbury's at just 1.19 quid, providing me a proper chance to review it at home at last. BB 01/2008, served moderately-chilled in a proper weizen glass.

A: cloudy dark yellow-orange in colour; constant flows of moderate carbonation at play, supporting an ever-lasting, thick layer of white froth.
S: besides being slightly ashy upfront, the aroma is slightly mango-ish on fruitiness with a touch of orange-citrus zest, on top of rich grainy wheat malts, a pleasant edge of bubble-gum and cane sugar. Overall not complex, pleasant enough for a bottled weizen.
T: chewy bready malts come as the main theme, followed by a wheat- and corn- like grainy flavour with a mildly acidic kick of citrus; simplistic and timid tropical fruit-esters (mainly green mangos) make a late presence. The overall flavour marks more malts than fruits, and finishes on a semi-clean and bready undernote.
M&D: a liquid bread in a glass this is, somehow missing the unique fruit-estery edge of a complex weizen; the mouthfeel turns slightly too fizzy on the palate and feels only suitable for the rather simplistic flavour profile. All in all, the draught version is way better, to my best recollection.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.01/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an oversized weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden straw color. Very thick, fluffy, & foamy white head.

Smell: Slightly yeasty smell. Not very much to it.

Taste: Very lightly spiced wheat flavor. Hardly any citrus flavor of which to speak.

Mouthfeel: Generally light-bodied with a slight grainy-ness to the feel.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, though a bit tedious.

Nice, but not quite as exciting as other Hefeweizen's I've had. Actually, it's quite boring! It's a decent enough beer, but hardly think I'd get it again.

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

Appearance: A highly carbonated pale yellow liquid filled my glass. There was a copious amount of head but very little retention.

Smell: The major smell is of wheat, but there are minor notes of lemon and grapefruit.

Taste: The only major flavor seems to be the wheat, but the aftertaste holds some lemon and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: The crisp carbonation is nice and the beer is light on the tongue.

Drinkability: Goes down smooth.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 2/24/07 at British Beer Company, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, lemon, spice, some hops and light malts.

T: A bready wheat flavor along with some lemon start out first. Some spice and hops follow. The malt character is thin and the sweetness is faint. The taste is a little dull overall.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, dry and clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not very filling, I could go with this beer for a while but there are many that are much better within the style.

Photo of alexskovan
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured very pale cloudy yellow with a gigantic egg-white head. Very little aroma, some fruity sweetness and coriander. Taste is underwhelming, thin, orange and coriander, not a lot going on. It's called a "bottle-fermented Hefe", but I see no sediment whatsoever in the bottle.

Boring. Not really bad. Not really good. Boring.

Photo of jwc215
2.71/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

best bore end of this month - poured into weizen glass.

Pours hazy (more than cloudy) straw yellow with a towering head that descends to a lasting, thin cover. Virtually no lacing sticks to glass.

There is a slight chemical/grassy aroma - not "skunk" though. There is a touch of tropical fruitiness underneath - restrained - I'll take that to be banana, is it is close enough. Maybe some clove, but I think it's more from expectation than actually there.

It is almost flavorless. There is some malty, grainy sweetness. Only the vaguest hint of banana. Very little, if any clove. A weak yeast strain hardly keeps things together and the malt seems out of whack with the rest of it. There is an oily slickness about it. It actually doesn't taste bad, though there is a subtle chemicalish veggie thing going on. Finishes rather sweet with only a hint of dryness, and rather bland.

It has a slick, almost medium body. Slightly overcarbonated, it's not as smooth as the style really should be.

A refresher on a hot day maybe? Maybe, but so are so many others. There are so many wonderful examples of this style that this one is not worth it. Shame that a Bavarian brewery so missed the mark on this one, IMO.

Photo of browner
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A fine Hefeweizen Brew. Very nice hazy yellow color and off white half inch + / - head that doesn't disappear . Classic yeasty-bready aroma, banana, clove, and slight citrus flavor. Great finish with tones of sweetness and yeast , a truly fine beer. I would consider the Hefeweizen for it's drinkability with a little swager. Erdinger should make no apologies for tradition here.

Photo of billybob
3.74/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a light slightly cloudy straw yellow with white three finger head that holds for a short time with minimal lacing. smell was swampy or like wet rags. taste was herbs, spice, slight clove. mouthfeel was light, crisp, good carbonation, nice bite to it. easy session beer. taste much better than it smells.

Photo of zeff80
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, gold color with a white, foamy two-finger head. Leaves a little lacing.

S - It smelled of wheat, yeast and clove.

T - It tasted of wheat and clove. It also had a warm spiciness.

M - This has a very sharp bite on the tongue. A light-bodied brew.

D - The bottle claims it is the "World's #1 Hefe-Weizen" and it's hard not to disagree. It's a great tasting beer.

Erdinger Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
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