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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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80
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1,562 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,562
Reviews: 736
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 15
Gots: 193 | 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 mpyle
2.53/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Palish gold color, appropriately cloudy for the style. Small white head with fairly poor head retention.

Aroma seemed off. Caught a whiff of what seemed to be a plastic-like phenolic compound early, and some fruity sweetness later. Not the ideal phenol/ester character for the style.

Banana ester sweetness, offset by hop bitterness. Clove phenols a bit lacking. Wheat character lacking. Finishes very dry - carbonation caused or possibly a bit of oxidation.

High carbonation and low to medium body. Dry finish was a bit harsh.

Overall lacking in flavor, and perhaps a bit beyond peak. Aside from high carbonation, really lacked the ideal qualities of a Hefe-Weizen.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.78/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The wind is cold outside, but the sun is out and beating down a little heat.

Poured into a weizen glass. Nice initial head, some stays for a while. Smell is citrusy and a little bready.

Taste is wheaty and yeasty with a little dryness. It has a nice citrusy flavor to it as well.

Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. It is fairly easy to drink.

Photo of Shadman
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 16ox beer glass. Foamy off-white head that disappated quite quickly. Cloudy yellow with slight orange tinged coloring.

Smell: reminded me of bin full of grain in the winter time. Some hints of spiciness.

Taste: I found it to be bland at first with subtle wheat and spice(cloves?) undertones on the back end

Felt somewhat thicker than an average bar brew with a crisper finish that i was expecting.

Certainly not as sweet and spicy as the other wiess beer I have tried. This oneseems smoother but more filling. I'd try another.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured the beer from the bottle, german-style, into a weizen glass. The appearance of the beer is different than most hefe-weizens that I have had. This beer appears to be darker…somewhere between a typical hefe-weizen and a dunkle. The aroma is of darker citrus and metal, like a cyborg blood orange. The taste is similar, a little metallic, but not bad, and just a hint of citrus. This hefe-weizen is really enjoyable, very crisp and smooth. The carbonation is not overly done like most wheat brews.

For this being the “world’s #1 wheat beer” (notice the quotation marks), I would see why; it is smooth, refreshing, and delightful.

It's not bad but nothing close to great.

Photo of umustdrink
2.4/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a big head but dissipates fast to nothing. Evident lace. Cloudy orange color.

S - Faint earthy wheat smell

T - Faint taste as well, slightly fruity, similar hefeweizen tastes but very toned down. One of the blandest tasting Hefe's I've ever had.

M - Starts out relatively crisp but as carbonation fades, the mouthfeel becomes flatter

D - There are much, much better hefeweizens out there.

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

Poured in one go, into a Franziskaner Weissbier glass, it looks fine, a very pale golden yellow. 50cl bottle, best before June 2007, drank on 16th Dec 2006.

The normal bubbles raising through the body to replenish the foaming white head at the top. The aroma is of vanilla and bannanas, as you would expect, but not as pronounced as some Wiessbiers.

The taste is also lacking compared with other like beers, both in complexity and depth. On a summers day this would be just right, however, this is Great Britain in mid December and its lightness doesn't work right now.

I have drank many Weissbiers over the years, in all weathers, this is a lightweight in all aspects. there is very little mouthfeel and aftertaste.

Not the best Hefe Weizen by a long way!

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

pours a hazy yellow with a fluffy white head. head drops slowly and leaves a little lace behind.

aroma is nice. light bready malt. clove. slightly sweet.

taste is nice. light bready malt. mild clove. not much else to say. it's fairly plain and lacks some of the character i expect from a weizen.

mouthfeel is good. decent body and good carbonation level.

drinkability is good. balanced and interesting, just seems to miss the mark for a hefeweizen.

Photo of seanyfo
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into my tucher weizen glass in traditional weissbier fashion. Produces a slightly dull copper amber gold, not as dark as schneider but not very light either.4 Finger solid standard ice creamy looking weissbier head. Looks good. Lots of brussels lacing. Head retention is good throughout

S- some faint hints of vanilla, fresh banana, perhaps wet dough, not really like fresh bread which is apparent in some hefes. Cant say i get cloves either

T- Taste is a little creamy for me, fresh banana is apparent, but still no cloves in either taste or smell as i swirl the beer to release aroma. A little sticky/greasy on the finish, but not watery which is a good thing.Overall a bit bland

M- Refreshing sublte yet lively carbonation, doesnt sting the tongue.

D- Fine but there are much better hefe's out there with more character and also more refreshing. The greasy sticky finish let it down taking away from any refreshing qualities

Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tap At Pourhouse 50, a five ounce sample. Light whitish colour with good creamy head, medium mouthfeel and creamy, lacey in the glass. Some smell of wheat, also boozy. Easy drinking . Not all that much taste, but it is a thirst quencher on a dry night.

Photo of Budlum
2.65/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with loads of creamy, white head that sticks around for most of the bottle. A careful, hefe-pour is definitely required. The body is a pale, straw yellow with a lot of orange yeast haze.

The nose is fresh and light but not very powerful. Fresh apples and pears provide some fruit smells along with very light vanilla. This is not the typical, aromatic hefe.

Initial flavors present a brief, peppery spice before a rush of apple and wheat malt flavors. Oddly, the yeast isn't very powerful and this tastes alot like apple juice with hints of raspberries. The finish offers some oak flavors along with more apple tastes.

Mouthfeel is only lightly carbonated and spiced with a watery texture.

Drinkability is pretty good but I doubt that I will try to track this down again. Other, more available samples offer a much better experience.

Photo of FenwaySquid
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of GooberMcNutly
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of diamondc
2.4/5  rDev -31.4%
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.

Photo of yelterdow
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of Byeast
3.78/5  rDev +8%
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.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
3.15/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3/5  rDev -14.3%
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....

Photo of Orrshow
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of xav33
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of aussielars
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of helloloser12345
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of dherling
3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of InDreams
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of rarevos
3.3/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Erdinger Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
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