Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu
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3.23/5 rDev -7.4%
Erdinger's hefeweizen is supposedly the #1 wheat beer in Germany (and the world, according to the 6-pack carton). It is not a bad beer, but I can see how this might be popular amongst the masses because it is a very simple wheat beer and very easy to drink. The most attractive thing about this brew is probably the 6-pack carton, which has some beautiful shots of some German mountainscapes.
Erdinger pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a very large foam head which retains VERY well. Pleasant surprise there. A fruity aroma eminates from the brew, with some banana notes in there. Total lack of "hefe spices." Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but the brew practically glides down your esophagus. Quite quenching. The generic fruitiness noted from the aroma is present in the flavor too (as well as the banana presence). Once again, no spiciness! Some toasty wheat flavors make this brew a bit more interesting. These flavors are pretty much the only things that contibute to the aftertaste as well (no dryness was detected). The beer leaves no alcoholic warmth either.
This is a mild hefeweizen. Hey, I still enjoyed this more than Sam Adam's hefe (not really so much as mild but unpleasant), so that's a plus. Sweet, fruity, banana like, and very little yeast sediment. A weissbier for newbies or for the unadventurous.
06-18-2004 03:02:32 | More by Beastdog75
3.53/5 rDev +1.1%
Having sampled nearly all the other varieties by Erdinger, I thought I'd give the Weissbier a go. I was quite impressed, an easy drinking hefe, but it seemed to lack on the aroma side. I don't know if this is because it was a tad old, or possibly out of date (the best before wasn't marked, and it's a bit difficult to get top notch imported beers here in Australia). Poured with a superb head, slight aroma of banana and clove sweetness, no juicy fruit bubble gum. Tasted quite grainy, a heap of wheat on the palate, and a sweet tartness. As said, an easy drinking hefe, simple and to the point.
06-14-2004 01:31:48 | More by revdrjbob
3.33/5 rDev -4.6%
From the bottle pours a cloudy golden/straw color. Nice thick white fluffy head that stays a while. Smell is slightly citrusy, yeasty and banana. Pale malt taste with sourness, and a bit spicy. Light bodied with a lot of carbonation, which is where it should be. Overall, not bad but not a whole lot of flavor.There are others I enjoy more.
05-28-2004 23:01:34 | More by Bierguy5
2.73/5 rDev -21.8%
My half liter bottle looks just like the one in the picture. Fealty to the purity law proudly proclaimed on the label. Best before 9/2004, I opened it on 5/27/04.
Hey, good lookin'! Cloudy yellow gold under a two finger white head beautifully contoured and built to last. Some spots of lace linger as the glass is emptied. The nose is very mild, with just a touch of citrus and a whole lot of bread. The mouth is very prickly and heavy with yeast. The taste is mild, almost bland, with lots of yeast and not much more. I can detect no spices, no citrus and no hops. Oh, wait - deep in the aftertaste a very slight bitterness appears. That's it. Pretty non-descript, really.
05-28-2004 03:08:03 | More by Globetrotter
3.7/5 rDev +6%
Erdinger Hefe-weizen pours with a large white head that collapses reasonably quickly. It's straw yellow color and hazy unless you swirl the bottle at the end and pour out the yeast from the bottom of the bottle, then it's fairly murky. If you're a wheat beer fan, the first thing you'll notice is the lack of the classic wheat beer "nose" the banana/clove/bubblegum aroma found in most German wheat beers.
It has a crisp wheat-beer flavor with medium body and a relatively high bitterness as wheat beers go (although certainly not as hoppy as American pale ales or IPAs). Very drinkable. If you add the yeast, you get a little more of the "liquid bread" character that the best wheat beers show and the hops are masked a bit.
What you rate this beer as would depend highly on how you rate beers. If you rate this beer expecting it have lots of wheat beer character, it would score low. (To be honest, if it didn't say hefe-weizen on the label, I wouldn't even have pegged it as one. It smells almost like a lager and tastes more like a Belgian ale to me.) If you you rate it simply as a beer that "is what it is," it's a fairly decent, quaffable brew.
05-26-2004 02:53:36 | More by chriscolby
3.73/5 rDev +6.9%
Medium sized bottle, pours light yellow ,straw in color and very cloudy. Active carbonation produces a large white head. Quickly settling into a tiny bubble film, leaves some nice lacing. Bananas in the nose and flavor notes. Wheaty yeastyness also present. As noted in many other reviews, this one doesnt have that big fruity, spiceyness that the top weise brews boast. This one finishes with a dry hoppyness. Nice brew, slightly differant than some of the other germans. well worth trying and enjoying with some salad, bread and cheese.
05-26-2004 00:04:06 | More by Billolick
3.4/5 rDev -2.6%
Medium yellow color, with a big white head. The smells iss only faintly of banana and clove, but not as much as most hefe's I have tried. Taste is pretty plain, no very strong, but nothing offenzive. This is a slightyl above average beer, othing spectacular. After Paulaner and Weihenstephaner this beer doesn't do much for me.
05-12-2004 01:38:56 | More by TastyTaste
3.4/5 rDev -2.6%
Light straw color which is appropriate for style. Foamy head that lasted to the bottom of the glass.
Not alot of banana or clove aroma, really not much aroma at all.
Flavor is practically the same as the aroma, not much there. I was expecting alot of banana and clove taste, but it was just mediocre at best.
The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer...WOW...I wish I could get this much body in my own brews! Very well done!
Overall a decent hefe; but not near the "world's #1 Hefe-Weizen" as indicated on the bottle.
05-10-2004 22:42:40 | More by crawfow
United Kingdom (England)
3.48/5 rDev -0.3%
Pours a cloudy bright golden colour with a big white head.
Aroma is very subtle, a small wheaty tone and some sort of gummy hint.
Taste is similarly lacking - wheats, slightly hoppy, but nothing really noticeable except for malts and a tiny fruity tang.
Mouthfeel is also pretty average.
Luckily, this beer drinks very well.
05-05-2004 20:10:16 | More by Doiv
3.75/5 rDev +7.4%
This hefe is a lighter gold color than the average hefe, typical cloudy body. Big white foam head. Light scent, some clove. Pretty light and refreshing, classic hefe characteristics. Clove, banana, wheat. Not quite as complex as some of the top notch hefe, but a refreshing drink non-the-less.
05-02-2004 21:05:36 | More by Tballz420
3.15/5 rDev -9.7%
500mL bottle, $1.99
I was expecting in this a classic example of the style, one that stood heads above the competition on principal alone. Unfortunately this beer, while quite drinkable, was not memorable in the slightest and was not even close to one of the better wheat beers i've experience.
The beer pours out conventional to its style, canary yellow and yeast clouded, with a giant poofy head that leaves minimal lacing.
The nose is not as banana-clove laden as I expected. In fact, there is a small bit of banana but it is swallowed by major syrupy sweetness. A slight bit of noble hops attempts to break through to no avail.
The taste of this beer is rather one-dimensional and uninspiring. Lots of sweet maltiness, a slightly tired wheatiness, and just enough hops on the end to cut through the liquid vanilla-extract I almost couldn't get past.
I'll be back to try some other beers from this brewery, but this one didn't set the bar high at all.
05-02-2004 18:15:20 | More by GreenWBush
3.65/5 rDev +4.6%
Poured a cloudy orange-gold color...lovely chunky 3-finger cap that lasts! Lots of effervescent activity. Not overly perfumed to the nose had the standard weiss-hefe aromas of banana-cloves...but very subdued. Started with a mild but refreshing maltiness which then gets peppery as the carbonation kicks the palate and the mild fruity-spicy tastes are imparted then finishes a tad thin with a slight sweetish after taste.
A good commercial weissbrau, subdued, light body...but very thirst quenching and very drinkable.
04-29-2004 15:36:16 | More by pootz
3.65/5 rDev +4.6%
The very dense and fine head gets foamy as it fades. The body is cloudy and opaque, of a golden orange color. Interesting smell, sweet juicy strawberry and wheat. The taste is decent, but the strawberry in the smell made me expect more. Very citric, with a refreshing wheat aspect. Carbonation is a little weak. The beer only gave me a mouthfeel in the first part of my mouth: clearly lacking here. A decent beer, but not a great example of its style.
04-24-2004 22:44:05 | More by tjd25
3.95/5 rDev +13.2%
Aroma is faint, but very lemony with a bit of bannana and orange. Cloudy yellow with a big white head. Taste is light and fruity. Prickly mouthfeel, strong carbonation and a spicy, peppery finish. Highly drinkable and fruity makes for one of the best drinkin on the porch on hot day beers I've had in a while.
04-19-2004 02:41:03 | More by Sixpack595
3.4/5 rDev -2.6%
A big, white, crusty, rocky head. A dark, dirty gold, almost clear beer. Lots of carbonation. Cloudy on last pour. Smell is somewhat soapy. Light, a touch fruity, but no big esters. Too faint bananas in the front. The middle sweetens, turns a little creamy. Dry, nutty, fresh, crisp, almost lagery bitter finish. So I like that nutty finish. And the beer does get better (fruitier) as it warms. But it's really a little too crisp and clean for me. A decent taste, but needs more hefe- in the -weizen.
03-31-2004 00:31:13 | More by kbub6f
3.4/5 rDev -2.6%
pours a cloudy mid to light yellow color,with a slight head that gives away quickly and leaves slight lacing in glass.Has a slightly fruity smell that is pleasant but vague.Taste is very pleasant a bit watery with a slight spiciness that finishes very quickly.mouthfeel is well carbonated like soda is about all I can say.Drinkability is high due to it's refreshing,crisp,thirstquenching qualities(nothing offensive here).Overall I would say that I've had wheat beers with a lot more flavor than this one, but sometimes that flavor is'nt all that pleasant.but as far as just having a nice really easy drinking beer thats a much better quality than just banging down some Bud's, try this one.
03-17-2004 00:39:34 | More by steinlifter
3.08/5 rDev -11.7%
Nice thick brown 1 pint 9 oz. bottle with a best by date (10-2004 sampled 3-2004), a Reinheitsgebot claim and All Natural, Bottle-Fermented on it. Bottle has Hefe-Weizen in red letters under Erdinger. I searched their website and listed the alc % by the 'beer with fine yeast'.
Aroma: Smells like a river. Not in a bad way, just that’s the only thing I get. A very mild smell.
Appearance: Hazy thin yellow with a fluffy white head the collapsed into a well fed thin sheet that gave a little lace on the glass.
Flavor: Extremely mild taste. Some nice wheat flavors come in late in the swallow, and the slightest hint of hops in the taste, but I had to hunt for them. Tastes like an American Macrobeer with a minor metallic taste at the end.
Mouthfeel: Thin body, just not much there.
Overall Impression: Hefe-Weizen? Are you sure? German? Really? I think Bud has just repackaged its product. Nothing here; nothing offensive, nothing inspiring, nothing to write home about, there is just nothing. Maybe that’s a tad harsh, I do get some nice wheat tastes, but it’s minor. I guess this would make a good thirst quencher, or a nice gateway beer to introduce to the masses. For me, I’ll claim my karma point and move on.
03-14-2004 06:55:53 | More by HardTarget
4.05/5 rDev +16%
It's called Weibbier on the label.
It pours a cloudy butterscotch color with a medium-sized white head with some sticky and trailing lace.
It has an upfront yeasty aroma, which fades into more of a fresh bread dough smell. The light citrusy aroma is present throughout.
The medium body has an almost rye-like wheat malt flavor with a light sweetness added.
The hops provide a lime-like bitterness and ever so slight metallic tang.
It's a smooth and rounded brew with an apple pectin quality to the mouthfeel. The presence of yeast is well in the background where it belongs. A mild taste of vodka is noticeable. Very Refreshing!
03-06-2004 00:01:24 | More by BeerResearcher
3.2/5 rDev -8.3%
Appearance: Deep hazy golden orrange hue with a nice frothy creamy head leaves big ol' patches of lacing. Aroma: Grassy tone to it with none of the banana and clove notes that I have come to know and love. Taste: Not impressed here, leaves a malted wheat sweetness to it with some mild yeast characteristics just lacks for a "true" German hefe. Mouthfeel: Creamy texture a bit light for a hefe. Drinkability: Middle of the road a lackluster German hefeweizen, but does seem refreshing epsecially on a warmer day.
02-28-2004 19:31:28 | More by WVbeergeek
4.05/5 rDev +16%
Appearance: yellow/orange, cloudy, sturdy wheat head
Smell: very fruity dominating the faint spiciness
Taste: a very fruity/banana hefe, clove was faint, which is fine with me
Mouthfeel: excellent, smooth, velvety, mouthfilling
Drinkability: endless on a hot summer day
02-27-2004 15:33:46 | More by surfmeister
4.18/5 rDev +19.8%
Light orange/yellow color and slight haze in color. Head is pretty light as well. Smells like wheat with a strong banana aroma. Taste is sweet in mouth with light banana flavor, finish has pleasing wheat flavor. Feel in mouth is smooth and pleasent. Overall the beer is very drinkable!
02-17-2004 22:34:01 | More by jsolack
3.68/5 rDev +5.4%
A classic looking Hefe, a orange/golden color with a billowy, white head. A wheat, yeast , clove aroma, rather on the lighter side for a wheat beer. It has a light, refreshing body with flavors of spicy yeast, cloves and light vanilla, not very bold but still a tasty brew.
02-17-2004 03:46:39 | More by jeffboo
2.15/5 rDev -38.4%
The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thin white head. The aroma is awful. It's musty almost like bad homebrew. I guess it has pale malt and yeast scent. The taste is pretty terrible as well. This has to be the worst hefe I've ever had. It is pale and musty with way too much carbonation. The mouthfeel sucks. It is a medium bodied beer with huge carbonation. I burp after every sip. The beer drinks horrible. I'm not sure I'll finish this one.
02-07-2004 00:11:03 | More by WesWes
4/5 rDev +14.6%
This was a pleasant surprise, and yet one more step towards fully converting me over to weissbiers and hefe's. A hazy apricot in appearance, with a chunky white head on the pour, but not much retention after a minute or so. Sweet grain, light spice and mild fruit characteristics on the nose. Most predominant for me was a sweet candied banana flavour, rounded out quite nicely by a grassy hop finish. Full smooth pleasing mouthfeel, I found this to be a very relaxing and drinkable beer, and think it would make a great session beer for the style. It's not bursting with intense spice and fruit charactersistics, but is smooth and well-rounded for what it is.
01-25-2004 22:32:11 | More by IronDjinn
3.73/5 rDev +6.9%
Pours cloudy yellow with a nice head. Yeasty sweet nose with some fruit. Taste is rather malty with some spice as the main up front profiles. Some citrus. The hops has a different taste than I am used to. Fairly bity and dry in the finish.
A decent Hefe, but I have had better.
01-24-2004 23:30:36 | More by daledeee
Erdinger Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
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