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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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80
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1,606 Ratings
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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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Erdinger Weissbräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 01-03-2002

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Ratings: 1,606 | Reviews: 747
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.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden straw with a muddied clarity from the yeast pour. Rocky head fills the glass, then slowly settles and shows decent retention but poor lacing. Pilsener malt and soft wheat in the nose, with mild clove and pear aromatics. Sweet wheat and sharp pilsener flavors upfront, followed by spicy clove and faint fruity ester. Dry aftertaste with balanced bitterness and very subtle noble hop flavor. Light bodied with a signifgant creamy wheat texture and made crisp again by high carbonation. Finishes dry with a bit of clove and slight residual sweetness,but fairly clean. An authentic Hefeweizen, but in no way outstanding.

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

Picked up a single at the NSLC.

Appearance: Pours a flawless light golden straw colour with a large fizzy bone white head. Very hazy, head settles slowly to a nice lacing.

Aroma: Smell is light and citrusy. Notes of bready malt and pinch of cloves and other spices.

Taste: Nice and light. Wheat and solid malts, a bit of spices and bannana in the finish. Very nice flavour

Mouthfeel: Very nicely bodied, sharp carbonation, a definite thirst quencher.

Final Statement: I've been meaning to get into Hefe Weizen's for a while now, so figured I'd start with this. My only other experience with this style comes from the Rogue Roost's (local brew pup), and Sam Adam's. I rather liked this, and will continue to explore. I recommend this, It's definately sure to please on some level.

Photo of rousee
4.4/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Murky gold color with a small head of tiny bubbled foam---a thin lacing remains on the sides of the glass.

Very subtle blend of wheat, yeast and malt is apparent on the nose.

Taste is a thick rich lush fresh bread character and biscuit like with a slight citrus fruitines on the finish. Much less banana flavor than many hese-weizens exhibit but it is still lingering just a little --just enough to know this is a hefe.

Very nice quenching mouthfeel. About as drinkable as you get for the style. This is right up there amongst the best hefes I've had.

Photo of TerryW
2.79/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pretty plain Jane. Looks good, nice hazy soft peach colour, good head with some retention and lace. After that its mild and unremarkable without a lot of the distinctiveness you'd normally expect out of a weissbier. Weak grains, weak citrus, weak spice. Not a ton of flavour, watery mouthfeel.

Easy enough going down, but at the end of the day, just not all that inspired.

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
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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
3.09/5  rDev -11.7%
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
2.43/5  rDev -30.6%
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!

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