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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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Ratings: 1,564
Reviews: 736
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 16
Gots: 197 | 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 InDreams
3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.3/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was much better than its Kristallweizen counterpart. None of the unpleasant vegetal aroma or taste. Easily one of the better Hefe-weizen I've tried.

The beer pours to a fairly clear golden yellow color with a thick white foamy head. Not quite as thick and retentive as the Kristal, for some reason or another. Maybe just the pour? Nonetheless, I expected a bit more of a yeast haze, which this beer lacked. Looked nearly as clear as the Kristal, and had just as active of a carbonation.

The smell is good. Nice soft banana and clove with just a hint of lemon zest. No soapy aromas or vegetal off-flavors. Just a good wheat beer.

The taste is even better. Everything comes together perfectly. Just the right amount of banana and clove and just a dash of bitterness from a zesty lemon finish. Just a hint of hops as well.

The body is fairly big and has a nice crisp carbonation. Very refreshing. This one went down very easy, and I look forward to drinking it again in the future.

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

Nice yellow/gold, light haze, frothy persistent egg-white head.
Aroma of some grainy malt.... tropical fruits (pineapple?).
Flavour of malt, wheat. Not much spice compared to others. touch of hop at the end.
Not a bad drop. I'm tasting this in parallel with Weihenstephan and Schofferhofer. It's got an edge on the latter, but the former is the clear winner on the day.

Photo of funkengruven
4.01/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked one of these up at the local liquor store as they seem to have a new beer promotion going.

This poured a very beautiful hazy yellow with a puffy cloud head sitting at the top of the glass. Smell contains some banana clove notes, which carry nicely into the flavor. Mouthfeel is slightly thinner than most Hefe Weizens, and carries a lot of carbonation. However this is very refreshing and quite drinkable.

A Nice Hefe Weizen that I'd get again.

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

Sampled a 500ml bottle poured in a weizen glass.

Appearance: The beer is a pale golden color with a very creamy, white head. Very slight haze to the beer. During my sampling it continued to put up little bubbles.

Smell: Sweet and fruity smell with just a hint of spiciness. Smells like a hefe should, to me at least.

Taste: Not as fruity as some of the hefe's I have had. Overall rather bland. No single flavor stands out, a little sweetness. Hops are barely noticeable.

Mouthfeel: A good level of carbonation, not to little, not too much. Some lingering flavor, but nothing overwhelming.

Drinkability: Yea, I would drink another. However, if available, I would move on to a more interesting and complex hefe.

Photo of UberWasser
4.12/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

1 pint .9 fl oz bottle served in a Weizen glass.

Pours a murky light gold color with a thick, rocky sea foam head that develops rapidly even with the lightest of pours. I mix in the yeast at the end of the pour but it does little, as it was already quite opaque.

Nose is mostly full of a light grainy citrus with some fruity undertones.

Taste starts with a sweet grain and fruit on the front and middle of the tongue. Light on the banana and clove flavors that I tend to look for, but pleasent all the same. After the swallow, though, a truly pleasing, though light, lemon bitterness builds and lingers. Very refreshing. Mouthfeel is slick and then dry after the swallow.

A nice wheat beer. Not as complex an intriguing as others, but it tastes good and is a good refresher. Could definitely be consumed in large quantities over a long period of time during a warm summer picnic, perhaps.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.71/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale golden color, cloudy but less so than many a hefe. Thick white head, good retention. Average appearing carbonation. Aroma of sweet malt, esters, wheat, honey, and some banana. Taste is unbalanced, too sweet and leaning toward honey. A powdered sugar mouthfeel adds to the abundance of sweetness to distract from the good elements of the beer. Light to medium bodied with aggressive carbonation on the tongue. Not smooth at all. Lacking in spice and banana. Easy to drink one but too sweet for another. A pass.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.04/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Hazy yellow/peach coloured with a mammoth creamy head

S - Notes of apple, but overall a muted aroma.

T - Banana comes on very strong in this one. Some bitterness shows through as well.

M - A little too carbonated for my taste. Mouthfeel is light-medium.

D - An easy-drinking, refreshing brew. Avoids being watery, but the flavour is a little on the light side, and could use a bit more oomph.

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

Poured into glass with a thick and foamy white head which quickly settles into a thick lacing. Color is that of a typical hefeweizen; a pale cloudy gold.

It smells naturally, of wheat. Banana and lemon aromas as well, plus somewhat of a yeast smell.

Wheaty, with a spicy and tarty citrus taste followed by a mildly bitter hops finish. Good, but nothing special, though it loses a bit because of the lingering yeasty and bitter aftertaste.

Light and sharp mouthfeel, and very crisp and refreshing as well. Average hefeweizen, though not bad it does nothing to stand out either. Worth a try, but don't go out of your way for it.

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

Had a 16 oz. draft. Poured a golden orange, with a nice head at first, that unfortunately dissipated very quickly. Hazy appearance and a citrus-lemon aroma. Decent tasting and okay finish, but nothing spectacular about this beer, but then, I’m not much of a Hefe fan in general.

Photo of BigBry
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml brown bottle from the gift pack that included a tall weizen glass and a dunkel. Pouring a cloudy yellow color, and forms a huge white foamy head. Great head retention, left thick chunks of lace. There is a strong wheat and yeasty clove smell, with some light fruits and even some banana. The taste has more of the same fruit flavors. Citrus taste of orange and lemon, and just a bit of soapiness. Just a touch of yeast and bready flavor, as you expect from a hefe. The large bulbous top of the glass swirls the liquid just enough to release the flavor and aroma with every swallow. A great example of needing the proper glassware. Beer is very refreshing and drinkable. Medium body with a nice smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of bigdeuce
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not understanding the rating on this one. Only drawback to this fine Weizen, is it is a bit pricey. Nice head retention..lots of spices..hints of banana, orange, and vanilla. A tad better on draft but still good out of the bottle. Great summer session brew. Drinkability is very high, the beer, true to style is very filling, however. Very competitive with the other great Hefes!

Photo of djcrean
2.85/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Found at local German Restaurant. Though it was from a bottle, it was poured into a glass before it ever got to me, so I can't tell you whether there was any kind of freshness info on the bottle. Never seen it before so I figured I'd try it.

A-3.5: According to the display bottle, this is "dark" Hefe Weizen. I wouldn't say it was dark, but it did pour slightly more brown/golden and less orange than most hefes. Nice head with long retention and modest lacing.

S-3.5: Very citrusy. Hop spice also present. Hints of other interesting things like grass, clove, etc.

T-2.5: The hops hit right away with a nice spicy citrus tinge, then...nothing. Once the hop bitterness passes, there is little else here. The usual hefe flavors are either not discernible or very weak, and malt itself is really lacking in character of any kind.

M-2.0: Watery and Thin. The moderate carbonation makes it go down kind of like flavored seltzer water.

D-3.0: Not abrasive, but not especially pleasant.

Overall: This was a disappointment, especially since I passed up Franziskaner and two varieties of Paulaner to give this a try. The above average hops just can't compensate for the weak body and thin feel of this brew.

Photo of budgood1
2.83/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

pours out a hazy light golden colour with a rich and thick frothy snow white head that seems to want to stick around awhile. lotsa lace too. aroma is of the spicy citrusy sort...no real hints of the clove and banana characteristics i look for in a tasty hefe. upon tasting...i find myself sipping and sipping but am baffled by the lack of true german hefeweizen flavours. to this beers credit, there is a nice citrusy note that is accentuated by some wheat malt and an ever so slight spicy alcohol kick, but i am left wondering whether i'm tasting a genuine german hefe or an american wheat beer. i'd guess the latter if i was tasting this blind. very disappointing. the body is on the light side and the mouthfeel is a bit underwhelming for the style. drinkability rates higher just for the fact that on it's own this beer has the ability to satisfy any beer drinkers thirst on a hot summer day.

overall, a bad german hefe IMHO. but not a "bad" beer in itself. but for the price and expectation...disappointing.

if this was labeled "american wheat beer", i'd say pretty damn quenching and satisfying.

Photo of soultrain
2.79/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Mahr's Weisse glass.

A-Very pale and clear golden beer (too pale?), streaming ropes of aggressive carbonation bubbles. 3" white puffy head slowly sinks leaving minor lacing. Wish the head stuck around a little longer. Yeast pour adds hardly any cloudiness.
S-Hmmmm. VERY faint hefe character: actually this smells like a lager.
T-Drinks like a lager, too. Even with the yeast pour, hefe characteristics are so minor, some lemony vagueness being the most prevalent. Clove and bannana are there, but way, way in the background. Yeasy pour hardly adds any additional flavor. Slightly sour aftertaste, but it's still " o.k."
M-Probably the best thing about this beer. Very brisk carbonation for a hefe. Me likey.
D-Very drinkable in a thoughtless kinda way, I forgot I was drinking a hefe at one point, then snapped back to reality not really craving another beer.

CRUX: GREAT CARBONATION IN THIS HEFE, Otherwise, kinda dissappointing, as it sorta tastes like a hefe mixed with a Beck's. Too lager- like for me; I probably won't get this again unless it's on-tap. Glad to try it though, maybe the next 5 bottles hold the missing hefe characteristics I was looking for. Note to self: bring your computer with you next time you go to the beer store and see something like this that you want to buy so you can access the awsome beeradvocate.com and, uh, you know...

Photo of Hibernator
3.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Erdinger Hefe-Weizen
16.9 oz brown bottle
Best before 11-2006
Served in a Schneider Weisse glass

Pours a slightly hazy golden color. Excellent, fluffy white head that leaves trails of sticky lace all over the glassware. A nice looking beer overall.

The nose is rather bland and very weak for the style. Most German Hefe-Weizens overwhelm the senses with a combo interesting flavors, but that is the not the case here. Whiffs of wheat and a little funky yeast.

Very crisp, clean and refreshing. Heavy wheat flavors that provides a dryness on the palate. There is also a hint of citrus, possibly lemon-like tartness.

Drinkability level is high on a summer day like today when the humidity factor is off the charts. A solid, easy drinking German Hefe, but lacks alot of the characteristics for the style.

Photo of JMD71
3.31/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very vocal when poured! Huge head! Vigorous carbonation. Head lasts after pour for some time. Wonderful golden (cloudy) color. Looks very refreshing.

Aroma: Notes of wheat & malt. Doesn't have the strong hay, farmyard smell of other hefe's. Smells closer to a pils.

Taste: Slight wheat flavor, but malt is more prominent here. Not as characteristic of other hefe's. Mild sweetness noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Light & crisp. Clean on the palette. Really carbonated & fresh tasting.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. Goes down easily. Could drink a number of these.

Comments: I liked this for its crisp, refreshing taste, but didn't think it was the best example of a hefe. It didn't have the wet hay, farmy, wheaty smell & taste that I love in hefe's.

Photo of davidchollar
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a weizen glass a pale, cloudy, golden honey-colored beer. typical appearance with tiny streaming bubbles, high carbonation. giant, rocky white head with bubbles of all sizes. overall look, as typical as it may be for a hefeweizen, is very good. the smell, however, is a bit of a let down. there's really not a lot going on. it's a strain to pick up much of anything. it's like smelling a weissbier... from a distance. anyway, what i do get is certainly not bad. after a while, i concede that it does in fact have some of that great fruity/spicy, banana/clove smell we should expect from this style.

this is the first time i've tried erdinger weissbier, i have had the dunkel before. i wasn't going to let the low 80s score affect my review, as i've found so many beers with a "worth a try" rating to be quite good. in this case, when compared to some other german hefeweizens, i believe the score fits the beer well. it's not bad at all, the only fault i can find is that it's a little boring. nothing remarkable about the taste or the mouthfeel. but i must say, the flavor comes through a lot better with the taste than it did in the smell. i probably won't get this again, but i love this style, and it did a good enough job that i don't regret my purchase.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle.

A: Hazy yellow with thick white head. Lots of lacing & carbonation, moreso than other hefe-weizens I've tried.

S: Heavy on the wheat/bread aroma, but very light on the clove. I never found the banana or citrus others have noted.

T: Noticeable bread & yeast flavors. Some citrus zest and definitely sharper than what I expected. Again, I miss the clove & banana found in others of this style. Crispness seems due to more hop bitterness.

M: Too much carbonation IMO. Clean & crisp, not much lingering aftertaste.

D: A likable example, but not my favorite of the style. I certainly would have another if offered, but would choose others over this one.

Photo of EvilKeith
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pors a dark sunset orange color with wispy clouds of yeast. The head is a pillowy two fingers of inviting off-white foam. Lace is thick and sticky.

Smell is big bready yeast, sharp orange citrus and spicy clove. As it warms banana becomes detectable.

Taste is a mix of wheat, fresh bready yeast and the citrus is more of a lemon zest than the scent indicated.

Medium-light bodied. Zippy active carbonation stimulates the tongue. Crisp and clean.

Overall, not my favorite example of the style, but a respectable offering. As is normal for a hefe, quite drinkable and refreshing.

Photo of jaluria
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at the Whole Foods in Vienna, VA.
Poured a clear, golden color with a thick, bellowing head that left behind quite a bit of lacing. Aromas of bananas, cloves, and just a hint of citrus. Crisp fruit flavors are matched by bread/grain like texture and smoothness. Very clean and refreshing with a bitter finish. Not as acidic as others in this style, which is a good thing. Flavorful and refreshing; a very good hefe.

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

Not a bad hefe, pretty good balance, but a little on the weaker side with less complexity but still a quality beer nontheless. Pours a typical cloudy gold in color with a respectable white head with good retention. Nose is slightly fruity, typical hefe profile. Taste is nice, cloves, banana and other fruity undertones. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side.

Overall this one is missing something for me personally compared to the other German hefes, still a good brew though.


Photo of plaid75
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue, with a three finger foamy white head.

The smell was a bit non-descript. There wasn't the classic clove and banana aroma that I look for in a hefe.

The taste was light and wheaty. An excellent biscuity flavor. However, there was a lack of spiciness. Subtle apple aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was light and refreshing. Excellent carbonation.

Of course a nice drinkable hefe. However, there are much better examples out there.

Photo of kdmorse
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle pours beautifully into a Weizen glass. Cloudy, straw-colored body is alive with thousands of tiny bubbles racing to the 3 fingers of off-white head. From the moment the bottle is opened, sweet aromas fill the nose: mostly wheatish with hints of spice and banana (but not much). Refreshing taste. Perfect for a hot summer afternoon. Sweet and silky on the palate but finishes clean. Very simple, but I simply like it. Lots of carbonation. Very easy and fun to drink.

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