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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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1,595 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,595
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 15
Gots: 216 | 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 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!

Photo of grub
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
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
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
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
2.71/5  rDev -22.6%
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
3.89/5  rDev +11.1%
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
2.48/5  rDev -29.1%
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
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
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
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
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
3.16/5  rDev -9.7%
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....

Erdinger Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
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