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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
80
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1,591 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,591
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 15
Gots: 212 | FT: 0
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Erdinger Weissbräu visit their website
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 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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Proved to be a quality brew, but I was expecting more. The beer shows a typical mild haze in a dull canary yellow brew. Head retention, though firm was quite fizzy. The aroma shows solid lemon zest, and fruity esters (juicy fruit bubble gum), along with light banannas and cloves. Though these qualities were present, I prefered bolder. Flavors followed up with the qualities found in the aroma, but subdued as well. The body felt thin and quaffable, but lacked the creamy texture that I usually prefer. The finish was light and powder with a light mint presence. Good beer, but a needs more oomph to compete with the great Brauweiss beers.

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

Not my favorite, but refreshing and easy to drink.

The first half of the pour was completely clear, but after I swirled and added the bottom half of the bottle it clouded up a bit. Big fluffy hefe head, which I always like.

Smell doesn't have a lot going on. Cloves, some banana in there maybe? but not much, there's some vanilla, too. Not a lot going on.

Taste has a similar amount of stuff going on, so not a lot. Nice, but not complex. Refreshing, but that's about it. Good presence of the wheat malt that gives a nice balance.

Mouthfeel is good, very fluffy and light, and medium bodied. Middle of the road for the style.

This is easy-drinking, if nothing else.

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

A good begining but not a destination in the world of German hefe. Pours clouded yellow with a dense white hat. Smells of bubblegum and citrus with plenty of wheat, very nice. Taste is wheat driven with the edges and finish shining through the yeast flavors. Great body full yet relaxing this was a easy drinker but it is a little boring and you might want something else in the mix if you are all daying it.

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

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle to a hefe glass. Very nice three finger head Nice retention fading to a fine lace. Color is very pale yellow and semi cloudy.

The Smell is of yeast ans some cits.

The taste is very plain for this very fine and unique style. I did not get much of the banana clove taste.

Mouthfeel is medium, kind of thin. Carbonation is good.

Drinkabitity is surprisingly good as this beer does not offend, however it lacks the traits that makes this style great. Too bad;

MK

Photo of elricorico
3.14/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow to golden colour in a weizen glass. The head is very large, standing above the rim of the glass. It is off white and foamy. Pretty much what you want a hefe to look like.

For a hefe I don't find nearly enough to smell. It seems a bit of yeasty smell and cloves are all that I can pick up at first. Disappointing really, as hefe's tend to have such full aromas.

Taste is a bit better, but still not exciting. Bubble gum sweetness along with a bit of a tart finish. Cloves are there, but barely. The more you drink it the more the banana starts to appear. It seems to have a very small window of temperature where it is at its best.

Mouthfeel is pretty average for the style. It doesn't have a lot of body to it, and it does have high carbonation, that is a bit coarse.

Despite this not being a favorite hefe of mine, I have had four bottles over the last several days and it is a pretty easy drinking beer. Simple and easy to drink, not for someone looking for the most complex of beers.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.26/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a Weizen glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy straw yellow body with a thick creamy snow white head. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles lining to the surface.

S- This beer has a light smooth wheat aroma with a yeasty note.

T- This beer has a smooth soft malt and wheat taste and a spicy finish that has a faint note of noble hops.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture in the finish

D- This beer has very light wheat flavors with not a lot of complexity.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this into a standard weiss glass. It has a cloudy, light golden color with a decent head that is well retained. The aroma is yeasty with subtle notes of banana and clove, but not very strong. It has a yeasty banana and somewhat clovey taste. There are noticeably more hops in this than a typical hefeweizen, but by no means are they overpowering, very smooth. The body is medium-light with high carbonation, very creamy.

Overall I think it's very enjoyable. This beer’s a fine example of the style.

Photo of JayTheFinn
2.95/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale gold with a white head. Wheaty/hoppy smell. Taste was like dried hay. The carbonation was high and bothersome. It's drinkable, but not by me. Freshing? Sure.

I had higher hopes for this hefeweizen. I'd heard good things about it. But it felt unextraordinary and lifeless. I've had Erdinger beer before and know it to be livelier and more flavorful. This experience won't stop me from trying there products in the future. I may have just had a bad bottle here.

Photo of russpowell
4.47/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite hefe from Germany, because it's much cleaner tasting than most hefes by far ( screw you purists!). .5L brown bottle says best before 1 apr 06. Saw zero ill effects that this bottle was 40 days past its suggested shelf life

Pours a hazy & super bubbly straw color with a 2" deep white head, cleared nicely. Not much head retention or lacing, but great effervescence

Smell: fruity and slight yeast scent

Taste: Fruitty, slight lemon notes and grassyness up front. Finishes fruitty & quenching

MF: Great carbonation and slight syruppy feel to this. Balances just so to me (again not a huge fan of phenolic or band aid tastes)

Wow this goes down to easy, I close my eyes & see myself back in a biergaten somewhere in D'land.

Photo of mcallister
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy golden brew with an overly generous 3 inch head.

Wheaty and toasty aromas, with a big thick malt backbone.

Very lemony, wheat bread hefe, with butter and no apparent hops. Nice thick malt and an enormous amount of cabonation in the mouthfeel. Almost too much so. A refreshing hefe but I prefer a different style.

Photo of Padron4KM
2.39/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle Best before 2/06. A little past it’s prime.

Cloudy yellow with a voluminous white head. On the initial pour the head extended a full two fingers above the rim of the glass without collapsing down the sides. Left no lacing as it dissipated.

Not much aroma, one has to really agitate the beer to get even the slightest hint of banana.

Flavor is light wheat, a little spice, a little lemon drop.

finish is light and clean.

Overall kind of boring.

Photo of beakerboy
3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the selections of the Liquor Barn Beer of the Month club for April '06. The theme is wheat beers.

It says best before 05 2006, so this one might be a little old...Today is the 2nd of March.

A:Not a lot of head and poor head retention. Color is a standard cloudy gold. Lots of sparkling wine type bubbles

S:Good smell. Less citrus than some Hefes, but a little more floral hop aroma coming through.

T:Well balanced. I don't sense one dominant flavor, like banana, or citrus, but I can tell it's a Hefe-weizen. A little more bitter hop character than other Hefes, but I usually don't taste any hops in them.

M:Good, not too light.
D: Very drinkable, but aren't most beers really?

Photo of crwills
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured horribly, horribly badly into my Erdinger glass. Practically flooded my kitchen. I suck. Nevertheless, once the floodwaters (or beers) faded, it looked nice in the glass. A dark cloudy gold with a huge (duh) fluffy white head.

Aroma is floral hops, some pears, bit of pepper or spice, and some mild skunk (brand new bottle, so must not have been cared for quite right at the store, maybe?).

Very thick, wonderfully creamy mouthfeel and a much bigger body than others of the style.

Taste is crackery and bready with very little of the usual banana/clove flavour. Malty aftertaste.

Photo of decom
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting a lot more from this beer.
it's really expensive here in Brazil, so I hoped you got what you paid for. It wasn't the case.

The beer looked good, when poured on a big Erdinger glass, and it formed a nice head, that lasted. The smell was fainter than I expected, I was hoping for more.

Mouthfeel is watered down, but isn't smooth. Not all that bad, but sort of disappointing.

The taste: as I drank this, I wondered: "where's the bananas and cloves? this tastes almost like Bohemia Weiss" (which by the way costs 1/4 of the price of erdinger).

Maybe I should try this beer again, but from my first experience, I don't feel compelled to pay the high price.

Photo of riversider76
2.71/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Recommended by the beer guy at Primer Gormet. He was wrong this time. Pours light,cloudy golden, Nice head and lacing. Really could not smell much, maybe some light spice. Mouthfeel is light,and carbonated. Not much of a taste to this beer. Not bad, just not much there. Spice flavored fizzy water.

Photo of badbeer
4.01/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Erdinger Weizen glass.

Pours a beautiful unfiltered golden color with an awesome pillowy head leaving great lacing all the way down the glass. Clove and banana in the aroma. Taste is of bread and yeast, followed by banana and clove in the finish. Higher carbonation than most, medium bodied. Very refreshing on a hot day here in Iowa.

Note: Getting yourself a fresh bottle from Germany really helps, this one was from the local store and didn't seem as good as the fresh ones in Germany.

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

.5 liter bottle...best bofore 3/06...a week past the date.
Cloudy yellow gold...really big head...foams , laces..sticks around.
Smell of bananas mostly , yeast...not strong....a little spice in the background.
Nice flavor...sweet , doughy wheat...some clovey phenol.Hops way in the background. Not too complex....but very good. Does not taste watery like a lot of hefe's..definitely does not need a lemon.
Mouthfeel is medium...carbonation medium.
Could be a very drinkable ale...this would really be great with some grilled chicken or fish.

Photo of akorsak
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 650 mL bottle poured into a Widmer Bros. weizen glass. The ale is cool in temperature.

Appearance: The ale is highly carbonated as I pour it, giving 4-5 fingers worth of head. Surprisingly, the ale is not cloudy. It is a pale, clear yellow color that betrays no hint of being unfiltered.

Smell: There is a light wheat aroma, but nothing that jumps out at me and scream weizen.

Taste: The ale comes across more like a kolsch than a weizen. I don't taste any clove or banana esters, things that I consider to be true characteristics of a weizen. I do pick up a light wheat flavor, but it is not enough to make me think 'weizen'.

Mouthfeel: The ale tastes fine and is not offensive on the tongue.

Drinkability: The ale is very drinkable, especially good on a warm spring afternoon (like today). It just seems to lack the oomph that I want and expect from a weizen.

Photo of granger10
2.81/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, pale golden color with orange on the sides and a fluffy white head rests atop. Head retention is good and lacing is strong as well.

Aroma is really citric with lemony acidity dominating. There's also a noticeable wheatlike sweetness.

Taste follows suit. Quite sweet without the complimentary yeast or hefe characteristics. There is a bit of spice and fruit but that's about it.

Easy to drink and not offensive but this is lacking in what I'm looking for. The carbonation is also filling me up with burps. Has a macro like taste to it. Not recommended.

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

16.9 ozs. poured into my frozen Erdinger Weissglas. Very little nose, buts loads of frothing head as I swirl out the hefe.

*I have noticed that bottles of Erdinger Hefeweizen seem to be inconsistent in taste and quality...a bad one is all rubber and band-aids, while a good one is chock full of refreshing pineapple, citrus, bananna and bubblegum.*

Erdinger is far less clovey than it's Bavarian cousins. I like lemon, but Erdinger is plenty refreshing without. The one I opened tonight was downright awe-inspiring, hence this review. Loads of refreshing fruit and very satisfying.
My advice: try Erdinger Hefe-Weisse on a few different occasions and get bottles from a few different stores before you form a solid opinion. It can be very, very good...but some bottles are off.
The score I gave this review is tempered by my experience with some bad bottles.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.13/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy lemon-amber with a faint orange peel blush. The frothy cap of lightly yellow-tinted bone white was massive initially with only a faint sliver of beer visible at the bottom of the glass. I like the rugged, craggy nature of the head, but was surprised to see that it was almost completely gone by the several minute mark and has left the glass lace-free.

Although the aroma is acceptable (all of the typical hefe weizen characteristics are present), it fails to impress due to its low wattage. Banana and clove are almost imperceptible, so the fact that they're present in roughly equal measure doesn't matter a whole lot. It would be a much better nose if even slightly more aggressive.

The lack of in-your-face flavor isn't as detrimental to a hefe weizen as it would be to, say, an Imperial stout. That said, I require a little more flavor than this beer is able to give. The amount of weizen is on the low end, but is acceptable. The lack of hefe is what really hurts. If wheat is the body of this style and yeast is the soul, Erdinger Weissbier is very nearly soulless.

The hefe weizen banan-o-meter score is 1.0/5.0. Not only that, but I don't appreciate much clove either. If I do the tasting equivalent of squinting, I can pick up faint echoes of spice on the finish. While there isn't much hoppiness, what's present grabs too much attention due to the lack of competing flavors and flavor sensations (i.e. sweet, tangy).

I like my hefe weizens to be lightly creamy and gently carbonated. This one is neither. I'll cut it a little slack by accepting the fact that it sneaks in under the bottom edge of the style limits.

I'm amused by the fact that almost every German brewery of any size claims to brew 'the World's #1 Hefe-Weizen', as Erdinger Weissbrau states on the rear label. They're delusional because this beer is nowhere near the summit and is eclipsed by any number of stateside offerings. Good German hefes are not hard to find. In fact, there are scores of them that leave Erdinger's version in the dust.

Photo of KFaulkner
3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As far as beers go, this is a great one. As far as German beers go, it's not the best. But, let's review.

Purchased as a sixpack, the Erdinger bottle is a plain one that labels, as the previously reviewer pointed out, "...the World's #1 Hefe-Weizen." I've had a lot of Hefeweizens, and this isn't the best... but don't get me wrong, this is great beer.

My biggest observance upon pour was how much is foamed; it was like pouring a Diet Coke into a glass full of ice and I almost overflowed. What was nice though, was that the head stuck around, but it was still a little much for me and more than I've observed on other Hefe's.

Very litle smell, not quite as yeasty as most Hefe's, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. The taste is wonderful though and easy to drink. It has that typical cloudy look to it and goes down smooth. It's drinkability is very high.

I recommend this beer. Although it may have been the world's best Hefeweizen at one time, it has almost certainly been overpassed by an American micro at some point (although I can't say which).

Photo of Reidrover
2.68/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

according to the back of the back label this is the "worlds #1 Hefe-Weizen", lets see if it stands up to the boasting. The aroma is very very weak compared to most German hefes I have had, what there is is slightly estry and green apple sweet . Appearance is par for the course for hefes, hazy light orange with a nice pure white head Taste is a let down very pedestrian..slightly wheaty and bubbly carbonation..with a slight tang of estery type yeast Pretty much average on the palate for the style I found this rather boring an not even as good as Paulaner Hefe..its certainlly not #1 in quality..must be in sales.

Erdinger Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
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