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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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Reviews: 756
Hads: 1,742
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 22.03%
Wants: 22
Gots: 324 | 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 Mike_Aguirre
4.16/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Looks very nice, cloudy light colored beer with a super nice head.
S: Smells good, hints of clove and banana, some pepper, a little bit of alcohol smell.
T: The taste is very nice, very sutil malt taste with low bitterness and hints of fruits and spices.
F: Medium body, medium carbonation, good example of a weissbier.
O: Good beer for a summer day, great to pair with a nice steak.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

A- Pours a hazy (unfiltered, I assume) golden straw colour that is topped by a 2 1/2 finger lumpy white head. What a great looking beer. Typical of a well made Weissbier.

S- The aroma of this beer is quite grassy (maybe thats the wheat talking) with a slight citrus edge. Not extremely exciting but quite pleasing nonetheless. This Weissbier has the type of aroma that invites you to take a big gulp.

T- Much like the smell, the taste of this beer is dominated by grassy notes that is finished with a slight citrus note (perhaps lemon). Not complex at all but extremely refreshing.

M- Medium carbonation. Body is medium. Great match for this beer. Not thin like water and no aggressive carbonation here.

O- Overall, Erdinger Weissbier is a fine example of the style. As Erdinger states on the bottle, this is the "worlds most popular wheat beer" and I can certainly understand why. Erdinger Weissbier is a great looking beer, it smells great, has a pleasant taste, and is extremely easy to drink. I recommend this beer to everyone.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Hazy straw color with an aggressive white frothy head.

Smells lemony, grassy, and musty.

Lemon peel, wheat, grass, ever so light clove.

Crisp and light, heavily carbonated.

An easy drinking, if not average hefe.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from the bottle in a pint glass, this solid hefe pours a hazy amber yellow with a moderate head with little retention and light clinging lacing. Nose of light banana, light clove, and sweet wheat malts. Flavors are lightly acidic wheat to the fore with banana and clove lightly coming in on the back with a lightly acidic aftertaste. Smooth creamy mouth feel and wet acidic aftertaste. Not the best of the Germans, but not bad and very sessionable.

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Photo of woutervaneijk
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Drank on tap in Berlin and took a few bottled ones home. Both were great, even though I'd still prefer the on-tap one (perhaps it's because of the great memories). All-round great Weissbier.

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Photo of Malt_Man
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%

Served cool from 500ml bottle into Weiss bier glass.

A) First thing to notice is the massive white bubbly head. Hazy urine-straw colour. Looks like a good Weiss bier.

S) Weaker than some of the other examples of the style, but light clove notes are evident.

T) Very weak flavour for a weisse. Slightly sweet, giving the impression that the wort is not fully fermented. The essential clove / banana flavour characteristic of the style is barely present.

M) Refreshing and quite fizzy. No nasty aftertastes.

O) Poor example of the style; try Paulaner, Schneider Weisse, Weihenstephaner or Ayinger instead.

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Photo of hophugger
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a golden slightly cloudy color. Not as cloudy as other hefe's I have had. Aroma is nice, wheaty and slightly malty. Taste is ok with a little bite up front, some wheat and malt in the middle and a slightly bitter and dry finish. I've had better. Probably be just as happy with a Michelob Light, sorry!!

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Photo of Bayern1971
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Erdinger Weissbier is one of the Bavaria's weakest weissbiers. The appearance isn't as cloudy as other weissbiers and you can actually see through the beer which is a big strike in weissbier. The upfront taste is heavy with fruit & clove which aren't as strong as other weissbiers and the backend taste finishes a touch dry and bitter. Definitely leans more towards the bitter side and at times hints at a pilsner flavor. I rarely if ever drink or buy this. And now that Erdinger has come out with the superior Urweisse which is much better than the normal Weisse, there's really no reason to drink this anymore.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%

A – Light golden colour with some haze and a huge head.
S – The smell is mild and fruity with a slight hint of earth or sand. Some citrus and banana.
T – Follows the nose but this one is very mild and the flavours are hard to detect.
MF – It is a bubbling beer so it tingles on the tongue with carbon effervescence
O – Little to no after taste this one leaves you very quickly very drinkable but in this case that does not mean very enjoyable.

I'm editing or updating my review here as I previously had this one bottled and from a pint glass.
I now have had this from a Stein at Oktoberfest and the taste was very different.
This time around the smell of peach and apricot was very noticeable on top of the sand and banana from before. There was also some great sour apple smells to boot. The colour was more hazy, straw like even with a huge head of tight foam and lashings of lace.
The taste was also deeper and more pronounced. There was good peach sweetness and banana flavour with a deep sour undercurrent running through the whole experience. I previously gave this a 3 but it now I have to give it more as it clearly deserved it!!

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Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -13%

Review according to BJCP2008 (style 15A). Bottle 50 cl - Batch L131303. AROMA: faint phenols (vanilla, banana) with some wheat in the background. no hop aromas. APPEARANCE: golden color and hazy. moussy white head with good retention. TASTE: watered down wheat flavour with some phenols (clove). no hop flavour. PALATE: medium-light body with low carbonation. OVERALL: a bulk weissbier a bit watered down.

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Photo of Sathanas
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%

Erdinger is the first wheat beer I ever had. Great look and smell. Amazing taste... and thats really what matters. My favourite wheat beer besides Weihenstephaner, obviously.

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Photo of Markiboy
3/5  rDev -13%

I had a 500ml can of this directly after a 500 ml can of Paulaner Hefe Weissbier and there's almost no comparison. The Paulaner kicks this bier's ass up and down the high street. It's not even in the same league. That's not to say this isn't a decent beer. It is. It's just nowhere near as satisfying as the Paulaner (or Hoegaarden, for that matter).

Anyway, on the beer itself:

The head was gone almost immediately, leaving a somewhat tepid ghost of other weissbiers. The taste of the beer itself is actually pretty decent, it just isn't as full, tasty or satisfying as something like a Paulaner or Hoegaarden.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange color with a bubbly thin head. Very pleasant smell without anything overbearing. Not a ton of things happening but a very crisp taste with a definite banand and orange taste. Mouthfeel very pleasant and very easy drinking. Very difficult to detect any alcohol. Little biscuit or malt taste. Refreshing and pleasant beer.

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Photo of flagbearer
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4's all around. my very first German beer and one I have a special liking to. may not be the highest rated on BA but damn do I love it. I remember drinking this at a small pub in Munich. one of my favorite beer drinking experiences. Germany, Belgium and the Czechs get it right.

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Photo of mattday25
2.63/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Picked this up in Atlantic Beach. Not really a fan of this style, but had to give it a try. It had a great golden look, but it didn't have a great taste to match. However, I believe this would make a great dinner beer. Especially for the bargain prices you get here

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Photo of JLaw55
4.25/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the Revel Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. Was very fresh and flavorful. This was an elegant version of the style and hit all the right notes, but in a smoother and more mild way.

Worth revisiting.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.61/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up as part of a group to get to a 10% discount, I like Hefe style so figured this was worth trying at that price. Good looking beer that is only okay to the nose. Very good taste, good Hefe. Overall a decent Hefe but not what I would consider special, but certainly enjoyable.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

(best by end 06-2014 - poured into an Innis & Gunn fluted goblet)

A: appropriately cloudy after initially pouring out alarmingly bright... light, nectarine skin, yellow-amber... pretty, silky sheen to the moderately-compact foam - seems like it wanted to hold, at first, but it soon falls flat then almost vanishes entirely

S: smells like wheat malt, maybe a smidge of clove ester... mild fog of citrus peel, no notable banana... almost a pilsner-like grain and mild hop note... not terribly bready or yeasty

T: more doughy flavors straight off the bat, bit of a staling roll crust finish... bit of that yeasty dough with a hint of it turning over tangy in the aftertaste... big wheat malt flavor in the aftertaste as well - I'll chew on some kernels from the half-sack I keep for homebrew in my kitchen, and the lingering taste in this beer is that glutenous, mildly chalky note I get when I'm chewing and chewing and the junk won't break down - it's like gum - speaking of which, there's a faint background hint of that as well

M: on the thinner side, but not exactly light-bodied... upper part of the flow has a delicate sudsy wash, bigger bubbles it seems... bit compact, gummy almost, with absence of a firm, spritzy carbonation

O: this may very well be on its last legs... was fridge-kept for months prior... overall, not bad - don't think i would go and buy and couple cases and let them sit around for months... likely a bit livelier in a fresher state, perhaps a brighter display of the esters

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Photo of seedyone
4.58/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

06/17/14 Congrats, you've made an excellent choice. Thick, rich creamy head speckled lacing, mild aroma & serious texture almost chewable. Not what one might expect or desire in a Heff, but as a whole, it really, really good.

12/24/13 On tap. Very, very nice. This is one great beer. Soooo smooth. Unctuous comes to mind. Despite the fact Weiss biers are usually best suited for warmer weather this really hit the spot. So well balanced in an overall sense it's hard to describe what sets it apart. I guess all that's left is to say it hits all the marks, spot on. I'm drinking my second & there are 40 taps here. That should count for something.

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Photo of JTuomi
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

50cl bottle (04-2014) into a weizen. Hazy pale golden color, three finger head that settled to one finger pretty quickly leaving some lacing. Typically beautiful hefeweizen. Faint wheaty smell with some banana. Taste has some yeast, banana and a note of spice. Thin body, medium carbonation and a bit watery mouthfeel.

Decided to drink this one today after having a belgian tripel, leaving this one tasting quite bland and watery, my bad. I've had this one before on a hot summer day's boat cruise on the river Mosel, where it tasted wonderful. It's not bad, but not the best hefeweizen I've had. Very drinkable and good with bratwurst.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Guinness glass from a 16.9oz bottle. Best by 09/2014

A- Pours a hazy golden straw yellow with a high fluffy white head.

S- Got a very light typical Hefe aroma with slight spices and banana.

T- Got some bitter yeast character, slight spice and banana. Finishes pretty light and a bit watery.

M- Light and a bit watery even for a Hefe.

O- This is a pretty weak example of the style. Not much flavor and a bit too light in the mouthfeel. If you are choosing pick up a Hacker Pshorr or Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Straw yellow color with some accents of orange. Slightly cloudy body. A finger of head on the pour which settled in at about half a finger. Average active carbonation for a hefe.

Smell: Prairie grass, straw, and lemon jump out right away. Fruit tones of mangos and tangerines compliment the peppercorn aromas. Subtle wheat and oat body warms up the nose. Slight tingle of some alcohol and bubbly carbonation. Very bright overall.

Taste: Subtle lemon lime accents pop up first but quickly yield to an easy going wheat body. Light bready tones toward the back end of the body. Tones of straw and lemon round out the flavor and linger on the palate after drinking.

Mouthfeel: Sharp carbonation. Lemon bitterness throughout. Balanced wheat tones.

Overall: A solid hefe but it was not as active on the flavors as I expected after the aroma. The lemon lime tones are potent and interesting. Would certainly go back to this again.

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Photo of RandomExile
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: giant frothy cream head; foggy translucent straw in the light, more gold unlit; extensive foamy initial lacing, but easily washed away while drinking
S: wheat and spice, faintly orange
T: unexpected bite for a hefeweizen, especially given the average abv, surprising mid-palate bitterness; orange, clove, malt
M: slightly dry, oily, medium-bodied owing to the oily nature
O: Not at all bad, but not one to seek out. Easily superior to any "standard domestic" and probably a decent session beer well-chilled with an orange slice.

500mL / Weizen Glass

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3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. Weizen glass. Pale lemon yellow color. Foggy appearance. White & creamy foam creates a close a lasting crown. Herbal & floral notes, bread & biscuit hues to the nose as well as intense banana aroma to the nose. Sharp bitter & crispy upfront. Medium to full body. Moderate to high carbonation. Creamy texture. Banana, estery & slight phenolic flavors touched by citric bitterness resolves in a long bitter/fruity finish. Refreshing & easy drinkability.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for about $3 CDN. Served well chilled into the tallest glass I could find. re-reviewing since it's been a while since I've had this and wanted to see how it stacked up against a bunch of other hefeweizens.

Appearance - 2.5 fingers of dense white head. Hazy golden yellow color and fizzy enough that I can see a lot of bubbles despite the haze. Nice lacing left around the glass as the head shrinks and the beer is consumed.

Smell - Is this bottle slightly skunked? A touch skunky, and the usual wheat, cloves and banana aromas. The aromas are rather tame and not nearly as potent as the others in the style.

Taste - Mild clove flavor with some pepper before the wheat kicks in. Lacking the balanced sweetness of the others in the style. A bit bland overall. As it warms I get a bit of an orange peel flavor too.

Mouthfeele- Very fizzy and highly carbonated, yet a bit thin bodied. Not bad but not great either.

Overall - On the whole, it's a well crafted and tasty brew, but in these parts where other options are plentiful and accessible (Weihenstepahner, Hacker-Pschorr, Schneider Weisse and Paulaner) this one just doesn't quite stand up next to them. While certainly would consume again, if given the option I'm looking at others first.

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Erdinger Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
79 out of 100 based on 756 ratings.