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Erdinger Weissbier | Erdinger Weissbräu

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Erdinger Weissbräu
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Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by pezoids on 01-03-2002

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Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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 +22.8%

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 -13.3%

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 +12.7%
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 +15.6%
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 -24%
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 +22.8%
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.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
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 -2%
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 +32.4%
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 +3.5%
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 +0.9%
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 +12.7%
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 -0.3%
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 +8.1%
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 +0.3%
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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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by March 2014

Pours a golden straw color, slight haze appearance, decent sized white bubbly head that fades wicked fast to nothing with no lacing on the glass.

Smell definitely has a "wheat-y" smell with a yeasty dominance, touch of clove and other spiciness.

Taste starts out with a strong clove presence, bit of a pepper flavor hits the back of the tongue, yeasty in the aftertaste, carbonation is medium-high, a slight semi-dry herbal finish, a bit different than other Hefe's I've had since it's a bit heavy on some of the spicing and missing some of the other typical notes.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not sure how this one slipped under my brewdar but there you go: Erdinger Weissbier, one of the classic Hefe-Weizens from Bavaria; the closest approximation to what a country/state would be like if I was in charge, I mean they have a month long celebration of beer FFS!

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Weizen glass.

A: The body is a Weizen standard colour of hazy sunburst with a hint of straw. The head is fairly foamy and chalk white and quickly settles down to about 1cm. No surprises here, nor should there be.

S: Less banana and more spice than most Weizens. Aroma is a paired back banana with cloves and distinct (well as far as wheat beers go) pepper notes. Yeast is also muted, which is a bit of a shame because Hefes generally pride themselves on the Hefe (German for "yeast") content.

T: This Weizen, and I've had quite few now, is very much angled towards a peppery and lemony flavour. I can see its appeal; in summer beers with citric flavours are more refreshing, and nothing goes down better than a good Weizen on a hot day... well a glass of ice-cold home-made Lemonade goes down better, but this is a beer review site dammit. Yeast lingers around in the aftertaste like an awkward pun quipping German in Lederhosen.

M: Mid to light bodied with a lightish carbonation, bordering on a bit light overall here, has none of the creaminess of the far superior Weizen Weihenstephaner.

D: A bit meh this brew, I've had better and worse. I guess its strong suit is as a thirst-quencher, negative is that it's hardly interesting. Pricewise it is more expensive than Weihenstephaner (which appears to be on a permanent 3 for $15 deal at the bigger liquor stores)... so yeah, kind of a no-brainer which one you should be getting. Unless you're new to beer and beers with bigger flavours scare you away, in that case I would recommend the Erdinger.

Food match: Aside from typical German fare I could see this working well with the humble fish and chips with a squeeze of lemon on the fish and salt and vinegar on the chips (the only logical way to eat them).

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Photo of Godfather50
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This was my first wheat beer. Bit of a disappointment really. The head was adequate but nothing exceptional and I just about got a hint of bannana but nothing leapt out at me. The mouth feel was slightly thin and, although not chilled my thoughts were wandering towards a lager type mouthfeel. I will explore more wheat but will hope for better.

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Photo of youknowmyname
3.79/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Odor: Sweet and citrusy with a heavy yeast background. Roll the bottle as sediment does pool at the bottom. Once rolled, that's when the yeast scent took hold.

Pour: Pours out a milky orange with a huge thick creamy head. Served in my new Erdinger hefeweissen glass.

Taste: Slight flavor of banana at the start but quickly moves to a flavorful wheat taste. Touches of coriander. Dry and quickly dissipating on the palate but not acidic like most dry beers. A lot lighter bodied than most hefewiesens I've had previously. Very refreshing.

Opinion: Great beer for any day. Flavorful, but not so much that it's a "one beer and done" kind of beer. I could drink a couple of these and that's great as I bought a five pack due to the glass it came with. I have been trying to increase my glassware for beers and could not pass up this hefeweisen glass.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle properly poured into a weizen glass.

A: Dull golden color. Sits with a mild haze in the glass, not the cloudiness I'd expect. Bubbly white head retains well. Highly effervescent. Clumpy globs of lacing.

S: Pale malts, emaciated wheat aroma. Toasty with a thin creamy wheat scent. Hint of a citrusy snap. Fruity bubblegum notes. Light whiff of black pepper. Oily and spicy hops come through more than in most hefs.

T: Creamy wheat, mashed ripe banana. Subtle hints of white pepper. Juicy fruit esters. Green banana this time. Nutty and yeasty. Oily hops build and lay down some moderately aggressive spicy tastes. Lemony wheat snap. Faintly medicinal. Creamy wheat and faint spicy hops on the finish.

M: Full and fluffy in the mouth with a firmness. Highly effervescent. Very mild hop astringency.

O: Not as full and wheaty as I'd like it to be. It's a bit lacking in that regard. The hops also come through more than expected. This is a whole different ball of wax on tap.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle marked 06-2014-L-102106. Sampled on December 20, 2013.

A cloudy olive-yellow pour greets the eye with moderate carbonation building up to a huge white head that lingers for a bit.

The aroma begins with malts that have a kind of banana or apple ester thrown in. Toasted biscuits too. Feint wheat.

Light body mainly but it is also rather smooth and creamy.

The taste also has this meaty apple-note intertwined with the pale malts, toasted biscuit, but thin in the wheat. Clean finish.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had a bottle at the same beer parlor I sampled its darker dunkelweiss cousin, different night. Pours a rather pale straw yellow color with some cloudiness, more clear than some other German hefes. Approximately two fingers of white foam. The darn beer was served ice cold and I endeavored to let it warm up a fair amount before sampling. Common problem with this style. Its not supposed to be teeth-shattering cold, goddamnit. Anyhow, aroma was a little grainy malt, a fair amount of fruity esters from the yeast, a little bit of phenololic spice and a ton of carbonation. Palate was major banana fruit, a little vanilla and clove, pretty minimal phenololic spiciness though, which sets this apart from other (better) German hefes. Moderately creamy body and a notably crisp dry finish for the style, I get whiff of apricot here on the finish as well. Overall impression is that this is a decent workmanlike hefeweizen but has a bit of a "mass-produced" character, more dry and less sweet than other examples and certainly a lot more fruit than spice. I am guessing that this is deliberate, as many brewers believe that clove phenolic notes are a polarizing flavor, love it or hate it. I personally like a balance of fruit and spice in this style, perhaps more spice if anything is going to be skewed. This one misses the mark for me. The dunkelweizen from this brewer is better.

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Photo of curasowa
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, pale golden color with two fingers of head that fades slowly with nice lacing.

Aroma: banana and a hint of vanilla over wheat malt.

Taste: Crisp and lively with a nice medium body. The sweetness builds towards the finish with a slight phenolic note in there. Banana is the most pronounced flavor with a light spice note that is mildly astringent. Finish is pretty clean and fast with a little cardboard

The Rest: A great, textbook German Hefe.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured two fingers of foamy head on a hazy, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is dry grain and light banana. Nice and pleasant.
The taste is wonderfully wheat, a mild bitter for balance.
The texture has a little fizz, fairly soft though.
Quite enjoyable.

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