Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
80
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1,673 Ratings
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74
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Ratings: 1,673
Reviews: 769
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.96%
Wants: 18
Gots: 276 | 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 pepetrevino
4.23/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really love the moderately thick wheat and banana taste and the mouth feel of this Weißbier. The smell is also great, as you can smell the wheat aroma. Love the presentation, the beige color of the bottle makes it more attractive, I find the presentation particularly important. A really nice beer, despite being commercial. I'm not going to be very demanding with this one, it is one of my favorites, even if it doesn't make it to a very good opinion of "experts".

Photo of srv33
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful golden with a huge white head, all very fine bubbles, fades quickly with lots of lacing. High hopes so far! Scent throw me a bit though, theres not much to go on other than a hint of your typical hefeweizen small - but nothing sticking out. Taste is underwheling considering the appearance, it reminds me more of a lager than a hefeweizen! It has a bit of an alcohol bite to it despite its average ABV, but aside from that has a relatively smooth mouthfeel. I'd say overall I was disappointed in this beer, and would not recommend, there are much better in the same price bracket and style easily found in the U.S.

Photo of charlatan
3.12/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle with September 2013 freshness date. Interestingly (to me anyway) the head dissipated fairly quickly to the rim and then reappeared as the beer warmed. The beer is a light gold hue and slightly cloudy. ABV is shown as 5.3%, not 5.6% as listed here. It has a honey nose with a hint of lemon and chalk dust (that'll be the yeast).

The taste is sweeter than I had anticipated, like the nose but a little more buttery, and with just the tiniest hint of bitterness. This is a very laid back beer with a pleasant, yet very subtle flavour given it strength. I'm perfectly happy with this as a one-off but I'd want something bolder to persuade me to reload (or indeed purchase another bottle).

Photo of DeFaz
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A simple hefeweizen, it tastes fresh but doesn't have quite enough flavor to make it interesting. Flavors of wheat, banana, and clove, and the smell is much of the same but rather faint for the style. Medium-bodied for the style but carbonation was a bit excessive. Really, there's not much to say about this--it's easily forgettable and there are many better finds out there. It's reasonably priced for a 500 ml imported beer, but that's about all the praise I can give it.

Photo of MeadEater
2.98/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Very reserved as far as hefeweizens go. Wouldn't think it was 'unfiltered' lacking any good yeastiness. Next to none of the banana or breadiness I've appreciated in other wheat beers. Smell is heavy at start, none after sitting. Full carbonation, sudsy in mouth. Translucent straw hue. Simple pale ale at face, not too complex. Tangy, citrus sensation at the end.
Good introduction to the wheat world if you're new or just skeptical.

Photo of Takahiro
4.12/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bought a bottle at local Dutch super market

A: poured with a thick foam that looks like whipped cream lasting a very long time
opaque straw in color
T: soft but grainy maltniness. this goes in synch and balanced with the banana and clove-y flavor. slight tartness in the finish.
M: light and silky on mouth.
O: very refreshing and quaffable. nice beer to start off a hot summer evening

Photo of mjurney
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Golden color, cloudy. Few amount of bubble rising up. Thin head.

Aroma:
Banana, vanilla beans, bready, slight citrus.

Taste:
Banana, vanilla, a little lemony. Sweet, bready, cookie dough. Finish is a little tart, dry, crisp. Body is medium-light, refreshing, dry, carbonation is moderate.

Overall:
It's good. A little dull.

Photo of spoony
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 500 ml bottle into a hefe glass (sorry, I was at a bar and did not catch the date on the bottle, if any).

A-Whereas many hefes can be described as sunny and bright, this brew was a little cloudy and overcast. It is still light in color, but it is darker than most with more brown and orange tones. Head is roughly two-figners of white foam with so-so retention and no lacing left behind.

S-The smell was mild with a faint scent of lemon and a decent bit of bread dough. Not much spice and very little in the way of banana. Scent is a little bit grainy.

T-The taste follows the smell pretty closely. There is a bit of lemon, and you know there is wheat in there, but it is grainy and lacks the spice and banana that good hefes bring to the palate. I did not notice any off flavors, but this is just uninspiring.

M-The brew was well-carbonated and light to medium in body. Pretty wet on the palate.

O-A pretty middle of the road example of the style. It is refreshing to drink on a hot afternoon, but if you are looking for taste and complexity, look elsewhere.

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - 500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance - Poured with almost 3 fingers of bright white, stiff looking head which dissolves into a sad soapy substance pretty quickly. Beer itself is a cloudy, golden straw colour with hints or orange running through it. A tremendous amount of carbonation is visibel.

Smell - Some light citrus, most likely grapefruit and orange. There is also a pleasnt spice smell which mingles nicely with the citrus. Finally, I'm picking up a bit of wheat in there too, but not as much as I was expecting for the style.

Taste - Hmm not a lot going on here. Some spices, but not as much as I anticipated from the nose. Same can be said for the citrus...it's there, but barley. Little to know malt or grain flavour.

Mouthfeel - Light body, crazy amount of carbonation makes for a crisp drink.

Overall - 3.5/5 Not a bad hefe, but certainly not a favorite. I certainly wouldn't turn it down on a hot summer day on a patio.

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.17/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served in a weizen glass.

Appearance: A semi hazy gold colored body with heavy bubbles right from the beginning created a white head, maybe 2/3".

Smell: Raw hop scent, maybe some banana skin. Very light indeed.

Taste: Has a mellow banana feel to it, but the bitter hops aren't exactly what i was expecting for a hef. Not really complex but good enough.

Mouth: I honestly must say heavy bubbles with a light stickiness to it.

Overall: It's a good beer, dont let my review ruin hyour fun...it;s not quite like my favorite hefeweizens but does the job. For about three bucks or so a bottle not a loss at all. Salud!

Photo of StJamesGate
3.72/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale hazy gold with lots of clumpy clingy head.
Grain, spicy grass and slight wax on the nose.
Dough up front, fresh apricot and peach, slight noble end.
Fruity finish and herbal linger.
Light, crisp, creamy, thin.

Quenching if watery, big on stone fruit and keeps some wheaty body. Trouble here is that the classic Weiss yeast is almost totally absent, both on the nose and palate - no banana, no cloves. So while it's pleasant enough, it's not a great example of the style, especially coming from Bavaria.

Photo of IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pale orange, cloudy, small head, no lacing on glass

Aroma: wheat; bready; cloves

Taste: Malty, creamy, citrus notes; good, but not great; tastes a bit like soda

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; please disregard those scores

Photo of BWED
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into a Weizen glass.

A- Very hazy yellow-brown producing a thick 2" fizzy white head. Retention is only okay.

S- Peach and a little banana. Some clove spice as well.

T- Sweet grain/straw flavor, very clean. A little fruity sweetness as well.

M- Very smooth, hardly any carbonation. Clean sweet finish.

O- Pretty good. A classic Weizen that has all the good qualities of the style. I could go for a more a little more carbonation and head retention though.

Photo of bbluemzbeer
4.26/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a good hefe from Germany, because crisp and clean. I had many great German beers out there, Edringer hold its own.

Looks: hazy brown and yellow & super bubbly straw color with a 2" deep white head, cleared nicely. Hea retention or lacing is not there , but great effervescence

Smell: fruit and slight yeast scent

Taste: slight lemon , orange notes and great earthy taste up front. Finishes fruits and very refreshing

Mouthful: Great carbonation and some syrups. The balances is there in this beer

Overall : This beer goes down vereasy. This beer holds it own agianst any hefe beers. Little or no aftertaste. It is very refreshing and perfect for a summer time.

Photo of UstickM
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours a nice dark gold hue with a foamy white head. The beer is quite cloudy due to the wheat. Smells hoppy, spicy, mild with notes of wheat. The beer tastes mellow with a hint of clove and a smooth caramel finish. Nice beer, would drink again.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

Look: Semi-cloudy dark golden color. Foamy white head, good foamy lacing.

Aroma: Malts, wheat, faint caramel and banana.

Taste: The taste starts out with malty, subdued caramel sweetness. Banana bread body.

Mouthfeel: Bright, carbonated.

Overall: A delicious beer, lots of banana and caramel.

Photo of delta490
2.85/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured a 500ml bottle into an Imperial Pint glass. Pours a deep cloudy gold with a fizzy-ish creamy white head. Aroma is almost non-existent. As someone else said, it can't be bad because there isn't much there. The same, unfortunately, goes for the taste. There just isn't much to it, good, bad or otherwise. Has a decent mouthfeel, with a little bit of carbonation. But overall, there just isn't much to it.
I've had it draft, as well, and it had a bit more "oomph" to it, but not significantly, so I've averaged out the two in the scores.

Photo of AmitC
4.27/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured form a 500 ml bottle into a snifter.

Straw pale color. Hazy as usual. Over the top head with excellent retention. Decent lacing on the sides. A good amount of very tiny bubbles. Super translucent.

Aroma is of yeast, banana and cloves. A little bit of spicy notes. Good amount of wheat. Typical hefe aroma. Strength is good.

Flavor is again full of clove phenols and very slight banana esters. Wheat sweetness is very much apparent. Slight warmth and creamy touch of yeast. Finish is semi sweet.

Mouth feel is light medium. High carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. No astringency.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.53/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a cloudy dark gold color. The head is a three finger white shade with that has a foamy appearance to it. Retention is really nice, too.

S: Not only are the typical banana/clove estery aromas lacking here...so is just about anything else. About the only thing I really notice is a mild cherry-like sweetness and the faintest hint of wheat. Not really a bad aroma - after all, how can a nose so weak be considered bad?

T: Well, the aroma suggested a feeble flavor, and that's what I got. While the lack of weizen esters allows the opening wheat quality and finishing noble hops to shine through more strongly, it really drinks like a dinky-ass US wheat ale (think Widmer Hefeweizen) instead of a proper German hefeweizen. Okay, so a slight banana presence builds up after a few sips, but by then it's too little, too late. Just a boring beer in all flavor aspects.

M: The texture does a good job of staying out the way of the lack of flavor by finishing with a mildly clean dryness to it. I could do without the budding wet, syrupy linger, but I'll certainly give it points for being refreshing and crisp.

O: A score this low would suggest a mediocre-to-poor effort riddled with flaws - however this isn't actually flawed, just devoid of any good weizen characteristics...or any characteristics for that matter. This one is certainly easy to down, at least. But when both Sierra Nevada and Weihenstephaner make weizens that are both superbly drinkable AND full of character, why should you care about this one?

Photo of ghisty
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance:
yellow. hazey. golden center . very nice tops. very ornate ,slick head with some minor lace. the head retention is consistant to the last drink. pretty amazing.

smell:
not much to be said here, on pour its all grains , and I didnt detect any signs of malt
maybe some honey. not a strong nose, pleasant, to the point, as with the rest.

taste:
great stuff. has the sharpness i want from wheat beer.but not citrus note to overpower that grainy straw flavour, which is unlike the common wheat beers, I do enjoy a wheat beer with some orange or lemon to it, but this more classic format is what ive been looking for in a wiess. seems very session worthy,

mouthfeel:
starts out very sharp, levels to a good active carb at 2/3rd thru the swallow..
thats when the grains really pan out. has a slight slickness to it that makes it go down easily, but might get slightly filling after a few pints.

overall:
I enjoy most properly made wheat beer. rather or not it has the citrus note so many leading wheat beers use, isnt really relevant to me, I actually enjoy a wheatbeer without the generic "faux citrus" wheaty bit.. and this fits the bill in a great way,
I was hoping to not be dissapointed by this as my gf's father drinks it regularly, and he is a man of taste. I will most certainly be buying this again. and reccommend you do.

Photo of yourefragile
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle thanks Thorpe. Poured from a bottle to a glass, served at room temperature. Thanks Thorpe.

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a retentive white head. Sweet, yeasty nose of banana and spice. Subtle and estery flavor, light yeast and wheat. Medium body, light carbonation. Fairly unremarkable.

Photo of brewolero
3.83/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Big head, sticks around with a hazy golden body.
Aroma: Fruity phenols but they're not distinguishable as a particular fruit.
Taste: bready with alcohol and toast.
Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, spicy.

Paired with a burritos at Cafe 4060 (meters above sea level) in Potosi, Bolivia. Nicely balanced the spiciness and was generally refreshing. I was a bit surprised to notice higher levels of alcohol in it.

Photo of WeizenMike
5/5  rDev +42.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Erdinger is horribly underrated on this site; I know its not the strongest, nor the most flavourful weissbier, but it is utterly delicious. One of the easiest drinking beers I've ever tasted. A great introductory beer for those unacquainted with weissbier. Erdinger is my favourite beer hands down and a beer a recommend to weizen aficionados and newcomers alike.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tolkein's House in Zagreb.

It arrived in a Erdinger glass which is one of the nicest I've seen.The beer has a thick fluffy white head sitting atop a beaut of a hazy golden beer. Some drippy lace.

Regular banana and clove aroma with some sweetness. Hard to get much in a smoky bar.

Fruity flavor of light banana and orange. The flavor isn't too big on this. Decent enough.

This was smooth as butter with a fairly light body and prickly carbonation.

Good Weiss. Got it because it was on draft in a land of wack beer. It did it's job in relieving my beer thirst. Doubt I'll give it another go in the states though.

Photo of GMB
2.79/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Erdinger Weissbräu's Weißbier pours a lovely opaque body whose colors range from pumpkin to apricot to amber, depending on the light. A flurry of fizz creates and sustains a large, slightly off-white foam. But the foam is gassier than it first appeared to be and doesn't stick around long.

The beer smells more like a lager than a wheat beer. Lightly toasted grains and grassy, herbal aromas are up front. A slightly metallic scent is palpable; I hope this can isn't too old. I have to stick my nose way down into the glass to pick up the beer's aroma. This brew smells like air.

The taste is as watery as the nose was airy. Still, the flavors that do emerge are pleasant. Toasted grains are up front. Sweet, fruity notes follow closely. At first I pick up sweet, sulphered apricots and some light citral notes; no banana or clove. By the fifth sip I begin appreciate some very subtle clove-like notes at the back of the palate. The beer's hang is long and pleasant. This is surprising considering the thin taste. In fact, the aftertaste may be the best thing about this brew. As the beer warms, its mild bitterness and faint herbal aromas dance off in the distance with some suggestions of clove.

I'm ambivalent about the beer's mouthfeel. On the one hand, the watery taste is matched by the beer's thin mouthfeel. No points there. On the other hand, a swirl around the tongue produces a foam that's frothier than the head had suggested.

Erdinger Weißbier is not a brew that I'll revisit on a regular basis. But if you have a chance to try it, take a sip.

Tip: This beer should be served slightly cooler than room temperature.

Erdinger Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
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