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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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1,490 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,490
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 11
Gots: 129 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 01-03-2002)
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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a few bottles of this in a pack along with a World Cup soccerball pokal. Cute...

Poured a light, opaque yellow hue. A hefty head to it, a good two inches which rapidly receded, leaving a thin ring. Pretty poor retention, actually, but good yeast cascading and colour.

Nose is subtle, but all the usual suspects are there: banana, lemon, clove, coriander. Subdued.

Taste is decent, but far less exciting than I'd remembered. Tastes like a typical hefe, but doesn't really pop. Wheat and malt backing pair well the citrus, but the whole thing is quite muted.

A bit watery, light carbonation.

The bonus glass was an awesome (for a split second, my glass looked like the Jules Rimet trophy...), and the beer is certainly drinkable, but not my favorite of the 'big' German hefe brews. I'll stick with Weihenstephaner and Schneider in the future.

JohnnyBarman, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of MattyV
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500mL bottle into an Erdinger football/soccer ball weizen glass.

Hazy light golden in colour, 2 finger pillowy puffy head lingers and haphzardly recedes to a ring that leaves some lacing.

Very subdued. Was surprised to not pick-up the banana aroma, the tangy wheat dominates.

The wheat comes through again with some tanginess and tartness that quenches the thirst. Picking up very little of the expected banana/clove/spice, although it is perceptible in the background

A lively drink, well-carbonated which lends well to the thirst-quenching dimension of the beer.

Highly drinkable in the summer time when looking for a widely-available and tasty pint to quench the thirst.

Overall, was somewhat of a let-down compared to other Hefeweizens, but is still an enjoyable although muted version of the style

MattyV, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of mcdevster
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

erdinger may fall short of some of the better bottled hefeweizen beers (weinstephaner and paulaner come to mind) but it is a very refreshing brew nonetheless..
appearance is somewhat cloloudy straw color fairly typical medium carbonation.. smell is wheaty but light.. flavor is pleasant but not complex.. very easy to drink - but light on flavor notes- banana and clove are here but very light.

mcdevster, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of rarbring
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy golden brew with a firm white head that recedes slowly leaving good lacing.

The smell is wheat dough, with yeast and spices, clove, coriander and orange marmalade

The taste is like a liquid spicy wheat bun with bitter orange marmalade.

A medium carbonation, small intense and mouth-filling bubbles

A very decent wheat beer, nice in the summer sun.

rarbring, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of mavesba
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a dark straw yellow, with a white head that holds to the side of glass and remianed halfway through the glass. Medium bubbles in the foam. Moderately cloudy, but crisp looking. Bubbles continue to rise from bottom throughout the drink.

Smell - Faint sweetness, with a flowery aroma. Slightly yeasty.

Taste - Faint banana and sweetness, but no spiciness.

Mouthfeel - Prickily carbonation on the tougne, with a somewhat hoppy finish and after taste.

Drinkability - A decent Hefe, but not my favorite. If you like rich banana, clove character Hefe, this isn't it.

mavesba, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of scottyb88
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a traditional medium dark yellow, cloudy, three finger fluffy head that slowly fades to a 1/2 inch creamy foam; doesn't appear to be too much lacing

S-some banana, a little clove spiciness, yeasty bread aromas; not overly strong, but present; wheat is definitely there

T-banana, not much clove; wheat and yeast flavors are present; more of a wheat ale than a snappy hefeweizen type beer; not a whole lot of spice, but plenty of earthy wheat flavors are there

M-fairly creamy with medium carbonation; there is actually a hint of alcohol esters at the end of the sip; semi-dry with a yeasty bread like coating

D-it's a decent version of the style, but far from my favorite; for me it loses out with the lack of traditional flavors of clove and banana, but the wheat/yeast flavors are definitely still there; it's still not a terrible beer regardless of not being a stellar example of the style and not being overly complex

scottyb88, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of Sirzuke
4.68/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This WAS my favorite beer until I had some FRANZISKANNER HEFE! I've been buying all the hefes I can get my hands on at the local Total Beverage store. I've tried the Weihenstephaner, Hoegaarden, Fransizkaner....but the Erdinger is my second favorite. This drinks very well for me. I'm not much of a beer drinker at all but after having this I really can appreciate the smoothness of this and how it actually quenches thirst with no aftertaste! I don't like strong beers so this Erdinger is the second best...A- for me.

Sirzuke, May 26, 2010
Photo of Ralphus
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Erdinger weissbier is really about a safe, mild mannered hefeweizen as I've ever had.

It pours a cloudy golden colour with a large poofy white head. It looks good. Small points lost on color and retention.

The smell is really subdued. Slightly sweet banana is all that's present. When having your first sip the first thing you might notice about the taste is how light it is. There is some sweetness but it's light and replaced by what I would describe as overly aggressive pinpoint carbonation. The aftertaste is strange wash of dullness. I guess it could be best described palate cleansing?

Mouthfeel is not that great due to the carbonation. The light taste might be good for some but I would think for most people here it would be a bit lacking.

Ralphus, May 24, 2010
Photo of trevorjn06
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Hefeweizen glass.
This German hefe-weizen pours a lovely golden color with a large, puffy white head.
The aroma is a bit more mild than some of the other hefe-weizens I have had, but it has the usual bready wheat and grain smells long with some yeast and mild fruity aromas. The banana and clove smells usually associated with German wheat beers are present, but not nearly as up front as usual.
Taste is a bit thin, not too bready, but grainy and a bit of light malt flavor. The finish is a bit thin as well, there is a bit of wheat and a mild, tart fruitiness to it.
Overall this beer has nice flavors but not the usual hefe-weizen aromas and it is overall a bit watered down tasting.

trevorjn06, May 24, 2010
Photo of damndirtyape
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Boulevard Haus in Dayton. Served in an official Sohn 500mL Erdinger glass.

Appearance: Straw yellow - very hazy, with a white foam that went from the 500mL line to the top of the glass. The foam lasted a bit as did the lacing, but by the last 1/3 of the glass, it was all gone.

Smell: Wheat, raw grains, a bit musty. Not very strong though.

Taste: Refreshing with a strong grain flavor. As it warmed up I got hints of banana, but towards the end of the glass, it was more apple and juice like in taste and character. Nothing special as far as Weissbiers go.

Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation and very smooth. Has decent thickness to it, but still goes down smooth.

Drinkability: Went quite well with a meal and I wish I had another 250mL to further savor. Having another full glass though would have been too much.

damndirtyape, May 23, 2010
Photo of mmahut
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light weize colour with smaller head.

Smell: Malt with citrus tone, alcohol. Hidden fruits.

Taste: Too weak for a weize in my opinion. Wheat, bananas, alcohol.

Mounthfeel: Strong on carbonation, very light body.

Drinkability: Nice summer weize, could drink few of them easily.

mmahut, May 16, 2010
Photo of EkimGram
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pint bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Cloudy amber colour, a little murky with visible carbonation. Poured a thick foamy head that dissipated rather quickly.

Smell: Sweet, light, a little bit of banana and wheat.

Taste: Bitter, cloves, wheat.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, light, crisp, has a little bit of bite to it.

Drinkability: This beer is rather refreshing. It is light and easy, not too alcoholic. I wouldn't go out of my way to find this beer but it is not at all bad.

EkimGram, May 12, 2010
Photo of xylophonica
3.45/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 50cl Weihenstephan glass from a 50cl bottle.

A - Light amber colour, decent head. Good, but nothing special.

S - Immediate wheat presence. Some sweet fruits and herbs as well.

T - Little bit watery to be honest, not as solid a body of flavour as I'd expected. Little bit bitter, a hint of fruit; maybe some apple and grape. Hint of herbs but not enough. Nothing to write home about..

M - Quite bitter. Aftertaste doesn't help.

D - Somewhat bland. Relatively easy to drink (largely due to the aroma) if the opportunity arose but I doubt this would be the best option.

Drank this ages ago and had very fond memories. Must confess now that I'm not overly impressed with this beer. Taste above all else is not as strong as I would've liked. Not a bad beer but there are better wheat-beers out there. In light of this revelation I will endeavour to review some Weihenstephan and Schofferhoffer in the near future.. stay tuned!!

xylophonica, May 05, 2010
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.48/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

50 cl long-necked brown bottle with a beige, neat and clean label.

A: The pour is hazy orange/golden. White, a bit uneven, really large head. Slow dissipation leaves nice lacings.

S: Wheat - ripe sweet bananas. Citric. Some malt, barley gives it bready tone.

T: Wheat and malt. Ripe bananas and bready - almost like rye-bread. Some citric sezt.

M: Smooth light bodied liquid with rich carbonation, a bit rough though. Aftertaste is medium long and holds both sweet and bitter.

D: Wheatbeer is so very refreshing. This is a pretty nice one, but not the best from Bavaria.

Evil_Pidde, May 02, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4.28/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice Hefe. Pours a semi hazy yellow with a fluffy golden head. Beautiful.
S - Mostly citrus and wheat with a slight bread backbone.
T - Like the smell, some lemon and fruit with a touch of bread and a nice smooth wheat finish.
M - Not bitter and refreshing. Great summer beer!
D - Well I would totally try more offerings by the company but I really wouldn't pick up the sixer for around 12 bucks. Nice to try though!

DrDemento456, May 02, 2010
Photo of scott451
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into its own Hefe Weizen glass. Two finger foamy head, soon diminishing to a ring. Weak lacing. Opalescent lemony apricot colour. Very good looking.
S - Very low key citrus smell. Everything else much further back.
T - Lemon. Other flavours further back. Nice balance between the hops and yeast.
M - A bit thin.
D - High as with most wheats. No flaws hold it back. Order another.

scott451, May 02, 2010
Photo of RuudJH
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle 0.5 l. Erdinger Weissbier. I never paid much attention to German wheats, but recently I tried some that were very good.
This Erdinger is a bit modest, but it's a pleasant brew nevertheless. Classic wheatbeer notes, with banana and white chocolate notes. There is yeast and malt/wheat and citrus, but it's all a bit faint.
However, in the mouth it's very refreshing. On a warm day, I wouldn't mind this one cold: I'd be perfectly happy with it.

RuudJH, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of soju6
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer in a local pub in Weisbaden.

Most of the beer was poured in to a proper logo glass. The last bit was swished around the bottle before being poured directly into the glass with gusto to create a head. The head slowly disappears but with some traces around the edge due to the carbonation. The color was a hazy gold and the smell was primarily grainy. The taste was crisp with a bitter edge. The feel was light with much carbonation and the finish seems a bit rough not really refreshing as I hoped. Still a good beer and change from all the pilsners.

soju6, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of strangemusic
2.7/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one poured hazy gold with transparent edges and a fluffy, tall head that was not very dense and a bit on the floppy side.

The smell was very muted, with oranges, clove and a little bit of spice, but dominated by a sort of grainy aroma and lots of yeast. Unimpressive.

Taste was clove, spice and orange as well, has the fundamentals of a wheat beer but lacking in any definition and punch. Yeasty here too. Sweet, kind of like Orangina, a little bit bitter, not very refreshing, not very good, but tolerable.

The MF was nicely creamy and held good carbonation but felt too wishy-washy and grainy to be really enjoyable, especially after a few sips. A bit of dryness at the end of the sip. Drinkability, as should be expected in a wheat beer, was not bad, but the grainy afterfeel definitely kept me from wanting another.

strangemusic, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of NA1NSXR
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Nice size foamy head, rushing carbonation after the pour, perhaps just a touch more transparent than other hefeweizen. Looks lively.

Smell - Not just the banana type fruitiness of most authentic hefes, but also a citrus element in there too. Almost a wit like fruity character minus the spice. I like the smell, but I wish it was stronger. The smell is about medium-weak in strength.

Taste - Wheaty. Slight alcohol in the finish. Light sweetness up front thats not as fruity as the smell suggests. Its missing the trademark hefewezen flavors. I like wheat malt but I don't like the grainy way it is presented in this beer.

Mouthfeel - This one is actually pretty smooth and not as prickly as one would think by looking at it. Its light overall but not too thin considering the style.

Drinkability - Its a well presented, but mediocre hefeweizen. I don't think I'd drink a second if I had one.

NA1NSXR, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of decimator
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A - Poured a cloudy golden colour with a big creamy bubbly head. After a few sips there's still a good cap left and some decent lacing.

S - Mellow aroma of sweet grains and yeast. It doesn't have the potent banana and spices of other wheat beers but it's still pleasant.

T - Tastes like wheat with a bit of sweetness and bit of sourness in the middle and a very mild hop bitterness in the finish. A hint of spiciness but not much.

M - Smooth, creamy and lots of carbonation.

D - Pretty drinkable. It's not the best wheat beer but it's still a pretty good one.

decimator, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of ericj551
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Erdinger Weissbier pours a cloudy light orange with a creamy, fluffy head that fades rather quickly. The aroma is mild with some graininess and hints of chalky yeast. The flavor is crisp with some light wheat flavor. There is a bit of dry yeast flavor in the finish, but none of the banana or clove esters I expected. This is a refreshing wheat beer, but lacks a lot of the flavor I want out of a hefeweizen.

ericj551, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of Spineypanda
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has slightly cloudy straw color and the head resides quickly.
Smells like light wheat beer but nothing much else, except yeast.
Tastes pretty refreshing more like an American beer than the regular German hefe's I have had, basically it is a milder one.
This is a pretty good beer, a bit sour from the yeast but an overall tasty one.

Spineypanda, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of ocmpoma
4.08/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a cloudy golden-orange into my Schneider Weisse glass. Huge, billowing head that eventually receded to a thin foam.

Smell and taste can't quite keep up with the wonderful appearance of the beer. The nose is soft. It hits all the right notes, but they're so blended together that they mush into each other, creating an underwhelming aroma. On the palate, the citrus notes are there, but subdued, and it's just a bit too harsh on the back end of the taste. It's definitely good, but it's not great.

The mouthfeel is also off -- thin and wispy, with all the carbonation bubbling up in the beginning, producing that huge billowing head, and then fading out fast, even though I poured it slow down the side of the glass. It's quaff-able, though, and I could drink a ton of it.

ocmpoma, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of rockyfire
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

White head with a normal head retention for a wheat beer, sunset orange yellow hue with a very cloudy look.

Light fermented wheat twang, soft spicy clove with a rounded and mellow fruitiness.

Smooth and crisp with a creamy medium body, not too much on the clove spiciness but it is there. Malt sweetness and a twang from the wheat, powdery yeast. Fruitiness is mellow just like the aroma. Hops are light. Sweet and clove battle it out in the finish as the dryness tries to creep in also.

Not a bad beer. I enjoyed trying it.

rockyfire, Feb 27, 2010
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