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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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Reviews: 749
Hads: 1,725
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 21
Gots: 309 | FT: 0
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Erdinger Weissbräu visit their website

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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Reviews: 749 | Hads: 1,725
Photo of Globetrotter
2.74/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My half liter bottle looks just like the one in the picture. Fealty to the purity law proudly proclaimed on the label. Best before 9/2004, I opened it on 5/27/04.

Hey, good lookin'! Cloudy yellow gold under a two finger white head beautifully contoured and built to last. Some spots of lace linger as the glass is emptied. The nose is very mild, with just a touch of citrus and a whole lot of bread. The mouth is very prickly and heavy with yeast. The taste is mild, almost bland, with lots of yeast and not much more. I can detect no spices, no citrus and no hops. Oh, wait - deep in the aftertaste a very slight bitterness appears. That's it. Pretty non-descript, really. (676 characters)

Photo of chriscolby
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Erdinger Hefe-weizen pours with a large white head that collapses reasonably quickly. It's straw yellow color and hazy — unless you swirl the bottle at the end and pour out the yeast from the bottom of the bottle, then it's fairly murky. If you're a wheat beer fan, the first thing you'll notice is the lack of the classic wheat beer "nose" — the banana/clove/bubblegum aroma found in most German wheat beers.
It has a crisp wheat-beer flavor with medium body and a relatively high bitterness as wheat beers go (although certainly not as hoppy as American pale ales or IPAs). Very drinkable. If you add the yeast, you get a little more of the "liquid bread" character that the best wheat beers show and the hops are masked a bit.
What you rate this beer as would depend highly on how you rate beers. If you rate this beer expecting it have lots of wheat beer character, it would score low. (To be honest, if it didn't say hefe-weizen on the label, I wouldn't even have pegged it as one. It smells almost like a lager and tastes more like a Belgian ale to me.) If you you rate it simply as a beer that "is what it is," it's a fairly decent, quaffable brew. (1,160 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium sized bottle, pours light yellow ,straw in color and very cloudy. Active carbonation produces a large white head. Quickly settling into a tiny bubble film, leaves some nice lacing. Bananas in the nose and flavor notes. Wheaty yeastyness also present. As noted in many other reviews, this one doesnt have that big fruity, spiceyness that the top weise brews boast. This one finishes with a dry hoppyness. Nice brew, slightly differant than some of the other germans. well worth trying and enjoying with some salad, bread and cheese. (538 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium yellow color, with a big white head. The smells iss only faintly of banana and clove, but not as much as most hefe's I have tried. Taste is pretty plain, no very strong, but nothing offenzive. This is a slightyl above average beer, othing spectacular. After Paulaner and Weihenstephaner this beer doesn't do much for me. (327 characters)

Photo of crawfow
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light straw color which is appropriate for style. Foamy head that lasted to the bottom of the glass.
Not alot of banana or clove aroma, really not much aroma at all.
Flavor is practically the same as the aroma, not much there. I was expecting alot of banana and clove taste, but it was just mediocre at best.
The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer...WOW...I wish I could get this much body in my own brews! Very well done!
Overall a decent hefe; but not near the "world's #1 Hefe-Weizen" as indicated on the bottle. (525 characters)

Photo of Doiv
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy bright golden colour with a big white head.

Aroma is very subtle, a small wheaty tone and some sort of gummy hint.

Taste is similarly lacking - wheats, slightly hoppy, but nothing really noticeable except for malts and a tiny fruity tang.

Mouthfeel is also pretty average.

Luckily, this beer drinks very well. (336 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This hefe is a lighter gold color than the average hefe, typical cloudy body. Big white foam head. Light scent, some clove. Pretty light and refreshing, classic hefe characteristics. Clove, banana, wheat. Not quite as complex as some of the top notch hefe, but a refreshing drink non-the-less. (293 characters)

Photo of GreenWBush
3.13/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle, $1.99

I was expecting in this a classic example of the style, one that stood heads above the competition on principal alone. Unfortunately this beer, while quite drinkable, was not memorable in the slightest and was not even close to one of the better wheat beers i've experience.

The beer pours out conventional to its style, canary yellow and yeast clouded, with a giant poofy head that leaves minimal lacing.

The nose is not as banana-clove laden as I expected. In fact, there is a small bit of banana but it is swallowed by major syrupy sweetness. A slight bit of noble hops attempts to break through to no avail.

The taste of this beer is rather one-dimensional and uninspiring. Lots of sweet maltiness, a slightly tired wheatiness, and just enough hops on the end to cut through the liquid vanilla-extract I almost couldn't get past.

I'll be back to try some other beers from this brewery, but this one didn't set the bar high at all. (969 characters)

Photo of pootz
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy orange-gold color...lovely chunky 3-finger cap that lasts! Lots of effervescent activity. Not overly perfumed to the nose had the standard weiss-hefe aromas of banana-cloves...but very subdued. Started with a mild but refreshing maltiness which then gets peppery as the carbonation kicks the palate and the mild fruity-spicy tastes are imparted then finishes a tad thin with a slight sweetish after taste.

A good commercial weissbrau, subdued, light body...but very thirst quenching and very drinkable. (521 characters)

Photo of tjd25
3.67/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The very dense and fine head gets foamy as it fades. The body is cloudy and opaque, of a golden orange color. Interesting smell, sweet juicy strawberry and wheat. The taste is decent, but the strawberry in the smell made me expect more. Very citric, with a refreshing wheat aspect. Carbonation is a little weak. The beer only gave me a mouthfeel in the first part of my mouth: clearly lacking here. A decent beer, but not a great example of its style. (451 characters)

Photo of Sixpack595
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is faint, but very lemony with a bit of bannana and orange. Cloudy yellow with a big white head. Taste is light and fruity. Prickly mouthfeel, strong carbonation and a spicy, peppery finish. Highly drinkable and fruity makes for one of the best drinkin on the porch on hot day beers I've had in a while. (309 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big, white, crusty, rocky head. A dark, dirty gold, almost clear beer. Lots of carbonation. Cloudy on last pour. Smell is somewhat soapy. Light, a touch fruity, but no big esters. Too faint bananas in the front. The middle sweetens, turns a little creamy. Dry, nutty, fresh, crisp, almost lagery bitter finish. So I like that nutty finish. And the beer does get better (fruitier) as it warms. But it's really a little too crisp and clean for me. A decent taste, but needs more hefe- in the -weizen. (500 characters)

Photo of steinlifter
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy mid to light yellow color,with a slight head that gives away quickly and leaves slight lacing in glass.Has a slightly fruity smell that is pleasant but vague.Taste is very pleasant a bit watery with a slight spiciness that finishes very quickly.mouthfeel is well carbonated like soda is about all I can say.Drinkability is high due to it's refreshing,crisp,thirstquenching qualities(nothing offensive here).Overall I would say that I've had wheat beers with a lot more flavor than this one, but sometimes that flavor is'nt all that pleasant.but as far as just having a nice really easy drinking beer thats a much better quality than just banging down some Bud's, try this one. (691 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice thick brown 1 pint 9 oz. bottle with a best by date (10-2004 sampled 3-2004), a Reinheitsgebot claim and All Natural, Bottle-Fermented on it. Bottle has Hefe-Weizen in red letters under Erdinger. I searched their website and listed the alc % by the 'beer with fine yeast'.
Aroma: Smells like a river. Not in a bad way, just that’s the only thing I get. A very mild smell.
Appearance: Hazy thin yellow with a fluffy white head the collapsed into a well fed thin sheet that gave a little lace on the glass.
Flavor: Extremely mild taste. Some nice wheat flavors come in late in the swallow, and the slightest hint of hops in the taste, but I had to hunt for them. Tastes like an American Macrobeer with a minor metallic taste at the end.
Mouthfeel: Thin body, just not much there.
Overall Impression: Hefe-Weizen? Are you sure? German? Really? I think Bud has just repackaged its product. Nothing here; nothing offensive, nothing inspiring, nothing to write home about, there is just nothing. Maybe that’s a tad harsh, I do get some nice wheat tastes, but it’s minor. I guess this would make a good thirst quencher, or a nice gateway beer to introduce to the masses. For me, I’ll claim my karma point and move on. (1,245 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.07/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's called Weibbier on the label.
It pours a cloudy butterscotch color with a medium-sized white head with some sticky and trailing lace.
It has an upfront yeasty aroma, which fades into more of a fresh bread dough smell. The light citrusy aroma is present throughout.
The medium body has an almost rye-like wheat malt flavor with a light sweetness added.
The hops provide a lime-like bitterness and ever so slight metallic tang.
It's a smooth and rounded brew with an apple pectin quality to the mouthfeel. The presence of yeast is well in the background where it belongs. A mild taste of vodka is noticeable. Very Refreshing! (633 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep hazy golden orrange hue with a nice frothy creamy head leaves big ol' patches of lacing. Aroma: Grassy tone to it with none of the banana and clove notes that I have come to know and love. Taste: Not impressed here, leaves a malted wheat sweetness to it with some mild yeast characteristics just lacks for a "true" German hefe. Mouthfeel: Creamy texture a bit light for a hefe. Drinkability: Middle of the road a lackluster German hefeweizen, but does seem refreshing epsecially on a warmer day. (512 characters)

Photo of surfmeister
4.05/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: yellow/orange, cloudy, sturdy wheat head
Smell: very fruity dominating the faint spiciness
Taste: a very fruity/banana hefe, clove was faint, which is fine with me
Mouthfeel: excellent, smooth, velvety, mouthfilling
Drinkability: endless on a hot summer day (273 characters)

Photo of jsolack
4.18/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange/yellow color and slight haze in color. Head is pretty light as well. Smells like wheat with a strong banana aroma. Taste is sweet in mouth with light banana flavor, finish has pleasing wheat flavor. Feel in mouth is smooth and pleasent. Overall the beer is very drinkable! (285 characters)

Photo of jeffboo
3.69/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A classic looking Hefe, a orange/golden color with a billowy, white head. A wheat, yeast , clove aroma, rather on the lighter side for a wheat beer. It has a light, refreshing body with flavors of spicy yeast, cloves and light vanilla, not very bold but still a tasty brew. (273 characters)

Photo of WesWes
2.18/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thin white head. The aroma is awful. It's musty almost like bad homebrew. I guess it has pale malt and yeast scent. The taste is pretty terrible as well. This has to be the worst hefe I've ever had. It is pale and musty with way too much carbonation. The mouthfeel sucks. It is a medium bodied beer with huge carbonation. I burp after every sip. The beer drinks horrible. I'm not sure I'll finish this one. (448 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pleasant surprise, and yet one more step towards fully converting me over to weissbiers and hefe's. A hazy apricot in appearance, with a chunky white head on the pour, but not much retention after a minute or so. Sweet grain, light spice and mild fruit characteristics on the nose. Most predominant for me was a sweet candied banana flavour, rounded out quite nicely by a grassy hop finish. Full smooth pleasing mouthfeel, I found this to be a very relaxing and drinkable beer, and think it would make a great session beer for the style. It's not bursting with intense spice and fruit charactersistics, but is smooth and well-rounded for what it is. (660 characters)

Photo of daledeee
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow with a nice head. Yeasty sweet nose with some fruit. Taste is rather malty with some spice as the main up front profiles. Some citrus. The hops has a different taste than I am used to. Fairly bity and dry in the finish.

A decent Hefe, but I have had better. (279 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy gold color, not much head.

Smells like a beer. Mostly smells of grain and a slight sweetness.

Tastes sweeter than you would think from the smell. Has a mild caramel and banana taste with a strong base taste of grain. The taste begins with sweet corn and then transitions to a basic grain flavor and finishes on a bitter hops note. It is pleasant to drink.

Mouthfeel is a bit thicker than you would expect, and lots of carbonation.

Not a bad beer and it is certainly drinkable. (504 characters)

Photo of allboutbierge
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid beer in its own right but just doesnt stack up against other Weiss beers Ive had in Germany.

The head of this beer can most simply be described as 'the white blob'. Its simply pours over the glass, but oddly enough does not last very long. Typical Weiss beer aromas are noticeable but not as prevelant. Something else is added to the mix however. I noticed a sort of burnt orange-like trip going on. Could've just been me since I saw that other reviewers hadnt noticed that flavor. Mouthfeel is a tad more watery than other weiss beers which really takes alot from the overall quality of the beer. The texture is one of my favorite qualities in Weiss beer. (667 characters)

Photo of RocketWidget
2.96/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another beer from the Pivni Galeri in Prague. Pours a very dark yellow, not my favorite. Head is originally quite thick and creamy, but dissipates quickly. Smell is nothing very detectable, mostly smells like grain. Tastes very wheaty, and after swallowing I detect a thin film of particles lining my mouth, which I don't find to be particularly appealing. No big flavor to be found. Though not a big fan of this style of beer in general myself, this particular one I wouldn't recommend even to those who like the style. (520 characters)

Erdinger Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
78 out of 100 based on 749 ratings.