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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
80
good

1,545 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 1,545
Reviews: 729
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 11
Gots: 169 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Erdinger Weissbräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 01-03-2002)
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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, tannish-golden-orange with a bright white head that holds OK. The aroma is slightly sweet and somewhat citrusy with little banana or clove. The body is medium-light which combines with a good level of natural carbonation (2.7 volumes CO2 or more) to give a zesty and then creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is mildly sweet up front with a good deal of sensation from the carbonation. The middle of the palate offers some citrusy notes. The finish brings out a swirl of hop flavor and bitterness, leaving a dry, clean aftertaste. Quite distinct in its citrusy elements, and very refreshing, but also limited in character.

Photo of Jason
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 500 ml tall brown Euro style bottle with a “best before end” freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Fluffy looking off white head with a less than normal head retention for a wheat beer, sunset orange yellow hue with a very cloudy look to for the decanting of the yeast in the glass.

Smell: Light fermented wheat twang, soft spicy clove with a rounded and mellow fruitiness makes up the aroma.

Taste: Just as smooth as it is crisp with a creamy medium body, not too much on the clove spiciness but it is there and holds on through the finish. Good dose of malt sweetness and a twang from the wheat, powdery yeast adds a touch of earthy flavour. Fruitiness is mellow just like the aroma with subtle ripe banana and pear. Hops are light and ride with the effervesce and clove. Sweetness and clove battle it out in the finish as the dryness tries to creep in also.

Notes: Decent, a bit one-dimensional for the style. Easy to drink which comes more from the mouth feel than the flavour. When it comes to wheat beers in general this one lands just above mediocre unfortunately.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 2/24/07 at British Beer Company, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, lemon, spice, some hops and light malts.

T: A bready wheat flavor along with some lemon start out first. Some spice and hops follow. The malt character is thin and the sweetness is faint. The taste is a little dull overall.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, dry and clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not very filling, I could go with this beer for a while but there are many that are much better within the style.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at BBC in Walpole.

Alight head fades quickly over semi clear pale orange wheat color.

The nose has light wheat, light citrus, orange peel, light banana, little creamy, little sweetness.

Taste is light with some wheat, little sweet, light fruits, little citrus and banana, slightly creamy and juicy, lots of wheat. Some crisp sweet lager flavors.

Mouth id medium to lighter with decent carbonation.

It finishes semi dry with a little sticky wheat sweet feel and more fruits, lots of lingering wheat and lager fruits.

Photo of russpowell
4.5/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite hefe from Germany, because it's much cleaner tasting than most hefes by far ( screw you purists!). .5L brown bottle says best before 1 apr 06. Saw zero ill effects that this bottle was 40 days past its suggested shelf life

Pours a hazy & super bubbly straw color with a 2" deep white head, cleared nicely. Not much head retention or lacing, but great effervescence

Smell: fruity and slight yeast scent

Taste: Fruitty, slight lemon notes and grassyness up front. Finishes fruitty & quenching

MF: Great carbonation and slight syruppy feel to this. Balances just so to me (again not a huge fan of phenolic or band aid tastes)

Wow this goes down to easy, I close my eyes & see myself back in a biergaten somewhere in D'land.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -14.3%

Photo of drabmuh
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an Erdinger wheat beer glass (0.5 L), part of my glassware project. Beer is yellow to orange and hazy (served with the yeast). Forms a thick white head of medium and large bubbles that falls away leaving lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to high and made up of medium bubbles that rise through the beer quickly.

Aroma is on the light side, some banana, not a lot, smells wet, that's a disappointment.

Nice, medium body, not dry, has a wheaty aftertaste. Some sweetness up front, not a lot. Kind of watery tasting. The more I drink the less I'm enjoying. It gets sweeter and the wheat aftertaste is getting less and less. Drinkability is high, mouthfeel is fine. There are better hefeweizens out there.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance in this weizen fits the bill to a T, with a hazy, pale, straw-yellow color, and a thick, fluffy, cloud-like head of foam.
Aroma is likewise on the mark for a typical hefe, lemony and sweet, but with a little bit of citric sour, as well.
On meeting the lips, this beer is remarkably smooth, with a nice texture, and a light body. Extraordinarily drinkable, but utterly lacking in any complexity or nuance. A simple, pleasing, nice little ale, with continual contributions of flavor. Not bad at all, by no means, but lacking anything in it to rise above the ordinary. As hefe weizens go, it's an adequate sample, and goes down nice, and refreshing. Thanks to JohnnyDuvel for providing this 500ml bottle.

Photo of WesWes
2.15/5  rDev -38.6%
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.

Photo of jwc215
2.7/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

best bore end of this month - poured into weizen glass.

Pours hazy (more than cloudy) straw yellow with a towering head that descends to a lasting, thin cover. Virtually no lacing sticks to glass.

There is a slight chemical/grassy aroma - not "skunk" though. There is a touch of tropical fruitiness underneath - restrained - I'll take that to be banana, is it is close enough. Maybe some clove, but I think it's more from expectation than actually there.

It is almost flavorless. There is some malty, grainy sweetness. Only the vaguest hint of banana. Very little, if any clove. A weak yeast strain hardly keeps things together and the malt seems out of whack with the rest of it. There is an oily slickness about it. It actually doesn't taste bad, though there is a subtle chemicalish veggie thing going on. Finishes rather sweet with only a hint of dryness, and rather bland.

It has a slick, almost medium body. Slightly overcarbonated, it's not as smooth as the style really should be.

A refresher on a hot day maybe? Maybe, but so are so many others. There are so many wonderful examples of this style that this one is not worth it. Shame that a Bavarian brewery so missed the mark on this one, IMO.

Photo of Mora2000
3.15/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours golden straw color with a large white head. The aroma is wheat, yeast and a little citrus. The flavor is not really what I expected as I am not really getting much banana and clove. I am getting citrus fruit as well as wheat and yeast. Light to medium mouthfeel and highly carbonated. Slightly disappointing overall.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of kojevergas
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Erdinger pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Five finger head of good retention. Fair cream and good thickness. An appealing hazy yellow colour.

Sm: Cream, wheat, and hops. Very appealing and fresh. A medium strength scent.

T: Wheat body with cream open. Lots of hops in the body, with a clean crisp finish. Delightful and refreshing. Not a particularly complex Hefeweizen, but this is the beer I compare all other beers in the style to as a sort of benchmark. The yeast doesn't come through in the taste, and the malt is extremely tame and well handled. Some citrusy-orange esters are present, but not overdone. I get some vanilla notes on the finish - very atypical albeit welcome. Very well built and balanced, while staying bold and relatively complex.

Mf: Very smooth and wet, with some nice coarseness on the climax to invite the next sip. Suits the flavour.

Dr: It isn't too expensive even by Irish standards, and it's quite a refreshing and lovely beer. Definitely try this one.

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

04/03/09- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with a best by date on the back label. Poured into my Ayinger weizen glass.

Appearance- Golden-honey colored pour. Full three fingered head on a slow pour. Nice 1/4 inch creamy head remains throughout the entire beer. Leaves some light spotty lace.

Smell- Light nose, but all the traditional scents of bubble gum, clove and banana. Fresh wheat as well.

Taste- Not real flavor sticks out, but all the flavors combine well and taste very fresh. A light taste of honey swirls around the banana and clove flavors. A bit of bubble gum comes through in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Quite smooth with a medium carbonation level. Has a very honey like smoothness. Light sugary bubble gum aftertaste.

Drinkability- Very nice and quality texture and flavor-wise brew. Might be my favorite right up by Paulaner.

Photo of Halcyondays
2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a solid white head for the style, average head retention, no lacing.

S: Smell is very light, hints of clove mostly, spicy.

T: Banana esters and some mild green apple form the flavour, clovely finish. Overall flavour is understated and not very complex.

M: Mild carbonation for the style, light-bodied with a watery finish, medium aftertaste, clean.

D: An average weissebier, does not have the complex esters ala Schneider or Hacker-Pschorr. No problem getting it down, but becomes boring.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.85/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured in one go, into a Franziskaner Weissbier glass, it looks fine, a very pale golden yellow. 50cl bottle, best before June 2007, drank on 16th Dec 2006.

The normal bubbles raising through the body to replenish the foaming white head at the top. The aroma is of vanilla and bannanas, as you would expect, but not as pronounced as some Wiessbiers.

The taste is also lacking compared with other like beers, both in complexity and depth. On a summers day this would be just right, however, this is Great Britain in mid December and its lightness doesn't work right now.

I have drank many Weissbiers over the years, in all weathers, this is a lightweight in all aspects. there is very little mouthfeel and aftertaste.

Not the best Hefe Weizen by a long way!

Photo of dbrauneis
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle at Tonic (Hilton Beijing) in Beijing, China

A: Pours a cloudy medium golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall dense frothy off-white head that has great retention properties, eventually reducing (about half way through the drinking of the beer) to a thin layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of banana, clove, and wheat.

T: There are moderate flavors of banana and clove along with some lighter notes of wheat and just a hint of bubble gum. There is a very slight but noticeable presence of yeast flavor.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Refreshing, easy to drink and quite enjoyable. This beer is a very nice summer beer and is quite refreshing in the warm summer. The flavor of this beer is more complex than the smell would indicate.

Photo of yourefragile
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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 corby112
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow color with lots of visible carbonation bubbles and a thin foamy white head that quickly dissapears. Aroma is quite bland with slight apple presence as well as some lemon peel. Very quaffable with a crisp apple and pear taste as well as some slight citrus.

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle into signature weizen glass, best before 3/2013. Pours hazy golden amber color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of orange zest, banana, pepper, clove, apricot, wheat, earth, and yeast spiciness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance. Taste of banana, pear, wheat, pepper, clove, earth, bread, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of wheat, pepper, pear, banana, clove, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a short bit. Flavors are well balanced with decent complexity; a bit on the watery side, but good. High carbonation and light-medium body; with a lightly creamy and very crisp and prickly mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good Hefeweizen. A bit watery, but the flavors are nicely balanced; and this is extremely easy and refreshing to drink. I did enjoy it.

Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Erdinger Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
80 out of 100 based on 1,545 ratings.