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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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1,331 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,331
Reviews: 715
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 10
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2003 09:50:30 | More by feloniousmonk
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 03:00:01 | More by drabmuh
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.5/5  rDev +29.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 03:59:52 | More by russpowell
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.2/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2004 19:31:28 | More by WVbeergeek
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WesWes

New York

2.15/5  rDev -38.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2004 00:11:03 | More by WesWes
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2010 22:27:35 | More by jlindros
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Mora2000

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 18:04:16 | More by Mora2000
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

nice change of pace here in bosnia. pours less cloudy that i expected, darker golden color with a lacey head pure white. smells like yeast and fruit, lemons and orange zest. flavor is hearty for a wheat brew, with less of the popping fruity characteristics i am accustomed to in this style. yeast is a little bit floral, delicate and nice.plenty of body too, there is a lemon wedge on the rim, but i dont need it. feel is heavier for a hefe, filling a little, but the carbonation is appropriate and the finish is nice and slow, a little sweet. this was a great beer to have with sushi, and probably other fish dishes as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 19:29:22 | More by StonedTrippin
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jwc215

Wisconsin

2.7/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 22:38:52 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +14.9%

12-01-2011 19:51:22 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 04:10:40 | More by Halcyondays
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.85/5  rDev -18.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2006 21:29:47 | More by BlackHaddock
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GClarkage

California

4.38/5  rDev +25.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 19:30:11 | More by GClarkage
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kojevergas

Texas

3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 18:12:09 | More by kojevergas
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 01:02:22 | More by corby112
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, deep golden colour, only when I was getting to the dregs of the bottle did the yeast haze finally make itself felt, pouring into the glass and clouding the body. Head if large-bubbled and frothy, but a pleasant white shade. Doesn't hold its shape very well, however. Lots of tiny streams of carbonation down the bottom of the glass. Overall, it's a decent looking brew, but maybe a little sub par for the style.

Nose is pleasant with some wheaty flavours giving a light spice and acidity, with a lingering grainy sweetness. Slight musty characters come through as well, which almost mingle indistinguishably with the pepper spice, but it's missing some of the banana esters and the round and sweet bubblegum aromas you sometimes get. Still, it's a very pleasant nose.

Taste is better though, and it has the slightly sweet banana flavours that were missing on the nose. Unfortunately, misses some of the other complexities which the nose promised. Very round and full-bodied, with maybe just a light bite on the back; but it's subtle. For the most part, this is a full-bodied, sweet and wheat-driven hef, just light enough on the palate to be drinkable, but full flavoured enough to make you feel like this is a hearty brew.

Feels just slightly too carbonated and gassy, but the palate otherwise is slick and pleasant.

A good German hefe. A great German hefe? Probably not, but it has the hallmarks of what makes this such a great style.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2010 08:43:09 | More by lacqueredmouse
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barleywinefiend

Washington

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy yellowish straw color with a nice white head. Nose is a touch of spiciness, wheat and banana. Taste was lighter and leane toward more wheat than anything. Light bodied and refreshing but little in terms of outstanding characteristics. A decent hef and worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2009 21:36:11 | More by barleywinefiend
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Only once have I had the bottled version of this beer, while the tap version as I recall it is quite solid. Now the bottled version is available at the Sainsbury's at just 1.19 quid, providing me a proper chance to review it at home at last. BB 01/2008, served moderately-chilled in a proper weizen glass.

A: cloudy dark yellow-orange in colour; constant flows of moderate carbonation at play, supporting an ever-lasting, thick layer of white froth.
S: besides being slightly ashy upfront, the aroma is slightly mango-ish on fruitiness with a touch of orange-citrus zest, on top of rich grainy wheat malts, a pleasant edge of bubble-gum and cane sugar. Overall not complex, pleasant enough for a bottled weizen.
T: chewy bready malts come as the main theme, followed by a wheat- and corn- like grainy flavour with a mildly acidic kick of citrus; simplistic and timid tropical fruit-esters (mainly green mangos) make a late presence. The overall flavour marks more malts than fruits, and finishes on a semi-clean and bready undernote.
M&D: a liquid bread in a glass this is, somehow missing the unique fruit-estery edge of a complex weizen; the mouthfeel turns slightly too fizzy on the palate and feels only suitable for the rather simplistic flavour profile. All in all, the draught version is way better, to my best recollection.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 18:52:56 | More by wl0307
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 23:13:35 | More by yourefragile
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 650 mL bottle poured into a Widmer Bros. weizen glass. The ale is cool in temperature.

Appearance: The ale is highly carbonated as I pour it, giving 4-5 fingers worth of head. Surprisingly, the ale is not cloudy. It is a pale, clear yellow color that betrays no hint of being unfiltered.

Smell: There is a light wheat aroma, but nothing that jumps out at me and scream weizen.

Taste: The ale comes across more like a kolsch than a weizen. I don't taste any clove or banana esters, things that I consider to be true characteristics of a weizen. I do pick up a light wheat flavor, but it is not enough to make me think 'weizen'.

Mouthfeel: The ale tastes fine and is not offensive on the tongue.

Drinkability: The ale is very drinkable, especially good on a warm spring afternoon (like today). It just seems to lack the oomph that I want and expect from a weizen.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 01:45:45 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2004 00:04:06 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a Weizen glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy straw yellow body with a thick creamy snow white head. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles lining to the surface.

S- This beer has a light smooth wheat aroma with a yeasty note.

T- This beer has a smooth soft malt and wheat taste and a spicy finish that has a faint note of noble hops.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture in the finish

D- This beer has very light wheat flavors with not a lot of complexity.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 00:35:43 | More by rhoadsrage
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

10-20-2013 04:52:30 | More by oriolesfan4
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -13.8%

12-13-2013 06:53:21 | More by XmnwildX12
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Zorro

California

3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2004 02:55:01 | More by Zorro
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