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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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79
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1,490 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,490
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 14.04%
Wants: 11
Gots: 129 | 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 akorsak
3.23/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

akorsak, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

superspak, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +14.6%

ejimhof, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of DoubleJ
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"The World's #1 Hefe-Weizen" according to the bottle label. Hmmm....I have yet to try this until tonight, but I have to say I've had a number of good wheat ales, so Erdinger has some company. Spoiler Alert: a Swede I bar-hopped with in Boston many months ago said he didn't like Erdinger, but loves Franziskaner. 330 ml bottle from the Wine Exchange on to the beer:

The head is soapy and has solid retention on top this hazy pale blonde (almost straw color) body. Notice I didn't say cloudy there. I can see the carbonation bubbles clearly in this beer. There's something in the aroma, weak banana and clove. You have to inhale deeply or you'll never get it. taste....the malted wheat really comes out, toasty, but that's all I'm getting. No banana, no clove, no phenols. This is an authentic Bavarian weissbier....where are those flavors? It's not a bad flavor, but a monotone one. The carbonation is a bit too springy here, the body is light.

I have to agree with my Swedish buddy, this is nothing to shout about. Nothing bad here, just a blah example of a weissbier.

DoubleJ, Oct 27, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

rhoadsrage, May 20, 2006
Photo of Zorro
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Zorro, Jan 08, 2004
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Clear straw yellow with a sizable head and excellent retention. A pretty sexy looking beer served in a Weizen glass. No date on bottle.

S. Smells somewhat like oatmeal, barley in the forefront. A little bit of lemony citrus in the background.

T. Unremarkable here but not bad. Wheaty and slightly metallic.

D. Quite drinkable as it is smooth. Wish I could have it from the tap as I surmise that would be more enjoyable. Not bad overall.

Stinkypuss, May 16, 2008
Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

BillRoth, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Most styles allow a fair bit of room for variation, not only with things like bitterness or flavour profile, but appearance too. But one element that is a constant no matter what, one golden rule of brewing: weissbiers must have a large, fluffy, pillowy head. There's no exceptions. A weissbier that fails to have that fails period.

Besides its disgracefully flat surface - there's not even a sign of lacing, not a single bubble in sight! - the beer's rigidly hazed body doesn't exactly make for the prettiest looking thing anyhow. Its tarnished lemon-skin tone is, unlike most in the style, without even the slightest of sunny, shimmering highlight. It's U-G-L-Y and it ain't go no alibi, it's ugly.

Likewise, its aroma falls dreadfully far from the mark with regards to style. The bouquet of a German weissbier is a hard thing to mess up if brewed properly: hell, you just pitch the yeast and let it do all the work. Phenols that smell of clove and spice and esters that resemble banana, citrus and bubblegum come standard with all German weiss strains.

Which makes me wonder what ingredients were used - the label assures it's brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot which means it uses only four ingredients (water, malt, hops, yeast) but that doesn't necessarily ensure they're *good quality* ingredients.

The taste confirms they couldn't have been - as well as possessing no phenols or esters to note, it holds very little grainy, malty flavour or texture worth mentioning either. German weissbiers, even the lesser ones, tend to at least have a grainy, wheat-centered taste that is only more invigorating than it is distinctive and palatable.

As mentioned already, there isn't even a trickle of vanilla or banana or citrusy flavour. Par for the course; there isn't the least bit of a creamy, fluffy sensation nor is there even an adequately brisk carbonation. There is nothing really, less a drop of honey smudged onto a cracker, which leads me to believe they've skimped out on the wheat.

I didn't think a bad German weissbier was possible - the mere sound of it strikes me as perhaps the ultimate oxymoron, better even than 'unbiased opinion', 'peace force' or 'virtual reality'. There's an awful lot of things that make this style so wonderful - it's light and refreshing, spicy and effervescent, layered with flavour and distinctly attractive. Erdinger Weissbier, incredibly, fails to exhibit even one of those qualities.

biegaman, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

rab53, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of plaid75
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue, with a three finger foamy white head.

The smell was a bit non-descript. There wasn't the classic clove and banana aroma that I look for in a hefe.

The taste was light and wheaty. An excellent biscuity flavor. However, there was a lack of spiciness. Subtle apple aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was light and refreshing. Excellent carbonation.

Of course a nice drinkable hefe. However, there are much better examples out there.

plaid75, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

tdm168, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale, hazy golden with a durable white head and lots of lacing.

The aroma features very bready malt and light yeast with just a touch of fruitiness. The flavor is like the aroma but a bit more yeasty.

M: medium+ carbonation; thin body but not quite watery.

(O: a very pleasant and easy to drink Weissbier that was better than expected.

chinchill, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
3.13/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a pale, hazy lemony-light orange color with a big white fluffy head.

S: The nose yielded faint bananas, lemons and light traces of dried fruit and grains.

T: The nose was rather subtle overall and not really enticing. For flavor there was light bananas, cloves and wheat. There was decent breadiness, with a really good hop spiciness found of the finish, which was good, but not enough to save this.

M: really thin, with a light creaminess, light carbonation while finishing dry.

D: An ordinary drinking hefe, with a nice spicy finish which was one of the few highlights of this beer. ok, but rather boring.

beerthulhu, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

dmorgan310, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of Viggo
3.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold, huge fluffy white head and some lacing. Smell is of bananas, lots of citrus, and spices. Flavour is cloves and spices up front, with banana in the finish and some citrus all around. Mouthfeel was a little too light, but the carbonation was nice. Tasty beer.

Viggo, Jul 01, 2005
Photo of DrJay
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy golden amber with a bright white head. Nice lacing and fair retention. Very mild aroma, a bit of wheat and malt, maybe a little citrus. Texture on the creamy side, but the carbonation is a little on the high side. The flavour isn't bad, it's just very average. Some banana sweetness and wheat malt. There's very little of the citrus and clove character that I expect in a weissbier, but overall it's not a bad beer. Which in turn keeps the drinkability on the high side. Just don't expect the complex flavours normally associated with the style.

DrJay, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of PEIhop
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

PEIhop, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

rolltide8425, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of Derek
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, pale-yellow appearance. Well carbonated, nice head.

Spicy clove smell & taste. The fruity esters were on the lighter side. There's a hint of that refreshing, citrousy tartness. Good taste, but not extraordinary.

Mouthfeel was closer to moderate than light.

Quite drinkable.

An 'on-tap' review wouldn't be as favourable. Seems a little washed out.

Derek, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden color. One and a half inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of wheat, yeast cleanliness, slight sweetness, and slight citrus aroma. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp/slightly chewy with an average carbonation level. Tastes of wheat up front, yeast cleanliness next, some pale euro malt comes through strongly, and the finish is some citrus flavors (yeast characteristic). Overall, a pretty smooth Hefe with a good body.

Tone, May 21, 2009
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.05/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle, once again for our "German Night" dinner. The beer pours smoothly, with a thick, foamy white head. The beer is a dark golden color. Aromas of wheat and citrus; not much for spice nose. Light citrus taste, again with little spice. The beer is round and full in mouth, with a smooth, sweet finish. Little to no aftertaste. The beer is an easy one to drink, but there are better Hefs out there.

GarthDanielson, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in 0.5 liter wheat glass. Poured the typical cloudy yellow of Hefe's, with a big, fluffy, white head that didn't have much retention and left good lacing.

The aromas were very muted and soft for the style, with the expected banana and clove most noticeable. The flavor profile was much like the aroma, soft and muted, with nothing standing out.

The body was also typical, full without being heavy, and nicely smooth. Drinkability was great, you could drink these all day, very easily. Not as flavorful as a lot of Hefe's, this one is still worth trying.

beertunes, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of glid02
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this on-tap at Brewhouse Cafe in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy lemon color with a half-finger white head that dissipates into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a thick foamy ring around the glass. This beer sheets nicely but the lacing doesn't stick around very long.

Smells kind of like nothing. The only thing I can distinguish is a very light banana aroma.

Tastes pretty good. A lot of light fruit, including bananas, and some bubblegum flavor. It's also just a little spicy at the end.

Mouthfeel is very nice. It's got a great thickness and the carbonation is subtle yet gets the job done. Goes down very smoothly.

Drinkability is pretty good. I could have a few of these, but there are many other beers from this style that I would go for first.

Overall this is an average beer with an above average smoothness. Worth a shot.

glid02, Sep 09, 2008
Erdinger Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
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