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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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79
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1,348 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,348
Reviews: 715
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 9
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
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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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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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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.3/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy golden with a big head to start, that fades to a white cap. The aroma is heavy on lemony citrus, and quite light on the usual banana and clove notes of the style. Pleasant enough, but I like some banana here. The taste does exhibit a touch of banana and clove, while the lemon disappears and a sugary note creeps in. The taste seems quite shallow, with not much length to the finish nor body. It really falls off quite a bit after the first taste. Could be a bit more integrated and have more depth.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 18:35:10 | More by Georgiabeer
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DoubleJ

California

3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 04:52:07 | More by DoubleJ
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14.9%

07-20-2013 17:30:48 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 16:29:16 | More by Stinkypuss
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 00:16:45 | More by biegaman
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

12-05-2013 03:18:18 | More by BillRoth
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superspak

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 02:57:45 | More by superspak
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brandoman63

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

11-30-2011 18:53:54 | More by brandoman63
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rab53

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

02-15-2014 07:11:10 | More by rab53
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plaid75

New York

3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2006 03:28:07 | More by plaid75
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 23:29:58 | More by beerthulhu
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2005 15:24:29 | More by Viggo
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2005 01:34:29 | More by DrJay
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

01-31-2014 16:28:38 | More by tdm168
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glid02

Georgia

3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2008 12:44:59 | More by glid02
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

12-23-2012 20:28:37 | More by PEIhop
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beertunes

Washington

3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2009 18:53:57 | More by beertunes
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Gusler

Arizona

3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer excavates itself from the 500ml brown bottle an unclouded golden amber color with a generous white head that is semi-creamy in texture; the resultant lace forms a thick and sticky sheet upon the glass. Nose has hints of wheat, citrus crisp, fresh and clean to the senses with the start sweet and it has a nice grain profile, the top a bit thin. Finish is meek in its acidity, the hops also benign in their spiciness, a nice summertime beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2004 15:41:06 | More by Gusler
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Tone

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 21:59:22 | More by Tone
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2012 13:30:57 | More by chinchill
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Brad007

Vermont

3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color: Cloudy pale yellow color with ample head.

Aroma: Faint hint of banana and clove. Light. Not much to detect.

Taste: Mostly a clove flavor. No banana to be found. Lightly malty. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Dry and wheatish. Clove.

Verdict: A middle of the road hefeweizen that is still more quite drinkable. Smooth. It's definitely a hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 01:31:08 | More by Brad007
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

02-18-2013 19:54:23 | More by dmorgan310
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2005 14:40:16 | More by Derek
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

09-29-2012 20:18:55 | More by rolltide8425
Erdinger Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
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