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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
80
good

1,562 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 1,562
Reviews: 736
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 16
Gots: 196 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Erdinger Weissbräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 01-03-2002

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.92/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.6/5  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.

Photo of wl0307
3.18/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.71/5  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.

Photo of akorsak
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of Zorro
3.76/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.26/5  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.

Photo of chinchill
3.82/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of biegaman
2.97/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of plaid75
3.36/5  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.

Photo of PEIhop
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.15/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.04/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of DrJay
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Erdinger Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
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