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Erdinger Weissbier - Erdinger Weissbräu

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Reviews: 760
Hads: 1,762
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 22.03%
Wants: 23
Gots: 347 | FT: 0
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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 loosey
3.04/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

1 pint, .9 oz bottle, good before 11/2008

poured into a pint glass, hazy hazy pale gold... jesus! the bubbles! the bubbles! fast and furious, got about 3 inches of head (and yes i poured it right), whipped cream dollop on top.. this looks fake

smell wheat, lemon, fruity more than spicy, mellow

taste slightly astringent, malty banana and sweet, there is some hiding cloves, sourness

crispy dry bite, seltzer water, i wish it would chill out just a bit i feel under attack

not terrible but average, . i would drink this if i ran out of gas and was stuck at a roadside feed stand while eating mass amounts of bratwurst and sauerkraut with a balding german man while he tells me about his extra marital affair with the barmaiden

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Photo of yapi
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

drank this one in Maastricht while visiting, wasn't really that impressed. When very very cool, refreshing, but didn't really taste a lot to be honest, few citrus... drink this really cool and fast. Would not drink this again, there is better stuff out there in the same category

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Photo of markskar
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours cloudy saffron color. Big white head that dissipates a little too quickly.

S - Smells a bit lemony, citrusy.

T - Lemony, hint of bananas, pleasant tartness, and a flavor I can only describe as mildly like tobacco (not in a bad way, just the closet comparison I can think of).

M - Little bit watery due to rapid loss of carbonation.

D - Not bad, decent session beer. Probably won't buy it again but definitely wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of case4816
3.72/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very golden yellow in colour with a bit of brown. Fairly cloudy; foamy head that lingered for a significant amount of time.

S- Heavy malt smell with hints of vanilla, toffee, and some dried fruits (banana chips, apples).

T- Very sweet in taste, The toffee flavour comes through fairly well along with the heavy malts. The caramel doesn't come through very much but the dried fruit flavour comes through fairly well at the finish.

D- First time ever hearing of this beer and it's not very bad at all. Not the best but will drink again.

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Photo of FBorrego
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comparing with some popular weissbier brands, Erdingers seens weak, much less aromatic, minor carbonation, not much flavor. Still a good beer but if you have Paulaner, Weihenstephaner, Schneider, etc available, dont drink Erdinger...

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Photo of ocmpoma
4.08/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a cloudy golden-orange into my Schneider Weisse glass. Huge, billowing head that eventually receded to a thin foam.

Smell and taste can't quite keep up with the wonderful appearance of the beer. The nose is soft. It hits all the right notes, but they're so blended together that they mush into each other, creating an underwhelming aroma. On the palate, the citrus notes are there, but subdued, and it's just a bit too harsh on the back end of the taste. It's definitely good, but it's not great.

The mouthfeel is also off -- thin and wispy, with all the carbonation bubbling up in the beginning, producing that huge billowing head, and then fading out fast, even though I poured it slow down the side of the glass. It's quaff-able, though, and I could drink a ton of it.

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Photo of chriscolby
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Erdinger Hefe-weizen pours with a large white head that collapses reasonably quickly. It's straw yellow color and hazy — unless you swirl the bottle at the end and pour out the yeast from the bottom of the bottle, then it's fairly murky. If you're a wheat beer fan, the first thing you'll notice is the lack of the classic wheat beer "nose" — the banana/clove/bubblegum aroma found in most German wheat beers.
It has a crisp wheat-beer flavor with medium body and a relatively high bitterness as wheat beers go (although certainly not as hoppy as American pale ales or IPAs). Very drinkable. If you add the yeast, you get a little more of the "liquid bread" character that the best wheat beers show and the hops are masked a bit.
What you rate this beer as would depend highly on how you rate beers. If you rate this beer expecting it have lots of wheat beer character, it would score low. (To be honest, if it didn't say hefe-weizen on the label, I wouldn't even have pegged it as one. It smells almost like a lager and tastes more like a Belgian ale to me.) If you you rate it simply as a beer that "is what it is," it's a fairly decent, quaffable brew.

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Photo of InDreams
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Always a fan of Hefe-Weizens, I figured I'd start drinking more good German examples before heading to Germany this fall. So this is my first;

A - Poured into a weizen glass with a light golden color and about an inch of fluffy head that wasn't too quick to dissipate, but left very little lacing. As expected, the body was pretty cloudy and full of that beautiful bubbling that makes hefeweizens so interesting.

S - Not overly strong, much to my disappointment, but still carried the citrusy, lemony zest of your typical hefe-weizens with a hint of sweetness from the malts and perhaps some yeastiness.

T - Damn fine. The lemon and citrus tastes are always the first thing you notice, with hints of something banana-like, maybe some clove. A nice wheaty maltiness with a certain amount of yeasty character, I think. Aftertaste brings in the minimal hop profile and more citrusy bitterness. very enjoyable.

M - Bubbly carbonated feel, kinda light-to-medium body. Nice.

D - I love hefe-weizens and this is a pretty good example of one so I'd definitely drink this without a second thought. Actually I probably wouldn't even give it a first thought. Anyways, it's tasty and drinkable, so give it a try.

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Photo of James954
2.38/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The only thing you need to know about this brew is that it is generally mute on flavor, decent on carbonation with great full mouthfeel, and is only slightly off-putting in smell with a faint smell of decomposing wheat or vegetables of a sort.

You won't be repulsed.
For the money... it's disgraceful.

Bottle: best before 03-2016

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Photo of drugsbunny
2.51/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

There is some claim as to it being the best selling Hefeweizen on the bottle, but this was certainly not the best tasting wheat beer. The color and appearance were typical, and the aroma was decent, but the taste was disappointing. It had a watered down taste and feel, very weak. Slight lemon zing. There are far superior versions out there to enjoy. I would pass on this beer.

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Photo of helloloser12345
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 500ml Bottle

Appearance: Honey coloured hazy body with a fluffy white head.

Smell: Slight wheat nose and thats about it

Flavour: initial light, sweet malty flavour with quite a harsh mouthfeel. Malty and zesty aftertatse which lingers.

Overall: A very average wheat beer - not outstanding within its style but still a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of willgro
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fantastic beer. Better than the standard wheat beer from germany, this beer really does the trick. it is very creamy, with the banana flavors of typical wheat beers from the region, but this one really stands out. it has a great head on it and is extremely drinkable. it is darker than most wheat beers, but not nearly a dark wheat. just a mild, orange color, that transforms itself into the brews. fantastic overall.

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Photo of aussielars
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I poured this pale, straw-coloured beer in a 500 ml Erdinger glass. It was cloudy with a sizable, thick head which I found very visually appealing. As expected, the accompanying effervescence was brisk and robust. I detected the aroma of sweet malt, grass, citrus and cloves. It tasted of clove and leaves while the wheat left a lingering dry, tart aftertaste. The mouthfeel was medium and very lively. It may not be the best wheat beer that I've tasted but certainly a pleasant one for a hot summer afternoon.

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Photo of anglagard1
2.3/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

After recently having some Dancing Man I realized I like this style. Wanted some more but couldn't handle the alcohol content, so I tried this instead.

Appearance: Light, even for the style.
Smell: Something foul in there, nothing fruity.
Taste: Tastes tinny as though it came from a can. Really nothing to identify it with the style other than the slight cloudiness.
Not a horrible beer, but why pay more for a beer that delivers so much less than others in the style. Bottles were new to my beer store too, with an expiration date of June 2012.

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Photo of jsanto
2.76/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

s - bottle - served in a russian river glass.

s - like alcohol and that old fashioned german beer smell.

t - very light grass smell of the natural earth.

m - it stayed carbonated until the finish.

d - only one of these, i would have to buy it sometime on tap, and maybe enjoy it a little more. i was eyeing the aventius, but wanted to try something i never had, so i chose this one.

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Photo of uncggop06
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I guess you have to try this in germany.. in berlin at the moment and ive been served this beer several times in different locations... The best was a little corner store italian bakery off of Landsberger Allee in Berlin. Pillowy white beautiful head, fruity smell, beautiful taste. Gotta drink it fast, though when its warm the taste fades. Carbonation was superb, after about a minute after pouring there was a definate cloudy look and overall great beer!

Vielen dank!

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Photo of decom
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting a lot more from this beer.
it's really expensive here in Brazil, so I hoped you got what you paid for. It wasn't the case.

The beer looked good, when poured on a big Erdinger glass, and it formed a nice head, that lasted. The smell was fainter than I expected, I was hoping for more.

Mouthfeel is watered down, but isn't smooth. Not all that bad, but sort of disappointing.

The taste: as I drank this, I wondered: "where's the bananas and cloves? this tastes almost like Bohemia Weiss" (which by the way costs 1/4 of the price of erdinger).

Maybe I should try this beer again, but from my first experience, I don't feel compelled to pay the high price.

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Photo of rockyfire
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

White head with a normal head retention for a wheat beer, sunset orange yellow hue with a very cloudy look.

Light fermented wheat twang, soft spicy clove with a rounded and mellow fruitiness.

Smooth and crisp with a creamy medium body, not too much on the clove spiciness but it is there. Malt sweetness and a twang from the wheat, powdery yeast. Fruitiness is mellow just like the aroma. Hops are light. Sweet and clove battle it out in the finish as the dryness tries to creep in also.

Not a bad beer. I enjoyed trying it.

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Photo of abeerlovr
3.04/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I hate to rate this beer so low, but it does not adhere to the Weissbier style. So this is why I rated it low

A: beautiful full head, my beer was served in an actual Erdinger weizen glass and the shape allowed the heavy carbonation to create a huge, full white head; hazy golden color.

S: not much of a nose, some faint citrus, very neutral smell

T: very refreshing clean beer, but did not have the banana or fruity flavor one would expect from a weiss bier.

Overall: I drank several of these beers throughout the weekend as it is a good drinking beer, just not a good representation of a good German wheat beer. Rather neutral flavor and characteristics. There are much better examples of German wheat beer, I would classify this one as a good beer produced in Germany that probably can gain widespread acceptance with BMC drinkers here in America.

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Photo of Upgrayedd
2.62/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was the first "real" beer I ever had. I was a 19 year old college student studying in Germany and legal to drink! My only beers before then were cheap and macroesque. Even though the thought of this beer brings back good memories, this particular bottle was not too impressive. It poured a little pale and there was hardly any yeast dregs in the bottom of the bottle. The head went from a thick crown to a thin one by the end of the drink. I could not taste any bananas or cloves, so I was very disapointed.

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Photo of SingleCell
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my weizen glass after warming out of the fridge for a few minutes. On the back label it claims to be "the world's most popular wheat beer". When I went to pick it up at my local LCBO there were just a few left so the claim holds some truth I suppose. This bottle has a best before date of March 2010.

A: Poured a medium hazy straw colour with a two inch rocky white head which had poor initial head retention. The head faded to just a thin cap on top of the beer and remained that way.

S: Spicy clove, weak traces of bubblegum, and some apple phenols. A typical hefe only lighter (even after the beer had a significant amount of time to warm).

T: Grainy upfront and behind you find those typical flavours found in a hefe. Light clove, hint of bubblegum but that's about it. It's mainly just grainy like a hefe watered down with a light lager.

M: Slightly heavier than light body with light carbonation (for the style at least). The palate feels clean after like after drinking a fresh glass of apple juice but there's not flavour to go along with the cleansing mouthfeel.

D: With the alcohol being so low I could have a few of these. However, since the taste and mouthfeel aren't really all they can be I'd have to say this one has mediocre drinkability.

I really tried to like this beer. Served it cool and enjoyed it slowly until it warmed. However, nowhere in this process could I get hooked on this particular beer. I wouldn't buy it again but I could see it being a good transition beer for light lager drinkers just getting into hefe's...

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Photo of Reiksguard
3.24/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: A golden straw color with a haze typical of wheat beer. 2-3 finger head during the pour with large bubbles that dissipate quickly.

S: A light aroma of bravarian malts with some noble hops. Nothing to significantly comment on, but pleasant.

T: An average wheat beer, with the wheat and malt flavors. Mild citrus on the front edge ending in almost a butter-flavored ending. Finishes marginally clean.

M: Seems a bit over carbonated, which negatively affects the mouthfeel. After swirling off the carbonation, the beer is med to think in texture.

D: An easy beer to drink - nothing truely memorable, either good or bad.

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Photo of Acho
3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served into the Erdinger glass that commemorates its 125th anniversary (quite a cool weissglass).
A nice clear translucent yellow with topped with an incredible head that stays around for a little while.
The smell is quite a turn down, can't get nothing but what seems to be some faint fruity odor.
The tatse is just OK for what it is, a nice carbonation makes it quite drinkable.
Overall an under the mean Weissbier, nothing to do with the Erdinger Dunkelweiss an outstanding brew.

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Photo of Bayern1971
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Erdinger Weissbier is one of the Bavaria's weakest weissbiers. The appearance isn't as cloudy as other weissbiers and you can actually see through the beer which is a big strike in weissbier. The upfront taste is heavy with fruit & clove which aren't as strong as other weissbiers and the backend taste finishes a touch dry and bitter. Definitely leans more towards the bitter side and at times hints at a pilsner flavor. I rarely if ever drink or buy this. And now that Erdinger has come out with the superior Urweisse which is much better than the normal Weisse, there's really no reason to drink this anymore.

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Photo of SinutabRamirez
4.55/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Crisp - almost flavorless, in a good way. What light beers aspire to be, but fail miserably. Went well with very sharp chedder, went down smooth, left a good taste in your mouth, no bitterness. Not too much aroma, but enough to tell you that you were drinking a well crafted beer. I highly recommend that this is a beer you try this summer if you can find it.

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Erdinger Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
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