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Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus | Erdinger Weissbräu

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Erdinger Weissbräu
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Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 01-28-2002

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Reviews: 273 | Ratings: 476
Photo of toscanoigor
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Cerveja marrom, creme marrom de boa formação e média persistência. Boa carbonatação, corpo médio pra baixo. Aroma pouco marcante de ameixa, malte e notas das leveduras. Na boca, predomina o malte, cravo, com notas de ameixa e passas. Final seco, um pouco doce, pouco amargor. Seria melhor com mais corpo e mais personalidade no sabor.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

A- Pours a dark, hazy amber (when held up to a light source). Topped by a fluffy off-white 1 finger head that dissipates into a thin layer fairly quickly. Patchy lacing.

S- Caramel, dark fruit (prune, raisin), as well as the banana and clove flavour that is typical in most wheat brews.

T- Caramel, dark fruit, banana, and a crisp, non-assertive hop bite to finish. Well balanced taste from start to finish. No indication of the relatively high ABV.

M- Medium-Heavy body and crisp moderately high carbonation. The carbonation definitely plays a big part in making this very drinkable.

O- An excellent weizenbock that offers an extremely well balanced flavour and aroma, all the while being very drinkable. Refreshing .

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Photo of OlaB
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: dark brown color, cloudy , light head that disolves quickly

S: malty and fruity is what i will describe. sweet malts and caramel, dark fruits like plums,raisins and dates, banana ripes and spices

T&F: delicious malty sweetness,and fruity, The fruity flavours is in the begining with much of the aromas in the taste, dark fruits, the malts takes over in the middle, sweet caramel malts that are greatly balanced, some nice hop notes in the finishing and the aftertaste. this beer was very well rounded,the high alcohol content is very well hidden that is not very noticable in the flavour.

O: this beer was a true pleasure to drink, a great example of its style. This is a beer that i sure will grab again if i get the chance. Delicious

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Photo of Beginner2
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had this before, but either I changed or it changed or the memory is failing.
I should have enjoyed this refreshing dark wheat treat, but the carbonation was too much for my tongue.
It managed to go with cheese mostly appetizers.
And I have no complaints.
But I think I've had enough for several more years.

I'm going to start noting when a beer is listed in one of my three books comprising my classical beer education.
Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die", a sequel to his CAMRA classic.
In his 1999 edition, Michael Jackson gave this a 2.5 stars (out of 4) and thought it "very smooth"; indicating something has changed or it was my bottle.

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Photo of James954
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. bottle

(There's a little plagerism from another member here...Just wanted to get a good description down while I was a little too drunk to elaborate.)

L: Raisin color

S: "dark dried fruits, grapes, sweet grapes -- port wine without any alcohol burn/astringency; oak wood, but not smokey ... very sweet; toasted fruit; a musty earthiness dances perfectly with all that sweetness"

T: "toasted apricot ... lots of sweet malt, kind of a medium-dark flavor -- dark dried fruits, prunes, dates ... almost dusty, too, like a quadruple; a definite wheat twang to it, not tart or sour but ... well, maybe just a whisper of a tart note, but it's buried under so much sweet malt flavor that it comes out like a little "twang" for lack of a better descriptor; the sweetness is undeniable ... it's borderline quad-like"

F: Perfect mouthfeel...thick and full carbonation with just the right heft

O: The best Erdinger i've had yet.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale cloudy nut brown with a pile of tan froth that fades fast. 3.75
Pencil erasers, banana creme and light clove. 3.75
Carrot cake, cola syrup, overripe banana, birch beer and prune. 3.5
Slight licorice end and spearmint linger.
Light, fizzy, yet burns. 3.5

Some slick, cloying malt sweetness up front where there should be melanoidin bread. Sharp carbonation - makes for an unpleasant feel that accentuates the heat; no wheat creaminess whatsoever. Esters and phenols are both light. An all around poor example of the style. 3.5

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some dark fruits, cloves. Taste is malty, nutty, bananas, cloves, a touch of sweetness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Premo88
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into wheat-beer glass

L: dark brown-cherry ... more brown than red, like a dark-stained piece of cedar wood; massive tan head of foam, about 2-inches tall with big bubbles stacked so perfectly -- it's a perfect pour and beautiful to look at it in the weizen glass; no stick or lace but the beer does keep a nice collar and a cool half-skin

S: dark dried fruits, grapes, sweet grapes -- port wine without any alcohol burn/astringency; oak wood, but not smokey ... very sweet; toasted fruit; a musty earthiness dances perfectly with all that sweetness

T: toasted apricot ... lots of sweet malt, kind of a medium-dark flavor -- dark dried fruits, prunes, dates ... almost dusty, too, like a quadruple; a definite wheat twang to it, not tart or sour but ... well, maybe just a whisper of a tart note, but it's buried under so much sweet malt flavor that it comes out like a little "twang" for lack of a better descriptor; the sweetness is undeniable ... it's borderline quad-like

F: full ... lots of carbonation for a mix of ale heft and lager crispness

O: fantastic brew, what I'd expect from a "German quadruple" if such a category existed ... it's super sweet but has a nice oak-wood flavor (earthiness) to help it balance out ... I'm a big fan of this category and this brew fits nicely in it; a beer I will definitely revisit.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown body with foamy beige head. Scent is faint of wheat and yeast. The taste is mainly of dark fruits, along with some hints of wheat, bearing other similarities to Chimay Bleu. It has a very smooth finish, making for a damn good beer altogether.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, pours a copper colored slightly cloudy with a large and lasting tan head. Aroma Sweet, malty and grainy with ripe banana, wheat, some dark fruits, some clove. Smooth texture with a big sweet mouth feel. Flavor of clove, malt, wheat, dark fruits, syrup, herbs. Lingering sweet ripe banana and caramel. Very nice.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dirty, hazy brown in colour. Plenty of streaming CO2 in the glass and a thick foam head with great retention.

Smell - Spicy aroma first off with some banana, some booze with plenty of nutty tones and some citrus.

Taste - Sweet and sugary at the start this beer subsides into a warming boozy middle. Spicy first off similar to the nose with some banana with plenty of nutty tones and some citrus.

Mouth feel - Slightly watery compared to other beers in the range. There is also only poor linger with this beer due to the watery feel.

Overall - This beer while tasty is only around average for the range and the poor mouth feel and smell let it down.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, part of a new mixed-pack from Erdinger now available in Alberta.

This beer pours a dark, very murky brown colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy beige head, which leaves a bit of low-lying coastal vista lace around the glass as it eventually seeps away.

It smells of bready, doughy caramel malt, wet banana chips, ethereal savoury spice, a touch of dry, flaky chocolate, faintly spicy wheat grain, and soft earthy, floral, and slightly weedy hops. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy caramel malt, a still second-class gritty wheatiness, banana bread, toffee candies, understated bittersweet chocolate, muddled dark orchard fruit, very tame earthy spice, and a genial weedy, leafy, and floral noble hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite active in its more fizzy than frothy wanderings, the body on the light side of medium weight, and mostly smooth, the heretofore sneaky alcohol finally coming onto the scene. It finishes off-dry, the lingering caramel and wheat doing well to push aside any spice, yeast, fruit, or yes, booze.

A pretty tasty and engaging Weizenbock, the grand uptick in ABV hardly noticeable in the least, while the other sundry players punch in, punch out, and all is well. Worthy of a go, even if it means having to get yet another one of those basic Erdinger weizen glasses in the deal - no worries, it makes a nice gift to your beergeek-aspiring friends.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome weizenbock, strong, full of character and complex. Banana, spices, bread, ethanol, caramel, and extremely well controlled acidity. Smells delicious.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky brown dishwater, with a thin off white head. Smells of banana bread, clove, and other dark fruit. Tastes of good Weiss with banana and prune, wth slight flavor from the bock. The stuff goes down smooth as silk!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a curved wheat ale glass. Best before Sept 2015.

The bottle just foams wonderfully large and controlled, but with a chocolate light tan and fine carbonation. Head fills fistfull with controll, a creamy top, and big swiss cheese appearance. Huge amounts of slow and pinhead carbonation, crawling and creeping, microfine tan bubbles, through a milk chocolate dark orange body. Slightly murky, but just what the doctor ordered nearly perfect.

Mild senses of clove, very faint banana esters. Mild sense of mineral carbonation as well, and just a hint of milky whoppers candy like chocolate. Subtle and simple.

While the aroma seems simple the palate is a bit more obvious. Mid palate fills with a light mineral kick. Huge banana aftertaste mixing in with chocolate for a nice sundae like quality. Mineral rich a little bit, with a lighter feel in the mouth. Slightly water milk chocolate sensations though, but comes with a very airy finish.

Overall a subtler take, but with very noticeable esters that really make a mark. Pretty solid and enjoyable.

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Photo of Savaseri
4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Afrer pouring 500 ml bottle (best before may2015) into its orginal wiessbier glass, i can say that it has dark brown colour with borwn thick head. It smells like brown bread and red plump. When you taste it, you can feel caramel flavours. Despite its alc. 7.3%vol, it can not be feeled in the finish. Finally i definitely say that i like this typical german wheat beer

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I've had this beer a month ago and I didn't wrote down anything at all. But for what I can recall, this beer was aesthetically beautiful, both the body, the foam and the carbonation were nice. Yet, and even though I'm a huge fan of spicy stuff, I think that this kind of spice doesn't go well at all with any kind of beer. The best thing I can recall from that night was that I couldn't even end this beer because of how strong was the presence of the spice - not that is was strong, but only that the it was too much quantity for the given amount of beer. Yet, I don't find it a bad beer but I'll give it another try in the future.

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Photo of hophugger
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not bad for my first Weizenbock. Pours a deep chocolate brown, nice head leaving rapidly and hardly any lacing. Aroma is malty and slightly spicy. Taste is bold, sweet and malty and has some spice overtones. Glad I tried it !!

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Photo of denisconrado
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Great experience, especially for the price! Appearance: dark brown cloudy, with a high cream but fleeting; Aroma: brewer's yeast, caramel; Taste: not felt the touch of spice to a normal Weiss, but the feeling of satiety and pleasure took over. After lunch slept like an angel...

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle into weizen glass, best before 9/2013. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy deep reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, plum, banana, caramel, toast, brown sugar, molasses, brown bread, wheat, clove, light chocolate, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and light earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, banana, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, wheat, clove, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, banana, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, light chocolate, wheat, clove, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice weizenbock. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, dark/bready malt, and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in its own Weissen glass.

A: Pours a cloudy dark amber to brown color forming a medium and very bubbled tan head. Good retention but only few spotty lacings left in the glass

S: Sweet grains. Crystal and Munich malts. Toffee. Wheat. Sweet bread. Notes of flowery hops. Earthy yeasts

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Strong notes of toffee, caramel malts, crystal malts, Munich malts. Wheat. Sweet brown bread. Very light hops bitterness as expected

M: Medium and creamy body. Medium carbonation. Sweet bread aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. The best Erdinger, for sure

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Photo of chickenflea
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Murky brown pour with large creamy tan head. Rich, chocolate raisiny nose with a hint of yeast. Creamy burnt chocolate maltiness with hints of banana, dark fruit. Finished with a woodsy dryness and some mellow wheatiness after the swallow. An interesting brew. My first taste in this style. The chocolate maltiness and the smooth wheaty taste seem to be at odds. For now thought Erdinger's seems to have bokered a peace treaty. For the rest of us it is simply a treat.

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3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Erdinger Weizen glass. Brown color, dark amber tints to the light. Beige froth lasts as a thin layer on top.. Aroma profile shows toasted malts, chocolate hues, floral & spiced notes, toffee & subtle Bamberg sweetness. Flavorful toasted malt upfront. Medium to full body. Moderate carbonation. Voluptuous, creamy mouthfeel touch by subtle spicy notes. Hints of bread & banana then floral bitterness arises & lingers into a refreshing & extended bitter/sweet finish. Hints of licorice candy on the aftertaste. Refreshing & delicious. A creamy, malty, dense & flavorful beer well balanced by slight bitterness !!!

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Photo of doktorhops
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Having had this before I know that I am in for a treat. As I recall Erdinger Pikantus was similar to the much vaunted (and freaking awesome!) Weihenstephaner Korbinian, so it will be a battle Royale, Doppelbock versus Doppelbock! Also I promise I will leave my overwhelming bias for Weihenstephaner, greatest and oldest brewer of Weizens at the door on my coat rack (yes personal bias hangs from a coat rack not unlike a coat) and give everyone a totally honest review of this brew.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Chimay chalice gangsta-style.

A: A deep murky brown body with a head that started out camel-hair coloured and dissipated to a thin ring of lace. So less impressive than Korbinian then.

S: Dark plum and spicy phenolics in the nose give way to a hint of yeast and rye bread body, nothing as pungent as recalled from the Korbinian, it's not at all bad though.

T: Lighter it seems all round then, the flavour is dark fruits (primarily plum) with yeast and rye bread, some caramelised sugar, a note of pepper and a slight medicinal bitter herb finish. Notes of banana and clove also make an appearance as the glass drains itself magically [i.e. by me drinking it].

M: Carbonation was a big let-down - there is far too much, not only for the style but in general, and the body was mid to light with some slight wateriness. As a result much belching was to be had from a single bottle of this, which isn't the way it should be.

D: I hate to sound like a fanboy of anything but I'm really appreciating Weihenstephaner more and more with each passing beer I have tried from other German brewers, and Pikantus is no exception. That being said - I still rate Weizens/Bocks/Marzens/Doppels much higher than other styles and my score does reflect this, plus apart from the hideously overdone carbonation this beer does taste alright.

Food match: I'm going to be controversial and not suggest a German dish for this one but instead suggest: Beef Wellington with a side of roasted vegetables and rich gravy.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Best Before 3/2014

Appearance: Huge head on the pour which settled in at about a finger and a half. Dark color with some brown/amber tones where light is about to get through. Above average active carbonation in glass while drinking.

Smell: Big malt body jumps out right away. Sweet molasses and medium bodied fruits provide a strong body. Interesting background of oak and leafy greens which adds a well receipted layer of complexity.

Taste: Front of medium bodied dark fruits and brown sugar. That front sort of lingers into the body with some added malt tones but really falls off quickly. Back end is some semi sweet malt sugariness.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is very light, lots of bright fruit and sweet tones hit the palate throughout.

Overall: Being that this bottle was quickly coming to being past date, the brew inside has probably fallen off significantly already. Aroma was approachable but taste certainly did not back up that nice front. Would certainly be open to revisiting with a fresher bottle.

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