Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus - Erdinger Weissbräu

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Reviews: 262
Hads: 427
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 7.55%
Wants: 24
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-28-2002

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (667 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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. (1,417 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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! (227 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (1,091 characters)

Photo of Savaseri
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
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 (369 characters)

Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
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 !! (226 characters)

Photo of denisconrado
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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... (278 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (1,554 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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 (587 characters)

Photo of chickenflea
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
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 !!! (625 characters)

Photo of doktorhops
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
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. (2,016 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
3.34/5  rDev -13%
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. (1,016 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best before date of 10-2014

Appearance - Pours a murky, muddy and rusty colored brown with a 2 finger light tan head. Dissipates rather quickly, leaving a virtually flat, barren surface in it's wake. Needless to say, no lacing. Certainly not the most impressive looking of beers.

Smell - Subtly sweet and malty. Light notes of caramel and banana. Sugar.

Taste - Moderate flavors that come across as sweet and fruity; think banana topped with a few raisins and sprinkled with several pinches of sugar. Not too complex; pretty much starts and finishes the same.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with some creamy quality. Prickly carbonation at first quickly levels out to deliver a moderate, creamy drink.

Overall - Not quite on the level of Ayinger or Weihenstephaner's weizenbock, but it's not far off. Quite drinkable, though the flavor leaves a smidgen of complexity to be desired. To summarize, it's a good beer, but I'd rather pay that extra 50 cents to get that Ayinger or Weihenstephaner weizenbock, and before that I'd likely grab the 'dunkel' or 'hefe' weizens before I settled with the weizenbocks... but that's just me. (1,127 characters)

Photo of Tomais
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big frothy head, settles quickly and fades. No lacing.
A seriously murky dark brown beer -- chestnut brown against the light.
Smells like a wheatbeer yet very different; including strong cloves but with a mild fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel is lovely, thick and velvety -- with lots of fine grained carbonation typical of bottle-conditioned (I presume this is).

Taste is sweet high, and beery low in the mouth. Dryness balancing back of the hatch. Taste of cloves for a while there too.
This is a good beer - had a bottle last night and one again tonight. I prefered tonight's, which was closer to fridge temperature. Yesterday's was cellar temp -- I found the sweetness there too strong - not overpowering though in fairness. (Of course the problem there could be me -- I drink pils 99% of the time...)

I found it a difficult one to grade. As often with wheat beer, if it tasted as good as it smells (especially when it's a little down the glass) I'd be in heaven. It does taste good to me -- nicely balanced, but I dont get the complexity that some others talk about -- but then a beer doesnt have to be super complex to be good. It's on offer in my local supermarket -- I'll have to get some more of it, to help me come to a more informed conclusion like ;-)

Edit// you can pour it fairly agressively, the head holds longer and the carbonation is not so prickly at the start. It's a very satisfying beer. Add banana to the taste - but *dried* banana. I reduced the mark a little. That's it.

500ml brown bottle. Ten months before BBD. (1,540 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best before March 2014.

Pours a light brown color with some rusty hues, good sized head which fizzles and fades quickly, no lacing on the glass.

Smell is a mix of sweet malt and banana, bit of a breadiness to it.

Taste is on the sweet malt side, touch of fruitiness, picking up the banana and clove aspect, carbonation is a bit high though and kind of distracts at first, slight toffee finish, not much of a hop presence. (424 characters)

Photo of Chessmaster
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: beautiful, dark brown, clear, with frothy head that dissipates to a nice cap. Nice lacing.

S: malty, mixed wih fruit

T: clean malt, toasty, dark fruit

M: pleasant, full

O: a very enjoyable, lighter version of a bock, with fruity notes?

Would definitely buy again (270 characters)

Photo of fallenshadow
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark dunkel like colour with a slight bit of lacing on top. Bubbles streaming up to reach the surface.

S - Sweet and fruity.

T - Earthy, mellow fruit notes and sweetness. No bitter or unwanted flavours in the mix.

M - Watery and slightly bubbly. Smooth.

O - I was very surprised at this beer. I expected a typical Dunkel which is not my favourite style of beer but I was pleasantly surprised at how smooth and tasty this beer is. One to have again for sure! (465 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

$3.79/22 oz. Best before 4/2014. Poured into an imperial pilsner glass.

Liquid raisin bread! Alcohol, as opposed to hops, helps to balance against the maltiness/yeastiness. 4

A – Pours a clear brown but otherwise opaque in the glass with a four-finger rocky tan head. A lasting head. Some alcohol legs. No lacing.4

S – Wheaty, brown bread, slightly fruity, some raisins and vanilla, slight cloviness. 4.5

T – Malty, low hops/bitterness, yeasty, some alcohol/more so in the finish. 4.25

MF – Medium-bodied. Medium-dry. 3.75 (536 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.
7.3% ABV

A - Dark and tawny brown clarity shows through the thinner parts of the glass while the more volumetric top looks almost black. Pikantus' tall and tight light khaki head lingers for some time, fed by carbonation but leaves not a trace of foam on the glass.

S - A light dusting of dirt and cocoa blankets the beer's mellow yeast aroma consisting of over-ripe banana and light clove spice notes. Dark maltiness lends dried out raisins and black cherry pit to the mix, finishing with a kiss of toffee and faint wisp of smoke.

T - Soft wheat and bready malt richness fills the beer with smoothness and dark complexity that mirrors the aroma; raisin and faint black cherry pit underscore thinly sliced, chocolate-covered banana.

M - Tiny carbonation bubbles dance across the tongue effervescently but don't tickle the throat as they're knocked down by incredibly smooth wheat and a medium-full bodied maltiness that finishes with just a pinch of sweetness.

O - Erdinger Pikantus has a great doppelbock malt profile that, from the beginning to end, carries through the beer nicely, balancing dark fruit notes with soft sweetness but, what the beer is missing is a fuller yeast profile. The "weizen" part of the beer is good but too nuanced that it becomes overshadowed. A delectable beer regardless. (1,350 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bottle at Chester's in Hamilton. Thus served at appropriate temperature into a half sized pint glass.

Appearance - Dark brown, nearly black, nice half finger of head that lingered for a while. Soapy finish on top and sparse lacing in the glass. Still looks like a pretty serious beer.

Smell - Dark fruits, honey and tons of caramel and butterscotch that become even more pronounced as the beer warms. While there isn't a ton going on here the nose is so big and sweet on this it gets extra points for strength of the aroma.

Taste - Caramel, dark fruits, butterscotch. Also a bit of pralines and cream ice cream, with that soft interplay between nuts and butterscotch. Slightest smoke and bitterness on back end. While it is delicious this is truly a dessert beer something you could pour over ice cream, because whereas the competition (Aventinus and Vitus namely) do have the sweet malty elements in those beers there is more balance in those beers than there is here. So while the sweetness is delicious, I find it to be a bit of overkill.

Mouthfeel - Nice warming in back of throat, low carbonation. Coats the tongue nicely but is not syrupy. Great dessert feel to this beer.

Overall - Pretty damn good especially as a dessert beer, as the flavor could be a bit cloying for some. While I would never turn one down, I feel like this beer has its time and place and is more of a specific purpose beer than the competition which I find is more drinkable at any occasion. (1,483 characters)

Photo of ElCommodoro
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is a pretty average weizenbock. Not my favourite. The smell is nothing short of amazing, but the taste is a little disappointing. It's pretty meh. Not a whole lot going on. It's on the thin side and has a nice robust malty palette, but doesn't have any oomph. It's sort of bland. I can't believe I'm saying this, but it might benefit from some hops. If it had some dark fruit flavour to it, that'd be a different story. Some estery alcohol bite would be nice too. it's just not there, though. There's really not much going on. I would never buy this again. (561 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired in a five beer gift pack with an Erdinger weissbier vase.

Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Translucent dark brown with a tall white head which dissipated slowly to a surface foam and light lacing.

s: Dark malt and fruit.

t: Nicely balanced Bock flavor, dark malt with some tinges of plum. Easy drinking with a clean finish, the higher ABV not obvious.

m: Medium with great body.

o: A very good Bock, what I used to think of as the perfect Octoberfest beer before Marzens became more common. My part-German dinner guest enjoyed it too. (580 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown color with a thick head with good retention.
Aroma of wheat, chocolate, yeast and toasted malts.
Nice spicy and malty flavor with notes of roasted malts, lots of nuts, cloves and grassy hops. Dry aftertaste, mildly acid.
Light to medium body with good carbonation and tiny bubbles. 7.3% ABV is well hidden
It is been a few years since last time had it, and I recall to like it a lot, but after tasting so many other experiences I thought it might be boring now. But it is still a great, well balanced and pleasant brew. This is much easier to drink than Vitus and Aventinus, so a good start point or a more relax and still flavorful Weizenbock. (655 characters)

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