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Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus - Erdinger Weissbräu

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392 Ratings

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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 21
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-28-2002)
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

ortie, Mar 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Andy_Luft, Nov 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2012 review:

Bottle from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL
Best by 05.2011 on bottle
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass

An interesting weizenbock that displays a strongly syrupy, malty, Belgian dubbel or quad influence in place of typical German banana or spice components.

Pour produces a tall, tan head that collapses, in a few minutes, to a thin ring around the glass with three small islands of foam. No lacing. Body is a dark brown red out of light, a mostly transparent amber color with orange highlights when held up to the light. Carbonation is strong and quite visible. Generally average looking.

Aromas predominantly of toasted bread crusts, caramel malt, slight solvent-like alcohol, molasses (especially as it warms), dried prunes, and mild spiciness. No emphasis on banana or banana-like esters. As another reviewer noted, this is like the aromas of a Belgian quadrupel than a German weizenbock.

Opens with toasted wheat and barley malt flavors, which are akin to toasted bread with a sprinkle of light brown sugar. This taste becomes more pronounced into a heavy, dark syrup sweetness (caramelized sugar?), and other flavors develop, such as tart prunes and raisins, as the beer rolls backwards on the tongue. Light solvent taste fades in with continued dark syrup flavor at mid-palate. Lingering aftertaste of bread crust with a light brown sugar sweetness. No to low focus on hefeweizen flavors: absent banana and pie spices. Very low noticeability of ethanol, even when warm.

Body is medium to medium-heavy with a fairly high level of carbonation that goes fairly well with the beer. Bit of spiciness from some component of beer, ethanol, wheat, or hop usage. Finish is dry, a bit sticky from the syrupy sweetness.

2006 Review:
A: Pouring from the bottle produces a massive, light-brown head that quickly deflates to a half-centimeter layer of dense bubbles. The beer is colored an impenetrable dark brown with tan highlights, a perfectly executed visage for the style. After sipping, small bits of lacing hang on the sides of the glass, adding a bit more dimension to the appearance aspect.

S: The beer's smell is dominated by molasses-sweet caramel malt with tones of mashed raisins and warmed alcohol. Contrary to its weizen origins, there are no detectable hints of banana or yeast in the nose.

T: Similar to smell, the taste profile is full of sweet, dark malt that is rich with molasses or burnt sugar, somewhat similar to a doppelbock. The presence of bittered plums and raisins is quite detectable, leading into a mildly bitter aftertaste due to the presence of some bittering hops. The alcohol is barely noticeable.

M: Medium to heavy body, quite in line with the style. Carbonation is low, which leads to a smooth feel on the palate that is quite pleasant, leaving a dry aftertaste conducive to further drinking.

D: The Pinkatus is a soid weizenbock with good scent and taste, though nothing terribly outstanding. The beer's attributes improve slightly as it warms, making the overall experience more enjoyable. Quite filling as a beer and worth trying if you enjoy the style.

falloutsnow, Feb 01, 2006
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3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(500 ml bottle). Enormous thick and lasting beige head, colour is very dark brown, cloudy. Aroma is immediately bread yeast, bread dough, fresh sweet buns. As the beer warms up, I also get rye bread, leather and caramel. Flavour is rye bread, caramel (too much), molasses, hints of roastiness and spices. Warming mouthfeel. There’s a very good beer hidden in here somewhere, but it remains unreleased. Sweetness is mostly to blame.

Sigmund, Mar 17, 2005
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3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into the tulip

A - Between cola and black. Small head. Sudsy thin lacing.

S - I love this smell. DEEP smells of bready sweet malt.

T - Taste only deliver part of the aroma, plus there is an unusually bitter end.

M - Trojan. Gets the job done in a minimal way. Not a big mouthfeel beer. Things start big and disappoints a little.

D - It's a good beer, but there are better.

srandycarter, Nov 18, 2007
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3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big white active head on a dark brown opaque body.

Malty fresh aroma with slightly spicey twist. This smells like a winner.

Very dry and malty. Dark brown sugar flavor despite its lack of sweetness. Not very intense, and therefore, very Erdinger.

Surprisingly light for a weizenbock. The 7.3% alcohol is not apparent. Big carbonation all the way through.

After such a lovely aroma, I thought I had found a winner, but I will just stick with my Andechs.

Naerhu, Aug 17, 2004
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3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I received this in one of the only beer trades I've ever performed (I forget what I lost in the exchange, but hopefully the other guy enjoyed it). This review marks the first time I've tried this particular brew, and the second time I've had a weizenbock (the first being Aventinus, which was awesome).

Poured into my Stone IRS tulip glass, the color was a rich dark brown reminiscent of molasses with a fluffy tan head that quickly dissolved, leaving a medium halo and lace in its wake.

The odor was a mix of very tart cherries and burnt caramel...mouth watering.

I took my first sip and found this brew to be surprisingly smooth. The body was a bit odd; at times it felt creamy and smooth, and at other times it felt thin and watery. The alcohol was not overpowering, but its taste and burn were the first sensations I detected once the liquid entered my mouth. The caramel and cherry flavors were heavily subdued (I'd now say that the "burnt caramel" smell I detected was more of a mix of actual caramel and roasted coffee beans). The finish was very clean at first, then became a bit stale over time.

Nothing really changed or improved over time. I guess Germany isn't really known for wowing people with flavor complexity, but I'm spoiled after Aventinus. This beer is about as unexciting on the inside as is the packaging, so I guess it met my expectations.

instrumentality, Sep 20, 2006
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3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: A deep dark brown with fireworks of CO2 dancing inside. A gentle pour produces an inch of toasted head which slowly dissipates a thick 1/8 inch sheet. Slight, spotted lacing. Looks nice.

S: Very mellow. Straight forward wheat with some very subtle caramel malts. Sweet prunes, raisins and a hint of....perhaps cherry. Alcohol also makes itself known. Nothing to write home about.

T: Prunes, raisins and fruitiness dominate with the wheat not far behind. The toasted malts only whisper their presence. Something not picked up in the smell was the gentle but present cloves and ghosts of other earthy spices. The alcohol is present throughout but it seems the flavors are balanced perfectly to it's weight. It almost feels like the brewers built the balance around the alcohol. Interesting and unusual.

M: Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Very full. Low CO2 but it works. The mouthfeel is actually well done for the heaviness. Near perfect.

D: Ummm... for what it is it's very drinkable. Buts its a higher alcohol, heavier beer.

The scent and taste of this beer won't knock your socks off but the more I contemplate it and study it's characteristics the more I appreciate it. Not the best for its style buts its near the top. A great choice for someone desiring the style with a dark fruit slant.

Mryup, Jun 25, 2008
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3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured beer from bottle into tumbler at 45 degrees. Beer nice brown dark look with a fat pillowy tan brown head. Very lumpy with lots of sticky lacing. Rather nuetral smelling beer, maybe a little nutty sweet. taste was same, kinda nutty sweet slightly but not overpowering with nice malty finish. Alcohol right tight but right on verge of being too much. I believe I will try this beer again though.

Minkybut, Feb 19, 2007
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3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

TheSixthRing, Feb 17, 2014
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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very thick off-white head that took a long time to dissipate. Nice dark ruby color with a faint fruity odor. Good lacing after the first drink which had a decent malty sweet flavor that a weizen bock should have.

ryanocerus, Jul 10, 2002
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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark brown colour bordering on black. It has a large loosely packed head which drops to leave little lacing.

Dried fruits dominate the nose with a touch of alcohol warmth. Perhaps a bit of banana in there.

Sweetness on the palate is quite pronounced. This reinforces the dried fruit characteristics. A slight yeastiness.

A creamy mouthfeel.

The balance between alcohol and flavour is pretty good. Not normally a fan of this style but I don't mind this one.

Macca, Jan 02, 2009
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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a dense, sticky-looking head of small, off-white bubbles that takes its time to go away. Frothiness subsides in a slightly clumpy fashion. Color of beer is an extremely murky (near-opaque) rosewood with chestnutty highlights. Not much cling, the lace dripping back smoothly to build up at the collar. Now the aroma... where exactly is it? Slightly buttery, vaguely grassy... no real nosefeel at all... ! At least it has some good tastes, mostly a sort of quenchy-caramel with candied fruits up front; developing into a apple cidery tartness (with a bit of pear?); and a warm jolt of spice (probably closest to clove). Some buttery hops and a vague herbal quality to finish it off; with warmth, bubblegum comes out in the aftertaste. A spikily carbonated mouthfeel is yet wet and quenching, with a slightly sticky, sour finish. Based on the mouthfeel alone, the drinkability gets pretty high marks; I had no idea this brew was 7.3 abv and it caught up to me pretty fast. This'll serve its purpose as a mid-spring/early fall refresher in workmanlike fashion, but don't ask too much of it.

NearerMyBeerToMe, Feb 05, 2004
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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, sure its 7+ percent alcohol? It hides well in such a finess beer. Has a strong bready (almost toasty) flavor and creamy / rich body. Shares with estery, fruity flavors. Llight tartness and citrus blends with dense wheat malts. Lots of protein and dense head retention. A medium, brown with lots of rust colors. May be a bit too heavy on the bready, yeasty, malty side to enjoy often, but a good mixer-upper. Good for a hot summer night.

BEERchitect, Apr 20, 2006
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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the bottle.poured mahogany big light tan head that left some lacing, aroma, toffee, malty, alcohol, citrus leanig towards. grapefruit and orange, flavor, sour, raisins , molasses, cola, plums, citrus, more on the orange side, alcohol. not to bad, I might buy again.

walleye, Feb 02, 2006
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3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Erdinger Pkantus is another surpisingly good beer from the Erdinger Brewery. I continue to be surprised by brews from this company because their mainstream hefeweizen is definitely a beer that is brewed "for the masses." Erdinger's dunkelweizen was a very good brew and this, a weizenbock is no exception as well.

Erdinger Pikantus pours a cloudy brown color that has a reddish hue to it. A huge foamy head forms on the brew and retains very well, making this beer quite a treat for the eyes. The aroma was quite pleasant, and contained some "hefe banana" notes as well as some other fruity aromas. A slight alcohol presence is detectable in the nose. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and almost reaches that "rich/smooth" quality that we expect in a bock-type beer, but falls just a tad short. The flavor of the brew is big on malts with flavor notes including some "dark fruitiness", some lighter roasted notes and some yeastiness. An alcohol flavor is present as well. Some butteriness shows up, but an easy summary for the brew would be "sweet and malty." There is very little dryness or bitterness in the finish. A strange veggie flavor shows up in the aftertaste along with some lingering malt flavors. The beer finishes out with a higher-moderate level of alcoholic warmth.

This was a pretty good weizenbock. Some flaws are the alcohol flavor which was a bit stronger than I would expect and the veggie off-flavor in the aftertaste. This is definitely worth a shot, so if you see a single of it pick it up sometime.

Beastdog75, Jan 10, 2005
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3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 11/07. Pours a hazed chestnut color with some deep orange highlights. Volumnous tan head that's fizzing and popping like a bowl of Rice Krispies. Some flaky particules in suspension. Roasted wheat malt twang, a hint of brown sugar, and faint ripe banana notes in the nose, but rather tame. Malty and rich, with the right amount of wheaty acidity nearer the finish to keep it drinkable. Lively carbonation tickles the palate and keep any sense of sweetness at bay. It is pretty tasty and smooth, but a little one-dimensional in the sense that it is lacking in some of those complex tropical esters that I feel constitute a great weizenbock.

crookedhalo, Feb 19, 2005
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3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich amber color with good clarity. Pours a big, healthy head with good retention.

Aroma is candy malt sweet with a bit of fruitcake. No hop, very clean.

Flavor has subtle malt sweetness, and subdued bubblegum fruity flavor. Finishes very slightly sweet and very clean.

Medium full body and high carbonation. Minimal alcohol warming. The carbonation bordered on unpleasant.

A very clean beer, but a bit bland. Lacks the hefeweizen yeast character, and really looks/tastes something like a bland doppelbock.

mpyle, Oct 07, 2007
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3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Smells of crisp fruit and of wheat, the colour was dark with reasonable head retention. The taste was interesting with dark fruits and hints of rich malts. The mouthfeel was smooth, with reasonable carbonisation. This was my first Weizenbock and I quite enjoyed it. I’m very partial to stouts as well as Kristal Weizen and Hefe Weizen so this is a nice mix.

I will definitely a style I will explore in the future. A great refreshing session beer.

Finite, Nov 29, 2005
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3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown to black in color with an off white head. In the aroma, wheat notes, dark fruit, and a small alcohol presence. In the taste, wheat, a small citrus and notes of dark fruits. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry wheat and banana like aftertaste. Lots of fruitiness going on, a small alcohol presence, but nice nonetheless.

OWSLEY069, Nov 03, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The pour is an opaque dark amber-brown with a billowing tan colored head with excellent retention.

S: The nose is the ever typical German yeast esters of banana and clove. A very strong bread note, it's actually similar to a dark rye bread, maybe even a pumpernickel. There is a fair amount of yeast aroma in and of itself, as well.

T: The flavor is mildly sweet with the banana notes slowly creeping in. A minimal spice note of clove and cinnamon. Some hints of dark fruit (mostly raisins) are there too. The sweetness is not all that pronounced and rather than caramel, I get more of a molasses sort of note.

M: The body is medium with a smooth, creamy carbonation.

D: Not my favorite weizenbock, but it was cheap and one I hadn't tried before. Reasonably drinkable, though.

womencantsail, Oct 19, 2010
Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus from Erdinger Weissbräu
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