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Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus - Erdinger Weissbräu

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375 Ratings

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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 254
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 19
Gots: 7 | 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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Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not a style I have great experience with but it is the season for bocks so it at least somewhat fits. I've always had a soft spot for Erdinger ever since it was a the house beer at the only decent bar in Korea when I was marooned in that beerless land several years back.

A very impressive look starts with a dark milkshake color with a mountain of tight bubbles like the best hefes and dunkels. The nose is an alcoholic hefeweizen; banana and clove and roasted malt and caramel and a sliver of booze.

The taste was more mellow and blended than I expected, especially considering the abv. I get the obvious hefe tastes as well as unsweetened chocolate, some roasted tones, and a finishing dry bitterness. Overall, you get a smooth but medium texture that nicely matches the complexity of the banana and clove and contrasting dark malt bock flavors.

I found this a pleasant if not perfect brew that is well crafted and will be in my fridge again.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 02:09:00 | More by daliandragon
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 Pint, 6 fl oz bottle copped singly from Super Saver in Somerville...
An aggressive pour yielded a deep, copper, ruby-red, dark amber color with an impressive foamy and frothy head that exhibited strong staying power and left a fair amount of lacing around the glass...
Deep,dark malty aroma rendolent of caramel, vanilla, and brown sugars...
Taste strongly complemented the smell, with a strong suggestion of syrup, molasses, honey, and sweet malts... Rich, deep, dehydrated fruit, figs, and prune taste with a load of character, and flavor...
Good, thick, creamy, rich mouthfeel with a good level of drinkability where the alcohol is hard to detect and the flavors aren't cloying...

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 01:30:05 | More by dsa7783
Photo of John

New York

4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark brown. Nice tan head, minimal lacing. Good looking brew in a tall weizenbier glass. Big dark roasted wheat grain, malt aroma. Some earthy yeast and a mere suggestion of esters are also noted. Initial taste is roasted bitterness. Smooths, mellows and sweetens as it warms. This is a very good weizenbock.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2002 13:06:26 | More by John
Photo of RodneyFarva


4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, 11-2012 expiry, poured into a weizen glass

a: pours a deep brown, nearly black, with a three finger tan head, diminishing quickly to a thing film, no lacing

s: dark fruits, plums, raisins, alcohol heat, wheat. quite complex.

t: a rich wheatiness, dark malts, some dark fruits but less pronounced than in the nose, high carbonation. a brown sugariness to it as well. somehow complex and refreshing at the same time.

o: a rich and complex weizenbock. very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 19:18:08 | More by RodneyFarva
Photo of whtguitarguy


4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It looks like Coca Cola that has been shaken up because the head is pretty decent. Head disappears kind of quickly though.Not a lot of yeast sediment. There is a vanilla aroma in there. Taste is like a regular bock, only a little sweeter. There is a light chocolate note along with roasted malts and vanilla. Mouth is heavy but very good. Smooth finish and a bittersweet aftertaste that is quite pleasant. New favorite!

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 03:59:59 | More by whtguitarguy
Photo of Golden2wenty1


4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared with expatsteve over the Wisconsin-Penn State game.

Pour: dank, murky brown, nearly opaque under a few fingers of khaki foam that last for the entire pour with a bit of lacing.

Nose: earthy bock malts, dark fruits, lemony yeast, wheat funk.

Taste: earthy bock malts dominate, caramel grain notes, vinuous grape, light citrusy finish.

Feel: light and velvety, easy on the mouth.

Drinkability/Overall: not the most complex weizenbock I've ever had, but certainly the most drinkable. Goes well with pre-Noon college football Saturday drinking on a chilly Madison morning.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 17:59:06 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of clvand0


4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown color with a medium head that sticks around for a while and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has a nice smell of banana and some other fruits as well as a hint of dark malt. The flavor is caramel with banana and a dark fruit. Pretty nice. Drinkability is good and the mouthfeel is ok - could use a little more body, but overall a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2004 20:21:33 | More by clvand0
Photo of drabmuh


4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an undated bottle into an Erdinger weiss beer glass because I can. Beer is brown with a HUGE tan head that falls away leaving no lacing on the glass. Heavily carbonated.

Beer has a mildly sweet / candy-like aroma, some esters, overall it's OK.

Beer is medium to light in body, heavily carbonated on the palate. It's sweet and feels nice, mild bitterness on the end, it's a pretty good weizenbock. I'd have it again if it were possible. On a side note, this beer is currently on the Top 50 list for Germany and it is the hardest beer to track down. It was worth the effort.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 17:09:01 | More by drabmuh
Photo of ChiSox05


4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Into the Erdinger weizen glass you go. fast forming head, effervescent, deep bronze, or brown whatever, with ruby and purple hues and orange on the edges, head ends up at a constant 1/4". could be the fine glassware talking but this beer needs a home!

Alcohol is present in the nose. rich caramel/bready malt, fruity esters, almonds. especially complex fruit, cinnamon cider with raisins and blackberries.

Roasted toffee minus a punch of sugar malt. spices, clove most identifiable, but this is in the back on the finish. hops serve up this brew on a silver platter, good support. Taste doesn't provide any surprises, sticks to the malt and wheat profile, aftertaste is where the malt drops the hammer. also, booze

Malt coating from the tip to the base of the tongue. Carbonation takes away from enjoying the pleasant maltiness. Medium-full bodied, carbonation spreads it out. Has a life of its own

Pikantus was on my mind all day at work. Always been fond of Erdinger's offerings, this one would be great with dessert. I want to wash down a slice of pecan pie with this. tone down the carbonation a notch. malt is sweet, but roasted, so while there is a lot of it, it doesn't overpower. all in all, this bock has got all the pieces, malty, fruity, with sweetness and drinkable to the end

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2005 08:00:55 | More by ChiSox05
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB 08/2009, served lightly chilled in a 500ml weizen glass.

A: dark brown hue with amber glows when seen against light, coming with a hyper carbonation and a thick and frothy light tan head that lasts very well.
S: creamy-nutty Munich malts and brown bread abound, not showing particularly clear banana-ish estery note as any weizen, but even with the "blockade" of the thick froth a light whiff of sour fruits (more like plums) still comes through to mix well with the lovely malty theme. As the froth retreats a bit, the fruitiness comes in abundance, full of overripe dark fruits (juicy plums) and hop resin-like sharpness - sometimes even reminiscent of some really rich and fruity English Premium Bitter! Only until the beer is half-consumed and has breathed in the air for a while would the slightly more assertive edge of fruit-esters manifest itself.
T: the lightly effervescent & fluffy swallow is fairly bitter in terms of dark malts and grassy hops, laced by key undertones of sweet dark chocolates, prune jam, (faint) sweetened boiled red-beans, (faint) banana-toffee, bitter ground root-herbs (with a faint trace of licorice), and rather mild estery notes like unripe mangoes. The finish is semi-chewy due to the good level of hops I believe, while powdery dark malts and yeastiness both stay low and mild. As the beer breathes for a good while, just like on the nose, a bit more fruit esters develop and mingle nicely with the malty theme.
M&D: the carbonation comes slightly too sharp upfront, but this is not a hurdle to the enjoyment as the body remains intact and moderate, while the flavour is well-integrated and charmingly light for a weizenbock. This is apparently on the opposite end of the spectrum from the famous Aventinus from Schneider & Sohn, that this is way less estery in flavour but shows a really decent, profound malt composition overall. A truly highly drinkable weizenbock in my book, esp. given that almost no trace of alc. is found throughout the drink!

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 18:38:28 | More by wl0307
Photo of bnes09


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark auburn colored ale. Pours a monsterous head that will not let up. Recedes to a thick froth and leaves behind mountains of creamy lacing.

Nutty aroma. Fresh yeast in the nose, like rising wheat bread.

Flavor is mostly malty and semi-sweet. Lightly roasted nuts, almonds and cashews. Fresh yeast flavor. Whole wheat backbone. Just a hint of alcohol strength. Mild earthy hop character. Overall, very tasty and well balanced.

Medium-bodied. Lots of rich texture from the yeast. Good carbonation. Exciting on the palate.

This is some good stuff. Delicious, complex and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 20:49:42 | More by bnes09
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy dark brown beer. Has a big foamy light brown head. There is a light biscuity malt note in the aroma with a hint of chocolate in the background. A lot of things going on in the flavor, some fig dried fruit, some clove and in the finish there is a nice hint of milk chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2005 00:15:30 | More by ybnorml
Photo of PorterLambic


4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep chesnut brown with red tinges. A small but even head, no lace.
Smell is malt, malt, malt, wheat, yeast and a nice little whiff of smoked sausage.
Taste is malt all over, smoke and a bit of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy in texture, rich and full-bodied with good effervescence.
Drinkability is very high. My notes read "oh, hell yes!". Glad to find this one. It ain't Aventinus but it's good.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2005 01:47:36 | More by PorterLambic
Photo of Citadel82

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy chocolate with a fluffy tan head that left some lacework.

Aroma is malty, some floral notes, damp earth and yeast.

Taste is wheat malt, some fruitiness, apples, pears and yeast with a short finish. Well balanced. There is some alcohol noticeable as the taste fades.

A medium bodied brew with persistent fine carbonation and a slick tounge feel.

Very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2005 05:18:15 | More by Citadel82
Photo of nocheinsbitte

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had this bier from a 1/2 litre bottle.

A: pours a nice dark brown color with a nice head and good lacing. Almost opaque; hazy like many hefeweizens. A good looking bier.
S: a very inviting aroma, mildly sweet, caramelish.
T: a little acidicy at the onset, but finished with a nice full hefe and bock taste. Rich in caramel flavors, a complex taste that is very pleasing. No real alcohol taste, even though the content is at 7.3%.
M: A full mouthfeel. Very pleasing.
D: I really enjoy this bier, I could have many of these on a cold damp day.

Overall, I love this bier. Much like the aventinus, but not quite as good. This is one enjoyable bier that will not disappoint. Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 00:53:41 | More by nocheinsbitte
Photo of hotstuff


4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yes, thedm, this beer went very, very well with our steak supper. Good choice! This was a very drinkable and enjoyable beer that was much to my liking. It poured a large sized frothy tan head with fine-small sized bubbles that was mostly diminishing. The body was opaque and carbonated with a dark brown hue. The nose was malty and sweet with a caramel and brown flavor that lasted from start to finish. It had a very, very smooth mouthfeel and it was light bodied. There was very sparse lacing with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2003 22:23:33 | More by hotstuff
Photo of gmcfarre


4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been craving this beer for so long, but couldn't find it until I checked out Kahn's up in Indy. My memories of this brew harken back to a great night spent at Porterhouse in London with a gaggle of friends. I wasn't a BA then, but I knew a good dark wheat beer when it hit me. Hopefully it will live up to the memory...

Poured from 1pt 9oz bottle into St. Bernardus chalice.

A- Solid dark brown color, very opaque yet uncloudy. Just less than 1 inch head upon pour, and it dissipated somewhat quickly. Very little lacing. (I think that if I had a proper Weizen glass the head would have been much larger).

S- Strong dark malt with definite scents of wheatiness. Touches of dark fruit, but not too strong in that department. A very satisfying and appetizing smell.

T- Dark malt again is the strongest sensation at this party. Sweet dark fruits are there, most notably raisins stop by to say hello. Cloves ran streaking through the house. I think I remember chocolate hanging out at some point as well. A good time had by all.

M- Highly carbonated tingly sensation, but at back of tongue it is very smooth. Not creamy at all, instead it lightly floods your tongue with its tasty goodness.

D- Goes down so easy I thought my bottle was a mere 12oz.

Maybe not the majestic beer I remember, but given my fondness for the Belgians and not the German brews, I think it was pretty damn fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 22:03:23 | More by gmcfarre
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4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Mmmm, weizenbock. I wish there were more interpretations of this style, but this is only the 5th or 6th I've found so far. It comes in a 1 pint, 0.9oz bottle which is not sold locally (to me). I bought this bottle in San Mateo about a month ago and I've got one more from Chicago sitting in my cellar.

Poured into a pint glass, its dark and murky appearance is a little surprising. It's darker than Aventinus which is in turn darker than all the others I've tried.

The smell is almost perfect, sweet malt aroma with fruity esters. My wife smelled cinnamon...

The flavor is good too, come chocolate mixed in with the esters, maybe a little burnt flavor which knocks the score down 0.5 for me.

Thick coating mouthfeel and all that, this beer is really good. I highly recommend it. But Aventinus is even better.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 17:23:26 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of scottoale


4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This hearty brew came in a 500ml. brown bottle with a Best before end: 07-2007 on the back label. It poured a very dark, murky fig brown with loads of carbonation and a two-finger foamy tan head that was very short lasting. Nice looking lace sticks to glass and leaves a ring of tight foam and some surface lace, while still bubbling away.

Sweet caramel fruity nose, somewhat thick and roasty. A very malty strong Bock of a Weissen, that smells very enticing for sure.

The nose doesn't lie here....rich and sweet with dark fruit, chocolate, caramel and thick toffee just load the palate. The flavors just keep flowing all around the tongue, full and rich as the sweetness tapers off. Earthy, thick and roasty, even somewhat nutty, it goes down with a most pleasing swallow. Great Bock style flavor...most German!

Mouthfeel is just a tad on the fizzy side...less natural carbonation would not hurt at all here, overall drinkability along with a healthy plus ABV make this brew a pleasure to consume...well done!

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 07:19:59 | More by scottoale
Photo of roddwolff


4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The first dark wheat beer i taste.

A: Very dark brown color, the foamy head is creamy with two fingers thick, some sediments at the bottom but the label says its ok;

S: Fruity, scents of wheat, blueberries and tamarind;

T: Roasted malt, toffee, prunes and hops;

M: Dry with some sweetness, mild carbonation and hides its high abv concentration;

D: Good to accompany strong meals, one of the best wheat beers i've tasted.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2009 22:40:10 | More by roddwolff
Photo of laituegonflable


4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm going to write this review using Proustian syntax:

Pours a very dark caramel colour, dark-brown really, with ochre head that foams up very nice and generous like, then, sizzling, sinks down to a one-finger thickness, producing lacing that, while slippery, is typical of the bock style; is it simply a bock thing, I wonder, taking in the fact that this beer is too dark really to make out cloud, but looks pretty clear; overall, a beer that is decent.

Nose is nice and spicy, with a nice hit of black pepper and tabasco, elements of a good shiraz as well, with some fruity hints putting me in mind of red grape skin, berries, and maybe figs as well, while a slightly chocolatey malt creeps in, making this pleasant, and complex.

Taste is very chocolatey, with a rich cocoa flavour taking precedence on both the first touch and the finish; a good spice element to it as well, with hints of pepper, cumin, even chilli on the back, although less fruit than I maybe expected, with the taste being a lot more dry, with a lightly tart bent; the beer is predominantly spicy, underlain by that pleasant chocolate malt, while as for the mouthfeel, is has an excellent sizzle to it that complements that spice perfectly, although it seems to my mind a little thin; at least that would be my sole criticism - because the flavour is not a knockout punch, it doesn't matter too much - as well as a slight alcohol pang on the back which is the only hint that this is a slightly heavier beer although the pang, noticeable as it is, is not a rude jolt but rather more of a nudge.

The flavours being subdued is not really a detractor here because they're still complex, interesting and tempting me to explore them further; it also makes this surprisingly sessionable - pleasant and mild but interesting, I would say - that makes me enjoy the Pikantus ride immensely.

And then I fell into a daze and moaned for several hundred pages about a girl I loved.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 02:07:22 | More by laituegonflable
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District of Columbia

4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 02:44:59 | More by Sludgeman
Photo of DerBayer


4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - A black tar kind colour with a slightly brownish head

S - Smells of cloves slightly acidic, dark fruits and citrus aromas over caramel malts

T - This is where this beer really falls short of other Weizenbock beers its too citrussy and spicey in taste almost pikant as the name implies when it should be fruity

M - Very refreshing good carbonation and nice full body

D - Very drinkable you dont realy feel the alcohol in this one

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 22:22:28 | More by DerBayer
Photo of SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a possitively delicious weizenbock! Poured a dark brown with loads of CO2 streams rocketing upwards fueling a caramel coloured head.
Appearance was a bit better than average, I felt. Everything else, however, was much better than average. Smell and taste were both exploding with caramel. A good caramel, too. Like those chewy caramel candies you get in the clear cellophane wrapper. Delicious!! Smell was heavy caramel and wheat. Period. Taste was caramel, wheat, and a very slightly noticeable earthy hop touch that vanished just as quickly as it arrived. There is also a bit of a dry roasted wheat / caramel aftertaste a few seconds after you swallow a sip.
In spite of all the CO2 clearly evident in the appearance, there really isn't a very assertive carbonation "sting" like I was expecting. Mouthfeel was very pleasant.
A great beer, and a fabulous example of a weizenbock.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2006 03:56:51 | More by SilentSabre
Photo of whynot44


4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium bodied, dark chestnut brown, slightly cloudy, with a light tan head that lasted well.

The aroma is malty, caramel, brown sugar, with a hint of raisins and bananas.

Very malty with fruity and caramel tones. A lot of taste - a good winter beer.

Smooth, slight sourness in the aftertaste, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2005 07:33:17 | More by whynot44
Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus from Erdinger Weissbräu
87 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.