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Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
87
very good

383 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 19
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Germany

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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Minkybut

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -4.4%

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.

02-19-2007 22:11:19 | More by Minkybut
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RedHaze

Nebraska

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

This has 08 2006 on the bakc, so it may be past it's prime. Let's find out.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with some red highlights when held up towards a light. The beige colored head peaks at two fingers, and fades slowly to a soapy cap that leaves behind a thick sheeting of lace.

Smell; the aroma is a bit tame here, but there are some hints of wheat with a little bit of lemon. Some sweet caramel malts and a touch of a spiciness are present along with a touch of chocolate. But as I said it's all very mild in the aroma department.

Taste; mm...much better. The wheat is much more present in the flavor, with a nice spiciness that mixes very nicely with the caramel and chocolate malts. After a few sips the lemon shows itself with a bit of herbal hops.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability; Moutfeel is medium to full bodied with a nice creamy feel to it, and has a really good drinkability.

02-07-2007 03:55:19 | More by RedHaze
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IntriqKen

California

3.93/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours a very dark amber with a 2 1/2 finger light tan head that collapses very quickly to a film of tan lace.
Aroma is exactly what it should be...dark, spicy wheat. Very spicy in the nose with a hint of brown sugar.
Flavors of the dark wheat....almost a burnt or toasted sugar so that it's not too sweet but the sweetness is there. Lots of peppery wheat spices throughout the tasting.
Mouthfeel is creamy yet a little thick and sticky after you swallow.
Aftertaste is sweet brown sugar malts and a hint of yeast.
Well done.

01-13-2007 03:14:54 | More by IntriqKen
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

11-07-2006 03:56:51 | More by SilentSabre
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

11-04-2006 17:59:06 | More by Golden2wenty1
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

500ml bottle bought from onlyfinebeer.co.uk

Poured a slightly hazy / muddy brown with some amber hints... Creamy tan head poured big and foamy and meringue like then faded slowly to nice thin layer... lots of big carbonation bubbles rush to the surface... quite a lot of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Strong sweet fruits (raisins, blackcurrents, light banana, some strawberry), lightly toasted toffee malts, brown sugar, light aniseed notes, strong breadiness, some sulphur / salty notes, spices - nutmeg and clove, very light peppery hops...

Taste – Quite tart spicy dark fruits (prunes, raisins, blackcurrents and banana), toasted breadiness, toffee malts, some cloves, quite strong metallic hints, light aniseed notes, some saltiness, peppery hops, light brown sugar sweetness - not as sweet as aroma would indicate..

Feel - Quite sharp and dry.. Medium / full bodied. Pretty drinkable even at over 7%...

Overall - A very good example of a Weizenbock - not quite up there with the likes of Aventinus but definitely worth a try... A pity it's not as readily available as the other Erdinger beers....

10-09-2006 10:35:01 | More by mdagnew
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instrumentality

California

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

09-20-2006 00:30:58 | More by instrumentality
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured into ayinger celebrator glass
Pours with a large creamy tan head which reduces quickly with medium brussels lace

S: Malts with hints of wheat. Chocolate notes with alcohol coming through

T: very malty as it hits the tongue turning into chocolate wheat notes. A slight bitter woody finish

MF: Full body with high carbonation, chewy

A lovely bock beer, not as bitter aftertaste as some with a nice balance. Heavy carbonation means i could not drink anymore than 2 of these in anyone sitting. However, a very nice winter warmer or nightcap, or chocolate dessert beer.

02 Dec 2011

50cl bottle poured Into Weihenstephan Weissbier glass

BBE July 2010
A- dark Mahogany body body with 3 finger creamy tan head. This reduces relatively quickly to a crown, leaving little lacing.

S- chocolate malts with hint of clove and dark fruit

T- chocolate and toasted malts, hint of medicinal bitterness in the finish.

M- medium to high carbonation, medium body

D- no real developments after 2 years. Perhaps appearance has suffered and carbonation settled which is good. Overall still a tasty chocolatey malt forward weizenbock.

09-16-2006 18:37:00 | More by seanyfo
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.28/5  rDev +10.6%

Pours an efferevescent dark ruby red/mahogany with a 4 fingers head that drops off quick. No head retention or lacing

S: Slight peppery/yeasty nose up front, then alcohol & oaky/sherry notes as it warms.

T: A slight oaky taste with a yeast hint up front. Warming alcohol follows. Caramel notes, a little bit of wallnut with more oakyness then hit you. Some bandaid & leather notes Finishes with warming alcohol & more oakyness

MF: Mediun bodied, & slightly under carbonated with good balance.

Found this pretty drinkable, couldn't do it all night, but pretty damn tasty!

09-14-2006 03:55:59 | More by russpowell
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

08-27-2006 17:23:26 | More by TurdFurgison
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cbl2

New York

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%

8/8/2005 $2.69 500 mL 7.30% No best by date.

Appearance:

Pours a dark brown, almost black that barely lets light through adorned by an inch of creamy tan foam that settles rapidly, with no lacing.

Aroma:

Malty sweet with some sour notes that are somewhat offputting.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Has a mild sweetness with some nutty quality to it coupled with a hint of dark fruit that mask the alcohol nicely. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is good, though there is nothing here that wows me.

08-01-2006 17:13:47 | More by cbl2
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +0.8%

Pours a very exuberant beige head. Even after a sensitive pour, the head was as big as my fist. Left a thick foam for about two-fifths of the beer. Color is a bubbly chocolate syrup with mahagony and ruby highlights. Smell was a mix off deeply romantic malts and hints of roasted wheat. Taste was like a more bubbly American porter. Without the American hop presence of course. Germans know how to manipulate their malts. Lovely. The palate was just a little metallic at the finish.

07-10-2006 00:18:59 | More by scruffwhor
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sinistermadman

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours a dark amber hued brown color while retaining some lacing from the small head quite well.

Smell is of wheat, banana peel and a mild sour aroma (not bad, just can't pinpoint what it is).

The brew has a medium body with a slightly astringent, sharp presence on the palate. Taste is slightly citric with a backing of earthy malt with showings of caramel. Pretty smooth and quenching. Perceived alcohol is subdued making this a drinkable beer. Worth taking a look at.

07-07-2006 23:50:19 | More by sinistermadman
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andjusticeforale

Connecticut

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%

This poured nice and dark in my big wheat beer glass.The head was off white and ample, and did not stick to the glass edge.

The smell was a bit twangy and spicy. On first taste you are hit with a sweetness.The mouthfeel is a bit watery ending with a peroxide-like push of carbonation. There are tasty malt flavors, tangy wheat and spiciness whipping around in here, and this beer gets exceedingly high marks for masking alcohol, increasing the drinkability to new heights.

Perhaps what I liked most about the this is that upon first drinking, it seems commonin each individual aspect, but as you progress further, you realize the complexity- the sweet start- refreshing middle, spicydry carbonated end. It doesn't pack the depth, body, or flavour uniqueness of Aventinus, but it makes up a lot with drinkability.

06-27-2006 12:44:41 | More by andjusticeforale
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +0.3%

Erdinger Weizen-Bock Pikantus
16.9 oz brown bottle
Best before 12-2005
Served in a Schneider Weisse glass

Pours a deep, dark brown color with some lighter shades of brown toward the bottom of the glass. Thick head after the pour, but quickly turns to a thin lace around the glass.

Whiffs of prunes and sugary sweetness.

Thick, syrupy malt flavors with a spicy, clove finish. Hints of raisins and prunes coated in caramel. Heavy, juicy malt goodness with a tad of warmth behind each sip. The 7.3% ABV is well hidden with the drinkability level.

Enjoyable beer and one of my favorite styles. Worth checking out.

06-23-2006 22:44:18 | More by Hibernator
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JMD71

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -18.6%

Appearance: Nice smooth head when poured. Nice solid brown color with vigorous carbonation. Looks tasty...

Aroma: Slightly wheaty aroma with alight alcohol notes. Mild caramel profile with yeasty side deteced in the German Weiss style. Fruity, raisiny?

Taste: Very sweet, caramel flavor. A bit too syrupy for me. Not as wheat-flavored as I'd like. No hop profile detected.

Mouthfeel: Very heavy & cloying. Does finish crisper than initally led to believe, but this is heavier than expected.

Drinkability: Not high on my drinkability scale. It is too sweet & cloying for me. I could drink a 1/2 pint, but any more becomes too much.

Comments: This was not my favorite. Enjoyable & interesting, but not in league with others in the style such as Aventinus. This is a lot heavier than expected which detracted from my enjoyment. Too sweet...

06-22-2006 19:14:12 | More by JMD71
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EvilKeith

Alabama

4.22/5  rDev +9%

Pours into the glass a dark brown color, cloudy and hazy with deep reddish highlights when held to the light. The head is a short-lived (not unusual for the style) dense tan finger and a half. Yeast sediment migrates to the bottom of the glass. Lacing is minimal.

Smell is chocolate milk, buttery toffee, sweet malts (A Whopper Malted Milk Ball), and faint ethanol.

Taste is bitter-sweet cocoa, dark fruit (raisins, prunes), wheat, yeast, citrus and a pleasant earthy flavor.

Creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Medium-Heavy body.

Oddly, I almost forgot how much I like the weizenbock style. I really loved the depth and complexity of this one from Erdinger.

This is not for the faint of heart. You could almost think of this as a heavy stout with an attitude, on steroids. Damned good stuff!

06-22-2006 02:03:43 | More by EvilKeith
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badbeer

Iowa

4/5  rDev +3.4%

The last time I had this I was in Germany, looked forward to trying it again and reviewing for the first time.

Very dark ruby red and brownish in color. Caramel, plum, burnt sugar came through in the nose. Taste was much of the same, but more noticeable. Hints of banana and clove hidden in there as well. High carbonation with a full body to back it up. Not available near me, but a solid choice when I have the chance.

06-21-2006 07:28:57 | More by badbeer
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blackie

California

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%

appearance: The pour gives a 1" khakie head that slowly falls back, leaving a nice layer and ring behind. The beer is a hazy medium-dark brown in color.

smell: A nice, well balanced blend of banana bread and malt on the nose. The malts give thoughts of both caramelized brown sugar and pale German type malt. Nice, subtle noble hop flavor.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is high, and the body a somewhat heavier medium.

taste: The flavor is not as rich as I had anticipated, and hoped. Moderately sweet caramelized sugar malty flavors are found alongside weizen flavors of yeast and just a hint of banana bread. The hop flavor is low and the bitterness light. Finishes with some sugars accenting the bitterness. In my opinion, the flavor of this beer is not malty enough nor hefe enough to live up to its namesake.

drinkability: Pretty easy

06-21-2006 04:54:45 | More by blackie
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DogFood11

California

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%

Almost forgot about this beer as it laid deep in the crisper of the main fridge. I remember having this quite often while living in Germany, mostly on tap, but on occassion I'd snap up a case or two. After the long journey from brewer to my fridge and subsequent accidental aging, It's exactly like I remember.

Rich brown, tan head, minimal lacing.

Dark fruits jump out immediately. Toasted grain takes centerstage and its subtly done in order to let the fruitiness have a place. Carbonation packs a punch, sizzling in the taste. Rich and creamy mouthfeel fits perfectly combined with that sharp carbonation, it ends up cleaning up towards the middle. The yeast is evident on the palate and probably one of the yeastier German beers I've sampled. Cloves enter, and combined with the dark fruits it has a nice sweet element to mix in with the rich flavors.

Notes: What a night! Two German brews in a row that are exceptional. Deep, Rich, Complex, Fruity, Yeasty, some Roasted grains keep it in check...Great!

06-14-2006 01:52:59 | More by DogFood11
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goochpunch

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -19.1%

Pours out a muddy chocolate brown. In the first moments of the pour, the head was sweeling at a rapid rate, but by the time the entire bottle was emptied, there was not even a thin layer of bubbles coating the surface of the beer. Smells of cola, rye bread, prunes, and alcohol with some spicy hints. The flavors have the cola sweetness of a bock, and mild phenolics from the yeast. Does what it sets out to do, but it does not impress. Full mouthfeel, but it could be softer with all the bubbles. Drinkability? Eh.

Certainly, this is not the best weizenbock.

05-29-2006 05:06:18 | More by goochpunch
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geexploitation

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.4%

This is a rich, sumptuous bock. It pours prune-dark with a large off-white head that sticks around throughout drinking. The aroma is composed of caramel, prunes/raisins and a touch of baking spices. On the palate, the cloves come out, along with sweet prunes and other spices. Mouthfeel is thick and rich, what you'd expect from a bock, with very little raw alcohol present. Quite a nice bock here, pretty darn drinkable.

05-09-2006 00:59:40 | More by geexploitation
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +11.9%

Best by date of 08-2006, Sampled April 2006
Pours with a frothy, three and a half finger thick head that is a light brown color and has perhaps a hint of purple to it. The beer is a well carbonated and is a hazy, purple tinged, deep amber color. The aroma is lightly sweet and fruity with notes of banana and plums. There is also a touch of clove-like spiciness and a nice, dry grain note. I really like the mix of malt and fruit that composes the aromatic notes, it works quite well and just leaves the impression of rich concentrated fruit.

The beer is pretty well carbonated, it foams up a bit as it hits the mouth and leaves a prickly sensation from beginning to end. The beer has a nice fullness to it and is about what I expected from a Weizen-Bock; palate coating, yet not cloying or sticky. The taste is quite fruity, the typical banana and clove notes of the hefe combine with the malt and other fermentation character to add a rich fruitiness to this beer that reminds me of figs, raisins and sweet, slightly concentrated plums, and even a touch of tart tamarind. The straight malt flavors found in this beer evoke thoughts of caramel, lightly tart, yet grainy wheat, and a dry chewy grain-type note that lingers on a bit in the finish.

This beer is quite tasty, in fact it is reminding me that I really like Weizen Bocks. Too bad there are not more of these around because I really like how the rich malt character pairs with the traditional Hefe-Weizen yeast. This is definitely a style that I need to brew as well; I sense a recipe coming on for next winter. The rich flavors pair quite well with the chewy texture, and sweet malt notes; this is my type of liquid bread.

04-24-2006 02:14:33 | More by Gueuzedude
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

04-20-2006 21:56:14 | More by BEERchitect
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Tupperwolf

Washington

4.38/5  rDev +13.2%

What a ridiculous head. I mean, it's pissing me off right now. I've got two thirds of the bottle into my Franziskaner weizen glass, and there's five inches of head sitting there mocking me. Ten minutes have gone by, waiting for the head to recede enough that I can get the rest of the beer and, most importantly, the yeast into the glass, but the stupid thing just isn't fading. Intense carbonation is visible, tons of bubbles rising to keep the head going. I might just have to suck up a bunch of foam so I can fit the rest of the beer in there.

Okay then! All of the beer is in there, finally. There's three fingers of rocky head on top of a really interestingly colored brew. It's milk chocolate brown, very hazy, leting just enough light through to glow when sitting on my windowsill beside the beanbag; Take it away from the backlighting, and it's brown. Brown, brown, brown. Totally opaque. Looks like a very interesting coffee drink - or runoff from a broken septic tank (cruel, but honest). It's good, though. Worth a five.

The smell is kind of vague - not much there, even as it warms. Slight raisin, a little nutty wheat. Somewhat dissappointing; I keep going in for more whiffs, and never really come out with much.

The taste is really quite good - it's not very bold, but it's flavorful, and the mouthfeel is really good. This is a beer that's extremely quafffable. 7%+ alcohol doesn't make a whiff of a presence in the flavor. There's raisin, sweet chocolate, a little noble hops - grapes, a little dark chocolate as well, almonds. It's a combination of a lot of flavors that are hard to pick out. You've really gotta try it for yourself.

Fabulous mouthfeel! It fills the mouth perfectly, has just the right carbonation, just the right tiny bit of coolness, just the right finish. I love it. It feels like drinking the liquid part of a float - carbonation severely smoothed by the thickening of ice cream dregs, cool but snappy soda on the tongue. Awesome.

Overall, this is an awesome beer. It's very different from Aventinus weizenbock. This is an underrated style, and I really look forward to gettting more of this and more of the style.

04-17-2006 00:32:46 | More by Tupperwolf
Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus from Erdinger Weissbräu
87 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.