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Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
87
very good

402 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 22
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Best before 3/2014.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, and slight caramel and toast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and slight caramel flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and somewhat medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the flavors are somewhat bland in my opinion.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Russian River Sound Czech pilsner glass.

Pours a dark brown color that doesn't let too much light through. The initial head isn't terribly dense and fades away quickly. Light tan and no lacing. The nose has a bit of chocolate as well as some booze and clove. A bit of sweetness there as well. The flavor has a modest amount of chocolate malt as well as some mild German yeast character. Moderate body with a touch o booze in the finish. Pretty good, but nothing too memorable.

Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy cola brown color with the anticipated mountain of a head; drapes plenty of lace

Smell: Blend of figs, bananas and brown bread, with a hint of clove

Taste: Opens with dark fruits, brown bread and a clove/banana blend that becomes more pronounced by mid-palate; after the swallow, the sweeter flavors becomes a bit cloying, however

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: The sweetness of the beer tends to become more oppressive half way through the bottle; though I like the style, I couldn't finish this one

Photo of BEERchitect
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a clear dirty brown color weizen with large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of banana bread with some cloves notes and some bready notes. Taste is also dominated by some really good banana bread notes with just the right amount of residual sugar and some light cloves and bready notes. Body is full with a fluffy creamy texture and some good carbonation. Solid rendition of the style with loads of interesting esters and a solid wheat malt backbone.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer resembles strong, raspberry-infused iced tea. A huge amount of carbonation is streaming up the sides of my weizen glass; a very cool effect. The ecru head is super-sized (so much so that I had to be careful with the pour to keep it in the glass), soft and insubstantial, so it's doubtful that I'll be looking at much lace. Very little as it turns out.

The nose does not impress. It's primarily wheat malty with an undercurrent of sour fruit. Overripe green apples perhaps? The flavor isn't bad, but the mouthfeel is sorely lacking. It's way too thin in the mouth and is incredibly over-carbonated. It feels like sparkling water which doesn't give the flavor a chance to settle onto the taste buds much at all.

The mouthfeel improves just enough with warming to be considered average. The flavor follows the nose, more or less. Dark malt is paramount with sour dark fruit, earthy hops and spicy Belgian yeast. The finish is clean, dry and acidic.

Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus isn't that enjoyable. I don't have enough weizenbocks under my belt to know if it's a faithful representation of the style or not, but it probably isn't a beer that I'll return to.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of womencantsail
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.

Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep rich brown with a fluffy off-at settles into a cramy top,a sweeter aroma that of caramel and sweet alcohol with a hint of phenolic spice.Flavors are pretty basic pretty sweet with some weizen banana and clove traits but it really doesnt jump out at ya an alcohol kick goes down with the finish.A nice creamy mouthfeel lends to its drinkability it went down quite easy for 7.3% alc.A solid but basic brew one I would buy again.

Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a two-finger, khaki-colored head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of thin lace on the glass.

S - It smelled malty with some dark fruits. There was a touch of banana aroma.

T - It tasted of spices with a good banana flavor. Nice wheat taste with some bready malts.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a classically good German Weizenbock. Love it. C'mon importers, bring us more good German bottles!

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep brown with ruby highlights and a creamy light tan head that rises out of the glass at first, but then cannot hold. Still, it does leave some lace. The aroma is of a rich malt that has a strong cocoa character and light toffee notes, soft dark fruit, some mild bubblegum and a gentle clove. It's surprisingly rich for a dunkle as they tend to offer less yeasty character... although this is a bock as well. The body is medium, and the mouthfeel starts with a zesty tingle on the tongue from a fine & effervescent carbonation. As it warms in the mouth and the CO2 is released, a soft creaminess takes over. The flavor is softly fruity, mildly tangy, and lightly chocolatey up-front, warming into more toffee-ish notes as it crosses the palate, and finishing with light phenolics and a clove-like spiciness. The alcohol is completely hidden. This is obviously balanced towards maltiness, but the alcohol and dark malts keep it dryer than a standard weizen. Exceptionally well done and highly drinkable.

Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 500 ml tall brown Euro style bottle with a “best before end” freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: The head collapses quickly to a thin frail tan lace, rich deep brown that goes virtually black in colour.

Smell: Suggestions of sweet prune and caramelized raisins, vague solvent alcohol and spicy phenolics in the nose.

Taste: Certainly full bodied with a creamy mouth feel which forms after the wave a brash carbonation that runs through the mouth. With in the carbonation is all of the other sharp and bitter flavours and seem to make one pass over the taste buds including a small amount of hops and a big chop of clove. Sweet dark fruit scurries all over the palate with hints of date sugar and ripe prunes. Lots of maltiness in play here, mostly on the level of a smooth grain, husk with little astringency and that unique fermented wheat flavour are all present. Yeast on the back end with a powdery earthy character and the alcohol is persistent with a touch of warming prickly sharpness. Light on the phenolic with a trace medicinal taste, though one flavour that stands out the most is a long lasting clove that dulls half way through.

Notes: This is one big bad wheat beer, not bad but could be too big for some. Huge, effervescent and bursting all over with perplexing complexities.

Photo of russpowell
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: murky, nearly opaque brownish color, more visible at foot's bottom, with a largely, puffy light tannish head.
Aroma: soft& creamy, some rustic tinges, a hint of earthiness and spices, whiffs of fruit, subtle, sophisticated.
Taste: full greeting on the tongue and lips, a solid, malty presence. Large-bodied, not lacking a thing in texture, most mouth-filling.
Dazzling, tantalizing, tingly, nicely hopped, fresh flavor remains distinct throughout...nutty, spicy, slightly fruity, though that aspect is none-too pronounced.
After some underwhelmed encounters with their other weizens, I was happy to be more satisfied with this Erdinger brew. A very nice dunkel, and an even better weizenbock! Drinkability is quite good, as I thirsted for more, when the bottle was drained!

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a large tan head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee, with some bubblegum, banana and clove notes mixed in. The flavor is very similar, the banana and bubblegum notes from the yeast really standing out. There is also some caramel and toffee from the malt and the beer is fairly sweet overall. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into Guinness pint glass. Bottle acquired at a REWE store in North Berlin, Germany. Reviewed live at a friend's gaff in North Berlin.

A: Decent upward bubble show. 3.5 finger head of very appealing cream, great thickness, and incredible retention (especially for a 7.3% ABV beer). Dark brown colour with extremely light tinges of ruby. Appealing.

Sm: Very nutty. Wheat is restrained but present. Some cream. Maybe some slight souring or crystal hops; difficult to discern with me broken nose.

T: Wheat foundation with nutty overtones. A bit of caramel but only a hint. Almost a toffee note but it's well buried. I was surprised to read on the ingredient list that it has so much malt; this factor is very well handled. I assume it's tamed by the wheat, which in turn is tamed by the hops. I quite fancy it. There may be some hidden cocoa, but it might just be in me head. Don't go looking for it too hardcore now. I feel also that there's a buried hint of a berry ester - maybe strawberry. Masterfully balanced, though a trace of must is present on the finish.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with the usual changes on the climax. Suits the style, but not exactly the beer per se. It's good enough anyway.

Dr: Hides the 7.3% ABV extraordinarily well. It's priced very fairly (~2 quid) considering German standards (and its ABV) as well. A great beer to get locked on if you're in Germany. I'd certainly have this one again. Any beer fanatic should try this beer.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Half litre brown bottle brought back from Berlin to review, drank on 28 April 2011, two days before it's best before date!

The huge off-white bubbly head sat on top of a murky reddy brown body, the Franziskaner Weissbier glass showing it off perfectly.

The aromas were of All Spice, Mace and yeasts.

The taste was roasted nuts in molasses, semi-sweet toffee and Victoria Plums. As the beer began to warm in the glass I detected the taste of sultanas and raisins trying to be get out.

The robust body with a good depth of strength just about contained the alcohol content, which scarcely manages to put it's head above the parapet.

I really enjoyed this beer, both warming and satisfying.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely deep brown colour. It's very dark for a dunkel, but this nicely matches the heavier brew. Head is a bit filmy, but stays consistent throughout, a pale brown/beige colour. Body is pleasantly heavy, and even leaves some carbonation swirling around when tilted. Looks very nice.

Nose is spicy and wheaty, with some dark fruit characters and spiced raisin toast, but also with a leavened note of banana. Still missing a little raw oomph, a little robustness, or something that really punches you in the nose, but the characters it has are nice.

Taste is surprisingly light for a beer weighing in at over 7%, although it has a long palate, giving off nuances of spices, a little toffeed grain, and a banana bread sweetness, especially on the back. Some phenolics come through towards the end too, giving a light astringency, and on the finish, there's a touch of dark roasted malts; in a way, the extra roasted quality matches up with the perceived extra darkness in the appearance.

Feel is full and solid, while still retaining a slickness and lightness that aids the drinkability.

It's not the most full-bodied, or the most flavoursome weizenbock I've had, but it's a very tasty brew nonetheless.

Photo of wl0307
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!

Photo of DoubleJ
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Hooray! I get to use the proper style of beer in my Eisenbahn Weizenbock glass for the first time. 500 ml bottle from Walnut Liquorette, on to the beer:

Big and bubbly is the head, and the bubbles are popping, and slowly going with it is the head. Good autumn amber brown color with hues of orange. The aroma is sweet...very malty, akin to a marzen. Sweet doughy bread...with a bit of yeast, some maple as well. Tastewise, it has quite a kick of flavor. A little monotone, and tastes more like a marzen plus bubblegum, though it's still a good flavor. Could be better overall though; the carbonation bubbles are too big, and pretty intense... not good for a strong beer, and it holds back the drinkability of the beer. Still, this is pretty good, and less expensive than Aventinus (for the budget conscious).

Photo of Zorro
4.65/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cloudy wheat beer, you can barely pass light through it.

Smells of malt, grain and bananas. There is a bit of floral smell here too.

Tastes mildly sweet and malty. I can taste banana, cloves, chocolate and a mild hops bite. This is a very complex beer.

Mouthfeel is excellent, thick and creamy without being too much.

Drinkability is excellent.

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Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus from Erdinger Weissbräu
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