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Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus - Erdinger Weissbräu

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374 Ratings

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Ratings: 374
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 cracgor


3.18/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown with a thin tan head. Smells sweet and sugar cane like..with a burnt background. Tastes a lot more bland than it smells. It has a good base of dark roasted malts to it, but lacks the complexity of some of it's peers. It does have some ester quality, but overall it comes out washed out. Has a fine mouthfeel. I've liked this style in the past, this one just seems a little weak for what I've been hoping for.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2007 00:57:26 | More by cracgor
Photo of mpyle


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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2007 14:45:03 | More by mpyle
Photo of ColoradoBobs


4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 ounce (500ml) bottle. Pour yields an enormous rocky light tan head over an opaque dark mahogany-coffee body. Gorgeous beer.

Smell is intense caramel malt over dark fruits: raisins, dates, figs. Mmmmm. What a delectable aroma. Warming, a little boozy, and sweetly-malted malty and chocolatey.

Taste follows aroma, with some notable additions: roasted bitterness is there, though mild; peppery spiceyness; a hint of banana and bubblegum. I like it. I like it a lot.

Nice rich mouthfeel: smooth, creamy, with nice carbonation.

Very easy to drink.

I guess my review is a bit of an out-lier here, beyond the first standard deviation (and almost outside the second!), but I love malt, I love Weizenbier, and I love Bocks. This baby is a very good example of all that I love in beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 02:19:55 | More by ColoradoBobs
Photo of Thanby


4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, rich nut brown that appears a very saturated amber in the light. Big two-finger tan head that lasts for a couple minutes but never completely dissipates. A fair amount of carbonation, not a whole lot of lacing but it is there.

S: Immediately cloves and some darker fruits that I can't separate. Some chocolate and toasted malt, even a little woody scent. Overall the smell is a little on the harsh side but not unpleasant.

T: Much more bitter than I expected, but only because I expected extreme sweetness. Slightly bitter all the way through with a very strong caramel flavor on top of a blend of citrus, cloves, chocolate, and a rich smokiness (hickory or mesquite).

D: A very pleasing balance of sweet and bitter. All the flavors blend marvelously, leaving only a hint of the ABV and a slight fading bitterness at the end. I can't particularly distinguish the hops from the other flavors. Very easily drinkable, though full-bodied enough to serve as its own meal. The carbonation is just a hair too sharp, but the nice and creamy head balances it enough to not be offensive. Overall a very enjoyable experience.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 01:09:20 | More by Thanby
Photo of stephendr


3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500 ml. bottle- color of dark caramel , with a brown thick frothy head - nose of yeast , malts , watery , and some cartelization – taste of malts , oats , yeast , and sugar sweet - body is watery, but full , smooth , and with low to medium carbonation – aftertaste of malts , almost too sweet , and light – easy drinking

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2007 22:30:24 | More by stephendr
Photo of Mdog


3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark brown, deep red when held to light. Big foamy head but settles down to nothing after a while.

Smell: Clove, vague sweetness.

Taste: Lots of cloves, but has an underlying sweetness that seems to have some roasted or smoky tones. Reminds me a little of hickory BBQ sauce.

Drinkabilty: Weizenbocks are strong, probably one or two would be plenty.

I noticed after I drank the bottle that the best-by date was March 2006. So 16 months after that date it was still a pretty good beer. I prefer a little more sweetness and banana flavor in weizenbocks but this was still an interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 02:19:45 | More by Mdog
Photo of roadrocket13


4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my sample of Erdinger Pikantus Weizen-Bock was poured from a 1 pint .9 fl. oz. brown bottle at approximately 50*F into a 0.5 L "Harpoon UFO" Hefe-Weizen style glass (hand washed, no dishwasher).

in my honest opinion i believe this wonderful beer to be extremely under-rated.

the 3 finger foam of my finished pour was dotted with small, brown spots of the swirled-bottle yeast (as a proper Hefe-Weizen should be poured).

the liquid portion was a murky, coffee to chocolate brown.

the nose found a delightful balance of maltiness and yeast. a pleasantly strong spice aroma was also present. not at all overpowering.

the first few sips tickle the tongue with carbonation, just short of being over-carbonated. in the mouth i found predominantly dried fruit, grapes, and a hint of clove that reminded me of freshly baked pumpernickel bread (that in and of itself is worth the $2.50 i paid per bottle, a steal !). as the glass progresses the carbonation subsides substantially, though the head persists like sea-foam on the side of the glass. throughout the pint the sides of the tongue and finish are of a light, buttery cream. the after taste lingers and quickly changes to dried apricot and slight alcohol. well done for 7.3% ABV. quite pleasant.

for me, this beer is quite drinkable. unfortunately, the higher alcohol content means i won't be drinking too many of these ( >4 ) in quick succession.
i would pair this beer immediately with roasted duck stuffed with prunes and oranges. it may also compliment a platter of hot kartoffelpuffen (potato pancakes) served with gravy. a must for thanksgiving, and christmas meals.

an excellent example of a Weizen-Bock. i think Erdinger has a real performer here and their Pikantus Weizen-Bock is certainly a world class beer in every respect.


Serving type: bottle

08-05-2007 07:43:05 | More by roadrocket13
Photo of rodrot

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky, dark brown color with a huge head that took a while to subside. Aroma was malty and yeasty with just a hint of spice. Taste was malty and caramelly with a good bit of sweet, fruity flavors mixed in. I could just barely taste the clovey, banana flavors that the style is known for. I was sort of disappointed in that I was looking forward to the beer having a lot more of that spicy characteristic in the taste. Mouthfeel was medium bodied in the palate. Drinkability was pretty good and the beer went down fairly easy. Not a bad beer at all, but not anywhere close to Aventinus in complexity.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 06:08:28 | More by rodrot
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 MrHungryMonkey


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

Dark caramel chocolate brown / too thick to see through / mild carbonation / nice head

Roast chocolate and floral apples / caramel-toffee sweetness

Sharply tart metallic first wave / heavily carbonation / roasted chocolate / fruity floral herbal European hops / light warmth and spice / sticky thick sweetness in back / finishes mostly clean with lingering yeast flavors

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2007 22:00:44 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of rallison


3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark, almost muddy brown with a 2 finger fluffy off-white head that very slowly dies down.

S: Wonderful yeasty, wheaty smell with a touch of grapes.

T: Not bad. Lots of wheat here, as should be the case. A bit of alcohol is there to lend a hand, along with some dark fruits. Nicely spiced too - maybe some coriander, or something similar? Altogether, a nice combo of flavors.

M: Prickly carbonation with a relatively full mouthfeel. The carbonation definitely keeps it from being syrupy. To be honest, I wouldn't mind the carbonation being dialed down a touch.

D: Quite drinkable. Although, the carbonation may get to you here.

Recommended. Not a perfect weizenbock (and too bad, I love the style), but a good one.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 05:28:52 | More by rallison
Photo of vancurly


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

BB 11-2007, poured into weissbier glass.

Thick, heavy, creamy light brown head, that persists & persists. Heavy dark brown colour, opaque.

Aromas initially of chocolate & yeast. Some subtle pineapple, light allspice, and dark malts. Warms to paler malts (Munich?)

Chewy, fruit cakey, caramel. Dark chocolate, with no alcohol note to speak of. Like a milkshake.... no.... like chocolate mousse. It is sweet, but not cloyingly so...

Some late banana...

It's smoooth, creamy, but very well balanced. There is the faintest of bitterness at the back, like Lindt 75%.

Great stuff. Dessert beer....

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 08:33:53 | More by vancurly
Photo of BeerSox


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

1Pt .9floz bottle into wiezen glass. The lacing is solid down the glass.

Cloudy and dark bock brown colored hue with a large tan colored head that lasts forever.

Dark wheat aromas with only a hint of banana and clove.

Very strong wheat with a delicate chocolate flavor. A light creaminess comes in here and there. Full bodied with medium carbonation. The finish is lingering dark wheat grain and a touch of alcohol.

A good complex weizenbock. The chocolate hints give it a delicious flavor. Watch out for the alcohol though.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2007 00:14:23 | More by BeerSox
Photo of belgbeerdrinker


3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: dark brown - in light looks very thick with very good head that retains pretty well
s: very malty with some yeast and wheat aromas, also some sweetness there
t: sweet caramel taste to go along with the malts and wheat with a very slight sour finish
m: medium body - surprisingly so given appearance, but lots of carbonation and smooth
d: a relatively straightforward weizenbock that's easy to drink. would be happy to have another

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 22:42:58 | More by belgbeerdrinker
Photo of goodbyeohio


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

bb 6/07

beer pours a grade b maple syrup color with some serious clarity deficiencies. the head is tan, comprised of bulbous yet tight-knit spheres, and overstays its welcome on the surface of the brew.

aroma is musty with stale berries and mushy dates. a bit of freshly spun caramel rounds out the unexpected tang. candied orange and buttered potato bread round out the strange.. and not totally unappealing aroma.

light body with perfect crispness serves to deliver a shocking jolt of metallic yeast and tangy wheat graininess before bringing on coffee-soaked raisins and egg nog spice essence. a bitterness lingers in the finish (another surprise) and reminds me of moldy tree bark. the previous reviewer noted more dark fruit and less banana.. well, i've decided i like my weizenbocks with banana. this is not the kind of wb i would choose to drink over an aventinus, etc.

subsequent sips provide a bit more cohesive, smoothed out flavor profile which i can surely appreciate (despite it not being my 'thing.') beyond the tang, i am hard pressed to pick up additional nuances save a bit of toffee and maybe the faintest air of charred banana peel. still, not the ban/clv bomb that i was hoping for. recommended, for variety, and i will probably never drink one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 22:22:49 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of jmbranum


4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was quite surprised by how excellent a beer this was. It definitely is along the lines of Aventinus, but with a different mouthfeel, and more raisins and less bananas.

Pretty brown brew not hazy. Almost non-existent head. Aroma is faint, maybe a little bit of malt.

The flavor is stunning. I can taste raisins, cloves and a fair bit of malt that is well-balanced with some perfect tang. There's also some nice alcoholic warmth.

Overall, I like this beer a lot. I will be drinking it more in the future. I'm surprised that I didn't recall it being so good from past drinkings.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2007 02:27:44 | More by jmbranum
Photo of Minkybut


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.

Serving type: bottle

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


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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....

Serving type: bottle

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


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.

Serving type: bottle

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

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

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