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Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
87
very good

407 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 407
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 21
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-28-2002

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Photo of Reidrover
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. hazy brown , with a huge tight ,bubbled light tan head. Sweetish aromas of malt, and a strained wheatiness,pretty subdued though. While indeed sweet, it has a rather intresting undertone that is semi-bitter from the malts presumably and this tempers the sweet.Wheat like ceral at the end of the taste. Creamy aspects even, little alcohol present but its nice. Liked the palate on this smooth,velvet and creamy at the end. Nice beer..much betterthan the other Erdinger wheat beers I had had.

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

I'll save this cap that states the brewery and the beer name "Pikantus".

Pours a dark brownish color almost like a beef broth color that has some minor translucency around the left to right sides however none through the center from top to bottom (probably depends on the type of glass used). Head dissipated to about a sixteenth" and is a beige color. It's too dark to see any carb action.

I'm smelling some caramel and bready malt also vanilla and banana aromas are present.

I'm tasting a little sugarless chocolate with, immagine, a wheat taste like you get when you buy whole wheat spaggetti (lightly salted). There is a caramel, kind of bready, sweetness factor that adds to the smoothness.

This is right in between a medium to full bodied beer. The flavors fill the mouth and is smooth through to the finish. The 7.3 abv warms the tongue. The finish has a mild citrus and alcohol feel that is smooth and leaves a hint of a salted aftertaste.

If this was casked conditioned for a firkin fest I think this would be amongst the first to empty. For a Weizen Bock this is good. I've had better on tap and in growlers.

Photo of Vixie
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy brown color with a bit of a tan head. Head reduces to a ring around the edge of the glass after a few minutes.

Smell was very fruity, apples, raisins, and a hint of brown sugar.

The taste wasn't as fruity as I expected, but had some fruit notes. Had a bit of brown sugar, and almost a toffee taste as well. The aftertaste was very much on the sweet side, but not overly so.

This was a decent beer, but maybe a touch too sweet to drink a lot of. I wouldn't mind having this every so often, but couldn't drink a lot of it.

Photo of TommyW
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy, dark brown with 2 inch tan head. Head fades at a decent rate to a lasting ring.

S- Sweet, dark fruits with some notes of alcohol. Pretty tame though.

T- Starts off with lots of dark fruit flavors; i can pick out some raisin. This is followed with bready, wheat. Then some lighter fruits come in (oranges) along with some yeasty/earth tones. Slight notes of alcohol on the finish make it sharp and warming.

M- Full body and creamy with some aggressive carbonation.

D- Probably wouldn't drink more than one in a sitting, but I'll definitely buy this again.

Overall, I wasn't expecting a lot from this one, but I really enjoyed it. I really enjoyed the fruity complexity of the taste. Strongly recommend trying this one.

Photo of theopholis
2.88/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Poured a dark brown/black; similar to coca cola. Including the short-lived, tan head. No lacing. Has deep ruby highlights when held up to the light.

Smell is very subdued. A hint of caramel and malt sweetness. Not much else.

Taste - Not bad, not great. Taste like a wheaty bock (gee, what a surprise.). As the beer warms up these flavors became more pronounced. An odd, papery, astringent taste at the back end.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Quite dry. Highly carbonated start.

Drinkability - Not great, but acceptable. May change my mind as it warms. Was served quite cold.

Edit: Al-right, it improved as it warmed, so I'm bumping the smell and taste scores.

Photo of Macca
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

A creamy mouthfeel.

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

Photo of colts9016
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: Dark brown with 2 finger head, some carbonation bubbles.
Nose: Caramel malt, with sweet molasses, and hint of citrus and floral
Taste:Toffee, caramel, chocolate malt build good character in the beer. There sweet molasses with notes of bananas and citrus, hops are lingering on the end.
Body: medium to thick
Finish: Is slightly bitter but fairly balanced.

Photo of magictrokini
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown pour with a full tan head. Caramel and sugar aroma mixed with yeast, nuts, and oats. Wheat, nuts, and brown sugar in the flavor. Some metal and alcohol. Lots of dried/lod dark fruits, prunes, figs, dates, blended with caramel. Almost candied. Good enough.

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

Goood german bock beeer!!!

[Eyes] Deep Brown / dark color with a Medium Head, good carbonation look.

[Nouse] good notes of caramel malt, is fruity the chocolte is present and banana?

[Mouth] Strong with good body. malty flavor with some hints of coffee and cacao.mmm!

Photo of dgilks
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark brown, almost black. Big tan head with small bubbles. An attractive glass of beer.

S - Not a whole heap of smell to this beer, some caramel and a little ethanol. I may have served this beer a little too cold for the smells to come through properly.

T - Very nice. While the beer was underwhelming to start (probably for due to temperature) there was some clear caramel flavour and a bit of chocolate coming through. As the beer warmed up these flavours became more pronounced and some wheat and ethanol flavours came through. There was also some yeast on the back of the beer.

M - Highly carbonated start. Later the beer felt much richer and thicker. It was really nice and creamy. Really very good.

D - This packs quite a punch at 7.3% ABV so I'm not going to be drinking these all day though it was very enjoyable.

Serving: 500 ml bottle

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

Picked up a bottle of this for $3.75 in Helen, GA while there for the 2008 Oktoberfest celebration. 500 ml bottle with a Best Before date of 10/2008 poured into a Weizen glass.

Pours a hazy, deep mahogany with a finger-and-a-half of tan foam, which settles rather slowly and leaves behind very little lacing.

Spicy aromas fill the nose, with a bit of sweet malt and a whiff of banana mixed in as well.

Full in body with a nice, tingly carbonation. Sweet malt flavors introduce themselves the brew to the palate, with varied spicy notes and a touch of hop bitterness--along with a slight bit of boozy alcohol as the beer warms--follow in the middle, finally finishing with a sweetness that is neither overbearing nor overtly long-lasting.

On the palate, this is a nice big, balanced Weizenbock, with a rich body and full flavors, and it's just as heavy on the head, leaving it in the one-to-two beer company, with much more than that going overboard. Overall a delicious sipper, and one that becomes much more balanced, palatable, complex, and even stronger as it warms.

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

.5 liter bottle (dated 8-2008) poured into a weizen glass.

A- With even a careful pour, the heavy carbonation supports a 3+ finger tan head that crowns the top of the glass and leaves broad, sticky rings down the side of the glass. The body is a fairly clean dark brown with some light sediment floating about.

S- Nice sweet aroma. The alcohol comes through a bit, but mixes nicely with the slightly fruity scent (something of stewed plums or prunes) and suggestions of brown sugar.

T- Oh so tasty. A great combination of caramel malts, rich fruity flavor (again with the raisin/prune angle), and a touch of alcohol.

M- Solid feel. Medium carbonation, fairly clean. A hint of warming alcohol.

D- This is a nice, slow sipper. The flavor and presentation make me want to try it again. I'm even tempted to update my "favorite style."

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.27/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. bottle dated 12-07
Pours slightly hazy brown with bright reddish highlights. 1 inch loose and course head falls away quickly to virtually no head at all.
Smells of yeast, sweet malt, a little spice.
Taste - Wheat, malt, some fruit, caramel, chocolate. A little clove flavor is present. Dry finish which also has some alcohol on it. Flavors are more mellow than I'm used to from Weizenbocks.
M/F Medium body. Carbonation is very lively. Bubbles are course which makes the beer less than smooth as well as gassy.
It's OK though the carbonation makes it less enjoyable. The flavors are rather nice though subtle. Will probably stick with Vitus and Aventinus as my favs.

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

Appearance: Darker brown with a fluffy tan head, good retention on it. This looks good. I was unsure of how this one would actually look (The last weizenbock I sampled was Vitus which looked like a hefeweizen)

Aroma: Wheat, raisins, malts predominantly. Typical other weizen notes such as banana, some spices, etc.

Taste: Fruity with some wheat. The raisins dominate the flavor in this one. Oriented very much towards darker fruits. Sweet as well. Mild on the spices, very little alcohol taste, considering the 7.3% this thing has. Minimal bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and goes down well. Rather smooth going down.

Drinkability: Well, you wouldn't know this thing is over 7%. Its pretty good for this, in the sense that you can have a couple, even though it'd probably hit you suddenly.

Overall good for the style, and good for anything. The Vitus is something I enjoy more, but I'm still trying more of these types. For what its worth, this is the best Erdinger I've had, personally (I thought their hefe was decent, and their kristal wasn't bad..but was nothing in comparison to the Weihenstephaners)

Photo of stephens101
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark murky brown into my Oklahoma University hefe glass. A huge, chunky tan head fades slowly. Smells of clove, malt, banana, lemon and orange. Tastes of spice, malts, subtle chocolate, grain and an underlying sweetness. Fairly well carbonated with streaks of bubbles floating to the top through the life of the beer. Light to medium bodied and not that creamy, but smooth going down nonetheless. The 7.3% ABV was not realy noticeable until I noticed it on the bottle, and started paying attention. Basically, it's evident, but not too much. The perfect weizenbock for a late summer day.

Photo of Med
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a large frothy head. The head sticks around for a little while, but doesn't leave much lacing to speak of. The aroma is rich and bold, with dark ripe fruits, brown sugar, molasses, and a hint of toffee. Taste follow, but with raisin and plum leading to a sweet, round middle flavor and a slight bitterness at the finish from the dark roasted malts and wheat. Mouth is reasonably viscous, with healthy carbonation tickling the tongue. I need to get more of this. Very drinkable and highly recommended.

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

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Light brown, 4 finger head with moderate retention. Falls to a thin cap with some moderate lacing. Nearly opaque brown in color, with red highlights.

S - Somewhat one-dimensional, but enticing. Definite presence of bananas, with trace spiciness leaning towards cinnamon or nutmeg.

T - Sharp phenolic note kicks things off and fall to a thin caramel flavor. Mid to late palate a harsh burnt flavor pulls through with a strong bitterness. Alcohol and another wave of phenols wrap up the flavor with a little heat and a bitter finish.

M - Overall a decent smooth and medium bodied feel, but upfront it's dominated by prickly and unnecessary carbonation and alcohol heat takes over near the finish.

D - Not a terrible beer, but a little off balance. Some of the harshest and least desirable aspects are accentuated while the softer flavors are restrained.

Photo of MisterClean
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Total Wine

A - Lt burnt sienna, unfiltered, lots of orange creamy head, which dissipates slow and leaves light lacing.

S - Citrus, cinnamon, coriander, clove and wheat. Can't wait to sip it.

T - Oranges and cinnamon. That's it?

M - At first good, but kind of makes me a little queasy, which is very uncommon. Very, very carbonated as well.

D - Smells better than it tastes, but probably is a good beer for the style. Not my cup of tea.

Photo of Mryup
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of mmmbeer
3.2/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Half-liter German bottle, conditioned, with 12-2007 on the back label. The beer is a yeast-laden mahogany, with lots of carbonation and four fingers of loose, tan head that snaps, crackles and pops, eventually reducing to nothing and imparting no lace. Sweet, vinous and grapey/cidery in the nose, with mild banana, some grassiness, and a touch of alcohol - old and not to style, but not that bad. Similar on the palate, with touches of wheat and dark malts, some esters, and just a hint of oxidation. The light and tingly body thickens slowly and has very little finish. Definitely not a typical weizenbock, but it doesn't taste that bad considering it's past the freshness date and lightly oxidized.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Attractive dark brown color, only the fewest highlights. Off white/tan head is very soft, doesn't leave much lace. Would be a solid 4 if it weren't for the head gushing out of the glass, way too carbonated.

Alright notes on the nose, looking at a mostly malty aroma, definitely took on the wheat character, and is backed up with fermented fruits, particularly the fusel alcohol. If my tone wasn't clear enough, it's not that great, nor that powerful.

The flavor is something of a let-down as well. I love the smooth creaminess and latent potence of the weizenbock, but this one doesn't hold up. Dark fruit is there, mildly spiced. Fine. Hops add a prickle of earth, while the yeast is pleasantly peppery. It just lacks that certain joie de vivre.

Because it's too carbonated. The lushness, the creaminess, can't be present if the flavors are being whisked right off the tongue. It's like drinking sparkling water; everything on the top side of the tongue is quickly replaced by that numb, mineral sensation.

The finish is a little dry, since most of the flavor is lifted away, and leaves a slight acidic aftertaste. I gave the beer four for drinkability because it's still a pleasant dark German-style wheat beer. The other characteristics I gave Pikantus a lower rating on because according to the other beers of this style that I have thoroughly enjoyed, this should be a fruitier, chewier experience, and I didn't get what I was hoping for. Not horrible, but I don't think I'll be returning.

Photo of AlexLMS
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy with a coppery-brown colour. The head is huge, light brown, thick and rich with an excellent retention and lots of lacings.
Aroma: sweet toasted malts, wheat and a little of cloves.
Taste: red ripe fruits, caramel and toasted malts.
Mouthfeel: velvety, medium carbonation, high, but well disguised alcoholic strength (7.3% ABV) and a firm body.
Finish: starts with a sweet and fruity aftertaste that quickly turns to a dry finish.

Overall: best Erdinger in my opinion. Great combination of wheat, yeast and dark roasted malts. It may be too sweet for some drinkers, but overall great beer. Looking forward for another one.

Photo of dsa7783
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...
Recommended...

Photo of KarlHungus
3.32/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark brown color. The head is massive, billowy, and recedes slowly into no lacing. The aroma is of caramel, toffee, wheat, and alcohol. The taste is of caramel, and toffee with a hint of tangy wheat. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, and highly carbonated. Overall, this is a decent beer that I suppose I could drink again.

Photo of JDV
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Almost fruity, malty, rich, wheaty nose. Some alcohol aroma present too as it warms up. Dark caramel chocolate color with looong lasting foamy off white head. Taste was malty, and bock like with a definite taste of wheatiness as well. An interesting beer of a style I'd like to try more of. Towards the end, I could taste the alcohol some as well, but overall a good beer that I'd get again occasionally.

Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus from Erdinger Weissbräu
87 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.