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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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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
Photo of TurdFurgison


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
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New York

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

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


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.


Malty sweet with some sour notes that are somewhat offputting.


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.

Serving type: bottle

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


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 23:50:19 | More by sinistermadman
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3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 22:44:18 | More by Hibernator
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3.15/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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...

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 19:14:12 | More by JMD71
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4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 02:03:43 | More by EvilKeith
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2006 07:28:57 | More by badbeer
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3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

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


4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

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


3.13/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 05:06:18 | More by goochpunch
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2006 21:56:14 | More by BEERchitect
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4.38/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 00:32:46 | More by Tupperwolf
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3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Haven't had too many weizenbocks so I decided that this would be a good choice. Poured into a pint glass an almost eggplant looking color that was lighter and cloudier at the top. Head was minimal, but still left a nice lace. With smell I wasn't too impressed, it was very musty with a powdery medicinal aroma. Taste was an improvement, lots of hops, powder, spice, banana, basically alot of complexities. Mouthfeel was medium to heavy, but still very easy to drink, in fact I would like to try some more and see what I pick up on upon sampling the second time. The only other weizenbock that I've had is Victory Moonglow, having said that I have top say that I like the style quite a bit. Very different and interesting...don't pass this one up if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 11:31:11 | More by jamie2dope
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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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3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1/2 liter bottle...best before 3/06....just in time ?
Pours out clear dark orange...swirl clouds it up nicely...very foamy head..laces..drops to 1/8 in and remains....looks good in weizen glass.
Smells mostly of bread dough..hint of banana.
Tastes of caramel, dough, banana, clove..some hint of prune and port..very mild hop bitter...only a little sweetness...alcohol comes out near the end ...doughy aftertaste...kind of mild compared to other weizenbocks.
Medium mouthfeel..medium carbonation.
This is good , but it doesn't compare to Aventinus...or Victory Moonglow IMHO.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2006 01:04:41 | More by Hautacam
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4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice rocky head, almost fully lasting. Dark wheatbeer.
Smell is nice; roasted malt, wheat and caramel sugar, even in the taste. Initial taste is light sweet-bitter.
Mouthfeel; lively carbonation, medium body, little dry and astringent. Finish in roasted caramellic aftertaste.
A very nice, typical German beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2006 14:15:48 | More by Redteketed
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New York

3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml brown bottle poured into a chalice. Not much of a head - somewhat thin, tawny lacing that is flat. The body underneath is a dark brown - with shiny black undertones.

To the nose, this is very sweet. Fruit sweet with a definite alcohol present. Not like other wheats from an aroma standpoint.

In the mouth - this stuff is all over the place. It is huge taste bomb with malts takings center stage. The problem is that there are a bunch of other oddball flavors and tones that just don't seem to always mesh. There is a slight hop character that lingers - but doesn't seem to complement the sweetness too well. The alcohol is all over - bordering on the medeciney taste. If you are into a huge taste sensation without direction - this is for you.

The feel is pretty heavy - earthy in the back, with a nice bubbly dry finish. Not the easiest of drinkers though.

Musings: Too much stuff going on for me here. Every now and then you get brilliance in a sip - but no consistent behaviour. Strong and weird - trying this stuff is worth it. Going back is another.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 01:20:41 | More by ChuckD
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New Jersey

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

1 pint .9 ounce bottle. Erdinger Pinkatus pours out a thick, dark brown color with a large, rocky head. The aroma is chocolate and bananas, but I also pick up something not unlike blood. Banana bread and vanilla flavor. Sweet and malty. This beer is missing the sour flavor that I associate with the style. Some tasty spices. Flowery hops come in at the finish. Thick mouthfeel. Drinkability is decent. This is quite the weizenbock: a nice appearance and the flavor to back it up.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2006 05:01:15 | More by beveragecaptain
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4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The beer initially poured a somewhat clear deep dark ruby color with over a half-inch head of loose tan foam. The head was still at least 1/8” after a couple minutes.

Aroma: Bready yeast and a grainy malt aroma are the most noticeable aspects of the aroma when the beer is cold. There is a little bit of plum and spice hiding deeper in the aroma. There is a little bit of roast that is comming out as the beer warms up some.

Taste: The flavor profile initially starts out with a little sweetness that is accentuated by the grainy malts. This doesn’t last long as the carbonation starts to take over and lead the beer across your palate. This fizzy mouthfeel thing keeps going on until you finally get another taste of the malt in the finish. There is quite a bit of fruitiness left to linger long after the sip. Other than a little spiciness, there is no real noticeable contribution from the alcohol.

Opinion: This is a very tasty beer! This particular WeizenBock is a lot cleaner than Aventinus...which can be taken either way. I really like the fruitiness you get in Aventinus, but it is a lot like their traditional Weizen beers with the banana and the rest of the fruit basket. This beer is more malt accentuated with a wheaty grainy edge. It goes down really smooth, and almost dangerously hides the 7.3%ABV. I will definitely be drinking this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2006 05:20:20 | More by SkeeterHawk
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3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from the bottle.poured mahogany big light tan head that left some lacing, aroma, toffee, malty, alcohol, citrus leanig towards. grapefruit and orange, flavor, sour, raisins , molasses, cola, plums, citrus, more on the orange side, alcohol. not to bad, I might buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2006 00:46:13 | More by walleye
Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus from Erdinger Weissbräu
87 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.