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Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus - Erdinger Weissbräu

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392 Ratings

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Ratings: 392
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 21
Gots: 16 | 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 rodrot
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.

rodrot, Jun 30, 2007
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!

scottoale, Jun 06, 2007
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

MrHungryMonkey, May 30, 2007
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.

rallison, May 05, 2007
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....

vancurly, Apr 24, 2007
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.

BeerSox, Apr 02, 2007
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

belgbeerdrinker, Apr 01, 2007
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.

goodbyeohio, Mar 21, 2007
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.

jmbranum, Mar 18, 2007
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.

Minkybut, Feb 19, 2007
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.

RedHaze, Feb 07, 2007
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.

IntriqKen, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of SilentSabre
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.

SilentSabre, Nov 07, 2006
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.

Golden2wenty1, Nov 04, 2006
Photo of mdagnew
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....

mdagnew, Oct 09, 2006
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.

instrumentality, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of seanyfo
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.

seanyfo, Sep 16, 2006
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!

russpowell, Sep 14, 2006
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.

TurdFurgison, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of cbl2
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.

cbl2, Aug 01, 2006
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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.

scruffwhor, Jul 10, 2006
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.

sinistermadman, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of andjusticeforale
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.

andjusticeforale, Jun 27, 2006
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.

Hibernator, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of JMD71
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...

JMD71, Jun 22, 2006
Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus from Erdinger Weissbräu
87 out of 100 based on 392 ratings.