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Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
87
very good

369 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.34%
Wants: 19
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Erdinger Weissbräu visit their website
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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ybnorml

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy dark brown beer. Has a big foamy light brown head. There is a light biscuity malt note in the aroma with a hint of chocolate in the background. A lot of things going on in the flavor, some fig dried fruit, some clove and in the finish there is a nice hint of milk chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2005 00:15:30 | More by ybnorml
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tavernjef

Minnesota

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

Some kind of brown, tranquil and deep with a murky glow, almost black really. Medium sized compact foam of dark ivory sits comfortably snug on the top. Slips down slowly to keep a steady thick skimming of creamy tanned foam. Lacing is fast dripping and unsticking.

Mild dark aroma of cocoa dusted figs and pale raisin. Has a light molasses and wheat tang to it.

Taste is mild and darkly set within a small venue of wheat fixed tang and sweetness. Starts bold and quick with that part mixed with understated tender molasses then tappers off into light flavors of fig fruits, dark cherry, a bit of raisin, and some dryish husk and bread tones keeping at the center. Light tannin touches emerge around the edges with a very light chalky dryness parched with some of the fruits and their skins as it finishes. Fades off well. Everything about it is pretty nice with a good balance, subtleness, and texture but lacks some length and complexity.

Feel is good with a soild medium body and texture of wheat malt. The sweetness is quite subdued and delicately balanced with a soft yielding dryness.

Easy to drink and swift to the palate. A tad underwhelming for the style, but plenty good and satisfying enough to recommend a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2005 02:38:27 | More by tavernjef
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Winter

Wisconsin

3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a thick tan head that diminshes to a thin partial surface covering. Aroma of candied raisins, chocolate and roasted grain. Medium to thinnish mouthfeel is somewhat watery around the edges with ample carbonation. Odd actually. Strong fruitiness is most noticable. Wheat malt lies behind it with a sort of raisiny flavor in the background. Alcoholic vapors in the finish. This is a pretty hearty weizenbock. Despite that it's very easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2005 02:25:05 | More by Winter
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one’s a thick, impenetrable ruddy brown colored liquid. It’s a creamy and full bodied brew, with moderate carbonation. The flavor is notably roasted, with an almost syrupy sweetness up front. The aroma has a muted malt characteristic, with a lot of fruit (prune, banana). Alcohol is also detectable in the aroma. The finish has a pleasing spiciness. It’s a very nice-looking beer…with a solid, stable, billowing head. This is an extremely satisfying beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2005 22:55:58 | More by Suds
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joecast

Australia

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

wow. pours a mouthwatering dark, rusty, brown color. just a few shades lighter than black, with some mahogany thrown in for good measure. head is substantial in size and settles to about 1cm thick. light tan in color with a dense foam consistency. tiny bubbles rise like balls of light through the dark brew.

faint aroma has hints of malt and an estery sweetness. lightly floral, but nothing really stands out.

tatste is, well, i would say more bock than weizen, but i wouldnt know much about bocks. definitely on the filling side. strong maltiness, with an small addition of spicy/alcohol kick. just enough to let you know this isnt a beer to mess around with.

great mouthfeel with a touch of lightness from the carbonation. hard to fault it. drinkability, though, suffers from how substantial this brew is. very enjoyable, but tough to return for another.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2005 07:55:36 | More by joecast
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whynot44

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium bodied, dark chestnut brown, slightly cloudy, with a light tan head that lasted well.

The aroma is malty, caramel, brown sugar, with a hint of raisins and bananas.

Very malty with fruity and caramel tones. A lot of taste - a good winter beer.

Smooth, slight sourness in the aftertaste, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2005 07:33:17 | More by whynot44
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PorterLambic

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep chesnut brown with red tinges. A small but even head, no lace.
Smell is malt, malt, malt, wheat, yeast and a nice little whiff of smoked sausage.
Taste is malt all over, smoke and a bit of alcohol.
Mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy in texture, rich and full-bodied with good effervescence.
Drinkability is very high. My notes read "oh, hell yes!". Glad to find this one. It ain't Aventinus but it's good.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2005 01:47:36 | More by PorterLambic
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hefevice

Australia

3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From bottle. Had trouble controlling the pour resulting in a massive rocky light tan head which lasted well (too well...had to wait a while to finish the pour). When the head finally settled down, colour was dense tan, not much light getting through. Brown sugar/molassis aroma dominated. This carried through to the taste with some coffee tones. Finish was a little metalic with the alcohol well hidden. Mouth feel was a little on the watery side. Not up to the Aventinus, but not bad either.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2005 08:12:21 | More by hefevice
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beertastegood

Texas

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

Pours a deep dark copper color with a magnificent, meringue-like head. Smells of caramel, bananas, raisins and sweet malty yeast. Taste is comparable to smell - first flavor is that of caramel, with dark fruits coming in right after. A very slight alcohol taste towards the end, with a malty sweet finish. Mouthfeel: very effervescent (naturally) and medium body. As weizenbocks go, this is a very good, albeit very sweet brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2005 22:03:38 | More by beertastegood
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Sigmund

Norway

3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(500 ml bottle). Enormous thick and lasting beige head, colour is very dark brown, cloudy. Aroma is immediately bread yeast, bread dough, fresh sweet buns. As the beer warms up, I also get rye bread, leather and caramel. Flavour is rye bread, caramel (too much), molasses, hints of roastiness and spices. Warming mouthfeel. There’s a very good beer hidden in here somewhere, but it remains unreleased. Sweetness is mostly to blame.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2005 23:44:33 | More by Sigmund
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Citadel82

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy chocolate with a fluffy tan head that left some lacework.

Aroma is malty, some floral notes, damp earth and yeast.

Taste is wheat malt, some fruitiness, apples, pears and yeast with a short finish. Well balanced. There is some alcohol noticeable as the taste fades.

A medium bodied brew with persistent fine carbonation and a slick tounge feel.

Very drinkable

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2005 05:18:15 | More by Citadel82
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merlin48

Kentucky

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

Pours a hazy dark chestnut body that is opaque until held to some light. Creamy, beige head is about two fingers tall and retains well, leaving some sheet lace on the glass. Aroma is somewhat restrained, with some initial lemony citrus and grassy notes. Ripe banana becomes dominant after the final pour, with the yeast swirled in. Some clove and white pepper are also noted. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with weizen effervesence. Body seems to become lighter toward the middle and finish. Taste has prominent dark fruits(figs and raisins), earthy yeast and hop bitterness, wheat wafer, understated bock maltiness notes of caramel and toffee, and banana and clove weizen notes after the yeast is swirled in. Alcohol is generally concealed, but noticeable. Taste is much better near room temperature, with the yeast swirled in. Pleasantly drinkable, and well constructed. Goes well with pretzels as an afterwork snack.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2005 22:30:42 | More by merlin48
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 11/07. Pours a hazed chestnut color with some deep orange highlights. Volumnous tan head that's fizzing and popping like a bowl of Rice Krispies. Some flaky particules in suspension. Roasted wheat malt twang, a hint of brown sugar, and faint ripe banana notes in the nose, but rather tame. Malty and rich, with the right amount of wheaty acidity nearer the finish to keep it drinkable. Lively carbonation tickles the palate and keep any sense of sweetness at bay. It is pretty tasty and smooth, but a little one-dimensional in the sense that it is lacking in some of those complex tropical esters that I feel constitute a great weizenbock.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2005 07:06:18 | More by crookedhalo
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

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

On-tap poured into a small Erdinger weizen glass. It pours a deep murky brown color with two fingers of off-white head. There is little lacing. The smell has bits of dark fruit and caramel maltiness. Just a little light though. The taste is sweet, and has a lot of caramel to it. Hints of toffee and raisin in there as well. The body is fairly nice and smooth. The drinkability is great for a 7.3% brew. A decent weizenbock.

Serving type: on-tap

01-29-2005 03:19:12 | More by SheepNutz
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Erniek

Florida

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is my first taste of this beer and initally it is very impressive. It has a nice smooth malt taste that hangs around a little while. I agree with Kpitz on the body which seems a little lite. Needs to be a bit thicker but I liked the head and the way it settled as I took time to drink this beer. Also the aroma is very pleasant with the right amount of sweetness. I think I have found another style to enjoy in my beer adventures with this one being a very enjoyable libation.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2005 00:43:20 | More by Erniek
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Beastdog75

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Erdinger Pkantus is another surpisingly good beer from the Erdinger Brewery. I continue to be surprised by brews from this company because their mainstream hefeweizen is definitely a beer that is brewed "for the masses." Erdinger's dunkelweizen was a very good brew and this, a weizenbock is no exception as well.

Erdinger Pikantus pours a cloudy brown color that has a reddish hue to it. A huge foamy head forms on the brew and retains very well, making this beer quite a treat for the eyes. The aroma was quite pleasant, and contained some "hefe banana" notes as well as some other fruity aromas. A slight alcohol presence is detectable in the nose. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and almost reaches that "rich/smooth" quality that we expect in a bock-type beer, but falls just a tad short. The flavor of the brew is big on malts with flavor notes including some "dark fruitiness", some lighter roasted notes and some yeastiness. An alcohol flavor is present as well. Some butteriness shows up, but an easy summary for the brew would be "sweet and malty." There is very little dryness or bitterness in the finish. A strange veggie flavor shows up in the aftertaste along with some lingering malt flavors. The beer finishes out with a higher-moderate level of alcoholic warmth.

This was a pretty good weizenbock. Some flaws are the alcohol flavor which was a bit stronger than I would expect and the veggie off-flavor in the aftertaste. This is definitely worth a shot, so if you see a single of it pick it up sometime.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2005 06:22:00 | More by Beastdog75
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clvand0

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown color with a medium head that sticks around for a while and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has a nice smell of banana and some other fruits as well as a hint of dark malt. The flavor is caramel with banana and a dark fruit. Pretty nice. Drinkability is good and the mouthfeel is ok - could use a little more body, but overall a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2004 20:21:33 | More by clvand0
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

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

We'll see. Last time I had it, I don't think I liked it. The beer pours a flat brown color with a 2 finger head that falls to a finger in height. The nose is a slight dark fruit and caramel covered banana in the nose. The flavor is not that bad. There is a bit of creamyness and a hint of banana and raisin, and caramel sweetness. I guess I stand corrected on this beer. The feel is slightly thin for the flavor. I would like it to be more creamy and just a slight bit thicker, but its not bad at all. This is a nice beer, easy drinking and smooth. Good show.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2004 23:36:07 | More by kmpitz2
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RushLimbmalt

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brownish black color and has a off white head that is 3 fingers thick and stable. There is an odd mix of alcohol and raisins and cloves. An odd mix, but not bad. It is a Frankenstein of a beer and it definitely pushes it's weight around in the flavor department. It has a definite bock character that follows up with a crisp clean wheat finish. Not bad at all. And it packs a kick to boot!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2004 07:47:26 | More by RushLimbmalt
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HardTarget

Texas

3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

1 pt. 9oz brown bottle, 01-2005 (assumed best by) date on back, mentions Reinheitsgebot and bottle fermented.
Aroma: Crisp apples, sweet bread, caramel, artificial grape, hint of banana.
Appearance: Deep dark brown with a huge active head slowly gathering into larger bubbles that pop and subside. The head actually looks angry, seething. The beer shows some haziness in the small part of my Weizen glass, but otherwise opaque.
Flavor: Overall, pretty mild. The artificial grape taste is detracting from an otherwise decent taste. Sweet, wheat malt comes through as well as a touch of fruit.
Mouthfeel: Light and sparkling. Body is a bit thin given the style, but the carbonation is nice. Pretty dry finish.
Overall Impression: Not bad, but a bit short of a Weizenbock for my money. No real “bock” elements that I could pick up on other than it is fairly sweet. As the beer warmed the artificial flavor faded and more subtle chocolate milk taste and a silkier mouthfeel appeared, but nothing to drastically change scores.
Glad I tried it, but I won’t crave it.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2004 02:36:28 | More by HardTarget
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allengarvin

Texas

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

Half-liter bottle, poured into a german beer glass (not a weizen glass though).

Appearance: Thick head, tinted dark. Beer is dark dark brown. Holding it up to the light allows little light through.

Aroma: A lot of malt, slightly toasty.

Body/flavor: Big body, with a creamy, chewy mouthfeel. First taste is a lot of malty sweetness. Sweetness from the alcohol is also apparent, lending a peppery, in fact almost peppermint flavor. Only a slight yeasty bite gives a hint of spiciness. Finishes with an oily, sticky feel, and lingering toasted malt.

A good warming beer. The wheat offsets the heaviness, so it's perhaps not as rich as a typical dopplebock. I would have preferred more estery or phenolic characters. The yeast used ferments a little cleanly for my taste as regards this style, but it's still quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2004 14:20:35 | More by allengarvin
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This Weizenbock is a slow poor. The head was typically hard to contain and would have taken 45 minutes to go down if I’d have had the patience to wait that long. The body was dark brown with some nice orange tints. I swirled and poured the last ounce or two out of the bottle so there was a lot of sediment in my glass.

Smell – The dark, bocky malts came out up front and I could pick up a bit of yeast, but that was about it. Even as it warmed I couldn’t get that full, complex aroma that I’ve come to enjoy from the style.

Taste – The Bock half of this is big, thick, and dark. There is a nice, sweetened molasses flavor that mixes well with the roasty toasty malt base. The yeast came across doughy and burnt.

The dark fruits, mostly dates, came out much better at the taste then they did (or, really, didn’t) at the smell. The sweet, fruity finish was very nice.

Mouthfeel – This one had a solid, weizeny carbonation that I really enjoyed. The heavy bock mouthfeel was a nice contrast to this. All in all, this medium-bodied mouth may not appeal to some but I liked it.

Drinkability – This WB is oh so good. It is a meal in itself and will get you through those 40 days of fasting just right (or the six hours between lunch and dinner).

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2004 15:14:39 | More by RoyalT
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filabrazilia

Colorado

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

Pours a hazy dark brown with an impressive tan head that leaves outstanding looking lace on the glass. The carbonation gives an impressive display in the glass.

There is a definite malt quality in the nose. The sweetness of the malt is vaguely similar to a marzen, although it's a bit stronger. A touch of alcohol bites the nostrils as well.

There are a number of flavors in this beer--chocolate, malt, dough, a touch of yeast and an unidentified fruit. A slight bite of alcohol finishes the beer.

This is a very tactile beer--the carbonation resonates in the sinuses and the eyes. Very nice. This beer is definitely drinkable. The malt lingers in the mouth but is not at all overwhelming. Again, the alcohol provides a nice balance to the malt and warms the body.

This is a very good beer. Along with their Dunkel Weisse, Erdinger is proving to be one of my favorite German breweries.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2004 03:26:24 | More by filabrazilia
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TastyTaste

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown in color. Huge white billowing head. The smell was of Burnt malts, somewhat acidic. Taste of carmel, pretzel dough, and even some light coffee flavors. The CO2 levels are perfectly balanced in this impressive find in Rapid City, SOuth Dakota. I could definitely session this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2004 20:00:12 | More by TastyTaste
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meathookjones

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out a brown with a reddish highlights and a tall growing beige foam head. The head recedes fairly quickly to a cap of bubbles and doesn’t leave any lace stuck to the glass only a trail of head after each sip. Fruity sweet malt is the strongest smell in the aroma. Fruity malts hit the palette first with a nice sweetness that is not over done. Caramel flavors are also quite apparent, as is a dry spicy finish. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with good carbonation. I could definitely put a few of these away they are tasty with a fairly complex taste and its not too heavy on you. This is a pretty good example of the style that I would gladly have again.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2004 00:41:52 | More by meathookjones
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