Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus - Erdinger Weissbräu
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4/5 rDev +3.4%
Appearance: Murky mahogany color with a large cloud top head, which slowly fades to a thin layer. The lacing is quite thick, coating the glass in large broken patches. The carbonation is slight; there is quite a bit of sediment present.
Aroma: The aroma is dominated by sweet alcohol, bready malt, and clove notes. There are lesser notes of earth and dark fruit. Overall the aroma is quite complex, but understated.
Taste: Begins with caramel notes atop an earthy flavor, mingled with dark fruits and cloves. The middle of the taste is dominated by slightly tart malt flavors. Towards the finish, notes of vanilla, coffee, and sweet alcohol appear. Finishes with a mild but lingering hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Superbly smooth and creamy.
Drinkability: Simply excellent with a beguiling complexity, a rich and satisfying beer well suited to a dark, cold day.
02-29-2004 02:24:56 | More by Pegasus
3.75/5 rDev -3.1%
Slightly elongated brown half-liter bottle with an uninspired silver and black label featuring little more than lettering. Purity law applies, of course. Best before 6/30/04, I opened it on 2/16/04.
Murky, cloudy dark brown liquid with a hint of red floating around. The head is thin, mustering little more than a finger's worth and settling quickly to film and collar. There are some spots of lace, but not much at all. The nose is nice - mainly caramel, reasonably subdued but definitely present. The mouth is thick with sweetness and mildly carbonated. The taste is smooth as silk, with caramel tones accompanied by a hint of raisin. I was hoping for a bit of hops in the finish, but I'm still waiting. The aftertaste is pure sweet caramel. Certainly a pleasant beer expeirence.
02-16-2004 19:09:33 | More by Globetrotter
3.68/5 rDev -4.9%
Pours with a dense, sticky-looking head of small, off-white bubbles that takes its time to go away. Frothiness subsides in a slightly clumpy fashion. Color of beer is an extremely murky (near-opaque) rosewood with chestnutty highlights. Not much cling, the lace dripping back smoothly to build up at the collar. Now the aroma... where exactly is it? Slightly buttery, vaguely grassy... no real nosefeel at all... ! At least it has some good tastes, mostly a sort of quenchy-caramel with candied fruits up front; developing into a apple cidery tartness (with a bit of pear?); and a warm jolt of spice (probably closest to clove). Some buttery hops and a vague herbal quality to finish it off; with warmth, bubblegum comes out in the aftertaste. A spikily carbonated mouthfeel is yet wet and quenching, with a slightly sticky, sour finish. Based on the mouthfeel alone, the drinkability gets pretty high marks; I had no idea this brew was 7.3 abv and it caught up to me pretty fast. This'll serve its purpose as a mid-spring/early fall refresher in workmanlike fashion, but don't ask too much of it.
02-05-2004 21:56:10 | More by NearerMyBeerToMe
4.65/5 rDev +20.2%
Pours a dark cloudy wheat beer, you can barely pass light through it.
Smells of malt, grain and bananas. There is a bit of floral smell here too.
Tastes mildly sweet and malty. I can taste banana, cloves, chocolate and a mild hops bite. This is a very complex beer.
Mouthfeel is excellent, thick and creamy without being too much.
Drinkability is excellent.
01-18-2004 04:35:38 | More by Zorro
3.53/5 rDev -8.8%
considering i picked this up for not very much, i was pretty happy overall with this brew. dont know if id drink this on a regular basis as i can get better bocks than this for like price (weihenstephaner comes to mind) . nevertheless i was fairly satisfied with the beer.
great color, very dark brown but still had some panes of light sneaking through, with a voluminous creamy tan colored head which had some go. nose had the scent of alcohol, which surprisingly wasnt reflected in the taste (a good thing). hint of roasty characters and some forest fruits. the taste, while not as complex as id like, had good fruity notes, with a hint of chocolate, treacle and traces of burnt wood. just wasnt robust enuff on the tongue. the AV really creeps up on ya, but was very drinkable. not full bodied, but had a good feel going down with a subtle hoppiness that gave the sweetness in the beer an enjoyable finish.
erdinger are a brewery that while not making knockout beers, certainly give a good introduction to their various styles and are all very drinkable. i feel this makes up for a slight lack of complexity, but if i had to drink these all night, in no way would i complain. a good foot in the door.
11-09-2003 10:40:21 | More by diablo14
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Appearance: murky, nearly opaque brownish color, more visible at foot's bottom, with a largely, puffy light tannish head.
Aroma: soft& creamy, some rustic tinges, a hint of earthiness and spices, whiffs of fruit, subtle, sophisticated.
Taste: full greeting on the tongue and lips, a solid, malty presence. Large-bodied, not lacking a thing in texture, most mouth-filling.
Dazzling, tantalizing, tingly, nicely hopped, fresh flavor remains distinct throughout...nutty, spicy, slightly fruity, though that aspect is none-too pronounced.
After some underwhelmed encounters with their other weizens, I was happy to be more satisfied with this Erdinger brew. A very nice dunkel, and an even better weizenbock! Drinkability is quite good, as I thirsted for more, when the bottle was drained!
11-05-2003 08:10:04 | More by feloniousmonk
4.15/5 rDev +7.2%
Yes, thedm, this beer went very, very well with our steak supper. Good choice! This was a very drinkable and enjoyable beer that was much to my liking. It poured a large sized frothy tan head with fine-small sized bubbles that was mostly diminishing. The body was opaque and carbonated with a dark brown hue. The nose was malty and sweet with a caramel and brown flavor that lasted from start to finish. It had a very, very smooth mouthfeel and it was light bodied. There was very sparse lacing with this beer.
10-27-2003 22:23:33 | More by hotstuff
District of Columbia
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
Presentation: 16.9oz. brown bottle; "best before" warning printed on the rear label's left egde; no ABV %; purchased for $2.09 from the West LA Whole Foods on Barrington and National.
Appearance: Pours a dark, fudgy brown; three-fingered, beige-colored head; b-cup's worth of lacing; good to very good head retention.
Aroma: Quite substantially of spicy cloves, bananas and malt chocolate; faintly phenolic.
Taste: Slightly sweet -- as is usual for the style -- with a goodly large roasted malt profile; sizable notes of chocolate and bananas; hints of yeast and cloves as well; noticable tart fruit finish; full bodied with a creamy mouthfeel; a tad undercarbonated, in my opinion.
Notes: Can't hold Aventinus' jock -- but then who can? Certainly enjoyed this and will no doubt seek it out again one day.
10-01-2003 07:58:52 | More by Mustard
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
Dark rust- turning to dark sewage after the yeast pour- with a lasting milking khaki foam.
Nose full of mushy black bananas, dirt, raw grains and smoky cloves. More rustic than attractive, but still engaging.
Enters with a blanketing wetness of chocolate-covered banana puree. Turns increasingly tart, with surges of green apples thrown into the fray. Fades to dark fruit later. Raisins covered in burnt caramel. Muddier and doughier after the yeast pour. Banana bread all the way. Spicing is relatively limited, but adds pricks of black pepper and clove. Some sloppy vanilla appears as it warms.
Medium, cream-filled bodied initially, but dies to a sticky flatness.
Could be bolder all around. But a soild weissbock as it is.
09-02-2003 04:13:44 | More by cokes
2.9/5 rDev -25.1%
Dark brown color. Large foamy head. Aroma is roasted malts and chocolate. This is the darkest, most opaque Weizen Bocks I've seen. Full bodied. Malty, slightly nutty. Chocolate and caramel malts. Seems a little less complex than most Weizen bocks. Not very spicy. Very smooth flavor. Alcohol bite is fairly noticeable. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet, with a noticeable alcohol finish. Not their best effort.
08-13-2003 03:43:57 | More by beerguy101
3.8/5 rDev -1.8%
This is no Aventinus but this isn't bad...pours a nice deep brown with a redish tint...big ol frothy head of about an inch that back down to nearly nothing as you drink it....the nose is relatively tame, but interesting...oddly enough some sweet vanilla notes...bubble gum...some of the alcohol is evident...also roasted maltiness....and last but not least a nice caramel/toffee aroma..the flavor is solid but far from remarkable....sweet maltiness....almost sugar candy like...the alcohol adds a bit of sharpness to it to keep it from overwhelming you with sweetness....still pretty one dimensional with the maltiness...mouthfeel is sweet and sticky....drinkability is good...I'd drink more of these, but no more than one at a time due to the sweetness and alcohol combo..sweet, tasty, and it packs a punch....
08-02-2003 18:00:32 | More by ZAP
4.28/5 rDev +10.6%
It pours a straight brown with a bit white head that sticks around, leaving lace from top to bottom. The smell is a nice blend of spiciness, caramel/toffee, and a bit of ripe fruit. The complexity carries over to the flavor with all of the previously mentioned characteristics becoming even more pronounced, especially when the beer has warmed just a bit. A nice yeast bite is balanced by the smooth wheat attributes. The mouthfeel is creamy, making for a very nice overall drinking experience. Weizenbocks are quickly becoming one of my favorite styles.
07-05-2003 20:37:49 | More by mickeymac
4.5/5 rDev +16.3%
Excellent Weizenbock, one of the best in the world IMO it is very chocolatey with a nice roasted character. The alcohol i present throughout and the appearance is opaque dark brown, a nice roasty nose to this beer and an lingering malt presence makes this one worth seeking.
06-25-2003 20:49:51 | More by bierman2000
3.18/5 rDev -17.8%
Cloudy dull umber brown in look with a nice 1/2 inch tan head of two separate bubble sizes. Simple lace rings. Yeasty aroma, but with some sense of cardboard and lime. Lighter-bodied than I expected, a bit of molasses, milk chocolate, and fleshy fruit to the malt effort, a little bit of metallic vinegar tinges the end. Some off grainy notes. Hops are minimal, as expected. I tend to like Weizenbocks as among my favorite wheat beers, but this was weak in body and a bit suspect in some of its malt impression.
06-23-2003 11:12:57 | More by ADR
3.5/5 rDev -9.6%
An ok beer. Pours a dark brown tone with a cosiderable head of a white/tan tone. The smell precedes the taste, a very malty feeling quite light on hops making it rather simple, as the malt, strongly perceivable, only gives off scarce sweetness which combines lightly with any bitterness. Very, very little carbonation as well. An ok beer as i said before. Just o.k.
06-16-2003 22:14:09 | More by Andreji
2.4/5 rDev -38%
Muddy brown appearance. A somewhat airy, but big, light brown head sits on top. The nose consists of bready yeastiness, chocolate, acetic sourness, and a little ethanol. The prime flavor characteristics I get in this one are phenolic and medicinal. Obviously, not what I was looking for. There are some subtle dark malt nuances and a little ethanol sting. But not a lot else going on. The mouthfeel is too gaseous. Makes drinking all the less pleasurable. This is a subpar weizenbock.
06-10-2003 21:01:57 | More by Bighuge
3.53/5 rDev -8.8%
500ml bottle. Pours a deep dark brown, with a massive tan head that slowly recedes, and leave delicate lacing down the glass. Aroma of malt with barely a hint of clove and banana. The taste is full of malt, with a little sweetness. But lacking any real body. Not a bad beer, just seems to need something more.
05-29-2003 11:55:14 | More by Indybeer
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Another good German dark beer offering.
Pours a tremendous head-almost unmanagable at first. Head sticks around in a good way though.
Very dark maybe cloudy. Typical banana or chocolate smell.
Taste is malty, hint of chocolate. The 7.3% alc. is not very noticible. Sweet but not overdone.
I found this beer pretty enjoyable but not quite as full flavored as some comparables(Aventinus, Celebrator). I will purchase again.
04-24-2003 18:07:42 | More by daledeee
3.6/5 rDev -7%
Opaque dark brown it settles...like thick mud but yummy looking. An absolutely enormous head forms at first and then reduces to a thick coating. An aroma of maltiness and dark fruits is there, but pretty mellow. Yeasty and malty is this medium bodied brew...raisins come through as well and some alcohol touches the finish. It's an enjoyable brew for sure, just not a preferred style of mine. I probably won't buy it again, but I think it's definitely worth a try.
04-18-2003 23:44:46 | More by AudioGilz
4.38/5 rDev +13.2%
I've had Erdinger Dunkel many times, and I always enjoyed it. The Pinkatus is a little harder to find, but well worth the search. Has a nice, almost chocolate flavor, and is quite smooth. This is quite a subtle brew considering the ABV. I always liked Erdinger as an alternative to the usual wheat beers, as it doesn't have the same spicy, clovey taste that most others have. (The same reason that many people don't like Erdinger). This pours very dark brown, nice head - good retention and some foamy lace. A nice, subtle biscuity malt undertone, and some mild complexities. Not quite as good as Aventinus, but what is?
02-15-2003 20:19:59 | More by JohnnyDuvel
3.43/5 rDev -11.4%
Murky crimson in hue, covered by a completely uniform, formidably thick, dense and sticky tan head. Nutty, toasty Munich w/ a healthy dose of dark caramel and toffee in aroma. Mellow banana esters. Subdued hints of wheat tartness. Snap of sugary bubblegum initially in flavor is ceded by notes of carob and pseudofruity melanoidins. Wheat makes a token presence by a grainy tartness mid palate along with light clove. Sweetness is persistantly toffeeish and caramelized in nature, and is unfortunately let down by the thin, overly attenuated lack of body. Relatively clean esterwise. Finishes with an overly brief impression of chocolate and banana, but otherwise dry and simply sweet. Pikantus is an odd brew. It falls a bit short of combining the robust malt character of a bock and the quirky esters of a hefeweizen. Tame. It remains quite tasty and highly drinkable, nevertheless.
02-12-2003 18:34:56 | More by marc77
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
Chocolate brown in color with a light brown head. Leaves a good amount of lacing when sipped down. The aroma is rich, with a bready maltiness. It has a rich bready malty flavor, and hints of chocolate. It is medium-full in body, smooth and somewhat creamy. I really enjoyed this one.
02-07-2003 10:13:32 | More by BeerBuilder
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
Pours a dark mahogany color with a thick and creamy tan colored head that fades into a thin lace. Nose is weak with aromas of sweet roasted malts and grains and a hint of dark fruit. Smooth and creamy in the mouth with a great deal of carbonation. Taste is sweet malts, dark fruit, light chocolate, and a touch of ripe banana. Alcohol becomes more noticeable as the beer warms a bit. Finish is dry. All in all, a complex and enjoyable brew.
01-24-2003 19:36:25 | More by Morris729
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Rich dark brown hue, amber highlights, surprisingly dense, tan, tightly packed bubbly head that slowly collapsed, some lace. Unfortunately weak nose, malt and some lightly sugared dark fruit. Alcohol is noticeable. Flavorful but not complex, slightly toasted malt with hints of raisins and prunes, alcohol is rather warming. Vaguely bitter. Faintly sweet and slightly sour finish, sticky. Too thin, creamy mouthfeel yet fulfilling.
I would recommend Erdinger Pikantus but it is not on par with Aventinus (but what is?). Enjoy one on a cold winter day!
01-08-2003 09:00:19 | More by bditty187
4.47/5 rDev +15.5%
Deep brown with ruby highlights and a creamy light tan head that rises out of the glass at first, but then cannot hold. Still, it does leave some lace. The aroma is of a rich malt that has a strong cocoa character and light toffee notes, soft dark fruit, some mild bubblegum and a gentle clove. It's surprisingly rich for a dunkle as they tend to offer less yeasty character... although this is a bock as well. The body is medium, and the mouthfeel starts with a zesty tingle on the tongue from a fine & effervescent carbonation. As it warms in the mouth and the CO2 is released, a soft creaminess takes over. The flavor is softly fruity, mildly tangy, and lightly chocolatey up-front, warming into more toffee-ish notes as it crosses the palate, and finishing with light phenolics and a clove-like spiciness. The alcohol is completely hidden. This is obviously balanced towards maltiness, but the alcohol and dark malts keep it dryer than a standard weizen. Exceptionally well done and highly drinkable.
12-14-2002 20:04:21 | More by NeroFiddled
Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus from Erdinger Weissbräu
87 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.