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Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
87
very good

402 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 258
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.59%
Wants: 22
Gots: 20 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of doktorhops
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Having had this before I know that I am in for a treat. As I recall Erdinger Pikantus was similar to the much vaunted (and freaking awesome!) Weihenstephaner Korbinian, so it will be a battle Royale, Doppelbock versus Doppelbock! Also I promise I will leave my overwhelming bias for Weihenstephaner, greatest and oldest brewer of Weizens at the door on my coat rack (yes personal bias hangs from a coat rack not unlike a coat) and give everyone a totally honest review of this brew.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Chimay chalice gangsta-style.

A: A deep murky brown body with a head that started out camel-hair coloured and dissipated to a thin ring of lace. So less impressive than Korbinian then.

S: Dark plum and spicy phenolics in the nose give way to a hint of yeast and rye bread body, nothing as pungent as recalled from the Korbinian, it's not at all bad though.

T: Lighter it seems all round then, the flavour is dark fruits (primarily plum) with yeast and rye bread, some caramelised sugar, a note of pepper and a slight medicinal bitter herb finish. Notes of banana and clove also make an appearance as the glass drains itself magically [i.e. by me drinking it].

M: Carbonation was a big let-down - there is far too much, not only for the style but in general, and the body was mid to light with some slight wateriness. As a result much belching was to be had from a single bottle of this, which isn't the way it should be.

D: I hate to sound like a fanboy of anything but I'm really appreciating Weihenstephaner more and more with each passing beer I have tried from other German brewers, and Pikantus is no exception. That being said - I still rate Weizens/Bocks/Marzens/Doppels much higher than other styles and my score does reflect this, plus apart from the hideously overdone carbonation this beer does taste alright.

Food match: I'm going to be controversial and not suggest a German dish for this one but instead suggest: Beef Wellington with a side of roasted vegetables and rich gravy.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of KFBR392
3.29/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Best Before 3/2014

Appearance: Huge head on the pour which settled in at about a finger and a half. Dark color with some brown/amber tones where light is about to get through. Above average active carbonation in glass while drinking.

Smell: Big malt body jumps out right away. Sweet molasses and medium bodied fruits provide a strong body. Interesting background of oak and leafy greens which adds a well receipted layer of complexity.

Taste: Front of medium bodied dark fruits and brown sugar. That front sort of lingers into the body with some added malt tones but really falls off quickly. Back end is some semi sweet malt sugariness.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is very light, lots of bright fruit and sweet tones hit the palate throughout.

Overall: Being that this bottle was quickly coming to being past date, the brew inside has probably fallen off significantly already. Aroma was approachable but taste certainly did not back up that nice front. Would certainly be open to revisiting with a fresher bottle.

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3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best before date of 10-2014

Appearance - Pours a murky, muddy and rusty colored brown with a 2 finger light tan head. Dissipates rather quickly, leaving a virtually flat, barren surface in it's wake. Needless to say, no lacing. Certainly not the most impressive looking of beers.

Smell - Subtly sweet and malty. Light notes of caramel and banana. Sugar.

Taste - Moderate flavors that come across as sweet and fruity; think banana topped with a few raisins and sprinkled with several pinches of sugar. Not too complex; pretty much starts and finishes the same.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with some creamy quality. Prickly carbonation at first quickly levels out to deliver a moderate, creamy drink.

Overall - Not quite on the level of Ayinger or Weihenstephaner's weizenbock, but it's not far off. Quite drinkable, though the flavor leaves a smidgen of complexity to be desired. To summarize, it's a good beer, but I'd rather pay that extra 50 cents to get that Ayinger or Weihenstephaner weizenbock, and before that I'd likely grab the 'dunkel' or 'hefe' weizens before I settled with the weizenbocks... but that's just me.

Photo of Tomais
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Big frothy head, settles quickly and fades. No lacing.
A seriously murky dark brown beer -- chestnut brown against the light.
Smells like a wheatbeer yet very different; including strong cloves but with a mild fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel is lovely, thick and velvety -- with lots of fine grained carbonation typical of bottle-conditioned (I presume this is).

Taste is sweet high, and beery low in the mouth. Dryness balancing back of the hatch. Taste of cloves for a while there too.
This is a good beer - had a bottle last night and one again tonight. I prefered tonight's, which was closer to fridge temperature. Yesterday's was cellar temp -- I found the sweetness there too strong - not overpowering though in fairness. (Of course the problem there could be me -- I drink pils 99% of the time...)

I found it a difficult one to grade. As often with wheat beer, if it tasted as good as it smells (especially when it's a little down the glass) I'd be in heaven. It does taste good to me -- nicely balanced, but I dont get the complexity that some others talk about -- but then a beer doesnt have to be super complex to be good. It's on offer in my local supermarket -- I'll have to get some more of it, to help me come to a more informed conclusion like ;-)

Edit// you can pour it fairly agressively, the head holds longer and the carbonation is not so prickly at the start. It's a very satisfying beer. Add banana to the taste - but *dried* banana. I reduced the mark a little. That's it.

500ml brown bottle. Ten months before BBD.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Best before March 2014.

Pours a light brown color with some rusty hues, good sized head which fizzles and fades quickly, no lacing on the glass.

Smell is a mix of sweet malt and banana, bit of a breadiness to it.

Taste is on the sweet malt side, touch of fruitiness, picking up the banana and clove aspect, carbonation is a bit high though and kind of distracts at first, slight toffee finish, not much of a hop presence.

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4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: beautiful, dark brown, clear, with frothy head that dissipates to a nice cap. Nice lacing.

S: malty, mixed wih fruit

T: clean malt, toasty, dark fruit

M: pleasant, full

O: a very enjoyable, lighter version of a bock, with fruity notes?

Would definitely buy again

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark dunkel like colour with a slight bit of lacing on top. Bubbles streaming up to reach the surface.

S - Sweet and fruity.

T - Earthy, mellow fruit notes and sweetness. No bitter or unwanted flavours in the mix.

M - Watery and slightly bubbly. Smooth.

O - I was very surprised at this beer. I expected a typical Dunkel which is not my favourite style of beer but I was pleasantly surprised at how smooth and tasty this beer is. One to have again for sure!

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Sludgeman
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

$3.79/22 oz. Best before 4/2014. Poured into an imperial pilsner glass.

Liquid raisin bread! Alcohol, as opposed to hops, helps to balance against the maltiness/yeastiness. 4

A – Pours a clear brown but otherwise opaque in the glass with a four-finger rocky tan head. A lasting head. Some alcohol legs. No lacing.4

S – Wheaty, brown bread, slightly fruity, some raisins and vanilla, slight cloviness. 4.5

T – Malty, low hops/bitterness, yeasty, some alcohol/more so in the finish. 4.25

MF – Medium-bodied. Medium-dry. 3.75

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.
7.3% ABV

A - Dark and tawny brown clarity shows through the thinner parts of the glass while the more volumetric top looks almost black. Pikantus' tall and tight light khaki head lingers for some time, fed by carbonation but leaves not a trace of foam on the glass.

S - A light dusting of dirt and cocoa blankets the beer's mellow yeast aroma consisting of over-ripe banana and light clove spice notes. Dark maltiness lends dried out raisins and black cherry pit to the mix, finishing with a kiss of toffee and faint wisp of smoke.

T - Soft wheat and bready malt richness fills the beer with smoothness and dark complexity that mirrors the aroma; raisin and faint black cherry pit underscore thinly sliced, chocolate-covered banana.

M - Tiny carbonation bubbles dance across the tongue effervescently but don't tickle the throat as they're knocked down by incredibly smooth wheat and a medium-full bodied maltiness that finishes with just a pinch of sweetness.

O - Erdinger Pikantus has a great doppelbock malt profile that, from the beginning to end, carries through the beer nicely, balancing dark fruit notes with soft sweetness but, what the beer is missing is a fuller yeast profile. The "weizen" part of the beer is good but too nuanced that it becomes overshadowed. A delectable beer regardless.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus from Erdinger Weissbräu
87 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.