Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus - Erdinger Weissbräu
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District of Columbia
4.19/5 rDev +8.3%
$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
12-30-2013 02:44:59 | More by Sludgeman
4.01/5 rDev +3.6%
500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.
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.
12-24-2013 19:10:25 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
Split a bottle at Chester's in Hamilton. Thus served at appropriate temperature into a half sized pint glass.
Appearance - Dark brown, nearly black, nice half finger of head that lingered for a while. Soapy finish on top and sparse lacing in the glass. Still looks like a pretty serious beer.
Smell - Dark fruits, honey and tons of caramel and butterscotch that become even more pronounced as the beer warms. While there isn't a ton going on here the nose is so big and sweet on this it gets extra points for strength of the aroma.
Taste - Caramel, dark fruits, butterscotch. Also a bit of pralines and cream ice cream, with that soft interplay between nuts and butterscotch. Slightest smoke and bitterness on back end. While it is delicious this is truly a dessert beer something you could pour over ice cream, because whereas the competition (Aventinus and Vitus namely) do have the sweet malty elements in those beers there is more balance in those beers than there is here. So while the sweetness is delicious, I find it to be a bit of overkill.
Mouthfeel - Nice warming in back of throat, low carbonation. Coats the tongue nicely but is not syrupy. Great dessert feel to this beer.
Overall - Pretty damn good especially as a dessert beer, as the flavor could be a bit cloying for some. While I would never turn one down, I feel like this beer has its time and place and is more of a specific purpose beer than the competition which I find is more drinkable at any occasion.
11-10-2013 14:27:21 | More by DenisKolkin
3.15/5 rDev -18.6%
This is a pretty average weizenbock. Not my favourite. The smell is nothing short of amazing, but the taste is a little disappointing. It's pretty meh. Not a whole lot going on. It's on the thin side and has a nice robust malty palette, but doesn't have any oomph. It's sort of bland. I can't believe I'm saying this, but it might benefit from some hops. If it had some dark fruit flavour to it, that'd be a different story. Some estery alcohol bite would be nice too. it's just not there, though. There's really not much going on. I would never buy this again.
10-20-2013 08:05:26 | More by ElCommodoro
Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus from Erdinger Weissbräu
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