Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus - Erdinger Weissbräu

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BA SCORE
86
very good

262 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 262
Hads: 427
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 7.55%
Wants: 24
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-28-2002

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Erdinger: Pikantus

Pours a sexy dark brown with a densely bubbled off white head. Aroma of tea like hops, sarsaparilla, even faint cocoa. In the taste, roasted malt, spicy hop, mineral. The hard water of the Erdinger brewery is noticeable. Faint suggestions of chocolates. Light hop character that is balancing and earthy with a small spice. Medium bodied and quite full at that. This is a fine German Wheat bock. Authentic German beer. (437 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark chestnut; cloudy; big head, long-lasting

Aroma: Malty, peppery, cloves; good Bavarian Wheat aroma

Taste: Malty, creamy, strong hint of alcohol, sweet finish

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; so please disregard those scores (259 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a big tan head on a cloudy brown body.
The aroma was all barnyard and hay. Wonderful.
The taste was semi-sweet malt but mellowed nicely by a mild bitterness.
The texture was fairly crisp but with a good softness to it with low carbonation.
Overall, a wonderful beer. (274 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Best before 3/2014.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, and slight caramel and toast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and slight caramel flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and somewhat medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the flavors are somewhat bland in my opinion. (608 characters)

Photo of rickyleepotts
3.02/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I am not sure I have had a beer like this before. I mean, I have had a weizenbock before, but I don't remember what it tasted like. I know I have not had the Pikantus before. I actually recently finished a few bottles from Erdinger. When Total Wine dropped the price on their Oktoberfest, I grabbed a case. They make one of the best most flavorful Oktoberfests on the market. Hopefully that carries over to their weizenbock. Not sure what to expect here, as this is not a typical style for me. Should be fun!

In the Glass: It was easy to pour, and had a nice soda head on it. Not much lace to speak of, and I can imagine this beer is easy to drink. I have a feeling this will be a thin mouthfeel, too. Now that I think of it, I should have poured this in a boot. You know, DAS BOOT!

Nose: My first impressions are nice. It is malty and has a somewhat sweet aroma to it. I am getting almost plum notes on the nose, and while I am sure this will be a carbonated beer, almost want this to be on nitro and to be thin and room temperature before I drink it. The price is good, though. For a beer this high in alcohol, you should expect to spend $5.99 or more. As I smell this, I am just getting malty goodness. Let's see what it tastes like!

Flavor: I was right. It is very easy to drink. It's thin, and has a lot of carbonation on the outer layers. However, it is VERY easy to drink, and as it heats up, I can see this becoming almost chuggable. The beer is quite balanced, and you would never know it was 7.3 ABV. Those same sweet/plum notes I was getting on the nose carry over, but the malts are what I am tasting here. WhenI close my eyes, I can see them brewing this in Germany just drinking as they work. I mean, that is what makes a good brewmaster, right?

Mouthfeel: The front half of my palate is bored, but the back half is excited. The bubbles, when they hit the back of my tongue explode with flavor and as I swallow, the finish is smooth, crisp, and clean. This is not a speciality beer by any means, but a good example of a daily drinking Germany bock.

Aftertaste: There isn't much of an aftertaste. Oh, and the burp is pretty gross. If you can tolerate the bubbles, swish this around in your mouth a little bit. You will then open up some more flavor and it will provide you with an almost dry hoppy finish. The sweetness, when you swish it around a little, pretty much disappears. The more I drink this, the more the finish is starting to become bready; almost biscuitlike.

This isn't my favorite style, but it's good. I would totally order a pitcher of this if I was in Germany. Not sure when I will be in Germany, but maybe I will find an excuse to visit the brewery. I guarantee it tastes better there! Bottoms up, people. (2,748 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Erdinger Pikantus has an appearance difficult to describe; it is dark but clear and isn't any one colour in particular, but various degrees of amber and brown. Its most obvious feature is a thick and enormous head that health nuts could mistake for a mound of Greek yogurt; it doesn't leave much lacing but lasts longer than the beer itself!

The bouquet is certain to raise an eyebrow (or two). Equally distinctive as it is enticing, this mysterious blend of sweetness and spice, strength and sensuality, reveals notes of vanilla, bubblegum, raisin tart, toasted rye bread, molasses, and mulled apple cider. More than anything, however, it smells incredibly and identically like banana bread.

On the palate are equally definite flavours of banana bread and butter tarts, along with flashes of clove spice and general fruitiness. The taste has a strong cola-sweetness and undertones of molasses, milk chocolate and plum. Its 'cola and bubblegum' profile is far less intense than other examples of the style; it's very easy to let slide that this beer is actually over 7% alcohol.

Often a beer can conjure up a season - Erdinger Pikantus conjures all four! The rotting orchard fruits of fall, the warming spices of dark winter, the budding florals of spring, and the tangy orange peel notes and crisp refreshment of weissbier in summer. While all elements are accounted for, they all seem to be slightly abbreviated; the finish is disappointingly vacuous.

On par with other offerings from Erdinger, Pikantus is a very agreeable, if diminished example of a weizenbock style that can often be devastatingly intense and spicy. If you're an initiate to the style, there may be no better place to start. But for those already accustomed to the likes of Aventinus, Vitus and Ayinger, this will practically be candy. (1,815 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a clear dirty brown color weizen with large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of banana bread with some cloves notes and some bready notes. Taste is also dominated by some really good banana bread notes with just the right amount of residual sugar and some light cloves and bready notes. Body is full with a fluffy creamy texture and some good carbonation. Solid rendition of the style with loads of interesting esters and a solid wheat malt backbone. (505 characters)

Photo of mintjellie
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany murk topped with a massive light tan head. Poor retention, no lacing. Deep yeasty aroma, like fermenting bread dough; it also presents notes of vanilla, clove, and banana. Tastes much the same as it smells, hearty bread with banana and spices. A hint of raisin. Banana cake. A slight tang in the finish. Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. Feels smooth and slightly thick, but not heavy. Simple but flavourful. Pleasant and approachable. Not a great weizenbock, but still a good one. (495 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new arrival at the local LCBO...

A - Pours a murky cola colour finger of off-white head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Scent is a tad mild but offers up some musty grains, hints of cloves and bananas with a bready caramel finish.

T - Candied sugar, hints of cloves and spiced apple cider, hints of raisins and toasted grains with a burnt apple flavour that lingers alongside a touch of ABV sweetness.

M - Lighter bodied ale that fills the mouth, goes down smooth and finishes wet.

O - A tasty weizenbock with a decent flavour profile. Nothing overpowering and certainly a sessionable version of the style. These guys know how to brew solid, yet easy drinking, brews. A pleasant addition to the local selection. (730 characters)

Photo of peensteen
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Chestnut brown colour, hazy with 2 finger of off white head, good amount of lace as well. Smell is of dark breads, hefty malt bill, cocoa, a bit of dark fruit with a subtle amount of banana and clove as well. Taste is malty, banana bread up front with more dark bread, some mid palate spice, fruit, cocoa and light banana in the finish. Medium carbonation, medium body and even a bit creamy at points as well. Overall this is a decent drink however I would have to say this is more bock than weizen, regardless this was fairly good and relatively inexpensive so this could be something I revisit while it is still on shelves in these parts. (640 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
2.91/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: standard 500mL brown bottle, standard German wheat beer macro label.

Appearance: dark amber-brown in colour with a fluffy tan head that drops to one-finger with good retention and lacing.

Aroma: quite a pungent aroma, plenty of yeast, some dark fruits and spices.

Taste: a very interesting combination of flavours - tastes kind of like a strong banana abd clove wheat beer with chocolate and brown sugar poured on top. Definitely not my thing.

Aftertaste: aftertaste is similar with a slight hop bitterness along for the ride.

Mouth feel: a heavy body with moderate fine carbonation. Seems well considered for the style.

Overall: considering some of the great reviews I have heard about this beer I am certain that I am not yet used to this style, but it tastes to me like a thick, strong wheat beer with chocolate and caramel syrup poured into it. Add to that a price tag of AU$70 a case of 12 x 500mL, and this is a no go for me. (945 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for 3.45$

Appearance - Hazy brown colour with a large size fizzy beige coloured head. I can't make out the level of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, banana, wheat

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with dark fruits and wheat. There is also a bit of butterscotch/caramel and some banana. It ends with a fruity and sweet aftertaste.

Overall – I really enjoyed this one. Lots of great flavours that work really well together. The carbonation is a little out of control but other than that this is a winner for me. (690 characters)

Photo of wattoclone
4.94/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Although Erdinger hefeweizen is easy to find in Pennsylvania, for some reason the weizenbock and dunkelweizen and extremely difficult to find. I had to drive deep into New Jersey to find it it. In the end it was well worth the trip. This is the darkest and richest weizenbock I have tried thus far. Aroma of caramelized burnt sugar, vanilla and over ripe bananas. Sweet dark fruit predominates the complex taste with hints of dates, rum, raisins, maple and ripe prunes. As is normal for Erdinger, it is bottle conditioned and very cloudy as a result. There is a very pleasant, lingering aftertaste of pecan pie. If this was more readily available I would certainly drink it on a regular basis. (693 characters)

Photo of fezmeister
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard bock nose from a gorgeous deep, cloudy cocoa brown brew with a pillowy tan head. Looks tasty. Nothing outrageous or different in the flavor profile; very consistent wheat/malt/yeast flavor of a classic dark weizen, but I REALLY liked that the additional esters and malts did not contribute to any sweet clingy quality, as advertised - the malts taste sweet, but don’t linger or leave a syrupy feel on the palate. Nice yeasty wheat finish. A good, clean, solid offering if you enjoy this style, and a quaffable summer thirst quencher for the malt enthusiast. (568 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a large tan head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee, with some bubblegum, banana and clove notes mixed in. The flavor is very similar, the banana and bubblegum notes from the yeast really standing out. There is also some caramel and toffee from the malt and the beer is fairly sweet overall. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. (370 characters)

Photo of Zachtheporter
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1pt .9 floz bottle into a weizen glass.

A- Pours a very rich deep dark brown. Very hazy with no light penetration. Pours a 2 finger khaki colored head.

S- Sweet and rather spicy/fruity at first. Some faint hints of bubblegum wheatiniess with a bit of an underlying malty breadiness. Some very faint caramel notes as well.

T- Start's off with a more forward yet faint wheat flavor before moving into a slightly sweet body with some faint notes of bubblegum. The beginning is also slightly malty with some very faint grain bread and toffee notes. some slight cola flavor is present as well. Ends with a slightly malty finish.

M- Has a medium body feel to it with medium to high carbonation. Also a bit of a chewiness to it.

O- A good beer, but there are definetly better weizenbocks out there. The color kind of scared me at first and actually made me question weather or not I had actually picked up a dunkleweizen by mistake. Upon further inspection of the bottle just now I noticed they have actually labeled it as a Dunkler Weizenbock, odd. While this beer is decent I prefer Weinstephaner's Vitus over this any day. (1,141 characters)

Photo of RodneyFarva
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, 11-2012 expiry, poured into a weizen glass

a: pours a deep brown, nearly black, with a three finger tan head, diminishing quickly to a thing film, no lacing

s: dark fruits, plums, raisins, alcohol heat, wheat. quite complex.

t: a rich wheatiness, dark malts, some dark fruits but less pronounced than in the nose, high carbonation. a brown sugariness to it as well. somehow complex and refreshing at the same time.

o: a rich and complex weizenbock. very enjoyable. (483 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split at a friend's house in Melbourne. From notes.

A - One finger of light brown head on a cloudy dark brown head. No lace and a film of retention.

S - Strong malt. Dark fruit and wheat. Nice.

T - Rich wheaty malt with some dark fruit and a gentle spice. The richness of strength from wheat malt is a nice flavour. Easier and less sweet than say a Dubbel.

M - Good carbonation and a medium to full body with a sweet finish.

O/D - Quite nice. Really rich and tasty with the ease of a regular Hefe. Good. (515 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a two-finger, khaki-colored head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of thin lace on the glass.

S - It smelled malty with some dark fruits. There was a touch of banana aroma.

T - It tasted of spices with a good banana flavor. Nice wheat taste with some bready malts.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a classically good German Weizenbock. Love it. C'mon importers, bring us more good German bottles! (503 characters)

Photo of crossovert
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this before but got a fresher bottle this time around. 500ml bottle best before 06 -2012.

It pours a hazy dark brown with a large but fizzy off-white head that leaves no lacing. Lacing eventually forms as you drink.

The smell is sweet and intoxicating. All I can think of is a quad. Rich dark fruits, nice yeast presence, and sweet dark malts in the back.

The taste is again quad-like. I originally had this very shortly into my craft drinking phase, and I had only had helles weizenbocks. This really strikes me as quad-like though, or maybe a dubbel. It is rich with dark fruits, a rustic yeast strain, and sweet, robust malts. The malts are really delicious here.

This is not quite as good as Aventinus, in fact I am gonna have one of those after this if I am feeling it, but this is a great one. (812 characters)

Photo of Cozzatoad
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

A- Pours a nice deep dark brown, with a huge amount of light brown/off-white head. Retention and lacing are both quite good

S- Soft bready malts with notes of yeast and brown sugar. Delicate but still easily detectable dark fruit hints (prune, maybe more). Simple and delicate aroma, but still very nice

T- What the smell suggested, though a bit more assertive. Quite big malt presence with notes of brown sugar and maybe caramel. A Spicy/phenolic underneath presence (clove, maybe pepper) shows up on both tongue and palate and brings some life and vividness. Some delicate dark fruit notes show up as well (prune, raisin). Overall this feels like something crossing the border between a weizen and a strong dark ale

M- Medium body. Smooth but vivid mouthfeel on both tongue and palate due to a nice amount of carbonation

O- Extremely drinkable, decently complex. Somehow warming and refreshing at the same time. A very fine brew (948 characters)

Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured giant 4 finger head. Great retention. Moderate lacing. Color is dark brown.

S. Yeast, clove, banana, caramel, some dark fruit.

T. Caramel, sweet, dark fruit, yeast, raisins. Has a bit of banana and clove flavor. Nice mix of caramel sweetness with dark fruit flavors.

M. Medium/full bodied. Lingering sweetness. Medium carbonation.

O. Interesting beer. Nice dark fruit flavor. Almost belgianesque. Makes me question whether or not a lot of the weizenbocks have been true to style. Very easy drinking beer. (558 characters)

Photo of BierStein711
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into weizen glass

No freshness date indicated

Three finger head, quickly fading to one and a half fingers

A: Blood orange, with some darker accents

S: Estery, spices, cloves, some chocolate

T: Chocolate and malt

M: Thick and warming

Overall, this is an alright beer worth consuming. Another one of Erdinger's greatest hits. I will have this again. However, their actual weissbier is still number one to me. (429 characters)

Photo of krazyboi
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown/orange, slightly cloudy, big head formation, leaves a little bit of lacing.

S: Sweet, malty, caramel, banana.

T: Sweet, slightly bitter, caramel, slightly citrusy, and ends off with a slight alcohol kick and lingering bitterness.

M: Thick and smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation, and "slightly chewy."

D: This is a good beer which I would probably drink again. The bitterness definitely lingers for a while. It feels great in the mouth and tastes great also. All in all, a beer I would recommend to friends. Try it! (534 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown to black in color with an off white head. In the aroma, wheat notes, dark fruit, and a small alcohol presence. In the taste, wheat, a small citrus and notes of dark fruits. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry wheat and banana like aftertaste. Lots of fruitiness going on, a small alcohol presence, but nice nonetheless. (355 characters)

Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus from Erdinger Weissbräu
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