Urweisse - Erdinger Weissbräu

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 154
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 6.43%
Wants: 7
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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Erdinger Weissbräu visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Ungespundet on 02-25-2008

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best before 3/2014.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with banana and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a 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 a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink. (529 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured into a weizen glass with a two finger high white head that died down but consistently left a half finger high head covering the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of bananas and wheat in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of wheat along with notes of bananas. The bananas become a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink, refreshing and has some thirst-quenching properties. Its good drinkability and lack of clove flavors could make this a good entry-level hefeweizen for novice craft beer drinkers. (723 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle, one very much like the same now employed by Ayinger for its Ur-Weisse. Another brew available in the current Erdinger mixed pack.

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber hue, with a teeming, almost vessel-filling tower of puffy, frothy, and rather creamy off-white head, which leaves some wild cannonball splash lace around the glass as it slowly sinks out of sight.

It smells of banana cream, phenolic yeast, semi-sweet wheat malt, a further biscuity graininess, soft white pepper and clove spice, and subtle earthy, floral, and leafy hops. The taste is still fairly sweet, with the wet banana chip fruitiness predominating, over a blended wheat and grainy pale maltiness, a bit of shy earthy spice wafting about, kind of clammy yeast, and more well understated floral and leafy noble hops.

The carbonation is quite active in its swirling and testy, fizzy and frothy emanations, the body an adequate middleweight, and generally smooth, with a wee airy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the banana character falling back, while the mixed malt sweetness puts 'er in cruise control.

Not a bad wheat beer, just a little simple and plain overall, the spice too restrained, and the sweetness a little pandering at times. Overall, easy to drink, and with a lower ABV than the norm, so patio-friendly enough, I suppose, if you have the chance to enjoy this one that way. (1,388 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by: 01-2013
Served in a tapered weizen mug.

Huge pillowy head, lasting head retention that never breaks on the surface. Murky saturated orange color, fairly opaque once the yeast is swirled in.

Light banana and orange creamsicle aromas that carry into the flavor. Lightly wheaty on the back end, slightly dry in the finish and not too sweet. Clean and flavorful. Unfiltered and yeasty. Medium bodied and pretty quenching in the summer heat, drinkability is high. Better than the standard Erdinger Weizen from what I remember. (534 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into Erdinger pint glass in low altitude Galway Ireland. I had it in the Salthouse. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a three finger head of fair cream and thickness. Good retention. Orange-gold nontransparent colour.

Sm: Citrus esters: orange and lemon. Medium strength scent.

T: Wonderful citrus - but sharp - body. Lots of orange and a bit of lemon esters. Balanced well, built alright.

Mf: Nicely coarse and just enough wetness. Not too thick or thin.

Dr: Wonderful to drink often, but perchance not all night. High price in Ireland, but maybe worth it. (570 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Just mown my lawns and set up the bar-b-que for the main match (USA v England). I thought nice weissbier would allow me to settle down before the guests arrive.

50cl Brown bottle, best before the end of September 2010, poured into a Franziskaner Weissbier glass.

I couldn't get the whole bottle into the glass (even though I know how to pour a weissbier), such was the size of its head. The body was a cloudy/misty dull golden colour, with trails of bubbles rising to replenish the aforementioned white foaming head.

The aroma was of vanilla pods and wheat, I always try to find banana esters in a weissbier, this didn't release any I could detect.

Typical taste, refreshing and thirst quenching, ideal beer to have after some hard labour. Not the best beer I've had in this style, but certainly worth trying. (813 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass, and later a little roll.

A real nice orange and bronze amber glow, unfiltered and opaque body with a real nice creamy top. Manages a collar and cant see much carbonation rising.

Nose is real nice. Classic wheat and hefeweizen yeast esters, but a real great orange fruit sense. Nice chewy malt. Smells great!

Taste seems to be a bit of a letdown. Orange soda, and tight carbonation but none of the wheat density on the palate. Beer like malt presnce hardly detectible, and not even much banana sense either (no complaints) but it doesn't taste like a hefe.

Overall, not a bad beer, but pretty ordinary for the style, and it's too much like soda. (695 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Because Erdinger Urweiss isn't sold in the US and I was at a bar in São Paulo with an imported craft selection, I went for this. From a 500ml bottle, on to the beer:

The waiter poured this oen well in the Erdinger Wiessbrau glass that was provided for this beer. Yellow orange colored beer, cloudy, a beauty of a fluffy white head on top with very good retention. The stringy lacing it leaves is icing on the cake. Lemon and banana are the flavors I smell out of this beer. Maybe a little nutmeg as well.

This is a good tasting hefeweizen. Cinnamon banana is the first thing to hit my mind. Banana bread notes also hit me. Faint clove rounds it all up. The chalky mouthfeel left from the wiessbier is appetizing, and is a carrot to have me drink more of this beer.

Consdiering I'm not a fan of the regular hefeweizen, I was pleasantly surprised by Urweiss. I think Erdinger should ditch the hefe and make this their flagship. (931 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy and full from the start, forming a deep golden hazed body, with a frothy and shiny head of white, that leaves classic weizen suds as it collapses. Colour is perfect for a hefe, and glows welcomingly from my weizen glass. Lovely looking brew.

Nose is round and a little sweet, with a very light banana character, but a more prominent soapy detergent note, that gives rise to a slight peppery spice. Certainly all believable characteristics for a German hefe. Not as full bodied or complex as some, though.

Taste is smooth and long, with some very pleasant banana esters coming forward, and a lingering sweetness that is tempered by the light spicy astringency. Carbonation is a bit harsh on the front, but by the end, the smooth and clear body has ironed out the zealous effervescence.

I like the lingering nature of the beer. In some ways, it detracts from the drinkability, in the way that it's difficult to down quickly, but otherwise, the flavours are so clean and refreshing that it would have had a high drinkability score anyway.

A very nice hefe, and one I would say is better than their standard Weissbier. Stick to the original, ur, Erdinger. (1,168 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours murky orange with a massive light tan, creamy, a bit airy enormous head. Dissipates slowly leaving lots of lacings.

S: Sweet ripe bananas, wheat, citric notes. Some malt, dry. Faint bitter hops.

T: Ripe bananas, dry - not sweet. Some malt, some bitterness probably from hops. A lot of citric notes.

M: Body is light while carbonation is rich. Aftertaste is rather short, with some bitterness.

D: A bit drier than others - not bad. (445 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

hazy orange, with big chunks of yeast. Very carbonated.
Weizen style foam, very creamy, white and abundant.
Well balanced smell, with sharp notes of cloves, a bit of banana, pleasant.
Again cloves in the taste, again wel balanced, yeast too.
Yeasty and a bit phenolic aftertaste, with a light band aid note.
After all, not bad, a more than honest weizen. (354 characters)

Photo of FLima
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden orange color. Lots and lots of thick head with long retention and bubbles that keep going up from the bottom of the glass. Some particles floating.
Yeasty aroma of citrus, clove and wheat. Banana is more distant here.
Wheat bready and fruity flavor, more towards citrus than banana. Just a bit of pepper with a zesty feeling. Mildy dry aftertaste inducing you for more.
Light body with good carbonation.
Quite refreshing. I found it more interesting than the others Erdingers, except the Pikantus. (509 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Pours a big foamy head on a cloudy straw body.
The aroma is muted lemon and earthy. Nice.
The taste starts with mild lemon bitter, watery, a little spice and finishes with a mild lemon bitterness.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
It doesn't have a lot of flavor but not bad. (273 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a hazy light golden yellow colour... White head poured typically big thick and foamy then faded slowly to nice thick layer ... lots of carbonation rises to the surface... decent amount of thick sticky lacing...

Aroma - Nice clove spiciness, light vanilla notes, noticeable wheat, quite bready, very little malts, light fruitiness (banana and lemon), quite peppery...

Taste - Light biscuity malts, fairly strong clove, definite breadiness, quite creamy, good fruitiness (lemon, pear and sweet banana), salty, quite floral - hints of lily, honey grassy and peppery hints...

Feel - Very smooth and creamy with just a little bite underneath... light body... Extremely refreshing and drinkable...

Overall - An excellent German hefe and the best Erdinger brew i've had... (823 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a chalice. $3.79 for 16.9 oz. Best before Aug 2014.

A heavier hefe. Can you have too much clove in the aroma? 3.75

A – Pours a cloudy pale orange with a three-finger off-white dense head. Good carbonation. Decent lacing. 3.75

S – Wheaty, citrusy, banana and big cloves. 4.25

T – Wheat bread, slightly peppery, some citrus, ever so slightly tart, more malty than most hefes. 3.75

MF – A little sharp, medium-dry, medium bodied. 3.5 (455 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A turbid, orange beer with an initial big head that settles into a lacy white head.

Smell is grainy with clear wheat notes. Some faint banana and maybe a little clove. A strange, green smell appears when I swirl the beer in the glass. This is almost sulfuric.

Taste has wheat in it, not very strong, light grainy and overall light. Striking is the very weak banana and clove (phenolic) taste normally found in Weizen. This makes the mouthfeel different from other Weizens. (476 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange colour with a large, three fingers sized head that is white & foamy in texture. Retention is good as it slowly reduces to about a fingers width.

A good mix of wheat, a little banana, clove & a faint hint of grainy alcohol but nothing off-putting. There is some citrus & vanilla in the background that round off this rather complex smelling beer quite nicely.

The taste has stronger citrus notes to it & a nice amount of wheat, banana & a nice bit of spice as well. Not quite as pleasant as the smell in my opinion but still a great beer to drink.

Medium bodied with high carbonation without seeming overly gassy. The drink is smooth & low on bitter with a good overall feel to it.

A great hefeweizen here & one of the nicest beers I have tried in a while. Very drinkable with a wonderful taste & an even better aroma. Not the most exciting example of the style but a solid & very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
2.99/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Best by March 2014

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a huge white bubbly head, fades at a decent rate but takes awhile because of the amount, oddly no lacing whatsoever though.

Smell has a bit of a weird yeasty funk to it, slight hint of grassiness and clove.

Taste is definitely heavy handed on the yeast front with a bit of an off flavor, reminds me of drinking an unfiltered wheat beer but that every sip is part of the dregs, clove adds some spiciness to the mix to help distract, carbonation is medium-high but closer to the medium range, finishes quite dry. (579 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Weizen glass. Bright brass color, foggy appearance. Close, sticky, lasting, white in color crown. Intense banana, fresh yeast & bread aromas. Crispy upfront, malty & biscuit flavors. Light to medium body. Moderate but lively carbonation. Unctuous mouthfeel. Bread, banana flavors, spiced hues & phenolic touch. Low bitterness & subtle spicy notes. Long sweet finish & fruity aftertaste. Delicious & refreshing!! (425 characters)

Photo of pixieskid
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a solid 3 finger head and a nice orange hue.

Aroma and flavor is a bit mild but it has the typical notes of a hefe along with an unexpected earthy bitterness (maybe that's the "old") in this beers recipe.

Overall; decent and different but nothing special. (268 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a hazy light orange body with a yellow hue. It has a lot of off-white foam to the head and lace. The aroma is not over powering but well balanced in its complexity. There is lot of different orchard fruit like qualities mixed with banana with a pepper like finish. It is easy to drink with a bit of a thick feeling to it density. (343 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle served in a Weizen glass.

A: Pour a nice orange hazy color forming a traditional big and creamy weissbier white head. Good retention and lots of lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Sweet and fruity. Strong notes of sweet malts and wheat. Traditional notes of banana esters and clove. Bready and a bit earthy. Very light notes of flowery hops

T: Slightly sweet start. Notes of sweet malts, wheat, banana and clove. Very bready taste. Maybe a bit too mild taste of malts

M: Very smooth and creamy nevertheless, light body. Medium carbonation. Bready aftertaste

O: Great drinkability. Easydrinking as a German Weissbier has to be. Practically no bitterness (as expected). Good (695 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

I got this brew from a sweet 5 pack that came with the appropriate glass to drink out of.

With a delicate pour this brew produced a good three finger thick cranium of off white foam. There is a lot of carbonation, which ensures good head retention. The body is orangish gold, and is not as hazy as other hefeweizens I've come across.

The aroma is mild with clove and banana, and slight peppery notes.

The taste is quite masked by all of the carbonation. I'm only getting subtle hints of banana and some peppery flavors. There is very little complexity here.

Attack of the CO2! This is very prickly, but kind of smooth at the same time.

Okay, this may not be the quintessential hefe, but it's freaking refreshing! This is a great gateway hefe for the yellow fizzy lager drinker. (782 characters)

Photo of scotorum
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bought in a five beer gift pack with an Erdinger weissbier vase.

Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute.

a: Translucent deep gold, formed an enormous and stubborn white head.

s: Slight fruit note..

t: Belgian yeast fruit flavor. Blindfolded, I would think it was an exceptionally good Belgian wheat beer.

m: Light to medium with good body.

o: Very refreshing, excellent Belgian-like flavor with none of the sourness such can impart. Extremely sessionable! I would definitely buy this again. (517 characters)

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid aroma of bubblegum mixed with flowers and a pinch of light grain/wheat. Hazy apricot colored beer support a tall off-white head for a bit, but it eventually fades to a ring. The flavor is really mild. It's a mix of the bubblegum and some dough/yeast. There is a good amount of carbonation in this beer and it's a bit rough, not as smooth as most Hefeweizens. The carbonation seems to strip some of the flavor away, which is unfortunate. It smells really good, and the taste is not bad, it's just a bit weak. (513 characters)

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