Erdinger Champ - Erdinger Weissbräu

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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 15.86%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 09-19-2002

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Photo of ADR
2.73/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The requisite slightly cloudy yellow appearance (could have been hazier) with a sturdy 1/4 inch head of a bright white character and simple laces. Aroma is reminiscent of far away molasses cookies with a touch of yeastiness. Mouthfeel is quite thin and consistant, slightly mealy, with a flavor tinged with ginger and light esters. Vaguely citrusy by the end of the glass. No real complexity or interest here, watery and lightly carbonated. There's not even much of the more obvious Wheat beer characteristics to distinguish this brew. Drinkable as its non-offensive.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tried a bottle of this at the Dublin Pub. Wasn't sure exactly what it was... when I saw the bottle that the waitress brought out, by first thought was "Oh shit, I ordered a NA brew." Thankfully, that is not the case.

A - This one is slightly hazy and bronze with a nice fluffy two finger head. Head retention is decent, but not outstanding and some small amounts of lace coat the pint glass.

S - Bready, doughy, and yeasty but also relatively clean. Like fresh white bread. This smells okay, but other than the light yeasty notes, none of the usual hefe aromas are present (no clove, no bubblegum, no outrageously yeasty dough, no banana etc.).

T - Again, clean and slightly bready. Nothing offensive here. This is very light on flavor, almost like a Bavarian hefe version of an American macro.

M - Clean, crisp, refreshing, and mild. Neutral finish, neutral flavors.

D - A very sinkable hot weather brew. I wonder if it's called Champ because it would make a good brew to stock in teh cooler for summer sporting activities. I could totally sink two or three of these after a long hot run or a killer workout.

Photo of bierman2000
3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's aimed at the younger generation. Its not as carbonated as their other products with a dull taste. This was sampled at the brewery and the flavor is lacking in body and character. The aroma is weak with almost a Kristall clear apperance. It's has one good trait its only in a 12 oz. bottle.

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy amber with a short-lived head.
Nose shows faint wheat and banana. Somewhat subtle.
Flavours are rather weak too, with light wheat followed by sweet unchallenged plain malt with a vegetal character.
Body feels watery, carbonation is too high.

Photo of emerge077
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pulled one of these from the singles rack, as I hadn't seen or heard of it before. Confirmed the 4.7% abv, "best before end: 06-2011", ok close enough let's try it.

Into a slender weizen glass it pours a hazy, opaque orange gold with tiny bits of suspended sediment. A few fingers width of foam climbs and falls quickly, leaving a thin layer after a couple sips. Okay retention with some spotty arcs of lace here and there.

Sweet banana, lemon, and clove nose, rather muted and milder than traditional Hefeweizen.

Creamy and wheaty, a little sweet then drying out with a muted aftertaste. Flavor is clean, but there's not much of substance there. Wheat, apple, dry grain, and saccharine oddly. Not a very expressive yeast strain. Slightly creamy feel, but fairly charged with CO2. Sort of a utilitarian hefe, no real flaws, simple and built for sessioning. Sadly there's not much here to hold interest for that long.

Photo of Darkale
3.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold body with a thick, bright white head that was smooth and almost like a meringue when viewed from above. Head is very resilient -- it never quite faded, all the way to the end of the beer. Decent lacing.

Aroma was almost like ginger ale -- pale, acrid, slightly spicy.

I tasted pears immediately, along with some buttery flavors. Mouthfeel is frothy, and the beer seems almost to evaporate as you chew it. Smooth at first, and then the sour carbonation kicked in. Astringent and raspy. Aftertaste is thin and sweet -- again, I kept tasting pears, and especially canned pears, with a hint of apple.

Refreshing. Not a bad beer.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.46/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Erdinger Champ has a thin, off-white, fizzy head, a hazy, yellow-orange appearance, which hazes up even more when the bottom of the bottle is swished and poured in, lots of bubble streams and clinging bubbles, and pretty much no lacing left behind. The aroma is sweet and bready. The flavor is of sweetness, yeasty bread, a hint of banana, a hint of coriander, and some tap water. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Erdinger Champ finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and delicious.


Photo of metter98
3.07/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured into a weizen glass with a half finger high bright white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat and hints of banana-like yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the yeast is a little more prominent but tastes more like yeast instead of bananas.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but isn't as flavorful and refreshing compared to some of the other top beers in the style.

Photo of Brent
2.36/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The wide swing of opinions on this beer makes me wonder if there is some quality or freshness issue going on. Some folks have found it to be lightly spicy and phenolic, and some have found it to be bland and flavorless. I'm afraid I'm in the latter category.

Best-by date does not indicate a problem, but the beer poured a rather disconcerting chunky. No meaningful aroma. Flavor is flat as a pancake -some vague breadyness and a touch of chlorinated water. Have to wonder at the outset about a beer that touts itself as one to be drunk from the bottle and employs a handy dimple in the bottom of the bottle to use as a screw-top bottle opener for a companion bottle. Verdict - blah.

Photo of joecast
2.75/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pours a cloudy gold, almost lemon, color. forms only a slight white head which is more a foam than a collection of bubbles and significantly smaller than ive seen from other hefes. lots of carbonation keping things lively.

decent enough aroma. more spicy than anything else.

taste is a bit restrained. seems like a hefe-light which is a pretty crap excuse for a review isnt it? some yeast character and spiciness but lacking more complexity (is that good enough?).

mouthfeel seems very light and doesnt help much at all.

well, i expected more from erdiner, but i suppose all brewersmiss a step every once in a while.

Photo of Globetrotter
2.65/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes in a 33cl brown long neck bottle with a fairly plain white label. Purity law applies, of course. Best before 6/30/04, I opened it on 3/24/04.

What the heck? This is a wheat beer? Hmm... Poured a slightly cloudy gold under a thick one finger white head that settles quickly to thick film. There is a very subdued malt nose, and very prickly and heavy mouth. The flavor is very subdued, with none of the spice or tartness of most wheats, just lots of light bready malt. There are no hops anywhere to be tasted. This is a very unusual but ultimately non-descript Weissbier.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains wheat, bananas, light malts, some spice and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of light malts and honey. Then there wheat breadiness comes in but it's a little toned down compared to most other beers in the style. The hops presence is very mild and there's a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, it seems like they're trying to make a milder version of a style that is already mild with the result being a mediocre beer at best and it's not much milder than a regular Hefeweizen.

Photo of rjimlad
2.38/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is the most disappointing hefe I've had. Initial appearance was a normal cloudy straw/amber with no head. There were no banana/clove aromas and the taste was disappointing too. No hefe characters and only a wheaty blandness that was on a par with some drinkable macros. It's drinkable and inoffensive but not true to style and very boring. It is cheap enough so if I were faced with a choice between this and macro-swill it's a clear winner.

Photo of csiewert
2.1/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Yuck... I guess this is Erdinger's attempt at catering to the 'sporty' crowd. Similar to beers like Michelob Ultra, it has been completely stripped of any substance. While it attempts to retain its original hefeweizen roots, it falls short. Very watered down and somewhat skunky.

Photo of bmwats
3.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen.

A: Light, hay colored hue. Pours a slight, white, bubbly head. Disappears quickly. No lacing.

S: Light grainy nose, and a little sweet orange citrus. Very bready, although light. Nicely done.

T: Light white bread, with a bit of blunt citrus.

M: Light body, with a bit of a steely finish.

D: Light and easy drinking. High(er) alcohol content is not apparent in the character.

Atmosphere is decent. Not much to look at, but a well-done grainy citrus nose. Flavor is light bread with a blunt citrus flavor and a steely finish. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Photo of Andreji
3.88/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good beer. Pours an opaque yellow-tan tone from a [very stylish] bottle, with a considerable white foam head. A smell with a considerable mix of hops and malt is lightly perceivable, and the taste, aged and slightly carbonated, is very similar, leaving behind a good mouthfeel. its drinkability is also good. However, the bottle is its most commendable trait.

Photo of Tone
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, light yellow color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and no lacing. Smells of sweet malt, bread, slight lemon aroma, and some slight yeast cleanliness. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level present. Tastes of yeast cleanliness up front, then some slight bread flavors, some slight sweet malt, and finishes again with the yeast cleanliness. Overall, not a complex beer at all and too weak in body to be considered a good Hefeweizen.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New at Marrika's: I have always favored the Erdinger brands and had to try this one once it caught my eye. The pour brings a sturdy yellow hue with typical cloudiness and lightness. Good head formation, retention, and lacing. Soft aromas of wheat, pilsner malts, bananna, but more intese notes of lemons and citrus fruit blend. Bold bready flavors provide the base for the estery bananna, pineapple, lemons, and apples while the phenolics bring out soft clove, white pepper, and a yeasty spiciness. Hopped to balance the sweetness only, a trace of herbal hops are deep in the taste profile. Soft textures of wheat and malt give the beer a Witbier-like feel. Finishes with a touch of lemon, hops, and wheat but pretty clean overall. An easily sessionable beer for warm weather consumption- a good alternative for shandy-type beer mixers.

Photo of leonardopacu
3.77/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

looks yellow, cloudy, white foam and moderately durable.
small version of the classic Erding.
somewhat fruity odor typical: banana and clove.
Body moderate, with little end liqueur.
slightly sour taste, slightly bitter, balanced.
refreshing, slightly

Photo of garymuchow
2.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The unique point on this beer is that it is designed to be consummed from the bottle, in fact, the bottom of the bottle can be used as on opener for another twist off bottle. How do you rate the appearance of a beer designed to be consummed without seeing it?
Nonetheless, I poured it anyway. Medium full head with slightly cloudy yellow color. Taste is a lighter and less complete version of the regular hefe. Fully carbonated, yet rather thin mouthfeel. Seems very Americanized for the standard customer on this side of the pond. It's okay, just not much to it.

Photo of WesWes
2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a basic pale and wheat malt scent along with a dry, metallic aroma. I'm not detecting any fruity yeast esters. The taste is average as well. It has a flat hefe taste that's light in the esters department. It's also low on th CO2 front as well. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This isn't what I expected from this usually reliable wheat beer producer. It's quite plain and tasteless. Not Recommended!

Photo of Ueberales
2.24/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Well, I was going through the Frankfurt airport, and I had a little extra room in my carry-on, so I stopped in at the little delicatessen/convenience store over in the corner of the airport, and filled up the rest of my luggage space with whatever they had. This is the first German beer I have ever had with a twist-off cap, and the bottle even has a depression in the bottom for opening the next one, if you get that far. It had a nice cloudy hefe appearance, but I could not see any yeast sediment in the bottle. I think it is just protein haze.

The taste is simply unremarkable. Not bad by any means, just nothing special. It tastes more like a premium American lager than it does a German weisse. There are no yeasty vanilla/clove notes, it's a little too hoppy for the style, and a bit thin. There are better ones out there, but it's important to remember that it is still worlds better than any of the megabrews. Always good to keep a good perspective.

Photo of stephens101
2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The bottle says "For the Champ in All of Us". Now that sounds like something you would find on an American macro, and is not a good sign. Two-fingers of fluffy white head rise up quickly and sit atop a murky golden brew, then fade fairly quickly leaving little lacing behind. Smells of wheat and lemons with a little malt and banana as well. Tastes of citrus at first with some spice, wheat and oranges finishing things off. It's cleaner and crisper than most of it's brethren. Goes down easy, but not a whole lot to keep you interested, especially with the other great hefe's out there.

Photo of BeerManDan
3.95/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found a bottle of this beer while visiting Hawaii. When poured it was the nomal hazy wheat in color with medium foam and lace. The smell of wheat and a hint of cloves filled the nose. The taste was of a wheat nature, of course with just a hint of cloves and a little more bitterness than I like in a wheat beer. I had to let it stand for awhile, because it was served a little to cold. I had to let it warm up to get the true flavor!

Photo of DoubleJ
2.64/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A built-in bottle opener? How neat. But to make it work, you need another bottle, which I don't have. 330 ml bottle from Hollingshead's, on to the beer:

The straw-golden color with a touch of haze is dull to the eyes, as is the low, fuzzy head which isn't persistent. Maybe that's why Erdinger suggests you can drink this beer straight from the bottle (check the website). The aroma is pleasant enough. There's some overripened banana, a tick of bubblegum, but also a bit of oxidation (cardboard).

The flavor is one-dimensional and light. Watery banana drink is the most likely candidate for the flavor. Some wheat malt arrives on the palate as well. There really isn't any "bad" flavor (thank goodness), but it lacks much flavor. This would be acceptable for a light beer, but for a German hefe, this is pretty darn light. And it's a tad too bubbly, and a tad too watery.

Overall, it is a simple beer, but far away from the best German weizenbiers. That built-in bottle opener should become useful, though maybe not for opening another Erdinger Champ.

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