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Erdinger Weissbier Alkoholfrei (Non-Alcoholic) - Erdinger Weissbräu

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 94
rAvg: 2.73
pDev: 26.37%
Wants: 3
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Low Alcohol Beer |  0.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of ordybill
2.44/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at the World of Beer in Pooler, GA. Full disclosure, i have only found one alcohol free beer to be good and that was O'Doul's; after trying this beer it still stands at only one good beer. The beer looks the part but it has a very sweet aroma and is very carbonated.. The flavor is not good, but to be fair I was on about my fifth or sixth different German beer before trying this. My taste buds may have been expecting to much. (476 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

One of the quirks of The CANQuest (tm) is the discovery of oddball bottles and I hate to let them slip through my fingers as I may never have another opportunity to try them. Submitted for your curiosity ...

From the bottle: "Made in Bavaria according tot the Reinheitsgebot of 1516"; "Erdinger Non-Alcoholic is crafted all-naturally, using a traditional production method. Erdinger Non-Alcoholic is free from chemical additives or preservatives. Thank you for enjoying Germany's No. 1 malt beverage."

I Pop!ped the cap and began an aggro pour until it started foaming up, almost uncontrollably. I then sat back and watched as it formed a three-plus finger cap of puffy, rocky, bone-white head with very good retention. Color was Yellow-Gold (SRM = > 4, < 5) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled very bready/biscuity. Frankly, I have smelled beers that were way worse. Mouthfeel was thin and watery. The taste was actually quite pleasant. It was very malty in a biscuit-like way. Finish was semi-dry and rather tasty. That said, I would not want a steady diet of N.A. beers. (1,079 characters)

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.29/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled
This is actually really impressive (for an alcohol free beer. In fact I find this preferable to a lot of over hyped German pils etc
good levels of flavour and pretty impressive mouthfeel for the style (208 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.19/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle poured into pint glass 27/3/15

A looks like ginger ale, massive bubbles move as fast as I've ever seen, big loose three finger soapy foam falls after a few sips leaving some random lace

S sweet bread, dried grass, a little musty, green apple, faint metallic aspect, pretty basic really but nothing bad going on

T dry cereal, faint grassy hops, not far off the smell really nothing special but I'd still take this over 90% of North American macros

M watery, foamy, kinda explodes as soon as it hits your mouth, grainy aftertaste is fairly clean

O another basic non alcoholic brew, nothing offensive other then the lack of liquor

I think I've run out of alcohol free beers to try during my prescription induced abstinence. Hopefully only another couple weeks before I can drink again or I'm going to go crazy, real crazy. (847 characters)

Photo of titvs
1.5/5  rDev -45.1%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 15A). Bottle 50 cl - Batch L292104. AROMA: sweet aroma without the characteristics of a weizen. APPEARANCE: pale golden color with some haziness. thick moussy white head with good retention. TASTE: sweet aftertaste without bitterness, wheat flavour and the typical esters and phenols of a true weizen. PALATE: low, watery body with low carbonation. OVERALL: another alcohol free beer that tastes like alcohol free beer, without the flavours of the base beer. (506 characters)

Photo of jeranbrews
3.02/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - malt soda. Brown slightly flat

S - hops and ginger and brown sugar. Not unpleasant but not beer either

T - fizy ginger candies and orange slice gummies dipped in molasses.

M - not bad. Fizzy but malty like beer.

D - an acceptable but different example of the style (274 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Pours amber with a large lasting head.
Nose shows honey, grassy and spicy hops and bready malt. A little doughy wheat shows underneath.
Similar flavours, very sweet. Bready malt, honey, unfermented wort, spicy hops. Too sweet.
Carbonation is much too high, although I can see why it is so, considering the sweetness. (316 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
2.47/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: tall, slim 330mL bottle, vibrant blue label - better than your standard German weissbier label.

Appearance: a vibrant yet light yellow-straw with a fair carbonation kick. A fluffy head boils up, and settles to a one-finger white. Looks good - better than I expected for a super-low ABV beer.

Aroma: that's... Not so good. A pungent oversupply of pungent sweet grains. Not much other than that - not pleasant, but I am impressed that it smells of beer at least.

Taste: very much follows the nose, but with more intensity. The sole flavour is that pungent, awkward sweet grain, almost like caramel, but more like diacetyl. Not something I would choose to drink.

Aftertaste: follows through fairly closely - no hop bitterness, just a dry malt. Unpleasant.

Mouth feel: just about right for a wheat beer - fairly big carbonation to carry the flavour, with a light-to- medium body.

Overall: I still don't get alcohol-free beers. They always taste poor. If i wanted to drink something non-alcoholic, I would have water, or juice or something. Not this rubbish - particularly not for AU$45 a case (2013). (1,110 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.3/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle - the blue label is a nice departure from the brown and white ones I see flying off the shelves each and every day.

This beer pours a slightly medium golden hue, with three hefty fingers of puffy, fluffy marshmallow white head, which leaves some high cloud formation lace around the glass as in genially melts away.

It smells of sweet, grainy, warm cereal malt, a subtle biscuit character, some timid yeastiness, and a soft drupe fruitiness. The taste is baking bread, of the grainy, hippie sort, a still tame yeast component, and somewhat leafy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is on the low side, and thus quite approachable, the body a decent medium weight, and smooth enough to satisfy Diddy or Sammy, or whoever. It finishes on the sweet side, mostly grainy, a weird warming essence that isn't from the you-know-what, a subtle old-world drying hoppiness welcome in its innocuousness.

Another rather tasty low to no alcohol offering from the big German brewers, though I get damned little wheat beer characteristics in this one - does the alcohol removal process also take out the same from the inherent malt? If so, an acceptable enough sacrifice, I suppose. (1,177 characters)

Photo of metter98
2.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a good size head covering the surface and rings of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of honey and malt in the nose.
T: The taste a bit of sweetness with flavors of honey and notes of bready malts. No hops are detectable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather flavorful considering it is non-alcoholic but it could use some more hops to balance out the malts, especially the honey-like flavors. (703 characters)

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.49/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of March 2012. The label describes it as isotonic and rich in vitamins - though I don't reckon I'll be adding it to my daily routine.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A very hazy straw colour with good carbonation and plenty of floating sediment. Yields a massive head of white foam that resembles a meringue; this eventually reduces to a surface layer. Aroma of cooked, biscuity grain with some sweetness and a yeasty lactic hint.

Tastes of sweet cooked grain and little else. A slight hint of yeast, but none of the esters that are typically associated with Weissbiers. A faint lactic note, like natural yoghurt. No hop aromas or bitterness. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry, with prickly carbonation. Aftertaste of sweet, biscuity grain.

Bleh - not brilliant. I admire the principle of offering low-alcohol beer to consumers, but in this case the natural weissbier character has suffered greatly. The result is sweet, bland and one-dimensional. Where have those tasty yeast esters gone? Unless you need to avoid ethanol for some reason, I would recommend that you avoid this beer. (1,105 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.06/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Getting down to the end on beer styles (only Happoshu left), I was looking for a low-alcohol beer that I could buy as a single, since I didn't want a six pack and don't like to review beers I had at restaurants. Grape and Gourmet is carrying this one, available as singles, like everything else in the store.

Pours a hazy gold color with a big white head. Good head retention and good lacing. A nice looking beer. Smell is almost non-existent. Taste is mild and malty, slightly sweet. There is a bit of a stale, musty aftertaste but it is pretty subtle and not that much of a factor.

Mouthfeel is a bit light and weak, still fairly crisp. Overall as a beer, this is pretty average but for the style it is not bad at all. Compared to Coors Lite, it is a much better beer experience. I'm sure there are some circumstances where I might have another one of these. (862 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.01/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light orange to amber, foamy 3 fingers width head with good retention.

A sort of metallic aroma right off the bat with a bit of malt & grain in there too. There is a bit of wheat too.

A lot of wheat & grain upfront but they seem to balance each other out fairly well. The taste is quite sweet & sugary, it almost tastes syrupy in parts with a little citrus.

Light bodied with a smooth texture & a nice tang on the tongue. It goes down well & easily but it does seem a slight bit watery.

Not a bad beer at all & miles better than any other low alcohol beer I have tried before, although granted I don't try that many to be honest. It has a bit of flavour to it & isn't at all off-putting.

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Photo of match1112
3.36/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i saw an article in the paper awhile ago featuring this beer. it stated that athletes in europe drink this after sporting events, like americans dring gatorade, because it's enriched with vitamins and minerals. i figured what the hell i'll try it. pours a clear pale yellow with a huge billowy off white head. that leaves lacing that i wasnt expecting. not much for the nose and tastebuds, just a slight grainess. has a medium body mouthfeel to it with good carbonation. overall i was surprised by this. it drinks like everyother beer, nice and smooth. good clean finish. actually felt like i was drinking a real beer, not a near beer. (635 characters)

Photo of wcintula
3.76/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As per style, if I'm going with an NA/Low 'A' beer, I'm going with this Erdinger. It's got a great big head , a slightly hazy honey colored body, lots of activity, a little sticky lacing. The smell is grainy/honey/sweet. No alcohol smell. of course. The taste is sweet and pleasant.

I don't know why this beer gets such low grades, I think it's one of the best NA beers out there. A little high in the effervescence. A delicious faux-hefeweizen! (446 characters)

Photo of eric5bellies
3.34/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank from my Stella Tulip

A - Pours a nice, very slight hazy Golden colour with a two fingered White head, that laces.

S - Slight metalic smell but predominantly Wheat and grain is small amounts.

T - Not too much up front, but some grains kick in mid palate before a rather unpleasant sugar flavour finishes it off. Strangly enough it is quite balanced.

M - What you would expect from a lager with light to medium body and fullish carbonation. A little sticky on the finish.

O - Not bad for 0% Alcohol. (508 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
2.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Beer served in a pint glass. Beer is yellow and hazy with a big white head that is seriously huge, minimal lacing decent retention moderate carbonation. Looks like a beer.

Aroma is malty and not like a hefeweizen at all. Really sweet and grainy. Oh well.

My hopes that this would taste good have all evaporated now. It is medium in body and really malty. It tastes like a shitty low alcohol beer and does not in anyway resemble erdinger. Oh well. Never again. (462 characters)

Photo of Everydayoff
2.91/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a pils glass by freshness date indicated on back label.

A:
Hazy gold color with massive white velvety and dense head, very good retention then leaves with good lacings stick, high carbonation.

S:
The smell contains wheat and malt with lightly grain.

T+M:
Wheat, malt sweetness, bready note then finish with slight citrus. The body is light to medium with well suit carbonation, dry finish.

O:
Light and refreshing wheat beer but rather lackluster since there is no banana or clove note. (515 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.06/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this with dinner in a restaurant deep in the countryside in Germany. I had a bit of a drive on the autobahn ahead of me, so alcohol-free it is!

It looks decent, light copper color and clear (some sediment at the end), with a huge poofy foam of head. It smells sweet, malty sweet, but didn't have any of the banana and clove I generally like with the regular style. Smells a bit like a brewpub, not like a hefeweizen. Still, all in all not bad.

It tastes sweet and malty, kind of like a beer pop. Which is probably the closest description I can make. Refreshing but I found myself returning to water after this (and not coming back). (641 characters)

Photo of cambabeer
2.87/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours dark clear gold-yellow with a white and beautiful head. Big carbonation, looks fantastic.

S- Sweet malt, wheat aroma. A little floral hops but very subtle. A little roasted fruits, but all very very subtle.

T- Not strong at all, obviously no alcohol taste. It does have some bitter malt characteristics and fruits. Really ok, just watery and it is so obviously lacking alcohol.

M- medium, with big carbonation

D- very easy and not filling (451 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
2.56/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to swalden28 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat with some bad grain-like qualities. The flavor is corn and wheat, very macro tasting. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Not sure why this is called a hefeweizen since there are no banana or clove notes to it. It tastes like your average, not very good low alcohol beer. (390 characters)

Photo of Brad007
1.74/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a nice golden color with a thick, frothy head into my glass. Carbonation is minimal.

Aroma is wheaty/grainy with a strong whiff of bread and unfermented wort in the nose.

Taste is smooth and thin and full of grainy, watery wheat flavor. Obviously lacking in alcohol and this hurts the beer.

Grain and wheat linger in the mouthfeel. Not much else is there to detect.

Another average alcohol-free beer. It does have a bit more flavor than others but otherwise, avoid. (475 characters)

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Easter with the fam = non-alcoholic beer.

Pale gold color with a decent white head. Thick retention and ample lace clinging to the glass. Constant bubbles.

Smells of honey and apple juice.

Tastes of sugary, wheaty honey. I stress the sugary and honey. Honey covered granny smith apple aftertaste. Mouthfeel is aggresively crisp and light. The honey gets obnoxious after awhile.

Overall, not much of a hef but not bad for a NA and fairly refreshing in its own right. (469 characters)

Photo of Greggy
1.85/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A- Pours a nice 3 finger head into my large weizen glass. The body is a hazy dark yellow/gold. The head has decent retention

S- For those of you who homebrew, you'll know this smell. Wort. This smells like you're mashing in, but it for some reason offends me. Definitely not good.

T- For those of you who drink your mash, that's what this tastes like. Imagine taking grains, malts, some graham cracker, a splash of honey, mixing it with water, and drinking it. This is that. The finish of this beer lingers which isn't a good thing.

M- Medium carbonation but terrible finish.

D- Not a good beer, but it's not really beer so I can't complain to aggressively. Regardless, will not drink again. (698 characters)

Photo of Overlord
1.58/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

For various reasons I've had non-alochol beer thrust upon me recently. Still looking for one that's palatable. This is probably the best of the lot, but still bad.

Pours a golden amber. Kind of nice looking, actually. Decent white head.

Smells ... offputting. Kind of like sweetened grain meal. Taste is a little weird. Muddled unnatural sweetness, grain, and moldy hay.

Hmmm....avoid. (388 characters)

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Erdinger Weissbier Alkoholfrei (Non-Alcoholic) from Erdinger Weissbräu
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