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Erdinger Schneeweisse | Erdinger Weissbräu

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Brewed by:
Erdinger Weissbräu
Germany | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 07-13-2003

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Ratings:
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Avg:
3.52
pDev:
21.59%
 
 
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Reviews: 49 | Ratings: 117
Photo of haz77
2.54/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a slightly hazy amber will massive amounts of carbonation and a foaming head.

S - Not a whole lot there at all. Some barely noticable fruit.

T - Not much here either. Some fruit, some wheat, boiled sweets. No aftertaste at all.

M - Light body and carbonation is pretty good.

D - Easy enough to drink, as you would expect, but just too dull.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle into Erdinger Weisbier pint glass (how apt!). Purchased and poured in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Pours a head of nice thickness and moderate cream. Retention is average. Cloudy yellow-copper colour. Appealing.

Sm: Musty malted barley with hops. Wheat (shocker). Fresh, almost a bit flowery. Moderate strength scent. Pleasant, but nothing special.

T: Cream to a pleasant body that balances wheat and barley notes with its malt quite nicely. A bit too hoppy. The finish sits alongside the body kind of strangely. There's a slight injection of off-bitter flavour in the finish which doesn't complement the beer well. Too malty (especially for a Hefeweizen).

Mf: Too smooth, too wet. Coarseness on the climax is critical for this style, and it's missing.

Dr: It's cheap enough to have again - if I enjoyed it more. I wouldn't have it again unless I found it on draught.

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Photo of teromous
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On the label: "Best before end 08-2015" so it looks like I'm well before that date.

Appearance: Massive carbonation, huge thick white head under a slightly hazy straw yellow body with a waterfall of bubbles.

Aroma: There is a slightly spicy aroma and a slight metallic scent and a huge CO2 bite on the nose from all the carbonation.

Taste: The flavor of tangy wheat rolls onto the tongue at first, followed by a spicy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: It is a very easy drinking beer. The body is light and there is a slight bitter presence in the beer.

Overall: It felt pretty average, lacking a lot of yeast character in the aroma and flavor that come from drinking a fresh Hefeweizen. For an import it stands up pretty well and is still enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of titvs
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 15A). Bottle 50 cl - Batch L071108. AROMA: faint fruity aroma reminiscent of clove, vanilla and banana mixed with wheat notes. no hop aromas. APPEARANCE: light Orange color and a bit hazy. thin white head with poor retention. TASTE: dilluted wheat flavour with some fruity and vanilla notes. PALATE: medium-low body with low carbonation. OVERALL: a slight more fruity weiss from Erdinger but nothing more.

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Photo of sfprint
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On sale from Getränke Hoffman, now that xmas season is over.

A: Darker than normal weißbier's. Definitely orange in color. Nice fluffy head.

S: Not a strong smell, but the yeast is there.

T: A pretty flat flavor, with a slightly bitter aftertaste. At the very end, there's a bit of sweetness, but only in some of the sips.

M: It's fine. Just the bitterness isn't pleasant.

D: I wouldn't buy it again. Not so many good qualities about it, then again, not so many bad.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy dark golden, almost apricot colored beer. Huge, creamy, off-white head bubbles actively. Typical Hefe Weizen aroma is not as pronounced in this one and there is a bit more malt evident. Flavors of yeast and a bit of banana, but also a decent amount of fruit (apricot and pears? Like a pale ale). Finish is slightly bitter, which seams out of place. Not as soft and fluffy as a typical Hefe Weizen, a bit watery. On the Erdinger website it says the beer is a slightly stronger Hefe Weizen that is brewed to drink with Holiday dinners. Even though it was brewed for the Holiday season I think "uninspired" best describes this beer.

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Photo of AlexLMS
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: cloudy, no floating yeast, with a pale gold colour. The head is white, foamy and very large. Excellent retention with some nice lacings.
Aroma: not very strong in general. Grains, yeast, and fruit (citrus and light banana).
Taste: confirms the aroma. Dominated by the grains.
Mouthfeel: smooth, medium carbonation, average alcoholic strength and a medium to light body.
Finish: not very long bitter and yeast aftertaste.

Overall: nothing extraordinary, but quite enjoyable weissbier. I do prefer the standard Erdinger.

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Photo of allboutbierge
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed with a plate of fried eggs in Munichs Airport.

Appearance is quite good. A slightly cloudy copper. Less cloudy than other Hefes... Looks interesting...

Aroma is fairly subdued for a hefe. In addition to the norm scents of a Hefe, a slight spiciness shines through. But as previous reviewers have stated, nothing in this offering seemed to be 'inspired'.

Taste is much the same. Disappointing but not bad.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.09/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Unfortunately, my bottle was many months past the "best by" date, so that needs to be considered. Erdinger Schneeweisse has a medium soapy, crackly, white head, a hazy, vigorously bubbly, hazy, orange appearance, which clouds up, once the caked bottom sediment is loosened and poured in. No lacing left behind. The aroma is of pungent, sweet & sour grain and bread crust. Taste is similar with a very low hop component. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Erdinger Schneeweisse finishes semi-dry and highly drinkable. Overall, this would be in the quality and flavor range of a Shock Top or Blue Moon.

RJT

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Photo of roddwolff
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Once poured in my glass "Bayern Weissbier":

A: Yellow-nector color very cloudy, fat foamy head with two fingers thick and medium lacing;

S: Poor, rancid and metal essences, some bananas too but generally unpleasant;

T: Wheat and bananas, spicy hops and more wheat at the finish;

M: Very refreshing and fruity, medium bitterness, medium body and high carbonation;

D: Tastes more like summer beer than winter beer.

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Photo of endovelico
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Best before date of 06-2009. Poured into pokal. Medium low natural light. taken from notes. Reviewed on 01-04-09.

Appearance: Forms a three inch white fluffy head. Hazy yellow brew with orange tint. low perceived effervescence. Thick cap lasts throughout.

Aroma: Medium low intensity. Slight clove with faint banana smell. Some faint bubblegum as well.

Taste: Medium low strength. Malty, banana and slight bubblegum up front. Slight clove character, it seems. Some earthy spicy hop flavour it seems.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation. low to medium low body. medium bitterness. Extremely crisp, goes down like a sack of broken glass.

Drinkability: Not really the archetype of Hefe-Weizens. The price / quality ratio is decent considering you're buying half a liter of it. Mouthfeel hurts it's "Sessionability" despite the Abv. I fail to see why this is named "snow wheat beer". I can't see me drinking this in mid winter.

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Photo of Andreji
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

'Das Winterbier' from Erdinger is not precisely the best christmas gift, considering most other Erdinger products are a better purchase.

Pours a very dark and opaque golden tone with a thick and white head that leaves absolutely no lacing. The smell, a tad skunky, with some yeast and fruityness to it, is very faint.

Much as the flavour. Yeah, some wheatyness and some yeastyness with some fruity tones to it, but the actual feeling, very scarce on hops and reflecting little of the visually perceivable carbonation, is way too soft. Extremely soft and unappealing thus, gives a dull mouthfeel.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From: Binny's, Des Plaines, IL
Date: Best by 2014-08
Glass: Weihenstephan weizen glass

Erdinger has an interesting hefeweizen with their Schneeweisse ("snow white"), interesting only in the sense that it wasn't what I was epxecting. While I was thinking of a winter beer that would exhibit a bit more toast, caramel, or roast, Erdinger surprised me with a very clean wheat beer: the esters, phenols, and malt are fairly unassuming, showcasing a very clean yeast profile. The result is an easy-drinking, but not particularly flavorful hefeweizen that I don't think I'd seek out again.

Pours a towering head of off-white foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, frothy-looking, which lasts for several minutes in a slow fade to a 0.5cm cap atop the body of the beer that lasts the duration of the drink. Lacing is present, but not exceptional, with some spots of foam clinging loosely to the sides of the glass in sparse, random patterns. Body is a dark golden yellow color, with light bringing out brighter golden yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the nearly opaque body (70-80% opacity), high in number and fairly active.

Aroma is primarily of fairly straightforward wheat malt, slight fruity esters (bosc pear), faint yeast, and lightly toasted wheat malt. Certainly not unappetizing, but one has to inhale deeply to detect much: wonder what yeast they used and what the fermentation temperature and schedule was, as this is a seriously non-aromatic hefeweizen.

Overall flavors are very "clean" for a wheat beer: mild pear and apple fruit esters with subtle bread and grain, hints of tartness and nary a note from phenols or banana-like esters. Front of palate picks up sweet and bread-like wheat malt, fruit esters (pear and apple), hints of yeast, and minimally spicy phenolics. Mid-palate of fruit esters (bosc pear and mealy golden apples), with subdued sweetness and breadiness from wheat malt, hints of slight tartness. Back of palate encounters a mild tartness that is mixed with slight wheat malt graininess, malt sweetness, tart apple, and yeast. Aftertaste of mild yeast, tartness, bread-like wheat malt, and fruit esters (mealy apple and pear).

Beer is medium bodied, with carbonation of medium to medium-low intensity, resulting in a pleasantly foamy (3/5) and smooth (2/5) mouthfeel that generally goes well with the beer and style, though a bit more carbonation could be beneficial. Closes dry, with light to medium-light stickiness clinging to the palate.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this at Bert's Bierhuis

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a big fluffy four finger white head that mounds out of the glass. Decent retention, as it pops and fades down to a thick foam cap. Carrot or gamboge orange in color, cloudy, with higher amounts of carbonation in the form of smaller bubbles. Head eventually fades away totally, leaving no real lacing to speak of. Started out great, but ended a little lack lustre.

SMELL: Wheat malt, bready qualities as well, and some decent citrus lemon and melon notes. Some hints of clove as well. Though it misses some of those standard banana esters, it's certainly a bold and enticing nose.

TASTE: Wheat malt up front, quite sweet actually, and leads to a bready and citrus middle into a sweet bready and sour dough finish. A bold and longer lasting sweet-sour aftertaste is metallic and slightly astringent. A little off putting by the end, but not bad.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. A little light on the palate, but creamy enough. Goes down smooth and finishes quite dry; quite astringent.

OVERALL: A decent beer; certainly better than their standard Weizen. I'm not sure what gives Erdinger that sour-dough quality, but it just doesn't work for me. This one was a little too astringent as well. It's called a schneeweiß, though I'm not quite sure if this is a winter beer. Sommerweiß would be a more accurate name in my books.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy orange color with white, frothy head. Aroma has malt, overripe orange and a bit of alcohol. Taste isn't very intense, just some wheat and yeast notes. Body is medium and highly effervescent. Not bad but not my favorite approach on the style.

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Photo of metter98
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high white head that died down leaving a short head on the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass. The head has good retention properties.
S: Light aromas of yeast are present in the nose, although not much in the way of banana fruits are perceptible.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that there is less earthiness in the yeast and a little more bananas and lots of wheat. No cloves are perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and you get more of the wheat compared to the bananas.

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Photo of 911CROFT
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

500ml bottle into a tall weizen glass. Paid £2.70 for a single bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy, light golden-orange coloured body with masses of swift, visible, streaming carbonation. A three-finger in height, foamy, white head slowly reduces to a dense cap, leaving small amounts of spotty, soapy lace.

The subdued nose leads primarily with notes of lightly bready malted wheat. Traces of faintly fruity yeast are noticeable in the background, along with a larger amount of grassy hop bitterness. Taste follows suit in much the same way. Simple, tangy malted wheat leads upfront, fading just slightly towards the mid-palate to reveal a vague and subtle generic fruitiness. In the mouth, fine, lively carbonation and a medium to full body give a smooth and creamy feel. Towards the end, grassy hop profiles build, culminating in a dry, moderate bitterness that lingers on the palate finishing clean, crisp and dry.

Overall this is a very average beer. It’s bright, clean, easy drinking and refreshing, but the yeast esters and phenols that characterize the style are barely perceptible and an out of place grassy bitterness dominates the finish, detracting from drinking pleasure. I can’t say I’d happily part with my own money to try it again.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Taken from notes, March 13th of 2014.

A: The body is semi-opaque with a yellow and orange-y colour. Plus, the head is almost nonexistent with no lacing nor retention.
S: The aroma is filled with a bready presence surrounded beautifully by strong malts.
T: The taste profile has its bready presence again, now with some citrus coming over - namely lemon, and some caramel that goes on very well.
M: There's a normal hop profile for a winterbier with some sweetness attached to it.
O: Nothing special but good enough to have next year.

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Photo of tronester
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden/amber with a medium creamy off-white head. Smells of spicy phenolics. Taste begins with some bananna, then some husky grain, then a big metallic flavor, finishing with a smooth fruity finish. Mouthfeel is good. Overall a pretty good beer, though the metallic flavor is a bit much.

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Photo of atis
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber with large and foamy slightly off-white head that stays stable for considerable time and some lacing. Lots of small carbonation bubbles visible.

Aroma is very weak straw malty, maybe some fruit. Taste is rather sweetish wheat. There are also some spices felt, cloves being the most prominent and not much of aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium and soft.

Overall, I liked the beer, maybe it is not the typical Hefeweizen, but very refreshing and highly drinkable, I finished the glass in no time.

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Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BBD of 08-14. When I was stationed in Germany, there were a fair amount of brewers who put out Christmas or winter beers. Some times the differences between these & their standard beers were not huge. I wonder if that's what I'm getting here. Same abv as their flagship beer

Pours an effervescent apricot with 4 fingers of pearl colored head. Stays effervescent, alright head retention & lacing

S: Band-aid & not much else

T: Grassyness, slight breadyness & a bit of caramel & white grape up front. More grassiness, faint wheat tartness, pears & a bit of caramel & green banana as this warms. Finishes dry, fruity, with a kiss of taffy, & more green banana

MF: Medium bodied, slight carbonation

Drinks easy, but nothing special here

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Photo of TheSarge
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours very well for a massive amount of rocky light tan head. The body is hazy and caramel in color.

The aroma's weak. Very little hints metallic fragrances.

The taste has sweet banana and a hint of caramel flavor.

MF is good, prickly, and wetting to the palate.

This is not a very warming beer. Thus I wouldn't prefer this to a nice Doppel or Eisbock, but it doesn't really taste too bad.

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in Clifden, Ireland in March 2007.

Poured a hazy dark straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was good retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a soft wheat malt and some yeast esters.

The taste was upfront grainy, with some soft and mildly spicy wheat. Not much in the way of yeast detected. A bit subdued for a hefe.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side and mildly chewy.

Overall a tasty enough beer. However, not traditional in terms of a hefe. Perhaps the heavier body and subdued esters is what makes this a winter offering.

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Photo of stevoj
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Halfway to a dunkelweizen, and half the sediment. A nice smooth weizen, mildly spicy and a little kick as well. This is getting better as the glass goes down.....

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Photo of josanguapo
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

rom 2d2despuma. In Bavaria glass. Playing South Park Stick of Truth. The typical banana-clove of a hefe are replaced here with some dusty yet pleasant dry spicyness. A bit more foamy than desiderable

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