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Brewed by:
Erdinger Weissbräu
Germany
erdinger.de

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 07-13-2003

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49
Ratings:
118
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
13.92%
 
 
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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 emerge077
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

BBD: 08-2014

Opaque orange body, fluffy head of foam that rises above the rim of the glass in rocky peaks. Long lasting surface coverage that remains unbroken for the duration of the glass. Flecks of lace dot the glass in concentric circles.

Mellow bready wheat aroma, not much in the way of yeast esters.

Smooth feel, taste is also easygoing with mellow wheat and the slightest clove presence. Slight oxidation. Creamy and medium bodied with a light wheaty aftertaste. Not sweet at all. Pretty easy to drink but not much to set it apart really. For a winter warmer I usually go for Aventinus or the Eisbock version.

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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 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 TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

Been a long time since I broke this glass out, but it's coming out of semi-retirement for a seasonal hef that I've never seen before. It pours a clear brass topped by a mountain of white foam. The nose comprises dry cracked wheat, mild banana, mild lemon peel, and a few pinches of clove here or there. The taste bursts with some banana- and clove-laden orange, with some wheat biscuits tossed into the fray toward the back end through the finish. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a solid, if unremarkable hef. 'Nuff said.

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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 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 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 puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 25 fl. oz bottle with an expiration date of 08-2016. Sampled on December 12, 2015.

The pour is yellow and heady.

Lots of toasted biscuit and bread on the nose as well as a slight grassy hop character. It reminds of most any other German brewed beer.

Light to medium body.

The taste has a decent toasty character with a mild sweetness and grassy hop finish. A pretty straight forward German brew and I am not sure why this is any different.

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Photo of corby112
3.92/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hast dark golden orange color with golden straw edges and a frothy, three finger white foam head that very slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Possibly over carbonated with great retention, taking a long time to settle and leaving chunks of soapy lacing behind.

Earthy, zesty spice aroma with hints of pepper, clove and cardamom followed by bready yeast, bubble gum and citrus. The peppery spice really stands out as it warms but is nicely countered by the yeast, banana and citrus zest notes. Lots of peppery lemon and orange peel in there. I'm not really sure what makes this a winter wheat beer. Maybe the heavy spice profile but it's not very different from a traditional take on the style.

On the fuller end of medium body with soft carbonation and a strong peppery spice presence that lingers over the yeast, light fruit and citrus zest into a sweet, slightly dry finish. Refreshing zesty spice character with hints of clove, coriander, ginger and white pepper, and while it dominates the palate, it's isn't too strong or overpowering, letting the other notes come through. There's a prominent bready yeast flavor mid-palate with hints of bread, banana and bubblegum. Crisp, zesty citrus sweetness toward the finish with lemon spritz and orange rind. Complex yet well balanced and very easy to drink. A really refreshing classic wheat beer with a great zesty spice presence that's countered by just the right amount of yeast and citrus sweetness.

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Photo of wl0307
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB June 2009, served lightly chilled and cloudy in a pint-size weizen glass.

A: pours a lightly murky, blood-orangey hue with constant feed of lively carbonation, resulting in a well-lasting huge and cottony white frothy head.
S: I haven't tried the Erdinger Weissbier for a long while, but this one smells much less estery in the banana apartment as compared with most other weizen and allows the light orangey citric and mildly lemon-zesty fruitiness to lead the chorus, which consists of a dusty note of the froth, creamy wheat-ish malt and a very light tinge of melted crystal sugar. The typical spicy touch of cloves remains utterly light here, only as decoration.
T: moderately sweet, almost banana+mango-bready maltiness prevails upfront with plentiful aroma of malts, slowly ensued by a moderately-flavoured citric-zesty fruity aftertaste, soothingly woody+spicy yeastiness and a semi-dry palate to linger until the end. Pleasantly chewy in the finish, hand in hand with a wee bit of alc. and more malt+wheat-ish aroma to linger.
M&D: this is a rather malty interpretation of weizen to me, showing a thicker-than-normal body and pronounced performance of the maltiness, while in the aftertaste the usual suspects of spicy fruits do make a kickback to complement the main theme. Medium-bodied, soothingly carbonated, this weizen is very pleasant due to the malty support but still very quaffable indeed in the wintry season!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.24/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.
5.6% ABV, Best Before End: 08-2014

A - Raw honey golden in color, this hefe pours with a classic cap of tall white foam. The suds slowly collapse into the hazy, well-carbonated beer draping sheets of beautiful lace down the glass for an appearance that begs to be sipped.

S - Like any good hefeweiss, this beer is driven by a yeasty aroma but instead of the nostalgic summer time notes of ripe banana, bubblegum, and spicy clove, this yeast nose offers far more muted, dusty, earthy tones trickling into soft wheat.

T - Grainy pale malts give way to soft, bountiful wheat that's finished by a strong earthy yeast profile that directly mirror's the aroma's earthy, dusty scent with just the slightest hints of fruit and spice but neither harken back to the traditional summer-like hefe characteristics.

M - Creamy and smooth from front to back, Scheeweisse has a wonderfully effervescent carbonation level that gives the dry finish a lively feel!

O - Want a hefeweiss in winter without lamenting that it's winter? Grab yourself a bottle of Erdinger's winter hefeweiss, Schneeweisse, their winter seasonal. This hefe is complete with the same classic appearance and drinkable, creamy mouthfeel but without those overarching banana and clove notes that'll send your mind right back to the days when you could enjoy a refreshing beer outside. This earthier yeasty version of a hefe is a welcome, however brief, departure from the classic summery wheat beers of Germany!

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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 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 ryan1788a5
3.81/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a seized glass. Best before date of 8/2014 means this is about as fresh as it gets for imported German beer.

A: Pours a cloudy amber/orange color with darker tawny hues. Huge rocky head retains its massive size throughout. Lots of clumpy lacing.

S: Bready and wheaty with hints of walnut and toasty crust. Green bananas. Pineapple and lively tropical fruit esters. Good dose of clove and pepper spiciness becomes dominant. Yeasty throughout. Hint of alcohol.

T: Toasted crust, walnut, bready. Baked banana bread. Green bananas. Yeast is a constant flavor. Spiciness dominates mid to late. Peppery and clovey. Fleeting hop oils bring a dash of hop spice. Quick jab of alcohol. Yeasty and doughy finish with a slight lingering alcohol prick.

M: Round and creamy with some of that frothy wheat feel. Firm. Aggressive prickling carbonation.

O: A larger, more muscular hefeweizen brewed for the winter months. It sacrifices some of the nuances of the style in favor of a more forceful approach.

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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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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

Look: Very hazy dark wheat color. Thick foamy tan head, good retention. Light lacing.

Aroma: Sweet malts, grains, faint banana.

Taste: Malt sweetness, wheat, grains.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: I like this. It's not a banana bomb, very clean and subtle.

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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 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 eric5bellies
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from my Erdinger Weizen glass.

A - Pours a hazy golden colour with a frithy white head that dies slowly.

S - Bready and citrus dominate the nose.

T - Sweet sticky yeast flavours first, followed by some spicey banan and clove, finishes a little dry.

M - Medium body, high carbonation

D - Enjoyable and drinkable

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Photo of drmeto
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

L:
-pours a hazy golden-orange with a small frothy white head
-high visible carbonation
-head dissipates fairly quick
S:
-very grassy and spicy (Clove,Cinnamon) with a big honey note
T:
Follows the nose plus a sweet candy and slight elderberry with christmas-esque spices
F:
-high carbonation,medium body
O:
Sets itself apart from the regular Erdinger with a more descernable sweetness and loads of spices

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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 Lemke10
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This pours a semi-cloudy golden amber color with a fluffy off-white head. The aroma is slightly malty with hints of wheat and citrus. The taste is light and simple yet there is a decent amount of grain and flavor. Very easy drinking and quite refreshing.

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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 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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