Oktoberfest Weissbier
Erdinger Weissbräu

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Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
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3.66 | pDev: 11.75%
Erdinger Weissbräu
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle.

Pours a dark straw color with a thick, creamy, foamy white head that retains really well. Laces really well all the way down the glass.

Aroma is faint, but it is bready and some malt is evident too.

Taste is a great balance of wheat, malt, spices, and a tiny bit of hops, perhaps more for balance than for hop taste.

Feel is very smooth. Light-to-medium body and strong carbonation. Finish is long and fairly dry.

Overall, very good. One of the better Oktoberfest brews I have tried.

Apr 02, 2020
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mschenk from Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark yellow with a thick head that last time
Not a lot of smell
Tastes somewhat light. Nothing very distinctive about the taste
Has a very good mouth feel, good carbonation
Overall just an okay beer.

Dec 08, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.32/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle conditioned.
L- Rich amber, pours with minor haze (some sediment left in bottle) and a 1Cm off-white head.
S- Mild, I just get some bready notes.
T- I can taste the wheat but any sense of spicy notes are more subtle than expected. After a few sips I start noticing a certain light fruit note, over towards apple?
F- Quite dry, as a weissbrau typically is. Carbonation in the mouth is good (and holding well in the glass). It's 5.7% but to me comes over as lighter, say 5.1%,
O- Nothing wrong or out of balance to note but I'm surprised at 5.7% it isn't offering more as it has that foundation to build on. The typical/anticiapted weissbrau spicing is also lighter than expected. It is sessionable, but seems rather pedestrian to me.
500ml bottle BB: 07/2020

Nov 07, 2019
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Deep straw yellow. 2 fingers of the finest, creamiest, smoothest head I have ever seen. A halo of angelic lacing surrounds the ale, which when tilted, clings to your glass and slowly descends to the surface of the brew.

S: Wheat malt with German hefe. Bready, sweet, tangy, banana, clove, the usual suspects. Very little hops on the nose, 10-15IBU tops.

T: It's like drinking an angel food cake! Very minimal hop profile, enough to keep it from being over sweet. I wouldn't be surprised if this Octo-Weiss was cask aged, to really let these malts develop. I feel like I'm getting so much out of the wheat. It's traditional Hefeweizen through and through. These guys could get Georg Schneider and Sons a run for their money.

F: Incredibly smooth as wheat ale tends to be. The flavor is astounding, I want it all over my palate, it's welcome to come and stay anytime.

O: Good clean beer! I will order this again and again, and may have already ordered a few!

Oct 14, 2019
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head, nice lacing and lively carbonation. Aroma is of grassy hops and bready malt. Body is medium and crisp. Taste is of ripe fruit, bready malt and some hops. Finish is long and semi-dry. Good brew.

Sep 18, 2019
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Wow, an Oktoberfest beer I don't think I've ever seen around. This one features a cheesy label of two people drinking on it, so you know it's gonna be a good time. Anyway, I don't know if I've ever had Erdinger's regular hefe so I'm probably not going to be giving this the most knowledgeable review out there, but I'll give it a shot. Everything I'm reading before diving in, including the back of the bottle, indicates that this is not a typical Ofest lager, nor even a Märzen, but an ale. A hefeweizen, to be exact. But... why? Why would they do this? So weird.

This pours a moderately cloudy yellow color with a nice, compact, yet voluminous head of intense white foam. Eventually, it sinks down to about a half-finger but the initial pour yielded almost three fingers. Decent (if spotty) lace and minimal legs. Cloudy surface, but it's not completely covered. Decent looking stuff.

The nose is light clove-forward spice and minimal grains with a bit of herbal hoppiness stiffening the entire ordeal. It actually is a pleasant aroma, to be honest, but it's just not what I think of when I think of an Oktoberfest. So I guess I'm rating this as a hefeweizen? But it's not as distinct or as, well, good as Weihenstephaner or Franziskaner, so I don't really know where to go with this. It's completely fine and passable, but I don't get where they're going. Is the recipe actually a weird middle point between a hefe and a festbier? What's going on here?!

The flavor profile is, well, more like a hefe than any kind of festbier I've ever had, and that would be because it's... a hefe. It's chewy, wheat-y, kinda dense and packed with esters... so, I guess that's cool? But this is just honestly such a strange take, and not really in a great way either. A little more citrus rind/peel than I expected from the clove-y nose, which is interesting. Finish is grassy and herbal hops with a little light floral note. Very tight carbonation and good mouthfeel, I will give them that. I'm perplexed as to why they would bill this as an "Oktoberfest" version of their traditional weissbier. An oddity, and not a particularly special one. I won't return to it, but it was fun to have and consider. Grab one but be prepared for a hefeweizen, as the back of the bottle states. It's not some kind of weird printing mistake.

Sep 15, 2019
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Greywulfken from New York

3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold and lightly hazed under a few fingers of off-white foam... Very light with herbal and floral aromas, bitter hops bringing some crispness to the crackery malts... Well-carbonated and smooth, some citric notes in the grassy fields of this beer's profile... It was okay but didn't wow me, and it also lacked some of the sweeter banana and clove notes I would've expected in a hefeweizen...

Best before end of 04/20...

Sep 08, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a typical Oktoberfest colour, with a head that fades slowly. Smell is some citrus but not much otherwise. Taste is floral, light soapiness and very minimal hops toward the end

Sep 06, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pours a light amber golden color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma had slight wheat hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a pleasant wheat flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A decent Festbier

Sep 02, 2019
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BOTTLE: 11.2 fl oz. Brown glass. Branded gold pry-off crown cap. Blue label depicting comically jovial beer servers. Best before: 04-2020 (that seems a little ambitious).

"Oktoberfest." "Never pasteurized." Bottle fermented.

APPEARANCE: Not particularly vibrant, but copper in colour. Doesn't appear clear or filtered. Head is thin and weak, lasting at best 2 minutes.

Appears adequately carbonated.

Not much to look at.

AROMA: Munich malt sweetness. Pale 2-row. Has some subtle hints of the baked bread notes I'd expect in a good festbier, but they're not prominent. Not finding any Vienna or amber malt notes. What really stands out here - and not in a good way - is wheat. Hefeweizen-like clove and faint banana phenol intrude on the festbier backbone, bringing unwanted hybridity to what is billed on the label as an Oktoberfestbier.

Aromatic intensity is mild.

TASTE: Wheat is present throughout, clashing with the Munich malt and 2-row, making it fuller-bodied than it should be, and dirtying up the clean festbier malt profile with ale yeast esters & phenols, letting banana and clove in where it oughtn't be. More hefeweizen than festbier - and not a good one at that.

TEXTURE: Medium to full-bodied, overcarbonated, smooth, wet, a bit sharp. Too heavy and crisp to be quaffed by the litre (as would be expected of any beer sent to Oktoberfest).

OVERALL: A head-scratcher of an attempt to mix the hefeweizen Erdinger is known for with the festbiere of Bavarian tradition, seemingly only for the marketing benefit it provides to those consumers none the wiser. I bought it expecting a crisp clean drinking German lager (you know, a festbier) but was none too pleased with the mediocre hefeweizen the bottle ended up containing.

Still quite drinkable, just not a good beer in either of the two styles it's mixing - and not a beer that exceeds the sum of its parts.


Aug 24, 2019
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PorterPro125 from Canada

3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

L- Pours a light golden hue topped by a thick, pillowy white head. Great retention and thick lacing.

S- Caramel malt and spicy hops, along with a slight banana phenol scent.

T- Caramel malt, banana, and spicy hops carry over from the smell. There is a slight and mild honey note on the finish.

F- Medium body with steady, moderate carbonation.

O- To be completely honest, reading the label of this beer led me to assume that this beer was an Oktoberfest style when in fact, it is a Hefeweizen. Anyhow, the beer is quite tasty and enjoyable regardless of the style. Quite easy drinking and one could even say "Oktoberfest Ready".

Jan 10, 2019
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soulcarve from Georgia

4.8/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best Octoberfest I've tried, and tried many. American attempts are weak at best. This is a clean, not over-the-top spicy Octoberfest that is enjoyable to bring in the fall. I can't understand how someone can even come close to getting notes of banana out of this, but taste buds differ I guess. Pricey, but worth every penny. Bottle or mug, both good. I like it cold.

Oct 26, 2018
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Nass from Florida

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I agree that this beer is both weak in aroma & flavor. If you want a good Oktoberfest Weissbier to drink then try the Paulaner version & pass on this one. Erdinger is one of the worst German breweries that I have sampled some beers from. Cheers! C

Oct 17, 2018
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G-Style from New York

4.5/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A tasty Oktoberfest beer. I personally love the art on the bottle. I think it has an excellent honey wheat aroma and flavor. Does not go well with food. I feel the flavor drowns out any food flavor. Great for a straight drinking. If your a fan of Oktoberfest beers, and tired of the same ones you've been drinking, I'd recommend this one as a good change up.

Sep 29, 2018
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Hazy golden yellow, large foamy white head that doesn't dissipate. Lots of bubbles.

Smell: Sweet malt, sharp and slightly acidic citrus, straw, honey.

Taste: Honey, malt, straw, a bit of a metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Average thickness, high carbonation.

Overall: An excellent hefeweizen.

Sep 28, 2018
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RozzieBoy from Rhode Island

3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - Hazy golden with huge white puffy, carbonated head. No lacing.
S - Apple cinnamon and light banana.
T - Sweet and light on the palate.
F - Medium mouthfeel, mild carbonation and fairly crisp. Semi-dry finish.
O - Pretty good beer.

Sep 24, 2018
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Spike from England

3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, traditional bottle-fermentation.
L: Light haze, golden colour, several streams of bubbles and three fingers of long-lasting, soapy head.
S: A little banana but not much and disappears quickly.
T: Some banana and cloves but subdued. Very sweet.
F: Smooth, rounded, some stickiness, light carbonation, dry finish.
O: A wheat beer with some of the characteristics of an oktoberfest beer. Not a great example of either style, however. Looks good and mouthfeel is very pleasant but smells and tastes extremely light for he style. Easy-drinking, nothing special.

Sep 18, 2018
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colts9016 from Idaho

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

About 44 degrees. A fairly stiff poor gave a one finger foamy creamy head with good retention. The color of the beer is a pale yellow. The beer is slightly hazy with some yeast floaties. The beer does present with a good amount of carbonation.

Nose: Wheat, banana, cloves, yeast, biscuit, light toasted malt, perfume, and floral.

Taste: Wheat, lightly toasted malt, biscuity banana, spicy floral, earthy, some perfume, and yeasty.

Mouthfeel is light body, high carbonation, slightly astringent, with a medium finish.

I was expecting an octoberfest beer not a heffe. The beer is atypical heffe, nothing special about that makes it stand out.

Nov 07, 2017
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jazzyjeff13 from England

3.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of July 2018. Purchased recently from Morrisons. A belated brew for Oktoberfest.

A: Poured into a tulip pint glass. Bottle conditioned. A hazy golden-amber colour with fine suspended sediment and plentiful carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam with excellent retention; this slowly reduces to a persistent surface layer. Slight lacing.

S: Aroma of mildly fruity yeast esters with hints of faint banana, a twinge of spice, grainy malt, subtle wheat and earthiness in the background. Underwhelming.

T: Tastes of fruity yeast esters with notes of mild banana, vague spice, grainy malt, faint wheat, subtle earthiness and a touch of solvent in the background. Quite dry, with little bitterness to speak of.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth and tingly, with prickly carbonation and good body. Satisfyingly chewy. Aftertaste of mildly fruity yeast, earthiness and subtle grainy malt.

O: OK but a bit characterless for a weissbier. Looks great, while the aroma and flavour are underpowered and flaccid. The rich estery notes typical of weissbiers are decidedly muted. Nice body; smooth and creamy. Goes down readily enough but doesn't make an impression. No need to hunt it down.

Oct 30, 2017
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the really out of date bottle, it pours a very lightly hazy amber with a robust head, that lasts as expected. Sweetish bread in the nose. The mouth gets the same. Pleasant.

Second bottle and third were much better than the first one. Yum!

Oct 28, 2017
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Hanglow from Scotland

3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Looks fabulous. Light gold, lighter than most hefeweizen, lovely big creamy head, cloudy.

Aroma is very disappointing, little there. tiny bit of freshly cleaned car, slightly sweet. Not bad, just nothing really.

Taste has a bit more going on but again not much there. taste of coin, tiny bit o fwheaty malt. No hop.

Mouthfeel is good, good carb, touch of acidity.

It's ok but there are many better hefeweizens out there

Oct 21, 2017
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PatrickCT from Connecticut

3.39/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Oktoberfest Weissbier. Hmm.
Typical looks for a weissbier. Nice frothy, pillowy head. good retention. Orangish blonde, hazy body.
Stone fruit, with some crisp wheat in the aroma.
It tastes a little sweet with no real fruit to identify, a touch of caramel, some crisp wheat with a bit of spiciness.
Very drinkable with good carbonation. On the lighter side for a wheat beer. Perhaps this is where they get off promoting it as an Oktoberfest.

Oct 05, 2017
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matcris from Arizona

3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A quite hazy lemon/golden, with a half finger of off white head that settles quickly. Very mild lacing down the glass. The aroma has almost a herbal/medicinal, or floral quality, and grainy/sunflower seeds. The flavor is biscuits, and sun seeds. The feel is full carbonation, very dry, and medium body. Overall, a 5 for the feel, for me. The most unusual O'fest brew I've tried this year; not necessarily a bad thing. I really enjoyed the dry, well carbonated, and body of this one.

Oct 03, 2017
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OlaB from Norway

3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden color with a big top off creamy white head. Has some nice lacings on the glass, and seems a slittle filtered. The aroma is off wheat,yeast,banana and spices, but a little weak. The taste is sweet with a mild bitterness and some malts in the back, notices some spices in the middle while it finishes off dry and have have a decent lenght in the aftertaste. the flavour is a little watery and bland . High carbonation with a medium body. The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. Is tasty and drinkable enough, but not very interesting. Would choose something else for the oktoberfest.

Oct 01, 2017
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Brolo75 from California

3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip

Pours a hazy golden orange with lots of carbonation, no retention, no lacing, head is bright white, doesn't look like an Oktoberfest beer.
Deep golden wheat aroma, spice, banana, yeast, light bubble gum, aromas are subtle.
Flavors of wheat, hay, banana, bubble gum, light spice in the middle, finish is dry with hay, spice and banana lingering in the aftertaste.
Medium bodied with a creamy, smooth, mouthfeel, carbonation adds a frothy feel.

I don't know why its label as an Oktoberfest when it does not fit the style according to color, aroma, and taste. It's still a good beer, I could drink a few of these on a hot summer southern CA day.

Sep 23, 2017
Oktoberfest Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 683 ratings