Oktoberfest Weissbier
Erdinger Weissbräu

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From:
Erdinger Weissbräu
 
Germany
Style:
Festbier / Wiesnbier
Ranked #56
ABV:
5.7%
Score:
83
Ranked #25,764
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 11.75%
Reviews:
350
Ratings:
390
Status:
Active
Rated:
Wednesday at 10:00 PM
Added:
Jul 17, 2003
Wants:
  24
Gots:
  93
SCORE
83
Good
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Reviewed by mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
11.2 fl oz. bottle, best before 04/2023. Acquired a single bottle of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's; clearing out the last of this year's Oktoberfest beers. This one classified as a Festbier / Wiesenbier here on the site, and apparently my first beer from Erdinger.

Poured to Camp Crystal Lake stemless wine snifter.
Cloudy golden orange body, big finger of frothy soapy white head that leaves good fluffy lacing. Looks pretty good, though lighter in color than our traditional American Oktoberfests.
Dusty, grainy, & malty. Slight orchard fruits - green apple / pear, but very much in the background. Notes of lager yeast, grain / wheat / corn. Subtle, indistinct, yeast-derived spice. Slight fumes / phenols.
Taste isn't harsh or offensive, but not nearly as brown or complex as I'd hoped, especially when I see this beer mostly marketed as an Oktoberfest. Bready, but grainy and wheaty. Flavors of corn, grain, husk, & wet cardboard bring to mind cheaply made adjunct laden swill. Slight hint towards "Belgian" flavored yeast - notes of banana & pepper are apparent. Body is smooth & crisp - well carbonated, slightly filling and bloating; call it medium-bodied.
Overall, it isn't bad beer by any means, just not very good either. Super average, and lacking in distinctive Oktoberfest characteristics in my opinion. Even as a "festbier" maybe being a beer you might want to drink a lot of -- this beer isn't it.
Would try others from this brewery. Cheers.

Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier -----3.25/5
Wednesday at 10:00 PM
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Reviewed by mikeinportc from New York

3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Translucent gold, with moderate white head.

Smells of sweet toasted grain , biscuit dough, and light floral and fruity aromas. Almost as if it were a hefe+helles blend.

Taste is medium-light crackery malt, a mild blend of vague fruity flavors [apple+pear+plum?] , some spiciness[coriander+black pepper+ clove, & thankfully very light on the clove :)] , finishing with something akin to sourdough bread, though stronger in flavor intensity, and not exactly that.

Feel is light-medium, with moderate , medium-coarse , somewhat prickly carbonation, that gives a light burn at the back of the throat.

Overall, fairly enjoyable, though a not top-of-my-list festbier. A nice change-of-pace while going through all of the other Oktos.
Nov 14, 2022
 
Rated: 3.63 by avisong from Virginia

Nov 13, 2022
 
Rated: 3.81 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Oct 29, 2022
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Reviewed by JayQue from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A nice blend of a Hefeweizen and a Marzen!!! Poured from a 33cl bottle into a pilsner glass, this beer is a slightly hazy straw yellow color with a big foamy head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma and taste feature hefeweizen elements like yeast, cloves and banana but they are a bit more subdued than most. Maltiness and bitterness usually found in Marzens are noticeable in the beer and tend to mute the Hefeweizen characteristics. the result is still a tasty mild German beer!!! Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Just right for a session beer. I bought a 6 pack and enjoyed the beer very much!!!
Oct 09, 2022
 
Rated: 3.77 by scootny from New York

Oct 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by NorbertB1974 from Germany

Oct 01, 2022
 
Rated: 4.11 by lonestarshield from Texas

Sep 29, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by mpenske from California

Sep 18, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by hockeypuck from Maine

Sep 16, 2022
 
Rated: 3.69 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Sep 14, 2022
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Appearance: Cloudy gold body, large white head, sparce lacing.
Aroma: Yeasty, With the usual phenols of banana and clove tagging along.
Taste: Soft, rounded, some graininess, along with a repeat of the traits of the aroma. Minimally hopped.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied, softly carbonated.
Overall: Refreshing. Good bargain.
Sep 12, 2022
 
Rated: 3.56 by beergorrilla from Michigan

Sep 03, 2022
 
Rated: 3.78 by lastmango from Pennsylvania

Aug 20, 2022
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
0.33 L bottle
Best By: April, 2022
Glassware: 0.5 L Weizen Vase
Temp at Pour: mid 40s F


Look:
Golden yellow that is hazy and somewhat opaque (I can see the shadows of my fingers through the glass). Initial 2-finger pillowy off-white head that fades quickly to a thick ring and inconsistent cover. A bit underwhelming for a Hefeweizen.

Smell:
Bananas and bubblegum with some citrus notes. Grainy wheat malt. Minimal spices

Taste:
Ripe bananas and sweet citrus notes with very noticeable wheat grains. Cloves and allspice come through towards the end along with some flowery notes. As the beer warms some tartness becomes evident.

Feel:
Smooth and somewhat creamy. Body leans to the lighter side of medium.

Overall:
An interesting beer. This is a grainer variant of a Hefeweizen that has a higher ABV than most others and more inline with Oktoberfest beers. Though unspectacular, it is inoffensive and hits the classic Hefeweizen notes. It is eminently drinkable. It would be a find beer to introduce someone to the Hefeweizen styles.
Apr 16, 2022
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Reviewed by SLeffler27 from New York

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Gem clear and gold until the yeast floods in. A big, voluminous, white meringue fills the bulb of a Pretentious Glass Company weizen glass. The head slowly settles to a thin blanket, leaving spotty lace beyond a spool of hair-thin glass.

The aroma has a nice, doughy/banana bread quality. It does, however, become muddy, with dusty straw as the head settles. Warmth reveals the expected clove.

It is sweet, front to back, with faint bitterness building into and through the finish. The banana flavor is very muted, though present. This is definitely a wheat beer, however, I suspect it was not as fresh as I had hoped. The bottle says "Best By April 2022". I drank it in November of 2021.

The medium body and soft, Jersey cotton texture give it a fluffy sensation. Alcohol is light, as expected, however, the carbonation should not be light and fizzy as it is here.

This is a decent drinking beer, even if this bottle is a bit too aged. It would work well in the early evening, or just with light conversation.
Mar 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
On tap at Melkebaren, Sandnes. Hazy deep golden colour, moderate white head. Moderate aroma of cloves and other spices, hints of banana. The flavour is moderately spicy with just a hint of banana, moderate but noticeable hops. Has more going on than the "ordinary" Erdinger Hefe-Weissbier.
Feb 01, 2022
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Rated by Clarkimus from Florida

4.68/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Great beer. One of the best octoberfest beers I have had. Different than most because of the wheat, but not a hef in my mind. Great look and smell.
Jan 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Golden yellow with a 1.5" white head, which lasts. Moderate lacing.

Aroma of biscuit malt, bread, yeast.

Taste is crackers, wheat, caramel, slight citrus, slight banana.

Light body, lively carbonation. Dry finish.

Another great German beer.
Dec 17, 2021
 
Rated: 3.68 by ItsBeer4Me from Pennsylvania

Dec 12, 2021
 
Rated: 3.28 by hogrider from Florida

Dec 02, 2021
 
Rated: 3.77 by CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania

Oct 26, 2021
 
Rated: 3 by altrio

Oct 18, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by Shan-man from New Jersey

Oct 10, 2021
 
Rated: 3.84 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Oct 10, 2021
 
Rated: 3.6 by smithj4 from New York

Oct 09, 2021
 
Rated: 4.38 by beerrat from Virginia

Oct 03, 2021
 
Rated: 2.95 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

Sep 28, 2021
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Rated by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
A very nice Fest style beer using wheat.
A bit different than the "norm" Fest style, but definitely a great quality brew.
Sep 21, 2021
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured straw color with bright white head, very dense head and good lacing.
The aroma was yeast and cloves and spices. Quite nice.
The taste was better than I expected as I tend to not like wheat beers much but the spices and nutty flavors blended nicely with the bitterness for an enjoyable drink, I was definitely disappointed when it ended.
The feel was a bit thin, but it certainly didn’t make it bad, just easier to drink quickly.
OA, well, still at least 4 “official” festival beers to try so will not label it with a position yet.
Sep 20, 2021
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Reviewed by Spade from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Bottle with a best by of 04-2022. A good wheat beer but a bit "thin", especially in carbonation and mouthfeel. An enjoyable drink but not sure I'd buy it again.
Sep 19, 2021
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a hazed orange color with a one finger head of puffy white foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is big of a grainy and wheaty smell mixed with lots of orange and banana and spice of clove. Along with these smells comes a bit of toast and hay. Overall, very nice.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter wheaty and grainy taste with the sweeter being mostly of an orange and caramel taste. As the taste advances flavors of clove and coriander spice as well as banana comes to the flavor profile. At the same time a touch of herb and grass hit the tastebuds, all while a yeasty flavor comes in and some of the grain leaves, leaving one with a nice, somewhat sweeter but very pleasant weisbier flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is slightly higher. Overall, the feel is great for the style and makes for a very nice easy drinker.
Overall – A rather nice weisbier with a great flavor and a great drinkability.
Sep 14, 2021
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Reviewed by UrbanCaveman from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle, poured into a nucleated teku at ~40 degrees F.

L: Pours an opaque burnished-straw gold, and forms a massively fluffy head of white foam with ridiculous retention and lacing.

S: Banana and bubblegum, wafting on the breeze along a wheaten plain. A tinge of spice, and a hint of breadiness to the banana.

T: Definitely a hefeweizen. Clove, banana, and bubblegum hit right up front, and roll into the background by the finish to allow a biscuitlike bready quality to come forward.

F: Creamy and full, though with a bit of a lighter breakdown by the swallow.

O: Not a bad weissbier.
Sep 10, 2021
 
Rated: 3.54 by MGibbons from Maryland

Sep 04, 2021
 
Rated: 3.77 by uncleotis from Illinois

Sep 02, 2021
 
Rated: 3.51 by Rhettroactive from Virginia

Aug 31, 2021
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Reviewed by Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
A wheat version of an Octoberfest style. Appearance is a golden cloudy color with banana, clove, taste. I find this more of a Hefeweizen than an Octoberfest and that is why it is categorized as a Hefeweizen, instead of an Octoberfest beer.
Aug 14, 2021
 
Rated: 3.58 by ssimpson89 from Illinois

Aug 07, 2021
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Reviewed by ChrisCage from Canada (AB)

4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A- This pours out of the bottle, which I may say has great artwork and color, a cloudy golden hue, but only after some careful swirling of the 'nutrients' at the bottom of the bottle with a bit of the liquid, otherwise this would be a light yellowy golden color that is rather clear! The carbonation seems to be fairly aggressive in nature, and the head is white, and shows up as a small circular glob right in the middle of the glass at the top of the brew, with many columns of fizz bursting around it. There is modest lacing that graces the inside of my glass, but over time becomes more of an oily looking residue that doesn't stick at all. Overall this does have some characteristics of a Hefe, and looks decent enough.

S- The aromas are of medium banana bread, cloves, nutmeg, yeast, and sweet caramel malts. There are perhaps some muted grassy grainy wheat aromas, but definitely stay put in the background. I also detect some, again, muted hints of hop presence. Overall the smell is mild, which for a Hefe is probably not ideal, but for an Oktoberfest style, is great.....a blend of both styles here.....

T- Much of the aforementioned aromas carry over into the flavors. Muted banana, baking spices (clove and nutmeg), creamy yeast, bread and/or biscuit, and a dry finish that is of grain/wheat kernel. I find that the overall malt profile is fairly robust, and is noticeable from start to finish. I find that it is also reasonably clean on the finish. I like it!

M/O- As my eyes suggested, this one is definitely heavily carbonated, which is what I like to enjoy for an Oktoberfest. The body is medium and I find it to be highly drinkable (it helped that I found these 5 packs that came with a sweet glass for $13.99!) Think this does well with a meat pizza, as I had with this, as it cuts the oily pepperoni well, and it works well as a palate cleanser. An overall mild Hefe that doubles as a flavorful Oktoberfest....I can enjoy more than a pint in a sitting and see this as a great hot weather refresher!
Jul 14, 2021
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Reviewed by tigg924 from Massachusetts

2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Pours clear,gold in color with one third inch head. Taste is wheat and yeast. Light bodied, high carbonation slightly sweet. Tastes more wheaty than like an Oktoberfest. Not bad but several other German Oktoberfests I would go to first.
Dec 27, 2020
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