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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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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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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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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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
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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
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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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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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sjmalikjr from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A Good Hefe beer but not your traditional Octoberfest beer, big drop off after having a Sierra Nevada Octoberfest last night. Glad I only bought 1 bottle in a mix/match 6pack

Dec 06, 2020
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Sappinicci from Michigan

4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I really like this beer. Reminds me of an ale with hefe flavors and hefe feel. Looks like a hefe, smells like an ale, taste like an ale with hefe notes, feels like a hefe, the overall result I like a lot. Not too strong that you can't enjoy a few and still make it to work the next day. But it is supposed to be an Oktoberfest beer, and I don't really pick up on any of that except a little in the after taste. But, whatever. It is good. Need more before it is gone...

Oct 28, 2020
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Wattie83 from Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to weizen glass. Nice light gold color with thick, soft white head. Head stuck around for quite a while before dropping to a cap on top. Aroma is banana bread and not much else. Pretty tame. Taste is really subdued to me. A bit of wheat and yeasty esters, but nothing stands out too much. Feel is soft and on the light side of medium with a lot of carbonation that makes it pretty lively. Overall, not a bad beer, but not as flavourful as I'd hoped it would be.

Oct 11, 2020
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BubbleBobble from New York

3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden yellow, two-inch initial head that recedes but leaves a thick ring throughout. Nose is clove, banana, bubble gum, baking spice. Taste is light clove and banana up front, with a strong yeasty, breadiness that comes in mid-palate and through the finish. Moderate, lightly carbonated mouthfeel. A clean, mild weiß option.

Oct 11, 2020
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RobertB412 from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. bottle into a pint glass, pours a slightly hazy golden color with typical large head of wheat beers. The aroma is a bit feint, just a touch of hefe and malt. Restrained hefeweizen taste with some sweetness and very little hops. Good carbonation. Overall, a decent drinking beer, but not really o-festy.

Oct 10, 2020
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MNAle from Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

It has the weißbier look: some haze, golden yellow, an upward avalanche of bubbles to a very tall, thick, creamy head with excellent retention, leaving a rocky, uneven surface as it recedes. Little to no lacing.

Weak aroma; hard to pick up anything distinctive. Like a fresh breeze as much as anything.

Taste is better, but still subdued. The iconic weißbier flavors are there, but quite weak; some spice, hints of banana, solid body. There seems to be some attempt at bringing more of a märzen malty flavor, but I have to try hard to imagine it is there. In other words, the attempt was not successful. What I seem to be left with is a weißbier with subdued flavor with a bit of a maltier foundation.

Overall, while this beer was drinkable enough, it just seems to me to be a very subdued weißbier. This is not what I would expect from one of the premier brewers of weißbier in the world. In a word, disappointed.

Sep 21, 2020
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Anders91 from California

4.44/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Large fluffy white head, clear gold with very active carbonation

Smell: Malt, banana, slight hop smell

Taste: Really nice taste, pretty close to a Weizen, good amount of malt and banana

Feel: Smooth and bubbly

Sep 05, 2020
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Mikemcgrath4 from North Carolina

3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good festbier. Subtle banana on nose, but more malty than most hefes. Smooth, malty, bready, on palate, slightly sweet. Smooth finish. Very drinkable.

Aug 31, 2020
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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

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

Sep 02, 2019
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

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
Oktoberfest Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
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