Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier | Erdinger Weissbräu

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Erdinger Weissbräu

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle

Pale gold color with a finger of thick white head.

Great smell, some citrus, fruit, and spice, but less banana than you would expect. That's not a bad thing though. Smells lively without being too sweet.

Light wheat taste, along with citrus. Maybe a bit of tart apple. Has some light spice to it. Very smooth, no funky aftertaste, although the citrus does longer on the tip of your tongue.

Great beer, very easy drinking. Perhaps a bit lighter than most Oktoberfest beers. Highly recommended.

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Photo of crossovert
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is by no means an Oktoberfest style lager but Erdinger perhaps decided to slap the term on to this beer perhaps to cash in on the trend or is this a hybrid? We will see. Best before February 2010.

Pours into my Weizen glass with a typically huge and uncontrollable Erginder-styled head. The color is a bit darker than the original and that is about it.

Scent is weisen, with noticable wheat and clove scents along with some lemon but with an extra kick of malt. It smells very spicy. It really is a hybrid of weisen and oktoberfest in the scent department.

Suprisingly the Otoberfest characteristic is carried into the taste department, though with a Weizen twist. Remarkable. Typical nutty malts meld with the subtle fruitiness of the Weizen, again, remarkable.

This was a surprise I was expecting another version of the Weizen and this truly is a hybrid. One of my new favorites for this season.

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served cool from 500ml bottle into weizen glass.

L) Palish yellow colour, hazy, fluffy white head but not as effervescent as many weisse biers when poured.

S) Sweetish, a bit of light citrus. Certainly different from the normal banana / bubblegum odour.

T) Very different from a normal German weizen, doesn't have the strong banana / ester flavour, more of a clean lager flavour. Doesn't taste of much to be honest, a bit of sweetish malt, no hop bitterness, but I actually like it, very clean flavour, very drinkable.

F) Very clean flavour, refreshing and nicely fizzy. So drinkable.

O) I'm not a big Erdinger fan, but I like this one. Would love to sit in a bier garden on a warm day in Munich with one of these.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well this was a surprise. Got this one not paying much attention, and didn't see the wheat coming in. Nonetheless, a really nice, tasty beer. Nice amber beer with an incredibly fruity nose - lots of wheat, citrus, and maybe even grapes or sweet dried fruit in there. Flavor is likewise, mixed with a definite Oktoberfest straightforward maltiness. Feel is fine, appropriate for the style. Really enjoyed this one, would definitely grab it again - highly drinkable.

The Reef/16 oz/$6

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Photo of uwmgdman
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a slightly cloudy golden into my pint glass with a thick white head. The aroma has elements of sweetness, maltiness, and graininess, maybe from the wheat. There isn’t much hop aroma nor yeast aromas typically found with a weizen, perhaps the ever so distant hint of clove. The taste is rather sweet with a little bit of graininess and a tart finish with a hint of clove. The carbonation is rather high and a bit prickly and body is medium-full. I will admit, the label confused the hell out of me, is it an Oktoberfest or is it a weizen? Well now I know, it is a subdued weizen with a little bit of darker grains. The typical flavors and aromas of a typical Hefeweizen are faintly there, but it does have that nice tart finish. Overall I enjoyed the beer. The beer has a nice finish and good drinkability, rather refreshing, a calm Hefeweizen. Regardless of how you classify it, it is a tasty beer.

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Photo of pinotboy007
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden w/a bit of copperish-like hue and a rich, fluffy, cratered cap that's simply beautiful. No lace.

S - Very much like a Weisen with wheat, clove, lemon and malt.

T - Oktoberfest but with a Weizen accent. Nice sort of nutty malt but with a touch of cinnamon and fruit that finishes dry. Delicious!

M - Rich w/nice supporting carbonation that's super silky.

D - Food friendly given the low ABV and splendidly balanced carbonation. Hugely drinkable!

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Pig & Fiddle with a sausage plate.
A: Hazy straw gold under a 2” finely bubbled off-white foam cap that grips the side of the glass producing sheets of lace.
S: Spicy nose with traces of banana and clove.
T: Doughy yeasty wheat palate lightly seasoned with banana and hints of clove.
F: Big luscious velvety smooth body with above average very finely bubbled carbonation.
O: Cleaner with fewer phenols and esters than many Weizens which might appeal to those not overly fond of banana and clove.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. Date on bottle says 02-2013.

Appearance: Pours a fairly cloudy pale golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge six finger white head with pretty good retention. Leaves a lot of clingy lacing on the glass.

Smell: A fairly sweet wheat aroma with lots of fruity esters. Wheat grains, yeast, and pale malts with big hints of bananas, apples, pear, and a little citrus orange. One of the most lively banana aromas I've smelled. Good hints of cloves and a little white pepper spice. Also some hints of sweet caramel and honey along with some spicy earthy hops. Solid aroma.

Taste: As wheat and fruit dominate as the smells previews. Sweet wheat grains, pale malts, and yeast up front. Clove spices and a little pepper. Big taste of banana and apples. Also some notes of pear and citrus orange and lemon. Bready cereal grains and malts with some notes of biscuit, caramel, and crackers. Earthy hop presence is pretty light. A pretty nice dried fruit taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Creamy, crisp, and somewhat prickly. Has a nice drying finish.

Overall: A pretty good Hefeweizen. Nice lively taste of banana and apple along with the wheat.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Swan Market in Rochester, NY.

Is this a Oktoberfest, or a Weissbier? My admittedly brief research leads me to believe that this is a stronger version of their Weissbier, made for Oktoberfest.

This pours a hazy golden yellow/orange, with a small foamy head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells like wheat, clove, a bit of caramel, and toffee.

This does taste like a stronger weissbier, rather than an actual Oktoberfest beer. There's lots of wheat, clove, and maybe a bit of sugar-coated banana, with some toffee, caramel, and breadiness.

This is medium bodied, very crisp, with a good level of carbonation.

This paired incredibly well with a sausage platter at Swan's Market- it certainly helped my enjoyment of the beer.

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Photo of matjack85
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this single 12oz brown bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.99. A freshness date is notched out along the side of the back label, so you can always tell if you are getting this year's batch. Despite the label touting this as a Marzen/ Oktoberfest beer, BA lists it as a hefeweizen, which after looking at it, smelling it, and tasting it, seems to be the right call.

The beer pours a cloudy golden color with sediment in it, which is typical of an unfiltered wheat beer. The head is enormous with 75% of the glass filled with frothy white foam. The head took awhile to receed so retention was good, but surprisingly, despite the big head, this beer didn't leave any lacing.

The smell was all hefeweizen - strong wheat malt smell along with a nice dose of fruity banana and spicy clove aroma.

The beer had a sweet caramel malt and wheat flavor with the spiciness coming in a strong second. An orange and banana fruit flavor was there as well, but not as strong as the other flavors. Not much in the way of hops in here and therefore not much bitterness. The spiciness is used to help balance the malts rather than any hops.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

This is a decent tasting beer. The 5.7% alcohol is barely noticeable, so having a few at a sitting is entirely doable.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken at a local pubs Ocotberfest last night, sadly not in the correct glassware, £2.00 for a half pint in a standard unbadged UK half sleeve.

Cloudy, murky, you choose! It's lemon gold in colour with a good white crown on top, just like almost all wiessbiers.

Bananas and cloves with a vanilla overtone, in both the smell and taste: yummy.

I couldn't tell any difference to the regular Erdinger to be honest, the advertised 5.7% ABV certainly didn't feature greatly in the taste but I did knock a glass over in the next pub I visited, so maybe it was stronger than I thought.

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Photo of patre_tim
4/5  rDev +11.1%

A: Golden with a light haze like sunset, 2 fingers of yellow tinged creamy head. Very little carbonation.

S: Malts, light astringency, apples, a light sweet fruitiness like Chinese pears.

T: Big maltiness, light sweetness, an almost Belgian tripel quality only much lighter.

M: Light, bready like white bread, light sweetness relative dry finish due to fine low level almost powdery carbonation.

O: Really enjoying this brew I found on in Bankgkok. Drank with German sausages and salad in Chiang mai, Nov. 5th, 2014.

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Photo of bmwats
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Dark golden and cloudy. 3 finger frothy white head. Lots of carbonation rises throughout. Thick carbonation very shortly hangs on to the sides of the glass, but mostly retreats.

S: Wheat and lots of yeast, a little citrus. Kinda freshly mowed lawn and baked bread combo.

T: Wheat, not as yeasty as the nose suggests, but really grainy.

M: A little heavier than one might expect. Full flavored. The grains are very pronounced and linger on the palette.

D: Very good beer to sip, but can be powered thru if that sort of thing suits you.

Very solid appearance. Nice golden hue and big frothy head like you'd expect from a weizen. More carbonation than i'd expect, but it really doesn't come out in the feel. Very pronounced nose unlike the subdued sort from most weizens, and pleasant too. Really strong pronounced flavor as well. Nice combination of components. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting Oktoberfest/Weizen. Which one is it. I guess I will have to drink it to find out. Poured into my pint glass this beer produces an amazing amount of head. Possibly an over agressive pour by me. The head is light tan in color. After settling I can now see the beer itself is cloudy orange with golden hilights. The head leaves a bit of creamy lace around the rim. The aroma is sweet and fruity. Apples oranges and slight banana are right up front. Some spice along with a strong malt backbone. The flavor is a nice balance of malt and sweet fruit. Hints of pepper and wheat crackers are finished off with a tart fruity bite. A very creamy mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. Although not really a marzen a very solid beer overall. Worth picking up again.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Solid hazy yellow, two finger head.

S- Spicy banana w/ light hints of caramel and hops.

T- Very clean malt throughout. The yeasy character is very prominent but does not over power. This allows for a little bit stronger malt profile to come through which adds nicely without dominating.

M- Spritzy yet silky.

D- I'll buy this again.

A very nice seasonal twist on a classic. Do yourself a favor and pick some up.

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Photo of jzlyo
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In aroma its very bready mixed with the expected yeast and bananas. The flavor is kind of strange, the breadiness you normally find in a Festbier isn’t something that would normally be something to pair with a hefe but it worked well, malty for a hefe but still a good yeastiness to it. Pretty good, unique.

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Photo of homersimpson67
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden hazy straw color into my trusty tulip, very inviting.
Pleasant floral aroma, lemon and spice, smells fresh.
Easy going flavor, nothing unique but clean and crisp, not overpowering, goes down smooth.
Hits the mouth with a more carbonation than most Oktoberfests I've tried.
Overall very good but wouldn't say will remember as one of my favs. Will try again, love the fall beers!

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Photo of ATPete
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle

The Erdinger Oktoberfest offering pours a hazy, pale yellow color with vigorous rising carbonation and an enormous frothy white head that stays around for a while. Awesome nose to this beer, notes of quality wheat, toasty grain and some definite detection of bright citrus-like hops. Citrus fruits return and hit you right upfront upon the initial tasting, immediate fruit notes turn to a soft wheat texture overshadowed by notes of, mellow and pleasant, but apparent spice and malt. A hint of alcohol heat on the finish seems to make the spice and wheat flavors linger in the aftertaste for only a short amount of time. I kind of wish it was a more elongated show. Its carbonation levels are bright and refreshing, and a light body makes this fest-bier dangerously drinkable. I recommend this to someone that cant quite let go of summer beers yet, among others.

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Photo of IPAcraig
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my snifter whilst eating a pretzel and watching Sopranos.

A good looking beer. Golden orange with a nice creamy white head.

Smell is lacking but still ok. Malty and slightly nutty; but not strong.

A nice malty taste. The wheat gives this beer a nice texture. A typical oktoberfest with a nice twist, but it doesnt blow me away.

Creamy, grainy texture yet remains light.

Very drinkable, and a damn fine marzen

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Photo of stephens101
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The pour results in a quickly growing, huge off-white head that reaches well above the rim of the pint glass and recedes quite slowly, leaving a chunky, inconsistent lacing behind. Color is a hazy orange. Smells rich and malty up front with some caramel sweetness making itself noticed. There's an aroma of yeast in the background. Tastes a bit spicy and even fruity up front with a good malt backbone. Mouth-feel began with a little crispness but became creamier as I finished off the glass. There's quite a bit of carbonation activity upon a swirl. Without a doubt one of the best Oktoberfests I've had, but that's not surprising considering who it came from.

P.s. It goes to show how much I pay attention, but I just noticed this was an Oktoberfest "Weissbier", so I guess that explains the fruity notes on the palate. With that information in mind, the review still stands as written. Either way, it's a damn good beer.

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Photo of gpcollen1
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appeared with a majestic head, poured from a bottle into my Erdinger Weisbier glass- only slightly cloudy with a golden brown hue.

The aroma hinted of Weisbier but also of Marzen maltiness. Nothing outstanding but seemingly quite balanced.

Taste is quite incredible. I just love the flavor – what a combination – I have never had this before.

Mouthfeel yields quite a bit of carbonation but not too much, allowing you to taste both sides of this brew.

I could drink these all day long. Very happy I put another in the fridge.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From bottle, Pours a hazy gold. Big head, lacing and retention. Aroma of grainy biscuit with rich notes of pear and hints of lemon. Taste pear, peach a little banana and spice.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very impressive.

Pours a dirty apricot into a Ball Jar (it’s all I have to drink out of in GB at the moment). Tons of off white head. Diminishes to a healthy skim.

Great aroma blends marzen malts with banana yeast, clove, and bready notes.

Taste is very clean and crisp. A perfectly blended hi-bred of two great styles. Plenty of banana and clove, tons of fresh baked bread, hints of lemon, lots marzen malt flavors and a little bit of cinnamon and pumpkin spice.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, completely clean and refreshing.

Drinkability is through the roof.

Great beer.

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Photo of morimech
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden with a very large white head that has plenty of staying power. For the amount of head and retention, I was surprised by the virtual lack of lacing.

I smell the yeast giving it a spicy aroma. The malt lends a deeper and richer aroma than found on more traditional Hefes.

Light but still has a rich caramel malt flavor with a spicy yeast component. Has a faint citrus finish.

Light body with abundant carbonation. Not harsh but lively in the mouth.

Very drinkable and an alternative to heavier Oktoberfests.

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Photo of sacfly
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, 01-2008 L052104
Pours a hazy golden color with a huge off white head. Aroma is mostly a caramel sweetness, but not over powering. Becomes a bit grainy as it warms. First impression of the taste is banana bread. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Aftertaste is light clove. Not exactly what I think of as a traditional Hefe Weizen or an Oktoberfest, but good none the less. Something different.

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Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
3.6 out of 5 based on 602 ratings.
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