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Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier | Erdinger Weissbräu

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Erdinger Oktoberfest WeissbierErdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier

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Erdinger Weissbräu

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

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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 EHopkinsi
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing about this beer is "not good". It's a decent drinking beer, but nothing seems to stand out about it either. As an earlier reviewer said, it is easily forgotten once finished.

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Photo of djura
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap, here in Serbia.
A - White to yellow, almost as Wit. Thin white foam, stays all the way. Unclear hefe.
S - Citrus mostly, orange.
T/M - Refreshing, citrus, cloves and banana in it. Creamy, low carbonation and bitterness.

O - Very good must admit.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.45/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy and golden with a very wide white foam head. Smell is right for the style, banana, cloves, wheat, yeast, the works. Almost no hops. Taste is balanced and right for the style again, low bitterness, refreshing and a little bit spicy. Took me a while to diferenciate this from the traditional hefe, but as it gained temperature more spices appeared and flavor changed. Nice beer.

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Photo of gautch726
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow with a nice, thick foam head. Taste has a pleasant spiciness with little bitter aftertaste. Easy to drink, yet forgettable once finished. Not a bad beer overall.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky straw color with a moderate head of white foam. Aroma smells of bread with some caramel and grassy, noble hops.

The taste is lemony and slightly chalky, with hints of bubblegum--like no Oktoberfest I've ever had. There's also a spiciness akin to white pepper and/or allspice that doesn't quite fit. Medium body and high carbonation make for a lively, velvety mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a hefeweizen, which isn't exactly what the label would lead one to believe. As far as hefeweizen's go, this one is less than sophisticated.

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Photo of vinicole
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow. Thick frothy head.
Grain and yeast aroma.
Fruit and spice taste. Some wheat bread.
Medium body and very smooth.
I quite enjoyed this one.

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Photo of zymurgist12
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Let me start by saying I am not a hefeweizen fan at all, but I have to say I was caught off guard by how decent this Erdinger wheat version of an Oktoberfest was. With their track record I was willing to give it a shot and was pleasantly surprised with the result.

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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 tillmac62
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BBD 05/15. Pours a hazy gold. World class head volume, lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of grainy biscuit with rich notes of pear and hints of lemon.

Light medium body with a smooth texture. A bit below normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the finish.

The flavor profile is good, but is a bit bland. Balance is superb, but complexity is a bit lacking. It begins with blended fruit where pear is the most noticeable. The middle has no hop presence and almost no biscuit, but a grainy aspect is present. The finish is a slow fade of the fruit flavor.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A : Pours a hazy golden apricot hue with 80% opacity. The head is blob-like...growing and filling the glass until it nearly spills over. The yeast action in this beer is very apparent. Four fingers, then gradually recedes with broken webs of lacing on the sides.

S : I took a whiff out of the bottle and it wasn't that great, but now that I'm sitting down and nosing what's in the glass, I'm getting a ton of freshly sliced or canned pear, apple, and a faint hint of brisk wheat. My stomach is gurgling because my brain is telling me it's food. The pear note here is the strongest and undeniable.

T : Some fruitiness out front, not really pinpointed to anything in particular...the cornucopia of apple, pear, and peach sort of come together as one, fighting or dancing together. Behind that is some stale wheat and a metallic yeast, with what seems like roasted malt as an afterthought. There's a copper penny flavor to it on the finish that is sort of off-putting, but it doesn't last long and doesn't inhibit the quaff of the beer. Somewhere between 3.75 and 4 here.

F : Medium bodied, but light in drinkability. A tender creaminess supports the drink and a zap of carbonation comes in to bring it a heartbeat. It ends a bit dry and slightly pasty.

O : I'll tell you what - I've had much worse Oktoberfest beers. However, at best this is simply a Hefeweizen with a slight roast malt character added. Do not mistake this beer for a genuine Autumn treat. It is simply a spruced up Hefeweizen to be sold during the Fall season. It's not a bad beer, just very misrepresented.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light gold with beautiful fluffy white head with excellent distribution and retention. Smells of steely noble hops, more of a pilsner smell, not picking up any banana/clove/bubblegum. Taste is of raisin bran, a bit of grassy hop bitterness, and just a touch of banana, maybe a hint of spice as well. Good creamy mouthfeel. Certainly a beer worth drinking, but if you're looking for the classic taste and aromas of a hefeweizen, look elsewhere.

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Photo of delta490
3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy medium-light with a thin but persistent white head. It leaves a small amount of tight sticky lacing. The aroma is dominated by a funky yeast aroma. The taste is pretty bland, with just hints of yeast and fruit. The body is lighter and a little fizzy.

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Photo of tlema1
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: golden, with a little bit of haziness
S: I almost get a Belgian yeast taste
T: not typical of the style, I almost get a British taste, not the usual maltiness of an Oktoberfest beer
F: not much mouthfeel
O: eh...wouldn't revisit

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
3.02/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: The body is really crystalline, being more close to water than a hefeweizen. It's slightly yellow colored and created a generous 4 finger white head with lots of retention. No lacing.
S: The smell was empty being presented with a minimal presence of the bready characteristics of wheat beers.
T: The banana and clove cliché of hefeweizens almost went unnoticed but it wasn't bad at all, it just felt weird.
M: It's softer than your normal hefeweizen, less carbonation (probably due to much time spent in bottle) than expected but still enjoyable.
O: I admit that I was expecting more. I'm not going home disappointed but for a special Erdinger I really wanted something better.

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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 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 SierraFlight
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle pour - cloudy and golden. Familiar wheat beer aromas: banana, clove, citrus. Wheat malt spices, medium hop bitterness on the finish. Crisp silky mouthfeel.

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Photo of humuloner22
2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

Its a Hefeweizen and I will never give this style a good review because they are all terrible to me. The taste is akin to the smell of rotten cabbage to me. So, that be said, if you like hefeweizen beer, then you might like this one. I did not realize this was one until after I started drinking it and decided to read the label a little more closely. That is about all I can say.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.21/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

11.2 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy straw color. The head is three fingers high, and white in shade. Retention is frustratingly good, and it has a texture similar to whipped cream. A lot of lacing is left on the glass. (3.5)

Smell: The hefeweizen characteristics are somewhat muted here - I do get a little bit of banana/clove, but only a little bit. It compensates for this by having that grainy sweetness redolent of a wiesn. There's also a kiss of noble hops. Not super-interesting, but it smells like it will get the job done. (3)

Taste: It opens up with muted notes of banana, clove, and bubblegum. Afterwards, it turns into a wiesn, featuring a sugar cookie-esque sweetness on the finish. It's not a paragon of complexity, but this one does its job decently. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: It's easy to think of it as a bigger, heavier version of the standard weizen from Erdinger, and it is. The carbonation is middling, so while it's easy to drink, it's not infinitely chuggable. Eh, who cares? (3.25)

Overall: I think I get this one better than Erdinger's regular weizen. The drinkability is there, but it's also richer and sweeter. Unfortunately, I also get a bit of that insipidness, yet for some reason, it doesn't bother me as much here. I doubt I'd buy it again personally, however. It's a fine oktoberweizen regardless. (3.25)

3.21/5: If nothing else, it does a great job of tasting like a hefeweizen and a wiesn at the same time

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Photo of Markiboy
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

A totally solid weissbier. Much better than regular Erdinger Weissbier and not far behind the likes of Hoegaarden and Weihenstephaner. I must admit, last night I had a bottle of this followed by a bottle of Weihenstephaner and, although the Erdinger Oktoberfest was really drinkable, the Weihenstephaner really was noticeably better. This said, I could sit and drink the Erdinger Oktoberfest all night and keep on enjoying it. It has a good colour, nice head, perfect carbonation and a smooth taste. What's not to like?

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Photo of TheSSG
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours an expected large, foamy head that has great persistence. Familiar hefe and oktoberfest aromas. Hazy, straw color. Starts with a nice medium-low hop bitterness and hefe yeastiness. A distinct spiciness moves in after this, a bit more hoppiness. Finish is malt, mild clove/banana and hop spice.

This is really nice. That banana/clove pairs really well with the spicy hoppiness. It's sort of a hoppier hefe, but with that Oktoberfest spice.

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Photo of KonigObHops
4.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a pale opaque yellow. It was moderately cloudy, and had a foamy white head that was about 3 finger widths.

The smell was very interesting. You are definitely hit with the typical wheat beer smell first, but there is definitely a hint of that toasted caramel scent that comes with the marzen style.

This beer has a very light slightly sweet taste in the beginning. The middle was not as interesting as the smell. You get a hint of that Oktoberfest taste, but not much. The finish is full of that banana taste that you find in many wheat beers.

The mouth feel is very good. It is a smooth light beer without the chalkiness that you find in some wheat beers.

Overall, if you really want an Oktoberfest, this isn't it. However, if you want a Wheat Beer during Oktoberfest, this is a good choice.

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Photo of wiscokid920
3.6/5  rDev 0%

Basically has the flavor profile of a Hefe...sweet pear, yeasty esters, clove, banana...with a creamy Oktoberfest mouthfeel and body. A nice beer, and one that my girlfriend enjoys to boot!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Bottle from Londonderry Quick Stop.
Pours a hazy light golden color with a huge bubbly frothy white head that persists forever. Aromas of rich bready malt, banana and a bit of earthy funk. The flavor is bready and fruity with bits of banana and lemony spice. Medium body moderate to high level of carbonation. Decent brew, but I was fooled by the Oktoberfest moniker, I wasn't trying to grab a six pack of Hefeweizen.

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