Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier | Erdinger Weissbräu

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Erdinger Oktoberfest WeissbierErdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Erdinger Weissbräu
Germany
erdinger.de

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by bierman2000 on 07-17-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
602
Reviews:
297
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
12.22%
 
 
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17
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Photo of dbrauneis
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%

A: Pours a cloudy medium golden yellow in color with heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and medium yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall pillowy foamy off-white head that reduces to a finger thick cloud like layer covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat and light aromas of pale malts. Moderate aromas of banana and just a hint of clove become apparent as the beer warms up.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of wheat malts and just a light amount of pale malt flavors as well. Moderate flavors of banana with a light flavor of clove and just a touch of earthy hops. Light amounts of bitterness is present in the finish but it does not linger for long.

M: Light to medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: This is an interesting hybrid style beer - a wheat Oktoberfest... Not sure that I would go out of my way to find this one again but it was worth the try (I more enjoy the classic Oktoberfest examples). Easy to drink.

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Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light golden in color in the glass. Decent lacing and quite fizzy in the mouth. Lots of white foam. I don't taste any significant flavors of the usual Hefeweizen style, but it's a pleasant beery brew. Fairly malty, slightly fruity. Wouldn't be mistaken for an American wheat beer. Some perfume in the nose along with the malt aromas. Pleasantly sharp with a thin body but some substance from the malt.

Quite drinkable. More of a summer beer for chilling.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Equal parts tangerine and goldenrod with a serious shortage of yeast, even after the final few ounces are added. The whipped creamy crown is large, filling more than half the glass after the pour. This hefeweizen may not be a knockout in the looks department, but it's nothing that deserves to be hidden in a stein.

I'm curious about whether a beer that is presumably a hybrid of two such disparate styles will favor one or the other when it comes to smell and taste. The nose is most reminiscent of a weak Oktoberfest. It's mildly malty, with a wheaty tang and no banana or clove.

Erdinger Weissbrau brews nothing but wheat beer (hence their name), which is why they've done something so seemingly strange as create an Oktoberfest Weizen. To my unending surprise and delight, they've actually managed to create a beer that has the qualites of each of those styles.

The malt tastes slightly toasted and lightly caramel-like, something not usually found in a hefeweizen. The fruit and spice that are absent in the nose are present on the palate, albeit in muted form. Clove esters are next to absent and the (hefe) weizen banan-o-meter score is only 1.0/5.0.

Although relatively light, the mouthfeel features a featherweight, mouthfilling creamy quality that more light-bodied beers should possess. Proper carbonation, as always, is the key.

Erdinger Oktoberfest Weizen may not be great beer, but it gets points for originality. It looks like I haven't scored anything from these guys very high. This one is as good as anything they brew.

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Photo of russpowell
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle which seems to made of sort of heavy radioactive amber glass (will survive many drops I'm sure!) with an assumed bbd of 1 2008

Pours a slightly hazed, effervescent bronze/amber with 4+ fingers off whipped up off white head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Appleskins, honey malt & lemons as this warms

T: Lemony & grassy notes up front. Not much hefe taste here, just grainyess, more lemon hops

MF: Spritzy with some wetness & medium body.

Drinks easy for the abv, but this is even plainer than their flagship offering, which is pretty clean tasting. A couple, then it's time to move on to something closer to the source. Glad I only purchased one, thank you Lukas Liquors for your build a sixer offerings!

MF: Overcarbonated up front,

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Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of smcolw
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bountiful three-finger white head; becomes rocky as it dissipates. Great lace! Initially poured clear, but became cloudy as I finished off the bottle. Gold color.

Light malt aroma;slight wheat.

Very dry taste, leaving nearly no aftertaste. Light bodied with high carbonation, almost frothy. Soft in texture and in flavor. This beer is far closer to a marzen than hefeweizen in flavor. No hop.

After a promising appearance, this beer fades.

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Photo of Jason
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz brown bottle with a "best before" freshness date on the back label of "04-2006".

A- Very frothy, excellent head retention ... cloudy straw orange brew from the yeast being poured into the glass.

S- Pear and nectarine come to mind, touch of coarse grain and nutty yeast as well.

T- Touch of spiciness from the fermented wheat, mild malt sweetness. Minimal hop character. Hint of fruitiness with a muted estery alcohol. Finishes with a little sweetness on the palate.

M- Crispness of a wheat beer but the body of an Oktoberfest-bier.

D- Drinkable, mild enough to start off with but certainly not a closer. Not as flamboyant as I thought it would have been.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

One of many O-Fests finally being sampled this year. Took me long enough... It pours a hazy tawny-amber topped by a finger of pale cream foam. The nose comprises orange peel, light lemon zest, wheat, very light caramel, and a touch of rye bread. The taste holds notes of mild toffee, light rye spice, orange zest, and a pinch of cardamom. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly grainy feel. Overall, a generally enjoyable hefe, one that revels in its light malty leanings.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a cloudy copper amber tone with a large off white head leaves nice streaks of lacing around my pint glass. Aroma has a faint banana clove yeast character but stays true to more Ofest tone with a touch of caramel malts slight mineral character with a touch of citrus and herbal qualities from the hops and yeast characteristics. Flavor semi sweet caramel biscuit malt profile with a mild bitterness slight metallic tone and herbal hop finish very festive in nature not a bad brew at all. Mouthfeel has a higher carbonation with a light to medium body stays on the palate for awhile. Drinkability is decent the effervescent wheat character mixed with an ofest is interesting but give me one or the other I'm not big on the high bred.

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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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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of AlexFields
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tdm168
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ejimhof
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of rab53
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 01-2008:

Pours semi-cloudy golden with a thick head that leaves little in the way of lacing.

The smell is of banana/clove - though not as much as could be (but in line with their regular HW). There is a bit more maltiness in the nose, which I suppose qualifies it as a HW O-fest.

The taste follows the aroma. Some banana/clove - tastes like their HW, which isn't bad, but rather weak considering it is Bavarian. It does have a bit of a caramelish maltiness. Decent, but mild. It's fine as an O-fest "light".

This is one for an unusually warm O-fest season. Easy-drinking, interesting, but not my choice for an O-fest nor a HW.

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Photo of BeerOps
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of SadMachine
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Tone
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, golden color. 1 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of yeast, sweet malt, hint of caramel malt, wheat, hint of clove, and hops. Fits the style of a Marzen / Oktoberfest. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, sweet malt, slight hops, slight caramel malt, hint of clove, hint of citrus, and wheat. Overall, weak appearance, decent aroma, and body, but the clove and citrus is unusual.

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Photo of malfunxion
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of GClarkage
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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