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 jdhilt
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five-finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving traces of lace. Cloudy amber color. Piney/honey nose. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Flavor is smooth honey with some piney hops. Don't really notice any wheat. 12oz bottle $1.50 from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

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Photo of blakesell
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass

Appearance- Beer pours a hazy gold with a big head of froth. I don't know what kind of beer these other reviewers have been getting, mine had a 3 finger head with a very slow dissapation.

Smell- Malt and wheat combined into one great smelling marzen. A nice balanced hop character. This smells great. Malt character comes out more as the beer warms.

Taste- Oh this is nice. Sweet caramelly malts with a nice light wheaty feel that keeps this beer light and refreshing, a touch of vanilla. Any gripe would be that the pils malt and saaz hop is contributing a little too much sweetness for some, but it's just enough for me.

Mouthfeel- Medium light bodied and refreshing with an excellent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability- Quite quaffable with a reasonable amount of alcohol. This is one I could drink on all day with no arguments.

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

Poured a clear amber color with almost no head or lacing around the glass. Aroma was bread-like and sweet, but not very strong.

Some hefe weizen spices come through to add a little dimension to this Oktoberfest, making it somewhat unique. The spices aren't overpowering though. It's sweet, with a healthy amount of caramel malt flavor. There's almost no bitterness. This is a fairly good Oktoberfest, and I like the idea of adding weizen spices to this kind of brew, but I don't think the idea was fully realized here.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured int a weizen glass

A- Poured a cloudy golden-amber witha giant fluffy off-white head that left behind a fair amount of sticking on the glass. It had medium to high carbonation.

S- It initially came off as very fruity. I thought I even picked up a pineapple aroma. There was a definite wheat aroma too.

T- The flavor was a little hard to place. It was wheaty, but surely had more caramel malt flavors than any hefes that I've had previously.

M- A very smooth crept through the fluffy head.

D- A mix of styles that are both easy drinkers in their own right.

Overall- It was non-traditional for either the hefe-weizen or Oktoberfest styles, but it was pretty good. It could use a little more in the area of flavor.

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Photo of Gmann
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden copper color with a huge off-white head. Not much lacing left on the glass. The smell is the typical crisp scent of a wheat beer with some slighly malty notes. Both kind of average each other out. The brew has a stale or flat like caramel malt base with subtle apple, ripe banana flavors. The caramel malt reminds me of an old English pale ale. The feel is moderate, silky yet crisp. An interesting brew, worth a try. A bit of a jumble of flavors, kind of works. Doesn't taste bad, nothing I'm crazy about.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fascinating concept: an Oktoberfest WEIZEN. Sort of a cross-pollination of two distinctly German styles. Since Erdinger makes only Weizenbier, this may be interesting. Here goes . . .

Proper pour for a H-W yields huge thick light tan meringue-like head over an orange-amber hazy body. Head lasts all the way to the bottom of the glass, with the characteristic H-W "cap" in the middle. Lots and lots of lacing by which I could count the number of drinks I took. Certainly a pretty beer. Again, this is obviously a cross-over style: Oktoberfests are not cloudy.

Smell is very much a hybrid: floral, crisp hops, along with the typical H-W fruity notes of citrus and banana. Clove is there, but not dominant. Nice cracker malt base, and those crispy hops are there a lot.

Taste is spicey and crisp. Quite refreshing. The H-W citrus is there, the H-W spice is there, but there is an added floral hop crispness that is more characteristic of an O-fest.

Mouthfeel is really good. I like the roundness and the full-mouth richness of the Weizen-part; AND, I like the crispy feeling of the O-fest-part.

Very easy to drink. I only bought one of these in a mixed sixer, and now I want more.

It's neither a true H-W nor a genuine O-fest. It is, rather, exactly what the label indicates: an Oktoberfest-Weizen. I have to admit: I like it a lot.

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Photo of riversider76
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure why they call this Oktoberfest. It's really a Hefe. Pours a cloudy golden,with a fluffy white head. Not much retention,and just a minium of lacing. Aroma is of sweet fruit,and candy. Nice,but a bit weak. Body is light to medium,and carbionated. Taste is of bananna, and bubble gum. Worth a try for sure, but should not be called Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Jonte
3.01/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yellow/red, cloudy and with a big white head.

A light smell of sweetness, yeast, light bread, banana.

Tastes of malt sweetness, bananas, yeast, alcohol. A bit too flat.

The body is light to medium and the carbonation is lively.

An ordinary weissbier. There are better weissbier´s out there.

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Photo of mckajd03
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like Erdinger and I like Oktoberfests, but this was a mediocre to poor representation of both. Head was huge and stuck around, but I saw no lace that others mentioned. Typical wheat haze. Smell was on the weaker side of average. I think the most dissapointing thing was that it was not at all an Oktoberfest taste, just an average weissbier. I want to be able to taste a hay ride or pumpkin patch or a crisp evening in an Oktoberfest. Nothing doing here. Sorry Erdinger, you let me down this time.

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Photo of bashiba
3.54/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy orange with a fizzy white head with slight head retention and no lacing.

Smell was very classic german hefe, banana nut bread and cloves, in fact I wasn't aware when I poured this that it was a Hefe Oktoberfest, and I actually double checked the bottle to see if I grabbed a regular Hefe by mistake.

Taste is sweet and malty with a bit of nice spiceyness, sort of a sweeter and maltier Hefe.

Mouthfeel is light with a lot of carbonation.

Easy to drink, not a bad twist on the 2 styles.

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Photo of John_M
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Max's the other night

The beer pours an orange/gold color, with very good head retention and lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, just some malt and a hint of spice. On the palate this is really a delicious take on the marzen recipe. It has the sweet maltiness of a good marzen, but also has some good funk/spiciness (banana and nutmeg) from the German wheat. The beer has a very nice mouthfeel, and is quite easy to drink. This beer finishes very smoothly on the palate and is not the least bit heavy.

This is a very flavorful, easy to drink wheat/marzen. A very nice beer indeed.

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Photo of tempest
2.8/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 01/2008

Wow, I don't know if this beer could be much more plain. The aroma smells more of dust than barley or wheat and the flavor only has a sweet, light caramel. Sure its drinkable and washes down food, but it really doesn't do much. Tastes like something BMC would make, light in flavor and inoffensive with no head or lacing.

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Photo of scottakelly
2.99/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Light copper orange, very hazy. Nice big white head that lasts.

S: Malty, some banana and clove, no hop aroma.

T: Extremely light bodied. Light malt flavor, with just a hint of toasty Munich malt. Dry tasting. No hop profile. Some residual banana and clove.

D: Medium

I really like Oktoberfests, and usually like Erdinger, but this has to be the worst one of both I've ever had. The body is way too light. The malt is not complex at all. I'm nt impressed.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Erdinger- Oktoberfest Weissbier

Appearance- Light hazy orange with a huge billowy head.
Smell- Light clove/ banana with a touch of malt.
Taste- Clove, banana, wheat, caramel malt.
Mouthfeel- Over carbonated. Each sip produces excessive gas (burping). Flavorful more towards the backend.

Overall- A mildly interesting yet mediocre beer here. A fest/ hefe blend. The flavor is just too subdued. Drinkable but I want more flavor.

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Photo of cichief
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a six-pack in Laurel, MD.

A- Pours a deep gold, hazy, with a thick snow-white head.

S- Smells of cloves and banana, very inviting, somewhat malty.

T- Again, cloves and banana, somewhat caramel flavor, no hops noted.

M- Smooth, medium body, lots of tiny bubbles.

D- Very refreshing and drinkable, I wish I had a few racks of this for the warm weather.

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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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Photo of oberon
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Iam not st sure what a Oktoberfest weizen is but this beer sheds a bit of light on the subject,poured into a weizen glass a slight hazed medium golden with a large blooming white head that stuck like glue to the glass as it settled very slowly.Light aromas I picked up some sweet clove and yeast with a hint of iron,a little fuller than the standard weizen in the mouthfeel dept wich I like I think it would go very well with some German roast chicken or pork it really has a nice body to it.Somewhat dry and toasty on the palate with a lingering juicy fruitiness slightly clovey and quite toasty.I like it and it something I will serve when I have my wifes relatives from Germany over next month with some German fare.

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Photo of badbeer
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark golden color with a pillowy white head, typical looking for a hefe. Smell is grainy, sweet, and I even get a little bit of lemon. Taste immediately gives you a sweet caramel flavor, some clove, and earthy hops. Mouthfeel is full, with higher than medium carbonation. Very drinkable beer for me, I liked this a little more than expected, I wish I picked up more.

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Photo of rjimlad
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a bit confused I think. There's a lot that's impressive such as the rich deep amber colour and fluffy head. The first aroma gave away that it's a hefe but the normal characteristics such as banana and clove are subdued and the maltiness is foregrounded. Theres a hint of orange peel and maybe caramel so there's some interesting stuff going on but it's atypical of "normal" hefes. That's OK by me but I prefer normal hefes, I think. Actually, this is growing on me a bit as I drink it. The mouthfeel is creamy and a bit foamy, certainly not crisp. The sweetness is well balanced and overall I think this beer is good. Not great but nice to drink most times.

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Photo of bark
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The colour is orange-yellow-gold; the liquid is a little bit hazy. When poured; the glass is at first all foam. After some while, it stabilizes into a very fine three fingers high white uneven compact head, leaving some lacing.

The smell is sour (although not as much as many other weissbiers) with fruity notes of green apples, sweet barley-malt, bakers yeast and dough. There is also a slight hint of vinegar.

The taste is also less weiss than expected. Not that it lacks the souirsh wheat-flavours, but it is milder than in the other Erdinger weissbiers. Some pilsener-like malt, quite a lot of green apples, some sweetness and a gentle bitterness. The aftertaste got a little alcohol, some wheat-dough and a fresh mild anonymous bitterness.

The carbonation is very mild for being a weiss, it is more like a lager. The bubbles are small and the liquid is smooth.

I guess that this beer is made to be as drinkable and accessible as possible. In that case, Erdinger has really succeed. As a Festbier or a as a Weiss? Nahh...

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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 Finite
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation - Tall Brown 510ml bottle, colourfull illustration on a male and female german couple with handfulls of beer.

Apperance - Dark Gold to deep orange, perfect colour. Nice solid foam head, great retention holding a solid 1/8 inch layer of foam. Some nice lacing down the glass also.

Smell - Vienna malt and munich malts produce a plesent however very faint malt profile. Some floral and grassy hop smell also detectable.

Taste - Malty sweetness up front. Vienna/ Munich malt flavours eventualy dim to present some hop bitterness at the end. Low levels of grassy Noble hop flavours are present as the malt sweetness fades and leaves a dry mouthfeel. All flavours are pretty weak and hop flavours are crips yet a little dull. Pretty basic and flat malt profile also.

Mouthfeel - Medium to Light body, medium and creamy texture. Mix is smooth and easy to drink. Leaves a moderatley dry palate.

Drinkability - Easy to drink. Soft. Fully fermented and goes down very easy, smooth beer which ticks most boxes but definatley isnt going to win any awards for flavour. Pretty damn basic malt profile nothing too complex here.

NOTE: Nothing on this bottle mentions including the yeast but I encourage you do. This beer is pretty darm plain and lager-like without the yeast which adds an out of style phenolic / dark fruit / alcoholic ester flavour which really enhances the taste and especialy the aroma. Give it a try. (this addition was not included in my rating, just a note)

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Photo of TexIndy
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle with a freshness date of 03-07 on the back label. Had a good head that quickly dissipated. Was a light, strawish amber color and had good carbonation. The smell seemed a little off so not sure I have the best sample. I had this 3 years ago and seem to remember a much more typical weizen aroma. This bottle seemed a little flat so we need to try again if I can find (so far only seen once in 3 years and I bought the last 6 pack). Taste followed the smell so only 3.5 for now. Mouthfeel was average. Still recommend trying and hopefully scores will improve on a re-taste. Otherwise there are too many other good hefe's for this to be a regular player. (3.5, RB, T,Y)

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle with a freshness date of 02-2007.

A: Apple cider colored brown. 2" fluffy head that stuck around for a bit.

S: Fruits and wheat abound.

T: Malty flavor. A wheaty oktoberfest, obviously. Alcohol aftertaste.

MF: Medium bodied. Dry and fizzy.

D: Not the most drinkable oktoberfest, but def. a good choice for 1 or 2.

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

$1.49 for a 12 oz bottle at Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA. in Sept. 2007; best by 3-2007.

I was actually surprised to get this one home to find it's a hefe weizen; I am on an Oktoberfest/Marzen kick, and was glad to try a new one. Oh, well.

Pours a clear orange-amber with a fluffy off-white head of big bubbles. Aroma is very marzen-like, rich malt, fruity and pleasant. Flavor follows through, with the fruitiness being much stronger. Wheat grains evident. Overall somewhat thinner than typical Oktoberfests.

Overall quite refreshing and enjoyable.

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