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Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier | Erdinger Weissbräu

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Erdinger Oktoberfest WeissbierErdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier

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Erdinger Weissbräu
Germany | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Fall

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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 kellyst
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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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.32/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Carmel rusted and hazy orange color with a light head of white foam that was well lived. Medium level of carbonation, no lace.

S: Wheat and citrus, with a hearty malt note. A touch of yeast. Minor banana esters. Very fresh presentation.

T: Very light. Whisps of malt and wheat rush by the tastebuds, with afterthoughs of bread and banana. A slight alcohol note.

M: Bubbly and easy drinking. Carbonation keeps things fun for the palate.

D: Fair. Just didn't have a lot of flavor for a Hefe or an Oktoberfest, regardless of what style it is.

Notes: Would be much better with more flavor. Otherwise, a good brew.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hooray for erdinger! There oct fest almost seems like a demi-sec
champange. Very fine bubbles,great carbonation.slightly sweet.
The maltiness does not over shadow the hops. Some other brands seem so heavy. You could drink this beer in the dead heat of the summer!

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Photo of joeack
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brown/oranger color with a nice head of white foam. Didn't detect any of the usual banana/clove overtones that one would find in a stricly hefe-weisse. Taste was ok but nothing of interest that can be noted. A decent beer to knock back watching a football game

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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 DogFood11
2.96/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured into a pils glass it forms a loose and tall head that has good staying power. Murky orange body with large bubbles in small volume.

Spritzy mouthfeel and light fruitiness are the most obvious characteristics. Kind of clovey but far short of cloying. There is an earthy quality to this, it seems to come from the wheat. Dry wheat and some bananna in the backdrop. This leans more towards a Hefe (as its listed) than an oktoberfest. It has that fruity combo and not much of the toasted malts. Pop rockish mouth.

Notes: I picked this up very fresh as the best by date isn't until February of next year and it was in a closed box so this is as close as I'll get to having it completely fresh.

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

Presentation: 11.2 fluid ounce brown glass bottle sealed with a crown cap that is decorated with the gold, black and red Erdinger WeissBräu logo. The main label on my bottle looks like the one pictured on BA and listed at alc. 5.7% vol. in the bottom right hand corner. The back label has a Best Before of 03/2007, so this is a fresh example.

Appearance: Cloudy orange body with some low amber hints, all contributing to a deeply polished slightly dark golden torso. The head is a frothy affair, pure white with a pillowy texture. Lacing starts with a series of rings but soon breaks into a clotted patchy blob like pattern as you work down the glass. Residual carbonation is lively and the overall presentation is pretty good.

Nose: Musty fruit bowls mix with Maltesers. Oaty texture has a banana and clove hint with some strong grainy interludes I the back end. A strange nose, not very appealing but very different.

Taste: Clean profile, the malty Oktoberfest blends with and against the wheats and yeast heavy Weizen DNA. Pale sweetness and some baked bread flashes. It all feels a bit messy and rather muddled, but it still pulls off as a passable effort.

Mouthfeel: The feel is distinctly heavy and at times a little stodgy. But the conditioning helps to offset some of this dour weight.

Drinkability: I played around with this score, I started out with a straight easy no-brainer 3.0, but after the bottle finished it picked up a half point. Struggles a bit but it manages to pull off an above apathetic coverage.

Overall: A novel concept, a synergistic combination of two classic Germanic styles, Oktoberfest and Weizen – it seems to work rather well, yet it doesn’t quite pull it off. I would still recommend this though. Not so sure I would go for the Lederhosen but I’d certainly share this with a busty blue eyed blond Fraulein.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Typical weizen appearance with a darker body that falls into the amber range. Not quite copper. White head. Excellent retention. Very nice rings of lace.
S- The aroma is more fruity than anything, with apple, pear, apricot, and mild banana. Delicate spice in the background. Some mild, grainy malt.
T- The flavor is again fruity, with a little bit more banana and a lot more spice. The wheat character comes out more whereas it was simply grainy and kind of nutty in the nose. Sweetness is not as high as in a standard weizen; and it finishes mainly dry with some residual spice and a touch of fruit and malty sweetness.
M- Medium bodied and crisp.
D- I was surprised that I didn't like this as much as their standard weizen. It's a great idea though. Maybe I just need to try it again and get used to it a bit, but I think I'd pretty much always opt for either a straight weizen or a straight oktoberfest.

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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 dherling
2.84/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured out of the bottle an orange bronze color with a thick rich white head. The nose was earthy, sweet, and metallic. The metallic aspect was there in my first tasting, along with some clove, grapefruit, and bananas. It tasted sweet, with malt undertones supporting spice, banana, and soap. There was some caramel in an otherwise clean finish.

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Photo of Generik420
4.4/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I tried this on tap at Oktoberfest Zinzinnati. Wow, this beer is really fantastic. A medium brown color with an off-white head. Aroma was citrusy, sweet, and a touch of roasty. Just as the name implies, it combines a true German style hefeweizen with Oktoberfest beer and was the highlight of the beers at the festival I was at. On one hand, you have the estery flavors from the hefeweizen, and on the other hand you have some of the malty and roasted flavors from the Oktoberfest beer. Combine those together and you have a winner. Somewhat light and thin mouthfeel made it perfect for the 80 degree day outside. I could have drank a lot more of this one.

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Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
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