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:
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Added by bierman2000 on 07-17-2003

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297
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602
Avg:
3.6
pDev:
12.22%
 
 
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Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into weizen glass, best before 5/2014. Pours hazy bright golden amber color with a 2-3 finger dense and rocky head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with plenty of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, orange, pear, apple, clove, pepper, light banana, wheat, bread, floral, grass, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with solid complexity and balance of malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with decent strength. Taste of lemon, orange, pear, apple, wheat, toast, bread, honey, light banana, light clove, floral, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, wheat, toast, honey, floral, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and solid complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; with good robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a pretty good hefeweizen. Solid complexity, balance, and robustness of flavors; and very smooth to drink. An enjoyable offering.

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Photo of sommersb
3.77/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted On: 10-14-2013
Freshness: Best by 05-2014
Packaging: 330ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Weizen glass
Purchased: 6-pack from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

This is intriguing as it's labeled as an Oktoberfest but also a hefe-weizen.

Appearance: Beer is a cloudy honey color, capped with a tall and rocky white head. The head has excellent retention and very good lacing.

Smell: I get some typical hefe aromas of banana fruitiness, a light malty sweetness, and some citrus notes.

Taste: Light fruity in taste, with some citrus elements of lemon and orange. The malts make this a somewhat sweet brew, with little in the way of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: The body is light from the wheat, with high carbonation levels. The finish is malt-forward but not overly sweet

Overall: I'm not sure what makes this an Oktoberfest weizen beer, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

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Photo of BCraig
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a squat weizen glass.
A- Thick dense off-white head that only slowly dissipates to a quarter-inch lacing. Golden hay color tinged with orange.
S- upfront apple and citrus aromas, some grapefruit, but barely perceptible. After awhile an earthy aroma can be sensed and the distinct character of the German yeast.
T-well balanced beer. golden malt taste with enough hops to clear palette. It's got pep to it. Less cloying than other Oktobers. A little raisin and mild citrus.
M-A little bite of carbonation upfront, but good tongue coating - balanced.
O- Very enjoyable and drinkable beer. I little lighter than I was expecting from one of my favorite styles, especially as compared to Ayinger. I didn't notice the bubblegum and clove flavors that of typically German Weissbier, but I was not disappointed. A good find and enjoyable fall beer. Break it out for the cold weekend brunches of early fall.

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Photo of EBeckett3
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Orangy with white head, light laces
S - citrusy, light malt
T - lightly sweet, no bitterness but dry finish, lighter than other marzens
M - crisp, refreshing, light to medium body
O - enjoyable weissbrau, but stretching the marzen label

Poured in a 16 oz pint glass at The Pourhouse, Westmont, NJ

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Photo of Beirbelly1989
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, I think the B- average is about right. Nothing in this beer that makes me cringe, but not a lot to put it above other beers of the same type. It is definitely easier to drink than a lot of wheat beers that can be too syrupy and leave your mouth feeling coated in glue, so credit for that. Otherwise, not a must have but good to try.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

What do you know an Oktoberfest Weissbier.
Sure looks like a weissbier. Huge full head - yellow/gold slightly cloudy body.
Soft wheat and pale malt. Slight fruit and a bit of tart.
After a brush with sweet malt then bread, then fruit, a touch of hops and a pretty prominent drying. Quite complex for an easy drinking beer and with emphasis on hops. I swirled in the yeast and now get a shot of that too.
Moderate body, esp. for style.
This is a nice beer. I'm enjoying it.

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

Pours a hazy bright golden body with a thick white head. Leaves some lacing and retains well enough.

A little surprising with a sweet citric fruit note sitting atop the usual hefe characteristics.

Wheat and lots of that tangerine like character. Don't really know what is Oktoberfest like about what is going on here, but it is enjoyable.

Lots of bubble scrubbing action going on. Crisp and medium bodied.

I'd drink this over their regular hefe.

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Photo of ISmith87
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - 3.75 - Nice hazy golden color, I'm assuming from yeast. Really nice half finger white head that sticks around forever and gives a nice lumpy lacing.

Smell - 3.50 - bananas, pears, wheat, sweet corn

Taste - 3.50 - same as smell, good banana and pear flavor, a lot of wheat in there, sweet corn

Mouth feel - 3.50 - light, alcohol completly hidden, almost no aftertaste but what's there is slight wheat, medium to high carbonation

Overall - 3.50 - not too bad, tastes smooth, a nice Oktoberfest

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Photo of thecheapies
3.46/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First Oktoberfest beer I ever swirled the yeast into the glass for. The last Erdinger weissbier I had was a big dud, let's see how this goes...

Pours a golden color with deep haze from the yeast. The head is stoic in its petrification. Loves to hold, tries to lace.

Has some ripe banana notes that compete with malty wheat and toasted grain notes, not unlike many a Marzen. It offers a musty tang with some metallic flair tailing. Clove is very minor, but there's a strange vanilla presence. Mostly bready, versus a hefe with a good yeast character. The breadiness encompasses all that's slightly darker, slightly maltier, and with a toastier and more caramelly backbone. Not awful, but shit, give me something to talk about here!

Slightly smoky flavor with big maltiness that has contributions from both wheat and barley. Toastier than normal and with a burst of sweetness that isn't cut by the needed lemony/orange-y note. Plays with notes of roasted banana and syrup, and that brings to mind pan-juice caramel. Has something along the lines of tutti frutti going for it, but I wouldn't describe it quite as bubble gum. Almost apple-like in its fruitiness, plus the wheaty bread notes--it's like eating a banana and sliced apple sandwich. Note that these bananas are browned and the apple is slightly oxidized. Decent flavor, I suppose. Just a bit musty and grainy.

Pretty smooth without sacrificing richness. The body doesn't hold too much more than medium. Carbonation is tingling, but not crisp. Many a hefe equals this kind of feel, which is not bad.

What can I say, other than 'much better than their last one'? Not what one might look for, but a different take on a fall German beer, for sure.

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

A: Cloudy, golden yellow hue with a large, sudsy and dense--almost bread like head--great retention; lacing is okay

S: Grainy with subtle banana and clove; some pepper and other spices; some toasted malts; actually quite a bit of malt presence

T: An interesting wheat beer; much more grainy, bready, grassy, musty qualities than the typical fruity/spicy ones

F: Pretty nice, chewy body--especially considering the style

O: An interesting take on the weiss beer--I do like the toasty breadiness and I could drink a few of these in late September but I'd like more complexities

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Photo of Jeffwildcat
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a golden with a light haze color. This is one of the only Octoberfest beers that is pleasant and refreshing that does not give you the skunky aftertaste that the "green bottle" Octoberfest beers are known for. Has just a hint of banana and citrus with a light to medium body. A very good weissen beer and certainly much better than most unfiltred wheat beers.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, golden straw, with a towering frothy head that faded a little faster and left less lacing than I had expected.

S: Fresh, grainy aroma, with strong citrus and fruity notes. Not as much banana or clove aromas as the typical German Weissbier.

T: It starts out with wheat and sweet malt, quickly yielding to tart fruit before yielding to bitter hops. Really, it transitions quickly as it washes over the tongue, with no flavor staying long until the bitter, slightly soapy finish. Although it started out tasting like a traditional wheat beer, it finished more like a pilsner.

M: Crisp, well-carbonated, and very refreshing, with a hint of dry in the finish.

O: A mix of Hefeweizen and Pilsner, but not as good as the top examples of either.

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

Cloudy amber, bordering on orange with a thin lacing for a head and a fairly still look to the beer.

Wheat with some hops on top of that and a little dough in the mix. There is some light citrus with a touch of lemon and a little spice too. This is coupled with some apples and coriander and the beer comes across as a hefeweizen but with a twist.

Wheat and spice with some coriander and banana. Again there is some apple that the nose hinted at, along with a bit of orange and some citrus.

Medium bodied and with a slightly spicy tang to the beer. There is a little grain, although not a lot. The carbonation was strong and the finish a crisp one.

A very nice beer and a pleasant surprise when I tried it, there is a good mix of wheat, spice and a couple different fruit tastes to keep you interested and it all goes down pretty well.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Straw yellow. Cloud and hazy. Poofy cloud like head that cuts in half after a minute or two.

S - yeasty, toned down fruity smell. Nothing overpowering to my nose on this.

T - Very smooth that stands out more like a hefe than an oktoberfest, but maybe that is because I'm used to a more malty Oktoberfest. Nice crisp finish.

O - Solid brew here. Easily drinkable and very smooth.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours amber with a large fading white head.
Nose shows some doughy wheat, lemon and soft vegetal notes. Pretty plain.
Sweet flavours, with some doughy wheat, corn and cooked vegetal sweetness.
Carbonation is too high.
A bit disappointing, pretty boring.

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Photo of cougznthebear
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Murkey orange with a creamy white head that dissipates pretty quickly
S - Bready yeast, a hint of banana and other fruits i can't quite put my nose on.
T - sweet wheatyness that is light(in a good way), honey and some banana hints(i was expecting more!) and def some grain
M - Med Body with a nice almost creamyness as it goes down. Lots of carbonation but in this case it really suits the beer.
O - You can tell this was made to drink by the liter. And they have done well here.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy orange body dancing under two fingers of blinding white soapy head with permanent retention. Gorgeous streaky lacing.

S - Wheat, salty pils malt, some faint yeast.

T - Fresh green hay, banana, spice, green apple and coriander.

M - Chewy full body, moderate carbonation.

O - Freshly drunk in October, clean and highly sessionable.

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

Cloudy golden straw colored beer. Fizzy head with big bubbles. Highly carbonated. I had to be easy on my pour, and swirl the last bit to stir up the yeast.

Nice sweet yeasty aroma. Some banana and pilsner malt.

A nice sweet, yeasty flavor. Malts and hops are somewhat balanced.

Smooth, silky consistency with champagne-like carbonation. Wet, average length finish.

I really like the hefeweissen style. This is no exception. Nothing outrageous, but a really good beer.

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Photo of CMUbrew
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a Founders imperial pint glass

A: Straw yellow-light orange in color, with a definite cloudiness. An insane of carbonation racing to the surface supports the thick, rocky, creamy white head that actually built up for about two minutes following the pour. Faded to about two centimeters for the rest of the beer. Minimal stickage to the glass.

S: Light wheatiness, with a slight whiff of lemon peel.

T: Light on the wheat flavor, not much in the way of spiciness. Hint of citric with some earthy flavors on the finish.

M: A little bit watery surprisingly. Carbonation doesn't feel as active as I thought it would.

O: Maybe I'm being too hard on this beer, but I just don't think it lived up to what a German Hefeweizen should be. That being said, I do think I could drink a lot of these in a row and enjoy doing so.

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Photo of TheBigLebrewski
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint. Appearance is wonderful - as blonde as October hay. Large and light-bubbled head that fades quicker than average and remains only lacing the rim. Very little glassware lacing.

Smell is very mild. Faint citrus and clove notes. A touch of freshly baked bread too.

Taste is delightful. Coming from someone who doesn't favor wheat beers, I very much enjoyed this beer. Bought it for the sake of a sister visiting that had previously lived in Germany - by the way, she refers to this beer as German PBR. Nonetheless, it brought her back in some emotionally significant way.

Mouthfeel was pretty mild and pretty neutral; a touch of appreciable puckering reminiscent of the mellow citrus notes in the flavor.

Overall, a great, if not especially easy-drinking, Weissbrau to raise in celebration of Oktoberfest!

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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 OtherShoe2
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy medium yellow with a big foam head. This brew is so carbonate it sounds (you literally can hear crackling foam) like rice krispies. Great head retention. Lots of rising bubbles.

I get some nice sweet wheat, some fruit (banana) in the nose.

Not sure how this differs from their other beer. Need to do a side-by-side. Nice sweet grain and yeastiness. Some sweet but mushy fruit, a little nuttiness, nice malt finish. Needs a slight bit of bitter to balance this. A touch soft.

Light and fizzy, almost too much.

Good decent brew here. I wish there was a bit more edge to this, but still very likable.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.52/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite "oktoberfest" import. To be fair, the oktoberfest style is not one of my favorites but hefeweizen is one I drink regularly. The Erdinger Oktoberfest is unusual in that it is actually a hefeweizen so it is no surprise that I seek it out and consume it annually. Since it is bottle conditioned and has fruitiness I assume it is brewed with ale yeast as is traditional for wheat beers. Although I like it better than their regular hefeweizen it would not be my first pick if I was craving a wheat beer. The main reason I buy it is to celebrate the oktoberfest season with a beer I enjoy. It does have the characteristics one looks for in a hefe: sweet malt, spicy caramel, candied fruit and roasted banana in the finish. As one one expect for a Bavarian beer, it is extremely well balanced and goes down very easy. On draft it is even better.

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Photo of rangerred
2.41/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance was a hazy dark orange with a thick one finger white head.

Aroma was very fruity with hints of banana, clove, and apple. Also some bready yeasty notes. Just a very tiny bit of caramel malt.

Flavor was all apples. Really reminded me of a funky apple cider. There was a tiny bit of banana and clove but it was all overshadowed by apple. I could catch some caramel towards the finish but it was very faint.

Overall, this is not at all what I was expecting. I could understand a little bit of fruit with this being a hefe, but this was way overdone. Not really anything to let me know this was an Oktoberfest. Not something I will seek out again.

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