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Brewed by:
Erdinger Weissbräu
Germany | website

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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3.6
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Photo of Bighuge
2.06/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Fogged orange body. Ivory white head. Carbonation looks to be pretty active. Smells o.k., but not much like a hefe-weizen. More of a grainy sweet maltiness. Just a touch of ghostly spiciness. As it turns out, carbonation is too active. Way too spritzy. And gaseous. After cutting through all the seltzer like carbonation, I find this tastes more like an ofest than a hefeweizen. I find it hard to believe that a hefe-weizen yeast strain was used for this since all the characteristics of such a strain are absent. The maltiness is sweet more than malty. I'm not too fond of this beer. Looking at my other reviews of Erdinger, it seems I'm not too fond of the brewery in general.

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

On tap at Flat Rock Saloon, served in a pint

Appears a cloudy, dull orange with a fluffy two finger bone white cap. Light lacing and minimal retention.

Spicy, lemony citrus and biscuits. Nothing overly fantastic, but pleasing.

Sweet, lemon and orange citrus up front balanced by doughy, bready yeast. A little bit of white pepper in there too. Once again, not a lot going on, but concise and pleasing.

Creamy and medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

Pretty easy to put down. A different take on the seasonal.

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

Picked up a single bottle at Ancona`s Wine & Liquors.

Appearance is a hazy orange color with a two finger head, that does not last very long. Smell is a mixture of yeast, bread, along with some spice kicking in. Taking a sip of this Oktoberfest offering, I taste wheat, various citrus notes, and more spice, specifically pepper. It tastes similar, but better than the average beer for this style IMO. The MF is medium bodied & overall works very well for the style. Drinkability is very much solid in this beer from Erdinger. This beer is one that you could enjoy a few of over the course of a session without any problem.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into hotel glasses. Appearance is pretty neutral, clear golden color without much head.

The smell is slightly sour for the style, almost Belgian-like. Not as clovy or banana-y as I'd prefer in a hefe-wiezen, but this is an Oktoberfest Weizen so who knows what the hell the style is meant to be...

Easy enough to drink, but the flavor is nowhere near what I like in a hefewiezen. So mediocre scores across the board.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.26/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Brewhaus in Springfield, IL

Poured a hazy yellow with hues of orange. A huge, rocky, white head towers over the edge of the glass and leaves decent lacing. Aromas seemed weak - wheat, German yeast, mild fruits, and banana. Tastes seemed somewhat off-putting with a strange array of flavors over the palate - wheat, bubblegum, slight toffee, German yeasts hinting at bananas and ripe fruits (apple or pear perhaps). Alcohol is somewhat present, but hangs around in the background. Mouth-feel was medium bodied and creamy. Complex - yes, but the tastes do not seem to go together well. I'll stick to either an authentic German Hefeweizen or opt for a traditional Marzen for Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz. bottle served in a .5l weizen glass. 02-2010 indicated on the back label. Poured a hazy honey gold with a a dense, bright white head that filled half the glass. Head eventually settled into a solid two inch, frothy cap with light strands of lacing adhering to the sides of the glass as the brew receded. Nose reveals wheat, some clove and light banana esters with a heavy metallic quality at the back. Taste follows nose; however, somewhat muted and luckily missing the coppery quality indicated in the nose. Mouthfeel was light bodied and lively with a fairly clean finish. Decent Hefe (although I thought I was buying an Oktoberfest from the label), solid and easy drinking.

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into a weiss glass. "Ale". 5.7% ABV, Best before end 02-2010.

A - A hazy golden yellow pours from the skinny bottle to unleash a four-finger head. Solid retention to the dense white head but little lace clung on. Lots of carbonation streaming up though.

S - Certainly an interesting Hefe-Weizen aroma. Pale and Munich or Vienna malts are predominant with a dry hoppy aroma. A bit toasted. A little yeast comes through but has no hefe-weiss characteristic scents like clove or bubblegum. It's a decent nose but what's going on?

T - The flavor makes me wonder if this hefe is crossed with an Oktoberfest in brewing. It has more hefe characteristics in flavor than the nose. For example, the yeast is stronger, there is a hint of clove, and a slight bit of bubblegum. The malts are still strong and have a lightly toasted essence to them. Some dry hops give it a nice crispness too. A bit of an amalgam.

M - Light-medium bodied and fully carbonated, it's a crisp beer that's also smooth in texture. A light carbonation crispness finishes out with a mild dryness.

D - I still can't figure out what's going on here but it's not bad whatever it is. A bit of both worlds combined into a solidly drinkable German brew.

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Photo of mynie
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An oktoberfest... hefe? Well this is a bit of letdown, but whatever.

Nice pour, tame aroma. It actually smells a little marzeny, but not at all like a hefe. A quick google tells me this is supposed to be a combination of the two styles, and while that seems like a remarkably bad idea I guess it don't smell bad, just tame.

Same thing going on, tastewise. There's the tiniest hint of wheatmalt at the beginning, in the form of a little whitepeppry fruitness, and this bleeds into a more rounded, sweet marzen middle. But, like, the two flavors don't really accentuate one another so much as they blot one another out.

This is a lot of work to go through to brew a beer that don't taste like all that much of nothing.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A weizen for an Oktoberfest? Some say travesty, I say brilliant! Very cool label with a best by date of 02 2010. Pours a cloudy dark gold color with a creamy layer of tan foam. Retention is not all that great and it does not leave much lacing behind.

Requisite banana and cloves on the nose, with the cloves being the stronger of the two. Smells maybe a little more of earthy malt, but that is about all I can find to distinguish it from most weizen beers.

There is definitely a difference on the taste though. More grainy, with an almost caramel malty sweetness that does make it feel more like a feistbier. Unfortunately, I find it to be less tasty than the other Erdinger offerings I have had. The malty and grainy notes seem to overpower the delicate clove and banana flavors I love so much in traditional Bavarian hefeweizens. There is a touch of toasty bitterness and not a very creamy mouthfeel, both seem out of place as well. It's ok, but I am disappointed in this beer, from a usually pretty strong wheat beer brewery.

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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 KarlHungus
3.16/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy orange color. The head is two inches in height, and recedes slowly leaving nice lacing. The aroma has some banana, and some clove. However, it is all quite faint. The taste is much the same it has some really nice hefe qualities, but it is just too weak. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a chewy texture, and lively carbonation. Overall, this is one of Erdinger's better beer, but unfortunately that doesn't mean much. I could drink this again, but with so many better wheat beers out there I highly doubt I will.

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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 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 StoutHunter
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

I picked up a bottle of Erdinger's Oktoberfest Weissbier last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I know this beer is released for Germany's Oktoberfest and it isn't a Marzen, but that makes sense, from what I know Erdinger only makes Wheat beers so it makes sense that they would want to make a beer for the celebration while giving people a option that isn't a Marzen. I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a 330ml bottle onto a Weizen glass.

A- The label looks good, it goes great with the name and I think it's pretty eye catching. It poured a cloudy golden yellow color that took on more of a darker golden hue when held to the light with about four fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty and patchy lacing behind. This was a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the wheat being the first to show up and it imparts a nice wheat like aroma with a slight bit of grainy malts coming through along with a nice bready aroma. Up next comes the yeast that seems to stick out the most and it imparts a nice fruity aroma with some banana, pear and fruit juice like aromas coming through with the banana sticking out the most by a little bit and there's just a light amount of spices showing up in the background. This beer had a good aroma, that seemed to be pretty true to style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the wheat still being the first to show up, but it's just a little lighter than it was in the aroma with the wheat aspects still sticking out the most. Up next comes the yeast which imparts the same fruity aspect that i got in the aroma, but this time there's a nice apple skin like flavors with neither aspect seeming to stick out the most. On the finish there's no bitterness with a light wheat flavor and lots of fruity yeast flavors showing up in the aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, it was a little different than a traditional Hefe, but I liked it.

M- Smooth, fairly clean, a little crisp, on the very light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and even though it was a little different for a hefe, I thought it was a nice and unique take on the style, people expect something a little different to go with the season for Oktoberfest and while this isn't a Marzen I still think it fits the bill as a nice beer to enjoy during Oktoberfest. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, fairly clean, a little crisp, not filling at all and the taste did a nice job of holding my attention, I could drink a few of these especially if I start to get worn out with the Marzens. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma and that it wasn't just like every other Hefe and I think that made it pretty memorable. What I like the least about this beer was that the wheat didn't come through just a little more in the taste. I would buy this beer again, it makes for a nice change of pace from all the Marzens and I would recommend giving it a try, especially if your a fan of wheat beers. All in all I was happy with this beer, it was just a good all around beer and if I ever make my way to the official Oktoberfest in Germany I would make sure to have a couple steins of this. In the past I haven't been too fond of this brewery, but this was a nice beer and it's now my favorite from this brewery and I think it's a notable beer Good job guys, this was a nice beer, keep up the hard work.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden hay color, smeared body with a huge starchy topping of whitish crunchy tight foam. Resides down slowly to a firm and fluffy skim and minimal lacinf is specked about the glass.

Aroma is lightly doughy and semi sweet with a light tug of toasted grain and some dark grasses.

Taste is mild but fulfilling with a nice malt tone of sweet doughy breadyness, a bit pear and peachy in some ascents and a mear nudge of toasted grains. The thing about it is that its impression is gone to quick, it definately could use more length and a bit more complexity and girth.

Clean, crisp in a malty sense of sweetness and lofty toned in smoothness. A bit of carbonation grab is a bit out of place but not overpowering. The body is shy of medium and again seems to come up a tad short in body, girth, and length. Otherwise its stays malty doughty sweet the whole way through.

A decent enough O-fest, but seems a bit underwhelming in most aspects of its character. That said, it would be fairly easy to down a bunch of these.

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Photo of morimech
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden with a very large white head that has plenty of staying power. For the amount of head and retention, I was surprised by the virtual lack of lacing.

I smell the yeast giving it a spicy aroma. The malt lends a deeper and richer aroma than found on more traditional Hefes.

Light but still has a rich caramel malt flavor with a spicy yeast component. Has a faint citrus finish.

Light body with abundant carbonation. Not harsh but lively in the mouth.

Very drinkable and an alternative to heavier Oktoberfests.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - This is a bright but heavy orange in color with a good head that wasn't out of control like most HWs.

Smell - True to its appearance this beer has a noticeable orange citrus character with some light banana and decent yeast.

Taste - Everything is here from the nose. The yeast is toned down just a bit and the banana is more prominent, but it's mixed well with the natural orange flavor.

Mouthfeel - This is short of medium-bodied but bigger than light with some decent carbonation.

Drinkability - This was nothing exceptional but wasn't a complete flop, either. It had a few of the HW components but didn't manage to bring it all together. It was also kind of flat, not compared to most other styles but failed to deliver on that light, fluffy feel in between the cheeks that you come to expect from a top quality example of the style.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pale amber gold, huge fluffy white head with webs on the side, sinking unevenly on top but slowly, thanks to the large robust carbonation. Mostly clear body. Looks nice but not hugely weizeny or even what I'd expect to find at Oktoberfest.

Nose is really rather sweet. Lots of malt and sweetish grain, with corn notes, caramel aroma and some vanilla as well. Some fuirt notes lingering, soft banana and apple. Largely though it's just grainy. Not unpleasant, but simple.

Taste is very grainy as well. Pearl barley with oatmeal and sweet grain bread on the front gets more sweet on the mid, with notes of honey, popcorn and more vanilla, plus a very sticky bread-dough character leading to the finish which is really rather unfortunate. But it's also characteristic of some German yeasts which is one of my bugbears really. Finish itself is not bad, some very light grassy hops -possibly Hallertau Hersbrucker but used very sparingly. Vegetative and clean with no lingering bitterness, just a flat and clean aftertaste. This makes for extremely clean, simple, excessive drinking, but not a lot on the interest side.

Very smooth feel, nice grainy texture through the palate. Full-bodied and just the slightest dryness at the back.

The fact that the texture and drinkability of this beer are the best aspects suggests a great deliberateness to it. The technical aspects are absolutely spot on and the whole thing drinks like its purpose in life is to be drunk in copious amounts. I don't love the flavour, but it gets it over the line and I could just smash stein after stein of this in a tent in Munich some time.

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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 DavoleBomb
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Cloudy orange in color, very yeasty. Small frothy head, but retains well.

4.0 S: Light fruit, but not tropical. Malty sweetness and yeast.

4.0 T: Peach nectar and spice. Plenty of malt character, but little for hops. Very pleasant taste and different than a lot of other wheats.

3.5 M: A little bity, but good nonetheless.

4.0 D: Very good beer and unique enough to last a whole night.

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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 KTCamm
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 'German-style' slim bottle into my pint glass.

Light cloudy amber with big thick head of white foam. Foams up large and settles down to about 1/4 inch. Light malty smell. Taste is very light - mostly a nutty malt. Firm carbonation, clean finish.

Like a malty pilsner. Good, not great.

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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 cokes
4.06/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Autumnal, brown-tinted golden-orange below a fat rise of marshmallow foam.
The nose has elements of apple sauce, wheat bread, and pecans, but seems a bit diffuse on the whole.
Up front in the mouth, there is a quick wheatiness that ebbs just as quick towards the more traditional Munich-y traits of toasted nut, bagel, and caramelized raisin. A phenolic sense of vanilla arises midway and lingers into the close, shiftly slightly towards banana pudding. On the whole, however, the weizen yeast is not a dominating force here. Hopping is modest with steely herbs and grasses.
A fairly brawny body is given some levity by the increased carbonation, forming an impression of carbonated cream.
This is plenty drinkable and likeable on nearly all accounts. It's not an explosive mash-up of flavors, but basically a fairly mild (but well-made) festbier with a subtle weiss infusion.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Decent looking hef. with 1 finger head, yellow murky wheat beer appearance with volcanic carbonation. Very good head retention.

Smell - bananna/lemon notes but faint

Taste - Very mild taste. Very light on flavor. Some crispness and dryness in finish. I'm picking up some metallic tastes as well.

Mouthfeel - Slightly watery.

Overall - A very forgettable Hef. easy to drink but little flavoring to remember it by.

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Erdinger Oktoberfest Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
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