Erdinger Weissbier (Hefe-Weizen)
Erdinger Weissbräu

Erdinger Weissbier (Hefe-Weizen)Erdinger Weissbier (Hefe-Weizen)
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Style:
Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #590
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
81
Ranked #45,612
Avg:
3.55 | pDev: 13.8%
Reviews:
837
Ratings:
2,120
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Erdinger Weissbräu
 
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Gots
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SCORE
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Erdinger Weissbier (Hefe-Weizen)Erdinger Weissbier (Hefe-Weizen)
Notes: Every sip leaves you wanting more – our ERDINGER Weissbier with fine yeast is the crowning glory of traditional Bavarian brewing skills.

The strength of this classic wheat beer lies in the harmonious balance it achieves between the various aromas. Gently spicy wheat and yeast aromas blend with mildly bitter hops. The invigorating carbon dioxide ensures its typical liveliness. A premium beer whose full-bodied yet elegant character leaves a lasting impression of ultimate Bavarian enjoyment. A truly unique wheat beer!

ERDINGER Weissbräu allows its top-fermenting specialty to mature in the bottle in the traditional manner, just like champagne. This wheat beer from Erding offers more than just sparkling refreshment – it gives a true taste of Bavaria.
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Reviews by BeerMeister8:
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BeerMeister8 from New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 05, 2015
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TRIKLZ from Kansas

3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw some of the other reviews and some just don't understand beer, let alone German bier.
Erdinger is a well-rounded Bavarian beer. Although not my favorite, it does have that distinct German flavor. The beer, as a typical Weissbier, should be poured in a Weizen glass for proper head (which should be large) and flavor. Not as citrusy as some other Weiss bier, but definitely has the crispness from a lighter body and natural fermentation found in many beers which recipes have been passed down through several hundred years (this one since the 16th century) of Master Brewers. It is quite refreshing and I could easily enjoy a couple liters of these an an Oktoberfest or having a relaxing afternoon grilling, or being active. For those who think it tastes "watered down" I recommend a hefe weizen or dunkel weizen (I actually prefer dark beer and Guinness is my "mother's milk").
Much better than most pilsners and very clean unless you prefer the over-hoppy craft beers found across the U.S.
Here's my background if anyone wants to dispute it:
First of all, I spent half my life growing up in Germany traveling Europe sampling beers in pretty much every town and city I visited.
Secondly, it's GERMAN BEER...we have a long way to go to even touch some of their lower-end beers.
Lastly, every type of beer can only be compared to its counterparts (crystal weizen-crystal weizen, stout-stout, etc).
No, I am not a self-proclaimed "expert" but i know good beer and what distinguishes them. Thanks.

Sep 17, 2016
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BradMacMullin from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For once I am glad I didn't let the subpar ratings sway me from this beer. Mind you it is included in this hotel breakfast in Munich, so there was little chance I was going to not have it. First of all, beer at breakfast is a brilliant idea. Decades I have wasted on milk and orange juice. When I get home I am throwing them all away, as it is beer forever for breakfast. I wish I had kids....they'd love it too.

Why am I writing this? Oh yeah, a beer review

I just noticed my wife left the table. This is a good beer!

Awesome Hefeweizen - Bready and carbonated. Good stuff

Uh oh, she's back

Sep 06, 2015
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dwmson1 from Oklahoma

5/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I dont understand the lower ratings... this is an unbelievably good brew imho.... it is smoothe... flavorful... and a pretty pour.... it is a bit pricey and has somewhat of a "light" beer head.... but it is super tasty for backyard sitting

Apr 18, 2015
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kotzbauerm from Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the world's best hefeweizens

Apr 30, 2015
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 500 ml tall brown Euro style bottle with a “best before end” freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Fluffy looking off white head with a less than normal head retention for a wheat beer, sunset orange yellow hue with a very cloudy look to for the decanting of the yeast in the glass.

Smell: Light fermented wheat twang, soft spicy clove with a rounded and mellow fruitiness makes up the aroma.

Taste: Just as smooth as it is crisp with a creamy medium body, not too much on the clove spiciness but it is there and holds on through the finish. Good dose of malt sweetness and a twang from the wheat, powdery yeast adds a touch of earthy flavour. Fruitiness is mellow just like the aroma with subtle ripe banana and pear. Hops are light and ride with the effervesce and clove. Sweetness and clove battle it out in the finish as the dryness tries to creep in also.

Notes: Decent, a bit one-dimensional for the style. Easy to drink which comes more from the mouth feel than the flavour. When it comes to wheat beers in general this one lands just above mediocre unfortunately.

Feb 23, 2002
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Brand from California

5/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't understand giving this anything but A grade.
The BA score shows 80, does that mean B- grade beer?
The Bros give it a 74,.. does that mean C grade beer?
Ya'll are nuts, it's A grade,… let's give it a 95,… how would I improve it to 100,… I wouldn't,.. it's perfectly all well as far as my feel and sensibility, according to my body.
It's a nice fresh, medium, balanced, very pleasant beer,...it's excellent,… nice n balanced,… I love it.

May 15, 2015
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ObiBeerCanobi from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good representation of the style.

Apr 19, 2015
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chris_pk from England

4.65/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Probably my favourite beer, certainly of the wheat variety anyway. Rich, tasty and always satisfying...Perhaps there are more interesting, niche varieties out there (in Germany, at least) but this is a solid winner !

Apr 10, 2015
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

4.09/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Simply delicious, how is this just an "ok"? Had this one right from the bottle and it was fantastic. Usually I don't get a lot of aroma drinking from the bottle, but this one had that clear hefe smell. Wheat, spice, banana, and some orange zest notes. Tastes follows with banana and spice taking the lead with orange bread underneath. I'd gladly have this hefe anytime.

Jul 26, 2015
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Bayern1971 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Erdinger Weissbier is one of the Bavaria's weakest weissbiers. The appearance isn't as cloudy as other weissbiers and you can actually see through the beer which is a big strike in weissbier. The upfront taste is heavy with fruit & clove which aren't as strong as other weissbiers and the backend taste finishes a touch dry and bitter. Definitely leans more towards the bitter side and at times hints at a pilsner flavor. I rarely if ever drink or buy this. And now that Erdinger has come out with the superior Urweisse which is much better than the normal Weisse, there's really no reason to drink this anymore.

Sep 28, 2014
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Sadik from Turkey

4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

AlthoughIt is not good as Franziskaner I like it. It deserves respect.

Apr 23, 2015
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JMD71 from Massachusetts

3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very vocal when poured! Huge head! Vigorous carbonation. Head lasts after pour for some time. Wonderful golden (cloudy) color. Looks very refreshing.

Aroma: Notes of wheat & malt. Doesn't have the strong hay, farmyard smell of other hefe's. Smells closer to a pils.

Taste: Slight wheat flavor, but malt is more prominent here. Not as characteristic of other hefe's. Mild sweetness noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Light & crisp. Clean on the palette. Really carbonated & fresh tasting.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. Goes down easily. Could drink a number of these.

Comments: I liked this for its crisp, refreshing taste, but didn't think it was the best example of a hefe. It didn't have the wet hay, farmy, wheaty smell & taste that I love in hefe's.

Jun 22, 2006
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Nass from Florida

2.98/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

This is one of the worst hefeweizens that I have been able to try. Watered down and bland is what this beer is. Don't waste your money on this one. Cheers! C

Feb 21, 2018
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steinlifter from Massachusetts

3.31/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy mid to light yellow color,with a slight head that gives away quickly and leaves slight lacing in glass.Has a slightly fruity smell that is pleasant but vague.Taste is very pleasant a bit watery with a slight spiciness that finishes very quickly.mouthfeel is well carbonated like soda is about all I can say.Drinkability is high due to it's refreshing,crisp,thirstquenching qualities(nothing offensive here).Overall I would say that I've had wheat beers with a lot more flavor than this one, but sometimes that flavor is'nt all that pleasant.but as far as just having a nice really easy drinking beer thats a much better quality than just banging down some Bud's, try this one.

Mar 17, 2004
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LostHighway from Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Nov 27, 2011
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jimctin from Canada

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

May 27, 2013
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djcreepshow from Canada

4/5  rDev +12.7%

Jul 25, 2012
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Wilhelm from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Aug 26, 2012
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Brokejaw from Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Jan 22, 2014
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KristijanG from Slovenia

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Aug 21, 2014
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mmorris15 from Maine

3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

May 05, 2017
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defunksta from North Dakota

3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a deep, pale yellow color with a billowing white head. SRM of 7.5. (4.00)

Aroma: Strong aromas of lemon, bread with a touch of pepper, spice, and coriander. Like a subtle Belgian wit. (3.50)

Flavor: Tons of billowing bread upfront that evolves into a clove-like medicinal flavor with a touch of orange flavor. Finishes with some dry grains and grass. Finishes neither dry nor sweet.

Feel: Huge and billowing bread. Thick, but airy mouthfeel. Like billowing bread. Yet, not dry, nor astringent like yeast. Just billowing bread that is fairly clean and not dry nor sweet. (4.25)

Overall: A pretty interesting beer. How to classify this beer as others have mentioned. I don't know. It's not really an Oktoberfest as it doesn't have too much toasted malt flavors nor grassy hops. It's more of mix between a trio of Hefeweizen, American Wheat, and Belgian Wit. Light lemon citrus but then a decent amount of Belgian spice with a German bready body. It's pretty good and unique. (Final Rating: 3.72)

Sep 21, 2019
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jsolack from Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light orange/yellow color and slight haze in color. Head is pretty light as well. Smells like wheat with a strong banana aroma. Taste is sweet in mouth with light banana flavor, finish has pleasing wheat flavor. Feel in mouth is smooth and pleasent. Overall the beer is very drinkable!

Feb 17, 2004
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ncvbc from North Carolina

3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not one of my favorites when it comes to a Hefe but a decent example. Poured a murky straw color with less of a head than I usually see. Somewhat bland in appearance. Smells about average but it doesn't have that "zing" that others do. No bold fruit smells or anything that has highlighted other enjoyable Hefes. Average. Taste isn't too bad but nothing I can highlight. Mouthfeel is carbonated and light. It's a Hefe so it's drinkable as most but no better than good due to the fact that most everything else was lacking in some way. Not too bad, not too good. You might like it if this is your style but I'll probably stick to a few others that come to mind.

Apr 25, 2007
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