Erdinger Weissbier | Erdinger Weissbräu

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Erdinger WeissbierErdinger Weissbier

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Erdinger Weissbräu

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.91/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a solid white head for the style, average head retention, no lacing.

S: Smell is very light, hints of clove mostly, spicy.

T: Banana esters and some mild green apple form the flavour, clovely finish. Overall flavour is understated and not very complex.

M: Mild carbonation for the style, light-bodied with a watery finish, medium aftertaste, clean.

D: An average weissebier, does not have the complex esters ala Schneider or Hacker-Pschorr. No problem getting it down, but becomes boring.

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Photo of Floydster
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought this in a World of Beer pack, ten beers for 10.99

Poured into a pint glass with a cloudy yellowish orange color

Smell was not bad for a Hef, it had some oranges and bananas present

Taste was crisp with a slight citrus bite, but a strong wheat taste

Could drink several of these, average ABV and pretty light on the stomach

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Photo of jmkoscie
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle which came from a gift pack, after first being chilled in the refrigerator, into the weizen glass which came in the pack.

A: Slow pour results in a near one inch of fine off-white head which dissipated quickly. Body of beer is a dark amber and hazy as though covered by a sheet of tissue paper. Visible carbonation is faintly present through the thick fog.

S: Strong scents of a bread-like yeast with a tone of lemony citrus.

T: Sweet citrus flavors with wheat flavor base, finishing rather dry.

M: A light, highly carbonated feeling in the mouth, resulting in a mild tingle on the surface of the tongue. Beer goes down smooth.

D: This beer is easily consumed and I will recommend it to friends who are new the the world of wheat beers due to its mild flavoring and smooth finish.

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Photo of KajII
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

The pour was a murky medium yellow with an average size (1-2 finger) white creamy head that was mostly diminishing and had fair lacing.

The aroma was that of a typical Hefe Weizen, a straw like malt and a cobweb scented yeast with notes of citrus, clove and banana.

It tasted very mild with a bit of wheat and a hint of citrus in the beginning and finished quite yeasty with a note of spice at the end. The flavor was nice but short lived.

Mouthfeel was light in body and creamy in texture with a lively carbonation.

Overall a good Weiss Bier, but nothing really stands out from the typical Hefe Weizen.

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Photo of teromous
2.89/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On the back label: 03-2017 L0422032

Appearance: It is extremely highly carbonated. I barely got a quarter of my glass filled before it erupted in a full glass of foam. Pour it very carefully. It has an amazingly huge head and it retains unbelievably. Great lacing. The body has nearly no color at all. It is lighter than a light golden straw color.

Aroma: There is very little aroma here. I am getting an ever so subtle banana scent which is accompanied by the lightest spicy hop aroma. I didn't smell the hops at first but after a while it started to show up. It is a pretty light aroma for a Hefeweizen but it is pleasant.

Taste: The beer tastes very watered down. It has a bit of a sweet cereal grain flavor but not much else. The aftertaste has just a bit of spice at the end followed by a very pronounced alcohol flavor. The flavor reminds me a bit of how alcohol wipes smell.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel on the beer is pretty good. It feels a bit thin for a wheat beer but it has good carbonation and a slight texture at the finish.

Overall: This beer has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride. I don't have much to say about it other than that I really wouldn't recommend it to a fan of big flavorful Hefeweizens. It seems like a transitional beer somewhere between a light lager and a Hefeweizen. I probably wouldn't pick it up again. I can finish off the beers that I have easily enough but I won't be shopping for this again.

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Photo of Reagan1984
2.89/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A whipped egg white head floats lightly atop the cloudy dull orange/straw colored beer. Fairly decent retention and structure. Some splotchy lacing clings.

Aroma is a but muted for a Hefe-Weizen. Mostly pale malt, some grass and a slight touch of yeast. No spice to speak of and maybe a hint of banana.

The lightest German Hefe I believe I've tasted. Doesn't taste bad at all, but there's really no depth of flavor here and all creaminess is lacking. Mostly a light wheat taste without any complexity, spice or fruit. Some light toasted cracker.

It's refreshing but a little light on the tongue.

It goes down easy and without causing you to notice. I'll stick with Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My guess is that this is the "Pyramid" of Germany when it comes to beer, you know, bigger micro that always sounds like it should be great but always disappoints. Pours hazy gold with a decent head. Lemony aroma with some yeast. Taste was pretty flat, some wheat, some citrus, but really watery. Get something else.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy orange/pale amber with fading white head.
Nose shows faint bready wheat with hints of lemon. No cloves or banana. Almost boring.
Similar flavours (weak) though the wheat makes more of an impact.
Too much carbonation.
Not much going on here.

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Photo of yapi
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

drank this one in Maastricht while visiting, wasn't really that impressed. When very very cool, refreshing, but didn't really taste a lot to be honest, few citrus... drink this really cool and fast. Would not drink this again, there is better stuff out there in the same category

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Photo of WakeandBake
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A golden yellow body with a big fizzy white head , high carbonation and no lacing left . Aroma is light yeast and sour wheat , lemongrass and really faint banana . Flavor is slightly fruity ,maybe lemon light metallic note, a light hop bitterness , more like a lager than a wheat beer . Drinkable and good but not as flavorful as I would expect from a Hefe . Light body ,with a thin oily mouthfeel .

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Photo of clayrock81
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had a 22 oz bomber bottle that I poured into my hefe glass. This was the bright spot for this beer. Had a cloudy, orange body with a one-finger head that was a constant with the beer and left small lacings. The smell was yeasty/wheaty with some faint citric aroma. Unfortunately, the taste was rather bland in this light-bodied hefe with no real citric, pepper/clove or other spices coming out at all and the wheat yeast is very pronouced, so it is not as smooth as most hefes. I really don't see myself getting this beer again.

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Photo of BrewMaster
2.87/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap at the Yardhouse in Pasadena served in a regular American pint glass. The beer was served with virtually no head and had a cloudy orange to yellowish color. The aroma was very light with a citrusy scent and a bit of breadiness. The flavor was less than exciting. It had a strong alcohol flavor that dominated the beer. It was really lacking balance and identity. Behind the potent alcohol flavor was a light fruit rind flavor (perhaps nectarine?) and a bit of citrus again. It felt a bit over carbonated and sort of attacking to the palate. Overall it was just not a fun experience of beer drinking.

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Photo of Spike
2.87/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden, orange and yellow. A little hazy. Large, foamy head that recedes slowly. Leaves some lacing. Minimal carbonation. Would like it to be more cloudy.

Very little smell. Faint yeast. Very disappointing

Bland for the style. Some banana...but that might have been wishful thinking. No cloves. No spices. Too sweet.

Thin to medium body. Some bitterness. Soapy. Cloying rather than creamy.

This beer seems to be going backwards. I've downgraded my original overall score from 4 to 3. Best description seems to be 'bland'.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
2.86/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour to a hazy, golden color with a white head that dissipates quickly. It left minimal lacing. I was expecting a clovey, banana aroma, but I didn’t get it. I got a grain-like aroma and that is that. The flavor is lightly fruity, with a slight wheat flavor. It is light bodied, smooth and easy drinking; this is the best quality of this beer. This one was a big let down.

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Photo of wjimson
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Perhaps I had became picky to hefeweizens, as they are such simple beers which are so distinctive and unique. The clove like or banana like flavour is something that is difficult to acheive, and this beer is too light to my personal taste.

I sniffed the beer after hoping the bottle at around 10 degree C. Smell is predominately of pilsner malt. The colour is a bit on the light side. The head is thick and bubbles were roaring along the side of the glass.

Taste like a pilsner with a bit of wheat it in, enough to develope a slight wheat taste which has that phenolic banana flavour. Hops are not at all prominent, which can be a good or bad thing.

This is the second time I had this beer. Its a bit more expensive than Hacker Pschorr or Paulaner. I felt like I had made the wrong choice today.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.
5.3% ABV, Best Before End 06-2011

A - Poured with the sediment swirled in the bottle, Erdinger's hefe is a weathered, cloudy golden yellow color. The fizzy, effervescent white head spritzes away to nothing and leaves no lace behind. Completely uncharacteristic of a good hefe, this one certainly doesn't look the part at all.

S - The nose is more reminiscent of a European pale lager than a German hefe; notes of metallic graininess and all-around crisp lager. It's nothing like the earthy, estery, yeast-infused banana and clove bombs of classic German tradition. A vigorous swirl barely releases hints of this.

T - Much like the aroma, I find the taste of Erdinger's Hefe falling flat. A pinch of soft wheat through the finish but little yeast esters to be found. More bland but not as much as the completely lacking aroma.

M - Heavy carbonation becomes quite bothersome by gulp four, filling me and near assaulting my throat. Otherwise it's a soft beer behind the harsh bubbles.

O - The bottle's claims of the worlds #1 hefeweizen couldn't be more off base. With the availability of so many other fantastic German hefeweizens, I'll never waste my time on this lack-luster American Pale Wheat Ale-like Hefe-wannabe. Don't get me wrong, it's certainly not offensive, Erdinger just omits everything that makes the style a classic from this brew.

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Photo of Proteus93
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pretty straight forward, pale golden hue. Ever so slightly off-white head that was gone within moments of putting the glass down - no lacing at all.

S: A little grassy, sweet smelling

T: Bubblegum, but very mild, and a bit of a disappointment. Lacking a full flavour that I would have liked.

M: Perhaps a touch weighty for a hefe, but ends up being rather dry which was decent.

D: It's fairly easy to drink, and I'd have it if it were available in a social setting, but not something I see myself going out of the way to try again.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured in one go, into a Franziskaner Weissbier glass, it looks fine, a very pale golden yellow. 50cl bottle, best before June 2007, drank on 16th Dec 2006.

The normal bubbles raising through the body to replenish the foaming white head at the top. The aroma is of vanilla and bannanas, as you would expect, but not as pronounced as some Wiessbiers.

The taste is also lacking compared with other like beers, both in complexity and depth. On a summers day this would be just right, however, this is Great Britain in mid December and its lightness doesn't work right now.

I have drank many Weissbiers over the years, in all weathers, this is a lightweight in all aspects. there is very little mouthfeel and aftertaste.

Not the best Hefe Weizen by a long way!

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Photo of delta490
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured a 500ml bottle into an Imperial Pint glass. Pours a deep cloudy gold with a fizzy-ish creamy white head. Aroma is almost non-existent. As someone else said, it can't be bad because there isn't much there. The same, unfortunately, goes for the taste. There just isn't much to it, good, bad or otherwise. Has a decent mouthfeel, with a little bit of carbonation. But overall, there just isn't much to it.
I've had it draft, as well, and it had a bit more "oomph" to it, but not significantly, so I've averaged out the two in the scores.

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Photo of rockyfire
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

White head with a normal head retention for a wheat beer, sunset orange yellow hue with a very cloudy look.

Light fermented wheat twang, soft spicy clove with a rounded and mellow fruitiness.

Smooth and crisp with a creamy medium body, not too much on the clove spiciness but it is there. Malt sweetness and a twang from the wheat, powdery yeast. Fruitiness is mellow just like the aroma. Hops are light. Sweet and clove battle it out in the finish as the dryness tries to creep in also.

Not a bad beer. I enjoyed trying it.

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Photo of djcrean
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Found at local German Restaurant. Though it was from a bottle, it was poured into a glass before it ever got to me, so I can't tell you whether there was any kind of freshness info on the bottle. Never seen it before so I figured I'd try it.

A-3.5: According to the display bottle, this is "dark" Hefe Weizen. I wouldn't say it was dark, but it did pour slightly more brown/golden and less orange than most hefes. Nice head with long retention and modest lacing.

S-3.5: Very citrusy. Hop spice also present. Hints of other interesting things like grass, clove, etc.

T-2.5: The hops hit right away with a nice spicy citrus tinge, then...nothing. Once the hop bitterness passes, there is little else here. The usual hefe flavors are either not discernible or very weak, and malt itself is really lacking in character of any kind.

M-2.0: Watery and Thin. The moderate carbonation makes it go down kind of like flavored seltzer water.

D-3.0: Not abrasive, but not especially pleasant.

Overall: This was a disappointment, especially since I passed up Franziskaner and two varieties of Paulaner to give this a try. The above average hops just can't compensate for the weak body and thin feel of this brew.

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Photo of Dawkfan
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- This is a slight hazed straw yellow color. Fast rising 3 finger white head that settles out to a decent sized cap. Very little lacing.

S- Not your typical Hefe Aroma in this one. Bready wheat, lemon and just a touch of spice.

T- Really boring for a Hefe. I don't get much besides a citrus twang and wheat flavors. Tastes a little metallic in the finish as well. Where's the banana and clove???

M- Light - medium bodied, high carbonation.

D- I guess this was somewhat refreshing, but not what I look for in this style at all.

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Photo of pants678
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow and orange body with a frothy white head. Retention is good, laces glass bottom.

Nose has cloves and clementines, not pronounced though.

A delightfully crisp orange. Spices are minimal and hard to pick out because it's so bubbly. Not nearly as loud as other hefes I've had. Erdinger's refreshing if not a little boring.

Semi staining, but just enough to entice. Carbonation is strong, maybe too much so.

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Photo of budgood1
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

pours out a hazy light golden colour with a rich and thick frothy snow white head that seems to want to stick around awhile. lotsa lace too. aroma is of the spicy citrusy real hints of the clove and banana characteristics i look for in a tasty hefe. upon tasting...i find myself sipping and sipping but am baffled by the lack of true german hefeweizen flavours. to this beers credit, there is a nice citrusy note that is accentuated by some wheat malt and an ever so slight spicy alcohol kick, but i am left wondering whether i'm tasting a genuine german hefe or an american wheat beer. i'd guess the latter if i was tasting this blind. very disappointing. the body is on the light side and the mouthfeel is a bit underwhelming for the style. drinkability rates higher just for the fact that on it's own this beer has the ability to satisfy any beer drinkers thirst on a hot summer day.

overall, a bad german hefe IMHO. but not a "bad" beer in itself. but for the price and expectation...disappointing.

if this was labeled "american wheat beer", i'd say pretty damn quenching and satisfying.

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Photo of originalsin
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer poured a light honey color. About 1/2 inch of head that quickly dissipated with little retention and no lacing to speak of really

S: Picking up mostly typical hefe notes. Some banana. Perhaps a bit estery on the nose.

T: A lot of banana and a decent amount of lemon too. Sort of just a typical hefeweizen, but too bland...not that great. Your standard hefe, i guess.

M: Such a light mouthfeel. It's almost bothersome how light this beer is, even for a hefeweizen. Almost like air, with practically no aftertaste. Not my cup of tea, so to speak. But oh well...

D: It's certainly an easy-going beer. The mouthfeel is too airy for me to really do anything but take my time with this one.

I wish I could take more time on this review, say more, but it's just not that spectacular of a brew. I'll certainly drink it, and enjoy it while I do, but it's not something I would buy again. The hefeweizen has long been a favorite style of mine, and this being the self-proclaimed best hefeweizen simply didn't live up to expectations.

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Erdinger Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
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