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Erdinger Weissbier | Erdinger Weissbräu

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Erdinger WeissbierErdinger Weissbier

Brewed by:
Erdinger Weissbräu
Germany | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 sort...no 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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Photo of HugoGrim
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the 1 pint .9 oz bottle into a standard pint. The label is dated 12-2004, but doesn't state if this is a 'bottled on' date or a 'best by' date. Either way I wish I had seen that before buying the bottle.

The appearance was by far the best part of this beer (which by no coincidence is the element least effected by age). It poured golden and cloudy, as one would expect. Very thick head.

Scent seemed muted. Spices and sweet banana were there, but nothing stood out.

Flavor was also muted. cloves & fruit with lots of banana. Much more bitter than a normal hefe (maybe due to the age of the bottle) but not a hoppy bitterness... just bitter. Disappointing.

Flat out this is a stale bottle. If I get the chance to try this beer fresh I will not hesitate to sample and re-evaluate.

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Photo of Godfather50
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This was my first wheat beer. Bit of a disappointment really. The head was adequate but nothing exceptional and I just about got a hint of bannana but nothing leapt out at me. The mouth feel was slightly thin and, although not chilled my thoughts were wandering towards a lager type mouthfeel. I will explore more wheat but will hope for better.

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Photo of EgadBananas
2.81/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Looks great. Hazy, sunny orange, bright white pillowy head of a few fingers, lace is great, retention is good.

Aroma has a bit of citrus, but mostly bready, malty sweet.

Taste was slightly sweet citrus, sweet bready malts, and a slight bit of hoppyness. Definitely on the blander side for a weizen.

The feel was ok, slick, crisp and light.

Overall, I'm somewhat disappointed in this. Looks great, but it's a bland, uninteresting offering. No banana, clove, spice, yeastiness. Meh.

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Photo of granger10
2.81/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, pale golden color with orange on the sides and a fluffy white head rests atop. Head retention is good and lacing is strong as well.

Aroma is really citric with lemony acidity dominating. There's also a noticeable wheatlike sweetness.

Taste follows suit. Quite sweet without the complimentary yeast or hefe characteristics. There is a bit of spice and fruit but that's about it.

Easy to drink and not offensive but this is lacking in what I'm looking for. The carbonation is also filling me up with burps. Has a macro like taste to it. Not recommended.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
2.81/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a big sudsy head that can't wait to disappear.

Smells of hay and not much else (which is strange, because other reviewers are mentioning so much that is definitely not coming from this glass).

The mouthfeel is crisp with perfectly balanced carbonation.

Tastes of sour apple, hops, citrus, and a smidgen of cloves. Very light in this department.

For a Hefe Weizen, this was a major disappointment. Of all I've had from Germany, this is not up to snuff. It almost seems more like a typical German lager, which it shouldn't. I won't be having this one again.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

0,5 liter bottle. Pours a hazy yellow golden color with an orange hue, good billowy white head that quickly diminishes into a thin halo, fair lacing. Aroma is grain, a slight hint of banana, herbs, yeast, and a touch of citrus. Kind of light on the flavor, yeast, citrus and a little bit of spicy bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is a little watery, fairly carbonated, and a hint of bitterness on the tongue at the finish. Not the best hefe, but drinkable.

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Photo of MrSeth
2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This isn't a bad beer by any means.The finish is almost automatic.. while you're sipping it, it kind of vanishes.. The flavor is nice, fruity, but I might like to taste it for a few seconds longer.

Well, that said, I think this Hefe-Weizen would be nice with Thai food. It's flavors would pair well with a light stir-fry, and the quick finish guarantees that the flavors wouldn't dominate the meal.

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Erdinger Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
79 out of 100 based on 777 ratings.
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