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 BobLuvBeer
1.91/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Served with lemon. Pours with a thick head. Light in color. A strong, bitter aftertaste. The hop flavor over rides the wheat, fruity flavor. Most likely a much better beer served fresh, but the harshness of the taste and bitterness on the tongue and cheeks, is disappointing.

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Photo of crnipeter
1.92/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I remember this beer as one of the most characterless hefeweizens out there. It's not a review-worthy but from some morbid masochism I spent another $ 2,50 on this crap only to rate it.

500 ml (BBE 06/2010) into Kapuziner glass swirling the bottle several times before final pour to rise the yeast.
Hazy pale yellow with orange highlights and streams of bubbles raising upwards till they join the rich white head with good retention.
Light aroma of wheat perceived as white bread and some hops atop of that.
Wheat bread flavor with touch of sourness which is not citrus alike but rather that of a slightly acidic bread. At this point the party ends - nothing else in here. A simplistic brew (which is not necessarily a deffectivness) with poor aroma/flavor profile lacking any fruity esters of banana and further crippled by absence of vanilla, bubblegum, citrusy tartness or even clove that all can embellish good hefeweizen.
Light-medium body with reach yet discrete carbonation not irritating the palate, dull and watery. It has decent drinkability but so does water. To be honest, this is not a bad brew but it's not good either.It's just...nothing. Erdinger possesses a very anemic character like some opinionless people whose major goal in life is to bear no grudge against someone. A brew to be forgotten in 30 seconds.

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Photo of moulefrite
2.03/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

At last I have found a German Wheat beer that tastes like an old bottle of warm Bud. This beer was not even worth finishing. I have been drinking, with an almost obssesion wheat beers this summer, and after finding my favorite just a few days back-the Weihenstephaner Hefe-I have now hit the very bottom.This beer smells and tastes skunky and remarkably like a warm macro brew, with vague nuances of mega concert bathroom urinal in the nose. The taste is faintly of rotting banana peel and over the hill spice. The finish is unpleasant, and if I had not accidently froze my Weihenstephaner, i'd be garggleing with it now. However, I happen to have a steigl pils that might do the job! I searched for an outdate on this beer and found 09-07. A best before strip on the side of the bottle was not marked. Also, I bought this at a place where beer is stored correctly, and one that moves beer. I may have gotten a bad bottle, but I'm not willing to try this one again unless it's free and i have a spit bucket at hand.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.03/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a clear pilsner looking beer. Had this in a pilsner glass and it was totally clear no unfilitered hef appearance whatsoever.

The smell was almost non-existent. what are they thinking with this pup? On the back label it says the worlds #1 Hefe Weizen...well that doesnt surprise me as the masses love beer that doesnt taste like anything and has a buzz attached to it.

To me this is a pilsner in every way shape and form.

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Photo of ramseye4
2.05/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A=Pours a thin looking yellow orange with a rapidly fading one finger head. Not great looking.
S=Hmm...bready malt, not too much of usual hefeweizen fare going on here, some faint citrus notes as well.
T=I don't know what in the hell this is supposed to be, but it certainly isn't similar to any hefeweizen I have ever had. Bready malt and citrus is about all I get out of this.
M=Medium bodied and highly carbonated
O=Damn this was a disappointment. Even the color is Stay far, far away from this beer.

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Photo of becktone
2.05/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Eye: To the eye this is every thing that is expected, cloudy and pale yellow/gold lively with carbonation. However, the head is seriously lacking on this brew, could be the glass though, this is the first time I've used this new glass.... When first poured the head was a large rocky somewhat off white color, however, it quickly receded to a thin film with no lace. Would've expected more from a wheat brew.

Nose: HA! Almost, and pretty much have to stand up to get my nose into the weizen glass. Large amount of spiciness in this brew's aroma. All in all the aroma is pretty hard to detect, I'm getting a very clean and very weak aroma. There is also a wheat aroma, and very little if any clove or banana phenols.

Tongue: Oh God!...This isn't good. There is a very strong metallic/aluminum tang that takes away from everything else in this brew. I mean there's a bit of wheat right up front, then it's just bland with a bit of sweetness. Finishes dry with a strong metallic tang and some spiciness. A little bit of banana phenol in there as well.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Highly carbonated, so much so that it takes away from the body of the brew. Finishes dry as already mentioned, very dry. This isn't a brew that I'll buy again, It doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of Radar
2.15/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A- More orange than golden. High head settles quickly.

S- Orange, clove and pear, with more yeast and acid odor than normal for a weiss.

T- The normal banana and citrus fade into pear. The kind off nasty-ass, can-of-pears-you'd-have-in-a-fallout-shelter pear you really wouldn't ever hope for in a hefe. It really tastes like acidic heavy syrup. A bit of clove throughout, but wih everything else going on it's dwarfed by ass-pear.

M- A bit acidy and dry for a hefe. About the right texture.

D- Damn, that acid feels like it's trying to crawl back up my throat. I have a feeling tomorrow I'm going to want to hurt whoever brewed this.

I hate many things, but not many beers. You will pay, Erdinger.

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Photo of HazardousBrewer
2.15/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Picked this beer up in a 6 pack at a local store. Seriously disappointed, is this really a German Wheat beer? I can't taste any defining flavor whatsoever. I'll surely not buy this one again anytime soon.

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Photo of WesWes
2.18/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thin white head. The aroma is awful. It's musty almost like bad homebrew. I guess it has pale malt and yeast scent. The taste is pretty terrible as well. This has to be the worst hefe I've ever had. It is pale and musty with way too much carbonation. The mouthfeel sucks. It is a medium bodied beer with huge carbonation. I burp after every sip. The beer drinks horrible. I'm not sure I'll finish this one.

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Photo of jim102864
2.19/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is one of the least interesting beers I've reviewed and it starts with the aroma, because there essentially was none. It's a fine looking honey like yellow brew with a lovely white head as I poured it into my Toucher Weizen glass. But again, once you get past the appearance, where's the beer? The head was as white as a Hawaiian beach but that's where the good press ends. I detected so little flavor in this brew. It's clean but to the point of offering absolutely no excitement to the taster. The mouthfeel was so light it was wanting as well. I will take a pass on this brew should it ever be offered to me again. A dissapointing experience given that this brewery's other offerings are something to enjoy.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.24/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Okay, I know hefeweizens are highly carbonated, but this is ridiculous. I have never seen a beer, or a even a soda, bubble this vigorously in my life. Pours a cloudy brown yellow with a humongous bubbly head that disappears right away leaving no lacing.

S - Wheat malt and carbonation.

T - A little sweet for a hefeweizen, all malt no fruitiness or spiciness, aside from that is is just carbonated water. A slight bitterness. Not terrible, but dissappointing.

Mouthfeel - Very thin. Refreshing though. Not bad. Best part of the beer.

Drinkability - My friend told me when he was in Germany, he saw a 12 year old boy with a bottle of this. When he asked the boy's brother why he had it, the brother responded, "That is hardly a beer." I think that sums up this low quality hefeweizen extremely well.

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Photo of maxpower
2.25/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy hazy pale yellow color, with a small white head that doesn't stick around. Light banana-clove aroma, light wheaty, yeasty flavors, very light in body, somewhat watery mouthfeel, finishes too sweet, bland and uninteresting, not very much going on here.

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Photo of ozidreads
2.26/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pale orange colour, with thick white head, slight trace of yeasty/wheat malt haze. Nowhere near as cloudy as a typical hefeweizen.

Aroma- quite disappointing, none of the strong estery/phenolic aromas. Hints of bready yeast and banana that barely become perceptible upon warming.

Taste- Slightly more phenolic on tasting, but nothing to write home about. Almost light lager like in character, without the bitterness. Dominated by sweetish malt, with a tart finish.

Mouthfeel- disappointing again, very thin and watery, and highly carbonated. Missing the typical creamy mouthfeel.

I'm a big fan of all German beer styles, and would have to say this was probably one of the most average examples I've tried. Doesn't even come close to the standards of Weihenstephaner or schoferhoffer.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.26/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Straw-colored beer that poured with a ridiculously huge head that overflowed (yeah, blame the pourer here) onto my counter. Bubbles were too large, far and a way an over carbonation head on this one.

S - Really not a whole lot here, some citrus, a bit of wheat, very weak smelling, a little mediciny or chemically. Not particularly pleasant.

T - Tastes about how it smells, With hefe's I'm wanting more wheat or more yeast and this fails miserably on both fronts. Simple, lacking, and not good.

M - High carbonation, light bodied and slippery. Needs more depth.

D - Easy to drink becaues it's so light, but just not a very good beer.

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Photo of Avagadro
2.28/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

1-29-11 (Re-Review):

A: Best by date of 4-11. Pours a hazy gold with a grainy head that quickly dissipates. Lacing is admirable, with tiny bubbles racing from foot to head.

S: Bread and a touch of hops. Little in the way of banana of clove in this one.

T: Fairly clean, with an overall bread-like character. Is this really a hefe?

M: Light, slightly chalky, and well carbonated.

D: This is hardly a hefe. I would like to see a lot more from the yeast on this one.

My previous review from '06 (Before I knew anything about beer):

Says best before 04-06, today is may 7 06. Pours with a nice two fingers of white fluffy foam. very cloudy in appearence with alot of lacing.You can definitely smell the yeast in this one. To me it smells like a yeasty lager. Mellow in flavor with a strong yeast overtone. Chalky mouthfeel, due to the vast amount of yeast suspended in the beer. I don't know if I will really buy this particular hefe again, but it is enjoyable on a sunny day.

A: 3.5
S: 3
T: 3
M: 3
D: 3

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Photo of klewis
2.29/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

16.9 oz. bottle. 7/2006 freshness date

A: Pours a hazy straw with a big foamy head.

S: Strong phenolic smell with aromas of wheat and lemon zest.

T: In a blind taste test, I might think that this was an attempt at a hefeweizen by one of the Big Three. Other than a slight wheat character, there is very little detectable taste.

M: Thin and watery with a prickly carbonation.

D: After having the Weihenstephaner hefe last night, this is a huge disapointment. This beer features few traits of a classic hefe and is just barely going to avoid the drain. Don't buy this.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
2.3/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a single bottle to try.

Pours a golden beer with yeast floating throughout. Tons of small bubbles rise consistently from the gottom of the glass.

Smells of slightly of apple and lemon, but not a whole lot going on.

Flavor is very subtle with a lemon bubblegum aftertaste. As with the smell, there isn't a whole lot there. Perhaps I didn't get enough of the yeast to add to the flavor profile. There was a good bit still stuck to the bottom of the glass.

Powdery light mouthfeel with a dry finish.

Easy drinking, but a bit one-dimensional.

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Photo of anglagard1
2.3/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

After recently having some Dancing Man I realized I like this style. Wanted some more but couldn't handle the alcohol content, so I tried this instead.

Appearance: Light, even for the style.
Smell: Something foul in there, nothing fruity.
Taste: Tastes tinny as though it came from a can. Really nothing to identify it with the style other than the slight cloudiness.
Not a horrible beer, but why pay more for a beer that delivers so much less than others in the style. Bottles were new to my beer store too, with an expiration date of June 2012.

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Photo of Jeffo
2.33/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this at the bottle shop down the road.

Poured into my weizen glass.

APPEARANCE: Golden orange in colour, and clearer than most weizens. White head is quite thin looking and fades quickly to a relatively thick head. A very large amount of carbonation is evident. Bubbles flying up to the top all over the place. This is by far the most carbonation I've ever seen in a weizen. The thick head is relatively persistent, but eventually disappears. Decent lacing down the sides.

SMELL: Wheat malt mostly. A slight banana and lemon undertone in the background as well. The malt nose is mild and nice, but not as crisp as some others.

TASTE: This is kind of a disappointment. There's some wheat malt initially, but little else. There is a slight bit of dough or sour bread, but not much. The aftertaste, however, is overly strong. The bready aftertaste lingers too long and is overpowering. Makes it difficult to drink.

PALATE: This is also odd. Thin bodied and way too much carbonation for the style. It's got a slight bite at the end and goes down a little rough as well. Finishes slightly sticky.

OVERALL: Disappointing really. Even more disappointing since it's so readily availible here in Holland. Not a favourite. The bready aftertaste made it difficult to enjoy, and palate was just too weak and bubbly for my liking. I basically dumped that last quarter of it or so. Basically undrinkable if you ask me, or at least un-enjoyable. Not something I'll want to drink again.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.35/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Been on a hefeweizen binge lately so i decided to pick this single up since i have never had a beer from erdinger and the germans wrote the book on hefeweizen's. Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 5 ounce sampler mug. Best before December 2011

A- Pours a light hazy yellow, with 2 fingers worth of thick white foam that recedes to a ring with very little lacing.

S- Pretty tame compared to most hefe's, smells like a hefewiezen light, picked up a lot of skunkyness, hope this is just in the smell and doesn't carry on through the taste.

T- Damn it, this is beer is skunked, picking light hefeweizen tastes that are dominated by skunk, this beer must have got infected somehow or was stored in sun light.

M- Typical medium body for a hefe, carbonation is spot on.

D- This beer is fairly drinkable as most hefe's are, but since this bottle is skunked all i want to do is get through this bottle and be done with it.

Overall i was expecting this beer to be a spot on example of a good german hefe, and this might as well been, but no the bottle i got, the skunkyness was a big turn off. I look forward to trying a fresher non skunked one, but till then first impressions are gonna make me leery of paying for another bottle of this.

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Photo of stirgy
2.35/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy pale/golden color. Very light aroma - Not much there. Taste was pretty weak. The head was dense and creamy white. I did not get any of the sour notes I expect with wheat beers.
This beer wasn't bad, just not what I expected. Probably would be a good summer sipper - although I think there are many better
choices out there.

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Photo of bobsy
2.37/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Great looking beer, with a clouded glowing yellow body and a large fluffy white head, but asides from this promising appearance its all a bit of a letdown. Muted grain aroma. Pretty standard but with no distinguishing features, am I only imagining a hint of banana and clove because I know its a hefe? Very grainy flavour, with not much going for it other than the slightest (very, very slightest) hint of banana lurking at the back. Overly light, overly carbonated body. It is drinkable enough, but the complete lack of flavour and aggressive carbonation cast a pall on why you would want to do so.


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Photo of James954
2.38/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The only thing you need to know about this brew is that it is generally mute on flavor, decent on carbonation with great full mouthfeel, and is only slightly off-putting in smell with a faint smell of decomposing wheat or vegetables of a sort.

You won't be repulsed.
For the money... it's disgraceful.

Bottle: best before 03-2016

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.39/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle Best before 2/06. A little past it’s prime.

Cloudy yellow with a voluminous white head. On the initial pour the head extended a full two fingers above the rim of the glass without collapsing down the sides. Left no lacing as it dissipated.

Not much aroma, one has to really agitate the beer to get even the slightest hint of banana.

Flavor is light wheat, a little spice, a little lemon drop.

finish is light and clean.

Overall kind of boring.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.42/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours out somewhere between a hazed and cloudy light apricot body with tons of bubbles feeding a fluffy, rocky, and dimpled head. Aroma is way more malt/grain forwarded that your typical hefe. It was really hard to pick out any phenols or esters, although, if I strain, I can pick out a whisper of banana. Pretty much the same thing going on in the taste. Very malt forwarded. This reminds me of your typical "American pale wheat ale" but with a fuller body and, in general, better mouthfeel. Nothing is particularly offensive about this, but it simply does not impress.

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