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 HaysAmerica
2.7/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into the glass that came w/ the purchase. Best before end date of 03-2012. Has a very fluffy, off white head. Smell is more of light yeast & sopme subtle malt. Quite soft & overly quite if ya know what I mean. The taste is very straight foward. Actually, quite underwhelming. No spicy clove in this. No bubble gum in this. No clove at all. Really under performing overall. This was on the shelf for an undisclosed period of time at room temp so that could have affected this greatly. However, that said, it is really lacking. It could use a bit more of everything. At least I got the glass! Prosit!

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.71/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale golden color, cloudy but less so than many a hefe. Thick white head, good retention. Average appearing carbonation. Aroma of sweet malt, esters, wheat, honey, and some banana. Taste is unbalanced, too sweet and leaning toward honey. A powdered sugar mouthfeel adds to the abundance of sweetness to distract from the good elements of the beer. Light to medium bodied with aggressive carbonation on the tongue. Not smooth at all. Lacking in spice and banana. Easy to drink one but too sweet for another. A pass.

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Photo of jwc215
2.71/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

best bore end of this month - poured into weizen glass.

Pours hazy (more than cloudy) straw yellow with a towering head that descends to a lasting, thin cover. Virtually no lacing sticks to glass.

There is a slight chemical/grassy aroma - not "skunk" though. There is a touch of tropical fruitiness underneath - restrained - I'll take that to be banana, is it is close enough. Maybe some clove, but I think it's more from expectation than actually there.

It is almost flavorless. There is some malty, grainy sweetness. Only the vaguest hint of banana. Very little, if any clove. A weak yeast strain hardly keeps things together and the malt seems out of whack with the rest of it. There is an oily slickness about it. It actually doesn't taste bad, though there is a subtle chemicalish veggie thing going on. Finishes rather sweet with only a hint of dryness, and rather bland.

It has a slick, almost medium body. Slightly overcarbonated, it's not as smooth as the style really should be.

A refresher on a hot day maybe? Maybe, but so are so many others. There are so many wonderful examples of this style that this one is not worth it. Shame that a Bavarian brewery so missed the mark on this one, IMO.

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Photo of Budlum
2.71/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours with loads of creamy, white head that sticks around for most of the bottle. A careful, hefe-pour is definitely required. The body is a pale, straw yellow with a lot of orange yeast haze.

The nose is fresh and light but not very powerful. Fresh apples and pears provide some fruit smells along with very light vanilla. This is not the typical, aromatic hefe.

Initial flavors present a brief, peppery spice before a rush of apple and wheat malt flavors. Oddly, the yeast isn't very powerful and this tastes alot like apple juice with hints of raspberries. The finish offers some oak flavors along with more apple tastes.

Mouthfeel is only lightly carbonated and spiced with a watery texture.

Drinkability is pretty good but I doubt that I will try to track this down again. Other, more available samples offer a much better experience.

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Photo of riversider76
2.71/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Recommended by the beer guy at Primer Gormet. He was wrong this time. Pours light,cloudy golden, Nice head and lacing. Really could not smell much, maybe some light spice. Mouthfeel is light,and carbonated. Not much of a taste to this beer. Not bad, just not much there. Spice flavored fizzy water.

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Photo of strangemusic
2.71/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one poured hazy gold with transparent edges and a fluffy, tall head that was not very dense and a bit on the floppy side.

The smell was very muted, with oranges, clove and a little bit of spice, but dominated by a sort of grainy aroma and lots of yeast. Unimpressive.

Taste was clove, spice and orange as well, has the fundamentals of a wheat beer but lacking in any definition and punch. Yeasty here too. Sweet, kind of like Orangina, a little bit bitter, not very refreshing, not very good, but tolerable.

The MF was nicely creamy and held good carbonation but felt too wishy-washy and grainy to be really enjoyable, especially after a few sips. A bit of dryness at the end of the sip. Drinkability, as should be expected in a wheat beer, was not bad, but the grainy afterfeel definitely kept me from wanting another.

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Photo of aeolianshredhead
2.72/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Looks pretty damn good. Pours a full, golden colour with very noticeable yeast sediment. The head is magnificent and retains exceptionally well while leaving decent lacing.

S- I have to admit, I was expecting a fair bit more here. There is a very light aroma of yeast and slight hops. Quite disappointing as I was expecting much more.

T- Straight up I'll say the taste is way too minimal. I can only really detect yeast, grain and marginal malts. All of these are subdued. On the positive side, I'll say that it's not actually offensive but there is just not enough going on.

M- Maybe a little thin. Still, a nice creamy texture with some decent carbonation.

O- Quite an underwhelming experience, if truth be told. This simply doesn't hold up when compared to the greats of this style. Still, it wasn't terrible but it needs some serious re-invigorating when it comes to the palate.

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Photo of bashiba
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy yellow with lots of bubbles and a big fizzy white head that quickly settled into a nice thin white line across the top of the beer.

Smell is light with a bit of wheat, a touch of citrus.

Taste is light and grainy with a bit of yeast and a light citrus notes and finishing with a trace amount of grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is tingly and crisp with a bit of a dry finish.

Overall its on the bland side for a German Hefe, really lacking in the great banana nut bread notes and Cloves I have come to expect from the style.

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Photo of WestValleyIPA
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Pilsner glass. Light golden, slightly hazy color. Prickly head, 2 fingers or so, fades very quickly. Something artificial about it. Aromas are very light in general. Some zesty, generic dessert baking spice smell. Fruity. Light sugary sweet smell. Juicy Fruit? Bubblegum? On the palate, more light flavors. Some sort of bad wheat lager funk. Just subdued, slightly sour, tangy, nothingness. I guess there's some spice there if you really look for it. Mouth feels very force carbed, light. How do you mess up a Hef this bad in Deutschland?

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Photo of rabidawg
2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I tasted this one after I had a Konig Ludwig Hefe-weizen, so this bier may have gotten the sh!t end of the stick. The head poured up nicely, but disappeared like a Coors Light's. It looks OK if you dislodge the sediment at the bottom, with an orange cloudiness. There's very little smell to this bier, though, certainly not the nostril full I expect from a Weissbier. Very drinkable, but then again, so are most Hefes. Slightly dissappointed with this one.

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Photo of Globetrotter
2.74/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My half liter bottle looks just like the one in the picture. Fealty to the purity law proudly proclaimed on the label. Best before 9/2004, I opened it on 5/27/04.

Hey, good lookin'! Cloudy yellow gold under a two finger white head beautifully contoured and built to last. Some spots of lace linger as the glass is emptied. The nose is very mild, with just a touch of citrus and a whole lot of bread. The mouth is very prickly and heavy with yeast. The taste is mild, almost bland, with lots of yeast and not much more. I can detect no spices, no citrus and no hops. Oh, wait - deep in the aftertaste a very slight bitterness appears. That's it. Pretty non-descript, really.

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Photo of TheSarge
2.74/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Of all the Hefe-Weizens I've sampled, this is by far the weakest in the areas of taste and aroma. Appearance wise, this was on par; however, the aroma was almost too weak to notice, the taste was only slightly detectable, which included notes of bubble gum and cane sugar. This was quite drinkable since it was like drinking a watered down Hefe. The recipe is hundreds of years old, but it's time for an upgrade.

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Photo of changeup45
2.74/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was a bit disappointed with this one. Hazy yellow color with a big fluffy white head. Aroma is grassy and malty with only a slight hint of fruit. The flavor is somewhat bland with some spice, grassy and malty. Bottle is labeled as a hefeweizen but is seems more like a cross between a hefe and a lager to me.

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Photo of tgbljb
2.74/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a hazy peach color with nice white puffy head that proved to be very long lasting.Smell is virtually non-existent. I just can't smell anything at all. Taste is aso very minimal with a very slight spiciness noted, but little else. Nice and creamy in the mouth but just no taste to go with it. Very easy to drink, but not something I'll try again.

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Photo of loren01
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle a light straw color into a pint glass. Holy crap, think I misjudged how much carbonation there was in this beer, cause the huge white head ended up foaming over on my first pour. Then I almost did it again on my second pour. Smells very yeasty, with some banana and slight clove flavors. Taste is pretty subtle really, goes down real easy but nothing really stands out as far as the taste is concerened. Tastes like vanilla, with a hint of ripe banana. Mouthfeel is maybe a little on the heavy side. This is a pretty easy drinking Hefe-Weizen however it didn't knock me off my seat especially in the taste dept. There are much better Hefe's out there.

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Photo of Malt_Man
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

Served cool from 500ml bottle into Weiss bier glass.

A) First thing to notice is the massive white bubbly head. Hazy urine-straw colour. Looks like a good Weiss bier.

S) Weaker than some of the other examples of the style, but light clove notes are evident.

T) Very weak flavour for a weisse. Slightly sweet, giving the impression that the wort is not fully fermented. The essential clove / banana flavour characteristic of the style is barely present.

M) Refreshing and quite fizzy. No nasty aftertastes.

O) Poor example of the style; try Paulaner, Schneider Weisse, Weihenstephaner or Ayinger instead.

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Photo of jsanto
2.76/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

s - bottle - served in a russian river glass.

s - like alcohol and that old fashioned german beer smell.

t - very light grass smell of the natural earth.

m - it stayed carbonated until the finish.

d - only one of these, i would have to buy it sometime on tap, and maybe enjoy it a little more. i was eyeing the aventius, but wanted to try something i never had, so i chose this one.

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Photo of Durge
2.76/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazey golden color with scant head and very active carbonation. Not much lacing here.Smells vaguely of berries but not much going on. A fizzy brew with a hint of apple. Tangy with a slight yeast finish. Soda-like. Pretty light stuff, refreshing enough. OK but I wouldn't go out of my way to have another.

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Photo of CRichardsMN
2.77/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured out a dingy, hazy straw yellow with a ridiculously big head of large white bubbles. Leaves absolutely no lacing as the head falls to about a quarter inch thick.

Nice nose of sweet malts, grass, tart fruit and yeast.

Very sweet malts, grassy hints and a slightly tangy, not bitter, finish.

Very crisp carbonation and a medium body. Goes down cleanly without coating.

Not a typical fan of weissbiers but this is actually pretty good. Usually too yeasty, this is a decent flavorful beer that I could repeat.

Pleasantly surprised by this one, I'll have to venture out to this style to see if it really is a fluke.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours up to a four-finger head, which hangs around for a while, some lacing also.

Aromas? hmmm - not much, time to double check the bottle - is it a Hefe?

Taste - ok i am in serious need to double check the label here, as the typical Hefe characteristics are simply not here, I am getting lot of malt sweetness, which, OOOOPS, reminds me mostly of B*dw****r.

Oh dear.

Had it in a BYO joint, so too late to check the best-before, but one to stay wide of, sadly.

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Photo of soultrain
2.79/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Mahr's Weisse glass.

A-Very pale and clear golden beer (too pale?), streaming ropes of aggressive carbonation bubbles. 3" white puffy head slowly sinks leaving minor lacing. Wish the head stuck around a little longer. Yeast pour adds hardly any cloudiness.
S-Hmmmm. VERY faint hefe character: actually this smells like a lager.
T-Drinks like a lager, too. Even with the yeast pour, hefe characteristics are so minor, some lemony vagueness being the most prevalent. Clove and bannana are there, but way, way in the background. Yeasy pour hardly adds any additional flavor. Slightly sour aftertaste, but it's still " o.k."
M-Probably the best thing about this beer. Very brisk carbonation for a hefe. Me likey.
D-Very drinkable in a thoughtless kinda way, I forgot I was drinking a hefe at one point, then snapped back to reality not really craving another beer.

CRUX: GREAT CARBONATION IN THIS HEFE, Otherwise, kinda dissappointing, as it sorta tastes like a hefe mixed with a Beck's. Too lager- like for me; I probably won't get this again unless it's on-tap. Glad to try it though, maybe the next 5 bottles hold the missing hefe characteristics I was looking for. Note to self: bring your computer with you next time you go to the beer store and see something like this that you want to buy so you can access the awsome and, uh, you know...

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Photo of GMB
2.79/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Erdinger Weissbräu's Weißbier pours a lovely opaque body whose colors range from pumpkin to apricot to amber, depending on the light. A flurry of fizz creates and sustains a large, slightly off-white foam. But the foam is gassier than it first appeared to be and doesn't stick around long.

The beer smells more like a lager than a wheat beer. Lightly toasted grains and grassy, herbal aromas are up front. A slightly metallic scent is palpable; I hope this can isn't too old. I have to stick my nose way down into the glass to pick up the beer's aroma. This brew smells like air.

The taste is as watery as the nose was airy. Still, the flavors that do emerge are pleasant. Toasted grains are up front. Sweet, fruity notes follow closely. At first I pick up sweet, sulphered apricots and some light citral notes; no banana or clove. By the fifth sip I begin appreciate some very subtle clove-like notes at the back of the palate. The beer's hang is long and pleasant. This is surprising considering the thin taste. In fact, the aftertaste may be the best thing about this brew. As the beer warms, its mild bitterness and faint herbal aromas dance off in the distance with some suggestions of clove.

I'm ambivalent about the beer's mouthfeel. On the one hand, the watery taste is matched by the beer's thin mouthfeel. No points there. On the other hand, a swirl around the tongue produces a foam that's frothier than the head had suggested.

Erdinger Weißbier is not a brew that I'll revisit on a regular basis. But if you have a chance to try it, take a sip.

Tip: This beer should be served slightly cooler than room temperature.

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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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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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