Erdinger Weissbier | Erdinger Weissbräu

Erdinger WeissbierErdinger Weissbier
BA SCORE
35.2%
Liked This Beer
3.53 w/ 1,961 ratings
Erdinger WeissbierErdinger Weissbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Erdinger Weissbräu
Germany
erdinger.de

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by stirgy on 01-03-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,556
Reviews:
796
Ratings:
1,961
Liked:
691
Avg:
3.53/5
pDev:
13.88%
Alströms:
3.2
 
 
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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of drugsbunny
2.51/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

There is some claim as to it being the best selling Hefeweizen on the bottle, but this was certainly not the best tasting wheat beer. The color and appearance were typical, and the aroma was decent, but the taste was disappointing. It had a watered down taste and feel, very weak. Slight lemon zing. There are far superior versions out there to enjoy. I would pass on this beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.53/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500 ml bottle, best by 4/2008. Served in a weizen glass, the beer pours a cloudy pale gold color with a a large frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. It smells like lemon, cloves, bananas and wheat. Taste is similar to the aroma, but it's very, very grainy. The grainyness overpowers everything else. Not impressive at all. Mouthfeel/body is thin, with a large amount of carbonation. The carbonation takes away from the drinkability, as this isn't easy to drink at all. It becomes a chore to force this down after a while. It looks nice and smells decent, but unfortunately it goes downhill fast from there.

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Photo of mpyle
2.53/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Palish gold color, appropriately cloudy for the style. Small white head with fairly poor head retention.

Aroma seemed off. Caught a whiff of what seemed to be a plastic-like phenolic compound early, and some fruity sweetness later. Not the ideal phenol/ester character for the style.

Banana ester sweetness, offset by hop bitterness. Clove phenols a bit lacking. Wheat character lacking. Finishes very dry - carbonation caused or possibly a bit of oxidation.

High carbonation and low to medium body. Dry finish was a bit harsh.

Overall lacking in flavor, and perhaps a bit beyond peak. Aside from high carbonation, really lacked the ideal qualities of a Hefe-Weizen.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.53/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a cloudy dark gold color. The head is a three finger white shade with that has a foamy appearance to it. Retention is really nice, too.

S: Not only are the typical banana/clove estery aromas lacking here...so is just about anything else. About the only thing I really notice is a mild cherry-like sweetness and the faintest hint of wheat. Not really a bad aroma - after all, how can a nose so weak be considered bad?

T: Well, the aroma suggested a feeble flavor, and that's what I got. While the lack of weizen esters allows the opening wheat quality and finishing noble hops to shine through more strongly, it really drinks like a dinky-ass US wheat ale (think Widmer Hefeweizen) instead of a proper German hefeweizen. Okay, so a slight banana presence builds up after a few sips, but by then it's too little, too late. Just a boring beer in all flavor aspects.

M: The texture does a good job of staying out the way of the lack of flavor by finishing with a mildly clean dryness to it. I could do without the budding wet, syrupy linger, but I'll certainly give it points for being refreshing and crisp.

O: A score this low would suggest a mediocre-to-poor effort riddled with flaws - however this isn't actually flawed, just devoid of any good weizen characteristics...or any characteristics for that matter. This one is certainly easy to down, at least. But when both Sierra Nevada and Weihenstephaner make weizens that are both superbly drinkable AND full of character, why should you care about this one?

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Photo of JackTheRipper
2.54/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Quick carbonation that gives a bighuge fluffy white head. Cloudy honey in color.
S: Bland. Sorry, but that's what comes to mind. Smells were faintly wheaty and grainy, but very subdued, even after a bit of warming. Nothing special here.
T: Again, subdued. Tastes feel watered down. There's a bit of a nice hefe taste, just too bland to give a higher score to.
M: Felt a bit too fizzy, too much carbonation. Body is medium, alcohol is pleasantly warming and fairly well balanced.
D&N: Very little character here. I didn't have a cold or anything like that that would kill my sense of taste or smell. This is the Budweiser of Hefe's.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
2.55/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

So lets try this “true classic of Bavarian wheat beer culture”, as stated on their own website!

They say that it really should be drank from a Weizen glass for proper usage, but hell I can only go on what I have…….a normal glass stein, but its good enough for me.

Also, I must say I do love the logo of the company. Really colourful with the wheat symbol surrounded by striking red and blue colours spelling out the name of Erdinger Weissbier.

On pour there is a good bit of carbonation, noisy bubbles resulting in a pretty big decent sized frothy head. Vibrant and alive!
A very pale golden colour.

Turns a bit hazy looking after a while.

Head reduces in size but retains a little bit

Got a lot in the bottle, a lot of bang for the buck!

Faint smell, of yeast, not much to smell, uninspiring

On taste, got a really refreshing nice big mouthful, creamy and smooth. A nice start

Big nice mouthfuls, but no real distinct tastes, creamy, but not bad

Smooth and crisp enough to saviour, and nice for a weissbier. Nice, I liked it

Wouldn’t say there is a whole lot of taste.

Can’t really feel the alcohol
Tastes of light malt. Light malt, some fruits and of course the wheat

Liked it a lot, nice, very easy to drink, not much taste, but filling, and quite smooth. Overall this isn’t a bad beer, but perhaps a bit boring for the style and not enough strong standout flavours to satisfy the Weissbier fans………

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.56/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rustico - Alexandria. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a single-finger white head and a bit of lacing. The nose is really quite plain. There's a bit of light grain plus a bit of pear and apple. There's really nothing going on in terms of the yeast, which is quite disappointing. I'm not getting any clove, banana, or bubblegum. Just really plain in general.

The flavor is about the same--there's a very slight amount of sweetness and not all that much going on. The feel is pretty light with moderate carbonation. In general, this is just not a good German weissbier. The main characteristic of this brew--the defining characteristic of the style--is the yeast and this beer simply just does not have that. It doesn't hit any of the right points for the style. At the same time it's light and somewhat refreshing, so it's not terribly difficult to drink.

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2.56/5  rDev -27.5%

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2.6/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Upgrayedd
2.62/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was the first "real" beer I ever had. I was a 19 year old college student studying in Germany and legal to drink! My only beers before then were cheap and macroesque. Even though the thought of this beer brings back good memories, this particular bottle was not too impressive. It poured a little pale and there was hardly any yeast dregs in the bottom of the bottle. The head went from a thick crown to a thin one by the end of the drink. I could not taste any bananas or cloves, so I was very disapointed.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.63/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not much smell to this beer but what there is is malty. Poured it into a pilsner glass and it looks like a hazy pale yellow. Foamy head a little bit clingy. Highly carbonated, too much in my opinion. Though it didn't smell hoppy it has a steady bitterness throughout the taste. This is a consistent malty flavored beer throughout. The malt is hearty and wheaty. It almost seems too balanced which makes it boring as nothing stands out. For a German brew not too impressive in my book.

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Photo of mattday25
2.63/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Picked this up in Atlantic Beach. Not really a fan of this style, but had to give it a try. It had a great golden look, but it didn't have a great taste to match. However, I believe this would make a great dinner beer. Especially for the bargain prices you get here

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Photo of thecheapies
2.63/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pint glass. Spirals of yeast suspension swirl in a rather clear golden beer. The fluffy head that came from the pour has fallen quickly. 3.5

Lemon rind and muted spices in the nose. Not very active aroma-wise. Breath of hops, wheat malts, and citrus. 3.0

Attenuated flavor. Some clove and coriander, but hardly any fruity esters. Lemony twang that doesn't stay in the finish. The finish actually comes with unexpected bitterness. Herbal hops are more noticeable than any bready malt flavors. Disappointing. 2.5

Watery body. Too thin. Bad feel. Over-carbonated. Ouch. 2.0

I found a German that I definitely dislike. Aside from that, it really is a poor example of the style. They shouldn't tout on the back label that they're 'the World's No. 1 Hefe-Weizen' because they are far from it. 2.5

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Photo of Larrytown
2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The head is substantial, but fizzles quickly over a golden-tan body. Some small lacing is present, but not overly noticeable. At nice cold temps, the beer has a decent if somewhat uninteresting taste, but as it warms (over the course of a few minutes) it becomes somewhat unpleasant. Not many of the typical hefe characteristics stood out at first, but it wasn't terrible. Within just those few minutes everything went from "decent, unremarkable beer" into "I won't be able to finish this". Not a good sign.

I won't be trying this one again.

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Photo of Wajohnst
2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Nice looking beer but very little flavour. Might as well drink soda water.

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Photo of Bookseeb
2.65/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is golden yellow with a white dissapating crisp head. Smell is clean with slight biscuit and citrus. Taste again has slight biscuit, citrus with with a light sweetness leaving a dry finish, overall just seems watered down, with a light and crisp mouthfeel. I'm just not to impressed with this beer for the style.

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Photo of InsolublePancake
2.66/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Light gold, more like a straw with orange highlights, with a head so large and slow to go down that it borders on annoying. Seriously, I'd like to drink this thing before it grows tepid.

S- Lemon and green apple with a good doughy, yeasty backing. No classic banana or clove aromas, though.

T- Light doughy malt with some earthy and vegetal aromas. Rather watery and bland, with a chalky and slightly bitter finish.

M- On the light side of medium and oddly smooth; quite lacking in carbonation.

This one gets a big ol' "meh" from me. There's nothing bad about it per se save for its blandness. I mean, I feel like I can drink it and perhaps drink a lot of it, but I could say the same thing about water, and water is a pretty crappy beer. That being said, I wouldn't turn it down and it could be a somewhat decent quencher on a hot day, but that's the best I can say about it. You can do better.

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Photo of Reidrover
2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

according to the back of the back label this is the "worlds #1 Hefe-Weizen", lets see if it stands up to the boasting. The aroma is very very weak compared to most German hefes I have had, what there is is slightly estry and green apple sweet . Appearance is par for the course for hefes, hazy light orange with a nice pure white head Taste is a let down very pedestrian..slightly wheaty and bubbly carbonation..with a slight tang of estery type yeast Pretty much average on the palate for the style I found this rather boring an not even as good as Paulaner Hefe..its certainlly not #1 in quality..must be in sales.

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Photo of Badssinblack
2.68/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance:
Color pale gold, a little cloudy but less than I expected. Head poured thick foamy, great lacing
not much carbonation at all
Smell:
A little alcohol, malt, little fruit but not enough to describe. First instant my thoughts were it smelled like beer, like any other beer, nothing stood out. Which weighs more against this beer for me since I believe Heffe's should be very aromatic.
Taste:
The hops do not stick out but they are there, this beer is very balanced a little Malty, doesn't have that fruity Heffe taste im used to, taste is very lacking. As it warmed I could taste a little more yeast, bust still remained well balanced, and tastes just like a lager.
Mouthfeel:
Mouthfeel is smooth its actually very enjoyable a little carbonation, makes it very drinkable.
Drinkability:
As far as imported Heffe-Weizens go, not impressed. It is very good don't get me wrong, it has great balance, but this balance comes at the cost of character. It tastes just like a lager, any old lager, doesn't fit the style at all. I would drink it again if I wanted a lawnmower beer in a fancy bottle, but not if I felt like Heffe-Weizen there are just so many more beers that fit the style better than this one.

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Erdinger Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
Beer rating: 35.2% out of 100 with 1,961 ratings
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