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 BitteBier
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours yellow-orange with relative clarity until the cloudy yeast cascades nicely downward. Substantial head dissipates more quickly than expected. Scent is light and mildly fruity with only faint hints of wheat and clove. Taste is similar--very smooth but without some of the flavors and bite one expects in a wheat beer. Very drinkable but rather unremarkable.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with greenish highlights (very strange!) and a wimpy shortlived head for a Hefe. Lacing is non existent. The aroma is the typical clove/banana hefe aroma, only a little sweeter. The taste is refreshing and crisp like all Hefes. I find more barley malt character in this hefe than most, the wheat tangyness is there but a barley bready sweetness is very prominent as well. Sherbert, lemon and clove emerge in the middle.

The finish is quite sweet and citrusy. Hops are undetectable throughtout (even for a Hefe). The mouthfeel is awesome with an incredible amount of tiny bubbles dancing around my tongue.

This is a nice Hefe, pretty sweet, but still good. I recommend it. Its not the best or the worst.

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Photo of GraemeB87
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this beer from a 500ml (16oz U.S, 50cl Europe). Served at roughly 6.C (43.F) in a regular pint glass. I am partial to wheat beers for their smooth finish and ever so slight bite.

Pours out golden with a slight cloudy consistency, proper pouring is necessary for this beer, as is the case with most wheats, for the yeast factor. Reasonable head, with very very little lacing, if at all. Head is very creamy and maintains throughout the whole drink. Very effervescent and refreshing looking.

Not much of an aroma to this beer on the first nose, but with repeated sniffs, there are notes of caramel (well, to me there was, maybe not to someone else)

Taste is very pleasant, with a smooth finish, which doesn't leave a bad bitter taste in the mouth. Not too sweet, but not too bitter, and very drinkable indeed; could drink 3 or 4 of these bottles (or 4-5 pints) and not feel sickly or have had too much.

Mouthfeel is neutral, no bitter sensation or sickly sweet sensation. Just a sense of "I want another swig of this, it goes down so well" with a silken smooth feel. Doesn't leave your tongue or mouth feeling "hairy", and is a good beer.

Overall, this is a good session beer, and well worth buying if you like drinkable, good tasting wheat beers. Probably the finest example of what a wheat beer should be in it's primal form.

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Photo of Stocean1
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 finger pillowy head, decent retention with thick lace - cloudy - honey hued

wheat malt, orange peel,light fruit

taste is wheat, orange peel, biscuity, bubble gum and banana notes

slightly bitter, dry, medium body with plenty of carbonation, smooth and refreshing like a good wheat should be

perfect for a lazy hot afternoon at the trailer, there are better wheats but this one is well worth guzzling

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Erdinger Hefe-Weizen has a very thick, fluffy, slightly off-white head and a cloudy, yellow-golden appearance. Some lacing is present. The aroma is not strong, but one detects white wheat bread. Taste is mild, with white wheat bread, sweetness, some lemon, low level coriander, and a touch of hop bitterness. The spiciness certainly increases after swishing the bottom 20% of the bottle. Mouthfeel is light to medium and soft, and Erdinger Hefe-Weizen finishes pleasant and very easy drinking. It’s quite good.


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Photo of IronDjinn
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a pleasant surprise, and yet one more step towards fully converting me over to weissbiers and hefe's. A hazy apricot in appearance, with a chunky white head on the pour, but not much retention after a minute or so. Sweet grain, light spice and mild fruit characteristics on the nose. Most predominant for me was a sweet candied banana flavour, rounded out quite nicely by a grassy hop finish. Full smooth pleasing mouthfeel, I found this to be a very relaxing and drinkable beer, and think it would make a great session beer for the style. It's not bursting with intense spice and fruit charactersistics, but is smooth and well-rounded for what it is.

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Photo of GreenCard
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pale straw, quite hazy, voluminous thick pillow of spongey white foam, lacey

Aroma: light on the banana esters, subtle clovey phenols, hint of grassy hops, bready wheat

Flavor: subtle malt sweetness with a rounded out breadiness, balanced level of banana and clove, wheaty, faint hop flavor (almost artichokes), finishes semi-dry with a tangy/yeasty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: light-medium body, prickly carbonation, fluffy texture

Other comments: My first (beer)love was Bavarian weissbier. This beer reminds me of why I fell in love with this style. It is simply archetypal.

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Photo of projectflam86
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful cloudy yellow/brownish color with a nice large frothy off-white head. Looks very lively with ok retention.

S- Smells of wheat and barley with a touch of citrus.

T- Strong wheat taste with bits of clove and orange flavors with maybe a dash of vanilla. A light bready/yeast flavor in the finish.

M- Extremely smooth and pleasant with no overwhelming aftertaste. Good carbonation.

D- Overall a good representative of the style. Easy to drink and nice flavor. Worth trying.

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Photo of Spineypanda
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has slightly cloudy straw color and the head resides quickly.
Smells like light wheat beer but nothing much else, except yeast.
Tastes pretty refreshing more like an American beer than the regular German hefe's I have had, basically it is a milder one.
This is a pretty good beer, a bit sour from the yeast but an overall tasty one.

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Photo of Drinkerofales
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a wheat beer, it's cloudy, light golden in color, with a traditional huge white head which dissipates very slowly.

Smells of a hint of lemon citrus, a hint of banana, yeast, and a nice wheat bread.

Taste is mellow, light bready sweetness, with a bit of a lemony finish.

Very smooth and easy to drink, light and airy, without being fizzy.

It's not a Wiehanstephaner, but it's a fine wheat beer from the old world, and the price is right.


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Photo of John
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew has all the typical characteristics of a south German hefe. I also think this one's a bit dryer and slightly more tart than most. Not a bad thing mind you, just a bit more lemon upfront. A touch lighter in body as well.

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Photo of GJ40
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at Shakespeare's Pub in Sarasota, FL.

A - Straw color with lots of haze and a thick white head. Some lacing.

S - Lemony with cloves and banana.

T - Lemony with banana and nice wheat notes. A bit tart in the finish.

M - Good consistency and moderate carbonation. Just right.

D - Not overly flavorful but interesting and enjoyable. Great for a warm, sunny day.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not understanding the rating on this one. Only drawback to this fine Weizen, is it is a bit pricey. Nice head retention..lots of spices..hints of banana, orange, and vanilla. A tad better on draft but still good out of the bottle. Great summer session brew. Drinkability is very high, the beer, true to style is very filling, however. Very competitive with the other great Hefes!

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Photo of woutervaneijk
4/5  rDev +15.6%

Drank on tap in Berlin and took a few bottled ones home. Both were great, even though I'd still prefer the on-tap one (perhaps it's because of the great memories). All-round great Weissbier.

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Photo of psugrad98
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light tan in color with a slightly off white head. Fresh wheat taste with hint of clove and citrus, highlighted with the addition of a lemon wedge. Thick tasting on the tongue. Nice yeast presence.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this was a really nice refreshing hefe. It didn't quite have the character of some of your better versions of this style, but I enjoyed it. I got a hint of sweetness up front with a nice clean finish.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium yellow with a big foamy head.

Banana, clove, sweet grain, yeast in the nose.

Nice smooth sweet grain, some yeast, some fruit notes. Mild bitterness to balance the beer. Finishes with grainy note.

Lighter bodied, full carbonation.

Nice soft version of the style. Very drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of Scooter77
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden/straw yellow color. A huge fluffy white head presents itself instantly upon being poured. Aromas of bananas, lemon zests, and clove were very noticeable. I detected a slight crisp tartness of citrus upon the first taste, followed by the spiciness of cloves, finishing off with yeasty bread undertones. This is a highly drinkable beer; it’s very light and refreshing. It wasn’t the best hefeweizen that I’ve had, but it’s still a great beer.

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Photo of flagbearer
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4's all around. my very first German beer and one I have a special liking to. may not be the highest rated on BA but damn do I love it. I remember drinking this at a small pub in Munich. one of my favorite beer drinking experiences. Germany, Belgium and the Czechs get it right.

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Photo of badbeer
4.01/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Erdinger Weizen glass.

Pours a beautiful unfiltered golden color with an awesome pillowy head leaving great lacing all the way down the glass. Clove and banana in the aroma. Taste is of bread and yeast, followed by banana and clove in the finish. Higher carbonation than most, medium bodied. Very refreshing on a hot day here in Iowa.

Note: Getting yourself a fresh bottle from Germany really helps, this one was from the local store and didn't seem as good as the fresh ones in Germany.

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Photo of funkengruven
4.01/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked one of these up at the local liquor store as they seem to have a new beer promotion going.

This poured a very beautiful hazy yellow with a puffy cloud head sitting at the top of the glass. Smell contains some banana clove notes, which carry nicely into the flavor. Mouthfeel is slightly thinner than most Hefe Weizens, and carries a lot of carbonation. However this is very refreshing and quite drinkable.

A Nice Hefe Weizen that I'd get again.

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Photo of uccle81
4.01/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I've had this beer many times and tried it 4 ways. On tap, poured from the bottle, and straight from the bottle (not good). The fourth way was the most unusual, at least for me. In downtown Hannover there is a city park with an outdoor beer garden in the summer. I ordered this at 11 AM in a liter mug and they served it with half a liter of fresh chopped fruit in the bottom! While it's not the best Hefe, it's very drinkable. It makes up for any taste deficiencies with perfect texture and appearance.

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Photo of ryanocerus
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good hefeweizen, but not the best. Not as good as Erdinger's Dunkel either, in my opinion. Cloudy golden color with a huge thick head (see head description of Kristallklar). The aroma was much more citrusy and less malty than the Kristallklar. The taste was also quite citrusy and less malty and it lingered on the tongue much longer. Excellent carbonation for a good mouthfeel.

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Photo of Troyone
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Erdinger Hefe-Weizen I suppose is the same as the above Weissbier, the abv is the same - 5.3%.

Poured this in a tall Hefeweizen glass (narrow). The head is evident however dissipates rapidly with minimal lacing. The head color, whats left, appears light was probably white. Has a nice wheat color with good carb action.

I'm getting some light banana and lemon aromas with a faint beerish smell.

I always swirl the yeast sediment around and top off my craft beers so I'm tasting a lot of grain (wheat) with a lightly salted grapefruit and lime citrus flavors.

The mouthfeel is light and kind of creamy since this fills the taste buds with grain (wheat) flavors. There is a fluffiness feel then the smooth lightly carbonated citrus and maybe a little metallic finish.

The graininess benefits this beer as a session beer since there is little or no sweetness. Essentially the more you drink the better it gets.

Kind of plain compaired to the Hefeweizens I have in my change up although I'll keep an eye on the price of this one.

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Photo of StevieW
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good example of a hefe-weiss. On tap, poured a nice thick white head with lots of bubbles. It was golden yellow, nice thickness, mine even had some yeast floaters in it, which is a good thing. Lots of bubbles, the head left quickly. Noticed the big banana taste more so than others in this style. The fruitness and bubbles seemed drown out the doughy flavor I like. Overall, very drinkable and refreshing. The place even served it in the brewery glass. I still think Uncle Otto's is tops in this style.

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Erdinger Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
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