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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Erdinger Weissbräu
Germany
erdinger.de

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by pezoids on 01-03-2002

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3.46
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Photo of 911CROFT
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

500ml bottle into a tall weizen glass. Paid £1.75 for a single.

Pours a slightly hazy, thin looking, pale yellow coloured body with plenty of fine streaming carbonation visible. A tall, foamy, three-finger in height, bone-white head reduces quickly to a thin film, leaving behind only token spots of lace.

The simple and uninspiring nose primarily consists of pilsner malts. Traces of malted wheat are faintly perceptible underneath, but to a much lesser extent. Towards the finish, hints of clove and a subtle spiciness become apparent, but the esters and phenols that typify the style are notably absent. Taste follows almost exactly. Crisp, grainy pilsner malts lead above a subtle and slightly tart wheat profile, transitioning to simple and mild clove-like spices near the finish. In the mouth, a light body coupled with plentiful carbonation gives a thin, but smooth and creamy feel. Spices linger momentarily after the swallow in combination with traces of floral hop bitterness to marginally dry the palate to finish clean and crisp.

Overall this isn’t a bad beer, but neither is it a particularly good example of the style. From the bottle it is crisp, easy drinking and refreshing, but severely lacking in typical hefeweizen characteristics. On tap this beer is markedly improved. Head retention lasts considerably longer, the body is visually cloudier and feels fuller in the mouth, while the flavour profile is bready and predominantly wheat driven. Granted, even on tap, banana, bubblegum and citrus esters remain absent, but on the whole it is a much better product.

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Photo of Bombelsky
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Orange and hazy. Thick, frothy foam. Fair lacing. Aroma of phenols, cardboard, some bananas and bubble gum. Bit of apples. Light body. Watery, sticky. Light bitter and sweet. More sweet than bitter. Short and dry finish. Bit chalky. Medium carbonation.

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Photo of TRIKLZ
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw some of the other reviews and some just don't understand beer, let alone German bier.
Erdinger is a well-rounded Bavarian beer. Although not my favorite, it does have that distinct German flavor. The beer, as a typical Weissbier, should be poured in a Weizen glass for proper head (which should be large) and flavor. Not as citrusy as some other Weiss bier, but definitely has the crispness from a lighter body and natural fermentation found in many beers which recipes have been passed down through several hundred years (this one since the 16th century) of Master Brewers. It is quite refreshing and I could easily enjoy a couple liters of these an an Oktoberfest or having a relaxing afternoon grilling, or being active. For those who think it tastes "watered down" I recommend a hefe weizen or dunkel weizen (I actually prefer dark beer and Guinness is my "mother's milk").
Much better than most pilsners and very clean unless you prefer the over-hoppy craft beers found across the U.S.
Here's my background if anyone wants to dispute it:
First of all, I spent half my life growing up in Germany traveling Europe sampling beers in pretty much every town and city I visited.
Secondly, it's GERMAN BEER...we have a long way to go to even touch some of their lower-end beers.
Lastly, every type of beer can only be compared to its counterparts (crystal weizen-crystal weizen, stout-stout, etc).
No, I am not a self-proclaimed "expert" but i know good beer and what distinguishes them. Thanks.

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Photo of Weizenbeer101
4.56/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I pour this into a weizen glass. According to all hefeweizen brewers, having it in their own glass makes the beer better. I just pour all of mine into am Erdinger one. This beer will taste great regardless of the glass, as long as you pour it all out and mix the yeast.

5- This pours out to a cloudy golden color. Vibrant.
3- Head is about 2 fingers tall. It goes away fast compared to other hefeweizen styles.
5- Taste is superb. It is not overbearing like a typical hefeweizen such as Paulaner. Slight banana flavor.You can definitely taste the wheat. Honesty, Erdinger Urweise tastes more like a traditional hefeweizen than this one.
4- On any day, this as the right carbonation. Feels full when in mouth and doesn't leave any strong flavors. Really refreshing.

Over all not over bearing like similar styles. Perfect beer in my books. definitely always have a crate of this over the summer. Again, their Urweise tastes more like a hefeweien of comparable rivals.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: [4.00] Beer pours out with 2 full fingers of head. Really tight white bubbles. The beer itself is a hazy straw color. The bottle lists the ABV (5.3%) and there is a best by of (01/01/2017).

S: [3.25] Weak nose of crackers and corn. (None of the funk-tified yeast I expect in this variety.)

T: [3.25] Similar to the nose - very lackluster. Hints of corn and slight crackey malts. Just not a wide range of flavor here. (None of the funk-tified yeast I expect in this variety.)

M: [3.75] The body is thicker than medium. It actually has a decent heft to it.

O: [3.25] Blindfolded this tastes like a less sweet (slightly more complex) Bud. The body is better but over all I am totally underwhelmed by this beer. Just nothing sticks out or is noteworthy.

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Photo of teromous
2.89/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On the back label: 03-2017 L0422032

Appearance: It is extremely highly carbonated. I barely got a quarter of my glass filled before it erupted in a full glass of foam. Pour it very carefully. It has an amazingly huge head and it retains unbelievably. Great lacing. The body has nearly no color at all. It is lighter than a light golden straw color.

Aroma: There is very little aroma here. I am getting an ever so subtle banana scent which is accompanied by the lightest spicy hop aroma. I didn't smell the hops at first but after a while it started to show up. It is a pretty light aroma for a Hefeweizen but it is pleasant.

Taste: The beer tastes very watered down. It has a bit of a sweet cereal grain flavor but not much else. The aftertaste has just a bit of spice at the end followed by a very pronounced alcohol flavor. The flavor reminds me a bit of how alcohol wipes smell.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel on the beer is pretty good. It feels a bit thin for a wheat beer but it has good carbonation and a slight texture at the finish.

Overall: This beer has been a bit of a roller-coaster ride. I don't have much to say about it other than that I really wouldn't recommend it to a fan of big flavorful Hefeweizens. It seems like a transitional beer somewhere between a light lager and a Hefeweizen. I probably wouldn't pick it up again. I can finish off the beers that I have easily enough but I won't be shopping for this again.

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Photo of Vestlake
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour. Pours cloudy with a big two finger head. Aroma is classic German Hefewiezen, but kind of generic. The taste was the same. There's a lot in the style that are much better than this.

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Photo of HefeweizenLover
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 0.5l bottle into a Weizen glass. ABV 5.3%

Appearance: Pale goleden to light amber color. Mild hazy. Tall and foamy white head, with good retention and good lacing. Very high carbonation visible.

Smell: Yeast, moderate banana aroma.

Taste: Wheat, malt, gentle bitterness from hops, banana notes in traces coming through from the background, but without any of the traditional clove or bubblegum flavors.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light-to-medium bodied, good carbonation in the mouth.

Overall: Refreshing, pleasant and thirst quenching, but not much of a taste. Decent enough, but pretty average for the style.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The quintessential German beer in m opinion, and the bar to which I compare all others. There are better Hefeweizens, there are worse, but on a hot summer day Erdinger is one of my favorites. I love the plain wheat malt taste and texture, and the hops and yeast flavors are delightfully clean and fresh. A mass-produced beer that still tastes like a beer.

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Photo of erk0607
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Amber, visibly effervescent, slightly hazy, thin lacing, short head retention
Smell: Better than the taste. Sweet, grainy, malty, maybe some banana
Taste: malt, lemony zest, bread
Feel: thick body, bubbly, medium feel on the tongue
Overall: refreshing, not noteworthy though

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Photo of Ethanol4one
4.62/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lemon water is my favorite beverage, and this beer approximates albetit with Wheat beer chemistry. Smooth, mild bready nose, more lemon sour than bananaorama, light and creamy froth. Bottle fermentation down to a sweet science. Let the grouches grumble, this beer is a masterpiece.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nice appearance, very disappointing weak smell, the taste is too bready/doughy/yeasty. Light body, mild carbonation. Poor weizen - lack of classic characteristics.

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Photo of acelin
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Overall one of the less impressive Bavarian hefeweizens. All the flavors are there, just in subdued amounts. Still better than most American made Bavarian Hefeweizens.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.98/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best before" date 7-2016.

APPEARANCE: pours a beautiful, hazy, straw color with one-finger white head that slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is moderate lacing on the glass, higher than average carbonation for the style.

SMELL: faint banana and bread, very subtle to the nose.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel and then banana and bread.

PALATE: this beer has a velvety feel to it, higher than average carbonation for the style.

OVERALL: this is a very enjoyable beer, a nice break from all the IPA's, I would seek this out again and would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style.

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Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
5/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing. Not as good as Paulaner Hefeweizen to me but a good cheaper version. Only cost be $12 for a six pack which is cheaper than a domestic beer in a local bar. Excellent beer. God himself helped these Germans design a beer like this that flows so elegantly down your throat. Love that banana nut bread taste. If your local bar has this stuff, stay away from the irish guy in the corner that says his irish brew is the best. You'll wind up whipping his ass. The beer bottles from Erdinger are a lot more painful than his cans

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Photo of Wasatch
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. Bottle
Best Before End: 09-2015
Bottle-Fermented
ABV: 5.3%

Pours a very nice slightly cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slightly yeasty. The taste is malty, sweet, slight yeast note. Medium body. Overall, it's not bad, but it's not a Hefy at all.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.09/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This hefeweizen looks good initially- a characteristic creamy giant white head on an effervescent hazy straw-colored body- but head retention is brief and lacing consists of fast-receding splotches. The nose is light-moderate in intensity and is predominately yeast and nice, clean wheat notes with hints of citrus rind and alcohol, and faint hints of bubblegum/banana esters. The focus of the palate is a very clean, crisp wheat foundation; strong hints of apple juice, citrus and an unexpected caramelish sweetness cavort across it, serving to draw attention to it by their transience. The finish shows a bit of caramel-citrus flavor, which quickly fades. The mouthfeel is commensurate with the light body, and the texture is medium-creamy and nicely peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. I prefer a stronger ester presence in a hefeweizen, but the exemplary wheat character in this beer proves to be a saving grace. (11.2 oz bottle, 134 days before best-by)

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Photo of Bunman3
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Overall, this is a tasty beer - one of the better Hefeweizens I've tried in recent memory. If you were to accuse me of damning with faint praise, you would be correct. It pours hazy and fizzy - it looks a bit like a Mountain Dew in the glass. The smell is faint orange and the taste has enough wheat to make you want a little more. There is a subtle sweet breadiness that is really quite nice. Overall, however, I think I will chalk this one up to experience and leave it there.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle poured in to a pilsner glass.

a: Lovely hazy yellow apricot body. 2 finger white head that disappeared quickly.

s: Not much here. A little bready with hints of grass and chalkiness.

t: Bready malts with some spice from the yeast. Faint banana and an asprin like chalkiness.

mf: Medium body and and lively carbonation. Creammy up front with a dry finish.

o: An ok Hefeweizen. Drinkable.

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Photo of FrankBrewbody
3.06/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall, it's a very agreeable version of the style of beer. Some would likely prefer a more flavorsome beer, but overall a good subtle beer.

Look - Golden yellow colour, very carbonated and well maintained head.
Smell - notes of grass and bread
Taste - Banana flavour with a back note of spice
Feel - Creamy with medium carbonation

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Photo of jsoneff
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gorgeous thick and cloudy golden color, significant head with lots of lacing, mild taste, not nearly as much fruit as with Belgian hefe's, and more complex than most bavarian wheat beers. I prefer Weheinstephaner but this is better than the ratings here would make you think, Erdinger is a great beer.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
3.04/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall, I don't mind this beer. It's one of the few German beers that I would label as "okay." I definitely prefer the dunkel, but this one can hold its own. The flavor is rich and full, but a little on the lighter side. It's sweet and nice, but I always want a little more, which is why I go with the darker version most of the time.

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Photo of FBorrego
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comparing with some popular weissbier brands, Erdingers seens weak, much less aromatic, minor carbonation, not much flavor. Still a good beer but if you have Paulaner, Weihenstephaner, Schneider, etc available, dont drink Erdinger...

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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 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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