Erdinger Weissbier | Erdinger Weissbräu

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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

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1,948
Reviews:
791
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
14.45%
 
 
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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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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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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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Erdinger Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
3.46 out of 5 based on 1,948 ratings.
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