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 allengarvin
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is soundly what's expected from a hefweiss: pale, straw color, quite cloudy, with a large, lasting head.

Aroma: Crisp wheat malt, lightly fruity (apples, bananas).

Flavor: Mostly light malt up front, barely perceptible cloves in the back. Somewhat fruity, but not noticibly banana-like. Finish is clean and pleasantly acidic.

Mouthfeel: Crisp texture, high carbonation.

There's not much wrong with Erdinger hefeweiss except for its blandness: it lacks the distinguishing, yummy flavor characters of the best examples. It is, though, a nice refreshing beer and quite drinkable.

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

12 oz longneck brown bottle, capped. Best Before date stamped on back label. They were having a promo at the liquor store giving away nice Erdinger hefeweizen glasses, and so I picked up a sixpack.

This hefeweizen poured a hazy yellow color with tall, creamy, very white foam that persisted a bit before settling. There was a steady carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The smell was malty and citrusy (lemon) with a touch of wheat malt sweetness and a very light fruitiness. The taste was malty with light lemony citrus and very light banana. There was a trace of sweetness and a good hop bitterness in the finish as well as a taste of yeast. The mouthfeel was tangy and creamy with medium-light body and good carbonation. The lightly sour tanginess lingered in the mouth. This was a decent hefeweizen though very light on the banana ester and clove flavors and aromas and a bit thin overall

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Photo of Cwrw
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured according to Erdinger Brewery's own suggestions, swirling the last bit of beer in the glass and pouring the yeast. As if good hefeweizens do not foam enough, pouring Erdinger into its unique glass renders it nigh impossible to pour this beer with a poor head; in the official glass, this is a thing of beauty. Pouring slowly, I could fit the entire bottle into the glass, forming a head that must have been an inch above the rim, but never in danger of spilling over, again, because of the great design of the glass. Patchy but sticky lace. Picture perfect. The beer itself is a pineapple colour, almost white, looking like dirty water. The head is a cream white. It did diminish fairly rapidly, but stayed at an acceptable level, consistent and smooth. A strong wheat smell, along with all the usual hefe fruit accompaniments. Banana, apple, mango, some must, sourish malt. Light honey and clove. A little citrus in there as well; some lemon. An appetising aroma, but a little subdued--it could use some more fruitiness. The taste is where more fruit flavours come in, as well as a cereal malt taste that leaves the mouth wanting more. Grainy and refreshing. I also get some chocolate flavours, oddly enough. Apple peel, orange, lemon, and soapy dried banana. However, there is not as much complexity as I should like in the taste. I have tasted some other hefes with much more character. Again, the sweetness seems to be toned down, and instead there is a yeast and bread taste, clove-like. This makes the beer extremely drinkable though, and the mouthfeel is exceptional: smooth, velvety, highly quaffable. Medium body. Pair this with fish or pasta. A very good hefe by German standards, but I prefer their dunkel hefeweizen. Remember, the Erdinger glass really does make a difference in experiencing this beer.

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Photo of BrewMaster
2.87/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap at the Yardhouse in Pasadena served in a regular American pint glass. The beer was served with virtually no head and had a cloudy orange to yellowish color. The aroma was very light with a citrusy scent and a bit of breadiness. The flavor was less than exciting. It had a strong alcohol flavor that dominated the beer. It was really lacking balance and identity. Behind the potent alcohol flavor was a light fruit rind flavor (perhaps nectarine?) and a bit of citrus again. It felt a bit over carbonated and sort of attacking to the palate. Overall it was just not a fun experience of beer drinking.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy honey-apricot-pineapple that resembles fresh-squeezed juice under towering creamy white head.

Aroma of sweet apple cider and pineapple.

Very fruity flavors with lots of orange and peach and a long juicy finish with more pineapple and citrus. It's quite a pleasant mix, thought nothing really stands out. Medium body.

I keep thinking about a tropical fruit smoothie, only it's not nearly so heavy. A paper umbrella wouldn't be out of place neither. Hefe-weizens are such girly beers!

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Photo of canadianbarman
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

--large 500ml brown bottle, freshness date marked on back
--poured a cloudy, golden orange in color
--nice, foamy head that lasted for a while, average lacing
--smell is yeasty and average

This is a very easy beer to drink. It has a crisp taste that went down rather quickly. One of the better of this style that I have tasted so far.

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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 PorterLambic
4.22/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy deeply golden honey color with a big head and no lace.
Smell is sweet with malt, fruit (orange, grape & apple), spice (pepper & clove) and yeast. A nice complexity.
Taste is fruit, malt, yeast and alcohol.
Mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy, with a light effervescence all over. A full bodied wheat beer.
Drinkability is very high. Only knock was that the alcohol presence was a bit too much, especially considering the ABV.

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Photo of finepaws
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange yellow. White head that dissappeared quickly. Smells yeasty and lemony. Maybe a hint of floral notes in there too. Tastes somewhat bitter, not like a hefe at all. Actually not much like a wheat ale at all. Maybe I'm crazy, but this is more pale ale to me. Like a Flying Dog. There are lots of herbal/spice flavor. Corriander I'm guessing. Fruit notes? Pear maybe. No banana at all. Mouthfeel is loaded with carbonation. Sweet to begin with, and a touch dry at the end. This is an ok summer beer. It would cut the thirst, but I've had better.

On a side note, I had this a few nights ago at a bar on tap, and I remember it being a lot smoother, more full bodied, and flavor full. That's why I bought a 6 pack at the store. My opinion, stick to tap.

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Photo of SilentSabre
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice appearance. Poured a yellow orange colour with a really fluffy white head that stuck around a while. Thick lacing. The smell is just about like any other hefe, but more concentrated. Strong yeast smell. The signature banana and spice smell so closely related to weissbier is present here, but it isn't nearly as strong as it is in many others. This hurts its score with me. Just a bit, anyway, as I really enjoy the smell of this style of brew. There is a bit more spice in the taste than there is in the smell, but the banana "essence" is the same. The mouth feel is very lightweight and smooth. Overall, this isn't terrible by any stretch of the imagination, but I have indeed had much better in this style from Germany.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow/orange with a huge blooming head that sticks to the glass nicely,a great pour.I pick some apple and peach notes wich is different for a hefe and quite appetizing the spice aroma is more subdued.Taste is quite fruity as well quite citruisy leaning on the orange side not much spiciness comes thru until after a few sips but it comes thru nicely near the end of my glass.I had low expectations for this brew from other reviews but I thought it to be a well made easy quaffer nice and fruity a winner.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.96/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This beer is gorgeous. It is light, hazy yellow in color with tons of good, healthy carbonation and a white, monster, foaming head that stayed until I drank through it.

Smell – The light yeasty base has some good coriander and is nicely complimented with banana and peach notes. I can also pick up the traditional clove, although barely.

Taste – The flavor came across as rather heavy-handed. The tart fruits lost their light, fluffy feeling from the nose and the yeast just wimped out.

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied, of course, with some fluffiness in the mouthfeel. The fruits were heavy and overly hopped.

Drinkability – Sorry, but I just couldn’t finish this heavy-handed off-style effort by Erdinger.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.87/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed a bottle at the Black Forest Restaurant in Nederland, CO, August 20, 2004. (BTW, the meal and service were fantastic -- genuine German food, well-prepared, served hot and fresh. I extend a really STRONG recommendation for this restaurant!!!)

Best by date: December, 2004.

Apperance: nice pour, blonde with a snow-white medium head that reduced fairly soon to a small ring. Note: Nederland is at 8,200 feet altitude -- I suppose that effects the head retention?

Smell: mild banana, mown hay, light spices, light hops, lots of wheat/yeast. Really nice aroma.

Taste: nice wheaten flavor, mild hops, a bit of orange and clove.

Mouthfeel: too much carbonation for me.

Drinkability: only had one, so I can't tell a lot here. Seemed very easy to drink, though the high carbonation might make one feel overfull. Could that be due, again, to the altitude at which this was consumed?

Overall, a nice H-W. Calls itself "The World's #1 Hefe-Weizen," which is probably a bit of advertising hyperbole. I would drink this by choice in many situations.

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Photo of cypressbob
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap

Pours with a murky amber/yellow body, very little light penetration

Smell is malty, very strong smell of yeast, strong esters

Taste is refreshing, very easy to drink. Taste of malt and a yeasty aftertaste as it goes down, although not a bad session beer
Very prominant sweet esters, bubblegum sweetness with a dry finish

Easy going down, not a bad wheat beer

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Photo of Winter
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1.9 oz bottle. Best before end of 08 2004 printed on the back label.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a fluffy white head. Aroma seems to be missing the expected banana and cloves, but rather consists of wheat malt and hops, that almost remind me a Saaz. Somewhat disappointing. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Taste consists of wheat malt upfront. Some slight hop spiciness introduces itself midway through. Some very feint banana toward the finish. Before I knew it my glass was gone. This is very clean and easy drinking for a hefe weizen, but lacks some of the flavor characteristics that a good one should have. This isn't a bad beer, just not a great hefe-weizen in my opinion.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light hazy golden colour. Nice Billowy white head. Smell is faintly of bananas and even less of cloves. Not as much nose as other hefe's. The taste is lighter than most German Hefe's I have had, and certainly lighter than Schneider Weiss. All the components to a decent hefe are there, but its just more subdued than most I have had. Mouthfeel is good and not as grainy as some hefe's The beers lightness actually improves its drinkability. Overall an average hefe, Not in my top 5, but it would do in a pinch. Surprisingly enough Erdinger is the largest producer of wheat beers in the world. Strange that.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Half Liter (1 Pint 0.9 fluid ounces) brown glass bottle with a cream colored main, and v-shaped, neck label. In between these a metallic gold thin strip professes “Mit Feiner Hefe In Der Flasche Gereift”, which roughly translates as ‘bottle-conditioned’ in proper lingo me thinks. The main label lists the beer as “Erdinger Weissbräu Erdinger Hefe-Weizen”. Discretely listed as 5.3%, with a Best Before code of 04-2005 on the reverse label.

Appearance: I even had the proper glass for this one, for once. The Erdinger Weissbräu vessel is a 0,5l Sahm that has an inverted bell top that curves away to a thinner concave base, the glass is just about the same height as the bottle. Lots of streamer activity, continuously rising at a fast pace, they punctuate the lightly hazed golden yellow body. The head is Teutonic and massive at first but it slowly rescinds to a more manageable rocky surface about 1” thick, leaving some nice clumpy sticky lacing on the way down. Good carbonation results in a return of the massive head when topped up, even carefully.

Nose: Wheaty nose with some grain and a light lemon feel with a splash of zesty rind for good measure. Yeasty as it warms.

Taste: Light sweet malty start with some rough wheat builds into a middle that is very light in strength, banana, lemon and a very delicate hint of wheat again. Some cloying cloves and banana stick in the neck with the yeast during the swallow and after the finish. After a few mouthfuls some bitterness is detectable, but it is very hard to find at times, and you have to search for it.

Mouthfeel: A wee bit thin. Not much going on apart from the fact that this is a very light Hefe-Weizen that still manages to finish with a slight cloying feel.

Drinkability: A lightweight Hefe-Weizen, the 5.3% and delicate flavor profile mean that serving this one chilled will not affect or ‘damage’ it that much and help to take the cloying end at bay. As it gets warmer it gets a tad sticky and harder to imbibe. Keep this one well chilled and it is a great brew for a hot afternoon.

Overall: First of the afternoon and definitely an easy going brew, which is surprising because I am not a big fan of ‘heavy’ German Hefes. However, this is most certainly not a ‘heavy’ German Hefe, but more of a lighter ‘middle-of-the-road’ version that is probably designed to appeal to the masses, hence the claim on the reverse label of the bottle to being “the World’s #1 Hefe-Weizen”. It certainly busted the dust out of my lungs on a hot sticky afternoon with few problems. A good hot summer’s day drinker, and a decent enough Hefe that is lighter than most, but nothing special.

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

The beer excavates itself from the 500ml brown bottle an unclouded golden amber color with a generous white head that is semi-creamy in texture; the resultant lace forms a thick and sticky sheet upon the glass. Nose has hints of wheat, citrus crisp, fresh and clean to the senses with the start sweet and it has a nice grain profile, the top a bit thin. Finish is meek in its acidity, the hops also benign in their spiciness, a nice summertime beer.

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Photo of dansteino
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a free sample from my Glazer rep.

Appearance: Good. Decent head. Head retention not great but not bad. Has the glowing cloudy gold color of a solid Hefeweizzen.
Smell: Good. Ripe fruit with touch of clove.
Taste: Crisp. Refreshing. Some clove. Some citrus. Some sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Pleasant. A bit watery.
Drinkability: God session beer.

Overall impression: Decent beer. Solid but unspectacular. Still, why should I put this on my shelf when I already carry the Paulaner, Franziskaner, Schneider, and Hitachino.

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Photo of Crosling
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at Mr. Pickwick in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Cloudy Pale.

Aroma of wheat and notes of banana, clove, smoke and nutmeg.

Slightly sour, moderately bitter with notes of banana, clove, nutmeg and vanilla. At the time, this hit the spot. A few weeks later I sampled it again in a beach town near Venice, Italy and it wasn't nearly as good so I lowered the original score a little. Still, a pretty solid Hefster though.

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Photo of filabrazilia
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yeloow with fluffy plume of a head that sits on top.

There is mild yeast aroma that mixes with a touch of fruity sweetness.

The taste is understated but nice--fruit, yeast and a touch of hops mingle in the mouth. It would be awesome if the flavors were a touch stronger.

This is a nice thin body to this refreshing beer. Hops grab the back of the tongue and leave a nice note to the drinker.

Not a bad beer at all. If the aroma and taste were turned up a notch, this would be a superb beer. I think the Dunkel is by far the better of the two.

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Photo of Naerhu
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

White head on a opaque orange-brown body.
Spicey faint banana cream aroma. Extremely faint.
Slight hop bitterness, banana and wheat. A touch of zippiness.

Two Erdiners in one night and both of them dreadfully boring. Is this like the budweiser of Germany?

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Photo of UnionMade
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is a murky, completely opaque ochre yellow, some brown and green in there, something like raw, golden earth. Excellent. A very thick heap of white froth tries to leap out of the glass, crowning out at least a finger and a half. The head subsides somewhat with time, although keeps a 1/4" coating all the way throughout. Gobs of lace cling to the glass, clumping in thick rings of belgian lace.
The aroma is very authentic, exactly what I expect with real german style hefeweizen. Strong wheat malt, with sweetly pungent banana and clove esters. Considerable bubblegum in this brew, with a bit of that Juicyfruit gum scent. A touch of wheaty sourness, along with a very slight nuance of herbal/floral hops.
The flavor starts with sweetish, airy wheat malt, estery banana coming through almost immediately. Considerable bubblegum flavor in the middle, riding atop the wheaty softness. Some clove as well, becoming more prominent in the finish. No real hop bitterness, just a faint suggestion of floral german hops, with a mild wheat sourness in the end. Rather dry in the finish, with a powdery mouthfeel, assisted by the generous amount of yeast. A hint of cashew or hazelnut in the aftertaste. Very strong, assertive carbonation, a lightish medium body, easily moving across the palate. Very pleasant.
Aside from the apearance, which i had the pleasure to view on an outdoor patio under natural sunlight, it's a solid, more-or-less average german hefeweizen. Not over the top, just tried and true. Well made, tasty and a great session beer, particularly in the summer.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My buddy called this "yummy bubble gummy" right before I sampled, completely throwing off the assessment.

It came in a pint glass with a lemon wedge. No head, but that might have been the bad bartender. Nice and cloudy.

Lemon and banana smells, seems very sweet.

Mmmm Mmmm. Very good bubble gum taste, just like a cheap penny bubble gum like bazooka joe.

Sweet maltiness really lingers in the mouth.

I would definitely have a few.

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Erdinger Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
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