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 Evil_Pidde
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

50 cl long-necked brown bottle with a beige, neat and clean label.

A: The pour is hazy orange/golden. White, a bit uneven, really large head. Slow dissipation leaves nice lacings.

S: Wheat - ripe sweet bananas. Citric. Some malt, barley gives it bready tone.

T: Wheat and malt. Ripe bananas and bready - almost like rye-bread. Some citric sezt.

M: Smooth light bodied liquid with rich carbonation, a bit rough though. Aftertaste is medium long and holds both sweet and bitter.

D: Wheatbeer is so very refreshing. This is a pretty nice one, but not the best from Bavaria.

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Photo of clayrock81
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had a 22 oz bomber bottle that I poured into my hefe glass. This was the bright spot for this beer. Had a cloudy, orange body with a one-finger head that was a constant with the beer and left small lacings. The smell was yeasty/wheaty with some faint citric aroma. Unfortunately, the taste was rather bland in this light-bodied hefe with no real citric, pepper/clove or other spices coming out at all and the wheat yeast is very pronouced, so it is not as smooth as most hefes. I really don't see myself getting this beer again.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured 3/4 of the bottle and swirled the remaining 1/4 to release the yeast. Poured a cloudy pale yellow color with a nice creamy white head. There is some wheat, citrus and clove in the nose. Taste is clean and crisp but a bit lighter than I would want. There is some wheat and a slightly spicey citrus finish. Overall, this is a decent hefeweizen but look to Weihenstephaner and Paulaner for outstanding examples of this style.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, deep golden colour, only when I was getting to the dregs of the bottle did the yeast haze finally make itself felt, pouring into the glass and clouding the body. Head if large-bubbled and frothy, but a pleasant white shade. Doesn't hold its shape very well, however. Lots of tiny streams of carbonation down the bottom of the glass. Overall, it's a decent looking brew, but maybe a little sub par for the style.

Nose is pleasant with some wheaty flavours giving a light spice and acidity, with a lingering grainy sweetness. Slight musty characters come through as well, which almost mingle indistinguishably with the pepper spice, but it's missing some of the banana esters and the round and sweet bubblegum aromas you sometimes get. Still, it's a very pleasant nose.

Taste is better though, and it has the slightly sweet banana flavours that were missing on the nose. Unfortunately, misses some of the other complexities which the nose promised. Very round and full-bodied, with maybe just a light bite on the back; but it's subtle. For the most part, this is a full-bodied, sweet and wheat-driven hef, just light enough on the palate to be drinkable, but full flavoured enough to make you feel like this is a hearty brew.

Feels just slightly too carbonated and gassy, but the palate otherwise is slick and pleasant.

A good German hefe. A great German hefe? Probably not, but it has the hallmarks of what makes this such a great style.

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Photo of corby112
3.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden yellow color with lots of visible carbonation bubbles and a thin foamy white head that quickly dissapears. Aroma is quite bland with slight apple presence as well as some lemon peel. Very quaffable with a crisp apple and pear taste as well as some slight citrus.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a pale, hazy lemony-light orange color with a big white fluffy head.

S: The nose yielded faint bananas, lemons and light traces of dried fruit and grains.

T: The nose was rather subtle overall and not really enticing. For flavor there was light bananas, cloves and wheat. There was decent breadiness, with a really good hop spiciness found of the finish, which was good, but not enough to save this.

M: really thin, with a light creaminess, light carbonation while finishing dry.

D: An ordinary drinking hefe, with a nice spicy finish which was one of the few highlights of this beer. ok, but rather boring.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle

Appearance – Hazy amber/yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, lemons, corn, cloves

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a very high amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of wheat mixed with lemons and a bit of spice (coriander/cloves). Unfortunately there is also a bit of an adjunct flavour.. corn etc. It ends with a wheat/corn lemony aftertaste.

Overall – A slightly above average beer that really doesn't stack up to some of the really good wit's out there. I wouldn't buy this one again. It also needs to have it's carbonation level toned down.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy yellowish straw color with a nice white head. Nose is a touch of spiciness, wheat and banana. Taste was lighter and leane toward more wheat than anything. Light bodied and refreshing but little in terms of outstanding characteristics. A decent hef and worth a shot.

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Photo of wl0307
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Only once have I had the bottled version of this beer, while the tap version as I recall it is quite solid. Now the bottled version is available at the Sainsbury's at just 1.19 quid, providing me a proper chance to review it at home at last. BB 01/2008, served moderately-chilled in a proper weizen glass.

A: cloudy dark yellow-orange in colour; constant flows of moderate carbonation at play, supporting an ever-lasting, thick layer of white froth.
S: besides being slightly ashy upfront, the aroma is slightly mango-ish on fruitiness with a touch of orange-citrus zest, on top of rich grainy wheat malts, a pleasant edge of bubble-gum and cane sugar. Overall not complex, pleasant enough for a bottled weizen.
T: chewy bready malts come as the main theme, followed by a wheat- and corn- like grainy flavour with a mildly acidic kick of citrus; simplistic and timid tropical fruit-esters (mainly green mangos) make a late presence. The overall flavour marks more malts than fruits, and finishes on a semi-clean and bready undernote.
M&D: a liquid bread in a glass this is, somehow missing the unique fruit-estery edge of a complex weizen; the mouthfeel turns slightly too fizzy on the palate and feels only suitable for the rather simplistic flavour profile. All in all, the draught version is way better, to my best recollection.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into a Hefe glass. Best before 02/2012 printed on the back of the bottle.

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden yellow color. Produced a giant pure white fluffy head with great retention. Lots of lace once this finally dissipated.

(S)- Very dry and with a yeasty earthy quality. Some light spice and lemon.

(T)- Similar to the smell in some ways. A dry yeasty earth clove spice with creamy biscuit and lemon.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Crisp, refreshing, and lightly fruity and dry.

(D)- A solid Hefe. Crisp and refreshing with a good flavor profile.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a Weizen glass)

A- This beer pours a hazy straw yellow body with a thick creamy snow white head. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles lining to the surface.

S- This beer has a light smooth wheat aroma with a yeasty note.

T- This beer has a smooth soft malt and wheat taste and a spicy finish that has a faint note of noble hops.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture in the finish

D- This beer has very light wheat flavors with not a lot of complexity.

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Photo of beertunes
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in 0.5 liter wheat glass. Poured the typical cloudy yellow of Hefe's, with a big, fluffy, white head that didn't have much retention and left good lacing.

The aromas were very muted and soft for the style, with the expected banana and clove most noticeable. The flavor profile was much like the aroma, soft and muted, with nothing standing out.

The body was also typical, full without being heavy, and nicely smooth. Drinkability was great, you could drink these all day, very easily. Not as flavorful as a lot of Hefe's, this one is still worth trying.

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Photo of akorsak
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am drinking a 650 mL bottle poured into a Widmer Bros. weizen glass. The ale is cool in temperature.

Appearance: The ale is highly carbonated as I pour it, giving 4-5 fingers worth of head. Surprisingly, the ale is not cloudy. It is a pale, clear yellow color that betrays no hint of being unfiltered.

Smell: There is a light wheat aroma, but nothing that jumps out at me and scream weizen.

Taste: The ale comes across more like a kolsch than a weizen. I don't taste any clove or banana esters, things that I consider to be true characteristics of a weizen. I do pick up a light wheat flavor, but it is not enough to make me think 'weizen'.

Mouthfeel: The ale tastes fine and is not offensive on the tongue.

Drinkability: The ale is very drinkable, especially good on a warm spring afternoon (like today). It just seems to lack the oomph that I want and expect from a weizen.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle july 18 2009

A cloudy golden yellow, did not want to stay in my glass, big fluffy head that dies pretty quick, very little lacing

S some citrus perhaps sweet grains not too much, tiny bit of banana

T not overpowering clove, banana, wheat some citrus not bad but not great

M/D big on bubbles a little thin but on this 30 degree day this is sinking like a ship, very easy to drink

i dig it good summer beer

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Photo of RBorsato
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yellowish-straw light gold color before the swirl (cloudy light orange color afterwards) with a moderate white head. Light aroma overall a touch of spiciness and little to no fruit aroma. Light spicy flavor and again little to no fruit character. Light bodied and refreshing but little in terms of outstanding characteristics.

Not a bad example of a Hefe but not enough yeasty aromas and flavors for my tastes.

[16.9 oz bottle for $1.99]

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.53/5  rDev -26.9%
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 avalon07
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy texture. There was a big, creamy, fairly long-lasting head. Average lacing.

S: The smell was very subdued, but did have traces of wheat, malt, and a slightly fruity quality.

T: Tasted of malt (especially in the finish), wheat, and that bubblegum flavor you get with hefeweizens. A bit on the mild side, but not horribly offensive.

M: A well carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: A decent, mostly drinkable, somewhat forgettable hefeweizen.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.26/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice Hefe. Pours a semi hazy yellow with a fluffy golden head. Beautiful.
S - Mostly citrus and wheat with a slight bread backbone.
T - Like the smell, some lemon and fruit with a touch of bread and a nice smooth wheat finish.
M - Not bitter and refreshing. Great summer beer!
D - Well I would totally try more offerings by the company but I really wouldn't pick up the sixer for around 12 bucks. Nice to try though!

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Photo of bark
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is yellow-orange and shady. The grand foam is white and airy.

The smell is rather mild, sourish and rather neutral with some notes of vanilla and … soap?

The carbonation is strong, soda-like. Very refreshing.

The taste is cooling and refreshing with a sourish taste and an unexpected body. There are notes of yeast and some bitterness. The aftertaste is surprisingly soft with a gentle sweetness and a fruity sour note.

This beer accompanies robust, hot or smoked food well, but I found it a bit plain on its own.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Frisco's in Columbia

A: Hazy yellow with a moderate white head that doesn't really hold very well.

S: Fruity sweetness with lots of banana and bubblegum and some wheat. Not much spice in here, that would have really helped

T: Mostly similar to the nose with a lot of estery character. Mild wheat character but not dry and refreshing like the best of the bunch

M: A little bigger for a hefe than I'd like - a little too much sweetness. Carbonation was OK, though

D: Doubt i'd try it again

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

Cloudy golden amber with a bright white head. Nice lacing and fair retention. Very mild aroma, a bit of wheat and malt, maybe a little citrus. Texture on the creamy side, but the carbonation is a little on the high side. The flavour isn't bad, it's just very average. Some banana sweetness and wheat malt. There's very little of the citrus and clove character that I expect in a weissbier, but overall it's not a bad beer. Which in turn keeps the drinkability on the high side. Just don't expect the complex flavours normally associated with the style.

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Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color: Cloudy pale yellow color with ample head.

Aroma: Faint hint of banana and clove. Light. Not much to detect.

Taste: Mostly a clove flavor. No banana to be found. Lightly malty. Smooth.

Mouthfeel: Dry and wheatish. Clove.

Verdict: A middle of the road hefeweizen that is still more quite drinkable. Smooth. It's definitely a hefeweizen.

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Photo of Viggo
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold, huge fluffy white head and some lacing. Smell is of bananas, lots of citrus, and spices. Flavour is cloves and spices up front, with banana in the finish and some citrus all around. Mouthfeel was a little too light, but the carbonation was nice. Tasty beer.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1pt., 9fl. oz. bottle served in a weizen glass. 09-2009 indicated on the bottle. Poured a translucent golden-yellow with a five inch, bright white head and copious tiny bubbles effervescing in solution. Head eventually recedes into a half inch solid cap, leaving behind little clouds of foam in its wake. Nose was lemony and wheaty. Taste consistent with nose - not much going on in the flavor profile. Lacking the characteristic banana esters, cloves and bubble gum; a little too clean. Mouthfeel was light-bodied and lively and finishes clean. Easy drinking and refreshing beer, but lacking some of the complexity of the style. I was a little disappointed seeing this coming from a German brewer. Not bad, just don't get your expectations up.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale hazy gold with lots of clumpy clingy head.
Grain, spicy grass and slight wax on the nose.
Dough up front, fresh apricot and peach, slight noble end.
Fruity finish and herbal linger.
Light, crisp, creamy, thin.

Quenching if watery, big on stone fruit and keeps some wheaty body. Trouble here is that the classic Weiss yeast is almost totally absent, both on the nose and palate - no banana, no cloves. So while it's pleasant enough, it's not a great example of the style, especially coming from Bavaria.

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