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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3/5  rDev -13.3%

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 BierStein711
4.6/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in an Erdinger Weizen glass

This beer introduced me to the wonderful world that comprises the Weissbier. I am proud to say that this beer is my go-to beer when I want a stong aroma, a white fluffy head, and finally tart citrus notes to end the drink with. As it warms, it remains a great companion in the evening with dinner or just alone. This is a beer that remains in my fridge.

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

Purchased October 4th 2011 in Durban South Africa. 500ml bottle poured into a Hefeweizen glass.

a - Pours a cloudy golden orange with a tall white head. Head seemed to dissipate quicker than a normal Hefe.

s - Smells of grains, citrus, banana, cloves

t - Grains, citrus and slight notes of banana and cloves. Lacks the robustness and depth of flavor usually found in a good Hefe.

m - Medium body and moderate/high carbonation. Smooth Finish.

o - A decent but bland version of the German classic.

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Photo of abeerlovr
3.04/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I hate to rate this beer so low, but it does not adhere to the Weissbier style. So this is why I rated it low

A: beautiful full head, my beer was served in an actual Erdinger weizen glass and the shape allowed the heavy carbonation to create a huge, full white head; hazy golden color.

S: not much of a nose, some faint citrus, very neutral smell

T: very refreshing clean beer, but did not have the banana or fruity flavor one would expect from a weiss bier.

Overall: I drank several of these beers throughout the weekend as it is a good drinking beer, just not a good representation of a good German wheat beer. Rather neutral flavor and characteristics. There are much better examples of German wheat beer, I would classify this one as a good beer produced in Germany that probably can gain widespread acceptance with BMC drinkers here in America.

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2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Pilsner glass. Light golden, slightly hazy color. Prickly head, 2 fingers or so, fades very quickly. Something artificial about it. Aromas are very light in general. Some zesty, generic dessert baking spice smell. Fruity. Light sugary sweet smell. Juicy Fruit? Bubblegum? On the palate, more light flavors. Some sort of bad wheat lager funk. Just subdued, slightly sour, tangy, nothingness. I guess there's some spice there if you really look for it. Mouth feels very force carbed, light. How do you mess up a Hef this bad in Deutschland?

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Photo of KajII
2.9/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

The pour was a murky medium yellow with an average size (1-2 finger) white creamy head that was mostly diminishing and had fair lacing.

The aroma was that of a typical Hefe Weizen, a straw like malt and a cobweb scented yeast with notes of citrus, clove and banana.

It tasted very mild with a bit of wheat and a hint of citrus in the beginning and finished quite yeasty with a note of spice at the end. The flavor was nice but short lived.

Mouthfeel was light in body and creamy in texture with a lively carbonation.

Overall a good Weiss Bier, but nothing really stands out from the typical Hefe Weizen.

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Photo of Filosoof
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this beer from the impressive 05-liter-glass, on a terrace, with German humpapa-music, it pleased me very much!

More sober analyzed: this beer is not a high quality beer with lots of depths, chords etc. But in drinkability and well-feeling it scores very high. That's why it deserves a 4,5 for Overall, while per element it isn't more than average.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a good, somewhat ho-hum hefeweizen. It's pretty in the glass. All the taste aspects are fairly safe. Nothing stands out.

It has a very mild wheat and yeast flavor. The tastes aren't off in the slightest, just too understated. The fruity aftertaste from the yeast isn't bad. I will avoid this in the future.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.
5.3% ABV, Best Before End 06-2011

A - Poured with the sediment swirled in the bottle, Erdinger's hefe is a weathered, cloudy golden yellow color. The fizzy, effervescent white head spritzes away to nothing and leaves no lace behind. Completely uncharacteristic of a good hefe, this one certainly doesn't look the part at all.

S - The nose is more reminiscent of a European pale lager than a German hefe; notes of metallic graininess and all-around crisp lager. It's nothing like the earthy, estery, yeast-infused banana and clove bombs of classic German tradition. A vigorous swirl barely releases hints of this.

T - Much like the aroma, I find the taste of Erdinger's Hefe falling flat. A pinch of soft wheat through the finish but little yeast esters to be found. More bland but not as much as the completely lacking aroma.

M - Heavy carbonation becomes quite bothersome by gulp four, filling me and near assaulting my throat. Otherwise it's a soft beer behind the harsh bubbles.

O - The bottle's claims of the worlds #1 hefeweizen couldn't be more off base. With the availability of so many other fantastic German hefeweizens, I'll never waste my time on this lack-luster American Pale Wheat Ale-like Hefe-wannabe. Don't get me wrong, it's certainly not offensive, Erdinger just omits everything that makes the style a classic from this brew.

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Photo of NV9
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a lot of head, and what was there dissipated very quickly. So quickly that I checked the bottle to make sure it was fresh, and indeed it's dated to May 2012.

Very light aroma, not a strong smell at all. Slight clove smell, and a little citrus but really reaching here.

Taste is very wheaty, malty, the taste of the wheat somewhat overpowers the other flavours. I tried this one shortly after the Schneider-Weisse, so I can't help but compare the two, and this one doesn't really compare.

Mouthfeel is average, not an easily drinkable beer comapred to others in this style. The carbonation is present here and noticeable. Dry on the finish, slightly bitter.

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Photo of pants678
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow and orange body with a frothy white head. Retention is good, laces glass bottom.

Nose has cloves and clementines, not pronounced though.

A delightfully crisp orange. Spices are minimal and hard to pick out because it's so bubbly. Not nearly as loud as other hefes I've had. Erdinger's refreshing if not a little boring.

Semi staining, but just enough to entice. Carbonation is strong, maybe too much so.

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Photo of aeolianshredhead
2.72/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Looks pretty damn good. Pours a full, golden colour with very noticeable yeast sediment. The head is magnificent and retains exceptionally well while leaving decent lacing.

S- I have to admit, I was expecting a fair bit more here. There is a very light aroma of yeast and slight hops. Quite disappointing as I was expecting much more.

T- Straight up I'll say the taste is way too minimal. I can only really detect yeast, grain and marginal malts. All of these are subdued. On the positive side, I'll say that it's not actually offensive but there is just not enough going on.

M- Maybe a little thin. Still, a nice creamy texture with some decent carbonation.

O- Quite an underwhelming experience, if truth be told. This simply doesn't hold up when compared to the greats of this style. Still, it wasn't terrible but it needs some serious re-invigorating when it comes to the palate.

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

From tasting notes on 8/14/11

Poured out of a 500 ml bottle into a weissbier flute

A) Cloudy golden color, with a full two inches of foamy white head. Not much retention on the head and zero lacing. It was nice to look at when freshly poured.

S) I expected more here. There just wasn't much on the nose. A bit of wheat, slight bread, not the sweetness or spice I anticipated, almost more like a lager.

T) Only a little more impressive than the smell. A little bit of citrus, a hint of clove, wheat and malt. It all comes together fairly well.

M) Medium body and fairly well carbonated. Pretty balanced and refreshing.

O) This is very drinkable, but when it comes to hefeweizens, it is middle of the road at best. I can't see myself purchasing this beer again, with so many superior hefeweizens available.

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Photo of anglagard1
2.3/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

After recently having some Dancing Man I realized I like this style. Wanted some more but couldn't handle the alcohol content, so I tried this instead.

Appearance: Light, even for the style.
Smell: Something foul in there, nothing fruity.
Taste: Tastes tinny as though it came from a can. Really nothing to identify it with the style other than the slight cloudiness.
Not a horrible beer, but why pay more for a beer that delivers so much less than others in the style. Bottles were new to my beer store too, with an expiration date of June 2012.

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Photo of gatornation
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

from an 11.2 oz bottle with a BB by 12/2011

A-pours a hazy golden color with a small white head that recedes to a fresh white collar.small amount of lacing. not a great looking hefe IMO

S- was just plain of malt and slight fruit and lemon bread

T- is just a malt and lemon bread and grass smell with slight hop and spice..very little fruit and banana tastes.almost zero clove

M- was a medium carbonation hefe with some faint hefe traits drinkable and crisp
and fresh
O- not my idea of a hefe was one sided on just a malt taste,average for the style but ok as a drinkable summer brew...not recommended...wont be buying again

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Photo of olimpia84
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good hefeweizen beer. Pours a cloudy golden color and surprisingly it doesn't have as much aroma as other hefe beers. Head retention is minimal. The taste is good and you can tell there is a good balance in its components.

Because of its balance this is a good starter/introductory beer for those trying to get into the Hefeweizen style of beers.

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

500ml bottle poured into a 22.3oz weizen glass.

A - I thought I poured this rather normally, but this head is bigger than my fist... Super fluffy, bone white in color. The beer is a really hazy gradient of thick dark orange to a lighter straw yellow. Spotty lacing.

S - Wheat and cloves upfront. I know this is my fourth review today, but I smell ketchup here. Some nice spices here, alongside the expected clove, banana, and citrus. Coriander and orange give it a refreshing characteristic. Complex and enjoyable.

T - Starts off with a punch of citrus and clove, but finishes with a grainy macro lager feel at first. Distinct taste cotton candy in the aftertaste. I feel like I'm trying to taste something that isn't here. The light fruits and general refreshing flavor profile here are nice and all, but this sort of feels like a boring old lager, and the simple grainy taste here doesn't help at all. Maybe some grapes and bubblegum. As others mentioned, not much yeast here at all.

M - Really smooth feel in the carbonation, and has a nice texture to it. The body feels about medium, it's got some chew, but still remains light and refreshing.

D - Decent flavor, with limited complexities, but enjoyable nonetheless. I'm rather new to hefeweizens, but this one still seemed a little off to me.

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

500ml bottle

A- Light golden in colour with very little haziness, would almost look like a Lager if not the head, which sure looks like the head of a weizen: huge, perfectly white, shows decent retention and leaves loads of lacing on the glass

S- Malts are on the low side and wheat is barely detectable. Citric notes (mainly lemon) are dominant, with maybe a hint of spiciness

T- As the smell suggested the beer is mainly focused on freshness and on the citric side, with strong notes of lemon and some grassy hops hints. The taste, though, feels more malty than the aroma, with the typical bready feel of a weizen. Some clove spiciness is on the back of things and brings a little more life. No banana at all as far as i can tell

M- Medium in body but very dense in texture for the style, with a very nice sharp and crisp feel that is the result of both it's citric character and of it's dense carbonation

O- Highly refreshing and thirst-quenching. Mouthfeel is very nice, but it lacks complexity in both smell and taste

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a foggy straw yellow colour, topped with more than 2 fingers of ample, puffy white head that soon settles down to a more manageable level. A respectable cap and lots of lacing remain. The smell is not very interesting; wheat, some lemon citrus and grass. Not much spice or yeast.

Taste is dominated by wheat and lemon citrus, some banana but without much else. Hints of clove, but they're barely there. Much less yeasty than most hefe's I've had, which gives it a thinner but much cleaner mouthfeel than those same brews. The medium carbonation level is spritzy on the tongue; pretty smooth going down.

Tasty enough to be enjoyable, but not one of the better hefes I've had recently. A little thin on flavour, but drinkable and plenty refreshing on a hot day. Several of my friends are fans of this stuff so I'm sure I'll be drinking more of it - which is fine by me.

[Updated Feb. 18 2014]

I picked up another bottle of this, so that I could compare it side-by-side with a few of my favourite German hefes (Schneider-Weisse, Paulaner and Weihenstephaner). This is one of those rare re-reviews where I have no real urge to fiddle with the numbers much, as my original assessment is still pretty accurate. This is not a bad beer - in fact, it's probably the most sessionable brew of the four I just listed - but this has a lot to do with its fizzy nature and the lack of much yeast presence. When it comes right down to it, Erdinger Weissbier just doesn't have the big flavours and smooth mouthfeel of my favourite, similarly-priced hefeweizens, and for that reason I will always consider it a second-tier wheat beer.

Final Grade: 3.14, a C+.

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Photo of Trizzle
2.49/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Straw cloudy body with a light head that leaves a little lace while it stays.

Vegitable like chemicals on the nose. A hollow subtle bubble gum like aroma in there too. Yucky poo.

An in offensive malt and wheat body pretends to be a wheat beer for a nano second quickly becoming the cold filtered version of the real deal. Astringent, chemical, vegetable.. The only redeeming factor is that what taste there is, there is little of it.

Average feel for the style.

This is the reason so many newcomers to wheat don't git down wid dat shiiiit.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A lovely beer! A dull golden brew that has a glowing haze and a giant fluffy white head. I'm not a giant hefe fan but I can appreciate their beauty.

The nose is gritty and grainy but has nice grassy lemon fragrance. It's good but not great. The malts don't smell as inviting as you would like and as a whole the beer seems processed.

Taste is a smooth mix of lemon and grains. Sweet but a little tart and earthy. A healthy dose of bready yeast backs up the initial flavors and never takes over, it just compliments the backbone of flavors.

The mouthfeel is rock steady with a light carbonation sizzle paired with a subtle dry finish. It feels as good as it looks but the flavor is a little short at the end of the day. Tasty and great feeling this is a good example of the style and worth checking out but there are better ones out there.

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