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 GarthDanielson
3.04/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle, once again for our "German Night" dinner. The beer pours smoothly, with a thick, foamy white head. The beer is a dark golden color. Aromas of wheat and citrus; not much for spice nose. Light citrus taste, again with little spice. The beer is round and full in mouth, with a smooth, sweet finish. Little to no aftertaste. The beer is an easy one to drink, but there are better Hefs out there.

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

Beer poured a cloudy pale yellow. Aroma of lemon, clove, spices and bread. Taste was spicy with cloves. Slightly sour with a clean peppery finish, dry. Mouthfeel was slightly astringent. Light in body. I longed for a little more sweetness from this beer. It was good but not outstanding.

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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 Thorpe429
2.56/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Rustico - Alexandria. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a single-finger white head and a bit of lacing. The nose is really quite plain. There's a bit of light grain plus a bit of pear and apple. There's really nothing going on in terms of the yeast, which is quite disappointing. I'm not getting any clove, banana, or bubblegum. Just really plain in general.

The flavor is about the same--there's a very slight amount of sweetness and not all that much going on. The feel is pretty light with moderate carbonation. In general, this is just not a good German weissbier. The main characteristic of this brew--the defining characteristic of the style--is the yeast and this beer simply just does not have that. It doesn't hit any of the right points for the style. At the same time it's light and somewhat refreshing, so it's not terribly difficult to drink.

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Photo of csiewert
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I lived in Germany this was all I drank. While what we can get in the states doesn't even compare to what is available on draft over there, it is still a good traditional hefeweizen. Pours nice and golden with some cloudiness if you stop and swirl the leftovers before pouring it into a glass. Very clean finish, although the mouthfeel is a little harsh at times. Carries the traditional banana/clove taste/smell, but is not overpowering. Good refreshing beer.

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Photo of beikes
4.38/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fortunately, Erdinger Weissbier is readily available in my country, for it is simply one of the best wheat beers out there. It is at once fresh and fruity, with hints of lime and melon, but with a slight sweetness that is reminiscent of Danish honey. The ever so airy, white head is persistent, beautiful and attractive as a young maid in the virgin spring meadows.. Yes indeed Erdinger Weiss Bier is the perfect summer drink.

It should be consumed well chilled, in a real wheat beer glass (tall and slim with wide opening). I've been through my share of weissbeer in its homeland, and though this beer is often served with something as blasphemous as a slice of orange, it's still one of the best in its class and type. The only negative thing I notice is the aftertaste, which seems way more fermented than when drinking it from tap. But that shouldn't be an excuse not to buy bottles by the coli of this, Erdinger's best.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Although it's probably a good example of its beer style I thought this was a sheep in wolf's clothing. Looked awesome. Poured a massive head which took time dissipating to 1/8". Dark raw umber color and a linen head with a tight grip. And then I tasted it. Honestly it's just a smidge more than a standard pilsner. I never expected such a dark beer to taste so light. Anyway, looks good, tastes pretty boring.

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Photo of Frosty288
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was trying to fill a 6 pack but could only get my hands on a few Ayingers and a few Weihenstephaners, this was one to fill the void.

Appearance: Look like a good standard hefe, a little clearer then I am used to, made a great head like a wheat should. Very straw yellow in color

Smell: Didn't really pick up the clove smell, or any ester/banana smell like I usually would, seemed to smell quite dry.

Taste: Followed the smell, a lot more fruity (berries or something) then I expected, and I couldn't follow any banana or clove. Seemed a lot more like a witbier then a hefeweizen. I wouldn't say it was bad, just didn't seem too much like the style.

Mouthfeel: Rather full, a little light bodied comparatively due to the fruitiness I think

Drinkability: Pretty easy, goes down smooth, semi-dry finish

It would be a regular if it fit into the style I was looking for, but I don't really think this gives me my hefeweizen fix or my witbier fix, I'll leave St. Bernardus and Ayinger for those

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

Aroma is fairly firm, wheaty and yeasty with a faint sweet citrus undertone. It pours a slightly hazy golden hellow with a thick, rather persistent cream off-white head. You have to pour this one properly! Yeasty, fruity and malty flavor is quite pleasing and enjoyable. Smooth, rather tingly texture leaves a lasting fizz.

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is getting much better as its warming up but when it was still cold it had little flavoring.

Its a pale yellow color and has that nice wheat beer head. The head stays somewhat through out the whole glass but leaves behind no lacing.

Usually in a good Hefe I enjoy the slight citrus notes but in the this one I cant detect any and only really pick up on a bready malt as I swollow.

Its not a terrible beer but theres much better out there so I wouldnt waste your time.

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

drank this one in Maastricht while visiting, wasn't really that impressed. When very very cool, refreshing, but didn't really taste a lot to be honest, few citrus... drink this really cool and fast. Would not drink this again, there is better stuff out there in the same category

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

One of my favorites. Poured from bottle into Duvel tulip. Nice two finger fluffy white head that leaves just a little lacing. Strong banana and wheat aroma, just a little of the clove.

I like the taste of this brew, goes down easy with just the right amount of the citrus and spices normally expected of a weissbier. That's part of the appeal to me. It's not overpowering.

Very little alcohol taste. Just a solid offering that goes down easy.

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Photo of metter98
3.66/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured cloudy yellow in color into a weizen glass with a two finger high white head that has good retention properties. There is a high amount of visible carbonation.
S: The nose has some moderate aromas of bananas and wheat.
T: Compared to the smell, the taste is slightly more complex and has flavors of bubble gum, wheat and yeast along with notes of bananas and cloves.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and refreshing, although it can't be really considered as thirst quenching.

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Photo of A380
3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very nice clear yellow and goes nice and cloudy when the last bit of yeast is added. Very nice white fluffy head. Good carbonation and the foam on the beer will stay if you swirl it a bit during your experience. Tastes very light for a hefeweizen, most others have lots of fruit and yeast flavour yet i find this is just light yeast and very very light fruit. and tastes very light in comparison to others in general. drinkability is great and the aftertaste is pretty ok nothing too shabby. i drank this straight out of the bottle once swirling it with each sip to activate the yeast a bit and found it better that the standard pouring out into a weizen glass. now i know this kinda breaks the routing and ritual of drinking hefeweizen but out of the bottle i find it has a lot more carbonation and it prickles in your mouth. its actually quite interesting! give it a shot if you like to try new things.

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Photo of adam42381
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best before end: 07-2011 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a 3 finger fizzy white head.

Smell: Lemon, clove and yeast. Not as sweet as I expect from a hefeweizen.

Taste: Bitter citrus up front followed by a dry malt flavor in the middle and ending with mild spices and wheat. Finish is fairly dry and somewhat bitter. The typical banana and clove flavors are missing and this degrades the overall flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability. There is a bit too much carbonation and the flavor doesn't do too much for me.

Overall: Average beer. Nothing to write home about and definitely loses style points for missing the key banana and clove notes in the flavor. I wouldn't recommend this beer but it isn't the worst option out there.

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Photo of case4816
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very golden yellow in colour with a bit of brown. Fairly cloudy; foamy head that lingered for a significant amount of time.

S- Heavy malt smell with hints of vanilla, toffee, and some dried fruits (banana chips, apples).

T- Very sweet in taste, The toffee flavour comes through fairly well along with the heavy malts. The caramel doesn't come through very much but the dried fruit flavour comes through fairly well at the finish.

D- First time ever hearing of this beer and it's not very bad at all. Not the best but will drink again.

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Photo of Rasolante1
3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw like color with a slight cloudiness from the yeast. 1/2 inch head that dissipated rather quickly.

S: Low clove and banana esters. Sweet malty aroma balanced with the ester profile. Hint of citrus in the background. Nothing over the top.

T: Very balanced malt flavor with low hop bitterness and a spicy character. Alcohol was evident in the after taste. The beer was relatively lifeless compared to other Hefewizens. The banana and clove notes were barely detectable.

M: Good mouthfeel but the carbonation was completely gone after 1/2 of a pint.

D: This was an easy drinking beer. I could easily drink a few pints in a sitting or as a compliment to a light meal.

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

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into a standard weizen.

A: Hazy, deep golden hue. Heavy carbonation, pours a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Settles very slowly, but never fully deteriorates. Some sparse lacing remains.

S: Wheat, a little lemon citrus, and a little less orange citrus. Does have a nice grainy base. A bit floral.

T: Light wheat flavor, not much else.

M: Very light body. Good flavor, but seems a little watered-down.

D: Great drinkability. Light and tasty.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice color and head; nose is pretty simple, but characteristic of the style. Flavor is very basic, but clean and pure. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.55/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the 500ml bottle into a weizen glass. Body is a bright golden without much cloudiness at all, topped by a huge white head that hangs around for a couple of minutes before settling down. Aroma of light wheat and a touch of citrus, with a little hint of clove.
Palate is crisp and clean, a nice balance between the wheat and pale malt and the light, citrusy hop profile. Some faint fruity esters, but not as much as I like in a German hefeweizen. Body is a bit light and not as cloudy or chewy as I like, either, but still holds the flavor well. Nicely drinkable, a very refreshing beer, but still a little lackluster vs. most of the other major German imports.

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

Had on tap at BBC in Walpole.

Alight head fades quickly over semi clear pale orange wheat color.

The nose has light wheat, light citrus, orange peel, light banana, little creamy, little sweetness.

Taste is light with some wheat, little sweet, light fruits, little citrus and banana, slightly creamy and juicy, lots of wheat. Some crisp sweet lager flavors.

Mouth id medium to lighter with decent carbonation.

It finishes semi dry with a little sticky wheat sweet feel and more fruits, lots of lingering wheat and lager fruits.

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Photo of choyhosoi
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

A-Cloudy yellow look with a white thin head. Typical look for a hefe.

S-Not too much here just a faint scent of hops and cloves.

T/M/D-This has a smooth mouthfeel with a good drinkable taste. There is hardly any carbonation and you cant taste the alcohol. Very good hefe I would recommend another.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
2.94/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2oz bottle (11/2010 freshness date) into Weizen glass

Bottle boasts that this is "the world's #1 Hefe-Weizen"... we shall see.

Pours with the classic booming foam-like head so often seen in German hefeweizens. Body doesn't quite have the opaque golden quality, but it is murky from the yeast. Decent carbonation. Head fades to film pretty quickly, with touch of lacing.

Worked hard to pull out the aromas on this one. Fresh bread, lemon zest, and a hint of clove.

Everything about the flavor was tame, too. Citrus is more present than the typical banana, some German hop bitterness, and evaporated milk-like sweetness. This almost seems more like an American Pale Wheat Ale than German Hefeweizen.

Little bit thin/watery for a good hefeweizen. Lacked some of the creaminess you'd expect to see. Decent level of carbonation.

Overall, nothing offensive, but also not one of the better representations of the style.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.35/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Been on a hefeweizen binge lately so i decided to pick this single up since i have never had a beer from erdinger and the germans wrote the book on hefeweizen's. Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 5 ounce sampler mug. Best before December 2011

A- Pours a light hazy yellow, with 2 fingers worth of thick white foam that recedes to a ring with very little lacing.

S- Pretty tame compared to most hefe's, smells like a hefewiezen light, picked up a lot of skunkyness, hope this is just in the smell and doesn't carry on through the taste.

T- Damn it, this is beer is skunked, picking light hefeweizen tastes that are dominated by skunk, this beer must have got infected somehow or was stored in sun light.

M- Typical medium body for a hefe, carbonation is spot on.

D- This beer is fairly drinkable as most hefe's are, but since this bottle is skunked all i want to do is get through this bottle and be done with it.

Overall i was expecting this beer to be a spot on example of a good german hefe, and this might as well been, but no the bottle i got, the skunkyness was a big turn off. I look forward to trying a fresher non skunked one, but till then first impressions are gonna make me leery of paying for another bottle of this.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my erdinger weisse glass.

Pours a hazy orange honey color with moderate clarity for a hefeweizen. Has a huge 3finger head that recedes quickly leaving moderate lacing. The aroma is faint. Small wheat prescence. Not much of a yeasty aroma. The flavor is flat, boring and not like German hefeweizens I have had. Really more like a blend of a hefeweizen and a helles lager. Mouthfeel is flat, little carbonation or acidic spike to wake the palate up like other hefeweizens do. Not my cup of tea. Easy to drink, not a good example of a hefeweizen but easy to drink.

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


Appearance - cloudy golden colour with fluffy white head

smell - wheat, yeast, citrus

Taste - wheat, slight citrus, kind of muted compared to other entrants to the style

mouthfeel - highly carbonated, light, somewhat refreshing, slight sourness on the end

drinkability - could drink 2 or 3 of these, but then again I've had better hefeweizens than this

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