Erdinger Weissbier | Erdinger Weissbräu

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Erdinger Weissbräu

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stirgy on 01-03-2002

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Photo of pants678
2.83/5  rDev -20.1%
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 -23.2%
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 -14.4%
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 -35%
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 -13%
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 -1.4%
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 +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 -3.1%
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 -11.3%
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 -29.7%
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 +2%
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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Photo of Matt1516
3.11/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into proprietary weizen glass. High carbonation with huge white foamy head. Golden straw appearance. Strong lemon and grassy smell.

Sweet taste with strong citrus notes, wheat flavours and very lightly malted. Very mild with some clove essences and banana.
Not complicated or terribly interesting--just slightly above average.

Pair with fish & chips.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy golden with a big head to start, that fades to a white cap. The aroma is heavy on lemony citrus, and quite light on the usual banana and clove notes of the style. Pleasant enough, but I like some banana here. The taste does exhibit a touch of banana and clove, while the lemon disappears and a sugary note creeps in. The taste seems quite shallow, with not much length to the finish nor body. It really falls off quite a bit after the first taste. Could be a bit more integrated and have more depth.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this a couple times before, but my first official review for this beer.

A - Pours a pale straw colour, finger of big bubbled white head, some retention and no lacing.

S - Very mild, lots of metallic corn, breaded malts, some wheat and grassy hops.

T - Flavour is also mild, and a bit disappointing for a hefe. Reminds me of a Coors Light with only a hint of cloves and sweetness. The aftertaste is very bready and grassy, and all around a bit of a disappointment.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness. Nothing wrong in this department, very easy drinking.

O - Certainly not what I was expecting, and a bit of a let down. The mild flavours did nothing for me, and the lack of cloves and sweetness was a disappointment. Certainly not terrible, but I've definitely had more flavourful hefe's.

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Photo of HaysAmerica
2.7/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into the glass that came w/ the purchase. Best before end date of 03-2012. Has a very fluffy, off white head. Smell is more of light yeast & sopme subtle malt. Quite soft & overly quite if ya know what I mean. The taste is very straight foward. Actually, quite underwhelming. No spicy clove in this. No bubble gum in this. No clove at all. Really under performing overall. This was on the shelf for an undisclosed period of time at room temp so that could have affected this greatly. However, that said, it is really lacking. It could use a bit more of everything. At least I got the glass! Prosit!

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Photo of witster18
3.21/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

smell is lemon, mint, and wet sock(yeah i said it)

hazy orange hue... looks good... no lacing but the beautiful color gives it good points for appearance... good looking beer... kinda has that duel layered bubbles on top... big bubbles...

taste is sharp with lemon and unripened kiwi fruit....

not bad... definitely not as good as Schneider-Weisse or Hacker-Pschorr.... even a step below Paulaner...

a decent hefe,... very drinkable... high carb... sharp taste... not enough spice or banana in the flavor for me... this is a slightly above average hefe...

dunno about the "world's #1 Hefe"... but would drink again... smells bad, but taste is refreshing....

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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy light orange color in my pint glass. Reasonable amount of head. Not any lacing though.

Interesting. Lots of wheat malt on the nose. Wonder what happened to the yeast aromas?

More wheat malt on the palate. Malty but lacking that proper hefeweizen yeast note.

Mouthfeel is good. This one is properly carbonated, as a hefeweizen should be.

Overall the beer is decent, but the startling lack of yeast on the palate and in the aroma drags this one down a little. I still put it above Paulaner in my bavarian hefeweizen hierarchy (bottled and available in the states):
1) Weihenstephaner 2) Hacker-Pschorr 3) Franziskaner 4) Erdinger 5) Paulaner

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Photo of bklyn1rr
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a big fan of Hefeweizen, but this one was smooth, not over powering taste and no after taste. I purchased the Erdinger Hefe-Weizen Dark, so the color was similar to a red Ale. Great Beer for watching baseball on the TV or just eating Brats! Definitely adding to the list for hanging with the bro's.

On to the next one!

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Photo of trf32
2.42/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Golden straw yellow. Bright white head that leaves a delicate fluff behind. A fair amount of lacing.

S- Pretty much undetectable. I really can't say much else.

T- Crisp wheat, a bit of sweetness and tangy-ness, then an aftertaste that flirts with reminding me of a macro but recovers a bit by dissipating quickly. As I drink more, I try to search out those first sweet and tangy notes more but it just seems to flatline. Perhaps a bit of saltine crackers without the salt.

M- Fluffy, smooth, with a wetness at first that leaves with a dry sensation. It begs to be constantly flowing from glass to mouth.

O- I'm very underwhelmed, but you might not notice it if you could see how quickly I'm drinking this. It looks fine and goes down well, but the taste (and smell) are just totally bland. Nothing too off-putting, just nothing of interest at all.

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Photo of draheim
3.08/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500mL bottle poured into my weizen glass. Best before 2/2012.

Huge white foamy head fills the glass, gradually giving way to a cloudy pale yellow beer. Tiny bubbles, decent carbonation typical of most German beers.

Mild nose of fruit, banana, very faint yeast.

Taste is light, crisp, a little watery. Hints of lemon, soap... a slight metallic tinge also?

Overall the flavors seemed muted, subdued. I don't see any reason to come back to this one when better representations of the style are available at very reasonable prices.

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Photo of weizenbob
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From the bottle: "Mit feiner hefe in der flasche gereift", which roughly translates to "This is not going to meet your expectations". 500 mL bottle purchased at Pere Marquette Expeditions in Ludington, MI. Best before the end of May 2011. Poured into a weizen glass.

The pour is mildly hazy with about a finger of white head. Head retention is moderate. Carbonation is visibly active through the glass. The brew is pale golden and somewhat less hazy than expected.

The aroma is more reminiscent of a lager-style beer than a hefeweizen. Grassy malt snaps crisply. Mild spicy hops tickle the nose. In a blind test I might identify this as Heineken. There are no real indicators on the nose that this is a wheat beer, yet alone a hefe.

On the other hand, the flavor is more in line with the style. Grassy malt still comes on awfully strong, but at least there is a noticeable wheat presence. Yeast flavors underperform as there are no banana-like flavors and only a trace of clove and bubble gum esters. The aftertaste reminds me of garlic bread. It's not a bad beer, but it's not a good hefeweizen.

In the mouth, this beer is light bodied, but highly carbonated. It's straddling the line of being over-carbonated without actually crossing said line. The finish lingers a bit long for my liking. I could take it or leave it.

Overall, I don't have a lot of positive things to say about this beer. 5.3% alcohol is well hidden, but then again, so are all of the other things that you like about a good German hefe. It is expensive, even compared to other (better) imported German beers. In fact, this is my least favorite German made hefeweizen. Again, not a bad beer per se, but certainly nothing I'll look for in the future.


The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
Ich bin nicht ein Schlitz über Erdinger Hefe-Weizen

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Photo of dbaker61
2.98/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle. Brew date Dec. 1, 2010 with a one year shelf life. This bottle says 5.3% ABV, 12.4 degrees Plato.

Appearance: Light golden color, plenty hazy. Four fingers of creamy head, decent retention. Left just little bits of lacing here and there.

Smell: Mostly sweet. Where is the banana esters? Not to be found.

Taste: Very mild flavor. Just a touch of yeast and a little malt sweetness. No banana, no cloves, no citrus. This is not very exciting.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, with a lot of carbonation. Too sweet in the finish.

Overall: Not a good example of the style, in my opinion. It is quite drinkable, but if I want a classic weissbier, I'll go to another brand.

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Photo of kjyost
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 mL bottle purchased from the MLCC dated, bated BB 12/2011. A Hefe good for 2 years? Really?

A: Cloudy orange-yellow, white head that last a long time and nice lacing.
S: Banana comes across fairly strongly, with a touch of clove. Smells better than I expected, as I have had old batches of this in the past.
T/M: A thick body that is viscous with more clove in it than on the nose. Very weak fruity banana play son the tongue too.
O: I like my Hefes very strong on the banana. This one held promise on the nose, but didn't deliver in the body...

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Photo of srandycarter
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Only slightly hazy straw, thin white head leaves fast. Not any lace at all.

S - Light, wheat, hint of lemon faint.

T - Clean, malt light but centered, nice enough.

M - Good carb, fair balance.

D - Easy to drink. Mostly boring, but would have advantage on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This hefeweizen pours out as a cloudy golden yellow with a white fluffy head. The smell of the beer is a little bit of clove and grains. The taste has some banana in there and a light spice also. The mouthfeel was kind of on the light side and was a little watery. It's an average Hefe welt most, not too much else going on here.

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