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 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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Photo of sweemzander
3.84/5  rDev +8.5%
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 InsolublePancake
2.66/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Light gold, more like a straw with orange highlights, with a head so large and slow to go down that it borders on annoying. Seriously, I'd like to drink this thing before it grows tepid.

S- Lemon and green apple with a good doughy, yeasty backing. No classic banana or clove aromas, though.

T- Light doughy malt with some earthy and vegetal aromas. Rather watery and bland, with a chalky and slightly bitter finish.

M- On the light side of medium and oddly smooth; quite lacking in carbonation.

This one gets a big ol' "meh" from me. There's nothing bad about it per se save for its blandness. I mean, I feel like I can drink it and perhaps drink a lot of it, but I could say the same thing about water, and water is a pretty crappy beer. That being said, I wouldn't turn it down and it could be a somewhat decent quencher on a hot day, but that's the best I can say about it. You can do better.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 mL bottle at 42 degrees into a Franziskaner Weizen.

A: It pours a slightly hazy golden color with a finger of egg shell-colored head that doesn't hold or lace well.

S: Grass, citrus, and light clove spicing.

T: Light citrus, hay, and dry cracker malts late. What a disappointment.

M: This has a light body with spritzy carbonation and a refreshing finish.

O: This isn't very flavorful but it goes down easily and can be enjoyed in quantity.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Erdinger pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland.

A: Five finger head of good retention. Fair cream and good thickness. An appealing hazy yellow colour.

Sm: Cream, wheat, and hops. Very appealing and fresh. A medium strength scent.

T: Wheat body with cream open. Lots of hops in the body, with a clean crisp finish. Delightful and refreshing. Not a particularly complex Hefeweizen, but this is the beer I compare all other beers in the style to as a sort of benchmark. The yeast doesn't come through in the taste, and the malt is extremely tame and well handled. Some citrusy-orange esters are present, but not overdone. I get some vanilla notes on the finish - very atypical albeit welcome. Very well built and balanced, while staying bold and relatively complex.

Mf: Very smooth and wet, with some nice coarseness on the climax to invite the next sip. Suits the flavour.

Dr: It isn't too expensive even by Irish standards, and it's quite a refreshing and lovely beer. Definitely try this one.

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Photo of ramseye4
2.05/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A=Pours a thin looking yellow orange with a rapidly fading one finger head. Not great looking.
S=Hmm...bready malt, not too much of usual hefeweizen fare going on here, some faint citrus notes as well.
T=I don't know what in the hell this is supposed to be, but it certainly isn't similar to any hefeweizen I have ever had. Bready malt and citrus is about all I get out of this.
M=Medium bodied and highly carbonated
O=Damn this was a disappointment. Even the color is Stay far, far away from this beer.

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Photo of EgadBananas
2.81/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Looks great. Hazy, sunny orange, bright white pillowy head of a few fingers, lace is great, retention is good.

Aroma has a bit of citrus, but mostly bready, malty sweet.

Taste was slightly sweet citrus, sweet bready malts, and a slight bit of hoppyness. Definitely on the blander side for a weizen.

The feel was ok, slick, crisp and light.

Overall, I'm somewhat disappointed in this. Looks great, but it's a bland, uninteresting offering. No banana, clove, spice, yeastiness. Meh.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.78/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours up to a four-finger head, which hangs around for a while, some lacing also.

Aromas? hmmm - not much, time to double check the bottle - is it a Hefe?

Taste - ok i am in serious need to double check the label here, as the typical Hefe characteristics are simply not here, I am getting lot of malt sweetness, which, OOOOPS, reminds me mostly of B*dw****r.

Oh dear.

Had it in a BYO joint, so too late to check the best-before, but one to stay wide of, sadly.

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Photo of RashyGrillCook
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a fine beer brewed following the old tradition of Reinheitsgebot set about in the early 1500's. Pours a deep golden color that forms a thick head with a pleasantly soapy consistency. The head hangs around for a bit but then retreats as fast as it showed up(leaving a sticky lacing). The clarity of the pour depends upon the settlement of the yeast as this brew is bottle fermented. A quick look at the bottom of the bottle will confirm this. Do NOT let this deter you from drinking it, the yeast has a desirable flavor. There is almost no aroma to speak of and flavors do seem a little "washed out", however, this does have a fantastic feel to it. A perfect description is "Champagne Beer". Actually, I would prefer this over champagne. This beer does have carbonation but is much softer in feel. Worth a try, but not my first choice.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

While wheat beer is not one of my favorites, this one was worth drinking. Two finger head, little lace with some cling. Color is amazing orange-yellow, and cloudy. Must not be filtered at all, I see yeast. Smell, well, wheat, some rye. Flavor is a little sweet, tastes of cream of wheat, a little honey, somewhat fruity, a little peach-pear. Mouthfeel is sort of bland, but it seems to lead to more flavor, but a bit of stickiness is left in the back of my throat. Although I don't really like wheat beer, this was not all that bad. I may ask for one if I see it again.

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Photo of atomicbeer
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy opaque yellow-gold with a huge 5 inch head and rising carbonation. Head settles into a one finger cap. The aroma is clove and banana-apricot and earthy honeyed hops. The banana comes out more as the beer warms. The taste is wheat, clove, mild banana, lemon zest, and honeyed earth. Zesty yet smooth. A decent hefe but not the best I've had.

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