Erdinger Weissbier | Erdinger Weissbräu

Erdinger WeissbierErdinger Weissbier
1,966 Ratings
Erdinger WeissbierErdinger Weissbier

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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 ZenAgnostic
3.97/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Foggy neon yellow body and white one-finger head that has medium retention and not much lacing.

Smell - Mild. Bananas and nut.

Taste - Sweet banana front end. Slightly bitter finish. Leaves a light banana aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation, gives the beer a moderately creamy texture. Fizzles on the tongue.

Drinkability - Great session beer. Not very balanced; could use a little bitterness and spice, but goes down smooth and has no harshness.

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Photo of dasenebler
2.92/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

.5L, best before Sept 2011.

Cloudy, pale straw. Nice, fluffy head, and good retention.

Aroma is too bready and raw-dough-yeasty, lacking the typical fruity esters of a good Hefeweizen. As the beer warms it becomes perversely phenolic, in a stinky, wet band-aid kind of way. Not good.

Flavor is very simple and smooth, but lacking the fruity, banana-like flavors of other hefes. Very focused on wheaty sweetness and bread. Decent amount of spice. Not bad, just uninspiring. Mouthfeel is very good and fills the mouth nicely with fluffy bubbles, while remaining easy to drink.

A very average Hefeweizen with a dirty, dirty aroma, but drinkable due to the decent flavor.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.56/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden in colour with a large, foamy white head that lasts throughout leaving some lacing.

Light smelling with hints of fruit, possibly banana some wheat & citrus traces.

Very sweet to begin with some nice citrus & fruity notes upfront. There is also a spicy clove flavour mixed with a banana & wheat taste.

Light to medium bodied & quite smooth but not overly making it easy to drink. Lots of carbonation too which tingles the tongue.

A very nice beer to start off proceedings with, light enough & easy to drink. Plenty of flavour & a good blend with decent carbonation.


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Photo of peensteen
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange straw colour, large fluffy white head that settles to 1/4" and sticks to the wall of the glass. I have to say it looks really good in the glass. Smells of yeast, fresh bread, a bit of banana and a slight candy like sweetness. Taste is crisp, bready, slight hops, faint malt and a touch of sweetness. Thin and slightly watery mouthfeel, but pretty smooth. Drinks decent, quite refreshing, not a great Weissbier its a little too safe but it is drinkable I suppose.

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Photo of Taera
3.71/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Same as bottle version but better mouthfeel. More smoother and crispier. A great everyday beer but again, what you can feel from this beer is just wheat

Note: If you try this beer you will know that it doesn't give alot to talk about. Just a good standard beer with nothing special.

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Photo of ticklechicken
3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This wheat beer poured with a pretty standard white head that left no lacing over its cloudy dark yellow body. Smell is rather mild and hints of banana bread, whereas the taste is stronger and of cider, toffee, citrus, with a doughy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is pleasantly soft and foamy, which goes down nicely. I rather liked this wheat beer for its taste and mouthfeel and would definitely drink again.

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Photo of Avagadro
2.28/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

1-29-11 (Re-Review):

A: Best by date of 4-11. Pours a hazy gold with a grainy head that quickly dissipates. Lacing is admirable, with tiny bubbles racing from foot to head.

S: Bread and a touch of hops. Little in the way of banana of clove in this one.

T: Fairly clean, with an overall bread-like character. Is this really a hefe?

M: Light, slightly chalky, and well carbonated.

D: This is hardly a hefe. I would like to see a lot more from the yeast on this one.

My previous review from '06 (Before I knew anything about beer):

Says best before 04-06, today is may 7 06. Pours with a nice two fingers of white fluffy foam. very cloudy in appearence with alot of lacing.You can definitely smell the yeast in this one. To me it smells like a yeasty lager. Mellow in flavor with a strong yeast overtone. Chalky mouthfeel, due to the vast amount of yeast suspended in the beer. I don't know if I will really buy this particular hefe again, but it is enjoyable on a sunny day.

A: 3.5
S: 3
T: 3
M: 3
D: 3

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Photo of CwrwAmByth
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first thing that hits me about this beer is the appearance, the cloudy, almost opaque quality is what immediately attracted me to it in the first place.

Then we get to the smell, very "summer-y", the smell of the fields. Makes me wish I was drinking this on a hot summer day.

The taste is probably where this beer falls down the most. It is rather plain, yet still in a nice way, unlike the boring taste of your average lager.

The mouthfeel is excellent, and makes me want to drink more of the stuff as it cascades elegantly down my neck.

Overall this is a very drinkable beer, but it does not have anything particularly remarkable which is in some ways a good thing, as there is less room for error on the brewers part.

I would definitely buy this again.

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Photo of avalon07
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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 SebD
3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: : It has a nice golden/orange and cloudy colour to it. It has a nice thick white head that dies down quite fast and there is minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of wheat, citrucy notes and a bit of toffee.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a a wheat and citrucy taste but it is very mild.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with very little malt and hop flavours and has a smooth and dry finish.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with bland flavours and aromas. It's a good summer beer.

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Photo of paxkey
4.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

freshness date. expires aug 2011.

pours cloudy. lots of carbonation. small head sticks around. color reminds me of a yellow peach.

looks okay for a wheat beer.

smells nice. great blend of hops and malt on nose. smells fresh and lively.

a little sharp on the carbonation. getting some grassiness. not sure if this is intended tastes kind of out of place. but it is unusual and interesting at the same time. citrus then biscuit malt then more citrus.

I'm finding this a very complex and interesting taste experience. not a big fan of the carbonation but it seems part and parcel with the whole experience.

finding the drinkability a bit low as it seems to sit kind of heavy in the belly. and there is hardly much aftertaste...the beer doesnt demand more sipping. definitely a summer beer when your thirst draws you back naturally to the glass.

drinking it the wrong time of year so with that in mind, i'm gonna go purely on the taste factor and this one is hitting a home run for me.

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Photo of wstein70
4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: a golden orange-ish color. A small Lacey head that quickly dissipated, leaving a thin foam
S: a typical wheat smell, I don't have a good description for it, sorry
T: a nice creamy taste, not much on the hops. A good citrusly type of taste. Very pleasant to drink
M: a very clean beer, it would be a great beer to start the night with or even a good summer beer, light, clean and crisp
D: I am kinda biased towards wheat beers, but I would definitely put this in my go-to rotation

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Photo of jmkoscie
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle which came from a gift pack, after first being chilled in the refrigerator, into the weizen glass which came in the pack.

A: Slow pour results in a near one inch of fine off-white head which dissipated quickly. Body of beer is a dark amber and hazy as though covered by a sheet of tissue paper. Visible carbonation is faintly present through the thick fog.

S: Strong scents of a bread-like yeast with a tone of lemony citrus.

T: Sweet citrus flavors with wheat flavor base, finishing rather dry.

M: A light, highly carbonated feeling in the mouth, resulting in a mild tingle on the surface of the tongue. Beer goes down smooth.

D: This beer is easily consumed and I will recommend it to friends who are new the the world of wheat beers due to its mild flavoring and smooth finish.

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Photo of bierschmecktgut
3.07/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy Straw color with 'ok' starting head, dropped after a few minutes.

No outstanding smells in this hefe.

Ok taste, no flavors really pop out.

Good mouthfeel, bit of a sting from carbonation, thin and smooth

easy drink, definitely remains in the beer repertoire come summer time.

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Photo of Dawkfan
2.83/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- This is a slight hazed straw yellow color. Fast rising 3 finger white head that settles out to a decent sized cap. Very little lacing.

S- Not your typical Hefe Aroma in this one. Bready wheat, lemon and just a touch of spice.

T- Really boring for a Hefe. I don't get much besides a citrus twang and wheat flavors. Tastes a little metallic in the finish as well. Where's the banana and clove???

M- Light - medium bodied, high carbonation.

D- I guess this was somewhat refreshing, but not what I look for in this style at all.

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Photo of mdunman
3.21/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tall slender bottle with an expiration date to let me know it was still fresh.

A: Semi-hazy gold with a head that pours thick but doesn't remain long after. Lot of carbonation visible early.

S: Raw malt smell, without the typical banana aroma from Hefeweizen's. Not particularly enticing.

T: Malty start, with a touch of sweetness, followed by a slightly dry finish. Nothing spectacular here, either.

M: Good mouthfeel, very smooth and swishes nicely.

Good beer, not special but not terrible. However, for the cost of this beer, I probably wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Cloudy gold, with a nice looking 2 inch head that quickly disaptes into a thin layer.

S- Fruity and toastly with sime butter scotch.

T- Not that unique and even a little metalic. It does have some sweet fruity flavors which turn bitter toward end and reveal an ethanol taste with some hops in the aftertaste.

M- Smooth, but the carbonation should be stronger, creamy

D- Filling, but not so much. Medium to thick bodied. Hard to drink the whole thing alone.

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Photo of GraemeB87
3.99/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this beer from a 500ml (16oz U.S, 50cl Europe). Served at roughly 6.C (43.F) in a regular pint glass. I am partial to wheat beers for their smooth finish and ever so slight bite.

Pours out golden with a slight cloudy consistency, proper pouring is necessary for this beer, as is the case with most wheats, for the yeast factor. Reasonable head, with very very little lacing, if at all. Head is very creamy and maintains throughout the whole drink. Very effervescent and refreshing looking.

Not much of an aroma to this beer on the first nose, but with repeated sniffs, there are notes of caramel (well, to me there was, maybe not to someone else)

Taste is very pleasant, with a smooth finish, which doesn't leave a bad bitter taste in the mouth. Not too sweet, but not too bitter, and very drinkable indeed; could drink 3 or 4 of these bottles (or 4-5 pints) and not feel sickly or have had too much.

Mouthfeel is neutral, no bitter sensation or sickly sweet sensation. Just a sense of "I want another swig of this, it goes down so well" with a silken smooth feel. Doesn't leave your tongue or mouth feeling "hairy", and is a good beer.

Overall, this is a good session beer, and well worth buying if you like drinkable, good tasting wheat beers. Probably the finest example of what a wheat beer should be in it's primal form.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.04/5  rDev -13.9%
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 -1.4%
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 +11%
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 -27.5%
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 -6.5%
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 +24.1%
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 -12.7%
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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