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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3.74/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. Weizen glass. Pale lemon yellow color. Foggy appearance. White & creamy foam creates a close a lasting crown. Herbal & floral notes, bread & biscuit hues to the nose as well as intense banana aroma to the nose. Sharp bitter & crispy upfront. Medium to full body. Moderate to high carbonation. Creamy texture. Banana, estery & slight phenolic flavors touched by citric bitterness resolves in a long bitter/fruity finish. Refreshing & easy drinkability.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for about $3 CDN. Served well chilled into the tallest glass I could find. re-reviewing since it's been a while since I've had this and wanted to see how it stacked up against a bunch of other hefeweizens.

Appearance - 2.5 fingers of dense white head. Hazy golden yellow color and fizzy enough that I can see a lot of bubbles despite the haze. Nice lacing left around the glass as the head shrinks and the beer is consumed.

Smell - Is this bottle slightly skunked? A touch skunky, and the usual wheat, cloves and banana aromas. The aromas are rather tame and not nearly as potent as the others in the style.

Taste - Mild clove flavor with some pepper before the wheat kicks in. Lacking the balanced sweetness of the others in the style. A bit bland overall. As it warms I get a bit of an orange peel flavor too.

Mouthfeele- Very fizzy and highly carbonated, yet a bit thin bodied. Not bad but not great either.

Overall - On the whole, it's a well crafted and tasty brew, but in these parts where other options are plentiful and accessible (Weihenstepahner, Hacker-Pschorr, Schneider Weisse and Paulaner) this one just doesn't quite stand up next to them. While certainly would consume again, if given the option I'm looking at others first.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.52/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by March 2014

Pours a golden straw color, slight haze appearance, decent sized white bubbly head that fades wicked fast to nothing with no lacing on the glass.

Smell definitely has a "wheat-y" smell with a yeasty dominance, touch of clove and other spiciness.

Taste starts out with a strong clove presence, bit of a pepper flavor hits the back of the tongue, yeasty in the aftertaste, carbonation is medium-high, a slight semi-dry herbal finish, a bit different than other Hefe's I've had since it's a bit heavy on some of the spicing and missing some of the other typical notes.

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Photo of doktorhops
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not sure how this one slipped under my brewdar but there you go: Erdinger Weissbier, one of the classic Hefe-Weizens from Bavaria; the closest approximation to what a country/state would be like if I was in charge, I mean they have a month long celebration of beer FFS!

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Weizen glass.

A: The body is a Weizen standard colour of hazy sunburst with a hint of straw. The head is fairly foamy and chalk white and quickly settles down to about 1cm. No surprises here, nor should there be.

S: Less banana and more spice than most Weizens. Aroma is a paired back banana with cloves and distinct (well as far as wheat beers go) pepper notes. Yeast is also muted, which is a bit of a shame because Hefes generally pride themselves on the Hefe (German for "yeast") content.

T: This Weizen, and I've had quite few now, is very much angled towards a peppery and lemony flavour. I can see its appeal; in summer beers with citric flavours are more refreshing, and nothing goes down better than a good Weizen on a hot day... well a glass of ice-cold home-made Lemonade goes down better, but this is a beer review site dammit. Yeast lingers around in the aftertaste like an awkward pun quipping German in Lederhosen.

M: Mid to light bodied with a lightish carbonation, bordering on a bit light overall here, has none of the creaminess of the far superior Weizen Weihenstephaner.

D: A bit meh this brew, I've had better and worse. I guess its strong suit is as a thirst-quencher, negative is that it's hardly interesting. Pricewise it is more expensive than Weihenstephaner (which appears to be on a permanent 3 for $15 deal at the bigger liquor stores)... so yeah, kind of a no-brainer which one you should be getting. Unless you're new to beer and beers with bigger flavours scare you away, in that case I would recommend the Erdinger.

Food match: Aside from typical German fare I could see this working well with the humble fish and chips with a squeeze of lemon on the fish and salt and vinegar on the chips (the only logical way to eat them).

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Photo of Godfather50
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This was my first wheat beer. Bit of a disappointment really. The head was adequate but nothing exceptional and I just about got a hint of bannana but nothing leapt out at me. The mouth feel was slightly thin and, although not chilled my thoughts were wandering towards a lager type mouthfeel. I will explore more wheat but will hope for better.

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Photo of youknowmyname
3.79/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Odor: Sweet and citrusy with a heavy yeast background. Roll the bottle as sediment does pool at the bottom. Once rolled, that's when the yeast scent took hold.

Pour: Pours out a milky orange with a huge thick creamy head. Served in my new Erdinger hefeweissen glass.

Taste: Slight flavor of banana at the start but quickly moves to a flavorful wheat taste. Touches of coriander. Dry and quickly dissipating on the palate but not acidic like most dry beers. A lot lighter bodied than most hefewiesens I've had previously. Very refreshing.

Opinion: Great beer for any day. Flavorful, but not so much that it's a "one beer and done" kind of beer. I could drink a couple of these and that's great as I bought a five pack due to the glass it came with. I have been trying to increase my glassware for beers and could not pass up this hefeweisen glass.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle properly poured into a weizen glass.

A: Dull golden color. Sits with a mild haze in the glass, not the cloudiness I'd expect. Bubbly white head retains well. Highly effervescent. Clumpy globs of lacing.

S: Pale malts, emaciated wheat aroma. Toasty with a thin creamy wheat scent. Hint of a citrusy snap. Fruity bubblegum notes. Light whiff of black pepper. Oily and spicy hops come through more than in most hefs.

T: Creamy wheat, mashed ripe banana. Subtle hints of white pepper. Juicy fruit esters. Green banana this time. Nutty and yeasty. Oily hops build and lay down some moderately aggressive spicy tastes. Lemony wheat snap. Faintly medicinal. Creamy wheat and faint spicy hops on the finish.

M: Full and fluffy in the mouth with a firmness. Highly effervescent. Very mild hop astringency.

O: Not as full and wheaty as I'd like it to be. It's a bit lacking in that regard. The hops also come through more than expected. This is a whole different ball of wax on tap.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 11.2 fl. oz. bottle marked 06-2014-L-102106. Sampled on December 20, 2013.

A cloudy olive-yellow pour greets the eye with moderate carbonation building up to a huge white head that lingers for a bit.

The aroma begins with malts that have a kind of banana or apple ester thrown in. Toasted biscuits too. Feint wheat.

Light body mainly but it is also rather smooth and creamy.

The taste also has this meaty apple-note intertwined with the pale malts, toasted biscuit, but thin in the wheat. Clean finish.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had a bottle at the same beer parlor I sampled its darker dunkelweiss cousin, different night. Pours a rather pale straw yellow color with some cloudiness, more clear than some other German hefes. Approximately two fingers of white foam. The darn beer was served ice cold and I endeavored to let it warm up a fair amount before sampling. Common problem with this style. Its not supposed to be teeth-shattering cold, goddamnit. Anyhow, aroma was a little grainy malt, a fair amount of fruity esters from the yeast, a little bit of phenololic spice and a ton of carbonation. Palate was major banana fruit, a little vanilla and clove, pretty minimal phenololic spiciness though, which sets this apart from other (better) German hefes. Moderately creamy body and a notably crisp dry finish for the style, I get whiff of apricot here on the finish as well. Overall impression is that this is a decent workmanlike hefeweizen but has a bit of a "mass-produced" character, more dry and less sweet than other examples and certainly a lot more fruit than spice. I am guessing that this is deliberate, as many brewers believe that clove phenolic notes are a polarizing flavor, love it or hate it. I personally like a balance of fruit and spice in this style, perhaps more spice if anything is going to be skewed. This one misses the mark for me. The dunkelweizen from this brewer is better.

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

Appearance: Hazy, pale golden color with two fingers of head that fades slowly with nice lacing.

Aroma: banana and a hint of vanilla over wheat malt.

Taste: Crisp and lively with a nice medium body. The sweetness builds towards the finish with a slight phenolic note in there. Banana is the most pronounced flavor with a light spice note that is mildly astringent. Finish is pretty clean and fast with a little cardboard

The Rest: A great, textbook German Hefe.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured two fingers of foamy head on a hazy, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is dry grain and light banana. Nice and pleasant.
The taste is wonderfully wheat, a mild bitter for balance.
The texture has a little fizz, fairly soft though.
Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From one pint nine ounce bottle labeled best before 03/2014.

Aroma of whole grain bread or sweet biscuits. Poured a clouded lemon yellow with a finger and a half of white foam head. Quickly dissipates to a thin white foam as beer continues to effervesce.Taste is bready,alkaline,slightly sour but not unpleasant.Taste improves as it warms.Overall a decent brew.

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Photo of scotorum
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought with four other Erdinger styles in a gift set with a gorgeous Weissbier glass which I should have drunk this one out of. The gift set was a great bargain at only $14 for five pints of quality German beer plus the fabulous glass.

Poured from the 16.9 oz. bottle into a British nonic pint.

a: Cloudy gold with a huge bubbly head which retreated to a fine surface foam and a little lacing.

s: Slight grain malt.

t: Light grain flavor, substantial body, good clean slightly sweet finish.

m: Medium, fuller than most hefeweizens.

o: Outstanding example of the style, very drinkable. Even though I usually do not get too excited by hefeweizens, this is a really fine one. Its bottle conditioning was appreciated.

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Photo of Subliminal64
4.58/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very cloudy beer in appearance. Smells and tastes a little sweet. Good amount of carbonation due to the bottle fermentation. Very smooth.

Do yourself a favour and buy an "Erdinger" glass to really enjoy this beer. Otherwise If its your first time, use the largest glass you can (Sleeman works well). Also, watch a youtube video on how to pour. This may sound snooty, but it does make a difference.

This is one of my favorite beers.



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Photo of pepetrevino
4.23/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really love the moderately thick wheat and banana taste and the mouth feel of this Weißbier. The smell is also great, as you can smell the wheat aroma. Love the presentation, the beige color of the bottle makes it more attractive, I find the presentation particularly important. A really nice beer, despite being commercial. I'm not going to be very demanding with this one, it is one of my favorites, even if it doesn't make it to a very good opinion of "experts".

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Photo of srv33
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful golden with a huge white head, all very fine bubbles, fades quickly with lots of lacing. High hopes so far! Scent throw me a bit though, theres not much to go on other than a hint of your typical hefeweizen small - but nothing sticking out. Taste is underwheling considering the appearance, it reminds me more of a lager than a hefeweizen! It has a bit of an alcohol bite to it despite its average ABV, but aside from that has a relatively smooth mouthfeel. I'd say overall I was disappointed in this beer, and would not recommend, there are much better in the same price bracket and style easily found in the U.S.

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Photo of charlatan
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle with September 2013 freshness date. Interestingly (to me anyway) the head dissipated fairly quickly to the rim and then reappeared as the beer warmed. The beer is a light gold hue and slightly cloudy. ABV is shown as 5.3%, not 5.6% as listed here. It has a honey nose with a hint of lemon and chalk dust (that'll be the yeast).

The taste is sweeter than I had anticipated, like the nose but a little more buttery, and with just the tiniest hint of bitterness. This is a very laid back beer with a pleasant, yet very subtle flavour given it strength. I'm perfectly happy with this as a one-off but I'd want something bolder to persuade me to reload (or indeed purchase another bottle).

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Photo of DeFaz
3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A simple hefeweizen, it tastes fresh but doesn't have quite enough flavor to make it interesting. Flavors of wheat, banana, and clove, and the smell is much of the same but rather faint for the style. Medium-bodied for the style but carbonation was a bit excessive. Really, there's not much to say about this--it's easily forgettable and there are many better finds out there. It's reasonably priced for a 500 ml imported beer, but that's about all the praise I can give it.

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Photo of MeadEater
2.98/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Very reserved as far as hefeweizens go. Wouldn't think it was 'unfiltered' lacking any good yeastiness. Next to none of the banana or breadiness I've appreciated in other wheat beers. Smell is heavy at start, none after sitting. Full carbonation, sudsy in mouth. Translucent straw hue. Simple pale ale at face, not too complex. Tangy, citrus sensation at the end.
Good introduction to the wheat world if you're new or just skeptical.

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Photo of Takahiro
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

bought a bottle at local Dutch super market

A: poured with a thick foam that looks like whipped cream lasting a very long time
opaque straw in color
T: soft but grainy maltniness. this goes in synch and balanced with the banana and clove-y flavor. slight tartness in the finish.
M: light and silky on mouth.
O: very refreshing and quaffable. nice beer to start off a hot summer evening

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Photo of mjurney
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Golden color, cloudy. Few amount of bubble rising up. Thin head.

Banana, vanilla beans, bready, slight citrus.

Banana, vanilla, a little lemony. Sweet, bready, cookie dough. Finish is a little tart, dry, crisp. Body is medium-light, refreshing, dry, carbonation is moderate.

It's good. A little dull.

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Photo of spoony
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 500 ml bottle into a hefe glass (sorry, I was at a bar and did not catch the date on the bottle, if any).

A-Whereas many hefes can be described as sunny and bright, this brew was a little cloudy and overcast. It is still light in color, but it is darker than most with more brown and orange tones. Head is roughly two-figners of white foam with so-so retention and no lacing left behind.

S-The smell was mild with a faint scent of lemon and a decent bit of bread dough. Not much spice and very little in the way of banana. Scent is a little bit grainy.

T-The taste follows the smell pretty closely. There is a bit of lemon, and you know there is wheat in there, but it is grainy and lacks the spice and banana that good hefes bring to the palate. I did not notice any off flavors, but this is just uninspiring.

M-The brew was well-carbonated and light to medium in body. Pretty wet on the palate.

O-A pretty middle of the road example of the style. It is refreshing to drink on a hot afternoon, but if you are looking for taste and complexity, look elsewhere.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - 500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance - Poured with almost 3 fingers of bright white, stiff looking head which dissolves into a sad soapy substance pretty quickly. Beer itself is a cloudy, golden straw colour with hints or orange running through it. A tremendous amount of carbonation is visibel.

Smell - Some light citrus, most likely grapefruit and orange. There is also a pleasnt spice smell which mingles nicely with the citrus. Finally, I'm picking up a bit of wheat in there too, but not as much as I was expecting for the style.

Taste - Hmm not a lot going on here. Some spices, but not as much as I anticipated from the nose. Same can be said for the's there, but barley. Little to know malt or grain flavour.

Mouthfeel - Light body, crazy amount of carbonation makes for a crisp drink.

Overall - 3.5/5 Not a bad hefe, but certainly not a favorite. I certainly wouldn't turn it down on a hot summer day on a patio.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served in a weizen glass.

Appearance: A semi hazy gold colored body with heavy bubbles right from the beginning created a white head, maybe 2/3".

Smell: Raw hop scent, maybe some banana skin. Very light indeed.

Taste: Has a mellow banana feel to it, but the bitter hops aren't exactly what i was expecting for a hef. Not really complex but good enough.

Mouth: I honestly must say heavy bubbles with a light stickiness to it.

Overall: It's a good beer, dont let my review ruin hyour;s not quite like my favorite hefeweizens but does the job. For about three bucks or so a bottle not a loss at all. Salud!

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.72/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale hazy gold with lots of clumpy clingy head.
Grain, spicy grass and slight wax on the nose.
Dough up front, fresh apricot and peach, slight noble end.
Fruity finish and herbal linger.
Light, crisp, creamy, thin.

Quenching if watery, big on stone fruit and keeps some wheaty body. Trouble here is that the classic Weiss yeast is almost totally absent, both on the nose and palate - no banana, no cloves. So while it's pleasant enough, it's not a great example of the style, especially coming from Bavaria.

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