Erdinger Weissbier | Erdinger Weissbräu

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Brewed by:
Erdinger Weissbräu
Germany | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by pezoids on 01-03-2002

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778
Ratings:
1,865
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
22.25%
 
 
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Photo of beertaster13
3.21/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This hef pours a light gold with a nice white carbonated head. The smell is light, hints of fruit, banana, spices, citrus lemon lingers. The taste is of light grains with honey and coreandor yeast. The banana is light, the malts are of light sugar. Feels light and goes down clean, not a bad hef, good attempt, better available.

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Photo of cracgor
3.14/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Kind of a pale yellow to cold and a little cloudy. Thick white cloudlike head made of small bubbles...some lacing, but poor retention...just disappears on me

Smell: Banana or wet bread like smell. A little of the clove smell as well, but a little boozy to be good.

Taste: Very much like banana or fresh bread. Very little clove...and the little only appears in the aftertaste. After the head disappears becomes tinny.

Mouthfeel: Clean and refreshing. Just barely medium body.

Drinkability: an okay summer refreshment, but little else. Not complex in any way. If you are looking for something to quench your thirst that is okay, I guess this would suffice, but there are much better products available.

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Photo of Luigi
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

CLoudy yellow-orange color with a decent lace for a head. A little dissapointing for a Hefe. Smells fruity. Strong tartness and faint bready malts. The taste is dominated by fruity esters. A lot of citrus hints. Faint cloves and and bready malts. The drinkability pretty good, but the tartness kinds of knocks it down a notch. Too much tartness than I am use to in a Hefe. Over all still a good brew.

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Photo of drugsbunny
2.51/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

There is some claim as to it being the best selling Hefeweizen on the bottle, but this was certainly not the best tasting wheat beer. The color and appearance were typical, and the aroma was decent, but the taste was disappointing. It had a watered down taste and feel, very weak. Slight lemon zing. There are far superior versions out there to enjoy. I would pass on this beer.

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Photo of niknar
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clean, clear straw color with a decent white head that quickly settles. Leaves a slight trace of lacing, but nothing spectacular. Very clear, which is slightly odd from what I've experienced in the past with this style - usually hazy from yeast. Aroma is fairly non-descript...perhaps some malt and a hint of hops, but not much in this category. Tasty, but not very strong in the wheat or yeast department. A little weak in my book for a wheat beer, but not something to steer away from. Finishes slightly sweet with a hint of sour on the back sides of the tongue. Mouthfeel is decent, but perhaps slightly over-carbonated. Nothing to write home about. Drinkability is where this beer can shine. It goes down smooth and does not present any real detractors. It isn't something I would recommend to a fellow advocate, but might be something to nudge a macro drinker in our direction.

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Photo of beersarang
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a peachy orange with a white big frothy head. Dissapates slowly and dissapears into nothing.

Smells a bit sour, with some wheat and grain in the background

A little wheat twang, spicy hop bitterness, and a mild sweetness in the exhale. Nice yeastiness, however the wheat sourness gets a little irritating later on.

Perfect smooth almost creamy mouthfeel with overall great carbonation. Goes down easy.

The sourness is not my favorite, but overall a solid weiss.

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Photo of Brian700
3.7/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours hazy orange with a white head that sticks around for a little while. The smell is of orange peel and esters. The taste follows the nose. I taste like esters and citrus. It has a good mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Its a decent drinkable beer but nothing impressive. I would choose at least two other brands of the same style before I touch this one again. Ayinger & Hacker-Pschorr blow this one out of the water.

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Photo of OatherS
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Tan label is a twelve ounce bottle.

Appearance: Awesome multi finger head that lasts.

Smell: Sweet wheaty odor that is perfect.

Taste: The sweet and wheaty odor does not translant into the same expected flavor unfortunately.

Mouthfeel: OK.

Drinkability: The banana flavor this is so characteristic of hefe's is not present dissapointedly.

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Photo of AlexJ
3.86/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This hefe pours out the color of cloudy orange juice, a radiant golden orange, and topped by an impressively thick and lasting white head that laces quite well for a wheat beer.

The aroma is grainey wheat, lemon, faint banana and tropical fruits with a bit of spicey yeast.

The flavor is similar with an emphasis on lemon and yeasty spice.

The body is light to medium, well carbonated and very thirst quenching. A tastey, but unremarkable hefe.

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Photo of BeerFink
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy light straw appearance, with some rocky white head. Yeasty aroma carries subdued bananas and clove. Taste is mellow, a little light. Bready malts dominate, their smoothness cloaking all else. Barely detectable bananas, although the clove is present to a noticeable degree. Lemony bitterness and some grainy wheat serve to break up the creamy malts. Decent hefe weizen, but I wasn't inclined to stand up and shout afterwords.

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Photo of RedLion
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really good Hefeweizen. Easy to drink. Good head retention, nice lacing. Color is a cloudy gold. Taste is wheaty, with a lemon tartness. That citrusy sting versus a spicy bite that makes this perfect for the summer. Full mouthfeel. I'd drink this again, especially at the restraunt that served it.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tap : Poured in tall 0.5l German glass with a huge pale white foamy head with better then average retention. Aroma of wheat is extremely dominating with some subtle floral and sweet notes. Taste is extremely refreshing with light banana notes and great wheat taste. Body is just medium full and carbonation is excellent. Great refreshing beer with good mastering of this style.

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

Pours a hazy, very pale gold with a thick frothy ivory head. no lace. Smells of clove and a bit lemony. No banana....I take that back, some faint banana fruitiness in the background. Crisp wheat malt in the nose.

Taste is much like the nose. Lemony and spicy cloves. Lightly sour wheat malt. A bit of a spicy zing on the tongue. A little thin in the mouth, a little watery. Not bad. An easy drinker even though it doesn't measure up to the Weihenstephaner and Paulaner examples of the style. A cute little hefe.

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Photo of beertastegood
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours the standard hefe fare: hazy golden with a huge fluffy white head. Smells of faint vanilla, sweet bready yeast, citrus notes and the tiniest bit of hop aroma. Tastes a lot thinner than I expected, not as much flavor as the aroma suggested. Bread, lemon, bananas and very slight hop spiciness make this an incredibly drinkable brew. While it is not necessarily the best hefe, this is a great summertime/quaffer beer.

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Photo of mynie
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours up like a pretty hefe: dark gold, almost orange, and very hazy.

Doesn't smell all that complex. Light fruits and and spice. Too weak to pull out any distinct odors. Okay, not great.

High complexity. Very spicy. White pepper upfront, followed by fruit, raisins and lemons, ending with cloves and malts. Nice.

This is a slightly above average hefe. Nothing to write home about, but certainly worth trying.

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Photo of joecast
4.06/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours nicely out of the 500ml bottle into my glass Three Stooges stein. hazy gold color with a small yet stable fluffy white head.

very subdued aroma. not something i look for in a hefe. nice yeasty, spicy aroma, i just need to bury my nose in the glass to find it.

great clean taste. good spiciness and finish to it. wish i had more words to describe it, but all can come up with is nice.

mouth feel is just about right. not too heavy for a lightish refreshing beer.
overall very solid. i was a bit sceptical seeing it was about a 3.5avg on BA, but obviously, i think its much better than that.

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Photo of hefevice
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From bottle. Pours cloudy light straw with a nice fluffy white head that retained well and left some lacing on my wiezen glass. Light sweet yeasty banana aroma., not much else. Extends through to the flavour, which lacks the strength and subtle complexity of my referernce hefe - Weihenstephaner. Mouthfeel is also a little on the watery side. Still, a nice refreshing drop (but then, I am biased as I love the hefeweiss style).

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Photo of bark
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The colour is yellow-orange and shady. The grand foam is white and airy.

The smell is rather mild, sourish and rather neutral with some notes of vanilla and … soap?

The carbonation is strong, soda-like. Very refreshing.

The taste is cooling and refreshing with a sourish taste and an unexpected body. There are notes of yeast and some bitterness. The aftertaste is surprisingly soft with a gentle sweetness and a fruity sour note.

This beer accompanies robust, hot or smoked food well, but I found it a bit plain on its own.

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Photo of JackTheRipper
2.54/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Quick carbonation that gives a bighuge fluffy white head. Cloudy honey in color.
S: Bland. Sorry, but that's what comes to mind. Smells were faintly wheaty and grainy, but very subdued, even after a bit of warming. Nothing special here.
T: Again, subdued. Tastes feel watered down. There's a bit of a nice hefe taste, just too bland to give a higher score to.
M: Felt a bit too fizzy, too much carbonation. Body is medium, alcohol is pleasantly warming and fairly well balanced.
D&N: Very little character here. I didn't have a cold or anything like that that would kill my sense of taste or smell. This is the Budweiser of Hefe's.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. bottle. Picked this up in KC, MO. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: A golden, orange-amber beer with a heavy haze due to the sediment that I added from the bottom of the bottle. A white head with hints of light yellow overtones rose up easily. As it settled, it was coarse and fluffy until it became just a thin layer of bubbles over the top of the liquid. This thin cap was sustained for quite awhile by a decent bead. The lacing was sparse at best.

Smell: Kind of a macro-like corny sweetness to this one that, thankfully, toned down not long after the pour. After this, light grains and grass, wheat, and lemon made up the aroma. No yeast, banana, clove, etc. that usually show up in a hefe.

Mouthfeel: Thin bodied. Pretty average overall; not very smooth, but not very lively or carbonated either.

Taste: Pretty straightforward flavors in this one. A little bit of sweetness and lemon floated over the top of the bulk of the flavors, which were strong grasses and grains. The wheat kicked in strong on the finish and lingered well into the aftertaste. It came across very grainy and chewy. An ever-so-slight astringency in the afteraste.

I love the way the wheat and the grain came across strong in this beer. Unfortunately, that was about all there was. There was none of the complexity that I am used to in hefe. It was almost like a kristal weiss, or an American pale wheat. However, it was very drinkable and much, much, MUCH better than this brewer's dunkel.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is soundly what's expected from a hefweiss: pale, straw color, quite cloudy, with a large, lasting head.

Aroma: Crisp wheat malt, lightly fruity (apples, bananas).

Flavor: Mostly light malt up front, barely perceptible cloves in the back. Somewhat fruity, but not noticibly banana-like. Finish is clean and pleasantly acidic.

Mouthfeel: Crisp texture, high carbonation.

There's not much wrong with Erdinger hefeweiss except for its blandness: it lacks the distinguishing, yummy flavor characters of the best examples. It is, though, a nice refreshing beer and quite drinkable.

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Photo of GreenCard
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pale straw, quite hazy, voluminous thick pillow of spongey white foam, lacey

Aroma: light on the banana esters, subtle clovey phenols, hint of grassy hops, bready wheat

Flavor: subtle malt sweetness with a rounded out breadiness, balanced level of banana and clove, wheaty, faint hop flavor (almost artichokes), finishes semi-dry with a tangy/yeasty aftertaste

Mouthfeel: light-medium body, prickly carbonation, fluffy texture

Other comments: My first (beer)love was Bavarian weissbier. This beer reminds me of why I fell in love with this style. It is simply archetypal.

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

12 oz longneck brown bottle, capped. Best Before date stamped on back label. They were having a promo at the liquor store giving away nice Erdinger hefeweizen glasses, and so I picked up a sixpack.

This hefeweizen poured a hazy yellow color with tall, creamy, very white foam that persisted a bit before settling. There was a steady carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The smell was malty and citrusy (lemon) with a touch of wheat malt sweetness and a very light fruitiness. The taste was malty with light lemony citrus and very light banana. There was a trace of sweetness and a good hop bitterness in the finish as well as a taste of yeast. The mouthfeel was tangy and creamy with medium-light body and good carbonation. The lightly sour tanginess lingered in the mouth. This was a decent hefeweizen though very light on the banana ester and clove flavors and aromas and a bit thin overall

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Photo of Cwrw
3.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured according to Erdinger Brewery's own suggestions, swirling the last bit of beer in the glass and pouring the yeast. As if good hefeweizens do not foam enough, pouring Erdinger into its unique glass renders it nigh impossible to pour this beer with a poor head; in the official glass, this is a thing of beauty. Pouring slowly, I could fit the entire bottle into the glass, forming a head that must have been an inch above the rim, but never in danger of spilling over, again, because of the great design of the glass. Patchy but sticky lace. Picture perfect. The beer itself is a pineapple colour, almost white, looking like dirty water. The head is a cream white. It did diminish fairly rapidly, but stayed at an acceptable level, consistent and smooth. A strong wheat smell, along with all the usual hefe fruit accompaniments. Banana, apple, mango, some must, sourish malt. Light honey and clove. A little citrus in there as well; some lemon. An appetising aroma, but a little subdued--it could use some more fruitiness. The taste is where more fruit flavours come in, as well as a cereal malt taste that leaves the mouth wanting more. Grainy and refreshing. I also get some chocolate flavours, oddly enough. Apple peel, orange, lemon, and soapy dried banana. However, there is not as much complexity as I should like in the taste. I have tasted some other hefes with much more character. Again, the sweetness seems to be toned down, and instead there is a yeast and bread taste, clove-like. This makes the beer extremely drinkable though, and the mouthfeel is exceptional: smooth, velvety, highly quaffable. Medium body. Pair this with fish or pasta. A very good hefe by German standards, but I prefer their dunkel hefeweizen. Remember, the Erdinger glass really does make a difference in experiencing this beer.

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Photo of BrewMaster
2.87/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this beer on tap at the Yardhouse in Pasadena served in a regular American pint glass. The beer was served with virtually no head and had a cloudy orange to yellowish color. The aroma was very light with a citrusy scent and a bit of breadiness. The flavor was less than exciting. It had a strong alcohol flavor that dominated the beer. It was really lacking balance and identity. Behind the potent alcohol flavor was a light fruit rind flavor (perhaps nectarine?) and a bit of citrus again. It felt a bit over carbonated and sort of attacking to the palate. Overall it was just not a fun experience of beer drinking.

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