Erdinger Weissbier | Erdinger Weissbräu

Erdinger WeissbierErdinger Weissbier
BA SCORE
35.3%
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3.53 w/ 1,962 ratings
Erdinger WeissbierErdinger Weissbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Erdinger Weissbräu
Germany
erdinger.de

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by stirgy on 01-03-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,564
Reviews:
796
Ratings:
1,962
Liked:
692
Avg:
3.53/5
pDev:
13.88%
Alströms:
3.2
 
 
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36
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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, tannish-golden-orange with a bright white head that holds OK. The aroma is slightly sweet and somewhat citrusy with little banana or clove. The body is medium-light which combines with a good level of natural carbonation (2.7 volumes CO2 or more) to give a zesty and then creamy mouthfeel. The flavor is mildly sweet up front with a good deal of sensation from the carbonation. The middle of the palate offers some citrusy notes. The finish brings out a swirl of hop flavor and bitterness, leaving a dry, clean aftertaste. Quite distinct in its citrusy elements, and very refreshing, but also limited in character.

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Photo of chinchill
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pale, hazy golden with a durable white head and lots of lacing.

The aroma features very bready malt and light yeast with just a touch of fruitiness. The flavor is like the aroma but a bit more yeasty.

M: medium+ carbonation; thin body but not quite watery.

O: a very pleasant, mild and easy to drink Weissbier that was better than expected.

(Revisited with s bottle in August 2015).

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at BBC in Walpole.

Alight head fades quickly over semi clear pale orange wheat color.

The nose has light wheat, light citrus, orange peel, light banana, little creamy, little sweetness.

Taste is light with some wheat, little sweet, light fruits, little citrus and banana, slightly creamy and juicy, lots of wheat. Some crisp sweet lager flavors.

Mouth id medium to lighter with decent carbonation.

It finishes semi dry with a little sticky wheat sweet feel and more fruits, lots of lingering wheat and lager fruits.

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

Served in a bottle at Tonic (Hilton Beijing) in Beijing, China

A: Pours a cloudy medium golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall dense frothy off-white head that has great retention properties, eventually reducing (about half way through the drinking of the beer) to a thin layer covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of banana, clove, and wheat.

T: There are moderate flavors of banana and clove along with some lighter notes of wheat and just a hint of bubble gum. There is a very slight but noticeable presence of yeast flavor.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Refreshing, easy to drink and quite enjoyable. This beer is a very nice summer beer and is quite refreshing in the warm summer. The flavor of this beer is more complex than the smell would indicate.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow/orange with a huge blooming head that sticks to the glass nicely,a great pour.I pick some apple and peach notes wich is different for a hefe and quite appetizing the spice aroma is more subdued.Taste is quite fruity as well quite citruisy leaning on the orange side not much spiciness comes thru until after a few sips but it comes thru nicely near the end of my glass.I had low expectations for this brew from other reviews but I thought it to be a well made easy quaffer nice and fruity a winner.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 2/24/07 at British Beer Company, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, lemon, spice, some hops and light malts.

T: A bready wheat flavor along with some lemon start out first. Some spice and hops follow. The malt character is thin and the sweetness is faint. The taste is a little dull overall.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, dry and clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down easy, not very filling, I could go with this beer for a while but there are many that are much better within the 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 nickfl
4/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of dcmchew
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of billab914
3.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of russpowell
4.47/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite hefe from Germany, because it's much cleaner tasting than most hefes by far ( screw you purists!). .5L brown bottle says best before 1 apr 06. Saw zero ill effects that this bottle was 40 days past its suggested shelf life

Pours a hazy & super bubbly straw color with a 2" deep white head, cleared nicely. Not much head retention or lacing, but great effervescence

Smell: fruity and slight yeast scent

Taste: Fruitty, slight lemon notes and grassyness up front. Finishes fruitty & quenching

MF: Great carbonation and slight syruppy feel to this. Balances just so to me (again not a huge fan of phenolic or band aid tastes)

Wow this goes down to easy, I close my eyes & see myself back in a biergaten somewhere in D'land.

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Photo of smcolw
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy with dirty gold color. Modest head and nearly no spots for lace.

More my metal aroma than the typical hefeweizen clove/banana.

The flavor is more true to form with decent yeast and wheat elements. The taste is a bit sweet with a banana finish. Good body but with an equally high carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. Not spectacular but a good example of the style.

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Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.22/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Presents a quite cloudy, dull, muted gold-toned body with a half inch of fizzy, white head. Give me your best shot, Erdinger!

Smell: Notes of clove and yeast lead followed by lesser touches of malted wheat and barley. Well, it's definitely not the most bountiful aroma on the block.

Taste: Mildly tangy-tasting malted wheat along with some simply barley. Lightly sweet. Good pinch of earthy spices with flavors of coriander and clove. Sadly lacking in fruity touches of banana. Bit of lemon. Spicy, floral hops with a medium-low bitterness. Finishes dry, spicy, and somewhat crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, but lacks the creaminess of many of it's wheat-based brethren. Medium-high carbonation -- a bit too fizzy for me.

Drinkability: Average, at best. Comes up short in both the flavor department and texture of body, but one thing it isn't lacking in is carbonation. There are many far better hefes to be had out there.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy lemon-amber with a faint orange peel blush. The frothy cap of lightly yellow-tinted bone white was massive initially with only a faint sliver of beer visible at the bottom of the glass. I like the rugged, craggy nature of the head, but was surprised to see that it was almost completely gone by the several minute mark and has left the glass lace-free.

Although the aroma is acceptable (all of the typical hefe weizen characteristics are present), it fails to impress due to its low wattage. Banana and clove are almost imperceptible, so the fact that they're present in roughly equal measure doesn't matter a whole lot. It would be a much better nose if even slightly more aggressive.

The lack of in-your-face flavor isn't as detrimental to a hefe weizen as it would be to, say, an Imperial stout. That said, I require a little more flavor than this beer is able to give. The amount of weizen is on the low end, but is acceptable. The lack of hefe is what really hurts. If wheat is the body of this style and yeast is the soul, Erdinger Weissbier is very nearly soulless.

The hefe weizen banan-o-meter score is 1.0/5.0. Not only that, but I don't appreciate much clove either. If I do the tasting equivalent of squinting, I can pick up faint echoes of spice on the finish. While there isn't much hoppiness, what's present grabs too much attention due to the lack of competing flavors and flavor sensations (i.e. sweet, tangy).

I like my hefe weizens to be lightly creamy and gently carbonated. This one is neither. I'll cut it a little slack by accepting the fact that it sneaks in under the bottom edge of the style limits.

I'm amused by the fact that almost every German brewery of any size claims to brew 'the World's #1 Hefe-Weizen', as Erdinger Weissbrau states on the rear label. They're delusional because this beer is nowhere near the summit and is eclipsed by any number of stateside offerings. Good German hefes are not hard to find. In fact, there are scores of them that leave Erdinger's version in the dust.

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Photo of ZEB89
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Jason
3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 500 ml tall brown Euro style bottle with a “best before end” freshness date on the back label.

Appearance: Fluffy looking off white head with a less than normal head retention for a wheat beer, sunset orange yellow hue with a very cloudy look to for the decanting of the yeast in the glass.

Smell: Light fermented wheat twang, soft spicy clove with a rounded and mellow fruitiness makes up the aroma.

Taste: Just as smooth as it is crisp with a creamy medium body, not too much on the clove spiciness but it is there and holds on through the finish. Good dose of malt sweetness and a twang from the wheat, powdery yeast adds a touch of earthy flavour. Fruitiness is mellow just like the aroma with subtle ripe banana and pear. Hops are light and ride with the effervesce and clove. Sweetness and clove battle it out in the finish as the dryness tries to creep in also.

Notes: Decent, a bit one-dimensional for the style. Easy to drink which comes more from the mouth feel than the flavour. When it comes to wheat beers in general this one lands just above mediocre unfortunately.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in an Erdinger weizen glass.

Erdinger's makin' it easy to try all of their stuff with a mixed pack, complete with branded glass. Nice. Let's start out with the original hef, shall we? It pours a slightly cloudy orange-straw topped by two fingers of white foam. The nose comprises lemon peel, cracked wheat, light biscuit, and a pinch of clove and black pepper. The taste ups the citrus ante a bit, both flesh and rind, and then adds a decent amount of banana peel and yeast for good measure. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a solid hef, perhaps a bit too rind-y and yeasty for my tates, but still something that I can easily drink plenty of if the situation were to arise.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.11/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a bottle of Erdinger's Weiss beer whilst at the Atlantis Hotel on Palm Island outside of Dubai. The beer poured a clear yellow will big head that laced slightly. The smell was slight spice and floral. The taste was a good beer with tone of floral notes. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall a decent beer.

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Beer rating: 35.3% out of 100 with 1,962 ratings
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