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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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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep hazy golden orrange hue with a nice frothy creamy head leaves big ol' patches of lacing. Aroma: Grassy tone to it with none of the banana and clove notes that I have come to know and love. Taste: Not impressed here, leaves a malted wheat sweetness to it with some mild yeast characteristics just lacks for a "true" German hefe. Mouthfeel: Creamy texture a bit light for a hefe. Drinkability: Middle of the road a lackluster German hefeweizen, but does seem refreshing epsecially on a warmer day.

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Photo of jwc215
2.71/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

best bore end of this month - poured into weizen glass.

Pours hazy (more than cloudy) straw yellow with a towering head that descends to a lasting, thin cover. Virtually no lacing sticks to glass.

There is a slight chemical/grassy aroma - not "skunk" though. There is a touch of tropical fruitiness underneath - restrained - I'll take that to be banana, is it is close enough. Maybe some clove, but I think it's more from expectation than actually there.

It is almost flavorless. There is some malty, grainy sweetness. Only the vaguest hint of banana. Very little, if any clove. A weak yeast strain hardly keeps things together and the malt seems out of whack with the rest of it. There is an oily slickness about it. It actually doesn't taste bad, though there is a subtle chemicalish veggie thing going on. Finishes rather sweet with only a hint of dryness, and rather bland.

It has a slick, almost medium body. Slightly overcarbonated, it's not as smooth as the style really should be.

A refresher on a hot day maybe? Maybe, but so are so many others. There are so many wonderful examples of this style that this one is not worth it. Shame that a Bavarian brewery so missed the mark on this one, IMO.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance in this weizen fits the bill to a T, with a hazy, pale, straw-yellow color, and a thick, fluffy, cloud-like head of foam.
Aroma is likewise on the mark for a typical hefe, lemony and sweet, but with a little bit of citric sour, as well.
On meeting the lips, this beer is remarkably smooth, with a nice texture, and a light body. Extraordinarily drinkable, but utterly lacking in any complexity or nuance. A simple, pleasing, nice little ale, with continual contributions of flavor. Not bad at all, by no means, but lacking anything in it to rise above the ordinary. As hefe weizens go, it's an adequate sample, and goes down nice, and refreshing. Thanks to JohnnyDuvel for providing this 500ml bottle.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an Erdinger wheat beer glass (0.5 L), part of my glassware project. Beer is yellow to orange and hazy (served with the yeast). Forms a thick white head of medium and large bubbles that falls away leaving lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to high and made up of medium bubbles that rise through the beer quickly.

Aroma is on the light side, some banana, not a lot, smells wet, that's a disappointment.

Nice, medium body, not dry, has a wheaty aftertaste. Some sweetness up front, not a lot. Kind of watery tasting. The more I drink the less I'm enjoying. It gets sweeter and the wheat aftertaste is getting less and less. Drinkability is high, mouthfeel is fine. There are better hefeweizens out there.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.04/5  rDev -12.1%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.57/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Mildly hazy pale straw. The head fades quickly for a wheat beer.

S - Sweet wheat, grains, honey. Mild fruit sweet aromas.

T - Light sweetness, honey and malt. Grainy biscuit, chalky bread. Faint candied orange rind hints.

M - Light bodied, decent carbonation, highly drinkable.

O - A good go-to.

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

Medium sized bottle, pours light yellow ,straw in color and very cloudy. Active carbonation produces a large white head. Quickly settling into a tiny bubble film, leaves some nice lacing. Bananas in the nose and flavor notes. Wheaty yeastyness also present. As noted in many other reviews, this one doesnt have that big fruity, spiceyness that the top weise brews boast. This one finishes with a dry hoppyness. Nice brew, slightly differant than some of the other germans. well worth trying and enjoying with some salad, bread and cheese.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%
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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Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

04/03/09- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with a best by date on the back label. Poured into my Ayinger weizen glass.

Appearance- Golden-honey colored pour. Full three fingered head on a slow pour. Nice 1/4 inch creamy head remains throughout the entire beer. Leaves some light spotty lace.

Smell- Light nose, but all the traditional scents of bubble gum, clove and banana. Fresh wheat as well.

Taste- Not real flavor sticks out, but all the flavors combine well and taste very fresh. A light taste of honey swirls around the banana and clove flavors. A bit of bubble gum comes through in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Quite smooth with a medium carbonation level. Has a very honey like smoothness. Light sugary bubble gum aftertaste.

Drinkability- Very nice and quality texture and flavor-wise brew. Might be my favorite right up by Paulaner.

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Photo of WesWes
2.18/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thin white head. The aroma is awful. It's musty almost like bad homebrew. I guess it has pale malt and yeast scent. The taste is pretty terrible as well. This has to be the worst hefe I've ever had. It is pale and musty with way too much carbonation. The mouthfeel sucks. It is a medium bodied beer with huge carbonation. I burp after every sip. The beer drinks horrible. I'm not sure I'll finish this one.

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Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden color. One and a half inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of wheat, yeast cleanliness, slight sweetness, and slight citrus aroma. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp/slightly chewy with an average carbonation level. Tastes of wheat up front, yeast cleanliness next, some pale euro malt comes through strongly, and the finish is some citrus flavors (yeast characteristic). Overall, a pretty smooth Hefe with a good body.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.16/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours golden straw color with a large white head. The aroma is wheat, yeast and a little citrus. The flavor is not really what I expected as I am not really getting much banana and clove. I am getting citrus fruit as well as wheat and yeast. Light to medium mouthfeel and highly carbonated. Slightly disappointing overall.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"The World's #1 Hefe-Weizen" according to the bottle label. Hmmm....I have yet to try this until tonight, but I have to say I've had a number of good wheat ales, so Erdinger has some company. Spoiler Alert: a Swede I bar-hopped with in Boston many months ago said he didn't like Erdinger, but loves Franziskaner. 330 ml bottle from the Wine Exchange on to the beer:

The head is soapy and has solid retention on top this hazy pale blonde (almost straw color) body. Notice I didn't say cloudy there. I can see the carbonation bubbles clearly in this beer. There's something in the aroma, weak banana and clove. You have to inhale deeply or you'll never get it. taste....the malted wheat really comes out, toasty, but that's all I'm getting. No banana, no clove, no phenols. This is an authentic Bavarian weissbier....where are those flavors? It's not a bad flavor, but a monotone one. The carbonation is a bit too springy here, the body is light.

I have to agree with my Swedish buddy, this is nothing to shout about. Nothing bad here, just a blah example of a weissbier.

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

11.2 oz. Bottle
Best Before End: 09-2015
Bottle-Fermented
ABV: 5.3%

Pours a very nice slightly cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy one-finger white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, slightly yeasty. The taste is malty, sweet, slight yeast note. Medium body. Overall, it's not bad, but it's not a Hefy at all.

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

A. Clear straw yellow with a sizable head and excellent retention. A pretty sexy looking beer served in a Weizen glass. No date on bottle.

S. Smells somewhat like oatmeal, barley in the forefront. A little bit of lemony citrus in the background.

T. Unremarkable here but not bad. Wheaty and slightly metallic.

D. Quite drinkable as it is smooth. Wish I could have it from the tap as I surmise that would be more enjoyable. Not bad overall.

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Photo of stevoj
3.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thick, fluffy head on pour, cloudy golden color. Haziness makes it difficult to see what carbonation is doing, but head is fairly long lasting. Mild flavor of wheat, without the strong banana and bubblegum notes of other weizens. Mouth feel is just about right, but I agree with bierkrug, something’s missing....

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Photo of yourefragile
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle thanks Thorpe. Poured from a bottle to a glass, served at room temperature. Thanks Thorpe.

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a retentive white head. Sweet, yeasty nose of banana and spice. Subtle and estery flavor, light yeast and wheat. Medium body, light carbonation. Fairly unremarkable.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.91/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a solid white head for the style, average head retention, no lacing.

S: Smell is very light, hints of clove mostly, spicy.

T: Banana esters and some mild green apple form the flavour, clovely finish. Overall flavour is understated and not very complex.

M: Mild carbonation for the style, light-bodied with a watery finish, medium aftertaste, clean.

D: An average weissebier, does not have the complex esters ala Schneider or Hacker-Pschorr. No problem getting it down, but becomes boring.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured in one go, into a Franziskaner Weissbier glass, it looks fine, a very pale golden yellow. 50cl bottle, best before June 2007, drank on 16th Dec 2006.

The normal bubbles raising through the body to replenish the foaming white head at the top. The aroma is of vanilla and bannanas, as you would expect, but not as pronounced as some Wiessbiers.

The taste is also lacking compared with other like beers, both in complexity and depth. On a summers day this would be just right, however, this is Great Britain in mid December and its lightness doesn't work right now.

I have drank many Weissbiers over the years, in all weathers, this is a lightweight in all aspects. there is very little mouthfeel and aftertaste.

Not the best Hefe Weizen by a long way!

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Photo of biegaman
2.97/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Most styles allow a fair bit of room for variation, not only with things like bitterness or flavour profile, but appearance too. But one element that is a constant no matter what, one golden rule of brewing: weissbiers must have a large, fluffy, pillowy head. There's no exceptions. A weissbier that fails to have that fails period.

Besides its disgracefully flat surface - there's not even a sign of lacing, not a single bubble in sight! - the beer's rigidly hazed body doesn't exactly make for the prettiest looking thing anyhow. Its tarnished lemon-skin tone is, unlike most in the style, without even the slightest of sunny, shimmering highlight. It's U-G-L-Y and it ain't go no alibi, it's ugly.

Likewise, its aroma falls dreadfully far from the mark with regards to style. The bouquet of a German weissbier is a hard thing to mess up if brewed properly: hell, you just pitch the yeast and let it do all the work. Phenols that smell of clove and spice and esters that resemble banana, citrus and bubblegum come standard with all German weiss strains.

Which makes me wonder what ingredients were used - the label assures it's brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot which means it uses only four ingredients (water, malt, hops, yeast) but that doesn't necessarily ensure they're *good quality* ingredients.

The taste confirms they couldn't have been - as well as possessing no phenols or esters to note, it holds very little grainy, malty flavour or texture worth mentioning either. German weissbiers, even the lesser ones, tend to at least have a grainy, wheat-centered taste that is only more invigorating than it is distinctive and palatable.

As mentioned already, there isn't even a trickle of vanilla or banana or citrusy flavour. Par for the course; there isn't the least bit of a creamy, fluffy sensation nor is there even an adequately brisk carbonation. There is nothing really, less a drop of honey smudged onto a cracker, which leads me to believe they've skimped out on the wheat.

I didn't think a bad German weissbier was possible - the mere sound of it strikes me as perhaps the ultimate oxymoron, better even than 'unbiased opinion', 'peace force' or 'virtual reality'. There's an awful lot of things that make this style so wonderful - it's light and refreshing, spicy and effervescent, layered with flavour and distinctly attractive. Erdinger Weissbier, incredibly, fails to exhibit even one of those qualities.

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Photo of plaid75
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium straw hue, with a three finger foamy white head.

The smell was a bit non-descript. There wasn't the classic clove and banana aroma that I look for in a hefe.

The taste was light and wheaty. An excellent biscuity flavor. However, there was a lack of spiciness. Subtle apple aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was light and refreshing. Excellent carbonation.

Of course a nice drinkable hefe. However, there are much better examples out there.

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

Slightly cloudy gold color, not much head.

Smells like a beer. Mostly smells of grain and a slight sweetness.

Tastes sweeter than you would think from the smell. Has a mild caramel and banana taste with a strong base taste of grain. The taste begins with sweet corn and then transitions to a basic grain flavor and finishes on a bitter hops note. It is pleasant to drink.

Mouthfeel is a bit thicker than you would expect, and lots of carbonation.

Not a bad beer and it is certainly drinkable.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Evil_Pidde
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

50 cl long-necked brown bottle with a beige, neat and clean label.

A: The pour is hazy orange/golden. White, a bit uneven, really large head. Slow dissipation leaves nice lacings.

S: Wheat - ripe sweet bananas. Citric. Some malt, barley gives it bready tone.

T: Wheat and malt. Ripe bananas and bready - almost like rye-bread. Some citric sezt.

M: Smooth light bodied liquid with rich carbonation, a bit rough though. Aftertaste is medium long and holds both sweet and bitter.

D: Wheatbeer is so very refreshing. This is a pretty nice one, but not the best from Bavaria.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.92/5  rDev +13.3%
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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