Erdinger Weissbier | Erdinger Weissbräu

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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
Ratings:
1,936
Reviews:
785
Avg:
3.46
pDev:
14.45%
 
 
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34
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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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4/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of rab53
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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 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 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 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 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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3.83/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 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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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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 TheSevenDuffs
3.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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 Sweffin
3.4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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4/5  rDev +15.6%

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 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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Erdinger Weissbier from Erdinger Weissbräu
3.46 out of 5 based on 1,936 ratings.
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