Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus | Erdinger Weissbräu

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Erdinger Weissbräu

Style: German Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
ERDINGER Pikantus is already a legend during the “strong beer season”. But with its complex symphony of aromas, it also stimulates the taste buds – making it a perfect aperitif.

With an ABV of 7.3% and an original wort of 16.7°P, this bock beer is ERDINGER Weissbräu’s strongest contender.

For a true Bavarian aperitif, divide a bottle of ERDINGER Pikantus between two connoisseur glasses – with its dark color and smooth creamy head, Pikantus is already a feast for the eyes. The flavor that develops on the palate is well-rounded and malty with a hint of nutmeg and fine nougat. The sparkling nature of ERDINGER Pikantus harmonizes perfectly with its slightly sweet character, as well as its soft and delicate finish.

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Reviews: 283 | Ratings: 521
Photo of ewpass
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark brown with a medium head. Ripe raisin and currant nose. Full malt body with dry yeastiness. Not as sweet as I was expecting from the reviews. Considerable effervescence for a lovely, sparkling after dinner beer.

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Photo of eberesford
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Generous foamy parchment coloured head over a roddy brown slightly cloudy body. Aromas of toffe, dark bread, faint banana. Better than the regular Dunkelweiss

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Photo of dcotom
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a half-liter bottle into a weizen glass. Woody reddish-brown color, with a voluminous eggshell-colored head that left a bit of nice lacing. Aromas and flavors of dark bread, caramel, dried fruit, with a slight floral undertone. Lots of sweetness on the palate. Medium bodied, with some lingering fruity sweetness on the finish. There is some alcohol warmth that becomes a bit more prominent as the beer warms. I paired this with a bison burger and it was heaven. Delicious and very drinkable on its own.

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Photo of Nass
3.14/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty tasty weizenbock. Sort of one dimensional with the sweetness. It could use some more banana notes. I would suggest that they add some more wheat to it. I am not too crazy about it the Pikantus but it is decent. If you like dark & malty wheat beers then you should try this one out. Cheers! B-

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Photo of tigg924
3.02/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Pours opaque, dark brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is dark wheat, clove, raisin, and chocolate. Medium bodied and carbonation, sweet. Several other weizenbocks I prefer. Above average but will not get again. Too sweet.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lovely, rich, cloudy mahogany body. Khaki 2 finger head with lots of fizz and big bubbles vanishes rather quickly leaving a faint ring around the glass.
The aroma is malty and sweet with caramel, some banana and clove and a bit of medicinal hops.
The taste follows the nose with a bit more sweetness. Finishes spicy with some pepper.
The mouth feel is a bit heavy and clumsy but it does have good carbonation which adds to the finish.

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Photo of drmeto
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

-pours a cloudy mahogany with ruby tinges and a medium,foamy,beige head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-Follows the nose + spicy,nutty and fresh brown bread
-medium carbonation
-medium, soft body
-slight alcohol noticeable
Due to Erdinger's neutral House yeast, this is much more similar to a Doppelbock than a Weizenbock.
A damn good Beer though.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a darker brown with a huge, weissbier-appropriate, tan head. Nose is a bit of banana, clove and caramel. The gets the same - yum!

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Photo of Kormorant
4.36/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I've seen many reviews of people describing the original Erdinger Weissbier as good but not awesome, so I decided to try a few more beers before giving a shot to this brand.
In the attempt to find a Paulaner Weissbier here in Argentina, which I couldn't find, I found this 'Pikantus' Weizenbock, thinking it was a normal Weissbier.
When I got home, I sent it right to the fridge, and after a few hours later, I poured this beer in a 300ml glass.
Look: The perfect balance between a hefeweizen and a bock makes this beer look unique.
Smell: Traces of banana, typical of weissbiers, mixed with some sour touches.
Taste: Stronger than most wheat-based beers, yet, delicious. The bock properties in this Erdinger makes it a bit sour, in my opinion.
Feel: The feel is BY FAR the best point in this beer, a creamy texture, followed by non-agressive bubbles and a soft feeel in the drinkers' mouth.
Overall: A very good beer, would give a 4.5 overall, but gotta stick with a solid 4.25, due to the fact that I felt it was a bit high for this one.

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Photo of Brookfieldglass
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle poured into a Erdinger Weizen glass.

Pours a dark brown with a hint of amber that was topped by a fluffy light brown three finger head but quickly dissipated to a half of a finger head but so far has good retention at that point.

Aroma: I smell caramel, some sort of "dark fruits", along with some banana and perhaps clove.

Taste: Caramel, dark fruit, banana, basically the aroma described above with a very very slightly boozy finish but a very balanced beer from start to finish despite the higher ABV content.

Mouth-feel: This strikes me as a medium to heavy body with moderate carbonation. The overall feel is very drinkable but yet a bit creamy to a dry feeling on the finish.

Overall: This is my first experience with this particular beer but it ranks up there with some of the other breweries Weizenbock offerings in Germany. This is a very easy drinker despite the higher ABV and it very consistent in start to finish. I would definitely revisit this beer again but in my part of the country it is somewhat difficult to find.

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Photo of qrazvan
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours very cloudy and thick, almost impossible to see through.
Smells nice, spicy. The taste is complex, the pepper flavour striking at first, then mixing with a more fruity feeling and caramel.
The alcohol content makes its presence felt.
Recommended cold.
In point of view, a very good dark bock beer.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.09/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

A- Pours a dark, hazy amber (when held up to a light source). Topped by a fluffy off-white 1 finger head that dissipates into a thin layer fairly quickly. Patchy lacing.

S- Caramel, dark fruit (prune, raisin), as well as the banana and clove flavour that is typical in most wheat brews.

T- Caramel, dark fruit, banana, and a crisp, non-assertive hop bite to finish. Well balanced taste from start to finish. No indication of the relatively high ABV.

M- Medium-Heavy body and crisp moderately high carbonation. The carbonation definitely plays a big part in making this very drinkable.

O- An excellent weizenbock that offers an extremely well balanced flavour and aroma, all the while being very drinkable. Refreshing .

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Photo of OlaB
4.31/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: dark brown color, cloudy , light head that disolves quickly

S: malty and fruity is what i will describe. sweet malts and caramel, dark fruits like plums,raisins and dates, banana ripes and spices

T&F: delicious malty sweetness,and fruity, The fruity flavours is in the begining with much of the aromas in the taste, dark fruits, the malts takes over in the middle, sweet caramel malts that are greatly balanced, some nice hop notes in the finishing and the aftertaste. this beer was very well rounded,the high alcohol content is very well hidden that is not very noticable in the flavour.

O: this beer was a true pleasure to drink, a great example of its style. This is a beer that i sure will grab again if i get the chance. Delicious

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Photo of Beginner2
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had this before, but either I changed or it changed or the memory is failing.
I should have enjoyed this refreshing dark wheat treat, but the carbonation was too much for my tongue.
It managed to go with cheese mostly appetizers.
And I have no complaints.
But I think I've had enough for several more years.

I'm going to start noting when a beer is listed in one of my three books comprising my classical beer education.
Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die", a sequel to his CAMRA classic.
It also is listed on the "1001."

In his 1999 edition, Michael Jackson gave this a 2.5 stars (out of 4) and thought it "very smooth"; indicating something has changed or it was my bottle.

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Photo of James954
4.34/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. bottle

(There's a little plagerism from another member here...Just wanted to get a good description down while I was a little too drunk to elaborate.)

L: Raisin color

S: "dark dried fruits, grapes, sweet grapes -- port wine without any alcohol burn/astringency; oak wood, but not smokey ... very sweet; toasted fruit; a musty earthiness dances perfectly with all that sweetness"

T: "toasted apricot ... lots of sweet malt, kind of a medium-dark flavor -- dark dried fruits, prunes, dates ... almost dusty, too, like a quadruple; a definite wheat twang to it, not tart or sour but ... well, maybe just a whisper of a tart note, but it's buried under so much sweet malt flavor that it comes out like a little "twang" for lack of a better descriptor; the sweetness is undeniable ... it's borderline quad-like"

F: Perfect mouthfeel...thick and full carbonation with just the right heft

O: The best Erdinger i've had yet.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale cloudy nut brown with a pile of tan froth that fades fast. 3.75
Pencil erasers, banana creme and light clove. 3.75
Carrot cake, cola syrup, overripe banana, birch beer and prune. 3.5
Slight licorice end and spearmint linger.
Light, fizzy, yet burns. 3.5

Some slick, cloying malt sweetness up front where there should be melanoidin bread. Sharp carbonation - makes for an unpleasant feel that accentuates the heat; no wheat creaminess whatsoever. Esters and phenols are both light. An all around poor example of the style. 3.5

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 16.9 oz. bottle. Has a very dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some dark fruits, cloves. Taste is malty, nutty, bananas, cloves, a touch of sweetness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Premo88
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into wheat-beer glass

L: dark brown-cherry ... more brown than red, like a dark-stained piece of cedar wood; massive tan head of foam, about 2-inches tall with big bubbles stacked so perfectly -- it's a perfect pour and beautiful to look at it in the weizen glass; no stick or lace but the beer does keep a nice collar and a cool half-skin

S: dark dried fruits, grapes, sweet grapes -- port wine without any alcohol burn/astringency; oak wood, but not smokey ... very sweet; toasted fruit; a musty earthiness dances perfectly with all that sweetness

T: toasted apricot ... lots of sweet malt, kind of a medium-dark flavor -- dark dried fruits, prunes, dates ... almost dusty, too, like a quadruple; a definite wheat twang to it, not tart or sour but ... well, maybe just a whisper of a tart note, but it's buried under so much sweet malt flavor that it comes out like a little "twang" for lack of a better descriptor; the sweetness is undeniable ... it's borderline quad-like

F: full ... lots of carbonation for a mix of ale heft and lager crispness

O: fantastic brew, what I'd expect from a "German quadruple" if such a category existed ... it's super sweet but has a nice oak-wood flavor (earthiness) to help it balance out ... I'm a big fan of this category and this brew fits nicely in it; a beer I will definitely revisit.

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Photo of D-HopSupreme
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown body with foamy beige head. Scent is faint of wheat and yeast. The taste is mainly of dark fruits, along with some hints of wheat, bearing other similarities to Chimay Bleu. It has a very smooth finish, making for a damn good beer altogether.

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

From bottle, pours a copper colored slightly cloudy with a large and lasting tan head. Aroma Sweet, malty and grainy with ripe banana, wheat, some dark fruits, some clove. Smooth texture with a big sweet mouth feel. Flavor of clove, malt, wheat, dark fruits, syrup, herbs. Lingering sweet ripe banana and caramel. Very nice.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dirty, hazy brown in colour. Plenty of streaming CO2 in the glass and a thick foam head with great retention.

Smell - Spicy aroma first off with some banana, some booze with plenty of nutty tones and some citrus.

Taste - Sweet and sugary at the start this beer subsides into a warming boozy middle. Spicy first off similar to the nose with some banana with plenty of nutty tones and some citrus.

Mouth feel - Slightly watery compared to other beers in the range. There is also only poor linger with this beer due to the watery feel.

Overall - This beer while tasty is only around average for the range and the poor mouth feel and smell let it down.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, part of a new mixed-pack from Erdinger now available in Alberta.

This beer pours a dark, very murky brown colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy beige head, which leaves a bit of low-lying coastal vista lace around the glass as it eventually seeps away.

It smells of bready, doughy caramel malt, wet banana chips, ethereal savoury spice, a touch of dry, flaky chocolate, faintly spicy wheat grain, and soft earthy, floral, and slightly weedy hops. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy caramel malt, a still second-class gritty wheatiness, banana bread, toffee candies, understated bittersweet chocolate, muddled dark orchard fruit, very tame earthy spice, and a genial weedy, leafy, and floral noble hoppiness.

The carbonation is quite active in its more fizzy than frothy wanderings, the body on the light side of medium weight, and mostly smooth, the heretofore sneaky alcohol finally coming onto the scene. It finishes off-dry, the lingering caramel and wheat doing well to push aside any spice, yeast, fruit, or yes, booze.

A pretty tasty and engaging Weizenbock, the grand uptick in ABV hardly noticeable in the least, while the other sundry players punch in, punch out, and all is well. Worthy of a go, even if it means having to get yet another one of those basic Erdinger weizen glasses in the deal - no worries, it makes a nice gift to your beergeek-aspiring friends.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome weizenbock, strong, full of character and complex. Banana, spices, bread, ethanol, caramel, and extremely well controlled acidity. Smells delicious.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky brown dishwater, with a thin off white head. Smells of banana bread, clove, and other dark fruit. Tastes of good Weiss with banana and prune, wth slight flavor from the bock. The stuff goes down smooth as silk!

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a curved wheat ale glass. Best before Sept 2015.

The bottle just foams wonderfully large and controlled, but with a chocolate light tan and fine carbonation. Head fills fistfull with controll, a creamy top, and big swiss cheese appearance. Huge amounts of slow and pinhead carbonation, crawling and creeping, microfine tan bubbles, through a milk chocolate dark orange body. Slightly murky, but just what the doctor ordered nearly perfect.

Mild senses of clove, very faint banana esters. Mild sense of mineral carbonation as well, and just a hint of milky whoppers candy like chocolate. Subtle and simple.

While the aroma seems simple the palate is a bit more obvious. Mid palate fills with a light mineral kick. Huge banana aftertaste mixing in with chocolate for a nice sundae like quality. Mineral rich a little bit, with a lighter feel in the mouth. Slightly water milk chocolate sensations though, but comes with a very airy finish.

Overall a subtler take, but with very noticeable esters that really make a mark. Pretty solid and enjoyable.

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Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 521 ratings