Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus
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Bock - Weizenbock
Ranked #29
Ranked #18,356
3.88 | pDev: 10.05%
Erdinger Weissbräu
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Notes: 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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Steve555 from Wales

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tan two finger pillowy head with a pinky tinge. Dark brown body with a pinky tinge also. Smell is of fruits and sugar.
Taste is fruity, wheaty, brown bread, spicy and sweet with a little warming alcohol. Medium carbonation, quite a thick full body. It's a very tasty beer.

Aug 10, 2020
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle, the last remaining from an Erdinger mixed pack I bought at the LCBO in late 2019. "Best before end" Jun 2020 and served at cellar temperature.

Pours a deep, clear ruddy copper-brown colour - it's effervescent and quite heady, sporting nearly two inches of puffy, light buff-coloured foam that gradually seeps away over the course of the next ten minutes, give or take. A creamy, quarter-inch cap and collar are the eventual remnants; not much lace, but it still looks pretty darn good in a tall weizen glass. Interesting nose - grainy pale malts and bready wheat figure in strongly, paired up with notes of raisin, fig, caramel, molasses and overripe banana. Smells rich and saccharine, with hints of ethanol, clove spice and a slight metallicity.

Wow that's smooth, with almost no sign of the 7.3%. I'm tasting molasses and caramelized sugar, as well as toasted bread, wheaty grains and a mixture of dark fruit flavours, including fig and raisin - there's even a hint of chocolate milk coming through by mid-sip, presumably related to the roasted malts. Banana, brown sugar, dark fruit and molasses carry on through a sweet, yeasty, weakly boozy finish with faint suggestions of clove; it concludes similarly, though the aftertaste fades surprisingly quickly for such an otherwise robust beer. Medium-full in body, with the carbonation quickly exhausting itself, resulting in a silky-smooth, rather satisfying mouthfeel that complements its moderately sweet nature.

Final Grade: 4.04, an A-. Some of my favourite beers of all time are weizenbocks... yet unfortunately, it's a style that has never been particularly well-represented locally, especially in terms of quantity. Case in point: more than two years have passed since I last happened upon a new one to review... and while we're counting, it's been at least twice that long since I've sampled a new, top notch, authentic German-made one. I don't think Pikantus is anywhere near the pinnacle of this style, but it's an undoubtedly unique example that I thoroughly enjoyed. Well worth trying if you can find it - a product Erdinger has every right to be proud of.

Jun 25, 2020
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vinicole from England

3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle conditioned. Dark chestnut with a thick well maintained and dense beige head.
Subdued creamy malt and dark autumn fruit aroma.
Somewhat sweet in flavour similar to crème brulee toffee.
Mid body and feel. Mild fizz.
I expected more flavour.

Jan 19, 2020
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FBarber from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a darker brown color, appears clear when held up to the light. Huge pillowy off-white head dissipates steadily leaving a thin layer of spotty tan foam on top of the beer.

Aroma is somewhat subdued with notes of clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, wheat, some bready malts.

Taste follows the nose with lots of cloves, cinnamon and some peppery notes up front. Bready malts coupled with dark fruits that have a slight sweetness to them.

Feel is spritzy with a vibrant carbonation. Semi-dry on the finish. Smooth, medium bodied.

Overall a lovely beer.

Dec 01, 2019
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CrossedRays from Colombia

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: ruby brown color, thick white foam but after 30 seconds it is gone
S: Dark chocolate and toasted malt
T: Some hints of dark chocolate but mostly smoaked wood
F: a bit too zelterzy but after a while it goes away

Jul 18, 2019
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.35/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L- Veeery deep chestnut brown (might look black by lamplight), pours with 1Cm fine tan head. Stored and poured carefully, despite which it is cloudy, and there is much accreted sediment left in the bottom of the bottle.
S- Surprisingly low smell for a robust looking beer, maybe just some very light grains.
T- Deeply malty/toasty, then rich verging on somewhat sweet, with a punchy alcohol tang into the finish.
F- As above, and I think this needs to be served well chilled, even then it's a bit sweet.
O- I was surprised and happy to find this in Waitrose London at £2.20/500ml for a 7.3% Erdinger, visions of clearing their shelf... But on trying it I'm left underwhelmed. I don't sense the noted nutmeg at all, or FWIW any other spice. It's a bit too rich/sweet for me, but lacks character to carry that off. Sadly I don't see myself bothering to buy this again. - I'm very surprised, esp. having lived in Germany before, drunk a legion's fill of their beer over years to find this from one of their main breweries...
I'll pay a bit more and stick to the current super-impressive multi-dimensional higher-end offerings from Fullers, Greene King and Martsons, all also currently stocked at Waitrose.
BB: 12/2019

Jun 28, 2019
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Spike from England

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a wheat beer glass.
L: Lovely, glossy, dark hickory colour. Big, foaming, tan head is long-lasting.
S: Disappointing. Not much there.
T: Sweet, rich and malty. Brown bread, molasses, dark treacle, plum pudding. Some alcohol heat.
F: Foaming mouthfeel becomes satisfyingly sticky.

Jun 01, 2019
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ewpass from Canada (PE)

3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Dec 31, 2018
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eberesford from Canada (ON)

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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

Nov 15, 2018
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dcotom from Iowa

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Jun 22, 2018
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Nass from Florida

3.14/5  rDev -19.1%
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-

May 27, 2018
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.02/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

May 27, 2018
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PatrickCT from Connecticut

3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Jan 23, 2018
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drmeto from Germany

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Aug 14, 2017
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BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
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!

Aug 06, 2017
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Kormorant from Argentina

4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Mar 16, 2017
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Brookfieldglass from Iowa

4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Aug 07, 2016
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qrazvan from Romania

3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Jun 28, 2016
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PorterPro125 from Canada (NB)

4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
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 .

May 03, 2016
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OlaB from Norway

4.31/5  rDev +11.1%
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

Apr 24, 2016
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.57/5  rDev -8%
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.

Feb 19, 2016
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James954 from Florida

4.34/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Jan 09, 2016
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StJamesGate from New York

3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
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

Dec 24, 2015
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Dec 16, 2015
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Premo88 from Texas

4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Nov 08, 2015
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