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.

Added by Bierman9 on 01-28-2002

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Ratings: 518 |  Reviews: 283
Reviews by crossovert:
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4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this before but got a fresher bottle this time around. 500ml bottle best before 06 -2012.

It pours a hazy dark brown with a large but fizzy off-white head that leaves no lacing. Lacing eventually forms as you drink.

The smell is sweet and intoxicating. All I can think of is a quad. Rich dark fruits, nice yeast presence, and sweet dark malts in the back.

The taste is again quad-like. I originally had this very shortly into my craft drinking phase, and I had only had helles weizenbocks. This really strikes me as quad-like though, or maybe a dubbel. It is rich with dark fruits, a rustic yeast strain, and sweet, robust malts. The malts are really delicious here.

This is not quite as good as Aventinus, in fact I am gonna have one of those after this if I am feeling it, but this is a great one.

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More User Reviews:
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 EstebanH
5/5  rDev +29.5%

Had this for breakfast in high school one time... it got me through class and tasted great too.

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Photo of oberon
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep rich brown with a fluffy off-at settles into a cramy top,a sweeter aroma that of caramel and sweet alcohol with a hint of phenolic spice.Flavors are pretty basic pretty sweet with some weizen banana and clove traits but it really doesnt jump out at ya an alcohol kick goes down with the finish.A nice creamy mouthfeel lends to its drinkability it went down quite easy for 7.3% alc.A solid but basic brew one I would buy again.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This Weizenbock is a slow poor. The head was typically hard to contain and would have taken 45 minutes to go down if I’d have had the patience to wait that long. The body was dark brown with some nice orange tints. I swirled and poured the last ounce or two out of the bottle so there was a lot of sediment in my glass.

Smell – The dark, bocky malts came out up front and I could pick up a bit of yeast, but that was about it. Even as it warmed I couldn’t get that full, complex aroma that I’ve come to enjoy from the style.

Taste – The Bock half of this is big, thick, and dark. There is a nice, sweetened molasses flavor that mixes well with the roasty toasty malt base. The yeast came across doughy and burnt.

The dark fruits, mostly dates, came out much better at the taste then they did (or, really, didn’t) at the smell. The sweet, fruity finish was very nice.

Mouthfeel – This one had a solid, weizeny carbonation that I really enjoyed. The heavy bock mouthfeel was a nice contrast to this. All in all, this medium-bodied mouth may not appeal to some but I liked it.

Drinkability – This WB is oh so good. It is a meal in itself and will get you through those 40 days of fasting just right (or the six hours between lunch and dinner).

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Photo of beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

Photo of GameOfBeers
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of JMD71
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Nice smooth head when poured. Nice solid brown color with vigorous carbonation. Looks tasty...

Aroma: Slightly wheaty aroma with alight alcohol notes. Mild caramel profile with yeasty side deteced in the German Weiss style. Fruity, raisiny?

Taste: Very sweet, caramel flavor. A bit too syrupy for me. Not as wheat-flavored as I'd like. No hop profile detected.

Mouthfeel: Very heavy & cloying. Does finish crisper than initally led to believe, but this is heavier than expected.

Drinkability: Not high on my drinkability scale. It is too sweet & cloying for me. I could drink a 1/2 pint, but any more becomes too much.

Comments: This was not my favorite. Enjoyable & interesting, but not in league with others in the style such as Aventinus. This is a lot heavier than expected which detracted from my enjoyment. Too sweet...

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Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | 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: The head collapses quickly to a thin frail tan lace, rich deep brown that goes virtually black in colour.

Smell: Suggestions of sweet prune and caramelized raisins, vague solvent alcohol and spicy phenolics in the nose.

Taste: Certainly full bodied with a creamy mouth feel which forms after the wave a brash carbonation that runs through the mouth. With in the carbonation is all of the other sharp and bitter flavours and seem to make one pass over the taste buds including a small amount of hops and a big chop of clove. Sweet dark fruit scurries all over the palate with hints of date sugar and ripe prunes. Lots of maltiness in play here, mostly on the level of a smooth grain, husk with little astringency and that unique fermented wheat flavour are all present. Yeast on the back end with a powdery earthy character and the alcohol is persistent with a touch of warming prickly sharpness. Light on the phenolic with a trace medicinal taste, though one flavour that stands out the most is a long lasting clove that dulls half way through.

Notes: This is one big bad wheat beer, not bad but could be too big for some. Huge, effervescent and bursting all over with perplexing complexities.

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Photo of merlin48
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark chestnut body that is opaque until held to some light. Creamy, beige head is about two fingers tall and retains well, leaving some sheet lace on the glass. Aroma is somewhat restrained, with some initial lemony citrus and grassy notes. Ripe banana becomes dominant after the final pour, with the yeast swirled in. Some clove and white pepper are also noted. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with weizen effervesence. Body seems to become lighter toward the middle and finish. Taste has prominent dark fruits(figs and raisins), earthy yeast and hop bitterness, wheat wafer, understated bock maltiness notes of caramel and toffee, and banana and clove weizen notes after the yeast is swirled in. Alcohol is generally concealed, but noticeable. Taste is much better near room temperature, with the yeast swirled in. Pleasantly drinkable, and well constructed. Goes well with pretzels as an afterwork snack.

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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 badbeer
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The last time I had this I was in Germany, looked forward to trying it again and reviewing for the first time.

Very dark ruby red and brownish in color. Caramel, plum, burnt sugar came through in the nose. Taste was much of the same, but more noticeable. Hints of banana and clove hidden in there as well. High carbonation with a full body to back it up. Not available near me, but a solid choice when I have the chance.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown color with a large tan head. The aroma is heavy on the toffee, with some bubblegum, banana and clove notes mixed in. The flavor is very similar, the banana and bubblegum notes from the yeast really standing out. There is also some caramel and toffee from the malt and the beer is fairly sweet overall. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

Photo of innominat
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of magictrokini
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown pour with a full tan head. Caramel and sugar aroma mixed with yeast, nuts, and oats. Wheat, nuts, and brown sugar in the flavor. Some metal and alcohol. Lots of dried/lod dark fruits, prunes, figs, dates, blended with caramel. Almost candied. Good enough.

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Photo of wattoclone
4.94/5  rDev +28%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Although Erdinger hefeweizen is easy to find in Pennsylvania, for some reason the weizenbock and dunkelweizen and extremely difficult to find. I had to drive deep into New Jersey to find it it. In the end it was well worth the trip. This is the darkest and richest weizenbock I have tried thus far. Aroma of caramelized burnt sugar, vanilla and over ripe bananas. Sweet dark fruit predominates the complex taste with hints of dates, rum, raisins, maple and ripe prunes. As is normal for Erdinger, it is bottle conditioned and very cloudy as a result. There is a very pleasant, lingering aftertaste of pecan pie. If this was more readily available I would certainly drink it on a regular basis.

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Photo of ryanocerus
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very thick off-white head that took a long time to dissipate. Nice dark ruby color with a faint fruity odor. Good lacing after the first drink which had a decent malty sweet flavor that a weizen bock should have.

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Photo of rawknrall
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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

Photo of ADR
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy dull umber brown in look with a nice 1/2 inch tan head of two separate bubble sizes. Simple lace rings. Yeasty aroma, but with some sense of cardboard and lime. Lighter-bodied than I expected, a bit of molasses, milk chocolate, and fleshy fruit to the malt effort, a little bit of metallic vinegar tinges the end. Some off grainy notes. Hops are minimal, as expected. I tend to like Weizenbocks as among my favorite wheat beers, but this was weak in body and a bit suspect in some of its malt impression.

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Photo of Beer21
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of rastaman
3.22/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

when it comes to weizenbocks there is simply no better than aventinus, this doesn't come close, the alchol is too evident, and its a bit thin.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed deep reddish brown with a coffee ice cream colored head. Bubbly and spongy it rapidly pops down to nothing.

Smell is roasted slightly caramelized grains with hints of fruit and wheat. I've got to say that it's a little on the weak side of things but still very pleasant.

The taste has similar caramelized notes as the smell. A dominating malt flavor over anything else. The slight fruit that was apparent in the nose all but disappears, with just a little poking through in the finish. As it warms a dark cherry taste comes through more and more.

A more than generous carbonated brew that sizzles your taste buds as you drink. I feel the almost over carbonation detracts from the flavors. Dry in the finish and all around slightly above average. Tasty but not something I would re-visit unless I was visiting the brewery in Germany and they were giving them out for free..

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