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Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus | Erdinger Weissbräu

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Erdinger Weissbier PikantusErdinger Weissbier Pikantus

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Erdinger Weissbräu

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Bierman9 on 01-28-2002

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Reviews: 274 | Ratings: 482
Photo of cokes
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark rust- turning to dark sewage after the yeast pour- with a lasting milking khaki foam.
Nose full of mushy black bananas, dirt, raw grains and smoky cloves. More rustic than attractive, but still engaging.
Enters with a blanketing wetness of chocolate-covered banana puree. Turns increasingly tart, with surges of green apples thrown into the fray. Fades to dark fruit later. Raisins covered in burnt caramel. Muddier and doughier after the yeast pour. Banana bread all the way. Spicing is relatively limited, but adds pricks of black pepper and clove. Some sloppy vanilla appears as it warms.
Medium, cream-filled bodied initially, but dies to a sticky flatness.
Could be bolder all around. But a soild weissbock as it is.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark brown color. Large foamy head. Aroma is roasted malts and chocolate. This is the darkest, most opaque Weizen Bocks I've seen. Full bodied. Malty, slightly nutty. Chocolate and caramel malts. Seems a little less complex than most Weizen bocks. Not very spicy. Very smooth flavor. Alcohol bite is fairly noticeable. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet, with a noticeable alcohol finish. Not their best effort.

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Photo of ZAP
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is no Aventinus but this isn't bad...pours a nice deep brown with a redish tint...big ol frothy head of about an inch that back down to nearly nothing as you drink it....the nose is relatively tame, but interesting...oddly enough some sweet vanilla notes...bubble gum...some of the alcohol is evident...also roasted maltiness....and last but not least a nice caramel/toffee aroma..the flavor is solid but far from remarkable....sweet maltiness....almost sugar candy like...the alcohol adds a bit of sharpness to it to keep it from overwhelming you with sweetness....still pretty one dimensional with the maltiness...mouthfeel is sweet and sticky....drinkability is good...I'd drink more of these, but no more than one at a time due to the sweetness and alcohol combo..sweet, tasty, and it packs a punch....

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Photo of mickeymac
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a straight brown with a bit white head that sticks around, leaving lace from top to bottom. The smell is a nice blend of spiciness, caramel/toffee, and a bit of ripe fruit. The complexity carries over to the flavor with all of the previously mentioned characteristics becoming even more pronounced, especially when the beer has warmed just a bit. A nice yeast bite is balanced by the smooth wheat attributes. The mouthfeel is creamy, making for a very nice overall drinking experience. Weizenbocks are quickly becoming one of my favorite styles.

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Photo of bierman2000
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Weizenbock, one of the best in the world IMO it is very chocolatey with a nice roasted character. The alcohol i present throughout and the appearance is opaque dark brown, a nice roasty nose to this beer and an lingering malt presence makes this one worth seeking.

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Photo of ADR
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
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 Andreji
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An ok beer. Pours a dark brown tone with a cosiderable head of a white/tan tone. The smell precedes the taste, a very malty feeling quite light on hops making it rather simple, as the malt, strongly perceivable, only gives off scarce sweetness which combines lightly with any bitterness. Very, very little carbonation as well. An ok beer as i said before. Just o.k.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.45/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Muddy brown appearance. A somewhat airy, but big, light brown head sits on top. The nose consists of bready yeastiness, chocolate, acetic sourness, and a little ethanol. The prime flavor characteristics I get in this one are phenolic and medicinal. Obviously, not what I was looking for. There are some subtle dark malt nuances and a little ethanol sting. But not a lot else going on. The mouthfeel is too gaseous. Makes drinking all the less pleasurable. This is a subpar weizenbock.

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Photo of Indybeer
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Pours a deep dark brown, with a massive tan head that slowly recedes, and leave delicate lacing down the glass. Aroma of malt with barely a hint of clove and banana. The taste is full of malt, with a little sweetness. But lacking any real body. Not a bad beer, just seems to need something more.

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Photo of daledeee
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good German dark beer offering.

Pours a tremendous head-almost unmanagable at first. Head sticks around in a good way though.
Very dark maybe cloudy. Typical banana or chocolate smell.

Taste is malty, hint of chocolate. The 7.3% alc. is not very noticible. Sweet but not overdone.

I found this beer pretty enjoyable but not quite as full flavored as some comparables(Aventinus, Celebrator). I will purchase again.

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Photo of AudioGilz
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opaque dark brown it settles...like thick mud but yummy looking. An absolutely enormous head forms at first and then reduces to a thick coating. An aroma of maltiness and dark fruits is there, but pretty mellow. Yeasty and malty is this medium bodied brew...raisins come through as well and some alcohol touches the finish. It's an enjoyable brew for sure, just not a preferred style of mine. I probably won't buy it again, but I think it's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had Erdinger Dunkel many times, and I always enjoyed it. The Pinkatus is a little harder to find, but well worth the search. Has a nice, almost chocolate flavor, and is quite smooth. This is quite a subtle brew considering the ABV. I always liked Erdinger as an alternative to the usual wheat beers, as it doesn't have the same spicy, clovey taste that most others have. (The same reason that many people don't like Erdinger). This pours very dark brown, nice head - good retention and some foamy lace. A nice, subtle biscuity malt undertone, and some mild complexities. Not quite as good as Aventinus, but what is?

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Photo of marc77
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Murky crimson in hue, covered by a completely uniform, formidably thick, dense and sticky tan head. Nutty, toasty Munich w/ a healthy dose of dark caramel and toffee in aroma. Mellow banana esters. Subdued hints of wheat tartness. Snap of sugary bubblegum initially in flavor is ceded by notes of carob and pseudofruity melanoidins. Wheat makes a token presence by a grainy tartness mid palate along with light clove. Sweetness is persistantly toffeeish and caramelized in nature, and is unfortunately let down by the thin, overly attenuated lack of body. Relatively clean esterwise. Finishes with an overly brief impression of chocolate and banana, but otherwise dry and simply sweet. Pikantus is an odd brew. It falls a bit short of combining the robust malt character of a bock and the quirky esters of a hefeweizen. Tame. It remains quite tasty and highly drinkable, nevertheless.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate brown in color with a light brown head. Leaves a good amount of lacing when sipped down. The aroma is rich, with a bready maltiness. It has a rich bready malty flavor, and hints of chocolate. It is medium-full in body, smooth and somewhat creamy. I really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Morris729
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark mahogany color with a thick and creamy tan colored head that fades into a thin lace. Nose is weak with aromas of sweet roasted malts and grains and a hint of dark fruit. Smooth and creamy in the mouth with a great deal of carbonation. Taste is sweet malts, dark fruit, light chocolate, and a touch of ripe banana. Alcohol becomes more noticeable as the beer warms a bit. Finish is dry. All in all, a complex and enjoyable brew.

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Photo of bditty187
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich dark brown hue, amber highlights, surprisingly dense, tan, tightly packed bubbly head that slowly collapsed, some lace. Unfortunately weak nose, malt and some lightly sugared dark fruit. Alcohol is noticeable. Flavorful but not complex, slightly toasted malt with hints of raisins and prunes, alcohol is rather warming. Vaguely bitter. Faintly sweet and slightly sour finish, sticky. Too thin, creamy mouthfeel… yet fulfilling.

I would recommend Erdinger Pikantus but it is not on par with Aventinus (but what is?). Enjoy one on a cold winter day!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep brown with ruby highlights and a creamy light tan head that rises out of the glass at first, but then cannot hold. Still, it does leave some lace. The aroma is of a rich malt that has a strong cocoa character and light toffee notes, soft dark fruit, some mild bubblegum and a gentle clove. It's surprisingly rich for a dunkle as they tend to offer less yeasty character... although this is a bock as well. The body is medium, and the mouthfeel starts with a zesty tingle on the tongue from a fine & effervescent carbonation. As it warms in the mouth and the CO2 is released, a soft creaminess takes over. The flavor is softly fruity, mildly tangy, and lightly chocolatey up-front, warming into more toffee-ish notes as it crosses the palate, and finishing with light phenolics and a clove-like spiciness. The alcohol is completely hidden. This is obviously balanced towards maltiness, but the alcohol and dark malts keep it dryer than a standard weizen. Exceptionally well done and highly drinkable.

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Photo of Gusler
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep garnet to translucent brown in color, head is modest in size, the texture frothy, beige in color with nice sheets of lace to cover the glass. Nose is malt dominated, lightly fruit sweet, hints of caramel, but picked up some medicinal tones? Sweet start, middling mouth feel, moderate on the carbonation, the hops sparse at first, but pick up a bit as it adjusts in temperature, dry aftertaste. Relatively big ABV at 7.3 percent, and I did expect more from this beer than it delivered. Why? You might ask, frankly I don’t know, another mystery to be solved by sampling again.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice medium dark cocolate color. Foam nice and tight but didn't last long. Malty flavor with a very little complex of flavors leading with a raisin taste. Good for introducting people to a mellow brew. This beer was smooooth in the after taste!

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Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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 StevieW
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark brown, rich foamy beige head. Not much noticable smell wise, some faint maltiness. Taste was appropriately malty, but a bit thin on everything else. Lots of roasted syrupy fruit tastes in the middle, raisans, plums, bit of spice. Doesn't quite met the expectations. Light bodied, and not near as flavorful as Aventinius, but still a very balanced, rich, creamy Weissbock. I liked the Erdinger Dunkel I had last night better, it was actually had more body and better flavor.

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Photo of John
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark brown. Nice tan head, minimal lacing. Good looking brew in a tall weizenbier glass. Big dark roasted wheat grain, malt aroma. Some earthy yeast and a mere suggestion of esters are also noted. Initial taste is roasted bitterness. Smooths, mellows and sweetens as it warms. This is a very good weizenbock.

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Photo of Bierman9
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark-brown/garnet-like color, a touch cloudy, with a tight, fine tan head. Not much lacework, though. Pleasant aroma of sweet malt and dark fruit, with a hint of spiciness. Medium-bodied, with just a tiny bit too much carbonation. More sweetness from the malt shows up in the flavor-profile, along with a raisiny character, and more evidence of yeastiness. Would rate flavor higher if it were a bit more complex; too much of the raisins, too little else... Still, quite enjoyable! Prosit!!

overall: 4
appearance: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of ryanocerus
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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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Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus from Erdinger Weissbräu
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