Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus | Erdinger Weissbräu

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496 Ratings
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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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BierStein711
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into weizen glass

No freshness date indicated

Three finger head, quickly fading to one and a half fingers

A: Blood orange, with some darker accents

S: Estery, spices, cloves, some chocolate

T: Chocolate and malt

M: Thick and warming

Overall, this is an alright beer worth consuming. Another one of Erdinger's greatest hits. I will have this again. However, their actual weissbier is still number one to me.

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Photo of Fenrisulven
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of krazyboi
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown/orange, slightly cloudy, big head formation, leaves a little bit of lacing.

S: Sweet, malty, caramel, banana.

T: Sweet, slightly bitter, caramel, slightly citrusy, and ends off with a slight alcohol kick and lingering bitterness.

M: Thick and smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation, and "slightly chewy."

D: This is a good beer which I would probably drink again. The bitterness definitely lingers for a while. It feels great in the mouth and tastes great also. All in all, a beer I would recommend to friends. Try it!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown to black in color with an off white head. In the aroma, wheat notes, dark fruit, and a small alcohol presence. In the taste, wheat, a small citrus and notes of dark fruits. A small bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry wheat and banana like aftertaste. Lots of fruitiness going on, a small alcohol presence, but nice nonetheless.

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Photo of bobhits
2.31/5  rDev -40%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Stone Imperial Pint glass. Pours a dark reddish, cloudy body with a talk white/tan head. No lacing to speak of.

Fruity twang that I can’t place, some citrus berries and a lot yeast and dark sweet malts.

The flavor here is intense and extremely sweet. A lot of sugar sweetness, caramel, dark fruits. A touch of a hop bite, just adding a hint of spice and a lot of yeast is in play here.

Well carbonated which is a touch surprising given the 7.3%. I’m not thrilled about this one. I like less carbonation with this much sweetness.

This isn’t for me. Too fruity and sweet and too much yeast to top it off. I don’t know the style well to compare to that, but this doing it for me. There is still a lot of flavor here so it is possible if sweeter beers are your thing that this one might work well. With all German beers it is possible that this is just not fresh enough.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chocolatey brown to caramel like colour in the glass & forms an off-white head with tinges of brown in it & stays as a thick lacing throughout.

Not too strong. A bit of spice blended with some caramel & hints of banana. You can also smell a little alcohol mixed in with the wheat.

Sweet but not overly. The main flavour seems to be coming from a sort of roasted almonds taste & overall the drink is quite rich & malty. In parts it almost tastes like cola but there is also hints of toffee & caramel.

Smooth to begin with but has a little chewiness in the finish, it is rich & creamy throughout and has a fair bit of carbonation to boot. The alcohol is quite noticeable in this one though.

Not a bad tasting beer but I felt that the flavours were too light throughout & could have been more pronounced. The alcohol content was also quite noticeable.

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Photo of cindiwindi1025
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is my very first weizen bock, it is now a style i like :)

a - thick dark brown body, very bubbly coca cola type head, faded to a light lace

s- i didnt pick up much of anything on the nose, a little sweetness but couldnt detect what it was

t -lightly sweet, banana and toffee flavors, balanced nicely with bready malts and alcohol

m- tingly, due to med/high carbonation and alcohol burn that lingers

o- a nice thick beer, nice flavors and perfect for this time of year

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Photo of madvoice
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mid brown colour with the thickest, frothiest head I've ever seen on a beer. I almost thought I didn't pour it right. Left behind a lot of lacing too.

Has a very caramel aroma with a hint of bananas.

I wasn't expecting the taste. The general wheat beer but with a lot more of the caramel malt flavour to it. Quite tasty.

Pretty heavy on the carbonation (hence the head) but meatier than expected.

Quite drinkable even though it's fizzier than most. Something I would have again.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz bottle, Boulevard tulip, "10-2011" on the back label.

Ah, it's lovely to have new (to me) Weizenbock in my glass. This one moves from the darkest stone amber shades of yellowed brown to opaque red-brown and the head is immense. It's color is old book page and, composed of larger bubbles, it crackles audibly as it desists to a cap.

Moderately sweet nose with vivid date and prune aromas. Fruit and caramelized sugar aromas balance with a rough around the edges quality; not alcohol, not wholly wheat grain.

In flavor Pikantus is less refined; alcohol is a bitter bailiff accompanied by scraping carbonation. The plump fruit recedes, a woody hop comes in, and distinct wheat graininess hangs about. Weizen yeast is clearly in play, being phenolic.

As I said, the carbonation is immense on the pour and in the mouth, though it manifests itself not in the more normal fizzy way, but with a club soda like cleansing, exploding CO2. Unusual and not unpleasant, but seemingly not suited to allowing all the flavors to blossom.

Weizenbock is a diverse style and I like that a lot; something I think many BAs appreciate very much is variety. This one is darker but not too sweet, with a rich nose. I would like to see even more Weizenbocks around me.

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Photo of esv
3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a) Unbelievably carbonated. 6 inches of thick head in an imperial pint. Slowly collapses, leaving a billowy top. Dark, handsome brown. Tan head.

s) Sweet and malty. Maybe some fruit/bananas but not much.

t) Sweet, maybe a little sickeningly so. Raisins and cotton candy. A hint of medicinal bitterness.

m) Surprisingly light considering the flavor, abv and color. Medium carbonation. A little sticky.

o) Personally, I'm not a big fan but it may be true to style. I don't know it well.

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Photo of bnes09
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark auburn colored ale. Pours a monsterous head that will not let up. Recedes to a thick froth and leaves behind mountains of creamy lacing.

Nutty aroma. Fresh yeast in the nose, like rising wheat bread.

Flavor is mostly malty and semi-sweet. Lightly roasted nuts, almonds and cashews. Fresh yeast flavor. Whole wheat backbone. Just a hint of alcohol strength. Mild earthy hop character. Overall, very tasty and well balanced.

Medium-bodied. Lots of rich texture from the yeast. Good carbonation. Exciting on the palate.

This is some good stuff. Delicious, complex and highly drinkable.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into Guinness pint glass. Bottle acquired at a REWE store in North Berlin, Germany. Reviewed live at a friend's gaff in North Berlin.

A: Decent upward bubble show. 3.5 finger head of very appealing cream, great thickness, and incredible retention (especially for a 7.3% ABV beer). Dark brown colour with extremely light tinges of ruby. Appealing.

Sm: Very nutty. Wheat is restrained but present. Some cream. Maybe some slight souring or crystal hops; difficult to discern with me broken nose.

T: Wheat foundation with nutty overtones. A bit of caramel but only a hint. Almost a toffee note but it's well buried. I was surprised to read on the ingredient list that it has so much malt; this factor is very well handled. I assume it's tamed by the wheat, which in turn is tamed by the hops. I quite fancy it. There may be some hidden cocoa, but it might just be in me head. Don't go looking for it too hardcore now. I feel also that there's a buried hint of a berry ester - maybe strawberry. Masterfully balanced, though a trace of must is present on the finish.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with the usual changes on the climax. Suits the style, but not exactly the beer per se. It's good enough anyway.

Dr: Hides the 7.3% ABV extraordinarily well. It's priced very fairly (~2 quid) considering German standards (and its ABV) as well. A great beer to get locked on if you're in Germany. I'd certainly have this one again. Any beer fanatic should try this beer.

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

Half litre brown bottle brought back from Berlin to review, drank on 28 April 2011, two days before it's best before date!

The huge off-white bubbly head sat on top of a murky reddy brown body, the Franziskaner Weissbier glass showing it off perfectly.

The aromas were of All Spice, Mace and yeasts.

The taste was roasted nuts in molasses, semi-sweet toffee and Victoria Plums. As the beer began to warm in the glass I detected the taste of sultanas and raisins trying to be get out.

The robust body with a good depth of strength just about contained the alcohol content, which scarcely manages to put it's head above the parapet.

I really enjoyed this beer, both warming and satisfying.

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Photo of cervezango
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

in my top 3 beers I've had so far, very complex and spellbinding flavor, delicious.

dark and cloudy haze little red like a yeasty cloud mixed in with a Belgian dark lager. ice 2 and a half fingers of head.

smoky rum raisn, cherry and dark chocolate.

leaves the tougne a little dry, but heavy and very filling, flavor saturated.

nice homey/fire side feel,
i really love this, great

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Russian River Sound Czech pilsner glass.

Pours a dark brown color that doesn't let too much light through. The initial head isn't terribly dense and fades away quickly. Light tan and no lacing. The nose has a bit of chocolate as well as some booze and clove. A bit of sweetness there as well. The flavor has a modest amount of chocolate malt as well as some mild German yeast character. Moderate body with a touch o booze in the finish. Pretty good, but nothing too memorable.

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

appearance - mahogany brown with tan head

smell - plums, raisins, cola, currants, rum

taste - dark fruits come through on this, raisins, figs, currants, rum, cola

mouthfeel - smooth,creamy, highly carbonated, medium bodied, not too sweet, good falvors lingering in the finish

overall - good find for me as it was kind of difficult to get a hold of, not at the head of the class for the style, but really good beverage worth trying

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into an Erdinger's weizen glass by freshness date.

Hazy and murky very deep brown color with a slight amber tinge, thick but not so tight creamy tan head forms up swiftly and gradually collapses with good retention to a medium endurance frothy layer cover on top. There is almost no real lace from head’s dissipation but there are some patches of lace during drink, high active carbonation.

The smell is in malty range between caramel, biscuit and dark. Fruity ester reminiscent of plum and prune mingle with clove, phenolic spice, somewhat creamy note and trait of roasted malt.

Sweetness is from fruity ester reminding me of plum, prune and raisin. The good malty attribute lends a touch popping up in range of sweet dark, biscuity, caramelized and roasted note. Some clove spice and phenol add in more complexity while hop tries to balance with subtle bitterness at the almost finish.

The body is medium to rather bold with semi-smooth mouthfeel within its moderate carbonation, dry finish.

Pretty good Wheatbock, so drinkable, alcohol is well hidden and is barely perceived throughout a tasting process.

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

Pours a hazy medium brown with off-white head. Nose is aromatic with yeasty bready notes reminding me of dark breads. Palate brings forth nice dark wheaty flavors, wild flavors from the yeast working their magic, and plentyfor carbonation for a tingly zing as it goes down the gullet.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an undated bottle into an Erdinger weiss beer glass because I can. Beer is brown with a HUGE tan head that falls away leaving no lacing on the glass. Heavily carbonated.

Beer has a mildly sweet / candy-like aroma, some esters, overall it's OK.

Beer is medium to light in body, heavily carbonated on the palate. It's sweet and feels nice, mild bitterness on the end, it's a pretty good weizenbock. I'd have it again if it were possible. On a side note, this beer is currently on the Top 50 list for Germany and it is the hardest beer to track down. It was worth the effort.

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

This is the 3rd beer I've had from Erdinger. Pretty interesting that all three have had a pretty unique flavor profile. Even though they're Bavrian wheat beers, they seem to have a mild fruit flavor profile.
Pours a cloudy brown color. Definitely unfiltered as there's a fair amount of year particles and sediment. Big fluffy head that all good weissbiers should have.
The nose focuses mainly on dark bready wheat malts. Much like the dunkel weissbier, I'm not picking up tons of banana here, which is unique amongst most others.
The flavor profile matches a doppelbock as much as a dark weizenbock. Lots of chocolate and rum raisin character. The wheat offers a husky flavor that carries over as well. The traditional weissbier yeast notes are primarily clove-based here. Banana creeps in with the finish (only slightly) and hops leave a little bit of herbal character.
Easy drinking and not too strong, this is pretty good stuff and something I could easily drink a couple bottles of. Plus, in a style where heat is very common, this beer really doesn't have much at all.
Much like their other beers, I think Erdinger makes wheat beers for people that don't traditionally flock to them. The yeast fruit character is minimal and herbal/spice notes come through more.
Unique amongst other wheat bocks, I recommend this one, especially if you're normally not a fan of the style.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass (because that's all I have at this time), the beer pours a dark brown to black coloring, with brown highlights around the edges. No head present, but a slight film of bubbling. The beer has smells of caramel, but light due to increased carbonation. Also present are smells of sweet fruits (plums and raisins) and malt. The beer has an initial flavor of milk chocolate and earthy spices. The flavor is quickly followed up by a cherry flavor, with an overcarbonated feel to it. The beer is sharp and overcarbonated in mouth, and the beer does not have enough body to counterbalance this. The beer has a semisweet and smooth aftertaste, with a last second bite of the carbonated feel. The finish is a little lackluster, with an overall feel of sweet letdown. Not a beer that promotes continued drinking, in my opinion.

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Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus from Erdinger Weissbräu
3.85 out of 5 based on 496 ratings.
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