Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus | Erdinger Weissbräu

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489 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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Photo of wattoclone
4.94/5  rDev +28.3%
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 fezmeister
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard bock nose from a gorgeous deep, cloudy cocoa brown brew with a pillowy tan head. Looks tasty. Nothing outrageous or different in the flavor profile; very consistent wheat/malt/yeast flavor of a classic dark weizen, but I REALLY liked that the additional esters and malts did not contribute to any sweet clingy quality, as advertised - the malts taste sweet, but don’t linger or leave a syrupy feel on the palate. Nice yeasty wheat finish. A good, clean, solid offering if you enjoy this style, and a quaffable summer thirst quencher for the malt enthusiast.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Zachtheporter
3.33/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1pt .9 floz bottle into a weizen glass.

A- Pours a very rich deep dark brown. Very hazy with no light penetration. Pours a 2 finger khaki colored head.

S- Sweet and rather spicy/fruity at first. Some faint hints of bubblegum wheatiniess with a bit of an underlying malty breadiness. Some very faint caramel notes as well.

T- Start's off with a more forward yet faint wheat flavor before moving into a slightly sweet body with some faint notes of bubblegum. The beginning is also slightly malty with some very faint grain bread and toffee notes. some slight cola flavor is present as well. Ends with a slightly malty finish.

M- Has a medium body feel to it with medium to high carbonation. Also a bit of a chewiness to it.

O- A good beer, but there are definetly better weizenbocks out there. The color kind of scared me at first and actually made me question weather or not I had actually picked up a dunkleweizen by mistake. Upon further inspection of the bottle just now I noticed they have actually labeled it as a Dunkler Weizenbock, odd. While this beer is decent I prefer Weinstephaner's Vitus over this any day.

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

500 ml bottle, 11-2012 expiry, poured into a weizen glass

a: pours a deep brown, nearly black, with a three finger tan head, diminishing quickly to a thing film, no lacing

s: dark fruits, plums, raisins, alcohol heat, wheat. quite complex.

t: a rich wheatiness, dark malts, some dark fruits but less pronounced than in the nose, high carbonation. a brown sugariness to it as well. somehow complex and refreshing at the same time.

o: a rich and complex weizenbock. very enjoyable.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split at a friend's house in Melbourne. From notes.

A - One finger of light brown head on a cloudy dark brown head. No lace and a film of retention.

S - Strong malt. Dark fruit and wheat. Nice.

T - Rich wheaty malt with some dark fruit and a gentle spice. The richness of strength from wheat malt is a nice flavour. Easier and less sweet than say a Dubbel.

M - Good carbonation and a medium to full body with a sweet finish.

O/D - Quite nice. Really rich and tasty with the ease of a regular Hefe. Good.

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a two-finger, khaki-colored head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of thin lace on the glass.

S - It smelled malty with some dark fruits. There was a touch of banana aroma.

T - It tasted of spices with a good banana flavor. Nice wheat taste with some bready malts.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a classically good German Weizenbock. Love it. C'mon importers, bring us more good German bottles!

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Photo of crossovert
4.39/5  rDev +14%
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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Photo of Cozzatoad
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

A- Pours a nice deep dark brown, with a huge amount of light brown/off-white head. Retention and lacing are both quite good

S- Soft bready malts with notes of yeast and brown sugar. Delicate but still easily detectable dark fruit hints (prune, maybe more). Simple and delicate aroma, but still very nice

T- What the smell suggested, though a bit more assertive. Quite big malt presence with notes of brown sugar and maybe caramel. A Spicy/phenolic underneath presence (clove, maybe pepper) shows up on both tongue and palate and brings some life and vividness. Some delicate dark fruit notes show up as well (prune, raisin). Overall this feels like something crossing the border between a weizen and a strong dark ale

M- Medium body. Smooth but vivid mouthfeel on both tongue and palate due to a nice amount of carbonation

O- Extremely drinkable, decently complex. Somehow warming and refreshing at the same time. A very fine brew

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

Poured from 22oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured giant 4 finger head. Great retention. Moderate lacing. Color is dark brown.

S. Yeast, clove, banana, caramel, some dark fruit.

T. Caramel, sweet, dark fruit, yeast, raisins. Has a bit of banana and clove flavor. Nice mix of caramel sweetness with dark fruit flavors.

M. Medium/full bodied. Lingering sweetness. Medium carbonation.

O. Interesting beer. Nice dark fruit flavor. Almost belgianesque. Makes me question whether or not a lot of the weizenbocks have been true to style. Very easy drinking beer.

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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 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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Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus from Erdinger Weissbräu
3.85 out of 5 based on 489 ratings.
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