Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus | Erdinger Weissbräu

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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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Photo of kojevergas
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
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 magictrokini
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
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 czfreeman
3.37/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

After a comparison of the top 7 Weissbiers in brew class a few weeks ago, Erdinger came in dead last for their normal weiss, I won't let this affect my opinion of this Weizenbok, as it is one of my favorite styles.
With an very hard pour to evoke the biggest display of head possible, Pikantus produces a rather nce example. Light tan, foamy frothy, settles slowly. The beer itself it a cherry-brown color, mahagony accented by ruby tones in the light. NOrmally would expect(prefer) my Weizenbocks a bit darker, but thats just preference.
On to the aromatics--Munich malt, brown sugar, caramel, a nice sour-oak y tartness I really dig, muskat, cherry, blackberry johannisbeeren. Fresh Dark bread with a molasses glaze follows . Smells dark fruity/sour/spicy, almost of a Belgian dark, but lacks the big yeasty kick found in Belgians. The sweet-sour fruit ends with an overall caramel/malt tone, accented lightly by the mineral-high water sharpness I find in many Bavarian Brews.
First sip, drank at room temp. Sweet candied sugar, malt, maple, plum. The sourness in the aroma is lost, yielding predominantly sweet malts and candied fruits. A much needed boost of carbonation really would take this brew to another level for me.
Overall the alcohol is extremly well hidden, yielding a sweet plum-like brew. This beer unfourtunalty comes up on the low end of the spectrum for me on the Weizenbock scale. I really would like a bit more spiciness, a bit more carbonation...and I would have the perfect Weizenbock i.e, Aveninus or Vitus.

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Photo of Winter
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark brown with a thick tan head that diminshes to a thin partial surface covering. Aroma of candied raisins, chocolate and roasted grain. Medium to thinnish mouthfeel is somewhat watery around the edges with ample carbonation. Odd actually. Strong fruitiness is most noticable. Wheat malt lies behind it with a sort of raisiny flavor in the background. Alcoholic vapors in the finish. This is a pretty hearty weizenbock. Despite that it's very easy drinking.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Best before 3/2014.

Pours a murky dark brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, and slight caramel and toast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and slight caramel flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and somewhat medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the flavors are somewhat bland in my opinion.

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Photo of Hautacam
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1/2 liter before 3/06....just in time ?
Pours out clear dark orange...swirl clouds it up nicely...very foamy head..laces..drops to 1/8 in and remains....looks good in weizen glass.
Smells mostly of bread dough..hint of banana.
Tastes of caramel, dough, banana, clove..some hint of prune and port..very mild hop bitter...only a little sweetness...alcohol comes out near the end ...doughy aftertaste...kind of mild compared to other weizenbocks.
Medium mouthfeel..medium carbonation.
This is good , but it doesn't compare to Aventinus...or Victory Moonglow IMHO.

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Photo of Rodrigols
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoubleJ
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Hooray! I get to use the proper style of beer in my Eisenbahn Weizenbock glass for the first time. 500 ml bottle from Walnut Liquorette, on to the beer:

Big and bubbly is the head, and the bubbles are popping, and slowly going with it is the head. Good autumn amber brown color with hues of orange. The aroma is sweet...very malty, akin to a marzen. Sweet doughy bread...with a bit of yeast, some maple as well. Tastewise, it has quite a kick of flavor. A little monotone, and tastes more like a marzen plus bubblegum, though it's still a good flavor. Could be better overall though; the carbonation bubbles are too big, and pretty intense... not good for a strong beer, and it holds back the drinkability of the beer. Still, this is pretty good, and less expensive than Aventinus (for the budget conscious).

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Photo of koolk
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very muddled, cloudy brown, with a tan head that only slighly persists.

Aromas are faint at best. Let it warm up to encourage more goodness, but not much came to the party. Caramel, some white fruits and only a sniffle of spice.

Good darker fruit and malt flavours on the palate, with that wickedly good trade mark balanced feel and creaminess - a big reason as to why I love german beers. Not a great deal of length, but no alcohol either.

A lot of positives, but for a beer of 7% there is not enough flavour to warrant a higher score of its Erdinger 'brothers'.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: dark brown - in light looks very thick with very good head that retains pretty well
s: very malty with some yeast and wheat aromas, also some sweetness there
t: sweet caramel taste to go along with the malts and wheat with a very slight sour finish
m: medium body - surprisingly so given appearance, but lots of carbonation and smooth
d: a relatively straightforward weizenbock that's easy to drink. would be happy to have another

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer resembles strong, raspberry-infused iced tea. A huge amount of carbonation is streaming up the sides of my weizen glass; a very cool effect. The ecru head is super-sized (so much so that I had to be careful with the pour to keep it in the glass), soft and insubstantial, so it's doubtful that I'll be looking at much lace. Very little as it turns out.

The nose does not impress. It's primarily wheat malty with an undercurrent of sour fruit. Overripe green apples perhaps? The flavor isn't bad, but the mouthfeel is sorely lacking. It's way too thin in the mouth and is incredibly over-carbonated. It feels like sparkling water which doesn't give the flavor a chance to settle onto the taste buds much at all.

The mouthfeel improves just enough with warming to be considered average. The flavor follows the nose, more or less. Dark malt is paramount with sour dark fruit, earthy hops and spicy Belgian yeast. The finish is clean, dry and acidic.

Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus isn't that enjoyable. I don't have enough weizenbocks under my belt to know if it's a faithful representation of the style or not, but it probably isn't a beer that I'll return to.

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Photo of marc77
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
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 TheSarge
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Okay, so I poured this into my Aventinus glass. Hopefully I don't desicrate my glass!

This brew looks very enticing. There is a massive amount of milk chocolate looking head, with great retention. The body is dark, murky, and caramel in color. There are ample amounts of carbonation present, hence this beer takes a little while to pour.

Pikantus smells more of cloves than banana. There are hints of bready malts.

A bit on the sharp and spicy side. Not really sweet as I had expected. There is only a slight hint of banana.

Feels oily and slick, with a boozy warmth in the end.

Overall a nice looking and smelling beer, but nothing I'd venture out for again. I lacks a bit taste wise.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9 fl oz brown bottle; served in a flute.
Best before end: 01.2008.

Pours a heavily-clouded, dirty oak beneath a foamy and carbonation-filled, off-white head. A few traces of spotted lacing.

Yeast-filled, dry mustiness; slightly phenolic and quite spicy: clove, peppercorn. Touches of tangy, sour citrus fruit; creamy banana, rum.

Creamy caramel with a hint of milk chocolate. Notes of apple, orange, banana; a light sourness cut short by a burst of carbonation and a dry clove spice. Rather phenolic with notes of rum. A bland, not quite creamy caramel returns in the finish.

Medium bodied; extremely active and over-carbonated. Too yeast-filled, even for a Weizenbock.

A bland version of what usually is an exciting style. Dumbed down with yeast and carbonation; this bock's true flavors never have the chance to shine.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Dirty, hazy brown in colour. Plenty of streaming CO2 in the glass and a thick foam head with great retention.

Smell - Spicy aroma first off with some banana, some booze with plenty of nutty tones and some citrus.

Taste - Sweet and sugary at the start this beer subsides into a warming boozy middle. Spicy first off similar to the nose with some banana with plenty of nutty tones and some citrus.

Mouth feel - Slightly watery compared to other beers in the range. There is also only poor linger with this beer due to the watery feel.

Overall - This beer while tasty is only around average for the range and the poor mouth feel and smell let it down.

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Photo of Beer21
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%

Photo of Vixie
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy brown color with a bit of a tan head. Head reduces to a ring around the edge of the glass after a few minutes.

Smell was very fruity, apples, raisins, and a hint of brown sugar.

The taste wasn't as fruity as I expected, but had some fruit notes. Had a bit of brown sugar, and almost a toffee taste as well. The aftertaste was very much on the sweet side, but not overly so.

This was a decent beer, but maybe a touch too sweet to drink a lot of. I wouldn't mind having this every so often, but couldn't drink a lot of it.

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Photo of drperm
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm growing fond of Erdinger as a brewery.

A nice nose of raisins/grape juice. Very pleasant, considering how rich and dark it is in the glass.

The taste was also of raisins, and dates. Very pleasant, easy to drink, if somewhat rich and grapey throughout the experience.

I think this would be good one to pair with gamey dishes (such as duck!).

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Photo of Nass
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty tasty weizenbock. Sort of one dimensional with the sweetness. It could use some more banana notes. I am not too crazy about it but it is good. I will go with a B- . Cheers! B (80-84)

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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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Photo of dvmin98
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of matjack85
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Andreji
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
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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Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus from Erdinger Weissbräu
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 506 ratings