Erdinger Champ | Erdinger Weissbräu

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Erdinger Weissbräu

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 81
Photo of uccle81
4.04/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is an unusual beer. It's a bit sweet, even for a Hefe. It's designed to be consumed straight from the bottle and has a bottle opener built into the bottom of each bottle. When I rode the trains with my German friends, they insisted that this was the only Hefe that could be consumed on the go! Oh, and make sure that after you pop the cap, swirl the bottle vigorously before the first sip to ensure that the yeast and sediment are evenly distributed.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.46/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Erdinger Champ has a thin, off-white, fizzy head, a hazy, yellow-orange appearance, which hazes up even more when the bottom of the bottle is swished and poured in, lots of bubble streams and clinging bubbles, and pretty much no lacing left behind. The aroma is sweet and bready. The flavor is of sweetness, yeasty bread, a hint of banana, a hint of coriander, and some tap water. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Erdinger Champ finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and delicious.


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Photo of FLima
2.93/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy golden color with a thick head with medium retention relatively to the style.
Lighter aroma for the style, more spicy yeast than banana
Wheaty and biscuit flavor with hints or lemon, banana and spicy yeast.
Light to medium body with a low to medium carbonation.
This actually came short of my expectations; it is not up to par to other Erdinger beers. But you have to consider it is a different proposal, maybe to attract regular drinkers of mass beers to craft beer world. And this deserves some credit. So rating it more against mass beers than its style.

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Photo of metter98
3.07/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy pale yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured into a weizen glass with a half finger high bright white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat and hints of banana-like yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the yeast is a little more prominent but tastes more like yeast instead of bananas.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but isn't as flavorful and refreshing compared to some of the other top beers in the style.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle served in a Weizen glass.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy orange color forming a big thin bubbled white head. A filtered Weissbier, for sure. Medium retention and some small spotty lacings left in the glass

S: Strong sweet grains upfront and quite fruity too. Traditional banana aroma mixed with some spices, mainly cloves. Wheat and bready in the middle followed by earthy yeasts

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Sweet grains, wheat, notes of banana and cloves. Strong notes of wheat , quite bready. Very low bitterness as expected. Nice earthy yeasts in the end. In overall, a very smooth and bready beer

M: Medium and creamy body. Good carbonation and a very bready aftertaste

O: Very drinkable as it should. A popular Weissbier. Not bad

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Photo of bmwats
3.39/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen.

A: Light, hay colored hue. Pours a slight, white, bubbly head. Disappears quickly. No lacing.

S: Light grainy nose, and a little sweet orange citrus. Very bready, although light. Nicely done.

T: Light white bread, with a bit of blunt citrus.

M: Light body, with a bit of a steely finish.

D: Light and easy drinking. High(er) alcohol content is not apparent in the character.

Atmosphere is decent. Not much to look at, but a well-done grainy citrus nose. Flavor is light bread with a blunt citrus flavor and a steely finish. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.49/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle offered up by a friend. From notes.

A - Poured cloudy golden. No head. No lace and no retention with strong carbonation.

S - Fine yeast, very light.

T - Lemon, light yeast, light wheat. Very little spice. Nice with lot's of wheat and lemon.

M - Strong carbonation, medium creamy body and a crisp finish.

O/D - Solid. Quite basic but very drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of dgilks
2.51/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear pale golden colour with a tiny, smooth white head. Poor head retention.

Light metallic malt aroma with a hint of yeast. No real weissbier aroma.

Light malt with a touch of wheat. Some faint banana and citrus. Nothing amazing.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

A weak, insipid weissbier that lacks everything and offers up very little. Thirst-quenching but that's about it.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
2.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy amber with a short-lived head.
Nose shows faint wheat and banana. Somewhat subtle.
Flavours are rather weak too, with light wheat followed by sweet unchallenged plain malt with a vegetal character.
Body feels watery, carbonation is too high.

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Photo of emerge077
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pulled one of these from the singles rack, as I hadn't seen or heard of it before. Confirmed the 4.7% abv, "best before end: 06-2011", ok close enough let's try it.

Into a slender weizen glass it pours a hazy, opaque orange gold with tiny bits of suspended sediment. A few fingers width of foam climbs and falls quickly, leaving a thin layer after a couple sips. Okay retention with some spotty arcs of lace here and there.

Sweet banana, lemon, and clove nose, rather muted and milder than traditional Hefeweizen.

Creamy and wheaty, a little sweet then drying out with a muted aftertaste. Flavor is clean, but there's not much of substance there. Wheat, apple, dry grain, and saccharine oddly. Not a very expressive yeast strain. Slightly creamy feel, but fairly charged with CO2. Sort of a utilitarian hefe, no real flaws, simple and built for sessioning. Sadly there's not much here to hold interest for that long.

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Photo of czfreeman
2.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Always liked Erdinger's Weizen beers, the Ur-Weiss being the best in my humble opinion.
Picked this up at the local getrankemarkt as they had a sale for it. From reading the other reviews once I got home, not expecting too much. But Oddly enough, they don't feature the bottle-opening device, so must be a version for the American Market
Although designed to be drank from the bottle, a pour into the weizen glass yields a light yellow-straw colored Weizen. Medium Murkiness, foamy head is nice, but doesn't approach the almost decadent creaminess of a Weihenstephan or Schneider. Settles quickly.
Smells of light yeast, sweet hay, a sugary biscuit background, a touch sweet. Light hint of banana, but really lacking that sharp hit of pepperiness fond in better examples.
Flavor is quite a few notches weaker than the aroma. The biscuit becomes quite dominant, and the fruitiness and musty grain is all but eliminated. Finish a bit flat, and leaves a light lingering note of biscuit.
Basically about what I expected, made for more the younger bar crowd to drink from the bottle with out the inconvenience of a Weizen glass on the dance floor. I'd rather sit, and drink a real weizen

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Photo of csiewert
2.1/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Yuck... I guess this is Erdinger's attempt at catering to the 'sporty' crowd. Similar to beers like Michelob Ultra, it has been completely stripped of any substance. While it attempts to retain its original hefeweizen roots, it falls short. Very watered down and somewhat skunky.

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Photo of leonardopacu
3.77/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

looks yellow, cloudy, white foam and moderately durable.
small version of the classic Erding.
somewhat fruity odor typical: banana and clove.
Body moderate, with little end liqueur.
slightly sour taste, slightly bitter, balanced.
refreshing, slightly

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains wheat, bananas, light malts, some spice and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of light malts and honey. Then there wheat breadiness comes in but it's a little toned down compared to most other beers in the style. The hops presence is very mild and there's a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, not the best representation of style, it seems like they're trying to make a milder version of a style that is already mild with the result being a mediocre beer at best and it's not much milder than a regular Hefeweizen.

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Photo of TheTrevor
2.93/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a hazy yellow with at thin head. The smell is mostly malted wheat with just a bit of citrus. The taste is similar to the smell. Very one note, just a hit of malt that gives way to a tiny bit of lemon that lingers on the palate. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with a moderate amount of carbonation. Not a great version of the style by any means, but not necessarily a horrible beer.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.64/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A built-in bottle opener? How neat. But to make it work, you need another bottle, which I don't have. 330 ml bottle from Hollingshead's, on to the beer:

The straw-golden color with a touch of haze is dull to the eyes, as is the low, fuzzy head which isn't persistent. Maybe that's why Erdinger suggests you can drink this beer straight from the bottle (check the website). The aroma is pleasant enough. There's some overripened banana, a tick of bubblegum, but also a bit of oxidation (cardboard).

The flavor is one-dimensional and light. Watery banana drink is the most likely candidate for the flavor. Some wheat malt arrives on the palate as well. There really isn't any "bad" flavor (thank goodness), but it lacks much flavor. This would be acceptable for a light beer, but for a German hefe, this is pretty darn light. And it's a tad too bubbly, and a tad too watery.

Overall, it is a simple beer, but far away from the best German weizenbiers. That built-in bottle opener should become useful, though maybe not for opening another Erdinger Champ.

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Photo of WesWes
2.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a basic pale and wheat malt scent along with a dry, metallic aroma. I'm not detecting any fruity yeast esters. The taste is average as well. It has a flat hefe taste that's light in the esters department. It's also low on th CO2 front as well. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This isn't what I expected from this usually reliable wheat beer producer. It's quite plain and tasteless. Not Recommended!

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Photo of Tone
3/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, light yellow color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Poor retention and no lacing. Smells of sweet malt, bread, slight lemon aroma, and some slight yeast cleanliness. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level present. Tastes of yeast cleanliness up front, then some slight bread flavors, some slight sweet malt, and finishes again with the yeast cleanliness. Overall, not a complex beer at all and too weak in body to be considered a good Hefeweizen.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - 2.0
Poured a smallish creamy white head that all but disappeared shortly after pouring. A bit less cloudy that the norm for a hefe, goldy beige in colour.

Smell - 3.0
While not unpleasant, the aroma is not promising; slightly soapy, sweetish with indescript fruity smells and a whisper of clove.

Taste - 4.0
Very soft and smooth, a little spice, plenty of caramelly malted wheat and a little crisp red apple, banana and clove. Lacks the citrus and spiciness of the best hefes, but still very pleasant.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Carbonation is fine, but there should be a lot more of it, bordering on flat.

Drinkability - 4.0
Hefeweizen is a very drinkable style and this is no exception, although there are many better examples of the style out there.

A very basic hefeweizen, perhaps designed to appeal to those new to the style. I found this to be very refreshing and enjoyable despite the disappointing aroma and very lackluster appearance.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tried a bottle of this at the Dublin Pub. Wasn't sure exactly what it was... when I saw the bottle that the waitress brought out, by first thought was "Oh shit, I ordered a NA brew." Thankfully, that is not the case.

A - This one is slightly hazy and bronze with a nice fluffy two finger head. Head retention is decent, but not outstanding and some small amounts of lace coat the pint glass.

S - Bready, doughy, and yeasty but also relatively clean. Like fresh white bread. This smells okay, but other than the light yeasty notes, none of the usual hefe aromas are present (no clove, no bubblegum, no outrageously yeasty dough, no banana etc.).

T - Again, clean and slightly bready. Nothing offensive here. This is very light on flavor, almost like a Bavarian hefe version of an American macro.

M - Clean, crisp, refreshing, and mild. Neutral finish, neutral flavors.

D - A very sinkable hot weather brew. I wonder if it's called Champ because it would make a good brew to stock in teh cooler for summer sporting activities. I could totally sink two or three of these after a long hot run or a killer workout.

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Photo of stephens101
2.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The bottle says "For the Champ in All of Us". Now that sounds like something you would find on an American macro, and is not a good sign. Two-fingers of fluffy white head rise up quickly and sit atop a murky golden brew, then fade fairly quickly leaving little lacing behind. Smells of wheat and lemons with a little malt and banana as well. Tastes of citrus at first with some spice, wheat and oranges finishing things off. It's cleaner and crisper than most of it's brethren. Goes down easy, but not a whole lot to keep you interested, especially with the other great hefe's out there.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New at Marrika's: I have always favored the Erdinger brands and had to try this one once it caught my eye. The pour brings a sturdy yellow hue with typical cloudiness and lightness. Good head formation, retention, and lacing. Soft aromas of wheat, pilsner malts, bananna, but more intese notes of lemons and citrus fruit blend. Bold bready flavors provide the base for the estery bananna, pineapple, lemons, and apples while the phenolics bring out soft clove, white pepper, and a yeasty spiciness. Hopped to balance the sweetness only, a trace of herbal hops are deep in the taste profile. Soft textures of wheat and malt give the beer a Witbier-like feel. Finishes with a touch of lemon, hops, and wheat but pretty clean overall. An easily sessionable beer for warm weather consumption- a good alternative for shandy-type beer mixers.

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Photo of Cs1987
3.49/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Usual hefe colour and cloudiness. Managed to get 3 fingers of head, but it disappeared quickly.

Smell - Great fruity and spicy odour, but a little weak.

Taste - Fairly sweet. The banana and nutmeg flavours are quite weak.

Mouthfeel - Good texture, carbonation lowish but not bad.

Drinkability - Inoffensive, simply a better session drink than macro lagers.

Overall - Not a great representation of an excellent beer style.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.49/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This pours a hazy starw gold with a huge head of foam. Good head retention and there's some lacing.

The smell has some notes of wheat and some citrus. Light aroma for sure.

The taste is of wheat, a little bit of citrus, and an underlining sweetness that I don't find all that appealing. The mouthfeel is light but ok but overall, this is a very boring example of the style and not one I'd seek out again.

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Photo of AlexLMS
2.45/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: slightly hazy, no floating yeast with a pale yellow colour. The head is white, moderate to low and foamy with fair retention. Some thin lacing.
Aroma: subdued wheat malt aroma.
Taste: wheat, citrus and kind of grainy.
Mouthfeel: dry, medium to high carbonation, low alcoholic strength and very light body.
Finish: short grainy aftertaste.

Overall: although this beer is quite crisp and refreshing it is very weak and simple for a Weissbier. No bitterness, no complexity, no banana presence. It could be a macro version of the Weizen category. Creative bottle design.

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