TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is hefeweizen that doesn’t need a glass. Normally hefeweizen is poured into a glass and the yeast is rousted with a swirl of the bottle and then poured in. You can do that with Erdinger Champ, but you don’t have to. The bottle is designed so this beer is ready "to drink straight from the bottle". There is a dye cut into the bottom of the glass that fits the crown of another bottle. You stick one bottle into the dye of the bottom of another bottle, and roust the yeast by giving the bottles a few quick turns. This rousts the yeast, and you can drink your Erdinger Champ straight from the bottle. Nice, if you are in a pinch, and have no glassware, but I enjoy seeing the beauty of a hefeweizen, as well as drinking it.
Erdinger Champ when chosen to be poured into a weiss glass pours to a beautiful, hazy, bright golden color with a rocky and dense white head, and a very vibrant carbonation. The nose is crisp and fruity with aromas of malted wheat, pear, banana, and slight spicy clove aromas. The palate is firm with lots of really good tart wheat malt flavors, and some estery fruity notes. Erdinger Champ finishes with more wheaty and estery flavors with a delicious banana and clove taste that lingers.
This is an outstanding hefeweizen, and a classic example of the style. I tried a few straight from the bottle, but I really think the best way to enjoy hefeweizen is in a proper weiss glass. This is a tart, fruity, crisp and refreshing beer, that makes a perfect warm weather thirst quencher. Try this after a little yard work, or match it with a late morning brunch of weiss wurst sausages.
rsmeds (228) - Turku, FINLAND - JAN 22, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Damn twistcap nearly tore my finger off. Oh well. Pours a very cloudy deep gold, with a tragically short-lived small, white head.
Sweet aroma of yeast and mild hops.
An exceptionally bland hefe this... flavor is fairly sweet, faintly yeasty, but without any noticable character whatsoever. There’s a hint of hops in the finish, that somehow turns into a buttery sweetness in the aftertaste.
An uninspired, uninspiring weissbier. Nicely fresh though. Kind of like a cross between pale lager and hefe.
CEZ (412) - Milano, ITALY - DEC 18, 2005
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Hazy amber body. Short-lived head. Yeasty and slightly acidic; artificial sweetness. I didn’t expect much more form a beer bottle with a twist-cap...
Habanero (3793) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - NOV 27, 2005
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Nice white foamy head. Hazy colour. Aroma of spices and yeast. Flavour of sour bread, wheat and lemon. aftertaste?
I lpreefear the original weisbeers.
auderale (605) - Minot, North Dakota, USA - NOV 26, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy golden color, light wheaty aroma, a little sweet taste to it. Decent, not great. Cool bottle....
highlandlad (1463) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - NOV 7, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pretty poor Bavarian wheat beer from a brewer that does the style much better elsewhere. The gimmick here is that you’re encouraged to drink this from the bottle. Which might explain why it looked so flat and uninviting in a glass. It’s cloudy apricot colour with a short vanishing head. The aroma was sweet and fruity but noticably light on wheat. It shows faint banana and pineapple, with a hint of lemonade shandy. On the tongue, it has some sweet pears and a light sweet-sour banana finish. All in all, it tastes like an attempt to win new drinkers by making a hefe that has as few of the characteristics of the style as possible. It’s refreshing but that’s about it. (33ml bottle, Randwick Village Cellars, bb 2/06)
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle at Fynske Øldage) Fruity, wheaty aroma. Sweet and mild flavor. Lots of fruit. Almost like winegums. This is definitely for drinking lots of on hot summer nights.
heemer77 (5242) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 26, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark gold body that is clear when decanted. I got some dark colored floaters and cloudiness when I poured out the whole bottle. The head is whte. Aroma of buttered dark bread with some light pears.There is also some very light banana and oranges. The taste has some light banana and pears. There is also some light clove in the finish. Overall,it also has a little bit of cardboard. Not a good hefe, Erdinger has done much better.
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 10, 2005
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
(Bottle 33 cl) Rarely - if ever - did I get a German Hefe in a 33 cl bottle, and also with the bottom designed to be a cap opener. All gadgets aside, this is still a beer. Hazy, deep orange beer with a surprisingly weak head. You really get confused as to whether this really is a Weissbier, as you don’t get any of the wonderful, fruity esters that categorize the style. A Hefe in looks only. Why? Not unpleasant, just bland. 200501
HenrikSoegaard (12745) - Randers, DENMARK - OCT 5, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Creamy white head, mostly lasting, yellow colour, moderate citrus-hoppy aroma. No yeast in aroma or taste. More like pilsener than hefe.