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Brewed by Erdinger Weissbräu
Style: German Hefeweizen
Erding, Germany
Serve in Weizen

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RATINGS: 670   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
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Erdinger is brewed all-naturally, using traditional bottle-fermentation, never pasteurized.


BrettTaylor's rating

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BrettTaylor (542) - Radford, Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2013
Poured as a taster at local bottle shop. I enjoy the wheat addition to this, giving a bit of typical wheat/bready flavors.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PauloAG (30) - BELGIUM - DEC 21, 2014
500cc bottle. Colour is golden hazy with foamy head. It is malty a bit sour. You can taste the wheat but no too much. Give a nice mouth feel. Reasonable beer.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Sdaniel90 (406) - Mexico City, MEXICO - DEC 14, 2014
Bottle, 500ml. Clear, pale golden with a large frothy white head. Grainy, slightly sour aroma of cereal, citrus zest, yeast. green grapes and carbonation. Smooth and medium bodied with moderate to heavy carbonation. Rich and spicy, with a subtle but powerful malt backbone and fresh herbal character. Extremely drinkable and with the right spiciness to elevate it slightly from the average German drinking beer.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Bootlegger007 (70) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 10, 2014
Cloudy Golden in colour with a large white head, lively carbonation with a moderately sweet aftertaste, very average example of a Hefeweizen

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fukito (782) - Sao Paulo, BRAZIL - DEC 5, 2014
Hazy golden color with a persistent medium white head. Aroma is clove and some buttertoffee. Flavor is clove with some very slight caramel notes. Medium palate. Ok, but not as refreshing as I expected it to be.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chad9976 (1246) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2014
I’m not entirely sure what the deal with this beer is. I originally reviewed this (or a similar beer by this brewery) way back in 2008 and I haven’t had it since. It states very plainly on the label that this is Erdinger Oktoberfest, but previous editions were known as Erdinger Oktoberfest-Weizen, and some websites list it as Erdinger Festweiße. Judging by the way it looks and tastes, it appears to be more of a wheat beer of some sort than a true Oktoberfestbier or Marzen. And though I’m not a stickler for styles at all, I find the beer to be just above mediocre. There’s nothing off-putting about it, but there’s little to truly enjoy.

I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a mug. It had an expiration date of 5/2015 and cost $2.85 ($0.25 per ounce).

Appearance: Banana-skin yellow hue over an extremely hazy body. Carbonation can be seen streaming up the side of the glass. Pours to a large, bright white, foamy head which retains well but doesn’t leave much lacing.

Smell: Not much of anything. Just the faintest trace of banana and lemon peel. Nothing off-putting, but far from aromatically enticing.

Taste: This almost seems to be the German version of an American “pale wheat ale.” Wheat is definitely the dominate flavor characteristic here, though it’s not surprising considering this brewery makes all their beers with a ton of wheat. There’s a slight tartness that’s recognizable immediately, with hints of lemon peel or some kind of citrus zest. It’s missing the classic yeast esters often found in Bavarian hefeweizens – no clove, no banana, no bubblegum. I even detect a slight tanginess and astringency on the finish. It’s not repulsive, but I can’t imagine it’s intended to be there (buying imported beer in America is such a gamble – it rarely arrives fresh and is likely mistreated by all the hands it passes through). This definitely falls to be an Oktoberfest as well as a hefeweizen, but as a beer in general it’s okay I guess.

Drinkability: While the palette to Erdinger Oktoberfest may not be all that exciting, at least it’s easy to get it down. The mouthfeel is soft, but with a consistent presence of fine carbonation. It does down smooth and finishes almost completely clean save for a slightly oily residue. At 5.7% ABV it should have a lot more going on, as this has the body of a much lighter brew. Though it’s actually a little refreshing while in the mouth, but I see little reason to binge on this.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puredelusion (42) - Lviv, UKRAINE - NOV 20, 2014
0,5 bottle. Nice golden colour, fruit aroma, and awesome posh white head. Medium sweet, almost not bitter and very light. Easy to drink.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Idiosynkrasie (4094) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - NOV 3, 2014
500ml bottle. Hazy, yellow-ish, pale golden colour with huge, thick, firm, frothy, superbly lasting, white head. Cautious wheaty aroma, hints of protein, a sweetish grainy-fruity touch close to orange zest, a touch of lemon, very cautious yeast-spiciness. Taste is minimally sweet malty, wheaty, a touch of lemon. Light, almost a bit watery, shandy resemblance. Very drinkable, flattering, mass compatible.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BBHansen (163) - Køge, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2014
draught @ Hugos. Appearance: pours slightly hazy amber with powerful -white head with good lacing. aroma/taste: caramel, grain, banana and floral notes. palette: medium carbonation, medium body, notable caramel sweetness, medium bitterness, average duration and a watery texture. Overall:decent but not to exiting

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dreamer (115) - PORTUGAL - NOV 1, 2014
[On tap] Golden hazy color. Nice initial head but not persistent. Nice carbonation, medium and creamy body. Aroma is bread, cloves and little banana. Taste is in accordance with aroma and is sweet. Aftertaste is sweet and long. Overall is a very balanced weissbier.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
camoes (210) - PORTUGAL - OCT 31, 2014
Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 15A). Bottle 50cl - batch L041108. AROMA: wheat malt background with some mild sweet notes and esters. APPEARANCE: light gold color and a bit hazy. large moussy white head with below-average retention. TASTE: wheat malt background with some ester notes. PALATE: medium-light body with average carbonation. OVERALL: an average festweisse a bit more complex than the traditional Erdinger weizen.


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