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

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RATINGS: 2004   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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The Premium Weissbier at the top of its class. Not only in the context of the Erdinger assortment Erdinger Weissbier with fine yeast applies undisputed as the classical authors, as the white beer absolutely. It is brewed with fine yeast after a delivered prescription and naturally strictly after the Bavarian purity requirement. Today still without the traditional bottle fermentation one does not do here: Three to four weeks it lasts, until the Erdinger Weissbier with fine yeast matured. For the production only finest raw materials are used. Experience of many years and constant quality controls guarantee beyond that the unmistakable taste. A Weissbier for all, those the unforgettable good taste love.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ElGaucho (2211) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2005
Dry, lagerish aroma with faint wheat. Only becomes more odorous when the yeast is poured in from the bottom of the glass, making it smell like doughy wheat. Color is initially hazy gold, but becomes a little darker when the yeast is poured in. Very large pillowy white head. Served in a Carlsberg pilsner glass which likely accentuated the head on the pour. Tons of bubbles rushing to the top of the glass, reminiscent of champagne. Flavor is disappointing. Smooth and somewhat doughy, but doesn’t exert itself enough. Despite all the visible carbonation, the mouthfeel is only softly carbonated. Just really too blah to be memorable. However, this is probably a good transitional beer for somebody whose never had weissbiers, and although flavorwise this brew tastes almost as much like a lager than a weissbier, it is significantly better than the average pale lager. A thought just came to mind. Will brewers like Erdinger Weissbrau read our reviews and discover that their weissbier is only average and therefore tweak the recipe? If so, over the next 5-10 years we really could see a quality surge in beer.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (10094) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 10, 2005
Hazy blonde with a thick creamy white head which persists. Light wheaty malt aroma with none of the banana/cloves notes associated with weizen. In mouth, this is more of a malty fruity taste with faint bananas. Decent medium bodied. The weakest of the LCBO weizen release (summer 2005).

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JUL 10, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 18, 2005 Though this beer seems catered to an American audience, there remain enough classic elements to give it something approaching a recommendation. This beer has wheat cloudiness but instead of the typical tan-yellow it has a decidedly golden tint (opaque nonetheless). Aroma is SADly like a cheap corn-based malt liquor/pale lager -- how did this come about?! Luckily the flavor has more to speak of, with lots of yeast and a good malt backdrop; still, the pale lager comparison sticks somewhat. But overall not a bad choice at $2.50 per bottle. What can I say, it beats most ... American inner-city malt liquors ... by a mile.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aarleks (409) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2005
Bottle: Very cloudy gold with a large white head. Looks good! Golden malt aromas with restrained wheat and background floral notes with a touch of fennel. Sweet honey-like wheat flavours with some faint spicyness and citrussy hop notes and echos of banana. Nice, easy, and refreshing, though without any of the complexity and presence of the greater Hefe’s. Nice work nonetheless.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2005
A Mes rate: I’m only drinking this as it was all i could get that was decent. Poor show huh? Standard white. Nose is slighty mouldy and not particularly pleasing. Flavour is pretty much more of the same. In fact there is not much flavour at all. Leaves a thick feeling in the mouth. Erm... there are MUCH better whites than this...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrisoni (13780) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - JUL 7, 2005
Bottle at Westgate Wetherspoons Canterbury. The flavours are not as strong as other wheat beers, but it looks the part with a cloudy golden colour and a thick white head. Slight citrus, a bit of banana and a bit of yeasty spiciness, but otherwise very refreshing

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nicholai (100) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 5, 2005
bottled. Pours earthy brown, dark and hazy with a foamy tan head. The smell suggests sweet hops and malt. Oddly enough, in the taste I find some almonds, with other sweet and familiar but elusive flavors.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
wnp22 (685) - Toronto (Roncesvalles Village), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 4, 2005
Tasted in Toronto. Obtained from LCBO as part of the summer series. Tasted in dimple mug. Appearance is straw colour yellow, cloudy with sustained white head. Aroma is of slight yeast, banana, candy floss, but very very faint. Flavour is more subdued, with a hint of clove, but fairly muted and subtle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pernille (518) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 4, 2005
Bottle. A classic German wheatbeer. Aroma is very banana. Flavor is quite elegant; slightly herby, sweet and banana.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
Crockett (1008) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2005
I’ve been waiting quite a while for this beer to appear in bottles at the L.C.B.O.. I was speaking to a beer rep about Erdinger. He described it as being the most popular Weissbier in the world, leading me to believe it was the Budweiser of Hefe-Weizen. Although not all that bad it did not disappoint. Pale hazy gold with a short wite head. Barnyard and cheap sweet hot dog rolls in the aroma. Honey and grass. Slightly cheese with some mineral salts. Boring with very little character. Had this with seven other Weissbiers. This was the dud.


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