DanBerg (59) - Alkmaar, NETHERLANDS - JAN 9, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice 50 cl bottle. I think it was the first German Hefe-Weizen I ever had, so I can’t judge it very good. It was quite nice, but I like Belgian Whites better, they’re more special and different from pilseners.
ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a start performer on the hefe list, but certainly one that warrants recognition. Exceptional head and lacing with a very clear filtered appearance. Extremely drinkable with a very smooth and satisfying palate. There is not a whole lot of complexity with this beer, just good tasting smooth finish refreshing enjoyment.
convex (31) - Wroclaw, POLAND - JAN 7, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
,5 bottle. pours a bit thin, small head. not much hefe really, more of a thin coating at the bottom of the bottle =( . the little pieces of yeast look like lingering streamers instead of mixing in. Has a very fresh spicy lemon aroma. Nothing really special about the taste, more refreshing than bodied. more citrus flavor than the usual spicy banana flavor. It is rather heavily carbonated for my taste. Bit of a bitter bite too. Not bad by any means if you’re looking for something to gupl down at the beer garden. Not really one for enjoying at home though.
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 4, 2007
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I tried it off tap here in New Zealand and it is unusual to see wheat beer on tap at all. Even more unusual to see something imported (this is a country where having Stella and Heineken on tap is weird remember). Gave this beer a shot and it has to be said it is fairly inoffensive. A good quaffing beer but not the most spectacular wheat beer I have ever tasted. Yes I would go back for seconds.
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yellow, tall white head. Medium complex aroma with yeast, wheat and notes of bananas. More yeast and wheat in the flavour, bananas, and a touch of lemon too. Very nice.
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Translucent golden yellow coloring. Bountiful 4" head. Wheaty, yeasty, hints of banana in aroma. Similar in flavor with stronger emergence of lime/lemon. Quality hefe.
BelgianBeerGal (3708) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft/Bottle. Your everyday weissbier. If you are new to hefe-weizen, this is a good place to start. There are many some offerings better and many worse than Erdinger.
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 27, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Robe blonde voilée surmontée d’une mousse blanche épaisse en dentelle qui persiste. Arômes légers de blé. Saveurs de blé, de bananes et de carton.
GarrettB (1388) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 The whole grain family has been given a poor reputation. The palpable splendor of meats, fruits, vegetables and of course sweets is simply too much for all the rices, oats, barleys and other grains out there that require time and temperance to be molded into something edible. It’s true, grains need to be processed, but when they’re done right they make the very fabric of our culinary culture. They’re old, tried and true, and for that reason they’re none too fashionable, but I think it’s that reliability that makes them the premier of the comestible world. Sure, there is stuff like quinoa which by the only merit of having been untried makes it cool (even though it’s like chewing on dried pine needles and toe nail clippings) but we’re not talkin’ yuppy feed. We’re talking about staples and the stuff that built civilization. From that blessed and humble germ we made beer. It was a monument to the grasses that sustained us (and no, not the recreational kind) and it was good. It made men happy. And from that drink we refined it to be an even cleaner, more chiseled testament to grain: the Hefe-Weizen. Wheat incarnate in a drink, it epitomized the savory and the sweet. But only if treated properly. And sadly, the Erdinger attempt strays too far from that arcane ritual which produces exquisite Hefe-Weizen beer. At its best I expect something replete with a well mannered wheatiness, plentiful banana esters and a good touch of vanilla. In the Erdinger there is a dominant fuzzy palate that eclipses most of the flavors, which include a collection familiar to any household garbage can. Stale apples, iron, cardboard, sawdust, a marzen-esque taste and weak nutmeg all work together towards a soft and flimsy palate. It sounds like it should be wretched and offensive but en totale it’s a simple issue of failing to impress. This golden drink bears some relation to its primordial plant form, but I’d expect it to ascend to a higher level of being after so much working and reworking of its inner carbohydrates, sugars and proteins. So much work should produce at least some benefit, but I’d rather roll the grain and chaff around my hand and ponder on its meaning symbolism than give this botched beer another try.
bochi23 (116) - Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Immediately on pour it did not have that hazy look to it... I could see through my glass, not a good sign. Little aroma came through. first taste, i was thinking, where is the flavor. This was not the refreshing hefe that I appreciate. Not a huge fan!