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Brewed by Erdinger Weissbräu
Style: Weizen Bock
Erding, Germany

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RATINGS: 1028   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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Lovers of strong beer need not worry that ERDINGER Weissbier Pikantus 'dark bock beer' is going to be too sweet, as is the case with so many bock beers. Despite the higher alcohol content, the Erding brew masters have succeeded in retaining the special Pikantus taste.

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4.1
ganache (5848) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2014 Bottle. Muddy chocolate brown pour, lively, with a creamy yellow-tan lacy head. Sweet smell, wheat and yeast, cloves, maybe some kandis, orange peels and grape, spice, hint of alcohol. Tastes yeasty, wheaty, bockily vinous, and medium spicy. Feels smooth, creamy, and a bit oily, warming from the mild alcohol but nothing harsh. Medium-dry finish. Overall, a mild but flavor-packed synthesis, a successful fusion of two (or three) distinct styles. Erdinger does use a bit of its “magic” to dull this – it could have been much sharper – but there’s no point in complaining – they’ve finally given us a good one! [2006.06.20: 4.2]

Have had about a dozen bottles over the years, but here’s a fresh one in the States. Soapier, oilier appearance than I remember from two years ago, with a little more red berry on top of the above. Still has interesting vinous character and strangely complex fruitiness that seems to be hard to find elsewhere -- lots of interesting esters and yeast metabolites, flashes of lots of different kinds of candy. A bit airy, medium body, malt a bit flat and the wheat isn’t really given a chance to shine, and the alcohol seeps and singes despite the sudden flatness, but this really, really hits the sweet spot for me as the third beer of the evening, just enough for the sweet-tooth but dry enough to continue things along smoothly. Still the best in the brewery’s portfolio, meiner Meinung nach, und immer noch empfehlenswert. [2014.11.10: 3.9]

3.9
DarkMagus (529) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 15, 2006
Pours a very dark brown... foamy head that lingers for awhile... chocolatey, malty, nutty flavors... amazing. Very easy to forget that this beer is 7.2%abv. One of the best strong beers I’ve had in a long time.

3.9
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 14, 2006
"Poured a dark brown color with large foamy head. Aroma was of caramel cloves malts some chocolate even to it. Flavor is much the same not as sweet as some other Weizenbocks. Good beer."

3.6
Stew41 (2021) - Phuket, THAILAND - JUN 14, 2006
Big fizzy rocky head settles quickly. Colour is a nice reddish brown. Malty nose of sweet milk chocolates, quite elegant. Excellent chocoltae notes bob up again in the palate. Always elegant, helping the beer stay under the radar (so to speak) despite the 7.3%. Nice fizz levesl keep the beer lively despite the obvious palate weight.

4.1
User37895 (3042) - - JUN 11, 2006
I was shocked to see that this beer doesn’t get good ratings. I guess the raters all want something more rich and sweet, simply because this is a weizenbock against Aventinus. But, Erdinger’s signature on their wheat beers has been the exact opposite: somewhat dry and not-cloying approach to german wheats. This was exactly that within the weizenbock style (very drinkable), and I applaud them for their efforts, even if it isn’t as fancy as others. This is more rich than their dunkelweizen, but far less sweet than other weizenbocks. The bananas and cloves do come out to play, however, and the mouthfeel is dry but maltier than a dunkelweizen. The pour was reddish brown with a nice frothy head that sustained itself quite well and laced ok. Chocolate malts came out as the temperature increased.

3.7
thebeertourist (5189) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 10, 2006
Bottle. Chestnut brown with a big off-white head. Bready aroma with some banana underneath. Caramel and banana flavours as well as other, darker fruits. Still dry throughout. Full-bodied and chewy. My favourite so far from Erdinger.

3.8
molassesfan (202) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 10, 2006
500ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of bread, apples, raisins, dates, and bananas. Thick mouthfeel with taste of fruit and malt, wine-like finish. Reminds me of a good chardonnay. On special at the Lighthouse in Wilmington.

3.4
Wiseblood (700) - Clarksville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 31, 2006
Dark, cloudy brown color with a creamy tan head. Sweet bready malt aromas with fruity overtones. Flavors of dark roasted malts, vanilla and dark fruit-very wine-like. Creamy, chewy character that finishes with tart, yeasty notes.

3.3
jetzler (622) - oklahoma city, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 20, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2006 Bottle 60F Weizen. Dry malty notes, hint of strawberries, slightly sour points and subtle hops. Very dark opque brown, color with short lasting light tan head, and almost no lacing. Light notes, much lighter than expected, mild malts, sour touches of roasted grains are prevelent, finishes slightly sweet. The finish is similar to carmel popcorn. But not as sweet as other bocks, I believe the wheat plays a part in this, A very full mouth feel, but only moderate carbonation. Not very much punch or overly pronounced flavors, not too subtle but not strong enough either alcohol is slightly noticble. Taste of oats as well. Good beer, but not great. I could drink more if I had another bottle or two but not something that stands out.

4.1
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 15, 2006
500 ml bottle. Dark brown with hints of red, but mostly brown. Clear. Throws a thick meringue white head with the consistency of whipped egg whites. Great exterior. Somewhat restricted aroma. Dry grainy wheat aroma. A few bock aromas. Flavour is much more impressive. Roasted caramel flavours on a chewy wheat body. Rich texture. Hop bitterness in the finish. Really nice.


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