“At the world’s largest wheat beer brewery, tradition and progress go hand in hand: our beer is brewed according to traditional recipes, but using state-of-the-art technology. Today, beer connoisseurs in Germany and around the world regard our traditional specialty beers from Erding, Bavaria, as the ultimate in wheat beer enjoyment. The beginnings of Erdinger Weissbräu date back to 1886, the year in which construction of a wheat beer brewery in Erding was first officially recorded. After several changes in ownership, the General Manager at the time, Franz Brombach, bought the brewery in 1935 and re-named it Erdinger Weissbräu on December 27, 1949.”
DUNKEL: 89 Points
This Dunkelweizen is available year-round in 500 ml. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Erdinger Dunkel is a rich and smooth wheat beer specialty from Erdinger Weissbräu. It owes its full-bodied flavor to the fine hops and dark malt used in its production. The dark beer specialty is brewed according to an age-old recipe. Its spicy flavor also results from the increased proportion (about 13%) of original wort. Nonetheless, at 5.3%, it doesn’t contain much more alcohol than Erdinger Weissbier ‘with fine yeast’.”
My Description: This is a real nice Dunkelweizen with deep dark fruit notes and a balanced flavor profile that satisfies. It has a very large, beige colored head with an amazing retention level and it leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is colorful and slightly complex with notes of toasted malt, caramel, dark fruits, and a touch of banana. This wheat beer is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. Besides the unmistakable toasted malt notes, this ale has delicate flavors including caramel, figs, cherries, and a minor spice note that creeps in. More dark fruit notes become apparent as the beer warms adding complexity. This ale is real nice and is best served around 50°F and pairs well with beef stew, grilled sausage, or beef brisket.
ABV: 5.3% Color: Deep Brown Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10
HEFE-WEIZEN: 80 Points
Also known as Weissbier, this Hefe-Weizen is available year-round in 12 oz. and 500 ml. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “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.”
My Description: This is one of those Hefe’s that you buy in a six pack so that you can drink pretty quickly, I wouldn’t sit back and savor the flavors. It begins with a large, bright white colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is okay with notes of wheat malt and a touch of lemon, but there is not much else going on. This ale is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is clean but very plain with notes of wheat malt, some citrus, and a minor hint of spice in the aftertaste. It is an easy drinking beer but doesn’t necessarily satisfy like other German Hefe’s. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with salads, burgers, or grilled shrimp.
ABV: 5.3% Color: Light Gold Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 1/10
OKTOBERFEST: 84 Points
This Bavarian Style Hefeweizen is released seasonally in late Summer in 11.2 oz. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “Erdinger is brewed all-naturally, using traditional bottle-fermentation, never pasteurized.”
My Description: This is a very straightforward Hefeweizen with simple flavors and a smooth finish, a good choice for the season of drinking. It begins with a very large and fluffy, white colored head that lasts forever and leaves behind a great amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant with floral notes accompanied by some notes of grain and citrus. It is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a dry finish. This Hefeweizen does not have an apparent presence of the typical flavors like bananas, cloves, or bubblegum but that’s all do to the yeast that is used to produce this ale. This wheat beer has flavor notes of grains, citrus, and a hint of bitterness but overall, there is not much going on in this beer. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled sausage, salads, or grilled shrimp.
ABV: 5.7% Color: Hazy Gold Sweetness: 1.5/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10
PIKANTUS: 91 Points
The Weizenbock is available year-round in 500 ml. bottles.
Brewer’s Description: “For some people, Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus ‘dark bock beer’ is a delicacy to be enjoyed in the colder months of the year. For lovers of strong beer, however, the season for Pikantus lasts a full twelve months. At 7.3% alcohol, this specialty wheat beer has a considerably higher alcohol content than other varieties produced by Erdinger Weissbräu. The dark bock beer owes its sharp and full flavor to the use of selected dark wheat and barley malts and a significantly longer maturing process. In contrast to many bock beers, Erdinger Weissbier Pikantus ‘dark bock beer’ does not taste too sweet. Despite its higher alcohol content, Erdinger’s master brewers have succeeded in retaining the smooth Pikantus flavor.”
My Description: This is a Dunkel version of a Weizenbock and it is very pleasing to the palate, it is great on a cool night or whenever a delicious beer is craved. It has a good sized, light beige colored head with a nice retention level and it leaves behind a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is inviting with a strong malt presence accompanied by notes of bread, dark fruits, a touch of vanilla, and a hint of ripe bananas. This ale is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The texture is creamy and the alcohol is beautifully hidden. The flavors in this beer are delicious and work in harmony together. It has a tasty malt backbone with notes of plums and other dark fruits, bread, and a touch of spice. Because the flavors are so enjoyable and the alcohol is nicely hidden it makes this beer very easy drinking. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with grilled steak, roasted lamb, or potent cheeses.
ABV: 7.3% Color: Dark Brown Sweetness: 3/10 Bitterness: 1.5/10