Erdinger Weissbier Kristallklar

I’ve only had one other beer from Erdinger, and it was back in 2010. The beer was decent, but nothing to write home about, even when I first got into beer. I’ve also only reviewed a few beers of this style, so I was looking to expand my horizons a bit.


ABV: 5.3%

Style: Kristalweizen

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Erdinger Kristall is particularly welcome as a tasty thirst-quencher for hot summer days. This specialty wheat beer gets its crystal appearance from a particularly long filtration process, known in the industry as ‘fine filtration’, whereby the beer becomes completely clear. This gives Erdinger Kristall its sparkling and refreshing character – which also makes it the ideal wheat beer for warm summer days. Brewed in strict accordance with our own traditional recipe, Erdinger Kristall meets the highest quality standards and satisfies the most sophisticated palate.”

Random: It still cracks me up that they have a non-alcoholic beer they market as a sports drink.

This beer poured with a huge, four finger, pure white, pillowy head. It took awhile to dissipate, but left very little lacing. The body was a clear, straw-yellow with heavy carbonation. The nose had more grass than I was used to for the style. It also had banana, bubblegum and pear. The scent wasn’t as strong as I typically get from a regular hefeweizen. The taste was also a bit muted. It had pilsner malt and grass, but then went into old dusty bubblegum, like the kind that used to come in baseball card packs. A hint of banana was there and wet cardboard (which I wasn’t a huge fan of). The body was light with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with the same bubblegum. A bottle of this was $3.49 ($.22 per ounce), which isn’t a bad price for an import, but this beer was just lacking in flavor. I don’t feel the need to revisit this one.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Erdinger Hefeweizen

Another good day at the gym, but man, am I sore. Nic made jambalaya for dinner tonight and we’ve been watching tv. I’ve taken a look at my list of beers that are ready for review and I’m trying to go through the beers that have been there the longest, so I popped open the Erdinger hefe.

ABV: 5.3%

Style: Hefeweizen

Trivia: According to the website, “The beginnings of Erdinger Weissbräu date back to 1886, the year in which construction of a brewery in Erding was officially recorded for the first time. As the first wheat beer brewery, Erdinger went on to expand beyond Bavaria’s boundaries.” A brewery dedicated to wheat beers, interesting.

Random: They have a non-alcoholic beer that they market as a “sport and fitness drink.” No joke.

It’s been awhile since I’ve had a hefe. This brew poured a cloudy golden-yellow color with a two finger white head. The head dissipates quickly and doesn’t leave any lacing. The carbonation is visible and moderate. On the nose, I get some citrus and mild spice. I expected a bit more spice to be honest. There’s also a bit of banana on the nose. On the taste, there is a lot of banana, more so than most other hefeweizens. The banana hides most of the citrus and the spice. It’s not necessarily bad, but it makes the brew very one-dimensional. There is also a decent amount of carbonation on it, which makes it pretty refreshing. The finish on this is again, banana and goes away pretty quick. There is also almost no spice going on in the brew. This is a very simplistic hefe. It’s not bad, it’s just boring. This isn’t a brew that I would rush to have again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0