Erdinger Pikantus

Reviewed by on June 9, 2015 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Erdinger Weissbräu

  • Origin: Erding, Germany

  • Rated On: June 9, 2015

  • Best Before: February 2016

  • ABV: 7.3%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Weizenbock

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Erdinger is a brewer of weissbier, or wheat beers, from the town of Erding, situated northeast of Munich.  As such, their bock, a staple style of springtime, is made with wheat in the malt bill, and is thus referred to as a Weizenbock, or ‘dark wheat beer of bock strength’, by all accounts.

This 500ml bottle pours a dark, very murky brown colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy beige head, which leaves a bit of low-lying coastal vista lace around the glass as it eventually seeps away.

It smells of bready, doughy caramel malt, wet banana chips, ethereal savoury spice, a touch of dry, flaky chocolate, faintly spicy wheat grain, and soft earthy, floral, and slightly weedy hops. The taste is semi-sweet, grainy caramel malt, a still second-class gritty wheatiness, banana bread, toffee candies, understated bittersweet chocolate, muddled dark orchard fruit, very tame earthy spice, and a genial weedy, leafy, and floral noble hoppiness. The carbonation is quite active in its more fizzy than frothy wanderings, the body on the light side of medium weight, and mostly smooth, the heretofore sneaky alcohol finally coming onto the scene. It finishes off-dry, the lingering caramel and wheat doing well to push aside any spice, yeast, fruit, or yes, even booze.

A pretty tasty and engaging Weizenbock, the grand uptick in ABV hardly noticeable in the least, while the other sundry players punch in, punch out, and all is well. Worthy of a go, even if it means having to get yet another one of those basic Erdinger weizen glasses in the deal in my beer-buying jurisdiction – no worries, it makes a nice gift for your craft beer-aspiring friends.

Brady White



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