Erdinger Sommerweisse

Reviewed by on July 21, 2017 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Erdinger Weissbräu

  • Origin: Erding, Germany

  • Rated On: July 21, 2017

  • Best Before: October 2017

  • ABV: 4.6%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Hefeweizen

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Inquiring minds would like to know what makes this different (or more summery) than Erdinger’s regular weissbier?  Dry hopping with a blend of three (3!) selected hop varieties, that’s what.  Yeah.

This 330ml bottle pours a hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, chunky, and creamy off-white head, which leaves some weirdly attractive splotchy lace around the glass as it lazily sinks away.

It smells of gritty and grainy wheat malt, muddled domestic citrus rind, some further cantaloupe/honeydew melon fruitiness, mild earthy spice notes, a faint earthy yeastiness, and very subtle leafy, weedy, and floral green hop bitters.  The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, an equal to the task edgy wheatiness, still hard to differentiate citrus and melon fruity esters, some tame pepper and clove spiciness, and more ethereal leafy and floral verdant hoppiness.  The carbonation is average in its palate-enveloping frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with a nice airy creaminess arising as things settle down a bit here.  It finishes on the sweet side, as the malt persists, amongst some lingering hoppy fruit essences.

Overall, this is an interesting iteration of the typical German wheat beer, in that the guest hops seem to have been chosen well – lots of season-appropriate fruitiness abounding.  Easy to drink, and quite enjoyable on another scorcher of an Alberta summer afternoon.

Brady White

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