Erdinger Weissbier – wheat giant


Another wheat beer guests on blog. This time it is the world leader product, made in Germany – Erdinger Weissbier.

 

The brewery, which produces this famous beer is called Erdinger Weißbräu. Its full name is: Privatbrauerei Erdinger Weißbräu Werner Brombach GmbH. It is based in Erding – town in Bavaria, near Munich.

 

Erdinger Brewery is the largest producer of wheat beers in the world. Annual production is approx. 1.5 million hectoliters.
Beers from Erdinger’s offer are very popular not only in Germany, not only in Europe, but all over the world – export is carried out to 70 countries.
And what’s interesting: the whole production takes place in Erding – only in this one brewery – are not granted any licenses for production outside Erdinger Weißbräu.

 

A few words about the history of Brewery.

Its origins date back to 1886; then that was founded in Erding brewhouse under the name Weisse Bräuhaus.
In 1930 the brewery is bought by the malt factory F.W. Otto.
Five years later, in 1935, the then managing director, Franz Brombach is offered the opportunity to buy the brewery, and in 1949 he gives it a name Erdinger Weißbräu (the brewery now manages his son – Werner Brombach).

Starting from the 1960s begins a progressive expansion of the distribution of beer Erdinger: at first all over Germany, then to Austria (Erdinger’s first wheat beer export nation), and soon to dozens of countries on all continents.

In 1983 the old brewery is moved to a fully equipped modern new headquarters. During this time capacity reaches 600,000 hectoliters. The brewery is still develops – a new bottling plant, capable of filling 110,000 bottles per hour, and a new computer-controlled warehouse are built and put into operation.

In 1990, the brewery has reached capacity of 1 million hectoliters (currently approx. 1.5 million hl).

 

Current offer of Erdinger Weißbräu is as follows:

 

Erdinger Weissbier

Erdinger Weissbier

The most popular beer of the brewery: a golden cloudy unfiltered wheat beer.
alc. 5,3% abv, 12,6°P

Erdinger Dunkel

Erdinger Dunkel

Dark brown type wheat beer.
alc. 5,3% abv, 12,8°P

Erdinger Kristall

Erdinger Kristall

Crystal clear – a filtered Weißbier.
alc. 5,3% abv, 12,5°P

Erdinger Pikantus

Erdinger Pikantus

Dark weizenbock beer.
alc. 7,3% abv, 16,7°P

Erdinger Alkoholfrei

Erdinger Alkoholfrei

An alcohol free version.
alc. 0,4% abv, 7,2°P

Erdinger Leicht

Erdinger Leicht

Light wheat beer.
alc. 2,8% abv, 7,9°P

Erdinger Schneeweisse

Erdinger Schneeweisse

A seasonal wheat beer brewed from November to February.
alc. 5,6% abv, 12,9°P

Erdinger Urweisse

Erdinger Urweisse

Wheat beer in good old Bavarian tradition.
alc. 4,9% abv, 11,9°P

Erdinger Champ

Erdinger Champ

Wheat beer that can be drank straight from the bottle.
alc. 4,7% abv, 11,5°P, 330ml

All the images above come from: http://www.erdinger.de

 

 

It’s time to taste this wheat giant.
So I pour into glass this suitably cooled delicacy – Erdinger Weissbier.

 

Name: ERDINGER WEISSBIER (German Hefeweizen, alc. 5,3% ABV, ekstrakt 12,4°P)
Brewery: Erdinger Weißbräu [Erdinger Weissbrau] (Erding, Germany)

Expiration date: 10/2016

Erdinger Weissbier - beer (1)
Erdinger Weissbier - labels

 Erdinger Weissbier - beer (2)

test-look-small Colour of beer yellow-gold with orange tint.
Foam is very abundant, white.
test-sniff-small The first characteristic aroma that I felt that the smell of chalk (powdery), a fairly typical for some weizen beers.
Then already more typically: are present bananas, further citrus flavours, next the yeasts.
Further – malt and notes of bread.
Later, after a slight warming of beer, comes out slightly buttery aroma.
test-drink-small In taste is a mixture of citrus-banana (although these bananas is not too much).
There is a bit cloves. Then notes of yeast and chewing gum.
It is slightly citrusy acidity, but at the same time the beer is sweetish.
Flavours are many, but they are not too intense – they are on relatively low level of perception.
Bitterness is small, but accompanied us in the background all the time.
Carbonation is high.
Aftertaste is slightly bitter, rapidly subsides.
Beer gives a feeling of fullness.

Erdinger Weissbier - beer (3) 

 

Erdinger Weissbier is a hefeweizen of a good standard, but on my list definitely inferior to the one described earlier – Franziskaner.
We have a rich palette of flavours typical for weizen, but they lack the intensity, they are less strong, deeper hidden, making beer not very expressive.
Chilled Erdinger tastes great, but I prefer Hefe with bold aromas of banana, cloves, coriander – that’s all I ran here.

 ale_rating-4

 

Erdinger Weissbier - beer (4)

 

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