not entirely sure what the deal with this beer is. I originally
reviewed this (or a similar beer by this brewery) way back in 2008 and I
haven’t had it since. It states very plainly on the label that this is
Erdinger Oktoberfest, but previous editions were known as Erdinger
Oktoberfest-Weizen, and some websites list it as Erdinger Festweiße.
Judging by the way it looks and tastes, it appears to be more of a wheat
beer of some sort than a true Oktoberfestbier or Marzen. And though I’m
not a stickler for styles at all, I find the beer to be just above
mediocre. There’s nothing off-putting about it, but there’s little to
I poured an 11.2oz bottle into a mug. It had an expiration date of 5/2015 and cost $2.85 ($0.25 per ounce).
Appearance: Banana-skin yellow hue over an extremely hazy body.
Carbonation can be seen streaming up the side of the glass. Pours to a
large, bright white, foamy head which retains well but doesn’t leave
Smell: Not much of anything. Just the faintest trace of banana and lemon
peel. Nothing off-putting, but far from aromatically enticing.
Taste: This almost seems to be the German version of an American “pale
wheat ale.” Wheat is definitely the dominate flavor characteristic here,
though it’s not surprising considering this brewery makes all their
beers with a ton of wheat. There’s a slight tartness that’s recognizable
immediately, with hints of lemon peel or some kind of citrus zest. It’s
missing the classic yeast esters often found in Bavarian hefeweizens –
no clove, no banana, no bubblegum. I even detect a slight tanginess and
astringency on the finish. It’s not repulsive, but I can’t imagine it’s
intended to be there (buying imported beer in America is such a gamble –
it rarely arrives fresh and is likely mistreated by all the hands it
passes through). This definitely falls to be an Oktoberfest as well as a
hefeweizen, but as a beer in general it’s okay I guess.
Drinkability: While the palette to Erdinger Oktoberfest may not be all
that exciting, at least it’s easy to get it down. The mouthfeel is soft,
but with a consistent presence of fine carbonation. It does down smooth
and finishes almost completely clean save for a slightly oily residue.
At 5.7% ABV it should have a lot more going on, as this has the body of a
much lighter brew. Though it’s actually a little refreshing while in
the mouth, but I see little reason to binge on this.