Name: Erdinger Pikantus
Brewery: Erdinger Weissbräu
Country of Origin: Germany
City & State: Erding, Germany
Alcohol Content (ABV): 7.3%
First Brewed: 1968
Dark amber in color. The use of high-quality wheat and barley in the grist produces a full-bodied and spicy beer; it has a pleasant and enjoyable finish with a light bitterness of hop coming through. Erdinger Pikantus is a smooth and delicious weizenbock.
I am not sure I have had a beer like this before. I mean, I have had a weizenbock before, but I don’t remember what it tasted like. I know I have not had the Pikantus before. I actually recently finished a few bottles from Erdinger. When Total Wine dropped the price on their Oktoberfest, I grabbed a case. They make one of the best most flavorful Oktoberfests on the market. Hopefully that carries over to their weizenbock. Not sure what to expect here, as this is not a typical style for me. Should be fun!
In the Glass: It was easy to pour, and had a nice soda head on it. Not much lace to speak of, and I can imagine this beer is easy to drink. I have a feeling this will be a thin mouthfeel, too. Now that I think of it, I should have poured this in a boot. You know, DAS BOOT!
Nose: My first impressions are nice. It is malty and has a somewhat sweet aroma to it. I am getting almost plum notes on the nose, and while I am sure this will be a carbonated beer, almost want this to be on nitro and to be thin and room temperature before I drink it. The price is good, though. For a beer this high in alcohol, you should expect to spend $5.99 or more. As I smell this, I am just getting malty goodness. Let’s see what it tastes like!
Flavor: I was right. It is very easy to drink. It’s thin, and has a lot of carbonation on the outer layers. However, it is VERY easy to drink, and as it heats up, I can see this becoming almost chuggable. The beer is quite balanced, and you would never know it was 7.3 ABV. Those same sweet/plum notes I was getting on the nose carry over, but the malts are what I am tasting here. WhenI close my eyes, I can see them brewing this in Germany just drinking as they work. I mean, that is what makes a good brewmaster, right?
Mouthfeel: The front half of my palate is bored, but the back half is excited. The bubbles, when they hit the back of my tongue explode with flavor and as I swallow, the finish is smooth, crisp, and clean. This is not a speciality beer by any means, but a good example of a daily drinking Germany bock.
Aftertaste: There isn’t much of an aftertaste. Oh, and the burp is pretty gross. If you can tolerate the bubbles, swish this around in your mouth a little bit. You will then open up some more flavor and it will provide you with an almost dry hoppy finish. The sweetness, when you swish it around a little, pretty much disappears. The more I drink this, the more the finish is starting to become bready; almost biscuitlike.
This isn’t my favorite style, but it’s good. I would totally order a pitcher of this if I was in Germany. Not sure when I will be in Germany, but maybe I will find an excuse to visit the brewery. I guarantee it tastes better there! Bottoms up, people.
Erdinger Pikantus – The bottle says: “Erdinger is brewed all-naturally, using traditional bottle-fermentation, never pasteurized. Thank you for enjoying Erdinger, the World’s No. 1 Hefe-Weizen.”
Today’s beer looks good. It looks like a brown ale. While it had a lot of foam to begin with, the foam disappeared really fast and now looks completely flat in the glass. It’s a dark brown color, but not as dark as a stout or porter, and not as thick either. It smells a little sour, but not a lot. It smells kind of like plums… but maybe that’s my imagination. It’s hard to really say what it smells like. Oh well, the taste is more important anyway. Let’s see how it is.
Wow – this beer is really carbonated. The bubbles are the first and strongest thing that hits you when you take that first drink. It actually does taste like a brown ale, only much more carbonated. It’s got kind of a nutty flavor to it. I like it, but I can’t decide how much. It’s good, but kind of unimpressive. It’s almost too carbonated, and there’s not much special about it. I do like the flavor though. Brown ales are usually pretty good, and this one has an even richer flavor. Maybe I like it more now that it’s warmed up a bit. This one’s not bad, but I think I’d have to be in the right mood to buy it again.