Sunday, December 6, 2009

Erdinger - this beer will change your life! :)

Here's something a bit different - beer has nothing to do with the usual content of my blog, nor can I claim to be any kind of authority on the subject.

Even so, I must post something about my own personal favourite - Erdinger.

Erdinger is a wheat beer - and true to my non-beer-authority-ness, I will now proceed to quote Wikipedia for a proper definition: :)

Weissbier (German: "white beer", usually spelled Weißbier; see ß), also known as Weizenbier ("wheat beer"), is a Bavarian specialty beer in which a significant proportion of malted barley is replaced with malted wheat: a wheat beer.

I have come across 3 varieties of Erdinger locally:

- Hefeweiss (in short "Hefe"; literally, "yeast white"): the yeast is not filtered out, giving the beer a cloudy appearance.
- Dunkel Hefeweiss (literally, "dark yeast white"): Produced with dark malts and consequently darker in color, known for their malty, bread-like flavors.
- Kristallweiss (in short "Kristall"; literally, "crystal white") is filtered to remove the yeast, hence clear.

These are usually available at most bottle stores and at most Makro stores.
Don't expect to pay a normal price though - being imported from Germany this beer comes at a bit of a steep price, ranging from R20 - R30 per bottle.

But let me tell you, it is so worth it!
Well, that's my opinion anyway :)


  1. If you're a fan of Weißbier, give the Paulaner Naturtrüb a try. :)

    There's nothing quite like Wolfing down
    Zürcher Geschnetzeltes and rosti or Spatzle and washing it down with a Weißbier.

    Hmm..Bring on Winter!

  2. Ya that's not the first time that someone has recommended Paulaner to me - maybe I should be broadening my beer horizons!

    Do you have some hidden German lineage somewhere in your shady past then, Mr Tim?
    What with the casual mention of German cuisine and your intimate knowledge of their pleasantly wheaty beverages...

  3. My dad, believe it or not, is a butcher specialising in German treats - So I've alsways had the opportunity to acquaint myself with the culinary offerings.