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Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier NaturtrübPaulaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb

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2,253 Ratings
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Ratings: 2253
Reviews: 1215
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%

Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: guinness33 on 08-17-2001)
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Photo of ChugMan


2.91/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Food Pairing: (1)Tuna steamed with some vegetables. Good compliment to the beer, but the food was missing a starch component which I think would have put the pairing over the top. (2)Bananas sauteed with some brown sugar, ginger and cinnamon. The citrus bitterness contradicted the sweetness of the bananas, just enough to dominate and not wholly compliment the food's flavor.
A - Cloudy golden / light yellow-orange, very nice. Abundant pillowy head which settled to nothing and left little to no lacing. Disappointing.
S - Vanilla wafers, sugar cookies, apples. Interesting. Almost like a white wine.
T - Faint vanilla and orange. Lime zest, lemon, banana. Star fruit quite prominent. Yeast flavor very present- overstated. Not nearly as sweet as I expected from the aroma.
M- Light, but bitter. Somewhat sour. Citrusy hops linger well after the swallow, with yeastyness clinging throughout the mouth if care isn't taken to enjoy at a leisurely pace.
O- Given this beer's glowing reputation here and elsewhere, I can't help but wonder if I received a mishandled bottle. The main issue involves my limited experience with this style, which prevents me from properly appreciating or assessing it. Worth another look down the road.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 03:17:15 | More by ChugMan
Photo of Kerrie


4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Hazy, opaque shade of gold, minimal head and fair amount of lacing.

S- Mmm, typical crisp hefeweizen smell. Like fresh fruit.

T- Fairly average hefeweizen taste with clove, but heavier on the banana. Has a wheat aftertaste. Very good.

M- Light and refreshing but not watery. I'll be buying more of this in the summer, for sure.

Overall, I see that it's getting compared to Weihenstephaner. I like them both a lot and can't really say which is better without the other in front of me at the moment, but they're both great and certainly on par with each other. Perhaps a blind taste test is in order for the future!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 02:36:53 | More by Kerrie
Photo of StonedTrippin


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of the classic wheat beers of the world this one is. it pours a nice bright almost orange shade of gold, cloudy, with a two inch white head that slowly fades. the nose is clove and banana in subtle amounts, malted wheat, and that characteristic hefe yeast. there is a lot of flavor in this, fruity and bready and summery, and lots of body for the style, which I like a lot. still plenty drinkable though, and a 6 pack seems to be about the right dose of this stuff. bubbly with some spice on the finish, very satisfying, and supremely refreshing when its cold. priced fairly and available everywhere, this is a quality product. one of my favorite regular imports.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 18:21:38 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served from tap into Hefe glass. Poured hazy yellow-orange with a two finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, spice, banana, and clove. The flavor was of sweet malt, wheat, clove, spice, and subtle banana. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This one was really quite refreshing for the weather we are currently having here in the southeast. The banana aspect here really made it fairly enjoyable along with the overall mouthfeel. A really well done representation of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2013 17:35:33 | More by thagr81us
Photo of thlayli87

New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a hazy amber with a three finger white head. Very good retention and lacing.

S - Clove, banana, grainy malt.

T - Zesty citrus, banana, spicy, must, biscuit, lemon, floral notes.

M - Zesty, light citrus zing on the tongue, slight oily finish.

O - Exemplary of the style. One of the best hefeweizens available. I like this slightly better than Weihenstephaner.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 14:22:39 | More by thlayli87
Photo of Utica_Brew_Review

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This has a murky caramel color -- a classic characteristic of hefeweizen. Awesome smell with a slight bitterness and a hint of banana goodness. Full bodied and flavor. The bitterness present in smell is not present in the taste. Not carbonated water like some other brews. Really easy to drink, a definitely hefeweizen for the summer. Finishes more pronounced than it starts.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 02:34:44 | More by Utica_Brew_Review
Photo of alysmith4

District of Columbia

3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Delicious! Tons of fresh bananas and filtered wheat, along with a nice light hit of lemon/orange citrus to finish it off. I like the yeast profile, and find it to really balance out the sweetness in a good way. I could drink several of these on a hot summer day, and did!

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 03:11:08 | More by alysmith4
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Nov 2012. Picked up from a supermarket a while back and stored in my garage.

Poured into a tulip pint glass (with swirling). A very hazy, translucent orange-amber hue with medium carbonation. Yields a huge head of creamy white foam with good retention; this hangs around before slowly reducing to a surface layer. Aroma of fruity yeast esters with notes of banana, clove, bubblegum, spice, earthy yeast and faint stewed leaves. Classic hefe, with just a hint of warming alcohol in the background.

Tastes of fruity yeast esters with a dry finish. Notes of banana, clove, bubblegum, a hint of coriander, spice/herbs, earthy yeast, subtle biscuity malt and stewed leaves. Slightly sweet with a dry character and a very mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with a creamy, full-bodied texture. Lightly astringent, with an aftertaste of banana and fruity, earthy yeast.

Nice; a quality hefeweizen. Plenty of banana and yeasty notes as one might expect, all perfectly blended to produce a typical aroma and flavour. Great body with a pleasing mouthfeel. One of the great hefes - well worth your time. Add to your must-try list.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 00:08:23 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of jsisko01


4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a bright yellow color with a thin head that dissipates instantly. Leaves a very nice lacing.

Smell - Sweet with pale malts, wheat, and banana.

Taste - Clove and banana are the most dominant flavors up front.. Followed by orange/citrus, wheat, and bread.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall - This is the best hefeweizen I've had in a long time..

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 03:15:52 | More by jsisko01
Photo of FLima


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Made lots of head and presented a Hazy orange color.
Smell of banana, cloves and a hint o cinnamon.
In the flavor mostly banana and citric fruits. Not overly sweet, which is a common flaw of some wheat beers.
Mildly dry and bitter in the aftertaste. Well balanced beer, hard to beat tradition.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 22:01:56 | More by FLima
Photo of Darkmagus82


4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a very lightly hazed orange amber color with a thick and billowy white head. The head has fantastic retention fading to leave a decent amount of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heavy of a yeasty and wheaty aroma. It is mixed with a decent black pepper and banana smell. Quite a classic Hefe aroma and quite nice.

Taste – The taste begins with flavors of wheat bread and a biscuit maltiness meeting the tongue. A light orange flavor is upfront which seems to grow stronger as the taste advances. While the orange grows stronger, other flavors of a yeasty nature come to the tongue. The biscuit begins to fade with the wheaty tastes and the orange citrus grows even stronger. In the end a light yeast and nice citrus wheat flavor are left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite creamy for an only 5.5 abv brew. It has a moderate to average level of carbonation. The beer sooths the tastebuds as it passes through the mouth. It is great for the tastes of the beer and quite drinkable.

Overall – A nice easy drinking Hefe with a fantastic transitions and tastes in the flavor. A very nice drinking brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 00:57:50 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Everydayoff


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at BREW Beers & Ciders, Bangkok, served in a Paulaner glass.

The showcase reflects by a hazy yellow amber hue with thick frothy white head that leaves some lace upon dissipating. The aroma is quite inviting by a note of banana ester and lemon zest while clove lends a hand of spice. The palate contacts with a smooth, fresh yet refreshing mouthfeel while the taste is straightforward to the style with a hearty wheat, bready malt and clovey/yeasty ester that reminds me of what good wheat beer should have been.

Serving type: on-tap

10-31-2012 08:29:24 | More by Everydayoff
Photo of BeerManDan


4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When poured, the color was a hazy light yellow with a fair amount of foam and a good amount of lace on the side of the glass.
The aroma had a fresh hint of a yeasty, spice (cloves) bread smell.
The taste was a well balance of flavor. There was a taste of yeast, spices, that was nicely balance of sweetness/bitterness that brought out a nice balanced flavor.
The more I drink this Hefe-Weissbier, the more I enjoy it! One my favor German Beers.

Serving type: on-tap

10-25-2012 15:25:53 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of ghostofpaulman


3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque Goldenrod color with about 2 fingers of foamy off white head that quickly disappears. Couldn't really see much combination.

S:Floral with a bit of bubblegum and clove.

T: Mostly wheat, which was strange, because the bubblegum in the nose didn't really come through t all. No hoppiness in it which isn't surprising. Just a really rich bready wheat. pretty good.

M:A little thinner than it looks, but not bad at all. Very thirst quenching.

O: Not my favorite in this style, but very solid. I would definitely buy this again in the summertime.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 22:09:41 | More by ghostofpaulman
Photo of gcamparone

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Wakefield Liquors in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours a very hazy golden orange with a big 3" fluffy white head with high retention and very little lacing.

S- Sweet wheaty backbone, cloves and bananas.

T- Robust, flavorful clove, spice and wheat notes. Slight hoppy aftertaste for some nice balance.

M- Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall, a delicious hefeweizen. Complex, flavorful, and crisp. Perfect for a hot day. Recommendable.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 18:37:47 | More by gcamparone
Photo of MDDMD


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-hazy orange amber color with a nice white head and decent lacing

S-yeasty bread, fruit, spice, slight citrus

T-nice wheat flavor with banana, clove, and a citrusy bite at the finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, nice and crisp yet some smoothness

O-a solid hefe with good flavor, a nice refreshing beer

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 17:39:41 | More by MDDMD
Photo of Serge

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled. Sparkling, hazy orange beer with yeast-clouds drifting in it. Nice, medium, off-white head. Lots of banana-esters when poured, but they calm down after a while, and yeast and cloves finds their places. A bit thin mouthfeel with flavors of banana, lemon, cloves and some yeast. The finish has some metallic notes, as well as spices.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 06:34:42 | More by Serge
Photo of BierStein711


4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into weizen

Three finger off white head with orange body

Moderate carbonation, but more gentle than most hefeweizens

Smells of banana, wheat, and apple

Taste: Apple, banana, and alcohol with a spicy yeast finish!

Overall, this is a very pleasant beer that is worth tracking down.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2012 05:56:59 | More by BierStein711
Photo of scvance

South Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very hazy, pale golden color with a nice thick long lasting white head with excellent retention. Aroma right away, very yeasty, and lots of citrus. Slight banana aroma. Taste follows suit with more banana in the finish. High carbonation and light body with a very crisp slightly sweet finish. Very easy to drink, this is a hefeweiss beer that really defines the style. Excellent on all levels in my opinion, the mouuthfeel is pleasant, not very thick at all.

I have had this beer many times, and always recommend it, and will continue to drink it in the future. Definitely one of my favorites for this style.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 19:33:43 | More by scvance
Photo of Razr86

New York

4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle from trader joe's

A: cloudy straw color with 2 fingers of head. Lacing all the way down to the finish

S: citrusy wheaty banana

T: delicious! Tastes like it smells maybe some apple in there. Aftertaste has slight bitter but its delicious

M: very smooth perfect amount of carbonation

O: this beer is excellent! My new favorite beer i highly recommend! Those Germans know how to make good beer!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 02:07:44 | More by Razr86
Photo of Mojo


3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a beautiful light copper with an enormous 4 finger head. There is excellent retention, but almost no lacing. Smell is very fruity. I detected apples, oranges, bananas, along with a subtle wheat and honey aroma. Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation. Taste is nice withsome lemon notes upfront and the expected bitterness for the finish. But in both cases the tastes were nicely understated. A pleasing very drinkable offering that is recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 03:02:29 | More by Mojo
Photo of Lemke10


4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I tried this on tap at Old Chicago in Madison, WI in summer 2012.

Pours a cloudy copper orange color with a slight off-white head served with lemon. Scent is mild with wheat and citrus. Taste is sweet, full of wheat, and hints of citrus. Finishes very smooth and delicious. A good overall beer especially in the hefe-weizen style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2012 18:58:38 | More by Lemke10
Photo of Ilafan


4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden blond with a lasting creamy head. This beer, to me, both smells and tastes of banana. The wheat really comes through in this tasty beer. On the back tongue, this beer also has a slightly tart, almost lemon taste. Very light, this is a great summer beer, much more satisfying than most of the popular shandys out there now.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2012 21:28:21 | More by Ilafan
Photo of TheSixthRing


4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, golden honey color with a white, frothy 2 finger head. Good retention, resulting in a lace that's thin, though consistent and somewhat sticky.

Smell - Smells of clove, ripe banana and with hints of lemon.

Taste - Starts with healthy ripe banana and an aggressive clove spice. Slight hints of tobacco. A touch of lemon tartness on the back end, finishing clean.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body. Good carbonation. Smooth as hell.

Overall - This is an excellent hefe. Great all-around balance, leads to outstanding smoothness and ease of drinking. It's not on the level of the best hefe's in the world, but it's not too far off.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 04:18:59 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330 mL bottle from a six-pack picked up at the LCBO; best before May 2013. One of the few well-known German hefes I have not yet reviewed or tried, but now is as good a time as any to change that.

Pours a muddy yellow-amber colour, totally opaque with sediment and topped with just under two fingers of puffy, silky eggshell-white head. Decent retention; the foam sticks around for more than a few minutes, and leaves behind a smooth, creamy cap at the surface when it finally does wilt. The aroma is zesty and fresh, with lots of yeast, bready wheat malt sweetness and lemony citrus. Banana and clove notes are present, but relatively minor contributors to the overall bouquet.

Solid flavour with nothing out of the ordinary for a hefe - maybe a bit more citrus than usual, with plenty of lemon and orange citrus amongst the bready wheat malts. A fair bit of yeasty character as well, with a slight banana and bubble gum flavour that leads into some clove spiciness and herbal, grassy hay notes. The mouthfeel is where this stuff loses me - it's a little too fizzy for my liking (which makes me a bit belchy), and although the flavour isn't diluted it does come across as kind of watery. On the light side of medium-bodied, with a prickly feel in the mouth and a little bit of slickness left over on the palate when it's gone.

Final Grade: 3.8, a serviceable B+ grade. Paulaner Hefe-weissbier is a respectable, authentic German wheat beer that no fan of the style should neglect to try. That being said - as enjoyable as this is, I'm not sure if I would select it over a few of my other favourites in this category (think Weihenstephaner or Schneider Weisse). The fizzy, light mouthfeel of this stuff leaves me a little wanting, but the flavour is still spot-on. Worth a try.

[Updated Feb. 18 2014]

I picked up a 500 mL can of this to compare it side-by-side with a few other German hefeweizens (Schneider-Weisse, Weihenstephaner and Erdinger). While this has never been my favourite beer in the category, it can definitely hold its own - and the fact that it sells at a lower price point than the other three (at least locally) is worth noting as well. My main problem with this beer is the watery mouthfeel; other than that, it's a worthy hefe that I enjoy returning to once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 21:18:32 | More by thehyperduck
Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
90 out of 100 based on 2,253 ratings.