Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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4.05/5 rDev +0.2%
A: It poured cloudy dark yellow into a weizen glass with a perfect head. A moderate level of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles. There is a good amount of head retention.
S: There's a light to moderate aroma of yeast and bubble gum in the nose, along with some hints of banana and clove. The aroma becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: There are lots of bready flavors of malt and yeast along with notes of banana and cloves in the taste.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and a bit grainy. You can definitely taste the "cloudiness."
D: The beer is very refreshing and quite sessionable.
05-14-2010 21:23:33 | More by metter98
4.03/5 rDev -0.2%
A - Pours a cloudy amber yellow with a big strong fluffy white head. Head dissipates down to a resilient layer on top with some nice bubbly lacing.
S - Strong citrus fruity notes, along with an underlying ripened banana aroma. A bit of peppery spice and yeast, and a bit of clove. Classic hefe aroma.
T - Nice smooth malty undercurrent, running through sweet but mild fruits - banana, orange, just a hint of peaches. Evened out with a slight lemon zest and very faint hop presence. A smooth earthy flavor rounds it all out.
M - Bubbly carbonation with a velvety smooth body. Very nice.
D - Excellent. Great spring/summer beer.
Notes: I love this style, particularly when lemon is not the dominant flavor. This is certainly one of the best I've had. This bottle is several months old, so I'd love to see if I can find one that's fresher.
05-10-2010 03:41:48 | More by BatDaddy
3.65/5 rDev -9.7%
Big, white head over a cloudy yellow golden. Aromas are big with banana and clove, and then some cotton candy really comes out with warmth. Flavors are much more subtle. The yeasty qualities are not as big as I'd like, and that makes me instantly think "watery", especially with a thin mouthfeel. This brew dries my palate up, with the residuals emphasizing wheat and grain. Spiciness but not much else. This beer has an immense aroma, which sets a high standard that the flavor doesn't quite meet.
05-09-2010 22:57:49 | More by washburnkid
3.55/5 rDev -12.1%
Seems like this is widely available in the States. Saw it for the first time here at the SAQ. 330ml bottle.
A- Hazy, almost opaque copper. Dirt-white head is almost gelatin like.
S-Banana cake an caramel.
T- Banana cake like the smell but spicier. Didn't think it would be so watery considering the smell. Slight clove and alcohol in the finish. A bit dirty for some reason.
M- Well carbonated. Kind of gooey but crisp at the same time.
D- Good. Easy to drink. Tasty but something is off.
Not a fine beer but not a bad one. I wouldn't mind drinking it but there are so many more enjoyable ones.
05-07-2010 20:55:03 | More by Yoonisaykul
District of Columbia
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
A: Hazy yellow with an enormous white, fluffy head. Tons of bubbles, awesome head retention and plenty of lacing left behind.
S: Banana, clove, wheat. Smells terrific!
T: A very refreshing beer. Hefeweizen = warm weather, working in the yard, sunny days, bratwurst on the grill, and just plain ol' good times. This is one of my favorite hefeweizens (Live Oak, Franziskaner, Weihenstephan). There is a nice balance of fruit (mainly banana), and spice. Beautiful in its simplicity, this is a go to beer for me, especially when I'm in the mood for something light and low in alcohol.
M: Solid feel. Plenty of carbonation. Nice clean aftertaste.
D: Chuggable. A fantastic session beer.
05-05-2010 19:47:09 | More by Huhzubendah
4.45/5 rDev +10.1%
Nice to see this at the Echo Tap.
Color is a muted orange/wheat with a bit of haziness to it. The head looks amazing, just a finger-plus cream cap of olfactory and visual orgasm.
The smell is very refreshing. Simply a blast of wheat, plus some cloves along with some banana undertones.
It tastes fantastic. Superb wheat flavor smashes my tastebuds with surprising force. The aforementioned smells play a part in the taste, but just enough to create a pedestal for the brazen wheat to stand upon gloriously.
This is sounding pretty cheesy, but I really liked this beer.
After having Weihenstephaner though, it's tough for any hefeweisse to stand up for 5's.
The Paulaner isn't quite as easy drinking in comparison, since the body feels a bit heavy for a hefeweizen, and the wheatiness is a bit over the top to be seriously sessionable.
05-02-2010 17:37:40 | More by AmberMan22
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
I honestly can't recall if I've ever had a Paulaner Weizen in the past, maybe in Munich on a trip or back in my early days of beer hunting. Grabbed a single on the way home tonight.
Hmm, look before you leap: dated 06/09 on the label -- bottling or best by date? Either way, I could be in for a surprise.
A -- Poured into a modified Willi Becker, .5 liter glass: hazy, apricot color with a dense, off-white head.
S -- Banana and bubblegum up front, some other citrus characters blending, and the vague, near sulfur, yeast nose bringing up the rear.
T -- Spicy, mild clove character blending with grainy wheat malts. An underlying banana flavor, finishing dry and spicy.
M -- Spritzy mouthfeel up front, turning soft, with a light, bordering on medium body.
D -- Drinkability is very good -- you ask for a Bavarian Hefeweizen, Paulaner delivers. It's always fun to remember that all the Munich breweries make every usual style of beer enjoyed in the south of Germany -- and man, do they all do it well!
04-30-2010 21:27:31 | More by steveh
4.65/5 rDev +15.1%
I put down "on-tap" because this was poured from a 5-liter "party keg" into a Weihenstephan wheat beer glass.
Appearance - cloudy dark gold/orange, a massive thick-bubbled head that settles into a thin cap after a few minutes. This could be that it's difficult to administer a thick pour from the party keg tap, even if you wanted to.
Aroma - typical banana/clove aroma, a touch of cinnamon and allspice. As usual, the yeast characteristics dominate, it's hard to get through them to inhale the malts, but they're there, lingering in the background.
Taste - biscuity, again cloves/cinnamon/allspice, with a light bittering to balance out the sweetness. Perfectly balanced.
Mouthfeel - not at all watery, in fact almost "syrupy" for a wheat beer. Carbonation perfect, not too much at all, which can often happen to a beer in this style. Again, Paulaner gets it just right.
Drinkability - as with any good wheat beer, this could be sessioned all night. The nice thing about the Paulaner wheat is the "bubblegum" characteristic is subdued, making it even more drinkable than the "typical" Bavarian wheat beer.
04-27-2010 01:59:37 | More by Fnerk
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.2/5 rDev +4%
500ml bottle poured into a Schofferhofer Weizen glass.
A. Cloudy orange in colour with an off white, slightly yellowish head that has incredible staying power.
N. Sweet malts, pineapple, banana, candy floss and bubblegum aromas are all quite prominent.
T. Spicy tones quickly leave a pleasant fruity taste on the palate, a mix of pineapple and banana and other Caribbean fruits dominate I can also detect the faintest hint of apple. A short finish without much bitterness.
M. Medium. A smooth, easy drinking German wheat beer.
An excellent wheat beer from the Munich brewery, one that I would thoroughly recommend. It is perhaps the best wheat beer I have had to date.
04-19-2010 15:46:01 | More by AEK
3.2/5 rDev -20.8%
A - Pours a nice bright orange color with a thick haze. Very strong white head (3 fingers tall in my glass, which is fairly wide) and stays around for quite some time.
S - Certainly smells like a wheat beer. Heavy notes of bread or grain, and orange/citrus. Pretty normal, nothing fancy but not below average either.
T - The bread and orange flavors are definitely there, with little to no hops or bitterness. Could be quite refreshing on a hot day.
M/D - Mouthfeel is fine, nice carbonation and is easy to drink. Average taste, something I'd come back to in a pinch if no other good Hefeweizens were available.
04-15-2010 04:29:33 | More by ThirdGen
4.55/5 rDev +12.6%
Poured out an opaque gold into a Schneider Weisse hefe glass. Huge, cream-colored head that hangs around for quite a while with excellent lacing.
Nose has the traditional hefe notes, but is a tad weak. Citrus and malt on the front and a very, very slight hint of pine and musk on the back. The taste is much better than the nose; again hitting all the right spots. Solid orange and lemon dominate the up-front citrus and spice flavors; malt and pine come in fast on the mid palate. Little aftertaste as the beer finishes clean, just a bit of fruit and rind lingers.
This one's got an excellent mouthfeel - just the right amount of carbonation and thickness. Combine that with the crisp finish and this is also a very drinkable beer. One of my favorite hefeweizens.
04-11-2010 18:25:05 | More by ocmpoma
4.53/5 rDev +12.1%
Cloudy orange to gold, quite beautiful. Fluffy white head, if poured correctly, that makes some fine lace along the glass. Smells of esters: banana, coconut, sour apple, citrus, and on.... Spice as well: at least clove and coriander stand out.
Immediate rush of flavors, many related to the aforementioned ester odors. Under that is a well made wheat base that provides plenty of body to support such a rich palate. As well, it still manages to finish dry, prompting you for another delicious sip.
For a light-ish beer, there is substantial body. Smooth as silk throughout.
I wouldn't recommend drinking this as a session beer, even though it tastes like you could. This is one of the greats.
04-03-2010 20:56:31 | More by malmquna
4/5 rDev -1%
Appearance - Slightly darker than most hefe's I've had, nice rush of carbonation after the pour, medium size foamy head, near opaque, looks nice.
Smell - Nice rich fruitiness, some wheat malt, some spice. Very nice overall.
Taste - Wheaty, slight hoppiness detectable here where it wasn't in the smell, not much fruit or spice really. The flavor is quite straightforward, or rather, I should say, the balance is tilted torwards the wheat and away from the fruit or spice flavors, although all three are present. Its good.
Mouthfeel - Slight tinge from the carbonation, nothing out of place for a hefe.
Drinkability - This one is quite good, but I would suggest letting it warm just slightly to release more of the aromas and flavor or else you will probably just be getting the straight wheat.
04-02-2010 04:59:32 | More by NA1NSXR
3.7/5 rDev -8.4%
12 oz. bottle poured into a hefe glass. i kinda had a difficult time pouring this one, took awhile. i poured carefully and still got a huge head. a wonderful end result however. tall, creamy looking slightly off white head. some really nice retention. a slight lace. juice like dark yellow color, really cloudy with a little sediment visible.
i think i was maybe expecting something a little more exciting in the aroma. the hefe yeast is present, clove, spice, and bannana. lots of citrus. nothing too exciting, but true to the style for sure.
such a soft refreshing mouthfeel. a light body, but still has a little something behind it. a fine light carbonation. tastes of citrus mainly. some wheat and maybe grainy like taste. subtle hints of the yeast are in the mix with clove, bannana, a little spice, but definatly not big on these flavors that i really enjoy. finishs with a clean citrus and a little bit of bitterness.
this one drinks really good. great for hot summer days, or when you wanna enjoy a lot of beer on the weekend.
overall, its just slightly above average for an authentic german hefe. i would go with wienstphoner well before i would ever buy this again. not my favorite style, but ive enjoyed enough of them.
03-29-2010 02:16:33 | More by dogfishandi
3.7/5 rDev -8.4%
A: Beautiful radiant cloudy gold with an impossibly tall, foamy yet not sticky white head.
S: Beautiful strong wheat malts and yeast. Almost purely wheat malt shines through.
T: Wheat malts with a slight hop bitterness and a citrusy sourness. I have to say the taste is slightly disappointing given the bounty of the smell.
M: Somewhat thin and under-carbonated.
D: The smell and appearance were more promising than the brew itself. Not a bad hefe, but not as spectacular as it could have been.
03-14-2010 03:08:45 | More by thekanna
3.85/5 rDev -4.7%
Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a Blanche De Chambly glass.
A: Orange-gold, lighter at the bottom though becoming progressively darker until meeting with a nice foamy white head, about a half finger deep, with excellent retention. It is cloudy, when held to the light some carbonation can be seen and the color becomes like the skin of an orange.
S: Some banana, bread, spice, and citrus.
T: Citrus at first but quickly changing into banana and bread, a hint of spice combines with bready notes on the finish.
M: Light at first, however, has a pleasant creaminess that becomes lighter once more towards the finish.
D: Very drinkable. It has a low alcohol percentage, is rather light and refreshing.
Overall: The Hefe:Weizen and Wit Beer styles are my favorite types of beer. Though I love to try new things, and my tastes do change with the seasons, I often come back to these unfiltered types. That said, Paulaner has a fine Hefe, very characteristic of German Hefes. However, for the extra dollar, I would buy Weihenstephaner, that Hefe is on a different level.
03-10-2010 21:31:50 | More by ianjsullivan
3.73/5 rDev -7.7%
A- Dark golden, two finger dark white head, thin soapy bubbles, rich deep color, tiny visible bubbles. Very attractive beer, darker and I like that.
S- Crisp clear metallic notes, sweet and sour aromas, lemon, slight citrus smells, and a of sort ham-and-bean smell. Good, not great, unique let's say.
T- Initial taste is metallic and sour, followed by a herbal creaminess, finishing on dry lemon tartness which I really like. A different yeast character, the unmistakable sourness of this beer. Not bad, different. Weaker taste, I feel they could make this taste match the bold look. Also, too much metal taste.
M- Light body, thinner consistency, too much carbonation.
D- Good, a solid import wheat. A change up from the usual hefe, if you feel like shaking things up a bit.
03-05-2010 20:49:21 | More by SamN
3.85/5 rDev -4.7%
12oz bottle, bottled 08/09, into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a thoroughly hazed, radiant orange body with a steady column of carbonation rising to refresh the soft 2+ finger head of white foam. Excellent retention and some lace; a bit more lace and this would have been the picture-perfect hefe; as it is, still a beautiful beer.
S: Straightforward grainy wheat is dominant, with banana esters following in a close second. Not much spice. Fairly tame for a hefe, but certainly pleasant.
T: Light and quite dry, with some tangy wheat and just a bit of banana on the finish. Again, enjoyable enough but a bit dull.
M: Fairly light bodied and extremely clean, with an appropriately assertive dose of lively carbonation. Very refreshing.
D: Goes down easily enough, but doesn't have the intensity of flavor that usually makes me gulp hefes down in a hurry.
Notes: This bottle's been sitting in the back of my fridge for a while, and I busted it out tonight for a refreshing quaff after a particularly grueling rugby practice. It hit the spot refreshment-wise, but I'm regretting letting it sit this long. There's certainly nothing off about it, and it's definitely a solid example of the style, but it just doesn't have the zest that I'd expect from such a good German hefe. Most of all it just makes me yearn for Dancing Man...
03-05-2010 04:43:05 | More by woosterbill
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
500ml bottle 5.5%abv
Appearance: Beautiful apricot gold, typically cloudy. This beer pours with a huge (well lasting) cream-white head. There is surprisingly little lace.
Smell: Typical weizen banana and cloves. There are also hints of dried peaches/apricots. On the whole a wonderful nose.
Taste: Again typical of a hefeweizen, banana and cloves, fresh fruit (peaches/apricots). The beer is a tad too sweet for my liking, but still a wonderful hefeweizen flavour.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, well balanced, perfect carbonation.
Drinkability: Very drinkable beer, perfect for a hot day.
Note: This was one of the first beers I tried, after deciding to explore the beer world outside of macro-lagers and I absolutely hated it. I am so glad I tried it again and was able to appreciate this quality brew.
03-04-2010 21:18:58 | More by Thehuntmaster
4/5 rDev -1%
A - A hazy orange colored liquid with a large white head that leaves no lacing.
S - Wheat, cloves, banana, some hints of citrus.
T - A very well ballanced Hefeweisse. Wheat, banana cloves and citrus.
M - Smooth and creamy. Pretty mild carbonation.
A really good Weissbier.
02-23-2010 13:10:06 | More by mfkr
4.15/5 rDev +2.7%
this hefe has a nice dull and hazy orange appearance, under a white head that thins to a ring. no retention or lacing from head. has an earthy smell to it, accompanied by citrus, coriander, and mellow banana. taste is pleasant; up front its spicy (clove and coriander) and citrusy with good carbonation zip and some grassy notes. has that banana flavor going on in the middle, underneath come coriander, yeast and other flavors. a well balanced, refreshing beer. the finish is a bit tangy, and more spicy/sweet than bitter. mouthfeel is great, medium bodied and nicely carbonated. i thought the carbonation levels were spot-on for complementing the spiciness. drinkability for this as expected is very high as most hefeweizens should be.
02-21-2010 20:20:11 | More by jizdepski
4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
A- Thick offwhite head, nice opaque golden color, head diminishes to leave a fair amount of lacing
S- wheat, cloves, banana, bread
T- Wheat, cloves, sweetness, malts, banana, really pleasant, everything in balance. Very crisp.
M-Nice amount of carbonation, not too much or too little. Has good body for the style, while remaining smooth.
D-High, the blend of flavor, crispness, and good body gives this beer great drinkability.
02-21-2010 02:33:46 | More by PhilfromPA
3.9/5 rDev -3.5%
A - Cloudy, golden tangerine color. Large foamy head with a off-white/cream color.
S - For the most part traditional Hefe smells. Wheat is in the forefront. Also some banana, bubblegum, and clove. Also had a slight lemon citrus and mineral smell.
T - Wheat provides the base for this, but it seemed to have a bit more of an earthy/grainy taste than other beers with wheat as the main base (particularly other Hefes). Banana, bubblegum, and honey interplay with the clove and lemon giving it a slightly sweet taste with a little kick to it.
M - Medium to light body and decent carbonation. Definitely a smooth drink but not as creamy as what I was expecting.
D - Good as it is light on the tongue and in the belly it is easy to drink a number of these. Flavors won't overpower your palate, but linger long enough that you want more.
Notes: Good summer brew, like most Hefes. Solid example of the style, I found it a bit lighter and less creamy than others, but that's not necessarily a bad think (a could be a good think as far as drinkability), however the flavor is also not as intense.
02-20-2010 10:44:36 | More by FreshHawk
3.48/5 rDev -13.9%
Poured from a 500mL bottle into a traditional weizen glass.
A: Pours a dark apricot peach color with a torrent of bubbles rising upward before joining the monstrous four-finger head that has emerged after a standard pour. Lacing is left behind as the wavy head finally begins to recede.
S: Initial whiff is of course the German hefe yeast. This one seems to favor banana and, to a lesser extent, clove over the third member of the triumvirate--bubblegum. I'm also detecting a faint hint of nuttiness, which adds a nice touch. As it warms up, a little bit more bubblegum characteristic comes through, replacing some of the initial banana.
T: Surprisingly, a good amount of malt comes through alongside the yeast in this. The aftertaste, however, is dominated by clove and banana. A little bit of soft pink bubblegum on the palate.
M: Medium body with a good amount of creaminess. Some bitterness comes through. Moderate carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable, although it doesn't have the intensity or intricacies that I look for in a really outstanding hefeweizen.
02-17-2010 17:57:10 | More by Thorpe429
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
A-pours a straw colored liquid, slightly cloud, pure white head, thick and creamy looking, a little retention and no lace.
S-the nose is quite brings and fruity, lots of phenols in the nose. clove and banana start it off, hints of peppery spice, a good amount of lemon.
T/M-very smooth and a lighter medium body. cloves, banana, not much spice but a touch, lemon, and some bubble gum at the finish. well carbonated and crisp finish.
D-very tasty and drinkable. i'm not a huge phenol guy and wheats aren't my deal; but big flavors and a nice balance of each.
02-17-2010 00:06:50 | More by cpetrone84
Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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