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

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2,587 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,587
Reviews: 1,243
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 88
Gots: 203 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SixpointJMH on 08-17-2001)
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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%

It's still hot as sin in the Northeast, so I've been subsisting almost entirely on hefeweizen brews. Time for one of my favorites.

Poured into a hefe glass. A lovely orange hue, with patches of gold skirting the bottom and sides of the glass. Produces a brilliant eggshell white head, at least an inch and surviving quite respectably. Superb waves of lacing. Light carbonation visible through the orange-peel murkiness.

Nose is mostly clove, lemon, orangepeel and yeast. Surprisingly yeasty, in fact. Still, nothing amiss.

An impeccably smooth hefe, quite refreshing as the mercury steadily climbs outside. Milder than, say, Schneider or Hacker-Pschorr, but still satisfying. Yeasty, with the usual hefe notes lingering in the background. A brew I could power through with relative ease.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but with a light creamy character makes for a smooth summer drinker. Carbonation is light.

A great go-to hefeweizen, never lets me down. Highly drinkable, great for a summer session on the back patio.

JohnnyBarman, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of bogus564
3.88/5  rDev -4%

Poured into a tall weizen glass - how fitting.

Cloudy orange in color, with a three-finger head the color of orange rind that holds for more than two minutes. It's neat to watch the bubbles rise to the top from the carbonation as well.

I have quite recently discovered the bread taste and smell in beer, and have noticed it in the nose here. Along with it, the spicy note from the yeast, and a raisin scent with some orange/lemon mix underneath.

There's not a lot of power to this beer, it's more of a nice guy beer, as opposed to a bad boy beer. Up front, a bready taste, with a grassy note. The faint clove taste is in there, as is the lemon/orange/raisin undertone. There's some interesting stuff going on here, but you have to search for it. The yeast/wheat balance is just about right, and it's not too hoppy. Overall, a nice tasting beer.

From a standpoint of mouthfeel, it's alright. It gives you some interesting things to look for, like a poor man's scavenger hunt.

It's a drinkable beer, fine for if you're thirsty. If you're looking to be the lampshade hat guy at the party, however, you're going to need to down a bunch of these.

bogus564, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of Shuffledaddy
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%

Ah, Paulaner Hefeweizen. Apparently this is a polarizing beer, because the reviewers here seem to love it or aren't impressed. It's my favorite Hefe, so I guess I'm a little biased.

A-Thick, foamy head with lacing as it fades. Color is an opaque golden orange.

S- Smells of banana, clove and lemon. Nice spicy aroma is present.

T- Tastes of banana, clove, coriander, lemon, and dare I say a little pineapple. Finishes very clean with honeyed wheaty notes.

M- Overall, pretty good mouthfeel, but does have a slight graininess to it. Still quite solid.

D- Terrific drinkability. The only German Hefe I've found that can match it is Weihenstephaner.

So there you have it. Some may disagree, but I believe this to be as good as any Hefe you can find. Mmm, I'm gonna have to pick up a case next time at Total Wine. Great summer beer.

Shuffledaddy, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of buschbeer
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

I poured into a pint glass to a large fluffy off white head. It is an orangish color and cloudy with yeast. The aroma is yeast and faint banana and clove. The taste is weak on banana and clove. It is an ok hefeweizen. I can think of several better options.

buschbeer, Jul 05, 2010
Photo of hoplover82
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%

A-Pours a very hazy deep yellow color with a medium white creamy head that stays pretty well.

S-Simple and plain with some bannana and subtle yeast bread dough.

T-Similar to the aroma along with some notable bitterness.

M-Smooth and suprizingly clean with a sweet bread dough finish.

D-Very drinkable and sessionable.

hoplover82, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of hoppyhampy
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%

12oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass. Produced on date is 07/09. Not sure what the shelf life is supposed to be but this seems a bit old. Pours a cloudy yellowish orange with two inches of lumpy head that dissipates w/o any lacing. Orange, coriander, and a surprisingly heavy and sweet malt on the nose. I would expect the malt to be lighter, allowing the wheat and yeast to come through more. I will attribute this to the relatively high abv for the style and the fact that this bottle is nearly a year old. Medium bodied and light carbonation. Not quite syrupy but still heavier than I would expect. Moderately to very sweet on the palate: honey, orange, and a little bit of peach are what I get. Still goes down fairly clean. I don't feel like I've been sipping on a big beer, just a fuller bodied medium-light one. I could session this but I would expect to be good and drunk by the end.

hoppyhampy, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%

A: The pour is a cloudy copper color with a finger's worth of white head.

S: A fairly mild, but traditional nose on this beer. Cloves, bananas, and even some orange zest. I didn't find the nose to be all that intense, but the right aromas are there.

T: Unfortunately, it seemed the flavors where even more muted than the aromas. Sure, the clove and banana where there, but they were mild and muddled, which I did not find all that enjoyable.

M: A slightly watery feel on the tongue with medium body and low to moderate carbonation.

D: A good but not great hefeweizen. I wanted to try this because so many people have told me they enjoy it, but I was not all that impressed.

womencantsail, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of mcdevster
4/5  rDev -1%

Paulaner hefeweizen is consistently one of the best wheat beers you can find..
It is light and refreshing, and yet very flavorful which, despite what many macro-lagers strive for, is extremely rare. But this is not a lager this is a hefeweizen.. and so you can expect fruitiness and spice along with a refreshing crisp taste..
the appearance is light and cloudy.. maybe straw or very light orange.. beautiful full white head with very even small/medium bubbles.. the smell is very inviting.. light banana/clove maybe slight mango/papaya scent.. smells like juice or a smoothie of some kind.. the taste is crisp with a fruity clove aftertaste the lingers beautifully - hard to describe but so refreshing.. mouthfeel and drinkability are very good.. this is a great summer beer.. despite the fact that it does not taste very beer like to me..

mcdevster, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of mavesba
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

Appearance - Dark, straw yellow color, with cloudy appearance, but little sediment. Firm, three-finger head that lasts throughout the drink. Some active carbonation evident.

Smell - Moderate banana and clove evident, true to the style. A slight smoky aroma.

Taste - Strong clove, with light fruity taste. A slight smoky taste on the finish. Well balanced.

Mouthfeel - Moderate carbonation on the tounge up front, with crispness on the finish.

Drinkability - This is an excellent beer for the style, and my favorite to date from the bottle. It is my first choice when I'm looking for a Hefe.

mavesba, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of BranfordBound
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%

Pours a golden/light amber. Impenetrable cloudiness. A fluffy two finger white head forms from the weissbier pour. The head dissipates to a covering. Moderate lacing with good carbonation.

Smells like a hefe, mostly wheat and spices, the cloves is prominant and there is a nice fruity sweetness to the nose, possibly bananas and a citrus.

The taste is also typical of the hefes, although when compared to Weihenstephaner, it seems Paulaner is a bit subdued when it comes to the spices. However, when it comes to the sweetness, there is more, as indicated by the aroma, and the beer is nicely balanced because of this.

Despite the carbonation, this hefeweizen isn't very prickly, it is very light with a slight clingy mouthfeel.

The drinkability is extremely high, with the low ABV and light characteristics, combined with a sweeter and not as spicy taste as Weihenstephaner, this one is fantastically, if not, superior in its drinkability.

My only qualm is that it is not a 12 oz bottle (11.2 fl oz)! Don't jip me for such an expensive six pack.

BranfordBound, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

Bottled date 10/09.

12 oz. bottle served cool into a pint glass.

Paulaner's Hefe-weizen is a golden yellow color with good clarity (until I mix in the yeast from the bottom). The thick tight head is long lasting.

Aroma is mild banana and clove - just right for a German wheat beer.

Flavor is mild but complex. Great yeast strain in these Paulaner beers. Nice spice, clove, pepper, etc. Pleasant fruity quality with tropical sweet banana.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with appropriate carbonation.

This style is just so easy to drink and, for me, it's the perfect summer session. Light in flavor and body but there's enough going on in there that my tastebuds don't get bored.

GilGarp, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of RuudJH
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%

0.5 l bottle Paulaner, to conclude searching for my preferred summerbeer.

Closer to summer, closer to the excellent hefeweizen.
Paulaner is another great example of this style, and a great treat when you're on hollidays, and sitting on a terrace in a nice warm sun.

To me, good (good) wheat beer means bready malts, yeast, citrus, spice (f.i clove, koriander), banana, refreshing carbonation.

This Paulaner naturtrüb has it all, and in excellent quality as well.
The smell is not as dominant as f.i. weihenstephaner, but the taste is surely equal to it.

If you know which brewers to look for, you can't go wrong with these hefeweiss beers.

RuudJH, May 31, 2010
Photo of konadrinker
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Cloudy beautiful amber/orange color with a thick creamy white head, foamy lacing. Hints of banana, spice, and wheat. Similar in taste as well. Smooth and creamy. A wonderful Hefeweizen with great drinkability. One of the best, goes especially well with seafood or spicy thai.

konadrinker, May 25, 2010
Photo of missingsense
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Poured into Paulaner .5L Weißbier glass

A: Beautiful white foam with yeast dribbled over it. Hazy orange/pale amber. No lacing.

S: Estery with lemon zest and cloves at first. Very ripe banana smell appeared as the beer warmed a little.

T: Sweet citrus fruits upfront and bubblegum, as well. Slightly tangy swallow. Banana and citrus linger on the tongue.

M: Good carbonation. Almost milkshake-like feel.

D: An amazing beer for a cool summer late afternoon in a German Biergarten. Sticky sweetness with the aftertaste is the only thing that keeps this one from being the perfect Hefeweizen. An excellent example of the style, as it brings me back to my first trip to Deutschland.

missingsense, May 22, 2010
Photo of boudreaux
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

A -- hazy, apricot color with a dense, off-white head.

S -- Banana up front, other citrus characters blending, and the vague, 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 up front, turning soft, with a light, body.

D -- Drinkability is very good

boudreaux, May 19, 2010
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, May 14, 2010
Photo of BatDaddy
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.

BatDaddy, May 10, 2010
Photo of washburnkid
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.

washburnkid, May 09, 2010
Photo of Yoonisaykul
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.

Yoonisaykul, May 07, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
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.

Huhzubendah, May 05, 2010
Photo of AmberMan22
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.

AmberMan22, May 02, 2010
Photo of steveh
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!

steveh, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of Fnerk
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.

Fnerk, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of AEK
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.

AEK, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of ThirdGen
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.

ThirdGen, Apr 15, 2010
Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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