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

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BA SCORE
91
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2,712 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,712
Reviews: 1,253
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 93
Gots: 256 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website
Germany

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 JimBird
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fizzy, cloudy, with a half-inch thick white head on top.

Smelled pleasant and fruity, and tasted the same way with bananas and citrus. The carbonation was a bit much, but it was enjoyable.

I actually had multiple rounds in one sitting, and it is quickly becoming a favourite of mine.

JimBird, May 04, 2009
Photo of hokies1999
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a hefe weizen glass, left 1" in the bottle to swirl and pick up the yeast. Poured that last 1"into the glass. Nice amber/golden color that can only be described as autumn wheat (think Kanas wheat field on the autumn at sunset). Nice and cloudy due to the yeast.

Light touch of banana in the aroma and 1.5" head that drops to about 1/2". Sweet taste and very easy to drink. A sold hefe, but not the best I've had. Best consumed on a hot summer day, IMHO.

hokies1999, May 02, 2009
Photo of joshuadlight
3.2/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer just had alot of weizenbock characteristics in the smell and taste that really threw it off for me. I know the styles are similar, but I am not a huge fan of weizens.
It did look spectacular, with an amazing heady and cloudy orange appearance. It was also nicely carbonated with a nice summer mouthfeel and if you liked the taste you could drink quite a few. I just found certain aspects of the aroma and flavor a little offensive.

joshuadlight, May 01, 2009
Photo of glid02
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Melton's App and Tap in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy yellow-orange color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a thin pancake on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of bananas with good amounts of bubblegum and slight hints of clove.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Banana and bubblegum flavors up front carry through until the crisp ending where clove flavors hit and linger for a bit.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing a glass and could have a few of these on a warm day.

Overall this is a solid Hefe, but it's not on par with Weihenstephaner or the other heavy hitters. Still, it's well worth a shot when others aren't available.

glid02, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of yael6666
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a deep yellow (ambery) beer with great long lasting head (amazing head), and a lace that stays in the glass. very cloudy...unflitered.

It smells like bannana, claw, and some lemon.

You can instantly percieve the bannana and well balanced hops that give some bitterness. Malt and perhaps some honey.

Mouthfeel: Regular hefe-weizen, moderate carbonation and a fruity aftertaste.

I can drink a lot of these, not a superfan of wheat beers but this one in particular drives me crazy.
ENJOY

yael6666, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of bcm119
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A hazy orange colored beer with a big frothy head. Pleasant wheat and yeast aromas with bright fruity esters. Zesty carbonation. Clean, bright flavors of hay and straw with banana undertones and hints of citrus blossom. Finishes squeeky clean with drying pale malt and straw. Very refreshing, and just complex enough to make a great session beer.

bcm119, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of brewerb223
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- nice cloudy with a pleasing yellow color forms a lot of head upon pouring.

S- smells slightly of cloves and yeast, maybe a little bit of banana

T- this is a spicier tasting weizen, with the clove flavor coming out a lot stronger then the banana. A little bit of a yeast flavor, but for a weizen, i think its a pretty good flavor

M- I think this is the only thing on the beer i feel that could be improved, since it seems a little thin, not extremely, but a little.

D- i think this would be a lovely beer for a warm day, extremely refreshing. it would also pair really well with spicy food due to the spicy flavor the yeast gives out, i will buy this again, its a pretty decent hefeweizen

brewerb223, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of veachster
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - It appears Golden in color. There is super visible signs of carbonation, the bubbles are going crazy! It's very cloudy and looks very yummy. It is clear as it's being poored but once the bottom of the bottle enters, it gets its cloudiness. The head and retention isn't the greatest; the head doesn't rise much and it drops back down and levels off with no retention. It does maintain a thin head on top of the beer. Retention is the only thing keeping me from rating it higher than 4.

S - It smells sweet. Maybe a slight clove aroma.

T - It is light tasting with the signs of clove. It seems that it taste more like a rice beer than wheat.

M - It's smooth sitting on my tongue with not much bite. It does make me salivate a little nontheless.

D - I'm a fan of hefe-weizens and I wouldn't mind at all drinking 6 - 12 of these on a weekend. This is a beer I would have my friends try to expand their horizons.

veachster, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of Monsteruss
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When pouring this beautiful wheat beer, the first thing I notices was a dominate wheat and fruity aroma followed by a light wheat foam with hints of amber and dissaped moderately and kept a small ring till the end of the session. The color was a beautifull hazy and cloudy honey gold. Taste was very wheaty, fruity/orange, a nice hops balance and a very light nutty undertone. Mouthfeel was a medium-bodied and smooth. Drinkability was very excellent.

Monsteruss, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful glistening bright caramel orange with a smooth and even haze. a thick, voluptuous, frothy eggshell white head has amazing retention, eventually fading to a cap that leaves behind only a bit of lacing.

aroma is the quintessential hefeweizen. lemon up front, then a cascade of wheat malt, bread, crackers, and lots of yeast. cloves, definite banana esters, and a smidgen of herbal hops.

taste is deliciously yeasty without being overly doughy. banana, clove and pepper are strong but not overwhelming. light hops add some bitterness and balance the sweet malt notes and the citrus zestiness. creamy with subtle fruit notes - muscat grapes and hints of tropical fruit.

mouth is smooth with ample carbonation. a smidgen thin and lacking the creaminess that would make this amazing. still solid with a nice crisp bite and a hint of drying. excellent.

All in all, an amzing hefe that is most definitely high on the drinkability scale. this is one of the benchmark hefes that sets the standard. most definitely one of the quintessential wheat beers.

djeucalyptus, Apr 21, 2009
Photo of RunDWP
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a hefe I use to compare other hefe's too. Pours a cloudy yellow in my weizen glass, crowned with a stubbornly persistent sturdy white head. Nice aroma of banana, and a little yeast. Flavor is crisp malt, with a rich banana fruitiness, and a little clove spice zip underneath. Perfect level of carbonation and a little creamy mouth feel. Great drinkability, as smooth and refreshing as they come.

Goes really well with white pizza, and other cheesy garlicky foods like that.

RunDWP, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of rugerj
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a golden yellow in color with a huge head that dissipates quickly. Decent lacing left in glass. Beer is not as cloudy as some of the better German Hefeweizens. Smell is of subtle bubblegum and banana. Taste is of banana and slight clove flavors. Mouth feel was not as great as other German wheat beers, a bit thin for my liking.

Not a bad beer, but definitely not the best German Hefeweizen out there, I can name several which a much better. I would like to see more balance in banana/clove taste and more yeast in the beer to attain the full mouth feel and taste of the beer.

rugerj, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of wnh
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, 9 oz. bottle poured into a Paulaner weissbier glass.

Pours a cloudy orange-yellow with a huge and thick, foamy, almost creamy head that sticks around. Very lively; lots of bubbles in the beginning that lessens after a minute or so.

Whiffs of wheat/bread upon uncapping the beer. In the glass, the nose is banana and bubblegum up front, with a solid clove spiciness underneath. Both the banana and bubblegum are strong enough to make their presence felt without being so strong as to make it annoying candy-like. Strong wheat backbone, and ultimately mouth-watering.

The taste is bubblegum on first sip, followed by a banana fruitiness. Wheat underlies it all, as in the nose, with a subtle clove spice that gives it character. In a word, refreshing.

Light to medium bodied, with a short, clean finish. The lively carbonation helps. Drinkability is very high; this would be a great beer for those warm spring days before the mercury says it's time for something with a little less body. Thirst quenching. My first German-made hefeweizen, and certainly not my last.

wnh, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a frothy 2 finger white head, with lots of active carbonation and a good deal of lacing.

Smells strongly of wheat and cloves.

Taste is mildly fruity with hints of banana and cloves coming in. Not quite as pronounced as in the smell though.

Lots of carbonation in the mouthfeel and seemed a little watery at times. Clearly a good thing to have on a hot day so drinkability is okay on this one when the time calls for it. Overall a pretty good hefe but there are a few others out there that are just a bit more satisfying than Paulaner.

Vengeance526, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of atpben
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had this many times over the years. Pours a cloudy orange with a good head. Typical cloves and banana flavors. Taste of mostly banana and some clove. Very easy to drink. A great session hefe-weizen. This is a good beer to introduce new peopl to that style of beer. Can never go wrong with it.

atpben, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of IBUnit63
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml with produced on date of...07/07? Really? WTF?! Anyway it went into a Victory Sunrise hefe glass.

There's a solid finger of head colored slightly eggshell-ish. Body is typical light lemon-honey for style. Rising carbonation is well-represented with a slight chill haze.

Slightly crisper than other ester-laden species, even though the esters are definitely present. Slight banana, orange zest and definite wheat and yeast electricity. Very clean.

Wow - this has a slightly sweeter taste than expected but I'm enjoying this a lot. Solid banana and slight 'Nilla wafer quality. Zest and any other spicing are less pronounced - they show up way back on the finish. Further sips round out as straightforward but this is quite good.

This has a sweet wheat heartiness to it but it remains light and refreshing in line with its style. Finish is even creamier than most with a slight banana feel. A smidge of tartness cleans it up. Hops are perhaps providing a slight dryness on the finish as well.

Downright solid, classic hefe. Good, steady offering that shows up on taps more often than Weihenstephaner so it's a great option to have around. If I can brew something as good as this I'll be more than happy.

IBUnit63, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of Offa
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty hefeweizen with a definite classic hefeweizen character but stronger toasted grain element similar to a kolsch and with the bubblegum-and-banana element more subdued.

Slightly cloudy gold with a very large, creamy, dense off-white head that shrinks only very slowly, it leaves a little weak lace.

The aroma is very nice and complex. It is mostly toasted grain with a little bread up front but this gives way to bubblegum, banana, light yeasty wheat bread, fresh plums.

The taste has a light grain quality throughout plus a light bubblegum and banana quality, lemon-lime soda pop, sweet-bitter balance, before the toasted grain takes over for a long finish. It's engaging, zesty, and tingly.

Offa, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of GodOfBeer
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy peachy orange with lots of carbonation and a nice huge white head. Leaves lots of nice lacing.

Smells of cloves, banana, orange, yeast, pear, white grapes, smells like a typical hefeweizen.

Tastes very much like it smells, yeasty, banana and cloves, very nice.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel, this beer is wonderful!

GodOfBeer, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of spointon
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this one on tap at the Broadway Brewhouse in Nashville a couple days ago. From my notes:

A= Poured appropriately cloudy, straw-gold in color, with a thin 1/2" white head. The head retention wasn't so great and left just a bit of thin lace down the glass.

S= Though not quite as fragrant as some hefeweizens I have had, this did throw off some nice citrus as well as the expected banana and clove.

T= Very yeast forward, leading off with flavors of orange, lemon, and apple, followed by bready malts. Some light spicing in the middle. Finish was a bit tart, making me want that next sip.

MF= light side of medium bodied, with a crisp feel.

D= Very true to the style and certainly very drinkable. The flavors just didn't "pop" enough to call it among the best, but its surely good.

spointon, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of DannyS
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass, poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle.

A - A nice medium golden color, appropriately hazy, with a big, fluffy, resilient head. Leaves a buttload of lacing.

S - Faint spiciness supported by a strong aroma of citrus and banana.

T - Starts off bready and yeasty, with the fruity notes wafting up with each sip. Slight hoppy bitterness and sweetness. The flavors are all fairly light, but very tasty nonetheless

M - decent amount of fizz and a light body, aided by the frothy head. Very smooth.

D - Damn, I really should try to savor more, but it's so hard when a beer is this drinkable. Good flavor, mild bitterness, and a non-overbearing ABV make this an excellent session brew.

Overall - A delicious, aromatic brew. If I had another, I'd crack it open right now...or I'd share it with my cousin. Definitely one to buy again and again and again...

DannyS, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of peck95
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a) is a gold/yellow with little head and some lacing, expected more of both from a wheat
s) is good bananas, cloves, and wheat malt.
t) similar to smell and a nice spice after taste its good
m) has a very good body but is over carbonated
d) very good but mostly a seasonal type, esp. with the clove banana taste really drinkable when hot but not so when cold. the carbonation also hurts the points on drinkability.

peck95, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of johnmichael712
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a Paulaner weizen glass. The "produced on" date on the bottle reads 10/08, so this beer is about five months old. Pours a murky orangey-gold color that is topped by an enormous, five finger head. The head is a pale white color and has a scoop-of-melted-cream look about it and is supplemented by a torrent of small carbonation bubble rising from the bottom of the glass. The head eventually dissipates to a thin layer covering the surface of the beer and leaves a moderate amount of Belgian lace on my glass.

Smell: The nose of this beer is full of both cloves and bananas. The two scents are fairly evenly matched and are supplemented by a bit of citrusy tartness that smells of lemon zest and bitter orange peel.

Taste: This beer starts off with a good amount of malty sweetness that moves to hints of fresh bananas and cloves along with a bit of zesty citrus flavor. The beer then moves to a bit more malty sweetness and eventually fades into a dry, crisp, and slightly bubble-gum tasting finish. The hops aren't really present, but that's a good thing in a hefeweizen. Overall this is a very sweet, balanced, and delicious hefe, but it isn't quite as good as the Brauerei Weihenstephan version that I sampled earlier today.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, and very smooth and creamy. The carbonation is very restrained and adds a nice crispness to the beer without being overpowering or filling.

Drinkability: This is one exceptionally drinkable beer, and it's one of my girlfriend's favorite session beers. The smoothness, crispness, and sweetness all combine to make for one delicious beer that disappears a lot faster than expected.

Notes: As much as I enjoy this hefeweizen I have to say that it isn't quite as good as Weihenstephaner's Hefeweissbeir or Ayinger's Bräu Weisse. It is, however, more easily accessible than those two beers and probably a little cheaper (I haven't compared the prices, but I'm fairly certain it is). Definitely a must try for any wheat beer lover, and I'll have no trouble quaffing the rest of the six-pack I bought.

johnmichael712, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of Draughted
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Bronze, less cloudy than most wheats, with spakling wine/champagne like bubbles.

Smell - Fruity and spice-like notes. As with all good wheats, there is definitely a sweet scent.

Taste - Yeasty and fruity at the same time; has that banana/bubble gum like taste a slightly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - I felt like the carbonation was bit overwhelming, not as smooth as I was hoping.

Drinkability - Easy to drink except for the excessive carbonation not typically found in wheat beers (in my opinion). Carbonation can be good, but this was a bit too much. Still, overall a great beer and one I would buy again, but 1 large pint is enough.

Draughted, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of robbtjones68
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A quintessential Hefe-Weizen. If Germany is the home of wheat beers, Munich is the cradle in which is was born. If you've never had a hefe-weizen this is the place to start. All the classic signs of this style of brew are here; fruity, light, hazy yellow, clear lace with some hint of banana and spiciness that are incidental flavors that make it distinctive. If you don't like this Hefe-weizen you won't like any of them.

robbtjones68, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of endincolorado
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- golden amber color with tall clean white head and lots of clean lace.

Smell- Strong fragrant fruity and floral esters, definitely some banana, and a light yeasty spiciness

Taste- An extremely refreshing brew, full of light fruit flavors- some banana and maybe lemon, balanced yeasty spice, clean wheat and pale malt flavor, and a crisp dry, almost bready finish

Mouthfeel- light but satisfying, with nearly perfect carbonation.

Drinkability- Excellent and refreshing, a perfect beer to down outside as the weather warms in springtime, or on a hot summer day. I could have quite a few of these before feeling the need to slow down.

endincolorado, Mar 23, 2009
Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
91 out of 100 based on 2,712 ratings.