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

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BA SCORE
90
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2,826 Ratings
THE BROS
89
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Ratings: 2,826
Reviews: 1,275
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 101
Gots: 361 | FT: 2
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Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: SixpointJMH on 08-17-2001

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Extremely hazy even before rousing the yeast, golden/amber colored, a little darker than most hefe's. Off-white head was smaller than expected with moderate retention and lacing.

S - Typical hefe smells of banana, wheat, yeast, and lemon peel. A bit more complex than the majority of it's counterparts.

T - Taste isn't quite in line with the nose. A hint of banana starts it off, but it quickly turns into a sour, tangy flavor akin to unsweetened lemonade. Finish is a little bitter, overall it's a bit one-dimensional.

M - Too thin and carbonated for my tastes, but it works considering the acidity and lack of sweetness.

D - Not my favorite hefe, and probably not something I'll revisit too often, but a few of these wouldn't be terrible during the course of an evening. High carbonation works against it some though.

I'd heard/read a lot about Paulaner and was overjoyed to find one at the 3rd store I checked, but I'm unimpressed. It doesn't kick my taste buds in the ass like Plank, but it hasn't the softness or depth of Franziskaner or Weihenstephaner.

Photo of Slynger
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy lemon-orange color with an amber lean. Finely bubbled and creamy cap of lemon-cream.

Smells of lemony bananas and cloves, with light wheat and solid yeastiness.

Tastes of just pre-ripe bananas with fresh lemons and lightly toasted wheat. Solidly yeasty, but I don't pick up clove.

Holy . . .
The body is medium with one of the finest, creamiest, super fuzzifyingly, silky-slippery-zippery carbonations I have ever encountered.

Nice. I found Paulaner to be a really good authentic German hefe. The flavor and smell fall a bit shy of the best hefeweizen's, but this one makes up some serious ground in mouthfeel.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty standard stuff. A deep straw-yellow color with a dense haze and equally dense head formation with great retention... a very Hefe-like appearance. Solid aromas of half-bananna, half-clove, and decorated with a light peppery, bubble-gum, and lemon zest. Flavors exhibit the same attributes as those found in the nose, but seem lesser in intesity than expected. The lemon and pepper notes increase into the finish, lessening the influence of other esters and phenols. Creamy texture that wavers quickly and allowing for great drinkability. Finishes very clean with a lemony, hop / grassy bite. Sure it's a fair beer, but somehow I expected more from one of the greater German brewing institutions.

Photo of kenito799
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

0.5 l pour in a Paulaner Weizen glass at Ulysses, Stone St, NYC.

Lemon wedge immediately discarded, it wasn't there long enough to taint the beer. Fairly perfect looking hazy light orange-yellow brew, with large creamy white head. Very pretty lacing. Excellent.

Aroma is softly banana, some clovey spice, and citrus (after the lemon wedge wore off). Fairly high carbonation on the tongue. The flavor is crisply referashing, very lovely balance between the soft banana notes and the spice, a cirtic twang, light sweetness perfectly balanced with tartness. Classic hefeweizen; wonderful outside in the summer.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy orange with a somewhat peachy tint. Foamy white head sits on top, and beer appears to have pretty good carbonation.

Smell: Banana, citrus fruits and peach? I think it's peach that I'm smelling. Malt scent is fairly strong.

Taste: Banana and citrus (orange and lemon). Maybe a little peach. Nice malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied (heavier than what I expected), with fairly high carbonation. Aftertaste is... meh.

Drinkability: With summer approaching, I could see myself buying this one again (or at least something like it). Wheat beers aren't my fave, but they definitely get the job done on hot days.

Photo of tai4ji2x
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at an overpriced restaurant/bar called "buffalo", in beijing, along the western shore of qianhai, (houhai area).

hazy golden, almost slightly brown honey color. lots of head slowly fades to a thin but constant layer. decent lacing.

faint banana and clove-like sweet spice. phenolic notes with toasted grains and underlying yeast aroma. some traces of honey.

taste is a bit more phenolic upfront, before going into the aforementioned banana and clove, albeit much more diluted, almost watery. appropriately moderate bitterness.

feel is slightly thin, but still decently smooth and fluffy.

not sure if this was imported, or brewed in-town by the local beijing-based paulaner brauhaus. either way, my second glass was served to me in a stein by the clueless waiter.

being overpriced probably affected my score...

Photo of Traquairlover
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint, 9 oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A = Light brown tinted orange gold with a lot of swirling traces of the sediment, bright white frothy head with decent retention. Would have been a perfect looking hefe if the head had just a little more retention.

S = Strong scent of cloves, light banana, even lighter lemon zest. Good but a little subdued.

T = Good tart lemons, cinnamon at mid-palate, bananas join in toward the end. Very refreshing but could be a little fruitier with the banana flavor up front rather than waiting until the finish.

M = Medium-light body, decent mouthcoating, carbonation stings the tongue just a bit too much.

D = Good drinkability, good and refreshing beer, but not my favorite hefe.

Photo of Ch1mpy
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy orange colour. I can't see through the glass. This hefe-weißbier has an off-white head. Very little lacing.

The smell is fruity to say the least. The aroma is dominated by banana but also has citrus in it.

After having accidentally dipped my nose into the brew it is time to finally drink the beer. It is surprisingly spicy with tastes of bananas and wheat.

It has a thick, creamy, intense mouthfeel. The carboration really helps to bring out the flavours.

Very drinkable.

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. brown bottle served in a pilsner glass (my hefe glass is a 500ml). Pours a hazy pale gold with lots of carbonation. Three fingers of fine, white bubbled head. Subdued aroma of spicy clove. Light bodied, some citrus. Banana and clove in the finish. A very refreshing summer beer, but not my favorite hefe. Aroma was a little lacking to me.

Photo of usmittymc
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Tucher Weizen glass. Bottle marked: "produced on 02/08".

A: Hazy gold with a rocky white 2 finger head that reduces to faint cap. Moderate lacing remains through the session.

S: Faint banana and clove. Grainy, earthy aromas dominate the nose.

T: Just as the nose advertises, faint banana and clove flavors. More of a malt presence than other German Hefe's I have recently sampled. More of a balanced flavor. The sweetness does not linger cloyingly as others I have tried either.

M: Very crisp and refreshing. Very good carbonation.

D: A very nice summer brew. Crisp, refreshing, and very enjoyable.

Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 16.9 oz (25% more than your regular 12 ouncer!) bottle a cloudy apple juice amber with a foamy one finger head that settles int a thick collar. Mild carbonation present in the haze. Aroma is tangy citrus with maybe a hint of banana. Taste is a sharp snap of crisp, tart citrus and banana. The tell-tale wheat zing is very present and also very refreshing! Mouthfeel is crisp, slighly effervescent, and medium bodied. Drinkability is very good, especially on a sweltering summer day! Overall, this is a very tasty beer. I picked up a single for sampling & rating purposes, but i'll soon be going back for a couple of sixers to put away for those hot, humid summer days to come!

Photo of JBogan
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy light to medium orange with a very thick and creamy head which retained well but left minimal lacing.

Smelled of banana, lemon, some yeast and wheat.

Tasted much the same as the smell, with bananas and citrus present as well as the wheat.

Very smooth mouthfeel, with just enough carbonation. Perhaps a bit lighter in body than other beers of this type, but very nice.

I was impressed with this beer and will certainly have it again and recommend it to friends. Worth a try if you come across it.

Photo of MichaelGreene
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Thick foamy head. I had to pour extra slow at a full tilt to keep it under control. Poured into my chilled weissglass. A completely enjoyable and drinkable beer. I could drink this one every day, seriously.

Banana, smooth aftertaste. I like that the taste nearly disappears by the time you mouth the next gulp. My wife was sitting with me as I was drinking this and she nearly stole the whole glass when I let her taste it.

Plenty carbonated for me, and the head is worth mentioning twice.

Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been living in Spain for the last 8 months and apart from a trip to the UK, and two trips to the Netherlands & Belgium, I've been stuck sucking macro swill. Decided to drop all 1.65€ on a .5L bottle of this stuff for a formal review. Date of Consumption: 18th of May 2008. Drink by date 03/09.

Pours an opaque dark golden straw with a two inch fluffly white head that does not last very long.

Faint whiff of cloves, and sweet citrus on the nose.

Taste is smooth and sweet. Cloves with a dash of citrus. If I close my eyes and click my heels together, it's almost like being in Bavaria.. for a few seconds anyway..

Mouthfeel is pretty typical of a wheat beer. I don't have a lot of experience with wheat beers (or any other Hefe-Weißieren for that matter) but there is definitely a healthy amount of carbonation in this one.

Overall this is a pretty fantastic reprieve from the Spanish macro swill I've been surviving on (Cruzcampo in the bars, and Mahou Negra in the bottle at home). I'll probably be drinking a few more of these before my time here is up. It's a solid beer. American brewers take note: a weissbier can be delicious without your silly attempts at bombarding our tastes with as much cloves/banana/citrus as humanly possible.

***Review update 6/15/2011***
3 years later, and just now having this beer again. My palate is much more sophisticated now, and while this beer is good, it's not great. Probably my 4th favorite bottled bavarian hefe in the following order: Weihenstephan; Hacker-Pschorr, Franziskaner, Paulaner. The taste is a little subdued, and I believe it is a spot under carbonated for the style. It's slightly sour, which this style should not have and I don't find in Weihenstephan or even Franziskaner offerings.

Photo of Patrick999
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Room, South Beach.

A - Served in its own glass, excellent appearance. Just what a hefe should be. Cloudy gold, nice head.

S - Citrusy, more lemony than banana or clove. Almost came off as more of a Belgian White in the nose. It wasn't lacking, that's for sure. Not really to style, but I sure liked it.

T - The citrus really came through again. Lemon and lime over a strong wheat backing. Hearty, full taste. I didn't get much banana, but I didn't really care.

F - Pretty good for a hefe, a style I often find too burpy. This one was well-carbonated, but went down easy.

D - A great drinker on a ridiculously hot Miami night. Can I have another?

Photo of jar2574
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this one along with a competitor, Franziskaner Weissbier, at "World Market."

Pours nicely, with a one-inch cream colored lacing and brown/orange beer. The smells is sort of faint, but made up of bananas.

The taste is a more watery than Franziskaner, but otherwise very nice. Bananas, cloves and malts. A nice, easy drinking beer for the summer months.

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

A - Good head and color of the tap. Look like the average hefe with the spiky fluffy head and that cloudy orange. Good trace down the sides as well.

S - Citrus, clove, bananas. Malts.

T - Taste was like the smell. Good ol hefe.

M - Nice carbonation that fit well with the brew. Made it refreshing. Light to medium body.

D - This is not a bad hefe. Although I don't think anything can trunk Wiehenstephaner. But I would have no problem drinking this at a pub anywhere.

Photo of Absumaster
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An orange, amberbrown hazy beer with the most beautiful head ever, dense and creamy like whipped cream.

Smell of clove and ripe bananas. A spicy and light yeast smell. Very nice and balanced.

Taste is a little less spicy than the smell, but still clear clove and to a lesser extent banana's. It is fresh and has well-balanced grainy notes. Bitterness and hops are almost absent. Body is medium, for a Weizen I would even call it big. What a great drinkability! For me the hallmark of all Weizens.

Photo of Matty1918
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, golden with a massive creamy white head.

A good amount of lacing.

A nice aroma of malts and grains with a hint of sweetness.

A very good tasting hefe indeed. A nice balance of malts, grains and something sweet. A very light wheat beer also.

A creamy mouthfeel with lots of carbonation.

This is a great hefe...my second favorite behind Weihenstephaner.

Photo of david131
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A cloudy orange liquid with some visible streams of rising carbonation that gives way to a thin white head that has good retention.

S- Banana, clove, wheat, and some light fruitiness. Pretty light but very clean and enjoyable.

T- Banana, clove, wheat, biscuits, and some fruit. Fine, but not outstanding. Somewhat sweet.

M- Creamy, but crisp and dry on the tail end.

D- A fine example of the style that has a wide distribution. I have enjoyed this many a time on a hot day.

Photo of cyrenaica
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle
5.50% ABV

I tried this beer on March 20, 2008 at "Smokeless Joe's" in Toronto, Ontario. The beer poured a hazy orange gold colour with a huge fluffy white head. The aroma was malt, and spice. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and highly carbonated. The flavour was grainy malt, and some sweet banana hints

Photo of theghost3
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Paulaner Hefe-Weizen is amber with a thick, white head. There's lots of bubbles. It smells strong of yeast & wheat. The taste is again, wheat and also kind of fruity. Mouthfeel is intense, very carbonated. This is a fairly drinkable springtime beer with virtually no aftertaste.

Photo of ScottUCF84
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a Paulaner Weisse glass.

A- The look of a proper German weisse. Need I say more? Cloudy tannish gold with a thick white head, and solid lacing.

S- Banana bread, vanilla, cloves, and wheat.

T- Tastes like a very good Hefeweizen. Wheat and banana with a yeasty finish.

M- Very creamy, medium carbonation. Medium bodied.

D- This one goes down with the best of the wheats.

This review is pretty lame... but after reviewing so many hefes (good ones at that), it's difficult to bring more to the table. The way I like to look at it is this: a Franziskaner with more vanilla notes.

Weihenstephaner is still my favorite, but with Paulaner being a bit more available, it's definitely considered a 'go to' Hefeweizen.

Reminder: Never let them throw fruit in it... the bar I had it at was throwing in oranges and lemons... there's enough flavor in this one to have on it's own.

Photo of jayrod20
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy golden color with small, but nice amount of head that provides some lacing. Very aromatic, sweet. Pleasant crisp flavor set to a minerally medium bodied liquid texture. Same great taste that I remember from a classic (and major) German brewery.

The best possible Hefe you can purchase, and a staple to any hefe's fan.

Photo of audirs4s
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A buddy of mine bought this by chance since he'd never heard of it before. Not bad for something purchased on a whim.

This is a nice light spring or summer beer. There is a nice sweet start but not overly sweet. I didn't find it fruity like I've seen some of the other reviewers note, just sweet. A very nice light taste with a bit of spice to finish off. If anything the spice finish is what you'll remember about this beer.

Certainly not one of my favorite beers but a nice lazy afternoon beer. I'd recommend you at least try it if you ever find one.

Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
90 out of 100 based on 2,826 ratings.