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

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90
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2,654 Ratings
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very good

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Ratings: 2,654
Reviews: 1,249
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 93
Gots: 230 | 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:
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(Beer added by: SixpointJMH on 08-17-2001)
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Photo of vancurly
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 500ml Schneider Weisse glass. Although only 33cl, still got a head up to the rim.

Cloudy orange, white fluffy head that persists.

Aromas of citrus toffee, some green hop notes, almost minty, so Hallertau perhaps.

Flavour is more barley malt-driven than other examples, with some lingering caramel. The spice profile is there, although more perfumey than clovey.... and more subdued than usual.

Light touch of bitterness.

vancurly, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of evanackerman
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is just simply awesome, definitely my favorite hefe,

beautiful orangy cloudy apperance with a great hefe head

aroma is cloves, banana and citrus, lovely!

Taste is rich malt with hints of banana and spice and a citric finish.

drinkability is as high as it gets.

overall, wow! what a beer, definitely pick some of this up then repeat. what beer is all about!

evanackerman, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pours into a glass with a very nice 2.5 inch head. As it's consumed, it leaves a fairly good amount of lacing on the glass.

The first scent is very a very nice blend of bannana & a clean wheat smell. Upon the first taste, it was very clean malt up front followed by bananna, a hint of bubble gum, and a touch of other wheat flavors as well. The finish is clean malt, without much after taste. The mouthfeel is good as well. It might be just a tad thin, but I actually like it, as it makes the beer very drinkable. Speaking of drinkable, this is the first beer I have reviewed that I gave a perfet score on drinkability. This beer is perfect for any occasion. It's complex, easy to drink, wonderful taste, a good amount of mouthfeel, but not too heavy. I can't imagine a hefeweizen tasting any better. That said, I leave for Munich tomorrow for my first time, I'll see what happens.

AustinBeerLvr, Sep 23, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thick murky carrot-orange brew has lots of yeasty sea monkeys and a tight two finger head that lasts. A steady stream of tiny bubbles rise and knock the sea monkeys around on their way up to the spires of lace that ring the top of the glass. This beautiful beer has looks to kill!

The first thing I smell is green bananas and cloves. Dusty yeast smells follow and are supported by a nice spiced-carrot-cake-with-icing smell.

Ahhh. That hits the spot! A sweet banana and clove foundation tastes just like it smells. Sweetly spiced and very well rounded. The sweet and wet finish is cooling me off nicely!

Mouthfeel is wonderfully light and bubbly (really meshes well with the sweet taste), and drinkability is excellent. You really can't beat this for sipping on a hot day. Probably my favorite hefe so far.

pmcadamis, Sep 10, 2006
Photo of veech
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am not a huge weiss fan but this was a pretty good brew. I noted a yeasty spiciness that was profound, but not overtly overpowering. I think that the spices were a direct result of the particular strain of yeast. A friend of mine is the brewer at my local brewpub and he cooked up a batch of hefe and added a different yeast strain in a keg this summer and it tasted exactly like flying dog hefe, and very similar but stronger than this one. I preferred the Paulaner far and away to the other weiss beers I've sampled this summer. If you're a huge hefe fan this may be a little weak for you but I enjoyed it.

veech, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of rtratzlaff
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle

This is one of the best looking hefe's I've had. A good cloudy amber orange beer sits under a white head composed of tiny pearls of bubbles all very consistent in size.
The smell is a good yeasty, citrus, earthiness and spice.
Taste is similar with a good lemon citrus pulling through after an initial taste of yeast and malt. The spiciness comes through and fades leaving a great aftertaste that makes you want another sip.
Mouthfeel is wonderful with enough carbonation. Drinkability is tops. This beer went great with a turkey and provolone sandwich.

rtratzlaff, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of Dizzy
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy golden color with white head. Aroma is cloves, banana and yeast. Flavor matches the aroma. A lot of complexity here I can't really describe. Medium mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation. This is a great summer beer, could easily have a few of these in a sitting. Highly reccomended

Dizzy, Aug 26, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice head. Retention is not that great until it warms up. Then it is incredible.
Smell: Nice citrusy, lemony, wheat smell
Taste: Nice wheaty taste with a touch of citrus. Hops and bitterness are very low. Slightly tart, with a pleasant aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Crsip Refreshing.
Drinkability: Nice, easy to drink beer, especially in the summer.

jasonjlewis, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of vanrassel
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this beer truly is a treat for all the related senses (I can't imagine how "touch" would apply, though I'm sure more creative BAs have maybe worked that sense into their beer experience, too....)

The pour into my weizen glass begins a feast for my eyes: a towering white head over a cloudy, dark straw-coloured body with bubbles zooming to the top. The creamy head diminished to about one finger, but remained right to the end.

The classic Hefe banana-clove combination greeted my nose and I was struck (in a good way) by how strong it was. Some other Hefes I've had — even good ones — are sometimes weak in the nose or a little more one-dimensionally yeasty. The bread-grain aroma is present here, but it's part of a more complex overall picture.

This is (so far) the most crisp, refreshing Hefe I've tried. The citric taste has a bit of orange zip to it, but the puckering tartness is perfectly in balance with wheaty smoothness. Lively carbonation and a thin (but not watery) body make for a clean finish on the palate — and a beer easily worthy of session status.

This is probably the best Hefe you can get in my part of the world, and it's the one most often occupying shelf space in my fridge.

vanrassel, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1pt 9oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

Pours orange, almost burnt orange, with a French vanilla cream colored ultra foamy head. Settles to form a nice cap. Decent lacing, but not as much as I expected.

The yeast lends a fruity scent, dancing with fruits such as peach and banana.

Tartness, along with the same banana-peach flavors to compliment the aromas. Slight hop bitterness. Aftertaste has a slight hint of creamy eggnogg.

Medium bodied with little carbonation. Smooth finish with complex flavors interchanging.

A good hefe-weizen from Germany. This is a beer that I would buy again, and it goes on the top of my hefe-weizen list. If you haven't tried this beer yet, do yourself a favor and check it out.

BeerSox, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of thelagerheads
2.35/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Give something a head and it comes alive. Give it a body and it's an animal of sorts. Give it a name and it's an historical fact. Give it fungus and sweetness and it becomes a hefe-weizen. This beer and its cohorts are just not for me. Sweet malty bread in a bottle may be European for purity and beer but to me it's the last stage before candy goes stale and cannot be consumed for enjoyment. Enjoyment to me is a confidence of similar likes. There is no need to force it together for an expected end, it'll just happen. This isn't happening for me on any level.

thelagerheads, Aug 11, 2006
Photo of jdoolin
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: 16 oz bottle, poured into a weizen glass

Appearance: cloud, dark amber with an enormous, beautiful frothy head that took a while to dissipate. Outstanding appearance. Really had to restrain myself from diving right in.

Aroma: that classic hefeweizen aroma, with the banana esters taking the stage.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The banana bread flavor is strong and delightful. Light, wheat beer tang and malt sweetness, with just a bit of hop bitterness coming through. Clove and spiciness lies low, but is there. Light-medium body and very refreshing.

Notes: I love hefeweizens, and this does not disappoint. I could drink this all day. An outstanding beer.

jdoolin, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of wl0307
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted on tap by half-pint at the Horseshoe brewpub, N. London.

A: mango-juice like lightly murky, orangey colour; a very tight and well-sustaining white froth sits on top of a gently carbonated body with constant fizziness ascending from the bottom.
S: a caramel-like sugary note somewhat overpowers other delicate aromas, backed by an ashy note and its slightly bitter edge, along with sweet bananas. Surprisingly simplistic than the bottled version I've tried a while ago...
T: bready and grainy sweet malts lead the flavour, a touch too sweet but smooth on the texture; a flow of thin, sour-sweet fruitiness (mango and mild banana) ensues closely, mixed quite well with the bready-malty theme. Somehow the spiciness goes very faint here as well, rendering a slightly boring and straight forward palate throughout. Smooth but short finish.
M&D: very soft on the mouthfeel, with attenuated fizziness to caress the tongue and highlight the chewy grainy texture... Yet due to the lack of more complex spicy edge coming from the yeasts, this beer doesn't score very high in my book. I'm sure this is a "hefe"-weizen served on tap, but the bottled version has the upper hand on the addition of more yeasty wonders IMO. Just O.K.

wl0307, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of ElGordo
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with orange highlights, topped by a sizeable creamy white head that subsides to an eighth or so of an inch that sticks around. Subdued aroma of wheat, light citrus, banana, and just a hint of clove. Palate is a light wheat base, with notes of sweet banana, a little clove, and just a little bit of citrusy hops in the background. Body is a bit foamy, but still has a good, light, quaffable character. Definitely an easy-drinking hefeweizen, great for a warm summer evening.

ElGordo, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of acrawf6
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice hazy yellow with a nice white head.

Smell. Strong scent of bananas with a little clove. A little sweeter than i remember

Taste. Good tastes of banana with smaller spicyness of cloves and a little cinnamon. There is also a touch of apple juice sweetness.

Mouthfeel is good. Good amount of carbonation and nice balance. Quite refreshing.

Overall, i am saying a lot of good things about this beer, but i think there are a bunch out there that are a bit better. I just think the taste really steps up to make it a great beer. I'd pick franziskaner over this any day. But still a good beer.

acrawf6, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of TheLiterati
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big headed, characteristically cloudy and golden in color. Bready scent with a citrus finish. Not as much banana as is usually the case with this style – maybe it was just this particular bottle (, but all in all it was lacking in aromatic complexity.

Smooth mouthfeel, balanced carbonation, with a dry finish, though it gets a little flat and watery if left to warm for too long.

Not the best hefe-weizen I’ve had, and maybe even a little disappointing when compared to other Paulaner offerings.

Still, all factors taken in consideration, a good representation of this style, especially for those who may be new to hefes, or when a fuller-bodied selection isn’t available.

TheLiterati, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of JohnfromDublin
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted this 500ml bottle on 20th July 06 (BB 01.07). Different label from the one shown; a jolly 1800's village scene on a yellow background.
Appearance; a hazy amber glow body with a nice white head. Smell complex, a grassy hop smell with mild banana and citrus note.
Tasted a very nice "hefe-weiss" taste, with only a subtle note of banana. Also citrus tang. Mouthfeel slightly dry.
Definitely a very good hefe. I would have a hard time having to choose between this and Weihenstephaner. Maybe I should just have one of each!

JohnfromDublin, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of BrSpiritus
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this from a 12oz bottle purchased from Enchanted Forest Wine and Spirits.

Pours a lovely honey colour with ample bubbles forming a rich head. Hazy appearance with many bubbles racing to the top which reminds me of Prosecco or Champagne. Smell is reminicent of bananas with a spicy background and perhaps some sweet roll. The taste... wow sums it up. Perfect balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Floating in the background are the flavours of banana, clove, cinnamon, lemon zest and biscuit slowly dancing on the tongue. The finish is clean and slightly tart but very refreshing. I could drink this beer all the time it's just that good and that smooth. My hats off to the Germans, for they make an awesome beer.

BrSpiritus, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of HoustonTX
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep golden color with a rich orange hue - cloudy, frothy head, strands of lacing.

S - Spices/Bananas/Malt, the smell is the best part about this beer. The smell alone is intoxicating, lovely, and quite potent.

T&M - Taste is very subtle. Initial citrusy waves sweep over the palate. Light tones of bananas/spice poke through, with a malt backbone that maintains it's balance really well. Mid-bodied. Tasty, refreshing, crisp, and delicate. Goes down smooth, and definitely has the qualitys of a great Hefe.

D - Ultra-smooth, light and refreshing. High drinkability.

Solid Hefe, and definitely worth a try.

HoustonTX, Jul 20, 2006
Photo of Pepeton
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good hefe weizen for a hot Northeast México afternoon.

Has a nice hazy orange color, even light bronze. Beautiful white foamy head with little lacing.

Smell is fruity, somewhere beteween banana and citrusy, some spices (maybe like clove) and discrete malts.

Taste isn't a whopper, but well balanced, medium body and refreshing.

Mouthfeel is again well balanced, with a tangy finish.

Drinkability is good, especially in a hot afternoon --as I already pointed out.

¡Salud!

Pepeton, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of scooter231
3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, hazy golden color, really great head. Smells wheaty and lemony, quite sweet, tangy, with a citrus rind thing going on. Taste is lacking compared to the nose- it's just not deep, not exciting, not as complex. Mouthfeel is watery and thin yet oddly, strangely, sticky. And I don't dig it. Drinkability- fairly drinkable, light enough and refreshing, but meh, I'd rather have other hefes.

scooter231, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of Suds
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow-amber color, topped with a monsterous white head. Decent lace, and moderate head retention. Fine looking brew. The smell is a mix of soft bubblegum, clove, banana, and yeast. There’s also more than a fair share of fruit aromas: peach, lemon, mango?, etc. The grassyness and mildly twangy wheat flavor really doesn’t leap out in this brew. It stays in the background until the mid-taste. The beer is modestly sweet and a bit more acidic than I expected. Nice clean finish. Fairly high carbonation, but about average for the style. The body is light, and the beer can certainly be called refreshing. Respectable Hefe.

Suds, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of jameaterblues
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Bright cloudy tangerine color...1/2inch dreamsicle colored head...bubbly white flowy lace...and visible carbonation.

S- Banana and possibly plantains...light spice....fruity yeast esters....slightly savory b/c of the wheat.

T- Wheaty/yeasty body....light banana flavors....and a savory sweetness...with a slightly crisp finish.

M/D-high carbonation, medium bodied, and refreshing. for me this beer defines the style....I wish that I could find it on tap again.

jameaterblues, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of pweis909
3.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this wheat after trying a Hacker Pshorr Weisse, which I preferred to this Paulaner selection. Bascially, I was exploring my palate for wheat beers and making comparisons among brands and types

A- yellow, cloudy, lacey -- similar to Hacker Pshorr
S- The estery tones I associate with this style were very faint. Perhaps because I just drank the other beer, I wasn't as sensitive to the banana thing? Others have reviewed the paulaner and noted juiciness that i am not finding in this one.
T- I found this to lack sweetness. It was slightly sour, actually, and none of that faint ester smell translated into taste.
M-This finished a bit too dry for my tastes, maybe?

If this is a good, typic german hefeweizen, I may be learning that I am not a huge fan of the style.

pweis909, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of allengarvin
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed this in the bottle when I first joined. Picked up a very fresh 5-liter minikeg, and thought I'd do it too.

After a couple initial pours that were 80% foam, I got a good pour out of this. A turgid amber-gold color with a substantial, very fluffy head, that lasts and lasts. Hugely fruity aroma, full of sweet banana and some hints of spiciness. Very well-balanced taste: notes of honey, bubblegum, banana, with the classic clovy, almost cinnamony, back bite. Wheat malt clearly detectable. Bitterness is low and hops undetectable by taste. Clean, tart finish. I prefer the mouthfeel of the bottled version... this draught seems a bit smoother and creamier perhaps, but not as crisp.

Most of the time with the classic German hefes, I prefer the bottled version, provided its fresh and well-handled. But this is noticably better than the bottles I've been getting lately. Very good.

allengarvin, Jul 13, 2006
Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
90 out of 100 based on 2,654 ratings.