Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb - Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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4.45/5 rDev +10.1%
Paulaner pours a beautiful hazy dark golden color, with a massive, orange-tinted cream head that slowly recedes. Lots of carbonation and lacing. As I poured the last bit of the beer into my glass, I could see the yeast sediment slowly wafting down to the bottom. The aroma is exactly what one expects for a Hefe: very malty with the traditional banana and clove notes, yet it seems that the smell is slightly muted.
The taste delivers what the smell promises: sweet and citrusy, with a hint of banana flavor as well. There is a bit of bitterness from the hops, but it is not very noticeable until a second or two later. Paulaner feels fairly light in the mouth, even somewhat fizzy, due to the large amount of carbonation. Even so, it still feels quite malty. This beer finishes with a slightly sour, yet pleasant aftertaste; a bit of bitterness is present as well.
This is one of the beers against which all other Hefes are measured against, and with good reason. Paulaner is one of the most drinkable beers I have ever tasted, period. Highly recommended.
01-13-2005 03:35:58 | More by swid
4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
Out of focus amber with a hint of orange, capped by a large, creamy, alabaster head that filled more of the glass than did the beer initially. The upper surface, with its energetically popping bubbles, resembled hot lava immediately after the pour, but has now settled down considerably. Although there's shockingly little lace, the beer-head combination more than makes up for it.
Classic hefe weizen nose of clove-studded bananas. Those two scents are well matched in terms of intensity, resulting in a perfect melding of fruit and spice. This is one of the better weizen noses that I've run across in the past few months.
Excellent beer. The flavor profile is more heavily slanted toward fresh bananas with a complimentary sprinkling of clove; just how I like it. Naturtrub is on the sweet side (fine by me) without being so sweet that drinkability is adversely affected. The body/mouthfeel is medium in heft, stopping just short of creamy. A restrained amount of carbonation is perfect and provides a wonderful smoothness in the mouth.
Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier is a delicious, well-rounded hefe weizen that may not be at the very top of my 'most favored' list, but its classic, bananarific flavor assures it a spot just below the versions from Brauereien Weihenstephaner and Aying. Four out of five monkeys highly recommend this brew. Smart monkeys.
01-08-2005 16:08:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.38/5 rDev +8.4%
Pours a hazy pale straw color with a fluffy white head that leaves no lace. Aromas are a mix of banana, clove, and bits of bubblegum along with some gummy wheat like notes and the classic paulaner yeast. Flavors are much like the nose with huge clove and banana notes, and a decent punch of wheat. The finish has an excellent spicy citrus like flavor that just makes you wanna quaff more and more. Overall this brew reminds me so much of my fun days in germany. A great wheat beer from such a massive company.
12-29-2004 22:40:03 | More by bigbeerdrinka
5/5 rDev +23.8%
Paulaner Hefeweizen is what all hefeweizens aspire to. This is one of the best beers in the world, definitely the best hefeweizen made today.
Every aspect of this beer is exceptional. The slightly fruity, but still very beer like taste is terrific. If properly tapped it always has the perfect amount of head and is very, very, drinkable.
I'm currently on my 3rd 50l keg at home and just love this stuff!
12-26-2004 21:14:24 | More by MarcGetty
3.68/5 rDev -8.9%
A high caliber hefe that is both easily available and very drinkable.
Dark straw color with massive head.
Smells of banana bread, clove, and nuts from the yeast.
Scrumtrulescent taste, bananas, malt, and I love me some yeasty nut taste. Great carbonation, seemed well balanced with smooth malts. Finishes with a hop bite that makes you drink more, and you will drink more.
I think the Paulaner hefe is great for a hot summer day, but a beer this tasty should be enjoyed whenever you feel like it.
12-19-2004 13:08:15 | More by Shultzerdugen
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
Poured a hazy gold color topped by a white frothy head that laced the whole glass.
The aroma was full of the scent of the wheat malt. It had in the background a nice crisp scent of bananna and a clove like spice smell. There also seemed to be a citrus fruit like scent hiding in there as well.
On first taste the I notice the carbonation as it bubbles and gives the feeling of a clean crispness in my mouth. The clove like spicy smell is also highly present in the flavor. Along with the bananna and wheat tastes. The finish was dry and crisp.
This is now my favorite Hefe Weizen.
11-26-2004 22:38:50 | More by HochFliegen
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet wheat malt scent along with clove and banana aromas. The yeast adds a fruity scent as well. The taste is good also. It has a dry, yet fully flavored wheat palate that boasts of clove and bananas. It goes down easy and finishes smooth and refreshing. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great hefe. It has a great flavor and aroma; an awesome drinker.
11-24-2004 22:04:31 | More by WesWes
4.47/5 rDev +10.6%
Appearance: Glorious translucent amber body with wisps of cloudlike yeast toward the collar. The 12 Oz. bottle produced on 06.04 (4 months young) yielded a 4+ finger collar of foam at the top of my 0.5l Weizen glass. The foam top looks like rocky egg whites and lacing is around 15%
Aroma: Yeasty with nice bannana domination. Cloves fill the background as I begin salivating...
Taste: Oh my...heaven in a glass. Next time I see a yo-yo at the Yard House put a lemon in this I'll personally have him removed for destroying a work of art. Bannana is the first flavor to come forward and is accompanied by a cast of supporting players. Cloves, allspice, and nutmeg all mixed with a yeast that is truly exceptional
Mouthfeel: Possibly the silkiest brew ever to part my lips. CO² is a sweet supporter as this is one slick beer
Drinkability: While I believe the inherant sweetness would hinder drinkability after four or five...I sure would like to find out!
11-19-2004 08:55:16 | More by IceAce
4.58/5 rDev +13.4%
It's funny. I've had this beer dozens of times, but I never bothered to rate it. I guess I've always regarded this beer as the classic hefe-weizen... it sets such a high standard for brewers to live up to. It is a true classic.
There are some remarkable things about this beer. First of all, consider the fact that it is shipped overseas, with live yeast! Yet there is no oxidation and the beer is technically flawless. As a professional brewer, this is a remarkable accomplishment and quite a feat.
Also, the head retention is UNBELIEVABLE. After 20 minutes in the glass, it still has a fat head on it.
The carbonation always seems to be perfect too. Nice and full, but not too much were it is annoying... it's simply refreshing.
It has an incredibly mellow and soft flavor, and the harshness of wheat gives way to vanilla and banana tones.
I hope to one day make a hefe-weizen like Paulaner's.
11-15-2004 05:05:55 | More by Sixpoint
4.35/5 rDev +7.7%
This beer pours a yellowish orange color. Swirling the last inch or so added a nice haziness to the brew. The head is nice and thick white foam. Very pretty. The aroma is delicate, with hints of clove and perhaps white grapes. No intense banana smell. Begins somewhat sweet, with very little bitterness. Soft carbonation gives way to yeastiness and wheat. About 5 seconds in, at the end, a surge of slightly grainy malt makes a decadent appearance. Finish is not syrupy. Overall, this is a great hefeweizen. I love the malt at the end.
11-15-2004 00:09:34 | More by oggg
4.85/5 rDev +20%
Huge white head rises a full inch above the rim of my glass! A nice hit of spice on the nose. The carbonation looks to have died down by now, but I do notice its tickle on my tongue. A seamless mold of flavors rest on my palate. Spice from the yeast is what I'm enjoying the most. Bananna and clove are the defining charactar of this beer. Bold mouthfeel with insane drinkablility.
11-06-2004 06:33:12 | More by MrNuggets
4.43/5 rDev +9.7%
11/05/04- Had on tap at O'Neill's Irish Pub in San Mateo, CA
Appearance- Poured with a gigantic head! Some of it was still sitting at the bottom when I was finished 30 minutes later. Poured into a correct Paulaner Weisbier glass. A beautiful cloudy yellowish color.
Smell- Lots of traditional malt and wheat scents. Much citrus and clove in the air too.
Taste- Lemony, cloves, banana, spices, malt, wheat. This beer has lots going on, but it a subtle way. Nothing hits you diffectly in the face.
Mouthfeel- Aewsome. Sooo smooth. Perfect carbonation for a hefe. You don't need the lemon because there is already enough citurs flavor in there.
Drinkability- Extremely drinkable. This is my #1 hefe so far. Even if I find a better one; you can't go wrong with a Paulaner. On tap it's even better than the bottle and fairly easy to find in stores at a semi-decent price usually. Find it and drink it!
11-05-2004 15:57:04 | More by GClarkage
3.93/5 rDev -2.7%
Pours out pale straw in color and sits a light orange amber in the glass with a large fluffy white head that holds on pretty strong with good looking lacings on the glass.
Smells sweet and malty with nice light and aromatic spicing. A bit of banana here and there and some hops present in the background.
Taste is quite neutral up front and slowing gains speed into some malts and corresponding banana like fruitiness. A shortly lived, mild sourness comes out right after the sweetness starts to fade which then brings you into a pleasant bitterness that is well rounded with some lemony flavors and just a touch of hops. Very palatable and easy to handle.
Crisp in the mouth with good carbonation flowing all the way through but not overly so. About a medium body, maybe a bit on the lighter side.
An easy Hefe to drink, and a great option to have year round, instead of waiting for the American micro seasonals. A very well managed beer with plenty of character to make it a worthwhile purchase.
10-29-2004 05:17:39 | More by Skidz
4.4/5 rDev +8.9%
One of my transition beers from yore
Hazy, golden-orange, with a very big, fluffy, white head.
Light candied wheat malt, bananas, clove, and yeast make up the well proportioned nose.
Taste starts with lightly sweet wheat malt. Traces of banana, banana bread, and cloves follow. Finish is wheat bitter with some yeastiness. Archetypal hefeweizen taste. Not overly flavorful, but classic, with smooth, even carbonation (belying its geyser head appearance), and bigger bodied than you think! Thank you Paulaner for using this to help convert me to good beer.
10-28-2004 03:05:29 | More by alexgash
4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
Cloudy orange-gold colour topped by a very dense, white head of fine bubbles. Excellent retention and stickage to the glass. Some lemony citrus aroma with a bit of clove-like spiciness and distinctive yeast character. Good malty backbone with a bit of peppery phenols and fairly complex fruity esters that remind me of banana and orange. Very mild bitterness appears towards the end along with some additional spiciness. Very smooth texture, aided by excellent carbonation. This was a great find!
10-20-2004 00:14:21 | More by DrJay
4.58/5 rDev +13.4%
Pours an incredible rusty orange with plenty of carbonation visible through the haze. The Head is huge with remarkable retention and beautiful lace left behind. The aroma is of cloves and a fruity maltiness. The taste is an explosion of everything good about wheat beers. Theres plenty of clove, banana, citrus and bubble gum notes detected. The mouthfeel is silky and very thick. This is an incredibly drinkable hefe with so many outstanding flavors, and no notable flaws. This is definitely my favorite hefe weizen so far.
10-16-2004 05:06:10 | More by CAMRAhardliner
3.9/5 rDev -3.5%
This pours a nice deep golden color with a fluffy head from the big pint bottle. The smell is of a mix of banana, clove and spiciness along with some other light fruity, grainy tones. A nice nose overall.
The first sip has a nice underlying banana wheat flavor which mingles with spicy notes. Clove, pepper and fresh baked bread come to mind for me. Overall, a nice flavor that is quite enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is well done. Very smooth and easy to drink. Carbonation is good. Drinkability is good as well. A six pack of this would be a good choice for a get together with friends or a quiet evening at home.
10-15-2004 22:49:50 | More by orbitalr0x
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
Pours a nice hazy copper orange. The head is very impressive, lacing is great as it sticks to the glass. The smell is strong of banana and yeast, a nice toast and bread smell with peppers and spices. The taste is of bananna and sweet fruit nectar, a slight toasted yeast and grain, nice sweet spicy taste. Medium bodied and smooth, good for a summer sipper.
10-13-2004 10:46:52 | More by beertaster13
4.13/5 rDev +2.2%
A little confused at first as to where to review this beer. With so many Hefe Weizens listed, and my bottle reading "Hefe-Weizen Natural Wheat" it becvame a process of elimination. Oh, well, on to the reviewing already.
Pours out an orange blossom honey-amber color with a huge head developing at first, at least 3 times the height of the actual liquid. After that settles down, a more respectable, although still large, head stands before eventually dropping to a thick film. Lace is negligible.
Smell is of malt,spice (cloves? nutmeg?), banana, orange and lightly, hops.
Taste is more of the same. Orange, honey, clove & nutmeg spices, malt, banana, with hops late & light. A wonderful complexity.
Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, lightly warming in the back of the mouth and throat, a light effervescence.
Drinkability is quite high and has a wonderful flavor. A very well-rounded brew. Just watch the initial pour.
10-01-2004 03:12:43 | More by PorterLambic
3.98/5 rDev -1.5%
Poured with a large fluffy white head, a cloudy brilliant gold/orange hue. Aromas of sweet banana, clove, yeast and malty biscuits. Tasted of pretty much the same, with hints of yeast, slight nutmeg, and a grainy wheat character. Finished with a wheaty sweetness. A totally kick ass hefe!
09-29-2004 08:24:16 | More by revdrjbob
4/5 rDev -1%
Appearance was a cloudy golden color with a steady stream of bubbles rising up to a pillowy, white head that resembled beaten egg whites. Aroma was great... musty bananas, cloves, sour apples. Taste was all spice and cloves up front, tangy in the middle, with a crsip, dry aftertaste. Mouth was very effervescent, lighter bodied, smooth and extremely drinkable. A great example of the style. Good stuff.
09-22-2004 22:30:14 | More by oxmasterscream
3.98/5 rDev -1.5%
I was surprised to find this on-tap among the usual macros at the bw-3's in West Lafayette. So I pony up for one. 5 dollars for 23 ounces is the going rate ( i expected a little more inflated price). It pours a nice cloudly light orange color with a finger and a half white head. Slight smell of citrus is noticable on top of a malty grassy body. Faint smell of bannana is also in the background. Huge notes of aforementioned bannana dominate this beer. This is a good thing for me. The sweetness of the bannana is offset by some grassy flavor giving it some necessary balance. Nice drinkability but eventually the malt flavor adds up. A decent Hefe all and all, not my favorite but not the worst.
09-16-2004 03:33:55 | More by soper2000
3.98/5 rDev -1.5%
Paulaner recently changed their label for this beer, pretty much the same depiction only the sky isn't so blue. Regardless, it's about what's inside the bottle that counts. Pours a cloudes orange-yellow with a thick off-white head that just doesn't seem to want to go away. Rich banana notes, phenolic clove notes and big on the wheat malt. Big wheaty sweetness upfront, a citrus zing and thin in the middle and clovey and dry in the finish. Good carbonation. An easily enjoyable hefeweizen.
09-10-2004 04:37:03 | More by crookedhalo
4.03/5 rDev -0.2%
Draught: This one pours a cloudy darker golden color. Slight hints of orange to the color. There was a small white head. The aroma was quite nice. It was yeasty, wheaty, and spicy, also with notes of banana. The flavors mirrored the aromas. A very nice beer.
09-08-2004 20:39:10 | More by Boto
4.3/5 rDev +6.4%
Appearance: A cloudy orange with golden highlights. Pure white creamy head with excellent retention. Moderate, fine carbonation. Thin lacing and collar throughout.
Smell: Bit of apple yeast off the bat followed by a soft wheatiness. Within this, there is sweet tropical fruit with pineapple and banana notes, medicinal clove herbiness and a sharp citrus bite. Everything you want in a weisse, nothing you don't.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Crisp and soft at the same time, nicely carbonated, with a sharp lemon bite up front, a wheat cracker body and hints of sweet fruit and clove spice throughout. Dry, almost metallic finish with a bit of yeast funkiness lingering.
Drinkability: About as drinkable as beer can be, especially during a hot summer afternoon barbecue across from the Golden Gate Bridge where each of, say, eight of these tasted like sweet nectar brought down from on high by God himself.
A great summer beer, a great example of the style--just a great beer, period.
09-08-2004 06:03:49 | More by WetCoaster
Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
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