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Weltenburger Hefe-Weissbier Hell - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 10.57%

Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg visit their website

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-05-2002)
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Photo of Lemke10


4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy, golden yellow color with a thick, foamy head. The aroma is full of wheat, coriander, and yeast. The flavor is full and delicious with orange and wheat tones. The texture is smooth and filling for a lighter wheat beer. This has to be one of the best beers for its style.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 04:12:39 | More by Lemke10
Photo of Cozzatoad


3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle, best before 12/2013

A- Usual hefeweizen look: cloudy, maybe a little more on the darker/orange side than usual. Nice dense white head, good persistence and lacing

S- Malt sweetness, a hint of citrus, slight clove. Soft, quite weak

T- Soft and sweet bready malts, lemon, hints of banana. Classic touch of phenolic feel, with the usual hint of clove. Simple and straightforward classic hefe

M- Very nice mouthfeel, soft as it should be, body and carbonation in perfect average check for the style

O- Enjoyable and refreshing hefe, expecially worth in the summer. Just nothing special

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 10:30:52 | More by Cozzatoad
Photo of JCBears


4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance: usual cloudy mysticism of the good old Hefe. Little bit darker than the usual, but loving it

smell: distinct bananas you can not miss, almost a banana juice smell, slight edge of the hops for good measure

taste: hop bight up front then the good old rich goodness of the classic hefe. a malty pleasure for the tongue

mouthfeel: bit of a weaker mouth feel but not bad. keeps you sipping. good hot day brew

overall: A pleasant surprise I really enjoy. Happy to be having this brew and all it contains. A good brew worthy of another sample

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 15:05:51 | More by JCBears
Photo of womencantsail


3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a fluffy white head. Nice banana on the nose, plenty of wheat, and a great biscuit malt sweetness. Moderate clove aroma throughout and just a hint of bubblegum. Sweet bread and biscuit mealtimes on the nose. A hint of bubblegum, light citrus, an plenty of banana. Nice clove spiciness, soft wheat flavor, and a touch of straw. Really nice.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2012 19:47:03 | More by womencantsail
Photo of steveh


4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been enjoying the Weltenburger lagers, but haven't tried the Weizens yet. Here's the first for me.

Brown, half-liter bottle, no real translatable dating to find. $3.50. Poured into my HB modified Will Becker -- great for any German style.

A -- Hazy peach color with a tremendously dense, slow-settling, light cream colored head.

S -- Clove and bubblegum up front, light bready malts and grainy wheat back. Even some mild citrus in the finish.

T -- Sweet, bready malts up front with light graininess, mellow phenols from the Weizen yeast balance nicely. Lightest citrus and bitterness in the finish.

M -- Medium-light body with a spritzy to dry mouthfeel.

O -- Maybe not the best Weizen I've ever tried, but this is a great example for anyone looking for something out-of-the-ordinary line of well-known brands. It has bigger, more pronounced flavors than many others and even takes on similar characters as Schneider.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 20:46:05 | More by steveh
Photo of matjack85


3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a couple bottles of these light ("hell") hefes at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL for $2.99 each. 1 pint 0.9oz brown bottles with no freshness date and no other information about the beer on the label.

Careful with the pour here as I got 90% of the glass to fill with white foam even with a tilted 45 degree angle pour. After the head went down (which took a few minutes), the beer revealed itself to be a hazy straw yellow color and it left plenty of nice lacing on the glass with each sip.

The typical banana/clove aroma was there, but it was mild compared to most hefes I've tried. Also picking up the wheat smell and some bready yeast.

Big under-ripe (almost green) banana flavor, along with some clove, white pepper, and lemony citrus taste. You can taste the wheat as well. The biggest disappointment is that all these flavors don't last very long. You taste them for a few seconds and then - poof - they're gone. No lingering aftertaste at all.

Light to medium bodied with low carbonation.

It's alright, but not good enough to get the good or exceptional rating from me.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 10:20:31 | More by matjack85
Photo of dsprainman


3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a sexy hef color, 1.5 finger head
S- Banana and cloves, but a bit feint and light on the spice. A tad bready for a hef.
T- Again, heavy on the banana, light on the spice.
M- A bit flat, but pretty on-target
O- This one doesn't stack up to the best bavarian hefeweizens, but is a step or two above the american offerings.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 05:45:35 | More by dsprainman
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into Weisse glass 27/10/11 sent out by EskimoDave

A murky dirty orange with the stranded shitload of bubbles that feed a large well retained three finger head that leaves spotted lace well down the glass

S not very strong but there's some wheat and banana and clove perhaps a little lemon and bubblegum

T tastes a little stronger then the smell with lots of dry cereal on top of what I smell, still a pretty basic Hefe

M not as light as expected and plenty of bubbles help its cause

O an OK beer but I stop before saying it's "good" I have pretty high standards whit this style and this ones just not exciting me

I think this may be my 300th brewery sampled, mind you if I lived in Germany this landmark wouldn't be all that impressive. When you live in a province that has maybe half a dozen breweries and 3.5million people you envy the Germans

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 17:42:16 | More by wordemupg
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw with a white head, thin ring of retention leaves a little lace.

S: Definitely clove-forward, but not overpowering, white pepper, vanilla and subtle hints of tropical fruit.

T: Clove, wheaty biscuits, a little more bitterness than most (I like that), hints of banana bread and candied pineapple.

M: Moderate body is well-attenuated, not overly carbonated, crisp finish.

D: A good drinker.

This one has bottled & traveled well, but it is lacking a bit of a fresh flavour.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 22:21:45 | More by Derek
Photo of ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle thanks to EskimoDave, cheers! Best before of 27/09/11 is just a couple weeks away.

Pours a glass full of bubbles on the initial attempt, loads of carbonation, hazy and a light golden, streams of bubbles feed a pile of foam that reigns on top.

Nose has some light cloves and spicing atop a sweet banana and grain base, thin and a little washed out aside from the initial burst of spice. Flavor is dominated by spicing and banana, light bubblegum, faint citrus in the back along with a slight tang. Thin sweetness in the middle that is reminiscent of nothing but a thin sweetness, muddled grain notes, slighty bready character with a dash of honey, light drying in the finish, spot on carbonation. Drinkable in spaded on a hot summer day I imagine but not an exemplar of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 04:16:38 | More by ritzkiss
Photo of aasher


2.85/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one pours a light to medium in body, dull and only lightly cloudy gold in color. It has a one finger sudsy white head. It's pretty clear for a German hefe, and disappointingly so. It smells of sweet pale malts, cloves, smells fruity, and wet bread dough. It has the usual adjectives but not the usual effect or appeal. The flavor is of sweet and fruity, almost banana-esque, yeast and spice. It's an odd and awkwardly sweet mix for the style. I'm not really a fan. It drinks light to medium in body and doesn't nearly life up to other authentic German hefes. This one just misses the mark with me.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 03:46:30 | More by aasher
Photo of vtfan77


3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy, muddled orange-yellow (or is it yellow-orange?). Nice big, fluffy white head that takes its time going down.

S- Tart lemons and a wheaty twang with subtle clove and yeast notes.

T- Tart wheat snap upfront segues into a chalky yeast. Finishes clean with very little aftertaste and a light, grassy bitterness.

M- Medium-bodied with a good, snappy carbonation.

Just an OK hefeweizen. The flavor leaves quite a bit to be desired. It's just a little too mild. Nice and refreshing on a hot day, but aside from that, it's just so-so.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 02:47:59 | More by vtfan77
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, murky cloudy orange with a thick, white head. Banana, bubble gum, orange zest, cloves and malt in the scent.

Nice, fruity malty taste with a good dose of spice. (My curry is killing it a bit). Low hops, citrus notes.

Smooth carbonation, nice finish. A very enjoyable hefe.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 02:21:26 | More by BDTyre
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky orange with a light to medium haze. On top lies a monstrous firm and rigid foam head that was ivory in color. Carbonation was medium, spacious, and quickly paced. Smidges of lace speckle the glass in random and moderate coverage.

S: Scents of slightly tart oranges and wet bread are to be had on the nose. There is a bit of spicy citrus as well, light lemon and yeasty presence lurking about.

T: Sparkling flavor of bananas, lightly tart oranges, and perhaps a bit of apple juice. Light lemon citrus and cloves come about on the close. Yeasty, with a sharp and clean flavor off the tongue and a good presence of wheat with an ending wet quenching nature.

M: bright and lively brought about by the sparkling sharp carbonation that made things dance on the tongue. Decent amount of fullness, probably due to unfiltered nature and conditioning.

O: Overall makes for a good summer time quencher. Good flavor, and sharp carbonation makes this pop and a good way to beat the heat without being weighed down.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 22:48:05 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of sfsean28

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- cloudy straw color with big foamy head. Poured into HP Weisse glass. alot of yeaast settled to botttom of bottle. It took alot of swirls to dissolve.

S-light aroma of bannanas and cloves

T-refreshing light taste of wheat and cloves. not much of bananas as I expected

M- light carbonation. light body. very drinkable on a hot summer day.

O- nice brew refreshing light a crisp. Not the best hefe beer around but a good one.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 22:14:23 | More by sfsean28
Photo of sweemzander


3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle poured into a Hefe glass.

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden orange/yellow color. Produced a huge fluffy pure white colored head with a ridiculous retention behind it. Plenty of lacing left behind as it finally started to dissipate.

(S)- Dry and with tons of a yeasty wheat component. Slightly earthy like straw with subtle lemon and clove. Plenty of ripe banana.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. Dry with a big primary baked bread/wheat profile. Subtle bits of lemon and banana.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level. A nice balance too of wheat and fruit with a good dry yeast profile. Smooth and refreshing.

(D)- A good Hefeweiss. Primarily on the dry yeasty wheat spectrum for the style, but it still fits. Crisp and refreshing. I love this style for summer and spingtime.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 13:54:55 | More by sweemzander
Photo of corby112


2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this jawn up on a recent beer run in New Jerusalem.

Pours a very hazy, dark golden yellow color with banana yellow hues when held to a light and a frothy, pillowy three finger head that slowly fades into a lasting cap. Sporadic chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly spicy, zesty aroma with hints of bready yeast and citrus fruit. Lots of clove, pepper and coriander in the nose but it could use a bit more citrus character. Faint orange peel and tart grapefruit but dominated by clove.

Medium bodied and kind of bland with the most interesting flavor being the prominent bread/yeast notes. I prefer this flavor as a compliment to a spicy, citrusy beer but here it kind of overpowers everything. Spicy with hints of zesty pepper and clove along with subtle sweet orange peel. Kind of tart with a bone dry finish. Just an average example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 04:06:32 | More by corby112
Photo of Sachsenfreude


3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance; typical yeasty, cloudy yellow with a white head. Moderately good retention and patchy lacing.

smell; very spicy yeast and unripe bananas. Raw wheat and barley malt aromas are more wild and rustic in compariso to others of the style. Still somewhat bland.

taste; upfront, rather watery but the finish brings it all together. Very spicy malts and warm yeast, almost rye-like flavors. The slightest bit of tartness in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel; crisp, light and refreshing. Kind of watery but not terrible, The carbonation is nice but could lend more thickness and complexity.

overall; this is a decent Weissbier, not by any means amoungst the best but the price is low so enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 04:46:55 | More by Sachsenfreude
Photo of BillHilly


3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: pours with a nice 2 finger head, excellent retention for a hefe.

S: sweet, citrus, bananas

T: Nice sweet floral notes to start, has an intereting after taste and finishing note. A flavor more common in higher ABV's than here.

M: Excellent carbonation and consistent mouthfeel for the German hefe ales.

D: I can't put my finger on that after taste. Lowers the score in the taste and drinkability. A beer I am glad I tried, yet, I won't buy another.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 00:42:51 | More by BillHilly
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - very dark and cloudy golden, tall white head retained very nicely
S - sweet banana and some clove, grainy wheat malt with grassy hops and a slight metallic
T - definitely fruity with banana and peach nectar, light clove, very grainy, with a somewhat strange resiny metallic finish
M - smooth and slightly creamy, with a bready feel throughout but again the metallic is there
D - mostly easy drinking, but the metallic taste is a little unwelcome, but generally classic flavour as you'd expect from a German purity law compliant brew

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2010 03:21:13 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with two fingers of white head. Head falls halfway and holds there. Decent amount of lacing.

Strongly citric aroma with a healthy dose of esters. A little bit peppery. Smells quite nice.

Lemon-lime citrus flavour right up front (a little bit like a Sprite). Slightly under-ripe banana creeps into the middle and holds on for the long run. A slightly unusual finish, I can't put my finger on what it is but it may be some coriander.

Light bodied and fairly lively. Carbonation isn't coarse, it is relatively pleasant.

A solid hefe, not a world changer, but would make a hot afternoon much more pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 02:59:12 | More by elricorico
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

50cl bottle, with those weird label residue rings, usually indicative of a recycled container. Good for them.

This beer pours a densely cloudy dark golden colour, with a ton of foamy, creamy white head, which leaves some very nice webbed lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of sweet bready grain, banana esters, under ripened peach, spicy clove, and some mild yeast. The taste is sweet, sugary wheat malt, pithy, fleshy orchard fruit, some mild coriander and yeast spiciness, and a bit of soft black pepper. The carbonation is fairly soft, the body medium weight, puffy, and smooth. It finishes on a more even note, the sweet malt offset by a musty, earthy drying edge.

A pretty good hefe, thoroughly balanced, enough so that, uncharacteristically, I almost ran out of beer before be able to finish this assessment...

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 23:24:23 | More by biboergosum
Photo of Grunewald

British Columbia (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass. It pours cloudy orange-amber with a clumpy white head.

S - very sweet, bubble gum, ripe banana, and a little yeast

T - sweet bubblegum, ripe nectarine and peach, not very much citrus flavor and a slightly tangy finish

M - low carbonation, medium body, warms the mouth and throat and finishes wet

D - lots of sweet ripe fruit flavors. The mouthfeel lacks character and and the sweet flavors have nothing to balance them.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 03:58:12 | More by Grunewald
Photo of BranfordBound


3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown 500 mL bottle with no freshness date, into a weizen glass.

Looks like a nice hefeweizen, real thick orange cloudiness with a crowning head. Lots of yeast floating around, great carbonation, and leaves lacing every time you take a sip.

Smells of your typical hefe, banana, nice strong spice, and a sweet toffee in the back.

Very sweet in the flavor. There is a light fruit note, like apples and possible white grapes, which flow into that toffee from the nose. Some mild spices at the back end, like a small cinnamon. Yeasty at the end, not too much banana, though. At times can seem watery with just malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is slightly wet, nice carbonation refreshment.

Drinkability is pretty good, I would like some more traditional weizen notes rather than the fruits, the yeast seems a bit underpowered.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 00:59:50 | More by BranfordBound
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Confusing label as the one I have has Kloster on the front and is different from the picture above but reading the back it looks like it still brewed at Regensburg.

Pretty decent Hefe at a good price. Lots of complexity in the midbody with the obvious banana clove nose and taste. The aftertaste is smooth and full. Would buy this again for sure as it compares with Paulaner, Konig and Erdinger.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 02:36:15 | More by canucklehead
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