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Weltenburger Hefe-Weissbier Hell - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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 Hophead101
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had on 3.28.09 at bryan's beer tasting

hazy brownish yellow, decent head, great lacing. lots of tiny bubbles scurrying to the top of the glass. smell seems to have an oddly fruity resin, like a grape/wine smell. it was a weird tannen, different but I liked it.

taste was very up front fruity. bready. the fruit wasn't overbearing but ok. creamy on the palate with a little carbonation, buttery as well.

ok beer.

Hophead101, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typical mid sized German bottle, no freshness info(more typical German stuff) Rolled on its side to release the yeast, this one pours cloudy, dull medium apricot. The head is near white, puffy and long lasting. Then a thicker film and plenty of stickage on the glass. Fruity on the nose, with notes of bananas and oranges. Flavorful Hefe, typical notes of bananas, some light coriander, orange, yeast. Perhaps a tad thin on the tongue, and lacks the complexity and intrigue of the heavy hitters of the style. Still worth a try. I believe I found this one at Trader Joe's on Atlantic Ave in Bklyn, NY or it could have been @ American Bev. just a few blocks away. It was the night of a cask fest and things got a bit blurry..

Billolick, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of Rayek
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Super cloudy deep straw. A big eggshell head starts strong and sticks around. Leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Lots of lemon and clove, plus a bit of banana.

T: Tart and dry. Starts with a dry biscuit flavor. Bitterness is there with a mild lemon and clove bite. Banana resides in the background. Finishes with a lingering clove flavor.

M: The body feels grainy, with a high level of biting carbonation.

D: A nice Hefe overall. I'm glad I picked it up.

Rayek, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of argock
3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 17oz brown bottle into a clear weizen glass. No decipherable bottling date. Single purchased at Wine Ware house (Charlottesville, VA) for $3.39.

A: Mildly hazy bright golden with 2-3 fingers of nearly white foamy head that wears quickly and leaves a minmal lace.

S: Aroma is very soft on this beer and does not fit the style very well. THere are very subtle banana and pear flavors with a fair amount of lemon-tinged graininess.

T: The flavor is very grainy and citrusy with little of the usual banana and clove flavors. This is not an estery beer at all and seems more like a pale wheat ale unfortunately. Mineral and dry hoppy flavors dominate when wheaty tang and furity esters should win out.

M: Light-to-medium in body with low carbonation and grainy, mineral aftertaste not typical for the style.

D: An average to below-average brew with none of the estery goodness one expects with a hefe. Very disappointing.

argock, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of Stonepot
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very wheaty, poured a very nice color and had a crisp clean smell. Had some nice sausages with this I got at a German Village. I was also with fellow beer lovers tasting many different types of brews. Atmosphere is important. I would try this again someday.

Stonepot, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of Amalak
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had out of a 25 oz. bottle.
A- Color was yellow with a tint of brown to it. Slightly opaque. Great head and left a good lace.
S- Strong wheat, hefe scent.
T- Well balanced wheat taste to it. Smooth, not too bubbly.

Definitely a high quality beer that's worth a try.

Amalak, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of Naugled
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into wheat glass

a: hazy straw color, high carbonation, good tall head, but doesn't last long.

s: pleasant smell not overpowered with the typical hefe notes, but the banana, clove and lemony note come through in a nice balance way.

t: up front are the tangy citrusy flavors with the banana and clove shortly behind. very nice flavor, I really like this hefe compared to the standards.

m: light mouthfeel, medium thin body with good crisp carbonation

d: very drinkable, my new favorite for the summer.

Naugled, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of Lexluthor33
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color with a decent sized head and respectable lace.

The aroma of citrus,bananas,mild clove hint and spices.
The taste of bananas,spices and strong on the citrus. Some clove and honey notes.
The feel was light,crisp,medium carbonation and a mild bitterness with only a light bitterness in the finish.

Notes: This was an o.k. hefe. Nothing to write home about yet a decent beer. I did not hate it,but I will not go crazy to find it.

Lexluthor33, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into the Sam Adams glass.

A - Pours a nice bright but hazy straw color with a white head that was 2 fingers tall and was retained for a while.

S - Sweet smell of mild cloves and some nice wheat as well. Mild phenolic tones as well in the nose. Banana is very present.

T - Refreshing wehat taste with some mild hints of clove and banana. There is a dry and tart finish that is quick and doesnt las't long after the beer is downed. There is a very tart/citrusy taste that I cant quite put my finger on. Not my favorite Hefeweizen but still good.

M - Light bodied and refreshing. Good amount of CO2.

D - Extremely refreshing and easy to drink.

JoEBoBpr, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of Gmann
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice cloudy golden color with a thick dense pure white head that left chunky lacing as it dissipated. The aroma is of banana, some clove and pepper, a bit of a lemon twang. The taste is a tad tart with lemon and green followed by some banana; not strong banana flavor but enough to smooth out the flavor. Not much spice or clove in this hefe. A little too much like an American wheat to me. A moderate feel, with tingly carbonation, finishes sweet and tart. A very nice looking hefe which fails to deliver on the taste. Again, reminds me more of an American wheat.

Gmann, May 09, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

Appears a hazy golden orange color with a one and a half inch white head. It retains well as a cap and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

Aroma is very heavy on the bananas and there's also a strange honeycomb, slightly buttery aroma that I picked up in the taste of their Barock-Hell. Lacking in the clove department, which I at least like some of.

Taste is basically exactly as the aroma suggested. Lots of banana again with the same honeycomb like sweetness to it. The only difference is that some clove character does manage to come through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, but it has a good creamy carbonation that produces a crispness combined with the clove character.

A very average weizen overall. Nothing glaringly good, but nothing glaringly bad either. This one's a bit sweeter than many weizens, so if that is your thing, then this might be a good choice. I can't say that I will ever buy it again really, but it was worth a shot considering that German stuff is kind of hard to come by.

roadhouse, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy orange with decent carbonation and a two-finger head that died slowly and left little lace patches (wouldn't expect anything less from a hefe). A strong smell of spices (clove, pepper) and citric notes (lemon, banana, little bit of orange), but the spices outweigh the fruit and it is a tad pungent. A smooth, light-bodied hefe with a broad mix of lemon-zest fruit flavor and spices and has a nice, peppery, hop bitterness for a kick. All in all a basic hefe that is alright.

clayrock81, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of mjw06
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

beautiful unfiltered red-orange color with a two finger size head that quickly falls to a small head and leaves a descent lacing.

slightly stuffy when i reviewed this, but all i got was wheat.

wheat with a slight steely tone and a slight ginger and mint taste with just a hint of sweet citrus.

nice medium body, with full sharp carbonation that is moderately comfortable

a good drinkable brew.

mjw06, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed honey color with 3 fingers of pearl white head. Good head retention & lacing

S:Some banana, a bit of honey, pears & grainyness up front

T: Grainyness, juicy fruit gum & cloves up front. Pears, cloves & green bananas as this warms. Finishes with cloves, a touch of lemon & grainyness

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, good hefe, not a great one

russpowell, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from World of Beer, Clearwater, FL.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a large frothy white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate citrus, wheat and yeasty aroma. Light to medium body with a sticky texture and lively carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

This drinkable soft beer met my expectations.

tmoneyba, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of kosmoraios
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a complex cloudy amber with a huge, foamy meringue white head that lasts and leaves excellent lacing.

Huge hefe aroma with banana, hot sourdough bread, clove, and sweet apple in the nose. Very inviting.

I taste the distinct banana and the poof of bubblegum that an earlier reviewer noted. Apple, the clove/cardamom spice flavor, some cashew-nutty yeast flavor. But what I like most of all is the sourdough bread "tang" that becomes more noticeable as the ale warms.

Nice, creamy-chewy mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation and a peppery-spicy finish on the tongue.

kosmoraios, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of stcules
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange, beautiful white, creamy head. Good weizen appearance.
Fresh smell, with a good yeast, light banana, and a hint of green apple.
Very fresh in the taste, too, with the same flavour of yeast, banana and green apple. A hint of tartness in the end.
Light body.
Then again yeast and green apple in the aftertaste, some banana.
Very few cloves here.
Fresh and drinkable, clean.

stcules, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of tangentrider
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy golden beer with a huge fluffy white head. Beautiful lacing.

S- Clove, banana, with a bit of bubblegum.

T- Slightly sweet, with a bit of sour underneath; apple, clove, banana.

MF- Smooth, with a good carbonation bite that might be too much for some, but I like it.

D- I'll definitely have this one again.

tangentrider, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of GClarkage
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

10/03/08- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with some kind of freshness code on the back label by the upc. Poured into my Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

Appearance- Clouded golden colored pour, Incredibly huge foamy head...took about 10 minutes to pour the entire beer in the glass. Leaves slight pacthes and a bit of spotting.

Smell- Has the basic pricliples of a hefe. Some clove, some bubble gum and some banana, full the nose is not strong. Pretty weak in fact.

Taste- At first taste, flavor is spot on. A hit of banana and bubble gum, followed by a quick burst of clove, then...poof! Gone, just like a piece of fruit stripe gum. Flavor lasts for about 2 seconds after the swallow.

Mouthfeel- I like low carbonation, but not in this case. For all the foam I expected some bubbles. Very light and slightly crisp carbonation and no aftertatse.

Drinkability- If the flavor lasted a bit longer I would be much happier. Even as is, it's a decent hefe, but no more than that.

GClarkage, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml picked up today at Tres Bonne Cuisine for about $4... poured into my smaller weizen glass.

3 finger rocky head.. brew is expected hazy gold/lite orange.

Aroma is soft bready grains and some clove and banana... not much else...

Flavor is much better than the aroma.. nice punch of banana with lesser cloves... a little sour note mid-late palate all tied together by smooth slightly sweet bready malts.

Creamy medium lite body with prickly carbonation.


JohnGalt1, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy,brilliant gold with a big fat pillowy head of white fluff some small patchy lace slides away to almost nothing,overall a very inviting appearence. The nose is slghtly sweet full of banana and pineapple,a good amount of yeasty aromas. Nice and fresh tasting,with pale malts and some subtle banana and yeasty sourness that I can appreciate. Slightly grainy and earthy,nice bitter hoppy tail. The body is a light to medium,with light carbonation and a lasting dryness on the tounge. This is a delicious Hefe that should be appreciated.

orangemoustache, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of Nowhereman529
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty decent looking hefe. It pours a hazy, darkish yellow with quite a bit of fluffy head to it that dissipates pretty slowly.

Smell is what a hefe should smell like: bananas, cloves, a little wheaty-maltiness.

Taste is a little bit of a disappointment. It still has that banana and clove going on with a little wheat, but it seems fairly simple. It's not a very memorable flavor, just sort of blends in with all the other hefes out there.

Mouthfeel is pretty lacking as well. It's a little thin and carbonation is pretty light despite all the initial head.

Overall a fairly average example of the style. I would drink it again, but probably not seek it out.

Nowhereman529, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of ibashmuck
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a huge foamy head on a cloudy light yellow body. Smelled of a typical wheat, with just a hint of banana, and clove. Sadly, there was skunky, spoiled smell that really came through. Maybe an older bottle? Hope so. Taste was nice, again banana and cloves, but no sign of that spoilage. Smooth despite a pretty high carbonation. Even with that skunkiness, it's still a good beer. Probably try another.

ibashmuck, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of csbosox
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Large format bottle. Color is straw with a light white head. Steady carbonation. Aroma is light and filled with faint bubblegum, lightly spicy cloves and allspice? as well as light fruit , cereal, and lemon. Mouthfeel is chewy and full. Taste is malty & wheaty with some tart lemon, vanilla, and pear. The malt comes through, but the yeast is pretty quiet in this beer. It seems a little too sweet to be a session, but it is pretty tasty. Would love to have fresh. 6/4/6/3/14.

csbosox, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of Deuane
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Hazy yellow-orange with a thick, fluffy white head that reduced and left some lacing. A very lovely beer to look at...the color and head offset each other nicely.

S-Bready malt with light banana and a little sweetness. Nothing overwhelming like some hefe's.

T-A bit subduded. Rather light on the clove/banana taste. Mostly dominated by the biscuity malt. A small amount of hop bitterness and a citrus twang in the end.

M-Light body, very refreshing on the palate...nothing crazy. Would be great on a hot summer's day.

D-Tasty and refreshing, I would love this in the summer. Remember this is a Hefe-Weizen Hell, the word hell in German means light/clear....so this is a "light" hefe version....so one cannot expect a traditional "full" hefe taste profile. Taken for what it is this is a very nice and refreshing brew.

Deuane, Apr 09, 2008
Weltenburger Hefe-Weissbier Hell from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
83 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.