Weltenburger Hefe-Weissbier Hell - Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.27%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | 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 sunrisesolara
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

.5L emptied into a Weizen.

A: Pours a cloudy orange with yellowish highlights. Fluffy 3-finger bone white head which receeds to a thick ring. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Sweet, nutty malt, bananas, coriander, cloves.

M: Creamy with nice fizz.

T: Sweet malt, some grain, a tinge of honey. Citrusy wheat. Subtle hops at the end. Slightly astringent aftertaste which lingers.

D: Really nice, worth trying. I enjoyed this one on a nice spring afternoon, which is almost perfect in my book.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Weltenburger Hefe-Weisbier Hell... 5.4% alcohol.
Pouring in to pilsner glass.

A- Pours a nice hazy light yellow-orange fluid that produces a huge one and a half inch head that falls to a yeasty froth on the top of the beer. Decent layers of lacing left behind.

S- Smell is mostly malted wheat with small hints of zesty lemon and grassy hops.

T-M- Taste is refreshing with light flavors of lemony yeast, barley and citrusy hop in the finish. Slightly bland but enough to hit the style. Mouthfeel is a bit watery with little to let you know its 5.4% in alcohol. Carbonation is near non existant on the tongue and rolls over the bud no problem.

D- Simple and drinkable. I could drink the "Hell" out of this on a hot summer day with no problem. Smooth wheat beer that goes a long way in the department of drinkablity.

Photo of czfreeman
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewed from the oldest Kloster in the world, so they've had a bit of time to practice the recipe!
Poured into my Andechs Hefe glass, Weltenburg's offering is a murky orange-tangerine apricot tone. Light streams of bubbles stream upward into a fantastic head. Thick, rocky, and whipped cream-thick, this is a picturesque Hefeweizen. Only after several minutes does the thick cap begin to dissipate.
Creamy sour-notes, akin to fresh buttermilk, fresh hay, orange, tangering, lemon, sour apples, sour lactic notes again. Tart, biting, and peppery on the finish. Banana comes into play, but the focus here is more on sour-citrus-grain notes. A big differnece from the sometimes overly-sweet banana-sugar dominated Hefe's I've recently experienced. Really nice aromatics.
Flavor spicy, sour, and smooth all at once. The flavor begins with tart apple, orange, banana, moves into a medium bodied grain creamy bod, accented by a relatively high an=mount of carbonation, finishing with a bite of lemon with a dusting of fresh cracked black pepper. The carbonation keeps the spice lingering on the palate, hence another sip is quickly in order.
Mouthfeel is lighter, and more aggressively spiced than most Hefe's I've had. Normally this would play slightly against the beer's favor, but after sweet Hefe after sweet Hefe, this is a welcome, delicious and refreshing break. This beer is solidly built, and well worth the purchase. I will pick this one up again.

Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a 0.5 L wheat beer glass. Beer is yellow and really hazy. Big thick white head with a lot of lacing and agressive carbonation. Bubbles are small are stream up the sides of the glass.

Smell is good, lots of fruity esters and some nice sweetness.

Drinkability high, this is an amazing session beer. I wish I had this on draft in my home. Mouthfeel, beer is heavily carbonated in the mouth and low in body. The carbonation carries the flavors of the beer, sweet fruit and wheaty, throughout the palate. The dominate flavors are the wheat at the back and the sweet in the front. Overall a great beer. There is a mild aftertaste that grows as you drink. Its not unpleasant just distracting.

Photo of lilbuddha
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I camera phoned this beer to add a pic, but I'll be damned if the picture approval process is very very strict ( 150x300 exactly, ugh ! )

Anyways, to the review. I poured this into a tall suitable glass ( baltimore raven's emblem emblazoned on the side if you must know )

A - huge head, trims down quickly, but healthy amount remains. Deep golden/brown hazy.

S - not strong, I'm smelling honey, butter

T - Semi sweet, buttery going down which lingers, the flavors that should be background are too pronounced

M - buttery heavy taste is accompanied by an almost slimy feeling. Carbonation feels good at front of mouth.

D - If you don't mind the aftertaste this beer is easy to drink and finish. Despite the mouthfeel my stomach wasn't bothered much by it ( I have a sensitive stomach ). A short session beer I guess. I will not buy this again, it was neat to try but its average at best.

Photo of Hophead101
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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..

Photo of Rayek
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of argock
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of Stonepot
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of Amalak
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of Naugled
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of roadhouse
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of mjw06
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
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

Photo of tmoneyba
3.33/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of kosmoraios
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of stcules
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of tangentrider
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
3.7/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.


Weltenburger Hefe-Weissbier Hell from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
84 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.