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Ettaler Benediktiner Weizen - Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

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Reviews: 52
Hads: 227
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 29.84%
Wants: 7
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: thierrynantes on 01-08-2010

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So good-but-unexceptional across the board. The pour, nose, and taste profile are classic German weissebier. Cloudy straw-orange pour. Light dough and cloves on the nose. Light esters and light creamy malt flavor. It does all these well, but none great. This is a beer I wouldn't hesitate to pull off the shelf if one of my preferred hefes isn't available. However, it isn't special enough to seek out.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The color is hazy dark orange and has a creamy, light beige head. Aroma of banana, yeast, cloves, dry hay and lemon peel. The flavor is sweet along with more banana, yeast and wheat. Medium body, light and soft mouth feel, and a light bitterness. Nice but a fairly light hefeweizen.

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Photo of FLima
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber orange color with a thick off-white head with good retention, though smaller than average for style.
Light tart and yeasty aroma with notes of oranges, cloves and bananas.
Flavor with notes of spices (cinnamon, cloves, white pepper), banana, biscuit malt, orange-lemon tartness and bubblegum. Mildly dry aftertaste.
Light bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Decent Weizen. Yeast spices did help not to make the banana esters too cloying.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So the bottleshop, aka Plonk, was out of Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen - I wouldn’t have a bar of The Höff (i.e. Schöfferhofer), Franziskaner or King Ludwig, I wanted the Big W. Then co-owner Liz mentioned Benediktiner being comparable to Big W, I hadn’t tried it yet... and here we are herren und damen: My review of Benediktiner Weissbier. Needless to say it has an uphill battle to be considered comparable to Weihenstephan’s greatest, but let’s give it a shot hey?

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Weizen glass.

A: Das ist nicht naturtrüb!* [said in my angriest German accent - you don’t want to hear how angry it is - it makes Adolf sound like a kitten] A barely hazed amber/orange body with a dense cream-coloured 3cm head which soon settles to half a centimetre. Weihenstephaner wins round one. 6/10.

S: Ripe banana, slightly sour/bready yeast and a hint of clove Phenol in the finish - A Weizen class act all the way... I think this is a tie - Big W got a slam dunk 10/10 for aroma too. 10/10.

T: All the elements are there: Ripe banana, bread yeast, hint of clove and pepper, with a slight (and entirely acceptable given the style) buttery Diacetyl. Finish is reasonably drier than other Weizens. The only thing this is lacking over the mighty Weihenstephan is a touch of flavour intensity - this one is, by comparison to Big W, a more muted profile. It’s still pretty tasty though! 8/10.

M: Mouthfeel feels a bit thin compared to other Weizens though with a mid to light body but creamy dense carbonation - it could be better here. 7/10.

D: Not bad at all, it’s no Weihenstephaner (which I can recall by rote now after all the cases I’ve had of it) but it is a half-decent Weizen to knock back when the bottleshop is out of Big W. One particular complaint I had was how boring it became as I got towards the end of the glass. I mean it’s not offensively bland but it certainly, as I mentioned above, use a bit more of a flavour kick... so the mighty Groß W still stands as my Hefeweizen König. 7/10.

Food match: I’m going to play it safe and say: Weißwurst mit senf und laugenbrot.

*Naturtrüb is the German term for cloudy yeast in the glass.

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Photo of stcules
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Light orange color, hazy. An abundant, average foam.
Bread-crust, wheat, light cloves at the nose.
Similar taste, easily drinkable, and thirst -quenching.
Maybe a bit too light and delicate.

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Photo of drmeto
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-pours a cloudy golden with a medium white head
-high carbonation visible
-slight citrus,wheat,banana & clove
-Follows the nose
-high carbonation,medium body
A Bang-on Hefeweizen

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.78/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this example of a weissbier, one of my favorites. It´s really good. Pours golden, hazy beer with a very nice white foam head of excellent retention. Aroma and flavor are right for the style, banana, clove, wheat, yeast. Great example of the weissbier.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours heavy amber with a small head.
Aroma of doughy wheat, banana and a little bubblegum.
Similar flavours but no bubblegum and with the addition of a faint lemon-like note.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyable. Hazy, dark orange-yellow color with a nice white head. Definitely get banana in the mouth and nose. Average carbonation for a wheat beer.

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Photo of henkmudi
4.13/5  rDev +11%

Hazy dark yellow, orange with huge white frothy head cinnamon and apple smell. Taste is citrus, vanilla and spicy herbs. Dry wheaty bitter finish. Average carbonation, medium body and creamy texture. Goes well with fish and chips, nuts, pretzels and chocolate cake.

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Photo of titvs
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Review according to BJCP2008 guidelines (style 15A). Bottle 50 cl - batch A090119. AROMA: wheat aroma with a somewhat sweet mixed aroma. very low esters or phenols. No hop aromas. APPEARANCE: dark golden color with orange tint. no haze with long lasting white head. TASTE: low wheat flavour. some residual sweet flavor present maybe due to malt. no phenols or esters. no hop flavour. finishes somewhat sweet. PALATE: medium body with medium to high carbonation. OVERALL: an odd weissbier with sweet after-taste.

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Photo of ENogueira
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

500ml bottle poured in a chalice glass. Did not notice at purchase bottle dated 3/13/14, so it may not be the freshest. Decent head of foam that dissipates in a few minutes. Gold color, bordering on bronze. Smells floral. Taste is a rush of spices with malt and wheat. Mild carbonation, not too overpowering. The aftertaste is not great. Overall, a good beer. More on the bland side than complex.

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Photo of silverking
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- muddy amber. Some carbonation can be seen rapidly rising amidst the yeasty haze. Fluffy light tan head. Great retention, beautiful lacing.

S- yeast, and lots of it. It also has aromas of lemon and banana.

T- bready, yeasty, some vague fruitiness. Citrus, and caramel.

M- light, velvety carbonation. Creamy finish.

O- good, but it lacks depth.

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Photo of popery
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy orange-ish amber with an off-white head of solid foam. It's probably a touch darker than the average color of hefes that I've tried but in line with the style. Good puffy head. Lots of foam. The aroma is banana wheat sweetness with a nice dash of light lemony sourness. Clove is light but present. Lots of wheaty, sugary flavor. The taste is rather mild, definitely could use a kick. Light sweetness with some wheat spice. Gets a bit watery with a wishy-washy finish. Not as bright as I expected from the aroma. Sort of an off aftertaste. Could be a stale bottle but it got to a local store pretty recently. Feel is smooth with a touch of prickly carbonation, though carb seems a bit low. This beer is mild and a bit lacking. It's easy enough to drink, but it doesn't merit a very high spot in my personal hefe rankings.

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3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. Weizen glass. Amber color. foggy appearance. White, close & lasting crown leaves some s`pots on sides. Subtle candy & yeasty aromas. Crispy, floral & bitter at first rounded by banana hues. Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Dense texture & spicy palate. Estery & malty flavors in the middle but bitter finish. Fruity memories on the aftertaste. Bready & refreshing!!

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Photo of Jsteez
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass at a German pub in Northeast China.

Appearance was orange-ish, tan, and murky. Creamy 2 finger white head that thinned out to a cream top; some sticky lace on the glass.

Smell was sweet; light; spice; some elements of banana and clove; perhaps some breadfruit. some wheat and yeast were there, too.

Taste was caramel malt, light wheat, and toffee; perhaps some lemon zest, light fruit, and biscuits. Christmas spice, yeast, clove, and fluffy banana bread underneath the spice. The backend was balanced by some dry, yet sweet undertones. The overall balance between dry, sweet, and wet make it a great warm weather beverage, IMO. Great tasting brew.

Mouthfeel was somewhat thin; refreshing and lighter bodied. I could definitely drink a couple of these, no problem. A nice creamy mouthfeel, too. Quite nice.

Overall this is one of the better weissbiers out there. I would love to drink this in the warmer spring months. It just reminds me of a warm weather beer, not a deep winter beer. Drinking this reminded me of a time when green leaves were growing back on the trees, birds were chirping again, spring flowers were in full bloom, and the sun began to intensify. Wow, I need summer again. Drink this beer.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best looking Weissbiers I've seen. The head was so thick and creamy, almost like the meringue on pie. Gorgeous color, nice and hazy, and plenty of bready aromas coming off the nose. Palate offers plenty of wheaty/bready flavors with nice tang from the yeast, minimal hop influence, and excellent drinkability. Carbonation felt a little low for the style, however. Very impressed with this new beer to my market.

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Photo of Boto
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: This one pours a slightly hazy coppery color. There was a small off-white head on it and not much lacing. It has an interesting aroma. Wheat, caramel, some spices. Possible banana hidden in there. The taste is very good. Wheat, some caramel malts, light spice. Neutral to slightly sweet.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Best before 3/14/14.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, yeast, spice, and slight banana aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain and banana flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but not done all that well for the style.

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Photo of brewolero
3.51/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle on a hot night at a beer fest. Hard to grab much of an aroma, but it the mouthfeel was full-bodied with a spicy taste dominated by cloves--very little of the expected banana presence, but it did not take away from the overall experience and still quite refreshing. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured two fingers of thick, foamy head on a hazy, dark straw colored body.
The aroma is mostly caramel. It's nice, if one-sided.
The taste is sweet caramel, dry grain and lemon bitter at the end.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.

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Photo of BethanyB
2.9/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: A beautiful beer. Hazy bright orange, with a massive, creamy, tightly beaded eggshell-colored head that is long lasting and leaves soft lacing.

Smell: Incredibly faint smell for the style, let alone any style, as a matter of fact. Banana and cloves are detected, but only if you shove your nose deep into the glass.

Taste: Grainy, slightly astringent malt. Fruity esters are present, but somewhat stale. No spices. Doesn't taste like a Hefeweizen at all. More like a Munich Helles.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium-high carbonation. A bit thick for the style.

Overall: Wouldn't classify this as a Hefeweizen, that's for sure. And in any category, it wouldn't tip my list. It doesn't stink, but it's not good. Tastes like an over-sparged and under-lagered homebrew that's been sitting bottled in the basement for too long.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ahhhh, a real German beer, unlike Beck's Sapphire. There's a monk of the label, though it's a different one seen on the more famous Franziskaner. 500 ml, go! On to the beer:

Not sure if helles or dunkel. Ok, it's looking more helles. Toasted orange colored with a cloudy body and topped with a thick fluffy head which retains on top for a long time. The aroma features some of the banana and cinnamon per style, though it is also heavy with dry bread crust and some apples which are losing their freshness.

For a weizen, the yeast aspect is soft. Make no mistake, it's present. The yeast brings a phenolic note along with banana puree, vague baking spices, and a sweet bread flavor. Mixed fruit note in the aftertaste. The carbonation is mild, yet has life with a snap which gently rubs the palate.

Yes sir, I like it.

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Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Benediktiner Weissbier from a bottle.
Slightly hazy Orange Amber with a fine, durable of white head
Yeast, banana and malt in the nose.
Unusual yeasty flavor with a mild note of banana and fainty spicy. Sweet.
Medium+body with medium but soft carbonation. Near creamy smooth.

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Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark pale yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured into a weizen glass with a finger and a half high white head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a quarter finger high head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of cloves are present in the nose along with some hints of banana-like yeast and wheat.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that the flavors of cloves are a little more subdued and there are also some faint hints of grainy malts.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't as refreshing as some of the other hefeweizens I've had, but it might make for a nice selection for someone who wants something light but isn't dominated by banana flavors from the yeast.

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Ettaler Benediktiner Weizen from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
84 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.