Ettaler Benediktiner Weizen - Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
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2.89/5 rDev -23.1%
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.
10-12-2013 17:38:59 | More by BethanyB
2.93/5 rDev -22.1%
Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with a light tan head. In the aroma, a faint orange citrus and a small wheat presence. In the taste, dry yeast, wheaty, and a small orange citrus in the the end. A small bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry yeast and orange citrus in the aftertaste. Yeasty, wheaty, and orange juice, eh!
07-03-2012 16:50:36 | More by OWSLEY069
3.05/5 rDev -18.9%
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!!
03-09-2014 17:24:15 | More by GONZALOYANNA
3.09/5 rDev -17.8%
Super bargain found today, at $20 for a case of 20 500ml bottles.
Nothing particularly special about this beer, as it's a fairly average example of the style, except the really attractive appearance. Nice fluffy, four-finger head in a big Hefeweizen glass produced from a proper three-stage pour (last stage is the swirl), Pretty crisp biscuity and malty smell, with minimal esters. Taste is about the same -- not enough banana here. Indeed, flavor profile is a bit flaccid. Decent enough mouthfeel (consistent with the fully-lasting head), and average finish.
Overall, relatively pedestrian, but at the price, I like it enough. Sure wish I could return to the place of origin!
02-20-2013 04:40:25 | More by ColoradoBobs
3.18/5 rDev -15.4%
Hazed amber in line with the darker versions of the style like Schneider and Sohn. Head builds big initially but falls to a thin cap rather quickly. Things really fall apart in the flavor department. Disjointed clove, white pepper, vanilla, and cinnamon, but some oxidation too. Bready, but not to the same extent as the best examples of the style. Bit of grassy hop flavor at the finish. 6 months in the bottle is a little too old for this style, sadly it just hit shelves here. I'll give it one more go if I can ever find it really fresh.
07-25-2012 22:16:54 | More by bump8628
3.25/5 rDev -13.6%
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.
08-24-2014 00:12:36 | More by ENogueira
3.29/5 rDev -12.5%
Has a thick, foamy, off-white head that even plops a bit as it's poured and sticks around graciously. Color is a hazy light brown with orange hues.
Bold aroma with estery notes mingling with allspice and various light fruits. Fruity (orange, kiwi) and a bit tangier to the tongue than expected. Lighter in body than was expected as well. Some grass and grain exists with some yeast at the end.
Slick and refreshing but this one could use a bit more in the flavor department.
08-15-2013 23:26:50 | More by stephens101
3.29/5 rDev -12.5%
Poured a 330ml bottle into a Samuel Adams glass
A- poured a deep, cloudy orangey-gold. Big foamy white head lasts for a long time but doesn't leave lacing on the glass
S- yeast, fruity esters, orange, grain
T- much less distinct than it's smell would lead you to believe. Tastes like grain, like the samples they hand out at breweries to show you what their grain tastes like. Very little else came through. No citrus, no yeast, no spice. Just...grain.
M- nice and full, with just a hint of carbonation
O- everything about this beer is great but the taste. The taste just doesn't fit in the with the rest of the beer's profile. Maybe I just got an off bottle (although nothing tastes off about it. Just under-developed) or I've got it too cold. But nothing about the aroma came through in the taste and that's kinda weird.
05-12-2013 09:54:58 | More by delta490
3.33/5 rDev -11.4%
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.
03-12-2014 04:16:54 | More by popery
Ettaler Benediktiner Weizen from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
85 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.