Ettaler Benediktiner Weizen - Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
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3.35/5 rDev -10.9%
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.
10-22-2013 01:14:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.71/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
08-25-2013 13:36:49 | More by metter98
3.45/5 rDev -8.2%
Showing a lighter and more citrusy-tart flavor profile, this sharp and complex wheated ale displays well the heritage of German brewing while delivering a very easy-to-drink beverage.
Pouring a rusty canary-yellow color, the typical haze allows for a very bready glow that's capped with a fluffy white head. Almost zesty, the beer's carbonation gives the beer a lot of life and vibrancy with great foam stance and lace. However, the head character begins to waiver midway through the session before eventually faltering before the end.
Zesty aromas of lemons, apples, under-rippened berries fuel the aromatic mix and make the beer nearly mouthwatering. But the underpinning of wheaty grains and light breads provide a background sweet note of malt and dough. Spicy with light elements of clove and white pepper begin to tickle the nose and deliver just enough spice to balance the beer. Added complexities of herbal grasses provide another layer of hop flavor and bitterness to assist the yeasty spice.
Tart flavors are the first to rise to taste and do so in the shape of lemon or lemongrass, apples, tart berries, light grain tannin, and herbal grassy elements. The culmination of grain, yeast, and hops lead to a balance of flavors at the middle palate of fruit, bread or bread dough, spicy clove and white pepper, and a hint of banana as the tartness subsides and the pillow of malt sweetness underneath begin to highlight the other fruity esters that aren't so dependent of the sharp tartness of the start.
Lighter in body than the typical Hefeweizen, the tartness and effervescence of the beer keeps the mouthfeell light and refreshing, although exposing a mild grain derived astringency that rises a bit in finish. Light vanilla creaminess accents the herbal lemon notes in the semi-dry finish with a smooth and fruity/wheaty aftertaste.
Overall, Benediktiner Weissbier is a more zesty and tart beer than is normal. But not a Berlinerweiss, this hefeweizen exhibits a bit of the tartness and lightness as some of those soured versions.
04-04-2012 17:02:12 | More by BEERchitect
4.2/5 rDev +11.7%
16.9 oz. bottle, dated "03.01.13 A26A536"
$4.00 @ The Beer Shoppe, Ardmore, PA
Benedikteiner is a slightly interesting Bavarian weissbier from Ettal, a small town to the southwest of Munich. It's fairly basic as far as hefeweizens go, but it's also slightly different in some ways. The yeast component is mild: soft banana is present, accented by a bit of vanilla, and there's a light touch of bubblegum or soft clove as well. Some fruitiness? Ah, yes, there's a touch, mainly apple and very delicate lemon. There may even be a hint of a plastic phenol underneath, but that doesn't really show up even in the burp so let's just leave it there and call it another nuance of complexity. There's an interesting component to the malt, unless that's just oxidation I'm picking up, but for some reason though, I kind of remember that maltiness being a prominent feature in their other beers. It's lightly caramelish, and bready as well as wheaty. Some peppery spiciness appears in the finish along with a bit of herbal and grassy character, and I'm not sure if the spice is coming from the yeast or the hops. Overall it's pleasant, and if you like hefeweizens you can't really fault it. Worth trying.
03-06-2013 22:49:01 | More by NeroFiddled
4.33/5 rDev +15.2%
Pours beautifully into my Weihenstephan, a brilliant clouded golden orange glow looks amazing. Big cloudy thicket of textured billowing head rises well above the rim of the glass. Intricate scattered lacing lines the sides of the tall weissbier glass. Aroma has tart apple esters in the forefront with spiced bread hints of banana from the yeast esters. Balanced sweet caramelized sugars, tart fruit again sliced apples/ripened banana comes to mind. The spicy yeast really compliments the malts and esters, mild herbal grassiness arrives as well this is world class German hefeweizen. Mouthfeel is effervescent with sturdy carbonation, not overdone never cloying even with some pretty sweet components just a really well made hefe. Overall I could drink this on any sunny day, I hope to catch more bottles this summer. I had never seen the label so I picked it up on a whim, glad that I did.
04-06-2012 13:58:00 | More by WVbeergeek
3.39/5 rDev -9.8%
a very underwhelming hefe, pouring a curious clearish copper color with a short but thick off white head. the nose lacks that banana clove complex, and stale german malts is all I really smell. not even wheat malt, but sweeter and heavier caramels. the flavor isn't bad, sort of fruity, not as yeast forward as I like my hefeweizens to be, but still the yeast is probably the most observable flavor element. the mouthfeel ruins this beer entirely. it had very little carbonation, and the curious sweeter malt choice gets heavy as a result. there is no spice or banana to fall back on, and this one sort of dies on the palate. I had much higher hopes for this, but it was sitting right next to the weihenstephaner in the cooler for the exact same price, so no worries on finding a good affordable hefe. this one just didn't cut it for me, although im sure itd be different on tap at the source. maybe the freshness monster got the best of this one...
04-09-2013 17:12:30 | More by StonedTrippin
3.89/5 rDev +3.5%
Served on-tap at Pilsener Haus in Hoboken, NJ
A: Pours a hazy golden orange in color with some moderate golden yellow highlights and heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat with moderate to strong aromas of lemon citrus and clove along with just a touch of black pepper. Maybe a hint of vanilla.
T: Upfront there are some light to moderate flavors of wheat malts with moderate amounts of lemon citrus. Strong flavors of banana and clove along with just a touch of pepper spice. Slightly sweet with almost no bitterness.
M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin for the style.
O: Deviates a little from the traditional smells and tastes of a hefeweizen but it seems to be a little more of a regional speciality - I enjoyed the additional hints of vanilla and peppery spice. Easy to drink and sessionable.
03-10-2013 23:03:43 | More by dbrauneis
3.53/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
09-22-2013 05:50:06 | More by DoubleJ
3.7/5 rDev -1.6%
Ettaler Benediktiner Weizen
Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
ABV: 5.00 %
LOOK: 500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass. Mostly clear golden orange color. Huge pillowy froth sticks to the glass and is going nowhere anytime soon.
SMELL: Dusty yeast, grainy wheat malt, woodsy hop notes.
TASTE: Authentic hefeweizen notes and all around agreeable flavor. Green banana, lemony hop, and banana bread are all in full force on the palate. Faint clove. There is a very mild but complimentary bitterness. A touch of pepper and a small hint of alcohol.
FEEL: Light bodied, moderate carbonation. A bit watery, but refreshing enough.
OVERALL: A mellow, easy drinking wheat beer. Light flavor, feel and finish. There is always room in my fridge for a beer like this. I paired it with crab mix and spicy shrimp inari rolls, and found it to be a fine combo.
05-06-2012 19:33:45 | More by Stinkypuss
3.78/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
08-26-2013 04:31:47 | More by chinchill
3.85/5 rDev +2.4%
I'm reviewing the newest incarnation of this beer, which is no longer brewed by Ettal. It is now produced by a joint venture called Benediktiner Weißbräu and actually brewed by Licher Privatbrauerei. The front label is exactly the same as this picture; both beers are actually called Benediktiner Weissbier.
Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a medium orange amber. Nice two finger white head with good retention and lacing. Mild aroma of wheat, malt and light cloves. Flavor of wheat and mild citrus with light fruit and malt flavors developing, finishes with wheat and bready malt, a touch sour. Flavors are mild, but this weissbier is refreshing and a bit unusual in the light fruit components of the flavor. Light bodied, but decent carbonation gives a good mouth feel.
03-12-2012 04:25:13 | More by LiquidAmber
3.98/5 rDev +5.9%
Poured from 500mL bottle into a weizen glass.
Appearance: rich golden hue with plenty of haze and a ton of effervescence. Head is three thick fingers of creamy ivory foam which demonstrates a good tenacity and leaves a chunky lace on the glass. Very good.
Smell: rich, sweetish malt aroma with a mild but nice hint of banana. I rather like it.
Taste: sweet malt flavor with a nice wheaty character and a lack of tartness, which I appreciate here. Smooth, with a light hint of banana that works quite well. A good beer.
Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation. This beer is not as creamy as I wanted it to be, especially given its other delights. Still, it's not horrible.
Overall: a tasty, drinkable and definitely beautiful hefeweizen. A hint more body could make this beer even more wonderful.
07-27-2012 21:08:31 | More by flagmantho
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
4.05/5 rDev +7.7%
On tap at The Bavarian Lodge - Lisle, IL
Pours a hazy, deep golden color with a tall, off-white head that holds excellent retention and leaves tons of lacing as it fades. Typical hefeweizen aromas of banana, clove, wheat, bready hefe yeast. Tastes are a nice balance of spicy clove, banana, wheat, yeast, and a touch of citrus. Full body, maybe a tad too full, but its still refreshing. Excellent German Hefeweizen as expected.
03-30-2013 01:29:36 | More by barnzy78
Ettaler Benediktiner Weizen from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
85 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.