Ettaler Benediktiner Weizen - Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
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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
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
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
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
3.54/5 rDev -5.9%
Pours with a big, fluffy white head and solid amber body. The aroma comes across primarily as ripe bananas and pears. Pears and peaches combine with a malt/wheat body, producing a nicely textured body and flavor. The feel is smooth and juicy, medium bodied.
Overall, this beer combines a nice wheat smoothness and subtle hefeweizen yeast fruitiness to make for a tasty wheat-styled beer. From my experience, it's not as light or banana/clove-like as some other traditional German hefeweizen brews, but it sure ain't to far off. It is enjoyable and drinkable, so don't hesitate to give this one a shot.
02-16-2013 01:27:36 | More by beergoot
4.96/5 rDev +31.9%
Benediktiner Weissbier is not a beer I've ever tried or heard about. From what I gathered on the internet it comes from the Ettal Abbey which is a Benedictiner monastery in Germany- in the Bavarian region.
A- traditional cloudy, unfiltered German wheat beer
S- yummy aroma that spikes your senses- banana, cloves and a hint of peach.
T- a perfect balance of fruity-spicy; not over the top like some weiss beers. It goes down so smooth; adding any fruit would be a travesty for this beer.
M- It's a little drier then most German weiss beers- but refreshingly so.
O- a world class beer. This Benediktiner Weiss was a nice surprise. It might be the best weiss beer I've had in a long time.
02-13-2013 18:58:29 | More by p-goose
3.65/5 rDev -2.9%
From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Best by 12.28.12 A240019
Glass: Weihenstephan weizen glass
Ettaler's hefeweizen is a solid version of the style, emphasizing the malt and yeast-produced phenolics in a fairly unique way. While I appreciated what the beer offered, I didn't find it as complex or bold as Weihenstephaner, Schneider, or Ayinger. Perhaps this has to do with age, and so this is a beer I would be happy to try again in a fresher state or at the brewery.
Pours a very tall, fluffy beige head composed of small to medium-sized bubbles, looking very frothy as a result. Retention is excellent, the head lasting several minutes and fading to a 0.5cm cap atop the beer throughout the session. Lacing is fairly minimal. Body is a caramel brown color, making this a fairly dark hefeweiss. The suspended yeast renders the body opaque, but light brings out orange-yellow hues with a brown center and some transparency. Carbonation is visible, moderate, and moderately vigorous.
Aroma has an emphasis on phenolics, including some clove, along with yeast. I note lesser amounts of wheat cereal, banana, and a bit of bubblegum.
Front of palate has a whole-wheat breakfast cereal sweetness with light yeast. Mid-palate continues sweetened wheat cereal with yeast, clove and other "spicy" phenolics, as could be expected for the style. Back of palate picks up continued malt and cereal-like sweetness with hints of banana and yeast. Mild aftertaste, primarily of lingering wheat cereal graininess.
Beer is medium-bodied with low levels of carbonation, resulting in an overall mouthfeel that is smooth and slightly creamy, very enjoyable for this style of beer. Closes semi-dry, with little to no residual stickiness across the palate.
01-05-2013 03:56:42 | More by falloutsnow
3.68/5 rDev -2.1%
Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a dense 2 inch foamy eggshell head that lingers indefinitely.
Apricot, coriander, clove, wheat, tangerine, and peppery comprise the aroma.
Tangerine, lime, and apricot begin the flavor profile, with wheat, yeast, and clove hitting mid palate. The finish is fairly sweet, accompanied by coriander and subtle banana esters. Lightly toasted malt becomes more pronounced.
Body is moderate, with carbonation on the high side. Alcohol warmth is present, but not offensive.
Overall, a nice hefeweizen. Nothing outstanding, but good flavor and aroma profiles. The balance is a little too sweet though.
12-17-2012 06:34:46 | More by barczar
4.08/5 rDev +8.5%
Appearance: Hazy butterscotch color with medium high perceived effervescence and pillowy white head.
Smell: Medium to medium high in intensity. Clove dominates with strong grainy notes.
Taste: Medium high in intensity. Fruity, bubblegum, clove, grain, caramel and even some berries. Very pleasant.
Palate: Medium high carbonation, chewy and medium full bodied.
Overall: This is an extremely well made Hefe. It has oomph and depth, and has no glaring flaws. Guidelines compliant and much to my taste. Wasn't expecting such a good Hefe from a virtually unknown brewery (to me at least.)
11-27-2012 21:59:56 | More by endovelico
3.68/5 rDev -2.1%
Pours a golden yellow color, hazy with big plume of white soapy froth, good retention. Scent brings yeast to the front - bready and spicy with hints of fruit, moderate notes of tangy wheat, some citrus rind. Taste is strong with spicy yeast, firm fruits from citrus rind, green apple and light banana, some lingering sweetness. Medium bodied, bubbly. Nice hefe, just enough to differentiate from a crowded pack.
10-08-2012 19:03:01 | More by rfgetz
3.75/5 rDev -0.3%
We pour a rich tawny brew. It holds a two and half finger beast of a tannish head. This shows great retention, leaving a solid sheet of lacing around the entire glass. There is a very thick haze, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears moderate. The aroma is fresh with bright clove, clean vanilla bean, orange peel, lemon flesh, and coriander. This all sits on a bed of monstrous wheat, which is equally as fresh as all that spicy base. The malts pale up a bit with warmth, actually taking a bit of warmth out of the nose itself. The spice of booze creeps up along the back, adding an edginess. Our first impression is that the wheat is bright and there is nice spice throughout. As we sip, the flavoring opens with wet, salty, and sweet wheat. While the flavoring is there, it is soft to the buds. Clove and bitter phenols appears soon thereafter, persisting to the peak, where the initial sweetness is replaced by sourness, enhancing the wheat. Synthetic vanilla and candy sweetness hit the finish, actually helping to cut the sourness and relative bitterness of the malts, and the grassy quality here. The aftertaste breathes of grain, wheat, the faintest lemon, sweet vanilla, dried clove, and a souring booze. The body is lighter to medium, and the carbonation is lighter. Each sip has nice froth and cream, and the mouth is dried, despite the savory qualities to the grain and the citrus. There is a light coating around the mouth, and a slick dryness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks nicely.
Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the beautiful look and head, and the evenness in flavoring, making for nice drinkability. The nose was nice and inviting, but the taste lacked the robustness of other world class hefes. This is a nice beer and a good find, and something certainly worth a try.
08-08-2012 03:10:25 | More by TheBrewo
Ettaler Benediktiner Weizen from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
85 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.