Ettaler Benediktiner Weizen - Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
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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
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
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
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
4.1/5 rDev +9%
500 ml. bottle. Hazy orange color, with a massive dense head that didn't last as much as it , but s a ring forever. Smell is sweet, banana, cloves, coriander, some orange and papaya. Good mouthfeel, thick texture and good enough carbonation. Palate is too sweet for the style, but a really good one with orange being more noticeable than in it's in the nose, papaya, cloves, banana and coriander, maybe some pepper too. different, but good
06-12-2012 15:01:51 | More by janubio
3.58/5 rDev -4.8%
Pale clear amber with piles of lumpy creamy ecru head. Light banana bread nose.
Orange pecan muffin malts with a touch of toffee and more banana then a mildly spicy end.
Crackery finish and slight tingly linger. Light to medium, soft, smooth, some chew yet watery.
A darker than usual, fruit over spice, inoffensive weiss. Creamy body helps, silky and subtle, plus no sharp edges. Seems to go for drinkable over character, though.
05-31-2012 15:19:06 | More by StJamesGate
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
4.73/5 rDev +25.8%
1 pt 9 oz bottle poured into 16 oz weizen
Blood orange, yeast turbid, a tinge of amber hue at the base.
S: Clove, spice, and wheat malt
T: Banana, wheat, clove, bubblegum, and a nice refreshing finish
M: Perfect for a weissbier
Overall, buy this beer! If I ever see this on draught, I am grabbing it! This is a rare find, but remember the name.
04-29-2012 01:00:56 | More by BierStein711
4.15/5 rDev +10.4%
My Moosehead Lager glass is acting as a hefeweizen glass for this one.
I tried to fit the entire contents on the pour, but I got a massive three to four fingered fluffy head. Body of the brew is a very hazy burnt orange/amber color. Head retention is phenomenal. Massive head that's not going anywhere. When I fit the rest of the bottle in, the head towered two fingers above the rim of the glass and stuck. Incredible looking beer, man. 5.0
Spice and lemon aroma with some light, but delectable, yeast phenolics. Wheat malts and an herbal quality. 4.0
Light, zesty, fruity flavor with almost ripe banana, clove, lemon, coriander, and white pepper. Great flavor with a subdued sweetness and malt tang. Nice spicy finish. Well-crafted and tasty hefeweizen. 4.0
Light carbonation, but silken body. It was fun to take the first sip through the meringue-like head. 4.0
This was a pleasant surprise. I may have to pick up a few more of these. Recommended. 4.5
04-11-2012 02:01:45 | More by thecheapies
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
3.45/5 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
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
3.95/5 rDev +5.1%
Bottled beer (50 cl.), tasted in 2009.
Appearance : bright orange to amber color, with white foamy head (persistent).
Smell : wheat and cloves aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : lightbodied, sweet malty and fruity finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style hefeweizen.
01-08-2010 20:36:00 | More by thierrynantes
Ettaler Benediktiner Weizen from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
85 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.