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Ettaler Benediktiner Weizen - Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

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BA SCORE
85
very good

158 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 4
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: thierrynantes on 01-08-2010)
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Photo of falloutsnow
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

falloutsnow, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of ShiaLeBoof
4.5/5  rDev +20%

ShiaLeBoof, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of ortie
3.75/5  rDev 0%

ortie, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of barczar
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

barczar, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of fitius5150
3.75/5  rDev 0%

fitius5150, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of Americanzero
3/5  rDev -20%

Americanzero, Dec 04, 2012
Photo of endovelico
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.)

endovelico, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of Kahlerbock
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Kahlerbock, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of jandadeboer
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%

jandadeboer, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of mdavidson
5/5  rDev +33.3%

mdavidson, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of Iztok
3/5  rDev -20%

Iztok, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of rfgetz
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

rfgetz, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of RobTown
4/5  rDev +6.7%

RobTown, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of TheBrewo
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

TheBrewo, Aug 08, 2012
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -20%

ejimhof, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

flagmantho, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of bump8628
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

bump8628, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of Faune
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Faune, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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!

OWSLEY069, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of janubio
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

janubio, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of StJamesGate
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

StJamesGate, May 31, 2012
Photo of tellish33
3.75/5  rDev 0%

tellish33, May 16, 2012
Photo of 4Socialanxiety
3.75/5  rDev 0%

4Socialanxiety, May 15, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ettaler Benediktiner Weizen
Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
Style: Hefeweizen
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.

Stinkypuss, May 06, 2012
Photo of educorgan
4/5  rDev +6.7%

educorgan, May 01, 2012
Ettaler Benediktiner Weizen from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
85 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.