Ettaler Benediktiner Weizen - Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

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very good

211 Ratings
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Ratings: 211
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 8
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: thierrynantes on 01-08-2010

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Photo of thecheapies
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Ettaler Benediktiner Weizen from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
85 out of 100 based on 211 ratings.