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Kloster Weizen - Capital Brewery

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84
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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Brent
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dead-on version of the German style. Poured a lightly hazy golden. Aroma of cloves smacks you right between the eyes. Almost over the top with yeasty clove flavors atop a fluffy wheat malt. I usually think of a hefe as a summer drink, but the agressive yeast spice flavors were on-par with any spiced winter ale. A very nice beer and can hold its own with the imports.

Photo of ZAP
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, tannish yellow color....excellent banana and clove trademark Hefe Nose...wonderfull....more cloves than banana's on the taste...nice spiciness...a spritz of lemon on the finish...I like a firm, medium bodied Hefe and this is slightly heavier than medium which some might find troublesome...I like it...this is thirst quenching and tasty...an exelent summer beer..Overall a very good hefe that falls just short of excellent in my book because the taste characteristics, while good, lack outstanding qualities..

Photo of Winter
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at BW3s on Water Street. Served a cloudy golden yellow with a creamy white cap, that disappeared to nothing after a few minutes. Aroma has hints of clove, banana and wheat. Medium-bodied mouthfeel is smooth with a touch of crispness along the edges (of the tongue). Classic banana and clove flavoring. Touch of spiciness and some lemony citrus. I really dig the sweet vanilla characteristics of this weiss. Finishes clean and refreshing. Very drinkable and an excellent example of the style.

Photo of tavernjef
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a light yellowy-orange, sorta hazy with a super white head of light froth that faded to fast, leaves some good patchy lace. Smell is lightly lemony, good amount of banana sharp and quick, yeast and wheat bouncing around off the nose with nice clove. Taste is sweetly lemon and balanced in well of malt, a bit zesty but smooth and easy, quite nice, good impactful character. Feel is light and zesty clean, rough textured and slightly pulpy within the whole gulp. Good refreshing beer, zesty and smooth.

Photo of garymuchow
4.27/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Starts off with a big foamy, fizzy head. Very pleasant aroma of phenols, like cloves, and fruitiness, with slight hints of wheat. Slightly dark gold and filtered. Overall nice taste, not quite as strong as I expected, but the qualities that make a nice wheat beer of taste and refreshment. The taste of wheat is actually quite light. No bitterness, but a little bit of dryness. Carbonation is high and lends fullness to the feel without being heavy. I enjoyed this beer.

Photo of beernut7
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This hazy deep copper colored wheat brew pours with a foamy white head and, interestingly, the aroma of fresh buttered corn. The buttery character comes through quite pronounced in the flavor along with a distinctive German weis yeast flavor. The finish is crisp and clean. This is a very drinkable and flavorful representation that I really enjoyed.

Photo of Rennpferd
4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a clean Weizen glass.

It poured a hazy golden color with a high level of activity. The head was initially a little more than 1/2 inch tall but shrank down to about a 1/4 of an inch and held. I could hear the popping of the carbination!

A rich smell of clove and green banana. Sweet and fruity to the smell.

The taste is a great contrast to the smell. A little tart at first, then sweet in the very end of the finish. It tastes like a freshly picked pear. It is medium bodied.

This is just a delicious beer. I could drink it all day.

Photo of cokes
4.37/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Possibly my favorite for the style and from the brewery. Even though hefeweizens tend to be a monolithic group, that is, one does not differ much from the next, I find Cap Brewery's offering to stack up well against, and may even surpass many of the classics (Paulaner, Hacker).
You know what you are getting here: hazy staw, fruit (banana) esters. Clove and banana on the tongue. Nice subtle malt background to provide support.
Glad this is a year round style rather than the typical summer seasonal. Though I tend to gravitate toward this during the hotter months, it is a nice change of pace from the robust beers that dominate my cold weather drinking patterns.
This review may make the beer and the style seem mediocre, but that is far from the case. Quite a nice brew here.

Photo of Bighuge
4.45/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The appearance is a hazy deep golden with orange highlights. Nice big fluffy head is gone quickly but the beer still shows some clinging ability to the glass. Some spicy tones on the nose. Clove and nutmeg. This beer has a really nice tartness to it. A bit of phenolic quality too. Good vanilla tones too with a bit of a spicy pepper zest to go with it. Medium body and extremely easy drinking. Has been one of my favorite hefe weizens for quite a few years (along with Paulaner and Summit).

Photo of shbobdb
4.46/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well, now I feel freakin' stupid.

Why?

Because I lived in Wisconsin for most of my life, yet I never tried this beer!

But that isn't the point of a review, so let's get to it:

In my experience, the only hefe-weizens worth drinking in America come from Wisconsin. I'm not saying that there aren't other good weizens out there, maybe I just haven't had them yet. Of those in Wisconsin, I've got to say the top of the line really and truly are (in no particular order): Sprecher's Hefe-Weiss, Great Dane's Crop Circle Wheat, New Glarus's Copper-Kettle Weiss, and Capital Kloster Weizen.

Now, each of these beers is so radically different from the next that to compare them to each other simply wouldn't make sense. Like any good German beer, each one is complex enough and unique enough to really place it in a category all its own.

But onto the Capital offering in specific:

The pour is a little bit of a letdown. The beer is very clear, like a krystal weizen. There is some chill-haze, but no real yeast. In fact, I am 90% certain this *is* a krystal-weizen, so I will review it henceforth as such. But the lack of yeast isn't the only letdown, the head is also rather pathetic. The beer looked undercarbonated for a weizen and to top things off, the head faded into nothingness far too quickly. The beer is also a pinch too dark -- probably the munich malt. It loses on persentation, but oh boy does it make up for that later on!

But, ahhh, one quick smell and I am back in business. This beer emphasizes the 'banana' aspect of weizens, and I am very much OK with that. A nice bubbly mix of esters and some spiciness from the wheat and barley. Good stuff all around.

And the taste! Rich and malty with a good dose of banana in there. Why didn't sprecher try to make mbege with this yeast rather than with cheap banana extract? A pity indeed. This tastes like a nice banana. Strangely, there is a strong presence from the barley in this beer, especially the rich nutty munich malt. I am totally OK with that, especially since the grainy malts capital uses compliment the slightly metallic finish. Ahhh, and with that, the beer comes to a nice pleasant, slightly lingering, close.

The mouthfeel is pretty much perfect. Enough of it sticks to your mouth that you know it is there, but it isn't thick or cloying. Ahhh, great stuff.

Drinkability? Bring on the mass krugs, baby. Next time I drink this beer I plan to do it by the liter!

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Kloster Weizen from Capital Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.