1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Kapuziner Weissbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

Not Rated.
Kapuziner WeissbierKapuziner Weissbier

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

397 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 397
Reviews: 263
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 27
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-05-2002)
View: Beers (33) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Kapuziner Weissbier Alström Bros
Ratings: 397 | Reviews: 263 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of plaid75
plaid75

New York

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep cloudy straw hue with a four finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured the typical yeasty and banana esters wth a full biscuity wheat.

The taste consisted of a hearty and robust wheat malt with a spicy yeast ester. Some warming alcohol.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy.

Overall a nice an highly drinkable hefe. Subdued esters but full body.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2007 01:32:41 | More by plaid75
Photo of RoBotGod
RoBotGod

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one of my favorite warm weather beers. Its really easy to drink and still has a ton of craft quality to it. It pours clean and has that great wheat and white pepper smell to it. I has the same whit beer taste with some coriander flavor to it. Also complemented by a slight German bitter hops. Very easy to drink 3 in about a hour.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 02:04:32 | More by RoBotGod
Photo of TheQuietMan22
TheQuietMan22

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into my half-liter Paulaner weizen glass. The color is a dirty lemonade yellow. Very murky. Two and a half fingers of thick, white head developed and dissipated to leave a foamy cap and eventually a ring around the edge.

Smell: The first whiff is a pleasant noseful of the classic hefeweizen esters and herbal spice. Banana, apple, clove, and a little bit of bubble gum.

Taste: Much more potent than the smell. Ripe bananas, apple cider, wheat bread, yeast. The flavor also features a bit of slightly tart bubble gum. Following the malts is a perfect hopping of clove and pepper, which linger on the back of the tongue after each sip. The mouthfeel is heavy, but also very dry.

Drinkability: This is a classic hefeweizen, though a little drier than I'm familiar with. Though not stellar, this is a top-notch brew much like its dunkelweizen counterpart, and I'm sure it makes Bavarians very happy and lubricated.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 05:08:51 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of Spineypanda
Spineypanda

Texas

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color, with a decent head.
Smells are lacking in the clove that I usually get in bavarian hefe's and the banana, but it has a more mild smell.
The taste is quite Bavarian however, but it is more citrusy than I expected.

A good example of a German wheat.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 05:38:48 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of KFBR392
KFBR392

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Burnt darker orange color. Finger worth of head on the pour which was present while drinking. Some random scattered lacing while drinking. Below average active carbonation while drinking.

Smell: Spices which mesh well with accents of cloves hit the nose first. The peppery spices continue to dominate throughout. A rich wheat body plays very well off the spices, bringing each out more.

Taste: Light bubbly fruit and earthy spices jump on the palate first. A pleasant, airy wheat body gives this brew a easy drinking, refreshing feeling. The back end falls off a little but plenty of spice and cloves round out the back end enough to satisfy.

Mouthfeel: Very clean crisp mouthfeel. A light dryness is balanced but the sweeter malt tones which continue to buzz on the palate.

Overall: An excellent Hefe with all the characteristics one would look for with added layers of complexity. Everything plays together so well in this brew. Refreshing and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 06:27:54 | More by KFBR392
Photo of DoubleJ
DoubleJ

California

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Kulmbacher im Bahnhof in Bamberg and served in a 300 ml weizen glass, on to the beer:

A few shaded darker than yellow is this weizen, with a head which retains well like most of the fresh German beers that I had in Bavaria. The aroma brings a solid base of banana and banana bread, yet still feels like something is missing. The missing aspect comes around in the taste; spice. Banana bread and vague baking spices bring some fun to this weizen, and with time gets a little more fruity. It's light bodied with pleasantly crisp carbonation, and is an easy drinker. When fresh, this is one to try.

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2013 19:24:42 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Bighuge
Bighuge

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Turbid looking orange/yellow appearance. Brown center. Nice off-white head. Aroma is nice. Very nice. Banana esters, vanilla, pepper, a little clove. The taste doesn't quite follow through though. Pretty good. Light flavors or vanilla and pepper. Some banana. Overall, just not as pronounced as I'd like to see. The mouthfeel is good. Nicely carbonated. Medium-full body. Solid Hefe, but not in the elite.

Thank you cokes for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2004 03:19:44 | More by Bighuge
Photo of BillyBoysPie
BillyBoysPie

Kentucky

3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Max and Moritz in Berlin, Germany. If you're in Berlin, make the trip to one of the best hidden restaurants on Orianenstraße in Kreutzberg. The food is perfect, great service, and a fantastic beer list.

Hazy straw with golden notes. Thick two-inch head typical of service in Germany. Always fun to look at.

Strong banana and wheat. The banana is sweet, and there's a great deal of yeast in the smell - naturally.

Rich yeasty and wheat flavors. Slightly overripe banana, but not too much.

As most hefeweizen are, refreshing and slightly sweet. A more Barvarian example - my Berliner friends didn't let me forget that! - but still tasty nonetheless.

Great for, as many Germans do, an afternoon refresher. Typical example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2009 00:39:55 | More by BillyBoysPie
Photo of neonbrown82
neonbrown82

Nebraska

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looks to be a good hefe. Pours to a cloudy golden color with a huge lofty head that sticks around for as long as there is beer in the glass. Has a nice carbonation rising up from the bottom of the glass that disappears into the unfiltered haze to keep the enormous head aloft.

The smell leaves me second guessing this hefe. Smells like some asshole bartender dropped an entire lemon in my beer, though this is a bottle serving, and I'm a firm believer of the "NFL!" philosophy. There is a soft yeasty and malt aroma buried under the lemon/lime aromas, but the nose is still quite overwhelmingly citric.

The taste downplays the lemon and lime flavor, thankfully. The flavor is very wheat malty with a nice unfiltered yeasty flavor. The lemon and lime flavors play around in the background while the liquid remains in the mouth, but dies out soon after the swallow, leaving only a bit of a citric sting on the tongue. Only a very feint trace of banana flavor shows up in the finish, but only to the discriminite tongue.

Has a bit of a bite from the citric and wheat, possibly even the alcohol, even though it is fairly low. Nice and full bodied. One of the better lemon/lime hefes I've had, but I much prefer the banana/clove style better. Still quite drinkable, but I would much rather drink one of the other .5L hefe's I have available.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2005 02:41:48 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of birchstick
birchstick

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a hazy dark yellow with a beautiful 1.5 finger head that stays around for a while

S - you definitely won't mistake this for anything but a hefeweizen. Strong hints of banana and some lemon zest, with a touch of spiciness and clove.

T - taste as the nose suggested - banana is the most dominate flavor at first with some bubblegum and faint citrus playing the supporting roles on the palate. Some of the spice makes an entrance, and eventually takes over as this warms.

M - full and smooth - great mouthfeel

D - maybe it's the 90 degree heat or the massive amount of studying today, but this one really hit the spot. The flavor wasn't as well rounded as some of the other hefeweizens out there, but this is still a very good wheat ale from Germany. You won't be disappointed if you buy it...

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 01:07:21 | More by birchstick
Photo of woosterbill
woosterbill

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Lord Hobo into a weizen glass.

A: Hazed gold body topped by an inch of frothy white foam that shows decent retention and leaves moderate lace (at best). Pretty standard for the style.

S: Rich, smooth aroma of wheat and yeast, with banana taking the preeminent spot over sweet bubblegum and light clove. Again, not bad, but nothing much beyond the ordinary.

T: Bright, fresh flavors of bubblegum and banan, with spicy, yeasty wheat in the background. Clean and refreshing, but nothing terribly memorable.

M: Light-to-medium body with tons of fizzy carbonation. Lively.

D: Easy drinking, but not memorable enough flavor-wise to keep me enraptured.

Notes: Solid, but not as good as Ayinger or Franziskaner, and nowhere near Weihenstephan. Not even close.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2010 02:02:18 | More by woosterbill
Photo of Tolnik
Tolnik

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this wheat colored beer into a pint glass. While the white foam was that of good with it reduced down to a slight lingerance. The aroma is that of cloves floweral and slight hops. The taste was similar to that of the aroma with a sweetness to the beer. Overall a great hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 00:24:23 | More by Tolnik
Photo of Pegasus
Pegasus

Texas

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Quite hazy, dark golden color, with a moderate white head, and numerous streams of carbonation.

Aroma: Mildly sweet, bready aroma, some ripe banana notes, and a strong herbal hop note.

Taste: Mildly sweet, with honey-like notes, cloves, and ripe bananas, the taste turns to tart malt in the middle of the taste. The finish is dry, with a mildly bready malt, and herbal hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth, full, and pleasant, soft on the palate.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant and very well-crafted, a sold example of the stylr.

Many thanks to Max for hand-carrying this bottle from Germany.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2007 02:09:16 | More by Pegasus
Photo of Hoptometrist
Hoptometrist

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a wheat glass for Winking Lizard's Glass of the Month

A- Poured a super cloudy pale yellow color with a two finger head that left some droppy lace

S- Big citrus, clove, banana, and some bubblegum notes

T- Bready and wheat taste. The banana, clove, and citrus notes of a hefeweizen are present but a little more subdued than other hefeweizens.

M- Very smooth, creamy, soft mouthfeel, some nice soft carbonation on the finish

O- A very drinkable hefeweizen that is more bready and wheat tasting than others in the style, but the yeast presence seems much lower in the taste.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2012 12:55:42 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of basscram
basscram

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this poured in a my half litre mug from a 5 litre keg I purchased at bev. castle temple terrace. This beer pours dark yellowish with some real sparkle to it inside. The head is very big and takes a while to subside. head dissipates after a couple of minutes. The smell is a slight orange with the wheat hint which is hidden well I might add!

Hits tip of tongue its very sharp but goes away quickly as it goes to the back of the throat. I do taste the orange in it and a tad bit of the wheat. There are a lot of flavors I can't describe in it.

This beer is very very easy to drink. I found a new hefe weizen that I like now!

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2006 05:03:14 | More by basscram
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
JudgeRoughneck

Louisiana

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a hazy, dingy, yellow-orange beer with a big head that fades fast. The nose is an understated and well-balancedmix of clove, lemon, and spicy yeast.

This beer has a heavier mouthfeel which is leathened by wheat zip. Flavor is very balanced, with spice and clove just barely sticking out over a mellow bananna character. No bubblegum, no citrus. A very solid hefe, but I'm alittle bored with it and prefer Paulaner or Franz

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 15:49:14 | More by JudgeRoughneck
Photo of FreshHawk
FreshHawk

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy butterscotch color with an average sized, light and foamy white head. Disappears fairly fast leaving no lace but plenty of bubbles.

S - Very grainy and wheat like with less banana/gum/clove aroma. There is an overly ripe banana smell and hints of clove and bubblegum. Hints of lemon type of citrus. Fairly strong bready aroma as well. Much more grain driven smell than some other Hefeweizens that I've had.

T - Faint taste of overly ripe banana and some bubblegum start off the taste. Some sweet grainy/bready malt flavor with a bit of a wet wheat flavor comes in soon afterward. This makes up the primary flavor for the beer. Some clove and spiced flavors come in mid to late sip with a slight taste of medicinal and alcohol taste. Banana shows up a bit again at the end.

M - Medium body and very carbonated. Very smooth and has a creamy feel to it.

D - Very easy to drink beer both in body and in flavor. Makes for a nice summertime treat that goes down easy and is quite refreshing.

Notes: Best before 29/09/10. This had a bit less of the typical Hefeweizen taste of banana, bubblegum, and clove. They were still present and contributed, but they were greatly masked by the grainy/bready taste. Not a bad beer, in fact it was enjoyable to drink, I just think it fell a bit flat for the style. Definitely worth a try, and I would have another, but I think there are better examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 20:52:14 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of lordofthewiens
lordofthewiens

Maine

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle. It was a hazy yellow with a medium head. Kind of nondescript aroma, couldn't get more than a sweet, grainy aroma out of it. Pleasant taste, however. Fruity/banana, with a light malt taste. Very light and bubbly. I rather enjoyed this, and I ordinarily don't care too much for hefes.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 21:59:56 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of bunnyhustle
bunnyhustle

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 bottle with no freshness date. Pours a copper-like color and not as cloudy as a typical hefe, more like a haze. Thick, rocky head with ok retention. Smell is of cloves, bread, and what seems like a sour apple, very little banana present. Taste is good, nothing outstanding for a hefe, a little sweet and malty, a little apple taste as well which I havent experienced in this style before. Plesant aftertaste, good carbonation, and light mouthfeel make this an easy drinker. Not an amazing hefe but certainly a good one.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 05:02:53 | More by bunnyhustle
Photo of ProfessorHops
ProfessorHops

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- dark gold, white head. Laces well and has a hazy overcast.

Smell- Bitter and very sweet hops.

Taste- good and very round. Light and fruity like advertised. A good trademark German flavor.

Mouthfeel- kinda' too thick to be named the worlds most refreshing beer. But texture is solid and not harmful.

Drinkability- guzzles ok. This beer is to thick to be a true quencher. So it doesn't; go down as fast as I'd like it to. The flavor has no part in this handy cap it's all in the texture.


I liked this beer. All though I had some problems with the texture all and all it was an ext ordinary brew. It is light in flavor and refreshing. I just find that the pallet and texture cause an argument with in the brew. The pallet offers a exciting party drink that could be served be the pincher. But the texture is too thick for this purpose. But the beer is very good, and will definitely try it again when in the mood for a good German hefe.


Gulp Gulp,
PH

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2006 07:43:42 | More by ProfessorHops
Photo of mpyle
mpyle

Maryland

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2nd review. Knew I'd never seen it before, but wow.

App - golden color, quite cloudy. Pours a substantial white head, exceptionally thick and creamy and long lasting - could definitely float a bottlecap on this beer's head.

Smell - A bit of clove, and some cider-like fruitiness. Perhaps a gentle malt aroma. Generally quite clean.

Taste - Strong bready, wheat character. Hefe yeast character is secondary, with a subtle sweet clove. Gentle sweetness lingers into the finish, but a clean, almost lager-like flavor profile.

MF - Med body and med-full carbonation. No warming or astringency, but the carbonation does make its presence known as expected for the style.

D'ability - A bit bland, but goes down very easily. Use of a less assertive yeast, or cooler fermentation temperatures, make this example less estery than most. Some may find this desirable, but it left me a little underwhelmed.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 01:32:19 | More by mpyle
Photo of Toddv29424
Toddv29424

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer simply tastes like a traditional hefe beer with lots of flavor in the head. Pours a golden color with a moderate head, although was filled up again after it had settled. The consistency is thick in your mouth, almost like honey, but it gets all your taste buds covered in the substance. It is best tried with a lemon although don't get me wrong.. this is NOT strictly a summer beer. The consistency makes it great for us hefe drinkers who also enjoy them in the winter time.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2005 07:50:37 | More by Toddv29424
Photo of HardTarget
HardTarget

Texas

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: .5 liter brown bottle, 12.07.07 (sampled 07.10.07, slightly past due). 5,4% abv. with the serving suggestion of 8º C.

Aroma: Mild banana esters which I assume are yeast driven.

Appearance: Almost opaque, almost brown, let’s call it dark yellow with a creamy white, tight bubbled head that laced nicely.

Flavor: Again, mild banana esters, bit of clove, little grainy wheat bite with a touch of honey sweetness in the finish. Really nice profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

Overall Impression: Old school hefe! Old world charm. Good craftsmanship here.
I learned that the ß in the name is old school German for double S, making it Weissbier.

Big thanks to Max for hand carrying this back from Europe!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 06:23:24 | More by HardTarget
Photo of tempest
tempest

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Normal looking hefe, a yellow-gold with cloudy yeast. The uyeast actually gives a little extra kick, so be sure to mix it in. The flavor besides that is average, but that's among other great German hefes. There's spicy banana with a touch of citrus. Not many beers pull of a complex mouthfeel, but this one's creamy mouthfeel, but it finishes juicy like a good hefe.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2007 02:17:49 | More by tempest
Photo of Gmann
Gmann

New York

3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden orange color with a fantastic pillowy white head that dissipated into a nice cap. This brew is very cloudy, kind of looks like dirty orange juice. The smell is sub-par for a German hefe, reminds me more of an American wheat. Strong wheat malt and lemon citrus aromas. The taste on the other hand is quite smooth. A nice banana flavor base with some light phenols and a light citrus touch. The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Finishes slightly tart. It has the typical hefe crisp yet creamy texture. A good hefe but not a great hefe. The citrus like flavors cut into the banana/phenol flavors that should be center stage. I nit-pick a little, this is a really good hefe.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 05:16:20 | More by Gmann
Kapuziner Weissbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.