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Kapuziner Weissbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

452 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 452
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 35
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-05-2002

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Ratings: 452 | Reviews: 275
Photo of DamnYankeeHeadHunter
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

how have i not heard of this before? its so good, enjoyed on tap at bull and bush last night. man those guys have really stepped up their guest tap game! this is a strange take on the hefe style, although im sure its far more traditional than many of the american ones i have sort of let pervert my interpretation of authentic. this is really really cloudy, yeasty, and thick. its not all that appealing looking in the pint glass aside from the off white head it comes out with and holds for a few minutes. it smells the part, wheat heavy for sure, tannic and textures right off the get go with the grain, but it fits. what surprised me the most about this german hefe, is that its not very banana forward. thats the main flavor descriptor with these, and its in such trace amounts as to be irrelevant here, yet the beer is still super yeasty, which is almost hard to figure out. bready and doughy and breakfasty, but not banana. not clove either, no spice here really at all, the yeast is mild, but its also somehow full flavored. impressive, and i like it more the more i drink it. filler bodied, and not as well carbonated as some others, but this beer is pretty awesome on the whole, and i could pick it out of a crowd of 100 hefeweizens, which i cant say about too many beers. really solid stuff, rustic, timeless.

Photo of Shadow10185
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great brew very tasty and goes down smooth.

Photo of JKV96
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjgiant
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SayBoom
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JTuomi
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Ah, hefeweizen - a difficult style to master and one that demands an elegance of simplicity. Expectations are high given the brewery, but can this compete with world-class offerings?

BOTTLE: 1 pint 9.4 fl oz. Brown glass. Swingtop, with a paper neck label splayed across the bar of the swingtop to ensure the contents are as labelled (this label is ripped when the swingtop is opened). "2412212." Green label. I guess Kulmbacher rebrands this is as "Bavarian Hefe-Weizen" for the American export market.

Cost was $3.29 USD at an Austin, TX bottle shop. 5.40% ABV. Served cold into a pilsner glass.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 3.5 fingers wide. Creamy frothy white colour head. Good even consistency, with a natural smoothness. Appears healthy and lively. Retention is quite good - easily 10 minutes. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Clear copper, with more of a filtered kellerweiss look and no yeast particulate at all. It's not the vibrant orange colour with ample haziness that I expect in a good example of the style.

It's appealing, sure, but I've seen far better in the style. This fails to rival offerings from Ayinger, Franziskaner, Weihenstephaner, Erdinger, et al.

AROMA: It's more the banana and clove camp of hefe character than the orange peel and cream, but I do note some sherbert characteristics. The clean wheat backbone is nice, but could come off more fresh. Clean barley. Mild floral hop character.

Overall, it's appealing for a hefeweizen. Aromatic intensity is average.

I'd like a more vitamin-y overt yeast character, as well as more evocative wheat. Orange peel would be nice.

TASTE: Has a clean wheat backbone but the freshness just isn't there. The clove and banana yeast characteristics are lovely, but I'd prefer orange peel personally. The banana isn't artificial (i.e. runt-esque, if you will) and tastes authentic.

Kulmbacher nails the balance that is integral to the style, and brings plenty of subtlety and nuance to the table, but to be fair there are more intricate weissbiere with a fresher presentation and even subtler flavour profiles out there. To nitpick, the clove is a bit reticent and the yeast could be more evocative.

TEXTURE: Delightfully creamy, light, and refreshing. It's a bit too full-bodied; I wonder if more of a flaked malt bill would leaven this up a bit. Aptly smooth and wet, with a biteen too much thickness and weight on the palate. Overall presence on the palate is quite good, though it could use some dialing in to really elevate the beer. The best brews in the style are uniquely delicate and fragile in the mouthfeel, but this is fairly middle-of-the-road.

OVERALL: Of course it's highly drinkable, but not so much so as my personal favourites in the style (Ayinger, Franziskaner, Weihenstephaner). Its well-worth trying, and banana hefeweizen fans will love it, but for my money I'd sooner go for a more orange peel-emphatic build with a lighter fresher feel. I'll plan on revisiting this on-draught, but based on this imported bottle, this won't amaze the discerning drinker. Certainly better than many U.S. attempts at the style, but not world-class.

B-

Photo of Lundste
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ramonjkk
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not aromatic and looks darker than most hefeweizens, but the taste is right on.

Photo of cultclassic89
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UniversitateaDeBere
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tykechandler
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rbarmold2626
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Elspeth
4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers I've tried, bought a 32oz growler and am thinking about getting some more. I love the taste of the beer, could drink this every day.

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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

Sampling right now after league bowling on 12/9/14. Comes in a single 500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle for $3.99 with a ceramic stopper. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in a .5L French Jelly glass.

Pours a hazy orange-apricot in color with a good 4 to 5 finger white frothy/foamy head that last a good bit before finally settling down to a good 3mm or so after 15 mins. A good amount of sediment is seen at the bottom of the bottle. Decent lacing is seen that sticks to the glass in 'wishbone' form. The aroma is very pleasant of sweet wheat, banana with a hint of spice. Pretty much the same for the taste with the wheat, spice (cloves) banana with a touch of honey coming through for the very smooth finish. Goes down very easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all! Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation , which isn't much actually. A really great brew! PROST!

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.04/5  rDev 0%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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Kapuziner Weissbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.