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Kapuziner Weissbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

Kapuziner WeissbierKapuziner Weissbier

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

371 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%


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.

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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the better looking beers I have tasted lately, murky orange with a stable 2 inch head that seems to last forever.

Smell of wheat and slight acidic with nice clovy and lemongrass notes. In the end I get some minor band aid smells. The smell is less distinct than other weissbiers, there is just not that much too smell.

Taste was a bit disappointing, what first struck me was the thin body, a bit too thin for me. There were the obvious wheat, spiciness and cloves there, which gave the beer it's complexity, but it was just not enough. I mean the taste was present, but seemed sort of watered down.
Drinkability was good, the body was thin.

Although the taste was a bit disappointing, I cannot give this beer a bad review, it is a good beer, but lacks an outspoken taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 20:11:36 | More by Absumaster
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vancurly

Australia

3.43/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type = can.... 5L can.... @ $30 AU = $3 per 500ml weissglass... top value

But I can't help feeling I'm the butt of a practical joke.... as if someone has spiked my Schoff with a TED....

a) Fluffy white head, whipped egg-white. Colour a hazy light orange

s) Banana & orange, hint of ginger powder. Slight funkiness

f) Malt balance more barley than wheat, compared to others of style, and a more noticeable metallic hoppiness also (reminiscent of certain Aussie macros).

m) Not as wheat-creamy as I like in hefe; quite a dry finish, and a doughnut-effect hollow palate

d) With the dry finish, probably more quaffable than your typical hefe. Strange as it may seem, the dryness, funkiness and hoppiness makes it seem like someone's created a 50 using hefe & Toohey's Extra Dry

Serving type: can

05-16-2008 06:09:15 | More by vancurly
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gfreed

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice cloudy orange color, with plenty of yeast suspended in the glass-- more than I've seen in other German wheat beers. All that yeastiness looks great in a wheat beer glass, as it changes shape constantly and looks like thunderclouds in the glass! The head was airy and puffy, and the aroma was a tad weak for my taste. There were the usual banana/clove smells, but I like them a bit stronger. Ditto for the taste. On the Ayinger scale, I'd rate this a 7/10: worth a try but there are definitely tastier German samples available.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2009 23:19:28 | More by gfreed
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml swing-top bottle into a Dogfish Head off-centered pint glass.

A murky, dull peach body with a yeasty haze fills the glass. Spittle-colored foam covers Kapuziner with a thin film that retains well but leaves no lace. Soft notes of clove and white pepper in the aroma with yeasty esters that suggest banana and dried pineapple. Faint floral hops and toasted wheat malt adds a solid background.

A bit more spice in the flavor (orange peel and clove), and the crisp carbonation level dries out the finish. Light sulfur minerals in the middle with semi-stale wheat malt and vanilla flavors. Light body is crisp and packs a tight carbonation level, but feels a bit thin on the front of the tongue. Overall, Kapuziner is a decent Bavarian Hefe, but I'd take Live Oak's Hefeweizen over this any day of the week.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 03:57:35 | More by wagenvolks
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 5 L mimi-keg. Pours a light golden color, with some orange tones. Very thick frothy white head. One problem with the can is that there is quite a bit of foaming, and waiting time as a result. Soft aroma of banana and clove. Slightly tart, with hints of banana. Flavor seems subdued. Good carbonation, but slightly watery. While the 5L was fun for a cookout, I was not overly impressed.

Serving type: can

05-29-2006 12:55:19 | More by Bierguy5
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wnh

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

9/4/09
500 mL bottle poured into a weissbier glass.

Pours a cloudy, deep, burnt-orange-tinted amber, dark for a hefe, with a relatively nondescript fluffy white head.
Aromas of dried bananas and spice, subtle enough that I can't say for sure that it's clove, with a solid yeasty bread note underneath.
Spicier on the palate than the nose would indicate, though it comes across not as clove but as perhaps coriander and baking spice. Rich and almost warming in that regard, and perhaps would work well as an autumn hefe, but not what I've come to expect. A pretty solid wheat backbone again, with a moderate lingering bitterness (hops?) on the finish.

Not bad, but not what I look for in a hefe; seems to miss some of the telltale hefe qualities.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 19:44:10 | More by wnh
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Ego

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

$2.99 for a brown euro bomber @ DeCicco Market in Ardsley, NY (the new store - awesome place!)

eyes...
2 full fingers of cakey white fluff, it settles down at a decent clip but impressive retention remains, it is the type of head that looks like you could dip your hand in and chuck it at someone, hazy straw yellow with lots of microcarbonation. a good looking hefe.

nose...
spicy and fruity, a little more so than a lot of hefes, the wheat is in there to be sure but the fruitness is stronger here, strong bannana aroma, this demonstrates all the phases of the style well here. everything is solid but not outstanding.

taste etc...
the carbonation here is so dead on. if westephaner had this carbonation profile in a bottle it might be the perfect beer. this one is too assertive with the bannana overtones for me personally. there is a little prickly-ness to the carbonation but it is almost creamy in the mouth which alot of hefes are missing. the body is medium so it drinks heavier than most hefes also. there is too much bannana here... it isnt bad tasting at all perse but to me too much bannana = bad bannana.

verdict...
due to the over sweetness of the bannana flavor the drinkability is off on this for me, it isn't bad perse but I can see this rubbing people the wrong way. I could not go for more than one of these. but if you are looking to put a bannana in your mouth..um.. well.. bannana flavor shot into your mouth, give this one a swallow.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2006 02:20:11 | More by Ego
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Kraken

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 4/30/09

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 16oz pint glass. Firm pour evokes 3 fingers of the purest white head made up of very fine bubbles. Head falls fairly quickly, leaving a 1/8th topping. Some spotty lacing. Color is a cloudy pale yellow.

Nose- Nice sweet orange nose. Some yeastiness. Very nice.

Palate- Fruity, with prominent citrus, sour lemons and unripened oranges. Very dry, with some underlying spice. Clean crisp finish.

Mouthfeel- Very nice and lite, active.

Drinkability- Great.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 23:41:32 | More by Kraken
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nickfl

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer pours with a finger and a half of white foam on top of a hazy, amber-brown body. The head settles at an average pace and leaves decent lace in its wake.

S - Bready malt with a little bit of honey and clove character from the yeast.

T - Rich, biscuity malt up front with a little bit of banana character. The yeast note swells in the middle as some clove comes in and the bready malt remains strong through the finish. Some spicy wheat notes work nicely with the clove in the aftertaste.

M - A somewhat thicker body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - A pretty average wheat beer. The darker than average color hints at the strong, bready malt profile which adds a touch of complexity that helps to make up for the lackluster yeast character. Some clove and just a hint of banana are all we get for yeast character and that just isn't enough for a German wheat beer. Not bad, but if you can find this, there are probably better examples of the style on the shelf right next to it.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 05:25:56 | More by nickfl
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ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy yellow beer. Has a big fluffy white head. The aroma of banana greets you first as you get close to the glass. Then as you are about to drink the clove note becomes apparent. The banana and clove notes continue in the taste. It has the nice juicy mouthfeel of a Hefe- . The banana note seemed to be a little off, not like fresh banana but a seriously over ripe one.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2005 22:42:18 | More by ybnorml
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CharlieMopps

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With summer long past being officially over, but summer temperatures sticking around, I thought I'd sit down with this beer and toast my confusion/fear of climate change.

A: A rather easy pour yields a massive fizzing head that bubbles quite noisily in the weizen glass. Color is a hazy, pale orange glow with hints of gold.

S: Slightly phenolic with a faint hint of bubblegum, but the yeasty and grainy aromas are actually more noticeable.

T: Pale malt introduction that segues into a wheaty middle with hints of sweetness, however this fades abruptly and washes out in the finish. Aftertaste is of ghost-like sweet fruit, but mostly the pale malt fading.

M: Light bodied, somewhat watery but not out of character for a hefe. Carbonation is minimal on the palate, but still noticeable, making for a smooth sipper.

D: I tend to see hefeweizens as a quite drinkable style on the whole, and this one has that quality. However, because it does not pack a whole lot of punch on the palate in terms of the phenols, I just don't think it's a strong hefe. While a certain grainy taste is actually welcome, there's not much else to this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 20:13:30 | More by CharlieMopps
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yelterdow

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Ramsey Liquors, $2.99. Served at just over fridge temperature in a weissbier glass, the code 1826273 is lasered on the back of this 16.9oz bottle.

Appearance- Initially crystal clear and golden, the clouds appear as the unfiltered yeast is swirled in. Sexy and bone white is the three finger crown, spilling just slightly over the top of the glass. The lacing is minimal, occurring in patches around the perimeter. It's one of the murkier weissbiers I've had the pleasure of sampling.

Smell- A traditional aroma of wheat malt mingles with bright notes of tropical fruit... less obvious is the usual bubblegum and clove character I would have expected, however there is a mild burnt or toasted nose to this.

Taste- Pleasing, balanced flavors of wheat malt and associated esters that define the hefe-weizen style. Banana bread, malt, mild clove, and a gentle floral hop finish grace the palate and encourage the next sip.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The mouthfeel is flawless and dazzling... crisp and active for the first second and then, like magic, becomes seafoam and velvet in the mouth. For the price, it's a solid $1.30 more per bottle than Franziskaner or Paulaner... that alone would inhibit choosing this example over its less expensive peers. Glad to have tried this though, I wasn't disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 03:46:27 | More by yelterdow
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nickthegun12

Alabama

3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

not overly impressive!!!>>>really watered down tasting>>>the color is different from what i think a hefe should be>>>the smell is not bad>>>after smelling this beer out of a pint glass i was expecting this beer to be pretty good>>>but its only decent>>>the only thing i can say about this beer is that its pretty darn drinkable>>>

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 00:07:33 | More by nickthegun12
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JCBears

Germany

3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Ah the beautiful cloudiness of a good wiesbeir. A great representative of the type. Creamy head

smell: Sweet but subtle a nice smell but could be more pronounce

taste: I must say I think it is an average tasting weissbeir. Not knocking my socks off. Semi sweet but nothing I can say is fantastic

mouthfeel: Once again par mouthfeel. Nothing special but overall good

overall: Would I drink it again, sure, would I go out of my way to buy it again, no

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 17:20:47 | More by JCBears
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 150th Review!

Poured into a Weizen glass from my Alma Mater.

From a 16.9oz bottle.

A - Pours a hazy straw colored gold with a dense white head tat goes up about 1.5 in. Active and visible carbonation can be seen rushing up from the bottom of the glass. The head is pretty well retained and some sticky lacing is left.

S - Nose is a bit light. Some bready notes and nuttiness from the yeast. Not much banana hints as expected.

T - The yeast is more prevalent than other Hefe's if tried. Yeast and dough is very prevalent almost no banana notes. Peppery and spice is prevalent similar to a good Pils but with the slight clove. Some citrusy hints are perceptible, subtle tangerine and some lemon. There is a very clean spice finish that is pleasant and crisp.

M - Very well carbonated, crisp and clean. Active bubbles massage the tounge and mouth.

D - Very refreshing like most Hefe's I know. Good choice definitely not the best or my fave.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 00:19:10 | More by JoEBoBpr
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy peach colour with a fluffy white head. The cap settled slowly until it reach a quarter inch thick and it produced clumpy lace. Aromas of cloves, lemon, white bread, dough, and a hint of banana. Lots of wheat in the flavour, spice and citrus were mild, quite bready with a little fruitiness. Smooth, nearly slick texture, average carbonation, medium/light bodied. Decent, but it didn't blow my socks off. It's a nice drinking hefe, well balanced, but a little more punch would make this a lot more memorable.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 00:54:18 | More by DrJay
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AaronHomoya

Indiana

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange-gold color with decent head and nice lacing. Aroma is spicy with a bit of sweetness. Flavor is good with some malt sweetness, yeastiness and plenty of banana flavor. Maybe a bit too much. Mouthfeel is nice. A drinkable beer that I enjoyed more than most of the style I have had.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 03:06:34 | More by AaronHomoya
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prototypic

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bavarian Hefeweizen pours a hazy light gold color. Backlighting gives it a slightly yellow look. It's topped with a vanilla colored head that easily stands three fingers tall. It held up fairly well and took its time receding. A light trail of lace followed along as it descended.

The nose is alright. Initially, it smells very yeasty and doughy. That's followed by a fairly strong grainy smell. It's nice and earthy. Clove emerges and really seems to take over the nose once it does. It smells a little too strong. A little banana is present. That's a little disappointing. It just doesn't seem to have a nice banana/clove balance. It's skewed too far in the spicy direction. Still not bad though. Just a little off from my preference.

The flavor profile isn't materially different. It's very spicy from the first sip. Clove and pepper flavors are a little too intense. Yeast and light citrus flavors follow. Light lemon and orange are the most notable flavors. I thought I picked up a little banana on the nose, but I'm not getting even that much in the flavor. That's disappointing. A world class Hefe needs to bring the banana. Grainy and earthy notes permeate throughout. It finishes grainy and spicy. To be fair, this is a pretty good Hefe. It's actually surprisingly good given its banana deficiency. Still a far cry from competing with the world's best though.

It has a lighter body that's nearly smooth. Carbonation is active, but doesn't hurt the feel in any way. Not bad. Drinkability is actually good. The flavor could be better, but is pretty good. It goes down easy and fast. I don't think I've encountered a Hefe that didn't have good drinkability. Knock on wood.

Bavarian Hefeweizen is a pretty good Hefe, but doesn't have nearly enough banana to be a great Hefe. The spicy aspect of it is just a little too strong and perhaps even masks some of the banana flavor. I don't know. Nonetheless, working out that kink would improve it quite a bit. Despite that shortcoming, it still manages to be pretty tasty. It won't displace any of the world's best Hefes, but it's definitely worth a try. Even a pretty good Hefe will suffice this time of year, no?

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 03:58:27 | More by prototypic
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

good refreshing lunch beer. Worked here in the winter. Yeast and wheat worked for great aroma and easy drinking taste. Bubblegummy banana smoothy fruit flavour. Yeasty apple pie creamy body of aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, though a little aggressive carbonation.

Had again in July and nowhere as good , must be older bottle. I have split the rating down.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2005 02:20:16 | More by Sammy
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OldRaysputin

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours almost a deep golden/honey hue with a substantial head that mellows after a minute or so. So far im impressed...

S: Getting nice fruits such as orange and banana. definitely the spiciness of the cloves as well.

T: I was expecting more citrus to come through based on the smell but was surprised. You can taste the clove and is altogether tasty but might have wanted a little more punch. A little too subtle to wow me.

M/D: Again i was deceived a bit. I was expecting more carbonation after the pour but find this lite in the mouth. I can see this being a beer you could drink several of. Very easy to consume. Overall, a nice weizen....but nothing to write home about.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 17:44:04 | More by OldRaysputin
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oberon

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a nice big blooming head that settles very nicely,aroma is a little smokey and clovey but a little subdued.Taste has some nice weizen traits some cloviness and some light smokiness but misses a little something maybe some banana notes?Bottle says this brew has a delightful tropical fruitiness,I dont quite taste that but pretty decent beer none the less.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2004 00:08:30 | More by oberon
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blackie

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pours an attractive, opaque-hazy golden color, average head and retention for a hefe

s: clean wheat aromas with a touch of doughy yeast and light lemon, just a slight metallic note when very cold, less banana and clove than I expect/desire from the style but it is there, nice aroma but the metallic bit is distracting

m: medium-high carbonation and a light-medium body

t: clean, moderately spicy wheat backbone and notes of light citrus, moderate chalky yeast, missing the estery and phenolic notes for the most part, papery hop flavors with a mild bitterness...this is a "cleaner" hefe than I prefer but it's still pretty good

d: drinkability is high as a result of the lighter, lively body and crisp, clean flavor

bottle from Grapes & Hops

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2008 05:17:08 | More by blackie
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very cloudy orange/gold color. Coarse whited head that held well. Thin lacing. Strong rising bubbles throughout.

S: Banana and clove. Bit of a dry citrusy note. Faint malt.

T: Distinct cracker/bread. Taste follows aroma; clove and banana. Sweet flavor persists, but finishes clean.

M: Medium body; very full. High carbonation.

D: Very drinkable; maybe due to less estery than some wheat beers. It was good, but I wonder what difference a change in yeast would bring?

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 00:28:31 | More by Haybeerman
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Mora2000

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml flip top bottle.

Pours a hazy dark golden color with a huge white head. The aroma is strong cloves and bananas. The flavor is more of the same with some pithy orange in there as well. The flavors are balanced with neither the banana or cloves standing out. You also get quite a bit of wheat as well as some caramel. The mouthfeel is medium, soft and creamy and the carbonation is low.

This was labeled as Kapuziner Bavarian Hefeweizen but everything I have found (including the Kapuziner website) says this is the same beer as the Kapuziner Weissbier.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 04:37:48 | More by Mora2000
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1PT .9FL swing-top bottle served in my Weihenstephaner weizen glass. Poured with a dense, creamy white cap that occupied 90% of the glass before it eventually dissipated into a solid skim - no appreciable lacing on this one. As the head gradually recedes, it reveals a tranlucent, orange liquid. Nose expresses a hint of cloves and banana esters, but not as bold as some more prominent examples of the style. Taste follows nose - definitely a nice German Hefe, but somewhat muted, as suggested by the nose. A little bit of lemon also comes out in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-bodied with an even and pleasant carbonation and a little bit of acidity. Definitely an easy drinking and refreshing Hefe. I wouldn't pass this up as a draft option, but does not stand up to the likes of some of the better ones in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 17:57:40 | More by Jwale73
Kapuziner Weissbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.