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Kapuziner Weissbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

435 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 435
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 32
Gots: 18 | 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)
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(flip top bottle, code 2348312 - poured into a weizen glass)

A: huge, billowy head out of the bottle, bit of a mashed potato contour as it falls... light amber liquid with a mild haze... superb head retention - solid cm cap

S: day old white bread, banana chips... background dried grass... pretty textbook stuff, if a tad dull (likely not the freshest of bottles!)

T: dried yeast, dead grass, delicate powdered clove and dried lemon peel in the aftertaste... the bready and mild caramel flavors seem absent, muted here... mild hop bitterness, very little perception of sweetness

M: appropriately medium-bodied, vaguely chewy, with a fantastically leveled dry finish... despite the excellent head stand, this seems a tad flat - maybe a tickle in the finish, but not much

O: I've had this on tap and it was revelatory, one of the best - this seems like an old bottle... where that draft version was exploding with layers of doughy and mashed banana flavors, this is drying out and sort of dull, a shadow of its bad, fresh self... gotta find a better bottle, come back with (the appropriate) higher marks

Photo of Kraken
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of Ego
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of nickthegun12
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
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>>>

Photo of CharlieMopps
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of JCBears
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
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

Photo of ybnorml
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of yelterdow
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of DrJay
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of prototypic
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
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?

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of OldRaysputin
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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

Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
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?

Kapuziner Weissbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
91 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.