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Kapuziner Weissbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Reviews: 276
Hads: 478
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 41
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-05-2002

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Photo of Brenden
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bright gold hue brightens this beer despite its unfiltered haze; otherwise it's a yellow in about a medium shade edging toward darker, though very much short of amber. Active carbonation serves to sustatin a fluffy white head such that it the time it remains at one finger tall is pretty lengthy. The craggy cap leaves some good lacing in thick, dense patches.
The nose gives off some strength, a solid wheat backbone with firm yeasty undertones. Banana comes off as veey fresh and, while clove is sublte (just a little more than I'd like), it is present. There's a touch of grassiness, and this beer has more of a fruity boquet than I'd expect from a hefe. Still, very good.
The taste somehow simultaneously meets and defies expectations; maybe it's that there's every note I expect, but not in the order of strength or focus I would expect. For instance, banana and clove become a backdrop rather than foremost elements, and ripe fruits take more of the attention. True, the banana, at least, is more constant than clove, earth or bubble gum. Fortunately, all those notes are here, but the focus seems unusual. It's a tasty, easy-drinking beer for sure regardless.
Light-bodied, well carbonated without being too heavily carbonated, and fluffy, this beer manages a crisp bite that's gentle but firm and doesn't fade off, with a smoothness that's likewise consistent. All in all, it makes for a fantastic mouthfeel, especially for the style.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

SRM 5-6 (hazy pale gold to dark honey gold). A dense, white, one-inch mousse settles to half an inch for the duration, leaving patches of fine white lace on the Kapuziner Weizen glass.

Lots of clove phenol is matched by bubblegum, while light banana and lemon are accompanied by ripe pear, wheat and perhaps some coriander.

Light banana and clove as expected are balanced by tart lime which builds into a quick finish. Light toasted wheat and subtle sweet tropical flavors like mango and mandarin orange present with warmth.

A medium body with light alcohol, soft cotton or silky texture. A pop of carbonation quickly dissipates, leaving a highly refreshing and mouthwatering experience.

I regret only now trying this beer after having seen it for many years. This will definitely feature prominently as an easy-drinking summer beer. It is full of character and will accompany relaxation in the shade during a warm summer day. It will equally pair well while reading on the porch or from a lidded stein while taking in the rays with friends.

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Photo of champ103
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a hazed golden/orange. Plenty of cloudiness here. In the Kapuziner Hefe glass, a towering white head forms with excellent retention and lace. This looks amazing.
S: Spicy, peppery, clove aromas. Husky wheat, with a bit of sweetness. Baked bread. Very nice.
T: This is excellent. A great peppery, spicy clove flavor. Husky wheat, sweetness, fresh backed bread. Even a bit of tart lemon and orange rind. I love it.
M/D: A medium body that is very effervescent. So crisp, clean and refreshing. After the initial sweetness, this finishes on the dry side. So easy and enjoyable to drink. This is something I can drink all day.

Instantly one of my favorite Hefeweizens. Pretty much perfect for the style, and so enjoyable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle poured into weizen, three finger head

Light amber brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smells of banana and clove

Taste: Banana, clove, bubblegum, with a balanced, smooth finish

Mouthfeel: Smooth and refreshing!

Overall, this is a solid beer. I'd have it again. Frankly, I'm tempted to buy the mini keg.

This is an exceptional example of the style, and its worth your time if you are interested in exploring the wonderful world of weissbier. Or perhaps, you just have a hankerin for a Hefeweizen!

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Photo of gcamparone
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a sniffer. Purchased at nikkis liquors in north providence ri:

A: pours a slightly hazy amber with a huge white head that leaves no lacing

T : give Belgian spices. Cloves and wheat, unripe bananas. Delicious and traditional.

M- medium carbonation and mouthfeel. Good.

I liked this one. Traditional Belgian wheat beer. Pick it up it you can.

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Photo of mjurney
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very cloudy. Deep golden color. Good amount of small carbonation rising. Foamy head that disappears pretty quick.

Sweet nose. Bananas, cloves, bready, just a hint of citrus.

Bready up front. Fruity, bananas, cloves, tart, yeasty. Bitterness towards the finish.

Thick, yet slightly crisp. Very light on the carbonation.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Sam Adams Alpine Spring glass.

Orange and cloudy with a short-lived white head. 3.5

Nice clove spice nose with delectable banana, musty wheat, sweet bread, and some orange. Dreamy. 4.0

Juicy banana flavors, spicy clove, vanilla, light orange, and mildly spicy finish. Exceptional hefe. 4.5

Milky-smooth and sudsy. Great feel. 4.0

Happy to have enjoyed this on-tap. Excellent German hefe. 4.0

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of kraypd
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap in Erlangen, Germany

A: Pours a nice hazy golden color with a strong fluffy white head. Nice retention.

S: Spicy aroma with moderate banana notes.

T: Taste has a nice balance of the typical hefeweizen notes of wheat, banana, clove. I find the Kapuziner to be slightly more spicy than other examples but in a good way.

M: Medium body with high carbonation typical of this style.

O: A very good hefeweizen but a slightly different take on the style than the breweries in Munich put out.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.32/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap and served in a weisse vase, the beer is a creamy, cloudy, opaque orange-gold coloring with a thin, foamy, dense white head. Aromas of banana bread, orange, and a hint of clove, with some pineapple and mango highlights, also. Pineapple and clove heavy on the forward tongue, with the spice giving off to a roasted character and bready backbone, all of which is kept light and crisp by an increased and steady flow of carbonation. Decent cling of thick, foamy lace. The aftertaste gives off more of the blended fruit sweetness, with pineapple, mango, peach, and orange abound. Like drinking the juice out of a fruit cocktail. The finish has a slight cloying feel, but that is broken up quickly by the carbonation. Flavors are a wee bit too fruity for me, but it's a solid beer, nonetheless.

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Photo of roblowther
4.84/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A Christmas present from my mother-in-law, 22oz swing top. Looks translucent goldish tan with a frothy white head. Smells of banana bread and medicinal esters with a ROCKIN sweetness to it. Taste is....WOW! Semi dry, biscuit-like but with notes of that banana bread and a clean finish just sharp enough to be really refreshing. Mouthfeel is carbonated and a tad sticky. This is hands down the best hefe I've ever had. Where has this been all my life? Pardon me while I have a moment alone with my new best friend.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5L mini keg

A- great murky body, on the dark end for a hefe. Thick puffy off white head and the expected amount of swirly lace.

S- sweet and fruity yeast, going beyond the usual clove, banana and bubblegum. There's something tropical and pineapple, orange, coconut, melon, apple and nectarine with a subtle creaminess. Drop that on the day-old bread background and you've got a real winner.

T- banana clove and melon translate well with a fresh warm toasty grain flavor. A bit of bubblegum and tangy fruit on the back end but overall sweet and nutty. Finishes creamy like drinking the milk from a lightly sweetened whole grain cereal.

MF- carbonation is mild at first but livens up on the back of the tongue in a prickly fashion. Juicy body has a yeasty powdery feel.

D- a great beer deserving of its accolade. Very attractive and fruitier than most in an earthy yeasty way.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.39/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL.
No obvious bottled-on date on bottle.
Poured into a Schell's weizen glass.

Beer has, as expected, a huge off-white head that's very frothy, almost like meringue. Declines over many minutes to a constant 0.5cm cap. Leaves some good lacing on glass sides. Body is a dark copper, almost copper-brown in color, probably the darkest hefeweizen I've seen. Murky, as expected, from the yeast. Carbonation noticeable, despite the haze, and quite active.

Aroma of wheat malt, bread, applesauce, hushed other esters, and a slight yeastiness. While this may seem complex, it was heavily dominated by the malt and one has to dig for the other components. Fairly average.

Taste has similar qualities as the scent, with a strong barley and wheat malt backbone joined to very light banana esters, lemon, and clove. Aftertaste of sweet malt and slight lemony tartness. The darker body belies the stronger emphasis on the malt rather than the yeast and its metabolites (esters, etc.).

Medium-bodied with a carbonation level that is satisfying for the moderate heaviness of this beer. Feels smooth and fairly creamy on the palate. Finish is dry. A refreshing beer overall.

While this was very easy to drink, it felt lacking compared to other hefeweizens that I've had. In particular, Weihenstephaner, Ayinger, etc. are much more aromatic and flavorful than this right from the beginning. Essentially average, more focus on malt than the other flavors available from the style.

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Photo of Brabander
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a real treat on a warm day like today. The last two weeks Holland has one of the warmest days in september and october for a long time.

I bought this Weissbier a week ago and what can one drink better than this style on a hot day.

Weissbier is one of my favourite German styles and this one is no exeption! Best before may 2012. Bottle is one with a porcelan cap. Nice.

Opens with a 'plop' and then smoke comes out of the bottles. Poured in a Franziskaner Weizenbier glass. Pefect pour with the nicest head i have seen in a long time and supercarbonation. The beer is bit cloudy somewhat darker yellow. Five fingers head, veru soft an bubbly.

Typical Weizenbiersmell of yeast and hints of citron. Soft taste with a bit of sweetness, wished i had cooled the bottle a bit more. Very tasty.

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Photo of econ
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kapuziner Weissbier, brewed by Kulmbacher Braueri in Germany is the most affordable yet satisfying wheat beer you'll find in the Philippines. Poured into its very own weizen glass, it was golden straw with a majestic four finger head that peeked out of the rim - similar to the bald tops of the monks this brew is named after. Strong effervescence and carbonation make this a very beautiful beer. It smelled of banana and cloves, and tasted crisp and light, slightly wheat-y but not filling, with a mild sweet finish. All in all, a very drinkable beer, and I cannot say this enough - it is just gorgeous.

cross-posted on http://booksbitesbrews.blogspot.com

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Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour on this one is a slightly hazed golden color with a tall white head.

S: A bit more citrus to the nose than usual, but there's a lot of nice bread and wheat aromas to it, too. Some moderate bananan notes and just a hint of spice and bubblegum.

T: Sweet bread dominates and there's a bit of lemon peel and vanilla. Banana sweetness is also present, as is wheat. A bit of clove spiciness, but a bit subdued.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: I drank the bottle, but I think that was probably enough of this one. Didn't really blow me away.

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Photo of indesertum
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

hazy golden caramel color. 4 inch head. retention is not that long (a minute or two)

not a strong smell (it's been sitting out for 10 minutes). clean, slightly citrusy slightly wheaty

flavor is fantastic. wondefully wheat taste. a kind of rich complexity from the yeast. hops are very minimal. finish is quite short. a bit of banana

mouthfeel is just awesome. a nice velvety feel.

definitely a fantastic summer beer. as good as the paulaner, weihanstephaner, and the ayinger hefeweizens. would definitely buy again. i just wish the finish was a little longer. it feels a little on the thin side. it tastes like a very elite macrobeer

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Photo of Rootdog316
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Sswing top bottle, 500 ml.Poured hazy orange color with a frothy head. Nice lacing. Typical banana and yeast aroma. Flavor is banana and clove, some spicyness and bubblegum. Very drinkable, making this hefeweizen one of the better I have tried. I'd buy it more often, by my neighbor brought this home from Germany so I'm not sure where to find out where I live. Never seen it in a store anywhere.

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Photo of dbaker61
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden yellow color, a little cloudiness; not as much as many other hefeweizens. About one finger of foam, much less than expected. Moderate amount of lacing.

Smell: Got a good hit of banana esters from the freshly opened can, but not much after it was in the glass.

Taste: This is a hefeweizen? A balance of malt sweetness and some hops flavors, but not much banana, cloves, yeast or other typical hefeweizen flavors.

Mouthfeel: A bit light in body. Crsip finish. Good carbonation.

Overall: A disappointment. It tastes okay, but I can't understand the high ratings this beer has been getting. Bad batch or damaged in shipping (I'm in China)? Next time I want a hefe, I'll look elsewhere.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.53/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Good lord, it's hard to find this actual beer. The German breweries are the WORST when it comes to renaming their beer styles for the U.S. Market...This has to be like the 10th different beer name I've found from a German brewer. Fine, it's a "weizenbier" in Germany, but all of a sudden it becomes a "hefe-weizen" in the U.S. WTF!!!

In any event, this is a quickie...

The basics: $3.99/500ml FLIP-TOP bottle and 5.4% ABV...OK on both accounts..

Slightly hazy, pale amber with almost no head or lacing...Yikes...

Very malty aroma, has a super-sweet almost cloying aroma to it, like the yeast didn't fully eat all the wort sugars...If you've ever brewed beer, it smells exactly like caramel malt extract...Yikes...

Flavor is ho hum..In fact, I'd say it's not good...I'm actually getting more disappointed the more I drink it. Some spritz from the carbonation greets you with a quick handshake, then it leaves you so the yeast (if that's what I'm tasting, though I'm pretty sure) comes up and waves as it passes by...Who was that??!! Then the finish gets a tad thin and nothing really meets you on your way out..."See the Egress" as P.T. Barnum used to say!!! Wait, where was the flavor?? That, my dear friends, is the conundrum...

What I like most: The German origin of this beer...

What I like least: Everything about this beer...

Verdict: How a brewery like Weinhenstephaner can do this so much better for even cheaper is beyond me...Don't even bother with this when you can find like 30 German Weizenbiers for less that are better...

<edit>: I'm actually dumbfounded that people think this is good beer given they can spend less for better German Hefe-Weizens...it's mind-boggling..

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Photo of atlason
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from 1/2 liter flip top bottle poured into Hefeweizen glass. No freshness date to be seen.

Pours a clear medium amber before being taken over by yeasty haze. Medium/low head for Weizen with low retention and only slight lacing.

Sweet yeast on the nose.

Taste is fruity with slightly orange flavor. Wheat is well integrated. Hops barely present. Very little spicy notes or banana.

Mouthfeel is crisp with low carbonation for the style. Highly drinkable.

Overall a good Hefeweizen. I like this one but would prefer just a touch more complexity or assertiveness on some front.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks sort of like apple juice with a nice golden yellow tone. It isn't super unfiltered in appearance like other weissbiers. There isn't a lot of head but the beer does produce lots of bubbles.

Smell: The beer smells slightly balmy with a big amount of banana and pear puree. It has a smell reminiscent of a fruit smoothie. Which in the case of a good Weissbier I consider a good quality.

Taste: Weissbier is very sweet and sugary. It taste the same as it smells but with a spicy punch. Their is a nice pepper flavor. Its midly balmy. There are some cider qualities. It finishes crisp.

Mouthfeel: Fresh and good when swished.

Drinkability: One of the best examples of the Weissbier style. A little too sweet but very refreshing. Prost!

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Photo of generallee
4.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt .9oz swing top bottle into a tall weizen glass. The label has the abv (5.4%) and no freshness date.

Appearance: A tall, thick and creamy off white head sits on top of a hazy golden liquid. Tons of carbonation flows up though the beer to support the head. On the glass the slow fading head leaves long sticky fingers of lacing.

Smell: I get notes of banana and clove like yeast over a pale wheat base. (All the classic hits.)

Taste/Palate: There are notes of sweet banana bread with nuts and raw pale wheat backed up with mild hop bitterness. The hops add a mellow citrus note to the finish. Its texture is mellow and smooth but not slick. Carbonation is well balanced.

Notes: This is a very solid Hefeweizen.

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Photo of OldRaysputin
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Kapuziner Weissbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.