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Kapuziner Weissbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

427 Ratings
THE BROS
99
world-class

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Ratings: 427
Reviews: 268
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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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.

Sammy, Jan 16, 2005
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -1%

t0rin0, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, caramel, spice, and banana aromas. Taste is much the same with wheat, spice, and banana flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a really solid combination of banana and spice aspects all around.

UCLABrewN84, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Texasfan549, May 21, 2014
Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and had a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured into a weizen glass with a two finger high white head that slowly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of apple, banana and clove in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of bananas; there are also some notes of clove, wheat and yeast as well as some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink, refreshing and thirst quenching.

metter98, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1%

kjkinsey, May 31, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lightly misty polished gold suffused with the merest hint of orange. Slow, stately streams of carbonation rise through the beer to feed the tremendously attractive head. The cap is pearl colored and is as firmly creamy as any I've seen on a beer of this style. A thick collar of lace is the only glass garnish at present, although it looks as if more will appear as the beer falls with drinking.

The nose is fantastic. It contains all the requisite elements of the style and presents them in a beautiful symphony of smell. Malted wheat is mixed with sweet banana and muted clove. If the aroma is any indication, this beer will be a humdinger on the palate.

Kapuziner Weissbier is one of the most complex hefes that I've ever had. The lightly toasted, tangy wheat backbone is substantial and is the main reason why the beer is as good as it is. This is exactly how I prefer them: sweet and wheaty with plenty of yeasty fruit and spice. Sugared banana and zesty clove provide the flavor fireworks in each mouthful. The hefe weizen banan-o-meter score is a respectable 3.5/5.0.

An additional member of the flavor profile (that, surprisingly, contributes something of value) is peppery alcohol. Appreciable alcohol in a beer of this style is usually ruinous, but it works wonderfully well and gives the beer a power and seriousness that most versions lack.

The mouthfeel is impressively creamy and supremely smooth. Although far from al dente, it's about as chewy as this style gets. The energetic carbonation stops well short of annoying and gives additional pizzaz to a beer whose flavor profile is bursting with it. Drinkability is off the charts.

Kapuziner Weissbier can stand alongside the best hefes in Deutschland (and, therefore, in the world at large). In fact, I'd have to drink it side by side with Ayinger Brau Weisse to arrive at a favorite. I'm not about to do that, though, because I'm happy to have both beers share my top spot. If a better hefe weizen exists, I'd love to taste it.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 14, 2005
Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

kylehay2004, Nov 15, 2014
Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i would be reviewing this right after calton, wth, this is getting scary now. poured into a pint glass and enjoye while watching tv.

nice pour with a hazy golden yellowish color and a nice head of two fingers high that seemed to hang around long enough to drop some good lacing down the sides of the glass. aroma is nice banana, cloves, hints of grass, wheat, fruity yeast, pears, and a hint of lemon. carried over very well into the flavor which was dominated by light grains, fruity yeast, cloves and bananas. nice clean and smooth feel, medium on the palate with a light dry finish and a quick hint of fruit and cloves left on the palate.

overall this was a very solid beer, nice and drinkable with a classic style and really well done. a winner for sure.

mikesgroove, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

womencantsail, Jul 20, 2011
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.

oberon, Mar 10, 2004
Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Top 50 German beers tick #23, wahoo. Bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt, no freshness date.

The body is a dirty dark amber, not exactly the most appetizing appearance, but you have to be a little forgiving with weizens. It pours with an inch and a half of white suds, which settles to a thin cap in time.

It smells pleasantly citrusy, lemon and lime-like. There's a light malty sweetness, wheat and tropical fruit (pineapple) along with a dash of spice. Pretty distinctive for the style, actually.

Taste is quite good, very fruity - lemon, pineapple, banana. Clove and pepper are noticeable up front, but fade away mid-palate. Malty, but not particularly sweet at any point, this is refreshing stuff. The finish is mellow and brief, banana and pear-like esters lingering on the tongue.

Very good, certainly a standout hefeweizen. Glad I finally got around to trying this.

largadeer, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -1%

emerge077, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a a cloudy golden yellow with a foamy, white, four-finger head. It left lace.

S - It smelled of banana, clove and wheat.

T - It tasted of banana and sweet wheat. There were also citrus and clove flavors.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - A very good hefe. Very well balanced.

zeff80, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Kulmbacher Kapuziner (say that three times fast) offers a beautiful appearance in the glass with a hazy (but not cloudy) golden-orange body that displays very fine, effervescent bubbles rising steadily beneath a huge head of bright-white froth. The head holds exceptionally well and leaves nice, wide rings of lace and bolds splashes about the glass. The nose is somewhat restrained for the style but offers some banana (and crisp apple) but little clove; and mainy expresses a sweetish, wheat-based maltiness. The body is medium and dextrinous with a very fine carbonation that leaves it creamy and smooth. The flavor displays a rich but not overly sweet, wheat malt that's touched by banana and light, juicy summer fruits (apple, and perhaps some melon) backed by a sublime bitterness and delicate spiciness. Some hop flavors even peek through at the swallow! It's very well-balanced and smooth - and not as richly sweet and effervescent as some - but possibly more drinkable. Well done! And certainly worth seeking out for fans of the style! Unique!

NeroFiddled, Jul 20, 2004
Photo of Jason
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap @ Redbones in a pint glass.

Extremely cloudy almost khaki colored with a long lasting froth, aroma and flavor of banana bread, cloves, doughy yeast and mild medicinal phenols are very expressive. The spiciness of the cloves pushes hard against any sweetness that is present, finishes semi-dry. This is a very impressive hefe and should be sought out if you are a wheat beer fan.

Jason, Apr 17, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Cloudy golden sunshine tone with a large fluffy effervescent white head leaves scattered specks of lacing around my wheat beer glass. Aroma: Rich banana clove tones strong citrus scent ties it altogether with the yeast inspired tones with a finishing touch of Hallertau hops. Taste: Syrupy sweet banana finish wheat is sharply sweet the clove and citrus/tropical fruit tone is incredible one of the most impressive wheat beers I've tasted by far. Mouthfeel: Bubbly texture medium body to it fluffy and chewy nice sensations across the palate. Drinkability: Excellent, had Weihenstephaner on draft last night and I must say I like this one at least twice as much from the bottle good stuff.

WVbeergeek, Feb 11, 2004
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.

nickfl, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy and bright light amber color with a large white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is strong with wheat and yeast, along with a touch of lemon & spice and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of wheat, lemon, banana, spice, hops and a light malt character. All of the flavors compliment each other and there isn't that skunky bite in the finish that can often occur in beers of this style. The after-taste is bready with a very mild sweetness.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy body, nice clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down extremely easily, not very filling, excellent representation of style, I could stick with this beer for quite a long time. This one is definitely one of the best that I've had in style.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent bronze with 4 fingers of egg shell white head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Fruitty, wheat malt & not much else

T: Tart & dry up front. An apricot fruittyness follows, & just a little yeasty edge. Grainyness & juicyfruit in the finish.

MF: Medium bodied, juicy with low carbonation, well balanced

Drinks very easy, more my kind of hefe ( yeast is subdued ), purists will want more yeast signature. I remember it being a little more yeasty in Germany

russpowell, Jun 07, 2007
Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap@ armsby abbey.
A: Huge head so big the pour takes longer than Guiness. As it fades it leaves a nice lacing and notches for each sip. Its a hazywheat golden orange color.

N: nice bavarian here with nice wheat, obvious German Bavarian malts, citrus and orange peel, lemon grass, effervescence.

T: Starts like a hefe, wheat citrus lemongrass, Bavarian malts, banana, light pale grassy hops even. Slightly chewy, little Bavarian yeast with fruit and crispness.

M: Med to lighter body with good carbonation.

F: crisp finish, lingering wheat, little sweetness and sticky, little too sweet overall, some citrus, fruits and banana. Lingering Bavarian malts and fruity crisp yeast remnants. Drinkable and tasty for a summer here, but a little too sweet and sticky.

jlindros, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, poured into a weisse glass. No discernable expiry date - just a batch # (1814343...whatever that means!)

A - Golden apricot color, starts cloudy and clears up from the bottom. Thick white head that dissipates relatively quickly. A fair bit of carbonation is apparent.

S - Wheat, yeast, spice. Everyone else says bananas, but I don't smell 'em. Nothing special here.

T - Ah - there are the bananas, amongst the wheat and cloves. Not quite as much yeast in the taste. I think this tastes a fair bit better than it smells. Pleasant aftertaste too.

M - Great consistency. Smooth, a little bit creamy, and not as carbonated as it looks - just a little bit of a tingle near the end.

D - 500ml bottles are the perfect serving size for something this light, and I could imagine having quite a few on a hot summer's day.

Solid wheat beer, but not in the same class as Weihenstephaner.

MasterSki, Nov 10, 2008
Photo of drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flip top bottle poured into an Erdinger weissbrau glass intentionally served with sediment. Beer is dark amber to brown and hazy with a nice thick white head of small bubbles that completely coats the glass. The carbonation is high and aggressive but not overly so. Loots really nice, its a little dark but that might be my fault.

Aroma is sweet, mild, grainy, with some banana notes. Smells good.

Beer is medium in body and wet in the mouth. The carbonation on the palate is surprisingly low. Its tasty but slightly grainy too. The banana is a lingering flavor that fades forward from the back. I love hefeweizens and this isn't my favorite. Its probably a middle of the road hefeweizen honestly. Its good, well flavored, appropriately light. It fine.

drabmuh, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of WesWes
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a dry, yet sweet wheat malt scent that boasts of cloves and bananas along with a fruity yeast aroma. The taste is awesome. It has a really smooth and fruity flavor that is refreshing and sweet. This is one of the best wheat beers I've ever tasted. Bananas and clove flavors scream from this one. The mouthfeel is perfect. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer is full of flavor and aroma; a perfect hefe.

WesWes, Apr 01, 2005
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.

Mora2000, Feb 03, 2010
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Kapuziner Weissbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
91 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.