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Kapuziner Weissbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

452 Ratings
THE BROS
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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 TheQuietMan22
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into my half-liter Paulaner weizen glass. The color is a dirty lemonade yellow. Very murky. Two and a half fingers of thick, white head developed and dissipated to leave a foamy cap and eventually a ring around the edge.

Smell: The first whiff is a pleasant noseful of the classic hefeweizen esters and herbal spice. Banana, apple, clove, and a little bit of bubble gum.

Taste: Much more potent than the smell. Ripe bananas, apple cider, wheat bread, yeast. The flavor also features a bit of slightly tart bubble gum. Following the malts is a perfect hopping of clove and pepper, which linger on the back of the tongue after each sip. The mouthfeel is heavy, but also very dry.

Drinkability: This is a classic hefeweizen, though a little drier than I'm familiar with. Though not stellar, this is a top-notch brew much like its dunkelweizen counterpart, and I'm sure it makes Bavarians very happy and lubricated.

Photo of Skillz
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16.9 ounce bottle.

Very hazy, almost opaque, very dark orange, with a decent smooth head, and lots of chunks of yeast. Not much lacing, but I don't expect much from this style.

Smell of fruity banana esters, mild citrus, a bit of grass, mown hay, and lots of clove, with a hint of black pepper.

Taste is clove and spice, citrus and clove, orange and clove, a tiny bit of banana, and -- did I mention it already? -- clove. Solid malted wheat presence that rolls over your tastebuds. Hints of black pepper. Really intriguing and pleasant.

Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. Leaves a feel like peppermint -- cooling and refreshing. Just a fascinating sensation. Wow.

Soooo drinkable. What a complete and complex brew! Really quite nice. Go get some now! I repeat: you MUST go get some now!

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.34/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this 500mL brown bottle from Wegmans in Cicero NY for $3.69. Code 1814343 on the label. Served cold in a chilled weizen glass.

I poured this a bit heavy and backed off just in time to keep it from going over the rim. But the beer certainly did help out in that effort, because the head rose to a good 1/2" over the top of the glass and held together without spilling over (I actually measured it). Brew is a cloudy honey color with abundant carbo floating upward. Nose is stale cinnamon (AKA "styrene", the fake plasticy kind of spice that seriously turns me off. Did you ever bite into a styrofoam cup or plate etc? That's what I'm talking about), a bit of astringent banana peel, skunk, yeast. For the most part, taste follows directly from it. Feel is average for the style.

Photo of brutalist
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of ManekiNeko
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

.5L bottle served chilled in a tall Weisse/Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Cloudy orangish yellow topped by an impressive fluffy white head. A thick film of bubbles was supported by the constant stream of bubbles as I greedily drank this beer. Wisps of lace were left on the glass.

Smell: Wonderfully fragrant smells of bananas, lemons, cloves, oranges, flowers, and hints of bubblegum. Complex and subtle due to it not overwhelming the nose.

Taste: Subdued and subtle flavors of sweet wheat malt, mild lemons, melons, and oranges. Bubblegum and cloves on the finish. Could have used just a titch more fruitiness (especially banana).

Mouthfeel: Very light, crisp and refreshing. Seemed just a tad watery, but only just.

Drinkability: Damn near perfect hefe in my experience. If I see a minikeg of this stuff, it is so mine! A very subtle beer that is a testament to the German craft.

Photo of JBogan
3.17/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy peach color with minimal head and lacing.

Banana and citric aromas come to the fore. Not as complex as many other beers of this type.

Taste mirrored the smell. Again mostly bananas with a slight citric tartness but overall not real complex.

Nice mouthfeel. Ample carbonation to tickle the tongue and a medium and smooth body.

A somewhat drinkable brew. Nothing real memorable going on here but nothing offensive either. I'd drink it again at some point, but not go out of my way to seek one out.

Photo of gfg0020
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Murph
4.78/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful cloudy orangey/golden color with a huge pillowy, creamy, white head that last forever and laces the glass rather nicely. Huge spicy aroma of cloves and some slightly more subtle pepper. There is a bit of fruitiness in the background but it is almost completely masked by the spiciness. The taste starts off very fruity with some great banana and some slightly orangish qualities to it before it fades into a nice spiciness in the middle of the brew before fading back to it's fruitiness and getting some big time banana flavors and then finishing nicely balanced flourish of fruitiness and spiciness. The mouthfeel on this one is a bit on the thin side but that is about the only thing wrong with this beer as it is still super creamy and refreshing and extremely drinkable. This may have just performed a coup on the throne of my favorite hefe. An absolutely excellent bier.

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy peach / golden color with yeasties floating around. Fluffy and frothy but creamy white head. On the nose there are aromas of citrus, bananas and cloves. On the palate it is slightly tart at first sip, then rounds out, cloves, apple, spicy, and banana flavors. Medium body with smooth mouthfeel. I think this may be one of the best Hefe’s I ever had. Overall this was a very flavorful, refreshing, and thirst quenching brew…prosit!

Photo of BBM
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spring is upon us, which means hefewiezens are back in season! This beer pours a cloudy bright yellow with a chunky white head into a hefe glass. Aroma is citrus and banana, with hints of some spices.

German hops and spices nicely compliment the light, sweet underbelly of this brew. It's not too heavy, but doesn't leave you for wanting either. At times the sweetness was a tad much, but overall this beer satisfied my hefe craving. Mouthfeel was carbonated well, and it's very quaffable.

Photo of LostHighway
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of SStein
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of kshankar
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Cloudy amber with white foamy head. Good retention, leaves nice layer on top after it recedes. Typical look of a hefeweizen, so good so far.

Aroma: Cloves and banana...also some spice notes apparent on this one.

Taste: This is great. Mostly the cloves come about here, with the spice notes taking a much more pronounced note than I'm used to in a hefe. The shift to focusing on spice notes on this one was a good idea.

Mouthfeel: Crispness and carbonation isn't as prominent as it is on a hefeweizen, but is made up by superb creaminess. Goes down exceptionally.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable, its creamy mouthfeel and smooth finish with the spice notes make for a great beer to have.

I'm partial towards Weihenstepaner, but this ones very close now...one of the best hefeweizens I've ever had.

Photo of necoadam
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I guess I overlooked this Hefe which looks like a big mistake. I've seen this on shelves in one store that I visit quite often, but I always said, "Maybe later." I waited too long. This pours out cloudy dull orange with some carbonation that stays with you the entire time. Some cloves and bananas are in there to represent the style, but there's also some melon like aromas, along with some malts in the backround. A little unusal, but good nonetheless. Taste was very fruit-citrus like to my surprising. Cloves blend in finally in the middle and lasts until the end. Aftertaste had more of that citrus taste, but it did finish bone dry, almost similar to Orval Trappist Ale. Carbonation was very good, made it smooth and creamy, and just wanted to sip more every time. Don't overlook this Hefe when you see it.

Photo of TychoNDC
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of roblowther
4.84/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Photo of gfreed
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Photo of rousee
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

All my scores are trying to keep in mind the style that is involved here.

Light apricot-peach appearance which forms a 1 finger cap quickly. Settles quickly to a fairly thick foamy brush on top. No lace on glass. Quite murky.

Smell is almost Belgian-blonde type smell. Ok-so maybe I didn't smell this trait until after I had tasted it but that is how it tastes. Much more honey essence than wheat. It is herbal and complex--more so than most Hefe's. No bananna /clove taste to speak of. It has a dry clean finish. It is a good value for the price.

Mouthfeel is just perfect. The way this thing finishes it has a slight peppery aspect but it is dry and clean.

Drinkability is good although I would bet on a hot day even better.

Photo of inebrius
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mountainous, pillowy head is typical hefe, but retention and lacing are far superior to most. All this action over a cozy clouded canary hue. Fruit salad nose of banana, apple, and strawberry on a fat piece of lemon pound cake. Delicate hints of clove, ginger and star anise. Superbly balanced through a draught as clean malt turns into a mild tartness riding the back of a zippy wheat past a small field of hops. Tartness lingers all fruity. Refreshing, yet full and rounded, lemon custard and meringue. Choice Weizen!

Photo of NorthCoastPranqster
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of aquatonex
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've enjoyed several hefes prior, but this one is a prime example of the style.

Pours slightly cloudy light bronze with a moderately foamy head, slight lacing. Nose is a bit light, but still quite good with mild yeasts, cloves, slight banana. Taste is very indicitive of hefes, consisting of solid bready yeasts (sour, but not too sour), very slight spice, and an ending of mildly sweet fruitiness. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. I'll use this one as a benchmark for future hefes.

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A real good, lighter version of the style. Refreshing and citrusy, quite carbonated. Reminds me of the Ayinger and the Baltika. Large, foamy head, very light in color. Easy to drink, a quality brew for sure. Not in the class of the best hefes, IMO, but as good as most.

Photo of ejh06752
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9 bottle with no freshness date. Pours a copper-like color and not as cloudy as a typical hefe, more like a haze. Thick, rocky head with ok retention. Smell is of cloves, bread, and what seems like a sour apple, very little banana present. Taste is good, nothing outstanding for a hefe, a little sweet and malty, a little apple taste as well which I havent experienced in this style before. Plesant aftertaste, good carbonation, and light mouthfeel make this an easy drinker. Not an amazing hefe but certainly a good one.

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