Kapuziner Weissbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

465 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 465
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 39
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

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 stcules
2.98/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Yellow-orange color, clear. Weiss carboantion. Foam: OK, compact, creamy, persistent. A little hazyness.
Smell of banana, cloves, wheat, and maybe camomile. All light, thin, fresh.
Soft taste, not really fizzy: light banana, cloves, wheat: same of the taste even for the freshness; maybe some citric.
Quite light body. Citric aftertaste, maybe a little too much; wheat and banana, and it ends quickly.

Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a swing-top bottle into a Two Brothers Brewing Ebel's Weiss Weizen glass. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a three finger pure white head that subsided to one very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, and slight clove. It had a light feel on the palate with low-mild carbonation. Overall this was a nice Hefe. A little more cloves and spices in the flavor would be nice, but not totally necessary. A smooth drinking brew for sure... A must try for any Hefe fan out there.

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.

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.

Photo of ZAP
4.97/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Monk's in Siouix Falls

One of the best Hefe's I've had.

Everything I like in a hefe is here....dominant flavors are banana and vanilla..also evident is bubblegum, and some light cloves..

The banana flavors are bright but not oversweet...the flavoring is perfect in that it has a nice flavor but doesn't overwhelm you...highly drinkable...thirst quencher....had this after running for 40 minutes in the humid Sioux Falls heat and it really hit the spot....

Would love to have a keg of this for the summer....right there with Ayinger, Weihenstephener, Paulaner...hard to say what is best

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

Thanks to cmaruschak for sharing his baby keg. Pours hazy orange/amber with a medium thick and fluffy white head that has decent retention. Thin, slippery lacing. Aroma of wheat and bananas. Medium-bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Flavors of wheat, citrus and banana. The finish is wheaty with hints of yeast and spice. This is a pretty enjoyable Hefe.

Photo of RBorsato
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, cloudy orange-ish gold with a full white head and lasting carbonation. A fruity bubblegum aroma and a fruity taste but not really banana; More apple-ish maybe with a bit spicy finish. Light bodied, smooth, and refreshing.

[11.2 oz bottle]

Photo of RoyalT
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is a yeasty cloud of orangish-yellow with a white and staying head.

Smell - The aroma here is a superb blend of rich German yeast, lemon rind, and a modest touch of banana. The yeast though makes the nose. It is classic German; simple and raw.

Taste - The lemon zest kind of takes over at the taste and the yeast loses a bit of its composure, but it's still the dominant flavor. There's a light metallic flavor that you get with some samples of the style. It doesn't really detract from me but some don't care for it at all.

Mouthfeel - This hefe is a bit larger than light-bodied with decent carbonation.

Drinkability - This one went down OK, but after smelling it I thought I was about to taste the best hefeweizen of my life. The nose far outshined all other aspects of the beer, but overall it is still a solid drinker that I can easily recommend.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle $3. Very nice looking golden, cloudy color, served in a pilsener glass. The smell was cloves and bubblegum with extra yeastiness. The taste starts out very nice with a strong bubblegum component but then finishes with a buttered popcorn flavor that I do not care for at all (diacetyl?).

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 500ml bottle. It was a hazy yellow with a medium head. Kind of nondescript aroma, couldn't get more than a sweet, grainy aroma out of it. Pleasant taste, however. Fruity/banana, with a light malt taste. Very light and bubbly. I rather enjoyed this, and I ordinarily don't care too much for hefes.

Photo of francisweizen
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

5 liter mini-keg. Hazy tangerine with a THICK whip cream like head, and random pariculates floating around in the glass. The aroma is all about the fruity banana esters, fresh yeasty smells, sweet baked bread, and more. The taste is yeasty up front with a lot of fruit flavor. The middle is more subdued, yeasty and bread-like. The finish shows some gumball-like flavors and has a great, fruity finish. Mouthfeel is good, but almost TOO creamy thick for a hefe-weizen. Drinkability remains good.

Photo of woosterbill
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Lord Hobo into a weizen glass.

A: Hazed gold body topped by an inch of frothy white foam that shows decent retention and leaves moderate lace (at best). Pretty standard for the style.

S: Rich, smooth aroma of wheat and yeast, with banana taking the preeminent spot over sweet bubblegum and light clove. Again, not bad, but nothing much beyond the ordinary.

T: Bright, fresh flavors of bubblegum and banan, with spicy, yeasty wheat in the background. Clean and refreshing, but nothing terribly memorable.

M: Light-to-medium body with tons of fizzy carbonation. Lively.

D: Easy drinking, but not memorable enough flavor-wise to keep me enraptured.

Notes: Solid, but not as good as Ayinger or Franziskaner, and nowhere near Weihenstephan. Not even close.

Cheers!

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

Clouded golden topped with a pile of white pillow.
Full blown aromatics of bananas, pineapple, lemon, and ginger.
Begins fully fruity, though never oversweet. Grainy banana bread. Citrus pulp. Dusty tropical fruits, leaning towards either mango or pineapple. Breadier by the midsection, as this gains stature. Ends with a burst of pepper and clove, then a bit of rustic, earthen yeastiness.
Light bodied, but not disposable. This is tremendously quaffable.
A real stand-out amongst weizens. Unique enough to contemplate perfection in the style.

Photo of Gmann
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden orange color with a fantastic pillowy white head that dissipated into a nice cap. This brew is very cloudy, kind of looks like dirty orange juice. The smell is sub-par for a German hefe, reminds me more of an American wheat. Strong wheat malt and lemon citrus aromas. The taste on the other hand is quite smooth. A nice banana flavor base with some light phenols and a light citrus touch. The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Finishes slightly tart. It has the typical hefe crisp yet creamy texture. A good hefe but not a great hefe. The citrus like flavors cut into the banana/phenol flavors that should be center stage. I nit-pick a little, this is a really good hefe.

Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
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 Suds
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark yellow color. The head is tall and rocky, leaving generous lace. The aroma on this brew is intense, and filled with esters and phenols: banana, clove, bubblegum. Also, there’s considerable yeast and citric flavors, wheat, and a bit of malt. The aroma is very nice. Taste is a little sweet, and more malty than I expected. Lots of banana and lemon come out in the taste as well. It’s fruity with a little clove underneath. Heavier than most hefe’s, but it’s pretty highly carbonated, which give a sprizy feel. This one is very well done, and one of the most enjoyable wheat beers that I’ve had in a while.

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

Poured into a weizen glass. Cloudy, honey color with a sizable head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Aroma is what is to be expected for the style. A mixture of wheat malt, banana, and cloves. Good but does not really excite me. The flavor is a good example from a German brewer but it lacks the sparkle to set it into the highest levels. Not quite as tangy as I was led to believe, but more straight up mild wheat, bananas, and cloves. Nicely balanced. The body is good as well. I would of liked a little more pep from the carbonation, but it does offer a smooth texture. A good example but I was the slightest let down by the beer. Still better than 90% of American hefeweizens.

Photo of alexgash
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium orange copper in a hazy, yeasty body. Big, hefe-head that overflows the Ayinger weizen glass. Woh. I swirled to let the beasties in. Looks like a hefeweizen should! As for the smell...yep, it's a good one. Caramelly sweet malt with big fruity, banana-y esters. Gerber banana baby food. A little clove and bubblegum too. Taste starts with a slightly vegetal wheat malt tangy sweetness. Thickish, proteiny feel mid-palate reveals soft banana mush with some pear juice. Wheat bitterness, yeast, and polished hops into the finish. A very nice hefe, but not the best of the German imports.

Photo of FLima
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with a huge head with eternal retention and leaving laces.
Delicious aroma with lots of bananas, cloves, yeast, mild herbal hops, vanilla and bread.
Predominant flavor of oranges, cloves and lemon. Interesting that the bold banana smell did not showed up in the mouth. Hints of grassy hops, pears and sweet pineapples. Dry aftertaste with a light bitterness.
Light bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation
Nice Hefeweizen with relatively higher intense of spices and hops. Not sweet and with a good deal with barley malt as opposed to mostly wheat. If you dig the style, this one is a must.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle served in a weisse glass.

L - hazy yellow color with a fluffy white head that fell to a layer, carbonation bubbles were constant through the entire drinking session.

S - yeasty aroma.

T - wow! wonderful flavors, sharp tanginess, tropical fruits and malty sweetness.

F - medium bodied with a crisp, refreshing feel.

D - a most drinkable hefe. all around, a good brew.

Photo of birchstick
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a hazy dark yellow with a beautiful 1.5 finger head that stays around for a while

S - you definitely won't mistake this for anything but a hefeweizen. Strong hints of banana and some lemon zest, with a touch of spiciness and clove.

T - taste as the nose suggested - banana is the most dominate flavor at first with some bubblegum and faint citrus playing the supporting roles on the palate. Some of the spice makes an entrance, and eventually takes over as this warms.

M - full and smooth - great mouthfeel

D - maybe it's the 90 degree heat or the massive amount of studying today, but this one really hit the spot. The flavor wasn't as well rounded as some of the other hefeweizens out there, but this is still a very good wheat ale from Germany. You won't be disappointed if you buy it...

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap in Bamberg, Germany.

This hefeweizen poured a cloudy, golden tan color with white foam that left lace on the glass. The smell was very nice: fruity banana, yeast, and some wheat. The taste was first banana and clove up front, and then yeast and wheat followed. The finish was nicely tart. The mouthfeel was smooth and yeasty with medium body and medium-low carbonation feel. This was a very tasty hefeweizen.

Photo of prototypic
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
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 merlin48
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle served into a beautiful, Kapuziner Weizen .5L glass. First pours reveals a crystal clear, goldenrod body with a large, billowing white head. Exceptional retention and nice lacing on the glass. Second pour, after a swirl of the bottle, transforms the body into a murky orange/tan body, still boasting an attractive snowwhite head. Aroma begins very spicy, with clove, white pepper, and coriander. Citrusy orange and lemon quickly take over the nose, with wheat and yeast notes in the background. Mouthfeel is ideal for style, with a pleasant medium body and moderate carbonation. Taste is fruity orange and lemon on a background of white pepper and clove. Bready wheat and yeast add a nice touch of Weiss character. Very enjoyable and tasty, overall, but not the world beater I was expecting.

Photo of Vancer
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky amber orange pour into my Corsendonk tulip, thick and creamy white head.

Loaded up with a malty and boozy aroma, with banana and clove lurking in the background. I guess the Bavarian style adds an earthy touch to the quaff, which finishes a fruity crisp and clean.

Freakin' Germans really know how to crank out the hefes. Bravo.

Kapuziner Weissbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.