Kapuziner Weissbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

273 Reviews
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Reviews: 273
Hads: 468
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 40
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 yelterdow
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (1,322 characters)

Photo of RoBotGod
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one of my favorite warm weather beers. Its really easy to drink and still has a ton of craft quality to it. It pours clean and has that great wheat and white pepper smell to it. I has the same whit beer taste with some coriander flavor to it. Also complemented by a slight German bitter hops. Very easy to drink 3 in about a hour. (338 characters)

Photo of Bubba83
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

0.5L bottle poured into a Franziskaner Weissbier Weizen Glass at around 50 degrees. First impressions on appearance are awesome. Nice amount of head naturally occuring at the pace I'd expect. Retention is good and leaves a medium-thin ring of head until the beer is finished. Cloudy yellow-orange hues are beautiful, very akin to the color of the sun. Some brief lacing occurs that is semi-sticky. Tiny bubbles rise from the bottom endlessly.

Smells about like a good Weissbier should. The subtleties of banana and citrus weren't apparent to me though, which could be improved upon. I smell wheat and clove nicely balanced.

I get a lot of subtleties in the taste however. First comes the grainy wheat flavor, and as I swirl it around clove becomes more apparent and fades into banana and then citrus right before the swallow. An earthyness follows and lingers a bit after the swallow, enticing you to take the next sip. The flavors here are very nice if you take the time and care to experience them, it would be nice however if they were a little less subtle.

Mouthfeel is also about right. Minutely prickly at first sip, but quickly smooths out to blanket the mouth in the typical unfiltered softness.

Drinkability is almost perfect. Nothing warming here in the swallow and on a nice hot day I'd probably be finishing this refreshing beer more quickly. Reminds me of being back in Germany. One of my new favorite Weissbiers. (1,430 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy yellow with brownish hues and a few fingers of wispy white head.

S - Ripe banana and pear, wheat malt, light grassy hops and lemon zest.

T - Ripe banana, honey, wheat malt, light lemon zest and grassy hops.

M - Light and smooth with good carbonation. Refreshing.

D - Easy drinker that is subtle but slightly complex at the same time. (346 characters)

Photo of gfreed
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
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. (531 characters)

Photo of Tolnik
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this wheat colored beer into a pint glass. While the white foam was that of good with it reduced down to a slight lingerance. The aroma is that of cloves floweral and slight hops. The taste was similar to that of the aroma with a sweetness to the beer. Overall a great hefeweizen. (287 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
3.2/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kapuziner Weissbier is a very cloudy, sparkling, pale yellow beer with a thick, foamy, white head. It has a muted aroma of banana bread and lemon pepper. It is light bodied, fluffy and very crisp with a dry finish. The flavor is nice: lemon, banana bread and fruity wheat. It has a boozy lemon pepper finish. This is a good, solid Hefeweizen.
(rated Sep 7, 2008) (362 characters)

Photo of roadhouse
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

Appears a cloudy golden orange with a one inch off-white thick and creamy head. Leaves some decent lacing in bit patches.

Aroma is of slight banana and spicy cloves, some wheaty graininess, and some earthiness as well.

The taste has some banana initially alongside a light grainy sweetness and a hefty amount of clovey spiciness that kicks in midway through and lasts into the finish. Some apple and pear esters in there as well though slightly subdued by the spiciness. Some earthiness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light though closer to medium. Very smooth and dare I say creamy. A little thicker than some Hefeweizen but good.

This is a really good Hefeweizen though I'm sure this bottle is probably somewhat old. I would like to try one that I know is fresh. (817 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.94/5  rDev -2%
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. (889 characters)

Photo of cswhitehorse
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Kapuziner poured a semi cloudy orange with a real strong 3 finger foam head. There was some snow flake lacing and decent head retention.

The aroma was awesome. It was crisp clean and full of lemon and orange zest. The taste was solid as well with a good wheat malt backbone and a wet acid finish. It left a good zest on the tongue and mouth and overall one of the better Hefeweizen's that I have had. (405 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold with a two-finger head that stays around for awhile and leaves little lace patches. Good smell of citric notes and spices -really prevelant. Heavier bodied than other hefes I had, and a little sweeter too. The spices seem to be more pronounced than most hefes, or maybe the citrus took a backseat. This is a very good hefe, and a little unique. Recommend to anyone. (385 characters)

Photo of kshankar
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (816 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle/can (50cl.), tasted in 2000.

Appearance : unclear amber color, with a nice creamy head.
Smell : wheat and spicy aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : sweet flavour, slightly spicy (cloves), fruity finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style Hefeweizen (260 characters)

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellowish orange color with a one and a half inch head and very good lacing.
The aroma consisted of malts,bananas,citrus and clove notes with some yeast on my nose as I began to sip.
The taste was a bit of a downer. Decent malts,mild lemon/citrus flavor with some clove hints pursuing.
Here is the thing that did not sit well, it was the mild metallic tones.
The overall feel was medium body,high carbonation and a crisp,clean finish. Some mild tartness,but overall an o.k. balance.

Notes: I am not saying I would not purchase this again,but I will say that there are many better selections available.
Perhaps this could be paired with a specific meal or on a hot day I see no harm.One can say that it was a decent brew,just do not expect the world from it. (767 characters)

Photo of Vancer
4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.38/5  rDev +9%
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. (387 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color was a hazy yellow with a fair amount of white foam. The smell of wheat and yeast was very evident. The flavor was smooth and mild, with no bitter or sour aftertaste on the palate. Nice balance of flavor and mildness. Just a real pleasant Hefe-Weizen that you could either drink of a hot day or just sit around and sip. (328 characters)

Photo of RoyalT
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (873 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.7/5  rDev -8%
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? (474 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
2.9/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy light orange, with a rather small head for a hefe, good retention, really no lacing.

S: Definitely on the clovey side, spicy, dried bananas.

T: Clove bitterness hits first, a drier taste than I'm used to in this style. Wheat malt makes up the remainder of the flavour, light acidity.

M: Have a bit of the problem here, the carbonation is prickly and just too much, makes the beer difficult to drink on the whole, watery as well.

D: An OK beer, brand new at BevMo, so I thought I'd pick one up per the reviews on this site. Overall taste is too bitter for me in this style, a hefe I could drink, but there are plenty I'd rather have. (672 characters)

Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev -8.5%
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 (750 characters)

Photo of mpyle
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2nd review. Knew I'd never seen it before, but wow.

App - golden color, quite cloudy. Pours a substantial white head, exceptionally thick and creamy and long lasting - could definitely float a bottlecap on this beer's head.

Smell - A bit of clove, and some cider-like fruitiness. Perhaps a gentle malt aroma. Generally quite clean.

Taste - Strong bready, wheat character. Hefe yeast character is secondary, with a subtle sweet clove. Gentle sweetness lingers into the finish, but a clean, almost lager-like flavor profile.

MF - Med body and med-full carbonation. No warming or astringency, but the carbonation does make its presence known as expected for the style.

D'ability - A bit bland, but goes down very easily. Use of a less assertive yeast, or cooler fermentation temperatures, make this example less estery than most. Some may find this desirable, but it left me a little underwhelmed. (900 characters)

Photo of dsa7783
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, 1 pint, .9 fl oz bottle purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
A steady pour yielded a great, hazy, straw-colored hue with an impressive foamy and frothy head that left a copious amount of lacing around the head of the serving glass...
Sweet, butter-filled, wheat-laden, ripe citrus aroma replete with pears and fresh, green apples...
Taste strongly complemented the smell, bursting with ripe fruit and fresh citrus, including, but not limited to, citrus, grapefruit, pears, melons, honeydew, canteloupe, and lemons...
Creamy, rich, thick mouthfeel along with a great level of drinkability make this an outstanding selection...
Recommended... (670 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single bottle from Bauer last week to enjoy Friday night. Poured into a hefe glass, and a huge white head formed. Cloudy yellow color and lots of lacing. Smell was of lots of cloves. Banana and spice were the major flavors in the first couple of sips. But as this beer got warmer, it seemed to lose a bit of flavor. It just seemed to get a bit muted. As I have recently had a Tucher, I'd have to admit that this one doesn't quite reach that level. This is a good (but not great) German hefe. (503 characters)

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

Golden straw color with orangey highlights. Rivers of bubbles languidly make their way up the glass to the white, creamy, rocky head.

Heavier on the banana than the clove, this one has both in abundance. Impressive.

There's a pretty strong prick of alcohol here, which is interesting, it's a nice, peppery addition to the lightly toasted malt. There's also a nice sweetness from the banana flavors of the yeast, while the peppers are complemented by the clove.

Great creaminess in the mouth, not too carbonated so the liquid can dwell on the palate. Side by side with the Ayinger Brau, I definitely prefer the Kapuziner. I'm impressed very much by the drinkability and consistently strong flavor here. (705 characters)

Kapuziner Weissbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.