1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Kapuziner Weissbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

Not Rated.
Kapuziner WeissbierKapuziner Weissbier

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

409 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 409
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 28
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website

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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Kapuziner Weissbier Alström Bros
Ratings: 409 | Reviews: 264 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev -1%

Pours an opaque orange-amber, topped with a four finger pillowy white head. Leaves webs of lacing.
Banana and tropical fruit aroma. Clove comes in next with a good amount of peppery spice.
Banana and wheat bread taste, a bit tangy, some lemon zest, lemon and pineapple.
Light to medium bodied, refreshing.

mschofield, Aug 11, 2004
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

JohnnyDuvel, Aug 05, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%

Turbid looking orange/yellow appearance. Brown center. Nice off-white head. Aroma is nice. Very nice. Banana esters, vanilla, pepper, a little clove. The taste doesn't quite follow through though. Pretty good. Light flavors or vanilla and pepper. Some banana. Overall, just not as pronounced as I'd like to see. The mouthfeel is good. Nicely carbonated. Medium-full body. Solid Hefe, but not in the elite.

Thank you cokes for the sample.

Bighuge, Aug 04, 2004
Photo of necoadam
4.58/5  rDev +13.4%

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.

necoadam, Jul 25, 2004
Photo of BeerResearcher
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

16.9oz dark brown bottle. No freshness date.
It pours a hazy honey amber color with a snow-white head.
It smells much like a field of wild flowers with a hint of citrus peel and cloves. An odd split oak woody aroma is noticed.
The body has a cereal grain taste to it. A taste of honey and caramel begin to strengthen as it warms.
The hops have a slightly sour citrusy taste and a mild flavor of green apples and cloves. A hint of bananas peeks through.
A light peppery spiciness is noticed throughout the glass.
Much better on tap!

BeerResearcher, Jul 24, 2004
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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 maxpower
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a cloudy yellow, huge thick foamy white head, leaves a clingy lace in the glass, aroma of wheat, bananas and spices. Flavors of wheat, banana-clove yeasty flavor. Nice medium body very clean and crisp, carbonated mouthfeel, finishes with some sweetness, very refreshing and one of my favorites.

maxpower, Jul 19, 2004
Photo of ManekiNeko
4.72/5  rDev +16.8%

.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.

ManekiNeko, Jun 23, 2004
Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%

Cloudy gold with a nice white head that left great lacing in the glass. Spicy, peppery-hopped banana and fruit flavors with good body and a grapefruit-sour finish, the hoppiness cuts the sweetness down. Refreshing, not a particular standout in my pantheon of Hefe beers though as I like them on the sweet side. Still a great choice for a hot, sweaty NY summer afternoon, glad the bartender did not sour this with a lemon.

PopeJonPaul, Jun 21, 2004
Photo of Jason
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

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 Boilermaker88
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

I was finishing a beer-run at the Brea BevMo when I spotted a 5L mini-keg of this hefeweizen for $9.99 and put it in my cart. I cracked it open as a nice refreshing brew to quaff while working on getting my spa ready for the next few months.
This hefewizen had a wonderful peachy-orange color topped by a massive, creamy white head that hung around like an uninvited guest, leaving chunks of itself all over the walls of my Paulaner weissbier glass.
The nose was a pleasing blend of yeasty, bread-like malts, some very modest banana and clove notes and a hint of vanilla and other, more peppery spices. The taste was not as light and sweet as some other German-styled hefeweizens but there was no doubt as to this brew's pedigree. The wheat flavor really cut through all othe tastes. Noticeably subdued was the usually signature banana flavor. It was there, just nowhere as potent as in other weissbiers. Instead, a more apple-like flavor was present, along with a reined-in clove flavor. As for spices, there were some ginger and touch of pepper and a surprisingly noticeable citrus-based hops bite in the finish. The feel was medium-bodied, somewhat slick, and coated the tongue more than what I've seen in other hefeweizens.
Overall, this was a superior Bavarian hefeweizen, very easily quaffable. Rather unique in some of the flavors presented, this is a hefeweizen that I'll be heading back to get more of real soon.

Boilermaker88, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of Globetrotter
4.53/5  rDev +12.1%

Comes in a tall brown half liter bottle with a blue and gold label featuring a monk holding a Weissbierglas. Purity law applies. Best before 5/14/04, I opened it on 3/28/04.

Magnificent pour - cloudy slight orangish gold under a thick and luxurious two finger head that lingers long and leaves excellent lace. I'm almost sorry to drink it, it looks so good. The nose is mild, but there's plenty of the tell tale spice and yeast to whet the appetite. The mouth is well but not overly carbonated, and fairly thick with the yeast. The taste is sublime - smooth spicey wheat and yeast blend together to provide a wonderful, slightly sweet flavor that is utterly drinkable. There's no hoppy bitterness here, but that can be forgiven, as the smooth spices caresse first the tongue, then the palate, then the throat. The aftertaste is sweet, with a background of yeast. Excellent.

Globetrotter, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of cokes
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

cokes, Mar 19, 2004
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%

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 CRJMellor
4.2/5  rDev +4%

Pours a golden, light honey color. Prodcues enormous head that recedes away quickly leaving chunks of lace on the glass.
Aroma is clove, bubblegum and peach.
Flavor is light malt, wheat and somewhat fruity finished off with a hint of bittermess.
Mouthfeel is is good, starts somewht syrupy and then finishes dry, crisp and spicy.
Drinkability is really good, nothing beats a Wezen on a hot day.

CRJMellor, Feb 15, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%

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 beergeek279
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%

Served in the 5L keg can, into a tall hefe glass. The color is a hazy dark golden, with a good retained creamy white head. The smell is a very lemony wheat. The taste is a very nice clove and lemon upon drinking, with a banana-ish taste as it warms in the mouth, and a sweet aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit flat. As for drinkability, I'd have quite a few.

A very nice hefeweizen from a fantastic brewery, with a very strong taste. Excellent, and something I'll have again!!

beergeek279, Feb 01, 2004
Photo of ADR
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%

Hazy rolling gold color, rising thick head and excellent lacing qualities on the glass. Nice esters to the smell, circus peanut candy (similar to bubble gum), spun cotton candy, and vanilla qualities. Nice body and full carbonation. Flavors of clove, sweet fruit, and a yeasty muskiness similar to an oakiness. Lots of "back flavors" of spice, particulary ginger. Finish is full and satisfying, exhibits a pleasant sweet orange sense. Nice complexity to the wheat characters, not overly citrusy -- a very good example of a style I often pass up when given many choices.

ADR, Dec 26, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.2/5  rDev +4%

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.

UncleJimbo, Dec 10, 2003
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours hazy golden yellow with a head that you can barely contain and that lasts on and on. The aroma is banana and clove and when first poured has a huge bubblegum release. The flavor is subtle which is surprizing after such a huge aroma. It is clove spice and smooth wheat mouthfeel. The banana is just barely there and in the back. The finish is crisp and dries out with a long subtle clove finish.

GCBrewingCo, Nov 22, 2003
Photo of mwrseeley
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%

My God, what a wonderful head. Be careful pouring this one because the crown is a monster. I am not ashamed to admit that I often misjudge the pour and have to set the can, 80% empty, off to the side and wait for the head to calm itself. Not as cloudy as Franziskaner, my other favourite Hefe, but the body is a beautifully picturesque murky shade of honey. Lace all over the place. Of course, the head goes for broke and can't maintain its intensity for the duration. Don't forget to hold your glass up and check out the yeast scattered at the base.

The sweet smell, unsurprisingly, is reminiscent of banana-flavoured bubblegum, cloves and an earthy fungus-lined fruit-cellar. Very nice.

One of the best things about this Hefe is its complexity. It is like a great book or a great piece of jazz in the sense that each successive revisit reveals new layers of meaning.

In my opinion, the aroma, appearance and the shear drinkability of Kapuziner Gold HefeWeizen are what set it apart from most beers. I could drink this all day. Who needs milk and water for sustenance when you can survive on this stuff? Pace yourself. Show some will-power...

mwrseeley, Nov 13, 2003
Photo of daledeee
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%

This is one damn fine hefe-weisen. Pours a beautiful cloudy orange-yellow. Fruit, yeast and malt in the nose. The taste is primo. Good citrus taste. A hint of malt. Fairly dry. Leaves a nice clean aftertaste. I didn't notice a lot of spice in this one but the flavor profile is really appealling. Top 2 or 3 hefe in my book

daledeee, Oct 04, 2003
Photo of chaduvel
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%

Hazy seductive orange complexion, humongous creamy head. This beauty has a rich aroma with a strong presence of vanilla. Tastes of yeast, cloves, and tropical fruits. Mangos, Lychee maybe? Not as much banana as other Hefeweizens. Highly carbonated. Very refreshing and a fantastic brew.

chaduvel, Sep 09, 2003
Photo of moulefrite
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%

Damn good wheat! And I really don't think I would need it to be too much better. Everything is in its place here. The color is of artisanal honey-much like that found in the south of France- deeper than most hefe's with a hazy, slightly murky golden brown color. The beer is highly refreshing with that scrubbing, cleansing carbonation that I love in the style sending out streaks of subtle banana and spice then harmoniously blending the two flavors on the finish, which I wish was a tad bit longer. But this is still a hard to beat Hefe that if you find it...you should buy it! I bought my sample for a modest 1.99

moulefrite, Jul 31, 2003
Photo of bierman2000
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%

Excellent wheat beer!! Cloudy yellow with lots of carbonation and foam throughout the glass. Clovey, citrus, and tart yet very refreshing.. The senses are dazzled by the appearance and the flavor of this very drinkable hefeweizen, worth seeking out and enjoying.

bierman2000, Jul 09, 2003
Kapuziner Weissbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.