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Kapuziner Weissbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Reviews: 279
Hads: 487
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 14.93%
Wants: 44
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
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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 champ103
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a big Kulmbacher bottle into a pint glass. Beautiful hazy golden appearance with thick solid foam. The smell is definitive, cloves and strong banana aroma. Same with the flavor, perfect and addictive. Soft and velvety and easy to drink. This beer kicks ass.

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Photo of generallee
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt .9oz swing top bottle into a tall weizen glass. The label has the abv (5.4%) and no freshness date.

Appearance: A tall, thick and creamy off white head sits on top of a hazy golden liquid. Tons of carbonation flows up though the beer to support the head. On the glass the slow fading head leaves long sticky fingers of lacing.

Smell: I get notes of banana and clove like yeast over a pale wheat base. (All the classic hits.)

Taste/Palate: There are notes of sweet banana bread with nuts and raw pale wheat backed up with mild hop bitterness. The hops add a mellow citrus note to the finish. Its texture is mellow and smooth but not slick. Carbonation is well balanced.

Notes: This is a very solid Hefeweizen.

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

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Photo of Rootdog316
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Sswing top bottle, 500 ml.Poured hazy orange color with a frothy head. Nice lacing. Typical banana and yeast aroma. Flavor is banana and clove, some spicyness and bubblegum. Very drinkable, making this hefeweizen one of the better I have tried. I'd buy it more often, by my neighbor brought this home from Germany so I'm not sure where to find out where I live. Never seen it in a store anywhere.

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Photo of karst
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours chill hazed with thick white head filling the upper 1/3 of the Paulaner Weisbier glass. Slowly falling it is supported by strong beading and substatial lace. Aroma of citrus and clove and belgium yeasts. Taste very solid with hint of clove and citrus balance with sweet grain. Great mouthfeel supported with high carbonation finishes dry but no bitterness from the hops. A very drinkable Hefe-Weizen. Anyone loving this style should be pleased.

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Photo of putnam
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A tall, roiling, starch and protein bomb emerged over this muddy yellow liquid. The top layer was glazed pearlescent. It chattered.
The aromas were rebel-hoppy.
"This is Bavarian Hefe Weizen?"
Aromas of popperings, glazed lemons, cakes, doughs, sweet fruit cocktail, angelfood, clove-laden pineapple cakes, dry, juicy apricots, cream, butter...
keylime, cinnamon.
An unctuous, melting texture.
Flavors of orange, pepper and sour banana give it seriousness.

The hops and thorough attenuation make it bone dry, but it is loaded with glycerin.

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Photo of bobsy
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a cloudy gold with a large cream coloured white head. A steady carbonation keeps the foam replenished for much of the drink, and as it descends it leaves a few streaks of lace along the sides of the glass. After about 15 minutes everything is more or less gone, but that aint bad retention for a home poured hefe. The final swirl deposits some lovely chunks of yeast, which gradually find a home at the bottom of the weizen glass.

The aroma is beautiful, and a bit heavier on malted wheat than I've come to expect. Beyond this you'll still find the standard banana and spicy clove notes, but its definitely the maltiness that makes this one stand out from the crowd and differentiate itself from its rivals.

So let's get the standard hefe stuff out of the way first. There's a wonderfully phenolic sweet banana presence, which is combined with a spicy clove flavour, and there's some light citric relief to cut through a slightly heavier than normal sweetness. Here's what distinguishes this beer though - there's a really heavy toasted, creamy wheat backbone that is far more prominent than usual in a beer which tends to emphasise the yeast. It really seeps through the flavour profile and makes it less refreshing in character and more filling. I also really like what it does for the mouthfeel, which is decadently smooth and silky. I'd even go so far as to say this is a touch chewy, as if I could actually feel the soft particles of yeast dissolve in my mouth. The deviation from the regular weisse body is so marked that I'm not sure whether to deduct points or praise them for the glorious innovation. I feel that the best way to serve justice is to reward the intense pleasure its given me by saying to hell with convention, this mouthfeel is top notch!

This isn't you run of the mill hefe. It has that little bit extra which makes it memorable, and a worthwhile experience. Those who think they've tasted everything in a hefeweizen and think that the template can't be broken should check Kapuziner out. I already want another one, and I'm kicking myself that I have to drive two hours to get it!

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Photo of Loki
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy, golden amber with a very pillowy head that last much longer than most hefes I've seen. Scents of hops, lemon, and hay waft from this brew. The beer tastes of buterscotch, wheat, hops, and hints of amaretto. A little different than other hefes I've had, maybe because its a golden or bavarian style hefe I don't know. What I do know is I really liked this beer and thought it was great and will be getting many, many more.

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Photo of inebrius
4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
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!

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Photo of Tballz420
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This brew is a cloudy orange color, good white foam head topping it off. Great classic hefe aroma, banana, clove, grain malt. Same for the taste, light grain in front, some clove, some light tartness and citrus aspects. Med bodied. Also some spicy elements as well. The germans rock our world when it comes to hefes, and heres another great member of their team.

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Photo of cokes
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

There is not much better than a German Hefe Weizen. This beer is pretty damn good. It is a nice hazy burnt orange and has no head moments after the pour. It has a nice ripe banana aroma. The taste is quite refreshing, a bit of clove and citrus with a nice crisp finish. This is going to be a beer to look for during the summer, but was a nice on this cool evening as well.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5L mini keg

A- great murky body, on the dark end for a hefe. Thick puffy off white head and the expected amount of swirly lace.

S- sweet and fruity yeast, going beyond the usual clove, banana and bubblegum. There's something tropical and pineapple, orange, coconut, melon, apple and nectarine with a subtle creaminess. Drop that on the day-old bread background and you've got a real winner.

T- banana clove and melon translate well with a fresh warm toasty grain flavor. A bit of bubblegum and tangy fruit on the back end but overall sweet and nutty. Finishes creamy like drinking the milk from a lightly sweetened whole grain cereal.

MF- carbonation is mild at first but livens up on the back of the tongue in a prickly fashion. Juicy body has a yeasty powdery feel.

D- a great beer deserving of its accolade. Very attractive and fruitier than most in an earthy yeasty way.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of crnipeter
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle, BB date reads 14. October 2011, into Kapuziner glass. Pours hazy, dark golden effervescent body with streams of uprising bubbles below the thick, moussy white head with good retention. The somewhat restrained aroma exhibits clove which is inferior to the banana esters and dominant baked bread with sweetish toasty, almost caramel like qualities. The beer is sweet on the palate: banana and wheat perceived as well-baked bread are wrapped in sweet Pils malt, there's a faint citrusy tartness probably originating from the high CO2 content and finally comes low hoppy bitterness. Nearly medium bodied with wheaty texture donating creamy, fluffy sensation yet the beer remains prickly on the palate due to high carbonation.

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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.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up from Scrooge's in Anderson, South Carolina.

Very, very cloudy on presentation out of the bottle. Hazy yellow in color, if you can even call it yellow. Huge, pillowy head. Notes of banana, bready goodness, yeastiness, and some spicy clove action hits up front. Smooth and balanced on the palate, with the subtle note of the spiciness adding a subtle twist. Finishes well. Very, very nice. A HUGE thanks to BA chuckee for recomending this Bavarian beauty - one that I will track down again very, very soon.


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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle marked 2412212 at 40 degrees into shaker
Aroma of fruity yeast phenolics
Head enormous (> 8 cm), off white, frothy, slooowly diminishing to
Lacing excellent - complete rings 1.5 cm wide and 2-3 mm thick
Body medium yellow, hazy
Flavor begins slightly sweet and fruity with some banana and clove flavors; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5

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Photo of weissbierdrinker
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy, golden orange color with a tan, thick, creamy head that sticks around awhile and leaves thick lacing around the glass. So far so good. Funny thing is when I first bought the beer and held the bottle up to the light it looked clear. Then I put it in the fridge over night and the next day it was very cloudy. I guess the yeast are more active when the beer is cold.

Smell is of orange, banana, and some clove typical for a weiss beer.

Taste upfront is some clove followed by some spice then the banana notes with some hints of orange finish is very smooth with an aftertaste of yeast. Very pleasant beer to drink. Sets on the palate nicely.

Quality beer with a great mouthfeel and exceptional taste. One of the best weiss beers I've had.

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Photo of Jason
4.42/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into the glass a murky acorn squash tone with a very large, fluffy head that resigns in about a minute's time. There are tiny bits of lace left. What stands out the most in the smell is a mix of banana and crusty whole wheat bread. Clove plays a secondary part in the nose. Flavor is a well balanced mix of clove, banana, and wheat, with nothing overpowering. If I strain my taste-buds, I can pick pick up some toasted bread. Mouthfeel is dead on for a hefeweizen with a wheaty fluffiness and very lively carbonation. Definitely a classic example of a hefeweizen.

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Photo of dfried
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely perfect head, large and creamy at first, melts away around the occasional bubble that got larger than the rest. Rich cloudy orange-straw color. The boquet on this beer is phenominal, is almost stings the nose with tangy cloves, and there are fruity esters everywhere, with a solid yeasty/bready backbone. The taste is initially strong in wheaty bready malt, but a very strong banana flavor comes through shortly, and some zesty lemon and apricot. It might not be quite as spicy as the aroma led on, but there is a strong clove flavor that really adds a quite tangy mouthfeel. This is a great hefe.

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Kapuziner Weissbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.