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Kapuziner Weissbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

404 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 27
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

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)
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WesWes

New York

4.63/5  rDev +14.6%

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a dry, yet sweet wheat malt scent that boasts of cloves and bananas along with a fruity yeast aroma. The taste is awesome. It has a really smooth and fruity flavor that is refreshing and sweet. This is one of the best wheat beers I've ever tasted. Bananas and clove flavors scream from this one. The mouthfeel is perfect. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer is full of flavor and aroma; a perfect hefe.

04-01-2005 00:57:15 | More by WesWes
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mwrseeley

Ontario (Canada)

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...

11-13-2003 14:15:14 | More by mwrseeley
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bierman2000

Pennsylvania

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.

07-09-2003 17:16:21 | More by bierman2000
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daledeee

Iowa

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

10-04-2003 22:14:15 | More by daledeee
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SLeffler27

New York

4.6/5  rDev +13.9%

SRM 5-6 (hazy pale gold to dark honey gold). A dense, white, one-inch mousse settles to half an inch for the duration, leaving patches of fine white lace on the Kapuziner Weizen glass.

Lots of clove phenol is matched by bubblegum, while light banana and lemon are accompanied by ripe pear, wheat and perhaps some coriander.

Light banana and clove as expected are balanced by tart lime which builds into a quick finish. Light toasted wheat and subtle sweet tropical flavors like mango and mandarin orange present with warmth.

A medium body with light alcohol, soft cotton or silky texture. A pop of carbonation quickly dissipates, leaving a highly refreshing and mouthwatering experience.

I regret only now trying this beer after having seen it for many years. This will definitely feature prominently as an easy-drinking summer beer. It is full of character and will accompany relaxation in the shade during a warm summer day. It will equally pair well while reading on the porch or from a lidded stein while taking in the rays with friends.

04-21-2013 21:22:36 | More by SLeffler27
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necoadam

Connecticut

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.

07-25-2004 17:39:52 | More by necoadam
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.55/5  rDev +12.6%

I guess I'm alone on this one, but I really like this hef!

Pours a gorgeous hazy peachy yellow, with a fantastic fluffy white head. Nose is predominantly clove and banana. Taste follows with awesom banana bubble gum clove estery goodness! Super crisp and refreshing taste. Mouthfeel could maybe be a touch thicker for the style, but i actually like my hef a slight bit thin and carbonated, which this one is. Amply carbonated. Drinkability is solid and is enhanced by a good touch of carbonation. This one drinks like a goddamn soda. Overall defenitely the best hefeweizen I have had in a while. I will defenitely be buying more of this! Fantastic!

04-24-2008 08:00:12 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.55/5  rDev +12.6%

Poured from .5L bottle to a big hefe glass the liquid is a right looking cloudy dark gold with excellent carbonation. The head is way big and white, but could leave a bit more lace.

The smell is excellent, banana, cloves very traditional, very good.

The taste follows, this is a very good German hefe, banana-clovers dominates with a note of peach, really nice, yet the malt could be a bit bigger.

The mouthfeel seems a little off, maybe the carbonation was spent in the pour/heat, but it seems a tad thin.

The drinkability is very good, a great brew to be sure.

Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

01-03-2008 20:18:11 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.55/5  rDev +12.6%

A: Poured on tap at Novare Res Bier Cafe. Large, white frothy head that slowly dissipated to 1-finger. Body is an almost rusty-orange color, and cloudy.

S: Very nice aroma of wheat, yeast, and citrus fruit. Nothing in the aroma is overpowering, yet still present enough to be present with every sip.

T: This is a great-tasting hefeweizen... smooth and refreshing with yeast and wheat, and lots of orange. Some spices are present (especially pepper). Excellent!

M: Medium-bodied and creamy, with average carbonation.

D: I think maybe the best hefeweizen I've ever had. I could drink it all night.

11-24-2009 20:31:07 | More by berley31
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champ103

Texas

4.55/5  rDev +12.6%

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.

04-06-2013 03:18:47 | More by champ103
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.55/5  rDev +12.6%

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.

07-15-2006 01:51:22 | More by TurdFurgison
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generallee

New York

4.53/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

03-17-2011 23:13:14 | More by generallee
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Globetrotter

Virginia

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.

03-28-2004 18:08:00 | More by Globetrotter
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +12.1%

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!

10-08-2009 20:01:46 | More by bobsy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.53/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

09-14-2005 13:57:31 | More by BuckeyeNation
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intoxabroad

Taiwan

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

10-08-2012 12:56:30 | More by intoxabroad
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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!

07-20-2004 01:18:32 | More by NeroFiddled
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Rootdog316

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

06-06-2011 13:13:00 | More by Rootdog316
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mj0126

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

05-21-2012 02:00:15 | More by mj0126
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Kallenovsky

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

07-12-2014 01:07:34 | More by Kallenovsky
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

06-01-2013 22:48:43 | More by JohneHoodlum
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MrBillyMac

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

02-18-2012 02:25:55 | More by MrBillyMac
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karst

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

05-19-2005 00:46:22 | More by karst
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NeMe

Italy

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

08-23-2013 18:52:07 | More by NeMe
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NeutroMan

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

05-18-2013 22:21:06 | More by NeutroMan
Kapuziner Weissbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 404 ratings.