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Kapuziner Weissbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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90
outstanding

440 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.39%
Wants: 34
Gots: 22 | 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 BogleHill
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flip top bottle from Julio's. A hazy light orange brew with a white fluffy head and good carbonation. Very good spicy citrus aroma. Mouthfeel is light with good citrus and spice / banana and clove flavors. Crisp and refreshing finish. Pretty good overall.

Photo of dasenebler
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

.5L swing-top, Germany.

Atop a cloudy, burnt orange body sits one of the best heads I've experienced in a while: three fingers, creamy and rocky, with very good lacing, too.

The aroma is lightly tart, with a notes of spice and banana.

The flavor leans towards the yeasty and bready rather than the fruity, but is very well-balanced. Touch of banana, but mainly fresh bread and earthy yeast. Finish is somewhat herbal and clove-like. The mouthfeel is outstanding, with soft, effervescent carbonation that fills the mouth in creamy layers.

I'd never heard of the Kapuziner before I bought it, and it turned out to be an excellent wheat beer. Zum wohl!

Photo of beerbrains
2.93/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a swing top bottle into a stein a hazy straw color in the glass topped a white head that quickly disappears.

Nice nose sweet and malty with some light banana esters. But not as explosive as most German hefes I've tried.

The flavor follows the nose closely with the addition of yeasty tropical fruits and lemony citrus.

It has a crisp dry finish that is missing the chewy grain mouthfeel that I usually enjoy in a hefe. Hefe-light?

If I didn't know better I would have guessed this was made by a large American brewery for appeal to a wide American audience.

Paired it up nicely with a side of dry roasted almonds.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into my half-liter Paulaner weizen glass. The color is a dirty lemonade yellow. Very murky. Two and a half fingers of thick, white head developed and dissipated to leave a foamy cap and eventually a ring around the edge.

Smell: The first whiff is a pleasant noseful of the classic hefeweizen esters and herbal spice. Banana, apple, clove, and a little bit of bubble gum.

Taste: Much more potent than the smell. Ripe bananas, apple cider, wheat bread, yeast. The flavor also features a bit of slightly tart bubble gum. Following the malts is a perfect hopping of clove and pepper, which linger on the back of the tongue after each sip. The mouthfeel is heavy, but also very dry.

Drinkability: This is a classic hefeweizen, though a little drier than I'm familiar with. Though not stellar, this is a top-notch brew much like its dunkelweizen counterpart, and I'm sure it makes Bavarians very happy and lubricated.

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.34/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this 500mL brown bottle from Wegmans in Cicero NY for $3.69. Code 1814343 on the label. Served cold in a chilled weizen glass.

I poured this a bit heavy and backed off just in time to keep it from going over the rim. But the beer certainly did help out in that effort, because the head rose to a good 1/2" over the top of the glass and held together without spilling over (I actually measured it). Brew is a cloudy honey color with abundant carbo floating upward. Nose is stale cinnamon (AKA "styrene", the fake plasticy kind of spice that seriously turns me off. Did you ever bite into a styrofoam cup or plate etc? That's what I'm talking about), a bit of astringent banana peel, skunk, yeast. For the most part, taste follows directly from it. Feel is average for the style.

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Top 50 German beers tick #23, wahoo. Bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt, no freshness date.

The body is a dirty dark amber, not exactly the most appetizing appearance, but you have to be a little forgiving with weizens. It pours with an inch and a half of white suds, which settles to a thin cap in time.

It smells pleasantly citrusy, lemon and lime-like. There's a light malty sweetness, wheat and tropical fruit (pineapple) along with a dash of spice. Pretty distinctive for the style, actually.

Taste is quite good, very fruity - lemon, pineapple, banana. Clove and pepper are noticeable up front, but fade away mid-palate. Malty, but not particularly sweet at any point, this is refreshing stuff. The finish is mellow and brief, banana and pear-like esters lingering on the tongue.

Very good, certainly a standout hefeweizen. Glad I finally got around to trying this.

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

Pours a cloudy straw color, with a decent head.
Smells are lacking in the clove that I usually get in bavarian hefe's and the banana, but it has a more mild smell.
The taste is quite Bavarian however, but it is more citrusy than I expected.

A good example of a German wheat.

Photo of treque
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Shade of orange, slightly turbeo with large bubble lather, with constant, heavy carbonation. The head has very high retention and residual.

S: In his aroma citrus notes are perceived, which are more penetrating than in the taste

T: With a slight hint of sweetness at first, passes through an acidity and bitterness with a good long finish slightly bitter citrus.

Medium body

Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap@ armsby abbey.
A: Huge head so big the pour takes longer than Guiness. As it fades it leaves a nice lacing and notches for each sip. Its a hazywheat golden orange color.

N: nice bavarian here with nice wheat, obvious German Bavarian malts, citrus and orange peel, lemon grass, effervescence.

T: Starts like a hefe, wheat citrus lemongrass, Bavarian malts, banana, light pale grassy hops even. Slightly chewy, little Bavarian yeast with fruit and crispness.

M: Med to lighter body with good carbonation.

F: crisp finish, lingering wheat, little sweetness and sticky, little too sweet overall, some citrus, fruits and banana. Lingering Bavarian malts and fruity crisp yeast remnants. Drinkable and tasty for a summer here, but a little too sweet and sticky.

Photo of charlieos
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

very solid, if pretty conservative, wheat beer. not going to change your life, but probably a good representative of wheat beers in general.

I wish it had a little stronger wheat flavor. Unlike a lot of new wheat beers it didn't strike me as too fruity or overly spiced.

Photo of RuudJH
3.06/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kulmbacher Kapuziner weissbier. 0.5 swingcap bottle.

Great look of golden hazy beer with big head. Not too much carbonation.

Smell and taste are biscuits, malt , yeast. Low on banana and citrus notes. Low on spices as well. Not much hops either, allthough the bottle states it contains both hops and hop extracts.

Watery mouthfeel, plus disappointing of refreshment.
This beer needs more carbonation, as well as flavours.
Not a very impressive weissbier.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy butterscotch color with an average sized, light and foamy white head. Disappears fairly fast leaving no lace but plenty of bubbles.

S - Very grainy and wheat like with less banana/gum/clove aroma. There is an overly ripe banana smell and hints of clove and bubblegum. Hints of lemon type of citrus. Fairly strong bready aroma as well. Much more grain driven smell than some other Hefeweizens that I've had.

T - Faint taste of overly ripe banana and some bubblegum start off the taste. Some sweet grainy/bready malt flavor with a bit of a wet wheat flavor comes in soon afterward. This makes up the primary flavor for the beer. Some clove and spiced flavors come in mid to late sip with a slight taste of medicinal and alcohol taste. Banana shows up a bit again at the end.

M - Medium body and very carbonated. Very smooth and has a creamy feel to it.

D - Very easy to drink beer both in body and in flavor. Makes for a nice summertime treat that goes down easy and is quite refreshing.

Notes: Best before 29/09/10. This had a bit less of the typical Hefeweizen taste of banana, bubblegum, and clove. They were still present and contributed, but they were greatly masked by the grainy/bready taste. Not a bad beer, in fact it was enjoyable to drink, I just think it fell a bit flat for the style. Definitely worth a try, and I would have another, but I think there are better examples of the style.

Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1PT .9FL swing-top bottle served in my Weihenstephaner weizen glass. Poured with a dense, creamy white cap that occupied 90% of the glass before it eventually dissipated into a solid skim - no appreciable lacing on this one. As the head gradually recedes, it reveals a tranlucent, orange liquid. Nose expresses a hint of cloves and banana esters, but not as bold as some more prominent examples of the style. Taste follows nose - definitely a nice German Hefe, but somewhat muted, as suggested by the nose. A little bit of lemon also comes out in the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-bodied with an even and pleasant carbonation and a little bit of acidity. Definitely an easy drinking and refreshing Hefe. I wouldn't pass this up as a draft option, but does not stand up to the likes of some of the better ones in my opinion.

Photo of steelerguy
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Didn't have the head retention I would expect from a hefe. Hazy gold color with orange highlights. Low carbonation could be the reason head retention was not great. (This was a growler fill, so very dependent on place I got it from)

S - What, spice, clove, esters.

T - The wheat really stands out, but there are also flavors of clove, ripe banana, light citrus, with a slight bubble gum.

M - Light and refreshing, could use some more carbonation but it wasn't there. Again, from a growler so dependent upon distributor.

D - Like the mouthfreel, it is light and refreshing. This is perfect for a summer day or after working outside when you not only want a beer but want something refreshing.

Photo of digita7693
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a slightly murky dark orange gold color, with a beautiful white head

s Wheat, citrus and hint of bubble gum and honey

t banana, some citrus and wheat, bit more prominent than in other Weißbiers, but this is a good think

d very drinkable, simply put this is my favorite weißbier, always have some on hand

Photo of wagenvolks
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml swing-top bottle into a Dogfish Head off-centered pint glass.

A murky, dull peach body with a yeasty haze fills the glass. Spittle-colored foam covers Kapuziner with a thin film that retains well but leaves no lace. Soft notes of clove and white pepper in the aroma with yeasty esters that suggest banana and dried pineapple. Faint floral hops and toasted wheat malt adds a solid background.

A bit more spice in the flavor (orange peel and clove), and the crisp carbonation level dries out the finish. Light sulfur minerals in the middle with semi-stale wheat malt and vanilla flavors. Light body is crisp and packs a tight carbonation level, but feels a bit thin on the front of the tongue. Overall, Kapuziner is a decent Bavarian Hefe, but I'd take Live Oak's Hefeweizen over this any day of the week.

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml flip top bottle.

Pours a hazy dark golden color with a huge white head. The aroma is strong cloves and bananas. The flavor is more of the same with some pithy orange in there as well. The flavors are balanced with neither the banana or cloves standing out. You also get quite a bit of wheat as well as some caramel. The mouthfeel is medium, soft and creamy and the carbonation is low.

This was labeled as Kapuziner Bavarian Hefeweizen but everything I have found (including the Kapuziner website) says this is the same beer as the Kapuziner Weissbier.

Photo of TheSarge
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle with a flip top cap.

Darker than most hefeweizens, and has a beautiful rich and creamy off white head. The color is of caramel, and is quite murky.

This is spicy in the nose, with cloves, slight banana, and a bit of a metallic hint.

The taste is of banana and bubble gum. Mouth feel wise it's slick and creamy. All the way around a great solid hefeweizen.

Photo of woosterbill
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
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 allengarvin
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This opened with a decisive POP, and a light spraying mist of beer--a good sign, since swing-tops often go flat. Poured into a traditional weizen glass, this beer presents a dark gold color with a dense, thick head, over an inch tall. Nearly perfect looking. The nose has a lot of wheat malt in, though fruitiness and phenols are light and not prominent. The flavor is disappointing... where are the essential weizen characteristics? you have to really hunt for them. There is a pleasant maltiness, with nice melanoidens, but it's only lightly fruity, and hardly a bit of clove to be found..

Photo of rtepiak
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

part of a hef taste night in dallas. abv is the same as the their hef... it may be that the beer may have a different label???

pour is golden orange with a healthy head. when the wheat malt pour it looks dingy brown. nose of clove and citrus... mild banana. palate is a bit earthier than most. some banana, nice clove making it quite dry and a minty finish. a bit of sweet cotton candy and earth linger. the earthy quality may be my hopes for a helles side of the hef... can't really say until i try the strictly hef no thank you bavarian. great beer. not too sweet.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.23/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a weizen glass)
A- There is a hazy orange body with a strong carbonation of big bubbles that supports a pancake bubble head that last for a good bit.
S- There is a nice crisp pine note that has a pleasant light fresh honey note to the finish.
T- This beer has a dry club soda note with some bread dough and a faint alcohol hint. This beer has a soft flat apple juice finish with a soft bubble gum note that grows a bit as it warms.
M- This beer has a full mouthfeel with a watery texture.
D- This beer has a light crisp soft wheat bread flavor with a slight watery note. The flavor are pretty subtle but the apple flavors are a bit off.

Photo of berley31
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of roddwolff
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very cloudy nectar-yellow color, has a lighter shade at the bottom of the mug and darker as it approaches the head; the foamy head looks like snow, abundant and long lasting, but not lacing;

S: First vanilla and bubble gum, after smelling carefully i detected some wheat and banana;

T: Banana and floral hops, the finish have wheat, adding a spicy touch;

M: Refreshing, medium body and creamy;

D: Very good wheat beer, but not outstanding like Erdinger.

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

On tap at Max and Moritz in Berlin, Germany. If you're in Berlin, make the trip to one of the best hidden restaurants on Orianenstraße in Kreutzberg. The food is perfect, great service, and a fantastic beer list.

Hazy straw with golden notes. Thick two-inch head typical of service in Germany. Always fun to look at.

Strong banana and wheat. The banana is sweet, and there's a great deal of yeast in the smell - naturally.

Rich yeasty and wheat flavors. Slightly overripe banana, but not too much.

As most hefeweizen are, refreshing and slightly sweet. A more Barvarian example - my Berliner friends didn't let me forget that! - but still tasty nonetheless.

Great for, as many Germans do, an afternoon refresher. Typical example of the style.

Kapuziner Weissbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.