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Kapuziner Weissbier - Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

452 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 452
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 36
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-05-2002

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of MasterSki
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flip top bottle poured into an Erdinger weissbrau glass intentionally served with sediment. Beer is dark amber to brown and hazy with a nice thick white head of small bubbles that completely coats the glass. The carbonation is high and aggressive but not overly so. Loots really nice, its a little dark but that might be my fault.

Aroma is sweet, mild, grainy, with some banana notes. Smells good.

Beer is medium in body and wet in the mouth. The carbonation on the palate is surprisingly low. Its tasty but slightly grainy too. The banana is a lingering flavor that fades forward from the back. I love hefeweizens and this isn't my favorite. Its probably a middle of the road hefeweizen honestly. Its good, well flavored, appropriately light. It fine.

Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Ah, hefeweizen - a difficult style to master and one that demands an elegance of simplicity. Expectations are high given the brewery, but can this compete with world-class offerings?

BOTTLE: 1 pint 9.4 fl oz. Brown glass. Swingtop, with a paper neck label splayed across the bar of the swingtop to ensure the contents are as labelled (this label is ripped when the swingtop is opened). "2412212." Green label. I guess Kulmbacher rebrands this is as "Bavarian Hefe-Weizen" for the American export market.

Cost was $3.29 USD at an Austin, TX bottle shop. 5.40% ABV. Served cold into a pilsner glass.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 3.5 fingers wide. Creamy frothy white colour head. Good even consistency, with a natural smoothness. Appears healthy and lively. Retention is quite good - easily 10 minutes. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Clear copper, with more of a filtered kellerweiss look and no yeast particulate at all. It's not the vibrant orange colour with ample haziness that I expect in a good example of the style.

It's appealing, sure, but I've seen far better in the style. This fails to rival offerings from Ayinger, Franziskaner, Weihenstephaner, Erdinger, et al.

AROMA: It's more the banana and clove camp of hefe character than the orange peel and cream, but I do note some sherbert characteristics. The clean wheat backbone is nice, but could come off more fresh. Clean barley. Mild floral hop character.

Overall, it's appealing for a hefeweizen. Aromatic intensity is average.

I'd like a more vitamin-y overt yeast character, as well as more evocative wheat. Orange peel would be nice.

TASTE: Has a clean wheat backbone but the freshness just isn't there. The clove and banana yeast characteristics are lovely, but I'd prefer orange peel personally. The banana isn't artificial (i.e. runt-esque, if you will) and tastes authentic.

Kulmbacher nails the balance that is integral to the style, and brings plenty of subtlety and nuance to the table, but to be fair there are more intricate weissbiere with a fresher presentation and even subtler flavour profiles out there. To nitpick, the clove is a bit reticent and the yeast could be more evocative.

TEXTURE: Delightfully creamy, light, and refreshing. It's a bit too full-bodied; I wonder if more of a flaked malt bill would leaven this up a bit. Aptly smooth and wet, with a biteen too much thickness and weight on the palate. Overall presence on the palate is quite good, though it could use some dialing in to really elevate the beer. The best brews in the style are uniquely delicate and fragile in the mouthfeel, but this is fairly middle-of-the-road.

OVERALL: Of course it's highly drinkable, but not so much so as my personal favourites in the style (Ayinger, Franziskaner, Weihenstephaner). Its well-worth trying, and banana hefeweizen fans will love it, but for my money I'd sooner go for a more orange peel-emphatic build with a lighter fresher feel. I'll plan on revisiting this on-draught, but based on this imported bottle, this won't amaze the discerning drinker. Certainly better than many U.S. attempts at the style, but not world-class.

B-

Photo of jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass

Pours cloudy golden yellow with a huge, towering head that descends and hangs around. Broken rings of lacing stick to glass.

The smell is of banana/clove. Nothing unusual, but very fresh and robust.

The taste is of banana/clove - not quite as powerful as in the aroma, but pleasant. Sweet grainy malt leaves a candy-like sweetness, but well-balanced by tropical fruitiness. Finishes sweet and tangy.

The body is appropriately light, smooth and refreshing.

This is very easy-to-drink and quite the refresher/thirst-quencher

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of WesWes
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +23.8%

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 wrightst
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Halcyondays
2.9/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.56/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brown 0.5 litre bottle, best before 07-2008, drank 12-2007.

Poured into one of my Franziskaner Weissbier glasses.

This is a hazy one, all Hefeweizen are hazy, but this one is real hazy. The huge white head sits atop busy bubbley highly carbonated beer.

It may be the haze king but its aroma is small fry compared to others. There is some vanilla and banana, but very little in comparison with most other hefeweizen.

All the right flavours are here, but it appears lightwieght in everything about it. The mouthfeel is weak, the flavours don't linger and the aftertaste isn't correct.

Not overly impressed with this beer, I have had many better Hefeweizen and I'll not be having another of these.

Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Normal looking hefe, a yellow-gold with cloudy yeast. The uyeast actually gives a little extra kick, so be sure to mix it in. The flavor besides that is average, but that's among other great German hefes. There's spicy banana with a touch of citrus. Not many beers pull of a complex mouthfeel, but this one's creamy mouthfeel, but it finishes juicy like a good hefe.

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kapuziner Weissbier poured from a 16 oz bottle into a large weizen glass. Appears a murky straw yellow with a nice pillowy froth to it.

Light aroma of wheat and some soft grains.

All the typical flavors found within the style, hay like wheat and roasted grains adding a bit of sweetness. Bitter, almost sour, euro style hop adds some lemon rind notes. Minerally at times but that only adds to the uniqueness. A faint spiciness is found, bringing to mind clove and anisseed. Muted banana on the back end with the Munich style malt.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a lingering spicey finish.

Overall a quite drinkable beer that was good until the last drop. With a moderate price point, this beer could be a staple.

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev -1%

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

On-tap at Kulmbacher im Bahnhof in Bamberg and served in a 300 ml weizen glass, on to the beer:

A few shaded darker than yellow is this weizen, with a head which retains well like most of the fresh German beers that I had in Bavaria. The aroma brings a solid base of banana and banana bread, yet still feels like something is missing. The missing aspect comes around in the taste; spice. Banana bread and vague baking spices bring some fun to this weizen, and with time gets a little more fruity. It's light bodied with pleasantly crisp carbonation, and is an easy drinker. When fresh, this is one to try.

Photo of weeare138
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appears a cloudy haze of orange toned gold with a heavy, tight head of off-white foam that slowly fades out into a sticky, batter-like head and collar. Lots of scattered lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, bananas, clove, and tropical pineapple.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with tart wheat found among the banana milkshake mixed with vanilla ice cream.
Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, milkshake like, along with some light lemony citrus coming through.

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

Pours a very hazy golden, virtually opaque and classic for the style. Nice initial head fades to a thin cap and leaves some spotty lacing. Smells spicy with clove and pears, no real banana. Nice herbal background and some pepper as well. The taste is very nice. Spicy notes from the yeast, crisp and with creamy soft wheat flavors, beautifully balanced. On the crisp rather than creamy side, and quite spicy, this one holds your interest as you continue to drink.

Photo of smakawhat
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the swing top bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Big fluffy and uniform creamy off white and vanilla yellow, eggy looking head. Cloudy and deep rusted bronze body and fairly opaque if a little hazy. Creamy retention slowly settling, can't see much carbonation through the glass since it's quite dark for a body color.

I am loving this nose. Big fruity esters, and spritzy wine like aromas. Hints of lemon, and spicy classic clove characters. Bready caramel and toffee sweetness round out, lots of hinting cinnamon, powdered sugar and toast. Really impressive.

With that angle coming, I thought I was in for something really unique. In the end we have just classic hefe. Palate fills with a bright fruited sense of lemon, then finishes with some good hinting banana. Lightly bodied on the palate, and minimal carbonated, but some of the lightness causes some of the malts to wash out.

Overall pretty neat one, but comes out like a classic in it's realm.

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of wl0307
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bottle at an excellent offie, the Nelson Wines, South Wimbledon, SW London. BB 07/04/06, served lightly chilled in a weizen glass.

A: dark honeyish-orange golden hue, coming with a thick frothy white head dissipating slowly; the carbonation is just right--constant streams of tiny bubbles ascending from the bottom of the nectar.
S: at the first pour when I choose to serve it relatively clean, a very pronounced aroma explodes, mixed of banana-skin, caramel, sweet grains (wheat-ish), on top of a rich and exciting backbone of banana oil and bubble gum, along with some exotic yeastiness. The second pour, having disturbed the yeast-sediments, reveals more shell-fish (e.g. small clams) like salty-sweetness from the yeasts (in a way, it's almost like how the ocean smells in a distance...). Overall, the spicy hint is reduced to the minimum, thus lacking more complexity. But the aroma really is intense and pleasant enough.
T: a lightly sweet grainy flavour expands on the tongue immediately, followed by mildly spicy+fruity flavour of bananas, faintly bitter-lemons, sweet exotic yeastiness (like "Chinese green-bean paste" which appears quite often in many Belgian pale ales as well); turning slightly dry after the mid-flavour, finished warm-ish and soft down the palate, without falling thin and sour-sugary in the end as some other weizens do. Satisfying finish with a very good wheat+malty backbone.
M&D: due to very soft texture and a nicely-tuned carbonated body, the mouthfeel is really ideal for this beer style. I would've loved to see more spices in it, but the beer as it is already is pretty remarkable. The balanced body and flavour ensures its high drinkability even as a session weizen!

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Zorro
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled due to the kindness of MABZ.

The pour reveals a cloudy light brown colored Hefe with a decent but not spectacular white head.

The smell is sweet and malty with a fair amount of banana and clove scent to it. This is a beer that is heavier on the banana than the clove and smells a bit like a banana Crème brûlée. Malt is a bit sugary with a fair wheat cracker aroma.

The taste begins neutral sweet and quite spicy on the tongue. Sweetness subsides quickly and this quickly becomes a clove and spice drop flavored HefeWeizen. Fairly bready in taste the banana that I could smell is totally gone in the taste. Malt and spice are what this beer is all about.

Mouthfeel is quite full in this beer, almost like toast in milk thick.

A nice drinkable Hefe but maybe not a perfect summer beer. This is quite thick heavy with malt and substantial for a German wheat beer. This is a quite nice winter to spring transition beer almost being a little like a bock in its thickness. In the summer though this probably would be a bit too thick. A good beer for 70 degree days but not really a beer for a hot day.

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 jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a five finger white head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Lemony yeasty nose. Starts sweet, lemony, piney, yeast and hops are balanced nicely in background, finish is clean. Nice Hefe. $2.50 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Kapuziner Weissbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
90 out of 100 based on 452 ratings.