Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Windansea Wheat HefeweizenWindansea Wheat Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
83
good

108 Ratings
THE BROS
79
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%
Wants: 2
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: oggg on 03-15-2004

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Photo of Jason
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Pale beige amber cloudiness, ok lacing

SMELL: Powdered clove, banana taffy, chalky yeast, bready, vague ripe fruit

TASTE: Crisp, slick, wheat, faint twang, soft lemon, spicy, bread crust, green banana, mild esters, yeasty, semi-dry finish

A decent stab at the style, really hard to compare to the originals or even US brewers that nail the style. Not so far off that mark so it is still worth a go.

Photo of magictrokini
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap Downtown. A very nice hefe. Pours a cloudy gold with a thick white head. Nice strong aroma of banana, clove, and wheat. The taste follows through big time. Great balance, with both the clove and banana yeast esters shining on their own. A nice lemony finish.

Photo of ehammond1
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Carlsbad, CA

Mildly hazy golden orange and yellow with a minimal white head that leaves spots of lacing down the glass.

A mild aroma consisting of some banana and clove, a touch of vanilla, and lots of wheat bread.

The taste follows the aroma. This is a bready hefeweizen, and while not at all bad, again there's simply not a lot here. There's a faint banana and clove character, but it's all very mild and far-away.

Medium to thick bodied with low carbonation. Strange per the style.

An above average hefeweizen, but there will usually always be better options than this. It needed a thinner body and a lot more carbonation.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a cloudy golden orange with a white, finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a flat, smooth surface within minutes. Virtually no lacing.

Smell - Huge banana and clove notes smack the nose upon first opening. Faint citrus and wheat rounds out the aroma.

Taste - Huge banana character upfront and throughout, backed by a strong clove spice punch. Mild citrus (lemon zest) notes ring mid-taste before a touch of wheat makes it's debut near and into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with lively carbonation. Goes down smooth and easy with a nice, crisp finish.

Overall - A fine example of the style, and another of the few U.S. breweries that has done it right. Not much in the way of bubblegum character, but the banana and clove combo is there without fail.

Photo of logisnews
2.25/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

It was so fizzy it was like soda pop. I don't inow if this is the same brand of hefewizen but I got the sampler tray and they all were over carbonated. The atmosphere in the La Jolla restaurant was decent but the beer was nothing to write home about. Or a review. I'm not a beer critic but I know what I like (i.e. Los Gatos Brewing company or Kona Brewing Company Hefewizen) and this wasn't one of them. I would not go back.

Photo of HalfFull
2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a murky golden yellow into a pint glass, not much head or carbonation for this brew. Smell is rather subtle. I searched for the banana and clove that I was promised but found little of it. What is there is masked by a slightly sweet yet drying malt finish in the German style. Not effervescent or spicy and not very refreshing for the style. A typically mediocre offering from Karl.

Photo of alleykatking
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap.

A- Pours a cloudy golden yellow color. Half finger white head that dies rather quickly. Some light lacing left on the glass as I drink it down.

S- This one stayed pretty close I might say. Nice banana and clove all over the nose. There was some light wheaty bready notes sprinkled in a citrus overtone. Nothing over the top but enough to make you want to taste it.

T- Light bready wheat upfront to this. The middle had the banana and clove shine through. Light citrus and more wheaty notes on the backend. Pretty straight forward to what the aroma was. No off flavors that I have seen other people talk about.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation was a little off I thought. Wheat and citrus left on the palate with some banana and clove in the ending mixed with a sweet alcohol. Flavors were balanced I thought for the style. Light drying on the palate.

D- This was a very drinkable Hefe. Not the best I have tried by far but this one made me go back for more. A nice summertime beer that even BMC drinkers could sink their teeth and pocketbooks into.

Photo of PhillyStyle
3.76/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap:

The beer had a very nice hazy light orange color with a nice foamy head, which was not well retained, but left some decent lacing. The beer gave off a nice, robust wheat aroma. The beer had a very good taste to it, solid wheat and perhaps some spices. The beer had a nice light feel to it, as expected from the style, and the beer was easy to drink. Overall, a solid beer and one of the better U.S.-based brewer Hefes that I have tried. Would drink this beer again.

Photo of jjh19
4.37/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bright yellow/orange with a terrific tiny bubble head.

Smell: I got a lot of banana in the smell.

Taste: A delicious sweetness. I get a lot of banana and vanilla notes. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth.

Drinkability: My favorite Hef I’ve ever had. Windansea Wheat is a hidden gem in the Karl Strauss beer line-up.

Photo of hopdog
3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Karl Strauss Beer Cart located in Disneyland.

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with a small sized white head. Aromas of bananas, cloves, and light citrus. Tastes of wheat, with ligther bananas and lighter cloves. An average and drinkable Hefe.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured on-tap in downtown San Diego at the Columbia Street brewpub. The beer was poured into a pint glass with a cloudy yellow color and no head. The beer is almost completely opaque, being the epitome of unfiltered. The beer is banana and sweet on the nose. The flavors lean more towards nut, with hints of banana. There are also vanilla undertones, with a clove emphasis on the finish. Sharp and bitter notes to the aftertaste, and the complexity and transition of flavors at the end of the beer affect the drinkability. Not a smooth, easy beer like most Hefs.

Photo of robotfeet
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When I read the other reviews on this beer I felt that I had a duty to perform. I have had a lot of different hefe's before: Bavarian, American, etc., and this is my favorite one so far. The beer is the cloudiest hefe I have ever seen. It is a light yellow/orange color. The smell is sweet. The taste has hints of banana and vanilla. The beer is only lightly carbonated and therefore has little head. The traditional way of drinking a hefe is with a lemon, but this one is great with or without. Everyone has different tastes and I am only sharing mine. However, if you have never had this beer before, I think it is at least worth trying.

Photo of MadCat
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

Appearance: Pale cloudy yellow color, decent white head, some lacing

Smell: Banana and clove yeast, bready, and some fuit

Taste: Wheat, spice, lemon, bread, banana, and yeast

Mouthfeel: Medium body, full carbonation

Overall: Not a bad Hefeweizen, but not a standout for the style. Good if you are in the mood for one.

Photo of DogFood11
2.8/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had lunch today at "islands" in beverly hills. Its a middle of the road type place like red robin or applebee's. Needless to say the selection of beers was weak so I went with the only brew there I havent tried. Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen really drew me in as the appearance was very good. Cloudy, golden, nice head and decent lacing. This beer has all the makings of a quality product...I JUST MAY STOP IN TO THIS PLACE AGAIN!! Then in one big boring second it all comes to an end. The taste is weak with nothing stepping up and claiming I AM THE BEER. Its watery mouthfeel and overemphasized carbonation is annoying. Not again. Although I shouldnt say that because it still beats the other crap they had on tap.

Photo of mactrail
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange flavor is the standout. Sweet and rich. Spicy but less flavor than most Hefeweizens. Nice nose, very fragrant with spicy wheat esters. Pleasant cloudy amber in the tall glass.

I thought this was very nice for a first beer of the evening. Clean, plenty of flavor, quite malty. It's not the classic German style but so much better than many awful American wheat beers I have to give it some credit. Enjoyed at the Tap Room in Pacific Beach.

Photo of SteveO1231
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good Hefeweizen.

Cloudy yellow color, with a thin white head. Lots of yeast. Low carbonation. Served too cold.

Strong banana scent mixed with citrus.

This hefe was full of banana flavor, nice smooth finish. A little sweet. Nice a crisp, good summer beer.

Very drinkable, strong fruit-filled hefe, very light on the palate.

Cheers!

Photo of HopHead84
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12/23/2011

On tap at Karl Strauss. I can see people hovering over the coy pond with cameras and big smiles on their faces. I can only assume they are observing the coy.

A: Light yellow and very hazy with an inch of white cream.

S: Spicy clove with a little pepper. Banana blends with light bubblegum notes. Malt is grainy with some biscuit.

T: Wheat and a bold lemon note. I don't see a lemon in the glass but the flavor is undeniable. Clove and banana are both pronounced.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: Okay but too heavy on the clove for me.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent wheat by KS. Luckily for me I grew up in RI and traveled in MV and Nantucket a lot since 2000. I first came across this place and come whenever I return. What a combo of beautiful island with great beaches and great beer.

Photo of brentk56
3.17/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a very murky honey color with a head that fades quickly without leaving a trace

Smell: Green banana, vanilla cream, artificial sweetener and a hint of clove

Taste: Wheat bread with mashed green banana, up front, with a building sense of vanilla cream that overwhelms, in the middle; the clove adds a bit of spice, after the swallow, but the finish is very very sweet

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I was expecting more of an American Wheat so it was interesting that the beer turned out to be a Hefe; but still, this is well off the mark of the better examples of the style

Thanks, cocoapuph, for the opportunity

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky yellow with a 1/2 inch foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, grain, spice, banana, and slight bubblegum. There is a slight vegetal aroma that I am picking up on as well. Taste is much the same with a grain and spice aftertaste. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and definitely drinkable for what it is, but I am not too sure I would go after this one again.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Karl Strauss gets the call. From a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Not much head is formed on top of this bright yellow, almost goldenrod colored beer. It's cloudy, with head retention which is below average and is just a small lace. But the nose is very promising. It's big on banana, offers some good wheat notes, a pleasant baking spice, and good yeast.

Pleasant banana bread flavor upfront. There's some lemon and unitty yeast going on as well. The taste isn't far off from a "4"., it's that close. Light bodied, crisp, and easy to drink. All this makes Windansea Wheat a good (and underrated) beer to drink.

Photo of Floydster
3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pint from the PB Tap Room a couple days ago for four dollars

Been meaning to try this for quite some time now but surprisingly I do not see it many places and it is not available in bottles as far as I know

Color was a medium orange yellow with a very murky body, 3/4 inch creamy white head, some nice retention, minimal lacing

Smell was all over the place but not bad, wheat, citrus, bananas, butter, sweet malt, faint bready aromas, and lots of vanilla

Taste had lots of citrus from the beginning, chewy wheat aftertaste followed by an immediate sweetness, everything in the smell seemed to show up in the taste as well, weird vanilla and banana flavors once it warmed that made it pretty hard to drink, definitely one of the sweeter hefeweizens I have tasted, needed some of that famous Karl Strauss hoppiness to balance some of the sweet tastes out

Body was super thick for a hef, not as much carbonation as would think either, taste did last long and there was a noticeably sweet mouthfeel

Could not drink much of this stuff and I cannot say that about many wheat beers out there, just too sweet and tiresome after a while, the ABV is low but it is heavy and thick, maybe another pint maximum if I had not drank anything else at that sitting

Definitely not my favorite Karl Strauss beer, not too upset that this is a draft only brew, probably would not drink again, think it would be probably be even worse in the summer with the sweetness and the heat, not a session beer like many other beers of this style

Photo of Overlord
2.71/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ugh.

Looks nice, with a pleasant cloudy golden color. Smells appropriately wheaty/grassy/citrus-ey. Mouthfeel is abysmal: thin, watery, little to no head, no lacing, no substance. Taste is thin as well. Carbonated water with some wheat and hops mixed in.

Stay away.

Photo of tdawgydog
3.06/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at the Karl Strauss Brewpup in La Jolla. Poured into a 16oz Hefeweizen glass, it poured a mirky golden yellow with little to no head by the time it was brought to my table. The beer was ok, nothing special. It was not one of the better Hefe's that I have had but it wasn't terrible either. I guess it was just meh!

Photo of ArrogantB
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the downtown Karl Strauss location. Hazy, cloudy yellow like a witbier usually does. Yeasty aroma with some wheat. Flavor was all banana, overpowering. No bubblegum unless someone makes banana flavored bubblegum. It wasn't gross but I wouldn't buy it.

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Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.