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Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

99 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: oggg on 03-15-2004)
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Reviews by logisnews:
Photo of logisnews
2.2/5  rDev -39.9%
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.

logisnews, Mar 22, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

BubalooBrewMaster, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.48/5  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.

Jason, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of magictrokini
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of ehammond1
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

ehammond1, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of Cobrabob428
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%

Cobrabob428, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

TheSixthRing, May 28, 2013
Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

SoCalBeerIdiot, May 10, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

desteph, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of HalfFull
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

HalfFull, Aug 18, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

BrahptimusPrime, Jun 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Backlash209, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of alleykatking
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

alleykatking, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

PhillyStyle, Oct 03, 2014
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3.35/5  rDev -8.5%

LJWalker, Oct 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

spark3148857, Jul 10, 2014
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5/5  rDev +36.6%

Felipe_Lovio, Aug 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18%

MikalMick, Jun 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

largadeer, Jun 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18%

afrokaze, May 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Drink_LocalSD, Nov 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Stoffel, Jan 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

stumac, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of jjh19
4.39/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

jjh19, Apr 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ThinkRedEsq, Aug 09, 2013
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Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.