Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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Reviews by robotfeet:
4.72/5 rDev +29.3%
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.
05-21-2008 01:06:49 | More by robotfeet
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3.48/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
06-26-2012 01:02:52 | More by Jason
3.9/5 rDev +6.8%
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.
12-10-2008 17:07:36 | More by magictrokini
3.48/5 rDev -4.7%
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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.
11-08-2011 03:13:59 | More by ehammond1
3.76/5 rDev +3%
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.
05-28-2013 01:37:06 | More by TheSixthRing
2.2/5 rDev -39.7%
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.
03-22-2005 03:28:24 | More by logisnews
2.8/5 rDev -23.3%
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.
08-18-2008 03:51:06 | More by HalfFull
4.15/5 rDev +13.7%
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.
09-08-2010 23:05:20 | More by alleykatking
4.39/5 rDev +20.3%
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.
04-08-2014 21:25:50 | More by jjh19
Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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