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Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

89 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | 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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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
Photo of Zach_Voth
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Zach_Voth, Oct 25, 2013
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 mactrail
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

mactrail, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of Backlash209
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Backlash209, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of gshak
4/5  rDev +9.3%

gshak, May 15, 2013
Photo of jchanrahan
4/5  rDev +9.3%

jchanrahan, Aug 18, 2014
Photo of Vigilante
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Vigilante, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of ThaddeusGhostal
4/5  rDev +9.3%

ThaddeusGhostal, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of Raziel313
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Raziel313, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Eriktheipaman
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow with orange hue. Nice fluffy head.

The smell was mainly of banana with a slight spice as well.

The taste was on par with the smell except with a little more lemon zest and less is no clove.

I had this beer at California Pizza Kitchen and I'm glad because my pizza was so spicy a sip of this hefe took the heat right off. A better pairing than I could ask for.

Eriktheipaman, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of yoitsarch
4/5  rDev +9.3%

yoitsarch, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of hpthebull
4/5  rDev +9.3%

hpthebull, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of HellesTrinker
4/5  rDev +9.3%

HellesTrinker, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +9.3%

t0rin0, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of SoCaliC8
4/5  rDev +9.3%

SoCaliC8, Jan 17, 2014
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 barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy deep yellow with a nice white head. I must say...this beer looked really good. Nose is banana, wheat and not much else. Taste was mostly banana and wheat. I could not really detect any clove here. Sordove astringent on the end of the beer, taste begins to die but this beer is still good and very drinkable

barleywinefiend, May 27, 2009
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
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

spark3148857, Jul 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

largadeer, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of Drink_LocalSD
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Drink_LocalSD, Nov 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

betterbitter, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of ThePaleRider
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

ThePaleRider, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of jrohrbacher
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

jrohrbacher, Mar 25, 2012
Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.