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Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

87 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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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BrahptimusPrime

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -11%

06-27-2014 20:05:56 | More by BrahptimusPrime
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

01-08-2011 08:26:05 | More by GarthDanielson
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%

On draught at Islands restaurant in Huntington Beach, served with a lemon. The beer is a hazy yellow-gold color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing. Wheat, bananas and clove in the nose. Medium, clean body with wheat, tropical fruit and sweet spice flavors. The finish is fruity with a lingering wheaty aftertaste. Above average overall.

12-19-2007 20:41:56 | More by Dogbrick
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oggg

California

3.43/5  rDev -6%

Part of a 6 beer sampler

"An unfiltered SoCal-style wheat beer. Not your average American hefeweizen!" 3 srm 15 ibu 3.5 body

so it says on the Karl Strauss website. I can buy that it is more in the hefeweizen style as opposed to an American-style wheat ale. The name Wheat Hefeweizen is pretty annoying though. And what is SoCal style?

This beer pours a nice hazy full yellow. Minimal head due to sample size. This beer actually has a decently apparent, sweet aroma. I get a decent amount of banana and spiciness with no hop bitterness. Nice wheaty taste and feel. Refreshing and light. Good for newbies. Somewhere in the middle range for wheats that I've tasted.

03-15-2004 06:02:49 | More by oggg
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Halcyondays

California

3.43/5  rDev -6%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy goldenrod with a medium white head, some lace.

S: Banana notes, cream, bubblegum.

T: Lemon and banana, with some definite wheat malt flavour. By the books, to style.

M: Light-bodied, crisp carbonation, creamy feel overall.

O: A solid American hefe, and actually has some solid yeast flavours. A good local beer for the summer, the first time I've seen it in stores.

06-17-2012 01:29:23 | More by Halcyondays
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Jason

Massachusetts

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
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ehammond1


3.48/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

11-08-2011 03:13:59 | More by ehammond1
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

07-11-2012 02:39:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

05-03-2013 21:18:36 | More by ArrogantB
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

05-10-2013 17:57:35 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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Stoffel

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-05-2012 04:23:13 | More by Stoffel
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ThinkRedEsq

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

08-09-2013 02:47:42 | More by ThinkRedEsq
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Braz

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

04-24-2013 19:08:57 | More by Braz
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likesbeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

02-02-2013 21:39:34 | More by likesbeer
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cdwil

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-29-2011 21:58:02 | More by cdwil
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

03-07-2012 04:29:04 | More by SocalKicks
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Beermazter310

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-05-2013 07:00:59 | More by Beermazter310
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MadCat

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

11-26-2013 01:45:28 | More by MadCat
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Rob8404

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-12-2014 19:59:29 | More by Rob8404
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dcmchew

Romania

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

08-19-2014 11:52:07 | More by dcmchew
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

08-28-2013 16:26:03 | More by GraduatedCashew
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BeerOps

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

06-25-2013 03:32:48 | More by BeerOps
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dgherm

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

07-10-2014 22:02:36 | More by dgherm
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rawfish

California

3.69/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a cloudy banana hue with huge head, four fingers if poured too vigorously. Decent retention and a slight lacing that slips down towards the liquid.

Banana, clove, heavy yeast, generic hefe aroma but this beer absolutely flaunts it and keeps down the grain and cereal malt aromas. It even delivers a bit of lemon and grass hops, hmmm.

Big carbonation is getting in the way of the nice banana, and clove spices leaving just enough to mingle with some cereal grain, lemony wheat and powder in the finish. Really good profile, the carbonation starts to fade as the beer warms.

Carbonation bomb, the first few sips I felt as though I was missing half the flavor after fighting through all the bubbles. Other than being grossly overcarbonated the body is lighter than it looks and is easier to drink the longer the beer sits.

All in all I was surprised by this beer, it has all the makings of a good hefe in flavor and bouquet. If it could just tone down the carbonation a bit this could be alot better.

01-26-2013 03:31:45 | More by rawfish
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DoubleJ

California

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

12-29-2012 04:51:33 | More by DoubleJ
Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.