Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Windansea Wheat HefeweizenWindansea Wheat Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
83
good

107 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 107
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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Ratings: 107 | Reviews: 33
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 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 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 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 Halcyondays
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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 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 barleywinefiend
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
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

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 Dogbrick
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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.

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 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 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 rawfish
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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 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 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 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 Eriktheipaman
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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 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 IceAce
2.94/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Golden straw-colored transluscent body topped with a two finger collar of rapidly dissapating foam. Lacing is ok, but large fish-eye bubbles are a telltale giveaway of forced carbonation

Aroma: Nice Bavarian style nose...floral esters, hints of banana and spice, and even a wee bit of yeast

Taste: Very middle-of-the-road taste...almost as though the beer is confused as to whether to be a Euro or an imitation of it's American cousins. Virtually no hop notes detected.

Mouthfeel: Thin and one-dimensional

Drinkability: Unfortunately, this Hefe could not live up to the promises made by the nose and falls short of a beer which I would pursue.

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Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.