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Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

83 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | 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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Overlord

California

2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2007 02:06:07 | More by Overlord
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DogFood11

California

2.75/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2005 20:57:36 | More by DogFood11
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alleykatking

Indiana

4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2010 23:05:20 | More by alleykatking
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2beerdogs

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-10-2014 18:51:41 | More by 2beerdogs
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HalfFull

California

2.8/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2008 03:51:06 | More by HalfFull
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magictrokini

California

3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2008 17:07:36 | More by magictrokini
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-25-2012 01:34:15 | More by jrohrbacher
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BeerOps

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

06-25-2013 03:32:48 | More by BeerOps
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funkel81

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-11-2013 19:22:31 | More by funkel81
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Eriktheipaman

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2011 16:30:42 | More by Eriktheipaman
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dgherm

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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

California

3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 01:37:06 | More by TheSixthRing
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rawfish

California

3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 03:31:45 | More by rawfish
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spark3148857

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-10-2014 02:42:30 | More by spark3148857
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +24%

07-05-2014 00:53:56 | More by stumac
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Irrationalist

California

3/5  rDev -17.4%

04-28-2012 16:48:19 | More by Irrationalist
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gshak

Texas

4/5  rDev +10.2%

05-15-2013 13:18:30 | More by gshak
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Beermazter310

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

06-05-2013 07:00:59 | More by Beermazter310
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Raziel313

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

01-30-2014 10:44:35 | More by Raziel313
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Hohnbaum

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-14-2014 00:01:41 | More by Hohnbaum
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SoCaliC8

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

01-17-2014 11:40:04 | More by SoCaliC8
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yoitsarch

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-21-2012 20:33:50 | More by yoitsarch
Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.