Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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3.1/5 rDev -15.3%
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
01-22-2008 08:01:40 | More by Floydster
2.68/5 rDev -26.8%
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.
09-29-2007 02:06:07 | More by Overlord
2.75/5 rDev -24.9%
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.
07-08-2005 20:57:36 | More by DogFood11
4.15/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
09-08-2010 23:05:20 | More by alleykatking
2.8/5 rDev -23.5%
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.
08-18-2008 03:51:06 | More by HalfFull
3.9/5 rDev +6.6%
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
4/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
04-29-2011 16:30:42 | More by Eriktheipaman
3.69/5 rDev +0.8%
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
3.76/5 rDev +2.7%
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
Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.