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Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
81
good

96 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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 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 HalfFull
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

HalfFull, Aug 18, 2008
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 LJWalker
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%

LJWalker, Oct 11, 2014
Photo of jrohrbacher
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

jrohrbacher, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of funkel81
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

funkel81, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

SoCalBeerIdiot, May 10, 2013
Photo of BeerOps
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

BeerOps, Jun 25, 2013
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 rawfish
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

rawfish, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of dgherm
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

dgherm, Jul 10, 2014
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
Photo of Stoffel
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Stoffel, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of stumac
4.5/5  rDev +23%

stumac, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of spark3148857
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

spark3148857, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of Braz
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Braz, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of Raziel313
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Raziel313, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of PhillyStyle
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

PhillyStyle, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of Hohnbaum
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Hohnbaum, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of Irrationalist
3/5  rDev -18%

Irrationalist, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of hunteraw
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

hunteraw, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of gshak
4/5  rDev +9.3%

gshak, May 15, 2013
Photo of Beermazter310
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Beermazter310, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of hpthebull
4/5  rDev +9.3%

hpthebull, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of BreweryRun
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

BreweryRun, Jul 10, 2014
Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.