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Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Windansea Wheat HefeweizenWindansea Wheat Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
83
good

89 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.57%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | 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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HalfFull

California

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
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magictrokini

California

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
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jrohrbacher

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

03-25-2012 01:34:15 | More by jrohrbacher
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funkel81

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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

California

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
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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

California

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
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TheSixthRing

California

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
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Stoffel

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

01-05-2012 04:23:13 | More by Stoffel
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spark3148857

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +23%

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

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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

California

3/5  rDev -18%

04-28-2012 16:48:19 | More by Irrationalist
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Raziel313

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

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

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.3%

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

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-14-2014 00:01:41 | More by Hohnbaum
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Beermazter310

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

03-31-2013 00:48:52 | More by hpthebull
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SoCaliC8

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

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

California

4/5  rDev +9.3%

12-21-2012 20:33:50 | More by yoitsarch
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IceAce

California

2.88/5  rDev -21.3%

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.

08-25-2004 07:01:09 | More by IceAce
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BrahptimusPrime

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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

California

3/5  rDev -18%

12-31-2011 04:57:29 | More by hawkmage
Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.