Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 31 | Display Reviews Only:
3.5/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
11-26-2013 01:45:28 | More by MadCat
3.76/5 rDev +3%
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
3.48/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
05-03-2013 21:18:36 | More by ArrogantB
3.69/5 rDev +1.1%
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
3.7/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
12-29-2012 04:51:33 | More by DoubleJ
Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.