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Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Windansea Wheat HefeweizenWindansea Wheat Hefeweizen

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87 Ratings

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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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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5/5  rDev +37%

11-22-2012 01:29:58 | More by fastback2008
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -13.7%

Appearance: Pours a very murky honey color with a head that fades quickly without leaving a trace

Smell: Green banana, vanilla cream, artificial sweetener and a hint of clove

Taste: Wheat bread with mashed green banana, up front, with a building sense of vanilla cream that overwhelms, in the middle; the clove adds a bit of spice, after the swallow, but the finish is very very sweet

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I was expecting more of an American Wheat so it was interesting that the beer turned out to be a Hefe; but still, this is well off the mark of the better examples of the style

Thanks, cocoapuph, for the opportunity

10-21-2012 21:41:49 | More by brentk56
Photo of t0rin0


4/5  rDev +9.6%

10-17-2012 02:59:32 | More by t0rin0
Photo of JayDiddy

4.75/5  rDev +30.1%

09-15-2012 02:48:21 | More by JayDiddy
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

09-09-2012 21:12:56 | More by Backlash209
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

07-28-2012 01:53:43 | More by a_sh0pping_cart
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.48/5  rDev -4.7%

Pours a murky yellow with a 1/2 inch foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, grain, spice, banana, and slight bubblegum. There is a slight vegetal aroma that I am picking up on as well. Taste is much the same with a grain and spice aftertaste. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and definitely drinkable for what it is, but I am not too sure I would go after this one again.

07-11-2012 02:39:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of Jason


3.48/5  rDev -4.7%

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Pale beige amber cloudiness, ok lacing

SMELL: Powdered clove, banana taffy, chalky yeast, bready, vague ripe fruit

TASTE: Crisp, slick, wheat, faint twang, soft lemon, spicy, bread crust, green banana, mild esters, yeasty, semi-dry finish

A decent stab at the style, really hard to compare to the originals or even US brewers that nail the style. Not so far off that mark so it is still worth a go.

06-26-2012 01:02:52 | More by Jason
Photo of Halcyondays


3.43/5  rDev -6%

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy goldenrod with a medium white head, some lace.

S: Banana notes, cream, bubblegum.

T: Lemon and banana, with some definite wheat malt flavour. By the books, to style.

M: Light-bodied, crisp carbonation, creamy feel overall.

O: A solid American hefe, and actually has some solid yeast flavours. A good local beer for the summer, the first time I've seen it in stores.

06-17-2012 01:29:23 | More by Halcyondays
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

03-25-2012 01:34:15 | More by jrohrbacher
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

03-07-2012 04:29:04 | More by SocalKicks
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2.5/5  rDev -31.5%

01-27-2012 14:37:27 | More by likeemdark
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

01-05-2012 04:23:13 | More by Stoffel
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3/5  rDev -17.8%

12-31-2011 04:57:29 | More by hawkmage
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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-29-2011 21:58:02 | More by cdwil
Photo of HopHead84


3/5  rDev -17.8%


On tap at Karl Strauss. I can see people hovering over the coy pond with cameras and big smiles on their faces. I can only assume they are observing the coy.

A: Light yellow and very hazy with an inch of white cream.

S: Spicy clove with a little pepper. Banana blends with light bubblegum notes. Malt is grainy with some biscuit.

T: Wheat and a bold lemon note. I don't see a lemon in the glass but the flavor is undeniable. Clove and banana are both pronounced.

M: Lower medium body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: Okay but too heavy on the clove for me.

12-23-2011 22:49:53 | More by HopHead84
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3.48/5  rDev -4.7%

On Tap

Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Carlsbad, CA

Mildly hazy golden orange and yellow with a minimal white head that leaves spots of lacing down the glass.

A mild aroma consisting of some banana and clove, a touch of vanilla, and lots of wheat bread.

The taste follows the aroma. This is a bready hefeweizen, and while not at all bad, again there's simply not a lot here. There's a faint banana and clove character, but it's all very mild and far-away.

Medium to thick bodied with low carbonation. Strange per the style.

An above average hefeweizen, but there will usually always be better options than this. It needed a thinner body and a lot more carbonation.

11-08-2011 03:13:59 | More by ehammond1
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4.05/5  rDev +11%

Orange flavor is the standout. Sweet and rich. Spicy but less flavor than most Hefeweizens. Nice nose, very fragrant with spicy wheat esters. Pleasant cloudy amber in the tall glass.

I thought this was very nice for a first beer of the evening. Clean, plenty of flavor, quite malty. It's not the classic German style but so much better than many awful American wheat beers I have to give it some credit. Enjoyed at the Tap Room in Pacific Beach.

08-25-2011 04:56:00 | More by mactrail
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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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North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%

Poured on-tap in downtown San Diego at the Columbia Street brewpub. The beer was poured into a pint glass with a cloudy yellow color and no head. The beer is almost completely opaque, being the epitome of unfiltered. The beer is banana and sweet on the nose. The flavors lean more towards nut, with hints of banana. There are also vanilla undertones, with a clove emphasis on the finish. Sharp and bitter notes to the aftertaste, and the complexity and transition of flavors at the end of the beer affect the drinkability. Not a smooth, easy beer like most Hefs.

01-08-2011 08:26:05 | More by GarthDanielson
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4.15/5  rDev +13.7%

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
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2.88/5  rDev -21.1%

On tap at their brewpub in Oceanside.

A : Orangey with a very light creamy head. Thick, can't see through it.

S : Wheaty with notes of banana and clove, sweet malt is present as well.

T : Alot of malt to this, quite overpoweringly so. Barely notes of the banana or clove, or even wheat.

M : Medium bodied, very fuzzy. This is actually my favorite part of the beer, gulpable.

D : Being very light on the traditional flavors of a good hefe, this one falls to the wayside for me. But, it is very drinkable if you do like it.

07-24-2010 22:20:25 | More by ncfranklin
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3.88/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured a cloudy deep yellow with a nice white head. I must say...this beer looked really good. Nose is banana, wheat and not much else. Taste was mostly banana and wheat. I could not really detect any clove here. Sordove astringent on the end of the beer, taste begins to die but this beer is still good and very drinkable

05-27-2009 00:40:17 | More by barleywinefiend
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New York

3.05/5  rDev -16.4%

Had on-tap at the Karl Strauss Brewpup in La Jolla. Poured into a 16oz Hefeweizen glass, it poured a mirky golden yellow with little to no head by the time it was brought to my table. The beer was ok, nothing special. It was not one of the better Hefe's that I have had but it wasn't terrible either. I guess it was just meh!

03-11-2009 01:54:36 | More by tdawgydog
Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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