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Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

90 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 90
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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

t0rin0, Oct 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

SoCaliC8, Jan 17, 2014
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 barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

barleywinefiend, May 27, 2009
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
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

spark3148857, Jul 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

largadeer, Jun 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Drink_LocalSD, Nov 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

betterbitter, Jul 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

ThePaleRider, Apr 09, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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

the_encinitan, Jul 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

BreweryRun, Jul 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Hohnbaum, Jul 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

funkel81, Aug 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Ejayz, Mar 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

somalley26, Jul 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jun 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

2beerdogs, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of DoubleJ
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

DoubleJ, Dec 29, 2012
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
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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

Stoffel, Jan 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ThinkRedEsq, Aug 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Braz, Apr 24, 2013
Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.