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Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

96 Ratings
THE BROS
79
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 oggg
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a 6 beer sampler

"An unfiltered SoCal-style wheat beer. Not your average American hefeweizen!" 3 srm 15 ibu 3.5 body

so it says on the Karl Strauss website. I can buy that it is more in the hefeweizen style as opposed to an American-style wheat ale. The name Wheat Hefeweizen is pretty annoying though. And what is SoCal style?

This beer pours a nice hazy full yellow. Minimal head due to sample size. This beer actually has a decently apparent, sweet aroma. I get a decent amount of banana and spiciness with no hop bitterness. Nice wheaty taste and feel. Refreshing and light. Good for newbies. Somewhere in the middle range for wheats that I've tasted.

oggg, Mar 15, 2004
Photo of Halcyondays
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Halcyondays, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Jason, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

ehammond1, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of ArrogantB
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

ArrogantB, May 03, 2013
Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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

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

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

Braz, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of likesbeer
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

likesbeer, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

cdwil, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

SocalKicks, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of Beermazter310
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Beermazter310, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of MadCat
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

MadCat, Nov 26, 2013
Photo of vermilcj
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

vermilcj, Oct 04, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

hunteraw, Monday at 04:06 AM
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Rob8404, Jul 12, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

dcmchew, Aug 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of BeerOps
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

BeerOps, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of dgherm
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

dgherm, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of Cobrabob428
3.52/5  rDev -3.8%

Cobrabob428, Friday at 02:25 AM
Photo of retry4z
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%

retry4z, Oct 09, 2014
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
Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.