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Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

Windansea Wheat HefeweizenWindansea Wheat Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
81
good

68 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.57%


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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tdawgydog

New York

3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2009 01:54:36 | More by tdawgydog
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magictrokini

California

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2008 17:07:36 | More by magictrokini
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Karl Strauss Beer Cart located in Disneyland.

Poured a medium and hazy golden color with a small sized white head. Aromas of bananas, cloves, and light citrus. Tastes of wheat, with ligther bananas and lighter cloves. An average and drinkable Hefe.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2008 00:39:09 | More by hopdog
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HalfFull

California

2.8/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2008 03:51:06 | More by HalfFull
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robotfeet

California

4.72/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When I read the other reviews on this beer I felt that I had a duty to perform. I have had a lot of different hefe's before: Bavarian, American, etc., and this is my favorite one so far. The beer is the cloudiest hefe I have ever seen. It is a light yellow/orange color. The smell is sweet. The taste has hints of banana and vanilla. The beer is only lightly carbonated and therefore has little head. The traditional way of drinking a hefe is with a lemon, but this one is great with or without. Everyone has different tastes and I am only sharing mine. However, if you have never had this beer before, I think it is at least worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2008 01:06:49 | More by robotfeet
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Floydster

California

3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pint from the PB Tap Room a couple days ago for four dollars

Been meaning to try this for quite some time now but surprisingly I do not see it many places and it is not available in bottles as far as I know

Color was a medium orange yellow with a very murky body, 3/4 inch creamy white head, some nice retention, minimal lacing

Smell was all over the place but not bad, wheat, citrus, bananas, butter, sweet malt, faint bready aromas, and lots of vanilla

Taste had lots of citrus from the beginning, chewy wheat aftertaste followed by an immediate sweetness, everything in the smell seemed to show up in the taste as well, weird vanilla and banana flavors once it warmed that made it pretty hard to drink, definitely one of the sweeter hefeweizens I have tasted, needed some of that famous Karl Strauss hoppiness to balance some of the sweet tastes out

Body was super thick for a hef, not as much carbonation as would think either, taste did last long and there was a noticeably sweet mouthfeel

Could not drink much of this stuff and I cannot say that about many wheat beers out there, just too sweet and tiresome after a while, the ABV is low but it is heavy and thick, maybe another pint maximum if I had not drank anything else at that sitting

Definitely not my favorite Karl Strauss beer, not too upset that this is a draft only brew, probably would not drink again, think it would be probably be even worse in the summer with the sweetness and the heat, not a session beer like many other beers of this style

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2008 08:01:40 | More by Floydster
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at Islands restaurant in Huntington Beach, served with a lemon. The beer is a hazy yellow-gold color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing. Wheat, bananas and clove in the nose. Medium, clean body with wheat, tropical fruit and sweet spice flavors. The finish is fruity with a lingering wheaty aftertaste. Above average overall.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2007 20:41:56 | More by Dogbrick
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Overlord

California

2.68/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ugh.

Looks nice, with a pleasant cloudy golden color. Smells appropriately wheaty/grassy/citrus-ey. Mouthfeel is abysmal: thin, watery, little to no head, no lacing, no substance. Taste is thin as well. Carbonated water with some wheat and hops mixed in.

Stay away.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2007 02:06:07 | More by Overlord
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SteveO1231

Connecticut

3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good Hefeweizen.

Cloudy yellow color, with a thin white head. Lots of yeast. Low carbonation. Served too cold.

Strong banana scent mixed with citrus.

This hefe was full of banana flavor, nice smooth finish. A little sweet. Nice a crisp, good summer beer.

Very drinkable, strong fruit-filled hefe, very light on the palate.

Cheers!

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2005 07:02:27 | More by SteveO1231
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DogFood11

California

2.75/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had lunch today at "islands" in beverly hills. Its a middle of the road type place like red robin or applebee's. Needless to say the selection of beers was weak so I went with the only brew there I havent tried. Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen really drew me in as the appearance was very good. Cloudy, golden, nice head and decent lacing. This beer has all the makings of a quality product...I JUST MAY STOP IN TO THIS PLACE AGAIN!! Then in one big boring second it all comes to an end. The taste is weak with nothing stepping up and claiming I AM THE BEER. Its watery mouthfeel and overemphasized carbonation is annoying. Not again. Although I shouldnt say that because it still beats the other crap they had on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2005 20:57:36 | More by DogFood11
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logisnews

Hawaii

2.2/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

It was so fizzy it was like soda pop. I don't inow if this is the same brand of hefewizen but I got the sampler tray and they all were over carbonated. The atmosphere in the La Jolla restaurant was decent but the beer was nothing to write home about. Or a review. I'm not a beer critic but I know what I like (i.e. Los Gatos Brewing company or Kona Brewing Company Hefewizen) and this wasn't one of them. I would not go back.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2005 03:28:24 | More by logisnews
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IceAce

California

2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2004 06:02:49 | More by oggg
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jjh19

California

4.39/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bright yellow/orange with a terrific tiny bubble head.

Smell: I got a lot of banana in the smell.

Taste: A delicious sweetness. I get a lot of banana and vanilla notes. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth.

Drinkability: My favorite Hef I’ve ever had. Windansea Wheat is a hidden gem in the Karl Strauss beer line-up.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2014 21:25:50 | More by jjh19
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TheSixthRing

California

3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 01:37:06 | More by TheSixthRing
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rawfish

California

3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 03:31:45 | More by rawfish
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DoubleJ

California

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 04:51:33 | More by DoubleJ
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 21:41:49 | More by brentk56
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 01:29:23 | More by Halcyondays
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Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.