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Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

89 Ratings
THE BROS
79
okay

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Ratings: 89
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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Photo of HalfFull
2.8/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

HalfFull, Aug 18, 2008
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 jrohrbacher
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

jrohrbacher, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of funkel81
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

funkel81, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of BeerOps
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

BeerOps, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of Eriktheipaman
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Eriktheipaman, Apr 29, 2011
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
Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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

dgherm, Jul 10, 2014
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
Photo of Stoffel
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Stoffel, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of spark3148857
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

spark3148857, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of stumac
4.5/5  rDev +23%

stumac, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of Braz
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Braz, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of Irrationalist
3/5  rDev -18%

Irrationalist, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Raziel313
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Raziel313, Jan 30, 2014
Photo of Hohnbaum
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Hohnbaum, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of gshak
4/5  rDev +9.3%

gshak, May 15, 2013
Photo of Beermazter310
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Beermazter310, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of hpthebull
4/5  rDev +9.3%

hpthebull, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of yoitsarch
4/5  rDev +9.3%

yoitsarch, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of SoCaliC8
4/5  rDev +9.3%

SoCaliC8, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of BrahptimusPrime
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

BrahptimusPrime, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of IceAce
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

IceAce, Aug 25, 2004
Photo of hawkmage
3/5  rDev -18%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.