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Krombacher Weizen - Krombacher Brauerei

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Krombacher WeizenKrombacher Weizen

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59 Reviews
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Reviews: 59
Hads: 212
Avg: 3.51
pDev: 23.93%
Wants: 10
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: TheSarge on 09-15-2007

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Photo of ticklechicken
1.79/5  rDev -49%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Lookswise, this is a typical wheat beer: deep orange, minimal head, and this one had very little lacing. The smell was something different though: very grassy with clove and spice, and sort of... mouldy. This was but a hint of the bizareness to come with the taste. This beer had an incredibly earthy taste, which immediately reminded me of game meat. Besides that there were strangely long lingering aftertastes of bubblegum, clove and grain: such complexity in the aftertaste is somewhat strange. This beer was certainly unique, but I have to wonder if mine had gone bad, despite being in date. In the mouth, it was somewhat prickly with some later stickiness. In sum, I'm yet to try a Krombacher beer that I've enjoyed, and I have to rate this weizen's drinkability as pretty low. I might try it again in the future, just to be sure I'm not being to harsh on a beer that has gone stale.

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Photo of kitschiguy
2.63/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought a 500ml bottle from one of the discount food stores in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong selling mainly imported European, Japanese and Korean products for HKD18. Poured into a wheatbeer glass.

Poured a cloudy orange/light brown with a couple of inches of tight to medium head that lasted well. Not much lacing. Looks well carbonated with streams of bubbles rising to the top of the glass.

The nose was a little bit disappointing; some orange, honey, very light spice and a weird plasticky/rubbery aroma.

Well-rounded malts, some fruit and a small amount of spice but the palate is a little bland for the style. No real bitterness.

Mouth feels nice. Carbonation is very light, despite looking otherwise.

Overall I was slightly disappointed with Krombacher. I've drank quite a few german beers in the hefewiezen style and this one didn't match up. Compared to Franziskaner, Weihenstephan et al it's rather bland and the nose is a little off-putting.

Not recommended.

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Photo of RuudJH
2.8/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wheatbeer from a big brewery, trying to get into an unfamiliar market.
0.5 l bottle.

Golden colour, thick big fluffy head, but disappointing low carbonation.
Smell has clear banana in it.
Taste is very bland, of a bit malt, bread, starch, and some banana. Watery, no real bitterness or sweetness. A slight unpleasant aroma and taste of cod liver oil, in the aftertaste.

Not a particularly good hefeweizen, i think.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Slightly veiled dark golden color with high activity. Foamy white 2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with average legs.

Aromas of citrus and wheat. Flavors of grains, orange, lemon, banana, corn, caramel. A little bready with highly syrupy sweetness and minimal sharpness. Light bodied with a faint straw finish and minimal spices.

Overall an average beer having faint smell and flavors with an adjunct and unbalanced feel. Passable freshness being a little boozy and vinous.

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Photo of Brabander
2.92/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I got this beer yesterday from my buddy Andy when we played the Colonists of Catan. I am a big fan of this style when the weather is hot.

Poured in my Struise small tasting glass the beers looks like a weizen should. Cloudy yellow with a nice big white head. Smell of banana. Taste is a bit disappointing, i have had far more better on's in this style. Mouthfeel is very thin, no carbonation in the mouth and the beer has a very dry twist. Next one!

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Photo of dasenebler
2.93/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

.5L, best before 10/27/11.

Pours a light, burnt orange with fizzy head that is insufficient for the style. Not much lacing, okay retention.

The aroma is yeasty and subtly clovey, though there's some raw, stinky yeast cheese in there I don't care for-- kind of sulfuric.

The flavor is light and basic. Not a terribly sweet Hefeweizen, with more of a crusty bread and medicinal flavor. Somewhat spicy and clovey. Finish is a touch bitter for the style. The mouthfeel is decent, if a bit watery, with more prickly than creamy or fluffy carbonation.

A pretty average wheat beer, but drinkable. I wasn't expecting too much from a new Krombacher beer, since they're really a lager brewery at heart.

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Photo of janubio
3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500 ml.bottle, crystal clear colour with a big head, the usual for the style, as it is the rest : smell of bananas, cloves, coriander and a bit of citrus, with some funkiness included. Lighter in the palate than one could expect, I don't really notice too much carbonation. Palate is the same: bananas, coriander, clove and some citrus. Just correct, I'd rather have some of the others weizens out there.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.09/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a weizen glass.

APPEARANCE: Pours a massive 4 finger white medium thick fluffy head that mounds out of the glass like a mountain. A decent amount of carbonation is evident with tiny little bubbles. Quite a few floaties unfortunately. Colour is tangerine orange with some amber at the bottom. Head is pretty persistent and a thick cap remains to the end leaving some decent lacing down the glass. Very nice looking.

SMELL: A decently strong scent of wheat malt, bananas and bubble gum. A bit of clove in there as well. Pleasant.

TASTE: Wheat malt, some clove with banana undertones, but slightly lacking on the initial taste. A mild and short wheat malt aftertaste has a slight bit of spiciness from the alcohol. A little disappointing, as it doesn't quite live up to the nose. Not off putting at all, but no better than average.

PALATE: Medium body and lower end carbonation. Goes down smooth with no bite and finishes very dry on the palate, perhaps a bit too astringent.

OVERALL: This one was an odd one. I had no expectations beforehand, as I didn't even know Krombacher made a weizen. The beginning was a pleasant surprise, but once I took my first sip that enthusiasm turned to disappointment as it turned into an average weizen at best. Great to look at and drinkable enough, but not worth seeking out again.

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Photo of Cyrano41
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy burnt orange with just over an inch of head. The head dissipates quickly into a sporadic lacing. The smell was strong citrus and spice, but not really sweet. The taste had strong citrus overtones, but a heavier hoppiness than I expected. Not unpleasant. Mouthfeel was a bit grainy and ...persistent? Sticky? Kinda like a dog with a spoonful of peanut butter, I have to urge to lick my teeth to get it off. But the whole thing wasn't bad, I may get more to flesh out a sampling of the style, but it doesn't rank among the best of.

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Photo of rangerred
3.17/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy medium orange with a huge billowy white head. Takes awhile for the head to settle to pour the rest of the bottle into the glass. Lots of lacing left after the head does begin to fade.

Aroma of banana and clove and some light bread. All of it is on the mild side.

The mediocrity continues into the flavor. More banana, clove, and bubblegum along with some bread. Quite watery mouthfeel with just a very light amount of bitterness. Clean finish.

Overall, a very quaffable hefe but very unimpressive at the same time. Watery and lacks flavor. Probably not one I will pick up again.

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Photo of Amalak
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. An opaque, hazy deep gold color, with a solid foamy white head and only a little bit of lacing.

S. Very strong wheat and metallic malt scent.

T. It has a thick, malty and yeast taste. The wheat is strong, but the flavor is a bit tampered...or other flavors. A bit too much. Some grape or dark fruit taste. A mild alcohol taste.

M. Carbonated. A bit of tingle.

O. A basic wheat. Nothing special or memorable, but not bad, either. I'm not a huge wheat-beer fan, so maybe I'm missing something, but I think this is simply a solid effort.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.28/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a cloudy burnt orange amber color with a healthy finger and a half of off white head. Ok head retention.

S- predominate clove aroma with some light banana notes. Honey like sweetness from the malt with some hearty doughy wheat bread characteristics on the finish.

T- honey glazed wheat bread and a doughy aspect on the start. Spice and clove come out mid palate with a touch of under-ripe banana. Finishes a little weak with a light grainy malt and spice.

MF- doughy bready moutfeel with a light medium body. Overly carbonated... No bueno.

D- decent drinkability.

Overall a decent Weizen.

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Photo of chinchill
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a 11.2 oz bottle.
Look: Huge head over a hazy golden body.
Some banana and a light spiciness.
Light flavor for style.
Overall: Quite drinkable.

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Photo of Bung
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A slightly older bottle, looks like a little over a year.
Kind if dark gold pour, half finger of white head.

Aroma, grainy wheat, light clove and ginger.

Taste, caramel, grainy malt. Just faint clove and banana, only accenting unlike so many American versions. Good straight forward version of the style.

Lighter side body wise, but coats pretty well. There is a slight stickyness to it. Drank easy after a day of yard work.

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Photo of diamondc
3.39/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Huge fluffy head into a hefeweizen glass. Cloudy, lots of bubbles. Looks great.

S: Oranges, green bananas, fresh bread

T: Watered down OJ, banana mush, caramel, wheat bread, honey.

M: Fizzy, bubbly carbonation. Spot on for the style.

O: An average hefeweizen, quaffable, yet tastes watered down. Just not enough banana or clove flavors to wow me.

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Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, production date 5.5.11, exp date 5.5.12, so this bottle is a new arrival to the market and a relatively fresh import.

Into a weizen glass it pours a sunny golden orange that becomes opaque when the yeast is poured in. Excellent retention with arcs of puffy lace clinging to the glass. Mild wheaty aroma, vaguely sweet with a hint of banana, not especially exciting.

Softly sweet taste, banana and mellow wheat flavors, vanilla wafer and a hint of dry nutmeg or clove in the finish. Creamy feel, rather mellow with a slightly astringent bite. Not a bad summer quencher, though it's a bit tame. My go to hefeweizens are New Glarus, Weihenstephaner, and Paulaner... probably wouldn't seek this out again, but wouldn't refuse one either.

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Photo of mdagnew
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from GapWines, Belfast...

Poured a light amber / yellow colour with a good yeasty haze... White head poured typically thick and foamy then faded slowly to decent thickish covering ... lots of carbonation rises to the surface... fair amount of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Very light clove spiciness, good wheatiness, some breadiness, very little malts - just some faint biscuity hints, sweet banana, light fruitiness (apples and lemons), some peppery traces, hay traces...

Taste - Very light biscuit malts, faint clove, quite strong wheat malt notes, quite yeasty, definite breadiness, some soap, metallic hints, nice fruitiness (lots of lemon and banana), light sour notes, peppery hints...

Feel - Fairly smooth with a little bite underneath... light body... As with most hefe's this is pretty refreshing and drinkable...

Overall - A pretty standard, though decent, hefe... certainly worth a try...

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've noticed Krombacher rolling into the state of Georgia fairly recently. Popping up at various bottle shops and on-tap at a few spots. Production Date: 05.05.11. Oh. Ohhhh. So, it's new and old at the same time.

Appearance: Lightly clouded, golden-amber body with an initially large head, but it settles fairly quickly.

Smell: Water-soaked wheat malt, with just the thinnest, near non-existent notes smelling of honey, citrus, and spice.

Taste: Tangy, bready wheatiness and barley with a brisk layering of reduced honey. Modestly sweet. A few drops of lemon juice, almost a notion of banana (almost). Slightly spicy, with a hint of flummoxed cloves. Very little hop character or bitterness (even with the addition of hop extract, apparently). Sweetness slides back in for the somewhat drying, fairly crispish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: It's like somebody stomped on over to the flavor dial and cranked it down several notches. No part of it tastes inherently bad or 'off', but it's just a bit blah.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bit above the glass gave this beer a big white to slightly off white head above a clear golden colored beer.

Aroma is big on banana with cloves and light lemon and yeast mixed in to give it a little more fullness.

The banana and cloves share the taste about equally with some lemon tartness sneaking in there.

A slight dry aftertaste with some cloves and citrus hanging around on this light bodied beer that keeps a light lacing throughout the drinking of this 12 ounce bottle.

Very weizen, if that's what your into.

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Photo of patra7
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Gold / amber color; cloudy, especially at the beginning. Off-white thick head that quickly gets thinner but stays on as a thin layer.

Smell: Fruity (citrus type?) and yeast, with some notes of burnt toast at the start which make it different than other hefe-weizens I’ve tried.

Taste: Yeast and malt with some fruit presence (barely discernible).

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Little carbonation. Kind of mushy.

Drinkability: Not of the most refreshing type but interesting enough to quickly disappear from my glass. Beers tend to do that…

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Photo of NightINgale
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought directly from Germany...
0.5L bottle poured into my Paulaner glass...

A - Cloudy amber body, a pretty solid and typical hefeweizen colour to it. The head is soapy and frothy at first, but then it becomes a little bit disappointing. Not very great head retention; minimal lacing.

S - Nothing spectacular here, but it's in line with the majority of good wheat beers. Yeast, bread, a touch of toffee, some citrus notes and some spices (cinnamon and clove).

T - Tastes like a typical German wheat beer, only milder. Wheaty breadiness and moderate banana-like sweetness dominate the palate. Some hints of spice and vanilla add another layer of flavour. A bit too tart in the finish, which I found quite surprising.

M - Light-to-medium body to it. Definitely not watery, which I really liked. Medium level of carbonation. Some moderate spiciness on the tongue. Quite soft overall. A slight hint of alcohol could be detected.

D - Not bad, but I've had better drinking hefeweizens. Even though this is a 5.3% beer, I felt that it was a bit hefty, and I even managed to get a minor buzz after having eaten a full dinner. Odd.

Overall, it was nice to try a non-Bavarian German wheat beer for a change, and I would definitely be willing to try it again. However, I would probably not put it in my top-5 hefeweizen list.

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Photo of tempest
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle at Euro Market in Astoria. Best by 12/9/12. Poured a hazy amber with a two-finger head. The flavor is lacking in banana and clove. Instead it's a cleaner, creamy wheat bread. There's a touch of citrus mixed in with the toast and an adequate hop balance. The carbonation also seems a little too sharp. There's certainly a subtle earthy element to this beer, but it's too subdued.

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Photo of bmwats
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 330 cl bottle into a weizen.

A: Cloudy golden hue. Pours about a 2 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly. Some thick initial lacing mostly retreats into the body of brew, but does leave a sporadic display remaining.

S: Fresh hay, lemon, cardboard, and rubber.

T: Light lemon citrus accentuates a pungent, heavily fermented wheat. Paper-y.

M: Light, crisp body. A bit of a washed out feel. Pungent finish lingers.

D: Easy drinking, but there is something of an off-putting characteristic.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Thick head, and fair lacing. Nose is full with grain, citrus, and synthetic notes. Flavor is a really pungent wheaty tone with a bid of citrus and kind of a cardboard-y type thing going on. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of TownDunkel
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Krombacher beer - I am a huge fan of Weizen and that good ole wheat beer.

Appearance - Cloudy bountifulness and a nice mellow yellow to slight orange hues

Smell - Wheaty and good hop notes. Not much else there besides this but its all it needs

Taste - same as the delicious smell but with a bit of copper taste. I don't really like the copper but still definitely a decent taste.

Mouthfeel - Not much carbonation here but with the taste and smell not much is needed here.

Overall - A really decent Weizen, just a bit less copper in the taste would be great.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 11/27/12. Best before 11/27/13.

Pours a murky golden orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, banana, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with wheat, banana, and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some solid traditional hefeweizen aromas and flavors.

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Krombacher Weizen from Krombacher Brauerei
80 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.