Arcobräu Bavarian Wheat Beer - Arcobräu Gräfliches Brauhaus
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4.4/5 rDev +31%
Newly available in eastern NC - My BB date was 1-24-2007 - Apparently fresh and fresh it was - Poured into a tall glass - Nice thick head which dissipated somewhat leaving dense lacing - Haziness typical of unfiltered wheat beers - Aroma is immediately wheat with lemony hints in the background - Taste is wheaty and lemony with a slight hint of sweet in the back at the end - Smooth and easy to drink this time of year - Think I'll have another
07-20-2006 20:10:37 | More by Cindirene
United Kingdom (England)
4.05/5 rDev +20.5%
I got this beer under the name of "Waitrose Bavarian Wheat Beer--Hefe-Weiss Bier" in Britain, and Waitrose is a quality supermarket chain over here. After some research I finally learned that the beer actually is brewed by this small brewpub as there're only very indirect clues on the label which give you joy/headache researching on the web--"brewed near the town of Plattling in Bavaria in what was originally established as a castle brewery in 1567"... well, I still don't get why beers brewed for supermarkets or special brands cannot be fully explained on the labels??
The BB date is JUL 2006.
A: served in a full-pint weissbier glass, it pours a cloudy, dark orangey honeyish hue, with a slowly effervescent, tight white froth like densely aerated egg white or maringue... the beautiful beer head stays thick and frothy and simply refuses to go away against streams of fast ascending bubbles - looking flawless!!
S: fruit esters of banana, orange and salty-sour-sweet dried Pilipino mango slices, clove, slightly sharp woody note, perfumy note like that of a sweeter Belgian pale ale, and some notes of lactose-drink with a seaside salty-breeze, on top of a bed of juicy sour wheat... Overall very fruity, pronounced and complex.
T: tartly-sweet juicy wheatish flavour upfront brings on board lots of fruit estery flavour akin to an aromatic & fruity Belgian pale ale, with an intriguing edge of "Chinese green-bean paste" (that I quite often use to refer to this particular aroma and flavour); followed by banana skin, sour green mangos, and a faintly spicy flavour, towards an delicate, shell-fish-like savoury-sweet aftertaste. The "floating" mouthfeel of lingering grains seems to outlive everything else, fed by creamy fizz.
M&D: the mouthfeel is creamy-smooth, a lively touch is retained, against a solid grainy backbone and fulsome flavour, though in the end it suffers the sort of "thinning-out" mouthfeel almost all weizens do. This is a winner, and the Waitrose supermarket quite rightly chooses it under its own brand name. A very delicious and beautiful hefe-weizen to savour in my book.
11-30-2005 01:29:15 | More by wl0307
3.9/5 rDev +16.1%
The Waitrose "Bavarian Weissbier" version...
Appearance: pale straw with an orangey hue; delightful cloudiness, spongey layer of pure white foam that collapses to a thin cap
Aroma: lemony wheat with hints of clove, banana, elderflowers, and honey
Flavor: light breadiness with a touch of wheat-thins crackers, orange blossom honey, and powdery yeast; herbal hop flavor; very balanced; finishes dryish with a lingering graininess in the aftertaste
Mouthfeel: medium-light body, zingy carbonation, soft texture
Other comments: Waitrose is known for its epicurean quality. This is no exception.
08-13-2007 20:38:33 | More by GreenCard
3.71/5 rDev +10.4%
500ml bottle. Dubbed a 'Weissbier Hell' on the label.
This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden amber hue, with two fat fingers of puffy, tightly foamy off-white head, which leaves a few instances of wavecrest lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.
It smells of sweet bready wheat malt, hardy ripe banana, a bit of sugary chewing gum, cloves, white pepper, soft yeast, and a mild, mostly subdued orchard fruitiness. The taste is more semi-sweet grainy, doughy wheat malt, edgy banana bread, ethereal clove and black pepper dust spices, stoic yeast, chalky bubblegum, and some mixed fruit salad sweetness.
The carbonation is quite sublimated, and understated in its quotidian work ethic, the body a sturdy medium weight, and generally quite smooth, with a small attendant creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, the wheat malt and banana-fronted fruit carrying the load.
A decent enough hefe, even though it's not denoted as such. A little too sweet, perhaps, but drinkable all the same.
08-15-2013 01:06:21 | More by biboergosum
3.68/5 rDev +9.5%
Pours a real light slightly hazy yellow with a large rocky head that settles leaving big globs of lace down the glass,the two times I have had this brew thearoma has been a little skunked because of the green bottle but I do pick some apple and some yeasty-spicey qualities in there I would love to sniff on a fresh bottle.Taste is light but very refreshing some apple juice in there with a touch of spice finish with a toasted wheat flavor in the finish.To me this as good a hot weather brew as you can get very light will seek out when the heat comes back to NC next year.
11-16-2004 14:05:22 | More by oberon
3.63/5 rDev +8%
12-ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass yields a hazy pale golden orange with lively active carbonation capped with two fat fingers of soft white foam that retains at a sheet and leaves nice foamy lacing.
Smells like bubblegum and cloves, with a hint of banana and a nice nutty wheat backing.
Tastes wheaty and tangy with the same essence of bubblegum and tinge of banana.
Light-medium body; smooth with a significant sting of carbonation. Very drinkable.
06-06-2008 23:29:54 | More by cvstrickland
United Kingdom (England)
3.61/5 rDev +7.4%
A 500ml bottle with a BB of March 2013. Picked up a while back from Aldi - this is called Arcobräu Weissbier Hell on the label but I presume it's the same beer (same ABV). The double-headed eagle on the label is cool.
Poured into a tulip pint glass (with swirling to resuspend the yeast). A light golden-amber hue with a deep, translucent haze and good carbonation. Yields a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a while before reducing to a thick surface layer. Looks the part. Aroma of bready wheat and intense notes of banana, accompanied by hints of clove, bubblegum, phenolics, earthy yeast and faint apricot/peach.
Tastes of light wheat malt with a yeasty character and a dry finish. Notes of banana, clove, bubblegum, phenolic yeast esters, bread, subtle apricot/peach, light fruit hints and mild stewed leaves. Earthy and slightly sweet, with a hint of carbonic acid. A faint, dry bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, tingly and slightly spicy, with spritzy carbonation. Body is decent but a tad insubstantial. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of banana, yeast esters and wheat.
Pretty good - a solid effort that ticks all the right boxes. It looks nice and the aroma smells as you might expect, with dominant banana notes. The flavour seems slightly less complex but well-rounded. The body could perhaps be a shade thicker. Doesn't quite have the depth of some of the better known hefeweizens, but nonetheless tasty and drinkable. Worth sampling at the price I paid - grab one if you see it.
02-01-2013 00:21:13 | More by jazzyjeff13
3.48/5 rDev +3.6%
A green bottle with 18 03 05 stamped on it.
Poured this beer into a tall weizen glass, and it was a good thing. The huge thick creamy head on this beer was its dominate feature, capping a hazy light gold liquid. The head stayed there through the drinking of the whole beer.
Aroma was a clovey and banana mix, leaning toward the clovey side. The flavor struck me as just a bit harsh...somewhat sour. And the banana came through a bit more in the flavor than it did in the aroma.
Overall, a good, enjoyable Bavarian Wheat, but not a great one.
09-30-2004 03:01:29 | More by ncbrewerbun
3.4/5 rDev +1.2%
The beer is rather deep golden with a brown tone, a white firm head leaving good lacing.
The smell is spicy, coriander, clove etc, citric aromas and quite a lot of yeast giving a bit of a closet feeling.
The sweetness is in the syrup area, citric nuances from oranges and lemons, the spices mentioned and some lemon and grape-fruit zest.
Medium high carbonation, lots of small soft bubbles. Smooth
A rather good wheat beer, possibly a bit sweet.
07-26-2010 07:58:20 | More by rarbring
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.35/5 rDev -0.3%
Cloudy yellow to light orange colour with a thumb sized,foamy white head taht is on the small side for a hefeweizen and settles to a thin, soapy lacing.
Citrus and some orange zest on the nose along with some lemon and coriander. I also got a whiff of some spice but naturally it was the banana that made up most of the smell.
Banana with clove and light coriander. I detected some light citrus notes such as lemon and orange with some background spice in there too.
Smooth and with a fizzy tang to it and strong carbonation. There was also a lingering bitterness at the end to go with the overall sweetness of the beer.
A nice beer and one that I drank fairly easily although I wouldn’t rate it as a particulary good beer or hefeweizen for that matter. It was quite basic for the style and perhaps a little strong on the citrus. Drinkable though.
05-31-2012 11:48:58 | More by flyingpig
3.28/5 rDev -2.4%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into weizen glass.
A - Hazy yellow with massive 3-4 finger head that hangs around a while before falling to a thick cap. Moderate lacing.
S - I may have a skunked sample; it was in a green bottle after all. Banana is present along with a minimal phenolic note. Somewhat skunky aroma overrides the other smells.
T - Banana is very faint and appears briefly early palate. A bland vanilla/citrus flavor with evidence of the powdery yeast dominates mid palate, and by late palate the wheat malt kicks in full force with a noticable sourness.
M - Medium bodied, very creamy. Almost no carbonation to speak of, and I'm not sure why. It really takes away from the beer.
D - It's a less than engaging hefe, but the taste is solid enough to have more than one. The main issue I see is the lack of carbonation causing this beer to feel too heavy after a couple, or even the first one.
08-04-2008 06:01:33 | More by PatrickJR
3.15/5 rDev -6.3%
This beer is sold in the British supermarket chain Somerfield under their own label Somerfield Best Ever Bavarian Wheat Beer.
The colour is yellow-orange with a tint of gold. The finger thick head is white and very compact. It sinks slowly down, leaving some lacing.
The smell is not the strongest one I have noticed from a Weizen. The notorious sour-sweet yeasty notes are there, as are some flavours of green apples and apricots.
The taste is fresh with the usual notes of sour yeast, green apples, wheat dough and apricot jam. Some sweet notes balance the wheat sourness. But there is not much than that; nothing more to make it more interesting, drinkable or complex. The aftertaste is sweet with some yeast and sour fruits.
The carbonation is strong and refreshing; the tickling bubbles are small. The liquid is quite smooth.
An, by all means, archetypal Weißbier. On the other hand, it is very good news that even an English supermarket finds enough of a market to create its own label of a very German beer style. A style that was impossible to get even at beer stores a few years back. Prosit!
10-06-2007 18:49:13 | More by bark
3.08/5 rDev -8.3%
A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a brownish-yellow color and a big, foamy head. Decent lacing.
S: Smelled mainly of wheat and and banana, but was also a bit on the skunky side.
T: As with the smell, there was wheat and banana, but also the skunk. Kind of thin for a hefeweizen. Leaves a funky, slightly unpleasant aftertaste.
M: A pretty high amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.
D: As hefeweizens go, this is a lackluster beer. It didn't seem to have quite enough character or taste to be good. Pass.
10-06-2008 12:48:29 | More by avalon07
3/5 rDev -10.7%
Had this beer on vacation to the Outer Banks at Howard's Pub was very hot and wanted a good German Wheat decied to try something new. Asked for a wheat glass the closest glass they gave me was a large wine glass the beer was in a long neck green bottle with a crimped cap.
Cloudy,light gold with a white fizzy head thea dissapated quickly.colud barely seem some stringing bubbles through the cloudiness.
Fruity nose,faint aromas with hints of bannana and clove with berry like aromas. Had a bannana nut bread smell.
The taste was of overripe bannanas,dry,light wheat and dried straw with a cider like note.
Light grainyness,tangy,average wheat beer body with a slightly syrupy feel. Was easy to drink,just did not have the classic German wheat beer taste i was craving. Left me a bit dissapionted.
08-21-2007 02:36:27 | More by jcdiflorio
United Kingdom (England)
2.2/5 rDev -34.5%
From the UK Aldi chain: Arcobrau Weissbier hell.
500ml bottle best before 1st March 2013: poured into a Franziskaner Weissbier glass 9th May 2012.
Looks every bit the ideal hefeweizen: cloudy with a deep, full white head: mid-range orange/lemon hue to the colour, just like the best of this style.
Wheat aroma with mild traces of vanilla and banana: I prefer fuller smells in this style of beer.
Refeshing but lacking in flavour: the first sip told me this was a cheap option.
Weak body and taste: below average in all aspects bar the looks.
05-09-2012 19:40:28 | More by BlackHaddock
2/5 rDev -40.5%
I am a huge fan of Hefe Weissen's so I had to try this beer when it first appeared on my local shelves. Perhaps I should have been wary when the date on the bottle was 01 24 06. Is this a best buy date or a brewing date.
A. Average. Despite my best efforts of swirling the bottle I couldn't agitate any yeast. Is this really a Hefe or is a Kristal? The head was unimpressive.
S. Unremarkable. No banana clove as I am used to in this class. Smells almost like a bland Belgian pale.
T. Wow, I hope this is an old beer, because it is not good. It tastes like Budweiser. No clove, no citrus. I have tried almost 100 Hefes and this is not like any of them.
M. Lightly carbonated, unimpressive.
D. I hope this is just an outdated bottle because otherwise this is a horrible beer. I will see if I can review it again with a fresher beer.
07-02-2007 22:50:30 | More by MarkSCCOT
Arcobräu Bavarian Wheat Beer from Arcobräu Gräfliches Brauhaus
79 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.