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Andechser Weissbier Hell - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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287 Ratings
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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.63%
Wants: 59
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-03-2002

Since Saint Joseph’s Day on 19 March 1993, Andechs Weissbier Hell has found many new friends. Untreated and bottled in its natural state of yeasty turbidity, this is a top fermented beer for the epicure.

Its light honey colour makes it an immediate eyecatcher. Then there’s the opalescence and fine structure of the yeast turbidity. At the same time, the creamy, fine pored head invites you to get to know this light Weissbier from the Holy Mountain. You’ll need two takes to enjoy the aromas to the full.

First, distinctive fruity aromas like banana and honeydew melon come to the fore, followed by fine cloves. Andechser Weissbier Hell is a very tangy, refreshing treat with the conviction of a full, soft body. It concludes on a finely balanced interplay of light sweet honey and a delicate acidity with undertones of bitter hoppiness that quickly subside into a harmonious aftertaste.

A Weissbier that embodies a slice of the Andechs lifestyle: finely yeasty, tangy, and sparkling, it refreshes and renews the thirst for more
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Ratings: 287 | Reviews: 119
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Andechser Weissbier Hell has an extremely thick, white, spongy head, some lingering lacing, and a hazy, yellow-gold (gold, once the bottom caked contents are swished and poured in), and fierce bubble streams. The aroma is of some banana, coriander, clove, and white bread, with a background of hard-boiled egg. Taste is of spiced, white bread, Cream-O-Wheat, and tap water. Mouthfeel is medium, and Andechser Weissbier Hell finishes wet, drinkable, and a bit dull.

RJT

Photo of spoony
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 500 ml bottle (code says L2464) to a hefeweizen glass.

A-The beer is darker than many of the style with more brown hues than most. The head is impressive: white, dense, and about two and one-half fingers tall to start with great retention. Carbonation is very active in the murky liquid.

S-The aroma has a slightly sharp wheat flavor with straw and grain husk notes, as well as mushy, overripe banana. There is also some bread dough and clove spice. Very light lemon.

T-The taste is similar. I get lots of banana, some bread dough, straw, husk, very light lemon and orange. The phenol flavors are interesting here, but I'm not totally in love. Little to no acidity.

M-The beer is light, a touch watery, but very easy to drink and not far off from the style. Carbonation is active but smooth.

O-Having just been exposed to Andech's amazing doppelbock, this beer is something of a letdown. It is not bad, but this nothing like the top-of-class that I was hoping for. I found it a bit too mushy and doughy, and the husk flavor that provided the only real sharpness to balance the mushy banana was a bit odd.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle - $3.48 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazed, straw-hued body with a small-sized, brief, white head.

Smell: Wheat with a thin veneer of sweet-scented honey, citrus and light banana, phenolic spicy elements.

Taste: Crisped wheat, moderately sweet cereal quality chased with a spritz of clean, clear lemon juice. Gentle banana accent, a little bubblegum, one scant drop of vanilla. The hops remain rather subtle, imparting only a light bitterness. All flavors converge on the lightly sweetish, rather crisp finish.

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

Overall: Lively and refreshing on this Easter Sunday.

Photo of cjgiant
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle coded L 3443:
Pours a lovely slightly hazy yellow, clear enough for the carbonation that feeds the white head to be seen. That head is fluffy and grows quite large in the pour, and stays on the surface quite thickly through the drink. The nose leans a tad towards the fruity sweet side. I get apple and banana, or maybe a strawberry-banana combo in some whiffs.

The taste starts with the fruits from the nose, but is balanced mid-taste by some fairly neutral hops, likely noble. The flavors work very well together for me. The feel has a decent amount of carbonation, but in some sips seems a little too thin. I was looking for a lighter beer, so this didn't bother me too much.

Hefeweizen beer isn't usually a style I look for. I tend to like a more subtle version of the style with a fruity flavor, and this one works quite well for that.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.7/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, bananas, caramelized malts and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors banana and some citrus come in. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings an excellent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, excellent representation of style, this is a great beer to drink for a long time.

Photo of IronLover
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow in color with a deep haze. Poured with a billowy, soapy, bright white cap with medium retention. Wheat malt, crackers, and estery pears with banana and light peppery phenols at the end. No hop aromas. Medium light bodied with aggressive, refreshing, effervescent carbonation. A light creaminess toward the end. Sweet banana and pear flavors accompanied by bready wheat. Medium low bitterness through the middle strikes a nice balance with the fruity esters. Light peppery notes near the end along with a pleasant tartness. No hop flavors. Finished cleanly and dryly. Overall very refreshing and easy drinking. Balance leans a bit toward the estery side as the phenolics were a bit light. 

Photo of pottmichael
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best wheat I've ever had

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful hazy yellow in colour, smell of banana, vanilla and bubblegum, taste the same, almost no citric acidity, full and rich in flavour. One of the best Hefeweizens, for sure. Classic. Excellent with chili con carne.

Photo of Weisenbeer
4.65/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Likely the beer by which all other Hefeweizen should be judged. Particularly enjoyable in their Bavarian beer garden.

Photo of justintcoons
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%

16.9 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance
Cloudy apricot color with 1 finger of white head. Lively carbonation.

Nose
Banana bread, caramel, clove, and coriander.

Taste
Caramel drizzled banana bread and wheat. Subtle notes of clove and coriander and a kiss of lemongrass.

Mouthfeel
Medium-light bodied, crisp, and clean.

Overall
Masterfully balanced and easy drinking. Spot on for the style!

Photo of barnzy78
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle, no apparent freshness date other than L2813 printed on the label
A - opaque and cloudy orange body with a tall ivory head that holds decent retention
S - typical hefe aroma with banana, wheat, clove, bubble gum
T - good blend of banana, wheat, yeast, clove, bubblegum while being slightly tart on the peppery finish
M - lighter body, effervescent making if feel fuller bodied, nice balance with a clean finish
O - very solid German hefeweizen; I'd drink this any day I'm in the mood for one.

Photo of nodder
4.46/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy golden/orange with a fluffy one finger white head. Spotty lacing on the glass.

S- Bananas, bready yeast, cloves. Classic hefe smells.

T- Sweet bananas, lemon, cloves, malty/breadiness. Spot on what a great hefe should taste like.

M- Medium with heavy carbonation. Very clean finish. Easy drinking.

O- This is truly a great beer. Second only to Weihenstephaner For hefe's I've tried

Photo of wattoclone
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours a very cloudy light amber color with substantial head. Nice fruity, yeasty aroma for a hefeweizen. The taste is excellent, esters, malty and a nice hop finish. I prefer the dunkelweizen version but this is very good, one of the best although there are six Bavarian hefeweizen which I thought were better. Still beats out any U.S. craft hefe but a big margin.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to patches and ring around the glass, leaving light lacing. Classic hefeweizen aroma of wheat, clove light banana, slightly bready. Flavor is cracked wheat, clove, light breadiness, a touch of lemon citrus and a touch of toffee, finishing with dry wheat and light clove bitterness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A perfectly balanced and flavored wheat beer that hits all the right notes for a hefeweizen. One of the best hefe I've had. Excellent.

Photo of moorenor1
5/5  rDev +19.9%

We want on a pilgramage to this place and I was so enchanted with the view of the Swiss alps and the views, food but most importantly. The beer!!! Wow is all I can say...

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Andechser Weissbier Hell
16.9 oz. brown bottle, date code L3013
$4.99 @ Wegmans, King of Prussia, PA

Appearance: Usual cloudy gold body with a bit of an orange cast to it. Very long-lasting head bolstered by an effervescent carbonation.

Smell: Clove and gently plastic-like phenols over sweet wheat malt.

Taste: Lots of lemon tang at first, followed by clove, banana, and spicy phenolics. Richly flavored. As you progress the lemon fades as the malt builds on your palate and a note of vanilla comes through. Some chalky yeast appears in the finish; which is spicier than many, and drier than some others.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium leaning more towards medium in body; bristling effervescent carbonation.

Overall: Unique, but also a classic example of the style. Absolutely worth trying!

Photo of BierJager89
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy straw color with a white head.
S: Banana, wheat and clove in the nose. Pretty typical of a wheat beer.

T: Banana, clove, bready wheaty malts, wheat, some light fruit. Sounds typical, but it's delicious!

M: Light bodied and smoothish.

O: This is, thus far, my favorite german-style hefeweizen, and I am currently exactly 900 beers into my journey. Definitely recommended to all who like beer.

Photo of JTuomi
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

0,5 l bottle into a weizen glass. Hazy golden body with a white foamy head, ok retention and lacing. Fresh citrus and yeasty banana on the nose. The taste starts with semi-sweet malt and mildly tart wheat, ending with yeasty melon and a hint of banana. Medium-light body, medium carbonation, smooth mouthfeel. Overall a good hefeweizen, drinkable, refreshing and flavorful.

Photo of babaracas
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light amber with thick, dense white head, lots of lace down the glass, a half inch of foam sticks around until the end. Smell: very ripe banana, soft slightly grainy sweetness, clove, honeydew. Taste: real banana pudding into clove with some candied lemon-ish acidity, sticky banana mashed on graham cracker finish. Delicious. Extremely fluffy feel, medium body, sweet. If I'm going to go hefeweizen, I think this will be the one.

Photo of draheim
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500mL into a weizen glass. Pours a crystal clear, glowing golden color w/ a 1-finger bright white head, great carbonation. Lovely.

Aroma is ripe banana, clove, earth, apple and pear. Floral and delicate.

Taste is clean and bright, mellow and soft; floral Old World hops, more banana and clove, and clean mineral water.

Mouthfeel is just right; light but with some weight and presence. Nice clean assertive finish.

Overall a very nice hefeweizen, about as good as it gets.

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light fizzy slight creamy smaller head, hazy orange golden color.

Nose typical German hefe like, nice wheat creamy slight grainy, nice floral weissbier like aroma, almost candy malt and sweetness, nice orange juice and light peel, little coriander and general light spices.

Taste light sweetness, almost candy like toffee caramel note, candi sugar perhaps bit very light. Then creamy wheat, little toasty wheat and biscuit like notes, wheat and hay, into mild coriander and mild spices, as well as light orange zest and some orange juice. Nice lighter style but sweet candy like Bavarian hefe. Finish is dry and a bit light, little bitterness note, more candy and orange zest, etc.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, bit creamy, nice carb.

Overall not bad, semi sweet but stays dry, nice hefe notes without too much bad wheat or spices.

Photo of cbutova
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the 500ml bottle to a pint glass with a semi-hazy light golden body. A white cap rises to about a three fingers high with a creamy and foamy texture. Head retention is good but the cap falls to a small ring. Lacing is spotty.

S- Light fruit esters off the top with bananas and pears that balance out with some phenolic hints of cloves and spices. A bit of crusty wheat, vanilla sweets and bread hints as well.

T- From the aroma, most things carry over but a fairly strong orange/lemon zest and citrus fruit feel opens up to add a new dimension here. A balance between the banana, pear, clove and German yeast notes is present. Crusty wheat and Pilsner malts bring some sweets.

MF- Light bodied with a creamy, silky texture. Carbonation at a fairly high level but very smooth as the texture of the beer shields the palate. Super light tartness overall.

A nice balance between fruits and spicy tones. Refreshing and flavorful and certainly goes down smoothly.

Photo of scottfrie
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into Weiss glass. Thanks Ayn!

A: Pours a lightly hazy honey color with a thick, fluffy, bright white head that slowly faded into a dense and well retained fuzzy rocky film.
S: Huge nose with notes of ripe bananas, syrupy sweetness, caramel or brown sugar, mild clove, cardamom, honey, and a hint of grainy wheat. Overall very sweet and fruity.
T: Thankfully not as sweet as the nose with flavors of chalky wheat and spice including clove, cardamom and black pepper. Lemon comes through in the finish, with a slight mineral quality and chalky yeast in the aftertaste.
M: Super fluffy carbonation, full soft mouthfeel that tapers off in the finish, and a medium-full body.
O: Very good and traditional tasting. Sweet but not cloying. One of the better I've tasted.

Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml was poured into large tulip glass.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy golden yellow with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Banana, clove, spices, bready and sweet wheat.

Taste: Same as above. Delicious and tasty.

Moutjfeel: Refreshing, light to medium bodied, chewy, and medium carbonations.

Overall: Awesome here. The bests ones are always under $4. Will be revisiting this one again.

Photo of Jacobob10
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

What a treat to finally have this available in the US! I previously had it on-tap at Zum Schneider in NYC in September 2013. This is a review from a bottle I picked up in NJ in February 2014.

Poured about 3/4 of the bottle into a glass, then rolled the bottle in between my hands to dislodge the yeast at the bottom, and poured the remainder. The result was a beautiful, hazy, dark gold beer with a large, frothy white head. Some good lacing on the glass as this one went down.

The aroma was filled with strong phenols and fruity esters, while maintaining its balance. Clove, banana, bubble gum... it's all there and it's delicious.

Light-to-medium bodied and oh so drinkable. Perfectly carbonated. Crisp and refreshing while packing enough flavor to keep you interested throughout the duration of the beer.

This rivals Weihenstephaner as the best hefeweizen I've ever had. Absolute, spot-on version of the style and worth seeking out if you're a weizen fan.

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Andechser Weissbier Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
93 out of 100 based on 287 ratings.