Andechser Weissbier Hell - Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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4.93/5 rDev +18.8%
Had this on tap at Kloster Andechs in Germany. It was a very intense tasting wheat beer with a strong banana and clove taste. Had a good mouthfeel with a ideal amount of foam. Among the best wheat beers I've had due to a great, strong flavor and good aftertaste.
Usually I find bottled beer to have a stronger taste than beers on tap, but this was a case where the on tap version was ideal. This makes me curious how the bottled version tastes in comparison.
09-14-2003 21:16:34 | More by Sudmissle
4.9/5 rDev +18.1%
Appearance: Burnt orange with a big fluffy white head. It looks like most other well biult hefes that I've tried.
Smell: Bananas and citrus fruits. Spicy.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Bananas, and citrus fruits like the smell. Wheaty. No detectable bitternes in the sip, however, the flavor is very well ballanced. The aftertaste is wet, with well balanced hop bitterness and malt sweetness. It can most accurately be described as tasting like happy. Mouthfeel is thicker than most hefes that I have had, but not too thick to make for a hefty brew.
Dirinkability: I must say that I am kicking myself for not trying this beer before today. It is the best hefe I have ever tasted. It is thick and flavorful without being overly filling in the way some hefes tend to be.
05-10-2005 16:57:35 | More by KarlHungus
4.9/5 rDev +18.1%
I had this bee at the Andechser Mannheim restaurant. I am certain I have never had a better Weiss beer. Nice glass, good head, smooth, smell; just great. I drank several, didn't try any other styles, this one was too good. If I ever get back to Mannheim, this will be my first stop.
04-29-2008 00:58:04 | More by Shambo
4.88/5 rDev +17.6%
Since we weren't driving this was another one of many beers had at Kloster Andechs. With the brewery just a few yards away from the beer garden, it doesn't get any better or fresher than this. One of the best hefes ever had. The weather was perfect and the beer exceptional.
06-17-2002 12:51:58 | More by John
4.85/5 rDev +16.9%
On tap at the monastery, May 31, 2005.
Oh, my gosh! Everything you would have expected and more. Certainly the best Hefeweizen I've ever tasted, and by a large margin. Even better than Kulmbacher Kapuziner. WOWOWOWOW!
What an aroma! Mown hay, cloves, pear (pear!), grass, grapefruit, then banana esters.
The flavor is so complex, it's hard to describe, and it's really several beers in one: cold, it's all clove and pepper on flowers and grapefruit; as it warms, the banana and pear come up, even some elderberry. Simply amazing. Long, long, long clove-orange-banana finish. This stuff tastes so good you hardly want to swallow it. Defies description. Heavenly.
Certainly the prettiest wheat beer in the world: all cloudy light orange-amber, with a huge (HUGE) white rocky head, that lasts and lasts, and leaves good lacing all the way down.
Unusually serpentine mouthfeel for a H-w, with perfect carbonation. So fresh and delightful to the palate. Ssssllurrppy.
Hefeweizen is one of my favorite styles, and this is perhaps the best of the bunch: certainly the best I've tasted. If you ever get a chance, you MUST go have this at the monastery. Great in bottles: truly exceptional on draught.
07-31-2005 02:02:46 | More by ColoradoBobs
4.84/5 rDev +16.6%
16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT.
Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1 1/2" off-white head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Head sno-cones above the rim, slowly receding, with sticky lacing. Aroma is banana and cloves. So far, pretty much the best you could hope for.
Taste is wheat sweetness to start, cloves and banana in the middle, with a light bitterness through the close. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, and drinkability is superb. Incredible.
01-12-2014 22:15:00 | More by ppoitras
4.83/5 rDev +16.4%
My first Andechs. really hard to find in SC, but here in Germany...89 cents on the shelf.Yes please.
Pours out to reveal agorgeous head, light golden color, gets murkier as the bottle is decanted. Super carbonation gives a very lively body. Really fantastic head, great retention.Really a very bright looking Hefe.
The aromatics take to an even higher level.Really good funky smell, yeasty, fruity,-cloves, nutty grains, orange, yeasty banana, black pepper phenolic spiciness. great for a 5.5% brew. apples come through in the spicy-fruity grain mix. This is either a great Hefe or a bowl of really good Muselix. Digging deeper, and as the beer warms, the complexity really unfolds. I find notes of vanilla, banana, smoke, oak, and a light caramelized sweetness that adds the perfect touch of roundness in the aroma. Weihenstephan, the reigning king of Weissbiers in my book may have been dethroned.
Flavor is extremely balanced, note of oaky graininess gives way to citrus, yeasts, wheaty creaminess. a light tobacco, and a great amount of spice. The vanilla notes come through again and adds a delicate foil of sweetness to the spicy/carbonated balance of perfection. Another stand out factor of this brew is the great carbonation. The yeast has performed its duties quite well, and added a perfect amount of carbonation and cream.This is easily one of the best Weiss beers I have ever had.
The mouthfeel is lively and exciting. I really enjoy the more creamy examples of Hefe's i.e Franziskaner, Weihenstephaner, but this packs the same amount of flavor in and adds an exciting punch of carbonation. I'm not one to award a high score just based on rareness or avaliablitiy, but this beer really is the quintessence of a style. Weihenstephan Weiss is fantastic, but can be bought in the U.S. You cannot buy Andechs Weiss readily in the states, or even in Germany, as with Westy beers you have to seek it out to enjoy. What a perfect balance, and pleasure to enjoy.This was a great brew, and look foward to trying others from this brewery. I could not ask for more in a Weizen.
08-19-2009 19:33:58 | More by czfreeman
4.78/5 rDev +15.2%
Thanks Thorpe, long time want right here and I still want more.
Beer is soft and yellow, hazy, big white head, lacing, nice carbonation.
Aroma is sweet, banana, mildly spicy, near perfect aroma.
Beer is soft, sweet, smooth, wet finish. No aftertaste, a great yeast palate, no bitterness, smooth and wonderful. I really loved this beer. I really want some more.
02-15-2012 15:03:39 | More by drabmuh
4.75/5 rDev +14.5%
Arguably the best weissbier in the world...or at least not far behind the Weihenstephan example.
Like the other beers at Andechs, this comes straight from a large wooden keg, although they serve it in a halbe (1/2L mug) rather than a typical weizen glass. In town, you'll get it in a weizen glass, though. Cloudy, pale with a giant head.
VERY fruity. The typical banana/clove/spice is there, but there are also hints of pineapple, pears, and tropical fruits. While some examples focus on spice (like Erdinger) this one focuses on fruit. Both the flavor and nose of this beer are much more potent than any other I've had. Think Vitus, but without the kick.
No chalky texture or wateriness at all. Easy to drink, and something I could probably have over and over.
If you like weizen beers, seek this one out.
I brought back a bottle of this, so I'm a little curious to see how it'll compare to the fresh/tap version.
05-28-2009 16:45:54 | More by Domingo
District of Columbia
4.73/5 rDev +14%
Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!
The appearance is typical of the style. Straw yellow in color with a dense, white head. Fantastic aroma with banana, clove, spices, wheat. Refreshing flavor. Light and soft on the palate. Poundable. Superb balance. I would love to try this side by side with Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, as these are without question the two best examples of a German hefeweizen I have ever had. Highly recommended.
03-04-2012 16:26:48 | More by Huhzubendah
4.72/5 rDev +13.7%
Orange gold opaque body with a tight white small head.
Huge banana and fluffy yeasty aroma.
Slightly more bitter than usual for style, deep robust wheat malt flavor. Bananas and citrus fruit. Fresh, fresh, fresh.
Creamy smooth mouth feel.
Luscious! Gimme more.
11-06-2004 16:11:07 | More by Naerhu
4.7/5 rDev +13.3%
How could you not love a beer like this. .5L on tap at the Am Dom on a serene sunday afternoon. Poured a golden yellow with just a hint of orange hue much like a setting sunset when there is just a faint bit of cloud at the edge of the horizon. The smell was intense banana flavors with plenty of fruity undertones beckoning me to quaff freely. The first taste did not dissapoint as this was one of the better beers I have ever had the chance to sample from the pour all the way through to the mouthfeel, which was so smooth and refreshing it was like taking a dive into the Riveria. If only I could live in Munich... in fact maybe I will.
06-27-2005 01:18:38 | More by GreatPondBrewer
4.68/5 rDev +12.8%
Bottle purchased at the monastery about a month and a half ago.
Cloudy orange with a long lasting white head. Smell is sweet banana and melon. A deep whiff is almost too much for the nose to handle, it's that strong of a smell. Taste is very sweet. This is a weizen that defnitely swings toward the fruity side of things, while not bring out the spicy clove much. Distinct banana lingers on the taste buds long after you take a sip. Yeasty breadiness is present also. Mouthfeel is above average for a wheat beer. Nice and creamy and thick, but still carbonated enough to be refreshing. One of the best wheat beers we sampled in our brief trip to Germany.
09-27-2005 23:43:04 | More by PatYoda
4.6/5 rDev +10.8%
Pours a densley clouded autumn wheatish color with a super creamy, lingering white head. It almost looks like a glass of grapefruit juice in its color and density. There must have been a ton of yeast in this sucker!
A stampeding army of clove in the aroma backed up by an intense bready yeastiness and undercurrents of banana.
Nice medium-firm body, spicy on the palate, with the esters (banana) becoming a little more prominant. Bit of a grainy malt character. Slight lemon zest tartness in the finish. Very refreshing! I could suck these down all day up on the mount with the sun shining.
A world class hefe in every respect.
01-31-2007 17:36:07 | More by petemoss14
4.55/5 rDev +9.6%
Andechser Weissbier Hefetrub is a cloudy brownish orange color. The white, rather creamy head remains past the half waypoint with a respectable trail of lace. The bouquet is not quite as prevalent as I prefer, although a nice citrus aroma is very close at hand. The flavor of the first was of a strong banana essence and the second glass leaned towards a citrus taste. Ill have to conduct an extra round in order to get the best two out of three, it may be tough but I think Im up for it. The mouthfeel seems of a full body, and a very satisfying drinkability throughout the experience. From the time it hits the nose to the final feel in the throat the Hefetrub is very smooth and enjoyable. I will definitely continue to procure this by the case. Very impressed!
11-24-2002 23:01:12 | More by Sheldon
4.53/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
02-18-2014 03:47:09 | More by Jacobob10
4.53/5 rDev +9.2%
I not always liked this type of beer. In my younger years iw went to Austria on my holidays and i always found these kind of beers for old people. Now i am older and am drinking them! How funny can things go in your life.
This is a hell of a beer in this style to say the least. Today is sunday and the sun is shining if it was summer. It is october though.
Best before march 2012. Poured in an original Franziskaner Weissbierglass. Perfect appearance, could not be better. Cloudy golden yellow fluid with lots of cabonation and a very nice white head, three to four fingers.
Smell is very inviting and like a weissbier should be; fresh and soft, yet crisp. The wheat i very well balanced with the malted barley.
Taste is superbly good amongst his competitors. Soft, round, nice palate.
10-16-2011 13:49:37 | More by Brabander
4.53/5 rDev +9.2%
500ml bottle into a New Glarus weizen glass.
A: Hazy orange body under a rich, full, dense white head that rises stably nearly an inch above the rim of the glass before receding slowly and leaving chunky lace. Gorgeous.
S: Classic, intense Hefeweizen aroma: cloves jump out first with spicy piquancy, followed by perfectly ripe banana, toasted wheat bread, and a pleasant (but not too sweet) hint of bubblegum. Balanced, complex, and enticing.
T: Spicy up front, with banana bread midway through and lots of clean minerality on the finish, along with a distinct note of herbal hop bitterness. Extremely refreshing, full-flavored, and delectably dry. Wonderful beer.
M: Smooth, fairly thin body with a moderate amount of fine, lively carbonation. A bit weak at first, but better after a moment.
O: One of the best examples of the style I've ever had; I can't wait to do a side-by-side with this and Weihenstephaner; I'm really not sure which would come out on top. World class.
12-17-2013 03:15:52 | More by woosterbill
4.53/5 rDev +9.2%
Pours with a copious head, very fluffy and aromatic. Pungent banana, tang and spice in the nose. Orange and straw color.
It has that same Hefeweizen character, but there's something about the Andechs that is absolutely delicious. It's tart, tangy, sweet, bready, phenolic and creamy all at the same time. Really a top-notch brew. The carbonation is very fine and not overpowering, which adds to the incredible smoothness of this brew. I think this more desirable mouthfeel sets it apart from other german Hefeweizens. I wish the Andechs hefe was as common as the other excellent wheat beers in Germany, but alas, it is a rare bird here in Berlin.
*EDIT, March 2011: On a side-by-side with Weihenstephaner, the Andechs holds it own. It's actually more complex, with a great lemony tartness and earthy character that the Weihenstephaner just does not offer. In the end, they're two remarkable wheat beers. Prost!
09-14-2008 22:38:56 | More by dasenebler
Andechser Weissbier Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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