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Andechser Weissbier Hell - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Reviews: 131
Hads: 351
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 78
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Germany | website

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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Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.19/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very turbid golden color. The head is three fingers high and white in shade. Intensely frothy and thick, retention is excellent. And annoying. There isn't much (if any) lacing that sticks to the glass, though.

The aroma is well-spiced, bringing lots of clove notes. I also get some nice wheat, and some noble hopping. This one is a bit low on banana and bubblegum esters, but I don't care. This beer's nose just smacks of delicate balance and classy refinement.

It tastes even better, somehow. I get a nice clove flavor at first, which then evolves into bursting notes of vanilla, cream, and banana. The finish is lightly hoppy, as well. Wheat malts show up in spurts - combined with the gentle hopping, it manages to balance this beer beautifully. And now, I'm getting some citrusy flavors (like lemon, citrus, and lime). The only real flaw I can taste is how the aftertaste is a little laggard in quality. Still, a fantastic weissbier.

At first, I think it feels creamy, thick, and dessert-like - but it doesn't finish that way. No, it finishes crisp, dry, and refreshing. That's an amazing dichotomy that's hard to pull off, yet this one pulls it off with aplomb. Carbonation is quite subtle, yet sufficiently fills the mouth (making the texture seem even softer).

When done right, this is one of my favorite styles. This is pulled off fabulously, fabulously right. The only real flaw is a touch of finishing staleness - so if I ever try this fresh, this could get really close to a 5. I'm serious. All together, this is an absolute must try for those who find it.

4.19/5: Pure class

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Photo of drmeto
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

L:
-pours an opaque ,bright golden-orange with a medium to big,frothy,white head
-high carbonation visible
S:
-wheaty,banana,clove,spiced bread,white pepper
T:
-Follows the nose
-turns towards the citric side
-finishes fairly dry
F:
-medium to high carbonation
-light body
O:
Very good Hefeweizen.

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Photo of laketang
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours straw with nice initial head

I get clove and bready notes

juicy with just the right clove notes, wheat malt plays well here.

not too sweet, juicy and crisp finish

good lounging around beer can drink a few no problem.

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

500ml bottle, poured and yeast swirled into glass.

Cloudy gold with a thick, dense head. A solid skim coat for the duration and plenty of lacework.

Aromatics are filled with plenty of bananas and cloves. A nice balance between the two with lots of yeasty essence.

Medium bodied with a creamy, pillowy mouthfeel.

Husky wheat with cloves and bananas on the palate. Bitterness to balance and traces of honey.

Finishes with plenty of Bavarian character and highly crushable.

Great beer, would love to try a fresh one.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light gold with smallish head and minimal lacing. Nose is classic here, but not as big as some other top weissbier. Yeast and esters...wish there was more. Taste is also classic, but again, not huge. Mouthfeel is a big rough with all the carbonation. Overall, a very good beer, but I was expecting something world class.

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Photo of braker649er
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This just seemed like a classic wheat beer.

Look: Beautifully cloudy opaque yellow with creamy white head
Smell: You could sense what was coming, though maybe not the highlight of the beer--some rich wheat grain, just a hint of the banana-clove.
Taste: Nice balance. Banana and clove but not in your face about it. Refreshing and dense flavor.
Feel: Thick and rich. Solid.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served cold from 500ml bottle into Schneider Weisse glass.

L) Light orange-tinged yellow, very hazy. Relatively thin slightly off-white head.

S) Slightly sweet orange-marmalade.

T) Light gingery slight banana-clove flavour. No bitterness. No real 'depth' of flavour compared to some weizens.

F) Fizzy and refreshing, this one is great for a warm day.

O) I've been drinking quite a few weizens recently and honestly this one is in the bottom half of the league, which is a shame from such a solid brewery. Having said that, its a good Bavarian Weisse, so worth a go if you are a fan of the style and can't see a better option.

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Photo of Saviour
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L - bright golden, hazy. Nice two-finger head.
S - very impressive and intense for hefeweizen. Kaleidoscope of flowers, carnations, bananas.
T - the same as the smell - fruity and flowerish.
F - medium-bodied, light carbonization.
O - very fine hefeweizen. Strongly recommended for style fans.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Bright golden, copper color. Fluffy head that condenses, some lacing. Very cloudy
S: Typical smell of the style, banana bread and clove. A little bit milder than some of the heavy hitters like Weihenstephaner or Ayinger.
T: Very nice, somewhat typical of the style. Banana bread, bubblegum, clove. Got a little pepper bit on the finish. Also a nice creamy flavor. Not as sweet as some others I've had but I find this nice and balanced.
F: What I like about this one is it has a bit of a crispiness to it. Also great smoothness, definately a little heavy but no different than any other hefe.
O: Solid beer, great example of the style. Only thing is compared to others it feels like it is missing something. Its maybe just a little more subdued or milder than other hefes I've had before.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.01/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: hazy straw yellow. Looks creamy
S: banana. Spices cloves. Yeast sourdough
T: more banana and cloves. Touch of cinnamon. Uncooked bread dough
F: creamy. Mild carbonation
O: great example of a timeless style.

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Photo of lmaduells
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A style of beer that is not my favorite. We recognize that it is a very good beer. Fantastic to remove the thirst and drinking summer, after a good training run.

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Photo of mynie
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours yellow, medium cloudy with a very nice and fluffy white head. Smells quite good: yeasty, creamy banana and white pepper. The profile is as simple and traditional as can be but it's executed damn near perfectly--the only better-smelling hefe I can think of is Weinstephaner's, which is the universally agreed upon standard bearer.

Tastes fantastic. Melon and banana start things off, with the addition of the former a welcome surprise. The wheatmalt is less spicy than I'm used to, which leaves room for wonderful fruit complexities. Bananas and melons continue throughout, getting gradually more clovey and peppery, ending on long, lingering sweetness that's like is bananas made juice instead of smoothies. The body is a bit thinner than I'm used to the the style, but it leads to a wonderful crispness that makes the beer more quaffable.

A+ example of its style.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

this is hands down the best hefe i have ever had. i know people rant and rave about their dopplebock, but this is next level for me, truly incredible. you think you know a hefe or something, think youve had every possible deviation and variation and alteration that exists on it, and frankly a lot of them get pretty samey, but this is the king of the heap. its appropriately cloudy, goldenrod colored, with several inches of muted grayish white foam on top. great retention. it smells rustic and old, very very traditional, with a yeasty banana cream complexion, and raw wheat as its base. its a simple equation, but its done expertly well here, and one sip confirms that this yeast is something special. silky rich banana notes and earthy pale malted wheat work wonders together, lasting forever, and hinting at candied lemon rind, black pepper, and something a little more herbal. its got that pleasant old dusty german thing going on, but it also feels really fresh to me. carbonation is intense, and there is an awesome creaminess and weight to the feel. im not sure how you can make a hefe any better than this one, and the fact that its not rare, and is super super cheap makes it that much better. german brewers are going to start getting a lot more of my attention. cant say enough about this one.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle $3.99. Hazy, cloudy yellow color. Aroma is typical hefe, strong banana, wheat, yeast. Flavor is the same. very solid for the style and I would buy this again.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle served chilled into an imperial pint glass. Stamped "L2014" which I believe would be December of last year.

Andechser Weissbier Hell is a slightly hazy golden yellow color with thin short-lived head.

Aroma is subtle and sweet with a slight banana character.

Flavor is mild and sweet with the same banana and bubblegum from the nose. Yeast was stirred in with the last few ounces and adds to the enjoyment.

Mouthfeel is light in body and perfectly carbonated with good balance and drinkability.

Overall an excellent German wheat beer and perfect for a warm summer day.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%
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

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Photo of spoony
3.77/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of cjgiant
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | 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 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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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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. 

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

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!

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Photo of barnzy78
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of nodder
4.46/5  rDev +6.4%
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

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Andechser Weissbier Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
93 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.