Andechser Weissbier Hell - Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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3.55/5 rDev -14.5%
aggressive carbonation, crisp and refreshing. Banana in yeast and pronounced lemony sharpness turned me off somewhat . Faint hint of metallic. Considered one of the best labels not available in North America.With appreciation to Madsberg in Denmark in a trade.
09-25-2005 03:02:12 | More by Sammy
4.48/5 rDev +8%
Bottle picked up from an overseas shop; thanks to yourefragile for the assist. Served in a SAVOR wine glass alongside the doppelbock.
Pours a cloudy yellow-straw color with a nice and fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing on the way down. The nose has heavy yeast character with nice banana and bubblegum notes, and a touch of clove in the background.
A light breadiness exists in the flavor, serving as the base for the yeast. Nice notes of bubblegum and banana throughout with a touch of spice to the finish. Light-medium body with slight chewiness and a silky finish. Really well made. I'm glad I finally got to try this longtime want.
02-12-2012 15:49:15 | More by Thorpe429
4.19/5 rDev +1%
A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and appears to have a moderate amount of visible carbonation, although it is difficult to see rising bubbles though the haze. It poured into a weizen glass with a perfect two finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and some large patches of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with some notes of clove and hints of banana yeast.
T: The overall taste mostly follows the smell and is dominated by flavors of wheat and complimented by flavors of cloves and bananas.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While some hefeweizens are dominated by aromas and flavors of bananas or cloves, what makes this beer interesting is that the wheat shines out. It's quite easy to drink and has some refreshing properties.
09-27-2013 13:14:48 | More by metter98
4.26/5 rDev +2.7%
Happy to see this in the states finally.
Served in a Weizen glass, it has plenty of billowing foam, settling to a sturdy head that lasts for the duration of the glass. Flecks of lace appear all around the sides of the glass.
Banana is big at first but tapers off quickly into clovey yeast esters and wheat cereal, with a pleasant sweet floral note as well.
Creamy wheaty feel, light clove spice and banana esters. Carbonation is a little biting at first but tapers off eventually. Clover honey aftertaste. Medium bodied and substantial, though light in feel and easy drinking. Very solid overall with no flaws.
12-26-2013 03:03:12 | More by emerge077
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
On tap at the pub in Munich, served in the impressive Andechs weizen glass.
Appearance: Straw-colored and nearly opaque, this one arrived with a towering 2 1/2 finger head that retained ridiculously well.
Smell: Yeasty as hell with lots of signature banana and clove along with a slight mineral quality.
Taste & mouthfeel: Banana and a touch of bubblegum open this one up. Surprisingly dry, though still malt-forward and very complex. Medium in body, bordering on full. The finish ends on a dry note with barely a trace of bitterness, though this one's dry nearly from start to finish. Drinkability is through the roof; this beer is complex in a subtle way that never fatigues the palate. I could've drank liters of this.
11-05-2008 02:46:32 | More by largadeer
4.43/5 rDev +6.7%
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!
08-12-2014 17:26:41 | More by NeroFiddled
4.18/5 rDev +0.7%
Big thanks to Matt for bringing some Andechs love back from Germany. Served this in a pint glass due to limited selection at the parent's house. Label denotes a best before date of February 27th, 2010. I also dug the random factoids about Carl Orff.
A - Three-plus fingers of soapy white foam that dissipates quickly until about a finger and a half are left behind - then it dissipates quite slowly and eventually settles to an attractive thick cap. Not a ton of lace, with just a few spots dotting the glass. Hazed, unfiltered color, that isn't too pale and rests more on the orange side of things than yellow. Gets a little milky near the bottom of the bottle.
S - Intense - it's initially a strong banana and bubblegum sweetness, but as it warms more of the yeast and clove character emerges. Light malted wheat, but not overly sharp - more like fresh sweet bread (as in the Portugese grain product and NOT cow's pancreas). Excellent balance of sweet, starchy, and tangy, with the slightest hint of sour Berliner Weiss flavor starting to creep in.
T - The taste is more wheat-oriented, with a very intense bread character. The finish is light banana, and the aftertaste is fairly clean although it gets a touch yeasty by the end of the 1/2 liter. Thankfully the cloves are in the periphery. Less complex than the aroma, but still quite pleasant.
M - This is overcarbonated (which thankfully is easier to solve than undercarbonation). It makes the beer a bit too harsh and gritty for my liking. The body is a little bigger than most hefeweizen's which helps offset the bubbliness. Dry finish with minimal residual feel.
D - If this were less carbonated it would be one of the best session wheats out there - and would be very similar to the Schneider Weizenhell. It's one of the better German wheats and is worth trying if you're over there, but probably not worth deliberately seeking out with some many other options available.
12-28-2009 16:21:27 | More by MasterSki
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
fresh bottle delivered straight from Munich...
Hazed straw yellow color, very cloudy, enormous, pillowy white, long-lasting head...looks perfect!
Super fresh aroma! Big banana and orange, with lingering lemon, big and beautiful, airy and invigorating...
Taste: snappy, sparkling, citric, smooth, mellow...lush, lovely malt...lemon, lime and orange lie largest in the flavor...brisk, livley carbonation...refreshing and easy-drinking...definitely downable and downright delicious.
A grittier mouthfeel than many American-made hefe weizens, and a fuller texture...this is the stuff! Not sure if it outshines Weheinstephaner of Schneider Wess...I think it's heavier than them both, more flavorful, without some of the ethereal qualities the finer weizens can boast.
Quite a flavorful number here... big lemon, full malt, not so much spice as you'd taste in others...very full of character and utter panache...there's nothing not to like...yum...so delicious.
09-20-2007 06:33:01 | More by feloniousmonk
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
4.05/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
05-21-2014 01:11:31 | More by jlindros
4.1/5 rDev -1.2%
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is strong bananas and cloves. The flavor is bananas, yeast and cloves. Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This beer is exactly what I am looking for in a hefeweizen. Awesome.
09-07-2010 02:50:47 | More by Mora2000
4.5/5 rDev +8.4%
From 02/11/12 notes. Bottle shared by Thorep429; thanks Mike! This beer wasn't on my radar and is probably one of the best hefeweizens I've had. Poured into a tulip.
a - Pours a hazy straw yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of bananas, spices, cloves, Belgian yeast, light citrus, light floral, and light pepper. Fresh bananas dominate here and are awesome. One of the best smelling hedeweizens I've ever smelled.
t - Tastes of bananas, spice, pepper, cloves, Belgian yeast, and light floral notes. more pepper then the nose. Very nice but not quite as good as the nose.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Super smooth and creamy, and insanely easy to drink. Awesome body.
o - Overall I thought this was an outstanding hefeweizen; it's up there with the Live Oak hefe, Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, and Moon Man as one of the best I've ever had. The nose is awesome, and just a ton of fresh bananas, and it is insanel easy to drink. The taste was good but not quite as great as the nose, as it focused more on pepper. An awesome beer I can't wait to have again.
02-17-2012 03:14:45 | More by mdfb79
United Kingdom (England)
2.78/5 rDev -33%
This beer came last in a blind tasting of 4 German brewed Hefewiezrn biers held at my place last week (Sep 2008). It was up against biers from Krombacher (the best), Erdinger and Schofferhofer.
Typical murky, clouldy yellow body you come to expect of a Hefewiezen, good light head that hangs around for most of the drink.
There was a lot of vanilla and banana in the aroma, but not much spice or citrus to be found.
The taste was again average, not as spritzy, tangy or crisp as the other biers in the tasting, almost bland in some aspects.
I know this beer seems to get high scores from most reviewers, but it did very little to get many votes when compared to the others mentioned. A big dissapointment all round for me.
09-28-2008 08:16:50 | More by BlackHaddock
4.2/5 rDev +1.2%
Draft at Brauhaus Schmitz in Philadelphia, PA.
Pours a very cloudy and very dark golden orange color with dark golden banana-yellow colored edges and a massive three finger, pillowy white head that very slowly settles into a lasting ring. Great retention, coating the glass with large chunks of soapy lacing on the way down.
Lots of spice in the nose with a strong peppery clove presence along with prominent malted wheat and a heavy bread/yeast character. Just a touch of banana with a strong citrus/lemon zest presence. As it warms, I'm also picking up a bit of melon, grapefruit and blood orange. The nose is dominated by clove and peppery spice but the citrus element really opens up after a while.
Full body with a zesty spice presence up font that lingers over the bready yeast, banana and sweet citrus notes into a slight tart, dry finish. Heavy peppery clove flavor up front but it is nicely countered by wheat, sourdough bread, banana and a very prominent citrus flavor. Lots of zesty lemon pith as well as some grapefruit and juicy blood orange. Very refreshing and although the mouthfeel is kind of heavy, it's pretty easy to drink.
11-24-2013 02:12:02 | More by corby112
4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
Split a bottle with some friends, as this is a beer that should be shared out of charity.
Pours a hazy yellow-gold with a fluffy white head that leaves lacing. The aroma and flavor are rich with yeast character - tons of orange, herbal spice, clove, and vanilla. All these tasty flavors carry over only the palate with a mellow wheat malt and bready grains. The body has a little weight to it, but for the most part this is a tasty hefe you could happily drink all day and night long.
07-12-2008 17:45:36 | More by tempest
United Kingdom (England)
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
BB 16/03/06, consumed two months after its suggested BB date--I hope it's alright. Served lightly-chilled in a 500ml weizen glass.
A: slightly hazy, dark orange-yellowish hue, coming with a thick, cotton-ish white beer head with superb retention; gently as well as lively carbonation.
S: a fresh banana aroma abounds, neither too harsh, "stinky", nor floating, plus peach+apricot+ripe Cantaloupe melon; added with a lightly ashy note from the foam, yeast-drink's sour-sweet yeastiness, and candyish malts+refreshing wheat-malts all together. Showing no clear structure, but the combination is really nice and harmonious. Surprisingly there's not much hint of cloves in the aroma. But for a hefe-weizen, the nose is still one of the most complex and enjoyable I've ever encountered...
T: sour-sweet, slightly tangy, fruity flavour abounds upfront, almost like green mango+green banana--balanced and delicious; a stream of cottony-textured, wheat-ish flavour slowly takes over the theme, backed by a profound flavour of yeast drink (like Yakult) that is also closely in check. Dryish and sour-sweet aftertone lingers in the back, leaving some tangy mouthfeel at the deep end of the tongue, like after eating some "green" fruits...
M&D: superb carbonation and creamy soft mouthfeel--I suspect the "overly-maturation" of this beer has done some good to the overall texture? A medium-full bodied hefe-weizen, deserving slow sipping. The strength is in its balance, if I may, and it's certainly one of my favourite botted hefe-weizen for sure. Next time I'll find a bottle within its sell-by date to see if it's any different.
05-24-2006 19:30:08 | More by wl0307
4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
(Served in a weizen glass) mind estems haltbar bis:201010
A- This brew pours a pale golden color with a slight hazy 1st pour and a much denser 2nd pour. There is a sea of boiling microbubbles that support a thick creamy off-white head that laces with each sip.
S- The rich yeasty aroma with a full banana is followed by a hop note and then a clove note comes through and grows as the beer opens up.
T- A mellow white bread dough and yeasty flavor has a soft clove spice quality and a soft dry pils malt note in the background. The finish is a slight tartness with a slight carbonic acid note in that cleans up the finish. A soft green hop note grows into a nice hop snap as it warms.
M- The medium-light mouthfeel has an effervescent carbonation in the finish.
D- This beer has a nice green flavor that is a bit dry and a bit softer than the aroma and less complex, but very drinkable none the less.
07-14-2010 13:46:00 | More by rhoadsrage
4.26/5 rDev +2.7%
On-tap at Andechser am Dom, on to the beer:
A shade darker than yellow in the glass, cloudy, and topped with a head which retains all the way down. The classic hefeweizen nose is clear; spicy clove, banana, nutmeg, a touch of cinnamon, all working together to make a lovely smell. It continues into the taste, which is phenlicand banana first, then comes the spice, and a touch of vanilla. It's a flaovrdul weiss with much appeal. It's nearly medium bodied yet stays refreshing. Of the four Andechs that I tasted, this, not the Doppelbock, was my favorite.
05-09-2013 16:40:28 | More by DoubleJ
Andechser Weissbier Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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