Andechser Weissbier Hell - Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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3.8/5 rDev -8.4%
The beer comes in this beautiful hazy sunset golden yellow with a decent 2 finger fluffy white head.
The aroma has a sweet grain/wheat, banana, banana Laffy Taffy candy, lots of orange peel.
The flavor follows with a banana candy, again, lots of orange peel, a bit of pepper, clove. There's a candy sugar sweetness that picks up the beer in the middle. The finish has a bit of a strange wheat/grain flavor. The flavor falls a bit quickly and it does not have much of that explosion of big bubble gum and fruit flavors.
There's tons of carbonation that scrubs the tongue throughout the beer, like champagne.
Still a great beer.
11-22-2013 04:10:05 | More by dar482
3.98/5 rDev -4.1%
Sampled on 10/10/05 at Probka, this gem came out cloudy yellow gold under a three finger white head with excellent retention generating numerous lace strings. The nose is strong of banana, but just banana. No balancing yeast, spice or other fruit. The mouth is very prickly and quite sticky. The taste is dominated by banana, lots of it. There's a bit of yeast and a touch of dry bitter, but no spice or lemon. Pretty much just banana. An enjoyable, good tasting brew, if a bit one-sided.
10-12-2005 03:02:51 | More by Globetrotter
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
A - Hazy golden straw and orange lemon color with a large, pillowy, thick, creamy soapy white color head. Good retention settling into a nice creamy layer of lace.
S - A lot of malted wheat aroma. Some banana and clove, but not as much as other Hefeweizens. Fair amount of lemon and orange citrus. A lot of yeast aroma and some basic herbal/spice aroma.
T - Similar to the nose with a nice wheat and bready malt taste. Strong fruit flavor with golden peach and apricot fruit and some lemon and orange citrus. Slight tartness comes out later along wit a bit of mineral taste. Decent amount of yeast. Banana, clove, and bubblegum are all present, but not as strong as a number of Hefeweizens.
M - On the lighter side of medium body with a good amount of carbonation. Pretty smooth.
D - A very enjoyable beer that isn't quite as bold or strong as some other Hefeweizens. Very easy to drink beer, and I could definitely have another.
Notes: Best before 20/10/10. Overall this is a nice Hefeweizen. It isn't the best beer I've had, but it is solid. Not quite as full or have the spice/fruitiness as most others in the style, but it is there. tasty beer that is worth trying.
06-13-2010 00:39:28 | More by FreshHawk
4.24/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
03-28-2014 22:48:56 | More by Flounder57
4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
Bottle from World Wide Spirits
Best before 30.08.12
Poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass
Andescher's hefeweissbier is a solid offering from the brewery, full of good banana, bread, and ester/phenol flavors when at the appropriate temperature and pleasurably complex. Only the nose was slightly timid, and even this opened up a bit with warmth. Definitely one of the better bottled hefeweizens I've had, this must be impressive on-tap or if available very fresh. Another one that would be nice to have distributed in North America.
Pours an enormous meringue-like head composed of small and medium-sized bubbles, which takes many minutes to reduce to a 0.5cm cap atop the beer. Little lacing is left along the sides of the glass, just a few dots and spotches of residual foam. Peering at the body, I notice aggressive streams of carbonation and the cloudy, opaque character that's due to the unfiltered preparation of the beer. Body color is a pale yellow-orange away from light, holding the beer near the window displays a dull orange center with pale yellow on either side.
Aromas are primarily of yeast combined with bread-like and sweet wheat malt. Moderate banana esters and and very faint coriander follow closely behind. Aroma becomes more expressive as the beer warms, with comforting breadiness and slight vanilla. Still, not the strongest or most complex aroma on a hefeweizen, a bit disappointing given the status of the brewery and this particular beer, but still good.
Tip of the tongue picks up noticeable, but muted, yeast, cooked wheat cereal, and cut lemon flavors. Front of the palate has a decent explosion in flavor, with fairly strong banana, sweet malt, yeast, and very light spicy phenolics. Mid-palate brings on some thicker banana and bread components with reduced yeastiness, lighter phenolics, coriander, apple cider, and a bit of vanilla. Back of palate continues to pick up pleasant banana bread flavors with a slight hint of tartness and coriander. Closes with a flash bitterness and tartness, fading to sweetness and an aftertaste that is mildly tart and reminiscent of the wheat malt, with a bit of residual apple cider and banana flavor as well. Overall, the flavors in the beer are very noticeable, complex, and enjoyable.
Solidly medium-bodied, the beer has a refreshing combination of thickness from the wheat/malt mix and crispness from the carbonation level. Very smooth initially, leading to a dry finish that complements the tart aftertaste nicely.
05-28-2012 19:28:17 | More by falloutsnow
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
a very formal beer... i suppose would call it proper in that it isn't a dessert. good color with a substantial amount of cloudiness. nice yeasty head. nose of mild citrus, and some coriander. palate is on the savory side... or a mild sweet. not smoked but some citrus zest bitter. very very mild sweet. fantastic balance that body and esters come forth in the wheat malt.
07-10-2010 22:39:36 | More by rtepiak
4.48/5 rDev +8%
500ml bottle served in a Weihenstephan Weizen.
A: Pours a cloudy orange to beige color forming a huge white bubbled creamy white head. Excellent retention and many chunks of foam left in the glass. Well, as a matter of fact, it never disappear completely remaining for looong time
S: Great in the nose. Very wheat, with notes of banana and loves as expected. It's also sweet and bready. German yeast
T: Follows the nose. Wheat backbone. Notes of banana esters, cloves, sweet malts and white bread. In overall, a slightly sweet and very smooth beer in the mouth. Simply perfect
M: Light but creamy body. Low carbonation. Veeery smooth sensation. Bready aftertaste
O: Absolutely drinkable beer. Great German beer. Recommended
09-24-2012 20:00:06 | More by eduardolinhalis
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
4.29/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
07-04-2014 03:14:14 | More by babaracas
3.68/5 rDev -11.3%
Andechser Weissbier Hefetrüb is a great looking hefeweizen. It presents itself with massive amounts of pure white head that lasts a long time. The body is a gold hazy peach color, and is of course ultra hazy.
The aromas I detect are that of banana, clove, and a hint of orange rind.
The taste has a little peppery bite, with a little acid sweetness.
This is a very thirst quenching weizen, and a little coarse as well. It is really not too powdery for as much yeast that is left in the bottle.
Overall this is a decent hefeweizen, but not like a good old Weihenstephaner Hefe!
03-27-2008 18:39:33 | More by TheSarge
4.21/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
06-05-2014 01:26:32 | More by draheim
4.11/5 rDev -1%
16.9oz : weizen glass
Lightly hazy, golden yellow with a foamy white head. Very nice looking though the head dissipated fairly quickly for my expectations in the style.
Big malty wheat backbone highlighted by delicious banana and clove notes in both the aroma and taste.
Standard, medium+ body, foamy carbonation.
A very well done hefeweizen and at a fairly decent price point. Something I would certainly enjoy again.
01-06-2014 08:43:15 | More by vkv822
4/5 rDev -3.6%
Poured from a .5L bottle to a hefe glass the color very cloudy yellow orange with good carbonation. The head is big and white and leaves some nice lace.
The smell is a classic Bavarian hefe, lots of banana and clove.
The taste is also quite good, really not much more to say the this is reall good, high quality hefe weitzen.
The mouthfeel is good lighter then medium body and good carbonation.
The drinkability of this brew is high great quality and easy drinking. It does not seem to be the best I have had, looking forward to a taste vom fass.
07-18-2009 22:25:22 | More by MuenchenerKindl
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.15/5 rDev 0%
Now named Weissbier Hell.
Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Schneider-Weisse weizen glass.
Pours a cloudy light brown colour with a small quickly fading head and good lacing.
Smells very yeasty and fresh like grass.
Tastes very fresh and tangy from the yeast and hops. Wholesome biscuity taste from the malts.
Overall a great example of the style.
01-01-2013 20:26:25 | More by CwrwAmByth
District of Columbia
4.43/5 rDev +6.7%
Huge thanks to Thorpe for sharing this.
Beer pours a hazy yellow/gold, just like a hefe should. The smell is just awesome, a really big banana and bubblegum aroma. Taste is great as well, balance between all of your usual hefe elements is perfect and the bubblegum sweetness stands out and gives it something a little unique. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and very nice. I had this alongside it much more well-known brother the Doppelbock, and not only was more surprised by this beer, but actually thought it was the better of the two. It's right up there with Live Oak as one of the best hefes I've ever had.
02-12-2012 18:47:47 | More by starrdogg
3.84/5 rDev -7.5%
Appearance- Pours up a whole bunch of head which looks to have pretty good retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is hazy, light orange juice/pale to medium amber which appears as a straw pale amber when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind.
Nose- Fair nice and fairly representative hefeweizen aroma. Starts off with cloves being the most prominent, then banana, and some coriander in the background. The cloves and coriander fade to reveal a warm banana with soft hints of lemon. Swirling shows hints of spice and oranges.
Taste- Starts with strong citrus (orange and lemon) on the front which leads into cloves, orange and lemon peel, and coriander. Light hints of banana. Lots of spice on the finish. Coriander, of course, but also hints of cinnamon and something resembling sage. Cloves were strong at first but fade quickly. This beer may not have a lot of presence but it makes up for that with delightful balance and integration. A very easygoing and accessible hefeweizen. However, it doesn't amaze me the way that it seems to have wowed most. Good beer but nothing I would classify as a really good beer. It is a very fine representation of the style. Some biscuit and cereal in the background.
Mouthfeel- A little bit more than light bodied with low carbonation and a mild zing. Dry finish really cleans this beer up at the end. A bit smooth and creamy as well.
Drinkability- Quite sessionable but the price point prevents that. I wouldn't purchase this on a regular but would repurchase if I were in the mood for a solid hefeweizen.
Overall- A mostly good beer. Solid representation of the style. Definitely a must try if you like hefeweizens. Or try it regardless. If you don't like it, you probably don't like hefeweizens.
11-17-2013 04:59:27 | More by artoolemomo
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
Andechser Weissbier Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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