Andechser Weissbier Hell - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Reviews: 122
Hads: 318
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 9.48%
Wants: 59
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of cbutova
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
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. (976 characters)

Photo of scottfrie
4.06/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of Jacobob10
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (962 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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. (495 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a curved wheat ale glass.

Does not gush or foam very hard on opening, but pours with some aggression makes a super bleach white head that is even pin head bubbled, thick and soapy with thick ring lacing. Body color is a gorgeous and cloudy hue of colors from dully lemon yellow on the bottom to apricot orange through the top. Has a mid haze in the middle with clarity on the edges, and very fine carbonation.

Nose is classic. Spritzy like lemon and drive clove like spices. Some hinting banana senses but more of a balance of spicy and citrus.

Palate comes with classic flavors but a large champagne wet crispness. Not much chewy wheat presence, but great lemon and sharp hop quick dissipating finish. Mild bitterness matching with clove and lemon, and faint toasted white bread just barely breaking out. Light to wet bodied and lots of mimosa like qualities.

It's a little lighter and crisper than most Hefeweizens, but it's very unique and real great tasting. Probably not my favorite in the style but a great one in its own right. (1,067 characters)

Photo of vkv822
4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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. (422 characters)

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

Starting to see Andechs appear around me -- glad to have it!

Based on knowledge of different bottling codes, I'm guessing this was bottled on October 8, 2013; not bad.

A -- Hazy, peach color with a dense, sticky, white head.

S -- Cloves, banana, pepper, wheat malt, and some vague DMS.

T -- All of the above in a delicious concerto. Not big and bold, but hits the best notes for a Bavarian Hefeweizen.

M -- Soft mouthfeel with some crisp carbonation spritziness at the end and a light to light-medium body.

O -- A classic example of the style. If someone wants to know what a Bavarian Hefeweizen should be, Andechs will fill the bill. (640 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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. (613 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Cheers! (992 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.   (1,166 characters)

Photo of dar482
3.81/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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. (632 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,777 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.23/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a light yellow color in a Pilsner glass with a 2 F head. Served at a cold temp- 40F.

Light but pronounced clove-spice aroma.

Mouth feel moderate.

Taste: spice, clove and light fruit.

Finish: refreshing and brisk.

Excellent beer. My second beer from the brewery. (273 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Mainbrew. $2.75. That I can have a case of this for less that what folks (me included) spend on 1 bottle is just nuts.

A nice, cloudy, yellow orange with a dense, white head with excellent retention and moderate lacing. The nose is pure hefeweizen. A moderate blend of banana, clove, grain and a little bit of pear cider are present. The clove note is fresh, sharp and spicy, and banana plays a secondary role here. A touch of grainy, doughy, honey-like sweetness is present. Most excellent.

The palate opens juicy, refreshing, with a blend of banana, a little bit of peach and pear before the clove spiciness comes forward. Fragrant and flavorful without the bitterness that sometimes appears, there's a really nice balance between a grainy, wheaty tartness, the fruit and the spice notes. Medium in body from the wheat, this beer is rather highly carbonated, lending an additional acidity to the palate. Drying on the finish with a delicate blend of clove and banana, this is pretty special stuff. (1,014 characters)

Photo of Tucquan
4.34/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2013-10-08 in Columbia, PA

A - Pretty cloudy golden-yellow with a 3-finger pillowy white head that fades quickly but leaves nice lace.

S - Bubblegum and clove, yeasty wheat bread, light touch of citrus.

T - More lemon than in the smell, nice assertion of sweet biscuit, clove, a dash of balancing bitterness that relents quickly. Dries nicely leaving a light malty lemon tart flavor for a few seconds.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Effervescent. Substantial at first ultimately refreshing and thirst quenching.

O - This is a delicious beer. I like it as well as any hefe I've ever had. (607 characters)

Photo of BWED
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L pour into a weizen glass, Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly.

A- Pale orange with some yellow highlighted edges. Hazy, of course. Big beautiful white head retains at 1/4".

S- Amazing aroma! Huge banana and citrus (orange). Clove and spice come up from behind as well.

T- Some banana and orange. Great spice and clove flavors come in too.

M- Nice and smooth. Great bubbly carbonation, just a bit sparkling.

O- This is a fantastic brew, and I'm glad it has landed in a place in the US near me! (491 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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. (897 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap during PIB.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, golden tan color with good head retention and considerable lacing. On the nose this is textbook hefe, with clove, light banana, nutmeg and considerable underlying spice. As good as it smells, the beer is considerably better on the palate, with the beer showcasing considerable bread dough, clove, banana, and considerable spice, all on a very dry, sharp "clovey" finish. (I hated this flavor combination when I lived in Germany years ago, but now I just love it). Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, but it's truly amazing how much flavor this beer packs with such a low abv.

Excellent. One of those hefe's that immediately puts me in mind of my days living in Germany, even though that was almost 40 years ago now. (769 characters)

Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Yellowish/Orange; cloudy; big head; good lacing

Aroma: Peppery; cloves; yeasty

Taste: Very good, complex flavor; hints of bananas in the cloves; excellent beer

Remarks: Got this the first time with a mixed 6 pack at Kloster Andechs.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores (310 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.27/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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. (557 characters)

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (353 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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 (730 characters)

Photo of Arno
2.89/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

appearance: Light yellow, bit hazy, good firm foamy top.

smell: The usual white bear smell, banana, bread-like, but weak in smell.

taste: Like the smell suggest a bit of a weak, yet refreshing, flavor. It's almost like a light beer. Bit of bread and banana, with a tad of citrus freshness.

mouthfeel: Fresh and light. Quite some carbonation going on.

overall: It's a nice bear, but nothing really special. Just a nice refreshing average summer white bear. (462 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
4.08/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (2,498 characters)

Andechser Weissbier Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
93 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.