Andechser Weissbier Hell - Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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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
4.26/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
01-09-2014 21:26:06 | More by smakawhat
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
4.05/5 rDev -2.4%
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.
12-31-2013 18:57:35 | More by steveh
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
4.53/5 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
4.2/5 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
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
3.84/5 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
4.23/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
11-10-2013 02:51:22 | More by brureview
4.24/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
11-04-2013 04:02:48 | More by DefenCorps
Andechser Weissbier Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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