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Andechser Weissbier Hell - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

Andechser Weissbier HellAndechser Weissbier Hell

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162 Ratings
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.42%


Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-03-2002)
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petemoss14

Germany

4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a densley clouded autumn wheatish color with a super creamy, lingering white head. It almost looks like a glass of grapefruit juice in its color and density. There must have been a ton of yeast in this sucker!

A stampeding army of clove in the aroma backed up by an intense bready yeastiness and undercurrents of banana.

Nice medium-firm body, spicy on the palate, with the esters (banana) becoming a little more prominant. Bit of a grainy malt character. Slight lemon zest tartness in the finish. Very refreshing! I could suck these down all day up on the mount with the sun shining.

A world class hefe in every respect.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2007 17:36:07 | More by petemoss14
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3frog

Arizona

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

purchased in a getränkemarkt in Ismaning, Germany; poured into a Weihenstephaner (shhh) .3L glass.

Appearance: nice slightly reddish gold; almost opaque; moderate head but no lace

Smell: wow, more clove and banana than any other that I've had.

Taste: amps up the aromas and adds a hint of citrus and other fruit; light-to-moderate hop bitterness; the flavors sing weissbier.

Mouthfeel: medium balanced by a moderately high level of carbonation.

Drinkability: for hefe lovers, this is really great. To me, the flavors compare to more mundane weissbiers similar to the hop levels in DIPAs compared to the original style.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 19:38:58 | More by 3frog
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goindownsouth

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice find indeed, while visiting der Andechser am Dom in Regensburg in September of 2006.

Light orange in color, this Weissbier presented with moderate carbonation, a hazy tinge to it, and a large, pillowy head, for sure. Aromas of big yeastiness, clove and banana fill the sinuses. Good balance on the palate with the fresh-cut grainy malt offering a nice backdrop to that great banana-clove flavour. Slight bitter hoppy twang in the back that was a nice surprise. Very, very nice offering.

Zum wohl!

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2006 17:06:55 | More by goindownsouth
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haz77

Australia

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy gold with a big, firm, foaming head that sits there forever. Masses of small bubbles rise to keep it in place. Very inviting.

S - Banana, clove, phenols, yeast, mixed light fruits. Lovely stuff.

T - Yeasty fruitiness and slight bubblegum kick off with the banana appearing in the middle, which really blooms towards the end when it's joined by a spicy clove flavour. There is a slight medicinal phenol note in there too. Aftertaste is a clean, muted version of the finish and it lingers for some time.

M - Light-medium body. Creamy, but finishes clean and refreshes the mouth. The lively carbonation of the appearance is not as aggressive as expected.

D - An excellent and very drinkable beer. I should have bought more. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 16:39:09 | More by haz77
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DaveFL1976

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Wildeman in Amsterdam. (great bar, by the way).
It pours a cloudy, dark yellow with a fluffy white head that sticks around for a while. Nice lacing. The smell is fruity and crisp and clean. Quite nice. Taste is smooth, sweet, orangy or citrusy, and the mouthfeel is lighter than I expected. Pretty darn good drinkability, but I liked to move onto the doppelbock after one wheat beer.

mmm...doppelbock

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2006 01:25:34 | More by DaveFL1976
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2006 19:30:08 | More by wl0307
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the brewery restaurant on March 18, 2006.

A: Hazy straw, lots of fluffy white head, good retention and lace.

S: Malty (bread), citrus and spice, slight banana.

T: Bready, citrus, spice, hint of pineapple and banana. (taste scores between 4 and 4.5).

M: Light to moderate body is very creamy. Light to moderate carbonation.

D: IST GUT!

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2006 22:03:03 | More by Derek
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Globetrotter

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2005 03:02:51 | More by Globetrotter
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PatYoda

Colorado

4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased at the monastery about a month and a half ago.

Cloudy orange with a long lasting white head. Smell is sweet banana and melon. A deep whiff is almost too much for the nose to handle, it's that strong of a smell. Taste is very sweet. This is a weizen that defnitely swings toward the fruity side of things, while not bring out the spicy clove much. Distinct banana lingers on the taste buds long after you take a sip. Yeasty breadiness is present also. Mouthfeel is above average for a wheat beer. Nice and creamy and thick, but still carbonated enough to be refreshing. One of the best wheat beers we sampled in our brief trip to Germany.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2005 23:43:04 | More by PatYoda
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2005 03:02:12 | More by Sammy
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Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden body, average white foam with no lacing. Enormously yeasty aroma. It first makes me think of bark, there is big banana in there. Gentle phenols, everything at the right place at the right moment. Beautifully balanced, if I appreciated hefes a lot more, I might shoot for high 4s. Light cloves, sweet, well displayed. Tarter than I expected in mouth though, it makes it all the more refreshing, but I’m not sure I enjoy it as much as the aroma, it is very fruity, yet not very sweet, mostly floral with green herbs hints. Thin-medium bodied, spritzy carbonation, but not lasting. Great aroma..

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2005 01:21:05 | More by Rastacouere
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ColoradoBobs

Colorado

4.85/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the monastery, May 31, 2005.

Oh, my gosh! Everything you would have expected and more. Certainly the best Hefeweizen I've ever tasted, and by a large margin. Even better than Kulmbacher Kapuziner. WOWOWOWOW!

What an aroma! Mown hay, cloves, pear (pear!), grass, grapefruit, then banana esters.

The flavor is so complex, it's hard to describe, and it's really several beers in one: cold, it's all clove and pepper on flowers and grapefruit; as it warms, the banana and pear come up, even some elderberry. Simply amazing. Long, long, long clove-orange-banana finish. This stuff tastes so good you hardly want to swallow it. Defies description. Heavenly.

Certainly the prettiest wheat beer in the world: all cloudy light orange-amber, with a huge (HUGE) white rocky head, that lasts and lasts, and leaves good lacing all the way down.

Unusually serpentine mouthfeel for a H-w, with perfect carbonation. So fresh and delightful to the palate. Ssssllurrppy.

Hefeweizen is one of my favorite styles, and this is perhaps the best of the bunch: certainly the best I've tasted. If you ever get a chance, you MUST go have this at the monastery. Great in bottles: truly exceptional on draught.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2005 02:02:46 | More by ColoradoBobs
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GreatPondBrewer

California

4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

How could you not love a beer like this. .5L on tap at the Am Dom on a serene sunday afternoon. Poured a golden yellow with just a hint of orange hue much like a setting sunset when there is just a faint bit of cloud at the edge of the horizon. The smell was intense banana flavors with plenty of fruity undertones beckoning me to quaff freely. The first taste did not dissapoint as this was one of the better beers I have ever had the chance to sample from the pour all the way through to the mouthfeel, which was so smooth and refreshing it was like taking a dive into the Riveria. If only I could live in Munich... in fact maybe I will.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2005 01:18:38 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.9/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Burnt orange with a big fluffy white head. It looks like most other well biult hefes that I've tried.

Smell: Bananas and citrus fruits. Spicy.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Bananas, and citrus fruits like the smell. Wheaty. No detectable bitternes in the sip, however, the flavor is very well ballanced. The aftertaste is wet, with well balanced hop bitterness and malt sweetness. It can most accurately be described as tasting like happy. Mouthfeel is thicker than most hefes that I have had, but not too thick to make for a hefty brew.

Dirinkability: I must say that I am kicking myself for not trying this beer before today. It is the best hefe I have ever tasted. It is thick and flavorful without being overly filling in the way some hefes tend to be.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2005 16:57:35 | More by KarlHungus
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Naerhu

Japan

4.72/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange gold opaque body with a tight white small head.
Huge banana and fluffy yeasty aroma.
Slightly more bitter than usual for style, deep robust wheat malt flavor. Bananas and citrus fruit. Fresh, fresh, fresh.
Creamy smooth mouth feel.
Luscious! Gimme more.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2004 16:11:07 | More by Naerhu
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tjd25

France

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden color, surprizingly transparent. Crazy carbonation. The bottom of the glass is full of bubbles. Persisten foamy head.

Nice classic hefe aromas: wheat, sweetness and yeast. The taste is what you expect: wheat, fruits (some peach maybe...), some spices, some sweetness, and banana, more in the afteraste. The hops are almost not noticeable. Very smooth mouthfeel, with the neverending head. A dry finish. Very enjoyable and very drinkable. I want more hefe weizen!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2004 23:38:26 | More by tjd25
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Sudmissle

Michigan

4.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Kloster Andechs in Germany. It was a very intense tasting wheat beer with a strong banana and clove taste. Had a good mouthfeel with a ideal amount of foam. Among the best wheat beers I've had due to a great, strong flavor and good aftertaste.

Usually I find bottled beer to have a stronger taste than beers on tap, but this was a case where the on tap version was ideal. This makes me curious how the bottled version tastes in comparison.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2003 21:16:34 | More by Sudmissle
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Sigmund

Norway

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely cloves aroma, typical hefe. Cloudy golden colour, pours with a large head. Fairly dry flavour, typical wheat / cloves, slightly peppery. A bit more hops would do, still this is a well made hefe, as you would expect from Kloster Andechs. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2003 15:03:46 | More by Sigmund
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bierman2000

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A consistent beer with a clove undelayer. A filling very drinkable weizen. Excellent with a pretzel or just alone, as with most Weizen high carbonation leads to less drinking. It is a great beer to find and enjoy in the afternoon, just wish they sold Kloster Andechs in Pennsylvania.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2003 07:49:37 | More by bierman2000
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Sheldon

Washington

4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Andechser Weissbier Hefetrub is a cloudy brownish orange color. The white, rather creamy head remains past the half waypoint with a respectable trail of lace. The bouquet is not quite as prevalent as I prefer, although a nice citrus aroma is very close at hand. The flavor of the first was of a strong banana essence and the second glass leaned towards a citrus taste. I’ll have to conduct an extra round in order to get the best two out of three, it may be tough but I think I’m up for it. The mouthfeel seems of a full body, and a very satisfying drinkability throughout the experience. From the time it hits the nose to the final feel in the throat the Hefetrub is very smooth and enjoyable. I will definitely continue to procure this by the case. Very impressed!

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2002 23:01:12 | More by Sheldon
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John

New York

4.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Since we weren't driving this was another one of many beers had at Kloster Andechs. With the brewery just a few yards away from the beer garden, it doesn't get any better or fresher than this. One of the best hefes ever had. The weather was perfect and the beer exceptional.

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2002 12:51:58 | More by John
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice, heaps of banana, light citrus orange notes and extremely refreshing, perfect beer for summer, hopefully we see it down under some day.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2002 17:51:42 | More by rastaman
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