Andechser Weissbier Hell - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Ratings: 311
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 8.63%
Wants: 58
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs visit their website
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 mdagnew
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml bottle bought from Beers Of Europe...

Poured a hazy golden yellow colour... White head poured typically big thick and foamy then faded slowly to nice thick layer ... lots of carbonation rises to the surface... decent amount of thick sticky lacing...

Aroma - Nice clove spiciness, light vanilla notes, noticeable wheat, quite bready, very little malts, light fruitiness (banana and lemon), quite peppery, some hay traces...

Taste – Light biscuity malts, faint bubblegum traces mixed with clove, definite breadiness, quite creamy, good fruitiness (lemon and some pear notes), salty, some floral honey sweetness, grassy and peppery hints...

Feel - Very smooth and creamy with just a little bite underneath... light body... Extremely refreshing and drinkable...

Overall - An excellent German hefe... up there with the best...

Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of corby112
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
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.  

Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of Derek
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

Photo of IronLover
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden yellow in color with a deep haze. Poured with a billowy, soapy, bright white cap with medium retention. Wheat malt, crackers, and estery pears with banana and light peppery phenols at the end. No hop aromas. Medium light bodied with aggressive, refreshing, effervescent carbonation. A light creaminess toward the end. Sweet banana and pear flavors accompanied by bready wheat. Medium low bitterness through the middle strikes a nice balance with the fruity esters. Light peppery notes near the end along with a pleasant tartness. No hop flavors. Finished cleanly and dryly. Overall very refreshing and easy drinking. Balance leans a bit toward the estery side as the phenolics were a bit light. 

Photo of dansmcd
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my Weihenstephan weizen glass.

A - Glorious. Yellowy amber, cloudy and effervescent beneath a giant dense foamy white head which carries on to the bottom of the glass. Large chunks of lace adorn the sides and billowing swirls of sediment whirl around the body.

S - Heavy banana, accompanied by old mates clove, wheat and yeast.

T - Follows the nose with a banana backbone with inklings of clove, coriander, wheat and yeast.

M - Moderate to full body, chewy and soapy. Moderately carbonated.

O - A top tier German hefeweizen, though without the depth of flavour of a Weihenstephan.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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.

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle - $3.48 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazed, straw-hued body with a small-sized, brief, white head.

Smell: Wheat with a thin veneer of sweet-scented honey, citrus and light banana, phenolic spicy elements.

Taste: Crisped wheat, moderately sweet cereal quality chased with a spritz of clean, clear lemon juice. Gentle banana accent, a little bubblegum, one scant drop of vanilla. The hops remain rather subtle, imparting only a light bitterness. All flavors converge on the lightly sweetish, rather crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Lively and refreshing on this Easter Sunday.

Photo of vkv822
4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of swizzlenuts
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy with a nice size head on it

S: Smells of yeast and fruits. Quite pleasing

T: It has a more bitter taste than most hefeweizen beers I've tasted. It's yeasty and wheaty. The fruits don't really come out to play, but they are there in the background. There is a vanilla flavour that comes out.
M: Creamy and with a nice bite from the carbonation

D: Yep, like all German ales.

Photo of stcules
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A lot of a good compact and persistent foam. Orange, lightly cloudy appearance. Right for a hefe weizen.
Weizen smell, too. Good, banana, cloves, orange peel, some spiciness (pepper). Very well balanced.
Wel balanced in the taste too. Maybe, just a bit too thin. Anyway, great drinkability and plesantness. Banana and cloves. Very good weizen.
Aftertaste with a little banana, and pleasantly spiced. Orange peel, pepper.

Photo of crnipeter
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, BB date says 28. June 2011, into Franziskaner glass. Hazy pale straw with stems of raising bubbles, copious, moussy white head that holds well and sticks to the walls leaving rings and patches of lace as retreats. Aroma is sweet from malted wheat expressed as well baked bread, with mild banana and clove. The flavor is quite sweet initially coating the lips with sticky film of unfermented sugars and gets doughy & bready later on. There's some mild banana and clove although less than I'd expect from a Hefeweizen, and a good amount of powdery yeastiness. The flavor profile is complemented by delicate citrusy tartness from the high carbonation and suspended yeast. Low hoppy bitterness emerges towards the finish which is dry and spritzy thanks to high carbonation. The perception of body is increased by the yeast hanging in suspension so the beer seems nearly medium bodied.

Photo of falloutsnow
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of Rastacouere
4.07/5  rDev -2.4%
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..

Photo of scottfrie
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of steveh
4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of thierrynantes
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (50cl), tasted in 2007.

Appearance : golden color, with a creamy white head.
Smell : clove, banana, pear and malted wheat aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : well balanced, very delicious finish and refreshing with wheat flavor, and notes of clove.
Drinkability : a very good beer in the style hefeweizen.

Photo of wattoclone
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours a very cloudy light amber color with substantial head. Nice fruity, yeasty aroma for a hefeweizen. The taste is excellent, esters, malty and a nice hop finish. I prefer the dunkelweizen version but this is very good, one of the best although there are six Bavarian hefeweizen which I thought were better. Still beats out any U.S. craft hefe but a big margin.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle $3.99. Hazy, cloudy yellow color. Aroma is typical hefe, strong banana, wheat, yeast. Flavor is the same. very solid for the style and I would buy this again.

Andechser Weissbier Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
93 out of 100 based on 311 ratings.