Andechser Weissbier Hell - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Reviews: 120
Hads: 316
rAvg: 4.22
pDev: 5.92%
Wants: 58
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 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)

Photo of Jwale73
3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle courtesy of my good friend Thirstybird. Served in my Weihenstephaner weisse glass. Best before 23 08 12 indicated on the back label. Pours a semi-hazy straw gold with a rocky, two inch bright white head. head settles into a solid, half inch cap - some spots of lacing are revealed but exhibit poor retention. Nose expresses wheat, banana esters and clove; however, it is all somewhat subdued. Taste consistent with nose; however, the wheat overshadows the other flavors expressed in the nose. There's also a light lemony quality interspersed with a slight breadiness that reveals itself towards the back. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively, even carbonation and the merest hint of acidity. Overall, a very good, albeit not great, Hefeweizen. Not sure if this may be a little past its prime as the flavors are a bit dull. I'll have to retry a fresh bottle to see if that's the case. (900 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The appearance is typical of the style. Straw yellow in color with a dense, white head. Fantastic aroma with banana, clove, spices, wheat. Refreshing flavor. Light and soft on the palate. Poundable. Superb balance. I would love to try this side by side with Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, as these are without question the two best examples of a German hefeweizen I have ever had. Highly recommended. (442 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From 02/11/12 notes. Bottle shared by Thorep429; thanks Mike! This beer wasn't on my radar and is probably one of the best hefeweizens I've had. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy straw yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bananas, spices, cloves, Belgian yeast, light citrus, light floral, and light pepper. Fresh bananas dominate here and are awesome. One of the best smelling hedeweizens I've ever smelled.

t - Tastes of bananas, spice, pepper, cloves, Belgian yeast, and light floral notes. more pepper then the nose. Very nice but not quite as good as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Super smooth and creamy, and insanely easy to drink. Awesome body.

o - Overall I thought this was an outstanding hefeweizen; it's up there with the Live Oak hefe, Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, and Moon Man as one of the best I've ever had. The nose is awesome, and just a ton of fresh bananas, and it is insanel easy to drink. The taste was good but not quite as great as the nose, as it focused more on pepper. An awesome beer I can't wait to have again. (1,134 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Thorpe, long time want right here and I still want more.

Beer is soft and yellow, hazy, big white head, lacing, nice carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, banana, mildly spicy, near perfect aroma.

Beer is soft, sweet, smooth, wet finish. No aftertaste, a great yeast palate, no bitterness, smooth and wonderful. I really loved this beer. I really want some more. (363 characters)

Photo of starrdogg
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (614 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up from an overseas shop; thanks to yourefragile for the assist. Served in a SAVOR wine glass alongside the doppelbock.

Pours a cloudy yellow-straw color with a nice and fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing on the way down. The nose has heavy yeast character with nice banana and bubblegum notes, and a touch of clove in the background.

A light breadiness exists in the flavor, serving as the base for the yeast. Nice notes of bubblegum and banana throughout with a touch of spice to the finish. Light-medium body with slight chewiness and a silky finish. Really well made. I'm glad I finally got to try this longtime want. (648 characters)

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

A- Hazy light golden, just what you expect in a weizen. Three fingers head (i usually get a bit more when pouring in a weizenglass), very dense and soft, shows good retention and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass

S- A light, fresh wheat hint and some yeast notes merge in a refreshing bubblegum-like feel, with some spicy notes of clove and pepper showing up. I don't how if aroma can be described as soft, but if it can be than this is definitely very soft.

T- Very soft as the smell suggested. Mild and refreshing sweetness from the malts with a delicate wheat note, not your breadiest hefeweizen for sure. A bubblegum-like feel as the smell suggested, with spiciness playing a major but still never assertive role, with notes of pepper and of course clove. Light background citric notes on the tongue (lemon, orange peel)

M- Again extremely soft. Decently lively but still gentle carbonation among a delicate light-bodied feel. Overall nicely smooth on both tongue and palate

O- Drinkabilty and overall balance are both very good. Overall a delicate, refreshing weizen. It just lacks something to make it unique, something that might make it a standout among all those weizens out there. I mean, i never tried this beer before but i kind of felt like i already had (1,295 characters)

Photo of dansmcd
4.16/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (613 characters)

Photo of shambeano
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weihenstephan weizen glass.

A- Pours a golden yellow, with about 2 inches of fluffy white head that takes ages to subside, looks almost marshmallowy from the top. impressive.

S- heaps of banana straight up, a touch of clove and spice behind it, but im really searching for anything else.

T- sweetness upfront, banana comes in midway and lingers until the end of the beer, spice and a light clove begins to come through once ive gotten used to the banana, there is some citrus in there, and its really quite nice.

F- mouth filling, yet with a prickly carbonation that makes it seem lighter, nice length of flavour too. very good.

O- i liked this beer, its definitely one i would re-visit if it wasnt so difficult to find (and its a tad pricey in melbourne). (779 characters)

Photo of Brabander
4.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (790 characters)

Photo of sfprint
4.48/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Yow, one of the best looking Hefeweizens I've ever seen. Beautiful creamsicle orange with a fluffy head. Rising carbonation visible at the bottom and pretty vibrant.
S: Super light and fluffy banana. I know that's the yeast giving it it's creamy quality. Smells like a dessert. Very very faint phenols.
T: Wow, that rivals Weihenstephaner. Really good. My only complaint is that it could be slightly sweeter and or flavorful. But otherwise it's nearly perfect. Excellent blend. It's so well blended, I can't really articulate elements of the flavor. It just is.
M: Mild sting. Fairly soft.
O: One of the best hefeweizens I've had. (633 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy orange/amber with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows doughy, bready wheat with a hint of baked beans, spicy cloves and a subtle hint of banana.
Nice wheaty flavours, fairly sweet, some cloves but faint. Mild bitterness.
Carbonation could be higher. (260 characters)

Andechser Weissbier Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
93 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.