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Andechser Weissbier Hell - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Reviews: 125
Hads: 325
rAvg: 4.21
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 68
Gots: 31 | 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 bobsy
3.63/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy lemon pour with a billowing white head. Good retention and lace. Strong wheat aroma with the expected banana and clove notes, though not as strong as most hefes. I'm not sure if this bottle is past its prime, but its tastes a little tired. There are some very good banana and clove notes there, but there's also a bit of mustiness, like a forgotten book in somebody's attic. Aside from that there's a nice touch of sourness from the wheat and light apple notes in the background, but nothing that really wows me. The same cannot be said of the body, however, which is spot on. Perfect medium-light body and pillowy carbonation, but not enough to save a ho-hum hefe. Ah well... (683 characters)

Photo of czfreeman
4.82/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Andechs. really hard to find in SC, but here in Germany...89 cents on the shelf.Yes please.
Pours out to reveal agorgeous head, light golden color, gets murkier as the bottle is decanted. Super carbonation gives a very lively body. Really fantastic head, great retention.Really a very bright looking Hefe.
The aromatics take to an even higher level.Really good funky smell, yeasty, fruity,-cloves, nutty grains, orange, yeasty banana, black pepper phenolic spiciness. great for a 5.5% brew. apples come through in the spicy-fruity grain mix. This is either a great Hefe or a bowl of really good Muselix. Digging deeper, and as the beer warms, the complexity really unfolds. I find notes of vanilla, banana, smoke, oak, and a light caramelized sweetness that adds the perfect touch of roundness in the aroma. Weihenstephan, the reigning king of Weissbiers in my book may have been dethroned.
Flavor is extremely balanced, note of oaky graininess gives way to citrus, yeasts, wheaty creaminess. a light tobacco, and a great amount of spice. The vanilla notes come through again and adds a delicate foil of sweetness to the spicy/carbonated balance of perfection. Another stand out factor of this brew is the great carbonation. The yeast has performed its duties quite well, and added a perfect amount of carbonation and cream.This is easily one of the best Weiss beers I have ever had.
The mouthfeel is lively and exciting. I really enjoy the more creamy examples of Hefe's i.e Franziskaner, Weihenstephaner, but this packs the same amount of flavor in and adds an exciting punch of carbonation. I'm not one to award a high score just based on rareness or avaliablitiy, but this beer really is the quintessence of a style. Weihenstephan Weiss is fantastic, but can be bought in the U.S. You cannot buy Andechs Weiss readily in the states, or even in Germany, as with Westy beers you have to seek it out to enjoy. What a perfect balance, and pleasure to enjoy.This was a great brew, and look foward to trying others from this brewery. I could not ask for more in a Weizen. (2,078 characters)

Photo of dgilks
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours like a classic hefeweizen. A hazy straw colour with a large, fluffy white head. Great head retention and plenty of lovely lace. This is one damn fine looking beer and spot on for style.

Aromas are all classic hefeweizen. Banana, wheat and a hint of bubblegum.

Flavours aren't as strong as the aroma but there are more complexities. Big banana is accompanied by hints of clove and apple. Wheat offers its own delicious character and I get just the slightest tart edge to cut this beer and add some more refreshing qualities.

This is a light, refreshing quaffer. Vibrant carbonation livens up this beer and this really is a perfect summer beer. (661 characters)

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4/5  rDev -5%
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.

Prosit mk (561 characters)

Photo of soulgrowl
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour this one into a weizen glass, because you'll need the extra headroom to accommodate the sizeable pile of off-white froth atop this picturesque beer. The body is almost exactly the same color as orange juice (or Tang - remember Tang?), just a little bit darker; the yeast forms a dense, thick mist that makes the beer opaque. Spicy banana reminiscent of bananas foster dominates (as it should in any good Weissbier), but not without allowing in some lovely nuances of orange juice, apples, lemonade, walnuts, and something earthy and funky that calls to mind the funk of a Flanders red. Relentlessly refreshing with an airy dryness, biting spice, and robust yet light and fruity character. Tons of bananas, apples, cinnamon, clove, bubblegum, lemon, and minty herbal hops. Juicy and full - maybe a bit too heavy, in fact, but still fantastic! A damn good summer beer... or anytime beer!

Also it is surprisingly good with Shropshire Blue! (942 characters)

Photo of Domingo
4.74/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Arguably the best weissbier in the world...or at least not far behind the Weihenstephan example.
Like the other beers at Andechs, this comes straight from a large wooden keg, although they serve it in a halbe (1/2L mug) rather than a typical weizen glass. In town, you'll get it in a weizen glass, though. Cloudy, pale with a giant head.
VERY fruity. The typical banana/clove/spice is there, but there are also hints of pineapple, pears, and tropical fruits. While some examples focus on spice (like Erdinger) this one focuses on fruit. Both the flavor and nose of this beer are much more potent than any other I've had. Think Vitus, but without the kick.
No chalky texture or wateriness at all. Easy to drink, and something I could probably have over and over.
If you like weizen beers, seek this one out.
I brought back a bottle of this, so I'm a little curious to see how it'll compare to the fresh/tap version. (916 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.64/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam

Into a Weizen Glass

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium 2+ finger fluffy medium white head. Colour is orange-tangerine and is very cloudy. Next to zero carbonation evident. Head slowly levels out to a thin film, that basically disappears later as well. Decent lacing.

SMELL: Wheat malt, some banana, lemon and a decent amount of clove as well. A bit of bubble gum in the back too. Decent strength on the nose, and is quite nice.

TASTE: Wheat malt and a strong sweet lemon component. Clove in there as well. The strong but short lasting aftertaste is sweet with citrus qualities. Taste is relatively nice and medium in strength.

PALATE: Medium body with low end carbonation. Goes down smooth with no bite and finishes comparatively dry. Nice palate.

OVERALL: A drinkable brew for sure. It's nice in a subtle way, is not offensive or overpowering, meaning one could drink quite a few of these in an evening. The look hurt it somewhat, but otherwise this is one worth re-visiting. Solid. (1,025 characters)

Photo of TommyW
3.99/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy, golden body. Nice white, foamy head with great retention. Leaves a nice lacing.

S- Very yeasty with some clove and a slight note of citrus.

T- A good bit of clove here. Only a touch of bubblegum followed by a slight citrus. Taste is pretty dry from start to finish.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Cuts out pretty quickly.

D- Very drinkable for a weissbier. Goes down easy and doesn't overpower your palate.

Overall, this is definitely not my favorite weissbier, but it certainly isn't bad. (515 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the pub in Munich, served in the impressive Andechs weizen glass.

Appearance: Straw-colored and nearly opaque, this one arrived with a towering 2 1/2 finger head that retained ridiculously well.

Smell: Yeasty as hell with lots of signature banana and clove along with a slight mineral quality.

Taste & mouthfeel: Banana and a touch of bubblegum open this one up. Surprisingly dry, though still malt-forward and very complex. Medium in body, bordering on full. The finish ends on a dry note with barely a trace of bitterness, though this one's dry nearly from start to finish. Drinkability is through the roof; this beer is complex in a subtle way that never fatigues the palate. I could've drank liters of this. (724 characters)

Photo of seanyfo
3.12/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

50CL bottle poured into erdinger weissbier glass.

A- Dark yeasty amber colouring. Head retention is immense, everlasting and great lacing.

S- Lots of cloves, a touch musty, the more i smell i start to get a little burnt rubber lol. Not much banana or spice.

T- Once again lots of clove, a little musty still. Flavour diminishes quickly.

M- Moderate carbonation, a bit greasy on the tongue.

D- Doesnt have the flavour or refreshment of Weihenstephan. Albeit drinkable, still far off from a gold standard Weissbier (517 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.8/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer came last in a blind tasting of 4 German brewed Hefewiezrn biers held at my place last week (Sep 2008). It was up against biers from Krombacher (the best), Erdinger and Schofferhofer.

Typical murky, clouldy yellow body you come to expect of a Hefewiezen, good light head that hangs around for most of the drink.

There was a lot of vanilla and banana in the aroma, but not much spice or citrus to be found.

The taste was again average, not as spritzy, tangy or crisp as the other biers in the tasting, almost bland in some aspects.

I know this beer seems to get high scores from most reviewers, but it did very little to get many votes when compared to the others mentioned. A big dissapointment all round for me. (726 characters)

Photo of dasenebler
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours with a copious head, very fluffy and aromatic. Pungent banana, tang and spice in the nose. Orange and straw color.

It has that same Hefeweizen character, but there's something about the Andechs that is absolutely delicious. It's tart, tangy, sweet, bready, phenolic and creamy all at the same time. Really a top-notch brew. The carbonation is very fine and not overpowering, which adds to the incredible smoothness of this brew. I think this more desirable mouthfeel sets it apart from other german Hefeweizens. I wish the Andechs hefe was as common as the other excellent wheat beers in Germany, but alas, it is a rare bird here in Berlin.

*EDIT, March 2011: On a side-by-side with Weihenstephaner, the Andechs holds it own. It's actually more complex, with a great lemony tartness and earthy character that the Weihenstephaner just does not offer. In the end, they're two remarkable wheat beers. Prost! (912 characters)

Photo of TKempe
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A cloudy looking brew, golden to orange in color with a big head on it. Only the slightest lacing.

The first thing that has my attention when smelling the beer is a buttery note that is quite strong, giving the beer a bit of a cloying character. This is contrasted by a sour and dryish tang that is a little sharp and penetrating as well. Banana is there too, as well as a small bit of hops and of course yeast.

In tasting the beer, typical banana and clove accents are met with first. Slowly they make way for a dry and bitter finish that becomes a little watery for a moment, but then moves on to an after-taste that brings back the sweetness while remaining bitter (very charming). The slick, buttery feel is again quite strong.

A good and strong body and carbonation give this beer a tender feel to the mouth.

This Hefe tends towards the saltier side of the spectrum, but seems to be pulled back by a soddenness that I found to be somewhat nauseating. (Maybe I should have had this cooler or fresher....) (1,014 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A murky orange, yellow beer with a creamy blanket of foamy head. It pours like velvet.

Smell is full of clove. This is the one Weizen that only has the clove and not the banana's, although there is exotic fruit in here. The wheat adds a grainy and fresh, mango smell.

Taste is clovey with some dextrines. This is a pretty thick beer for a Weizen and it is kind of sticky too. The wheat is grainy and adds the mango and grape taste together with the yeast. So full of phenols. Drinkability is great. (500 characters)

Photo of Shambo
4.88/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this bee at the Andechser Mannheim restaurant. I am certain I have never had a better Weiss beer. Nice glass, good head, smooth, smell; just great. I drank several, didn't try any other styles, this one was too good. If I ever get back to Mannheim, this will be my first stop. (282 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
4.03/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (313 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Andechser Weissbier Hefetrüb is a great looking hefeweizen. It presents itself with massive amounts of pure white head that lasts a long time. The body is a gold hazy peach color, and is of course ultra hazy.

The aromas I detect are that of banana, clove, and a hint of orange rind.

The taste has a little peppery bite, with a little acid sweetness.

This is a very thirst quenching weizen, and a little coarse as well. It is really not too powdery for as much yeast that is left in the bottle.

Overall this is a decent hefeweizen, but not like a good old Weihenstephaner Hefe! (581 characters)

Photo of swizzlenuts
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (386 characters)

Photo of Floydster
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle acquired as an extra in a trade with RedHaze, thank you very much for providing this great addition to my package, poured into my Chimay goblet tonight

A-Pale golden yellow color that is rather murky, 3/4 inch creamy white head that stuck around for nearly five minutes, some lacing at the beginning

S-Lemon juice, orange peel, wheat, bready malt aromas, black pepper, vanilla, banana, cloves, others spices, and some bubble gum

T-Started off with a crisp wheat taste, then faded into some citrus accents, finish was pretty creamy, got a little breadier as time went on, the spices really took over towards the end, taste was subtle but packed a punch in the aftertaste most of the way through, goes down incredibly easy, sweeter as time went on but still highly drinkable, loved the flavor of this brew

M-Chewy and creamy mouthfeel, good amount of carbonation, thin to medium body, taste did not linger very long, somewhat spicy towards the end

D-Could have drank a few bottles of this, would make a nice session beer, only five and a half percent alcohol, crisp and refreshing, smooth

First beer from Klosterbrauerei Andechs, I am letting that Dopplebock Dunkel sit in my fridge a little longer, would definitely drink again, great for a hefeweizen, recommended (1,284 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
4.2/5  rDev -0.2%
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... (833 characters)

Photo of rousee
4.47/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold color with a nice apricot tint after u look an inch or so up from the bottom of the glass. Gets murkier as we get towards the top--which I actually like. Smell is sweet upfront with some bready malty aspects. Slight citrus notes as well. Earthy muddy notes with the all familiar banana and clove esters.

Taste is about as smooth as can be. Very similar to the nose--lots more citrus on the palate than the nose. Also good liquid -bread effect. As far as hefes go, this has got to be right up there amongst the best ive tried in the category. (548 characters)

Photo of stcules
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (420 characters)

Photo of Daredevil
2.92/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a foamy (a bit shampoo-type) head ... the color is a bit muddy ... the smell is a bit of overripe pears ... taste is fruity (peach, mango) with a shot of grenadine syrup ... all in all the brew is suited for amateurs of rather sweet drinks .... (250 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.36/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

fresh bottle delivered straight from Munich...

Hazed straw yellow color, very cloudy, enormous, pillowy white, long-lasting head...looks perfect!

Super fresh aroma! Big banana and orange, with lingering lemon, big and beautiful, airy and invigorating...

Taste: snappy, sparkling, citric, smooth, mellow...lush, lovely malt...lemon, lime and orange lie largest in the flavor...brisk, livley carbonation...refreshing and easy-drinking...definitely downable and downright delicious.

A grittier mouthfeel than many American-made hefe weizens, and a fuller texture...this is the stuff! Not sure if it outshines Weheinstephaner of Schneider Wess...I think it's heavier than them both, more flavorful, without some of the ethereal qualities the finer weizens can boast.

Quite a flavorful number here... big lemon, full malt, not so much spice as you'd taste in others...very full of character and utter panache...there's nothing not to like...yum...so delicious. (961 characters)

Andechser Weissbier Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
93 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.