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Andechser Weissbier Hell - Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

218 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 42
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

02-16-2014 17:34:11 | More by rolltide8425
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Shandycan

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

02-07-2014 21:18:24 | More by Shandycan
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Schmoog

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-23-2014 13:24:25 | More by Schmoog
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oso

Illinois

4/5  rDev -3.6%

01-18-2014 04:56:38 | More by oso
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Vsarmatov

Russian Federation

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

01-13-2014 16:43:47 | More by Vsarmatov
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

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
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smakawhat

Maryland

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
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vkv822

Oregon

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
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tedho21

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-06-2014 03:03:43 | More by tedho21
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samEBC

Belgium

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

01-04-2014 21:08:56 | More by samEBC
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arkanu

Romania

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

01-03-2014 21:53:24 | More by arkanu
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brandonld23

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

01-01-2014 04:59:02 | More by brandonld23
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-31-2013 21:59:35 | More by morebeergood
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steveh

Illinois

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
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WeisGuy

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

12-29-2013 01:24:15 | More by WeisGuy
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clarknova

Germany

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

12-28-2013 16:34:21 | More by clarknova
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campfirebrew

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-26-2013 23:40:50 | More by campfirebrew
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thewimperoo

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

12-26-2013 15:10:55 | More by thewimperoo
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emerge077

Illinois

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
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woosterbill

Kentucky

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.

Cheers!

12-17-2013 03:15:52 | More by woosterbill
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parintele

Romania

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-11-2013 19:59:44 | More by parintele
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DaveJanssen

Germany

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

12-01-2013 13:53:22 | More by DaveJanssen
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-26-2013 01:31:03 | More by Chugs13
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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
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dar482

New York

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
Andechser Weissbier Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
92 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.