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Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb | Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

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Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier NaturtrübPaulaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb
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Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
paulaner.de

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by SixpointJMH on 08-17-2001

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Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy amber with a decent white foamy head. Head retention good, lacing excellent

S: Bubble gum & bandaids and not much else.

Taste: Yeast, bubblegum, fruittyness and some floral taste

MF: Slick, very good carbonation

Drinkable enough, but strong tastes with no countertastes are not my cup of tea. Classic to the style though

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 16 oz slender euro style brown bottle, freshness date is on the bottom right corner of the front label. The label depicts a scene of perhaps the era in Germany when Paulaner first started brewing.

Appearance: The head is extremely amazing, it foamed up real quick at first and seems to want to tower on top of the glass. Champagne like bubbles raced to the top while the rush of yeast clouded the deep orange copper toned brew. After a few minutes the white head dissipates slightly yet it leaves thick foamy rings of lace down the sides of the glass.

Smell: Fruity of lemon juice and rind, nutty yeast and a touch of clove give it plenty of depth. Hints of spicy pepper corn and a trace of medicinal phenols add to the character.

Taste: Impeccably smooth with a malty medium body, carbonation has dropped down to a moderate level after the active pouring. Sweet tart nectarines and mild banana come to mind from the fruitiness, very abundant malt flavour with suggestions raw honey and sweet rolls. Light prickly spiciness that intensifies the close the finish gets. Hops are passive a give a touch of bitterness at most.

Notes: Funny, on the website it say that their Hefe-Weizen should not be served with a lemon because the citric oils kill the head, this is true so if you don’t care about good head and must add a lemon wedge to a perfectly great beer than please don’t let us or even the brewers tell you otherwise. Remember the beer gods are watching you. Loss of carbonation after the pouring was this beers only draw back, I got over that real quick.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured form a 500ml bottle

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow. Very impressive head, it seemed to want to climb out of the glass. Eventually, it dissipates to a layer of small bubbles.

S: A little bit of citrus/lemon, as well as some wheat and of course cloves. A little bit of banana, but not as strong as other hefeweizens.

T: The banana flavor is much more pronounced on the taste, the lemon flavor is more intense as well. The wheat and a yeasty flavor hit on the back end.

M/D: Medium bodied with good carbonation, very refreshing and easy to drink. A great example of a Hefeweizen.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy yellow with an enormous white, fluffy head. Tons of bubbles, awesome head retention and plenty of lacing left behind.

S: Banana, clove, wheat. Smells terrific!

T: A very refreshing beer. Hefeweizen = warm weather, working in the yard, sunny days, bratwurst on the grill, and just plain ol' good times. This is one of my favorite hefeweizens (Live Oak, Franziskaner, Weihenstephan). There is a nice balance of fruit (mainly banana), and spice. Beautiful in its simplicity, this is a go to beer for me, especially when I'm in the mood for something light and low in alcohol.

M: Solid feel. Plenty of carbonation. Nice clean aftertaste.

D: Chuggable. A fantastic session beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The CANQuest (TM) is kicking it into high gear following an extended CAN hiatus to get my numbers into alignment. Today has focused on summer beers/wheat beers and now my least favorite style, hefeweizens.

I saw an 8-pack of this today and felt CANpelled to buy it. If anyone Wants, BM for a CANTrade.

From the CAN: "Brewed and Filled in Munich/Germany"; "Brewed and filled exclusively by Paulaner Brauerei in Munich, Germany, to the exacting standard of Reinheitsgebot, the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516. Ingredients: water, malted wheat, malted barley, yeast, hop. Store cool & dry - serve at 7C (45F). Best before: see bottom [04, 2012]. A PRODUCT OF MUNICH, GERMANY. Brewed and filled in Munich Germany."

The Crack & Glug was its usual aurally stimulating self and resulted in two rocky fingers of eggshell-white head with decent retention. Color was a cloudy orangish-amber. Nose was heavy with banana and bubble gum with clove underlying. This was a prime example of why I do not like this style - it is too much like a banana split and most do not allow the much more pleasant clove esters to shine. Mouthfeel was slightly thin and while I initially got banana and bubble gum, the clove esters were definitely present. Finish was still on the sweet side, but the extreme finish had a nice clove spiciness. I am not putting it in my cooler unless someone asks me to.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I love me a weizen on a hot summer day, and yesterday was one of those. Pours a hazy sunshine golden tone with a bright white highly carbonated head and leaves nice lace with each sip. Aroma is full of pleasing banana, citrus, and clove all characteristics from Paulaner's signature yeast very nice aroma. A touch of hops thrown in there but primarily wheat malt sharpness comes through just the way I like it. Taste is much of the same balance between the wheat malt, banana, clove, and slightly citrus tones come about well done classic representation with all of the fireworks expectected from any great hefeweizen. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied chalk full of carbonation lacking in the fluffy texture I look for just a little thin bodied for me, but so damn drinkable as refreshing as a lemonade...a tasty treat I will continue to enjoy.

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Photo of jwc215
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orangish yellow with a nice foamy head that is fairly well retained before becoming a lacing. It has a steady carbonation.
It has aromas of citrus blended with bubblegum.
The taste is of lemon, orange and other citrusy flavors with a hop bitterness at the finish.
The mouthfeel is slightly thin and a little bitter, but the flavors stay. It is very refreshing. This makes for a good session beer, especially on a warm or hot day. The best part of this beer is its flavorful, refreshing qualities. While it is not an outstanding example of this style, it is a good example and certainly above average.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, hazy, orangish gold with a thick layer of soft, dense, white head that has great retention. The nose has an intense clove spice aroma with a subtle underlying banana note. The flavor is light, a little sweet, fruity, and finishes with a mild yeasty spice and clove. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, and well carbonated.

This is an easy drinking, smooth example of the style. Ultimately, though the flavor profile is very light and subtle, though balanced. I wouldn't refuse this in the future.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale style glass.

Great bursting three to four finger head with snapping sounding bubbles, all white and tight. Classic carbonation body that is only slightly cloudy that lends to orange more than yellow. Head does not even move. I like this beers look because of its body's color.

Smell is classic Hefeweizen a little banana but unfortunately gaseous C02 smelling that is predominant over everything else. It's still fairly pleasant though.

Taste is a soild body with banana like flavor and a good feeling. A hint of spice in the taste but more fruity mushy banana than anything else. Good palate coating as well.

Overall, fits the style but I am not drawn to it, I can't get pass the gaseous smell when it comes to my face. You could do a hell of a lot worse than this, so I am not complaining.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: perfectly cloudy straw yellow, with a majestic white head atop.
Aroma: everything you want in a hefe weizen, fresh, citric, fruity, but still somehow dry, straw-like, so very lemony, and that element of yeast fills the nostrils as well.
Excellent texture, great play on the tongue, spicy, but smooth. Fresh, fruity, delicious. Medium bodied, tasty, longish finish, very memorable flavor. The yeast and citrusy taste dominate and create a most adequate beverage for any occasion.
Drinkability? I could toss down a million of them!
I still rank Schneider and Weihenstephaner up above, just slightly, but there's not a thing wrong with Paulaner's offering, not a thing at all!

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours light golden,cloudy. Nice white puffy head. Great nose of wheat, yeast, spice. One of the classic examples of this style. Paulaner is a pleasure to quaff. Light, yeasty, lemony, spices. Great creamy smooth mouthfeel. You cant go wrong with this stuff. I tried it with some ribs and its cuts through the spice of the ribs with a nice clean and fruity flavor and refreshing mouthfeel.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.86/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet. Beer is orangish and cloudly, high haze. Forms a white tight head, falls away relatively quickly leaving very little lacing on glass. Carbonation moderate to high.

Smell is subtle, some fruity esters, a little banana and some wheat character, smells good, smell fades with head. No hop character that I can detect.

Beer is smooth. Flavor is mild, some sweetness, some bitterness from the wheat at the back end of the mouth. Cereal flavor. Some yeasty character in the mouth as well. Tastes good. I love wheat beers. Beer is pretty thin, as expected, high attenuated. Drinkability high.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.41/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11/05/04- Had on tap at O'Neill's Irish Pub in San Mateo, CA

Appearance- Poured with a gigantic head! Some of it was still sitting at the bottom when I was finished 30 minutes later. Poured into a correct Paulaner Weisbier glass. A beautiful cloudy yellowish color.

Smell- Lots of traditional malt and wheat scents. Much citrus and clove in the air too.

Taste- Lemony, cloves, banana, spices, malt, wheat. This beer has lots going on, but it a subtle way. Nothing hits you diffectly in the face.

Mouthfeel- Aewsome. Sooo smooth. Perfect carbonation for a hefe. You don't need the lemon because there is already enough citurs flavor in there.

Drinkability- Extremely drinkable. This is my #1 hefe so far. Even if I find a better one; you can't go wrong with a Paulaner. On tap it's even better than the bottle and fairly easy to find in stores at a semi-decent price usually. Find it and drink it!

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Photo of stevoj
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Co-op. First real weizen in a long while. Pours out beautifully into a Paulaner weizen glass, thick fluffy head, the swirl of the bottle stirs up the sediment enough to cloud up the orange golden body. Aroma right on for the style, banana, bubblegum and clove. Taste also spot on, mildly sweet with some citrusy zing. Oh how I miss my German weizens. This brings back a lot of fond memories.

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Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from a friend.

Man, this beer drinks like candy without being cloyingly sweet. It's no wonder the 5L mini kegs always seem to disappear so fast at parties. The aroma reminds me of light frosting with banana and a hint of clove. The flavor follows the same line with the addition of mellow bready malts as a backbone. The balance here, with the sweet malts, yeast character, and mild hops is fantastic. It drinks smooth, almost like iced tea. This is a great session beer, just don't let it put you on the floor.

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Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a beer sampler gift I received. I do not know the freshness of the beer.

Appearance: pours a hazy yellowish orange color. A fluffy 2" merangue-like head. No lacing develops.

Smell: banana and spices were evident.

Taste: banana, clove, mild bitterness, mild wheat profile, orange citrus, and grass. Not overwhelming but solid flavors.

Mouthfeel: very crisp throughout. Somewhat refreshing. Very quick aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: decent. I would like to try another bottle as I feel this may be a few months old which caused the flavors to mellow too much.

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Photo of WesWes
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet wheat malt scent along with clove and banana aromas. The yeast adds a fruity scent as well. The taste is good also. It has a dry, yet fully flavored wheat palate that boasts of clove and bananas. It goes down easy and finishes smooth and refreshing. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great hefe. It has a great flavor and aroma; an awesome drinker.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is going to christen my new Hefeweizen glass, so let the ceremony begin:

Oh, what a lovely sight. Cloudy and blonde, alomst orange in appearance with a good head that lasts all the way down. Some medicinal and yeast flavors are caught in the nose. The flavor was pleasing and light, yet refreshing. Gentle pepper and medicinal flavors dominate, which then breaks at the end for a burst of banana. The flavors ran together nicely. Just what I was looking for in an authentic German Hefeweizen.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy, cloudy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is a wonderful mix of wheat, bananas and cloves. All of the aromas mix very well together and make the aroma very inviting.

The flavor is also very nice. The predominant notes I get are wheat and bubblegum. I also get some nice banana and clove notes.

Medium, creamy mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice brew for the style. Pours a cloudy yellow with a fizzy head and nice lacing afterwards. Scent of grassy/lemony, very nice of a wheat bier. Reminds me of Ayinger Ur-Weisse in taste, very nice. Has a very light feel which I like. This is a very socialble drink.

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Photo of tone77
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Lots of aroma, citrus, cloves, spices, very pleasent. Taste is delicious. A lot of different flavors working well together here. Citrus and spices but not overpowering. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall a fine brew indeed.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Semi hazy with some noticable yeast sediment at the bottom of of the bottle. I did my best to swirl it in. Not off to a bad start.

S. Some wheat, biscuity yeast, slight citric hop.

T. The semi sweet wheat note melds into a lemon zest and earthy hop follow up. A hint of the trademark banana and clove, but very distant and subdued. Not bad.

M. Medium bodied and smooth.

D. Pretty good, solid drinkability. ABV a bit strong for the style, but I'm not complaining. I've had better Hefe's, but this is far from the worst.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Newly distributed beer, Bottle date of 12.06, Sampled August 2007
Pours with a frothy, three-finger thick, light tan colored head that sits atop an opaquely hazy, orangish gold colored beer. Lots of wheat & malt aromas are apparent as are some of the characteristic yeast notes; Aromas of clove, lemon zest, fresh crushed wheat, at times notes of bananas, sweet grain notes and some yeasty / bready aromatics. This beer has a nice level of yeast-driven phenolics & esters to it. Quite a nice nose to this brew really.

The taste has a sweetness that seems more driven by notes of clove & banana esters than by the grain sweetness; the wheat and barley malts do contribute some sweetness though. The carbonation provides a sharp bite to this brew, which, along with the light tartness & touch of hop bitterness, provide balance to the sweeter notes of this brew. There is a certain spiciness here that is most definitely yeast derived, but also brought on by the zesty carbonation / carbonic acid; hints of white pepper, lemon zest and maybe even a hint of wisp ginger. This is a really nice Hefe, one which I always enjoy having

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Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served in an official Paulaner hefe glass with a lemon wedge. Poured a a cloudy light copper hue, with a foamy two finger head. Decent retention and lacing.

The smell consisted of elements of lemon tartness, bubble gum sweetness and a clove or coriander spiciness.

The flavor was very spicy - cloves and coriander - yet light and refreshing.

The mouthfeel was full and left a nice tingle at the back of the throat.

A very refreshing and drinkable wheat beer.

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Photo of biegaman
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

With its soft orange-ish hue and mushy clarity, this beer looks something like a peach nectar (overlooking the shimmering complexion of course). Its head is bounteous and tireless. The surface is a boundless patch of feathery, fluffy white clouds; looking at the head is like peering out the window of a plane at 10,000 feet elevation.

Its aroma harbors a potent premonition of spice and over-ripened fruit. It is more the sensation of clove, cardamom, white pepper (even a dash of garlic salt) than the actual spices themselves; you could never actually be convinced of their inclusion but you would note the similarly savory, seasoned, fragrant (and almost pungent) essence.

The fruitiness is also subtle; there is but a minor hint of apple and an only slightly more prominent impression of banana. The taste is underlined with the aforementioned notes of clove and white pepper but foremost showcases a dry, straw-like graininess. There is also the distinctive taste of warm bread and an unexpected amount of vanilla.

There's a few things every good wheat beer must have: ample and effervescent carbonation (check); creamy texture (yup); low bitterness and high zestiness (you betcha); and most importantly, a light-medium body with overwhelming quaffability (oh hells yes). No, there really isn't much for Paulaner to improve on in the category of mouthfeel.

Which should come as no surprise - the brewery has been up and running for over 350 years now (237 before Germany was even unified) so you'd expect them to know a thing or two about making superb, textbook-style examples of German classics. It's hard to pick a favourite German hefe-weiss so I won't. But I will say this is unquestionably one of them.

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