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

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Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier NaturtrübPaulaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb

Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Hefe-Weizen Altbayerische Brauart

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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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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 JohnGalt1
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz from the Coop for about $2.50.. poured into my small weizen glass.

nice 3 finger head took a while to die down atop a slightly hazy straw gold brew.

spicy yeast notes are softer than some hefe's... middle of the road clove and some white pepper.. pale husky grains.

Flavor is classic hefe with just a little less spicy flavors than remembered... light clove and lighter bubblegum and just a touch of banana trails off into pale malts with a dry finish. Palate is creamy with a fair amount of small bubble carbonation.

Delicious and more banana as it warms... and a more pronounced clove finish... certainly one of the best hefe's I've ever had... I've been buying it for years and will continue... fantastic.

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

Pours a very cloudy golden brew.

Smell is sweet with a spicy smell largely of cloves. The expected banana scent is present but is greatly subdued.

Taste is drier than expected from the smell. Flavor is very spicy, flavors of cloves, lemons, black pepper, cinnamon, and banana.

Mouthfeel is full.

A super drinkable brew especially for when you want a drier Hefe-Weissen. The flavor and texture of this is close to champagne.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.56/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16.9 oz. Euro brown bottle,

A: Pours a hazy light orange, with a thick cap of white foam that is so soft and light you can write on it.

S: Hefe esters, banana, spice.

T: Taste is mostly bubblegum esters, banana is light, clove is really not there. Overall flavour is light and fleeting, good but not great.

M: Light, spritzy, creamy, refreshing.

D: A pretty good hefe, but there are a lot of others that I would have before this, middle of the road.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You will never know how pleased I was to find this beer in a small supermarket on the holiday island of Skiathos (Greece). It was the beer highlight of the holiday.

I only had two half-pint tumblers in my Studio, so that is what the half-litre brown bottle was poured into.

The welcoming murky, dirty, cloudy body just oozed Hefeweizen at me.

Bananas and vanilla esters attacked my nose as the sun beat down onto my puny white body, great.

Spritzy, tangy and those banana and vanilla smells carry on into the taste.

Full flavours stay well after the beer has left the mouth, this is a good, good beer.

Really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Derek
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is a deeper gold than most hefe's. It has an abundance of hefe, making it quite cloudy (if it isn't old, and stuck to the bottom of the bottle). Only a subtle smell and taste of cloves and esters.

More malty flavour and mouthfeel than most. Only a hint of that refreshing, slightly tart, citrous taste. In the hot summer, it may not be quite as refreshing as some, but it's very drinkable.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours murky orange with a whiped-cream like white enormous head that slowly dissipates into rich lacings.

S: Sweet ripe bananas - obvious wheat. Some yeast, some spices. Oranges and lemon sezt.

T: Ripe bananas, not too sweet. Oranges and lemon sezt. Bready malt. Spicy and yeasty.

M: Aftertaste is short and bitter rahter than sweet, just as it should be. Body is light and very smooth. Carbonation is mild. Very refreshing and very smooth.

O: This is a pretty nice Hefeweizen. If you havn't had a beer from this style - this should be your first.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, orange body that was dense but didn't give off much head or carbonation. It did leave some lacings, but could've done more. Overall though, a textbook hefe. Smell is yeasty with dominant citrus tones - flowery if you will. The taste is pretty much bananas and orange peels with the yeast and hops adding a pinch of bitterness to compliment the clove spices (I don't really know if it was clove or just some generic pepper spice but there is pinch of it) on the backend. Very smooth and not bitter at all, I could down a six-pack easily. Nothing at all screams greatness, but it can hold its own with most hefes, especially with the price.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Cloudy orange gold pour with a one-finger white head. Nice yeast and spice aroma. Taste follows the nose with a really nice clove flavor upfront. Can also taste flavors of yeast, wheat, banana and a touch of lemon. Finishes dry with a nice lingering clove flavor.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five-finger white head that fades to a thin layer leaving traces of lace. Nearly clear light amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Yeasty nose. Starts with a wheat-yeast flavor, nice clean finish. Good example of a hefe-weizen. $1.50 for a 12 oz bottle from Capital Convenience Concord, NH.

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Photo of weeare138
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy cloud of gold with a 2 finger white head that slowly fades. Streaky & spotty lacing.
Smell is of banana, clove, along with wheat and a touch of creamy vanilla.
Taste is of zesty wheat with a clean banana and clove freshness.
Mouthfeel is slightly peppery and fizzy with a medium body and some banana sweetness coming through.
Drinkability...this is the one that sets the bar for me for the style. Appearance is much better on draft but this is still a great beer out of the bottle.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep orange in color with hues of pale yellow around the sides. A beautiful white head emerges immediately after the pour. Nose is everything you want in a hefeweizen featuring a nice dry aroma of citrus and yeast. Taste is dry, crisp and refreshing. Overall a top notch hefeweizen that I hope to enjoy time and time again.

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a murky amber colour with a very large frothy and fizzy off-white coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the murkiness of the beer and there is an average amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes or so.

Smell - light banana, breads/grains, cloves, lemon

Taste & Mouth - There beer has a slightly above average amount of carbonation and it feels creamy on the tongue. Most of the flavour is made up of bananas and cloves mixed with breads/grains. I also tasted quite of bit of lemon juice flavour. It finished with a banana and lemon aftertaste.

Drink - This was a delicious highly sessionable beer that I will be sure to seek out again. I could easily drink a 6-pack of these on a warm summer day.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy, pale orange with a 2 finger creamy, dull white head that was fairly well lasting after several minutes, but left a sparse lacing.

S: creamy bananas, and oranges being most dominant at first with some light wheat notes coming through.

T: a nice yeastiness of bananas upfront along with a creamy wheat backing and hints of musky oranges and grains. Light lemon hints finished out the beer along with a slight tartness of oranges. Ovearll a nice and solid example per style with a good sharp citric bite found on the swallow.

M: creamy and smooth with a great carbonation fizzle around the tongues edges.

D: Good drinkability and six pack worthy and wont let you down. A classic example and pretty solid all the way around.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This pours from 12oz bottle a cloudy light orange with a very large head of foam. After a few minutes, the foam dies down to leave some small islands in the middle anf there's some good lacing.

The smell is nice. I'm getting clove, wheat, and some fruit.

The taste on first sip has a good clove presence with some banana tones and a wheat flavour. Further sips in and that combo of cloves and banana really starts to hit my palate just right. The finish has a nice tarty twang to it beckoning me to take yet another sip. Tasty as all heck, this Hefe. I could drink this all day long.

Bottom line: This, imho, is a superb example of the style. Highly recommended!!

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.04/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber/bronze-gold body, with languous streams of bubbles feeding a thick, pillowy overcooked-meringe-coloured head. Head stays in for the long haul, and looks beautiful all the way.

Noticeable hefe characters on the nose, but subdued and a little tired. A fair amount of carbonated water smell, and a hint of unsuitable sweetness kill of the phenols of banana and clove.

Also subdued taste. Overcarbonated on the palate - maybe those languous streams which look so good have something to answer for. They end up hindering the beer ultimately. You get the vague idea of the hefe characters, but they're so faint as to only be hints. It ends up tasting watered down.

Better than a lot of beer, but with a very disappointing hefe character.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Evenly cloudy golden amber amber color. Poured a 2 finger slightly off-white head with fair retention. Laced in light rings.

S: Wheat malt, cloves and light-colored fruit.

T: Clove and banana. Bready wheat malt foiundation. A Light citrus zest lingers a bit in the bitter finish.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Very balanced. Smooth and creamy to a crisp finish.

D: Exceptionally drinkable. Flavorful, balanced and refreshing.

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

Nice! Poured a cloudy, rich otangish yellow color with a nice white head. Nose is full of of wheat, citrus and banana. Very good and tasty indeed. Nice finish on the end, little tart but sweet to. Mouthfeel is medium and good, not to heavy or light. Very tasty and better than I imgagined.

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Photo of wl0307
3.36/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted on tap by half-pint at the Horseshoe brewpub, N. London.

A: mango-juice like lightly murky, orangey colour; a very tight and well-sustaining white froth sits on top of a gently carbonated body with constant fizziness ascending from the bottom.
S: a caramel-like sugary note somewhat overpowers other delicate aromas, backed by an ashy note and its slightly bitter edge, along with sweet bananas. Surprisingly simplistic than the bottled version I've tried a while ago...
T: bready and grainy sweet malts lead the flavour, a touch too sweet but smooth on the texture; a flow of thin, sour-sweet fruitiness (mango and mild banana) ensues closely, mixed quite well with the bready-malty theme. Somehow the spiciness goes very faint here as well, rendering a slightly boring and straight forward palate throughout. Smooth but short finish.
M&D: very soft on the mouthfeel, with attenuated fizziness to caress the tongue and highlight the chewy grainy texture... Yet due to the lack of more complex spicy edge coming from the yeasts, this beer doesn't score very high in my book. I'm sure this is a "hefe"-weizen served on tap, but the bottled version has the upper hand on the addition of more yeasty wonders IMO. Just O.K.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Hefe glass.

(A)- Pours a cloudy golden color. Produced a nice large pure white creamy froth head. Great retention and lace.

(S)- Lots of crisp and dry biscuit and wheat with banana and light clove spice.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Lots of crisp dry biscuit/wheat/yeast with tart lemon and subtle clove.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level. A great balance too of creamy wheat and fruit spice. Smooth and refreshing.

(D)- A solid Hefeweizen. A classic for the style and just plain refreshing and enjoyable. Not the best, but a great example nonetheless.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Plenty of haze and golden color, super fine white full inch of head on the top of the glass. Aroma was bready, spot on really.

Real soft touches with the wheat, the metal comes on with some banana esters. A little expensive in the single bottle. Its a neat beer to have once a summer for me, but hardly what I'm banging day to day.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a weizen glass)
A- This beer has a hazy caramel colored body with a thick creamy off-white head that last and last for the full glass of beer. There is a strong carbonation of microbubbles that race to the surface.
S- The aroma is pretty clean with not much yeast characteristic. There is an tart apple aroma followed by some bread crust aroma and a flinty mineral finish that grows as the beer warms.
T- The flavor of bread crust and dried apples gives way to a slightly sweet tartness in the finish.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a tight fizzy finish.
D- I was really surprised not to get any of the great yeasty character typical of weizens but it did have some good bready qualities. There was a cidery flavor that was a bit off aswell. It was just a bit to drab to finish.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass jan17 2010

A very cloudy peachy orange with a big white head after a gentle pour. lots of carbonation and the foam has great retention and leaves a few patches of lace

S like a good hefe there's plenty of banana and clove with a little yeast, some spice and perhaps some lemon

T not far from the smell and that's not a bad thing

M nice and light with decent carbonation, fairly thin but not to bad

D my only complaint is the cold weather outside, this would be perfect for a hot sunny day

I don't have a bad thing to say about this beer, a good example of the style. I could drink this all day and I just might come spring.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a teku pint. Label says Best Before: 10/16.

A- Pours a semi-hazy medium amber color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Rich banana aroma from the yeast with a big dose of spice and a bit of bubble gum

T- Flavor follows suit with more spice, milky yeast flavor and soft malt. Also pretty zesty and fruity.

M- Lively and tight from the medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- A great example of a well-made authentic Hefeweizen. Haven't had it in years and enjoyed the revisit.

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Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
4.05 out of 5 based on 3,379 ratings.
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