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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Germany
paulaner.de

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by SixpointJMH on 08-17-2001

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11.36%
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Photo of BobLuvBeer
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy and with an excellent head. Head has staying power, and there is good lace. Slight bitterness is just enough to give the beer some body and character. It finishes with a citrusness, which balances out the hop flavor nicely. Strong aftertaste is a mixture of hop and wheat. Leaves a tickle on the back of the tongue, which almost pulls you into another drink before you know you are doing it.
Served w/lemon

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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 usualpulp
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a wonderful cloudy golden color with a beautiful white fluffy head. Smells of bannana, clove and wheat come rushing to the nose while pouring this brew. The taste of this beer is exceptional, so smooth and silky and busting with wheat flavors. The beer is slightly too sweet, but thats nothing big, doesnt take anything away from this beer. This is something I could drink anytime of the year, and it tastes great cold or warm, you just can't go wrong with this one.

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Photo of nomad
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a high quality hazed-orange color - the definition of a hefe-weizen color. Had a good sized head that built a nice mountain of foam; also had great retention. Constant streams of carbonation everywhere, definite staining, but not much lace. In sum, though, a damn good looking for the style.

Smell was clove first, then banana and wheat. The carbonation and cold forced the scent up and out of the weisse glass toward me - a strange but cool experience. Simple but present, this beer's nose was a rounded and full version of the classic characteristics of the style. The taste was of a good spice, solid wheat, a classic weisse malt sweet, a tiny bit of sour, and what came close to a perfect amount of lemon and hoppy tinge at the end. Everything you ask for in a hefe. It was only a tad too dry in the finish after a good watery wash-down.

Easy to understand why it’s the first thought in the style. But, like all hefe’s, if it was more fresh it would have been spectacular.

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

I had this brew in a .5L bottle poured into a weizen glass. It pours a hazy yellow/gold with 3 fingers of head after a careful pour. There is a bit of lacing left on the glass. The smell is citrus, fairly malty. The taste has a bit of a grassy taste with lemon and banana hints. Just a bit of hops in the taste too. The mouthfeel is fairly thick. This is a really drinkable beer, and a fantastic weizen!

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man, this is THE beer if you want easy drinking, light bodied, and refreshing Hefes are all okay in my book, but this is a step above for sure. Paulaner poured a nice straw yellow with a huge pillowy white head that receded into intricate, clingly lace. The smell was very traditional with sweet malts, gum, pinnapple and just a hint of bannana. I usually don't like bannana(its my most despised fruit), but the flavor was so subtle(same with the taste) that I can't complain. The taste was light in body with sweet malts, sunset like wheats play on the front of the tongue and it left a nice dry refreshed taste on the palate. Very little to complain about in this beer.

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

Appearance: wheat-brown color, lots of fine bubbles rising, thick fluffy off-white head, slight cloudiness, lacing, perfect appearance for the style!

Aroma: a bready wheat aroma w/ a subtle clove phenolic and even subtler banana esters, sweetly scented, fresh grain

Flavor: tart and bready up front with the banana ester becoming more pronounced than in the aroma, very sublte hop flavor and bitterness, well-balanced, tart and dry finish, clovey aftertaste

Mouthfeel: light body, smooth and fluffy texture, sparkling effervescence

Overall impression: a great example of the style, could drink it by the gallon! Superbly refreshing. As is usually the case, the flavor really improves by rousing the yeast sediment and adding it to the glass.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A monsterous white head sits atop this brew on the pour. Its a cloudy orange color when all the yeast is added in. I pick up a bit of a lemony scent. The taste is a smooth wheat with some lemon notes mixed in there. This is a pretty nice hefe, good for drinking on the patio on a hot day.

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

Nice murky golden color with a thin white head. Aroma was mild and pleasant, with esters of banana coming through. The taste was creamy and refreshing, with medium floral hops and flavors of malt and banana. Mild hops bitterness at the end balanced this beer very nicely. On a hot summer day I could drink this beer all day long!

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Photo of TPoling
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is beautiful beer in so many ways. Why the Germans (and now the Americans) want to mess it up with a wedge of lemon is beyond me.

Starting with the rocky head and cloudiness, the invitation begins right away. Anticipation is heightened with big banana smell, maybe banana bread, and a little peach or apricot.

And if that's not enough to wake you up, the light bitterness does its job to offset the fruity and smooth sweetness that caresses the inside of the mouth and stays there calling for the rest of the bottle, draft pint or even the canned variety to come join the party. As the gracious host, you oblige.

There is little doubt why this review will be No. 118 for this hefe that is a classic.

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

Purchased this sample in the can, while I was in Berlin in September of 2002. 0.5l can.

Pours a dark amber beer, unfiltered, cloudy and topped with a most gorgeous white foam head that can literally stand out of the glass; retains a wonderful sticking lace, too. Aroma is a bit earthy and yeasty with hints of lemon and coarse spices.

Silky smooth luscious mouthfeel; heavenly. Nice banana bread sweetness and flavour up-front, with a clove/herbal spice in the backbone. A refreshing carbonation pricks the palate. Faint bubble gum flavours grip the sides of the palate and dry out with flavours likened to chewing bubble gum for too long. Grain coarseness becomes more pronounced, with yeast flavours on the edges. Crisp, lemony hop bitterness helps to break things up and livens the palate. Malty sweetness pulls thru again, dissipating into the crisp, dry and grainy finish.

A true hefe-weissbier and incredibly fresh in the can. Good stuff ...

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Photo of kbub6f
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a couple of days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-60F.

The head is huge, noisy and lightly cream-colored. The beer is slightly cloudy and amber/gold.

Delicious smell of spice and fruit. The front is slightly sweet fruity/spicy goodness. Malt kicks in in the middle and the finish is dry, with just a touch of alcohol flavor. This is a great, great beer. I smile from the beginning to the end.

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Photo of dwarbi
4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Amazing head. Perfect height, creamy white. The head slowly, unevenly goes away. The aroma is out of this world. As soon as I put my nose to it, I want to gulp it down! But I resist and sniff a bit longer. Not too lemony, very wheaty. Tastes superb, crisp, light, a little too fizzly on the tongue, but one of the most drinkable beers I've had. The taste and aroma drag you back for more, and the aftertaste is very pleasant.

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

If ever there was a beer that I could write a 3-word review for, this one would be it. And here's how it would go:

"It's really good."

Alternately, a one-word review would consist of: "ahhh."

The Paulaner Hefe-weizen is the epitomy of refreshing and a great beer for the thirsty drinker. Actually, if I was going out, I don't know if this would be my first choice but if I'm coming in from a day of yard work, I know it would be.

It pours a cloudy light orange with a head that stays for weeks. It just looks good, which in this case means we can judge a beer by its color.

The aroma is quite complex with fruity, spicy tones (cloves, perhaps?). The smell is great but it's the taste we should get to...and quickly! On first taste, I tried to find the banana that I read so much about in other reviews but I couldn't. I did taste a very pronounced citrus and the spiciness that I detected on smelling was hard to detect on taste.

The strongest characteristic of this beer is its drinkability. I have never had a beer that packs such a punch in the taste department that is so drinkable. This is great for those hot days when you need a thrst quiencher but it can be so very dangerous on those nights out when you shouldn't drink too much.

All-in-all a wonderful beer.

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Photo of Stubbie1
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An old stand buy while stationed in Germany..

Pours a hazy golden yellow. Like most beers of this type; a large white head made it to the top and stayed for a spell. The head slowly left a thin lace to the end of the glass. The aroma is cloves and bananas and a hint of lemon. The taste is just as good. A hint of the banana and then the cloves, wheat and the bitter taste of yeast at the finish. A great beer to sit on the porch and watch the summer sunset.

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Photo of Scooter77
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden/orange color with tiny little particles of suspended yeast. A huge fluffy head presents itself upon pouring, which slowly dies down leaving a nice thin lace on the glass. Aroma is full of bananas, lemon zests, and clove. Bananas are detected upon the first taste, followed by spicy cloves and malted wheat, finishing off with a mild bitterness of yeast. The mouthfeel is very crisp and refreshing. I could drink this beer anytime of the year.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the Hefe-Weizen that all should be compared to. Its a perfect blend of fruityness and malty sweetness thats extremely easy to drink.

On tap at McGoverns: Color is golden dark yellow and very cloudy, with lots of those wheat and yeast chunks flying around. Head was off-white and frothy with some divets and was about two fingers high from the tap. Impressively fresh looking.

Smells just as fresh, lots of fruityness and very sweet and tangy. Aroma is mostly lemony, and hints at banana, honey, clove, peach and orange. Super clean and fresh....oh boy, oh, boy, oh boy, I couldn't wait to drink it.

Ahh...thats better. This tastes amazingly fresh and fruity with just the right amount of malt balanced in so nothing is really overwhelming. But the taste is pretty fruity, kinda lemony/orangey with some vanilla and a nice robust malt backing. Man is it smooth with just the right amount of fruity tang hold. The feel is a lighter medium body with a slight pulpy thickness and has a very light lemony spiced dry finish. I could drink this anytime but it suits warmer weather, but I have one everytime when visiting McGoverns.
If you end up there and order one, make sure to ask them to skip the lemon. They'll stick a wedge on the glass, like it needs it? They know me well enough that I don't need to ask. Norm!

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

Was scrounging around in the local beer store and came upon a full and completely neglected case of this next to an equally fresh new case of Aventinus.

Started pouring this sucker and it was golden but very clear and started getting disaapointed. But once you start you can't stop so I swilled the bottle and kept on pouring. Man, if I was lacking yeast a second before, my glass was FULL of it now. This is proably the cloudiest Hefe I've seen. Great apperance. Delicous honey-wheat color.

First taste I thought I had refigerated this beer a little too cold as it was extremely smooth but lacking in complexity. This got much better as my drinking continued and all the subtle nuiances began to show themselves. It snowed here today, so I can only imagine this beer on a warm summer day.

Probably the best Hefe I've had to date, and one I'd use to show the style to any newcomers.

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Photo of BittRnessabounds
4.72/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a bright and warm hazy gold that seemed like a summer day in a glass with a generous and beautifully light white head that hung around nicely. The smell is predominantly a very pleasant citrus with slight flowery and clove smells as well. The taste was incredibly smooth and crisp highlighted by the sweet malt and citrus flavors. The carbonation level was just right to make my mouth and tongue sing for more. Overall this is easily the best Hefe I've ever had, and a pleasure to drink. I look forward to drinking more in the future.

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Photo of Marty
4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served (myself) in the tall Paulaner glass that I bought at the Salvation Army for less than a dollar. Poured cloudy yellow with a beautifully thick, creamy head. Smelled like summertime in a glass; flowery and citric. Lingering tangy yeast aftertaste. Wow. This is the best hefe my tongue has ever touched, so I had to give it a 5 for taste. I cannot imagine a more refreshing beer. So smooth and easy to drink. What really boggles my mind is that supposedly there are BETTER hefeweizens out there. Bring them to me!

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

This beer poured a bright cloudy yellow. I forgot to tell the waitress NOT to put a lemon in the beer. This hefe was subtle for a hefe. The cloves were in the nose and on the tongue but not overpoweringly so. The sweetness lingered in the mouth and blossomed flavor as one savoured the taste. The mouthfeel was light and had a hint of creaminess. This is a classic hefe and would say you should drink this beer in order to judge hefe catagory beers. All aspects of this beer was blended very well.

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Photo of Quaffer
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This was a pale, golden-orange beer. The head was white and coarse, disappearing quickly and leaving no lace behind. Toward the end of the drink, all that was left of the foam was a light ring around the edge of the glass. The beer was slightly hazey with thin streamers of yeast that slowly diffused out into the beer.

Smell: There was that nice lemon aroma that makes a wheat beer a wheat beer. Also a strong clove smell. These were the two overwhelming aromas, but there were some raw grains and yeast present as well.

Mouthfeel: Thin- to medium-bodied that was fairly smooth, especially for a wheat beer. There was a definite tingle of carbonation on the tounge.

Taste: The spicy clove taste was the main component of this beer's flavor. It was what hit me first thing after I took a drink. Underneath that was a very mild tartness and a grainy flavor that was somewhat chewy. The finish was a continuation of grains, a mild sweetness, and anise. The licorice flavor started to develop earlier in the flavor as the beer warmed up.

This was a very nice wheat beer.

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

Great Hefeweiss. Anyone who enjoys this style Weiss beer will enjoy this. Not the best,(I think that distinction belongs to Weihenstephaner) but very enjoyable nonetheless. I completely recommend this beer for Weiss fans or those who are interested in trying a new style of beer.

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Photo of Denali
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Croxley Ales in Franklin Square, New York.

Appearance: Dark opaque gold/amber color. Thick off-white head lasted for the entire beer and also laced quite well.

Smell: Cloves and malt with a slight hint of bananas.

Taste: Cloves up front followed by a strong malt and nutty flavor. Slightest hint of banana flavor (but no banana burps). Lemon citrus taste also comes through. What I liked best of all, though, is the malt taste, which was more prominent than in other weizens that I've had previously. Very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy.

Drinkablity: No astringency. Very drinkable.

Comments: I especially like the malty and nutty tastes. My favorite weizen to date. Excellent.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this one in the 1 pint 9 oz brown Euro style bottle with a lovelly landscape label.
Appearance: Nice sunshine orange witha very good haziness.A good sized solid creamy white head that lingers long. Good looking strings of carbonation rise to the top..nice looker.
Wow what an aroma, strong banana scents linger with fresh bread wondeful , makes the American Hefes smell like wimps!!
I can tatse immediatlly bananas, apples and even a touch of cherry in this.Also can taste some hop bitterness at the end. This beer is fairly crisp with a dry finish.
Pretty crisp , well carbonated..good but have had better mouthfeel from other kinds of beer.
Like most Hefe-Weizens, I found this beer very drinkable..a nice ale!

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Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 3,477 ratings
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