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: German Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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

Added by AsburyParkJMH on 08-17-2001

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours to a rich frothy head with a generous (not quite explosive) carbonation. Aromas are classic 'hefe'--banana, cloves and wheat malt. Tangy flavor of wheat malt, banana, phenolics, and a bit of alcohol sweetness. No obvious hop bitterness or flavor. The wheat tanginess makes an excellent substitute for the pronounced bite that hops usually provide. The hops are there, but they are playing a very minor role. Finishes tart and refreshing. An excellent beer to have anytime, anywhere. One of the best bottled beers I've tried in a long time. If it is this good as a stale import, I can only imagine how incredible it is fresh at the brewery.

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Photo of smitty1080
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured very nicely producing a thick bubbly head. Bananas dominated the aroma. Citrus bathed my mouth. With a crisp finish I found myself more interested with the glass in my hand more than the company I was with. A confident choice when in the mood for a wheat.

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

I was in my kitchen pouring a 16.9 ounce bottle of Paulaner Hefe-Weizen into a 14 ounce goblet when suddenly, the storm came. Vicious indeed; the streets flooded, children and dogs raced from their homes. But what had come of the hefe? Where had it gone, the bottle, and what was this new thing in front of me?

A tap? Had this been poured from a tap? Impossible. You're in your kitchen, idiot. There are no taps here. It's raining outside and you have no time to make it to the bar. As if they'd serve Paulaner around here anyway!

When the storm subsided, the streets cleared of flood, and the kids went in to mothers and their warm, open towels. The beer, too, had gone somewhere and returned, bubbling with its stories, clouded rich with its song. You are so lovely in the afternoon.

The pour is as good as any beer I've ever seen on tap, including Guinness. The huge head subsides to a strong quarter-inch. The dark amber body is not "cloudy" in the normal sense of the world but veritably opaque. As one might speak of the blackest of stouts, so too might one speak of this beer. Light travels slowly around a goblet of Paulaner Hefe-Weizen.

Gumball and clove on the nose open to fruits. As I sniff, somewhere, a ripe tangerine is being peeled.

Malty on the tongue with pronounced gumball from the yeast. The gumball is very important here, not only for the beer for the style en masse. Paulaner shows the difference between American and true hefes. Paulaner presents gumball as a base around which the beer is assembled, not a flavor unto itself. Thus, an extreme gumball like the 3Floyd's doesn't better depict the style, instead it is an oversimplification of something remarkably complex.

Your typical hefe flavors then come out in the brew, highlighted by sweet citrus. Not the fruit of the orange, but the rind spritzing with oils. Controlled banana. The most sincere of hop bites, as a feline holds her kitten's neck. Full-circle finish back to clove, light cinammon, rosemary, and nutmeg.

Grab a knife and fork to chew through this beer. Leaves a little yeasty grit on the back of the teeth. A touch watery near the end -- remember to shake up the sediment. From nose to palette to aftertaste, this brew is a steady, honest development of the hefe-weizen style.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.57/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on draught at Stone's 7th anniversary party.
Appearance: To the surprise of no one, the hefeweizen goose-stepped into the glass as a cloudy yellow pour
Aroma: The nose has banana and citrus notes.
Taste: The flavor of this hefe is the typical crisp and refreshing found in a hefeweizen; it's just done better than most

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

This is a very honorable hefe-weizen. The head is strong and maintains a good retention. The lace is full creamy and slippery. It is hazy with a golden color (hints of red). A well-balanced effervescent and smooth mouth feel. Smell is of bananas and lemon and malt with a hint of clove. The taste is citrus, spicy and sweet with a slightly dry finish. A very well balanced beer. The best hefe-weizen for me to date.

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

Poured a beautiful golden color with a pristine white head. Good retention and lacing.

Smells of grains and bread with a citrus background. Very easy on the nose.

The taste, how can you go wrong? Just a super smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Why drink a summer ale when you can have this? The absolute pinnacle of it's style.

If you even remotely like the Hefe-Weizen style this is one beer you must go out of your way to get.

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

Poured a fizzy opaque orangeish gold color with a fluffy head on top that reduced to a small cover for much of the beer.

smelled citrusy, not a real strong scent. mouthfeel is amazing, not harsh at all. light carbonation with a smooth feel on the tongue.

the taste is great. citrus mostly with a nice slight wheat with lemon taste.

what a refreshing beer! gets better as the glass gets empty. definetely buying it again.

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

I tasted this beauty at Anam Cara Public House in Brookline. Poured into a tall 22oz cylindrical mug. The body is hazy gold with a lovely white fluffy and fizzy head. Aromas of lemons, light clove and a hint of banana lasts a fairly long time. The flavors are special! Within the light but firm body are plenty of wonderful tastes to enjoy. Lemon, lemony zest, mild clove, a hint of banana, orange zest and light hop esters mingle and evolve. This is a nearly perfect summer offering.

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Photo of AsburyParkJMH
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

what a great hefewizen. pours with a nice lasting, frothy head. colour is a cloudy yellow/light amber and looks simply wonderful. the smells coming from this brew are more of the same: wonderful...lemon and other citrus fruit, banana, wheat, grain, etc. smells like summer to me. the taste echoed the smell but there was a bit of a bitter aftertaste that i haven't noticed in the past that did detract slightly from the brew. this is certainly a light and refreshing drink that i felt had just the right amount (medium) of carbonation for a hefeweizen. it's an easy drinking and simply a great brew for a hot summer day.

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Photo of ZAP
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy liked orange...nice 1/4 inch head that fades a little as you drink but also rims the glass a little.

Nose is fresh lemons and bananas...a slight hint of cloves too....Taste is a nice mix between the banana sweeetness and the lemons quenching....this is a very tasty hefe...mouthfeel is about is the drinkability....body is charged up and about medium...creamy in the mouth....just a wonderful hefe from top to bottom...

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Photo of pio
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a hazy golden pour with a wispy thin head that remains and leaves a little lace. the scents are malty and wheat, mellow with some subtle rose and spice. flavor is rosey and slightly ascerbic with a fine wheat presance along with a great vanilla. not to thick or heavy and having a lively carbonation that tends to be crisp. not very fruity but dry. very drinkable especially in the summer months (or weeks it seems!) i come back to paulaner often i love it.

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Photo of granger10
4.46/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know if I have ever seen a prettier beer. Beautiful, foamy and thick head that gets large but never out of control. Orange colored with a hint of yellow in it. Bubbles racing to the top of the head. Aroma is solid of citrusy wheat. Taste is even better though. Thick and bold body for a hefe helps the flavors really come through nice and strong. Citrus is strong along with spicy yeast. Banana/clove mix is there but not near as abundant in flavor as other hefe's. Wheat along with some floral hops seem to be in the background providing a good base for the beer. This could match Weihenstephaner. I think I need to do a taste test to see which one I like better. Eitherways, this is an extraordinary beer!

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Photo of StevieW
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy to find this on tap at the Kirkman Road Ale House in Orlando, FL. Arrived served in a room temp pint glass, yep on request. Nice hazy deep golden to light orange in color. Creamy full bubbly beige head. Smooth sweet aromas, rich yeast and freshly baked bread. Taste was has a nice tart citrus presence. Tangy sweet snap to it. Moderately carbonated, Yeast adds fullness. Very resheshing, easy going down. One of my favorite hefe's. Tasted much more citrus, and fruity and looked more orange than the Hacker-Pschorr version which I also really enjoy. I thought it would be simialer to it.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Upon reading reviews here on BA, and in the mood for a refreshing wheat beer last night, I was presented with a choice. Two hefes on tap with an incredible deal if bought in a pitcher. One was domestic, the other was from Germany. I chose the real guy.

The pitcher was a beautiful orange-tan with a nice off white head. The light came through in a dim haze, inciting my anticipation ( I love unfiltered wheats). I poured a pint, and as I watched the beautiful head form I took a whiff. Interesting yeast notes and somewhat more subtle fruit smells greeted me. As I picked the pint up, my heart sank. Frozen pintglass. Ice cold beer. I drank the beer slowly, picking up light clove tastes, and sweet honey with an orange/banana feel creeping from behind. This was a depature from other examples I've tried which overload the drinker on fruitfeel. I loved the mouthfeel of this beer, smooth and hazy. I sat awhile and chatted, and poured the next pint. Much better. As the beer warmed to a slight cool the taste exploded and all the aromas came at me, only moreso. The unfiltered yeast was most prevalent. All in all, this is a great hefeweizen-the European craftmanship is there. I feel as if it hasn't been my favorite, though. A beautiful beer and great in every respect, but I can't put my finger on why I prefer other brewery's offerings. I'll try again and let them know how to serve it first ;-)

Bottle: Tasted on 3/30/04
I don't know why I gave this a 3.85 the first time. It's SOOO good! This bottle poured an orange color, just seething with yeast. It smelled so nice and wheaty. Full bread like smell with such nice tart lemon and orange I was reeling. The spices really seemed to be there in this bottled offering also. Nice, strong clove and corriander. Such a exquisite yeast strain. Absolutely wonderful. I suspect the on tap stuff I had was very old and stale. Top notch, and now what I will measure my hefes against. Cheers!

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Photo of beergeek279
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served as a pint (with no lemon). The color was golden blonde, with some good head. The smell was very yeasty and light. The taste was deliciously wheaty and yeasty, and unspiced. Mouthfeel was heavily carbonated. Drinkability-wise, definitely could have several of these.

An amazing summer beverage, the Paulaner Hefeweizen is amongst the best wheat beers out there!!! I normally prefer wits to hefeweizens, but this is certainly the exception!

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Photo of hotstuff
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a large off-white very creamy head with small-medium bubbles that was long lasting. The body was cloudy with carbonation observed. The hue of this beer was golden and there was good lacing on the sides of my glass. The nose was that of banana and clove and the flavor was fruity. The mouthfeel was very smooth, thin and watery. I was not extremely impressed with the taste of this beer as it lacks some character in my opinion as German Wheats are one of my favorite styles of beer.

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Photo of BierManVA
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

By far my favorite Hefe.

This beer just screams at you. It says..."I am a German Hefe Weizen!". The aroma is strong ripe banana and mild clove. Either for breakfast or as a refreshing drink on a hot day, this beer is smooth to go down and makes you forget the troubles you have.

High carbonation, beautiful color, a head that rolls.

Paulaner leads the field in Hefe's, try one and you'll see why.

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

One of my favorites of the style for sure,pours a deep hazy yellow color with a great big rocky head.The aroma is very banana-like with some decent spiciness add a lemon and its awesome.Just plain easy to drink great on a hot day,a traditional favorite.

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Photo of fattychubs
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a very hazy yellow with an orange glow and white head. Aroma is of bananas and clove. Taste starts yeasty with strong banana, almost bubble gum, rounds out with clove and slight hops. Aftertaste is slight lingering spice.

I know this is a pretty well liked Hefe, but it doesn't blow me away. Although I am not a huge fan of the style, this just seems only above average

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

1pt .9 oz bottle. Poured a cloudy golden, with a massive head, that slowly subsided to a fine ring. Plenty of lacing on the glass from start to finish. Aroma is slightly citrus and clove. the taste is tangy and heavy on the clove. Good carbonation. Not a bad Hefe-Weizen, but not the best i've had.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.58/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had Paulaner before on a couple occasions but felt obligated (and thirsty) to try it again for review.

Appearance: gorgeous cloudy, apricot color. Huge off-white head with great retention. Could have used it for a pillow.

Smell: nice combination of bananas and cloves up front with a yeasty, bread-like backbone.

Taste: quite sweet with virtually no bitterness anywhere. Bananas and cloves on bread with a slight alcohol bite at the end. Left a great banana/clove aftertaste

Feel: dry and refreshing. Faintly grainy.

Drinkability: plenty. This is a superb beer which is very refreshing on summer days. Great taste makes it hard not to just pound it down. Not going to find many better than Paulaner in this style.

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

Appearance: 330ml bottle. Pours a cloudy caramel colour with an enormous white head that holds up well.

Smell: The nose is bursting with citrus and spicey notes. The classic banana is present s well.

Taste: Automatically light and tangy on the palate. Light spicey tongue and a tartness at the back of the mouth, possibly lemon. Hints of clovey spice and nutmeg. An underlying banana flavour is present as well.

Mouthfeel: Light and spritzy. A carbonated and lively glass.

Drinkablilty: A very nice hefeweizen for almost any occassion. Good complexity and balance and also light enough to be drinkable anytime.

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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 bierman2000
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great German Weizen.. clovey, banana, and true to the German wheat style with excellent Belgian lace and a nice finish. carbonation is extreme and very well presented in the glass as well as the thirst quenching attributes of a wheat..Highly drinkable and one of the best German wheats available.

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

An excellent beer and common to the whole Münchner Freiheit area. Pours an intense golden and semi opaque tone with a thick and dense white head. The smell easily fills the room with a mixture of penetrating wheat and yeast with a slight skunkyness that drives you into tasting it immediately. The taste, from its full, thick Weissbier body is soft and has the immediate feel of the wheat combines with some acidity within topped off with a final bitterness that rather than uncomfortable is more inviting. This all makes the mouthfeel and drinkability exceptional great.

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Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 3,577 ratings