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 BeerBob
4.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clove and tart banana with a nice cloudy Hefe-Weizen appearance. Mine had an expiration date of 07-02, and I think this beer is on the down side of it’s freshness. I’ve had other bottles of this beer... enough to know that this one is a dud. Wiffs of sauerkraut are coming off of this brew, and have been heretofore unknown to me when drinking this brand and type of beer.
This example came to me off the shelf, so I’m grading it off. If in the future, I review this beer, and get a good one, I’ll change the rating.
Pity, I really do like this beer, when it's fresh...

I now have a case of fresh beer and after a few 1pint .9 oz bottles, I now can say... Wow! This is realy some good stuff... Good Clove and Banana abound!

Yum, Yum!

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Photo of putnam
4.87/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An eruption of hard, crispy white foam quickly overcomes the limits of the several glasses this beer was poured into. Thoroughly cloudy, it is orange-colored with brown paper bag-colored tones as well.
The aromas are bracing. A complex stew of fruit, spices and fresh and dried herbs emerge forcefully from the bowl: white pepper, mustard greens, candied orange and lemon peel, sourdough, Jamaican allspice and chalk.
In the mouth it is broad and chewy, with immediate support from tangy, citrus, apple and pear fruit. Very creamy, the gas is finely milled and it permeates every drop of the "liquid". As each swallow is consumed, the heated, raging mousse slices through the obvious glycerine content and creates a sharp, painful, dramatic tension. As the fizz expires, the gelatine-like texture of the liquid prevails, first on the lips, and then, following the beer back to the back palate. Dried meats, nettles and slate flavors twist up the finish.
Gigantic flavor. Dry nearly to the point of austerity. Abstract.

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Photo of acelin
4.86/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

There's a reason this is possibly the most popular weissbier in Bavaria.

When had fresh, this beer stands with the giants of wheat beer. This is probably the biggest giant of wheat beer.

It's super cloudy, hazy, slightly orange gold with a big beautiful white head that sticks to the sides of your clean glasses.

It smells like banana and cloves, along with lightly toasted white bread. Even perhaps reminds me of the smell of flaky buttered biscuits from the other end of the house.

It's the perfect wheat beer. At some point these beers taste so good, that the differences are minimal. There's just different in the flavors they emphasize, with this one tasting more like banana than others. That doesn't mean it lacks clove, because it doesn't. No hop flavors detected, except for a slight zing towards the creamy finish.

I can often find this far fresher than other wheat beers - it's a go to. I'm surprised I had not reviewed this one sooner.


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Photo of groverj3
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My first BA review. Hefeweizen is my favorite style, and Paulaner's is my favorite interpretation of the style.

Poured into a mug, chilled. Swirled to get the yeast out and generate head.

Appearance: Golden, cloudy, with a foamy head that goes away quickly. Exactly how a hefeweizen should. Something about the look of the beer just screams "Drink me!"

Smell: A hint of esters make it smell vaguely fruity. It's not overpowering though. I've tried several other hefeweizens and, in my experience, the Paulaner version has managed to avoid any sort of unpleasant notes. Which is part of what makes this remarkable.

Taste: It's fuller bodied than the Weihenstephaner stuff, about equal to Hacker-Pschorr in terms of how it tastes, like a medium bodied beer. It also avoids any unpleasant aftertastes. It has the banana bread taste that most German hefeweizens have, rather than the orange taste that most american wheat ales go for. It's a little more neutral, and encourages you to continue drinking. Getting it on-tap is obviously better, don't let them serve this to you with a lemon or orange. It contains all the flavor it needs.

Mouthfeel: Some people say this tastes watery, sure... in comparison to a Stout. It's a medium weight beer. The yeast adds to this. I can't stress enough that every offensive flavor a beer could have is absent. The taste lingers, but doesn't overstay its welcome and it succeeds at being pleasantly full-bodied without being heavy. However, in a perfect world it would be nice if it could be just a bit heavier.

Overall: A little heavier than your typical wheat-beer. This makes it ideal to have in the summer, but still gives you a reason to drink it year round. I don't know why the US-based craft brewers can't figure this out. Less orange peel and lemon zest, please! I might be a little biased, but this is the hefeweizen of all hefeweizens, in my opinion. I just wish it was a tad heavier, but I don't think that exists. You owe it to yourself to try this.

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Photo of BayernMunchen3113
4.85/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best Hefeweizen I've ever had. Been brewing this since 1564, so I'm pretty sure they've got it down by now! Color is absolutely gorgeous, a nice mix of yellow/orange. Really getting an apple undertone shining through in this one, making it very unique. Best way to drink is in a pint or Pilsner glass - pour 2/3 into one of those glasses, hold the glass at an angle. Next, take the 1/3 that's still in the bottle and swish it around, that way the yeast collects from the glass in the bottle. Finally, pour the rest in the glass to produce a nice head of foam and enjoy!

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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 drizzam
4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has got to be the smoothest Hefe I have ever tasted! Pours a cloudy, almost orange color with a slight citrus aroma. Crisp and clean smoooooooth beer. I've only had it from tap and I'm hoping to grab a sixer to get that bottle experience soon! One word...Yummy!

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

Huge white head rises a full inch above the rim of my glass! A nice hit of spice on the nose. The carbonation looks to have died down by now, but I do notice its tickle on my tongue. A seamless mold of flavors rest on my palate. Spice from the yeast is what I'm enjoying the most. Bananna and clove are the defining charactar of this beer. Bold mouthfeel with insane drinkablility.

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Photo of hopfiend666
4.82/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Cloudy, but who cares? its's an unfiltered hefe, it's supposed to be cloudy.

Smell: smells like floural wheat, smooth

Taste: now what really matters. Medium bodied, smooth. Its the epitome of a hefeweizen. I found myself drinking a bunch of these on the beach during a hot day.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium bodied.

Overall: I give this a 666, for pure evil goodness.

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Photo of Dmann
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It is a toss up between this beer and the Spaten Hefe as to which one is my favorite. This one poured a hazy golden color with a great head that finally subsided and left lots of luscious lace down the side of my glass. The smell was of bananna, clove and spices. The taste was awesome with large doses of bananna flavor and a slight hoppiness to it as well. The finnish was a great lemony sourness and the mouthfeel was creamy and grand. If one does not enjoy this beer, then one cannot be a fan of this style!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A classic Bavarian hefe-weizen! Cloudy with a thick, fluffy, bright white head. Fine, tiny bubbles continually rise keeping a head throughout the entire glass. Intense aromas of sweet malt, cloves and banana. It's texture is rich, creamy, and silky - yet it's incredibly refreshing with it's bright flavors and zesty carbonation! The flavor follows the aroma with the addition of a light note of darkish fruit, maybe ripe plum. It's really amazing how complex and fulfilling this beer is. Finishes with a lingering note of clove. Extremely enjoyable and refreshing. One of the best examples of the style. Able to be enjoyed throughout the entire year.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle

This is one of the best looking hefe's I've had. A good cloudy amber orange beer sits under a white head composed of tiny pearls of bubbles all very consistent in size.
The smell is a good yeasty, citrus, earthiness and spice.
Taste is similar with a good lemon citrus pulling through after an initial taste of yeast and malt. The spiciness comes through and fades leaving a great aftertaste that makes you want another sip.
Mouthfeel is wonderful with enough carbonation. Drinkability is tops. This beer went great with a turkey and provolone sandwich.

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Photo of Gump
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A wonderful German wheat. One of my favorite bottles.
Be sure to get the sediment. It's like gold. It really makes the beer good.
Swirl the bottle to mix it in.
This is a sweet wheat with a very good fragrence.

Super foamy white head.
Rich cloudy golden amber color.
Sweet citrus aroma.
Sweet wheat taste.

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Photo of BrSpiritus
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this from a 12oz bottle purchased from Enchanted Forest Wine and Spirits.

Pours a lovely honey colour with ample bubbles forming a rich head. Hazy appearance with many bubbles racing to the top which reminds me of Prosecco or Champagne. Smell is reminicent of bananas with a spicy background and perhaps some sweet roll. The taste... wow sums it up. Perfect balance of malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Floating in the background are the flavours of banana, clove, cinnamon, lemon zest and biscuit slowly dancing on the tongue. The finish is clean and slightly tart but very refreshing. I could drink this beer all the time it's just that good and that smooth. My hats off to the Germans, for they make an awesome beer.

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Photo of krendelfish
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

One of the best beers I have ever drank, truily a beer to sit back and enjoy. Has a very fruity, rich taste to it. Looks cloudy, but has not darkness to it. Has absolutely no bitter aftertaste, very smooth and hardy. Very good with any meal or any festivity. It is hard to find a mass produced beer of such high standards. One beer I can compare it too, however is Hoegaarden, and I equally reccomend it.

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Photo of jayrod20
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy golden color with small, but nice amount of head that provides some lacing. Very aromatic, sweet. Pleasant crisp flavor set to a minerally medium bodied liquid texture. Same great taste that I remember from a classic (and major) German brewery.

The best possible Hefe you can purchase, and a staple to any hefe's fan.

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Photo of budgood1
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

hazy cloudy deep golden color. nice foamy head. aroma of the usual bananas and cloves. nice effervescent mouthfeel. solid body. tastes great... a lemony grassy flavor with a nice shot of clove. slides down smooth as silk. what all other yeast-wheat beers aspire to be. a summer time classic, not to mention one of the best beers in the world.

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Photo of 24Beer92
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great head, about three fingers width. Cloudy darker brown almost a carmel color. Strong wheat beer smell with a slight sweetness. The taste is exceptional, this is the first I have had this beer and it just shot up my chart to a new original for me. The mouthfeel is where it looses a few points with me, it seems to turn into a froth before you can swallow. Overall a wonderfull beer that i will deffinatly be drinking again.

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Photo of shigg85
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I bought this bottled beer often from the BevMo chain throughout southern California. One of the early hefes in my experience, purchased using the rating system at the store. Luckily, it turned out to be one of the best beers i've ever had, and one that I will be an advocate of for the rest of my life. A beautiful white head on this fruity hefe that produces some of the most pleasant citric notes of any beer I know. The mouthfeel on this brew is also amazingly round and filling for a hefe. Instead of losing its head and going down a bit watery like some others, this Paulaner keeps its form and hits all areas of the palate with its relatively thick body. Definitely try this if you haven't as a wonderful introduction to hefes!

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Photo of SaunaKing
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very nice all round beer. Pours a orange tinged amber color with a small head that recedes leaving nice lacing on the glass.
The taste reminds me of citrus with hints of cloves. A very smooth, creamy mouthfeel has it going down very easy. I just bought my first 6pack of this recently and this is going down very well. With the limited local selection of beer this will certainly find its way into the rotation.

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Photo of kshankar
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Cloudy orange...great head retention...looks like a great example of this style.

Aroma: Banana, citrus, wheat

Taste: Fruity for the most part...some banana, cloves, a little lemon and citrus as well.

Mouthfeel: The lemon adds a bit of tartness to the drink, along with the carbonation gives it a good kick

Drinkability: Refreshing and goes down well so this one is high. Probably one of the better hefeweizens out there, and I've tried many. Recommended

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours luxurious hazy golden color with suggestion of brown. White, pillowy head is glorious to look at and certainly helps with aroma.

Nose has a banana lemon creme component, with seductive yeasty/bready notes that make you yearn for that first sip.

Palate has a good balance of the standard banana/clove interplay, with a pleasing wheat cracker taste. One of the best examples of this style.

Finish highlights the carbonation, wheat cracker again, and leaves a pleasant toasty bread-like taste on the palate. Amazing beer, world class.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into 23oz NY Mets branded pilsner.

Appearance: Hazy, deep strawberry-blonde color with a large head that has a slight orange tint to it. Head looks very creamy and dissipates very slowly, leaving behind thick lace.

Smell: Wheat and yeast are prevalent, backed up by banana, clove, and hints of citrus.

Taste: Begins sort of sweet and grainy, finishing with a yeasty flavor that has strong banana notes as well. Some citric hints.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with sharp carbonation and an extremely refreshing finish.

Drinkability: I have had this beer many times and only just the other day realized I have never reviewed it. This is, in my opinion, the best Hefeweizen available. It is perfect for hot days and goes well with most meals. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep and slight cloudy honey gold. Big white foam head fades into a thin white layer. Decent lacing.

Smell: Banana, yeasty bread, apple, and clove followed by a hint of citrus and malts.

Taste: Banana and bread up front followed by a hint of caramel malts and a slight citrus hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a high level of carbonation.

Overall: A great tasting Hefeweizen. One of the better ones around.

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Photo of scvance
4.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very hazy, pale golden color with a nice thick long lasting white head with excellent retention. Aroma right away, very yeasty, and lots of citrus. Slight banana aroma. Taste follows suit with more banana in the finish. High carbonation and light body with a very crisp slightly sweet finish. Very easy to drink, this is a hefeweiss beer that really defines the style. Excellent on all levels in my opinion, the mouuthfeel is pleasant, not very thick at all.

I have had this beer many times, and always recommend it, and will continue to drink it in the future. Definitely one of my favorites for this style.

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Paulaner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb from Paulaner Brauerei GmbH & Co. KG
4.05 out of 5 based on 3,371 ratings.
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