Weltenburger Hefe-Weissbier Hell
Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #199
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
84
Ranked #35,611
Avg:
3.73 | pDev: 9.65%
Reviews:
101
Ratings:
176
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Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
 
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Year-round
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SCORE
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TheLongBeachBum from California

3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: A 1 Pint 9 fl.oz brown glass bottle with a very colourful, Germanic looking label depicting a picture of old buildings set in a green valley that adorns all of their beers. The main front & neck label has orange & blue lines around the edge, titled as “Weltenburger Hefe-Weizen Hell”. Advertised as the oldest Monastery Brewery in the world (Since 1050).

Appearance: The absolutely massive head is the primary focus of attention. Crusty lace clings to the glass sides as the head fades to a more tolerable 2” in depth. Body is a very clear light straw color. Streamers are active throughout.

Smell: Slight hints of cloves & light banana aspects mixed with lemons and light biscuit grain. I strained a bit at times to get this though.

Taste: Carbonation gives a refreshing introduction to the yeasty beginnings. A rather cloying clove and banana middle with a Citric finish. Has a dry tartness at the end.

Mouthfeel: The Carbonation is evident in the mouthfeel, but it is rather faded at times.

Overall: Clean beer with just enough tastes to intrigue, rather light though, which lends Drinkability but lowers the Taste mark. Just a bit too bland to be anything than above average.

Jun 27, 2003
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Murph from Arizona

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale beige color with a big pillowy white head that sinks a bit too fast. Definite lemony aromas as well some lighter bananas and some vanilla qualities as well. More vanilla throughtout the flavor of the beer. A quick spicy hit at the start of the brew with some cloves and peppers is quickly brushed aside by the lemony qualities of the brew with a smooth banana and yeast finish. Nicely smooth and refreshing as a hefe should be with some good carbonation as well make this one nice and drinkable. Not the best hefe I've had but not the worst, a good beer overall.

Sep 29, 2002
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jonnylieberman from California

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: nice big euro-bottle claiming the brewery is a million years old, etc. Beer pours hazy but not cloudy into my tulip. Overflowed like crazy (typical of Bavarian Hefes, which tend to be highly or over-carbonated) and then quickly fell down to about two fingers before re-crashing to almost nothing. Almost no lacing whatsoever.

Smell: The bananas are there, but... they aren't dominant. Also, much breadiness comes through. Slight acetyldehyde.

Taste: Sharp and crisp. Like an apple. No real cloviness that should be present. High CO2 level gets in the way of front of the tongue evaluation. Nice, sweet finish.

Mouthfeel is full, but a tad watery.

Overall: This is a fine quaffing warmer weather beer, but it does not hold up to the giants of the style (see to the right). Nothing jumps out and says "Wow!" or even "Hey..." Not much intrigue.

Apr 12, 2005
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beerguy101 from California

3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is malty and slightly sweet. A mild tasting wheat beer. Some banana and clove taste. Mild malts and some hoppyness. Smooth taste. Mouthfeel is a little thin. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

Oct 03, 2003
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oberon from North Carolina

4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking alot of German wheats right now and this was another great one to drink in the summer heat.Nice lemony,and spritzty refresher,light in color.

Jun 05, 2002
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jackndan from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Heffe-weiss Helles: I’m not sure how I missed this one, but better late than never. This is a fine Hefe-Weise beer, easy to drink and light bodied, wonderful on the first hot day of the year. The beer has the classic haze, and a nice golden color. The head was not much to speak of, relative to the style. The taste was very nice, a wonderful example of the style, with the banana taste that is indicative of the hefe well balanced by a lemony tartness. Very nice and refreshing, a keeper.

Apr 27, 2003
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CharlesRiver from Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big, brown German style bottle, capped. Pours out a hay-brown with a smaller size white head. Smell is light but Hefe like. Malt and some citrus smells come through. Not much carbonation but enough to maintain the head.

Taste is well, exactly what I thought, and I mean that in a good way. Banana, citrus, malt and some grass notes come through. I also pick up something bread-like as well. Light in body but not in taste.

A little sweeter than I like. My personal preference is a drier style ending. Again, I nit pick. I feel this is well made and very easy drinking. Do pick this up and enjoy this summer.

Aug 25, 2007
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stcules from Italy

3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange, beautiful white, creamy head. Good weizen appearance.
Fresh smell, with a good yeast, light banana, and a hint of green apple.
Very fresh in the taste, too, with the same flavour of yeast, banana and green apple. A hint of tartness in the end.
Light body.
Then again yeast and green apple in the aftertaste, some banana.
Very few cloves here.
Fresh and drinkable, clean.

Nov 16, 2008
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ElGuapo from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very light yellow-straw colored brew that is very cloudy. Head is a monster pillow of white. The aroma is nice and yeasty, but there is a nasty macro-like aroma i am picking up in the backround. Maybe my nose is fooling me, but it killed what would have been a great smelling beer.

The flavor has a nice amount of yeast, but it is too bland for me. Everything is there that you would want from a hefe, but there is just not enough of everything that you would want. Citrus flavors and a nice tingly carbonation make it a refreshing brew. There is just not enough flavor.

Jan 24, 2003
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philbertk from Washington

3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Weltenburg Klosterbrauerei GmbH, Kelheim, Germany--Brauerei Bischofshof--Marke Weltenburger Hefe-WeiBbier Hell--Weltenburger Bier-Hergestellt nac dem Rezepturen der altesten Klosterbrauerei der Welt--2009 16.9 oz. Bottle. 5.40% ABV. 5 IBU's? (3.5 / 5.0) Hefeweizen. Medium foamy mild lace white head. Tight dark sediment. Cloudy bright light orange gold color. Aromatic spicy Bavarian hint wheat ester front. Slightly creamy mild sweet light wheat fruit body. Refreshing clean mild Hefe end. Tasty, but a little dull and old. Sampled 7/4/2010. 2 @ $3.29 Each.

Jul 04, 2010
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Naerhu from Japan

3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Appearance: yellow apple opaque white fluffy head.
Aroma: wheaty fruity melon aroma
Taste: extremely light wheat and slightly melon/apple aroma. dry no hop or bitterness.
Mouthfeel: refreshing, although lightly hopped.
Drinkability: Extremely drinkable. This is what I would choose as a thirst quencher over any other beer.

Aug 31, 2003
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WMBierguy from Maryland

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber-gold, with the usual thick, white head for which Hefeweizens are known. The flavor is typically for a regular Hefeweizen: malty, but not overly so, without any hint of hops. This is a very representative example of the style, and one that I (as a Hefeweizen fan) whole-heartedly recommend.

Mar 14, 2007
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canucklehead from Canada (BC)

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Confusing label as the one I have has Kloster on the front and is different from the picture above but reading the back it looks like it still brewed at Regensburg.

Pretty decent Hefe at a good price. Lots of complexity in the midbody with the obvious banana clove nose and taste. The aftertaste is smooth and full. Would buy this again for sure as it compares with Paulaner, Konig and Erdinger.

Aug 12, 2010
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hotstuff from Indiana

3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another one of my favorite beer styles, but unfortunately this one fell short of what I would call a really good German Hefeweizen. It poured a large white creamy head that contained fine-small sized bubbles that mostly diminished. The body was clear with carbonation observed and a yellow hue. The nose consisted of banana and clove with a sweet flavor to it. The mouthfeel was smooth, but on the thin and watery side. The lacing was sparse with this beer. There was nothing outstanding about this beer as it lacks and needs character.

Oct 29, 2003
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ybnorml from Rhode Island

3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clean yellow/amber beer. Has a big bubbly white head. The aroma is light with hints of yeast, grain and clove.There is a bit of sweetness and spice that reminds me of Belgian style beers. The flavor is a bit lighter than most of the Hefe Weizen's. I think this is because it is a filtered beer and most of the german wheat beers I have had were unfiltered. All of the bannana and clove note are there, just a bit subdude. The mouthfeel is not a thick, again as the others. But it is clean and refeshing. This is a good summer beer.

May 15, 2005
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HappyHourHero from Indiana

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Doughy banana aroma with a bit of spicy clove. Poured a huge creamy white head that held like a champ and left big swaths of lace. Unfortunately I wasn't expecting it and had to wait a few minutes to pour the rest of the beer. Hazy, pale wheat colored beer. The wheat base is evident in the flavor along with some cotton candy and a pinch of banana. Finishes mellow with a bit of lingering yeasty banana. Cotton candy adds a nice touch that makes this one stand out a little. Soft, light mouthfeel. A nice Hefe Weizen. I really like beers of this style, and this one is quite good.

Nov 29, 2006
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RoyalT from Ohio

3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – This one poured a light yellowish-orange with a quick weizen head.

Smell – The citrusy yeast was very pleasing and accompanied a sharp, salty coriander aroma.

Taste – The yeast lightened up at the taste and was mixed with a heavy citrusy tangerine flavor. I also picked up an off tart-like bitterness to the ale.

Mouthfeel – This light-bodied Hefe was undercarbonated and had an unpleasant tart finish.

Drinkability – This wasn’t a bad beer but missed the mark of a good Hefe Weizen.

Sep 10, 2004
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SilentSabre from North Dakota

4.44/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was indeed a great Hefe. It poured the standard cloudy pale orange of most any other Hefe. It did not, however, have any yeast bits or anything else floating in it as I had expected. There was nearly no head at all and only a meager ring of lace around the outer edge. The smell of this brew was fantastic! Loads and loads of fruit and spice with a slight musty lambic like scent hiding in the back. The taste, too, seemed a distant relative of lambic with a slight tartness and slight sour fruit finish. The mouthfeel was very smooth as the carbonation was almost non-existent with this one.
This is with out a doubt, one of the best Hefeweizens I have had in ages. Absolutely do try this if you're a fan of the style.

Jan 03, 2006
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steveh from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been enjoying the Weltenburger lagers, but haven't tried the Weizens yet. Here's the first for me.

Brown, half-liter bottle, no real translatable dating to find. $3.50. Poured into my HB modified Will Becker -- great for any German style.

A -- Hazy peach color with a tremendously dense, slow-settling, light cream colored head.

S -- Clove and bubblegum up front, light bready malts and grainy wheat back. Even some mild citrus in the finish.

T -- Sweet, bready malts up front with light graininess, mellow phenols from the Weizen yeast balance nicely. Lightest citrus and bitterness in the finish.

M -- Medium-light body with a spritzy to dry mouthfeel.

O -- Maybe not the best Weizen I've ever tried, but this is a great example for anyone looking for something out-of-the-ordinary line of well-known brands. It has bigger, more pronounced flavors than many others and even takes on similar characters as Schneider.

Aug 08, 2012
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surfmeister from California

3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very decent. Murky yellow with firm copious lather of foam. Sweet smells of fruits with a subtle note of clovey spice. Taste was good reflection of taste with all proper Hefe tastes right where they should be, subtle, but virtually all Hefes are. Drinkability is stellar. This is a very strong example of type and one that I won't hesitate to grab when I'm in the Hefe mood.

Jun 14, 2004
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fuzzy, orange-banana with very little visible yeast (yet). The bone white head is large, soft, fine-bubbled and perseveres acceptably well. Unfortunately, there's very little lace, as could have been predicted by the featureless surface and the unsticky nature of the foam.

Although the nose is weak, what's there is pretty nice. The principal elements of the aroma are light clove, watery banana and minerals. As I continue to dip my nose into the glass, the minerals seem to be fading and the fruitiness is taking its place. Not a 'best in class', or even close to it, but enjoyable nonetheless.

HWH is better on the palate, thanks in large part to the now prominent sweet and sour banana flavor. I like a lot of banana in my hefes and this one delivers the monkey fruit. Clove plays second fiddle, contributing just enough spiciness to add character and to keep things balanced. I like the fact that the wheaty base isn't overshadowed by the more flashy flavors.

The flavor is a wonderful combination of sweet, sour and bitter. Each is present in roughly equal measure, allowing one to appreciate them on an individual basis with a little 'taste bud focus'. The mouthfeel is lightly smooth with a perfect degree of carbonation, making the beer a cinch to drink.

Weltenburger Kloster Hefe-Weizen Hell is a solid German hefe weizen. It won't replace some of my favorites, but I was surprised by how good this beer was once I got a chance to wrap my palate around it. I'm beginning to realize that this style is all about the yeast. To that end, the lightly sweet bananarific flavor present in this bottle is right up my hefe alley. Good stuff.

Apr 20, 2005
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bensiff from Washington

2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one poured into my glass with a light yellow/orange hue and a bone white head. Smell mostly consisted of yeast with a clove hint. Flavor was dominated by yeast like the smell. Hidden behind the yeast flavor was a light bananna note. This is not a bad beer and is certainly enjoyable on a warm evening, but I found it a little less than average. With so many other outstanding German hefe's out there its doubtful I will buy this one again.

Sep 12, 2004
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Billolick from New York

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Typical mid sized German bottle, no freshness info(more typical German stuff) Rolled on its side to release the yeast, this one pours cloudy, dull medium apricot. The head is near white, puffy and long lasting. Then a thicker film and plenty of stickage on the glass. Fruity on the nose, with notes of bananas and oranges. Flavorful Hefe, typical notes of bananas, some light coriander, orange, yeast. Perhaps a tad thin on the tongue, and lacks the complexity and intrigue of the heavy hitters of the style. Still worth a try. I believe I found this one at Trader Joe's on Atlantic Ave in Bklyn, NY or it could have been @ American Bev. just a few blocks away. It was the night of a cask fest and things got a bit blurry..

Nov 12, 2009
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Troyone from California

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although the label is different this appears to be the correct beer. This label states Weltenbuger Kloster Hefe Weizen Hell, where as the pic here appears to be a different label without the word Kloster (apparently part of the companies name).

Pours a slightly hazy wheat color with a white head that sticks around and some carb action.

Has a grainy wheat malt smell with a little sourness.

Lightly sweet/bitter, grainy, and wheat malt taste. The hops are well blended with a hint of banana.

Light bodied, slightly syrupy texture, and has a slight sourness/astringent finish.

A very drinkable hefe weizen, probably good on tap or at the brewery, however seems to be old or not fresh/crisp.

Jan 27, 2006
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JCBears from Germany

4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

appearance: usual cloudy mysticism of the good old Hefe. Little bit darker than the usual, but loving it

smell: distinct bananas you can not miss, almost a banana juice smell, slight edge of the hops for good measure

taste: hop bight up front then the good old rich goodness of the classic hefe. a malty pleasure for the tongue

mouthfeel: bit of a weaker mouth feel but not bad. keeps you sipping. good hot day brew

overall: A pleasant surprise I really enjoy. Happy to be having this brew and all it contains. A good brew worthy of another sample

Jul 18, 2013
Weltenburger Hefe-Weissbier Hell from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 176 ratings