Weltenburger Hefe-Weissbier Hell | Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 96 | Ratings: 165
Reviews by falloutsnow:
Photo of falloutsnow
3.01/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a bleach-white head that is several centimeters tall and composed of dense bubbles, somewhat resembling wet cotton. The head collapses rather quickly for a wheat beer, at least compared to others I've had, but a half-centimeter foam remains atop the beer for the entire session. Good lacing is left on the sides of the glass, elegantly framing the dark, golden yellow brew (when held up to a light source, the beer reveals its primary orange and yellow tints).
Aroma is rather lackluster: a bit of orange fruitiness, coriander and some alcohol, but no banana, yeast, wheat, or malt scents as I would expect from the the style. Taste follows the scent, some moderate tart fruitiness (and I detect some coconut, oddly) of orange or lemon upfront with wheat and malt following thereafter, but no detectable banana or clove. Aftertaste is tart and sweet, a bit candy-like, but not cloying. This is an interesting interpretation of a wheat beer, but not a version that I'd say is terribly successful.
In the mouth, the beer is medium-bodied on the palate, foamy and creamy from the moderate level of carbonation. It finishes dry, rounding out a very satisfying mouthfeel.
A relatively generic hefeweizen: good appearance and mouthfeel, but lacking in aroma and flavor, leading to an ambivalent stance. While this beer can be drunk easily, there are other offerings that have all aspects in order.

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Photo of oberon
4.42/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of lilbuddha
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I camera phoned this beer to add a pic, but I'll be damned if the picture approval process is very very strict ( 150x300 exactly, ugh ! )

Anyways, to the review. I poured this into a tall suitable glass ( baltimore raven's emblem emblazoned on the side if you must know )

A - huge head, trims down quickly, but healthy amount remains. Deep golden/brown hazy.

S - not strong, I'm smelling honey, butter

T - Semi sweet, buttery going down which lingers, the flavors that should be background are too pronounced

M - buttery heavy taste is accompanied by an almost slimy feeling. Carbonation feels good at front of mouth.

D - If you don't mind the aftertaste this beer is easy to drink and finish. Despite the mouthfeel my stomach wasn't bothered much by it ( I have a sensitive stomach ). A short session beer I guess. I will not buy this again, it was neat to try but its average at best.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Weltenburger Hefe-Weisbier Hell... 5.4% alcohol.
Pouring in to pilsner glass.

A- Pours a nice hazy light yellow-orange fluid that produces a huge one and a half inch head that falls to a yeasty froth on the top of the beer. Decent layers of lacing left behind.

S- Smell is mostly malted wheat with small hints of zesty lemon and grassy hops.

T-M- Taste is refreshing with light flavors of lemony yeast, barley and citrusy hop in the finish. Slightly bland but enough to hit the style. Mouthfeel is a bit watery with little to let you know its 5.4% in alcohol. Carbonation is near non existant on the tongue and rolls over the bud no problem.

D- Simple and drinkable. I could drink the "Hell" out of this on a hot summer day with no problem. Smooth wheat beer that goes a long way in the department of drinkablity.

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Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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..

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Brown 500 mL bottle with no freshness date, into a weizen glass.

Looks like a nice hefeweizen, real thick orange cloudiness with a crowning head. Lots of yeast floating around, great carbonation, and leaves lacing every time you take a sip.

Smells of your typical hefe, banana, nice strong spice, and a sweet toffee in the back.

Very sweet in the flavor. There is a light fruit note, like apples and possible white grapes, which flow into that toffee from the nose. Some mild spices at the back end, like a small cinnamon. Yeasty at the end, not too much banana, though. At times can seem watery with just malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is slightly wet, nice carbonation refreshment.

Drinkability is pretty good, I would like some more traditional weizen notes rather than the fruits, the yeast seems a bit underpowered.

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Photo of tux_alin
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

50cl bottle, with those weird label residue rings, usually indicative of a recycled container. Good for them.

This beer pours a densely cloudy dark golden colour, with a ton of foamy, creamy white head, which leaves some very nice webbed lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of sweet bready grain, banana esters, under ripened peach, spicy clove, and some mild yeast. The taste is sweet, sugary wheat malt, pithy, fleshy orchard fruit, some mild coriander and yeast spiciness, and a bit of soft black pepper. The carbonation is fairly soft, the body medium weight, puffy, and smooth. It finishes on a more even note, the sweet malt offset by a musty, earthy drying edge.

A pretty good hefe, thoroughly balanced, enough so that, uncharacteristically, I almost ran out of beer before be able to finish this assessment...

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Photo of DiUr
4.44/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Interesting take on the style by one of the oldest breweries. Good looking Hefe with impressive head and great lacing. The nose is deep on the spicy side, on top of white bread. Taste of wheat malts, lemon, banana and yeast is delicious. Very smooth and refreshing in the mouth with a velvety finish. Hops are present and delicately balance the delicious cascade of wheat and fruity notes. A Hefe on its own, with lots of character. Dynamic, playful and well balanced.

Last update a year later in 2016 was very fresh and Weltenburger gave a run to Hofbrau Weisse for its money in the same session. The fruity sweet malts plus all the yeast and spices above was beautiful, plus the hints of marihuana in the nose. Underrated!

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Photo of maxist
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden color with white head. Aroma has sweet malt and wheat and banana esters. Taste starts also sweet with wheat and banana flavors, finish is also estery but more astringent and slightly bitter on the aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation, not as effervescent as other hefeweizens. Overall it's quite good but not one of the best of its style.

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Photo of adamcthomp
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle from Abe's for about $3. Poured into a tall glass, it's a hazy murky amber with tall white head. The aroma is a standard mix of banana and mellow clove, but there's also an odd plastic note. The flavor has a dry earthy undertone below the juicy spice and mild citrus.

Overall, this is a classic hefe, though not quite as robust as the hallmark examples of the style.

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Photo of aztraz
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed honey color with 3 fingers of pearl white head. Good head retention & lacing

S:Some banana, a bit of honey, pears & grainyness up front

T: Grainyness, juicy fruit gum & cloves up front. Pears, cloves & green bananas as this warms. Finishes with cloves, a touch of lemon & grainyness

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, good hefe, not a great one

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Photo of jackndan
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - very dark and cloudy golden, tall white head retained very nicely
S - sweet banana and some clove, grainy wheat malt with grassy hops and a slight metallic
T - definitely fruity with banana and peach nectar, light clove, very grainy, with a somewhat strange resiny metallic finish
M - smooth and slightly creamy, with a bready feel throughout but again the metallic is there
D - mostly easy drinking, but the metallic taste is a little unwelcome, but generally classic flavour as you'd expect from a German purity law compliant brew

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Photo of mishi_d
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Troyone
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice cloudy golden color with a thick dense pure white head that left chunky lacing as it dissipated. The aroma is of banana, some clove and pepper, a bit of a lemon twang. The taste is a tad tart with lemon and green followed by some banana; not strong banana flavor but enough to smooth out the flavor. Not much spice or clove in this hefe. A little too much like an American wheat to me. A moderate feel, with tingly carbonation, finishes sweet and tart. A very nice looking hefe which fails to deliver on the taste. Again, reminds me more of an American wheat.

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Photo of elricorico
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange with two fingers of white head. Head falls halfway and holds there. Decent amount of lacing.

Strongly citric aroma with a healthy dose of esters. A little bit peppery. Smells quite nice.

Lemon-lime citrus flavour right up front (a little bit like a Sprite). Slightly under-ripe banana creeps into the middle and holds on for the long run. A slightly unusual finish, I can't put my finger on what it is but it may be some coriander.

Light bodied and fairly lively. Carbonation isn't coarse, it is relatively pleasant.

A solid hefe, not a world changer, but would make a hot afternoon much more pleasant.

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Photo of hotstuff
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of Snellgg5
5/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of beerthulhu
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky orange with a light to medium haze. On top lies a monstrous firm and rigid foam head that was ivory in color. Carbonation was medium, spacious, and quickly paced. Smidges of lace speckle the glass in random and moderate coverage.

S: Scents of slightly tart oranges and wet bread are to be had on the nose. There is a bit of spicy citrus as well, light lemon and yeasty presence lurking about.

T: Sparkling flavor of bananas, lightly tart oranges, and perhaps a bit of apple juice. Light lemon citrus and cloves come about on the close. Yeasty, with a sharp and clean flavor off the tongue and a good presence of wheat with an ending wet quenching nature.

M: bright and lively brought about by the sparkling sharp carbonation that made things dance on the tongue. Decent amount of fullness, probably due to unfiltered nature and conditioning.

O: Overall makes for a good summer time quencher. Good flavor, and sharp carbonation makes this pop and a good way to beat the heat without being weighed down.

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