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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
Germany
weltenburger.de

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-05-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
161
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
12.77%
 
 
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5
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Reviews: 96 | Ratings: 161
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; Black pepper, black cardamom, fennel 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 to delicately balance a 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 super 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. Underrated!

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.44/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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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 czfreeman
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brewed from the oldest Kloster in the world, so they've had a bit of time to practice the recipe!
Poured into my Andechs Hefe glass, Weltenburg's offering is a murky orange-tangerine apricot tone. Light streams of bubbles stream upward into a fantastic head. Thick, rocky, and whipped cream-thick, this is a picturesque Hefeweizen. Only after several minutes does the thick cap begin to dissipate.
Creamy sour-notes, akin to fresh buttermilk, fresh hay, orange, tangering, lemon, sour apples, sour lactic notes again. Tart, biting, and peppery on the finish. Banana comes into play, but the focus here is more on sour-citrus-grain notes. A big differnece from the sometimes overly-sweet banana-sugar dominated Hefe's I've recently experienced. Really nice aromatics.
Flavor spicy, sour, and smooth all at once. The flavor begins with tart apple, orange, banana, moves into a medium bodied grain creamy bod, accented by a relatively high an=mount of carbonation, finishing with a bite of lemon with a dusting of fresh cracked black pepper. The carbonation keeps the spice lingering on the palate, hence another sip is quickly in order.
Mouthfeel is lighter, and more aggressively spiced than most Hefe's I've had. Normally this would play slightly against the beer's favor, but after sweet Hefe after sweet Hefe, this is a welcome, delicious and refreshing break. This beer is solidly built, and well worth the purchase. I will pick this one up again.

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Photo of BDTyre
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, murky cloudy orange with a thick, white head. Banana, bubble gum, orange zest, cloves and malt in the scent.

Nice, fruity malty taste with a good dose of spice. (My curry is killing it a bit). Low hops, citrus notes.

Smooth carbonation, nice finish. A very enjoyable hefe.

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Photo of Stonepot
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very wheaty, poured a very nice color and had a crisp clean smell. Had some nice sausages with this I got at a German Village. I was also with fellow beer lovers tasting many different types of brews. Atmosphere is important. I would try this again someday.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of steveh
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

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Photo of Braudog
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 1/2L bottle; poured with an immense, airy, boiling head of white foam. Hazy light orange and lightly carbonated. Solid banana yeast aroma, like a hefeweizen scratch-n-sniff. The first swallow is equally fruity, tart and tingly, heavily laced with a banana flavor, but also a swirl of pineapple, and fruit salad syrupiness. Textbook hefeweizen. (#2759, 3/27/07)

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Photo of drabmuh
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a 0.5 L wheat beer glass. Beer is yellow and really hazy. Big thick white head with a lot of lacing and agressive carbonation. Bubbles are small are stream up the sides of the glass.

Smell is good, lots of fruity esters and some nice sweetness.

Drinkability high, this is an amazing session beer. I wish I had this on draft in my home. Mouthfeel, beer is heavily carbonated in the mouth and low in body. The carbonation carries the flavors of the beer, sweet fruit and wheaty, throughout the palate. The dominate flavors are the wheat at the back and the sweet in the front. Overall a great beer. There is a mild aftertaste that grows as you drink. Its not unpleasant just distracting.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled this afternoon while watching football on 12/28/14. Comes in a 500ml (16.9 ounce) single bottle for around $4.00. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a handled-glass stein.

Pours a slight hazy golden-honey in color with a good 1-finger foamy white head that last a good bit before settling down to around 3mm or so. Some sediment is seen in the bottom of the bottle after the pour. A good amount of lacing is seen when sipped, like a good German beer does. The aroma is mostly of wheat with a touch of honey. Bit more going on with the taste as there is a hint of orange and very light spice(?) in the mix as well. Goes down easy with no harsh or bitter aftertaste. A good Hefe/Wheat brew. Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation. Overall, a tasty brew!

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Photo of Lemke10
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This pours a cloudy, golden yellow color with a thick, foamy head. The aroma is full of wheat, coriander, and yeast. The flavor is full and delicious with orange and wheat tones. The texture is smooth and filling for a lighter wheat beer. This has to be one of the best beers for its style.

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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 canucklehead
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of Naugled
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into wheat glass

a: hazy straw color, high carbonation, good tall head, but doesn't last long.

s: pleasant smell not overpowered with the typical hefe notes, but the banana, clove and lemony note come through in a nice balance way.

t: up front are the tangy citrusy flavors with the banana and clove shortly behind. very nice flavor, I really like this hefe compared to the standards.

m: light mouthfeel, medium thin body with good crisp carbonation

d: very drinkable, my new favorite for the summer.

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Photo of JCBears
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
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

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Photo of Graham5161986
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

OK, this hefe pours thickly clouded pale orange with a big, frothy, rocky white head that has good retention and leaves some patchy traces of lace - not as much as I had hoped for given its large head though. But I digress . . .

Smell is full of classic citrus, banana, coriander yeasty goodness with hints of spice and candied sugar.

Taste is malty up front with hits of candied sugar flowing through to the flavours that make this a classic German hefe: lots of banana, citrus and coriander flavours going on with definite hits of spice and finishing with a black pepper bready combination that tickles the palate through to the linger.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy with a good level of crisp carbonation that gives this beer a clean, spicy texture on the finish.

All in all, this is a pretty darn drinkable hefe. I could see myself polishing off a few of these on a hot summer's day. Nothing too crazy going on flavour-wise in this one. It's just a light, easy-drinking classic rendition of the style that just has "summer session beer" written all over it.

Are there better hefes out there? yes. But, hey, this is a good beer that doesn't break the bank. I would buy this beer again.

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Photo of Murph
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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

unfortunately for weltenburgerr hefe-weissbier hell, the past few hefes i've had have been at the top of the list for best in the world in their category. having said that, i must point out that my everyday beer is a japanese rice lager, and that any sort of ale routinely rocks my world.

looks foggy and fizzy. cloudy dark golden with a great thick, white head. smells a lot like every other hefeweizen i've sniffed, but definitely less fruity than the rest. a more subtle fragrance of bananas and clove, a little more generic.

tastes good, quite simply hefeweizen. not really complex, but definitely tasty. light and bubbly, nothing special for mouthfeel. an automatic 5 for drinkability because at 5.1% i could drink this all night.

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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 womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood Brewing

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a fluffy white head. Nice banana on the nose, plenty of wheat, and a great biscuit malt sweetness. Moderate clove aroma throughout and just a hint of bubblegum. Sweet bread and biscuit mealtimes on the nose. A hint of bubblegum, light citrus, an plenty of banana. Nice clove spiciness, soft wheat flavor, and a touch of straw. Really nice.

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Photo of Amalak
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had out of a 25 oz. bottle.
A- Color was yellow with a tint of brown to it. Slightly opaque. Great head and left a good lace.
S- Strong wheat, hefe scent.
T- Well balanced wheat taste to it. Smooth, not too bubbly.

Definitely a high quality beer that's worth a try.

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