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Weltenburger Hefe-Weissbier Hell | Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Weltenburger Hefe-Weissbier HellWeltenburger Hefe-Weissbier Hell

Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-05-2002

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Ratings: 167 |  Reviews: 98
Photo of bensiff
2.73/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

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Photo of aasher
2.84/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one pours a light to medium in body, dull and only lightly cloudy gold in color. It has a one finger sudsy white head. It's pretty clear for a German hefe, and disappointingly so. It smells of sweet pale malts, cloves, smells fruity, and wet bread dough. It has the usual adjectives but not the usual effect or appeal. The flavor is of sweet and fruity, almost banana-esque, yeast and spice. It's an odd and awkwardly sweet mix for the style. I'm not really a fan. It drinks light to medium in body and doesn't nearly life up to other authentic German hefes. This one just misses the mark with me.

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Photo of corby112
2.91/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this jawn up on a recent beer run in New Jerusalem.

Pours a very hazy, dark golden yellow color with banana yellow hues when held to a light and a frothy, pillowy three finger head that slowly fades into a lasting cap. Sporadic chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Slightly spicy, zesty aroma with hints of bready yeast and citrus fruit. Lots of clove, pepper and coriander in the nose but it could use a bit more citrus character. Faint orange peel and tart grapefruit but dominated by clove.

Medium bodied and kind of bland with the most interesting flavor being the prominent bread/yeast notes. I prefer this flavor as a compliment to a spicy, citrusy beer but here it kind of overpowers everything. Spicy with hints of zesty pepper and clove along with subtle sweet orange peel. Kind of tart with a bone dry finish. Just an average example of the style.

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Photo of stevoj
2.98/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A little underwhelming, considering some of the other magnificent beers produced by this brewery. Just average all the way around, in appearance, taste and aroma. Nothing special here....

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Photo of RoyalT
3/5  rDev -19.1%
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 aztraz
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Rick778
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Giannis
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of beerguy101
3/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of DeutschesBier
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
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 Jwaks
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sering bottle

Pours a pale, light lemon yellow with a chill haze and a healthy fine head. A good dose of carbonation races up to meet a quickly dissapating head that leaves just a thin ringed covering of foam.

Muted aromas of ripe banana and lemon zest garner the most attention on the nose with spicy cloves, zesty wheat and bitter yeast playing in the background.

Easy on the entry offering light banana that give way to a bit of spice and lemon on the mid palate to a reserved tangy wheat finish offering a touch of yeast bitternes. Sour lemon lingers on the palate suggesting a neat and clean finish. This brew offers decent refreshing flavors though they aren't very bold, it doesn't make a statement nor stand out with in it's style, it lacks definition and proper body.

A light slick body and short finish give this brew a good mouthfeel, that paired with a note of sour lemon on the finish allow this beer to go down with ease.

Perhaps this is a light take on a hefeweizen, it definitely goes down like a light beer, but it could benefit from a bigger bolder body and better concentration.


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Photo of hotstuff
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
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 Grunewald
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass. It pours cloudy orange-amber with a clumpy white head.

S - very sweet, bubble gum, ripe banana, and a little yeast

T - sweet bubblegum, ripe nectarine and peach, not very much citrus flavor and a slightly tangy finish

M - low carbonation, medium body, warms the mouth and throat and finishes wet

D - lots of sweet ripe fruit flavors. The mouthfeel lacks character and and the sweet flavors have nothing to balance them.

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Photo of argock
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 17oz brown bottle into a clear weizen glass. No decipherable bottling date. Single purchased at Wine Ware house (Charlottesville, VA) for $3.39.

A: Mildly hazy bright golden with 2-3 fingers of nearly white foamy head that wears quickly and leaves a minmal lace.

S: Aroma is very soft on this beer and does not fit the style very well. THere are very subtle banana and pear flavors with a fair amount of lemon-tinged graininess.

T: The flavor is very grainy and citrusy with little of the usual banana and clove flavors. This is not an estery beer at all and seems more like a pale wheat ale unfortunately. Mineral and dry hoppy flavors dominate when wheaty tang and furity esters should win out.

M: Light-to-medium in body with low carbonation and grainy, mineral aftertaste not typical for the style.

D: An average to below-average brew with none of the estery goodness one expects with a hefe. Very disappointing.

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Photo of stcules
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of lilbuddha
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
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 Vancer
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A surprising brew, not much going on here, a plain jane in most aspects. The pour and aroma were first clues; hazy amber yellow, just a minumul white head. Very subtle hints of malty banana.

Very basic hefe, you have to concentrate to taste the banana and clove. Average city, I’d stick with the much better, and cheaper American versions.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

Appears a hazy golden orange color with a one and a half inch white head. It retains well as a cap and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

Aroma is very heavy on the bananas and there's also a strange honeycomb, slightly buttery aroma that I picked up in the taste of their Barock-Hell. Lacking in the clove department, which I at least like some of.

Taste is basically exactly as the aroma suggested. Lots of banana again with the same honeycomb like sweetness to it. The only difference is that some clove character does manage to come through in the finish.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, but it has a good creamy carbonation that produces a crispness combined with the clove character.

A very average weizen overall. Nothing glaringly good, but nothing glaringly bad either. This one's a bit sweeter than many weizens, so if that is your thing, then this might be a good choice. I can't say that I will ever buy it again really, but it was worth a shot considering that German stuff is kind of hard to come by.

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Photo of InsolublePancake
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy, muddled orange-yellow (or is it yellow-orange?). Nice big, fluffy white head that takes its time going down.

S- Tart lemons and a wheaty twang with subtle clove and yeast notes.

T- Tart wheat snap upfront segues into a chalky yeast. Finishes clean with very little aftertaste and a light, grassy bitterness.

M- Medium-bodied with a good, snappy carbonation.

Just an OK hefeweizen. The flavor leaves quite a bit to be desired. It's just a little too mild. Nice and refreshing on a hot day, but aside from that, it's just so-so.

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Photo of Kahlerbock
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of AlexLMS
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy with a pale light orange colour. No floating yeast. The head is huge, white and frothy. Very good retention but almost no lacing.
Aroma: fruity nose with citrus notes, yeast and sweet wheat malts. Light on the banana side.
Taste: cloves, yeast, wheat and fruits (citrus).
Mouthfeel: smooth, medium to high carbonation, average alcoholic strength (5.4% ABV) and light body.
Finish: not very long slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall: nice wheat beer but not great. Very refreshing but could use more body. I missed a stronger banana presence.

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Photo of philbertk
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color with a decent sized head and respectable lace.

The aroma of citrus,bananas,mild clove hint and spices.
The taste of bananas,spices and strong on the citrus. Some clove and honey notes.
The feel was light,crisp,medium carbonation and a mild bitterness with only a light bitterness in the finish.

Notes: This was an o.k. hefe. Nothing to write home about yet a decent beer. I did not hate it,but I will not go crazy to find it.

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Photo of Dentist666
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy orange beer with nice off-white head, long retention.
Smell - banana, grain.
Taste - follows the smell, rather plain, no spiciness, no clove.
Medium body and carbonation, dull and watery.

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