Weltenburger Hefe-Weissbier Hell | Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

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Weltenburger Hefe-Weissbier HellWeltenburger Hefe-Weissbier Hell

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Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 96 | Ratings: 163
Photo of BillHilly
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: pours with a nice 2 finger head, excellent retention for a hefe.

S: sweet, citrus, bananas

T: Nice sweet floral notes to start, has an intereting after taste and finishing note. A flavor more common in higher ABV's than here.

M: Excellent carbonation and consistent mouthfeel for the German hefe ales.

D: I can't put my finger on that after taste. Lowers the score in the taste and drinkability. A beer I am glad I tried, yet, I won't buy another.

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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 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 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 Grunewald
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
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 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 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 philbertk
3.26/5  rDev -11.4%
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 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 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 flagmantho
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: hazy, light golden body with a massive three-finger white head. A solid hefeweizen.

Smell: nice, murky clove flavor with a little bit of banana. Sweet, refreshing hefeweizen aroma, although none of the citrus aromas that some hefes have.

Taste: quite malty with a little bit of the clove flavor. Not quite as rich as the aroma; tasty, mind you, but not quite as tasty as I like a good German hefeweizen to be.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium body with plenty of carbonation. Creaminess is right on the money.

Drinkability: tasty and refreshing, like a hefeweizen should be.

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Photo of sunrisesolara
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

.5L emptied into a Weizen.

A: Pours a cloudy orange with yellowish highlights. Fluffy 3-finger bone white head which receeds to a thick ring. Lots of sticky lace.

S: Sweet, nutty malt, bananas, coriander, cloves.

M: Creamy with nice fizz.

T: Sweet malt, some grain, a tinge of honey. Citrusy wheat. Subtle hops at the end. Slightly astringent aftertaste which lingers.

D: Really nice, worth trying. I enjoyed this one on a nice spring afternoon, which is almost perfect in my book.

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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 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 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 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 Hophead101
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had on 3.28.09 at bryan's beer tasting

hazy brownish yellow, decent head, great lacing. lots of tiny bubbles scurrying to the top of the glass. smell seems to have an oddly fruity resin, like a grape/wine smell. it was a weird tannen, different but I liked it.

taste was very up front fruity. bready. the fruit wasn't overbearing but ok. creamy on the palate with a little carbonation, buttery as well.

ok beer.

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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 Rayek
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Super cloudy deep straw. A big eggshell head starts strong and sticks around. Leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Lots of lemon and clove, plus a bit of banana.

T: Tart and dry. Starts with a dry biscuit flavor. Bitterness is there with a mild lemon and clove bite. Banana resides in the background. Finishes with a lingering clove flavor.

M: The body feels grainy, with a high level of biting carbonation.

D: A nice Hefe overall. I'm glad I picked it up.

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Photo of argock
3.06/5  rDev -16.8%
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 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 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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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 Lexluthor33
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
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 JoEBoBpr
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into the Sam Adams glass.

A - Pours a nice bright but hazy straw color with a white head that was 2 fingers tall and was retained for a while.

S - Sweet smell of mild cloves and some nice wheat as well. Mild phenolic tones as well in the nose. Banana is very present.

T - Refreshing wehat taste with some mild hints of clove and banana. There is a dry and tart finish that is quick and doesnt las't long after the beer is downed. There is a very tart/citrusy taste that I cant quite put my finger on. Not my favorite Hefeweizen but still good.

M - Light bodied and refreshing. Good amount of CO2.

D - Extremely refreshing and easy to drink.

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Weltenburger Hefe-Weissbier Hell from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
3.68 out of 5 based on 163 ratings.
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