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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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 roadhouse
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
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 clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy orange with decent carbonation and a two-finger head that died slowly and left little lace patches (wouldn't expect anything less from a hefe). A strong smell of spices (clove, pepper) and citric notes (lemon, banana, little bit of orange), but the spices outweigh the fruit and it is a tad pungent. A smooth, light-bodied hefe with a broad mix of lemon-zest fruit flavor and spices and has a nice, peppery, hop bitterness for a kick. All in all a basic hefe that is alright.

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Photo of mjw06
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

beautiful unfiltered red-orange color with a two finger size head that quickly falls to a small head and leaves a descent lacing.

slightly stuffy when i reviewed this, but all i got was wheat.

wheat with a slight steely tone and a slight ginger and mint taste with just a hint of sweet citrus.

nice medium body, with full sharp carbonation that is moderately comfortable

a good drinkable brew.

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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 tmoneyba
3.32/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle from World of Beer, Clearwater, FL.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a large frothy white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing. Moderate citrus, wheat and yeasty aroma. Light to medium body with a sticky texture and lively carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

This drinkable soft beer met my expectations.

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Photo of kosmoraios
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a complex cloudy amber with a huge, foamy meringue white head that lasts and leaves excellent lacing.

Huge hefe aroma with banana, hot sourdough bread, clove, and sweet apple in the nose. Very inviting.

I taste the distinct banana and the poof of bubblegum that an earlier reviewer noted. Apple, the clove/cardamom spice flavor, some cashew-nutty yeast flavor. But what I like most of all is the sourdough bread "tang" that becomes more noticeable as the ale warms.

Nice, creamy-chewy mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation and a peppery-spicy finish on the tongue.

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Photo of stcules
3.13/5  rDev -14.9%
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 tangentrider
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy golden beer with a huge fluffy white head. Beautiful lacing.

S- Clove, banana, with a bit of bubblegum.

T- Slightly sweet, with a bit of sour underneath; apple, clove, banana.

MF- Smooth, with a good carbonation bite that might be too much for some, but I like it.

D- I'll definitely have this one again.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

10/03/08- Purchased at Whole Foods in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with some kind of freshness code on the back label by the upc. Poured into my Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

Appearance- Clouded golden colored pour, Incredibly huge foamy head...took about 10 minutes to pour the entire beer in the glass. Leaves slight pacthes and a bit of spotting.

Smell- Has the basic pricliples of a hefe. Some clove, some bubble gum and some banana, full the nose is not strong. Pretty weak in fact.

Taste- At first taste, flavor is spot on. A hit of banana and bubble gum, followed by a quick burst of clove, then...poof! Gone, just like a piece of fruit stripe gum. Flavor lasts for about 2 seconds after the swallow.

Mouthfeel- I like low carbonation, but not in this case. For all the foam I expected some bubbles. Very light and slightly crisp carbonation and no aftertatse.

Drinkability- If the flavor lasted a bit longer I would be much happier. Even as is, it's a decent hefe, but no more than that.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml picked up today at Tres Bonne Cuisine for about $4... poured into my smaller weizen glass.

3 finger rocky head.. brew is expected hazy gold/lite orange.

Aroma is soft bready grains and some clove and banana... not much else...

Flavor is much better than the aroma.. nice punch of banana with lesser cloves... a little sour note mid-late palate all tied together by smooth slightly sweet bready malts.

Creamy medium lite body with prickly carbonation.


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

Pours a hazy,brilliant gold with a big fat pillowy head of white fluff some small patchy lace slides away to almost nothing,overall a very inviting appearence. The nose is slghtly sweet full of banana and pineapple,a good amount of yeasty aromas. Nice and fresh tasting,with pale malts and some subtle banana and yeasty sourness that I can appreciate. Slightly grainy and earthy,nice bitter hoppy tail. The body is a light to medium,with light carbonation and a lasting dryness on the tounge. This is a delicious Hefe that should be appreciated.

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Photo of Nowhereman529
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty decent looking hefe. It pours a hazy, darkish yellow with quite a bit of fluffy head to it that dissipates pretty slowly.

Smell is what a hefe should smell like: bananas, cloves, a little wheaty-maltiness.

Taste is a little bit of a disappointment. It still has that banana and clove going on with a little wheat, but it seems fairly simple. It's not a very memorable flavor, just sort of blends in with all the other hefes out there.

Mouthfeel is pretty lacking as well. It's a little thin and carbonation is pretty light despite all the initial head.

Overall a fairly average example of the style. I would drink it again, but probably not seek it out.

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Photo of ibashmuck
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a huge foamy head on a cloudy light yellow body. Smelled of a typical wheat, with just a hint of banana, and clove. Sadly, there was skunky, spoiled smell that really came through. Maybe an older bottle? Hope so. Taste was nice, again banana and cloves, but no sign of that spoilage. Smooth despite a pretty high carbonation. Even with that skunkiness, it's still a good beer. Probably try another.

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Photo of csbosox
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Large format bottle. Color is straw with a light white head. Steady carbonation. Aroma is light and filled with faint bubblegum, lightly spicy cloves and allspice? as well as light fruit , cereal, and lemon. Mouthfeel is chewy and full. Taste is malty & wheaty with some tart lemon, vanilla, and pear. The malt comes through, but the yeast is pretty quiet in this beer. It seems a little too sweet to be a session, but it is pretty tasty. Would love to have fresh. 6/4/6/3/14.

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Photo of Deuane
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Hazy yellow-orange with a thick, fluffy white head that reduced and left some lacing. A very lovely beer to look at...the color and head offset each other nicely.

S-Bready malt with light banana and a little sweetness. Nothing overwhelming like some hefe's.

T-A bit subduded. Rather light on the clove/banana taste. Mostly dominated by the biscuity malt. A small amount of hop bitterness and a citrus twang in the end.

M-Light body, very refreshing on the palate...nothing crazy. Would be great on a hot summer's day.

D-Tasty and refreshing, I would love this in the summer. Remember this is a Hefe-Weizen Hell, the word hell in German means light/clear....so this is a "light" hefe version....so one cannot expect a traditional "full" hefe taste profile. Taken for what it is this is a very nice and refreshing brew.

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Photo of AlexLMS
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
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 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 Hautacam
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber with a huge head that settles to about 1/2 " in a weizen glass.
Smells of dough and banana with a faint hint of hops.
Taste is sweet bready malt..banana and clove...some lemon and a bit more hops than I've tasted in most other hefes.Clean mild clovey finish and a bit of bitterness in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is high.
A pretty decent hefe. Refreshing for sure.

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Photo of Vancer
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
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 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 WMBierguy
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of pgenius
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a thick white head

S - Nice malt aroma, a little sweetness to the scent

T - Tastes a little like a Saison with less body. Sweet, mildly bitter, lots a wheat flavor and malt

M - Light body with a slight bitter mouthfeel

D - Really tasty and refreshing, I would have another one

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Photo of theopholis
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Note- This bottle had the word "Kloster" between the brand name and the style name. I am assuming it is just a lable change.

Appearance- Pours a pale yellow with hints of pumkin. Just a tad bit of cloudiness; I'd suspect chill haze if this weren't a wheat. The head is quite impressive, and has some staying power, but very little lace.

Aroma- Lots of malt and wheat sweetness. Yum. Also some barely discernable aroma of ripe banana. That is until you give it a good shake. Then the banana really comes to the front. Hardly any clove, but incredibly enticing. I can hardly wait to taste it.

Taste- Very interesting. Typical wheat-beer with some banana. Very easy drinking. Looks like most of the sediment stayed on the bottom, which is my loss. Should have stirred it up some. Oddly, as it warms, it you start getting caramel notes. Also start to get that dry pucker that so many European wheats get.

Mouthfeel- Pretty much what you would expect for a wheat. Medium body, maybe a tad under-carbonated, and get that dry-mouth pucker as it warms.

Drinakbility- Well worth trying. Not as refreshing as American versions, but a nice drinking experiance.

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Photo of Jwaks
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
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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Weltenburger Hefe-Weissbier Hell from Klosterbrauerei Weltenburg
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