Benediktiner Weissbier
Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

Benediktiner WeissbierBenediktiner Weissbier
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German Hefeweizen
Ranked #78
Ranked #23,418
3.82 | pDev: 12.57%
Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
Very Good
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Notes: The top-fermented wheat beer is specially brewed to obtain a tasty but also pungent wheat beer. This special type of brewing allows a particularly full and also very tasty wheat beer. The amber color comes through special malt, which also brings a caramel-like character and other taste facets in the beer.

The cloudiness receives this Benedictine wheat beer by the fine yeast , which means an important flavor carrier for this beer type. This top-fermented yeast gives the wheat beer a very fruity note that is even reminiscent of bananas. A special taste experience is the sweetness, which is to enter into a synergy with the fine dry aroma of the hop.
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Photo of pkalix
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beautiful creaminess toppin' it off! this is the best look in a beer i have seen in years!!!! definitely needs the yeast at the bottom of the can to make it work, but after that it is very balanced and creamy; so you need the 16oz glass and soft hands!

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Photo of chitoryu12
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Cloudy dark gold. One finger of thick white head with good retention.

Smell: Strong banana, clove, nutmeg, and orange peel.

Taste: Bready wheat malt, orange peel, clove, minor citrusy hops. Savory malt aftertaste. Very limited hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Full and highly carbonated.

Overall: An excellent hefeweizen with strong but refreshing flavors.

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Photo of Zraly
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, pale gold with a two finger white head. Aroma of yeast and wheat. The main notes upfront are ripened banana and bread crust. Some clove and pepper in the finish. Medium-bodied. Drinks easy. A nice example of a German hefeweizen.

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Photo of Amendm
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An easy pour from a 500ml can is all it takes for a finger of soapy off-white foam with long retention and strange islands of lace. Cloudy and translucent pale straw color.

Cracker and Wheat Thins with wheat bread and toast greet the nose. Hops are floral with a hint of pepper.

The taste mirrors the smell with added lemon, over-ripe banana and baking spice. Neutral on sweetness and mildly bitter, pale malt stands over apple/grape/citrus juices. The finish is semi-dry with a slight rise in bitterness (mostly spice) with a short spice and malt aftertaste.

Medium light body, plenty of carbonation. Smooth easy drinker, alcohol is disguised as the pepper. The bitterness from the wheat is balanced and moderated by pale malt.

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Photo of FBarber
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden color. Mostly clear albeit somewhat cloudy. Thick four finger velvety white head dissipates steadily but slowly. A thin layer of that velvety foam lingers on the beer for some time.

Aroma has notes of banana bread, cloves, a touch of nutmeg and cinnamon.

Taste has notes of banana, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Has a somewhat sweet caramely character to it. The flavor profile is fleeting disappearing from the palate quickly.

Feel is light, smooth, with very gentle carbonation.

Overall this was solid, but veered too sweet for my taste and lacked enough depth and breadth in the flavor profile.

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Photo of BackMarker
4.18/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a clean glass from a pint can in the Prost sample pack. (I've tried it in a bottle, but didn't review it then.) Dark amber, hazy with a huge foamy head. The beverage was left with only minimal carbonation and a fairly rich mouthfeel, despite it's lighter body. Only a hint of spicy hops/yeast in the nose and the flavor was surprisingly clean and smooth. Not cloves and banana as expected in the style. This one was more wheat slickness and bready, with just a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. Almost the perfect beer for easy drinking, frankly. One I'd seek out again. Glad there's another can in the sample pack.

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Photo of Nass
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

The pour is dark orange with a big & thick head of foam which is usual for this style of beer. The aroma is of soft fruit notes & wheat. The taste is mainly wheat, some banana. some apricot, & a faint herbal quality that tends to poke out more near the backend of this beer. This is mediocre hefeweizen which leaves me asking where is the clove & spice notes? At least they put a best by date on the bottle label. Cheers! B

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Photo of dacrza1
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DATE: August 23, 2019... OCCASION: the FIRST beer review coming live from the new residence on Acorn Drive... GLASSWARE: Erdinger soccer weizen.... this pours a dark, rich orange-brown body, opaque beyond the usual weizen.. its head is white, thick, puffy like clouds, and reasonably resilient... forms a quarter-finger's worth of white foam that covers most of its surface... heavy banana here, with rye bread, clove and yeasty field senses in equal doses... this weighs in above its 5.4% ABV, with its yeast presenting more like malts, toasted and sweet... the light-bodied approach strengthens this experience, fast and refreshing through the throat... sweet sugars bombard the senses, though the banana and clove are tempered by what seems to be toasted or pitched malts... this is meatier and worthy of contemplation--strange to say about a hefeweizen, but true enough... this found me in a twelve-can mix pack, and I am glad to have come across it, though I haven't seen it on sale anywhere else on its own... it does the genre proud...

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Photo of tone77
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a golden/orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is full of bananas. Taste is of banana, light wheat, very refreshing. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a beer that hits the spot on yet another humid summer night.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy and cool looking orange color along with a well retaining foam head. Really good looking brew.
The aromas are pretty typical of the style. Bananas dominate, along with complimentary notes of wheat and light clove spices.
In contrast to the aroma, I feel like the taste of clove is highlighted more, while flavors of banana are more secondary. The clove and light peppery notes add a strong spice that at first overshadows the malt. A hint of wheat and bready malt open dry, only to open up well into the drink to reveal a light sweetness.
Medium bodied with a moderately lively carbonation. As the flavors open up, a soft and creamy wheat mouthfeel add a nice texture. The finish is short, clean, crisp and dry.
It seems to hit all the right elements of the style, even though I find myself not enjoying it as much due to what I felt was a touch too much clove and not enough balance with the banana. Of course, my perception could be totally different if I were to try it again, which I certainly would if given the chance.

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Photo of Brad007
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a reddish-gold hue with a thick frothy head into my glass. Sweet with a dose of clove in the nose. Crisp, floral and refreshing. Clean, clove finish caps it off. Remember when hefeweizens were the rage among American breweries? They couldn't touch this on their best days.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy appearance with a generous amount of carbonation. Body is average,maybe a bit heavy. Overall nice feel and easy to get down
Aroma is wheat,bread/dough, citrus,banana spice.
Taste is very nice,mix of clove,banana , wheat and too heavy on the bubblegum. Overall it was an impressive beer that I would get again

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Photo of markkyronaylin
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look : Nice big white head with good retention , darkish hazy colour.

Smell : Unusual but certainly not bad. There's the usual banana smell you'd expect from a hefe but there's also a lot of mango and cherry present. Very fruity , some floral notes there too.

Taste : Taste isn't as intriguing as the smell. It tastes like an average hefe really , there's a spice to it , the banana is still quite strong , the other fruity smells don't really persist with the taste. Cloves and grainy malt also there.

Feel : There's a lively carbonation to it , crisp , quite light.

Overall : A perfectly good hefe , not a great one tho , but in fairness it is quite tasty.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 16.9 oz (500 ml) can into a custom taster pint; produced 01/19/19, best by 01/19/20.
A: Pours a very hazy, light amber to orange color with incredibly robust head formation, leaving a 3 to 4 finger, foamy white head, solid retention and sticky rings of lacing.
S: Tangy/tart with aromas of banana, cloves, and lemon grass. A bit light to the nose.
T: Semisweet. Slightly tart with strong banana, caramel, and clove flavors. Bitterness so in balance it not really evident initially.
M: Medium bodied with robust carbonation. Creamy and smooth.
O: This is a delicious, nicely balanced, Weizen. Really enjoyed it.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into a weiss glass. Pours a hazed orange with a nice cap of whitish foam. Classic yeast aroma with bready wheat, clove and light banana notes. Taste follows and finish is fairly dry with no offish sweetness common to US versions of the style from Germany. Nice quaff.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a very hazy orange amber color with a big billowy head of white foam. The head fades over a moderate level of time to leave a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is strong of a yeasty and wheaty aroma that has a good showing of clove and coriander to boot. Along with these smells comes some lighter notes of allspice and a bit of orange and caramel sweetness.
Taste – The taste begins just as one may expect from the nose with a whole lot of wheaty and yeasty tastes as well as a big showing of spice of clove and coriander. As the taste advances some sweeter orange and caramel tastes come to the tongue all while more and more wheat bread comes as well. With some light grassy and herbal tastes, as well as a bit of light hay and banana arriving at the very end, one is left with a wheaty, slightly sweet, and spiced taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is thick and chewy for a brew of only 5.4 % abv., with a carbonation that is rather average. For the wheat bread and spice flavors, the heavy feel is spot on, all while the carbonation accentuates the spice, yeast, and fruit quite well.
Overall – This was one very flavorful, but easy drinking and very authentic Weiss. I rather enjoyed this and will certainly frequent it more in the future.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 2 finger finely pored off white head that receded to a thin cap; OK lacing;

S: more clove than bread and banana;

T: predominantly clove, with bubblegum in the background from start to finish; mild bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: I prefer more balance between clove and banana/bubblegum;

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Photo of matuto
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, exp. 12/2018, pouring in a Weizen glass. Cloudy, dark orange beer, with foam in a reasonable amount, but not very thick. Active carbonation may be seen. Alcohol is present on aroma, with spices, a bit of bubblegum and a subtle smokiness, which adds a nice touch. On mouth it's more complex, with nice banana sweetness, medium body, well inserted carbonation and pretty drinkable.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was at The Grey Lodge in PHL yesterday for the last Friday the Firkenteenth until September 2019 & before I left to return home, I scoured their to-go cooler for anything new to add to The CANQuest (tm). Scoats had been enticed (?) by a rep to take a number of German imports in shrink-wrapped four-packs & I was happy to grab one of each. I think that it made him happy too as I have pretty good word-of-mouth & he is interested in seeing them move.

From the CAN: "Wheat Beer - Imported from Germany"; "Premium Quality"; "Brewed in accordance with the German Purity Law".

I love a 500-ml CAN & this one had a Benedictine monk prominently displayed on its logo, which spoke to me as my altar ego of Bro. Woody of the Order of Disorder. Once I had the tongue Crack!ed into the CAN, I CANmenced an inverted Glug. I don't employ that style of pour as much as I had in the past, but with a Hefeweizen, the idea is to get any flocculate back into suspension. It puffed & foamed & threatened to blow my house down before settling into two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with excellent retention, but without a whole lot of lacing. Curious. Color was a deeply-hazy/lightly-cloudy Deep Amber/Light-Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17). Holy banana bread, Batman! Nose smelled like someone was kneading dough to make a loaf of banana bread. Not my thing, but a hallmark of the style. Mouthfeel was medium, slightly big for the style, but noting to get excited about. The taste was bananas, bubble gum & bread dough, all my arch-nemeses, but spot-on for the style. Finish was semi-sweet, very bready and banana flavored. Thankfully, for me, the bubble gum faded, but there was no sense of any clove spiciness. 8=( I need to get away from these Hefeweizens. YMMV.

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Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice creamy rich fluffy head, great retention, little lacing, hazy orange almost reddish color

Nose typical hefe, creamy wheat, little doughy, fruity citrus, orange zest, nice banana and fruity esters

Taste mild wheat, but creamy toasty, little sticky sweetness, more citrus, orange zest like, mild fruity esters like banana, drier finish lingering citrus and creamy wheat

Mouth is creamy, nice fizzy carb

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Photo of hopsputin
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy dark caramel color with a large, 3 finger tan rocky head

S: banana, clove, coriander, pear, green apples, tons of wheat, some sweet malt, and a little bit of bubblegum. Awesome aroma

T: lots of wheat and banana upfront. Some clove spice with green apple behind that. Some sweet crackery malt and pears as well. Finished with a touch of coriander

M: medium mouthfeel with high carbonation

O: a pretty solid Hefe here. Not a good as the greats of the style, but a fine beer to have on a hot day. Flavor falls a little short of the aroma. Not as bright looking as many Hefes either

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Photo of JRed
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark sunset body with white head. Aroma of vanilla, banana, yeast, and bubblegum. Tastes of banana, vanilla, bubblegum. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Smooth cream.

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Darker than I expected. Hazy orange with a lively carbonation and deep head.

Very nice nose of typical banana and yeast and big bubble gum.

Taste is ripe banana sweetness and and again that really somewhat nice bubble gum. Not a fan of sweet beers like bock but this one works nicely with its light sweetness. Some nice homemade biscuit malt in there and lightly hopped. It has a stone dryness on the finish is best I can describe it. Very enjoyable on palate

Mouthfeel is slick and medium and perfectly fitting this beer.

Don't drink a lot of weizens and actually bought this one by mistake thinking it was the original in a hurry. Happy I made mistake and will buy this again especially at $5.50 a 4 pack of tall boys.

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Photo of Brookfieldglass
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The set up: Poured from 500ml can into a Weizen glass.

The look: The beer pours a nice cloudy orange amber, with a large foamy white head that for me faded quickly but does retain some "head" and left some spotty lacing on the glass as the beer is being consumed.

The smell: Upon first "nose", I'm graced with a lot of bread or wheat aroma with the next trait being banana and perhaps some hops mixed in there. Overall this is very pleasing

The taste: The taste starts with flavors of wheat before transitioning to "sweeter" flavors like caramel, banana, and what appears to be some hop profile. The finish is slightly earthy/grainy with just a hint of hops at the very end. There is a bit of an aftertaste but it is very subtle (wheat & a bit of hops).

Mouth-feel: Somewhat sticky in the beginning w/a medium body, medium carbonation, and finishes dry.

Overall: I first came upon this brew about four years ago after I first started exploring the world of beer. Now that time has gone by and my palate has become more "mature", I figured I'd revisit this one and get back to my roots in the beer world and with that being said, I'm pleasantly surprised. I believe the look on this is spot on and it is quite tasty with no abnormalities as far as balance BUT I do believe it is lacking some depth when compared to some other brands coming out of Germany such as Ayinger and Weihenstephaner to name a few. This beer is a solid representation of the style and I put it on par with Paulaner's offering of this style and if I see this again, I'll probably pick up a couple of four pack cans as the price point is very reasonable.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 16.9oz can into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, caramelized malts, bananas and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a hearty malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of caramel, bananas and some citrus come in. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Benediktiner Weissbier from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 365 ratings