Benediktiner Weissbier
Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

Benediktiner WeissbierBenediktiner Weissbier
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Style:
German Hefeweizen
Ranked #78
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
86
Ranked #22,342
Avg:
3.82 | pDev: 12.57%
Reviews:
95
Ratings:
359
From:
Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  11
Gots
  112
SCORE
86
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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Reviews by FBarber:
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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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Amber orange color with a thick off-white head with good retention, though smaller than average for style.
Light tart and yeasty aroma with notes of oranges, cloves and bananas.
Flavor with notes of spices (cinnamon, cloves, white pepper), banana, biscuit malt, orange-lemon tartness and bubblegum. Mildly dry aftertaste.
Light bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Decent Weizen. Yeast spices did help not to make the banana esters too cloying.

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3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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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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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- muddy amber. Some carbonation can be seen rapidly rising amidst the yeasty haze. Fluffy light tan head. Great retention, beautiful lacing.

S- yeast, and lots of it. It also has aromas of lemon and banana.

T- bready, yeasty, some vague fruitiness. Citrus, and caramel.

M- light, velvety carbonation. Creamy finish.

O- good, but it lacks depth.

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Had a bottle on a hot night at a beer fest. Hard to grab much of an aroma, but it the mouthfeel was full-bodied with a spicy taste dominated by cloves--very little of the expected banana presence, but it did not take away from the overall experience and still quite refreshing. I'd drink it again.

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Poured to a Erdinger glass.

A: The body is yellow-ish to orange but it's too crystalline for a Hefe. It has clear body, nothing hazy, shows tons of carbonation. Head has no retention.
S: The aroma has no banana but has a bit tons of clove. There's also a bit of sweetness but this has some clear deviation from the style.
T: It has a sweet begining, with the clove having a regular profile. In the end, the wheat malt helps this beer to have some drinkability.
M: Body is medium to medium low. Carbonation is bit harsh. No bitterness.
O: This beer is not a good option when looking for a Hefe. Krystalweizen appears to be a better classification of this beer. Would not drink again.

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Benediktiner Weissbier from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 359 ratings