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Ettaler Benediktiner Weizen | Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

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Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
Germany | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of p-goose
4.96/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Benediktiner Weissbier is not a beer I've ever tried or heard about. From what I gathered on the internet it comes from the Ettal Abbey which is a Benedictiner monastery in Germany- in the Bavarian region.

A- traditional cloudy, unfiltered German wheat beer

S- yummy aroma that spikes your senses- banana, cloves and a hint of peach.

T- a perfect balance of fruity-spicy; not over the top like some weiss beers. It goes down so smooth; adding any fruit would be a travesty for this beer.

M- It's a little drier then most German weiss beers- but refreshingly so.

O- a world class beer. This Benediktiner Weiss was a nice surprise. It might be the best weiss beer I've had in a long time.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.78/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love this example of a weissbier, one of my favorites. It´s really good. Pours golden, hazy beer with a very nice white foam head of excellent retention. Aroma and flavor are right for the style, banana, clove, wheat, yeast. Great example of the weissbier.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.68/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 pt 9 oz bottle poured into 16 oz weizen

Blood orange, yeast turbid, a tinge of amber hue at the base.

S: Clove, spice, and wheat malt

T: Banana, wheat, clove, bubblegum, and a nice refreshing finish

M: Perfect for a weissbier

Overall, buy this beer! If I ever see this on draught, I am grabbing it! This is a rare find, but remember the name.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.43/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best looking Weissbiers I've seen. The head was so thick and creamy, almost like the meringue on pie. Gorgeous color, nice and hazy, and plenty of bready aromas coming off the nose. Palate offers plenty of wheaty/bready flavors with nice tang from the yeast, minimal hop influence, and excellent drinkability. Carbonation felt a little low for the style, however. Very impressed with this new beer to my market.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
4.36/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This was a great beer. I bought this at a Walmart in China. It has a hazy, almost golden color with a slight head. It has a citrus/wheat mix taste, not too strong but certainly not weak. It was smooth and enjoyable. I'll pick this one up again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours beautifully into my Weihenstephan, a brilliant clouded golden orange glow looks amazing. Big cloudy thicket of textured billowing head rises well above the rim of the glass. Intricate scattered lacing lines the sides of the tall weissbier glass. Aroma has tart apple esters in the forefront with spiced bread hints of banana from the yeast esters. Balanced sweet caramelized sugars, tart fruit again sliced apples/ripened banana comes to mind. The spicy yeast really compliments the malts and esters, mild herbal grassiness arrives as well this is world class German hefeweizen. Mouthfeel is effervescent with sturdy carbonation, not overdone never cloying even with some pretty sweet components just a really well made hefe. Overall I could drink this on any sunny day, I hope to catch more bottles this summer. I had never seen the label so I picked it up on a whim, glad that I did.

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Photo of drmeto
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L:
-pours a cloudy golden with a medium white head
-high carbonation visible
S:
-slight citrus,wheat,banana & clove
T:
-Follows the nose
F:
-high carbonation,medium body
O:
A Bang-on Hefeweizen

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Benedikteiner Weissbier
16.9 oz. bottle, dated "03.01.13 A26A536"
$4.00 @ The Beer Shoppe, Ardmore, PA

Benedikteiner is a slightly interesting Bavarian weissbier from Ettal, a small town to the southwest of Munich. It's fairly basic as far as hefeweizens go, but it's also slightly different in some ways. The yeast component is mild: soft banana is present, accented by a bit of vanilla, and there's a light touch of bubblegum or soft clove as well. Some fruitiness? Ah, yes, there's a touch, mainly apple and very delicate lemon. There may even be a hint of a plastic phenol underneath, but that doesn't really show up even in the burp so let's just leave it there and call it another nuance of complexity. There's an interesting component to the malt, unless that's just oxidation I'm picking up, but for some reason though, I kind of remember that maltiness being a prominent feature in their other beers. It's lightly caramelish, and bready as well as wheaty. Some peppery spiciness appears in the finish along with a bit of herbal and grassy character, and I'm not sure if the spice is coming from the yeast or the hops. Overall it's pleasant, and if you like hefeweizens you can't really fault it. Worth trying.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My Moosehead Lager glass is acting as a hefeweizen glass for this one.

I tried to fit the entire contents on the pour, but I got a massive three to four fingered fluffy head. Body of the brew is a very hazy burnt orange/amber color. Head retention is phenomenal. Massive head that's not going anywhere. When I fit the rest of the bottle in, the head towered two fingers above the rim of the glass and stuck. Incredible looking beer, man. 5.0

Spice and lemon aroma with some light, but delectable, yeast phenolics. Wheat malts and an herbal quality. 4.0

Light, zesty, fruity flavor with almost ripe banana, clove, lemon, coriander, and white pepper. Great flavor with a subdued sweetness and malt tang. Nice spicy finish. Well-crafted and tasty hefeweizen. 4.0

Light carbonation, but silken body. It was fun to take the first sip through the meringue-like head. 4.0

This was a pleasant surprise. I may have to pick up a few more of these. Recommended. 4.5

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Photo of henkmudi
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%

Hazy dark yellow, orange with huge white frothy head cinnamon and apple smell. Taste is citrus, vanilla and spicy herbs. Dry wheaty bitter finish. Average carbonation, medium body and creamy texture. Goes well with fish and chips, nuts, pretzels and chocolate cake.

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Photo of janubio
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml. bottle. Hazy orange color, with a massive dense head that didn't last as much as it , but s a ring forever. Smell is sweet, banana, cloves, coriander, some orange and papaya. Good mouthfeel, thick texture and good enough carbonation. Palate is too sweet for the style, but a really good one with orange being more noticeable than in it's in the nose, papaya, cloves, banana and coriander, maybe some pepper too. different, but good

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Photo of endovelico
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy butterscotch color with medium high perceived effervescence and pillowy white head.

Smell: Medium to medium high in intensity. Clove dominates with strong grainy notes.

Taste: Medium high in intensity. Fruity, bubblegum, clove, grain, caramel and even some berries. Very pleasant.

Palate: Medium high carbonation, chewy and medium full bodied.

Overall: This is an extremely well made Hefe. It has oomph and depth, and has no glaring flaws. Guidelines compliant and much to my taste. Wasn't expecting such a good Hefe from a virtually unknown brewery (to me at least.)

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Photo of barnzy78
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Bavarian Lodge - Lisle, IL
Pours a hazy, deep golden color with a tall, off-white head that holds excellent retention and leaves tons of lacing as it fades. Typical hefeweizen aromas of banana, clove, wheat, bready hefe yeast. Tastes are a nice balance of spicy clove, banana, wheat, yeast, and a touch of citrus. Full body, maybe a tad too full, but its still refreshing. Excellent German Hefeweizen as expected.

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Photo of doktorhops
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So the bottleshop, aka Plonk, was out of Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen - I wouldn’t have a bar of The Höff (i.e. Schöfferhofer), Franziskaner or King Ludwig, I wanted the Big W. Then co-owner Liz mentioned Benediktiner being comparable to Big W, I hadn’t tried it yet... and here we are herren und damen: My review of Benediktiner Weissbier. Needless to say it has an uphill battle to be considered comparable to Weihenstephan’s greatest, but let’s give it a shot hey?

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Weizen glass.

A: Das ist nicht naturtrüb!* [said in my angriest German accent - you don’t want to hear how angry it is - it makes Adolf sound like a kitten] A barely hazed amber/orange body with a dense cream-coloured 3cm head which soon settles to half a centimetre. Weihenstephaner wins round one. 6/10.

S: Ripe banana, slightly sour/bready yeast and a hint of clove Phenol in the finish - A Weizen class act all the way... I think this is a tie - Big W got a slam dunk 10/10 for aroma too. 10/10.

T: All the elements are there: Ripe banana, bread yeast, hint of clove and pepper, with a slight (and entirely acceptable given the style) buttery Diacetyl. Finish is reasonably drier than other Weizens. The only thing this is lacking over the mighty Weihenstephan is a touch of flavour intensity - this one is, by comparison to Big W, a more muted profile. It’s still pretty tasty though! 8/10.

M: Mouthfeel feels a bit thin compared to other Weizens though with a mid to light body but creamy dense carbonation - it could be better here. 7/10.

D: Not bad at all, it’s no Weihenstephaner (which I can recall by rote now after all the cases I’ve had of it) but it is a half-decent Weizen to knock back when the bottleshop is out of Big W. One particular complaint I had was how boring it became as I got towards the end of the glass. I mean it’s not offensively bland but it certainly, as I mentioned above, use a bit more of a flavour kick... so the mighty Groß W still stands as my Hefeweizen König. 7/10.

Food match: I’m going to play it safe and say: Weißwurst mit senf und laugenbrot.

*Naturtrüb is the German term for cloudy yeast in the glass.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyable. Hazy, dark orange-yellow color with a nice white head. Definitely get banana in the mouth and nose. Average carbonation for a wheat beer.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought 16.9oz bottle from Times Fujiokas $2.59
Amber orange cloudy color
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
Orange wheat smell
Medium carbonation
Slightly sweet citrus taste
Overall a smooth easy drinking and refreshing beer. I would drink it again.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: rich golden hue with plenty of haze and a ton of effervescence. Head is three thick fingers of creamy ivory foam which demonstrates a good tenacity and leaves a chunky lace on the glass. Very good.

Smell: rich, sweetish malt aroma with a mild but nice hint of banana. I rather like it.

Taste: sweet malt flavor with a nice wheaty character and a lack of tartness, which I appreciate here. Smooth, with a light hint of banana that works quite well. A good beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation. This beer is not as creamy as I wanted it to be, especially given its other delights. Still, it's not horrible.

Overall: a tasty, drinkable and definitely beautiful hefeweizen. A hint more body could make this beer even more wonderful.

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

A- Pours a Hazy Copper colour topped by a fairly lacklustre, although pillowy 1/2 finger head.

S- Classic banana Hefe smell, along with a hint of wheat malt and zesty orange peel.

T- Less of the Banana and more orange peel, bubblegum. Noticeable taste of wheat malt.

M- Medium body and moderate carbonation.

O- A good example of a German Hefe that stays true to the traditional stylistic guidelines.

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Photo of thierrynantes
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled beer (50 cl.), tasted in 2009.

Appearance : bright orange to amber color, with white foamy head (persistent).
Smell : wheat and cloves aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel : lightbodied, sweet malty and fruity finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the style hefeweizen.

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Photo of Jsteez
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass at a German pub in Northeast China.

Appearance was orange-ish, tan, and murky. Creamy 2 finger white head that thinned out to a cream top; some sticky lace on the glass.

Smell was sweet; light; spice; some elements of banana and clove; perhaps some breadfruit. some wheat and yeast were there, too.

Taste was caramel malt, light wheat, and toffee; perhaps some lemon zest, light fruit, and biscuits. Christmas spice, yeast, clove, and fluffy banana bread underneath the spice. The backend was balanced by some dry, yet sweet undertones. The overall balance between dry, sweet, and wet make it a great warm weather beverage, IMO. Great tasting brew.

Mouthfeel was somewhat thin; refreshing and lighter bodied. I could definitely drink a couple of these, no problem. A nice creamy mouthfeel, too. Quite nice.

Overall this is one of the better weissbiers out there. I would love to drink this in the warmer spring months. It just reminds me of a warm weather beer, not a deep winter beer. Drinking this reminded me of a time when green leaves were growing back on the trees, birds were chirping again, spring flowers were in full bloom, and the sun began to intensify. Wow, I need summer again. Drink this beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Pilsener Haus in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a hazy golden orange in color with some moderate golden yellow highlights and heavy amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat with moderate to strong aromas of lemon citrus and clove along with just a touch of black pepper. Maybe a hint of vanilla.

T: Upfront there are some light to moderate flavors of wheat malts with moderate amounts of lemon citrus. Strong flavors of banana and clove along with just a touch of pepper spice. Slightly sweet with almost no bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin for the style.

O: Deviates a little from the traditional smells and tastes of a hefeweizen but it seems to be a little more of a regional speciality - I enjoyed the additional hints of vanilla and peppery spice. Easy to drink and sessionable.

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

L: clody amber orange color, gives of a fine medium head, fine lacing on the glass

S: Yeast, banana ripes , cloves, hints of citrus fruits and corriander.

T : folllows the nose for the most, yeast ,banana, citrus,cloves and other spices,

F: high carbonation , a bitterness in the finish that does not last for so long.very easy to drink

O: a good hefeweiz , easy drinkable. Taste is good. But i think it gets to anonymus in the taste compared to other weissbiers. is a lot of others in Germany that is much better, but all in all not a bad beer

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing the newest incarnation of this beer, which is no longer brewed by Ettal. It is now produced by a joint venture called Benediktiner Weißbräu and actually brewed by Licher Privatbrauerei. The front label is exactly the same as this picture; both beers are actually called Benediktiner Weissbier.

Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a medium orange amber. Nice two finger white head with good retention and lacing. Mild aroma of wheat, malt and light cloves. Flavor of wheat and mild citrus with light fruit and malt flavors developing, finishes with wheat and bready malt, a touch sour. Flavors are mild, but this weissbier is refreshing and a bit unusual in the light fruit components of the flavor. Light bodied, but decent carbonation gives a good mouth feel.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

So good-but-unexceptional across the board. The pour, nose, and taste profile are classic German weissebier. Cloudy straw-orange pour. Light dough and cloves on the nose. Light esters and light creamy malt flavor. It does all these well, but none great. This is a beer I wouldn't hesitate to pull off the shelf if one of my preferred hefes isn't available. However, it isn't special enough to seek out.

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Photo of Boto
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: This one pours a slightly hazy coppery color. There was a small off-white head on it and not much lacing. It has an interesting aroma. Wheat, caramel, some spices. Possible banana hidden in there. The taste is very good. Wheat, some caramel malts, light spice. Neutral to slightly sweet.

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Ettaler Benediktiner Weizen from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
84 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.
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