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Ettaler Benediktiner Weizen | Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH

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Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
Germany
klosterbrauerei-ettal.de

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by thierrynantes on 01-08-2010

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Avg:
3.74
pDev:
29.95%
 
 
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Photo of Boto
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of TheBrewo
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We pour a rich tawny brew. It holds a two and half finger beast of a tannish head. This shows great retention, leaving a solid sheet of lacing around the entire glass. There is a very thick haze, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears moderate. The aroma is fresh with bright clove, clean vanilla bean, orange peel, lemon flesh, and coriander. This all sits on a bed of monstrous wheat, which is equally as fresh as all that spicy base. The malts pale up a bit with warmth, actually taking a bit of warmth out of the nose itself. The spice of booze creeps up along the back, adding an edginess. Our first impression is that the wheat is bright and there is nice spice throughout. As we sip, the flavoring opens with wet, salty, and sweet wheat. While the flavoring is there, it is soft to the buds. Clove and bitter phenols appears soon thereafter, persisting to the peak, where the initial sweetness is replaced by sourness, enhancing the wheat. Synthetic vanilla and candy sweetness hit the finish, actually helping to cut the sourness and relative bitterness of the malts, and the grassy quality here. The aftertaste breathes of grain, wheat, the faintest lemon, sweet vanilla, dried clove, and a souring booze. The body is lighter to medium, and the carbonation is lighter. Each sip has nice froth and cream, and the mouth is dried, despite the savory qualities to the grain and the citrus. There is a light coating around the mouth, and a slick dryness. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the beautiful look and head, and the evenness in flavoring, making for nice drinkability. The nose was nice and inviting, but the taste lacked the robustness of other world class hefes. This is a nice beer and a good find, and something certainly worth a try.

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Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Benediktiner Weissbier from a bottle.
Slightly hazy Orange Amber with a fine, durable of white head
Yeast, banana and malt in the nose.
Unusual yeasty flavor with a mild note of banana and fainty spicy. Sweet.
Medium+body with medium but soft carbonation. Near creamy smooth.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The color is hazy dark orange and has a creamy, light beige head. Aroma of banana, yeast, cloves, dry hay and lemon peel. The flavor is sweet along with more banana, yeast and wheat. Medium body, light and soft mouth feel, and a light bitterness. Nice but a fairly light hefeweizen.

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Photo of metter98
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy dark pale yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured into a weizen glass with a finger and a half high white head that has very good retention properties and consistently left a quarter finger high head covering the surface.
S: Light aromas of cloves are present in the nose along with some hints of banana-like yeast and wheat.
T: The taste is similar to the smell except that the flavors of cloves are a little more subdued and there are also some faint hints of grainy malts.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't as refreshing as some of the other hefeweizens I've had, but it might make for a nice selection for someone who wants something light but isn't dominated by banana flavors from the yeast.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow color, hazy with big plume of white soapy froth, good retention. Scent brings yeast to the front - bready and spicy with hints of fruit, moderate notes of tangy wheat, some citrus rind. Taste is strong with spicy yeast, firm fruits from citrus rind, green apple and light banana, some lingering sweetness. Medium bodied, bubbly. Nice hefe, just enough to differentiate from a crowded pack.

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Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a dense 2 inch foamy eggshell head that lingers indefinitely.

Apricot, coriander, clove, wheat, tangerine, and peppery comprise the aroma.

Tangerine, lime, and apricot begin the flavor profile, with wheat, yeast, and clove hitting mid palate. The finish is fairly sweet, accompanied by coriander and subtle banana esters. Lightly toasted malt becomes more pronounced.

Body is moderate, with carbonation on the high side. Alcohol warmth is present, but not offensive.

Overall, a nice hefeweizen. Nothing outstanding, but good flavor and aroma profiles. The balance is a little too sweet though.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ettaler Benediktiner Weizen
Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
Style: Hefeweizen
ABV: 5.00 %

LOOK: 500 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass. Mostly clear golden orange color. Huge pillowy froth sticks to the glass and is going nowhere anytime soon.

SMELL: Dusty yeast, grainy wheat malt, woodsy hop notes.

TASTE: Authentic hefeweizen notes and all around agreeable flavor. Green banana, lemony hop, and banana bread are all in full force on the palate. Faint clove. There is a very mild but complimentary bitterness. A touch of pepper and a small hint of alcohol.

FEEL: Light bodied, moderate carbonation. A bit watery, but refreshing enough.

OVERALL: A mellow, easy drinking wheat beer. Light flavor, feel and finish. There is always room in my fridge for a beer like this. I paired it with crab mix and spicy shrimp inari rolls, and found it to be a fine combo.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Friar Tuck's, Savoy, IL
Best by 12.28.12 A240019
Glass: Weihenstephan weizen glass

Ettaler's hefeweizen is a solid version of the style, emphasizing the malt and yeast-produced phenolics in a fairly unique way. While I appreciated what the beer offered, I didn't find it as complex or bold as Weihenstephaner, Schneider, or Ayinger. Perhaps this has to do with age, and so this is a beer I would be happy to try again in a fresher state or at the brewery.

Pours a very tall, fluffy beige head composed of small to medium-sized bubbles, looking very frothy as a result. Retention is excellent, the head lasting several minutes and fading to a 0.5cm cap atop the beer throughout the session. Lacing is fairly minimal. Body is a caramel brown color, making this a fairly dark hefeweiss. The suspended yeast renders the body opaque, but light brings out orange-yellow hues with a brown center and some transparency. Carbonation is visible, moderate, and moderately vigorous.

Aroma has an emphasis on phenolics, including some clove, along with yeast. I note lesser amounts of wheat cereal, banana, and a bit of bubblegum.

Front of palate has a whole-wheat breakfast cereal sweetness with light yeast. Mid-palate continues sweetened wheat cereal with yeast, clove and other "spicy" phenolics, as could be expected for the style. Back of palate picks up continued malt and cereal-like sweetness with hints of banana and yeast. Mild aftertaste, primarily of lingering wheat cereal graininess.

Beer is medium-bodied with low levels of carbonation, resulting in an overall mouthfeel that is smooth and slightly creamy, very enjoyable for this style of beer. Closes semi-dry, with little to no residual stickiness across the palate.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale clear amber with piles of lumpy creamy ecru head. Light banana bread nose.
Orange pecan muffin malts with a touch of toffee and more banana then a mildly spicy end.
Crackery finish and slight tingly linger. Light to medium, soft, smooth, some chew yet watery.

A darker than usual, fruit over spice, inoffensive weiss. Creamy body helps, silky and subtle, plus no sharp edges. Seems to go for drinkable over character, though.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured two fingers of thick, foamy head on a hazy, dark straw colored body.
The aroma is mostly caramel. It's nice, if one-sided.
The taste is sweet caramel, dry grain and lemon bitter at the end.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable.

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Photo of silverking
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
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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Photo of DoubleJ
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Ahhhh, a real German beer, unlike Beck's Sapphire. There's a monk of the label, though it's a different one seen on the more famous Franziskaner. 500 ml, go! On to the beer:

Not sure if helles or dunkel. Ok, it's looking more helles. Toasted orange colored with a cloudy body and topped with a thick fluffy head which retains on top for a long time. The aroma features some of the banana and cinnamon per style, though it is also heavy with dry bread crust and some apples which are losing their freshness.

For a weizen, the yeast aspect is soft. Make no mistake, it's present. The yeast brings a phenolic note along with banana puree, vague baking spices, and a sweet bread flavor. Mixed fruit note in the aftertaste. The carbonation is mild, yet has life with a snap which gently rubs the palate.

Yes sir, I like it.

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Photo of beergoot
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a big, fluffy white head and solid amber body. The aroma comes across primarily as ripe bananas and pears. Pears and peaches combine with a malt/wheat body, producing a nicely textured body and flavor. The feel is smooth and juicy, medium bodied.

Overall, this beer combines a nice wheat smoothness and subtle hefeweizen yeast fruitiness to make for a tasty wheat-styled beer. From my experience, it's not as light or banana/clove-like as some other traditional German hefeweizen brews, but it sure ain't to far off. It is enjoyable and drinkable, so don't hesitate to give this one a shot.

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Photo of brewolero
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of FLima
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Showing a lighter and more citrusy-tart flavor profile, this sharp and complex wheated ale displays well the heritage of German brewing while delivering a very easy-to-drink beverage.

Pouring a rusty canary-yellow color, the typical haze allows for a very bready glow that's capped with a fluffy white head. Almost zesty, the beer's carbonation gives the beer a lot of life and vibrancy with great foam stance and lace. However, the head character begins to waiver midway through the session before eventually faltering before the end.

Zesty aromas of lemons, apples, under-rippened berries fuel the aromatic mix and make the beer nearly mouthwatering. But the underpinning of wheaty grains and light breads provide a background sweet note of malt and dough. Spicy with light elements of clove and white pepper begin to tickle the nose and deliver just enough spice to balance the beer. Added complexities of herbal grasses provide another layer of hop flavor and bitterness to assist the yeasty spice.

Tart flavors are the first to rise to taste and do so in the shape of lemon or lemongrass, apples, tart berries, light grain tannin, and herbal grassy elements. The culmination of grain, yeast, and hops lead to a balance of flavors at the middle palate of fruit, bread or bread dough, spicy clove and white pepper, and a hint of banana as the tartness subsides and the pillow of malt sweetness underneath begin to highlight the other fruity esters that aren't so dependent of the sharp tartness of the start.

Lighter in body than the typical Hefeweizen, the tartness and effervescence of the beer keeps the mouthfeell light and refreshing, although exposing a mild grain derived astringency that rises a bit in finish. Light vanilla creaminess accents the herbal lemon notes in the semi-dry finish with a smooth and fruity/wheaty aftertaste.

Overall, Benediktiner Weissbier is a more zesty and tart beer than is normal. But not a Berlinerweiss, this hefeweizen exhibits a bit of the tartness and lightness as some of those soured versions.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a Wiezen glass

Full pour created a thick off white cap which slowly settled down with light lacings on the glass. Faint carbonation with an opaque reddish copper golden hue.

Faint smell of a traditional wheat beer. I would have liked more aroma.

Light mouthful with a light flavoring. Would have liked more flavor but this would be a refreshing beer or two after cutting a summer lawn. Subtle wheat beer taste. No aftertaste.

Good beer for a hot summer afternoon. Would have liked a more dynamic, aggressive flavor and aroma .

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.39/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

a very underwhelming hefe, pouring a curious clearish copper color with a short but thick off white head. the nose lacks that banana clove complex, and stale german malts is all I really smell. not even wheat malt, but sweeter and heavier caramels. the flavor isn't bad, sort of fruity, not as yeast forward as I like my hefeweizens to be, but still the yeast is probably the most observable flavor element. the mouthfeel ruins this beer entirely. it had very little carbonation, and the curious sweeter malt choice gets heavy as a result. there is no spice or banana to fall back on, and this one sort of dies on the palate. I had much higher hopes for this, but it was sitting right next to the weihenstephaner in the cooler for the exact same price, so no worries on finding a good affordable hefe. this one just didn't cut it for me, although im sure itd be different on tap at the source. maybe the freshness monster got the best of this one...

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours heavy amber with a small head.
Aroma of doughy wheat, banana and a little bubblegum.
Similar flavours but no bubblegum and with the addition of a faint lemon-like note.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Best before 3/14/14.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, yeast, spice, and slight banana aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour grain and banana flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but not done all that well for the style.

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Photo of delta490
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured a 330ml bottle into a Samuel Adams glass

A- poured a deep, cloudy orangey-gold. Big foamy white head lasts for a long time but doesn't leave lacing on the glass
S- yeast, fruity esters, orange, grain
T- much less distinct than it's smell would lead you to believe. Tastes like grain, like the samples they hand out at breweries to show you what their grain tastes like. Very little else came through. No citrus, no yeast, no spice. Just...grain.
M- nice and full, with just a hint of carbonation
O- everything about this beer is great but the taste. The taste just doesn't fit in the with the rest of the beer's profile. Maybe I just got an off bottle (although nothing tastes off about it. Just under-developed) or I've got it too cold. But nothing about the aroma came through in the taste and that's kinda weird.

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Photo of popery
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a cloudy orange-ish amber with an off-white head of solid foam. It's probably a touch darker than the average color of hefes that I've tried but in line with the style. Good puffy head. Lots of foam. The aroma is banana wheat sweetness with a nice dash of light lemony sourness. Clove is light but present. Lots of wheaty, sugary flavor. The taste is rather mild, definitely could use a kick. Light sweetness with some wheat spice. Gets a bit watery with a wishy-washy finish. Not as bright as I expected from the aroma. Sort of an off aftertaste. Could be a stale bottle but it got to a local store pretty recently. Feel is smooth with a touch of prickly carbonation, though carb seems a bit low. This beer is mild and a bit lacking. It's easy enough to drink, but it doesn't merit a very high spot in my personal hefe rankings.

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Photo of stephens101
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Has a thick, foamy, off-white head that even plops a bit as it's poured and sticks around graciously. Color is a hazy light brown with orange hues.

Bold aroma with estery notes mingling with allspice and various light fruits. Fruity (orange, kiwi) and a bit tangier to the tongue than expected. Lighter in body than was expected as well. Some grass and grain exists with some yeast at the end.

Slick and refreshing but this one could use a bit more in the flavor department.

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Photo of stevoj
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

So long since I’ve had a real weizen. Nice pillowy head, grain aroma, slightly sweet, taste is light on the normal banana and bubblegum, but still fairly chewy. Fine sediment added via the bottle swirl, makes for a slightly cloudy beer. Good, but not the best.

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Ettaler Benediktiner Weizen from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
3.74 out of 5 based on 256 ratings.
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