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

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Added by thierrynantes on 01-08-2010

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Avg:
3.74
pDev:
14.17%
 
 
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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 261
Photo of yemenmocha
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
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 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 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 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 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 BethanyB
2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: A beautiful beer. Hazy bright orange, with a massive, creamy, tightly beaded eggshell-colored head that is long lasting and leaves soft lacing.

Smell: Incredibly faint smell for the style, let alone any style, as a matter of fact. Banana and cloves are detected, but only if you shove your nose deep into the glass.

Taste: Grainy, slightly astringent malt. Fruity esters are present, but somewhat stale. No spices. Doesn't taste like a Hefeweizen at all. More like a Munich Helles.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium-high carbonation. A bit thick for the style.

Overall: Wouldn't classify this as a Hefeweizen, that's for sure. And in any category, it wouldn't tip my list. It doesn't stink, but it's not good. Tastes like an over-sparged and under-lagered homebrew that's been sitting bottled in the basement for too long.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 barnzy78
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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 dbrauneis
3.89/5  rDev +4%
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 NeroFiddled
4.19/5  rDev +12%
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 ColoradoBobs
3.12/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Super bargain found today, at $20 for a case of 20 500ml bottles.

Nothing particularly special about this beer, as it's a fairly average example of the style, except the really attractive appearance. Nice fluffy, four-finger head in a big Hefeweizen glass produced from a proper three-stage pour (last stage is the swirl), Pretty crisp biscuity and malty smell, with minimal esters. Taste is about the same -- not enough banana here. Indeed, flavor profile is a bit flaccid. Decent enough mouthfeel (consistent with the fully-lasting head), and average finish.

Overall, relatively pedestrian, but at the price, I like it enough. Sure wish I could return to the place of origin!
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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 p-goose
4.96/5  rDev +32.6%
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 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 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 endovelico
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
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 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 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 flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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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Ettaler Benediktiner Weizen from Klosterbrauerei Ettal / Ettaler Klosterbetriebe GmbH
3.74 out of 5 based on 261 ratings.
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