Kloster Weizen | Capital Brewery

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Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.46/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Well, now I feel freakin' stupid.


Because I lived in Wisconsin for most of my life, yet I never tried this beer!

But that isn't the point of a review, so let's get to it:

In my experience, the only hefe-weizens worth drinking in America come from Wisconsin. I'm not saying that there aren't other good weizens out there, maybe I just haven't had them yet. Of those in Wisconsin, I've got to say the top of the line really and truly are (in no particular order): Sprecher's Hefe-Weiss, Great Dane's Crop Circle Wheat, New Glarus's Copper-Kettle Weiss, and Capital Kloster Weizen.

Now, each of these beers is so radically different from the next that to compare them to each other simply wouldn't make sense. Like any good German beer, each one is complex enough and unique enough to really place it in a category all its own.

But onto the Capital offering in specific:

The pour is a little bit of a letdown. The beer is very clear, like a krystal weizen. There is some chill-haze, but no real yeast. In fact, I am 90% certain this *is* a krystal-weizen, so I will review it henceforth as such. But the lack of yeast isn't the only letdown, the head is also rather pathetic. The beer looked undercarbonated for a weizen and to top things off, the head faded into nothingness far too quickly. The beer is also a pinch too dark -- probably the munich malt. It loses on persentation, but oh boy does it make up for that later on!

But, ahhh, one quick smell and I am back in business. This beer emphasizes the 'banana' aspect of weizens, and I am very much OK with that. A nice bubbly mix of esters and some spiciness from the wheat and barley. Good stuff all around.

And the taste! Rich and malty with a good dose of banana in there. Why didn't sprecher try to make mbege with this yeast rather than with cheap banana extract? A pity indeed. This tastes like a nice banana. Strangely, there is a strong presence from the barley in this beer, especially the rich nutty munich malt. I am totally OK with that, especially since the grainy malts capital uses compliment the slightly metallic finish. Ahhh, and with that, the beer comes to a nice pleasant, slightly lingering, close.

The mouthfeel is pretty much perfect. Enough of it sticks to your mouth that you know it is there, but it isn't thick or cloying. Ahhh, great stuff.

Drinkability? Bring on the mass krugs, baby. Next time I drink this beer I plan to do it by the liter!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The appearance is a hazy deep golden with orange highlights. Nice big fluffy head is gone quickly but the beer still shows some clinging ability to the glass. Some spicy tones on the nose. Clove and nutmeg. This beer has a really nice tartness to it. A bit of phenolic quality too. Good vanilla tones too with a bit of a spicy pepper zest to go with it. Medium body and extremely easy drinking. Has been one of my favorite hefe weizens for quite a few years (along with Paulaner and Summit).

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Photo of cokes
4.37/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Possibly my favorite for the style and from the brewery. Even though hefeweizens tend to be a monolithic group, that is, one does not differ much from the next, I find Cap Brewery's offering to stack up well against, and may even surpass many of the classics (Paulaner, Hacker).
You know what you are getting here: hazy staw, fruit (banana) esters. Clove and banana on the tongue. Nice subtle malt background to provide support.
Glad this is a year round style rather than the typical summer seasonal. Though I tend to gravitate toward this during the hotter months, it is a nice change of pace from the robust beers that dominate my cold weather drinking patterns.
This review may make the beer and the style seem mediocre, but that is far from the case. Quite a nice brew here.

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Photo of beernut7
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This hazy deep copper colored wheat brew pours with a foamy white head and, interestingly, the aroma of fresh buttered corn. The buttery character comes through quite pronounced in the flavor along with a distinctive German weis yeast flavor. The finish is crisp and clean. This is a very drinkable and flavorful representation that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of Rennpferd
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a clean Weizen glass.

It poured a hazy golden color with a high level of activity. The head was initially a little more than 1/2 inch tall but shrank down to about a 1/4 of an inch and held. I could hear the popping of the carbination!

A rich smell of clove and green banana. Sweet and fruity to the smell.

The taste is a great contrast to the smell. A little tart at first, then sweet in the very end of the finish. It tastes like a freshly picked pear. It is medium bodied.

This is just a delicious beer. I could drink it all day.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.27/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Starts off with a big foamy, fizzy head. Very pleasant aroma of phenols, like cloves, and fruitiness, with slight hints of wheat. Slightly dark gold and filtered. Overall nice taste, not quite as strong as I expected, but the qualities that make a nice wheat beer of taste and refreshment. The taste of wheat is actually quite light. No bitterness, but a little bit of dryness. Carbonation is high and lends fullness to the feel without being heavy. I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a light yellowy-orange, sorta hazy with a super white head of light froth that faded to fast, leaves some good patchy lace. Smell is lightly lemony, good amount of banana sharp and quick, yeast and wheat bouncing around off the nose with nice clove. Taste is sweetly lemon and balanced in well of malt, a bit zesty but smooth and easy, quite nice, good impactful character. Feel is light and zesty clean, rough textured and slightly pulpy within the whole gulp. Good refreshing beer, zesty and smooth.

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Photo of Winter
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at BW3s on Water Street. Served a cloudy golden yellow with a creamy white cap, that disappeared to nothing after a few minutes. Aroma has hints of clove, banana and wheat. Medium-bodied mouthfeel is smooth with a touch of crispness along the edges (of the tongue). Classic banana and clove flavoring. Touch of spiciness and some lemony citrus. I really dig the sweet vanilla characteristics of this weiss. Finishes clean and refreshing. Very drinkable and an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of Brent
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dead-on version of the German style. Poured a lightly hazy golden. Aroma of cloves smacks you right between the eyes. Almost over the top with yeasty clove flavors atop a fluffy wheat malt. I usually think of a hefe as a summer drink, but the agressive yeast spice flavors were on-par with any spiced winter ale. A very nice beer and can hold its own with the imports.

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Photo of ZAP
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy, tannish yellow color....excellent banana and clove trademark Hefe Nose...wonderfull....more cloves than banana's on the taste...nice spiciness...a spritz of lemon on the finish...I like a firm, medium bodied Hefe and this is slightly heavier than medium which some might find troublesome...I like it...this is thirst quenching and tasty...an exelent summer beer..Overall a very good hefe that falls just short of excellent in my book because the taste characteristics, while good, lack outstanding qualities..

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Photo of ppoitras
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained as part of BIF 10 from Garymuchow. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" white head over the cloudy golden brew. Head is not too resilient, but better than most weizens, and lacing is very good. Aroma is slightly clove-y, with ample wheat presence, what I would expect. Taste is quite upfront with a sourness, not in a bad way, but certainly not to be ignored. Flavor fades to a level which presents the primary wheat and light clove characters. Mouthfeel is good, and drinkability is even a bit better. Makes me nostalgic for the summer that has faded away right before my eyes...

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Photo of Hobbz
4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle brought to me by a returning friend.

Poured into a weizen glass and wondered at the appearance. Head profile at first promised something, but never quite got started and what did faded to just a ring. Color was a pretty light yellow shade as well.

However, the aroma was rather nice and surprising. I could sense the phenol-ester liquid awaiting inside. Yep, banana-clove was there and pleasing.

Must say a "not bad" on this one. Never know what you get here in the good ole US when it comes to the range of wheats (though by its name, my assumptions that it would be of the Bavarian style where not disappointed).

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Typical Capital Brewery oval label, but with a yellow background this time, containing a picture of a domed building which sits affront a 12 fluid ounce long neck brown bottle. A similar, but smaller scale neck label with the usual health warning and cash refund bollocks that no-one ever reads, completes the presentation.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with a finger thick white head that disappears at first, but stays around when replenished with a top up. Looks like many a real Perry that I drank in England.

Nose: Looks like a Perry, and it even smells like one!! Fresh pears and some lemons mix in a rather subdued but nevertheless tangible watermelon tropical feel. Smells lovely, fresh, fruity and very inviting. Luscious nose that is saliva inducing.

Taste: Tart start, fruity beginnings, I get pears again!!! Lemon middle with some cloves and a delicate yeast flavor. Hints of vanilla and banana in the back end, not much, but it is there. I love this Hefe! Light and fruity. Simple but effective!!

Mouthfeel: For a Hefe this has a very light yeast texture, which allows the fresh fruity middle to really break through giving a very refreshing mouthfeel. Fine carbonation assists the smooth profile.

Drinkability: Simple brew that is easily partaken, especially when it is warm, I find this to be very thirst quenching.

Overall: A Tasty Bavarian Hefe, I love the fruity & pear aspects this brew has.

A Hefe-ty Thanks to BigHuge for this treat.

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Photo of hotstuff
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite styles of beer! It poured a small sized white head with fine-medium sized bubbles that was mostly lasting. The body of this beer was slightly cloudy which is typical of this style of beer with fizzy carbonation and golden hue. The nose consisted of clove, banana and spice with a sweet and sour taste to it. The mouthfeel was smooth, thin and a bit watery and it was light bodied. There was good lacing with this beer.

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Photo of StevieW
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. This one is plain yellow with the Wisconsin Capital building. Golden yellow cloudy color. Full rich creamy head. Full on yeast wheat beer taste, lots of bananas and yeast flavors everywhere. Tart, and creamy, some cloying stickiness to it. Brown yeast sediment adds some character. Overall the wheat flavors are there, I think I need to remember to drink these wheat beers sooner. Just a touch thin. A good thirst quenching wheat beer.

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Photo of John
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Try as one might to find fault with domestic brewed hefe weizens, this one measures up well to German imports. Classic lemon, banana and clove. Hefty yeasty haze leads into a flavorful medium bodied brew. Smooth mouthfeel. A nicely done hefe, one that I would buy regularly if readily available in NY.

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Photo of drizzam
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beer styles to this point is the hefe weizen and I wasn't at all disappointed by this domestic attempt at brewing what only the Germans seem to brew well.

As with all Hefes it poured cloudy and yeasty, like a delicious orange/amber fog. It also had the characteristic clove and banana undertones that I enjoy so well. A bit of a creamy mouthfeel and clean, wheaty finish makes this a superb session brew (it doesn't hurt that it's cheaper than its German counterparts either!). I think if I was forced to find a fault it would be that the head doesn't have the retention of a Paulaner or Franziskaner. I WILL be drinking this one regularly in the future!

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Photo of jeffboo
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my regular wheat beers, solidly made and wonderfully complex enough for summer thirsts. As wheats go this one looks pretty basic, light golden in color with a white head but pretty average for looks, too clear for a hefe. Aroma of bananas, spicy yeast, malt and cloves. It has a solid medium/light body with a nice complex malt/yeast/spice flavor , sweet cream,vanilla,bananas and a little residual nutty malt sweetness in the finish. If you like your hefe's with a bananas and cream flavor, this is a great one.

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Photo of mynie
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fine looking. Light and cloudy. Nice head, nice retention.

Smells like spice and tart lemon. Not all that complex or strong, but nice nonetheless.

Nice Flavor. Tart upfront with the wheat malt coming in at the back all spicy and nutty. Cloves and coriander. There?s just a hint of bitter hops in the back and it?s all followed up by a unique, smoky flavor. Really nice.

Nice, firm body and it goes down smooth. This has me wanting to try some other Capital Beers.

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Photo of longarm
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a nice straw colored yellow. Unfortunately it's a bit weak in the head retention department.

Aroma has some banana and mild wheat with no noticeable hops. Nothing unexpected or bad, it has an interesting (good) aroma that I can't pin-down. That being said, it seems like it's missing just a little something to balance the aromas better. Still it's quite pleasant and not worth a major ding.

Slightly tart flavor with almost no bitternes or hops. Some slight fruitiness, but nothing overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, yet a slight cloying finish appears briefly only to disappear into a clean aftertaste enticing another sip.

It's easy to have a lot of these as they go down oh so easily. I'm fortunate to have Capital in town, constantly producing a variety of high quality beers.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out of the bottle a nice cloudy orange/yellow with not much head on my pour at least. The smell is a nice mix of lemons, bananas, cloves and peppercorns. Light citrusy tones float in and out.

The first sip is like a loaf of bread freshly baked with citrus and spice. The cloves and peppercorns come through in the taste along with a doughy banana undercurrent. Damn tasty and not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is good as well. Body could be a wee bit thicker for me, but this goes down easy all the same. Drinkability is good here for sure. I recommend picking up a six pack and enjoying this quality hefe from Wisconsin!

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Photo of MJR
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow with a fair amount of suspended yeast sediment. It's white head starts out small and quickly fades to a very thin, incomplete cap. I'm suprised by how small the head is, consider it's style.

Smell: The aroma is extremely fresh and grainy smelling, with a big shot of banana-like esters, tart wheat, and clove. There's a good amount of spiciness that helps to round out the typical weizen nose on this brew.

Taste: Spicy and tart with the standard banana and spicy, phenolic clove flavors. I get the impression of freshness from the wheat and slight graininess. The yeast adds a bit of musty breadiness. Finishes clean and crisp. A well rounded, if not a bit thin, example of the style.

Mouthfeel: It's a bit thin in mouthfeel, as it lacks that smooth thickness that's one of the hallmarks of the style. The carbonation is about right, but it's lacking in body.

Drinkability: A few minor flaws aside, this is a good American-made example of a traditional hefeweizen. It's certainly a welcome alternative to the boring, mostly flavorless American-style wheat ales most U.S. micros are churning out these days.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a hazy golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is of cloves, bananas, and yeast. The flavor is sweet and malty up front, it then flows to the fruity, banana, cloves and yeast flavor. It is a light bodied beer that is very refreshing. A very good brew.

Sampled 4/7/04

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Photo of budgood1
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours out a dark, cloudy, hazy, rusted colour. medium head and rings of lace. odd, if somewhat welcome caramel malt aroma, with the typical succulent strong banana and lighter clove notes. tastes pretty good....very malty...the barley malt really comes through in the caramel and other malted flavours. the wheat and yeast notes are also to be reckoned with, vanilla notes, banana cream pie fruitiness with some peppery spice in the finish. a fullish body, an extremely slick mouthfeel, with hints of alcohol. this is a hefe not to be messed with; drink to excess to quench your summer thirst and you might regret it. needless to say, if you like you wheat beers heavy handed, try this.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kloster Weizen is a moderately hazed golden amber with a dark cream-light tan head. The foam takes its time falling and the lace is underwhelming at best. The aroma is of somewhat zesty wheat, maybe a bit of understated grassy hops. Decent for a wheat beer, but nothing too wonderful.

Solid hefe flavor that is bolder and spicier than most others of the style. It tastes of buttery wheat toast that's covered with a thin layer of something sweet and then sprinkled with clove. The wheat malt is in charge here, but the hops make a definite contribution. The finish is long and composed. The body is medium, perhaps leaning toward full, and the mouthfeel is nicely smooth with nary a hint of noticeable carbonation.

Capital is hit-and-miss for me, but this beer is nicely done. It's bolder tasting, sweeter and spicier than many other hefe weizens (at least the ones I've had), a combination that appeals to me.

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Kloster Weizen from Capital Brewery
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 61 ratings