Kloster Weizen | Capital Brewery

Kloster WeizenKloster Weizen
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Kloster WeizenKloster Weizen

Brewed by:
Capital Brewery
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of brakspear
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This hefe is a pretty decent domestic stab at the bavarian style of wheat beers.

The appearance is a hazy gold with very little head formation or retention, which is the biggest downfall of this beer.

There are some nice spicy tones in the aroma: cloves and phenolic tanginess.

The taste has a really nice subdued tartness with the appropriate sweetness and phenolic notes nicely balanced. Very tasty and thirst quenching.

Capital has brewed a very nice summer beer with its Kloster Weizen.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a cloudly, light orange colored brew, with a nice white head on the top. Its got a nice yeasty smell, slightly like bananas. As for the taste, its the classic hefe with a nice citrus tone to it. All and all, this is a good example of a hefe, worth your while to get it if thats what youre looking for.

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Photo of maxpower
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy hazy yellow color, with a small white head that doesn't last. Nice spicy banana-clove aromas, has slightly sour wheaty, yeasty with strong banana flavors, light bodied with a semi-watery mouthfeel, finishes crisp and peppery, one of my favorite wheats made in the US.

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Photo of bditty187
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Gold/tawny hue, slightly hazy, small white head, no lace. The appearance of this beer is lacking for a Hefeweizen. Banana nominates the nose, faint peppery notes, some lemon hints, surprisingly potent, inviting. Lovely palate; tart, wheaty-yeast, some clove, banana with very minor spice and a whisper of vanilla. The body is way too thin! Smooth carbonation. This beer is very drinkable and worthwhile, try one… just don’t expect a true Hefeweizen… it is close though.

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Photo of jlh8643
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy gold with a solid white head and with the expected amount of carbonation. Bananas with a touch of clove was very detectable as I poured. A very rounded beer with just enough maltiness and hops to compete with the yeast. A good selection for summer drinking.

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

12oz single, Whole Foods, $1.19

appearance: poured into a hefe glass...a dark and cloudy copper-amber body, 1/2" creamy beige head with great retention...a rather dark hefe but an impressive appearance regardless

smell: big yeast aromas, pear banana, tropical fruit, well spiced, grassy citrus hops, decent but typical aroma

taste: fall out from the aroma....big and yeasty, banana and other tropical fruit, peppery spice, light grassy hops, touch of vanilla. Not the finest hefe but an interesting interpretation

mouthfeel: medium body, lemony zing

drinkability: pretty high

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of ADR
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a big fan of this style, wheat beers have a somewhat lemony taste that usually seems sour to me...this is one of my favorites of the style (reminds me of the Penn Brewing wheat on tap)...nice, consistent haze, good straw/estery (leaning toward the banana) flavor balance and a smooth (not sour) finish...

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Photo of OatherS
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The yellow label has a picture of the WI capital in Madison.

Appearance: No head, dark golden color, not as cloudy as it should be.

Smell: Citrus odor, also somewhat of an alcohol odor.

Taste: I think this is a midway point between an American wheat and a true hefe. The banana flavor is not as present as necessary and the lemony citrus flavor is a little too present. Still very tasty overall.

Mouthfeel: Average.

Drinkability: This is not a bad beer at all, the low scores on appearance and smell will bring down my overall ranking, but this beer is not bad.

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Photo of Wildman
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy gold color and left a nice foam white head, that subsided quickly and left little lace. A good deal of carbonation. The aroma was of hops, clove and a little citrus. The flavor was of hops and clove. The finish was a bit tangy. A good summer beer, but I think it's hurt a bit in the finish by the clove(a little to pronouced).

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle pours a hazy golden color with a thin white head. I could not get much of a head on this beer, and what was there disappeared quickly. No lace on the glass as the beer disappeared. Smells slightly lemony, and grainy. Taste is a good sourness and tartness. Not very yeasty as some German offerings, and I thought maybe a bit too tart. Light body with high carbonation appropriate to style. Overall, a good offering. Very refreshing.

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Photo of Redrover
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown longneck.

Beer pours a semi-hazy light gold. Decent head.

Beer smells like a hefe should, lots of spicy notes and with a little fresh citrus type aroma sneaks in behind the banana smell.

Taste is decent but a trifle sour. The clove & banana notes are nice and are balanced by the wheat backbone.

Carbonation may be a little to jacked-up. All-in-all an enjoyable but not outstanding hefe. Very easy to drink and could be a good one to introduce novices to this style with.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours out a partially clear yellow with a small head. Banana and lemon aroma. Sweet and sour flavor, like a weizenbock, though it tends more toward the sweet. Not as much yeast flavor as most weizens. Finishes with a spicy hop flavor. The mouthfeel is a little thin. Drinkability is pretty good. This is a pretty good version, but there are plenty of better ones out there.

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Photo of alexgash
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a big fluffy white head. Smell is very hefeweizen: bananas, bubble gum, yeast, a little clove. Not as aromatic as some though. Taste is much the same, with the tangily bitter yeast a little stronger than I like. There are better hefes, but this would do quite well for the summer.

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light hazy straw color. Thick foamy head. Strong citrus aroma, with a faint hint of spice on the nose as well. Taste has a bit of alcohol to it. This could be an off flavor of the yeast. It is not overpowering and not overall displeasing, just different for style. As the drink reaches ½ glass, the flavors balance out more and become much more enjoyable.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color: bright yellow, hazy way up at the top, clear the rest of the way down. Small, quickly diminishing white head.
Lemony nose, sweet,n,sour, bold citrus hops.
Hops continue with a pronounced impact upon the palate, smooth, tasty, thirst-quenching. Close to the Bavarian style, but not quite.
Malt is felt more in the flavor than I'd expect...on the sweet side...light body, nice texture, good taste, and downable, indeed.
A good hefe, will do in a pinch...

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Photo of balconybrew
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bright yellow with alot of carbonation with a head that fell quickly. Very clear for a hefe. Sweet and fruity aroma, I did smell malt (wheat maybe??) though.The taste is slightly fruity with a lingering malt and banana hint. Very drinkable, good lawn mower beer.

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Photo of marc77
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Hazy dark yellow hue, topped by a persistant, moderately thick bumpy head. Grainy, tart wheat and spicy clove in aroma, accompanied by mellow bubblegum and banana esters. Clean, but spot on aromawise for style. Light sweetness upfront in flavor, followed by tartness and bready grain. Yeast esters are understated and comprised of light banana. Spicy clove phenol and mild yeast must undertones add depth to the flavor profile. A bit light in body, lacking that satisfying proteinaceous mouthfeel of a good hefeweizen. Finishes clean, grainy and somwehat dry. Kloster, although a bit tame all around in malt and yeast character, is well balanced and flavorful enough for good quaffability.

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Photo of hopdog
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with DavidP (thanks!).

Poured a medium and slightly hazy golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of bananas, cloves and some citrus. Tastes of wheat, bananas, spices and citrus.

Notes from and tasted on: 8/20/06

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Photo of terrabyte
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, honey-yellow color with a small white head.

Aroma is easy to pick up and smells like sweet oranges & wheat.

Flavor starts off with a typical wheat base sweetened by oranges. Overall, the flavor has a grainy aspect to it, and finishes slightly pungeant or musty.

Mouthful is slightly tangy, but quite light and well carbonated.

Drinkability is ok. The flavor wasn't my favorite, but it goes down easily.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not my favourite style of brew. However my BA expieriences have taught me to judge a brew for what it is.
This particular offering poured a cloudy golden brew with medium light carbonation.
The nose was lightly of lemon. The taste also of lemon with a sweetish linger to it.
Started strong but finished short despite the linger.
Body was medium/full with very limited crown disapating to nothing.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Odd little beer, maybe I had an off bottle. The wheat is apparent when I crack the crown. Light amber-orangey color under the usual light head. I got a taste of cherry and lemon more than the traditional banana, maybe a hint of clove. Seemed more like a Belgian than anything German, but still very enjoyable. I'll have to try to find another one sometime soon.

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Photo of chilidog
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A true to the style hefe that pours a hazy golden color with a high rate of fiz to its head. The head itself is white while the body is very active with carbonation bubbles. The aroma I thought was sweet and malty with some floral on the nose. The taste was more of a malt, sweet caramel. Very faint hop finish. The mouth was left soft, almost foamy. Although the Hefe is not my favorite style ( I guess do to the mouthfeel ) I found this Capital, very crisp and drinkable.

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Photo of roadhouse
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass

Pours a murky orange with a one inch off-white head on top. Quite a bit darker than the usual Hefeweizen. The head falls to a skim and leaves quite a bit of lacing.

Aroma has some slight banana, a bit of breadiness, some apple, and a bit of pear esters. Also a bit of the mandarin orange in a can smell.

Taste is bready first followed by the fruit. Again, canned mandarin oranges and pear, slight banana. A bit of a clovey character shows up as well but doesn't last. Quite sweet overall.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, good creaminess and pretty refreshing. Would be more drinkable if it tasted better.

I just didn't like this one very much. Strange flavors going on here unlike many traditional weizens.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, coppery body with a tiny white head.

Smell: Mild aroma of wheat, yeast, maybe a touch of citrus. So light!

Taste: Flavor of malted wheat with a slight tanginess. Mildly sweet hint of honey. Banana, lemon, and spice present, but it's all at rather muted levels. Finishes dry with some yeast lingering into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Mild carbonation. Soft mouthfeel.

Drinkability: I could use a bit more carbonation, but overall it's a pleasant hefe-lite weizen.

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Kloster Weizen from Capital Brewery
Beer rating: 52.5% out of 100 with 61 ratings
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