Kloster Weizen | Capital Brewery

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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-19-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of Redrover
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Wildman
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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 OatherS
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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 ADR
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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 dirtylou
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +3.3%

Photo of jlh8643
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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 bditty187
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
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 maxpower
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Tballz420
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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 brakspear
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of budgood1
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
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 BeerBuilder
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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 orbitalr0x
3.92/5  rDev +8%
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 +8%
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 longarm
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
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 jeffboo
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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 +9.4%
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 drizzam
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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 hotstuff
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 +10.2%
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 +10.2%
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 TheLongBeachBum
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
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 Hobbz
4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
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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Kloster Weizen from Capital Brewery
3.63 out of 5 based on 61 ratings.
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