Kloster Weizen | Capital Brewery

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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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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 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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Photo of TastyTaste
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark gold color, small white head, which does not stick to the glass very much, if at all. Smell is pretty standard for a hefe, bananas and cloves, maybe a little grassy malt. Taste is smooth and non-threatening. The flavors are all very muted, and blend together. Not a bad beer, but nothing to write home about. I do think it could have used more carbonation, as well.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 AtLagerHeads
3.07/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A cloudy apricot amber body with a single finger ivory head. The head is gone in a flash leaving no evidence that it was ever there. Obviously there is no lace on this glass of beer. The nose is mostly of yeast with a lurking banana sense far to the background. The immediate taste sensation is of cloves followed by some very faint citrus and masking what might be a small flavor of spice that is indistinct. Thin, watery mouthfeel and no crispness. Peppery sense in the aftertaste. An OK beer, but not one I'll seek out in the future. If offered, I'd take one, just one.

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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 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 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 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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Kloster Weizen from Capital Brewery
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