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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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 59
Photo of Sammy
2.63/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to FlyingBison for coming through on this. Like an American pale wheat that has a sourness, only more aggressive wheat and carbonation. This is not a smooth hefeweizen, i.e. Town Hall. I could not finish the Capital version.Spice is sour lemon and pepper.

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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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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 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 rodbeermunch
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Looks the hefe part, has the yellow color with almost no clarity, 1/2" white head. Lays the banana on heavy, bread, clove to a lesser degree, some band aid.

Taste hit the wheat feels, gritty, sticky, mixes a relatively light body with the wheat into a chewiness. Real big on the banana bread edge, lower carbonation makes the chewiness seem rampant.

Decent stuff, dunno why they wouldn't make it anymore as German centric the beer and population of Wisconsin is. . .

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a short Weizen glass)

A- This beer had a bright yellow crystal clear body until the last ounce of beer with a large lump of yeast fell into the glass. There was a big carbonation and the only head was a mass of a few large bubbles.

S- This beer had the strong smell of banana taffy with a light smooth wheat bread hint in the background. Not much depth to the smell.

T- The taste of dry pale malt has a light banana flavor the comes through more after it warms a bit. The finish has a carbonic acid/ club soda taste with a light hop hint.

M- The mouthfeel is light with a dry finish.

D- This beer has a big banana smell with a light dry taste and is not at all what I expected from this style. It would be nice if it had a bit more depth and character all though it is an interesting twist on this style.

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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 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 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 Beerandraiderfan
3.12/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another review from back in the Marquette days. Typical hefe appearance, yellow, dense haze, average head. Solid banana yeast aroma, lays low on the clove, bready.

Pale wheat flavor, banana, banana gum, lacks any hopping it seems. Like how it is a degree chewy, but light bodied. Pretty much ends it there. No other subtleties to speak of. Banana beer. Was looking for some nuttiness to it. Mildly carbonated, would have appreciated more, would have made the banana heavy beer a little more palatable.

Not bad, but not recommended, if this was a style you're into, I can think of a dozen other offerings I'd mention first.

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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 KarlHungus
2.65/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a cloudy pale orange color with no head. In fact, there isn't even enough lacing to coat the top of the liquid. The aroma is rather strong. Bubblegum, bananas, and more bubblegum. It is not really what I expect from a Hefe, or any other wheat beer for that matter. The taste is a lot fainter than the aroma, but bubblegum still dominates. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this isn't a very good beer. I can't see myself buying it again.

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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 Dogbrick
2.97/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy gold color with a thin white head. Slight citrus aroma. A little better than the average German Wheat (I thought it was on the same level as Weihenstephaner) but I am still not a big fan of the style. It is too wheaty/citrusy for my tastes.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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