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 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 WastingFreetime
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Once the frothy single finger head dies down, (minimal lacing) it appears exactly as though I have a glass of orange juice. Its really quite dark opaque orange. Many many levels darker in color than any other hefeweizen I have ever seen before.

Strong banana and bubble gum scent with vanishingly minimal spicing in the scent. And that seems to be this beer's main problem: They left out the cloves and spicing. There is nothing framing the banana and wheat malt sweetness.

Taste follows the nose...but also includes a hell of a lot of umami from that turbidity-causing unfiltered yeast.

The Body is actually medium-low but comes across as misleadingly thicker than it actually is because of the heavy protein load of all that yeast. Semi-chewy in texture, but flows smoothly and well around the mouth.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Ragingbull
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark gold or light orange in color with light prickle and no head to speak of. The nose throws off banana hints. There is a fruity attack and spicy undertones to the flavor. The finish is clean surprisingly. The spice does leave a mild warmth in the mouth that is more pronounced than a normal residual clove flavor would be, but it still manages to give me the impression of a clean finish as nothing lingers for too long.

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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 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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Kloster Weizen from Capital Brewery
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