Kapuziner Weissbier | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Kapuziner WeissbierKapuziner Weissbier
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Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Germany | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-05-2002

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4.02
pDev:
14.93%
 
 
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Photo of Jerseyislandbeer
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Found in a supermarket in Berlin. Pours a hazy light orange colour with a lovely foamy head that leaves lacings. Aromas of banana, clove & wheat. Tastes of banana, peach, mild citrus, clove & wheat. Aftertaste is of a mild banana wheat bitterness. Overall much better than I expected, and one I could have had a second of quite easy.

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Photo of stevoj
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice pour, but flavor and aroma leave something to be desired. Standard weizen aromas and flavors, but a lot fainter than in some of its competitors. Surprised at the high ratings, as I don’t think it’s that good.....After all I’ve read, I’m a bit disappointed

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Photo of TH28
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Can’t decipher the code date. Appearance: Deep golden/light brown, cloudy, with a thick long lasting white head. Aroma: Bready, wheat, spicy clove yeast. Banana is there but on the low side for a hefe. Taste: Sweet bready and wheat maltiness, light citrus, pear, and moderately high clove spice. Low banana character and low bitterness. Mouthfeel: Medium body with light creaminess and moderate carbonation Finish: Dry and a little sticky on the tongue, with lingering pear and clove. Overall: An easy drinking, refreshing hefe. Nice body and clove aroma and flavor. Taste is on the sweeter side with a lower banana character than others in the style.

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Photo of Premo88
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz. bottle poured into wheat-beer glass

L: turbid gold with plenty of amber, dark for a hefe, with a massive rush of foam that fills the top bulb of the glass quickly; much clearer than it seemed at first and showing all kinds of activity in the glass, hundreds of bubbles grouping then gathering speed and flying up the column to create a thick 1/4- to 1/3-inch skin of offwhite/beige foam, some sticking ... the foam on this thing is incredible; an easy 5

S: sour grain, sour banana ... has a slight tartness to it; rust, dust; sweetens as it warms; definitely a "sour" note in this one, very odd ... it's the second bottle I've tried, and the first bottle gave off nothing but sweet notes, like a caramel-dipped banana; this one doesn't have that same sweetness; as it warms, more of the sweet malt shows up

T: lots of banana with a slight toasted malt aftertaste; some grain; a little spice, clove; the toasted flavor grows as we go, but it's still subtle

F: crisp at first, becomes silkier as you go; the carbonation releases so fast and strongly that you drink through a skin early, softening it a bit; solid midweight

O: great hefe ... even the bit of sourness in the nose can't ruin what's been two fantastic pints of this beer separated by about a week; the first pint definitely had a better aroma, lots of caramel sweetness around the banana; the pour is amazing, and the head it pushes up is impressive; the occasional toasted notes are nice ... at times, it's a bit like a graham cracker/banana treat; a great beer I'll be seeking out again

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L- Hazy bright golden body with an incredible 3 fingers of foamy compact white head. Looks like a nitro beer, long persistence.
S- Wheat, banana, spices.
T- White bread, lemon, wheat, clove, spices, pear.
F- Well carbonated, rich, silky.
O- Very good beer. Smell and taste could be a bit better.

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Photo of janubio
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy golden our, with a big head that sticks forever and leaves an norms lace. Smell of bananas, clove, apricot. I feel some tobaco notes. Great carbonation, body is medium-light. Taste of bananas, clove, citrus, apricot. Good.

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Photo of drmeto
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L:
-pours a cloudy golden-orange with a small,creamy,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-banana,clove,white bread,honey,slightly wheaty,pineapple
T:
-lemon,apples,pears,clove,oniony,honey,slightly wheaty,pineapple
-slightly more bitter than its contemporaries
F:
-medium carbonation
-light body
O:
Decent one.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With a bold honey color, it has a subtle lemon taste backed up with a nice, bready malt backbone. Because this lemon taste doesn’t have a rough bitter bite, it’s as though you are having a nice lemon cake! This beer tastes just like the Sudwerks Hefeweizen from Davis, California, only filtered as a Weissbier and is more yeasty and bready, and the later parts are good thing! For those into Hefeweizens, I highly recommend Karl Strauss’ Hefeweizen and La Cumbre’s A Slice of Hefen!

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Photo of jcance
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Saw this in the store for 8 euros for a 5L keg. Label looked like some serious work went into it (fancy gold lettering and all that jazz) so I looked it up on here. Really great ratings on here, and the price was right so I decided to give it a try despite not being the hugest fan of weissbier.

Filled a wine glass halfway. I'm not sure if it's that it's in a keg or if it's the brand of beer, but there was tons of foam. Basically the entire glass was foam. Let it sit and it mellowed revealing a beautiful golden hue. Translucent but not to the point where you could see something on the other side of the glass.

I'm really surprised by the flavor of this. I was expecting something hardly different from other popular weissbiers but it's really got a unique flavor. There's an underlying richness that brings to mind flavors that are more subtle in other weissbier. The thing I am really enjoying about it is the lack of the overwhelming sweetness that I usually identify with weissbier/hefe. It's really quite a welcome difference.

The overall flavor of this beer is hard to describe. The carbonation is proper; the beer is incredibly smooth. I can barely detect any hops, which is not exactly a plus for me, but I'm not honestly that upset about it. It's about as easy to drink as water, and that's not an exaggeration. I would describe the texture as very silky. You can actually taste some faint flavor from the alcohol, which actually seems to enhance the rich flavors in the beer.

Weissbier is far from my favorite style of beer, but this is easily the best one I've had. I have no complaints and could see myself drinking a lot of this in the future. Strongly recommended.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
4.88/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Looks deep amber, hazy with a white foam head. Smells spicy, fruity, bananas, bread, yeast, clove. Taste is refreshing, citric, low bitterness, perfect representation of the hefeweizen style.

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Photo of Malt_Man
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served cold from 500ml flip-top bottle into Schneider Weisse glass.

L) Pale orange-yellow colour, cloudy, lots of bubbles. 6mm smooth white head.

S) Orange-citrus and yeasty clove.

T) Light sweetish caramel flavour, with spritzy citrus-lemon balance. No bitterness.

F) Lightish mouthfeel with fairly strong carbonation and attendant acidity. Very refreshing and enjoyable.

O) Very solid Weizen, I can't fault it really. A refreshing one for a warm day.

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Photo of djura
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Excellent orange color, decent white foam.
S - Fruits, orange and apple with some grains aroma.
T/M - Above average Weis. Usual aroma of banana, citrus, but less spices, which is plus for this beer.

O - Drinkable and decent beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

how have i not heard of this before? its so good, enjoyed on tap at bull and bush last night. man those guys have really stepped up their guest tap game! this is a strange take on the hefe style, although im sure its far more traditional than many of the american ones i have sort of let pervert my interpretation of authentic. this is really really cloudy, yeasty, and thick. its not all that appealing looking in the pint glass aside from the off white head it comes out with and holds for a few minutes. it smells the part, wheat heavy for sure, tannic and textures right off the get go with the grain, but it fits. what surprised me the most about this german hefe, is that its not very banana forward. thats the main flavor descriptor with these, and its in such trace amounts as to be irrelevant here, yet the beer is still super yeasty, which is almost hard to figure out. bready and doughy and breakfasty, but not banana. not clove either, no spice here really at all, the yeast is mild, but its also somehow full flavored. impressive, and i like it more the more i drink it. filler bodied, and not as well carbonated as some others, but this beer is pretty awesome on the whole, and i could pick it out of a crowd of 100 hefeweizens, which i cant say about too many beers. really solid stuff, rustic, timeless.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Ah, hefeweizen - a difficult style to master and one that demands an elegance of simplicity. Expectations are high given the brewery, but can this compete with world-class offerings?

BOTTLE: 1 pint 9.4 fl oz. Brown glass. Swingtop, with a paper neck label splayed across the bar of the swingtop to ensure the contents are as labelled (this label is ripped when the swingtop is opened). "2412212." Green label. I guess Kulmbacher rebrands this is as "Bavarian Hefe-Weizen" for the American export market.

Cost was $3.29 USD at an Austin, TX bottle shop. 5.40% ABV. Served cold into a pilsner glass.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 3.5 fingers wide. Creamy frothy white colour head. Good even consistency, with a natural smoothness. Appears healthy and lively. Retention is quite good - easily 10 minutes. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Clear copper, with more of a filtered kellerweiss look and no yeast particulate at all. It's not the vibrant orange colour with ample haziness that I expect in a good example of the style.

It's appealing, sure, but I've seen far better in the style. This fails to rival offerings from Ayinger, Franziskaner, Weihenstephaner, Erdinger, et al.

AROMA: It's more the banana and clove camp of hefe character than the orange peel and cream, but I do note some sherbert characteristics. The clean wheat backbone is nice, but could come off more fresh. Clean barley. Mild floral hop character.

Overall, it's appealing for a hefeweizen. Aromatic intensity is average.

I'd like a more vitamin-y overt yeast character, as well as more evocative wheat. Orange peel would be nice.

TASTE: Has a clean wheat backbone but the freshness just isn't there. The clove and banana yeast characteristics are lovely, but I'd prefer orange peel personally. The banana isn't artificial (i.e. runt-esque, if you will) and tastes authentic.

Kulmbacher nails the balance that is integral to the style, and brings plenty of subtlety and nuance to the table, but to be fair there are more intricate weissbiere with a fresher presentation and even subtler flavour profiles out there. To nitpick, the clove is a bit reticent and the yeast could be more evocative.

TEXTURE: Delightfully creamy, light, and refreshing. It's a bit too full-bodied; I wonder if more of a flaked malt bill would leaven this up a bit. Aptly smooth and wet, with a biteen too much thickness and weight on the palate. Overall presence on the palate is quite good, though it could use some dialing in to really elevate the beer. The best brews in the style are uniquely delicate and fragile in the mouthfeel, but this is fairly middle-of-the-road.

OVERALL: Of course it's highly drinkable, but not so much so as my personal favourites in the style (Ayinger, Franziskaner, Weihenstephaner). Its well-worth trying, and banana hefeweizen fans will love it, but for my money I'd sooner go for a more orange peel-emphatic build with a lighter fresher feel. I'll plan on revisiting this on-draught, but based on this imported bottle, this won't amaze the discerning drinker. Certainly better than many U.S. attempts at the style, but not world-class.

B-

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Photo of Elspeth
4.7/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers I've tried, bought a 32oz growler and am thinking about getting some more. I love the taste of the beer, could drink this every day.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Sampling right now after league bowling on 12/9/14. Comes in a single 500ml (16.9 ounce) bottle for $3.99 with a ceramic stopper. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in a .5L French Jelly glass.

Pours a hazy orange-apricot in color with a good 4 to 5 finger white frothy/foamy head that last a good bit before finally settling down to a good 3mm or so after 15 mins. A good amount of sediment is seen at the bottom of the bottle. Decent lacing is seen that sticks to the glass in 'wishbone' form. The aroma is very pleasant of sweet wheat, banana with a hint of spice. Pretty much the same for the taste with the wheat, spice (cloves) banana with a touch of honey coming through for the very smooth finish. Goes down very easy with no bitter or harsh aftertaste at all! Medium-bodied with perfect carbonation , which isn't much actually. A really great brew! PROST!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle marked 2412212 at 40 degrees into shaker
Aroma of fruity yeast phenolics
Head enormous (> 8 cm), off white, frothy, slooowly diminishing to
Lacing excellent - complete rings 1.5 cm wide and 2-3 mm thick
Body medium yellow, hazy
Flavor begins slightly sweet and fruity with some banana and clove flavors; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4.25, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.5

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.06/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

500 mL flip-top pours a hazed orange color with an ample cap of white head. Darker than a typical hefe and the head shows great retention and lace.

Nose leans heavier on the bananas than cloves with a pungent malt graininess.

Flavor has much more malt that Im used to is a hefe and honestly tastes a bit stale. I wonder how old this is...The yeast is subdued and unfortunately not very pronounced. Still easily finshable, but disappointed. Was hoping for a better hefe.

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Photo of Jor-El
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Appearance 3.5
Hazy yellow to very light orange, lasting head/thick lace.
Aroma 4
Loads of banana nut bread, grapefruit, wheat.
Mouth feel 4.25
Very balanced and finishes semi dry.
Taste 4.25
Great Weiss very enjoyable and balanced taste from sip to finish. Starts out thick with bananas. Yeasty with strong citrusy middle and nice banana bread finish.
Overall this is a fine example of the Weiss style and very drinkable.

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Photo of FLima
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color with a huge head with eternal retention and leaving laces.
Delicious aroma with lots of bananas, cloves, yeast, mild herbal hops, vanilla and bread.
Predominant flavor of oranges, cloves and lemon. Interesting that the bold banana smell did not showed up in the mouth. Hints of grassy hops, pears and sweet pineapples. Dry aftertaste with a light bitterness.
Light bordering medium body with appropriate carbonation
Nice Hefeweizen with relatively higher intense of spices and hops. Not sweet and with a good deal with barley malt as opposed to mostly wheat. If you dig the style, this one is a must.

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Photo of Tomais
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Six months before sell-by-date.

This is another one of those beers where I thought it wasnt going to be great just from the label (dont judge a book by it's cover...)

Bottle is cold, maybe 6 or 7°C (less than 45°F).
Pours a big head that overflows, colour is cloudy dull orangish yellow. No lacing.

Smell is cloves - I dont think I've yet smelt so clearly and strongly just one thing from a beer. Maybe if it was warmer there'd be more going on - and I still have to tip in the end of the bottle.

It is very carbonated - too much - in spite of the agressive pour.
First taste is cloves. There's that medicinal thing going on - I like it, but it's a bit too metallic in the finish. As it warms I get lots of fruitiness filling out the picture. Still got that medicinal finish but the fruit soften the metal.

Adding the yeast rounds it out another little bit - but not as much as I'd hoped. Fills out the aroma nicely though.
This beer reminds me a lot of Schneider-Weisse Tap 7 wheat beer - both really good !

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(flip top bottle, code 2348312 - poured into a weizen glass)

A: huge, billowy head out of the bottle, bit of a mashed potato contour as it falls... light amber liquid with a mild haze... superb head retention - solid cm cap

S: day old white bread, banana chips... background dried grass... pretty textbook stuff, if a tad dull (likely not the freshest of bottles!)

T: dried yeast, dead grass, delicate powdered clove and dried lemon peel in the aftertaste... the bready and mild caramel flavors seem absent, muted here... mild hop bitterness, very little perception of sweetness

M: appropriately medium-bodied, vaguely chewy, with a fantastically leveled dry finish... despite the excellent head stand, this seems a tad flat - maybe a tickle in the finish, but not much

O: I've had this on tap and it was revelatory, one of the best - this seems like an old bottle... where that draft version was exploding with layers of doughy and mashed banana flavors, this is drying out and sort of dull, a shadow of its bad, fresh self... gotta find a better bottle, come back with (the appropriate) higher marks

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Photo of James_at_Specs
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I was craving a hefeweizen after work today and decided to try this one. I'm glad I did.

Bottle poured into my trusty Flying Saucer pint glass.

Pours a cloudy bright orange with a two-finger, frothy white head, which dissipates slowly with almost no lacing. Strong carbonation.

Smell is BIG banana esthers and clove followed by lemon tart. Not as bready as other hefes I've tried. Quite inviting in this hot weather.

Taste is crisp oranges and fleshy lemons followed by cloves and light banana. Finish is slight bready with crisp citrus. Not a "banana bomb."

Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy with decent thickness.

Overall, this is one of the better hefeweizens I've had since coming back from Germany. Highly recommended and will buy again.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the swing top bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Big fluffy and uniform creamy off white and vanilla yellow, eggy looking head. Cloudy and deep rusted bronze body and fairly opaque if a little hazy. Creamy retention slowly settling, can't see much carbonation through the glass since it's quite dark for a body color.

I am loving this nose. Big fruity esters, and spritzy wine like aromas. Hints of lemon, and spicy classic clove characters. Bready caramel and toffee sweetness round out, lots of hinting cinnamon, powdered sugar and toast. Really impressive.

With that angle coming, I thought I was in for something really unique. In the end we have just classic hefe. Palate fills with a bright fruited sense of lemon, then finishes with some good hinting banana. Lightly bodied on the palate, and minimal carbonated, but some of the lightness causes some of the malts to wash out.

Overall pretty neat one, but comes out like a classic in it's realm.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer was poured from a mini keg into a weizen glass.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a hazy pale orange with some vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Banana bread, clove, spices, vanilla, wheat, and grassy hops.

Taste: Wheaty, sweet, banana, clove, spice, some bitterness, grassy hops, and wheat tart.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, refreshing, delicious, light to medium bodied, wheat tartness, and medium carbonation.

Overall: I like this a lot. Second glass and this mini keg still has more. Awesome.

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