Kapuziner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #13
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,572
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 10.86%
Reviews:
299
Ratings:
564
From:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  64
Gots
  68
SCORE
90
Outstanding
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brewerburgundy from California

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft, served in branded 0.5l Weizen glass.

It’s beautiful and hard to imagine a more stylistically perfect appearance than this hazed medium gold beer. The bubble artistry is probably the real attraction in its fluffy, shade of white, cloud-like Head. It only suffers in a surprising light lace.

Chalky, banana, hint of clove, and not overpowering in any way.

More spot on banana and clove flavors both complete the style picture and blend seamlessly with a robust bitterness. This beer is regulated so well from the esters to the level of sweetness.

It has what I call a matte mouthfeel; a combination of yeast and bitterness that lays on the tongue and sometimes on your teeth. Carbonation battles this well and again achieves balance, leaving no objectionable aftertaste.

This is a very good Hefeweizen.

Jun 21, 2018
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Jugs_McGhee from Colorado

3.34/5  rDev -17.5%
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-

Feb 17, 2015
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lightly misty polished gold suffused with the merest hint of orange. Slow, stately streams of carbonation rise through the beer to feed the tremendously attractive head. The cap is pearl colored and is as firmly creamy as any I've seen on a beer of this style. A thick collar of lace is the only glass garnish at present, although it looks as if more will appear as the beer falls with drinking.

The nose is fantastic. It contains all the requisite elements of the style and presents them in a beautiful symphony of smell. Malted wheat is mixed with sweet banana and muted clove. If the aroma is any indication, this beer will be a humdinger on the palate.

Kapuziner Weissbier is one of the most complex hefes that I've ever had. The lightly toasted, tangy wheat backbone is substantial and is the main reason why the beer is as good as it is. This is exactly how I prefer them: sweet and wheaty with plenty of yeasty fruit and spice. Sugared banana and zesty clove provide the flavor fireworks in each mouthful. The hefe weizen banan-o-meter score is a respectable 3.5/5.0.

An additional member of the flavor profile (that, surprisingly, contributes something of value) is peppery alcohol. Appreciable alcohol in a beer of this style is usually ruinous, but it works wonderfully well and gives the beer a power and seriousness that most versions lack.

The mouthfeel is impressively creamy and supremely smooth. Although far from al dente, it's about as chewy as this style gets. The energetic carbonation stops well short of annoying and gives additional pizzaz to a beer whose flavor profile is bursting with it. Drinkability is off the charts.

Kapuziner Weissbier can stand alongside the best hefes in Deutschland (and, therefore, in the world at large). In fact, I'd have to drink it side by side with Ayinger Brau Weisse to arrive at a favorite. I'm not about to do that, though, because I'm happy to have both beers share my top spot. If a better hefe weizen exists, I'd love to taste it.

Sep 14, 2005
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Gritsak from West Virginia

4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- a cloudy pale yellow with a huge fluffy white head. Retention is excelent and it laces till the last sip.

S- typical german hefe smell..lots of yeast, banana, some clove and lemon spice. It did seem a little less potent then some of the other big name hefe's, but still pleasant.

T- dominated by the yeasty banana flavor, but there is also a light hop tingle at the finish that adds to the crisp feel.

M- very smooth and creamy. as one can expect, light carbonation and a medium body.

D- extremely easy to drink. I could stick with this all night long.

overall- picked up a "mini keg" of this and split it with a friend. after the initial all head pour, it came out smooth and went down even easier. Very light on the palate and overall refreshing and smooth. At a little over $10 for almost 14 beers, that tough to beat. Especially when its such a good beer.

Apr 30, 2006
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Malt_Man from England

4.09/5  rDev +1%
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.

Aug 02, 2015
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putnam from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A tall, roiling, starch and protein bomb emerged over this muddy yellow liquid. The top layer was glazed pearlescent. It chattered.
The aromas were rebel-hoppy.
"This is Bavarian Hefe Weizen?"
Aromas of popperings, glazed lemons, cakes, doughs, sweet fruit cocktail, angelfood, clove-laden pineapple cakes, dry, juicy apricots, cream, butter...
pine...
lime...
keylime, cinnamon.
An unctuous, melting texture.
Flavors of orange, pepper and sour banana give it seriousness.

The hops and thorough attenuation make it bone dry, but it is loaded with glycerin.

Nov 23, 2004
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justinehrlich from Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Oct 09, 2013
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yaron73 from Israel

4.44/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 06, 2017
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BeerResearcher from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9oz dark brown bottle. No freshness date.
It pours a hazy honey amber color with a snow-white head.
It smells much like a field of wild flowers with a hint of citrus peel and cloves. An odd split oak woody aroma is noticed.
The body has a cereal grain taste to it. A taste of honey and caramel begin to strengthen as it warms.
The hops have a slightly sour citrusy taste and a mild flavor of green apples and cloves. A hint of bananas peeks through.
A light peppery spiciness is noticed throughout the glass.
Much better on tap!

Jul 24, 2004
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ejh06752 from New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Jun 11, 2012
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VoxRationis from New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted into American pint glass. Pours a hazy honey brown color. Really interesting mocha taste (I just wasn't expecting this from a heze weizen). Light bodied consistent with alcohol content. Would serve this to beer afficiandos.

Feb 17, 2017
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UncleJimbo from Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap in Bamberg, Germany.

This hefeweizen poured a cloudy, golden tan color with white foam that left lace on the glass. The smell was very nice: fruity banana, yeast, and some wheat. The taste was first banana and clove up front, and then yeast and wheat followed. The finish was nicely tart. The mouthfeel was smooth and yeasty with medium body and medium-low carbonation feel. This was a very tasty hefeweizen.

Dec 10, 2003
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Hopsohard from California

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 07, 2018
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WVbeergeek from West Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Cloudy golden sunshine tone with a large fluffy effervescent white head leaves scattered specks of lacing around my wheat beer glass. Aroma: Rich banana clove tones strong citrus scent ties it altogether with the yeast inspired tones with a finishing touch of Hallertau hops. Taste: Syrupy sweet banana finish wheat is sharply sweet the clove and citrus/tropical fruit tone is incredible one of the most impressive wheat beers I've tasted by far. Mouthfeel: Bubbly texture medium body to it fluffy and chewy nice sensations across the palate. Drinkability: Excellent, had Weihenstephaner on draft last night and I must say I like this one at least twice as much from the bottle good stuff.

Feb 11, 2004
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InspectorBob from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Feb 24, 2014
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mishi_d from Romania

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

May 15, 2017
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Gusler from Arizona

4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a nice “Chill Hazed” golden light amber color with a prodigious head that is bright white, the consistency frothy, and as it dissipates, it leaves a fine coating to conceal the glass. Nose has a distinct bread dough aroma, sweet malt, citrus crisp and clean, and a real sniffable beer, with the start sweet and full of malt, a middling top. Finish has a nice hop presence, mildly acidic, the after taste dry and long lasting.

Feb 18, 2003
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Spineypanda from Texas

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy straw color, with a decent head.
Smells are lacking in the clove that I usually get in bavarian hefe's and the banana, but it has a more mild smell.
The taste is quite Bavarian however, but it is more citrusy than I expected.

A good example of a German wheat.

Aug 09, 2010
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jhart96 from England

3.91/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Jun 19, 2017
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RBorsato from Virginia

4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy, cloudy orange-ish gold with a full white head and lasting carbonation. A fruity bubblegum aroma and a fruity taste but not really banana; More apple-ish maybe with a bit spicy finish. Light bodied, smooth, and refreshing.

[11.2 oz bottle]

Nov 18, 2002
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nathanmiller from New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jun 19, 2015
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Fedebadra from Argentina

4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Oct 21, 2017
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Zraly from Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

O beautiful day that I should partake in such liquid silk...

This intoxicatingly good hefeweiss is a hazy, lazy-day gold with a generous, fluffy cloud sitting on top of it. The scent has a nose of spice and overall, the presentation is fit for royalty.

There is the presence of the clove and banana character that is popular to most well-crafted wheats, but this has so much more going on. There are lovely notes of strawberry, melon, juicy citrus, vanilla, black pepper and a nice touch of sweet malt. The carbonation is right on the money, and compliments the complexity of this ale brilliantly. It is rich and luscious in mouthfeel, and undeniably smooth on the palate. The finish is pure and refreshing. A slight, mellow tingle lingers on in the mouth.

I think this would go great with some pork ribs that have been rubbed down with some Jerk seasoning. Perhaps with a side of beans that have been cooked in coconut milk.

O, who cares at this point. This is a treat in and of itself.

Jul 09, 2003
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Brabander from Netherlands

4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a real treat on a warm day like today. The last two weeks Holland has one of the warmest days in september and october for a long time.

I bought this Weissbier a week ago and what can one drink better than this style on a hot day.

Weissbier is one of my favourite German styles and this one is no exeption! Best before may 2012. Bottle is one with a porcelan cap. Nice.

Opens with a 'plop' and then smoke comes out of the bottles. Poured in a Franziskaner Weizenbier glass. Pefect pour with the nicest head i have seen in a long time and supercarbonation. The beer is bit cloudy somewhat darker yellow. Five fingers head, veru soft an bubbly.

Typical Weizenbiersmell of yeast and hints of citron. Soft taste with a bit of sweetness, wished i had cooled the bottle a bit more. Very tasty.

Oct 01, 2011
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insouciantx from New York

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Mar 06, 2018
Kapuziner Hefe-Weissbier Naturtrüb from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 564 ratings