Kapuziner Weissbier | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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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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Photo of ArrogantB
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle $3. Very nice looking golden, cloudy color, served in a pilsener glass. The smell was cloves and bubblegum with extra yeastiness. The taste starts out very nice with a strong bubblegum component but then finishes with a buttered popcorn flavor that I do not care for at all (diacetyl?).

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from Friar Tuck's in Savoy, IL.
No obvious bottled-on date on bottle.
Poured into a Schell's weizen glass.

Beer has, as expected, a huge off-white head that's very frothy, almost like meringue. Declines over many minutes to a constant 0.5cm cap. Leaves some good lacing on glass sides. Body is a dark copper, almost copper-brown in color, probably the darkest hefeweizen I've seen. Murky, as expected, from the yeast. Carbonation noticeable, despite the haze, and quite active.

Aroma of wheat malt, bread, applesauce, hushed other esters, and a slight yeastiness. While this may seem complex, it was heavily dominated by the malt and one has to dig for the other components. Fairly average.

Taste has similar qualities as the scent, with a strong barley and wheat malt backbone joined to very light banana esters, lemon, and clove. Aftertaste of sweet malt and slight lemony tartness. The darker body belies the stronger emphasis on the malt rather than the yeast and its metabolites (esters, etc.).

Medium-bodied with a carbonation level that is satisfying for the moderate heaviness of this beer. Feels smooth and fairly creamy on the palate. Finish is dry. A refreshing beer overall.

While this was very easy to drink, it felt lacking compared to other hefeweizens that I've had. In particular, Weihenstephaner, Ayinger, etc. are much more aromatic and flavorful than this right from the beginning. Essentially average, more focus on malt than the other flavors available from the style.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
3.4/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellowish orange color with a one and a half inch head and very good lacing.
The aroma consisted of malts,bananas,citrus and clove notes with some yeast on my nose as I began to sip.
The taste was a bit of a downer. Decent malts,mild lemon/citrus flavor with some clove hints pursuing.
Here is the thing that did not sit well, it was the mild metallic tones.
The overall feel was medium body,high carbonation and a crisp,clean finish. Some mild tartness,but overall an o.k. balance.

Notes: I am not saying I would not purchase this again,but I will say that there are many better selections available.
Perhaps this could be paired with a specific meal or on a hot day I see no harm.One can say that it was a decent brew,just do not expect the world from it.

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Photo of vancurly
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type = can.... 5L can.... @ $30 AU = $3 per 500ml weissglass... top value

But I can't help feeling I'm the butt of a practical joke.... as if someone has spiked my Schoff with a TED....

a) Fluffy white head, whipped egg-white. Colour a hazy light orange

s) Banana & orange, hint of ginger powder. Slight funkiness

f) Malt balance more barley than wheat, compared to others of style, and a more noticeable metallic hoppiness also (reminiscent of certain Aussie macros).

m) Not as wheat-creamy as I like in hefe; quite a dry finish, and a doughnut-effect hollow palate

d) With the dry finish, probably more quaffable than your typical hefe. Strange as it may seem, the dryness, funkiness and hoppiness makes it seem like someone's created a 50 using hefe & Toohey's Extra Dry

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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 gfreed
3.46/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice cloudy orange color, with plenty of yeast suspended in the glass-- more than I've seen in other German wheat beers. All that yeastiness looks great in a wheat beer glass, as it changes shape constantly and looks like thunderclouds in the glass! The head was airy and puffy, and the aroma was a tad weak for my taste. There were the usual banana/clove smells, but I like them a bit stronger. Ditto for the taste. On the Ayinger scale, I'd rate this a 7/10: worth a try but there are definitely tastier German samples available.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml swing-top bottle into a Dogfish Head off-centered pint glass.

A murky, dull peach body with a yeasty haze fills the glass. Spittle-colored foam covers Kapuziner with a thin film that retains well but leaves no lace. Soft notes of clove and white pepper in the aroma with yeasty esters that suggest banana and dried pineapple. Faint floral hops and toasted wheat malt adds a solid background.

A bit more spice in the flavor (orange peel and clove), and the crisp carbonation level dries out the finish. Light sulfur minerals in the middle with semi-stale wheat malt and vanilla flavors. Light body is crisp and packs a tight carbonation level, but feels a bit thin on the front of the tongue. Overall, Kapuziner is a decent Bavarian Hefe, but I'd take Live Oak's Hefeweizen over this any day of the week.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the better looking beers I have tasted lately, murky orange with a stable 2 inch head that seems to last forever.

Smell of wheat and slight acidic with nice clovy and lemongrass notes. In the end I get some minor band aid smells. The smell is less distinct than other weissbiers, there is just not that much too smell.

Taste was a bit disappointing, what first struck me was the thin body, a bit too thin for me. There were the obvious wheat, spiciness and cloves there, which gave the beer it's complexity, but it was just not enough. I mean the taste was present, but seemed sort of watered down.
Drinkability was good, the body was thin.

Although the taste was a bit disappointing, I cannot give this beer a bad review, it is a good beer, but lacks an outspoken taste.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 5 L mimi-keg. Pours a light golden color, with some orange tones. Very thick frothy white head. One problem with the can is that there is quite a bit of foaming, and waiting time as a result. Soft aroma of banana and clove. Slightly tart, with hints of banana. Flavor seems subdued. Good carbonation, but slightly watery. While the 5L was fun for a cookout, I was not overly impressed.

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Photo of wnh
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

9/4/09
500 mL bottle poured into a weissbier glass.

Pours a cloudy, deep, burnt-orange-tinted amber, dark for a hefe, with a relatively nondescript fluffy white head.
Aromas of dried bananas and spice, subtle enough that I can't say for sure that it's clove, with a solid yeasty bread note underneath.
Spicier on the palate than the nose would indicate, though it comes across not as clove but as perhaps coriander and baking spice. Rich and almost warming in that regard, and perhaps would work well as an autumn hefe, but not what I've come to expect. A pretty solid wheat backbone again, with a moderate lingering bitterness (hops?) on the finish.

Not bad, but not what I look for in a hefe; seems to miss some of the telltale hefe qualities.

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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 Kraken
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 4/30/09

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 16oz pint glass. Firm pour evokes 3 fingers of the purest white head made up of very fine bubbles. Head falls fairly quickly, leaving a 1/8th topping. Some spotty lacing. Color is a cloudy pale yellow.

Nose- Nice sweet orange nose. Some yeastiness. Very nice.

Palate- Fruity, with prominent citrus, sour lemons and unripened oranges. Very dry, with some underlying spice. Clean crisp finish.

Mouthfeel- Very nice and lite, active.

Drinkability- Great.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Ramsey Liquors, $2.99. Served at just over fridge temperature in a weissbier glass, the code 1826273 is lasered on the back of this 16.9oz bottle.

Appearance- Initially crystal clear and golden, the clouds appear as the unfiltered yeast is swirled in. Sexy and bone white is the three finger crown, spilling just slightly over the top of the glass. The lacing is minimal, occurring in patches around the perimeter. It's one of the murkier weissbiers I've had the pleasure of sampling.

Smell- A traditional aroma of wheat malt mingles with bright notes of tropical fruit... less obvious is the usual bubblegum and clove character I would have expected, however there is a mild burnt or toasted nose to this.

Taste- Pleasing, balanced flavors of wheat malt and associated esters that define the hefe-weizen style. Banana bread, malt, mild clove, and a gentle floral hop finish grace the palate and encourage the next sip.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The mouthfeel is flawless and dazzling... crisp and active for the first second and then, like magic, becomes seafoam and velvet in the mouth. For the price, it's a solid $1.30 more per bottle than Franziskaner or Paulaner... that alone would inhibit choosing this example over its less expensive peers. Glad to have tried this though, I wasn't disappointed.

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Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - The beer pours with a finger and a half of white foam on top of a hazy, amber-brown body. The head settles at an average pace and leaves decent lace in its wake.

S - Bready malt with a little bit of honey and clove character from the yeast.

T - Rich, biscuity malt up front with a little bit of banana character. The yeast note swells in the middle as some clove comes in and the bready malt remains strong through the finish. Some spicy wheat notes work nicely with the clove in the aftertaste.

M - A somewhat thicker body, moderately high carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - A pretty average wheat beer. The darker than average color hints at the strong, bready malt profile which adds a touch of complexity that helps to make up for the lackluster yeast character. Some clove and just a hint of banana are all we get for yeast character and that just isn't enough for a German wheat beer. Not bad, but if you can find this, there are probably better examples of the style on the shelf right next to it.

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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 CharlieMopps
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With summer long past being officially over, but summer temperatures sticking around, I thought I'd sit down with this beer and toast my confusion/fear of climate change.

A: A rather easy pour yields a massive fizzing head that bubbles quite noisily in the weizen glass. Color is a hazy, pale orange glow with hints of gold.

S: Slightly phenolic with a faint hint of bubblegum, but the yeasty and grainy aromas are actually more noticeable.

T: Pale malt introduction that segues into a wheaty middle with hints of sweetness, however this fades abruptly and washes out in the finish. Aftertaste is of ghost-like sweet fruit, but mostly the pale malt fading.

M: Light bodied, somewhat watery but not out of character for a hefe. Carbonation is minimal on the palate, but still noticeable, making for a smooth sipper.

D: I tend to see hefeweizens as a quite drinkable style on the whole, and this one has that quality. However, because it does not pack a whole lot of punch on the palate in terms of the phenols, I just don't think it's a strong hefe. While a certain grainy taste is actually welcome, there's not much else to this one.

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Photo of ybnorml
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy yellow beer. Has a big fluffy white head. The aroma of banana greets you first as you get close to the glass. Then as you are about to drink the clove note becomes apparent. The banana and clove notes continue in the taste. It has the nice juicy mouthfeel of a Hefe- . The banana note seemed to be a little off, not like fresh banana but a seriously over ripe one.

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Photo of Ego
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

$2.99 for a brown euro bomber @ DeCicco Market in Ardsley, NY (the new store - awesome place!)

eyes...
2 full fingers of cakey white fluff, it settles down at a decent clip but impressive retention remains, it is the type of head that looks like you could dip your hand in and chuck it at someone, hazy straw yellow with lots of microcarbonation. a good looking hefe.

nose...
spicy and fruity, a little more so than a lot of hefes, the wheat is in there to be sure but the fruitness is stronger here, strong bannana aroma, this demonstrates all the phases of the style well here. everything is solid but not outstanding.

taste etc...
the carbonation here is so dead on. if westephaner had this carbonation profile in a bottle it might be the perfect beer. this one is too assertive with the bannana overtones for me personally. there is a little prickly-ness to the carbonation but it is almost creamy in the mouth which alot of hefes are missing. the body is medium so it drinks heavier than most hefes also. there is too much bannana here... it isnt bad tasting at all perse but to me too much bannana = bad bannana.

verdict...
due to the over sweetness of the bannana flavor the drinkability is off on this for me, it isn't bad perse but I can see this rubbing people the wrong way. I could not go for more than one of these. but if you are looking to put a bannana in your mouth..um.. well.. bannana flavor shot into your mouth, give this one a swallow.

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Photo of JCBears
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Ah the beautiful cloudiness of a good wiesbeir. A great representative of the type. Creamy head

smell: Sweet but subtle a nice smell but could be more pronounce

taste: I must say I think it is an average tasting weissbeir. Not knocking my socks off. Semi sweet but nothing I can say is fantastic

mouthfeel: Once again par mouthfeel. Nothing special but overall good

overall: Would I drink it again, sure, would I go out of my way to buy it again, no

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.56/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 150th Review!

Poured into a Weizen glass from my Alma Mater.

From a 16.9oz bottle.

A - Pours a hazy straw colored gold with a dense white head tat goes up about 1.5 in. Active and visible carbonation can be seen rushing up from the bottom of the glass. The head is pretty well retained and some sticky lacing is left.

S - Nose is a bit light. Some bready notes and nuttiness from the yeast. Not much banana hints as expected.

T - The yeast is more prevalent than other Hefe's if tried. Yeast and dough is very prevalent almost no banana notes. Peppery and spice is prevalent similar to a good Pils but with the slight clove. Some citrusy hints are perceptible, subtle tangerine and some lemon. There is a very clean spice finish that is pleasant and crisp.

M - Very well carbonated, crisp and clean. Active bubbles massage the tounge and mouth.

D - Very refreshing like most Hefe's I know. Good choice definitely not the best or my fave.

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Photo of nickthegun12
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

not overly impressive!!!>>>really watered down tasting>>>the color is different from what i think a hefe should be>>>the smell is not bad>>>after smelling this beer out of a pint glass i was expecting this beer to be pretty good>>>but its only decent>>>the only thing i can say about this beer is that its pretty darn drinkable>>>

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Photo of DrJay
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy peach colour with a fluffy white head. The cap settled slowly until it reach a quarter inch thick and it produced clumpy lace. Aromas of cloves, lemon, white bread, dough, and a hint of banana. Lots of wheat in the flavour, spice and citrus were mild, quite bready with a little fruitiness. Smooth, nearly slick texture, average carbonation, medium/light bodied. Decent, but it didn't blow my socks off. It's a nice drinking hefe, well balanced, but a little more punch would make this a lot more memorable.

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Photo of prototypic
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bavarian Hefeweizen pours a hazy light gold color. Backlighting gives it a slightly yellow look. It's topped with a vanilla colored head that easily stands three fingers tall. It held up fairly well and took its time receding. A light trail of lace followed along as it descended.

The nose is alright. Initially, it smells very yeasty and doughy. That's followed by a fairly strong grainy smell. It's nice and earthy. Clove emerges and really seems to take over the nose once it does. It smells a little too strong. A little banana is present. That's a little disappointing. It just doesn't seem to have a nice banana/clove balance. It's skewed too far in the spicy direction. Still not bad though. Just a little off from my preference.

The flavor profile isn't materially different. It's very spicy from the first sip. Clove and pepper flavors are a little too intense. Yeast and light citrus flavors follow. Light lemon and orange are the most notable flavors. I thought I picked up a little banana on the nose, but I'm not getting even that much in the flavor. That's disappointing. A world class Hefe needs to bring the banana. Grainy and earthy notes permeate throughout. It finishes grainy and spicy. To be fair, this is a pretty good Hefe. It's actually surprisingly good given its banana deficiency. Still a far cry from competing with the world's best though.

It has a lighter body that's nearly smooth. Carbonation is active, but doesn't hurt the feel in any way. Not bad. Drinkability is actually good. The flavor could be better, but is pretty good. It goes down easy and fast. I don't think I've encountered a Hefe that didn't have good drinkability. Knock on wood.

Bavarian Hefeweizen is a pretty good Hefe, but doesn't have nearly enough banana to be a great Hefe. The spicy aspect of it is just a little too strong and perhaps even masks some of the banana flavor. I don't know. Nonetheless, working out that kink would improve it quite a bit. Despite that shortcoming, it still manages to be pretty tasty. It won't displace any of the world's best Hefes, but it's definitely worth a try. Even a pretty good Hefe will suffice this time of year, no?

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

good refreshing lunch beer. Worked here in the winter. Yeast and wheat worked for great aroma and easy drinking taste. Bubblegummy banana smoothy fruit flavour. Yeasty apple pie creamy body of aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, though a little aggressive carbonation.

Had again in July and nowhere as good , must be older bottle. I have split the rating down.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange-gold color with decent head and nice lacing. Aroma is spicy with a bit of sweetness. Flavor is good with some malt sweetness, yeastiness and plenty of banana flavor. Maybe a bit too much. Mouthfeel is nice. A drinkable beer that I enjoyed more than most of the style I have had.

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