Kapuziner Weissbier | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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90
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523 Ratings
Kapuziner WeissbierKapuziner Weissbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Germany
kulmbacher.de

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-05-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
523
Reviews:
287
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
10.95%
 
 
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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a weizen glass)
A- There is a hazy orange body with a strong carbonation of big bubbles that supports a pancake bubble head that last for a good bit.
S- There is a nice crisp pine note that has a pleasant light fresh honey note to the finish.
T- This beer has a dry club soda note with some bread dough and a faint alcohol hint. This beer has a soft flat apple juice finish with a soft bubble gum note that grows a bit as it warms.
M- This beer has a full mouthfeel with a watery texture.
D- This beer has a light crisp soft wheat bread flavor with a slight watery note. The flavor are pretty subtle but the apple flavors are a bit off.

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Photo of sfprint
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Creamy cloudy bright yellowy orange. Vivid carbonation.

S: Sour yeast, alcohol, banana. Watery smell. Decent but not great.

T: Surprisingly watery, muted flavor. Water, malty yeast, but weak. Tart. The flavor is ok though. Just not so interesting or strong.

M: Mild carbonation, somewhat soft.

D: Fine, just not interesting or what I would consider good.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dirty25
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of BrewSomerville
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aromas of citrus, and spices.

It had a big, white, rocky and fluffy head. Good head retention, one or two spots of lace. Golden/ straw in colour, and hazy.

I tasted the traditional banana & clove plus pineapple. Maybe some orange. It had a slight tartness or bitterness, but very, very subtle.

Mouthfeel was creamy smooth. It floats in your mouth.

Overall, I think it's a good heffe. Great summer Beer. I'll drink it again.

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Photo of tykechandler
3.25/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.32/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on-tap and served in a weisse vase, the beer is a creamy, cloudy, opaque orange-gold coloring with a thin, foamy, dense white head. Aromas of banana bread, orange, and a hint of clove, with some pineapple and mango highlights, also. Pineapple and clove heavy on the forward tongue, with the spice giving off to a roasted character and bready backbone, all of which is kept light and crisp by an increased and steady flow of carbonation. Decent cling of thick, foamy lace. The aftertaste gives off more of the blended fruit sweetness, with pineapple, mango, peach, and orange abound. Like drinking the juice out of a fruit cocktail. The finish has a slight cloying feel, but that is broken up quickly by the carbonation. Flavors are a wee bit too fruity for me, but it's a solid beer, nonetheless.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 BeerNinja007
3.34/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this 500mL brown bottle from Wegmans in Cicero NY for $3.69. Code 1814343 on the label. Served cold in a chilled weizen glass.

I poured this a bit heavy and backed off just in time to keep it from going over the rim. But the beer certainly did help out in that effort, because the head rose to a good 1/2" over the top of the glass and held together without spilling over (I actually measured it). Brew is a cloudy honey color with abundant carbo floating upward. Nose is stale cinnamon (AKA "styrene", the fake plasticy kind of spice that seriously turns me off. Did you ever bite into a styrofoam cup or plate etc? That's what I'm talking about), a bit of astringent banana peel, skunk, yeast. For the most part, taste follows directly from it. Feel is average for the style.

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Photo of biegaman
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured with good head, although only really the minimum you'd expect from a weiss. The body colour is murky with bits of sediments. Aroma rather pleasent, could again be more considering I know the capacity of this style. Notes of fruit and spice are detectable but far from bold. A light pungeancy, drinks as if it was served too warm. Texture wheaty: dry and grainy. A lack of finish, flavours seem to dicipate too quickly. One of the weaker German weiss beers I've tried, characteristics are just too weak.

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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 qrazvan
3.37/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ccrida
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

On draught at The Beer Stein in Eugene, OR, and served in a Schneider Weisse glass, Kapuziner Weissbier is a hazy straw color with a thin white head.

The aroma is moderate, but classic hefe, in this case all clove esters.

The taste is also classic, and while it is still heavy on the clove, it has some banana fruitiness lingering in the background.

The mouthfeel is pretty thin and a touch watery.

Easy drinking and very refreshing, and while it's a fine example of the style, it's not particularly distinct or noteworthy, and ultimately forgettable.

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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 Rihup
3.39/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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 Can_has_beer
3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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 ASirahSyrah
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kapuziner Weissbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
4.02 out of 5 based on 523 ratings.
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