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Kapuziner Weissbier | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Germany
kulmbacher.de

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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#3,383
Reviews:
287
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529
pDev:
10.92%
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4.42
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
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 kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, caramel, spice, and banana aromas. Taste is much the same with wheat, spice, and banana flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a really solid combination of banana and spice aspects all around.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
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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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy golden yellow in color and had a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured into a weizen glass with a two finger high white head that slowly died down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of apple, banana and clove in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is dominated by flavors of bananas; there are also some notes of clove, wheat and yeast as well as some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink, refreshing and thirst quenching.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.34/5  rDev -17.1%
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 emerge077
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a a cloudy golden yellow with a foamy, white, four-finger head. It left lace.

S - It smelled of banana, clove and wheat.

T - It tasted of banana and sweet wheat. There were also citrus and clove flavors.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - A very good hefe. Very well balanced.

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Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Top 50 German beers tick #23, wahoo. Bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt, no freshness date.

The body is a dirty dark amber, not exactly the most appetizing appearance, but you have to be a little forgiving with weizens. It pours with an inch and a half of white suds, which settles to a thin cap in time.

It smells pleasantly citrusy, lemon and lime-like. There's a light malty sweetness, wheat and tropical fruit (pineapple) along with a dash of spice. Pretty distinctive for the style, actually.

Taste is quite good, very fruity - lemon, pineapple, banana. Clove and pepper are noticeable up front, but fade away mid-palate. Malty, but not particularly sweet at any point, this is refreshing stuff. The finish is mellow and brief, banana and pear-like esters lingering on the tongue.

Very good, certainly a standout hefeweizen. Glad I finally got around to trying this.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Kulmbacher Kapuziner (say that three times fast) offers a beautiful appearance in the glass with a hazy (but not cloudy) golden-orange body that displays very fine, effervescent bubbles rising steadily beneath a huge head of bright-white froth. The head holds exceptionally well and leaves nice, wide rings of lace and bolds splashes about the glass. The nose is somewhat restrained for the style but offers some banana (and crisp apple) but little clove; and mainy expresses a sweetish, wheat-based maltiness. The body is medium and dextrinous with a very fine carbonation that leaves it creamy and smooth. The flavor displays a rich but not overly sweet, wheat malt that's touched by banana and light, juicy summer fruits (apple, and perhaps some melon) backed by a sublime bitterness and delicate spiciness. Some hop flavors even peek through at the swallow! It's very well-balanced and smooth - and not as richly sweet and effervescent as some - but possibly more drinkable. Well done! And certainly worth seeking out for fans of the style! Unique!

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Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On [email protected] armsby abbey.
A: Huge head so big the pour takes longer than Guiness. As it fades it leaves a nice lacing and notches for each sip. Its a hazywheat golden orange color.

N: nice bavarian here with nice wheat, obvious German Bavarian malts, citrus and orange peel, lemon grass, effervescence.

T: Starts like a hefe, wheat citrus lemongrass, Bavarian malts, banana, light pale grassy hops even. Slightly chewy, little Bavarian yeast with fruit and crispness.

M: Med to lighter body with good carbonation.

F: crisp finish, lingering wheat, little sweetness and sticky, little too sweet overall, some citrus, fruits and banana. Lingering Bavarian malts and fruity crisp yeast remnants. Drinkable and tasty for a summer here, but a little too sweet and sticky.

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2.5/5  rDev -38%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.73/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy and bright light amber color with a large white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is strong with wheat and yeast, along with a touch of lemon & spice and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is very well-balanced with flavors of wheat, lemon, banana, spice, hops and a light malt character. All of the flavors compliment each other and there isn't that skunky bite in the finish that can often occur in beers of this style. The after-taste is bready with a very mild sweetness.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy body, nice clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down extremely easily, not very filling, excellent representation of style, I could stick with this beer for quite a long time. This one is definitely one of the best that I've had in style.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a nice big blooming head that settles very nicely,aroma is a little smokey and clovey but a little subdued.Taste has some nice weizen traits some cloviness and some light smokiness but misses a little something maybe some banana notes?Bottle says this brew has a delightful tropical fruitiness,I dont quite taste that but pretty decent beer none the less.

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Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
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 Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of dcmchew
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.33/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nathanmiller
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Kapuziner Weissbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 529 ratings
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