Kapuziner Weissbier | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

BA SCORE
90
outstanding
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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59
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59
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Photo of russpowell
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent bronze with 4 fingers of egg shell white head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Fruitty, wheat malt & not much else

T: Tart & dry up front. An apricot fruittyness follows, & just a little yeasty edge. Grainyness & juicyfruit in the finish.

MF: Medium bodied, juicy with low carbonation, well balanced

Drinks very easy, more my kind of hefe ( yeast is subdued ), purists will want more yeast signature. I remember it being a little more yeasty in Germany

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of Jason
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap @ Redbones in a pint glass.

Extremely cloudy almost khaki colored with a long lasting froth, aroma and flavor of banana bread, cloves, doughy yeast and mild medicinal phenols are very expressive. The spiciness of the cloves pushes hard against any sweetness that is present, finishes semi-dry. This is a very impressive hefe and should be sought out if you are a wheat beer fan.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i would be reviewing this right after calton, wth, this is getting scary now. poured into a pint glass and enjoye while watching tv.

nice pour with a hazy golden yellowish color and a nice head of two fingers high that seemed to hang around long enough to drop some good lacing down the sides of the glass. aroma is nice banana, cloves, hints of grass, wheat, fruity yeast, pears, and a hint of lemon. carried over very well into the flavor which was dominated by light grains, fruity yeast, cloves and bananas. nice clean and smooth feel, medium on the palate with a light dry finish and a quick hint of fruit and cloves left on the palate.

overall this was a very solid beer, nice and drinkable with a classic style and really well done. a winner for sure.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour on this one is a slightly hazed golden color with a tall white head.

S: A bit more citrus to the nose than usual, but there's a lot of nice bread and wheat aromas to it, too. Some moderate bananan notes and just a hint of spice and bubblegum.

T: Sweet bread dominates and there's a bit of lemon peel and vanilla. Banana sweetness is also present, as is wheat. A bit of clove spiciness, but a bit subdued.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: I drank the bottle, but I think that was probably enough of this one. Didn't really blow me away.

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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 BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.8/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of rolltide8425
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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 jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass

Pours cloudy golden yellow with a huge, towering head that descends and hangs around. Broken rings of lacing stick to glass.

The smell is of banana/clove. Nothing unusual, but very fresh and robust.

The taste is of banana/clove - not quite as powerful as in the aroma, but pleasant. Sweet grainy malt leaves a candy-like sweetness, but well-balanced by tropical fruitiness. Finishes sweet and tangy.

The body is appropriately light, smooth and refreshing.

This is very easy-to-drink and quite the refresher/thirst-quencher

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Photo of Duff27
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -0.5%

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 MasterSki
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, poured into a weisse glass. No discernable expiry date - just a batch # (1814343...whatever that means!)

A - Golden apricot color, starts cloudy and clears up from the bottom. Thick white head that dissipates relatively quickly. A fair bit of carbonation is apparent.

S - Wheat, yeast, spice. Everyone else says bananas, but I don't smell 'em. Nothing special here.

T - Ah - there are the bananas, amongst the wheat and cloves. Not quite as much yeast in the taste. I think this tastes a fair bit better than it smells. Pleasant aftertaste too.

M - Great consistency. Smooth, a little bit creamy, and not as carbonated as it looks - just a little bit of a tingle near the end.

D - 500ml bottles are the perfect serving size for something this light, and I could imagine having quite a few on a hot summer's day.

Solid wheat beer, but not in the same class as Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a thin white head that dissipates slowly to a ring around the glass with slippery lacing. Aroma of sweet wheat and bready yeast, a hint of clove. Flavor is sweet wheat, light banana and clove, lightly biscuity. Finishes with semi-dry wheat and a pleasant very light fruit ester flavor with clove that leaves a very pleasant aftertaste. Light to medium bodied with peppery active carbonation. A very nicely made hefeweizen that hits all the right notes for the style and has its own distinct light fruit flavor in the finish. Very nice and worth revisiting.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flip top bottle poured into an Erdinger weissbrau glass intentionally served with sediment. Beer is dark amber to brown and hazy with a nice thick white head of small bubbles that completely coats the glass. The carbonation is high and aggressive but not overly so. Loots really nice, its a little dark but that might be my fault.

Aroma is sweet, mild, grainy, with some banana notes. Smells good.

Beer is medium in body and wet in the mouth. The carbonation on the palate is surprisingly low. Its tasty but slightly grainy too. The banana is a lingering flavor that fades forward from the back. I love hefeweizens and this isn't my favorite. Its probably a middle of the road hefeweizen honestly. Its good, well flavored, appropriately light. It fine.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +24.4%

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 tempest
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Normal looking hefe, a yellow-gold with cloudy yeast. The uyeast actually gives a little extra kick, so be sure to mix it in. The flavor besides that is average, but that's among other great German hefes. There's spicy banana with a touch of citrus. Not many beers pull of a complex mouthfeel, but this one's creamy mouthfeel, but it finishes juicy like a good hefe.

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Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of WesWes
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a dry, yet sweet wheat malt scent that boasts of cloves and bananas along with a fruity yeast aroma. The taste is awesome. It has a really smooth and fruity flavor that is refreshing and sweet. This is one of the best wheat beers I've ever tasted. Bananas and clove flavors scream from this one. The mouthfeel is perfect. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer is full of flavor and aroma; a perfect hefe.

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