Kapuziner Weissbier | Kulmbacher Brauerei AG

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Kapuziner WeissbierKapuziner Weissbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
Germany | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-05-2002

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285
Ratings:
512
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
14.93%
 
 
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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 indesertum
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

hazy golden caramel color. 4 inch head. retention is not that long (a minute or two)

not a strong smell (it's been sitting out for 10 minutes). clean, slightly citrusy slightly wheaty

flavor is fantastic. wondefully wheat taste. a kind of rich complexity from the yeast. hops are very minimal. finish is quite short. a bit of banana

mouthfeel is just awesome. a nice velvety feel.

definitely a fantastic summer beer. as good as the paulaner, weihanstephaner, and the ayinger hefeweizens. would definitely buy again. i just wish the finish was a little longer. it feels a little on the thin side. it tastes like a very elite macrobeer

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Photo of Rootdog316
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Sswing top bottle, 500 ml.Poured hazy orange color with a frothy head. Nice lacing. Typical banana and yeast aroma. Flavor is banana and clove, some spicyness and bubblegum. Very drinkable, making this hefeweizen one of the better I have tried. I'd buy it more often, by my neighbor brought this home from Germany so I'm not sure where to find out where I live. Never seen it in a store anywhere.

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Photo of dbaker61
3.15/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden yellow color, a little cloudiness; not as much as many other hefeweizens. About one finger of foam, much less than expected. Moderate amount of lacing.

Smell: Got a good hit of banana esters from the freshly opened can, but not much after it was in the glass.

Taste: This is a hefeweizen? A balance of malt sweetness and some hops flavors, but not much banana, cloves, yeast or other typical hefeweizen flavors.

Mouthfeel: A bit light in body. Crsip finish. Good carbonation.

Overall: A disappointment. It tastes okay, but I can't understand the high ratings this beer has been getting. Bad batch or damaged in shipping (I'm in China)? Next time I want a hefe, I'll look elsewhere.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
2.53/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Good lord, it's hard to find this actual beer. The German breweries are the WORST when it comes to renaming their beer styles for the U.S. Market...This has to be like the 10th different beer name I've found from a German brewer. Fine, it's a "weizenbier" in Germany, but all of a sudden it becomes a "hefe-weizen" in the U.S. WTF!!!

In any event, this is a quickie...

The basics: $3.99/500ml FLIP-TOP bottle and 5.4% ABV...OK on both accounts..

Slightly hazy, pale amber with almost no head or lacing...Yikes...

Very malty aroma, has a super-sweet almost cloying aroma to it, like the yeast didn't fully eat all the wort sugars...If you've ever brewed beer, it smells exactly like caramel malt extract...Yikes...

Flavor is ho hum..In fact, I'd say it's not good...I'm actually getting more disappointed the more I drink it. Some spritz from the carbonation greets you with a quick handshake, then it leaves you so the yeast (if that's what I'm tasting, though I'm pretty sure) comes up and waves as it passes by...Who was that??!! Then the finish gets a tad thin and nothing really meets you on your way out..."See the Egress" as P.T. Barnum used to say!!! Wait, where was the flavor?? That, my dear friends, is the conundrum...

What I like most: The German origin of this beer...

What I like least: Everything about this beer...

Verdict: How a brewery like Weinhenstephaner can do this so much better for even cheaper is beyond me...Don't even bother with this when you can find like 30 German Weizenbiers for less that are better...

<edit>: I'm actually dumbfounded that people think this is good beer given they can spend less for better German Hefe-Weizens...it's mind-boggling..

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Photo of atlason
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from 1/2 liter flip top bottle poured into Hefeweizen glass. No freshness date to be seen.

Pours a clear medium amber before being taken over by yeasty haze. Medium/low head for Weizen with low retention and only slight lacing.

Sweet yeast on the nose.

Taste is fruity with slightly orange flavor. Wheat is well integrated. Hops barely present. Very little spicy notes or banana.

Mouthfeel is crisp with low carbonation for the style. Highly drinkable.

Overall a good Hefeweizen. I like this one but would prefer just a touch more complexity or assertiveness on some front.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks sort of like apple juice with a nice golden yellow tone. It isn't super unfiltered in appearance like other weissbiers. There isn't a lot of head but the beer does produce lots of bubbles.

Smell: The beer smells slightly balmy with a big amount of banana and pear puree. It has a smell reminiscent of a fruit smoothie. Which in the case of a good Weissbier I consider a good quality.

Taste: Weissbier is very sweet and sugary. It taste the same as it smells but with a spicy punch. Their is a nice pepper flavor. Its midly balmy. There are some cider qualities. It finishes crisp.

Mouthfeel: Fresh and good when swished.

Drinkability: One of the best examples of the Weissbier style. A little too sweet but very refreshing. Prost!

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Photo of generallee
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt .9oz swing top bottle into a tall weizen glass. The label has the abv (5.4%) and no freshness date.

Appearance: A tall, thick and creamy off white head sits on top of a hazy golden liquid. Tons of carbonation flows up though the beer to support the head. On the glass the slow fading head leaves long sticky fingers of lacing.

Smell: I get notes of banana and clove like yeast over a pale wheat base. (All the classic hits.)

Taste/Palate: There are notes of sweet banana bread with nuts and raw pale wheat backed up with mild hop bitterness. The hops add a mellow citrus note to the finish. Its texture is mellow and smooth but not slick. Carbonation is well balanced.

Notes: This is a very solid Hefeweizen.

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Photo of OldRaysputin
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours almost a deep golden/honey hue with a substantial head that mellows after a minute or so. So far im impressed...

S: Getting nice fruits such as orange and banana. definitely the spiciness of the cloves as well.

T: I was expecting more citrus to come through based on the smell but was surprised. You can taste the clove and is altogether tasty but might have wanted a little more punch. A little too subtle to wow me.

M/D: Again i was deceived a bit. I was expecting more carbonation after the pour but find this lite in the mouth. I can see this being a beer you could drink several of. Very easy to consume. Overall, a nice weizen....but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle, BB date reads 14. October 2011, into Kapuziner glass. Pours hazy, dark golden effervescent body with streams of uprising bubbles below the thick, moussy white head with good retention. The somewhat restrained aroma exhibits clove which is inferior to the banana esters and dominant baked bread with sweetish toasty, almost caramel like qualities. The beer is sweet on the palate: banana and wheat perceived as well-baked bread are wrapped in sweet Pils malt, there's a faint citrusy tartness probably originating from the high CO2 content and finally comes low hoppy bitterness. Nearly medium bodied with wheaty texture donating creamy, fluffy sensation yet the beer remains prickly on the palate due to high carbonation.

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Photo of negroobserver
2.97/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1pt 9oz Flip Top bottle - 5.4%ABV

C: Pours a nice hazy golden sunflower color with a lot of head and substantial visible carbonation. The head dissipates slowly and leaves behind a thick heavy lacing.

S: Wheat malt, light citrus scent

T: The first thing that stands out with this beer is the extra smooth texture. Hefeweizens are traditionally very watery, but this has a smooth rich texture. The flavors are flat. I don't taste any of the citrus that I was able to smell. It finishes with a light bitterness that lingers for a few seconds.

M: Again, the texture of the beer is great. It isn't overly carbonated as much of it is lost when poured.

D: It's okay. The texture of the beer is very enjoyable, but the lack of flavors or aromas doesn't make me want to try it again.

OVERALL GRADE: C/C+

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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 WhiteOak
2.87/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- The color was an odd amber with a pronounced olive green hue, with a bit of haze. The off white head left some lacing.

S- Caramel predominates, with very faint spice & fruit. Light and uninspiring aroma compared to the competition.

T- Aside from the expected sweet wheat malt flavor, clover honey was the only other detectable element. There was a chemical/solvent off-flavor present.

M, D- Medium bodied and smooth. Even at this low of an ABV, there was a volatile ethanol element.

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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 thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a swing-top bottle into a Two Brothers Brewing Ebel's Weiss Weizen glass. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a three finger pure white head that subsided to one very slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, and slight clove. It had a light feel on the palate with low-mild carbonation. Overall this was a nice Hefe. A little more cloves and spices in the flavor would be nice, but not totally necessary. A smooth drinking brew for sure... A must try for any Hefe fan out there.

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

Poured into a weizen glass. Cloudy, honey color with a sizable head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Aroma is what is to be expected for the style. A mixture of wheat malt, banana, and cloves. Good but does not really excite me. The flavor is a good example from a German brewer but it lacks the sparkle to set it into the highest levels. Not quite as tangy as I was led to believe, but more straight up mild wheat, bananas, and cloves. Nicely balanced. The body is good as well. I would of liked a little more pep from the carbonation, but it does offer a smooth texture. A good example but I was the slightest let down by the beer. Still better than 90% of American hefeweizens.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a German Weizen glass... might as well go for the authentic glassware when available, right?

The beer is on the darker side of yellow but not quite approaching amber. It has a huge frothy bubbly white head that takes for-ev-er (in the vein of The Sandlot) to dissipate. Seriously... it's still rocking and rolling.

The aroma is all flowers and honey and biscuits and awesome. Damn... that's fine smelling beer... light but smells like it's probably ridiculously refreshing.

The flavor is more biscuits and less flowers and honey, but still pretty solid. Not much craziness going on here, no surprises, no funny aftertastes, just a follow up on the advertisements the aroma was preaching. Kinda like when the funniest scenes from the movie are in the previews? Yeah, that's this beer... good thing is the scenes were really funny.

Light on the tongue... not a lot of body to this easy drinker. I could kill a bunch of these, probably over the legal limit in my state in one night. I'd better watch out.

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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 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 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 BogleHill
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flip top bottle from Julio's. A hazy light orange brew with a white fluffy head and good carbonation. Very good spicy citrus aroma. Mouthfeel is light with good citrus and spice / banana and clove flavors. Crisp and refreshing finish. Pretty good overall.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

.5L swing-top, Germany.

Atop a cloudy, burnt orange body sits one of the best heads I've experienced in a while: three fingers, creamy and rocky, with very good lacing, too.

The aroma is lightly tart, with a notes of spice and banana.

The flavor leans towards the yeasty and bready rather than the fruity, but is very well-balanced. Touch of banana, but mainly fresh bread and earthy yeast. Finish is somewhat herbal and clove-like. The mouthfeel is outstanding, with soft, effervescent carbonation that fills the mouth in creamy layers.

I'd never heard of the Kapuziner before I bought it, and it turned out to be an excellent wheat beer. Zum wohl!

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Photo of beerbrains
2.93/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a swing top bottle into a stein a hazy straw color in the glass topped a white head that quickly disappears.

Nice nose sweet and malty with some light banana esters. But not as explosive as most German hefes I've tried.

The flavor follows the nose closely with the addition of yeasty tropical fruits and lemony citrus.

It has a crisp dry finish that is missing the chewy grain mouthfeel that I usually enjoy in a hefe. Hefe-light?

If I didn't know better I would have guessed this was made by a large American brewery for appeal to a wide American audience.

Paired it up nicely with a side of dry roasted almonds.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into my half-liter Paulaner weizen glass. The color is a dirty lemonade yellow. Very murky. Two and a half fingers of thick, white head developed and dissipated to leave a foamy cap and eventually a ring around the edge.

Smell: The first whiff is a pleasant noseful of the classic hefeweizen esters and herbal spice. Banana, apple, clove, and a little bit of bubble gum.

Taste: Much more potent than the smell. Ripe bananas, apple cider, wheat bread, yeast. The flavor also features a bit of slightly tart bubble gum. Following the malts is a perfect hopping of clove and pepper, which linger on the back of the tongue after each sip. The mouthfeel is heavy, but also very dry.

Drinkability: This is a classic hefeweizen, though a little drier than I'm familiar with. Though not stellar, this is a top-notch brew much like its dunkelweizen counterpart, and I'm sure it makes Bavarians very happy and lubricated.

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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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Kapuziner Weissbier from Kulmbacher Brauerei AG
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