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Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Windansea Wheat HefeweizenWindansea Wheat Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by oggg on 03-15-2004

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Reviews: 35 | Ratings: 118
Photo of MadCat
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes.

Appearance: Pale cloudy yellow color, decent white head, some lacing

Smell: Banana and clove yeast, bready, and some fuit

Taste: Wheat, spice, lemon, bread, banana, and yeast

Mouthfeel: Medium body, full carbonation

Overall: Not a bad Hefeweizen, but not a standout for the style. Good if you are in the mood for one.

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Photo of SteveO1231
3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good Hefeweizen.

Cloudy yellow color, with a thin white head. Lots of yeast. Low carbonation. Served too cold.

Strong banana scent mixed with citrus.

This hefe was full of banana flavor, nice smooth finish. A little sweet. Nice a crisp, good summer beer.

Very drinkable, strong fruit-filled hefe, very light on the palate.


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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very cloudy straw colored with a fluffy white head.

Smell: Strong banana yeast smell.

Taste: Huge yeasty banana flavor, a bit of peanut taste. Not much of the clove or spice taste that a lot of Hefe yeast has. Dry wheaty backbone. Some citrus rind taste. Just a little bitterness towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick and well carbonated.

Overall: Good Hefeweizen. A lot of Hefes taste very similar to each other, but this one stands out a bit due to the unusual yeast flavor (although some people might like it less for that reason).

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Photo of oggg
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Part of a 6 beer sampler

"An unfiltered SoCal-style wheat beer. Not your average American hefeweizen!" 3 srm 15 ibu 3.5 body

so it says on the Karl Strauss website. I can buy that it is more in the hefeweizen style as opposed to an American-style wheat ale. The name Wheat Hefeweizen is pretty annoying though. And what is SoCal style?

This beer pours a nice hazy full yellow. Minimal head due to sample size. This beer actually has a decently apparent, sweet aroma. I get a decent amount of banana and spiciness with no hop bitterness. Nice wheaty taste and feel. Refreshing and light. Good for newbies. Somewhere in the middle range for wheats that I've tasted.

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Photo of ncfranklin
2.89/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On tap at their brewpub in Oceanside.

A : Orangey with a very light creamy head. Thick, can't see through it.

S : Wheaty with notes of banana and clove, sweet malt is present as well.

T : Alot of malt to this, quite overpoweringly so. Barely notes of the banana or clove, or even wheat.

M : Medium bodied, very fuzzy. This is actually my favorite part of the beer, gulpable.

D : Being very light on the traditional flavors of a good hefe, this one falls to the wayside for me. But, it is very drinkable if you do like it.

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Photo of tdawgydog
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on-tap at the Karl Strauss Brewpup in La Jolla. Poured into a 16oz Hefeweizen glass, it poured a mirky golden yellow with little to no head by the time it was brought to my table. The beer was ok, nothing special. It was not one of the better Hefe's that I have had but it wasn't terrible either. I guess it was just meh!

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.74/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

With a nice, opaque straw color, it boasts a nice concoction of bananas, clove and bubblegum flavors with just the right amount of mouthfeel. A benchmark for Hefeweizens outside of Germany that is true to the style! Another fantastic hefeweizen to recommend is "A Slice of Hefen" by La Cumbre Brewing Company in Albuquerque, NM.

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Photo of jjh19
4.37/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Bright yellow/orange with a terrific tiny bubble head.

Smell: I got a lot of banana in the smell.

Taste: A delicious sweetness. I get a lot of banana and vanilla notes. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth.

Drinkability: My favorite Hef I’ve ever had. Windansea Wheat is a hidden gem in the Karl Strauss beer line-up.

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Photo of robotfeet
4.75/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

When I read the other reviews on this beer I felt that I had a duty to perform. I have had a lot of different hefe's before: Bavarian, American, etc., and this is my favorite one so far. The beer is the cloudiest hefe I have ever seen. It is a light yellow/orange color. The smell is sweet. The taste has hints of banana and vanilla. The beer is only lightly carbonated and therefore has little head. The traditional way of drinking a hefe is with a lemon, but this one is great with or without. Everyone has different tastes and I am only sharing mine. However, if you have never had this beer before, I think it is at least worth trying.

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Photo of logisnews
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

It was so fizzy it was like soda pop. I don't inow if this is the same brand of hefewizen but I got the sampler tray and they all were over carbonated. The atmosphere in the La Jolla restaurant was decent but the beer was nothing to write home about. Or a review. I'm not a beer critic but I know what I like (i.e. Los Gatos Brewing company or Kona Brewing Company Hefewizen) and this wasn't one of them. I would not go back.

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Windansea Wheat Hefeweizen from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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