Krombacher Weizen
Krombacher Brauerei

Krombacher WeizenKrombacher Weizen
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
German Hefeweizen
Ranked #516
Ranked #43,435
3.58 | pDev: 12.57%
Krombacher Brauerei
Krombacher WeizenKrombacher Weizen
View: Beers
Reviews: 82 | Ratings: 291 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of SimplySinister
3.27/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Poured into Weizen Glass. Brew appeared dark straw in color (very cloudy), sporting a nice two finger head (dissipating to one finger) with a normal pour. Brew is moderately carbonated, with minimal lacing.

S - All notes seem very minimal and restrained. I detect much more citrus than banana, little spice to speak of, and no bubblegum notes.

T - This brew is not the typical German Hefe I've always adored. This brew misses most of the prerequisite characteristics I cherish. There's little banana, little clove, and little if any spice. All that really comes through for me are the acidic citrus notes on both the frontend and the backend. In all honesty, it tastes watered down. I'm not at all thrilled.

M - Most of the time, there's a silver lining if one looks hard enough. Though this beer does seem watered down, I will say that the mouthfeel is very pleasant. There are no off putting or lingering flavors.

D - There's not much I can say about this offering other than I find it mediocre at best. If I was to compare it to other well known German Hefes, I don't think this brew would place very well, if at all. With that being said, this is in no way a terrible beer. In fact, it's much better than most wheat macros that plague store shelves. However, it still doesn't excuse this brews execution. All in all, it does have fine drinkability given its aforementioned qualities.

 1,398 characters

Photo of FBarber
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, but not opaque, golden color. Two finger white velvety head collapses pretty quickly, but never completely.

Aroma has notes of cloves, wheat, cinnamon, and a somewhat light hint of overly ripe banana.

Taste has notes of clove and nutmeg, almost like a pumpkin pie spice mix coming through up front. The malts have some wheat in them, but there are also some caramely sweet malts that are overall more pronounced.

Feel is light to medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Lightly prickly carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Overall this was a solid Hefe. Not going to wow you, but its an enjoyable drink.

 614 characters

FBarber from Illinois, Oct 18, 2019
Photo of Dr_Gonzo
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had a tall pint in an English pub in Abu Dhabi. Appearance is of a dark golden amber with a couple fingers thick of chunky white head. Good lacing and retention.

Bubblegum, wheat, banana, clove, and spices are most notable in the aroma. Other notes or white grapes, pears, and lemon.

Taste follows the aroma well. Medium-light feel.

 334 characters

Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky, Oct 14, 2019
Photo of jdurey
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500ml can into a Weizen glass. Pours a nice cloudy golden amber, typical of good Hefeweizens. Head was initially very thick then quickly subsided. Smells a bit bready with some spice. Taste follows the nose with a dry finish. Mouthfeel is very full and satisfying. A great hefe for the price.

 305 characters

jdurey from Korea (South), Jul 10, 2019
Photo of BB1313
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 1/22/19. 11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy glowing golden with a big creamy and chunky white head that sticks around leaving great thick retention and sticky frothy lacing. The aromas have some banana, bubblegum, pear and white grapes going on. Yeasts and sweet malts are there. The flavors basically follow the nose for the most part. More banana and bubblegum. More hints of pear and white grapes. Some green apples in the mix. Some bread and crackers. The wheat comes through. Yeasts and malts do their thing. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is nice. It's on the fuller side of light-bodied with moderate to active carbonation. It's extremely fluffy, slightly creamy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a pretty solid hefeweizen. It's pretty clean, crisp and refreshing. The craftsmanship is on point. Well done. I like it.

 854 characters

BB1313 from Ohio, Jun 18, 2019
Photo of Nass
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Decent hefeweizen that's almost up to par with your Weihenstephaner or Paulaner. It's not a very fruity hefeweizen but there is some spice going on. It's not as flavorful as other hefeweizens that I have had. Moreover, this would pair well with maybe some Baked Salmon, red beans, & plantains. It also has a bottled on date & best by date on the back of the bottle as well. Cheers! B

 383 characters

Nass from Florida, Feb 10, 2019
Photo of Gajo74
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy copper straw with a big foamy head that displays excellent retention. The carbonation is visible.
Aromas of banana and bread crust, clove and light cinnamon.
In the first few sips, there is a bready and sweet wheat flavor, complimented by banana. This is soon balanced by clove spice that becomes more bold pronounced as the drinking session develops. There is a very gentle hops bitterness. The finish is dry, spicy and has a light lemon flavor. Midway through, the strong spicy kick from the phenols begins to mellow out, and more wheat and banana sweetness return.
Medium bodied and strongly carbonated.
A decent example of the style.

 654 characters

Gajo74 from New York, Jul 20, 2018
Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange wheat color, decent head

Nose typical hefe, creamy wheat, Luke citrus orange, mild banana ester notes, touch phenol spices

Taste the same, creamy wheat, little toasty, doughy wheat, more citrus orange zest, banana esters, mild phenol spices

Mouth med to lighter bod, creamy wheat, fizzy tingly carb

 316 characters

jlindros from Massachusetts, Jul 09, 2018
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Krombacher Brauerei "Krombacher Weizen"
11.2 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "PRODUCTION DATE: 11/23/17" and sampled on 06/06/18
$37.49/24 bottle case @ Javies Beverage, Philadelphia, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Typical appearance with an orange body beneath a two-finger thick head of densely foamy white. Mild aroma with some banana and wheaty malt. The flavor follows with a bit of clove added in, and some mild tartness. It's not that bitter but there is some, and it's balanced nicely. This reminds me of many of the weizens that I've tasted in southern Germany, They're not the bigger, more flavorful examples like those from Ayinger, Paulaner, and Spaten, but they're popular because they're a little more accessible and drinkable. On a hot day in the biergarten one of these would go down nicely as the tartness is refreshing. Looking back, the head has dropped but it still maintains a full, creamy surface covering, and the lacing is pretty good - for a weizen it could be better. In the mouth it's medium-light and effervescently crisp with a very fine bubbled elevated carbonation. It only has a stiff bitterness to it but the carbonation helps to elevate that, and its tartness, and it finishes dry although a dollop of sweet malt lingers shortly. Overall it's not the best weizen I've had, nor is it really close, but neither is it the worst, it's actually far ahead. For the price I don't regret the purchase, although for about $6 more I could have moved up to a better brand. However, if you do the math that's an extra 16%. Given that I'll probably have a few parties this summer with people who aren't exactly connoisseurs I'll probably buy a few more cases of this, and some better stuff for myself!
Review# 6,052

 1,741 characters

NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Jun 06, 2018
Photo of Snowcrash000
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden coloration with visible carbonation and a large, creamy head. Smells of banana and clove, with a hint of grain and citrus. Taste is a good balance of banana, clove and grain, with nothing standing out too much. There are hints of citrus and caramel malt as well, the latter lending a light sweetness to this which really isn't too bad though. Finishes with a very light bitterness. Sparkling mouthfeel with a light/medium body and lively carbonation.

This is nothing special, but a pretty solid Hefeweizen with a nicely balanced flavour profile. It's mainly let down by its relatively light body and slightly overdone carbonation. Still very drinkable on a hot day!

 682 characters

Photo of Alexc11
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It meets all the characteristics of what a Weizen should be - banana/fruity overtones, cloudy appearance with strong lace, carbonation and nice, sweet refreshing, taste with no bitterness or even aggressive acidity. Now, whether it measures up to the great Weizens I can't say because I haven't tried them all so I'm going on its own merits. I enjoyed it very much.

 365 characters

Alexc11 from Quebec (Canada), Nov 15, 2017
Photo of PA-hunter
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured 11.2oz bottle into snifter glass. 5.3 % abv

Appearance- Pours a golden yellow orange with a thick white head. Very hazy.

Smell- Grains, banana bread, clove.

Taste- Wheat based malt flavor up front. Turning more sweet, with a bready banana bread taste coming next. Sweetness lingers and blends with some bitterness into the finish. Flavor profile finishes with a bit of clove and wheat.

Mouthfeel- Thin/medium with active carbonation.

Overall- A seemingly light bodied, banana forward hefeweizen. Does not rival the greats for this style, but quite solid.

 566 characters

PA-hunter from Pennsylvania, Jul 22, 2017
Photo of DutchGermanguy
3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My family bought two crates of this Weizenbier because it was on sale in Germany.
When poured into a glass it looks like a typical Weizenbier, with a golden orange colour.
The taste is nice, a sweetness like honey, but a bit thin or light. The taste is not really intense and does not last long.
I would say it is a good normal Weizenbier but there are better ones.

 365 characters

DutchGermanguy from Netherlands, Jul 16, 2017
Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint served in a proper hefeweizen glass at the restaurant I ate lunch at today. On tap and served with an orange wedge (yuck)

Appearance - Hazy and rich golden and orange colored beer. Impressive two and a half fingers of frothy white head with above average retention and lots of lace. Hefeweizens may be the most beautiful beer in the world when served properly into fine glassware.

Smell - Banana and clove as per usual. A little heavier on the banana than most. General wheat backing adds something.

Taste - A little thinner than some, while quite refreshing, this weizen didn't have the magic of others. Banana is steady and the clove a little underdone here making it a touch to sweet.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and light with a somewhat dense feel and middling carbonation.

Overall - A good but not great hefeweizen that I'm happy to have tried nonetheless.

 865 characters

taxandbeerguy from Ontario (Canada), Jun 23, 2017
Photo of OlaB
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: pours a cloudy golden orange color. Nice head of creamy head that disolves slowly. Sticky lacings on the sides of the glass.

S: banana, cloves and some honey

T&F: fruity and sweet in the start with some bready notes Inn the background, more spices Inn the middle with a lot of cloves.dry and long finish. Light carbonation with medium body. Mouthfeel are smooth and creamy.

O: A decent and easy driking hefeweizen , but compared to the topshelf german hefeweizen this gets a little to anonymous inn the flavours.

 520 characters

OlaB from Norway, Mar 31, 2017
Photo of Spike
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From 500ml bottle into a weizen glass.
L: Cloudy, dark apricot colour. Lots of carbonation rising to three fingers of off-white, soapy head. Head becomes lumpy pretty quickly but leaves arcs of lacing.
S: Not much nose. Some banana and bubblegum. No clove.
T: Classic weizen flavours are subdued. Some sweetness.
F: Silky mouthfeel up front. Becomes dry. Moderate to high carbonation. Slightly harsh finish.
O: A little underwhelmed. Not a bad hefeweizen but not top notch either. Looks great but smell and taste both lack punch.

 529 characters

Spike from United Kingdom (England), Mar 30, 2017
Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy bright orangish yellow color with white head. Bananas and cloves with some wheat on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium bodied. Finishes with banana and clove with some hefe sweetness.

 205 characters

Photo of drpimento
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A decent Bavarian Weizen. Has the traditional aroma and for the most part the flavors although with the texture being a bit soft, the flavor's affected by that too.

 164 characters

drpimento from Wisconsin, Jul 26, 2016
Photo of smbslt
2.54/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Past its best by date but still lacked in every department. The quick exiting head and coarse carbonation scratchiness detracted from this one. Maybe fresh, maybe in Germany this one may be better.

 199 characters

smbslt from Illinois, Jun 28, 2016
Photo of Beginner2
3.79/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant, refreshing and very good rendition of the style, particularly its yeast and fruitiness which is so hard to imitate. As Krombacher's rendition warmed, I enjoyed even more how the sweet malt, fruity yeast and spicing played nice with one another. A good, but not great, hefeweizen.

Reviewed in Roger Protz' "300 More Beers To Try Before You Die", the sequel to his CAMRA classic, it told the interesting story of how this Bavarian wheat style came to be made and promoted in Germany's industrial north.

 512 characters

Beginner2 from Illinois, May 06, 2016
Photo of drmeto
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

-pours a cloudy golden-orange with a medium,creamy,white head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-clove,spicy,banana,white bread,honey
-medium carbonation
-light body
Solid Hefeweizen,just a little too light imo.

 283 characters

drmeto from Germany, Mar 04, 2016
Photo of Shadman
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A Weizen i haven't tried meant shelling out some serious coin for a six pack...yikes

Certainly looks legit..apricot colour, cloudy, etc.

Hints of banana and clove..and that distinctive sweet Krombacher malt

sadly the aforementioned malt tends to dominate things..the weizen elements fight a losing battle here

Fuller body than most German examples, perhaps due to the syrupy sweetness that dominates things

Certainly not worth the price I paid...pass next time

 465 characters

Shadman from Alberta (Canada), Jan 07, 2016
Photo of Zet
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a typical Weizen: dark golden/light orange with a nice head of foam. Not a lot of carb visible on the outside. A nice Weizen nose of clove, which continues in the taste. The taste also has a little sourness (lemon?) in it, and the sweeter fruits like banana i tend to associate with Weizeners appear to be lacking completely. The mouth feel is smooth like a Weizen should be. All in all a good Weizen, but i prefer ones with more accents of fruit in them.

 466 characters

Zet from Netherlands, Jul 30, 2015
Photo of kitschiguy
2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought a 500ml bottle from one of the discount food stores in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong selling mainly imported European, Japanese and Korean products for HKD18. Poured into a wheatbeer glass.

Poured a cloudy orange/light brown with a couple of inches of tight to medium head that lasted well. Not much lacing. Looks well carbonated with streams of bubbles rising to the top of the glass.

The nose was a little bit disappointing; some orange, honey, very light spice and a weird plasticky/rubbery aroma.

Well-rounded malts, some fruit and a small amount of spice but the palate is a little bland for the style. No real bitterness.

Mouth feels nice. Carbonation is very light, despite looking otherwise.

Overall I was slightly disappointed with Krombacher. I've drank quite a few german beers in the hefewiezen style and this one didn't match up. Compared to Franziskaner, Weihenstephan et al it's rather bland and the nose is a little off-putting.

Not recommended.

 970 characters

kitschiguy from Hong Kong, Jul 23, 2015
Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Slightly veiled dark golden color with high activity. Foamy white 2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with average legs.

Aromas of citrus and wheat. Flavors of grains, orange, lemon, banana, corn, caramel. A little bready with highly syrupy sweetness and minimal sharpness. Light bodied with a faint straw finish and minimal spices.

Overall an average beer having faint smell and flavors with an adjunct and unbalanced feel. Passable freshness being a little boozy and vinous.

 484 characters

TheBierdimpfe from Quebec (Canada), Jul 07, 2015
Krombacher Weizen from Krombacher Brauerei
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 291 ratings