Passauer Weisse
Innstadt Brauerei

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German Hefeweizen
3.8 | pDev: 13.95%
Innstadt Brauerei
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews by JD1BEER:
Photo of JD1BEER
4.87/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing wheat, light refreshing, just felt good

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at the Julius Meinl luxury grocery store in downtown Vienna. Standard brown half liter bottle with a green and gold label featuring just the brewery's and the beer's name. Purity law applies. Best before 4/30/08, I opened it on 3/6/08.

Pours a slightly darker than normal cloudy orangish yellow under a fairly thin one finger off white head that fades surprisingly quickly to thick film, leaving just a couple drops on the glass. Crisp banana and citrus nose, not too strong, not too mild. Fairly heavy mouth with a lot of carbonation. Solid taste profile, perhaps a bit heavy on the fruit, not quite enough yeast. No appreciable hops, the close and aftertaste are dominated by lemon and spice. Decent and quaffable, but definitely not spectacular.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky caramelized banana that fades to ripe banana at the margins. Filtered beer is not welcome here. The French vanilla colored crown filled most of the pint glass on the pour and is a study in creamy frothiness. Shredded sheets of thin lace are starting to form as the foam sinks lower and lower. This is an attractive hefeweizen.

While it's clearly better than average, the nose is no standout. Despite the fact that I can't decipher the notched 'best by' code on the rear label, the beer smells relatively fresh. Each sniff delivers equal parts grain and banana. Clove is subtle.

The flavor follows the aroma, both in terms of overall quality and in terms of individual characteristics. Since positives are few and negatives are even fewer, the above score basically chose itself. Passauer Weisse is a mellow sort of hefe.

Untoasted wheatiness comes through loud and clear. Sweetened banana esters are less loud and less clear, but are still easily noted. Let's go with a hefeweizen banan-o-meter score of 2.0/4.0. A shortage of spicy clove is one reason why the flavor doesn't excite the taste buds beyond a certain point. Like I said... mellow.

That word can be used to describe the mouthfeel as well. The beer is on the light side of medium and has supersoft carbonation. The bubbles are certainly no hindrance to rapid consumption, that's for sure.

Passauer Weisse is a passable version of what is, perhaps, Deutschland's most acclaimed style contribution to the world of beer. I'm enjoying this bottle well enough, but with so many more delicious and more accessible options out there, I can't recommend it. The bottom line... stick with the classics.

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Photo of Zorro
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber colored beer with a VERY strong head formation, color white.

Smells sweet and spicy with a most clove dominated Hefeweizen smell. Banana is in this but very much hidden. Faint medicine and smoke scents.

Starts out sweet and spicy mostly clove. Banana and chocolate under the cloves. The flavor works but isn't among the best ones out there.

Mouthfeel is OK, not wheat beer heavy though.

OK beer but it just doesn't do that much for me. It is OK just not Franziskaner good.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a swing-top bottle and into my glass!

From the bottle: "Gebraut nach dem original bayerischen Reinheitsgebot (Brewed according to the German Purity Law)"; "Im ursprung das original (In the original, the original)".

My pour netted a huge, thick two fingers of tawny head that resembled the top of an ice cream soda. Color was a hazy deep amber. Nose was muted, more clove spicy than anything else. Mouthfeel was medium to full with a big banana taste on the tongue. Finish remained strong with banana esters, but I did catch some clove on the extreme finish. Frankly, that is exactly the taste/flavor profile that I generally eschew in the style. I prefer a more clove-forward hefeweizen. It was not the worst, but neither was it the best, either.

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Photo of SCW
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of scruffwhor
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500ml swing-top bottle.

Very big, spongey head after an even swirl and pour. Light haziness for a German hefe. Nice amber color though. Mild bubbling and terrible retenion for the style. Very dry, somewhat tart, powdered banana aroma. The taste is also a dry fruit. Some mangos and bananas, no hops and a touch of talc. Dry, fruity palate but very easy to drink. I finished this beer much faster than expected. A real palate and thirst pleaser.

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Photo of emerge077
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little bit of banana aroma right out of the bottle. It has an odd flinty smell, like wet stone. Color is a tawny orange, with swirling tendrils of descending yeast. Foam is creamy and sticks around.

Flavor is mellow and wheaty at first, then has some mild clove notes briefly at the end. Fairly light and smooth as a Weisse should be. Creamy feeling, with a light banana aftertaste. It's pretty standard, there aren't any over the top elements as in Weihenstephaner or Schneider. Just more of a smooth and mellow Weisse overall, not much different than the standards that are readily available.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml flip-top picked up at Tres Bonne Cuisine over the weekend for about $4.50.. poured into my smaller weizen glass..

3 finger rocky head sticks around for probably 5 minutes.. hazy golden with alot of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.. splotchy lace with a firm cap for the entire glass.

nose is soft and grainy .. more banana than clove.. sorta smells dusty..

how many different ways can I describe a pretty good hefe? This one sorta is muddled.. but alot of banana and the expected clove is sorta background.. some spicy hops seem pretty damn fresh.. everything "hefe" is there.. the body is fairly thick for the style and a bunch of carbonation that never gets burpy.... my only real bitch is, there isn't any of the expected wheat twang that is there on some of the other benchmarks... that said, I think this brew is pretty damn nice.

really pretty good for the style.. If it was available closer to home, I would certainly try and give it to my buddies that appreciate a nice hefe..

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Photo of zeff80
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with a three-finger, off-white head of pillowy, fluffy foam. It left sticky sheets of intricate lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of clove and some banana. A touch of cracked wheat, too.

T - It tasted of sweet wheat, spices, clove and some banana. A good bittersweet blend of flavors.

M - It was crisp,sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a pretty tasty hefeweizen. Glad I found this one.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light gold body, big white head, and a sheet of lacing. Lemons and bubblegum on the aroma. Sweet a lightly lemony malt. Not much flavor, but pleasing. Super clean, light and smooth. Highly carbonated. Not much meat on these bones. A real drinker, but its boring flavor profile makes for a beer too boring to take advantage of its drinkability. If you just want a soft beer you can pound, you could do it for a lot less $$$.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Kahlerbock
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a hazy goldenrod with a medium white head, solid head retention with good lace.

S: Banana, some bubblegum with citrus. Fragrant and pleasing.

T: The phenol/yeast character is not as overt in the flavour as it is in the smell. Lots of lemon and orange, secondary banana, good flavours but lacking in complexity for me in this style.

M: Light-bodied, the carbonation is a little much, spritzy, just OK.

D: Not a bad hefe, it has it's good points, but not a beer I'd go back to when there's a wealth of this style at good price points.

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Photo of baos
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flip top bottle into bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Huge 4 finger head atop slightly hazy copper body. Lacing here and there. Head retention is okay.

S: Spicy mild lemon-pepper. Hints of banana and a bit of pink bubblegum.

T: All the goodness of a good hefewiezen, but toned down terribly. Green pepper and wheatiness on the get go. Bits of banana and clove but very slight bits. A very mild brew. Refreshing, but I'm left just wanting more wheaty goodness.

M: Nice almost creamy medium body nice carbonation.

D: A spicy dry brew that could use a good dose of banana bubblegum, but very drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-03-11 in Columbia, PA

A - Medium hazy straw with short white head and mild lacing.

S - Yeast, lemon and mild banana. Fades quickly.

T - Light toast with some sweetness, yeast, light lemon, some banana and clove with very
mild hop bitterness. Light, crisp and well-balanced.

M - Light body and medium carbonation.

D - Very easy drinkin' brew.

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a weizen glass. 07/28/08. Swing-top bottle that opened with a loud pop.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color. Had to pour very slowly due to the absolutely huge head that formed. Tons of soft off-white form formed as soon as I started pouring. Aromas of citrus (lemon, orange) and banana.

Taste is pretty similar to the aroma. Lots of banana, lemon, orange, coriander, a few spices and a bit of nuttiness. Taste is a bit plain but not too bad.

Feel is where this beer let me down. It feels a bit thin and watery, and very under-carbonated. It's kinda creamy, but after awhile it feels very flat and not lively at all. That kinda surprised me given the amount of head that formed. Drinkability is decent considering the feel. It's light and kinda refreshing. Goes down easy.

Not bad, just doesn't have much character.

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Photo of MichaelGreene
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thin head, but it sticks around.

Heavy carbonation, which I dig.

Slight banana aftertaste, not very sweet or prominent.

When its cold, the carbonation is the most prominent thing you notice. But as it warms in the glass a little, it actually becomes better. It takes on a more creamy feel, though the carbonation never leaves. Small bubbles continue up from the bottom the entire time.

Not a very complex taste, but good, simple. Drinkable. I've had this about 5 times now and I keep buying it so...I guess I really like it. Its just really basic, not much to it I guess. But maybe thats a good thing sometimes.

No bitter aftertaste whatsoever, not much "flavor" to talk about. Just a light, refreshing, carnonated beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.51/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ

A: A great looking pour on this one. Cloudy golden orange with two fingers of white head that stick to the glass.

S: Doesn't have the best aroma for a German brewed Hefeweizen. A definite lemony tartness to it, but there is a good enough wheat and bread sweetness. A mild clove spiciness and some hints of orange are there also.

T: A significant improvement on the flavor. Sweet and bready with plenty of wheat. There's an oddly tropical flavor to the beer with some fruit notes to it and even a bit of coconut.

M: Medium in body with a lively carbonation.

O: Good in the flavor, which I suppose is what's important, but the nose could use some work.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 500 ml bottle. There are notches on the side of the back label but no freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a half-liter weizen glass. The color is deep orange with an amber tint. Three fingers of dense, white head dissipated slowly to leave an even skim.

Smell: Classic and quintessential. Lots of fruit sweetness tinged with spice. Apple, banana, orange, lemon zest, and a hint of strawberry- or watermelon-flavored bubblegum. Clove and pepper offer an adequate amount of spice.

Taste: Heavy, smooth, and wheaty mouthfeel. The flavors are somewhat muted and intermixed, but they mostly mirror the aromas: apple sweetness, a hint of banana, orange, lemon zest, clove and pepper spice.

Drinkability: Decent hefeweizen. I would prefer a little more taste but it is drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of wattoclone
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of thecarster1
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- swing top bottle poured into a weizen glass, four fingers of head with great retention, hazy, deep honey coloring.

s- lots of clove, wheat, ripe banana, light bubblegum.

t- really nice hefe here, wheat, light banana, clove, bubblegum. the nose is pretty much echoed in the mouth.

m- medium body, some slickness.

d- great hefe, i happened upon a single bottle of this very cheaply. i would pick this up again, it's very flavorful and easy drinking.

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Photo of crossovert
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml flip top.

It pours a hazy orange-gold with a large but quickly dissipating and watery white head.

This one has a huge banana scent, almost pure banana with a hint of spiciness. For the most part though it is ripened banana.

The flavor follows suit, banana, and more banana, with a hint of spice and also some lemon and malt.

The mouthfeel is highly carbonated but not overly. It is highly quaffable though sweeter than most Hefeweizens.

Overall a solid Bavarian Hefe.

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