Weissbier Hell
Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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From:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs
 
Germany
Style:
Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #5
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,761
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 8.63%
Ratings:
562
Status:
Active
Rated:
Tuesday at 09:21 PM
Added:
Jun 03, 2002
Wants:
  101
Gots:
  84
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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Notes: Since Saint Joseph’s Day on 19 March 1993, Andechs Weissbier Hell has found many new friends. Untreated and bottled in its natural state of yeasty turbidity, this is a top fermented beer for the epicure.

Its light honey colour makes it an immediate eyecatcher. Then there’s the opalescence and fine structure of the yeast turbidity. At the same time, the creamy, fine pored head invites you to get to know this light Weissbier from the Holy Mountain. You’ll need two takes to enjoy the aromas to the full.

First, distinctive fruity aromas like banana and honeydew melon come to the fore, followed by fine cloves. Andechser Weissbier Hell is a very tangy, refreshing treat with the conviction of a full, soft body. It concludes on a finely balanced interplay of light sweet honey and a delicate acidity with undertones of bitter hoppiness that quickly subside into a harmonious aftertaste.

A Weissbier that embodies a slice of the Andechs lifestyle: finely yeasty, tangy, and sparkling, it refreshes and renews the thirst for more
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3.99 by beeragent from Texas on Tuesday at 09:21 PM
 
4.16 by SadMachine from New Jersey on May 01, 2022
 
4.51 by SViterileroux74 from Texas on Mar 19, 2022
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by EmperorBevis from England

Bottled and I don’t know if they bottle condition German biers but I doubt it
Pours a hazy wheat coloured body with good white head
Aroma is wheaty cloves and all white doaves
Flavour is lightly spiced buns

Mar 14, 2022
 
3.8 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Feb 21, 2022
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4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by puck1225 from Texas

I would love to taste this beer fresh.

Poured from a bottle into a tall tulip glass. Hazy orangish yellow color with excellent head and curtain lacing. Smell of lemon and grass. Taste of the same with orange, honey, spices. I want to try it again.

Feb 18, 2022
 
3.5 by doctorgary from New York on Feb 13, 2022
 
4.18 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Jan 01, 2022
 
4.57 by infuturity from Massachusetts on Sep 26, 2021
 
4.14 by qqq from Rhode Island on Sep 17, 2021
 
4.25 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Sep 09, 2021
 
4.75 by KT3418 from Colorado on Sep 05, 2021
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4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by albern from Massachusetts

Love this weiss beer from Andechs, even a bit more than Weinstephaner. The beer pours a nice orange blossom color, good head for the style, really nice aroma of cloves, banana. The taste is just great, everything you anticipate from what you get in the nose comes out in the taste. It is a tiny bit more medium bodied than Weinstephaner and hangs in there just a bit longer where Weinstephaner gets a bit watery as it settles. This is an awesome weiss beer worth coming back to in any season, but especially summer. The dunkelweiss is also terrific.

Aug 22, 2021
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3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

Taste: crisp, banana, cloves, wheat bread, barley malt also. Same with the nose. Golden hue, hazy, refined head and some lace. Medium body. A nice hybrid of to styles.

Jul 29, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DrBeergood from Ohio

I skunked my last bottle by accident last review. I'm overwriting the old review with this new one. Take care of your bottles, leave them cold and dark until you're ready to open them up and pour them. This is especially true for bottle conditioned. I believe 100% of Andechs is bottle conditioned.

L: Hazy deep straw yellow. It is bottle conditioned, hazy and residual, and the regular rules for storage apply. It looks really great, I can hardly recall the last time I saw head so fine.

S: Wheat beer. Lots of banana, clove, and tangy yeast.

T: This may be the best traditional hefeweizen I've ever had. It's very lively, bubbly, and fun. It makes Blue Moon Light Sky look like a joke for starters. I wish I could go into more detail, but for now let me say you should pick up at least 10 bottles to get started.

F: Smooth and light. Supremely drinkable.

O: It's very nice.

Jul 09, 2021
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4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by zac16125 from South Carolina

Pours hazy to the point of being opaque, varying shades of yellow from bright, almost neon to pale straw and dark golden. Huge billowing bright white head with excellent retention and lots of lacing. Aroma is tons fruity esters, huge banana; great phenolic spice to balance with big clove and some cracked white pepper. Near perfect aroma for a hefe. Taste follows, albeit a little more subdued than the aroma. There is nice banana, a subtly pleasant vanilla like character that I almost never get from hefes or beers in general. Spice is there but it’s more pepper forward and less clove than the nose, although the clove is there. Another spice I can’t quite place, maybe cardamom-esque. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, it’s easier drinking than many hefes which I often find very filling. Overall, this excellent. Amongst the best hefes Ove ever had. Well deserving of its place on the Beers of Fame list.

5/4.75/4.25/4.5/4.5

Jul 04, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

16.9oz Bomber poured into a Weizen glass

Fizzy, fluffy off white foam cap reduced to a pencil thick layer over an apricot colored translucent liquid with active streams of carbonation

Aroma is banana, clove, fresh cut sweet grass

Taste is cloves, banana

Sudsy, frothy mouthfeel , almost creamy, quaffable

Great summer refreshing beer

“ A Weissbier that embodies a slice of the Andechs lifestyle: finely yeasty, tangy, and sparkling, it refreshes and renews the thirst for more”

Jun 30, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ANIMOUL from Vermont

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle. Pours darkish yellow with decent foam. Tastes of subtle banana and light spices (anise seed, perhaps). Very smooth. Nicely done. Great for the style.

Jun 27, 2021
 
3.1 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota on Jun 23, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

Such a perfect representation of the style! Yeasty, cloudy deep golden color with a pillowy bright white head. The mouthfeel is extraordinary--silky smooth, almost creamy. The yeast does all the right flavorful things: cloves, banana as the subtle bite of wheat balances everything out. Delicious!

Jun 21, 2021
 
3.85 by cheefdaddy1 from Texas on Jun 21, 2021
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4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by TheBricenator from Oregon

Look: A cloudy pale yellow on the pour with an awesome, pure white, billowing head that pillows up and ever-so-slowly recedes, leaving sticky lacing behind
Aroma: Bananas, freshly baked wheat bread, clove, wafts of honey, yeast, and the occasional bubblegum note
Taste: Cloves, honey, and wheat bread combine forces and lead the initial charge as esters of banana weave in and out of the picture. The clove note almost gains strength and carries throughout the middle before wheat bread and bananas, along with bubblegum, close it out
Mouthfeel: Full, very soft throughout – silky almost, medium-high carbonation, and a nice, soft finish
Overall: This is tasty stuff. A delicious and well-made Weissbier that hits all of the right note for me and in my opinion, is borderline flawless in execution. Soft and silky but not chewy on the feel helps round out my thoughts on its success a well. I have drunk previously and will drink this again and would recommend it for anyone looking for a good Weissbier

Jun 14, 2021
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4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by tigg924 from Massachusetts

Pours hazy, gold in color with one inch head. Taste is banana, clove and wheat. Light bodied, sweet with moderate carbonation. Excellent and clean German lager. Will gladly pick up again.

May 16, 2021
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4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by colts9016 from Idaho

Review 1522

My quest for the famed 250, continues with this German beer. The beer is 42 degrees and served in Heffe glass. The pour of the beer created a massive three-fingered head with excellent retention. The bright white foamy and creamy left massive lacing on the glass as it dissipated slowly. The beer's color is SRM 4, pale straw with light golden hues. The hazy beer is typical for this style of beer. This beer looks amazing.

I get ripe bananas, cloves, and wheat for my first smell. Nosing further, I detect toasted bread, malty sweetness, and a touch of floral.

The flavors are bananas, wheat, cloves, bread crust, malty sweetness, and a hint of floral with a smidge of phenols.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth.

The body of the beer is medium, medium carbonation, and medium finish.

This beer is tasty. The flavor profile is simple, elegant, and masterfully crafted. I do taste a bit of age on the beer but that is expected considering it is from Germany. The flavors of the beer are near perfect for this style. Yet again, I would enjoy a few more of these beers in the fridge for a beautiful summer night by a fire.

May 09, 2021
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4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by chitoryu12 from Florida

Look: So prone to forming a head that I had to wait a few minutes after a pour to figure out its "natural" look because almost the entire glass was foam. It roughly settles on a cloudy yellow body with slightly over 4 fingers of foamy white head that seem incapable of dissipating.

Smell: Bananas, sweet wheat malt, cloves.

Taste: Sweet wheat malt with a hint of the rest of the scent, transforming into orange and lemon peel and cloves. No noticeable hop bitterness. Clean and sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy, with good carbonation.

Overall: This might be the platonic ideal of the hefeweizen. It tastes like the exact version of this beer that anybody would want to use as its gold standard. Is it the best beer? No. Is it the most hefe-tasting hefe? God yes.

May 06, 2021
 
4.43 by kodt from Illinois on Mar 25, 2021
 
4.23 by DOCRW from Washington on Mar 18, 2021
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4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Anders91 from California

Look: nice golden white with a thick white head

Smell: banana, malt, and wheat

Taste: banana, wheat, and malt.

Feel: super smooth, just the right amount of carbonation

Feb 06, 2021
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3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by GarrettB from Colorado

July 30th, 2016 - A Donkey Kong's country worth of banana mushroom clouds out of the glass, like a melted Laffy Taffy, but not too sweet. The smell is almost chewy, and causes salivation with a heavy glaze of butterscotch, sage and rosemary. The gourmet aroma leads to a semi-foamy body, and a clear taste of banana mixed with fresh cut cedar. A delicious and unique combination.

Jan 19, 2021
 
4.66 by chris826 from Mississippi on Jan 13, 2021
 
4 by robebo44 from Virginia on Dec 26, 2020
 
4.25 by FLBeerGuy from Florida on Dec 11, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Gajo74 from New York

Pours a cloudy golden amber color. Moderate to large foam head retains well.

The fruity nose especially highlights banana, along with citrus zest. Spicy aromas of cloves interact with bready wheat malts.

The taste is bright and tangy with notes of orange peel supporting flavors of sweet banana, wheat and slightly doughy and bready malt. The clove like spices are aptly applied for balance, not too overpowering. The finish is tangy and smooth.

Medium bodied with a smooth and soft mouthfeel. The softness of the mouthfeel is contrasted with the lively carbonation.

One of the better Hefeweizens I’ve had. Authentic and on par with the style. Very nice.

Dec 07, 2020
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4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Tilley4 from Tennessee

Really really nice Hefeweizen..

All of the standards are met both in aroma and flavor...banana, yeast, clove...

Extremely satisfying... the Germans have the lager game dominated...

Will purchase regularly...new to my market and can't wait for warmer weather so I can enjoy by the pool

Dec 05, 2020
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4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by morimech from Minnesota

The appearance is the weakest part of this beer. Does not have the bright beer look that I associate with hefeweizens. Aroma of bananas, wheat, and cloves. There is a flavor quality that this beer possesses that American varieties of this style just cannot duplicate. Must be a combination of the water profile and the yeast they use. It is different from any other German hefes as well. The flavor borders on citrus and melon. Very solid body and carbonation. Very drinkable and rewarding hefeweizen.

Dec 04, 2020
 
3.96 by Pro_Magnon from Texas on Dec 03, 2020
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3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by JonnoWillsteed from England

L- Cloudy orange, well under a haolgen light! Pours with fat 2Cm off-white pillowy head.
S- Very much a Weisse nose on this one.
T- Very Weisse here too, spices a plenty and sufficient dry hops into the finish.
F- Seems a bit light on feel for me, esp for 5.5% it comes over as a bit under-powered. Very good CO2 in the mouth.
O- My experience doesn't align with it's current 92% rating. It has a good spicy flavour, but the ABV% feels about 4.5%, a lot different from how a 5.5% usually feels. Pleasant enough but I've had plenty of Weisse's waaay better than this.
500ml bottle bought from TremblingMadness/York/UK for home delivery to me in London BB: 02/06/2021 £2.75

Nov 11, 2020
 
4.25 by generallee from Virginia on Oct 18, 2020
 
4.25 by koolkitty from England on Oct 13, 2020
 
4.25 by 10_bathrooms from Texas on Oct 07, 2020
Weissbier Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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