Andechser Weissbier Hell
Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #5
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,562
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 8.63%
Reviews:
186
Ratings:
541
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Klosterbrauerei Andechs
 
Germany
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  99
Gots
  82
SCORE
92
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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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TheBricenator from Oregon

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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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colts9016 from Idaho

4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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chitoryu12 from Florida

4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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
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Anders91 from California

4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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GarrettB from Colorado

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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Gajo74 from New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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morimech from Minnesota

4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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JonnoWillsteed from England

3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a tonic glass

A- pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a two-finger creamy white head that has great retention long after the pour, leaving plenty of lacing behind

S- aroma opens with notes of peppery yeast, banana, spicy clove, bubblegum, ripe melon and tangy lemon. Undertones of honey and toasted wheat

T- fruity up front with notes of banana, green melon and lemon, followed by some peppery yeast, clove and light phenolic notes. Mid-palate gives notes of bubble gum and honey, the finish gives toasted wheat with more clove and banana on the linger

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a crisp finish, high drinkability

O- outstanding Hefe, one of the standard bearers of the style

Aug 29, 2020
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MrOH from Malta

4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange-yellow, thick white head, awesome retention and lace
Lots of banana with underlying bready malt, hint of clove
Flavor follows aroma, slight tang
Light and refreshing, I would like a touch more effervescence
A really good representation of the style.

Aug 06, 2020
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HalfFull from California

4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml. bottle served up in a large snifter glass. Had dropped in on the brewery a few years ago on an Oktoberfest trip with a night in Tutzing. First I've seen it in the U.S. Pour is a cloudy muddled golden with a sticky cap of whitish foam.

Nose is robust on the banana/clove notes, some wheat and light lemon on the back. Taste follows in the classic style with more wheat and slightly sweet in character. Warming brings a muddled blend of aromas and flavors that keep one interested. I get some crossover yeast notes from Weihenstephaner and Schneider. Smooth and silky on the finish. Nicely done. Now I see the RV's pulling in for the festival, have fun...

Jul 28, 2020
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mothman from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle. Large white head. Lace. Cloudy orange gold color.

Bananas, cloves, wheat, orange peel, lemon zest. Classic Hefeweizen flavors. Smooth and easy drinking. Grassy and earthy hops in the finish.

May 23, 2020
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Shannonisdrunk from New York

4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Extremely into the smooth class act this beer dolls out.
Creamy finish, light/golden in color.
Reminds me of schneider weisse hefeweizen but easier to drink.

Totally into it. Mine isn't green as shown in the photo here.. tis' a yellow label!

May 01, 2020
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear at first, then turning cloudy on final pour, golden coloration with a large, foamy head and visible carbonation. Smells of doughy, bready malt and an estery spice note of clove, with lighter banana and just a hint of straw also coming through. Taste is a good balance between slightly sweet'ish doughy, bready malt, estery spice/fruit and light hoppy accents, with the clove and perhaps a hint of white pepper clearly dominating here and lighter banana notes, as well as just a hint of citrus and straw. Finishes slightly tangy with a light bitterness and some clove and banana lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

A very nice Weizen that certainly has those estery notes expected of the style, although the spice is very much dominant here, with the banana staying a bit more in the background and some light hoppy accents poking through as well. I really liked this, but even though I'm usually a big fan of Andechs I didn't really love it and I'm not sure why. Maybe the balance is a little off for my personal taste, this being somewhat sweet, maybe the body is just a touch too light, making this very refreshing but a little lacking in mouthfeel, maybe it's that certain tanginess in the finish, which may not be entirely out of character for the style but is just slightly too pronounced here, or maybe it's just that I had Weihenstephaner recently and this just doesn't live up to it. In any case, still a beer that I would happily drink again anytime, it just didn't wow me as much as I thought it might.

Mar 22, 2020
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pkalix from California

4.68/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

beautiful color and creamy topper!!! nice carbonation with a great feel in the mouth! i really like this one! and after pressing an Underberg into service alongside this winner, my day is complete....

Mar 16, 2020
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: After rustling up the sediment, this one pours a cloudy honey color capped by a full three fingers of foam; spotty lacing action

Smell: Graham cracker, banana and clove with a tangy wheat edge

Taste: Tangy wheat complemented by the banana and graham cracker flavors with the clove adding a spicy element that drives home the finish

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with a medium to full body and moderate carbonation

Overall: There are certain styles that just don't get a lot of respect around here with the Hefe being one of them; this one deserves every bit of its score and some

Aug 10, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden color with a nice head and lacing
Aroma has nice wheat and smoke hints
The taste follows the nose with a nice wheat and smoky flavor
A medium bodied well carbonated beer
A good wheat beer

Jun 01, 2019
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HoppyBastard from Nebraska

4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1 pint 0.9 ounce bottle into a Shaker piny glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a cloudy, straw color with one-finger white head, excellent retention for the style, the head slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is moderate lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: bread, banana and cloves.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially banana then bread and cloves.

PALATE: light body, somewhat creamy and medium carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a fine Hef, I thoroughly enjoyed it and will certainly purchase again, I would recommend to anyone who enjoys the style.

Feb 25, 2019
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klaplain from Germany

4.11/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasting this at the Andechs brewery. Very strong smell of cloves- maybe a bit too much. Likewise on taste. Color - cloudy orange as expected. Easy drinking. But clove aftertaste is too strong for me

Jan 12, 2019
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Bruno74200 from France

4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very hazy pale body with a huge, dense white head.

Nose and taste on the wheat with estery yeast notes.

Smooth mouthfeel, good drinkability

Overall a nice hefeweizen

Jan 04, 2019
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: It pours cloudy yellow with a thick head. Head retention is very good.

Smell: The aroma is lead off by a strong clove with moderate banana. There is a grainy wheat character that is low.

Taste: The clove and banana are a bit more balance in the taste with a grainy wheat element.

Taste: In spite of initial sweetness, the beer does finish a bit dry. It has a medium body with a creamy texture.

Overall, a wonderful balance between the banana and cloves with grainy wheat in support makes this a very easy drinking and favorable wheat beer.

Nov 23, 2018
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RaulMondesi from California

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Man, I thought Weihenstephan was pretty much the only go to for premium German beer in the US - but move over becomes here comes Andechs! Like finding out that Gigi Hadid has a just as hot sister, this was a fine surprise. Clean and cloudy like a Bavarian thunderstorm, this one is beautiful. Light with all those familiar Hefeweizen flavors (minus the clove, which Raul doesn’t mind st all!) This one is not to be missed!

Jun 22, 2018
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.79/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap into a Weizen glass. Very hazy golden color with a thick and long lasting head. I got more clove and wheat on the aroma, but there was faint banana. The taste had the same elements but the flavors were less bright than expected. Soft feel and easy drinking. Overall a nice beer but not at the level of the greats.

May 09, 2018
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