Andechser Weissbier Hell
Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Style:
German Hefeweizen
Ranked #5
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,325
Avg:
4.17 | pDev: 8.87%
Reviews:
173
Ratings:
511
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Klosterbrauerei Andechs
 
Germany
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Year-round
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Gots
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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
Reviews: 173 | Ratings: 511 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of mothman
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.

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mothman from Minnesota, May 23, 2020
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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!

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Photo of Snowcrash000
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.

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Photo of pkalix
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....

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pkalix from California, Mar 16, 2020
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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

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brentk56 from North Carolina, Aug 10, 2019
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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

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

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VABA from Virginia, Jun 01, 2019
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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.

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HoppyBastard from Nebraska, Feb 25, 2019
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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

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klaplain from Germany, Jan 12, 2019
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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

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Photo of hman43
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.

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hman43 from North Carolina, Nov 23, 2018
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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

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!

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RaulMondesi from California, Jun 22, 2018
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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.

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Buck89 from Tennessee, May 09, 2018
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4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a 500ml bottle. Great appearance - cloudy golden color and a finger of fluffy white head. Smells of clove, banana, straw, and yeast. Medium feel with lots of carbonation. Tastes of wheat, banana, and a little bit of sourness. Excellent.

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Photo of oberon
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the best looking pours for the style I have seen,pours into a weizen glass an orange tinged light lemon color with a large blooming sticky white head,just a fantastic looking rocky top to the beer.Toasted wheat malts with not a whole lot of yeasty phenols to intrude,only a smattering of clove and that honey dew melon and a slight sour/lemon tinge in the finish.Really like the feel not overly light,a little umph.This is a very refined hefeweizen that honestly no one outside of Bavaria could make,not a huge fan of the style but this is a gem.

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oberon from North Carolina, Mar 15, 2018
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4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

I have only had around 11-13 different German hefeweizens and this is clearly one of the best ones I have had. I had the pleasure of trying both a 2 month old bottle of this beer as well as a 2 month old Weihenstephaner hefeweizen. It was a close score between the two but I have to admit that the Andechser Weissbier Hell got the edge. A fresh bottle of this is one of the best hefeweizens that you can get your hands on. I am sure there are a few other really good hefeweizens in Germany that I have not been able to try, but for now this is one of the best that I've had. Cheers! A-

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Nass from Florida, Feb 21, 2018
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4.22/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle, poured into pint glass.

Hazy, blond color. Low foam. Good carbonation.

Typical light Bavarian beer. Good quality. Smooth taste. Seems more on the unfiltered side. Slight fruity/banana taste that is right strength -- doesn't overwhelm the beer.

Solid Bavarian beer.

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Photo of josanguapo
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From Decervecitas. In Bavaria hefe glass. Playing Home is Where one Starts. Perfect example of the style.All typical flavors well noticeable here and finely tuned, great mouthfeel. And it was 2 months before bbf date!

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle

Golden honey with slight amber hues. Silky, white foam cover starts out tall, falls to a constant covering.

A sweet honey malt and sour banana's from the yeast seems to dominate the aroma. Slight mint and sweet fruits are in the nose, but subtle.

The flavor and feeL hits you very clean, super light and very refreshing. A crispy, light malt in feel but mostly sweet, that comes across once again as honey and golden wheat. The wheat malt is very impressive, perhaps one of the cleanest and boldest versions I've ever had. I love a wheat beer that is not dominated by banana yeast flavor's. The yeast is actually very complex with very subtle sour banana and then minty, fruity and earthy. The low level hops provide just a subtle earthy/herbal addition. The balance...not being dominated by fruity yeast is easily one of the best.

If you can't make it to Munich any time soon. ....

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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire, Sep 10, 2017
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3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle in Bavaria Brahaus, Glasgow(£4.90):
Quite a nice wheat beer throughout, the nose in particular being a highlight for me but the taste wasn't too bad either. There was a nice sweetness from the start & the banana flavours definitely dominated but some citrus & faint spice helped with the balance, as did the touches of bitterness lightly dotted about the place. It was an easy beer to drink & one I'd happily have again despite there being better of the style out there.

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flyingpig from United Kingdom (Scotland), Aug 17, 2017
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4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a weizen glass. The appearance was a hazy/cloudy burnt orange color with a thick rocky/foamy white head that took its time to dissipate. Rough messy lacing. The smell started off with the spicy clove up front and then the sweet banana esters, slightly earthy, subtle biscuit. The taste wrapped together all of the previously mentioned flavors with the sweet breadiness lingering into the spicy clove in the aftertaste nicely. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body. Spices hit with a gentle harshness on my tongue. Overall, damn, what a nice hefeweizen. Definitely would have again.

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Photo of breadwinner
4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Toss up between this and the Weihenstephan offering for cream of the hefeweizen crop in my book. Gorgeous, just gorgeous in the glass, thick, towering foam on top of a glowing rustic orange and gold body (which somehow looked a touch like those exagerrated tequila sunrise drinks with OJ/grenadine all layered and such, but I digress.) Excellent nose with clove aplenty, then some familiar banana, perhaps even papaya or honeydew (as the brewer notes), aromatics, and I swear there's something a touch woody, even dare I say very, very lightly smoky (phenolic?) in there too. Palate is similar and evolves in the glass, switching things up to hit fruity first, then really getting a delightful clove character in the middle, a nice rejoinder of wheat malt (which I love getting in a hefe, not just all those fruits and spices), and finishing up with that woody note. This is a treat and, at least in my somewhat limited experience, affirms Klosterbrauerei Andechs as perhaps my favorite German brewery.

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breadwinner from California, Jun 15, 2017
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4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours with a creamy, three finger head, straw yellow, slightly less hazy than other examples
S: banana, spice, and a crisp hop aroma, with a pronounced yeastiness
T: It's the usual suspects here (albeit done exceptionally well, with a great attention to balance) but very crisp, more malt forward, clean understated hop bitterness, with a mild tartness here as well and hints of orange peel and general citrus, there are some nice hints of caramel malt as well
M: silky and crisp
O: Perhaps the best straightforward hefeweizen I have ever had, there is no better way to say it than, it just tastes right.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an orange cloudy body with one-finger head and an aroma of spicy clove, banana and yeast/wheat twang. Smooth tasting and clean with a little bit of yeast smoothness and bananas and mild spice. The balance is excellent and it's an enjoyable light beer with a sweet finish.

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clayrock81 from Florida, May 25, 2017
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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap from the Bier Stein in Eugene, OR it was poured into a traditional hefe glass.

L: A nice light yellow with a light head.
S: A smell of bananas, wheat, and yeasty smell to it as well.
T: Taste as it smells with a nice banana taste at the front followed by wheat then a bit of a strong yeast aftertaste.
F: Fairly carbonated and a medium feel probably the most underwhelming part of the whole beer.
O: Absolutely delicious and would definitely get it again. Getting it on tap was a real treat.

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Delekhan from Oregon, May 09, 2017
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4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This stuff is fantastic and if it came in 6 packs I would go through cases this summer. The appearance is classic with a near opaque unfiltered look and the flavor is bursting with the banana and clove notes you'd expect (though maybe a step behind beers like Weihenstephaner or Hofbrau) but where this beer really shines is the aroma and the mouthfeel. Right after pouring I knew I was in for a treat, so rich and inviting on the nose. And it has a perfect full, creamy and soft feel with just the right amount of carbonation. The kind if aroma and feel that make you immediately want another sip. This one should get more attention.

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Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 511 ratings