Weissbier Hell
Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Ranked #5
Ranked #3,838
4.17 | pDev: 8.63%
May 30, 2023
Jun 03, 2002
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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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Rated: 4.02 by nunienun from Illinois

May 30, 2023
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Reviewed by Gatch from Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Enjoying a half liter in their Braustuberl, which is pretty packed for a German holiday weekend but also surprisingly touristy. Much busier in the food and beer lines compared to Weihenstephaner and much larger outdoor seating area with a similar a la carte ordering system. This is I think the last major beer from them I haven’t tried so I was happy to order it. Super hazy, yeasty, and funky. Not too heavy on the banana and other typical Hefe flavors which is why I like this so much. This brewery is popular for a reason and their beer is seriously consistent.
May 28, 2023
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Reviewed by defunksta from Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours a mostly clear, light golden color with a largewhite head. SRM of 8. (4.00)

Aroma: Strong aromas of orange citrus, bubblegum, light floral notes with her bready yeast. (4.00)

Flavor: Strong flavors of orange citrus, bubble gum, banana bread. Some yeast, clove, and spice and then dry on the end. A light bite on the finish, but overall smooth. (4.25)

Feel: Medium-bodied, strong carbonation. Bready, soft, and smooth. (4.50)

Compared to Ayinger Brauweisse 4/2023: Pours similar, similar head. Similar aromas with slightly more orange citrus and less cloves. More orange citrus and flower on the flavor. Slightly cleaner and smoother and less rich and spiced than Ayinger. Similar though.

Compared to Andechs Weissbier Dunkel 4/2023: Pours lighter, milder head. Stronger aromas. More bubblegum, rich bread and sweet banana. Less dry grains, brown bread. Sweeter.

Compared to Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier 5/2023: Pours darker, similar head. Milder aromas. More sweet German bread malt/spice and banana bread. Less citrus, flower, and yeastiness. Slighter sweeter and more bready.

Overall: An excellent Hefeweizen. Smooth bready malts with light orange citrus and flower with a classic yeasty finish. Some sweet banana bread. Slightly smoother and less rich than Ayinger. Incredibly smooth and complex, yet still all the things of a Hefeweizen. This could be better than Weihenstephaner, but a side-to-side may be required... (Rating: 4.20)
Apr 16, 2023
Rated: 5 by aswaller from Minnesota

Jan 02, 2023
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle Date: L0112

A - Super hazy medium golden orange color with a dense one finger thick , creamy head resting on top and lots of tight, vibrant carbonation.

S - Bready dough, light spice, and banana.

T - Big bready presence with banana, cloves, and citrus and finishes on the sweeter side with very low bitterness. Long lingering bready banana cloves on the palate with a small shot of citrus underneath.

M - Big medium, chewy body that finishes on the wetter side.

O - This is a pretty fantastic beer that's worth checking out. Recommended.
Dec 10, 2022
Rated: 4.22 by beverage-enthusiast from Washington

Dec 07, 2022
Rated: 3.99 by Latarnik from New Jersey

Oct 23, 2022
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Rated by Chocolatefreak from Tennessee

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A good wheat beer. Taste of cloves, banana, subtle sour yeast. A good example of this style.
Oct 08, 2022
Rated: 4.47 by MrJones07 from Spain

Sep 10, 2022
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Reviewed by CarolinaCardinals from North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Picked up a pint bottle from TW-Greenville, SC 5-23-22 for $4.49. Bottle code L1471; consumed 7-31-22.

Beer poured a hazy gold with a very nice white head.

Nose is very phenolic, of cloves and bubble gum.

Taste follows the nose with a lighter malt base that allows the yeast to shine which gives the classic banana and cloves notes along with a touch of bubble gum. Finishes nicely balanced from an appropriate amount of hops.

Mouthfeel is lovely as each sip finishes very soft and smooth.

Overall an excellent example of the style!
Jul 31, 2022
Rated: 4.23 by clm9 from North Carolina

Jul 24, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by notchucknorris from California

Jun 18, 2022
Rated: 4 by BeerWasp from Germany

May 22, 2022
Rated: 3.99 by beeragent from Texas

May 10, 2022
Rated: 4.16 by SadMachine from New Jersey

May 01, 2022
Rated: 4.51 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Mar 19, 2022
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Reviewed by EmperorBevis from England

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 3.8 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 21, 2022
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Reviewed by puck1225 from Texas

4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 3.5 by doctorgary from New York

Feb 13, 2022
Rated: 4.18 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee

Jan 01, 2022
Rated: 4.57 by infuturity from Massachusetts

Sep 26, 2021
Rated: 4.14 by qqq from Rhode Island

Sep 17, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Sep 09, 2021
Rated: 4.75 by KT3418 from Colorado

Sep 05, 2021
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Reviewed by albern from Massachusetts

4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
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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Reviewed by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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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Reviewed by DrBeergood from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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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Reviewed by zac16125 from South Carolina

4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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.

Jul 04, 2021
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Reviewed by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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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Reviewed by ANIMOUL from Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 3.1 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Jun 23, 2021
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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 3.85 by cheefdaddy1 from Texas

Jun 21, 2021
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Reviewed by 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
Jun 14, 2021
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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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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Reviewed by 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
Rated: 4.43 by kodt from Illinois

Mar 25, 2021
Rated: 4.23 by DOCRW from Washington

Mar 18, 2021
Weissbier Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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