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Andechser Weissbier Hell | Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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4.16/5
Exceptional
444 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Germany
andechs.de

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-03-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,695
Reviews:
155
Ratings:
444
pDev:
8.89%
Bros Score:
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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of Rivarol
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of banjofred101
5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of Mattymystique
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of josanguapo
5/5  rDev +20.2%
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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5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best Wheat Beer I know of!

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Photo of pottmichael
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best wheat I've ever had

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5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Sudmissle
4.92/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Kloster Andechs in Germany. It was a very intense tasting wheat beer with a strong banana and clove taste. Had a good mouthfeel with a ideal amount of foam. Among the best wheat beers I've had due to a great, strong flavor and good aftertaste.

Usually I find bottled beer to have a stronger taste than beers on tap, but this was a case where the on tap version was ideal. This makes me curious how the bottled version tastes in comparison.

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Photo of aberman
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of KarlHungus
4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Burnt orange with a big fluffy white head. It looks like most other well biult hefes that I've tried.

Smell: Bananas and citrus fruits. Spicy.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Bananas, and citrus fruits like the smell. Wheaty. No detectable bitternes in the sip, however, the flavor is very well ballanced. The aftertaste is wet, with well balanced hop bitterness and malt sweetness. It can most accurately be described as tasting like happy. Mouthfeel is thicker than most hefes that I have had, but not too thick to make for a hefty brew.

Dirinkability: I must say that I am kicking myself for not trying this beer before today. It is the best hefe I have ever tasted. It is thick and flavorful without being overly filling in the way some hefes tend to be.

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4.88/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this bee at the Andechser Mannheim restaurant. I am certain I have never had a better Weiss beer. Nice glass, good head, smooth, smell; just great. I drank several, didn't try any other styles, this one was too good. If I ever get back to Mannheim, this will be my first stop.

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4.86/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

16.9oz bottle purchased as a single from Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT.

Poured into an imperial pint, formed a 1 1/2" off-white head over the cloudy golden amber brew. Head sno-cones above the rim, slowly receding, with sticky lacing. Aroma is banana and cloves. So far, pretty much the best you could hope for.

Taste is wheat sweetness to start, cloves and banana in the middle, with a light bitterness through the close. Mouthfeel is silky smooth, and drinkability is superb. Incredible.

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4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the monastery, May 31, 2005.

Oh, my gosh! Everything you would have expected and more. Certainly the best Hefeweizen I've ever tasted, and by a large margin. Even better than Kulmbacher Kapuziner. WOWOWOWOW!

What an aroma! Mown hay, cloves, pear (pear!), grass, grapefruit, then banana esters.

The flavor is so complex, it's hard to describe, and it's really several beers in one: cold, it's all clove and pepper on flowers and grapefruit; as it warms, the banana and pear come up, even some elderberry. Simply amazing. Long, long, long clove-orange-banana finish. This stuff tastes so good you hardly want to swallow it. Defies description. Heavenly.

Certainly the prettiest wheat beer in the world: all cloudy light orange-amber, with a huge (HUGE) white rocky head, that lasts and lasts, and leaves good lacing all the way down.

Unusually serpentine mouthfeel for a H-w, with perfect carbonation. So fresh and delightful to the palate. Ssssllurrppy.

Hefeweizen is one of my favorite styles, and this is perhaps the best of the bunch: certainly the best I've tasted. If you ever get a chance, you MUST go have this at the monastery. Great in bottles: truly exceptional on draught.

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4.85/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Since we weren't driving this was another one of many beers had at Kloster Andechs. With the brewery just a few yards away from the beer garden, it doesn't get any better or fresher than this. One of the best hefes ever had. The weather was perfect and the beer exceptional.

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4.85/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Andechs. really hard to find in SC, but here in Germany...89 cents on the shelf.Yes please.
Pours out to reveal agorgeous head, light golden color, gets murkier as the bottle is decanted. Super carbonation gives a very lively body. Really fantastic head, great retention.Really a very bright looking Hefe.
The aromatics take to an even higher level.Really good funky smell, yeasty, fruity,-cloves, nutty grains, orange, yeasty banana, black pepper phenolic spiciness. great for a 5.5% brew. apples come through in the spicy-fruity grain mix. This is either a great Hefe or a bowl of really good Muselix. Digging deeper, and as the beer warms, the complexity really unfolds. I find notes of vanilla, banana, smoke, oak, and a light caramelized sweetness that adds the perfect touch of roundness in the aroma. Weihenstephan, the reigning king of Weissbiers in my book may have been dethroned.
Flavor is extremely balanced, note of oaky graininess gives way to citrus, yeasts, wheaty creaminess. a light tobacco, and a great amount of spice. The vanilla notes come through again and adds a delicate foil of sweetness to the spicy/carbonated balance of perfection. Another stand out factor of this brew is the great carbonation. The yeast has performed its duties quite well, and added a perfect amount of carbonation and cream.This is easily one of the best Weiss beers I have ever had.
The mouthfeel is lively and exciting. I really enjoy the more creamy examples of Hefe's i.e Franziskaner, Weihenstephaner, but this packs the same amount of flavor in and adds an exciting punch of carbonation. I'm not one to award a high score just based on rareness or avaliablitiy, but this beer really is the quintessence of a style. Weihenstephan Weiss is fantastic, but can be bought in the U.S. You cannot buy Andechs Weiss readily in the states, or even in Germany, as with Westy beers you have to seek it out to enjoy. What a perfect balance, and pleasure to enjoy.This was a great brew, and look foward to trying others from this brewery. I could not ask for more in a Weizen.

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4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Thorpe, long time want right here and I still want more.

Beer is soft and yellow, hazy, big white head, lacing, nice carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, banana, mildly spicy, near perfect aroma.

Beer is soft, sweet, smooth, wet finish. No aftertaste, a great yeast palate, no bitterness, smooth and wonderful. I really loved this beer. I really want some more.

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Andechser Weissbier Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 444 ratings
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