Andechser Weissbier Hell | Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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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

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Ratings:
432
Reviews:
151
Avg:
4.18
pDev:
8.61%
 
 
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Ratings: 432 |  Reviews: 151
Photo of Shambo
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
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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Photo of Chidecki
4.86/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of ppoitras
4.85/5  rDev +16%
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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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.85/5  rDev +16%
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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Photo of John
4.85/5  rDev +16%
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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Photo of Brim
4.85/5  rDev +16%

Photo of czfreeman
4.82/5  rDev +15.3%
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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Photo of steinwy10
4.77/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of drummerguy
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sweemzander
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of tharper178
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Jack_Tripper86
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of drabmuh
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Photo of JavierGC
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Domingo
4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Arguably the best weissbier in the world...or at least not far behind the Weihenstephan example.
Like the other beers at Andechs, this comes straight from a large wooden keg, although they serve it in a halbe (1/2L mug) rather than a typical weizen glass. In town, you'll get it in a weizen glass, though. Cloudy, pale with a giant head.
VERY fruity. The typical banana/clove/spice is there, but there are also hints of pineapple, pears, and tropical fruits. While some examples focus on spice (like Erdinger) this one focuses on fruit. Both the flavor and nose of this beer are much more potent than any other I've had. Think Vitus, but without the kick.
No chalky texture or wateriness at all. Easy to drink, and something I could probably have over and over.
If you like weizen beers, seek this one out.
I brought back a bottle of this, so I'm a little curious to see how it'll compare to the fresh/tap version.

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Photo of mastema
4.74/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

How could you not love a beer like this. .5L on tap at the Am Dom on a serene sunday afternoon. Poured a golden yellow with just a hint of orange hue much like a setting sunset when there is just a faint bit of cloud at the edge of the horizon. The smell was intense banana flavors with plenty of fruity undertones beckoning me to quaff freely. The first taste did not dissapoint as this was one of the better beers I have ever had the chance to sample from the pour all the way through to the mouthfeel, which was so smooth and refreshing it was like taking a dive into the Riveria. If only I could live in Munich... in fact maybe I will.

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Photo of mynie
4.72/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours yellow, medium cloudy with a very nice and fluffy white head. Smells quite good: yeasty, creamy banana and white pepper. The profile is as simple and traditional as can be but it's executed damn near perfectly--the only better-smelling hefe I can think of is Weinstephaner's, which is the universally agreed upon standard bearer.

Tastes fantastic. Melon and banana start things off, with the addition of the former a welcome surprise. The wheatmalt is less spicy than I'm used to, which leaves room for wonderful fruit complexities. Bananas and melons continue throughout, getting gradually more clovey and peppery, ending on long, lingering sweetness that's like is bananas made juice instead of smoothies. The body is a bit thinner than I'm used to the the style, but it leads to a wonderful crispness that makes the beer more quaffable.

A+ example of its style.

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Photo of MarcP
4.71/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, bananas, caramelized malts and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors banana and some citrus come in. The hops presence is very mild but complementary and brings an excellent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, excellent representation of style, this is a great beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Naerhu
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Orange gold opaque body with a tight white small head.
Huge banana and fluffy yeasty aroma.
Slightly more bitter than usual for style, deep robust wheat malt flavor. Bananas and citrus fruit. Fresh, fresh, fresh.
Creamy smooth mouth feel.
Luscious! Gimme more.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The appearance is typical of the style. Straw yellow in color with a dense, white head. Fantastic aroma with banana, clove, spices, wheat. Refreshing flavor. Light and soft on the palate. Poundable. Superb balance. I would love to try this side by side with Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, as these are without question the two best examples of a German hefeweizen I have ever had. Highly recommended.

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Photo of PatYoda
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased at the monastery about a month and a half ago.

Cloudy orange with a long lasting white head. Smell is sweet banana and melon. A deep whiff is almost too much for the nose to handle, it's that strong of a smell. Taste is very sweet. This is a weizen that defnitely swings toward the fruity side of things, while not bring out the spicy clove much. Distinct banana lingers on the taste buds long after you take a sip. Yeasty breadiness is present also. Mouthfeel is above average for a wheat beer. Nice and creamy and thick, but still carbonated enough to be refreshing. One of the best wheat beers we sampled in our brief trip to Germany.

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Photo of Shockey
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mamaraza
4.68/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Andechser Weissbier Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
4.18 out of 5 based on 432 ratings.
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