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Andechser Weissbier HellAndechser Weissbier Hell

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Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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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Photo of bobsy
3.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy lemon pour with a billowing white head. Good retention and lace. Strong wheat aroma with the expected banana and clove notes, though not as strong as most hefes. I'm not sure if this bottle is past its prime, but its tastes a little tired. There are some very good banana and clove notes there, but there's also a bit of mustiness, like a forgotten book in somebody's attic. Aside from that there's a nice touch of sourness from the wheat and light apple notes in the background, but nothing that really wows me. The same cannot be said of the body, however, which is spot on. Perfect medium-light body and pillowy carbonation, but not enough to save a ho-hum hefe. Ah well...

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Photo of Jeffo
3.64/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam

Into a Weizen Glass

APPEARANCE: Pours a medium 2+ finger fluffy medium white head. Colour is orange-tangerine and is very cloudy. Next to zero carbonation evident. Head slowly levels out to a thin film, that basically disappears later as well. Decent lacing.

SMELL: Wheat malt, some banana, lemon and a decent amount of clove as well. A bit of bubble gum in the back too. Decent strength on the nose, and is quite nice.

TASTE: Wheat malt and a strong sweet lemon component. Clove in there as well. The strong but short lasting aftertaste is sweet with citrus qualities. Taste is relatively nice and medium in strength.

PALATE: Medium body with low end carbonation. Goes down smooth with no bite and finishes comparatively dry. Nice palate.

OVERALL: A drinkable brew for sure. It's nice in a subtle way, is not offensive or overpowering, meaning one could drink quite a few of these in an evening. The look hurt it somewhat, but otherwise this is one worth re-visiting. Solid.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.71/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Andechser Weissbier Hefetrüb is a great looking hefeweizen. It presents itself with massive amounts of pure white head that lasts a long time. The body is a gold hazy peach color, and is of course ultra hazy.

The aromas I detect are that of banana, clove, and a hint of orange rind.

The taste has a little peppery bite, with a little acid sweetness.

This is a very thirst quenching weizen, and a little coarse as well. It is really not too powdery for as much yeast that is left in the bottle.

Overall this is a decent hefeweizen, but not like a good old Weihenstephaner Hefe!

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Photo of spoony
3.77/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 500 ml bottle (code says L2464) to a hefeweizen glass.

A-The beer is darker than many of the style with more brown hues than most. The head is impressive: white, dense, and about two and one-half fingers tall to start with great retention. Carbonation is very active in the murky liquid.

S-The aroma has a slightly sharp wheat flavor with straw and grain husk notes, as well as mushy, overripe banana. There is also some bread dough and clove spice. Very light lemon.

T-The taste is similar. I get lots of banana, some bread dough, straw, husk, very light lemon and orange. The phenol flavors are interesting here, but I'm not totally in love. Little to no acidity.

M-The beer is light, a touch watery, but very easy to drink and not far off from the style. Carbonation is active but smooth.

O-Having just been exposed to Andech's amazing doppelbock, this beer is something of a letdown. It is not bad, but this nothing like the top-of-class that I was hoping for. I found it a bit too mushy and doughy, and the husk flavor that provided the only real sharpness to balance the mushy banana was a bit odd.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

A- Hazy light golden, just what you expect in a weizen. Three fingers head (i usually get a bit more when pouring in a weizenglass), very dense and soft, shows good retention and leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass

S- A light, fresh wheat hint and some yeast notes merge in a refreshing bubblegum-like feel, with some spicy notes of clove and pepper showing up. I don't how if aroma can be described as soft, but if it can be than this is definitely very soft.

T- Very soft as the smell suggested. Mild and refreshing sweetness from the malts with a delicate wheat note, not your breadiest hefeweizen for sure. A bubblegum-like feel as the smell suggested, with spiciness playing a major but still never assertive role, with notes of pepper and of course clove. Light background citric notes on the tongue (lemon, orange peel)

M- Again extremely soft. Decently lively but still gentle carbonation among a delicate light-bodied feel. Overall nicely smooth on both tongue and palate

O- Drinkabilty and overall balance are both very good. Overall a delicate, refreshing weizen. It just lacks something to make it unique, something that might make it a standout among all those weizens out there. I mean, i never tried this beer before but i kind of felt like i already had

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Photo of dar482
3.81/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in this beautiful hazy sunset golden yellow with a decent 2 finger fluffy white head.

The aroma has a sweet grain/wheat, banana, banana Laffy Taffy candy, lots of orange peel.

The flavor follows with a banana candy, again, lots of orange peel, a bit of pepper, clove. There's a candy sugar sweetness that picks up the beer in the middle. The finish has a bit of a strange wheat/grain flavor. The flavor falls a bit quickly and it does not have much of that explosion of big bubble gum and fruit flavors.

There's tons of carbonation that scrubs the tongue throughout the beer, like champagne.

Still a great beer.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle courtesy of my good friend Thirstybird. Served in my Weihenstephaner weisse glass. Best before 23 08 12 indicated on the back label. Pours a semi-hazy straw gold with a rocky, two inch bright white head. head settles into a solid, half inch cap - some spots of lacing are revealed but exhibit poor retention. Nose expresses wheat, banana esters and clove; however, it is all somewhat subdued. Taste consistent with nose; however, the wheat overshadows the other flavors expressed in the nose. There's also a light lemony quality interspersed with a slight breadiness that reveals itself towards the back. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively, even carbonation and the merest hint of acidity. Overall, a very good, albeit not great, Hefeweizen. Not sure if this may be a little past its prime as the flavors are a bit dull. I'll have to retry a fresh bottle to see if that's the case.

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Photo of TKempe
3.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A cloudy looking brew, golden to orange in color with a big head on it. Only the slightest lacing.

The first thing that has my attention when smelling the beer is a buttery note that is quite strong, giving the beer a bit of a cloying character. This is contrasted by a sour and dryish tang that is a little sharp and penetrating as well. Banana is there too, as well as a small bit of hops and of course yeast.

In tasting the beer, typical banana and clove accents are met with first. Slowly they make way for a dry and bitter finish that becomes a little watery for a moment, but then moves on to an after-taste that brings back the sweetness while remaining bitter (very charming). The slick, buttery feel is again quite strong.

A good and strong body and carbonation give this beer a tender feel to the mouth.

This Hefe tends towards the saltier side of the spectrum, but seems to be pulled back by a soddenness that I found to be somewhat nauseating. (Maybe I should have had this cooler or fresher....)

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.84/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours up a whole bunch of head which looks to have pretty good retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is hazy, light orange juice/pale to medium amber which appears as a straw pale amber when held up to the light. Some lacing is left behind.

Nose- Fair nice and fairly representative hefeweizen aroma. Starts off with cloves being the most prominent, then banana, and some coriander in the background. The cloves and coriander fade to reveal a warm banana with soft hints of lemon. Swirling shows hints of spice and oranges.

Taste- Starts with strong citrus (orange and lemon) on the front which leads into cloves, orange and lemon peel, and coriander. Light hints of banana. Lots of spice on the finish. Coriander, of course, but also hints of cinnamon and something resembling sage. Cloves were strong at first but fade quickly. This beer may not have a lot of presence but it makes up for that with delightful balance and integration. A very easygoing and accessible hefeweizen. However, it doesn't amaze me the way that it seems to have wowed most. Good beer but nothing I would classify as a really good beer. It is a very fine representation of the style. Some biscuit and cereal in the background.

Mouthfeel- A little bit more than light bodied with low carbonation and a mild zing. Dry finish really cleans this beer up at the end. A bit smooth and creamy as well.

Drinkability- Quite sessionable but the price point prevents that. I wouldn't purchase this on a regular but would repurchase if I were in the mood for a solid hefeweizen.

Overall- A mostly good beer. Solid representation of the style. Definitely a must try if you like hefeweizens. Or try it regardless. If you don't like it, you probably don't like hefeweizens.

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Photo of stevoj
3.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy yellow color, with minimal head, but flavor abounds. Banana, bubblegum, bread, etc. Unfiltered adds some extra body to the mouthfeel. Gorgeous!

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Photo of Absumaster
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A murky orange, yellow beer with a creamy blanket of foamy head. It pours like velvet.

Smell is full of clove. This is the one Weizen that only has the clove and not the banana's, although there is exotic fruit in here. The wheat adds a grainy and fresh, mango smell.

Taste is clovey with some dextrines. This is a pretty thick beer for a Weizen and it is kind of sticky too. The wheat is grainy and adds the mango and grape taste together with the yeast. So full of phenols. Drinkability is great.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the barrel @ Kloster Andechs. I considered reviewing, given its high quality, but in a place with such a view and atmosphere, I think it better to just enjoy.

A classic. Canonical hefeweizen. One of the best.


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Photo of laketang
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours straw with nice initial head

I get clove and bready notes

juicy with just the right clove notes, wheat malt plays well here.

not too sweet, juicy and crisp finish

good lounging around beer can drink a few no problem.

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Photo of badbeer
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pale and cloudy yellow with a soft white head that retained pretty well. I get some light bubble gum and banana in the nose, as well as bread and some light lemon. Just a touch of tartness and clove in the beginning of the taste. Bready tastes throughout with some lemon, not very much banana, except there is some in the finish. Lower in carbonation than most, very light body. Makes for a light, refreshing beer that I'd enjoy in the summer, but considering it's rarity and there being plenty of superior replacements, I'll drink those instead.

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Photo of cbutova
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Poured from the 500ml bottle to a pint glass with a semi-hazy light golden body. A white cap rises to about a three fingers high with a creamy and foamy texture. Head retention is good but the cap falls to a small ring. Lacing is spotty.

S- Light fruit esters off the top with bananas and pears that balance out with some phenolic hints of cloves and spices. A bit of crusty wheat, vanilla sweets and bread hints as well.

T- From the aroma, most things carry over but a fairly strong orange/lemon zest and citrus fruit feel opens up to add a new dimension here. A balance between the banana, pear, clove and German yeast notes is present. Crusty wheat and Pilsner malts bring some sweets.

MF- Light bodied with a creamy, silky texture. Carbonation at a fairly high level but very smooth as the texture of the beer shields the palate. Super light tartness overall.

A nice balance between fruits and spicy tones. Refreshing and flavorful and certainly goes down smoothly.

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Photo of shambeano
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a weihenstephan weizen glass.

A- Pours a golden yellow, with about 2 inches of fluffy white head that takes ages to subside, looks almost marshmallowy from the top. impressive.

S- heaps of banana straight up, a touch of clove and spice behind it, but im really searching for anything else.

T- sweetness upfront, banana comes in midway and lingers until the end of the beer, spice and a light clove begins to come through once ive gotten used to the banana, there is some citrus in there, and its really quite nice.

F- mouth filling, yet with a prickly carbonation that makes it seem lighter, nice length of flavour too. very good.

O- i liked this beer, its definitely one i would re-visit if it wasnt so difficult to find (and its a tad pricey in melbourne).

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Photo of Globetrotter
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 10/10/05 at Probka, this gem came out cloudy yellow gold under a three finger white head with excellent retention generating numerous lace strings. The nose is strong of banana, but just banana. No balancing yeast, spice or other fruit. The mouth is very prickly and quite sticky. The taste is dominated by banana, lots of it. There's a bit of yeast and a touch of dry bitter, but no spice or lemon. Pretty much just banana. An enjoyable, good tasting brew, if a bit one-sided.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.98/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light gold with smallish head and minimal lacing. Nose is classic here, but not as big as some other top weissbier. Yeast and esters...wish there was more. Taste is also classic, but again, not huge. Mouthfeel is a big rough with all the carbonation. Overall, a very good beer, but I was expecting something world class.

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Photo of TommyW
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy, golden body. Nice white, foamy head with great retention. Leaves a nice lacing.

S- Very yeasty with some clove and a slight note of citrus.

T- A good bit of clove here. Only a touch of bubblegum followed by a slight citrus. Taste is pretty dry from start to finish.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Cuts out pretty quickly.

D- Very drinkable for a weissbier. Goes down easy and doesn't overpower your palate.

Overall, this is definitely not my favorite weissbier, but it certainly isn't bad.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500mL bottle, no apparent freshness date other than L2813 printed on the label
A - opaque and cloudy orange body with a tall ivory head that holds decent retention
S - typical hefe aroma with banana, wheat, clove, bubble gum
T - good blend of banana, wheat, yeast, clove, bubblegum while being slightly tart on the peppery finish
M - lighter body, effervescent making if feel fuller bodied, nice balance with a clean finish
O - very solid German hefeweizen; I'd drink this any day I'm in the mood for one.

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Photo of wattoclone
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours a very cloudy light amber color with substantial head. Nice fruity, yeasty aroma for a hefeweizen. The taste is excellent, esters, malty and a nice hop finish. I prefer the dunkelweizen version but this is very good, one of the best although there are six Bavarian hefeweizen which I thought were better. Still beats out any U.S. craft hefe but a big margin.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5L bottle to a hefe glass the color very cloudy yellow orange with good carbonation. The head is big and white and leaves some nice lace.

The smell is a classic Bavarian hefe, lots of banana and clove.

The taste is also quite good, really not much more to say the this is reall good, high quality hefe weitzen.

The mouthfeel is good lighter then medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability of this brew is high great quality and easy drinking. It does not seem to be the best I have had, looking forward to a taste vom fass.

Prosit mk

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle $3.99. Hazy, cloudy yellow color. Aroma is typical hefe, strong banana, wheat, yeast. Flavor is the same. very solid for the style and I would buy this again.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Bright golden, copper color. Fluffy head that condenses, some lacing. Very cloudy
S: Typical smell of the style, banana bread and clove. A little bit milder than some of the heavy hitters like Weihenstephaner or Ayinger.
T: Very nice, somewhat typical of the style. Banana bread, bubblegum, clove. Got a little pepper bit on the finish. Also a nice creamy flavor. Not as sweet as some others I've had but I find this nice and balanced.
F: What I like about this one is it has a bit of a crispiness to it. Also great smoothness, definately a little heavy but no different than any other hefe.
O: Solid beer, great example of the style. Only thing is compared to others it feels like it is missing something. Its maybe just a little more subdued or milder than other hefes I've had before.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: hazy straw yellow. Looks creamy
S: banana. Spices cloves. Yeast sourdough
T: more banana and cloves. Touch of cinnamon. Uncooked bread dough
F: a bit watery . Mild carbonation
O: good example of a timeless style.

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Andechser Weissbier Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
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