Andechser Weissbier Hell | Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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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 AAG
3.29/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of weareallfalafel
4.73/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of olliefu
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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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Photo of flyingpig
3.64/5  rDev -12.5%
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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Photo of MattSn
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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 mamaraza
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SHaeuser
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 BdM
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of OriolesFan1008
3.42/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of breadwinner
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
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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Photo of JackRWatkins
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Photo of JavierGC
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bunuelian
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of South2NW
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SCproUA
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Delekhan
4.2/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of REVZEB
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alucard6679
4.37/5  rDev +5%
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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Photo of mishi_d
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Andechser Weissbier Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 464 ratings