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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 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 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 Weisenbeer
4.65/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Likely the beer by which all other Hefeweizen should be judged. Particularly enjoyable in their Bavarian beer garden. I am trying not to let the amazing setting influence my rating, but shucks, this is A++.

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Photo of pat61
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy straw gold under a 3” finely bubbled bone white to cream colored foam column that takes over 4 minutes to reduce to 1/3 its original size.
S: Bread, faint banana and fainter spice verging on clove. Banana aromas intensify as it warms.
T: Fruity, apple, pear, banana, some light bread with a hint of citric tartness especially on the finish.
F: Medium to medium light body, above average carbonation
O: A true classic.

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Photo of petemoss14
4.62/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a densley clouded autumn wheatish color with a super creamy, lingering white head. It almost looks like a glass of grapefruit juice in its color and density. There must have been a ton of yeast in this sucker!

A stampeding army of clove in the aroma backed up by an intense bready yeastiness and undercurrents of banana.

Nice medium-firm body, spicy on the palate, with the esters (banana) becoming a little more prominant. Bit of a grainy malt character. Slight lemon zest tartness in the finish. Very refreshing! I could suck these down all day up on the mount with the sun shining.

A world class hefe in every respect.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.58/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

this is hands down the best hefe i have ever had. i know people rant and rave about their dopplebock, but this is next level for me, truly incredible. you think you know a hefe or something, think youve had every possible deviation and variation and alteration that exists on it, and frankly a lot of them get pretty samey, but this is the king of the heap. its appropriately cloudy, goldenrod colored, with several inches of muted grayish white foam on top. great retention. it smells rustic and old, very very traditional, with a yeasty banana cream complexion, and raw wheat as its base. its a simple equation, but its done expertly well here, and one sip confirms that this yeast is something special. silky rich banana notes and earthy pale malted wheat work wonders together, lasting forever, and hinting at candied lemon rind, black pepper, and something a little more herbal. its got that pleasant old dusty german thing going on, but it also feels really fresh to me. carbonation is intense, and there is an awesome creaminess and weight to the feel. im not sure how you can make a hefe any better than this one, and the fact that its not rare, and is super super cheap makes it that much better. german brewers are going to start getting a lot more of my attention. cant say enough about this one.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From 02/11/12 notes. Bottle shared by Thorep429; thanks Mike! This beer wasn't on my radar and is probably one of the best hefeweizens I've had. Poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy straw yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bananas, spices, cloves, Belgian yeast, light citrus, light floral, and light pepper. Fresh bananas dominate here and are awesome. One of the best smelling hedeweizens I've ever smelled.

t - Tastes of bananas, spice, pepper, cloves, Belgian yeast, and light floral notes. more pepper then the nose. Very nice but not quite as good as the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Super smooth and creamy, and insanely easy to drink. Awesome body.

o - Overall I thought this was an outstanding hefeweizen; it's up there with the Live Oak hefe, Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, and Moon Man as one of the best I've ever had. The nose is awesome, and just a ton of fresh bananas, and it is insanel easy to drink. The taste was good but not quite as great as the nose, as it focused more on pepper. An awesome beer I can't wait to have again.

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Photo of Sheldon
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Andechser Weissbier Hefetrub is a cloudy brownish orange color. The white, rather creamy head remains past the half waypoint with a respectable trail of lace. The bouquet is not quite as prevalent as I prefer, although a nice citrus aroma is very close at hand. The flavor of the first was of a strong banana essence and the second glass leaned towards a citrus taste. I’ll have to conduct an extra round in order to get the best two out of three, it may be tough but I think I’m up for it. The mouthfeel seems of a full body, and a very satisfying drinkability throughout the experience. From the time it hits the nose to the final feel in the throat the Hefetrub is very smooth and enjoyable. I will definitely continue to procure this by the case. Very impressed!

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

What a treat to finally have this available in the US! I previously had it on-tap at Zum Schneider in NYC in September 2013. This is a review from a bottle I picked up in NJ in February 2014.

Poured about 3/4 of the bottle into a glass, then rolled the bottle in between my hands to dislodge the yeast at the bottom, and poured the remainder. The result was a beautiful, hazy, dark gold beer with a large, frothy white head. Some good lacing on the glass as this one went down.

The aroma was filled with strong phenols and fruity esters, while maintaining its balance. Clove, banana, bubble gum... it's all there and it's delicious.

Light-to-medium bodied and oh so drinkable. Perfectly carbonated. Crisp and refreshing while packing enough flavor to keep you interested throughout the duration of the beer.

This rivals Weihenstephaner as the best hefeweizen I've ever had. Absolute, spot-on version of the style and worth seeking out if you're a weizen fan.

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Photo of Brabander
4.53/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I not always liked this type of beer. In my younger years iw went to Austria on my holidays and i always found these kind of beers for old people. Now i am older and am drinking them! How funny can things go in your life.

This is a hell of a beer in this style to say the least. Today is sunday and the sun is shining if it was summer. It is october though.

Best before march 2012. Poured in an original Franziskaner Weissbierglass. Perfect appearance, could not be better. Cloudy golden yellow fluid with lots of cabonation and a very nice white head, three to four fingers.

Smell is very inviting and like a weissbier should be; fresh and soft, yet crisp. The wheat i very well balanced with the malted barley.

Taste is superbly good amongst his competitors. Soft, round, nice palate.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.52/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle into a New Glarus weizen glass.

A: Hazy orange body under a rich, full, dense white head that rises stably nearly an inch above the rim of the glass before receding slowly and leaving chunky lace. Gorgeous.

S: Classic, intense Hefeweizen aroma: cloves jump out first with spicy piquancy, followed by perfectly ripe banana, toasted wheat bread, and a pleasant (but not too sweet) hint of bubblegum. Balanced, complex, and enticing.

T: Spicy up front, with banana bread midway through and lots of clean minerality on the finish, along with a distinct note of herbal hop bitterness. Extremely refreshing, full-flavored, and delectably dry. Wonderful beer.

M: Smooth, fairly thin body with a moderate amount of fine, lively carbonation. A bit weak at first, but better after a moment.

O: One of the best examples of the style I've ever had; I can't wait to do a side-by-side with this and Weihenstephaner; I'm really not sure which would come out on top. World class.


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Photo of bierman2000
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A consistent beer with a clove undelayer. A filling very drinkable weizen. Excellent with a pretzel or just alone, as with most Weizen high carbonation leads to less drinking. It is a great beer to find and enjoy in the afternoon, just wish they sold Kloster Andechs in Pennsylvania.

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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the pub in Munich, served in the impressive Andechs weizen glass.

Appearance: Straw-colored and nearly opaque, this one arrived with a towering 2 1/2 finger head that retained ridiculously well.

Smell: Yeasty as hell with lots of signature banana and clove along with a slight mineral quality.

Taste & mouthfeel: Banana and a touch of bubblegum open this one up. Surprisingly dry, though still malt-forward and very complex. Medium in body, bordering on full. The finish ends on a dry note with barely a trace of bitterness, though this one's dry nearly from start to finish. Drinkability is through the roof; this beer is complex in a subtle way that never fatigues the palate. I could've drank liters of this.

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Photo of haz77
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy gold with a big, firm, foaming head that sits there forever. Masses of small bubbles rise to keep it in place. Very inviting.

S - Banana, clove, phenols, yeast, mixed light fruits. Lovely stuff.

T - Yeasty fruitiness and slight bubblegum kick off with the banana appearing in the middle, which really blooms towards the end when it's joined by a spicy clove flavour. There is a slight medicinal phenol note in there too. Aftertaste is a clean, muted version of the finish and it lingers for some time.

M - Light-medium body. Creamy, but finishes clean and refreshes the mouth. The lively carbonation of the appearance is not as aggressive as expected.

D - An excellent and very drinkable beer. I should have bought more. Highly recommended.

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Photo of hansavijaticar
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wonderful hazy yellow in colour, smell of banana, vanilla and bubblegum, taste the same, almost no citric acidity, full and rich in flavour. One of the best Hefeweizens, for sure. Classic. Excellent with chili con carne.

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Photo of dasenebler
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours with a copious head, very fluffy and aromatic. Pungent banana, tang and spice in the nose. Orange and straw color.

It has that same Hefeweizen character, but there's something about the Andechs that is absolutely delicious. It's tart, tangy, sweet, bready, phenolic and creamy all at the same time. Really a top-notch brew. The carbonation is very fine and not overpowering, which adds to the incredible smoothness of this brew. I think this more desirable mouthfeel sets it apart from other german Hefeweizens. I wish the Andechs hefe was as common as the other excellent wheat beers in Germany, but alas, it is a rare bird here in Berlin.

*EDIT, March 2011: On a side-by-side with Weihenstephaner, the Andechs holds it own. It's actually more complex, with a great lemony tartness and earthy character that the Weihenstephaner just does not offer. In the end, they're two remarkable wheat beers. Prost!

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Photo of ZAP
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An extremely well done hefeweizen that is pretty much everything I want in a hefe.

Great aroma...banana, lemons...cloves...

Taste leans a little more towards the lemons and cloves but light banana evident..

Body is crisp, light, and easy to drink. Just finished a two hour bike ride and this is the perfect nourishing beverage I needed. Could drink more than a few of these in a sitting.

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Photo of sfprint
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Yow, one of the best looking Hefeweizens I've ever seen. Beautiful creamsicle orange with a fluffy head. Rising carbonation visible at the bottom and pretty vibrant.
S: Super light and fluffy banana. I know that's the yeast giving it it's creamy quality. Smells like a dessert. Very very faint phenols.
T: Wow, that rivals Weihenstephaner. Really good. My only complaint is that it could be slightly sweeter and or flavorful. But otherwise it's nearly perfect. Excellent blend. It's so well blended, I can't really articulate elements of the flavor. It just is.
M: Mild sting. Fairly soft.
O: One of the best hefeweizens I've had.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle picked up from an overseas shop; thanks to yourefragile for the assist. Served in a SAVOR wine glass alongside the doppelbock.

Pours a cloudy yellow-straw color with a nice and fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing on the way down. The nose has heavy yeast character with nice banana and bubblegum notes, and a touch of clove in the background.

A light breadiness exists in the flavor, serving as the base for the yeast. Nice notes of bubblegum and banana throughout with a touch of spice to the finish. Light-medium body with slight chewiness and a silky finish. Really well made. I'm glad I finally got to try this longtime want.

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Photo of soulgrowl
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour this one into a weizen glass, because you'll need the extra headroom to accommodate the sizeable pile of off-white froth atop this picturesque beer. The body is almost exactly the same color as orange juice (or Tang - remember Tang?), just a little bit darker; the yeast forms a dense, thick mist that makes the beer opaque. Spicy banana reminiscent of bananas foster dominates (as it should in any good Weissbier), but not without allowing in some lovely nuances of orange juice, apples, lemonade, walnuts, and something earthy and funky that calls to mind the funk of a Flanders red. Relentlessly refreshing with an airy dryness, biting spice, and robust yet light and fruity character. Tons of bananas, apples, cinnamon, clove, bubblegum, lemon, and minty herbal hops. Juicy and full - maybe a bit too heavy, in fact, but still fantastic! A damn good summer beer... or anytime beer!

Also it is surprisingly good with Shropshire Blue!

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Photo of rousee
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold color with a nice apricot tint after u look an inch or so up from the bottom of the glass. Gets murkier as we get towards the top--which I actually like. Smell is sweet upfront with some bready malty aspects. Slight citrus notes as well. Earthy muddy notes with the all familiar banana and clove esters.

Taste is about as smooth as can be. Very similar to the nose--lots more citrus on the palate than the nose. Also good liquid -bread effect. As far as hefes go, this has got to be right up there amongst the best ive tried in the category.

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Photo of nodder
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy golden/orange with a fluffy one finger white head. Spotty lacing on the glass.

S- Bananas, bready yeast, cloves. Classic hefe smells.

T- Sweet bananas, lemon, cloves, malty/breadiness. Spot on what a great hefe should taste like.

M- Medium with heavy carbonation. Very clean finish. Easy drinking.

O- This is truly a great beer. Second only to Weihenstephaner For hefe's I've tried

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