Andechser Weissbier Hell | Klosterbrauerei Andechs

Andechser Weissbier HellAndechser Weissbier Hell
BA SCORE
91.1%
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4.16 w/ 438 ratings
Andechser Weissbier HellAndechser Weissbier Hell
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:
#1,657
Reviews:
155
Ratings:
438
Liked:
399
Avg:
4.16/5
pDev:
8.65%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
90
Gots:
60
Trade:
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Ratings: 438 |  Reviews: 155
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 Domingo
4.74/5  rDev +13.9%
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 +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4.72/5  rDev +13.5%
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 +13.5%
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 +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.7/5  rDev +13%
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 +13%
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 +13%
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 +12.7%
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 +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 Weisenbeer
4.65/5  rDev +11.8%
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 Imad
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of pat61
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
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 +11.1%
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 +10.1%
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 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 mrgold
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mdfb79
4.54/5  rDev +9.1%
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 +8.9%
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 nassstnate
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of windowside
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jacobob10
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
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 +8.9%
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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Andechser Weissbier Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
Beer rating: 91.1% out of 100 with 438 ratings
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