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Andechser Weissbier Hell | Klosterbrauerei Andechs

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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 Flounder57
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml was poured into large tulip glass.

Appearance: A two finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy golden yellow with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Banana, clove, spices, bready and sweet wheat.

Taste: Same as above. Delicious and tasty.

Moutjfeel: Refreshing, light to medium bodied, chewy, and medium carbonations.

Overall: Awesome here. The bests ones are always under $4. Will be revisiting this one again.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a half finger white head that dissipates to patches and ring around the glass, leaving light lacing. Classic hefeweizen aroma of wheat, clove light banana, slightly bready. Flavor is cracked wheat, clove, light breadiness, a touch of lemon citrus and a touch of toffee, finishing with dry wheat and light clove bitterness. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A perfectly balanced and flavored wheat beer that hits all the right notes for a hefeweizen. One of the best hefe I've had. Excellent.

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Photo of Sigmund
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely cloves aroma, typical hefe. Cloudy golden colour, pours with a large head. Fairly dry flavour, typical wheat / cloves, slightly peppery. A bit more hops would do, still this is a well made hefe, as you would expect from Kloster Andechs. Recommended!

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Yellowish/Orange; cloudy; big head; good lacing

Aroma: Peppery; cloves; yeasty

Taste: Very good, complex flavor; hints of bananas in the cloves; excellent beer

Remarks: Got this the first time with a mixed 6 pack at Kloster Andechs.

Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of brewandbbq
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml bottle, poured and yeast swirled into glass.

Cloudy gold with a thick, dense head. A solid skim coat for the duration and plenty of lacework.

Aromatics are filled with plenty of bananas and cloves. A nice balance between the two with lots of yeasty essence.

Medium bodied with a creamy, pillowy mouthfeel.

Husky wheat with cloves and bananas on the palate. Bitterness to balance and traces of honey.

Finishes with plenty of Bavarian character and highly crushable.

Great beer, would love to try a fresh one.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a hazy straw color with a white head.
S: Banana, wheat and clove in the nose. Pretty typical of a wheat beer.

T: Banana, clove, bready wheaty malts, wheat, some light fruit. Sounds typical, but it's delicious!

M: Light bodied and smoothish.

O: This is, thus far, my favorite german-style hefeweizen, and I am currently exactly 900 beers into my journey. Definitely recommended to all who like beer.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a very formal beer... i suppose would call it proper in that it isn't a dessert. good color with a substantial amount of cloudiness. nice yeasty head. nose of mild citrus, and some coriander. palate is on the savory side... or a mild sweet. not smoked but some citrus zest bitter. very very mild sweet. fantastic balance that body and esters come forth in the wheat malt.

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Photo of emerge077
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Happy to see this in the states finally.

Served in a Weizen glass, it has plenty of billowing foam, settling to a sturdy head that lasts for the duration of the glass. Flecks of lace appear all around the sides of the glass.

Banana is big at first but tapers off quickly into clovey yeast esters and wheat cereal, with a pleasant sweet floral note as well.

Creamy wheaty feel, light clove spice and banana esters. Carbonation is a little biting at first but tapers off eventually. Clover honey aftertaste. Medium bodied and substantial, though light in feel and easy drinking. Very solid overall with no flaws.

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Photo of John_M
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap during PIB.

The beer pours a slightly hazy, golden tan color with good head retention and considerable lacing. On the nose this is textbook hefe, with clove, light banana, nutmeg and considerable underlying spice. As good as it smells, the beer is considerably better on the palate, with the beer showcasing considerable bread dough, clove, banana, and considerable spice, all on a very dry, sharp "clovey" finish. (I hated this flavor combination when I lived in Germany years ago, but now I just love it). Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, but it's truly amazing how much flavor this beer packs with such a low abv.

Excellent. One of those hefe's that immediately puts me in mind of my days living in Germany, even though that was almost 40 years ago now.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Andechser am Dom, on to the beer:

A shade darker than yellow in the glass, cloudy, and topped with a head which retains all the way down. The classic hefeweizen nose is clear; spicy clove, banana, nutmeg, a touch of cinnamon, all working together to make a lovely smell. It continues into the taste, which is phenlicand banana first, then comes the spice, and a touch of vanilla. It's a flaovrdul weiss with much appeal. It's nearly medium bodied yet stays refreshing. Of the four Andechs that I tasted, this, not the Doppelbock, was my favorite.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a curved wheat ale glass.

Does not gush or foam very hard on opening, but pours with some aggression makes a super bleach white head that is even pin head bubbled, thick and soapy with thick ring lacing. Body color is a gorgeous and cloudy hue of colors from dully lemon yellow on the bottom to apricot orange through the top. Has a mid haze in the middle with clarity on the edges, and very fine carbonation.

Nose is classic. Spritzy like lemon and drive clove like spices. Some hinting banana senses but more of a balance of spicy and citrus.

Palate comes with classic flavors but a large champagne wet crispness. Not much chewy wheat presence, but great lemon and sharp hop quick dissipating finish. Mild bitterness matching with clove and lemon, and faint toasted white bread just barely breaking out. Light to wet bodied and lots of mimosa like qualities.

It's a little lighter and crisper than most Hefeweizens, but it's very unique and real great tasting. Probably not my favorite in the style but a great one in its own right.

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Photo of babaracas
4.29/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light amber with thick, dense white head, lots of lace down the glass, a half inch of foam sticks around until the end. Smell: very ripe banana, soft slightly grainy sweetness, clove, honeydew. Taste: real banana pudding into clove with some candied lemon-ish acidity, sticky banana mashed on graham cracker finish. Delicious. Extremely fluffy feel, medium body, sweet. If I'm going to go hefeweizen, I think this will be the one.

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Photo of RuudJH
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great South German hefe with an ancient tradition.
0.5 l bottle poured in my Weihenstephaner glass.
This particular sample showed 'best before sept. 2010'.

This beer is golden coloured, decent carbonation, fluffy head. Initially clear, it turns into cloudy yellow with orange glow, after pouring the last bit. Nice to watch this process.

Smell is rather mellow. Wheat, banana, a bit of citrus, some herbs.
Taste is similar. It's also mellow bittersweetness all over.
Mouthfeel is extremely smooth. This is a beer that goes down very well. Not a trace of harshness at all, making it very drinkable indeed.

This hefeweizen is well balanced, but also modest in it's aroma and flavours.
I'll surely try a younger version of this beer too, if I get the chance, to see if it makes a more complex experience.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%

16.9 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Cloudy apricot color with 1 finger of white head. Lively carbonation.

Banana bread, caramel, clove, and coriander.

Caramel drizzled banana bread and wheat. Subtle notes of clove and coriander and a kiss of lemongrass.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, and clean.

Masterfully balanced and easy drinking. Spot on for the style!

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Photo of cpanossian
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

0.5L mug served vom fass with a rich creamy white head, an opaque honey colored selction accompanied by a foot-wide fresh pretzel. The nose is like a mildly intoxicating clove perfume. And your first sip is a shock - should a mere mortal be drinking something this refined, this celestial? Despite the relentless frantic commotion and conversations filling the Braustuberai, time around you slows as you sip this experience. Yes-cloves, nutmeg, pepper, but Frankinsense? Crepuscular rays? The Grail? Unbelievable. Enjoyed fresh at Kloster Andechs - I highly and truly recommend you visit this place.

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Photo of wl0307
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB 16/03/06, consumed two months after its suggested BB date--I hope it's alright. Served lightly-chilled in a 500ml weizen glass.

A: slightly hazy, dark orange-yellowish hue, coming with a thick, cotton-ish white beer head with superb retention; gently as well as lively carbonation.
S: a fresh banana aroma abounds, neither too harsh, "stinky", nor floating, plus peach+apricot+ripe Cantaloupe melon; added with a lightly ashy note from the foam, yeast-drink's sour-sweet yeastiness, and candyish malts+refreshing wheat-malts all together. Showing no clear structure, but the combination is really nice and harmonious. Surprisingly there's not much hint of cloves in the aroma. But for a hefe-weizen, the nose is still one of the most complex and enjoyable I've ever encountered...
T: sour-sweet, slightly tangy, fruity flavour abounds upfront, almost like green mango+green banana--balanced and delicious; a stream of cottony-textured, wheat-ish flavour slowly takes over the theme, backed by a profound flavour of yeast drink (like Yakult) that is also closely in check. Dryish and sour-sweet aftertone lingers in the back, leaving some tangy mouthfeel at the deep end of the tongue, like after eating some "green" fruits...
M&D: superb carbonation and creamy soft mouthfeel--I suspect the "overly-maturation" of this beer has done some good to the overall texture? A medium-full bodied hefe-weizen, deserving slow sipping. The strength is in its balance, if I may, and it's certainly one of my favourite botted hefe-weizen for sure. Next time I'll find a bottle within its sell-by date to see if it's any different.

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Wildeman in Amsterdam. (great bar, by the way).
It pours a cloudy, dark yellow with a fluffy white head that sticks around for a while. Nice lacing. The smell is fruity and crisp and clean. Quite nice. Taste is smooth, sweet, orangy or citrusy, and the mouthfeel is lighter than I expected. Pretty darn good drinkability, but I liked to move onto the doppelbock after one wheat beer.


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Photo of tjd25
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden color, surprizingly transparent. Crazy carbonation. The bottom of the glass is full of bubbles. Persisten foamy head.

Nice classic hefe aromas: wheat, sweetness and yeast. The taste is what you expect: wheat, fruits (some peach maybe...), some spices, some sweetness, and banana, more in the afteraste. The hops are almost not noticeable. Very smooth mouthfeel, with the neverending head. A dry finish. Very enjoyable and very drinkable. I want more hefe weizen!!!

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Photo of yourefragile
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz bottle.

Pours a hazed golden peach color with dense slightly off white head. Earthy, farmy nose of banana, cream, grass, pepper and dough. Peach and banana dominate flavor with clove and light pepper spice, slightly bitter finish. Creamy, well carbonated thick body with a doughy finish.

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Photo of Floydster
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 ml bottle acquired as an extra in a trade with RedHaze, thank you very much for providing this great addition to my package, poured into my Chimay goblet tonight

A-Pale golden yellow color that is rather murky, 3/4 inch creamy white head that stuck around for nearly five minutes, some lacing at the beginning

S-Lemon juice, orange peel, wheat, bready malt aromas, black pepper, vanilla, banana, cloves, others spices, and some bubble gum

T-Started off with a crisp wheat taste, then faded into some citrus accents, finish was pretty creamy, got a little breadier as time went on, the spices really took over towards the end, taste was subtle but packed a punch in the aftertaste most of the way through, goes down incredibly easy, sweeter as time went on but still highly drinkable, loved the flavor of this brew

M-Chewy and creamy mouthfeel, good amount of carbonation, thin to medium body, taste did not linger very long, somewhat spicy towards the end

D-Could have drank a few bottles of this, would make a nice session beer, only five and a half percent alcohol, crisp and refreshing, smooth

First beer from Klosterbrauerei Andechs, I am letting that Dopplebock Dunkel sit in my fridge a little longer, would definitely drink again, great for a hefeweizen, recommended

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Photo of Tucquan
4.34/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2013-10-08 in Columbia, PA

A - Pretty cloudy golden-yellow with a 3-finger pillowy white head that fades quickly but leaves nice lace.

S - Bubblegum and clove, yeasty wheat bread, light touch of citrus.

T - More lemon than in the smell, nice assertion of sweet biscuit, clove, a dash of balancing bitterness that relents quickly. Dries nicely leaving a light malty lemon tart flavor for a few seconds.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Effervescent. Substantial at first ultimately refreshing and thirst quenching.

O - This is a delicious beer. I like it as well as any hefe I've ever had.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

fresh bottle delivered straight from Munich...

Hazed straw yellow color, very cloudy, enormous, pillowy white, long-lasting head...looks perfect!

Super fresh aroma! Big banana and orange, with lingering lemon, big and beautiful, airy and invigorating...

Taste: snappy, sparkling, citric, smooth, mellow...lush, lovely malt...lemon, lime and orange lie largest in the flavor...brisk, livley carbonation...refreshing and easy-drinking...definitely downable and downright delicious.

A grittier mouthfeel than many American-made hefe weizens, and a fuller texture...this is the stuff! Not sure if it outshines Weheinstephaner of Schneider Wess...I think it's heavier than them both, more flavorful, without some of the ethereal qualities the finer weizens can boast.

Quite a flavorful number here... big lemon, full malt, not so much spice as you'd taste in others...very full of character and utter panache...there's nothing not to like...yum...so delicious.

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Photo of BWED
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5L pour into a weizen glass, Brauhaus Schmitz, Philly.

A- Pale orange with some yellow highlighted edges. Hazy, of course. Big beautiful white head retains at 1/4".

S- Amazing aroma! Huge banana and citrus (orange). Clove and spice come up from behind as well.

T- Some banana and orange. Great spice and clove flavors come in too.

M- Nice and smooth. Great bubbly carbonation, just a bit sparkling.

O- This is a fantastic brew, and I'm glad it has landed in a place in the US near me!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Andechser Weissbier Hell
16.9 oz. brown bottle, date code L3013
$4.99 @ Wegmans, King of Prussia, PA

Appearance: Usual cloudy gold body with a bit of an orange cast to it. Very long-lasting head bolstered by an effervescent carbonation.

Smell: Clove and gently plastic-like phenols over sweet wheat malt.

Taste: Lots of lemon tang at first, followed by clove, banana, and spicy phenolics. Richly flavored. As you progress the lemon fades as the malt builds on your palate and a note of vanilla comes through. Some chalky yeast appears in the finish; which is spicier than many, and drier than some others.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium leaning more towards medium in body; bristling effervescent carbonation.

Overall: Unique, but also a classic example of the style. Absolutely worth trying!

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Photo of braker649er
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This just seemed like a classic wheat beer.

Look: Beautifully cloudy opaque yellow with creamy white head
Smell: You could sense what was coming, though maybe not the highlight of the beer--some rich wheat grain, just a hint of the banana-clove.
Taste: Nice balance. Banana and clove but not in your face about it. Refreshing and dense flavor.
Feel: Thick and rich. Solid.

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Andechser Weissbier Hell from Klosterbrauerei Andechs
4.18 out of 5 based on 390 ratings.
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