Löwen Weisse | Löwenbräu AG

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Löwen WeisseLöwen Weisse

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Löwenbräu AG

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 58
Photo of captaincoffee
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a straw gold with medium head that leaves a few spots of lace. Nose is light yeast esters and so e grain...mild copared to the top hefes...but clean. Taste follows with a clean profile without any real flaws, but flavors are muted a bit like they are going for easy drinking mass appeal instead of flavor or anything original. That's not really a problem...this is a highly crushable hefe and one I'd happily reach for in a hot day when I don't want too much going on. Yes...I'm giving this an extra .25 in the overall score because it only cost 1.10 euro for a .5 liter can. Value does mean something.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall, a grea beer. Poured into a glass - cloudy, golden color with a decent-sized head, slow to disappear. Strong citrus flavors mixed with wheat. Crisp and a rich aftertaste, sweet to the taste, but not too much so. I'll get this again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Löwenbräu "Löwen Weisse Hefe-Weissbier"
500 ml can

Typical appearance. Effervescent with an excellent head retention and great lacing. Banana and clove in the aroma... and fully flavored with a richly grainy wheat malt base and all of the expected ripe banana and clove that the nose suggests. Moderate but balancing bitterness. Medium bodied and gently bristling in the mouth. If there's a flaw to this beer it's that it's just a bit too polished and balanced - as if that was possible, but at the same time there's nothing that really stands out to remember other than 'it was an almost perfectly balanced and polished, highly drinkable weissbier'. Anyone who drinks weizens, regardless of whether they're a fan of the style or not, should try it!

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Photo of tone77
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Who would have thought I would have found this one in a Hong Kong supermarket. Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of banana and spices. Taste is very refreshing, spices, banana, a touch of sweetness, the glass is empting quickly. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of Douberd
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml can, poured into a wide glass.
Pours a hazy light-orange beer with a one finger head with good retention.
Aroma is fruity with a banana smell.
Taste is great, bitter with a sweet finish.
Medium thickness on the body and average carbonation.
Overall, I great beer and I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of atis
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy golden/orange with large and dense white head, slowly downsliding lacing. Aroma is yeast, cloves and lots of bananas.

Taste is slightly spicy what malt, banana and yeast, hints of citrus, rather dryish finish. Mouthfeel is smooth medium with abundant carbonation.

A solid and very drinkable Hefeweizen and an excellent value for money. It is the cheapest Hefeweizen I have been able to find in Switzerland (except supermarket brands) and it leaves many more beers costing double and triple its price, behind.

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Photo of crusian
2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can from a 7-11 in hong kong, there is one on every corner... cost a little under a buck fity. Reviewed on my phone, so shortened.
Nothing to pour it into, but appears to be a light yellow cloudy colors, decent carbonation, so would produce a nice head.
Nose is a bit of wheat, a tiny bit of booze, and not much else.
Taste is a little sweet, and wheat, but sweet is a bit odd.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but not too bad, but wouldn't call it quite medium yet. I saw the other reviews and thought I found my saving grace here in hk... but, not so much. Just noticed a sticker with ingredients... has hop extract in it, odd.

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Photo of Berecki
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 0.5 L bottle into a weizen glass.
Heavy, foamy head over the haze pale-gold body, with very fine fruity and wheaty yeast smell that precedes bringing the glass closer to nose: a cloud of fine weizen scent!
It tastes just as the weissbeer should taste: refreshing, fruity, wheaty and rich. Taking one long sip and swallow brings more of pleasure: that is one good wheat beer, I say.
Maybe not the top of its class, but surely a very pleasant surprise.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml can poured in a weizen glass.

A: Pours the traditional Hefeweizen cloudy golden to orange color. Nice medium creamy white head. Good retention and some lacings left

S: Very fruity. Sweet banana/cloves smell is the first impression. Also malts. Quite bready

T: Follows the nose. Once again, traditional Hefeweizen: Fruity taste followed by malts and yeasts. Liquid bread

M: Creamy body. Medium carbonation. Refreshing. Low bitterness (as expected)

O: Nice beer. To be enjoyed mainly during European summertime

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Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy/cloudy yellow, big head.

Smell: Clove, sweetness.

Taste: Mild wheaty sweetness, yeasty. Not spicy, more sweet.

Drinkability: Not a bad hefe, maybe slightly on the heavier side.

The final beer here in Hong Kong. I'd never seen this before as I never knew Lowenbrau to make anything other than their flagship. This is pretty decent but the competition here in China is pretty mediocre.

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Photo of HaplessHero
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

0.5 L can poured into regular glass.

Appearance: Like a good Hefe-Weissbier, cloudy, golden yellow, nice head.

Smell: Smells like a hefe, didn't detect any nuances or anything unique...

Taste: Similarly, tastes not strongly but refreshingly fruity and slightly spicy, but nothing complex or unique here, could use more spice.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, but nice, smooth, lightly carbonated mouthfeel.

Overall: Definitely worth the low price and easy availability for keeping a few around (in Germany and Austria) but not something very special. Still, solid, refreshing, and drinkable.

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Photo of desiderius
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy golden color; I actually see haze clouds of thicker color slowly swirling in the glass - impressive; small pieces of yeast (?) sink slowly after I pour the sediment in - is this good or bad? Very little carbonation evident. Creamy white head with good retention; minimal lacing.

Smell: Soft and creamy; the usual banana and clove; little hops; quite intense.

Taste: I can chew the bread; mild hops; lemony tartness; wouldn't mind some more dryness. Not mind-blowing but nice.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; a bit lacking in carbonation, but you don't really miss it.

Drinkability: The usual hefeweizen drinkability - get me some more! Great companion to my beef tongue and basmati rice.

Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of RuudJH
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 0.5 l. can of very traditional Bavarian hefeweissbier.
Since 1383.
Simple and tasty.

Golden hazy colour, big head in my hefe glass, that holds up rather well. Good carbonation, decent lacing.
Smell andl taste: Mellow and soft. Banana, biscuits, some citrus. Light clove and coriander.
Very drinkable as a good hefeweiss bier: refreshing, crisp and powerfull.
With so many hefe's from Germany, and so many great ones, this one does pretty well: good value for money.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Bert's Bier Huis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into my Weizen glass.

APPEARANCE: A light orange-yellow-gold colour, opaque with some carbonation. Pours a big white fluffy head with good retention. Some lacing remains down the glass.

SMELL: Strong crisp wheat malt in the nose. Some nice banana and lemon undertones as well. A slight resemblance of bubble gum comes through too. Nice.

TASTE: Wheat malt and some banana and lemon undertones as well. A mild yeasty wheat aftertaste fades quickly. Nice touch.

PALATE: Medium body, smooth and creamy. Goes down very smooth with no bite and finishes slightly sticky. Carbonation is on the low end of the scale. A very good feel for a weizen.

OVERALL: A very drinkable and enjoyable weizen. A bit of a surprise really. Definitely worth a re-visit. I wish I had tried this one at the brewery as well, instead of sticking to their great lager beer all night.

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Photo of WJVII
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brought this beer home from Germany. Poured into a pint glass this brew has a nice hazy orange color with a 2in white head settling into a 1/2 white cap. This beer has the typical banana smell with some tones of doughy bread yeast. The taste was actually a little better than most of the hefe-weisse beers I had in Germany. There was a banana taste with a great hop balance to it. This was a good brew and I am glad I brought one home (I was off the wheat beers by the time I was leaving, but I took one for the road).

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

again, a bit hard to find, but a couple stores in beijing have this.

500ml can

deep wheat color, cloudy with yeast. decent head gradually fades to ring. lacing tends to slide down the glass.

aroma is banana and faint citrus. not much in the way of spice, so a bit uncomplex and almost warrants a 3.5. the nutty, bready yeast character helps a bit though.

flavors are typical weiss, though again somewhat simplistic, with not much spice note. slight acidity.

feel is slightly watery, but smooth. active carbonation.

certainly better than average

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Soft doughy aroma with a bit of fresh wheat. Fluffy white head fades slowly leaving a few thick strands of lace. Hazy apricot colored beer. Mildly sweet wheat and a faint citrus twang make up the flavor. Soft mouthfeel is a bit on the fizzy side. Better then average, but not the best.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is intensly carbonated. The head is quite white, but has a slight yellowish tint to it. The body is of course very hazy and has an orangish golden color to it. This is a slow pouring brew.

Aromas that are produced are the traditional banana and bubble gum fragrances. There are slight hints of orange rinds too.

I detect hints of vanilla, orange, and bubble gum as far as the taste goes.

This is very powdery with all the yeast left behind. A very good specimen of what a heffeweizen should be.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown 50cl bottle, best before 04-2008, drank 08-2007.

Poured into one of my Franziskaner Weissbier glasses, this is the tenth weissbier I have reviewed on this site so far.

Looks great in the glass, loads of carbonisation rising through the body to hit the already huge head that this beer produced when poured. Light, cloudy, dull grapefruit yellow in colour, the head a bright, pure white.

The aroma is all about vanilla and bananas, with a slight citrus tang to it.

Grapefruit flavours, with an unsharp lemon taste is what I got, not the best hefe tasting beer I've had, but not the worst either.

Surprisingly watery for a 5.2% vol beer, the citrusy flavours do stay a while in the mouth, but there is no strong aftertaste.

Overall, a very pleasant drink, I wouldn't choose it over all other hefe weisse, but I would have another, in fact, I will have another!

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Photo of AlexLMS
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: very cloudy with a pale orange color. The head is white, large and creamy. It fades slowly leaving behind a very nice lacing.
Aroma: very fruity nose. A mixture of bananas and some citrus.
Taste: a wonderful taste of sweet bananas and spices.
Mouthfeel: silky and mouthcoating, good carbonation, acceptable alcoholic strength and a rich body.
Finish: lingering light fruity aftertaste.

Overall: a great hefeweizen. Very refreshing, interesting and complex. All I could expect from the style. Looking forward to have another one.

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Photo of InDreams
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this in Munich, but brought back a bottle too to write up a review. Just as a note before reading, I can't tell much of a difference between the beer on tap and the beer in the bottle, it's great in both.

A: Classic cloudy appearance with an almost orange-like dark yellow hue. Huge fluffy white head, maybe two inches, that left a ton of lacing on the glass and even after disipating a bit, stuck around at about a finger's width. Can see some of the carbonated bubbling going wild inside the beer.

S: Rather pungent, smelling of banana and clove, maybe some oranges. Definitely citrus and very appetizing.

T: Nothing short of glorious. With the huge head, it comes in creamy and smooth, mirroring all my observations in the smell. Banana, clove, some orange on the back end. Almost no hop bitterness, kind of bready at times. Citrus aftertaste lingers and is quiet pleasant. I definitely catch a bit of yeastiness to it as well. Overall though, this is the kind of beer I'd crave on a hot summer day. I'm kind of disappointed as the glass starts to empty...

M: With all the head, as I've said, somewhat creamy and medium-bodied. Very, very smooth, with surprisingly little bite from the carbonation. Creaminess is the best observation I have to describe it though. The head is great, lasts throughout the beer, and you can taste it every sip.

D: I wouldn't say no to this beer. Not ever. Oh-so-tasty and with a smooth, creamy body, it's one hell of a pleasure to drink. If I could get my hands on more, it might become one of my favorite beers to drink. A classic German hefe-weizen that puts many of the wheats you know to shame.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Checking my little bier book, I was surprised to find I had never had this. Finding myself at the Insel Mühle Biergarten in München, where Löwenbräu is the bier on tap, I opted for a Weisse.

Poured typically cloudy, with a rich, golden-apricot hue. Had plentiful carbo within, adding to a creamy, smooth white head. The foam had good staying power with very nice stick. A wheaty aroma of banana and light clove hit the nostrils. Quite pleasant and yummy... This Weisse had a medium body, with the expected prickly/bubbly feel found so often in Hefes... Flavor here was quite nice, with banana being the more pronounced trait. Also found it to be lightly sweet, with hints of clove, followed by a crisp, dry finish. Goes down quite well.


overall: 4.05
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4


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Photo of JohnW
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with good dense head into a dedicated Weissbeer glass which stayed the length of the drink. Pale gold, though nothing like as cloudy as some weiss beers. Aroma typical of the style, though nothing like as heady and complex as the best. Light taste, slightly maltier and sweeter than some weiss beers, but easy to drink and refreshing. The banana and spice flavours not as forward as the best German wheat beers, no great character, but enjoyable non the less. Worth trying.

John W
B'ham UK Feb 2006

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Photo of Daredevil
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

this is an easy accessible version of Hefe Weissbier ... mild in taste, a bit soapy rather than creamy, light in body (for a Weisse), not in alcohol though ... not a beer to remeber but agreat thirst quencher on one of the warmer autumn evenings, when I tend to drink it as a cheap everyday alternative (especially the can version) to a steeper Schneider Weisse, Paulaner or the like ...

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Photo of mobyfann
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid .70EUR + .08EUR glass deposit for a 500mL bottle.

*Reviewed on 23.07.2005

The beer pours a ultra-hazy golden base, super fluffed white head, good retention at first then fades away, lacing is noticeable at first and then fades as well. Not too bad. It doesn't have a heavy smell but thel is quite unique for a Weizen, it is a chaos of malts and wheat and a blend of fruits fighting against each other.

The taste isn't as impressive as the unique smell, but it goes down pretty good, a light somewhat fruity aftertaste. The beer is smooth for a Weizen, nice to the palette. For it's uniqueness factor it gets a 4, I wouldn't mind having another, but after the second may be time for something lighter and hoppier.

Final Thought: Well, this and the Lion's doppel are very unique to my taste buds, so I like the differentiation sometimes.

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