Ettaler Benediktiner Weizen

Val and I went to a German restaurant in New York City and I was looking for a German beer that I hadn’t reviewed before, so I settled on this.

ABV: 5.4%

Style: Hefeweizen

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Wheat beers have a tremendous variety of flavors. Maybe that’s why they are so popular because they show what you can brew from just 4 raw materials. The Benedictine wheat beer is brewed in peace. The original Ettaler cellar yeast produces from the naturally cloudy, amber-colored beer a pleasant fruity aroma of banana and some raisin. Since the Benedictine wheat beer was so popular that the local brewing capacities in Ettal were no longer sufficient, we decided in 2011 to brew the beer with our cooperation partner in the traditional Licher private brewery Jhring Melchior under our supervision and according to our original recipe to let. At which of the two locations the beer is also brewed; Original recipe, the exclusive use of Ettaler cellar yeast and the monastic supervision of the brewing process ensure the unmistakable taste of Benedictine wheat beer.”

Random: Google translate is the best.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of white head. It dissipated slowly, but didn’t leave much lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and a bright orange color with lots of carbonation visible. The nose had all the notes that I’ve come to expect from the style. It had banana, wheat, clove, bubblegum and yeast. There was some coriander and apple as well. The taste was also that of a typical hefeweizen. It started with tons of wheat and banana. Bubblegum notes were there, but subdued. It didn’t have as much spice as I would have liked, but still had some clove and coriander. Green apple came through next. Pear notes finished up the sip. The body was medium thickness with lots of carbonation. It had a quick finish with banana. I liked this beer and it paired well with German food, but it wasn’t my favorite of the style.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0