I've been on somewhat of a Weissbier splurge the past few weeks, getting myself reacquainted with a type of beer I had fallen out with, and discovering some new friends. Of the selection I bought, there was a pair from Kloster Andechs.
The Andechser Weissbier has a really strong clove aroma. Quite strinking and mouthwatering really. It has a classic, sweet bubblegum aroma (reminiscent of juicyfruit really) underneath, but not much in the way of banana. The body is thinner than expected, but this is offset to a degree by a comforting, earthy flavour. Mild colves, warm spices, old hops, hay. All very subtle. The carbonation is also surprisingly low for this kind of beer. I wrote in my notes that it was OK, but not spicy enough.
Andechser Dunkles Weissbier is a lovely dark, murky brown. As with its sibling, it has a good dose of cloves in the aroma, but with some more bananas and a slight medicinal edge. The flavour is soft. As with the helles hefeweizen, the flavour is not as spicy as the nose suggests, having more of a sweetish, chocolatey undertone with green bananas. In fairness, there is a faint clove hit to the finish though. A silky-smooth easy drinker that's a bit juicy, but that's it.
My own weissbier is not finished fermenting, which, after two weeks, is kind of odd. But the temperature here has been up and down like a hoors knickers, so I blame cool temps while we were away for a few days. I'm hoping it'll give me more of the flavours I want from a weissbier than these two did.