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RATINGS: 134   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   IBU: 12   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The shack at Windansea beach is an iconic part of the San Diego landscape, almost as much as the fiercely guarded waves that break upon its shores. Every so often a winter storm washes the shack away, but like clockwork, a salty-haired local hero resurrects it. It’s tradition, and Windansea Wheat is a beer created with this tradition in mind. Brewed true to the Bavarian style, this beer is served hazy and unfiltered. A closely guarded strain of Hefeweizen yeast creates that unmistakable aroma of banana, clove, and a hint of vanilla. At Windansea beach, you may not find many friendly faces out in the water if you haven’t paid your dues. But this Windansea Wheat’s got your name on it.

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3.4
IrishBoy (4254) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 20, 2006
Draft at Disney’s California Adventure; wheaty nose full of banana esters; very hazy gold with a small white head; wheaty grain flavor with bananas.

3.4
User57106 (246) - - NOV 26, 2007
On draft at Karl Strauss Universal City, 11/26/07. Cloudy, light yellow. Aroma is cloves, spice. Banana and clove flavors on palate, mildly sweet, clean finish. Not bad.

3.4
jgb9348 (6590) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Hazy golden coloured body with a thick, dense white head. Aroma of pale malt, wheat, coriander seed, curacao and a very fresh yeast note - a touch of sugars too. Light to Meidum-bodied; Creamy, wheatie flavour with a good dose of light spices that leave the mouth very fresh. Aftertaste shows a little alcohol, a little fruit and a nice pungent yeast note. Overall, a respectable german hef with some nice yeast and wheat flavours, but the cool refreshing spice flavour is definitely still noticeable. I sampled this pint on draught at the LAX Terminal 7 location in Los Angeles, California on 23-June-2010.

3.4
brokensail (16689) - Dublin, California, USA - APR 14, 2013
Cloudy golden straw with a white head. Nose is sweet banana, light lemon, clove, and sweet bready malt. Some hints of bubblegum and pepper, too. Nice sweetness to the flavor of bread, banana, and bubblegum. Yeasty, some clove, a hint of pepper, and a light citric tartness.

3.4
theisti (4238) - Kansas, USA - JUN 5, 2013
~16 oz draft at California Adventure in Anaheim, California. The pour is a cloudy white yellow with a smallish white head. The aroma is grain wheat, light citrus, and a fair amount of clove banana yeast. The taste is a nice balance between the grain wheat, the zest of the lemon and finishes with the Hefe yeast notes. Decently clean flavors. The palate is medium to light bodied, pleasantly unfiltered mouth feel and clove banana and earth wheat in the finish. Hit the spot.

3.4
snoworsummer (6285) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 15, 2015
Draft at the brewpub in RB. Pours hazy yellow with a frothy white head. Tastes like earthy wheat malt, cloves and bananas with light hop bitterness and a dry finish. Light body and medium carbonation. Smells like spicy and earthy wheat, malt, coriander, cloves, and bananas.

3.4
lusikka (7833) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2015
Draught @ Karl Strauss Brewing Co (La Jolla), San Diego, CA. Pours a cloudy bright yellow colour with a small white head. Aroma of wheat, a bit of coriander, sea water and floral notes. Flavour of wheat, husky graininess, floral hops, a bit of saltiness and some yeastiness. Light bodied. Refreshing. Not that complex but very easy-going.

3.4
laiti (8532) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 30, 2015
Draught @ Karl Strauss, La Jolla. Aroma has citrus and yeasty tones. Flavour has citrus, hefe-yeast, some fruits and mild flour. A clean, straightforward citrus-hefe.

3.4
BuckeyeBoy (8861) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 11, 2016
On tap at Disneyland. Pours out a hazy wheat color topped with a white head. Nose is light banana esters bubble gum spice. Taste is more of the nice nice malty spice banana.

3.4
MetalNHopHead (2277) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - DEC 12, 2016
This Hefeweizen by Karl Strauss seems to fall right between the American and German wheat beer approaches. Naturally, there’s a slightly cloudy yellow appearance. Bavarian-type aromas with banana, clove, and hay. Flavor starts off with those same notes, then there’s a more American-style grain sweetness that takes over (rather than a dry, yeasty finish characteristic of a German wheat ale). There’s a subtle vanilla sweetness, which is nice. Right at the end, there’s an overly sweet canned corn note, which is not so nice. Apart from that unfortunate ending, Windansea is a well-executed wheat beer with a lovely, creamy depth to its body and a great range of flavor.


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