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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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4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jjh19 (63) - California, USA - APR 8, 2014
Appearance: Bright yellow/orange with a terrific tiny bubble head. Smell: I got a lot of banana in the smell. Taste: A delicious sweetness. I get a lot of banana and vanilla notes. Very tasty. Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth. Drinkability: My favorite Hef I’ve ever had. Windansea Wheat is a hidden gem in the Karl Strauss beer line-up.


2.8
joergen (29624) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 21, 2017
Draught at Karl Strauss, Carlsbad. Hazy golden colored with a small white head. Fruity aroma of spices with notes of bananas. Fruity flavor of caramel, bananas and spices. Fruity finish.

2.8
thorongil2 (3570) - , Ontario, CANADA - JAN 17, 2017
(Tap) cloudy pale yellow colour with a small white head; aroma of lilies, sourness; balanced flavour with a long, very light sweet and sour finish

3.1
55x11 (89) - - JAN 14, 2017
On tap at karl Strauss Santa Fe brewery. Aroma of banana, wheat malt and bubblegum. Some subtle yeasty aroma as well. Appearance is cloudy opaque bright golden yellow with white quickly disappearing head. Little lacing. Flavor of banana and wheat malt. Banana is well balanced and restrained. Slight bite in the aftertaste from yeast or perhaps hops? Finish is a bit disappointing in otherwise tasty beer. Mouthfeel is light body, a bit watery. Overall - very drinkable summer beer but doesnt strike me as exceptional ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
djd07 (16307) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2016
On tap at the brewery. Pours a cloudy yellow orange with creamy white head that lasts. The aroma is wheat and floral. Medium body, citrus, wheat, clove, dry finish, good.

3.7
jbruner (5470) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 26, 2016
Pours a hazy golden yellow on tap with thin bubbly white head that leaves light lace. Aroma and taste of dead on German wheat, big banana and spicy esters. Can see why it won.

3.4
MetalNHopHead (2275) - 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.

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.

3.6
kramer (6991) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2016
Cloudy yellow, small white head. Nose is heavy clove and lesser banana, fairly heavy yeastiness and some wheat. Flavor is fairly solid, over ripe banana, light clove, moderate yeast. Medium bodied, nice yeasty texture, soft fizzy carbonation. Decent Hefe.

3.7
Karol (975) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 26, 2016
Tapped at Karl Strauss brewery and restaurant in downtown San Diego. Golden honey hazy color. Good head. Very good Aroma of banana, clove. Taste is banana, clove, a bit grapes. Medium carbonation. Good body. Finish is banana, clove. Really impressive wheat beer for America!

3.3
ZacM612 (870) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2016
Draft at the source in San Diego. Hazy golden with a little white head. Banana aroma, strong wheaty backbone. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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