Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 6,751
Reviews: 2,283
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 516
Gots: 792 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: pezoids on 01-22-2001)
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Reviews by Ego:
Photo of Ego
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

found on tap @ the peculiar pub right by NYU (bleeker st), I was in the area for work and popped on in for a pint, this place just brings back memories of the ole college days... this is not a style I go for too often but with hot college chicks abounding and nicer weather.. what the hell...

eyes...
frothy white pillowy head, cloudy pale straw haze but completely consistent in the entire glass (the bartender asked me about adding a lemon, I declined to taste this pure, kudos for at least asking!), the lacing and cling are absolutely superb, even hiding in the haze you can see the carbonation feeding the head and keeping it constant - absolutely flawless looking, I tried to find something wrong with this beer, and kept looking at it from different angles, but no, this thing was a goddamn beer postcard sent from beer paradise.

nose...
had a strange toasty smell (not off putting), there are hints of lemon floating and enticing you in the background, there is a subtle spiciness to it with mild fruit notes like bannana... I loved sniffing this thing even if it wasn't crazy complex or fascinating, it smelled great and the smell was strong, you didn't have to work to get at the tones here, there is also some grain prescence, I was impressed.

taste etc.
somewhat full in the mouth, the carbonation rolls around carrying this lovely libation all around your mouth in a surreal fashion. you can literally roll this around on your tongue back and forth to enjoy the sensation of silk/velvet liquid... amazing and flawless in that department. the wheat coats and sticks in the mouth furnishing the strongest aftertaste I think I have come across for a hefe. there are tones of toffee and noogat (you know, that unidentified crap in candy bars), as I rolled it in my mouth I just couldn't get over the complexity of this little heffer, the carbonation even has a little prickly bite to it, very small, which just accents the experience that much more. it is almost lip smacking refreshing but yet has nutty and toasty tones that really grab the attention of your pallette, it is in a sense dry and yet refreshing.. and complex.

verdict?
I had to run out and grab a bottle of this on the way home.. and the bottle does not do this justice. still great out of a bottle but the mouthfeel is no where near the experience I had this afternoon. This was the best $5 I spent in a long time... this one was nearly flawless, I wish half the hefes I huff where as bad ass as this monster brew, outstanding.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Premo88
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into wheat beer glass

L: murky/cloudy yellow-orange yellow; huge fluffy head of white to off-white foam, a full 2 inches tall and so thick it looks like it's never going to fully dissipate; clears up enough (and quickly) to show hundreds of bubbles flying up the column ... holy cow is it awesome! you'd think the bottom of this glass was scored with a CO2 nucleation point, but it's not -- this brew is that carbonated; the head doesn't stick or lace much, but man is it a pretty beer

S: sweet citrus banana-clove mixed with more sugar ... very sweet, at times like bubble gum ... banana-flavored bubble gum; some grain shows through at times but just barely; wheat bread

T: follows the nose with just a pinch of tartness added; banana, clove, orange/lemon citrusy, sweetness throughout, some grain

F: light by still full ... so bubbly but still soft enough to remain super drinkable ... yeah, it's perfect

O: boy is it good ... loads and loads of wheat sweetness with just enough of a tart note to keep it from becoming too sweet; a brew I will revisit over and over and a definite standard I will use to measure other hefeweizens

Photo of lIIlIIll
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There's a reason this is the highest rated Hefeweizen. It's amazingly balanced. This is my go to beer, especially in the summer.

Photo of trcoster
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very good beer. Flavourful, not too heavy, good mouthfeel. Overall excellent weissbier

Photo of evilpenguin9000
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Possibly my favorite beer. It goes down so easy. Love in a glass.

Photo of oberon
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As much as I drink (at least 2-3 times a week) I noticed I have never reviewed this gem,pours a hazy orange with a hint of gold with a great pillowey head that sticks to the glass like glue.Aromas of clove and citrius I dont pick up as much banana a touch of iron as well,taste is beautiful nicely spiced with more banana in flavor than aroma finishes with a citruisy kick.The comsumant weizen best in the world in my book its great to have it on tap at my favorite local bar.

Photo of RoyalT
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Beautiful orange in color and hazy with some good carbonation and a monster hefe head.

Smell – The aromatic wheat flowed freely from the glass. This is classic German wheat, straight from the oldest brewery in the world (1040).

Taste – This is the taste that many an American brewery has tried unsuccessfully to imitate. The light yeast flavor is incredibly smooth here. It’s not singular and strung out like most efforts of the style. It’s tight and complex with a lightly sweetened orange finish.

Mouthfeel – Wonderfully carbonated just as the style demands. The carbonation is big and fluffy yet the bier is medium-bodied. If you swish this in your mouth the carbonation explodes. This is excellent.

Drinkability – It’s not easy to find, but this is an authentic representation of the style and is terrific to drink during the day or in between meals.

Update – It’s been a full year since I first reviewed this weizen, so I thought I’d take another stab at it after writing reviews for a year.

I feel the same way now as I did then. This hefe is just terrific. It’s one of the few imports that take me back to Bayern where I lived for six years. Zum wohl!

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lightly bemired soft gilded straw with a healthy white cloud that persists till the end of the glass. Aromas are obviously German, malty, and lightly fruity. The expected attributes of banana and clove are present but very light in comparison to many others of the style. Along with them one finds lemons, spring flowers, and oranges. All is exceptionally fresh and airy. Body is light and alive with plenty of spicy yeast character. Sweet malt and fruity yeast flavors blend perfectly with a subtle hop bitterness. Finish touches on the dry end of the spectrum with a nice crispness as well. Carbonation is moderate to lively. Drinkability is flawless. This may be the perfect hefe but I do prefer mine to be a bit dirtier. This one is just too flawless.

Photo of beerhunter13
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers crafted...ever. So smooth, so tasty, ripe bananas, bread/yeast, spices. Delicious. I would rank this my second favorite Hefe beer next to the Ayinger Bräu Weisse. I reviewed that beer already and I think I gave this Weihenstephaner beer a better review, haha, oh well. I just LOVE the really forward banana flavor of the Ayinger and the champagne mouthfeel. Its just a matter of preference. If you handed me either one of these beers I'd give you my first born child. The Weihenstephaner is a better deal though. I can get it for less than $2 a bottle (11.2oz) while the Ayinger is about $3.50 (16oz) a bottle (it has about 5oz more of yummy juice though).

Photo of tectactoe
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours a golden-orange color with a huge, fluffy white head that looks like a cloud atop the brew. Super volatile, even a somewhat conservative pour gives this thick-ass head. The nose is full of yeast, wheat, malts, light spices including clove and maybe coriander, and a faint hint of fruity sweetness. The taste follows the style of hefeweissbiers very closely (after all, this is the original as they say), full of sweet fruity esters; banana, faint lemon and orange zest, hints of clove and kitchen spices, and a rush of sweet malt, and a cyclone of pure yeast, extremely reminiscent of bubblegum. Alcohol makes an appearance, although very faint at 5.4% ABV, it provides a nice structure to control everything else. Wheat on the tongue and breads and yeast in the aftertaste - this beer is delicious. Lots of carbonation provides a nice, crisp snap on the tongue; thin-medium body.

The claims they make about this beer aren't false or even exaggerated - this is some truly great stuff, here. One of (if not, THE) best hefe I've had - this is quickly becoming one of my favorite session beers; great flavor, low ABV, goes down smooth. What's not to love?

Photo of ricke
3.48/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a weizenglass. Has a cloudy orange color with a white head that initially fills basically the whole glass. After A while the head dissipates a little and has an appealing rocky structure. Some lacings.

S: Lots of malted wheat and barley with notes of spices and banana. Hints of lemon and light phenols.

T: A rather soft but prominent malt presence of barley and wheat dominates. Lots of white bread and crackers. Well balanced flavors of banana and spices (cloves) take over in the middle. Notes of yeast with an earthy twang. The finish is gentle and a bit short with lots of mild spicy notes, some phenols and a light fruitiness. A minimal taste of alcohol in the finish as well. No real bitterness.

M: Medium body, not very crisp due to the gentle carbonation.

D: This is a hard beer for me to review since I generally have a problem with hefeweizens - I don't really like the style. I'm often underwhelmed by their flavors, short finish and mouthfeel. That being said, I think this one is quite good and I can see why it's conceived of as a real classic. It has a well balanced character, and both spices and fruit esters are pleasant and kept at bay (in some hezeweizens they are too prominent in my opinion). Easy to drink and refreshing, but it's not very interesting or exciting.

Photo of punkindrublic50
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you are a fan of wheat beers then you absolutely have give Weihenstephaner a try. Appearance is perfect hefeweizen - cloudy orange with a cream colored head, sweet smell. You can practically taste the beer just by looking at it and smelling it. Hint of cloves along with the citrus and banana, crisp clean flavor that you could drink all day long. Like most beers best served on tap, although bottled it doesn't step down too much in quality.

Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of TCHopCraver
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours golden-yellow and cloudy with a giant head into an oversized wine glass. The fluffy and foamy topper takes quite awhile to dissipate. At first the lacing is frothy and sticky, but as the beer goes down, it becomes fine and dotty.

S: There is a lot of clove and banana in the bouquet, supported by smaller hints of apple, pepper, pear, white grape, and maybe just a hint of creamy vanilla. Yeah, there is a lot going on here. A small sniff of yeast is also present.

T: A very sweet, full wheat flavor is the first impression on my palate. There is a nice yeast balance to the sweet fruity and spiciness, followed by a light sour taste on my tongue. The fruity esters and the peppery spice are definitely the dominant flavors, though.

M: There is a very creamy feel while the head is still on top of the body, which quickly transitions to a puckering, spicy feel which is just a bit watery.

D: This is a very pleasant drinker; it would be quite easy to session this beer. It has a light, crisp, tasty character that I will certainly be revisiting in the future. And the price tag is quite kind, to boot.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in a weizenglass

LOOK (5/5) pours a light straw color - a slight orange tint to it, but still on the lighter side. Very opaque, this shows the color well. Nice carbonation on the inside of the glass. The head is great: it rises huge, bone-white, and falls to a large cap with great lacing.

SMELL (4.5/5) The usual aromas for this style, and these are very well balanced. Cloves and bananas are there. I find the cloves a bit stronger than the banana (which I like very much). Some tartness (a bit of citrus) in there with some light wheat graininess; these fall behind the clove-banana flavors. No real hop aroma. Dry finish.

TASTE (4.5/5) Bananas and cloves right off. This is a bit more balanced than on the nose. The tartness (again, light lemon citrus) and wheat graininess bring out the clove really nicely. A hint of vanilla. Hop flavors and bitterness are both very low. Finish is very tart and dry.

FEEL (5/5) Really good. The body is lighter-medium and the carbonation is pretty high. Some body is added by wheat & yeast - this gives a delicious fluffiness. The carbonation also plays well with the finish.

DRINK (5/5) Hugely drinkable and tasty. The light banana, tart citrus and spice clove and meld into a perfectly refreshing brew. Near-perfect example of the style.

Photo of OhioBobcat
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mjsjr11
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Zakk
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of jono0101
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of brownbeer
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange-yellow.

Aroma was clovey, a hint of banana and sweet grain.

The flavors are well rounded with clove, banana, caramel malt. A delicate balance that makes this stand out for the style.

Supple, soft mouthfeel making for a very easy beer to drink. A wonderful example of the style.

Photo of abeerdude
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of Schlais
3.75/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Tiernan
4.5/5  rDev +2%

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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