Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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Reviews by kkipple:
4.72/5 rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Can I just add in a 3rd review to this much-loved brew of mine? It's 12:33 on a Saturday afternoon in Columbia, which is currently about as hot as the Sammath Naur. I'm sitting here halfway through a growler of my beloved Weihenstephaner Hefe, which I am enjoying out of it's own glorious glass. Everything seems right with the world.
Since I've reviewed this beer twice over, let me take a different tack now and simply praise it some more. This may be the beer that has had the greatest shift in appeal for me, ever. At first review, way back in 2006, I was pleasantly surprised as up till then I "don't usually spring for Hefes". My how things have changed...
This beer currently sits under Westvleteren 8, Bourbon Sexual Chocolate, and 5 other beers on my top ten list. To be able to buy a growler (From Green's on Piney Grove, bless 'em) of my #8 rated beer of all time for a measly $10 is just such a wonderful thing... here is a brewery that has been around since the Dark Ages, still cranking out beer today. I don't know if the beer was better in the past or will be better in 2208, it is fantastic now.
The extreme drinkability of Weihenstephaner Hefe is maybe only matched by its balance. We have a puffy, creamy, mellow yet flavorful wheat beer boasting a superb finish, which is a stumbling block for most American brewers of this style (and many Germans as well). It fades out gently, with neither clove-spice nor lemon-sour nor fruity banana dominating, but all turning out the lights, tucking you into bed, and tiptoeing out the door quietly, making sure to shut the doors behind them. What's left in your mouth and mine is a delightful light sweetness, mineral water, wheat-dough, and spice flavor that is entirely inoffensive - and is actually great.
I suppose I could gush about this beer all day, but I have Things to Do. So let me just say, again, that an unfiltered Weihenstephaner Hefe out of the proper glass on a hot day is one of my favorite things in life. One day I will drink this close to the source and it will be good then, too.
I do not exaggerate when I say that I think that enjoying Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is one of the infinite, small mercies of God. Prost indeed.
Serving type: growler
07-09-2011 16:48:33 | More by kkipple
More User Reviews:
4.69/5 rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
What a wonderful hefeweissen! Lovely, soft citrus aromas. Pours a warm golden with a pillowy head. Tastes like fruit, and bread, and sunshine. I didn't discern any dryness or hoppiness, but the beer tastes very smooth, well-balanced, drinkable and flavorfull. Unlike some other hefeweissens, I wasn't put off by any excessive sweetness or carbonation. All-around great beer.
Serving type: on-tap
04-16-2014 03:55:29 | More by AmyfaceNYC
4.83/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
The Weihenstephan Brewery in Freising, Germany, was formerly a monastery brewery of the Benedictine monks, and can trace its roots to the year 768 based on a document that refers to a hop garden in the area paying a tithe to the monastery. A brewery was actually licensed here by the City of Freising in 1040, and this is the founding date claimed by the modern brewery. The brewery, therefore, has a supportable claim to being the oldest working brewery in the world (in competition with Weltenburg Abbey, also in Bavaria, which has had a brewery in operation since 1050 and claims to be the oldest). When the monastery and brewery were secularised under Napoleon's occupation in 1803, they became possessions of the State of Bavaria. Since 1923, the brewery has been known as the Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan (Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan), and is operated in conjunction with the Technical University of Munich as both a state-of-the-art production facility and a centre for learning. Having had 1,000 years to work on their craft, I was looking for something special from Weihenstephan!
We sampled the brewery's Hefe Weissbier ("HW") in a 500 ml bottle purchased from the LCBO, with a best before date of September 9, 2012. HW was 5.4% alcohol by volume. It poured a naturally cloudy, light orange colour with about 2" of fluffy, white, long lasting head that left plenty of lacing and spotting down the glass. The aroma was fabulous...bananas, cloves and yeast...and remember that this is a beer that complies with the Bavarian purity law and therefore contains no bananas or cloves. Darn clever, the things those Germans can do with the right strain of yeast! The taste very much followed the aroma, with bananas, cloves, wheat and yeast evident. The amount of carbonation was just right with lots of small bubbles on the tongue, and the mouthfeel was creamy. HW also had the clean finish I look for in my favourite beers. Ladies and gentlemen, if this isn't the epitome of the brewer's art, it has to be close! At $3.05 per 500 ml bottle this beer is a decent value for money as well, and HW now joins my short list of regular purchases.
Serving type: bottle
04-13-2014 22:17:07 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
4.43/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
50cl bottle into a weizen glass. Cloudy pale gold appearance with a thick three finger white head. Sweet banana aroma with yeast. Creamy mouthfeel with a sweet taste of banana and bubblegum. Dry bready aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation. A very good hefeweizen. Would be perfect with bratwurst on a hot summer afternoon.
Serving type: bottle
04-12-2014 16:28:12 | More by JTuomi
4.71/5 rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Wonderful beer that is my go to wherever I can find it. If you're in Buffalo the Blue Monk on Elmwood actually has a keg for this specifically every night. I didn't know about all the hype before I tasted it, but I think that makes my review more honest. It really is that good.
Serving type: bottle
04-11-2014 00:36:44 | More by Xalechim
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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