Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 2,330
Hads: 7,315
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 669
Gots: 1,237 | FT: 14
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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Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews by mickstepp:
Photo of mickstepp
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color. Soapy, thin head. Yeasty citrus aroma. Light banana clove taste. Very refreshing. A little thin in the mouthfeel. Very indicative of the style. This is a very good Heffe but not the best that I have had. Certainly suitable for a benchmark. (258 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Premo88
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
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 (1,160 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz sleek euro brown bottle with the boasting words “Oldest Brewery in the World” on the label, freshness date is on the back label.

Appearance: Cloudy with a murky orange colour, the head is spectacular … dense and rocky with stickiness all over the glass.

Smell: Malted wheat sweetness, mild spicy nose with yeast and light lemon highlights.

Taste: Malted wheat and barley in the raw, earthy yeast character with hints of lemon in the backround. A quick spark of clove hits the same time as the carbonation. Semi crisp with a medium body and a well structured carbonation. Minimal hop bitterness, maltiness is cracker like and gets drier and drier towards the end. Nutty flavours from the yeast and very faint fennel character from the phenols come through. Finish is quite clean and alcohol is a tad noticeable though the extravagant fruity side of the esters associated with this style is held at bay and more spiciness seems to take hold.

Notes: One of the best in the world needless to say, it still lives up to its name. A wheat beer at its best. (1,099 characters)

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. (128 characters)

Photo of jiggaub
4.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Best hefeweisen in the world! (29 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.82/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Very hazy straw color with a huge fluffy head that did not want to go down!

Smell: Very strong yeast smell. Some wheat aroma, but mostly yeast - spicy, citric, nutty.

Taste: Yeast are up front, providing that hard to pin down flavor - banana, citrus, spice, clove, soybean, peanut. Dry wheat malt flavor follows it up. The flavors are strong, but smooth and balanced.

Mouthfeel: The thickness and fine carbonation give this one a very creamy feel. No residual feel.

Overall: I can see why this brewery has been around for so long. All the components of this beer are bold, but well blended. I usually get bored of Hefe’s before finishing 12 onces; this one left me wanting another 16. (702 characters)

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. (65 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light amber. World Class head volume, lacing and retention.

Classic wheat nose of light clove and banana, a touch of lemon, yeast and biscuit. As it warms, a subtle spicy character emerges.

Medium bodied with a very smooth texture that approaches creamy. Well carbonated with a rich effervescence from the middle on.

This beer is the standard for Hefe Weissbiers and is world class. The flavor profile is intense, complex and well balanced. It begins with a mild tartness that separates into lemon and banana. As these fade in the middle, clove comes forward over a biscuit background with a hint of spice and dryness. The finish is crisp, with a mild biscuit fading and leaving clove. (711 characters)

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
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). (679 characters)

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

The perfect beer! Refreshing, no heavy clove/ bubblegum flavour. Not to use a clichè here, but it's perfectly balanced. (120 characters)

Photo of stonewall11b1984
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply the best in class. (25 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

500 ml bottle from LCBO for $3.05 CDN. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy golden beer with decadent pillows as a cream head. Head recedes to substantial cap reminiscent of cumulus clouds. Wispy top remains through serving.. Brilliant.

Smell - Clove bubblegum, banana and coriander going on. Also maybe a hint of orange and maybe even just the faintest notion of smoke for added complexity. Bubblegum sweetness more prevalent on second and third sniffs.

Taste - The clove really comes through here with fermented banana. The bubblegum sweetness is a supporting figure here as is the orange peel. Sweetness is modest but just right. Tiny amount of hops noticeable adding to the great complexity. Slight aftertaste laves you only wanting more.

Mouthfeel - Perfect. Medium / high carbonation gives a rich, creamy feel but the beer remains astonishingly light given the array of flavors and decent level of booze. Extremely refreshing left with clean plate. Also wet, while retaining the flavors extremely quaffable in mere moments.

Overall - Spectacular beer, one of the top three I've ever had. Also has sentimental value as this was the beer that turned me on to trying all sorts beers instead of the standard non-beer advocate's drink list. Not much else to be said that hasn't already been said about this beer, other than this brew represents beer royalty at its finest. (1,385 characters)

Photo of jws7968
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying that this is not my choice of beer styles. I was recently on vacation, looked at the rating and decided to give it a try. Some of my rating is based on the comment made by my wife when she said, "That's REALLY good!!!

Brown/gold, a nice foam on top.

Smelled a little like banana, maybe some orange and other spices.

Tastes about the same with some flavors I couldn't identify.

Feel is velvety and thick.

Overall, I liked thought this was probably the best hefe I have ever had. (508 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 pint 0.9 fl. oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy, pale honey color that starts with a big creamy head that slosly fades. There is some lacing present, but not too much.

S - Smells like sweet wheat bread and flowery/fruity spices. Very nice.

T - Slightly tangy spice, floral essence, fruity bread (banana, apricot, citrus). This beer leaves a nice fruity, biscuit like taste in your mouth after each sip.

M - This beer has an excellent level of carbonation with a very smooth almost creamy mouthfeel.

D - This is a most excellent wheat beer (one of the best I have ever had). I can see myself having these around as a staple brew this summer. (668 characters)

Photo of mkh012
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Truly one of the most delicious wheat beers I have ever had. This beer is a cloudy yellow-orange that looks awesome in the right light. I get banana, clove, and bread on the nose, as is typical with most beers of this style. Nicely done here but still fairly standard. The taste is where this beer really shines. There's a lot going on with Weihenstephaner, and in my opinion, it actually tastes better if you drink it just barely cool or closer to room temperature than really cold. I pick up on banana, clove, vanilla, bread, and slight bubblegum emphasized by the carbonation. The mouthfeel is great as well. Pretty creamy and smooth.

As a matter of personal preference, I might like Franziskaner a little more (perhaps b.c of its slightly creamier mouthfeel). To be fair though, I've never had Weihen on tap, and that's where Franziskaner really excels. Either way, I would say Weihenstephaner and Franziskaner are my two favorites of this style. Both fantastic beers! (975 characters)

Photo of trcoster
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
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 (86 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (476 characters)

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! (1,202 characters)

Photo of cam477
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of beerhunter13
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of tectactoe
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
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? (1,159 characters)

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. (1,311 characters)

Photo of punkindrublic50
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (445 characters)

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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