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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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world-class

6,200 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,200
Reviews: 2,232
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 467
Gots: 562 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 01-22-2001)
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Reviews by travelfrog:
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travelfrog

New York

4.63/5  rDev +5%

Many years ago, I visited this "oldest brewery in the world" in Freising, Bavaria. The hefeweizen was definitely my favorite of their brews; indeed one of my favorite brews. More recently, I had this beverage on tap served in a traditional weissbier glass.

Appearance was just about perfect. Golden-cloudy with a magnificent crown. It looked like one of those mock-ups you might see in an advertisement.

Aroma was excellent, cloves and yeast with a hint of vanilla.

Flavor was also excellent. Vanilla and yeast, without the annoying sweetness of many beers of this variety.

Mouthfeel was full-bodied and smooth. No complaints here.

Drinkability was oustanding. A full-flavored beer that is also thirst-quenching. Be careful not to drink it too quickly! ;)

03-11-2007 13:06:25 | More by travelfrog
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Premo88

Texas

4.41/5  rDev 0%

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

08-13-2014 06:56:36 | More by Premo88
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oberon

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

08-22-2004 11:24:56 | More by oberon
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +1.4%

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!

01-12-2004 01:21:39 | More by RoyalT
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +2%

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.

08-02-2006 16:33:45 | More by DaPeculierDane
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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +2%

05-19-2013 20:18:47 | More by beerhunter13
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DanGeo

Michigan

4/5  rDev -9.3%

04-26-2014 10:56:42 | More by DanGeo
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Fear4Beer

Pennsylvania

4.68/5  rDev +6.1%

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).

10-02-2013 03:44:34 | More by Fear4Beer
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +5.4%

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?

10-29-2012 11:45:36 | More by tectactoe
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ricke

Sweden

3.48/5  rDev -21.1%

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.

07-23-2009 12:45:41 | More by ricke
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punkindrublic50

New York

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%

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.

06-18-2008 22:23:14 | More by punkindrublic50
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

04-19-2010 00:29:58 | More by TCHopCraver
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Rijtjeshuis

Ontario (Canada)

4.68/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

07-17-2011 16:22:10 | More by Rijtjeshuis
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OhioBobcat

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

09-26-2013 00:36:23 | More by OhioBobcat
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mjsjr11


4.5/5  rDev +2%

05-18-2012 02:39:32 | More by mjsjr11
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Zakk

Florida

4/5  rDev -9.3%

08-13-2013 20:14:48 | More by Zakk
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jono0101

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +2%

05-18-2013 15:51:10 | More by jono0101
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brownbeer

Missouri

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

10-05-2009 18:15:24 | More by brownbeer
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Schlais

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -15%

07-26-2014 04:16:50 | More by Schlais
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Tiernan

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2%

06-27-2013 22:09:11 | More by Tiernan
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.5/5  rDev +2%

03-15-2013 00:32:58 | More by tbryan5
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GameOfBeers

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +13.4%

08-07-2014 00:51:35 | More by GameOfBeers
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Krafty34

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

03-06-2014 09:27:58 | More by Krafty34
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SkiBum22

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2%

A - Pours a golden color with plenty of cloudy white head. Very cloudy.

S - Lots of wheat, honey, banana, clove, coriander and some citrus hints.

T - The wheat and citrus blend well with some spice. Very refreshing brew.

M - A very crisp and clean feel. Very light bodied. Makes you want to take large gulps.

O - A great hefeweizen, that you want to drink a ton of in the summer and spring.

08-15-2011 00:36:12 | More by SkiBum22
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SIRIUS2

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2%

Poured from a 50cl bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy orangish-yellow with a dense white foam head of a couple of fingers. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Banana, clove, lemony citrus, and sweet malt. Light and delicate, but persistent. Nothing stands out, all in balance.

Great flavors in almost perfect balance. Some sweetness comes on at the first swig, with some wheat chafe or yeast in the main body, and some banana in there as well. It's hard to pick out the flavors as they are so well coordinated and balanced. The finish is a bit on the wheat side in the front with a drying linger.

Texture is so smooth on this! Carbonation is damn near perfection and lets this go down incredibly easily. With the fantastic flavors and great mouthfieel, this scores perfectly for drinkability.

09-15-2009 23:27:03 | More by SIRIUS2
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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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