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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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6,313 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,313
Reviews: 2,240
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 479
Gots: 613 | FT: 12
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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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Photo of rtrasr
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pour was slightly cloudy, smelled of banana and clove immediately. The mouthful was substantial. It tasted tropical, definitely banana, clove, maybe nutmeg. This beer is considered the standard for the style. It lives up to it's reputation but the mouthful and taste was just a little bit harsher than it's cousin Paulaner.

rtrasr, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of cmq103
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass.

Appearance: A semi-aggressive pour yielded a fluffy off-white 2” head, reducing to a thin ring. Lacing was clearly present, sticking to the side of my glass indicating the original head height. This beer poured golden yellow in color with definitive murkiness to it.

Smell: The classic Hefeweizen banana and yeasty aroma shines through, with a zesty citrus wheat finish. Clove is also present with a honey-like sweetness.

Taste: I can see why this beer rates so high among the Hefeweizens on the market. Banana dominates, with spicy wheat malts, honey, coriander, cloves and hint of lemon zing too. What a wonderful combination of flavors on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Light to moderate body with lively carbonation makes this an easy drinking beer. Very smooth, creamy and balanced on the tongue.

Overall: Outstanding Hefeweizen in every single category. This beer, by far, ranks up there at the top of its class. At only 5.4% ABV, this makes for the perfect flavorful all-year-round session beer. I can imagine this being quite the quencher during the summer months but if I’m being totally honest, I’m enjoying the heck out of this in the middle of February. I'm glad I committed to buying a few bottles of this. Well done Weihenstephaner, well done…

cmq103, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Hoptometrist
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass.

A- Hazy golden yellow with some orange hues, high carbonation, and nice 3 finger rocky head that leaves spotty dropped lacing around the glass. Never seen lacing like that before.

S- Banana, yeast, spice, and bubblegum notes

T- Banana, spice, yeast, bubblegum, and a little bit of a hop presence

M- Good carbonation, very smooth, thicker mouthfeel than I was expecting, but slightly watery towards the back.

O- This is a great beer. I can't believe I put off hefeweizens for so long but I am glad I have been on a hefe kick lately because it is quickly becoming one of my favorite styles. This is such a great refreshing, flavorful, and smooth drinking beer that I will definitely be getting more of.

Hoptometrist, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of Yeldarb92
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%

Yeldarb92, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of tastybeerinmybelly
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a mighty fine hefe! A very tasty brew for the summer time... Taste of bananas, cloves, wheat with a very smooth finish. I could drink these by the pool, by the river, by the swimmin puddle all day long.
They say there is a drought out there, but I can't believe it as long as I have one of these in my hand!

tastybeerinmybelly, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Weizen glass.

Appearance: Light, but semit cloudy gold. Not too many bubbles but an overwhelming head on the pour which rose to just under two fingers length.

Smell: Light orange with a mix of banana, light malts.

Taste: Really complex and built for perfection. I mean this beer is packing punch when it comes to flavor, light banana, slight sweet citrus and after taste of malts.

Mouth: As good as it gets when it comes to a any hefeweizen, this beer is so smooth.

Overall: The truth is this beer is my favorite (and should be yours as well) Hefeweizen, With rich flavors and full-filling taste it would be harder to please any more. Have one and ask yourself for more, Salud!

BlurryVisi0n, May 25, 2012
Photo of Grohnke
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Large billowing, moussy off-white head. Holds extremely well. Deep gold in color, with a light murky haze from the wheat. (5 / 3)

Moderate banana, light clove. Hint of vanilla. Medium light grainy sweet wheat. No hop. (4.5 / 10)

Moderate banana, light spicy clove. Moderately grainy sweet wheat. Light hop bitterness is supporting. No hop flavor. Balance throughout. On the dry finish, a delicate vanilla appears. (4.5 /19)

Medium-light body with high carbonation. Creamy. (4 / 4)

Refreshing, flavorful, bright, clean, and extremely balanced beer. It's incredible! (4.5 / 9)

( 4.48 / 45)

Grohnke, Jun 16, 2012
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4.48/5  rDev +1.6%

TylerofLA, Wednesday at 06:51 AM
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served into its own Weizen glass.

A: Pours a hazy and pale yellow color forming a thick, creamy and huge white head. Excellent retention and some lacing formed and left in the glass

S: Traditional Weissbier in the nose: The mix of banana esters and clove. Strong notes of bread, pale malts, wheat and bready yeasts

T: Slightly sweet and very bread upfront. Notes of banana, clove, white bread, pale malts and wheat. Extremely smooth and balanced

M: Smooth and creamy body: Extremely balance. Medium carbonation. Bready aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Perfect German Weissbier

eduardolinhalis, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of Scrylol
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden yellow color, very hazy and cloudy, with a two finger frothy white head that sticks around. Not much lacing.

Smells strongly of bananas and bread. Also has some notes of cloves and slight orange peel smell. Very pleasant.

Lots of bananas and some spiciness on the tongue. Paves way for some bread notes and very low hop bitterness. Slight orange peel taste and some spiciness in the aftertaste.

Good carbonation in the mouthfeel. Nice medium body and had some chewiness into it. Goes down real easy and smooth.

Very nice hefeweizen. Never tasted such strong banana notes before in a beer. Great drinkability and magnificent in the summer. This bottle held up very well despite being two and a half months away from the best before date. I am curious to see how much better it is fresh.

Scrylol, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of Teleweizen2
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a pale hazy straw color. Big frothy white head with tightly packed bubbles. Not much lacing.

S - banana hits the nose first followed by a bit of spicy clove. Some bready malt sweetness backs up the big aroma provided by the yeast.

T - doughy malt intertwines with juicy fruit bubble gum sweetness. There is a bit of ripe banana in the middle followed by just a slight bit of bitterness for balance. Crisp, slightly sweet finish.

M - light bodied verging on medium. Bright zesty carbonation.

D - this is what a hefeweizen should taste like.

Teleweizen2, Jun 06, 2011
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!

RoyalT, Jan 12, 2004
Photo of foamer
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy deep golden yellow with a bubbly, rocky off-white head which diminishes fairly quickly. Lots of banana and some spices and cloves in the nose. Banana esters at first in the taste and then some cloves and wheat malt in the finish. This is a very tasty hefe, and a little mellow then some others which I find can be a little harsh. The mouthfeel is very nice and smooth. This is a very nice and refreshing beer which I could have many of. Most enjoyable.

foamer, Mar 27, 2005
Photo of TownDunkel
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one bought at Pinkies San Angelo - saw the label for
"the world's oldest" but several seem to claim that title. So I decided to see how an ancient beer has stood up to the test of time.

Appearance - A beautiful amber/brown color. Very carbonated and a great mix of browns.

Smell - A tart almost crisp smell. Some may find it too tart, but excellent along with the taste

Taste - Wheaty with a mix of fruit. The main one I pick up is fresh peaches and a slice of pear. Now this isn't a fruity beer, but has a great fruit finish.

Mouthfeel - Carbonation Perfection!

Overall - a great evening beer that should be enjoyed often.

TownDunkel, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of ElGordo
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presented in a 500ml brown bottle with the classic German label. Poured into a pilsner glass, since there was a tragedy involved with my good weizen glass last time I bought one of these (sniff). Body is a vibrant golden hue with a sizeable stark white head. Lots of carbonation in the form of pretty big, coca-cola sized bubbles. Crisp, clean nose of light German hops, tantalizing yeast, and a touch of malt. Palate is much the same - clean yeast, light hops, and just enough maltiness to add some balance. Some tanginess from the hops emerges mid-palate and mellows into a nice, slightly hoppy dry finish. Brilliant in its simplicity, this is a well-built beer. Nice mouthfeel - medium body, highly carbonated but not foamy. I could drink this all day, every day.

ElGordo, Aug 13, 2005
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Weihenstephan hef glass. I have had this numerous times but is my first time reviewing it.

Pours a beautiful golden honey color with a very nice looking white head that is about an inch thick. As you drink it lacing sticks to the glass all the way down.

Smells of cloves, banana, yeast.

Taste is amazing and refreshing. Tastes as it smells with a little spice in the background and slightly sweet. Simply one of the best hefs out there.

Mouthfeel is amazing and refreshes and quenches thirst. Perfect for summer time but good all year.

Drinkability is high. I could drink this all day every day. Simply an amazing hef if you like hefs.

PeprSprYoFace, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of hooliganlife
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

served in a Weihenstephaner world cup 2010 glass

pours a very hazy straw yellow and faint orange. massive pillow of head that lingers ever so thick.

lots of banana and clove with other spices of front. nice thick wheat to back it up.

huge spice up front. tons of clove with a nice banana funk. the yeasty flavor really stands out. light spicy and floral hops blended through out. a nice underlying malt backbone that emerges in the finish.

very light and easy with a moderate carbonation.

this is and will always be one of the best. i remember the first i had this, i was blown away. nothing has changed. very drinkable.

hooliganlife, Jun 15, 2010
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4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle, poured into a pilsener glass.

Lovely white foam rises several inches and slowly recedes leaving a 1/3 inch layer of soft pillowy foam. Slightly hazy golden colored brew.

Aroma jumps out dough, banana, yeast, banana nut bread. Super fresh, clean, inviting.

Soft carbonation, refreshing in the mouth. Banana, but not overwhelmingly, more subtle. Next a touch of clovey spice dances across the tongue, carried by the bubbles popping...leaves a slightly spicy finish, very refreshing. The classic example of the style, as one would expect. Have not had better--this is the gold standard.

kenito799, Jan 27, 2007
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4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mammoth, multi-finger head, tremendous retention; hazy, cloudy, honey-orange hue, very lively body. Wonderful yeastiness, bubblegum fragrance out shines the banana, a whisper of clove. Glowingly balanced taste with well-placed flavor… more banana is found on the palate, slight bubblegum, almost no clove but solid wheaty-maltiness. Faint mustiness. Pleasing mouthfeel, this is a very enjoyable quaff. Slightly sweet yet mildly tart finish. Probably the best Hefe-Weizen on the planet. World Class… very much recommended… why just drink this in the summer?

bditty187, Feb 12, 2003
Photo of abfraser
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Abbreviated review for this one since it was nearly a week ago and enjoyed it out of the bottle (blasphemy!) apres snowboarding in Tahoe

A: I have no idea what the appearance looked like since it was still in the bottle, but I bet it was a looker.

S: Classic hefe smell easily distinguishable despite not being able to pour this one into a glass. Banana. Clove. Wheaty.

T/M: I see why this rather regular beer is in the top 40. This is the best hefeweizen I've had. Exceptionally well balanced. Clean, crisp and refreshing.

D: The definition of drinkable. Went down especially smooth after a long day in the snow.

I'll be buying more of this the next time I see it for the summer.

abfraser, Mar 13, 2009
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in to Sierra Nevada Kellerweis glass.

A - Light to medium yellow/orange colour with 2 to 3 generous fingers of bubbly white head.

S - Cloves, banana, citrus, bready malts and Belgian yeast.

T - Cloves, banana, lemon, bready notes.

M - Medium body wit moderate carbonation. The carbonation adds body to the beer without just bubbling. Very interesting mouthfeel.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 26, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was really looking forward to try the Weihenstephaner Hefe since a long time. Finally was able to land one at Pattaya. I pulled it out of the fridge at just about the right temperature, and as I began to pour the liquid gold my heart began to pump expectingly. It poured a beautiful hazy, but resplendent golden into the glass with a stiffly beaten meringuish, rocky head. The head was so stiff looking that if you just noticed that, it would pass of for a vacherin topping. Beneath the stiff and still head, the body was active with bubble jets rising everywhere. The combination and contrast of the body and head was breath taking !
I took a whiff, and it was all you would expect from a hefe - clovey spicy and fruity banana with notes of yeasty bread, raw wheat and citrus. You could smell each characteristic in isolation - such was the great balance in this brew.
As the head receded a little (just a little), I took a sip - and was hit by a wave of energy. The beer was bursting with the fruitiness of a banana, the heat of cloves and the sweet and citrus flavours of the wheat. The smell percolated itself beautifully in the taste. This was really what an ideal wheat beer should be like, near perfect. I had never tasted anything quite like it (in the world of wheat ales). It was amazingly refreshing and tasty. Moderate carbonation, medium bodied - was a pleasure to drink.
This probably would be my favourite session beer till now, very nice and easy going. Definitely the perfect summer beer.
Well, there are wheat beers and there is the Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier. What a revelation !!

BeerSingh, Jun 23, 2010
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4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first review!

The Pour: Poured smoothly from the bottle. Left a 1.5" head that was firm and creamy. Left a small amount of lace as it went away.

Appearance: Beautiful Golden color. Like a wheat field at harvest. Fairly clear, just a slight haze.

Smell: Very Aromatic with a bouquet of banana. Smelled a lot like Banana's Foster! Hints of spice as well.

Taste: This does not have the lemony citrus that many wheat beers have. It is a crisp well structured taste. The malts come thru nicely. Minimal hop bitterness. This beer begs to be drank on a hot summer day lounging on the deck!

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. A very fine carbonation.

Drinkability: Yes, I am gonna go get another!

I am not a huge fan of wheat beers. Bought this one on the recomendation from my local beer store. I do not care for the lemon and big citrus. This one is very well balanced, though. It will retain a spot in the "beer fridge", especially in the summer.

TripleTap, May 11, 2010
Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A staple in my fridge.

From a bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours light golden, a bit hazy with a very nice fluffy head.

Smells like a Weissbeer should. Lot's of fruit, banana, citrus but also a bit of yeast.

Taste is full of banana, wheat (duh') and yeast and quite a bit o clove.

Medium to full body. Plenty of carbonation with a dry finish.

This is a great beer to have on hand. I'm glad it's always available and I'll always have it on hand. One of the best Weissbeers in the world.

doopiedoopiedoo, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a European sized bottle of unknown dimensions into a weizen glass.

A: Exactly what a heffe should look like. Cloudy tan colour with a cumulus cloud head that pushed above the glass.

S: Banana, cloves, bubblegum sweetness and soft hops.

T: Just delectable. Wheat tang with sweetness and a plethora of spices.

D: World class! It is as easy to drink as water, but the flavours are so intense and varied that it never becomes tiresome.

Overall: I have to be honest, I'm not crazy about heffes, but this one is forcing me to reconsider. It has that great balance and complexity that is hard to find in medium strength beers. If you had to drink only one beer all night, this would be a great choice. Never overwhelming but never boring.

JohnnyChicago, Feb 12, 2011
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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