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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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6,177 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,177
Reviews: 2,231
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 467
Gots: 553 | FT: 13
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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 alovesupreme


4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

Cloudy yellow with an excellent head and retention.
Lots of pleasant aromas, orange, wheat and some spices like clove and maybe a dash of pepper.
Lots of citrus, very lush, good carbonation very good mouthfeel. Clove is near the end with an excellent clean finish.
World class. The best Hefeweizen I have ever had.

01-02-2009 19:16:02 | More by alovesupreme
Photo of sociallooter

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

I poured this into a tall pilsner glass. The head was awesome! I sat out on my patio and drank this very slow to make sure I enjoyed every single drop. While I was drinking I noticed I was pushing my tongue down into the beer in the glass.(Lapping like A dog after A 4 mile run on a 90 degree day!). My girlfriend utters the death phrase, "Why don't you put a lemon in it?".noway! I was not going to mask the flavor of this beer with a piece of fruit.
I have seen this beer countless times and never picked it up. This beer was rocking! I wish i was drinking it at this moment. I have tried so many heffewissebiers in the past 6 years. The only 2 brews besides Weihenstephaner have really blown me away were Hacker-Pschorr and Franziskaner. Just a good all around great beer. Next week im trying the dark wessie.

10-06-2009 00:06:10 | More by sociallooter
Photo of russpowell


4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

Pours hazy straw/pink? with a 5 fingers+ head, Not much head retention or lacing

S: Huge banana & wheat malt notes

t: Bananas, bandaids, wheat malt & cloves up front. Fruittyness follows as it warms. Finsihes like a piece of juicy-fruitgum (quenching & fruitty)

MF: Full bodied, semi-effervescent. A little too much going on flavor-wise to get full marks balance-wise

Drinks okay, but not a huge fan of the style, but if the weather is warm. I could throw this down no problem, but I'd be happier with a nice helles or pils. Very much representative of the style.

07-09-2006 04:17:08 | More by russpowell
Photo of studentofbeer


4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

The beer is a classic hefeweizen — the nose has hugely strong clove and banana aromatics, sweet and spicy and way more pronounced than any of the other weizens I've looked at so far.

The color also is exactly what I'd expect with a nice orange hue and a thick white head. The clove and banana flavor carry through to the taste, but it's not overwhelming. The wheat really shines in this beer, giving a clean acidity to the whole profile and making it a definite thirst quencher. The carbonation seems thicker as well, with bigger bubbles. Rather than being creamy, this beer really has a more soda pop carbonation that tickles the mouth.

This is definitely one of the best hefeweizens I've had, though they all have their unique aspects. This beer definitely seems very traditional with the strong clove and banana smell and flavor and an excellent tart wheat profile.

07-17-2004 18:03:29 | More by studentofbeer
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

I've had this brew so many times it isn't even funny and am just now getting down to reviewing it. This was actually one of my gateway brews into the craft beer world. Served from bottle into a Franziskaner Weissbier Weizen glass. Poured a massively hazy golden yellow-orange with a three finger massively fluffy pure white head that remained for quite awhile and subsided to one finger toward the end of the glass. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of bready malt, banana, cloves, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, banana, cloves, and subtle wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall, this is my definition of a Hefe. This is truly a great brew in just about all aspects. Has an excellent light and well balanced flavor and aroma. If you haven't tried this one, get off your ass and do it! Pretty good gateway brew for beginners as well.

11-19-2010 12:40:43 | More by thagr81us
Photo of Gmann

New York

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

Poured a cloudy orange copper color with an amazing white head that left some nice sticky lacing. It has a nice clove aroma with hints of banana & coriander. The taste is much the same, clove, coriander, banana, a touch of malt. The mouthfeel is creamy yet crisp, finished a bit dry. This is an excellent hefe, it has great flavor range and is very drinkable.

01-20-2007 19:44:47 | More by Gmann
Photo of morimech


4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

A highly touted Hefeweizen but my first time for drinking this beer. Pours a cloudy golden with a large white head that had excellant retention. Large amounts of lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is filled with cloves and banana esters. The flavor is heavy with clove spiciness. A little too one dimensional to rate a higher taste rating. But this beer has a perfect mouthfeel. Creamy or a velvety texture with just enough carbonation to make the flavors pop. A great beer indeed. I would highly recommend this beer.

07-13-2008 21:20:56 | More by morimech
Photo of HURTemHIZZY


4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

excited about this one. ive heard great things.

pours a very hazy orange hue with a brilliant white, fluffy head that is very sticky. head dissipates after a bit but never goes below a half finger thickness. The head gets a little less sticky as the beer gets lower and lower.

smells of banana up front, with hints of citrus and bubble gum, and finishes with a nice touch of malts. Great amount of spiciness towards the back of the aromas.

Tastes of the banana taste of weisses up front, but gets more and more complex as he flavor goes along. Hints of citrus and bubble gum, with a fabulous amount of spices. Great flavor, I wouldn't call myself a heffeweisen expert but this is the best one ive ever had.

12-08-2009 18:41:45 | More by HURTemHIZZY
Photo of HopsYeast

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

very nice beer for warmer weather. when the oktoberfests and pumpkin ales start coming out in july this is a good one to carry you through the rest of the warm months.

a-golden orange with a very light yellow to white head. cloudy body.

s-fruity with hints of citrus. can smell various hints of apples and figs with a dominant note of lemon.

t-yeast is it at play with various notes of different fruits and more lemon. there is a spice that finishes it off in the end. apple, lemon, cinnamon, and cardamon.

m-dry but nice. not overbearing and washes off your palate quickly so your ready for the next sip.

o-this was very nice. friend from german family picked this out and he got it right. will be picking more of this up and its now the middle of july and already seeing pumpkin ales in stores is making me sick. this is a welcome beer.

07-24-2011 13:15:46 | More by HopsYeast
Photo of elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

Classic hefe appearance, hazed yellow body with a massive white head. Slow to recede, plenty of lacing.

Very citric to the nose, with an abundance of yeastiness. Some clove, bubblegum and underripe banana as well. All the proper hefe aroma ingredients.

Somewhat sweet citrus right up front that becomes balanced in the middle and just slightly bitter at the end. Round it out with some banana through the back half of the mouth and a bit of clove right at the finish. Very smooth flavoured.

Medium bodied with carbonation just a little less coarse than the average for this style. This is possibly king of the easy drinking/refreshing brews. Hope it sticks around Alberta for a long time.

09-25-2010 03:01:33 | More by elricorico
Photo of philipquarles


4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

On tap at the Bier Museum in Köln. Poured a nice hazy yellow with a huge white head. Great retention and fantastic lacing. Smell is citrus up front, with other fruits following and then a bit of wheat. Presents even more upon tasting, with apricot and banana esters coming into the picture. Without a doubt the most complex, best tasting hefeweizen I've had. Mouthfeel is also excellent-creamy head and thick body. Maybe I loved it so much because I had been drinking (relatively) boring kölsch all day, but this is overall just a brilliant beer.

08-03-2008 20:51:52 | More by philipquarles
Photo of Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

Poured a frothy pillowy two finger head that stuck around for sometime - lots of lacing - a nice cloudy wheat appearance - you can not see your fingers on the other side of the glass

Smells delicious - yeasty, bananas and cloves, some citrus and floral notes

Tastes much the same - bananas, cloves, orange, bread - slight bitter taste and some alcohol

Mouthfeel - lots of carbonation and a little bitter - still quite smooth

Overall - a tremendous wheat beer with a complex taste - perfect for the patio this summer - very refreshing

05-15-2011 04:31:13 | More by Stocean1
Photo of UnderPressure

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

Nice cloudy golden yellow. Lots of fizz. Thick, fluffy head lingers forever

Slight spice and yeast in aroma. Crisp and funky.

Awesome flavor. Yeasty, slightly spicy. A little bit of that banana flavor people get from Hefes.

Great, smooth mouthfeel. Creamy. Carbonation feels just right. So lingering bitterness.

Really great beer. Not as great after it starts to go flat, though.

11-13-2012 20:49:38 | More by UnderPressure
Photo of cabsandking


4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

Cloudy, golden to light amber with a persistent 3 fingers of white head. Lemon citrus, kaffir leaves, soft banana, and wheat crackers. Very nice wheat character here; earthy, biscuity, good citric twang without much pucker, and light clove. Slight nutty, nearly caramel notes through the middle, melon fruit notes as it warms, and the finish dries up nicely with notes of banana and more bitter citrus character. Good mouthfeel full for a hefe and carbonation is right there.

03-31-2008 04:58:32 | More by cabsandking
Photo of sbennett22


4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

A: Clear, pale gold in color. The real impression is made my the thick frothy head. Such a strong head that I had to be very careful when pouring.

S: Strong smell of banana bread with a hint of orange and lemon.

T: Banana and other citrus flavors right off the bat. Perfect combination of wheat, clove, and banana flavors to make this taste so refreshing.

M: Smooth and creamy. Light and refreshing.

O: This beer is the epitome of its style for a reason. Incredibly drinkable. I try to always keep some on hand whether I want to enjoy a refreshing beer or cleanse my palate between contrasting styles.

05-10-2011 20:08:48 | More by sbennett22
Photo of JohnGalt1


4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

12 oz picked up today at the COOP... glad to see this finally back to Boise... Good work Matt! I've enjoyed this beer dozens of times over the years, but Weihenstephaner seemed to take a 3-4 year hiatus from our coolers...

Really only feeling like a beer or two after a way too long day at the desk.... poured into my smaller weizen glass.

2 finger foamy white head ... the brew is a hazy light honey...

Nose is just so inviting and probably about perfect for the style... banana.. clove... yada yada yada.... just an epitome of what makes this such a great brew.

The flavors are again.. pretty much perfect.. everything that we want in any Hefe.. especially one made in Germany... this still tastes fresh..

I would write more... but I'm tired.. and want to enjoy this and then knock off some serious slumber.


12-04-2009 09:47:00 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of yamar68


4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

Poured from 500ml bottle to weizen glass:

Pours a burnt straw gold, very lively body to it. A swelling white head leaves good lacing.

Sweet malted wheat, honey, semi-stale hops, faint yeast, something floral.

Cereal malts, banana, sweet wheat, clove... an immortal beer.

Exceedingly drinkable. Dangerously so.

This beer is beyond tried and certainly true.

07-08-2012 00:50:02 | More by yamar68
Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

The classic and best hefeweizen around. 20 oz pour into appropriate hefe glass at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

One of the best looking beers on the planet, really. Intensely cloudy, pale, gold-colored elixir. Carbonation moves up the glass beautifully.

Smells great. Wheat, esters, banana.

Tastes amazing. The benchmark for hefes. Banana, bubblegum esters, slight wheat bitterness, floral hops, slight malt flavor.

The carbonation is basically perfect. Very smooth, goes down so easy.

The perfect wheat beer. I'll be damned if I find a better one.

03-06-2013 00:35:06 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of thekanna


4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

Appearance: Gorgeous cloudy yellow-orange with 3 fingers of white, foamy head. Reminiscent of a great Saison.

Smell: Floral bouquet very reminiscent of Westmalle Tripel. Bready yeast, fresh citrus fruit, lemons, fresh-cut grass... a veritable springtime field of flowers.

Taste: Wow, that's fresh. Bread, fruit, flowers... pretty much the smell sums up the taste. Carbonation that tingles the tongue. Slight alcohol finish.

Overall: This is one excellent Hefeweizen. Being more a fan of Belgian tripels and saisons, this is one German beer that will give the Belgians a run for their money.

12-17-2008 05:49:58 | More by thekanna
Photo of cubedbee


4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

Pours a hazy golden amber, some small particulates visible floating, a huge dense rocky white head that takes its good time subsidng, very nice. Nose is quite yeasty, full of cloves, with a slight lemon tinge. Taste is an amazing smooth wheat malt overlaid with a wonferful yeastiness, a hint of banana (more subtle than I remember), lemon, a nice dose of cloves, a hint of grassy hops on the finish. Mouthfeel is perfect, medium bodied, moderate carbonation, absolutely smooth and creamy and full. This is a phenomonal hefe, one I could drink all day everyday, if it weren't for the import prices.

04-08-2007 19:45:23 | More by cubedbee
Photo of metter98

New York

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is cloudy yellow in color and poured into a weizen glass with a two finger high bright white head. The head has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of bananas and bubble gum in the nose along with some hints of clove.
T: The taste has flavors of citrus and wheat; some hints of clove are present in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink, refreshing and thirst quenching.

03-08-2011 03:50:20 | More by metter98
Photo of Riccymon


4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

Poured a clear, light orange into a hefeweizen glass with two fingers of fluffy white head, which is retained for some time. Smell is light and pleasant--yeast, banana, orange, and coriander. I get all of the above flavors as I sip, along with quite a bit of apple. Finish is lightly dry and spicy with that peppery coriander lingering, and the mouthfeel in general is pleasant and as expected for the style. This might be one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had, and I'll be sure to pick up a six pack next time.

02-12-2009 01:30:00 | More by Riccymon
Photo of kingrob615


4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

Poured into a Pilsner glass, great head and aromas of wheat, yeast, and coriander.

complex flavors coming forth as you work your way down the glass. From fresh baked bread, with spice notes of nutmeg, and cinnamon, with fresh lemon peel. As it warms up banana qualities become more prevalent.

One of my favorite hefes, can have on any occasion, light and refreshing for hot days, and complex enough for night sipping.

06-13-2011 21:36:35 | More by kingrob615
Photo of Tdizzle


4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

Purchased a seemingly fresh six-pack of this at BevMo! in Orange.

A- Poured into a Widmer Hefeweizen glass, this beer pours a cloudy straw color accompanied by a massive white head with great retention and copious amounts of thick lacing.

S- Fruity aromas of ripe bananas and citrus rind are backed up by huge notes of wheat, yeast, clove spiciness, and honey. Slightly grassy and floral as well.

T- Flavors of grainy wheat and ripe bananas fade to a spicy, yeasty finish.

M- Medium carbonation with a medium-bodied mouthfeel, but a bit more watery than I expected.

D- I could easily drink several of these in a sitting without getting bored or drunk, given the 5.4% ABV.

An outstanding Hefeweizen. Highly recommended.

06-28-2008 00:30:44 | More by Tdizzle
Photo of gameface23


4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

Pours a cloudy straw color with a white head that lasts the duration of drinking. Nice, well balanced smell of wheat, yeast, clove and banana. It's probably the most balance between clove/banana I have ever tasted in a hefe. I was drinking out of a tall hefeweizen glass and it laced the entire length of it. great beer!

03-09-2009 17:52:43 | More by gameface23
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