Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 2,367
Hads: 7,474
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 17.95%
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Gots: 1,369 | FT: 16
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 01-22-2001

Our golden-yellow wheat beer, with its fine-poured white foam, smells of cloves and impresses consumers with its refreshing banana flavour. It is full bodied and with a smooth yeast taste. To be enjoyed at any time,goes excellently with fish and seafood, with spicy cheese and especially with the traditional Bavarian veal sausage. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.
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Photo of Catsociald
4.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nice mild golden flavor, definitely feeling German. Maybe the best aftertaste I've ever had in a beer. A little foamy, but not enough to make me care. Goes down very smooth.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a major German beer fan, but this is probably my favorite of all time. Very well balanced with a very complex flavor. I get hints of sweetness and the carbonation is perfect.

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Photo of ryho
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful beer. Served in a very tall .5L Weihenstephaner glass. Big fluffy head.
Aroma and taste are like a perfect hefe. I always find it hard to say it tastes like clove or banana, just seems like a hefe flavor to me.

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Photo of KMachHops
4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am not a Hefe type of beer drinker but it's nearing Octoberfest, might as well drink fresh offering.
Look: Nice white fluffy head and murky orange. Wish all my IPAs look like this.
Smell: A lot of lemon.
Taste: Very light and I do get lemons. Finishes very watery and with a slight tart.
Feel: Heavy carbonation on first poor but dies down fast. I prefer to drink this fast since it's better with more carbonation.
Overall: Not bad but not my style.

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Photo of chrisbbehrens
4.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great Hefeweizen. Makes for great Bananenweissen...I rated it a little lower because I think it's a little restrained and cautious compared to my favorite Hefe, the Live Oak.

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Photo of Wattstriker
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This stuff is nothing short of phenomenal. I'm having a hard time deciding if I like it more than Paulaner Hefe-Weizen which is comparable in taste. I'll have to do a blind taste test at some point to ultimately determine which one I prefer more. It's also incredible how well the pleasant flavor sticks around for awhile after drinking. I can't recommend highly enough.

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite hefeweizen. Pours out to a golden yellow haze. Really nice dense half finger head. Fantastic banana bready aroma. A really smooth and full flavor of banana cloves lemon zest. A great hefe that I would recommend to anyone.

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Photo of astrocreep2000
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my preferred style of beer but i liked it very much. taste starts with a spice/banana taste then mellows out into a slight fruit floral flavor. good stuff.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellow-golden body, billowing white head that renews itself every time I agitate my glass and leaves a ring of lace, plenty of carbonation. Aromas of realistic ripe bananas, mild clove. Taste has plenty of banana, a bit of wheat and yeast, clove which can hit a spicy peak. Mostly dry. The burps produced taste just like banana bread. Body is rich and full, which is rare to pull off well in this category.
This is, in my opinion, the pinnacle of the style. The flavor is realistic, full, precise, well balanced, and, most importantly, delicious. The body has a creamy quality that in no way diminishes how refreshing this beer is. Love it through and through.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great hefeweizen. The color, smell, feel, everything was off the charts. Had the perfect amount of banana clove taste with a tiny bit of a sweet pineapple juice tang and soft corn bread. $3.99 a bottle to me is a pretty good deal.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a beautiful hefeweizen: a giant lingering creamy white head adorns the glass with thick rafts of lacing from its perch atop a pale gold, extra-sparkling body that straddles the line between hazy and cloudy. On the nose, it is a perfect blend of banana/clove spice and yeast, layered in excellent proportion to the big wheaty malt notes that underpin the aroma, with a bit of help from some slight alcohol undertones. The palate follows the nose, with the addition of a slight citrus tang and just a bit of malty sweetness around the edges. The finish is quick: equal parts malt and yeast, followed by a subtle hint of spice that lingers to the next sip. The mouthfeel matches the light body, and the texture is smooth, moderately creamy and very prickly from the extra-fizzy carbonation. This is an exemplary representation of the style, and is both delicious and eminently drinkable.

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Photo of meecrob
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought a 500ml bottle in my local supermarket for 0.90 € + 0.08 € deposit. Poured it into a Weizenglass. Amazing orange color with an almost everlasting, thick white head with lots of carbonation going on. A nice, fruity banana flavor comes into my nose. I also smelled some bread and citrus flavors. Very easy to drink and totally refreshing. Its not the best beer in the world but definitely one the best wheat beer around!

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Photo of altecgs
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Extremely impressive, dense and thick three finger head which lasts quite some time.
Fruity taste and very clear hefeweizen which is quite unusual.
Although fruity it comes as strong and imo a true man's beer!
Anyway, one of the best beers i ever tried. Period.
Highly recommended!

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Photo of Jack_Frost79
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is what a hefeweizen should taste like. I think this might have been my first hefe way back. I have been trying a lot of American hefes recently and started thinking I have just grown out of the style. I picked this up the other day and was blown away again. This is an amazing brew.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange in color with a slight haze to it. Very nice white soapy-looking head.

Aroma is bready with notes of bananas and lemon zest.

A mild, sweet fruitiness begins the taste. I notice lemon or possibly other citrus notes, a touch of cloves. Finishes somewhat dry, with faint bready flavors scattered here and there.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are both extremely refreshing. High quality stuff.

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Photo of JISurfer
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding Hefe, easily the best I've had. With the hot and humid weather here, definitely one I could and will have again. Taste was breads, citrusy, and light malt. Wouldn't ruin this with any fruit.

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Photo of ordybill
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500 ML bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- A fantastic aroma of cloves and bananas.
Appearance- The beer pours a murky yellow/orange color with a thick white head.
Taste- Outstanding flavor of cloves, fruit and wheat. Great balance
Overall- A world class beer, even if you aren't a hefeweizen fan you should give it a try to see what a masterpiece of this variety tastes like.

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Photo of BuccoFan
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

For some reason, I've generally avoided hefeweizens. Felt like trying something different, so I bought a couple of bottles of this. Look is an awesome hazy, golden-orangish color. Body is more hearty than you might expect for a <6% beer. Head and lacing are near perfect. Taste was great--I drank this quickly. As I said, I'm not too big a hefe fan, but I am indeed now a fan of this.

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Photo of BeerChancelor
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizenglass.

A: Hazy/cloudy golden with a 1-finger foamy head

S: Banana, light malts, citrus and flowery

T: Definitely banana, somewhat wheaty, bubblegum and a hint of clove at the end

M: Medium body, smooth with medium carbonation

O: Awesome beer! Seriously, one of the best hefes that I've ever had! Love the banana-clove balance!

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Photo of ramstienerhaufbrau
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

My favorite beer of all time. A must try for all beer lovers. Taste wonderful straight from the 6pack bottles or poured into your massive haufbrauhaus glass that has been sitting in your deep freezer at -10 defrees. One of the best things about this beer is how good it taste even when not freezing cold. Unlike alot of cheap skunky american beers, this beer remains delicious even after it loses its just from the fridge temp. I usually grab 2 cold 6packs from whole foods. Or if i don't feel like driving 30 minutes i'll stop into greens beverage to grab a couple room temp 6packs. Lovely beer for all occasions from grilling out to relaxing and watching a baseball game on tv! get some and enjoy!

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Photo of ThaneMcC
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy light orange with copious off white head and ample lacing. Smells of esters, bubblegum, citrus, light notes of malt. Sweet malts forward with a pleasant citrus zing, banana, cloves around mid-note with a pleasant clean finish – minimal hops or astringency. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fair amount of carbonation – not syrupy and has a rather clean finish.
Overall , the ideal beer on a hot summer’s day – or between runs on a ski slope in Germany. A classic hefe that I go to again and again. Solid. I have yet to find an equivalent American version. . . If you enjoy this beer – check out their Vitus weizenbock – its even better (I like to think of it as an Imperial Hefe)

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Photo of djura
3.74/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Found it here in Serbia, bottle 0,5 l

A - Unclear, light honey like color, big white head. No bubbles.
S - Coriander, fresh herbs, bread aroma.
T/ M - Carbonated, refreshing. Aroma of orange with coriander in the back. Low bitterness.
Some sweetness.

O - Good Hefe.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- This pours an opaque golden/yellow color that is beautiful to look at. The head starts out 3 fingers thick and eventually settles into a meringue like puffy cloud that is still around 1 finger over the Ale....color is super white. The carbonation is much too hard to tell in looks and I can say that the lacing is very modest at best. Still....a very nice looking brew overall!

S- Bananas and yeasty bread is first and foremost on the nostrils, with backing spices of cloves and a peppery note blended in there as well. There are also notes of Lemon and orange citrus zest and sweet caramel malts. The finish has just a hint of hop bitterness and is rather clean and refreshing smelling!

T- Refreshing citrus flavors take over the palate, as opposed to the aromas. Background flavors of baking spice is noted as well.....cloves, nutmeg and a muted peppery warmth balance out the sweet caramel/toffee malts. The finish is of unmalted grains and is very clean and refreshing. The peppery flavors noted linger on the palate with just a hint of heat.

M/O- Solid medium bodied beer with an immaculate carbonation that just blends so well for this style....it's assertive and the way it explodes on the palate really allows the flavors to burst with great intensity! The drinkability factor is perfect and this deserves to be in the top tier of German Hefeweizens.....I could enjoy this all night long without getting tired of it! I will most definitely get this one again!

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Photo of Sintech
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottle.

Appearance - Murky golden hue.

Smell - Bready citrus.

Taste - Banana, cloves, citrus and bread.

Mouthfeel - Medium attenuation. Crisp.

Overall - Very good Hefe.

Grade (B+)

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Cloudy pale gold look with a few specks of yeast floating around.
Smell - Yeasty, bready and a slight citrus hint. Some banana too.
Taste - Spicy notes with banana and bready yeast. Finish with a spice taste that reminds me of clove but with the perception of heat from the carbonation.
Feel - Carbonated and close to a medium feel. Not light but not medium either.
Overall - A great beer that is easily drinkable.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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