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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner HefeweissbierWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier

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5,358 Ratings

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Ratings: 5358
Reviews: 2188
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 01-22-2001)
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Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Can I just add in a 3rd review to this much-loved brew of mine? It's 12:33 on a Saturday afternoon in Columbia, which is currently about as hot as the Sammath Naur. I'm sitting here halfway through a growler of my beloved Weihenstephaner Hefe, which I am enjoying out of it's own glorious glass. Everything seems right with the world.

Since I've reviewed this beer twice over, let me take a different tack now and simply praise it some more. This may be the beer that has had the greatest shift in appeal for me, ever. At first review, way back in 2006, I was pleasantly surprised as up till then I "don't usually spring for Hefes". My how things have changed...

This beer currently sits under Westvleteren 8, Bourbon Sexual Chocolate, and 5 other beers on my top ten list. To be able to buy a growler (From Green's on Piney Grove, bless 'em) of my #8 rated beer of all time for a measly $10 is just such a wonderful thing... here is a brewery that has been around since the Dark Ages, still cranking out beer today. I don't know if the beer was better in the past or will be better in 2208, it is fantastic now.

The extreme drinkability of Weihenstephaner Hefe is maybe only matched by its balance. We have a puffy, creamy, mellow yet flavorful wheat beer boasting a superb finish, which is a stumbling block for most American brewers of this style (and many Germans as well). It fades out gently, with neither clove-spice nor lemon-sour nor fruity banana dominating, but all turning out the lights, tucking you into bed, and tiptoeing out the door quietly, making sure to shut the doors behind them. What's left in your mouth and mine is a delightful light sweetness, mineral water, wheat-dough, and spice flavor that is entirely inoffensive - and is actually great.

I suppose I could gush about this beer all day, but I have Things to Do. So let me just say, again, that an unfiltered Weihenstephaner Hefe out of the proper glass on a hot day is one of my favorite things in life. One day I will drink this close to the source and it will be good then, too.

I do not exaggerate when I say that I think that enjoying Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is one of the infinite, small mercies of God. Prost indeed.

Serving type: growler

07-09-2011 16:48:33 | More by kkipple
Photo of Ralphs66

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, it's official....this is my all time go-to beer. Lovely, considering I can get it just about anywhere and for relatively short money too. But to make it extra special, I walked into the Ardsley NY DeCicco's market today for the first time and it's on tap for my 32oz growler refill (along with CL Kolsch, my other go-to beer). Right now I'm drinking it at 61 degrees F (the beer, not the air), and it's just as good as always. In fact, it's a bit creamier right now, making it a-ok. There is nothing bad to say about this beer, ever...but if you do have something bad to say about it, well, then you're probably a Miami Heat fan. Drink early and often.

Serving type: growler

06-14-2011 21:44:09 | More by Ralphs66
Photo of prdstmnky


4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1L growler filled @ Al's of Hampden

Poured into my Duvel tulip, has a cloudy, golden straw colored body. Huge head on all of my pours, even though I was being very careful given the style. All kinds of stuff going on in the nose - clove, pepper, banana, and citrus notes are the most distinctive. Some spice and banana flavors upfront in the taste, with a sweetness coming through in the middle, rounded out by some citrus notes. Lighter body with a moderate amount of carbonation, very smooth and refreshing.

Pretty complex, yet balanced all around. Nice to grab a growler of this world class beer.

Serving type: growler

01-03-2011 05:04:05 | More by prdstmnky
Photo of LennyV

New York

4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler purchased at Halftime. Pours a golden yellow with a creamy head and crazy lacing.

Smells of yeasty bread.

Taste is wonderful. Initialy you taste the yeast which becomes bready follwed with a mild spicy finish.

Feels creamy on the tongue with a slight tickle from the carbonation.

I could drink this all night. Now I know why they have brewed beer for over a thousand years, because it taste so good!

Serving type: growler

12-10-2008 18:07:55 | More by LennyV
Photo of DrunkMcDermott


3.48/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After a week stashed in a growler, it’s still a pretty good beer. Cloudy pale yellow has just a tinge of pink in the center of the glass. Very refreshing wheat taste, not only a lemony spritz, but a little Belgian candi sweetness, it seems. Shows a little bit of character beyond the standards for the style.

Serving type: growler

07-20-2005 15:42:31 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Photo of shacawgo24


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

A-The body is the haziest of orange, capped off by mountains of off-white head. Infinite finger thick is the head. It keeps building and growing and spilling out of your glass. Once the head finally falls you can start to see the cascading lace. The lace doesn't cling nor does it fall fast, it streams down in a relaxing fashion. So cloudy is the body and yet it shines like sun-bright egg yolks when held to light. Magic.

S-Banana. Clove. Cinnamon. Bubblegum. Candy sweet. Wheat. Dark bread. Take a hunk of banana bread and sniff it. Now sniff this beer. No difference. The beer will probably smell even better with a smorgasbord of scents on display.

T-Banana. Banana bread. Walnuts, almonds, buttery sweet nuts. Sweet wheat. Honey. Flashes of lemon & orange, very minimal. World class taste.

M-A watery yet still medium body is soft and refreshing. Medium carbonation is aided by beautiful spicy dry clove notes to where you become unsure which is tingling your tongue more: carbonation or spiced yeast? The sip starts, continues and ends in a harmonious fashion: Sweet, bready, lemony tart, mildly-to-heavily spiced and drying. The after-feel is super yeasty and peppery. Your taste-buds stand on end. Like all good things, it just "feels right".

O-The best Hefeweizen. A beer in which I can think of no area to improve in. In fact, stop reading as I'll stop reviewing and lets drink us some Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 17:36:29 | More by shacawgo24
Photo of Ohiolager


4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner hefe weissbier 6pk bottles $9.99(OH)

11.2 oz/330 ml brown bottle poured into a 17 oz white wine glass. No freshness date.

Pours a Nice hazy yellow/orange color. with a two and a half finger bright white head that lingers for a while. gives way to nice soap bubble like lacing all over the bulb of my glass.

The aroma is Strong, spicy banana's, subtle malts, and a nice wheat yeast smell. Very Inviting. There's something about a good Hefe that grows on me everyday. This smells great!

Taste follows the nose. A spicy banana, cloves, subtle malts, a perfect wheat yeast taste.

mouth feel is great. A creamy spicy banana lingers for a long time. Great carbonation. This is a great Hefe, and all others strive to be like this.

Overall, buy it or try it. You will love it. Best Hefe to date. I have had this brew many times and will buy it till I cant buy it no more. The more you try the hefe style it will grow on you. I did not like it at first. But it has a way of calling your name.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 03:42:38 | More by Ohiolager
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the House of Brews. Served in a Weihenstephan weizen glass.

Appearance - Hazy pale orange. More yellow. Nice white pillowy head. Never settlea fully. Some lacing.

Smell - Phenolic. A little bit of bubble gum. Banana and wheaty grain. Estery.

Taste - Grain right up front. Minimal sweetness, but it's there. Bubble gum phenols. Dry finish. Floral esters and banana on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Grainy, but smooth from a medium body. Drinks easily and finishes dry.

Overall - Not my style, but this drinks nicely. A great go-to beer that can be found everywhere.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2014 00:00:46 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of AmyfaceNYC

New York

4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What a wonderful hefeweissen! Lovely, soft citrus aromas. Pours a warm golden with a pillowy head. Tastes like fruit, and bread, and sunshine. I didn't discern any dryness or hoppiness, but the beer tastes very smooth, well-balanced, drinkable and flavorfull. Unlike some other hefeweissens, I wasn't put off by any excessive sweetness or carbonation. All-around great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2014 03:55:29 | More by AmyfaceNYC
Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver

Ontario (Canada)

4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The Weihenstephan Brewery in Freising, Germany, was formerly a monastery brewery of the Benedictine monks, and can trace its roots to the year 768 based on a document that refers to a hop garden in the area paying a tithe to the monastery. A brewery was actually licensed here by the City of Freising in 1040, and this is the founding date claimed by the modern brewery. The brewery, therefore, has a supportable claim to being the oldest working brewery in the world (in competition with Weltenburg Abbey, also in Bavaria, which has had a brewery in operation since 1050 and claims to be the oldest). When the monastery and brewery were secularised under Napoleon's occupation in 1803, they became possessions of the State of Bavaria. Since 1923, the brewery has been known as the Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan (Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan), and is operated in conjunction with the Technical University of Munich as both a state-of-the-art production facility and a centre for learning. Having had 1,000 years to work on their craft, I was looking for something special from Weihenstephan!

We sampled the brewery's Hefe Weissbier ("HW") in a 500 ml bottle purchased from the LCBO, with a best before date of September 9, 2012. HW was 5.4% alcohol by volume. It poured a naturally cloudy, light orange colour with about 2" of fluffy, white, long lasting head that left plenty of lacing and spotting down the glass. The aroma was fabulous...bananas, cloves and yeast...and remember that this is a beer that complies with the Bavarian purity law and therefore contains no bananas or cloves. Darn clever, the things those Germans can do with the right strain of yeast! The taste very much followed the aroma, with bananas, cloves, wheat and yeast evident. The amount of carbonation was just right with lots of small bubbles on the tongue, and the mouthfeel was creamy. HW also had the clean finish I look for in my favourite beers. Ladies and gentlemen, if this isn't the epitome of the brewer's art, it has to be close! At $3.05 per 500 ml bottle this beer is a decent value for money as well, and HW now joins my short list of regular purchases.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 22:17:07 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
Photo of JTuomi


4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

50cl bottle into a weizen glass. Cloudy pale gold appearance with a thick three finger white head. Sweet banana aroma with yeast. Creamy mouthfeel with a sweet taste of banana and bubblegum. Dry bready aftertaste. Medium body and carbonation. A very good hefeweizen. Would be perfect with bratwurst on a hot summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 16:28:12 | More by JTuomi
Photo of Xalechim

New York

4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wonderful beer that is my go to wherever I can find it. If you're in Buffalo the Blue Monk on Elmwood actually has a keg for this specifically every night. I didn't know about all the hype before I tasted it, but I think that makes my review more honest. It really is that good.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2014 00:36:44 | More by Xalechim
Photo of darthvohn


4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass Used: Weizen glass

Appearance: Hay yellow with a big thick, tightly packed fluffy head.

Smell: Banana esters, spice, and yeast are at the forefront. I get some sweet malt on the backend. On to the taste!

Taste: Banana, cloves, bready yeast and sweet pink bubble gum. All perfectly balanced; no one flavor is overpowering or fighting the other. They are all holding hands and singing together. Fantastic.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy. Perfect carbonation.

Overall: I've heard nothing but great things about this beer and finally gave it a try. This is truly a perfect beer. Definitely a benchmark for it's style and pretty accessible. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 19:06:35 | More by darthvohn
Photo of deadonhisfeet


4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into an Erdinger weissbier glass. The pour is slightly cloudy and golden in color and a big white frothy long-lasting head simply explodes from the top of this thing and fills up the entire globe at the top of the glass. Bubbles continue to stream up from the bottom of the glass long after pouring. The nose betrays all those delicious fruity esters and spicy phenols lying within. Lots of crisp wheat, bananas and clove on the nose.

Medium body, but full of flavor and deeply refreshing. There are some sweet, grainy, bready cereal-like notes up front and then a barrage of fruit, bananas and lemons mostly, and just a kiss of noble hops. The fruit runs the whole gamut from sweet (bananas) to tart (lemons). I also get just a hint of vanilla in there. Very few beers are as easy to drink as this one, especially on a nice sunny spring day.

I can't count how many times I've had this beer and finally am getting around to reviewing it. The perfect hefeweiss? Possibly. My favorite? Almost certainly.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 17:41:48 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of Wolberjs


4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy straw yellow, bottle pours into a tulip with a finger head that dissipates to a thin lingering layer of foam.

S - Balance. Gotta be perfect for the style. Banana, yes but not too much. Sweetness, yes but not too much. Bread-y yeastiness, yes but not too much. With some integrated cloves to boost. Perfectly melded together. Best of the style I've had but not my favorite style.

T - Tastes exactly as it smells. See above.

M - Sugary smooth. Not thin or thick. Nice "medium" everything.

O - By far the best hefeweizen I've had. It is a perfectly balanced beer with the smell and flavor just melding together.. Only Hefe I'd choose to drink again (as I said, not my favorite style). Giving the overall a boost for being the "best of" in a style.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 02:01:04 | More by Wolberjs
Photo of Seanem44


4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am going to use WH when referring to this for the sake of brevity.

WH is by far my go to for the beginning of fall. Whenever I decide to have my own personal October Fests, which is really just me drinking beer and eating Brats and Knackwurst, this is the beer I do it with.

There are many hefeweizens out there, along with their derivatives and sub-categories. Many are similar. However, this one stands out. It looks clean and pure like a good wheat beer should. Really though, the taste is perfect. It is the epitome of what a wheat beer should taste like. Goes down smooth, easy to drink and just tastes right.

The best part of this beer is that it is in ample supply.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 13:21:58 | More by Seanem44
Photo of titty_mcbitty


4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: straw yellow golden and a bubbly white head.

S: bananas, cloves, orange peel.

T: similar: bananas, cloves, orange peel, some bubble gum, that lager type malt, and some fresh bread.

M: so perfect... light side of medium. Weihenstephaner just did a great job on the consistency of this beer. Nice balance.

O: an excellent beer for sure. Haven't had it in a while. Glad I picked it up again because I'll definitely be getting this on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 05:58:34 | More by titty_mcbitty
Photo of Rhettbuck


4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Golden color, pours a foamy head that dissipates into some mild foam on top of the beer. Good lacing as you drink.

Smell: Perhaps the best smelling beer that I have had in a long time. Strong citrus scents come off the pour and as you drink. Honestly smells like a field of wild flowers

Taste: light and citrusy, this is perhaps the best part of this here weissbier, you could drink it for days.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly, but not over powering, crisp beginning and a slight aftertaste. I would recommend this beer for an afternoon BBQ or similar event.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 03:45:06 | More by Rhettbuck
Photo of reebtaerG


4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured 16 oz pint glass at Lures

A-Orange color with huge off one finger white head. Very good lacing.

S-Aroma is huge. Cloves and bananas.

T-Taste is same as aroma with more cloves and bananas.

M-Perfectly balanced. Medium creamy body!

O-Classic example of style! Perfect beer why did I wait so long to have this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2014 12:45:17 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of thestoebz


4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Overall a very good beer. The ultimate hefeweizen from what I've had. Appears cloudy yellow with a tinge of orange. Good lacing with a finger or so white fluffy head. Smells fantastic, hints of bubblegum and banana. Taste is a very nice banana bubblegum with a bit of clove. Apple, wheat flour, cinnamon, zesty lemon(?), small bit of hops on the end. Mouthfeel is a bit creamy at first which bubbles down to wattery with light carbonation along the way.

Overall, a fantastic beer. Probably my favorite beer of all time. Was my first hefeweizen and to this day my favorite certainly.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 01:20:40 | More by thestoebz
Photo of paul_db


4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In terms of style, this one takes the cake for me.

Poured out with an straw yellow hazy color... and you immediately smell the bananas.

The taste starts off wheaty and bready, and finishes off with banana, very pronounced each of these. Very mild hop flavor in here.

Overall this is my favorite hefe… no adding a lemon to this one boys and girls.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 00:16:13 | More by paul_db
Photo of fscottkey

New York

2.58/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: It looks like a light amber honey. A thin white cap tops the pour.

S: I am getting citrus and grass smells and maybe pineapple.

T: The taste is citrus and very light hop notes.

M: Clean and crisp all the way.

O: am not a fan of this style. It just doesn't appeal to me. Maybe when I grow up I will like it. At this point I wouldn't seek this style out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 01:06:22 | More by fscottkey
Photo of SLeffler27

New York

4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

SRM 5 (cloudy burnished gold) with most of the yeast left in the bottle. A billowing meringue-white head condenses to a puffy pillow after an eternity, leaving dense patches of lace on the Weihenstephaner weizen glass. Lazy carbonation rises from within.

The aroma is against a white bread background with the anticipated banana and clove being fairly subtle. Bubble gum and honeydew were also discernible.

The banana comes forward in the first sip, while cloves remain subdued. A background of vanilla gives way to sharp banana flavors just before a subtle, slowly-fading finish. This Hefeweissen is sweeter than anticipated with a hint of tartness.

Medium to full body with a soft cotton texture. Ample, prickly carbonation. No alcohol. Residual sugar deposits on lips.

This beer serves well as a transition from work into a late afternoon of relaxation. It is especially well-suited to a cool, cloudless blue Friday with light rustling wind.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 22:28:20 | More by SLeffler27
Photo of hopsputin


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

a: after pouring in the yeast it is a cloudy amber/caramel/orange/burnt orange color with a large 3-4 finger solid white head with a few bubbles up top

s: sweat wheat, bubble gum, banana, pear, clove, sweet malt

t: right away its such a clean wheat taste followed by really sweet ripe bananas, hint of ripe pear, smooth bubble gum. finishes back with that clean wheat flavor and just the faintest hint of something like strawberry

m: its a medium mouthfeel. the pour makes you think there will be more carbonation in the mouthfeel than there actually is - that is not a bad thing

o: flawless. my description doesn't make it look like the most intense beer ever, and its not. however this is a perfect hefe. a perfect beer, in my opinion. its clean, balanced, flavorful, and pretty to look at

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 22:47:54 | More by hopsputin
Photo of RandomExile


4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: full, frothy, slowly dissipating eggshell head; cobweb lattice lacing as the head recedes; hazy straw, with the final yeast pour creating wisps like cirrus clouds
S: yeast, bread, lemon, banana bread and cloves
T: malt, yeast, orange, cloves, faint bubble gum
M: medium-full-bodied; a bit of carbonated and acidic bite, at first in the rear sides of the mouth, but then spreading to the tongue; dry
O: a remarkable hefeweizen. I might be selling it short by withholding fives, but I'll certainly be revisiting this one and will reconsider.

500mL / Weizen Glass

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 05:43:45 | More by RandomExile
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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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