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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 2,367
Hads: 7,470
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 17.95%
Wants: 706
Gots: 1,361 | FT: 17
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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 Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An easy pleasant drink, light on taste yet not thin on mouthfeel. Nice aroma wheat with some vanilla. Smooth though not creamy. Nicely malted. Nice vanilla nutty spice that made this brew go so well with lunch. A summer style that went well here at beginning of winter.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 pint 0.9 fl. oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy, pale honey color that starts with a big creamy head that slosly fades. There is some lacing present, but not too much.

S - Smells like sweet wheat bread and flowery/fruity spices. Very nice.

T - Slightly tangy spice, floral essence, fruity bread (banana, apricot, citrus). This beer leaves a nice fruity, biscuit like taste in your mouth after each sip.

M - This beer has an excellent level of carbonation with a very smooth almost creamy mouthfeel.

D - This is a most excellent wheat beer (one of the best I have ever had). I can see myself having these around as a staple brew this summer.

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Photo of metter98
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

an outstanding brew, and probably the cheapest highly rated beer here on BA at under 4 bucks a bottle. pours murky orange color, brassy and hard to see through. thicker than a normal hefe, with a huge three inches of lasting bone white head. smells great too, some traditional banana notes, but hardly any of that clove spice yeast aroma. more floral than that, like a dewey spring meadow, clovery, heavy on the malted wheat. flavor also has the springtime essence, slightly floral again, which goes great with the fruity yeast and banana bread malt vibe. finish is a little sweet, a little bitter, a loaded with citrus juice. fuller body for the style is the appeal here, its really soft, but its big for a wheat beer. carbonation is lively, making this an easy drinking beer. honestly one of the best wheat beers I can remember drinking, the yeast is subtle but distinct, and that's what makes it. this is going to become a regular in my fridge for the combination of quality and value. many thanks for this one.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly-hazed orange with a pretty nice head and good lacing.

S: Sweet grains and some spiciness paired with beautiful hefe yeast.

T: Some spiciness to balance out the sweet malt background. The spiciness seems to come from a bit of clove, and then there is some definite banana with hints of vanilla.

M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D: This is the definition of the perfect summer sessionable beer. Great thing to always have around during the warmer months.

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Photo of brentk56
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Hazy honey color with a bouffant head, copious amounts of lace

Smell: Bananas, bubblegum and clove

Taste: Big banana and clove flavors up front, with a developing bubblegum aspect by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors are accentuated and complemented by a subtle hopping that cuts on the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy, with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: For a hefe, it just doesn't get any better than this

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Photo of Knapp85
3.16/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Hefe pours out as a cloudy yellowish gold, the head was fluffy and white. There was a subtle banana aroma with hints of spice in the mix. The flavor of the beer was slightly sweet and had a little bit of a clove taste in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth and slick, there was a light carbonation. Overall this brew isn't too bad, it's worth trying.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Yea, yea, clove... and bananna, ...and bubblegum... we've heard all of the common attributes that make good Hefeweizens great. But what makes this one different?

A fantastic pour brings a color that rides the line between strong straw and golden. Light rust seems to fit the bill. Very froathy and moussey with head formation and retention. The appearance promises maltiness and creaminess.

Moderate aromas of estery banannas, apples, and peaches lead the way with several phenolic note following closely behind; mostly clove, white pepper, and orange zest.

The fruity, spicy notes in the aroma give a lot of valor to the taste. A strong bready flavor of shortbread, wheat, rye, and barley make for a complex and varying taste. Again, the banannas, clove, corriander, apples, pepper,....(the list can go on and on.) give a lot of varying complexity to the brew. I get a new description in every sip.

The body is a great blend of creamy and drinkability. Initial full, rich, and expanding textures expand wonderfully in the mouth, but subside just in time to allow the beverage to lighten and flow effortlessly into the finish. A great Summertime refresher with a cooling, minty finish.

Ultimately the beer shows a unique balance of bananna esters, clovey phenols, and with a bubblegum (confectionate) sweetness that never allows any one aspect to dominate; but rather come together in a harmonious blend. No other beer does this much flavor with such sensible proportions-- this is why the beer rates among the best!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color weisse with a big foamy head with medium retention and no lacing. Aroma of banana and cloves is quite present. Taste is a mix between some banana and cloves ester and some sweet malt. Body is full with loads of lees and minimal filtration and some good carbonation. Not exactly what I was expecting and a bit darker then expected on the appearance side. It is too bad the bottles are not dated since I believe this may have been an older bottle. I will be adding this one to the need to re-rate list.

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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy and straw-colored with a pillow of foam on top, just like a hefeweizen should be. Sweet, fruity and spicy nose. Bready and sweet taste; banana, clove, light citric hops. Crisply carbonated, medium-bodied. Impressive complexity. Definitely the best hefeweizen I've had.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

20oz pint, on-tap at BeerBistro. An awesome find on the last leg of a multi-year business trip to T-dot.

This beer appears a cloudy, pale golden yellow hue, with two fingers of tightly foamy, somewhat creamy dirty white head, which leaves a slightly pocked, but otherwise sheer veil of painted lace around the glass in its lazy wake.

It smells quite pleasantly of the usual suspects - banana chips, semi-sweet clove, subtle yeast, and breakfast cereal wheat grain. The taste is rather sweet wheaty, grainy malt, bruised banana, middling clove, and a bit of yeast. So simple, and yet so perfect.

The carbonation is equitably moderate, the body duly smooth, fruity, and medium weight, all in approachable measures. It finishes off-dry, clean, and redolent of all things just mentioned.

Quite a refreshing, world-class quaff after a day of traveling across this broad country of ours. All the typical points are hit here, heavily, yet not over the top at the same rate, I might add, resulting in a very enjoyable and drinkable progenitor of the style.

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Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Did I buy a case of this last year?
Yes I did. And it disappeared in 2 weeks.

Residual clove in the aftertaste that is a big asset. Nice aroma of clove and bubblegum, encourages one to drink. Smooth carbonation and supreme sessionability, especially on tap. The taste is full-on wheat, with spicy clove and yeast esters bringing up the rear. Check out this stellar Hefe, on tap it is even more tempting....

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Turbid medium gold. The pour yields a huge, pillowy, off-white head that recedes quickly to about one finger of foam. Not much lace sticks to the glass. The nose is very nice and is of clove, banana and melon.

I love the flavor since it's chock full of yeasty banana and clove. The beer tastes wheaty, with sweet and bitter complementing one another rather than clashing. The finish favors dry, with a crisp, clean mouthfeel. Drinkability is excellent; this bottle disappeared very quickly. Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is my first hefeweizen and I found a lot to like.

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Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy gold color with a fluffy, three-finger head. Leaves some lacing.

S - It smelled very yeasty and of wheat and clove.

T - It was very wheaty. It also had a good spice kick, plus clove and yeast.

M - Very, very crisp. It is light-bodied.

D - A great hefe, one of the best.

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Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a bright pale golden amber with a big frothy white head. Very slight haze kept it from being completely clear, nice carbonation. No lace.

S - Smell was light, very grainey with lots of yeast evident. Nice hints of cereal and malts, classic pilsner/german light lager/ hefe araoma. Very nice and was a very welcoming smell.

M & T - First impression was very light, frothy feel. Lots of subtle hints of mainly grains, and euro hops mixed in. Almost a burnt cereal type back to it and a nice caramel maltness. As it warmed some hints of fruit and spice, banana in the backround. Feel was great, with awesome carbonation.

D - Overall this was really a great session beer for a hot day. Very flavorful and really just awesome tones. Highly recommneded.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a hazy pale golden color with a fluffy white head that sits atop. There isn't much lacing, but some nice carbonation.

S: The smell is primarily clove and banana. There are also some nice bread/doughy notes.

T: The taste follows the nose. An excellent spice and fruit characteristic which I love about Bavarian Hefeweizens. There is also a nice yeasty component.

M: The carbonation is quite pleasant and tingles a bit. The body is medium.

D: This is what I think of when I hear Hefeweizen, not the stuff American breweries market as a Hefeweizen. A delicious and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a hazy, dark-hued, golden body with a tall, airy, whitish head.

Smell: Vibrant, aromatic scent of wheat malt, ruthlessly mashed bananas liberally seasoned with vanilla sugar and clove, and even lemon peel.

Taste: Sweet, tangy taste of wholesome wheat malt. What follows is rich, full flavors of ripe bananas, vanilla cream, and fresh cracked cloves. Small, meager spritz of lemon juice. A few added shreds of Big League Chew. One slice from a Red Delicious apple. Very light Noble hop character and bitterness. Just the perfect amount of overall spiciness to the taste. Finishes dry, crisp, with one final taste of malted wheat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel, yet it remains nicely effervescent.

Drinkability: Terrifically drinkable, really! I cleared through my twelve ounces with record speed as this makes for delightful early-summer refreshment.

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Photo of oline73
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden light amber color with an aggressive fluffy white head. The head retention is quite good.

Smell: Sweet and crisp with some fruit and spice notes. There are hints of banana and clove with a nice malt background.

Taste: Quite crisp and refreshing. Light malt sweetness up front with some banana and clove notes. There are some other fruity notes along with the banana. There is a mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation. The finish is a bit slick.

Overall: This is a fantastic beer. Very refreshing and a great example of the style. One of my favorites.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a flared flute glass at Bauer's Brauhaus.

My final glass at the Brauhaus. It's been fun, but I've gotta get outta here sometime, right? Figured I'd go out on a note that's been advertised as a high one. It pours a hazy pale straw topped by a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises wheat, banana, very light, clove, black pepper, and lemon zest. The taste brings in more of the same, but with more black pepper and the addition of some light nutmeg. A nice current of orange zest comes in as well, tying everything together quite nicely. The body is a sorta hefty-leaning light, with a very light moderate carbonation, a lightly creamy feel, and a crisp finish. Overall, though this is not the best hefe I've ever had, it is damn close, and a damn fine beer all around. Good times.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, orange in color, bright white head that holds to the end of the glass and leaves some nice lace. The aroma displays a distinct "German" maltiness (obviously decoction mashed) and lots of phenols. There's some fruitiness with some banana and clove in the background, and a bit of 'plastic' as well. The body is light-medium but very creamy with a tight, crisp effervescence from natural conditioning. The flavor starts with malt backed by a light clove, displays its bolder phenols across the middle (burnt plastic), and then a quick light hop note towards the end of the palate which dissolves in softly sweet banana notes in the finish. The balance of sweetish malt, aggressive phenols, and very light hop and bitterness is sublime. The banana and clove are well restrained - subtle - but present. Extremely refreshing and enjoyable. A fine example of the style.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle into a Hefe glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a big poof of foamy brite-white head. Shrinks down into a good looking thin and creamy retention that leaves just huge lacing behind. The aroma is a little like a fruit salad off the bat, with accents of oranges and banana esters, followed by clove, corriander, yeast, wheat, and backing sweetness. Quite a lot going on!

The taste is just as complex and well balanced as the aroma. Zesty orange and prominant banana notes up front mixed with a spicy clove presence meld into a earthy blend of caramel sweetness and yeast. There is also just a touch of grassy, light hop bitterness that runs throughout, bringing a little bit of pop to the proceedings. The mouthfeel has a pleasant light medium feel that while going down incredibly smooth still has a bit of a full feel with just the right amount of crisp carbonation.

Wow, a solid Hefe for sure and probably one of the best I've had with a potent mix of flavors that just pop and an oh-so-easy drinkibility. This was delicous and I will definitley be seeking more of it out with the upcoming warm weather.

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Photo of jlindros
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Huge head that takes up about 75% of the glass even though I was pouring carefully. It has a hazy golden wheat color with tons of carbonation floating up.

N: Bavarian hefe def. Lots of wheat, lemon grass, airy, a little juicy, some banana, hints of like a clove spice.

T: Again lots of wheat to start, with almost a little malty sweetness. A little more banana on the taste, not much for spices, but lots of juicy wheat flavors and hints of light fruits. Light but packs a good flavor.

M: Pretty light, tons of carbonation.

F: Pretty dry to finish but not too dry, a light lingering wheat flavor and some lingering hints of juicy banana flavors. No spices here either, and hints of bitterness. This is about as good as a Bavarian Hefe can get!

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Photo of mactrail
4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Truly the biggest, richest Hefeweizen I've ever tasted. Powerful clove and banana flavors. Great classic German creamy carbonation, a marshmallow in the mouth somebody said. Spicy and fruity sums it up. Lovely amber cloudy appearance in the tall wheat beer glass. A great mouthful, endless flavors. Sweet but tart enough to balance. Enjoyed at the Church Key in San Francisco.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a large white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of wheat and banana, along with spice, light malts and some hops.

T: The taste is sweet and bready with strong flavors of wheat, banana & spices. It’s simple and straight-forward, but done very well. The malt character is light but hearty and there’s a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down extremely easily, not very filling, decent kick, excellent representation of style, this beer has everything that you look for in a Hefe Weizen and it doesn’t need anything above that. I could drink this beer all night long and enjoy every bit of it.

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