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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,348 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,348
Hads: 7,387
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 685
Gots: 1,304 | FT: 14
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 01-22-2001

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was one of those beers that I had heard a lot about, and one of which I have been using this yeast forever in my own wheat beers. The Weizen was a nice fruity crisp beer, with a nice balance of the Banana/Clove flavor against a refreshingly wholesome yeastiness. Definitely worth searching out and procuring while I was in Germany, and best of all, I can now get it at my local bottle shop. (395 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"I had a bananer in there."- Junior Soprano.

I cant believe I have not had this in all my years killing my liver. Baby steps, I suppose.

A- Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is a golden colored hefe with a liquid honey look to itself with some light. A nice inch of frothy silky white foam graces the top for a bit before dissipating into a faint skim, very minimal lacing.

S- This smells great with a nice balance of wheat, sweet malt, bananers and light spice including clove. The clove is lighter than I expected. Some light lemon spritz in here. Also getting some sweet honey from this surprisingly.

T- The cloves come out a bit more in taste which is nice. The wheat is up next followed by bananer boats. Not getting any presence of hops in this one making for a smooth ride. Some more sweet malt giving off bananer bread. Some light citrus appeal.

M- Smooth as silk, goes down without a hitch. This is light bodied with low carbonation. No aftertaste at all, this hits you quick and leaves even quicker. No alcohol getting in the way in this low ABV'er. Smooth and tasty enough to down 100oz or so.

D- Easy as pie, this low abv hefe is the golden standard and now I see why. Entirely two drinkable and I would love to drink this out of a boot at a German festival, and get it all over myself. Refreshing is an understatement, would love to find a case of this for the summer months, although I would drink this year round. (1,430 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy yellow orange color with a nice large foamy white head and settled down to a nice average white pillow on top of the beer. Aroma is sweet, spicy and citrusy with bananas and cloves present. Taste follows the aroma, bananas cloves, citrus. Nicely balanced between all the flavors. Nice crisp refreshing Hefe. This is probably the best Hefe I have had and it's very drinkable because it is so nicely balanced. This is an exceptional example of a Hefe in my opinion. I could drink several of these on a hot day without a problem. (540 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure what I can add to 290 reviews...medium sized bottle, no freshness dating, pours cloudy honey yellow, puffy/fluffy white head, just a tad of lacing. Nose is tasty bananas and yeast, glorious yeast. This is the gold standard for German Hefe, yum yum, soft balanced, fruity, tons of bananas and yeast notes. Easy drinking, crowd pleaser, give me some salad, cheese, bread and a glass of this fine brew and I will be a smiling! Great summer quaffer, fine all year round wheat (480 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.71/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, from the oldest brewery in the world,

A: Hazy, cloudy orange, with a thick, beautiful white head, very expansive.

S: Smells mostly of bubblegum, big bubblegum notes, some banana, and a hint of cloves.

T: Bubblegum and banana abound, very estery, cloves back the flavor at the end of a drink, a classic weizen taste.

M: Smooth, spritzy, highly carbonated.

D: A good German weissebier, easily available, and refreshing during the spring and summer months. (483 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap to have again in a mug at Biergarten Haus DC.

Biggest difference in appearance is the great foamy head with the great looking to go buttery yellow body.

The nose is just bigger and more varied. With the sweet lemon is now butter, even cinammon it seems and banana. Crispness sense is gone. It smells fantastic.

Taste is still super solid but less tangy and much more bold bringing out everything in the nose in balance, lemon, banana, clove, cinammon, with a great malt density.

This is truly a beer to have on tap it really shines. (547 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My 500ml bottle was best before 22nd May 2008, I drank it on a wet and cold November night in 2007.

Poured into one of my Franziskaner Weissbier glasses (wetted before the pour).

Looks great, orangey coloured cloudy body, huge head, bubbles arising, just like a good hefeweiss should.

The aroma is also huge, vanilla, bananas and toffee apples, very impressive.

The taste is full of different flavours all trying to get out, with the same three as the smell winning the battle. Vanilla ice cream and Banoffi pie but without the sweetness the idea suggests.

The mouthfeel is full and lingers, this is a well crafted beer.

I think I have reviewed over 20 weissbiers on this site so far and this is by far the best ( I have also drank many, many others before joining, the statement stays the same). A truely good beer. (822 characters)

Photo of rab53
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden-hay color. Big frothy white head. Sampled alongside the Hefeweissbier Dunkel. Both have big clove, banana and bubble gum aromas, though this one is more prominent in the nose. Moderate carbonation. I have to admit that I don't care much for hefeweizens, but this I can enjoy. (297 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, poured into a weizen glass.

Slow, careful pour with a swirl at the end produces a beautiful looking hazed and slightly cloudy golden orange color. A steady stream of bubbles support a massive, frothy white head that hangs around for the duration of the beer and occasionally leaves a streak of dry lacing. Aroma is spot on for this style, nothing unexpected. Strong notes of wheat, malt, yeast, banana, clove, vanilla and mild citrus. Medium thick body with light carbonation produces a smooth full mouthfeel. Flavor is initially banana sweet and fruity. Mid palate some light hops cut the sweetness and add a lemony citrus balance to the flavor. Finish has nice duration, fairly slick and mildly sweet. Really, not much else you can say about this beer other than it's a near perfect example of the style. (821 characters)

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

Poured into hefe glass.
Nice pour, cloudy deep yellow glow with various bubbles for the head that laced and lingered.
I smelled a bit of lemon, grass, peach, hops and some malt.
the lemon and grass were dominate throughout the taste. Hops, peach, honey and a little malt came later. Good crisp feel to it. I should have drank it colder. Nice beer (350 characters)

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

The Weihenstephaner Invitational was kicked off by its kristallweizen, and now its unfiltered version is the second contestant to be sampled. For this one, I'm going to review it in my backyard on this warm evening. On to the beer:

I saved the Weihenstephaner glass that came along in my gift pack for this specific beer. Awesome appearance with its huge billowy head and semi-cloudy body. Smell is soft and pleasant with apricot, a touch of gum, and wheat. The yeast doesn't overpower the flavor but is rather mixed with the wheat. There's some clove, fruit, and a subtle spice. Very smooth going down, and easily quaffable.

Wei's hefeweizen gives a nice performance to overtake for te early lead. The "Original" will be next in line here... (745 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (573 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the most drinkable hefe's I've had, but not the most flavorful. It started with a sweet, spicy aroma, but taste is too mellow, not rich enough, just sweet and bready with a bit of spice. I remembered this being better on tap, so maybe that's the way to go. But for my money, the best Hefe to get is the Ayinger followed by non-skunky Franziskaner. (354 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug. Huge pillowy head on top of a dirty gold body.

Aroma is of light citrus and banana peel.

Taste follows the nose to a point, banana and clove flavors. Just a hint of citrus. Funky yeast adds another wrinkle of flavor.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and medium to full bodied.

This is a flavorful hefeweizen. It drinks well and is better than the average hefe. Recommended. (416 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA. in a .5 Liter hefe glass. Pours a beautiful cludy golden with a perfect fluffy white head and decent lacing. The smell is a little lighter than some other hefes, but there are notes of some light bubblegum and clove. The taste is similar, but also hints of banana and a reserved bitterness. A softer style of Hefe, and less carbonated as well then I remember it from the bottle. Very drinkable, but I found myself wanting slightly more pronounced banana and clove flavors. (522 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a huge bubbly white head that transforms into meringue on top. A steady stream of carbonation bubbly rise from the bottom causing a seemingly endless head. Smells of banana, bubble gum and a hint of pepper, nutmeg and allspice. A lightly sugary sweet malt provides a backdrop for the showcase of yeasty aromas. the flavor is lightly sweet malt with a bready yeasty taste. Medium to thin body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet spicy mouthfeel. This is a really nice beer! I guess if you've been doing this that long you are bound to get it right. (606 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow/ orange color with huge foamy white head. Aroma of yeast, orange and lemon. Very smooth drinkable beer with a nice citurs flavor. Pretty highly carbonated with hints of lemon and orange peel. Very crisp with a slight sour aftertaste. (285 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a cloudy gold with a fluffy white head that slowly fades to a film. Spots of lacing around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, crisp wheat, lemony citrus, and just a hint of banana.
Taste is of the same aromas.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, soft on the palate with a citrus sugar and sourness that is superb for the style.
Drinkabily-IMO, the best Weizen yeast out there. Love this beer. (394 characters)

Photo of Zorro
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy orange brew.

Smell is creamy and spicy grain with a light perfume.

Taste is a very flavorful Hefe-Weissen! Lightly sweet and spicy with a nice full grain flavor and just the right touch of hops to finish the flavor.

Mouthfeel is extra full, well carbonated and lots of wheat body.

Super drinkable. (324 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at the liquor store last night, and we are eating some spicy food later, so I figured it would be good to go with that. Wanted to review before having the food.

The beer pours a vibrant yellow-gold coloring, with a tremendous amount of foamy, cloudy white head. The head disperses fairly quick while the beer settles. Wonderful blend of smells, including citrus, malt, and wheat. Other sweet and earthy fruit notes deep in the aroma, as well. The beer has a well balanced malt and citrus-sweet flavor, too. Buttery notes of taste help round out the beer. It is very smooth, and almost creamy feeling in mouth. The beer transitions seemlessly to a creamy finish, with a slight roasted aftertaste. Very easy to drink, and I think will go great with the spicy fare we are planning to eat. (805 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a creamy caramel brown with a thick frothy off-white head. I poured the yeast in with it for the full hefe character, so it was quite cloudy. Not a bad thing at all in my book.

Fantastic rich and aromatic nose. Smells like sweet tomatoes with citrus fruit, herbs, a touch of cloves and bananas. There's a siltiness in there, even. Overall, there's layer after layer. A very nice nose.

Sweet initial flavour flettens out to a savoury taste of bread, finishing with a frefreshing bitter tang. A wonderful hefe. It's really pleasant and refreshing. It has a great deal of rich complexity for something with a relatively standard ABV. The advantage of that is that is supremely drinkable.

An excellent beer, one of the best hefes, and probably one of the best wheat beers. (783 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Much better draft!
Poured a deep straw yellow, big white fluffy head and excellent carbonation(almost to much). Looked a bit cloudy and damn delicous. Nose was rather muted with clove, wheat and banana. Taste is banana, clove, wheat mix and well balanced together. Mouthfeel is medium but the low ABV and smoothness of this beer makes it very drinkable and tasty. ABout as good as it gets for a traditional hef. (411 characters)

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

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier has the colour of grapefruit skin and a beaming, summery complexion. Its golden radiance is etched over with a natural haze that results from the high protein content of wheat and leaving the beer unfiltered; curiously, it hardly obstructs visibility and its shine is unceasing. Bubbles are constantly in motion. Its head is feathery and fluffy and its lacing gooey and gunky.

The aroma is ambrosial and appetizing, a well-spiced yeasty concoction that is jammed packed to the brim with clove-like phenols and fruity esters. It has a light airiness to it, gently titillating the senses while savory spices hover and banana esters flutter. There is a hint of citrusy tartness, herbs, freshly baked bread and plenty of luscious vanilla. It's a vanilla-banana split!

Weihenstephaner would not have succeeded as the world's oldest brewery if it didn't make tasty beers. This weissbier is likely to be among (if not, the) most flavourful weizen you'll ever taste. It has an untypically high dosage of vanilla, a drop of lemony citrus, a teaspoon of honey, nutty pastry, fresh baked bread sprinkled in zesty spices and savory herbs.

I really can't think of a more refreshing beer. I don't know that there is anything else I'd prefer on hot, sunny days. The beer is gratifyingly refreshing and loaded with full-bodied flavour. It has effervescence and substance. It has a spritzy carbonation but is also remarkably fluffy and creamy. The light peppery spice, the subtle herbal quality and the full-on fruitiness all blend wonderfully.

I say the following with full disclaimer that it may just be my own opinion: Weihenstephaner Hefe-Weissbier is the best wheat beer. Ever. I'm not normally one to make claims like that and I generally don't believe that such an assessment can truly be made. However, this beer is so wonderfully formulated that I still can't help but hold it as the benchmark for every other wheat beer. (1,951 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this beer many times, both in bottle and on tap. Had on draft at Max's the other day, the prototypical German hefe.

The beer pours a hazy gold color with impressive head retention and lacing. The nose is hefeweizen perfection, consisting of bubble bum, banana, clove and even nutmeg. The aroma on this beer defines what a hefe should smell like. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, but the beer finishes completely dry. It starts off with a bit of spicey sweetness, but on the finish the beer is dry and wheaty. The beer is pretty full bodied for a wheat beer, but otherwise I would describe the mouthfeel as medium bodied. Drinkability is very good, though the amount of spice would keep me from drinking more then one or two of these at a sitting.

I still prefer the schneider-weisse when it comes to wheat beers, but this is undeniably outstanding. An absolute classic. (894 characters)

Photo of wl0307
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

BB 21/02/2007. Served chilled in a proper, 500ml weizen glass.

A: pours a cloudy, bright orangey-yellow colour; the semi-lively carbonation supports a medium-thick white pillowy head that sustains throughout the drink. Very nice~~
S: sweet grainy and wheat-ish aroma with a touch of candyish sweetness upfront; a slightly ashy hop resins contradicts with very intense aroma of dried-mangos, sweet bananas, intensely sour-sweet fruity yeastiness, while the tinge of clove is pretty restrained at the back. The nose is richly fruity overall--not bad, but not complex enough.
T: smooth, light, and effervescent textured candyish, grainy and bready malts caresses the tongue... ensued by chewy, tartly-sweet (but not thin) fruitiness of green apples, mangos and green bananas--overall the malt-sweetness is balanced by just enough sour fruity hint... the yeastiness is much softer than most hefe-weizen I've tasted, rendering a balanced profile and a soothing wheat-ish grainy sweetness lingering in the finish aided with a suitable kick of of dryish-bitter spice at the fringe.
M&D: great balance, great body and creamy-fizzy texture, yet the flavour lacks some sparkles--amazingly delicious or weird edge of something... This beer is very easy to drink, enjoyable, and could hardly inflict criticisms thanks to its safe flavour profile; but the "traditional taste" (I imagine so) shown by this bottle doesn't give me the urge or passion to go for more than a bottle at any one time. A "good honest" hefe-weizen it is--not great one, alas. (1,542 characters)

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 2,348 ratings.