Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by pezoids on 01-22-2001

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of Billolick
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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

02/01/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with a code of 7154 on the back label. Poured into my Ayinger Weisen glass.

Appearance- A cloudy golden pour with a 3/4 inch large bubbled head and acceptable lacing.

Smell- Typical hefe scents. A good amount a clove action with some sweet banana scents and maybe a tad of vanilla.

Taste- Nice and sweet tasting brew. A very heavy clove taste and creamy banana background.

Mouthfeel- Left my mouth pretty dry. Although it was fairly creamy going down. Moderate carbonation level on this one.

Drinkability- Finally got around to the #1 ranked Weissbeer. I'm not sure if I like it as much or more than Paulaner, but it's pretty damn close. This beer was a tremendous thirst quencher and the sweetness worked well. Wish I had a Paulaner to sample after this. Either way, a great beer with a good price tag ($2.49) Will be a regualr of mine in the years to come.

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is great. It boasts of fruity wheat malt and hefe yeast scents. It has that banana aroma that is sweet and inviting. The taste is great also. It is crisp and sweet with a bold fruity malt/yeast flavor that finishes very refreshing. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a great hefe. So many hefes taste watered down and weak, but not this one. It has good flavor and great hefe aroma.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow straw color with a white head. The aroma is classic hefeweizen, bananas and cloves. The flavor is more of the same with banana being stronger than the clove, but both are present and work well together. Medium carbonation and a thin-medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slighty cloudy golden color with a nice big 2" head. The aroma was of wheat and banana, bit not overly strong. The flavor was much bigger as the wheat, banana, grain, citrus, and light spiciness made the tastebuds very happy. Mildly tangy.

Smooth mouthfeel with a slightly dry finish that was quite clean. Nice carbonation levels. Light and refreshing. Very enjoyable hefe that can be quaffed all day long.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden orange with yellow highlights with a finger of head that left a little lacing on the glass.

S: big banana and clove aromas with wheat malts, coriander, and slight white raisin notes. There is also slight citrus and spice scents as well.

T: the banana and clove dominate the palate first with the wheat malts pushing through alongside various grain flavors that had some spice and slight citrus accents.

M: light body with a good amount of carbonation that had a sweet, grainy, and crisp finish.

D: overall it drank very well and was good across the board and is a perfect example of the style. I'm glad I have access to it on a daily basis.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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

A - Cloudy, orange straw body. Sticky, patchy head and lacing.

S - Aromas of sweet wheat, mild bannana, clove, faint spice, and watermelon rind.

T - Mouth of chewy, sweet wheat. Mild citrus, and light, grainy bread. Chalky sweetness and mild bannana sugars. A sublime spice profile, but present. Weissbier tang, akin to acidic fruit rind, i.e. melon rind or white of the melon.

M - Great mouthfeel, silky, smooth , soft and fresh. Very clean on the palate and easy.

O - A weiss with a perfect balance of sweetness, chewy wheat, citrus and spice notes. Kind of expected from the oldest brewery in the world.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Probably the best hefeweiss I have ever had. The beer had a great balance of banana and clove in both the taste and the smell. The beer was very drinkable and could be sessioned easily. It poured a hazy yellow with nice white head that did not leave much of a lace. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall...EXCELLENT!

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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...

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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

Poured in to Sierra Nevada Kellerweis glass.

A - Light to medium yellow/orange colour with 2 to 3 generous fingers of bubbly white head.

S - Cloves, banana, citrus, bready malts and Belgian yeast.

T - Cloves, banana, lemon, bready notes.

M - Medium body wit moderate carbonation. The carbonation adds body to the beer without just bubbling. Very interesting mouthfeel.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.71/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

4.5/4.5/4.5/4/4.5

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Photo of Wasatch
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revist: 13 Aug 15
500ml Bottle

It's been many years since last I've had this brew.

Poured into a Squatters true pint glass a very nice cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a HUGE three-finger plus creamy white head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some very nice banana/clove notes. The taste is malty, yeasty, again very nice banana/clove notes. Medium body, with a slightly dry finish. Overall a very very tasty brew, glad to have it available to me, close by.

What a delight to drink. Pours a cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, nice creamy white head, tons of lacing afterwards. Scents of yeast, banana, slight hops, and clove. The taste is of slight banana, clove, slightly bitter, with a nice dry finish. Medium body, well balanced. Very drinkable, an awesome brew to at least try once in your life time, hats off to Weihenstephaner Brauerei.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.92/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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

On tap, hazy bright peach color with white head. Nice yeast esters on the aroma with the classic banana and cloves. Taste starts slightly sweet with banana and wheat, not very spiced, really fresh and easy to drink. Full bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Really good hefeweizen, fresh and easy to drink. I can see why it's considered the original classic.

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Photo of Zorro
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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