Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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4.43/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
01-14-2010 22:18:33 | More by Mora2000
4.83/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
09-04-2011 05:48:40 | More by mactrail
4.38/5 rDev -0.7%
Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into my Blue Moon
a - Pours a murky golden color with high carbonation and over 3 fingers of white head with decent rentention.
s - Smells of bananas, cloves, yeast, and spice.
t - Taste is subtle bananas and maybe some other sweet fruits, as well as wheat and bready malts. Little bit of spice.
m - High carbonation and light body.
d - I thought this was a great hefeweizen. Usually not one of my favorite styles, this might be the best one I've had. Great smell and taste and very drinkable, the only thing that hurts it at all is the high carbonation. Love the fact that it is relatively cheap and easy to get at Whole Foods too. Will definitely have again and would recommend checking out.
04-14-2010 01:07:28 | More by mdfb79
4.85/5 rDev +10%
Poured cloudy golden with a foamy white head that eventually became a fairly thick lace - perfect look for this style.
The smell was clean and refreshing - banana/clove that was present but not overwhelming - with some fruity wheat and a touch of yeast aromas - very inviting.
The taste was banana and lemon with some clove mixed in. As the drink started it was on the sweeter side, but gradually became drier. Fruity wheat and yeast became more noticeable as the drink warmed.
A smooth, creamy, fruity feel was left that lingered for quite some time. Overall, this is one of the best beers I've ever had - nearly perfect - an excellent example of the style and a very enjoyable brew!
06-04-2006 18:24:55 | More by jwc215
4.33/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
11-03-2003 22:14:01 | More by Gueuzedude
4.33/5 rDev -1.8%
This, I believe, is my favorite Hefeweizen. I was pleasantly surprised--the restaurant simply called this a Weihenstephaner Lager. I didn't expect a Hefe.
Good starting head that leaves no lace. But it does settle in a rocky fashion. There's a touch of cloudiness; the liquid is pale orange-gold.
Strong wheat aroma, but I also detect some buttery smells. The rest of the nose is tart citrus.
Lemony wheat flavor with no bitterness from hop or burnt grains. It has a good mouthfeel with very fine bubbles. There's a sweet finish with a short aftertaste.
07-03-2010 00:45:44 | More by smcolw
3.7/5 rDev -16.1%
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.
08-08-2007 18:49:10 | More by Halcyondays
United Kingdom (England)
4.93/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
11-13-2007 20:22:06 | More by BlackHaddock
4.38/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
05-08-2004 10:59:47 | More by Gavage
3.43/5 rDev -22.2%
Served on draught into a .3L beer-specific glass in Berlin. Reviewed from notes.
A: Hazy blonde colour; lovely cream in a 1.5 finger head of very nice retention.
Sm: Wheat, barley, but an absence of hops. Very fresh and fizzy.
T: Wheat-ish open to wheat body with crystal hops with an off-cream finish. Well built for the style, but a but unbalanced in that it's biased towards mainly the body, to the detriment of the other two acts. Not an Aristotelian beer, if you will. (You won't).
Mf: Lovely. It's ideally coarse for a Hefeweizen, and balances wetness and dryness quite well, though it's a bit too wet.
Dr: For the price, it's certainly worth a purchase by Berlin standards. For fans of the style, it's a must-try.
03-10-2011 21:53:20 | More by kojevergas
4.38/5 rDev -0.7%
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.
02-02-2005 00:19:23 | More by GClarkage
3.88/5 rDev -12%
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.
11-28-2008 09:49:53 | More by corby112
4.53/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
12-16-2005 16:34:33 | More by weeare138
District of Columbia
4.53/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
03-28-2010 20:43:01 | More by yourefragile
4.35/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
05-21-2005 02:53:58 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.83/5 rDev -13.2%
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.
06-15-2007 02:04:39 | More by tempest
4.83/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
06-15-2009 21:33:47 | More by barleywinefiend
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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