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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

6,740 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,740
Reviews: 2,280
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 517
Gots: 787 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 01-22-2001)
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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold/pale orange in appearance, pouring an enormous, bilious white head. Aroma is shockingly fresh, floral, citrus, lemon, orange, lively, and lovely. Light and playful upon the tongue, brief finish, light body, slight texture. No lemon required, unless you're a certified lily-gilder. Refreshing as a beer can be!

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure when or where I first had this, but I've had it several times over the years, bottled and on tap.

Pale golden-yellow pour, hazy, with a tall fluffy white head; decent retention and a bit of lacing. Yeasty aroma, bready, banana esters, clovey spice, pretty much exemplary of the style. The taste reflects the nose, pale bready malts, doughy, toasted wheat, classic hefe yeast, banana and clove. Medium body, fairly smooth mouthfeel, soft carbonation. This is where you go for a no-nonsense hefeweizen.

Photo of mactrail
4.83/5  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.

Photo of MarkyMOD
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mdfb79
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of WesWes
4.43/5  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.

Photo of jwc215
4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Mora2000
4.43/5  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.

Photo of smcolw
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of InspectorBob
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of GClarkage
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.7/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.93/5  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.

Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden into a dream weaver goblet.

A - Pours hazy, bright, orange with a nice creamy half finger tall head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Lots of bready wheat and yeast, oranges, lemon, and a bit of spicy clove. The crisp citrus fruits mix well with the strong wheat core to produce a very pleasant nose.

T - Lots of chewy wheat up front, lingering thru the finish, mix well with the spicy clove and bright citrus fruits. Finish is pretty bready with most of it lingering long after consumption. Perfect beer for a warm day like today. Very nice stuff.

M - Medium-light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Chewy feel from all that wheat. Finish is a bit spicy with plenty of lingering chewiness.

D - Very good. I am not the biggest fan of hefe's but this one really does set the bar for all others. One of, if not the, best I have had. Glad I finally got to try it.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow in color with tons of visible carbonation (that keeps going and going). The beer has an enormous three finger tall dense white head that has great retention - over 50% of the head remained covering the entire surface of the beer. Moderate lacing is observed. This is an awesome looking beer.

S: This is a great smelling beer. There is a strong presence of banana and clove along with some lighter notes of citrus and something almost like bubblegum.

T: Great tasting... There is a light presence of wheat along with the banana and clove. Light hints of citrus along with just a hint of coriander.

M: Light bodied with heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly prickly on the tongue due to the high amounts of carbonation.

O: Very refreshing, very easy to drink, and very sessionable. This is a beer that I could drink all day long, oh wait... that is what I did when I was in Bavaria. This is my favorite Hefeweizen (and it is a style I really enjoy). This is delicious and a great beer.

Photo of yourefragile
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of duceswild
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,740 ratings.