Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 2,330
Hads: 7,314
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.39%
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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 dank203
4/5  rDev -9.3%

lot of banana and bubblegum type aromas with a big peppery, lime and citrus peel bite on the palate. load of carbonation with clean finish. very intensely flavored without overpowering and burning the palate. (210 characters)

Photo of anthony23cippy
5/5  rDev +13.4%

Poured from pint bottle into pint glass, pours a dark yellow color with a 3 finger foam head of an off white color, ok lacing. Smells of wheat, clove, and bananas, with hints of lemon and vanilla. Tastes a lot like banana with a slightly vanillaish after taste. Mouth feel is light to medium bodied, with the perfect amount of carbonation. Overall it is an excellent beer and one of my favorites that I've had to date! (418 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a standard pint glass, because that's all that was available. Moderate hand. Label is stamped 0214. Enjoyed this on multiple occasions, but never reviewed.

A: 4.5 Cloudy, deep golden-orange body with a small amount of visible sediment that quickly dissolved/settled. 2+ fingers of thick, just off-white head. Good retention. Light lacing.

S: 4.5 Big wheat scents here - major banana and clove. The latter is especially pronounced with this one. Yeasty spice. A touch of strawberry, vanilla, orange. Hay. Coriander.

T: 4.25 Earthy spice initially followed by the development of wheat-fueled sweetness, bready notes and fruit. Enough hops arrive to perfectly balance things out and it finishes semi-dry. Minimal alcohol presence.

M: 4.25 Moderate to high carbonation with a slightly above average body for the style. A tad prickly, but nicely palate coating.

O: 4.25 Great hefe, for sure. Not my all-time favorite, but not many others I've had truly compete.

Prost! (1,033 characters)

Photo of jakewatt135
4.5/5  rDev +2%

Huge great banana and clove flavor in this one. A little more subdued on the clove than other hefeweizens I've had, but it is still there. Overall the best hefe I've had so far. (177 characters)

Photo of Markiboy
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Had this out of a bottle:

Lovely thick head. Golden/amber liquid deliciousness. As others have said, the carbonation is perfect because you neither notice it or not notice it, if you know what I mean? Lots of weissbiers can be totally flat and so you notice the lack of carbonation but this one is perfect.

When I started with this one, I was comparing it to the Hoegaarden Wit-Blanche, since that is obviously a very good standard of beer in itself. Imo, I thought the head was better, the carbonation better, the taste better and all round drinkability better. And I really like the Hoegaarden, too!

This beer is just so smooth, tasty and drinkable that I found myself polishing it off in no time. I kept sniffing at it and holding it up to the light in between sips and then lingering over the sips, so as to prolong the enjoyment of the sip. I could sit and drink 10 of these and probably still want more. For a hot summer's day, you'll find it difficult to find a better beer (alternating in rounds between this and the Rothaus Pils would probably be close to nirvana)! (1,079 characters)

Photo of Renaissance_Man
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Last beer of the night - Sunday session at World of Beer UCF. There is not much more I can add to the body of knowledge about this beer except:
If you like hefeweizn and have not drunk it then you must place it at the top of your drinking list.
If you like American Wheats and want to expand your horizons then this is the beer for you.
Weihenstephaner the Rolls Royce of Beer.
Actually, I can see a Vitus looking longingly out of the fridge ... (445 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%

Had on-tap at Bier Garden Asheville. Served in a pint glass.

A- Pours a hazy dark amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of sheer surface foam.

S- Bright, effervescent and somewhat sweet. High yeast presence with notes of banana and bubble gum.

T- Straightforward yeasty flavor brings notes of banana and coriander. Extremely drinkable and quite tasty. Lots of wheat with minimal bitterness.

M- Milky texture with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Good stuff and I haven't revisited this one in years but I also had the Vitus recently and I prefer that Inez's intensity of flavor. (720 characters)

Photo of JLaw55
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pinnacle of the Hefeweizen style. This is the one that all others should be judged by. Really nothing more to say than absolute perfection.

Would absolutely seek out and purchase again. (190 characters)

Photo of Antnego
4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy medium amber with thick head and moderate lacing; smell is of umami, bananas, cloves, fruity pebbles; taste is alternatively umami, like soy sauce and fruity, with bananas and cloves coming through. There is a bready, wheaty backbone that ties the flavors together. Very smooth and low in bitterness, this beer is definitely on the sweet side. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. Overall, the archetypal hefeweizen; this is the standard all other wheat beers are to be judged by. (495 characters)

Photo of DenverHopHead
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Weizen glass.
Appearance - stunning; hazy yellow with a storm of carbonation bubbles that build a towering pillow white head! Decent lacing on the glass.
Smell - banana bread, cloves and a subtle honey sweetness that is really pleasing!
Taste - mirrors the nose and delivers very refreshing flavor!
Feel - light, but very balanced; silky smooth finish!
Overall - a clearly well crafted and delicious hefeweizen! (441 characters)

Photo of Premo88
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into wheat beer glass

L: murky/cloudy yellow-orange yellow; huge fluffy head of white to off-white foam, a full 2 inches tall and so thick it looks like it's never going to fully dissipate; clears up enough (and quickly) to show hundreds of bubbles flying up the column ... holy cow is it awesome! you'd think the bottom of this glass was scored with a CO2 nucleation point, but it's not -- this brew is that carbonated; the head doesn't stick or lace much, but man is it a pretty beer

S: sweet citrus banana-clove mixed with more sugar ... very sweet, at times like bubble gum ... banana-flavored bubble gum; some grain shows through at times but just barely; wheat bread

T: follows the nose with just a pinch of tartness added; banana, clove, orange/lemon citrusy, sweetness throughout, some grain

F: light by still full ... so bubbly but still soft enough to remain super drinkable ... yeah, it's perfect

O: boy is it good ... loads and loads of wheat sweetness with just enough of a tart note to keep it from becoming too sweet; a brew I will revisit over and over and a definite standard I will use to measure other hefeweizens (1,160 characters)

Photo of henkmudi
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gold, clear yellow, white long lasting head, thick and tasty. Smells like rum from barrels, vanilla at first and wheat and fruits later. Lots of hops, cigars and tobacco. Sweetness of grains, bitterness of yeast. Cinnamon, barley, avocado, all in finish. Gold medal, and probably best wheat beer in the world. (309 characters)

Photo of Reegze79
4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The quintessential German hef. Strong head on the pour due to the intense carbonation; the head levels off nicely after about 5 min. Clear, golden straw color. Intense banana / clove smell that carries over perfectly to the taste. Clean, crisp with a slightly sweet finish. Refreshing. The perfect beer when you are hangin' on the porch on a lazy 85 degree summer afternoon. Truly outstanding. (393 characters)

Photo of atv518
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Before I tried Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, I had tried a few other Hefeweizens (Sierra Nevada Hefeweizen, Franziskaner...But by far this was, and still is, my favorite. I would recommend this to anyone wanting to try something besides crappy Bud Light or Budweiser.

@ATV0518 (279 characters)

Photo of BeerMeTexas
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the great Weissbiers of the world. The import is filtered more than what you would drink in Freising, Germany but it is very smooth and very pleasing. It has more body than Spaten and is more wheaty than Rhineland lagers. This is the beer of Bavaria. (257 characters)

Photo of Justin8mypants
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Hazy golden brew with a nice 2 finger head that dissipates into some nice web by lacing.

S- Lots of clove, banana, citrus especially lemon, wheat and yeast

T- Still lots of citrus, a slight sweetness, and a very slight after taste of hops

M- some nice biting carbonation that is very refreshing and compliments the beer extremely well.

O- Not a huge Hefeweizen drinker but I will definitely be buying this again. Great for warm weather or if you are on the mood for a nice lighter bodies beer. Absolutely fantastic. (522 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

appearance- golden yellow with an extremely slight amber hue in the middle. Foamy, two finger head produced.

aroma- sweet notes of wheat, orange/banana

Taste- Very similar to nose and par for the course with the expected hefe flavors. Where this is unique is that there is a slight vanilla flavor that melds perfectly with the creamy texture of the beer.

Feel- As stated before this has a great creamy texture, while being clean and incredibly drinkable.

Overall- Great beer and certainly one of, if not, the best Hefe's I've tried so far. The vanilla creaminess aspect definitely separates this from the pack. (95/100) (623 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an IPA glass.

Look: Cloudy rusted wheat body. Pure white head with great retention and spots of lacing.

Aroma: A lot of wheat, malts, banana, and even faint strawberry or other tart fruits.

Taste: Very grainy and malty up front. The banana is subdued and there is a pleasant spiciness I find in the taste.

Mouthfeel: A bit bright, carbonated.

Overall: Just absolutely solid. (392 characters)

Photo of byronic
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy yellow with shades of gold. Forms a very nice head which very slowly dissipates leaving some very nice lacing.

Very nice mixture of wheat and citrus, lemon stands out.

Well balanced flavours of wheat and lemon. Incredibly easy drinking and flavourful.

Smooth bordering on creamy, medium carbonation with a very smooth finish.

Very nice for a lighter beer, complex while very enjoyable and refreshing. (419 characters)

Photo of mrjez
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

No need for a description, just to say that it's a flawless hefeweizen. It's spot on in every facet, the perfect representation of the style. Feels heavenly in the mouth, goes down wonderfully. My local supermarket stocks these now, it's gonna be a happy summer. (262 characters)

Photo of KDHicks1958
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, recommended from the Spec's in Bee Cave, thanks!

Cloudy dark yellow, shading into orange, amazing head on this beer.

Malt, lemon, and a hint of clove on the nose. I really like aroma of this beer.

Lemon, clove, spices in the mouth. It tastes as good as it smells.

I'm a little spoiled, since I live in Austin, and we can get Live Oak Hefeweizen on tap in a lot of places here. So, I was a little hesitant to buy this one, but I wanted a hefe, and the guy at Specs said this is the best they have. I still like Live Oak better, but just by a hair. I have seen a number of reviews that rated this beer down a bit, and I would say that something you might do is let it warm up a bit. I started this one at fridge temp, and wasn't really that impressed at first. However, I was called away for a bit, and when I came back the beer had warmed up to probably upper forties, or even higher in temp, and it was AMAZING. It really opened up and a lot of flavor came out. (982 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.69/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I approached this offering with reverence and an open mind. I respect that this is considered one of the bets beers in the world but my sense that hefes are a pretty bland style might be hard to overcome.

Poured a light yellowish copper with two big fingers of head that pretty quickly dissipated down to a thin film. This offering was quite effervescent. The nose has notes of wheat and funky yeast. The flavor follows the nose.

I tried to like this beer but there is just nothing special here. It may be the best hefe made but that makes it the king of a pretty tiny hill. (577 characters)

Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.91/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy, orangish yellow color in a weizen glass with a really nice head that leaves a little lacing on the glass as it disappears.

Smell is excellent. I get that classic hefeweizen smell of clove, and other spices as well as the wheat malts.

Taste is right on target, just as you would suspect from the great smell. I get the spices and wheat malts. Best beer I have ever tasted!

Mouthfeel is great. Good carbonation that really cleanses the pallet.

Overall, really excellent beer. I have only been rating beers a few months but this one is my favorite so far. If you want a good wheat beer you should give this one a try. (637 characters)

Photo of Phigg1102
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I see how this is the standard for a Hefe. Pours pale orange, with moderate head and quickly receding lace patterns. Aroma is truly outstanding! Orange, banana, and great wheat aromas, very well balanced. Taste follows with cloves, grass and slightly sour yeast flavors. Very smooth finish and great after taste. (312 characters)

Photo of brurevu
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a hazy straw yellow with a significant fluffy white head that just kept going and going which hinted at bottle conditioning. The aroma was classic hefe with the clove spice and banana yeast. The taste followed with the full bodied banana yeast and spices floating on top of a grainy wheat base. There was practically no perceptible bitterness to be found just Hefe heaven. The mouthfeel had a perfect amount of body and thickness to be a substantial and satisfying drink. Despite the fullness I found the beer to be refreshing while not sacrificing the full flavor of the hefeweizen. The Weihenstephaner really nails the style. A perfect Hefe. (659 characters)

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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