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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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 ChrisCage
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A- This pours an opaque golden/yellow color that is beautiful to look at. The head starts out 3 fingers thick and eventually settles into a meringue like puffy cloud that is still around 1 finger over the Ale....color is super white. The carbonation is much too hard to tell in looks and I can say that the lacing is very modest at best. Still....a very nice looking brew overall!

S- Bananas and yeasty bread is first and foremost on the nostrils, with backing spices of cloves and a peppery note blended in there as well. There are also notes of Lemon and orange citrus zest and sweet caramel malts. The finish has just a hint of hop bitterness and is rather clean and refreshing smelling!

T- Refreshing citrus flavors take over the palate, as opposed to the aromas. Background flavors of baking spice is noted as well.....cloves, nutmeg and a muted peppery warmth balance out the sweet caramel/toffee malts. The finish is of unmalted grains and is very clean and refreshing. The peppery flavors noted linger on the palate with just a hint of heat.

M/O- Solid medium bodied beer with an immaculate carbonation that just blends so well for this style....it's assertive and the way it explodes on the palate really allows the flavors to burst with great intensity! The drinkability factor is perfect and this deserves to be in the top tier of German Hefeweizens.....I could enjoy this all night long without getting tired of it! I will most definitely get this one again!

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Photo of Sintech
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500ml Bottle.

Appearance - Murky golden hue.

Smell - Bready citrus.

Taste - Banana, cloves, citrus and bread.

Mouthfeel - Medium attenuation. Crisp.

Overall - Very good Hefe.

Grade (B+)

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Cloudy pale gold look with a few specks of yeast floating around.
Smell - Yeasty, bready and a slight citrus hint. Some banana too.
Taste - Spicy notes with banana and bready yeast. Finish with a spice taste that reminds me of clove but with the perception of heat from the carbonation.
Feel - Carbonated and close to a medium feel. Not light but not medium either.
Overall - A great beer that is easily drinkable.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Although this is a hefe, which ultimately translates to: 'with yeast', the appearance is not nearly as cloudy as say a Franziskaner Hefe or any hefeweizen. Likewise, the notes of banana and clove are very subtle comparatively. Great head, in line with it's style, and an exceptional body make this an EXTREMELY DRINKABLE hefe for even those of the fainter heart which usually yield to the banana/clove characteristics. You really can depend on anything from 'the world's oldest operating brewery, to produce the most drinkable and enjoyable of alcoholic beverages true to their style!

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Photo of barnzy78
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500mL bottle, I've had this one many times, I'm surprised I never reviewed it
A - huge off-white head holds good retention atop a very hazed golden body
S - banana, clove, wheat, bready yeast, faint lemon zest
T - classic German Hefeweizen flavors, great balance between the above mentioned aromas
M - light-to-medium body, higher carbonation, fairly clean finish
O - a favorite in the style category for me. I've always loved this one.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at Republic a few weeks ago and wondered what was wrong -- a little too much banana and the mouthful was off -- but yesterday, had it from a 500 ml bottle into a weizen glass, and this was the near-perfection that I remember from past trips to Germany. Huge beautiful head, good but a little faint on the nose, perfect balance between yeast, spices and fruit...absolutely brilliant.

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Photo of Malt_Man
3.71/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served cool from 500ml bottle into Schneider weissebier glass. Drink by date of 6th July 2015. Assuming a best-by period of 1 year, this was brewed 3 weeks ago, so pretty fresh.

L) Medium orangish-yellow colour. Cloudy, although not opaque. Looks quite fizzy. 1cm dense white head.

S) Light sweetish caramel with a bit of light cloves.

T) Taste follows the nose, flavour is light with a good side of caramel sweetness. Banana-clove flavour is there, but is light. Chewy marshmallow tones. Ends up with a more open citrus-edged finish.

F) Fizzy, light with the clovey taste giving some weight. No bitterness.

O) Well well well. Had this one straight after a Franziskaner, and this in my opinion is the more subtle but frankly less tasty pretender. Having said that it is a tasty refreshing drink and it would be dumb to say otherwise. Good, but in my opinion not in the top tier of weizens.

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Photo of dd43
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is what a world class hef tastes like. Greater complexity than the also great Franziskaner. I wish I could get the Live Oak interpretation but sadly they don't distribute outside of Texas.

Banana, clove, you know the deal with a Hefeweizen. What sets this apart is the execution. Beautiful mouthfeel, great fruity chew to it. Carbonation is perfect, looks like a dream in the glass. Head is abundant and lasts a good long while. Improves as it warms up, which is true of almost no American versions of this style. People who swear off the hef because they've never had a proper Bavarian need to better educate their palates before calling it a day.

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug because unfortunately I don't have a weizen glass.

A: Pours a picture perfect cloudy golden color with a dense, creamy, 2 finger head of white foam. After a minute or 2 the foam settles to a crown that caps the beer perfectly. A decent amount of lacing is left clinging to the sides of the glass.

S: Aromas of clove and baked banana bread, with a good amount of spice. Some fruity yeast esters and biscuity malts also coming out. A hint of white pepper as the beer warms.

T: There is a refreshing flavor of clove and banana bread with a light spiciness. Biscuity malts and a faint amount of fruity yeast esters. This beer has a somewhat strong phenolic character.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation and a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Semi dry on the finish.

O: Overall I thought this was a good beer with interesting flavors of clove and banana. It was crisp and refreshing, and would be a nice thirst quencher on a hot summer day. This could be a pretty versatile beer to pair with a variety of different foods. I would surely drink this again.

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Photo of leantom
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can't wait to review this classic. Here goes:

A: Only drawback concerning the beer. Hazy orange-yellow. Head and lacing, like the appearance, aren't very adequate either. Good effervescence, though.

S: Very complex. Lots of wheat and yeast impart scents of banana, clove, coriander, and white pepper. Almost like a Belgian tripel.

T: Follows the nose. The beer is suffused with banana and coriander. Very sweet and spicy. Love the yeast profile.

F: Alright. Can't complain.

O: A very well-made beer.

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Photo of Dvbruce
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Rousing. Initially arrested at the honey brown look. Lemonly
, sweet yeast jumps out of the glass ans settles nicely on the palette. My favorite wheat beer. I'm already picturing my visit to this Bavarian bistro.

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Photo of DanTBK
4.87/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is the beer than any weissbier should look up to. Drinks as delicious as it smells. Perfect balance of flavors, with the typical banana flavor expected from a hefe. Absolutely a world class beverage.

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Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle code 8125 so bottled March 8, 2015.

Very cloudy beer, classic German yeast with light banana notes. Went perfectly with my fire roasted sausages.

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Photo of PorterPro125
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type: 500 mL Bottle

A- Pours a Hazy, Pale yellow that is topped by a lumpy, white head. The head has incredible retention and leaves behind lots of lacing.

S- Banana, crisp apple, light orange, clove/coriander, and a light, grassy hop to finish.

T- The taste is more or less the same. Classic Hefe characteristics but done so incredibly well that it seems like a new experience.

M- Thick and wicked smooth. Moderate-Low Carbonaton.

O- I believe that Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier is easily the best Traditional Hefe I've ever had. There are no experimental flavours and no additional BS. Just a solid, classic Hefe look, aroma, taste, and body that is an extreme pleasure to experience.

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Photo of Zonk
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The quintessential wheat beer. Pours a hazy golden color with rich head. Banana and clove aromas are prominently featured. A definite yeasty characteristic on the palate.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy, yellow, gold, with a ton of head that lingers

S: Banana and clove. Subtle though.

T: Very much like drinking a banana. Delicious. The real deal.

F: A little chewy with moderate carbonation.

Not a big fan of the style, but when drinking the real thing, everything changes. This is top notch.

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Photo of jws7968
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying that this is not my choice of beer styles. I was recently on vacation, looked at the rating and decided to give it a try. Some of my rating is based on the comment made by my wife when she said, "That's REALLY good!!!

Brown/gold, a nice foam on top.

Smelled a little like banana, maybe some orange and other spices.

Tastes about the same with some flavors I couldn't identify.

Feel is velvety and thick.

Overall, I liked thought this was probably the best hefe I have ever had.

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Photo of ralph-pine
4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good beer, however, I must confess that was below my expectations. Smell and taste of lemon and sweet orange. Lacks character and persistence in the mouth is not exceptional.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a hazy golden color. Excellent head retention. Nose has a classic punch of banana, with maybe a bit of orange peel as well. Taste is clean, emphasizing the bready aspects of the beer more than the fruity. Refreshing a classic.

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Photo of EricVonStein
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours brownish gold, totally opaque with a thick three inches of foam. Looks good!

fruits, yeast, and bananas on the nose. baking spices too, and come orange peel. Nose has got it all, good stuff!

flavour is overripe peaches and orange with banana all over. Lots of spices like coriander in the mix. The taste of the yeast is strong and bready, really nice and thick. At the end there is a punch of fruit, like applejuice almost. finish is whole grains.

mouthfeel is velvety and thick, like a good hefe should be.

Overall, great hefe with all the notes hit in a great balance. Its particularly heavy on the fruit flavours but still stays balanced and full. I prefer the strong yeast flavours and big banana - Ayinger is still my #1 hefe - but this is a beauty piece of work all the way around!

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Photo of VTR
3.36/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The typical notes of banana and bubblegum but lacked the crispness and flavor that I was expecting. While this was good it was not thoroughly impressed maybe because for me it lacked the crispness I was expecting. I would purchase this again but not as my first choice.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a pint bottle.

A: Pours a murky golden honey color with two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is insane, lacing is prominent and incredibly beautiful.

S: Sweet malts, banana, clove, honey, white pepper, wheat, apple, a slight citrus, and some grassy earthy hops.

T: Sweet malts, sweet bread, clove. banana, honey, citrus, herbal spices, and earthy hops. This is what a Hefeweizen should taste like.

M: Light bodied, mid-to high carbonation, incredibly smooth. Truly enjoyable to drink.

O: An absolute world-class phenomenal brew. The best Hefeweizen I have had so far. I highly recommend this beer to every BA. I have definitely earned my frequent drinker miles on this German classic.

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Photo of aleigator
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful, hazy, sunny, peach pulp color, with a dense, stable head.

Smells of ripe banana, red apple skin, together with grassy hops and white pepper. Banana shines through beautifully, while balanced by the hops and a coppery whiff, remaining the beers enjoyable balance.

Drinks incredibly smooth, carried by soft yeast, feels utmost silk on the palate, while providing enough carbonation to create an refreshing impression.

Begins with cakey malts, clove, honey and a fantastic yeast smoothness, establishing the beers world-class mouthfeel. While the spices are prominent, they do get tamed by earth, a glimpse of oak and the grassy, slightly herbal hops. Finishes with young banana, more clove and honey, while the hops provide a pleasant, refreshing herb presence.

The interplay between noteable carbonation and euro hops turns out great, as the beer don't need no bitter hop punch to balance the sweeter spices, but uses the metallic qualities from the carbonation to create a short, refreshing burn, taming the sweeter ingredients of the brew. As easy as this drinks, as convincing is the beers receipt, showcasing a truly well made Weissbier, which leaves a refreshing, perfectly balanced impression on the palate.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle purchased from Whole Foods and poured into a stemmed Spiegelau Pilsner glass. Really nice beer but thought it a little thin with somewhat less flavor than I expected. Would definitely drink it again but would rather have an Allagash White or St. Bernardus Witbier.

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Photo of oceanman907
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is the perfect Bavarian beer. Just all of the classic flavors here and really this is the beer that wheat beers are based off of. Sweet clove, banana flavors. Rich wheat body. Really fantastic and worth a swill, even though it is everywhere you look

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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