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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 2,367
Hads: 7,481
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 17.95%
Wants: 707
Gots: 1,375 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 01-22-2001

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.
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Photo of UKBeerman
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is flat out one of my favorite beers. I am a huge fan of the style, so I am a little biased. When it comes to Hefeweizen I feel this is one that others should be compared to. Great body, aroma, and flavor. Top of the class!

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Photo of Weisenbeer
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This tastes like a German Biergraden. It's top notch and arguably the best of its style. Plus, relatively easy to find at my local specialty grocer.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance : yeast galore! Tall head covers 90% of the pint glass and only 6 oz have been poured. So yeah great head, slightly hazy orange glow with beautiful sediment floating around.

Aroma : yeast, fresh baked bread, spicy citrus and clean hop leaf. Very crisp and pleasant smell.

Flavor : wheat, banana, orange, fruit salad, with lots of zip and warmth, just so perfect it's hard to describe really. It's so blissful.

Mouthfeel : creamy, dense, crisp, zippy.

Overall : One of my top 5 beers now. Seriously amazing.

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Photo of arvidkoval
3.72/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice hazy appearance. Not sure how to describe the smell on this one. Predominant banana flavor. Nice light body. Best hef in recent memory. I will definitely be revisiting this one on a hot summer day.

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Photo of woutervaneijk
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely amazing Hefeweiss. Beautiful hazy shade of straw with hints of orange in a classic Weihenstephaner pint glass with a nice layer of creamy head on top. Taste is as good as it gets in my opinion. Creamy, sweet, but not too much, fortunately, and overall just amazing. Drank a few at Prater biergarten while on my trip to Berlin and just the great memories of Weihenstephaner together with some nice Bratwurst make me want to go back.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.92/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer is as close to perfection as it gets! Pours a murky straw yellow with hints of orange sunset. Massive finger length head retains throughout, the lace creamy and sticky! Aroma has a pleasant fruity ester, with a prominent orange rind feel as well as yeasty tones. Wonderful taste, simple but flavorful in all of its elements, citric with hints of lemon and orange, wheat, and yeast and a slightly dry finish. Great feel; creamy, smooth, light body. A lively carbonation is ever present.
This is so drinkable, I feel I could have like three of these in a row! Crisp and refreshing! Will have again and again and again!

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Photo of Johnlikeshefe
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My example of the perfect beer! An exceptional balance of Bavarian Hefe flavors and smoothness. This is where the bar is set for Bavarian-style Hefeweizen.

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier bottle into a weissbier glass:

Appearance: A cloudy yellowish, yeasty luminescent color topped by a three finger-width white head that leaves decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma: A light fruity fragrance with slight clove accents.

Taste: More carbonation than a Franziskaner, with a tangy, fruity aftertaste that does not disappoint.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, some carbonation on the tongue and creaminess.

Overall: This is a very good Hefeweizen, not quite as good as a Franziskaner, in my opinion, but definitely up there.

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Photo of DarthVorador
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An exceptional brew, & best ever Hefeweizen! Pours a cloudy pale gold, HUGE off white head. Smells of bananas & malt. Taste follows the nose with a twang of wheat & a slight spiciness of clove, but PERFECTLY balanced. Simply THE BEST hefeweizen on the planet.

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Photo of timontheroad
4.59/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a half-liter weissbier glass. Produced a nice 3-finger fluffy white head, very persistent, the head lasted a good five minutes and left some very nice lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass. The beer is a golden yellow color, thick and hazy, just as a good hefeweizen should look. The aroma of this beer is huge, with wheat, cloves, malt, some light citrus and just a hint of banana. The clove flavors really shine in the taste, along with some nice citrusy notes and banana, with a very nice sweet malty backbone. The mouthfeel is very nice, medium bodied, creamy smooth on the front of the tongue, with the high carbonation adding just the perfect finish on the back of the palate. This hefe is the standard against which all other hefe's should be measured. A world-class beer at such an outstanding price - I paid about a dollar each - outstanding beer at a super-low price- sign me up!

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
5/5  rDev +13.6%

I honestly can't believe I passed this beer over based on price point for several years (4$ a pint bottle in Washington State). Glorious head that shadows a variable fruit flavored offering. I got green apple, green banana, pink grapefruit/lemon. Champagne bubbly finish. Must try.

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Photo of silverblaze540
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

A - Large amount of creamy white head. Dissipates fairly quickly. Very murky dirty orange color. Lots of carbonation.

S - Lots of wheat, some malt, hints of citrus.

T - An almost sweet front, followed by a wheaty middle. The finish is very malty.

M - Medium body with a pretty good burn for a 5.4% beer.

O - I really like the malty finish. Like most wheats, taste seems slightly on the light side for me, but it still a very pleasant taste.

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Photo of MorgothBauglir
5/5  rDev +13.6%

A: Golden haze, vigorous frothy white head.
S: Bready yeast, with banana & clove.
T: All bananas, spicey malt & a clear tartness.
M: Smooth & silky, but finishes lite.
O: IMO, the best damn Hefeweizen I EVER had! This stuff is true magic and a great credit to the "worlds oldest brewing company." I guess after nearly a thousand years though, it should be expected.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.83/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

November 8, 2014

500 ml bottle, weizen glass

A – Huge, frothy, slightly off-white head, about four inches and counting with very high retention. Medium gold color with chill haze and mild sediment haze. Beautiful.

S – Lemon spritzer, bubble gum, and banana liqueur. Very sweet. If any hop aroma, it is fruity and slightly earthy.

T – Banana is very first, highly prominent. A slight bubble gum flavor. Clove comes through slightly on the finish. Citrus is mostly on the nose but flavor is there if you look for it. No hop flavor.

M – Very juicy, all the way through. A medium body despite fairly low carbonation. Mild sweetness persists all the way through. Some effervescent bubbles in the finish.

O – Obviously one of the gold standards of the weissbier style, and I would love to drink a lot of this on a warm, sunny spring or summer day. An easy go-to beer.

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Photo of SmashPants
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: standard 500mL brown bottle, traditional German label.

Appearance: poured into a weizen glass - a cloudy pale straw with fine carbonation. A decent, creamy white head fires to an inch before settling to a solid finger.

Aroma: a combination of sweet wheat, citrus and bread. Smells of a properly traditional wheat beer.

Taste: the flavours come through more heavily in the mouth, with those citrus, banana and wehat being accompanied by apricot. A delight.

Aftertaste: the flavours linger nicely for some time. Some dryness comes through here too.

Mouth feel: moderate in feel due to the sediment cloud, with a higher carbonation. Despite the high carbonation, the feel is also quite smooth and a bit creamy, which is a rarity in a wheat beer. Lovely.

Overall: one of the better wheat beers I have had to date. A good mixture of flavours from the hefe spectrum. A well-rounded beer, and decent for an equivalent of AU$65 for a case of 24 x 330mL. What can I say - the Germans do it best.

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Photo of rjs246
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

I've ignored the fact that my local chain grocer offers this for years. Now that I've tried it I can't imagine why I put it off for so long. An excellent hefeweizen at an excellent price.

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Photo of Trombone69
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A straightforward, delicious, elegant, classic example of a Hefeweiss. Difficult to find any flaw. Just a bottle of goodness. I would highly recommend this.

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Photo of Eman17
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Yellow and orange in color and a bit cloudy, a thick three finger head with a nice white color.

S: Lots of bubble gum, banana and orange notes, easily the best part about this beer are the aromas. They really come at you and there are a lot of them.

T: Some more orange notes and banana, there is also some tanginess and bits of grain.

M: Pretty medium mouthfeel, very drinkable with some bubbly carbonation.

O: Very good hehe, very easy to drink, great overall beer.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.59/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

out of the bottle in wheat beer glass

A: beautiful, murky orange gets better clarity as it moves towards the bottom of the glass.
S:mild tartness, wheat (obviously) very pleasant
T: okay, very prominent banana, mild hint of cloves, a tinge of citrus and or lemon/orange
M:abysmal (if not consumed icecold, otherwise not problematic), too many soft notes, not sharp enough, flattens and kills the flavor of the beer, have this as cold as possible anything above freezing makes it taste flat
O:okay, this beer is very dependent on method of delivery and temperature.

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Photo of gbarbee
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dang, I think this is he best hefeweizen I have ever drank. It is deliecious and just the smell reminds of brats, kraut, and Germany. As far I can tell, this is as good as i gets.

Appearance: Translucent, hazy orange
Smell: Banana, orange, and green apple
Taste: Orange notes
Mouthfeel: Light and carbonated
Drinkability: A smooth, thirst quenching beer that brings back great memories of the drinking Hefeweizen in Germany or during the Wurstfest in New Braunfels, Texas.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Dougology
3.25/5  rDev -26.1%

The oldest brewery is automatically the best? Things change for a reason. Bought a bottle in Northern Italy. Not bad, not great. I'm also not the biggest fan of Hefeweizens.

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Photo of desertcom1
5/5  rDev +13.6%

The Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan has been brewing beer since 725 A.D. and after 1289 years probably has perfected one of the finest wheat beers in the world.

A golden-yellow wheat beer that pours of a fine white foamy head and emitting a light aroma of clove. When you slather this brew over your caliculus gustatorius (taste buds) this full bodied beer empresses a light banana flavor with a smooth yeast taste. One of my favorite wheat beers and the price is right. Cheaper than most American brewed main-stream beers.

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Photo of JR88
5/5  rDev +13.6%

This one here is really damn good haha.

Just amazing smooth/sweet/citrus/wheat flavor, with slight tartness/grains, rather light yet full at same time.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a weizen glass.
The appearance was a nice yellow to off white cloudy orange color with a thick two to three finger foamy white head. Lacing slides down the sides nicely.
The smell had a really nice yeasty to breadiness inside of a light orange - ish citrus atmosphere, reminiscent of refreshing qualities running all over.
The taste was mainly sweet and bready citrusy notes.
Crisp refreshing but not watery citrus aftertaste and sweet bready finish.
The mouthfeel was sticky sweet breadiness running over my mouth.
Overall, this is more than just a standard for a hefeweizen. In my opinion, this is the end all and be all of hefeweizens.

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Photo of enjambed
2.25/5  rDev -48.9%

Ever since I heard of Weihenstephaner, I've been eager to try it. It's only my second hefeweizen after Sierra Nevada's Kellerweiss, which I did not enjoy very much. Still eager to develop a taste for the style, I thought I would try a hefeweizen that is generally considered the best in the world. If I don't like this, I may as well give up on the style.

Serving: Undated pint bottle. The label suggests to serve this beer cold, so I got it nice and cool in the coldest part of my fridge before trying it, but made sure not to make it 'ice' cold.

Look: Fantastic. However, I poured a bit too agressively and it produced a giant, frothy, meringue-like head, that settled down eventually but still retained a wonderful shape as it settled down to a reasonable size. Color is a dense golden yellow, without any transparency.

Smell: Up front and center was that same band-aid flavor found in Kellerweiss, and it seemed to dominate-YUCK. On the positive side, there was that sweet malt distinctive to hefeweizens, and possibly the faintest bit of banana.

Taste: Pretty much band-aids and bubble gum. It was difficult to finish.

Feel: Well carbonated, as you could imagine, but almost felt creamy.

Overall: After being disappointed by Kellerweiss, I was willing to give Hefeweizens one more shot with what is arguably the benchmark of the style, but sadly ended up getting disappointed once more. I understand that it is intended for the yeasts to give off a flavor similar to this, and that many other people enjoy it, but it is just not for me, and I think it's only fair for my score to reflect my own experience with the beer. I guess I'm one of those people who are too sensitive to the yeasts/phenols for this kind of beer to be enjoyable. For now I will give up on this style, or maybe try a kristalweizen next.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 2,367 ratings.