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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 2,350
Hads: 7,394
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 687
Gots: 1,308 | FT: 15
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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 rjs246
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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. (187 characters)

Photo of Eman17
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (474 characters)

Photo of JackRWatkins
3.59/5  rDev -18.6%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of gbarbee
5/5  rDev +13.4%
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 (497 characters)

Photo of Dougology
3.25/5  rDev -26.3%

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. (173 characters)

Photo of desertcom1
5/5  rDev +13.4%

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.
Cheers. (538 characters)

Photo of JR88
5/5  rDev +13.4%

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. (153 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of enjambed
2.25/5  rDev -49%

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. (1,820 characters)

Photo of JGrace4
5/5  rDev +13.4%

By far the best beer I've ever had. The head is thick and lasts for several minutes. Although it is rather expensive, $17 for a pint on tap or around $13 for a 6-pack, it is well worth the price. (197 characters)

Photo of TimZebGir
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%

The reinheitsgebot
Nixed wheat in 1516
I say f*ck those guys

A: Golden and clear, INCREDIBLY highly carbonated, drizzled yeasty bottom on top of head, and it stayed there for like...ever (3/3)
S: Wheaty spice dominates: a little clove and banana, but mostly sweet fruitiness (9/12)
T: Light flavor (not too sweet, not too bitter), but with a good deal of spice, and a fruit basket that comes in waves: red apple and banana mostly (17/20)
M: VERY bubbly and wet, but a dry finish(5/5)
O: This is a wheat beer. Arguably the best wheat beer ever. It’s amazing to see a wheat beer not trying to be something else (apricot wheat, raspberry wheat, cherry wheat) and really pulling it off. The powerful flavors in this beer (and their Vitus, too) convinced me that wheat beers are not weak girly drinks. They can be full-bodied and spicy, too. (8/10)
42/50 (856 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Purchased at the LCBO for around $3.80 or so. Served at around 4deg C in a draught glass

A- 4.0- Opens well and pours a ton of white head that is gone in 3mins. Unfiltered

S- 3.75- Nice coriander. Good light fruitiness

T- 4.25- Pretty good. Very enjoyably light. Traditional white beer.

M- 4.0- Very light and carbonated.

O- 4.0- Nice white beer. Worth trying again if I see it

Food Pairing

This nice white beer went well with....... Pizza with pineapple, hot peppers and pepperoni.

Enjoy!! (501 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the first import beers I have had and it was one of the best beers I have had.

A - Cloudy light golden color. Fluffy white head. Superior lacing.

S - Plenty phenolic-clove character with grainy, bready, with some banana.

T - Nice phenolic profile but doesn't overpower with accompanying grainy and soft banana tones. No distinct bitterness or hops and seems soft on the tongue but not too sweet. Even with the complex flavors still tasty and drinkable

M - Light to medium which is perfect for the style. High carbonation that is stylistic and lends to the crispness and drinkability.

Overall, the quintessential hefeweizen not too much anything but a great blend of all of the attributes of a hefeweizen. If you are just starting to get into better beers and have never tried a hefe or maybe you tried one and didn't like it this is a good one to get back up on the horse with.

Glass- Traditional wheat glass (924 characters)

Photo of Jason_the_Argonaut
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

I'm new to beer reviewing, so beer with me, lol. A: Golden Yellow slightly cloudy, with a big white creamy head that offers nice lacing while drinking. N: The aroma is an excellent balance of hops and fruit that leaves your mouth asking for more. T: Wheat malts, tropic fruits, light spices, quite dry and hoppy. P: Doesn't leave much behind on the palate but is nicely carbonated. O: I enjoyed this beer very much. It was refreshing and has become one of my favorite Hefeweizen. It is a very good after dinner beer, due to not being filling or heavy. A must have if you enjoy wheat beers. (589 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%

Nose: banana and bread with a hint of clove
Pours a relatively clear amber for a Hefeweizen and sports an enormous 3" finely bubbled white foam cap that persists and generates fine lace.
Offers a rich creamy clove spiced banana bread palate with a touch of sweetness throughout
Medium full body and very effervescent. (317 characters)

Photo of LeRose
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Bottled, poured into a wheat beer glass.

Appearance - outstanding. Very lightly cloudy, orange-ish color with a massive, white foamy head that dies down quickly but remains fed by a steady stream of bubbles.

Smell - immediate hit of banana, mild clove spiciness, some light citrus notes more towards the orange/lemon. Hints of bread - wheat bread, specifically. Pleasant, sets the expectation.

Taste - right in line with the smell. A very slight acidity to balance out the ample sweetness of the beer. Found the banana dominant at times, but overall nice balance between the sweetness, fruit flavors, very slight spiciness, and light pepper notes on the finish. Almost no bitterness.

Mouthfeel - very lively but smooth at the same time. Slightly coats the tongue, a little tingle from the carbonation, but nice body. Minimal aftertaste - very clean, light, refreshing.

Overall - an outstanding beer that delivers on all fronts and does not disappoint. Easy drinking, complex enough to warrant attention but not so complex as to be confusing. Except for the banana coming to the front once in a while, I didn't think any flavor was particularly dominant. All of the flavors were balanced and smooth, contributing to the overall flavor without being "over the top". Great brew! (1,282 characters)

Photo of bwood06
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%

On tap in a pint glass

A - Orangish gold in color. Cloudy from the beer being unfiltered. Very thin head. 4.25/5

S - Dried bananas, cloves, and an undertone of earthiness. Slight note of sourness. 4.25/5

T - Dried bananas pervades throughout the flavor profile. Cloves. No real lingering bitterness. 4/5

M - Coats the tongue nicely and is somewhat chewy. Moderate carbonation. 4.25/5

O - Very refreshing beer. Reflects the style very nicely. Would gladly order this beer again, although I think I will try ordering a bottle next time in order to have a better head on the beer. 4/5 (599 characters)

Photo of Sathanas
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

The only thing you need to know about Weihenstephaner is that it's the most important beer on this planet. This is what all wheat beers will inspire to be until the end of time. (178 characters)

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%

Aroma is largely clove-like with some banana and a touch of bread dough. Off-white head is large and frothy; body is a cloudy amber. Flavor is more spicy than sweet with clove and some peppercorn; there is some banana sweetness, a touch of bitterness, and a trace of alcohol. Body is medium-light with spritzy carbonation and a good carbonic bite.

Surprisingly complex for a German wheat—others I've had tend to rely more on sweetness and smoothness, while this one punctuates the flavor with peppery and bitter qualities that give it a more mature character. I appreciate that the balance is towards the spicy qualities with fruity sweetness in support, and that the otherwise sour yeastiness is effectively masked. (721 characters)

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 MOVERTON1284
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have grown out of this style, but I really enjoyed this beer for a while in 2012-2013. Just a great drinking beer that is super smooth and easy to drink. (155 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)

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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