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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 2,434 | Ratings: 7,858
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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Photo of beer488
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330 ml bottle. Color is yeasty golden haze. Thick white head and robust carbonation. I smell malt and a pleasant banana note, and spices in the background. Medium to full bodied. Tastes fruity and refreshing, with a dry finish. Very filling. One of my favorites.

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Photo of Knilas
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bread, toast, dough, banana, woody, roasty. Excellent Heffeweissbier! Best I’ve tasted so far. Very refreshing and smooth. You know you’re drinking a quality wheat as soon as you taste it! A must have, for me.

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Photo of Kevin67
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the top of the class for the style, and for good reason. Everything about this beer is perfection. As much as I enjoy it here in the states, having it fresh from the brewery on tap at the Cologne Christmas Market was a transcendental experience.

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Photo of DeweyCheatem-n-Howe
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Maybe the perfect wheat beer. I usually shy away from this style as I don't often like whatever gives it the seasoning flavor, but this beer is beautiful to look at, smells great and tastes like everything you could want in a refreshing, sweet summery beer.

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Photo of Arminius757
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great traditional hefe.
Pours a nice golden color with abut a 3 figure white, rocky head. Leaves a nice lacing for the remainder of the drink.
Full smell, colve, wheat, and some bannana.
Wonderfully balanced taste, with the above mentioned smells coming out. Great levels of carbonation.
Second best hefe I've had, and the first one was more of a craft style.

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Photo of Zet
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty carbonated for a Hefeweizen. This gives it a very lively and promising appearance when poured in the appropriate Weizen glass. The taste is just awesome. Lots of flavors (esters?) and a very smooth feeling in the mouth. A beer that lives up to its name.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy golden yellow, with a thin dense head. Slightly sour and critrusy, grassy, light bitterness, with a lightly sweet, malty and loaded of banana finish. Medium body and fizzy carbonation. Good and well balanced.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If I’m going to drink a hefe (and it’s not Live Oak’s) then it might as well be this one. Get it on draught.

I guess I don’t have much more to add to this review right now. This sure ain’t poetry.
Beer reviews can be like that sometimes.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cloudy golden color with some powerful activity. Thick foamy white sparkly 3 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with strong legs.

Sweet grains and citrus smell, a little faint. Flavors of fresh grains, lemon, orange with hints of clove and coriander. Well balanced with a pleasant rich sweet bread taste and a slightly sharp and crispy citrus and herbal feel.

Slick full body with perfect carbonation. Well intensified and short clean finish, ending with pleasant floral spices and fruity sugary banana and honey feel lingering on the tongue.

Overall an exquisite craft offering complex and delicious flavors, great freshness, extremely well balanced, accessible, and a true joy to drink!

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Photo of Kidspice
4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Man, what a beer. This is one that presents something new with each sip. I definitely found on tap to be a much more pleasing experience, but I think the bottles I've had may have been a bit elderly.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.83/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was a bit concerned at first because it smelled as if it might be a bit skunky, but fortunately that wasn't the case. Very light and relaxed flavor with an aftertaste that should lend itself to a cheesy dish. Very nice.

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Photo of ARoman
3.72/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a hefeweizen glass. The aroma is a mellow, creamy banana and vanilla with a complimentary clove and some subtle undertones of peaches. The beer is a cloudy pale with a hint of gold to it, and is topped by a creamy and frothy white head that retains well and leaves a light lace. The taste is a mellow and mild medium sweet with medium low bitterness. A creamy texture and carbonation go down smooth and easy with a medium body containing notes of fresh baked bread, banana, orange, vanilla, and a light woody clove spice that finishes clean with a lightly bitter clove and citrus zip and crispness that mellows quickly and turns over to a light oranges and nila wafers combination which stick in the aftertaste with a touch of lemon, and a lactose hint. Quite delightful.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 2,434 ratings.