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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 2,410
Hads: 7,721
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 758
Gots: 1,543 | FT: 15
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | 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 Dravin
4.76/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 0.5 L bottle into a Weihenstephaner wheat beer glass. Bottled on code is 0335 (10th Aug 2015 if I decoded correctly).

Look -- A gentle pour gives three fingers of creamy white head sitting atop a hazy pale gold body. Minimal lacing as the head just slides right back down the glass as you sip.

Smell -- Clove, banana, and bubblegum atop bready wheat notes. Yeast and apricot notes are also present in the background.

Taste -- Taste like it smells.

Feel -- Lively carbonation combine with a thick body to create a creamy mouthfeel.

Overall -- You'll be hard pressed to find a better hefeweizen.

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4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

notes from Sept 2011 - "pretty good" - I'd drink this all day. Nice color. I love these style beers, so I'm easily impressed. Had at the Bronx Ale House.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Looks beautiful. Pours a hazy, late summer afternoon golden yellow with three fingers of whipped eggwhite head that leaves a solid foothill landscape of lace as it recedes.

Smells of clove, banana chips, faint bubblegum and lemon zest.

Tastes of white bread, more clove and dry banana, lemonade, light crisp apple and faint white pepper.

Feels lovely. Body is medium-light with fuzzy, relaxing carbonation. Finishes clean, dry and refreshing.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Believe everything you've heard.

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

Pours in orange color with about 1 finger of frothy white head. Aromas of banana, bubblegum, clove, cinnamon, yeast. Taste is similar with banana, clove, and a very yeasty finish. Mouthfeel is light, very carbonated, and refreshing.

A classic German Hefe that is true to style.

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

My fridge is stuffed with all manner of IPAs, stouts, porters, pale ales, barrel aged offerings and the rest...but this is the only hefeweizen you'll find in there. The best. World class. Delicious, beautiful, clean, crisp and easy to drink. It's a damn near perfect style representation - banana, cloves, nut, malt, wheat, apricot and some peach. Surprisingly affordable and available. Lucky for us!

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Photo of puck1225
3.77/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wondering if I got an old bottle, good beer but not great. I was expecting great. Poured into a pint, cloudy yellow color with thin head and light lacing. Smell was subdued but floral. Taste was again more subdued than expected, faintly of cloves and banana. I will need to try it again, but buy a bottle at another store.

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Photo of SMZBrew
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-This beer has a nice hazy golden color. The head is about 2 inches at pour and settles at about half an inch. Decent head retention with minimal lacing. This is a great looking beer and filled out my weizen glass perfectly!

S-Smell is very yeasty with hints of citrus and orange peel.

T-Perfect example of what hefeweizen beer should be. Balanced with a solid citrus note and mild sweetness. Great spice flavor on the back end with a barely noticeable bitterness. The finish is refreshing and clean. I love the lingering spices on the palate.

M-Lots of carbonation in a good way with a medium body. Easy to drink beer.

O-I am a big fan of hefeweizen beers. For my money it doesn't get much better than this one. Definitely my go-to on a hot summer day or when I just want a beer without thinking too much about it.

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Photo of PCole
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy and unfiltered, gold to amber. Poured a thick head, around one inch. Head dissipates quickly, and left little to no lacing.

Smell: Banana and clove, spice and yeast. Everything you'd expect; and I mean that in the best way. If you're drinking this, you most likely have a good idea of what you're in for and it doesn't disappoint.

Taste: Imagine liquefied banana bread with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Unmistakable Hefe flavors. Pleasant aftertaste that satisfies between tastes.

Feel: Fairly carbonated, medium to light mouthfeel. Deceiving amount of creaminess capable of coating the mouth that lingers well beyond the initial impression.

Overall: Very drinkable, and at 5.40% it can go the distance. A worthy standard by which other beers of its nature should be compared.

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Photo of OlaB
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: hazy gold color ,clearly unfiltered ,give a big top of foam when i pour it in the glass.
S: Yeast,flowers,banana,spices . A very sweet smell
T:Very smooth and fruity flavour, very similar to the smell
F: Carbonation is high, the beer is full of flavours and very creamy.and so refreshing. This is a delicioius Hefeweiss
O: This is a delicious beer, this beer gives all it promises in the look and smell when you taste it. a world class beer.

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Photo of Spike
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love wheat beers, and this is a gem.

Cloudy, golden, yellow colour with huge, dense head that recedes to a 1mm white cap. Some lacing.

The nose is quite subtle for a wheat beer. Plenty of spice and citrus but not overwhelming.

Tons of wheat, yeast, clove & citrus but perfectly balanced and eminently drinkable. So smooth. So refreshing.

Awesome mouthfeel. Coats the tongue. Slight prickle.

A fabulous beer. Excellent in the summer served straight from the fridge and, served a tad warmer, it also makes for a big, spicy hit on a wet, dark day in January.

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

One standout Hefeweizen. Aroma of spicy citrus and grain. Taste of coriander, lemon curd, orange peel and grain. Creamy finish with lemon spIciness shining through. Refreshing. Great with food. Had this on tap. Mind blown!

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Photo of Stevem68
4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color. Has an aroma of Belgian yeast and something that reminds me of coriander. Flavor is a little Belgian yeast / over ripe banana. Leaves a clean smooth aftertaste. Overall very solid.

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

A long lasting pillow of white foam over a hazy straw color
Yeast grain smell not that strong
Fruity with a very light hint of malt
Unctuous mouthful almost chewy and more than I'd ever noticed in any light beer , wheat or otherwise
This is an exceptional beer, best in style

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: bright orange with white head
S: German yeast and bananas. Light and fruity
T: just like the smell, but I want to add that it's full of flavor
F: tingly feel, almost like soda. Thin, but flavors hang around a long nicely.
O: really good sessionable beer that's full flavored

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

A: Cloudy, golden with a very thick,white cloud-like head of 3~4 fingers thickness. There are no bubbles to be seen. The foam stays for a really long time, which makes it very inviting, even after drinking half of it.

S: Yeasty smell, bread, and clove. Very gentle and pleasant. Some floral or honey notes. Also, some banana.

T: The taste follows the smell. Very yeasty, bread, clove and banana. Nice and refreshing, There is a bit of bitterness which complements the rest of the flavours perfectly. There is a lot of stuff there, but in a very gentle way. Superb material!

F: High carbonation, creamy and very gentle. Full of flavours, this beer is absolutely fantastic.

O: Really refreshing, gentle, creamy, and full of aromas and flavours. Definitely, the best wheat beer I have tried. Each of the tasting notes are well defined, and makes this beer really pleasant to drink. I will buy it again.

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

This is one of the best hefeweissbier's that I've ever had. It's incredibly good. It's smooth, rich, and aromatic, coupled with a traditional wheat beer taste that leaves you craving more. I didn't couple it with a meal - just slowly enjoyed a bottle (no glasses available - I'd love to try it again in a glass). I can't speak highly enough for this one. Get one and enjoy it.

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Photo of weaponexpo
4.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottle poured into a weizen glass.

L -hazey bright yellow

S - mild yeast and citrus. Actually smells a little like banana nut muffin.

T - Sweet bread, with a nice clean finish. Smooth and fisnishes quick.

F - Almost velvety for a hefeweizens.

O - This is the best hefeweizen I have ever had. I was at a liquor store and I saw the Alstom Bros rated it 100 so I had to try it. I can honestly say I didn't know hefeweizens could be this good.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.86/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed 7/15/12

L: Hazy slightly dark straw color with a big billowy head and excellent head retention.

S: Delicious sweet-smelling aroma that’s chock full of banana and clove. Distinctively weiss-bier and well done.

T: Semi-sweet taste upfront that’s heavy on the bananas and a semi-sweet finish that leaves a very pleasant taste in the mouth. Classic hefe; it doesn't get much better than this.

F: Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, and abundant carbonation that simply add to this beer’s drinkability.

O: I can't speak highly enough about this beer. If I had to choose 10 drink till the end of my days this would be among them and I'm hard-pressed to think of a better summer beer. It's completely emblematic of the style and captures all of a hefe's best quality.

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Photo of kitch
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 500ml bottle with a best before date of 3rd June 2016 and poured into a Riedel weizen glass.

Appearance: It poured a cloudy golden straw yellow colour with a fluffy and puffy three finger white head that dissipated slowly leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma: Lightly bready and wheaty with lots of sweet banana, banana bread and clove.

Taste: Sweet ripe banana with hints of bubblegum, clove and citrus lemon.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with mid to high carbonation.

Overall: A very balanced Hefeweizen that tastes great. But still can’t find this in Hong Kong and always have to carry it back in a suitcase.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.77/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer poured into a Pilsner glass. Pours golden straw with a nice white head that disappears quickly. Smells of sweet grain, wheaty in nature. Tastes of sweet grain and wheat, but not overly strong. Beer is light bodied, heavily carbonated, extremely drinkable. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of Fake_History
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy orange colour with a nice foamy white head. Predominant aroma is banana with a hint of rolling tobacco. Taste is also predominantly banana, with a touch of bubblegum-esque flavours maybe? A very refreshing beer overall, the kind you could sip copious amounts of on a sunny day.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Gave it the old yeast swirl as well.

L - bright golden yellow color with a yeasty haze. Standard Hefeweizen head, white and fluffy. Some lacing down the side.

S - banana notes, soft wheat, and yeast. Not too strong on the nose. Just soft German yeast and wheat.

T - soft bread up front, banana in the middle, with a nice clean finish. Very soft all around but crisp also. Banana is the dominant taste.

F - medium body. Kind of a soft, fluffy feel but easy to swish around.

O - One of the best hefeweizens out there. Top-notch on all accounts. A little pricey on the shelf so it is definitely a treat. Paulaner is a cheaper substitute, but the legacy of Weihenstephaner makes it worth it. Prøst

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

Poured a hazy straw color with a 2 finger head that dissipated quickly to a thin head, which remained. minimal lacing. Nose is of clove and banana. Carbonation is good with a medium body. Taste is excellent with the refreshing banana, clove lemon hints. Not as yeasty as Paulaner, my favorite.

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

I found a single from March but wanted to try it anyway. This beer did not taste old. The smell is yeasty and slightly spicy with a hint of lemon and banana. The taste is really nice. Crisp, smooth, and refreshing. Might be the smoothest, most easy drinking beer I've tasted. yb

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Photo of Catsociald
4.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nice mild golden flavor, definitely feeling German. Maybe the best aftertaste I've ever had in a beer. A little foamy, but not enough to make me care. Goes down very smooth.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 2,410 ratings.