Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 2,330
Hads: 7,310
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.39%
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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 foamer
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy deep golden yellow with a bubbly, rocky off-white head which diminishes fairly quickly. Lots of banana and some spices and cloves in the nose. Banana esters at first in the taste and then some cloves and wheat malt in the finish. This is a very tasty hefe, and a little mellow then some others which I find can be a little harsh. The mouthfeel is very nice and smooth. This is a very nice and refreshing beer which I could have many of. Most enjoyable. (465 characters)

Photo of hefevice
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle in a genuine Weihenstephan weissbier glass. I just love this stuff. It was my intro to the world of real beer when I stumbled upon it accidentally in Freising (fresh from the brewery) where beer is cheaper than soft drink (soda). Bottled version suffers a little from the long journey to Oz. Pours hazy goldish yellow with a HUGE head that retains well. Classic aroma of yeast/bread, bananas and clove which also comes through in the taste in very large measure. Full mouthfeel with medium carbonisation and a yeasty/malty aftertaste that lasts for ages. Did I mention it was smooth and goes down without any resistance? Unable to stop at one. (657 characters)

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the first heffeweizen I have had with the intent or rating/tasting/savoring the flavor and I am very impressed. The apprearance is slightly hazy as most wheats are. It is a dark straw color. There is a large, foamy head with great body. The smell is clovey and yeasty but quite subtle. As the beer warms, the yeast and clove smell and taste are more pronounced but very well balanced with the overall flavor of the beer. The mouthfeel is great. Slightly tingy and very comfortable. This is a very drinkable beer. I think it would be perfect during a hot summer day at Wrigley or Fenway with a loaded roast beef sandwich or even a Philly Cheese Steak sandwich. Ahhh, how relaxing. (687 characters)

Photo of SetarconeX
3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Visually very good. Nice yellow color, with a hearty, foamy head. Very interesting scent, with a hearty amount of yeast backed up with an odd pungency (other reviewers say phenols, but it's something more than that. Almost like olive juice, but not quite).

Much more subtle taste than you'd expect, with the scent it has. Had to finish half the glass before I could start to properly appreciate it. Yeasty and malty, though there's an odd metallic aftertaste that I don't quite like. Might just be mine, I don't see anyone else mentioning it.

Not a half bad Hefe Weizen. Give it a try (592 characters)

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.07/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy foggy straw hued pour with a scant layer of off white thin head cap.

Bold nose of coriander and cloves. Yeasty bouquet meets the flavor with a bone jarring assault that blends ripe bananas with a soft bread dough. Clean finish with a bit of citrous linger.

Cushy feel. Loads of sudsy carbonation. Damn near full bodied.

Last swigs: If Hefe is your Yen, this is a 5'er! Frothy wheat infused Hefe. The best Hefeweizen I've ever had. (444 characters)

Photo of mgdeth
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Huge fluffy head. Cloudy golden color. The cloudiness intensified when the yeast from the bottom of the bottle made its way to the glass. Head retention is okay, beer lace is minimal.

Smell - Great yeasty and spicy aroma. Malty sweetness hangs out in the background.

Taste - Grainy and spicy. Hops are in there mostly as dressing. The grainy flavor is pretty sweet. This is balanced by a clove/phenolic flavor that I detect more towards the aftertaste. Complex, but unfortunately it does not seem fresh. The taste grows on you.

Mouthfeel - Decent body. At first the beer seemed watery, but it evened out over the time it took me to drink it.

Drinkability - Good drinkability. It improves as it warms.

Comments - This is a good beer. However, I think there are better hefes out there. This one just did not seem to be an ideal summer quencher. Be sure to let it warm up a little bit before you drink it. (930 characters)

Photo of kosmoraios
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is an excellent hefe. A prime example of the style, and an ale that others of it's genre should be measured against. Pours an excellent hazy translucent amber, with a large head and deliciously nutty chunks of wheat hanging flecking the head and floating through the ale.

Smell is wheat, nutty yeast, a tinge of caramel, a soupcon of lemon. More develops as it warms, including cashews and pears. Taste is superb. The nuttyness of the yeast is chewy cashews on top of the pears and fructose-sweet caramel. There is a perfect amount of spiciness evident.

Mouthfeel is chewy and carbonated, with a peppery aftertaste. Smooth with a tinge of oiliness. Extraordinarily drinkable. Wonderful, refreshing hefe, well-suited to a warm spring afternoon. (754 characters)

Photo of skybluewater
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color, with a big head that takes forever to recede. Smell is musty, with a bit of banana and clove. Taste is very nice, definitely refreshing. There's some banana, and the mouthfeel is a bit weak.

While this beer might be better suited for a humid summer night, as opposed to a cold winter night, it's a nice change from both the big beers, and session pale ales. Very nice, and sure to be a refreshing treat come summer. (446 characters)

Photo of santoslhalper
3.11/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearence: Pours an oh so gorgeous creamy orange with a thin, sustaining nearly white head.

Smell: The smell is full of fruits. There is also a huge amount of sweet, almost woody notes.

Taste and Mouthfeel: The flavor is not quite as good as it's cracked up to be, in my opinion. There's just nothing special going on. The hops taste kind of artificial, and take away from the goodness of the fruits. The creamy mouthfeel helps render this problem a little but, but not enough.

Drinkability and Overall: What is that hop flavor? It's pretty disgusting. The more I drink of this beer, the less I want to continue drinking it. This is an overrated beer for sure. Even though you're the world's oldest brewery, that doesn't mean you're any better than the new ones. (772 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5


Pours a pretty dark orange haze with a nice, fully retentive head.

Smells of strong wheatmalt, cloves, allspice, ginger, and banana. One of the most complex and wonderful smells I've ever come across. Truly something to behold.

Big splash of banana upfront, followed up quickly by a bevy of spices and then the best tasting wheatmalt I've ever had. Just rounded enough, just spicy enough...it's almost perfect! Dry in the back with more fruit, making way for a nice white pepper aftertaste. Wonderful.

Smooth as silk, too. Perfect body. Goes down easy.

Excellent, excellent beer.

I took my ladyfriend out to a chocolate and wine shop for our anniversary. I got to sit and drink this stuff and eat chocolate and I'd never felt like more a fancylad in my life and it was wonderful. (798 characters)

Photo of malty
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. elongated bottle with the yeast swirled and poured-in also - no freshness date.

A soapy golden color radiates below a pure white fluffy craggy head.

Smell of honey drenched malt with just the right amount of clove and a tad bit of sour notes. FRESH, FRESH, FRESH!!!

Taste: There's that honey-dipped wheat malt again. Earthy yeasts, banana, bubblegum, clove, slight hint of pepper and again - that quenching slight sourness. All these flavor burst at the beginning and the finish mellows but lasts forever.

Mouthfeel is spritzy and soft. The tongue continously tingles as this beer enters your mouth. A perfect balance of acidity and full-on maltiness.

Drinkability is high as this beer is practically flawless. I enjoy this beer year round, but May-August - fahgit abah dit!!!

Overall a stellar brew! My hands-down favorite bottled wheat beer, period. Unfortunately it's hard to find on tap in the Mid-Michigan area. The one time I had it in Ann Arbor (U of M country) - it blew me away!! The king of Bavarian style wheat beers!! (1,070 characters)

Photo of afatty
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excellent beer that suffers from $2.50 pint night pour. Very little head in a "regular" pint glass. A little work with a straw after a few sips brings the head to life and awakens the hidden aromas developed in this beer. Still not a great presentation for this wheat monster that defines the style for me. Slightly cloudy with dark straw/ amber color. Truly a great summertime beer. But, when it's 65 degrees in February.. it just feels like summer. Malt/fruit flavor complimented by spice/citrus. One of a very few non-killer-hoppy beers that I could drink every day and that I actually keep in the beer frig. Choice is good. Starting a new UFO card does have it's advantages. 3 down, 197 to go. (697 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

02/01/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with a code of 7154 on the back label. Poured into my Ayinger Weisen glass.

Appearance- A cloudy golden pour with a 3/4 inch large bubbled head and acceptable lacing.

Smell- Typical hefe scents. A good amount a clove action with some sweet banana scents and maybe a tad of vanilla.

Taste- Nice and sweet tasting brew. A very heavy clove taste and creamy banana background.

Mouthfeel- Left my mouth pretty dry. Although it was fairly creamy going down. Moderate carbonation level on this one.

Drinkability- Finally got around to the #1 ranked Weissbeer. I'm not sure if I like it as much or more than Paulaner, but it's pretty damn close. This beer was a tremendous thirst quencher and the sweetness worked well. Wish I had a Paulaner to sample after this. Either way, a great beer with a good price tag ($2.49) Will be a regualr of mine in the years to come. (964 characters)

Photo of mmmbeer
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle with a batch number but no freshness date. Pours into the weizen glass a bright yellowish-orange with a 3-4 inch head which forces you to wait several minutes to fit the whole thing in the glass. By the time the glass is full the head is beautiful - rocky with small bubbles and poking more than an inch above the rim of the glass. Adding the yeast makes it a cloudy golden orange/brown. Reduces to a nice layer of foam that leaves slight lacing. Scents are bananas, spiciness, pepper, phenols, lemon, and maybe some vanilla. The beer is pretty thick and tastes like banana, pepper, and citrus (lemon/orange) with a low level of hops. I might have served the beer a bit too warm or released a lot of the carbonation during the poor because it is not as crisp as I remember. I could drink several of these bottles (which at about $2.50 is easy to do) but I'll remember to serve it a little cooler next time. Would be much better on a hot summer day than this snowy evening. (986 characters)

Photo of bceaglejoe
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased as a 16oz bottle from Marty's Liquors, Allston, Mass., 28 January 2005.

This beer impressed me right from the first pour. It created a very thick head in my 20oz pint glass - I'm guessing this would probably be served better in a proper Hefe Weizen glass. The beer itself was very cloudy, almost to the point of opaqueness. The scent suggested vanilla and malt, with virtually no hop aroma.

This beer was exceptionally light in texture, and it went down very smoothly. A lemon flavor hit my tongue right about the middle, balanced by malt smoothness. There was no hop bitterness at all in this beer.

I would rate this as highly drinkable. One could certainly have several of these in a row. I recommend this as a great crossover for those who are looking to explore the world of better beer. (810 characters)

Photo of whartontallboy
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden pour with nice head of little bubbles. Aroma is predominantly malt wheat but I also catch some lemon, vanilla, and maybe a little sweet corn and grass in the nose. Very pleasant. Taste is nice and yeasty, but the lemon is there as well, with a little hint of vanilla in the finish. Mouthfeel is very light, maybe a tad too carbonated for my taste. Overall, though, I love this one. I hadn't had a hefeweizen in a few months, and I'm glad I picked this one to come back to the style. (496 characters)

Photo of Luigi
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hmm, what can I say about this beer. Pours a cloudy orange color. The head is a big and white sticky head that sticks all over the glass. Sweet malt, lemon, and yeast dominate the aroma. Has a medium mouthfeel. Citrus, sweet malt, clove, banana bread, and a small amount a hop bitterness come out in the flavor. The yeast stays around for a while too. This is by far my favorite Hefe-Weisse beer! (396 characters)

Photo of stjarnflikka
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy and somewhat orange beer with quite some carbonation. Theres a nice foam that leaves quite hasty and the beer looks great in its own glass.

Smell is malty and massively fruity. There are citric traces of oranges and pomerans that blends perfectly with the yeasty, big smell.

Taste is sweet, fruity, filling and delicious. Yeast comes first with light and fruity traces. Then comes citric tones with a musty and powerful sweetness that really is perfect. Carbonation is perfect and this beer is really good.

Just the greatest hefe weizen, perfect taste, perfect feel and i can drink these all night long. (625 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time I've tried a Hefe Weissbier that was not home brewed and wow!!, was I impressed this evening. Received this in a Beers of the World 10 pack and this has easily been the best by far. Hazy, dark golden colored, with an incredible head and carbonation. Smells and tastes of vanilla and banana that went down very easy. May have found one of my new favorite styles. Try this one out!!! (392 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An easy pleasant drink, light on taste yet not thin on mouthfeel. Nice aroma wheat with some vanilla. Smooth though not creamy. Nicely malted. Nice vanilla nutty spice that made this brew go so well with lunch. A summer style that went well here at beginning of winter. (269 characters)

Photo of mobyfann
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Paid $1.99 for a half-liter bottle...

The beer pours a hazy golden base with a very large white head, the head becomes lumpy and is visually stunning. The retention is phenominal and the lacing is very nice. The aroma was solid with tines of yeast, malt, banana, lemony goodness.

The taste wasn't strong but the smell gave away what was in my mouth, all of the above, but including cloves and honey? The mouthfeel is an good as it gets, this didn't feel like a beer in the mouth. The drinkability is also exceptional, a 5.4% is so smooth, this feels like a light hefe...

Final Thought: Very impressive beer, this and Franizkaner are the leading Hefe's in Germany. (672 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle pours a cloudy, medium straw yellow body with an enormous, vanilla head that is rocky and pillowy, longlasting, with some patchy lace in its wake.
Aroma is surprisingly complex to my nose, with wheat grain, spicy clove and white pepper, and an unusual lemony banana note.
Highly carbonated mouthfeel has a clove spiciness and medium body.
Taste: This one really surprised me with its complexity of flavors. Wheat, mild coriander, white pepper, lemon banana, vanilla, a note of clove, all meld with the carboantion. The yeastiness, when swirled in, adds some "Cream of Wheat" slickness to the mouthfeel. Finish is crisp, with a lemony citrus aftertaste.
This Hefe will be a staple in my fridge next spring and summer. Really nails down the style with a high quality and excellent drinkability. (813 characters)

Photo of claytri
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured with a glorious bronze with a decent tan head. It's aroma was sweet toasted malt with a hint of cherries in the background. The taste was a robust it was toasted malt with a wisp of grass in the background. It was medium bodied and oily with a dryish finish. I have to put this right behind Schneiders HW, so I'm sure I will be having some more. (361 characters)

Photo of Quaffer
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle. Picked this up in Missouri. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: Started off a pale, golden yellow. However, with the addition of the sediment, this beer became an extremely cloudy, murky golden brown. The white head was huge and dissipated at a normal rate, becoming fluffy as it did so. A decent layer of bubbles remained floating on the beer for the entire pint. Lacing was surprisingly minimal.

Smell: Pure hefeweizen. Strong raw grains provided a solid foundation. On top of this was lemon zest and mandarin orange, with hints of sweet vanilla, banana, and clove. A full aroma, but it still had a nice crispness to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a chewy graininess. Crisp and light, without being thin and watery.

Taste: Damn, this is good stuff. A full bodied, raw wheat component kicked in immediately and didn't ever let up. Even on the aftertaste, you could feel and taste the grain along the sides of the tongue. This was the main component and was only lightly complimented by some lemon and orange in the middle and light banana and spices on the finish. Slightly astringent grain flavor in the aftertaste.

This is one of my absolute favorite hefes, and one of my favorite overall beers as well. I love the fact that it is all wheat, and that the other flavors are just there to compliment the taste, not take over and become the dominant flavors. This stuff is wonderful on-tap, too. One of the handfull of beers that I like on-tap as much as I like it from the bottle. (1,523 characters)

Photo of BrewMaster
3.92/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Leffe chalice. It pours a semi-clear golden orange color with a white fizzy head that thins to almost nothing in less than 60 seconds. It has champagne like carbonation dancing to the surface of the beer.

Smell: Sweet alcohol, wheat, plae malt sweetness, citrus perhaps tangerine, and a sweet floral note.

Taste: The first thing I notice is a big sweet flavor. Notes of banana, cream, lemon, sandy leaf, and a bready maltiness. There's also a light hop bitterness in the middle that is barely noticable. A fruity aftertaste lingers.

Mouthfeel: It's a bit fizzy in the mouth making it less smooth and more combative going down.

Drinkability & Notes: A good hefe weizen but certainly not the best. The carbonation of this beer seems to be where it loses some style. It is very drinkable and if faced witha choice I may consider it again. It will not be a beer a I look for though. (936 characters)

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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