Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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4.84/5 rDev +9.8%
Serving: 500mL bottled poured into 500mL Hefeweizen glass.
Served: April 2013
Appearance: Magnificent, opaque golden yellow that just looks smooth and inviting. Poured slowly into the glass to avoid the monster heads from the wheat and yeast in Hefeweizen. Head settled to a healthy two and a half fingers and very slowly dissipated over the course of drinking the beer.
Smell: Fresh, banana-y, clean, welcoming. A lot of people smell/taste clove in Hefeweizen and I'm definitely not getting any of that. The banana smell, though present, is subtle and not overpowering.
Taste: Like the smell, it tastes just slightly banana-y, from the yeast used. The yeast adds a nice, somewhat bready backbone to the beer. This beer is made to let the yeast shine- there is very little, if any, hop presence, and the malt backbone is light, allowing the yeast's flavoring effects (banana, 'clove') to come through the beer. I could drink this one all day, it is simply so refreshing- simple, but still noteworthy in its ability to so perfectly balance its flavors.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and fuzzy from the yeast and carbonation. Makes it all the more refreshing.
Overall: This is probably one of the best beers I've had, and the gold-standard for the Hefeweizen style.
Other: This style is pronounced "HAY-fuh-vai-tsehn" in German, not 'HEH-fuh' as many Americans say.
06-01-2013 11:36:38 | More by Beric
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,168 ratings.