Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 2,367
Hads: 7,474
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 17.95%
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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 blackie
3.91/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Forms a thick, off white head when poured. Has a cloudy golden amber color typical of this style. Smell is clean and light. The yeasty, clove, estery type odors are more subdued than in other examples of the style. The same can be said for those characteristics on the tongue. Highly carbonated, as it should be. Don't get me wrong, this is a good beer, but I prefer some of the other brands (Franziskaner) over it. A nice beer for the warmer weather, and one to definately check out.

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

Appearance: Golden color, but cloudy, cloudy, and cloudy. A thick white bread like head pours out with good retention and minimal glass sticking. There is tons of carbonation, but it is difficult to see for the opaque characteristic of this one.

Smell: grassy/grainy. Smells like fresh wheat bread and some acidity similar to grapes.

Taste: Spicy and fruity. The malts break through the many flavors and are delicious. The beer is a little sour to the tongue and the spice remains as an after flavor. Other flavors I can taste remind me of cedar, vanilla, and apples. Really comes together well to make a nice fruity and complex taste.

Mouthfeel: medium body. Carbonation plays with the tongue along with a dry/spicy after feel.

Drinkability: This is one of my favorite drinking beers. It is well balanced, delicious, and I can drink this as well as any beer. In fact it is so good that I wish I had another bottle as the glass is empty.

Notes: This is the classic Hefe Weizen in my opinion. It is what the style attempts to emulate. I have never had a better hefeweisbier, and doubt I ever will.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a creamy caramel brown with a thick frothy off-white head. I poured the yeast in with it for the full hefe character, so it was quite cloudy. Not a bad thing at all in my book.

Fantastic rich and aromatic nose. Smells like sweet tomatoes with citrus fruit, herbs, a touch of cloves and bananas. There's a siltiness in there, even. Overall, there's layer after layer. A very nice nose.

Sweet initial flavour flettens out to a savoury taste of bread, finishing with a frefreshing bitter tang. A wonderful hefe. It's really pleasant and refreshing. It has a great deal of rich complexity for something with a relatively standard ABV. The advantage of that is that is supremely drinkable.

An excellent beer, one of the best hefes, and probably one of the best wheat beers.

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Photo of Higravity
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The gold standard of what I think of whenever I drink a hefe. This has a great pale color that is slightly orange-tinged and a big white head that goes no where fast. Smell of wheat malt with a touch of sweetness all laced with a clove and bruised bannana smell. The yeast flavor comes through in this cloudy beer and it mixes well with the other flavor. It is eminently drinkable and goes with pizza to duck and will still quench your thirst after mowing the lawn.

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Photo of BeerNutta
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a dark yellow to orange color.

Smell: Bananas and malt.

Taste: The taste was of a sweet fruit begining, which mellowed into a slight bitterness which finished off with a dash of spiciness.

Mouthfeel: There was a good amount of carbonation, not too much but not too little to make it feel flat.

Drinkability: Definitely drinkable. Easily one of the better beers I have had. Definitely reccomend it.

Drink this beer cold. It seems to go down better cold.

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

Decanting this bottle, I fill my weizen glass with a cloudy straw colored brew, liberating a large white head. Nice strong estery aroma of bananas and sweet citrous, with some doughy yeasty notes, and a little spice. Taste is incredibly clean. The bready yeastiness is quick to the palate followed by sweet fruits and creamy malts. Then a blast of very crisp and clean citrous. The sweet and bitter flavors coexist in perfect harmony, without either one dominating. Generous amounts of tight carbonation work very well with the flavor. I could see drinking this beer for many different occasions. Remarkable taste and drinkability.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pale hazy gold with a thick rocky ivory head. Lots of fine lace. Smell is spicy (cloves) and fruity (ripe banana). Lightly peppery

Smooth and creamy in the mouth. Lightly sour wheat malt. Ripe banana and spicy clove and underlying pepper. Some lemon flavor underneath, lemon rind. Crisp, dry finish. An easy drinker for the hot Georgia summer. If it's not my new favorite hefeweisse, it's in the top three.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

light brown on the edges with concentrated golden orange running up through the amply carbonated center. perfectly pocked two finger foam in the proper glass. NO LEMON. NO ORANGE. aroma is pure buttery bananas, sweet, bready and a crisp tartness. tastes banana. smooth and rich flavor. mind-blowing in its texture and satisfaction. deep wheat notes coat the fruit and prevent an over-sweetening. slight bitterness initially in my cheeks. wayy to drinkable. goes down fast and slick. a near-perfect beer. only negative here is an excess of crispness and slight puckery finish, throwing off the smoothness in the end.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finally decided to buy one of these after looking at the bottle in the beer store for months. Lets see if it can stand up to my beloved Ayinger Brau-weisse.

A high pour into an Aventinus glass yields a straw yellow/gold beer with flowing bubbles of medium sized carbonation. This particular glass promotes a fabulous head in a wheat beer, and this is no exception with it's high, proud peak of pure white cloud.

The nose screams lemony citrus tang surrounded by a layer of yeasty, banana funk, chalk, and peppery, clove spice.

Taste is initially zesty lemon/orange, followed by a bit of sweet/sour banana phenols and underlying bready malt and white pepper/clove spice. There's a level of tartness that makes this beer the ultimate summer day refresher.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, as it should be with it's light-medium body. The finish is pleasantly sharp with a slight lemony/citrus bite. Aftertaste is clean and lemony.

An alltogether enjoyable weisse beer, worthy of a space right next to my Brau-Weisse.

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Photo of twi1609372
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! this one took me a bit by sauprise. just wanted to try something new. It says it's from germany, kick ass they know their beer, but it's brewed under the purity law of 1516!!! if its brewed under those guidlines, you know it will be different that 99% of domestics. taste is somewhat fruity, very defined, and good. it's a bit rougher to drink for the tastes of some but i find it drinkable and tasty. I will indeed have to try other beers form this brewery. Also the 5.4 alcohol content adds a nice touch.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the quintessential hefe weiss in my opinion. The appearance is a light golden that is crystal clear for the most part and seems to have a very active carbonation without seeming to be too fizzy or harsh in the mouthfeel. The smell is very estery, producing the most beautiful banana/clove mixture I've had from a hefe. The taste is also quite estery, but the sweet malt presence cannot go unmentioned as well. I could drink quite a bit of this stuff, and I surely will in the future. Make sure to try one of these classic brews from the world's oldest brewery if you haven't already.

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Photo of bearrunner44
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been interested in Weiss beer for a while, but I could never seem to find a tasty one in any of my local stores. Then, finally, my neighborhood store started stocking Weihenstephaner. This is generally referred to as a great example of the style, so I just had to pick some up and give it a try.

Appearance: A cloudy orange-yellow with a thin, bubbly head.

Smell: Yeasty, with a distinct banana/spice-like scent.

Taste: A full-bodied, mellow tasting beer with banana-like flavors, bready yeast, and a touch of spicy flavor in the finish.

Verdict: This is a very tasty beer. It's extremely well crafted, and the various flavors are balanced very nicely. The banana flavors are never cloying, and the spiciness in the finish isn't too overpowering.

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Photo of foamer
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of hefevice
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.85/5  rDev -12.5%
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

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Photo of blitheringidiot
4.07/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of mgdeth
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of kosmoraios
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of skybluewater
4.18/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.11/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

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Photo of mynie
4.96/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of malty
4.75/5  rDev +8%
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!!

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Photo of afatty
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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