Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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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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Photo of Lnedrive14
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's the best wheat beer in the world, IMO. Totally crisp, clean - about as perfect as I could ever hope out of a hefe.

Pours a golden orange color with a thick head. Smells of malts, citrus, and cloves. Tastes about like it smells - carbonation is pretty intense, but in a good way. Slight lemon sensation.

Incredibly refreshing. Even a slight bit of hops in there. A truly great beer.

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Photo of Finite
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Apricot orange, intense carbonation, Stunning thick and wildly head. Great retention. A bit disappointing lacing.

Smell: Spices, alcohol, sweetness, malt, hops its all there.

Taste/ Mouthfeel: Coriander, spices sweet malts, honey with a warming alcohol hit. Goes down smooth but leaves a course dry, bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability/Overall: Great heffe! More on the stronger side. It’s a great beer with all flavours showing clarity. Yummy.

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Photo of bahumutx
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange color with about a two finger creamy head.

Smell: Smells of yeast, banana and a slight clove.

Taste: There are many different tastes present. Yeast, Banana, Cloves and Malt. This beer is very balanced.

Mouthfeel: Smooth Mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation. Very nice ending flavor.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could easily have a few of these in a sitting.
This is a great example of the Hefe Wiezen. This beer is very tasty and I will be picking up more of this for sure!!! Great work by Weihenstephaner and I am sure that this is one great brew since this brewery has been brewing since 1040 A.D.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Half-litre, tall transitioned neck brown glass bottle that holds 16.9 fluid ounces for Uncle Sam. Logo’d crown cap with a generic Weihenstephaner main and neck labels. Listed at alc. 5,4% vol. Reverse label has the Code ‘3285’ if that means anything.

Appearance: Low level turbidity glosses the clear golden straw body with a murky orange tinge. Fast rising head forms from out of the milky upper head and creates a 2” thick polystyrene plug in my straight sided glass. Average conditioning seems to go to great lengths to support the expanded white colored head. Minimal lacing but this looks great in the glass.

Nose: Archetypal aromas exhibit all that is great about the classic Teutonic Hefes. Fruity bananas and a yeasty clove dominate but the odors are more complex with added yeasts and some dough.

Taste: Lots of banana and clove are to be expected but what continually surprises is the clean unfettered profile that this Hefe presents. Touches of spices, yeasts, dough and a fantastic malty presence. It’s all here and balanced in one of those brews that is a perfect marriage.

Mouthfeel: With its fine tuned soft conditioning, this is oh-so good in the mouth, on the tongue and cheeks. Long after the swallow it leaves a soft soothing feel with a spritzy remnant of the carbonation. Lemony black peppers tingle in the back end. Great feel and a concrete body.

Drinkability: One of those great brews that just exhibits a terrific palate, one that is extremely hard to critique but just way too fucking easy to pound.

Overall: As good as it gets. I really cannot believe that I never ever reviewed this definitive Hefe, maybe I did in a drunken haze and it got deleted….who knows?! I returned to a serious classic tonight though, a thoroughly enjoyable reunion, we’ll be meeting up again on a regular basis for sure to catch up for old time’s sake. Superb!!

A Classic Marque.

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Photo of jarmby1711
4.08/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If one is to review by style this is pretty well muchas the BA description says it should be.
The bead is lively and dances and is easily seen in the murky orange beer.
The head is cloudy white and laces right to the end of the glass.
The smell is phenolic/yeast.
The flavour is all of cloves apples nutmeg and phenols.
The tartness and wild carbonation along with the mix of fruit and spices makes this a great experience.It isnt a drink all day beer but one to be savoured .

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Photo of maddamish
4.76/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: No head or lacing at all on this beer. Poured a cloudy gold.

Smell: Wheat and orange notes. Very high on the citrus smell.

Taste Strong Orange/Grapefruit notes here.
Mouthfeel: For the type, the mouthfeel was perfect. Smooth but not watery.

Notes/Drinkability: You simply must seek this out and try it if you have the chance. A very good representation of the style.

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Photo of Franchise
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a fresh sqeezed orange juice color and leaves a thick white lace. The smell is aromatic orange, lemon zest, grass, hay, summertime in a bottle. The taste of this beer is so smooth it goes down so easy, lemon, grassy notes, with some subtle orange sweetness lingers on the palate in the finish. This is a simple hefe that just satisfies the tounge with fresh malty sweetness.

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Photo of weeare138
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a cloudy gold with a fluffy white head that slowly fades to a film. Spots of lacing around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, crisp wheat, lemony citrus, and just a hint of banana.
Taste is of the same aromas.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, soft on the palate with a citrus sugar and sourness that is superb for the style.
Drinkabily-IMO, the best Weizen yeast out there. Love this beer.

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Photo of ahking
3.7/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a milky yellow color, pale with a thick and bubbly white head. Smell is aromatic and soothing. Flavor is delicate yet full of complexities. Slightly pineapple sour and sweet. Some cloves in the middle and finishes with banana. Semi citrusy and refreshing to drink.

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

Served in the brewery's own Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier glass at just over fridge temperature. Freshness code reads 3285 on the rear label. 16.9 oz.

Appearance- Perfection. The beer glows a cloudy orange with streaming action inside the glass... it takes a few minutes to pour because of the resilience of its gigantic, soapy head. The sheer beauty of this rivals the exquisite presence of Duvel in its own tulip glass, on a perfect pour.

Smell- Even cold, the bananas and cloves leap out of the glass... and a thick, yeasty aroma blankets the nose. Bold and powerful, there is no mistaking the superb craftsmanship that awaits.

Taste- Full and round, the bready notes of the yeast intertwine with the banana-like esters and malts, as the dense wheat character rides alongside. A gentle sweetness is left behind in the finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Prickly and alive in the mouth, with just the right fortitude in the swallow. Medium weight and certainly not wimpy. This drinks so well by itself in the middle of winter, but memories of this by the barbecue in the summer sun with sausage and pepper sandwiches are too much for my brain right now. IMO, the finest Hefe out there.

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Photo of BitterBrian
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my weihenstephan weissbier glass and it looks picture perfect, foggy yellow with pillowy white head. The head was over 3inches upon pouring, minutes later, it is down to about an inch and ready to enjoy.

Smells of heavy yeasts, bananas. Tastes of clove, bananas, yeasts and a little bit of citrus on the finish.

Not many surprises there, I know. But this is the standard for hefeweizens.

I'm actually not a big fan of the wheat beers, but every time I open one of these, I'm glad I did.

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Photo of wingnutter
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy golden into a weizen glass, with a fluffy head.

Smell: Holy crap. Sweetness. Cloves, bananas, breads....

Taste: Wow, this is some tasty brew. Bananas, cloves, breadiness, citrus rhinds. Very refreshing, this is a great lawnmower beer. This is a thirst quencher for sure.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and almost creamy, if thats possible for a beer this fizzy. Dry citrus finish that begs you to take another sip.

I love this beer, but its sweetness comes off a bit strong after 2 or 3 of these, so I must temper my rating a tad.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a small, dense, brilliant white colored head that faded slowly to a thin film. Clear, glowing straw colored beer with a few bubbles rising gently through the middle. Hints of floral hops and yeast, lemon zest, and dash of white pepper waft from the glass. Refreshingly crisp mouthfeel goes well with the fresh flavors. Hops are mildly spicey up front and meld well with the wheat base. Yeast flavors are subdued along with a bit of lemon zest. Finish is more of a hop tea astringency then bitterness. The flavors and aromas are mild, but plentiful and enjoyable.

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Photo of PatYoda
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ah, Weihenstephaner. It's been around since 1040, can you believe that? Oldest brewery in the world.

Perfect hazy light brown with a long lasting white head. Smell is spicy, mildly fruity, with a great yeastiness. Taste is refreshing to the max. Sweet wheaty malt starts things off. It blends well with some spicy clove and lemony tartness. Very yeasty. Mouthfeel is creamy and airy. Carbonation holds up until the very end. I could drink this all day, winter or summer. In the top three hefe weizens in the world.

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Photo of JanM
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This very refreshing and bubbly beer smells very wheaty and white bready, just like a weissbeer should. The color is golden, and the cloudiness makes it look like honey. It pours with good foam and leaves a nice lacing. The silky taste is of wheat (obviously), not too sweet and with hops in the aftertaste. It's very dry and there is a sour note wrestling with the hops. It's good for us Swedes that it's included in Systembolaget's standard selection, and thus available almost anywhere in the country.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on 20th Nov 2005, a 500ml bottle best by 09.MAI.06. Poured a cloudy honey coloured brew with a nice white head. Smelled very good, the major component being banana but not overpowering, some spice and floral notes.
Tasted much like the fine smell with a very smooth mouthfeel.
Overall this is a very well crafted beer, maybe just a touch too sweet for my taste but hard to find fault with really.

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Photo of davidchollar
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

anticipating a great beer after reading a couple reviews, ordering it online and paying $5 for a bottle. money well spent. yummy beer.

a very cloudy light honey. massive thick white head, stays forever,
active carbonation.

smells heavenly. spicy banana bread. those 3 words are inadequate though, this is complex, so much going on. it smells sweet but not overly malty.

breathtaking flavor. it's so smooth and creamy, delightfully flavorful with a dry finish. delicious, balanced, and at 5% i could drink this all night. it gets a rare 5 from me for drinkability.... damn i only have 1 bottle. i plan on getting more of this jesus juice.

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Photo of GuinnessHero
4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. What to say about this brew. Absoutley amazing.

A - Beautiful head, beautiful body to it. Perfect coloring.

S - Complex. That's the only word I can say about it. Nothing too promenant. Very sweet smelling.

T - Wow. This is the best beer I've ever tasted. I am so impressed by this. It's very fruity with a hint of bubblegum on the end.

M - Excellent. Perfect aftertaste. Smooth feeling on pallet.

D - So complex that it's hard to take it all in at once. This is definitley a sipping beer, and not a swill.

This was absoutley amazing beer. I can't believe I found something that good.

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

Drinking this extremely quaffable brew, I'm reminded of that SNL skit featuring Will Ferrell, as he sits in the hottub at the Welshly Arms Hotel. "Methinks it was the finest love making the world had ever known!" Why, ye may ask? Because this is the finest Hefe my palate has ever known. But as usual, I digress.

Poured this proper-style into my Weisse glass, and it's sexy as hell. Hazy sunrise golden, with giant bubbles quickly making the long trek to the top of this glass. Initial size of the head is an enormous pillowy white, which slowly recedes yet constantly has a solid half-inch throughout. Amazing retention. Impressive looking beer.

Sweet, candy-like estery aromas, standard notes of clove and subtle lemon. Despite the appearance of heavy carbonation, this hits the mouth rather thick, coating it completely, with just a tingle of carbonation in the finish. Sweet mother of Bavaria, that's nice.

Very nicely balanced flavor and remains extremely complex. Tangerine and clementine citrus flavors up front, rich and malty with a bubblegum sweetness...the spicy clove is mild yet lingers throughout. Chalky hop bitterness with lush floral notes towards the end. By far, the cream of the crop for this style that I've had the pleasure of sampling.

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

Wow, my first 5. and mostly because this is hands down the best hefe I've ever had. Damn.

Pours yellow orange below a peerfect fluffy head.

Smell is a spicy banana clove yeastiness that literally permeates the entire room. Simply amazing.

Yeasty flavor, huge clove flavor. Esters, grass and fruit to boot. This goes above and beyond.

Chewy yeastiness adds alot of body to this brew, but it remains light and delicious overall.

Extraordinarily drinkable any time of year. Refreshing when its warm out, spicy and fulfilling in the cold. I give it a five based on the fact that it literally takes this style to another level. Sure, if given the choice of only this or Arrogant Bastard for the rest of my life, I'd choose the arrogance, but this is one fine, well crafted brew.
Hot damn!

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Photo of NEhophead
3.5/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dense, espreso-esque 1" foam; bright white head that settles to a creamy sheet after a few moments. Two toned in color: deep, dark camel and hazy dark straw. Spotted patches of lace.

Moderate malted oat sweetness; a hint of lemon zest with a toch of diacetyl. Some pepper added to the primary, lightly sweetened grain aroma.

An initial burst of clean citric flavor accompanied by a mildly sweet toasted oat and malt character. Along with a wave of carbonation is a hint of pepper giving this hefe a touch of spice to balance its sweetness. The aftertaste brings to mind sour lemons.

Light bodied; balanced in terms of sweet & mellow and peppered-spice; but, flavorwise, ais a bit out of synch.

A sweeter and more mellow take on the style. Not one I'd go searching for, but not too shabby.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner is my favorite imported German Weissbier.

The color is a beautiful golden orange and the foggy yeast looks bright white instead of just dirty. It also holds a decent head for a while.

Smells like half and half, plums. bananas and wheat. I’m drooling already. I noticed a lot of variation even between bottles in a six pack with this beer, which is unfortunate. This one is right on.

Flavor’s creamy and smooth. Good wheat flavor, but the sweetness blended with the citrus really steals the show. Almost wholesome to the point of my mouth not recognizing it as a beer. This is making me miss my military career in Germany.

Mouth feel is a little too carbonated for the thickness of the beer. That’s about the only miss here.

Weihenstephaner is my go to wietzen, but I must reiterate that I found a terrible inconsistency in the freshness of this beer. If you’re not impressed with the bottle in front of you, try another. This is a sad state of affairs, but the pay off of a perfect Hefe is well worth it. Good luck!

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Photo of Daredevil
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a nice Hefe-Weizen in a rather modern style from the widely believed to be world's oldest brewery ... medium bodied, drier and less ’sweety’ than Paulaner or Schneider Weisse .... a perfect thirst quencher for the hot season ....
last but not least: beautiful label ....

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

Pours a very cloudy amber/orange, huge white thick fluffy head, lots of lace. Smell is yeast, citrus, banana and cloves. Taste is banana, apples/pears, yeast, honey sweetness, cloves and other spices. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, high to medium carbonation, very smooth and refreshing. Best weissbier of all time.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Yea, yea, clove... and bananna, ...and bubblegum... we've heard all of the common attributes that make good Hefeweizens great. But what makes this one different?

A fantastic pour brings a color that rides the line between strong straw and golden. Light rust seems to fit the bill. Very froathy and moussey with head formation and retention. The appearance promises maltiness and creaminess.

Moderate aromas of estery banannas, apples, and peaches lead the way with several phenolic note following closely behind; mostly clove, white pepper, and orange zest.

The fruity, spicy notes in the aroma give a lot of valor to the taste. A strong bready flavor of shortbread, wheat, rye, and barley make for a complex and varying taste. Again, the banannas, clove, corriander, apples, pepper,....(the list can go on and on.) give a lot of varying complexity to the brew. I get a new description in every sip.

The body is a great blend of creamy and drinkability. Initial full, rich, and expanding textures expand wonderfully in the mouth, but subside just in time to allow the beverage to lighten and flow effortlessly into the finish. A great Summertime refresher with a cooling, minty finish.

Ultimately the beer shows a unique balance of bananna esters, clovey phenols, and with a bubblegum (confectionate) sweetness that never allows any one aspect to dominate; but rather come together in a harmonious blend. No other beer does this much flavor with such sensible proportions-- this is why the beer rates among the best!

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 2,439 ratings.