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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 2,411
Hads: 7,719
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 758
Gots: 1,538 | 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 DrunkMcDermott
3.48/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After a week stashed in a growler, it’s still a pretty good beer. Cloudy pale yellow has just a tinge of pink in the center of the glass. Very refreshing wheat taste, not only a lemony spritz, but a little Belgian candi sweetness, it seems. Shows a little bit of character beyond the standards for the style.

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Photo of RedBaron
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stellar weissbier beer from "The World's Oldest Brewery"

Appearance: Muddy gold; Uneven rocky head (nice)
Smell: Good banana/apricot and clove mixed with a nice hop aroma.
Taste: This beer seems to be all about the yeast. There is a definite malt complexity to this beer, coupled with a smooth and silky wheat texture, but the fruitiness of whatever yeast strain is being used really shines. Nice job guys.
Mouthfeel: Nicely balanced weiss beer, through and through. The brewers really want the gardens of Bavaria to linger on the palette with this one. It rides a fine line between chewy and thin.
Drinkability: After about 5 sips it becomes evident how special this beer is: not too banana-y, not to clove-y, not too strong, not too weak. Most of all the yeast used in this beer must be a top secret formula -- it just lends such a character to the brew. Crazy good!

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Photo of palliko
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is hazed orange amber with tons of foam and lacing. Aroma is of lemon, hefe spice, yeast and honeyed malt. Initial taste starts out with warm yeasts, grains, malt, banana esters, citrus and a touch of cloves. Medium body and just-right carbonation. As the taste fades, one is left with a clean palate and the memory of toasted malt, bitter hops, yeast, hazelnuts, anise and ethanol. The benchmark for wheat beer from the world’s oldest brewery.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.65/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First of all, it’s pretty cool to be able to boast on the label of your beer that you’re “The World’s Oldest Brewery.” And it’s pretty cool to have your own brewing university and proprietary yeast strain. And it’s also pretty neat to actually need to qualify your origins with an “A.D.” on it, as in, “since 1040 A.D.” And it’s also pretty cool that your employees still speak (in German) of “that newfangled Reinheitsgebot law.” But the big question on my mind is, can these guys go head-to-head with Widmer?

Well, alright, I guess they can. The Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier delivers a superb banana nose that segues into pepper and clove. Despite the big, lumpy white head and volatile carbonation, I suspect my bottle was a little fatigued as the flavor seemed to arrive from a distance. The body was sunny chamomile, the flavor infused with the peppery bite of whole cloves and the invigorating tartness of dominant wheat malts.

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3.78/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours out beautifully. It is a pale hazy golden color with a huge 3" cloudy white head (at least 1" above the rim of the glass). The head has great retention and left a little lacing.

The smell is of a spicy yeast, some clove, a little chalky with some powdery perfume aroma. The wheat is also prominent in the nose.

The taste is spicy, with a good chewy, bready yeast flavor. A little sourness from the wheat and I picked out some of the characteristic banana notes. This hefe has a medium finish with the spicy, yeasty notes being the longest visitors.

The mouthfeel is relatively soft with some good tongue tingling high carbonation.

Good hefe-weizen. Not my favorite but a very good example. Very refreshing and does the trick on a 100 plus degree bbq-ing day.

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Photo of pentathlete
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dark yellow with a monster foamy head that stubbornly held on throughout the tasting, a beauty beer in the big Weizen glass. Nose was citrus rind over a foundation of wheaty yeast (that would be bread, eh?) Taste is pure bliss, with lemon zest, bananas, spices, and a mild carbonic bite. Fine medium body that never let the flavors fall apart. This is one fabulous hefeweizen. This must have decent availability. If you can find it, you should give it a try.

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Photo of eclectic
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Highly carbonated, pours a slightly cloudy golden color with tons of head. Typical hefe aroma, a spicy yeast, banana and clove mixed with just enough citrus. A near perfect example of the style. A refreshing brew, could drink several on a hot summers day.

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After enjoying this brewery's doppelbock I was very excited to try the hefe...and it did not let me down. It pours yellow with some nice orange hues mixed in and slightly cloudy. Lively carbonation that looks great when drank out of the proper hefe glass. Great aroma. Lots of orange, lemon, citrus, and some bready malts. The taste follows the bill exactly. A great thirst quencher. Very impressive.

Hefe weizens are probably my least favorite style of beer, but I have to say I really enjoyed this one. My new favorite hefe and a must try for all you wheat beer lovers out there. I can see why this one is a classic.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Procured from Grand Cru in Baltimore and poured into a large hefe glass

Humongous white fluffy heat atop a cloudy dark yellow hazy brew. Excellent retention, lacing, and carbonation
Phenolic as all getout, with sweet malts and yeasts vying for space in your nostrils
Medium bodied malt monster. Cotton candy, banana and clove, kept in check by a very light hop bitterness
Carbonation washes off any sticky remnants leaving a very pleasant taste. Worth having many more.

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Photo of thesilverhand
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a beautiful near-opaque translucent pale orange, with the most amazing head - it's thick, bright white and incredibly creamy. Beautiful beer. I could spend all day just watching the head dissipate slowly into rolling hills of foam.

It's sweet and spicy; a very well balanced aroma. Cloves and yeast hit first, with banana and citrus coming on with a bit more subtlety. The wheat imparts a nice grassiness...a bit like fresh-mowed hay.

The taste wasn't quite was I was expecting. It's far milder than I anticipated. Soft cloves and banana, and a lot of yeast; the wheat is gentle and smooth. Interesting, but it doesn't overwhelm me.

This is a wonderfully smooth and drinkable beer. Eminently refreshing, it is a perfect complement to a hot, muggy summer evening. I'm not the biggest fan of the style, but this one gets it right.

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Photo of Gaisgeil
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold in color with a fluffy white head that had excellent retention. Nose is quite spicy and fruity at the same time. Taste is quite complex and extremely well balanced. Heavy on the banana flavor and clove, this is like the quintessential hefe, extremely well done. Lots of flavor layering going on, but not so much that it ruins what is basically a very quaffable and refreshing beer. Very well done, I could drink a lot of this and I will, especially at this price.


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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer poured hazy pale golden with a very slight amber hue. The head was white, large, and in charge coating the glass as it slowly retreated from the edge of the glass.

The aroma was very fruity with notable banana, a roundness in the aroma of wheat, and a slight spice of clove. Also some malty sweetness was notable.

The flavor was crisp with a nice dryness and quite a bit of banana fruit flavors. The wheat was noticeable and well done. The spice was very low clove but was present as the banana fruitiness diminshed in the flavor.

The finish was dry with a crisp wheat and slight spice lasting into the aftertaste with hints of that banana fruitiness. The body was medium but seemed lighter due to the higher carbonation levels. The beer was immensely drinkable and well done. I used to not like German Wheat beers, but they have certainly grown on me over the years. This is one of the most popular around.

16.9 ounce bottle. Code date on back 1135. This beer is imported out of NC...Yee Haw!

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Photo of Naerhu
4.97/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Beautiful orange opaque body and pure white head.
S - Banana and cinamon, apple pie.
T - Banana pie, dry, cinamon, goofy amounts of yeast. Spicy, fresh, amazing.
M - Silky smooth, luscious. Medium body.
D - Can there be better drinking better beer. Mind numbingly juicy and fresh, I want to go on this liquid diet.

Purchased from Ueda Beer Cafe

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Photo of bruachan
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

advertised as "from the barrell," which i take to mean "on-tap" and not "cask-conditioned" (someone correct me if i'm mistaked so i can change it)

served in a tall spiraly Weienstephaner glass advertising the brewery's status as the oldest in the world (11th century—that's the garfield administration, i think)
the best wheat beer i've had yet? beatiful head and lacing (with the little white circles i associate with belgians). big yeast aroma and delicious spicy flavors with plenty of banana and citrus

well carbonated

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

Poured into a weizen glass, a good 2 finger head on this one. Body is a little clearer than I would expect for a hefe. A nice yellow gold with that crisp white head.

The aroma is classic hefe weizen with banana and cloves, a little saaz too.

This hefe tastes sweet, with the accent being a banana flavor, the spices and hops give it a nice accent. Finish is clean and crisp.

This feels medium bodied, the carbonation and clean taste leads to a refreshing brew.

As far as drinkability this is a beer that can be enjoyed in looonnnggg session drinking due to it's ease of consumption, moderate ABV and overall refreshing taste.

Overall this is a one heck of a hefe, I'd like to try this on tap. I think this style is better tasting on tap and has more flavor. Still a very enjoyable brew on a hot summer day in June!

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

The beer came in a pint glass and appears cloudy yellowish-orange. Great creamy white head on this beer and it hangs around for a long time.

The smell is pleasantly sweet with wheat and slight citrus.

Excellent balanced taste of bananas and yeast with slight citrus/lemon undertones. Very smooth up front and finishes crisp and slightly bitter/tart. Like others who have reviewed, I found the combination of flavors and the finish very refreshing. Glad I chose this on a hot day.

Medium body with average amount of carbonation. Feels substantial.

Excellent drinkability. I'm glad I chose this for my first review. The best hefe that I've tried so far and I will drink it in the future.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy, pale yellowish-orange with a thick creamy white head, an excellent looking wheat beer. Smell is almost overwhelming, strong cloves, corriander, banana and lemon peel. Taste is lots of banana, cloves, corriander, and a bready malt as well as the fruity yeast flavors. Mouthfeel is chewy and crisp, with moderate carbonation, a world class wheat beer. Drinkability is high. Probably one of the best wheat beers, not as banana flavored as some (franziskaner and paulaner) but still excellent.

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Photo of clvand0
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a little cloudiness and a tall, fluffy white head that has great retention. Looks great. The aroma is full of banana, clove, yeast - very nice. Just what I want in my hefe. The flavor is much the same - lots of clove, banana, citrus, yeasties and a little bit of graininess. High carbonation level. Drinkability is great and the mouthfeel is right where it should be.

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

perfect example of the style.
pours a slightly pale yellow color with a nice 1 inch head thats bubbly and dissipates quickly but not too wuickly and leaves minor lacing. Smell is bready, spicy with clove and peppery aromas along with a slight orange peel/citrusy aroma lying in the background. Taste was refreshing, crisp and thirst quenching. great on a hot day. nice fruity esters blend very well with the light clove spice. Very drinkable especially on a hot day

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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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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 2,411 ratings.