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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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5,344 Ratings

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Ratings: 5344
Reviews: 2185
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 01-22-2001)
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Photo of haharight

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Some may say I'm generous in my 5.0 rating; make no mistake, any wheat beer lover will be won over by Weihenstephaner. Pours perfect in a weizen glass topped off with a high quality foam and colour to match. Claiming to be the worlds oldest brewery; one sip and you will easily know why they still exist.

I have always been a fan of wheat type beers, my first experience with Weihenstephaner had me instantly hooked. One sip and I knew "this is is!" Bottom line: If you like wheat beer this should be your next purchase, you can't go wrong.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 02:04:19 | More by haharight
Photo of eclipse54


4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow/gold color with a large, frothy, pure white head fueled by a continuous stream of bubbles from the base of the glass. Wet patches of bubbles cling to the walls of the tulip. The aroma is of strong clove, banana, wheat, straw, freshly cut grass, and hay. Very floral and refreshing. The taste follow suits, with a strong clove and banana presence amongst a wheat and hay background. Some faint lemon citrus, white pepper, and crisp grape juice sensation round it out. Mouthfeel is delectable; light, crisp, and lively with an effervescent and dry finish. Overall, this is a phenomenal hefeweissbier that I’m always happy to have. The clove in this is very predominant, but masterfully integrated such that it doesn’t seem overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 22:08:02 | More by eclipse54
Photo of Subliminal64

Ontario (Canada)

4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I had to try this beer. First of all I highly enjoy Wheat Beers. Second I love German beers and third because of the great reviews I found on this website.

Poured from bottle into a standard glass. VERY cloudy. The most opaque wheat beer I have tried.

Smell was a little on the sweet side. Not offensive at all.

Taste was almost neutral. Well balanced with little to no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was almost acidic due to the amount of carbonation. But I do enjoy lots of that.

Overall I was very happy with this beer. Although I still do prefer Erdinger Weissbier. Erdinger is has more of a full flavour. A little stronger then the one reviewed.

If your looking for an amazing Wheat Beer, you won't be disappointed with this one.

Erdinger Weissbier is still a better beer IMO


Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 14:19:25 | More by Subliminal64
Photo of JSuperman


4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of this in order to try something new without knowing anything about it. After finishing the bottle rather quickly I thought this must be a well rated beer. This site confirmed that my peers love this beer. It is a very easy drinking, smooth wheat beer with robust taste. There is not one flavor that dominates, it's just smooth and wonderful. This was a great surprise and helps make me a fan of wheat beers again.

If this beer was a friend, it would be the one you choose to spend the majority of your free time with!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 06:57:53 | More by JSuperman
Photo of tmzl


4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Pours with a massive white head, slow retention to a foamy ring, leaves a sticky excellent lacing. Cloudy yellow wheat with light orange hue. Lots of carbonation. Can't get sexier that this.

Smell: Clove. Wheat, bread sweetness. Spicy. Earthy yeast. Light banana and a hint of lemon. Basically what defines this style, did expect a bit more banana, but doesn't matter really.

Taste: Smell pretty much translates into taste + light hop bitterness. Clove start is the most obvious, also some spice light banana, apple. Then goes in to crackers medium sweet wheat middle. Ends with earthy yeast with light bitterness and some banana esters. Can't really think of a more perfect blend of tastes, no wonder this one defines the style.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, crisp dry - you need and want to take another sip soon. Constantly. Till all gone.

Overall: German perfection.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 21:44:37 | More by tmzl
Photo of ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Weihenstephaner hefe glass.

The appearance on this beer is truly a thing of art. A massive, foamy head forms into a peak above the brew. Sticky lacing is all over the sides of the glass. A cloudy, light copper liquid shines within, emanating golden hues. Abundant carbonation sears its way upwards.

As I expected, lots of banana and cloves hit my nose, alongside some sweet bread and yeastiness. It's simple but smells delicious.

The taste is almost identical to the nose, aside from a slight tartiness at the beginning.

The beer has a pleasant mouthfeel, alternately creamy and carbonated, with sweetness, tartness throughout and a semi-dry finish.

An excellent beer, easy-drinking and refreshing and very approachable.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 22:44:57 | More by ONovoMexicano
Photo of Pintofbrown


4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Becker pint.

Classic hazy golden body and a finger of puffy white cap that falls to a ring.

Yeasty scents of clove and light banana. Slightly sweet vanilla and honey. Great spicing from the wheaty base. Not overly sweet and slightly chalky.

Flavors are similar to the nose with more spice: clovey and peppery. Awesome punch of banana and wheat to go along with the spicing. Only a little of the vanilla in the finish.

Finishes more crisp than dry. Medium body with a decent creaminess.

Wonderful beer that I could drink over and over again. The sweet is cut by that wonderful spicing on the nose and palate. And that wheat base is amazing. World class, no doubt.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2013 05:00:22 | More by Pintofbrown
Photo of Amgarnier


4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Poured a clear yellow, with a distinct two finger beautiful foamy head. The head stuck to the side of the glass for the entire drink.

S: A strong wheat smell with a note of malts, some banana and coriander.

T: A delicious mix of wheat and malts. Not too wheaty and a little but of a cracker taste. Bannana and cloves come through with an almost hidden hop flavor.

M: Medium-High carbonation with a lighter body.

O: it loves up to the hype a must have for the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 03:11:37 | More by Amgarnier
Photo of Ryanm1


4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Translucent but not transparent this "hefe weissbier" or yeast wheat beer pours yellow, yes yellow in color. Unfiltered bursting with carbonation leaving rings on the glass as you drink it is one of the best wheats ever made. Not only is it the best but it 'a the first claiming that it was first brewed in 1040 AD. Fragrant citrus bouquet. Carbonated not bitter citrusy wheat taste on the palate that lingers as a slightly sweet beer. Possibly floral at the finish. The best lingering flavor for a wheat I've ever tasted. True Bavarian (Munich region) beer. Not hard to find but don't underestimate it's greatness.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 00:45:16 | More by Ryanm1
Photo of ISmith87


4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - 4.5 - Definitely gotta give this one it's looks. Crystal clear golden amber color with a nice thick white head that sticks and leaves nice lacing.
S - 4.75 - Very full and clean smell. Lemon, wheat, banana, maybe even a tiny bit of vanilla? The best wheat beer I've ever smelled.
T - 4.25 - More wheat, banana, clove, lemon. Little less complex than the smell, but I can tell why people like this one.
M - 4.25 - Light mouthfeel. Easy drinking for sure. Aftertaste is yeasty bready malts. This beer makes you burp fresh lemons. Nice.
O - 4.5 - It's a great beer. World class for sure. This is the best wheat beer I've had, usually they have some off flavors, but this one was so clean and awesome.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 18:21:41 | More by ISmith87
Photo of Mojo


4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottle poured into wheat beer glass

A - pours up a crystal clear medium gold with a nice fluffy two finger head, good retention, and good lacing.

S - bananas are the dominant smell with some earthy notes present as well.

T - lemon, bananas, clove, yeast, with a dry finish

M - good carbonation with a bit of an aftertaste

O - best hefe I've ever had. I don't think the USA has mastered this style yet like the German brewers have yet.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 03:52:06 | More by Mojo
Photo of FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to SebD for sending me this.

A: pours a clear light hay colour with 4 fingers of tight dense off white head. Continuous stream of carbonation trickle to the surface.

S: upfront notes rock sugar, wheat and yeast with spices of cloves and nutmeg. Slight notes of lemon in the background.

T: follows the scent with sweet notes up front followed by wheat, yeast, spices and mineralness. Hints of lemon zest on he finish.

M: medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: an exceptionally crisp and clean refreshing whit. Would definitely seek out again for a hot summer day on the patio.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 02:52:58 | More by FondueVoodoo
Photo of Ljudsignal


4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle split with my girlfriend. Poured into my Three Philosophers snifter.

Pours a gorgeous hazy golden shade capped with a massive, pillowy three-finger head. Solid retention on the head, which gradually subsides to a quarter-finger film atop the beer. Spotty but clingy lacing.

In the nose, a potent banana note reigns supreme, with subtler (but still not particularly subtle) notes of clove, bready yeast, and wheat supporting the dominant banana note. A light, sweetish lemon note as well, more lemon meringue than lemon itself.

In the mouth, lemony notes mingle with banana and fleeting clove on the front of the palate, while light bready and yeasty notes dominate mid-palate. Becomes increasingly dry as the beer reaches the back of the palate, finishing quite dry and rather spicy. Feels more like a wit than a hefe in that regard...or perhaps I simply haven't been drinking the right hefes.

On the tongue, crisp, light, dry, and effervescent. ABV is all but unnoticeable, though it does lend a certain warmth towards the back of the palate and lingers in the aftertaste.

On the whole, this is truly deserving of its place among the top 250. While wits and hefes may never be my favorite style, I can absolutely understand the praise for this particular one.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 03:15:55 | More by Ljudsignal
Photo of BubalooBrewMaster


4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Such a superb Hefe.The smell will make you feel like you are running thru a wheat field in spring time.An off white head that held all the way till the end.Ofcourse being a Hefe it was unfiltered,it was like trying to see thru fog on a cold Bay Area morning.The taste will have your taste buds wanting more with every sip you take.

Overall, I would highly recommend to all that love Hefe/Wit beers.You can't go wrong with was is so right.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 04:54:24 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
Photo of BrandonN24


4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Ok America, just stop trying to brew hefeweizens because you will not be able to touch this one. I am an IPA person myself and I saw the great reviews for this beer and it lived up to every expectation of its hype.

It will definitely be a summertime favorite for me, as it is unmatched by any other hefeweizen. The taste and feel of this beer is superb. You do not get too much wheat from this beer, the flavors are surprisingly complex and balanced at the same time.

Highly recommend, if you like wheat/hefeweizen beer this is exactly what you need.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 01:25:35 | More by BrandonN24
Photo of Redneckwine


4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

My first review! Fairly new to the craft beer scene/geekery but have experienced quite a few microbrews over the past 10 years. I've been cruising beeradvocate for the last month or so and I love this site. Today I picked up a bomber of Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier on recommendation and name-dropping on the forums, so let's see what happens...

A - Poured slightly chilled out of a bomber into pint glass, swirled to incorporate sediment goodness. Two fingers of head recedes into a persistent, thin sheet after a minute. Looks very enticing.

S - Smells of banana, cloves and other spices, and a wheaty maltiness. Smells nice and sweet, I like it! Almost picking up a faint bubblegum note?

T/M - Taste general follows the nose it seems - starts with a nice wheaty crispness follow by the spicy banana notes, then ends with more crisp wheat. Finish seems to go on and on with all the flavors noted above, and makes me want to keep drinking and stop typing this review. Medium/light mouthfeel, nice and dry to my pleasant surprise, due to the sweet smell.

O - It's no wonder this beer is rated so highly, It's one of the best beers I have ever had, and definitely the best hefe I've had. It's a stark difference from the last hefe I had, which I think was a Widmer almost a year ago - it's just no comparison, they are two totally different beasts. The Weihenstephaner was a flavor bomb and now I wish I had another to drink!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 01:53:21 | More by Redneckwine
Photo of walkinginplace

North Carolina

4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I know, I know, you aren't really supposed to hand out 5's on BA. However, THIS is how you do a Hefeweizen. This is one of the best beers I have ever had and probably THE beer that got me into craft brews.

A: It looks glorious. It's a hazy, pale orange/yellow. It even looks like wheat.

S: Wheat and banana, a clear preview of the taste.

T: Banana is the overwhelming flavor. You can taste the wheat and citrus but the banana outshines anything else by a mile. One of the smoothest and most refreshing beers I have tasted.

F: Crisp and smooth. Not too heavy but not to light.

Overall: An excellent medium-bodied, almost sweet, beer. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 21:36:30 | More by walkinginplace
Photo of a0lbudman


4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy straw to light gold color with a large snow white that left no lace around the glass
S-clove and banana with a hint of spice
T-it was a tart banana flavor with bready aftertaste. It had a very clean finish.
M-high carbonation with a light body
O-this was a smooth beer that was very refreshing. It had taste and flavor, and I will be drinking it again

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 04:23:55 | More by a0lbudman
Photo of JamieDuncan


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

One of my favorite beers and a standard go to. Wanted to knock out a full review to see what the score would end up. Smell and Taste and well, perfect. Very little to knock about this beer. At being that you can pick it up for $9 a sixer, well, perfection overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2013 03:46:02 | More by JamieDuncan
Photo of LagerCognoscenti

United Kingdom (England)

3.88/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a typically nice looking wheat beer. Big head. Great retention. Lots of lacing. There's a lot of carbonation bubbles streaming up the glass.

The smell is yeasty with hints of banana and spices.

The beers tastes very pleasant and refreshing. There are some citric notes and some bready sweetness with another hint of banana. Not much hoppiness in this beer.

The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and adds to the overall refreshing nature of this beer.

Overall this is a very well balanced and easy drinking beer with some interesting but fairly subtle and delicate flavours. It would be particularly nice on a hot summers day and makes a nice alternative to a pilsener. I didn't think it was quite as amazing and wonderful as the ratings suggest. But it was good.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 12:46:55 | More by LagerCognoscenti
Photo of drmcleod10


4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a cloudy honey color with an inch and a half off white foam head with minimal lacing

S - Smells of flowery spice with hints of coriander

T - Tastes like floral and fruity with bananas and some citrus. The after taste is the best part of the beer. Fruity taste left on the palate

M - Not too overpowering carbonation, nice creamy mouthfeel. Great

O - Definitely the best readily available wheat beer or hefe.

Can pretty much grab this off the shelf any day of the week and it will never be a bad choice

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 17:14:19 | More by drmcleod10
Photo of mpedara429


4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured out cloudy golden color with two fingers of off white head. Not much in the retention and lacing category.

S: Clove, bready yeast and mild fruity esters.

T: The banana really comes out here, especially on the tongue. The characteristics of the nose are also present. Grassy finish.

M: Medium light body and medium light carb. It is a little sticky and creamy, yet also
a little dry. How the…!?!

O: Classic brewery with a classic version of the style. Not much else needs to be said.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 23:03:44 | More by mpedara429
Photo of itsscience


3.84/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy blonde with two fingers of off-white head that quickly disappears. Banana and clove are most prominent on the nose, and after that, lemon and bready yeast. In the mouth, coriander and other spices come out, along with a big yeast characteristic, banana flavor, and bubblegum. The body is light with medium carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2013 04:21:37 | More by itsscience
Photo of Segelstrom


3.26/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - poured into a frozen tumbler. head filled half the glass so be careful when pouring. beer was a cloudy piss color

S - the smell of cloves came thru - not good in my book

T - ditto smell. I am not a fan of wheat beers so must apologize for this rating

M - smooth. went down easy

O - I'm sure the wheat beer aficionados
just love this one

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 23:30:13 | More by Segelstrom
Photo of _--TAD--_


4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great wheat beer that goes great with any grilled food, I just wish it was more thick. Also for a top quality import beer the price is not that bad as compareded to how pricey Belgian ales can get. The bottle says keep it around chilled to about 46-52 degrees fahrenheit, but if you have it a few degrees warmer than 52 degrees you can really takes the wheat.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 18:46:33 | More by _--TAD--_
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 5,344 ratings.