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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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6,454 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,454
Reviews: 2,254
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 501
Gots: 666 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 01-22-2001)
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Free pour in the pouring rain at the Alchemist truck sale 10/4/14 - can't beat that.

Stephenjtorres, Oct 16, 2014
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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.44/5  rDev +0.7%

SGriner, Oct 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.08/5  rDev -7.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

First beer on the native soil of Germany was this delicious delight. Perfect blends and crisp taste.

CharlesVanCleave, Oct 14, 2014
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4.4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

ac22rush, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of SitkaSteve
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a weizen glass.
The appearance was a nice yellow to off white cloudy orange color with a thick two to three finger foamy white head. Lacing slides down the sides nicely.
The smell had a really nice yeasty to breadiness inside of a light orange - ish citrus atmosphere, reminiscent of refreshing qualities running all over.
The taste was mainly sweet and bready citrusy notes.
Crisp refreshing but not watery citrus aftertaste and sweet bready finish.
The mouthfeel was sticky sweet breadiness running over my mouth.
Overall, this is more than just a standard for a hefeweizen. In my opinion, this is the end all and be all of hefeweizens.

SitkaSteve, Oct 13, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -49%

Ever since I heard of Weihenstephaner, I've been eager to try it. It's only my second hefeweizen after Sierra Nevada's Kellerweiss, which I did not enjoy very much. Still eager to develop a taste for the style, I thought I would try a hefeweizen that is generally considered the best in the world. If I don't like this, I may as well give up on the style.

Serving: Undated pint bottle. The label suggests to serve this beer cold, so I got it nice and cool in the coldest part of my fridge before trying it, but made sure not to make it 'ice' cold.

Look: Fantastic. However, I poured a bit too agressively and it produced a giant, frothy, meringue-like head, that settled down eventually but still retained a wonderful shape as it settled down to a reasonable size. Color is a dense golden yellow, without any transparency.

Smell: Up front and center was that same band-aid flavor found in Kellerweiss, and it seemed to dominate-YUCK. On the positive side, there was that sweet malt distinctive to hefeweizens, and possibly the faintest bit of banana.

Taste: Pretty much band-aids and bubble gum. It was difficult to finish.

Feel: Well carbonated, as you could imagine, but almost felt creamy.

Overall: After being disappointed by Kellerweiss, I was willing to give Hefeweizens one more shot with what is arguably the benchmark of the style, but sadly ended up getting disappointed once more. I understand that it is intended for the yeasts to give off a flavor similar to this, and that many other people enjoy it, but it is just not for me, and I think it's only fair for my score to reflect my own experience with the beer. I guess I'm one of those people who are too sensitive to the yeasts/phenols for this kind of beer to be enjoyable. For now I will give up on this style, or maybe try a kristalweizen next.

enjambed, Oct 13, 2014
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4.2/5  rDev -4.8%

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Renobrew, Oct 12, 2014
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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,454 ratings.