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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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5,794 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,794
Reviews: 2,210
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 412
Gots: 408 | FT: 14
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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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Photo of rowingbrewer


4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice light yellow color with a strong white head. the smell is slightly sweet with hints of banana and the wonderful yeasty spiciness you expect from this style. the taste is wonderfully melded together. the clove yeasty flavor and slight banana flavor compliment the beer rather than completely take it over. you can taste the malt base. the mouthfeel is well carbed and almost semisweet. this beer is not as dry as others, and i like it. overall this is the best heffeweizen I have had hands down.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 15:30:53 | More by rowingbrewer
Photo of Chriscrundwell12


4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Hefe glass.

A- Beautiful hazy body, extremely carbonated, four finger frothy off white head, beautiful lacing, yellow straw color, just a beautiful beer.
S- Really refreshing aroma, banana, clove, citrus upfront, hints of spice and slight breadiness.
T- Taste just as good as the smell, so refreshing, this is the perfect beer for a hot summer day. Sweet, slight breadiness, banana, clove, citrus, delicious.
M- Light mouthfeel, well carbonated, really smooth.
O- One of if not the best of its style. Extremely easy drinkability, so smooth and refreshing, love the fruity banana flavors, just a great beer, and one I will drinking for years to come.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 03:13:49 | More by Chriscrundwell12
Photo of codsmith


4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours with a huge complete white head that dissipates in an adequate time period. Very cloudy with an orange yellowish tint.

S: The yeast really comes through with the perfect amount of banana and clove that really come through. Very clean and not overwhelming. The clove is a little more predominate than the banana

T: The clove and banana really come through not just in the smell, but the taste as well and in the same ratio of more clove than banana.

M: Nice and light. Very refreshing. Carbonation is perfect for this style.

O: By far the best Hefeweizen I've ever had. This should be the benchmark for all other beers in this category. I'm going to have to try and brew up something close to this... if I can.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 01:06:10 | More by codsmith
Photo of Knapp85


3.15/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Hefe pours out as a cloudy yellowish gold, the head was fluffy and white. There was a subtle banana aroma with hints of spice in the mix. The flavor of the beer was slightly sweet and had a little bit of a clove taste in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth and slick, there was a light carbonation. Overall this brew isn't too bad, it's worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 02:55:15 | More by Knapp85
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4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a flared flute glass at Bauer's Brauhaus.

My final glass at the Brauhaus. It's been fun, but I've gotta get outta here sometime, right? Figured I'd go out on a note that's been advertised as a high one. It pours a hazy pale straw topped by a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises wheat, banana, very light, clove, black pepper, and lemon zest. The taste brings in more of the same, but with more black pepper and the addition of some light nutmeg. A nice current of orange zest comes in as well, tying everything together quite nicely. The body is a sorta hefty-leaning light, with a very light moderate carbonation, a lightly creamy feel, and a crisp finish. Overall, though this is not the best hefe I've ever had, it is damn close, and a damn fine beer all around. Good times.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2011 03:40:52 | More by TMoney2591
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New Jersey

4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a pale hazy straw color. Big frothy white head with tightly packed bubbles. Not much lacing.

S - banana hits the nose first followed by a bit of spicy clove. Some bready malt sweetness backs up the big aroma provided by the yeast.

T - doughy malt intertwines with juicy fruit bubble gum sweetness. There is a bit of ripe banana in the middle followed by just a slight bit of bitterness for balance. Crisp, slightly sweet finish.

M - light bodied verging on medium. Bright zesty carbonation.

D - this is what a hefeweizen should taste like.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 02:46:21 | More by Teleweizen2
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New York

4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since German beers have always been near and dear to my hear, it's time to finally try the number 1 ranked german beer on the site!

A- a nice deep golden hue, topped of with a thick and creamy pearl-white head.

S- lots of wheat, some sweetness, honey maybe? Also plenty of spice.

T- A nice, creamy mouthfeel leads to plenty of earthiness and yeast, mixed with wheat, spicy cloves, lots of bananas. It kind of reminds me of a nice slice of my granmother's banana bread.

O- This is a great beer and one of the best of its style I have ever had. Perfect for the warm weather. Prost!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 01:41:53 | More by Tschnab
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4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle served into a weissbier glass

Pours a very hazy combination of yellow and orange. It's light yellow around the edges of the glass, but there is a solid column of orange in the center. The strangest part is that these colors are distinct from each other, not blended in. Three fingers of dense, meringue-like head billow up, a mountain of small, fine bubbles. It laces like a dream. I can't imagine that the Hefeweizen style can look any better than this.

Everyone knows how a Hefeweizen is supposed to smell. It's supposed to have zippy wheat aroams. It's supposed to have estery yeast aromas of banana, bubblegum, and clove. It's supposed to have a little bit of lemon. Weihenstephaner has all of these things. Where it excels at is balancing the aromas. I've never had a Hefe that is as balanced as Weihenstephaner's offering. The lemony wheat provides a sturdy backbone for the yeast scents. Clove and banana compliment each other perfectly, with small undertones of bubblegum and a nearly medicinal phenolic (that is vaguely reminiscent of seaweed) smell working to round off the edges.

The taste is just as phenomenally balanced. All of the flavors are so well-balanced and so well-integrated that it tastes like one flavor (as opposed to numerous flavors overlapping). It's remarkable how well the clove and zippy malted wheat draw out the best in each other. Weihenstephaner delivers no unexpected flavor. What sets it apart, again, is the balance between everything. This is a remarkable, inspiring example of brewing. My one qualm with this beer is that the finish is too bready. The zippyness gives way to a wheat bread flavor that I wish weren't there. Flat finish aside, this is astonishing.

The mouthfeel is pretty lovely too. It's very thick, very creamy. When looking to nit-pick, I'd say it is too creamy. Some of the refreshing carbonation is lost. Still, it's a very satisfying mouthfeel. Overall, this is probably the best Hefeweizen I've ever had. It's nearly perfect. A must-try for every single beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 00:01:18 | More by Reaper16
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4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful orange with a nice full head. Wonderful looking beer.

S- Wheat , wheat and more wheat. A little sweetness.

T- Wheat with a tad bit of honey. Faint hint of banana

M- What a smooth beer. Great carbonation with a dry finish. Very crisp.

O- Great beer. I really enjoyed drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 04:01:13 | More by mikul93
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4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

A pours a hazy orange color with a massive fluffy head.

S hints of banana and some spicy clove. A citrus note is also present.

T a bit of fruity banana, some spicy clove, with a nutty note.

M light with good carbonation, with a very dry finish.

Overall this is a great hefe that is the embodiment of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 01:41:12 | More by beerandcycling88
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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice golden wheat color. Nice and hazy, like a Hefe should be, not as much as the kellerweis from SN. I was actually able to get all the yeast off the bottom of this one. Lots of carbonation. Huge fluffy white 3 finger head. Like a cloud from heaven. Great lacing. Could've had more haziness.

S: Big wheaty, banana aroma. Nice lemony scent right behind it. Very fresh. Little fresh dough scent lingers.

T: Very upfront citrusy banana flavor. Mild wheaty, earthy tones bringing up the rear.

M: Full-bodied. Faint fizziness. Creamy.

O: An exceptional Hefe. I'm sure this is, or should be, the standard by which all Hefe's are judged. I mean, they've been brewing since 1040! Almost 1000 years! I'm still partial to the Sierra Nevada Kellerweis (maybe because they tweaked it to american tastes?) But this is almost a perfect beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 16:46:57 | More by doughanson78
Photo of jgagne


4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Golden murky goodness. Enlarged white creamy head. Great looking beer.

S-malty sweetness. With hints of lemon and banana

T- At first sip you get a gentle blend of sweetness and as the beer goes down you get a nice whiff of spiciness.

M-Easy to drink, medium to light body with medium carbonation. Hint of spice.

O-Probably the best Hefeweizen. You cant ask much more for this style.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 02:23:32 | More by jgagne
Photo of output01x


4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL. bottle (no date) into a weizen glass.

A slow pour yields a massive 3-finger creamy of white head that recedes slowly but never disappears. The body is a hazy pale golden straw color with literal jets of rising carbonation bubbles. Slight lacing clings to the sides of the glass throughout consumption. All in all, this is one gorgeous looking beer.

A strong wheat aroma is complimented by a spicy clove scent. Notes of banana, green apple, and bubblegum can all be found within the complex nose.

This beer tastes exactly as its nose implies. The flavors of wheat and clove have a nearly creamy quality while a strong banana note adds to the character of the beer.

Light to medium bodied with great carbonation, this beer has fantastic drinkability. The carbonation permits the flavors to stick around for just the right amount of time.

Definitely one of my favorite beers, Weihenstephan's Hefeweissbier is a summer staple for me. The complex yet mellow flavors allow this beer to be both examined and chugged. It is the perfect example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 15:46:01 | More by output01x
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4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is a wheat beer with a very... wheaty... flavour.

A: Cloudy orange colour and a 5 cm head that last. 5

S: Pleasant wheatbeer smell. 4

T: Strong wheat flavour. There is some spiciness there too, maybe cloves. Perhaps a hint of lemon, too. It's nice, but I don't love it. 4

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: Nice wheat beer. 3.5

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 20:40:02 | More by vandemonian
Photo of BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy, orange straw body. Sticky, patchy head and lacing.

S - Aromas of sweet wheat, mild bannana, clove, faint spice, and watermelon rind.

T - Mouth of chewy, sweet wheat. Mild citrus, and light, grainy bread. Chalky sweetness and mild bannana sugars. A sublime spice profile, but present. Weissbier tang, akin to acidic fruit rind, i.e. melon rind or white of the melon.

M - Great mouthfeel, silky, smooth , soft and fresh. Very clean on the palate and easy.

O - A weiss with a perfect balance of sweetness, chewy wheat, citrus and spice notes. Kind of expected from the oldest brewery in the world.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2011 22:54:33 | More by BeerForMuscle
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4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into my HotD tulip glass.

A - Clear, light orange with a huge off-white head. The head is very creamy and never wants to fade. Some lacing left on the glass.

S - honey, citrus, wheat

T - Floral, honey, wheat.

D - Good carbonation and light in the mouth.

O - Very smooth and drinkable. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 03:44:35 | More by HuskyinPDX
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4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip


typical hefeweizen brew. A cloudy peach colored beer which a huge amount of thick, dense and pillowy off-white head.


Huge amounts of banana, orange, clove and spice. Maybe just a touch of bubblegum in there as well. Great aroma on this one.


Similar to nose but not as dominant. Lots of wheat along with the typical banana, citrus and spice. Subtle sweetness and bitterness. Very drinkable as it's not too "in your face" with flavor.


A little on the light side....great carbonation however. I could use a little more body but still a good feel. A little dry finish which I like.


A great beer for the style. Not to mention it's readily available and relatively cheap. Seems like it's been forever since I had a nice hefe as I'd rather drink a stout or IPA, however this would be a go to beer if I'm craving a hefe.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 00:27:17 | More by cetherid
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4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet and a thick, fluffy head formed. Color is a hazy burnt orange. The nose has a ton of malt with a yeasty/lemon zest. The taste is packed with zesty hop and yeast flavors(earthy lemon). I'm impressed by the dry, bready middle. The finish is a crisp malty/lemon with a dry carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 21:27:02 | More by DrinkingDrake
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Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass at cellar temperature.
Best before date: December.22.2011

Appearance- Pours a nice semi-cloudy golden straw colour with a massive four fingers of fluffy white head that very slowly dissipates to a fluffy bubbly top of head that does subside but never really goes away, a very sexy looking beer to be honest.

Smell- Can definitely smell the yeast right away and it has a clove spice to it on the nose, the usual bready malt aromas are also very present and a nice fruity aroma of bananas and citrus fruit come through in the backbone.

Taste- Very similar to the smells although the spices from the cloves play a much more major role on the palate hitting you right away, the citrusy fruits come in next with the unripe banana taste coming through more than the citrusy notes. Again the usual bready malt flavours are there in the taste as well although not as predominant as in the smell and a hint of yeast comes through in the taste as well, overall a very complex tasting Hefe.

Mouthfeel- A medium bodied Hefe that has great carbonation, definitely very smooth, crisp, and easy drinking as well. Although sampled at cellar temps I’m sure a nice cold one would be very thirst quenching on those warm spring days

Overall- There is a reason why this one is rated so high and it does deserve all its praise, the smells are great and the taste is even more complex, overall just a great hefe and worthy of a world class beer. Honestly I feel almost privileged that this is a regular offering at the crappy old government dominated LCBO, a definite go to when is search of this style of brew and pretty much the benchmark from what I compare others in this category to as well, very quality and well worth it.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2011 05:55:29 | More by Roke87
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3.75/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful 4 finger whip cream head. Mad torrent of carbonation rising to the top. I've never seen anything quite like it. Color is a more dull pilsner shade and a bit disappointing. Thick lacing. Somewhat cloudy.
S: Nostril opening punchy yeast. Sweet and a pinch soapy. Citrus banana.
T: More bitter than I expected. Sweet banana's, slightly heavy yeast.
M: Smoothish but watery, carbonation very mild,
O: Decent. I've had better Weihenstephaners.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 21:32:06 | More by sfprint
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New York

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours glowing cloudy golden amber with heaps of whipped cream white head that rims. Banana creme pie and natural bees wax candle nose. Ripe banana and cookie dough with light clove, more nutmeg and bark hops. Lightly phenolic ending and tingly tropical fruit linger. Creamy, soft, round and light to medium with a bit of chew, maybe a tad thin.

Seemless. Makes Paulaner seem like diesel. All the potentially sharp flavours are rounded off in a so-smooth package. Exemplar of the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 20:27:12 | More by StJamesGate
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4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich yellow color with billowing white head, filling the immediate vicinity with smells of bread, clove, banana, and slight lemon citrus. When brought to the nose the flavors intensify with bread subsiding and clove taking the lead, followed shortly by banana. Taste follows the nose with clove and banana leading, with the finish almost tasting like a slice of citrusy banana bread. Lemon is also in the finish but very mild. Drinkablilty is very very high. I could easily drink several 500ml bottles of this on a hot day, and plan to.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 18:31:00 | More by seans86
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4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from their standard bottle into an oversized stemless wine glass.

A: Straw yellow color, really thick tall head. Nice retention, spots of lacing. Opaque, very dense cloudy look.

S: Biscuity, can really get the clove. Pepper, lemon and bits of banana. Really nicely balanced aroma.

T: Wonderful taste, lots of clove, citrus, and the right amount of banana. Amazing balance, the biscuit flavor is there, but not bready at all. Really wonderful, nice and summery.

M: Very smooth, perfect carbonation. The goldilocks of carbonation, just right! Really great feel.

O: Love it..Love everything about it. This is exactly what a Hefeweizen should taste like. Will definitely getting more for summer drinking.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 02:15:50 | More by kevanb
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New York

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

Pours cloudy yellow in color with a massive 3 finger foamy white head that looks like a cloud of bubbles; the head lasted a long time, dropping slowly as the cloudy head turned into a snowy sculpture and left great foamy lacing as it went down.

Smells of yeast, sweet malt, lemon, clove, grass, spices like pepper, banana and soft fruity notes; really nice and for a lack of better words, it smells happy and inviting.

Tastes of sweet malt, yeast, lemon, banana, clove and the classic metallic funky-ness from the yeast, which tingles and prickles the tongue and then gives way to coriander, pepper and other spices, some orange peel, tart apple or pear, citrus hops, wheat and some very light bready grains. Wow, talk about a great summer session beer, this brew has been going for hundreds of years for a reason – it is damn tasty.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing, and yet smooth, creamy and slick at the same time; this has very light to almost zero carbonation, a dry finish on the tart side that almost feels like the beer evaporates after each swallow.

A great beer that has just the right balance of everything that a hefeweizen should have; the clove, spices and banana are mild and perfect and won’t turn off a “regular” beer drinker. This is the standard for this style and I’m glad I had it again with the ability to savor and review it. A very high recommendation on any day, and the fact that I got it at a super market for $2.99 per 25 oz bottle makes this the bargain of the year so far.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 03:33:16 | More by CHickman
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful golden orange with a massive foamy white head that fills the top of the glass & lasts remarkably well. As you would expect the beer is a cloudy one. It's incredible looking & I can’t wait to taste it.

An exceptionally good combination of banana & oranges blended with a mix of lemon, clove and wheat. A truly excellent smelling beer that gets better each time.

A great tasting banana flavour upfront that is combined with cloves and oranges and a hint of citrus in the background. Fantastic and a beer I could drink all night long.

Smooth and incredibly refreshing, the beer goes down so well and feels great. It is light to medium bodied with perfect carbonation.

Absolutely fantastic all round & definitely one the best beers I have ever tried. Exactly what a hefeweizen should taste like & one that everyone should try.

Take a look at:

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 10:38:13 | More by flyingpig
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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