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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 6,992
Reviews: 2,346
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 575
Gots: 1,000 | FT: 15
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 01-22-2001

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before February 22nd 2013. Didn't see this in stores around here until fairly recently, but having heard nothing but praise (and being a fan of hefes in general), I am pretty eager to try this one.

Pours a muddy yellow-brown colour, quite cloudy, topped with nearly three fingers of silky, creamy, sparkling white head. Great retention - the head hangs around for a significant portion of the pint, and leaves behind nice smears of lacing on the glass as it slowly seeps away. Fresh, yeasty aroma with prominent spicy clove notes; leans on the sweet side with lots of pale wheat malt, banana and light citrus zest. Very impressed so far.

I'm in love with this stuff after my first sip - it really is that delicious. Tons of bready wheat malt flavour supported by more of the banana and lemony citrus notes detected in the aroma, with a gentle clove spiciness in the background. Malty, yeasty aftertaste with a faint hint of clove that lingers. Medium-bodied, and a silky, prickly mouthfeel with the perfect amount of carbonation for a hefe. A bit chewy, with a slick coating left behind on the palate after swallowing. As drinkable as mana from heaven, but I'd rather savour it than slug it back.

Final Grade: 4.58, a nearly-perfect A+ grade. I am completely blown away by this - I've heard it was good, but that is an understatement because it's utterly incredible. Usually I can find at least one thing to criticize no matter how much I like a beer, but this is virtually perfect from my point of view: the golden standard of hefes.

[Updated Feb. 18 2014]

I picked up another bottle, primarily to compare this one side-by-side with some other German hefes (Schneider-Weisse, Erdinger, and Paulaner). Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier remains one of my favourite wheat beers of all time, and it is easily my favourite hefeweizen - unbelievably drinkable, absurdly smooth and delicious as hell. The only problem with this beer is that it's not as widely-distributed/reliably available as the other three in these parts... but I can't say I'm surprised, as this is a world-class beer that people should be buying by the armful. A must-try.

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look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

P: Huge mountain of thick  3 finer meringue head that towers over a beautiful cloudy golden orange body. Head retention is amazing with marshmallow lacing. 

S:  Spicy yeast, copper, bananas, clove, and a heavy dose of fresh wheat.  Once swirled bubblegum, citrus and timid phenol aroma fills the nose. 

T/M:  Ultra creamy mouthfeel, phenol bananas, clove, and delicious citrusy wheat.  Finish is dry with red delicious apples and a subtle copper aftertaste. 

O:  Wow!  This was amazing. I loved everything about it. The creamy mouthfeel the delicious wheat and delicate spices. A total favorite for relaxing and enjoying a refined brew. I will definitely enjoy this regularly. 

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4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1 pint, 0.9oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

pours a hazy dull yellow tone with a big two-finger plus (closing in on three) creamy off-white head. outstanding retention and lacing all over the place. outstanding presentation.

nose offers clove, banana, and a touch of another fruit i'm having trouble placing. apple, maybe, or peach. melon? regardless, a real nice aroma. the flavor doesn't disappoint, full of clove and banana mostly, with a few mutes citric notes. very tasty. would be the perfect summer beer - relatively light and refreshing yet no less delicious.

crisp, medium-bodied mouthfeel with medium-plus carbonation. extremely drinkable. a classic, easily my favorite hefeweizen to date.

originally reviewed: 02-15-2011

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle w/ no date

Looks like apple juice if apple juice had a nice creamy head. Smell is spicy wheat, hay, apples, pears, oranges, grass, with a flat bitterness. Taste is earthy: hay, grass, yeast, barley, clove, with lemon and a touch of banana in the back. Finishes mildly dry with the taste of a saltine cracker. Mouthfeel could be creamier, and the esters are a bit cloying.

Great hefe.

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4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Weizen glass.

Appearance: Light, but semit cloudy gold. Not too many bubbles but an overwhelming head on the pour which rose to just under two fingers length.

Smell: Light orange with a mix of banana, light malts.

Taste: Really complex and built for perfection. I mean this beer is packing punch when it comes to flavor, light banana, slight sweet citrus and after taste of malts.

Mouth: As good as it gets when it comes to a any hefeweizen, this beer is so smooth.

Overall: The truth is this beer is my favorite (and should be yours as well) Hefeweizen, With rich flavors and full-filling taste it would be harder to please any more. Have one and ask yourself for more, Salud!

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4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed 21 May 2012, reviewed from notes. Bottle say 0315. I think this translates to bottled on the day ending in 0 (30) of 35th week of year, 2011, which would be 30 August 2011.

Pours a gorgeous cloudy pale golden wheaty yellow. Massive 3-finger white head, super fluffy and dense, with amazing sticky lacing. Unsurpassed in this department.

Smell is buoyantly yeasty, full of banana, with some spice and nice crisp noble hops. Smells delicious. Starts out full and fruity, then relaxes into a crisp, dry, wheaty-yeasty yumminess.

Taste initially strikes me as bland. Quite wheaty, but the yeast doesn't show up as much here. A decent amount of banana on the back end. But overall, it's dominated by those herbal noble hops. I want more spice!

Feels light-bodied, but full in the mouth. Good carbonation, finishes pretty dry with just a bit of water lingering in the mouth.

Smells and looks better than it tastes. Which is unfortunate, because it smells fantastic.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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