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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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5,793 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,793
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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Quebec (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cloudy yellow pour with a white head that fades but never dissapears completely. Smells mainly wheat and bananas with a few subtle notes of spice/corriander. Starts out thin in the mouth but leaves a rich aftertaste and is incredibly refreshing and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 17:52:35 | More by Luk13
Photo of Agold


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

This beer is impressive to look at. It is a light cloudy golden color and pours with a creamy billowy head. There is nice lacing as well for this one. It smells very light, with notes of yeast most prevalent, but banana character shines through as well. The taste is of banana with some spices (cloves maybe) coming through. The carbonation seems a bit too aggressive at times but overall done very well. This is by far the best example of a Hefeweizen i have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 01:12:33 | More by Agold
Photo of rowey77


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

A- Pours a nice cloudy amber orange with a large white head of 3 fingers which settles down a bit. Lacing stays throughout.

S- Smells really nice, exactly what you would expect of this style. Wheat, yeast, and the banana and light spiciness. I also detected a smoky burnt wood aroma. Aromas combine together very well in a balanced mix.

T- Tastes similar to how it smells, but definitely not as bold in flavor as I would have expected. Very nice balance again overall.

D- Goes down easy with a light body, yet with plenty of flavor. Carbonation is light.

Overall, I would definitely drink another of these.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2010 23:39:28 | More by rowey77
Photo of waldoiverson


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

12 oz into weiss glass

First - I apologize to this beer for taking so long to review it even though it is always in the rotation.

A: cloudy blonde with pillowy white head that leaves fine lacing

S: Creamy yeast, bready with a little sharpness like pineapple at the end

T: banana with bubble gum and a twist of lemon zest for a refreshing bitterness

M: Smooth, then the carbonation clears the palate.

D: This is a year round drinker but today it is 90 and humid and there are few things that I'd rather have in my glass.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 22:30:58 | More by waldoiverson
Photo of sixerofelixir


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

16.9 oz bottle. 4 digit code inked on the back label (5180) implies that my bottle was brewed on April 25, 2010.

* For reference, thanks to: http://sites.google.com/site/freshbeeronly/

Just an enormous and fluffy head, well worth noting. The fact that it stays intact in spite of its seemingly fragile constitution is truly miraculous. The liquid is a cloudy deep straw color. I get mineral on the nose, mild dessert, and clove and herbal qualities. Very smooth texture. Taste is where the banana and golden plum characteristics come into the forefront. Smooth finish, with a nice touch of spiciness. Easily drinkable, and just an all-around excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 04:46:39 | More by sixerofelixir
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4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got a sixer for $10.99 instead of a 16oz bottle for $3.49

A: Pale, cloudy gold. Lots of head although I think I messed up the "german style" pour.

S: Bananas and spice dominate. Maybe some yeast?

T: Banana, slight citrus, spices. Very tasty medley. Exactly what I want in a hefeweizen.

M: Light on the palate; like a wheat beer should be.

D: Surprisingly filling to me but loved every one I drank (three 12oz bottles in a sitting. Not hard to pour down your throat.

My favorite hefeweizen. Tad expensive for a college student like myself but worth it!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 22:39:54 | More by aquaphiliac
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4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer a good 5 or 6 times and decided to review it this time.

Appearance- A light straw color. Pours a very thick head. Lots and lots of carbonation with this one. You have to be careful pouring it or you're likely to get ridiculous amounts of head.

Smell- You get a light malt smell with a lot of banana and clove flavors coming through.

Taste- Just like the smell. Light malt flavor. Almost bready. But the real standout is the yeast esters. Beautiful banana and clove flavors coming through. The thing I really like about Weihenstepan is you get a lot of that banana like flavor where as most hefes it seems like the clove dominates. Perfect balance with the malt however. It's not like Well's banana bread beer. It's very subtle, delicate flavor.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth. Feels very light in your mouth. It's nice.

Drinability- Absolutely no hang ups on this one. Goes down perfectly. I could drink these all day.

Weihenstephan is in my opinion is not only the best hefe you can find, but the best wheat beer as well. Just a beautiful beer. Definitely in my top 3 overall beers I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 20:00:36 | More by briggssteel
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4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a gorgeous cloudy gold with an INSANE three finger white head. Lacing was minimal, unfortunately.

S- banana and cloves...but the thing is, the scent isn't overwhelming like it can be in some hefes, and its not too muted like it can also be. Good blend of a lovely smell.

T- ohhh yes. Mild banana and clove flavor, with an extra bit of sweetness from the banana in there too...tastes awesome. I feel like theres some malt in there too...very interesting flavors.

M- the feel is really good. Theres a real nice character to it...as I mentioned earlier, almost seems a little malty. Adds a lot to the body

D- totally drinkable. Not too much flavor, but just enough to make it awesome. Great summer beer

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 23:30:06 | More by bigfnjoe
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4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this beer on tap at Haus Murphy's in Glendale. I was intrigued because the server highly recommended it and told me it was the "original" German Hefeweizen. I found out the brewery's been around for almost a thousand years so they must be doing something right.

It had a thick, lacy head and a golden cloudy appearance. Smelled of pine, citrus, and cloves. The taste had the typical wheat, banana, clove, and lemon notes you would expect from a German Hefe, but they were remarkably balanced with an extremely clean finish. I think I detected a little bit of apple too (went great with the apple strudel). Mouthfeel was smooth and medium, nothing out of the ordinary. Drinkability was exceptional; I could sip this beer all day long. In fact, it's probably the most drinkable authentic Hefeweizen I've tried.

Verdict: A very good Hefe. For now, Paulaner is still my favorite, but Weihenstephan is a close second and I will certainly have it again soon. Plus, it's the perfect liquid companion for the brutal Arizona heat.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2010 07:15:57 | More by Shuffledaddy
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4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 500ml bottle into 500ml Weihenstephaner World Cup glass.

Appearance: Very cloudy golden-orange color with a large white head that dissipates extremely slowly and leaves behind heavy lace.

Smell: Strong wheat and yeast smells, backed up by strong banana and clove. Some very slight citrus and grass aromas come through as well.

Taste: Wheaty beginning, with a sweet banana flavor, finishing bready and with hints of apple.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium body with light carbonation and a clean, refreshing finish that sticks a bit in the back of the throat.

Drinkability: This is the best hefeweizen I have tasted and it's rightfully the highest rated of its style on this site. Definitely worth a try and, if given the choice, I would drink this beer again without giving it a second thought.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 02:13:21 | More by Mosstrooper
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4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky yellow, though nearly translucent when held to the light, a low head from a slow pour that dissipates quickly.

S: Very citrus in nature, though the cloves tend to be a little overwhelming.

T: Again the cloves are foremost present, though there is a slight banana flavor as well as a hint of banana.

MF/D: A somewhat creamy feel, with an unassuming amount of carbonation. A good Hefe for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 23:13:47 | More by newk340
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4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at O'Brien's, San Diego.

Pours a darker pale orange color. Cloudy, with a white head. Not too big a head, but it might have been the pour. Great aroma of cloves, bananas, and bread. Similar flavors in the taste, and nicely balanced. Light- to medium-bodied and quite smooth, with some nice carbonation. Glad I finally got to try some of this! I'll be sure to hunt it out in the bottle. A wonderful hefeweizen that is very flavorful and refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2010 20:27:53 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of GregSVT


4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a big white head that slowly fades leaving tiny bits of lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is mostly banana and cloves with yeasty tones.

T: The taste is great with lots of banana, vanilla, and cloves.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied with a good carbonation level.

D: This is a good Hefe but I wouldn't say it's better than Live Oak's Hefe. The LO version has a bit more complexity in the taste and the mouthfeel was better. Overall a great example of the style though.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 18:17:22 | More by GregSVT
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4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale, orangey/yellow wheat-like color with a thick, foamy pure white head. About one finger's worth that leaves lacing on the glass

Aroma: Bubblegum sweetness and banana with spiciness and cloves in the background

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sour and tart with a very large banana presence. The aftertaste is a little spicey and a lot sweet - kind of like some sort of spiced candy. No real malt or hops to mention. The mouthfeel is very carbonated and crisp. Super light also.

Notes: I don't typically enjoy this style, but this isn't overly cloying or heavy, so I'm liking it a lot. It's certainly drinkable, I think you could easily put down a couple glasses of this. Nice and light, great for a summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 21:45:56 | More by seh410
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4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This, I believe, is my favorite Hefeweizen. I was pleasantly surprised--the restaurant simply called this a Weihenstephaner Lager. I didn't expect a Hefe.

Good starting head that leaves no lace. But it does settle in a rocky fashion. There's a touch of cloudiness; the liquid is pale orange-gold.

Strong wheat aroma, but I also detect some buttery smells. The rest of the nose is tart citrus.

Lemony wheat flavor with no bitterness from hop or burnt grains. It has a good mouthfeel with very fine bubbles. There's a sweet finish with a short aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 00:45:44 | More by smcolw
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4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden orange with yellow highlights with a finger of head that left a little lacing on the glass.

S: big banana and clove aromas with wheat malts, coriander, and slight white raisin notes. There is also slight citrus and spice scents as well.

T: the banana and clove dominate the palate first with the wheat malts pushing through alongside various grain flavors that had some spice and slight citrus accents.

M: light body with a good amount of carbonation that had a sweet, grainy, and crisp finish.

D: overall it drank very well and was good across the board and is a perfect example of the style. I'm glad I have access to it on a daily basis.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 05:20:41 | More by Gobzilla
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4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Saw this one on tap at a German food joint in Camdenton, Mo-- Der Essen Platz. I couldn't pass it up. It was served in a big old German stein instead of a Hefe glass...

This poured a very hazy, barely translucent, golden color. The color was a mix between burnt orange around the edges and the color of pyrite towards the center-- fill in the necessary gradient in between. The head, retention, and lace are all excellent per style. I wish they would have used a hefe glass to get a better look at this one, but it still looked great!

Smell is malty- sweet and spicy-- with notes of wheat and yeasty esters. Banana, clove, and a little bubblegum all take turns rocking out. All the flavors are there. Very tasty and surprisingly complex beer. The body is a bit over medium for the style-- but lots of carbonation make this really easy going down. I was amazed how truly enjoyable this beer was.

I normally avoid German beers, especially Hefes... This is one I am glad I ran into on tap!! If your on the fence about trying this beer, stop wasting time and try it!

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2010 02:58:28 | More by AleWatcher
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4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance -- Pours a hazy orange with two fingers of rocky, lily-white head that just won't leave.

Smell -- Yeasty, with notes of banana, bubblegum, lemon, and faint clove oil.

Taste -- Wheat graininess and an abundance of yeasty character and all that it brings: banana, clove, bubblegum. Malt is biscuity and dry, hop character is minimal, and when detectable add a spicy element. Finish is dry and crisp with lemon, bubblegum, earthy yeast, and a bit of clove.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, with moderate creamy carbonation. Feels velvety without being heavy. Finish is crisp.

Drinkability -- In the past I have typically shied away from wheat beers, especially hefes, but this beer makes me glad I took the effort to get over my wheat prejudice. World class for certain. Did I mention how incredibly refreshing it is???

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 02:07:26 | More by yeahnatenelson
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3.78/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, code 0100, bottled April 10, 2010.

Pours hazy orange with a large white head. Leaves a ring and some spots of lacing and holds a light foamy head.

Aroma is strong on fruit, banana particularly, some light citrus, clove, yeast.

Flavor is fruity, starts somewhat sweet, a lot of banana, orange, some clove, finishes dry and a little chalky.

Medium carbonation.

Never been a fan of wheat beers and this does nothing to sway that opinion. I can see the attraction though, and how this would be a good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2010 02:43:35 | More by elgiacomo
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4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber body with a large off-white frothy head that recedes pretty quickly. Wheat sweetness with a fair share of banana, a bit of clove and maybe a little pear. Earthy yeast character and loads of banana on the tastebuds. The mouthfeel of this beer is absolutely perfect. Super smooth and creamy with a clean finish. This is one that I'll be sure to come back to again and again.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 02:12:00 | More by Surly87
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New Jersey

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

It greets with a cloudy, wheat coloured nectar topped with a creamy, luscious banana pulp head...absolutely one of the most inviting beers one could lay eyes on, none the less on a hot summers eve. Picture perfect.

Immediately you are overcome by immense banana fragrance, moments later cloves make their presence known and whatever other spice I might discern evaporates under the power of these two allies. First sip is just like first sent--- marvelous banana giving way to cloves in the middle. Finally a subtle hop nibbles on the ankles on the way down.

Creamy, yet dry and dispersant. It takes a bit to build layers of texture, then lingers. In the end, coated with the unmistakable wheat grain and banana creaminess, you can't help but pour another glass. Good thing it comes in + pints.

This is as drinkable as beer gets, and one needs none other on a warm spring or hot summers day. Legendary beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 00:50:17 | More by ElDavicho
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4.97/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a wheat beer glass.

A: Pours a lovely pale wheat color, and the head is thick, billowing, and long-lasting.

S: Lots of clove, banana, and bubble gum - exactly what I expect from a good Hefe, and also dry wheat, yeasty notes, and honey.

T: Bubble gum first, quickly followed by clove and banana, yeast, esters, just a whisper of hops, there is a harvest of wheat and yeast flavor in the middle along with a touch of honey and candied apricots, and the finish is gentle but long-lasting.

M: Exceptionally creamy, mouth-coating, and smooth going down.

D: There are no flaws with this beer. If there is a better Hefe out there, let me know about it!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 17:47:02 | More by Erish
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4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was really looking forward to try the Weihenstephaner Hefe since a long time. Finally was able to land one at Pattaya. I pulled it out of the fridge at just about the right temperature, and as I began to pour the liquid gold my heart began to pump expectingly. It poured a beautiful hazy, but resplendent golden into the glass with a stiffly beaten meringuish, rocky head. The head was so stiff looking that if you just noticed that, it would pass of for a vacherin topping. Beneath the stiff and still head, the body was active with bubble jets rising everywhere. The combination and contrast of the body and head was breath taking !
I took a whiff, and it was all you would expect from a hefe - clovey spicy and fruity banana with notes of yeasty bread, raw wheat and citrus. You could smell each characteristic in isolation - such was the great balance in this brew.
As the head receded a little (just a little), I took a sip - and was hit by a wave of energy. The beer was bursting with the fruitiness of a banana, the heat of cloves and the sweet and citrus flavours of the wheat. The smell percolated itself beautifully in the taste. This was really what an ideal wheat beer should be like, near perfect. I had never tasted anything quite like it (in the world of wheat ales). It was amazingly refreshing and tasty. Moderate carbonation, medium bodied - was a pleasure to drink.
This probably would be my favourite session beer till now, very nice and easy going. Definitely the perfect summer beer.
Well, there are wheat beers and there is the Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier. What a revelation !!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 07:39:57 | More by BeerSingh
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North Carolina

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

500 ml bottle poured into Weihenstephan world cup glass

A: Super frothy white head, like whipped cream topping, the taper and curve of the glass shows off the color spectrum nicely, goes from golden wheat through butterscotch all the way to orange, bubbles rise steadily and continue to increase density in the head, leaves chunks of lace all down the glass

S: As expected, very traditional, big big wheat notes, nicer than most, it lets the main ingredient shine, smells strongly of bananas especially at first pour, a yeastiness is mixed in with the wheat

T: Very smooth flavors, build from a mild wheat notes to full blown yeasty spiciness, the spiciness is definitely more present than in the smell, but its a yeastiness not a spice note, again a slight banana note is there in all that yeastiness

M: Super smooth, but then a decent amount of carbonation is also present, when the carbonation hits it brings all the bright yeasty notes with it, keeps it light too, unlike others the carbonation doesn't hide flavors, it brings them out

D: Very high, there aren't any crazy flavors to deal with here, just deliciousness

Notes: I've been waiting to try this beer or a while. Even though I see it most times I'm at the store I just haven't gotten around to it. I was really in the mood for a Hefeweizen and I was not disappointed. It lived up to everything I expected of it. I don't think it is possible to be let down by this beer. It is the true German Hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 22:28:03 | More by dpodratsky3
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4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving Type / Glass: On-Tap Pint
Vintage: N/A
Served: 17 June, 2010 @ Heroes Bar & Grill
Price: $6
From Notes: Yes

A- Pours a hazy golden color with hints of orange. Has a nice sized off-white head that lasts for a good while. With good lacing.

S- Pretty much the epitome of hefeweizen. Has a nice light banana smell, with a good spiciness and clove. Along with a pleasant wheat aroma.

T- Similar to smell. Has a nice front of wheat with hints of clove and spices. And a light banana flavor with a pleasant sweetness. Not as strong of flavor as the smell, but it is practically perfect, not to weak to be thin but enough flavor to be great.

M- This beer is super smooth with a light fluffy and creaminess. Light - Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

D- Drinkability is amazing. I was almost done with my pint before I even realized it. I think this is probably the best hefeweizen I have ever had. This beer is so complex yet so simple and true to the style at the same time. I don't think you can find better.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2010 01:30:19 | More by Krevee
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 5,793 ratings.