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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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5,950 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,950
Reviews: 2,214
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 429
Gots: 461 | FT: 14
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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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4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When I poured this beer into a Weizen glass, I first noticed the impressive head. It was foamy, creamy, frothy, and so on and so on. There are so many adjectives to describe it, but simply put... it is the most impressive head I've ever seen on a Hef. When I took a sniff, I noticed a nice fruity aroma. As far as the taste, I got the banana flavor and a few other flavors that I still can't put my finger on. The flavor is definitely not as pronounced as a Paulaner, but maybe that makes it a less polarizing Hef. This beer is also extremely refreshing and surprising crisp and light. Overall, I'd say this beer is a great beer that is best drunk on it's own. That way, I can savor every last drop.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 18:39:48 | More by PDX2LA
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New Hampshire

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

Bomber (1 pint, .9oz), bottled on 6/10/10, poured into my wheat beer glass. (Reviewed in October)

A: Beautiful dark golden color, hazy from all the yeast. Forms a MASSIVE 3-finger foamy white head that is about as inviting as it gets. The head seems to last forever and has good lacing.

S: Dark ripe fruit (very sweet), lots of bright floral yeast, banana, and spices. alcohol esters are present in a very nice way.

T: The banana shines in this one, without overpowering the rest of the flavors. It's a fairly complex mix of sweet dark fruits, floral yeast, and nice esters. It's really well balanced, not too sweet nor to strong, just mellow enough to be really refreshing.

M: Very full body for a wheat beer, crisp mainly due to the light, champagne like carbonation. Has a clean wet finish with a pleasant mellow aftertaste.

D: This is a great wheat beer and would be a 5 for drinkability if it wasn't quite as full body. On a hot summer day it might be hard to drink more than one of these. Other than that, I can drink this all day long on a nice cool summer day.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 20:53:37 | More by Satchboogie
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4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Perfect cloudy Weißbier. If you pour it properly, you get to watch the Hefe drift down to the bottom of the glass and cloud the beer as it goes.

The smell of this reminds me of sweet bread, bananas and yeast. The malt is prominent and just by the smell you will know this is a full bodied beast of a beer.

It tastes thick and heavenly, big malty mouthfeel with hints of earth, spice and bananas. It is essentially a perfect example of the Weißbier style. It is essentially a delicious bottled meal, flüssiges Brot!

I am still partial to a few other beers; however, this is one of the best that you can find abroad.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2010 17:33:34 | More by EwaldEichstaett
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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am admittedly a Belgian beer bigot, but the German Hefeweizen is my 2nd favorite style. I have tried every one that I can lay my hands on and I would rate the Weihenstephaner as my favorite.

A cloudy look and heavy feel, but very drinkable. I am burned out on the light/summer-style wheat beers, but this one is as enjoyable as ever.

P.S. If you like this one, you should also try the Dark Hefeweizen -- it is heavenly.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 17:58:17 | More by mikepreed
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4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is a study in understated excellence. The beer is very well balanced that is great all-around. I tried the beer two ways, I poured most of it in my glass without the yeast, drank half and then roused up the yeast on the bottle and poured some of that into my glass to compare. I think I like the clear beer better.

The beer is a bright, lemon rind yellow without the hefe--with it turns a cloudy straw. The smell is lemony and bananay, and the yeast adds a very distinct spicy clove aroma. The beer tastes lighter and more delicately fruity without the yeast, but spicier with a little bubblegum with. The mouthfeel is smooth, but I think it could use a bit more body. Very drinkable with just a bit of sweetness and hop bitterness to give it some beer character.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 01:52:20 | More by Soonami
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2.63/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Golden and slightly cloudy with a meringue-like white head that mostly disappears but leaves decent lacing.

S - In my 500ml Weizen glass, I don't get much of an aroma from this beer. Odd.

T - This is unexpected. I'm getting smokiness and a bit of a Band-Aid flavor. No sign of bananas or pineapples or other fruits as mentioned in others' reviews. Bad bottle? Points off for Band-Aids.

M - Good level of carbonation. A bit thin.

D - Despite the Band-Aid flavor, which is pretty subtle, I think I could drink this again, if only to see if I got a bad bottle, but maybe just because the smokiness is not intolerable (I am normally not a smoke fan).

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 02:30:54 | More by dvb
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New York

4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance-Golden coloer and very hazy. Thick creamy head that hangs around for a while.

Smell-Sweet malt, and you can smell banana, lemon and a slight spiceness.

Taste-A sweet and earthy taste at first, then a lemon and slight banana flavor and then finishes with a small hit of spiciness. So much going on and diffrent flavors and characters and the beer warms a little.

Mouthfeel-Medium bodied and slightly carbonated, a nice easy and smooth drink.

Drinkablity- Very easy to drink, Especially if it were warmer out, the perfect summer beer but great to drink anytime. Can't wait to buy more of this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 23:52:28 | More by dutchlq7
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New York

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a bottle into a weizenbeir glass.
A: Very cloudy/hazy. Golden-orange in color. Large white head. Lots and lots of carbonation.
S: Banana and spices on the nose. Smells great.
T: Huge flavor! Spicy with some banana notes. Even better when the sediment from the bottom is poured in. Very little if any bitterness. No bad aftertaste.
D: Drinkability is very high on this beer. Feels almost like a soda on the mouth.

A top notch beer. This is the first hefe I've had and I can't wait to try others in this style.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 23:30:25 | More by goalie33
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4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" head which slowly diminisehd to 1/2" and held. Hazy tan in color. Substantial in mouthfeel. Aromas and flavors were citrus, spices, banana, and left a considerable finish.

Many consider this to be a prime example of the hefeweissbier style and I'd agree, though I still don't see it as an A+.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 11:19:56 | More by MoreThanWine
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4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly cloudy, a goldish hay with a 2 inch head the dissipates fairly quickly. Plenty of carbonation bubbles.

S- Very interesting. Sweet, kind of spicey, somewhat of bananas, clove and maybe pumpkin. A little like yeast. Maybe pineapple.

M - A little thick. Quite carbonated. Slightly bitter. A little sticky.

T - Quite nice. The grains and yeast are very noticeable. A little like bananas and clove.

D- A very easy beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 18:52:02 | More by jlmarshall
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4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A gentle pour gives a nice 2 fingers of creamy head over a hazed yellow-gold body.

Smells of bananas and cloves with some sweetness. Smells like summer.

Tastes of bananas and cloves again, but not as sweet as the smell promised. There's also a lemony tartness there that would be more welcome if there were more sweetness to cut through.

The feel is fantastic - creamy and smooth yet light on the tongue.

Not too potent and a wonderful feel. If it were just a little sweeter it would be my favorite hefeweizen but it's just edged out by New Glarus' Dancing Man. It has the major advantage, though, of being available year round so I know I'm going to be reaching for this when I want a taste of summer come March in Wisconsin.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 00:41:11 | More by mariposafan
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4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Weihenstephaner weizen glass at World of Beer in Orlando, FL. Murky, cloudy orange in color with a two inch head that is foamy and awesome. The smell is sweat and malty, lemony and yeasty. The taste is mildly spiced and wheat with citrus and banana notes. I can see why this beer and the brewery as lasted so long.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2010 02:43:04 | More by beersensei305
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4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured from one of their World Cup Gift boxes poured into the strange looking Weihenstephaner World Cup Glass

A: Golden yellow in color, with just a little cloudiness. Vigorous pour leaves more foam into glass than beer that settles with some nice lacing.

S: Banana and cloves in the aroma with some bready wheat notes.

T: More cloves and bananas in the taste, but not overwhelming. Citrusy yeast component adds just a little bitterness in the finish.

M: Soft creamy mouthfeel with lots of carbonation.

D: This is my favorite hefeweizen, perfect on a hot summer day, but also very good when you want something relatively light and refreshing. Makes a great session type beer or starter beer when you want to move on to something more heavy.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 01:40:16 | More by chaz01
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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow so many have had this beer and now is my chance!

A - Pours clearer than expected but produces a good inch of white head. Nice light amber color with slight haze.

S - At first whiff I can smell orange peel but second nice banana and clove with more orange. Wow this beer smells great.

T- Overall sweet. Starts with sweetness from banana and moves to a bitterness from an orange peel then finishes slightly bready with a nice sweet rounded smoothness. wow!

M - Well... Light. In fact it was like water with a TON of flavor!

D - Well a six pack runs about 12 -14 dollars which seems fair price for this heffe. Overall impressed!

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 08:25:41 | More by DrDemento456
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4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For the type, it's a stunning beer to look at. I usually prefer dark beer, but this really is fun to look at. It's a hazy, lazy gold. Cloudy enough to keep the light out, but just light enough that you can see the ever present bubbles rising to the top to form a monster of a white, cloudy head.

Smells like a Belgian. Full of cloves and coriander, and maybe even some orange peel as well.

It tastes like a Belgian too, though the flavors are a bit weaker due to the wheat keeping everything in check.

This is a smooth beer, even with the spicy flavors. For the type, it's about as smooth as I've had. It's medium bodied and while not sweet, it's just sweet enough to round out all the flavors.

I don't know how you go wrong with this beer. It's got everything you want. The only thing I'd change is to give it a little more alcohol, but that's such a minor complaint.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 03:22:32 | More by RickS95
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4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle into a perfect pint.

A - Pours a clear pale yellow, with an enormous four fingers of head. Decent retention and lacing, but it doesn't last too long.

S - Huge banana notes, along with cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and plenty of yeasty bread. The aroma fills the room once poured. One of my favorite styles in this category, and this is absolutely one of the best-smelling beers in its style, if not THE best.

T - Almost, but not quite, as great as the aroma. Less of the banana and more of the spice, with the nutmeg and cinnamon flavors out in front. Malty biscuit flavors lurk around the edges. Zero detectable alcohol, as expected for this style.

M - Reasonably full but still light and effervescent. Great carbonation. A bit of a dry finish.

D - It doesn't weigh me down, and it's on the edge of being very sessionable. One of those beers that I could sit and drink all day.

O - For me this is the standard-bearer for the style. It's not quite perfect in every category, but overall this towers above most other hefes. I usually get somewhat older bottles, so I can only imagine how much I'd like this fresh. Factor in the price and you really just can't beat this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 21:04:27 | More by djmichaelk
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4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 0.5L bottle into an imperial pint glass. Bottle has a freshness date of 05.05.11. Pours with a voluminous, thick white head. Golden with some orange hues to the color. Very cloudy. Some lacing as the beer settles and is consumed. Some of the yeast emptied into the glass and floats near the top.

Smells include bananas, pepper, spices, esters--apples/pinapple, cloves...all kinds of wheat beer goodness.

Taste is magnificent...mirrors the smells and then some. Hefeweizen is not normally my first choice in beer styles, but this one is an exception. Delicious malt beginning with a hint of nutmeg and sweetness transitions to tropical fruit (see smells) followed by an intriguing array of spices in the finish--pepper and cloves. I swear I taste banana bread in there as well.

Mouthfeel is smooth and effortless. Perfect level of carbonation. Rolls over the mouth with a wide spectrum of flavors.

Drinkability...this is the most drinkable hefeweizen I have had. A pure pleasure to drink and savor. Let it warm slightly after removing from the fridge to enhance the experience if you have been storing it quite cold.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 15:00:38 | More by JohnnyP3
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4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance: golden cloudy complexion.

smell: typical banana/clove

taste: actually a decent hop presence for a hefe. some nice fruity flavors that are nicely balanced.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

definitly a world class hefe. not a fan of the style but this was one of the best Ive had.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 13:44:30 | More by CampusCrew
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours an amber orange color with a white foam head. Has an nice aroma of orange and fresh bouquet. Has a lemon zest taste with notes of banana and clove. Very tasty witbier. Similar to others but a lot smoother. The perfect beer when relaxing with the woman.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2010 01:21:02 | More by chalsk
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4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this on tap at Romans'.

A: Served in a Weihenstephaner weizen glass. Cloudy yellow gold with a huge two finger meringue like head. I actually joked with Mike about how rediculous it looked. He gave it a little curl at the end making seriously look like heavy whipped cream. Solid retention and tons of lace rings. About as inviting as a beer can look.

S: Fresh boquet of banana, clove, bubblegum and wheat. A touch of citrus is in there as well. Smells like a heffe for sure.

T: Mildy spiced wheat and banana are the main focus. The usual bubblegum is there as well. Light zesty citrus and a hint of yeast round out the finish.

M: Medium creamy body with just a hint of graniness. Low carbonation keeps things smooth on the tongue.

D: Overall well deserving in it's place at the top of all heffes. Super drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2010 12:01:30 | More by beerwolf77
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4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-dark cloudy gold, thick white head

S-wow quite a strong hit of spicy wheat! there's a bit of apple and banana as well. this is just what you want in a hefe!

T-beautiful matching taste with a matching after-taste.

M-medium carbonation with a smooth finish

D-wow wonderful and tasty to the last drop!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 02:46:49 | More by AdamBear
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4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; as perfect as what a Weißbier can be and true to the style in all ways. Cloudy yellow with a white head. Spectacular thick and creamy head. Lots of lacing and retention. One of the best heads I've ever seen in a beer.

smell; spicy yeast sweetness. Not an overly stong banana odor, just pure and well blended.

taste; the flavor is just a typical Weißbier but better blended and purer than most others. Yeasty flavors are more complex but still pretty typical. Not too impressed, this one is good but I can think of a few others that have a better more complex taste. Really a nice raw barley flavor in the aftertaste, that is what I like best of it.

mouthfeel; moderate thickness from the cream feel. Carbonation is very fine and gentle.

drinkability; a very delicious beer that is smooth without sacrificing flavor, drinkable to say the least....well done!

This is a very good beer but to be honest, I don't know what all the hype is about. Without a doubt this is a step above Franziskaner and Paulaner, but only a baby step. It taste from the bottle like lower quality Weißbier taste on tap in Bavaria. Well done there, but this beer never stood out from the rest to me. Many smaller, lesser known breweries in the Bavarian country side make equal if not better examples of this style not to mention Schneider. Reminds me of Stiegl that I've had on tap in Austria.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 04:16:24 | More by Sachsenfreude
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4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a globe glass. Pours a golden to slightly amber color with a solid head of about 2 fingers. The head will stick around for most of the beer, leaving some lacing on the side of the glass. Beer is somewhat cloudy as one might expect.

Smell is as one might expect from a hefe as well. Banana and clove esters dominate the nose, with just the slightest hint of hop bitterness. Yeast also lend a bit of breadyness to the nose.

Taste is more forward on the clove, and a little less on the banana, although it still plays a huge part.

Mouthfeel is pretty heavy for the beer, mostly because of the wheat. These styles of beer tend to be heavy anyway.

Drinkability is a bit lower for me. By the end, the wheat just makes it a chore to drink by the end. Taste is still great though. Also, I had a few sips that had a bit of a metallic feel, but I'm not quite sure if I was just going crazy a bit. All in all, I did enjoy my beer, and for the price, it ends up a good deal.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 18:56:07 | More by mkorpal
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4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a huge, frothy 4-5 finger white head. Excellent head retention. Nice lacing.

Smell: Banana, clove and yeast with a hint of lemon. What a hefeweizen should smell like.

Taste: Typical wheat up front followed by banana and clove in the middle and ending with a mix of spices, phenols and a hint of lemon. Aftertaste is dry and earthy with a very slight hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a high amount of carbonation. A little prickly, in a good way.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. This is the perfect summer beer.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. I don't think wheat beers get any better than this. I guess that's what you can expect from the world's oldest brewery.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 03:27:41 | More by adam42381
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Alberta (Canada)

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

Pours a hazy dark gold/ orange colour with a thick creamy head that stays around.

Smells of banana, apple, clove and a little bit of yeasty sweetness.

The taste is very nice, and quite spicy with lots of clove and pepper and fruitiness. In particular you get some banana, apple, pear, and a definite yeasty breadiness.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Medium bodied and quite creamy, carbonated well, but not overly carbonated. Thicker than most hefeweizens I have had.

Drinkability is great, could definitely throw back quite a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 02:01:34 | More by QuestionableScum
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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