Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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4.85/5 rDev +10%
12oz bottle, batch/date coded
A - Cloudy, and almost glowing pale gold body with a voluminous white head that retains excellently well and leaves good lacing down the glass. Constant streams of bubbles from the bottom of the glass. Very inviting.
S/T - Both similar with banana and clove up front and a yeasty, wheat like finish.
M - Light body, high carbonation, crisp and refreshing on the finish with a very slight tartness/bitterness as well.
O - Wow, not bad for being about 6 months old according to the batch coding! I can't imagine how much more tasty this would be fresh from the source. This beer just screams refreshing, and was perfect for this warm spring day. My favorite weissbeer to date. I'll definitely buy this again.
04-27-2011 21:47:42 | More by garuda
4.2/5 rDev -4.8%
I'm really Thirsty...
Appearance-Couldy Orange color with a big 3 finger silky white head which leaves little lacing.
Smell-Banana and spice aroma with hints of orange and lemon. Some yeast coming through as well.
Taste-Upfront you get the yeast, malt and wheat. The lemon and orange peel comes through along with some cloves and some black pepper. The finish leaves me with a banana/clove combo lingering on my tongue.
Mouthfeel-Light to Medium carbonation with a nice amount of carbonation. Very refreshing.
Overall-Very good beer, very smooth and refreshing, and could go real well with food. Very Reasonable as well.
04-26-2011 02:53:07 | More by SWMeyer4141
4.2/5 rDev -4.8%
I must say, I had expectations for what this would taste like, but it really took me by surprise.
The head on this beer is beautiful. I poured moderately gently and got a huge head. Hazy yellow hay color is just what I would expect.
The smell was less intense than I thout it would be. I expected banana and slight clove. I would say I got more of a slight clove and slight banana smell. There is some kind of coriander or lemon zest smell, but I know they did not use spices.
The taste, while wonderful really threw me off. I expected an intense banana ester. I would say it is more balanced between cloves and banana than it leans towards one or the other. What I really noticed on the first sip was a high level of carbonation. I knew it would be high, but I didn't realize how high it would be. It really helps to keep it easily drinkable and light feeling.
Overall, this is a great beer. I expected differently, but what I got, I liked. I wish this had a date on the bottle just so I could know if it would have been different fresh.
04-25-2011 23:41:33 | More by honkey
4.43/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a pale cloudy egg-yolk color with a monster 3 finger white head that persists forever leaving great lacing.
Aroma is very phenolic with bananas, cloves and very subtle citrus lemon zest. Malts come in the background with a bready character.
Taste follows nose with lots of yeast aromatics again with banana and cloves but also bubblegum/fruity. The malts come thru with bread and sweet grains.
Mouthfeel is extremely refreshing with sparkling carbonation and a light body. But despite the high low body there is lots of flavor and it is hard to stop drinking.
This beer sets the standard for the Hefeweissen style and it totally lives up to the hype. It is the best one by far.
04-25-2011 23:23:53 | More by paulozanello
4.22/5 rDev -4.3%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 500ml Julius Echter weizen glass.
A: Cloudy pale orange color. Cloudy but no sediment. (Overly) aggressive pour led to a humongous fluffy white head that led to steady but spotty lacing.
S: Wheat, banana, tangy citrus and yeast. Very nice, fresh and delicious smelling.
T: Really smooth, yet sweet and spicy flavor. Tastes exactly the same as the smell. Wheat and banana and some clove or other ground spice I can't quite identify. Yeast flavor is present as well but it's not "yeasty." Some very mild hop.
M: Medium body, lightly but amply carbonated. Coats the mouth really nicely and leaves it dry and aching for more - for which I am more than happy to oblige.
O: This is a wonderful wheat beer - one that should be (and is) held up as *the* standard of hefeweizens. This is one of my favorite beers and will get plenty of glass time as the weather warms.
04-21-2011 22:37:03 | More by suspect
4.2/5 rDev -4.8%
500 ml bottle into a pilsner glass
A: copper orange with a 3 finger white fluffy head that has pretty good retention and leaves nice lacing.
S: The smell is of oranges, lemon zest, and cloves. This is a very pleasant and welcoming smell on a spring day.
T: The taste pretty much follows the smell except there’s a little bit more tartness than I had anticipated. The cloves come through a little more than the lemons/oranges, but those are there as well.
M: Crisp and clean up front with lingering peppercorn stickiness at the finish. Perfect carbonation and appropriate viscosity, although I would have liked a little bit thinner at the finish.
O: If I had not been privy enough to have had live oak hefe on several occasions, most recently a few weeks ago, this probably would have gotten a higher score from me. It is my favorite for the style that I am easy to find in the Midwest. However, it does not touch live oak it terms of my absolute favorite for the style (I did a side by side recently as well).
04-21-2011 22:06:34 | More by glazeman
4.22/5 rDev -4.3%
500mL bottle with no bottle on / freshness date poured into Black Raven 22oz glass, reviewed on 4/19/11
A: Pours a hazy golden orange with huge fluffy white head with great retention leaving some lacing around glass.
S: Bananas, spices, definitey cloves and earthy yeast with some malted wheat and no real hop aroma.
T: Malted wheat, some yeast, fruity banana esters with spices. Don't taste the bananas and spices as much as I smelled them, delicious none the less.
M: Crisp, clean and refreshing. Slightly sweet up front but finishes nice and dry.
O: This is great, I'm not usually a big hefe drinker but this one is really good, blows all the other ones I've tried out of the water. Will be drinking plenty of these on hot summer days.
04-20-2011 02:07:02 | More by Azurescens
4.5/5 rDev +2%
APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from a bottle into a weizen glass, produced a beautiful 1-1/4" frothy white head with excellent lacing that dissipated slowly. The body was a hazy pale gold with yellow highlights and lively carbonation.
AROMA: Hard to believe it could be better. Ripe banana, moderate wheat, a hint of doughy yeast, a very, very light, almost nonexistent citrus hops note, and a moderate fragrance of bubblegum, clove, and a light hint of spices and vanilla.
TASTE: Moderate wheat, light citrus and dough with moderate banana, bubblegum, clove and spices. Very nice indeed.
MOUTHFEEL: This beer had a medium-light body, a creamy texture, a moderately sweet initial flavor that didn't change except to add a slight hint of bitterness at the end of the medium length finish. Carbonation was lively and there was excellent body lacing that dissipated slowly.
DRINKABILITY: The best hefeweizen I've tasted to date. Seemed to combine a rich body and strong taste with great drinkability. I could easily drink these all night long and would serve it to anyone any time.
04-19-2011 01:01:22 | More by paulginva
4.88/5 rDev +10.7%
A - Very foggy body with a rich honey color. Thick, creamy head with great retention.
S - Smells delicious. Honey and banana with subtle floral notes.
T - One of, if not the best hefes I've ever had. Full of crispness and flavor. Slightly sweet, but not overwhelmingly so. The best way I can describe the flavor is "delicate." No off flavors whatsoever.
M - One of the best aspects of this beer is it's mouthfeel. This beer seriously has a glorious mouthfeel. The head is immaculate. The beer itself is completely balanced. Creamy yet spritey.
O - You need to drink this beer, damnit.
04-17-2011 02:29:22 | More by loobear
4.55/5 rDev +3.2%
Poured from 22 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip glass.
Appearance: Bright and clear golden honey with a huge white foam head with good retention and lacing.
Smell: Sweet fruity scent of banana, clove, and yeast with a slight scent of citrus hops.
Taste: Sweetness upfront from the bready yeast and bananas followed by a slight taste of citrus hops in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Very smooth.
Overall: A very tasty and smooth Hefeweizen from Germany.
04-17-2011 02:02:11 | More by MattyG85
4.28/5 rDev -2.9%
This brew pours a nice somewhat cloudy honey color with a thick pearly white head. The nose is a hint of floral with some spice and green fruits. The taste is crisp, slightly tart and well balanced, with an excellent creamy mouthfeel that fades to a nice mellow finish. Overall this is one easy drinking brew and I would reccomend it to beer lovers of all types. Enjoy!!!
04-16-2011 23:19:10 | More by AnPiobaire
4.7/5 rDev +6.6%
Had on tap to have again in a mug at Biergarten Haus DC.
Biggest difference in appearance is the great foamy head with the great looking to go buttery yellow body.
The nose is just bigger and more varied. With the sweet lemon is now butter, even cinammon it seems and banana. Crispness sense is gone. It smells fantastic.
Taste is still super solid but less tangy and much more bold bringing out everything in the nose in balance, lemon, banana, clove, cinammon, with a great malt density.
This is truly a beer to have on tap it really shines.
04-16-2011 18:09:31 | More by smakawhat
4.85/5 rDev +10%
On tap at Doherty's East Ave.
A: Perhaps the definition of "straw yellow." Cloudy, opaque, excellent looking. Whip cream white head on top, good lacing.
S: Fresh. Banana, faint citrus hops, coriander, yeast, bread.
T: Exactly like the nose leads on. Incredibly crisp flavors of mellow citrus hops (contradictory?), banana, bubble gum. Lastly is the touch of mint that just makes this ridiculously refreshing.
M: Light body, super crisp, lower carbonation.
O/D: I've never had a "hefe" I thoroughly enjoyed. I don't know if it's the style in general, or just the ones I have had up to this point. I looked this beer up, and luckily it was on tap. I just had to have it after looking at reviews. I must say, easily the best Hefeweizen I've ever had. This beer singlehandedly is making me go out and look for others in the style (even though I doubt anything will be able to compare). If you find it, try it.
04-16-2011 17:13:12 | More by mostpoetsdo
4.03/5 rDev -8.6%
A: Pours golden yellow/orange with a big fluffy white head.
S: Lots of wheat with some hints of cloves and banana.
T: Follows the smell. Wheat up front that slowly fades into cloves and banana with some faint hops in the finish.
M: Light with lots of carbonation.
O: This is a good one for a warm day. Light and refreshing.
04-15-2011 18:12:40 | More by RunForYourBeer
4.13/5 rDev -6.3%
Although not my go-to style, I can certainly appreciate a good hefeweizen from time to time, and this is a very good hefeweizen. Poured from the bottle, the color is a warm, creamy-looking yellow-orange, with a big, fluffy, foamy white head. The fragrant aroma spills out with the prototypical German yeast characteristics of banana and clove to go along with a wheaty earthiness. The flavor is primarily an airy, lightly-sweet, and mildly fruity combination of unripe banana, milled wheat, and yeast. Despite the lightness of the flavors, the body is actually quite substantial, but the the fine carbonation makes it seem fluffy and smooth. Overall, I could identify a few little things that could be a bit better, but in the end this beer is just wonderful.
04-13-2011 13:50:26 | More by devilben02
4.22/5 rDev -4.3%
Pours a hazy golden honey colour with characteristic thick frothy head.
Aroma is a nice mix of clove and banana--smells a lot like summer to me.
Taste is a tart but well-balanced mix of clove, banana, and hints of spice and bubble gum. Finishes nice and crisp with a touch of citrus.
Light to medium-bodied with lively carbonation that dances across the tongue.
I'm glad I picked this up to compare to a well-regarded (somewhat) local hefe. It rekindled my affection toward this style that is suited so well to these warmer months.
04-11-2011 06:03:06 | More by MattyV
4.18/5 rDev -5.2%
Been wanting to try for a while now and thought finding it on sale was a sign, so I grabbed it!
Light pour and it was foaming like crazy, after everything finally settled and I finally emptied the bottle I had a 1.5 finger head with excellent retention. Hazy orange in color
Strong banana peel and clove aroma, orange is there as well.
The banana peel comes through strong in the flavor as well, clove and another kind of spiciness is apparent and a pleasant orange taste is lying under everything else. A muskiness is imparted by something. That's about it though.
Smooth as can be, good balance of flavors carbonation feels very light and I like it like that.
Overall great example of the style and one I'd be happy to have in my fridge any day
04-11-2011 01:15:30 | More by Fenris244
4.43/5 rDev +0.5%
Drank from my Weihestephan Weizen glass
A - Pours a hazy honey colour with a large white head that stays the distance
S - Sweet clove and banana
T - Nice strong clove and banana flavour that is so very well balanced, a little citrus present as well.
M - Low carbonation with a medium body.
O - Probable equal with Andescer and Hacker Pschorr as the best examples of the style.
04-08-2011 14:07:54 | More by eric5bellies
4.43/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured from tap to a Weihenstephaner vase at Cafe Katja, NYC.
A: Pale amber, hazy with full head, good retention but minimal lacing.
S: Sweet nose of banana and slight clove. Slight floral cooked cabbage.
T: Creamy wheat with well integrated clove and banana and slight orange. Very balanced and even profile.
M Creamy, low attenuation, carbonation not excessive. Quite drinkable.
Overall exhibits all the ideal attributes of a quality Hefeweizen while maintaining a smoothness absent of any possible off-flavor or harshness. Quite impresive.
04-08-2011 02:57:12 | More by atlason
4.38/5 rDev -0.7%
Poured into a proper hefeweizen glass, swirled and poured the sediment. Everything as it should be and, wow, the appearance alone is reaping rewards. Quintessential hefeweizen look here, the peachy color being entirely clouded over, sporting a two-finger thick cap of pillow-fluff foam. I kinda just want to sit here staring, as if at a beautiful woman, but there is other work to be done...
Plenty of yeast-driven banana aroma, lighter spices and a considerable tug of wheat/grain. Gentle, mellow, pleasant, solid.
Be careful...drinking this too cold does not do the beer justice. I know that from past experience with it. Seems something that could be left unsaid, but serious, subtleties will be lost. And this beer is largely about subtleties. A generous layer of banana forms the foundation, laying large on the surface, but underneath there are a myriad of spices that you might find in a variety of desserts, sweeter ones -- just saying "clove" would be too simplistic. There are notes of various fruit juices, especially pear and peach; faint but really nice bubblegum; wheat is soft and gentle, earthy and hearty, another subtlety but one that makes all the difference.
Texturally this is soft, slick, silky but no lack of presence. Carbonation is forward but hardly annoying. Even causes a light fruity pucker, especially the in the finish.
Hugely refreshing. Stupidly refreshing. What a way to ring in some beautiful spring weather...
04-07-2011 22:41:51 | More by Metalmonk
4.6/5 rDev +4.3%
Poured into a weizen glass.
A: Pours a pale yellow/golden color. It is very cloudy. It has a very thick, big, white head with significant lacing. It looks very carbonated.
S: There is a pronounced smell of cloves and spices. Leaves a crisp and tart note that stings the nostrils.
T: It tastes mostly of spices and wheat. It leaves a very crisp and refreshing feeling. The aftertaste is great, consisting of a profound wheatiness.
M: It is medium bodied. Very easy to drink because of its great taste. The carbonation isn't too much, just enough to leave a pleasant tingling sensation.
D: A very awesome hefeweizen. Definitely one of the best of this style that I've ever tried.
04-07-2011 22:40:42 | More by BilbosNuts
4.43/5 rDev +0.5%
A: Poured a cloudy straw yellow with a big white fizzy head. The head never left this beer. Stellar lacing.
S: Lots going on here. Coconut, yeast, spice, grass, some banana.
T: Banana, spice, more grass, yeast, tint of bitterness near the end, wheat bread and then a dramatic alcohol finish. Finished up sticky and coats the mouth with a long burn.
M: More than medium but strangely light, fair carbonation but not overdone.
O: This is Hefeweizen.
04-07-2011 21:32:57 | More by legalpete19340
4.08/5 rDev -7.5%
A - Cloudy straw yellow, lots of sediment. Huge pillow of clear white head. Great retention and lacing.
S - A strong point for wheat beers, the aroma is a strong bouquet of banana and clove spice. It has a hint of bubble gum sweet smell as well.
T - Starts with a banana taste, then dry type malt is the main character. Plenty of "yeastiness" in here, baked bread. Sweetness combines well with the savory clove in there too, very nice.
M - Creamy is the word that comes to mind, the pillowy head on the beer combines with plenty of chewiness, very nice.
O- Not a huge wheat beer drinker, but this is a nice clean example. Well executed.
04-07-2011 20:59:33 | More by chilly460
4.4/5 rDev -0.2%
wow this is the standard!!!
cloudy to piss yellow in color with a beautiful white fluffy head....and nice lacing...
smell is of banana's this smell is what a hefe should smell like!
the taste is strong and full flavored...banana comes to the taste first then the malt comes to the taste....
feel is almost dry but not quite...and the carbonation tingles the tongue...
overall this beer is what i would shoot for if i brewed a hefeweizen!
04-07-2011 01:11:31 | More by nickthegun12
4.22/5 rDev -4.3%
A - Bright white 3 finger head that retains very well. Thick splotches of lacing.
S - Savory banana, clove, wheat.
T - Follows the nose except the spice is muted. Banana with plenty of dry peppery wheat. Bubblegum and melon come in to play. Finishes with a creamy spice flavor.
M - Full body. Prickly carbonation.
Very solid for the style. One of the best for sure.
04-06-2011 22:43:23 | More by StaveHooks
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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