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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

5,817 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,817
Reviews: 2,211
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 413
Gots: 416 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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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Chizoad

California

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

Poured with a relatively moderate, white head that never really went away, with maybe a 1/2 finger remaining throughout the pint. The beer has a pale straw color with only a small hint of cloudiness. Carbonation attached to the side of the glass gave a very nice appearance.

I got a lot of typical wheatbeer aromas, with some bitterness. However, as the beer warmed, it developed a floral bent that eventually was realized in the taste. Top notch.

All of the aromas are amazingly magnified on the palate. It's a very light beer that has layers that just keep evolving. Perhaps the best part is the hoppiness on the finish, which is mild enough to not overwhelm but is the perfect offset to the citrus and wheat up front. This has a different type of bitterness, almost like angostura bitters, and not like a lot of IPAs.

A real sipper for some reason. Pounding this one back just wasn't possible, not that I'd want to do that with a beer this good. Medium body. Would love to drink another.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 16:03:48 | More by Chizoad
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BobZ

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle pour at a restaurant (Bullfinch's in Sudbury, MA - huge props on the beer menu, plus well deserved Zagat rated excellent food).
11.2 oz. Served in a Pilsner flute. Ok, I've had this beer over a hundred times, way over due for a revue.

Appearance: Beautiful murky yellow/orange color, very good head with excellent lacing.

Smell: First sweet and second spice third a mild hint of citrus.

Taste: Yeasty, malted wheat and clove. So delicious, may not be the original Hefe Weissbier but may damn well be the best. Mild citrus notes come through in the finish.

Mouth feel: Smooth and creamy, just awesome.

Drinkability: Summer days were create for this beer, start early, keep going.

Simply stated "The Mother of all Hefeweizens".

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 02:31:50 | More by BobZ
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JoePat

Kentucky

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

Pours a straw like very hazy golden color with a huge white head that lingers forever.
Smells bready at first with hints of banana and clove but that turns in to a lot of banana and some clove as it warms.
The banana comes through a little in the taste with some wheat tang and a little light malty sweetness. A lot of the flavors seem a little muted. Not sure if this is because of the trip to me or if this is just the beer.
The mouth feel is a bit thin at first but kind of filmy coating your mouth in the finish.
this was a very refreshing beer and was perfect for the nice warm midday.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 20:52:42 | More by JoePat
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axeman9182

New Jersey

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

A pour into my Duvel tulip yields a beer with an attractive murky orange tint and an absolutely massive white cap with some staying power. The only thing keeping it from a perfect score is that it's a little light on lacing for the style. The nose has a wheat malt base and the clove really outshines the banana hear in terms of yeast byproducts. The taste reveals a little more balance between the two, banana up front melding with the creamy vanilla flavor I find wheat imparts on a beer, and then clove kicks in at the end. There's a good amount of carbonation present, as I would expect, and a certain richness to the beer that I credit at least in part to the wheat. As with any good hefe, this beer is very smooth and eminently drinkable, I plan on making it a regular staple for the next few months.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 03:13:18 | More by axeman9182
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boss302

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen, 12 ox bottle

A High carbonation that will spew if you're not careful. I wanted a nice thick head so I poured a little more aggressively than most beers. That is not necessary. As predicted, the head was quite thick and lasted for the whole glass, covering the beer at all times. A nice golden straw color, appropriately cloudy for a Hefe. A really greatlooking beer! To me, it couldn't look much better, I graded it a 5.

S Malt, banana and a little estery aroma. It just smells great, so typical of a German Hefe.

T Malty, balanced by hops without being bitter. Most bitterness is from the CO2. Very clean with no lingering off-flavors.

M Has a thickness and fullness from the wheat. Full body and rich. Like comfort food, this beer is comfort beer.

D One of the best Hefeweizens anywhere. Quite good, and definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2010 02:07:31 | More by boss302
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jwhawkins81

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6519 stamped on the bottle

Aroma - Yeasty with hints of clove and a light fruitiness

Appearance - Cloudy golden yellow with a huge white head and tons of carbonation.

Taste - Light wheat beer flavors. Developed into a lighter Aventinus like beer with a good profile of bananas and cloves esters.

Notes - Great mouthfeel that was smooth and creamy.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 23:54:45 | More by jwhawkins81
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Yesac

Georgia

4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy murky orange/greenish color. Huge white head. Decent lacing on the glass.

S- Popori spice, citrus, sweet malted wheat.

T- Slightly toasted malted wheat/barely. Big yeasty-doughy full flavor middle with hints of spice and banana. Lemony citrus ending with a hint of nuts. So complex and flavorful.

M- Thin/medium bodied, medium carbonation. So fresh and smooth on the palate, great feel and coating as well as aftertaste. Slightly dry finish.

D- Easy drinking due to it's carbonation, complex aroma and flavors and mouthfeel. The flavor settles into the tongue and simply lingers until the next sip. A true wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2010 02:02:40 | More by Yesac
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GreenThumb

Texas

4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light Caramel, creamy gold head

S: Yeasty with big banana and spice aroma.

T: INCREDIBLE flavor. Yeasty dough with banana and other fruit then a very good spice character at the end. Coriander in this recipe shows throught and complements very well.

M: Effervescent and light as a traditional hefeweiss should be.

D: Extremely drinkable beer. The light mouthfeel and excellent taste make this beer a 6- pack I buy just for myself.

As a homebrewer, I is now a new personal goal to match this level of complexity in a beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2010 01:55:55 | More by GreenThumb
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WhiteOak

Connecticut

4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tap review:

A- Dark golden yellow color. Snow white head.

S- Over-ripe sweet banana and sweet wheat aroma, very inviting! Super seductive... must drink NOW!

T- Over-ripe sweet banana, bright cloves, spices, yeasty dough, and sweet animal crackers. Juicy fruit gum hides in the background. Delicious grainy finish. Outstanding!

M, D- Light-bodied and delicate, but flavorful, balanced and satisfying. Utterly, dangerously drinkable.

Bottle review below: Scored B+

A- Hazy, pearlescent golden yellow color. Snow white foam settles to a minimal head.

S- Over-ripe sweet banana aroma, nicely inviting. Less complexity than tap offering.

T- Over-ripe sweet banana, yeasty dough, and honey puffed wheat cereal. Pleasant, grainy finish. Cloves missing compared to tap offering.

M, D- Light-bodied and delicate, but flavorful, balanced and satisfying. Very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2010 21:49:24 | More by WhiteOak
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wahhmaster

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 0.5 liter bottle into a Paulaner weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy light orange color with a ton of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. The head is massive and foamy and dissipates slowly leaving considerable lacing on the glass. Beautiful.

Smell: Wheaty and yeasty with hints of fruitiness and spice.

Taste: Now this is a hefeweizen! Yeasty up front with strong lemon notes. Develops into a sweet, malty flavor with strong fruity flavors in the background. Spicy notes (cloves?) come out in the end as well. Leaves a pleasant lemony aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, and refreshing.

Drinkability: Perhaps a little over-hyped, but not by much. This has been called the standard for hefeweizens and now I know why. An absolute dream to drink on a warm day. The only thing that would make it better would be having it in Bavaria itself. One of these days...

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 19:54:57 | More by wahhmaster
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TCgoalie

Michigan

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

Notes from 5/14/10

This beer wanted to get out of the bottle, evidence from foam creeping out of the top of the bottle once opened. The pour is golden yellow with one and a half finger fluffy white head.

There is a substantial spice to the smell...coriander and clove. I'm also getting a lot of wheat, yeast, orange, and some banana.

I saw the good ratings on this beer and am pleasantly surprised with the taste. I am getting a lot of wheat, banana, and yeast up front finishing with orange zest and a bit of spice. Very refreshing.

The mouthfeel is thin and effervescent with a mild creaminess and a clean finish.

This is a very drinkable beer simply put.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 19:02:19 | More by TCgoalie
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Weihenstephan Weizen Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees, then fridge cooled for approx 15 minutes

This pours a clear, golden orange color.It easily produces four-fingers of thick, craggy, foam which is eggshell colored. The retention is fantastic and the lacing is in slightly sticky strands.

Tons of big, beautiful, yeast notes emenate from this glass. A huge presence of corriandor brings along a touch of orange zest with it. Big presence of bananas and wheat.
This smells delicious!

Massive amount of wheat flavor, but it's blended so nicely with all of the fruity and spicey notes that it's just delicious. Lots of bananas and a good amount of oranges and even some lemons. Corriandor notes mix with some mild spices and a good level of yeastiness. Almost bready.
This is what a hefeweizen should taste like.

Almost full-bodied and it has a mild-to-medium level of carbonation. It is extremely smooth, but is lacking in the area of creaminess.

At only 5.40%abv, and that's nowhere to be found, this is a super drinkable beer. Great flavor and very refreshing. This will be a great summer drink and a fantastic drink for fall and/or spring.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 02:34:11 | More by coldmeat23
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hawks10

Illinois

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

12oz bottle poured into my Weihenstephan weizen glass...

Pours a hazy golden yellow/orange with a bunch of soft, fluffy white head which sticks around forever and leaves some lace on the way down...

Very strong aroma of bananas, yeasty spice, clove, wheat, a bit of pepper and some ripe fruits...complex and nice...

Very clean tasting, subtle banana flavor, less spice on the tongue as there was in the nose. Strong wheat character (duh) with an earthy/herbal finish. Not normally a fan of Hefes as I usually find them to have a bit too much spice, this one was great!

Medium bodied, looks like it would carry more substance than it actually does. Light and very easy to drink, good carbonation and just an overall pleasant drinking experience...

One of the few Hefes I have ever enjoyed, and I thoroughly enjoyed this one....

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 01:30:13 | More by hawks10
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raceway40

Pennsylvania

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

Great wheat taste and aroma. Lots of head even when pouring to do your best to keep its down. And a pleasant aftertaste of almost a grape like fruit, at least that's what my taste buds tell me. Great beer, and brewed to the purity law of 1516. This is definitely a must buy if you like wheat beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2010 03:39:47 | More by raceway40
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TripleTap

Ohio

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

My first review!

The Pour: Poured smoothly from the bottle. Left a 1.5" head that was firm and creamy. Left a small amount of lace as it went away.

Appearance: Beautiful Golden color. Like a wheat field at harvest. Fairly clear, just a slight haze.

Smell: Very Aromatic with a bouquet of banana. Smelled a lot like Banana's Foster! Hints of spice as well.

Taste: This does not have the lemony citrus that many wheat beers have. It is a crisp well structured taste. The malts come thru nicely. Minimal hop bitterness. This beer begs to be drank on a hot summer day lounging on the deck!

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. A very fine carbonation.

Drinkability: Yes, I am gonna go get another!

I am not a huge fan of wheat beers. Bought this one on the recomendation from my local beer store. I do not care for the lemon and big citrus. This one is very well balanced, though. It will retain a spot in the "beer fridge", especially in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 02:02:56 | More by TripleTap
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A foamy white head erupts from the hazy golden body upon the initial pour and hangs tight for quite some time while leaving a sticky lacing in its wake.

Massive aromas of banana and clove waft from the glass as well as wheat and spice. The traditional phenols and esters are very apparent and well balanced. As the beer warms, the wheat and yeast becomes more pronounced.

The palate is very similar to the nose. The clove and banana are well balanced with the wheat. These characteristics are not quite as intense as in the aroma, but still provide all of the flavor one can handle.

Medium to light in body with high carbonation with a refreshing zest for the palate.

This is a benchmark for the style with amazing flavor and aroma characteristics, great balance, and just altogether enjoyable. A real winner!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 03:00:57 | More by CHADMC3
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kylehayworth

Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer many times, but I am finally going to review it.

A: It has a nice color, somewhere between orange/gold/yellow on the color wheel, with a certain cloudiness to it, not sure that shows up on the color wheel, however. The head was tremendous. I poured it into a new Duvel snifter, amazing white, with great retention.

S: I smell really good spices, plus some exotic fruits.

T: Wow, you have a good wheat taste, with some citrus notes playing along, I also pick up a slight taste of the exotic fruits in the nose. This is a real hefe.

M/D: It has good carbonation, and is very drinkable. Guess that's what you get for perfecting a beer, and being around for the last 970 years.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 01:46:10 | More by kylehayworth
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Thur123

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a cloudy golden honey kind of color with head that stays tame and maintains a white lid over the beer in a thin layer. The carbonation is active and swirling. The smell is bananas, wheat malt in the form of sweetbread with a slight grassiness as well.

Glug glug glug

The flavor is full bodied and just complex enough. The familiar banana flavor with some clove present as well. The body is full and smooth. An excellent wheat beer, nothing stands out while at the same time I can taste everything I expect and the flavor and body are surprisingly non watery, very full and authentic tasting beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 00:05:22 | More by Thur123
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CBlack85

South Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a wiezen glass

Pours a hazy orange/straw color with a huge foamy white head that leaves behind lots of lacing.

The nose is quite big and packed with strong yeasty notes and wheat malt. The banana and cloves are quite dominant as well. Very clean

The taste is bananas and wheat. The cloves and yeast notes are definately there, but are more subdued. This is really a beautiful hefe, a perfect example of the style. Medium bodied and average carbination, creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 01:16:21 | More by CBlack85
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Good looking wheat beer. Not much head retention, which is the downside. It's a nice orange color, and very foggy as well.

Smell: I smell lemon, pepper, and maybe even a bit of of cinnamon or cloves similar beers. Very crisp, refreshing smell. Definite thumbs up.

Taste/Mouthfeel: I was initially kind of disappointed with this. Kind of a spicy lemony taste, with some bitter hops. The hops leave a somewhat pleasant tart aftertaste. Again, I did not necessarily like this at first, but the beer changes complexity as it warms, making the hops very nice. Starchy, banana-nut-like taste comes out towards the end.

Drinkability: The complexity of this makes Weihenstephaner pleasant to drink. One of the best!

Overall: Similar to Hacker-Pschorr in appearance and taste, but shares some similarities to witbiers in the latter category. Not as nice in appearance, nor as strong in smell, even though I kind of like this smell better. Taste and feel are about the same. The added hops and lack of any potential overwhelming characteristics makes this great!

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2010 04:30:13 | More by tjsdomer2
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damndirtyape

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle (5099 stamped on bottle, no other date) poured into a Rastel Hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a huge white head that takes awhile to settle down to pour out the rest of the bottle into the glass. Persistent lacing as I drink it down. Beer is a hazy/cloudy yellow-orange light amber color. The classic Hefe look.

Smell: Earthy yeast with hints of banana and clove.

Taste: Very refreshing. Raw grain flavors followed by yeast, some banana again, just a hint of metallic, and a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Just a hint of carbonation on the tongue, otherwise goes down nice and easy and coats the whole throat. No lingering aftertaste or feeling on the teeth and palate. Cleansing in a good way.

Drinkability: I think I've been corrupted by so many Russian Imperial Stouts over the past month (moving from my winter stash into spring) and this great beer I loved so much is, well, still very drinkable, but not the wow experience it once was. Still, I know if it was warmer today I'd be loving this beer more. Goes fantastic with a meal or by itself at the end of a long day. Despite me being a tad underwhelmed in some cases, I know I could easily have another of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2010 23:39:32 | More by damndirtyape
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled: Import, 3 weeks from racking.

Lovely clouded orange-gold with a massive meringue head, great retention, massive lacing. Bright lively natural carbonation.

Aroma: Much like Schneider edelweissbier without the citrus fruit tones ...this is the original hefeweiss yeast and we get juicy succulent fruits, banana, clove,vanilla bean, a bit of bubblegum over some sweet doughy malts.

Dry character, moderate body, great peppery mouth feel, a tad spritzy pronounced as bottle conditioned wheats trend, great blend/balance of fruit-spice-dry and toasty wheat....dry clean finish...

wonderfully refreshing beer, very drinkable...can't wait to taste it unpasteurized on tap. Better tasting than Schneider, Paulaner, Hacker-P, Augustiner, Schöfferhofer,Andechser...and probably better than Ayinger when fresh.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 01:34:14 | More by pootz
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one-finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Light cloudy amber color. Light bodied and good carbonation. Nose is light lemon. Flavor has some sweetness, lemony/yeasty. Good summer hefe. $3.25 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 22:11:46 | More by jdhilt
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TCHopCraver

Michigan

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

A: Pours golden-yellow and cloudy with a giant head into an oversized wine glass. The fluffy and foamy topper takes quite awhile to dissipate. At first the lacing is frothy and sticky, but as the beer goes down, it becomes fine and dotty.

S: There is a lot of clove and banana in the bouquet, supported by smaller hints of apple, pepper, pear, white grape, and maybe just a hint of creamy vanilla. Yeah, there is a lot going on here. A small sniff of yeast is also present.

T: A very sweet, full wheat flavor is the first impression on my palate. There is a nice yeast balance to the sweet fruity and spiciness, followed by a light sour taste on my tongue. The fruity esters and the peppery spice are definitely the dominant flavors, though.

M: There is a very creamy feel while the head is still on top of the body, which quickly transitions to a puckering, spicy feel which is just a bit watery.

D: This is a very pleasant drinker; it would be quite easy to session this beer. It has a light, crisp, tasty character that I will certainly be revisiting in the future. And the price tag is quite kind, to boot.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2010 00:29:58 | More by TCHopCraver
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KTCamm

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Duvel glass - admittedly not the right glass to drink this fine beer, but its what I did.

Pours a brilliant cloudy golden brown with active white foam. Small layer remains and sticks precariously to the sides.

Smells like classic hefe, but like getting a banana bunch shoved up your nasal passages. Clove too. (They all should smell this good)

Taste is a beautiful malty blend with an ever so slight peppery taste, Powerful carbonation that flows through every aspect of the beer. Long finish. My words are not doing this beer justice.

Drinkable, and a hefe standard bearer. Buy some today - a bargain for 3.49.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 11:03:36 | More by KTCamm
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 5,817 ratings.