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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

5,958 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,958
Reviews: 2,215
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 429
Gots: 461 | 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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newk340

Wisconsin

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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mithrascruor

California

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
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GregSVT

Texas

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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seh410

Massachusetts

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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smcolw

Massachusetts

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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Gobzilla

California

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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AleWatcher

Illinois

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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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

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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elgiacomo

Georgia

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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Surly87

Minnesota

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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ElDavicho

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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Erish

Illinois

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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BeerSingh

India

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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dpodratsky3

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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Krevee

California

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
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Stunner97

New Jersey

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

Appearance- beautiful appearance nice golden, orange color, very murky in the glass though slight bubbles can be seen beautifully steaming the glass, the head is extremely thick and foamy, a classic hefe appearance,

Smell- very lively nose, lots of wheat, yeast spice and clove, sweet and vibrant nose very nice nose,

Taste- bananas and fruit up front with a nice calming spice in the finish that keeps it dry, beautiful flavor profile on these beer, definite bubble gum flavor is very enjoyable, such a nicely and beautifully flavored beer, this is a really nice flavored hefe possibly the best i have had, its just very vibrant and flavorful nicely mixing sweetness and dryness just perfectly with a great finish

Mouthfeel- very smooth and nicely carbonated, good lively feel and very easy drinking

Drinkability- wow this is such a great hot night summer beer but in reality a great anytime beer in its flavor profile, this beer was all I had hoped it would be and alot more, this from a none huge wheat beer fan im telling you this is a must try fantastic beer for all to try, just good stuff,

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 22:58:20 | More by Stunner97
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Walken

Massachusetts

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

Weihenstephan: Hefeweissbier (Code: 5519) (Tasted 06/21/10)
12 oz. bottle, poured into a cervoise goblet.

Appearance: Lovely orange tinged straw colored beer with a nice looking initial head of fluffy white foam, great retention and great lacing.
Odor: Seamlessly integrated banana, apricot and clove phenols from the yeast, confectioners sugar from the malt.
Consistency: Light body, with a divine fluffy feel, bestowed by the gods of perfect carbonation.
Flavor: Banana, doughy pils sweetness and semi-tangy wheat right from the rip, clove pokes in here and there, providing flavor and a bit of astringency/bitterness. Non-descript citric bitterness rides very low, into the crisp, clean finish, slight lemony hop linger.

This is the Abbey Road of beer, even if you do not like it, you must recognize the craftsmanship, science and artistry that went into perfecting every aspect of this it.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 19:07:36 | More by Walken
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this many times. I got the box that comes with three 500ml's and the funky weizen glass for $10, sweet deal.

Extremely hazy peach color, towering white head sticks around forever. Looks like perfection in the soccer weizen glass. Leaves lots of lacing everywhere.

Very fragrant scents of spice, fruit and yeast.

Fresh, excellent tastes of banana, vanilla, clove and wheat. Wheat and fruity yeast are especially good in the aftertaste. Very simple yet very complex.

Mouthfeel is good but the carbonation is a bit spiky. Pretty usual for the style but if I have to knock this beer somewhere it's definitely the mouthfeel.

$3 a 500ml for near perfection, easily one of the best beers on this planet. Perfect for summer. Easily holds it's own in today's world of big beers.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 20:07:38 | More by Chico1985
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Elimination

Oregon

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

from notes 16.9-pint glass

Look: bright yellow, slight bubble rise, fluffy cotton head.

Smell: banana, fruit, wheat, very sweet and flavorful

Taste Malt, wheat, more of a lager than what american brewers make out as a hef, fruity with those very strong banana notes, grean bread, a bit of nuttyness. This is what a hef should really taste like.

Mouth smoth great feel, bubbles tickle while feeling very light

drink: most drinkable beer I have ever had probably, I could have one of these every day and be happy

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 18:28:55 | More by Elimination
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scottfrie

California

3.78/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into weizen glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw color with an expected huge, dense, bright white head that took a while to reduce into a thick film that some sticky streaks of lace.
S: Not overly sweet smelling. Light notes of bananas, earthy yeast and wheat.
T: Rich spices and cloves hit the palate first, then melt into a light sweet fruity taste with notes of banana, lemon, and honeydew. Yeast and a dry grainy wheat flavor round out the finish along with a touch of bitter hops.
M: Body was lighter and more dry than I was expecting. Mouthfeel is fuzzy with tingly soft carbonation, but not creamy. A dry bitterness lingers after you swallow.
D: Light, spicy, and easy to drink. Could have had a bit more flavor though, it's very light. This may not be my favorite style, but I've had my fair share of wheat beers and I wasn't that impressed by this one. Seemed pretty average. I guess it's not really a bad thing though that there isn't really anything wrong with this beer, it's just not that spectacular.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 01:34:39 | More by scottfrie
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hooliganlife

Missouri

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

served in a Weihenstephaner world cup 2010 glass

pours a very hazy straw yellow and faint orange. massive pillow of head that lingers ever so thick.

lots of banana and clove with other spices of front. nice thick wheat to back it up.

huge spice up front. tons of clove with a nice banana funk. the yeasty flavor really stands out. light spicy and floral hops blended through out. a nice underlying malt backbone that emerges in the finish.

very light and easy with a moderate carbonation.

this is and will always be one of the best. i remember the first i had this, i was blown away. nothing has changed. very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 18:28:57 | More by hooliganlife
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BranfordBound

Connecticut

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.5 L bottle poured into a pint glass. (My weissbier glass is being shipped to me as I write this)

Pours an extremely cloudy golden color, with some nice orange hues in the middle, very bright and inviting. Forms a two finger head of medium sized white bubbles. Head retention is ok and it eventually fades. Lively carbonation with moderate lacing. Just a few ticks away from perfect.

The smell is typical weizen, but with a potent spice. Some phenolic characteristics and a nice banana finish. Cloves are a little overbearing.

The taste is exceptional, period. This is benchmark weissbier that all bavarian beer fans must try. The flavors are so potent and delicious. I prefer a little sweeter on the tongue but I can't argue with quality. These guys know how to make beer, I guess that's why they have almost been around for a thousand years. A powerful clove with a nice mix of wheat and some sweetness at the end.

Mouthfeel is good, there is a nice light feel with a little carbonation to make it lively and refreshing. Fairly wet and a little clingy at the end.

Drinkability is certainly there, .5 L went down fast. As said in the taste review, the spices are a bit potent and I prefer sweeter, so it got a few points off because it wasn't as easy to drink as Paulaner.

Final thoughts: Drink this. I can't wait for the proper glassware to arrive!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2010 20:13:41 | More by BranfordBound
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blausebas

Germany

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

What a great beer!

Aroma is a lvery strong, plenty of spice and some fruitiness. There behind is a firm wheat aroma. Excellent.

What is very surprising for such a beer with so good and intensive taste is how refreshing it is!

It is definitely one of my favourite beers and to drink it on a warm summer evening makes you feel very, very good!!

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 18:27:05 | More by blausebas
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gkunkle

Oregon

4.97/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Its been a few weeks since I enjoyed this brew, so I my memory might be a little fuzzy. This beer is really how a hefeweizen is meant to be done. It had that classic bananna and clove note. In appearance it was a cloudy golden color. The taste is clean and crisp without being thin or light. Overall, this is a classy beer that I will definitely seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 16:35:45 | More by gkunkle
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majesticsock

New York

4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks exceptionally yellow with lots of carbonation and a very bright white head. Smells like a combination of wheat and banana. Taste also has a strong wheat and banana combo, surprised about the understated aftertaste. It's a bit too carbinated to drink a bunch of, but it's definitely a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 22:58:36 | More by majesticsock
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 5,958 ratings.