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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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6,204 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,204
Reviews: 2,232
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 468
Gots: 563 | FT: 13
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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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Photo of Tucquan


4.28/5  rDev -2.9%

Had this on 2010-07-03 in Columbia, PA (from tasting notes)

A - Hazy orange-straw with a pillowy 3-finger head into a weizen glass. Very good lacing.

S - Ahh, a wonderful and sweet wheat and yeast aroma with some lemon.

T - Toasted wheat bread, fruity yeast, clove, lemon and a trace of hop bitterness.

M - Medium body and effervescent carbonation. Hits the right balance between smooth and crisp, making it oh-so refreshing on a hot summer day.

D - Very high drinkability. This is almost my favorite wheat beer. I like the Weihenstephaner Dunkle better than any other wheat beer but not surprisingly, this is near the top.

02-21-2011 11:22:48 | More by Tucquan
Photo of KYBrewgrass


4.65/5  rDev +5.4%

A- 4.5 Dark, cloudy golden yellow. Very thick, bubbly white head on pour and smooth lacing around edges of glass.

S- 5 Banana, very mild clove spiciness. Excellent smell.

T- 4.5 Definite taste of banana. Crisp and clean, with a hint of the wheat. Spices come thru more than they do with the smell, though they're still subtle.

M- 5 Great medium body. Clean tasting yet still has a creamy feel. Carbonation is just right.

D- 4.5 This brew was very easy to drink. Great balance of flavors and I could enjoy several of these bottles at a time. Love the creaminess-but-not-heavy aspect of this brew. My favorite hefeweizen to date!

02-21-2011 02:55:21 | More by KYBrewgrass
Photo of bubseymour


4.5/5  rDev +2%

Well with over 1,700 reviews to date and an A/A+ overall rating, is there really anything else I can add that will be value-added commentary?

Appearance - Dull yellow murky from the wheat. Head is extrordinary! 3+ finger head into my pint glass and couldn't even finish pouring the full 12 oz bottle even tipped on side of glass the whole time.

Smell - like others mentioned, very bannana like

Taste - Now this is a great tasting Hefeweizen and I'm not big fan of murky wheat beers! Excellent mild flavorings and very authentic German.

Mouthfeel - Creamy head on the lip. Nice smooth finish.

Drinkability - Seems very drinkable. The bannana smell and slight taste possibly could get old to the pallet with repeat samplings in 1 sitting.

02-19-2011 23:27:08 | More by bubseymour
Photo of Avagadro

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +1.4%

A: Weihenstephaner Hefe has a beautiful hazy golden color that is topped off by a bone white head. It readily climbs out over the rim of the glass, much like a souffle, and retains much of its volume throughout the experience. It also has delightful lacing, with torrents of pin-head bubbles racing to the head.

S: A touch softer than what I was hoping for, but piquant nonetheless, the nose is marked by a gentle balance between clove and banana.

T: Deliciously dry, slightly acidic, and thoroughly enjoyable. The clove/banana marked in the nose make a strong appearance alongside mango and pineapple.

M: Full body, but lightened by the extremely effervescent nature of the brew. Spot on for the style.

D: One of the best examples of one of my favorite styles. This is the epitome of what a hefe should be. The greatest part: you can find this beer just about anywhere. If you've never had a hefe before, this should definitely be your first.

02-19-2011 22:56:11 | More by Avagadro
Photo of Brunite


4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance - Pours a hazy straw color beer with a huge fluffy white head that is too tall to measure. This is perfection for a Hefeweizen.

Smell - Aroma is of ripe banana notes and clove notes. Also some bubblegum. This smells awesome. Some mellowness from the grains comes through as well.

Taste - Delicious. Clean....crisp...perfect. Mild sweetness along with bananas notes. With some huskiness from the grain...perfect balance.

Mouthfeel - This is fantastic. Smooth...creamy...almost chewy. Liquid bread.

Drinkability - Off the charts. Perfect flavor for the style. Low ABV. Easy to drink and enjoy. World Class beverage.

02-18-2011 06:25:22 | More by Brunite
Photo of OnThenIn


4.33/5  rDev -1.8%

A: Pours with a mammoth fluffy head that is at least three fingers of glory. The head is straight white while the body is a golden color with some copper and a hazy from the yeast.

S: Banana, clove, and a strong bubblegum. I am really excited.

T: The flavor is not mind blowingly strong, but the clove is rather apparent. Definitely get a sense of the wheat. Solid. There is some bubblegum.

M: This is perfect mouthfeel. I am in love. Perfect carbonation and lighter body.

D: Crazy drinkable. I just love this beer.

02-17-2011 22:28:55 | More by OnThenIn
Photo of UTCengOwl


3.9/5  rDev -11.6%

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

This beer pours with a huge bone white head. He body itself is a nice straw yellow. The head stick around for a whole and e beer has some brilliance, but there's just something holding this back from greatness in the look. Maybe the head isn't tight enough?

The nose is mostly ripe banana. There's some spice here, too. I'm also picking up some grassy noble hops. This could do without that grassiness.

The taste is a smooth, somewhat subtle banana. There's a tinge of spice behind it, too. The's a lingering wheat / straw flavor in the background, too. Decent, but not overwhelming. The carbonation is nice and it's really easy to quaff.

This is a good hefe, but give me a Live Oak any day over this. Top 20 beer in the world? Not in my book.

02-17-2011 02:47:53 | More by UTCengOwl
Photo of nyabinghi


4.68/5  rDev +6.1%

The look of this beer is sort of cloudy and (slightly) dark-yellowish. Yet a fantastic sight. The creamy head builds up quickly and takes a big shape.

The smell is extraordinary with all the wheat flavours going on. Its taste is hard to put in words, since it is so, so great. But the fruity flavours are well balanced.

All and all, one just have to say that it's a very great beer. It's easy to love.

02-16-2011 20:19:29 | More by nyabinghi
Photo of guitarsnbeer

New York

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

I love this beer. pours a murky clouded yellow-orange. nice 2+ inch of delicious frothy foam.

Really in-depth fragrances can be found in this brew. bananna esters, clove, corriander and some bubblegum.

Great taste of spicy bananna bread as i like to describe it, with citrus notes. paired with the bananna bread it resembles will make for a great snack.

Medium bodied, and nicely carbonated, the flavors blend/mesh delightfully into a creamy sip that seducingly convices you to take another.

Extremely drinkable, this is easily one of the best beers I've had and might just be my favorite hefe to date.

02-15-2011 20:23:07 | More by guitarsnbeer
Photo of Taera


4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

A - One of the most beautiful colour for anyone who thinks of a glass of beer

S- Great wheat smell with a hint of banana

T- Nothing you would ask more from hefeweizen. Alot of wheat feel and abit of banana taste with a hint of citrus

Drinkability: a beer that anyone can drink any day. And the true charm of hefeweizen is that it is very refreshing after a tired day

02-15-2011 07:33:55 | More by Taera
Photo of perrymarcus


4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

1 pint, 0.9oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

pours a hazy dull yellow tone with a big two-finger plus (closing in on three) creamy off-white head. outstanding retention and lacing all over the place. outstanding presentation.

nose offers clove, banana, and a touch of another fruit i'm having trouble placing. apple, maybe, or peach. melon? regardless, a real nice aroma.

the flavor doesn't disappoint, full of clove and banana mostly, with a few mutes citric notes. very tasty. would be the perfect summer beer. (unfortunately it's february 14th.)

crisp, medium-bodied mouthfeel with medium-plus carbonation. extremely drinkable. a classic, easily my favorite hefeweizen to date.

02-15-2011 04:20:43 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of SacredBeverage


5/5  rDev +13.4%

It comes in a 1 pint bottle with a label on it, and when it was made. Also has the crest and "Premium Bavaricum" on it.

A: It pours a cloudy golden straw color with a slow-receding head. It has a great color for a Weiss beer.

S: The aroma is amazing. It has traces of banana, clove honey, and has a nice sweetness to the aroma.

T: Now my favorite part, the taste. I first tasted clove, then slowly different flavors roll over your palate; honey, banana, and a slight lemon zest. It has a great flavor and is not too sweet or too bitter, a nice balance. I like this a little more than Ayinger's Brau Weisse, even though that is a superb Unfiltered-Wheat Beer.

Ml: The texture is outstanding, it is exceptionally smooth with no bitter aftertaste. It just rolls over your tongue with no harsh bite.

D: I could drink this every day and never get bored. Definitely a five. It is just such a great beer you don't get tired of drinking it. I highly recommend it.

02-15-2011 00:34:15 | More by SacredBeverage
Photo of surlytheduff


4.15/5  rDev -5.9%

12oz bottle, drank from a pilsner glass. The beer poured a cloudy rich golden color, with a three finger mushroom cloud of sculpted white foam. The head stuck around a really long time - I couldn't wait for it to recede before diving in. There was a distinct spiciness to the aroma ... black pepper, clove, yeast and grain, along with a lingering sweetness.

The taste was out of sight. Chewey wheat, clove, and banana goodness with a slight grassiness and lemon-zest flavor to it. It was very light bodied, very well carbonated and very refreshing.

02-12-2011 21:33:51 | More by surlytheduff
Photo of CwrwAmByth

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

A- Excellent, your typical wheaty, cloudy look, exactly what drew me to Weissbiers in the first place. Looks very refreshing.

S- Much like Erdinger, plain, however with a bit more of a kick this time, maybe some spice.

T- A great taste for a Weissbier, the plain wheaty taste is made more interesting with a tangy/sourness as well. Also some spice I cant put my finger on.

A great beer. I would definitely get this again.

02-12-2011 17:21:28 | More by CwrwAmByth
Photo of JohnnyChicago


4.47/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured from a European sized bottle of unknown dimensions into a weizen glass.

A: Exactly what a heffe should look like. Cloudy tan colour with a cumulus cloud head that pushed above the glass.

S: Banana, cloves, bubblegum sweetness and soft hops.

T: Just delectable. Wheat tang with sweetness and a plethora of spices.

D: World class! It is as easy to drink as water, but the flavours are so intense and varied that it never becomes tiresome.

Overall: I have to be honest, I'm not crazy about heffes, but this one is forcing me to reconsider. It has that great balance and complexity that is hard to find in medium strength beers. If you had to drink only one beer all night, this would be a great choice. Never overwhelming but never boring.

02-12-2011 15:56:13 | More by JohnnyChicago
Photo of JayS2629


4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

A- Beautiful hazy copper with a tight creamy head, great retention of a velvet film, and walls of lace.

S- Bubblegum and clove with a touch of earthy floral notes, lemon, and banana.

T- Follows the nose. Bubblegum and cloves. Hints of ginger, lemon, a touch of floral hops, and banana cream finish.

M- Creamy, velvet, smooth, medium bodied.

D- Very easy to drink. Most awesome tasting Hefe I've had. teh epitome of what this style is supposed to be.

02-12-2011 04:02:47 | More by JayS2629
Photo of MichialTanner1


4.95/5  rDev +12.2%

Ah, this one is a permanent resident of my home with the occasional rotation of Live Oak hefe from the local Draught House--an equally excellent, but very different drink.

Poured moderately from a bottle, two-fingers of snow will be produced. It would last forever, but the head itself tastes better than most hefes. The color depends on the surrounding lighting and varies from straw to a reddish-brown but is always cloudy-translucent--a picture-perfect hefe in any light.

The smell is perfectly consistent with the taste and the epitome of the style: cloves first, banana malt finish, some mild earthy tones and almost no detection of alcohol (most hefes are only 5-6ABV, so this is commonly concealed). Ginger is in the house.

Head is with you 'til after the beer is gone and IMO easily makes up for the lack of linger/aftertaste, which you shouldn't really expect from a hefe anyway.

Obviously, I am smitten with this one and would recommend it to anyone amateur to connoisseur. First tried this on tap in Regensburg 10 years ago (vie-hen stofner, they say) and have been hooked ever since.

02-12-2011 02:33:22 | More by MichialTanner1
Photo of SFrankBrew

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Really good beer. Obviously it's a 100 years old. This is a great example of a perfect hefe. Nice color. Great taste and mouthfeel. But, the most important... drinkability. It's a thoroughly wonderful beer to kick back and drink. Everytime I get this from the store, I think I pretty much drink the entire pack.

02-10-2011 13:36:26 | More by SFrankBrew
Photo of ColdPoncho


4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

A - brilliant golden straw with a lingering white head.

S - Black pepper spicy yeasty aroma, lemon zest, pale malts.

T - the light malt flavors are first, not a lot of complexity, but well balanced, and a touch of tangy dryness. It tastes authentic, whatever that means.

M - A bit harsh with carbonation, but is still light and very palatable.

D - Excellent to drink, nothing else to it.

02-09-2011 21:14:34 | More by ColdPoncho
Photo of brew3crew


4.13/5  rDev -6.3%

A-hazy yellow carbonation with white lacing.
S-wheat and spices. Very nicely spiced. Not to much
T-light on wheat and heavy on spice. Really makes me reconsider the style.
M-very light and crisp
D-very drinkable. Tasting was gone in no time. Nice after a grass cutting

02-09-2011 01:24:47 | More by brew3crew
Photo of Urbancaver


4.1/5  rDev -7%

Pours a pale yellow... Clearer than live oak with tons of head. On the nose i smell yeast and spices. Tons and tons of spices. Tastes similar. The spices couple well with the yeast and wheat. There is something slightly off from the taste but it's still solid. Dcent mouthfeel and highly drinkable

02-09-2011 01:21:05 | More by Urbancaver
Photo of jsprain1


4.35/5  rDev -1.4%

A- Hazy straw color. Thick white head retains well. Minimal lacing. amazing how long that head lasts though.
S- Smells somewhat of ripe banana, but more spice and grain than phenols.
T- Some banana, but more spicy than banana. Some vanilla and lemon flavors, but a good spice character is definitely predominant.
M- Effervescent carbonation. Dry finish.
D- A very good hefe. I don't know if it's as world-class as it is made out to be, but it's still a very good beer.

02-07-2011 01:02:20 | More by jsprain1
Photo of pioppo


3.93/5  rDev -10.9%

A - Turbid gold with a very fine and very persistent white foam.

S - Banana over all but also a sweetness like vanilla. In the final ovviously come out some yeasty aromas.

T - Again flavour of banana, there's no bitterness and alcohol sensations.

M - A big body but mainly a great smoothness!! This contributes with the crisp of wheat to make this beer not only a drinking but also an eating!!

D - After one of this you are full but immediately you begin to think the way to take it another!!

02-06-2011 10:37:07 | More by pioppo
Photo of paxkey

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -9.3%

poured this straight in to a nonic. not recommended as the head fills up 85% of the glass.
pours a hazy pale yellow with massive fluffy gorgeous head. good lacing

aroma is delicious. christmas cake. citrus. clove. smelling this beer is making me salivate.

almost no bitterness to this beer. very refreshing and easy to drink. lots of lingering flavour in the aftertaste and medium dryness. a little chalky.

the smell is the best thing about this beer. it tastes great but just sits a wee heavy in the belly.

delicious stuff.

02-04-2011 01:26:16 | More by paxkey
Photo of Chincino


4.1/5  rDev -7%

I had this beer last night upon anticipation of going to the Weihenstephaner brewery in Munich next month.

The beer poured a golden color and was a bit hazy with about an inch of white foamy head.

The aroma was sweet of fruit, cloves, and possibly honey. Medium-bodied full of sweet flavor. A bit of a spicy taste to it as well. More interesting than I expected from this beer rom what I remembered of Bavarian beers of this style.

Looking forward to trying more from Weihenstephaner.

02-03-2011 12:05:14 | More by Chincino
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