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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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6,446 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,446
Reviews: 2,254
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 498
Gots: 665 | FT: 12
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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 IPA35
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The only other weizen I had where Paulaner from tap and Hofbraü so this is my first weizen review. Poured into a 400ml Wieckse glass.

A beautiful beer, hazy golden/orange with a rocky, very German, head. I love German foam! The head slowely sinks into itself leaving a rocky landscape in the glass. Lots of carbonation.

Woah! This smells fruity!
Banana, mango, pine and indeed clove (I smelled real clove a little earlier). Grainy and some hops.

(Just had spicey food.)
Taste is grainy (wheat) and sweet. Very mild bitterness. A creamy banana desert like flavour with some clove in there. Very summery indeed. Unfortunatly it is cold outside now...

Thin/medium mouthfeel with lots of carbonation.

IPA35, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of pBRale
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From tasting notes 10-8-11
Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Hazy golden pour with a three finger white head that settles pretty slowly and leaves a spotty lace behind. Impressive replenishing head retention, especially for a hefeweizen.

Smell: Great wheat smell with aromatic yeast as well, and just a hint of some fresh pine-like aroma.

Taste: Wheat, lots of yeasty taste that imparts a bit of spiciness. Interesting aftertaste--almost nutty or woody?

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body, medium-high carbonation, crisp finish. Very nice.

Overall: A very good beer, true to style, top notch in all respects.

pBRale, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of OutFox
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at Loreley's in NYC.

Had this side by side with a Franziskaner Hefe on tap in the same kind of glassware.

A - Poured into a 1L Hofbrau mug. Hazy orange medium orange in color with a large white fluffy head. OK retention but really good lacing.

S - Spice, clove, banana, wheat, the aroma was more pronounced than the Franziskaner I compared it with.

T - Wow, just fantastic. Wheaty and really complex. More complex than the nose lets on but with all the same sort of flavor profiles.

M - Exactly what youd expect. Palate coating and almost heavy on the tongue which was unexpected but enjoyable. The carbonation really cleanses your palate.

O - I must say I enjoyed this one just slightly better than the Franziskaner I had side by side with them. But it was such a small margin that it was almost non-existent. World class stuff here. From the claimed oldest brewery in the world you wouldnt expect anything less.

OutFox, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of tony223366
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my beer journal. Reviewed in Mid May 2011.

A: Cloudy golden color with a fantastic and dense head. Lots of lacing. This was a beautiful beer.

S: A great malty/wheat sweetness and a light lemon.

T: Malty sweetness with cloves and bananas interplay. The tiniest of hop finish.

M: Light to medium mouthfeel.

O: This hefeweizen knocked my socks off. I was under the impression I didn't care for hefeweizens... Weihenstephaner taught me a much needed lesson!

tony223366, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of mryuk
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours an unfiltered golden with three fingers of head.

smell is sweet with fruit and molasses.

taste is very light and crisp. the wheat flavor comes through with some hops also.

mouth is light with very good carbonation.

very good beer. light and extremely enjoyable.

mryuk, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of Murrhey
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint bottle poured into a Pilsner glass 10-16-11

I was really excited to drink this beer from the "oldest brewery" in the world.

A: Poured a thick, creamy head, three finger width. Cloudy amber color.

S: Fruity and nutty, wasn't overpowering while remaining a fairly pleasant aroma.

T: Definite nutty sort of taste with some kind of banana tone, to be honest it tasted sort of like banana bread. I really enjoyed it though.

M: For the flavor of the beer it was perfect.

Overall: Was excited to have it, and was not disappointed. The Light smell and flavor really accented the general tone of the beer as one that is well made.

Murrhey, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of heygeebee
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can't add a lot to all the previous reviews, but in a nutshell :-

Pours a dense white two finger head (did not pour bottle in one go) straw coloured body.

Aromas of bananas, cloves, tinned pears. Compex and delightful.

Taste is light restrained as aromas plus yeast flavours, mouthfeel light, crisp, sharp in a good way.

Great brew as on a one-off drink or an all nighter.

heygeebee, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of ckollias
3.68/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Light murky orange brew with an Enormous 4-finger white head after a violent pour. Head last forever (just like I like it – pun intended) and eventually ends in a very persistent lace.

S: Spicy malt wheat aroma that has a heavy yeast backbone.

T: Malted wheat and barley flavor hits you up front. Every sips reveals this beer’s complexity as it has a great yeast, banana clove, and bitterness makeup. Finished very clean and crisp with mild hints of alcohol.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: I am not a big fan of this style, but I have heard so many good things about this beer I had to try it. It didn’t disappoint, but also didn’t blow me away. It was very well balanced and easily drinkable, but nothing I would grab again.

ckollias, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2011)

Super Junior Market
San Diego, CA

Just barely hazy golden yellow, orange, and amber with a huge, thick, persistent white head. This beer wasn't nearly as cloudy and hazy as others I've had within style. Spots of lace down the glass.

A powerful aroma of banana, perhaps some apple and pear, clove, and wheat. The best smelling hefeweizen I've ever come across.

Flavor is incredibly similar to the aroma: lots of banana and clove, low bitterness, a bit of white fruit, wheat, and bread. Fantastic!

Light to medium bodied--incredibly drinkable. This beer wants you to drink more and more of it.

I couldn't even imagine a better hefeweizen.

ehammond1, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of MrVonzipper
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear,with just a touch of haziness, golden orange with a large 1 1/2 finger frothy eggshell colored head with excellent retention and mild lacing.

Big earthy and fresh nose with lots of sweet banana, smooth wheatiness and a little bready yeast.

Great flavor burst right off the bat. Same notes as the nose with nice notes of banana, wheat and a little bready. Great balance and a nice and pleasant clean aftertaste.

Light bodied with zesty high carbonation that is just perfect for this beer.

Overall just an outstanding all around hef. Definitely my favorite of the style.

MrVonzipper, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pt .9oz bottle properly poured into a weizen glass.

A: Cloudy, deep golden in color. Almost orange at its core. Frothy, creamy white head has great retention, as expected. Clumps of sticky lacing are prevalent.

S: Heavy phenols: lots of clove. Over-ripe bananas, bready wheat, powdery yeast.

T: Tastes of banana bread and over-ripe bananas are interrupted by clove and spices. Big dose of wheat. Bready with a touch of that acidity and citrus-like tastes that tend to come with wheat beers. Yeast plays a major role, contributing a mildly chalky and slightly funky taste. Dries a bit toward the finish and the malt tastes turn cracker-like.

M: Very light in body, very fluffy and creamy in the mouth. Lots of aggressive, small-bubbled carbonation, as expected.

O: An excellent beer, maybe the best of the style.

Notes: I am fortunate enough to have this beer frequently available fresh on tap at several bars in the area. It is always excellent, an easy A+ and one of my personal favorite beers. This is my second time having it out of the bottle, and the edge seems to be taken off of it just a bit. I suspect this is due to the rigors of trans-Atlantic shipping, or maybe it isn't quite as fresh as it could be (no bottled-on dates).

ryan1788a5, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of Mar02x
3.15/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought this at the liquor store Mitra in Flushing for 1 Euro! I'm not really a fan of the style but I do not want to miss a good beer.

A - I vaguely cloudy yellow liquid with a white head. Carbonated bubbles are not visible.

S - Barley malt, some lemon, not so special and / or fresh.

T - For a wheat beer it is nice and mild flavor, slightly acid with light lemon tones. Not really bitter and quite dry.

M - The carbonation is medium with a slight bitterness in the finish. Not sticky, a very drinkable beer.

O - Good white beer and good enough to try again.

Mar02x, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of shortbus7
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden color that is slightly cloudy. A large 4 finger off white head is formed.

S: Yeast, citrus, and banana.

T: Yeast and a little bit of clove is present. This beer is dominated by yeast and it also has a slight spice to it, which is much enjoyed. Banana is there, but in the background.

M: Very smooth with good carbonation.

O: This is an excellent beer. My favorite for the style and is a must try.

shortbus7, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of bierdabbler
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An old favorite, 16oz brown bottle poured in pint glass.

A- cloudy orange color- make sure to swirl and pour the remnants of the bottle for a nice sediment flowing through the glass.

S- Sweetie and wheaty.

T/M- Creamy with enough carbonation to enlighten the palate to a sweet, yeast taste with hints of banana. Excellent.

One of the best hefeweizens always holds a place in the fridge.

bierdabbler, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Pilsner Glass. Honey golden, very hazy color, 3 fingers of fluff, which takes a couple minutes to dissipate. Smells classically Hefe. Banana, cloves, some floral notes. A bit of citrus. Definitely smells sweet. Tastes more spicy than it smells, with a more subdued banana flavor. A nice hop bitterness on the finish. Very lightly sweet. Lots of little bubbles making me want to burp. Fantastic.

WestValleyIPA, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of schultzi22
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a hazy gold color with a healthy 2 fingers of head.
N: Aromas jump out of the glass and consist of grains and yeast.
T: The flavors are more subtle than I expected from the nose. Yeast is the dominant flavor but it does not completely overpower the banana in the background. Lemongrass lingers on the tongue to create a crisp finish.
M: The mouthfeel is creamy and full with fairly pronounced carbonation.
O: This is an enjoyable brew and I can see how it has become an icon of the style. I'm not a huge hefeweizen fan, but this is a great representative of the style and I'm sure I will find myself returning to this beer when the situation calls for it.

schultzi22, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of harrymattcody
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the bottle to a weizen glass.

The pour is a hazy yellow wheat that is topped by a rocky head that wants to stick around and leave some lace. Getting into the nose I pick up the requisite banana, clove and yeast. Maybe a piece of bubble gum. Taste is on par with the nose and all anyone can really ask for. Banana and clove balance nicely and the yeast lends a nice background for those flavors to work on. Creamy in the mouth with ample carbonation make for a refreshing brew.

My favorite hefeweissen and one I continue to come back to.

harrymattcody, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of foogerd
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Orange straw colored hazy body, with a nice billowing cushy white head.

S- Lots of wheaty banana aroma along with a touch of spice.

T- The malty wheaty character gives it a sweetness along with the fruitiness of the banana, then comes the clovey spiciness. A bit watery though I have had this brew many times and never noticed that.

M- Full, lots of carbonation.

O- Top notch Hefe, really sets the standard.

foogerd, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, classy, classic label; Some date code that I'm not exactly sure what it means, but I THINK it's at least brewed in 2011, which I'll take, considering I've seen examples that are over 2 years old on the shelf.

Appearance: Hazy dark straw gold beer, with a nice cream-colored cap which, surprisingly, fades a bit fast for my liking.

Smell: Requisite sweet/tart banana aromas, with plenty of spice in the background. A couple of swirls really brings out the spice aromas. Very slight hint of citrus in the background, as well as something nicely floral as this warms a bit.

Taste: Banana and sweet spice (no particular baking spice is coming out here, though I think perhaps I get a slight hint of clove). Slightly tangy wheat backbone, with light, if firm bitterness. All in all, it's a bit like banana bread, though w/out the typical caramelly/burnt sugar notes that confection often (though not always) has.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy and refreshing

Overall: A really tasty Hefeweizen. Is it the world's best, like I once thought? I don't know, though it's certainly top-tier. I do have to say, however, that it's no longer quite my favorite. Overall, however, certainly a tasty offering.

BedetheVenerable, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of mikeg67
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beermarket in Toronto. Pours hazy orange with a huge white head. Nose is of yeast, banana, bubble gum and cloves. Medium, slightly crisp, creamy body. Yeast, banana, bubble gum and cloves combine on the palate in a wonderful complexity. Long, balanced finish. I’m not a fan of hefe, but this one is outstanding brew.

mikeg67, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of GarrettMD
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy orange/yellow, more yellow color with 3 fingers of creamy foamy white head. Lacing is slight, but the head takes a lot to fade.

S - Bready yeasts, lemon, pepper, bubblegum, banana, in order of strength. The bready yeasts, lemon and pepper are the most dominant by far while the others are in the background.

T - Pretty much reverse the dominant flavors from the smells. Bubblegum, banana, lemon, pepper, then the yeasts. Sweet malts show as well with a nice tart overall taste.

M - Thin to medium bodied, good level of carbonation. Finish is slightly drying with that tart taste staying around for a while. When that fades, you're left with the sweet malts sticking to the inside of your mouth.

O - I'm not generally a fan of hefes but I can easily see why this one is considered one of the best.

GarrettMD, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of 2xHops
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I decided to open my bottle of Hefewissbier after having a hefeweizen by Ranger Creek Brewery. (based out of San Antonio) I'd have to say my suspicions were accurate. This hefeweizen by Weihenstephaner definitely blows out a lot of other examples by a wide margin.

The beer has a wonderful unfiltered appearance without being too dark like the Ranger Creek one. The foam rose nicely and it subsided fairly slowly. The taste is the most critical component. The last thing I want is to have a hefeweizen taste musty, stagnant, or just plain old. This beer doesn't do that. It had plenty of citrus notes, but it wasn't overly powering nor syrupy to a point where it does taste old.

The beer was easy on my plalate,a nd it actually felt refreshing in my mouth. It was not too syrupy, thick, nor too thin.

Overall, it's a truly great example of hefeweizen, and it's definitely easy to drink. I have to admit, I actually preferred the Kristall Weissbier, but this one is just too dang good.

2xHops, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of BlastBeats
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a picturesque cloudy gold color with a fluffy white head.

Smell: some yeast spiciness, milled grain, and lemon; very pleasant aroma.

Taste: perfectly executed subtle fruit esters; apricot, lemon, and orange.. fresh wheat with a faint yeast and clove-like spice. The flavors are incredibly balanced; nothing too overpowering.

Mouthfeel: the ample carbonation is perfect. Lively and refreshing. Medium body.

Overall: My favorite Hefeweizen thus far.. and very reasonably priced. Extremely quaffable. I should always keep a bottle of this stuff in my fridge!

BlastBeats, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle apparently dated Feb. 2011. Most sediment added. {revised with fresh bottle in April 2014}

Pours with a large whitish head that quickly reduces to a paper thin coat but leaves some lacing. Cloudy golden tone.

Has a very sweet and fruity aroma with suggestions of banana, pineapple, melon and baked bread. Beyond these it is also yeasty. These aromas appear in the taste, along with clove, allspice, apple juice and wheat.

Light body; crisp with slightly aggressive carbonation.

Clearly not an average beer and clearly exceptional for style. However, I often find this style mostly unappealing. Nonetheless, I did find this one to be appealing and refreshing. Hope to sample at the source in Bavaria in 2012.

chinchill, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of tykees88
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Super clear truly straw colored beer. The off white banana white colored head is huge and rocky.

S- Smells like bananas and cloves and hops. Awesomeness

T- Tastes like it smells, there is a grass hoppy taste as well.

M- The mouthfeel has a slight chewy feel too it. Obviously is carbonated nicely.

O- It's a solid beer, solid for the style. Extremely affordable, extremely tasty

tykees88, Sep 17, 2011
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,446 ratings.