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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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5,899 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,899
Reviews: 2,213
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 423
Gots: 441 | FT: 14
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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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District of Columbia

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

12 oz bottle, poured into a weizen glass.

Slow, careful pour with a swirl at the end produces a beautiful looking hazed and slightly cloudy golden orange color. A steady stream of bubbles support a massive, frothy white head that hangs around for the duration of the beer and occasionally leaves a streak of dry lacing. Aroma is spot on for this style, nothing unexpected. Strong notes of wheat, malt, yeast, banana, clove, vanilla and mild citrus. Medium thick body with light carbonation produces a smooth full mouthfeel. Flavor is initially banana sweet and fruity. Mid palate some light hops cut the sweetness and add a lemony citrus balance to the flavor. Finish has nice duration, fairly slick and mildly sweet. Really, not much else you can say about this beer other than it's a near perfect example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 20:43:01 | More by yourefragile
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4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle to glass. Golden, cloudy appearance. Smell had mostly malt and some spice, hard to identify but a little sharp maybe. This tasted great, really good balance of malt, carbonation, didn't really get the wheat specifically but there is some complexity to the grain bill here, some roastyness. Very flavorfull mid alcohol beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 20:13:40 | More by kpoole25
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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a Pils glass.

Golden glowing body with yeasty turbidity and a beautiful, mousse-like white head that lifts an inch out of the glass.

Perfect balance of banana and clove on the nose with a backing vanilla note. Bready wheat peaks out from behind the great yeast profile.

Malt becomes more prominent on the palate with tangy wheat and lightly sweet Pils malt providing a canvas for the classic banana and clove character of the Weihenstephan yeast. Again, hints of vanilla and nutmeg add depth.

A world class beer to be sure and the standard of the style. I could drink it all day. I just wish it was more reliably fresh in the States.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 19:50:26 | More by bump8628
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New York

3.68/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cloudy straw/lemony color with a thick white foamy head. the head broke down into chunks if you will. definitely lace.
citrus dominant in the smell and taste.
very good mouthfeel.
i'm not a hefe guy. not at all really. i can appreciate that this is a quality made brew to an extent, but i just don't care for the taste. i tried not to be biased, i don't think i was.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 02:43:52 | More by JordonHoltzman
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4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 pint 0.9 fl. oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy, pale honey color that starts with a big creamy head that slosly fades. There is some lacing present, but not too much.

S - Smells like sweet wheat bread and flowery/fruity spices. Very nice.

T - Slightly tangy spice, floral essence, fruity bread (banana, apricot, citrus). This beer leaves a nice fruity, biscuit like taste in your mouth after each sip.

M - This beer has an excellent level of carbonation with a very smooth almost creamy mouthfeel.

D - This is a most excellent wheat beer (one of the best I have ever had). I can see myself having these around as a staple brew this summer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 03:49:43 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a rich, straw yellow with a nice two finger fluffy white head. perfect lace and retention on the glass. just about as good as it gets. smells floral and yeasty. flowering hops, cloves, lots of coriander, and orange rind. the taste is crisp and well defined. floral hops, light coriander, almost a smokey clove, citrus, and lemon grass. very lively with a high carbonation level. fresh, crisp, and an excellent summer beer. plus a six pack costs about ten buck...not too shabby

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 18:44:47 | More by backfat
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4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Honestly, it doesn't look like much. A dull golden colour with a few bubbles drifting to the top. Almost two fingers of head which dissipated quickly.

S: Wheat and something else...maybe clove? A very delicate nose.

T: This tastes very good. The tastes differs from the smell, at least to my mind. Fruity, with cloves, wheat, and malt not far behind.

M: Very nice. Enough carbonation for refreshment, not too much to detract from the beer itself.

D: I would drink this beer as long as it was continuing to be served to me. I find myself wanting to take another sip even before I've completely finished the current one. Recommended.

I think this beer is overrated, but that's not to say it's not good. It *is*. But it is somehow too solid to stick out in my mind. It does everything well, but nothing especially memorable. Still, if you have the chance, try one!

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 04:57:29 | More by AgentMunky
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4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours with a huge 3 fingers of white fluffy nearly rocky head. Body is full of medium bubbles and is a light orange golden/bronze color. Very nice looking!

S: Light citrus and sweet whole wheat bread, strong yeast notes and some dry spiciness as well.

T: Full, clean, balanced and clear- this is a flavor by which others can be judged. Bready malts permeate the entire flavor, and form the foundation on which orange, yeasty coriander, floral spices, wheat malt, a slight hint of lime, honey, and (did I mention malt?) dance and shimmer. So full I could nearly mistake this for a biere de garde.

M: Sweet and light but not "empty" as some hefe's can be. This pours into the mouth like crystal water and refreshes like happy nectar. Carbonation is lifts the tastes where it should, but is not over-done. That isn't an easy balance to achieve.

D: One of the most drinkable beers you may ever find.

Overall: The top rated session beer in the world according to popular consent by BA's. If you love this style, you no doubt will love this beer. It is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 19:47:17 | More by allforbetterbeer
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4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall wheat glass from 12 oz bottle with yeast of course

A: light copper golden color with a nice head that sticks with you
a ton of carbonation too

S: its alive and kickin this beer smell is great! spice and citrus abound! slight banana with a yeasty dough quality.

T: Citrus Spice and banana on the back end the spice and citrus hit me first the banana comes after that and is not as pronounced but its there to be sure.

M: for this type of brew the carbonation is just right its got a light mouthfeel and you could session this easy

D: oh yea drinkable it is! knocking back 3 or 4 of these would not be hard they go down fast and taste damn good!

overall: the best Hefe I have ever drank.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 22:17:01 | More by JamisonM
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New York

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

Beer poured a hazy orange color, got about a half inch of head. The smell was vibrant, mainly of spice and citrus. Tasted even better than it smelled, high amount of citrus flavor that lingered on the tongue well after swallowing, which was very very appealing. I could drink several of these especially on a hot summers day. I need to seek out more for my personal consumption

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 03:23:12 | More by keithmurray
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4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Big pillowy white head stands out over the glass. Unfortunately it doesnt stay massive for very long. The beer is a sexy deep yellow. Totally hazed over.

S- Good, but sort of faint. Lots of banana, bubblegum, clove and spicy wheat.

T- Really really good. Banana bread, bubblegum sweetness, with a slight lemony hop finish. Well balanced and nice.

M- Medium body, fluffy, dry and crisp finish.

D- Such a great classic summer beer. This is making me wish I were sitting in a bier garten right now.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 21:59:16 | More by MbpBugeye
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Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have enjoyed the Weihenstephaner Dunkel since I found it in the fall. It's become my go to beer after a tough evening of sports as it's incredibly quaffable. So I was quite happy to see the regular Hefeweiss on the shelves and give it a go.

It poured *beautifully*. A golden cloudy golden hue with a big poofy wipped egg white head that stuck around for a while. Excellent stuff. The smell is big on this one. Banana, cloves and fruit are prominent and the taste has even more volume. Loads of fruit, bananas, melons and god knows what else. It's enjoyable and like their dunkel it swims down your throat. Drinkability is high thanks to a near perfect mouthfeel.

My only slight complaint is that this beer is fairly sweet. There are moments when I think it's too sweet for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 20:42:45 | More by Ralphus
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New York

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

A - Pretty unrelated to the actual appearance to the beer, but I really like how the bottle looks and I like the cap also. It'll make a nice addition to my collection. Hazy golden orange color. Huge creamy 3 finger head. Bubbles are cascading up heavily so this beer should have some high carbonation. Head dissipated rather quickly and left no lacing at all.

S - The smell is powerful with citrus. Orange to be a bit more specific. Coriander is also present in the smell. I also smell hints of banana and spice. Kind of a bready smell. A really nice smell, minus the spice which I'm not huge on.

T - Mmmm, Banana and citrus dominate the taste. Hardly any of that spice I smelled actually made it's way to the tastebuds which I'm happy about. The sweet banana/citrus taste goes away very quickly and leaves a bitter taste in the back although that goes away as quickly as the sweet taste. Little to no aftertaste is left behind which is no problem to much, just makes me want more.

M - I felt it would be a little bit more carbonated than it was due to all the bubbles. Don't get me wrong this is a highly carbonated beer, but I thought it would be to the point where it was almost like a Pepsi or something. Medium-bodied which I wasn't expecting due to the minimal lacing/head. I figured this beer would be almost watery.

D - Very drinkable beer. More of a summer beer than anything. Still great at any time of year though. Definitely would recommend this to friends.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 00:58:52 | More by epicness
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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

.5L emptied into a Weizen.

A: Pours a cloudy gold with a creamy 3-finger white head, good retention. Perfect, sticky lacing throughout.

S: Spiked citrus mixed with wheat and malt, soft cloves and hops, overripe fruit as the beer warms.

M: Creamy smooth with a touch too much carbonation.

T: Light bananas and cloves give way to smooth wheat and malt. Just enough hops to give presence. Yeasty, fruity aftertaste.

D: My first and favorite Weizen. All others of the style must refer to this one for me. Perfect for an early summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 13:42:01 | More by sunrisesolara
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4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass

A: Pours a beautiful hazy light tangerine color with a 2 finger head. The carbonation is visible as I watch bubbles cascade upward

S: Banana, orange, spice and some yeast. Very nice, makes me think of summer

T: Follows the smell exactly. The banana/orange combo blends very nicely with the spice to get that quintessential hefeweizen taste

M: Perfect for the style. Carbonated nicely. Very refreshing. Briefly coats the tongue before departing just in time for the next sip

D: I could drink this all day. Not sure why I waited so long to try this one, but it will be a regular during the summer months. Great tasting and full of flavor for a lower ABV

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 01:31:16 | More by Brez07
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4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - pours with a huge foamy head, looks like a beer commercial. golden in color.

smell - nose has banana, wheat, yeast tones, clove

taste - the banana is a bit subdued, clove is more prominent, some complexity here, some wheat

mouthfeel - light to light medium, some carbonation in the finish

drinkability - fairly easy to get through, a bit bubbly

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 02:27:11 | More by djbreezy
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Alberta (Canada)

4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

20oz pint, on-tap at BeerBistro. An awesome find on the last leg of a multi-year business trip to T-dot.

This beer appears a cloudy, pale golden yellow hue, with two fingers of tightly foamy, somewhat creamy dirty white head, which leaves a slightly pocked, but otherwise sheer veil of painted lace around the glass in its lazy wake.

It smells quite pleasantly of the usual suspects - banana chips, semi-sweet clove, subtle yeast, and breakfast cereal wheat grain. The taste is rather sweet wheaty, grainy malt, bruised banana, middling clove, and a bit of yeast. So simple, and yet so perfect.

The carbonation is equitably moderate, the body duly smooth, fruity, and medium weight, all in approachable measures. It finishes off-dry, clean, and redolent of all things just mentioned.

Quite a refreshing, world-class quaff after a day of traveling across this broad country of ours. All the typical points are hit here, heavily, yet not over the top at the same rate, I might add, resulting in a very enjoyable and drinkable progenitor of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2010 04:42:22 | More by biboergosum
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United Kingdom (England)

4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice cloudy, dark orange-yellow. Nice 3-finger head with good retention, but not a lot of lacing. Can see a bit of carbonation coming up, but not much. Looks pretty damn good.

Smells very nice - typical hefe flavors, but done right. Estery banana, a bit of citrus and quite a bit of wheat. Taste pretty much follows from the smell - quite wheaty, but the banana is definitely there. Tastes pretty much like you'd expect a hefeweizen to taste, but it's just so well balanced - banana is the most recognizable fruit here, but the wheat also really adds a whole lot. A bit of orangey flavors come out near the end - very mild hops to balance it out. Excellent taste.

The mouthfeel is a tad too carbonated for my tastes, but still great. Leaves a wheat flavor in your mouth - delish. Extremely drinkable, could easily have a few of these on a sunny day, but it really could be adapted to pretty much any situation. In the UK, widely available and at a very reasonable price, possibly one of the easiest to obtain world-class beers. Do not miss out on this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 02:22:54 | More by mike130
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4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle invert-poured into a Weihenstephaner weisen glass.
Purchased at Parti-Pak liquors in Indianapolis, IN.

A: Very hazy straw-gold. Almost honey-like in color and haze. Tons of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. White creamy head, about 2 and a half fingers high. Good retention and easily stirred back up with a swirl.

A: Sweet bread-like smell. Reminds me of cake or cookies. A nice hint of flowers, citrus, coriander as well.

T: Sweet, lemony/citrusy, coriander, sweet wheat flavor. Lots of goodness here. Mild bitterness in back but very little aftertaste.

M: Mid-bodied (much heavier than I expected, but surprisingly good). Smooth and effervescent. The carbonation is great.

D: Extremely drinkable. I could see myself drinking this all summer long.
I am just venturing out of my favorite territories (stouts and IPA's) so I don't have a great deal to compare this with but a trusted friend told me it was the best specimen of the breed, and I'm inclined to believe him.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 02:04:21 | More by RayenK
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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a great looking hazy golden straw color with about a finger and a half worth of head. The head recedes slowly leaving minimal lacing on the side of the glass but leaves a nice cap on the beer the whole time.

S- A nice array of yeast with some wheat and some coriander in there also. There also a little bit of orange and some lemon in there as well. A very good smelling beer.

T- The wheat is pretty prevalent to go along with a little spice and some coriander. A little yeast on the tail end adds a nice smooth touch of sweetness to it. This is one refreshing beer that is very well balanced .

M- Smooth. The carbonation adds a nice spriteness to it that would make this perfect for a warm summer day. It almost has a creamy texture to it that makes it a solid medium body.

D- The flavors are pronounced but not overpowering. The smooth texture makes this beer go down very easy. Try this if you get a chance and you won't be disappointed. Great for summer or on any occasion for easy sipping.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 00:19:42 | More by Wisconsinality
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New Hampshire

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

Poured into a Harpoon weizen glass. Nice, thick, foamy white head on top of a cloudy orange-wheat body. Some lacing left behind.

Orange citrus, mixed with wheat and sweet malts on the nose. Coriander and some spicier hops come through as well. Very refreshing. Orange peels.

The flavor starts off with a nice wave of juicy oranges, followed by somewhat peppery hops and spice. Sweet malts linger in the background. Reminds me a bit of a lighter orange sherbet. Some nuttiness as well and at times slightly bitter like an orange peel.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. This beer has a decent body, but is a bit overcarbonated in my opinion. Spices and hops add some peppery qualities to the body.

Drinkability is also good. Low ABV and lots of flavor make this a very enjoyable beer to drink. The orangy sweetness and carbonation cut down on the drinkability a little bit for me. But overall, it is easy to finish a bottle of this.

In short, this is a pretty awesome Hefe, probably the best I have ever had. Lots of flavor and a strong aroma. Looks great too. Nothing is really mind blowing, but the beer is well crafted and a great example of the style. I'll definitely have to pick up a few more of these for the Summer.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 00:32:42 | More by sisuspeed
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New Hampshire

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass, revealing hazy golden body with lively bubbling into a tall white head. Some lacing. Very pretty. Smells sweet like hayfields and wild honey with a little breadiness, almost like a saison.

Tastes light and well-carbonated with a delicate sweetness. Nice smooth wheat flavor comes through, with a hint of citrus and a gentle cleansing bitterness right at the end. Carbonation is a little more tingly than creamy, otherwise it's quite refreshing. Light-bodied with a smooth, watery mouthfeel. Totally drinkable.

If I could pick a session beer to enjoy exclusively in the summer for the rest of my life, this might be the one. The saison-like fragrant character really melts my heart. This is the best hefeweizen I've had yet.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 00:29:37 | More by abuliarose
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North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a weissen glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pale yellow that is very hazy for how light the color is. It's crowned by a massive four-finger head that takes an eternity to dissipate.

Smell: The nose is not as powerful as one might expect, but it has all the standard hefeweizen characteristics to it. There is the traditional strain of yeast along with clove, some spices and a very pleasant scent of banana.

Taste: What a fantastic beer. This is, for me, the epitome of the style. It's got everything you'd want in a hefe, the perfect strain of yeast, the clove, the dry spiciness and of course the signature banana character. It's not hugely bold, but at 5.4% ABV, you can't expect too much more out of a brew.

Mouthfeel: Adequate mouthfeel to this one. It's a little bit on the thinner side of things since it's so highly carbonated, but I have no complaints.

Drinkability: This is very drinkable beer, especially in the summer months. It's light-bodied, low in ABV and very tasty, all of which make for a great session brew.

Overall, this is an excellent beer and a terrific example of the style. The flavors are so wonderfully wrapped together this one. This would make a great session beer during the summer and a pleasure to drink anytime.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 02:22:05 | More by zoso493
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4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A thoroughly hazy golden-amber body that 's full of chunky particles. Up top, over three fingers of creamy whitish head that fade slowly and leave patchy lacing.

Aroma: Bananas, golden fruit, wheaty malt, mild spice, and just a hint of something a little sour.

Flavor: Up front, a traditional mix of cloves and banana-like yeast with some mild bitterness. Underneath, a toasty and wheat-like malt backbone keeps the traditional flavors coming. Everything is balanced well, with no aspect dominating. Cereal-grain malt and golden fruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with smooth medium carbonation. Crisp and somewhat drying in the finish.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable, this would be a welcome summer refresher.

Verdict: Here we have a solid Hefeweizen--it's simple and highly drinkable yet never boring. I personally prefer Paulaner's version of the style, but this is still a very solid start for someone ready to dive into German Hefeweizens.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2010 00:40:12 | More by BeanBone
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4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz brown bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner Weizen glass

Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier poured a cloudy red-gold color and produced a firm, big pure white head. Aroma is mostly of banana, and yeast with a hint of lemon. Taste is more of the same with a touch of cloves and mild spice finishing refreshing and flavorful. Mouth feel is slick, smooth and especially creamy with just the right amount of carbonation.

Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier is one well built Hefeweizen from the World's Oldest Brewery. It sure lives up to its reputation - What a session beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 23:10:19 | More by bushbeer75
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 5,899 ratings.