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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 5,942
Reviews: 2,214
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 429
Gots: 457 | 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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4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the fridge into a mug-style glass.

Initial reaction to the aroma on pouring was wow - this is how beer should smell!

Deep gold color, very cloudy and nice looking with depth.

Barely any head on pouring and no lacing.

Aroma and taste are very spicy all the way through with hops and maybe a hint of berries.

The mouth feel is my favourite part of this beer. It is creamy and nice despite heavy carbonation, a truly great balancing act.

Reminiscent of Belgians in overall character and drinkability. Heavier carbonation and spicing means this is one to savor with appetizers, cheese, or a meal.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 02:50:18 | More by vpipkt
Photo of bristol2120


4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 500ml bottle. Pours a cloudy dark golden with a thick white head. Foam dissipates somewhat, leaving a moderat head with decent lacing. Classic yeasty, bubblegum/banana aroma present. Nice malty yeasty taste, with citrusy notes peeking through at the end. Very well balanced, with a good, smooth mouthfeel, and moderate carbonation that seems very fitting for the beer. Highly drinkable, and a great example of the style, and probably one against which all other hefe's should be compared.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 02:00:48 | More by bristol2120
Photo of Thesis


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

Appearance - Pours a beautiful hazy orange color with a huge, fluffy white head. Once the head shrinks, it retains throughout the entire drink. Lacing is exceptional; it coats the glass.

Smell - The smell is sweet with a big kick of banana. Smells almost like freshly baked banana bread. Clove, spices, banana, citrus. Very good.

Taste - First sip was mostly banana. Delicious. As the beer warmed, the spices and cloves came out a lot more. Very low on hops, maybe a slight touch of bitterness at the end. It's truly the perfect balance of flavors that one expects in this style. This is the best tasting hefeweizen I've had.

Mouthfeel - Very light with a somewhat crisp carbonation.

Drinkability - Tasty and easy to drink. A pleasure every single time. I could drink this all night, and I have. This seriously might be my favorite beer of any style.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 17:22:49 | More by Thesis
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4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer lives up to its hype. Best wheat beer
i've had. Smells of bananas, sweet but not overpowering.
The taste is amazing, lots of flavor and a silky aftertaste. I find these German wheat beers and excellent pairing with meat or BBQ.
I drink these too fast.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 20:18:04 | More by Welsman
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Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A - Poured a cloudy golden color with orange highlights. The thick 1.5" head quickly reduced to a thin white cap. Not much lacing either.

S - Bananas, yeast, bubblegum, spices and a faint fruity sourness. I just love this aroma.

T - Similar to the aroma but not as strong. Sweet malts up front followed by some citrus and spice finished with a light hop bitterness.

M - Smooth & creamy with tangy carbonation.

D - Very drinkable.

Another one of my favorite Hefeweizens.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 01:48:10 | More by decimator
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4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden color. Started with about one finger of fluffy white head that quickly diminished to a thin ring.

S: Wonderful aroma with everything you would expect from a Hefeweizen. A pretty strong banana scent is mixed with apples, clove, yeast, and feint citrus. A little bubblegum as well.

T: Follows the nose pretty well. Apples and pear seem to be the main fruit flavors. These mix nicely with some grain and spice and just a hint of bubblegum on the finish. Nice and refreshing.

M: Light bodied, just a tad thin at times. Lots of carbonation, which is indicative of the style. Finishes on the dry side.

D: Very high. You could definitely throw back a few of these on a hot summer day. One of the best representations of this style that I've had the pleasure of drinking.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 20:31:42 | More by MrDanno96
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4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

excited about this one. ive heard great things.

pours a very hazy orange hue with a brilliant white, fluffy head that is very sticky. head dissipates after a bit but never goes below a half finger thickness. The head gets a little less sticky as the beer gets lower and lower.

smells of banana up front, with hints of citrus and bubble gum, and finishes with a nice touch of malts. Great amount of spiciness towards the back of the aromas.

Tastes of the banana taste of weisses up front, but gets more and more complex as he flavor goes along. Hints of citrus and bubble gum, with a fabulous amount of spices. Great flavor, I wouldn't call myself a heffeweisen expert but this is the best one ive ever had.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 18:41:45 | More by HURTemHIZZY
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New Jersey

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

Poured a golden orange into a weizen glass, with two fingers of bright white head, and great lacing. The smell was to be expected...a wonderful bouquet of banana, cloves, lemon, and bubble gum in copious amounts. I found the taste, which was the same as the aroma, to be a little toned down relative to the aroma...like an 8 as opposed to a 10. The mouthfeel was a nice light smooth / carbonated combo. Very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2009 04:37:13 | More by donniecuffs
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Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier poured into a weizen glass delivers a wonderfully opaque, unfiltered gamboge colour, a sparse amount of bubbles ascend to the magnificently massive cream-white crown which withstands the fall of time in all its majesty for a long period, leaving its inheritance in the shape of sporadic lacing -- hail to the king!

Smell: Obviously bananas 'n' carrots. just like you know it should when it comes to weissbrewskis, some cloves and a whiff of black pepper comes to notice along with the yeasty undertones which functions as base for this otherwise pretty sweet experience.

Taste: Corresponding to what we got in the smell compartment, however the carrots tend to -- thankfully -- dominate over the bananas which seem to be quickly replaced by a peachy/apple-like sourness. The whole ride is finished of with a luring and gentle bitterness interlaced with the aforementioned yeastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium full and very creamy yet somewhat coarse in texture, medium-low in carbonation.

Drinkability: Concerning weissbier, do they come off as any better than this one, the archetype if you will, 'nuff said; verdrinken -- schnell!

On a sidenote: The brewery is founded in 1040, man back then we'd barely heard of hvitekrist/the son of man/the ultimate irony (get it? a carpenter being nailed to some wood) up here in the grim and frostbitten kingdoms...

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 16:36:20 | More by Asgeirr
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4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear golden blonde color with a perfect white head. Outstanding retention through the

S: Rich yeasty aroma. Wheat, bananas, cloves and a maybe a little vanilla contribute to an outstanding smell.

T: Banana, and clove clove flavors are very apparent. Lemon and pear flavors also make an appearance giving this a nice hefe tangyness.

M: Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with ample carbonation.

While I've never been a huge fan of the style, this is an excellent beer and one that I am happy to drink most any time I find it in front of me.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 02:34:40 | More by GeezLynn
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4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz picked up today at the COOP... glad to see this finally back to Boise... Good work Matt! I've enjoyed this beer dozens of times over the years, but Weihenstephaner seemed to take a 3-4 year hiatus from our coolers...

Really only feeling like a beer or two after a way too long day at the desk.... poured into my smaller weizen glass.

2 finger foamy white head ... the brew is a hazy light honey...

Nose is just so inviting and probably about perfect for the style... banana.. clove... yada yada yada.... just an epitome of what makes this such a great brew.

The flavors are again.. pretty much perfect.. everything that we want in any Hefe.. especially one made in Germany... this still tastes fresh..

I would write more... but I'm tired.. and want to enjoy this and then knock off some serious slumber.


Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 09:47:00 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a 20 oz. weizen glass.

A - Pour is a warm, cloudy golden-blonde with a 1.5-finger head dissipating to 1/2-finger, good effervescence.

S - Fruity and spicy with the signature strong smell of yeast and bananas, more typical of a Belgian white in my opinion. Traces of flowery hops.

T - Just as good as the smell, but tastes like a German heffeweissen whereas it smells more like a Belgian. Maybe this was me, but I really thought that was the case. Sweet malts and yeast with milder fruit (more citrusy) and spice than the smell suggests, lingering sweet, citrus and fruity finish fades to a slightly bitter aftertaste, but not at all unpleasant.

M - Light and slightly creamy, moderate carbonation keeps it feeling lively.

D - Very refreshing, makes a great summer beer or to cool your palate after a savory meal.

This was a surprisingly refreshing beer with great flavor, an all around well-rounded German wheat. I swear it's not my imagination that this beer smelled Belgian but tasted German...in this case the identity crisis works well.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2009 05:38:25 | More by deruiz10
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4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What can you say about a brew whose maker has been in business for 1000 years?

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a 22 oz Weiss Glass.

Pours a golden unfiltered hue cloudy and solid, with a 2 inch head taking its time to dissipate eliciting strong aromas of banana, tangerine and a hint of clove.

Tastes are a strong yeasty taste rolling over the tongue to a slight bitterness and a malt presence that lasts throughout, until a tartness at the end. The taste thrill recurs throughout serving.

Drinkable and consistent is this one, it always pleases and satisfies.

What a happy experience.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2009 00:55:03 | More by chetripley
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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at the Weihenstephaner Biergarten in Berlin. Good place to go.

Served in the appropriate and proprietary glassware. A hazy deep golden color with a huge head of pure white foam. Lacing, lacing, lacing.

Yeast and bananas. Rich and dense, but still the refreshing light hefeweizen. And we're still talking smell.

Tasty yeast flavors and the typical wheat. Rich yeast, and the wheat flavors are well balanced against it.

Not velvety, but approaching that. Very fizzy, which is the impeding factor - but not an impediment in quality.

Great beer. If you're in Germany, get it and enjoy it. If not, buy it in the bottle and serve it right.

Serving type: on-tap

11-30-2009 00:44:09 | More by BillyBoysPie
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4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy yellow edged amber with forever-lasting meringue-like white head. Smell: wheat, slightly husky, yeast heavy with lemon, clove, bubblegum, and unripe banana. Taste: fruity and sweet upfront, with clove spiciness, then fading into banana + wheat with a touch of spicy hops. Mouthfeel: lighter side of medium bodied, creamy, wet and slightly sticky finish. Exceptional, strikes a perfect balance between sweet and wheaty.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 04:40:05 | More by babaracas
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New Hampshire

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

A- Pours a cloudy golden color with a massive white frothy head.

S- sweet and spicy, lemony orange citric. Mild notes of banana and bubble gum. This brew smells like heaven...

T- Wheaty sweetness, layers of bubble gum, cloves, citrus. A very mild earthy, spicy hop note in the finish.

M- Light to medium bodied, lightly carbonated, very smooth...

D- Superb! I could drink these till I went blind...

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2009 00:31:35 | More by JayNH
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4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy yellow orange color with a nice large foamy white head and settled down to a nice average white pillow on top of the beer. Aroma is sweet, spicy and citrusy with bananas and cloves present. Taste follows the aroma, bananas cloves, citrus. Nicely balanced between all the flavors. Nice crisp refreshing Hefe. This is probably the best Hefe I have had and it's very drinkable because it is so nicely balanced. This is an exceptional example of a Hefe in my opinion. I could drink several of these on a hot day without a problem.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 20:39:44 | More by billab914
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New York

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

Beautiful hefeweizen and a great alternative to a Franziskaner, just a different take on the style. Yeast and wheat are overwhelming in the nose and the taste, with hints of banana in both as well. If I'm in the mood for a Hefe, it's almost always franziskaner or weihenstephaner. So far the others haven't compared.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 05:14:21 | More by josefnewsong
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5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into room temperature pint glass from a less than cold bottle. appearance is a cloudy orange color, with a good rocky and sticky collar. head dissipates and leaves a white ring hugging edge of glass. a very attractive beer indeed. smells of citrus, malts, and german yeast. taste follows nose nicely. excellent flavor here. has a light citrus bite accompanied by bready yeastiness and wheat up front. becomes more mild in the middle with a bit of sweet banana taste, some spice, with a steadying malt base. a little bit of grassy hoppiness underneath to balance it out. excellent mild bitterness on finish. the mouthfeel is superb; delicate carbonation, medium body, and a creamy consistency. drinkability on this hefe is through the roof. my favorite german hefeweizen i have had. excellent on every level.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 06:42:14 | More by jizdepski
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4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500ml bottle into Weizen glass.

A - Pours a mirky golden-yellow with a white frothy head that disipitates into a small white cap and a ring around the edge of the glass. There's some evidence of some sticky lacing along the side of the glass.

S - Banana's, semi-sweet aroma, some spicy notes in there as well. I've had some Hefe's that are too sweet and some that are too bland, this one falls directly in the middle. Not overly sweet while not being too boring.

T - Banana's, nutmeg, some sweetness, wheat, and spices. Very balanced and smooth. Nothing over the top, very much a straight forward Hefe that's at the top of it's game. A nice spicey/sweet finish.

M - Light bodied, frothy carbonation, refreshing and smooth.

D - A stellar Hefe that deserves to be at the top of the list. Live Oak is a better beer, but this one is much easier to come by and probably my go-to Hefe.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 03:38:49 | More by Sean9689
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4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, poured into a Los Gatos Brewing wheat beer glass. Bottle code is 3339. Swirled the yeast at the bottom of the bottle to include in the pour.

A - Beautiful, hazy straw gold color with a pillowy three fingers of foam with good shape retention that holds itself over the top rim of the glass. Head has good retention but finally fades to about a 1/4" and stays with the beer thru the glass.

S - Good, spicy aroma...full of cloves and banana, sweet overall aroma, a little bit of light citrus and a touch of bubble gum. All blend together well, nothing overpowers any of the other aromas.

T - Very smooth flavors. Good wheat character, some cloves up front, bananas there too. No real hop character, but a nice balancing bitterness - almost not noticeable, except for the complete balance it creates in the beer. Spicy, but not over the top...a little bit subdued and blended nicely overall. Very enjoyable wheat beer.

M - On the thin side, as most Hefe's are. Plenty of carbonation, but not as much as many examples of this style. Beer is quite lively, but not overly prickly on the tongue - smoother and quite nice feel.

D - On a hot summer day, is there anything better than a good wheat beer? Well, even on a cold fall night, this is still a great wheat beer and a nice drinking companion. This goes down really smooth and easy - great as a before dinner beer or with some light cheeses. Really nice by itself too, could drink this one all day long.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 23:02:22 | More by portia99
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Quebec (Canada)

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

Thanks to Bobsy for sending me this beer in a recent trade.

The beer is pale yellow color, veiled as it is expected from Hefeweizen. The head is clean white color and cloudy looking. The aroma is cloves with banana. Very well balance smell. On the taste side, I get cloves with some banana bread. Extremely well balanced. Nothing is over powering, it's just perfect. Medium body and carbonation is felt in the mouth, not bad for the taste. Almost no bitterness. An easy drinker that makes you want more right now!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 02:54:09 | More by ZorPrime
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4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The pour is a hazy pale golden color with a fluffy white head that sits atop. There isn't much lacing, but some nice carbonation.

S: The smell is primarily clove and banana. There are also some nice bread/doughy notes.

T: The taste follows the nose. An excellent spice and fruit characteristic which I love about Bavarian Hefeweizens. There is also a nice yeasty component.

M: The carbonation is quite pleasant and tingles a bit. The body is medium.

D: This is what I think of when I hear Hefeweizen, not the stuff American breweries market as a Hefeweizen. A delicious and easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 00:11:46 | More by womencantsail
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4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer served on tap at a local bar, served as 0.5L in a Weihenstephaner wheat beer glass, love the extra touches. Beer is cloudy, yellow, and has a great big white head of tiny bubbles, carbonation aggressive and full.

Fruity / ester smell, sweet smelling but not the kind of malt sweetness you may get from a bock, just nice and sweet.

Beer is beautiful. Clean, smooth, good body, not too thick not too thin, I could drink this all day long. Beer is a little sweet, not from alcohol or malt, hard to pin down what is causing the sweetness. Beer is wet, not dry at all. Finishes cleanly. An excellent excellent beer. One of my current favorites.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2009 20:05:07 | More by drabmuh
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4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500mL bottle poured into a pils glass.

A - Cloudy yellow-gold with very active, fine-bubbled carbonation and two fingers of creamy white head.

S - Very aromatic with lots of clove up front and some banana not far behind.

T - Banana is much more prominent on the palate, with both a creamy sweetness and a pleasant wheaty twang. After the initial banana onslaught there's a gentle spiciness, with the expected clove present, but also a hint of cardamom. Upon pouring the remainder of the yeast, there's also a slight nutty quality.

M - Very smooth and creamy, with medium body.

D - Endlessly quaffable, this beer is a little too big to be a proper session beer, but I could easily put away a few of these without much trouble. Not only is Weihenstephaner Hefe a refreshing summer beer, its gentle spiciness makes it a worthy alternative to the winter seasonals now hitting the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 04:53:16 | More by trbergman
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