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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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5,819 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,819
Reviews: 2,211
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 413
Gots: 416 | FT: 14
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 01-22-2001)
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Photo of cavedave

New York

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

Beautiful straw colored, thick white headed, cloudy with yeasties brew. Head is like shaving cream, and is lasting.

Aroma is a luscious bouquet of soft banana, tempting yeast, hints of citrus, and bread, with a sweet backbone that sets my taste buds into action.

What a flavor! Full of a marvelous yeast deliciousness that is balanced perfectly atop banana, peach, gentle spice, and soft malty goodness. I gave it a soft pour into my Kapuziner glass so as to avoid sediment, now I have added the sediment, and it tastes even better. Absolutely wonderful taste! Words do this no justice. The finish is long, just sweet enough, just fruity enough, with none of the sourness I remember in others of this style.

Mouthfeel is amazing. What can I say? It is clingy but not cloying, fizzy but not acidically so, and just rich enough. The work of masters for sure.

Drinkability? I could drink this till the cows come home.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 21:07:07 | More by cavedave
Photo of Mistofminn


4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 1 pint 9 oz bottle into a Weizen glass to celebrate a birthday.

Pours an incredibly hazy orange color, definitely not what I was expecting. Head is amazing, a conservative pour produced a three inch head. Retention is more than impressive, and lacing is spectacular. Lots of suspended sediment, some dark like pepper flakes.

The nose is very heavy on spices and yeast, as well as malted wheat. I also get a citrus note, maybe lemon. Ah, the nose on this one makes me anxious to take a sip!

Ah, there is no doubt why this is considered not only one of the best Hefeweizen's in the world, but one of the best brews period. Spicey yeast and cloves are very apparent. Very fruity and slightly dry. Lots of fruity esters at play here. Superb.

Mouthfeel is light to medium. Ample carbonation. Extremely drinkable.

Honestly, after having this, it's going to be hard to drink any other wheat beer. There is no doubt why this is one of the most highly regarded beers in the world.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 23:16:32 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours perfectly into a .5L weizen glass

The body pours a pale golden yellow with a good amount of haze. The head formed a solid paper white pillow of foam and left huge chunks of lace.

Aroma is of lemon peel, bananas, coriander, biscuity yeast, and a dash of white pepper. Very clean aroma overall.

Doughy, undercooked buscuity yeast base with banana, clove, lemon peel and a light spice. Solid on all fronts. It doesn't wow me, but it definitely hits all aspects of a hefe and does it well.

Medium bodied with a big creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth and quaffable. I could drink this all day. Extremely clean with no off flavors or aromas. Near perfect.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 19:24:52 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of smanders


4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - cloudy, straw-colored with billowy head. Great lacing.

Smell - clove, banana, yeast.

Mouthfeel - viscous = goes down way too easily.

Taste - Bananas with a spicy, and yet sweet, finish.

Drinkability - Another great example of a traditional German hefeweizen. To be enjoyed throughout the year (but especially in the summers) amongst friends and family. Delicious!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 19:20:15 | More by smanders
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4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was in the mood for a wheat beer. This fit the bill quite nicely. It doesn't have as much of the clove flavor as a hefeweizen usually does, but that's perfect to me. It's refreshing, tasty, and an excellent example of style. I enjoyed it a great deal, and I will purchase it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 21:55:37 | More by jakeblues
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich hazy orange/straw pour with the expected towering head.
Aroma is mostly wheaty bread, then some banana and spicy cloves with a final hint of citrus. Personally I was expecting more from what I had heard about this beer.
Wheat also dominates taste, but unfortunately not all that much of the banana and clove transfers through.
Great mouthfeel, perhaps a bit too watery, but spot on carbonation.
Very refreshing but it'd be good if it had a more banana/clove/bubblegum notes.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 10:40:34 | More by CrazyDavros
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Ontario (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

550 ml is the last bottle from my first trade with Bobsy - thanks again for the great trade!

Pours a cloudy straw color with agressive carbonation - a good four finger of dense, foamy head. I can honestly say the bubbles are RUSHING to get to the top - exploding. Keeps a thick layer of head for some time. Simply spectacular.

Smell is a nice mix of fresh summer grains, fruity esters, and citrus zest. Hints of hay and strawberries.

Taste is so smooth and delightful. A rush of wheat with just enough citrus zip to add but not dominate, enough yeast to flavor but not dominate, hints of flowers - simply delightful. The carbonation is lively but not too much so (thinking Duvel) - actually quite a smooth drinking experience but with a bit of bubbles. Round and yet refreshing.

This, for me, has got to be wheat beer to beat. Nearly perfect on all counts. As the bottle wanes a slight hint of a too thin body but all in all, the perfect summer evening beer to suit the taste buds without weighing you down. Thanks Rob.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 04:13:15 | More by ritzkiss
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4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark orange color overloaded with head. Smell is orange, lemon, and spicy. A nice mix of spices, peppers, and citrus in the flavor.. very smooth and refreshing. Creamy mouthfeel.

This has been my favorite wheat beer for a while now, and is one of the best beers to enjoy very cold for pure refreshment. Drinkability is at a max here.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 01:38:13 | More by webmanspidey
Photo of Thorpe429


4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly-hazed orange with a pretty nice head and good lacing.

S: Sweet grains and some spiciness paired with beautiful hefe yeast.

T: Some spiciness to balance out the sweet malt background. The spiciness seems to come from a bit of clove, and then there is some definite banana with hints of vanilla.

M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D: This is the definition of the perfect summer sessionable beer. Great thing to always have around during the warmer months.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 13:20:10 | More by Thorpe429
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4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful white gold color with a towering white 2.5 finger head. Nice long retention and traces of spotty lacing here and there.

Smell is perfect for the style. Wheaty, malty, every so slightly tangeriney and lemony. I faintly detect clove.

Taste is similarly perfect for the style. Wheaty and yeasty with tangerine, lemon and clove. I often find it hard to review good hefeweizens because I feel as though they usually have similar elements comprising their overall flavor profile, though in different proportions from beer to beer, if that makes sense. This is the benchmark in my book. A perfect balance of hefeweissbier goodness, with no unexpected nasty surprises that you might find in a poor example of the style.

At least in the bottle, I feel like this beer is usually overcarbonated. Strong effervescence to a degree that it is distracting. This definitely adds to the crispness, though, and I could see myself appreciating it more in the hot weather, outside. As it stands, though, it takes away from my overall appreciation of the flavor intricacies of the brew.

Very drinkable. Heavier than a super-sessionable lager, but I could probably sip on this forever.

Definitely my favorite hefeweissbier, and at 6 bucks a liter, a staple in my fridge. A couple times a month I get a mean craving for this beer; it is definitely one of my all time favorites.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 04:00:36 | More by photomike
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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- This has a nice look, makes you really thirsty for a weizen

S- smells yeasty, slightly spicy, though i wish i it had a stronger smell

T- This beer has a nice taste, the clove spiciness comes through much more then the banana flavor, so slightly spicy

M- I love the mouthfeel of this, nice, silky, smooth mouthfeel. Not overly thick, but not overly thin, in a nice middle ground

D- Nice beer, especially for a summer day, i wish i could find this in 6-pack instead of single bottles.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 02:27:14 | More by brewerb223
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellowish gold with a bubbly, frothy white head spilling over the top of my weizen glass. Gorgeous. Smells of spices, bananas, citrus - smells awesome.

Mouthfeel was a low point for me. Not crisp at all. Very watered down and slick. I was disappointed with this characteristic, though it created an easy quaffing environment. Flavor full of spicy citrus goodness, but nothing that was heavy or harsh. Just perfectly tame. Wonderful Hefe that I will come back to again and again this summer.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 12:51:26 | More by Onenote81
Photo of UA8


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

A- Pours a cloudy orangeish color with a medium tall white head.

S- Big notes of pear puree, banana, and spice notes.

T- Leads with sweet pear and banana, mid palate is spicy wheat malt. Finishes smooth with a light yeast sourness.

M- Smooth and refreshing, perfect carbonation level.

D- My new favorite Hefe! Enough said.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 18:14:28 | More by UA8
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4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a beautiful deep orange color with a big white fluffy head. smell is fantastic, has a wonderful citrus and yeasty aroma, its a distinct perfect hefe smell.

taste is great too, its what all hefes should be, its the definitive hefe taste, and its just awesome, on a hot day like today its hard to beat.

mouthfeel is great too as is drinkability, the perfect hefe

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 22:26:37 | More by 1fastz28
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New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold with a luxurious and craggy head, white as snow.

The smell is lemon zest and banana with yeast lurking at the edges. Fruity, but oh so good, and tinged with a peppery spiciness that makes this a joy to smell.

Spiced citrus flavors dominate the palate. They give way to an equal helping of wheat and banana, that goes down ever-so-smooth. A slight banana peel-like astringency is joined by a lingering spiciness. The carbonation is perfect; it coats the mouth gently.

I hesitate to rate this so highly given I'm not familiar with the style, but I can't think of much I'd want to change.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 07:03:28 | More by IMincedTheKing
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Burkina Faso

4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- not as cloudy as i would like for a hefe

S- wow not this beer smells amazing orange peel coriander lots of fruity (banana) esters

T- nice and wheaty obviously orange peal again and banana

M- great perfect carbonation light on the palate

D- outstanding i could have a couple of these great for a hot day

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 04:04:38 | More by SpruceFish
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4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

20oz on tap at Rich O's Public House in New Albany.

A: Just as sexy as before, a deep, hazy golden body with a super large, creamy white head.

S: On tap, the fruity, banana aroma is intensified, so much so that you can catch a whiff of bananas from across the table. Oh man this hefe is fresh and it smells awesome! I can still pick out the spicy notes from cloves and citrus rinds underneat the banana, and there is also a yeasty, bready aroma that begins to peak through the sweetness.

T: Huge, fruity sweetness up front (again bananas, oranges, lemons). My friend who tasted this on tap swore that he was tasting a hint of orange juice. This sweetness is followed by a mellowing spiciness from the cloves. Then the malts and bready notes kick in and round out the finish.

M: The carbonation off the tap is solid, creating a crisp, effervescent mouthfeel that goes down smooth.

D: This beer is heavenly. It's often bragged about as the perfect example of a session beer because of its low ABV an I wholeheartedly agree. I only wish I could session it straight off the tap every time I want a hefe.

Amazing. Even better than the bottle, and that's saying something since the bottle gets stellar reviews on its own accord.

Serving type: on-tap

04-25-2009 04:42:55 | More by Buschyfor3
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New York

3.88/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a .5L weizen glass.

A: Big four fingers of frothy white head that seems to grow out of the weizen glass. Brew is ever so slightly hazy golden.
S: Spices of mostly clove. Heavy wheat that already makes my mouth water. Citrus zest cuts through, but the spice is really dominating the nose.
T/M: Banana, spices (again, the cloves), and wheat flavors. Mouthfeel is light, and not as crisp as I want from a hefeweizen (despite my decent pour). Bitter hops are present to balance, and the sip ends dryly.
D: Not my favorite Hefe in the world, but not bad either. I thought it was a little undercarbonated, but refreshing and spicy nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 05:48:05 | More by washburnkid
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4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - Beautiful. I can't believe how fluffy the head is at about 4 fingers. I wanted to turn into a little dude and go sledding on it. Beer is golden-orange and perfectly hazy.

S - Citrus and banana. Not overly fragrant, but a very nice aroma

T - Lemon, orange, cloves, spice - what I expected, in a great way. Perfectly balanced.

M - Excellent. Sticks around just long enough to enjoy the great flavor, then it's gone, and you want more.

D - very high. I could drink this all day.

Overall, a great beer. Lives up to the hype. The best hefe I have had.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 22:34:21 | More by PTB25
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4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden orange color with a white foamy 3 finger head with nice retention. Leaves a sticky lace.

Smell- lemon and oranges. Light spice.

Taste - Lemon, oranges, banana and coriander. Mildly sweet, nice spice flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, medium to heavy carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry.

Drinkable - Very drinkable, I absolutely love this beer, and the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 00:37:49 | More by hardy008
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3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Mammoth head off of a standard pour... The crater like head is pure white and made up of various size chunky bubbles... Stellar retention... Good stickiness... The color is pale golden yellow... Faint orange hue... Hazy...

S - Lemon zest... Clove... Coriander... Mint... Grainy... Yeast... Banana... Orange... Faint peppery notes...

T - Taste was far more subdued than I would have expected based both on the nose and reputation of this beer... Textbook Hefeweizen with well balanced hints of banana, citrus, wheat, and yeast... The spiciness is much weaker than the nose would lead you to believe though faint clove and peppery notes can be detected...

M - Light bodied... Slightly creamy... Perfect amount of carbonation on the tongue (more than a little, but not too much)... Exceptionally crisp... Refreshing and smooth...

D - Very easy drinking... Accessible... Sessionable... Stellar in all areas but taste... The taste is better than average, but doesn't live up to the other categories which are at an all-star caliber...

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 21:08:26 | More by philbe311
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4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a fluted pilsner glass at the Saltwater Grille in Litchfield, Conn.

A: Poured a vibrant golden yellow color with turned cloudy and yellow-orange when the bottle yeast was swirled and added. A nice, white two-finger head of sticky, pillowy foam formed and a left beautiful lace.

S: Smells faintly sweet and citrusy, with hints of lemon peel, coriander, and fruity esters. There's also a mellow, herbal yeasty twang added to the wheat bread smell. Bits of spices make themselves known in the way of clove, white pepper and mint.

T: The taste is spot on German Hefeweizen. A great, smooth semisweet and dry malty mouthful of lightly toasted malts and citrus flavors. A bit of that classic banana, mint and clove flavor make their way through the orange peel and citrus taste. Bitterness is low, yet herbal hops make themselves known. The finish is sweet and dry, with a lingering spicy malt flavor and a wheaty yeast tang.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp and refreshing. Yeast adds just a hint of chewiness to the body.

D: An all day every day weissbier. This is the benchmark for the style, as far as I'm concerned. Easily sessionable, a must have on a warm day outdoors, and it paired really nicely with my creole shrimp simmer as well.

Weihenstephaner has really caught my attention and is likely my German brewer of choice from now on. Seek this one out, and you will not be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 19:26:18 | More by Gambrinus1184
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4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall weizen glass. Big bright white head, probably close to two full inches. Lightly cloudy amber body. Strong wheat aroma with heavy phenolic character. Extremely smooth with a robust banana clove flavor. Taste similar to Schneider Weiss but slightly different. Very refreshing mouthfeel that balances the palate with a slightly hoppy finish. Exceptional drinkability.

Overall, I've also heard a lot about this beer before trying it out. It definitely holds up its reputations as one of the best bavarian hefeweizens out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 02:34:06 | More by cpmau11
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4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

High expectations for this beer from reading other BA reviews on it. Nice light light amber color with thin head. No Lacing at all.

S - Orange, some other spice

T- Whoa, heavy for a Heife. Wow, this beer was spicy, bot hot at all. Just full of flvaor and spice.

M - Good carbonation

D - I could have a few of these, but not a ton because o the full flavor. Good on a spring day.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 16:41:22 | More by drink1121
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4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my half liter hefe glass. Appears a cloudy golden yellow color with over two fingers of fluffy almost pure white head. A nearly perfect pour. Smells and tastes of the usual hefe spicy, peppery yeast, clove and banana, with a touch of citrus (maybe lemon) sourness. A notch above medium in both body and carbonation. Although I prefer a hefe with more of a dominant citrus kick as opposed to the banana, clove, etc., this went down quickly and easily.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 03:27:03 | More by ClockworkOrange
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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