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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

6,161 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,161
Reviews: 2,230
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 464
Gots: 548 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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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blausebas

Germany

4.95/5  rDev +12.2%

What a great beer!

Aroma is a lvery strong, plenty of spice and some fruitiness. There behind is a firm wheat aroma. Excellent.

What is very surprising for such a beer with so good and intensive taste is how refreshing it is!

It is definitely one of my favourite beers and to drink it on a warm summer evening makes you feel very, very good!!

06-11-2010 18:27:05 | More by blausebas
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gkunkle

Oregon

4.97/5  rDev +12.7%

Its been a few weeks since I enjoyed this brew, so I my memory might be a little fuzzy. This beer is really how a hefeweizen is meant to be done. It had that classic bananna and clove note. In appearance it was a cloudy golden color. The taste is clean and crisp without being thin or light. Overall, this is a classy beer that I will definitely seek out again.

06-11-2010 16:35:45 | More by gkunkle
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majesticsock

New York

4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

Looks exceptionally yellow with lots of carbonation and a very bright white head. Smells like a combination of wheat and banana. Taste also has a strong wheat and banana combo, surprised about the understated aftertaste. It's a bit too carbinated to drink a bunch of, but it's definitely a great beer.

06-10-2010 22:58:36 | More by majesticsock
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

A: Hazy yellow with a frothy head that has great retention; what a hefeweiss should look like

S: Grainy with the typical banana and cloves poking through the hay/earthy/straw graininess

T: A nice balance of earthy grainy yeastiness and banana and cloves; subtle spice nodes; a tiny bit thin on the way down

F: Pretty good mouth feel but a tad thin at back end

D: Wonderful drinkability; the quintessential hefeweiss beer; great especially for a hot humid day.

06-09-2010 21:47:06 | More by dbossman
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mralphabet

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

0.5 liter bottle into a pint glass.

A: Poured a hazy light orange color with a strong 2 fingers or more of foamy white head. Settles to a nice layer of foam. Wonderful amounts of lacing from start to finish. Beautiful Hef.

S: Wheaty, yeasty with slightly over ripe bananas, clove and a little spice.

T: Pretty solid hef here.... I'm not getting very much lemon or citrus notes... I'm getting bananas and clove with a wheat & yeasty aftertaste. Aftertaste is very clean.

M: Very Crisp & clean.

D: Great Hef here, good ABV so it is very drinkable. It does lean on the banana side a little more than most Hefs I've had but this is not a bad thing at all.

Another great beer from Weihenstephaner... so far nothing bad in my little box of brew.

06-07-2010 04:30:26 | More by mralphabet
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udubdawg

Kansas

4.72/5  rDev +7%

pours gold, well-hazed after I did the swirl-dregs-on-head thing. Speaking of which, the head is huge, fluffy, nearly white, and leaves very good lacing. What an appetizing beer...

Aroma is a little more tart than I remember it, plenty of spice (chiefly clove) and a vague fruitiness - nothing I'd call banana. There behind is a firm wheat aroma. Excellent.

Fantastic beer. The body is medium light but the flavor is full. the beer never seems stretched across the palate. Lively carbonation as expected. More clove, more wheat, no real fruitiness. towards the end of the glass I get an impression of cinnamon. Near perfect amounts of sweet, bitter, tart. No alcohol noted, no diacetyl or anything else that could be considered a flaw. Absurdly refreshing. I get that the style isn't for everyone, but I haven't found a better example. Sign me up for a few more!

06-05-2010 19:03:31 | More by udubdawg
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appenzeller

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -8.6%

Pours as it should, an opaque orangish gold, frothy head that diminishes quickly. Smell is subdued, wheat and lemony, Tastes subdued with, again, wheat and lemon, fills the mouth with a yeasty yet acidic explosion. Classic hefe weissen. Why can't American breweries get this right more often? Maybe we should send more brewers to train at Weihenstephaner.

06-05-2010 08:12:25 | More by appenzeller
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claminat420

Michigan

4.72/5  rDev +7%

A- pours a hazy goldy orange color with alot of head that dissipates slowly leaving alil lacing.

S- that hefe yeast scent. not overpowering tho.

T- just some wheat malt with some nice german yeast from hell! alil banana taste. clove is light and tolerable.

M- light bodied. nice carbonation.

D- just keep em comming...

Overall- for pretty much hating the clove taste or anything that reminds me of it this brew is what i would compare any other hefe's to. as a homebrewer i've used their (weihenstephaner) yeast and it's truely one of a kind. if it's hot outside or your a hophead like me who just wants a bit of change you have to surely give this one a try!

06-01-2010 08:31:35 | More by claminat420
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.03/5  rDev -8.6%

Poured from a bottle into a tall Weizen glass

A: Poured an amber/yellow color with a very large head that last a few minutes before it dissipated. A small head remained for the duration of the beer. There was some lacing, but it did not stay on the side of the glass.

S: The aroma is yeasty and has a wheat component. I get some sort of fruit, but can't really place it. There is also some spice mixed in. Unfortunately, there was also a slight metallic smell as well.

T: I found the taste to be relatively mild, with tastes of malt and barley and some lemon. The spice from the nose also comes through a little bit.

D/M: This is where this beer shined for me, it was so easy to drink! I had no problem putting down this 16.9 oz beer. Its a great beer for spring/summer days and was a perfect beer for grilling.

05-31-2010 01:11:52 | More by mdaschaf
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olympuszymurgus

California

4.55/5  rDev +3.2%

With the bread rising in the kitchen, it is time to sip from one of the classiest beverages in the world. It has been far too long Weihenstephaner, and I have used your yeast more recently than enjoyed your fine brew.
It appears in my glass as the sun does when I gaze upon it, light orange and blurry, I believe I see spots. Carbonation, like solar storms, everpresent, never vulgar.
There are bananas. Oh, are there bananas. Are there bananas? Bananas and bread, definitely a yeast driven beverage, slight clove and wheaty bread presence. Playful and astute.
A smooth and easy delivery. It's like watching Jamie Moyer pitch. You have no idea how he gets it done, but he does and you are astounded. Wheat, then clove, followed by a long and delicate banana aftertaste, which lingers in the memory banks like a hilltop sunset, when the sky breaks for the last half hour, and magic is witnessed.

05-29-2010 05:26:39 | More by olympuszymurgus
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konadrinker

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

A- Pours a nice cloudy amber orange with a large white head of 3 fingers which settles down a bit. Lacing stays throughout.

S- Smells really nice, exactly what you would expect of this style. Wheat, yeast, and the banana and light spiciness. I also detected a smoky burnt wood aroma. Aromas combine together very well in a balanced mix.

T- Tastes similar to how it smells, but definitely not as bold in flavor as I would have expected. Very nice balance again overall.

D- Goes down easy with a light body, yet with plenty of flavor. Carbonation is light.

Overall, I would definitely drink another of these.

05-28-2010 14:47:49 | More by konadrinker
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ghostwalker

Massachusetts

4.78/5  rDev +8.4%

Lovely, cloudy yellow body with a huge, puffy whipped cream head. This is serious eye candy before I ever even get started.

Nose is sweet banana with a hint of the numbing cloves to come. May be the best nose ever, I wish I could do this in my homebrewed versions.

Flavor is hefe-heaven. Serious complexity that hits all the high points of the hefeweizen experience. Esters of banana, clove with cotton candy sweetness. Perfection by the world's oldest brewery.

Mouthfeel is light and quenching, serious sweetness that avoids any hint of cloying-ness.

Drinkability is tops. I love this beer!

05-27-2010 06:18:46 | More by ghostwalker
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -4.3%

500ml bottle, served in a big Weizen glass

A - insane amount of incredibly frothy pillowy white foam. falls a bit quickly to about an inch with spotty lacing everywhere. the beer is cloudy, bright gold in color. beautiful and very inviting.

S - clove, banana, very slight spice...thats it. short and exactly how it should be.

T - sweetly malted wheat, clove first, then the banana, belgian yeast, just a small kick of black pepper. finishes clean with a tad bit of lingering sweetness.

M - creamy, thick body but oily and goes down easy. carbonation is nicely subtle.

D - classic for the style, refreshing in both warm and cold weather. not much else to say except i loved it.

05-27-2010 02:43:01 | More by Stigs
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jspruit

Denmark

4.1/5  rDev -7%

Finally decided to try this in the form of a 500mL bottle.

Pours a nice straw yellow with some orange hints to it. Large white head-at least 2 fingers-and then settles down a bit. Lacing stays throughout glass as it goes down.

Smells really nice, textbook for what you would expect of this style. Wheat, yeast, and the banana and light spiciness (cardamom almost?) all combine together very well in a balanced mix.

Tastes similar to how it smells, but definitely not as bold in flavor as I would have expected. Very nice balance again overall.

Goes down easy with a light body, yet with plenty of flavor. Little carbonation and bubbles which is nice too.

Overall, I would definitely drink another of these if I had it, but I only had one. I was expecting something a bit bolder for some reason, but this came across quite nice and I'm glad that I gave this classic a try.

05-26-2010 10:37:10 | More by jspruit
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turkob

Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +7%

A: A nice fluffy white head that just sits in the glass, no lacing. Hazy though not cloudy like some hefes.

S: Banana and clove, very clean. Exactly how a hefe should smell.

T: So crisp, so light. This is as good as they come. Light malt on the finish, leaves a sweet taste.

M: Bubbly and refreshing. Finishes like a malty helles, giving this beer great complexity.

O: The standard bearer for the style.

05-26-2010 02:27:08 | More by turkob
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Naugros

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev -5.2%

This pours a beautiful lemony yellow with a chill haze. The head rises to two fingers and falls back into splotches of off-white. Lace clings to the sides of the glass, but slides down quickly. The carbonation gives off a sizzle as it pours.

I smell the wheat and the yeast. There's the typical banana esters tempered by the grassiness of the wheat and a little touch of spice...maybe clove without the astringency.

Very mild in flavor...the smell is stronger than the taste...and slightly sweet, like a good honey-wheat bread. What you smelled is here to a lesser degree. No hops presence on the tongue.

Bright and crisp with a light body and good carbonation.

A great example of the style with all the classic elements. A great beer to drink with lighter-flavored food on a summer's day.

05-26-2010 02:27:00 | More by Naugros
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beertunes

Washington

4.28/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured into Weiss glass. An accidentally over-aggressive pour gave this beer a very tall, fluffy, white head that had great retention and minimal lacing.

The aroma was the proto-typical banana, clove and yeast that defines the style. On the tongue, the above scents translated into flavors that were layered upon the solid, dry and crisp wheat taste.

The body was pleasantly full and tongue-coating, yet wasn't heavy or sticky. Drinkability was as good as it gets. Having multiples of these would be easy and a joy. This would also make a great beer to go with those summertime outside meals. Overall, this beer is a must try, and should be in your regular rotation.

05-24-2010 23:51:37 | More by beertunes
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punkrkr27

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

Hazy golden pour with a big, pillowy, 3-finger white head. Sweet fragrant aroma with loads of yeasty banana and clove. Some subtle citrus, pepper and straw add a nice contrast. The flavor is lightly sweet with mellow citrus notes and grains wrapped around fresh banana and clove and a finishing with peppery yeast. Creamy, smooth, medium full body with lots of carbonation and a crisp finish.

05-24-2010 16:27:37 | More by punkrkr27
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BeerNemesis

New York

4.9/5  rDev +11.1%

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | 500 ml. (on-tap) | 5.4% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Brauerei Weihenstephan. Freising, Germany
Style: Hefeweizen
Glass: Weihenstephaner weizen glass

Appearance:
Sparkling golden color with a frothy white head of 1". Lacing is moderate. It looks great, just not arrestingly spectacular.

Aroma:
Godly malted wheat sweetness, flecked with mild spices, and streaked with aromatic ribbons of natural lemon.

Taste:
As soon as it hit my lips, I knew I would love it. Raw malted wheat and barley, gravely yeast, and hints of lemon pull together beautifully. Hints of clove and nutty flavors (almost like banana bread) coalesce just as the carbonation hits. Despite drinking other brews throughout the night, the taste stuck with me until the next morning (and that was a good thing).

Mouthfeel:
Smooth, creamy, and a bit pepper. Drinking this is like quaffing ambrosia. Carbonation is peppy. Light-medium bodied.

Harmony:
Perfect harmony. The nutty, spicy flavors are perfectly complemented by the bite of lemon citrus and hearty wheat backbone.

Served: On-tap at David Copperfield's
Price: $7.00

05-24-2010 15:10:53 | More by BeerNemesis
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Chizoad

California

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured with a relatively moderate, white head that never really went away, with maybe a 1/2 finger remaining throughout the pint. The beer has a pale straw color with only a small hint of cloudiness. Carbonation attached to the side of the glass gave a very nice appearance.

I got a lot of typical wheatbeer aromas, with some bitterness. However, as the beer warmed, it developed a floral bent that eventually was realized in the taste. Top notch.

All of the aromas are amazingly magnified on the palate. It's a very light beer that has layers that just keep evolving. Perhaps the best part is the hoppiness on the finish, which is mild enough to not overwhelm but is the perfect offset to the citrus and wheat up front. This has a different type of bitterness, almost like angostura bitters, and not like a lot of IPAs.

A real sipper for some reason. Pounding this one back just wasn't possible, not that I'd want to do that with a beer this good. Medium body. Would love to drink another.

05-23-2010 16:03:48 | More by Chizoad
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BobZ

Massachusetts

4.88/5  rDev +10.7%

Bottle pour at a restaurant (Bullfinch's in Sudbury, MA - huge props on the beer menu, plus well deserved Zagat rated excellent food).
11.2 oz. Served in a Pilsner flute. Ok, I've had this beer over a hundred times, way over due for a revue.

Appearance: Beautiful murky yellow/orange color, very good head with excellent lacing.

Smell: First sweet and second spice third a mild hint of citrus.

Taste: Yeasty, malted wheat and clove. So delicious, may not be the original Hefe Weissbier but may damn well be the best. Mild citrus notes come through in the finish.

Mouth feel: Smooth and creamy, just awesome.

Drinkability: Summer days were create for this beer, start early, keep going.

Simply stated "The Mother of all Hefeweizens".

05-23-2010 02:31:50 | More by BobZ
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JoePat

Kentucky

4.22/5  rDev -4.3%

Pours a straw like very hazy golden color with a huge white head that lingers forever.
Smells bready at first with hints of banana and clove but that turns in to a lot of banana and some clove as it warms.
The banana comes through a little in the taste with some wheat tang and a little light malty sweetness. A lot of the flavors seem a little muted. Not sure if this is because of the trip to me or if this is just the beer.
The mouth feel is a bit thin at first but kind of filmy coating your mouth in the finish.
this was a very refreshing beer and was perfect for the nice warm midday.

05-22-2010 20:52:42 | More by JoePat
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%

A pour into my Duvel tulip yields a beer with an attractive murky orange tint and an absolutely massive white cap with some staying power. The only thing keeping it from a perfect score is that it's a little light on lacing for the style. The nose has a wheat malt base and the clove really outshines the banana hear in terms of yeast byproducts. The taste reveals a little more balance between the two, banana up front melding with the creamy vanilla flavor I find wheat imparts on a beer, and then clove kicks in at the end. There's a good amount of carbonation present, as I would expect, and a certain richness to the beer that I credit at least in part to the wheat. As with any good hefe, this beer is very smooth and eminently drinkable, I plan on making it a regular staple for the next few months.

05-22-2010 03:13:18 | More by axeman9182
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boss302

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +5%

Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen, 12 ox bottle

A High carbonation that will spew if you're not careful. I wanted a nice thick head so I poured a little more aggressively than most beers. That is not necessary. As predicted, the head was quite thick and lasted for the whole glass, covering the beer at all times. A nice golden straw color, appropriately cloudy for a Hefe. A really greatlooking beer! To me, it couldn't look much better, I graded it a 5.

S Malt, banana and a little estery aroma. It just smells great, so typical of a German Hefe.

T Malty, balanced by hops without being bitter. Most bitterness is from the CO2. Very clean with no lingering off-flavors.

M Has a thickness and fullness from the wheat. Full body and rich. Like comfort food, this beer is comfort beer.

D One of the best Hefeweizens anywhere. Quite good, and definitely recommend.

05-20-2010 02:07:31 | More by boss302
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jwhawkins81

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%

6519 stamped on the bottle

Aroma - Yeasty with hints of clove and a light fruitiness

Appearance - Cloudy golden yellow with a huge white head and tons of carbonation.

Taste - Light wheat beer flavors. Developed into a lighter Aventinus like beer with a good profile of bananas and cloves esters.

Notes - Great mouthfeel that was smooth and creamy.

05-19-2010 23:54:45 | More by jwhawkins81
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