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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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6,353 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,353
Reviews: 2,242
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 487
Gots: 623 | FT: 12
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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 Clippers652
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply my favorite beer ever. Had it on-tap in Austria the first time. Life changing experience.

Pours a wonderful golden color with a very nice head that lingers for a while.

Smells great - hints of banana, citrus

Taste - tastes just like it smells ... delicious

Mouthfeel - light and easy

Drinkablity - I could honestly drink this all day

Clippers652, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of CaptainIPA
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12 oz. brown bottle with a front label stating that this Hefe Weissbier is from "The World's Oldest Brewery." There's something to be said for tradition.

Pours a hazed pale golden color with a billowy three-finger, eggshell-colored head that leaves sticky lacing all over the glass. I don't think I've ever seen a head this impressive. Truly a thing of beauty. Aromas of malted wheat, yeast, spiced coriander, banana and citrus.

Opens with malted wheat, cloves, bananas and raw, earthy yeast. Tangs of lemon citrus surface in the background. Moderately crisp with a light effervescence. Minimal hop bitterness. Flavors of biscuit and banana bread emerge. Finishes clean with a peppering of spice.

One of the best examples of this style I've had to date.

CaptainIPA, Dec 13, 2010
Photo of Mosley1212
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into my Erdinger glass.

A--Poured a vibrant orange with a rich, rich foamy stark-white head that took up much of the glass. It stayed around for a long, long time as well. Very lovely.

S--Banana, clove, orange, and other assorted fresh fruits hit the nose. Honestly, this has to be spot on for the style. This smells exactly like a hefeweizen should.

T--Wonderful. The banana and orange hit the tongue and leave a lasting sweetness for a long time afterwards. This drink is very light, and the carbonation from the beer really helps cleanse the palate. No taste of the alcohol up front, but I get a little bit of it on the back of the throat after I swallow.

M--Very light bodied with a heavy amount of carbonation. This beer leaves you feeling refreshed. That's the best way I can describe it.

D--Perfect drinkability. You don't really feel the alcohol, and the beer is so light and refreshing that I am craving another before I even make it all the way through this one.

Mosley1212, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of DrVetur
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Body: somewhat hazy golden amber. Head: Thick, frothy white head with medium retention.

S - Fairly standard for a hefe-weisse but with accents of citrus, yeast, banana, and even bubblegum

T - Malted wheat flavor with sweet, fruity citrus and banana highlights. A mild sourness/bitterness follows and finishes with a bit of pepper.

M - Dry and delightfully complex.

D - Excellent drinkability, definitely at the top of its class

DrVetur, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of basica
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a translucent amber color with a thick white foamy head that forms ever so beautifully with medium to good retention. Moderate carbonation visible in this not-as-hazy brew (4.5)

S - Pleasant upfront notes of banana phenols and spices; bready wheat malts and yeast show up underneath with just a dash of citrus (4)

T - Pronounced upfront flavors of bananas with a mild and pleasant touch of sweetness which is gradually lifted to review hints of malted wheat and a fair bit of spices; yeasty bready malt flavors accentuate towards the finish along with a return of the banana phenols and a dash of fruitiness to give the taste a grand finale (4.5)

M - Between light and medium bodied with minimal carbonation and a beautifully crafted foamy smoothness. (4.5)

D - One of the best if not the best German Hefe Weissbiers I've ever had; top class flavors and mouthfeel definitely grants this beer a top class drinkability (5)

Note: For the record, the best before date indicated on the bottle is for 02.04.08. I am more 2.5 years late in drinking this but it is still so good.

basica, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of BEERMILER12
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is BY FAR the best hefeweizen I've ever tasted and enjoyed as much as I did. Simply amazing.

A: Nice yellow, common to the hefe's

S: Smells like a fresh field of flowers or corn

T: Just like the smell, sooo goood

M: Nice and light, great carbonation

D: I could drink these all day, especially with the price

BEERMILER12, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of cameraman
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful golden hazy color with a white cloud like head floating on top. A strong fragrance of clove come out right away, with touches of banana and finishing with a wheat like bread scent at the end. The clove hit's the palate right the front of each taste. A yeasty bread flavor joins the clove and each flavor stays there long after each taste is long gone. A light medium feel with the cleansing sensation of carbonation leaves the palate dry and clean. The original Hefeweissen and it does not disappoint. It has everything you would expect, the classic look and feel, then the taste is what every beer in this style strives to be. This beer lives up to expectations.

cameraman, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of Prospero
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a hefeweizen glass.

Pours a beautiful unfiltered gold color with moderate carbonation and a nice white head. The aroma is very refreshing with a strong sense of clove, fruit and a bit of floral notes. The initial mouthfeel is actually quite sour, but finishes sweet with a strong taste of banana and citrus. Definitely tops my list as a great hefeweizen, I could drink this all day.

Prospero, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of FanofHefe
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a fantastic brew! Huge white fluffy head over a hazy yellow/straw colored body with a little carbonation. Some minimal lacing afterwards.

Great sweet aroma of yeast, lemon, and hint of banana and spices.

This flavor is the definition of a superior wheat beer: mildly sweet with the perfect balance of clove, banana, and yeast. Just enough lemon/citrus sour taste to balance the sweetness. Very drinkable.

As a fan of this style, I think this is one of the best. Highly recommend.

FanofHefe, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy straw golden color beer with a nice fluffy white head that is about 1.5 inch tall.

S - Aroma is of clean banana notes and some nice clove. Phenols are so great. Some slight earthy grain notes are mixed in with nice mellow bready wheat notes.

T & M - Flavor starts off sweet and with nice banana hints. Great bread notes are in there as well with nice mellow wheat hints. Banana bread comes to mind right away. Probably one of the best hefes out there. Clean and delicious. Crisp and light bodied this beer can be paired with anything and goes well in every season.

D - Extremely high since its lower in ABV and great in flavors.

JoEBoBpr, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of kneeland
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I would say, it's like Blue Moon on steroids. As in, it's a lot like Blue Moon, but a lot better.

The color is very similar, an orange/yellow/wheat look. Very dense, but light enough to enjoy a few of. Very floral aroma, along with a lot of citrus. The head was good, a nice foam, not just laced bubbles on top.

If I ever have the chance, I'll definitely have more of this.

kneeland, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of jar2574
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My new favorite wheat beer. Looks exceptional, with huge fluffy off-white head and orange/yellow colored, slightly cloudy beer. Excellent head retention and good lacing as it's drunk.

Nice smell, citrus, yeast. Not strong enough to warrant a perfect rating, but pleasant.

Smooth and easy to drink but with a zestiness underneath that keeps things interesting. It's like there's a touch of lemon in the beer without putting one in there, which is nice.

Very, very drinkable. Could drink 6-7 without getting full or bored of the flavor. Extremely good beer.

jar2574, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of bigrzman
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured out of a 500ml bottle into a wheat glass. Pours out golden yellow with a thick creamy head that is fluffy like soap suds. Carbonation is lively as it should be in a wheat beer. Head laces the glass very well.

Smells include fruity esters and apricot and hints of yeast. Clean overall.

Tastes like apricot and banana with a little yeasty overtone. It is a hefe and this is perfectly acceptable. Other fruits come up and some grains. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is tingly and warming. Carbonation is appropriate and it is a wet beer. Correct to style.

Drinkability is superb. This is one tasty brew and I will have some more please.

Job well done. This is a hefeweiss poster child of which all others will be judged by. Outstanding, a true classic.

bigrzman, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of secondtooth
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my ale glass with a major amount of froth, this well-regarded classic makes its presence known with a slightly spicy, clean scent and a clouded golden appearance. The flavor brings to mind grains and spices, like baked bread with a followthrough of clove. Tasty, balanced, and the best hefe I've had in some time.

secondtooth, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of uustal
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

100th Review

Pours a pale yellow with a nice, bright white head. Good lacing and retention. Nice aroma. Clove, banana and some wheat and lemon. Perfect taste. Starts with a nice balance of clove, light peppery spice and lemon zest. Sweet banana and wheat are next in a perfect mix of flavor. No one aspect of the flavor is overpowering or artificial like some hefe's. The banana flavor is awesome. Crisp, light and refreshing.

uustal, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of tburus
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16oz Weizen glass.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow, sometimes picking up a hint of green, and slight carbonation bubbles rising. Exactly what I would expect liquid wheat to look like. Frothy head, some of which lasted on the glass until the end.

Smell: Somewhat bright, flowery smell.

Taste: Initially bitter, then sweet and fruity. The perfect consistency-- not too heavy, not too light. This is one beer that I can taste in my mind before I ever even open the bottle.

Mouthfeel: Such an enjoyable lasting taste. Not bitter at all. The sweet/fruity taste just hangs there.

Drinkability: I am disappointed when it's gone! Very easy to drink with a price that is somewhat easy to stock. The perfect beer for a night when I just want a good beer without any frills.

tburus, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of CharlatanSin
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally reviewing after many bottles and liters.

A: Poured the bottle into my Weihenstephan weiss glass.It's a hazy straw color with a medium puffy off-white head that dissipates into nothing. Wish a bit of head stayed on the beer.

S: Straw, banana, lemon, and earthy yeast.

T/M: Let it wash over you. Noticeable banana, though not extreme. Spicy, earthy wheat. Some clove and pepper-like spice from the yeast. Not a hop in sight. A tiny bit of alcohol as it warms. Body's light and crisp, with medium but prickly carbination which works great with the earthy wheat.

D: It doesn't get any better than this as far as wheat beers go. Has earned well its status as legendary.

CharlatanSin, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of Gehrig
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sun Singer had one of these lurking in their cooler so, not to be stared down, I grabbed it for a semi-liquid lunch; good call!

Two fluffy white fingers of white froth top a slightly hazy yellow body; exceptional lacing and head duration. Good nose, veering toward excellent, with lots of spice (clove and a dash of pepper) and fruit (banana and a hint of lemon).

The taste is superb! Lots of banana mixed with clove, with some lemon in the finish. Definitely full of fruit, Hefeweissbier is light on the tongue, rife with flavor, and easy to quaff. Very delicious. I only wish I had the chance to beat the heat with this a few months ago, sitting outside sipping this splendid Hefe, instead of "suffering" inside with it, extolling its virtues. Maybe the texture could be a little more effervescent, but that might be a product of a long (cooler) shelf life. Really, I don't think that mattered much.

This is an excellent Hefeweizen, smooth, a bit bubbly, and chock full of flavor. Terrific, almost enough to get me out of my "heavy" kick on which I've focused on bocks, barleywines, and Belgian beers. I guess I'll have to wait until spring, but this was a great tide-over beer until then.

Gehrig, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of haazer
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my hefeweizen glass.

A- Lots of soapy white head. Takes a long time to settle. Cloudy, pale gold is this unfiltered beer. A very nice amount carbonation. Putting your ear up to the glass sounds like walking in tightly packed snow, or rice crispy cereal. Ok amount of spotted lacing. Before pouring the last bit in I swirl the bottle and pour in the last bit. Some murky looking liquid settles down through the brew.

S- The usual suspects of a hefeweizen. Great aroma of yeast, cloves and banana.

T- Very much like the aroma with a few additions. Upfront is a smooth banana taste, followed up nicely with the cloves. Tiny bit of the gum flavor, but not as potent as others. Ends with a somewhat bready flavor from the yeast.

M- Nice and crisp, yet smooeth and very refreshing. Light bodied, but on the heavier side of light. Not like your macro light beers.

D- Very refreshing. Perfect session beer. Best Hefeweizen? Havent had enough in the style to make that call but its gotta be in the top ten, or even five regardless.

haazer, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this brew so many times it isn't even funny and am just now getting down to reviewing it. This was actually one of my gateway brews into the craft beer world. Served from bottle into a Franziskaner Weissbier Weizen glass. Poured a massively hazy golden yellow-orange with a three finger massively fluffy pure white head that remained for quite awhile and subsided to one finger toward the end of the glass. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of bready malt, banana, cloves, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, bread, banana, cloves, and subtle wheat. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall, this is my definition of a Hefe. This is truly a great brew in just about all aspects. Has an excellent light and well balanced flavor and aroma. If you haven't tried this one, get off your ass and do it! Pretty good gateway brew for beginners as well.

thagr81us, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of claspada
2.98/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The aroma is a wonderful concoction of wheat and banana, it smells a lot like banana bread, minus the nutty aspect. Some yeast and clove are detectable, with some earthy hops barely detectable.

The taste is actually a little lighter than I anticipated, really much lighter than the nose suggests. There's some decent wheat flavor in the beer and maybe a hint of banana and clove. I'm not in love with the flavor to be completely honest, it's nice and simple, but doesn't leave me wanting more or wanting to give a raving review. A good sessionable summer brew yes, one of the best in the world; I think not.

claspada, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of greenmonstah
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 mL bottle into DFH snifter

A - Massive 3 finger head, white and bubbly. Classic cloudy yellow wheat color, slightly more orange than usual. Bubbles cascade from the bottom in an endless steam. Lacing is epic.

S - Clove, banana and yeast. Sweet malted wheat. Hints of lemon.

T - Malty sweetness and then a bit of spicy clove. A bit yeasty. Phenomenal. Not as much citrus as I prefer in my hefes, though lemon is certainly present.

M - Light to medium body (closer to medium) with a great feel from the carbonation. Leaves the mouth perfectly content, no stickiness or dryness to complain about.

D - Goes down exceptionally well. Just a joy to drink. Easy to quaff and fun to experience. One of the true classics.

greenmonstah, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of micmillon18
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

A - Pours a large thick, fluffy head that dissipated at a medium pace. Gorgeous hazy golden color that is only amplified by the long slender glass. Looks rather carbonated. Minimal lacing.

S - Cloves, coriander, banana, bubble gum sweetness. Incredible scents. You'd have to have practically no sense of smell in order not to smell whats going on in this beer.

T - Cloves, coriander; the banana and bubble gum are more pronounced in the taste. Tastes so damn good, its so difficult to put the glass down.

M - Light to medium body and I saw medium because there is just so much flavor in this beer. Very smooth. I remember this beer being more carbonated but its possible I got a slightly older bottle.

D - Hefes might be my most favorite style and I've had a vast array both imported and domestic and I therefore can honestly say that this is my number 1. Ayinger and Hofbrau come in a close second. World class hefe, you'll have it once and always go back for more, all others pale in comparison!

micmillon18, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The best and the worst beers often call for (arguably) ridiculous narrative. This is just one thing that excites me, though, about beer - it's ability to at times be more than just a refreshing, intoxicating, (in various ways) delicious beverage. I'll say what I can about this one - truly the king of the hefes.

I know I'm in for a treat when I pour this into a tall weizen glass and the foamaroma cannot be contained. Angels are singing, trumpets are trumpeting. Tough to empty the whole bottle in one pour as the froth froths forth untamed - head a good 2-3 inches high on average, with the texture and look of soft summer cumulus. Properly poured, the light golden amber color glows like a sunbeam until the yeasty dregs cannonball down through, creating a sunflare swirl before obscuring into a wonderfully murky cloudiness. Yes, we have banana in the aroma, but it's at what I feel is the perfect potency - just in cool essence, not too peely or too fruity. An excellent, fresh baked, yeasty breadiness as well. Hops don't factor here to any degree of note. The taste is bright, lightly lemon meringue, a steady smooth supple maltiness, silky yeast in the finish, with an extremely well integrated, delicate and delightful tartness, thin yet rounded banana notes and only a hint of clove. The flavor of the grain really carries everything here nicely. I would drink this whenever, honestly, but my only knock against it is the degree of dryness in the finish, which I find just the tiniest bit too apparent. Overall, though, it leaves an invigoratingly fresh feeling in the mouth (palate). Just about without equal is this hefe.

Bouleboubier, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of jesperm
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The bottle was a gusher.

Smells like banana, tin can and a slight smokyness - very much like you'd expect a hefeweissen to smell.
Colour as you would expect in a Weissen, medium cloudy, beautiful head though it dissipated a bit too fast.
Tin can taste a little too dominate, but a nice furtiness. The wheat malt character is evident.
Slighty less body than I like, but i might be due to high carbonation. Nice dryness, very refreshing.

jesperm, Nov 13, 2010
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,353 ratings.