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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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5,357 Ratings

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Ratings: 5357
Reviews: 2188
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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 itsscience


3.84/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy blonde with two fingers of off-white head that quickly disappears. Banana and clove are most prominent on the nose, and after that, lemon and bready yeast. In the mouth, coriander and other spices come out, along with a big yeast characteristic, banana flavor, and bubblegum. The body is light with medium carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2013 04:21:37 | More by itsscience
Photo of Segelstrom


3.26/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - poured into a frozen tumbler. head filled half the glass so be careful when pouring. beer was a cloudy piss color

S - the smell of cloves came thru - not good in my book

T - ditto smell. I am not a fan of wheat beers so must apologize for this rating

M - smooth. went down easy

O - I'm sure the wheat beer aficionados
just love this one

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 23:30:13 | More by Segelstrom
Photo of _--TAD--_


4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great wheat beer that goes great with any grilled food, I just wish it was more thick. Also for a top quality import beer the price is not that bad as compareded to how pricey Belgian ales can get. The bottle says keep it around chilled to about 46-52 degrees fahrenheit, but if you have it a few degrees warmer than 52 degrees you can really takes the wheat.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 18:46:33 | More by _--TAD--_
Photo of Fuzzycranium


4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

What a classical beauty deserving of only the highest esteem, respect and admiration. This beer is beyond measuring its importance in terms of inspiration, admiration, quality and influence. I never grow tired of this beer. It continues to delight and intoxicate me to a level of universal righteous benevolence and bliss.

Appearance is light straw

Aroma is slightly bready

Flavor is amazingly wheaty and fresh

Mouthfeel is creamy, crisp and dry..yup all of em

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 00:12:10 | More by Fuzzycranium
Photo of HopSquatch


4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Gold standard of a true Hefe-Weiss Bier ! Same score for the other versions as well (Krystal - filtered) and The Dunkel Weiss. Wonderful massive heads, pour slowly! Wonderful classic fragrance, the real deal ... The Bar is high on this why go under ?

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2013 18:37:02 | More by HopSquatch
Photo of BethanyB

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Giant, white head that's foamy on the bottom and thick and creamy on the top. The color is a medium yellow, and the clarity is hazy.

Smell: Creamy banana bread, apricot and tangerine esters. Clove-like scent is more prominent upon warming, as are some peppery and goral spices.

Taste: Bready malt, with the slightest tang from citrus esters. Banana and bubblegum flavors are more present in the aftertaste. Less focused in esters and spices than other Hefeweizens. The flavor is more malty and subdued, which I enjoy because it actually adds a layer of complexity by pairing yeasty flavors with malty ones.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with fair carbonation. The wheat makes the body feel slightly heavier, but there is also a silky quality to the mouthfeel that makes things more smooth and sessionable.

Overall: A more balanced, malt-forward Hefeweizen which creates, for me, somehow both a rounder and more complex flavor profile. An enjoyable example of a traditional German wheat beer that encompasses both creativity and tradition.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 01:04:57 | More by BethanyB
Photo of vette2006c5r


4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hefeweissbier pours a golden color, with a large frothy massive lacing head. The aroma has a lot of cloves and banana notes, a little ester. The taste has a great creamy crisp wheat backbone, with cloves and banana notes, with a nice mellow ester flavor. Very drinkable, very full flavor, perfect carbonation. Overall, WOW.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 01:22:16 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of 007rtw


3.79/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: pours a murky yellow gold with hints of orange. Bubbling from the bottom is beautiful. Strong, white head, with minimal lacing.

Smell: Wheat, yeast, sourdough bread, caramel, champagne. Hits powerfully, though not hard, but very deep. Considering the "weakness" of the flavors, that's quite good.

Taste: Wheat, malt, maybe a touch of banana. Well done, but there's not too much here, and it's not too interesting.

Mouthfeel: Really smooth, with just a tough of bite from the carbonation.

Overall: A disappointment. A very pretty beer. Smells great. Feels great. Tastes good, but less than I expected. Still, if I wanted good hefeweizen, I'll acknowledge that I've had none better. I think hefeweizen is just not my thing.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 03:26:41 | More by 007rtw
Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb


4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a beautiful hazy golden color with a huge, rocky, dense head that dissipates slowly into a cap and leaves decent lacing. Fresh aroma of cloves and banana bread with some clean zest in the background. Very strong clove presence on the tongue, finish brings out that medium body. Just perfect creamy mouthfeel, and goes down so smooth.

Overall: Not much needs to be said, this is a great beer. My favorite hefe to date, and I've had a few.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2013 17:14:36 | More by offthelevel_bytheplumb
Photo of Fear4Beer


4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers crafted...ever. So smooth, so tasty, ripe bananas, bread/yeast, spices. Delicious. I would rank this my second favorite Hefe beer next to the Ayinger Bräu Weisse. I reviewed that beer already and I think I gave this Weihenstephaner beer a better review, haha, oh well. I just LOVE the really forward banana flavor of the Ayinger and the champagne mouthfeel. Its just a matter of preference. If you handed me either one of these beers I'd give you my first born child. The Weihenstephaner is a better deal though. I can get it for less than $2 a bottle (11.2oz) while the Ayinger is about $3.50 (16oz) a bottle (it has about 5oz more of yummy juice though).

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 03:44:34 | More by Fear4Beer
Photo of Das_Reh


4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a weizen glass

Beer pours a cloudy golden wheat with plenty of swirling yeast, producing a near perfect 3 finger head. From the bottom of the glass an eternal stream of effervescence sustains the head and keeps it perky. Wonderful web-like lacing on the sides of the glass... this beer is beautiful to behold and is almost to pretty to drink

The smell is banana bread, cloves, wheat yeast and spice, exactly what I was hoping for. Aroma is a bit more subtle than I would have liked, however.

Taste is BIG phenolic banana and cloves, wonderfully wheaty and bready. This is a truly delicious beer, and one that I could drink everyday.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy without being too thick. Very quaffable, not that you'd want this beer to disappear too quickly.

Overall, a top-shelf hefeweizen that everyone should try. Sessionable, affordable, and delicious, it is an excellent representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 15:19:10 | More by Das_Reh
Photo of scotorum


4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into an Erdinger Weissbier glass.

a: Translucent deep gold with a huge fluffy white head which receded to thin surface foam and considerable lacing.

s: Mild ripe fruit. Some floral fragrance mixed in later.

t: Mostly sweet fruit cocktail. Very pleasant.

m: Silky smooth.

o: Highly refreshing and tasty. Certainly one of the best if not the best Hefe I have had.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 22:27:19 | More by scotorum
Photo of AiK

New York

4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Poured into a pint glass, aggressive swirl to suspend the yeast. Hazy golden yellow with a thick foamy head. Solid lacing on the glass.

S - Spicy aroma with with banana and clove

T - Pretty much the way it smells, delicious!

M - SIlky smooth, moderate carbonation, not much alcohol

O - Fantastic, satisfying, drinkable, the best I have had.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 17:19:27 | More by AiK
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy tarnished gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with a little lacing.

S: Spicy yeast notes with aromas of clove, banana, orange zest, and some flowery notes. The finish is sweet and bready.

T: Spicy yeast here as well with clove, banana, a little citrus, and a nice, hearty bread finish.

M: Light body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is dry, crisp, and very drinkable.

O: One of the best hefeweizens out there. Smells and tastes amazing and is both quaffable and affordable.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 21:14:02 | More by n2185
Photo of tkelley


4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle poured into an oversized hefeweizen glass.

A -- Deep goldenrod color, big puffy white head that quickly dissipates to about a finger.

N -- Yeasty with banana/clove overtones.

T -- Follows the nose, but more mellow. The flavor is nice and full but doesnt have a sharp bite.

M -- Full. This one's a chomper. Very smooth. Tingly on the front end and slick on the back.

O -- Excellent beer on a hot day like this (85-90 degrees, gross and sticky). Very, very good.


Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 23:05:49 | More by tkelley
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice hazy light amber with a large amount of white foam. Aroma is strongly fruity, with strong yeast and sweet malt. Tastes like a classic, iconic take on the style, cloves and allspice, banana and perhaps another tropical flavor like subtle mango, more hops than other examples of the style which cut the intense sweetness but not enough to wreck the sweetness or push it too far away, a near perfect balance really. Where Ayinger is weighted towards the fruit, this one leans towards the spice, with a strong clove flavor building as you progress through a bottle. Finish lingers and leaves some yeasty sweetness and a little bitterness. Overall, complex and layered flavors that are light years away from an American wheat made with standard yeast.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 01:42:51 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of BMMillsy


4.06/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at The Jones B-Side in Gainesville. Pours a deep murky yellow with a one finger white head. Smells of banana, clove, yeast. Flavor is banana, pears, apples, clove, yeast with a nice crisp bitter hint and plenty of prickly carbonation. Easy drinking and light with plenty of flavor. This is just so right on and perfect for the style. Could drink it all day.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 16:50:35 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of Jas45678


4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle into tulip

Pours a golden hazy color with a thick off white head. Smell is banana, cloves and spice and yeast. Taste is what you would expect bananas, cloves, spices and citrus. Medium body and prefect amount of carbonation. Great beer. Not a huge fan of wheat beers but this is one I could definitely drink more of.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 20:39:17 | More by Jas45678
Photo of Danasaurusrex


4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very smooth, unobtrusive taste. subtle wheat flavor - great with dinner. light amber color with a nice thick head. not cloudy at all - perfect thickness for drinking by itself or pairing with a nice meal. subtle sweet aftertaste.

this beer got me hooked on wheat beers, namely white wheats. one of my favorites!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 22:54:40 | More by Danasaurusrex
Photo of Jdbateman83


4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Awesome mouth feel; chewy, lots of wheat and and yeast. Slight citrus, with a little banana. Very very smooth and easy to drink but with big deep complex and smooth flavor. I live this beer, on tap and in the bottle. I never really had gotten in to beer until I was 28, then I tried this beer and ill I want to do is drink and did new beers to try. However, I have not found a beer as good as this one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2013 03:28:55 | More by Jdbateman83
Photo of SteveB24

New York

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

serving type; glass

appearance; cloudy yellow/straw, the cloudiness hides the carbonation somewhat.

smell; yeast with a touch of tropical fruit.

taste; banana, touch of spice, wheat.

mouthfeel. very nice, smooth but not thin, nor heavy, with subtle but present carbonation.

overall. a very good beer, a nice choice for a refreshing beer if you don't want something too summery, and can easily be enjoyed year-round, which is actually probably its best feature. the only reason i didn't score it higher for taste and overall is that it did not stand out much compared to many other good hefeweizens i have had.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 05:24:39 | More by SteveB24
Photo of Taylor1989

New Hampshire

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

P-Slightly hazy golden color with a thick abundant white fluffy head with a good amount of carbonation, great retention and leaving laces. The head stays with this beer for a while.
S-Very pleasant aroma of banana and cloves and a slight nuttyness about it. Defiantly get the yeast and beautiful wheat back bone to this.
T-Bold flavor leaving you wanting another sip before you pull it from your lips. Balanced by a nice spiced citrus, banana, cloves, cinnamon and wheat. You get some hops vary faint but its there. Medium body with perfect carbonation.
O- Overall great beer I love to keep this one on tap its great in the summer but works in the fall and winter as well. My favorite Hefe!

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2013 03:37:37 | More by Taylor1989
Photo of rtrasr


4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pour was slightly cloudy, smelled of banana and clove immediately. The mouthful was substantial. It tasted tropical, definitely banana, clove, maybe nutmeg. This beer is considered the standard for the style. It lives up to it's reputation but the mouthful and taste was just a little bit harsher than it's cousin Paulaner.

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2013 20:32:04 | More by rtrasr
Photo of JCBears


4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

appearance: how do you compare this perfect head, amber hinted gold and the cloudiness of beautiful unfiltered goodness

smell: wheaty citrus goodness and bit of banana to boot. This is the standard, period

taste: It is golden sweetness combined with a rich blend of awesome wheaty body

mouthfeel: It lasts just long enough and just well enough, it is rich and hearty and brings you to Bayern

overall: Its perfect the gold standard what more can you say, drink one period

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 16:49:17 | More by JCBears
Photo of BWED


3.75/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A- Slightly hazy dark straw color. White head retains at about a 1/4".

S- Wheaty. Some fruit, banana, and spice.

T- Wheat and spice. Mild flavor.

M- Light body and smooth. A bit of a spicy finish.

O- There isn't so much of the banana aspect in this one. I know it's well regarded, and I agree it is good, but I thought this was more mild than my favorite weizens.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 23:16:17 | More by BWED
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