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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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world-class
2,434 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,434
Ratings:
7,860
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
18.18%
 
 
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our golden-yellow wheat beer, with its fine-poured white foam, smells of cloves and impresses consumers with its refreshing banana flavour. It is full bodied and with a smooth yeast taste. To be enjoyed at any time,goes excellently with fish and seafood, with spicy cheese and especially with the traditional Bavarian veal sausage. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.

Added by pezoids on 01-22-2001

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Reviews: 2,434 | Ratings: 7,860
Photo of OlaB
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: hazy gold color ,clearly unfiltered ,give a big top of foam when i pour it in the glass.
S: Yeast,flowers,banana,spices . A very sweet smell
T:Very smooth and fruity flavour, very similar to the smell
F: Carbonation is high, the beer is full of flavours and very creamy.and so refreshing. This is a delicioius Hefeweiss
O: This is a delicious beer, this beer gives all it promises in the look and smell when you taste it. a world class beer.

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Photo of Spike
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love wheat beers, and this is a gem.

Cloudy, golden, yellow colour with huge, dense head that recedes to a 1mm white cap. Some lacing.

The nose is quite subtle for a wheat beer. Plenty of spice and citrus but not overwhelming.

Tons of wheat, yeast, clove & citrus but perfectly balanced and eminently drinkable. So smooth. So refreshing.

Awesome mouthfeel. Coats the tongue. Slight prickle.

A fabulous beer. Excellent in the summer served straight from the fridge and, served a tad warmer, it also makes for a big, spicy hit on a wet, dark day in January.

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Photo of joeseppy
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One standout Hefeweizen. Aroma of spicy citrus and grain. Taste of coriander, lemon curd, orange peel and grain. Creamy finish with lemon spIciness shining through. Refreshing. Great with food. Had this on tap. Mind blown!

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Photo of Stevem68
4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color. Has an aroma of Belgian yeast and something that reminds me of coriander. Flavor is a little Belgian yeast / over ripe banana. Leaves a clean smooth aftertaste. Overall very solid.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A long lasting pillow of white foam over a hazy straw color
Yeast grain smell not that strong
Fruity with a very light hint of malt
Unctuous mouthful almost chewy and more than I'd ever noticed in any light beer , wheat or otherwise
This is an exceptional beer, best in style

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: bright orange with white head
S: German yeast and bananas. Light and fruity
T: just like the smell, but I want to add that it's full of flavor
F: tingly feel, almost like soda. Thin, but flavors hang around a long nicely.
O: really good sessionable beer that's full flavored

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Photo of sejorules
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Cloudy, golden with a very thick,white cloud-like head of 3~4 fingers thickness. There are no bubbles to be seen. The foam stays for a really long time, which makes it very inviting, even after drinking half of it.

S: Yeasty smell, bread, and clove. Very gentle and pleasant. Some floral or honey notes. Also, some banana.

T: The taste follows the smell. Very yeasty, bread, clove and banana. Nice and refreshing, There is a bit of bitterness which complements the rest of the flavours perfectly. There is a lot of stuff there, but in a very gentle way. Superb material!

F: High carbonation, creamy and very gentle. Full of flavours, this beer is absolutely fantastic.

O: Really refreshing, gentle, creamy, and full of aromas and flavours. Definitely, the best wheat beer I have tried. Each of the tasting notes are well defined, and makes this beer really pleasant to drink. I will buy it again.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the best hefeweissbier's that I've ever had. It's incredibly good. It's smooth, rich, and aromatic, coupled with a traditional wheat beer taste that leaves you craving more. I didn't couple it with a meal - just slowly enjoyed a bottle (no glasses available - I'd love to try it again in a glass). I can't speak highly enough for this one. Get one and enjoy it.

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Photo of weaponexpo
4.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

bottle poured into a weizen glass.

L -hazey bright yellow

S - mild yeast and citrus. Actually smells a little like banana nut muffin.

T - Sweet bread, with a nice clean finish. Smooth and fisnishes quick.

F - Almost velvety for a hefeweizens.

O - This is the best hefeweizen I have ever had. I was at a liquor store and I saw the Alstom Bros rated it 100 so I had to try it. I can honestly say I didn't know hefeweizens could be this good.

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Photo of thepenguin
4.86/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed 7/15/12

L: Hazy slightly dark straw color with a big billowy head and excellent head retention.

S: Delicious sweet-smelling aroma that’s chock full of banana and clove. Distinctively weiss-bier and well done.

T: Semi-sweet taste upfront that’s heavy on the bananas and a semi-sweet finish that leaves a very pleasant taste in the mouth. Classic hefe; it doesn't get much better than this.

F: Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, and abundant carbonation that simply add to this beer’s drinkability.

O: I can't speak highly enough about this beer. If I had to choose 10 beers to drink till the end of my days this would be among them and I'm hard-pressed to think of a better summer beer. It's completely emblematic of the style and captures all of a hefe's best qualities.

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Photo of kitch
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A 500ml bottle with a best before date of 3rd June 2016 and poured into a Riedel weizen glass.

Appearance: It poured a cloudy golden straw yellow colour with a fluffy and puffy three finger white head that dissipated slowly leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma: Lightly bready and wheaty with lots of sweet banana, banana bread and clove.

Taste: Sweet ripe banana with hints of bubblegum, clove and citrus lemon.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with mid to high carbonation.

Overall: A very balanced Hefeweizen that tastes great. But still can’t find this in Hong Kong and always have to carry it back in a suitcase.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.77/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer poured into a Pilsner glass. Pours golden straw with a nice white head that disappears quickly. Smells of sweet grain, wheaty in nature. Tastes of sweet grain and wheat, but not overly strong. Beer is light bodied, heavily carbonated, extremely drinkable. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of Fake_History
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy orange colour with a nice foamy white head. Predominant aroma is banana with a hint of rolling tobacco. Taste is also predominantly banana, with a touch of bubblegum-esque flavours maybe? A very refreshing beer overall, the kind you could sip copious amounts of on a sunny day.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass. Gave it the old yeast swirl as well.

L - bright golden yellow color with a yeasty haze. Standard Hefeweizen head, white and fluffy. Some lacing down the side.

S - banana notes, soft wheat, and yeast. Not too strong on the nose. Just soft German yeast and wheat.

T - soft bread up front, banana in the middle, with a nice clean finish. Very soft all around but crisp also. Banana is the dominant taste.

F - medium body. Kind of a soft, fluffy feel but easy to swish around.

O - One of the best hefeweizens out there. Top-notch on all accounts. A little pricey on the shelf so it is definitely a treat. Paulaner is a cheaper substitute, but the legacy of Weihenstephaner makes it worth it. Prøst

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Photo of lastmango
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy straw color with a 2 finger head that dissipated quickly to a thin head, which remained. minimal lacing. Nose is of clove and banana. Carbonation is good with a medium body. Taste is excellent with the refreshing banana, clove lemon hints. Not as yeasty as Paulaner, my favorite.

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Photo of SmashAdams
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I found a single from March but wanted to try it anyway. This beer did not taste old. The smell is yeasty and slightly spicy with a hint of lemon and banana. The taste is really nice. Crisp, smooth, and refreshing. Might be the smoothest, most easy drinking beer I've tasted. yb

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Photo of Catsociald
4.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nice mild golden flavor, definitely feeling German. Maybe the best aftertaste I've ever had in a beer. A little foamy, but not enough to make me care. Goes down very smooth.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a major German beer fan, but this is probably my favorite of all time. Very well balanced with a very complex flavor. I get hints of sweetness and the carbonation is perfect.

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Photo of ryho
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A beautiful beer. Served in a very tall .5L Weihenstephaner glass. Big fluffy head.
Aroma and taste are like a perfect hefe. I always find it hard to say it tastes like clove or banana, just seems like a hefe flavor to me.

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Photo of KMachHops
4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am not a Hefe type of beer drinker but it's nearing Octoberfest, might as well drink fresh offering.
Look: Nice white fluffy head and murky orange. Wish all my IPAs look like this.
Smell: A lot of lemon.
Taste: Very light and I do get lemons. Finishes very watery and with a slight tart.
Feel: Heavy carbonation on first poor but dies down fast. I prefer to drink this fast since it's better with more carbonation.
Overall: Not bad but not my style.

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Photo of chrisbbehrens
4.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great Hefeweizen. Makes for great Bananenweissen...I rated it a little lower because I think it's a little restrained and cautious compared to my favorite Hefe, the Live Oak.

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Photo of Wattstriker
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This stuff is nothing short of phenomenal. Although a blind taste-test revealed that I like it just slightly less than Paulaner Hefe-Weizen, which is comparable in taste, these two are quite close and outstanding in caliber. It's incredible how well the pleasant flavor sticks around for awhile after drinking. The smoothness in drinking is impeccable. I can't recommend highly enough.

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite hefeweizen. Pours out to a golden yellow haze. Really nice dense half finger head. Fantastic banana bready aroma. A really smooth and full flavor of banana cloves lemon zest. A great hefe that I would recommend to anyone.

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Photo of astrocreep2000
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not my preferred style of beer but i liked it very much. taste starts with a spice/banana taste then mellows out into a slight fruit floral flavor. good stuff.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hazy yellow-golden body, billowing white head that renews itself every time I agitate my glass and leaves a ring of lace, plenty of carbonation. Aromas of realistic ripe bananas, mild clove. Taste has plenty of banana, a bit of wheat and yeast, clove which can hit a spicy peak, touch of bubblegum. Mostly dry. The burps produced taste just like banana bread. Body is rich and full, which is rare to pull off well in this category.
This is, in my opinion, the pinnacle of the style. The flavor is realistic, full, precise, well balanced, and, most importantly, delicious. The body has a creamy quality that in no way diminishes how refreshing this beer is. Love it through and through.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 2,434 ratings.