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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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2,349 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,349
Hads: 7,391
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 685
Gots: 1,307 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 01-22-2001

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Reviews: 2,349 | Hads: 7,391
Photo of mkh012
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Truly one of the most delicious wheat beers I have ever had. This beer is a cloudy yellow-orange that looks awesome in the right light. I get banana, clove, and bread on the nose, as is typical with most beers of this style. Nicely done here but still fairly standard. The taste is where this beer really shines. There's a lot going on with Weihenstephaner, and in my opinion, it actually tastes better if you drink it just barely cool or closer to room temperature than really cold. I pick up on banana, clove, vanilla, bread, and slight bubblegum emphasized by the carbonation. The mouthfeel is great as well. Pretty creamy and smooth.

As a matter of personal preference, I might like Franziskaner a little more (perhaps b.c of its slightly creamier mouthfeel). To be fair though, I've never had Weihen on tap, and that's where Franziskaner really excels. Either way, I would say Weihenstephaner and Franziskaner are my two favorites of this style. Both fantastic beers! (975 characters)

Photo of harry9
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Everything about this beer (bier?) is phenomenal, particularly the taste, which is worth the most. I've been missing out for years, but I'll know to buy Hefe Weissbier from here on out. I had to create an account just to rate this beer. It pours like any champion beer and goes down easily with a great taste. Their experience really proves itself once you taste it. (366 characters)

Photo of bigdowg
4.09/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Lovely, a real grower. The first pour I thought yes you may have already lived up to your crazy rating. I bought this for a reasonable price in Forestside Sainsburys N. Ireland and pleaded please live up to your high reputation.

What a lovely body then a nice fresh floral smell that actually smells good, not how Outcast would say roses smell like. The smell for me is not heavily pronounced, light actually for a hefe.

I had my first, enjoyed it like any hefe lover only could but didn't find anything special. I had a very nice dunkel, then another of these then an Erdinger Urwiesse which was nice then another of these and at that moment realised how good this this is. It could literally follow ANY beer any still be great. The last few sips of this beer is where it really comes into its own. Chewy, tasty, clove like and very little banana. I prefer a little more of a wheat feel and taste and probably a little more carbonation. (939 characters)

Photo of headbangingteacher
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is one awesome beer. Nothing better in the warm weather. This is a standard Heffe in style, but it wins on every level. The aroma is strong with the cloves sneaking in first, followed by the banana. The taste lingers heartily and stays pretty constant. A must try considering its widespread availability. (314 characters)

Photo of Decko
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - hazy straw coloured in the glass with a dense foam which left good lacing. S - notes of banana and a little clove. Scent has some vapour edge which seemed to go up the nose but not unpleasant. T - the clove flavour of the yeast really dominates for me but surprisingly I didn't mind it. I prefer it to the overly banana flavours of some Hefeweizen. M. - nice carbonation with the light body making it very refreshing. O - I'm not the biggest fan of Hefeweizen beers but quite liked this. The clove flavour might be a bit much after a couple but it was very refreshing on a hot day. If I was having a Hefeweizen I would be happy to have this. (645 characters)

Photo of Mikus
4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is just the best looking beer ever. I am floored by the fact that this is a standard brew in Germany... what a treat. This brew, and style, shows that not everything has to be a huge hop bomb or puckering stout. Just clean, fresh deliciousness! (249 characters)

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

Poured from a large bottle into a German beer stein, to be authentic.

A lovely straw yellow hue, with a crazy thick head that sticks around for an extended period of time. Lots of little bubbles rising throughout. Smells yeasty and of biscuit. Tastes refreshing, with tons of banana and biscuity flavor, little notes of spice as well. A tremendous, refreshing hefe; one of the pillars of the style, clearly. (408 characters)

Photo of DukeAndGonzo
4.91/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply the best Hefe I've ever had. The standard by which all others are judged. Enjoyed many times over the years in various glasses. Always a pleasant pour with a frothy head. Rich mouth feel with medium to light carbonation. Notes of banana and spice. (254 characters)

Photo of Benish
3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's a great beer. It poured beautifully, had notes of ripen bananas and fruity esters. Very easy to drink and light-bodied. It seems to be missing that subtle peppery bite that I look for in a hefeweizen. It doesn't compare to New Glarus Dancing Man - which has set the bar really high. It might be that this beer is not fresh. Could not find the bottle date and bought this off a shelf at room temp. I have no doubt that drinking this straight from the source or from a fresh bottle would leave this beer tasting much better than now. I will take the next opportunity to try this beer again when I find it refrigerated. (621 characters)

Photo of wizmasta
4.84/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not sure I understand the fascination with this beer. I'm not a hop snob and appreciate Czech and German pilsners and lagers and enjoy Hefe Weisbiers as well. Who knows ? Maybe the main streamers who put a lemon wedge in this stuff are right. Think it would help. (263 characters)

Photo of drmeto
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

-very sweet malt flavours like honey or caramel
-heavy on clove
-nice floral and citrus notes
-banana is more subdued compared to other Hefeweizen
-probably the best carbonated beer ive had,the head stayed for a good 30mins it seemed
-very sweet,creamy finish

Really great one,though most itt know that already.
though i have to say that i slightly prefer banana-heavy weizens above this like Franziskaner,Maisels Weisse or Schneider weisse (441 characters)

Photo of BeerConny
4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can't deny how good this is. They hit it right. Perfect amount of carbonation and perfect amount of banana flavors. The only thing I can say is that the smell gets a 4 but who cares about that. Everything else is a 5. I still enjoy many other hefeweizens but this one truly is that extra bit better than all the others I have had. Fantastic beer. (348 characters)

Photo of FFreak
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased 500 ml bottle from the health food store for about $3 and poured into a tall beer glass. A very hazy rich golden-yellow color with a fluffy pure white head that slowly fades leaving slight lacing. Aroma is of bread, yeast and slight citrus. Taste is really nice with some citrus and bread followed by a muted cinnamon/nutmeg-like spiciness that really makes the beer. Towards the bottom of the pint, the beer started to have a slight metallic after-taste, maybe due to the trip across the Atlantic. Goes down really easy, but is not super thin - enough body to keep you from pounding it, but enough carbonation to keep it refreshing. Overall, a fantastic wheat beer and a great deal for the price. (713 characters)

Photo of IckyT2012
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love hefeweizens, but I'm not sure I understand the super high rating on this one. I can't really tell this difference between Weihenstephaner, Hacker-Pschorr, Paulaner, or Tucher. They all seem equally delicious. While I love the style, this particular brew does not stand out from the crowd. (295 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan. Poured from a bomber into a weizen glass, this brew's got a four finger thick, frothy on the outside but finely foamed on the inside head. I've never seen one quite like this. Along with the golden hazed body.

I smell earthy grains and a touch of fruit zest. This oughtta be good...


This brew's taste is a very lively and crisp malt characteristic combined with a slightly dry fruit in there, kind of mid-swig. A very great balance of those tastes and a high drinkability.

Mouthfeel here is very clean and crisp. I can't wait to enjoy one of these on a hot day after a few hours of working outside.

Overall, a 4.75 for Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan. Not quite perfect for a 5, but this is up there fellow BA's and also those new to this who'd like something lighter on the palate yet still bursting with great flavor. (961 characters)

Photo of Cramshawbar
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While I am not a fan of wheat beer to begin with, I must say that I still had better of this style. At least it is drinkable and refreshing on a summer day. (156 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.82/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Very hazy straw color with a huge fluffy head that did not want to go down!

Smell: Very strong yeast smell. Some wheat aroma, but mostly yeast - spicy, citric, nutty.

Taste: Yeast are up front, providing that hard to pin down flavor - banana, citrus, spice, clove, soybean, peanut. Dry wheat malt flavor follows it up. The flavors are strong, but smooth and balanced.

Mouthfeel: The thickness and fine carbonation give this one a very creamy feel. No residual feel.

Overall: I can see why this brewery has been around for so long. All the components of this beer are bold, but well blended. I usually get bored of Hefe’s before finishing 12 onces; this one left me wanting another 16. (702 characters)

Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4.86/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

dense fluffy head, takes awhile to disappear,
great earthy, yeasty aroma,
taste follows smell, yeasty and earthy, orange on toast, several layers of flavor,
medium body, full mouth feel, smooth finish,
about perfect for the style. (230 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light amber. World Class head volume, lacing and retention.

Classic wheat nose of light clove and banana, a touch of lemon, yeast and biscuit. As it warms, a subtle spicy character emerges.

Medium bodied with a very smooth texture that approaches creamy. Well carbonated with a rich effervescence from the middle on.

This beer is the standard for Hefe Weissbiers and is world class. The flavor profile is intense, complex and well balanced. It begins with a mild tartness that separates into lemon and banana. As these fade in the middle, clove comes forward over a biscuit background with a hint of spice and dryness. The finish is crisp, with a mild biscuit fading and leaving clove. (711 characters)

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

- great head and it holds the head
- the best smelling hefenweizen i have ever light pleasant mellow yeast
-smooth and balanced, light hop complements the wheat flavor and yeast
- crisp refreshing but without loosing flavor, light but not overly carbonated
- beer lived up to its name for me great summer beer, and german beer example (334 characters)

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

King of the hefeweizen for a reason. If you can find one fresh, this thing explodes not only with banana and spice but also a surprising, almost tropical, fruit note. Fluffy, buoyant feel. This thing is a treasure. (214 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Half liter bottle poured into weiss glass. Appearance is cloudy orange, with a towering three finger head that has some stickiness. Aroma is textbook, banana and clove spiciness plus wheat and malted sweetness. Flavor is malty and yeasty with sweetness and spice. Lemon, banana bread, clove, alcohol, and just a fuzz of hop bitterness. Medium bodied, creamy texture, soft but abundant carbonation, drying finish. Perfect for the style and excellent overall. (457 characters)

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

A: hazy; light straw colored; 1 finger pillowy white head that receded slowly to a thick cap; thick rings of lace;

S: clove and banana, with bubblegum in the background;

T: light clove and a touch of pilsner malt up front; banana and bubblegum come in mid-palate; banana stays through the finish; bitterness is almost imperceptible;

M: light bodied; highly carbonation;

O: outstanding; (390 characters)

Photo of jrob21
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy pale golden color with a big white head. Smooth, malty, banana flavored beer. Aromas of must, funk, yeast. Light bodied, refreshing flavors. Mainly fruit with some bitter hoppiness towards the end. (204 characters)

Photo of BeerMagistrate
3.58/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Maybe I'm not sophisticated enough, or I'm just too accustomed to American beers, but I did not like this beer much (Don't hit me!)

Definitely could tell it was an ancient recipe. I loved the look of it - had a nice dark to light gradient, and feel was solid - nice medium body, but the taste and smell was not pleasing to me. Had a weird barley, bacterial taste. (364 characters)

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 2,349 ratings.