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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 2,377
Hads: 7,566
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 17.95%
Wants: 723
Gots: 1,433 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 01-22-2001

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.
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Photo of Czequershuus
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a hazy golden color. Excellent head retention. Nose has a classic punch of banana, with maybe a bit of orange peel as well. Taste is clean, emphasizing the bready aspects of the beer more than the fruity. Refreshing a classic.

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Photo of EricVonStein
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours brownish gold, totally opaque with a thick three inches of foam. Looks good!

fruits, yeast, and bananas on the nose. baking spices too, and come orange peel. Nose has got it all, good stuff!

flavour is overripe peaches and orange with banana all over. Lots of spices like coriander in the mix. The taste of the yeast is strong and bready, really nice and thick. At the end there is a punch of fruit, like applejuice almost. finish is whole grains.

mouthfeel is velvety and thick, like a good hefe should be.

Overall, great hefe with all the notes hit in a great balance. Its particularly heavy on the fruit flavours but still stays balanced and full. I prefer the strong yeast flavours and big banana - Ayinger is still my #1 hefe - but this is a beauty piece of work all the way around!

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Photo of VTR
3.36/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The typical notes of banana and bubblegum but lacked the crispness and flavor that I was expecting. While this was good it was not thoroughly impressed maybe because for me it lacked the crispness I was expecting. I would purchase this again but not as my first choice.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a pint bottle.

A: Pours a murky golden honey color with two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is insane, lacing is prominent and incredibly beautiful.

S: Sweet malts, banana, clove, honey, white pepper, wheat, apple, a slight citrus, and some grassy earthy hops.

T: Sweet malts, sweet bread, clove. banana, honey, citrus, herbal spices, and earthy hops. This is what a Hefeweizen should taste like.

M: Light bodied, mid-to high carbonation, incredibly smooth. Truly enjoyable to drink.

O: An absolute world-class phenomenal brew. The best Hefeweizen I have had so far. I highly recommend this beer to every BA. I have definitely earned my frequent drinker miles on this German classic.

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Photo of aleigator
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful, hazy, sunny, peach pulp color, with a dense, stable head.

Smells of ripe banana, red apple skin, together with grassy hops and white pepper. Banana shines through beautifully, while balanced by the hops and a coppery whiff, remaining the beers enjoyable balance.

Drinks incredibly smooth, carried by soft yeast, feels utmost silk on the palate, while providing enough carbonation to create an refreshing impression.

Begins with cakey malts, clove, honey and a fantastic yeast smoothness, establishing the beers world-class mouthfeel. While the spices are prominent, they do get tamed by earth, a glimpse of oak and the grassy, slightly herbal hops. Finishes with young banana, more clove and honey, while the hops provide a pleasant, refreshing herb presence.

The interplay between noteable carbonation and euro hops turns out great, as the beer don't need no bitter hop punch to balance the sweeter spices, but uses the metallic qualities from the carbonation to create a short, refreshing burn, taming the sweeter ingredients of the brew. As easy as this drinks, as convincing is the beers receipt, showcasing a truly well made Weissbier, which leaves a refreshing, perfectly balanced impression on the palate.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500 ml bottle purchased from Whole Foods and poured into a stemmed Spiegelau Pilsner glass. Really nice beer but thought it a little thin with somewhat less flavor than I expected. Would definitely drink it again but would rather have an Allagash White or St. Bernardus Witbier.

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Photo of oceanman907
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is the perfect Bavarian beer. Just all of the classic flavors here and really this is the beer that wheat beers are based off of. Sweet clove, banana flavors. Rich wheat body. Really fantastic and worth a swill, even though it is everywhere you look

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Photo of beer488
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 330 ml bottle. Color is yeasty golden haze. Thick white head and robust carbonation. I smell malt and a pleasant banana note, and spices in the background. Medium to full bodied. Tastes fruity and refreshing, with a dry finish. Very filling. One of my favorites.

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Photo of Knilas
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bread, toast, dough, banana, woody, roasty. Excellent Heffeweissbier! Best I’ve tasted so far. Very refreshing and smooth. You know you’re drinking a quality wheat as soon as you taste it! A must have, for me.

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Photo of Kevin67
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the top of the class for the style, and for good reason. Everything about this beer is perfection. As much as I enjoy it here in the states, having it fresh from the brewery on tap at the Cologne Christmas Market was a transcendental experience.

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Photo of DeweyCheatem-n-Howe
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Maybe the perfect wheat beer. I usually shy away from this style as I don't often like whatever gives it the seasoning flavor, but this beer is beautiful to look at, smells great and tastes like everything you could want in a refreshing, sweet summery beer.

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Photo of Arminius757
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great traditional hefe.
Pours a nice golden color with abut a 3 figure white, rocky head. Leaves a nice lacing for the remainder of the drink.
Full smell, colve, wheat, and some bannana.
Wonderfully balanced taste, with the above mentioned smells coming out. Great levels of carbonation.
Second best hefe I've had, and the first one was more of a craft style.

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Photo of Zet
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty carbonated for a Hefeweizen. This gives it a very lively and promising appearance when poured in the appropriate Weizen glass. The taste is just awesome. Lots of flavors (esters?) and a very smooth feeling in the mouth. A beer that lives up to its name.

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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy golden yellow, with a thin dense head. Slightly sour and critrusy, grassy, light bitterness, with a lightly sweet, malty and loaded of banana finish. Medium body and fizzy carbonation. Good and well balanced.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

If I’m going to drink a hefe (and it’s not Live Oak’s) then it might as well be this one. Get it on draught.

I guess I don’t have much more to add to this review right now. This sure ain’t poetry.
Beer reviews can be like that sometimes.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cloudy golden color with some powerful activity. Thick foamy white sparkly 3 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with strong legs.

Sweet grains and citrus smell, a little faint. Flavors of fresh grains, lemon, orange with hints of clove and coriander. Well balanced with a pleasant rich sweet bread taste and a slightly sharp and crispy citrus and herbal feel.

Slick full body with perfect carbonation. Well intensified and short clean finish, ending with pleasant floral spices and fruity sugary banana and honey feel lingering on the tongue.

Overall an exquisite craft offering complex and delicious flavors, great freshness, extremely well balanced, accessible, and a true joy to drink!

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Photo of Kidspice
4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Man, what a beer. This is one that presents something new with each sip. I definitely found on tap to be a much more pleasing experience, but I think the bottles I've had may have been a bit elderly.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.83/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was a bit concerned at first because it smelled as if it might be a bit skunky, but fortunately that wasn't the case. Very light and relaxed flavor with an aftertaste that should lend itself to a cheesy dish. Very nice.

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Photo of ARoman
3.72/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a hefeweizen glass. The aroma is a mellow, creamy banana and vanilla with a complimentary clove and some subtle undertones of peaches. The beer is a cloudy pale with a hint of gold to it, and is topped by a creamy and frothy white head that retains well and leaves a light lace. The taste is a mellow and mild medium sweet with medium low bitterness. A creamy texture and carbonation go down smooth and easy with a medium body containing notes of fresh baked bread, banana, orange, vanilla, and a light woody clove spice that finishes clean with a lightly bitter clove and citrus zip and crispness that mellows quickly and turns over to a light oranges and nila wafers combination which stick in the aftertaste with a touch of lemon, and a lactose hint. Quite delightful.

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Photo of Munich1bier
4.81/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

We love this beer and just bought another case of it. Smooth taste, fun to drink it through the foam head, light wheat taste with hints of citrus. Low alcohol content makes it a good addition to lunch or dinner meal. Not too filling and leaves a great after taste.

This is our favorite beer. Started drinking in Munich and have not stopped.

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Photo of Brad071
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nectar of the Gods. This gets bought in 6-packs. Peppery and not overly bubbly, this really goes down a treat with pork roast. These guys have been brewing for about 6 million years and it shows. World Class.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky, golden-yellow color with a white foamy head. Glows a beautiful, radiant golden color when light shines through. Great retention. Little to no lacing.

Aroma contains a strong scent of lemon rind, grassiness, and yeast. Reminiscent of fresh grass clippings on a hot summer day.

Taste is refreshing. Subtle lemon notes and orange zest. A perfect amount of yeast--doesn't dominate but it very present. Hint of bubblegum. Some nice sweet, tartness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light bodied. Extremely crisp and refreshing. Quite possibly the most drinkable beer I've ever had. I could've chugged this pint in no time.

Overall, Hefes are typically towards the bottom of my favorites list, but this one did quite a bit to change that. Definitely the best Hefe I've ever had, and one of the better beers I've ever had, period. Great beer, one that even a newbie to craft beer could appreciate, or even a craft veteran. Great for anyone, on any occasion.

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

This is more of what I'm used to in regard to a Hefeweizen (as opposed to Schlafly's Hefeweizen). I think I'm still a little more partial to the "American Wheat" style that most people seem to consider Schlafly's Hefeweizen to be, but this is still probably one of the best of the style.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A solid beer...pretty complex amount of flavors. Fairly earthy, some spice, banana. Takes a little adjusting if you aren't used to the style. Worth the try!

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Photo of Johnor3
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice frothy head, wonderful taste. This is the kind of Beer that you have to force your self NOT to drain the entire glass upon the first taste. This is my first time trying Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, and I am in Love. I actually said to my wife, "This is the best beer that I have ever put in my mouth!" I would recommend it to anyone who wants to taste a truly great Beer.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 2,377 ratings.