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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 6,836
Reviews: 2,309
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
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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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Photo of ehammond1
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle (2011)

Super Junior Market
San Diego, CA

Just barely hazy golden yellow, orange, and amber with a huge, thick, persistent white head. This beer wasn't nearly as cloudy and hazy as others I've had within style. Spots of lace down the glass.

A powerful aroma of banana, perhaps some apple and pear, clove, and wheat. The best smelling hefeweizen I've ever come across.

Flavor is incredibly similar to the aroma: lots of banana and clove, low bitterness, a bit of white fruit, wheat, and bread. Fantastic!

Light to medium bodied--incredibly drinkable. This beer wants you to drink more and more of it.

I couldn't even imagine a better hefeweizen.

Photo of MrVonzipper
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear,with just a touch of haziness, golden orange with a large 1 1/2 finger frothy eggshell colored head with excellent retention and mild lacing.

Big earthy and fresh nose with lots of sweet banana, smooth wheatiness and a little bready yeast.

Great flavor burst right off the bat. Same notes as the nose with nice notes of banana, wheat and a little bready. Great balance and a nice and pleasant clean aftertaste.

Light bodied with zesty high carbonation that is just perfect for this beer.

Overall just an outstanding all around hef. Definitely my favorite of the style.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

1pt .9oz bottle properly poured into a weizen glass.

A: Cloudy, deep golden in color. Almost orange at its core. Frothy, creamy white head has great retention, as expected. Clumps of sticky lacing are prevalent.

S: Heavy phenols: lots of clove. Over-ripe bananas, bready wheat, powdery yeast.

T: Tastes of banana bread and over-ripe bananas are interrupted by clove and spices. Big dose of wheat. Bready with a touch of that acidity and citrus-like tastes that tend to come with wheat beers. Yeast plays a major role, contributing a mildly chalky and slightly funky taste. Dries a bit toward the finish and the malt tastes turn cracker-like.

M: Very light in body, very fluffy and creamy in the mouth. Lots of aggressive, small-bubbled carbonation, as expected.

O: An excellent beer, maybe the best of the style.

Notes: I am fortunate enough to have this beer frequently available fresh on tap at several bars in the area. It is always excellent, an easy A+ and one of my personal favorite beers. This is my second time having it out of the bottle, and the edge seems to be taken off of it just a bit. I suspect this is due to the rigors of trans-Atlantic shipping, or maybe it isn't quite as fresh as it could be (no bottled-on dates).

Photo of Mar02x
3.1/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought this at the liquor store Mitra in Flushing for 1 Euro! I'm not really a fan of the style but I do not want to miss a good beer.

A - I vaguely cloudy yellow liquid with a white head. Carbonated bubbles are not visible.

S - Barley malt, some lemon, not so special and / or fresh.

T - For a wheat beer it is nice and mild flavor, slightly acid with light lemon tones. Not really bitter and quite dry.

M - The carbonation is medium with a slight bitterness in the finish. Not sticky, a very drinkable beer.

O - Good white beer and good enough to try again.

Photo of shortbus7
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A golden color that is slightly cloudy. A large 4 finger off white head is formed.

S: Yeast, citrus, and banana.

T: Yeast and a little bit of clove is present. This beer is dominated by yeast and it also has a slight spice to it, which is much enjoyed. Banana is there, but in the background.

M: Very smooth with good carbonation.

O: This is an excellent beer. My favorite for the style and is a must try.

Photo of bierdabbler
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An old favorite, 16oz brown bottle poured in pint glass.

A- cloudy orange color- make sure to swirl and pour the remnants of the bottle for a nice sediment flowing through the glass.

S- Sweetie and wheaty.

T/M- Creamy with enough carbonation to enlighten the palate to a sweet, yeast taste with hints of banana. Excellent.

One of the best hefeweizens always holds a place in the fridge.

Photo of WestValleyIPA
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Pilsner Glass. Honey golden, very hazy color, 3 fingers of fluff, which takes a couple minutes to dissipate. Smells classically Hefe. Banana, cloves, some floral notes. A bit of citrus. Definitely smells sweet. Tastes more spicy than it smells, with a more subdued banana flavor. A nice hop bitterness on the finish. Very lightly sweet. Lots of little bubbles making me want to burp. Fantastic.

Photo of schultzi22
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a hazy gold color with a healthy 2 fingers of head.
N: Aromas jump out of the glass and consist of grains and yeast.
T: The flavors are more subtle than I expected from the nose. Yeast is the dominant flavor but it does not completely overpower the banana in the background. Lemongrass lingers on the tongue to create a crisp finish.
M: The mouthfeel is creamy and full with fairly pronounced carbonation.
O: This is an enjoyable brew and I can see how it has become an icon of the style. I'm not a huge hefeweizen fan, but this is a great representative of the style and I'm sure I will find myself returning to this beer when the situation calls for it.

Photo of harrymattcody
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From the bottle to a weizen glass.

The pour is a hazy yellow wheat that is topped by a rocky head that wants to stick around and leave some lace. Getting into the nose I pick up the requisite banana, clove and yeast. Maybe a piece of bubble gum. Taste is on par with the nose and all anyone can really ask for. Banana and clove balance nicely and the yeast lends a nice background for those flavors to work on. Creamy in the mouth with ample carbonation make for a refreshing brew.

My favorite hefeweissen and one I continue to come back to.

Photo of foogerd
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Orange straw colored hazy body, with a nice billowing cushy white head.

S- Lots of wheaty banana aroma along with a touch of spice.

T- The malty wheaty character gives it a sweetness along with the fruitiness of the banana, then comes the clovey spiciness. A bit watery though I have had this brew many times and never noticed that.

M- Full, lots of carbonation.

O- Top notch Hefe, really sets the standard.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, classy, classic label; Some date code that I'm not exactly sure what it means, but I THINK it's at least brewed in 2011, which I'll take, considering I've seen examples that are over 2 years old on the shelf.

Appearance: Hazy dark straw gold beer, with a nice cream-colored cap which, surprisingly, fades a bit fast for my liking.

Smell: Requisite sweet/tart banana aromas, with plenty of spice in the background. A couple of swirls really brings out the spice aromas. Very slight hint of citrus in the background, as well as something nicely floral as this warms a bit.

Taste: Banana and sweet spice (no particular baking spice is coming out here, though I think perhaps I get a slight hint of clove). Slightly tangy wheat backbone, with light, if firm bitterness. All in all, it's a bit like banana bread, though w/out the typical caramelly/burnt sugar notes that confection often (though not always) has.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy and refreshing

Overall: A really tasty Hefeweizen. Is it the world's best, like I once thought? I don't know, though it's certainly top-tier. I do have to say, however, that it's no longer quite my favorite. Overall, however, certainly a tasty offering.

Photo of mikeg67
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beermarket in Toronto. Pours hazy orange with a huge white head. Nose is of yeast, banana, bubble gum and cloves. Medium, slightly crisp, creamy body. Yeast, banana, bubble gum and cloves combine on the palate in a wonderful complexity. Long, balanced finish. I’m not a fan of hefe, but this one is outstanding brew.

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

A - Hazy orange/yellow, more yellow color with 3 fingers of creamy foamy white head. Lacing is slight, but the head takes a lot to fade.

S - Bready yeasts, lemon, pepper, bubblegum, banana, in order of strength. The bready yeasts, lemon and pepper are the most dominant by far while the others are in the background.

T - Pretty much reverse the dominant flavors from the smells. Bubblegum, banana, lemon, pepper, then the yeasts. Sweet malts show as well with a nice tart overall taste.

M - Thin to medium bodied, good level of carbonation. Finish is slightly drying with that tart taste staying around for a while. When that fades, you're left with the sweet malts sticking to the inside of your mouth.

O - I'm not generally a fan of hefes but I can easily see why this one is considered one of the best.

Photo of 2xHops
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I decided to open my bottle of Hefewissbier after having a hefeweizen by Ranger Creek Brewery. (based out of San Antonio) I'd have to say my suspicions were accurate. This hefeweizen by Weihenstephaner definitely blows out a lot of other examples by a wide margin.

The beer has a wonderful unfiltered appearance without being too dark like the Ranger Creek one. The foam rose nicely and it subsided fairly slowly. The taste is the most critical component. The last thing I want is to have a hefeweizen taste musty, stagnant, or just plain old. This beer doesn't do that. It had plenty of citrus notes, but it wasn't overly powering nor syrupy to a point where it does taste old.

The beer was easy on my plalate,a nd it actually felt refreshing in my mouth. It was not too syrupy, thick, nor too thin.

Overall, it's a truly great example of hefeweizen, and it's definitely easy to drink. I have to admit, I actually preferred the Kristall Weissbier, but this one is just too dang good.

Photo of BlastBeats
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: a picturesque cloudy gold color with a fluffy white head.

Smell: some yeast spiciness, milled grain, and lemon; very pleasant aroma.

Taste: perfectly executed subtle fruit esters; apricot, lemon, and orange.. fresh wheat with a faint yeast and clove-like spice. The flavors are incredibly balanced; nothing too overpowering.

Mouthfeel: the ample carbonation is perfect. Lively and refreshing. Medium body.

Overall: My favorite Hefeweizen thus far.. and very reasonably priced. Extremely quaffable. I should always keep a bottle of this stuff in my fridge!

Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle apparently dated Feb. 2011. Most sediment added. {revised with fresh bottle in April 2014}

Pours with a large whitish head that quickly reduces to a paper thin coat but leaves some lacing. Cloudy golden tone.

Has a very sweet and fruity aroma with suggestions of banana, pineapple, melon and baked bread. Beyond these it is also yeasty. These aromas appear in the taste, along with clove, allspice, apple juice and wheat.

Light body; crisp with slightly aggressive carbonation.

Clearly not an average beer and clearly exceptional for style. However, I often find this style mostly unappealing. Nonetheless, I did find this one to be appealing and refreshing. Hope to sample at the source in Bavaria in 2012.

Photo of tykees88
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Super clear truly straw colored beer. The off white banana white colored head is huge and rocky.

S- Smells like bananas and cloves and hops. Awesomeness

T- Tastes like it smells, there is a grass hoppy taste as well.

M- The mouthfeel has a slight chewy feel too it. Obviously is carbonated nicely.

O- It's a solid beer, solid for the style. Extremely affordable, extremely tasty

Photo of jeff1973
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Czechvar pilsner glass. Freshness code translate to being bottle in April 2011, so roughly 6 months old.

A - hazy straw yellow. Good bright white head, decent lacing.

S - Bananas, clove, Hawiian sweet bread.

T - Lemony, then banana, ends with spicey clove, but also dries out nicely, not to be too sweet.

M - Medium high carbonation. Goes well with the light flavors of this beer.

D - High. Low ABV. Clean taste and very refreshing.

I think this one was a little past its prime. I have had it on tap at the Yardhouse with much better results. But still an excellent beer.

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

A - Hazy orange amber, Huge frothy head, be careful pouring this beer! Lots of carbonation.

S - Fresh wheats, banana.

T - Banana like candy, refreshing yeasts. Of course you have your cloves.

F - Like a Fresh cream soda, not on its flavor but on the actual feel, this is present even on the front. Body is not too thin though, almost perfect in it's balance.

O - Alright I surrender this has to be one of my fav German beers. I am a hop head, but this Beer gives me a nice break.

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz brown bottle poured into one of my weizen glasses.

A - Hazy yellowish-orange color. Very beautiful cloudy like look. Nice pure white head and sticky lace.

S - Sweet maly aroma. I picked up numerous fruits. Bananas and a mild lemon were the highlights. A hint of spicey cloves as well as a very nice wheat aroma.

T - Sweet malt taste is to die for. Best part of this brew. Lemons and ripe banana followed by a touch of spices. The sweet wheat taste is simply unbelievable as this brew has a world class taste from start to finish.

M - Smooth and delicious. Medium in body. Very clean tasting and easy to drink. Solid carbonation.

O - This continues on a long list of excellent Hefeweizens I've experienced. One of the best available anywhere in the world. I'll enjoy many more of these for sure. A must try for anyone looking for a top tier hefe.

Photo of Scotchboy
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a Snake River pint glass. Looks like I need some wheat beer glassware.

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange/yellow, with an enormous foamy white head.

S: Banana, clove and spices, wheat and sweet bread, some bubble gum, and a creamy/lactose aroma.

T: Follows the nose, spicy banana and wheat bread, sweet malty characters and yeast esters.

MF: Smooth, wet, lighter medium body, good medium carbonaion. Touches of lingering tartness.

O: An excellent heff, no wonder this beer is rated so high. It should be the flagship beer for the style; consistent, simple, and uber-drinkable. Recommended.

Photo of jimiboi
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

consumed at room temp (cold aussie spring night, approx 20degC).

Poured into a stein, produced large head, which over time reduced to think foam, leaving light lacing initially. Liquid is cloudy butterscotch.

Smell is bready, with tropical fruit, maybe some orange peel in the mix.

Taste is malty and delicious, very bready.

Mouthfeel - Highly recommend consuming at room temp only, as it's well carbonated, so this serves to make it a smooth drink. Very creamy mouthfeel...mmm.

Overall, this beer is thick and heavenly, definitely a go-to beer if you're having a german-themed night. I love this beer.

Photo of Mako82
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

A - Dark golden in color, white hue fairly cloudy, foamy long lasting white head
S - Strong floral aroma, hints of clove, nice smell of malts
T - Nice taste of malts, taste the floral type smell along with clove lasting into the aftertaste, slight chaulky taste, slightly bitter at the end
M - Medium carbonation, medium body

Definitely a beer I recommend and lookout for whenever I am out and about. Also pretty cool that its the oldest active brewery.

Photo of olimpia84
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served the 16.9oz bottle into my Weizen glass. Very elegant bottle and presentation with the Weihenstephaner logo on the front and some gold motifs. This is true with all the products from said brewery (with different colors in the different styles) but I thought I'd mention it because I love their bottles. Now, onto the review:

A: golden cloudy body with a three finger foamy and puffy white head. Looks delicious. Some bubbles rise up to the head in the body. Decent retention and some lacing is present.

S: this beer welcomes you with a very nice banana aroma along with wheat and yeast with some sweet notes. Some citrus present as well. Complex but excellent.

T: follows the nose for the most part with a nice introductory banana taste and then turns into a solid wheat flavor. Ends with a touch of citrus and spicyness. In a way, this taste is typical of a lot of the German Hefes but this beer does its job incredibly well...yum!

M: medium body, medium carbonation, very smooth while drinking it.

O: one of the best Hefes out there, I highly recommend this beer. In fact, it's one of my favorite beers and it's a regular on my fridge because it's THAT good. Excellent presentation, the appearance and the smell alone make your mouth water and invite you palate to drink it and once you do it you're left with a complex, yet pleasant, combination of flavors and aromas that leave wanting for more.

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

Batch 3211 - ended up with a bottle of this because my wife wanted to make the Sean Paxton injera bread recipe. Apparently 3211 means May 13th 2011? Served in a weizen glass.

A - Voluminous creamy white foam that event settles to a thick cap and a few fingers of lace. Hazy golden peach body.

S - Wheat, weizen yeast, bananas, cloves, faint bubblegum, stone fruits. More understated in the clove department than I remembered. Pretty much reference quality for the style.

T - Taste has a bit more clove, unmalted wheat, some pale malt sweetness, yeast and bread, and a bit of banana in the periphery.

M - Grainy medium body, pleasant carbonation, lightly sticky finish, clean aftertaste. Pretty refreshing stuff.

D - It's a classic, reference-quality hefeweizen. I think I'd score it a bit higher if we got fresher stock, but unfortunately that's not the easiest thing to do around here. Still, a great beer for extended session, beer gardens, etc.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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