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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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6,293 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,293
Reviews: 2,239
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 479
Gots: 602 | FT: 13
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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 JamisonM
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured into a tall wheat glass from 12 oz bottle with yeast of course

A: light copper golden color with a nice head that sticks with you
a ton of carbonation too

S: its alive and kickin this beer smell is great! spice and citrus abound! slight banana with a yeasty dough quality.

T: Citrus Spice and banana on the back end the spice and citrus hit me first the banana comes after that and is not as pronounced but its there to be sure.

M: for this type of brew the carbonation is just right its got a light mouthfeel and you could session this easy

D: oh yea drinkable it is! knocking back 3 or 4 of these would not be hard they go down fast and taste damn good!

overall: the best Hefe I have ever drank.

JamisonM, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of keithmurray
4.97/5  rDev +12.7%

Beer poured a hazy orange color, got about a half inch of head. The smell was vibrant, mainly of spice and citrus. Tasted even better than it smelled, high amount of citrus flavor that lingered on the tongue well after swallowing, which was very very appealing. I could drink several of these especially on a hot summers day. I need to seek out more for my personal consumption

keithmurray, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%

A- Big pillowy white head stands out over the glass. Unfortunately it doesnt stay massive for very long. The beer is a sexy deep yellow. Totally hazed over.

S- Good, but sort of faint. Lots of banana, bubblegum, clove and spicy wheat.

T- Really really good. Banana bread, bubblegum sweetness, with a slight lemony hop finish. Well balanced and nice.

M- Medium body, fluffy, dry and crisp finish.

D- Such a great classic summer beer. This is making me wish I were sitting in a bier garten right now.

MbpBugeye, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of Ralphus
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%

I have enjoyed the Weihenstephaner Dunkel since I found it in the fall. It's become my go to beer after a tough evening of sports as it's incredibly quaffable. So I was quite happy to see the regular Hefeweiss on the shelves and give it a go.

It poured *beautifully*. A golden cloudy golden hue with a big poofy wipped egg white head that stuck around for a while. Excellent stuff. The smell is big on this one. Banana, cloves and fruit are prominent and the taste has even more volume. Loads of fruit, bananas, melons and god knows what else. It's enjoyable and like their dunkel it swims down your throat. Drinkability is high thanks to a near perfect mouthfeel.

My only slight complaint is that this beer is fairly sweet. There are moments when I think it's too sweet for my tastes.

Ralphus, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of epicness
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

A - Pretty unrelated to the actual appearance to the beer, but I really like how the bottle looks and I like the cap also. It'll make a nice addition to my collection. Hazy golden orange color. Huge creamy 3 finger head. Bubbles are cascading up heavily so this beer should have some high carbonation. Head dissipated rather quickly and left no lacing at all.

S - The smell is powerful with citrus. Orange to be a bit more specific. Coriander is also present in the smell. I also smell hints of banana and spice. Kind of a bready smell. A really nice smell, minus the spice which I'm not huge on.

T - Mmmm, Banana and citrus dominate the taste. Hardly any of that spice I smelled actually made it's way to the tastebuds which I'm happy about. The sweet banana/citrus taste goes away very quickly and leaves a bitter taste in the back although that goes away as quickly as the sweet taste. Little to no aftertaste is left behind which is no problem to much, just makes me want more.

M - I felt it would be a little bit more carbonated than it was due to all the bubbles. Don't get me wrong this is a highly carbonated beer, but I thought it would be to the point where it was almost like a Pepsi or something. Medium-bodied which I wasn't expecting due to the minimal lacing/head. I figured this beer would be almost watery.

D - Very drinkable beer. More of a summer beer than anything. Still great at any time of year though. Definitely would recommend this to friends.

epicness, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of sunrisesolara
4.5/5  rDev +2%

.5L emptied into a Weizen.

A: Pours a cloudy gold with a creamy 3-finger white head, good retention. Perfect, sticky lacing throughout.

S: Spiked citrus mixed with wheat and malt, soft cloves and hops, overripe fruit as the beer warms.

M: Creamy smooth with a touch too much carbonation.

T: Light bananas and cloves give way to smooth wheat and malt. Just enough hops to give presence. Yeasty, fruity aftertaste.

D: My first and favorite Weizen. All others of the style must refer to this one for me. Perfect for an early summer afternoon.

sunrisesolara, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of Brez07
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%

500ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass

A: Pours a beautiful hazy light tangerine color with a 2 finger head. The carbonation is visible as I watch bubbles cascade upward

S: Banana, orange, spice and some yeast. Very nice, makes me think of summer

T: Follows the smell exactly. The banana/orange combo blends very nicely with the spice to get that quintessential hefeweizen taste

M: Perfect for the style. Carbonated nicely. Very refreshing. Briefly coats the tongue before departing just in time for the next sip

D: I could drink this all day. Not sure why I waited so long to try this one, but it will be a regular during the summer months. Great tasting and full of flavor for a lower ABV

Brez07, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of djbreezy
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%

appearance - pours with a huge foamy head, looks like a beer commercial. golden in color.

smell - nose has banana, wheat, yeast tones, clove

taste - the banana is a bit subdued, clove is more prominent, some complexity here, some wheat

mouthfeel - light to light medium, some carbonation in the finish

drinkability - fairly easy to get through, a bit bubbly

djbreezy, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%

20oz pint, on-tap at BeerBistro. An awesome find on the last leg of a multi-year business trip to T-dot.

This beer appears a cloudy, pale golden yellow hue, with two fingers of tightly foamy, somewhat creamy dirty white head, which leaves a slightly pocked, but otherwise sheer veil of painted lace around the glass in its lazy wake.

It smells quite pleasantly of the usual suspects - banana chips, semi-sweet clove, subtle yeast, and breakfast cereal wheat grain. The taste is rather sweet wheaty, grainy malt, bruised banana, middling clove, and a bit of yeast. So simple, and yet so perfect.

The carbonation is equitably moderate, the body duly smooth, fruity, and medium weight, all in approachable measures. It finishes off-dry, clean, and redolent of all things just mentioned.

Quite a refreshing, world-class quaff after a day of traveling across this broad country of ours. All the typical points are hit here, heavily, yet not over the top at the same rate, I might add, resulting in a very enjoyable and drinkable progenitor of the style.

biboergosum, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of mike130
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours a nice cloudy, dark orange-yellow. Nice 3-finger head with good retention, but not a lot of lacing. Can see a bit of carbonation coming up, but not much. Looks pretty damn good.

Smells very nice - typical hefe flavors, but done right. Estery banana, a bit of citrus and quite a bit of wheat. Taste pretty much follows from the smell - quite wheaty, but the banana is definitely there. Tastes pretty much like you'd expect a hefeweizen to taste, but it's just so well balanced - banana is the most recognizable fruit here, but the wheat also really adds a whole lot. A bit of orangey flavors come out near the end - very mild hops to balance it out. Excellent taste.

The mouthfeel is a tad too carbonated for my tastes, but still great. Leaves a wheat flavor in your mouth - delish. Extremely drinkable, could easily have a few of these on a sunny day, but it really could be adapted to pretty much any situation. In the UK, widely available and at a very reasonable price, possibly one of the easiest to obtain world-class beers. Do not miss out on this one.

mike130, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of RayenK
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%

500ml bottle invert-poured into a Weihenstephaner weisen glass.
Purchased at Parti-Pak liquors in Indianapolis, IN.

A: Very hazy straw-gold. Almost honey-like in color and haze. Tons of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. White creamy head, about 2 and a half fingers high. Good retention and easily stirred back up with a swirl.

A: Sweet bread-like smell. Reminds me of cake or cookies. A nice hint of flowers, citrus, coriander as well.

T: Sweet, lemony/citrusy, coriander, sweet wheat flavor. Lots of goodness here. Mild bitterness in back but very little aftertaste.

M: Mid-bodied (much heavier than I expected, but surprisingly good). Smooth and effervescent. The carbonation is great.

D: Extremely drinkable. I could see myself drinking this all summer long.
I am just venturing out of my favorite territories (stouts and IPA's) so I don't have a great deal to compare this with but a trusted friend told me it was the best specimen of the breed, and I'm inclined to believe him.

RayenK, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of Wisconsinality
4.5/5  rDev +2%

A- Pours a great looking hazy golden straw color with about a finger and a half worth of head. The head recedes slowly leaving minimal lacing on the side of the glass but leaves a nice cap on the beer the whole time.

S- A nice array of yeast with some wheat and some coriander in there also. There also a little bit of orange and some lemon in there as well. A very good smelling beer.

T- The wheat is pretty prevalent to go along with a little spice and some coriander. A little yeast on the tail end adds a nice smooth touch of sweetness to it. This is one refreshing beer that is very well balanced .

M- Smooth. The carbonation adds a nice spriteness to it that would make this perfect for a warm summer day. It almost has a creamy texture to it that makes it a solid medium body.

D- The flavors are pronounced but not overpowering. The smooth texture makes this beer go down very easy. Try this if you get a chance and you won't be disappointed. Great for summer or on any occasion for easy sipping.

Wisconsinality, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of sisuspeed
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured into a Harpoon weizen glass. Nice, thick, foamy white head on top of a cloudy orange-wheat body. Some lacing left behind.

Orange citrus, mixed with wheat and sweet malts on the nose. Coriander and some spicier hops come through as well. Very refreshing. Orange peels.

The flavor starts off with a nice wave of juicy oranges, followed by somewhat peppery hops and spice. Sweet malts linger in the background. Reminds me a bit of a lighter orange sherbet. Some nuttiness as well and at times slightly bitter like an orange peel.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. This beer has a decent body, but is a bit overcarbonated in my opinion. Spices and hops add some peppery qualities to the body.

Drinkability is also good. Low ABV and lots of flavor make this a very enjoyable beer to drink. The orangy sweetness and carbonation cut down on the drinkability a little bit for me. But overall, it is easy to finish a bottle of this.

In short, this is a pretty awesome Hefe, probably the best I have ever had. Lots of flavor and a strong aroma. Looks great too. Nothing is really mind blowing, but the beer is well crafted and a great example of the style. I'll definitely have to pick up a few more of these for the Summer.

sisuspeed, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of abuliarose
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured into a weizen glass, revealing hazy golden body with lively bubbling into a tall white head. Some lacing. Very pretty. Smells sweet like hayfields and wild honey with a little breadiness, almost like a saison.

Tastes light and well-carbonated with a delicate sweetness. Nice smooth wheat flavor comes through, with a hint of citrus and a gentle cleansing bitterness right at the end. Carbonation is a little more tingly than creamy, otherwise it's quite refreshing. Light-bodied with a smooth, watery mouthfeel. Totally drinkable.

If I could pick a session beer to enjoy exclusively in the summer for the rest of my life, this might be the one. The saison-like fragrant character really melts my heart. This is the best hefeweizen I've had yet.

abuliarose, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of zoso493
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a weissen glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pale yellow that is very hazy for how light the color is. It's crowned by a massive four-finger head that takes an eternity to dissipate.

Smell: The nose is not as powerful as one might expect, but it has all the standard hefeweizen characteristics to it. There is the traditional strain of yeast along with clove, some spices and a very pleasant scent of banana.

Taste: What a fantastic beer. This is, for me, the epitome of the style. It's got everything you'd want in a hefe, the perfect strain of yeast, the clove, the dry spiciness and of course the signature banana character. It's not hugely bold, but at 5.4% ABV, you can't expect too much more out of a brew.

Mouthfeel: Adequate mouthfeel to this one. It's a little bit on the thinner side of things since it's so highly carbonated, but I have no complaints.

Drinkability: This is very drinkable beer, especially in the summer months. It's light-bodied, low in ABV and very tasty, all of which make for a great session brew.

Overall, this is an excellent beer and a terrific example of the style. The flavors are so wonderfully wrapped together this one. This would make a great session beer during the summer and a pleasure to drink anytime.

zoso493, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of BeanBone
4.1/5  rDev -7%

Appearance: A thoroughly hazy golden-amber body that 's full of chunky particles. Up top, over three fingers of creamy whitish head that fade slowly and leave patchy lacing.

Aroma: Bananas, golden fruit, wheaty malt, mild spice, and just a hint of something a little sour.

Flavor: Up front, a traditional mix of cloves and banana-like yeast with some mild bitterness. Underneath, a toasty and wheat-like malt backbone keeps the traditional flavors coming. Everything is balanced well, with no aspect dominating. Cereal-grain malt and golden fruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with smooth medium carbonation. Crisp and somewhat drying in the finish.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable, this would be a welcome summer refresher.

Verdict: Here we have a solid Hefeweizen--it's simple and highly drinkable yet never boring. I personally prefer Paulaner's version of the style, but this is still a very solid start for someone ready to dive into German Hefeweizens.

BeanBone, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of bushbeer75
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%

16.9 oz brown bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner Weizen glass

Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier poured a cloudy red-gold color and produced a firm, big pure white head. Aroma is mostly of banana, and yeast with a hint of lemon. Taste is more of the same with a touch of cloves and mild spice finishing refreshing and flavorful. Mouth feel is slick, smooth and especially creamy with just the right amount of carbonation.

Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier is one well built Hefeweizen from the World's Oldest Brewery. It sure lives up to its reputation - What a session beer!

bushbeer75, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of ocmpoma
4.97/5  rDev +12.7%

Poured out a rich copper-gold-orange into my Schneider Weisse glass. Huge, fluffy white head on top that faded out to foam and film. Holding it up to the light, I can still barely see the silhouette of my hand behind it. Hard to knock this beer's appearance, it's almost picture-perfect. If the head had stuck around a bit longer, I would have given it a 5.

The nose is a big, musty-floral brush stroke. Orange zest and lemons hang out after the main flower scents fade. It's rich and complex. The taste follows form -- complex citrus and floral flavors in front of the musty malt-hop background. Rich and deeply flavorful.

The mouthfeel is hefeweiss-perfect: thick without being chewy, carbonated just enough to avoid a harshness on the tongue. One of the best mouthfeels of any non-stout I've ever had. And the drinkability goes up because of it -- it's such a pleasure to drink such a tasty, almost-creamy brew. One of the best beers I've ever had.

ocmpoma, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of gloriousglo2
4.72/5  rDev +7%

Had the audacity to drink this out of a 14oz Libby tumbler, 'cause that was what was clean today. Cloudy, smells like bananas, tastes like bananas, zippo aftertase. Big head. It costs $33/case here in Eastern PA, $31 for Corona, need I say more? You can get a four pack with one of those hugh, proper hef glasses for $16. Probably the best value in beerdom for the money by far....

gloriousglo2, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of Nezzy
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%

Appearance: Golden orange with some yellow in it and a white head. Decent lacing going through out the beer.

Smell: Nutty scent with sweet aromas like vanilla and citrus like orange.

Taste: So smooth and refreshing. The nutty flavors are interacting with the yeast and I can taste spices like cumin. Unlike others I've tried, the taste isn't overpowering and is more refreshing with a nice blend.

Mouthfeel: Light body and dissipates quickly. Taste lingers in the mouth but not in a bad way.

Drinkability: Hefeweizens are always a tricky style of beer and this one just nails it. Where as others can become too much, this one is light, refreshing and a great blend of flavors. Can drink a few in a night and is really top notch.

Nezzy, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
4.5/5  rDev +2%

A-cloudy golden yellow color with a thin pure white head. It is bubbly but lingers for quite some time. It has some stickiness as it dissipates clinging to the glass

S-the nose is quite robust and brings a lot of spicy clove up front, banana and bubblegum come in next with a nice compliment of bitter lemon.

T-the taste is pretty solid, there is less clove but still some spiciness from it that sticks throughout the beer. The banana becomes quite present and lingers a little. Some sweet esters and sour lemon rind round off the finish.

M-very smooth and creamy on the palate. Lighter body but very firm and highly carbonated but not burning. Crisp finish with a lingering sour lemon that doesn't want to quit but keeps the sweetness as it does.

D-easy drinking and great feel. Big flavors but a little lingering sour funk towards the finish.

cpetrone84, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of USSRNUKE9
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

Being admittedly a bit biased towards hefe, this is my all-time favorite brew. The lightness and crispness of it are second to none and the delicate balance of flavors are solidly pleasant time and again. I find myself coming back to this one, and still enjoying it like it was my first glass...

But onto why it's so good:
When pouring, the head bubbles out its golden body like a dream - it puffs and sticks to the side of the glass just full of creamy goodness. As it expands it sends out aromas of citrus, spice, and wheat; a slightly yeasty ether suspending it above the glass with an inviting, nearly nostalgic sensibility.

Upon drinking, one is greeted with a number of interesting tastes, mixed together as if by time itself to a delicate equilibrium - classic yet somehow striking in their balance. It's as if the flavors themselves have met in this place to remind you of the very roots of beer itself... Yet, throughout their visit they maintain a unique and distinctive character, wrapped as they are in gentle, fruity overtones, delicate spices, and their very own signature style and flavorings of wheat.

What follows after that first distinctive sip is a crisp sweetness, both refreshing and enjoyable themselves. A twinge bitterness bites casually through, hearkening back to its noble hefe roots - a reminder of just how far beer has come though both its glorious and inglorious past. The beer itself is almost honeyed, I might say, and, despite its crispness, the aftertaste also bears something of that honey stickiness just the same.

Let it settle a moment longer and another prominent aftertaste will come to light - a remarkable wheatiness which, like fresh-baked bread, will hover on your tongue before beckoning soon after for yet another delicious sip.

And so, refreshed as you are and with fond memories of your previous acquaintance in-mind, you're all but helpless to accept its generous offer... to once again enjoy the delicious musings of the many flavors in this wisened, olden brew as they amble agreeably, yet ever-so-slightly down the rings you draw upon the glass...

This is truly a Hefe for the ages...

USSRNUKE9, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of ChadQuest
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%

A:Pours a hazy golden yellow, with a big fluffy bone white head.

T&S:Yeasty, bready, grassy and lemon, then the banana boat pulls into port...huge smooth banana flavor coming in. If you think Hefe's are boring or bland grab one of these guys to set you straight.

M: crisp and creamy, a bit dry but does have some lingering notes.

D: alot. very drinkable like most any hefe's.

Best wheat beer i've had.

ChadQuest, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of BehindtheFinBrew
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%

12oz bottle to Pilsner
No freshness date

A: High carbonation elicited a 4-finger pearl white head on a slow pour. Retention was phenomenal with spotty white lace down the glass with the head eventually reducing to 1.5 fingers. Color was a hazy orange straw.

S: Wheat, coriander and citrus on the nose with nice fresh grassy hop.

T: Orange and lemon citrus with tons of wheat malt and grain. A sweet and floral hop finish but very light with very little residual bitterness. Characteristic wheat sweetness and some banana taste. Overall the flavor was crisp and clean.

M: Well carbonated which completed a well rounded mouth feel with the thickness of the wheat coating the palate.

D: Light and flavorful of low to medium body. A great beer for any time of the year.

This beer is true to style and a great example of it. It's my go to recommendation for Hefe's.

BehindtheFinBrew, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of Iloverasputin
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%

This beer is really good for its style, but I'm learning that hefeweizen is not really my favorite. So, I've rated this as high as I can for any hefeweizen. It pours a nice opaque blonde with a really nice substantial white head, it sticks to the glass. The smell was a little subdued imo. I did pick up some floral notes with a bit of banana as others have mentioned. The taste is a bit of clover spice, that turns into a bubblegum banana like flavor. The final after taste is a bit of yeast and sweet bread. Not really much in the way of hoppy bitterness. It seemed to me that there was quite a bit of carbonation in my mouth, a bit more than I prefer. But again, this is definitely the best hefeweizen that I've had. If you like wheat beers then this is an absolute must.

Iloverasputin, Feb 22, 2010
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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