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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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6,199 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,199
Reviews: 2,232
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 467
Gots: 561 | FT: 13
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 01-22-2001)
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jizdepski

Louisiana

5/5  rDev +13.4%

poured into room temperature pint glass from a less than cold bottle. appearance is a cloudy orange color, with a good rocky and sticky collar. head dissipates and leaves a white ring hugging edge of glass. a very attractive beer indeed. smells of citrus, malts, and german yeast. taste follows nose nicely. excellent flavor here. has a light citrus bite accompanied by bready yeastiness and wheat up front. becomes more mild in the middle with a bit of sweet banana taste, some spice, with a steadying malt base. a little bit of grassy hoppiness underneath to balance it out. excellent mild bitterness on finish. the mouthfeel is superb; delicate carbonation, medium body, and a creamy consistency. drinkability on this hefe is through the roof. my favorite german hefeweizen i have had. excellent on every level.

11-23-2009 06:42:14 | More by jizdepski
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured from 500ml bottle into Weizen glass.

A - Pours a mirky golden-yellow with a white frothy head that disipitates into a small white cap and a ring around the edge of the glass. There's some evidence of some sticky lacing along the side of the glass.

S - Banana's, semi-sweet aroma, some spicy notes in there as well. I've had some Hefe's that are too sweet and some that are too bland, this one falls directly in the middle. Not overly sweet while not being too boring.

T - Banana's, nutmeg, some sweetness, wheat, and spices. Very balanced and smooth. Nothing over the top, very much a straight forward Hefe that's at the top of it's game. A nice spicey/sweet finish.

M - Light bodied, frothy carbonation, refreshing and smooth.

D - A stellar Hefe that deserves to be at the top of the list. Live Oak is a better beer, but this one is much easier to come by and probably my go-to Hefe.

11-22-2009 03:38:49 | More by Sean9689
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

500ml bottle, poured into a Los Gatos Brewing wheat beer glass. Bottle code is 3339. Swirled the yeast at the bottom of the bottle to include in the pour.

A - Beautiful, hazy straw gold color with a pillowy three fingers of foam with good shape retention that holds itself over the top rim of the glass. Head has good retention but finally fades to about a 1/4" and stays with the beer thru the glass.

S - Good, spicy aroma...full of cloves and banana, sweet overall aroma, a little bit of light citrus and a touch of bubble gum. All blend together well, nothing overpowers any of the other aromas.

T - Very smooth flavors. Good wheat character, some cloves up front, bananas there too. No real hop character, but a nice balancing bitterness - almost not noticeable, except for the complete balance it creates in the beer. Spicy, but not over the top...a little bit subdued and blended nicely overall. Very enjoyable wheat beer.

M - On the thin side, as most Hefe's are. Plenty of carbonation, but not as much as many examples of this style. Beer is quite lively, but not overly prickly on the tongue - smoother and quite nice feel.

D - On a hot summer day, is there anything better than a good wheat beer? Well, even on a cold fall night, this is still a great wheat beer and a nice drinking companion. This goes down really smooth and easy - great as a before dinner beer or with some light cheeses. Really nice by itself too, could drink this one all day long.

11-21-2009 23:02:22 | More by portia99
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ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%

Thanks to Bobsy for sending me this beer in a recent trade.

The beer is pale yellow color, veiled as it is expected from Hefeweizen. The head is clean white color and cloudy looking. The aroma is cloves with banana. Very well balance smell. On the taste side, I get cloves with some banana bread. Extremely well balanced. Nothing is over powering, it's just perfect. Medium body and carbonation is felt in the mouth, not bad for the taste. Almost no bitterness. An easy drinker that makes you want more right now!

11-19-2009 02:54:09 | More by ZorPrime
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womencantsail

California

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

A: The pour is a hazy pale golden color with a fluffy white head that sits atop. There isn't much lacing, but some nice carbonation.

S: The smell is primarily clove and banana. There are also some nice bread/doughy notes.

T: The taste follows the nose. An excellent spice and fruit characteristic which I love about Bavarian Hefeweizens. There is also a nice yeasty component.

M: The carbonation is quite pleasant and tingles a bit. The body is medium.

D: This is what I think of when I hear Hefeweizen, not the stuff American breweries market as a Hefeweizen. A delicious and easy drinking beer.

11-15-2009 00:11:46 | More by womencantsail
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.9/5  rDev +11.1%

Beer served on tap at a local bar, served as 0.5L in a Weihenstephaner wheat beer glass, love the extra touches. Beer is cloudy, yellow, and has a great big white head of tiny bubbles, carbonation aggressive and full.

Fruity / ester smell, sweet smelling but not the kind of malt sweetness you may get from a bock, just nice and sweet.

Beer is beautiful. Clean, smooth, good body, not too thick not too thin, I could drink this all day long. Beer is a little sweet, not from alcohol or malt, hard to pin down what is causing the sweetness. Beer is wet, not dry at all. Finishes cleanly. An excellent excellent beer. One of my current favorites.

11-13-2009 20:05:07 | More by drabmuh
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trbergman

Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +10.7%

500mL bottle poured into a pils glass.

A - Cloudy yellow-gold with very active, fine-bubbled carbonation and two fingers of creamy white head.

S - Very aromatic with lots of clove up front and some banana not far behind.

T - Banana is much more prominent on the palate, with both a creamy sweetness and a pleasant wheaty twang. After the initial banana onslaught there's a gentle spiciness, with the expected clove present, but also a hint of cardamom. Upon pouring the remainder of the yeast, there's also a slight nutty quality.

M - Very smooth and creamy, with medium body.

D - Endlessly quaffable, this beer is a little too big to be a proper session beer, but I could easily put away a few of these without much trouble. Not only is Weihenstephaner Hefe a refreshing summer beer, its gentle spiciness makes it a worthy alternative to the winter seasonals now hitting the shelves.

11-11-2009 04:53:16 | More by trbergman
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californiakulak

California

4/5  rDev -9.3%

Poured into a Firestone pint glass.

A. Pours a very hazy golden color. It is quite cloudy, as it should be. A very bright white head. Fades fairly quickly.

S. It smelled of cloves and other spices. A strong banana bread aroma, which I always seem to smell in hefs.

T. Possibly because of the smell, I taste banana. I also taste yeast and wheat. Very pleasant taste.

M. It leaves a light aftertaste. It has good carbonation as well. Very creamy and refreshing.

D. Very good on a Summer day. Good representation of the style. I will most definately pick up some more when in the mood for wheat beer.

11-11-2009 03:00:42 | More by californiakulak
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.85/5  rDev +10%

500 ml bottle poured into a Sprecher Weiss glass. 2179 on back, 5.4% ABV, Store dark and keep cool 46 degrees - 52 degrees, Ale.

A - Hazy light straw yellow that's populated by bubbles escaping to a dense white head. Perfectally formed and retained eternally, it's a brilliant snow-cap on top of a delicious mountain of beer. Lots of thick, clumpy lacing on the way down.

S - This hefe has the perfect aroma. A nice crisp wheat nose surrounded by supple spicy esters from the yeast, a mellow fruity banana, and fresh bubble gum. Enticing in every way.

T - Absolutely delicious soft wheat that's as fresh as can be with a yeasty spice flavor that hints at the myriad of flavors rather than beating you over the head with them. The banana is there with a bit of fruity bubblegum and soft notes of earthy clay.

M - Mellow on the carbonation allowing it to open up flavor-wise and be soft and smooth. Lighter-bodied, it's a great feeling beer.

D - I could drink this all summer long (if it was summer). A fantastic beer packed with nuances and a great feeling to boot! Refreshing and delicious, it's a perfect example of the style!

11-08-2009 22:38:07 | More by BeerFMAndy
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WCBCFrank

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -5.2%

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier pours a golden murky yellow in a tulip glass with a big fluffy head - nice lacing. Lots of citrus and some yeasty deliciousness, crisp bitter aftertaste. A truly refreshing beer, great for seafood or nachos. One of my favorites.

11-05-2009 21:09:47 | More by WCBCFrank
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brystmar

Texas

3.73/5  rDev -15.4%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tall hefe glass.

Pours a beautifully cloudy, orange color with plenty of fluffy head. A solid amount of lacing remains on the glass after drinking.

Smells like wheat, yeast, and a little bit of banana.

Very smooth taste with malty sweetness, traditional wheat, a hint of banana, and mild hops, but I was really expecting more here. The aftertaste feels like it was watered down and leaves me longing for something more. This is far from being a bad hefe, but it's clearly inferior to the offerings from style-leaders Paulaner and Augustiner IMO.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. Best part of this beer.

Drinkability is high due to its relatively light taste and fabulous mouthfeel. I could see myself sessioning this brew.

A good hefe all in all, but it doesn't live up to the rave reviews here. Paulaner's hefe still reigns supreme as the best universally available weissbier.

11-05-2009 03:32:04 | More by brystmar
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EStreet20

New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +6.1%

12 ounce bottle poured "mit hefe" into a weizen glass.

A - Two fingers plus of fluffy show white head. As usual the wheat helps a big head form and stay atop the cloudy golden brew. In a weizen glass with a good swirled yeast pour, this beer is exactly what a hefeweizen should look like.

S - Yeasty smell with a nice nutty tone. Tiny bit of banana and spice in there as well,

T - A very easy going, refreshing flavor with just enough of a clove flavor coming over some nice slightly fruity sweetness. A bit of banana and tiny hint of bubblegum come through as well before the brew finishes with a tart subtle bite.

M - Very smooth, fairly creamy yet light feel with just the right kiss of carbontation.

D - Bring on more. A perfectly balanced hefe that has the banana and spice flavors but remains refeshing enough in flavor to make an excellent session brew.

11-03-2009 04:39:21 | More by EStreet20
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nomomentwasted

Oregon

4.55/5  rDev +3.2%

Had this out of the bottle, poured into a pint glass. Wished I had more of it after I was finished . . . much more of it.

Appearance: Don't know if it could have been more hefeweizen than it poured. Cloudy gold color with fluffy white head that billowed nicely as she poured. Head retention was very solid at about an inch above surface level, and laced decently. Inviting, that's for sure.

Smell: Yum. The traditional wheaty, fresh banana and clove hef nose are definitely present here. Sweet, but not quite bubble gummy, and just altogether very indicative of the style. Then again, this is one of the oldest renditions, shouldn't be too surprised.

Taste: Wow. After having several decent Hefs recently, this certainly shows how tasty and refreshing a good Hef is. Sweet malts accompanied by slight hops in a wheaty balance that is just so inviting on a warm evening. Taste becomes a little more banana and clove rather than sweet as it opens up a bit, but still very, very refreshing and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and carbonated perfectly. Just awesome carbonation level, that's for sure. The homebrewed Hef my housemates and I brewed recently is slightly overcarbonated, and it takes a tad away from the end result. This, on the other hand, is just right. Tasty.

Drinkability: High, but not immense. Man, I love a good Hef. So refreshing and delectable, I'm rarely in a mood where Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier doesn't sound awesome. Super pleasant, and worthy top 100 beer beyond a shadow of a doubt.

10-31-2009 02:14:54 | More by nomomentwasted
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berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev -2.5%

A: Poured with a nice large, white frothy head that hung around for quite awhile and left excellent lacing behind. Body was cloudy, almost murky, and a dark orange color.

S: Great aroma of lemon, orange, light yeast, wheat, and pepper. Lots going on here.

T: Nice flavor of wheat, citrus, and spices... the pepper in particular is quite prevalent (say that three times fast). Short duration, which is normal for a hefeweizen.

M: Medium-bodied and quite creamy, with average carbonation.

D: Hell yeah it's drinkable. You could put these back all night and never get sick of them. An excellent hefeweizen, and a damned good session beer.

10-30-2009 17:56:50 | More by berley31
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.5/5  rDev +2%

Had this at Rattle n' Hum out of a Pilsner

A: Poured a 2.5 finger white fluffy fine head with outstanding retention. Brew was a cloudy grapefruit color. Lacing was unbelievably thick and blotchy and web-like.

S: Sweet sugar, wheat, cloves, orange or other strong citrus character.

T: Malty and bready with a hint of citrus. Brew develops into a certain earthy floweriness. I could taste the cloves, and fresh floral esthers towards the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied. Incredibly smooth. Finishes wet and clean and coarse and goes down so easy.

D: I could have this all night long. So complex and tasty without being overwhelming. Easy on the palate and yet so intriguing.

10-27-2009 22:05:49 | More by SpeedwayJim
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MrIncognito

Virginia

4.28/5  rDev -2.9%

A - Very hazy and muddy golden orange with brown hues. Big, fluffy, and sticky white had that retains well and leaves awesome lacing.

S - Yeasty with wheat and malt breadiness. Nice clove aroma with just a hint of lemon peel in the background. Not much banana in this.

T&M - Big clove bite with lemon zing in the end. Nice and yeasty leading to a wheat bread taste with the malts. Malts are slightly sweet. Medium carbonation keeps this smooth yet crisp and dry on the tongue. Great spiciness in here.

D - I want to drink this all night. I love a good hefeweissen. Smells, tastes, and feels great without any overpowering flavors.

10-26-2009 15:21:18 | More by MrIncognito
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RuudJH

Netherlands

4.7/5  rDev +6.6%

Premium Bavaricum Hefe Weissbier. I never have paid much attention to it before, but I wanted to try it now.
Reading some comments here upfront, I'm curious too.

Looks good smells good tastes good.
Orange-yellow glow to this beer, massive carbonation, great lacing too.
Fresh smell of hops, bread, banana and citrus, orange and lemon. Also, like a good wheat beer, it's spicy, with a bit of pepper, cloves, koriander...
Similar taste, but stronger. Complex and balanced. Very refreshing.

The carbonation is maybe a bit too much (unless it's summertime), but the mouthfeel is outstanding nevertheless. This is pretty drinkable indeed.

It's a pitty I never discovered this beer before. It is a great treat on warm summerevenings. I'm glad I found it now.
Easily the best, not only of german hefeweizen, but of all wheat beers everywhere, in my experience.
Recommended.

10-25-2009 15:55:42 | More by RuudJH
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Vengeance526

Louisiana

4.13/5  rDev -6.3%

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a lively white head that holds up extremely well and leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell reveals a lot of wheat and cloves upfront with a noticeable fruity aroma toward the end. A very prominent aroma that is quite pleasing and really gets me psyched for tasting.

Taste hits immediately with fresh banana and cloves with wheat in the background and a hint of honey towards the finish. A little bit of citrus can also be detected.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A top of the line hefe. Obviously great for a hot day but this is one I can enjoy year round.

10-23-2009 06:03:26 | More by Vengeance526
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cptierney

California

4.55/5  rDev +3.2%

Poured slowly and slightly agitated into the appropriate .5l Weihenstephaner hefe glass. A beautiful sight if ever there was one.

An earlier reviewer mentioned a banana bread smell. I think this is appropriate, as there isn't an overwhelming hit of banana to this bouquet, just a mild hint. There are some peppery spices in the mix with clove being the most prominent.

What a gorgeous beer. The glass accentuate the four fingers of fluffy white head that sit atop a base of golden wheat. There are many trails of carbonation making the long traverse from bottom to top, making for a moving image.

American hefe's eat your heart out. This is wheat beer nirvana. The spice in this beer is incredibly balanced, the clove I smelled is there along with some trilling bitter notes from a minimal hop profile. The banana esters are really minimal and this beer stands as an excellent example of the less is more philosophy of the German purity law.

There is not a better mouthfeel in the hefe world, hence the perfect 5. There is a thickness to this brew, that the wheat provides, that makes it a much more palatable summer companion than its american counterparts. Mix this with fantastic carbonation and you have a great brew.

No issues with drinkability, it practically demands that you have another. A real cultural treasure to the nation of Germany and a welcome cultural visitor here in the states. I really need to start reviewing some bad beers.

10-22-2009 23:30:33 | More by cptierney
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jamescain

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +2%

They brewery has had a thousand years to prefect their brew so it had better be good, right? Well they didn't disappoint with this one. I've had it two different ways, from the bottle and from the tap. I prefer the bottle, which is the more German way to serve a hefe-weissen, just make sure you use the proper glass.

The beer pours great, a clear orange-yellow at first, then shake the bottle and continue pouring and it becomes a cloudy orange-yellow with about an inch and a half of thick white head up to the rim of the glass.

The smell is pretty strong, which is how most hefes are. The first smell is cloves and malts with a mild spiciness and hints of lemon.

This beer is very earthy. There is minimal hop character and a strong malty character, which is balanced with the sweetness of the wheat. It is a great beer to drink in a biergarten in the summer because it has a nice amount of carbonation to give it a refreshing finish to it.

One of the best hefe-weissens I've ever had, I definitely recommend one for a hot summer day.

(note: don't ever drink a hefe with a lemon or an orange slice on the glass, drink it like a real German)

Here's to a thousand years of brewing and I hope there will be many more after that.

10-21-2009 23:06:48 | More by jamescain
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bound4er

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev -5.9%

Date code of 2179.

A: Cloudy straw color with a fluffy white head and minor amounts of lacing.

S: Smells good - I was expecting a big hit of banana but instead was greeted with clove, wheat, light banana, and some citrus.

T: Similar to the smell - clove, lemon, grain and a nice lingering, slightly bitter charcoal-like finish. Well constructed stuff.

M: What sets this beer apart from other hefes is it smoothness and overall feel. Hard to put into words - this beer is just a pleasure to drink.

D: High. I will have this in my fridge (along with Dancing Man) during the summer months.

10-21-2009 00:58:48 | More by bound4er
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DerBayer

Germany

4.5/5  rDev +2%

Pours a cloudy gold with a beautiful orange tinge and rich creamy thick head in perfect white

Smell is banana bread and clove with faint citrussy freshness and fresh grass.

Tastes like a grainy fruit loaf with spice - sehr gut!

The mothfeel is creamy yet refreshing with decent carbonation.

This is the Masstab of the style.

10-20-2009 22:18:09 | More by DerBayer
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +6.6%

Back to the classics here. Brilliant on tap and still exceptional in the 500ml bottle.

Appearance is that of a typical hefe: golden and opaque, with a light head encircling the glass.

Nose is of wheat, honey, banana and fresh spices.

Taste is exceptionally smooth and terrifically quaffable. Banana, clove and just a little bit of bitterness to the finish, but very rounded.

Mouthfeel is slightly, thin, creamy, with tart carbonation. A great summer quaffer.

A classic hefeweisse, with a lovely crisp finish. Great as a sessional at any time of year, but truly tastes best on a summer patio.

10-19-2009 22:53:33 | More by JohnnyBarman
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VikeMan

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Weizen glass.

This review is a little different. I previously reviewed Franziskaner and wanted to do a head to head with Weihenstephaner. So my buddy Timster and I sampled both side by side. I'll skip the usual stuff...my previous review of Franziskaner still stands, and in fact also fits the Weihenstephaner very nicely. After much back and forth, both tasting-wise and discussion-wise, we only agreed on two differences...

1) The Franziskaner had a slightly 'crisper' finish, perhaps due to a tiny bit of difference in carbonation. The Weihenstephaner's finish was a little smoother/rounder. This was very subtle and we could not agree on which was preferable.
2) The Weihenstephaner had just a tiny bit more clove in the taste. Again, we could not agree on which was preferred.

Other differences were both too subtle and fleeting for us to agree upon in any way. That includes the ABV difference of about 0.4%, which was surprisingly not at all obvious in the smell or taste.

So which is the better hefe? I'm calling it a push. I would probably make any future purchasing decisions between these two based on price and/or freshness.

10-18-2009 21:21:04 | More by VikeMan
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WeedKing4

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -17.7%

Pours a hazy gold colour, with a large amount of carbination. The taste of very sweet fruits runs through out this beer. Hints of bananas as well. Its a little too citrusy though. Its very hard to drink two or more of these. A decent beer overall, but its definately overrated.

10-16-2009 02:49:46 | More by WeedKing4
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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