Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 6,751
Reviews: 2,283
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.43%
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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 kingrob615
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pilsner glass, great head and aromas of wheat, yeast, and coriander.

complex flavors coming forth as you work your way down the glass. From fresh baked bread, with spice notes of nutmeg, and cinnamon, with fresh lemon peel. As it warms up banana qualities become more prevalent.

One of my favorite hefes, can have on any occasion, light and refreshing for hot days, and complex enough for night sipping.

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

Still trying to taste some of these classics.

Pours a very nice cloudy gold color with a very nice white head.

Aromas are of cloves, lemons, sugars, and, really faint hints of smoke.

Taste comes simple at first, but there are some complex flavors going on here. Light creaminess, slightly sweet, some lemons, cloves, and very faint banana. Finish is crisp and dry, mineral like, and there it is just like in the nose, a bit of smoke.

Mouthfeel is very full and smooth.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. I can really appreciate this one, even though this is a style that I don't usually care for. World class.

Photo of BelgiumBill
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I paid $1.79 for a single 12 oz bottle at Total Wine. The bottom of the back label had "1081" printed - not sure if that is a freshness date or lot number. There was some noticeable yeast in the bottle settled where the bottle lay.

When poured it produced a massive 3 inch lumpy almond white head that stuck all over the pint glass as it slowly receded. It was translucent orange blossom honey colored - beautiful for a hefe.

It smelled of wheat, coriander, and sweet malts.

The flavors were complex and varied. sweet maltiness comes through the wheat and spices such as coriander, nutmeg, and I think some celery seed. I served it at about 38 degrees - colder than recommended. As it warmed, I got more of the banana bread qualities. Are there any hops in this? I got hints of the hops at the very end of the finish.

Great mouthfeel. It had just the right carbonation that helped cleanse the palate in preparation for the next sip. It was clean, refreshing, and fuller bodied than typical hefe's.

This is world class, but I guess if you've been doing it for 1000 years you ought to have figured it out by now. Next time instead of buying a couple bottles, I'll be opting for the six-pack. Great summer beer.

If you have never had hefeweissen then you should try this, if you don't like it, dont bother trying any others. If you have had others and haven't been impressed, try this one and it will help you make up your mind on the style.

Photo of heysuz
3/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dry and pillowy like the tops of clouds, yellowish wheat color, cloudy which is expected for an unfiltered wheat beer.

Smell: Sweet citrus smell with sour mash mixed in behind, not a rich smell, rather simple without any complexity.

Taste: It tastes more like a Belgium tripel. It tastes weak and one dimensional; there is no body or depth to this beer. It tastes like a vitamin enriched Coor’s Light

Mouthfeel: Little oily coating, but overall not much of an impact one way or another.

Overall: I can see on a hot, muggy, summer day it could be refreshing but it’s the same as putting a lemon slice in a glass water, very little impact overall. Don’t see what all the hype is, personally we could not even finish the bottle, admittedly it was my first example of the style and if this representative of the style, I’m not a fan. Maybe it would be good on a hot summer day, but it’s not summer, not hot and not even day, it’s Saturday night and I wanted something with punch, so I drain poured it.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A bottle stamped with “The World’s Oldest Brewery:” as a lover of craft beer, how could I pass that up? Here we have Weihenstephaner’s Hefeweissbier, which is a classic not just because it’s ancient. As far as Hefes go, this is one of the heavy hitters. Mention Hefes and someone will probably bring up Weihenstephaner. And they’ve definitely earned that street cred – the brewery’s been operational for nearly 1000 years. Impressive, yes, but how does this beer stack up when under the scrutiny of modern tastes? Let’s find out…

A: A cloudy, unfiltered, glorious golden body. My pour, though quite unhurried, yields the biggest head I’ve seen in a long time. This beer is even foamier than Duvel, and that’s saying something! But it’s a healthy, organic foam, with a wonderful continuous showing of carbonation. Hell of a lot of lacing, too. Thick, bubbly, rich – a great start.

S: An incredibly phenolic nose. Clove and medical notes comprise the acidic showing, filling the senses until there’s no room for anything else…at first. Somehow, a hint of malt squeezes in, alongside some slight biscuity tones and the obligatory cherry-pear-banana-peach Hefe fruitiness. Still, the biggest scent is the lemony acid of the fermented yeast.

T: There’s one word that comes to mind when I take my first sip: “mature.” It’s monstrously easy to tell, through the mellow and balanced feel this beer has, that a lot of maturity went into the brewing process. Nearly a millennia of practice tends to produce some good results. Anyway, the first flavor specifically to hit is a lemony freshness – that acidic zest that I was expecting. The fruits that follow range from sweet and juicy to tart and puckering – apple, berry, pineapple, banana, grape. These are complex wheats like I’ve never had before. The back end isn’t dry or hoppy in any way; just bready. A calm aftertaste that really seals the deal on a Hefe palate that needs nothing more.

M: This is where my biggest concern is. It’s watery, plain and simple. Not watery like a Bud Light; watery like too thin for a palate this advanced. Colder, this beer would make so much more sense: the carb would be more noticeable and this wouldn’t be so much of a turn-off. As it stands now, though, with the beer warming to room temperature, the first discomfort becomes known. Not terrible, but it could have been so much more.

O: All mouthfeel problems aside, this is an impressively addictive Hefeweizen. Normally, I’m not a fan of said style, and tend to shy away from a second glass. Not here, though: Weihenstephaner really has its stuff figured out. I’ve heard it said before, and I’ll say it again myself: this is the world’s premiere Hefeweizen. No doubt about it. In fact, I’m adding this to my list of “On-tap Must-Haves,” so, from now on, I will check for this at every establishment I patronize. Can’t wait!

Photo of jman892
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy yellow with a big fluffy 2 finger head which hangs around for a long time

S - Spices and the sweet smell of dried bananas

T - Bready taste, with banana and clove characteristics. The clove spice is more upfront and the banana taste comes in to complement it.

M - Carbonation is really popping and there is a nice creamy mouthfeel

O - A great hefe, perfect for the summer months. Great drinkability, very refreshing and well rounded.

Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass on a hot day at low altitude.

A: Pours a hazy honey color with plenty of carbonation floating to the top. Four-finger white head with impressive retention and some nice lacing.

S: Unsurprisingly, wheat comes through the most prominently along with some malty notes.

T: Refreshingly light, but complex at the same time. Besides the wheat and malt up front, I get some light banana notes on the finish. Really delicious.

M: Light- to medium-bodied and thirst quenching, with enough carbonation to leave you looking for the next sip.

D: I couldn't ask for a better beer on a hot summer day. I would have no problem drinking a few of these every night for the rest of the summer...

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice light yellow color with a strong white head. the smell is slightly sweet with hints of banana and the wonderful yeasty spiciness you expect from this style. the taste is wonderfully melded together. the clove yeasty flavor and slight banana flavor compliment the beer rather than completely take it over. you can taste the malt base. the mouthfeel is well carbed and almost semisweet. this beer is not as dry as others, and i like it. overall this is the best heffeweizen I have had hands down.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Hefe glass.

A- Beautiful hazy body, extremely carbonated, four finger frothy off white head, beautiful lacing, yellow straw color, just a beautiful beer.
S- Really refreshing aroma, banana, clove, citrus upfront, hints of spice and slight breadiness.
T- Taste just as good as the smell, so refreshing, this is the perfect beer for a hot summer day. Sweet, slight breadiness, banana, clove, citrus, delicious.
M- Light mouthfeel, well carbonated, really smooth.
O- One of if not the best of its style. Extremely easy drinkability, so smooth and refreshing, love the fruity banana flavors, just a great beer, and one I will drinking for years to come.

Photo of codsmith
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours with a huge complete white head that dissipates in an adequate time period. Very cloudy with an orange yellowish tint.

S: The yeast really comes through with the perfect amount of banana and clove that really come through. Very clean and not overwhelming. The clove is a little more predominate than the banana

T: The clove and banana really come through not just in the smell, but the taste as well and in the same ratio of more clove than banana.

M: Nice and light. Very refreshing. Carbonation is perfect for this style.

O: By far the best Hefeweizen I've ever had. This should be the benchmark for all other beers in this category. I'm going to have to try and brew up something close to this... if I can.

Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Hefe pours out as a cloudy yellowish gold, the head was fluffy and white. There was a subtle banana aroma with hints of spice in the mix. The flavor of the beer was slightly sweet and had a little bit of a clove taste in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth and slick, there was a light carbonation. Overall this brew isn't too bad, it's worth trying.

Photo of TMoney2591
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a flared flute glass at Bauer's Brauhaus.

My final glass at the Brauhaus. It's been fun, but I've gotta get outta here sometime, right? Figured I'd go out on a note that's been advertised as a high one. It pours a hazy pale straw topped by a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises wheat, banana, very light, clove, black pepper, and lemon zest. The taste brings in more of the same, but with more black pepper and the addition of some light nutmeg. A nice current of orange zest comes in as well, tying everything together quite nicely. The body is a sorta hefty-leaning light, with a very light moderate carbonation, a lightly creamy feel, and a crisp finish. Overall, though this is not the best hefe I've ever had, it is damn close, and a damn fine beer all around. Good times.

Photo of Teleweizen2
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a pale hazy straw color. Big frothy white head with tightly packed bubbles. Not much lacing.

S - banana hits the nose first followed by a bit of spicy clove. Some bready malt sweetness backs up the big aroma provided by the yeast.

T - doughy malt intertwines with juicy fruit bubble gum sweetness. There is a bit of ripe banana in the middle followed by just a slight bit of bitterness for balance. Crisp, slightly sweet finish.

M - light bodied verging on medium. Bright zesty carbonation.

D - this is what a hefeweizen should taste like.

Photo of Tschnab
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since German beers have always been near and dear to my hear, it's time to finally try the number 1 ranked german beer on the site!

A- a nice deep golden hue, topped of with a thick and creamy pearl-white head.

S- lots of wheat, some sweetness, honey maybe? Also plenty of spice.

T- A nice, creamy mouthfeel leads to plenty of earthiness and yeast, mixed with wheat, spicy cloves, lots of bananas. It kind of reminds me of a nice slice of my granmother's banana bread.

O- This is a great beer and one of the best of its style I have ever had. Perfect for the warm weather. Prost!

Photo of Reaper16
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle served into a weissbier glass

Pours a very hazy combination of yellow and orange. It's light yellow around the edges of the glass, but there is a solid column of orange in the center. The strangest part is that these colors are distinct from each other, not blended in. Three fingers of dense, meringue-like head billow up, a mountain of small, fine bubbles. It laces like a dream. I can't imagine that the Hefeweizen style can look any better than this.

Everyone knows how a Hefeweizen is supposed to smell. It's supposed to have zippy wheat aroams. It's supposed to have estery yeast aromas of banana, bubblegum, and clove. It's supposed to have a little bit of lemon. Weihenstephaner has all of these things. Where it excels at is balancing the aromas. I've never had a Hefe that is as balanced as Weihenstephaner's offering. The lemony wheat provides a sturdy backbone for the yeast scents. Clove and banana compliment each other perfectly, with small undertones of bubblegum and a nearly medicinal phenolic (that is vaguely reminiscent of seaweed) smell working to round off the edges.

The taste is just as phenomenally balanced. All of the flavors are so well-balanced and so well-integrated that it tastes like one flavor (as opposed to numerous flavors overlapping). It's remarkable how well the clove and zippy malted wheat draw out the best in each other. Weihenstephaner delivers no unexpected flavor. What sets it apart, again, is the balance between everything. This is a remarkable, inspiring example of brewing. My one qualm with this beer is that the finish is too bready. The zippyness gives way to a wheat bread flavor that I wish weren't there. Flat finish aside, this is astonishing.

The mouthfeel is pretty lovely too. It's very thick, very creamy. When looking to nit-pick, I'd say it is too creamy. Some of the refreshing carbonation is lost. Still, it's a very satisfying mouthfeel. Overall, this is probably the best Hefeweizen I've ever had. It's nearly perfect. A must-try for every single beer drinker.

Photo of mikul93
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful orange with a nice full head. Wonderful looking beer.

S- Wheat , wheat and more wheat. A little sweetness.

T- Wheat with a tad bit of honey. Faint hint of banana

M- What a smooth beer. Great carbonation with a dry finish. Very crisp.

O- Great beer. I really enjoyed drinking it.

Photo of beerandcycling88
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

A pours a hazy orange color with a massive fluffy head.

S hints of banana and some spicy clove. A citrus note is also present.

T a bit of fruity banana, some spicy clove, with a nutty note.

M light with good carbonation, with a very dry finish.

Overall this is a great hefe that is the embodiment of the style.

Photo of doughanson78
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice golden wheat color. Nice and hazy, like a Hefe should be, not as much as the kellerweis from SN. I was actually able to get all the yeast off the bottom of this one. Lots of carbonation. Huge fluffy white 3 finger head. Like a cloud from heaven. Great lacing. Could've had more haziness.

S: Big wheaty, banana aroma. Nice lemony scent right behind it. Very fresh. Little fresh dough scent lingers.

T: Very upfront citrusy banana flavor. Mild wheaty, earthy tones bringing up the rear.

M: Full-bodied. Faint fizziness. Creamy.

O: An exceptional Hefe. I'm sure this is, or should be, the standard by which all Hefe's are judged. I mean, they've been brewing since 1040! Almost 1000 years! I'm still partial to the Sierra Nevada Kellerweis (maybe because they tweaked it to american tastes?) But this is almost a perfect beer.

Photo of jgagne
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Golden murky goodness. Enlarged white creamy head. Great looking beer.

S-malty sweetness. With hints of lemon and banana

T- At first sip you get a gentle blend of sweetness and as the beer goes down you get a nice whiff of spiciness.

M-Easy to drink, medium to light body with medium carbonation. Hint of spice.

O-Probably the best Hefeweizen. You cant ask much more for this style.

Photo of output01x
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 mL. bottle (no date) into a weizen glass.

A slow pour yields a massive 3-finger creamy of white head that recedes slowly but never disappears. The body is a hazy pale golden straw color with literal jets of rising carbonation bubbles. Slight lacing clings to the sides of the glass throughout consumption. All in all, this is one gorgeous looking beer.

A strong wheat aroma is complimented by a spicy clove scent. Notes of banana, green apple, and bubblegum can all be found within the complex nose.

This beer tastes exactly as its nose implies. The flavors of wheat and clove have a nearly creamy quality while a strong banana note adds to the character of the beer.

Light to medium bodied with great carbonation, this beer has fantastic drinkability. The carbonation permits the flavors to stick around for just the right amount of time.

Definitely one of my favorite beers, Weihenstephan's Hefeweissbier is a summer staple for me. The complex yet mellow flavors allow this beer to be both examined and chugged. It is the perfect example of the style.

Photo of vandemonian
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is a wheat beer with a very... wheaty... flavour.

A: Cloudy orange colour and a 5 cm head that last. 5

S: Pleasant wheatbeer smell. 4

T: Strong wheat flavour. There is some spiciness there too, maybe cloves. Perhaps a hint of lemon, too. It's nice, but I don't love it. 4

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: Nice wheat beer. 3.5

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

A - Cloudy, orange straw body. Sticky, patchy head and lacing.

S - Aromas of sweet wheat, mild bannana, clove, faint spice, and watermelon rind.

T - Mouth of chewy, sweet wheat. Mild citrus, and light, grainy bread. Chalky sweetness and mild bannana sugars. A sublime spice profile, but present. Weissbier tang, akin to acidic fruit rind, i.e. melon rind or white of the melon.

M - Great mouthfeel, silky, smooth , soft and fresh. Very clean on the palate and easy.

O - A weiss with a perfect balance of sweetness, chewy wheat, citrus and spice notes. Kind of expected from the oldest brewery in the world.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle poured into my HotD tulip glass.

A - Clear, light orange with a huge off-white head. The head is very creamy and never wants to fade. Some lacing left on the glass.

S - honey, citrus, wheat

T - Floral, honey, wheat.

D - Good carbonation and light in the mouth.

O - Very smooth and drinkable. I enjoyed it.

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

poured into a tulip


typical hefeweizen brew. A cloudy peach colored beer which a huge amount of thick, dense and pillowy off-white head.


Huge amounts of banana, orange, clove and spice. Maybe just a touch of bubblegum in there as well. Great aroma on this one.


Similar to nose but not as dominant. Lots of wheat along with the typical banana, citrus and spice. Subtle sweetness and bitterness. Very drinkable as it's not too "in your face" with flavor.


A little on the light side....great carbonation however. I could use a little more body but still a good feel. A little dry finish which I like.


A great beer for the style. Not to mention it's readily available and relatively cheap. Seems like it's been forever since I had a nice hefe as I'd rather drink a stout or IPA, however this would be a go to beer if I'm craving a hefe.

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

Poured into a goblet and a thick, fluffy head formed. Color is a hazy burnt orange. The nose has a ton of malt with a yeasty/lemon zest. The taste is packed with zesty hop and yeast flavors(earthy lemon). I'm impressed by the dry, bready middle. The finish is a crisp malty/lemon with a dry carbonation.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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