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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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world-class

6,132 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,132
Reviews: 2,227
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 456
Gots: 532 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
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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RyWill

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +6.1%

After a summer full of wheat beers, whatever the variety, this is always one I can happily come back to.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with very apparent carbonation and a large, frothy, bright white head. Lacing is solid for the style all the way through.

Smell: Banana and some citrus. This is one that's certainly about the taste, how it should be.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Take the smell, add some spice, the perfect amount of carbonation and you may have the perfect hefe. The mouthfeel is light, bubbly and perfect for anytime you need refreshment.

Drinkability: I could drink this beer anytime, summer, winter, after a plethora of mediocre wheat beers, anything. Certainly a benchmark for the style.

08-22-2009 02:13:19 | More by RyWill
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woosterbill

Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

Half-liter bottle into a Duvel tulip - I know, not the right glass for the style, but it fit beautifully.

A: Cloudy orange-gold body topped with a towering, rocky head of fine white foam. Great retention, but not as much lace as could be desired. All in all, great looking for the style.

S: Banana, banana, banana. Delicious, but just a bit one-dimensional; I couldn't get anything else out of the aroma.

T: Everything you could want out of a hefe: rich banana fruitiness up front, followed by some spicy yeast notes and a round, drying maltiness on the finish. Delicious.

M: Prickly carbonation at first, mellowing into a smooth, medium body.

D: Hugely refreshing, and eminently quaffable. I'd be happy sessioning this beer all day on a hot summer afternoon.

Notes: quite possibly the best all around hefe I've ever had; lives up to its reputation in every way.

Cheers!

08-21-2009 22:25:54 | More by woosterbill
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kels

Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +3.2%

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It is a bright lemony yellow, slightly hazy, with a lot of bubbles of carbonation running throughout and feeding a well-retained 1/2 finger fluffy white head. A pretty substantial amount of slippery white lace clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Really nice and appetizing aromas of dry, toasted wheat and bright citrusy lemon come through more strongly than expected. The smell is bright and clean and refreshing.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Everything about this beer is light and refreshing. The flavors of lightly toasted malts and hearty, but not heavy wheat come together with a subtly bitter and very bright lemony presence that leaves a tart flavor in the aftertaste. There's no trace of alcohol at all. The feel is very well-carbonated and the beer finishes clean with no stickiness or oiliness to weigh it down.

Drinkability: Extremely high - this beer is so refreshing and tasty that's it's great to drink on its own or with food. Definitely a quintessential summer beer.

08-21-2009 21:53:56 | More by kels
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug. Huge pillowy head on top of a dirty gold body.

Aroma is of light citrus and banana peel.

Taste follows the nose to a point, banana and clove flavors. Just a hint of citrus. Funky yeast adds another wrinkle of flavor.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and medium to full bodied.

This is a flavorful hefeweizen. It drinks well and is better than the average hefe. Recommended.

08-21-2009 14:28:53 | More by Stinkypuss
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SpencerSauce

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%

Cant believe i havent tried this hefe before. I kept seeing them everywhere. And ive heard a thing or two about it. Picked up a hefeweizen glass from the dollar store. I think its one of the best deals ever.

A- copperish dark orange with a thick white head. three fingers.

S- Wild yeast strain, and lots of spice. Cloves and some banana.

T- Lots of spices. and heavy on the wheat. Heavy yeast heavy wheat. Predominant spice is clove.

M- Nice and crisp though balancing heavy with light when you put that much wheat into it.

D- As a hefe its very easy drinking. They usually are.

08-20-2009 17:34:02 | More by SpencerSauce
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moosiz

Michigan

4/5  rDev -9.3%

Pours a hazy straw yellow with orange accents around the compression in a pilsner glass. 2 finger foam white head that dissapate in 3-5 mins. Small white bubble top ring left behind.

Smells of peppery clove and sweet bready yeast. Citrus friut. Its too complex for me to descibe honestly.

Nice sour complexity in the flavor. It tastes like a farmhouse brew. Sweet notes with a sour kick. Bread/yeast, orange/lemon zest, and spice.

Smooth mouth coating effect that leaves long before the NICE sour aftertaste.

Two bottles, one before dinner, and one while eating dinner was great. But in the right mood with the temperture soaring this baby is a drinker.

08-20-2009 01:01:04 | More by moosiz
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fropones

Illinois

4.93/5  rDev +11.8%

Poured an orangeish yellow with a nice head that diminished to about 1.5 fingers and didn't go down from that. Smelled of bubblegum and bananas and a little clove. Very inviting smell. Strong notes of clove, sweet aftertaste, plenty of bananas. Mouthfeel is light and a little bubbly. I could drink this all day and night. I may look into getting a keg

08-19-2009 03:38:17 | More by fropones
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thepeter

United Kingdom (England)

4.3/5  rDev -2.5%

A- light orange and cloudy. Billowy, meringue head that stays throughout the beer leaving a great lacing which looks like rorschach tests on my glass while I drink . . . I see a sheep, and a happy guy drinking a great beer!

S- All the usual suspects for a good hefe, banana's, cloves, bubblegum, wheat. But this beer, the bouquet is fantastic! And let me set this straight, "bouquet" is not a word I use normally but this beer has brought me to a place where "bouquet" was the word I needed to use to get my point across.

T- Yeasty Wheat bread, a slight banana and clove hit in the middle and a little bitter slightly metal taste at he end.

M&D - Well carbonated as it should be, but not so much that it foams up in my mouth. Easy drinking with a very clean and pleasant aftertaste. Great beer any time but on a nice summer day it is perfect!

08-18-2009 13:25:18 | More by thepeter
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apbarwood

Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%

Appearance- Pale, hazy orange with a gorgeous fluffy white head.

Smell- Bananas and cloves, not overwhelming but definitely an inviting aroma with a nice yeasty backbone.

Taste- Bananas and cloves with traces of bubblegum, all beautifully integrated with a delicate hop flavor.

Mouthfeel- Wonderful scrubbing-bubbly carbonation with a full bodied, yeasty quality.

Drinkability- It's hard to stop drinking. The carbonation makes it so refreshing, particularly on a hot day, and makes it particularly good at meals with a little spice.

08-17-2009 20:41:16 | More by apbarwood
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mintjellie

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -9.3%

Big foamy white head over a hazy yellow-orange body. Good retention and lace.

Smells like yeast, banana, and clove. A little bit sweet, but sour as well.

Nice lemony twang. Good banana flavour. Lots of clove. No bubblegum. It's very subtle and well balanced - no one flavour overwhelms the others.

Medium body and finely carbonated. Smooth and satisfying. A very subtle hefe that doesn't go over the top with the fruit/candy-like flavours found in this style of beer. I normally like my hefes a little bit more over-the-top, but this really won me over. I enjoyed this a great deal.

08-13-2009 05:34:31 | More by mintjellie
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HalfFull

California

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle into a small weizen glass. Pours hazy, carbonated and a bit light, perhaps lemony-orange in color. Color deepened when yeast bottom was added to the glass. A rich soapy head is unavoidable, slowly caving in to the
Earth's gravitational pull, and at times, very slowly.

Nose is of banana and yeast, slightly sour and with a touch of light funk after the initial pour. An added pour freshens the beer, offering expected notes of banana and clove. The nose remains quite complex however, yielding a nice sweet/sour balance.

Taste is initially a bit watery but nice and full with lots of carbonation and a light bready texture. Feel improves right away after a swirl or after pouring a fresh ounce or two into the glass. The initial pour outgassed too much I would say. Offers a moderate texture on the palate.

This beer has a tendency to outgas too much so pour carefully. Good feel and drink couple with a good carbonation level, maintaining a consisted surface cap. Nice drinkability.

Overall I really dig the yeast nose on this beer, but it otherwise falls short of it's juxtaposed Hacker-Pschorr brethren.

08-13-2009 04:33:19 | More by HalfFull
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illinijer

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +5%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Beautiful. Just beautiful. A crisp golden color with a thick white creamy head that sticks. Looks like a good beer should.

S - Smells of banana and cloves, with a hint of spices (citrus, coriander).

T - Wonderful hefeweizen flavor, with the banana and cloves coming through. Definitely a hint of citrus fruit, but not overpowering like a Belgian Wit. A clear hop finish to balance it out.

M - Crisp & clean. Good carbonation. Nice summery mouthfeel.

D - I could drink these all day. Reasonable ABV makes it the perfect session beer. Highly flavorful for a hefeweizen. No wonder its considered the best!

08-13-2009 02:47:14 | More by illinijer
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MunchkinDrinker

Maryland

4.72/5  rDev +7%

A - Holy head Batman. Huge white foamy head and plenty of carbonation visible. Pleasant hazy light amber.

S - Light and fresh. Banana and clove dominate, but are never thick. Spicy and sweey, but not overly so. Such a nice thing to smell. Some background light leafy character cuts the sweetness.

T/M - Fluffy and light feeling liquid. Carbonation is never biting. Wheat dominates the taste with the banana and clove highlights in the background. That leafy character I can't place is more prominent here.

D - Endlessly drinkable. Light and tasty.

08-12-2009 02:21:57 | More by MunchkinDrinker
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hossua34

California

4.7/5  rDev +6.6%

A - Hazy, light orange-yellow in color. A pretty big head with somewhat disappointing staying power; leaves a thick layer of foam however, and pretty good lacing.

S- Smell is of banana bread, bubble gum, cloves, a mild citrus note and... rock candy? I don't know, something very sweet.

T - A big doughy, buttery, oaky first taste followed by the taste of fresh citrus and wheat. The taste of banana bread lingers on the palate for a little while.

M - Mouthfeel is big and creamy, almost too creamy.

D - The high carbonation level and thick mouthfeel hinder the drinkability of this one somewhat. Still, a very tasty (and authentic) hefeweissen - probably the best I've ever tried out of a bottle.

Edit - After a few days' passage, and still thinking about how good that Weihenstephaner Hefe was, I got another. It was even better the second time. I decided to come back and increase my taste score to a perfect 5... Seriously, this is one damn good Hefeweissen.

08-09-2009 21:00:52 | More by hossua34
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kirkmichel

Georgia

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

A-A beauty - yellow to amber depending on which part of the glass I am looking at. A nice foamy white head, with never ending tiny bubbles surfacing (and trust me, I drank this slow - the bubbles never stopped.) Cloudy but slightly transparent.
S-Lots of carmelized sugar on the nose, along with fruit - bananas and apricots along with the typcial citrus-lemon smell of a hefe. Very pleasant and complex
T-Smooth and very well-balanced. Lemon evens out some of that carmelized sugar. This is a very nice, not wimpy hefe. Leaves a bit of a sour aftertaste, but I expect that from this style.
M-Nicely balanced; not to light, and not too heavy.
D-Super.

08-08-2009 21:34:35 | More by kirkmichel
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev -2.5%

I have had this one chilling since receiving it from bobsy, thanks again.
500ml brown bottle from 'the World's Oldest Brewery'.
Poured hazy, gold color, with a thick white head. I used a hefe glass, and got basically a perfect pour. Smell of banana, wheat and some yeast, right on for the stlye. Very nice, refreshing citrus flavor - no need for a lemon wedge here. Banana, a tiny bit of bubblegum-like sweetness, and wheat flavors fill the palate. A bit of a spice finish, clove and pepper, rather than any hop bitterness. Crisp, tart mouthfeel, with appropriate carbonation, dry finish. A very good beer to beat the heat, but would also match well with food.

Note to Self: Ranked the #2 Hefeweizen beer when I tried it.

08-06-2009 15:17:52 | More by BigBry
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benteach

Missouri

5/5  rDev +13.4%

Man this is a good beer.

Golden yellow, cloudy (but in a good way) with a tall order of foam. Great lacing throughout the drink.

Wheat, citrus, flowers dominate the smell.

Orange and lemon are very noticable on the first part of the drink. Carbonation remains in your mouth and bounces around in your mouth. Great consistancy. Very drinkable on a sunny, cloudy, rainy, clear, or tornadic day. Have to get more.

08-06-2009 00:47:11 | More by benteach
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jkc88

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev -8.6%

A: A dark cloudy gold. It had a thick white head, leaving little lacing.

S: Hint of tropical fruit, yeast, and citrus.

T: Banana, citrusy/spicy hops, and a yeasty bread flavor.

M: Smooth and fairly thick for a hefe.

I would say this is a very good beer, and while it's not my favorite, I would recommend this to someone looking for a hefeweizen.

08-05-2009 21:56:54 | More by jkc88
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patmcd

New York

4.88/5  rDev +10.7%

Wheat beers are my favorite, and this is by far my favorite wheat beer. There is nothing wrong with this beer, it's flawless.

Absolutely brilliant golden-yellow with a great, large, fluffy white head that lingers for quite some time. Superb head retention that slowly reduces to a full silky canopy and lace.

Very vibrant bouquet with major hints of banana, citrus, and a hint of cloves and vanilla.

Tastes of malty white, clove, majorly quenching citrus and banana.

Great level of carbonation, with a lively, but light-medium body.

I can drink this all day, it's quenching, 'just right' ABV for a perfect session beer. My plan is to eventually have this on tap in my house....

08-05-2009 19:01:02 | More by patmcd
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%

On tap at Teresa's Next Door.

A-Pours a nicely cloudy golden with some apricot highlights and a frothy white head.

S-Banana esters and lots of biscuit malt. This is very well balanced, and a cut above your typical hefe.

T-Huge banana flavors in the front, followed by some fresh lemon, then banana again in the finish. A very solid biscuit malt profile is present all the way through.

M-Medium bodied with fine carbonation.

D-It's easy to see how this beer got its reputation. It has great richness and depth of flavor, supported by an outstanding malt backbone.

HV

08-04-2009 14:17:57 | More by sholland119
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infi

New York

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured into a weizen glass.

The appearance is a hazy, translucent and light yellow-orange with a few carbonation streams rising to the top. The initial pour creates a fat bubbly and frothy white head that lasts for about 1 to 2 minutes and then subsequently becomes a cap. Head is very large out of the initial pour, but doesn't give way to much lacing after each taste. The aroma is full of fresh wheat and active yeast, along with big scents of the banana esters and subtle clove spiciness. Very delightful though and through. The taste is great and complex with the breadiness of the yeast and some sweetness from the malt and banana. The clove becomes apparent towards the end along with a slight orange rind flavor.

The mouthfeel is incredibly smooth - there's a sort of creaminess to this beer. It has a medium-bodied feel with not just enough alluring carbonation on the tongue. As it goes down, it leaves a beautiful crisp touch in the mouth. The drinkability is VERY high. There's a reason why this is the highest rated sessionable beer - it's the total package. Big flavor and drinkability with its relatively low 5.4% ABV and price - sixers or singles. Without a doubt, a winner. I would definitely drink a couple of these in a night's session.

08-04-2009 05:52:27 | More by infi
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crossovert

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +6.1%

Pours a murky orange-gold with a large foamy white head smelling strongly of clove and banana. The lacing sparkles and slowly crawls down the sides of the glass.

Everything comes together in this hefe. Im not the biggest fan of hefe's but this one does it right. The banana, the clove, the lemon, the malt, the hops all blend together magically. This one also comes with the perfect blast of carbonation. MMM. Deliziös.

This is about the only hefe for me that's equally quaffable and sippable.

08-02-2009 23:52:45 | More by crossovert
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jdg204

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

It was another crazy night out in Easton and of course Porter's Pub had to be on the list of stops. After a great night, this was the last call brew and I was excited for a nice finisher.

A: Cloudy honey color capped by a pillowy head that lasts forever and leaves a bit of lacing

S: Mostly banana and yeast with a bit of coriander and a hint of lemon

T: Nice banana and spices (classic hefe flavors) with a very subtle lemon finish

M: Medium bodied and creamy with a modest carbonation

D: Very good example of the style, you can taste the time tested quality. Starting to get more and more into old-world European brews and this is near the top of the list. Been on a Hefe kick lately (it's the summer) and this is one of the best. A must try for summer fun!

08-01-2009 17:17:05 | More by jdg204
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magine

Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +10%

Poured into a hefe glass.

Pours a cloudy golden orange, with huge off white fluffy, chunky head. Head stays nice throughout - nice sticky lacing.

Brew smells of banana, citrus, yeasts spicy clove. Bready scent as well.

Brew tastes incredibly smooth and creamy. Has a peppery spice - not to much. A nice bready yeast flavor balanced perfectly by the banana and citrus tastes. Wow I'm in hefe heaven.

This is the best Hefe I have had. I have had it in the past but didnt realize how damn good it is. Obviously I would love to taste test my favorites of this style and rank them accordingly - but this to me is the best example of the style I have had. It could be drank by the truck load. The balance of mouthfeel, tastes and drinkability are truly the most you could want from this style. Superb.

07-31-2009 01:17:10 | More by magine
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BlackBearForge

Florida

4.18/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours a tawny golden orange, cloudy of course, with a huge foamy whitish head which falls fairly quickly leaving thick curtains of oily lace.

The first whiff of this beer was incredibly fresh and crisp, with hints of orange and a something else my wife identifies oddly enough as root beer.

I taste muted banana and clove as expected, with clove perhaps being the stronger of the two, very balanced with the slightly bitter wheat and sweet from the malt. The orange in the aroma is present as well. This beer becomes even more rounded and flavorful with warming

The mouthfeel is quite nice, medium bodied and very creamy. Nicely carbonated despite the huge head but not overdone.

Very drinkable as would be expected from such a balanced beer, especially after it warmed a bit. I perhaps like the banana flavors more than the clove. I'm glad I have discovered the hefeweizens in general and that I'm trying the German varieties which must be the gold standards of the style.

07-30-2009 22:24:40 | More by BlackBearForge
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,132 ratings.