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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

5,892 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,892
Reviews: 2,213
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 423
Gots: 436 | 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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joepais

Maine

4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner Weiss glass, produced a proper two fingers worth of white head that lasts. The body of this wonderful brew was a hazy and golden orange in color

The aromas of bananas, wheat and spices filled my head. The nose on this is exactly what I expect in a Hefe. The banana smell wasn't overpowering as in some others

The flavors mimic the nose, but it is very refreshing in the way it plays in your mouth. Good carbonation and light as well, great flavors this is a world class Hefe. This starts of sweet and fruity and had a light dry finish.

Highly drinkable, it would be my go to session brew if it weren't so expensive.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 01:17:58 | More by joepais
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ibashmuck

Wisconsin

4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium foamy head on a cloudy body, which went from light yellow at the bottom to near orange at the head line. Smells of good "wheatiness', with a touch of sweetness, citrus, clove, and a little banana. Taste was right along with aroma, with the banana coming through a bit stronger. Very smooth, easy to drink. A very, very good hefe, one of the best, but, for me, a notch below New Glarus' Dancing Man Wheat.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 16:28:02 | More by ibashmuck
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HatTrick

Washington

4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light, golden colored with tiny bubbles, minimal sediment. A frothy white head that slowly reduces down to a fingernail thick layer on top. Leaves nice lacing on the sides.

Smell: Bananas and cloves - yet I get a touch of grapefruit and citus.

Taste: Wheaty with bananas and cloves.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light, with a slight bit of bite from the bubbles.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. Leads toward quick drinking because it is just that smooth.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 01:19:48 | More by HatTrick
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Well I have never had any of their beers before but the reputation preceded the Hefe. Light colour with big head this is a most graceful Hefe with all the banana and cloves in a seamless blend. Not my favourite Hefe as I prefer big bold flavours but the quality is unmistakable. Very refined and hopefully available in BC soon .

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2008 16:16:03 | More by canucklehead
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ljbrisson

Pennsylvania

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

Pours cloudy, hazy cider yellow-orange into a weizen glass with a voluptuous, off-white, puffy 2 to 3 finger head which clings in splotches to the inside of the glass. Aroma is very nice with lots of citrus, spice, orange, apple, and yeast. Mouthfeel is smooth, slick, and medium-bodied with just enough carbonation to even it out. Taste is very complex; banana, spices, and coriander up front with a yeasty, spicy, banana bready middle and a deliciously smooth, tart finish. The more it warms the more the spices and fruit taste comes to the fore. Overall this is a great beer and the best I've had in the style. ABV and great taste make this brew highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 00:57:15 | More by ljbrisson
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John_M

Oregon

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

Have had this beer many times, both in bottle and on tap. Had on draft at Max's the other day, the prototypical German hefe.

The beer pours a hazy gold color with impressive head retention and lacing. The nose is hefeweizen perfection, consisting of bubble bum, banana, clove and even nutmeg. The aroma on this beer defines what a hefe should smell like. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, but the beer finishes completely dry. It starts off with a bit of spicey sweetness, but on the finish the beer is dry and wheaty. The beer is pretty full bodied for a wheat beer, but otherwise I would describe the mouthfeel as medium bodied. Drinkability is very good, though the amount of spice would keep me from drinking more then one or two of these at a sitting.

I still prefer the schneider-weisse when it comes to wheat beers, but this is undeniably outstanding. An absolute classic.

Serving type: on-tap

09-25-2008 16:46:40 | More by John_M
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gyllstromk

Belgium

4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cloudy, pale yellow body that seems to glow. The head dies quickly and leaves a full lace when swirled.

Cantaloupe and lemon on the nose with something beachy in the background. The yeast is apparent.

Very thirst quenching and ends slightly sour. The taste is pleasant and not overpowering. A great beer for the lawn!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 02:55:38 | More by gyllstromk
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larsee01

Illinois

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

1 Pint, 0.9 oz bottle poured into Hoegaarden glass.

A--Hella thick, white frothy head reigns supreme over cloudy honey color ale reminiscent almost of apricot juice. Nice lacing sip after sip.

S--Banana and clove. Traditional but beautiful. Mild phenols and cinnamon. Rather spicy and sweet.

T--Prominent clove followed by sweet malty hints. Just a kiss of bitter hop at finish to balance. Grassiness, bubblegum, mild phenols pop up in between. Tasty.

M--Typical quality witbier. Medium-bodied. Creamy and nice.

D--My bottle went too fast. Sad it's gone. I think you could easily enjoy several of these easily and will few ill effects. I'll be testing that theory soon!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 01:52:47 | More by larsee01
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NittanyBeerFan

Pennsylvania

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

I have had Weihenstephaner's Krystalweissbier and Hefeweissbier Dunkel, and had heard a lot about this beer, so I was pumped when I finally had a chance to pick this up.

A: Pours an amazingly cloudy beautiful golden color with a 1-2 finger head that dissipates in about five minutes.

S: Holy effin wow. First, you get slammed in the face with maybe the best yeasty wheat smell I have ever experienced. Then, you get to really analyze what's going on in there. There's definitely some citrus, cloves, and some fruit, maybe bananas.

T: The taste is a tangy wheaty taste, complete with bubblegum and full-on banana, which give way to an aftertaste of cloves that intensifies as it lingers in your mouth.

M: this is awesome. Perfectly bodied and well carbonated, this is pretty much right what it needs to be.

This lives up to its reputation as one of the best in the world.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 22:07:48 | More by NittanyBeerFan
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donteatpoop

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'd heard so many things about this beer that I had to buy it. Before I really had a chance to look at it, I smelled it... And oh my God.

Cloudy pale yellow-orange color with a thick cap of peaks-and-valleys head resting atop it.

Smells of yeast and barley and grapefruit citrus. Smells like a piece of heaven was used during the fermentation process.

Honest to God, I never thought I'd have a wheat beer that could compare with Paulaner; and this really blows it away. Wow. Sooo good. The yeast gives it a bananna/citrus taste that is just perfect.

Well balanced brew, carbonation is present but not dominant; pleasant aftertaste.

Now I see what everyone has been talking about. Holy shit.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 03:00:56 | More by donteatpoop
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A super cloudy golden straw color with a rockey head that I founght through. I ended up getting fingers full of it to pass onto my lab. She sure liked it.

My taste tester didn't let me down. A nice spicy aroma of corriander, clove, and some juniper.

Flavor has a bit of chalky and powerdery yeast up front, but its oh so smooth and a really nice spicy treat. Some light banana flavors in the middle to finish.

Mouthfeel is full and almost chewy. Good malt body with wheat an dyeast holding strong. A supurb hefe in every resepect. This would only hurt to have a lemon put into it.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2008 02:48:14 | More by SurlyDuff
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kshankar

District of Columbia

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

Appearance: Cloudy, hazy...golden color. Perhaps orange. Nice frothy head with good retention. Looks damn good.

Aroma: Bananas and cloves, with yeast.

Taste: Cloves and banana as well..mostly fruity. Overall pretty good in this department.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is higher, so it ends up being pretty crisp...goes down well too. Pretty refreshing, which is what many hefeweizens shoot for.

Drinkability: Succeeds in this too...the crispness and light fruit flavors result in a pretty drinkable beer. A great example of the hefeweizen style, and an amazing beer in general.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 03:46:46 | More by kshankar
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stumac

Texas

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this brew pours up a beautiful murky dulled golden color with a magnificent frothy, white head. a head the way a good head should look. also has great retentive lacing. the nose is composed of coriander, banana, slight citrus, spicy herbs, smells slightly like a Saison style. very full aromatics. the taste has notes of honey, lemon, coriander, somewhat of that barnyard characteristic again. a little bit of a dulled orange flavor as well. low carbo, medium bodied, finish is herbal and has a Champaigne-like dry but sweet taste

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 21:24:51 | More by stumac
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blackheartbilly

Massachusetts

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

Its approaching Fall as I write this, and had recently tried this beer at an Oktoberfest event. I remember liking this one best at the event so I picked up a bottle to try at home.

A: Cloudy! Hazy-golden, the head went away after the pour. With each sip, it left a great lacing on the glass.

S: Smells like bannanas, cloves and a little yeasty. I noticed that there were hints of fruit.

T: Fruity, bannanas, and heavy on the clove-like flavor. Grainy but but not overpowering on any flavor, really a great taste. No heavy after-taste.

M: Carbonation is heavy, very refreshing, especially in the festival atmosphere. Dry finish.

D: VERY drinkable, like I said I enjoyed this at an Oktoberfest and had 3 and still came in second in a shooting competition! If you like the Hefe, try this brew!

PROST!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2008 23:04:19 | More by blackheartbilly
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PatronWizard

California

4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

So I can't say the name. I can still drink it.

Perfect orange gold hefe color. Huge frothy head atop a steady flow of replenishing bubbles. Very inviting.

Straight clove smell. Can't sniff past it to anything else.

Taste of cloves. Maybe some light fruit. I can't get the banana flavor I was expecting. Heavy, heavy clove flavor.

Medium creamy body.

I'm a little underwhelmed with this beer. It's definitely good but I wouldn't call it the best hefe I've ever had. The cloves are too prominent.

Overall: good tasting drinkable hefe

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 19:33:18 | More by PatronWizard
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gory4d

New York

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

Pours a pale, cloudy straw-color with a dense, four-finger head. The smell is faint but nice: spice and fruit and some funk. The taste is bigger than you'd expect, with the requisite banana notes but also with some nice hop spice and a pleasantly bitter finish. It's just shy of too viscous, but the ample carbonation makes it fill up the mouth deliciously. Easy to drink a few, rich but quenching. A fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 00:21:02 | More by gory4d
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow body with a nice white head that has decent retention. Lots of small, fast moving strands of carbonation bubbles.

Bananas. Lots of bananas in this smell along with a bready yeasty note. Pretty much like banana bread.

As expected, Taste is heavy on the banana also with a little bit of a citrus note and a slight wheat twang. A bready yeast flavor rounds out the beer. Creamy, well carbonated, feels great in the mouth.

Pretty drinkable beer; strong on the banana, but still impressive.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2008 17:45:54 | More by Hojaminbag
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SimplySinister

Florida

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

A - A cloudy golden color. Acceptable head with moderate lacing. This beer also contains high amounts of carbonation.

S - Two words - Banana bread. Additional citrus notes linger. It truly it a powerful smelling brew as opposed to the other competing Hefeweizens.

T - A strong wheaty/bready/grainy taste with a definite banana infusion. Extremely crisp, and very refreshing. Cloves are very apparent though somewhat overshadowed by the banana.

M - Crisp and dry. High carbonation adds a fair amount of bite (enough to keep it interesting.)

D - Good drinkability. Weihenstephaner is a delicious beer and one of my favorite wheat beers. If you like wheat beers you cannot go wrong with this one, but if you are just starting out with them you might find this one a little overwhelming.

In retrospect, if you like wheat beers this one might end up being at the top of your list. Its a shame that in my area I have a rather hard time finding it, but that doesn't keep me from searching store shelves in hopes of finding it again and again.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 06:38:16 | More by SimplySinister
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Reino

Oregon

4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- A hazy orange-gold brew with a big, triumphant white head that recedes at a gingerly pace. Such a beautiful head and color as well as nice lacing that crawls down the glass as I drink it gives me everything I'm looking for in a beers appearance.

Smell- Sweet, sweet, sweet banana and clove. Also joining the party is a bit of mild citrus, maybe lemon, and wheat earthiness. I have had this brew a few times, but just now noticed that the way the sweetness and clove pair up smells very much like sweet pumpkin pie. This fucker gets the mouth watering and ready for action.

Taste- Much like the smell: banana, clove, sweet wheat and citrus that is more orange in the taste than it was in the smell. Maybe a bit of tart apple in there, as well. There's a decent amount of pepper and alcohol heat through the finish that I love. It has to have that spice to balance out that awesome sweetness. Quite a bit like its winter brother, Vitus.

MF- Crisp, snappy carbonation with a silky smooth underbelly that is SLIGHTLY watery. That is the only thing I can find wrong with this beer, and it's barely noticeable. Otherwise, the feel is exactly what you want out of a hefe.

Drinkability- Out of this world good. One of those haunting beers that has you craving it anytime the temperature is above 70. Hell, I crave it when it's cold and rainy. It's just that good.

*Note-This review goes out to one of my family pets, Toivo. It became clear while in the middle of taking notes for this beer that he'll need to be put down. Cheers to the fat French Bichon with the Finnish name.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2008 03:56:48 | More by Reino
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

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

Served in a standard pint. Poured a murky yellow-orange with a quarter inch white cap; poor clarity and no lacing. Nose was pale wheat, corriander, clove and lemon zest. Taste followed nose; very muted and subdued. Mouthfeel was light in body and lively in effervescence with a clean citrus flavor lingering at the aftertaste. Incredibly easy-drinking brew and quite refreshing after a day on the beach. Unfortunately, I don't think the pint glass it was served in did it full justice.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2008 14:20:28 | More by Jwale73
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birchstick

Colorado

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

A - huge fluffy head, cloudy yellow. A beautiful looking beer.
S - smelled sweet and spicy
T - fresh banana with some clove spices and the mildest of hops at the end. The epitome of a hefeweizen.
MF - full and smooth; goes down very easily
D - This the best hefeweizen I have had. A lot of fresh banana, which I liked and it went down so easily...I was definitely wanting more when I finished it...

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 00:04:14 | More by birchstick
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy yellow-orange with a big coarse white white head that settled to about a half inch. Laced nicely. Decanted slowly and steadily. Appearance alone made this one special.

S: Very complex with hints of wheat/yeast, banana, spices and some light floral notes to balance.

T: Taste did not disappoint with banana and clove coming through clearly.

M: Medium body with nice coating of the mouth and tongue. Carbonation may have been a little more than teh beer needed.

D: Could pretty much drink this beer forever. Smooth, flavorful and clean leaving the palette ready for drink after drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 23:07:05 | More by Haybeerman
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changeup45

Florida

4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a bright golden color with a huge, long-lasting, fluffy head. Aroma is light citrusy fruits, yeasty, with some malt. The beer looks good and also tastes good. The flavor is bananas, cloves, with some wheaty malts, perhaps a touch grassy, with some spices as well. Light and refreshing but a well-rounded hefe. If this isn't the best hefe I've ever had it's definitely close!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 23:00:26 | More by changeup45
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a glowing peach color haze, a light hue for a Hefeweizen. Sediment swirls in the middle, but there isnt much of it. The massive ivory head lasts forever and leaves an intricate lacework on the glass. The aroma is full of fruit, like a banana and orange smoothie almost. Doughy pale malts and tangy wheat is also redolent in the nose. The taste is pretty much perfect for the style. Fruity yeast esters explode out of the gates with banana, citrus, bubblegum and cloves all vividly represented. Fresh wheat malt and cookie barley malt makes a perfect balance to the dense yeast flavors. Hops are modest, some sea air noble hop aroma and a mild bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is light and incredibly smooth. Carbonation bubbles are silk like consistency.

This is a fantastic wheat beer. Full of flavor and perfect for summers. You must try this beer, even if you arent a wheat beer fan.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 00:37:39 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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Magpie14

Michigan

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

Appearance: lovely golden color with a touch of orange. Super excited about this beer and the presentation does not disappoint. Head formed nicely...and loads of it at first only to slowly dissipated.

Smell: caramel malts, wheat, lemon/fruity sweetness. Great stuff!

Taste: dry earthy flavor with a bite of lemon to it. Malt sweetness and a somewhat grainy characteristic that leads one to a dry yeast/bread flavor. Halfway thru the glass I found a slight tart finish on the tongue that kept me coming back for more. This is one of the better beers I have had in a while. Forgot to mention a slight trace of spice (almost pepper-like) bite. Sure has a lot going on!

Mouthfeel: carbonation is spot on and fits the beer well. Just great! Drinkability is also excellent. Nice, nice stuff! Make sure to get this one!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2008 00:32:24 | More by Magpie14
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