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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 6,836
Reviews: 2,309
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
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Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 01-22-2001

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Photo of oline73
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden light amber color with an aggressive fluffy white head. The head retention is quite good.

Smell: Sweet and crisp with some fruit and spice notes. There are hints of banana and clove with a nice malt background.

Taste: Quite crisp and refreshing. Light malt sweetness up front with some banana and clove notes. There are some other fruity notes along with the banana. There is a mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation. The finish is a bit slick.

Overall: This is a fantastic beer. Very refreshing and a great example of the style. One of my favorites.

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

very nice beer for warmer weather. when the oktoberfests and pumpkin ales start coming out in july this is a good one to carry you through the rest of the warm months.

a-golden orange with a very light yellow to white head. cloudy body.

s-fruity with hints of citrus. can smell various hints of apples and figs with a dominant note of lemon.

t-yeast is it at play with various notes of different fruits and more lemon. there is a spice that finishes it off in the end. apple, lemon, cinnamon, and cardamon.

m-dry but nice. not overbearing and washes off your palate quickly so your ready for the next sip.

o-this was very nice. friend from german family picked this out and he got it right. will be picking more of this up and its now the middle of july and already seeing pumpkin ales in stores is making me sick. this is a welcome beer.

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

Look: the beer pours a golden-orange color with a fluffy head.
Smell: Apple, banana, clove, lemon, yeast and wheat
Taste: Earthy and malty. Wheat, yeast, sweet banana and clove again. Dry finish
Mouthfeel: Medium-thick body, medium carbonation.
Overall: Nice brew, would drink this one again

Photo of tewaris
3.34/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
Hefeweizen
Brewery Weihenstephan
5.4% ABV
24 IBUs

After a bad experience with this beer on draft, I decided to give this rather old bottle (distribution fail I suppose) a shot because the draft version (that I sampled) doesn't do it justice. 16.9 oz., batch # 3081 (bottled Feb. 2011) poured into a weizen glass. ~ $4/bottle.

Hazy light golden with a nice, moussy white head; excellent head retention, and great lacing. Perfect looks. No contest here. Aroma is perfume and spice, but not so much banana and bread; and the spice is random rather than dead on clove.

Tastes rather bland with mild fruitiness, ample kick of clove, and a finish that is a tad bitter for the style. Not saying that this one needs to be in line with the style because isn't this the beer that defines it?! Some lemony tartness, but bitterness is slightly heavy.

Mouthfeel is real nice. Crisp yet not overcarbonated, but the bitterness lingers and causes me to doubt the interity of this bottle.

Overall average --- This sample, not questioning what flows at the biergarten

Appearance 5/5; Aroma 3.5/5; Taste 3/5; Mouthfeel 4/5; Overall 3/5

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

A: Cloudy pale gold color with a monstrous creamy white head. The head too quite a while to settle and finally leveled off at about a 1/2 finger.

S: Lots of clove with some nice yeast and banana. A little bit of apple pie as well.

T: Great malty flavor upfront followed by some clove and cinnamon. Some banana and delicate spices as well. The mouthfeel is absolutely perfect. Creamy with some nice prickly carbonation. Definitely the best wheat beer I've ever had.

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

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with loads of visible carbonation and a typically massive, dense, pillowy white head that gradually diminishes to a thick cap of foam. Lacing is spotty.

S: Sweet, wheaty malts mix with the expected aromas of banana and especially cloves, rounded out by undertones of nutmeg and citrus (mainly orange). No discernible hops or, more surprisingly, yeast.

T: Rich Munich and wheat malts and an omnipresent yeast flavour (quite unlike the nose) are quickly joined by a pleasantly sharp note of cloves and milder tastes of banana and nutmeg. Towards the finish, the malt takes on a sort of biscuity character and lemon zest and ethanol flavours come through.

M: Medium-bodied with the usual high, crisp, champagne-like carbonation that gives a refreshing bite. The rather lemony finish is tart and clean, balancing the malt-and-spice flavour profile perfectly.

D: It's easy to see why this Weizen is so prestigious: it's traditional yet distinct in taste, refreshing yet satisfying, and flawlessly balanced overall. Archetypal.

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

Served in a weizenglass

LOOK (5/5) pours a light straw color - a slight orange tint to it, but still on the lighter side. Very opaque, this shows the color well. Nice carbonation on the inside of the glass. The head is great: it rises huge, bone-white, and falls to a large cap with great lacing.

SMELL (4.5/5) The usual aromas for this style, and these are very well balanced. Cloves and bananas are there. I find the cloves a bit stronger than the banana (which I like very much). Some tartness (a bit of citrus) in there with some light wheat graininess; these fall behind the clove-banana flavors. No real hop aroma. Dry finish.

TASTE (4.5/5) Bananas and cloves right off. This is a bit more balanced than on the nose. The tartness (again, light lemon citrus) and wheat graininess bring out the clove really nicely. A hint of vanilla. Hop flavors and bitterness are both very low. Finish is very tart and dry.

FEEL (5/5) Really good. The body is lighter-medium and the carbonation is pretty high. Some body is added by wheat & yeast - this gives a delicious fluffiness. The carbonation also plays well with the finish.

DRINK (5/5) Hugely drinkable and tasty. The light banana, tart citrus and spice clove and meld into a perfectly refreshing brew. Near-perfect example of the style.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a wizen glass. Pours a slightly cloudy pale straw yellow, with a 1/2" white head that reduces into a 1/8" lid.

Has a light honey clove aroma, with hints of bananas, and an undertone of grass.

Tasty and refreshing, slightly sweet with mild malt, ending with a gentle grain taste. Hints of banana, honeycomb, and and straw, this ends so pleasant and easy it is hard to simply savor this excellent brew.

Mild an light bodied, this brew has a creamy middle that makes it quite pleasant.

Wow, another excellent beer from Weihenstephaner. This is easily becoming my favorite German brewery, as I've yet to have a bad beer from them. And, as one who is not particularly a fan of heffeweizens. Definitely give this one a try!

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

Poured into weizen glass from a 500mL bottle, coding (i'm assuming batch) is 9031.

A: A rather clear golden color with big fluffy 3 inch head that is receding into cloud-like lumps.

S: All banana and clove with the obvious coriander notes in there as well. More banana than clove, but definitely quite a spicy aroma. There's also faint hints of orange in there.

T: Again, more banana flavor than anything else, but still quite balanced. It really is exceptionally smooth. I just find the banana to dominate a little too much in the taste for it to be perfect.

M: Could it get any better? Smooth, crisp and frothy at the same time, refreshes at every sip.

O: An absolutely superb weiss beer, but not my favorite; HackerPschorr is retaining that title for now.

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

poured into my Bruery tulip

Pours a golden color with plenty of cloudy white head. Very cloudy.

Smells of banana bread spiced with clove. The clovey smell fades to reveal more banana. Like a yeasty banana bread that has just come out of the oven.

Tastes of banana up front with some spice and bready yeastiness to follow. I get some orange peel in the back in the finish.

Overall, I an not usually a fan of the Hefe style but this beer most certainly my favorite of the style that I've ever had. This beer would be perfect for a session poolside on a sunny day.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.53/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle, with a bottle code of 5430, which is unclear what it means

appears a hazy golden straw color with big foamy bone-white head. strong aroma of herbal spiciness. clove and banana like usual for the style, but not personally that appealing to me.

luckily the banana-like flavors that i find off-putting are not as strong in the taste. body is fairly thin, fizzy carbonation.

I know this beer is the standard for the style, but it's just not for me. I'll stick to the Dunkel version and the Korbinian.

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

Typically when a brewery has been making the same beer for a while; a competitor has come along with something much better. The style can become stale, and somebody else improves the flavors (see Sam Smith, Oatmeal Stout).

This is the third oldest beer recipe I have ever had (see DFH series). The brewery started in 1070.

I had this beer outside on a warm afternoon, which is ideal to enjoy a Hefe. The pour was into a wheat beer glass.

I poured properly, but there was a lot of light head. I measured four fingers in my glass. It dissipated to two fingers, which held for quite a while.

Off the foam I picked up banana esthers and wheat characteristics. It was a really nice set of clean smells.

The taste was similar to the bouquet. It was very refreshing.

I really liked the beer. I look forward to the next time I drink it.

Side note: my beer arrived with a lemon balanced on the top of the bottle. No quality hefeweizen should have fruit added to it. It masks the smells, and a beer with quality characteristics should not be hampered with the intrusion of fruit. I get why the bar did it... Widmer trained us to do this. But, for the love of Beer, don't add fruit to a good beer.

Photo of DirtyPenny
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at The Farmhouse in Burlington. Was framed in a stange glass.

A: Sort of a sepia yellow. Or like the hair of that blonde girl on the beach when you were thirteen that one summer. It was a little cloudy She had to be six or seven years older, but you'd swear she winked when you saw her gawking. In any case, you were on vacation and would never see her again. Though you think of her from time to time, by the time you were old enough she'd probably be married and settled down. Best to leave that cloudy banana-yellow hair as a distant memory of your youth.

Beautiful day. The heady seafoam left lines where the waves hit the sand, lacing the beach like a white dress. Yeah, she'd be married by now.

S: The cottage you stayed in had a faint spicy scent like bananas and cloves. It was an alluring and strange scent; a bit foreign, and it made you wonder what the mysterious people who'd stayed here before were like.

T: "Probably just banana cream pie," someone commented at the time. You don't remember who. May have been your older brother, who moved to New Jersey for work and has two kids and is on his second wife.

The exotic illusion left your head, but a new one entered. The place was homey now. Sweet. Nothing so unusual as sweet banana cream and clove. There's also a bready taste to the kitchen air, though this isn't strong enough to carry through the rest of the cabin.

M: When you head back out to the beach, the girl is gone. The sand feels unusually fine between your toes, smooth and a little muddy. The foam collects on your feet and ankles and the little bubbles pop there, faint but enough that you can feel each minute explosion.

O: You don't have her in front of you right now, but you can look back at the framed picture of the beach and reminisce in a bittersweet way.

(I really want another one of these)

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

Can I just add in a 3rd review to this much-loved brew of mine? It's 12:33 on a Saturday afternoon in Columbia, which is currently about as hot as the Sammath Naur. I'm sitting here halfway through a growler of my beloved Weihenstephaner Hefe, which I am enjoying out of it's own glorious glass. Everything seems right with the world.

Since I've reviewed this beer twice over, let me take a different tack now and simply praise it some more. This may be the beer that has had the greatest shift in appeal for me, ever. At first review, way back in 2006, I was pleasantly surprised as up till then I "don't usually spring for Hefes". My how things have changed...

This beer currently sits under Westvleteren 8, Bourbon Sexual Chocolate, and 5 other beers on my top ten list. To be able to buy a growler (From Green's on Piney Grove, bless 'em) of my #8 rated beer of all time for a measly $10 is just such a wonderful thing... here is a brewery that has been around since the Dark Ages, still cranking out beer today. I don't know if the beer was better in the past or will be better in 2208, it is fantastic now.

The extreme drinkability of Weihenstephaner Hefe is maybe only matched by its balance. We have a puffy, creamy, mellow yet flavorful wheat beer boasting a superb finish, which is a stumbling block for most American brewers of this style (and many Germans as well). It fades out gently, with neither clove-spice nor lemon-sour nor fruity banana dominating, but all turning out the lights, tucking you into bed, and tiptoeing out the door quietly, making sure to shut the doors behind them. What's left in your mouth and mine is a delightful light sweetness, mineral water, wheat-dough, and spice flavor that is entirely inoffensive - and is actually great.

I suppose I could gush about this beer all day, but I have Things to Do. So let me just say, again, that an unfiltered Weihenstephaner Hefe out of the proper glass on a hot day is one of my favorite things in life. One day I will drink this close to the source and it will be good then, too.

I do not exaggerate when I say that I think that enjoying Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is one of the infinite, small mercies of God. Prost indeed.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color with a touch of haze, a huge freaking white head, fades at a wicked slow rate, maybe a bit too slow since I want to start enjoy it sooner, oddly enough it doesn't leave much lacing on the glass.

Smell has a large presence of clove and coriander, light aroma of yeast and a bit of banana.

Taste is surprisingly straightforward at first with a sweet malt touch, hints of spice start to seep in, like coriander and clove and some citrus, mouthfeel seems thin and watery at times though, carbonation is soft but quite present and lends a subtle creaminess.

Photo of jnn4v
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle code 4071, which if I'm interpreting correctly means it was bottled February 4th, 2011. Tasted July 6, 2011 in a 32oz crystal wine chalice (my only glass big enough to fit the entire bottle + the head).

A: Cloudy faded orange color, bordering on a light tan. Lots and lots of very foamy white head (the head alone filled 2/3 of the glass on the initial pour). No visible sediment, but this beer is so cloudy it's barely translucent.

S: Clove and a hint of spice on the initial pour which quickly faded to wheat and banana bread as it warmed and the head died down. No noticeable fruity scents other than banana.

T: Bready wheat, yeast, hints of banana, with lots of clove in the mid-to-after taste.

M: Tons of carbonation from very small bubbles. Good medium to full body texture. Yet the viscosity itself seems a bit low if you try to factor out the carbonation.

O: What else can I say? This beer is the definition of a proper Hefeweizen. It's the benchmark by which all others are measured. There are some I enjoy more personally (eg. Live Oak Hefeweizen), but this is the classic.

Photo of tjkinate
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner was the brand I first started experimenting with to separate myself from traditional domestic brews. Not to mention, I wanted to drink beer that dealt with my ancestry.

A: Golden with an abundance of carbonation, pour slowly into a tilted glass to avoid an overflow from the head.

S: Lots of spices to include coriander and cloves combined with the traditional smell of bananas.

T: Light, crisp, and the carbonation dances on the tongue. The spices are balanced exceptionally with the sweet from the banana leaving you with one of the best tasting and most well balanced Hefe's I've ever tasted.

M: Crisp, tingly, and light.

O: Great beer on those warm summer days/nights. Can't think of a better example of the variety.

Photo of DavidST
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip glass, no date indication on the bottle.

This pours a hazy light orange color with a large white head which has good retention and leaves a film which never goes away. The smell is complex, its semi sweet with clove, spices, a yeast aroma and wheat. The feel is medium with high carbonation. The taste is very good lots going on, sweet malts, wheat, cloves, spices with a dry finish. This is a mighty fine beer.

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

A clouded light orange/yellow beer, a very big white head leaving good lacing.

The smell is complex and rich, spices (cardamom, coriander, clove), citrus fruits (orange, lemon), sour notes.

The taste is equally complex, spicy and citric. Lime with gingerbread.

Light carbonation, a fresh feeling, a good body, a slightly dry finish.

A beer for a warm summer's day.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.82/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a brigh hazy straw color with a thick white foam head that had excellent retention. There is a moderate amount of lacing down the sides.

S: Lots of wheat, honey, banana, clove, coriander and some citrus hints. The scents are quite potent, inviting you to taste this beer.

T: Starts off with a nice clean wheat and honey taste on the front end. The clove, banana, coriander and citrus are quite prevalent. On the back end the yeast and wheat comes back to the palate. The flavors blend extremely well, nothing is too overpowering.

M: Leaves a slighty grainy taste on the palate. A nice amount of carbonation for this light bodied beer.

O: One of the best Hefeweizens you can try. Ranks right up there with the Penn Brewery Hefe, Troegs Dreamweaver and Fat Heads Summer Haze, in my opinion. Very clean and refreshing, perfect for those summer days. Certainly a must try for any Hefe fan.

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

Been picking up a few of these lately, as it's been getting hot, and my fridge is full of RIS, and bourbon barrel aged beers of varying degree, and a good Hefe was in order.

A: Poured from the 375ml bottle into Bruery Tulip glass. The beer pours a hazy honey color with a good two inches of frothy white head that very slowly receded, leaving nice lace behind, before finally settling at about three quarters of an inch.

S: Soft scents of sweet clove, mild spice, banana, wheat toast, and a very mild esters of yeast.

T: Well intergraded flavors. Layers of banana, lemon, some cloves, and toasted wheat bread. Mild mineral quality, but smooth and well rounded.

M: Low to medium carbonation with a mild creamy medium body.

O: Hits the mark. Refreshing, balanced, and though not overly complex, it's brilliant in its execution, and quite enjoyable. Steal at $2.25 for a 375ml bottle too.

Photo of wo87810
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at a local pub in Gainesville, FL. Great golden-orange color, with the almost "glow" from the unfiltered particles.

Such good fragrance: fruity, citrus, with the distinctive yeast aroma of good German beers.

I am not the biggest hefeweissen fan in the world, but this was the best example that I have had so far. It was smooth and full of flavor. The thing that stuck with me were the floral aromas.

Get this one if you can, and others from this brewery- they are top notch.

Photo of shanblur
3.91/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500cc into a weizen.

A - Impressive thick fluffy head over a clear, straw colored beer.

S - Sweet smell of bubble gum and malts. Some citrus notes as well.

T - Sweet malts on a wheaty backbone with a slightly tart finish

M - Medium bodied with a ton of carbonation

The best in this category that I have had. Though not my favorite style, I could certainly be happy drinking a few of these.

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

On-tap at Frontier on Milwaukee Ave. here in Chicago, which is a large multi-story bar with a small selection of tappers that are fairly well-selected. The Weihenstephaner on-tap is really their stand-out though.

Drank quite a few of these. Big cloudy bright body with a huge head that gives off a ton of yeast funk, deep rich almost deliciously stale fruit and a mountain of wheat sharpness. Taste is crisp, funky and with an excellent malt depth. Darn, this is a yummy beer. Mouthfeel is flawless, absolutely perfect.

If you haven't ever had this, you need to. I'll post a bottle review sometime soon too, I sure do love to crack one of these after some gardening in the yard or just on the deck on a hot Sunday.

Photo of bs870621345
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hate the style, loving this beer.

Pours a cloudy yellow/orange color with a huge head. Nice lacing down the glass.

Smells like bread, banana and cloves- just what you'd expect. I hate bananas.

Once again, opens with a huge banana flavor with some cloves mixed in, then the bread takes over to the finish. Aftertaste is gently spiced. Once again, I will say that I hate bananas but I'm really loving this beer.

Mouthfeel seems a bit thick for a beer like this, and the carbonation seems low also.

Overall, its really good. I would definitely get this again.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,836 ratings.