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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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6,737 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,737
Reviews: 2,280
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 516
Gots: 787 | FT: 12
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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 atlason
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap to a Weihenstephaner vase at Cafe Katja, NYC.

A: Pale amber, hazy with full head, good retention but minimal lacing.

S: Sweet nose of banana and slight clove. Slight floral cooked cabbage.

T: Creamy wheat with well integrated clove and banana and slight orange. Very balanced and even profile.

M Creamy, low attenuation, carbonation not excessive. Quite drinkable.

Overall exhibits all the ideal attributes of a quality Hefeweizen while maintaining a smoothness absent of any possible off-flavor or harshness. Quite impresive.

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

Poured into a proper hefeweizen glass, swirled and poured the sediment. Everything as it should be and, wow, the appearance alone is reaping rewards. Quintessential hefeweizen look here, the peachy color being entirely clouded over, sporting a two-finger thick cap of pillow-fluff foam. I kinda just want to sit here staring, as if at a beautiful woman, but there is other work to be done...

Plenty of yeast-driven banana aroma, lighter spices and a considerable tug of wheat/grain. Gentle, mellow, pleasant, solid.

Be careful...drinking this too cold does not do the beer justice. I know that from past experience with it. Seems something that could be left unsaid, but serious, subtleties will be lost. And this beer is largely about subtleties. A generous layer of banana forms the foundation, laying large on the surface, but underneath there are a myriad of spices that you might find in a variety of desserts, sweeter ones -- just saying "clove" would be too simplistic. There are notes of various fruit juices, especially pear and peach; faint but really nice bubblegum; wheat is soft and gentle, earthy and hearty, another subtlety but one that makes all the difference.

Texturally this is soft, slick, silky but no lack of presence. Carbonation is forward but hardly annoying. Even causes a light fruity pucker, especially the in the finish.

Hugely refreshing. Stupidly refreshing. What a way to ring in some beautiful spring weather...

Photo of BilbosNuts
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a pale yellow/golden color. It is very cloudy. It has a very thick, big, white head with significant lacing. It looks very carbonated.

S: There is a pronounced smell of cloves and spices. Leaves a crisp and tart note that stings the nostrils.

T: It tastes mostly of spices and wheat. It leaves a very crisp and refreshing feeling. The aftertaste is great, consisting of a profound wheatiness.

M: It is medium bodied. Very easy to drink because of its great taste. The carbonation isn't too much, just enough to leave a pleasant tingling sensation.

D: A very awesome hefeweizen. Definitely one of the best of this style that I've ever tried.

Photo of legalpete19340
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a cloudy straw yellow with a big white fizzy head. The head never left this beer. Stellar lacing.

S: Lots going on here. Coconut, yeast, spice, grass, some banana.

T: Banana, spice, more grass, yeast, tint of bitterness near the end, wheat bread and then a dramatic alcohol finish. Finished up sticky and coats the mouth with a long burn.

M: More than medium but strangely light, fair carbonation but not overdone.

O: This is Hefeweizen.

Photo of chilly460
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy straw yellow, lots of sediment. Huge pillow of clear white head. Great retention and lacing.

S - A strong point for wheat beers, the aroma is a strong bouquet of banana and clove spice. It has a hint of bubble gum sweet smell as well.

T - Starts with a banana taste, then dry type malt is the main character. Plenty of "yeastiness" in here, baked bread. Sweetness combines well with the savory clove in there too, very nice.

M - Creamy is the word that comes to mind, the pillowy head on the beer combines with plenty of chewiness, very nice.

O- Not a huge wheat beer drinker, but this is a nice clean example. Well executed.

Photo of nickthegun12
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow this is the standard!!!

cloudy to piss yellow in color with a beautiful white fluffy head....and nice lacing...

smell is of banana's this smell is what a hefe should smell like!

the taste is strong and full flavored...banana comes to the taste first then the malt comes to the taste....

feel is almost dry but not quite...and the carbonation tingles the tongue...

overall this beer is what i would shoot for if i brewed a hefeweizen!

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

A - Bright white 3 finger head that retains very well. Thick splotches of lacing.

S - Savory banana, clove, wheat.

T - Follows the nose except the spice is muted. Banana with plenty of dry peppery wheat. Bubblegum and melon come in to play. Finishes with a creamy spice flavor.

M - Full body. Prickly carbonation.

Very solid for the style. One of the best for sure.

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

Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass.

A- Hazy golden yellow with some orange hues, high carbonation, and nice 3 finger rocky head that leaves spotty dropped lacing around the glass. Never seen lacing like that before.

S- Banana, yeast, spice, and bubblegum notes

T- Banana, spice, yeast, bubblegum, and a little bit of a hop presence

M- Good carbonation, very smooth, thicker mouthfeel than I was expecting, but slightly watery towards the back.

O- This is a great beer. I can't believe I put off hefeweizens for so long but I am glad I have been on a hefe kick lately because it is quickly becoming one of my favorite styles. This is such a great refreshing, flavorful, and smooth drinking beer that I will definitely be getting more of.

Photo of Gtreid
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Hazy, straw yellow color. The pour dropped a huge three finger head that faded to a thin rim, and left little lace. Just about perfect for the style.

A: Big notes of banana, clove, and spice. A small grassy aroma is present. Notes of wheat, herbs, and small lemon.

T: Again, pretty much spot on for the style. Bannana, clove, grass, lemon, and spice. Spicey in the middle and finishes slightly dry with no hint of alcohol.

M: Tingely from the aggressive carbonation. Smooth, light body.

O: For the style, I really can't see a beer being any better. This is everything a hefe should be and more. Excellent. Skal.

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

A - This beer pours a beautiful hazy golden yellow color. It has a huge fluffy 4-finger white head on it. The head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. There are some rising carbonation bubbles visible as well.

S - It smells of bready wheat and some spicy yeast. There are some big fruit here, mostly banana. Also, there is some clove and citrus. This beer smells great.

T - The taste starts off with a bready malt flavor. There is a big banana taste, as well as some clove and citrus. The finish is dry and a tad bitter. The aftertaste is of spicy yeast.

M - It has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down really easy, and has a smooth feel to it. The finish is dry and there is some subtle spiciness from the yeast.

O - This has great drinkability. It goes down easy, and it is very refreshing. This is a perfect anytime beer. Great flavor, and a solid example of the style. I would definitely recommend trying this one.

Photo of CuttDeez
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A deep rustic gold with some slight orangy hues. Huge pure white head that has a beaten egg white texture and a large amount of sticky lace.
S - Very wheaty nose with some slight pepper but mostly fresh fruit and lemon.
T & M - Awesomely smooth and awesomely fresh. Lots of malt sweetness and fruits in the mouth. bananas and lemons then a mellowing with some spices of clove and a little pepper. The end of the taste is a great exhale of banana. The beer is medium bodied and creamy with a good amount of carbination and a great clean finish.
O - Wow what a fantastic beer. I am glad I had it now because i could see having a lot of these this summer. Great look and a exceptional taste. The beer is just plain fresh and smooth. Get one.


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

Poured from 22oz bottle into Weizen glass.

A. Poured 3+ finger head. Thick lacing. Great retention. Color is a rich golden yellow.

S. Yeast, banana, clove, lemon, citrus, pale malt. Smells very refreshing. Smells like summer.

T. Banana, clove, yeast, lemon. Spices overtop a real nice sweet pale malt base. Kind of beer you could drink all day on a hot summer day.

M. Great mouthfeel. Medium/full bodied. Medium/high carbonation. Finishes pretty clean and dry. This to me is the essence of good warm weather.

O. Overall this is a very good beer. Makes you truly appreciate what can be accomplished with 4 simple ingredients.

Photo of Rutager
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Deep gold with a little haze and a massive, white head. Gorgeous

Smell. Citrus and spices. Light grain, lemons and a hint of funky yeast.

Taste. Light banana, cloves, canned fruit salad and a little yeasty bread.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, medium low carbonation.

Overall. This beer seems to emphasise all of the good points of the style. Pretty nice stuff.

Photo of SeaOfShells
4.97/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first review here.

Up until today, I had only ever had Pyramid as far as "hefeweizens" go. Blasphemy, I know. But considering that I hate that beer, I was skeptical to give others a try.

A: Pours a beautiful golden, hazy color with about 3 fingers worth of frothy white head.

S: Unbelievable amounts of banana and spices. Some citrus characteristics and a nice pungent scent that really has me aching to try this one.

T: Doesn't disappoint in the slightest. Tons of banana and clove pour out of this one. Front of the mouth it's all banana, middle of the tongue I get a nice kind of sour/pungent flavor, finishes with a nice yeast characteristic. Very, very refreshing. I wish I had another because I'd take it down in an instant. World class in my opinion. I didn't know hefeweisbier had potential like this. I'll be getting more of this soon.

M: Velvety. That's the best I can describe it. Nice carbonation, and a light body helps this one go down with ease. Very soft and smooth going down.

D: Tons of drinkability with this one. This beer is filling, which is the ONLY thing holding it back from being a nice sessioner in the summer. Amazingly refreshing, crisp, and enjoyable. I can't wait to have another.

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

I poured from a bomber into a weizen glass. The pour is hazy gold with a huge, pillowy white head. The aroma is full of banana and clove. The flavor is full of sweet bananas and clove. It has a lingering sweet banana finish. The beer is light, well carbonated and very refreshing. A great hef.

Photo of BMoldy
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice translucent honey that borders more on orange than gold. The bright-white head is immense and deliciously foamy. Great yeasty/wheat-driven aroma, with strong notes of clove and banana. The taste is medium-bodied and slightly sweet, with a minimal hop presence. A bit of tart fruitiness from the yeast complements the wheat very well. Carbonation is absolutely perfect and is helped by the excellent head retention.

I picked this up the other day after checking the top German beers list (and to encourage the warm weather to come a little faster!) I have to say I wasn't disappointed at all, though my wheat beer palate probably isn't as refined as it could be. Overall very refreshing and extremely drinkable. Gimme a liter of this on a hot summer day and I'll be a happy man!

Photo of BeerBodisafa
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, what a great beer.

A: cloudy yellow in color, huge fluffy head, and its still there as I drinking it and typing this.

S: some banana, cloves, but not overpowering

T: the taste is great, so smooth, tingles the tongue, all the flavors of clove, banana and pepper just blend so well, not one of them dominates the other.

M: medium body, lots of bubbles.

O: this is a great beer, cheap, easy to find, probably the top beer of its style, I will be buying this one quite often.

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

Pours an opaque golden with an incredible white head. Huge, billowing head and a thick lace coats the glass.

Intense spicy wheat aroma. Pepper and cloves with a citrus edge.

Very creamy with a crisp taste. Light and sweet. Not as spicy as the aroma indicates but still a nice pepper kick to offset the wheat sweetness. Lemon/orange tang. Needs saying again, this is very creamy with a light carbonation tang. Evaporates in the mouth, as if the beer converts to head as you drink.

Photo of Zimbo
3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Always a tricky pour. Virtually pours itself such is the heady intensity. Deep hazy yellow in colour this is quite fizzy and rather spicy on the tongue. Reminiscent of Duvel on the nose. Leaves small dollops all ovef the glass as it goes down.
Taste dilutes as it hits the middle palate and though a fine drink this lacks some omph to me and could do with some more depth.Nice enough but I'm with Michael Jackson on this one.

Photo of Jimmys
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: it's not too often i open a bottle and a head appears, but yeah that just happened. huge mousse-like white head. hazy, lazy straw. beautiful haze. exactly what i expect from this style.

S: fruit salad. banana, orange slices, melon, apple. a hint of clove. peppery, almost cinnamon-like.

T: lemon, banana. more on the clove side than the banana in my opinion. baked bread. very smooth and rounds itself over the palate. very desirable peppery component.

M: slightly sticky on the gums and tongue. feels a little more fluffy than effervescent. significantly dry finish. light to medium body.

D: i can definitely see why this is THE example for this style of beer. it's nice to see a top example that is so easy to find.

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

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Medium yellow in color, with a slight cast of haze. Tall, creamy white head with fine bead, good retention, and nice lacing.

Aroma-Bready wheat, strong clove phenolics, and moderate ripe banana esters, for an overall spiced banana bread aroma.

Flavor-Follows aroma, with spicy cloves first, followed by bananas and wheaty bread. Slight toasty/smoky note in the finish.

Mouthfeel-Medium light body, spritzy high carbonation, light carbonic prickle. Effervescent. Awesome.

Superbly drinkable, superbly delicious, all around a phenomenal beer. This is the quintessential hefeweizen. Can't say enough good things about it.

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

Appearance - Cloudy orange 2 finger head.

Smell - wheat with some spices and hops.

Taste - Wheat and spice up front with banana and spices in the back and finish.

Mouthfeel - Smooth with lots of carbonation finish is crisp and clean.

Overall - Great hefeweizen but still not mind blowing maybe I'm not a wheat beer kind of guy but I still would stock my fridge with this for the summer.

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

Pours a hazy orange straw color with a large white head. A very nice looking wheat beer. Scent is spicy with great clove and banana aromas. Amazing scents of wheat and pepper. Taste is just as great as it smells. All the flavors of wheat, pepper, clove, banana, and just a hint of citrus are all mixed together for an awesome, complex taste. Mouthfeel is creamy and refreshing. Drinkability is very high. Hefs are not even close to being my favorite beer style, but this is a very tasty beer, and the best example of the style by far.

Photo of godfathermg57
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Franziskaner Weissbier glass.

A: Poured with a massive head, but that was probably my fault. Eventually dissipated. Color is hazy gold.

S: Smells very spicy with a hint of hops and wheat. Smell might be a bit too spicy however for my nose.

T: Taste is great. Perfect balance with right amount of crisp wheat and hops and a little spice and yeast. Very refreshing.

M: Mild carbonation, feels almost as good as it tastes.

D: Perfect drinkability. One of the crispest and smoothest beers I have ever had, and one of the reasons this is a must have.

Photo of doktorhops
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally I get to one of my favourite styles: the classic wheat beer oder weissbier im Deutsch. What better a wheat beer to review than from Weihenstephaner, the worlds oldest brewery still running.

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a 500ml Stein glass.

A: The brew fizzes a little as I pour it into the glass, the solid white head settles to 1cm. The body is a classic cloudy orange and without the head you would almost mistake it for a glass of mango juice.

S: This is where wheat beers really excel for me; the aroma is a fantastic bouquet of banana and clove spice. It has a hint of bubble gum and if I must be honest this aroma would make a fantastic cologne (take note Calvin Klein).

T: Creamy, slightly banana taste. Distinctive malt is the main character in this brew and if you like your hops too bad - they've left the building. There is a mustiness mixed in that could only in my mind be the yeast, it's slightly distracting but not a deal breaker. The cloves also add a tip of the tongue tingle and give the sweetness some added complexity.

M: Again 'creamy' is the word of the day with this fine beer. It's not stoutland creamy but it is nonetheless quite substantial. The carbonation is fantastically well suited to the style.

D: In a word 'extremely'... that is if you like your wheat beers. Some people can't abide by them and all I can say is "Your loss". To me this is probably my 3rd favourite style of beer and this particular brew is quite exceptional, although I think Schneider Aventinus is a better beer and will do up a review on that soon... hopefully.

Food match: German fare; big sausages while wearing even bigger leather pants. Fried potato with shredded ham (schinken), and sauerkraut... mmm.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,737 ratings.