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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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6,317 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,317
Reviews: 2,240
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 480
Gots: 613 | FT: 12
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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 WCBCFrank
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier pours a golden murky yellow in a tulip glass with a big fluffy head - nice lacing. Lots of citrus and some yeasty deliciousness, crisp bitter aftertaste. A truly refreshing beer, great for seafood or nachos. One of my favorites.

WCBCFrank, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of brystmar
3.73/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tall hefe glass.

Pours a beautifully cloudy, orange color with plenty of fluffy head. A solid amount of lacing remains on the glass after drinking.

Smells like wheat, yeast, and a little bit of banana.

Very smooth taste with malty sweetness, traditional wheat, a hint of banana, and mild hops, but I was really expecting more here. The aftertaste feels like it was watered down and leaves me longing for something more. This is far from being a bad hefe, but it's clearly inferior to the offerings from style-leaders Paulaner and Augustiner IMO.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation. Best part of this beer.

Drinkability is high due to its relatively light taste and fabulous mouthfeel. I could see myself sessioning this brew.

A good hefe all in all, but it doesn't live up to the rave reviews here. Paulaner's hefe still reigns supreme as the best universally available weissbier.

brystmar, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of EStreet20
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle poured "mit hefe" into a weizen glass.

A - Two fingers plus of fluffy show white head. As usual the wheat helps a big head form and stay atop the cloudy golden brew. In a weizen glass with a good swirled yeast pour, this beer is exactly what a hefeweizen should look like.

S - Yeasty smell with a nice nutty tone. Tiny bit of banana and spice in there as well,

T - A very easy going, refreshing flavor with just enough of a clove flavor coming over some nice slightly fruity sweetness. A bit of banana and tiny hint of bubblegum come through as well before the brew finishes with a tart subtle bite.

M - Very smooth, fairly creamy yet light feel with just the right kiss of carbontation.

D - Bring on more. A perfectly balanced hefe that has the banana and spice flavors but remains refeshing enough in flavor to make an excellent session brew.

EStreet20, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of nomomentwasted
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this out of the bottle, poured into a pint glass. Wished I had more of it after I was finished . . . much more of it.

Appearance: Don't know if it could have been more hefeweizen than it poured. Cloudy gold color with fluffy white head that billowed nicely as she poured. Head retention was very solid at about an inch above surface level, and laced decently. Inviting, that's for sure.

Smell: Yum. The traditional wheaty, fresh banana and clove hef nose are definitely present here. Sweet, but not quite bubble gummy, and just altogether very indicative of the style. Then again, this is one of the oldest renditions, shouldn't be too surprised.

Taste: Wow. After having several decent Hefs recently, this certainly shows how tasty and refreshing a good Hef is. Sweet malts accompanied by slight hops in a wheaty balance that is just so inviting on a warm evening. Taste becomes a little more banana and clove rather than sweet as it opens up a bit, but still very, very refreshing and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and carbonated perfectly. Just awesome carbonation level, that's for sure. The homebrewed Hef my housemates and I brewed recently is slightly overcarbonated, and it takes a tad away from the end result. This, on the other hand, is just right. Tasty.

Drinkability: High, but not immense. Man, I love a good Hef. So refreshing and delectable, I'm rarely in a mood where Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier doesn't sound awesome. Super pleasant, and worthy top 100 beer beyond a shadow of a doubt.

nomomentwasted, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of berley31
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured with a nice large, white frothy head that hung around for quite awhile and left excellent lacing behind. Body was cloudy, almost murky, and a dark orange color.

S: Great aroma of lemon, orange, light yeast, wheat, and pepper. Lots going on here.

T: Nice flavor of wheat, citrus, and spices... the pepper in particular is quite prevalent (say that three times fast). Short duration, which is normal for a hefeweizen.

M: Medium-bodied and quite creamy, with average carbonation.

D: Hell yeah it's drinkable. You could put these back all night and never get sick of them. An excellent hefeweizen, and a damned good session beer.

berley31, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this at Rattle n' Hum out of a Pilsner

A: Poured a 2.5 finger white fluffy fine head with outstanding retention. Brew was a cloudy grapefruit color. Lacing was unbelievably thick and blotchy and web-like.

S: Sweet sugar, wheat, cloves, orange or other strong citrus character.

T: Malty and bready with a hint of citrus. Brew develops into a certain earthy floweriness. I could taste the cloves, and fresh floral esthers towards the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied. Incredibly smooth. Finishes wet and clean and coarse and goes down so easy.

D: I could have this all night long. So complex and tasty without being overwhelming. Easy on the palate and yet so intriguing.

SpeedwayJim, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of MrIncognito
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very hazy and muddy golden orange with brown hues. Big, fluffy, and sticky white had that retains well and leaves awesome lacing.

S - Yeasty with wheat and malt breadiness. Nice clove aroma with just a hint of lemon peel in the background. Not much banana in this.

T&M - Big clove bite with lemon zing in the end. Nice and yeasty leading to a wheat bread taste with the malts. Malts are slightly sweet. Medium carbonation keeps this smooth yet crisp and dry on the tongue. Great spiciness in here.

D - I want to drink this all night. I love a good hefeweissen. Smells, tastes, and feels great without any overpowering flavors.

MrIncognito, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of RuudJH
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Premium Bavaricum Hefe Weissbier. I never have paid much attention to it before, but I wanted to try it now.
Reading some comments here upfront, I'm curious too.

Looks good smells good tastes good.
Orange-yellow glow to this beer, massive carbonation, great lacing too.
Fresh smell of hops, bread, banana and citrus, orange and lemon. Also, like a good wheat beer, it's spicy, with a bit of pepper, cloves, koriander...
Similar taste, but stronger. Complex and balanced. Very refreshing.

The carbonation is maybe a bit too much (unless it's summertime), but the mouthfeel is outstanding nevertheless. This is pretty drinkable indeed.

It's a pitty I never discovered this beer before. It is a great treat on warm summerevenings. I'm glad I found it now.
Easily the best, not only of german hefeweizen, but of all wheat beers everywhere, in my experience.

RuudJH, Oct 25, 2009
Photo of Vengeance526
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a lively white head that holds up extremely well and leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell reveals a lot of wheat and cloves upfront with a noticeable fruity aroma toward the end. A very prominent aroma that is quite pleasing and really gets me psyched for tasting.

Taste hits immediately with fresh banana and cloves with wheat in the background and a hint of honey towards the finish. A little bit of citrus can also be detected.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. A top of the line hefe. Obviously great for a hot day but this is one I can enjoy year round.

Vengeance526, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of cptierney
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured slowly and slightly agitated into the appropriate .5l Weihenstephaner hefe glass. A beautiful sight if ever there was one.

An earlier reviewer mentioned a banana bread smell. I think this is appropriate, as there isn't an overwhelming hit of banana to this bouquet, just a mild hint. There are some peppery spices in the mix with clove being the most prominent.

What a gorgeous beer. The glass accentuate the four fingers of fluffy white head that sit atop a base of golden wheat. There are many trails of carbonation making the long traverse from bottom to top, making for a moving image.

American hefe's eat your heart out. This is wheat beer nirvana. The spice in this beer is incredibly balanced, the clove I smelled is there along with some trilling bitter notes from a minimal hop profile. The banana esters are really minimal and this beer stands as an excellent example of the less is more philosophy of the German purity law.

There is not a better mouthfeel in the hefe world, hence the perfect 5. There is a thickness to this brew, that the wheat provides, that makes it a much more palatable summer companion than its american counterparts. Mix this with fantastic carbonation and you have a great brew.

No issues with drinkability, it practically demands that you have another. A real cultural treasure to the nation of Germany and a welcome cultural visitor here in the states. I really need to start reviewing some bad beers.

cptierney, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of jamescain
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

They brewery has had a thousand years to prefect their brew so it had better be good, right? Well they didn't disappoint with this one. I've had it two different ways, from the bottle and from the tap. I prefer the bottle, which is the more German way to serve a hefe-weissen, just make sure you use the proper glass.

The beer pours great, a clear orange-yellow at first, then shake the bottle and continue pouring and it becomes a cloudy orange-yellow with about an inch and a half of thick white head up to the rim of the glass.

The smell is pretty strong, which is how most hefes are. The first smell is cloves and malts with a mild spiciness and hints of lemon.

This beer is very earthy. There is minimal hop character and a strong malty character, which is balanced with the sweetness of the wheat. It is a great beer to drink in a biergarten in the summer because it has a nice amount of carbonation to give it a refreshing finish to it.

One of the best hefe-weissens I've ever had, I definitely recommend one for a hot summer day.

(note: don't ever drink a hefe with a lemon or an orange slice on the glass, drink it like a real German)

Here's to a thousand years of brewing and I hope there will be many more after that.

jamescain, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of bound4er
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date code of 2179.

A: Cloudy straw color with a fluffy white head and minor amounts of lacing.

S: Smells good - I was expecting a big hit of banana but instead was greeted with clove, wheat, light banana, and some citrus.

T: Similar to the smell - clove, lemon, grain and a nice lingering, slightly bitter charcoal-like finish. Well constructed stuff.

M: What sets this beer apart from other hefes is it smoothness and overall feel. Hard to put into words - this beer is just a pleasure to drink.

D: High. I will have this in my fridge (along with Dancing Man) during the summer months.

bound4er, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of DerBayer
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy gold with a beautiful orange tinge and rich creamy thick head in perfect white

Smell is banana bread and clove with faint citrussy freshness and fresh grass.

Tastes like a grainy fruit loaf with spice - sehr gut!

The mothfeel is creamy yet refreshing with decent carbonation.

This is the Masstab of the style.

DerBayer, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Back to the classics here. Brilliant on tap and still exceptional in the 500ml bottle.

Appearance is that of a typical hefe: golden and opaque, with a light head encircling the glass.

Nose is of wheat, honey, banana and fresh spices.

Taste is exceptionally smooth and terrifically quaffable. Banana, clove and just a little bit of bitterness to the finish, but very rounded.

Mouthfeel is slightly, thin, creamy, with tart carbonation. A great summer quaffer.

A classic hefeweisse, with a lovely crisp finish. Great as a sessional at any time of year, but truly tastes best on a summer patio.

JohnnyBarman, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of VikeMan
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Weizen glass.

This review is a little different. I previously reviewed Franziskaner and wanted to do a head to head with Weihenstephaner. So my buddy Timster and I sampled both side by side. I'll skip the usual stuff...my previous review of Franziskaner still stands, and in fact also fits the Weihenstephaner very nicely. After much back and forth, both tasting-wise and discussion-wise, we only agreed on two differences...

1) The Franziskaner had a slightly 'crisper' finish, perhaps due to a tiny bit of difference in carbonation. The Weihenstephaner's finish was a little smoother/rounder. This was very subtle and we could not agree on which was preferable.
2) The Weihenstephaner had just a tiny bit more clove in the taste. Again, we could not agree on which was preferred.

Other differences were both too subtle and fleeting for us to agree upon in any way. That includes the ABV difference of about 0.4%, which was surprisingly not at all obvious in the smell or taste.

So which is the better hefe? I'm calling it a push. I would probably make any future purchasing decisions between these two based on price and/or freshness.

VikeMan, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of WeedKing4
3.63/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold colour, with a large amount of carbination. The taste of very sweet fruits runs through out this beer. Hints of bananas as well. Its a little too citrusy though. Its very hard to drink two or more of these. A decent beer overall, but its definately overrated.

WeedKing4, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of AmberMan22
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Weizen glass that I just got at Oktoberfest. Time to finally pour a proper beer into it.

Pours an opaque gold, with orange hues in the thickest part of the glass. Rocky 2-inch head, banana creme in color. Brilliant carbonation. Almost no lacing to speak of.

This smells like freshly harvested wheat and freshly picked honey comb. Adding to the greatness is a light malt presence, cloves, and a zingy hop finish.

Easily the best Hefeweiss I've tasted, by miles. This is the first german HW i've had and it tastes magical. This came highly recommended and it is worth it.
Pure, fresh wheat, honey sweetness, light malting, wonderful hop balance to blend in, gentle finish.

Mouthfeel is light but not watery. Carbonation is invigorating without biting the tongue.

Absolutely Refreshing. I could drink this any time of the year and be perfectly content.

AmberMan22, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of Brenden
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one pours a cloudy deep amber. A great dense, compact, sticky head sits around the entire way and leaves thick rings and patches of sticky lacing most of the way down the glass.
There's lots of wheat on the nose with some yeast character, a light sweetness, gentle spiciness, and a noticeable citrus presence, all in perfect harmony.
There's mostly wheat and citrus in the flavor along with light banana and clove notes and a balanced mix of malt, which adds a light sweetness,. A very light but noticeable hops flavor is quite subtle and just enough to even it out. A surprisingly lingering finish rounds out the wheat, yeast and citrus characters.
There's a surprising thick creaminess to this brew, very nicely complimenting a crispness and a carbonation that's not too heavy.
There's not much wrong with this at all; this is the quintessential hefeweizen.

Brenden, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of nokes
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looks like fizzy liquid honey in my wine glass, with a vortex of tiny bubbles swirling up to join a moderately dense head.

Smells of citrus and mild spicyness with a hint of banana. Nice.

Tastes...well...fruity. Refreshing, and very straightforward. Balanced very nicely. This tastes like a straight-up snappy dry hefe the way I would imagine them to be. It's very good, with a pleasantly lingering finish.

Mouthfeel is really quite nice, particularly for a hefe. It has strong presence, and a bit of creaminess you don't always get in these guys. Really nice.

Good drinkability here. Seemed to get better as it went on...I could see these following each other. Definitely would drink again.

nokes, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of PEIBeerGuy
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm starting to get more into this type of beer after the Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse I had the other day and this one. I thought the Hacker-Pschorr was slightly better, though.

Looks good... cloudy gold. Tall, foamy head that left no lace on the sides except where I was drinking.

The smell is good, albeit a bit sharp.

It tastes pretty good! I get a banana, cream, & dough flavour with a bit of spice.

It feels smooth, not too thick or thin.

Pretty drinkable! I won't be afraid to further explore this genre after the other ones I had that I didn't care for as much.

PEIBeerGuy, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of jrallen34
3.15/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a hazy medium gold with a decent white head. Light retention and lacing.

The aroma is light with notes of flowers, hops, and honey.

The taste is what you would expect from a weiss, not a big fan of this style, but saying that it was not the best weiss I've had. The taste was light, and it had a very unpleasant metallic finish that contriubted to a poor mouthfeel as well. You can this all because its so light despite its weird after-taste.

jrallen34, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of cbutova
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy yellow orange with a two finger white head (this beer is volatile) that leaves a good blanket on the beer and has decent retention. Medium lacing is left as I sip this one down. Smells of banana, apples, other fruits, light malts and yeasts. This beer has a strong smell that I can actually pick up, great aromas on this one. Taste is a good balance of malts, yeast, esters, bananas and a hint of apple. Beer gets better and better with every sip, which is the opposite of 85% of the beers I drink. Mouthfeel is pretty light, good smooth carbonation, a bit of alcohol warming but this is expected with the style and a nice coat of german flavors on the tongue, yeast and esters. Drinkability is great, the beer never really loses its flavor or develops off flavors in a reasonable amount of it. The price is fine or a good German beer. I will definitely buy and recommend this one as the go to German beer.

cbutova, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of weazal
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Warm, orangey citrus balanced by slight earthy wheatness and a strong dose of spices like clove. Pungent and delicious smelling.

T: All the spices carry through wonderfully and kind of dominate. Full, fluffy mouthfeel that drifts off your palate. Not many other flavors - spice dominates with clove, but there's noticeably lingering banana.

weazal, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of lstokes
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm. Had this on tap at a bar in Berlin, where they really know how to serve a beer: in a tall weizen glass with a beautiful fluffy head on top of the hazy orange.

Smell was fruity and clovey, not too overpowering, and the taste was the very definition of the beer: citrus, cloves, banana, wheat. Too much clove is probably my pet peeve in these beers, but this was perfectly blended, with a pop of carbonation in a very smooth body and a dry finish. Easy to drink--I had a liter last night!

lstokes, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of BeelzeBrew
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy orange, with a bright white head which starts off big but quickly recedes and laces the glass nicely. Looks as a Hefeweizen should.

S: A bit watery, but very fruity and pleasant. Lemon, orange, banana and other citrus aromas ( possibly hops) are present.

T: Beautiful balance of citrus zest and fruity sweetness! The aftertaste is of light hops and lemon. Bready yeast, banana and possibly coriander, or something similar.

M: High carbonation. Relatively full-bodied and light, a really great mouthfeel.

d: This beer is as drinkable as beers get.

BeelzeBrew, Oct 06, 2009
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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