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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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6,161 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,161
Reviews: 2,230
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 464
Gots: 548 | FT: 14
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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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Photo of mhatters


4.47/5  rDev +1.4%

Served on-tap at TND

Pours a straw golden color with slight orange notes, 2 fingers of head foam out of the glass.

The hefe yeast dominates the nose, with some breadiness and spice. A hint of light fruit.

A sweet and spicy profile - malt and cloves with banana as well.

Refreshing, complex, and enjoyable. The hot weather made this even more enjoyable.

05-24-2009 20:11:51 | More by mhatters
Photo of pwsoldier


4.3/5  rDev -2.5%

A - Pours a cloudy copper with a large off-white head that slowly dissipates into a thin layer of foam. No lacing is left on the glass.

S - Lots of spice with plenty of fruit aromas in there as well. Clove, coriander, citrus, and banana are the dominant notes, with some subtle apple aromas coming through as well.

T - Lots of clove and coriander. The fruit sweetness is far more subdued on the palate than it was in the aroma, but it's still there in the background. The yeast sediment provides a great deal of earthy breadiness.

M - Medium-bodied with a clean finish. Carbonation is just about right.

D - One of the great hefes of the world. Immensely enjoyable and a terrific example of the style. I can think of few other beers that I'd rather be drinking on a hot Texas afternoon.

05-24-2009 06:45:47 | More by pwsoldier
Photo of chaz410

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -13.8%

Got this on tap at Duckworths in Charlotte.

Appearance is orangish yellow body with a very thin white head that disappears very quickly.
Smell is full of wheat malt, banana, clove, a little bit of plum and floral hops.
Taste is fresh wehat, lightly malty, lemon and grassy hops with a faint hint of banana and little bits of vanilla.
Mouthfeel is smooth and sweet.
An easy drinker for a large audience.

05-23-2009 13:19:24 | More by chaz410
Photo of apowar


4.3/5  rDev -2.5%

Poured from 500mL bottle into Weizen glass.

Initial pour is hazy orange amber with the classic large weizen white frothy head.

Aroma is rich with cornmeal, wheat bread, clove, banana and some floral notes.

Flavor opens with cornmeal and wheat. Clove dominates in the midpalate and the flavor finishes with clove, wheat and I almost want to say some cantaloupe.

The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, but the body is a bit watery, in my opinion. Such a fully flavored beer could be supported by a bit more strength on the palate.

05-19-2009 20:29:49 | More by apowar
Photo of BarrelO


4.33/5  rDev -1.8%

100th review!

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy light orange. Robust head.

S: Bananas, cloves, oranges.

T: Follows the nose. Bananas, cloves, biscuity malt, quite a bit of tartness.

M: Rather light-bodied with good carbonation. Refreshing.

D: I'd say this is the gold standard of wheat beers. Outstanding for summer or any other season. And in the morning, this is the next best thing to orange juice. Between this and Original Premium, Weihenstephaner has an untouchable portfolio of session beers.

05-19-2009 05:23:42 | More by BarrelO
Photo of callmescraps


4.2/5  rDev -4.8%

Got this for the lady friend. Decided I had to review while I was at it.

Appearance - Very nice. A sort of hazy straw color with a nice full white head that slowly dissipates. Pretty much how a hefe is supposed to look.

Smell - A nice tart lemon with some real clove and spice as well. Lots of the yeast goodness, with almost a hint of funk.

Taste - The sweet/tart lemon at the front. Some nice mellow bread follows, with that spice goodness. Very light on the tongue, but some real complexity beneath it.

Mouthfeel - Nice and mellow. Very light but good carbonation and richness.

Drinkability - Absurd. Goes right down every time. Smooth as anything.

This is a really great, mellow, every day kind of beer. It's world famous for a reason. Lots of hefes really go overboard, but this one is restrained and all the better for it.

05-19-2009 05:05:37 | More by callmescraps
Photo of Anthony1


4.43/5  rDev +0.5%

Appearance - Has a very cloudy, organge color. Very lively, thick head. The head is bright and creamy.

Smell - Smells is vibrant and refreshing. Hits of citrus, lemon, banana, and wheat. A lovely mixutre.

Taste - Very crisp and fuity blend. Nice balance between the flavors.

Mouthfeel - Crisp with a medium body. It flowed very smothly. There was a low level of bitterness with a great ammount of carbonation.

Drinkability - This beer fits its genre well and I would purchase another.

05-18-2009 17:58:39 | More by Anthony1
Photo of natasharai


4.43/5  rDev +0.5%

Appearance: Poured with a big white foamy head that dissipated to a thin layer on top leaving no lacing. The beer is slightly cloudy with a yellow golden color.

Smell: Banana, clove, sweet and tangy wheat, and some pear.

Taste: Crisp banana and pear, spicy clove, lightly toasted grain, small amount of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Light body, crisp carbonation, light tingle on the tongue, leaves mouth very refreshed.

Overall: Very drinkable. Deliciously crisp and refreshing. The flavors work well together and nothing is overwhelming about this beer.

05-17-2009 22:44:31 | More by natasharai
Photo of ocelot2500


4.83/5  rDev +9.5%

Pours a hazy orangish gold with a big white head. Plenty of lacing on the glass.

Smell is of wheat, citrus, and some phenolics.

Taste is more of the nose. The wheat comes through really well with a nice citrus note on top of it. The phenols lay over top with the banana and clove taste rounding it out. This is a very well balanced brew.

Mouthfeel is creamy and leaves a nice coating on the tongue.

This is one of the most drinkable beers I have had.

05-16-2009 20:00:36 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of OzarkElmo


4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Bottle pour into shaker (all they had). Hazy orange with moderate head. Citrus and wheat notes on the nose. Malts are wheaty and fruity with lots of banana and clove flavors. Slightly sweet tasting with some peppers and spices. A very good, well-balanced beer. Mild bitter finish and a very good hefeweizen - Cheers to the Germans!

05-15-2009 01:58:58 | More by OzarkElmo
Photo of jeffthecheff


4.65/5  rDev +5.4%

Bought a six pack with a strange bottling code. 9049 apparently means January 29th 2009.

Poured this thing into the necessary weizen glass, with a swirl at the end to get all the yeast in there. A 3, 4, or perhaps a 5 finger rocky head raises up at first, fizzes down to about two fingers and then eventually one. Carbonation bubbles sprint up the middle of the tall glass. Yeast is visible. At first it looks like clouds floating downward in the glass, then it all diffuses to make a completely unclear, yellow-orange beer.

Aroma of clove like spice, banana, and bubblegum makes an appetizing beer. Taste is sweet, with less going on but it's just about perfect. Banana-bubblegum beer comes through. The mouthfeel is outstanding. It coats the mouth with a creamy, smooth sensation. A tingly, cold carbonation makes this finish amazing.

This beer sets the standard for drinkability. A lot of times I don't put much thought or have much to say about drinkability, but this beer makes me realize how important it can be. This beer is very easy to drink. They say beer is an acquired taste but I swear if you gave this to my high school self who had never had beer before, I'd be able to put back as many as you put in front of me. This beer can match up with a ton of foods and be enjoyed in many different situations. Drink with Banana bread for breakfast, a long day chilling by the pool, A dinner beer or to party the night away. This would fit it all.

05-14-2009 04:18:49 | More by jeffthecheff
Photo of MetalHopHead6


4.33/5  rDev -1.8%

22oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier pours a cloudy golden orange, with a creamy thick head. Each sip leaves creamy sticky foam on the glass that is too thick to call "lace." It looks like the foam left behind by rolling surf at the beach.

The smell is nice but too subtle to excite. On the other hand, there is nothing subtle about the taste--banana and clove explode in the mouth, along with a tart, slightly bitter aftertaste. This Hef tickles and awakens the palate.

The only problem is that Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier begs to be both savored and guzzled. Finding a compromise between having your cake (Hef) and eating (drinking) it too, is a thoroughly enjoyable conundrum caused by this wonderful beer.

05-13-2009 20:14:28 | More by MetalHopHead6
Photo of bwd110


4.3/5  rDev -2.5%

Purchased from the cold case at Binny's in Schaumburg, IL.

16.9 ounce bottle poured into $1.29 tumbler. Hey, what can I say, I'm on the road for work...

A: Pours a golden straw color, big fluffy off-white head, at least 2" thick. Head dissipates quickly leaving a half finger's worth of tightly bubbled lacing. Decent amount of carbonation in this one, as bubbles are streaming up from the bottom of the glass.

S: Fairly light aroma, yeasty breadiness with sharp wheat notes and sweet banana and melon scents.

T: Damn fine example of the style. Wheaty, yeasty, sweet and then tart in the finish. Great malt base and good wheat bite. The banana and melon flavors round this out nicely.

M: Light, but not thin, very smooth, but not creamy. Finishes beautifully.

D: Summer session extravaganza!

In my eyes, the hefe most others are measured by...

05-13-2009 01:40:15 | More by bwd110
Photo of jimj21


4.28/5  rDev -2.9%

16.9 ounce bottle bought at Half Time in New York. Poured into a big weizen glass. Pours a slightly pale golden color. Huge three to four fingers of very white head. Looks great. Slightly hazy. Huge amount of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Great head retention with some lacing, but not much.

Smell is very yeasty with a lot of wheat malt. I'm getting some aromas of phenolic cloves as well. Not too much in the way of fruitiness or floral character. Pleasant, nonetheless.

Taste is great. Like the nose, the flavors are yeasty with a wheat bite. Definitely tasting the typical cloves with some ripe banana. A bit of tart apple, likely due to the wheat malt. Very yeasty on the finish. Not much of an aftertaste, maybe a little tart. Drying on the finish.

Mouthfeel is good and crisp. Light to medium bodied. A bit dry. Very refreshing.

A very good hefeweizen. Very refreshing and excellent on a hot summer day. A great beer from the world's oldest brewery.

05-12-2009 19:46:26 | More by jimj21
Photo of callmemickey


4.43/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Clear champagne gold body... moderate white head and good lacing

S: Clean banana, floral, clove, yeast notes... fresh feeling

T: Solid hefeweizen... the special thing about this beet is the clean flavor profile... its an effortless blend of subtle floral, spice and yeast flavors

M: light to medium body... crisp finish, semi dry

D: A very nice brew... plain as day to see why this beer has been brewed for ages

05-12-2009 03:56:49 | More by callmemickey
Photo of bulletrain76


3.78/5  rDev -14.3%

50cl bottle at De Baiard, Amsterdam, 12-2-07. Cloudy gold-brown with a thick, sustained head. Powerful banana/clove aroma of a good hefe. The flavor is clean and dryer than others I've had, and has the accompanying wheat phenols in a refreshing and crisp package. The best weissbier I've had yet.

05-11-2009 19:31:28 | More by bulletrain76
Photo of LordAdmNelson


4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

A- Great almost opaque orange color with a moderate head and decent lacing.

S- Smells amazing... banana, cloves, Belgian yeast/spices. Good stuff.

T- Even better... bubble gum, cloves, banana, hint of wheat, Belgian yeast/spices. I love this beer.

M- Light bodied, but velvety and smooth.

D- Off the charts. I could have this all night. A great beer. Well-balanced and delicious.

05-09-2009 03:18:28 | More by LordAdmNelson
Photo of cavedave

New York

4.83/5  rDev +9.5%

Beautiful straw colored, thick white headed, cloudy with yeasties brew. Head is like shaving cream, and is lasting.

Aroma is a luscious bouquet of soft banana, tempting yeast, hints of citrus, and bread, with a sweet backbone that sets my taste buds into action.

What a flavor! Full of a marvelous yeast deliciousness that is balanced perfectly atop banana, peach, gentle spice, and soft malty goodness. I gave it a soft pour into my Kapuziner glass so as to avoid sediment, now I have added the sediment, and it tastes even better. Absolutely wonderful taste! Words do this no justice. The finish is long, just sweet enough, just fruity enough, with none of the sourness I remember in others of this style.

Mouthfeel is amazing. What can I say? It is clingy but not cloying, fizzy but not acidically so, and just rich enough. The work of masters for sure.

Drinkability? I could drink this till the cows come home.

05-07-2009 21:07:07 | More by cavedave
Photo of Mistofminn


4.9/5  rDev +11.1%

Poured from 1 pint 9 oz bottle into a Weizen glass to celebrate a birthday.

Pours an incredibly hazy orange color, definitely not what I was expecting. Head is amazing, a conservative pour produced a three inch head. Retention is more than impressive, and lacing is spectacular. Lots of suspended sediment, some dark like pepper flakes.

The nose is very heavy on spices and yeast, as well as malted wheat. I also get a citrus note, maybe lemon. Ah, the nose on this one makes me anxious to take a sip!

Ah, there is no doubt why this is considered not only one of the best Hefeweizen's in the world, but one of the best brews period. Spicey yeast and cloves are very apparent. Very fruity and slightly dry. Lots of fruity esters at play here. Superb.

Mouthfeel is light to medium. Ample carbonation. Extremely drinkable.

Honestly, after having this, it's going to be hard to drink any other wheat beer. There is no doubt why this is one of the most highly regarded beers in the world.

05-06-2009 23:16:32 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours perfectly into a .5L weizen glass

The body pours a pale golden yellow with a good amount of haze. The head formed a solid paper white pillow of foam and left huge chunks of lace.

Aroma is of lemon peel, bananas, coriander, biscuity yeast, and a dash of white pepper. Very clean aroma overall.

Doughy, undercooked buscuity yeast base with banana, clove, lemon peel and a light spice. Solid on all fronts. It doesn't wow me, but it definitely hits all aspects of a hefe and does it well.

Medium bodied with a big creamy mouthfeel. Very smooth and quaffable. I could drink this all day. Extremely clean with no off flavors or aromas. Near perfect.

05-06-2009 19:24:52 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of smanders


4.5/5  rDev +2%

Appearance - cloudy, straw-colored with billowy head. Great lacing.

Smell - clove, banana, yeast.

Mouthfeel - viscous = goes down way too easily.

Taste - Bananas with a spicy, and yet sweet, finish.

Drinkability - Another great example of a traditional German hefeweizen. To be enjoyed throughout the year (but especially in the summers) amongst friends and family. Delicious!

05-04-2009 19:20:15 | More by smanders
Photo of jakeblues


4.88/5  rDev +10.7%

I was in the mood for a wheat beer. This fit the bill quite nicely. It doesn't have as much of the clove flavor as a hefeweizen usually does, but that's perfect to me. It's refreshing, tasty, and an excellent example of style. I enjoyed it a great deal, and I will purchase it again.

05-02-2009 21:55:37 | More by jakeblues
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.85/5  rDev -12.7%

Rich hazy orange/straw pour with the expected towering head.
Aroma is mostly wheaty bread, then some banana and spicy cloves with a final hint of citrus. Personally I was expecting more from what I had heard about this beer.
Wheat also dominates taste, but unfortunately not all that much of the banana and clove transfers through.
Great mouthfeel, perhaps a bit too watery, but spot on carbonation.
Very refreshing but it'd be good if it had a more banana/clove/bubblegum notes.

05-02-2009 10:40:34 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +6.6%

550 ml is the last bottle from my first trade with Bobsy - thanks again for the great trade!

Pours a cloudy straw color with agressive carbonation - a good four finger of dense, foamy head. I can honestly say the bubbles are RUSHING to get to the top - exploding. Keeps a thick layer of head for some time. Simply spectacular.

Smell is a nice mix of fresh summer grains, fruity esters, and citrus zest. Hints of hay and strawberries.

Taste is so smooth and delightful. A rush of wheat with just enough citrus zip to add but not dominate, enough yeast to flavor but not dominate, hints of flowers - simply delightful. The carbonation is lively but not too much so (thinking Duvel) - actually quite a smooth drinking experience but with a bit of bubbles. Round and yet refreshing.

This, for me, has got to be wheat beer to beat. Nearly perfect on all counts. As the bottle wanes a slight hint of a too thin body but all in all, the perfect summer evening beer to suit the taste buds without weighing you down. Thanks Rob.

05-02-2009 04:13:15 | More by ritzkiss
Photo of webmanspidey


4.47/5  rDev +1.4%

Dark orange color overloaded with head. Smell is orange, lemon, and spicy. A nice mix of spices, peppers, and citrus in the flavor.. very smooth and refreshing. Creamy mouthfeel.

This has been my favorite wheat beer for a while now, and is one of the best beers to enjoy very cold for pure refreshment. Drinkability is at a max here.

05-02-2009 01:38:13 | More by webmanspidey
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