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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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5,921 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,921
Reviews: 2,214
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 426
Gots: 449 | FT: 14
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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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New York

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

This hefe poured a golden, cloudy straw yellow with a big, rocky white head. Beautiful banana and clove aroma mixed in with some florals and sweet malts.

For my money up there with the best hefeweizens I've had. Banana, clove, and other spices blossom on the tongue without a hint of bitterness or uneasiness. It's sweet malt wheat is balanced by a light citrus bitterness, but the finish is of the spices. This is one full-bodied beer, too. Excellent brew, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 03:13:30 | More by BBM
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4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love the hefeweizen style of beer and this one is one of my favorites. Was served in a bottle poured a very nice blonde color, very good foam frothy thick. I stared at it for a minute and enjoyed how well this glass of beer looked. Great taste and mouth feel, good lacing and so very drinkable. Not as fruity as some of the hefeweizens such as a hoegaarden or even the ommegedonn white. Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is very drinkable and a session for beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2008 13:43:54 | More by BigFrank71
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3.88/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the second style from the Weihenstephaner family of beers that I have recently tried. A beautiful golden color and very cloudy in the glass with a fantastic head and great lacing. After enjoying it's appearance I took a few drinks and was instantly guessing at all of the different flavors that can be found in this beer. This style is not on my top five list, but It is a well crafted beer. I'm sure a bottle or two will find it's way back into my fridge from time to time.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 19:19:40 | More by kinger
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3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mission. Came served in the logo hefe glass. Not much head at all. Carbonation was slight. Smell was of tons of cloves and banana. Murky yellow color. As for taste, this one has been brewed for so long for a reason. It's awesome. Lots of bubble gum and yeast in the flavor. Such an easy beer to drink. This is a benchmark for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2008 23:49:49 | More by morebeergood
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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz. bottle, rolled to rouse the yeast, into a weizen glass.

Appears a cloudy golden orange-yellow with a white two finger tall head. Carbonation bubbles swirling up throughout the glass. Nice sheets of lacing down the side of the glass.

Aroma of bananas and spicy cloves. A bit of a sweet, mellow orange as well. Tangy/bready wheat malt underneath it all.

Flavors are mostly identical to the aroma. However, the banana is not really present as much. Instead the cloves take over and the bready flavor of the wheat malt does the singing. Finishes with a touch of noble hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Just as it should be for the style.

This is probably my favorite Hefeweizen I've tried so far. Perfect mingling of the banana and clove flavors. Make sure to roll the bottle first to rouse the yeast. I believe it really lets a lot more of the flavors out.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2008 23:00:32 | More by roadhouse
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4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6237 stamped on the back of the bottle

a: pours a nice light orange yellow cloudy olor with about a half inch of head that quickly dissapates to a solid ring of lace around the edge of the glass, tiny bubbles of carbonation rise to the surface for a short while
s: strong aroma of bannanas, cloves and other spices in the nose, a very slight earth hop aroma
t: strong bannana clove and spiced flavor very refreshing
m: medium to light bodied beer with average carbonatoin

overall, wow this is a very good beer, one of the best hefe's that ive tried

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 23:45:34 | More by happygnome
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3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2467 stamped on the back label. Pours a solid two fingers of yellowed-white head over a murky bright light copper liquid. Smells bready, yeast, wheat, oranges, banana, clove, and mildewed grass.

Tastes spicy zing with clove flavor, undertones of malt sweet, and minimal esters. Not a biting clove sting, which was a surprise to get that strong of a clove flavor without the tongue-piercing phenols. Yeast and wheat are heavy with earthiness in the mouth. Oranges and banana fight to appear, but are driven away by a sting from the strong carbonation. Aftertaste dominated by apricot esters and acrid from the carbonation. Wet can't quite win through the yeast-made zing, yt the finish isn't quite drying. Near balance to the conflict with zing winning out, but not soundly. Mouthfeel is md-light with some dextrinous character. Strong carbonation that melds with the yeasty spiciness. A decent beer, but not one I need to repeat. Wearing by the end of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 06:38:58 | More by mentor
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3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little dark on the pour. This is an amber in color with a huge, two inch of pillowy head. Looks great! Smell is all wheat, some lemon and some other spice being noticed as well. More wheat and you can taste the yeast in there as well. This is a Hefe in the purest sense of the word. Clean and non-cloying. Refreshing, perfect warm weather beer. Here comes the stateside part of my review: I think it would improve with some vigorous hopping, lol.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 02:42:15 | More by FtownThrowDown
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4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Hazy golden orange with large white head with great retention and lacinng.

S: Clove, citus, and banana with some bready notes.

T: Cloves explode in your mouth and then are balance by the sweetness of the banana and there is some background notes of pepper and citrus.

M: Perfect carbination and a great crisp finish.

D: Plenty of flavors in perfect balance make this a great beer in terms of drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 22:30:53 | More by Biscuit033
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4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

For 2.69 at Bevmo how can you go wrong?

Pours with a big head that stays with the beer as you go. Beautiful cloudy golden yellow. I like chicken, I Like liver, meow mix, meow mix please deliver.

Great smell, yeasty, banana, cloves, spicy. Ancient Chinese secret?

Tastes bready, sweet, smooth, bananas, how many licks to the center of this beer? 1, 2,...3. 3.

Great mouthfeel, aftertaste, sweet lingering, oh what a feeling, toyota.

Dont avoid this noid, this is farfromsucking.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 02:38:29 | More by Murchmac
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4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pour resulted in a very large but fluffy head. Very active beer in the glass. Beer itself is a golden color with a touch of haze.

S- There is a mild fruityness to it, a very faint banana smell is there along with a grain smell.

T- Great light taste, with a spicy fruity/flowery smell. The taste lasts a long time in the mouth with a great appeal. This is going excellent on this hot day. Very tasty brew.

M- The carbination plays with the tongue nicely, it isn't thick or oily. There is a nice great feel to this beer, very thirst quenching.

D- Easy to drink, excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2008 21:17:38 | More by Wetpaperbag
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4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured a beautiful cloudy deep orange with a 3 finger head with decent lacing.

S-Very aromatic clove spices with citrus, yeast with a slight breadiness.

T-Rich with banana and clove spices, bubblegum along with orange peel is also present.

M-Thick and smooth mouth feel, quite filling.

D-This beer is the spokesman for the group. As I drink this on my patio on a hot summer day I have to imagine this is what the brewers had in mind upon creation. Great drinkability, the epitome of a summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 23:18:23 | More by Zadok
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4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A highly touted Hefeweizen but my first time for drinking this beer. Pours a cloudy golden with a large white head that had excellant retention. Large amounts of lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is filled with cloves and banana esters. The flavor is heavy with clove spiciness. A little too one dimensional to rate a higher taste rating. But this beer has a perfect mouthfeel. Creamy or a velvety texture with just enough carbonation to make the flavors pop. A great beer indeed. I would highly recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 21:20:56 | More by morimech
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4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Wow, great thick frothy white head that's oozing out of the glass! Doesn't want to go anywhere anytime soon either. Leaves a nice milky lacing. golden orange in color with a hazy clarity and significant amount of bubbles.

S: intense banana esters followed by the expected aroma of clove spicing. What I'd expect from a German Hefe.

T&M: light body, very crisp. perfect level of carbonation. lots of lovely spicing, mostly clove dominant. strong fruity flavors mostly banana with a slight dryness to it, followed by some citrus tones, and a lemony aftertaste. Excellent summer hefe!

D: Excellent beer, probably one of the top in it's style (as most would agree). I think the only thing preventing this from a full on 5 is the spicing. It could be balanced a bit better with the fruit flavoring, other than that, excellent beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2008 01:03:24 | More by julian
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4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into weizen glass

A: Beautiful murky golden hue, huge pillowy head that dissipates very slowly and leaves nice lacing. Awesome looking beer.

S: Smells wonderful with hints of spiciness. The wheat is definitely on the nose as well. Superb smelling beer that really whets the appetite for what is to come.

T & M: This beer tastes like a weissbier should. Pleasant spices but not overwhelming. Incredibly refreshing mouthfeel, this is a beer that stays on the palate. Superlative taste.

D: I can definitely attest that this beer is highly drinkable and sessionable. I cannot recommend this beer any more highly.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 19:59:13 | More by elniko
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4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was tasted in a weizen glass from a 500mL bottle.

This beer pours a cloudy golden orange with a massive white head that holds a nice film and laces well. The smell is bubble gum and banana. The flavor is more clove like than the smell, but the banana and bubble gum are the predominate flavors. The mouthfeel is nice. There is a strong body to stand up for itself along with a nice carbonation to follow. Overall highly drinkable. A great session/summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 01:17:21 | More by MSchae1017
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4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this one on tap at HopCat in Grand Rapids,MI. (plug)

A: Nice and cloudy golden color as a Hefe should be. Good head retention with just enough lacing to let you know it's there.

S: Ripe bananas, hints of citrus, bready notes, and just a hint of lactic tartness.

T: Banana, banana, banana. Hints of warm bread, very faint clove spiciness, nice lemony tartness, bubblegum-like sweetness without being overly dominant. Oh yeah, did I mention bananas?

M: Not overly carbonated, extremely thirst quenching, creamy medium-light body, no perceivable alcohol heat, and a nice crisp finish.

D: About as close to perfection as it gets in the drinkability department. Amazingly well balanced and perfect for a warm, sunny day.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2008 18:43:21 | More by frampin
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4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

Pours a cloudy golden straw in color with about an inch of fluffy off-white head. Aroma is great, prominent, yet balanced, phenols and esters with a touch of wheat in the background. The banana esters are a bit more prominent than the clove-like phenols but don't completely overshadow them. The flavor is simply excellent. Moderate banana esters are dominant at first but then give way to a fleeting bubblegum flavor. Spicy clove phenols, also moderate, then come to the forefront. A slight tartness then appears in the relatively dry finish. The bubblegum flavor then briefly returns a bit more dominantly in the finish. For me the bubblegum in the finish was the only flaw in the flavor (I thought it just a bit too noticeable) otherwise this beer is easily a 5. Mouthfeel is good, light-medium body that is fairly creamy with moderate carbonation which wasn't quite enough in my opinion. Drinkability is great. This is a beer that I could drink all day long. My new benchmark for the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 01:55:57 | More by mnj21655
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New York

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

Poured from a 1pt .9oz bottle into a Weihenstephan weiss glass.

A - Golden orange color. Thin head of white foam, good cabonation and soapy lacing.

S - Yeasty. Aroma of rich dark bread. Citrus and spice (clove?) also detected.

T - Malty and slightly sweet up front. Hints of citrus, ripe fruit and wheat crackers. Finishes off slightly dry.

MF&D - Classic. Simply one of the best Weiss Biers out there. Go Get it now!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 16:45:09 | More by nasty15108
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4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A bottle I got out of the brewers mixed five from I got at Four Winds in P'cola. Poured into the Weizen glass that came with the mixed pack.

A: Poured a beautiful hazy yellow/orange. There is definitely some unfiltered goodness going on in there. Constant carbonation activity going up the glass. Poured a huge, rocky,foamy, off white head. Created some decent lacing and had good retention. Beautiful beer.

S: Smell is of yeast, banana and the bubble gum sweetness that many people have pointed out. Smells very tasty.

T: Taste is of a great Hefe. Yeast flavor comes across very subtly. Banana fruitiness is there with just a touch of citrus. Malt and hops are present but take a back seat. A greatly balanced Hefe.

M: Perfect. Just enough carbonation but the brew is still creamy. The beer finishes pretty damned clean. No hint of alcohol heat. Incredibly refreshing. Very happy with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 06:19:44 | More by everetends
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4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy Golden orange-yellow. Medium, fluffy, bright white head slowly reduces leaving spotty lace behind.

S-Musty wheat malt. With the expected hefe yeast aroma of banana, clove and citrus fruit (lemon).

T-Certainly one of the best tasting hefes I have had. There must be a reason they are the oldest operatingbrewery in the world! A wonderful combination of sweet wheat malt lemony zing, bananas and clove. citrus,

M-Medium-light almost to the point of being thin. The only fault with this brew, IMO.

D-Smooth, flavourful, crisp,light and refreshing. Simply stated one of the best choices for a warm weather brew if there ever was one! A classic for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2008 22:07:11 | More by Deuane
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4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden, reddish yellow. Slightly cloudy, with a nice off-white head that leaves good lacing. Moderate carbonation.

S: After smelling this beer, I immediately had to have a drink - writing these sentences is broken by the smell wafting up and forcing me to drink more and more. Good stuff - bananas, weizen yeast, cloves, and a slight bubblegum-y scent. It is a rare day when the nose on a beer makes me this excited.

T: Not quite as awesome as the nose, but still fantastic. This is everything I expect from a good weizen - good yeast character, with a well-developed version of the characteristic banana taste. The clove character is also very present, and I can pick up a faint hint of that aforementioned bubblegum taste. These all blend well with the wheat flavor to make a beer that is very well-balanced.

M: Very chill, lots of nice carbonation keeps things light. Slightly creamy, but not clinging. Refreshing.

D: If I had a case of these, it would be a very, VERY dangerous evening.

Weihenstephaner just earned itself a very special place in my heart. I am thoroughly impressed, and that's something coming from someone who has consumed a truly ludicrous amount of weizenbier over the last 4 months in Germany.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 22:04:00 | More by jenitivecase
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4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy yellow. A two finger fluffy white head forms, and slowly recedes leaving some patchy lace behind.
S: Funky, musky malty aroma. Husky yeast and hay. Lots of banana, clove and citrus fruit aromas.
T: Probably the best tasting hefe I have tried. An explosion of sweet malty fruit flavors. Bananas, cloves, citrus, ect. Wonderful.
M/D: A creamy light body that is a bit watery. Very smooth and easy to drink.

A great beer for the hot summer weather. Light, but does not sacrifice anything in terms of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 21:16:30 | More by champ103
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4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in big Weissbeir glass at Shallos

A: Nice looking dishwater reddish-blonde. 2 finger head that sticks around pretty gut. Das ist gut beir!

S&T: My favorite part of the beer is the smell pink bubblegum, cloves and bananas. Doesn't taste as rich as it smells, but it tastes very good. Lots of clove characteristics.

M: Nice medium body on this girl.

D: I quaffed two big glasses, and would've had 4 more if it wasn't lunch time and didn't want to go back to my store and throw people out for being rude.

try one on. das ist wunderbar.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2008 22:59:25 | More by baos
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4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured into a Weihenstephan glass. Pours a beautiful, murky golden-yellow. Ample carbonation rises from the bottom, and there's a creamy white head on top. I should've poured it more vigorously, I think. Great lacing.

S - Malted wheat, banana esters, clove and spicy yeast. Light floral undertones.

T - I am admittedly not the hugest fan of Hefe's, but this one is a true exception. Light wheat notes, banana affects, yeasty goodness. Hopping is not noted, but I'm sure they're in here somewhere. Clean and fresh.

M - A little lighter than I think I'd prefer, but it'd kill the drinkability to have it any creamier.

D - Absolutely killer drinkability. I could drink this alll night on a boat or alll day at a picnic. A perfect brew for warm weather.

Notes: I always avoided this because I feared freshness issues, but when I saw some brand-new in a cooler yesterday, I figured the chance of it being old would be in the distributors hands, and not the stores.

I would undoubtedly drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 23:02:32 | More by SaucyA
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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