Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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4.55/5 rDev +3.2%
Live review. Purchased at Cost Plus World Market in Mentor for about $2.99, "One pint, 9 fl. Ounces" bottle poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass.
A 5 inch head after a moderately vigorous pour. The head passed the crest of the glass as one more ounce would have sent it spilling over the top. It took a good 2 minutes to settle from there, leaving some nice lacing. Dark yellow translucent body, a bit darker than the "Original Premium" that I sampled moments ago. 4.5
S At first I thought I picked up some smoky notes as in a Rauchbier but repeated sniffs revealed that this was not the case. I smell the sweet citrus and wheat that I am now familiar with from a Hefe and I love it. This is a classic Hefe if there could be one. Any fruit or citrus smell is not dramatic. The wheat dominates. 4.5
T/M/D Ahhh...this is a great Hefe. Nice "soft" wheat taste over a very light syrupy feel and light malt and very little hops. I get only a shade of banana and spice profile is not high (cloves can be common in Hefe's). This makes it ultimately very drinkable since to me the wheat taste is delicious and gentle enough to experience repeatedly. The ABV is low enough to again make it very drinkable as well. 4.5 4.0 5.0
Notes: I was prepared for a classic Hefe and this beer delivers on that suggestion. I am very impressed by how drinkable that it is.
07-03-2009 22:26:52 | More by adamette
4.93/5 rDev +11.8%
A: poured into my 22 oz mug, nice creamy 2 inch head, creamy yellow body with the sun shining through it, nice yeast cloud.
S: ahh this is the real good stuff, cloves hit you right away, with a wheat bread overtones, banana bread with a weak orangeness in there. No hops detected. Which is a good thing.
T: Heaven in a glass. The clove is the main taste as first, with bread, and some hops, but mostly its like a loaf of banana wheat bread with cloves and lemon orange on top. Number 1 hefeweissbier to me period.
Liquid gold here folks.
M: medium body, very refreshing, yeast is there but not overpowering. Light carbonation.
D: easy to drink this beer until you run out of it.
07-03-2009 19:07:15 | More by azorie
4.38/5 rDev -0.7%
This beer poured a cloudy yellow with orange highlights and a a big fluffy head. The smell is sweet and yeasty, with some of the wheat character coming through as well as a bit of citrus and spiciness. The taste starts off with some sweet wheat malt that gives way to a hint of lemon that goes into a mix of spiciness and a tiny bit of hops to balance. This is what a hefe should taste like. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with some fine carbonation. This is a great beer for a warm night or anytime at all. Definitely a benchmark setting hefeweizen, one that all others you try end up being compared to.
06-30-2009 23:41:06 | More by TheTrevor
4.33/5 rDev -1.8%
12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a hazy, dark-hued, golden body with a tall, airy, whitish head.
Smell: Vibrant, aromatic scent of wheat malt, ruthlessly mashed bananas liberally seasoned with vanilla sugar and clove, and even lemon peel.
Taste: Sweet, tangy taste of wholesome wheat malt. What follows is rich, full flavors of ripe bananas, vanilla cream, and fresh cracked cloves. Small, meager spritz of lemon juice. A few added shreds of Big League Chew. One slice from a Red Delicious apple. Very light Noble hop character and bitterness. Just the perfect amount of overall spiciness to the taste. Finishes dry, crisp, with one final taste of malted wheat.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel, yet it remains nicely effervescent.
Drinkability: Terrifically drinkable, really! I cleared through my twelve ounces with record speed as this makes for delightful early-summer refreshment.
06-30-2009 22:25:35 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.5/5 rDev +2%
a- bottle poured into a weizen, huge billowy almost creamy four plus finger head that sticks around for a long time, leaving a little head clinging to the glass, hazy honey gold coloring, minimal carbonation, when the head finally dissipated the lacing revealed itself, terriffic lacing that covers the whole top in a thin layer of tiny bubbles, very attractive brew.
s- sweet floral wheat, good amount of spice, light citrus, banana, great nose.
t- light wheat, floral sweetness at the start of the beer that got more dry as i drank, complex but very light, goes down so easy, perfect for a hot day sitting outside on the porch (which is what i'm doing right now).
m- nice medium body, a little slick on the tongue, good.
d- super drinkable and sessionable, probably the best hefe i've ever had, will definately buy some more and keep it in the fridge for the summer, lived up to all the great reviews.
06-28-2009 17:26:16 | More by thecarster1
4.38/5 rDev -0.7%
Had this on tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown. Served at cellar temp in a tall pilsner glass.
Appearance is murky gold with a fluffy white head.
Nose is confectionery sweet but still spicy with hints of clove and banana.
Flavor and mouthfeel are just a wonderful experience for this beer. It's got a bold feel, but goes down easy, it's sweet but has a dry finish. Creamy and delicious. One of the most refreshing beers I can imagine. Negligible bitterness, perfect for the style.
This is a style that is perfected by the brewers of Munich. Just like it's hard to find a good American brewed Weissbier, it's hard to find a flawed German brewed one. We have this on the shelf in Mass. but I've never thought bought a bottle, now I know to bring some home!
06-28-2009 12:54:45 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
4.95/5 rDev +12.2%
Since they have been making beer at this site since 1040 you might agree they have the recipe correct. The plus is at 5.4% you can enjoy it most anytime, from your favorite lawnmower beer to enhancing good food.
The lacy head should be allowed to come to full potential to allow the esters in the beer to release the aromas and taste you expect.
It has enough carbonation to provide a crisp refreshing taste with a dry finish. It has hazy golden color as expected of an unfiltered beer. The taste is subltly citus up front, creamy texture, wheat is prevalent with hints of yeastiness, very slight bananna and clove hints. The beer is slightly sweet without being cloying.
They also make a dark version which I especially enjoy.
06-26-2009 05:08:13 | More by mjnich
4.5/5 rDev +2%
What a difference a fresh bottle makes. I first tried this beer a couple of days ago after reading all the great reviews and was completely underwhelmed. I realized after that the bottle I had bought was 3.5 years old! Needless to say, I was determined to try a fresh bottle. The review that follows is based on that fresh bottle.
A: Poured from a bottle into a hefe glass. The pour went well and a beautiful thick head was formed in the glass typical of the style. The beer is a nice looking golden yellow with an orange tint. It looks very appetizing.
S: Banana and clove. It also smells a little citrusy, lemon I think. I also get a bit of yeast.
T: Citrusy up front, but not too much. I get more of the banana and clove spicyness in the middle. It finishes crisp with a not unpleasent aftertaste that reminds me vaguely of the sugary bubblegum I used to chew as a kid. The evident wheat pulls everything together the whole way through. This is one tasty beer.
M: Lots of carbonation, which was expected. The beer is crisp and light. It is smooth and really fun to drink.
D: I could drink this all the time. This beer has made me fall in love with the style. I cracked this open on a humid, 95 degree day and it was incredibly refreshing. I wish I has another to follow up the first.
I am very happy I gave this beer a second shot with a fresh bottle. I can't tell you what a difference it made. The aromas alone in a fresh bottle make the beer. I look forward to picking some more up soon.
06-25-2009 03:44:54 | More by jcpaulun
4.35/5 rDev -1.4%
Everything a hefe should be! Great big billowing marshmallow head over the radiant orangey gold, cloudy body. Smells rich with banana, cloves, orange and spice. Nice carbonation, an effortless drink. Spritzy, spicy and slightly sweet without being cloying. Damn good piss.
06-23-2009 09:25:37 | More by juju7
4.85/5 rDev +10%
pours a cloudy orangish yellow with a 1 figer head that leaves little lacing
smellls of strong banana cloves and wheat
taste - this is the best hefe i have ever had - the best balance of cloves banana and wheat - lots of hefe's are have tart tangy banana flavor but not here the taste is fresh crisp banana perfect - leaves a good wheat aftertaste
mouthfeel is perfect as well - very carbonated - light to medium body with a crisp and dry aftertaste
drinkability - this is the perfect beer for the first day of summer or any time of year
06-22-2009 03:14:28 | More by jsh420
4.25/5 rDev -3.6%
Pours a nice hazy golden color with a huge, long lasting cream colored head. Lacing is looking great as well as the mesa-creating collapsing of foam.
The nose provides bountiful banana aromas as well as a restrained amount of cloves and wheat. There is some sweet tropical fruitiness in there as well, perhaps some papaya.
The yeasty esters are a bit more restrained than say, the Ayinger Brau-Weisse and Live Oak versions that I have had most recently. Has a nice creamy texture and is low on lemony citrus flavors. Very tasty beer that can be enjoyed regardless of the season here in the south. It balances all the flavors typically found in a hefe very nicely and maintains a crisp wheat refreshing feel to the beer.
06-21-2009 20:49:05 | More by twiggamortis420
4.5/5 rDev +2%
pours a cloudy golden yellow with a frothy fresh looking head which subsides agreeabky slowly. classic nose of citrus and spices and a suggestion of pungency which delivers in the close-to-perfection mouth - "medium rare" carbonation, peppery warmth, slight hint of banana. an aftertaste of cloves and nutmeg which is out of the world, recalled pleasantly the morning after.
06-19-2009 14:43:49 | More by pradipta
3.9/5 rDev -11.6%
good head but the appearance looks cloudy and murky. almost diluted orange juice. smells of cloves and malt. tastes of cloves. very light, sweet, and smooth. has a slight taste of alcohol. this beer would be great on a hot summer day or with several friends at the local pub.
06-19-2009 01:41:52 | More by kingothewoods
4.35/5 rDev -1.4%
Sitting down to a virtual class on international business for my MBA, there is no better beer to distract me from the droning of the professor.
The beer poured a deep and cloudy yellow with a robust head. The scent was a barely noticeable yeast. Very creamy mouthfeel for a Hefe, which I enjoy. Went down smooth and finished with light citrus.
I tend to drink stouts, doublebocks and strong dark ales but I have been looking for something lighter for summer and this is definitely it. I have had a number of Hefeweizens, Pilsners, Pale ales, this is the best for relaxing on a hot summer's day.
06-17-2009 22:32:42 | More by MikeTaz
4.83/5 rDev +9.5%
Much better draft!
Poured a deep straw yellow, big white fluffy head and excellent carbonation(almost to much). Looked a bit cloudy and damn delicous. Nose was rather muted with clove, wheat and banana. Taste is banana, clove, wheat mix and well balanced together. Mouthfeel is medium but the low ABV and smoothness of this beer makes it very drinkable and tasty. ABout as good as it gets for a traditional hef.
06-15-2009 21:33:47 | More by barleywinefiend
4.9/5 rDev +11.1%
I bought a quantity of this last year and completely forgot to review it. Well it's almost exactly a year later and I happened to come across it again, What a wonderful beer.
This pours a perfectly cloudy amber, with a thick creamy head that situates itself nicely on top leaving a trail down the glass as it is consumed. Smell is pretty much what is expected from a fine, well crafted German Hefeweizen, banana, cloves, and a subtle sweetness. Flavor is exceptional, banana bread, cloves, spices, delicious wheaty goodness, absolute perfection. Mouthfeel is very full and thick, every aspect of the flavor of this beer is prominent and fills out perfectly. As for drinkability I could drink this all day, it's wonderful.
Best part about this beer is that I'm drinking it right now. The only bad point is that in a few months it will be nearly a year before I can easily get more. As a Hefeweizen this is the pinnacle of the style, it doesn't get better than this. A must have.
06-15-2009 00:45:47 | More by funkengruven
5/5 rDev +13.4%
I have to say I thought Samuel Adams was my favorite beers but this one knocks all out of the water. It is such a treat to have.
A-It's got a nice golden look to it.
S-It's got a nice banana smell to it with a little bit of apple.
T- It taste like banana too with a hint of Olive and Bubble gum w/ the hops. (As weird as that may sound it's quite good) it's a little sweet but not too sweet and you still taste beer. It smacks the mouth with flavor.
M-no aftertaste at all and it goes down smooth.
D- It's worth it! It's a treat to have. If any of you find this at a store you must buy it! It is an amazing beer.
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is possibly the best Beer I have ever tasted and I will get another one from the store. It is as I said a treat. I am on a diet sadly and I rarely have a beer to help me drop pounds but, I love a good brew when I can and this is a beer I will love to treat myself to.
06-13-2009 22:28:16 | More by steanu
4.38/5 rDev -0.7%
Poured into my San Diego Padres (a gift) pilsner glass and a nice pale yellow/gold color radiates with a nice massive two-finger bubbly off-white head...which dissolves but never leaves.
There is a great light popping sound as the head lowers. Rice Krispies?
A fruity smell with hints of pears, bananas, grapes and others.
Great taste again from this awesome brewery. Smooth, silky and creamy. Goes down smooth with just a touch of a spicy kick after the swallow.
The lower alcohol makes this an easy drinking beer with multiple consumption allowed.
Very well done and highly recommended.
06-13-2009 16:18:21 | More by kaseydad
4.03/5 rDev -8.6%
16.9 fl. oz. bottle at refrigerator temperature poured into a snifter.
A - Cloudy orange body with a three finger head that slowly backs down to half a finger.
S - I can smell the beer without putting my nose close to it. Lots of banana, clove, yeasty bread, bubblegum, citrus peel, and coriander. Very full and enticing nose.
T - Lots of sweet, bubblegum-like flavors here. The fruit notes that were present on the nose give way to candy and spice flavors. The candy flavors are a bit much for my taste, but they are well-integrated with the complex spice profile.
M - Very crisp and clean, with lingering sweetness from the candy flavors.
D - I can appreciate this beer for how well-constructed it is (and has been for nearly a millennium!). It's not usually what I would choose to drink, but I'm not the biggest fan of hefeweizens, in general. This brew is a great representation of the style, though, and remains essential to any and all hefeweizen fans.
06-12-2009 01:48:04 | More by vrazionale
4.08/5 rDev -7.5%
Pours a hazy, yellow colour with enormous white head and good, busy carbonation bead. Head sinks slowly and evenly across the top, but sticks around impressively for the most part. Clings to the glass when tilted, but doesn't leave huge amounts of lacing. Quite exemplary wheat beer.
Very spicy nose with a huge clove hit. Hints around the edge of coriander, banana and a very metallic, chemical aroma. Mostly that sweet but spicy aroma though. Again, exemplaring. Reviewing this now having drunk it so often in the past makes me realise that I've unconsciously spent years reviewing weizens against this one. This just embodies hefe smell.
Taste has far more banana character on it than the nose. Taste is sweet and light with a threshed wheat kind of character followed by a long, tangy banana flavour for most of the palate with hints of basil, coriander and oregano. The back is a nice spicey brush of the tastebuds with a strong clove character and hints of fresh cut grass.
Mouthfeel is quite tingly and almost bitey thanks to the beer's apparent acidity. Otherwise feels slightly thin, I suppose it's appropriate but I think there's enough flavour to expect a thicker body. Overall, while it's beautifully complex and rich in flavour, the sensation it gives me is ever-so-slightly offputting because it is quite tart, like unrripe fruit, and slightly bitey, rendering it not quite quaffable. But it's a prime example of the joy that wheat can produce, and a fine, fine piece of brewing art.
06-12-2009 01:30:39 | More by laituegonflable
4.38/5 rDev -0.7%
A: Hazy yellow-orange gold colour, with some small bubbles rising. The head is white, plentiful and quite creamy. Very good head retention and wonderful lacing.
S: Wheat, cloves, and bananas, as well as yeast. Some lemon undertones and malts can also be sensed.
T: Quite spicy, with notes of clove, nutmeg, and a touch of cinnamon. Loads of fruit notes (banana, citrus, and apple) and wheat. The yeastiness is moderate, which is a definite advantage. Finishes slightly dry and bready, with some fruity undertones.
M: Light-to-medium bodied, but definitely not watery for a wheat-beer. The carbonation is just perfect, very balanced. Goes down quite smooth, even though the alcohol shows a little bit.
D: A very drinkable hefe-weizen. Has everything there is to ask in a weizen, and is very refreshing, especially in the summer. A truly proper wheat beer!
06-12-2009 00:10:43 | More by NightINgale
4.28/5 rDev -2.9%
Picked up this 500mL bottle from Binny's in Algonquin, IL.
A: Pours a hazy pale yellow golden color with a ton of white head that takes a while to settle down, but leaves good lacing on the glass.
S: tons of banana, clove, wheat, yeast, sweet malt
T: Sweet bananas, clove, wheat, yeast, pepper
M: After pouring, it was slightly thin, but I took a sip out of the bottle and the carbonation was great...I think it would be pretty good had I been careful with my pour. It's pretty full bodied and has a little bite from the carbonation
D: Highly drinkable, especially for a summer beer. The traditional hefe flavor can be a bit much for me if I drink a lot of it, but for what this beer is, it's great
06-10-2009 23:49:02 | More by dukedevil0
4.65/5 rDev +5.4%
I am telling you! This company makes the best smelling beers! Like its brother, highest marks for smell. Appearance has a nice head that dissipates in an interesting fashion by fizzing faster in some parts of the pilsner glass than in other areas. The color is mostly clear golden, but some haze in it. Taste is a good, clean, but still openly German. I could drink this beer all day if I had nothing to do or was afraid of the hangover I have discovered in my older age. Goes down smooth and no aftertaste. I highly recommended this great German beer.
06-10-2009 22:47:23 | More by PsychoJedi
4.43/5 rDev +0.5%
Outstanding example of the style.
Rusty yellow gold with a good sized antique white head.
Outstanding nose on this beer! Flavor profile redolent of a fruit salad consisting of bananas, pears, golden apples and more bananas! The bready malt is there as well balanced with hops that don't show up much in the aroma.
Taste is very wheaty and fruity. Combined with the light fluffy body and the appearance of spices like clove and coriander this makes for a very appealing and refreshing brewski. I had fun sifting through the different fruit profiles and the yeast contributed nicely to the finish.
Medium to light body. Creamy and fluffy.
Almost like a wheat lambic with a heavier, wetter finish. Very tasty and findable. This makes a great lawnmower brew for the wheat heads.
06-09-2009 06:26:25 | More by natelocc787
4.83/5 rDev +9.5%
There's a local place that has this on-tap, and you know what they say... Once you go tap... (Yes, very lame joke)...
It's a beautiful beer to look at. It's sunny and hazy with a lovely thick head. Celestial looking. The smell is a wonderful prelude to the first sip; it is loaded with wheat and a definitive banana whiff (not artificial or overly sweet either). The taste is perfect. It's easy to drink, filling, not too heavy on the carbonation. The banana bite is just right, unlike other hefes that have failed to nail this crucial part. Mouthfeel is on the thin side but not a problem at all.
This one's in my top 3, if that means anything to you haha.
[Insert little heart pictures all over this review if it will help clarify my feelings towards this baby].
06-08-2009 23:24:33 | More by MyGoodness
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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