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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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6,730 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,730
Reviews: 2,278
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 516
Gots: 779 | FT: 12
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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

I had this beer last night upon anticipation of going to the Weihenstephaner brewery in Munich next month.

The beer poured a golden color and was a bit hazy with about an inch of white foamy head.

The aroma was sweet of fruit, cloves, and possibly honey. Medium-bodied full of sweet flavor. A bit of a spicy taste to it as well. More interesting than I expected from this beer rom what I remembered of Bavarian beers of this style.

Looking forward to trying more from Weihenstephaner.

Photo of depechemode1983
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy/hazy golden orange in color. Has a thick foamy, fluffy white head. Minimal lacing. Lots of wheat, clove, banana coming through, trademarks for this style. There is a sweet honey smell in the middle with some floral notes, (mainly honeysuckle.. goes without saying I guess) that seem to stick around towards the finish, also ending with a spicy clove bite. Very complex smell. Lots of things moving around mixing together creating interesting aromas. Taste is spicy and herbal. Cloves and lemon are upfront with some chamomile undertones. The finish is mainly honey sweet but still has a bitterness to balance it out. Mouth feel is smooth, creamy and has a bubbly finish. No complaints. Doesn't get any more drinkable. 9.99 a six pack? A great value considering the other crap beers that are priced far higher.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a tulip. Drinking from the world's oldest brewery tonight.

Appearance: This is an aggressively carbonated beer. A massive white, tightly carbonated and creamy head floats on top of an inviting hazy golden tangerine beer. Great retention, and a sheet of lace slides down the glass.

Smell: This is quite the balanced aroma for a Hefeweizen. Banana, clove, wheat, some white grape and green apple skin. It is very aromatic, with a flowerlike quality to it, although I get no specific floral aroma.

Taste: The start of the sip is bananas drizzled with honey. A dash of cloves, and some white grapes and tart green apple skin add some tartness and start it out. A touch of spicy hops is the finishing touch. The finish is dry and a touch bitter but otherwise cleans up well.

Mouthfeel: Extremely bubbly, this is very intensely carbonated. The beer doesn't wander around my tongue, it dances. This gives it quite a light mouthfeel. It is light bodied and although the front has some quite dry as well.

Drinkability: This is the epitome of a Hefe, light and drinkable. Crisp and elegant, this is a great beer to relax with.

Photo of Stockfan42
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poures a foggy light orange with probably the best tasting head i'm yet to come across. Very lumpy yet sticky and sweet. I havn't even tasted the beer at this point and i'm impressed.

Smells of lemons, wheat, cloves and malt.

Taste is incredible. Wheat, lemon peal's and cloves are what I taste at first. Leaves a nice malty and earthy taste with a touch of spice. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is very light and well carbonated. Goes down easy and is an exceptional beer.

Overall, probably the most well balanced hefeweissbier i've yet to have.

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

500 mL bottle at 42 degrees into a Franziskaner weizen glass.

A: This pours a hazy golden color with very lively carbonation and a huge three finger head of frothy thickness that has terrific retention and lacing.

S: Citrus, hay, yeasty spice, and heavy breadiness.

T: Lemon, biscuit, peppery yeast, some caramel, and some grassy funk.

M: It has a medium-light body with continuously heavy carbonation and some creaminess in the finish.

D: This is the standard that all other hefeweizens must attempt to live up to. It is incredibly quaffable with no flaws.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

While picking up a case of Hopslam at Shangy's I seen this little gift pack with it's own glassware.

Poured into the Weihenstephan weizen glass which is shaped like Das Boot!. Slightly hazy yellow golden color with an extremely fizzy and fluffy white cap. Bubbles slowly drifting upward toward the surface.

Smell is mostly of sweet wheat malts. A touch of spice and yeast. Simple.

Taste just overwhelms the tastebuds. Starts out with the crisp wheat malts, Then the quick touching down of lemon zest which is there only breifly to make way for the earthy - medicinal middle.Finishes with a slight bitter hoppy bite that blends perfectley with clove to skreetch this ride to a hault.

Mouth is smooth and somewhat watery but not week.Light bodied,perfect carbonation ,leaves slight slickess butteriness on the tongue.

I am not a huge fan of Hefeweizen's but this I'll make an exception. Fantastic beer.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Semi-opaque golden orange body, with a long lasting 3 finger creamy froth.

S - Gorgeous fresh smell - definite banana and orange.

T - Not as sweet as the smell indicates. Spicey, taste almost like a Merlot. The alcohol is somewhat more present than in say, a Blue Moon. Aftertaste is also like that of a Merlot.

M - Less creamy than I expected. That actually works very well. Noticeably acidic.

D - Drinkability is where this beer really shines. This is perhaps the most drinkable beer I've had. It has enough complexity to keep me from getting bored, but not too much to where I feel overpowered. I could drink this all night.

Photo of juhl31
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

-golden yellow with a quality foggyness to it like a good hefe should. all under a nice tall fluffy white head that lays down to a full layer over the top while you drink

-a hint of banana, some yeast, bread, lemon and some wheatness i suppose. the smell is pungent throughout

-starts a bit like a saison with that barnyard like flavor. there is some slight sweetness in there that mellows to a mellow bitterness at the end which i enjoy. most of the smell characteristics are in there as well

-a good body with solid aspects of carbonation, but nothing over the top. just the right amount really. almost a slick like feel to it

-crazy good hefe. i could drink gobs of this. easy drinking, with great taste and all around beer qualities

Photo of ADWnyc
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from half-liter bottle into pint glass.

A - Exquisite golden yellow with a couple of inches of lacy head that persisted for minutes

S - Crisp and very floral. Hints of wheat fruit.

T - Crisp with perfect carbonation and strong presence. Excellent.

M - Strong and clean from start to finish.

D - Oh so, so drinkable. The gold standard of Hefe.

Photo of GarrettM99
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Mr. Dunderbaks, served in a Weizen glass and a side of bratwursts and warm potato salad.

A- A beautiful golden yellow with a multiple finger head that lasted the entire beer. Was easily one of the more beautiful beers I have enjoyed.

S- As mentioned it does have a very nice hint of banana and wheats.

T- A very nice critus taste of some orange, but mostly banana. As well as a nice spice that hits the tongue as it goes down. Very delicious.

M- Smooth, crisp, and refreshing.

D- Drinkability is off the scale. And is my favorite hefe, and could make a great session beer.

Over all: A must try for anyone looking for a great hefe or wheat beer. I can't wait to try one again.

Photo of socon67
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Golden yellow, cloudy, with a 1/2" of white foam.

S - Smells of banana, bread, and cloves. Very nice!

T - Very strong taste of banana initially. Gives way to a wheat flavor similar to fresh semolina bread. Finishes up with cloves and spice. This is one of the most complex, yet distcit hefes I can recall.

M - Mild and a little raspy finish.

D - Awesome drinker. I would never drink another hefeweizen if this was available all the time.

Not sure how much better than other hefeweizens this really is, but it is clearly as good as any. Very impressive.

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

Picked up a bottle at the liquor store last night, and we are eating some spicy food later, so I figured it would be good to go with that. Wanted to review before having the food.

The beer pours a vibrant yellow-gold coloring, with a tremendous amount of foamy, cloudy white head. The head disperses fairly quick while the beer settles. Wonderful blend of smells, including citrus, malt, and wheat. Other sweet and earthy fruit notes deep in the aroma, as well. The beer has a well balanced malt and citrus-sweet flavor, too. Buttery notes of taste help round out the beer. It is very smooth, and almost creamy feeling in mouth. The beer transitions seemlessly to a creamy finish, with a slight roasted aftertaste. Very easy to drink, and I think will go great with the spicy fare we are planning to eat.

Photo of weisbierjeff
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my 0.5 Rastal.
Beautiful orange -yellow, cloudy,small 3/8 inch head, very bubbly, nice lacing, stays on glass about an inch and a half.
Smell is distinct. Banana, bready/ yeasty aromas, cloves all come thru.
Taste is exceptional with all the above smells transformed into flavors as well, complex.
Very nice mouthfeel, no alcohol comes thru at all, nice fizz on tongue, leaves a lingering taste on the palate.
Drink this year round, this is not just a "summer" beer. Have not found any beer in this style that comes close to completeness in every catagory.

Photo of Radome
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 0.5 liter bottle into a large wine glass.

A -4.5 - Beer is a deep, deep golden or orange color, rather than a true brown. It is cloudy but not opaque. The head is not very thick, but is made up of tiny, creamy, off-white bubbles and it persists until the end. The lacing is thick on the glass.

S - 4.0 - Classic banana and clove aromas mixed with warm, toasted malt and alcohol.

T - 4.0 - Lots of banana in the initial taste, followed by bubblegum and wheat grain. There are some dark fruits in the background, but no roasted notes. Very clean and tasty but with complex flavor development.

M - 4.0 - Medium body, creamy and slightly fizzy carbonation. No alcohol burn. Finishes sweet but not cloying.

D - Very drinkable, despite its big, complex flavors. From the taste, I expected the alcohol to be higher because it has the complexity of a much bigger beer.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous nectarine color; hazy and bright. A good 2 fingers of bright white head forms with nice lacing.

Aroma is great: nice sweet citrus, biscuit, yeast, mild tart, spicy, nutty, slightly sweet.

Slightly sweet caramel, nuts, banana, orange, specs of tart and spicy yeast, bread and biscuits.

Light body, slick, crisp, and smooth

great drink goes down easy, not filling, and super tasty.

Not a big hefeweizen guy, but this is exceptional and i cant deny it.

Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This brewery's product is so excellently priced that it's hard not to love them. I've had a few of their beers and they are always good and super well-priced. This is a 500ml bottle of 5.4% Hefe Weissbier for $2.99, how can you top that!!??

This is supposed to be the flagship, so let's see what's up...

Pours a slightly hazy straw colored amber. It's certainly not the lemonade color of American versions. A beautiful, creamy two to three finger head flares up and persists at about a half finger. Awesome...Medium carbonation. Slight lacing. Aromas are not what one might expect - way more yeasty than the American versions. A touch of sweetness amidst the yeast components. I get some other items in the aroma profile too: A tiny hint of cinnamon, Some caramel notes, and maybe even something like sarsparilla..Very cool. Flavor is super crisp, super vibrant. Carbonation kinda billows up in your mouth, and as you saw last night, that's not my favorite thing. A lot of yeast aspect to the flavor profile. A nice, clean wheat malt flashes in front of your tongue, tantalizing it with expectation. This dashes away and is quickly replaced by the complex and wonderful yeats aspects. I get a lot of biscuit with butter and bready notes in here. Like the stuff that comes with a bowl of soup - thick and hearty, not white bread. The late middle flashes apart into what I consider a slightly too thin finish. Too clean and watery for my tastes. No real hop component in here at all. Just a burst in the late middle of the drink, then gone. The bready, yeasty notes persist in the finish and that's about it. This is a completely different monster fromn the standard, bastardized American Hefeweizen, which is like drinking lemonade. This is actual beer that has complexity and nuance, and is super highly drinkable. Perfect even in winter with a nice white bean soup and some thick bread. Delicious and classic for the style. My only harp on this is the thin finish, otherwise find and drink folks. I would say you need to stock your fridge full of this brewery's products if you can - at least one of them will please any beer drinker.

What I like most: The wonderful, bready yeasty flavor profile.

What I like least: The thin, albeit nuanced, finish.

Verdict: So good and well priced it's almost criminal. Must have in your fridge at pretty much all times.

Photo of RyanWo
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A classic example of the style. Poured from the tap into a traditional hefe glass. Appearance was a cloudy golden color, with a nice froth white cap. Aromas of clove and banana wafted from the glass. The taste was light, refreshing with hints of flavor from the aroma as well as a slight citrusy taste. The carbonation was vibrant and the body was light.

Photo of assmandugle
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy honey like color with a gigantic head. Has a subtle spicy aroma. The head is hard to get through but when you do the taste is very good. Sort of has a banana bread like taste that goes down quite smooth. It has a banana spice after taste too. Over all a very good beer. I will definitely be getting this beer again.

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

Mammoth, multi-finger head, tremendous retention; hazy, cloudy, honey-orange hue, very lively body.

Wonderful yeastiness, bubblegum fragrance out shines the banana, a whisper of clove.

Glowingly balanced taste with well-placed flavor... more banana is found on the palate, slight bubblegum, almost no clove but solid wheaty-maltiness. Faint mustiness.

Pleasing mouthfeel, this is a very enjoyable quaff. Slightly sweet yet mildly tart finish.

Probably the best Hefe-Weizen on the planet. World Class... very much recommended... why just drink this in the summer?

Photo of FosterJM
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

190th review on BA
bottle to weizen

App- A tri-colored yellow burst of color in the glass. Had a very nice pillowy 2 finger head sitting there.

Smell- Light yeast with a wheat earthy smell. A little bit of spice wofts up as well.

Taste- A classic. It has a laid back dominance of the flavors in the glass. Its flavorful and well balanced on the palate.

Mouth- A very nice, crisp, clean and refreshing beer to start off a night.

Drink- If you haven't had one, I suggest you do to find the best rep of a style.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml edition. Bought a case. Then bought the bottles left on the shelf. All the Korbinian. Then all the dunkel & Kristal. Actual people coming over for New Years was just icing. :)

Left the Vitus for all the fanboys. I don't like it. :P

Hef glass. Waited a sec because it was mighty cold. A hazy pale orange/gold beer. Stiff Cool-Whip head. It's as thick as shaving lather in some instances. Swiss cheese lace.

Smell is unexplainably savory, but still bright like a Hefeweizen should be. Like warm pasta tossed with a little fresh butter & a little herbage. Terrible anology(& maybe I'm just hungry), but that's what I'm imagining. Light on the banana(though it's creamier then usual) & barely showing any anise/clove.

Taste is pungent banana esters with a twinge of orange. Sweet biscuity middle with a bitterness that is more green then clove. Finish turns to face dry, but doesn't quite get all the way there.

Good carbonation, if a little ethereal. Body feels heavier then I'd like.

I can't say that this is my favorite hef ever, but I've always come back to it. While imports aren't usually at their freshest, I've still had some really nice ones from Plank, Ayinger, Franz, & Schneider, which I feel are all superior to this one. At least on this side of the Atlantic. :P

Photo of ms11781
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy golden color, maybe yellowish orange, with a huge foamy white head, 2-3 fingers, with nice retention. Thick, foamy lacing stick to the glass and slowly slips down the glass to meet the head.

Smells fruity with banana and lemon qualities. Also getting some yeast and cloves.

Taste in fruity, again with more pronounced banana and some lemon and wheat flavors. Cloves and some spiciness are present as well.

Highly carbonated, almost fizzy, with a light body. Smooth at the back of the throat while going down and prickly on the tongue at the same time.

Drinkability is very, very high here. Light body and lively carbonation lead to a pleasant mouthfeel and a lower abv with complex flavors. Definitely possible to have more than a few pints in a sitting.

Photo of veinless
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a nice yellow with a solid white head.

Smells of spice, a bit of citrus, wheat and yeast.

Flavors are of banana, clove, faint citrus and some other spice. Banana taste is very tasty and the clove is not overdone.

Palate is rushed with awesome texture of smooth flow along with perfect carbonation, resulting in a beautifully balanced and bodied beer.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer for the style, and so easily available. Wow I'm sad I never tried this earlier.

A pretty lighter orange hue that is quite hazy and a nice small head with great retention and lacing. Looks right to me.

Smells great with a fruity tinged german weiss character, cloves, lemon zest, some raisin/prune buried in there, and more. Pretty nice fragrant aroma.

Taste follows the smell, bread and wheat qualities abound but are back up and surrounded by lemon, raisin, clove, maybe even some licorice notes. Interesting and tasty.

Mouth is of good full carbonation and a creamy feel overall. A very drinkable beer, the style and ABV make it that way. Not my favorite style by any means but man this a great beer and I try to rate within style as much as i can.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

5.4% ABV. Numerous 1L glasses poured on tap at my local German beer garden as well as from the 12oz bottles poured in a tall glass, steins, or das boot. This is my all time favorite hefe beer. Pours a mildly hazy golden yellow with 3 finger white head. Smells mellow sweet fruits, banana, and cloves. Taste of mellow citrus and orchard fruits, wheat, yeast, banana, cloves, and a bit of bitter hops. Medium body and carbonation with some alcohol warmth and nice dry finish. yeasts and fruit hang around a bit. Excellent brew, beautifully balanced. Alcohol well hidden but lends a nice warmth.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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