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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

5,939 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,939
Reviews: 2,214
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 429
Gots: 457 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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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beeragent

Texas

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

Poured into a weizen glass from a bottle.

A - The beer poured a slightly hazy light straw, forming a thick creamy 1 inch off-white head. Light spots of lace are left on the glass.

S - Bananas and cloves are most apparent in the nose, with a strong wheat presence throughout.

T - Nice fruity notes throughout, along with a nice malty backing. Simple and extremely delicious.

M - Thicker mouthfeel than expected. Low carbonation and very smooth and clean finish.

D - Whats not to like in this beer? Great flavor and good alcohol level makes this a fantastic session ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 03:44:40 | More by beeragent
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meatmallet

Illinois

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

Appearance: Golden with a huge thick head. Lots of carbonation seen rising from the bottom. Looks a little cloudy.

Smell: Malted wheat and a little spice. Also a little lemon.

Taste: Oh yea! Malted wheat, barley, and lemon.
Not bitter and just the right touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is great. Good aftertaste.

Drinkability: This is an immediate favorite.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2008 02:53:35 | More by meatmallet
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brushtachio

Ohio

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

On tap at the North End

Poured cloudy gold with a fluffy light head.

This is my gold standard for a heffe.

Smells - banannas, bread
Taste - ditto but add some cloves

Immensely drinkable. If I could find this in bottles it would be my official lawnmower beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2008 21:11:51 | More by brushtachio
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simplexiton

Maryland

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

This beer is always good

Appearance: Opaque, golden straw color. A beautiful fluffy invincible head.

Aroma: Very heavy of overripe bananas, almost candy like. The overall smell was of baked banana bread with a healthy dosing of nutmeg and clove. No real perceivable hop aroma, perhaps slightly floral. Buttery yeasty notes as well

Taste: Absent of bananas but full of wheat and more of a melon flavor and some slight clove-like spice. Absolutely wonderful.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation really fills your mouth and the bubbles seemed particularly fine (perhaps due to it being on-tap) and pricked the tongue. Each sip went down real smooth and was incredibly refreshing

Drinkability: I could drink this beer any time of the year and day. This is definitely a perfect summer beer and is fabulous with pizza

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2008 03:20:20 | More by simplexiton
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becktone

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 8-10-08

Eye: Cloudy yellow in appearance, was going to use "cloudy wheat" but I think given that this is a wheat beer the word painting done by "cloudy wheat" would be obscure or redundant. Head formation is wonderful, but retention is another matter, starts out nice, but quickly fades to an average head. After that retention of the creamy looking head is good, but with a wheat, I think it needs to be much larger. Lacing looks to be poor.

Nose: Bread, strong yeast aromas, banana, slight clove in there as well. Not much more, wouldn't expect much more either. This is classic, was able to actually smell all that without really looking for it (had to go to the kitchen and smell some ground cloves first, then look for it, but once I knew what to look for, the cloves were apparent).

Tongue: Huge wheat flavor, nice yeast esters/phenols come though just as well in the mouth as they do in the nose. Nice, simple, classic. Hops are pretty much absent in terms of flavor...ehh maybe some slight spice....

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Smooth and creamy on the palate. Much fuller than I expected for a wheat beer, still not full bodied though, but full for a wheat. Carbonation is lower, and does not seem forced as with some beers....one can just tell that it has been forced. This is much more natural feeling. This is a staple example of the style in my opinion. One that I'll much likely be picking up again and again. Nothing that wows, but just a general good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 16:02:47 | More by becktone
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rye726

Colorado

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

This pours a hazy golden color and has a perfect off white head. Silky lace down the glass. The nose a collection of tropical fruits, spicy herbal yeasts and bready wheat malts with delicate hops. The taste has a nice wheaty malt structure with tart tropical fruits, light hops and spicy yeasts. Delicious. Body is full yet maintains a nice crisp dry finish. I could enjoy this beer anytime.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2008 00:45:16 | More by rye726
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This one pours a nice cloudy pale yellow with very fizzy white head. Nose is banana and clove. Taste is uber banana with plenty of clove and fantastic wheat flavor. A great texture here. mouthfeel is just about right. Drinkability is certainly top notch. A fantastic and essential example of the style. Not quite as impressive as I had expected, but still a very very very good hef. Top 5 for sure. Amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2008 06:36:43 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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mgp80

Virginia

4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy pale straw with a perfect, rich head. Tiny bubbles throughout kept coming up the entire time I drank this, and it left very fine lacing along the sides of the glass. Really attractive beer.

Smell is banana, with an unusually strong vanilla presence. Very 'fresh' and inviting.

Taste is amazing, with yeasty vanilla, banana, and canteloupe taking turns stepping forward, then melding together for a lasting finish. Every flavor is strong enough to be noticeable, but nothing overpowers.

Effervescent carbonation makes this just prickly enough to balance the creaminess in the taste, and makes this go down very easily.

The gold standard for Hefe's, as far as I'm concerned, from a brewery that deserves every bit of praise it gets.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 17:58:55 | More by mgp80
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ckeegan04

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy golden yellow color with thick chunky white head. Awesome retention and great lacing.

S - Fruity aroma, primarily banana with a hint of melon as well. A light sweetness to go along with the fruity smell.

T - Very earthy yeast character with hints of banana and lemon. A chewy wheat taste as well. Followed by a spiciness with a clove flavor. Finished rather sweet and dry.

M/D - Very crisp medium bodied beer. Very easy drinking with a crisp smoothness.

One damn fine hefe. The only one I have had that competes with Live Oak's.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2008 22:59:31 | More by ckeegan04
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gford217

Georgia

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

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a bright, slightly hazy yellow with a big puffy white head that lingers throughout the session leaving bits of lacing. There is also a constant stream of bubbles coming to the top. Smell is wonderful with cloves, banana and sweet wheat. Hint of citrus in the nose as well, mainly lemons. Taste is absolutely perfect for a hefe with an initial citrus burst followed by a massive sweet wheat taste full of bananas and spices. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and unbelievably creamy for a hefe with tons of carbonation. The drinkability couldn't be higher on this and it is the definitive example of a hefeweizen as far as I'm concerned. There is no better summer beer on earth.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 23:25:52 | More by gford217
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nickynick

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier poured a nice cloudy amber, even caramel color, with a nice fluffy white head. Smell was of yeast and bananas. Taste was loaded with bananas and bread. I had a nice mouthfeel. Drinkability was only ok because to me it felt very filling. Most Hefes do to me. I like this hefe better then others I have had. A nice beer when you want a hefe.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2008 15:19:12 | More by nickynick
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cswhitehorse

Oregon

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

The Weihenstephaner Hefe comes with a regal looking label and pours into the glass with some good carbonation to a 2-3 finger foam head with some good retention. It was a cloudy straw color.

I have tried many of this style but the aroma really wowed me. I was expecting the depth of character in the smell but it really was terrific. You get a caramelized banana smell from the yeast with some spiciness.

The taste was fabulous. It was well flavored with the bananas coming through to slither on the tongue. You get the malted barley and wheat as the backbone with the follow up of the yeast. It is semi chewy and leaves a happy coating on the mouth. Overall this is probably the gold standard for Hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 02:29:22 | More by cswhitehorse
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UGADawgGuy

Georgia

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

Poured from a .5L bottle into my .5L Weihenstephaner weizen glass. In case you're new to the style, you should know that it is CRITICAL that hefeweizen be served quite cold and in an appropriate glass, for a number of reasons.

Appearance: This beer pours from a brown bottle with an elegant-looking label, which touts Weihenstephaner as the "oldest brewery in the world." Once it's in the glass, a good weizen pour reveals a hazy, golden liquid with a frothy, meringue-like head. A little beer was left in the bottle for "swishing" in order to unleash that delicious, yeasty sediment into the glass (in my opinion, this is essential with traditional hefeweizens).

Smell: A fantastic bouquet of starchy, mildly citric goodness, with a hint of spice (cloves?). There's a mild banana-like element here, too. The prevailing scent, though, is a uniquely yeasty breadiness.

Taste: Follows the nose. Cold, refreshing bread in a bottle, with a hint of very mild citrus and a very light spice/clove note at the end. Hops are not evident. This is true to the style, and for my taste in hefeweizens, that's a good thing. Regarding the style -- Weihenstephaner practically INVENTED this style of beer, so it stands to reason that they would brew a great one.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, ample carbonation and a low ABV combine with the starchy yeast to produce a cooling, refreshing swallow. This is a beer that you could GULP down if thirsty without being overwhelmed. I don't recommend that, though. This is a beer to be savored.

Drinkability: Again, the low ABV, cold serving temperature, and refreshing flavor profile yield a fantastically drinkable beer. There's a reason this beer is consistently viewed as among the most sessionable beers on the planet. On a hot summer day, there's not much out there that could be more refreshing. Of course, if you're me, you'll drink it year-round, because it is your favorite beer of all time.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 23:48:13 | More by UGADawgGuy
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PerzentRizen

Mississippi

4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The first time I tried Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier I was in New York city at a german beer garden and it was recommended by the german expat there. I later had it on tap at Rolf's on 3rd Avenue.

I was very fortunate to get a chance to try this beer at the proper temperature, in the brewery glass, and with a professional's pour (that swirl to extract the yeast at the bottom is something I would not have known without being told).

This beer pours a light cloudy pale with a large, frothy head that is captured superbly in the Weihenstephaner bulbed glass.

The smell is of fresh corriander, fennel, apricot, and orange peel.

I did regret that the bar tender/owner tried to place a lemon slice in my beer. Trendy I doubt they did that a thousand years ago when that brewery was first created!

I have continued to enjoy this beer for the past 7 years and will continue; particularly when the temperature escalates. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 23:31:42 | More by PerzentRizen
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Trueant1

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light staw color. Great white thin foam head that coats the glass. Very cloudy.

Smells of spice, hops, alcohol, and bready yeast.

Tastes of phenolic flavors of banana and cloves right along the lines of this style. More cloves than any other flavor...maybe even bubble gum? A bit bitter but not over the top.

Great blend of a mouthfeel. Smooth, a bit wet, and lots of carbonation. A hop bite lingers.

GReat beer. Would like to session this some time.

This beer goes right along with the style type. Hence it's deserving of high scores.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 22:07:55 | More by Trueant1
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philipquarles

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bier Museum in Köln. Poured a nice hazy yellow with a huge white head. Great retention and fantastic lacing. Smell is citrus up front, with other fruits following and then a bit of wheat. Presents even more upon tasting, with apricot and banana esters coming into the picture. Without a doubt the most complex, best tasting hefeweizen I've had. Mouthfeel is also excellent-creamy head and thick body. Maybe I loved it so much because I had been drinking (relatively) boring kölsch all day, but this is overall just a brilliant beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2008 20:51:52 | More by philipquarles
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy yellow color, with a big white head. In the aroma, dry banana, and a mellow clove spiceiness. In the taste, dry banana, and a light spice note. A spice bite, medium mouthfeel, with a dry banana and clove aftertaste. A model of how hefe should be, smooth, easy, and great.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 14:51:18 | More by OWSLEY069
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

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

Poured from a .5L bottle into a tulip glass, bottle that was stamped 7038 on the back (my weizen glass was unavailable):

A: The beer poured an excellent hazy yellow-orange with a very nice light but big white head. The apperance alone made the beer appealing. It appears to have a lot of carbonations.

S: The aroma is top notch, one of the best from a Hefe that I have tried so far. Very complex with hints of wheat/yeast, fruit, spices and maybe some floral notes as well.

T: What can you say about the taste, but exceptional. It follows the nose to a T with the wheat/yeast and banana/fruit really coming through.

M/D: I could have drank this beer all night if I had more bottles of it. The carbonation was right for the style, it was smooth with a medium body. Great summer beer and really it would be good at any other time of the year as well. Has to be one of my all time favorites, especially since it is my favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 12:51:41 | More by PhillyStyle
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BBM

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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BigFrank71

Illinois

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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kinger

Ohio

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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morebeergood

Massachusetts

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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roadhouse

Florida

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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happygnome

Minnesota

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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mentor

Colorado

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
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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