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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 6,941
Reviews: 2,331
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 566
Gots: 950 | FT: 14
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 01-22-2001

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

Been picking up a few of these lately, as it's been getting hot, and my fridge is full of RIS, and bourbon barrel aged beers of varying degree, and a good Hefe was in order.

A: Poured from the 375ml bottle into Bruery Tulip glass. The beer pours a hazy honey color with a good two inches of frothy white head that very slowly receded, leaving nice lace behind, before finally settling at about three quarters of an inch.

S: Soft scents of sweet clove, mild spice, banana, wheat toast, and a very mild esters of yeast.

T: Well intergraded flavors. Layers of banana, lemon, some cloves, and toasted wheat bread. Mild mineral quality, but smooth and well rounded.

M: Low to medium carbonation with a mild creamy medium body.

O: Hits the mark. Refreshing, balanced, and though not overly complex, it's brilliant in its execution, and quite enjoyable. Steal at $2.25 for a 375ml bottle too.

Photo of wo87810
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at a local pub in Gainesville, FL. Great golden-orange color, with the almost "glow" from the unfiltered particles.

Such good fragrance: fruity, citrus, with the distinctive yeast aroma of good German beers.

I am not the biggest hefeweissen fan in the world, but this was the best example that I have had so far. It was smooth and full of flavor. The thing that stuck with me were the floral aromas.

Get this one if you can, and others from this brewery- they are top notch.

Photo of shanblur
3.91/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500cc into a weizen.

A - Impressive thick fluffy head over a clear, straw colored beer.

S - Sweet smell of bubble gum and malts. Some citrus notes as well.

T - Sweet malts on a wheaty backbone with a slightly tart finish

M - Medium bodied with a ton of carbonation

The best in this category that I have had. Though not my favorite style, I could certainly be happy drinking a few of these.

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

On-tap at Frontier on Milwaukee Ave. here in Chicago, which is a large multi-story bar with a small selection of tappers that are fairly well-selected. The Weihenstephaner on-tap is really their stand-out though.

Drank quite a few of these. Big cloudy bright body with a huge head that gives off a ton of yeast funk, deep rich almost deliciously stale fruit and a mountain of wheat sharpness. Taste is crisp, funky and with an excellent malt depth. Darn, this is a yummy beer. Mouthfeel is flawless, absolutely perfect.

If you haven't ever had this, you need to. I'll post a bottle review sometime soon too, I sure do love to crack one of these after some gardening in the yard or just on the deck on a hot Sunday.

Photo of bs870621345
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hate the style, loving this beer.

Pours a cloudy yellow/orange color with a huge head. Nice lacing down the glass.

Smells like bread, banana and cloves- just what you'd expect. I hate bananas.

Once again, opens with a huge banana flavor with some cloves mixed in, then the bread takes over to the finish. Aftertaste is gently spiced. Once again, I will say that I hate bananas but I'm really loving this beer.

Mouthfeel seems a bit thick for a beer like this, and the carbonation seems low also.

Overall, its really good. I would definitely get this again.

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

Poured into a weizen glass...beautiful. A towering pillowy head forms above the cloudy brew of illuminated amber. The bubbles race with champagne tenacity from the bottom up to the head. Remarkable head retention to the last drop.

The smell of malted wheat and wild honey is immediate in the nose. Banana and spicy clove along with sharp citric notes of lemon and orange as well...very enticing.

All the classic Hefeweizen notes are present. Ripe banana and clove, faint bubble gum and a hint of green apple tartness. Spicy and malty in the finish with an undercurrent of warming alcohol. Much more robust than most in the style.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth and frothy. Slightly chewy, yet crisp and lively as the carbonation dances on the palette.

The benchmark Hefeweizen. I could drink this every day.

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

Poured from a 12 fl. oz. bottle into a pint glass. Has the code "3180" on the back which means it was bottled on May 3rd, 2010.

A - Pours a hazy mix of copper and deep honey-gold with 2 fingers of jolly white head. Effervescent bubbles stream up all sides of the glass.

S - Smells of tangy, fruity esters (typical of a good hefeweizen). Bready wheat comes through along with notes of coriander and citrus.

T - Dry and wheaty up front with a healthy dose of citrus quickly following it. Has a pleasing, balanced bitterness that becomes noticeable in the middle and lasts through the finish. This could simply be a by-product of not having the freshest bottle, but there is also a somewhat prominent (but not entirely off-putting) metallic flavor muddled in with everything else. This could also be related to the water that Weihenstephaner brewery uses.

M - Thinner body with very potent and refreshing carbonation. Crisp and clean like a true wheat beer should be!

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

Enjoying this fine beverage on tap at my favorite supper club

A) Arrived in a nice pilsner style glass. A bronze toned brew with a hazy/cloudy appearance that one would expect. There was a nice inch of white head.

S) MMM... Wheat and some lemon, Malty sweetness.

T) Quite nice... The wheat and citrus blend well with some spice. It creates a beer with some sweetness to it, and a little bit of bitterness to make the finish quite refreshing.

M) A very crisp and clean feel. It's pretty light bodied. You can savor it a sip at a time, or in big gulps.

O) Hmm.... Oldest brewery in the world. I'd say they know what they're doing.

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz bottle poured the "hefeweissbier pour" into weizen glass. Pours very deep hazy golden wheat color with a nice frothy fine head about 4 fingers deep. Very smooth & sexy looking beer.

Smell of wheat and citrus peel mostly, sweet malts in the background.

Taste is different than what I was expecting. There is way more tart & spice than I thought there would be. Sweet malts and citrus tart upfront smooth on the tongue with a really nice feel to it, followed up by the back end of this being a tad spicy. Nice little bite on the end & good aftertaste with notes of coriander if I am not mistaken.

Picked this up for $2.79, which is a steal for a world class beer! Will be getting this one time and time again.

Overall, solid hefe! Personally Im not a huge fan of wheat beers, but this one definitely is one to remember.

Photo of alf212
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden straw yellow with a thick white head that just poofs around the entire drink

Smells of malt and a little clovey spiciness

Tastes of banana and spicey yeast. Very easy drinking with a slightly dry finish.

One of the easiest beers to drink with the world, goes great with just about any food. Great for summer especially

Photo of zac16125
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark golden yellow, almost orange, with 2 finger widths of dense pure white head. Cloudy, but with no appreciable sediment floaters. Head dissipates at a moderately slow rate, but leaves almost no lacing which is surprising considering how dense the head initially looked.

S: Aromas of clove, banana, and an orangey citrus. Very pleasant and inviting.

T: First sip dominated by strong clove flavors. Clove and banana flavors throughout. Hints of pear, coriander, occasional lemon zest, and a touch of black pepper. Some bread/dough flavors in the after taste. An impressive ability to maintain such a high sweetness but keeping it in a positive way without overtaking or ruining the drink.

M/D: Great carbonation, smooth and easy to drink. Light on the tongue and leaves the mouth feeling wet and eager to take another sip. Slightly too light of a drink for my liking. But certainly goes down easy and leaves you ready for another.

O: Overall, a very good drink that to me comes off like a lighter version of a good tripel. It’s a little too light for my liking, and I would prefer if it had some stronger, more lasting flavors. The style as a whole isn’t my favorite, but this is still a damn good beer and its one I will drink again when I am in the rare mood for a hefeweizen.

Photo of harrymel
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Prader biergarten, Berlin, Germany.

A= beautiful light California Poppy orange with three fingers of billowed head that only falls as more of it stays attached to my lips because I can´t seem to let this one too far from my mouth. Cobweb lacing.

S= Banana, clove, yeast, grain, wheat tartar. This can be smelled from the table just sitting here, potent and awesome. There´s a certain dry sweetness to the smell I struggle to really put my finger on, but it´s there, and I like it.

T= Nice, spicy wheat nips at the palate as the sweet and earthz yeast comes through and plays a strong part. Finish is a bit sour, but otherwise perfect.

M= Creamy, lively carbonation. Finish feel is long lasting and salivating. Nice.

O= I´ve been waiting to review this beer because it´s not particularly easy to get in my area. Just so happens it was the first beer I had in Germany, and the right one to have at that. This beer deserves to be as high as it is on the Fame list.

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

Pours clear with a huge, pillowy white head that sticks to the glass for dear life.

Gives off notes of esters and spices like clove, banana, bread, orange, lemon, fresh cut grass as well.

Light and refreshing on the palate with clove and bready flavors with a hint of wheat twang. The typical banana is not as strong as I expected from the smell.

Very clean flavors, and as most German brews go, it is a perfectly executed beer fit to style, and since it comes from the oldest brewery that basically defined the style, it very well should be.

Photo of Ralphs66
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, it's official....this is my all time go-to beer. Lovely, considering I can get it just about anywhere and for relatively short money too. But to make it extra special, I walked into the Ardsley NY DeCicco's market today for the first time and it's on tap for my 32oz growler refill (along with CL Kolsch, my other go-to beer). Right now I'm drinking it at 61 degrees F (the beer, not the air), and it's just as good as always. In fact, it's a bit creamier right now, making it a-ok. There is nothing bad to say about this beer, ever...but if you do have something bad to say about it, well, then you're probably a Miami Heat fan. Drink early and often.

Photo of silentjay
3.68/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

to be fair and honest, this is one of my least favorite styles, though it was a gateway style for me years ago.

on a hard pour, the glass fills with a huge pure white head that dominates the glass and raises up above the rim. it takes a while to settle yet doesn't lace overly well. not as cloudy as I predicted until I pour the yeast sludge into the glass.

aroma is lots of lemon pepper, wheat, banana, acidic (not bitter) citrus, and white bread dough.

a candy-like sweetness hits the palate first before the spicy yeast and fruity esters take hold. it finishes a bit dry yet sweet.

medium and quite oily bodied with a soft, velvety carbonation that is at a generous level.

better than most american versions of wheat beers, though a bit too sugary sweet, still, for my palate.

Photo of kingrob615
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pilsner glass, great head and aromas of wheat, yeast, and coriander.

complex flavors coming forth as you work your way down the glass. From fresh baked bread, with spice notes of nutmeg, and cinnamon, with fresh lemon peel. As it warms up banana qualities become more prevalent.

One of my favorite hefes, can have on any occasion, light and refreshing for hot days, and complex enough for night sipping.

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

Still trying to taste some of these classics.

Pours a very nice cloudy gold color with a very nice white head.

Aromas are of cloves, lemons, sugars, and, really faint hints of smoke.

Taste comes simple at first, but there are some complex flavors going on here. Light creaminess, slightly sweet, some lemons, cloves, and very faint banana. Finish is crisp and dry, mineral like, and there it is just like in the nose, a bit of smoke.

Mouthfeel is very full and smooth.

Overall, this is an excellent beer. I can really appreciate this one, even though this is a style that I don't usually care for. World class.

Photo of BelgiumBill
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I paid $1.79 for a single 12 oz bottle at Total Wine. The bottom of the back label had "1081" printed - not sure if that is a freshness date or lot number. There was some noticeable yeast in the bottle settled where the bottle lay.

When poured it produced a massive 3 inch lumpy almond white head that stuck all over the pint glass as it slowly receded. It was translucent orange blossom honey colored - beautiful for a hefe.

It smelled of wheat, coriander, and sweet malts.

The flavors were complex and varied. sweet maltiness comes through the wheat and spices such as coriander, nutmeg, and I think some celery seed. I served it at about 38 degrees - colder than recommended. As it warmed, I got more of the banana bread qualities. Are there any hops in this? I got hints of the hops at the very end of the finish.

Great mouthfeel. It had just the right carbonation that helped cleanse the palate in preparation for the next sip. It was clean, refreshing, and fuller bodied than typical hefe's.

This is world class, but I guess if you've been doing it for 1000 years you ought to have figured it out by now. Next time instead of buying a couple bottles, I'll be opting for the six-pack. Great summer beer.

If you have never had hefeweissen then you should try this, if you don't like it, dont bother trying any others. If you have had others and haven't been impressed, try this one and it will help you make up your mind on the style.

Photo of heysuz
3/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dry and pillowy like the tops of clouds, yellowish wheat color, cloudy which is expected for an unfiltered wheat beer.

Smell: Sweet citrus smell with sour mash mixed in behind, not a rich smell, rather simple without any complexity.

Taste: It tastes more like a Belgium tripel. It tastes weak and one dimensional; there is no body or depth to this beer. It tastes like a vitamin enriched Coor’s Light

Mouthfeel: Little oily coating, but overall not much of an impact one way or another.

Overall: I can see on a hot, muggy, summer day it could be refreshing but it’s the same as putting a lemon slice in a glass water, very little impact overall. Don’t see what all the hype is, personally we could not even finish the bottle, admittedly it was my first example of the style and if this representative of the style, I’m not a fan. Maybe it would be good on a hot summer day, but it’s not summer, not hot and not even day, it’s Saturday night and I wanted something with punch, so I drain poured it.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A bottle stamped with “The World’s Oldest Brewery:” as a lover of craft beer, how could I pass that up? Here we have Weihenstephaner’s Hefeweissbier, which is a classic not just because it’s ancient. As far as Hefes go, this is one of the heavy hitters. Mention Hefes and someone will probably bring up Weihenstephaner. And they’ve definitely earned that street cred – the brewery’s been operational for nearly 1000 years. Impressive, yes, but how does this beer stack up when under the scrutiny of modern tastes? Let’s find out…

A: A cloudy, unfiltered, glorious golden body. My pour, though quite unhurried, yields the biggest head I’ve seen in a long time. This beer is even foamier than Duvel, and that’s saying something! But it’s a healthy, organic foam, with a wonderful continuous showing of carbonation. Hell of a lot of lacing, too. Thick, bubbly, rich – a great start.

S: An incredibly phenolic nose. Clove and medical notes comprise the acidic showing, filling the senses until there’s no room for anything else…at first. Somehow, a hint of malt squeezes in, alongside some slight biscuity tones and the obligatory cherry-pear-banana-peach Hefe fruitiness. Still, the biggest scent is the lemony acid of the fermented yeast.

T: There’s one word that comes to mind when I take my first sip: “mature.” It’s monstrously easy to tell, through the mellow and balanced feel this beer has, that a lot of maturity went into the brewing process. Nearly a millennia of practice tends to produce some good results. Anyway, the first flavor specifically to hit is a lemony freshness – that acidic zest that I was expecting. The fruits that follow range from sweet and juicy to tart and puckering – apple, berry, pineapple, banana, grape. These are complex wheats like I’ve never had before. The back end isn’t dry or hoppy in any way; just bready. A calm aftertaste that really seals the deal on a Hefe palate that needs nothing more.

M: This is where my biggest concern is. It’s watery, plain and simple. Not watery like a Bud Light; watery like too thin for a palate this advanced. Colder, this beer would make so much more sense: the carb would be more noticeable and this wouldn’t be so much of a turn-off. As it stands now, though, with the beer warming to room temperature, the first discomfort becomes known. Not terrible, but it could have been so much more.

O: All mouthfeel problems aside, this is an impressively addictive Hefeweizen. Normally, I’m not a fan of said style, and tend to shy away from a second glass. Not here, though: Weihenstephaner really has its stuff figured out. I’ve heard it said before, and I’ll say it again myself: this is the world’s premiere Hefeweizen. No doubt about it. In fact, I’m adding this to my list of “On-tap Must-Haves,” so, from now on, I will check for this at every establishment I patronize. Can’t wait!

Photo of jman892
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy yellow with a big fluffy 2 finger head which hangs around for a long time

S - Spices and the sweet smell of dried bananas

T - Bready taste, with banana and clove characteristics. The clove spice is more upfront and the banana taste comes in to complement it.

M - Carbonation is really popping and there is a nice creamy mouthfeel

O - A great hefe, perfect for the summer months. Great drinkability, very refreshing and well rounded.

Photo of schlimenhaumer
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass on a hot day at low altitude.

A: Pours a hazy honey color with plenty of carbonation floating to the top. Four-finger white head with impressive retention and some nice lacing.

S: Unsurprisingly, wheat comes through the most prominently along with some malty notes.

T: Refreshingly light, but complex at the same time. Besides the wheat and malt up front, I get some light banana notes on the finish. Really delicious.

M: Light- to medium-bodied and thirst quenching, with enough carbonation to leave you looking for the next sip.

D: I couldn't ask for a better beer on a hot summer day. I would have no problem drinking a few of these every night for the rest of the summer...

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice light yellow color with a strong white head. the smell is slightly sweet with hints of banana and the wonderful yeasty spiciness you expect from this style. the taste is wonderfully melded together. the clove yeasty flavor and slight banana flavor compliment the beer rather than completely take it over. you can taste the malt base. the mouthfeel is well carbed and almost semisweet. this beer is not as dry as others, and i like it. overall this is the best heffeweizen I have had hands down.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Hefe glass.

A- Beautiful hazy body, extremely carbonated, four finger frothy off white head, beautiful lacing, yellow straw color, just a beautiful beer.
S- Really refreshing aroma, banana, clove, citrus upfront, hints of spice and slight breadiness.
T- Taste just as good as the smell, so refreshing, this is the perfect beer for a hot summer day. Sweet, slight breadiness, banana, clove, citrus, delicious.
M- Light mouthfeel, well carbonated, really smooth.
O- One of if not the best of its style. Extremely easy drinkability, so smooth and refreshing, love the fruity banana flavors, just a great beer, and one I will drinking for years to come.

Photo of codsmith
4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours with a huge complete white head that dissipates in an adequate time period. Very cloudy with an orange yellowish tint.

S: The yeast really comes through with the perfect amount of banana and clove that really come through. Very clean and not overwhelming. The clove is a little more predominate than the banana

T: The clove and banana really come through not just in the smell, but the taste as well and in the same ratio of more clove than banana.

M: Nice and light. Very refreshing. Carbonation is perfect for this style.

O: By far the best Hefeweizen I've ever had. This should be the benchmark for all other beers in this category. I'm going to have to try and brew up something close to this... if I can.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,941 ratings.