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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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6,638 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,638
Reviews: 2,271
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 509
Gots: 737 | FT: 12
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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 Kinsman
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass, no noticeable freshness date.

Appearance is a golden yellow body capped by a foamy white head. Hefe's are always described as being cloudy since they are not filtered, but I've found this to be a bit clearer than most Hefe's.

Aroma is oh so sweet and spicy. Initially there is a bit of a banana-yeasty presence quickly overcome by a stronger clove aroma. A soldid wheat malt body gives a bit of bready note.

The taste pretty much matches the aroma. Sweet banana followed by some spice, with bready malt notes on the finish. Really a quite enjoyable flavor profile, making obvious as to why this beer is such a classic.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth, and a little bit bubbly, but not overly so. Overall, an amazing hefe that pretty much defines the style. This beer has been around forever, and it deserves all of its praise.

Kinsman, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of Dunkle
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recently enjoyed a six-pack of this classic beer.

A: Cloudy gold with a nice-sized head.

S: Mainly cloves, but not overwhelming. I had to work a little to smell the banana lingering in the background.

T: The taste is of clove, wheat, and banana. It does not taste as light as the smell would suggest. Quite refreshing!

M: Light-medium body and smooth.

D: Very drinkable. One of my favorite session beers, especially in the summer time.

Dunkle, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of btorsdog
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my favorite style of beer when I lived in Gemany, Hard to find good versions over here in US but this one is a true classic!
Cloudy, hazy gold in color with a touch of oranginess, beautiful dense solid milk colored head.
Sweet smelling malt with banana and clovetouch of yeasty lemon.
Taste is pure hefe-weizen gold,minimal hops detected with a slightly fruity dryness.
Mouth is thick but slick,kind of light at the same time,very nice.
Drink is top shelf,goes down good!!!

btorsdog, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of ne0m00re
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08/18/10- Had this one out of a 500 mL bottle marked (4120).
A: Nice amber with a big fluffy white head and constant bubbles.
S: Pale malts, wheat, yeasty bread, banana, a bit of warm nuttiness, slight toffee. Very nice.
T: Slightly dry, with a tangy orange in the mix that almost comes off like lemon, buttery mild nuts (pecans), bready backbone with a borderline coppery finish. Excellent.
M: Very frothy with a medium light body.
D: Awesome. Couldn't help this one from going down.

ne0m00re, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of nataku00
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pub glass. Pours a hazy orange with an initial finger of snowy white head. The head dissipates quickly, and leaves little lacing on the glass. Active carbonation visible at the surface of the glass.

Right out of my fridge (likely ~40°F), hint of banana and citrus, with a little clove and light malt, but overall feint. Aroma does improve when the beer warms up later though.

Taking a sip, lemon peel type bitterness initially, with a little spice and malt later. Finishes very clean and crisp, refreshing. Really cleans your palate and would be excellent paired with spicey food. The carbonation is just perfect in helping to deliver the scent of your beer to your nose while drinking.

An easy drinking hefeweisse, perfect for a session beer, and I can see why this is the highest rated one. No excessive lingering spice or bitterness that's common in other hefe's or Belgian style witbiers, that would affect the food.

nataku00, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of KAP1356
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on-tap at R.F.D. in Washington, D.C. Presented in a plain pint glass. Reviewed from notes...

A - Very nice cloudy, golden yellow, honey-like color. A nice pillowy white head (about 1 finger) sits nicely at the top.

S - Great notes of banana and some nice spiciness to it; cloves and some slight coriander aroma. Very nice yeasty, bready aroma as well. Lemon peel is also apparent.

T - Follows the nose nicely but with a bit more clove spice to it. Great combo of the banana, clove and breadiness to this one. Some nice lemon peel flavors make it very refreshing.

M - Nice mouthfeel on this. Could use a little less carbonation in my opinion and perhaps it would be that much better. Overall a "good" mouthfeel.

D - Extremely drinkable beer. The low ABV and the combination of flavors makes this one easily a great choice for a hot day. Extremely refreshing and satisfying.

KAP1356, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of Whiteweasel
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank from a chalice and poured from a bottle.

A: Gorgeous translucent orange-yellow-goldenrod colour; looks like frosted glass. Nice frothy head, but lacing is minimal and dissipates faster than I would like.

S: Sweet nectar scent brimming with fruitiness (banana, kiwi, peach strawberry, and other tropical fruits) a fresh wheaty maltiness, and a deliciously unmistakable Belgian yeastiness. Deliciously tantalizing; brings the drinker in and excites the senses. Just under perfect.

T: Sweet fruity, yet balanced flabour. Powerful/distinct clove and banana with a wide yet still subtle palette of other fruits. Quite wheaty in a pleasant way. Missing the depth of taste that a higher abv would bring, but still DAMN good.

M: I would have loved more booziness, cause I feel the higher abv would bring out more flavours. However, a hefe doesnt usually have that booziness or high abv so I can't really knock it too hard. A little fizzy in the mouth when I might have appreciated a little less. Very very refreshing and satisfying.

D: Good lord, I could and would drink these all night if I could, and I would feel spolied doing it. A rare perfect session beer. 5.4% abv and 100 times its weight in flavour. I'm giving it the rare 5 for drinkability. So effing good.

Whiteweasel, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 500mL bottle of this classic brew for a reasonable $3.49 at Hoosick Beverage in Troy NY. Code 3339 on the label. Poured cold into a chilled weizen glass at 9am, I thought it'd make a good breakfast to start the weekend with.

This cloudy golden yellow brew gives a great frothy white meringue head that forms large peaks and sinkholes as it settles, great 3D stucture. On the nose is a strong dose of dry banana peel, earthy yeast, spicy wheat. The feel is light-moderate bodied with carbonation a bit rigorous and fizzy for the style, not as smooth as I had hoped. Taste is dry banana peel, stale cinnamon, yeast, finishes dry with lingering banana peel astringency. The brew has left some healthy wisps of lace throughout the session. A good hefe, and a tasty choice for breakfast on a lazy Saturday morning.

BeerNinja007, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of ToasterChef
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my 500ml Schneider Edel-Weisse glass. I think my cellar may be a bit above the recommended 46-52 degree F temperature, as I was only able to get a portion of the bottle into my glass; a very large white foam head took up most of the glass. The liquid is a darker straw color and has a good amount of tiny bubbles rising within. Once I was able to swirl around the bottle and pour in some of the yeast, the beer took on the appropriate opaque appearance. Lacing is even and beautiful.

The nose has plenty of banana, pepper and wheat. There is a hint of sweetness to the aroma, but it doesn't lead me to believe that this will be too sweet of a beer.

After four pours, the bottle is now empty and the liquid comes up to the .5L line on my glass. I'm ready to take a sip. I can taste plenty of ripe banana, as well as some cloves. There is a flavor that makes think of how raw bread dough would taste. There is some pepper as I swallow, and a brief citrus aftertaste. The fruit disappears quickly and the pepper remains, as does the wheat. This is how a Hefeweisse should taste.

The beer has a light body, but as I swirl it around my mouth, it feels a bit thick. Perhaps it is all the carbonation foaming up? There is some coating, but it isn't sticky. It seems to vanish quickly.

I find this beer to be very drinkable. The alcohol levels shouldn't be a problem for a few rounds, and the flavors are quite inviting. Also, the beer is very refreshing. This is my first time enjoying this beer, it won't be the last.

ToasterChef, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of CalhounJohn
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The feel and overall quality of this beer was evident with the first sip. It is full bodied yet smooth all in one. I've always liked beer, but have never really appreciated what a great beer truly is. The smell was superior from the first exposure. The mouthfeel and full body and flavor of this beer makes it truly a dream!

CalhounJohn, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of DNICE555
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Holy Smoke in NY

A - Hazy golden orange with a nice white head

Smell - Citrus, spices, banana - very bold and articulate

Taste - The best hefeweizen I've ever had hands down. Its got balls yet its balanced. I believe it's the best of it's style.

Mouthfeel - Smooth would be an understatement. Balanced and refreshing? Absolutely.

Drinkability - Sets the bar for the style. Perfect for a warm summer day.

DNICE555, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of choyhosoi
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass. I saw this and had to try it. Pours a nice frothy head with a clear yellow appearance. The taste and smell is a little better than your typical german hefe. This one is a lot smoother. If you can try one of these pick it up I highly recommend it.

choyhosoi, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of Sam21
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into weizen glass.

Appearance - Glowing hazy orange body with a very creamy white head. Great retention. Mouthwatering. Leaces sticky splotches of lace.

Smell - Soft mix of wheat, clove, and banana. Great balance.

Taste - Clove and banana come alive across the taste buds immediately. The soft wheat mingles nicely and helps strike a great balance. Light bitter finish balanced by the fruity esters.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied but the smooth carbonation and creamy body make it feel heavier.

Drinkability - This beer is very drinkable. Really soft flavors combines with a creamy mouthfeel. A real pleasure to drink. Overall, nothing more I want out of a hefeweizen.

Sam21, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of jeranbrews
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

D - A delicate orange gold colored body slightly foggy. With a finger or two of fluffy but dense cumuli-nimbus head.

S - Light fluffy sweet fruity smells and only the most mild of citrus. Orange peel. A bit of lavender. Some banana peel. Subtle but complex. A freshly baked cake with vanilla icing.

T - Mild wheat and barley flavors set the background for the citrus and estery flavors. Aftertaste has a very tiny alcohol bite too in that it just tickles the tongue gently.

M - Neither loose and watery nor thick and chewy. Pretty much in between but a bit of carbonation gives it a bit of a cotton candy feel in your mouth. In such a way that it just disappears into nothing when it hits your tongue

D - Quite pleasant. A desert beer. Maybe not the most refreshing on this hot day, but this beer hides a good amount of character into a small package. I have to be honest this is at least a star or two better than I imagined it'd be.

jeranbrews, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of wordemupg
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle poured into Aventinus glass aug21 2010

A cloudy golden orange with more bubbles then I thought you could fit into a beer, a very gentle pour gives me a giant three finger head that forms a dome over the top of the glass and just sat there ever so slowly falling leaving patches of lace along the way

S some citrus, clove and banana that you would expect from a great example of the style and a little dry cereal that I wasn't looking for but pretty darn good nonetheless

T not far from the smell and there's nothing wrong with that, I pick up on a little spice I couldn't smell. A good beer without doubt but I will admit the darker version did more for me

M the carbonation works well for it giving it a fluffy feel that gives it some body at the same time

D drinking this on a chilly summer evening is a pretty easy thing to do, a great example of the style and one everyone should try

I will drink this again with no problems, and at less then 4 bucks a bottle it's oh so very worth it. This may become my go to beer for the few days remaining of summer here in Calgary. This is another great addition to the growing beer list in Alberta

wordemupg, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of Kaiser81
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle today, drinking it now. Hopefully, it helps me do well in my sprint triathlon tomorrow.

Poured out of a bottle into my hefeweizen glass...fitting, right?

A1 - Been a while since I poured a hefe. I poured way too vigourously and I'll I got was about a hand with of beer, and a hand and a half width of foam. Onto the smell, I'll be back here after 2nd pour.

S - Lots of cloves and bananas! This is some potent stuff. I think Live Oak Hefeweizen had a touch more sweetness...this is all cloves and spices. The belgian yeast/malts definitely shine through.

A2 - The head is pillowy, and soft, and just sits there like a thunderhead...a bulbous thunderhead, on top of the beer. The beer itself is a cloudy golden, but when holding it up to my TV, and wiping the sweat of the glass, I can see the sports commentators. There are some bubbles rising. It's a light golden on the bottom, and a light orange on top. Just a beautiful beer. Beautiful lacing and legs are left after every sip

T - Pretty much follows the nose, but just a tad bit softer than the potency that you get from the smell. Cloves, and bananas, and spices. It's really nice.

M - Slightly creamy at first that leads to light, crisp, refreshing...nice carbonation. Spot on. I have no idea how you can make this any better.

D - What a summer beer. This is fantastic. Though I think I've become a bit of a hophead and would prefer an IPA over a hef, this is definitely worthy of the praise from "the world's oldest brewery."

Kaiser81, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of biggred1
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, golden with light blonde highlights and a big pillowy ivory merengue like head. Fresh baked banana bread and clove spicy esters with a touch of toasted oakiness in the aroma. Big soft wheat malt flavors of banana and clove with a touch of lemon zesty acidity to balance perfectly. Perfect heft and body for what I'm looking for in a Hefe. Prickly carbonation adds to the drinkability. As I swirl in the last bit from the bottle it adds a nice nutty complexity to the flavor. Pretty good for a beer from a thousand year old brewery.

biggred1, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml into glass boot. from notes.

A- Bright in color, hazy, and an overload of big bubbly snow-white foam. Doesn't want to go down, this takes a while to pour.

S- Clove, banana, vanilla, other spices.

T- Wheat bread, peppery spices, and ripe fruit. There's a great burst of flavors in this one. A kiss of hops in the finish. Mostly banana, a bit of apple and orange as well.

M- High carbonation, a bit lively, keeps the beer moving and keeps me coming back.

D- High. I've had this beer a LOT and will continue to buy it. There's a reason it's so well-regarded...

Note- I've had this overseas and am happy to say that it tastes more or less the same- we're getting pretty fresh stock on the East Coast.

ShogoKawada, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of Icehouse57
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy golden oak color. Seriously. That may not have been used before to describe a beer, but its the exact color of my kitchen cabinets that are stained a golden oak.

Nice whipped cream head... about 1.5 inches by the end of the pour.... my wife said it looked like meringue, and it was delicate like it too. The head was at least a 1/2 inch when I finished the 1/2 litre too.

Smells like a hint of banana, wheat, clove and more wheat. Phenolic. Just like a good hefe should be.

Taste was outstanding. Not over the top. Just right. Banana, clove and wheat are evident in the taste as well as the smell.

Feels soft in the mouth... sensuous almost. Nicely carbonated.

Very drinkable. Nice in the heat of these dog days of summer! An outstanding example of a stellar hefe!

Icehouse57, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of kiya
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Easily the lightest (in style/color) beer that i've reviewed yet... Fairly new to this style as i normally yield to bigger American beers.

Pours a bright copper color with a strong head that took a while to settle down so i could properly fill my pilsner glass.
I smell a bright floral scent with a bit of fresh cut grass once it warmed up a hair.
Flavors are great... a bit of unripe banana and lot of wheat initially comes out then a nice roasted wheat flavor in the back. Seriously amazing here...
Definitely not what i was expecting in terms of how round the flavor is, it's full yet crisp.
Rolling around in my mouth are tiny bubbles, not unlike a sparkling wine, but the flavor is able to work through the carbonation and in the end you have the strong upfront flavor mixed with an extremely effervescent beer.

I'm blown away, this is seriously good. And not just "good for a hefeweizen", but good.

kiya, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of curly31989
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy, pale yellow color

S: Everything smelled pretty balanced with clove, yeast, and banana.

T: Perfectly balanced clove and banana followed by yeast and bready flavor.

M: This has a lighter body to it but maintains a high carbonation level.

D: I really enjoy this one. If your wanting a beer that nearly anyone would enjoy, this is the one. The perfect execution from this brewery shines through. No wonder its the oldest in the world.

curly31989, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of Lukafer
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a globe produces 3 fingers of beautiful white head that stays for a while, leaving gorgeous lacing. Color is a hazy golden. Smells are some citrus, spices, slight clove and yeast. Tastes are yeast, some banana and slight cloves. Mouthfeel is perfect, good amount of carbonation, and this beer is insanely easy to drink. What a great beer.

Lukafer, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of Beejay
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A dingy yellow color. Very nice white head.

S: Cloves, figs, and just a little banana. A little yeast character as well as a hint of tart citrus.

T: Huge banana and clove flavor. Malty and bready, with a nice yeast kick. Nice flavor, bold, but refined.

M: Light body with really high carbonation. A very smooth texture to this, finish lingers for a bit.

D: Light and very drinkable. Super tasty. This is definitely a beer that was not thrown together, you can test the care and the time put into this one to make it as perfect as possible.

Beejay, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of cvaypai
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have enjoyed this many times, finally getting around to reviewing.

Poured from bottle to weiss glass.

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden yellow with some beautiful orange highlights with a huge bubbly 4 finger white head. Laces all the way down the glass leaving it's remnants. Tons of bubbles rushing through this one.

Smell - Very bready, yeasty and wheaty. These smells dominate but they are there to perfection. The banana and clove are right up there too, the banana less than the cloves. This smells very nice. Maybe even a little orange rind?

Taste - The taste is just simply awesome, tons of very clean wheat and yeastyness with some great underlying clove flavors. As it warms a bit more fruit comes out but I'm just amazed at the "clean" taste of this beer. It isn't super complex, but why does it have to be? Superb.

Mouthfeel - This is smooth and wonderful, the carbonation and weight are almost perfect. There isn't much else to say, just a great mouthfeel here.

Drinkability - Way more than Bud Light, I can tell you that. I could drink several 500ml bottles of this, and I would. This is one to drink all day on a hot summer day.


cvaypai, Aug 18, 2010
Photo of goblue3509
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy dull dark yellow color with a big thick frothy head which resides to a nice skim that leaves nice lacing up and down the glass. The aroma is a nice big yeast smell with some pepper and clove as well as banana. The aroma has a nice smoky smell. The taste has a big smokey taste with yeast and clove present. Hints of banana and maybe orange come through. The mouthfeel is low carbonation and creamy. Overall it is very drinkable, smooth, and well balanced. You could easily do a session.

goblue3509, Aug 17, 2010
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,638 ratings.