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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

6,833 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,833
Reviews: 2,307
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 540
Gots: 865 | FT: 15
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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 clarkm04
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Dark golden color; the head retention is very big and very white. Good head retention and lacing and very good carbonation.

S- This is the standard that all hefeweizens should be judged against. Notes of banana, wheat malt along with clove and citrus spring up from the glass. Banana is the overall smell but it's very pleasant.

T- Very outstanding taste profile. The beer is rich, refreshing, and very balanced. Just a great all around hefeweizen with great flavor notes of banana with an undertone of clove with a nice dry finish. Definitely deserving of the top 100.

M- Medium bodied beer. Had a nice balance between crisp and slightly creamy. Carbonation is perfect for this style.

D- Very high. I could easily drink six bottles of this especially on a nice warm day.

Overall- I love this beer overall. It's fairly solid in every aspect and THE classic example of a hefeweizen style.

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

Pours a pale gold, a bit cloudy, head is fluffy and bright white, merengue-like. Lots of lacing. This is an unobtrusive tasting Hefeweizen, mild wheat and mildly fruit (banana) and mildly peppery. This is really drinkable, even for Hefe's. This is one of my favorites. Great job!

Photo of engagechad
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer was purchased as a single from World Market in Richmond, VA - poured into a pint glass

Wow. Popped the cap on this (with no agitation mind you) and a mushroom of foam forms around the mouth of the bottle (with no spillage). Pours effin BEAUTIFUL with a massive creamy head. Wheat and honey colored highlights and the head.. man the head.. whipped topping

Smells incredible, I spent a lot of time with my nose in this one. Mostly spice, crackers and minimal banana. Amazingly complex on the nose

Taste was everything I expected it to be judging from the reviews. Big wheaty, spicy brew. Mouthfeel is the star here. It feels absolutely smooth with no ethanol pinch at all

Seek it out - drink it

Photo of tchenery
3.58/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange body with billowy white head. Very appropriate to style.

Smell is a spicy peppery clove smell up front with a hint of lemon zest hiding behind there. It smells thin like an old European beer always does to me. It's probably the US import weight though. It's almost perfumey.

The taste is very bready at first and then it follows behind the scent very similarly. It is mostly the spice that comes through on the taste with very little citrus to me. It definitely doesn't have the banana flavor I was expecting.

Mouthfeel is good. Very lifting and spritzy.

Completely drinkable. Would be great at a barbecue or on the back porch.

Photo of kojevergas
3.43/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draught into a .3L beer-specific glass in Berlin. Reviewed from notes.

A: Hazy blonde colour; lovely cream in a 1.5 finger head of very nice retention.

Sm: Wheat, barley, but an absence of hops. Very fresh and fizzy.

T: Wheat-ish open to wheat body with crystal hops with an off-cream finish. Well built for the style, but a but unbalanced in that it's biased towards mainly the body, to the detriment of the other two acts. Not an Aristotelian beer, if you will. (You won't).

Mf: Lovely. It's ideally coarse for a Hefeweizen, and balances wetness and dryness quite well, though it's a bit too wet.

Dr: For the price, it's certainly worth a purchase by Berlin standards. For fans of the style, it's a must-try.

Photo of KajII
3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

Poured a murky yellow with a large rocky white head that was fully lasting and had excellent lacing. The aroma was loaded with a doughy yeast , bread malts, light citrus hops with notes of banana and cloves. It tasted mildly bitter-sweet to start and developed into a light, sweet yeasty flavor with notes of citrus, banana and some spices with the flavor lasting for quite a while, thus enhancing the experience. Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a soft carbonation.. Overall an outstanding Hefeweizen.

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

A: pours a pale clear gold into my brewery tulip with a thick white head that thins very slowly.

S: sweet wheat and light biscuit malt. A tad yeasty and a little bit of honey.

T: biscuity malt and wonderful wheat start the taste. Some bitter lemon hops. A tad spicy.

MF: tangy, crisp, refreshing. Light body and smooth flavor transfer.

D: one of the best hefes I have ever had.

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

Appearance: Dark golden color; the head is white (more than one would expect for a beer with such dark color), big and dense; it's been described as 'rocky' and that's quite accurate: a crater is left in its middle as I pour in my glass; good but not impressive retention and lacing; rich carbonation.

Smell: The epitome of hefeweizen; ripe banana, wheat malt, little hints of clove and citrus; do I smell peanuts?

Taste: I dare describe it as manly and sexy; it's uncomplicated (in a good way) and not delicate (in a good way), and almost robust; grilled bread, banana; hints of peanut butter; minimal hops.

Mouthfeel: This is medium to full-bodied (for a hefeweizen); midway between 'crisp' and 'creamy'; just a bit dry; carbonation feels perfect;it's not a light bier, it truly fills one's mouth.

Drinkability: Finished it in less than I expected, and couldn't realize I'd drunk 500 mL of bier; this is seriously drinkable!

Best hefeweizen I've had so far. Combines two things I love in a beer: strength and drinkability.

Photo of metter98
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is cloudy yellow in color and poured into a weizen glass with a two finger high bright white head. The head has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of bananas and bubble gum in the nose along with some hints of clove.
T: The taste has flavors of citrus and wheat; some hints of clove are present in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink, refreshing and thirst quenching.

Photo of dbaker61
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After rating the Dunkel awhile back, I had been looking forward to this.

Appearance: Beautiful golden hue with a touch of tan, quite cloudy with plenty of bubbles. Easily produces more than three inches of thick creamy off-white head. Leaves little bits of lacing all down the glass.

Smell: Banana esters are very strong here. A lot of wheat and yeast aromas as well. I seem to detect citrus, like orange or grapefruit.

Taste: Welcome home after a hot day. This is pure pleasure. Sweet, but not cloyingly so. Plenty of wheat, with a tiny amount of sourness. A fair share of the banana and citrus, with some cloves. What hops flavors there are, are well-blended.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, this beer has a lingering pleasant sweetness. Not too much carbonation.

Drinkability: Oh, I could have these all day. I envision the first really warm sticky May day, sitting on a bar stool, having these on tap. That would be a fine day.

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

A staple in my fridge.

From a bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours light golden, a bit hazy with a very nice fluffy head.

Smells like a Weissbeer should. Lot's of fruit, banana, citrus but also a bit of yeast.

Taste is full of banana, wheat (duh') and yeast and quite a bit o clove.

Medium to full body. Plenty of carbonation with a dry finish.

This is a great beer to have on hand. I'm glad it's always available and I'll always have it on hand. One of the best Weissbeers in the world.

Photo of lawlerj
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours hazy golden, , three finger head that lingers, leaves a bit of lacing as it's being drunk

Smell: heavy citrus w/ bready/biscuity undertones, minor bit of banana and cloves

Taste: heavy on the wheaty/biscuity flavor, starts w/ a strong burst of citrus/banana and finishes a little mellower

Mouthfeel: medium body, just right for a good German wheat beer. Moderate carbonation, not too fizzy

Drinkability: Fantasically drinkable.Overall probably the best wheat beer I've ever had - just not "far and away" the best wheat beer I've ever had. Really good though.

Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden into a dream weaver goblet.

A - Pours hazy, bright, orange with a nice creamy half finger tall head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Lots of bready wheat and yeast, oranges, lemon, and a bit of spicy clove. The crisp citrus fruits mix well with the strong wheat core to produce a very pleasant nose.

T - Lots of chewy wheat up front, lingering thru the finish, mix well with the spicy clove and bright citrus fruits. Finish is pretty bready with most of it lingering long after consumption. Perfect beer for a warm day like today. Very nice stuff.

M - Medium-light body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Chewy feel from all that wheat. Finish is a bit spicy with plenty of lingering chewiness.

D - Very good. I am not the biggest fan of hefe's but this one really does set the bar for all others. One of, if not the, best I have had. Glad I finally got to try it.

Photo of bbb099
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared with mjyoung.

A - Slightly hazy pale golden color. Good amount of frothy white head.

S - Light wheat aroma. Bread, nuts and banana odor also present.

T - Refreshing banana, wheat malt flavors. Tiny amount of sourness on the finish. Overall taste was pretty mild though.

M - Average carbonation. Medium bodied. Creamy and smooth, what I would want from the style.

D - Nothing offensive about this beer, but flavors were a little lacking for me.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16.9oz bottle purchased at McKinnon's. Pours a hazy light yellow body with a couple inches of fairly persistent off-white head. Banana, lemongrass, nut, and spice waft into the nose. Banana, lemon, bread, and spice hit the palate with a fair bit of nut . Balanced. Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation. Way too drinkable. Excellent. Balanced, complex, and drinkable. I think I just found a new favorite hef!

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. Premium Bavaricum!

Appearance: Take a picture and this could be an advertisement for the global brewing industry! Fluffy white head and beautiful light golden body. Thick and cloudy.

Smell: Dry and tart. Smells great.

Taste: Fantastic banana flavor. Not too terribly sour in comparison with other wheat beers. The flavor is light and complex at the same time.

Mouthfeel: A beer for any occasion. This is very refreshing. A bit of a dry aftertaste.

Drinkability: Morning, noon or night - again, a beer for any occasion. Smooth and not a lot of alcohol.

Overall: Is this the benchmark for Hefeweizens? Not necessarily a beer for diehard hopheads nor the extreme brewing crowd, but I can see this pleasing just about everyone else!

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

Appearance--Golden, deep wheat, partially cloudy, substantial cream-yeasty head.

Smell--Light yeast. Overall absence of spice notes or interest.

Taste--Characteristic Weissbier style in the background, but you really have to concentrate. This beer is so subtle, it is verging on transparent.

Mouthfeel-- Light and unremarkable, excepting that it is smooth, refreshing and clean

Drinkability--I love Weissbier and maybe I am unsophisticated, but this is way too subtle for a top ranked beer. The best Weissbiers revel in their yeasty, clovey, spiciness. This beer is surely a quality brew. It is smooth and beautifully clean, but it has no real character. It is technically a good beer, but it is not one that will win your heart, or a place in my basement biercave. I had to really concentrate to get the full Weissbier experience and I don't like to work that hard to enjoy my beer ;o)

Photo of weizenbob
4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This 500mL bottle was purchased at Pere Marquette Expeditions in Ludington, MI. According to the code on the label, this was bottled on 8/23/2010. The label has a lot of other good information as well: "World's Oldest Brewery", "Store and keep cool 46°-52° F," "Brewed under the purity law of 1516." The last one is news to me as I was not aware that the Reinheitsgebot allowed for the use of wheat in the brewing process.

I poured this into a weizen glass. A moderate pour gives off a massive five-finger head, making a roughly 1:1 ratio of head to beer. The head is fluffy and retention is excellent. It does eventually settle, but never recedes completely. A narrow trail of foamy lacing spans of the glass. Carbonation is visible. The beer is golden and cloudy. It looks like the perfect glass of beer that they pour in every beer commercial on television (with some added cloudiness per style).

The aroma is giving off scents of lemon and wheat. Mild tropical fruit and heavy yeastiness next reach the nose. Light phenols waft into the nose with just the slightest noticeable hint of alcohol. Aromatics are strong and this beer's fragrance is easily detected from the other side of the table.

As this is the prototypical hefeweizen, all of the standard traits of the style are present in the flavor. There's the banana ester. There's a nice crisp wheat bite. There's a dry finish, and a yeasty aftertaste. It is a well balanced and very deliciously full flavored beer.

The beer is medium bodied and much heavier than commercial American takes on the style. Carbonation is on the lighter end for a hefeweizen but I find it to be perfect. The carbonation agitates the flavors nicely making the beer satisfyingly lively in the mouth.

Beer doesn't get much more drinkable than this. It's full flavored and well balanced with no off-putting bitterness. It has a wonderful weight in the mouth. The alcohol content is a moderately low 5.4% ABV; and for an import with such high esteem, this is very reasonably priced. I would gladly tip back another if only there was another to be had. I just wish that I could get them fresher.

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The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
Schlitz may have been the beer that made Milwaukee famous, but Weihenstephaner is older than Milwaukee itself. I enthusiastically give two Schlitz for this excellent hefeweizen.

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

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 2/28/11.

A - Really cloudy pale cantaloupe flesh-colored liquid with a creamy white dollop of foam on top that dispersed into a swirly patch, leaving behind some spots and strings of lace.

S - Classic Hefe aroma with equal parts clove spice and bready malt with a hint of banana and spicy yeast. There is also a pleasant citrus character suggesting lemon zest and orange peel.

T - Opens with a bready malt character paired with clove notes and a more subtle banana presence. There is also a lemony citrus character in the middle, accompanied by toasted wheat grains, which is quite pleasant. Finishes with a hint of peppery spice in the backend, more clove and yeasty notes and a hint of citrus.

M - Medium bodied with pretty lively effervescence and a slightly chewy texture. Finish is subtly spicy with a bit of residual sweetness on the palate.

D - This is a Top 100 beer for a reason and perhaps the benchmark for the style. You don't stay in business for hundreds of years making sub-par beers. I don't usually find myself in the mood for Hefeweizens too often, but this one always delivers the goods.

Photo of flipper2gv
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Superb looking brew. Opaque yellow color with creme white head with a lot of volume, great retention and good lacing. Creamy carbonation.

S: Sharp acidic notes of lemon juice. Really easy to find wheat malt in this. Some light vanilla. Spicy notes of: Pepper, cinnamon, cardamom and maybe saffron. Mango and pineapple are also very present in the smell. Inviting.

T: Again, wheat malt is very present in this. There is some lemon in this. There are the usual wheat beers tastes of banana. Some vanilla like in the smell. Again there are spices: cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and saffron (yeah it's there for sure). Mango and pineapple are still there but not as much as in the smell. Very light herbal and earthy hops, but really not much. Perfectly balanced brew but sadly, no WOW factor I'd need for a perfect 5.

M: Silky smooth and very creamy. Good medium carbonation with sharp bubbles, keeping it alive. One of the most unique and amazing mouthfeel I ever had.

D: Amazingly high. Every thing is so well balanced, it tastes so good, so refreshing, I can drink this all night. About the most drinkable beer I had.

Photo of bnes09
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lemon yellow to light orange ale and semi-hazy. Frothy white head forms a light blanket over the liquid and clings to the glass.

Plenty of smooth wheat aromas as well as lemon peel hit the nose. Fresh and semi-sweet with a honey note.

Flavor follows the nose with a sturdy yet smooth wheat backbone. Mild citrus hop with a lemon and tangerine tone. Mid-drink reveals a gentle honey sweetness that balances the experience.

Medium bodied and perfect amount of carbonation. Very smooth in texture thanks to the wheat. Finishes crisp with a lemon bite.

Very easy drinking and highly refreshing. Would make a great summer session beer. A well crafted hefeweissen.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although German beers aren't always my favorite I still like to have one every once and awhile. They're almost always light and refreshing thanks to the Reinheitsgebot! It was another dinner with pizza and another time to have something light to go along with it that would balance away the spice in the pizza but not be too heavy.

The hefeweissbier poured a thick and very bubbly white head that gave promise to having a good beer session. It's color was a cloudy yellow that was a little more of an amber color in the middle but around the edges was more yellow in color.

The smell was very yeasty with a hint of citrus.

The taste was less full-bodied than I thought it would be but it was very refreshing and light. The yeast could be tasted throughout with lemon-citrus being less prominent. Banana and clove flavors also made themselves known but were slight in strength.

This is a very good hefeweissen auf Deutschland!

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

Appearance: Very cloudy golden color, good creamy head that doesn't go away quick, some lacing.

Smell: Wheat and lemon, hints of spice and banana.

Taste: Wheat, banana, lemon, hints of spice and citrus. Complex and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thick and velvety smooth, crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy session beer. Really wish they had it in six packs instead of 500ml bottles when I bought it, because I could really go for another one.

Overall: It is clear why this is a top 100 beer, and the top of its category. Wish it was easier to find, but at least I know I can get it.

Photo of VirginiaSpirit
4.97/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Impeccable lacing, substantial head, golden and cloudy (representative of the type of beer).

S - Wheat, banana, and not huge on spice but evident.

T - Lemon, wheat, clove. Almost creamy!

M - Carbonated, easy, creamy. Smooth finish.

D - Easily one of my top favorites. I miss this weissbier when drinking other good brau.

Photo of shanetemple
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Hazy medium golden color with an extraordinarily large white cloudtop head, moderate and natural appearing carbonation, lots of stickly lace. The head exhibits extraordinary retention.

Aroma: Consists of the prototypical cloves and ripe bananas that define this style.

Taste: Begins with lots of soft carbonation and a quite full bread malt flavor and lots of yeast, towards the middle of the taste the clove and ripe banana flavors assert themselves. At the end of the taste some mild hops appear along with some residual malt flavor. The finish is clean and a bit dry.

Mouth feel: The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Drinkability/notes: While I do not particularly care for the Hefeweizen style, it must be conceded that this is a superb beer and a must try for anyone who is a serious student of world=class beer.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,833 ratings.