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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

6,739 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,739
Reviews: 2,280
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 517
Gots: 788 | FT: 12
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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Photo of AwYeh
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow, with one finger foamy head after decanting.

S: Simply outstanding- perfect representation of banana and clove.

T: Most prominent aroma notes carry over to taste, alongside bubblegum, yeast, wheat, and coriander. Just a tiny bit of bitterness helps balance this nicely.

M: Lively carbonation and light body; easy, wholly enjoyable mouthfeel.

D: Could easily make a night out of this beer alone.

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

16.9 oz bottle poured into hefe glass

A- Hazy orange with rocky white head.

S- Clove and bubble gum aroma right off the bat.

T- Creamy, spicy, spritzy. This is a top notch hefe that is hard to beat. Runs neck in neck with Paulaner Hefe. Great year round!

M- Crisp mouthfeel supports the wonderful array of flavors and aromas!

D- Gold standard hefe. Top three worldwide IMHO.

Happy Holidays!

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

Appearance: Cloudy, orange color with one finger of brilliant white head and lots of lace. Handsome indeed.

Smell: Banana, clove, yeast, and malt. An olfactory delight.

Taste: A delight of yeast, cloves and bananas.

Mouthfeel: Silky and tangy

Drinkability: Very tasty. This is the benchmark for all Hefeweizens to be judged.

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

A: very good head; cloudy dark yellow; thin threading
S: fragrant with overtones of banana, apples, and yeast
T: very rich, complex wheat flavor; this is one of those rare wheat beers that make one stop, linger, and taste
M: rich

Overall, this is an amazing beer; it's a great way to introduce a wheat beer to someone who has been disabused of the genre because of bad wheat beers (of which there are many).

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

This is my all-time favorite Hefe. Tried so many others but always come back to this one. Poured two-thirds of a chilled bottle into a duvel tulip. After waiting for a gigantic white fluffy head to settle back into the glass, I swirl the other one-third still in the bottle and add it to my glass. I didnt always appreciate this style but my taste buds have evolved in the last 2-3 years and now i find the clove and banana smells to be utter bliss. A world-class beer. Think I'll have another.

Photo of DarthRadb
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was the first beer I ever drank that really made me fall in love with the taste of beer.

I had been drinking the usual domestic brands and a few imports for many years simply for the buzz factor and not really giving much thought to the actual taste and enjoyment of drinking.

The thing that first got my attention was when my buddy poured the beer and how thick it looked as it went into the tall Wheat beer glass.

Then he rolled the bottle to get the yeast off the bottom and poured out that massive creamy head. The glass was a wonderful golden cloudy color that you couldn't see through.

I took the time to actually smell the beer before taking a big glup of the head and yummy almost sweet banana tasting goodness.

That was it, I've been hooked on this Wheat beer ever since that drink many years ago.

Appearance: Golden and Cloudy.

Smell: Fruity with a nice wheat note.

Taste: Fruity with a wonderful Fruity Bananna finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick and very refreshing.

Drinkability: One right after the other for me. I can drink these Hefe's all day long and never bore my tastebuds.

I really dig this beer.

While it's nothing special in the new world of Craft Beers, I still always buy a couple pints everytime I hit the Beverage Center because it still holds a special place in my heart as my first really good beer.

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

I'm disappointed in myself for awarding near an overall 5 but this one deserves it. This is the prototype for a Hefeweizen. The appearance is a golden, cloudy, murky, dulled orange. It smells spicy and has the yeast you'd expect. This hits on all points. It tastes like a hefe should. It has the sweetness and yeast to represent the style like it should. For other beers I would describe all around aspects but for this, I remarkably, have nothing to say. It is the perfect Hefe. I almost can't believe it. It's very drinkable and you must try this. This is THE Hefe.

Photo of dansmcd
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! Straight out of the bottle into the glass, a beautiful thick soapy head shelters a hive of swirling sediment. Colour is a fabulous cloudy golden hue. Banana, wheat, citrus aroma. Taste is refreshing and simply magnificent. Lemon, banana, clove, yeast with a hint of coriander. Giant soft head and sticky lacing subsides all over the glass right to the end. A truly great session. Im hooked.

Photo of StormKing47
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at my local establishment who has been trying to bring in better stuff as of recently. Reviewed from my trusty napkin notes. I keep forgetting my book so here goes...

A- A very nice hazy straw color with a nice goldish hue and a bunch of active yeast swirling about inside. Has a very nice white, creamy head that is alive with carb. Simply a great looking beer.

S- A very crisp and clean clove smell with a touch of pepper. As it warms some I am getting more of the clove smell with some bananas entwined with a nice subtle citrus aroma. An enticing and wonderful smelling beer.

T- Well they have been brewing this beer for close to a 1000 years probably and god damn they got it right. Definitely not one of my favorite styles, but this is simply astonishing. A great balance of light citrus bite with a great clove sweetness. It's followed by a nice refreshing finish with a touch of pepper in it. Crisp and refreshing!

M- Lively, with a great tingle of carb. Clean, crisp and refreshing. Similar to champagne, it's alive and bubbly all over. Really, really enjoyable.

D- Hahaha, your damn right. It's incredible I could drink this anytime of the year, but by the keg in the spring and summer. It's light, balanced and extremely refreshing. If you haven't tried it what the hell are you waiting for?

I guess that's why they have been brewing for a century. Fantastic beer from a world class brewery.

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

If all hefeweizens tasted like this, I'd be a fan of the style. Unfortunately, this is about the only one I've had that keeps me salivating for it. And it's at anytime of the year - not just the summer.

Enjoyed with a new friend at happy hour, the beer pours out of the tap smooth and golden straw color with a rich head. The aroma is citrusy and clean, the taste is crisp, wheaty, sweet and citrusy with only the slightest hint of hops to bitter it.

As smooth as it is, and as clean as it is, it's surprising that it still manages to be more powerful by volume than your typical Budweiser.

Listen up, this is your go-to drink at any bar that has it.

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

The signature glass is the perfectly matched vessel for this brew. Glowing hazy gold body with a constant lazy upstream of bubbles from down below. A frothy mountain of bright white foam stands well proud of the glass, sticking around til the last sip and leaving many sheets of lacing.

Fresh and fruity aromas: lemon zest, cloves, tart peach, wheat, baking bread. A surprisingly thick and smooth mouthfeel; this beer practically slides around the palate. Just enough gentle carbonation to keep things moving along. Loads of banana bread and tart wheat up front, but it's lemon and cloves that linger in the end. One of those "why don't I have this more often?" beers. Great stuff.

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

A: Pours well.... Excellent head and I pured with vigor, Hazy golden color

S- mostly citrus

T- a rich wheat taste- how all hefeweizens should taste, simply delicious

M- Light with good Carbonation

D- It's almost too drinkable... I'm drinking it way too fast!

Photo of gdrydenc
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Aggressively poured, it produces about 3 fingers of white head. Color of the beer is darkish straw. The head retains quite well, the head laces the glass as I drink it.

S - Wheaty, yeasty smell. Smell is not powerful though, unfortunately. Call me an American, but I like powerful beers.

T - The taste is similar to the smell. It is such a classic, well balanced flavor though. It's a good yeasty, wheaty taste. An excellent tasting beer, overall.

M - The carbonation accents the taste quite well. The carbonation is as well balanced as the taste.

D - Perfect. I could absolutely session this beer or enjoy a single one. It's an overall excellent drinking beer.

Photo of Clippers652
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply my favorite beer ever. Had it on-tap in Austria the first time. Life changing experience.

Pours a wonderful golden color with a very nice head that lingers for a while.

Smells great - hints of banana, citrus

Taste - tastes just like it smells ... delicious

Mouthfeel - light and easy

Drinkablity - I could honestly drink this all day

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

Presented in a 12 oz. brown bottle with a front label stating that this Hefe Weissbier is from "The World's Oldest Brewery." There's something to be said for tradition.

Pours a hazed pale golden color with a billowy three-finger, eggshell-colored head that leaves sticky lacing all over the glass. I don't think I've ever seen a head this impressive. Truly a thing of beauty. Aromas of malted wheat, yeast, spiced coriander, banana and citrus.

Opens with malted wheat, cloves, bananas and raw, earthy yeast. Tangs of lemon citrus surface in the background. Moderately crisp with a light effervescence. Minimal hop bitterness. Flavors of biscuit and banana bread emerge. Finishes clean with a peppering of spice.

One of the best examples of this style I've had to date.

Photo of Mosley1212
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into my Erdinger glass.

A--Poured a vibrant orange with a rich, rich foamy stark-white head that took up much of the glass. It stayed around for a long, long time as well. Very lovely.

S--Banana, clove, orange, and other assorted fresh fruits hit the nose. Honestly, this has to be spot on for the style. This smells exactly like a hefeweizen should.

T--Wonderful. The banana and orange hit the tongue and leave a lasting sweetness for a long time afterwards. This drink is very light, and the carbonation from the beer really helps cleanse the palate. No taste of the alcohol up front, but I get a little bit of it on the back of the throat after I swallow.

M--Very light bodied with a heavy amount of carbonation. This beer leaves you feeling refreshed. That's the best way I can describe it.

D--Perfect drinkability. You don't really feel the alcohol, and the beer is so light and refreshing that I am craving another before I even make it all the way through this one.

Photo of DrVetur
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Body: somewhat hazy golden amber. Head: Thick, frothy white head with medium retention.

S - Fairly standard for a hefe-weisse but with accents of citrus, yeast, banana, and even bubblegum

T - Malted wheat flavor with sweet, fruity citrus and banana highlights. A mild sourness/bitterness follows and finishes with a bit of pepper.

M - Dry and delightfully complex.

D - Excellent drinkability, definitely at the top of its class

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

A - Pours a translucent amber color with a thick white foamy head that forms ever so beautifully with medium to good retention. Moderate carbonation visible in this not-as-hazy brew (4.5)

S - Pleasant upfront notes of banana phenols and spices; bready wheat malts and yeast show up underneath with just a dash of citrus (4)

T - Pronounced upfront flavors of bananas with a mild and pleasant touch of sweetness which is gradually lifted to review hints of malted wheat and a fair bit of spices; yeasty bready malt flavors accentuate towards the finish along with a return of the banana phenols and a dash of fruitiness to give the taste a grand finale (4.5)

M - Between light and medium bodied with minimal carbonation and a beautifully crafted foamy smoothness. (4.5)

D - One of the best if not the best German Hefe Weissbiers I've ever had; top class flavors and mouthfeel definitely grants this beer a top class drinkability (5)

Note: For the record, the best before date indicated on the bottle is for 02.04.08. I am more 2.5 years late in drinking this but it is still so good.

Photo of BEERMILER12
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is BY FAR the best hefeweizen I've ever tasted and enjoyed as much as I did. Simply amazing.

A: Nice yellow, common to the hefe's

S: Smells like a fresh field of flowers or corn

T: Just like the smell, sooo goood

M: Nice and light, great carbonation

D: I could drink these all day, especially with the price

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

A beautiful golden hazy color with a white cloud like head floating on top. A strong fragrance of clove come out right away, with touches of banana and finishing with a wheat like bread scent at the end. The clove hit's the palate right the front of each taste. A yeasty bread flavor joins the clove and each flavor stays there long after each taste is long gone. A light medium feel with the cleansing sensation of carbonation leaves the palate dry and clean. The original Hefeweissen and it does not disappoint. It has everything you would expect, the classic look and feel, then the taste is what every beer in this style strives to be. This beer lives up to expectations.

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

Poured into a hefeweizen glass.

Pours a beautiful unfiltered gold color with moderate carbonation and a nice white head. The aroma is very refreshing with a strong sense of clove, fruit and a bit of floral notes. The initial mouthfeel is actually quite sour, but finishes sweet with a strong taste of banana and citrus. Definitely tops my list as a great hefeweizen, I could drink this all day.

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

What a fantastic brew! Huge white fluffy head over a hazy yellow/straw colored body with a little carbonation. Some minimal lacing afterwards.

Great sweet aroma of yeast, lemon, and hint of banana and spices.

This flavor is the definition of a superior wheat beer: mildly sweet with the perfect balance of clove, banana, and yeast. Just enough lemon/citrus sour taste to balance the sweetness. Very drinkable.

As a fan of this style, I think this is one of the best. Highly recommend.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy straw golden color beer with a nice fluffy white head that is about 1.5 inch tall.

S - Aroma is of clean banana notes and some nice clove. Phenols are so great. Some slight earthy grain notes are mixed in with nice mellow bready wheat notes.

T & M - Flavor starts off sweet and with nice banana hints. Great bread notes are in there as well with nice mellow wheat hints. Banana bread comes to mind right away. Probably one of the best hefes out there. Clean and delicious. Crisp and light bodied this beer can be paired with anything and goes well in every season.

D - Extremely high since its lower in ABV and great in flavors.

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

I would say, it's like Blue Moon on steroids. As in, it's a lot like Blue Moon, but a lot better.

The color is very similar, an orange/yellow/wheat look. Very dense, but light enough to enjoy a few of. Very floral aroma, along with a lot of citrus. The head was good, a nice foam, not just laced bubbles on top.

If I ever have the chance, I'll definitely have more of this.

Photo of jar2574
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My new favorite wheat beer. Looks exceptional, with huge fluffy off-white head and orange/yellow colored, slightly cloudy beer. Excellent head retention and good lacing as it's drunk.

Nice smell, citrus, yeast. Not strong enough to warrant a perfect rating, but pleasant.

Smooth and easy to drink but with a zestiness underneath that keeps things interesting. It's like there's a touch of lemon in the beer without putting one in there, which is nice.

Very, very drinkable. Could drink 6-7 without getting full or bored of the flavor. Extremely good beer.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,739 ratings.