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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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98
world-class

6,465 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,465
Reviews: 2,255
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 500
Gots: 671 | 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 FreshHawk
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Cloudy/hazy golden orange. Medium sized, white head with average retention.

S - Malted wheat giving a bread/cracker smell. A little apple and citrus smell, with loads of banana smell. Some spiced, mostly clove and a little pepper, scent too.

T - Really nice flavors in this beer. The base is a creamy malted wheat that gives it a cracker/bread type of flavor. Loads of banana and bubblegum mixed in with that, also some spice (clove, pepper). A little hint of citrus lemon flavor at the end.

M - Incredibly smooth and creamy. Medium body and somewhat crisp. Medium carbonation.

D - Incredibly drinkable. Creamy smooth body allows it to go down easy and the flavors a very tasty but don't overload your palate.

Notes: Amazing beer that has fairly simple flavors that are mixed and balanced wonderfully. Great for a summer day of relaxing.

FreshHawk, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of alkemy
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy deep straw yellow pour with a big fluffy white head. Banana, orange, bubblegum, and a somewhat subdued clove in the nose. There's a malty, bready sweet aroma as well. Taste is earthy banana, bubblegum, and spice as well as a slight touch of lemon. Very smooth with a nice dry finish. Maybe I was hoping for too much from this considering the hype I've heard, but this one let me down a touch. I know I'm in the minority, but I personally prefer Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse to this. It's a good solid beer, but not super IMHO.

alkemy, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of scottyshades
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Something produced from the oldest brewery in the world has to be good right? I've had this beer a few times before, but never got around to reviewing it

A: Pours a transparent and VERY pale straw color. Slightly clouded. The head is small and pure white, retaining for only a little.

S: Fruity and delicious nose; cantaloupe, banana, and mild clove. Wheaty and spicy in general.

T: So simple, yet so delicious. Very light and mellow, but powerful flavor. Melons, banana, cloves, coriander and other spices. Very slight hop flavors at the end, but definitely not bitter or even very noticeable

MF/D: Very light in body, lingering banana finish.

Truly delicious, a very good "converter beer" for those who tend to stick to BMC products. Definitely a favorite for the girlfriend/wife who "doesn't drink beer"

scottyshades, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of TheSicilian33
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type- A brown chilled bottle

Appearance- Brown bottle with "Premium Bavaricum Weihenstepahner Hefe Weissbier The World's Oldest Brewery" on it.

Smell- A strong wheat smell

Taste- A fruity, but wheat taste. An incredible taste that goes down smooth.

Mouthfeel- A simple sized mouth. Great for drinking.

Drinkability- It's an incredible beer. I've had the worst beers, but this is one of the best I've ever had. I drank it faster than a coors light, which is literally water. I can't believe this taste. I've had other Belgian beers that were pure wheat, but this beer is perfect! Social drinking only though!! Don't spoil the night!

TheSicilian33, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of Gosox8787
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured from the bottle (a little over a pint) into my Smuttynose snifter glass.

Appearance - Hazy golden orange. Extremely opaque for a beer of this color. Big two finger head slowly dissipates into a nice white lacing. Nice stained glass effect on the glass after each sip.

Aroma - Big bananna notes from the yeast upfront. A slight note of biscuit from the malt is also present. Not much hop presence at all.

Taste - Big, sweet ripe bananna upfront. Clove also there in full force. Some citrus cuts the sweetness nicely. Clean, slighty bready finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a ton of carbonation provides a nice crisp bite throughout.

Drinkability - Relatively low ABV and huge, clean flavor make this exceptionally drinkable. Absolutely sessionable.

Overall, the best hefeweizen I have ever tasted. Big bananna and clove notes, along with a nice finish, highlight this great brew. A must, plain and simple.

Gosox8787, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of NatetheGreat
4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I know I'm rating this exceptionally high, but this beer just did it for me and hefes are one of my favorite styles. For hefes, this is by far the best, IMO, and one of the best beers I've ever had.

A: murky, mysterious orange-tan, big puffy white head.

S: smell of spicy clove and ripe banana, with wheat and pepper

T: wheat, strong clove, slight lemon, banana - solid on the nose.

M: maybe a bit thin, but not too heavy or thick - just about right.

D: excellent. Refreshing, complex, flavorful: this beer has it all.

NatetheGreat, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

WOW! That is exactly what I want when someone says bavarian wheat beer! Pours a beautiful golden yellow with a white medium to large head. There's a big nose of banana, clove, and coriander that follow through perfectly to the palate. For the style, it has big, solid, flavors that have a medium to long lasting finish. Everything about this brew screams quality. The long lasting head, The big nose, The long finish, this is a great brew and is perhaps the best German Hefe-Weizen that we can get in the country.

A=4.5

S=5.0

T=4.5

M=4.5

D=5.0

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tippebrewcrew2, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden wheat in color, with a small white head that stays for a very long time

S - A truly great example of the style, standard setting even. The cloves come through strongest, with banana right in tow. Hint of bubblegum.

T - Bubblegum, cloves, and banana - in that order. Truly a wonderful, style-defining brew.

M - Nice and thin, but never watery.

D - I've had this beer many times in the past, but after having many others at the top of the style ratings and coming back to this I know definitively - this is my Hefeweizen. And it's easy to get!

NYCWheatFanSC, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of pdoran10
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours out a golden color with some cloudiness to it. Not much head with a normal pour. The smell is a bit grassy and spicy, not a very strong smell. The taste sneaks up on you and is excellent despite the lack of a powerful smell. I get wheat, a good malt profile and a bit of spice. Very rich impressive flavor. The mouthfeel is very nice, a decent amount of thickness but not overwhelming. Drinability is excellent as this beer is extremely smooth and sessionable.

pdoran10, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of Brabander
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer after a Grimbergen. Drank it in an original glass but with the name 'weihenstephan' on it.

This is a very good weizenbier from the country which invented this type of beer. Very tastefull and very enjoyable.

A very nice and durable white head and a very carbonating beer.

Brabander, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of SamN
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful deep golden color, with massive carbonation erupting from below. Big three finger head, thick, white and rocky and with lovely lacing. Beautiful hefe, absolute perfection.

S- Slight and subtle scents; earthy grains, bittered cloves, sweet farm grass, a very faint fishy aroma from the yeast I'm assuming, overripe bananas, fresh cut spring flowers. I wish the smell was a bit more assertive, it's hard to pull out the multiple complexities with such a faint aroma.

T- Such a balanced beer, between the wheat malts and the subdued hops, this beer rides the perfect line down the middle, not leaning too far either way. Delicate tastes of sweetness and minor bitternes.

M- Perfectly smooth with slight ending carbonation. Excellent coating.

D- For a hefe, it's true German construction makes it less ideal for drinking at a beer festival, and more for contemplative sipping on a porch. Tasty and smooth, this is a great hefe.

SamN, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of speter
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle into wheat beer glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden with a thick, rocky head. Champagne-like carbonation.

S: Malty wheat with lots of yeast. Hints of banana and clove, with a smaller citrus hint.

T: Crisp wheat front goes to a banana and clove center as the carbonation blossoms leading to a dry, mildly bitter finish. Exactly the way a Hefeweizen should taste.

M: Medium body with crisp, light abundant carbonation. The beer is remarkably dry.

D: This is one of two class exemplars of Hefeweizen (Schneider is the other). You cannot go wrong with this beer.

speter, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer comes in a dark 50 cl. long-necked bottle. The white label got writing in blue and there's a coat of arms from Bavaria - neat and clean label.

A: The pour is murky pale orange with a large white creamy head that slowly dissipates to rich lacings.

S: Wheat in great balance with the malt. Very obvious bananas (sweet and ripe) and a hint of coriander. A bit yeast is also present.

T: Ripe bananas, a bit less sweet compared to the smell - but this is not a bad thing. Some coriander and a bit of fruityness as well. Well-balanced wheat.

M: The body is light with rich carbonation. The aftertaste is rather short, but very dry.

D: This is a great exampel of a Hefeweissbier (Hefeweizen) from Bavaria. You'll probably will have to spend half a lifetime to get your hands on a better Hefeweizen than this one.

Evil_Pidde, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of goldbot
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint bottle (or slightly larger actually).

Pours cloudy orange with yellow highlights and a thick, foamy white head. Lots of carbonation and lots of wispy yeast haze.

Smells of a nice mix of banana and coriander spice. Some orange zest as well. There is also a good bit of earthy yeast aroma and some wheaty malt present.

A lot of banana at the forefront with some coriander there. A very earthy or musty flavor from the yeast, which complements the fruitiness well. A bit sweet and wheat-like flavors throughout. Finishes a little drier with a good yeasty aftertaste.

Medium body with a crisp effervescence, which lightens the feel a little but not too much. This is a classic hefeweizen with a great balance of flavors and body. I like that it wasn't all fruity banana, but that the yeast added a lot of earthy flavors to it.

goldbot, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Huge head that takes up about 75% of the glass even though I was pouring carefully. It has a hazy golden wheat color with tons of carbonation floating up.

N: Bavarian hefe def. Lots of wheat, lemon grass, airy, a little juicy, some banana, hints of like a clove spice.

T: Again lots of wheat to start, with almost a little malty sweetness. A little more banana on the taste, not much for spices, but lots of juicy wheat flavors and hints of light fruits. Light but packs a good flavor.

M: Pretty light, tons of carbonation.

F: Pretty dry to finish but not too dry, a light lingering wheat flavor and some lingering hints of juicy banana flavors. No spices here either, and hints of bitterness. This is about as good as a Bavarian Hefe can get!

jlindros, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of tigg924
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: huge head, cloudy, bright golden yellow, high carbonation

Smell: banana, cloves, and yeast

Taste: banana, cloves, and yeast

Mouthfeel: silky smooth, light body, semi-sweet, and crisp, high carbonation

Drinkability: This is the bench mark for the style for me. The spicing and carbonation are perfect. Although not my favorite style, this is an excellent beer. I could easily finish three-and for the price around here, will pick it up again.

tigg924, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of feelmefoam
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky, light honey-wheat color with pale yellow highlights. A little sediment and some very lively carbonation running around in the glass, but all of these features pale in comparison to the head. Even on a soft pour, I got over three fingers of white, creamy, frothy head that has ridiculously long retention and leaves very nice rings of lacing around the glass. Maybe too much head?

The aroma is pretty strong (likely helped by the large head), but it's good. I can pick out banana, clove, citrus, and grainy, bready malts.

The flavor is good, but not absolutely stellar. Nice solid banana and clove flavor, as in the nose, followed by a sweet, bready maltiness and a drying, citrusy finish. Very tasty, but not the best damn thing I've ever tasted.

The mouthfeel is a little thin, but otherwise good. The light carbonation works well with the dry finish to provide a zesty feel on your tongue.

In all, this is a very good beer with high drinkability for most, but I don't personally want to drink more than one bottle of this at a time, but that's mainly because I'd rather be drinking IPAs than wheat beers; it's personal preference. For some, the drinkability is through the roof, for me it's so so. Either way, this is a stellar wheat beer, probably my favorite of the style, even if the style isn't my favorite.

feelmefoam, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Semi-cloudy golden yellow with an eggshell head.

S: Big time bananas, a yeasty presence with a fresh baked golden bread character. Notes of cloves and some other spice, very light. Smells like a great German hefe!

T: Pretty much follows the smell with that awesome backed bread note really lingering in the finish. Very clean!

D: Not sure if I'd embark on an evening of these, I wouldn't know when to stop.

Value: I think this entire brand is severly underpriced! Works out well for us, don't ya think.

WeezyBoPeep, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of tzieser
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 a weihenstephan glass

a: pours a nice hazy, golden yellow color with a huge three finger plus head....oops, i kind of botched the pour...still looks brilliant nonetheless

s: great signature hefeweizen aroma...smells of cloves and banana. nice malt nose. simply exceptional.

t: delicious. great flavor. nice citrus flavor up front, followed by a nice clove/banana spiciness. perfect example of a german hefeweizen.

m&d: mouthfeel is great. drinkability is great also. really refreshing

wow. Paulaner Hefeweizen was my #1 german Hef before-- now there's a new king in town...Weihenstephaner never dissapoints.

NOTE: paired very well with my stuffed sole dinner my lovely girlfriend cooked for me

tzieser, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of KingEdward
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this beer on-tap poured into a pint glass. This beer has a white two to three finger head that lasts forever and a yellow cloudy color. The beer smells of clove, banana, wheat and yeast. The beer tastes of clove, wheat, and mild citrus, and has a light hop aftertaste. This beer has a nice amount of lacing. This beer is super refreshing, crisp, and a perfect session beer. I have had this beer on-tap and in the bottle either way it is awesome. Drinking this beer makes me want to go on another vacation to germany. This is one of my favorite beers of all time. I have never had a better Hefeweissbier!!!

KingEdward, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of rootbeerman
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a weizen glass.

A: pours light cloudy orange, finger and half foamy head
S: wheat and yeast, light clove and banana
T: wheat malt, sweet clove more than banana. earthy hops on the aftertaste, also a slight citrus hint.
M: crisp yet creamy, medium carbonation.
D: great, ive had this on tap as well. also had with lemon.

rootbeerman, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of MPLS
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An easy to obtain world class hefeweizen, sure why not.

A: This beer is certainly unfiltered and has a golden dilute grapefruit juice color to it. The head on this beer is massive and consequently upon opening the beer was met with a gusher. The head is very cheese cloth like and the lacing is deserving of a compliment.

S: The smell if the defining of a hefeweizen. Bananas, clove, and hints of citrus.

T: The taste is a creamy banana an clove. It's a youthful taste that is fresh and has a fair amount of zest and dryness in the finish that would indicate the hops are doing their job. The finish incorporates a kind of perfectly balanced chalky sweetness that leaves you wanting more. It's strange to think that my first "real" beer experiences were with German beers as I was an exchange student in high school and naturally rose as a natural opportunist to be able to legally drink beer at the age of 17.

M: This beer is extremely creamy and is quintessential of the style. Slides down the tongue nicely.

D: This beer is rather affordable, definitely real affordable in it's motherland (Deutschland). A great summer beer and a prime example of German brewing excellence.

MPLS, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of Probie
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass. It pours a beautiful golden straw color with a good four inches of thinly bubbled white head. This remained for a while before it started dying down.

Aroma: Everything you expect from a good hefeweizen: cloves, citrus, banana, wheat. They are are all very well balanced with each other.

Taste: Exactly the same as it smells, a great example of a hefe. The cloves come up front followed by the banana and bubblegum, following again with more clove.

Mouthfeel: Very light and crisp with almost no aftertaste. It hits every part of the tongue with something different.

Drinkable: This is very drinkable and would make a great intro to the world of craft beer.

Probie, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of acelin
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle, bought it for 2 bucks. Pretty happy my local store has plenty of these.

Beautiful golden could, so gorgeous. The lights in my apartment make it glisten in my weiss glass.

The smell - everything you expect a hefe to be and more. Bananas, cloves, orange, even wheat - all wafting into your nostrils.

It was the smoothest, most beautiful hefe imaginable. This brewery sure knows how to bring out all the flavors without being overpowering in any way. This beer plain out made me feel peaceful just with that first sip, not to mention after 3 bottles.

acelin, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful frosty yellow-orange with a tall, tightly bubbled head billowing from the top of the weizen glass. This particular weizen smells, as per the style, of clovey notes as well as those of orange peels, coriander, and other citruses. The taste is right on the nose for a hefeweizen. Almost no hop presence in the taste, and a perfect balance between the fruity and citrusy flavors and the slightly sweet alcohol tastes. The Weihenstephaner is wonderfully smooth to the palate and incredibly drinkable, with it's perfectly grainy medium body and mild abv.

MrHassellYaHurd, Jan 17, 2010
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,465 ratings.