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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 7,006
Reviews: 2,349
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
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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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Ratings: 7,006 | Reviews: 2,349
Photo of peterg321
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is the best beer I can ever remember having!!! It was probably bought it from Total Wine about 4 months ago and stored in a cool basement for most of that time.

It has a strong hefeweizen flavor (but I like that), I find most German-brewed hefeweizens to be skanky, but this was very fresh.

Photo of pants678
3.62/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A hazy orange and gold and puffy head with decent retention.

Smells of spice, cloves and just hints of citrus.

A little bready but mostly sweet like an orange and distinctly banana. Not cough medicine sweet but honey with a coriander and citrus. Again cloves stand out but I didn't find it as spicy as others have put down, maybe a tinge of pepper. Comes off as very well balanced summer brew.

I wouldn't call it sharp, almost creamy as a full-bodied beer.

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

500ml bottle poured into a 22.3oz weizen glass.

A - Massive head of thick, off-white foam. Hazy golden-honey hue with effervescent carbonation flowing up the glass. Unrelenting head retention. Spotty lacing for a while, but doesn't stick for the whole time.

S - Best smelling hefe I've had for sure. Tons of wheat, bread, and yeast. Lots of citrus notes as well here. Obvious orange, coriander, lemon zest, banana, peach, and a touch of apricot. A hint of honey and vanilla sweetness. A bit of barley malt and light grains as well. Complex and inviting.

T - Tons of yeasty and grainy bread flavors. Wheat and banana are strong as well, but the citric quality I had anticipated is much more muted than the smell had hinted at. Notes of coriander and orange linger around the palate, the don't come through like I had hoped they would. Distinct vanilla sweetness is also present, although subtle. My sample at the Calgary Beer Festival seemed to feel a little more dark, with more emphasis apricot and peaches. I also taste an unmistakable metallic flavor. As it warms, cloves and spices become more evident, especially in the finish.

M - The carbonation sparkles lightly throughout the experience, and is delivered in a medium bodied hefe with a slightly dry, yeasty finish.

D - I've tried a few hefeweizens now, and this one is by far the most enjoyable. Complex aromatic and flavor qualities, with a nice presentation and appearance. The problem I run into with most hefes is a lager-like graininess that just kills the flavor profile for me, but this one keeps those grainy malts in check and delivers and well-rounded and balanced flavor that is thoroughly enjoyable. Well crafted and a must-try for any beer lover.

Photo of kcinlober
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Very sweet and pleasant smelling. A little fruity with banana's the predominant smell (in terms of its fruitiness). Even more apparent is the yeasty/bready aroma which is strong but sweet more than sour.

Head: Magnificent, some of the best head i have ever received from a beer. Sticks to the side of the glass for some time.

Taste: Like most Weiss-beers, the hops do not provide the most in terms of taste. Fairly yeasty and mild. Like the aroma, bread and yeast are the predominant factors, but not in a overly-fermented and sour way.

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

Poured in to Sierra Nevada Kellerweis glass.

A - Light to medium yellow/orange colour with 2 to 3 generous fingers of bubbly white head.

S - Cloves, banana, citrus, bready malts and Belgian yeast.

T - Cloves, banana, lemon, bready notes.

M - Medium body wit moderate carbonation. The carbonation adds body to the beer without just bubbling. Very interesting mouthfeel.

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

This brew was served from the tap at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY. It arrived in a 17 oz. Hefeweizen glass and boasted a golden-tawny color. It held three fingers worth of soft white head over a hazy brew. No other sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared minimal. The aroma popped bright vanillas, coriander and pumpkin spice, faint orange peel, thick wheaty grain and a huge phenolic clove character. The latter became enhanced with warmth, where booze also began to seep out. Additionally, there was a more pronounced sweetness, with strawberry inclusions. As we sipped, the flavors opened up with a strong wheat character. This was given with equally strong phenols and cloves, with a soft and sugary balance from banana esters. The middle moved on with slightly more bittered grain and a lactic sourness. To finish we were given more of those big clovey phenols, spice of coriander, bitter citrus rind, and a wash of grain. The end also showed a slight bitterness of soft alcohol, which was unexpected due to the lower abv. The aftertaste breathed with bubblegum esters, banana sweetness, cooling wheat, and lighter cloves. The body was heavenly light and the carbonation was medium. The creaminess to each sip was absurd, with a huge slurp and smack. The feel remained soft and eternally coating throughout. The abv was appropriate and the beer had great drinkability.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the mouthfeel. This was near on perfect, and a great complement to a hot day. Another huge bonus was in the spicy flavors included in both the nose and taste. This brew is exemplary for the style, and extraordinarily refreshing.

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

A - Rare is it that I find carbonation like this. Even a careful pour produced a three finger head, which lingered at two and dissipated to what was still a very solid one/one and a half finger. Big thicks of clumpy foam - the stereotypical, easily cartooned German beer. Color is a darker shade of gold, very much like wheat itself. Low translucence makes body carbonation hard to perceive.

S - Banana, clove, a touch of citrus, and light, wheaty malts. The quintessential hefeweizen.

T - Very much the same as the nose. Light bready notes and very neutral hopping carry the flavors of ripe banana and warm clove with other spices.

M - Full-bodied, nearly creamy (especially for the style), but extremely refreshing.

O - It feels almost silly to review this beer. For the lovers of hefes, it's the peak of the style. For those that normally don't enjoy a hefe, this is the beer that could change their mind. I'm not even that much of a fanboy, only picking one up in a mixer sixer every now and again to visit it like an old friend. It's just a recognizably outstanding beer, a grandfather of so many to follow.

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

Pours a beautiful, musky orange/amber colour with an enormous head which retains brilliantly. Utterly perfect-looking. Worthy of framing.

T- Luscious sweetness retains well over the palate. Perfectly balanced and utterly delicious. There is definitely that clove/coriander taste upfront with a lovely array of subtle flavours following. Some faint sweet grain carries this fantastic beer out.

S- Exciting smell! It smells like a normal Hefeweisen except stronger. Banana is particularly prominant.,Some peppery notes. Smells quite sweet.

M- Perfectly light and smooth with some refreshing carbonation to boot. Truly amazing.

O- This is very close to beer perfection! It's an incredibly refreshing beer with a very tasty palate. An instant favourite of mine.

Photo of coopbrewer
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I do not have much to add that hasn't already been said by other reviewers other than to say this is absolutely one of my favorite beers...and I don't really care for this style. In my view that says just how great this beer is! This brew is a staple in my beer cellar.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a weizen glass from a 500ml bottle.

Appearance: About as perfect as a weizen beer should look. Pours a strong cloudy straw amber color with an enormous, foamy head. The head never disappeared. There are tons of carbonation in this beer, and is so delicious looking that I want to refrain from drinking it just so I can stare at it.

Smell: A sweetened wheat smell with enormous cascades of fruity, malty aromas of bananas, coriander, pears, canned peaches, sugar cane and clove. This must be the ultimate prototype of what an ideal wheat/spiced ale must smell like.

Taste: I don't think I've ever had a beer this creamy, thick and juicy before. The yeast gives the beer its bitter edge, but other than that, there are loads of flavors in this beer. Fruity, spiced flavors are all over the place, yet it contains a bready taste that reminds me of baked goods fresh out of the oven. In the realm of wheat ales, this is a sublime tasting experience.

Mouthfeel: Its feel, while quite balanced, is still not up to par with the other aspects of the beer, but this does not mean that it's mediocre by any means. While the beer is creamy and thick, there is an undeniable watery feel to it, and virtually no bitterness - not much sweetness remaining on the palate as well.

Overall: Wheat beers are not my favorite by any means, but this completely transcends hefeweizens as a whole. This beer is a MEAL. If Weihenstephan is indeed the world's "oldest brewery," it shows. If your brewery was hundreds of years old, you'd inevitably perfect a recipe this good! This is a world class ale that is extremely well balanced, flavorful, and very easy to drink. For its low price, you'd have to be nuts not to have one!

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a golden color with plenty of cloudy white head. Very cloudy.

S - Lots of wheat, honey, banana, clove, coriander and some citrus hints.

T - The wheat and citrus blend well with some spice. Very refreshing brew.

M - A very crisp and clean feel. Very light bodied. Makes you want to take large gulps.

O - A great hefeweizen, that you want to drink a ton of in the summer and spring.

Photo of younger35
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this to formally review. I’ve had it many times though so it’s nice to really think it over. Drank from my Widmer mine Hefe glass.

Appearance- Pours a straw colored yellow with a hugely beautiful white head that literally has stiff meringue like peaks. An amazing cap and collar stays the ENTIRE beer along with TONS of thick rich lacing. One of the best looking beers I’ve ever seen.
Smell- As you’d expect and just as I remember the light plantain sweetness is softer than most Hefs and the spiciness isn’t as bold. There is a light lemony cleanness to the beer with a touch of orange peel and maybe even coriander. It’s all there, just in more moderation. Maybe I’m just too used to the American versions.
Taste- Much like the nose it’s just ridiculously balanced and nothing is overdone. The spicy bite of the yeast is very neutral as the banana is sort of an afterthought - not the main flavor like most. Other than just a teeny tiny kiss of clove and maybe some white pepper, there isn’t any other spice. The wheat is more of a player than one might expect as it’s doughy and full. The finish is malty and damn near floury (not a bad thing, just the flavor I get) as the wheat is really prevalent.
Mouthfeel- Thick and rich with a crazy creamy feel. The carbonation isn’t all that zippy even with the large head but the feel is great.
Drinkability- Definitely a super good beer that I enjoy every time. The look and mouthfeel are absolutely spot on perfect and the taste is about as balanced as you’ll find in a Hef. There are a few other Hefs I prefer (see Paulaner) but even those are usually more carbonated than I like. Tasty beer that we’re lucky to have everyday access to here in Minnesota.

Photo of DrewSnyc667
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Spitzers, served in a shaker pint (sigh)

A - Beautiful hazy canary yellow and tangerine orange body, very still. Even in the lint it has a beautiful frothy head that lingers all the way through but does not lace

S - Banana, clove, nutmeg, some spicey hops are their but faint

T - Sweet honey wheat bread, spices more apparent than the fruity esters which doesn't bother me one bit

M - Light to medium body, very smooth

O - A classic, completely lives up to the expectations, my favorite hefeweizen

Photo of TheGrunt
4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best, if not the best Hefe beer, although there are many other beautiful german wheat beers with similar qualities. Germans really know how to make great Hefe and today, I don't buy anything but german Hefe beers.

Colour is hazy golden yellow, similar to the other light wheat beers. Smell is the most unexceptional quality of this beer. It's nicely fruity and honey-ish, but pretty light. Medium to trong foam after pouring. Opening the bottle rises foam on the bottle nozzle.

Look and smell is nothing compared to the taste of this drink of gods. It is simply stunning. Taste is very fruity, with honey and herb flavor. Images of Bavarian spring meadow flashes in your mind after filling your mouth with this terrific beer.

Highly recommended, if you like sweet wheat beers. Hefes are not for everybody and I think many lager and ale fans don't like the sweet taste, but if you are into these, then I welcome you to real beer heaven!

Photo of musicman575
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Sweet, mellow, smooth, spicy, buttery goodness! Every time I drink this on tap, it is billowy and beautiful. Hazy Goldenrod right up to the 0.5 mark on W's beautiful swirly glass with the billowy, creamy foam that flows over the top. What a magnificent wonder!

All the sexy, gooey spicey aromas (cloves, orange, popcorn, etc...) flow right up through my nostrils and grind up against against my olfactory business and makes me nose-cum. Okay, it's really not THAT amazing, but it is still pretty awesome.

This is probably one of the best beers you can get for the price. No American wheat beers even come close to The W. It is so smooth. It goes down the hatch easier than the finest cut of fatty salmon. It melts across your tongue like a fine, seared foix gras. It tickles your mouth-senses as much as the most aromatic spicy curry. It also gives you the ability to urinate in public in the presence of police without getting caught...err...wait, no, I got caught. Anyhow, I showed up to court and the cop didn't. Case dismissed.

If you know of a better hefe, please let me know, because you're wrong. I will gladly knock down your door and beat some sense into you.


Photo of tito42
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Grunaeur in the Freight District (Kansas City). Great beer selection but they served this in a crappy pint glass.

A: Unfiltered and straw in color, with a nice white head and decent lacing. Would have liked to see this in proper glassware.

S: Bananas, wheat, yeast, cloves, and some other fruit, such as raspberry. Very inviting.

T: Banana, wheat, coriander, and citrus all in excellent balance.

M: Light, effervescent, and slightly creamy. Great.

O: A great hefeweizen. I want to try it again at home served in proper glassware.

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

On tap at the Mayor of Old Town. What a delicious beer, a benchmark for the style. Pours with a pillowy white head, that laces quite nicely. Great creamy mouthfeel. Layers of complex banana, clove, yeast and a little crispness. Finishes with just a touch of sweetness. A really tasty beer.

Photo of hippityhops85
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively into a 16 oz glass from a 12 oz bottle.

The appearance of the beer is a light orange to burnt orange towards the middle of the glass. The head is absolutely fantastic with about 3 fingers worth of fluffy white head that dissipates over a long period of time.

The nose has bananna, spices, and light malts. There may be some strawberry and/or raspberry notes in there.

The taste is an explosion of the banana and spice flavors but not anywhere near anything that is overwhelming.

The mouthfeel on this beer is incredibly silky and smooth. The carbonation is perfect and it coats your mouth in a very refreshing way.

This is the definition of the Hefe style.

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

Had on tap at the last night of Amherst Brewing Company's operation before they moved to their new location. A 20 oz pour into a Weizen glass for a shocking $6. Awesome price!

A - Great pour on this one. A nice creamy 2 finger head sits atop a slightly cloudy yellowish orange pour that is slightly hazy.

S - Wow, amazing aromas. This is what a hefe is all about. Big bananas and cloves along with other belgian spice notes. All around spectacular aromas here.

T - Wow, again, exceptional flavours. More banana and close notes and gentle wheat notes. as the beer warms the flavors really open up but still maintains a nice refreshing finish.

M - Really nice carbonation here. Somewhat low, resulting in a smooth, creamy feel. Still, nice and refreshing.

O - Overall, I love this beer. One of my favorite beers ever I love finding it on tap, especially for cheap with the appropriate glass. Excellent beer.

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

Enjoying now, as I have many times in the past, poured from a bottle into a weizen glass on 7/27/11.

This is the gold standard hefeweizen; the one to which I measure all other hefes (which is, most likely, why I have yet to find another hefe I'm willing to give an A grade to).

A- Wonderful cloudy golden/orange color with rich, white head. The head is aggressive, and unless you pour into your glass in the most delicate possible way, it is going to require settling before you're able to complete the pour (which is totally fine by me--this isn't a beer for slamming/chugging).

S- Wheat, clove/spice, and light banana.

T- Wheat, clove, banana, a bit of butter toffee and bubblegum (but not too much, unlike many other hefes). The flavor is complex with many notes that aren't immediately apparent. I enjoy drinking this slowly because the flavor profile shifts as the beer warms a bit, revealing many of those buried flavors. Yum!

M- Mellow carbonation and a smooth texture. The beer is a pleasure to drink.

O- As the review indicates, this is a beer I have an incredibly high opinion of. I'd go as far as saying that it is my favorite beer of all time. Anyone who is a flavor of the style should give it a shot (especially if you're lucky enough to beer somewhere that has it on tap).

Photo of oline73
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden light amber color with an aggressive fluffy white head. The head retention is quite good.

Smell: Sweet and crisp with some fruit and spice notes. There are hints of banana and clove with a nice malt background.

Taste: Quite crisp and refreshing. Light malt sweetness up front with some banana and clove notes. There are some other fruity notes along with the banana. There is a mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation. The finish is a bit slick.

Overall: This is a fantastic beer. Very refreshing and a great example of the style. One of my favorites.

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

very nice beer for warmer weather. when the oktoberfests and pumpkin ales start coming out in july this is a good one to carry you through the rest of the warm months.

a-golden orange with a very light yellow to white head. cloudy body.

s-fruity with hints of citrus. can smell various hints of apples and figs with a dominant note of lemon.

t-yeast is it at play with various notes of different fruits and more lemon. there is a spice that finishes it off in the end. apple, lemon, cinnamon, and cardamon.

m-dry but nice. not overbearing and washes off your palate quickly so your ready for the next sip.

o-this was very nice. friend from german family picked this out and he got it right. will be picking more of this up and its now the middle of july and already seeing pumpkin ales in stores is making me sick. this is a welcome beer.

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

Look: the beer pours a golden-orange color with a fluffy head.
Smell: Apple, banana, clove, lemon, yeast and wheat
Taste: Earthy and malty. Wheat, yeast, sweet banana and clove again. Dry finish
Mouthfeel: Medium-thick body, medium carbonation.
Overall: Nice brew, would drink this one again

Photo of tewaris
3.34/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
Brewery Weihenstephan
5.4% ABV
24 IBUs

After a bad experience with this beer on draft, I decided to give this rather old bottle (distribution fail I suppose) a shot because the draft version (that I sampled) doesn't do it justice. 16.9 oz., batch # 3081 (bottled Feb. 2011) poured into a weizen glass. ~ $4/bottle.

Hazy light golden with a nice, moussy white head; excellent head retention, and great lacing. Perfect looks. No contest here. Aroma is perfume and spice, but not so much banana and bread; and the spice is random rather than dead on clove.

Tastes rather bland with mild fruitiness, ample kick of clove, and a finish that is a tad bitter for the style. Not saying that this one needs to be in line with the style because isn't this the beer that defines it?! Some lemony tartness, but bitterness is slightly heavy.

Mouthfeel is real nice. Crisp yet not overcarbonated, but the bitterness lingers and causes me to doubt the interity of this bottle.

Overall average --- This sample, not questioning what flows at the biergarten

Appearance 5/5; Aroma 3.5/5; Taste 3/5; Mouthfeel 4/5; Overall 3/5

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

A: Cloudy pale gold color with a monstrous creamy white head. The head too quite a while to settle and finally leveled off at about a 1/2 finger.

S: Lots of clove with some nice yeast and banana. A little bit of apple pie as well.

T: Great malty flavor upfront followed by some clove and cinnamon. Some banana and delicate spices as well. The mouthfeel is absolutely perfect. Creamy with some nice prickly carbonation. Definitely the best wheat beer I've ever had.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 7,006 ratings.