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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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5,921 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,921
Reviews: 2,214
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 426
Gots: 449 | FT: 14
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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 spointon


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

I poured this hefe from a tall, brown, 16.9fl oz bottle bearing the brewery's hook: Oldest Brewery in the World - brewing since 1040!

A= This wheat beer poured a dark gold to orange color, unfiltered and hazy. The head was out of control, easily 3-4 inches, white and chunky, with a moderate pour in a hefeweizen glass. Lacing was thick and impressive as well.

S= Beautiful malty goodness. Sweetness with fruity aromas of bubblegum, bananas, and yeast.

T= Obvious forward notes of wheat, fruity yeast, and a hint of citrus. Some cloves, but not over the top. Not much in the way of hop taste here. Very slightly sour and dry at the very end.

MF= This one sports a medium body that is lifted significantly by the high carbonation. Feels crisp and clean for the style.

D= Hefe's are not my favorite, but this is the best I have ever had. This beer is in balance, the wheat and yeast play nicely together and there is not toto much of the banana/clove flavor that everyone wants to pump their wheat beers full of. An excellent world class beer!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 02:07:18 | More by spointon
Photo of TeddyBG


4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy burnt orange color, with a white head that lasts. Good lacing. Served in a UFO Hefe glass.

S: slight cloves and perhaps honey.

T: Very good. Cloves up front and banana's towards the end of the glass.

M: Very good carbonation.

D: Excellent. Easily session this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 21:18:54 | More by TeddyBG
Photo of Kegatron


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

500 ml bottle into a Hefe glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a big poof of foamy brite-white head. Shrinks down into a good looking thin and creamy retention that leaves just huge lacing behind. The aroma is a little like a fruit salad off the bat, with accents of oranges and banana esters, followed by clove, corriander, yeast, wheat, and backing sweetness. Quite a lot going on!

The taste is just as complex and well balanced as the aroma. Zesty orange and prominant banana notes up front mixed with a spicy clove presence meld into a earthy blend of caramel sweetness and yeast. There is also just a touch of grassy, light hop bitterness that runs throughout, bringing a little bit of pop to the proceedings. The mouthfeel has a pleasant light medium feel that while going down incredibly smooth still has a bit of a full feel with just the right amount of crisp carbonation.

Wow, a solid Hefe for sure and probably one of the best I've had with a potent mix of flavors that just pop and an oh-so-easy drinkibility. This was delicous and I will definitley be seeking more of it out with the upcoming warm weather.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 16:30:51 | More by Kegatron
Photo of hyland24

New York

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

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass. Poured a hazy dirty blond. with a 1/2 inch white foam head leaving behind whole sheets of white foam. The smell was bananas and citrus. Creamy banana and citrus flavors with hop spice and clove. Creamy and delicious with nice smooth chewy mouthcoat. Very drinkable and definitely a top notch easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 03:46:28 | More by hyland24
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

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

Had this one last night on tap in NYC and today the bottle I had bottle sitting in my fridge picked up earlier in the week I had been looking to try. 16.9oz bottle poured into tall weisen glass.

A: Peach/orange color with a thick off white head with a ton of structure. Light lacing.

S: Aromas of lots of banana and plenty of yeast. Other fruitiness as well with plenty of non overbearing spices. Really shined in this aspect, appetizing.

T: Balance of everything was perfect for this style of beer. Been having more of the style lately and the taste on this one surpasses most if not all. The sweetness, bitterness, spiciness, and yeasty flavors are all in happy harmony. Banana was dominant flavor you are left with.

M: Extremely enjoyable in that it was light on the palete and the carbonation was pinpoint. Smooth and balanced spices with out being overly sweet.

D: Not thick or tiring, could drink these all season and plan on doing so. Very light and this one is at the head of the class.

Highly highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 17:31:38 | More by marcpal
Photo of Lupe

New York

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

Pours a cloudy and golden orange with a huge white head. The soapy head has some serious retention, yet leaves little lacing behind.

Wheaty aroma with some sweetness, honey, and apple. Some mild spice in the nose as well as yeast and bright lemon.

Refreshing and crisp flavors. Starts mildly sweet before wheat, biscuit and some fruit come in. Earthy yeast character kicks in with a hints of lemon and dash of clove. Light hop bitterness, gets drier toward the end with some cracker. Light nuttiness rounds things out. Not much banana or bubble gum, which makes it crisper. Linger toasted grain with a bone dry finish.

Medium bodied and smooth. Goes down easy with great flavor. Easier to drink than the more fruity hefeweizens. Could drink this all day - summer, spring, or fall. One of those beers you always should have on hand.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 00:21:24 | More by Lupe
Photo of Offa


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

This is an incredible hefeweizen and almost a paradigmatic example of the German style.

This is cloudy gold with a huge, dense white head that lasts until the end.

The aroma is full of honey and pears with elements of grain.

The taste is crisp, sweet before leaving a dryish but smooth finish, with wheat, biscuit and vague fruit qualities that transforms to a clear bubble gum finish, almost minty, a little bitter, with some grain and fruit.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 17:21:35 | More by Offa
Photo of robbyc1


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

Beautiful fluffy head poured from this 500ml bottle, very hazy yellow orange as a hefe should be.

Smell is distinct banana's with esthers abounding. Some clove, some applish, very nice.

Wheatish malt with a great flavor, hops minimal, not overly sweet or dry, just right.

Full bodied with just right carbonation, this is a perfect choice of this type, lovely.

Drinkable all day long, especially in the summer, a great beer to keep around.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 16:52:30 | More by robbyc1
Photo of prototypic


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

Appearance: It's very hazy and golden in color. You can see through it, but it's certainly cloudy. No evidence of any sediment. Very thick, three finger foamy white head sits on top was slow to dissipate. Speckles of lace remained.

Smell: There's an initial blast of banana, clove, and other secondary herbal spices. It blends with a strong yeasty-breadlike aroma. A nice, fresh grassy and earthy smell lies at the core and really permeates the nose. It's slow to emerge but provides a nice foundation for the beer. There are very faint malt and hop scents present. It's an exemplary smell for the style.

Taste: Banana and clove spices attack the palate and are immediately followed by a healthy dose of yeast. It's a nice blend and creates a very refreshing flavor. It is grassy and earthy. Very similar to nicely done wheat ale. There's a lemony citrus flavor present that is not noticeable in smell. When coupled with the light caramel malt, it makes for a nice sweet element. It's lightly hopped and has an ever so slight bitter bite to it. Toward the end, the yeasty flavor really sticks out and clings to the palate.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and extremely drinkable. Carbonation is just right and its low abv heightens drinkability. It's warm here at the moment and this is perfect. I could drink this all day (and night) during the warmer seasons.

This is a very good beer and is a great representation of the style. Perhaps it's the benchmark. It's the best Hefe I've had to date. Generally, it's not one of my favorite styles. But, I learned tonight that a well done Hefe is a very fine beer. Definitely recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 01:33:12 | More by prototypic
Photo of mdumont

New Hampshire

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

A - a golden amber color, a tad cloudy, about what i expected based on other HWs that I've experienced, very very low head and no lace.

S - sweet, a good mixture of aromas

T - good mix of flavors, fruity, strong wheat flavor

M - compared to other reviews the carbonation seemed very low to what other people have experienced, made it much more enjoyable for me. Rather soft I would say.

D - could definitely continue drinking this throughout the day, not too heavy, the ABV hit me pretty hard but I'm also just getting into beer so that is probably why. Very, very excellent beer, though my experience with it out of the bottle hasn't been the greatest compared to other HWs

Served on-tap

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2008 03:50:50 | More by mdumont
Photo of IBUnit63


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

Poured from 500 ml into big Red Oak mug...

Bubble bath of cream-colored bountiful head with soapy lacing. Cream soda/banana/cloudy natural honey body with sparse carbonation. A little darker than your average HW; that's by no means a bad thing.

Big banana/yeast estery presence with a fair amount of butterscotch. Slight to moderate coriander tones with a little bitter lemon/orange zest.

Nice, viscous butterscotch/caramel hit from front to back. With mild banana it gives off a banana split tone without the strawberry and fudge! Very clean with slight zesty, wheaty bitterness.

More warming than normal for style with carbonation, wheat and yeast. Nice citrus zesty pucker.

A little heavy for a HW but this is not a detriment; it's very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 12:55:38 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of argock


4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass

A: Beautiful hazy golden with towering white head and tons of lacing.

S: Citrus and tangy wheat with sweetness as the dominating smell.

T: Bold and forward with complex, tangy wheat flavor and delicious fruitiness of apricot, pear, banana, clove, and soft cinnamon.

M: Very full-bodied and coats like no other hefe. Carbonation is high but in line for a wheat beer. Soft wheat/malt aftertaste.

D: A most excellent wheat beer that sets the standards for hefeweizens everywhere.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 04:36:49 | More by argock
Photo of jeonseh


4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap and poured into a pint glass at Legends of Notre Dame on 4/18/08.

A -looks just like a Hefe should as it was orange mixed in with dark gold, bronze, and dark amber. Was cloudy and definitely had a haze to it as well that let barely any light shine through. Had a nice creamy, white head that sat on tap but left minimal lacing.

S - big whiffs of banana, orange and clove come off. The banana and clove really seem to pop and give this beer its big nose.

T - The biggest initial flavor really seemed to be bubblegum to me. There was a hint of banana that shined through as well and this seemed mixed with clove and a hint of lemon citrus. Was well balanced as no one flavor really seemed to dominate the flavor profile.

MF - lots of carbonation in this one that helps to make the citrus flavors really pop. Also, get a mouthfull of a yeasty, bready feeling that just makes your mouth really feel full. The only downside for me was that the carbonation was so unrelenting that it became hard to notice anything else. Because of this, there was a lot of tingling left in the mouth after drinking.

D - overall, one of the great session beers as it has a lot of flavor for the style. The one downside though for this beer was that the carbonation was so unrelenting that I didn't really feel like having another one. That really hurt the drinkability for me as despite everything else going on, I would really wait to have another.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2008 00:40:38 | More by jeonseh
Photo of rkinsella


4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a weiss glass. Last bit in the bottle swirled around and poured in the center of the head.

Appearance - Yellow orange color, cloudy, 2 finger head which kept all the way down the glass. Some lacing.

Smell - The nose on this beer was surprisingly very neutral, and crisp. Malty dryness, a slight note of citrus.

Taste - Very balanced. Notes of sweetness evened out with a touch of tanginess and very subtle bitterness. The aftertaste was even, consistent, almost neutral. Did not have the overly strong notes of banana or fruit like some other weiss beers I've had. Which is what I absolutely loved about this beer. Very well crafted. The wonderful evenness made it seem like a fine champagne.

Mouthfeel - A good light heartiness to it. Round and perfect.

Drinkability - The most drinkable Hefeweiss that I've encountered. Not overly filling. I would say even people who are not fans of Hefeweiss beers would admit that this is delicious.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 12:39:26 | More by rkinsella
Photo of SaltyLime


3.18/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - hazy gold with a giant head to start, melted away slowly
Smell - sharp musty damp wehat, almost skunky

Taste - full flavor, citrus and a little sourness to it

Mouthfeel - OK, nice soft carbonation

Drinkability - easily drinkable, but better if you don't smell it as you drink it...

Bad bottle perhaps? Didn't meet the classic/traditional example on this sampling. Would like to try again, but, will have to call it as I taste it in the meantime.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 12:17:22 | More by SaltyLime
Photo of brucer1


4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours into glass with good initial head. straw colored with a cloudy appearance. smells awesome, reminds me of my service time in the army stationed in kaiserslautern, germany. brings back a flood of memories. i love the flavor, sweet citrus in the begining, no cheap aftertaste as in some american wheats. i love this beer, very closely resembles whats available in country(overthere). now that it's starting to warm up here in northeastern Ohio, i'll have many more of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 00:59:27 | More by brucer1
Photo of HopDerek


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

Served on tap at Capital Alehouse Innsbrook.

Poured a cloudy golden yellow color with small white head, served with a lemon wedge. Smells strong of yeast, spices, wheat, lemons, and banana. Taste starts off with sweet wheat, then clove, yeast, and bananas come into the picture, finishes with lemon flavors. Medium light in body, nice carbonation, smooth and refreshing, easy to drink. A really fantastic hefe, very sessionable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2008 23:51:05 | More by HopDerek
Photo of Jerico

New York

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a Bordeaux wine glass.

A - cloudy orangey/gold color, with foamy head that settles into a thin froth on the surface of the beer.

S - lemony and yeasty and light!

T - delicious, smooth, lemony and delicate. This is a very tasty beer. Leaves almost no lingering aftertastes.

M - creamy and smooth, little carbonation.

D - an excellent beer! Not too heavy or sweet, and delicately flavored. Perfect for kicking the feet up with, although I could easily session with this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2008 02:06:05 | More by Jerico
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a murky orange color with a dense but small white head. The lacing is superb. The aroma is dominated by lemon and yeast. The sweet maltiness is very rich. Earthy at the begining of the sip, the lemon and sweet flavor comes out through the aftertaste. The spices(especially clove) and yeast dominates the palate. The body is sharp from the carbonation but smooth and creamy in feel. Bitterness from hops is light but nice as it lingers and increases through the session.

The earthy dirt flavor gets to me though. Because of that I slightly prefer Franziskaner but this is still an excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 03:07:13 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

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

Poured, swirled, poured some more. Hazy straw colored with a great thick white head. The head is rocky and persistent. Nice!

Earthy wheat aroma. Fruit such as light pear, taste is wheat malt, some spice hop notes and light fruity accents. Maybe a little bitter hop finish, but nothing that lingers. I'm left with a clean fruity finish.

Nice and light in body, very drinkable any time if day or year.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 01:35:55 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of Avryle

New York

4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a hazy deep orange-yellow. Lovely, lovely fluffu white head that dissipates slowly- the epitome of what a hefe should look like.

S - Strong banana & clove yeast aromas

T - The banana-like yeast flavors are very prevalent in this bottle, almost banana bread like. Body has notes of light malts and citrus. Finishes with lingering banana notes. An all around clean & well-balanced hefe

M - Light bodied with a clean finish. Good carbonation that doesn't overwhelm the palate

D - Awesome bottle. This is what is expected from a hefe. Well balanced with a great nose & appearance. This is a great brew for beer geeks & novices alike.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 01:03:48 | More by Avryle
Photo of cabsandking


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

Cloudy, golden to light amber with a persistent 3 fingers of white head. Lemon citrus, kaffir leaves, soft banana, and wheat crackers. Very nice wheat character here; earthy, biscuity, good citric twang without much pucker, and light clove. Slight nutty, nearly caramel notes through the middle, melon fruit notes as it warms, and the finish dries up nicely with notes of banana and more bitter citrus character. Good mouthfeel full for a hefe and carbonation is right there.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 04:58:32 | More by cabsandking
Photo of fitzy84


4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Moan and Dove had this on tap and it was a treat indeed. A light murky beer, it had a great gold appearance with a really nice lacing. The aromas were very nice; a good kick of spicy citrus and wheaty smells. The taste and mouthfeel were great and perfectly complementary. It had a very refreshingly light taste but it maintained its medium body throughout the evening. This was a very, very good hefeweizen.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2008 14:50:01 | More by fitzy84
Photo of bort11


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

500 ml bottle poured into a hefe glass. Mountainous meringue-like head that billows to the edge of the glass and then some. It slowly recedes, leaving huge chunks of lace on the glass. Color is a bright, yet hazy golden yellow.

Smell is mildly musty from the yeast, with a mellow lemon grass. The lemon is more enhanced with the taste and has a nice clove snap. Very mellow and relaxed.

Mouthfeel is verges on creamy it is so smooth. Mild carbonation just barely lets itself be known. This is a highly, Highly drinkable beer. It is so mellow and relaxed that it just slides down. I really want to stock up on these to session for an entire night.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 02:50:40 | More by bort11
Photo of turdburglar

New York

4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

King of the weizens. Damn close to perfection. The nicest head you will ever see on a beer.

Got a few bud/heineken - drinking buddies that you've been meaning to introduce to "better beer"? Start 'em off with this one.

If you like the style and haven't tried this one yet, get off the computer and pick a few of these up. Do it now.


Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 04:47:58 | More by turdburglar
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