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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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world-class

6,168 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,168
Reviews: 2,230
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 465
Gots: 549 | FT: 13
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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Nascartailgatefa

New York

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%

Massive head on pouring. A very cloudy orange color. Slowly receding head leaves minor lacing. A strong citrus and earthy smell.

Slightly bitter taste of orange and hint of banana. Crisp tasting, smoother finish, very fruity. A very pleasant beer and very drinkable

02-07-2009 22:40:15 | More by Nascartailgatefa
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HeadFullaHops

Michigan

4.95/5  rDev +12.2%

The best way to serve this beer out of the bottle is to pour 3/4 of it into a glass, swirl the remaining contents for about 10 seconds, poor the rest in, and watch the yeasty goodness penetrate the rest of the beer.

A - The pinnacle of the style: yellow/gold color, cloudy with a white two finger head that recedes to a light head that laces the glass as you drink.

S - Classic weizen: banana, clove, bready wheat malt aroma that beckons the first swallow.

T - Every complexity in the smell is rewarded in full on the palette. Banana bread with clove, esters, and yeast.

M - Light to medium. Unfiltered wheat yet surprisingly light for the appearance.

D - In a word: dangerous. This is a great brew anytime but, especially on a hot summer day as a reward to some physically demanding outdoor work!

CHEERS!!!

02-06-2009 23:46:04 | More by HeadFullaHops
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gonzo46and2

Florida

5/5  rDev +13.4%

Pours a hazy rustic orange with a towering white head. It laces all over the glass and takes quite a while to die down.

Smell is cloves, honey, corriander(I think), banana, pear skin, and apple skin.

Taste is dry and smooth with a touch of sweetness. Nicely attenuated.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Refreshing yet full bodied.

Drinkability is off the charts. This is THE Hefeweizen!

02-06-2009 20:53:13 | More by gonzo46and2
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rslomin

Tennessee

4.93/5  rDev +11.8%

Poured into a weizen glass

Appearance: cloudy orange color with a great head
Smell: bananas, nutmeg, cloves
Taste: Very smooth texture. At first it a has a great wheat feel to it followed by a citrus aftertaste.

Overall: certainly the best weizens I have ever had. Definitely seek it out!

02-02-2009 05:29:44 | More by rslomin
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +2%

Bottle into weizen glass.

Pours cloudy gold with gigantic pillowy white head that.

Aroma is yeast, lots of banana, some cloves.

Taste is wheat, bit of spice, lots banana and bubblegum. Finishes yeasty, with a clean taste of wheat and spice.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied, almost fluffy.

I could literally drink this for weeks on end.

Masterful example of the style, one of my favorites.

01-31-2009 22:19:07 | More by JohnQVegas
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yeastsipper

California

4.22/5  rDev -4.3%

Golden cloudy color with a big, beautiful white head. A beautiful looking beer.

The scent I most pick up on is the yeast which gives the beer a very bready smell. Nice. Also, there is some clove and banana and some citrus notes as well.

Interesting as the taste differs from what the smells would indicate. Upfront there is the wheat, grainy flavor, which is followed by some bold citrus flavors before a very crisp, dry finish.

This really is a fantastic beer, one that lives up to its hype. Great smell and flavor, nice carbonation. My one knock is that I would prefer it to be a bit thicker - it is very light. Easy to throw a number of these back. This is one that should be in the fridge at all times.

01-31-2009 03:36:25 | More by yeastsipper
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unclejimbay

Florida

4.9/5  rDev +11.1%

tasted 1/30/09, bottle > wheat glass, "oldest brewery in the world ~ 1040", 5.4 ABV

A 5.0 - huge pillowing head, excellent head retention & lacing through entire beer, bright golden honey color, clearer than most hefes?
S - 5.0 - banana & clove notes upfront, wheat in background, mellow on yeast notes, aroma has endurance! but not overly intense...
T 5.0 - smooth, banana & clove wheat dominant.
MF 4.0 - a bit crisp, high carbo, good body on palate, but semi thin on finish
D 5.0 - a leading hefe for sure, one of the oldest beers in the world for a reason ;-)!!!!

01-30-2009 20:48:06 | More by unclejimbay
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CMW

Missouri

4.78/5  rDev +8.4%

It pours a beautiful hazy straw yellow color with a nice 3 finger head that leaves a good amount of lacing around my glass. Fairly large amount of carbonation, as one might expect. Overall, this is a beautiful and refreshing looking beer.

The aroma of the yeast is what first gets my attention. This is closely followed by banana and spices. This smell is complex in that it is more subdued than other hefeweizens but I can detect the individual flavors much better. I can also find wheat and some additional citrus nodes in the background. Overall, the aroma is perfect.

When I finally take a drink, I am blessed with some wonderful wheat flavors up front. This is then followed by citrus flavors of lemon and orange and toasted malt that tastes like freshly baked bread. There is a slight amount of bitterness in the end and it finished relatively dry. Overall, this is an incredible tasting and refreshing beer.

01-26-2009 18:52:17 | More by CMW
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schroederm

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

In a Weizen glass:

Foggy yellow color, decent head retention and lacing. Smells awesome! Fills the nose with farm, orange, and a little cherry. Tastes even better... like a really really good Blue Moon: tons of orange, wonderful maltiness. Smooth overall, I could have used a touch more carbonation.

Overall: I don't give many 5's for drinkability. This is a fantastic Hefeweizen, I could drink a gallon of it and not get tired of it. I'd imagine it's an excellent crossover beer as well, so if you have any friends to persuade, look no further.

01-26-2009 02:11:40 | More by schroederm
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +11.1%

Appearance: Hazy honey color with a bouffant head, copious amounts of lace

Smell: Bananas, bubblegum and clove

Taste: Big banana and clove flavors up front, with a developing bubblegum aspect by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors are accentuated and complemented by a subtle hopping that cuts on the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy, with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: For a hefe, it just doesn't get any better than this

01-24-2009 00:00:25 | More by brentk56
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tmoneyba

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev -1.8%

Medium to heavy wheat and citrus aroma.

Poured orange/white color with average white head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

Complex finish of wheat and fruit that last the whole drink.

Medium body with a smooth sticky texture and soft carbonation.

Very drinkable and a standout for style.

01-23-2009 14:02:10 | More by tmoneyba
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CoolJosh

Pennsylvania

4.63/5  rDev +5%

The appearance is a little bit hazy yellow with tints of orange and ring of head. I don't know what I'm looking for with german beers, but I guess I would have preferred a little bit more head

The smell is very complex with great scents yeast, orange, lemon (which is the most prominent here). It is incredibly smooth and well blended which makes for an enjoyable smell.

Very carbonated feel to it, and very light and refreshing with all of the flavors in the taste corroborating well with the components of the smell. Would love to throw back a few of these on a hot day.

01-20-2009 23:07:23 | More by CoolJosh
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tconboy

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a murky orange with magnificant cloudy head with excellent retention and nice lacing. Smells of malts, wheat, light spices. Tastes a joyful light wheat flavor with a light lemon note. Nice smooth malty flavor, no bitterness at all. Extremely nice balance and a little spicy. The best wheat beer that I have had. Extremely enjoyable. Highly recommended.

01-20-2009 07:01:47 | More by tconboy
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naterock

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -15.4%

poured from a bottle into a EKU dokel.
pours orange-yellow with a one finger head. slightly cloudy, not quite unfiltered.

Smell is rich in grassy hops, a light barley nose and a crisp citrus smell. Orange and lemon with some coriander and a slight nose of cloves.

tastes quite thin, very dry and citrusy. Doesn't convey the rich malt and hops that is represented in the smell. Incredibly well balanced but as far as the flavor, it's a lot thinner than the nose.

mouth is dry, crisp and quite uncarbonated. drinks easy but just not quite up to the big talk that I've heard about this brew.

01-17-2009 18:19:08 | More by naterock
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hellomcfly

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -8.6%

A - Pours an attractive deep golden honey color with a bright white head that dwindles down to about 1 third of a finger and rests there persistently.

S - Clove, banana. Bubble gum aroma starts to become noticeable as this warms.

T - Flavors of clove, bubble gum, oranges, banana, wheat, and a bit of a peppery vibe as well.

M - Light but not too light. Strong carbonation.

D - Pretty drinkable especially if hefes are your thing. I'm not a huge wheat beer guy but this was a solid beer. Deserving of its reputation.

01-16-2009 20:59:56 | More by hellomcfly
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erz316

Indiana

4.93/5  rDev +11.8%

.9 fl oz bottle poured into Weihenstephan weizen glass

A - the bottle pours a slightly hazy orange/gold, with a thick white head that leaves suitable lacing. there is good bubbling from the bottom as well.

S - a very fragrant beer, even when very cold. it is wheaty but at the same time sweet smelling, a sweetness that is akin to oranges, but without any of the bitterness or acidity, so more like juice. there are some malts as well to be notes, but they tie in with the sweetness.

T - the first thing I notice is that there is a great spiciness that hits the top back of the palate as one swallows, amazing! I shall align this taste with cloves, and thank Jason for pinpointing this taste. wheat and a slightly sweet zest are predominant in the finish, after the curtain of carbonation gives way; while the after taste gives way to a slight hint of alcohol and back to the clove essence. there is a slight underlying sweetness from the malts, I suspect, through out the flavour; though subdued in some parts of drinking it is almost always there to some degree.

MF&D - a hightly carbonated brew, this sometimes makes one wait to experience the flavours it has to offer, though not a great detriment to the beer it is something to consider. the consistency is great, and really allows one to freely examine the texture and flavours the beer has to offer.

I originally had this on tap in huge weizen glasses when I was much younger at a bar in NYC, and remember it being far too sweet for my taste. I can no longer say this and now will foremost recommend this to any of my compatriots in beerdom.

01-15-2009 20:46:12 | More by erz316
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ThirstyBird

Germany

4.55/5  rDev +3.2%

Enjoyed on tap at Brother Tuckers in Pompano Beach FLA 20 oz pour in a large pilsner glass.
A - Cloudy honey in color with a fluffy white head that turns into a thick skim coating.
S - Banana and cloves!
D - Taste follows nose
M/F - Light body, perfect mouth feel - enough carbonation and still very smooth.
T - Wonderful!! One of the finest hefeweizen in the world in my opinion.

01-12-2009 01:09:15 | More by ThirstyBird
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brewintheLou

Missouri

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured into a weizen glass is cloudy, orangy golden. Has a nice cloud like white head.

Smell is a sweet banana.

Tastes, like the smell, has a slight banana flavor. Nice low carbonation makes a very smooth medium mouthfeel that has a good little chewiness to it. Very easy on the palate and not too sweet makes this a very drinkable beer. Not thin like so many wheats can be, makes it a nice flavor filled brew.

01-11-2009 20:27:15 | More by brewintheLou
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xenolithic

Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

Vigorous pour into a pint glass. Epic half-glass filling white fluffy-as-a-cloud head. Who knows how long this has sat on the shelf at BOTW, as I can't seem to find a date on it. The beer itself is a fairly cloudy pale yellow with a little tinge of caramel brownness. The head reminds me of a very proper rootbeer float "head", nice and fluffy, protecting it's inner goodness. This beer has superb head retention.

The nose is slightly of banana and clove, a nice warm bready scent in the background somewhere. Perhaps a little bubblegum? The notes really come alive as the beer warms (I served a little too cold).

Spicy and well balanced to taste. Only a little real hint of banana in this, cloves and other spices are at the forefront of this one. A little bit of breadiness as well.

The mouthfeel of this is a little on the watery side, like most hefe's I've tried.

The finish is short and refreshing, a nice dry finish that leaves you wanting to search the cellar/fridge for another bottle.

Drinkability on this is excellent. Probably one of the finest hefe's I've ever had, and I'm a fan.

01-11-2009 02:52:23 | More by xenolithic
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rudylaw

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +5.4%

Had this both on tap and in the bottle... for this review, on tap @ Jak's Tap.

Huge head tops off yard glass... looks delicious.

A lot of spicy banana in the nose. Tastes the same. There's some sweetness that makes this a very pleasant drinking experience. No problem downing multiple pours of this.

Hefe's aren't my favorite style... not by a long shot, but this beer is just outstanding. Can't wait for summer!

01-11-2009 00:49:24 | More by rudylaw
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Columbia, SC.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a big billowy head that dissipates to a fine line of foam.

Smell is citrusy sweet with hints of pepper spice

Taste is of wheat, banana, clove, and some subtle hoppy spice. Finishes with a nice zest, and it's very crisp and refreshing.

The drinkability is perfect...not a whole lot else to say. It's a beer you can savor all day long.

01-09-2009 07:03:45 | More by Gyle41386
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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a nice big head and a lot of visible carbonation.

Scent of clove, banana, wheat, and a faint hoppy spice. Light, floral, and refreshing, I love it.

Taste of wheat, banana, and a faint hoppy spice on the start. Finishes with lots of wheat and some banana flavor, damned good.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a lot of carbonation, but not too much.

01-08-2009 02:04:39 | More by paco1029384756
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drnknmnky

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +2%

A - cloudy yellow haze, tall head poured in a pilsner glass.

S - citrusy, a bit peppery, like the grains of paradise, lemon, orange

TM - matches mostly to smell, covers tongue well, finsh leaves you refreshed and anting more

D - awesome drank my 6-er and wanted more.... favorite Hefeweiss yet

01-06-2009 01:42:38 | More by drnknmnky
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mattster

Texas

4.13/5  rDev -6.3%

Opened 12 fl. oz. bottle and poured into Nonic glass.

Pours a nice frothy head of 2", dies down to a creamy had of ½" with minimal lace on sides of glass. Brew os a darker than expected mostly clear brew with light bubble action.

Smell is herbal and light banana notes. Some spice comes through with light maltyness. Taste is very clean with good round flavor.

Bubbles are very pleasant and seem just right Really nice finish and very drinkable.

I don't normally like Hefe's, but this one is the tops.

01-05-2009 04:28:34 | More by mattster
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.68/5  rDev -16.6%

16.9 oz $3.20. Nice cloudy yellow, superb head. Typical smells of cloves. Flavor is bubblegum, clove, nice. This was definitely a good hefe and I am fairly ignorant when it comes to German beers. I'll be picking up some more Weihenstephaner beers in the future.

01-05-2009 02:43:50 | More by ArrogantB
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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