Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 6,752
Reviews: 2,283
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.43%
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 01-22-2001)
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Photo of adam42381
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a huge, frothy 4-5 finger white head. Excellent head retention. Nice lacing.

Smell: Banana, clove and yeast with a hint of lemon. What a hefeweizen should smell like.

Taste: Typical wheat up front followed by banana and clove in the middle and ending with a mix of spices, phenols and a hint of lemon. Aftertaste is dry and earthy with a very slight hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a high amount of carbonation. A little prickly, in a good way.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. This is the perfect summer beer.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. I don't think wheat beers get any better than this. I guess that's what you can expect from the world's oldest brewery.

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

Pours a hazy dark gold/ orange colour with a thick creamy head that stays around.

Smells of banana, apple, clove and a little bit of yeasty sweetness.

The taste is very nice, and quite spicy with lots of clove and pepper and fruitiness. In particular you get some banana, apple, pear, and a definite yeasty breadiness.

Mouthfeel is excellent. Medium bodied and quite creamy, carbonated well, but not overly carbonated. Thicker than most hefeweizens I have had.

Drinkability is great, could definitely throw back quite a few of these.

Photo of ptykozoon
3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dirty orange, strong head and lacing.

Smells of pear, apple, banana, a tinge of alcohol.

Taste is very mellow, ripe fruit and a clean soda water pang. Lovely fruity bubblegum finish.

Very carbonated, sharp on the tongue.

Very drinkable, albeit not the most tasty thing out there..

Photo of Vdubb86
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a Weihenstephan weizen glass

On-tap for Oktoberfest at Schnitzel Platz in Glendale Height, IL

I was able to steal some of this from my lovely and wonderful girlfriend during our most recent dining experience. This was a beautiful cloudy golden color with a stiff frothy white foam head. the aroma was of citrus and banana with the bready hint of wheat without being to overbearing. The hop aroma was nicely balanced with the malt and wheat. The taste was rather similar to the aroma, but the breadiness was much more pronounced in the flavor and the citrus really came through very strongly. The mouthfeel wasn't too sticky for a Hefe and I felt that it was rather pleasant. There wasn't too much sweet or savory flavor for this brew. It was right on point. One of the best Hefes on Earth to relax and drink down as much as possible.

Photo of bobhits
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Explosive amounts of carbonation creates as much head as you can handle. Huge thick fluffy white head. Golden straw colored body with carbonation exploding up the glass. Not sure what else you can do with this style...it's still a thin bodied opaque wheat beer so this isn't say THAT much.

The nose is of bananas, pears, bubble gum...what would you expect form a hefe? The what aroma finishes things off quickly. Nothing special.

Well, damn. This is amazing. A sweet banana pear bubble gum malt profile that's then turns to a slight hop profile which then dies leaving a what/vanilla finishes that's amazingly dry yet not that off putting wheat flavor that many wheat based beers do.

The carbonation helps make this beer feel thicker and creamier, but you can still tell it's a hair thinner than I'd ideally love.

Oddly enough it's a touch thicker feeling than a summer beer wants to be. That said you could put 3-4 of these away on a nice summer day without a second thought. Extremely worthy!

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

A - Cloudy yellow with an orange hue. Very Robust head with great retention.

S - Wheat and Yeast with hints of fruit.

T - Wheat and Yeast and a touch of lemon.

M - The carbonation and yeast give it a very full mouth feel

D - Definitely a very sessionable beer. Could drink this beer all night.

This is a great Hefeweizen. This is the model of what a Hefe should strive to be.

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

A- Pours a hazy light orange with a few inches of fluffy white head. Thick, creamy lacing.

S-Clove, banana, black pepper.

T/M-A classic hefeweizen. Smooth and slick, with big flavors of wheat, lemon peel, and pepper.The moderate carbonation is light and playful. A little touch of banana in the finish. Exactly what I look for in a hefeweizen.

D-When I want a German hefe, this is the one I look for.

Photo of velosuds
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness dating apparent, but I am willing to cut slack to the world's oldest brewery. Paid $3.29 at Capital Market in Salem, Oregon.

A-Pours a hazy golden yellow with a massive three finger creamy white head that looks like whipped egg whites. Fabulous retention and lacing.

S-Aroma is amazing and I'm not sure why I don't give this a 5. It may be spot on for the style, which is not a favorite of mine. If I find something better I will be flummoxed. Wheat malts, banana and clove from the yeast, and hop fruitiness.

T-Banana and cloves from the yeast. Slight caramel and some citric hoppiness. This is very nice.

M-Smooth and nicely carbonated. Refreshingly crisp and clean on a summer like day in early autumn.

D-This is the very best Hefeweizen I have ever enjoyed and may be the truest presentation of any style I have experienced. This must be extraordinary as it is the only beer with less than a 7% ABV in the top 20 beers on planet earth on this website. My only wish is that it was more readily available and affordable. Awesome beer.

Photo of mbusster88
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange color. Some sediment on pour but great fluffy head. Aroma is fantastic, wonderful clove and citrus smell. Also hints of banana on the nose. Taste is crisp, with banana and cloves. Aftertaste of caramel and maybe some hay. Fantastic beer, one of the top wheat bears to be had!

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

Getting started, this gorgeous son of a bitch is one handsome Hefe. Foggy gold with a cloudy, billowy and sticky head that just bellows 'drink me!'.

Pretty powerful smell here. Lemon, banana, hops...it's all here in a nice lil bouquet.

Ohh banana with a bite at the end. Shit, it bit me! Time to bite it back! *burrrrp* Feels like it runs the gamut of taste with some sweetness, sour and a bit spicy at the tip.

Medium body feel that boasts a welcoming after-taste. I love beers that produce a healthy belch, and this one produces an alright one with a foamy aftermath that could spoil that hot date of yours. I feel it in my jaw muscles.

Chug! Well, you could, but this is a better beer to relax with, as it scores highly in every area. As long as you can pronounce the name with confidence, this could become a highly lovable beer by all. Damn good beer that I'll be having, and sharing, for years to come.

Photo of milkbaby9
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle (coded 0100, drank 9-17-2010) into Franziskaner weizen glass (because I'm too cheap to order a Weihenstephaner one). 4 finger tall white foamy head generated on a gentle pour, slowly recedes to about 1 finger a while after pouring the yeasty sediment through the head. Some traces of foam leave themselves on the glass as the beer is drunk down. Nice hazy dark straw to light gold color.

Aroma of clean lemon banana, light hint of cloves. Taste bit of sweet lemon citrus, yeast, banana, and grape soda note. Midway the carbonation and wheat give a twangy feel on the tongue. Nice yeasty wheat bread, banana custard, and cloves on the finish with just the barest touch of bitterness in there.

Medium-high carbonation tickles the tongue nicely. Also the yeasty sediment gives it extra body and mouthfeel.

So tasty and delish! So very drinkable, a classic and an all-time favorite! Makes me wonder what this must taste like in person at the brewery fresh!?! Probably like heaven-sent ambrosia...

Photo of tang3nt
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend brought over a six pack of this, otherwise I probably would have never picked it up.
Pours a hazy yellow color with a large white head.
Aromas of citrus and clove, lots of bready yeast aroma, and tons of banana on this one. Smells delicious.
Very fruity flavors, with lots of banana, orange, clove, a touch of spice and bitterness on the finish.
Nicely carbonated, leaves you wanting another sip almost immediately. This beer is very drinkable, great for for a hot day.
I'm not much of a hefeweizen person to be honest, but this beer was just a perfect example of a bavarian hefeweizen. Very good.

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

From bottle to weizen glass

A: Pour a dark straw-yellow with vibrant carbonation. A thick 2-1/2 inch head forms with large and tight bubbles - very effervescent. Lacing seems heavy and cascades down the glass.

S: Sweet banana bread hits your nose, combined with some clove and holiday spice. Aroma is propelled by the bubbling carbonation and alcohol volatiles.

T: The taste follows the nose with with lightly spiced banana bread up front. The banana esters are quite distinct and combine nicely with the bready, pastry-like malt-backbone. Although this isn't a modern 'big' beer, the flavors are loud and pronounced, making their balance all that more discernible. There's really no alcohol in the flavor, but there is just enough hop zest to counter the sweet profile, leaving the finish surprisingly dry and clean.

M: Full bodied for the ABV, and the carbonation is perfect. It feels like you're cleansing your mouth with each swallow. Really, the carbonation is perfect. I can't remember where the carbonation complexion stood out in a beer more than this.

Drinkability and notes. Easily one of the best Hefeweizens I've tried. I couldn't stop drinking this. Even if you're typically not someone that goes for that Bavarian banana-clove thing, or wheaty ales in general, the balance of this beer makes it impossible to dislike. With the 5.7% ABV, this is going to be my new daytime/session brew.

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

Poured into a weizen glass

A - An orangish yellow color, very hazy, plenty of carbonation bubbles and one huge creamy head to top it off. Beautiful presence and great lacing.

S - The smell of banana just screams out at you with yeast and a smell of citrus in the background.

T - An "in your face" taste of banana, with a citrus backbone. Very well blended together.

M - Near medium bodied

D - You'll have no problem drinking this on a summers day or with a meal. This is a very easy drinking beer.

Photo of king75
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Golden hazy orange color, with a solid two fingers of head that refuses to dissipate.

Smell- of wheat, slight citrus/banana, cloves

Taste- Can taste the wheat and cloves throughout. Extremely well balanced.

A great beer. Could drink this any day of the week, any time of the year and be perfectly okay with it. One of my favorite beers.

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

Classic hefe appearance, hazed yellow body with a massive white head. Slow to recede, plenty of lacing.

Very citric to the nose, with an abundance of yeastiness. Some clove, bubblegum and underripe banana as well. All the proper hefe aroma ingredients.

Somewhat sweet citrus right up front that becomes balanced in the middle and just slightly bitter at the end. Round it out with some banana through the back half of the mouth and a bit of clove right at the finish. Very smooth flavoured.

Medium bodied with carbonation just a little less coarse than the average for this style. This is possibly king of the easy drinking/refreshing brews. Hope it sticks around Alberta for a long time.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a hazy gold/straw color with active effervescence. Head is a fluffy 3 inches that recedes over a few minutes into a thick film on the glass, with clumps of generous lacing down the sides.

S: The bananas are very strong on this one. Wheat, cloves, lemon, and a touch of bubblegum.

T: Following the nose, has a delicious wheat and bready base. Bananas provide a sweet flavor profile, with a touch of yeasty funk. Lemon and cloves prickle the tongue at the end of the flavor, working well with the carbonation to produce a refreshing effect.

M: Light-bodied, high carbonation -- good for the style, providing a clean and crisp finish. Slightly watery.

D: The gold standard for the style. I like New Glarus's hefs for an American interpretation, but let's be honest: if you could only give one A+ to a hefeweizen, this would be the one.

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

I've had this one many times before, but not in 2010, and I've never reviewed it.

I poured this into a FFF pint glass:

A: Very cloudy, downright murky golden/yellow color that is lighter in color on the bottom and darker as it reaches the top. The dark golden section abruptly transitions into a huge white foamy head.

S: Banana and cloves upfront with a hint of fresh coriander.

T: It almost tastes like some sort of off-banana flavored bubble gum. It has a "fresh" fruit aftertaste as opposed to a "rotten" fruit one that I sometimes associate with this style.

M: Mild tanginess, but absolutely no pucker factor! Smooth and refreshing.

D: To date, the most drinkable Hefeweizen I've ever tasted. The funnest part was devouring the last bit. The head, which stuck around throughout the session like a co-dependent dog in heat, stayed at least an inch thick at all times. Sucking down the last bit of that tasty whipped cream-like froth was a moment worthy of Kodak.

Photo of zhanson88
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: It pours a hazy golden yellow with a ton of cream colored head. The retention and lacing are both excellent.

Smell: Light citrus, overripe banana, and esters.

Taste: Banana, slight clove, yeast, and light alcoholic esters. Very good and extremely tasty.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Light bodied with a lot of carbonation, but is almost creamy on the mouth. Overall, an extremely impressive hefeweizen. Very drinkable and one of the best in the style.

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

-16.9oz bottle served in Weizen glass.
-03/09/2010 At home, relaxed

Aroma: Some fruity esters (banana is notable) in the nose. Notes of clove are detectable along with wheat malt and yeast.

Appearance: Very hazy, golden pour with a two finger, creamy white head.

Taste: Slightly sweet wheat malt flavor with some banana finishing with notes of yeast and clove. Very smooth and balanced flavor.

Palate: Creamy, light to medium body with light carbonation.

Overall: Excellent Heffeweissbier. Smooth with a great balance of flavor. Slightly more carbonation would be appreciated, but not necessary.

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

A - Pours a nice goden orange colour with a very appealing haze, two thumbs of light fluffy egg white head, solid retention (5+ minutes) and nice visible carbonation. Very appealing presentation.

S - Nose full of cloves! Sweet wheat yeast, faint bananas and some nutmeg on the finish. Quite appealing on the nose as well!

T - The flavours aren't as strong as the scent implies, but they are delicious. The cloves come off the top, but are not overwhelming. Sweet orange citrus zest, faint banana and a bubble gum finish. Very nicely balanced and flavourful offering.

M - No complaints in this department either, light, bubbly, wet and smooth. A tad more carbonation feel on the tongue might help bump it into the top range.

D - Delicious hefe, and one of the best I've tried to date. Highly recommended to any hefe fan, very drinkable, a tad higher on the ABV which is nice, and very flavourful. A great tasting experience indeed!

Photo of Blanco
4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured from a 1 pint .9 oz bottle into my weizen glass. Has a huge, gigantic, fluffy, billowy white head. Bubbles of carbonation float up from the bottom. It's cloudy with a very light orange color. Almost seems lighter at the bottom of the glass than it does up top, but I'm sure it's just the glass. This is one of the best looking beers I've seen and is very enticing. Smells of banana and spice. Very sweet aroma. Taste is also very sweet, with the taste of the spices up front and a powerful banana and bubblegum aftertaste. Awesome. It's a little bit on the lighter side in terms of mouthfeel. Probably the most drinkable beer, the ultimate session beer. It's light, refreshing and has a moderate ABV. My favorite Hefeweizen.

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

I've been looking forward to trying this one for awhile.

A- This poured into my Erdinger Weissbrau glass a slightly hazed yellow with a tinge of orange at the top. A massive 4 fingers worth of bright foamy white head. Some mountain looking lace left behind after this gets settled down. Lots of carbonation visible.

S- Strong aromas of banana, clove, and peppery spice. Bready, yeasty and a little citrusy as well.

T- This is probably the strongest flavor of banana that I've had in a Hefe and it's present throughout. All the other aromas mentioned in the nose are present in the taste, but they're toned down. There's a hint of bubblegum that comes in at the middle and rounds this out.

M- A light-medium body. Carbonation isn't over the top, but just enough to tingle the tongue.

D- Long before I really got into craft beer I remember trying a Hefeweizen and damn near spit it out. I think if it was Weihenstephaner's Hefe I would of been converted much quicker, this was gone in no time flat.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - a very swampy golden orange with a tower of thick white head that sticks to the glass
S - very nice banana and clove yeast smells, nice grainy wheat, light sweet citrus
T - sweet banana and citrus hints, the clove is just the right compliment, grainy wheat, the slightest peppery hint
M - very refreshing carbonation tingles the throat, light spiciness with malty smoothness, just a little dry and sweet finish
D - one of the finest examples of the style I've tried, it's got all the things one looks for in balanced harmony, I could drink this all day

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

Poured into a standard pint. (I don't own a weizen glass, sadly)

A: Pours an orangeish golden color that is quite hazy. Initial pour yields a one inch frothy/tight white head which after a moment dies down to about a quarter inch. Retention is great, but not much lacing to speak of.

S: Smells of bananas with a hint of bubblegum and apples right away. Not as super banana rich as some of the hefewiezens I have tried though. There is also a sweet smell that is akin to creamed corn, and a touch of bread.

T: The taste is straight forward bananas and corn bread. Then hints of green apples, bubblegum, and een less pronounced cloves. Just the slightest touch of leafy hops if you pay close attention.

M: Mouthfeel has a medium body with plenty of carbonation making it a bit dry. It is fairly sweet with a touch of both tartness and spice.

D: Easy as water to knock back. A perfect accompaniment to spicy sausage or a hot day. All around this is the flagship of the style for good reason. The flavors are perfectly balanced and it is quite a satisfying brew at 5.4% alcohol.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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