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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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5,920 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,920
Reviews: 2,214
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 426
Gots: 448 | FT: 14
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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 tjthresh


3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured in to my Paulaner weizen glass. Hazy yellow orange with a billowing snow white head. Lots of carbonation raising through the glass. Clove, citrus, and muted banana in the aroma. Wheat, dough, banana and clove flavors. Doughy palate with some spritz. Finishes with a twang.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 11:26:17 | More by tjthresh
Photo of ElGrecoVerde


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

Hefe's aren't my favorite style, but this is one damn good beer. Poured a cloudy yellow/orange with a massive off white head.

Smell is fruity, with bananas and lemon dominating the aromas. The taste starts with bananas, quickly giving way to a spicy clove flavor. One of my biggest complaints with wheat beers is a rosemary flavor that just doesn't seem to work well in beer. This one has none of that. Just the nice spicy flavors of a premium cigar. It ends crisp, with good carbonation, and some lemon peel to say goodbye.

As it warms, the bitter flavors come out more. This isn't always a bad thing, but can hurt drinkability as the alcohol becomes more noticable.

Solid, solid beer. From the oldest brewery in the world, no less.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 17:39:49 | More by ElGrecoVerde
Photo of RobbieB5555


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

A wonderful Hefe! I am, unfortunately, not as eloquent as my fellow hefe lovers, but I can say that I have been privilege enought to drink hefe and kristal weizen all over Germany, and this as good or better than any I have ever drank.

I would recommend this beer to anyone.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 04:21:07 | More by RobbieB5555
Photo of LetsGoQuakers


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

Far and away the best Hefeweizen I have had to date. Maintains the sweetness taste of a wheat beer but has much more of a stronger beer feel. Perfect for someone who wants a strong wheat beer but doesn't want to lose the taste.

Has the same foggy appearance of a wheat beer and mouthfeel. But goes down smoother and with much more of a beer after taste rather than the wicked sweet after taste of some other wheat beers.

I am a true beliere in Hefeweuzens and other wheat beers and I can safely say this is the best bottled one I have had short of actually Bavaria.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 07:36:15 | More by LetsGoQuakers
Photo of SirSaranac

New York

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

Oooh, a new hefe for me to try.... although this appears to be the worlds oldest brewery... since 1040!

A- WICKED cloudy... 2 BIG fingers of head... light honey in color with lemon hints... sporadic lacing

S- Delicious nose... Banana dominates along with the wheat malt. Apple says hello as well.... fig? Yeast as well

T- Wheat malt is very clean and dominant... banana sticks around for the entire ride. The flavor doesn't kick you in the face, but it's pretty freakin smooth.

M- Light light body... nice hefe bite with a crisp dry finish

D- Great example of a traditional hefe.... nuff said

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 06:55:41 | More by SirSaranac
Photo of kwiik


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

My first hefeweizen. A 500 mL bottle purchased at Systembolaget served in a Schneider Weisse weizen glass.

Appearance: Hazy gold with longlasting, extensive carbonation present.
Smell: Clean with some yeast, banana and wheat presence.
Taste: Sweetish with very little bitterness. Spices are barely noticeable. Just the way I like it.
Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation. Creamy smooth.
Drinkability: All night long. Return engagement planned.

A very nice beer. Have to try some other Hefeweizens and see if they are as good.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2008 18:48:16 | More by kwiik
Photo of KingPuuChuu


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


When I first started drinking Hefe's, I never knew that there were beers like this. Poured into one of my Thinkgeek "Insert Beer" pint glasses, and was a lovely caramel. Extremely hazy, with a slight head to it. The head left a nice lace on the inside of the glass, while the beer itself was very drinkable. It left a pleasant feel on the tounge, and felt very refreshing.

As for the flavor, there are heavy hints of citrus, along with some herbal hints. The after taste comes off slightly bitter, but not in a bad way, and as mentioned in prior comments, the aftertaste tends to differ between the hoppiness and a citrus ting. The initial sip does take you by surprise, but as you enjoy the beer, it does get easier to drink, I could see myself drinking these during the summer.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 03:58:07 | More by KingPuuChuu
Photo of Rudgers73

New York

4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my Witte tumbler.
Looks much like a typical hefeweizen, but the head is incredibly retentive. It domes over the top of the glass but does not spill over the side. As it slowly falls, it leaves huge dish-bubble lacing. The beer itself is a deep honey shade with consistent, small bubbles of carbonation rising throughout. The smell is great. It smells really fresh, not that kind of cardboard, bland aroma that some hefeweizens get. Yeast smells similar to Franziskaner, very round and slightly Belgian-like, but with it's own bready funk, rather than a Belgian banana funk.

Wow. I didn't know there were hefeweizens that tasted like this. It has an awesome bready malt that combines with the yeast to create an almost vanilla bean character. It is so full of flavor and rich. The citrus is way towards the end with just a quick lemon zest snap. It moves from a full, thick, chewy mouthfeel to a lighter and more crisp finish. Slight hop bitterness fights with the citrus to provide a slightly different finish from sip to sip. This is the most well balanced hefeweizen I've tried so far. There is enough going on that there isn't that dull, waxy overtone that makes you sick of drinking it. I am impressed by this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 23:47:12 | More by Rudgers73
Photo of Monkeyknife


4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a hazy straw color with a frothy white head and a healthy amount of lacing.

Aroma is both sweet and spicy with plenty of clove, cinnamon, lemon, and wheat.

Tastes of bananas, bubblegum, yeast, clove, and lemon.

Lighter mouthfeel with a good zing to the carbonation.

A very drinkable and very enjoyable hefeweizen. I can't wait to have a few of these out on the patio this summer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 02:16:03 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of jenbys2001


4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep golden color with a gorgeous thick head that dissipated quickly but left some lacing on the sides of the glass. It has a pronounced spicy flavor with hints of grapes and cinnamon. Clove and ginger are also noticeable. Compared to other Hefeweizens it is a little heavier with a thick mouthfeel and a sharper hop flavor. Fantastic layered taste with a spicy kick that stands out above the fruit notes. Interesting, delicious example of a well made Hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 15:18:49 | More by jenbys2001
Photo of bluemoonswoon


4.97/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One pint and .9 fL oz beer poured into a weizen glass. No freshness date.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow orange with a two inch creamy white and loosely packed head little bits of carbonation holding up the head. Little bit of lacing but not really expecting that much.

S: Sweet clean and creamy orange and lemon peel with sweet clove and wheat. Bit of vanilla in there, just warm and clean and fantastic. Smells so fresh and clean.

T/MF: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel backed by a good deal of prickly carbonation. Again there is a beautiful interplay between orange, clove and yeasty funk, very very fruity but balanced out by a taste of wheat and cream, pretty long finish that leaves a taste of mellow cinnamon on the tongue.

D: Really a great and clean drinking beer, no matter what time of year, be it the middle of summer of 10 below (which it is now) this a a beer that should be handily enjoyed. A real world class and mellow beer. Fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 01:46:42 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of BeerTaster

New York

4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The worlds oldest brewery! I see why they have been in business so long. This is an outstanding Hefe Weissbier the standard by witch others are to be measured. The beer was golden with plenty of cloudieness formed a nice head and left good lace. Smell was a little bit of fresh bread and banana. Taste was remenicent of banana and clove. The beer was very carbonated one of the more refreshing brews I have had. Drinkability well lets just say I could go for a hot summer day good company a barbeque and about four of these 16oz bottles. If you like Hefe then try this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 00:41:30 | More by BeerTaster
Photo of katan


3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated 16.9 oz bottle - total rewrite as I found that I actually had reviewed the kristalweizen version last time. It was copied to its appropriate location.

A - Pours a true to color golden look with a strong haze from the unfiltered nature of the beer. Light carbonation is apparent which results in a very light film of and light hazing.

S - A bready and spicy yeast backbone is the strongest smell here. Very true to the hefe style where yeast owns.

T - Starts with a muted malt backbone with just enough bitterness to bring it into balance. Mid stream is not all that potent of a flavor, I am surprised at the smoothness of the overall flavor profile of the beer. A sweet and spicy finish to the beer. Very refreshing.

M - Strong carbonation makes this beer just explode in your mouth. Beyond that, it is very full bodied which is right in line for my desire in a hefe.

D - Very easy drinking and refreshing. Light ABV makes it sessionable. Now I may be colored by the fact that I just returned from a 25 mile bike ride, but I can think of no more refreshing summer beer. The only knock here is that perhaps the sweetness would begin to wear on me.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 05:36:53 | More by katan
Photo of Proteus93


4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky straw colour with a moderately creamy, strong and somewhat persistant head. Ebbs gradually, pulling back a lace trim with it.

S: Clean, crisp, and fresh. Cloves, banana, almost a bit of a floral arrangement going on. That lightest hints of citrus, a bit more on the orange side. Beautiful.

T: The banana flavour stands out for me often with this hefe, in a way I haven't found from others yet. Sweet, but not overboard. Hints of bubblegum, a little bitterness of hops, and lemon peel citrus.

M: I love the way this drink feels. Not overly carbonated at all, somewhat dry, very refreshing

D: Exceptionally high. Easy to drink, smooth and wonderful. My favourite brew of its kind, and perhaps my favourite beer in general at the moment.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 02:41:51 | More by Proteus93
Photo of wheelinshirt


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

500 mL bottle picked up from Abe's in Bethlehem. Poured a beautiful hazy orange color wih big off white head that stuck all over the glass but didn't quite have the retention i was looking for. It fades slowly.

Smell is a bit of spicy clove and banana with hints of lemon. Taste is sweetness from the wheat and banana from the yeast, with a lemon edge to it. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is crisp and medium dry, the yeast gives the beer a nice body, though. Drinkability is undeniable. This is a fantastic beer that i could drink all night long.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 05:50:27 | More by wheelinshirt
Photo of czfreeman


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

Oh delicious goodness! My bowl of wheaties on the morning off. I drank this wonderful weisse for the first time in Deutchland, but now am giving it the proper review. Poured from a .5l bottle, huge frothy head, great hazy body bubbling in the sunlight. Great aromas of bananas, citrus, yeast, wheats, cloves. Giant taste matches the aromas, great creaminess on the mouthfeel, drinability is an absolute pleasure. The worlds oldest brewery has set the absolute standard in my book. I know "5's" are rare, but as hefe's go, this is it..
Just came back to my old review after so long, but really an exceptionally made Weizen. The flavor, smells, all have been described in detail by other BA's, but what really struck me now is the absloute plush mouthfeel.It really is the epitomy of a Weizen. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 04:12:04 | More by czfreeman
Photo of dedrinker


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

Hazy peachy straw with a solid, dense, rocky head. Aromas of cloves and bubble gum abound with a touch of yeast and wheat. The flavor is no different, but add a little quenching tartness on the finish. Medium bodied bordering on full, but maybe it's just the bubbles. Depending on its freshness, this us usually my favorite Hefe-weizen.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2008 01:59:24 | More by dedrinker
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

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

This is a great example of a hefeweizen. It has a beautiful cloudy, golden appearance. The mouthfeel is typical of the carbonation with this type of beer. The taste was low key and excellent, with a slight fruit flavoring to compliment the barley. This is an immensely drinkable beer, yet very subtle in its flavoring. Very mellow.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 16:58:46 | More by avalon07
Photo of n0315


4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice amber color on the pour, with a decent head that keeps for a bit. With a smell of mault and almost lemon, this makes for a good smelling wheat beer.

Taste is also of mault and lemon that goes down pretty smooth, with a nice wheaty aftertaste. A great beer, good for any moment.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 06:00:11 | More by n0315
Photo of RblWthACoz


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

Pours a cloudy straw gold with a big white head. Nose is balanced yeast and citrus and the typical characteristic nose. Flavor is actually a bit lighter than I would have suspected. Still gives a nice full and even bodied hefe experience. Standard characteristics, but smooth and well done. Feel is smooth on the liquid and light on the bubble. Definitely drinkable. An easily sessionable brew, though me personally - I like mine with a bigger flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 01:28:46 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of Kjos29


3/5  rDev -32%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The Appearance is the best part about this beer. Pours badass and the head stays with it the whole time of drinking. Smells like an average beer, except, for the very fruity smell but i would hardly care what the beer smells like if it tastes fantastic.
Taste is a little too hoppy and full of some citrus burst that i don't quite care for. I could drink a few but not something i would care to pay as much money as i did for a 16 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 07:53:41 | More by Kjos29
Photo of ibeplato


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

I had a bottle of this at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle IL a few days ago, poured into a tall glass with a label of the same name.

This is quite simply the best weissbier I've ever had. Fantastic taste with a highly complex mix of flavors. Great head, great pour, and very easy to drink. This is now the standard by which I judge all other beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 23:43:37 | More by ibeplato
Photo of GbVDave


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

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy, slightly orange-hued golden color. Pure white head of smooth cream. Fades quickly to a nice even skim.

S: Bold aromas of clove, banana, bready malt, yeast, bubblegum, and citrus.

T: Big clove and banana flavors. This is followed closely by sweet pear and apple, toasted bready malt, spices, yeast, mildly citrus-y hops, and a touch of tart berries in the finish.

M: Big and rounded, at first, that turns peppery and spicy during the middle, and finishes creamy.

D: This beer is incredible! The smells and tastes are lock-step with each other and everything compliments one another.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2007 00:03:40 | More by GbVDave
Photo of gotweid


3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a very cloudy brownish, slightly off orange color. Strong, bubbly, thick head. Smelled of heavy wheat and noticeable spicyness and citrus. Wheat and orange dominated the taste buds from this bottle (stronger citrus than I remember with this one in the past). Medium to strong bodied. Nice touch of hops are noticed after a while. Carbonation is balanced nicely and the taste stays with you. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Great representation of it's style.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2007 04:02:06 | More by gotweid
Photo of pheggeseth


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

Served from a bottle into my Aventinus glass.

A: light straw color with big foamy white head, lighter than I was expecting

S: citrus, yeast, some clove, light malt

T: citrus with berry fruit towards the end, banana, light yeast

M: clean, crisp, very refreshing

D: The best hefeweissen I've had. Very light, complex enough, but very refreshing. Great

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 02:33:30 | More by pheggeseth
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