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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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5,899 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,899
Reviews: 2,213
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 423
Gots: 441 | 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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4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Definitely the best hefeweissen I have had so far. It looks more like honey than beer, being a rich, almost opaque, slightly orange golden color. Aroma is strong and wheaty, with a strong citrus overtone - but the latter may have come from the obligatory lemon wedge. Flavor is rich, typical of a wheat beer but mouth-filling - no "thin" feeling whatsoever. I got a strong hint of citrus, but again this may have been due to the lemon wedge in the beer. Light, smooth and tingly, this beer is a winner. No wonder they have been in business for almost a millennium!

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2007 00:50:33 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of TheSarge


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

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier lives up to its reputation as one of the best beers in the world, not just the best hefe. Anyhow this presents itself with a picture perfect three inch bright white head, with a golden orange body, which is hazier than most other hefes.

The aromas I detect are white pepper, a slight perfume aroma, and a kind of cedar smoke fragrance.

This tastes more like blood orange and honey, with a little hint of banana. There is a little peppery taste here too.

By far this is the standard of hefe weizens. This is a true pleasure to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 08:44:50 | More by TheSarge
Photo of jasonjlewis


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

Pours murky orange with three finger thick head, very thick and frothy.

Smell is initially wheaty, and banana phenol comes out on the nose.

Taste is balanced between malt and banana. Hop bitterness is faint. Some undertones of clove come out. German malt sweetness is upfront balanced by clove and banana.

Nicely carbonated, turns creamy on the palate.

This beer is very refreshing. A great hefeweizen

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 06:40:31 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of viperpiper522


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

A- Pours a hazy light copper. It is almost like a mixture of the colors of falls leaves. A very impressive head that domes up a half an inch over the edge of the glass. This head stays all the way down with really good lacing.

S-Yeasty, Bananas, and wheat.Light clove phenols and some over ripe papaya.

T-The most balance hefe I have ever had. Substantial levels of banana and clove, wtih just enough bubblegum. Wheat finishes out nicely with some nice yeast.

M- Very light and spritzy. Nice and dry and refreshing.

D- Really refreshing and delicious. Whe nI get that late night hefe craving I know where to look. I think I'll have another.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 04:14:34 | More by viperpiper522
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4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep straw color with a good ammount of carbonation and almsot no head.
The aroma was complex and got moreso as it warmed; citrus, dough and clove.
The taste was first dominated by citrus, then mild apple and spice as it gets warmer; reminded me of an almost cider-taste. Finally subtle vanilla and alchol finish out the taste.
The semi-sweet start fades into a slightly bitter/sour feel due to the carbonation, but was still pleasant. It unfortuantely didn't leave as long an aftertase as I had hoped.
This is truly a great Hefe, refreshing and well-balanced.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2007 17:05:46 | More by sinistrsam
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3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with lots of creamy white head that sticks around for a while, and laces the glass all the way down. Smells yeasty, like a hefe/weiss should. There's also some hints of citrus and estery fruitiness as well. The taste is very sweet and yeasty, also with some citrus and passionfruit flavors there in the background. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is very heavy and creamy, slight tingling from the carbonation. Overall, it's a very drinkable beer, especially if you like weissbiers.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 10:58:27 | More by Kulrak
Photo of brendan13


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

I'm suprised that I haven't already reviewed this. I've had it numerous times.
A - Cloudy golden yellow colour poured into a Weizen glass with an inch and a half or so of fluffy white head.
S - Banana, wheat and light spice touches.
T - Like the smell, the taste has banana, wheat and light spices. They are more predominant here but nothing overrides the others.
M - Fairly light bodied like most weizens with a nice, crisp carbonation.
D - Bring it on. A classic that I'll drink time and time again.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2007 05:54:59 | More by brendan13
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4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the German's remaining monastic brewers.
Appearence : Pale unfiltered wheat beer
Smell : Ginger and clove aroma
Taste : Hallertau hop give to the beer a spicy and pepper aroma, with a banana and vanilla taste
Mouthfeel : Ginger finish
Drinkability : A typical spicy wheat beer

Thierry (14/10/2007)

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 09:01:30 | More by thierrynantes
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4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Translucent bright yellow body that even a gentle pour produces a unmeasurable overzealous fluffy white head. Head slowly fades to 1 finger with perfect retention. Cloudiness is thick and barely lets light pass through it. Beautiful unfiltered Hefe Weizen.

S- Good, Light, and typical for a hefe. Great balance of sweet bready yeast, clove, and banana. Hints of citrus also emerge.

T-Very similar to the smell. Perfect balance of sweet bready yeast, clove, and banana. Hints of floral hop and citrus emerge for the finish-but are very faint. Sweet bready yeast and some clove linger long after the sip. Taste is very light.

M- Wonderful light, smooth, and creamy body based on yeast. Light carbonation accompanies this.

D- This is a classic example of a hefe. It has everything that should be found in one and keeps it all in balance without anything extra added. Has the high drinkability and enjoyability that one should have. It was a bit on the expensive side for the bottle. I can see myself having more affordable great German hefes like Hacker-Pschorr and Franziskaner more often but I will treat myself to this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 17:17:45 | More by PittBeerGirl
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4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy and hazy dark yellow-orange-ish. Nice thick lasting head. I smell a kind of spice reminicent of pumkin pie as well as possibly a hint of banana. I know there's no bananas or pumpkins in the ingredients but somehow these wheat beers tend to get that type of smell. Very slight earthy aroma, too. It tastes quite like how it smells but better... and with no unpleasant aftertaste. Perfect carbonation. Easy to drink. God damn... I wish I was in Munich right now crushing mugs and mugs and mugs of this type of beer. This is in the top three wheats I've ever had. Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 18:51:00 | More by berserker256
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4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a large snifter

Appearance: Translucent and golden in color. Very tall 3" head that is slightly off white in color. Tiny bubbles fill the glass to the brim and deliver a very cakey head.

Smell: Alcohol, banana and clove. Overripe apples and lemony esters. Citrus peel is in the background. This is the standard for this style. Rock solid and a job well done.

Taste: Malty and crisp with flavor. Banana and clove are right there in the forefront. Cherry-like sweet/tartness that is underlying. The sugar content is perfect. Awesome beer.

Mouthfeel: Again, perfect sugar and enough carbonation to make this the perfect summer sipper. A tingle of carbonation hits you and then the well balanced body comes forth. Alcohol is present.

Drinkability: Perfect here. This beer begs to be consumed en masse. Easy drinking, quenching and balanced. This is everything that Budweiser promises with it's beers and cannot come close to achieving. The quintessential Hefe is Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 21:29:26 | More by Risser09
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4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a big Weeping Radish brewery hefe glass. A very good hefeweizen...lives up to its reputation. Classic appearance. Very dense straw color, beautiful big white pillowy head with excellent head retention and a decent amount of lacing left on a hefe glass. Good hefe smell, bananas, cloves, astringency. Taste is excellent as well, same tastes as the aroma, very crisp and very balanced....the astringency is just right. Mouthfeel is rich enough for the style and drinkability is great. This is a summer beer that could be savored for a long time. I would love to try his on tap.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 19:04:13 | More by JayQue
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1.73/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I had heard so much about Weihenstephaner that I bought the only style available that I could find in my area and that was the Hefe Weissbier kind. It was a mistake on my part as apparently I do not like this beer.

Poured the beer had a lovely gold color and the head was huge so I was looking forward to drinking this beer. Honestly, the appearance is amazing.

Then I smelled the beer and it actually turned my stomach. I'll give it another chance someday but perhaps I may just have gotten a bad bottle. It has an aroma similar to a overhopped gin bouquet.

Taste has a wheat-orangish lemonish flavor to it. The wheat is overpowering and I definitely didn't enjoy tasting it as I wasn't able to taste very much of the subtler undertones.

The mouthfeel was pretty smooth but the taste and smell both overpowered the mouthfeel so that's why I rated it so low on the mouthfeel as well.

Overall, it was pretty hard for me to drink this beer and I ended up having to pour it down the drain. Such a waste of a beer that's probably exceptional for everybody else.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 23:43:45 | More by xare
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4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy golden color with a large white head that held right to the bottom of the glass but not much lace. smell on the light side, of bubblegum, lemon, and spice. taste is of wheat malt, yeast, and a fruityness to it with the spice finishing with a tangyness from the yeast. medium body and well balanced and carbonation is good. good warm weather session beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2007 18:49:41 | More by billybob
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5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a hazy golden straw color with an ample sticky white head. The retention is superb as is the lacing.

There's a rich aroma of banana and cloves from the yeast and just the right touch of tartness from the wheat.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
The beer drinks smooth and full and is completely rife with an amalgamation of flavors that is best described as banana nut bread. Up front you get the sweet ripe banana notes which then meld in to more of a yeasty bread character and is then finally smoothed out in to a crisp cashew finish. Absolutely delicious.

It's too tasty to be anything but highly drinkable. It's really one of the most perfect drinking beers in existence in my opinion.

Bottom Line:
I guess you learn a few tricks when you've been brewing the same beer for 500 years because this beer really is perfection when you get a nice fresh bottle of it like the one I reviewed today.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 21:38:37 | More by Grundle20
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3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle into a weizen glass. Huge 4" white meringue-like head slowly recedes in a rocky mound leaving thick bars of foam on the glass. Beer is a slightly hazed gold which turns to a cloudy cantaloupe gold after the yeast is added. A neverending stream of bubbles shoots from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is fruity and phenolic with pears, banana, nutmeg, clove, and mango.

Flavor is spicy and tingly up front. More clove and nutmeg with the fruit a little more subdued. Fresh white bread. Tart lemony finish with drying carbonation.

Somewhat slick medium body with high carbonation. An excellent refresher full of lively complex flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 14:52:24 | More by skizziks
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4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy murky yellow brown color with a booming head. The head dies down to a manageable level but is continually fed by stream after stream of bubbles.

S: Tons of aromas in this one. Banana, Clove, Lemon, and Bubble Gum. The aroma lets you know this is a wheat beer and a good one at that.

T: Big bold flavors for a wheat brew. It has all that you would expect in there just more of it. Lemon, over ripe banana, and clove dominate. The yeastiness is there giving it an almost sour dough type quality.

M: Light and sparkling like a good wheat beer should be.

D: Uber drinkable.

Overall: I have had this one more times than I can count on my fingers and toes. It is a great example of a Hefe that most brewers emulate their offerings after. The flavor is off the scale for a wheat beer and the drinkablility is wonderful. It is a wonderful brew that is worthy of its top 100 status.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 16:43:00 | More by tpd975
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South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a pint. A cloudy orange color with some gold/yellow notes when held to light. 3 finger pure white head that holds nicely for a while, leaving no lacing on the glass.

Smell: Crisp pears and a sweet grassy note.

Taste: Light fruits with a very wheaty, dry finish that lingers in the mouth for a long time. A finely balanced beer that matches tart sweetness and an incredible smoothness that satisfies every time.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 04:54:05 | More by BucBasil
Photo of Sixpoint

New York

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

To me, probably the single greatest Wheat Beer on the planet. You'd expect the traditional banana, clove, yeast and spice...but you also get the most awesome vanilla undertone from the wheat malt, coupled with the right amount of tartness and acidity from the fermentation.

This beer is so refreshing and smooth, it might be the ultimate summer beer for me. Summer? Nah. It's September 12, and it might be the most divine beer I could have selected today. Bravo, Holy Stephen.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 21:52:54 | More by Sixpoint
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4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bottle at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA.

A: Medium gold hue. Pours with a 2 inch thick creamy moussy white head. Bubbles down but still has good retention. Cloudy. A great looking beer.

S: Perfect hefe aroma. Bready malt with nice banana/citrusy lemon aroma. Strong clove character as well.

T: Again, classic hefe flavor. Great mix of banana and clove flavors underscored by a very sweet malt flavor that finishes sweet.

MF: Medium body. Fluffy and creamy. Low carbonation.

D: Like any well made hefe quite drinkable. Meets all the style characteristics to a t.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 16:35:54 | More by Nipitato
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4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A- It poured a hazy orange/amber color with a 2 finger off-white head. It had a medium high carbonation and left good lacing.

S- The aroma was ripe bananas and spice.

T- It had the classic banana flavor and lots of citrus. There was some clove flavor in the background.

M- It was a little on the fizzy side and had some bite from the lemon flavor, otherwise it was pretty smooth.

D- It was an easy sipping warm weather beer.

Overall- This is a really good representation of the style. Personally, I prefer a little more banana and a little less citrus than this beer offers, but I'm sure I'll keep it in my rotation of "go to" hefes.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 16:47:39 | More by GRPunk
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4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never seen a head like this! Huge, cloud-like foam that keeps billowing out of the glass and never falls. It looks like snowy hills. It's beautiful. Enough with the head, the body is a nice gradient from yellow at the bottom to a dark orange at the top. Kind of hazy, occasional carbonation bubbles rise up and add to the head.

Not much in the aroma, banana, cloves, coriander, maybe a little vanilla.

The flavor is much the same, banana, cloves, coriander, hint of vanilla, but also citrus hops.

Medium bodied, slight bite, but very tasty and refreshing. However, this is not something I'd drink frequently.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 15:32:42 | More by dogger6253
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District of Columbia

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

A warm summer's day I saw this one at Holiday Market for a mere $3, and figured I couldn't lose. Turns out it's one of the best summer brews I've ever tried. It pours a light orange color with two fingers of white, fluffy head on top. Nose is strong on citrus, wheat, corriander. Taste up front is light graininess, lots of spices, orange, tons of wheat. Great light hoppiness at the back, with the sweet wheat. Full body, creamy, nice fizzy feel on the fairly strong carbonation. I just loved this one. Perfect carbonation adds to the flavor, giving it a nice crispness. A perfect summer beer, with lots of wheaty and orangy goodness.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 22:18:44 | More by soupyman10
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4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours dark murky gold with a nice head which leaves good lacing. Aroma is all wheat- spicy cloves and banana. Taste is spicy wheat with lingering banana flavor. Just a bit sweet and bitter in the finish. Balanced. Pretty much the definition of what a hefe should taste like. Smooth and medium bodied. Extremely drinkable. Excellent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 23:09:45 | More by burnstar
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United Kingdom (England)

4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A cloudy, pale brown with a rich, sizable, pure white head that persisted right to the bottom of the glass.

Aroma - A powerful aroma of fresh, clean banana and floral, grassy notes. Typical of a wheat beer, but still wonderfully refreshing.

Taste - An immediate wash of fresh spicy banana and yeast. The finish was strong but mellow and soft with a classic wheat aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Very light. Despite the naturally high level of carbonation, the beer is not at all aggressive in the mouth.

Drinkability - Personally, Im not a person who can knock back more than 1 or 2 wheat beers in a session, but Im tempted to try with this one! Excellent, well rounded Hefe weizen.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 22:12:47 | More by DaveUK
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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