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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 6,918
Reviews: 2,324
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 01-22-2001

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. Premium Bavaricum!

Appearance: Take a picture and this could be an advertisement for the global brewing industry! Fluffy white head and beautiful light golden body. Thick and cloudy.

Smell: Dry and tart. Smells great.

Taste: Fantastic banana flavor. Not too terribly sour in comparison with other wheat beers. The flavor is light and complex at the same time.

Mouthfeel: A beer for any occasion. This is very refreshing. A bit of a dry aftertaste.

Drinkability: Morning, noon or night - again, a beer for any occasion. Smooth and not a lot of alcohol.

Overall: Is this the benchmark for Hefeweizens? Not necessarily a beer for diehard hopheads nor the extreme brewing crowd, but I can see this pleasing just about everyone else!

Photo of SirAndyR
3.68/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance--Golden, deep wheat, partially cloudy, substantial cream-yeasty head.

Smell--Light yeast. Overall absence of spice notes or interest.

Taste--Characteristic Weissbier style in the background, but you really have to concentrate. This beer is so subtle, it is verging on transparent.

Mouthfeel-- Light and unremarkable, excepting that it is smooth, refreshing and clean

Drinkability--I love Weissbier and maybe I am unsophisticated, but this is way too subtle for a top ranked beer. The best Weissbiers revel in their yeasty, clovey, spiciness. This beer is surely a quality brew. It is smooth and beautifully clean, but it has no real character. It is technically a good beer, but it is not one that will win your heart, or a place in my basement biercave. I had to really concentrate to get the full Weissbier experience and I don't like to work that hard to enjoy my beer ;o)

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

This 500mL bottle was purchased at Pere Marquette Expeditions in Ludington, MI. According to the code on the label, this was bottled on 8/23/2010. The label has a lot of other good information as well: "World's Oldest Brewery", "Store and keep cool 46°-52° F," "Brewed under the purity law of 1516." The last one is news to me as I was not aware that the Reinheitsgebot allowed for the use of wheat in the brewing process.

I poured this into a weizen glass. A moderate pour gives off a massive five-finger head, making a roughly 1:1 ratio of head to beer. The head is fluffy and retention is excellent. It does eventually settle, but never recedes completely. A narrow trail of foamy lacing spans of the glass. Carbonation is visible. The beer is golden and cloudy. It looks like the perfect glass of beer that they pour in every beer commercial on television (with some added cloudiness per style).

The aroma is giving off scents of lemon and wheat. Mild tropical fruit and heavy yeastiness next reach the nose. Light phenols waft into the nose with just the slightest noticeable hint of alcohol. Aromatics are strong and this beer's fragrance is easily detected from the other side of the table.

As this is the prototypical hefeweizen, all of the standard traits of the style are present in the flavor. There's the banana ester. There's a nice crisp wheat bite. There's a dry finish, and a yeasty aftertaste. It is a well balanced and very deliciously full flavored beer.

The beer is medium bodied and much heavier than commercial American takes on the style. Carbonation is on the lighter end for a hefeweizen but I find it to be perfect. The carbonation agitates the flavors nicely making the beer satisfyingly lively in the mouth.

Beer doesn't get much more drinkable than this. It's full flavored and well balanced with no off-putting bitterness. It has a wonderful weight in the mouth. The alcohol content is a moderately low 5.4% ABV; and for an import with such high esteem, this is very reasonably priced. I would gladly tip back another if only there was another to be had. I just wish that I could get them fresher.


The Two-Schlitz Scale™: (see my profile for an explanation)
Schlitz may have been the beer that made Milwaukee famous, but Weihenstephaner is older than Milwaukee itself. I enthusiastically give two Schlitz for this excellent hefeweizen.

Photo of ffejherb
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 2/28/11.

A - Really cloudy pale cantaloupe flesh-colored liquid with a creamy white dollop of foam on top that dispersed into a swirly patch, leaving behind some spots and strings of lace.

S - Classic Hefe aroma with equal parts clove spice and bready malt with a hint of banana and spicy yeast. There is also a pleasant citrus character suggesting lemon zest and orange peel.

T - Opens with a bready malt character paired with clove notes and a more subtle banana presence. There is also a lemony citrus character in the middle, accompanied by toasted wheat grains, which is quite pleasant. Finishes with a hint of peppery spice in the backend, more clove and yeasty notes and a hint of citrus.

M - Medium bodied with pretty lively effervescence and a slightly chewy texture. Finish is subtly spicy with a bit of residual sweetness on the palate.

D - This is a Top 100 beer for a reason and perhaps the benchmark for the style. You don't stay in business for hundreds of years making sub-par beers. I don't usually find myself in the mood for Hefeweizens too often, but this one always delivers the goods.

Photo of flipper2gv
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Superb looking brew. Opaque yellow color with creme white head with a lot of volume, great retention and good lacing. Creamy carbonation.

S: Sharp acidic notes of lemon juice. Really easy to find wheat malt in this. Some light vanilla. Spicy notes of: Pepper, cinnamon, cardamom and maybe saffron. Mango and pineapple are also very present in the smell. Inviting.

T: Again, wheat malt is very present in this. There is some lemon in this. There are the usual wheat beers tastes of banana. Some vanilla like in the smell. Again there are spices: cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and saffron (yeah it's there for sure). Mango and pineapple are still there but not as much as in the smell. Very light herbal and earthy hops, but really not much. Perfectly balanced brew but sadly, no WOW factor I'd need for a perfect 5.

M: Silky smooth and very creamy. Good medium carbonation with sharp bubbles, keeping it alive. One of the most unique and amazing mouthfeel I ever had.

D: Amazingly high. Every thing is so well balanced, it tastes so good, so refreshing, I can drink this all night. About the most drinkable beer I had.

Photo of bnes09
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lemon yellow to light orange ale and semi-hazy. Frothy white head forms a light blanket over the liquid and clings to the glass.

Plenty of smooth wheat aromas as well as lemon peel hit the nose. Fresh and semi-sweet with a honey note.

Flavor follows the nose with a sturdy yet smooth wheat backbone. Mild citrus hop with a lemon and tangerine tone. Mid-drink reveals a gentle honey sweetness that balances the experience.

Medium bodied and perfect amount of carbonation. Very smooth in texture thanks to the wheat. Finishes crisp with a lemon bite.

Very easy drinking and highly refreshing. Would make a great summer session beer. A well crafted hefeweissen.

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although German beers aren't always my favorite I still like to have one every once and awhile. They're almost always light and refreshing thanks to the Reinheitsgebot! It was another dinner with pizza and another time to have something light to go along with it that would balance away the spice in the pizza but not be too heavy.

The hefeweissbier poured a thick and very bubbly white head that gave promise to having a good beer session. It's color was a cloudy yellow that was a little more of an amber color in the middle but around the edges was more yellow in color.

The smell was very yeasty with a hint of citrus.

The taste was less full-bodied than I thought it would be but it was very refreshing and light. The yeast could be tasted throughout with lemon-citrus being less prominent. Banana and clove flavors also made themselves known but were slight in strength.

This is a very good hefeweissen auf Deutschland!

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

Appearance: Very cloudy golden color, good creamy head that doesn't go away quick, some lacing.

Smell: Wheat and lemon, hints of spice and banana.

Taste: Wheat, banana, lemon, hints of spice and citrus. Complex and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat thick and velvety smooth, crisp carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy session beer. Really wish they had it in six packs instead of 500ml bottles when I bought it, because I could really go for another one.

Overall: It is clear why this is a top 100 beer, and the top of its category. Wish it was easier to find, but at least I know I can get it.

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

A - Impeccable lacing, substantial head, golden and cloudy (representative of the type of beer).

S - Wheat, banana, and not huge on spice but evident.

T - Lemon, wheat, clove. Almost creamy!

M - Carbonated, easy, creamy. Smooth finish.

D - Easily one of my top favorites. I miss this weissbier when drinking other good brau.

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

Appearance: Hazy medium golden color with an extraordinarily large white cloudtop head, moderate and natural appearing carbonation, lots of stickly lace. The head exhibits extraordinary retention.

Aroma: Consists of the prototypical cloves and ripe bananas that define this style.

Taste: Begins with lots of soft carbonation and a quite full bread malt flavor and lots of yeast, towards the middle of the taste the clove and ripe banana flavors assert themselves. At the end of the taste some mild hops appear along with some residual malt flavor. The finish is clean and a bit dry.

Mouth feel: The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Drinkability/notes: While I do not particularly care for the Hefeweizen style, it must be conceded that this is a superb beer and a must try for anyone who is a serious student of world=class beer.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Finally got around to picking up a bottle of this for review. I've had it several times, but never had the opportunity to sit and review. The good news is that I already know this is a beer I enjoy.

After the pour a hearty head that looks like whipped egg whites sits atop the brew. Excellent retention. Slightly hazy pale gold color. Not light enough to be called straw, but a very pale gold. Some active carbonation rises to the surface. Not much in the way of lacing.

Aroma is classic and fantastic Banana pudding, slight spice and light grain. Clean, fresh and wonderful.

What I enjoy about this particular WeissBier is that the banana/spice flavor is so creamy. All the flavors are soft and rounded and really compliment each other. Each of the components work together very well. The yeast flavors are great and the spice hides just behind the banana to provide complexity. The creaminess makes me think of vanilla as well. I always think of a great banana pudding with the Nilla wafers. And believe me, that's a compliment in my book.

Creamy, refreshing and alive.. The mouth feel is spot on.

The drinkability is directly linked the great mouth feel and flavor. You can work through this very quickly and you need to remind yourself to enjoy.

Photo of mjn5036
4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16oz bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass. This beer pours a burnt orange with golden hues. The head begins to grow as soon as the beer enters the glass and continues the entire pour - a magnificent, bone white, soapy head that lasts an impressive amount of time before finally dissipating. Left behind is a thin snowy cap and soapy lacing strewn about the sides of the glass.

The nose is perfection. Orange and lemon zest, lemon grass, banana, clove and honey dominate. Sweetness meets a delicate spice to make pure magic happen.

The taste is right on par with the nose with the addition of a wonderful breadiness. Very lightly hoppy flavors intermingle with the sweet wheat and zesty citrus, banana and clove. It is absolutely wonderful.

Mouthfeel is light to medium and nicely carbonated. Crisp, clean and slightly dry, this would be an amazing addition to a hot summer day.

Photo of tbraun1
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle served in a Weizen glass

A - A beautiful golden/cloudy appearance characteristic of the style, four finger head and wonderful lacing that sticks to the glass

S - Sweet malty wheat, a bit of lemon and a little spice

T - A bit of clove and spice, touch of lemon and a nice balance of hops. I love the balance in fact. Less sweet than a lot of hefe's I have tried.

M - Pleasantly carbonated but not overbearing, excellent on the palate. Nice dry crisp finish.

D - An amazing hefeweizen. Easily one of my top three.

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

The appearance marks a wonderful start to this outstanding beer experience - a cloudy golden color with a huge white foamy head about 4 fingers wide on top. It was a challenge to pour the whole bottle without the head overflowing the glass. Wonderful scent of wheat and lemon, perhaps some clove. The taste isn't very complex - just a very good blend of clove, banana, and lemon all the way through. Almost a bubble gum-type sweetness. Mouthfeel is exceptional - full bodied and perfect carbonation. Very refreshing and drinkable. One of my favorites, and the gold standard of its style.

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

Had this on 2010-07-03 in Columbia, PA (from tasting notes)

A - Hazy orange-straw with a pillowy 3-finger head into a weizen glass. Very good lacing.

S - Ahh, a wonderful and sweet wheat and yeast aroma with some lemon.

T - Toasted wheat bread, fruity yeast, clove, lemon and a trace of hop bitterness.

M - Medium body and effervescent carbonation. Hits the right balance between smooth and crisp, making it oh-so refreshing on a hot summer day.

D - Very high drinkability. This is almost my favorite wheat beer. I like the Weihenstephaner Dunkle better than any other wheat beer but not surprisingly, this is near the top.

Photo of KYBrewgrass
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- 4.5 Dark, cloudy golden yellow. Very thick, bubbly white head on pour and smooth lacing around edges of glass.

S- 5 Banana, very mild clove spiciness. Excellent smell.

T- 4.5 Definite taste of banana. Crisp and clean, with a hint of the wheat. Spices come thru more than they do with the smell, though they're still subtle.

M- 5 Great medium body. Clean tasting yet still has a creamy feel. Carbonation is just right.

D- 4.5 This brew was very easy to drink. Great balance of flavors and I could enjoy several of these bottles at a time. Love the creaminess-but-not-heavy aspect of this brew. My favorite hefeweizen to date!

Photo of bubseymour
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well with over 1,700 reviews to date and an A/A+ overall rating, is there really anything else I can add that will be value-added commentary?

Appearance - Dull yellow murky from the wheat. Head is extrordinary! 3+ finger head into my pint glass and couldn't even finish pouring the full 12 oz bottle even tipped on side of glass the whole time.

Smell - like others mentioned, very bannana like

Taste - Now this is a great tasting Hefeweizen and I'm not big fan of murky wheat beers! Excellent mild flavorings and very authentic German.

Mouthfeel - Creamy head on the lip. Nice smooth finish.

Drinkability - Seems very drinkable. The bannana smell and slight taste possibly could get old to the pallet with repeat samplings in 1 sitting.

Photo of Avagadro
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Weihenstephaner Hefe has a beautiful hazy golden color that is topped off by a bone white head. It readily climbs out over the rim of the glass, much like a souffle, and retains much of its volume throughout the experience. It also has delightful lacing, with torrents of pin-head bubbles racing to the head.

S: A touch softer than what I was hoping for, but piquant nonetheless, the nose is marked by a gentle balance between clove and banana.

T: Deliciously dry, slightly acidic, and thoroughly enjoyable. The clove/banana marked in the nose make a strong appearance alongside mango and pineapple.

M: Full body, but lightened by the extremely effervescent nature of the brew. Spot on for the style.

D: One of the best examples of one of my favorite styles. This is the epitome of what a hefe should be. The greatest part: you can find this beer just about anywhere. If you've never had a hefe before, this should definitely be your first.

Photo of Brunite
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance - Pours a hazy straw color beer with a huge fluffy white head that is too tall to measure. This is perfection for a Hefeweizen.

Smell - Aroma is of ripe banana notes and clove notes. Also some bubblegum. This smells awesome. Some mellowness from the grains comes through as well.

Taste - Delicious. Clean....crisp...perfect. Mild sweetness along with bananas notes. With some huskiness from the grain...perfect balance.

Mouthfeel - This is fantastic. Smooth...creamy...almost chewy. Liquid bread.

Drinkability - Off the charts. Perfect flavor for the style. Low ABV. Easy to drink and enjoy. World Class beverage.

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

A: Pours with a mammoth fluffy head that is at least three fingers of glory. The head is straight white while the body is a golden color with some copper and a hazy from the yeast.

S: Banana, clove, and a strong bubblegum. I am really excited.

T: The flavor is not mind blowingly strong, but the clove is rather apparent. Definitely get a sense of the wheat. Solid. There is some bubblegum.

M: This is perfect mouthfeel. I am in love. Perfect carbonation and lighter body.

D: Crazy drinkable. I just love this beer.

Photo of UTCengOwl
3.88/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

This beer pours with a huge bone white head. He body itself is a nice straw yellow. The head stick around for a whole and e beer has some brilliance, but there's just something holding this back from greatness in the look. Maybe the head isn't tight enough?

The nose is mostly ripe banana. There's some spice here, too. I'm also picking up some grassy noble hops. This could do without that grassiness.

The taste is a smooth, somewhat subtle banana. There's a tinge of spice behind it, too. The's a lingering wheat / straw flavor in the background, too. Decent, but not overwhelming. The carbonation is nice and it's really easy to quaff.

This is a good hefe, but give me a Live Oak any day over this. Top 20 beer in the world? Not in my book.

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

The look of this beer is sort of cloudy and (slightly) dark-yellowish. Yet a fantastic sight. The creamy head builds up quickly and takes a big shape.

The smell is extraordinary with all the wheat flavours going on. Its taste is hard to put in words, since it is so, so great. But the fruity flavours are well balanced.

All and all, one just have to say that it's a very great beer. It's easy to love.

Photo of guitarsnbeer
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love this beer. pours a murky clouded yellow-orange. nice 2+ inch of delicious frothy foam.

Really in-depth fragrances can be found in this brew. bananna esters, clove, corriander and some bubblegum.

Great taste of spicy bananna bread as i like to describe it, with citrus notes. paired with the bananna bread it resembles will make for a great snack.

Medium bodied, and nicely carbonated, the flavors blend/mesh delightfully into a creamy sip that seducingly convices you to take another.

Extremely drinkable, this is easily one of the best beers I've had and might just be my favorite hefe to date.

Photo of Taera
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - One of the most beautiful colour for anyone who thinks of a glass of beer

S- Great wheat smell with a hint of banana

T- Nothing you would ask more from hefeweizen. Alot of wheat feel and abit of banana taste with a hint of citrus

Drinkability: a beer that anyone can drink any day. And the true charm of hefeweizen is that it is very refreshing after a tired day

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

1 pint, 0.9oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

pours a hazy dull yellow tone with a big two-finger plus (closing in on three) creamy off-white head. outstanding retention and lacing all over the place. outstanding presentation.

nose offers clove, banana, and a touch of another fruit i'm having trouble placing. apple, maybe, or peach. melon? regardless, a real nice aroma.

the flavor doesn't disappoint, full of clove and banana mostly, with a few mutes citric notes. very tasty. would be the perfect summer beer. (unfortunately it's february 14th.)

crisp, medium-bodied mouthfeel with medium-plus carbonation. extremely drinkable. a classic, easily my favorite hefeweizen to date.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,918 ratings.