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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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6,179 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,179
Reviews: 2,231
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 467
Gots: 554 | FT: 13
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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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Photo of Cresant


3.95/5  rDev -10.4%

Poured this 16.9 oz. brown bottle into a Weeping Radish Weizen glass. Coded 9158. Created a huge white, creamy head that sat on a hazy golden/yellow body. Minimal lacing but head settled to a constant film.

Smell was not surprisingly fruity. Bananas and spice.

Taste reflected the aroma. Banana puree. There was a nice bitter snap up front with a lingering fruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was zippy and medium bodied.

12-18-2008 16:10:58 | More by Cresant
Photo of thekanna


4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

Appearance: Gorgeous cloudy yellow-orange with 3 fingers of white, foamy head. Reminiscent of a great Saison.

Smell: Floral bouquet very reminiscent of Westmalle Tripel. Bready yeast, fresh citrus fruit, lemons, fresh-cut grass... a veritable springtime field of flowers.

Taste: Wow, that's fresh. Bread, fruit, flowers... pretty much the smell sums up the taste. Carbonation that tingles the tongue. Slight alcohol finish.

Overall: This is one excellent Hefeweizen. Being more a fan of Belgian tripels and saisons, this is one German beer that will give the Belgians a run for their money.

12-17-2008 05:49:58 | More by thekanna
Photo of chriskozma

New York

4.9/5  rDev +11.1%

A: This beer is a cloudy straw color with a foamy white head

S: The beer smells great. Bananas mostly

T: Sweet banana flavor. Other fruits as well. Maybe a little nuttiness, too.

M: Mild alcohol burn. Light creaminess.

D: Off the charts

This beer is a great example of the style. I could drink this stuff all day.

12-17-2008 00:36:13 | More by chriskozma
Photo of BierFan


4.18/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured from a half liter bottle into a Weihenstephan weizen glass.

Appearance: Big white head on top of a dark cloudy yellow body. Good head retention and carbonation. Few thick globs of lacing.

Smell: Light aroma of cloves and a little bit of banana. Very light and fruity overall.

Taste: More cloves and bananas. Bananas are more obvious and now the cloves are more in the background.

12-16-2008 21:45:47 | More by BierFan
Photo of leetyankees


4.97/5  rDev +12.7%

From a bottle; pours an immaculate looking beer with a delicious inch thick head with good head retention.

The smell is just delicious, this yeast smells amazing; banana notes.

This is what a beer tastes like. Clean and crisp, tasty fruity notes, mostly banana; just a perfect yeast taste. Completely balanced beer.

I could drink this beer for breakfast, dinner, i could have just 1, i could have 20, a beer i feel i could never get sick of.

12-16-2008 04:41:27 | More by leetyankees
Photo of glid02


4.5/5  rDev +2%

Finally ordered this mainstay at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a cloudy lemon-yellow color with a rocky two-finger head. The head sticks around for a while before settling into a thin pancake of bubbles on top of the beer. Nice lacing down the glass.

Smells of bananas with slight lemon zest. Not a whole lot going on here, but it's done well.

Tastes great. Crisp light malt flavors back up banana flavors. The lemon comes through slightly near the end of the sip. Light banana flavors stick around, goading me into taking another sip.

Mouthfeel is good. A light body and solid carbonation make this very smooth and crisp.

Drinkability is great. This really is one of the easiest-drinking beers I've had, even in the month of December. Put a bunch of this in front of me in summer and it'll be gone even faster.

Overall there's not much I can say that hasn't been said already. It's a perfect example of a session beer.

12-14-2008 05:37:23 | More by glid02
Photo of johnd513


4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

This beer pours a golden color with a nice huge white head. It has a big yeasty smell with banana and cloves. The taste starts with nice big yeast flavor followed by citrus and banana flavor. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy with nice carbonation that tickles the taste buds. Drinkability is very good. I could easily have a few of these although the price tag is a bit high because its an import. Overall this a great beer that I could see myself drinking more often.

12-12-2008 00:31:29 | More by johnd513
Photo of LennyV

New York

4.83/5  rDev +9.5%

Growler purchased at Halftime. Pours a golden yellow with a creamy head and crazy lacing.

Smells of yeasty bread.

Taste is wonderful. Initialy you taste the yeast which becomes bready follwed with a mild spicy finish.

Feels creamy on the tongue with a slight tickle from the carbonation.

I could drink this all night. Now I know why they have brewed beer for over a thousand years, because it taste so good!

12-10-2008 18:07:55 | More by LennyV
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%

Sampled from a 500ml bottle.

A - Straw colored with an orange hue. Cloudy with a small white head.

S - Spicy with cloves, banana and vanilla.

T - Clean and crisp with a moderate spiciness. Bananas and cloves dominate. The flavor lingers nicely.

M - Moderate carbonation with a slightly thin consistency.

D - Very easy to drink and quite satisfying. Outstanding.

12-09-2008 23:41:00 | More by GJ40
Photo of JBogan


4.63/5  rDev +5%

Typical hazy golden/peach colored with nary a head nor lacing. Nothing really to distinguish the appearance from any other beer of this style.

Now is where the fun begins. Very nice aroma of banana and spices which beckons you to put your lips to the glass.

So, I put my lips to the glass and am rewarded with the pleasing taste of spices (is that cinnamon?) along with some banana. Very nicely balanced, and with no sign of alcohol present.

Mouthfeel on this beer is about as good as it gets. Medium bodied, with an excellent smoothness which is combined with the perfect amount of carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer, one which is fairly easy to find, is reasonably priced, tastes great and once you finish one begs you to have another. Hard to beat that combination.

12-09-2008 22:01:58 | More by JBogan
Photo of Macca


4.1/5  rDev -7%

This pours a light golden amber with a big head which settles nicely making it a great looking beer in the glass. Quite hazy.

The nose is dominated by bananas and cloves.

The palate by wheat.

A high carbonation gives it a big mouthfeel with the tingles continuing for a while. A crisp finish though.

12-09-2008 10:07:54 | More by Macca
Photo of Smixam


4.13/5  rDev -6.3%

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Classic hefe golden-haziness. Really nice foamy head that sticks around a bit an laces heavily.

S: Light citrus and a bit of a yeast-heavy musty touch at the end. Very sweet but overall surprisingly muted nose.

T: Great light yeast flavor and a citrus front, but it's all banana towards the end. I've shied away from hefe's lately but this one may just bring me back - nothing bland about it, but very straightforward in a traditional Bavarian brew way.

M: Nice and light, no bitterness or 'deadness,' something I've found with the hefe's I've had lately. A bit of a banana/citrus aftertaste but it's very pleasant.

D: Could definitely have a few of these. Reasonable alcohol content and smooth character makes it a great session beer.

Bottom line - I'm an IPA guy, but this is a fantastic brew. Easily in my top 10.

12-08-2008 21:15:41 | More by Smixam
Photo of Spikester


4.43/5  rDev +0.5%

Cloudy pale gold with a big 2 inch white head. Good amount of lacings.
Taste is typical Hefe, spicy, wheat, slightly bitter hops. Less pronounced spice which suits me fine.
Aroma is spice and leather hops.
Mouthfeel is very good and carbonation just right.
Drinkability is very good but at 5.4% might be a short session. Label says "worlds oldest brewery".

12-08-2008 05:34:32 | More by Spikester
Photo of BigJim5021


4.5/5  rDev +2%

So this is the kang o' hefes, eh? I can see why. In that case, Paulaner is the queen, because the two brews are remarkably similar.

It starts off in the looks department. Super-hazy copper with a white head that quickly settles into a ring of foam. Lacing is spotty.

Smells of lovely wild Bavarian yeast. The usual tasty aroma of cloves and nanners.

Flavor comes right back into familiar (but great) territory. Spicy, fruity and all that good stuff. So delicious.

Mouthfeel is the one are where I feel this has an advantage over Paulaner. It's just slightly creamier. If it wasn't for that, I probably couldn't tell the two beers apart.

Bow down to the king, bitches. While I can't just grab a sixer of this at work as I can with Paulaner, I fully intend to add this sucker to the rotation. World class weizen, for sure.

12-06-2008 06:54:20 | More by BigJim5021
Photo of magictrokini


4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

I can see why this is one of the best hefes. Pours hazy gold with a thick white head. Lots of banana, clove, yeast, and wheat in the nose. The taste really follows through with the same, adding a little more spice and a lemon/citus bitterness. Thicker mouthfeel that is lightened slightly by the carbonation. An excellent beer all around.

12-05-2008 16:58:31 | More by magictrokini
Photo of jwinship83


4.63/5  rDev +5%

A- pours a hazy golden yellow with a several finger sized fluffy white head that lasts. some lacing left on the sides of the glass, but not much.

S- clove, banana, coriander, and of course yeast.

T- lots of spices up front. coriander and cloves. lots of yeast and some banana and bubble gum. about as close to hefe perfection as you can get.

M- medium bodied smooth, and creamy.

D- near perfect. very easy to finish and at 5.6% ABV, this is very sessionable. the low price makes it even more attractive. check this out if you get the chance and havnt before.

12-04-2008 02:31:57 | More by jwinship83
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.9/5  rDev -11.6%

Reviewed on 4/23/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy golden color with a large white head. Aroma and flavor of spices (the spices are especially present when the beer is fresh...of the hefes that I've had, it has the most spices). Also your traditional hefe flavors of banana and some light fruits. A good hefe, probably one of the best. 7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5)

12-02-2008 20:50:28 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of ecoastman

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +1.4%

Please don't drink this beer. I already have a hard time obtaining it in my region.

Appearance - beautiful golden haze in the weizen glass is warming to the eye. The initial head is exceptional as a fluffy, creamy cloud. The carbonation is balanced and the head retention is great as it clings from the top of the glass all the way to the finished bottom. I love the glass as it refreshes the head from mild aggitation with each mouthful.

Smell - sweet banana, clove and bubble gum. Mild yeasty bread-like aroma.

Taste - similar to the smell with greater detection of mild spices. The specific dominance is the bubble gum banana characteristic which fits the style well. Citrus tones are also noted.

Mouthfeel - medium weight with a dry finish. I'm wondering if the hefe leaves a slightly pasty feeling behind... The texture is thin and smooth with perfect carbonation.

Drinkability - this beer is definitely a session beer.

Poured from a 500 mL bottle

12-01-2008 00:37:31 | More by ecoastman
Photo of Jeffo


4.13/5  rDev -6.3%

Got this at Bert's Bier Huis in Utrecht

From a bottle into a Weizen glass

APPEARANCE: Deep yellow golden orange with a big fluffy white head. No carbonation evident. A thin film sticks around and lots of lacing lines the glass.

SMELL: Wheat malt dominates the nose. A good amount of clove and a hint of banana and lemon in the background. The malt is the strongest component, and the rest balance it out quite nicely.

TASTE: Wheat malt and slightly sweeter than average. Mostly malt qualities with a healthy dose of clove and some banana undertones as well. A slight bit of bread at the end. Definitely enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium thin body and slightly creamy on the palate. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Carbonation is light but very appropriate for the style. No bite and feels right.

OVERALL: Feels and looks right, and has a nice malty taste profile as well. A very drinkable beer that could be drunk all night. This is actually on tap everywhere in Holland and it often turns into my session beer. I'm glad there's a top notch German weizen readily availible on tap here.

11-30-2008 14:39:05 | More by Jeffo
Photo of TommyW


3.93/5  rDev -10.9%

A- Cloudy organge/yellow with a very nice head. Great retention.

S- Sweat malted-wheat, some citrus, and only a bit of banana

T- Taste of sweet malted-wheat and some spice. Not a lot of citrus. No banana that I can pick up on. Almost no bitterness from the hops. Very clean finish.

M- Carbonation is good. Leaves almost no coat, and fades out quickly.

D- With the spot-on carbonation and clean finish, as well as slightly milder flavors (for a weissbier), one could definitely drink a few of these.

Overall, this is not my favorite wheat beer. It just doesn't meet the expectation I have for wheat beers in the flavor category. But, it's definitely a good one; worth trying.

11-28-2008 17:29:38 | More by TommyW
Photo of corby112


3.88/5  rDev -12%

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow/ orange color with huge foamy white head. Aroma of yeast, orange and lemon. Very smooth drinkable beer with a nice citurs flavor. Pretty highly carbonated with hints of lemon and orange peel. Very crisp with a slight sour aftertaste.

11-28-2008 09:49:53 | More by corby112
Photo of stephens101


4.6/5  rDev +4.3%

A cloudy orange pour is topped with a huge, but delicate off-white head. Retention is amazing as straight lines of orderly bubbles march to the top. When all dies down, some thick lines of vertical lacing are left all the way to the top of the hefe glass. The smell is very complex with bananas, spice, clove and vanilla. Tastes is just as complex as the smell with creamy bananas, vanilla, cloves and apples all mixed in perfectly. Mouth-feel is medium-bodied, and I'm left wondering how this hefe has gone under my radar for so long. Liquid gold.

11-28-2008 01:18:44 | More by stephens101
Photo of erosier


4.83/5  rDev +9.5%

L: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a tall and thick white colored head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet wheat malts, hefty aromas of banana and clove.
T: Tastes very much like the nose - big sweet wheat flavor underneath a nice banana and clove flavor that really completes it.
M: Smooth, a bit heavier than it looks, perfect amount of carbonation, refreshing.
D: Very drinkable beer and it should probably be the gold standard for hefeweizens.

11-22-2008 14:00:34 | More by erosier
Photo of darklordlager


3.45/5  rDev -21.8%

Not really seeing what is so phenomenal about this brew.
I tried it once and was not impressed (although it was after having a Duvel, so I thought I owed it another chance).

Still, same thing here. Looks good, smells like a pretty standard hefeweizen, good body, but the taste just isn't there. It seems to me to be rather one-dimensional.

11-17-2008 19:16:59 | More by darklordlager
Photo of treyrab


4.28/5  rDev -2.9%

This was the perfect beer to quench my thirst. Poured into the appropriate glass at Zeno's...

A: Just as expected...extremely hazy yellow with a nice creamy snowblind white head. Tons of active carbonation, but its hard to see through the haze

S: Very, very light in smell and very fruity. Tons of banana, orange and lemon scents. Yeast scents and some yeast spice (clove, pepper) come through as well.

T: Extremely crisp and clean with fresh light fruits. Tons of banana, orange and lemon that really blend well with the spice of the yeast. The yeast spice is not overpowering, but it has a nice pepper aspect that goes well with the rest of the beer.

Overall, an incredible hefeweizen...rivals East End Monkeyboy as the best in my opinion.

11-16-2008 21:38:18 | More by treyrab
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