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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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6,445 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,445
Reviews: 2,254
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 498
Gots: 665 | FT: 12
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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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Photo of Darkhorse09
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint bottle, tall and thin.

Appearance: Golden, hazy hue, with straw shimmers. Hazy and cloudy with a big white head. Big bubbles in the head. very little lacing.

Smell: Great nose on this. big banana and clove upfront, with some spiciness hidden. Obvious wheat aroma as well. Some vanilla and perhaps citrus as well. I really enjoyed the aroma of this beer.

Taste: Delicious, but not as impressive as the nose. Tangy, with yeasty wheat flavor. Malty banana on the tongue and ground clove. It's like the aroma travels right to your taste buds. Crisp finish, leaves the taste of wheat malt in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation, just enough to prick the tongue, in a good way. Very smooth, this beer went down fast!

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Low alcohol and its refreshing flavor make it the perfect summertime brew.

Darkhorse09, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at RFD in DC...

A- Hazy orangy yellow in color, full fluffy white head, diminishes quickly, ok lacing

S- Sweet citrus, grassy, buttery and sugary notes. banana and clove maybe.

T- Mild citrus and grassy flavor... nice little yeasty backbone with a buttery bready tone.

M - Medium bodied, creamy yet ample carbonation, slight staying power in the mouth.

D - Very good Hefe, maybe a little too much citrus flavor gets in the way of the great earthy organic flavor.

rfgetz, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of jera1350
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy medium golden yellow with tight white one finger head.

Big creamy wheat smell followed by some citrus, clove and a touch of banana.

Just like the nose. Really rich for this style of beer.

Mouthfeel is glorious. It is like drinking velvet. Fullest bodied hefe I've had. Thick with a tickle of carbonation. So smooth all the way down.

Could have these all night. Finishes so clean. Feels and tastes like drinking a banana cream pie. Great beer! I would have this again.

jera1350, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of farrago
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a big, loose head of two to three fingers crest, has bubbles of all sizes, the all pop and fizzle at the same rapid rate, bleached bone white in color, little lacing left behind. Fully opaque from the glowing murkiness, orange rust in color with a light brown tinge, yellows out around the rims. Relaxed nose of clove spice, pound cake, dried molasses, mostly apricot and pear fruit scents with a touch of banana, lightest graininess which could still register as such. Light-bodied, strong effervescence, the bubbles keep coming and coming at you. Accounting for this, the mouth feel is soft and creamy, gently hugs the contours of your mouth. Clove element fits with lighter pine and lemon peel nuances. A touch breadier here, still not much grain. The malts too are polished and do not lend a great deal of sweetness to the whole. Silky enough to last pretty long through the finish. Nothing truly stands out from the rest, crafted to be a whole rather than collection of parts.

farrago, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of PerroGrande
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours to a hazy gold with a decent amount of white foam.

Smell: Yeasty aroma with a hint of banana. Classic, light, Hefeweizen aroma -- excellent!

Taste: Opens smoothly and gently with a hint of bread, yeast, and banana. Aftertaste is pleasant and fades quickly. Nothing in the taste overwhelms or is out of balance.

Mouthfeel: Slighly carbonation-based bite initially, but this fades quickly. A smooth feel follows the initial opening.

Drinkability: This beer is enjoyable in numerous situations. It is smooth and refreshing as a session beer, an excellent companion to many types of food, and interesting enough as a solo project. At 5.4% ABV, one can enjoy several without impairment.

To me, this beer is the standard to which other Hefes are held.

PerroGrande, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of generallee
4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt, .9oz bottle into a weizen glass. There is no freshness date but there is a bottle number of 6069 printed on the back.

Appearance: The body is cloudy and has an old gold or dark golden color with a tall white head on top. The head is thick and foamy, long lasting and makes spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: The nose is sweet and full of fruity yeast with notes of banana, bubble gum and wheat malt.

Taste/Mouth: There are bready and yeast flavors up front with banana notes and a touch of clove coming through. The finish has pleasant tangy wheat and very mild hop bitterness which give it some dryness. The palate has a refreshing, easy drinking medium body with nice active carbonation and a lively crisp texture.

Notes: This is a world class beer from the oldest brewery in the world.

generallee, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of r0nyn
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into 0.5 liter hefeweizen glass. The golden yellow color is something to behold as the liquid builds up a head that means business, with some easy, lazy lacing coating the inside of the glass. Smell is fruity and slightly malty.

Taste was out of this world, simple as that. For my first hefeweizen, it was amazing. A very bready flavoring, characteristic of the wheat. I also picked up the fruity hints of banana and citrus. I tasted the kick of the bitter hops towards the middle of my tongue. The finish didn't have the slightest hint of bitterness, though, which both surprised and pleased me. The carbonation danced over my tongue and palate, adding a crisp feel to drinking experience. It was so invigorating that I had to consciously pace myself. I still managed to finish it rather quicker than I would have wanted.

I'm more of a stout person, but the great experience I had with this Weihenstephaner has put it firmly in my 'favorite beers' list. I would definitely drink it again. And again. And again.

r0nyn, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Ayinger weizen glass. Bottled 2/06/2009 (bottle code "6069"), so this sample is over 6 months old.

Liquid is somewhere between pale old gold and selective yellow, cloudy, and topped with an initially gargantuan head of foam which while thick recedes to less than a finger in height, leaving cresting waves of lacing behind.

The most balanced aroma of any weissbier I've encountered, the perfect marriage of phenols and esters. Banana and strawberry present first, followed up by pepper and clove. Textbook.

Sipping leads to an intensification of the aromas on the palate, leading into the complex flavors of freshly baked, artisan whole wheat bread, with a hint of allspice and citrus (lemon, orange) in the finish. Lovely.

Medium-light bodied, fairly creamy, but very refreshing due to the high carbonation.

One of the very best expressions of the style. While I sometimes prefer something less balanced (weird as that may sound), this is very nearly the platonic form of hefeweizen.

augustgarage, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of mtstatebeer
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50 cl bottle. Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a decent frothy white head, good lacing. Aroma is estery banana and cloves, wheat, caramel malts, yeast, with a citrus and peppery finish. Flavor is about the same, very sweet. Bananas, cloves, wheat, and spicy. Dry but very smooth mouthfeel, light to medium body, sweet on the tongue and fairly lively as far as carbonation is concerned. Very good beer, perfect example for the style.

mtstatebeer, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of jgasparine
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a hazy honey color w/ no active carbonation visible from the sides of the glass. The careful pour yielded a HUGE rocky, well-retained, cream-colored head... with incredible lacing. Absolutely picture perfect!

S- Banana and clove are the most prominent aromas on the nose, along with some breadlike malt character and restrained aromas of lemongrass. Can't wait to taste!

T- Tastes like banana bread covered in a banana buttercream icing. I'm getting some sweet cookielike maltiness, some slight restrained tartness (presumably from the wheat), and some restrained spiciness (clove?). Super long/lingering banana finish. Absolutely delicious!

M- Full, beautifully creamy body with tons of beautifully soft carbonation. Just exquisite.

D- Um... YES! I can drink these all day and all night. The appearance, aromas, flavor and texture are all incredible...and the relatively low ABV makes this super quaffable!

Note: I was very tempted to give this straight 5's across the board, but resolved that ONE DAY, I might find something better (but I doubt it!!)

jgasparine, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of seanthornton152
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased at Belmont Station, 12 oz bottle, poured into Nonic Stout glass.

2 1/2 finger head slowly dissipates into a thin lace-like head. Body is slightly cloudy, amber color.

Smell is extremely wheaty, with a hint of citrus and banana.

Hits the tip of tongue with a strong taste of citrus. Light bodied and moves to the back of mouth leaving a wheat aftertaste.

Perfect for a summer afternoon.

seanthornton152, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of RyWill
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

After a summer full of wheat beers, whatever the variety, this is always one I can happily come back to.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with very apparent carbonation and a large, frothy, bright white head. Lacing is solid for the style all the way through.

Smell: Banana and some citrus. This is one that's certainly about the taste, how it should be.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Take the smell, add some spice, the perfect amount of carbonation and you may have the perfect hefe. The mouthfeel is light, bubbly and perfect for anytime you need refreshment.

Drinkability: I could drink this beer anytime, summer, winter, after a plethora of mediocre wheat beers, anything. Certainly a benchmark for the style.

RyWill, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of woosterbill
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Half-liter bottle into a Duvel tulip - I know, not the right glass for the style, but it fit beautifully.

A: Cloudy orange-gold body topped with a towering, rocky head of fine white foam. Great retention, but not as much lace as could be desired. All in all, great looking for the style.

S: Banana, banana, banana. Delicious, but just a bit one-dimensional; I couldn't get anything else out of the aroma.

T: Everything you could want out of a hefe: rich banana fruitiness up front, followed by some spicy yeast notes and a round, drying maltiness on the finish. Delicious.

M: Prickly carbonation at first, mellowing into a smooth, medium body.

D: Hugely refreshing, and eminently quaffable. I'd be happy sessioning this beer all day on a hot summer afternoon.

Notes: quite possibly the best all around hefe I've ever had; lives up to its reputation in every way.


woosterbill, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of kels
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It is a bright lemony yellow, slightly hazy, with a lot of bubbles of carbonation running throughout and feeding a well-retained 1/2 finger fluffy white head. A pretty substantial amount of slippery white lace clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Really nice and appetizing aromas of dry, toasted wheat and bright citrusy lemon come through more strongly than expected. The smell is bright and clean and refreshing.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Everything about this beer is light and refreshing. The flavors of lightly toasted malts and hearty, but not heavy wheat come together with a subtly bitter and very bright lemony presence that leaves a tart flavor in the aftertaste. There's no trace of alcohol at all. The feel is very well-carbonated and the beer finishes clean with no stickiness or oiliness to weigh it down.

Drinkability: Extremely high - this beer is so refreshing and tasty that's it's great to drink on its own or with food. Definitely a quintessential summer beer.

kels, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug. Huge pillowy head on top of a dirty gold body.

Aroma is of light citrus and banana peel.

Taste follows the nose to a point, banana and clove flavors. Just a hint of citrus. Funky yeast adds another wrinkle of flavor.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and medium to full bodied.

This is a flavorful hefeweizen. It drinks well and is better than the average hefe. Recommended.

Stinkypuss, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of SpencerSauce
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cant believe i havent tried this hefe before. I kept seeing them everywhere. And ive heard a thing or two about it. Picked up a hefeweizen glass from the dollar store. I think its one of the best deals ever.

A- copperish dark orange with a thick white head. three fingers.

S- Wild yeast strain, and lots of spice. Cloves and some banana.

T- Lots of spices. and heavy on the wheat. Heavy yeast heavy wheat. Predominant spice is clove.

M- Nice and crisp though balancing heavy with light when you put that much wheat into it.

D- As a hefe its very easy drinking. They usually are.

SpencerSauce, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of moosiz
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow with orange accents around the compression in a pilsner glass. 2 finger foam white head that dissapate in 3-5 mins. Small white bubble top ring left behind.

Smells of peppery clove and sweet bready yeast. Citrus friut. Its too complex for me to descibe honestly.

Nice sour complexity in the flavor. It tastes like a farmhouse brew. Sweet notes with a sour kick. Bread/yeast, orange/lemon zest, and spice.

Smooth mouth coating effect that leaves long before the NICE sour aftertaste.

Two bottles, one before dinner, and one while eating dinner was great. But in the right mood with the temperture soaring this baby is a drinker.

moosiz, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of fropones
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured an orangeish yellow with a nice head that diminished to about 1.5 fingers and didn't go down from that. Smelled of bubblegum and bananas and a little clove. Very inviting smell. Strong notes of clove, sweet aftertaste, plenty of bananas. Mouthfeel is light and a little bubbly. I could drink this all day and night. I may look into getting a keg

fropones, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of thepeter
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- light orange and cloudy. Billowy, meringue head that stays throughout the beer leaving a great lacing which looks like rorschach tests on my glass while I drink . . . I see a sheep, and a happy guy drinking a great beer!

S- All the usual suspects for a good hefe, banana's, cloves, bubblegum, wheat. But this beer, the bouquet is fantastic! And let me set this straight, "bouquet" is not a word I use normally but this beer has brought me to a place where "bouquet" was the word I needed to use to get my point across.

T- Yeasty Wheat bread, a slight banana and clove hit in the middle and a little bitter slightly metal taste at he end.

M&D - Well carbonated as it should be, but not so much that it foams up in my mouth. Easy drinking with a very clean and pleasant aftertaste. Great beer any time but on a nice summer day it is perfect!

thepeter, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of apbarwood
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pale, hazy orange with a gorgeous fluffy white head.

Smell- Bananas and cloves, not overwhelming but definitely an inviting aroma with a nice yeasty backbone.

Taste- Bananas and cloves with traces of bubblegum, all beautifully integrated with a delicate hop flavor.

Mouthfeel- Wonderful scrubbing-bubbly carbonation with a full bodied, yeasty quality.

Drinkability- It's hard to stop drinking. The carbonation makes it so refreshing, particularly on a hot day, and makes it particularly good at meals with a little spice.

apbarwood, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of mintjellie
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big foamy white head over a hazy yellow-orange body. Good retention and lace.

Smells like yeast, banana, and clove. A little bit sweet, but sour as well.

Nice lemony twang. Good banana flavour. Lots of clove. No bubblegum. It's very subtle and well balanced - no one flavour overwhelms the others.

Medium body and finely carbonated. Smooth and satisfying. A very subtle hefe that doesn't go over the top with the fruit/candy-like flavours found in this style of beer. I normally like my hefes a little bit more over-the-top, but this really won me over. I enjoyed this a great deal.

mintjellie, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of HalfFull
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle into a small weizen glass. Pours hazy, carbonated and a bit light, perhaps lemony-orange in color. Color deepened when yeast bottom was added to the glass. A rich soapy head is unavoidable, slowly caving in to the
Earth's gravitational pull, and at times, very slowly.

Nose is of banana and yeast, slightly sour and with a touch of light funk after the initial pour. An added pour freshens the beer, offering expected notes of banana and clove. The nose remains quite complex however, yielding a nice sweet/sour balance.

Taste is initially a bit watery but nice and full with lots of carbonation and a light bready texture. Feel improves right away after a swirl or after pouring a fresh ounce or two into the glass. The initial pour outgassed too much I would say. Offers a moderate texture on the palate.

This beer has a tendency to outgas too much so pour carefully. Good feel and drink couple with a good carbonation level, maintaining a consisted surface cap. Nice drinkability.

Overall I really dig the yeast nose on this beer, but it otherwise falls short of it's juxtaposed Hacker-Pschorr brethren.

HalfFull, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of illinijer
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Beautiful. Just beautiful. A crisp golden color with a thick white creamy head that sticks. Looks like a good beer should.

S - Smells of banana and cloves, with a hint of spices (citrus, coriander).

T - Wonderful hefeweizen flavor, with the banana and cloves coming through. Definitely a hint of citrus fruit, but not overpowering like a Belgian Wit. A clear hop finish to balance it out.

M - Crisp & clean. Good carbonation. Nice summery mouthfeel.

D - I could drink these all day. Reasonable ABV makes it the perfect session beer. Highly flavorful for a hefeweizen. No wonder its considered the best!

illinijer, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of MunchkinDrinker
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Holy head Batman. Huge white foamy head and plenty of carbonation visible. Pleasant hazy light amber.

S - Light and fresh. Banana and clove dominate, but are never thick. Spicy and sweey, but not overly so. Such a nice thing to smell. Some background light leafy character cuts the sweetness.

T/M - Fluffy and light feeling liquid. Carbonation is never biting. Wheat dominates the taste with the banana and clove highlights in the background. That leafy character I can't place is more prominent here.

D - Endlessly drinkable. Light and tasty.

MunchkinDrinker, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of hossua34
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy, light orange-yellow in color. A pretty big head with somewhat disappointing staying power; leaves a thick layer of foam however, and pretty good lacing.

S- Smell is of banana bread, bubble gum, cloves, a mild citrus note and... rock candy? I don't know, something very sweet.

T - A big doughy, buttery, oaky first taste followed by the taste of fresh citrus and wheat. The taste of banana bread lingers on the palate for a little while.

M - Mouthfeel is big and creamy, almost too creamy.

D - The high carbonation level and thick mouthfeel hinder the drinkability of this one somewhat. Still, a very tasty (and authentic) hefeweissen - probably the best I've ever tried out of a bottle.

Edit - After a few days' passage, and still thinking about how good that Weihenstephaner Hefe was, I got another. It was even better the second time. I decided to come back and increase my taste score to a perfect 5... Seriously, this is one damn good Hefeweissen.

hossua34, Aug 09, 2009
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,445 ratings.