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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 7,000
Reviews: 2,348
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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Ratings: 7,000 | Reviews: 2,348
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.

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

It comes in a 1 pint bottle with a label on it, and when it was made. Also has the crest and "Premium Bavaricum" on it.

A: It pours a cloudy golden straw color with a slow-receding head. It has a great color for a Weiss beer.

S: The aroma is amazing. It has traces of banana, clove honey, and has a nice sweetness to the aroma.

T: Now my favorite part, the taste. I first tasted clove, then slowly different flavors roll over your palate; honey, banana, and a slight lemon zest. It has a great flavor and is not too sweet or too bitter, a nice balance. I like this a little more than Ayinger's Brau Weisse, even though that is a superb Unfiltered-Wheat Beer.

Ml: The texture is outstanding, it is exceptionally smooth with no bitter aftertaste. It just rolls over your tongue with no harsh bite.

D: I could drink this every day and never get bored. Definitely a five. It is just such a great beer you don't get tired of drinking it. I highly recommend it.

Photo of surlytheduff
4.11/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, drank from a pilsner glass. The beer poured a cloudy rich golden color, with a three finger mushroom cloud of sculpted white foam. The head stuck around a really long time - I couldn't wait for it to recede before diving in. There was a distinct spiciness to the aroma ... black pepper, clove, yeast and grain, along with a lingering sweetness.

The taste was out of sight. Chewey wheat, clove, and banana goodness with a slight grassiness and lemon-zest flavor to it. It was very light bodied, very well carbonated and very refreshing.

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

A- Excellent, your typical wheaty, cloudy look, exactly what drew me to Weissbiers in the first place. Looks very refreshing.

S- Much like Erdinger, plain, however with a bit more of a kick this time, maybe some spice.

T- A great taste for a Weissbier, the plain wheaty taste is made more interesting with a tangy/sourness as well. Also some spice I cant put my finger on.

A great beer. I would definitely get this again.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a European sized bottle of unknown dimensions into a weizen glass.

A: Exactly what a heffe should look like. Cloudy tan colour with a cumulus cloud head that pushed above the glass.

S: Banana, cloves, bubblegum sweetness and soft hops.

T: Just delectable. Wheat tang with sweetness and a plethora of spices.

D: World class! It is as easy to drink as water, but the flavours are so intense and varied that it never becomes tiresome.

Overall: I have to be honest, I'm not crazy about heffes, but this one is forcing me to reconsider. It has that great balance and complexity that is hard to find in medium strength beers. If you had to drink only one beer all night, this would be a great choice. Never overwhelming but never boring.

Photo of JayS2629
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful hazy copper with a tight creamy head, great retention of a velvet film, and walls of lace.

S- Bubblegum and clove with a touch of earthy floral notes, lemon, and banana.

T- Follows the nose. Bubblegum and cloves. Hints of ginger, lemon, a touch of floral hops, and banana cream finish.

M- Creamy, velvet, smooth, medium bodied.

D- Very easy to drink. Most awesome tasting Hefe I've had. teh epitome of what this style is supposed to be.

Photo of MichialTanner1
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ah, this one is a permanent resident of my home with the occasional rotation of Live Oak hefe from the local Draught House--an equally excellent, but very different drink.

Poured moderately from a bottle, two-fingers of snow will be produced. It would last forever, but the head itself tastes better than most hefes. The color depends on the surrounding lighting and varies from straw to a reddish-brown but is always cloudy-translucent--a picture-perfect hefe in any light.

The smell is perfectly consistent with the taste and the epitome of the style: cloves first, banana malt finish, some mild earthy tones and almost no detection of alcohol (most hefes are only 5-6ABV, so this is commonly concealed). Ginger is in the house.

Head is with you 'til after the beer is gone and IMO easily makes up for the lack of linger/aftertaste, which you shouldn't really expect from a hefe anyway.

Obviously, I am smitten with this one and would recommend it to anyone amateur to connoisseur. First tried this on tap in Regensburg 10 years ago (vie-hen stofner, they say) and have been hooked ever since.

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

Really good beer. Obviously it's a 100 years old. This is a great example of a perfect hefe. Nice color. Great taste and mouthfeel. But, the most important... drinkability. It's a thoroughly wonderful beer to kick back and drink. Everytime I get this from the store, I think I pretty much drink the entire pack.

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

A - brilliant golden straw with a lingering white head.

S - Black pepper spicy yeasty aroma, lemon zest, pale malts.

T - the light malt flavors are first, not a lot of complexity, but well balanced, and a touch of tangy dryness. It tastes authentic, whatever that means.

M - A bit harsh with carbonation, but is still light and very palatable.

D - Excellent to drink, nothing else to it.

Photo of brew3crew
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy yellow carbonation with white lacing.
S-wheat and spices. Very nicely spiced. Not to much
T-light on wheat and heavy on spice. Really makes me reconsider the style.
M-very light and crisp
D-very drinkable. Tasting was gone in no time. Nice after a grass cutting

Photo of Urbancaver
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a pale yellow... Clearer than live oak with tons of head. On the nose i smell yeast and spices. Tons and tons of spices. Tastes similar. The spices couple well with the yeast and wheat. There is something slightly off from the taste but it's still solid. Dcent mouthfeel and highly drinkable

Photo of jsprain1
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy straw color. Thick white head retains well. Minimal lacing. amazing how long that head lasts though.
S- Smells somewhat of ripe banana, but more spice and grain than phenols.
T- Some banana, but more spicy than banana. Some vanilla and lemon flavors, but a good spice character is definitely predominant.
M- Effervescent carbonation. Dry finish.
D- A very good hefe. I don't know if it's as world-class as it is made out to be, but it's still a very good beer.

Photo of pioppo
3.91/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - Turbid gold with a very fine and very persistent white foam.

S - Banana over all but also a sweetness like vanilla. In the final ovviously come out some yeasty aromas.

T - Again flavour of banana, there's no bitterness and alcohol sensations.

M - A big body but mainly a great smoothness!! This contributes with the crisp of wheat to make this beer not only a drinking but also an eating!!

D - After one of this you are full but immediately you begin to think the way to take it another!!

Photo of paxkey
4.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured this straight in to a nonic. not recommended as the head fills up 85% of the glass.
pours a hazy pale yellow with massive fluffy gorgeous head. good lacing

aroma is delicious. christmas cake. citrus. clove. smelling this beer is making me salivate.

almost no bitterness to this beer. very refreshing and easy to drink. lots of lingering flavour in the aftertaste and medium dryness. a little chalky.

the smell is the best thing about this beer. it tastes great but just sits a wee heavy in the belly.

delicious stuff.

Photo of Chincino
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer last night upon anticipation of going to the Weihenstephaner brewery in Munich next month.

The beer poured a golden color and was a bit hazy with about an inch of white foamy head.

The aroma was sweet of fruit, cloves, and possibly honey. Medium-bodied full of sweet flavor. A bit of a spicy taste to it as well. More interesting than I expected from this beer rom what I remembered of Bavarian beers of this style.

Looking forward to trying more from Weihenstephaner.

Photo of depechemode1983
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy/hazy golden orange in color. Has a thick foamy, fluffy white head. Minimal lacing. Lots of wheat, clove, banana coming through, trademarks for this style. There is a sweet honey smell in the middle with some floral notes, (mainly honeysuckle.. goes without saying I guess) that seem to stick around towards the finish, also ending with a spicy clove bite. Very complex smell. Lots of things moving around mixing together creating interesting aromas. Taste is spicy and herbal. Cloves and lemon are upfront with some chamomile undertones. The finish is mainly honey sweet but still has a bitterness to balance it out. Mouth feel is smooth, creamy and has a bubbly finish. No complaints. Doesn't get any more drinkable. 9.99 a six pack? A great value considering the other crap beers that are priced far higher.

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

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a tulip. Drinking from the world's oldest brewery tonight.

Appearance: This is an aggressively carbonated beer. A massive white, tightly carbonated and creamy head floats on top of an inviting hazy golden tangerine beer. Great retention, and a sheet of lace slides down the glass.

Smell: This is quite the balanced aroma for a Hefeweizen. Banana, clove, wheat, some white grape and green apple skin. It is very aromatic, with a flowerlike quality to it, although I get no specific floral aroma.

Taste: The start of the sip is bananas drizzled with honey. A dash of cloves, and some white grapes and tart green apple skin add some tartness and start it out. A touch of spicy hops is the finishing touch. The finish is dry and a touch bitter but otherwise cleans up well.

Mouthfeel: Extremely bubbly, this is very intensely carbonated. The beer doesn't wander around my tongue, it dances. This gives it quite a light mouthfeel. It is light bodied and although the front has some quite dry as well.

Drinkability: This is the epitome of a Hefe, light and drinkable. Crisp and elegant, this is a great beer to relax with.

Photo of Stockfan42
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poures a foggy light orange with probably the best tasting head i'm yet to come across. Very lumpy yet sticky and sweet. I havn't even tasted the beer at this point and i'm impressed.

Smells of lemons, wheat, cloves and malt.

Taste is incredible. Wheat, lemon peal's and cloves are what I taste at first. Leaves a nice malty and earthy taste with a touch of spice. Very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is very light and well carbonated. Goes down easy and is an exceptional beer.

Overall, probably the most well balanced hefeweissbier i've yet to have.

Photo of bucklemyshoe
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL bottle at 42 degrees into a Franziskaner weizen glass.

A: This pours a hazy golden color with very lively carbonation and a huge three finger head of frothy thickness that has terrific retention and lacing.

S: Citrus, hay, yeasty spice, and heavy breadiness.

T: Lemon, biscuit, peppery yeast, some caramel, and some grassy funk.

M: It has a medium-light body with continuously heavy carbonation and some creaminess in the finish.

D: This is the standard that all other hefeweizens must attempt to live up to. It is incredibly quaffable with no flaws.

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