Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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3.73/5 rDev -15.4%
Sampled after the Live Oak hefe for a side-by-side of sorts.
Appearance - pours out a hazy orangish yellow, a very thick and cakey head on top, over two fingers in height and giving up ground very grudgingly. Lots of lace arcs and rainbows on the hefe glass.
Aroma - a doughy, yeasty smell with more spice and less banana. Good but not as livey and varied as the Live Oak.
Taste - a sweet, butterscotch flavor with the grain. I immediately grab the bottle and look for a freshnes date, but find none. Fruity follow-up, not bad. A bit of spicy balance post-swallow and hints of Cracker Jack on the finish (and occasional belch). Tasty enough but doesn't nail the style like I thought it would.
Mouthfeel - medium-bodied, crisp carbonation and a nice smoothness all do well for the beer.
Drinkability - I'd have it again, in fact I've had this a number of times and was interested to see how it stacked up against the #1 hefe. Though it really didn't match up as well as I thought it would, I still get this every year, it's one both me and the missus enjoy.
06-23-2008 03:24:07 | More by brewdlyhooked13
4.25/5 rDev -3.6%
A - Pours medium gold in color with a good amount of cloudiness. Color borders on straw in the thinner parts of the glass. Head is plentiful, off-white, and rocky. A gentle pour still gave up over two inches. Retention is great. Lace is intricate and generous. This beer is picture perfect.
S - Wheat is the biggest part of the aroma. Notes of banana and pale malt back up the wheat very well. Hints of alcohol and hops lay in the background and are hard to detect. The wheat really steals the show with this beer. It stays constant throughout the aroma.
T - The wheat is not as strong as the smell would suggest. It is still the biggest part of the flavor. The secondary flavors are done very well and include: banana, pineapple, yeast, honey, peppery spice, and fresh bread. Just like the smell, some alcohol and hops are on the tail end and stay in a distant background.
M - Medium bodied with excellent carbonation. Finish is just a little bitter with a nice wheat bite.
D - Drinkability is very nice. This one has all the right qualities to make it a great beer. I would happily have more of this one. The relatively low alcohol and smooth flavors make it disappear pretty quick. Highly recommended.
06-23-2008 02:26:39 | More by csmiley
4.2/5 rDev -4.8%
Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a glass. Develops a nice off-white head that recedes somewhat slowly leaving behind some nice fluffy lacing. Smell is of bananas, some sweet malt and delicate floral notes. Taste is slightly fruity, hints of orange and banana, lots of pale wheat malt giving it some nice sweetness and little to no hop bitterness. Finishes dry. Goes down very smooth, light carbonation, and an all around pleasing drink. One of my favorite Weissbiers.
06-22-2008 16:40:04 | More by KeefD
4.22/5 rDev -4.3%
A: A hazy golden color topped with a thin white head that becomes a thin white lacing very quickly.
S: An aroma of lemon and cereal.
T: Much like the smell except a lot wheatier. Quite good.
M: Juicy, almost chewy but nice.
D: I'm not a huge fan of this particular style of beer but this is good. Very good.
06-21-2008 00:13:53 | More by leif86
4.75/5 rDev +7.7%
Poured from the bottle into a Weihenstephaner glass.
Wonderfully creamy head with an unfiltered golden appearance and great lacing.
Aroma had lots of coriander and clove spiciness. I also noticed some banana, bubble gum, and wheat graininess. Lots of yeast character is noticeable.
Sweet beer with pronounced wheat character. Clove/coriander and orange citrus also present. Some hints of banana are there as well.
Medium body with moderate carbonation. I could easily find myself drinking quite a few of these. Thirst-quenching and great for summer.
06-19-2008 07:02:39 | More by msgraves
4.6/5 rDev +4.3%
If you are a fan of wheat beers then you absolutely have give Weihenstephaner a try. Appearance is perfect hefeweizen - cloudy orange with a cream colored head, sweet smell. You can practically taste the beer just by looking at it and smelling it. Hint of cloves along with the citrus and banana, crisp clean flavor that you could drink all day long. Like most beers best served on tap, although bottled it doesn't step down too much in quality.
06-18-2008 22:23:14 | More by punkindrublic50
4.68/5 rDev +6.1%
A- super foam explosion. weird reverse cascade action is captivating, the foam undulates from the bottom as jet streams up bubbles continuously add to it. beautiful hazed canary yellow, golden, and brass. nearly snow white head is soapy and dense with a thin pitted membrane laid out over the top. this foam has amazing staying power and though it pops and fizzes and makes little dimples in its surface, it just doesn't seem to budge. when it finally finishes morphing, it takes on the form of a 1/2in thick foamy dish and pretty much stays that way aside from the abstract trails of lace it leaves behind.
S- fresh banana peel, clove, and lots of wheat. some bazooka bubblegum as well and a bit of floral lemony spiciness. yeast is just incredible, in-your-face, and completely controls the aroma. not a bad thing.
T- wheaty and fresh, the clove/banana/bubblegum backs off a little and other flavors come through. every kind of plain bread i can imagine, a light lemon blossom floweriness, and sharp yet mild noble hops in the form of bitter lemon peel and cut grass. underlying the yeasty sweetness is a raw pilsener flavor without all the bitterness. so very traditional tasting, using all the hefe elements to their full potential, i couldn't ask for anything more.
MF- crisp and refreshing on the front side, a little sugary on the back side which is most likely an illusion created by the yeast sweetness. if all you ever eat is sugar, what should you taste like? sweeet! but, eh, i'd like a little dryness. mid-high carb along with tons of wheat keep the body light and keep me focused and after the sweetness fades the finish is crisp and bready.
D- absolutely refreshing to say the least. aside from a gallon of water or an un-named less-than-flavorful american style lager that i only intend to chug, this would be what i dream of on a hot afternoon when my yard is clean and i'm covered with bugs and grass clippings. cheers to the oldest brewery in the world!
06-18-2008 22:07:50 | More by hustlesworth
4.38/5 rDev -0.7%
Pours a nice dark cloudy gold/orange with a big thick creamy head that sadly diminishes.
Banana, cloves, fruitiness picked up in the aroma -- very nice!
Initial taste of dried fruit and bananas, finishes with a nice blend of spices and some yeast, delicious.
Very smooth, very drinkable although I would prefer Hacker-Pschorr or Schneider-weisse over this.
06-15-2008 22:03:20 | More by GodOfBeer
4.6/5 rDev +4.3%
honestly, if this brewery couldn't make a proper hefeweizen then they couldn't have been in business all this time. pours a nice dark golden/light amber with a creamy head. pretty much no hops to be found, which is typical and expected and goes down nice and smooth. i could drink a case of these a day if that was even possible. over 1000 years of brewing tradition and it's a simple as four easy ingredients.
06-15-2008 18:30:54 | More by fishtownhxc
4.3/5 rDev -2.5%
A: Nice color for a wheat beer, with the expected yeasty cloudyness. Carbonated like it should be too.
S: Hints of clove and other yeasty spicyness
T: Crisp and refreshing. Not as spicy / yeasty as the smell would have me expect.
MF: Nice yeasty / bubbly presence, but not too much body either.
D: A very respectable hefeweissen. I need to taste this alongside Ayinger and Paulaner. As for right now, I would say this measures up with them very well.
06-15-2008 00:28:54 | More by MerkinMan
4.28/5 rDev -2.9%
A - Hazy yellow.. huge white head. very solid
S - Spicy, yeasty, slight lemony aroma, wheat, cloves. Chalky earthiness.
T- Sweet, citric, wheaty twang. Banana next, and clovey spice. Solid flavour spreads out nicely. Lots of banana.
M - Smooth, but with a bit of a heavy carbonated bite. Moderate body.
D - The hefe flavour and smooth body gives this a really rich impression. A little too bitey on the carbonation, but the flavour is really really nice.
06-13-2008 02:51:10 | More by allergictomacros
4.4/5 rDev -0.2%
Enjoyed in its own tall, curvy glass, exp 04/03/09. Poured hazy golden, generous white head with active carbonation, great retention but not a lot of lacing. The smell is delightfully spicy with ginger and cloves, cinammon, banana and orange zest. The taste is similarly up front; wheat, citrus, a sharp edge and a malty bitterness in the finish. Balanced acidity, substantial body, smooth mouthfeel; I found this beer a great example of the style and a really satisfying, refreshing diversion from my evening routine. The only slight criticism might be that it was a bit gassy until it got some air, hardly a fault in a brew worth savouring like this one is.
06-12-2008 02:01:17 | More by ThatWineGuy
4.53/5 rDev +2.7%
a: This is a cloudy, dirty looking, apple cider yellow. It pours with a medium sized white head that doesn't last long.
s: Mellow, balanced, and non-confrontational. Wheaty, overripe bananas along with some lemon and cloves.
t: This is damn near a perfect hefe. Nothing cloying or artifcial tasting in this one. Wheat flavors that suggest bananas and bublegum rather hit you upside the head with them. Mild peppery spices and a suggestion of citrus.
m: This is the heartiest hefe I've tried so far. Thick with perfectly creamy carbonation.
d: Its hard to imagine a better hefe, I'll be on the look out for a chance to try this one on tap.
06-11-2008 21:36:37 | More by DIM
4.47/5 rDev +1.4%
Poured into a Weihenstephan hef glass. I have had this numerous times but is my first time reviewing it.
Pours a beautiful golden honey color with a very nice looking white head that is about an inch thick. As you drink it lacing sticks to the glass all the way down.
Smells of cloves, banana, yeast.
Taste is amazing and refreshing. Tastes as it smells with a little spice in the background and slightly sweet. Simply one of the best hefs out there.
Mouthfeel is amazing and refreshes and quenches thirst. Perfect for summer time but good all year.
Drinkability is high. I could drink this all day every day. Simply an amazing hef if you like hefs.
06-11-2008 21:13:30 | More by PeprSprYoFace
4.83/5 rDev +9.5%
16.9 oz bottle into my SA glass
A: Beautiful. Hazy gold in color with a pillowy white two+ finger head. great retention
S: wheat, banana, clove, light spice and yeast
T: Banana, faint vanilla. a little citrus/lemon in the far background
M: light and fairly crisp with moderate carbonation. very refreshing
D: awesome, awesome, awesome. Extremely quaffable
06-10-2008 22:14:57 | More by Rainintheface
4.43/5 rDev +0.5%
Purchased at Whole Foods grocer near Chantilly, VA.
A - Cloudy gold/amber with beautiful head and white lacing.
S - Banana, clove, herbs, vanilla.
T - Candied, a bit sweet with banana, clove, and some spices. In a word, beautiful! Wow.
M - Dense creamy smoothness.
D - Dynamite stuff - yum. Perfect for this hot humid weather. Highly recommend!
06-10-2008 20:31:15 | More by pinotboy007
4.43/5 rDev +0.5%
A classic hefeweiss brewed at the world's oldest brewery. A beer I've had many times but bought anew for purposes of review.
Poured into a classic tall weissbeer glass. Displays a huge puffy head that floats atop a hazy golden liquid with lots of swirling bubbles. Aroma displays banana, vanilla, and light clove, with just a hint of citrus. The mouthfeel explodes with big carbonation and light body. Flavor is a nice blend of banana/vanilla with underlying spiciness. The key is in the balance - all the flavor elements blend nicely and nothing dominates. Many other hefe's tend to be heavy on one element or another but this one is perfect.
Overall, this is IMO the finest example of the style available outside Germany. A must try for any lover of the German hefeweiss style.
06-08-2008 01:54:48 | More by marksto
4.63/5 rDev +5%
Pours a pale, murky gold. Big pillowy head and thick lacings. Right on target.
Banana/coconut on the nose, little bit of sweet lemon.
Very clean wheat taste, somewhat powdery. Refreshingly crisp malt, dry grain. Fruitiness isn't overpowering as I find it often is in the style. The banana and lemon undertones are there, but they play second fiddle to the wheat and malt. Little bit of clove but not much spice to speak of. I get next to no alcohol at all, which is somewhat bizarre for the style. It's leaning towards a Belgian style wheat beer, hence the .5 knocked off taste. Not complaining though.
Very clean, refreshing beer, perfect for the season.
A gold-standard. Can't go wrong with this one.
06-07-2008 18:27:25 | More by CanuckRover
4.58/5 rDev +3.9%
Cloudy golden with a thick head.
Smells delicious. Subtle citrus and wheat.
The flavors are blended together so it's hard to pick all of them out. A bit of clove, citrus, malt, wheat, and yeastyness. Very refreshing.
Mouthfeel fits good with this, clean and refreshing.
Incredibly refreshing. I guess they've had about 1000 years to perfect this, and it shows.
06-05-2008 03:11:45 | More by Strix
3.85/5 rDev -12.7%
I tried this beer on May 31, 2008 after purchasing from the Queen's Quay LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a hazy orange colour with a generous bubbly head. The aroma was mild wheat, some hops, and some spiciness with a malty feel. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, slippery, with a lot of carbonation. The flavour was sweet and spicy with wheaty, malty, and soime fruit tones in the mix.
06-04-2008 19:53:24 | More by cyrenaica
4.15/5 rDev -5.9%
Newly brought into the LCBO. Grabbed this one off the shelf ASAP. Served in a Leffe goblet as I was splitting it (otherwise in a weizen glass...)
Good hefe look. Cloudy, with some suspended particles (I rolled the bottle), a bit orangey vs other hefes I've had. Great head. Less lacing than Denison's though.
Notes of banana (sweet, rummy), cloves, bubblegum. A hint of citrus. Basically, no off notes.
In relation to other hefes I'd say this one was a bit sweeter. Same combination of flavours as in the aroma, lots of bubblegum which I enjoy. Great feel, not too carbonated. Abv hidden well, this is like juice.
06-02-2008 23:19:51 | More by Antilochus
4.33/5 rDev -1.8%
God, I love this beer. I make clone homebrews off of this one because I like it so much -- can't say it's the greatest hefeweizen I've had, but it's a perennial winner in the all-around category for me.
The usual cloves and bananas are present, for sure, but its solid taste and well-balanced craftbeership must be given full marks for steady quality.
06-02-2008 02:07:53 | More by drperm
4.35/5 rDev -1.4%
This is a very nice Hefe from a long standing German brew house. The beer pours a cloudy golden amber with plenty of white bubbly head and lacing. The taste is candied, sweet, banana, clove, and somewhat spicy. This is a very nice, easily drinkable hefe and worth seeking out. I had this at a gathering and did not have the opportunity to do a contemplative review, but I will review this beer in more detail at a later time. My first reactions and impressions were quite positive. I think I like the Ayinger Hefe a bit more, but this beer hits all the right notes. L'Chaim.
Re-review August 2009: The wonderful clove and candied flavors in the yeast really make this an enjoyable hefe. There is a touch of saltene dryness in the finish, and the beer is quite crisp and carbonated throughout. This is a first rate hefe, I'm adding points.
06-01-2008 02:56:07 | More by albern
3.3/5 rDev -25.2%
Pours cloudy orange with a hige frothy head. Aroma of banana, citrus, grass, and yeast. Smooth flavor with a pungent finish. Honestly, not quite as much flavor as I was hoping for. I've had this before and have found it to be tastier. I bought the bottle at a store that's not a "beer" store, so this might have been sitting on the shelf for a while. Will re-rate with another bottle.
06-01-2008 02:36:30 | More by RomanW70
4.35/5 rDev -1.4%
A: Orange/yellow and very murky. Nice large, white, head.
S: Cloves, Banana, Wheat.
T: Citric notes, Banana, Cloves, Bread, Minerals.
M: Liquid is quite thin but very smooth and crisp. Heavy carbonation.
This is one of the best hefe-weiss in the world and that's all there is to it. I keep coming back to this one every summer and so should you :) Go try now!
05-31-2008 18:38:09 | More by baggio
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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