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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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6,300 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,300
Reviews: 2,240
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 478
Gots: 605 | FT: 13
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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 Gyle41386
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Columbia, SC.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a big billowy head that dissipates to a fine line of foam.

Smell is citrusy sweet with hints of pepper spice

Taste is of wheat, banana, clove, and some subtle hoppy spice. Finishes with a nice zest, and it's very crisp and refreshing.

The drinkability is perfect...not a whole lot else to say. It's a beer you can savor all day long.

Gyle41386, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a nice big head and a lot of visible carbonation.

Scent of clove, banana, wheat, and a faint hoppy spice. Light, floral, and refreshing, I love it.

Taste of wheat, banana, and a faint hoppy spice on the start. Finishes with lots of wheat and some banana flavor, damned good.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a lot of carbonation, but not too much.

paco1029384756, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of drnknmnky
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy yellow haze, tall head poured in a pilsner glass.

S - citrusy, a bit peppery, like the grains of paradise, lemon, orange

TM - matches mostly to smell, covers tongue well, finsh leaves you refreshed and anting more

D - awesome drank my 6-er and wanted more.... favorite Hefeweiss yet

drnknmnky, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of mattster
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened 12 fl. oz. bottle and poured into Nonic glass.

Pours a nice frothy head of 2", dies down to a creamy had of ½" with minimal lace on sides of glass. Brew os a darker than expected mostly clear brew with light bubble action.

Smell is herbal and light banana notes. Some spice comes through with light maltyness. Taste is very clean with good round flavor.

Bubbles are very pleasant and seem just right Really nice finish and very drinkable.

I don't normally like Hefe's, but this one is the tops.

mattster, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz $3.20. Nice cloudy yellow, superb head. Typical smells of cloves. Flavor is bubblegum, clove, nice. This was definitely a good hefe and I am fairly ignorant when it comes to German beers. I'll be picking up some more Weihenstephaner beers in the future.

ArrogantB, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of wcudwight
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy golden color. Nice chunky white head that finally reduces itself to some sticky lacing.
Smells of bannana and cloves. Maybe even some black pepper.
Wonderful flavor profile with lot's of suttleties but nothing overwhelms. Bannana, animal crackers, Juicy Fruit gum, clove, hint of lemon and black pepper.
Good mouthfeel with some peppery zest.
The perfect summertime session beer imo.

wcudwight, Jan 04, 2009
Photo of KevinCurtis
4.97/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have tried a couple of beers from this style, and didn't find them very appealing. I read a thread on this site that noted the similiarity between this beer and La Fin Du Monde. With my newly gained courage I purchased a pint bottle from World Market today...

Beer poured into tulip glass with nice head, cloudy yellow (typical for this style I believe). I found the taste/mouth feel similiar to La Fin but with a more subtle taste (good thing IMO). SMOOTH... no aftertaste.

One of the best beers I've ever had.

KevinCurtis, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of alovesupreme
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy yellow with an excellent head and retention.
Lots of pleasant aromas, orange, wheat and some spices like clove and maybe a dash of pepper.
Lots of citrus, very lush, good carbonation very good mouthfeel. Clove is near the end with an excellent clean finish.
World class. The best Hefeweizen I have ever had.

alovesupreme, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of meday
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From bottle into pint glass.

Cloudy pale yellow with thick white head. The yeast settled in hard pieces, which leads me to believe it has been sitting like this for quite some time.

Definitely could smell the spicy clove yeast.

Spicy clove and banana. I hate to be so cliche hefeweizen, but it was true. This beer was a bit to spicy for my taste, but it seems pretty true to form.

Bright, edgy mouthfeel. The carbonation was a bit overbearing.

The edginess of the mouthfeel and spice was the only thing that was difficult for drinkability, but overall, good.

meday, Dec 31, 2008
Photo of KI9A
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Wonderful cloudy gold. Huge puffy head, hangs around a long time.

S: Cloves, bready, citrus.

T: Big spice, cloves, banannas, orange. A bit of a hop spice near the back.

M: Super clean, and smooth. Spicyness stays until the next sip, but, while drinking this, it is normally not too long between sips!

D: Fantastic. Just as good during a clold winter night, as it is during a hot summer day.

This is the world's standard, for Hefe's. Hands down.

KI9A, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of bfields4
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy gold with a nice head

Sweet wheat and citrus smell

Delicious spicy wheat and lemon flavors with hints of cloves.

Amazing beer hands down my favorite wheat beer from one of my favorite breweries. Takes me back to Germany with every sip. I could drink this all day long.

bfields4, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of popery
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An exceptional hefeweizen. This beer is the gold standard for the style. It is well ahead of the competition in a very competitive German style with many great beers that probably date back for hundreds of years. The beer looks great. It's glowing, dusky, cloudy gold with a fine, soapy, craggy head. Lacing is in abundance. The smell is clean wheat spice, lots of fruity esters and sweet malt. The flavor is like drinking a bit of summer. You can taste the sunshine on the wheat fields when you take a sip of this beer. There's a ton of wheat spice and everything comes through crisply and cleanly but never bitingly. It is refreshing and cooling but also lush and full. The feel is velvety with lots of gentle suds. It is one of the best beers in the world and possibly the best beer in the world that could be considered a session beer, properly.

popery, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of mattffrost
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into glass.

Appearance Beer is a cloudy light orange while the head off white. Head clings to the glass well.

Smell Citrus/Lemon smell, sweet malt.

Taste Very mild with hints of citrus and clove coming out. Slight slight biterness. I would say a somewhat sweet fruity taste is a good general description of the taste. A couple of days ago I had the La Fin Du Monde Tripel and I find some similiarties between that beer and this beer. I love both of these beers.

Mouthful This is a very light beer with miminal carbonation.

Drinkability Very drinkable beer that goes down super easy.

mattffrost, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a cloudy lemony orange color with big white fluffy head.

S: a nice yeasty aroma and spiciness full of bananas, lemons, bubblegum, and dry wheat.

T: The flavor was big and spicy upfront with some citrus, lemons, oranges and a spicy hop tang (Saaz?). Smooth with great spiciness that lingers from start to finish of bananas, cloves and a light citrus hopping.

M: creamy, with a moderate carbonation and finished dry.

D: Great drinkability per style, refreshing, and one that's hard to put down inbetween sips. Must try.

beerthulhu, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of yemenmocha
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Too bad U.S. craft brewers cannot adequately emulate this Weissbier.

Enjoyed in 1 litre stein at Haus Murphy's. Poured a hazy straw color with rocky white head. Exceptionally creamy and aromatic head.

nose is a delightful mix of estery, bananna, clove, and bread. Very appetizing.

palate is a glorious mix of malt/wheat with plenty of fruit and that nice estery banana taste.

Finish is very appetizing as well. Had to have another.

yemenmocha, Dec 24, 2008
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy pale orange with a terrific fluffy white head and tons of sticky lacing.

Smells of sweet wheat, bananas, slight whiff of alcohol. Some raw grain scents as well.

Delicious yeastiness, with sweet grain, a little alcohol warmth, and tart lemon essence. Absolutely fabulous balance, and you know you are drinking beer and not a glass of fruit candy.

Carbonation dances on your tongue and cleans the palate. Finishes on a tart note, and with a bit of an astringent pucker.

Overall, you could knock these back all day long. Should have bought this in the summer. Great stuff.

OtherShoe2, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier is a cloudy, sparkling, hay-colored beer with a firm, dense off-white head. It has a spicy aroma of banana and clove. It is medium bodied, smooth and creamy with a clean finish. The flavor is clean, bold and smooth with a lot of spice. It's very clovey and peppery. An excellent Hefe!
(rated Jun 30, 2008)

yesyouam, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of mattXdezzi
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a stolen...err... liberated weizen glass.

A: pours a beautiful hazy wheaty yellow with a huge 3 finger head that fills up over the top of the glass. The head sticks around for the entire beer.

S: smells of banana and wheat with a little bit of yeast.

T: very wheaty taste (duh). Also a bit of banana and a hint of citrus-y flavor. None of the tastes are too overpowering. everything works well.

M: Extremely smooth, just the right amount of carbonation and not to think.

D: extremely drinkable, easily my new favorite beer. Not hard to pop open another, maybe a few.

mattXdezzi, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of Dodo2step
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- Market Cross Pub in carlisle

A- wow a huge head after my pour. I have to stop halfway through so it subsides. Beautiful lacing along my pint glass. a very hazy and cloudy wheat yellow color.

S- a very aromatic spicy smell. Smells like spiced apples and malts. There is banana clove spice as well. Quite yeasty as well. very nicely done.

T- Oh my, the banana makes this beer fantastic. I have to say it is very sweet andmalty but the banana compliments extremely well.

M- very yeasty and spicy. quite smooth and with a kick though.

D- This is a very nice beer to have when relaxing. This is my new favorite beer. Easy toput back but also has that kick of spice. Great brew!

Dodo2step, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of Cresant
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Cresant, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of thekanna
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

thekanna, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of chriskozma
4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

chriskozma, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of BierFan
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

BierFan, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of leetyankees
4.97/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

leetyankees, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of glid02
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

glid02, Dec 14, 2008
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,300 ratings.