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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 6,848
Reviews: 2,312
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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Photo of Kaiser81
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle today, drinking it now. Hopefully, it helps me do well in my sprint triathlon tomorrow.

Poured out of a bottle into my hefeweizen glass...fitting, right?

A1 - Been a while since I poured a hefe. I poured way too vigourously and I'll I got was about a hand with of beer, and a hand and a half width of foam. Onto the smell, I'll be back here after 2nd pour.

S - Lots of cloves and bananas! This is some potent stuff. I think Live Oak Hefeweizen had a touch more sweetness...this is all cloves and spices. The belgian yeast/malts definitely shine through.

A2 - The head is pillowy, and soft, and just sits there like a thunderhead...a bulbous thunderhead, on top of the beer. The beer itself is a cloudy golden, but when holding it up to my TV, and wiping the sweat of the glass, I can see the sports commentators. There are some bubbles rising. It's a light golden on the bottom, and a light orange on top. Just a beautiful beer. Beautiful lacing and legs are left after every sip

T - Pretty much follows the nose, but just a tad bit softer than the potency that you get from the smell. Cloves, and bananas, and spices. It's really nice.

M - Slightly creamy at first that leads to light, crisp, refreshing...nice carbonation. Spot on. I have no idea how you can make this any better.

D - What a summer beer. This is fantastic. Though I think I've become a bit of a hophead and would prefer an IPA over a hef, this is definitely worthy of the praise from "the world's oldest brewery."

Photo of biggred1
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, golden with light blonde highlights and a big pillowy ivory merengue like head. Fresh baked banana bread and clove spicy esters with a touch of toasted oakiness in the aroma. Big soft wheat malt flavors of banana and clove with a touch of lemon zesty acidity to balance perfectly. Perfect heft and body for what I'm looking for in a Hefe. Prickly carbonation adds to the drinkability. As I swirl in the last bit from the bottle it adds a nice nutty complexity to the flavor. Pretty good for a beer from a thousand year old brewery.

Photo of ShogoKawada
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

500ml into glass boot. from notes.

A- Bright in color, hazy, and an overload of big bubbly snow-white foam. Doesn't want to go down, this takes a while to pour.

S- Clove, banana, vanilla, other spices.

T- Wheat bread, peppery spices, and ripe fruit. There's a great burst of flavors in this one. A kiss of hops in the finish. Mostly banana, a bit of apple and orange as well.

M- High carbonation, a bit lively, keeps the beer moving and keeps me coming back.

D- High. I've had this beer a LOT and will continue to buy it. There's a reason it's so well-regarded...

Note- I've had this overseas and am happy to say that it tastes more or less the same- we're getting pretty fresh stock on the East Coast.

Photo of Icehouse57
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy golden oak color. Seriously. That may not have been used before to describe a beer, but its the exact color of my kitchen cabinets that are stained a golden oak.

Nice whipped cream head... about 1.5 inches by the end of the pour.... my wife said it looked like meringue, and it was delicate like it too. The head was at least a 1/2 inch when I finished the 1/2 litre too.

Smells like a hint of banana, wheat, clove and more wheat. Phenolic. Just like a good hefe should be.

Taste was outstanding. Not over the top. Just right. Banana, clove and wheat are evident in the taste as well as the smell.

Feels soft in the mouth... sensuous almost. Nicely carbonated.

Very drinkable. Nice in the heat of these dog days of summer! An outstanding example of a stellar hefe!

Photo of kiya
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Easily the lightest (in style/color) beer that i've reviewed yet... Fairly new to this style as i normally yield to bigger American beers.

Pours a bright copper color with a strong head that took a while to settle down so i could properly fill my pilsner glass.
I smell a bright floral scent with a bit of fresh cut grass once it warmed up a hair.
Flavors are great... a bit of unripe banana and lot of wheat initially comes out then a nice roasted wheat flavor in the back. Seriously amazing here...
Definitely not what i was expecting in terms of how round the flavor is, it's full yet crisp.
Rolling around in my mouth are tiny bubbles, not unlike a sparkling wine, but the flavor is able to work through the carbonation and in the end you have the strong upfront flavor mixed with an extremely effervescent beer.

I'm blown away, this is seriously good. And not just "good for a hefeweizen", but good.

Photo of curly31989
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Cloudy, pale yellow color

S: Everything smelled pretty balanced with clove, yeast, and banana.

T: Perfectly balanced clove and banana followed by yeast and bready flavor.

M: This has a lighter body to it but maintains a high carbonation level.

D: I really enjoy this one. If your wanting a beer that nearly anyone would enjoy, this is the one. The perfect execution from this brewery shines through. No wonder its the oldest in the world.

Photo of Lukafer
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a globe produces 3 fingers of beautiful white head that stays for a while, leaving gorgeous lacing. Color is a hazy golden. Smells are some citrus, spices, slight clove and yeast. Tastes are yeast, some banana and slight cloves. Mouthfeel is perfect, good amount of carbonation, and this beer is insanely easy to drink. What a great beer.

Photo of Beejay
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: A dingy yellow color. Very nice white head.

S: Cloves, figs, and just a little banana. A little yeast character as well as a hint of tart citrus.

T: Huge banana and clove flavor. Malty and bready, with a nice yeast kick. Nice flavor, bold, but refined.

M: Light body with really high carbonation. A very smooth texture to this, finish lingers for a bit.

D: Light and very drinkable. Super tasty. This is definitely a beer that was not thrown together, you can test the care and the time put into this one to make it as perfect as possible.

Photo of cvaypai
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Have enjoyed this many times, finally getting around to reviewing.

Poured from bottle to weiss glass.

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden yellow with some beautiful orange highlights with a huge bubbly 4 finger white head. Laces all the way down the glass leaving it's remnants. Tons of bubbles rushing through this one.

Smell - Very bready, yeasty and wheaty. These smells dominate but they are there to perfection. The banana and clove are right up there too, the banana less than the cloves. This smells very nice. Maybe even a little orange rind?

Taste - The taste is just simply awesome, tons of very clean wheat and yeastyness with some great underlying clove flavors. As it warms a bit more fruit comes out but I'm just amazed at the "clean" taste of this beer. It isn't super complex, but why does it have to be? Superb.

Mouthfeel - This is smooth and wonderful, the carbonation and weight are almost perfect. There isn't much else to say, just a great mouthfeel here.

Drinkability - Way more than Bud Light, I can tell you that. I could drink several 500ml bottles of this, and I would. This is one to drink all day on a hot summer day.


Photo of goblue3509
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy dull dark yellow color with a big thick frothy head which resides to a nice skim that leaves nice lacing up and down the glass. The aroma is a nice big yeast smell with some pepper and clove as well as banana. The aroma has a nice smoky smell. The taste has a big smokey taste with yeast and clove present. Hints of banana and maybe orange come through. The mouthfeel is low carbonation and creamy. Overall it is very drinkable, smooth, and well balanced. You could easily do a session.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours dark gold with a beastly head.

S-Spicy cloves. Kinda fruity. Yeasty.

T-Very smooth and light yet still quite flavorful. Like the nose there are flavors of light banana, clove, a bit smokey, also this guys got some nice spice to it.

M-Smooth and light. Carbonated.

M-Very very very drinakble. Hefeweizens are not my favorite style but this boy is pretty tasty. Great when its hot out.

Photo of IronDjinn
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 500 ml tall brown Euro bottle, best before on back label says 01/06/2011. Pours out a cloudy marmalade hue, tall chunky frothy white head with great retention.

Clean fruity esters and sweet bready malt, light phenols, light vanilla, light candied banana.

Flavour starts pretty clean for a Hefe, soft light bready malt, light vanilla in the middle, mild warming phenols on the finish, while the banana esters rise up on the finish as well, but lingers on into the aftertaste.

Medium-light mouthfeel, soft carbonation, very quenching.

A pretty damn good Hefe from what claims to be the world's oldest brewery (of course I'm assuming oldest operating brewery). Still, it's one of those moments when the hype greatly over-shadows the actual experience. It's a well put together wheat beer, but I don't quite think it's the holy grail of the style. it's up there though...

Photo of bosox941827
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into an oversized pilsener glass; poured cold and allowed to warm as tasted. Not my style usually, but had to revisit it when I saw how high it was ranked in BA 100.
A - Pours cloudy orange with an incredibly rocky head that is incredibly insistent...
S - Everything you've heard; vanilla, banana, clove, lemon....impressive as I usually don't get much in this department.
T - As I said, this is usually not my style, but this is pretty impressive. The most prominent flavor, of course, is the banana/clove hit from the yeast, but it's not overwhelming and it's quite well-balanced with the touch of hoppiness that is present. The aftertaste is a mix of faint hoppiness along with a lemon/banana tang that stays around for quite a while.
M - The carbonation is pretty incredible; the bubbles are large, but there's so many of them that the impression is one of filling the mouth, which adds to the taste of course.
D - On a warm summer day, really could drink a zillion of these; I find myself taking big gulps even during this review.

Have pretty much ignored Weissbiers for a few years, but after this reminder may need to come back to them. Am more of a Pale Ale/IPA guy, but this is going down pretty good and am glad I picked it up; the "banana" flavor is pretty toned down in this example, which is fine for me.

Photo of callmeclemens
3.07/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

after seeing this listed as BA`s best hefe I had to try it. Open bottle and poured into a hefe glass. Beautiful head and sunburst orange. color. Immeadiatley upon pouring smelled clove. This beer feels nice, though it tastes overwhlemingly of clove, and just a subtle hint of citrus. Though I certainly wouldn`t call this the best, it`s certainly worth the 1.50 I payed for the single.

Photo of hosehead83
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass
Cloudy gold in color, with a huge cloud deck of white foam
Aroma-Wheat, subtle clove and bananas
Taste-Clove, wheat, faint banana notes.
Perfectly balanced and very drinkable and refreshing. A classic example of the style.

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

A long time favorite of mine, it's finally time to review this great beer.

A: Cloudy, hazy yellow with a huge, white head. The head has very long-lasting retention and leaves a copious amount of lace all over the glass. Very nice.

S: Banana, clove, spices, apples, wheat malt.

T: Refreshing, delicious, amazing...I could go on. Certainly one of the best hefeweizens in the world. It is anything and everything a great German wheat beer can be. Awesome flavor, with a large banana, clove, wheat, and spice presence. All of these aspects are woven together and balanced perfectly. Happy, happy, joy, joy!

M: Refreshing and clean, with a pleasant aftertaste of spices, bananas, and wheat.

D: Chuggable. A great choice for the summer and/or when grilling, there is never a wrong time to indulge in this masterpiece of brewing.

Photo of Fieldzy27
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a hazy saffron with an incredible head of bright white foam thats three fingers high. As the head melts its amazing retention fades slowly leaving large chasms in its top and laying down amazing sheets of lace leaving the glass look just like spent bubble wrap. stellar simply stellar.

S-Smells of delicious banana nut bread almost.... with hints of bubblegum and wheat. No alcohol apparent at all.

T-The taste is stellar. All banana and wheat sweetness that tastes delicious. There is an extremely clean finish with no bitterness at all.

M-The mouthfeel is silky smooth with just enough carbonation to keep things exciting.

D-This beer is amazingly drinkable. I have yet in my life to find a better hefe than Weihenstephaner. I have compared all others to this so far. If I was rating on a scale of 5 to the style this would easily be across the board. The smells erupt from the glass the taste is not only dead on for the style but also downright explosive for a wheat beer. The drinkability is both flawless and dangerous as you will require to buy more of this before you are ready if your not careful. A sixteen oz bottle can last no more than 5 minutes if you're not paying attention.

Photo of hayesez
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This used to be one of my standard beers back in graduate school - what a great beer for hot summers. Absolutely one of the most drinkable beers in the world as there is an amazingly quick and clean finish. Very little alcohol and no bitterness. Had one last night at the Rathskellar in downtown Indianapolis during a friend's "surprise" 30th birthday...took a few drinks and looked down to find it empty. Yup, dangerous!

Received in a 22 ounce weizen glass, this hazy orange brew came stock with a thick, sticky, three finger head that was doing its best to look like wallpaper on the side of my glassware. It looks like a heavy murky beer, but turns out to be more in the medium-bodied range.

A strong smelling beer when compared to others of the same style. Has the telltale hefeweizen malty-wheatiness, in addition to a spicy banana, and a bit of clove. That yeasty hefeweizen smell gets the saliva flowing!

Yup, still an outstanding interpretation. Weihenstephan claims to be the world's oldest brewery - well, I suppose you don't stay around this long unless you brew good beer. A nice crisp beer, this one is built to be put away quickly. Definitely the hefeweizen yeast, banana, and wheat flavors that the nose suggests. The thing that separates Weihenstephaner from the others is the boldness of the flavor. I certainly appreciate a good wheat beer, but this one is definitely one of the best. The beer bursts with flavor in each drink, but disappears rather quickly at the end, making it extremely drinkable. Still one of my favorites.

Consumed: 8/14/2010

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle into tall weizen glass at 45 degrees.

Pours with a half-glass full of sea foam-like white head over a semi-opaque, dirty golden body. Plenty of effervescence. Decent lacing.

Aromas are rich in ripe banana, clove-like phenols, wheaty yeast, and some coconut sweetness in the back.

Pretty smooth across the palate. Banana flavor comes through the strongest, with a nice balance of spices, light lemony tartness, and whole grain bread.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, with just a touch of carbonation - was hoping for a little more.

Very easy drinking beer. Nice balance of flavors, and smooth Mouthfeel. Although this particular one seemed to lack some of the top-notch characteristics that I've come to enjoy in the Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier.

Photo of HoppyMcStout
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First review in quite a while...

Pours the typical cloudy golden yellow and with a hell of a lot of head which recedes fairly quickly. A thin but formidable layer of bubbles lingers on the top for the duration of my drinking. Banana and clove as you would expect in the nose, but with a mild peppery spiciness. The taste is subdued. By that I mean it is much milder than other hefes. Not sweet, but rather light and finishes pretty clean. This makes this brew so very drinkable. Reminiscent of Live Oak.

Photo of blivingston1985
3.96/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear ,carbonated orangy yellow. Biiigggg foamy white head
Smell is amlmost non-exhistant, but not unexpected for the style. Taste is very light and refrshing on this hot summer afternoon. Slight banana in the taaste. Very light hops. Clean mouthfeel.

Photo of chetti76
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I first tried this beer a few weeks ago on tap at Isaac Newton's in Newtown PA. It was poured into a weizen glass.

Appearence - 5.0 - hazy golden orange color

Smell - 5.0 - hints of citrus with some nice spices and even a little bananna mixed in

Taste - 5.0 - Wonderful! It was sunny and in the mid-high 80's the day I tasted this beer and wow, was it refreshing. the perfect beer to sit and enjoy on a nice day

Mouthfeel - 5.0 - Very smooth with no bitter aftertaste. Every sip actually leaves you wanting to take another.

Drinkability - 5.0 - Had I not had to leave shortly after trying this beer I probably would still be sipping on one right now. This is hands down the best Hefeweizen I have ever tried and is now my favorite beer. You can enjoy several of these in a party environment or just at your leisure without getting too tipsy given the average ABV%

Photo of stimulus
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500mL bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a deep golden with a foamy white head.
S: Bananas without much else of note.
T: Bananas and a bit of clove flavor.
M: Light bodied and very well carbonated.
D: Very light and sessionable, even for its style. What a well crafted beer!

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.7/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

According to the date code on the bottle, this beer is a bit over 3 months old.

A - It looks like Hefeweizen, what can I say? It has a hazy golden body, not quite turbid, with a large cap of foam that persists for quite some time.

S - Banana, clove, small melon, and pale malt (not sweet wheat?) are the staples of the aroma. It is not hugely complex or pungent, but it is well-balanced and easily accessible.

T - Pale malt first, banana nut bread, sweet in flavor profile, but not actually tremendously sweet. This beer is actually pretty simplistic. Though I love Weihenstephaner and it pains me to say it, there are much nicer Hefeweizens out there, such as Schneider Wiesen Edel-Weisse or my beloved New Glarus Dancing Man.

M - This beer is not as lively or as light-bodied as I would like.

D - Not on the level of some of the other offerings by said brewery. Still good.

Photo of alysmith4
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tried this beer at a place called Little Miss Wiskey's in the city. It wasn't expecting much (as I wasn't familiar with it's A-status on Beer Advocate), and I was pleasantly surprised. It was crisp and refreshing, with hints of earthy clove and allspice.. similar notes on the nose. Very clean flavors overall, and highly drinkable. I would highly recommend, as it seems this beer is the best of it's style.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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