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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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6,182 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,182
Reviews: 2,231
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 467
Gots: 557 | FT: 13
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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 elniko


4.7/5  rDev +6.6%

Poured into weizen glass

A: Beautiful murky golden hue, huge pillowy head that dissipates very slowly and leaves nice lacing. Awesome looking beer.

S: Smells wonderful with hints of spiciness. The wheat is definitely on the nose as well. Superb smelling beer that really whets the appetite for what is to come.

T & M: This beer tastes like a weissbier should. Pleasant spices but not overwhelming. Incredibly refreshing mouthfeel, this is a beer that stays on the palate. Superlative taste.

D: I can definitely attest that this beer is highly drinkable and sessionable. I cannot recommend this beer any more highly.

07-12-2008 19:59:13 | More by elniko
Photo of MSchae1017


4.5/5  rDev +2%

This beer was tasted in a weizen glass from a 500mL bottle.

This beer pours a cloudy golden orange with a massive white head that holds a nice film and laces well. The smell is bubble gum and banana. The flavor is more clove like than the smell, but the banana and bubble gum are the predominate flavors. The mouthfeel is nice. There is a strong body to stand up for itself along with a nice carbonation to follow. Overall highly drinkable. A great session/summer beer.

07-11-2008 01:17:21 | More by MSchae1017
Photo of frampin


4.85/5  rDev +10%

Had this one on tap at HopCat in Grand Rapids,MI. (plug)

A: Nice and cloudy golden color as a Hefe should be. Good head retention with just enough lacing to let you know it's there.

S: Ripe bananas, hints of citrus, bready notes, and just a hint of lactic tartness.

T: Banana, banana, banana. Hints of warm bread, very faint clove spiciness, nice lemony tartness, bubblegum-like sweetness without being overly dominant. Oh yeah, did I mention bananas?

M: Not overly carbonated, extremely thirst quenching, creamy medium-light body, no perceivable alcohol heat, and a nice crisp finish.

D: About as close to perfection as it gets in the drinkability department. Amazingly well balanced and perfect for a warm, sunny day.

07-10-2008 18:43:21 | More by frampin
Photo of mnj21655


4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

12oz bottle

Pours a cloudy golden straw in color with about an inch of fluffy off-white head. Aroma is great, prominent, yet balanced, phenols and esters with a touch of wheat in the background. The banana esters are a bit more prominent than the clove-like phenols but don't completely overshadow them. The flavor is simply excellent. Moderate banana esters are dominant at first but then give way to a fleeting bubblegum flavor. Spicy clove phenols, also moderate, then come to the forefront. A slight tartness then appears in the relatively dry finish. The bubblegum flavor then briefly returns a bit more dominantly in the finish. For me the bubblegum in the finish was the only flaw in the flavor (I thought it just a bit too noticeable) otherwise this beer is easily a 5. Mouthfeel is good, light-medium body that is fairly creamy with moderate carbonation which wasn't quite enough in my opinion. Drinkability is great. This is a beer that I could drink all day long. My new benchmark for the style.

07-10-2008 01:55:57 | More by mnj21655
Photo of nasty15108

New York

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured from a 1pt .9oz bottle into a Weihenstephan weiss glass.

A - Golden orange color. Thin head of white foam, good cabonation and soapy lacing.

S - Yeasty. Aroma of rich dark bread. Citrus and spice (clove?) also detected.

T - Malty and slightly sweet up front. Hints of citrus, ripe fruit and wheat crackers. Finishes off slightly dry.

MF&D - Classic. Simply one of the best Weiss Biers out there. Go Get it now!

07-09-2008 16:45:09 | More by nasty15108
Photo of everetends


4.65/5  rDev +5.4%

A bottle I got out of the brewers mixed five from I got at Four Winds in P'cola. Poured into the Weizen glass that came with the mixed pack.

A: Poured a beautiful hazy yellow/orange. There is definitely some unfiltered goodness going on in there. Constant carbonation activity going up the glass. Poured a huge, rocky,foamy, off white head. Created some decent lacing and had good retention. Beautiful beer.

S: Smell is of yeast, banana and the bubble gum sweetness that many people have pointed out. Smells very tasty.

T: Taste is of a great Hefe. Yeast flavor comes across very subtly. Banana fruitiness is there with just a touch of citrus. Malt and hops are present but take a back seat. A greatly balanced Hefe.

M: Perfect. Just enough carbonation but the brew is still creamy. The beer finishes pretty damned clean. No hint of alcohol heat. Incredibly refreshing. Very happy with this beer.

07-09-2008 06:19:44 | More by everetends
Photo of Deuane


4.3/5  rDev -2.5%

A-Hazy Golden orange-yellow. Medium, fluffy, bright white head slowly reduces leaving spotty lace behind.

S-Musty wheat malt. With the expected hefe yeast aroma of banana, clove and citrus fruit (lemon).

T-Certainly one of the best tasting hefes I have had. There must be a reason they are the oldest operatingbrewery in the world! A wonderful combination of sweet wheat malt lemony zing, bananas and clove. citrus,

M-Medium-light almost to the point of being thin. The only fault with this brew, IMO.

D-Smooth, flavourful, crisp,light and refreshing. Simply stated one of the best choices for a warm weather brew if there ever was one! A classic for sure.

07-04-2008 22:07:11 | More by Deuane
Photo of jenitivecase


4.58/5  rDev +3.9%

A: Golden, reddish yellow. Slightly cloudy, with a nice off-white head that leaves good lacing. Moderate carbonation.

S: After smelling this beer, I immediately had to have a drink - writing these sentences is broken by the smell wafting up and forcing me to drink more and more. Good stuff - bananas, weizen yeast, cloves, and a slight bubblegum-y scent. It is a rare day when the nose on a beer makes me this excited.

T: Not quite as awesome as the nose, but still fantastic. This is everything I expect from a good weizen - good yeast character, with a well-developed version of the characteristic banana taste. The clove character is also very present, and I can pick up a faint hint of that aforementioned bubblegum taste. These all blend well with the wheat flavor to make a beer that is very well-balanced.

M: Very chill, lots of nice carbonation keeps things light. Slightly creamy, but not clinging. Refreshing.

D: If I had a case of these, it would be a very, VERY dangerous evening.

Weihenstephaner just earned itself a very special place in my heart. I am thoroughly impressed, and that's something coming from someone who has consumed a truly ludicrous amount of weizenbier over the last 4 months in Germany.

07-03-2008 22:04:00 | More by jenitivecase
Photo of champ103


4.05/5  rDev -8.2%

A: Pours a cloudy yellow. A two finger fluffy white head forms, and slowly recedes leaving some patchy lace behind.
S: Funky, musky malty aroma. Husky yeast and hay. Lots of banana, clove and citrus fruit aromas.
T: Probably the best tasting hefe I have tried. An explosion of sweet malty fruit flavors. Bananas, cloves, citrus, ect. Wonderful.
M/D: A creamy light body that is a bit watery. Very smooth and easy to drink.

A great beer for the hot summer weather. Light, but does not sacrifice anything in terms of flavor.

07-03-2008 21:16:30 | More by champ103
Photo of baos


4.1/5  rDev -7%

Served in big Weissbeir glass at Shallos

A: Nice looking dishwater reddish-blonde. 2 finger head that sticks around pretty gut. Das ist gut beir!

S&T: My favorite part of the beer is the smell pink bubblegum, cloves and bananas. Doesn't taste as rich as it smells, but it tastes very good. Lots of clove characteristics.

M: Nice medium body on this girl.

D: I quaffed two big glasses, and would've had 4 more if it wasn't lunch time and didn't want to go back to my store and throw people out for being rude.

try one on. das ist wunderbar.

07-02-2008 22:59:25 | More by baos
Photo of SaucyA


4.43/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Poured into a Weihenstephan glass. Pours a beautiful, murky golden-yellow. Ample carbonation rises from the bottom, and there's a creamy white head on top. I should've poured it more vigorously, I think. Great lacing.

S - Malted wheat, banana esters, clove and spicy yeast. Light floral undertones.

T - I am admittedly not the hugest fan of Hefe's, but this one is a true exception. Light wheat notes, banana affects, yeasty goodness. Hopping is not noted, but I'm sure they're in here somewhere. Clean and fresh.

M - A little lighter than I think I'd prefer, but it'd kill the drinkability to have it any creamier.

D - Absolutely killer drinkability. I could drink this alll night on a boat or alll day at a picnic. A perfect brew for warm weather.

Notes: I always avoided this because I feared freshness issues, but when I saw some brand-new in a cooler yesterday, I figured the chance of it being old would be in the distributors hands, and not the stores.

I would undoubtedly drink this again.

06-30-2008 23:02:32 | More by SaucyA
Photo of hrd


4.35/5  rDev -1.4%

Appearance: Has a cloudy, deep golden color. Nice thick/dense head, with decent retention. Very nice carbonation, making it look extremely lively and refreshing.

Smell: Very light smell actually, with hint of citrus and yeast. Very appealing.

Taste: Initial taste has a strong clove flavour with a hint of banana. The banana dissipates quickly and you're left with a spicy clove taste that lingers well after the swallow. Fairly complex flavour for a light and refreshing brew.

Mouthfeel: It has a very nice carbonated, spicy, lively feel. You definitely know it's in your mouth.

Drinkability: Extremely easy to drink. It has good flavour that sticks with you but doesn't over power. Little to zero bitterness.

Conclusion: An excellent example of a Bavarian Hefeweissbier.

06-29-2008 14:11:49 | More by hrd
Photo of irishkyle21

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +2%

Pours with a fluffy bright white head. Holds up very well and leaves good stickage. Has a hazy yellow color. Lots of bubbles quickly making their way to the top.

Smells of clove, some banana, light citrus and malt.

Tastes of yeast, spice, citrus, clove and a bit of sweet malt. This is a great beer to have during a heat wave.

06-28-2008 06:16:59 | More by irishkyle21
Photo of Tdizzle


4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

Purchased a seemingly fresh six-pack of this at BevMo! in Orange.

A- Poured into a Widmer Hefeweizen glass, this beer pours a cloudy straw color accompanied by a massive white head with great retention and copious amounts of thick lacing.

S- Fruity aromas of ripe bananas and citrus rind are backed up by huge notes of wheat, yeast, clove spiciness, and honey. Slightly grassy and floral as well.

T- Flavors of grainy wheat and ripe bananas fade to a spicy, yeasty finish.

M- Medium carbonation with a medium-bodied mouthfeel, but a bit more watery than I expected.

D- I could easily drink several of these in a sitting without getting bored or drunk, given the 5.4% ABV.

An outstanding Hefeweizen. Highly recommended.

06-28-2008 00:30:44 | More by Tdizzle
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -22.2%

On tap at Tyler's in Durham;

Wow, what a disappointment on tap!

One of my favorite beers arrives in its signature weizen glass with mostly-clear amber body and a fat finger of head. Too clear and too golden-amber. Looks wrong.

Smell has virtually none of the banana or clove I loved so much about the bottled version, but instead features more noticeable, herbal hops, and even a tinge of caramel, wrong to the point I thought I had a mispour. I didn't.

The taste lacks the fresh yeasty goodness I've come to associate with this beer. I don't know if the keg was old or needed a bit of agitation, or what, but this wasn't the beer I was anticipating when I ordered it.

Nowhere near as good as the bottle in this encounter!

06-26-2008 01:48:12 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of watkins

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%

A: Pours hazy orange with thick 2 finger head, not really sticking to glass at it rests.

S: Damned delicious, wheaty with nice yeast aroma. My mouth is watering.

T: Smooth, really floral-wheaty. Fruity: bananas, with a nice bready yeast aftertaste.

M: Slightly watery initially, then accented by nice carbonation toward the end, tickling the tongue.

D: So help me if I can find these pint bottles for $2.50-$3 on the way to the beach, summer beer all the way.

06-23-2008 22:17:54 | More by watkins
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


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
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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
Photo of KeefD


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
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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
Photo of msgraves


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
Photo of punkindrublic50

New York

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
Photo of hustlesworth


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
Photo of GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

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
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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
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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