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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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 tobin
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Mammoth, multi-finger head, tremendous retention; hazy, cloudy, honey-orange hue, very lively body.

Wonderful yeastiness, bubblegum fragrance out shines the banana, a whisper of clove.

Glowingly balanced taste with well-placed flavor... more banana is found on the palate, slight bubblegum, almost no clove but solid wheaty-maltiness. Faint mustiness.

Pleasing mouthfeel, this is a very enjoyable quaff. Slightly sweet yet mildly tart finish.

Probably the best Hefe-Weizen on the planet. World Class... very much recommended... why just drink this in the summer?

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

190th review on BA
bottle to weizen

App- A tri-colored yellow burst of color in the glass. Had a very nice pillowy 2 finger head sitting there.

Smell- Light yeast with a wheat earthy smell. A little bit of spice wofts up as well.

Taste- A classic. It has a laid back dominance of the flavors in the glass. Its flavorful and well balanced on the palate.

Mouth- A very nice, crisp, clean and refreshing beer to start off a night.

Drink- If you haven't had one, I suggest you do to find the best rep of a style.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.87/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml edition. Bought a case. Then bought the bottles left on the shelf. All the Korbinian. Then all the dunkel & Kristal. Actual people coming over for New Years was just icing. :)

Left the Vitus for all the fanboys. I don't like it. :P

Hef glass. Waited a sec because it was mighty cold. A hazy pale orange/gold beer. Stiff Cool-Whip head. It's as thick as shaving lather in some instances. Swiss cheese lace.

Smell is unexplainably savory, but still bright like a Hefeweizen should be. Like warm pasta tossed with a little fresh butter & a little herbage. Terrible anology(& maybe I'm just hungry), but that's what I'm imagining. Light on the banana(though it's creamier then usual) & barely showing any anise/clove.

Taste is pungent banana esters with a twinge of orange. Sweet biscuity middle with a bitterness that is more green then clove. Finish turns to face dry, but doesn't quite get all the way there.

Good carbonation, if a little ethereal. Body feels heavier then I'd like.

I can't say that this is my favorite hef ever, but I've always come back to it. While imports aren't usually at their freshest, I've still had some really nice ones from Plank, Ayinger, Franz, & Schneider, which I feel are all superior to this one. At least on this side of the Atlantic. :P

Photo of ms11781
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy golden color, maybe yellowish orange, with a huge foamy white head, 2-3 fingers, with nice retention. Thick, foamy lacing stick to the glass and slowly slips down the glass to meet the head.

Smells fruity with banana and lemon qualities. Also getting some yeast and cloves.

Taste in fruity, again with more pronounced banana and some lemon and wheat flavors. Cloves and some spiciness are present as well.

Highly carbonated, almost fizzy, with a light body. Smooth at the back of the throat while going down and prickly on the tongue at the same time.

Drinkability is very, very high here. Light body and lively carbonation lead to a pleasant mouthfeel and a lower abv with complex flavors. Definitely possible to have more than a few pints in a sitting.

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

Poured a nice yellow with a solid white head.

Smells of spice, a bit of citrus, wheat and yeast.

Flavors are of banana, clove, faint citrus and some other spice. Banana taste is very tasty and the clove is not overdone.

Palate is rushed with awesome texture of smooth flow along with perfect carbonation, resulting in a beautifully balanced and bodied beer.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer for the style, and so easily available. Wow I'm sad I never tried this earlier.

A pretty lighter orange hue that is quite hazy and a nice small head with great retention and lacing. Looks right to me.

Smells great with a fruity tinged german weiss character, cloves, lemon zest, some raisin/prune buried in there, and more. Pretty nice fragrant aroma.

Taste follows the smell, bread and wheat qualities abound but are back up and surrounded by lemon, raisin, clove, maybe even some licorice notes. Interesting and tasty.

Mouth is of good full carbonation and a creamy feel overall. A very drinkable beer, the style and ABV make it that way. Not my favorite style by any means but man this a great beer and I try to rate within style as much as i can.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

5.4% ABV. Numerous 1L glasses poured on tap at my local German beer garden as well as from the 12oz bottles poured in a tall glass, steins, or das boot. This is my all time favorite hefe beer. Pours a mildly hazy golden yellow with 3 finger white head. Smells mellow sweet fruits, banana, and cloves. Taste of mellow citrus and orchard fruits, wheat, yeast, banana, cloves, and a bit of bitter hops. Medium body and carbonation with some alcohol warmth and nice dry finish. yeasts and fruit hang around a bit. Excellent brew, beautifully balanced. Alcohol well hidden but lends a nice warmth.

Photo of tubacharlie
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A generous, three-finger bright white head tops this wheat beer, which is a cloudy honey-yellow color. Excellent retention and good lacing.

The aroma has a hint of banana and fruity yeast.

The flavor is typical of wheat beers, somewhat thin for my palate, with a light, grassy presence up front and a bit of hops at the back end. Much carbonation in between, with a decent grain bill.

For those who enjoy wheat beers, this is a good one, but it is not my favorite style.

Photo of JLeege
3.78/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- on draft poured into its branded half liter weizen glass. Hazy golden color with a nice fluffy head. Good retention and lacing.

Smell- Yeast, banana, clove

Taste- Very sweet. Banana, clove, and wheat dominate the palate along with stong spicy yeast characteristics. Some bubblegum and lemon as well, a very slight breadyness.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, fairly high carbonation.

Overall- I actually find this to be almost cloyingly sweet. I understand the respect for the brewery and this beer, but for whatever reason I don't find this to be one of the best beers in the world. It is good enough, and I have had it on probably a dozen different occasions, but I am always somewhat underwhelmed by this. Oh well.

Photo of dasenebler
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

16.9 oz. bottle poured into an imperial nonic, the closest thing I have to a Weissbier glass.

Big, billowing creamy head is very nice, as is the hazy straw-orange color and lively carbonation of this beer.

Aroma is fantastic, with lots of banana, warm spices and lively yeast phenols.

Flavor was not as bright as the aroma, but nevertheless good. Very bready and yeasty, with notes of spicy clove and sweet banana. On the sweeter side for a Hefe, but still delicious. Mouthfeel was exceptionally smooth, but also somewhat watery. Lively, effervescent carbonation. Eminently drinkable.

This US-imported, bottled version lacks character. Fresh and on-tap in Germany, the Weihenstephaner has much better flavor, and would achieve a near perfect, "world-class" score. But over here...just "excellent".

*EDIT, January 2011, Germany:
From a fresh bottle and into a proper wheat beer glass here in Germany, the Weihenstephaner Hefe tastes superior to the bottle I had in the states. Mouthfeel is amazingly creamy with perfect carbonation, so I'm upping it to a five. Drinkability is fantastic as well: five. I'm getting a case of this stuff! Prost!

Photo of fourplayed
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mildly hazy golden yellow with 3 finger white head.

Smells mellow sweet fruits, oranges and apricots, a bit of wheat and some funky yeast notes.

Taste of mellow citrus and orchard fruits, wheat, yeast, a bit of bitter hops.

Medium body and carbonation with some alcohol warmth and nice dry finish. yeasts and fruit hang around a bit.

Excellent brew, beautifully balanced. Alcohol well hidden but lends a nice warmth. Top of the list Hefe for sure!

Photo of Axic10
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass (I used the tulip glass as my weisen glass is a little too big for one 12oz bottle).

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale golden yellow with a lot bubble action going on up to the 3 finger fluffy white head.

Smell: Banana, clove, spices, wheat and yeast.

Taste: The traditional hefeweizen taste, which I'm sure these guys invented and perfected! Banana, wheat, yeast, clove and spices. Wow!

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and carbonated very nicely.

Drinkability: This beer deserves any and all praise it receives. Very enjoyable and flavorful beer at a lower abv that the rest of the top 20 beers. Definitely will be drinking again!

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier on tap at Perdition in Hell's Kitchen, New York.

Appearance: Served in a Weihenstephaner tall glass (easily 1/2 liter). Comes with a very white frothy head, a big one! Two fingers, recedes into one. Supeb lacing. Very hazy golden color.

Smell: Very rich aromas, of grass and hay, wheat all over, like the fields Vincent painted in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence while rapidly and unstoppably descending into sheer madness. Also some orange and various citrus aromas, including pineapple. Biscuit, bread and banana. Spices.

Taste: Very yeasty, like being at a bakery. Sweet notes. Touches of lemon and orange. Stinging hops. Pleasant, but not as exciting as the incredible nose.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is low, body is medium, flavor is full. Refreshing and a tad watery (thin) but also delightfully bitter, with a nice hoppy touch at the end and a dry finish.

Drinkability: Not as high as I would expect in a beer with low ABV. It got me buzzed when I was only halfway through the pour (admittedly, it is a huge serving). A bit too much beer overall, I would not session or have several in one sitting, but super delicious nonetheless.

I mean, I usually favor big beers, but this one is stunning.

Photo of Jadjunk
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

#50. The big 5-0, and not much else worthy of fitting that number than an award winning recipe older than the hills. I've never had the beer before but I'm willing to see what a masterpiece in Hefeweizen territory tastes like.

Poured from a 1 pt, .9oz bottle to my special mug at room temp.

(Appearance) Goodness, a volatile brew! A modest pour yields an enormous level of fizzy foamy head that retains incredibly well, leaving behind gobs of foamy head. That in addition to thick sticky lacing makes an impressive appearance. I still have a lot of this bottle to pour in and not enough room to do it with! Color of the beer is a smoggy murky gold tinged yellow. Carbonation is medium and bunched together in groups. The overwhelming amount of head is quite impressive. The appearance is simply great. 5

(Smell) First thing's first: I could smell this beer from several feet away which means it's quite pungent in terms of smell. An arrangement of some lightly roasted malty aroma and a bitter waft of grassy smell overlaps it all. Some big light grain, wheat and overwhelmingly grassy whiffs might be the biggest upset about the smell, but are far more subtle than in most macro brews, where a grassy odor is common. Fruits are also easy to draw out of here, amongst them, orange and definitely banana. Little in the smell keeps me from wanting to drink this beer. It smells good, but this is where any improvements can best be made. 4

(Taste) Some good tastes of light grainy malt and some complementary light fruit tastes; banana mostly, but also some orange bite, pear, and grape. Sweet honey rounds out the entire taste and a very fair level of non-intrusive herbal spices balance the finish. Yeasty bread-like smells are faint and complement the whole taste. Amongst I can pull out coriander and clove the most, comes through mostly on the finish, not so much as in what this reminds me of (Hoegaarden White), but enough so that it stands out. In the end, this is an exceptional brew. Sweet, light and subtle, yet defining taste. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) Beyond the foamy cap, a good balance of crisp and smooth in this drink. The herbal spice alludes to the crispness but the malty flavors round out the drink's smooth edge. The relatively average ABV is well hidden in this brew. A sweet finish with a herbal spice that brushes the tongue; it's like Hoegaarden, but with a more subtle finish and balance. It tastes fresh and at least as enjoyable. Great mouthfeel. 4.5

(Drinkability) One bomber to myself is what I need of this beer. The flavor is right on; this is a filling and enjoyable Hefeweizen and really worth any trip to the package store. If you're really in the mood, a shared bomber could easily make for one, but this beer is certainly worth every penny; at a $4 bottle, I felt it was a great buy. I might even get another on my next trip. 4

Verdict: If time is all it takes to perfect a beer style, then I'm going to have to dedicate an eternity to this hobby. Amongst my favorite beers and highly recommended to anybody willing to fork over $4 for something amazing. A (4.45)

Photo of THECPJ
4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes 1/8/2011

A: wheat, yeast, and bananas.

Ap: golden-yellow, unfiltered, 2 finger white head, very frothy

B/T: moderate carbonation, smooth and crisp, does not linger long, very light on the tongue.

Af: bananas dominate, followed by wheat and yeasty tastes.

O: very enjoyable, refreshing


Photo of ticklechicken
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

* Appearance - a dark orange colour, appearing cloudy and solid. Pours with ample head.
* Smell - a slight fruity scent that doesn't reveal much.
* Taste - very well balanced fruit and yeast taste that doesn't change much.
* Mouthfeel - slightly heavy and not highly carbonated
* Drinkability - Fantastic and well rounded beer. I've only just started reviewing beers, but this is an instant favourite.

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

500ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a murky amber/yellow colour with a massive frothy white coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the murkiness of the beer and there is some very nice lacing down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for a very long time before it began to dissipate.

Smell - banana/bubblegum, wheat, cloves

Taste & Mouth - The beer has quite a bit of carbonation and feels very light and creamy on the tongue. Most of the taste is made up of wheat, bananas, and cloves. There are also notes of a pear juice sweetness. It finishes with an all spice and banana aftertaste.

Drink - Thanks to brews like this, I am quickly becoming a big fan of wheat beers. This is a fantastic beer that I will be sure to buy again.

Photo of dfclav
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a hefe glass...

A - golden orange/yellow with an absolute tornado of bubbles, they are everywhere and keep the huge 3 1/2 finger head going. Excellent lacing, excellent look.

S - fresh baked banana bread, very sweet notes of caramel, peaches, and malts.

T - cloves, banana, Belgian yeast, barley, wheatlike bread, surprisingly noticeable hop twang on the backend that I wasn't expecting from a hefe. As it warms, cloves and banana more pronounced. Alcohol presence is slightly noticeable.

M - I was expecting a huge fizzle of carbonation on my first sip but I was greeted with a lesser, more creamy level. Pretty light but very crisp mouthfeel, very nice!

D - this beer borders on almost perfect, it is extremely drinkable no matter what the year, sessionable, and most of all reliable. Must buy - they've been around almost 1,000 years! You know they are doing something right!

Photo of prdstmnky
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1L growler filled @ Al's of Hampden

Poured into my Duvel tulip, has a cloudy, golden straw colored body. Huge head on all of my pours, even though I was being very careful given the style. All kinds of stuff going on in the nose - clove, pepper, banana, and citrus notes are the most distinctive. Some spice and banana flavors upfront in the taste, with a sweetness coming through in the middle, rounded out by some citrus notes. Lighter body with a moderate amount of carbonation, very smooth and refreshing.

Pretty complex, yet balanced all around. Nice to grab a growler of this world class beer.

Photo of mdunman
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy golden color, pours a great head that stays around and sticks to the sides of the glass for a while.

S: Intoxicating. A sharp smell of bananas with mild complementary spices

T: First, the crisp nature is noticed. Next, there is a prevalence of differing mild spices and flavors take over. A bit of sweetness, a bit of bitterness. Finishes with a slight dryness that leaves you wanting a fresh sip.

M: Smooth feel on the whole, with notable carbonation.

D: Very drinkable beer. A lighter beer with plenty of flavor that you can enjoy all night long. Heavy enough to keep your taste buds very happy, light enough not to overwhelm you.

Photo of shand
4.06/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into an extra-tall pilsner glass.

This beer looks amazing. It poured with about a hand's worth of white, fluffy, pillowy head. The head laces very well, leaving little clouds down the side of the glass. The beer itself is a hazy straw color, bordering on witbier territory. The smell is about average for a hefe, it's bananas and clove. The taste is also archetypal hefe, just done better than everyone else does. It's not too sweet like I often find wits to be, it's nicely grounded by some earthy notes. Just a great tasting hefeweizen.

The mouthfeel is good too, it's light and nicely carbonated. It's also decently dirnkable, it's still just a tad too sweet to be extremely drinkable. Overall, this has to be the best hefeweizen I've ever had. As someone who usually doesn't love the style, this is the only one I've ever had worth re-buying.

Photo of dubinsky
4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a C&B Bruges glass.

A - Pours a completely hazy straw golden color, with orange hues. My pour yielded a super foamy two finger head which is super appetizing.

S - Bananas, cloves and even some Belgian like esters are the prominent aromas in this prime example of the Hefe style. Some earthy grain notes are mixed in well. Nice mellow bready wheat notes to round out the smell.

T - Great banana and bread notes. Banana bread comes to mind instantly, duh! Even without the stupid lemon, im getting citrus hints. Very clean, crisp and delicious.

M - Crisp, slightly dry and light bodied this beer is wonderful. Nice, small spiky carbonation.

D - Very highly drinkable. This is a low ABV beer that is like drinking a sparkling juice. So tasty.

This style has never been my favorite, simply because no one really knows how to do it like this. There are too many company's like Pyramid and Widmer who's sole existence is based on the popularity of their Hefeweissen and if people only knew how crappy those in comparison were we'd have so many more BA's in the the world.

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

The Hefeweizen of Hefeweizens! The appearance is a light cloudy yellow, with high carbonation and a 3 fingered white head. The smell is of malt and bananas. The taste is perfectly balanced, proof of a perfectly fermented hefe (temperature wise). The carbonation is high in this beer but it suits it, definately a beer I can drink all night and a beer that inspires me to brew some more!

Photo of AwYeh
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow, with one finger foamy head after decanting.

S: Simply outstanding- perfect representation of banana and clove.

T: Most prominent aroma notes carry over to taste, alongside bubblegum, yeast, wheat, and coriander. Just a tiny bit of bitterness helps balance this nicely.

M: Lively carbonation and light body; easy, wholly enjoyable mouthfeel.

D: Could easily make a night out of this beer alone.

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

16.9 oz bottle poured into hefe glass

A- Hazy orange with rocky white head.

S- Clove and bubble gum aroma right off the bat.

T- Creamy, spicy, spritzy. This is a top notch hefe that is hard to beat. Runs neck in neck with Paulaner Hefe. Great year round!

M- Crisp mouthfeel supports the wonderful array of flavors and aromas!

D- Gold standard hefe. Top three worldwide IMHO.

Happy Holidays!

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