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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
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world-class

6,723 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,723
Reviews: 2,275
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 516
Gots: 775 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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 tjsdomer2
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Good looking wheat beer. Not much head retention, which is the downside. It's a nice orange color, and very foggy as well.

Smell: I smell lemon, pepper, and maybe even a bit of of cinnamon or cloves similar beers. Very crisp, refreshing smell. Definite thumbs up.

Taste/Mouthfeel: I was initially kind of disappointed with this. Kind of a spicy lemony taste, with some bitter hops. The hops leave a somewhat pleasant tart aftertaste. Again, I did not necessarily like this at first, but the beer changes complexity as it warms, making the hops very nice. Starchy, banana-nut-like taste comes out towards the end.

Drinkability: The complexity of this makes Weihenstephaner pleasant to drink. One of the best!

Overall: Similar to Hacker-Pschorr in appearance and taste, but shares some similarities to witbiers in the latter category. Not as nice in appearance, nor as strong in smell, even though I kind of like this smell better. Taste and feel are about the same. The added hops and lack of any potential overwhelming characteristics makes this great!

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

Single bottle (5099 stamped on bottle, no other date) poured into a Rastel Hefeweizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a huge white head that takes awhile to settle down to pour out the rest of the bottle into the glass. Persistent lacing as I drink it down. Beer is a hazy/cloudy yellow-orange light amber color. The classic Hefe look.

Smell: Earthy yeast with hints of banana and clove.

Taste: Very refreshing. Raw grain flavors followed by yeast, some banana again, just a hint of metallic, and a crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Just a hint of carbonation on the tongue, otherwise goes down nice and easy and coats the whole throat. No lingering aftertaste or feeling on the teeth and palate. Cleansing in a good way.

Drinkability: I think I've been corrupted by so many Russian Imperial Stouts over the past month (moving from my winter stash into spring) and this great beer I loved so much is, well, still very drinkable, but not the wow experience it once was. Still, I know if it was warmer today I'd be loving this beer more. Goes fantastic with a meal or by itself at the end of a long day. Despite me being a tad underwhelmed in some cases, I know I could easily have another of these.

Photo of pootz
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled: Import, 3 weeks from racking.

Lovely clouded orange-gold with a massive meringue head, great retention, massive lacing. Bright lively natural carbonation.

Aroma: Much like Schneider edelweissbier without the citrus fruit tones ...this is the original hefeweiss yeast and we get juicy succulent fruits, banana, clove,vanilla bean, a bit of bubblegum over some sweet doughy malts.

Dry character, moderate body, great peppery mouth feel, a tad spritzy pronounced as bottle conditioned wheats trend, great blend/balance of fruit-spice-dry and toasty wheat....dry clean finish...

wonderfully refreshing beer, very drinkable...can't wait to taste it unpasteurized on tap. Better tasting than Schneider, Paulaner, Hacker-P, Augustiner, Schöfferhofer,Andechser...and probably better than Ayinger when fresh.

Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one-finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Light cloudy amber color. Light bodied and good carbonation. Nose is light lemon. Flavor has some sweetness, lemony/yeasty. Good summer hefe. $3.25 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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

A: Pours golden-yellow and cloudy with a giant head into an oversized wine glass. The fluffy and foamy topper takes quite awhile to dissipate. At first the lacing is frothy and sticky, but as the beer goes down, it becomes fine and dotty.

S: There is a lot of clove and banana in the bouquet, supported by smaller hints of apple, pepper, pear, white grape, and maybe just a hint of creamy vanilla. Yeah, there is a lot going on here. A small sniff of yeast is also present.

T: A very sweet, full wheat flavor is the first impression on my palate. There is a nice yeast balance to the sweet fruity and spiciness, followed by a light sour taste on my tongue. The fruity esters and the peppery spice are definitely the dominant flavors, though.

M: There is a very creamy feel while the head is still on top of the body, which quickly transitions to a puckering, spicy feel which is just a bit watery.

D: This is a very pleasant drinker; it would be quite easy to session this beer. It has a light, crisp, tasty character that I will certainly be revisiting in the future. And the price tag is quite kind, to boot.

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

Poured from the bottle into a Duvel glass - admittedly not the right glass to drink this fine beer, but its what I did.

Pours a brilliant cloudy golden brown with active white foam. Small layer remains and sticks precariously to the sides.

Smells like classic hefe, but like getting a banana bunch shoved up your nasal passages. Clove too. (They all should smell this good)

Taste is a beautiful malty blend with an ever so slight peppery taste, Powerful carbonation that flows through every aspect of the beer. Long finish. My words are not doing this beer justice.

Drinkable, and a hefe standard bearer. Buy some today - a bargain for 3.49.

Photo of Zekezilla
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-bottle "world's oldest brewery" Very European label. Poured beautiful in the glass. Cloudy, orange gorgeous head and lacing throughout.Smell: --robust citrus and spice elements come through. Taste--spice, citrus comes through strongly. Mouthfeel is probably one of the best things about this beer. Nearly perfect balance--a small amount of carbonation but it is perfect for the taste and experience. I would have rated this as all "5s" but I prefer a little more fruit in my hefeweizens. The clove taste is a little strong for me. That's just a personal preference though. Would try again. Due to major clove taste, it's not as drinkable as some other hefeweizens.

Photo of cbgVT
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - cloudy golden amber, nice solid head with great retention and lacing
Smell - Yeasty/Cloves/Slight Wheat/Slight Banana
Taste - Amazing. Like the smell but 10x better...yeasty/wheat/cloves/hints of banana (just enough, not overpowering at all)
Mouthfeel - Nice. Good amount of carbonation.
Drinkability - Not too thick/heavy like Paulaner (IMO), could drink a few in a row.

This is my favorite hefe to date. It seems lighter bodied than most of the other German hefes and is more like the American style hefe's I have had (ie Sierra Nevada's Killerweiss). It tastes great! Unfortunately I only got one bottle and it's night time; I will have to get a few more for some day drinking sessions - this would be perfect, tastes like summer ;)

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

A - pale honey/ amber color with yeast cloudiness.

S - brings the typical banana scent of Weihenstephan yeasts

T - floral essence with typical banana taste of Weihenstephan yeasts

M - It's a weihenstephan weisse.... you love it

D - see M for drinkability... one is not enough! Prefered drinking time:: 9am with fresh bretzels.

Photo of mdfb79
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into my Blue Moon

a - Pours a murky golden color with high carbonation and over 3 fingers of white head with decent rentention.

s - Smells of bananas, cloves, yeast, and spice.

t - Taste is subtle bananas and maybe some other sweet fruits, as well as wheat and bready malts. Little bit of spice.

m - High carbonation and light body.

d - I thought this was a great hefeweizen. Usually not one of my favorite styles, this might be the best one I've had. Great smell and taste and very drinkable, the only thing that hurts it at all is the high carbonation. Love the fact that it is relatively cheap and easy to get at Whole Foods too. Will definitely have again and would recommend checking out.

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Happy to see this one on-tap at House of 1000 Beers in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a tulip pint: Cloudy, translucent straw with a finger of frothy white head. Attractive.

Smell of lemon, overripe banana, bubblegum sweetness.

The notes in the smell carry through into the taste with a dry middle & a tart finish. There's a quality here that I've picked up in a lot of wheats that's reminiscent of root beer, a very "round" kind of sweetness. Wish I could articulate this better.

Very tingly & active, light & very refreshing.

This is a good beer, even though I'm drinking it in the wrong context -- I feel like I should be in a vernal beer garden, or at the very least outside, instead of in a dark-ish bar watching golf. Still, this is a winner, for sure. Seems like the shortest review I've written, but this one hits all the right spots for a high-quality hefeweizen.

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

Picked up a six pack in Korea courtesy of the Army Post Exchange. Poured it into a pilsner glass since my Weizen Glass is 1/2 liter and it just doesn't look good 1/4 empty... Poured a magnificent head, probably did need the Weizen glass just for that...and it had a nice golden cloudy appearance one would expect from a fine Hefe. The smell is floral and fruity and the taste is wheaty and fruity (but not sick fruity, if you know what I mean). Anyway, this beer has a great mouthfeel and is extremely drinkable. Perhaps I should buy an extra six pack for the spring. Nice.

Photo of eat
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been looking for this one for a while. Glad to find it at the LCBO. Weihenstephaner pours with a beautiful initial head, receding to a solid finger of bright-white, meringue-looking foam. The body is perfectly hazy and a glowing golden-straw colour. Retention and lacing could be better...but I guess my glass could have been a little cleaner as well...

The nose shows all the hallmarks of a great hefe. Astringent yeast, citrus-like acidity, coriander, light clove, wheat, delicate sweet malt and balanced noble hops. Maybe even a slight smokiness. I only wish the nose was even stronger.

This is easily the best hefeweizen I've ever had, and I've sampled quite a few. No competition here, this one wins (sorry, Dennison's). Explosive flavour; this is everything I've always wanted a hefeweizen to be all in one bottle. I've tasted all the individual elements in other hefes, but never all together in one beer like this. All the others are missing one thing or another in comparison. Wheat, astringent yeast, light citrus, sweet banana, soft spices (including a touch of white pepper). Perfectly balanced. No alcohol. Lingering fruity finish, balanced with wheat and a light hop bitterness.

The feel is wicked, the best hefe feel I've found. For a relatively light beer, the body is thick and full. A lively carbonation plays well in the mouth with the fruit and spice flavours.

Amazing. One of the most drinkable liquids I've ever tasted. I can't believe I didn't check this out earlier. All hefes will now pale in comparison to this ridiculously high standard. This will definitely be my summer beer as long as the LCBO keeps it in stock. I could drink this all day long and not get tired of it. I can see how this stuff has been kicking around for a thousand-or-so years...

Photo of kevinjosephlee
3.65/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a glass.

A: A cloudy yellow with a thick, white moussy head.

S: A much more subdued version of the taste.

T: Bubble gum notes coming from the blending of the phenolic and fruity esters. Phenols are not spicy or overtly clovey. The banana notes are present but subdued.

M: A soft mouthfeel with good carbonation tingle. Not as effervescent as I would hope from a hefeweizen.

Notes: According to Charlie from Five Points, this is the best hefeweizen in the world. It is good, to be sure, but there should have been more effevescent. Refreshing none the less.

Photo of bum732
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orangish yellow, nice bubbly head with amazing retention. Smells of floral grassiness, clove, some banana . Tastes of sweet banana like malt with just a touch of clove on the backburner. Nice banana bread richness without being too overwhelming. Very moderate bitterness leads to soft clove notes along with some residual vanilla and brown sugar. Nice creamy mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation to bring it to life.

A really great beer, nice bold flavors and a nice subtle sweetness that works wonderfully with everything. One of the greats.

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

Soft cloudy orange with gold edges and a robust (2 finger) pure white head, very dense and full. Lovely.

The smell has cold squeezed orange juice, apple skin, a hint of ginger and bananas aplenty. It's a bit muted but nice, especially as the beer sits for a bit and you get hints of honey and the aroma of Arrow Root biscuits (!).

The taste is excellent, very balanced and able to show off all kinds of nuances. It's got the necessary wheaty/bready backbone with a light clove and yeast spiciness. There's a twang of lemon (none of that sticking a wedge into your pint like they sometimes do at the bar!) and a long banana-focused finish. It is right on the button for a wheat style.

Mouthfeel is equally balanced and beautifully textured, somewhat creamy and soft to start and then intensely crisp, dry and tart in the middle and the finish. Fantastic.

This is very refreshing stuff, but the alcohol presence is still notable.

Photo of fullsweep
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: orange-tinted brown beer underneath with lots of foamy head on top--beige in colour

S: sweet, biscuity, a touch of orange zest

T: definitely on the sweet side with a touch of orange (particularly orange zest), a mellow bitterness underneath and a powdery biscuity taste as a foundation

M: earthy and relatively dry on the mouthfeel, and yet very refreshing

D: great beer!

Photo of Flashsp2
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier .5l into proper weiss glass

Cloudy gold with a typical two finger fluffy white hefe head. Nice
retention, but no stick.

Aroma of fresh ripe bananas, banana bread, cracker like wheat/malt,
clove, tangy lemon. This is the standard for all other hefeweizens.
Spot-on perfect.

Lots of bananarama going on. Citrus, lemon, clove, spicey wheat, whole
wheat crackers, a bit of malt sweetness.

Body is light to medium with a big brisk cola-like carbonation.

Yes indeed. This is 'the' hefeweizen that all others tremble before.
So immensely quaffable and flavorful, this beer has the perfect
balance.

Photo of NA1NSXR
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Textbook hefeweizen.

Smell - Sweet and fruity. Decent strength to the aroma.

Taste - Starts fruity, ends wheaty as it should. Tastes very similar to the other sweeter authentic hefes. Perhaps a touch less sweetness and cleaner finish than the others. Alcohol slightly detectable.

Mouthfeel - Very crisp and clean. I'd personally prefer a touch less carbonation though.

Drinkability - This is very good. I am finishing up my rotation of authentic german hefe's with this beer and looking back, they are all quite similar with slightly different personalities. There were both sweeter and more bitter ones. This one doesn't have a hop presence and has only the slightest hint of bitterness, and its not as sweet as some of the other ones. Overall its agreeable but not my favorite of the bunch.

Photo of Superdaunte
4.97/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is far and above the best Hefe-Weizen beer I have drank in the United States, and probably the best one ever. I will admit I have a particular favortism towards the Hef brew, and this one is the king of them all. It pours a beautiful dark yellow, and has a rich smell of banana and cloves with some spices. The taste is perfect, it has a rich Hefe-Weizen taste without being too light. It is extremely smooth and goes down pleasantly while leaving a satisfying after taste that allows the drinker to remember exactly how the beer tasted. My opinion says best beer i have ever had!

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

Served from a 12 oz brown bottle. "Oldest Brewery in The World." Freshness date on back of label.

Appearance: Hazy yellowish orange colour, like the flesh of an apricot. Dense, bubbly head that retains for a while.

Smell: Sweet and fruity, banana being the most easily recognized fruity aroma. A kind of mild, savory smell like bread dough is present, I'm guessing from yeast. Maybe a bit of faint spice.

Taste: Malty upfront with some fruity character. Alcohol is noticeable. It seems like there are some faint citrusy qualities. Ends fairly dry with a combination of mild citrus hops and semi-bitter yeast. That yeast on the finish, although not very sharp, is definitely strongly flavored.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, pretty high level of carbonation. Fairly light body, but strongly flavored enough to be substantial.

Notes: A pretty damn good brew. I'm not a huge fan of wheat beers, but this one is impressive. I get the feeling this would be a great thirst quenching beer for the hottest days of summer.

Additionally, I hesitate to mention this, but I have tried this beer several times on different occasions just to make sure. I've noticed that after drinking this beer I will soon have a sore throat and raspy voice. It lasts for several hours and then subsides. This has never occurred with any other beers, so I'm not sure what could be causing it. I'm just throwing it out there. To be fair, this brew is good enough that these mysterious symptoms don't usually dissuade me from having one.

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

Pours a light yellow-cider color; head was very thick and fluffy; white in color. Aroma was very distinct. A mix of banana, bread, and cloves. Taste mimicked the aroma. It tasted like banana bread with a little bit of malty-ness to it as it went down. Good amount of body and carbonation. Definitely my favorite Hefeweizen yet.

Photo of brobeerbot
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into nonic pint

Poured with a good two finger head and had a nice pale color.

Smells of wheat and sweet fruit.

Tastes of sweet fruit and orange zest. Very much like great Hefeweizen I have had.

Mouth. A good bit of carbonation and kinda thin. Very easy to drink.

Overall this a very good lighter beer that one could drink many over the course of a night especially at the price point.

Photo of blackdog1101
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a stange glass.

A- Pours a hazy orange/tan, with a huge white head. Like a lemon merange pie.

S- Mostly ripe banana, but also some clove, pepper and biscuit. The initial aroma of ripe banana is terrific.

T- Sweet banana, but not cloyingly so. The citrus notes come through the sweetness and offset it nicely. Notes of clove and pepper. Overall this really comes together in a well balanced manner, each flavor component complements the others. This is not a "hop forward" or a "malt forward" beer, but rather a very well balanced beer.

M- Crisp, well carbonated, smooth, light mouthfeel, easy drinking.

D- I am really enjoying this beer. There are other styles I prefer to hefeweizen, but if I want to drink a wheat beer, this is the one I would choose. Well balanced, refreshing, easy drinking; this is the perfect summertime beer.

Photo of yourefragile
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, poured into a weizen glass.

Slow, careful pour with a swirl at the end produces a beautiful looking hazed and slightly cloudy golden orange color. A steady stream of bubbles support a massive, frothy white head that hangs around for the duration of the beer and occasionally leaves a streak of dry lacing. Aroma is spot on for this style, nothing unexpected. Strong notes of wheat, malt, yeast, banana, clove, vanilla and mild citrus. Medium thick body with light carbonation produces a smooth full mouthfeel. Flavor is initially banana sweet and fruity. Mid palate some light hops cut the sweetness and add a lemony citrus balance to the flavor. Finish has nice duration, fairly slick and mildly sweet. Really, not much else you can say about this beer other than it's a near perfect example of the style.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,723 ratings.