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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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6,641 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,641
Reviews: 2,271
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 510
Gots: 738 | FT: 12
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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 Probie
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass. It pours a beautiful golden straw color with a good four inches of thinly bubbled white head. This remained for a while before it started dying down.

Aroma: Everything you expect from a good hefeweizen: cloves, citrus, banana, wheat. They are are all very well balanced with each other.

Taste: Exactly the same as it smells, a great example of a hefe. The cloves come up front followed by the banana and bubblegum, following again with more clove.

Mouthfeel: Very light and crisp with almost no aftertaste. It hits every part of the tongue with something different.

Drinkable: This is very drinkable and would make a great intro to the world of craft beer.

Probie, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of acelin
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle, bought it for 2 bucks. Pretty happy my local store has plenty of these.

Beautiful golden could, so gorgeous. The lights in my apartment make it glisten in my weiss glass.

The smell - everything you expect a hefe to be and more. Bananas, cloves, orange, even wheat - all wafting into your nostrils.

It was the smoothest, most beautiful hefe imaginable. This brewery sure knows how to bring out all the flavors without being overpowering in any way. This beer plain out made me feel peaceful just with that first sip, not to mention after 3 bottles.

acelin, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful frosty yellow-orange with a tall, tightly bubbled head billowing from the top of the weizen glass. This particular weizen smells, as per the style, of clovey notes as well as those of orange peels, coriander, and other citruses. The taste is right on the nose for a hefeweizen. Almost no hop presence in the taste, and a perfect balance between the fruity and citrusy flavors and the slightly sweet alcohol tastes. The Weihenstephaner is wonderfully smooth to the palate and incredibly drinkable, with it's perfectly grainy medium body and mild abv.

MrHassellYaHurd, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of Stavage
4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a weizen glass. Very cloudy orange amber fluid with a massive frothy foamy white head on top of it which lasted til the last drop.

Most hefeweizens smell reasonably similar to me. Pleasant banana and clove smells are present as I expected though I found a stronger more substantial sweet yeasty malt smell than I am used to for the style. Very appetizing on this hot day.

Has a very earthy grain taste followed by a lingering hit of clove spiciness and citric tartness. Rounded off with a nutty yeast flavour. All these flavours balance together exceptionally well. The nuttiness doesn't linger allowing the spiciness and the citrus tones to keep the mouth dry and refreshed and wanting more.

Smooth, good carbonation, good medium to full body. As mentioned earlier this is refreshingly dry.

All I can really say is this is probably the best hefeweizen I can get my hands on here, and I love hefeweizens in the summertime. Refreshing, tasty, thirst quenching and satisfying.

Stavage, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of TheHammer
3.63/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured with a solid two thumbs of head that retained and laced like crazy. The beer itself is a cloudy dark yellow, just as you would expect to be with great signs of carbonation. Nothing to complain about here.

Smell: A bit tame to be honest, as clear wheat and biscuit smells with only the barest hint of banana and lemon. It's nice but needs a bit more of a punch.

Taste: Tastes well made, and is pretty much a textbook hefe taste but it just seems a little lacking. Starts with a lemon tasting wheat malt that shifts to a slight banana flavor and ends with a taste of odd yeast. Good but nothing to write home about, as it needs more banana.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, and decent transitioning but the funky biscuit and yeast aftertaste at the end doesn't quite sit right. Thankfully it does not stay around for very long, which is good.

Drinkability: No issues getting it down, but seems to sit a bit heavy on the gut. Refreshing I suppose, and a great summer beer, but not one I'd drink all night. I honestly expected it to be a bit sweeter.

Final Thoughts: Really, I feel this beer seems to be a bit tame for a Hefe. It still is a decently made beer, but I wouldn't call it exceptional. I think the yeast needs to be changed up a little bit, because the cloves and banana you'd expect from this style don't seem to make enough of a presence to suit my tastes. Still, I'd recommend picking up a bottle.

TheHammer, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of irishking1977
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sometimes I think when you've had one beer of a certain style, you've had them all. That can be said, to a degree, with Hefes. The best ones, though, will be just a cut above the rest for other intangibles besides taste.

A: Liquid beauty poured out of a bottle. Cloudy orange gold with a massive, bright white head that leaves crazy lacing.

S: Faint hint of - you guessed it - banana, phenols, and biscuits.

T: Starts off with a lemony/wheat kick then goes immediately to the banana aftertaste along with a funky yeast and biscuit aftertaste. Remarkable to say the least.

M: Highly carbonated and creamy. Somewhat oily on the palate, but nicely balanced.

D: An excellent summer and spring thirst quencher. Though, I'm drinking it in the midst of winter, I'll have to remember this one for the spring months to come.

irishking1977, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Well finally, a decent hefe, even though it ain't my style. This one looks vibrant yellow and even a little orange, uber cloudy. Aroma, citrus and lemon, wheatgrass type of vibe.

More of the same in taste, a big full mouthfeel of said aroma, but also, resonates as a more full bodied beer than your standard hefe. Quite drinkable, although these usually don't come cheap. Worth picking up for a friend who likes hefe.

Beerandraiderfan, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of Minotaur
4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The quintessential Hefeweiss readily available outside of Germany.

On tap at the Spinnerstown Hotel.

This is one of the few perfect examples of a beer style. Everything is in place from the hazy gold-amber color and thick head to the banana and clove aroma characteristic of the german wheat style.

Sweet but not cloying: just a slight bitterness and balanced fruity component. Sweetness that seems completely grainy and natural blends with a vague tartness at the back of the throat.

The feel is creamy and smooth, allowing the beer to be drunk with exceptional ease.

A potential desert island beer if you want something inviting yet refreshing that seems to nearly perfectly balance every beer characteristic.

Minotaur, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow straw color with a white head. The aroma is classic hefeweizen, bananas and cloves. The flavor is more of the same with banana being stronger than the clove, but both are present and work well together. Medium carbonation and a thin-medium mouthfeel.

Mora2000, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of mdwalsh
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on NYE 2009

A: The beer is approriately cloudy with a one finger head after it poured big into a tulip (no hefe glass at mom's house). Head what bright white.

S: Super Banana smell, very strong, just a mild clove smell but really smelled like a banana smoothie.

T: The taste is pretty much the same as the smell. No hops, no alcohol, none of the "beery" taste of some more industrialized Hefe's. I would like a little more complexity though.

M: Very creamy, lots of texture, low carbonation despite the huge head.

D: Extremely, no wonder these are so popular in Bavaria.

mdwalsh, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of icetraxx
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a fresh 12oz bottle into my Weihenstephan Weizen glass (purchased before I was a fan FYI). Pours a hazy golden amber color that gets clearer towards the bottom of the glass. A massive five finger head was produced on a slow pour which dissipates into a 1-2 finger head in a couple of minutes leaving a lot of lacing. The head remains at 1-finger for the rest of the beer. The head is not as creamy or volumetric as the Hacker-Pschorr weisse. This beer is not opaque enough for the style.

S: Aromas of malt, banana, clove, cherry, pears, and finally an acidic kick are most noticeable. A hint of yeasty bread-like aroma comes through. Quite pleasant to smell and improves over time. More aromatic than many other versions of the style.

T: Slightly tart and very malty. A sweet sensation is perfectly balanced by mildly bitter hops and eugenol (clove-like) spiciness. Taste has a little more hop character than I've seen in other weisses. The banana and fruit-like flavors are playing back up compared to other beers I've had of this style, but I am enjoying the intense malty yet spicy character of this beer. To sum up the flavor of this beer: malty with a crisp drying finish, hoppy-bitter for the style, mildly spicy, tart, and complex for the style. There is a yeasty element to the flavor profile as well. I would like to see more yeasty banana flavors.
Overall nice and hearty.

M: Perhaps a little under-carbonated (probably due to my pour). The mouthfeel is not as starchy and lacks the body that other beers I've had of this style, but this beer is definitely not watery. EDIT: Poured slower and did not experience the under-carbonation effect, but I still feel the body of this beer lacks something.

D: Scarily high. I finished my serving half way through writing this review (~3 minutes). I want another.

O: Not the best tasting hefe I've ever had but it may just be the most complex and most interesting I've ever had. I must admit I was dissappointed as I thought this beer would be much better than the hefe from both Hacker-Pschorr and Franziskaner, and I feel it is better, but these beers are all in the same league -and that means they all happen to be great beers.
Maybe it has to due with freshness, but my favorite hefe remains the summer seasonal brewed by Grizzly Peak Brewing Company in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

EDIT: After having this beer many times, I have determined that the appearance is not as good as other weisse beers of this style (reduced from 5 to 4), yet the smell and mouthfeel are better than I originally observed in my initial review. I have also sub combed to the clove dominate and hoppy flavor, this is my favorite bottled hefe that I've had so far as well as the best "clove dominate" hefe that I've ever had.

icetraxx, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of mothman
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Town Hall weizen glass.

Pours 3 fingers of creamy white head. Very great retention leaving some thick lace. Color is a golden sunset orange. Lots of carbonation bubbles in the glass. It doesn't get much better than this.

Aroma: A very nice amount of banana and cloves. Very sweet smelling. Some wheat as well. There isn't too much going on here, but what is here is very great. Lots of flavor here.

Taste: Not as much flavor here as the aroma, but pretty solid. Bananas and cloves present again with some spices as well. A big wheat flavor which was no surprise.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry with spice notes.

Overall, I was pretty impressed with this beer. I can imagine it being even better in the summer. Very solid for the style. I really enjoyed this and it was very drinkable.

mothman, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw yellow with a huge bright white head that rises up three inches high and slowly sizzles and pops down to a lid of meringue. Streams of fine bubbles rise up quickly.

Aroma of phenols and clove, some doughey yeast notes.

Flavors of subtle bready malt with notes of honey, yeast and phenols. Notes of clove and banana and mild citrus, a fine spice lingers. Well balanced flavors.

Even mouthfeel, lots of carbonation, gassy. Finishes dry. Decent drinkablity. Good representation of the style.

far333, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of marketesq
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I must say, this has been my favorite beer for about two years now.
Long before joining beer advocate.

A- To me, this is how beer should look, particularly hefeweizen style. Orangish golden hues with obvious carbonation.

S- Again, what a bouquet. And, important to note it's not about a smell of alcohol and nothing that remotely makes you want to stop smelling it.

T- Perfection, to me, as far as the general term "beer" goes and more importantly as hefeweizen style should command. Citrus notes, just right on hops, carbonation actually accentuates the positive tastes as opposed to hiding them or making them disappear too quickly.

M- The only minor negative I can find, although it's very minor is it could be a tad too light in the mouth.

D- If you can find a more drinkable, true session, high end beer, please please tell me.

In the end, to each their own, but this is the end all be all to me. Add in the mystique of a brewery this old as opposed to a "new" brewery, micro variety - not that I don't love plenty of those - and you have a beer you must not only try, but buy again and again.

marketesq, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of rhinos00
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottles into a weizen glass.

A- Pours a pale maize color. Great clarity. Produced three fingers width of white, foamy head. Some lacing as the beer was consumed.

S- Smells mostly of yeast, biscuits and a touch of wheat. There is a slight banana fruitiness to the nose as well along with cloves.

T- Many of the ingredients detected in the nose are present here. Upfront, a large dose of wheat and yeast hit the palate. Has a unique biscuit character to it. The finish has a much fruitier presence then the nose leads to believe. Sweet, ripe bananas and cloves end this one perfectly.

M- Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Very lively.

D- Very drinkable session beer. One of the better hefeweizens I have had.

Overall, a solid beer for a style that I do not particularly care for. This would be perfect on a hot summer day. Recommended.

rhinos00, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of digitalketchup
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a fantastic beer.

It poured nice into a Weizen glass and retained some head throughout the session.

A hazy straw color was given.

I could really pick out the clove in the nose. Other reviews point out banana and other spices, but I guess I missed them as I am really new to tasting/reviewing.

Taste was smooth and had excellent carbonation. Good mouthfeel!

I could definitely drink quite a few of these in a night!

digitalketchup, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
3.68/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap poured into a .4l stein.

Pours a very cloudy golden amber with a very thin head with lots of lacing. The nose is really yeasty and bready with some notes of wheat.

Taste is very sharp and yeasty just like the nose. Some very sharp carbonation. It doesn't have the banana that most hefes have so that makes it a bit easier to drink.

kingcrowing, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of Hanger
3.35/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a Weistephaner weizen glass.

A - nice golden straw colour. Imeediately gave a hug head that took minutes to recede but eventually settled at a nice 25-30 mm of creamy white head.

S - Sweet fruity smell, maybe some hops.

T - Sweet and fruity but not very complex.

M - very smooth, slightly carbonated.

D - quite good, went down easily and could have a session on this

Hanger, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of Nutleybeer
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out leaving a massive head in the glass. A mild, spicy yeast scent hits me as I go in for a sip.

Cloudy gold color. A rush of tiny carbonated bubbles surge to the surface.

Smooth. Highly drinkable. A clove-like presence is there, but not too overwhelming.

Brewed under the purity law on 1516, as per the bottle. A real pleasant treat overall. Perfect for a warm summer day (or a cold December night, like I am doing).

Nutleybeer, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of Casey10
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow great beer that I didn't know existed till I really examinded the best of ba amd realized this was in my backyard.

A - golden yellow with a huge head.

S - Creamy, sugars, really smooth smell.

T - Bananna sugars, I say this as this because as you drink that is what you taste.

M - Smooth, creamy so nice

D - For 2.99 I will have this many times !!

Casey10, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served into its own Weizen glass.

A: Pours a hazy and pale yellow color forming a thick, creamy and huge white head. Excellent retention and some lacing formed and left in the glass

S: Traditional Weissbier in the nose: The mix of banana esters and clove. Strong notes of bread, pale malts, wheat and bready yeasts

T: Slightly sweet and very bread upfront. Notes of banana, clove, white bread, pale malts and wheat. Extremely smooth and balanced

M: Smooth and creamy body: Extremely balance. Medium carbonation. Bready aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Perfect German Weissbier

eduardolinhalis, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of brauseboof
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As expected, this beer poured with a huge head, which held up pretty well. The color was pale and hazy.
Had a nice banana nose with some hints of clove.
Tastes of banana, citrus and spices, maybe some clove.
Nicely carbonated, perhaps a little too much. Mostly smooth, though.
Overall, an excellent example of the type and quite drinkable.

brauseboof, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of abrand
3.73/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 0.9 fl ounce bottle poured into the SN tumbler. This is from batch 2179. Not exactly the best of days to drink a hefe with it snowing outside, but i'm sure this will be well worth it.

The bavarian hefe pours a golden straw color with a very thick and frothy that sits atop and slowly fuzzes away. Lots of lacing lines the glass. Smell is quite rich and consists of lots of floral notes balanced with a plenty of hops. Lots of floral notes in the quaff as well with an equal balance of sweet citrus bananas. Not much alcohol is noted in the taste. Mouthfeel is thin but crisp and overall I think this is a great example from this style. The aroma is excellent and the taste is pretty good as well. True german style hefe.

abrand, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of chilidog
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few on a close-out. I don't think any age matters because the beer was good indeed.

Appeared slightly clouded with an orange golden hue. Head was white, full, soft and maintained to lace well.

Aroma was of grain bassed citric to the nose.

Taste was grain-like, earthy but soft, hints of citric lemon with a undertone of metal toward the mouthfeel.

The mouth was soft as carbonation was up.

Drinks easy as it goes well with most foods.
a good find indeed.

chilidog, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of vpipkt
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the fridge into a mug-style glass.

Initial reaction to the aroma on pouring was wow - this is how beer should smell!

Deep gold color, very cloudy and nice looking with depth.

Barely any head on pouring and no lacing.

Aroma and taste are very spicy all the way through with hops and maybe a hint of berries.

The mouth feel is my favourite part of this beer. It is creamy and nice despite heavy carbonation, a truly great balancing act.

Reminiscent of Belgians in overall character and drinkability. Heavier carbonation and spicing means this is one to savor with appetizers, cheese, or a meal.

vpipkt, Dec 22, 2009
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,641 ratings.