Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 6,754
Reviews: 2,285
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 01-22-2001)
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Photo of Brabander
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer after a Grimbergen. Drank it in an original glass but with the name 'weihenstephan' on it.

This is a very good weizenbier from the country which invented this type of beer. Very tastefull and very enjoyable.

A very nice and durable white head and a very carbonating beer.

Photo of SamN
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a beautiful deep golden color, with massive carbonation erupting from below. Big three finger head, thick, white and rocky and with lovely lacing. Beautiful hefe, absolute perfection.

S- Slight and subtle scents; earthy grains, bittered cloves, sweet farm grass, a very faint fishy aroma from the yeast I'm assuming, overripe bananas, fresh cut spring flowers. I wish the smell was a bit more assertive, it's hard to pull out the multiple complexities with such a faint aroma.

T- Such a balanced beer, between the wheat malts and the subdued hops, this beer rides the perfect line down the middle, not leaning too far either way. Delicate tastes of sweetness and minor bitternes.

M- Perfectly smooth with slight ending carbonation. Excellent coating.

D- For a hefe, it's true German construction makes it less ideal for drinking at a beer festival, and more for contemplative sipping on a porch. Tasty and smooth, this is a great hefe.

Photo of speter
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle into wheat beer glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden with a thick, rocky head. Champagne-like carbonation.

S: Malty wheat with lots of yeast. Hints of banana and clove, with a smaller citrus hint.

T: Crisp wheat front goes to a banana and clove center as the carbonation blossoms leading to a dry, mildly bitter finish. Exactly the way a Hefeweizen should taste.

M: Medium body with crisp, light abundant carbonation. The beer is remarkably dry.

D: This is one of two class exemplars of Hefeweizen (Schneider is the other). You cannot go wrong with this beer.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer comes in a dark 50 cl. long-necked bottle. The white label got writing in blue and there's a coat of arms from Bavaria - neat and clean label.

A: The pour is murky pale orange with a large white creamy head that slowly dissipates to rich lacings.

S: Wheat in great balance with the malt. Very obvious bananas (sweet and ripe) and a hint of coriander. A bit yeast is also present.

T: Ripe bananas, a bit less sweet compared to the smell - but this is not a bad thing. Some coriander and a bit of fruityness as well. Well-balanced wheat.

M: The body is light with rich carbonation. The aftertaste is rather short, but very dry.

D: This is a great exampel of a Hefeweissbier (Hefeweizen) from Bavaria. You'll probably will have to spend half a lifetime to get your hands on a better Hefeweizen than this one.

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

Pint bottle (or slightly larger actually).

Pours cloudy orange with yellow highlights and a thick, foamy white head. Lots of carbonation and lots of wispy yeast haze.

Smells of a nice mix of banana and coriander spice. Some orange zest as well. There is also a good bit of earthy yeast aroma and some wheaty malt present.

A lot of banana at the forefront with some coriander there. A very earthy or musty flavor from the yeast, which complements the fruitiness well. A bit sweet and wheat-like flavors throughout. Finishes a little drier with a good yeasty aftertaste.

Medium body with a crisp effervescence, which lightens the feel a little but not too much. This is a classic hefeweizen with a great balance of flavors and body. I like that it wasn't all fruity banana, but that the yeast added a lot of earthy flavors to it.

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

A: Huge head that takes up about 75% of the glass even though I was pouring carefully. It has a hazy golden wheat color with tons of carbonation floating up.

N: Bavarian hefe def. Lots of wheat, lemon grass, airy, a little juicy, some banana, hints of like a clove spice.

T: Again lots of wheat to start, with almost a little malty sweetness. A little more banana on the taste, not much for spices, but lots of juicy wheat flavors and hints of light fruits. Light but packs a good flavor.

M: Pretty light, tons of carbonation.

F: Pretty dry to finish but not too dry, a light lingering wheat flavor and some lingering hints of juicy banana flavors. No spices here either, and hints of bitterness. This is about as good as a Bavarian Hefe can get!

Photo of tigg924
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: huge head, cloudy, bright golden yellow, high carbonation

Smell: banana, cloves, and yeast

Taste: banana, cloves, and yeast

Mouthfeel: silky smooth, light body, semi-sweet, and crisp, high carbonation

Drinkability: This is the bench mark for the style for me. The spicing and carbonation are perfect. Although not my favorite style, this is an excellent beer. I could easily finish three-and for the price around here, will pick it up again.

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

Pours a murky, light honey-wheat color with pale yellow highlights. A little sediment and some very lively carbonation running around in the glass, but all of these features pale in comparison to the head. Even on a soft pour, I got over three fingers of white, creamy, frothy head that has ridiculously long retention and leaves very nice rings of lacing around the glass. Maybe too much head?

The aroma is pretty strong (likely helped by the large head), but it's good. I can pick out banana, clove, citrus, and grainy, bready malts.

The flavor is good, but not absolutely stellar. Nice solid banana and clove flavor, as in the nose, followed by a sweet, bready maltiness and a drying, citrusy finish. Very tasty, but not the best damn thing I've ever tasted.

The mouthfeel is a little thin, but otherwise good. The light carbonation works well with the dry finish to provide a zesty feel on your tongue.

In all, this is a very good beer with high drinkability for most, but I don't personally want to drink more than one bottle of this at a time, but that's mainly because I'd rather be drinking IPAs than wheat beers; it's personal preference. For some, the drinkability is through the roof, for me it's so so. Either way, this is a stellar wheat beer, probably my favorite of the style, even if the style isn't my favorite.

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

Poured a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Semi-cloudy golden yellow with an eggshell head.

S: Big time bananas, a yeasty presence with a fresh baked golden bread character. Notes of cloves and some other spice, very light. Smells like a great German hefe!

T: Pretty much follows the smell with that awesome backed bread note really lingering in the finish. Very clean!

D: Not sure if I'd embark on an evening of these, I wouldn't know when to stop.

Value: I think this entire brand is severly underpriced! Works out well for us, don't ya think.

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

poured from a 500ml bottle into a weihenstephan glass

a: pours a nice hazy, golden yellow color with a huge three finger plus head....oops, i kind of botched the pour...still looks brilliant nonetheless

s: great signature hefeweizen aroma...smells of cloves and banana. nice malt nose. simply exceptional.

t: delicious. great flavor. nice citrus flavor up front, followed by a nice clove/banana spiciness. perfect example of a german hefeweizen.

m&d: mouthfeel is great. drinkability is great also. really refreshing

wow. Paulaner Hefeweizen was my #1 german Hef before-- now there's a new king in town...Weihenstephaner never dissapoints.

NOTE: paired very well with my stuffed sole dinner my lovely girlfriend cooked for me

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

I had this beer on-tap poured into a pint glass. This beer has a white two to three finger head that lasts forever and a yellow cloudy color. The beer smells of clove, banana, wheat and yeast. The beer tastes of clove, wheat, and mild citrus, and has a light hop aftertaste. This beer has a nice amount of lacing. This beer is super refreshing, crisp, and a perfect session beer. I have had this beer on-tap and in the bottle either way it is awesome. Drinking this beer makes me want to go on another vacation to germany. This is one of my favorite beers of all time. I have never had a better Hefeweissbier!!!

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

poured into a weizen glass.

A: pours light cloudy orange, finger and half foamy head
S: wheat and yeast, light clove and banana
T: wheat malt, sweet clove more than banana. earthy hops on the aftertaste, also a slight citrus hint.
M: crisp yet creamy, medium carbonation.
D: great, ive had this on tap as well. also had with lemon.

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

An easy to obtain world class hefeweizen, sure why not.

A: This beer is certainly unfiltered and has a golden dilute grapefruit juice color to it. The head on this beer is massive and consequently upon opening the beer was met with a gusher. The head is very cheese cloth like and the lacing is deserving of a compliment.

S: The smell if the defining of a hefeweizen. Bananas, clove, and hints of citrus.

T: The taste is a creamy banana an clove. It's a youthful taste that is fresh and has a fair amount of zest and dryness in the finish that would indicate the hops are doing their job. The finish incorporates a kind of perfectly balanced chalky sweetness that leaves you wanting more. It's strange to think that my first "real" beer experiences were with German beers as I was an exchange student in high school and naturally rose as a natural opportunist to be able to legally drink beer at the age of 17.

M: This beer is extremely creamy and is quintessential of the style. Slides down the tongue nicely.

D: This beer is rather affordable, definitely real affordable in it's motherland (Deutschland). A great summer beer and a prime example of German brewing excellence.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,754 ratings.