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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 6,833
Reviews: 2,307
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 wahhmaster
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 0.5 liter bottle into a Paulaner weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy light orange color with a ton of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. The head is massive and foamy and dissipates slowly leaving considerable lacing on the glass. Beautiful.

Smell: Wheaty and yeasty with hints of fruitiness and spice.

Taste: Now this is a hefeweizen! Yeasty up front with strong lemon notes. Develops into a sweet, malty flavor with strong fruity flavors in the background. Spicy notes (cloves?) come out in the end as well. Leaves a pleasant lemony aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, and refreshing.

Drinkability: Perhaps a little over-hyped, but not by much. This has been called the standard for hefeweizens and now I know why. An absolute dream to drink on a warm day. The only thing that would make it better would be having it in Bavaria itself. One of these days...

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

Notes from 5/14/10

This beer wanted to get out of the bottle, evidence from foam creeping out of the top of the bottle once opened. The pour is golden yellow with one and a half finger fluffy white head.

There is a substantial spice to the smell...coriander and clove. I'm also getting a lot of wheat, yeast, orange, and some banana.

I saw the good ratings on this beer and am pleasantly surprised with the taste. I am getting a lot of wheat, banana, and yeast up front finishing with orange zest and a bit of spice. Very refreshing.

The mouthfeel is thin and effervescent with a mild creaminess and a clean finish.

This is a very drinkable beer simply put.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Weihenstephan Weizen Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees, then fridge cooled for approx 15 minutes

This pours a clear, golden orange color.It easily produces four-fingers of thick, craggy, foam which is eggshell colored. The retention is fantastic and the lacing is in slightly sticky strands.

Tons of big, beautiful, yeast notes emenate from this glass. A huge presence of corriandor brings along a touch of orange zest with it. Big presence of bananas and wheat.
This smells delicious!

Massive amount of wheat flavor, but it's blended so nicely with all of the fruity and spicey notes that it's just delicious. Lots of bananas and a good amount of oranges and even some lemons. Corriandor notes mix with some mild spices and a good level of yeastiness. Almost bready.
This is what a hefeweizen should taste like.

Almost full-bodied and it has a mild-to-medium level of carbonation. It is extremely smooth, but is lacking in the area of creaminess.

At only 5.40%abv, and that's nowhere to be found, this is a super drinkable beer. Great flavor and very refreshing. This will be a great summer drink and a fantastic drink for fall and/or spring.

Photo of hawks10
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into my Weihenstephan weizen glass...

Pours a hazy golden yellow/orange with a bunch of soft, fluffy white head which sticks around forever and leaves some lace on the way down...

Very strong aroma of bananas, yeasty spice, clove, wheat, a bit of pepper and some ripe fruits...complex and nice...

Very clean tasting, subtle banana flavor, less spice on the tongue as there was in the nose. Strong wheat character (duh) with an earthy/herbal finish. Not normally a fan of Hefes as I usually find them to have a bit too much spice, this one was great!

Medium bodied, looks like it would carry more substance than it actually does. Light and very easy to drink, good carbonation and just an overall pleasant drinking experience...

One of the few Hefes I have ever enjoyed, and I thoroughly enjoyed this one....

Photo of raceway40
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great wheat taste and aroma. Lots of head even when pouring to do your best to keep its down. And a pleasant aftertaste of almost a grape like fruit, at least that's what my taste buds tell me. Great beer, and brewed to the purity law of 1516. This is definitely a must buy if you like wheat beers.

Photo of TripleTap
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first review!

The Pour: Poured smoothly from the bottle. Left a 1.5" head that was firm and creamy. Left a small amount of lace as it went away.

Appearance: Beautiful Golden color. Like a wheat field at harvest. Fairly clear, just a slight haze.

Smell: Very Aromatic with a bouquet of banana. Smelled a lot like Banana's Foster! Hints of spice as well.

Taste: This does not have the lemony citrus that many wheat beers have. It is a crisp well structured taste. The malts come thru nicely. Minimal hop bitterness. This beer begs to be drank on a hot summer day lounging on the deck!

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing. A very fine carbonation.

Drinkability: Yes, I am gonna go get another!

I am not a huge fan of wheat beers. Bought this one on the recomendation from my local beer store. I do not care for the lemon and big citrus. This one is very well balanced, though. It will retain a spot in the "beer fridge", especially in the summer.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A foamy white head erupts from the hazy golden body upon the initial pour and hangs tight for quite some time while leaving a sticky lacing in its wake.

Massive aromas of banana and clove waft from the glass as well as wheat and spice. The traditional phenols and esters are very apparent and well balanced. As the beer warms, the wheat and yeast becomes more pronounced.

The palate is very similar to the nose. The clove and banana are well balanced with the wheat. These characteristics are not quite as intense as in the aroma, but still provide all of the flavor one can handle.

Medium to light in body with high carbonation with a refreshing zest for the palate.

This is a benchmark for the style with amazing flavor and aroma characteristics, great balance, and just altogether enjoyable. A real winner!

Photo of kylehayworth
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer many times, but I am finally going to review it.

A: It has a nice color, somewhere between orange/gold/yellow on the color wheel, with a certain cloudiness to it, not sure that shows up on the color wheel, however. The head was tremendous. I poured it into a new Duvel snifter, amazing white, with great retention.

S: I smell really good spices, plus some exotic fruits.

T: Wow, you have a good wheat taste, with some citrus notes playing along, I also pick up a slight taste of the exotic fruits in the nose. This is a real hefe.

M/D: It has good carbonation, and is very drinkable. Guess that's what you get for perfecting a beer, and being around for the last 970 years.

Photo of Thur123
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew pours a cloudy golden honey kind of color with head that stays tame and maintains a white lid over the beer in a thin layer. The carbonation is active and swirling. The smell is bananas, wheat malt in the form of sweetbread with a slight grassiness as well.

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The flavor is full bodied and just complex enough. The familiar banana flavor with some clove present as well. The body is full and smooth. An excellent wheat beer, nothing stands out while at the same time I can taste everything I expect and the flavor and body are surprisingly non watery, very full and authentic tasting beer.

Photo of CBlack85
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a wiezen glass

Pours a hazy orange/straw color with a huge foamy white head that leaves behind lots of lacing.

The nose is quite big and packed with strong yeasty notes and wheat malt. The banana and cloves are quite dominant as well. Very clean

The taste is bananas and wheat. The cloves and yeast notes are definately there, but are more subdued. This is really a beautiful hefe, a perfect example of the style. Medium bodied and average carbination, creamy mouthfeel and very drinkable.

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.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,833 ratings.