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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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6,494 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,494
Reviews: 2,257
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 502
Gots: 679 | FT: 12
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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 jjayjaye
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! Pours a cloudy golden harvest amber color with an absolutely HUGE stiff white head that fades slowly, leaving solid patterns of Belgian lacing behind it. The smell is great too. Classic yeasty, banana, clove and pears. Visibly effervescent, the mouth feel is medium bodied, refreshing and creamy with a bright tangy tingle that finishes pretty dry. Full flavored, the yeasty nature, harvest fruit and spicy tastes prevail and linger gently. At 5.4% ABV, this one is a solid drinker. Wheat-based beers tend to stay with me, otherwise I'd choose to enjoy another. Highly recommended.

jjayjaye, Apr 15, 2009
Photo of carp420
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from the bottle into Weihenstephaner weizen glass

this hazy golden brew looks like the top of a lazy golden wheat field just blowing in the wind, awesome foamy head that climbs out of the glass, decent head retention for a minute with some lacing

smells of citrus and flora, mainly banana, lemon, oranges, then some spices and maybe some cloves, nice yeasty smell that comes along with the style.

explodes on the pallet, lot of banana and spices, lemon and yeast, just an overall great wheat beer

the carbonation may be the one drawback to this beer, it's just a little too much from the get go, but it's not too bad and goes away somewhat with warmth.

i can see myself drinking alot of this on a hot day, or just anytime really, an original and staple in the fridge.

carp420, Apr 14, 2009
Photo of DavoleBomb
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

4.0 A: Hazy golden yellow color. Two fingers of dense head with excellent retention and moderate lacing.

4.5 S: Tons of banana esters and peppery spice. Perhaps there is some clove in there, but I'm not picking much up. Something along the lines of lemon as well.

3.5 T: Really crisp and refreshing, but I find it rather bland. I don't know where everyone is getting bursts of flavor from. The flavors of the nose are back again, but really subdued. This, not a bad brew.

5.0 M: Insanely smooth. Frothy and something like creamy, though not actually creamy. Simply wonderful feel.

4.5 D: Mouthfeel is awesome, smell is awesome, appearance is good enough. Only thing holding back this brew is the lack of stronger flavors.

DavoleBomb, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of Liverpool08
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW! I was blown away by this. Had on tap at the Publik House in Brookline. I always knew I liked a good Hefe, but this goes to a whole other level.
What a great pour, Big soft white head,with a orange cloudy color. Big smells of wheat, bread, orange, and other citrus. The taste is even better. Bready with vanilla, cloves and orange accents. Such a smooth crisp feel in the mouth.
This just begs to drink more than one. This has got to be the best in the class for this style!

Liverpool08, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of Infamous7100
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When you talk about Hefe's, you have to start here. Thanks to the Party Source in Bellevue, Ky for turning me onto this one. Liquid gold in a glass!
A: Pours a goldenrod color with a thick, rocky, 3 finger head into my pint glass.
S: Tons of wheat (naturally) right up front, but I get some orange, lemon and banana as well. A little bit of the alcohol comes through.
T: At the front, I'm getting a lot of the malty sweetness and a bit of bread flavor. Towards the middle and back, the lemony, citrusy flavors peek through. That's where the alcohol is most noticable.
M: Thick but crisp. Minimal alcohol hang after swallowing. Leaves a pleasant flavor on the tongue.
D: Very refreshing. You feel obligated to have another. The smoothness and crispness lends themselves to the sessionability of this beer.

Go out and get some. Perfect for the spring and summer.

Infamous7100, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of goblet
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pour this out into a glass with a date of 24.10.09 this beer started in 1040? wow, that is some time ago !

Appearance: foggy orange color weather with a slight mist, i`m here with a white foamy head running shoes that decreases to a small sheet that sits on top of the pavement likes to loiterer and waits for the gun ;there off.

Smell:some fruitiness like citrus ,lemon,lime and peach running along side; whats that, its malt and yeast there keeping pace ,and staying with the pack.

Taste:the flavor is looking good and in shape for this marathon,they must have been eating good fruits and working out with malt and yeast even water is there ,though blends in with the mob but yeast got some spice to it ,this is a great race .

Mouthfeel: this has been a smooth race so far and all the flavors leaving a silky feel with no trip ups or falls . spicey yeast,and a tad bit sour are given some a dry satisfing finish.

Drinkability: who came in first ? who came in second ,weihenstephaner! is one of the best runners around, what do you think about your performance? (weihenstephaner) "i`ve been doing this for along time and i feel confident,i can do this style better then anyone. "

goblet, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of youngblood
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy orange color, billowing white head on top. Smells like crazy bananas and lemons. Very nice, good start here.

The dirty (as in dirt, as opposed to not clean) malted wheat and barley comes up first, very powerful grain flavors here. There is a bit of a nutty flavor here as well as some nice fruit. Getting some spice, but I can't place it. Very refreshing. Very light on the tongue and extremly drinkable.

youngblood, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of citan133
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thick lacy head that goes away pretty quickly. Smells of some type of fruit, I'm leaning toward a banana. Smells kind of like some tripels I've had. Nice flavor, kind of sweet, the way a hefeweizen should be. Definitely some banana on the tongue, a little grain flavor, very nice almost silky in the way it leaves your mouth. Goes down easy with just enough to keep you wanting to go back for more. Pretty much a picture-perfect German hefe. I couldn't ask for much more when it comes to this style. Great session beer, though its also doing pretty damn well by itself right now.

citan133, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of tronester
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden amber with a massive white head. Not much lacing is left and the head dies away pretty quickly. Smell is quite phenolic, with a hint of grain. Taste is quite mild, estery, a slight twang from the wheat. Nice sweetness. The yeast flavors aren't as prevalent as in other Hefeweizen beers, though this isnt necessarily a bad thing. Mouthfeel is smooth, very high carbonation that is to style. Drinkability is great, the entire .5 liter bottle goes quickly. A very good beer, I will definately look for this again when in the mood for a German Hefeweizen in the future. Seems to be becoming a cult classic.

tronester, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of merryjoulton
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a great off white head that lasts the entire glass. I had a definite sense that banana scents were present, along with spices and citrus and bread. Tastes very sweet and wheaty. This drink is super refreshing, I had it with some bbq pork which is an excellent combination. Mouthfeel is light without being unsubstantial. Drinkability through the roof, great beer.

merryjoulton, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of sliverX
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured a typical hazy yellow hefe color with a huge white head that lasted forever and left nice lacing
smell is lots of banana and a hint of clove
taste is huge banana
mouthfeel was medium to light, you could see carbonation but not feel it on the tongue
drinkability is perfect and most likely the fresher the better

sliverX, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of DannyS
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass, poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - Lovely cloudy medium amber with a big, fluffy, resilient head. Leaves good stretches of lacing.

S - Loads of banana, wheat, and fruity/citric sweetness on the nose.

T - Rich, slightly sweet, slightly tangy. Very upfront with full-bodied bready flavor, complimented by banana and just a hint of spice. Finishes really clean.

M - Quite fizzy and mild to medium in body. Appropriate, to say the least.

D - Excellent for sessioning, with the only drawback being that it's pretty filling. Otherwise, a greatly drinkable brew.

Overall - I completely understand why this is considered one of the best hefes in the world. Amazingly aromatic with its banana character, with just enough twang to balance it out. I freakin' love it!

DannyS, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of PhilfromPA
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Good head and retention, slightly cloudy light golden color

S- Bananas, spices, wheat

T- At first bananas, bread & spices, wheat, finishes sweet and fairly crisp

M - Medium bodied with a kick from the carbonation, slightly creamy

D- Highly drinkable, very refreshing and light while maintaining its great blend of tastes

PhilfromPA, Apr 06, 2009
Photo of johnmichael712
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured out of a 16 oz bottle into a Paulaner weizen glass. There is no freshness date on the bottle, but there is a batch code (4398). This beer pours an orangy-gold color that is exceptionally murky once the yeast sediment is added and is crowned by the typical enormous weizen head. The head is a pale white color and has a wonderful mousse-like texture that is supplemented by a torrent of small carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. As the head falls it takes on a rocky appearance, and it eventually fades to a one finger ring that stays atop the beer throughout the drinking experience. A moderate amount of Belgian lace is present on the sides of glass.

Smell: The nose of this beer is exceptionally spicy and has a strong amount of phenol aroma in the form of cloves. There is also a heavy does of banana esters along with a citrusy tartness that smells like lemon zest or bitter orange peel.

Taste: This beer starts out with a strong banana flavor that would make it perfect for anyone with a pet monkey. This moves to a sharp clove spiciness and big notes of malted barley and wheat along with a bread-like yeast flavor. The beer eventually fades with a bit of a cracker-like malt flavor along with a very light and sweet bubblegum taste that supplements the dry finish. There is no hop flavor to speak of and no real hop bitterness in the finish. This is one excellently balanced, yet flavorful, hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, especially for a hefeweizen, and is one of the biggest bodies in a wheat beer I've had to date. Once the yeast is added to the glass the body seems even bigger, so make sure to swirl around the last few drops in the bottle and add them to the beer. This beer has a creamy sort of mouthfeel thanks to the wheat, and a light finish with heavy carbonation.

Drinkability: I think that hefeweizens are one of the most drinkable styles out there, and Weihenstephaner's Hefeweissbier is no exception. This is an incredibly spicy, fruity, and refreshing beer, and goes wonderfully with warm weather and good friends.

Notes: This is the best hefeweizen that I've had so far. Other breweries' renditions are good, but if you're a wheat beer lover and you haven't treated yourself to Weihenstephaner's version, you owe it to yourself to try this gem from the "oldest brewery in the world". Definitely something I'll be buying again as summer approaches, and a great beer for opening people up to the world of craft beer.

johnmichael712, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of hophead247
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into an imperial pint glass..Pours a slightly hazy golden-yellow with a huge lasting fluffy white head with very nice lacing. Aroma of cloves and banana...MMM...A nice note of bread I found in the scent as well. The taste was truly exceptional...that clove and banana flavor once again, followed by nice dry bread, yeast, wheat flavors. The beer was carbonated just a tad too much in my opinion, but i wasn't complaining. This Hef instantly became my favorite years ago when I first tried it, and it remains my #1 today

hophead247, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of jiggahertz
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Ton of head on a cloudy pale golden beer.

S: Smell of banana comes through some doughy malts, alcohol.

T: Banana is nice and strong, followed by the sweetness of the malt. Very little hops are detected. FInish is sweet.

M: High carbonation and medium bodied.

D: Very drinkable as expected with the style. The sweetness may be a bit much for me after a while though

jiggahertz, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of emsroth
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pint bottle. No freshness date. Shot the yeast into the bottom of a hefe-like pilsener glass. Had to pour it into two get the yeast.

App: a cloudy pale yellow that reminds me of banana.

Smell: Strong, sweet smell of a fruit salad.

Taste: Starts with the carbonation. Next comes the sweet taste of bananas. Otherwise the taste is light and crisp. As it warms the faint taste of malted wheat creeps through.

Pleasant mouthfeel without any negative aspects. Very drinkable but one pint is enough.

Make sure you like bananas before you try this one.

emsroth, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an embarrassing old review, I will have to update the text next time I drink a bottle of this beer

A--Full two finger head that dissipates fairly quickly, but not fully. Very dark yellow, but when held up to the light it reveals an awesome two-tone color, darker in the middle with lighter yellow running down both sides. Tough to explain, but awesome to look at. Only spotty lacing, though.

S--The usual suspects with a wheat beer, only magnified and much "cleaner."

T--Wow, this is great. I'm picking up A LOT of bubblegum, definitely the dominant flavor. As it gets warmer some fruitiness takes center stage along with yeast and wheat. Tastes like I'm eating from a bowl of mixed fruit while chewing a piece of Bubbalicious. Quite tasty!

M--Pretty much perfect, this just glides down your throat with an ever-so-slight sting from the carbonation

D--Hey, if I can drink an entire wheat beer without complaints, it must be drinkable

alcstradamus, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of Wackyfoot
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky golden pour with a thick white head that evaporates very slowly. Bubblegum aroma with some nice banana scent as well. Flavor similar but a little bit more banana than bubblegum maybe with a nice carbonated kick to it. Probably the best hefe I have ever drank

Wackyfoot, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of sevopie
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Lightly cloudy golden color with a white head.

Smell - A lot of spices are apparent upfront, as well as a couple fruits, pears/apricots as well as some type of citrus.

Taste - The fruits dominate the initial flavors, again with pears and citrus coming through. You get a mild hint of wheat in there, but the spices kick in long after the fruits, and linger nicely on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - Heavy but not oily, with a solid dose of carbonation.

Drinkability - With the spices lingering on the tongue, this one asks you to drink more with every sip. This is quite possibly the most drinkable beer I've ever had... and I am not really a fan of the wheat style in general. Fantastically well done, I'm glad I was able to find it here in Denver finally.

sevopie, Mar 24, 2009
Photo of sjccmd
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a cloudy straw gold with a billowy white head

S: nice German yeast, bananas, wheat, sweet bread

T: spicy upfront, citrus, then bready malts and bananas, yeasty

M: crisp, but coats the tongue nicely

D: nice and refreshing but still complex, I don't typically prefer German styles, but this beer is quite good

sjccmd, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of PirateUlf73
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a quite hazy golden-orange hue with a big, white head. Retained and laced marvelously.

S: Very strong nose of wheat, spices, clove, banana, and some yeast. All of these add up to more than the sum of its parts. Very complex and a joy to smell.

T: A big, soft spiciness up front, supported by a supple wheat backing. Then comes the bready yeast, adding its own signature to the mix. I love the blend of all the classic hefeweizen flavors - banana, clove and phenols. This has it all in spades.

M: A pleasant fullness, yet still managing to be lighter in body. It was adequately carbonated and the finish was a little tart and more than a little bit dry.

D: Very quaffable, as each sip leaves you yearning for the next.

This is hands-down one of the most complex hefeweizens (let alone beers in general) on the market today. If for some strange reason you have not already tried this beer, get off your bottom and go getcha' some! Seriously though, this is a quite affordable beer and it has yet to let me down.

PirateUlf73, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of theghost3
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a hefe glass. Appearance is very cloudy light amber with a ridiculous 3-finger frothy head. A 1-finger head remnant stays througout. Minimal lacing.

The smell is made up of apple, wheat, pears, cloves, and vanilla; very enticing. The taste is somewhat muted, but lemon esters, pears, cloves, vanilla, and some earthiness shine through. The earthy quality reminds me of a saison. Mouthfeel is very carbonated & acidic at first, but quickly becomes smooth & almost thick.

This is an incredibly drinkable hefeweizen. Braurei Weihenstephan has been around almost 1000 years, so they obviously know what they are doing.

theghost3, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of zminor
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an opaque yellow gold into a duvel tulip. Medium amount of head dissipated but left a ring of lace around the edge of the pour.

Nose is a subtle mix of citrus especially lemons, and maybe a slight hint of bananas. Nothing too overpowering.

Wow, a very impressive hefeweiss! Much fruiter than I would typically expect, even more so than the nose. Strong notes of banana and wheat.

Mouthfeel seems to be on par with the style. Crisp, light, and quite drinkable, although I'm not sure I see myself drinking this all the time.

Overall a great example of the style - even if you're not traditionally a fan, give this one a try.

zminor, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours an opaque orangish-yellow, with a massive white head. Outstanding retention level with ridiculous lacing.

S: sharp notes of citrus, mostly lemon and unripe oranges. Some slight metallic tones, but faint. There are also aromas of coriander and maybe a hint of clove.

T: huge notes of honey and bananas. Some light citrus flavors, light lemon. Mild coriander notes with a huge yeasty flavor.

M: solid mouthfeel. Very refreshing and slightly creamy. Exceptional carbonation, perhaps perfect.

paulthebeerguru, Mar 22, 2009
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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