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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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6,300 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,300
Reviews: 2,240
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 478
Gots: 605 | FT: 13
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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 baos
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in big Weissbeir glass at Shallos

A: Nice looking dishwater reddish-blonde. 2 finger head that sticks around pretty gut. Das ist gut beir!

S&T: My favorite part of the beer is the smell pink bubblegum, cloves and bananas. Doesn't taste as rich as it smells, but it tastes very good. Lots of clove characteristics.

M: Nice medium body on this girl.

D: I quaffed two big glasses, and would've had 4 more if it wasn't lunch time and didn't want to go back to my store and throw people out for being rude.

try one on. das ist wunderbar.

baos, Jul 02, 2008
Photo of SaucyA
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured into a Weihenstephan glass. Pours a beautiful, murky golden-yellow. Ample carbonation rises from the bottom, and there's a creamy white head on top. I should've poured it more vigorously, I think. Great lacing.

S - Malted wheat, banana esters, clove and spicy yeast. Light floral undertones.

T - I am admittedly not the hugest fan of Hefe's, but this one is a true exception. Light wheat notes, banana affects, yeasty goodness. Hopping is not noted, but I'm sure they're in here somewhere. Clean and fresh.

M - A little lighter than I think I'd prefer, but it'd kill the drinkability to have it any creamier.

D - Absolutely killer drinkability. I could drink this alll night on a boat or alll day at a picnic. A perfect brew for warm weather.

Notes: I always avoided this because I feared freshness issues, but when I saw some brand-new in a cooler yesterday, I figured the chance of it being old would be in the distributors hands, and not the stores.

I would undoubtedly drink this again.

SaucyA, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of hrd
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Has a cloudy, deep golden color. Nice thick/dense head, with decent retention. Very nice carbonation, making it look extremely lively and refreshing.

Smell: Very light smell actually, with hint of citrus and yeast. Very appealing.

Taste: Initial taste has a strong clove flavour with a hint of banana. The banana dissipates quickly and you're left with a spicy clove taste that lingers well after the swallow. Fairly complex flavour for a light and refreshing brew.

Mouthfeel: It has a very nice carbonated, spicy, lively feel. You definitely know it's in your mouth.

Drinkability: Extremely easy to drink. It has good flavour that sticks with you but doesn't over power. Little to zero bitterness.

Conclusion: An excellent example of a Bavarian Hefeweissbier.

hrd, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of irishkyle21
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a fluffy bright white head. Holds up very well and leaves good stickage. Has a hazy yellow color. Lots of bubbles quickly making their way to the top.

Smells of clove, some banana, light citrus and malt.

Tastes of yeast, spice, citrus, clove and a bit of sweet malt. This is a great beer to have during a heat wave.

irishkyle21, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of Tdizzle
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a seemingly fresh six-pack of this at BevMo! in Orange.

A- Poured into a Widmer Hefeweizen glass, this beer pours a cloudy straw color accompanied by a massive white head with great retention and copious amounts of thick lacing.

S- Fruity aromas of ripe bananas and citrus rind are backed up by huge notes of wheat, yeast, clove spiciness, and honey. Slightly grassy and floral as well.

T- Flavors of grainy wheat and ripe bananas fade to a spicy, yeasty finish.

M- Medium carbonation with a medium-bodied mouthfeel, but a bit more watery than I expected.

D- I could easily drink several of these in a sitting without getting bored or drunk, given the 5.4% ABV.

An outstanding Hefeweizen. Highly recommended.

Tdizzle, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.43/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Tyler's in Durham;

Wow, what a disappointment on tap!

One of my favorite beers arrives in its signature weizen glass with mostly-clear amber body and a fat finger of head. Too clear and too golden-amber. Looks wrong.

Smell has virtually none of the banana or clove I loved so much about the bottled version, but instead features more noticeable, herbal hops, and even a tinge of caramel, wrong to the point I thought I had a mispour. I didn't.

The taste lacks the fresh yeasty goodness I've come to associate with this beer. I don't know if the keg was old or needed a bit of agitation, or what, but this wasn't the beer I was anticipating when I ordered it.

Nowhere near as good as the bottle in this encounter!

cvstrickland, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of watkins
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours hazy orange with thick 2 finger head, not really sticking to glass at it rests.

S: Damned delicious, wheaty with nice yeast aroma. My mouth is watering.

T: Smooth, really floral-wheaty. Fruity: bananas, with a nice bready yeast aftertaste.

M: Slightly watery initially, then accented by nice carbonation toward the end, tickling the tongue.

D: So help me if I can find these pint bottles for $2.50-$3 on the way to the beach, summer beer all the way.

watkins, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.73/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled after the Live Oak hefe for a side-by-side of sorts.

Appearance - pours out a hazy orangish yellow, a very thick and cakey head on top, over two fingers in height and giving up ground very grudgingly. Lots of lace arcs and rainbows on the hefe glass.

Aroma - a doughy, yeasty smell with more spice and less banana. Good but not as livey and varied as the Live Oak.

Taste - a sweet, butterscotch flavor with the grain. I immediately grab the bottle and look for a freshnes date, but find none. Fruity follow-up, not bad. A bit of spicy balance post-swallow and hints of Cracker Jack on the finish (and occasional belch). Tasty enough but doesn't nail the style like I thought it would.

Mouthfeel - medium-bodied, crisp carbonation and a nice smoothness all do well for the beer.

Drinkability - I'd have it again, in fact I've had this a number of times and was interested to see how it stacked up against the #1 hefe. Though it really didn't match up as well as I thought it would, I still get this every year, it's one both me and the missus enjoy.

brewdlyhooked13, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of csmiley
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours medium gold in color with a good amount of cloudiness. Color borders on straw in the thinner parts of the glass. Head is plentiful, off-white, and rocky. A gentle pour still gave up over two inches. Retention is great. Lace is intricate and generous. This beer is picture perfect.

S - Wheat is the biggest part of the aroma. Notes of banana and pale malt back up the wheat very well. Hints of alcohol and hops lay in the background and are hard to detect. The wheat really steals the show with this beer. It stays constant throughout the aroma.

T - The wheat is not as strong as the smell would suggest. It is still the biggest part of the flavor. The secondary flavors are done very well and include: banana, pineapple, yeast, honey, peppery spice, and fresh bread. Just like the smell, some alcohol and hops are on the tail end and stay in a distant background.

M - Medium bodied with excellent carbonation. Finish is just a little bitter with a nice wheat bite.

D - Drinkability is very nice. This one has all the right qualities to make it a great beer. I would happily have more of this one. The relatively low alcohol and smooth flavors make it disappear pretty quick. Highly recommended.

csmiley, Jun 23, 2008
Photo of KeefD
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a glass. Develops a nice off-white head that recedes somewhat slowly leaving behind some nice fluffy lacing. Smell is of bananas, some sweet malt and delicate floral notes. Taste is slightly fruity, hints of orange and banana, lots of pale wheat malt giving it some nice sweetness and little to no hop bitterness. Finishes dry. Goes down very smooth, light carbonation, and an all around pleasing drink. One of my favorite Weissbiers.

KeefD, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of leif86
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A hazy golden color topped with a thin white head that becomes a thin white lacing very quickly.

S: An aroma of lemon and cereal.

T: Much like the smell except a lot wheatier. Quite good.

M: Juicy, almost chewy but nice.

D: I'm not a huge fan of this particular style of beer but this is good. Very good.

leif86, Jun 21, 2008
Photo of msgraves
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a Weihenstephaner glass.

Wonderfully creamy head with an unfiltered golden appearance and great lacing.

Aroma had lots of coriander and clove spiciness. I also noticed some banana, bubble gum, and wheat graininess. Lots of yeast character is noticeable.

Sweet beer with pronounced wheat character. Clove/coriander and orange citrus also present. Some hints of banana are there as well.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. I could easily find myself drinking quite a few of these. Thirst-quenching and great for summer.

msgraves, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of punkindrublic50
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you are a fan of wheat beers then you absolutely have give Weihenstephaner a try. Appearance is perfect hefeweizen - cloudy orange with a cream colored head, sweet smell. You can practically taste the beer just by looking at it and smelling it. Hint of cloves along with the citrus and banana, crisp clean flavor that you could drink all day long. Like most beers best served on tap, although bottled it doesn't step down too much in quality.

punkindrublic50, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of hustlesworth
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- super foam explosion. weird reverse cascade action is captivating, the foam undulates from the bottom as jet streams up bubbles continuously add to it. beautiful hazed canary yellow, golden, and brass. nearly snow white head is soapy and dense with a thin pitted membrane laid out over the top. this foam has amazing staying power and though it pops and fizzes and makes little dimples in its surface, it just doesn't seem to budge. when it finally finishes morphing, it takes on the form of a 1/2in thick foamy dish and pretty much stays that way aside from the abstract trails of lace it leaves behind.

S- fresh banana peel, clove, and lots of wheat. some bazooka bubblegum as well and a bit of floral lemony spiciness. yeast is just incredible, in-your-face, and completely controls the aroma. not a bad thing.

T- wheaty and fresh, the clove/banana/bubblegum backs off a little and other flavors come through. every kind of plain bread i can imagine, a light lemon blossom floweriness, and sharp yet mild noble hops in the form of bitter lemon peel and cut grass. underlying the yeasty sweetness is a raw pilsener flavor without all the bitterness. so very traditional tasting, using all the hefe elements to their full potential, i couldn't ask for anything more.

MF- crisp and refreshing on the front side, a little sugary on the back side which is most likely an illusion created by the yeast sweetness. if all you ever eat is sugar, what should you taste like? sweeet! but, eh, i'd like a little dryness. mid-high carb along with tons of wheat keep the body light and keep me focused and after the sweetness fades the finish is crisp and bready.

D- absolutely refreshing to say the least. aside from a gallon of water or an un-named less-than-flavorful american style lager that i only intend to chug, this would be what i dream of on a hot afternoon when my yard is clean and i'm covered with bugs and grass clippings. cheers to the oldest brewery in the world!

hustlesworth, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of GodOfBeer
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark cloudy gold/orange with a big thick creamy head that sadly diminishes.

Banana, cloves, fruitiness picked up in the aroma -- very nice!

Initial taste of dried fruit and bananas, finishes with a nice blend of spices and some yeast, delicious.

Very smooth, very drinkable although I would prefer Hacker-Pschorr or Schneider-weisse over this.

GodOfBeer, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of fishtownhxc
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

honestly, if this brewery couldn't make a proper hefeweizen then they couldn't have been in business all this time. pours a nice dark golden/light amber with a creamy head. pretty much no hops to be found, which is typical and expected and goes down nice and smooth. i could drink a case of these a day if that was even possible. over 1000 years of brewing tradition and it's a simple as four easy ingredients.

fishtownhxc, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of MerkinMan
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice color for a wheat beer, with the expected yeasty cloudyness. Carbonated like it should be too.

S: Hints of clove and other yeasty spicyness

T: Crisp and refreshing. Not as spicy / yeasty as the smell would have me expect.

MF: Nice yeasty / bubbly presence, but not too much body either.

D: A very respectable hefeweissen. I need to taste this alongside Ayinger and Paulaner. As for right now, I would say this measures up with them very well.

MerkinMan, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy yellow.. huge white head. very solid

S - Spicy, yeasty, slight lemony aroma, wheat, cloves. Chalky earthiness.

T- Sweet, citric, wheaty twang. Banana next, and clovey spice. Solid flavour spreads out nicely. Lots of banana.

M - Smooth, but with a bit of a heavy carbonated bite. Moderate body.

D - The hefe flavour and smooth body gives this a really rich impression. A little too bitey on the carbonation, but the flavour is really really nice.

allergictomacros, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of ThatWineGuy
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in its own tall, curvy glass, exp 04/03/09. Poured hazy golden, generous white head with active carbonation, great retention but not a lot of lacing. The smell is delightfully spicy with ginger and cloves, cinammon, banana and orange zest. The taste is similarly up front; wheat, citrus, a sharp edge and a malty bitterness in the finish. Balanced acidity, substantial body, smooth mouthfeel; I found this beer a great example of the style and a really satisfying, refreshing diversion from my evening routine. The only slight criticism might be that it was a bit gassy until it got some air, hardly a fault in a brew worth savouring like this one is.

ThatWineGuy, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of DIM
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: This is a cloudy, dirty looking, apple cider yellow. It pours with a medium sized white head that doesn't last long.

s: Mellow, balanced, and non-confrontational. Wheaty, overripe bananas along with some lemon and cloves.

t: This is damn near a perfect hefe. Nothing cloying or artifcial tasting in this one. Wheat flavors that suggest bananas and bublegum rather hit you upside the head with them. Mild peppery spices and a suggestion of citrus.

m: This is the heartiest hefe I've tried so far. Thick with perfectly creamy carbonation.

d: Its hard to imagine a better hefe, I'll be on the look out for a chance to try this one on tap.

DIM, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a Weihenstephan hef glass. I have had this numerous times but is my first time reviewing it.

Pours a beautiful golden honey color with a very nice looking white head that is about an inch thick. As you drink it lacing sticks to the glass all the way down.

Smells of cloves, banana, yeast.

Taste is amazing and refreshing. Tastes as it smells with a little spice in the background and slightly sweet. Simply one of the best hefs out there.

Mouthfeel is amazing and refreshes and quenches thirst. Perfect for summer time but good all year.

Drinkability is high. I could drink this all day every day. Simply an amazing hef if you like hefs.

PeprSprYoFace, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of Rainintheface
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16.9 oz bottle into my SA glass

A: Beautiful. Hazy gold in color with a pillowy white two+ finger head. great retention

S: wheat, banana, clove, light spice and yeast

T: Banana, faint vanilla. a little citrus/lemon in the far background

M: light and fairly crisp with moderate carbonation. very refreshing

D: awesome, awesome, awesome. Extremely quaffable

Rainintheface, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of pinotboy007
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Whole Foods grocer near Chantilly, VA.

A - Cloudy gold/amber with beautiful head and white lacing.

S - Banana, clove, herbs, vanilla.

T - Candied, a bit sweet with banana, clove, and some spices. In a word, beautiful! Wow.

M - Dense creamy smoothness.

D - Dynamite stuff - yum. Perfect for this hot humid weather. Highly recommend!

pinotboy007, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of marksto
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A classic hefeweiss brewed at the world's oldest brewery. A beer I've had many times but bought anew for purposes of review.

Poured into a classic tall weissbeer glass. Displays a huge puffy head that floats atop a hazy golden liquid with lots of swirling bubbles. Aroma displays banana, vanilla, and light clove, with just a hint of citrus. The mouthfeel explodes with big carbonation and light body. Flavor is a nice blend of banana/vanilla with underlying spiciness. The key is in the balance - all the flavor elements blend nicely and nothing dominates. Many other hefe's tend to be heavy on one element or another but this one is perfect.

Overall, this is IMO the finest example of the style available outside Germany. A must try for any lover of the German hefeweiss style.

marksto, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of CanuckRover
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale, murky gold. Big pillowy head and thick lacings. Right on target.

Banana/coconut on the nose, little bit of sweet lemon.

Very clean wheat taste, somewhat powdery. Refreshingly crisp malt, dry grain. Fruitiness isn't overpowering as I find it often is in the style. The banana and lemon undertones are there, but they play second fiddle to the wheat and malt. Little bit of clove but not much spice to speak of. I get next to no alcohol at all, which is somewhat bizarre for the style. It's leaning towards a Belgian style wheat beer, hence the .5 knocked off taste. Not complaining though.

Very clean, refreshing beer, perfect for the season.

A gold-standard. Can't go wrong with this one.

CanuckRover, Jun 07, 2008
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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