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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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world-class

6,168 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,168
Reviews: 2,230
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 465
Gots: 549 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +2%

got this one from TheManiacalOne as part of BC2. thanks mark!

500ml bottle.

pours hazy golden yellow with a big fluffy white head. the head drops slowly to a 1/8" layer on top of the beer. lots of lace.

aroma is great. bread and cracker malts. clove and banana. bit of pineapple. light alcohol.

taste is great. light clove. banana. bready malt. just a hint of caramel sweetness. hint of pineapple and orange. bit of bubblegum.

mouthfeel is good. medium-high carbonation level. nice light body.

drinkability is great. nicely balanced and incredibly drinkable. an excellent example of the style.

12-06-2007 02:04:08 | More by grub
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tonistruth

Nevada

4.15/5  rDev -5.9%

A- cloudy and golden with a huge fluffy white head and lacing to match, great retention

S- phenolic, banana, crisp, zesty cloves

T- wheat flavors create a strong backbone to zesty and spicy flavors that unwind with warmth, lemon twang as well

M- soft and somewhat coarse medium body

D- sessionable and refreshing, a fantastic hefe weizen

12-03-2007 01:00:59 | More by tonistruth
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armock

New York

4.83/5  rDev +9.5%

A - poured a hazy almost orange color with a white head

S - Is mostly of bananas and cloves

T - Very good the malt and banana and clove blend very nicely

M - Supper smooth light carbonation

D - This brew is very drinkable awesome taste and very smooth this is one of my top five beers now I think

12-02-2007 00:30:49 | More by armock
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Pauly2X

Wisconsin

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%

A- Cloudy yellow with a orange tinge very effervescent. Poured three finger head which faded slowly to maintain a strong wisp.

S- Citrusy with light notes of banana, and even fainter hints of clove, very pleasing.

T- Wonderfully balanced only slight citrus tastes stand out.

M- Great carbonation, very smooth.

D- This would be higher if it wasnt November.

Simply the best wiessbier I've had to date.

11-26-2007 23:59:43 | More by Pauly2X
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

2.58/5  rDev -41.5%

Had this beer on drought at the Tap Room in NYC and the Brewery in Friesing.

Served in a tall hefe glass.

Just looks like the prototype hefeweizen. Straw, cloudy color. Nice head that dissipates after a minute or so.

Lemon scent with a hint of canned corn smell.

The taste is not as good as I think that it was going to be. Strong canned corn taste. Everyone makes so much out of this beer but I have to say I am quite disappointed.

With so many good reviews for this beer I have my suspicions about the place I got the beer.

I had two of these and both tasted off. Sorry to disagree with the others. All I have to say is that if you are interested in this beer, don't try it at the Tap Room in NYC.

I had this at the brewery in Friesing and it tasted the same.

11-25-2007 01:41:11 | More by jneiswender
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aerozeppl

New York

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

From a 1 pint .9 oz bottle into my Molson pilsner glass.

A: Wonderful cloudy appearance. Massive amounts of head on this beer.

S: Big yeast scent up front.Bannanna which weirds me about because I hate them but love Hefs.

T: Bannana and clover are here as expected. Almost a vanilla hint at the end. Wheat fills in the middle nicely.

M: Great. Carbonation is perfect and it loves being on my tounge.

D: This one is dangerous. An awesome session beer for the summer.

11-24-2007 22:47:46 | More by aerozeppl
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franksnbeans

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%

Pours a hazy golden with a big frothy white head that dies quick. Big melon, banana in the nose with a minor clove afterthought. Tastes all compliment eachother well. Everything in the nose dances on the palate. Medium and crisp in the mouth. So drinkable its not funny.

11-20-2007 00:10:30 | More by franksnbeans
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oelergud

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -7%

Light golden cloudy body. Large white head of full range of bubbles, good retention and lace.
Sweet malty scent with some spiced honey. Pumpkin, hay and wheat are present as well.
Fruity malt flavor with plenty of spice. Vanilla pudding like notes along with pumpkin. The aftertaste reveals abit of hops again with a spiced character but it does not last long.
Medium body, somewhat wheaty and dry. Residual sugars are present.
Pretty good drinkability. Mild and easy to enjoy, this would make a good session beer.

-Oelergud

11-17-2007 21:14:31 | More by oelergud
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.88/5  rDev +10.7%

Straight up - this is an outstanding brew... Compared to some other bland styles out there, this is simply outstanding... A great appearance with a nice frothy head coupled with a terrific taste makes this a classic hefe weizen. Without a doubt, one of the best I've ever sampled, this blows the competition away with its strong, pronounced wheat/citrus flavor that is complex and unforgettable. The first time I've tried this, and I will definitely get another sixer... Certainly go for this one even if you're not a fan of the style - you won't be dissapointed.

11-16-2007 00:07:43 | More by dsa7783
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

4.93/5  rDev +11.8%

My 500ml bottle was best before 22nd May 2008, I drank it on a wet and cold November night in 2007.

Poured into one of my Franziskaner Weissbier glasses (wetted before the pour).

Looks great, orangey coloured cloudy body, huge head, bubbles arising, just like a good hefeweiss should.

The aroma is also huge, vanilla, bananas and toffee apples, very impressive.

The taste is full of different flavours all trying to get out, with the same three as the smell winning the battle. Vanilla ice cream and Banoffi pie but without the sweetness the idea suggests.

The mouthfeel is full and lingers, this is a well crafted beer.

I think I have reviewed over 20 weissbiers on this site so far and this is by far the best ( I have also drank many, many others before joining, the statement stays the same). A truely good beer.

11-13-2007 20:22:06 | More by BlackHaddock
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

4.93/5  rDev +11.8%

a: Pours a clear yellowish gold with a large white head, no lacing.

s: The smell is sweet banana bread and a touch of clove.

t: Banana is noticeable, but not as strong as it was in the nose. Wheat and lemon balance out this hefe. The taste is a good balance and makes for an easy drinking, very refreshing beer that's perfect for summer.

m: Good carbonation, smooth, and light.

d: This is not my favorite beer and I am not a huge fan of Hefeweizens, but for me this is THE hefeweizen by which all others are judged. The perfect example of the style.

11-08-2007 22:32:23 | More by BradLikesBrew
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JArami

Florida

4.1/5  rDev -7%

A: Golden to an autumn orange color with a fluffy white head that mingles leaving luxurious thick lacing on a wheat glass.

S: Bread-like, the yeast and wheat show through and play with hints of banana and clove. I get this weird sensation of peanut butter when the lot mix, could be just me.

T: Sweet wheat and light touches of banana, much less than in Weihenstephaner Dunkel Weiss. Very slight bitter, only apparent in the aftertaste. I love this style. Nothing extreme, very smooth and full of flavor.

M: Full bodied, with an agreeable amount of carbonation. The bottle was a little over chilled at first, but the flavors and the feel got so much better as it warmed slightly.

D: So smooth and full of flavor, very appropriate for the fall. One of the best hefeweizens I've had to date. Very drinkable anytime.

11-07-2007 21:14:03 | More by JArami
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hiikeeba

Texas

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%

A - Pours up golden with amber highlights. Thick, creamy white head dissipates slowly. Bubbles of CO2 stream up like a reverse rainstorm. Mostly clear with a bit of haze.

S - First smell is banana smell combined with sweet malt.

T - Starts off slightly sweet, fades to the banana like flavor, which is replaced with a tingle of CO2 on the tongue.

M - Carbonation makes this feel full bodied.

D - While sweet, not cloying Two or three of these sound like a nice idea, thanks.

Overall, whenever I think of a hefeweiss, I think of this type of beer.

11-03-2007 01:39:01 | More by hiikeeba
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shererjt

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -16.1%

12 oz brown bottle served in a weizen glass.

Poured a hazy, slightly orangish yellow color with a huge, white, frothy head. Soft wheat aroma with yeast and cloves, maybe some bubble gum. Tart, almost lemony-smelling. Light-to-medium body. Taste was very much like the smell. Definitely a weizen but a little more subdued and less yeasty than many. Good mouthfeel though less creamy than expected. The drinkability, however, is among the all-time greats.

One of the better versions of the style, and the benchmark I compare others against. When I think hefeweizens, this is what comes to mind even though the style is not amongst my favorites.

11-02-2007 23:24:51 | More by shererjt
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Homerbag

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +2%

Cloudy straw head with plenty of yeast floating. Excellent hefe head.
Smells of citruis fruits, banana, clove, and wheat. True to style.
Taste is a good wheat base that is enhanced by what seems to be a perfect balance of clove on the sides of the palate and banana toward the front with a nice touch of citrius.
Feels clean, good carbonation, great aftertaste. Not too light, not too heavy.
This is the benchmark hefe that all others should be compared too. Other hefes have better individual qualities, but this is the best overall that I have had.

11-01-2007 23:55:56 | More by Homerbag
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shaebs99

New York

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured into my Weihenstephan heffe glass that came with my Weihenstephan gift pack (5 beers and a hefe-glass)
A cloudy orange with large sticky head that leaves nice lacing throughout. The glass and beer look great.

Aroma is somewhat spicy with fruits and yeast and some nice wheat malt

Crisp, sweet, taste with fruity (banana) and yeast flavors. Nice level of carbonation. Refreshing and highly drinkable. Might be my favorite hefe weizen

10-25-2007 01:48:35 | More by shaebs99
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Stagi

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev -4.8%

Has a nice golden-honey color.

Smells bring banana, malt, and perfume/spice scents.

Taste is great, banana definitely present along with malt, slight hop comes with.

Just about the right carbonation, flavor attacks the tongue.

I wouldn't mind drinking another 5 of these, es ist ein guter hefe!

10-23-2007 22:41:39 | More by Stagi
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drseamus

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

The perfect hefe appearance. Cloudy straw colored body with a bunch of visible carbonation topped by an ample white head. The aroma is spot on as well with lemon, banana, and wheat pouring from the glass. The flavor has a nice thick wheat base topped with lemon and banana. This is a good summer sipper.

10-23-2007 00:45:53 | More by drseamus
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Overlord

California

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%

My new favorite Hefeweizen.

Pours a murky golden amber, more honey than beer. Incredible wheat/citrus flavor, hints of lemon, and even some more tropical overtones such as banana. Very drinkable, wonderful level of carbonation and mouthfeel.

Unlike most mass produced hefeweizens, this one really offers a complex, robust series of flavors.

10-21-2007 20:48:26 | More by Overlord
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%

Definitely the best hefeweissen I have had so far. It looks more like honey than beer, being a rich, almost opaque, slightly orange golden color. Aroma is strong and wheaty, with a strong citrus overtone - but the latter may have come from the obligatory lemon wedge. Flavor is rich, typical of a wheat beer but mouth-filling - no "thin" feeling whatsoever. I got a strong hint of citrus, but again this may have been due to the lemon wedge in the beer. Light, smooth and tingly, this beer is a winner. No wonder they have been in business for almost a millennium!

10-21-2007 00:50:33 | More by Cyberkedi
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TheSarge

Virginia

5/5  rDev +13.4%

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier lives up to its reputation as one of the best beers in the world, not just the best hefe. Anyhow this presents itself with a picture perfect three inch bright white head, with a golden orange body, which is hazier than most other hefes.

The aromas I detect are white pepper, a slight perfume aroma, and a kind of cedar smoke fragrance.

This tastes more like blood orange and honey, with a little hint of banana. There is a little peppery taste here too.

By far this is the standard of hefe weizens. This is a true pleasure to enjoy.

10-20-2007 08:44:50 | More by TheSarge
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jasonjlewis

Texas

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

Pours murky orange with three finger thick head, very thick and frothy.

Smell is initially wheaty, and banana phenol comes out on the nose.

Taste is balanced between malt and banana. Hop bitterness is faint. Some undertones of clove come out. German malt sweetness is upfront balanced by clove and banana.

Nicely carbonated, turns creamy on the palate.

This beer is very refreshing. A great hefeweizen

10-19-2007 06:40:31 | More by jasonjlewis
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viperpiper522

Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%

A- Pours a hazy light copper. It is almost like a mixture of the colors of falls leaves. A very impressive head that domes up a half an inch over the edge of the glass. This head stays all the way down with really good lacing.

S-Yeasty, Bananas, and wheat.Light clove phenols and some over ripe papaya.

T-The most balance hefe I have ever had. Substantial levels of banana and clove, wtih just enough bubblegum. Wheat finishes out nicely with some nice yeast.

M- Very light and spritzy. Nice and dry and refreshing.

D- Really refreshing and delicious. Whe nI get that late night hefe craving I know where to look. I think I'll have another.

10-19-2007 04:14:34 | More by viperpiper522
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sinistrsam

Maryland

4.38/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured a deep straw color with a good ammount of carbonation and almsot no head.
The aroma was complex and got moreso as it warmed; citrus, dough and clove.
The taste was first dominated by citrus, then mild apple and spice as it gets warmer; reminded me of an almost cider-taste. Finally subtle vanilla and alchol finish out the taste.
The semi-sweet start fades into a slightly bitter/sour feel due to the carbonation, but was still pleasant. It unfortuantely didn't leave as long an aftertase as I had hoped.
This is truly a great Hefe, refreshing and well-balanced.

10-18-2007 17:05:46 | More by sinistrsam
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Kulrak

Australia

3.95/5  rDev -10.4%

Pours a cloudy golden color with lots of creamy white head that sticks around for a while, and laces the glass all the way down. Smells yeasty, like a hefe/weiss should. There's also some hints of citrus and estery fruitiness as well. The taste is very sweet and yeasty, also with some citrus and passionfruit flavors there in the background. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is very heavy and creamy, slight tingling from the carbonation. Overall, it's a very drinkable beer, especially if you like weissbiers.

10-16-2007 10:58:27 | More by Kulrak
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