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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 7,006
Reviews: 2,349
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 Blanco
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured from a 1 pint .9 oz bottle into my weizen glass. Has a huge, gigantic, fluffy, billowy white head. Bubbles of carbonation float up from the bottom. It's cloudy with a very light orange color. Almost seems lighter at the bottom of the glass than it does up top, but I'm sure it's just the glass. This is one of the best looking beers I've seen and is very enticing. Smells of banana and spice. Very sweet aroma. Taste is also very sweet, with the taste of the spices up front and a powerful banana and bubblegum aftertaste. Awesome. It's a little bit on the lighter side in terms of mouthfeel. Probably the most drinkable beer, the ultimate session beer. It's light, refreshing and has a moderate ABV. My favorite Hefeweizen.

Photo of Dawkfan
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been looking forward to trying this one for awhile.

A- This poured into my Erdinger Weissbrau glass a slightly hazed yellow with a tinge of orange at the top. A massive 4 fingers worth of bright foamy white head. Some mountain looking lace left behind after this gets settled down. Lots of carbonation visible.

S- Strong aromas of banana, clove, and peppery spice. Bready, yeasty and a little citrusy as well.

T- This is probably the strongest flavor of banana that I've had in a Hefe and it's present throughout. All the other aromas mentioned in the nose are present in the taste, but they're toned down. There's a hint of bubblegum that comes in at the middle and rounds this out.

M- A light-medium body. Carbonation isn't over the top, but just enough to tingle the tongue.

D- Long before I really got into craft beer I remember trying a Hefeweizen and damn near spit it out. I think if it was Weihenstephaner's Hefe I would of been converted much quicker, this was gone in no time flat.

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - a very swampy golden orange with a tower of thick white head that sticks to the glass
S - very nice banana and clove yeast smells, nice grainy wheat, light sweet citrus
T - sweet banana and citrus hints, the clove is just the right compliment, grainy wheat, the slightest peppery hint
M - very refreshing carbonation tingles the throat, light spiciness with malty smoothness, just a little dry and sweet finish
D - one of the finest examples of the style I've tried, it's got all the things one looks for in balanced harmony, I could drink this all day

Photo of billshmeinke
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard pint. (I don't own a weizen glass, sadly)

A: Pours an orangeish golden color that is quite hazy. Initial pour yields a one inch frothy/tight white head which after a moment dies down to about a quarter inch. Retention is great, but not much lacing to speak of.

S: Smells of bananas with a hint of bubblegum and apples right away. Not as super banana rich as some of the hefewiezens I have tried though. There is also a sweet smell that is akin to creamed corn, and a touch of bread.

T: The taste is straight forward bananas and corn bread. Then hints of green apples, bubblegum, and een less pronounced cloves. Just the slightest touch of leafy hops if you pay close attention.

M: Mouthfeel has a medium body with plenty of carbonation making it a bit dry. It is fairly sweet with a touch of both tartness and spice.

D: Easy as water to knock back. A perfect accompaniment to spicy sausage or a hot day. All around this is the flagship of the style for good reason. The flavors are perfectly balanced and it is quite a satisfying brew at 5.4% alcohol.

Photo of mwagner1018
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a sunny, cloudy golden orange color, with a big creamy white head on top.

S- Cloves, banana, peach, light notes of sour apple with a very nice aroma of bready yeast.

T- Yeasty bread notes, banana, wheat, light spicy cloves, fantastic balance in flavors.

M- Refreshingly high carbonation, crisp, with a dry note on the finish with a nice spice note on the end, good medium body.

D- Very drinkable, nicely balanced, perfect for the style.

Photo of geryeb624
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Very cloudy dark straw color with a finger and a half of creamy white head. Eventually reduces to a thin fluffy head with film-like lacing.

S- Crisp wheat smell with some spicy clove and coriander notes and some banana.

T- The banana and spice notes take over in the beginning, with a crisp, cracker-like wheat finish.

M- Nice creaminess with good carbonation. Surprisingly rich.

D- Pretty good, though some rather big flavors might cut me off after a few.

This is definitely a good beer, but maybe one I don't sufficiently appreciate due to a style bias. Hefeweizens and witbiers with big banana and spice characters aren't really my thing. That being said, this is a rather enjoyable incarnation of the style, just maybe not the A+ beer some suggest it is, for me at least.

Photo of Seanstoppable
4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked this up on a recent trip to Ontario. Best before date of May 2011.

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a very impressive amount of thick white head. Head takes a while to evaporate and leaves copious amount of lacing on the glass.

You can pick out the banana and spice when opening the bottle. Very nice. Taking further whiffs gives some wheat and a small bit of yeast.

Some clove and spice up front, along with a light wheat taste. Banana comes through in the end. Clove and banana linger in the aftertaste. Smooth finish. Nice and refreshing.

I think this has supplanted my favorite Hefeweizen. Sadly, this isn't available locally. Very easy to just keep drinking and drinking, with the flavor making you want to keep drinking and drinking.

Photo of TKEbeerman
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my Weihenstephaner Weizen glass this brew pours an opaque golden yellow with almost a 4 inch thick pillow of a head. The brew looks bold and in charge. The king of Hefeweizens with its white pillow crown.

S: The pleasant banana like aroma welcomes the drinker to this brew. Very natural wheat and clove. Very earthy.

T: The flavor is refreshing. A lot going on here for a style which many brewers don't put enough time into. Thankfully Weihenstephaner had almost 1000 years of time to get this one right. Banana like flavors, clove and spice, slight bitterness on the finish.

MF: Mouth feel is great for the style, but a little light and watery at times. Carbonation saves this brew and gives it a fuller feel.

D: Drinkability is definitely a 5. No where can you find a brew that you can drink multiple ones, is refreshing, and at the same time is complex and big enough to satisfy the pallet.

Overall, Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier is excellent, but please don't stop here. I'd suggest picking up their holiday pack that comes with a glass, and a few of their other offerings which will blow you away.

Photo of bfree
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: golden, orange, with a thick head, it is a beautiful beer

S: Bubblegum but not overbearing, with a hint of cloves

T: Taste is full of cloves and wheat, with some bananas and that hefeweizen bubblegum taste, with a crisp finish...this is what a hefeweizen should taste like

M: starts smooth and goes down smooth with a carbonated, crisp finish

D: This is one of, if not the, best of the hefeweizen I have had...very tasty and very smooth...WOW

Photo of philphilphil
3.03/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

to begin this I'm going to put in that i'm no wheat beer fan.
Appearence was overwhelming head of 1 and a half inches with a cloudy beer coloured body.
Smell was banana and cloves.
Taste was similar, to be honest I was kinda disappointed, to much like witbier for me. Grew on me as I drank though.
Mouthfeel was good.
Drinkability, well expensive and has to be drunk slowly + i'm not a fan of the style, won't buy again, that said, not bad for this style.

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

500mL bottle into an Erdinger 120th Anniversary glass.

A - Huge mountainous 3 finger, cloud-like, thick white head. Lot's of carbonation. Cloudy and golden. Looks yellowish at the bottom and orange at the top. Really nice.

S - Huge banana aroma. A little yeasty too. Subdued but delicious.

T - Fruity. I can tell there's lot's of spice notes as well and the wheat is noticable. Less banana than the aroma but maybe some orange or citrus in there. Lot's of clove too.

M - Smoother and crisper b/c of the wheat. Really carbonated in the mouth so as to make it dance along your tongue. Really smooth with a light body.

D - Huge drinkability on this. Enough flavour and complexity to keep me interested and goes down smooth with a light body that won't fill you up too much. Really refreshing.

Photo of BMan1113VR
3.48/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good for a Hefeweizen that has had to travel a long way.Pours with a huge creamy white head that lasts pretty well. Color is a hazy yellow with a little orange. Aroma is sweet wheat, banana, a little citrus, light smokey phenolics, apricot and honey. Flavor is a bit weak and neutral, but not unpleasant. Standard hefe stuff. Sweet, vanilla, clove banana. Lively carbonation. A pretty tasty hefeweizen, but I would imagine it would be better closer to the source.

Photo of fastsrt
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured form a 16.9 ounce bottle in weizen glass

A: opaque, golden-orange, huge tight head.

S: banana, clove

T: cloves, banana, balanced by earth tone hops,

M: prickly carbonation, light body, refreshing,

D: my go to hefenweizen, one of the first craft beers that I drank, and cant believe i have never posted a review. can drink many of these but the yeast and the wheat fill you up fast.

4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a two finger head that sinks slowly into a thick layer. lacing from the head is already left from a bright white head. Each pour to fill the glass from the retreating head is an explosion from within. The body is a deep haze of golden. True to the style.
S: The standard of Hefe, a clove on the front with a layered spice inter mingling with banana and slight citrus notes. This again is true to style.
T/M:: As the nose suggests clove and banana, with a nice subtle spice finish, this brew has a powerful off taste, that I think makes it what an all star it really is. The mouthfeel is smooth and lingering tastes stand up to how the perfect style should represent. Mellow, cool and calm this is a winner. I am getting a strong ABV sensation, but for the 5.4%, I feel that from the taste I would expect more.
D: I cannot put the glass down, this is a goto hefe. I would want it to have a bit more ABV for the intensity of the taste, as some others of the Wisconsin offering have the same varied taste intensities have more, but that it what makes it a drinkable beer. I would seek this out again, but if it was holdin' a bigger ABV punch I would get a case.

Photo of Homebrew35
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice one and half finger head. Color is a hazy golden yellow. Smell is heavy with banana and a touch of clove and maybe some honey. Taste is sweet wheat and honey with a touch of spice in the middle and then finishes a bit sweet and creamy yet surprisingly neutral. Quite a carbonated and mouthfeel is medium bodied. I could drink this all night, this is my first one ever and I love it.

Photo of arturorg
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a weizen glass

A: Haze golden color with a white frothy head that last a bit leaving some of the foam attach to the glass, some visible carbonation.

S: Bread, banana, very fruity, sweet and a little bit bitter at the same time.

T: banana, lasting bitter flavor, gassy feel in mouth, anisette, for a 5.4 ABV you can taste a little bit of the alcohol, watery.

Overall it's a very refreshing and inviting beer that you can knock a couple in no time, it's one of the best weissbier that I have tried.

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

First off, I will admit I am a total newbie to the world of wheat beers, so forgive any hyperbole I might bestow upon this particular brew. The reviews piqued my interest, and I was lucky enough to find this at my local "beer and wine" shop.

I'm pretty much always been a Pilsner guy, and never really gave much thought to trying any wheat beers.

Simply put, this is the most delicious beer I have ever experienced in my life. I've found all of the A and A+ reviews spot on, regarding the aroma, flavor, and complexities. Every sip was a "close your eyes and savor" experience.

After the first bottle I was so thrilled I went out and bought a proper weizen glass. And it did, indeed, make the beer even that much more enjoyable. (Especially with a nice platter of mild veal sausage!)

If there is any hefe out there that someone thinks is more delicious than this, please let me know and I'll give it a try.

This would be very, very hard to beat.

Photo of cnally
4.87/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

How do they do it? Make it perfect in Germany, and ship it...and it still tastes perfect here in the states.

The color is a crisp clear gold and a frothy white head bubbles up nicely and results in decent lacing.

The aroma is a bouquet of clove and banana, staples of the hefeweizen, but taken to a more intense level. A punch of grains and yeast.

Tastes like a caramel covered toasted banana. Minus the sugary stuff. Just so powerfully balanced, the bitterness barely slides in with the finish, but the flavor really relies on its fruitiness and toasted grain.

A slightly watery mouthfeel, balanced but a little lacking in the crispness from some other beers in this style.

I have to say, I think this is one of my desert island beers. Easily the most drinkable hefe ever, if not the most drinkable and delicious beer I have ever had, ever.

Photo of Kinsman
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass, no noticeable freshness date.

Appearance is a golden yellow body capped by a foamy white head. Hefe's are always described as being cloudy since they are not filtered, but I've found this to be a bit clearer than most Hefe's.

Aroma is oh so sweet and spicy. Initially there is a bit of a banana-yeasty presence quickly overcome by a stronger clove aroma. A soldid wheat malt body gives a bit of bready note.

The taste pretty much matches the aroma. Sweet banana followed by some spice, with bready malt notes on the finish. Really a quite enjoyable flavor profile, making obvious as to why this beer is such a classic.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth, and a little bit bubbly, but not overly so. Overall, an amazing hefe that pretty much defines the style. This beer has been around forever, and it deserves all of its praise.

Photo of Dunkle
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I recently enjoyed a six-pack of this classic beer.

A: Cloudy gold with a nice-sized head.

S: Mainly cloves, but not overwhelming. I had to work a little to smell the banana lingering in the background.

T: The taste is of clove, wheat, and banana. It does not taste as light as the smell would suggest. Quite refreshing!

M: Light-medium body and smooth.

D: Very drinkable. One of my favorite session beers, especially in the summer time.

Photo of btorsdog
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my favorite style of beer when I lived in Gemany, Hard to find good versions over here in US but this one is a true classic!
Cloudy, hazy gold in color with a touch of oranginess, beautiful dense solid milk colored head.
Sweet smelling malt with banana and clovetouch of yeasty lemon.
Taste is pure hefe-weizen gold,minimal hops detected with a slightly fruity dryness.
Mouth is thick but slick,kind of light at the same time,very nice.
Drink is top shelf,goes down good!!!

Photo of ne0m00re
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08/18/10- Had this one out of a 500 mL bottle marked (4120).
A: Nice amber with a big fluffy white head and constant bubbles.
S: Pale malts, wheat, yeasty bread, banana, a bit of warm nuttiness, slight toffee. Very nice.
T: Slightly dry, with a tangy orange in the mix that almost comes off like lemon, buttery mild nuts (pecans), bready backbone with a borderline coppery finish. Excellent.
M: Very frothy with a medium light body.
D: Awesome. Couldn't help this one from going down.

Photo of nataku00
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pub glass. Pours a hazy orange with an initial finger of snowy white head. The head dissipates quickly, and leaves little lacing on the glass. Active carbonation visible at the surface of the glass.

Right out of my fridge (likely ~40°F), hint of banana and citrus, with a little clove and light malt, but overall feint. Aroma does improve when the beer warms up later though.

Taking a sip, lemon peel type bitterness initially, with a little spice and malt later. Finishes very clean and crisp, refreshing. Really cleans your palate and would be excellent paired with spicey food. The carbonation is just perfect in helping to deliver the scent of your beer to your nose while drinking.

An easy drinking hefeweisse, perfect for a session beer, and I can see why this is the highest rated one. No excessive lingering spice or bitterness that's common in other hefe's or Belgian style witbiers, that would affect the food.

Photo of KAP1356
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had on-tap at R.F.D. in Washington, D.C. Presented in a plain pint glass. Reviewed from notes...

A - Very nice cloudy, golden yellow, honey-like color. A nice pillowy white head (about 1 finger) sits nicely at the top.

S - Great notes of banana and some nice spiciness to it; cloves and some slight coriander aroma. Very nice yeasty, bready aroma as well. Lemon peel is also apparent.

T - Follows the nose nicely but with a bit more clove spice to it. Great combo of the banana, clove and breadiness to this one. Some nice lemon peel flavors make it very refreshing.

M - Nice mouthfeel on this. Could use a little less carbonation in my opinion and perhaps it would be that much better. Overall a "good" mouthfeel.

D - Extremely drinkable beer. The low ABV and the combination of flavors makes this one easily a great choice for a hot day. Extremely refreshing and satisfying.

Photo of Whiteweasel
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank from a chalice and poured from a bottle.

A: Gorgeous translucent orange-yellow-goldenrod colour; looks like frosted glass. Nice frothy head, but lacing is minimal and dissipates faster than I would like.

S: Sweet nectar scent brimming with fruitiness (banana, kiwi, peach strawberry, and other tropical fruits) a fresh wheaty maltiness, and a deliciously unmistakable Belgian yeastiness. Deliciously tantalizing; brings the drinker in and excites the senses. Just under perfect.

T: Sweet fruity, yet balanced flabour. Powerful/distinct clove and banana with a wide yet still subtle palette of other fruits. Quite wheaty in a pleasant way. Missing the depth of taste that a higher abv would bring, but still DAMN good.

M: I would have loved more booziness, cause I feel the higher abv would bring out more flavours. However, a hefe doesnt usually have that booziness or high abv so I can't really knock it too hard. A little fizzy in the mouth when I might have appreciated a little less. Very very refreshing and satisfying.

D: Good lord, I could and would drink these all night if I could, and I would feel spolied doing it. A rare perfect session beer. 5.4% abv and 100 times its weight in flavour. I'm giving it the rare 5 for drinkability. So effing good.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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