Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 6,754
Reviews: 2,285
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 516
Gots: 801 | FT: 12
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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 far333
3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw yellow with a huge bright white head that rises up three inches high and slowly sizzles and pops down to a lid of meringue. Streams of fine bubbles rise up quickly.

Aroma of phenols and clove, some doughey yeast notes.

Flavors of subtle bready malt with notes of honey, yeast and phenols. Notes of clove and banana and mild citrus, a fine spice lingers. Well balanced flavors.

Even mouthfeel, lots of carbonation, gassy. Finishes dry. Decent drinkablity. Good representation of the style.

Photo of marketesq
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I must say, this has been my favorite beer for about two years now.
Long before joining beer advocate.

A- To me, this is how beer should look, particularly hefeweizen style. Orangish golden hues with obvious carbonation.

S- Again, what a bouquet. And, important to note it's not about a smell of alcohol and nothing that remotely makes you want to stop smelling it.

T- Perfection, to me, as far as the general term "beer" goes and more importantly as hefeweizen style should command. Citrus notes, just right on hops, carbonation actually accentuates the positive tastes as opposed to hiding them or making them disappear too quickly.

M- The only minor negative I can find, although it's very minor is it could be a tad too light in the mouth.

D- If you can find a more drinkable, true session, high end beer, please please tell me.

In the end, to each their own, but this is the end all be all to me. Add in the mystique of a brewery this old as opposed to a "new" brewery, micro variety - not that I don't love plenty of those - and you have a beer you must not only try, but buy again and again.

Photo of rhinos00
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottles into a weizen glass.

A- Pours a pale maize color. Great clarity. Produced three fingers width of white, foamy head. Some lacing as the beer was consumed.

S- Smells mostly of yeast, biscuits and a touch of wheat. There is a slight banana fruitiness to the nose as well along with cloves.

T- Many of the ingredients detected in the nose are present here. Upfront, a large dose of wheat and yeast hit the palate. Has a unique biscuit character to it. The finish has a much fruitier presence then the nose leads to believe. Sweet, ripe bananas and cloves end this one perfectly.

M- Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Very lively.

D- Very drinkable session beer. One of the better hefeweizens I have had.

Overall, a solid beer for a style that I do not particularly care for. This would be perfect on a hot summer day. Recommended.

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

This is a fantastic beer.

It poured nice into a Weizen glass and retained some head throughout the session.

A hazy straw color was given.

I could really pick out the clove in the nose. Other reviews point out banana and other spices, but I guess I missed them as I am really new to tasting/reviewing.

Taste was smooth and had excellent carbonation. Good mouthfeel!

I could definitely drink quite a few of these in a night!

Photo of kingcrowing
3.68/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap poured into a .4l stein.

Pours a very cloudy golden amber with a very thin head with lots of lacing. The nose is really yeasty and bready with some notes of wheat.

Taste is very sharp and yeasty just like the nose. Some very sharp carbonation. It doesn't have the banana that most hefes have so that makes it a bit easier to drink.

Photo of Hanger
3.35/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle poured into a Weistephaner weizen glass.

A - nice golden straw colour. Imeediately gave a hug head that took minutes to recede but eventually settled at a nice 25-30 mm of creamy white head.

S - Sweet fruity smell, maybe some hops.

T - Sweet and fruity but not very complex.

M - very smooth, slightly carbonated.

D - quite good, went down easily and could have a session on this

Photo of Nutleybeer
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out leaving a massive head in the glass. A mild, spicy yeast scent hits me as I go in for a sip.

Cloudy gold color. A rush of tiny carbonated bubbles surge to the surface.

Smooth. Highly drinkable. A clove-like presence is there, but not too overwhelming.

Brewed under the purity law on 1516, as per the bottle. A real pleasant treat overall. Perfect for a warm summer day (or a cold December night, like I am doing).

Photo of Casey10
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow great beer that I didn't know existed till I really examinded the best of ba amd realized this was in my backyard.

A - golden yellow with a huge head.

S - Creamy, sugars, really smooth smell.

T - Bananna sugars, I say this as this because as you drink that is what you taste.

M - Smooth, creamy so nice

D - For 2.99 I will have this many times !!

Photo of eduardolinhalis
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle served into its own Weizen glass.

A: Pours a hazy and pale yellow color forming a thick, creamy and huge white head. Excellent retention and some lacing formed and left in the glass

S: Traditional Weissbier in the nose: The mix of banana esters and clove. Strong notes of bread, pale malts, wheat and bready yeasts

T: Slightly sweet and very bread upfront. Notes of banana, clove, white bread, pale malts and wheat. Extremely smooth and balanced

M: Smooth and creamy body: Extremely balance. Medium carbonation. Bready aftertaste

O: Excellent drinkability. Perfect German Weissbier

Photo of brauseboof
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

As expected, this beer poured with a huge head, which held up pretty well. The color was pale and hazy.
Had a nice banana nose with some hints of clove.
Tastes of banana, citrus and spices, maybe some clove.
Nicely carbonated, perhaps a little too much. Mostly smooth, though.
Overall, an excellent example of the type and quite drinkable.

Photo of abrand
3.73/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 0.9 fl ounce bottle poured into the SN tumbler. This is from batch 2179. Not exactly the best of days to drink a hefe with it snowing outside, but i'm sure this will be well worth it.

The bavarian hefe pours a golden straw color with a very thick and frothy that sits atop and slowly fuzzes away. Lots of lacing lines the glass. Smell is quite rich and consists of lots of floral notes balanced with a plenty of hops. Lots of floral notes in the quaff as well with an equal balance of sweet citrus bananas. Not much alcohol is noted in the taste. Mouthfeel is thin but crisp and overall I think this is a great example from this style. The aroma is excellent and the taste is pretty good as well. True german style hefe.

Photo of chilidog
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few on a close-out. I don't think any age matters because the beer was good indeed.

Appeared slightly clouded with an orange golden hue. Head was white, full, soft and maintained to lace well.

Aroma was of grain bassed citric to the nose.

Taste was grain-like, earthy but soft, hints of citric lemon with a undertone of metal toward the mouthfeel.

The mouth was soft as carbonation was up.

Drinks easy as it goes well with most foods.
a good find indeed.

Photo of vpipkt
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the fridge into a mug-style glass.

Initial reaction to the aroma on pouring was wow - this is how beer should smell!

Deep gold color, very cloudy and nice looking with depth.

Barely any head on pouring and no lacing.

Aroma and taste are very spicy all the way through with hops and maybe a hint of berries.

The mouth feel is my favourite part of this beer. It is creamy and nice despite heavy carbonation, a truly great balancing act.

Reminiscent of Belgians in overall character and drinkability. Heavier carbonation and spicing means this is one to savor with appetizers, cheese, or a meal.

Photo of bristol2120
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from a 500ml bottle. Pours a cloudy dark golden with a thick white head. Foam dissipates somewhat, leaving a moderat head with decent lacing. Classic yeasty, bubblegum/banana aroma present. Nice malty yeasty taste, with citrusy notes peeking through at the end. Very well balanced, with a good, smooth mouthfeel, and moderate carbonation that seems very fitting for the beer. Highly drinkable, and a great example of the style, and probably one against which all other hefe's should be compared.

Photo of Thesis
4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a beautiful hazy orange color with a huge, fluffy white head. Once the head shrinks, it retains throughout the entire drink. Lacing is exceptional; it coats the glass.

Smell - The smell is sweet with a big kick of banana. Smells almost like freshly baked banana bread. Clove, spices, banana, citrus. Very good.

Taste - First sip was mostly banana. Delicious. As the beer warmed, the spices and cloves came out a lot more. Very low on hops, maybe a slight touch of bitterness at the end. It's truly the perfect balance of flavors that one expects in this style. This is the best tasting hefeweizen I've had.

Mouthfeel - Very light with a somewhat crisp carbonation.

Drinkability - Tasty and easy to drink. A pleasure every single time. I could drink this all night, and I have. This seriously might be my favorite beer of any style.

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

This beer lives up to its hype. Best wheat beer
i've had. Smells of bananas, sweet but not overpowering.
The taste is amazing, lots of flavor and a silky aftertaste. I find these German wheat beers and excellent pairing with meat or BBQ.
I drink these too fast.

Photo of decimator
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A - Poured a cloudy golden color with orange highlights. The thick 1.5" head quickly reduced to a thin white cap. Not much lacing either.

S - Bananas, yeast, bubblegum, spices and a faint fruity sourness. I just love this aroma.

T - Similar to the aroma but not as strong. Sweet malts up front followed by some citrus and spice finished with a light hop bitterness.

M - Smooth & creamy with tangy carbonation.

D - Very drinkable.

Another one of my favorite Hefeweizens.

Photo of MrDanno96
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden color. Started with about one finger of fluffy white head that quickly diminished to a thin ring.

S: Wonderful aroma with everything you would expect from a Hefeweizen. A pretty strong banana scent is mixed with apples, clove, yeast, and feint citrus. A little bubblegum as well.

T: Follows the nose pretty well. Apples and pear seem to be the main fruit flavors. These mix nicely with some grain and spice and just a hint of bubblegum on the finish. Nice and refreshing.

M: Light bodied, just a tad thin at times. Lots of carbonation, which is indicative of the style. Finishes on the dry side.

D: Very high. You could definitely throw back a few of these on a hot summer day. One of the best representations of this style that I've had the pleasure of drinking.

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

excited about this one. ive heard great things.

pours a very hazy orange hue with a brilliant white, fluffy head that is very sticky. head dissipates after a bit but never goes below a half finger thickness. The head gets a little less sticky as the beer gets lower and lower.

smells of banana up front, with hints of citrus and bubble gum, and finishes with a nice touch of malts. Great amount of spiciness towards the back of the aromas.

Tastes of the banana taste of weisses up front, but gets more and more complex as he flavor goes along. Hints of citrus and bubble gum, with a fabulous amount of spices. Great flavor, I wouldn't call myself a heffeweisen expert but this is the best one ive ever had.

Photo of donniecuffs
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden orange into a weizen glass, with two fingers of bright white head, and great lacing. The smell was to be expected...a wonderful bouquet of banana, cloves, lemon, and bubble gum in copious amounts. I found the taste, which was the same as the aroma, to be a little toned down relative to the aroma...like an 8 as opposed to a 10. The mouthfeel was a nice light smooth / carbonated combo. Very sessionable.

Photo of Asgeirr
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier poured into a weizen glass delivers a wonderfully opaque, unfiltered gamboge colour, a sparse amount of bubbles ascend to the magnificently massive cream-white crown which withstands the fall of time in all its majesty for a long period, leaving its inheritance in the shape of sporadic lacing -- hail to the king!

Smell: Obviously bananas 'n' carrots. just like you know it should when it comes to weissbrewskis, some cloves and a whiff of black pepper comes to notice along with the yeasty undertones which functions as base for this otherwise pretty sweet experience.

Taste: Corresponding to what we got in the smell compartment, however the carrots tend to -- thankfully -- dominate over the bananas which seem to be quickly replaced by a peachy/apple-like sourness. The whole ride is finished of with a luring and gentle bitterness interlaced with the aforementioned yeastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium full and very creamy yet somewhat coarse in texture, medium-low in carbonation.

Drinkability: Concerning weissbier, do they come off as any better than this one, the archetype if you will, 'nuff said; verdrinken -- schnell!

On a sidenote: The brewery is founded in 1040, man back then we'd barely heard of hvitekrist/the son of man/the ultimate irony (get it? a carpenter being nailed to some wood) up here in the grim and frostbitten kingdoms...

Photo of GeezLynn
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear golden blonde color with a perfect white head. Outstanding retention through the

S: Rich yeasty aroma. Wheat, bananas, cloves and a maybe a little vanilla contribute to an outstanding smell.

T: Banana, and clove clove flavors are very apparent. Lemon and pear flavors also make an appearance giving this a nice hefe tangyness.

M: Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with ample carbonation.

While I've never been a huge fan of the style, this is an excellent beer and one that I am happy to drink most any time I find it in front of me.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz picked up today at the COOP... glad to see this finally back to Boise... Good work Matt! I've enjoyed this beer dozens of times over the years, but Weihenstephaner seemed to take a 3-4 year hiatus from our coolers...

Really only feeling like a beer or two after a way too long day at the desk.... poured into my smaller weizen glass.

2 finger foamy white head ... the brew is a hazy light honey...

Nose is just so inviting and probably about perfect for the style... banana.. clove... yada yada yada.... just an epitome of what makes this such a great brew.

The flavors are again.. pretty much perfect.. everything that we want in any Hefe.. especially one made in Germany... this still tastes fresh..

I would write more... but I'm tired.. and want to enjoy this and then knock off some serious slumber.


Photo of deruiz10
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a 20 oz. weizen glass.

A - Pour is a warm, cloudy golden-blonde with a 1.5-finger head dissipating to 1/2-finger, good effervescence.

S - Fruity and spicy with the signature strong smell of yeast and bananas, more typical of a Belgian white in my opinion. Traces of flowery hops.

T - Just as good as the smell, but tastes like a German heffeweissen whereas it smells more like a Belgian. Maybe this was me, but I really thought that was the case. Sweet malts and yeast with milder fruit (more citrusy) and spice than the smell suggests, lingering sweet, citrus and fruity finish fades to a slightly bitter aftertaste, but not at all unpleasant.

M - Light and slightly creamy, moderate carbonation keeps it feeling lively.

D - Very refreshing, makes a great summer beer or to cool your palate after a savory meal.

This was a surprisingly refreshing beer with great flavor, an all around well-rounded German wheat. I swear it's not my imagination that this beer smelled Belgian but tasted German...in this case the identity crisis works well.

Photo of chetripley
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What can you say about a brew whose maker has been in business for 1000 years?

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a 22 oz Weiss Glass.

Pours a golden unfiltered hue cloudy and solid, with a 2 inch head taking its time to dissipate eliciting strong aromas of banana, tangerine and a hint of clove.

Tastes are a strong yeasty taste rolling over the tongue to a slight bitterness and a malt presence that lasts throughout, until a tartness at the end. The taste thrill recurs throughout serving.

Drinkable and consistent is this one, it always pleases and satisfies.

What a happy experience.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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