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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 6,931
Reviews: 2,328
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 cptierney
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured slowly and slightly agitated into the appropriate .5l Weihenstephaner hefe glass. A beautiful sight if ever there was one.

An earlier reviewer mentioned a banana bread smell. I think this is appropriate, as there isn't an overwhelming hit of banana to this bouquet, just a mild hint. There are some peppery spices in the mix with clove being the most prominent.

What a gorgeous beer. The glass accentuate the four fingers of fluffy white head that sit atop a base of golden wheat. There are many trails of carbonation making the long traverse from bottom to top, making for a moving image.

American hefe's eat your heart out. This is wheat beer nirvana. The spice in this beer is incredibly balanced, the clove I smelled is there along with some trilling bitter notes from a minimal hop profile. The banana esters are really minimal and this beer stands as an excellent example of the less is more philosophy of the German purity law.

There is not a better mouthfeel in the hefe world, hence the perfect 5. There is a thickness to this brew, that the wheat provides, that makes it a much more palatable summer companion than its american counterparts. Mix this with fantastic carbonation and you have a great brew.

No issues with drinkability, it practically demands that you have another. A real cultural treasure to the nation of Germany and a welcome cultural visitor here in the states. I really need to start reviewing some bad beers.

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

They brewery has had a thousand years to prefect their brew so it had better be good, right? Well they didn't disappoint with this one. I've had it two different ways, from the bottle and from the tap. I prefer the bottle, which is the more German way to serve a hefe-weissen, just make sure you use the proper glass.

The beer pours great, a clear orange-yellow at first, then shake the bottle and continue pouring and it becomes a cloudy orange-yellow with about an inch and a half of thick white head up to the rim of the glass.

The smell is pretty strong, which is how most hefes are. The first smell is cloves and malts with a mild spiciness and hints of lemon.

This beer is very earthy. There is minimal hop character and a strong malty character, which is balanced with the sweetness of the wheat. It is a great beer to drink in a biergarten in the summer because it has a nice amount of carbonation to give it a refreshing finish to it.

One of the best hefe-weissens I've ever had, I definitely recommend one for a hot summer day.

(note: don't ever drink a hefe with a lemon or an orange slice on the glass, drink it like a real German)

Here's to a thousand years of brewing and I hope there will be many more after that.

Photo of bound4er
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Date code of 2179.

A: Cloudy straw color with a fluffy white head and minor amounts of lacing.

S: Smells good - I was expecting a big hit of banana but instead was greeted with clove, wheat, light banana, and some citrus.

T: Similar to the smell - clove, lemon, grain and a nice lingering, slightly bitter charcoal-like finish. Well constructed stuff.

M: What sets this beer apart from other hefes is it smoothness and overall feel. Hard to put into words - this beer is just a pleasure to drink.

D: High. I will have this in my fridge (along with Dancing Man) during the summer months.

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

Pours a cloudy gold with a beautiful orange tinge and rich creamy thick head in perfect white

Smell is banana bread and clove with faint citrussy freshness and fresh grass.

Tastes like a grainy fruit loaf with spice - sehr gut!

The mothfeel is creamy yet refreshing with decent carbonation.

This is the Masstab of the style.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Back to the classics here. Brilliant on tap and still exceptional in the 500ml bottle.

Appearance is that of a typical hefe: golden and opaque, with a light head encircling the glass.

Nose is of wheat, honey, banana and fresh spices.

Taste is exceptionally smooth and terrifically quaffable. Banana, clove and just a little bit of bitterness to the finish, but very rounded.

Mouthfeel is slightly, thin, creamy, with tart carbonation. A great summer quaffer.

A classic hefeweisse, with a lovely crisp finish. Great as a sessional at any time of year, but truly tastes best on a summer patio.

Photo of VikeMan
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Weizen glass.

This review is a little different. I previously reviewed Franziskaner and wanted to do a head to head with Weihenstephaner. So my buddy Timster and I sampled both side by side. I'll skip the usual stuff...my previous review of Franziskaner still stands, and in fact also fits the Weihenstephaner very nicely. After much back and forth, both tasting-wise and discussion-wise, we only agreed on two differences...

1) The Franziskaner had a slightly 'crisper' finish, perhaps due to a tiny bit of difference in carbonation. The Weihenstephaner's finish was a little smoother/rounder. This was very subtle and we could not agree on which was preferable.
2) The Weihenstephaner had just a tiny bit more clove in the taste. Again, we could not agree on which was preferred.

Other differences were both too subtle and fleeting for us to agree upon in any way. That includes the ABV difference of about 0.4%, which was surprisingly not at all obvious in the smell or taste.

So which is the better hefe? I'm calling it a push. I would probably make any future purchasing decisions between these two based on price and/or freshness.

Photo of WeedKing4
3.65/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy gold colour, with a large amount of carbination. The taste of very sweet fruits runs through out this beer. Hints of bananas as well. Its a little too citrusy though. Its very hard to drink two or more of these. A decent beer overall, but its definately overrated.

Photo of AmberMan22
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Weizen glass that I just got at Oktoberfest. Time to finally pour a proper beer into it.

Pours an opaque gold, with orange hues in the thickest part of the glass. Rocky 2-inch head, banana creme in color. Brilliant carbonation. Almost no lacing to speak of.

This smells like freshly harvested wheat and freshly picked honey comb. Adding to the greatness is a light malt presence, cloves, and a zingy hop finish.

Easily the best Hefeweiss I've tasted, by miles. This is the first german HW i've had and it tastes magical. This came highly recommended and it is worth it.
Pure, fresh wheat, honey sweetness, light malting, wonderful hop balance to blend in, gentle finish.

Mouthfeel is light but not watery. Carbonation is invigorating without biting the tongue.

Absolutely Refreshing. I could drink this any time of the year and be perfectly content.

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

This one pours a cloudy deep amber. A great dense, compact, sticky head sits around the entire way and leaves thick rings and patches of sticky lacing most of the way down the glass.
There's lots of wheat on the nose with some yeast character, a light sweetness, gentle spiciness, and a noticeable citrus presence, all in perfect harmony.
There's mostly wheat and citrus in the flavor along with light banana and clove notes and a balanced mix of malt, which adds a light sweetness,. A very light but noticeable hops flavor is quite subtle and just enough to even it out. A surprisingly lingering finish rounds out the wheat, yeast and citrus characters.
There's a surprising thick creaminess to this brew, very nicely complimenting a crispness and a carbonation that's not too heavy.
There's not much wrong with this at all; this is the quintessential hefeweizen.

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

Looks like fizzy liquid honey in my wine glass, with a vortex of tiny bubbles swirling up to join a moderately dense head.

Smells of citrus and mild spicyness with a hint of banana. Nice.

Tastes...well...fruity. Refreshing, and very straightforward. Balanced very nicely. This tastes like a straight-up snappy dry hefe the way I would imagine them to be. It's very good, with a pleasantly lingering finish.

Mouthfeel is really quite nice, particularly for a hefe. It has strong presence, and a bit of creaminess you don't always get in these guys. Really nice.

Good drinkability here. Seemed to get better as it went on...I could see these following each other. Definitely would drink again.

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

I'm starting to get more into this type of beer after the Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse I had the other day and this one. I thought the Hacker-Pschorr was slightly better, though.

Looks good... cloudy gold. Tall, foamy head that left no lace on the sides except where I was drinking.

The smell is good, albeit a bit sharp.

It tastes pretty good! I get a banana, cream, & dough flavour with a bit of spice.

It feels smooth, not too thick or thin.

Pretty drinkable! I won't be afraid to further explore this genre after the other ones I had that I didn't care for as much.

Photo of jrallen34
3.15/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a hazy medium gold with a decent white head. Light retention and lacing.

The aroma is light with notes of flowers, hops, and honey.

The taste is what you would expect from a weiss, not a big fan of this style, but saying that it was not the best weiss I've had. The taste was light, and it had a very unpleasant metallic finish that contriubted to a poor mouthfeel as well. You can this all because its so light despite its weird after-taste.

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

Pours a cloudy yellow orange with a two finger white head (this beer is volatile) that leaves a good blanket on the beer and has decent retention. Medium lacing is left as I sip this one down. Smells of banana, apples, other fruits, light malts and yeasts. This beer has a strong smell that I can actually pick up, great aromas on this one. Taste is a good balance of malts, yeast, esters, bananas and a hint of apple. Beer gets better and better with every sip, which is the opposite of 85% of the beers I drink. Mouthfeel is pretty light, good smooth carbonation, a bit of alcohol warming but this is expected with the style and a nice coat of german flavors on the tongue, yeast and esters. Drinkability is great, the beer never really loses its flavor or develops off flavors in a reasonable amount of it. The price is fine or a good German beer. I will definitely buy and recommend this one as the go to German beer.

Photo of weazal
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Warm, orangey citrus balanced by slight earthy wheatness and a strong dose of spices like clove. Pungent and delicious smelling.

T: All the spices carry through wonderfully and kind of dominate. Full, fluffy mouthfeel that drifts off your palate. Not many other flavors - spice dominates with clove, but there's noticeably lingering banana.

Photo of lstokes
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm. Had this on tap at a bar in Berlin, where they really know how to serve a beer: in a tall weizen glass with a beautiful fluffy head on top of the hazy orange.

Smell was fruity and clovey, not too overpowering, and the taste was the very definition of the beer: citrus, cloves, banana, wheat. Too much clove is probably my pet peeve in these beers, but this was perfectly blended, with a pop of carbonation in a very smooth body and a dry finish. Easy to drink--I had a liter last night!

Photo of BeelzeBrew
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy orange, with a bright white head which starts off big but quickly recedes and laces the glass nicely. Looks as a Hefeweizen should.

S: A bit watery, but very fruity and pleasant. Lemon, orange, banana and other citrus aromas ( possibly hops) are present.

T: Beautiful balance of citrus zest and fruity sweetness! The aftertaste is of light hops and lemon. Bready yeast, banana and possibly coriander, or something similar.

M: High carbonation. Relatively full-bodied and light, a really great mouthfeel.

d: This beer is as drinkable as beers get.

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

I poured this into a tall pilsner glass. The head was awesome! I sat out on my patio and drank this very slow to make sure I enjoyed every single drop. While I was drinking I noticed I was pushing my tongue down into the beer in the glass.(Lapping like A dog after A 4 mile run on a 90 degree day!). My girlfriend utters the death phrase, "Why don't you put a lemon in it?".noway! I was not going to mask the flavor of this beer with a piece of fruit.
I have seen this beer countless times and never picked it up. This beer was rocking! I wish i was drinking it at this moment. I have tried so many heffewissebiers in the past 6 years. The only 2 brews besides Weihenstephaner have really blown me away were Hacker-Pschorr and Franziskaner. Just a good all around great beer. Next week im trying the dark wessie.

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

Poured a hazy orange-yellow.

Aroma was clovey, a hint of banana and sweet grain.

The flavors are well rounded with clove, banana, caramel malt. A delicate balance that makes this stand out for the style.

Supple, soft mouthfeel making for a very easy beer to drink. A wonderful example of the style.

Photo of t3hcho53non3
3.76/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden hazy color with the typical great head of a hefeweizen. The head surprisingly didn't stay the whole time, but left great lacing.

S: Fruity, citrus, cloves, wheat. The smell is nice but nothing overpowering or special

T: Very well balanced and the citrus and clove flavors take the forefront of your tastebuds. It ends with a wheaty bread flavor.

M: Medium bodied with little to no carbonation

D: Very drinkable but there isn't much evolution in the brews as it eases its way past your tastebuds

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

Had on Tap at Weihenstephan Brewery in Freising, Germany.

You have not had a hefeweizen until you have had this beer. My definition of a hefeweizen in two words is : Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier.

A - An awesome cloudy golden body with a perfect fluffy head. Some lace, but not retain too well.

S - A very balanced smell of citrus, cloves and wheat. Nothing to write home about, but still very nice.

T - Citrus and Cloves strait to the dome, I repeat, Citrus and Cloves! this is amazingly well balanced brew that affords you a full plethora oranges,lemons, cloves, wheat, bread, and maybe a little hint of bananas. Not really a big presence of hops or malts. But it just beckons you to drink more...

M - Medium bodied with not much carbonation. just what you would want or expect from a hefe.

D - The best hefe I have had. It was my staple beer when I lived in Germany. You cannot go wrong with it. Also very inexpensive, probably the cheapest on the Top BA list.

Photo of Tilley4
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This just screams authentic German hefeweizen...

Had this on tap at an authentic German restaurant in Plano, Texas...

Arrived in a weizen glass looking like a perfect Hefe... Cloudy and hazy with a thick head....

Wonderful aromas of clove, some of the typical banana, a little yeast and a little wheat... This is everything one could look for in a Hefe... Smells terrific...

This is really a delight to drink... Its delicious and spot on for the style as it should be since its German...wheaty and yeasty with a great banana and clove taste...

I could sip these all night long without a doubt.. Just terrific...

Photo of nectar14
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 16 oz bottle.

This is quite simply a textbook Hefeweizen, with everything in the right place.
Gold and faintly cloudy in appearance, with a fluffy, pillowy white head that piles high.
Smells of banana, clove, slight citrus and wheat. Beautiful and not at all overdone.
Balanced flavors of classic Hefeweizen in the mouth, with good cut from acidity and carbonation that balances it all very well.
Touch of sweetness, and glides down smooothly.
Super easy to drink. Outstanding. Easy to love this beer.

Photo of thain709
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautiful golden yet hazy orange body...a pillowy white head forms and settles into a nice cap that retains for the entire glass...some lacing...I wanted more lace

S - Fruits stand out in the aroma...mainly banana with some apple and pear...light spices linger as well

T - As the aroma suggests the fruits hit you first...bananas are very dominate in the flavor...some more apple comes through but that banana flavor is big...yet it's not overpowering...the mixture of spices is blended nicely and come in at the right time...clove, coriander, and just a touch of cinnamon make their appearance in the finish to leave a nice spicy aftertaste

M - Medium bodied...creamy and coats the palate nicely...would have liked more crispness since there was a lot of carbonation...and sometimes it tastes a little watered down

D - One of the best hefe's I've had...I can't believe how good this beer is for the price...it's definitely a big bang for your bucks...a must try for any BA

Photo of CarlP2
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass.

A- Cloudy golden color, huge fluffy white head. Even some lacing sticking to the glass.

S- Sweet fruity banana smell. The yeast reminds me of some belgian pale ales.

T- Tastes a lot like it smells. Bananas and the distinct yeast flavor. Finishes smooth with a wheat taste. I can see where people get the bubble gum flavors from too. I think the yeast flavor from this is one of my favorite tastes in the beer world.

M- Smooth, even a little slick. Not as crisp and clean as a filtered beer. Very nice.

D- The beer is nearly halfway gone as I get to the drinkability section. How many could I drink? How many do you have? Easy drinking, very refreshing. Excellent example of the style. I can only imagine how much better it would be if I were patient enough to let it get a little colder. It was only refrigerated for a short time. I couldn't stand waiting and I had to open it. Still, an awesome beer.

Photo of AgentZero
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from jlindros, great trader and very nice BA member.

A - Poured into a mug from a pint bottle. Dirty, hazy gold with a tint of orange. Huge, very nice foamy head. Attractive beer, good lacing.

S - Nice clove smell with some at first very immersing banana smell that follows up with mild, but present citris. The yeast has a big presense, but it is not overly powerful like many beers of this style. Nicely balanced, yet strong on all fronts.

T - Banana right away, the wheat gets you too. Nice bready taste with a bit of citris and spice thrown in. Very nice.

M - Nice carbonation on a medium bodied beer. Leaves the mouth cleanly.

D - Very easy to drink, none of the flavors are overpowering or leave a bad aftertaste. A little sweet, but not so much that you can't drink it all day. A great beer for those who like this style.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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