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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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6,732 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,732
Reviews: 2,279
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 516
Gots: 782 | FT: 12
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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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Photo of PhilfromPA
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Good head and retention, slightly cloudy light golden color

S- Bananas, spices, wheat

T- At first bananas, bread & spices, wheat, finishes sweet and fairly crisp

M - Medium bodied with a kick from the carbonation, slightly creamy

D- Highly drinkable, very refreshing and light while maintaining its great blend of tastes

Photo of johnmichael712
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured out of a 16 oz bottle into a Paulaner weizen glass. There is no freshness date on the bottle, but there is a batch code (4398). This beer pours an orangy-gold color that is exceptionally murky once the yeast sediment is added and is crowned by the typical enormous weizen head. The head is a pale white color and has a wonderful mousse-like texture that is supplemented by a torrent of small carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. As the head falls it takes on a rocky appearance, and it eventually fades to a one finger ring that stays atop the beer throughout the drinking experience. A moderate amount of Belgian lace is present on the sides of glass.

Smell: The nose of this beer is exceptionally spicy and has a strong amount of phenol aroma in the form of cloves. There is also a heavy does of banana esters along with a citrusy tartness that smells like lemon zest or bitter orange peel.

Taste: This beer starts out with a strong banana flavor that would make it perfect for anyone with a pet monkey. This moves to a sharp clove spiciness and big notes of malted barley and wheat along with a bread-like yeast flavor. The beer eventually fades with a bit of a cracker-like malt flavor along with a very light and sweet bubblegum taste that supplements the dry finish. There is no hop flavor to speak of and no real hop bitterness in the finish. This is one excellently balanced, yet flavorful, hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, especially for a hefeweizen, and is one of the biggest bodies in a wheat beer I've had to date. Once the yeast is added to the glass the body seems even bigger, so make sure to swirl around the last few drops in the bottle and add them to the beer. This beer has a creamy sort of mouthfeel thanks to the wheat, and a light finish with heavy carbonation.

Drinkability: I think that hefeweizens are one of the most drinkable styles out there, and Weihenstephaner's Hefeweissbier is no exception. This is an incredibly spicy, fruity, and refreshing beer, and goes wonderfully with warm weather and good friends.

Notes: This is the best hefeweizen that I've had so far. Other breweries' renditions are good, but if you're a wheat beer lover and you haven't treated yourself to Weihenstephaner's version, you owe it to yourself to try this gem from the "oldest brewery in the world". Definitely something I'll be buying again as summer approaches, and a great beer for opening people up to the world of craft beer.

Photo of hophead247
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into an imperial pint glass..Pours a slightly hazy golden-yellow with a huge lasting fluffy white head with very nice lacing. Aroma of cloves and banana...MMM...A nice note of bread I found in the scent as well. The taste was truly exceptional...that clove and banana flavor once again, followed by nice dry bread, yeast, wheat flavors. The beer was carbonated just a tad too much in my opinion, but i wasn't complaining. This Hef instantly became my favorite years ago when I first tried it, and it remains my #1 today

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

A: Ton of head on a cloudy pale golden beer.

S: Smell of banana comes through some doughy malts, alcohol.

T: Banana is nice and strong, followed by the sweetness of the malt. Very little hops are detected. FInish is sweet.

M: High carbonation and medium bodied.

D: Very drinkable as expected with the style. The sweetness may be a bit much for me after a while though

Photo of emsroth
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz pint bottle. No freshness date. Shot the yeast into the bottom of a hefe-like pilsener glass. Had to pour it into two get the yeast.

App: a cloudy pale yellow that reminds me of banana.

Smell: Strong, sweet smell of a fruit salad.

Taste: Starts with the carbonation. Next comes the sweet taste of bananas. Otherwise the taste is light and crisp. As it warms the faint taste of malted wheat creeps through.

Pleasant mouthfeel without any negative aspects. Very drinkable but one pint is enough.

Make sure you like bananas before you try this one.

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

This is an embarrassing old review, I will have to update the text next time I drink a bottle of this beer

A--Full two finger head that dissipates fairly quickly, but not fully. Very dark yellow, but when held up to the light it reveals an awesome two-tone color, darker in the middle with lighter yellow running down both sides. Tough to explain, but awesome to look at. Only spotty lacing, though.

S--The usual suspects with a wheat beer, only magnified and much "cleaner."

T--Wow, this is great. I'm picking up A LOT of bubblegum, definitely the dominant flavor. As it gets warmer some fruitiness takes center stage along with yeast and wheat. Tastes like I'm eating from a bowl of mixed fruit while chewing a piece of Bubbalicious. Quite tasty!

M--Pretty much perfect, this just glides down your throat with an ever-so-slight sting from the carbonation

D--Hey, if I can drink an entire wheat beer without complaints, it must be drinkable

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

Murky golden pour with a thick white head that evaporates very slowly. Bubblegum aroma with some nice banana scent as well. Flavor similar but a little bit more banana than bubblegum maybe with a nice carbonated kick to it. Probably the best hefe I have ever drank

Photo of sevopie
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Lightly cloudy golden color with a white head.

Smell - A lot of spices are apparent upfront, as well as a couple fruits, pears/apricots as well as some type of citrus.

Taste - The fruits dominate the initial flavors, again with pears and citrus coming through. You get a mild hint of wheat in there, but the spices kick in long after the fruits, and linger nicely on the tongue.

Mouthfeel - Heavy but not oily, with a solid dose of carbonation.

Drinkability - With the spices lingering on the tongue, this one asks you to drink more with every sip. This is quite possibly the most drinkable beer I've ever had... and I am not really a fan of the wheat style in general. Fantastically well done, I'm glad I was able to find it here in Denver finally.

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

A: pours a cloudy straw gold with a billowy white head

S: nice German yeast, bananas, wheat, sweet bread

T: spicy upfront, citrus, then bready malts and bananas, yeasty

M: crisp, but coats the tongue nicely

D: nice and refreshing but still complex, I don't typically prefer German styles, but this beer is quite good

Photo of PirateUlf73
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a quite hazy golden-orange hue with a big, white head. Retained and laced marvelously.

S: Very strong nose of wheat, spices, clove, banana, and some yeast. All of these add up to more than the sum of its parts. Very complex and a joy to smell.

T: A big, soft spiciness up front, supported by a supple wheat backing. Then comes the bready yeast, adding its own signature to the mix. I love the blend of all the classic hefeweizen flavors - banana, clove and phenols. This has it all in spades.

M: A pleasant fullness, yet still managing to be lighter in body. It was adequately carbonated and the finish was a little tart and more than a little bit dry.

D: Very quaffable, as each sip leaves you yearning for the next.

This is hands-down one of the most complex hefeweizens (let alone beers in general) on the market today. If for some strange reason you have not already tried this beer, get off your bottom and go getcha' some! Seriously though, this is a quite affordable beer and it has yet to let me down.

Photo of theghost3
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a hefe glass. Appearance is very cloudy light amber with a ridiculous 3-finger frothy head. A 1-finger head remnant stays througout. Minimal lacing.

The smell is made up of apple, wheat, pears, cloves, and vanilla; very enticing. The taste is somewhat muted, but lemon esters, pears, cloves, vanilla, and some earthiness shine through. The earthy quality reminds me of a saison. Mouthfeel is very carbonated & acidic at first, but quickly becomes smooth & almost thick.

This is an incredibly drinkable hefeweizen. Braurei Weihenstephan has been around almost 1000 years, so they obviously know what they are doing.

Photo of zminor
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an opaque yellow gold into a duvel tulip. Medium amount of head dissipated but left a ring of lace around the edge of the pour.

Nose is a subtle mix of citrus especially lemons, and maybe a slight hint of bananas. Nothing too overpowering.

Wow, a very impressive hefeweiss! Much fruiter than I would typically expect, even more so than the nose. Strong notes of banana and wheat.

Mouthfeel seems to be on par with the style. Crisp, light, and quite drinkable, although I'm not sure I see myself drinking this all the time.

Overall a great example of the style - even if you're not traditionally a fan, give this one a try.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours an opaque orangish-yellow, with a massive white head. Outstanding retention level with ridiculous lacing.

S: sharp notes of citrus, mostly lemon and unripe oranges. Some slight metallic tones, but faint. There are also aromas of coriander and maybe a hint of clove.

T: huge notes of honey and bananas. Some light citrus flavors, light lemon. Mild coriander notes with a huge yeasty flavor.

M: solid mouthfeel. Very refreshing and slightly creamy. Exceptional carbonation, perhaps perfect.

Photo of mjl21
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass. Looks like it is part of batch 7038. Comes in at 5.4%.

A-Pours a nice hazy yellow with a monster 3 finger head that ever so slowly fades.

S-Definite yeast comes at you fast. Banana and clove come out very nicely.

T-A lot like it smells. Nice yeast flavor followed by clove and banana.

M-Refreshing and perfectly crisp.

D-A great beer that goes down easy and perfect to have over the course of a session.

This is one that I frequently pick up as I am leaving the BevMo beer section. It is priced around $3.00 and is a great choice when you want one of the best beers in its style but don't feel like a hoppy/high abv monster.

Photo of jujubeast6000
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 8/29/2008 (bottle):

Pours a cloudy yellow colored body, with a huge foamy white head, creamy and lasting. Has some fruity esters, and some spice like clove. Some heaviness in the aroma. Fruity banana-like taste. Somewhat watery, but definately not weak.

Photo of roopy40
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Ahhh, takes me back to the days in Schweinfurt. Tall, wonderfully cloudy orange-yellow in color, with a merange-like head.

S - MMM, the wonderful smell of yeast, bread, cloves and banana tones.

T - Slight citrus zest, yeast, kick of spice, banana, wonderful hefeweizen...clearly best in class.

M - Crisp feel smacks on your tongue, but this beer is also thick and viscous in some ways. The spice hits you mid swallow and the zest spikes around the rest of your mouth.

D - Very drinkable hefe. You can't ask for more than this from this style, it goes down so nicely. Prost!

Photo of hollis092
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - poured into pint glass, has a wonderful slightly clouded orange coloring. If poured correctly this beer forms a perfect head with the best retention and lacing in all hefe's ive ever had.

Aroma - beautiful citrus aroma with hints of honey and lemon zest, no hoppiness here though, but for this beer it is perfect.

Taste - full taste of citrus, lemon zest, honey and nutmeg

Feels so beautiful to the palate. This beer excites so many tastes buds my mouth feels almost euphoric. This is by far the best hefe I have ever tasted. Highly recommend this one to any hefe lover you will absolutely be thrilled with just one taste.

Photo of nrbw23
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy, cloudy orange in color. Head seemed fuller and more robust than any hefe I have sampled so far. Head has great retention and leaves a tremendous amount of lacing.

S- Smells very yeasty with hints of citrus and banana esters. Minimal hop character if at all. Smells crisp, clean and very Earthly.

T- Crisp light malt flavors back up banana flavors. The lemon comes through slightly near the end of the sip. Light banana flavors stick around and make everything so much better.

M- A light body and solid carbonation make this very smooth and crisp.

D- Easy and great to drink. This really is one of the easiest-drinking beers maybe ever. A very solid brew.

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

Pours out a hazy golden color with an enormous off-white head. It starts to collapse and leaves a little pillow on top of the beer leaving a nice bit of sticky lacing down the glass. Looks beautiful, with all kinds of bubbles rushing through the glass all throughout. The smell is nice. At first, with the rising CO2, it burn the nose just a bit, but there is a wonderful spiciness like cloves and black pepper, with just a note of banana. There also quite a bready sweetness in the nose underneath the yeast presence. The flavor starts out bready, very bready, with a light, powdery sweetness. There's a sticky, thick presence of sweet wheat, which is nice. It moves to the clove note, the light banana, and finishes with a big peppery, spicy finish. The mouthfeel is very full, chewy from the high amount of wheat and the yeast. The carbonation stings initially and the peppery finish is a bit too strong. The drinkability is great. Really enjoyable and easy to drink. This one is very good, but I'm not sure that it is actually my favorite among the style. Worth seeking out for the Hefe lover, but maybe not the best introduction because its not as clean and easy as some.

Photo of maddmatt48
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Poured a hazy pale yellow with good off white head, 2-3 fingers.

S - Cloves, slight banana, fresh baked bread.

T - Love the flavor. Little bit of banana, more cloves, wheat bread, and a little yeast.

M - Almost a medium body, but just a little lighter. Great mouthfeel, good going down.

D - Great session beer. So easy to drink. Love this beer.

Overall - The quintessential German Hefeweizen. Great beer, love to drink this beer, but not my favorite in this style, that goes to Southern Tiers Heavy Weizen, but still a great beer.

Photo of dgilks
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500ml bottle

A - Poured a hazy golden colour with a beautiful creamy white 2 finger head. Spot on and very appetising.

S - Clove, banana, light honey even. Quite nice and it makes me want to drink.

T - Great, typical hefeweizen. More banana and hefeweizen spices. Nice flavour coming through from the yeast too. A great beer and spot on what this beer should taste like, just a virtually perfect example.

M - Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Unlike some German weissbiers this one has something to it and it feels like a beer. Very nice.

D - Very drinkable. This is one easy drinking beer, I can see it being perfect on a warm summer's day. Quite sessionable too at just over 5% ABV.

Overall - A great beer. probably the best in its class and a wonderful summer beer (though I like it at other times too). Really, why would you drink a standard macro lager, when Weihenstaphener Hefeweissbier is so perfectly good for the situation.

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

Golden body that shines with a little haziness to show off the yeast. Huge head, always indicative of good things in a hefe. Big bannana and spicy clove in the aroma that follow into the taste. Fruity esters everywhere. Cracker-like malt backbone. Be sure to give it a swirl before pouring the last 1/4 of the bottle. Perfect carbonation and smooth mouthfeel that has a slight chewiness to it in the finish. Great example of a hefe.

Photo of JVEyck309
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. (Note to self: get a weizen glass)

A: cloudy golden yellow with a luscious head that sticks all the way down
S: bananas in pajamas, cloves.. you know? it smells like an ideal wheat beer should!
T: Again with bananas and clove. Frothy head..very refreshing. A little bit peppery as well.
M: perfect, Love it! crisp refreshing and goes down smooth
D: Definitely a lovely beer. After this six is gone I know I'll miss it.

Photo of jjanega08
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A= Golden Orange color slightly hazy with a tall 2 inch head that is thick but falls to a large lump sitting on top of my glass
S= Banana and clove just like a good hefe should smell.
T= Spice and a taste up front then that is washed away with banana and finally finished with clove.
M= light and crisp great for a summer day
D= High. This is the best hefe I've had. Not too much of a fan of the style but I'll be searching this one out to let others try and to sit around and sip on during the summer months.

Photo of skeetermoses
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good hefe, not overtly impressive, but it did lack the spices of a certain beer that is of the same catagory. I really enjoyed this one. Could go good with a nice chicken or pasta dish. Would definately try this beer one more time. perhaps with a nicce chicken and pasta meal.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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