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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

6,301 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,301
Reviews: 2,240
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 478
Gots: 606 | 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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Photo of BladeRunner
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

UPDATE:

So, it has been over a year since my review and I've had many tastings of this fine brew after the fact.

This is hands down one of my favorite beers overall. I just can't get over the yeast contributed aromas and flavors. This is not just a great summertime brew, but a beer that can be appreciated all year long.

I have edited my overall score at a slightly higher rating.
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Poured into a 25oz mug.

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange, with a foamy white head.

You do smell some wheat and slight lemony zest.

The taste is very crisp with a nice carbonated attack. No bitterness at all, I definatley taste some cloves and a slight lemon twist.

Mouthfeel is very refreashing and balanced. Good enough carbonation to tingle the tongue, with 0 bitterness in the back of the mouth.

I could drink this all day. It's alcohol % isn't too high, so you can get away with drinking this beer with some authority. I highly recommend you use a big mug.

BladeRunner, May 23, 2007
Photo of ski271
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Zeno’s in State College. A- Light, cloudy orange-gold with a small, creamy, white head, slowly diminishing to a film. S- Fruit (mostly berry), clove, nutmeg, coriander and banana. T- similar to nose, but more clove, less berry, at least until the finish. M- Medium body, creamy texture turning dry on the finish, low carbonation, and slightly astringent. D- Fruity and refreshing. Nothing out of the ordinary, good representation of the style. Worth a try.

ski271, May 20, 2007
Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Did I buy a case of this last year?
Yes I did. And it disappeared in 2 weeks.

Residual clove in the aftertaste that is a big asset. Nice aroma of clove and bubblegum, encourages one to drink. Smooth carbonation and supreme sessionability, especially on tap. The taste is full-on wheat, with spicy clove and yeast esters bringing up the rear. Check out this stellar Hefe, on tap it is even more tempting....

emerge077, May 20, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy orange-amber color with massive sticky white puffy head.
smell is a mixture of bananas, citrus and spices (cloves)
Taste also blends the bananas and spices in the perfect proportion.
Nice and creamy in the mouth with great taste retention.
Very easy to drink. great example of the style. The perfect summer afternoon beer.

tgbljb, May 20, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a bright pale golden amber with a big frothy white head. Very slight haze kept it from being completely clear, nice carbonation. No lace.

S - Smell was light, very grainey with lots of yeast evident. Nice hints of cereal and malts, classic pilsner/german light lager/ hefe araoma. Very nice and was a very welcoming smell.

M & T - First impression was very light, frothy feel. Lots of subtle hints of mainly grains, and euro hops mixed in. Almost a burnt cereal type back to it and a nice caramel maltness. As it warmed some hints of fruit and spice, banana in the backround. Feel was great, with awesome carbonation.

D - Overall this was really a great session beer for a hot day. Very flavorful and really just awesome tones. Highly recommneded.

mikesgroove, May 19, 2007
Photo of jeffjfindley
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cloudy blonde, I've found the head on these to be inconsistent, otherwise I'd throw it a 4.5. Smell is rich with malt and bananas. Taste is banana-centric and absolutely superb, with a very refreshing hop presence, a lot more than most of this style. Mouthfeel could not be better, crisp and refreshing, smooth and malty at once with a fantastic lingering finish. This is the definition of drinkability, and I don't even like Hefeweizens that much. I suppose after 1,000 years they should have figured some shit out.

jeffjfindley, May 18, 2007
Photo of cpn920
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance was a dull orange with a head that dissipated during the consumption. The smell that I noticed was mostly yeast with a hint of fruit. Taste was very good. Tasted like yeast with banana and cloves. The mouthfeel was one of subtle carbonation and fairly thick for a Hefe. It was a refreshing beer that I could drink several of

cpn920, May 18, 2007
Photo of Bitterbill
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this in a trade with jwc215, thanks Joe!

This pours from 0.5L bottle a cloudy light gold with a large head of foam that dissipates quickly but there's a few spotty islands that stay for the entire session and it has some lacing.

The smell is a nice mix of wheat, yeast, and fruit, mainly apricot.

The taste on first sip is very nice. I can taste good yeast and wheat flavours along with clove and some fruits...banana and apricot. There's some sourness there as well, most notable up front after a few more sips. The finish is pretty strong on the clove and I'm loving it. The body is medium as is the carbonation. Very, very drinkable. I'll have to see if I can pick some up the next time I get to Colorado. Yeah, it's so worth seeking out.

Bottom line: This stuff is *great*! Best Hefe Weizen I've ever had!

Bitterbill, May 15, 2007
Photo of sinistermadman
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy deep gold color with a majestic crown. Extreme staying power with this head in my weizen glass.

Beautiful Hefe aroma of wheat, lemon, banana and clove... High marks here.

Taste is solid with flavors ranging from lemon-y zest tinged hops to creamy wheat malt. Slightly bitter tonic water-esque finish. This brew strikes a perfect balance amongst all ingredients. Active carbonation imparts a prickly bath on the palate. Creamy-slick mouthfeel renders this brew utterly drinkable. A great example of the style. Highly recommended.

sinistermadman, May 12, 2007
Photo of ncvbc
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden straw with big fluffy white head when poured. Smells of banana, wheat, and overall sweetness. The taste was a little muted but still good. Again, a wheat bite and banana flavor that reminds me of Runts. Mouthfeel was good as expected, not too much carbonation and very crisp. I could let it rest on my tongue all day this summer. This is a good beer in every aspect. Nothing too exceptional to me but definitely above average. I'd say it's among the top hefes for me and at a good price. Try it, you'll probably like it.

ncvbc, May 11, 2007
Photo of CharlieMopps
3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at RFD in Washington, DC.

A: About a finger of bubbly white head tops a hazy, dull orange brew. Looks fairly decent.

S: A nice clean, wheaty, and citrusy aroma swirls for a wonderfully aromatic combination. A bit of fruit (banana-like) and sweetness.

T: Very well-rounded in terms of flavor, a subtle wheat and pale malt intro leads into a bubblegum-esque middle. Following that is a light hoppiness that dries out for a great finish.

M: Not too carbonated, which was nice, but maybe a little more couldn't hurt. Overall, still maintains a creamy texture and nice body.

D: A really relaxed summer style beer with great drinkability. Don't know if it's all I had expected it to be, frankly, but it definitely holds its own.

CharlieMopps, May 11, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very unique beer I want to start off this review with a clever description that a buddy of mine came up with when inquired about the flavor while sampling this hefeweizen at a tasting; "Its banana and fresh-cut grass.

Now that I've given him his reference, this beer pours a cloudy, light gold with a dense peal-white head leaving light lace.

The aroma is fragrant and fruity with hints of cider, banana, wheat. The flavor is smooth and grainy, with notes of banana, spice, and a honey-like sweetness. I did not detect the 'fresh-cut grass'.

The mouthfeel is smooth and clean with a wheaty/fruity after feel (if there is such a thing). A great beer you can drink all summer long.

letsgopens, May 10, 2007
Photo of monkeybeer
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden yellow not clear at all the way good wheat should be
A white creamy head.

S- Light a citric with a hint of banana

T/M - Sweet banana flavor goes down very smooth and clean a very slight taste of clove. Not overly carbonated

D- Very drinkable a nice pleasant beer on a warm day.

monkeybeer, May 09, 2007
Photo of rmfyeah
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a nice thick head. Dispates over the coarse of the beer but foam lacing remains on the glass.

Smells citrus lemon and bananas

Tastes surprisingly spicy, the lemon flavor pronounced and nice crisp bite on the sides of the tongue. Taste cuts away fast in a refreshing way.

Mouthfeel is crisp and holds the taste well on the top of the tongue for a few seconds.

drinkability is great, a great hot weather beer that is truly refreshing way more than any macro lager could dream of.

rmfyeah, May 09, 2007
Photo of pittvkyle7
3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice looking in its weizen glass. not a big head but it had some lacing while I drank, good and cloudy like it should be.

mostly a yeast smell, sweet, very light fruit like lemon, clove.

a good yeast bite to it, not much for a fruit taste, a little clove, very mild taste with a little sourness to it.

mouthfeel was light with crisp carbonation, a quick finish.

very drinkable

pittvkyle7, May 07, 2007
Photo of sleazo
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pillowy head on a golden cloudy body.

S-clovey goodness. Some oter pheols. Very much the true weisse

T-more cloves. Perfect hefe balance. Higher on the cloves than the banana. Delicious

M-Rich, creamy and effervescent

D-Oooh i could have abunch. this is exaclty what a hefeweiss bier should be

sleazo, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 1 pt 9 oz bottle into a wheat beer glass.

A: cloudy, orange-golden color with white head that lingers for awhile, gets rocky as it declines, and leaves some lacing as it is consumed.

S: yeast with some banana and more balanced toward the cloves.

T: starts with a yeasty/wheat tart flavor, middle is the signature clove flavor with only a slight hint of banana, and ends with a sharpening of the clove flavor combined with a small amount of bitterness from the hops. Aftertaste does not linger long with this beer and ready for more very quickly.

M: light and well carbonated.

D: very drinkable beer, flavor characteristics make you want to quickly consume, and could probably drink several in a sitting very easily. One of the better I have had with this style recently. If your preference for the style is more toward the clove flavors than the fruity bananas then this is a good example. A great beer for the spring and summer while sitting outside.

joeysmokedporter, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of rjimlad
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A magnificent beer. I drank this from bottle to a 500ml weizen glass and it produced a thick white head which stayed to the end. Off this head sprang lovely banana and dough aromas. The first taste was sparkly banana with clovey counterbalance. I had this too cold at first so it was a bit steely or metallic but as it warmed up it became more balanced and the mouthfeel was less crisp and a little sticky but still dry. This sounds a bit contradictory but that's the intersting thing about this ale. Everything is right with this.

rjimlad, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of coalcracker
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Poured a hazy yellow with good head and retention. Did not lace.
Smell: Aroma of bread/wheat obviously with a spicy background.
Taste: Crisp tasting with wheat predominant, balanced nicely with spicy notes: clove, pepper, maybe a touch of banana.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and very crisp.
Drinkability: Very drinkable at a low ABV. Not difficult at all to quaff.
Overall: As summer gets closer, this beer will be remembered. A very good example of its class and perhaps one of the better hefes I've ever had.

coalcracker, Apr 22, 2007
Photo of tigerdoc
3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow with a creamy head that remains as I drink. I was little dissapointed on how clear it is for a Hefe. Very good bannana/clove estery aroma balanced with some light citrus orange hop aroma. The flavor is sweet at first with light bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Definately a very solid Hefe.

tigerdoc, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a modified weizen glass.

Properly decanted, is a hazy yellowy-orange color with a huge billowy white head.

Smell is of banana and grassy wheat.

Taste is quite clean. Very refreshing. Fresh grass and some muted ripe fruit, bananas and lemons.

Light bodied. Highly drinkable. This is a great hefe and could make a fantastic session beer.

bluegrassbrew, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of gmfessen
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a hazy, orangish color with a huge frothy head. Smell is typical of a hefe and well pronounced, wheat, clovey spice, yeast, and slightly sweet. Taste is similar to the nose, slightly sweet with the yeasty clove taste being the most obvious. The mouthfeel is excellent, medium-full bodied with a velvety consistency and the perfect amount of carbonation. A very drinkable hefe, very smooth, and one of the best out there.

gmfessen, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a wonderful golden yellow/orange with plenty of active carbonation and an inch of creamy white head. Pour the yeast in and you'll get a super hazy orange hue. Aromas of light sun dried grains against lots of clove and banana along with some bubblegum scents as well. Spicy yeast that takes on a peppery aspect. Really vibrant, the aroma itself has a way of grabbing ahold of you. Wonderful.

First sip brings a smooth, lightly toasted sun dried grainy malt that's followed by a nice flow of clove, banana and bubblegum flavors. Light lemon zest along with a big spicy yeast. A touch of black pepper on the way down. Finishes smooth and clean. A super tasty hefe for sure.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with plentiful carbonation. Almost goes down too easily. This could make for a nice session IMHO. This brew deserves the praise...I love finding it on tap at a good German restaurant or pub.

orbitalr0x, Apr 17, 2007
Photo of Drew966
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier pours a hazy golden color with a thick, white head from a brown half liter bottle. The aroma is intensely yeasty with hints of clove. Fruity flavors, banana, clove and yeast all combine to make a tasty concoction. Highly drinkable.

Drew966, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A great cloudy straw color with a white head that lasts for a long time. great appearance.

S: Malt wheat sweet banannas? Smells "classic wheat beer" if that makes sense

T:Lots of yeast, and wheat. no bitterness etc as all wheets should be. this is one of the classic wheat beer.

M: creamy, medium bodied with a carbonated head

D: If you liek classic wheat beer, this is for you, its like the metric standard for how to make a wheat beer. very good

Redwood21, Apr 13, 2007
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,301 ratings.