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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

6,194 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,194
Reviews: 2,232
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 467
Gots: 558 | 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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IntriqKen

California

4.8/5  rDev +8.8%

Beautiful cloudy yellow with a full 3 finger white head that melts to a wonderful stickiness.
Aroma is sweet wheat with a hint of lemon and a 'softness' I cannot put a name to which makes the aroma pleasantly addictive.
Taste is cracker wheat with light spiciness....a bright clove...and very, very llight lemon. Clove is very prominant and flavors so bright there is something desert-like in this light and refreshing treat.
Aftertaste is pleasant cracker-like drying
Definately the finest Heffe Weissbier I have ever had.

09-02-2006 19:41:43 | More by IntriqKen
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jarsh

New York

4.9/5  rDev +11.1%

Presentation: A brown bottle, I think it is 16oz? Says it is the Oldest Brewery in the World, oh the things you learn from drinking. No freshness date that I could find, just a 4 digit number, I assume this to be the batch number.

Appearance: Pours slightly cloudy, I swirled but not much yeast came out so it could have been better, my bad. Orangish in color with a nice white head that doesn't quit.

Smell: This is how a wheat beer should smell. Wheat malts, clove-y spices and citrus banana. Nice.

Taste: The taste is very evident in the aroma. Nice carbonated with a wheat malty backbone with notes of clove, citrus, banana and yeast. Clean and crisp, refreshing and delicious after mowing the lawn. I wish I had another.

Overall: I wasn't THAT big of a hefe fan until I had this. I will now compare all other hefe's to this. A great summer beer!

08-30-2006 15:31:31 | More by jarsh
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cbros

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -18.4%

Poured a rich deep tan color, with a little head. I could smell the fruitiness, a bannana type smell. It had a strong hefe taste that lasted after you swallowed. The aftertaste had hints of fruit flavorng but not overpowering, subtle but present. The mouthfeel presented as heavy with that fruitiness present.
This was shown to me by a clerk at the liqour store and I can see why. This is a good hefe weizen that has a strong flavor that does not over power the drinker. It's apperance, smell and taste are all solid in nature but never overpowering or overwhelming. I would definitely drink this again.

08-26-2006 23:51:48 | More by cbros
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Dizzy

Texas

4.15/5  rDev -5.9%

Hazy golden color with fluffy white head which it retains for a long time. Aroma consists of cloves and a yeasty aroma. Taste is banana and cloves and a maybe bubblegum. Finish has slight hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. This is a great summer beer, a great beer to drink while watching baseball. I could drink several of these in a sitting.

The only drawback on this one is that it is probably old, since its imported. I can only imagine how good this would be if it were fresh.

08-23-2006 00:55:56 | More by Dizzy
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TexIndy

Texas

5/5  rDev +13.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no apparent freshness date but there was a code on the back label. Was an cloudy honey color with couple fingers foam and good carb. Some lacing. Smell was fantastic - exactly what you expect in a great hefe. Tones of clove, banana, etc. The taste was incredible. This has been one of my top 5 for a long time. Actually suprised that I'm just now getting to reviewing it. Great mouthfeel as well. Great beer to try in general and a must if like Hefe's. Also has a permanent home in my fridge. (5.0,HR,T,Y,HOF)

08-22-2006 22:59:36 | More by TexIndy
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

4.83/5  rDev +9.5%

Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier
12 oz brown bottle
Jet ink label on the back label that reads 4505
Served in a Schneider Weisse glass

Pours a murky and cloudy light mustard yellow. Huge, fluffy head on top that leaves incredible patterns of sticky lacings on the glassware. The head sustains a good size as I drink the beer down.

Super intense aroma of cloves, oranges and strong whiffs of yeast.

Doughy, juicy mouthfeel with a spicy clove quality and black pepper bite. MAJOR banana highlights with a touch of lemon citrus twang. Mini hop bitterness on the finish.

The drinkability level is purely ridiculous. So refreshing, enjoyable and thirst quenching. I could have this beer in the morning, afternoon or night. It's perfect on a hot August day like today.

I think this is one of the best hefeweizens out there. I love everything about it - the intense and ripe nose, complex flavors and the incredibly smooth drinkability level. Recommended.

08-17-2006 22:51:44 | More by Hibernator
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BurnsTau

Alabama

4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

12 oz bottle.

Pours a hazy amber-yellow, large amount of head, settles after a bit of time and leaves good amount of lacing.

This is one great smelling, aromatic beer. Bannana cloves, sweetness, citrus and spice come together and produce a very appetizing smell.

The taste is just as good. Of course the sweetness is most apparent, a bit of a citrusy zing as well. One of the best features of this hefe is the mouthfeel, full and creamy with a perfect amount of carbonation, as well as an extremely refreshing taste just make this beer incredible through and through.

It's been a while since I've had one of these and it is even better than I remember. Truly one of the best, if not the best, hefe's I have ever had. Definitely worth seeking out and trying.

08-16-2006 23:21:43 | More by BurnsTau
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +3.2%

I had this on tap at the Hop Devil Grill in New York over the winter, and thought this was one of the most amazing beers I ever had. When I finally found it in bottles recently, I was very excited to try this and see if it could live up to how I remembered it. It wasn't the awe-inspiring brew I remember having on tap, but nevertheless, this is still an amazing beer and the benchmark against with all hefe's should be measured!

Very nice pour - I love the radiantly cloudy hue of this and the nearly overwhelming head. Like most hefe's, the lacing could be better, but what it lacks in that, it more than makes up in taste and mouthfeel. Banana, grass, clove, bubblegum, you name it - it's here, and it's an absolute joy to swish around. What puts it over the top is the mouthfeel. Carbonation everywhere, the taste lingers just right, but it never feels too light, forced, or tingly. Just loads of bubbles like Sierra Nevada, but no bitterness to go with it. A wonderful sense of effervescence and range of flavors are this brews hallmarks!

I felt a bit more citrus and remember the head being perfect when I had this on tap. Yes, the bottled version doesn't live up to that, but I have yet to taste a beer that was just as good in a 12 oz. serving as it was in a pint glass, right out of a freshly tapped pour. No matter - there's a great reason why this is #1 for hefe's and near the top of my list as well: The range of flavors, the enjoyingly easygoing nature of this beer, and the full mouthfeel are a deadly combination. You've been warned!

08-14-2006 07:11:37 | More by JerzDevl2000
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bashiba

Iowa

4.15/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured a cloudy orange yellow with a creamy long lasting white head.

Smell is a good mix of Banana, Citrus, Clove, and some other spices.

Has a nice bit of yeasty flavor with banana, clove, Wheat and nice bit of lemony zip all making appearances.

Mouthfeel is smooth and very creamy with a nice bit of citrusy zip at the end for a crisp finish.

A very good and tasty Hefe. Fantastic session beer.

08-13-2006 01:29:39 | More by bashiba
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Blakaeris

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours cloudy light orange in color with a massive creamy white head.

Smell is bready banana nut. Mild yeasty spices.

Taste is similiar to the nose. Wonderful breadyness. Bananna and citrus fruit. Spices are sharp with clove out front and milder pepper. Finish is crisp with lingering spice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy.

A great example of this classic style. Tasty enough that you will wonder where it went. Incredibly smooth and easy to drink. You gotta give this one a try.

08-09-2006 23:09:31 | More by Blakaeris
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Budlum

Maryland

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%

Pours a deep, straw-yellow with copious amounts of foamy, white head. Deep oranges provided by the cloudy yeast. However, not quite as cloudy as many other hefes.

Sweet, aromatic and floral on the nose. Loaded with banana, notes of sweet clover honey and candied yams. A very enjoyable aroma.

Sweet and "yeasty" on the tongue. Great notes of banana, clove, bubble gum and caramelized brown sugar. Slightly nutty and earthy in the finish. The sweetness is perfectly balanced and never becomes over-bearing. As with any hefe, the yeast makes the beer and this one nails it.

Mouthfeel is perfectly balanced for a hefe. The yeast is well distributed with no dirty teeth feeling or clumps while enjoying.

Drinkability is huge. This beer is very refreshing, loaded with a constant flavor and very creamy. Possibly the perfect hefe. If there is one downfall, this beer is best consumed while still cold. It does tend to taste a little watered-down if allowed to warm too much.

A world classic representation and benchmark for the style in my opinion.

08-05-2006 19:42:45 | More by Budlum
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peabody

Kentucky

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

Man, the bubbles are never stopping here. When the bottle was opened the bubbles continued to pour out of the bottle for 2 minutes. There is plenty of carbonation here but that is not what this beer is all about. Bananas and Cloves!
You can smell both a little but upon first taste you are overwhelmed by the Clove. It is a clean slightly hoppy clove and banana flavor with a spicy aftertaste. Very good.
I don't know about drinking multiples of this beer but I can see why it is rated so high.

08-04-2006 01:36:09 | More by peabody
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +2%

Lightly bemired soft gilded straw with a healthy white cloud that persists till the end of the glass. Aromas are obviously German, malty, and lightly fruity. The expected attributes of banana and clove are present but very light in comparison to many others of the style. Along with them one finds lemons, spring flowers, and oranges. All is exceptionally fresh and airy. Body is light and alive with plenty of spicy yeast character. Sweet malt and fruity yeast flavors blend perfectly with a subtle hop bitterness. Finish touches on the dry end of the spectrum with a nice crispness as well. Carbonation is moderate to lively. Drinkability is flawless. This may be the perfect hefe but I do prefer mine to be a bit dirtier. This one is just too flawless.

08-02-2006 16:33:45 | More by DaPeculierDane
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Litterbean

New York

4/5  rDev -9.3%

Pale yellow, turns to golden orange as yeast is swirled in. Big fluffy cloud-like head settles to a white bubbly cap.

Smells of crisp wheat, with the standard banana and spicy clove notes. Not very outstanding, but pleasant and to style.

Light bodied, with mild banana notes and some bubblegum. Crisp finish.

Light and refreshing with nothing out of the ordinary. Just a solid wheat beer, with some good yeasty fun.

08-02-2006 02:46:46 | More by Litterbean
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SethB2

California

4.28/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured from a bottle into my Franziskaner Weissbier glass.

A - Beer pours a lemony yellow color, a bit cloudy with a huge amount of carbonation. I don't think this can be measured in "fingers". More like hands. Roughly 1.2 hand worth. Several little bubbles continue to race up to the surface. Very good.

S - Ahh, now THIS is a Hefe. Sweet clove, bananas and bubble gum. Yeasty as all hell, but that is how it is supposed to be. Not much in the hop department, other than a Noble hint here and there.

T - Bananas and clove again, but very bready. Like a sweet muffin, really. Starts candy sweet, and then the spice takes hold. Bits of clove and cinnamon and then the pepper, which I attribute to the Noble bite.

M - Excellent. Light, but at the same time it has a chewy feel. Exceptionally smooth and very drinkable. Probably the best Hefe I have sampled to date.

D - See above. Time to get some more.

08-01-2006 21:10:55 | More by SethB2
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sacfly

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -7%

500mL, “7066” stamped in a box on the back label, whatever that means.
Pours a cloudy yellow straw color. Thick head of large off white bubbles. Aroma is of clove and banana with a hint of lemon. A little bubblegum thrown in there. Clove comes out over the others in the taste along with a sweetness. Wheat character is evident. Aftertaste is yeasty and spicy with just a touch of bitterness. Easy drinking despite the medium to heavy body (for a hefe). Definitely not the watered down versions I have been plagued with all summer.

07-29-2006 20:06:00 | More by sacfly
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BitteBier

Indiana

4.55/5  rDev +3.2%

Pours a hazy orange-yellow with a couple fingers of bubbly white head that deplete to a clingy ring that hangs on through the whole glass. Particularly as the beer warms a bit, the nose is soft, clean and grainy with a pleasant bit of spice. That taste carries over nicely to the taste, which is a hefeweizen through and through. The mouthfeel has a crisp snap, but the flavors are able to shine thanks to the pleasant softness as well. I liked this beer well enough the first time around (when I suspect the bottle I had was past its prime). This time it was just what I was after.

07-27-2006 23:02:26 | More by BitteBier
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hopsaplenty

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

500ml brown bottle, 5435 on back label.

Foggy pale straw. Short, off-white head of small bubbles that settles quickly to a bit of head dust and no lacing. Ample carbonation streams race upwards. Big clove and banana peel as well as an orange-spiked with cloves aroma. Initially tingly crisp with some cloves and light bananas as well as a modest lemon pith note. The cloves gather in intensity in the early finish before giving way to a crisp hop note that lingers briefly with some lemon tartness. Light bodied with a bubbly, yet smooth mouthfeel that accentuates the clove and banana flavors. Enjoyable and a wonderful representation of the style. Refreshing on a hot, sticky St. Louis evening.

07-27-2006 18:18:02 | More by hopsaplenty
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doubleipa

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev -9.8%

Nothing like a hot summer day in Atlanta for a hefeweizen. Had this on tap, but was served in shaker pint glass. Kind of loses some of it's appeal when it's not served in a weizen glass. Anyway, nice golden color with a great aroma: banana, fruity, lemony, and clove. Good carbonation. Could drink lots of these at a sitting.

07-27-2006 12:26:25 | More by doubleipa
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rousee

Massachusetts

4.7/5  rDev +6.6%

Dark murky gold color with a nice healthy head of thick frothy foam. Head holds remarkably well--no lace to speak of.

Smell is perfect for the style. I believe these people invented the hefe-weisse. The nice thing is that there are all the familiar elements--banana, wheat, coriander, clove, etc. but they are so perfectly subtle. The taste is much the same with a hint of citrus--almost lemon zest. I did not put a lemon in this beer--further proof that one is not needed. What more can be said--this is the Hefeweizen against which all others should be compared. Extremely pleasant quenching mouthfeel and very smooth and drinkable.

07-26-2006 21:15:42 | More by rousee
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vancurly

Australia

3.98/5  rDev -9.8%

Thick, foamy head, good three fingers depth at start, which comes back to a centimetre for the duration. Not much obvious carbonation. Nice frothy lace hangs on 'til the end.
Cloudy pale amber, to a pale golden yellow at the edges.
Wheat malt nose, clove - hint of lemon. With the last pour (and extra yeast), perhaps a note of honeycomb.
Clove flavour dominant in the froth, but once you get through this (and on your nose), a nice wheaty, creamy mouthfeel, light, malty. Some banana, which lingers on a while, but not as estery as the Schofferhofer, imho.

07-24-2006 06:51:33 | More by vancurly
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SteveO1231

Connecticut

4.93/5  rDev +11.8%

Picked up a big bottle of this brew, really wanted to taste a beer from the oldest operating brewery in the world opened in 1040 very impressive. Pours a hazy golden yellow with an excellent white foamy head. Lots of carbonation, light lacing. Fruity aroma of banana and apples, yeasty with hints of cloves, sweet malted wheat. Smooth, light texture, fizzy aggressive carbonation. Sweet fruity taste of banana, spicy clove and yeast. Hints of lemon zest. Extremely light bitter finish with a peppery aftertaste. All around a very balanced beer. A perfect Hefe, best I've ever had. Very refreshing and delicious.

Cheers!

07-24-2006 00:52:46 | More by SteveO1231
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AmorousAngel

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%

Poured into the traditional Weizen glass that came with the gift pack. Even with careful pouring, a large and persistent head formed. As expected, it is cloudy, with a golden color.

Strong wheat aroma with a hint of fruit, possibly banana.

Rich yeast flavor with smooth, malty background. Hint of spice and fruit.

Slightly frothy, but pleasant mouthfeel.

The overall, a very drinkable beer. Nice, complex flavor. Probably the best hefe weizen I've tried so far.

As a side note, I got a kick out of the picture on one side of the gift box. It is a group of nuns laughing and drinking beer. You've gotta love Bavarian attitude. Prost!

07-23-2006 23:23:34 | More by AmorousAngel
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BlackAngus

Indiana

4/5  rDev -9.3%

Appearance is a dark yellow, very cloudy, with a rocky, almost meringue-like head.

Strong wheat smell, as well as a fruity note, and a hint of clove.

Taste is of clove, banana, hint of citrus, strong wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, very well carbed, almost frothy.

Very drinkable. I could have a LOT more of this. Makes me wish more American breweries crafted this style, as opposed to the bland American wheat.

07-23-2006 02:56:07 | More by BlackAngus
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riversider76

New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours cloudy golden. Lots of bubbles. Thin white head, with great retention and lace. Smell is of fruit,and spice. Very nice. Body is medium, and carbonated. Taste is rich with spice,citrus, and banana. This is a full flavored beer with out being too heavy. Excellent!

07-18-2006 17:43:55 | More by riversider76
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,194 ratings.