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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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6,454 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,454
Reviews: 2,254
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 501
Gots: 666 | FT: 12
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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 clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into my hefe glass and received a nice cloudy, orange body that was very dense with a one-finger head that slowly faded and left minor lacings. Note: yeast sediments in bottle so shake bottom part, I did a tad but there were tiny particles in the bottom of my glass.
A very yeasty and citrusy smell, with a pinch of earthiness and sweetness. I can't really place any of them directly, but there in the aroma when you take a nice whiff and drinking out of a hefe glass you'll smell every time you take a sip.
This is a very acidic brew, sharp and crisp. A rather heavy body that is accentuated with orange and banana fruit flavors, among others, with some clove that creates an overall impression of softness on the backbite. The softness reminded me of bubblegum or something, because it was a tad sweet. In fact, the beer was a little slick going down.
Overall, not only is this a great hefe and a great session beer, but it is complex and not just overly fruity or overly sweet like other wheats.

clayrock81, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of Matty1918
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy, pale honey color with a massive creamy head.

A fair amount of lacing
Aroma was of wheat and citrus.

A great tasting wheat beer where you can really taste the wheat....has a earthy taste. Alot of carbonation and a hint of citrus possible lemon.

This is one of the best wheat beers I've had. Great tasting.

Matty1918, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of markgugs
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 500mL bottle into a tall tulip weiss glass (consumed: 2/14/08)

A: Pours a gorgeous hazy, tawny, gold, with a huge rocky white head, which in turn seems to last forever & a day. I think I could take a nap on this beer's head. Throughout the beer, it leaves behind huge chunks of lacing that remind me of the Archipelegos.

S: Yeast is right there in your face, lots of cloves, bubblegum and a slight tart lemony scent are all present too. Some nice fresh-baked bread brings it all together, this is an amazing smelling beer.

T/M: Sweetness hits the tip of the tongue immediately, but not cloyingly so. Followed by a very creamy, almost buttery body and some nice citric bite. Loads of bready malt & cereal grain flavors combine with the tanginess of the wheat and lead to a enjoyably astringent finish. A delicious beer that often winds up being gulped and not sipped.

D: One of the all-time greats, probably THE wheat beer that all others are measured against. One of the most drinkable beers around.

markgugs, Feb 20, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a 16.9oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Pours a hazy golden straw with a big billowing head that subsided into thin layer of white bubbles. Aroma is big on the banana with vanilla and a slightly grassy aroma. Taste is much the same with banana being the spotlighted flavor. Also there is a slight salty tinge to the finish of the beer. Mouthfeel is full with because of the lack of filtering. Wheat beers are about the most drinkable beer style in my opinion. There is absolutely nothing better on a hot day then drinking a cold Hefe. Very tasty stuff.

hwwty4, Feb 19, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a typical pint glass - all my tall glasses were unfortunately dirty.

Appearance was beautiful, pale, cloudy golden yellow, with a pretty head with moderate retention and thick sheets of runny lacing. Such a refreshing looking beer.

Smell is crisp and bright, wheat notes dominate, with lemon peel and yeast notes present. Very nice, though not outstanding.

Taste, on the other hand, is outstanding. Excellently balanced, with a very noticeable flavor progression. Wheat starts it off with a very earthy, spicy kick. Beer is mildly bitter and mildly tart, and alcohol is present but works well in harmony with everything else. Lemon is present in the aftertaste. Just a really earthy, tasty, and surprisingly complex beer (for a hefeweizen) - blows me away every time.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp and refreshing, carbonation works wonders in conjunction with the flavor profile. Covers the whole mouth in a creamy, glorious blanket. Delicious.

Drinkability is as good as you can get. This beer isn't too sweet, isn't too bitter, isn't too tart, isn't too fruity, and isn't too alcoholic - it's a perfect balance of every good aspect of a good beer, the shining example of the style, and a true all-around classic.

CrellMoset, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of ABCJiugui
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 1pint.9 floz bottle into the brewery's eponymous hefe glass.

A- Beautiful. Slow pour reveals hazy golden straw with visible carbonation activity from bottom to top, voluminous 4-5 finger head, consistent and tight small foam bubbles, recedes slowly over the course of drinking to 1/2 finger head retention to the bottom of the glass. Spotty lacing at best- second bottle in a different glass resulted in better lacing. Overall, simply a beautiful beer to look at in a weizen glass.

S- Banana, damp sweet hay, vanilla, smell of sweet cream and nutty browned butter even! Mild fruits throughout the smell, a little citric as well, wonderful aroma.

T- Banana, vanilla again, hops are not strong- perhaps just enough tannin? to be slightly astringent, contributing to a drier finish than one would expect with these kinds of aromas. Sweetness (malts?) is mild but very welcome and excellently balanced. Flavor reminded me of sweet cream butter. Slight tang from citic component, but that may just be the smell coming back in.

M- SOOO smooth and SOOOO creamy. The foam of the head is soooo soft in the mouth, almost fluffy. Like a thin, foamed creme anglaise almost in the mouth, with similar classic flavors. The carbonation is perfectly complementary, not too harsh, but present enough to provide lightness and refreshing lift.

Overall, this beer is amazing. Had mine with a steamed whole tilapia, cantonese styled. Went wonderfully- brought out more of the fruity components of the beer and balanced so well with the delicate steamed fish. A classic beer on so many levels, no wonder why every other weiss is attempting to use this as the benchmark!

ABCJiugui, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

cloudy pale straw color, lots of fluffy head that stays around, nice lacing.

smells of banana and yeasty, fresh white bread. hint of citrus or peach.

gentle, fruity sweetness is held at bay with an equally gentle hop bitterness that flows into a nicely malty, yet semi-dry finish. and pleasant, very faint acidity. notes of clove-like spice and lemon along with traces of the nutty yeast.

pretty silky smooth, with carbonation to keep things refreshed.

i could drink these all day long!

tai4ji2x, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of tjthresh
3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured in to my Paulaner weizen glass. Hazy yellow orange with a billowing snow white head. Lots of carbonation raising through the glass. Clove, citrus, and muted banana in the aroma. Wheat, dough, banana and clove flavors. Doughy palate with some spritz. Finishes with a twang.

tjthresh, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of ElGrecoVerde
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hefe's aren't my favorite style, but this is one damn good beer. Poured a cloudy yellow/orange with a massive off white head.

Smell is fruity, with bananas and lemon dominating the aromas. The taste starts with bananas, quickly giving way to a spicy clove flavor. One of my biggest complaints with wheat beers is a rosemary flavor that just doesn't seem to work well in beer. This one has none of that. Just the nice spicy flavors of a premium cigar. It ends crisp, with good carbonation, and some lemon peel to say goodbye.

As it warms, the bitter flavors come out more. This isn't always a bad thing, but can hurt drinkability as the alcohol becomes more noticable.

Solid, solid beer. From the oldest brewery in the world, no less.

ElGrecoVerde, Feb 02, 2008
Photo of RobbieB5555
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful Hefe! I am, unfortunately, not as eloquent as my fellow hefe lovers, but I can say that I have been privilege enought to drink hefe and kristal weizen all over Germany, and this as good or better than any I have ever drank.

I would recommend this beer to anyone.

RobbieB5555, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of LetsGoQuakers
4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Far and away the best Hefeweizen I have had to date. Maintains the sweetness taste of a wheat beer but has much more of a stronger beer feel. Perfect for someone who wants a strong wheat beer but doesn't want to lose the taste.

Has the same foggy appearance of a wheat beer and mouthfeel. But goes down smoother and with much more of a beer after taste rather than the wicked sweet after taste of some other wheat beers.

I am a true beliere in Hefeweuzens and other wheat beers and I can safely say this is the best bottled one I have had short of actually Bavaria.

LetsGoQuakers, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of SirSaranac
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oooh, a new hefe for me to try.... although this appears to be the worlds oldest brewery... since 1040!

A- WICKED cloudy... 2 BIG fingers of head... light honey in color with lemon hints... sporadic lacing

S- Delicious nose... Banana dominates along with the wheat malt. Apple says hello as well.... fig? Yeast as well

T- Wheat malt is very clean and dominant... banana sticks around for the entire ride. The flavor doesn't kick you in the face, but it's pretty freakin smooth.

M- Light light body... nice hefe bite with a crisp dry finish

D- Great example of a traditional hefe.... nuff said

SirSaranac, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of kwiik
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My first hefeweizen. A 500 mL bottle purchased at Systembolaget served in a Schneider Weisse weizen glass.

Appearance: Hazy gold with longlasting, extensive carbonation present.
Smell: Clean with some yeast, banana and wheat presence.
Taste: Sweetish with very little bitterness. Spices are barely noticeable. Just the way I like it.
Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation. Creamy smooth.
Drinkability: All night long. Return engagement planned.

A very nice beer. Have to try some other Hefeweizens and see if they are as good.

kwiik, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of KingPuuChuu
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


When I first started drinking Hefe's, I never knew that there were beers like this. Poured into one of my Thinkgeek "Insert Beer" pint glasses, and was a lovely caramel. Extremely hazy, with a slight head to it. The head left a nice lace on the inside of the glass, while the beer itself was very drinkable. It left a pleasant feel on the tounge, and felt very refreshing.

As for the flavor, there are heavy hints of citrus, along with some herbal hints. The after taste comes off slightly bitter, but not in a bad way, and as mentioned in prior comments, the aftertaste tends to differ between the hoppiness and a citrus ting. The initial sip does take you by surprise, but as you enjoy the beer, it does get easier to drink, I could see myself drinking these during the summer.

KingPuuChuu, Jan 24, 2008
Photo of Rudgers73
4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my Witte tumbler.
Looks much like a typical hefeweizen, but the head is incredibly retentive. It domes over the top of the glass but does not spill over the side. As it slowly falls, it leaves huge dish-bubble lacing. The beer itself is a deep honey shade with consistent, small bubbles of carbonation rising throughout. The smell is great. It smells really fresh, not that kind of cardboard, bland aroma that some hefeweizens get. Yeast smells similar to Franziskaner, very round and slightly Belgian-like, but with it's own bready funk, rather than a Belgian banana funk.

Wow. I didn't know there were hefeweizens that tasted like this. It has an awesome bready malt that combines with the yeast to create an almost vanilla bean character. It is so full of flavor and rich. The citrus is way towards the end with just a quick lemon zest snap. It moves from a full, thick, chewy mouthfeel to a lighter and more crisp finish. Slight hop bitterness fights with the citrus to provide a slightly different finish from sip to sip. This is the most well balanced hefeweizen I've tried so far. There is enough going on that there isn't that dull, waxy overtone that makes you sick of drinking it. I am impressed by this beer.

Rudgers73, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a hazy straw color with a frothy white head and a healthy amount of lacing.

Aroma is both sweet and spicy with plenty of clove, cinnamon, lemon, and wheat.

Tastes of bananas, bubblegum, yeast, clove, and lemon.

Lighter mouthfeel with a good zing to the carbonation.

A very drinkable and very enjoyable hefeweizen. I can't wait to have a few of these out on the patio this summer.

Monkeyknife, Jan 23, 2008
Photo of jenbys2001
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a deep golden color with a gorgeous thick head that dissipated quickly but left some lacing on the sides of the glass. It has a pronounced spicy flavor with hints of grapes and cinnamon. Clove and ginger are also noticeable. Compared to other Hefeweizens it is a little heavier with a thick mouthfeel and a sharper hop flavor. Fantastic layered taste with a spicy kick that stands out above the fruit notes. Interesting, delicious example of a well made Hefeweizen.

jenbys2001, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.97/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One pint and .9 fL oz beer poured into a weizen glass. No freshness date.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow orange with a two inch creamy white and loosely packed head little bits of carbonation holding up the head. Little bit of lacing but not really expecting that much.

S: Sweet clean and creamy orange and lemon peel with sweet clove and wheat. Bit of vanilla in there, just warm and clean and fantastic. Smells so fresh and clean.

T/MF: Smooth and creamy mouthfeel backed by a good deal of prickly carbonation. Again there is a beautiful interplay between orange, clove and yeasty funk, very very fruity but balanced out by a taste of wheat and cream, pretty long finish that leaves a taste of mellow cinnamon on the tongue.

D: Really a great and clean drinking beer, no matter what time of year, be it the middle of summer of 10 below (which it is now) this a a beer that should be handily enjoyed. A real world class and mellow beer. Fantastic.

bluemoonswoon, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of BeerTaster
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The worlds oldest brewery! I see why they have been in business so long. This is an outstanding Hefe Weissbier the standard by witch others are to be measured. The beer was golden with plenty of cloudieness formed a nice head and left good lace. Smell was a little bit of fresh bread and banana. Taste was remenicent of banana and clove. The beer was very carbonated one of the more refreshing brews I have had. Drinkability well lets just say I could go for a hot summer day good company a barbeque and about four of these 16oz bottles. If you like Hefe then try this beer.

BeerTaster, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of katan
3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated 16.9 oz bottle - total rewrite as I found that I actually had reviewed the kristalweizen version last time. It was copied to its appropriate location.

A - Pours a true to color golden look with a strong haze from the unfiltered nature of the beer. Light carbonation is apparent which results in a very light film of and light hazing.

S - A bready and spicy yeast backbone is the strongest smell here. Very true to the hefe style where yeast owns.

T - Starts with a muted malt backbone with just enough bitterness to bring it into balance. Mid stream is not all that potent of a flavor, I am surprised at the smoothness of the overall flavor profile of the beer. A sweet and spicy finish to the beer. Very refreshing.

M - Strong carbonation makes this beer just explode in your mouth. Beyond that, it is very full bodied which is right in line for my desire in a hefe.

D - Very easy drinking and refreshing. Light ABV makes it sessionable. Now I may be colored by the fact that I just returned from a 25 mile bike ride, but I can think of no more refreshing summer beer. The only knock here is that perhaps the sweetness would begin to wear on me.

katan, Jan 11, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky straw colour with a moderately creamy, strong and somewhat persistant head. Ebbs gradually, pulling back a lace trim with it.

S: Clean, crisp, and fresh. Cloves, banana, almost a bit of a floral arrangement going on. That lightest hints of citrus, a bit more on the orange side. Beautiful.

T: The banana flavour stands out for me often with this hefe, in a way I haven't found from others yet. Sweet, but not overboard. Hints of bubblegum, a little bitterness of hops, and lemon peel citrus.

M: I love the way this drink feels. Not overly carbonated at all, somewhat dry, very refreshing

D: Exceptionally high. Easy to drink, smooth and wonderful. My favourite brew of its kind, and perhaps my favourite beer in general at the moment.

Proteus93, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of wheelinshirt
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 mL bottle picked up from Abe's in Bethlehem. Poured a beautiful hazy orange color wih big off white head that stuck all over the glass but didn't quite have the retention i was looking for. It fades slowly.

Smell is a bit of spicy clove and banana with hints of lemon. Taste is sweetness from the wheat and banana from the yeast, with a lemon edge to it. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is crisp and medium dry, the yeast gives the beer a nice body, though. Drinkability is undeniable. This is a fantastic beer that i could drink all night long.

wheelinshirt, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of czfreeman
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh delicious goodness! My bowl of wheaties on the morning off. I drank this wonderful weisse for the first time in Deutchland, but now am giving it the proper review. Poured from a .5l bottle, huge frothy head, great hazy body bubbling in the sunlight. Great aromas of bananas, citrus, yeast, wheats, cloves. Giant taste matches the aromas, great creaminess on the mouthfeel, drinability is an absolute pleasure. The worlds oldest brewery has set the absolute standard in my book. I know "5's" are rare, but as hefe's go, this is it..
Just came back to my old review after so long, but really an exceptionally made Weizen. The flavor, smells, all have been described in detail by other BA's, but what really struck me now is the absloute plush mouthfeel.It really is the epitomy of a Weizen. Cheers

czfreeman, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of dedrinker
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy peachy straw with a solid, dense, rocky head. Aromas of cloves and bubble gum abound with a touch of yeast and wheat. The flavor is no different, but add a little quenching tartness on the finish. Medium bodied bordering on full, but maybe it's just the bubbles. Depending on its freshness, this us usually my favorite Hefe-weizen.

dedrinker, Jan 07, 2008
Photo of avalon07
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a great example of a hefeweizen. It has a beautiful cloudy, golden appearance. The mouthfeel is typical of the carbonation with this type of beer. The taste was low key and excellent, with a slight fruit flavoring to compliment the barley. This is an immensely drinkable beer, yet very subtle in its flavoring. Very mellow.

avalon07, Jan 05, 2008
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,454 ratings.