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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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98
world-class

6,632 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,632
Reviews: 2,271
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 510
Gots: 731 | FT: 12
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 erosier
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a tall and thick white colored head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet wheat malts, hefty aromas of banana and clove.
T: Tastes very much like the nose - big sweet wheat flavor underneath a nice banana and clove flavor that really completes it.
M: Smooth, a bit heavier than it looks, perfect amount of carbonation, refreshing.
D: Very drinkable beer and it should probably be the gold standard for hefeweizens.

erosier, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of darklordlager
3.45/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not really seeing what is so phenomenal about this brew.
I tried it once and was not impressed (although it was after having a Duvel, so I thought I owed it another chance).

Still, same thing here. Looks good, smells like a pretty standard hefeweizen, good body, but the taste just isn't there. It seems to me to be rather one-dimensional.

darklordlager, Nov 17, 2008
Photo of treyrab
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was the perfect beer to quench my thirst. Poured into the appropriate glass at Zeno's...

A: Just as expected...extremely hazy yellow with a nice creamy snowblind white head. Tons of active carbonation, but its hard to see through the haze

S: Very, very light in smell and very fruity. Tons of banana, orange and lemon scents. Yeast scents and some yeast spice (clove, pepper) come through as well.

T: Extremely crisp and clean with fresh light fruits. Tons of banana, orange and lemon that really blend well with the spice of the yeast. The yeast spice is not overpowering, but it has a nice pepper aspect that goes well with the rest of the beer.

Overall, an incredible hefeweizen...rivals East End Monkeyboy as the best in my opinion.

treyrab, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of BeerMark
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier pours a good looking yellow-golden with a big, fluffy head. This easy drinking beer has a great banana, clove, and malt taste. Wow, what a great feeling going down. Really like it. Nice lacing here on my glass also. Great sessionability. One of the best things about this beer is that it's available all across the fruited plain.... it's even here in Alabama.

BeerMark, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of reezun
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on a weizen glass from a 16.9 oz brown bottle.

Appearance: Cloudy, orange honey-colored with a rich, creamy head that settled to a consistent ring.

Smell: Exquisite bouquet ranging from banana to a slight clove. Very rich, floral aroma with a touch of spiciness.

Taste: Such a perfect balance between the ingredients. No bitterness whatsoever. The banana aftertaste is quite fantastic.

Mouthfeel: So light and thin on the palate, this beer goes down ever so smoothly.

Drinkability: This beer is so easy to drink. Hands down the best hefeweizen I've ever had. I was just missing the weisswurst to accompany it.

reezun, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of lynx1245
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Cloudy and golden. Pours with a creamy white large head. The head is reminiscent of a bed pillow. It just invites you to dive in. No sediment on the initial pour, but its a pretty large bottle so there might still be some in there.

Smell: Bannana, yeast, and some excellent spices. Not too overpowering. A great supplement to the taste.

Taste: This is what a hefe should taste like! Delicious banana, citrus, yeast, cloves, and a slight hint of citrus. I love how the taste lingers in your mouth and invites you to drink more.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, Perfect carbonation and finishes super dry. Awesome.

Drinkability: The taste, mouthfeel and complementary smell really make this probably the best hefe I have had to date. I can't wait until next summer when I can enjoy this on a regular basis.

lynx1245, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of bigkahunas4
3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500 CL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Huge heaad with great retention. Head is like a cotton ball just floating on top of the brew. The body has a golden color with some honey accents.

Smell: Nice peppery citrus nose - big draw of banana

Taste: Taste is quite light, with some banana - and a spicey, metally finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied - leaves almost no aftertaste. Creamy.

Drinkability: Very light and refreshing. I was hoping for just a bit more flavor - but otherwise, a delicious brew.

bigkahunas4, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of sethmeister
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One pint .9 oz brown bottle with no date but marked 6228 on the back.

Pored into a weiss glass this beer is cloudy lemon gold with an immense cloud of off white foam. Patches of fluffy lace ring the glass.

The scent is so strong I notice it from a foot away. Lemons, wheat, yeast, fresh dough, coriander, pepper.

Taste is sweet with lemons, green banana, softly sour yeast and wheat, fresh doughy bread. The sour lemon finish tickles the sides of the tongue a minute or two after the sip. Really a vivid sucking on a lemon sensation; nice! Mildly spicy with coriander, clove and black and white pepper. There's also a very soft nutty flavor buried in there.

Mouth is creamy but a tiny bit thinner than I would prefer.

Drinkability is excellent. The beer disappeared rapidly and left me wishing I had another bottle of it.

This is certainly one of the best hefeweizens I've had and I can only dream about how fantastic it must be when fresh off the tap in Germany.

sethmeister, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Lynx1245

Appearance: Pouring viciously results in huge, pillowy white head. Liquid is banana-colored and quite cloudy, with no apparent sediment. Light lacing and medium retention.

Smell: Banana, sour yeast, clove, spice, and some tangerine. Maybe some citrus as well.

Taste: Mirrors the smell, yet not as pungent. Aftertaste is exceptional - loads of banana.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy with medium-light body and lower carbonation.

Drinkability: Could drink this all day. Flavor is a little underdone, which makes it that much easier to drink.

ThreeWiseMen, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of angelmonster
3.78/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a pint from bottle into hefe weizen glass. Huge head , which was very alive yet not over carbonated. Nice retention with consistent lacing throughout. Hazy golden-orange in color

Smells of typical hefeweizen with cloves and slight citrus and banana. Tastes of cloves and fruit with a nice creamy head. Slight hops at the end that pairs nicely with the sweet fruityness.

Mouthfeel is a very nice balance of carbonation and rich body.

Overall drink abilty is above average compared to other similar hefe weizens. Not to heavy, not too over spiced , soft on the palette but with good balance of flavors

angelmonster, Oct 18, 2008
Photo of simonjohansson
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell: wheat, bananas, cream, some citrus and other fruits (pear, peach, some apple?). Some sprices, too, although I cant nail them down. Overall: lovely, rich smell.

The appearance, by the way, of this beer is very nice, with deep yellow color and white creamy foam.

Taste: really smooth, rich taste - bananas, wheat, pear, cream, apricot, some spices.

This is the best weissbier Ive tried. Excellent.

simonjohansson, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of Clydesdale
4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very cloudy, murky orange-gold. An incredible, thick, rocky white head bubbles up and sticks for a long while. Lace clings to the sides of the glass.

S: Sweet wheat malts, a spicy nature reminiscent of pepper, yeast, and lemon peel. Maybe a little clove as well.

T: Full-bodied malted wheat and barley, earthy, citric yeast notes are prevalent. A definite clove flavor hits the tongue with a bit of crispness. Hops provide just a little twang of bitterness. The finish offers a bit of peppery spice and some nuttiness. Some faint banana flavor is also present near the finish.

M: Slightly crisp, medium to full body with very creamy carbonation from very small bubbles. Finishes very clean and on the dry side.

D: Wow, this is really a great beer. The appearance is stunning and the flavor is complex and very expertly balanced. It's not too robust to drink several of, but it's a rewarding beer.

Clydesdale, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of mikereaser
3.35/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a good 1-2 inches of head that stuck around for awhile but left no lacing. Strong banana clove taste with some wheat and citrus to it. I could drink this beer all day but it doesn't really stand out to me as one I would search out.

Overall not a bad beer, just not my favorite.

mikereaser, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of funkyspunk87
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From Brauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
Brauerei Weihenstephan
Style: Hefeweizen
ABV: 5.40 %

"It was zee greatest hefe in all zee vurld!"

The most solid, best tasting, cleanest, and affordably priced readily available beer around - in ANY category.

People who drink Pyramid hefe are REALLY missing out with this beer. All the complex flavors you look for in a hefe without being overpowering.

funkyspunk87, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of MTNboy
3.48/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a hazy orange body with a thick off white head and a lot of lace.

Smell: It has a very sweet melon and bean smell.

Taste: it has a melon and beany taste but unlike the smell there are some roasted malt tones.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a lot of carbonation to the body.

Drinkability: A great summer beer.

MTNboy, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of joepais
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner Weiss glass, produced a proper two fingers worth of white head that lasts. The body of this wonderful brew was a hazy and golden orange in color

The aromas of bananas, wheat and spices filled my head. The nose on this is exactly what I expect in a Hefe. The banana smell wasn't overpowering as in some others

The flavors mimic the nose, but it is very refreshing in the way it plays in your mouth. Good carbonation and light as well, great flavors this is a world class Hefe. This starts of sweet and fruity and had a light dry finish.

Highly drinkable, it would be my go to session brew if it weren't so expensive.

joepais, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of ibashmuck
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium foamy head on a cloudy body, which went from light yellow at the bottom to near orange at the head line. Smells of good "wheatiness', with a touch of sweetness, citrus, clove, and a little banana. Taste was right along with aroma, with the banana coming through a bit stronger. Very smooth, easy to drink. A very, very good hefe, one of the best, but, for me, a notch below New Glarus' Dancing Man Wheat.

ibashmuck, Oct 08, 2008
Photo of HatTrick
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light, golden colored with tiny bubbles, minimal sediment. A frothy white head that slowly reduces down to a fingernail thick layer on top. Leaves nice lacing on the sides.

Smell: Bananas and cloves - yet I get a touch of grapefruit and citus.

Taste: Wheaty with bananas and cloves.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light, with a slight bit of bite from the bubbles.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. Leads toward quick drinking because it is just that smooth.

HatTrick, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of canucklehead
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well I have never had any of their beers before but the reputation preceded the Hefe. Light colour with big head this is a most graceful Hefe with all the banana and cloves in a seamless blend. Not my favourite Hefe as I prefer big bold flavours but the quality is unmistakable. Very refined and hopefully available in BC soon .

canucklehead, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of ljbrisson
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy, hazy cider yellow-orange into a weizen glass with a voluptuous, off-white, puffy 2 to 3 finger head which clings in splotches to the inside of the glass. Aroma is very nice with lots of citrus, spice, orange, apple, and yeast. Mouthfeel is smooth, slick, and medium-bodied with just enough carbonation to even it out. Taste is very complex; banana, spices, and coriander up front with a yeasty, spicy, banana bready middle and a deliciously smooth, tart finish. The more it warms the more the spices and fruit taste comes to the fore. Overall this is a great beer and the best I've had in the style. ABV and great taste make this brew highly drinkable.

ljbrisson, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of John_M
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had this beer many times, both in bottle and on tap. Had on draft at Max's the other day, the prototypical German hefe.

The beer pours a hazy gold color with impressive head retention and lacing. The nose is hefeweizen perfection, consisting of bubble bum, banana, clove and even nutmeg. The aroma on this beer defines what a hefe should smell like. The flavors on the palate replicate the nose, but the beer finishes completely dry. It starts off with a bit of spicey sweetness, but on the finish the beer is dry and wheaty. The beer is pretty full bodied for a wheat beer, but otherwise I would describe the mouthfeel as medium bodied. Drinkability is very good, though the amount of spice would keep me from drinking more then one or two of these at a sitting.

I still prefer the schneider-weisse when it comes to wheat beers, but this is undeniably outstanding. An absolute classic.

John_M, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of gyllstromk
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cloudy, pale yellow body that seems to glow. The head dies quickly and leaves a full lace when swirled.

Cantaloupe and lemon on the nose with something beachy in the background. The yeast is apparent.

Very thirst quenching and ends slightly sour. The taste is pleasant and not overpowering. A great beer for the lawn!

gyllstromk, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of larsee01
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 Pint, 0.9 oz bottle poured into Hoegaarden glass.

A--Hella thick, white frothy head reigns supreme over cloudy honey color ale reminiscent almost of apricot juice. Nice lacing sip after sip.

S--Banana and clove. Traditional but beautiful. Mild phenols and cinnamon. Rather spicy and sweet.

T--Prominent clove followed by sweet malty hints. Just a kiss of bitter hop at finish to balance. Grassiness, bubblegum, mild phenols pop up in between. Tasty.

M--Typical quality witbier. Medium-bodied. Creamy and nice.

D--My bottle went too fast. Sad it's gone. I think you could easily enjoy several of these easily and will few ill effects. I'll be testing that theory soon!

larsee01, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had Weihenstephaner's Krystalweissbier and Hefeweissbier Dunkel, and had heard a lot about this beer, so I was pumped when I finally had a chance to pick this up.

A: Pours an amazingly cloudy beautiful golden color with a 1-2 finger head that dissipates in about five minutes.

S: Holy effin wow. First, you get slammed in the face with maybe the best yeasty wheat smell I have ever experienced. Then, you get to really analyze what's going on in there. There's definitely some citrus, cloves, and some fruit, maybe bananas.

T: The taste is a tangy wheaty taste, complete with bubblegum and full-on banana, which give way to an aftertaste of cloves that intensifies as it lingers in your mouth.

M: this is awesome. Perfectly bodied and well carbonated, this is pretty much right what it needs to be.

This lives up to its reputation as one of the best in the world.

NittanyBeerFan, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of donteatpoop
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'd heard so many things about this beer that I had to buy it. Before I really had a chance to look at it, I smelled it... And oh my God.

Cloudy pale yellow-orange color with a thick cap of peaks-and-valleys head resting atop it.

Smells of yeast and barley and grapefruit citrus. Smells like a piece of heaven was used during the fermentation process.

Honest to God, I never thought I'd have a wheat beer that could compare with Paulaner; and this really blows it away. Wow. Sooo good. The yeast gives it a bananna/citrus taste that is just perfect.

Well balanced brew, carbonation is present but not dominant; pleasant aftertaste.

Now I see what everyone has been talking about. Holy shit.

donteatpoop, Sep 17, 2008
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,632 ratings.