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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

6,735 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,735
Reviews: 2,280
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 516
Gots: 786 | 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 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.

Photo of abfraser
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Abbreviated review for this one since it was nearly a week ago and enjoyed it out of the bottle (blasphemy!) apres snowboarding in Tahoe

A: I have no idea what the appearance looked like since it was still in the bottle, but I bet it was a looker.

S: Classic hefe smell easily distinguishable despite not being able to pour this one into a glass. Banana. Clove. Wheaty.

T/M: I see why this rather regular beer is in the top 40. This is the best hefeweizen I've had. Exceptionally well balanced. Clean, crisp and refreshing.

D: The definition of drinkable. Went down especially smooth after a long day in the snow.

I'll be buying more of this the next time I see it for the summer.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a soft golden color with an almost white 3/4 inch head that very slowly dissipates to a full lace cover. The carbonation is readily visible.

The smell is quite good and includes notes of banana, yeast, and bread. There is also a sweetness to the smell, which is quite pleasant and goes beyond the banana (perhaps honey/wheat), as well as cloves.

The taste includes the yeasty bread combination. I also note some apple and banana components. I also note cloves which is quite nice. A mild spiciness lingers.

This is a fairly light bodied beer to me. It is full of flavor and the carbonation highlights it quite nicely. It is crisp on the tongue and leaves a mild residual dryness.

Overall, this is a fairly drinkable beer. Something about the taste and the way it lingers, leaves a small amount to be desired for me.

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

Appearance: pours a light cloudy honey-orange, huge pillowy head, nice lacing. Beautiful when backlit.

Smell: Malted wheat sweetness, spicy/peppery yeast, banana, lemon and orange citrus, clove

Taste: Wheat, barley, spicy yeast, light lemon pepper, clove

Mouthfeel: not truly crisp, very light. I wish it had a tad bit more body. Very dry and clean

Drinkability: Highly drinkable.

A great hefeweizen.

Photo of gameface23
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy straw color with a white head that lasts the duration of drinking. Nice, well balanced smell of wheat, yeast, clove and banana. It's probably the most balance between clove/banana I have ever tasted in a hefe. I was drinking out of a tall hefeweizen glass and it laced the entire length of it. great beer!

Photo of Brad007
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy whitish-gold color with a thick and frothy head into my pint glass.

Aroma is full mainly of clove with a bit of banana as well in the nose. Clean and where it should be.

Taste is smooth upfront with a nice kick of clove, wheat and banana. Flavors meld together in a way that adds to the tastiness of this beer.

All three flavors linger on the tongue with the clove and banana leaving just a trace. Goes down smoothly with no problem.

Easy to drink and much better than some examples I've had. It's what a hefeweizen should be!

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

We did a blind tasting of hefeweizens by Schneider, Weihenstephaner, Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr. Weihenstephaner was a clear winner, while the Hacker-Pschorr was the most disappointing of the bunch.

Murky gold body in need of a good polish, with a creamy and abundant white head. Rings of lace are left on the weizen glass as the head descends. A classic, textbook hefe appearance that can't be faulted. Strong banana notes in the aroma, backed up by a healthy dose of wheat, but lacking the complexity of Denison's weisse.

Great flavour, but again a slight step down from the Denison's, which is still the best hefe I've tried. As expected, the banana and grain of the aroma is followed through in bushels. Slight clove taste at the back of the palate, but not as much spice as I was expecting. Very slight citric bitterness. Nice, crisp refreshing mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation. High drinkability for this perfect summer beer.

A top notch hefe, and well-deserving of its reputation as one of the world's best.

Photo of CJthirty7
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Golden, cloudy, frothy, slow head. Looked amazing! I didn't want to drink it. I just wanted to stare at the goldness.
S: Citrus, floral, somewhat grassy, and slight hints at banana.
T: Light with hints of citrus and banana. Ah, Bavarian Wheat!
M: Light, smooth across the tongue, not too carbonated, though somewhat airy.
D: I could drink one after the other. Good "end of the day" porch beer.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - This one is cloudy (with the addition of the yeast from the bottom) orange with a big ass four finger head that only settles after a solid minute, and even then it only dropped to two fluffy fingers. The head is crisp white, like linen. And a few little chunkies can be seen floatin' around in there.

S - Banana orange juice with an English muffin. This is yeasty, but not over the top, and there are some very focused citrus top notes over gentler sweet banana. Nice.

T - This is everything a hefe should be. The archetype if you will. The citrus is the major player, but other flavors such as banana, yeasty doughnut, and a very gentle hint of clove are found here.

M - Just over the line between light and medium bodied, this is sweetish at first, before building up a gradual citrus tartness. Extremely refreshing and thirst quenching.

D - This is a perfect warm weather springtime beer. Refeshing, thirst quenching, and easy to down quickly (too quickly). This is the perfect brew for a picnic session.

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

A: Cloudy pale gold with somewhat active carbonation and swirling clouds of yeast. Rocky white had starts out strong and sticks around for quite a long time. Leaves intermittent patches of lace.

S: Banana-bread is what I almost immediately smelled. After that, cloves, pepper and lemon entered the fray.

T: Definitely what a I thought a benchmark Hefe should taste like. The banana-bread theme continues in the initial sweetness. A sharp clove and pepper bitterness follows. Finishes bready and dry.

M: Medium light body is chewy and bread like. Carbonation level is right where is should be.

D: A very nice beer. I can understand why it rates so highly. A great beer to drink multiples of on a hot day.

Photo of mongee
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into chilled pint glass

Appearance: Murky orange. clear layers of wheat and yeast. Amazing head..dense, sticky, good retention. Head kind of reminds me of steamed milk foam.

Smell: Sweet malted wheat, some clove spiciness, hints of lemon

Taste: Crisp wheat, hints of lemon, mild hops (mildly bitter), initially some clove spiciness as carbonation fills your mouth, raw nutty flavors comes through in the end.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, lots of carbonation, finishes nice and clean.

Drinkability: Give me another one

Best Hefeweizen I've had so far.

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

Ive been waiting for quite a while for this beer to arrive on VT shelves and it did today.

Poured into a pint tumbler. Almost 2 fingers of extra creamy white head. Plus plus retention. Plus lace. Hazy light amber/yellow in color. Alot of carbonation.

Sweet cloves and light bananas. yeast and phenols are subtle.

If you can get thru the massive creamy head on this one, the taste is sweet bananas and some citrus.

Mouthfeel is light and sparkling. carbonation is only slightly over the top. Finish is clean and mouthwatering.

this beer is one of my favorite "drinkable" beers. i could put these down for hours.

Im so glad this beer is around now, what an excellent brew!

Photo of ThirdLap
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served in a wide Tucher flute at about 40°F.

Pours a translucent murky light amber with a creamy-looking 1" tall white head that is surprisingly resilient. Any lacing that remains is short-lived. A full return of head is accomplished with gentle agitation.

The nose is yeasty with hints of citrus and banana esters. Minimal hop character. Smells crisp and clean.

This beer is fantastic. While calling Weihenstephaner 'complex' might be a stretch, there is a depth here that I've found lacking in so many other wheat beers. Spices, vanilla, banana and clove esters, the crisp malt backbone of a well-made pils... this beer combines them all into perhaps the most drinkable example of the style I've ever tasted.

This is a medium-bodied beer with a relatively high amount of carbonation. Alcohol burn is almost nonexistent, and the finish and clean and crisp.

What an awesome beer. Count me as another vote on the 'adding fruit is blasphemous' side. This beer needs nothing.

Photo of Shadman
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The anticipation was killing me. Checked my mailbox every day for the last week waiting for notification of Bobsy's trade beers and especially this beer to come in. Will it live up to the hype?

Certainly has the 'hefe' look down pat. Hazy/cloudy aprocot/orange in color although a bit paler than say HP's . Head seemed fuller and more robust than any hefe I have sampled so far.

Aroma is quite on par. Certainly no over-powering smells of banana or spice although they are present. If anything perhaps a bit more malt is noticeable. The word that comes to my mind immediately is balance.

Which is what immediately comes to mind in the taste. All the classic flavors and experieince are here, just in near perfect balance. The wheat crispness, smooth malt, etc. I noticed a bit more hoppiness, but in, again, a very balanced way.

If balance is one area this beer scores higher than most then mouthfeel sets it apart. Smooth like velvet from start to finish. Carbonation is bang on.

I drink Paulaner and Hacker Pshorr by the gallon. Maybe it's a good thing this is hard to come by in my part of the planet. The aforementioned are stellar, but this is the gold standard. Thanks Rob for sending me 3 ;)

Photo of projectflam86
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured nice cloudy yellow color with large off white head. Not much lacing.

S- Smells strong of banana and clove with lots of yeast and bread scents.

T- Sweet blends of wheat, malt, and spice with fruity notes coming through in the finish (mostly banana and maybe some citrus).

M- Crisp and medium bodied with nice carbonation and no lingering aftertaste.

D- Easy to drink and a great example of the hefe genre.

Photo of currysage1
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes, a few days prior.

Look is a terribly hazed pollen yellow, heavy three finger head, stays all the way to the end. Served in the traditional .5Liter glassware.

Smell is of wet grain, banana, and black pepper.

Taste is of the banana in the smell, pepper is somewhat subdued, plebty of the wet wheat, with a slight vinegar tasted on the outside of the tongue.

Photo of lynchmob9
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Just had this at a new Italian restaurant in Burbank. Service and food were below par but the beer selection for an Italian joint was top notch.

Only gripe - served in a 16oz water glass, not a proper hefeweiss glass. Also served with a slice of orange which I tossed on the table.

Good head, fruity bouquet, good mouthfeel. Light-bodied and not over the top clove and/or banana which you get from a lot of hefe's. Nice golden color without looking like a bad urine sample. Started with one, then confirmed satisfaction with another two over dinner.

Oh yeah!

Photo of SchlaflyFan
3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle at the store today, 1 pint, .9 oz bottle. Poured into my weisbier glass. Poured a deep cloudy yellow, with a tall creamy head that dropped down to 1/8' lasting head with some lacing. Man that's a good looking beer. Smell is a hint of citrus, with some banana too. A nice fruity smell. Taste is banana, spices, and some of that citus I smelled earlier. Bready tasting, but pretty clean and easy going down. Not heavy in the least. I'm not a huge hefeweissbier drinker but this is very solid for the style. Recommended.

Photo of DrewOSU
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased at Root Cellar in Cincinnati:

A: Pours a dark yellow to light orange with a snow white, 1/8 inch head. Small, watery, white lacing on the top of the glass on pour.

S: Heavy fruits and spice on the nose. Bananas, oranges, cloves and lemony tones. This beer smells exactly how it looks.

M/T: A light and silky smooth body. Fresh citrus taste on the tongue, followed by spice and a very light and clean after taste. This beer immediately reminds me of summer. A very fresh and quenching flavor, without any residue left after swallow.

D: This beer is one of the most drinkable beers I have had. Having limited experience with Hefeweizens, this has opened my eyes to a whole new genre of beer I might enjoy. This beer has low alcohol, strong flavor and very little aftermath. A nice change up from a heavy RIS. Outstanding.

Photo of srandycarter
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky orange/straw, stark white 1 inch head, reduces to ring iwth lots of sticky lacing.

S - I get mostly banana and lemon; a very fruity nose.

T- Nice medium malt center with lots of banana and coriander, lemon. Finishes very clean and neutral.

M - Light bodied, more than ample carb.

D - Very easy to drink at this ABV and subtlety (at least not overbearing).

Photo of sonicdescent
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is perfect with a thick foamy white head on a nice murky golden pour.

Smell is of banana and spices. Very interesting.

Tastes of the aformentioned scents plus honey and some citrus hints.

Mouth is medium bodied and medium carbonated.

Easy to drink and the price is right, I may have these around to session in the future.

Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

500 ml. bottle poured into a Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-weisse glass.

A--Pours up a tawny yellow verging on an orange haze, with a billowy pillowy three fingers of microbubbled white foam. Head retention is unmatched and there are curtains all down the glass. Absolutely awesome looking hefe.

S--Thick banana esters, almost bready smelling somehow, with an undertone in the nose of lemon zest. Just enough of a citric tang to cut that thick banana along with the butter hints of diacetyl that linger toward the end of the sniff.

T--Banana temporarily disappears up front to blast the clove medicinals. Once that wave passes this sucker reveals a powerful tangy wheat and juicy barley kick in the middle, followed closely by more banana. Finish is mellow, smooth, and surprisingly lasting for the style. Pretty complex for the style, though without much tang on the flavor profile.

M&D--Mouthfeel's a tad too spritzy for me. I like the champagne feel, but it seeps over into bitingly. Maybe that's me. Anyway, I'd drink a hundred of these in a summer gladly.

Though I liked Ayinger's offering a bit more--for two reasons: I like saisons and it reminded me of one, and it seems more versatile for pairing with food--this may be a consummate summer beer, THE thing to drink in a biergarten!

Photo of astrasday
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Hazy golden wheat with a rich, white head and excellent lacing.

Smells of citrus, cloves, banana, spices and honey.

Taste. Citrus, spices, and honey all blended together in a delicious flavor.

Mouthfeel. A pedigree for the style. Medium-bodied, creamy, rich and meaty. Awesome.

A highly drinkable beer. It goes down so smooth. Truly an excellent hefeweizen.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,735 ratings.