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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 6,941
Reviews: 2,331
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
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Gots: 951 | FT: 14
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: pezoids on 01-22-2001

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Photo of BeelzeBrew
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy orange, with a bright white head which starts off big but quickly recedes and laces the glass nicely. Looks as a Hefeweizen should.

S: A bit watery, but very fruity and pleasant. Lemon, orange, banana and other citrus aromas ( possibly hops) are present.

T: Beautiful balance of citrus zest and fruity sweetness! The aftertaste is of light hops and lemon. Bready yeast, banana and possibly coriander, or something similar.

M: High carbonation. Relatively full-bodied and light, a really great mouthfeel.

d: This beer is as drinkable as beers get.

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

I poured this into a tall pilsner glass. The head was awesome! I sat out on my patio and drank this very slow to make sure I enjoyed every single drop. While I was drinking I noticed I was pushing my tongue down into the beer in the glass.(Lapping like A dog after A 4 mile run on a 90 degree day!). My girlfriend utters the death phrase, "Why don't you put a lemon in it?".noway! I was not going to mask the flavor of this beer with a piece of fruit.
I have seen this beer countless times and never picked it up. This beer was rocking! I wish i was drinking it at this moment. I have tried so many heffewissebiers in the past 6 years. The only 2 brews besides Weihenstephaner have really blown me away were Hacker-Pschorr and Franziskaner. Just a good all around great beer. Next week im trying the dark wessie.

Photo of brownbeer
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy orange-yellow.

Aroma was clovey, a hint of banana and sweet grain.

The flavors are well rounded with clove, banana, caramel malt. A delicate balance that makes this stand out for the style.

Supple, soft mouthfeel making for a very easy beer to drink. A wonderful example of the style.

Photo of t3hcho53non3
3.76/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden hazy color with the typical great head of a hefeweizen. The head surprisingly didn't stay the whole time, but left great lacing.

S: Fruity, citrus, cloves, wheat. The smell is nice but nothing overpowering or special

T: Very well balanced and the citrus and clove flavors take the forefront of your tastebuds. It ends with a wheaty bread flavor.

M: Medium bodied with little to no carbonation

D: Very drinkable but there isn't much evolution in the brews as it eases its way past your tastebuds

Photo of kylegillick
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on Tap at Weihenstephan Brewery in Freising, Germany.

You have not had a hefeweizen until you have had this beer. My definition of a hefeweizen in two words is : Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier.

A - An awesome cloudy golden body with a perfect fluffy head. Some lace, but not retain too well.

S - A very balanced smell of citrus, cloves and wheat. Nothing to write home about, but still very nice.

T - Citrus and Cloves strait to the dome, I repeat, Citrus and Cloves! this is amazingly well balanced brew that affords you a full plethora oranges,lemons, cloves, wheat, bread, and maybe a little hint of bananas. Not really a big presence of hops or malts. But it just beckons you to drink more...

M - Medium bodied with not much carbonation. just what you would want or expect from a hefe.

D - The best hefe I have had. It was my staple beer when I lived in Germany. You cannot go wrong with it. Also very inexpensive, probably the cheapest on the Top BA list.

Photo of Tilley4
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This just screams authentic German hefeweizen...

Had this on tap at an authentic German restaurant in Plano, Texas...

Arrived in a weizen glass looking like a perfect Hefe... Cloudy and hazy with a thick head....

Wonderful aromas of clove, some of the typical banana, a little yeast and a little wheat... This is everything one could look for in a Hefe... Smells terrific...

This is really a delight to drink... Its delicious and spot on for the style as it should be since its German...wheaty and yeasty with a great banana and clove taste...

I could sip these all night long without a doubt.. Just terrific...

Photo of nectar14
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 16 oz bottle.

This is quite simply a textbook Hefeweizen, with everything in the right place.
Gold and faintly cloudy in appearance, with a fluffy, pillowy white head that piles high.
Smells of banana, clove, slight citrus and wheat. Beautiful and not at all overdone.
Balanced flavors of classic Hefeweizen in the mouth, with good cut from acidity and carbonation that balances it all very well.
Touch of sweetness, and glides down smooothly.
Super easy to drink. Outstanding. Easy to love this beer.

Photo of thain709
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A beautiful golden yet hazy orange body...a pillowy white head forms and settles into a nice cap that retains for the entire glass...some lacing...I wanted more lace

S - Fruits stand out in the aroma...mainly banana with some apple and pear...light spices linger as well

T - As the aroma suggests the fruits hit you first...bananas are very dominate in the flavor...some more apple comes through but that banana flavor is big...yet it's not overpowering...the mixture of spices is blended nicely and come in at the right time...clove, coriander, and just a touch of cinnamon make their appearance in the finish to leave a nice spicy aftertaste

M - Medium bodied...creamy and coats the palate nicely...would have liked more crispness since there was a lot of carbonation...and sometimes it tastes a little watered down

D - One of the best hefe's I've had...I can't believe how good this beer is for the price...it's definitely a big bang for your bucks...a must try for any BA

Photo of CarlP2
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass.

A- Cloudy golden color, huge fluffy white head. Even some lacing sticking to the glass.

S- Sweet fruity banana smell. The yeast reminds me of some belgian pale ales.

T- Tastes a lot like it smells. Bananas and the distinct yeast flavor. Finishes smooth with a wheat taste. I can see where people get the bubble gum flavors from too. I think the yeast flavor from this is one of my favorite tastes in the beer world.

M- Smooth, even a little slick. Not as crisp and clean as a filtered beer. Very nice.

D- The beer is nearly halfway gone as I get to the drinkability section. How many could I drink? How many do you have? Easy drinking, very refreshing. Excellent example of the style. I can only imagine how much better it would be if I were patient enough to let it get a little colder. It was only refrigerated for a short time. I couldn't stand waiting and I had to open it. Still, an awesome beer.

Photo of AgentZero
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade from jlindros, great trader and very nice BA member.

A - Poured into a mug from a pint bottle. Dirty, hazy gold with a tint of orange. Huge, very nice foamy head. Attractive beer, good lacing.

S - Nice clove smell with some at first very immersing banana smell that follows up with mild, but present citris. The yeast has a big presense, but it is not overly powerful like many beers of this style. Nicely balanced, yet strong on all fronts.

T - Banana right away, the wheat gets you too. Nice bready taste with a bit of citris and spice thrown in. Very nice.

M - Nice carbonation on a medium bodied beer. Leaves the mouth cleanly.

D - Very easy to drink, none of the flavors are overpowering or leave a bad aftertaste. A little sweet, but not so much that you can't drink it all day. A great beer for those who like this style.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A short review for a phenomenal beer that I got to try fresh on tap yesterday at Max's.

Orange in color, hazy with a thin white head. Retention was rather poor. The nose was excellent. Fresh citrus with orange, banana and clove, just thoroughly juicy and fresh. Bready and wheaty. The palate is perfectly balanced with flavors of citrus (orange), banana and clove presented on a medium, wheaty body. Crisp and well carbonated with a great dry, fruity finish, this beer is nothing short of fantastic. Exceptional stuff.

Photo of wnh
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 mL bottle poured into a weissbier glass.

Pours a cloudy orange-tinted straw with a huge, fluffy, creamy, rocky white head with great staying power.
Aromas of ripe banana balanced by spicy clove, fresh and inviting. Light bubblegum entry, leading to an even lighter banana with accompanying clove spice before making way for a smooth, lightly tart wheat character in the finish. Lingering clove spice with a yeasty twang that invites me in for another drink.
Light in body, with a moderate carbonation level that lends itself to a seemingly fuller body.

A good, well-rounded hefe, but far from the best in my book.

Photo of BarleyAndApple
4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow, just wow. I've been a lover of Hefeweizen from brewpubs for a long time and always felt that something was missing from bottled format.. until now.

Appearance: Very strong head, so be careful when you pour into glass. but mild cloudy golden appearance.

Aroma: slightly clove/banana-ish fresh-out-of-oven baguette smell.

Taste: Medium strong strength. Malty, but unlike the smell, the sweetness was more of Apple-ish sweet than banana. bitterness kicks in the middle and leaves mouth with that earthy wheaty bready note.

I (intentionally) tried this beer at various temperatures and I felt that this performs best at around 8-12C

Mouthfeel: Medium-Low carbonation, but overally smooth.

Overally, by far the BEST bottled hefeweizen I've ever tried.

Photo of uno99
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a little too agressive into my weizen glass gives a huge billowy head that lingers and leaves some lacing. very cloudy golden beverage - this tells the tale of all the wheat thats used in this beer.

S: Citrus hits you first. then the naked malts and wheat. sweet on the nose for sure. some leafy herbal notes as well. basal or parsley.

T: perfectly balanced. citrus at the forfrount again. tartness like a cider - pear. very dry and welcome finish. alchohol very low key.

M: very carbonated. very light. dry finish.

D: A well balanced light and fun beer. would be nice to have a keg of this around for the summer.

Photo of SIRIUS2
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 50cl bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy orangish-yellow with a dense white foam head of a couple of fingers. Excellent head retention and lacing.

Banana, clove, lemony citrus, and sweet malt. Light and delicate, but persistent. Nothing stands out, all in balance.

Great flavors in almost perfect balance. Some sweetness comes on at the first swig, with some wheat chafe or yeast in the main body, and some banana in there as well. It's hard to pick out the flavors as they are so well coordinated and balanced. The finish is a bit on the wheat side in the front with a drying linger.

Texture is so smooth on this! Carbonation is damn near perfection and lets this go down incredibly easily. With the fantastic flavors and great mouthfieel, this scores perfectly for drinkability.

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

One of the best Hefe's I've ever had. All of the big German Export Hefe's are pretty good but this one is a notch above.

A - Pours a beautiful golden brown wheaty color with a nice head that lingers throughout the life of the beer.

S - Sweet with a little bit of banana that jumps out at the palette when you take your first swig.

T - You can taste the banana along with the wheat. It's a little bit sweeter than your traditional Hefe.

D - At 5.4% ABV I could drink these all night long. The body is perfect, not too gassy, not too thick, just right!!

M - Smooth and enjoyable. Great body. I honestly don't have a bad thing to say about this beer.

Hefe's are one of my favorite genre's. I spend my later teenage years in Germany so I was essentially introduced to beer during this time. Unfortunately BA wasn't around during those years but I'm making up for it now;-)

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a ginger ale yellow with a two finger rocky pure white head, tons of carbonation, some sediment in the final pour

S - could smell the wheat/yeast as soon as the seal was broken, its a huge wheat/yeast aroma, absolutely enticing, slight citrus and spice (clove/nutmeg) notes compliment the aroma

T - following the trend, wheat/yeast flavors dominate, the sweet, breadiness that defines the style. citrine and spine notes compliment the flavor like they do in the bouquet

M&D - the flavor is accentuated by the bready cloyingly thick mouthfeel, luxurious on the tongue, smooth and sessionable at only 5.4%, i guess almost a millenium of brewing is plenty of time to hone your skill to near perfection

Photo of mikel52588
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: An attractive gold with a slight orange tinge, has the cloudiness of a wheat beer of course, with a nice 2 finger length head and small lacing

Smell: Cloves are very apparent, smells sweet, maybe fruits in there

Taste: I'm getting mostly cloves, the beers a little warm I may have to re-review this one. Some sweet malt qualities; It's a bit spicy; whole--warms the stomach.

Mouthfeel: It feels light and crisp, carbonated, doesn't leave too strong of an aftertaste, rather a faint one that lingers

Drinkability: This brewery's been around for almost a thousand years and they are sure to stay, this beer is unique, has a nice blend of spices. Sets the standard for wheat beers everywhere; nonetheless comparable to Harpoons UFOs though.

Photo of craftaholic
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz into a taster's pint. Has a cloudy golden yellow with a nice fat finger length head that doesn't leave behind any legs.

Smell: Malted buttery wheat as expected with a hint of lemonpeel and banana. Subtle nuances of clove and vanilla with some grassy undertones to boot.

Taste: At the forefront it is a tangy buttery yeast that washes over with a malty backbone then it transforms into a second wave of almost straight-up freshly peeled banana with a pinch of clove. The finish is crisp and leaves behind a thick wheat coating.

Mouthfeel: Superbly carbonated and velvety smooth with a great deal of staying power.

Drinkability: Nothing to set you off from drinking another aside from wheat beers not being your shtick but this could make a believer out of naysayers. Abv is average and would make a great anytime session.

Overall: There is a reason this is Germany's oldest brewery; they know what they are doing. This brew has a perfect balance of ingredients and even falls true to the traditional reinheitsgebot. Well crafted and a testimonial to a true wheat.

Photo of imanidiot777
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful white head and a really cloudy, deep gold color, can barely see through it. Head stays for a long time and lacing is great.

S: Very wheaty, but I'm terrible at the smells.

T: Maybe a little bit of banana, very wheaty, and very good. I think I might have gotten a slight ginger aftertaste but I could be wrong.

M: Goes down smooth, good carbonation, adds a nice kick.

D: Everything about it is great except I probably couldn't drink ten of them.

Photo of nickd717
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The classic weissbier, never disappoints. Bottle from BevMo.

A - Cloudy golden color with a nice white head.

S - Aroma of wheat, yeast, banana, and clove.

T - Typical light wheaty flavor, yeasty, refreshing, fruity, with clove and banana. Very well-balanced and well done, doesn't try to do too much.

M - Light with lively carbonation, a little dry.

D - Off the charts. Incredibly refreshing.

Always a good call (unlike Miller Lite, which claims this, but is a terrible beer).

Photo of Docer
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Snagged my first bottle of this stuff today.. so here it goes...

- Huge fluffy big bubbled head.. white.. bright white head. Nice light straw yellow cloudy color.. very solid.

- Smells like a common Saison or Farmhouse ale.... but rich in wheat and/or grain... little bit of banana, clove spice, bread, and yeast...

- Smooth and creamy brew.. bread, grain.. biscuit, and some zest that is a bit tart on the back of the tongue. Certainly different... little bit of banana... some woodiness to it as well..

- Great feel.... not dry or chewy at all.... just pure.

- Bit carbonated, but smooth sailing all the way... I am enjoying it right out of the fridge nice and cold.

Photo of sweemzander
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pint sized bottle poured into an imperial pint.

(A)- Pours a cloudy goldenrod to pale yellow color. Massive 3+finger white head formed and is simply not dissipating! Very thick foam present. Minimal lacing down the glass.

(S)- Lemony biscuits with delicate banannas. Ample clay and yeast presence. Good clove nuances.

(T)- Delicious and crisp bananna/lemon fruits. Silky bread/biscuits and clove. Just ever so slightly sweet.

(M)- Absolutely positively as silky smooth as a beer can get! This does down so easily. Perfect carbonation level. Delicate, smooth, crisp, makes you want to take another sip. Balanced to perfection.

(D)- The perfect Hefeweizen in my opinion. Smooth, crisp, and perfectly balanced. Nothing fancy at all, but just perfectly made and with everything in the right place. Its as easy drinking as drinking water (almost). Superb fruits and mouthfeel. This is THE summer beer to consume!

Photo of Darkhorse09
4.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint bottle, tall and thin.

Appearance: Golden, hazy hue, with straw shimmers. Hazy and cloudy with a big white head. Big bubbles in the head. very little lacing.

Smell: Great nose on this. big banana and clove upfront, with some spiciness hidden. Obvious wheat aroma as well. Some vanilla and perhaps citrus as well. I really enjoyed the aroma of this beer.

Taste: Delicious, but not as impressive as the nose. Tangy, with yeasty wheat flavor. Malty banana on the tongue and ground clove. It's like the aroma travels right to your taste buds. Crisp finish, leaves the taste of wheat malt in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation, just enough to prick the tongue, in a good way. Very smooth, this beer went down fast!

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Low alcohol and its refreshing flavor make it the perfect summertime brew.

Photo of rfgetz
3.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at RFD in DC...

A- Hazy orangy yellow in color, full fluffy white head, diminishes quickly, ok lacing

S- Sweet citrus, grassy, buttery and sugary notes. banana and clove maybe.

T- Mild citrus and grassy flavor... nice little yeasty backbone with a buttery bready tone.

M - Medium bodied, creamy yet ample carbonation, slight staying power in the mouth.

D - Very good Hefe, maybe a little too much citrus flavor gets in the way of the great earthy organic flavor.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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