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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 6,835
Reviews: 2,308
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 540
Gots: 866 | FT: 15
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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 laituegonflable
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, yellow colour with enormous white head and good, busy carbonation bead. Head sinks slowly and evenly across the top, but sticks around impressively for the most part. Clings to the glass when tilted, but doesn't leave huge amounts of lacing. Quite exemplary wheat beer.

Very spicy nose with a huge clove hit. Hints around the edge of coriander, banana and a very metallic, chemical aroma. Mostly that sweet but spicy aroma though. Again, exemplaring. Reviewing this now having drunk it so often in the past makes me realise that I've unconsciously spent years reviewing weizens against this one. This just embodies hefe smell.

Taste has far more banana character on it than the nose. Taste is sweet and light with a threshed wheat kind of character followed by a long, tangy banana flavour for most of the palate with hints of basil, coriander and oregano. The back is a nice spicey brush of the tastebuds with a strong clove character and hints of fresh cut grass.

Mouthfeel is quite tingly and almost bitey thanks to the beer's apparent acidity. Otherwise feels slightly thin, I suppose it's appropriate but I think there's enough flavour to expect a thicker body. Overall, while it's beautifully complex and rich in flavour, the sensation it gives me is ever-so-slightly offputting because it is quite tart, like unrripe fruit, and slightly bitey, rendering it not quite quaffable. But it's a prime example of the joy that wheat can produce, and a fine, fine piece of brewing art.

Photo of NightINgale
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy yellow-orange gold colour, with some small bubbles rising. The head is white, plentiful and quite creamy. Very good head retention and wonderful lacing.

S: Wheat, cloves, and bananas, as well as yeast. Some lemon undertones and malts can also be sensed.

T: Quite spicy, with notes of clove, nutmeg, and a touch of cinnamon. Loads of fruit notes (banana, citrus, and apple) and wheat. The yeastiness is moderate, which is a definite advantage. Finishes slightly dry and bready, with some fruity undertones.

M: Light-to-medium bodied, but definitely not watery for a wheat-beer. The carbonation is just perfect, very balanced. Goes down quite smooth, even though the alcohol shows a little bit.

D: A very drinkable hefe-weizen. Has everything there is to ask in a weizen, and is very refreshing, especially in the summer. A truly proper wheat beer!

Photo of dukedevil0
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this 500mL bottle from Binny's in Algonquin, IL.

A: Pours a hazy pale yellow golden color with a ton of white head that takes a while to settle down, but leaves good lacing on the glass.

S: tons of banana, clove, wheat, yeast, sweet malt

T: Sweet bananas, clove, wheat, yeast, pepper

M: After pouring, it was slightly thin, but I took a sip out of the bottle and the carbonation was great...I think it would be pretty good had I been careful with my pour. It's pretty full bodied and has a little bite from the carbonation

D: Highly drinkable, especially for a summer beer. The traditional hefe flavor can be a bit much for me if I drink a lot of it, but for what this beer is, it's great

Photo of PsychoJedi
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am telling you! This company makes the best smelling beers! Like its brother, highest marks for smell. Appearance has a nice head that dissipates in an interesting fashion by fizzing faster in some parts of the pilsner glass than in other areas. The color is mostly clear golden, but some haze in it. Taste is a good, clean, but still openly German. I could drink this beer all day if I had nothing to do or was afraid of the hangover I have discovered in my older age. Goes down smooth and no aftertaste. I highly recommended this great German beer.

Photo of natelocc787
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding example of the style.

Rusty yellow gold with a good sized antique white head.

Outstanding nose on this beer! Flavor profile redolent of a fruit salad consisting of bananas, pears, golden apples and more bananas! The bready malt is there as well balanced with hops that don't show up much in the aroma.

Taste is very wheaty and fruity. Combined with the light fluffy body and the appearance of spices like clove and coriander this makes for a very appealing and refreshing brewski. I had fun sifting through the different fruit profiles and the yeast contributed nicely to the finish.

Medium to light body. Creamy and fluffy.

Almost like a wheat lambic with a heavier, wetter finish. Very tasty and findable. This makes a great lawnmower brew for the wheat heads.

Photo of MyGoodness
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

There's a local place that has this on-tap, and you know what they say... Once you go tap... (Yes, very lame joke)...
It's a beautiful beer to look at. It's sunny and hazy with a lovely thick head. Celestial looking. The smell is a wonderful prelude to the first sip; it is loaded with wheat and a definitive banana whiff (not artificial or overly sweet either). The taste is perfect. It's easy to drink, filling, not too heavy on the carbonation. The banana bite is just right, unlike other hefes that have failed to nail this crucial part. Mouthfeel is on the thin side but not a problem at all.
This one's in my top 3, if that means anything to you haha.
[Insert little heart pictures all over this review if it will help clarify my feelings towards this baby].

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

A: Beautiful cloudy lemon color with tints of auburn. Huge fluffy head, and great lacing.

S: Bananas, clove, hints of wheat and vanilla.

T: Great flavor, and perfect example of a german Hefe, bananas, spices, pepper, and vanilla. Delicious brew.

M: Nice and smooth, moderate carbonation

D: This is a great hefe, and a perfect interpretation of the style. Highly drinkable and full of flavor. The American versions that have become a standard for summer seasonals, don't stand up to the German counterparts. This one is excellent.

Photo of civilizedpsycho
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Nice cloudy golden color with a nice head that dissipated pretty slowly.

Smell: Sweet malt with a little banana scent to it.

Taste: Excellent. Sweet but not too sweet with a hint of the banana flavor and very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin but had some body to it. Not too much carbonation either.

Drinkability: One word: Excellent.

This is one of the best beers I've ever had. It works in every situation. It's good with food or on its own. It's good on a hot day or a cool day. It's good to just have one or half a dozen. It's simply a great beer.

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

on tap poured into pint glass, served with a lemon which I put to the side

a: plae hazy straw yellow color. Lots of bubbling carbonation. Nice foamy head wirth excellent retention

s: sweet smell of wheat, also hint of banana ester from the yeast.

t: Very good beer, light, sweet and the yeast esters provide nice caracter of banana, clove, bubble gum. I would say the banana was prominate early but as the beer warmed the close spicyness began to dominate the palate

m&d: very drinkable, excellent call in warm weather


Photo of donkeyrunner
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had reviewed this previously and didn't see what the fuss was all about. I gave it another try to see if my previous bottle was bad and yup, I get it now.

Cloudy lemon yellow color. Large, radiant white head with great retention and lace.

Smells of clove, mushy banana sugar, and twinkies with hints of lemongrass.

Dude...it tastes like vanilla banana pudding. Peppery clove spice in there as well. Wheaty yeast in back that blends rather than snaps.

I'm a fan.

Photo of drinkininthewood
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle from the lcbo. BB 2010

Served in a rhinelander glass.

A- Hazy gold with a nice white, creamy head of sticky foam, lots of nice lacing.

S- Your standard aromas of clove, banana and melon with some hints of vanilla.

T- some nice malt up front with good clove flavor, some citrus mid palate without the expected tartness though it is there but slightly subdued. The finish is a mellowing banana flavor rich with nice spices.

M- So smooth and soft on my tongue. Delicate. Light bodied. The perfect carbonation.

D- A great drink.

Overall i'm quite impressed. I've been looking forward to trying this brew and with good reason. This is by far hands down one of the absolute benchmark Hefeweizens. Hopefully no one else was planning on picking up the remaining 9 bottles at the store because i'm heading right back there!

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

Have I really never reviewed this?

One of those benchmark beers against which others are measured, the appearance, with it's huge rocky head and cloudy, hyperactive golden body are gorgeous.

On the clove-forward end of the spectrum, just a hint of banana and no real bubblegum presence. Intoxicating.

Rich flavor that I look for in a real German hefe with lemony edges around a smooth, soft wheat body. Just a touch of sweetness to the finish with the clove suggested on the back end.

Not quite as carbonated as others but with a full, round mouthfeel that so many American imitators fall short of. This is as drinkable as the style gets and consistently hits the spot.

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

Pours a honeyed brown with a billowy white, creamy head with yeast in evident, hazy suspension. Excellent head retention throughout.

The smell is exactly what you would expect, with yeast, clove and banana with some floral notes. Nice but not overdone. A powdery baseball card bubblegum starts to show up towards the end.

Starts with a wheaty lemony tartness, there's a pinch of bitterness and spice in the middle all leading to a clean, dry finish with mild elements of banana all throughout. The clove lingers nicely in the aftertaste as does a hint of orange peel zest.

Has a crisp and clean mouthfeel and a medium amount of carbonation, perfect for a hot and hazy day.

If I had to sum this beer up in a word that word would be refined. If I had to use more words I would say it's pretty much a textbook hefeweisen and a benchmark for the style. Highly drinkable. But it's a notch below Franziskaner and Denison's in my eyes.

Photo of EatsTacos
4.87/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy, hazed yellow with a puffy, pillowy head

Smell is very strongly banana with underlying citrus notes of lemon and lime rind, slight sour apple, and a lot of corriander and yeasty aromas

Taste: The banana flavour is not overly sweet but borders almost on a tartness or sourness, the yeast characteristics give this beer a lot of depth and complexities that some other hefes lack. Next to no hop profile, but the vanilla in the middle is great, and this is a beer that you can actually taste the wheat.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a very soft, light carbonation

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

Chilled and a 12 oz bottle poured into a 0.5 liter Weizen glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a rich hazy gold color with a 2" thick white fluffy head that recedes slowly leaving sides of glass coated and a thick pillow of foam over the liquid. Sipping leave some partial sheets of lacing with smaller patches here and there. The head seems bound and determined to remain to the end of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is fresh and refreshing and contains clove, some citrus (orange I think) with some nice banana notes.

Taste: The flavor of the beer is soft and pleasant and is consistent with the aroma. There are notes of clove, some nice hints of banana and some taste of orange. Some very light hopping shows up once in a while to cut the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is soft and creamy with nice light carbonation. The finish is medium to short, begins with the full flavors of the beer and tapers off with a long, lightly sweet but citrus tart ending.

Drinkability: This is a very drinkable Hefe and I could easily have more. I don't know that I enjoy it more than some of the others I've tried (e.g., Ayinger Brau Weisse) but I'm going to enjoy finding out. I will certainly be drinking this one again and it is on my shopping list.

Photo of gilli24
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has got to be one of the best beers I have ever tasted. It is the perfect blend of smell, taste and drinkability. Poured into a pilsner glass it had a good head and maintained it through out the entire experience. Not much more to add, just experience one for yourself.

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

Bottle Pours a hazy straw color with a generous white head. The head lasts well. Has a good aroma of wheat and sweet fruits. Has good carbonation. The flavor is not as sweet as I thought it would be, it is muted nicely by light bitterness and nice hints of spices. This is well balanced. Has a dry texture. I would give it a light body. Has a good finish with a nice aftertaste. This is a easy drinking good beer.

Photo of seand
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange amber with 3-4 fingers of pillowy white head. Retains a couple millimeters on the surface, pretty good lacing.

S: A light malty sweetness with hints of yeast.

T: Like the nose, a light sweetness with earthy yeast, finishing with a small amount of hops.

M: Quite carbonated, light mouthfeel, finishes clean and crisp.

D: Drinks very easily, would be a great warm weather beer.

Photo of eljefe21
4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours to a massive, billowy four-finger head that quickly dissipates. Cloudy golden yellow in color. Some faint fine lacing.

S: Strong, yeasty banana and bubble gum smell that wafts up to the nostrils even when held several feet away.

T: What you smell is what you get. I'd be more of a fan of this style if they all tasted like this.

M: Appealing light carbonated mouthfeel. Crisp and refreshing.

D: Perfect warm weather beer or as a midday treat with brunch or a lite lunch.

Served: in a Weizen glass.

Photo of blackc5
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 500 ml bottle at 47F into a tumbler, giving the last ounce or two a few swirls before pouring.

A- Pours a golden orange with a nice 2-finger head. Cloudy but crisp. Exactly how a hefe should look.

S - Bready, yeasty and definitely cloves. A bit of fruitiness and banana, maybe a bit of citrus.

T- Just like it smells. Bread in a bottle, with lots of yeast. Wheat is forward, with lots of cloves and a mild amount of banana and sugar. Citrus to add a bit of tartness. Most refreshing at pour, gaining yeast and bread as it warms.

M- Super smooth, crisp. Light coating of the tongue allowing flavors to linger. Moderate carbonation that enhances the overall taste. About perfect.

D- Very refreshing on this warm day, and easy to down but begs to be savored. Can't taste the alcohol, and easily could consume two or three of these. Best hefe I can recall having and my new reference point.

Photo of colts9016
4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured in my new widmer wiezen glass.

Appearance: A monster 3 finger head that is white. The body of the beer is medium gold color with an orangish hue. There is effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is cloudy.

Nose: A very nice wheat aroma with citrus, phenols, and floral esters. The wheat does come across as slightly bready.

Taste. A very rich wheat flavor with some breadiness. The other flavors are a little phenol, floral esters, and citrus.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated, crisp, and slightly astringent. The body of the beer is medium and the finish is medium. This is a very nice all around wiezen. The head didn't last long but overall it was very good.

Photo of MusicmanSD
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't have to say much. Strait up best hefe out there. It looks great, smells balanced of clove and banana, tastes a-mazing, feels amazing, and you could drink a lot of em. I just had a Paulaner and Ayinger in the spirit of spring, and although I haven't had this in awhile, I know, it's just better than those beers. And those breweries aren't too shabby either! Weihenstephan FTW.

Photo of stbfan
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

pale,cloudy,yellow with a perfect white head.nice carbonation.

smells great! bananas,wheat,floral, bubble gum.

tastes bananas,bread, bright, refreshing.a hint of alcohol on palate.

drinkability very high. beware!

overall a great beer.the best hefe i have ever consumed.

Photo of originalsin
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

God Damn I love starting the night this way.

The pour on this bad boy yields a full inch of beautiful off white cloudy head that slowly but surely dissipates and laces beautifully the whole way down. It's a straw-gold color and all kinds of hazy. This is a gorgeous hefe. What else can I say.

The nose is full of the crispest and freshest banana and clove. Another reminder why I'm always coming back to hefes. There's wheat on the nose as well in addition to a slight hint of citrus that certainly piques my interest.

Wow. This is a near perfect beer. Drinkability is literally off the charts. Goes down so incredibly smooth and leaves you feeling more refreshed than any BMC could ever dream of. The wheat flavor stays with you well after you take that first gulp..second gulp...third gulp. Somebody stop me ! There's even a little bit of citrus that lingers on the top of my mouth.

Honest to god, this is quite possibly the best Hefeweizen I have ever had. I've been drinking so much Franziskaner lately and this is so different yet still manages to stick out as a beautiful beautiful hefe. And to think I got this bottle for under 2 dollar....It's going to be a spectacular summer.

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

Served on-tap at TND

Pours a straw golden color with slight orange notes, 2 fingers of head foam out of the glass.

The hefe yeast dominates the nose, with some breadiness and spice. A hint of light fruit.

A sweet and spicy profile - malt and cloves with banana as well.

Refreshing, complex, and enjoyable. The hot weather made this even more enjoyable.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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