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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 6,838
Reviews: 2,309
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
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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 ritzkiss
4.66/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

550 ml is the last bottle from my first trade with Bobsy - thanks again for the great trade!

Pours a cloudy straw color with agressive carbonation - a good four finger of dense, foamy head. I can honestly say the bubbles are RUSHING to get to the top - exploding. Keeps a thick layer of head for some time. Simply spectacular.

Smell is a nice mix of fresh summer grains, fruity esters, and citrus zest. Hints of hay and strawberries.

Taste is so smooth and delightful. A rush of wheat with just enough citrus zip to add but not dominate, enough yeast to flavor but not dominate, hints of flowers - simply delightful. The carbonation is lively but not too much so (thinking Duvel) - actually quite a smooth drinking experience but with a bit of bubbles. Round and yet refreshing.

This, for me, has got to be wheat beer to beat. Nearly perfect on all counts. As the bottle wanes a slight hint of a too thin body but all in all, the perfect summer evening beer to suit the taste buds without weighing you down. Thanks Rob.

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

Dark orange color overloaded with head. Smell is orange, lemon, and spicy. A nice mix of spices, peppers, and citrus in the flavor.. very smooth and refreshing. Creamy mouthfeel.

This has been my favorite wheat beer for a while now, and is one of the best beers to enjoy very cold for pure refreshment. Drinkability is at a max here.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly-hazed orange with a pretty nice head and good lacing.

S: Sweet grains and some spiciness paired with beautiful hefe yeast.

T: Some spiciness to balance out the sweet malt background. The spiciness seems to come from a bit of clove, and then there is some definite banana with hints of vanilla.

M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D: This is the definition of the perfect summer sessionable beer. Great thing to always have around during the warmer months.

Photo of photomike
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful white gold color with a towering white 2.5 finger head. Nice long retention and traces of spotty lacing here and there.

Smell is perfect for the style. Wheaty, malty, every so slightly tangeriney and lemony. I faintly detect clove.

Taste is similarly perfect for the style. Wheaty and yeasty with tangerine, lemon and clove. I often find it hard to review good hefeweizens because I feel as though they usually have similar elements comprising their overall flavor profile, though in different proportions from beer to beer, if that makes sense. This is the benchmark in my book. A perfect balance of hefeweissbier goodness, with no unexpected nasty surprises that you might find in a poor example of the style.

At least in the bottle, I feel like this beer is usually overcarbonated. Strong effervescence to a degree that it is distracting. This definitely adds to the crispness, though, and I could see myself appreciating it more in the hot weather, outside. As it stands, though, it takes away from my overall appreciation of the flavor intricacies of the brew.

Very drinkable. Heavier than a super-sessionable lager, but I could probably sip on this forever.

Definitely my favorite hefeweissbier, and at 6 bucks a liter, a staple in my fridge. A couple times a month I get a mean craving for this beer; it is definitely one of my all time favorites.

Photo of brewerb223
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- This has a nice look, makes you really thirsty for a weizen

S- smells yeasty, slightly spicy, though i wish i it had a stronger smell

T- This beer has a nice taste, the clove spiciness comes through much more then the banana flavor, so slightly spicy

M- I love the mouthfeel of this, nice, silky, smooth mouthfeel. Not overly thick, but not overly thin, in a nice middle ground

D- Nice beer, especially for a summer day, i wish i could find this in 6-pack instead of single bottles.

Photo of Onenote81
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellowish gold with a bubbly, frothy white head spilling over the top of my weizen glass. Gorgeous. Smells of spices, bananas, citrus - smells awesome.

Mouthfeel was a low point for me. Not crisp at all. Very watered down and slick. I was disappointed with this characteristic, though it created an easy quaffing environment. Flavor full of spicy citrus goodness, but nothing that was heavy or harsh. Just perfectly tame. Wonderful Hefe that I will come back to again and again this summer.

Photo of UA8
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a cloudy orangeish color with a medium tall white head.

S- Big notes of pear puree, banana, and spice notes.

T- Leads with sweet pear and banana, mid palate is spicy wheat malt. Finishes smooth with a light yeast sourness.

M- Smooth and refreshing, perfect carbonation level.

D- My new favorite Hefe! Enough said.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.82/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a beautiful deep orange color with a big white fluffy head. smell is fantastic, has a wonderful citrus and yeasty aroma, its a distinct perfect hefe smell.

taste is great too, its what all hefes should be, its the definitive hefe taste, and its just awesome, on a hot day like today its hard to beat.

mouthfeel is great too as is drinkability, the perfect hefe

Photo of IMincedTheKing
4.84/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold with a luxurious and craggy head, white as snow.

The smell is lemon zest and banana with yeast lurking at the edges. Fruity, but oh so good, and tinged with a peppery spiciness that makes this a joy to smell.

Spiced citrus flavors dominate the palate. They give way to an equal helping of wheat and banana, that goes down ever-so-smooth. A slight banana peel-like astringency is joined by a lingering spiciness. The carbonation is perfect; it coats the mouth gently.

I hesitate to rate this so highly given I'm not familiar with the style, but I can't think of much I'd want to change.

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

A- not as cloudy as i would like for a hefe

S- wow not this beer smells amazing orange peel coriander lots of fruity (banana) esters

T- nice and wheaty obviously orange peal again and banana

M- great perfect carbonation light on the palate

D- outstanding i could have a couple of these great for a hot day

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

20oz on tap at Rich O's Public House in New Albany.

A: Just as sexy as before, a deep, hazy golden body with a super large, creamy white head.

S: On tap, the fruity, banana aroma is intensified, so much so that you can catch a whiff of bananas from across the table. Oh man this hefe is fresh and it smells awesome! I can still pick out the spicy notes from cloves and citrus rinds underneat the banana, and there is also a yeasty, bready aroma that begins to peak through the sweetness.

T: Huge, fruity sweetness up front (again bananas, oranges, lemons). My friend who tasted this on tap swore that he was tasting a hint of orange juice. This sweetness is followed by a mellowing spiciness from the cloves. Then the malts and bready notes kick in and round out the finish.

M: The carbonation off the tap is solid, creating a crisp, effervescent mouthfeel that goes down with velvety smoothness.

D: This beer is heavenly. A pleasing and complex balance of fruit, spice and wheat flavors married to a low ABV make this weizen an absolute treat to enjoy. The ideal summer beer - and really, a supremely drinkable beer for any occasion.

Hands down, this is my favorite German beer. From a bottle - as it is relatively easy to find around here - it is fantastic hefeweizen. But when you can find it on tap - oh! Absolutely sublime, on an entirely other level. Weihenstephaner is often bragged about as the pinnacle of German weizens - one taste will tell you why. Highly recommended.

Photo of washburnkid
3.87/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a .5L weizen glass.

A: Big four fingers of frothy white head that seems to grow out of the weizen glass. Brew is ever so slightly hazy golden.
S: Spices of mostly clove. Heavy wheat that already makes my mouth water. Citrus zest cuts through, but the spice is really dominating the nose.
T/M: Banana, spices (again, the cloves), and wheat flavors. Mouthfeel is light, and not as crisp as I want from a hefeweizen (despite my decent pour). Bitter hops are present to balance, and the sip ends dryly.
D: Not my favorite Hefe in the world, but not bad either. I thought it was a little undercarbonated, but refreshing and spicy nonetheless.

Photo of PTB25
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - Beautiful. I can't believe how fluffy the head is at about 4 fingers. I wanted to turn into a little dude and go sledding on it. Beer is golden-orange and perfectly hazy.

S - Citrus and banana. Not overly fragrant, but a very nice aroma

T - Lemon, orange, cloves, spice - what I expected, in a great way. Perfectly balanced.

M - Excellent. Sticks around just long enough to enjoy the great flavor, then it's gone, and you want more.

D - very high. I could drink this all day.

Overall, a great beer. Lives up to the hype. The best hefe I have had.

Photo of hardy008
4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden orange color with a white foamy 3 finger head with nice retention. Leaves a sticky lace.

Smell- lemon and oranges. Light spice.

Taste - Lemon, oranges, banana and coriander. Mildly sweet, nice spice flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, medium to heavy carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry.

Drinkable - Very drinkable, I absolutely love this beer, and the style.

Photo of philbe311
3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Mammoth head off of a standard pour... The crater like head is pure white and made up of various size chunky bubbles... Stellar retention... Good stickiness... The color is pale golden yellow... Faint orange hue... Hazy...

S - Lemon zest... Clove... Coriander... Mint... Grainy... Yeast... Banana... Orange... Faint peppery notes...

T - Taste was far more subdued than I would have expected based both on the nose and reputation of this beer... Textbook Hefeweizen with well balanced hints of banana, citrus, wheat, and yeast... The spiciness is much weaker than the nose would lead you to believe though faint clove and peppery notes can be detected...

M - Light bodied... Slightly creamy... Perfect amount of carbonation on the tongue (more than a little, but not too much)... Exceptionally crisp... Refreshing and smooth...

D - Very easy drinking... Accessible... Sessionable... Stellar in all areas but taste... The taste is better than average, but doesn't live up to the other categories which are at an all-star caliber...

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a fluted pilsner glass at the Saltwater Grille in Litchfield, Conn.

A: Poured a vibrant golden yellow color with turned cloudy and yellow-orange when the bottle yeast was swirled and added. A nice, white two-finger head of sticky, pillowy foam formed and a left beautiful lace.

S: Smells faintly sweet and citrusy, with hints of lemon peel, coriander, and fruity esters. There's also a mellow, herbal yeasty twang added to the wheat bread smell. Bits of spices make themselves known in the way of clove, white pepper and mint.

T: The taste is spot on German Hefeweizen. A great, smooth semisweet and dry malty mouthful of lightly toasted malts and citrus flavors. A bit of that classic banana, mint and clove flavor make their way through the orange peel and citrus taste. Bitterness is low, yet herbal hops make themselves known. The finish is sweet and dry, with a lingering spicy malt flavor and a wheaty yeast tang.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp and refreshing. Yeast adds just a hint of chewiness to the body.

D: An all day every day weissbier. This is the benchmark for the style, as far as I'm concerned. Easily sessionable, a must have on a warm day outdoors, and it paired really nicely with my creole shrimp simmer as well.

Weihenstephaner has really caught my attention and is likely my German brewer of choice from now on. Seek this one out, and you will not be disappointed.

Photo of cpmau11
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall weizen glass. Big bright white head, probably close to two full inches. Lightly cloudy amber body. Strong wheat aroma with heavy phenolic character. Extremely smooth with a robust banana clove flavor. Taste similar to Schneider Weiss but slightly different. Very refreshing mouthfeel that balances the palate with a slightly hoppy finish. Exceptional drinkability.

Overall, I've also heard a lot about this beer before trying it out. It definitely holds up its reputations as one of the best bavarian hefeweizens out there.

Photo of drink1121
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

High expectations for this beer from reading other BA reviews on it. Nice light light amber color with thin head. No Lacing at all.

S - Orange, some other spice

T- Whoa, heavy for a Heife. Wow, this beer was spicy, bot hot at all. Just full of flvaor and spice.

M - Good carbonation

D - I could have a few of these, but not a ton because o the full flavor. Good on a spring day.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my half liter hefe glass. Appears a cloudy golden yellow color with over two fingers of fluffy almost pure white head. A nearly perfect pour. Smells and tastes of the usual hefe spicy, peppery yeast, clove and banana, with a touch of citrus (maybe lemon) sourness. A notch above medium in both body and carbonation. Although I prefer a hefe with more of a dominant citrus kick as opposed to the banana, clove, etc., this went down quickly and easily.

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

Wow! Pours a cloudy golden harvest amber color with an absolutely HUGE stiff white head that fades slowly, leaving solid patterns of Belgian lacing behind it. The smell is great too. Classic yeasty, banana, clove and pears. Visibly effervescent, the mouth feel is medium bodied, refreshing and creamy with a bright tangy tingle that finishes pretty dry. Full flavored, the yeasty nature, harvest fruit and spicy tastes prevail and linger gently. At 5.4% ABV, this one is a solid drinker. Wheat-based beers tend to stay with me, otherwise I'd choose to enjoy another. Highly recommended.

Photo of carp420
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from the bottle into Weihenstephaner weizen glass

this hazy golden brew looks like the top of a lazy golden wheat field just blowing in the wind, awesome foamy head that climbs out of the glass, decent head retention for a minute with some lacing

smells of citrus and flora, mainly banana, lemon, oranges, then some spices and maybe some cloves, nice yeasty smell that comes along with the style.

explodes on the pallet, lot of banana and spices, lemon and yeast, just an overall great wheat beer

the carbonation may be the one drawback to this beer, it's just a little too much from the get go, but it's not too bad and goes away somewhat with warmth.

i can see myself drinking alot of this on a hot day, or just anytime really, an original and staple in the fridge.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

4.0 A: Hazy golden yellow color. Two fingers of dense head with excellent retention and moderate lacing.

4.5 S: Tons of banana esters and peppery spice. Perhaps there is some clove in there, but I'm not picking much up. Something along the lines of lemon as well.

3.5 T: Really crisp and refreshing, but I find it rather bland. I don't know where everyone is getting bursts of flavor from. The flavors of the nose are back again, but really subdued. This, not a bad brew.

5.0 M: Insanely smooth. Frothy and something like creamy, though not actually creamy. Simply wonderful feel.

4.5 D: Mouthfeel is awesome, smell is awesome, appearance is good enough. Only thing holding back this brew is the lack of stronger flavors.

Photo of Liverpool08
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW! I was blown away by this. Had on tap at the Publik House in Brookline. I always knew I liked a good Hefe, but this goes to a whole other level.
What a great pour, Big soft white head,with a orange cloudy color. Big smells of wheat, bread, orange, and other citrus. The taste is even better. Bready with vanilla, cloves and orange accents. Such a smooth crisp feel in the mouth.
This just begs to drink more than one. This has got to be the best in the class for this style!

Photo of Infamous7100
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When you talk about Hefe's, you have to start here. Thanks to the Party Source in Bellevue, Ky for turning me onto this one. Liquid gold in a glass!
A: Pours a goldenrod color with a thick, rocky, 3 finger head into my pint glass.
S: Tons of wheat (naturally) right up front, but I get some orange, lemon and banana as well. A little bit of the alcohol comes through.
T: At the front, I'm getting a lot of the malty sweetness and a bit of bread flavor. Towards the middle and back, the lemony, citrusy flavors peek through. That's where the alcohol is most noticable.
M: Thick but crisp. Minimal alcohol hang after swallowing. Leaves a pleasant flavor on the tongue.
D: Very refreshing. You feel obligated to have another. The smoothness and crispness lends themselves to the sessionability of this beer.

Go out and get some. Perfect for the spring and summer.

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

pour this out into a glass with a date of 24.10.09 this beer started in 1040? wow, that is some time ago !

Appearance: foggy orange color weather with a slight mist, i`m here with a white foamy head running shoes that decreases to a small sheet that sits on top of the pavement likes to loiterer and waits for the gun ;there off.

Smell:some fruitiness like citrus ,lemon,lime and peach running along side; whats that, its malt and yeast there keeping pace ,and staying with the pack.

Taste:the flavor is looking good and in shape for this marathon,they must have been eating good fruits and working out with malt and yeast even water is there ,though blends in with the mob but yeast got some spice to it ,this is a great race .

Mouthfeel: this has been a smooth race so far and all the flavors leaving a silky feel with no trip ups or falls . spicey yeast,and a tad bit sour are given some a dry satisfing finish.

Drinkability: who came in first ? who came in second ,weihenstephaner! is one of the best runners around, what do you think about your performance? (weihenstephaner) "i`ve been doing this for along time and i feel confident,i can do this style better then anyone. "

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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