Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 6,754
Reviews: 2,285
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 516
Gots: 800 | FT: 12
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 01-22-2001)
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Photo of Thomajt
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It has taken me three days to find the review on this beer. Way too many vowels...
With that being said...Had this one on tap at the Brick Store pub in ATL and enjoying another from the bottle as I type. I must say that this is one of may favorite Hefe beers. It truly reminds me of the wheat beers I was drinking of in Europe a few summers ago.

Appearance - Cloudy yellow/orange with a nice continuous flow of bubbles. Forms a nice white head on top that is semi consistent throughout.

Smell - Like Heaven. Very fruity, wheaty and what I think reminds me of banana runts. It makes me want to swim in it.

Taste - Very crisp and refreshing. I would almost prefer this beer over a glass of water after a long workout.

Mouthfeel - Very good. Doesn't overwhelm the mouth but has a very enjoying and slightly bubbly feel.

Drinkability - I don't want to stop.

Photo of roscoehnj
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellowish orange with a nice head.

Georgous nose, wheaty, lemony a little orange and spice. Very nice.

Taste is more subtle than the smell. You get some of the aforementioned lemon with biscuit and finishes with some spice I am having a hard time placing.

Mouthfeel is light with a nice slug of carbonation which works well in this beer.

This goes down verrry nicely. I could see going through a number of these, especially on a hot day (which unfortunately, it is not).

In short, the best wheat beer I have ever had While I haven't had many of the German Hefes I have had a number of American wheats and they don't come close.

Photo of KBoudreau66
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Table and Vine in West Springfield, MA

A- Pours a cloudy darker yellow color with a white head that lasts the entire time.

S- Smells of wheat, orange, banana, and a faint smell of big league chew bubble gum. Excellent smells to this brew.

T- Hits the spot with tastes very similar to the smell: excellent wheat taste followed by bananas, orange and then a slight taste of bubble gum.

M- fizzy, smooth, refreshing

D- This is the best hefeweizen that I have tried thus far. I have a feeling that it is going to be difficult to find one that I'll like any better then this one. I will definitely drink this beer on days when I'm not in the mood for an IPA.

Photo of k3n
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle into my Paulaner weizen glass.

A: Murky yellow-gold with dark orange highlights. Dense head pops up to a couple of fingers depth, and then sinks down to a nice cap that lasts to the end. Minimal lacing.

S: Bright banana and spice. Possibly a bit peppery on the nose as well. Inviting.

T/M/D: This is an excellently balanced beer. It hits all around the mouth all at once, and strikes the sweet spot between creaminess and prickly carbonation. Snappy wheat malt, and a subtle lemony/hoppy tang as the beer goes down. Uber-good.

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

Poured a clear, light orange into a hefeweizen glass with two fingers of fluffy white head, which is retained for some time. Smell is light and pleasant--yeast, banana, orange, and coriander. I get all of the above flavors as I sip, along with quite a bit of apple. Finish is lightly dry and spicy with that peppery coriander lingering, and the mouthfeel in general is pleasant and as expected for the style. This might be one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had, and I'll be sure to pick up a six pack next time.

Photo of Fahmie25
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Roadhouse in Brookline, MA

A: Pours a hazy orangeish yellow with a two finger white head that stays throughout, very little lacing though.

S: Hints of banana and lemon

T: Just like the smell, banana and lemon is definitely present, but not overwhelming at all. VERY balanced, probably the most balanced hefe i've had.

M:Perfect level of carbonation, very smooth.

D: Very VERY drinkable. perfect balance, great taste.

O: Has to be my favorite hefe to date. Just a great balance with some hints of banana and lemon, but not overdone which i have found common in some other hefe's

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

I'm looking at this beer for the first time in years and still marvel at what a work of art it is. Pours a super hazy and cloudy orangish gold, with a big, frothy white head that sits comfortably high above the rim of the glass. The aroma notes are not very different than Franziskaner, but lack Franz's overbearing cloves. But the cloves are still there, as are bananas, cream of wheat, and lots of yeastiness. Tons of flavors on the palate: flavors of all the aromas tied together in perfect harmony; lightly sweet from start to finish. A hefeweisen masterpiece.

Photo of madtowndmb1
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a huge head!

S: Smells of Wheat, Banana and clove.

T: I get a slight hint of the tartness/wheatiness from Hefe's. BUt a extremely well balanced Hefe, most likely the best I've ever had.

Very drinkable! Smooth acroos your tongue and the best part it's finally a low ABV beer that I could drink several of without getting smashed. What a beer!

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500mL bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a two-finger off-white head. Good head retention but no lacing.

S: Smells very wheaty with a bit of bananas and orange peel. Very strong scent very appealing.

T: Good fruit and wheat balance.

Overall: I may have gotten a bad batch but this wasn't as amazing as I have heard. Still very good though

Photo of praufs01
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - cloudy orange yellow brew with a large fluffy white head.

Aroma - light banana and lemon with a little clove in the background.

Mouthfeel - Moderate amount of fizzy carbonation. Smooth and silky on the palate.

Taste - tastes like it smells. Banana, lemon, with a little clove in the finish.

Overall - Very smooth and very drinkable.

Photo of wheatyweiss
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a weiss glass.

Pours a light honey, tangerine color, with a typical towering weiss head that leaves a moderate web. Cloud is a bit light and I'm thinking the yeast may be light in this bottle.

Aroma is dusty citrus and crystal malt. Sweetness lies in the citrus aromas and clove aromas. Predominately lemon aromas upfront with sweetbread.

Taste is citrus and dusty yeast. Crystal malts meld with weiss yeasts to give a light bubblegum flavor with a citrus punch in the mouth. Hops are there, as light as they are, to give a little character. Flavor is a bit watery, like this one got mixed in a half glass of water.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Watery though and thin, little body.

Overall, I'm a little disappointed with this beer after hearing the hype on the forum. There is a lacking in yeast flavors and the banana and band-aids I'm accustomed to. The flavors get better as the beer warms well past cellar temp. To be fair I should mention there was crud on the threads when I de-capped this one. Could be old, but with no labeled date it's hard to tell

I'll have a Paulaner or Tuchers first thanks.

(Update 02/19/2010) This beer is a lot better than the first time I had it, the flavors and aromas are on point, I am revising my review.

Photo of Nascartailgatefa
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive head on pouring. A very cloudy orange color. Slowly receding head leaves minor lacing. A strong citrus and earthy smell.

Slightly bitter taste of orange and hint of banana. Crisp tasting, smoother finish, very fruity. A very pleasant beer and very drinkable

Photo of HeadFullaHops
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The best way to serve this beer out of the bottle is to pour 3/4 of it into a glass, swirl the remaining contents for about 10 seconds, poor the rest in, and watch the yeasty goodness penetrate the rest of the beer.

A - The pinnacle of the style: yellow/gold color, cloudy with a white two finger head that recedes to a light head that laces the glass as you drink.

S - Classic weizen: banana, clove, bready wheat malt aroma that beckons the first swallow.

T - Every complexity in the smell is rewarded in full on the palette. Banana bread with clove, esters, and yeast.

M - Light to medium. Unfiltered wheat yet surprisingly light for the appearance.

D - In a word: dangerous. This is a great brew anytime but, especially on a hot summer day as a reward to some physically demanding outdoor work!


Photo of gonzo46and2
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy rustic orange with a towering white head. It laces all over the glass and takes quite a while to die down.

Smell is cloves, honey, corriander(I think), banana, pear skin, and apple skin.

Taste is dry and smooth with a touch of sweetness. Nicely attenuated.

Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Refreshing yet full bodied.

Drinkability is off the charts. This is THE Hefeweizen!

Photo of rslomin
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a weizen glass

Appearance: cloudy orange color with a great head
Smell: bananas, nutmeg, cloves
Taste: Very smooth texture. At first it a has a great wheat feel to it followed by a citrus aftertaste.

Overall: certainly the best weizens I have ever had. Definitely seek it out!

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

Bottle into weizen glass.

Pours cloudy gold with gigantic pillowy white head that.

Aroma is yeast, lots of banana, some cloves.

Taste is wheat, bit of spice, lots banana and bubblegum. Finishes yeasty, with a clean taste of wheat and spice.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied, almost fluffy.

I could literally drink this for weeks on end.

Masterful example of the style, one of my favorites.

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

Golden cloudy color with a big, beautiful white head. A beautiful looking beer.

The scent I most pick up on is the yeast which gives the beer a very bready smell. Nice. Also, there is some clove and banana and some citrus notes as well.

Interesting as the taste differs from what the smells would indicate. Upfront there is the wheat, grainy flavor, which is followed by some bold citrus flavors before a very crisp, dry finish.

This really is a fantastic beer, one that lives up to its hype. Great smell and flavor, nice carbonation. My one knock is that I would prefer it to be a bit thicker - it is very light. Easy to throw a number of these back. This is one that should be in the fridge at all times.

Photo of unclejimbay
4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

tasted 1/30/09, bottle > wheat glass, "oldest brewery in the world ~ 1040", 5.4 ABV

A 5.0 - huge pillowing head, excellent head retention & lacing through entire beer, bright golden honey color, clearer than most hefes?
S - 5.0 - banana & clove notes upfront, wheat in background, mellow on yeast notes, aroma has endurance! but not overly intense...
T 5.0 - smooth, banana & clove wheat dominant.
MF 4.0 - a bit crisp, high carbo, good body on palate, but semi thin on finish
D 5.0 - a leading hefe for sure, one of the oldest beers in the world for a reason ;-)!!!!

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

It pours a beautiful hazy straw yellow color with a nice 3 finger head that leaves a good amount of lacing around my glass. Fairly large amount of carbonation, as one might expect. Overall, this is a beautiful and refreshing looking beer.

The aroma of the yeast is what first gets my attention. This is closely followed by banana and spices. This smell is complex in that it is more subdued than other hefeweizens but I can detect the individual flavors much better. I can also find wheat and some additional citrus nodes in the background. Overall, the aroma is perfect.

When I finally take a drink, I am blessed with some wonderful wheat flavors up front. This is then followed by citrus flavors of lemon and orange and toasted malt that tastes like freshly baked bread. There is a slight amount of bitterness in the end and it finished relatively dry. Overall, this is an incredible tasting and refreshing beer.

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

In a Weizen glass:

Foggy yellow color, decent head retention and lacing. Smells awesome! Fills the nose with farm, orange, and a little cherry. Tastes even better... like a really really good Blue Moon: tons of orange, wonderful maltiness. Smooth overall, I could have used a touch more carbonation.

Overall: I don't give many 5's for drinkability. This is a fantastic Hefeweizen, I could drink a gallon of it and not get tired of it. I'd imagine it's an excellent crossover beer as well, so if you have any friends to persuade, look no further.

Photo of brentk56
4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Hazy honey color with a bouffant head, copious amounts of lace

Smell: Bananas, bubblegum and clove

Taste: Big banana and clove flavors up front, with a developing bubblegum aspect by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors are accentuated and complemented by a subtle hopping that cuts on the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy, with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: For a hefe, it just doesn't get any better than this

Photo of tmoneyba
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium to heavy wheat and citrus aroma.

Poured orange/white color with average white head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

Complex finish of wheat and fruit that last the whole drink.

Medium body with a smooth sticky texture and soft carbonation.

Very drinkable and a standout for style.

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

The appearance is a little bit hazy yellow with tints of orange and ring of head. I don't know what I'm looking for with german beers, but I guess I would have preferred a little bit more head

The smell is very complex with great scents yeast, orange, lemon (which is the most prominent here). It is incredibly smooth and well blended which makes for an enjoyable smell.

Very carbonated feel to it, and very light and refreshing with all of the flavors in the taste corroborating well with the components of the smell. Would love to throw back a few of these on a hot day.

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

Pours a murky orange with magnificant cloudy head with excellent retention and nice lacing. Smells of malts, wheat, light spices. Tastes a joyful light wheat flavor with a light lemon note. Nice smooth malty flavor, no bitterness at all. Extremely nice balance and a little spicy. The best wheat beer that I have had. Extremely enjoyable. Highly recommended.

Photo of naterock
3.73/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a bottle into a EKU dokel.
pours orange-yellow with a one finger head. slightly cloudy, not quite unfiltered.

Smell is rich in grassy hops, a light barley nose and a crisp citrus smell. Orange and lemon with some coriander and a slight nose of cloves.

tastes quite thin, very dry and citrusy. Doesn't convey the rich malt and hops that is represented in the smell. Incredibly well balanced but as far as the flavor, it's a lot thinner than the nose.

mouth is dry, crisp and quite uncarbonated. drinks easy but just not quite up to the big talk that I've heard about this brew.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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