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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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6,472 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,472
Reviews: 2,256
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 501
Gots: 674 | FT: 12
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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 LittleCreature
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - 5.0
A gentle pour yielded two fingers of creamy off-white head which reduced slowly to a thin layer. The body is a highly cloudy orange/dark yellow that almost seems to be glowing.

Smell - 4.5
Extremely spicy while the head is settling, then weakens leaving a smooth, soft, semi-sweet aroma of clove, lemon, mixed spices, slight banana.

Taste - 4.5
Now this is an easy drinker! Starts with sweet wheat malt, nutmeg, clove and a hint of lemon and bubblegum. Finishes with a light, crisp bitterness, and quite dry. Aftertaste is soft, sweet (but not over-sweet), nutty and slightly alcoholic and leaves the mouth feeling refreshed. Delicious!

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Oh so silky smooth. There is a persistent fine carbonation that gives the beer an almost creamy mouthfeel. Moderate weight in the mouth.

Drinkability - 5.0
Argueably the best session beer in the world.

I wanted to review a great beer for my 100th review, and this is certainly a great beer. It is the best beer available in the town of Manjimup, and therefore the best beer available to me. I would love to have been able to review it on-tap (it is supposedly even better!). As it is, this is probably the best beer from one of the world's best breweries. At $6.99 it is too expensive here, but still stands as decent value thanks to the fine quality. It can be found as cheaply as $4.25 in the city, which I think is really a steal. If you are trying to turn someone onto craft beer, forget the Trappist stuff, give them this German beauty.

LittleCreature, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of grub
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got this one from TheManiacalOne as part of BC2. thanks mark!

500ml bottle.

pours hazy golden yellow with a big fluffy white head. the head drops slowly to a 1/8" layer on top of the beer. lots of lace.

aroma is great. bread and cracker malts. clove and banana. bit of pineapple. light alcohol.

taste is great. light clove. banana. bready malt. just a hint of caramel sweetness. hint of pineapple and orange. bit of bubblegum.

mouthfeel is good. medium-high carbonation level. nice light body.

drinkability is great. nicely balanced and incredibly drinkable. an excellent example of the style.

grub, Dec 06, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- cloudy and golden with a huge fluffy white head and lacing to match, great retention

S- phenolic, banana, crisp, zesty cloves

T- wheat flavors create a strong backbone to zesty and spicy flavors that unwind with warmth, lemon twang as well

M- soft and somewhat coarse medium body

D- sessionable and refreshing, a fantastic hefe weizen

tonistruth, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of armock
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - poured a hazy almost orange color with a white head

S - Is mostly of bananas and cloves

T - Very good the malt and banana and clove blend very nicely

M - Supper smooth light carbonation

D - This brew is very drinkable awesome taste and very smooth this is one of my top five beers now I think

armock, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of Pauly2X
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy yellow with a orange tinge very effervescent. Poured three finger head which faded slowly to maintain a strong wisp.

S- Citrusy with light notes of banana, and even fainter hints of clove, very pleasing.

T- Wonderfully balanced only slight citrus tastes stand out.

M- Great carbonation, very smooth.

D- This would be higher if it wasnt November.

Simply the best wiessbier I've had to date.

Pauly2X, Nov 26, 2007
Photo of jneiswender
2.58/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer on drought at the Tap Room in NYC and the Brewery in Friesing.

Served in a tall hefe glass.

Just looks like the prototype hefeweizen. Straw, cloudy color. Nice head that dissipates after a minute or so.

Lemon scent with a hint of canned corn smell.

The taste is not as good as I think that it was going to be. Strong canned corn taste. Everyone makes so much out of this beer but I have to say I am quite disappointed.

With so many good reviews for this beer I have my suspicions about the place I got the beer.

I had two of these and both tasted off. Sorry to disagree with the others. All I have to say is that if you are interested in this beer, don't try it at the Tap Room in NYC.

I had this at the brewery in Friesing and it tasted the same.

jneiswender, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of aerozeppl
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 1 pint .9 oz bottle into my Molson pilsner glass.

A: Wonderful cloudy appearance. Massive amounts of head on this beer.

S: Big yeast scent up front.Bannanna which weirds me about because I hate them but love Hefs.

T: Bannana and clover are here as expected. Almost a vanilla hint at the end. Wheat fills in the middle nicely.

M: Great. Carbonation is perfect and it loves being on my tounge.

D: This one is dangerous. An awesome session beer for the summer.

aerozeppl, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden with a big frothy white head that dies quick. Big melon, banana in the nose with a minor clove afterthought. Tastes all compliment eachother well. Everything in the nose dances on the palate. Medium and crisp in the mouth. So drinkable its not funny.

franksnbeans, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of oelergud
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light golden cloudy body. Large white head of full range of bubbles, good retention and lace.
Sweet malty scent with some spiced honey. Pumpkin, hay and wheat are present as well.
Fruity malt flavor with plenty of spice. Vanilla pudding like notes along with pumpkin. The aftertaste reveals abit of hops again with a spiced character but it does not last long.
Medium body, somewhat wheaty and dry. Residual sugars are present.
Pretty good drinkability. Mild and easy to enjoy, this would make a good session beer.


oelergud, Nov 17, 2007
Photo of dsa7783
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Straight up - this is an outstanding brew... Compared to some other bland styles out there, this is simply outstanding... A great appearance with a nice frothy head coupled with a terrific taste makes this a classic hefe weizen. Without a doubt, one of the best I've ever sampled, this blows the competition away with its strong, pronounced wheat/citrus flavor that is complex and unforgettable. The first time I've tried this, and I will definitely get another sixer... Certainly go for this one even if you're not a fan of the style - you won't be dissapointed.

dsa7783, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of BlackHaddock
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My 500ml bottle was best before 22nd May 2008, I drank it on a wet and cold November night in 2007.

Poured into one of my Franziskaner Weissbier glasses (wetted before the pour).

Looks great, orangey coloured cloudy body, huge head, bubbles arising, just like a good hefeweiss should.

The aroma is also huge, vanilla, bananas and toffee apples, very impressive.

The taste is full of different flavours all trying to get out, with the same three as the smell winning the battle. Vanilla ice cream and Banoffi pie but without the sweetness the idea suggests.

The mouthfeel is full and lingers, this is a well crafted beer.

I think I have reviewed over 20 weissbiers on this site so far and this is by far the best ( I have also drank many, many others before joining, the statement stays the same). A truely good beer.

BlackHaddock, Nov 13, 2007
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: Pours a clear yellowish gold with a large white head, no lacing.

s: The smell is sweet banana bread and a touch of clove.

t: Banana is noticeable, but not as strong as it was in the nose. Wheat and lemon balance out this hefe. The taste is a good balance and makes for an easy drinking, very refreshing beer that's perfect for summer.

m: Good carbonation, smooth, and light.

d: This is not my favorite beer and I am not a huge fan of Hefeweizens, but for me this is THE hefeweizen by which all others are judged. The perfect example of the style.

BradLikesBrew, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of JArami
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Golden to an autumn orange color with a fluffy white head that mingles leaving luxurious thick lacing on a wheat glass.

S: Bread-like, the yeast and wheat show through and play with hints of banana and clove. I get this weird sensation of peanut butter when the lot mix, could be just me.

T: Sweet wheat and light touches of banana, much less than in Weihenstephaner Dunkel Weiss. Very slight bitter, only apparent in the aftertaste. I love this style. Nothing extreme, very smooth and full of flavor.

M: Full bodied, with an agreeable amount of carbonation. The bottle was a little over chilled at first, but the flavors and the feel got so much better as it warmed slightly.

D: So smooth and full of flavor, very appropriate for the fall. One of the best hefeweizens I've had to date. Very drinkable anytime.

JArami, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of hiikeeba
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up golden with amber highlights. Thick, creamy white head dissipates slowly. Bubbles of CO2 stream up like a reverse rainstorm. Mostly clear with a bit of haze.

S - First smell is banana smell combined with sweet malt.

T - Starts off slightly sweet, fades to the banana like flavor, which is replaced with a tingle of CO2 on the tongue.

M - Carbonation makes this feel full bodied.

D - While sweet, not cloying Two or three of these sound like a nice idea, thanks.

Overall, whenever I think of a hefeweiss, I think of this type of beer.

hiikeeba, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of shererjt
3.7/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle served in a weizen glass.

Poured a hazy, slightly orangish yellow color with a huge, white, frothy head. Soft wheat aroma with yeast and cloves, maybe some bubble gum. Tart, almost lemony-smelling. Light-to-medium body. Taste was very much like the smell. Definitely a weizen but a little more subdued and less yeasty than many. Good mouthfeel though less creamy than expected. The drinkability, however, is among the all-time greats.

One of the better versions of the style, and the benchmark I compare others against. When I think hefeweizens, this is what comes to mind even though the style is not amongst my favorites.

shererjt, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of Homerbag
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy straw head with plenty of yeast floating. Excellent hefe head.
Smells of citruis fruits, banana, clove, and wheat. True to style.
Taste is a good wheat base that is enhanced by what seems to be a perfect balance of clove on the sides of the palate and banana toward the front with a nice touch of citrius.
Feels clean, good carbonation, great aftertaste. Not too light, not too heavy.
This is the benchmark hefe that all others should be compared too. Other hefes have better individual qualities, but this is the best overall that I have had.

Homerbag, Nov 01, 2007
Photo of shaebs99
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Weihenstephan heffe glass that came with my Weihenstephan gift pack (5 beers and a hefe-glass)
A cloudy orange with large sticky head that leaves nice lacing throughout. The glass and beer look great.

Aroma is somewhat spicy with fruits and yeast and some nice wheat malt

Crisp, sweet, taste with fruity (banana) and yeast flavors. Nice level of carbonation. Refreshing and highly drinkable. Might be my favorite hefe weizen

shaebs99, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of Stagi
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Has a nice golden-honey color.

Smells bring banana, malt, and perfume/spice scents.

Taste is great, banana definitely present along with malt, slight hop comes with.

Just about the right carbonation, flavor attacks the tongue.

I wouldn't mind drinking another 5 of these, es ist ein guter hefe!

Stagi, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of drseamus
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The perfect hefe appearance. Cloudy straw colored body with a bunch of visible carbonation topped by an ample white head. The aroma is spot on as well with lemon, banana, and wheat pouring from the glass. The flavor has a nice thick wheat base topped with lemon and banana. This is a good summer sipper.

drseamus, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of Overlord
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My new favorite Hefeweizen.

Pours a murky golden amber, more honey than beer. Incredible wheat/citrus flavor, hints of lemon, and even some more tropical overtones such as banana. Very drinkable, wonderful level of carbonation and mouthfeel.

Unlike most mass produced hefeweizens, this one really offers a complex, robust series of flavors.

Overlord, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Definitely the best hefeweissen I have had so far. It looks more like honey than beer, being a rich, almost opaque, slightly orange golden color. Aroma is strong and wheaty, with a strong citrus overtone - but the latter may have come from the obligatory lemon wedge. Flavor is rich, typical of a wheat beer but mouth-filling - no "thin" feeling whatsoever. I got a strong hint of citrus, but again this may have been due to the lemon wedge in the beer. Light, smooth and tingly, this beer is a winner. No wonder they have been in business for almost a millennium!

Cyberkedi, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of TheSarge
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier lives up to its reputation as one of the best beers in the world, not just the best hefe. Anyhow this presents itself with a picture perfect three inch bright white head, with a golden orange body, which is hazier than most other hefes.

The aromas I detect are white pepper, a slight perfume aroma, and a kind of cedar smoke fragrance.

This tastes more like blood orange and honey, with a little hint of banana. There is a little peppery taste here too.

By far this is the standard of hefe weizens. This is a true pleasure to enjoy.

TheSarge, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky orange with three finger thick head, very thick and frothy.

Smell is initially wheaty, and banana phenol comes out on the nose.

Taste is balanced between malt and banana. Hop bitterness is faint. Some undertones of clove come out. German malt sweetness is upfront balanced by clove and banana.

Nicely carbonated, turns creamy on the palate.

This beer is very refreshing. A great hefeweizen

jasonjlewis, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of viperpiper522
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a hazy light copper. It is almost like a mixture of the colors of falls leaves. A very impressive head that domes up a half an inch over the edge of the glass. This head stays all the way down with really good lacing.

S-Yeasty, Bananas, and wheat.Light clove phenols and some over ripe papaya.

T-The most balance hefe I have ever had. Substantial levels of banana and clove, wtih just enough bubblegum. Wheat finishes out nicely with some nice yeast.

M- Very light and spritzy. Nice and dry and refreshing.

D- Really refreshing and delicious. Whe nI get that late night hefe craving I know where to look. I think I'll have another.

viperpiper522, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of sinistrsam
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep straw color with a good ammount of carbonation and almsot no head.
The aroma was complex and got moreso as it warmed; citrus, dough and clove.
The taste was first dominated by citrus, then mild apple and spice as it gets warmer; reminded me of an almost cider-taste. Finally subtle vanilla and alchol finish out the taste.
The semi-sweet start fades into a slightly bitter/sour feel due to the carbonation, but was still pleasant. It unfortuantely didn't leave as long an aftertase as I had hoped.
This is truly a great Hefe, refreshing and well-balanced.

sinistrsam, Oct 18, 2007
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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