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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 6,920
Reviews: 2,324
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 hughesm4
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank out of a bottle poured into a glass.

A. Great appearance.Pours with a light brown that wisps down into a deep yellow on the bottom of the glass. Has a very nice head.

S. Smells strongly of bananas and wheat

T. Great example of the style but not spectacular. Tastes of bananas with a slight carbonated taste

M. Medium thickness and nicely carbonated

D. A very drinkable brew that goes down well. One of the better hefeweissen beers ive had

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

Poured from a half liter bottle into a tall Weizen glass.

Appearance: Cloudy golden color with thick creamy and foamy head that dissipated pretty slowly and laces beautifully.

Smell: Bananas, clove, bubblegum sweetness. Classic Hefe aromas.

Taste: Sweet, yeasty, wheaty. A perfect example of the HefeWeizen style. So sweet and delicious it does a little dance on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Slippery, creamy and perfectly carbonated.

Drinkability: One of the best HefeWeizens in the world. I have been drinking these for years (after living in Germany for a couple of years when I was younger), and it's always a perfect session beer when I'm in the mood for a HefeWeizen. They don't get much better than this.

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

thought it was about time i tried this beer. six pack for $11 at liquor world, porter square, cambridge.

a: orange-y golden. plenty of white fluffy head, which dies down to a thin layer that lasts pretty well, decent lacing. cloudy enough to be seem completely opaque. nice.

s: some spicy yeastiness, apple, some malt, touch of grass, and maybe a hint of orange? maybe that's just my imagination. smells pretty akin to a tripel, actually.

t: follow smell. very refreshing, pretty crisp, apple being the predominating flavor i would say, just a touch of hop on the aftertaste, touch of citrus. i would prefer a bit more hop presence, but that's probably just me.

m: refreshing and crisp, good combo with a nice smoothness / thickness and a crisp carbonation

d: insane.

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

Poured from Bottle into Weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy yellow with some hints of orange and a fizzy but dense white head that quickly dissolves into a good layer atop the glass. The aroma is banana, clove, fruity esters and yeast, slightly bubble-gummy. The taste is sweet upfront and accompanied by some earthy notes and ends a touch tart with a nice semi-dry finish. Its light bodied with very nice effervescence. Very tasty stuff, I know now why people bring this beer up when talking about a "classic" German Hefe. We done, tasty and thirst quenching.

Photo of jkrich
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with 9518 stamped on back label.

Beautiful pour: golden, and surprisingly clear (of course I had yet to pour out the yeast from the bottom). The head was white and fluffy, almost like marshmellow when viewing it. Now I poured the last remaining amount from the bottle and the ale becomes typically cloudy.

The smell is refreshing bananas, bubblegum and cloves and spicy malt aromas. I don't know the age of the bottle, but odor indicates freshness.

The initial sweet taste of banana like flavor is followed by lingering bubblegum flavor and malts. This was lighter in flavor than I remember, but still flavorful. Very good bready, yeasty flavors come forth as the weizen warms.

A decent spritzy fell on the tongue with the right amount of carbonation for this style. Again, lighter in body than I remember.

The blend of flavors and light body make this one very quaffable for the summer. However, I always remember this one having more complexity than I am tasting now. Still a very good brew.

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

Cloudy orange/straw with 2 finger head that dissipates to leave a sud lace. Smells of banana wheat and clove. Banana cream of wheat comes to mind. Flavors reflect the smell and are all well balanced and not overpowering. A little bready, biscuity flavor in the back too. Very smooth and refreshing. Creamy mouthfeel. You can believe the hype on this one. A great Hefeweizen.

Photo of froman694
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

i enjoyed this beer very much. it had a very intresting creamy mouth with notes of bananas, allspice, cloves and something else. the color was a milky golden color. the one dislike i had about this beer is there was too much head for my taste. after each sip foam was bubbling out of the bottle

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

"I had a bananer in there."- Junior Soprano.

I cant believe I have not had this in all my years killing my liver. Baby steps, I suppose.

A- Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is a golden colored hefe with a liquid honey look to itself with some light. A nice inch of frothy silky white foam graces the top for a bit before dissipating into a faint skim, very minimal lacing.

S- This smells great with a nice balance of wheat, sweet malt, bananers and light spice including clove. The clove is lighter than I expected. Some light lemon spritz in here. Also getting some sweet honey from this surprisingly.

T- The cloves come out a bit more in taste which is nice. The wheat is up next followed by bananer boats. Not getting any presence of hops in this one making for a smooth ride. Some more sweet malt giving off bananer bread. Some light citrus appeal.

M- Smooth as silk, goes down without a hitch. This is light bodied with low carbonation. No aftertaste at all, this hits you quick and leaves even quicker. No alcohol getting in the way in this low ABV'er. Smooth and tasty enough to down 100oz or so.

D- Easy as pie, this low abv hefe is the golden standard and now I see why. Entirely two drinkable and I would love to drink this out of a boot at a German festival, and get it all over myself. Refreshing is an understatement, would love to find a case of this for the summer months, although I would drink this year round.

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

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

A: Pours a murky yellowish orange color with a huge pillowy white head.

S: Yeasty nose with lemon accents.

T: Lemon and banana in the beginning, clove and yeast in the finish. A classic hefeweizen.

M: Medium bodied.

D: A great hefeweizen, outstanding on a hot day.

Photo of tone77
3.92/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a cloudy brown color with a 1 inch head. Smells is alive with banana,cloves and spices. Crisp and flavorfull, a touch of fruit and sweet aftertaste, banana and clove is present Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.

Photo of Lolli1315
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy orange color that is typical for a hefe. The head on this is beautiful, two to three fingers, great lacing.

S-Yeasty smell, also can pick up the citrus.

T-Great hefe, has a perfect balance between banana, cloves, and wheat.

M-Medium body, nothing I can find to complain about here.

D-Very easy to drink, I find that the glass is empty pretty quickly. Only problem I can find is after a couple the sweetness of the beer starts to get to you.

Notes: Great hefe and I believe this should be the hefe that one should compare others to. One of my favorite drinks during the summer.

Photo of david18
4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My wife had this while i had the dunkel. excellent hefeweissen that had the perfect banana smell and great hefeweiss flavor that the style is known for. Another great lunchtime quaffer while roaming the streets of Berlin. I would highly recommend this.

Photo of montecristo2
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Bistro Doner in Leesburg, Va.
Served in a Weihenstaphaner weissbier glass.

Poured a deep rich golden color. Cloudy with a nice, pillowy two to three fingered head.

Smells mostly of cloves, and had the same flavor as well. A slight alcohol presence, but mostly spice and perhaps a subtle hint of banana.

One of the best tap beers I've had.

Delicious with a bratwurst. Good enough I had two!

Photo of digitalhifi
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A great German Hefe Weissbier that typifies the style. It has a great cloudy appearance. The nose is quite fruity and spicy. The taste and drinkability of this beer is what always makes me smile, a slightly sweet front mixed with a spicy back. The finish is also surprisingly strong.

I would really love to try this on tap in Germany some day.

Photo of ADZA
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ive had this beer many times before from the bottle but last night saw it on tap for the first time so had to try it,pours a yellow,hazy,cloudy colour that leaves a nice two finger head and the smell is very strong i can smell bananna,wheat and cloves very nice smell and on tasting you get a very pleasant taste very nice bananna and wheat characteristics and it goes down very smooth,this brewery definately knows what they are doing with their beers as i havnt had a bad one from them,i spose they have been around long enough.

Photo of MisterClean
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 500ml with a buddy on a homebrew day.

A - Pours copper golden with a 1 fingered white head. Dissipates fast leaves a little lacing.

S - Honey, caramel, and bittering hops.

T - Honey, caramel, banana, clove and light bitterness from the hops. Really good, the esters and combination of flavors just mingle.

M - Full-bodied and well balanced. Not too slick, yet very refreshing.

D - This is a great beer for the style.

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

Live review. Purchased at Cost Plus World Market in Mentor for about $2.99, "One pint, 9 fl. Ounces" bottle poured into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

A 5 inch head after a moderately vigorous pour. The head passed the crest of the glass as one more ounce would have sent it spilling over the top. It took a good 2 minutes to settle from there, leaving some nice lacing. Dark yellow translucent body, a bit darker than the "Original Premium" that I sampled moments ago. 4.5

S At first I thought I picked up some smoky notes as in a Rauchbier but repeated sniffs revealed that this was not the case. I smell the sweet citrus and wheat that I am now familiar with from a Hefe and I love it. This is a classic Hefe if there could be one. Any fruit or citrus smell is not dramatic. The wheat dominates. 4.5

T/M/D Ahhh...this is a great Hefe. Nice "soft" wheat taste over a very light syrupy feel and light malt and very little hops. I get only a shade of banana and spice profile is not high (cloves can be common in Hefe's). This makes it ultimately very drinkable since to me the wheat taste is delicious and gentle enough to experience repeatedly. The ABV is low enough to again make it very drinkable as well. 4.5 4.0 5.0

Notes: I was prepared for a classic Hefe and this beer delivers on that suggestion. I am very impressed by how drinkable that it is.

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

A: poured into my 22 oz mug, nice creamy 2 inch head, creamy yellow body with the sun shining through it, nice yeast cloud.

S: ahh this is the real good stuff, cloves hit you right away, with a wheat bread overtones, banana bread with a weak orangeness in there. No hops detected. Which is a good thing.

T: Heaven in a glass. The clove is the main taste as first, with bread, and some hops, but mostly its like a loaf of banana wheat bread with cloves and lemon orange on top. Number 1 hefeweissbier to me period.
Liquid gold here folks.

M: medium body, very refreshing, yeast is there but not overpowering. Light carbonation.

D: easy to drink this beer until you run out of it.

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

This beer poured a cloudy yellow with orange highlights and a a big fluffy head. The smell is sweet and yeasty, with some of the wheat character coming through as well as a bit of citrus and spiciness. The taste starts off with some sweet wheat malt that gives way to a hint of lemon that goes into a mix of spiciness and a tiny bit of hops to balance. This is what a hefe should taste like. The mouthfeel is slightly thick with some fine carbonation. This is a great beer for a warm night or anytime at all. Definitely a benchmark setting hefeweizen, one that all others you try end up being compared to.

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

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a hazy, dark-hued, golden body with a tall, airy, whitish head.

Smell: Vibrant, aromatic scent of wheat malt, ruthlessly mashed bananas liberally seasoned with vanilla sugar and clove, and even lemon peel.

Taste: Sweet, tangy taste of wholesome wheat malt. What follows is rich, full flavors of ripe bananas, vanilla cream, and fresh cracked cloves. Small, meager spritz of lemon juice. A few added shreds of Big League Chew. One slice from a Red Delicious apple. Very light Noble hop character and bitterness. Just the perfect amount of overall spiciness to the taste. Finishes dry, crisp, with one final taste of malted wheat.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Smooth mouthfeel, yet it remains nicely effervescent.

Drinkability: Terrifically drinkable, really! I cleared through my twelve ounces with record speed as this makes for delightful early-summer refreshment.

Photo of thecarster1
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- bottle poured into a weizen, huge billowy almost creamy four plus finger head that sticks around for a long time, leaving a little head clinging to the glass, hazy honey gold coloring, minimal carbonation, when the head finally dissipated the lacing revealed itself, terriffic lacing that covers the whole top in a thin layer of tiny bubbles, very attractive brew.

s- sweet floral wheat, good amount of spice, light citrus, banana, great nose.

t- light wheat, floral sweetness at the start of the beer that got more dry as i drank, complex but very light, goes down so easy, perfect for a hot day sitting outside on the porch (which is what i'm doing right now).

m- nice medium body, a little slick on the tongue, good.

d- super drinkable and sessionable, probably the best hefe i've ever had, will definately buy some more and keep it in the fridge for the summer, lived up to all the great reviews.

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

Had this on tap at Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown. Served at cellar temp in a tall pilsner glass.

Appearance is murky gold with a fluffy white head.

Nose is confectionery sweet but still spicy with hints of clove and banana.

Flavor and mouthfeel are just a wonderful experience for this beer. It's got a bold feel, but goes down easy, it's sweet but has a dry finish. Creamy and delicious. One of the most refreshing beers I can imagine. Negligible bitterness, perfect for the style.

This is a style that is perfected by the brewers of Munich. Just like it's hard to find a good American brewed Weissbier, it's hard to find a flawed German brewed one. We have this on the shelf in Mass. but I've never thought bought a bottle, now I know to bring some home!

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

Since they have been making beer at this site since 1040 you might agree they have the recipe correct. The plus is at 5.4% you can enjoy it most anytime, from your favorite lawnmower beer to enhancing good food.

The lacy head should be allowed to come to full potential to allow the esters in the beer to release the aromas and taste you expect.

It has enough carbonation to provide a crisp refreshing taste with a dry finish. It has hazy golden color as expected of an unfiltered beer. The taste is subltly citus up front, creamy texture, wheat is prevalent with hints of yeastiness, very slight bananna and clove hints. The beer is slightly sweet without being cloying.

They also make a dark version which I especially enjoy.

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

What a difference a fresh bottle makes. I first tried this beer a couple of days ago after reading all the great reviews and was completely underwhelmed. I realized after that the bottle I had bought was 3.5 years old! Needless to say, I was determined to try a fresh bottle. The review that follows is based on that fresh bottle.

A: Poured from a bottle into a hefe glass. The pour went well and a beautiful thick head was formed in the glass typical of the style. The beer is a nice looking golden yellow with an orange tint. It looks very appetizing.

S: Banana and clove. It also smells a little citrusy, lemon I think. I also get a bit of yeast.

T: Citrusy up front, but not too much. I get more of the banana and clove spicyness in the middle. It finishes crisp with a not unpleasent aftertaste that reminds me vaguely of the sugary bubblegum I used to chew as a kid. The evident wheat pulls everything together the whole way through. This is one tasty beer.

M: Lots of carbonation, which was expected. The beer is crisp and light. It is smooth and really fun to drink.

D: I could drink this all the time. This beer has made me fall in love with the style. I cracked this open on a humid, 95 degree day and it was incredibly refreshing. I wish I has another to follow up the first.

I am very happy I gave this beer a second shot with a fresh bottle. I can't tell you what a difference it made. The aromas alone in a fresh bottle make the beer. I look forward to picking some more up soon.

Photo of juju7
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Everything a hefe should be! Great big billowing marshmallow head over the radiant orangey gold, cloudy body. Smells rich with banana, cloves, orange and spice. Nice carbonation, an effortless drink. Spritzy, spicy and slightly sweet without being cloying. Damn good piss.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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