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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 6,836
Reviews: 2,309
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 CMW
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
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
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
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
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
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
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
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
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
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
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
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
3.77/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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

A - Pours an attractive deep golden honey color with a bright white head that dwindles down to about 1 third of a finger and rests there persistently.

S - Clove, banana. Bubble gum aroma starts to become noticeable as this warms.

T - Flavors of clove, bubble gum, oranges, banana, wheat, and a bit of a peppery vibe as well.

M - Light but not too light. Strong carbonation.

D - Pretty drinkable especially if hefes are your thing. I'm not a huge wheat beer guy but this was a solid beer. Deserving of its reputation.

Photo of erz316
4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

.9 fl oz bottle poured into Weihenstephan weizen glass

A - the bottle pours a slightly hazy orange/gold, with a thick white head that leaves suitable lacing. there is good bubbling from the bottom as well.

S - a very fragrant beer, even when very cold. it is wheaty but at the same time sweet smelling, a sweetness that is akin to oranges, but without any of the bitterness or acidity, so more like juice. there are some malts as well to be notes, but they tie in with the sweetness.

T - the first thing I notice is that there is a great spiciness that hits the top back of the palate as one swallows, amazing! I shall align this taste with cloves, and thank Jason for pinpointing this taste. wheat and a slightly sweet zest are predominant in the finish, after the curtain of carbonation gives way; while the after taste gives way to a slight hint of alcohol and back to the clove essence. there is a slight underlying sweetness from the malts, I suspect, through out the flavour; though subdued in some parts of drinking it is almost always there to some degree.

MF&D - a hightly carbonated brew, this sometimes makes one wait to experience the flavours it has to offer, though not a great detriment to the beer it is something to consider. the consistency is great, and really allows one to freely examine the texture and flavours the beer has to offer.

I originally had this on tap in huge weizen glasses when I was much younger at a bar in NYC, and remember it being far too sweet for my taste. I can no longer say this and now will foremost recommend this to any of my compatriots in beerdom.

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

Enjoyed on tap at Brother Tuckers in Pompano Beach FLA 20 oz pour in a large pilsner glass.
A - Cloudy honey in color with a fluffy white head that turns into a thick skim coating.
S - Banana and cloves!
D - Taste follows nose
M/F - Light body, perfect mouth feel - enough carbonation and still very smooth.
T - Wonderful!! One of the finest hefeweizen in the world in my opinion.

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

Poured into a weizen glass is cloudy, orangy golden. Has a nice cloud like white head.

Smell is a sweet banana.

Tastes, like the smell, has a slight banana flavor. Nice low carbonation makes a very smooth medium mouthfeel that has a good little chewiness to it. Very easy on the palate and not too sweet makes this a very drinkable beer. Not thin like so many wheats can be, makes it a nice flavor filled brew.

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

Vigorous pour into a pint glass. Epic half-glass filling white fluffy-as-a-cloud head. Who knows how long this has sat on the shelf at BOTW, as I can't seem to find a date on it. The beer itself is a fairly cloudy pale yellow with a little tinge of caramel brownness. The head reminds me of a very proper rootbeer float "head", nice and fluffy, protecting it's inner goodness. This beer has superb head retention.

The nose is slightly of banana and clove, a nice warm bready scent in the background somewhere. Perhaps a little bubblegum? The notes really come alive as the beer warms (I served a little too cold).

Spicy and well balanced to taste. Only a little real hint of banana in this, cloves and other spices are at the forefront of this one. A little bit of breadiness as well.

The mouthfeel of this is a little on the watery side, like most hefe's I've tried.

The finish is short and refreshing, a nice dry finish that leaves you wanting to search the cellar/fridge for another bottle.

Drinkability on this is excellent. Probably one of the finest hefe's I've ever had, and I'm a fan.

Photo of rudylaw
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this both on tap and in the bottle... for this review, on tap @ Jak's Tap.

Huge head tops off yard glass... looks delicious.

A lot of spicy banana in the nose. Tastes the same. There's some sweetness that makes this a very pleasant drinking experience. No problem downing multiple pours of this.

Hefe's aren't my favorite style... not by a long shot, but this beer is just outstanding. Can't wait for summer!

Photo of Gyle41386
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Columbia, SC.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a big billowy head that dissipates to a fine line of foam.

Smell is citrusy sweet with hints of pepper spice

Taste is of wheat, banana, clove, and some subtle hoppy spice. Finishes with a nice zest, and it's very crisp and refreshing.

The drinkability is perfect...not a whole lot else to say. It's a beer you can savor all day long.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a nice big head and a lot of visible carbonation.

Scent of clove, banana, wheat, and a faint hoppy spice. Light, floral, and refreshing, I love it.

Taste of wheat, banana, and a faint hoppy spice on the start. Finishes with lots of wheat and some banana flavor, damn good.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a lot of carbonation, but not too much.

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

A - cloudy yellow haze, tall head poured in a pilsner glass.

S - citrusy, a bit peppery, like the grains of paradise, lemon, orange

TM - matches mostly to smell, covers tongue well, finsh leaves you refreshed and anting more

D - awesome drank my 6-er and wanted more.... favorite Hefeweiss yet

Photo of mattster
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opened 12 fl. oz. bottle and poured into Nonic glass.

Pours a nice frothy head of 2", dies down to a creamy had of ½" with minimal lace on sides of glass. Brew os a darker than expected mostly clear brew with light bubble action.

Smell is herbal and light banana notes. Some spice comes through with light maltyness. Taste is very clean with good round flavor.

Bubbles are very pleasant and seem just right Really nice finish and very drinkable.

I don't normally like Hefe's, but this one is the tops.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz $3.20. Nice cloudy yellow, superb head. Typical smells of cloves. Flavor is bubblegum, clove, nice. This was definitely a good hefe and I am fairly ignorant when it comes to German beers. I'll be picking up some more Weihenstephaner beers in the future.

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

Hazy golden color. Nice chunky white head that finally reduces itself to some sticky lacing.
Smells of bannana and cloves. Maybe even some black pepper.
Wonderful flavor profile with lot's of suttleties but nothing overwhelms. Bannana, animal crackers, Juicy Fruit gum, clove, hint of lemon and black pepper.
Good mouthfeel with some peppery zest.
The perfect summertime session beer imo.

Photo of KevinCurtis
4.97/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have tried a couple of beers from this style, and didn't find them very appealing. I read a thread on this site that noted the similiarity between this beer and La Fin Du Monde. With my newly gained courage I purchased a pint bottle from World Market today...

Beer poured into tulip glass with nice head, cloudy yellow (typical for this style I believe). I found the taste/mouth feel similiar to La Fin but with a more subtle taste (good thing IMO). SMOOTH... no aftertaste.

One of the best beers I've ever had.

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

Cloudy yellow with an excellent head and retention.
Lots of pleasant aromas, orange, wheat and some spices like clove and maybe a dash of pepper.
Lots of citrus, very lush, good carbonation very good mouthfeel. Clove is near the end with an excellent clean finish.
World class. The best Hefeweizen I have ever had.

Photo of meday
4.01/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From bottle into pint glass.

Cloudy pale yellow with thick white head. The yeast settled in hard pieces, which leads me to believe it has been sitting like this for quite some time.

Definitely could smell the spicy clove yeast.

Spicy clove and banana. I hate to be so cliche hefeweizen, but it was true. This beer was a bit to spicy for my taste, but it seems pretty true to form.

Bright, edgy mouthfeel. The carbonation was a bit overbearing.

The edginess of the mouthfeel and spice was the only thing that was difficult for drinkability, but overall, good.

Photo of KI9A
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Wonderful cloudy gold. Huge puffy head, hangs around a long time.

S: Cloves, bready, citrus.

T: Big spice, cloves, banannas, orange. A bit of a hop spice near the back.

M: Super clean, and smooth. Spicyness stays until the next sip, but, while drinking this, it is normally not too long between sips!

D: Fantastic. Just as good during a clold winter night, as it is during a hot summer day.

This is the world's standard, for Hefe's. Hands down.

Photo of bfields4
4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy gold with a nice head

Sweet wheat and citrus smell

Delicious spicy wheat and lemon flavors with hints of cloves.

Amazing beer hands down my favorite wheat beer from one of my favorite breweries. Takes me back to Germany with every sip. I could drink this all day long.

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

An exceptional hefeweizen. This beer is the gold standard for the style. It is well ahead of the competition in a very competitive German style with many great beers that probably date back for hundreds of years. The beer looks great. It's glowing, dusky, cloudy gold with a fine, soapy, craggy head. Lacing is in abundance. The smell is clean wheat spice, lots of fruity esters and sweet malt. The flavor is like drinking a bit of summer. You can taste the sunshine on the wheat fields when you take a sip of this beer. There's a ton of wheat spice and everything comes through crisply and cleanly but never bitingly. It is refreshing and cooling but also lush and full. The feel is velvety with lots of gentle suds. It is one of the best beers in the world and possibly the best beer in the world that could be considered a session beer, properly.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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