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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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6,313 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,313
Reviews: 2,240
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 479
Gots: 613 | FT: 12
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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 01-22-2001)
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Photo of BillyB
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hefeweizens are not my favorite style but I know a good one when I drink one.

Mysterious cloudy, almost murky appearance with a thin white covering head.

Aromas of cloves, bananas and a slight citrus hop.

Tastes of wheat, banana, subtle hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel has a wheat grainyness to it. Crisp, refreshing

Very drinkable. If Hefe's are your thing, call this one el jefe.

BillyB, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of BRoss242
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a cloudy light golden color with a big 2 finger head which quickly fell to a slight film on top of the beer.

S- Heavy citrus aroma with a hint of banana.

T&M- Nice wheat malt taste up front with a large dose of banana and cloves as it is crossing my tongue. This beer is very yeasty and that would explain the banana flavor taking over the beer. Leaves a velvety feeling in my mouth that I haven't found in many other hefeweisen beers.

D- Ths is a very good beer to have on a hot afternoon after work or while sitting by the pool. Considering I live in balmy Florida I believe I will have to keep a 6 pack of this in the fridge on a weekly basis.

BRoss242, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle. Pours a cloudy pale yellowish orange with a fluffy white head. Smell is of banana, yeast, cloves and more banana. Smell is absolutely phenomenal! Taste is much like the smell with clove and bananas with a clean finish. I had some of these on a fishing trip I took over the weekend and they were the best thing I could have asked for on a hot sunny day. This is easily one of the greatest beers in the world in my opinion. Those German's sure know what they are doing!

cjgator3, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of joeskirkie
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It was a slow pour, the beer was eager to get out of this bottle. Lotsa head, which was fluffy and white. It sat even with the top of the weizen glass over a slightly cloudy pale gold body. This is a damn sexy looking beer.

What a strong aroma! Fruity, there's bananna and sweet yeast. It's oh so pleasant.

I spent a lot of time looking at and smelling it, so finally I tasted. Theres cloves with a spicy tartness, it mellows to a nice subtle fruitiness. I wouldn't call it bitter, I'd say theres a slight but very pleasant sourness.

It's so light and refreshing, it entices you to drink more. This is the exact right way to relax on a warm evening. I could not turn down another.

joeskirkie, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer was purchased at Jungle Jims for $7.99 a six pack. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a hazy coppery yellow coloration into my glass. The beer has a short lived fluffy white colored head. Rings of lacing remain behind on my glass.

Smell: The beer explodes forth from my glass with a melange of cloves, yeasty bread, citrus and bannanas.

Taste: The beer delivers on the smell. The taste is as expected spicy yeastyness riding a wave of bready citrus and banannas. The hops assert themselves and provide a good earthy cloves taste.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: This is a light and refreshing beer. The carbonation provides extra drinkability. The beer is well balanced and dam good. I would never turn down a chance to drink this brew.

nlmartin, May 28, 2006
Photo of CNeilP09
4.97/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This hefeweis is absolutely astonishing. Coming from a brewery that has been around for several several centuries, one would hope that sooner or later they would get it right, and apparently, that brewery has known what it has been doing for quite some time. For starters, the beer is housed in a classically labeled bottle. It pours a nice golden haziness, with the clouds, typical of the style. Sniffs small cloves, banana. This beer tastes fantastic. Again, some cloves, very subtly pronounced malts, banana, wheat (i seriously get the same after-breath from this beer that i get from drinking Bernheim's Original Wheat Whiskey, which i think is cool). This beer, as many have said time and time again, one of the most balanced and well carbonated brews of all time. It's velvety creamy dry finish is more than welcome to a thirsty palate. One could drink this beer for days. And days. And eons. Great Beer. Period.

CNeilP09, May 27, 2006
Photo of HoustonTX
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy yellowish-orange. Large head, which sticks around for quite a long time.

S - Wonderful banana and malt.

T - Citrusy with keen banana at first, slight hops apparent, with a small bitter aftertaste.

M - Carbonated to excellence, which leads to a great mouthfeel.

D - Goes down easy, heavy drinkability.

Very good Hefe, my favorite to be honest, give it a try.

HoustonTX, May 27, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a large German bottle into a tumbler. The beer was light blond colored and hazy with a sticky and clingy head.

It smelled yeasty and sweet, kind of fruity (bananas and citrus). The flavors were mostly spicy and fruity, kind of cloves and bananas. There was a good bready taste also, lots of yeast flavor.

Moderate carbonation and full mouthfeel make this beer feel a little heavy. But it's relatively low alcohol content keeps the drinkability pretty high.

TurdFurgison, May 27, 2006
Photo of phisig137
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy light gold color, with a one finger head that slowly falls into a nice blanket over top of the glass. No lacing.

Aroma is positively wheaty, with overtones of clove and spice. Minimal banana aroma. Also, hints of bubblegum are present towards the end of the whiff.

Flavor is very delicate, but enjoyable. Small flavors of banana start out, rounding off to a smooth wheat/bready flavor, and finishing clean. Teasty esters seem to stick to the tongue, and draw out a long refreshing finish.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, due in part to the agressive carbonation. Drinkability is extremely high, especially on a humid night such as tonight.

Although this hefe is incredibly smooth and refreshing, it is not my favorite. A local brewery by me, Legend, produces a hefe that tastes much the same, but has a much larger body. Personally I prefer the Legend beer, but it's only available for a limited time. When it is not available though, this is definitely the hefe I reach for.

If I only had one word to describe this beer, it would be "refreshingly smooth and round". Yeah, that's 4 words, but it's still one thought. Great beer all around, from one of Germany's finest.

phisig137, May 26, 2006
Photo of plaid75
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy straw colored hue with four fingers of foamy white head. There was excellent retention and superb sticky lacing.

The smell was full blown hefe. Banana and spicy clove dominated. About half way through a nice mustard aroma developed.

The taste was very spicy as well. There wasn't the super wheaty flavor that I look for in a hefe. This beer was cleaner than most. Very enjoyable nonetheless.

The mouthfeel was light, yet full. Again, more of a wheaty mouthfeel would have been prefered.

A very drinkable and refreshing hefe. An excellent example of the style. Another case of the far superiority of the German example.

plaid75, May 25, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the .5L bottle to a .5l swirl hefe glass. No other way to serve fits.
Head is a thick, creamy, towering cloud of fluffy white goodness. I would like to watch as is sub sides but the cool yellow cloudy liquid is calling. This is one fin looking brew, one on the best this style has to offer.

Smell is sweet of fruity yeast and spice, finished with the delicate sent of mild hops.

Taste is Oh So refreshing, The taste is of sweet grains mixed with bananas of the perfect hints of spice finished with a hopy bitterness that drys you out just enough to make you long for the next bi swig.

Mouthfeel is fizzy with just the right bite. Full body lacks the perfect creamy smooth touch but excellent never the less.

Drinkability is top. The brew is at home with any meal of as the solo attraction on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Zum Wohl! MK

MuenchenerKindl, May 23, 2006
Photo of falloutsnow
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Hyvee in Council Bluffs, IA.
No apparent bottled on date.
Poured into a Schell's weizen glass.

Pours an enormous meringue-like head composed of small and medium-sized bubbles. Peering at the body, I notice aggressive streams of carbonation and the cloudy, nearly opaque character that's due to the unfiltered preparation of the beer. Body color is a dull golden away from light, a hazy orange-yellow when held to a point source. This is like peering into a murky sunrise. As the head descends over the course of many minutes (it always retains about one centimeter of foam) it leaves some good lacing along the sides of the glass, which is augmented each time a sip is taken.

Aromas of bananas, coriander, sweet bread, yeast, slight cloves, and a bit of carmelized butternut squash. The strongest aromas are the coriander, bananas, and sweet bread. There's quite a bit going on with the scent, the aroma never seems to dull my senses, and it's a pleasure to swirl and sip this each time.

Tasting the beer reveals excellent banana, apple and pear flavors with noteable bubblegum, clove (phenolic) and lemon attributes mingled alongside them. Aftertaste is of bananas, apples, and bubblegum, pleasurably tart. It would be amazing if they made this with a slightly higher amount of darker malt, or made an additional version with that grain bill, not a dunkel, but somewhere in-between.

Solidly medium-bodied with a slight light or watery feel, the beer has a refreshing combination of thickness from the wheat/malt mix and crispness from the carbonation level. Very smooth initially, but leads to a dry finish that complements the tart aftertaste nicely.

A highly drinkable weissbier and avatar at the style, refreshing in all seasons.

falloutsnow, May 20, 2006
Photo of edskirk3
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am accustomed to drinking the products of America's Oldest Brewery, so when I saw this six-pack from the World's Oldest Brewery, I just had to do it. Another thing I like, from inspecting the label, is that they still stick to the German Purity Law of 1516.

Pours a cloudy gold, with a white head that erupts from the glass almost immediately; one must pour carefully to prevent overspill. After the pour is complete, it looks like a textbook hefeweizen, weizen glass included.

I always hear about the banana/clove character that arises from Bavarian wheat yeast, but I could never pick up anything resembling banana. I guess I'm just not sensitive to it. But I think I can smell it from this glass, there's not enough for me to be sure. I do get some cloviness, however.

After a few sips, I sense some banana, bubblegum, some tartness, and a twinge of hop bitterness. There's also a little bit of a citrus tone. It all melds together very well.

This hefeweizen is light, easy drinking, and refreshing. A perfect summer refresher. Overall, an excellent beer. These guys have been around since Medieval times, I guess they're doing something right.

edskirk3, May 12, 2006
Photo of crwills
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into an Erdinger weissbier glass. Oddly clear for a hefe, gold in colour, much higher carbonation than expected. Big fluffy head, good pour.

Aroma and taste are very familiar, although perfect for the style -- bananas, spices, cloves, and some yeastiness.

Wonderfully smooth mouthfeel -- the best part of drinking this beer. Minimal aftertaste, very easy to drink.

A great hefe, but to be honest I think my favourite is still local (Denison's is amazing!)

crwills, May 11, 2006
Photo of scoobybrew
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured this out of the bottle into a typical weiss bier glass. It has a light golden color with an excellent foamy head that is retained very well. The aroma is dominated by banana-smelling byproducts produced by the yeast, very inviting. It has a light banana fruity flavor with a hint of malt and almost imperceptible hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy with high carbonation. As the beer warms up a bit, the banana flavor is right out front and the smell is irresistible. Unfortunately, my full glass is empty all too quickly.

This is an outstanding wheat beer and an exceptional example of the hefeweissen style. It has a light, refreshing flavor and wonderful aroma. I first tried this from the cask while on business in Austria. I am pleased this imported bottle is very similar to the experience I remember.

scoobybrew, May 11, 2006
Photo of jaluria
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Overall, this is a terrific beer and one that probably got me hooked on wheat beers in general.

Pours a murky, yellow color with a pillow-like head that is colored white with a frothy texture. Some carbonation is apparent, but hidden by the massive head. Nice rings of lacing are left behind in my oversized wiess glass. Aromas of grains, cloves, tropical fruit, and lemons seem to come out nicely. The taste is just great; well-balanced and flavorful with hints of various tropical fruits. Grain flavors dominate; bread-like texture and taste. Spritzy and refreshing with a hint of lemon/lime cutting through in the finish. Dry and smooth with great depth making this very very easy to drink again and again.

jaluria, May 08, 2006
Photo of mcallister
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky apple cider mimiking hefe emerges from the bottle. Showing off it's gorgeous 3 inch heavanly cloud of pure white atop it.

Wheaty, banana nut bread aromas emanate from my hefe glass, with a smokey mask.

Smooth, rich, silky, mouthfeel.Tastes of banana bread, malt, some slight hop mouthfeel on the finish. Could drink these beauties all day on any nice sunny afternoon.

mcallister, May 07, 2006
Photo of artusory
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy amber body with a big white head. The aroma is banana, clove and apricots, light and fruity. The flavor is fruity, bananas and some citrus, light touch of spice, with a dry, slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Terrific stuff.

artusory, May 06, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out a cloudy gold with a huge head that seems quite fizzy, but rocky. Goes down to a 1/2" head with lacing down the side. Interestingly enough, the haze was not so much that you couldn't see the strong carbonation. Smell is tart and lemony with an adequate phenolic kick. Grainy, but just the right amount. As I let the aromas linger in my nose, I get a whiff of tart, pulpy tamarind paste. The flavors are full of lemon, banana, and clove, with an aftertaste of orange-pineapple juice. This tastes like some fruit punch. The only problem I see here is that the flavors kind of drop off in the end. Mouthfeel is light, bubbly, fluffy, and doesn't stick to my tongue too much, despite some lingering sweetness. Basically, this feels like liquid marshmallows on my tongue. A lot of people preface the drinkability of weissbier with the current weather conditions (myself included), but this would be highly drinkable in any season. Very hard to keep myself from going through this beer so quickly.

This actually lives up to the hype, unlike some of the stuff BAs go wet over.

goochpunch, May 04, 2006
Photo of evanackerman
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

well, i've been trying many hefe-weizens lately so i've been typing banana, clove, spice, and perfectly balanced a lot lately, this is no exception. simply an exceptional beer, among the easiest drinking beers i've ever tasted, great quencher. the Germans are masters of this style, please try this if you have the chance.

evanackerman, May 03, 2006
Photo of danielharper
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

A: Pours into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass with a pale yellow-orange cloudy body and a _very_ thick white foamy head that leaves significant lacing. De rigeur for a hefeweizen, almost perfect for-style.

S: Strong citrus notes, strong orange aroma and a hint of banana.

T: Similar to aroma, but with less banana and more oranges. Slight astringent aftertaste, probably due to yeast.

M: Moderate and enjoyable, but not a palate-coater the way other hefeweizens tend to be.

D: A very good, drinkable beer, but by no means my favorite hefe. I'll take Franziskaner, Paulaner, or Olde Towne before this one any day.

danielharper, May 03, 2006
Photo of bigdeuce
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hard to explain this hefeweizen. A most interesting session!! Most hefes pride themselves on the lemon/banana taste. This has almost a corny taste. It is really awesome!! I recommend it. Has a huge head, great mouthfeel, and an excellent summer session brew!

bigdeuce, May 02, 2006
Photo of WeisGuy
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - big white frothy head typical of this style, beautiful cloudy amber in color

s - fruity, yeasty aroma

t - very fruity, definitely picking up banana and some citrus

m - lots of carbonation, pretty light feeling

d - this could easily be a regular beer for me

I was very impressed with this one...it definitely lived up to the hype. I'll be enjoying this regularly from now on.

WeisGuy, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of haz77
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pour cloudy amber/orange with a billowing white head that drops down to a fingers worth quite quickly. Lively looking carbonation. Poured into a hefeweissen glass.

S - Citrus and floral smell. Some cloves and esters in there too.

T - Malts up front, then a hit of lemon, yeast and cloves. Not much in the way of hops.

M - Crisp carbonation and slightly dry. Very nice.

D - Good hefeweissen, but maybe my expectation was set too high.

haz77, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of DogFood11
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Easily managed pour although this one requires being gentle, formed a big fluffy, fizzed up head, supported by lots of fine carbonation. Usual unfiltered body, golden with a touch of copper hue towards the core. Inviting is an understatement. Bannana and a delicate soft fruitiness comes alive in the aroma.

Everything except the carbonation in this beer is so delicate, soft and so well put together it could make a man cry. It's been a while since I enjoyed a beer that joined the "elite" class in my rankings but this fits the bill...why? there is a tender clove, bananna taste that makes up the bill but it is backed by some gentle malts that truly give this the backbone that so many miss out on. Lemon makes up the finish and it cleans up remarkably well. It was the opposite of so many american wheat beers that tend to be to grained up.

Notes: A subtle beer that is easily the best hefe I've laid lips on but also in my book one of the finest offerings for any style.

DogFood11, Apr 27, 2006
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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