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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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6,929 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,929
Reviews: 2,327
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 562
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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 SpruceFish
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- not as cloudy as i would like for a hefe

S- wow not this beer smells amazing orange peel coriander lots of fruity (banana) esters

T- nice and wheaty obviously orange peal again and banana

M- great perfect carbonation light on the palate

D- outstanding i could have a couple of these great for a hot day

Photo of Buschyfor3
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

20oz on tap at Rich O's Public House in New Albany.

A: Just as sexy as before, a deep, hazy golden body with a super large, creamy white head.

S: On tap, the fruity, banana aroma is intensified, so much so that you can catch a whiff of bananas from across the table. Oh man this hefe is fresh and it smells awesome! I can still pick out the spicy notes from cloves and citrus rinds underneat the banana, and there is also a yeasty, bready aroma that begins to peak through the sweetness.

T: Huge, fruity sweetness up front (again bananas, oranges, lemons). My friend who tasted this on tap swore that he was tasting a hint of orange juice. This sweetness is followed by a mellowing spiciness from the cloves. Then the malts and bready notes kick in and round out the finish.

M: The carbonation off the tap is solid, creating a crisp, effervescent mouthfeel that goes down with velvety smoothness.

D: This beer is heavenly. A pleasing and complex balance of fruit, spice and wheat flavors married to a low ABV make this weizen an absolute treat to enjoy. The ideal summer beer - and really, a supremely drinkable beer for any occasion.

Hands down, this is my favorite German beer. From a bottle - as it is relatively easy to find around here - it is fantastic hefeweizen. But when you can find it on tap - oh! Absolutely sublime, on an entirely other level. Weihenstephaner is often bragged about as the pinnacle of German weizens - one taste will tell you why. Highly recommended.

Photo of washburnkid
3.87/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a .5L weizen glass.

A: Big four fingers of frothy white head that seems to grow out of the weizen glass. Brew is ever so slightly hazy golden.
S: Spices of mostly clove. Heavy wheat that already makes my mouth water. Citrus zest cuts through, but the spice is really dominating the nose.
T/M: Banana, spices (again, the cloves), and wheat flavors. Mouthfeel is light, and not as crisp as I want from a hefeweizen (despite my decent pour). Bitter hops are present to balance, and the sip ends dryly.
D: Not my favorite Hefe in the world, but not bad either. I thought it was a little undercarbonated, but refreshing and spicy nonetheless.

Photo of PTB25
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - Beautiful. I can't believe how fluffy the head is at about 4 fingers. I wanted to turn into a little dude and go sledding on it. Beer is golden-orange and perfectly hazy.

S - Citrus and banana. Not overly fragrant, but a very nice aroma

T - Lemon, orange, cloves, spice - what I expected, in a great way. Perfectly balanced.

M - Excellent. Sticks around just long enough to enjoy the great flavor, then it's gone, and you want more.

D - very high. I could drink this all day.

Overall, a great beer. Lives up to the hype. The best hefe I have had.

Photo of hardy008
4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden orange color with a white foamy 3 finger head with nice retention. Leaves a sticky lace.

Smell- lemon and oranges. Light spice.

Taste - Lemon, oranges, banana and coriander. Mildly sweet, nice spice flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, medium to heavy carbonation. Finishes somewhat dry.

Drinkable - Very drinkable, I absolutely love this beer, and the style.

Photo of philbe311
3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Mammoth head off of a standard pour... The crater like head is pure white and made up of various size chunky bubbles... Stellar retention... Good stickiness... The color is pale golden yellow... Faint orange hue... Hazy...

S - Lemon zest... Clove... Coriander... Mint... Grainy... Yeast... Banana... Orange... Faint peppery notes...

T - Taste was far more subdued than I would have expected based both on the nose and reputation of this beer... Textbook Hefeweizen with well balanced hints of banana, citrus, wheat, and yeast... The spiciness is much weaker than the nose would lead you to believe though faint clove and peppery notes can be detected...

M - Light bodied... Slightly creamy... Perfect amount of carbonation on the tongue (more than a little, but not too much)... Exceptionally crisp... Refreshing and smooth...

D - Very easy drinking... Accessible... Sessionable... Stellar in all areas but taste... The taste is better than average, but doesn't live up to the other categories which are at an all-star caliber...

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a fluted pilsner glass at the Saltwater Grille in Litchfield, Conn.

A: Poured a vibrant golden yellow color with turned cloudy and yellow-orange when the bottle yeast was swirled and added. A nice, white two-finger head of sticky, pillowy foam formed and a left beautiful lace.

S: Smells faintly sweet and citrusy, with hints of lemon peel, coriander, and fruity esters. There's also a mellow, herbal yeasty twang added to the wheat bread smell. Bits of spices make themselves known in the way of clove, white pepper and mint.

T: The taste is spot on German Hefeweizen. A great, smooth semisweet and dry malty mouthful of lightly toasted malts and citrus flavors. A bit of that classic banana, mint and clove flavor make their way through the orange peel and citrus taste. Bitterness is low, yet herbal hops make themselves known. The finish is sweet and dry, with a lingering spicy malt flavor and a wheaty yeast tang.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp and refreshing. Yeast adds just a hint of chewiness to the body.

D: An all day every day weissbier. This is the benchmark for the style, as far as I'm concerned. Easily sessionable, a must have on a warm day outdoors, and it paired really nicely with my creole shrimp simmer as well.

Weihenstephaner has really caught my attention and is likely my German brewer of choice from now on. Seek this one out, and you will not be disappointed.

Photo of cpmau11
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall weizen glass. Big bright white head, probably close to two full inches. Lightly cloudy amber body. Strong wheat aroma with heavy phenolic character. Extremely smooth with a robust banana clove flavor. Taste similar to Schneider Weiss but slightly different. Very refreshing mouthfeel that balances the palate with a slightly hoppy finish. Exceptional drinkability.

Overall, I've also heard a lot about this beer before trying it out. It definitely holds up its reputations as one of the best bavarian hefeweizens out there.

Photo of drink1121
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

High expectations for this beer from reading other BA reviews on it. Nice light light amber color with thin head. No Lacing at all.

S - Orange, some other spice

T- Whoa, heavy for a Heife. Wow, this beer was spicy, bot hot at all. Just full of flvaor and spice.

M - Good carbonation

D - I could have a few of these, but not a ton because o the full flavor. Good on a spring day.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my half liter hefe glass. Appears a cloudy golden yellow color with over two fingers of fluffy almost pure white head. A nearly perfect pour. Smells and tastes of the usual hefe spicy, peppery yeast, clove and banana, with a touch of citrus (maybe lemon) sourness. A notch above medium in both body and carbonation. Although I prefer a hefe with more of a dominant citrus kick as opposed to the banana, clove, etc., this went down quickly and easily.

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

Wow! Pours a cloudy golden harvest amber color with an absolutely HUGE stiff white head that fades slowly, leaving solid patterns of Belgian lacing behind it. The smell is great too. Classic yeasty, banana, clove and pears. Visibly effervescent, the mouth feel is medium bodied, refreshing and creamy with a bright tangy tingle that finishes pretty dry. Full flavored, the yeasty nature, harvest fruit and spicy tastes prevail and linger gently. At 5.4% ABV, this one is a solid drinker. Wheat-based beers tend to stay with me, otherwise I'd choose to enjoy another. Highly recommended.

Photo of carp420
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from the bottle into Weihenstephaner weizen glass

this hazy golden brew looks like the top of a lazy golden wheat field just blowing in the wind, awesome foamy head that climbs out of the glass, decent head retention for a minute with some lacing

smells of citrus and flora, mainly banana, lemon, oranges, then some spices and maybe some cloves, nice yeasty smell that comes along with the style.

explodes on the pallet, lot of banana and spices, lemon and yeast, just an overall great wheat beer

the carbonation may be the one drawback to this beer, it's just a little too much from the get go, but it's not too bad and goes away somewhat with warmth.

i can see myself drinking alot of this on a hot day, or just anytime really, an original and staple in the fridge.

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

4.0 A: Hazy golden yellow color. Two fingers of dense head with excellent retention and moderate lacing.

4.5 S: Tons of banana esters and peppery spice. Perhaps there is some clove in there, but I'm not picking much up. Something along the lines of lemon as well.

3.5 T: Really crisp and refreshing, but I find it rather bland. I don't know where everyone is getting bursts of flavor from. The flavors of the nose are back again, but really subdued. This, not a bad brew.

5.0 M: Insanely smooth. Frothy and something like creamy, though not actually creamy. Simply wonderful feel.

4.5 D: Mouthfeel is awesome, smell is awesome, appearance is good enough. Only thing holding back this brew is the lack of stronger flavors.

Photo of Liverpool08
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW! I was blown away by this. Had on tap at the Publik House in Brookline. I always knew I liked a good Hefe, but this goes to a whole other level.
What a great pour, Big soft white head,with a orange cloudy color. Big smells of wheat, bread, orange, and other citrus. The taste is even better. Bready with vanilla, cloves and orange accents. Such a smooth crisp feel in the mouth.
This just begs to drink more than one. This has got to be the best in the class for this style!

Photo of Infamous7100
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When you talk about Hefe's, you have to start here. Thanks to the Party Source in Bellevue, Ky for turning me onto this one. Liquid gold in a glass!
A: Pours a goldenrod color with a thick, rocky, 3 finger head into my pint glass.
S: Tons of wheat (naturally) right up front, but I get some orange, lemon and banana as well. A little bit of the alcohol comes through.
T: At the front, I'm getting a lot of the malty sweetness and a bit of bread flavor. Towards the middle and back, the lemony, citrusy flavors peek through. That's where the alcohol is most noticable.
M: Thick but crisp. Minimal alcohol hang after swallowing. Leaves a pleasant flavor on the tongue.
D: Very refreshing. You feel obligated to have another. The smoothness and crispness lends themselves to the sessionability of this beer.

Go out and get some. Perfect for the spring and summer.

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

pour this out into a glass with a date of 24.10.09 this beer started in 1040? wow, that is some time ago !

Appearance: foggy orange color weather with a slight mist, i`m here with a white foamy head running shoes that decreases to a small sheet that sits on top of the pavement likes to loiterer and waits for the gun ;there off.

Smell:some fruitiness like citrus ,lemon,lime and peach running along side; whats that, its malt and yeast there keeping pace ,and staying with the pack.

Taste:the flavor is looking good and in shape for this marathon,they must have been eating good fruits and working out with malt and yeast even water is there ,though blends in with the mob but yeast got some spice to it ,this is a great race .

Mouthfeel: this has been a smooth race so far and all the flavors leaving a silky feel with no trip ups or falls . spicey yeast,and a tad bit sour are given some a dry satisfing finish.

Drinkability: who came in first ? who came in second ,weihenstephaner! is one of the best runners around, what do you think about your performance? (weihenstephaner) "i`ve been doing this for along time and i feel confident,i can do this style better then anyone. "

Photo of youngblood
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy orange color, billowing white head on top. Smells like crazy bananas and lemons. Very nice, good start here.

The dirty (as in dirt, as opposed to not clean) malted wheat and barley comes up first, very powerful grain flavors here. There is a bit of a nutty flavor here as well as some nice fruit. Getting some spice, but I can't place it. Very refreshing. Very light on the tongue and extremly drinkable.

Photo of citan133
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a thick lacy head that goes away pretty quickly. Smells of some type of fruit, I'm leaning toward a banana. Smells kind of like some tripels I've had. Nice flavor, kind of sweet, the way a hefeweizen should be. Definitely some banana on the tongue, a little grain flavor, very nice almost silky in the way it leaves your mouth. Goes down easy with just enough to keep you wanting to go back for more. Pretty much a picture-perfect German hefe. I couldn't ask for much more when it comes to this style. Great session beer, though its also doing pretty damn well by itself right now.

Photo of tronester
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden amber with a massive white head. Not much lacing is left and the head dies away pretty quickly. Smell is quite phenolic, with a hint of grain. Taste is quite mild, estery, a slight twang from the wheat. Nice sweetness. The yeast flavors aren't as prevalent as in other Hefeweizen beers, though this isnt necessarily a bad thing. Mouthfeel is smooth, very high carbonation that is to style. Drinkability is great, the entire .5 liter bottle goes quickly. A very good beer, I will definately look for this again when in the mood for a German Hefeweizen in the future. Seems to be becoming a cult classic.

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

Pours a hazy golden color with a great off white head that lasts the entire glass. I had a definite sense that banana scents were present, along with spices and citrus and bread. Tastes very sweet and wheaty. This drink is super refreshing, I had it with some bbq pork which is an excellent combination. Mouthfeel is light without being unsubstantial. Drinkability through the roof, great beer.

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

poured a typical hazy yellow hefe color with a huge white head that lasted forever and left nice lacing
smell is lots of banana and a hint of clove
taste is huge banana
mouthfeel was medium to light, you could see carbonation but not feel it on the tongue
drinkability is perfect and most likely the fresher the better

Photo of DannyS
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass, poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - Lovely cloudy medium amber with a big, fluffy, resilient head. Leaves good stretches of lacing.

S - Loads of banana, wheat, and fruity/citric sweetness on the nose.

T - Rich, slightly sweet, slightly tangy. Very upfront with full-bodied bready flavor, complimented by banana and just a hint of spice. Finishes really clean.

M - Quite fizzy and mild to medium in body. Appropriate, to say the least.

D - Excellent for sessioning, with the only drawback being that it's pretty filling. Otherwise, a greatly drinkable brew.

Overall - I completely understand why this is considered one of the best hefes in the world. Amazingly aromatic with its banana character, with just enough twang to balance it out. I freakin' love it!

Photo of PhilfromPA
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Good head and retention, slightly cloudy light golden color

S- Bananas, spices, wheat

T- At first bananas, bread & spices, wheat, finishes sweet and fairly crisp

M - Medium bodied with a kick from the carbonation, slightly creamy

D- Highly drinkable, very refreshing and light while maintaining its great blend of tastes

Photo of johnmichael712
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured out of a 16 oz bottle into a Paulaner weizen glass. There is no freshness date on the bottle, but there is a batch code (4398). This beer pours an orangy-gold color that is exceptionally murky once the yeast sediment is added and is crowned by the typical enormous weizen head. The head is a pale white color and has a wonderful mousse-like texture that is supplemented by a torrent of small carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. As the head falls it takes on a rocky appearance, and it eventually fades to a one finger ring that stays atop the beer throughout the drinking experience. A moderate amount of Belgian lace is present on the sides of glass.

Smell: The nose of this beer is exceptionally spicy and has a strong amount of phenol aroma in the form of cloves. There is also a heavy does of banana esters along with a citrusy tartness that smells like lemon zest or bitter orange peel.

Taste: This beer starts out with a strong banana flavor that would make it perfect for anyone with a pet monkey. This moves to a sharp clove spiciness and big notes of malted barley and wheat along with a bread-like yeast flavor. The beer eventually fades with a bit of a cracker-like malt flavor along with a very light and sweet bubblegum taste that supplements the dry finish. There is no hop flavor to speak of and no real hop bitterness in the finish. This is one excellently balanced, yet flavorful, hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, especially for a hefeweizen, and is one of the biggest bodies in a wheat beer I've had to date. Once the yeast is added to the glass the body seems even bigger, so make sure to swirl around the last few drops in the bottle and add them to the beer. This beer has a creamy sort of mouthfeel thanks to the wheat, and a light finish with heavy carbonation.

Drinkability: I think that hefeweizens are one of the most drinkable styles out there, and Weihenstephaner's Hefeweissbier is no exception. This is an incredibly spicy, fruity, and refreshing beer, and goes wonderfully with warm weather and good friends.

Notes: This is the best hefeweizen that I've had so far. Other breweries' renditions are good, but if you're a wheat beer lover and you haven't treated yourself to Weihenstephaner's version, you owe it to yourself to try this gem from the "oldest brewery in the world". Definitely something I'll be buying again as summer approaches, and a great beer for opening people up to the world of craft beer.

Photo of hophead247
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into an imperial pint glass..Pours a slightly hazy golden-yellow with a huge lasting fluffy white head with very nice lacing. Aroma of cloves and banana...MMM...A nice note of bread I found in the scent as well. The taste was truly exceptional...that clove and banana flavor once again, followed by nice dry bread, yeast, wheat flavors. The beer was carbonated just a tad too much in my opinion, but i wasn't complaining. This Hef instantly became my favorite years ago when I first tried it, and it remains my #1 today

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,929 ratings.