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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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6,641 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,641
Reviews: 2,271
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 510
Gots: 738 | 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 bluejacket74
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a weizen glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with a huge puffy white head. The head sticks around for a real long time. It smells like banana, cloves, lemon and wheat/yeast, very nice. Taste is pretty much the same as the smell, but with a bit of hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is light/medium with good carbonation, a very clean, crisp and smooth brew. Drinkability is very good too, it's a good sessionable beer for anytime but especially refreshing on a hot day. Definitely recommended, I think it's a great beer.

bluejacket74, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of Maerzen
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer. I'm getting to like hefeweizen more and more.

A - Gold and slightly opaque. What is so impressive is the foam. Over an inch of foam that just stood there, and stood there...and stood there. Fantastic. Even after having a few sips there is still foam.

S - Banana, clove.

T - More banana with hint of hops

M - Just a tad over carbonated - probably what makes such great foam.

D - Very good any time of year.

Maerzen, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance, probably helped by pouring it into it's own glass, is quite appealing. a glowing, hazy straw/light apricot with a big, thick white head, the ridges on the inner part of the glass surely helped in this respect. fresh baked yeasty bread dominated the nose along with some lemony notes and a faint spiciness. taste is a well-balanced interplay between the lightly sweet wheat and malts and a slightly spicy crispness. hop bitterness quite muted as expected. medium bodied with a chewy mouthfeel. these classic german hefes make me want to gnash my teeth like a 13 year old on x for some reason. not that it's a bad feeling, what would i know. a very drinkable and sessionable beer for the summer.

MrMcGibblets, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of srrn
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great looking cloudy straw yellow beer that I poured a bit to conservatively, as this usually has billowing carbonation. Smells of banana, clove citrus/lemongrass.

Extraordinary taste, crisp an clean, tastes as it smells, cloves first, then banana then citrus in the finish.

Perfect carbonation and mouthfeel for the style. A great beer, and perfect paired with pizza IMO. Had this at the brewery in 1980, I wanna go back!

srrn, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Weihenstephaner Invitational was kicked off by its kristallweizen, and now its unfiltered version is the second contestant to be sampled. For this one, I'm going to review it in my backyard on this warm evening. On to the beer:

I saved the Weihenstephaner glass that came along in my gift pack for this specific beer. Awesome appearance with its huge billowy head and semi-cloudy body. Smell is soft and pleasant with apricot, a touch of gum, and wheat. The yeast doesn't overpower the flavor but is rather mixed with the wheat. There's some clove, fruit, and a subtle spice. Very smooth going down, and easily quaffable.

Wei's hefeweizen gives a nice performance to overtake for te early lead. The "Original" will be next in line here...

DoubleJ, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the most drinkable hefe's I've had, but not the most flavorful. It started with a sweet, spicy aroma, but taste is too mellow, not rich enough, just sweet and bready with a bit of spice. I remembered this being better on tap, so maybe that's the way to go. But for my money, the best Hefe to get is the Ayinger followed by non-skunky Franziskaner.

tempest, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of rohrbachsfan
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow with a tall foamy head. The head lasted a long time. Afterwards the glass was left with lacing.

Smell: Grain and malt.

Taste: Wheat malt and clove spice.

Mouthfeel: Creamy with crisp carbonation

Drinkability: Superb example of a Hefeweizen. Don’t think you could drink a better example. Highly recommend this.

rohrbachsfan, Jun 11, 2007
Photo of Stephen63
4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Superb almost creamy head with misty body. Head retention excellent.

S - Wheat, cloves and fruits with banana and lemon noticeable.

T - Delightful, spicy cloves and mild citrus.

M - Incredibly smooth carbonation and softness on the palate.

D - Gimme more!

One damned fine beer... period!

Stephen63, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a light gold yelloworange / hazy yeast / mild-moderate carbonation and head

Quite tart and creamy powdery wheat / floral spicy hops

Bitter with slight metallic flare / creamy and powdery wheat / tart, floral, and spicy hops / balanced / spicy cool herbalness / nice banana esters are light and tasty / yeasty really adds a nice taste / finishes a little dry

Punchy carbonation and a smooth medium bodied feel

Good. Taste grows on me, my drinkability assessment went from a 3.5 to a 4, then to a 5 near the end. It is subtle and layered, but well balanced and very nice.

MrHungryMonkey, Jun 04, 2007
Photo of maddogruss
3.63/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this in a 750 mL bottle at the Cloverleaf Tavern. Had a dark, orange-amber body with a white head. Pretty quick retention overall but it slowed to a very nice lacing that stuck with the beer. The smell was a little malty and fruitty; banana esters were fairly present. A very nice, smooth taste with banaa esters very present. A fairly fruitty taste overall that was quite refreshing. A decent, full-bodied beer; nothing too thick and quite refreshing. As a fan of Hefe Weizen's, this is one of my favorites. I could drink this all day long. The brewery has been around since 1040 and they have been following the clean brewing rule of 1532 or something to that nature, which gives it a bit of history and, to me, enhances the beer overall. Solid beer and highly recommended.

maddogruss, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of gmcfarre
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 1pt .9oz bottle into Franziskaner Weissbier glass

A - Pours a gorgeous hazy straw color with a proper 2 inch head that gets slightly rocky as it fades into memory. Head stays at about 1/4 inch with moderate lacing.

S - Very nice banana and clove scents with clever wheat malt (of course). Tart apple and added spice give this a very pleasant nose, and for perhaps the first time I can actually pick out the bubblegum scent in a weissbier.

T - Starts off with a nice bubblegum and banana taste that transitions to the wheat malt body of the beer. Unfortunately, things get less interesting at this point, as the body gets a little too watery for my tastes. Finish consists of a slightly bitter and tart mouthcoating effect.

M - Moderate carbonation for the style kicks things off, with a watery and smooth middle and drying finish.

D - Not quite the godsend that I had anticipated, but still a top-tier german hefe weizen. Will certainly revisit in the future and if I can find it I will certainly be tempted to indulge on a summer day. Alcohol is hardly noticeable in taste or effect, making this an easy drinking beer.

gmcfarre, Jun 01, 2007
Photo of bunnyhustle
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled from 16.9 oz bottle with no 'best buy' date. Pours murky-orange, almost copperish with thick, frothy head. Head stays throughout most of the beer. Earthy wheat smell with hint of bananas/citrus though not as strong as many other hefe's. Taste is great, light carbonation leads to a slightly creamy feel (slightly being the key word). Light to medium mouthfeel leaves you wanting another taste. Goes down easily. Although this is not my favorite hefe, this is a great beer and one of my top 3-4 hefe's.

bunnyhustle, May 31, 2007
Photo of philberinghele
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wear Leiderhozen
Germans frolic in summer
drink and be merry

This is some good hefe weisse beer. I don't know if I prefer it to Ayinger which has a banana smell/taste that I find superior to Weihenstephaner. Nevertheless, I think this one has a lighter body with a more wheaty taste, making it a solid deutsch beer in its own right. Deutschland Uber Alles!

philberinghele, May 31, 2007
Photo of biegaman
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier has the colour of grapefruit skin and a beaming, summery complexion. Its golden radiance is etched over with a natural haze that results from the high protein content of wheat and leaving the beer unfiltered; curiously, it hardly obstructs visibility and its shine is unceasing. Bubbles are constantly in motion. Its head is feathery and fluffy and its lacing gooey and gunky.

The aroma is ambrosial and appetizing, a well-spiced yeasty concoction that is jammed packed to the brim with clove-like phenols and fruity esters. It has a light airiness to it, gently titillating the senses while savory spices hover and banana esters flutter. There is a hint of citrusy tartness, herbs, freshly baked bread and plenty of luscious vanilla. It's a vanilla-banana split!

Weihenstephaner would not have succeeded as the world's oldest brewery if it didn't make tasty beers. This weissbier is likely to be among (if not, the) most flavourful weizen you'll ever taste. It has an untypically high dosage of vanilla, a drop of lemony citrus, a teaspoon of honey, nutty pastry, fresh baked bread sprinkled in zesty spices and savory herbs.

I really can't think of a more refreshing beer. I don't know that there is anything else I'd prefer on hot, sunny days. The beer is gratifyingly refreshing and loaded with full-bodied flavour. It has effervescence and substance. It has a spritzy carbonation but is also remarkably fluffy and creamy. The light peppery spice, the subtle herbal quality and the full-on fruitiness all blend wonderfully.

I say the following with full disclaimer that it may just be my own opinion: Weihenstephaner Hefe-Weissbier is the best wheat beer. Ever. I'm not normally one to make claims like that and I generally don't believe that such an assessment can truly be made. However, this beer is so wonderfully formulated that I still can't help but hold it as the benchmark for every other wheat beer.

biegaman, May 30, 2007
Photo of jim102864
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of the many discoveries I experienced at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA recently (a must if you're in the Atlanta area. This one was described as "widely considered the best hefe weizen in the world." Let's find out.

The appearance of this lovey Hefeweissbier which was served in proper glassware, a tall, hour glass shaped glass with the name and coat of arms design adorning it, was cloudy with a golden yellow hue. There was some lace that draped the glass, but no more than what would be expected for the style.

The aroma is light, but I could discern notes of cirtusy fruit such as oranges and nectarines and even lemon zest. Oddly, there was evidence of vanilla as well.

The taste is as fruity as the aroma, but in a subtle way, Very citrusy and crisp and so clean in the finish.

The mouthfeel is a crisp, citrusy delight as the brew hugs the tongue for a flash then finishes clean and refreshing like a good hefe should.

This is a solid hefe weizen that marries well with the hot spring/summer of Atlanta. Worth the investment.

jim102864, May 28, 2007
Photo of dcteas17
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a weizen glass. Color is a golden yellow with notable cloudiness and visible yeast in the bottom of the bottle (poured into the glass, of course). Head is very big, slightly sticky, and white. No lemon added.

Smells of ground wheat with whisps of banana odor and a very slight ester.

Taste starts out with a strong wheat and fades to a more malty flavor, with evident elements of citrus, banana, and cloves.

Mouthfeel is medium weight with lots of carbonation as expected in this type, and a nice smoothness at the end. The initial "hit" of the carbonation and wheat is very refreshing, and the barley notes ensure a finish that's not too harsh.

Many say that this (and other hefeweizens) is a beer for the hot summer afternoon. I could drink it all day, all year round. Absolutely delicious; light but flavorful. By far the best of its breed.

dcteas17, May 26, 2007
Photo of kellyst
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy yellow. Nice banana and citrusy aroma. First taste is sharp wheat, which becomes less noticeable as I progress. Banana and clove tastes are apparent. Starts creamy, but finishes surprisingly thin, which is more noticeable as the beer warms. I could drink these all day during the summer.

kellyst, May 23, 2007
Photo of BladeRunner
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


So, it has been over a year since my review and I've had many tastings of this fine brew after the fact.

This is hands down one of my favorite beers overall. I just can't get over the yeast contributed aromas and flavors. This is not just a great summertime brew, but a beer that can be appreciated all year long.

I have edited my overall score at a slightly higher rating.

Poured into a 25oz mug.

This beer pours a cloudy pale orange, with a foamy white head.

You do smell some wheat and slight lemony zest.

The taste is very crisp with a nice carbonated attack. No bitterness at all, I definatley taste some cloves and a slight lemon twist.

Mouthfeel is very refreashing and balanced. Good enough carbonation to tingle the tongue, with 0 bitterness in the back of the mouth.

I could drink this all day. It's alcohol % isn't too high, so you can get away with drinking this beer with some authority. I highly recommend you use a big mug.

BladeRunner, May 23, 2007
Photo of ski271
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Zeno’s in State College. A- Light, cloudy orange-gold with a small, creamy, white head, slowly diminishing to a film. S- Fruit (mostly berry), clove, nutmeg, coriander and banana. T- similar to nose, but more clove, less berry, at least until the finish. M- Medium body, creamy texture turning dry on the finish, low carbonation, and slightly astringent. D- Fruity and refreshing. Nothing out of the ordinary, good representation of the style. Worth a try.

ski271, May 20, 2007
Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Did I buy a case of this last year?
Yes I did. And it disappeared in 2 weeks.

Residual clove in the aftertaste that is a big asset. Nice aroma of clove and bubblegum, encourages one to drink. Smooth carbonation and supreme sessionability, especially on tap. The taste is full-on wheat, with spicy clove and yeast esters bringing up the rear. Check out this stellar Hefe, on tap it is even more tempting....

emerge077, May 20, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy orange-amber color with massive sticky white puffy head.
smell is a mixture of bananas, citrus and spices (cloves)
Taste also blends the bananas and spices in the perfect proportion.
Nice and creamy in the mouth with great taste retention.
Very easy to drink. great example of the style. The perfect summer afternoon beer.

tgbljb, May 20, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a bright pale golden amber with a big frothy white head. Very slight haze kept it from being completely clear, nice carbonation. No lace.

S - Smell was light, very grainey with lots of yeast evident. Nice hints of cereal and malts, classic pilsner/german light lager/ hefe araoma. Very nice and was a very welcoming smell.

M & T - First impression was very light, frothy feel. Lots of subtle hints of mainly grains, and euro hops mixed in. Almost a burnt cereal type back to it and a nice caramel maltness. As it warmed some hints of fruit and spice, banana in the backround. Feel was great, with awesome carbonation.

D - Overall this was really a great session beer for a hot day. Very flavorful and really just awesome tones. Highly recommneded.

mikesgroove, May 19, 2007
Photo of jeffjfindley
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cloudy blonde, I've found the head on these to be inconsistent, otherwise I'd throw it a 4.5. Smell is rich with malt and bananas. Taste is banana-centric and absolutely superb, with a very refreshing hop presence, a lot more than most of this style. Mouthfeel could not be better, crisp and refreshing, smooth and malty at once with a fantastic lingering finish. This is the definition of drinkability, and I don't even like Hefeweizens that much. I suppose after 1,000 years they should have figured some shit out.

jeffjfindley, May 18, 2007
Photo of cpn920
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance was a dull orange with a head that dissipated during the consumption. The smell that I noticed was mostly yeast with a hint of fruit. Taste was very good. Tasted like yeast with banana and cloves. The mouthfeel was one of subtle carbonation and fairly thick for a Hefe. It was a refreshing beer that I could drink several of

cpn920, May 18, 2007
Photo of Bitterbill
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this in a trade with jwc215, thanks Joe!

This pours from 0.5L bottle a cloudy light gold with a large head of foam that dissipates quickly but there's a few spotty islands that stay for the entire session and it has some lacing.

The smell is a nice mix of wheat, yeast, and fruit, mainly apricot.

The taste on first sip is very nice. I can taste good yeast and wheat flavours along with clove and some fruits...banana and apricot. There's some sourness there as well, most notable up front after a few more sips. The finish is pretty strong on the clove and I'm loving it. The body is medium as is the carbonation. Very, very drinkable. I'll have to see if I can pick some up the next time I get to Colorado. Yeah, it's so worth seeking out.

Bottom line: This stuff is *great*! Best Hefe Weizen I've ever had!

Bitterbill, May 15, 2007
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,641 ratings.