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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 6,931
Reviews: 2,328
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 562
Gots: 945 | FT: 15
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 01-22-2001

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Photo of kshankar
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy, hazy...golden color. Perhaps orange. Nice frothy head with good retention. Looks damn good.

Aroma: Bananas and cloves, with yeast.

Taste: Cloves and banana as well..mostly fruity. Overall pretty good in this department.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is higher, so it ends up being pretty crisp...goes down well too. Pretty refreshing, which is what many hefeweizens shoot for.

Drinkability: Succeeds in this too...the crispness and light fruit flavors result in a pretty drinkable beer. A great example of the hefeweizen style, and an amazing beer in general.

Photo of stumac
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this brew pours up a beautiful murky dulled golden color with a magnificent frothy, white head. a head the way a good head should look. also has great retentive lacing. the nose is composed of coriander, banana, slight citrus, spicy herbs, smells slightly like a Saison style. very full aromatics. the taste has notes of honey, lemon, coriander, somewhat of that barnyard characteristic again. a little bit of a dulled orange flavor as well. low carbo, medium bodied, finish is herbal and has a Champaigne-like dry but sweet taste

Photo of blackheartbilly
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Its approaching Fall as I write this, and had recently tried this beer at an Oktoberfest event. I remember liking this one best at the event so I picked up a bottle to try at home.

A: Cloudy! Hazy-golden, the head went away after the pour. With each sip, it left a great lacing on the glass.

S: Smells like bannanas, cloves and a little yeasty. I noticed that there were hints of fruit.

T: Fruity, bannanas, and heavy on the clove-like flavor. Grainy but but not overpowering on any flavor, really a great taste. No heavy after-taste.

M: Carbonation is heavy, very refreshing, especially in the festival atmosphere. Dry finish.

D: VERY drinkable, like I said I enjoyed this at an Oktoberfest and had 3 and still came in second in a shooting competition! If you like the Hefe, try this brew!


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

So I can't say the name. I can still drink it.

Perfect orange gold hefe color. Huge frothy head atop a steady flow of replenishing bubbles. Very inviting.

Straight clove smell. Can't sniff past it to anything else.

Taste of cloves. Maybe some light fruit. I can't get the banana flavor I was expecting. Heavy, heavy clove flavor.

Medium creamy body.

I'm a little underwhelmed with this beer. It's definitely good but I wouldn't call it the best hefe I've ever had. The cloves are too prominent.

Overall: good tasting drinkable hefe

Photo of gory4d
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale, cloudy straw-color with a dense, four-finger head. The smell is faint but nice: spice and fruit and some funk. The taste is bigger than you'd expect, with the requisite banana notes but also with some nice hop spice and a pleasantly bitter finish. It's just shy of too viscous, but the ample carbonation makes it fill up the mouth deliciously. Easy to drink a few, rich but quenching. A fantastic beer.

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

Cloudy yellow body with a nice white head that has decent retention. Lots of small, fast moving strands of carbonation bubbles.

Bananas. Lots of bananas in this smell along with a bready yeasty note. Pretty much like banana bread.

As expected, Taste is heavy on the banana also with a little bit of a citrus note and a slight wheat twang. A bready yeast flavor rounds out the beer. Creamy, well carbonated, feels great in the mouth.

Pretty drinkable beer; strong on the banana, but still impressive.

Photo of SimplySinister
4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A cloudy golden color. Acceptable head with moderate lacing. This beer also contains high amounts of carbonation.

S - Two words - Banana bread. Additional citrus notes linger. It truly it a powerful smelling brew as opposed to the other competing Hefeweizens.

T - A strong wheaty/bready/grainy taste with a definite banana infusion. Extremely crisp, and very refreshing. Cloves are very apparent though somewhat overshadowed by the banana.

M - Crisp and dry. High carbonation adds a fair amount of bite (enough to keep it interesting.)

D - Good drinkability. Weihenstephaner is a delicious beer and one of my favorite wheat beers. If you like wheat beers you cannot go wrong with this one, but if you are just starting out with them you might find this one a little overwhelming.

In retrospect, if you like wheat beers this one might end up being at the top of your list. Its a shame that in my area I have a rather hard time finding it, but that doesn't keep me from searching store shelves in hopes of finding it again and again.

Photo of Reino
4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- A hazy orange-gold brew with a big, triumphant white head that recedes at a gingerly pace. Such a beautiful head and color as well as nice lacing that crawls down the glass as I drink it gives me everything I'm looking for in a beers appearance.

Smell- Sweet, sweet, sweet banana and clove. Also joining the party is a bit of mild citrus, maybe lemon, and wheat earthiness. I have had this brew a few times, but just now noticed that the way the sweetness and clove pair up smells very much like sweet pumpkin pie. This fucker gets the mouth watering and ready for action.

Taste- Much like the smell: banana, clove, sweet wheat and citrus that is more orange in the taste than it was in the smell. Maybe a bit of tart apple in there, as well. There's a decent amount of pepper and alcohol heat through the finish that I love. It has to have that spice to balance out that awesome sweetness. Quite a bit like its winter brother, Vitus.

MF- Crisp, snappy carbonation with a silky smooth underbelly that is SLIGHTLY watery. That is the only thing I can find wrong with this beer, and it's barely noticeable. Otherwise, the feel is exactly what you want out of a hefe.

Drinkability- Out of this world good. One of those haunting beers that has you craving it anytime the temperature is above 70. Hell, I crave it when it's cold and rainy. It's just that good.

*Note-This review goes out to one of my family pets, Toivo. It became clear while in the middle of taking notes for this beer that he'll need to be put down. Cheers to the fat French Bichon with the Finnish name.

Photo of Jwale73
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard pint. Poured a murky yellow-orange with a quarter inch white cap; poor clarity and no lacing. Nose was pale wheat, corriander, clove and lemon zest. Taste followed nose; very muted and subdued. Mouthfeel was light in body and lively in effervescence with a clean citrus flavor lingering at the aftertaste. Incredibly easy-drinking brew and quite refreshing after a day on the beach. Unfortunately, I don't think the pint glass it was served in did it full justice.

Photo of birchstick
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - huge fluffy head, cloudy yellow. A beautiful looking beer.
S - smelled sweet and spicy
T - fresh banana with some clove spices and the mildest of hops at the end. The epitome of a hefeweizen.
MF - full and smooth; goes down very easily
D - This the best hefeweizen I have had. A lot of fresh banana, which I liked and it went down so easily...I was definitely wanting more when I finished it...

Photo of Haybeerman
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Hazy yellow-orange with a big coarse white white head that settled to about a half inch. Laced nicely. Decanted slowly and steadily. Appearance alone made this one special.

S: Very complex with hints of wheat/yeast, banana, spices and some light floral notes to balance.

T: Taste did not disappoint with banana and clove coming through clearly.

M: Medium body with nice coating of the mouth and tongue. Carbonation may have been a little more than teh beer needed.

D: Could pretty much drink this beer forever. Smooth, flavorful and clean leaving the palette ready for drink after drink.

Photo of changeup45
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a bright golden color with a huge, long-lasting, fluffy head. Aroma is light citrusy fruits, yeasty, with some malt. The beer looks good and also tastes good. The flavor is bananas, cloves, with some wheaty malts, perhaps a touch grassy, with some spices as well. Light and refreshing but a well-rounded hefe. If this isn't the best hefe I've ever had it's definitely close!

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a glowing peach color haze, a light hue for a Hefeweizen. Sediment swirls in the middle, but there isnt much of it. The massive ivory head lasts forever and leaves an intricate lacework on the glass. The aroma is full of fruit, like a banana and orange smoothie almost. Doughy pale malts and tangy wheat is also redolent in the nose. The taste is pretty much perfect for the style. Fruity yeast esters explode out of the gates with banana, citrus, bubblegum and cloves all vividly represented. Fresh wheat malt and cookie barley malt makes a perfect balance to the dense yeast flavors. Hops are modest, some sea air noble hop aroma and a mild bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is light and incredibly smooth. Carbonation bubbles are silk like consistency.

This is a fantastic wheat beer. Full of flavor and perfect for summers. You must try this beer, even if you arent a wheat beer fan.

Photo of Magpie14
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: lovely golden color with a touch of orange. Super excited about this beer and the presentation does not disappoint. Head formed nicely...and loads of it at first only to slowly dissipated.

Smell: caramel malts, wheat, lemon/fruity sweetness. Great stuff!

Taste: dry earthy flavor with a bite of lemon to it. Malt sweetness and a somewhat grainy characteristic that leads one to a dry yeast/bread flavor. Halfway thru the glass I found a slight tart finish on the tongue that kept me coming back for more. This is one of the better beers I have had in a while. Forgot to mention a slight trace of spice (almost pepper-like) bite. Sure has a lot going on!

Mouthfeel: carbonation is spot on and fits the beer well. Just great! Drinkability is also excellent. Nice, nice stuff! Make sure to get this one!

Photo of MiScusi
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

6228 stamped on back. Bottled in the 22nd week of '08.

After having this beer multiple times I have to change my overall score, which was originally 4.7. I do think it is an excellent beer but I'll have to drop it down. The mouthfeel now seems a little weak, a little undercarbonated to other hefeweizens I've had lately, and the flavor gets bored to me because no one aspect really stands out tremendously. It's still a really good beer though.


7038 stamped on the back of the bottle

A- would be a 5 if it had better head retention. The head builds up very nicely, as large as you want it, but it doesn't stick as long as it should.

S- The smell is big on wheat, but nothing huge in any one direction as far as yeast by-products go. Clove is pretty tame but there. Banana I can't really find in the aroma. It's a pretty sweet smell. I would personally like more banana, but it's good anyway.

T- Again, the great thing is the wheat is front and center, yet it's not unbalanced in the clove or banana direction. Wheat dominates and is very tasty. Maybe it's the bubblegum like flavor that combines with the wheat to give it the sweetness.

M- This is where it beats every other Hefe I've had by a mile. There plenty of carbonation but it isn't disgustingly prickly like so many other overcarbonated hefe's.

D- I think the previous sentences explain this one.

4.5 / 4 / 5 / 5 / 5

Photo of scootny
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A 500 ml bottle into my Sisson's weiss glass. A beautiful golden orange liquid clouded with yeast. A massive head rises up to three fingers and sits gently, receding to a bubbly blanket after a while. Active carbonation streams up and keeps it so while streaks of lacing decorate my glass.

Smell is fragrant and luxurious. Lemon and clove, bananas and yeast esters. Sweet wheat malt and apples. A touch of bubblegum and light fruits.

Taste is as good as it gets. Big lemon and wheat malt upfront. Banana and clove follows. Light grapeyness and spicy peppery notes. A dry clean finish the is gently hopped and barely bitter. A trace of alcohol. Light toast on the tongue remains.

Mouthfeel is perfectly summery light and bubbly. Not quite creamy but very smooth on the mouth as you just want more and more.

More and more is the way I would describe the drinkability. The abv is low enough to have quite a few and the experience will make a bad day good, a good day great!

Photo of sstackho
3.6/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle purchased from LCBO in Toronto. Pours a perfect wheat beer pour - light cloudy gold with a nice head. Nice aroma - more on the yeasty side than the banana side. The taste follow suit. A bit light, more focus on the yeast and wheat, less on the banana and clove. Some light spiciness associated with the yeast. Overall, slightly on the light side - or have my tastebuds been fried by too many weizenbocks?

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

Poured into a weizen glass from a bottle.

A - The beer poured a slightly hazy light straw, forming a thick creamy 1 inch off-white head. Light spots of lace are left on the glass.

S - Bananas and cloves are most apparent in the nose, with a strong wheat presence throughout.

T - Nice fruity notes throughout, along with a nice malty backing. Simple and extremely delicious.

M - Thicker mouthfeel than expected. Low carbonation and very smooth and clean finish.

D - Whats not to like in this beer? Great flavor and good alcohol level makes this a fantastic session ale.

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

Appearance: Golden with a huge thick head. Lots of carbonation seen rising from the bottom. Looks a little cloudy.

Smell: Malted wheat and a little spice. Also a little lemon.

Taste: Oh yea! Malted wheat, barley, and lemon.
Not bitter and just the right touch of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is great. Good aftertaste.

Drinkability: This is an immediate favorite.

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

On tap at the North End

Poured cloudy gold with a fluffy light head.

This is my gold standard for a heffe.

Smells - banannas, bread
Taste - ditto but add some cloves

Immensely drinkable. If I could find this in bottles it would be my official lawnmower beer.

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

This beer is always good

Appearance: Opaque, golden straw color. A beautiful fluffy invincible head.

Aroma: Very heavy of overripe bananas, almost candy like. The overall smell was of baked banana bread with a healthy dosing of nutmeg and clove. No real perceivable hop aroma, perhaps slightly floral. Buttery yeasty notes as well

Taste: Absent of bananas but full of wheat and more of a melon flavor and some slight clove-like spice. Absolutely wonderful.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation really fills your mouth and the bubbles seemed particularly fine (perhaps due to it being on-tap) and pricked the tongue. Each sip went down real smooth and was incredibly refreshing

Drinkability: I could drink this beer any time of the year and day. This is definitely a perfect summer beer and is fabulous with pizza

Photo of becktone
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 8-10-08

Eye: Cloudy yellow in appearance, was going to use "cloudy wheat" but I think given that this is a wheat beer the word painting done by "cloudy wheat" would be obscure or redundant. Head formation is wonderful, but retention is another matter, starts out nice, but quickly fades to an average head. After that retention of the creamy looking head is good, but with a wheat, I think it needs to be much larger. Lacing looks to be poor.

Nose: Bread, strong yeast aromas, banana, slight clove in there as well. Not much more, wouldn't expect much more either. This is classic, was able to actually smell all that without really looking for it (had to go to the kitchen and smell some ground cloves first, then look for it, but once I knew what to look for, the cloves were apparent).

Tongue: Huge wheat flavor, nice yeast esters/phenols come though just as well in the mouth as they do in the nose. Nice, simple, classic. Hops are pretty much absent in terms of flavor...ehh maybe some slight spice....

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Smooth and creamy on the palate. Much fuller than I expected for a wheat beer, still not full bodied though, but full for a wheat. Carbonation is lower, and does not seem forced as with some beers....one can just tell that it has been forced. This is much more natural feeling. This is a staple example of the style in my opinion. One that I'll much likely be picking up again and again. Nothing that wows, but just a general good example of the style.

Photo of rye726
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours a hazy golden color and has a perfect off white head. Silky lace down the glass. The nose a collection of tropical fruits, spicy herbal yeasts and bready wheat malts with delicate hops. The taste has a nice wheaty malt structure with tart tropical fruits, light hops and spicy yeasts. Delicious. Body is full yet maintains a nice crisp dry finish. I could enjoy this beer anytime.

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

This one pours a nice cloudy pale yellow with very fizzy white head. Nose is banana and clove. Taste is uber banana with plenty of clove and fantastic wheat flavor. A great texture here. mouthfeel is just about right. Drinkability is certainly top notch. A fantastic and essential example of the style. Not quite as impressive as I had expected, but still a very very very good hef. Top 5 for sure. Amazing beer.

Photo of mgp80
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy pale straw with a perfect, rich head. Tiny bubbles throughout kept coming up the entire time I drank this, and it left very fine lacing along the sides of the glass. Really attractive beer.

Smell is banana, with an unusually strong vanilla presence. Very 'fresh' and inviting.

Taste is amazing, with yeasty vanilla, banana, and canteloupe taking turns stepping forward, then melding together for a lasting finish. Every flavor is strong enough to be noticeable, but nothing overpowers.

Effervescent carbonation makes this just prickly enough to balance the creaminess in the taste, and makes this go down very easily.

The gold standard for Hefe's, as far as I'm concerned, from a brewery that deserves every bit of praise it gets.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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