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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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6,843 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,843
Reviews: 2,310
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 541
Gots: 873 | FT: 15
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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 RomanW70
3.35/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy orange with a hige frothy head. Aroma of banana, citrus, grass, and yeast. Smooth flavor with a pungent finish. Honestly, not quite as much flavor as I was hoping for. I've had this before and have found it to be tastier. I bought the bottle at a store that's not a "beer" store, so this might have been sitting on the shelf for a while. Will re-rate with another bottle.

Photo of baggio
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle@home

A: Orange/yellow and very murky. Nice large, white, head.

S: Cloves, Banana, Wheat.

T: Citric notes, Banana, Cloves, Bread, Minerals.

M: Liquid is quite thin but very smooth and crisp. Heavy carbonation.

This is one of the best hefe-weiss in the world and that's all there is to it. I keep coming back to this one every summer and so should you :) Go try now!

Photo of ryrust5301
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a weizen glass. Said to be maybe the best Hefe in the world. Lets see how it holds up.

Appearance - A hazy orangish gold color. Beautiful head which came to a monster three fingers. Head is a creamy, clumpy, cloudy looking white. Thick lacing all around the glass as the head subsided.

Smell - Chocked full of banana and lemon. Very deep malt smell, and whiffs of wheat are present.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Awesome creaminess up front. Banana and lemon comes through behind the creamy malts. Wheat and cloves help to balance this one out in a beautiful way. Very crisp, lite, and refreshing.

Drinkability - Picked this one up in Chicago, and have anxiously been waiting to crack it open. I love hefe-weizens in the spring, and have relied on Paulaner which is fantastic, and available here in Louisiana. This is a masterful stab at a hefe-weizen. If it were available here, I would cherish it all spring long.

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

16.9oz.slender brown bottle, poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a nice foamy white two finger head. Beautiful carbonation.

S:A nice wheat smell. Some clove and light fruitiness. A very soft nose. Very enjoyable.

T/M: A wonderful mix of every enjoyable ingredient in a traditional hefeweizen. Very crisp and refreshing taste. A soft hop taste and slight fruitiness. The best I've ever tasted

D: Hands down the best hefeweizen that i've ever had. It is the perfect blend of ingredients. If I had access to this locally it would be in my fridge all year round. If you like hefeweizens it's a must try!

Photo of Ch1mpy
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an unclear pale orange colour. Large amounts of an off-white head that sinks away relatively quickly.

Sweet, complex smell. Perhaps not as much banana in this as in some other hefe-weissens I have sampled lately, like for instance the Paulaner. Other elements in the nose are cloves and, of course, wheat.

Dry taste, carboration is medium, perhaps more intense than in the Franziskaner, but less than in the Paulaner. Taste is dominated by wheat aromas accompanied by cloves and citrus fruits

Feels very good in the mouth. A smooth feeling that ends with a little sting. Very drinkable.

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

16.9oz. tall, slender brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Pours a hazy pale straw yellow, very pretty. A very large pearly white head forms and holds tight. A perpetual steam of tiny carbonation bubbles keeps it up. Nice lacing throughout.

S: Very nice. Pleasantly subtle wheat, banana, clove, yeasty esters... just right. Not overpowering as most Hefeweizen seem to be, IMO. Just nice and soft.

T/M: Again, very soft on the palate but you can still taste everything. The malts add a touch of sweetness to balance out the delicate hops and yeast. Body is light, crisp, and very refreshing. The constant flow of carbonation keeps things alive light on the palate.

D: This is probably the only Hefeweizen that I'll drink on any kind of basis. Drinkability is obsurd. Perfect for summer. An outstanding beer.

Photo of JonathanL7890
4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a 2 finger head into my pint glass (I know I should've used my weizen glass, but I have to hand wash that)...
Head dissipated in about 1 minute. Color is straw, slightly cloudy, I even dumped all the yeast into the glass.
Smell: cloves , what else can I say. Kind of like standing in a field of cloves.
Taste: very clovey, some dryness in the back of the mouth. A tad of sweetness trying to get out but the carbonation keeps it back.
Mouthfeel: Another 5. creamy very nice.
Drinkability : that's what these beers are made for.
This is a very nice beer which showcases Weihenstephan's amazing hefe yeast. Perfectly done.

Photo of 0110x011
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a pale straw yellow into a weizen glass. Huge head lasts and lasts. Nose is banana, clove, citrus, and cherry. Banana, clove, bread, pear, and sweet fruit on the tongue. Mouthfeel is light, smooth, and creamy.

Complex, mild, and creamy, the drinkability is unreal. Possibly the best session beer I've ever had. Stellar!

Photo of usmittymc
3.65/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Tucher Weissen Glass from a 12 oz bottle. "8068" stamped on the back label.

A: Hazy golden straw color. Rocky snow white head that maxes out at 2.5 fingers. Disipates to thin cap. Not much lacing.

S: Clove, mild fruitiness, an earthy aroma present in the background.

T: Spicy sweet clove, banana, apricot flavors. Sweetness lingers in the mouth.

M: Light and refreshing, just as it should be.

D: Easy to throw back a couple, but the sweetness becomes cloying with time.

Photo of Natural510
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

16.9 oz bottle.
Pours a pale, slightly cloudy golden color with an enormous amount of creamy head which does not dissipate except to release a few large bubbles. What is left resembles soft cotton.
Smells sour, citric & spicy with the trademark banana-wheat aroma of a hefeweiss. Even more powerful than most German versions of the variety (which tend to be very fragrent).
Flavors are very pronunced but surprisingly smooth. There is a sourness to it, but not as bitingly sharp as others of the variety. Banana/clove is there, as well as yeast, wheat & citric acid. Everything is well-balanced as it is lively on the tongue, but smooth on the palate as it goes down.
Carbonation remains throughout and the mouth is left tingling with the yeast, hop & spicy elements of the brew.
All I can say is, Wow. I love a good German weissbier and this is the best I've had yet, even moreso than my previous favorite from Paulaner. This brewery is apparently one who can live up to its billing & history. I will definitely be drinking more of this in the near (and hopefully, far) future.

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

THE hefeweizen, but it's so rare to get fresh. Pours a majestic light cloudy yellow with orange hints into my Weihenstephaner weizen glass. Has a huge four-finger head which the beer constantly replenishes thanks to the yeast and thousands of tiny bubbles in the body of the beer. Heavy clove and vine-ripened banana in the aroma, very dry, earthy and tropical with a little citrus zest thrown in. Taste is cool crisp and refreshing banana bread in the taste, very light and citrusy. Easily refreshing and smooth this brew is.

Easily one of the greatest brews in the world, blows the other hefes out of the water. It's great on tap as well.

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

A- A dense thick fluffy marshmallow head , 2.5 finger in depth, caps the slightly cloudy, slightly yeasty beer.

S- This is what a hefe should smell like. Clove, banana, pepper, Tart orange and other citrus meet the nose.

T- The bubble carbonation tingles the tongue but gives way to a nice ginger spice, clove, and light pepper. There is also a light banana component but it's just right. This is outstanding.

M- Initially, the mouthfeel is a touch cloying, but lessens after a bit. This beer has a great finish that is nice and yeasty but tart.

D- I could drink this beer everyday, and it will become a staple in my fridge.

Photo of Phenom
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16.9 oz. brown bottle.

A: Cloudy orange color, decent head with so-so retention and little to no lacing.

S&T: Exactly what one expects a wheat beer to taste like. Pretty much perfect match to style. Cloves, a little banana, some spiciness and fruitiness, malty, a little sweet.

M: Crisp and refreshing, very little hop bitterness, nice level of carbonation.

D: Excellent

Disclaimer: wheat beers are far from my favorite style, but I am trying to not hold that against this beer and review it accordingly. For those who do like wheat beers, this is the epitome and sets the bar.

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

Poured from bottle into a Weizen glass

A - A hazy golden yellow with a great white foamy head that retains farily well. The weizen glass really brings out the best in this beer.

S - Banana and clove aromas are prevalent, with wheat, spice, and alcohol in the back. Great nose on this hefeweizen; it seemed to smell sweeter as it warmed, as well

T&M - A subtle banana flavor that blends real well with the wheat profile. The flavors last real well when held on the tongue. Slick and light bodied with a very clean finish. Definitely a delicious hefeweizen!

D - An excellent session beer, for sure. Low ABV, great flavor, light body, and a clean finish make this beer very drinkable. Hopefully I'll be able to find this again in Alabama

Photo of brdc
3.9/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Capped bottle, poured into a pint for lack of a weizen glass.

Hazy light golden, with a good white head and retention.
Aroma is citric, and perhaps a bit too citric, along with bubblegum and bananas.
It is light, refreshing and easy to drink, but the taste, similar to the aroma, is slightly exaggerated on the citric fruits, limiting a little bit its drinkability. Nonetheless, a very good hefeweizen, just not the best IMHO.

Photo of PatrickJR
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Hazy orangish color with a fair bit of yeast sediment. Huge pillowy, 3-4 finger head with decent retention, settles to white cap. Moderate lacing.

S - Fragrant with bananas and citrus, faint clove and wheat malt as well.

T - Starts off a little sweet with the bananas, but soon dives into clove and wheat. Yeasty flavor kicks in near the finish, where a wash of lemon peel and hop bitterness comes through. Alcohol tends to shine through a tad.

M - Light to medium bodied, with prickly carbonation.

D - A great session beer aside from cost; the only thing that cost it half a point was the somewhat prickly carbonation. The flavor however, never gets old and the light/medium body is perfect for drinking.

Overall I prefer Franziskaner when it comes to hefe's, but Weihenstephaner ties for second along with Maisel's Weisse.

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

The dark mustard hazy color Hefeweizen displays capacious pillowy foam. Aroma of banana, lemon, vanilla, and spice along with light malts and a little whiff of hops. Flavor hits with a very solid creamy wheat taste - banana and lemon again, clove, cracker, delicate hops and extremely slight bubblegum. Nicely carbonated mouthfeel with a fine pepper tinge. Please refrain from garnishing with a lemon or orange, as it will mask some of the greatness actually in this beer.

Photo of daythree16
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle. The beer was a hazy golden color and had a huge, thick, creamy head that hung around for quite a while before slowly dissipating, leaving a nice lace on the glass.

Smell was of citrus with a hint of banana in the background. I couldn't detect much else. The taste followed suit and also I noticed the wheat in there.

The mouthfeel was great. It wasn't too thin, and left me wanting another one. While it wasn't my favorite hefe, it was pretty damn good.

Photo of WaveRebel51
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wheat beers are not my thing, as most of the ones I've had tend to be thin on taste. Not this beer.

The hazy cloudy straw yellow appearance is standard for the style. But once you get a whiff of the citrusy aroma, you know that you're in for a treat. The taste is spectacular -- the perfect mix of tartness, fruityness and wheat flavors. A very flavorful, drinkable brew and for an import, this was reasonably priced.

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

A: Sexy, sexy beer. A golden, hazy, and yellow hue with a massive craggy head that settles slowly and leaves a solid cap right in the middle of the beer. Sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Wheat sweetness, some slight mellowed out banana. Faint lemon smells in the background.

T&M: Wheat, slightly sweet and non-acidic citrus flavors (from the yeast?). Theres some slight clove spice midway through, along with a perpetual banana flavor, as well. This hefeweizen has an absolutely fantastic taste. Easily the best hef I've had to date. It's medium bodied with a lot of carbonation and a smooth, silky mouthfeel. The beer coats well and the flavor stays with you a long time.

D: Incredibly drinkable. This one's unique flavor profile, rich and robust aroma, and smooth, tasty finish make it one hell of a drinkable beer. The only regret I have is that I've just drank the last one from the last 6 pack in my local store, so I can't go back and get some more!

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

16.9oz bottle, served in a weiss glass.

L - hazy golden yellow color with a huge head of white foam that took a long time to settle and left a bunch of lacing.

S - sweet wheat and yeasty aroma.

T - the perfect hefeweizen, so smooth and sweet.

F - medium bodied, creamy feel.

D - easy drinking, great tasting brew.

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

1 pint, 0.9 oz botle poured into a Weizen glass.

A = Hazy golden liquid with fine lines of sediment swirling throughout after a vigorous pour, foamy pale off-white head is large with good retention.

S = nutmeg spiced grilled banana with honey, strong wheat smells, very assertive and lively. My mouth is realy anticipating this one after the smell.

T = Tart at the very first with a mixture of lemon and orange quickly giving over to a sweet mixture of mandarin orange and warmed banana with a honey glaze, finally tastes of a wheat muffin covered with lemon-orange marmalade brings the first tastes back into the long sweet-tart finish.

M = Medium bodied, nice level of carbonation with a mixture of foaming and stinging, good mouthcoating.

D = A great, great beer to drink on a warm Spring day. I could drink these all afternoon but sadly this is my last one until I buy more.

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

I poured this hefe from a tall, brown, 16.9fl oz bottle bearing the brewery's hook: Oldest Brewery in the World - brewing since 1040!

A= This wheat beer poured a dark gold to orange color, unfiltered and hazy. The head was out of control, easily 3-4 inches, white and chunky, with a moderate pour in a hefeweizen glass. Lacing was thick and impressive as well.

S= Beautiful malty goodness. Sweetness with fruity aromas of bubblegum, bananas, and yeast.

T= Obvious forward notes of wheat, fruity yeast, and a hint of citrus. Some cloves, but not over the top. Not much in the way of hop taste here. Very slightly sour and dry at the very end.

MF= This one sports a medium body that is lifted significantly by the high carbonation. Feels crisp and clean for the style.

D= Hefe's are not my favorite, but this is the best I have ever had. This beer is in balance, the wheat and yeast play nicely together and there is not toto much of the banana/clove flavor that everyone wants to pump their wheat beers full of. An excellent world class beer!

Photo of TeddyBG
4.06/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy burnt orange color, with a white head that lasts. Good lacing. Served in a UFO Hefe glass.

S: slight cloves and perhaps honey.

T: Very good. Cloves up front and banana's towards the end of the glass.

M: Very good carbonation.

D: Excellent. Easily session this one.

Photo of Kegatron
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle into a Hefe glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a big poof of foamy brite-white head. Shrinks down into a good looking thin and creamy retention that leaves just huge lacing behind. The aroma is a little like a fruit salad off the bat, with accents of oranges and banana esters, followed by clove, corriander, yeast, wheat, and backing sweetness. Quite a lot going on!

The taste is just as complex and well balanced as the aroma. Zesty orange and prominant banana notes up front mixed with a spicy clove presence meld into a earthy blend of caramel sweetness and yeast. There is also just a touch of grassy, light hop bitterness that runs throughout, bringing a little bit of pop to the proceedings. The mouthfeel has a pleasant light medium feel that while going down incredibly smooth still has a bit of a full feel with just the right amount of crisp carbonation.

Wow, a solid Hefe for sure and probably one of the best I've had with a potent mix of flavors that just pop and an oh-so-easy drinkibility. This was delicous and I will definitley be seeking more of it out with the upcoming warm weather.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,843 ratings.