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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 6,840
Reviews: 2,310
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
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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 Offa
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an incredible hefeweizen and almost a paradigmatic example of the German style.

This is cloudy gold with a huge, dense white head that lasts until the end.

The aroma is full of honey and pears with elements of grain.

The taste is crisp, sweet before leaving a dryish but smooth finish, with wheat, biscuit and vague fruit qualities that transforms to a clear bubble gum finish, almost minty, a little bitter, with some grain and fruit.

Photo of robbyc1
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful fluffy head poured from this 500ml bottle, very hazy yellow orange as a hefe should be.

Smell is distinct banana's with esthers abounding. Some clove, some applish, very nice.

Wheatish malt with a great flavor, hops minimal, not overly sweet or dry, just right.

Full bodied with just right carbonation, this is a perfect choice of this type, lovely.

Drinkable all day long, especially in the summer, a great beer to keep around.

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

Appearance: It's very hazy and golden in color. You can see through it, but it's certainly cloudy. No evidence of any sediment. Very thick, three finger foamy white head sits on top was slow to dissipate. Speckles of lace remained.

Smell: There's an initial blast of banana, clove, and other secondary herbal spices. It blends with a strong yeasty-breadlike aroma. A nice, fresh grassy and earthy smell lies at the core and really permeates the nose. It's slow to emerge but provides a nice foundation for the beer. There are very faint malt and hop scents present. It's an exemplary smell for the style.

Taste: Banana and clove spices attack the palate and are immediately followed by a healthy dose of yeast. It's a nice blend and creates a very refreshing flavor. It is grassy and earthy. Very similar to nicely done wheat ale. There's a lemony citrus flavor present that is not noticeable in smell. When coupled with the light caramel malt, it makes for a nice sweet element. It's lightly hopped and has an ever so slight bitter bite to it. Toward the end, the yeasty flavor really sticks out and clings to the palate.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied and extremely drinkable. Carbonation is just right and its low abv heightens drinkability. It's warm here at the moment and this is perfect. I could drink this all day (and night) during the warmer seasons.

This is a very good beer and is a great representation of the style. Perhaps it's the benchmark. It's the best Hefe I've had to date. Generally, it's not one of my favorite styles. But, I learned tonight that a well done Hefe is a very fine beer. Definitely recommended.

Photo of mdumont
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a golden amber color, a tad cloudy, about what i expected based on other HWs that I've experienced, very very low head and no lace.

S - sweet, a good mixture of aromas

T - good mix of flavors, fruity, strong wheat flavor

M - compared to other reviews the carbonation seemed very low to what other people have experienced, made it much more enjoyable for me. Rather soft I would say.

D - could definitely continue drinking this throughout the day, not too heavy, the ABV hit me pretty hard but I'm also just getting into beer so that is probably why. Very, very excellent beer, though my experience with it out of the bottle hasn't been the greatest compared to other HWs

Served on-tap

Photo of IBUnit63
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500 ml into big Red Oak mug...

Bubble bath of cream-colored bountiful head with soapy lacing. Cream soda/banana/cloudy natural honey body with sparse carbonation. A little darker than your average HW; that's by no means a bad thing.

Big banana/yeast estery presence with a fair amount of butterscotch. Slight to moderate coriander tones with a little bitter lemon/orange zest.

Nice, viscous butterscotch/caramel hit from front to back. With mild banana it gives off a banana split tone without the strawberry and fudge! Very clean with slight zesty, wheaty bitterness.

More warming than normal for style with carbonation, wheat and yeast. Nice citrus zesty pucker.

A little heavy for a HW but this is not a detriment; it's very enjoyable.

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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass

A: Beautiful hazy golden with towering white head and tons of lacing.

S: Citrus and tangy wheat with sweetness as the dominating smell.

T: Bold and forward with complex, tangy wheat flavor and delicious fruitiness of apricot, pear, banana, clove, and soft cinnamon.

M: Very full-bodied and coats like no other hefe. Carbonation is high but in line for a wheat beer. Soft wheat/malt aftertaste.

D: A most excellent wheat beer that sets the standards for hefeweizens everywhere.

Photo of jeonseh
4.02/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap and poured into a pint glass at Legends of Notre Dame on 4/18/08.

A -looks just like a Hefe should as it was orange mixed in with dark gold, bronze, and dark amber. Was cloudy and definitely had a haze to it as well that let barely any light shine through. Had a nice creamy, white head that sat on tap but left minimal lacing.

S - big whiffs of banana, orange and clove come off. The banana and clove really seem to pop and give this beer its big nose.

T - The biggest initial flavor really seemed to be bubblegum to me. There was a hint of banana that shined through as well and this seemed mixed with clove and a hint of lemon citrus. Was well balanced as no one flavor really seemed to dominate the flavor profile.

MF - lots of carbonation in this one that helps to make the citrus flavors really pop. Also, get a mouthfull of a yeasty, bready feeling that just makes your mouth really feel full. The only downside for me was that the carbonation was so unrelenting that it became hard to notice anything else. Because of this, there was a lot of tingling left in the mouth after drinking.

D - overall, one of the great session beers as it has a lot of flavor for the style. The one downside though for this beer was that the carbonation was so unrelenting that I didn't really feel like having another one. That really hurt the drinkability for me as despite everything else going on, I would really wait to have another.

Photo of rkinsella
4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a weiss glass. Last bit in the bottle swirled around and poured in the center of the head.

Appearance - Yellow orange color, cloudy, 2 finger head which kept all the way down the glass. Some lacing.

Smell - The nose on this beer was surprisingly very neutral, and crisp. Malty dryness, a slight note of citrus.

Taste - Very balanced. Notes of sweetness evened out with a touch of tanginess and very subtle bitterness. The aftertaste was even, consistent, almost neutral. Did not have the overly strong notes of banana or fruit like some other weiss beers I've had. Which is what I absolutely loved about this beer. Very well crafted. The wonderful evenness made it seem like a fine champagne.

Mouthfeel - A good light heartiness to it. Round and perfect.

Drinkability - The most drinkable Hefeweiss that I've encountered. Not overly filling. I would say even people who are not fans of Hefeweiss beers would admit that this is delicious.

Photo of SaltyLime
3.13/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - hazy gold with a giant head to start, melted away slowly
Smell - sharp musty damp wehat, almost skunky

Taste - full flavor, citrus and a little sourness to it

Mouthfeel - OK, nice soft carbonation

Drinkability - easily drinkable, but better if you don't smell it as you drink it...

Bad bottle perhaps? Didn't meet the classic/traditional example on this sampling. Would like to try again, but, will have to call it as I taste it in the meantime.

Photo of brucer1
4.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

pours into glass with good initial head. straw colored with a cloudy appearance. smells awesome, reminds me of my service time in the army stationed in kaiserslautern, germany. brings back a flood of memories. i love the flavor, sweet citrus in the begining, no cheap aftertaste as in some american wheats. i love this beer, very closely resembles whats available in country(overthere). now that it's starting to warm up here in northeastern Ohio, i'll have many more of these.

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

Served on tap at Capital Alehouse Innsbrook.

Poured a cloudy golden yellow color with small white head, served with a lemon wedge. Smells strong of yeast, spices, wheat, lemons, and banana. Taste starts off with sweet wheat, then clove, yeast, and bananas come into the picture, finishes with lemon flavors. Medium light in body, nice carbonation, smooth and refreshing, easy to drink. A really fantastic hefe, very sessionable.

Photo of Jerico
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a Bordeaux wine glass.

A - cloudy orangey/gold color, with foamy head that settles into a thin froth on the surface of the beer.

S - lemony and yeasty and light!

T - delicious, smooth, lemony and delicate. This is a very tasty beer. Leaves almost no lingering aftertastes.

M - creamy and smooth, little carbonation.

D - an excellent beer! Not too heavy or sweet, and delicately flavored. Perfect for kicking the feet up with, although I could easily session with this one.

Photo of kbnooshay
4.07/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This poured a murky orange color with a dense but small white head. The lacing is superb. The aroma is dominated by lemon and yeast. The sweet maltiness is very rich. Earthy at the begining of the sip, the lemon and sweet flavor comes out through the aftertaste. The spices(especially clove) and yeast dominates the palate. The body is sharp from the carbonation but smooth and creamy in feel. Bitterness from hops is light but nice as it lingers and increases through the session.

The earthy dirt flavor gets to me though. Because of that I slightly prefer Franziskaner but this is still an excellent brew.

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

Poured, swirled, poured some more. Hazy straw colored with a great thick white head. The head is rocky and persistent. Nice!

Earthy wheat aroma. Fruit such as light pear, taste is wheat malt, some spice hop notes and light fruity accents. Maybe a little bitter hop finish, but nothing that lingers. I'm left with a clean fruity finish.

Nice and light in body, very drinkable any time if day or year.

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

A - Pours a hazy deep orange-yellow. Lovely, lovely fluffu white head that dissipates slowly- the epitome of what a hefe should look like.

S - Strong banana & clove yeast aromas

T - The banana-like yeast flavors are very prevalent in this bottle, almost banana bread like. Body has notes of light malts and citrus. Finishes with lingering banana notes. An all around clean & well-balanced hefe

M - Light bodied with a clean finish. Good carbonation that doesn't overwhelm the palate

D - Awesome bottle. This is what is expected from a hefe. Well balanced with a great nose & appearance. This is a great brew for beer geeks & novices alike.

Photo of cabsandking
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cloudy, golden to light amber with a persistent 3 fingers of white head. Lemon citrus, kaffir leaves, soft banana, and wheat crackers. Very nice wheat character here; earthy, biscuity, good citric twang without much pucker, and light clove. Slight nutty, nearly caramel notes through the middle, melon fruit notes as it warms, and the finish dries up nicely with notes of banana and more bitter citrus character. Good mouthfeel full for a hefe and carbonation is right there.

Photo of fitzy84
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Moan and Dove had this on tap and it was a treat indeed. A light murky beer, it had a great gold appearance with a really nice lacing. The aromas were very nice; a good kick of spicy citrus and wheaty smells. The taste and mouthfeel were great and perfectly complementary. It had a very refreshingly light taste but it maintained its medium body throughout the evening. This was a very, very good hefeweizen.

Photo of bort11
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle poured into a hefe glass. Mountainous meringue-like head that billows to the edge of the glass and then some. It slowly recedes, leaving huge chunks of lace on the glass. Color is a bright, yet hazy golden yellow.

Smell is mildly musty from the yeast, with a mellow lemon grass. The lemon is more enhanced with the taste and has a nice clove snap. Very mellow and relaxed.

Mouthfeel is verges on creamy it is so smooth. Mild carbonation just barely lets itself be known. This is a highly, Highly drinkable beer. It is so mellow and relaxed that it just slides down. I really want to stock up on these to session for an entire night.

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

King of the weizens. Damn close to perfection. The nicest head you will ever see on a beer.

Got a few bud/heineken - drinking buddies that you've been meaning to introduce to "better beer"? Start 'em off with this one.

If you like the style and haven't tried this one yet, get off the computer and pick a few of these up. Do it now.


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

half liter on tap into weizen glass at romer plaza in frankfrut am main, germany. pours a cloudy light amber-orangish color with three fingers of off white head that remains for a couple minutes.

aroma is mainly citrus, with notes of caramel malt, munich malt, and a touch of cinnamon and spice. a standard hefe, though very well proportioned.

taste is of the same citrus and munich malts, with fruit notes of apple and a touch of pear. the same subtle spice is present here as well.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a smooth texture and a clean finish of residual citrus.

drinkability is good. this is a smooth and refreshing brew with a clean finish and a light body. prost!

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

A - Impressive head that dissipated into a respectable lace that hugged the glass. Color was of dark, burnt oranges with a mix of brown.

S - Banana pudding with vanilla wafers (by that I mean vanilla pudding, fresh bananas and vanilla wafers, grains with a clove and banana bread finish. Orange zest as well.

T - Light malts and cloves that finishes with citrus and a banana bread after taste. Very light in all aspects finishes clean.

M - Good and light feel to it that that finishes clean like the taste. Slight carbonation in the middle of the sip that adds character but doesn't bite on the end.

D - Great beer. A style done right. Very light and crisp in flavors and mouthfeel with a plethora of scents for the nose. This beer is a treat and I encourage anyone to give this a shot. Well done.

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

Poured into a heffe glass after the Edudorian fiance brought back a sixer to my amazement.

A: Pale honey tawny gold with bigtime creamy head with the lacing you would expect from this standard bearer of all wheats.

S: Prepare the nostrils for YEAST! Cloves and gum with baked break to complete what my nose can garner from such a complex mixture.

T: Sweetness(banana) at the onset with buttery citric bite. Difficult not to gulp it's that damn good.

M: Creamy and light with perfect carbonation marriage to blanket your mouth.

D: One of the best I've had, and with 700+ reviews and being the oldest brewery in the world for cryin' out loud, the liquid speaks for itself.


Photo of ScottUCF84
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle into a pint. This is one of my favorite beers, if not my favorite. Although the hefeweizen style doesn't offer any over the top, extreme flavors, its all around balance and drinkability is what captivates me.

A- Cloudy, light peach skin in color. Thick, creamy white head that dissipates into a thin skin on the top of the brew. Moderate lacing,

S- Banana nut bread, cloves, wheat. Maybe a little citrus.

T- At first there's some spice mixed with wheat. Then yeasty bananas and cream... finishing with light citrus.

M- Medium to light body. Creamy, with very subtle tingle from carbonation.

D- I could drink this beer alone for the rest of my life. I love it.

I'm planning a Eurotrip to occur in the next few years... one the things on my to do list while I'm over there is try this on tap, if I can't visit the brewery. : )

Photo of Lexluthor33
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Where do I start ?
The look is sunny yellow and hazy with a top of heavenly clouds for a head.
The smell is of light,fruits and citrus with cloves. I think I detect so many different things when I take a sniff of this brew. All of them are grand. The taste is sweet,yeast, banana,lemon and spice. One could go on about how good it is and the point is to go out and drink it. It has malts to balance and the sweetness is just right.
The feel is smooth,medium body, high carbonation and yeasty. I could drink this all night and I feel it is one of the best beers I have ever had. Certainly the best for it's style.
+ Buy the right glass for this beer,you will not regret it.
Man, I really love this beer. When I saw the movie "Beer fest" I imagined that the secret brew recipe tasted like Weihenstephaner.

Notes: It is true that learning to pronounce this beer's name makes you seem smarter and even impresses the bartenders.But really,one should just know how to pronounce what one is drinking.This one takes practice.

Photo of ROMER79
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If poured the proper way into a Hefe glass it pours a cloudy gold with a three to four finger head. Just don't forget to get all the active east out of the bottle for the head cap. The beer had a strong wheat and citrus aroma. It also tasted the same. The feel was refreshing and rewarding because sometimes the pour can backfire on you leaving you with half of the bottle. It was very easy to drink and a treat if you have a hard time finding it.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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