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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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98
world-class

6,727 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 6,727
Reviews: 2,277
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 516
Gots: 778 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 01-22-2001)
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Photo of soupyman10
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A warm summer's day I saw this one at Holiday Market for a mere $3, and figured I couldn't lose. Turns out it's one of the best summer brews I've ever tried. It pours a light orange color with two fingers of white, fluffy head on top. Nose is strong on citrus, wheat, corriander. Taste up front is light graininess, lots of spices, orange, tons of wheat. Great light hoppiness at the back, with the sweet wheat. Full body, creamy, nice fizzy feel on the fairly strong carbonation. I just loved this one. Perfect carbonation adds to the flavor, giving it a nice crispness. A perfect summer beer, with lots of wheaty and orangy goodness.

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

Pours dark murky gold with a nice head which leaves good lacing. Aroma is all wheat- spicy cloves and banana. Taste is spicy wheat with lingering banana flavor. Just a bit sweet and bitter in the finish. Balanced. Pretty much the definition of what a hefe should taste like. Smooth and medium bodied. Extremely drinkable. Excellent stuff.

Photo of DaveUK
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A cloudy, pale brown with a rich, sizable, pure white head that persisted right to the bottom of the glass.

Aroma - A powerful aroma of fresh, clean banana and floral, grassy notes. Typical of a wheat beer, but still wonderfully refreshing.

Taste - An immediate wash of fresh spicy banana and yeast. The finish was strong but mellow and soft with a classic wheat aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Very light. Despite the naturally high level of carbonation, the beer is not at all aggressive in the mouth.

Drinkability - Personally, Im not a person who can knock back more than 1 or 2 wheat beers in a session, but Im tempted to try with this one! Excellent, well rounded Hefe weizen.

Photo of Floydster
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle from Cooke's Market

Served in a pint glass with a nice foamy head

This one was a little overrated in my book

It is just a typical German Hefeweizen in my book

It has a subtle, light taste and tastes great with an orange or lemon

Would drink again, but not one of my favorites

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

A- Peachy orange in color with a massively fluffy, pillowy off white head.

S- Smells sweet and spicy with hints of banana, orange and citrusy fruits.

T- Very light on the palate but beautifully well balanced. A touch of sweet banana bread and other subdued fruit flavors. I like that the fruits are not overpowering in this beer, yet complement each other perfectly.

M- Mouth feel is very carbonated and light. I sometimes find certain hefeweizens leave a sticky undesirable coating in my mouth and are just too sweet which was not at all the case with this brew. Very refreshing.

D- One of the best wheat beers I have tried so far, intoxicatingly drinkable and very light.

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

Served on tap at the Rathskeller in Indianapolis.

A: Poured a beautiful hazy golden hue
S: Sweet banana and yeast
T: Perfect for outdoor drinking malty and sweet with a back finish of hops and slight banana flavoring.
M: Again, perfect on a late summer night. Low carbonation, sweetness and smooth and not heavy.
D: I would drink this everytime I get a chance. Wonderful showcase of a Hefe the way it should be made.

I had two last night, one with lemon on my glass and the other without. I preferred to not have the lemon, but every bar seems to like to add one to anything with Hefe in the name.

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

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a large white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of wheat and banana, along with spice, light malts and some hops.

T: The taste is sweet and bready with strong flavors of wheat, banana & spices. It’s simple and straight-forward, but done very well. The malt character is light but hearty and there’s a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down extremely easily, not very filling, decent kick, excellent representation of style, this beer has everything that you look for in a Hefe Weizen and it doesn’t need anything above that. I could drink this beer all night long and enjoy every bit of it.

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

500ml bottle bought from Tesco...

Poured a hazy golden yellow colour... White head poured typically big thick and foamy then faded slowly to nice thick layer ... lots of carbonation rises to the surface... decent amount of thick sticky lacing...

Aroma - Good clove spiciness, light vanilla notes, noticeable wheat, quite bready, very little malts, light fruitiness (banana, lemons and some light lime), quite peppery, faint ginger spiciness, some hay traces...

Taste – Light biscuity malts, faint bubblegum traces mixed with clove, definite breadiness, good fruitiness (lemon, grapefruit and some faint pear notes), salty traces, some floral honey sweetness, grassy and peppery hints, no real hops....

Feel - Fairly smooth with a little bite underneath... light body... Extremely refreshing and drinkable...

Overall - A top notch German hefe - one of the best out there in my opinion..

Photo of david131
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A fairly cloudy yellow liquid. A thick white head forms with excellent retention that leaves excellent lacing.

S- Sweet banana and clove with some wheat smell. Not too strong, but very appealing.

T- Awesome. Same as the aroma. A little bit spicy and bready as well. Impressive and well done.

M- Just about right. A bit creamy and smooth. Goes down very well. Not cloying or drying by any means. Very well balanced.

D- A very enjoyable beer. This would make a great session beer. I was really impressed with how smooth and flavorful this was.

Photo of Stimack
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured to a cloudy golden color with a nice sized white head that had nice retention and left a fair amount of lacing down the side of the glass. The aroma is fresh and remind of malt, clove slight banana, and some citrus scents. The taste is very smooth, citrus comes to mind very quickly, lemon I suppose. Some strong banana flavors present as well as well as clove. Very refreshing flavor which goes great during the warmer weather. Overall possibly my favorite hefe that I have had to date.

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

Had this with my meal at PF Chang's at Mall of Ga. I had a very spicy chicken dish with white rice and this was the perfect compliment to the meal in my opinion.

A - Served in pint glass. Very cloudy and straw blonde with fluffy head that fell back slowly with sticky lacing

S - Had the notable hefe hallmark bannana smell to it with just a touch of the hops and a little clove smell (not very much)

T/M - The taste was just wonderful as it cut the spice of the food with a sweetness from the beer and the mouthfeel with it's creamy presence helped to balance out the burn on the tounge from the hot chicken

D - This was a very drinkable beer..I could see spending several pints getting to know it very well..and like I said it goes well with spicy chineese food

Photo of brewcrew76
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy straw yellow with 2 fingers of creamy white head that leave a skim of lace floating behind.

S - Banana, clove, a slight spice, the slightest hint of bubblegum and a touch of hay.

T - Banana, clove, spicy pepper, hint of lemon and a bready (maybe tart) wheat taste. Slight sweetness upfront with a dry finish.

M - Light and refreshing with a dry finish leaving me wanting another sip.

D - An excellent beer that is mighty tasty on a hot humid day.

Photo of KevPet84
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The overall impression of this beer is that it is what all hefe-weizen should be compared to. That said the balance with malts and the aroma and bitterness leaves you refreshed and wanting more of it.

The appearance is a slightly golden yellow, with a great head that stands at least 2 fingers deep and leaves a fine lace that clings to the sides of the glass.

The smell reminds me of a bannanas and spice. The aroma has a slight citris sent in the background.

The taste is what gets you. Bannana and clove, with a little mellow citrus. It keeps unfolding as you drink more. the balance of sweetness and bittnerness with the clove and citrus leave you asking what is the third and maybe fourth flavor that plays a role in the complexity. I don't know, but I'll keep drinking till I get it.

The mouthfeel is what I love about his beer. It is not the lightest that I have had, but still a refreshing coating that it leaves. It is over all a light-medium mouthfeel in my book,

The drinkablility is what the previous has said. One of the most drinkable beers out there. It is complex, refreshing, and light enough to go with many foods and hold up on it's own as a session beer (though it would be a pricy session). Drink more of it and you will not regret it.

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

Cloudy body was a combination of yellow and orange colors. Pillow like pure white head was three inches and took a few minutes to settle. In the light loads of carbonation can be seen. Sticky thick lace rings.

Very sweet light banana aroma. Quickly overtaking the nose, the cloves popped strongly. There is a very faint bubble gum sugary powder aroma. Light astringent scent in the finish.

Sweet malty taste up front brings bananas, lemons, and a light grape flavor as the fruit blend. A very subdued clove note is hidden in the back of the flavor. Hops are extremely gentle at the very end of each sip.

Thick enough to fill the mouth, but consistency helps this one go down smooth. Nice carbonation push on the front of the tongue.

An excellent beer. Pair this with a nice piece of smoked salmon. As evidenced by how long they have been at it, this is a wonderful choice for anyone who likes beer. Hope they keep this up for another nine hundred and sixty-seven years.

Photo of genog
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass a light orange color. The color tapers off dark to light from top to bottom. The head is white like a cloud that billows up to the top of the glass if you are not too careful. Smell is cloves, spices, coriander, banana, orange peel, very vast in aroma. Taste is a very light and refresing with the spices and banana. Wheat like flavors dance around too. Mouthfeel is crisp, and refreshing. Only recently have I begun to appreciate wheat beers. This is a great one.

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

A 500 mL capped bottle.

A: The weizen exploded with carbonation, creating a three plus finger head in the glass and two overflows in the bottle. The thick bubbles slowly recede, providing a bitter buffer between my mouth and the beer. The ale itself is a slightly hazy yellow color, a goldenrod shade.

S: The nose is intoxicating, with light clove and banana notes, hints of (but not too much) bubblegum sweetness and even some caramel.

T: The esters have receded from the forefront of the taste, allowing an unusual grain bill to emerge. The wheat provides a drier body without the tartness that it is known to bring. The longer that the ale sits in the mouth, the more the flavor takes on a sweet, Belgian-esque candi sugar sweetness (please note that I would never, EVER suggest that the beer has any cand sugars in it). It tastes as if the esters have pushed past bubblegum, clove and banana to a new caramel sweet realm. Intrguing to say the least.

M: The mouthfeel is drier with some month under its belt, creating a sweet flavor that leaves the tastebuds begging for more.

D: New or old, this is a great beer. Some aging (just a few months, mind you) have given the beer a greater depth at the sacrifice of the traditional weizen characteristics. I like this, but it is far superior fresh.

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

Recently bought this at AJ's here in Phoenix but also had it last year at Weihenstephan on tap. One of the top 5 breweries on the planet and and simply put, a top 2 hefewiesse (along with Schneiderweisse).

The aroma is beautifully dominated with cloves with hints of other spices dancing through you nose hairs. I tend to sniff it for a good 4-5 minutes to let it warm slightly before drinking it down.

A nice white head on top of straw/light brown body that is a bit murky because they leave all the good flavorable shit in the beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with multiple flavors cascading around your tongue.

The taste is true hefeweisse and should be the STANDARD. If you know little about this style and are looking for the beer by which all others can be compared, this is the one. Ungespundet will be brewing their soon, so if the quality falters, you will know who to e-mail.

Prosit and see ya in Munich in October!

Photo of Halcyondays
3.7/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, from the oldest brewery in the world,

A: Hazy, cloudy orange, with a thick, beautiful white head, very expansive.

S: Smells mostly of bubblegum, big bubblegum notes, some banana, and a hint of cloves.

T: Bubblegum and banana abound, very estery, cloves back the flavor at the end of a drink, a classic weizen taste.

M: Smooth, spritzy, highly carbonated.

D: A good German weissebier, easily available, and refreshing during the spring and summer months.

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

Served in a standard pint with a lemon on the side.

A - I chose to discard the lemon and get the full effect of the beer on it's own. A cloudy apricot colored ale with a fluffy white head that creates plenty of lace.

S - Wondrous scents of banana and clove w/ light pepper and gentle scent of wheat.

M - Effervescent lively mouthfeel. Light and easy drinking wheat creamy feel. Nutty and slight spice in the semi-dry finish.

T - A well made Hefe, I must say right from the start. Great flavors of wheat and yeast up-front. Citrus and pepper flavors are swirled in with the yeast taste. A nice mildly sweet and creamy wheat flavor gets all wrapped up with Bavarian yeast flavor. Nice tropical fruit and citrus accents until the light pepper floats over the tongue in the finish.

D - The drinkability is stellar and so much flavor in the session strength of the unfiltered wheat ale. This is perfect for the summer, but I would drink this year-round. I consider this a premier example of the style. Great quaffability.

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

This is my second review of this beer, vom fass at the Weihenstephan outlet in Berlin, at Hackesher Markt.

A: Cloudy amber colour, withlively beading and yeast sediment throughout the glass. Fantastic head, 3 fingers and sustained, lacing is also good.

S: Strong esters of banana and cloves, stereotypical of the style. Slight hints of vanila come through aswell.

T: Typical weizen taste. Strong flavours of banana, and maybe some peaches. finish is smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation, not as watery as others. Slight hint of vanilla on the aftertaste. But it is so well balanced, better than the UK on tap offerings, which i felt had a very medicinal quality in the aftertaste.

M: Refreshing with moderate carbonation, smooth.Not watery and overcarbonated at all as i have found in other big name weizens

D: This is world class! The amazing fresh summery weizen flavours with a superbly comfortable refreshing carbonation and the long linger creamy afterflavours, make this the perfect hefe-weizen!

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

Cloudy golden color that arrived with big creamy head. A little thinner mouthfeel than some other hefeweizens that I’ve had. Tastes of banana and citrus. Excellent. Really nice fruity aroma. Drinkability is very high. Wish I could find this on a regular basis.

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

Poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Very cloudy yellow with an incredible bone white head that goes nowhere fast and leaves a lot of lacing when it finally goes away.

S: Banana, clove, citrus - basically everything a wheat beer should smell like. Very nice.

T: Heavy citrus up front followed by some banana and clove with a finish that is crisp and on point with a touch of sour apple.

M: A little thin - maybe a little more carbonation? Not bad, though.

D: All night long. Great tasting stuff. Easily the finest wheat beer I've had the pleasure of tasting. Highest recommendation.

Photo of pojo41
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On draft at local beer hall. Cloudy orange color with a good white head that lasts. Aromas of bubblegum and banana. Clean, crisp taste of banana, clove and bubblegum. Although the mouthfeel may be a bit thin, this is an exceptional weissbier. Truly excellent.

Photo of gpcollen1
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a gorgeous hazy golden color into my Weihenstephaner Hefe glass. Head rises over the rim a mighty 3 inches tall in total and slowly slinks back down. A cold sweat envelopes the glass as it sits for a few minutes on the counter.

Aromas are slightly sweet with wafts of banana, citrus, and mild bublegum. Taste follows that up tenfold as it livens up my tongue. A little bit of fizz and spice and rivers of citrusy sweet wheat roll over my tongu ushering in hints of clove and spice.

Well this one is undoubtedly the best thing to come home to, next to the kids hanging on my legs. Crisp an drefreshing and a few make a wonderful meal. Almost a perfect 5.

Photo of whiplash3825
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a weitzen glass, the appearance is your typical hefe... straw colored, prototypically cloudy with a nice three to four-finger head. I do miss the chunks of yeast which float about in my usual Franziskaner however.

Smell is primo, with the phenols and esthers combining into a near perfect harmony of "citrus"y flavors. After 20+ years of drinking this style I still don't get the bananna though.

Taste is excellent, and the thing that makes this hefe-weizen exceptional is the perfect balance of flavors. No one flavor overpowers the others, and the finish is dry and bright, making you want "just one more".

Mouthfeel is typical of the style... perfectly carbonated.

Drinkability is off the charts... there's just no beer (IMO) that goes down as easy as a hefeweizen, and everything that makes a hefe so great is evident in this beer, but in spades.

Even I was hooked by the mystique of this beer being supposedly the best of it's kind, so I was expecting more. (Especially since it's twice as expensive as my usual German hefe) However, it's definately the best I've had, although not twice as good as my other favorite German hefe. The almost perfect balance of flavors is what distinguishes this beer.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,727 ratings.