Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 2,331
Hads: 7,319
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 4.76%
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Gots: 1,244 | FT: 14
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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 Doctor_Bogenbroom
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier bottle into a weissbier glass:

Appearance: A cloudy yellowish, yeasty luminescent color topped by a three finger-width white head that leaves decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma: A light fruity fragrance with slight clove accents.

Taste: More carbonation than a Franziskaner, with a tangy, fruity aftertaste that does not disappoint.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, some carbonation on the tongue and creaminess.

Overall: This is a very good Hefeweizen, not quite as good as a Franziskaner, in my opinion, but definitely up there. (571 characters)

Photo of timontheroad
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a half-liter weissbier glass. Produced a nice 3-finger fluffy white head, very persistent, the head lasted a good five minutes and left some very nice lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass. The beer is a golden yellow color, thick and hazy, just as a good hefeweizen should look. The aroma of this beer is huge, with wheat, cloves, malt, some light citrus and just a hint of banana. The clove flavors really shine in the taste, along with some nice citrusy notes and banana, with a very nice sweet malty backbone. The mouthfeel is very nice, medium bodied, creamy smooth on the front of the tongue, with the high carbonation adding just the perfect finish on the back of the palate. This hefe is the standard against which all other hefe's should be measured. A world-class beer at such an outstanding price - I paid about a dollar each - outstanding beer at a super-low price- sign me up! (912 characters)

Photo of Mister_Faucher
5/5  rDev +13.4%

I honestly can't believe I passed this beer over based on price point for several years (4$ a pint bottle in Washington State). Glorious head that shadows a variable fruit flavored offering. I got green apple, green banana, pink grapefruit/lemon. Champagne bubbly finish. Must try. (281 characters)

Photo of silverblaze540
4.5/5  rDev +2%

A - Large amount of creamy white head. Dissipates fairly quickly. Very murky dirty orange color. Lots of carbonation.

S - Lots of wheat, some malt, hints of citrus.

T - An almost sweet front, followed by a wheaty middle. The finish is very malty.

M - Medium body with a pretty good burn for a 5.4% beer.

O - I really like the malty finish. Like most wheats, taste seems slightly on the light side for me, but it still a very pleasant taste. (451 characters)

Photo of MorgothBauglir
5/5  rDev +13.4%

A: Golden haze, vigorous frothy white head.
S: Bready yeast, with banana & clove.
T: All bananas, spicey malt & a clear tartness.
M: Smooth & silky, but finishes lite.
O: IMO, the best damn Hefeweizen I EVER had! This stuff is true magic and a great credit to the "worlds oldest brewing company." I guess after nearly a thousand years though, it should be expected. (365 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

November 8, 2014

500 ml bottle, weizen glass

A – Huge, frothy, slightly off-white head, about four inches and counting with very high retention. Medium gold color with chill haze and mild sediment haze. Beautiful.

S – Lemon spritzer, bubble gum, and banana liqueur. Very sweet. If any hop aroma, it is fruity and slightly earthy.

T – Banana is very first, highly prominent. A slight bubble gum flavor. Clove comes through slightly on the finish. Citrus is mostly on the nose but flavor is there if you look for it. No hop flavor.

M – Very juicy, all the way through. A medium body despite fairly low carbonation. Mild sweetness persists all the way through. Some effervescent bubbles in the finish.

O – Obviously one of the gold standards of the weissbier style, and I would love to drink a lot of this on a warm, sunny spring or summer day. An easy go-to beer. (888 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: standard 500mL brown bottle, traditional German label.

Appearance: poured into a weizen glass - a cloudy pale straw with fine carbonation. A decent, creamy white head fires to an inch before settling to a solid finger.

Aroma: a combination of sweet wheat, citrus and bread. Smells of a properly traditional wheat beer.

Taste: the flavours come through more heavily in the mouth, with those citrus, banana and wehat being accompanied by apricot. A delight.

Aftertaste: the flavours linger nicely for some time. Some dryness comes through here too.

Mouth feel: moderate in feel due to the sediment cloud, with a higher carbonation. Despite the high carbonation, the feel is also quite smooth and a bit creamy, which is a rarity in a wheat beer. Lovely.

Overall: one of the better wheat beers I have had to date. A good mixture of flavours from the hefe spectrum. A well-rounded beer, and decent for an equivalent of AU$65 for a case of 24 x 330mL. What can I say - the Germans do it best. (1,000 characters)

Photo of rjs246
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

I've ignored the fact that my local chain grocer offers this for years. Now that I've tried it I can't imagine why I put it off for so long. An excellent hefeweizen at an excellent price. (187 characters)

Photo of Eman17
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Yellow and orange in color and a bit cloudy, a thick three finger head with a nice white color.

S: Lots of bubble gum, banana and orange notes, easily the best part about this beer are the aromas. They really come at you and there are a lot of them.

T: Some more orange notes and banana, there is also some tanginess and bits of grain.

M: Pretty medium mouthfeel, very drinkable with some bubbly carbonation.

O: Very good hehe, very easy to drink, great overall beer. (474 characters)

Photo of JackRWatkins
3.59/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

out of the bottle in wheat beer glass

A: beautiful, murky orange gets better clarity as it moves towards the bottom of the glass.
S:mild tartness, wheat (obviously) very pleasant
T: okay, very prominent banana, mild hint of cloves, a tinge of citrus and or lemon/orange
M:abysmal (if not consumed icecold, otherwise not problematic), too many soft notes, not sharp enough, flattens and kills the flavor of the beer, have this as cold as possible anything above freezing makes it taste flat
O:okay, this beer is very dependent on method of delivery and temperature. (565 characters)

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

Dang, I think this is he best hefeweizen I have ever drank. It is deliecious and just the smell reminds of brats, kraut, and Germany. As far I can tell, this is as good as i gets.

Appearance: Translucent, hazy orange
Smell: Banana, orange, and green apple
Taste: Orange notes
Mouthfeel: Light and carbonated
Drinkability: A smooth, thirst quenching beer that brings back great memories of the drinking Hefeweizen in Germany or during the Wurstfest in New Braunfels, Texas.

Serving type: bottle (497 characters)

Photo of Dougology
3.25/5  rDev -26.3%

The oldest brewery is automatically the best? Things change for a reason. Bought a bottle in Northern Italy. Not bad, not great. I'm also not the biggest fan of Hefeweizens. (173 characters)

Photo of desertcom1
5/5  rDev +13.4%

The Bavarian State Brewery Weihenstephan has been brewing beer since 725 A.D. and after 1289 years probably has perfected one of the finest wheat beers in the world.

A golden-yellow wheat beer that pours of a fine white foamy head and emitting a light aroma of clove. When you slather this brew over your caliculus gustatorius (taste buds) this full bodied beer empresses a light banana flavor with a smooth yeast taste. One of my favorite wheat beers and the price is right. Cheaper than most American brewed main-stream beers.
Cheers. (538 characters)

Photo of JR88
5/5  rDev +13.4%

This one here is really damn good haha.

Just amazing smooth/sweet/citrus/wheat flavor, with slight tartness/grains, rather light yet full at same time. (153 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was poured into a weizen glass.
The appearance was a nice yellow to off white cloudy orange color with a thick two to three finger foamy white head. Lacing slides down the sides nicely.
The smell had a really nice yeasty to breadiness inside of a light orange - ish citrus atmosphere, reminiscent of refreshing qualities running all over.
The taste was mainly sweet and bready citrusy notes.
Crisp refreshing but not watery citrus aftertaste and sweet bready finish.
The mouthfeel was sticky sweet breadiness running over my mouth.
Overall, this is more than just a standard for a hefeweizen. In my opinion, this is the end all and be all of hefeweizens. (664 characters)

Photo of enjambed
2.25/5  rDev -49%

Ever since I heard of Weihenstephaner, I've been eager to try it. It's only my second hefeweizen after Sierra Nevada's Kellerweiss, which I did not enjoy very much. Still eager to develop a taste for the style, I thought I would try a hefeweizen that is generally considered the best in the world. If I don't like this, I may as well give up on the style.

Serving: Undated pint bottle. The label suggests to serve this beer cold, so I got it nice and cool in the coldest part of my fridge before trying it, but made sure not to make it 'ice' cold.

Look: Fantastic. However, I poured a bit too agressively and it produced a giant, frothy, meringue-like head, that settled down eventually but still retained a wonderful shape as it settled down to a reasonable size. Color is a dense golden yellow, without any transparency.

Smell: Up front and center was that same band-aid flavor found in Kellerweiss, and it seemed to dominate-YUCK. On the positive side, there was that sweet malt distinctive to hefeweizens, and possibly the faintest bit of banana.

Taste: Pretty much band-aids and bubble gum. It was difficult to finish.

Feel: Well carbonated, as you could imagine, but almost felt creamy.

Overall: After being disappointed by Kellerweiss, I was willing to give Hefeweizens one more shot with what is arguably the benchmark of the style, but sadly ended up getting disappointed once more. I understand that it is intended for the yeasts to give off a flavor similar to this, and that many other people enjoy it, but it is just not for me, and I think it's only fair for my score to reflect my own experience with the beer. I guess I'm one of those people who are too sensitive to the yeasts/phenols for this kind of beer to be enjoyable. For now I will give up on this style, or maybe try a kristalweizen next. (1,820 characters)

Photo of JGrace4
5/5  rDev +13.4%

By far the best beer I've ever had. The head is thick and lasts for several minutes. Although it is rather expensive, $17 for a pint on tap or around $13 for a 6-pack, it is well worth the price. (197 characters)

Photo of TimZebGir
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%

The reinheitsgebot
Nixed wheat in 1516
I say f*ck those guys

A: Golden and clear, INCREDIBLY highly carbonated, drizzled yeasty bottom on top of head, and it stayed there for like...ever (3/3)
S: Wheaty spice dominates: a little clove and banana, but mostly sweet fruitiness (9/12)
T: Light flavor (not too sweet, not too bitter), but with a good deal of spice, and a fruit basket that comes in waves: red apple and banana mostly (17/20)
M: VERY bubbly and wet, but a dry finish(5/5)
O: This is a wheat beer. Arguably the best wheat beer ever. It’s amazing to see a wheat beer not trying to be something else (apricot wheat, raspberry wheat, cherry wheat) and really pulling it off. The powerful flavors in this beer (and their Vitus, too) convinced me that wheat beers are not weak girly drinks. They can be full-bodied and spicy, too. (8/10)
42/50 (856 characters)

Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev -9.3%

Purchased at the LCBO for around $3.80 or so. Served at around 4deg C in a draught glass

A- 4.0- Opens well and pours a ton of white head that is gone in 3mins. Unfiltered

S- 3.75- Nice coriander. Good light fruitiness

T- 4.25- Pretty good. Very enjoyably light. Traditional white beer.

M- 4.0- Very light and carbonated.

O- 4.0- Nice white beer. Worth trying again if I see it

Food Pairing

This nice white beer went well with....... Pizza with pineapple, hot peppers and pepperoni.

Enjoy!! (501 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the first import beers I have had and it was one of the best beers I have had.

A - Cloudy light golden color. Fluffy white head. Superior lacing.

S - Plenty phenolic-clove character with grainy, bready, with some banana.

T - Nice phenolic profile but doesn't overpower with accompanying grainy and soft banana tones. No distinct bitterness or hops and seems soft on the tongue but not too sweet. Even with the complex flavors still tasty and drinkable

M - Light to medium which is perfect for the style. High carbonation that is stylistic and lends to the crispness and drinkability.

Overall, the quintessential hefeweizen not too much anything but a great blend of all of the attributes of a hefeweizen. If you are just starting to get into better beers and have never tried a hefe or maybe you tried one and didn't like it this is a good one to get back up on the horse with.

Glass- Traditional wheat glass (924 characters)

Photo of Jason_the_Argonaut
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

I'm new to beer reviewing, so beer with me, lol. A: Golden Yellow slightly cloudy, with a big white creamy head that offers nice lacing while drinking. N: The aroma is an excellent balance of hops and fruit that leaves your mouth asking for more. T: Wheat malts, tropic fruits, light spices, quite dry and hoppy. P: Doesn't leave much behind on the palate but is nicely carbonated. O: I enjoyed this beer very much. It was refreshing and has become one of my favorite Hefeweizen. It is a very good after dinner beer, due to not being filling or heavy. A must have if you enjoy wheat beers. (589 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%

Nose: banana and bread with a hint of clove
Pours a relatively clear amber for a Hefeweizen and sports an enormous 3" finely bubbled white foam cap that persists and generates fine lace.
Offers a rich creamy clove spiced banana bread palate with a touch of sweetness throughout
Medium full body and very effervescent. (317 characters)

Photo of LeRose
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Bottled, poured into a wheat beer glass.

Appearance - outstanding. Very lightly cloudy, orange-ish color with a massive, white foamy head that dies down quickly but remains fed by a steady stream of bubbles.

Smell - immediate hit of banana, mild clove spiciness, some light citrus notes more towards the orange/lemon. Hints of bread - wheat bread, specifically. Pleasant, sets the expectation.

Taste - right in line with the smell. A very slight acidity to balance out the ample sweetness of the beer. Found the banana dominant at times, but overall nice balance between the sweetness, fruit flavors, very slight spiciness, and light pepper notes on the finish. Almost no bitterness.

Mouthfeel - very lively but smooth at the same time. Slightly coats the tongue, a little tingle from the carbonation, but nice body. Minimal aftertaste - very clean, light, refreshing.

Overall - an outstanding beer that delivers on all fronts and does not disappoint. Easy drinking, complex enough to warrant attention but not so complex as to be confusing. Except for the banana coming to the front once in a while, I didn't think any flavor was particularly dominant. All of the flavors were balanced and smooth, contributing to the overall flavor without being "over the top". Great brew! (1,282 characters)

Photo of bwood06
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%

On tap in a pint glass

A - Orangish gold in color. Cloudy from the beer being unfiltered. Very thin head. 4.25/5

S - Dried bananas, cloves, and an undertone of earthiness. Slight note of sourness. 4.25/5

T - Dried bananas pervades throughout the flavor profile. Cloves. No real lingering bitterness. 4/5

M - Coats the tongue nicely and is somewhat chewy. Moderate carbonation. 4.25/5

O - Very refreshing beer. Reflects the style very nicely. Would gladly order this beer again, although I think I will try ordering a bottle next time in order to have a better head on the beer. 4/5 (599 characters)

Photo of Sathanas
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

The only thing you need to know about Weihenstephaner is that it's the most important beer on this planet. This is what all wheat beers will inspire to be until the end of time. (178 characters)

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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