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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 2,354
Hads: 7,399
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 690
Gots: 1,309 | FT: 15
Brewed by:
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 breadwinner
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

King of the hefeweizen for a reason. If you can find one fresh, this thing explodes not only with banana and spice but also a surprising, almost tropical, fruit note. Fluffy, buoyant feel. This thing is a treasure. (214 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Half liter bottle poured into weiss glass. Appearance is cloudy orange, with a towering three finger head that has some stickiness. Aroma is textbook, banana and clove spiciness plus wheat and malted sweetness. Flavor is malty and yeasty with sweetness and spice. Lemon, banana bread, clove, alcohol, and just a fuzz of hop bitterness. Medium bodied, creamy texture, soft but abundant carbonation, drying finish. Perfect for the style and excellent overall. (457 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy; light straw colored; 1 finger pillowy white head that receded slowly to a thick cap; thick rings of lace;

S: clove and banana, with bubblegum in the background;

T: light clove and a touch of pilsner malt up front; banana and bubblegum come in mid-palate; banana stays through the finish; bitterness is almost imperceptible;

M: light bodied; highly carbonation;

O: outstanding; (390 characters)

Photo of jrob21
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy pale golden color with a big white head. Smooth, malty, banana flavored beer. Aromas of must, funk, yeast. Light bodied, refreshing flavors. Mainly fruit with some bitter hoppiness towards the end. (204 characters)

Photo of BeerMagistrate
3.58/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Maybe I'm not sophisticated enough, or I'm just too accustomed to American beers, but I did not like this beer much (Don't hit me!)

Definitely could tell it was an ancient recipe. I loved the look of it - had a nice dark to light gradient, and feel was solid - nice medium body, but the taste and smell was not pleasing to me. Had a weird barley, bacterial taste. (364 characters)

Photo of kfawku123
4.99/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the best Hefe-Weiss beers I've had. High quality and smooth drinking with the absolute perfect balance of spice and malt. This beer would be outstanding had it been a little cooler. (196 characters)

Photo of Brackh
4.84/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a cloudy orange. Bubbly awesome head. Smells malty and sweet. Maybe banana? Just enough sweet and spice. Beautifully balanced beer. Never had such a pleasant experience with a Hefeweizen. (193 characters)

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

Absolute quintessential heffeweisebeer; the creme de la creme of beers. Flavor, look, body, nose and finish are world class. You simply cannot deny the excellence within the bottle, try as you may. (198 characters)

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

A delight to find iin Nigeria. 500ml bottle poured into tulip glass; a nice 3-finger fluffy white head, very persistent, leaving lacing all the way to the bottom of the glass; cloudy ambercolor; Big aroma of wheat, cloves, malt, some light citrus and hint of banana; nice sweet malty taste with a little citrus bite; creamy smooth feel on the tongue makes me want another. (375 characters)

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

500 ml bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My first encounter with a bottle of Weihenstephaner.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a bit of a darker golden body than expected. Three big fluffy fingers of white head. Some spotty fluffy lacing. Standard appearance, but looks good for what it is.

S - The aroma is simple, yet befitting of the style. Lots of yeasty / clove spiciness.

T - The taste is classic of the style - creamy, yeasty, crisp, bready, floral, and spicy.

M - The feel is very crisp, clean, and easy-drinking. Light bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, hefeweizens have never been my favorite, but this is clearly a well-executed and refined example of the style. Looking forward to trying more from Weihenstephaner.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier -----4/5. (808 characters)

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

For me, on this night, the beer tasted somewhat metallic.
I am new to this but wonder if I just got a bad one. Loved the kristallweiss that I had a couple of days ago but was not as impressed by this one. Will have to try it again. Wish I could find some sort of date on the bottle. (285 characters)

Photo of Ian_B
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Billowing white head, fantastic retention.

Smell and taste of lager flavours, bready wheat, slight citrus/berry with a tinge of earthiness. Smooth, creamy, yeasty, and crisp. This has it all. (192 characters)

Photo of saintxarc
4.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is the first German beer I have tried and is by far my favorite beer, now I underatand why they say Germany makes the best beer. I recently turned 21 and started trying different types of beer to find what I like, and well this is a winner. (246 characters)

Photo of captaincoffee
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured cloudy with a orange hue. Low head and retention...probably not a well-cleaned glass. EDIT - good retention on later pours). I get plenty of the banana and clove esters I was expecting, some sweetness, and a little bread. Definitely some canned corn, and other yeast notes. So good. Taste is just as good. Full-flavored hefe with better mouthfeel than most. Nice finish as well. Pretty much a must-dring hefe, and the decision is even easier considering how reasonably priced this usually is. (508 characters)

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

This is flat out one of my favorite beers. I am a huge fan of the style, so I am a little biased. When it comes to Hefeweizen I feel this is one that others should be compared to. Great body, aroma, and flavor. Top of the class! (232 characters)

Photo of Weisenbeer
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This tastes like a German Biergraden. It's top notch and arguably the best of its style. Plus, relatively easy to find at my local specialty grocer. (150 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance : yeast galore! Tall head covers 90% of the pint glass and only 6 oz have been poured. So yeah great head, slightly hazy orange glow with beautiful sediment floating around.

Aroma : yeast, fresh baked bread, spicy citrus and clean hop leaf. Very crisp and pleasant smell.

Flavor : wheat, banana, orange, fruit salad, with lots of zip and warmth, just so perfect it's hard to describe really. It's so blissful.

Mouthfeel : creamy, dense, crisp, zippy.

Overall : One of my top 5 beers now. Seriously amazing. (522 characters)

Photo of arvidkoval
3.72/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Nice hazy appearance. Not sure how to describe the smell on this one. Predominant banana flavor. Nice light body. Best hef in recent memory. I will definitely be revisiting this one on a hot summer day. (207 characters)

Photo of woutervaneijk
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Absolutely amazing Hefeweiss. Beautiful hazy shade of straw with hints of orange in a classic Weihenstephaner pint glass with a nice layer of creamy head on top. Taste is as good as it gets in my opinion. Creamy, sweet, but not too much, fortunately, and overall just amazing. Drank a few at Prater biergarten while on my trip to Berlin and just the great memories of Weihenstephaner together with some nice Bratwurst make me want to go back. (442 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer is as close to perfection as it gets! Pours a murky straw yellow with hints of orange sunset. Massive finger length head retains throughout, the lace creamy and sticky! Aroma has a pleasant fruity ester, with a prominent orange rind feel as well as yeasty tones. Wonderful taste, simple but flavorful in all of its elements, citric with hints of lemon and orange, wheat, and yeast and a slightly dry finish. Great feel; creamy, smooth, light body. A lively carbonation is ever present.
This is so drinkable, I feel I could have like three of these in a row! Crisp and refreshing! Will have again and again and again! (627 characters)

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

My example of the perfect beer! An exceptional balance of Bavarian Hefe flavors and smoothness. This is where the bar is set for Bavarian-style Hefeweizen. (155 characters)

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 DarthVorador
4.98/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

An exceptional brew, & best ever Hefeweizen! Pours a cloudy pale gold, HUGE off white head. Smells of bananas & malt. Taste follows the nose with a twang of wheat & a slight spiciness of clove, but PERFECTLY balanced. Simply THE BEST hefeweizen on the planet. (259 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)

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 2,354 ratings.