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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 2,367
Hads: 7,479
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 17.95%
Wants: 707
Gots: 1,375 | FT: 16
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

Our golden-yellow wheat beer, with its fine-poured white foam, smells of cloves and impresses consumers with its refreshing banana flavour. It is full bodied and with a smooth yeast taste. To be enjoyed at any time,goes excellently with fish and seafood, with spicy cheese and especially with the traditional Bavarian veal sausage. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.
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Reviews: 2,367 | Hads: 7,479
Photo of wizmasta
4.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not sure I understand the fascination with this beer. I'm not a hop snob and appreciate Czech and German pilsners and lagers and enjoy Hefe Weisbiers as well. Who knows ? Maybe the main streamers who put a lemon wedge in this stuff are right. Think it would help.

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Photo of drmeto
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

-very sweet malt flavours like honey or caramel
-heavy on clove
-nice floral and citrus notes
-banana is more subdued compared to other Hefeweizen
-probably the best carbonated beer ive had,the head stayed for a good 30mins it seemed
-very sweet,creamy finish

Really great one,though most itt know that already.
though i have to say that i slightly prefer banana-heavy weizens above this like Franziskaner,Maisels Weisse or Schneider weisse

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Photo of BeerConny
4.76/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can't deny how good this is. They hit it right. Perfect amount of carbonation and perfect amount of banana flavors. The only thing I can say is that the smell gets a 4 but who cares about that. Everything else is a 5. I still enjoy many other hefeweizens but this one truly is that extra bit better than all the others I have had. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of FFreak
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased 500 ml bottle from the health food store for about $3 and poured into a tall beer glass. A very hazy rich golden-yellow color with a fluffy pure white head that slowly fades leaving slight lacing. Aroma is of bread, yeast and slight citrus. Taste is really nice with some citrus and bread followed by a muted cinnamon/nutmeg-like spiciness that really makes the beer. Towards the bottom of the pint, the beer started to have a slight metallic after-taste, maybe due to the trip across the Atlantic. Goes down really easy, but is not super thin - enough body to keep you from pounding it, but enough carbonation to keep it refreshing. Overall, a fantastic wheat beer and a great deal for the price.

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Photo of IckyT2012
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love hefeweizens, but I'm not sure I understand the super high rating on this one. I can't really tell this difference between Weihenstephaner, Hacker-Pschorr, Paulaner, or Tucher. They all seem equally delicious. While I love the style, this particular brew does not stand out from the crowd.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan. Poured from a bomber into a weizen glass, this brew's got a four finger thick, frothy on the outside but finely foamed on the inside head. I've never seen one quite like this. Along with the golden hazed body.

I smell earthy grains and a touch of fruit zest. This oughtta be good...

This brew's taste is a very lively and crisp malt characteristic combined with a slightly dry fruit in there, kind of mid-swig. A very great balance of those tastes and a high drinkability.

Mouthfeel here is very clean and crisp. I can't wait to enjoy one of these on a hot day after a few hours of working outside.

Overall, a 4.75 for Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan. Not quite perfect for a 5, but this is up there fellow BA's and also those new to this who'd like something lighter on the palate yet still bursting with great flavor.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.5/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While I am not a fan of wheat beer to begin with, I must say that I still had better of this style. At least it is drinkable and refreshing on a summer day.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Very hazy straw color with a huge fluffy head that did not want to go down!

Smell: Very strong yeast smell. Some wheat aroma, but mostly yeast - spicy, citric, nutty.

Taste: Yeast are up front, providing that hard to pin down flavor - banana, citrus, spice, clove, soybean, peanut. Dry wheat malt flavor follows it up. The flavors are strong, but smooth and balanced.

Mouthfeel: The thickness and fine carbonation give this one a very creamy feel. No residual feel.

Overall: I can see why this brewery has been around for so long. All the components of this beer are bold, but well blended. I usually get bored of Hefe’s before finishing 12 onces; this one left me wanting another 16.

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Photo of ljdrinksbeer
4.86/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

dense fluffy head, takes awhile to disappear,
great earthy, yeasty aroma,
taste follows smell, yeasty and earthy, orange on toast, several layers of flavor,
medium body, full mouth feel, smooth finish,
about perfect for the style.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light amber. World Class head volume, lacing and retention.

Classic wheat nose of light clove and banana, a touch of lemon, yeast and biscuit. As it warms, a subtle spicy character emerges.

Medium bodied with a very smooth texture that approaches creamy. Well carbonated with a rich effervescence from the middle on.

This beer is the standard for Hefe Weissbiers and is world class. The flavor profile is intense, complex and well balanced. It begins with a mild tartness that separates into lemon and banana. As these fade in the middle, clove comes forward over a biscuit background with a hint of spice and dryness. The finish is crisp, with a mild biscuit fading and leaving clove.

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Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

- great head and it holds the head
- the best smelling hefenweizen i have ever light pleasant mellow yeast
-smooth and balanced, light hop complements the wheat flavor and yeast
- crisp refreshing but without loosing flavor, light but not overly carbonated
- beer lived up to its name for me great summer beer, and german beer example

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Photo of breadwinner
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.26/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
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;

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Photo of jrob21
3.5/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerMagistrate
3.58/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

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Photo of kfawku123
4.99/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of Brackh
4.84/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of AJA
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of barryjg
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of SouthernTear
4/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of saintxarc
4.04/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of captaincoffee
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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