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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 2,379
Hads: 7,576
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 17.95%
Wants: 724
Gots: 1,434 | 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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Photo of bigkahunas4
3.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500 CL bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Huge heaad with great retention. Head is like a cotton ball just floating on top of the brew. The body has a golden color with some honey accents.

Smell: Nice peppery citrus nose - big draw of banana

Taste: Taste is quite light, with some banana - and a spicey, metally finish.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied - leaves almost no aftertaste. Creamy.

Drinkability: Very light and refreshing. I was hoping for just a bit more flavor - but otherwise, a delicious brew.

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Photo of zminor
3.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an opaque yellow gold into a duvel tulip. Medium amount of head dissipated but left a ring of lace around the edge of the pour.

Nose is a subtle mix of citrus especially lemons, and maybe a slight hint of bananas. Nothing too overpowering.

Wow, a very impressive hefeweiss! Much fruiter than I would typically expect, even more so than the nose. Strong notes of banana and wheat.

Mouthfeel seems to be on par with the style. Crisp, light, and quite drinkable, although I'm not sure I see myself drinking this all the time.

Overall a great example of the style - even if you're not traditionally a fan, give this one a try.

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Photo of BierReise
3.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like this Weissbier because it has a uniqueness to it's yeast flavor. It's the one thing that I seem to distinguish among the different weiss/weizens. Pours nice, fat head and nice cloudy honey color. Nice malty wheaty mouthfeel. Good overall balance. Also pairs nicely with smoked ham and potato salad. (just thought I'd through that in)

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Photo of tone77
3.92/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a cloudy brown color with a 1 inch head. Smells is alive with banana,cloves and spices. Crisp and flavorfull, a touch of fruit and sweet aftertaste, banana and clove is present Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.92/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at RFD in Washington, DC.

A: About a finger of bubbly white head tops a hazy, dull orange brew. Looks fairly decent.

S: A nice clean, wheaty, and citrusy aroma swirls for a wonderfully aromatic combination. A bit of fruit (banana-like) and sweetness.

T: Very well-rounded in terms of flavor, a subtle wheat and pale malt intro leads into a bubblegum-esque middle. Following that is a light hoppiness that dries out for a great finish.

M: Not too carbonated, which was nice, but maybe a little more couldn't hurt. Overall, still maintains a creamy texture and nice body.

D: A really relaxed summer style beer with great drinkability. Don't know if it's all I had expected it to be, frankly, but it definitely holds its own.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.92/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Leffe chalice. It pours a semi-clear golden orange color with a white fizzy head that thins to almost nothing in less than 60 seconds. It has champagne like carbonation dancing to the surface of the beer.

Smell: Sweet alcohol, wheat, plae malt sweetness, citrus perhaps tangerine, and a sweet floral note.

Taste: The first thing I notice is a big sweet flavor. Notes of banana, cream, lemon, sandy leaf, and a bready maltiness. There's also a light hop bitterness in the middle that is barely noticable. A fruity aftertaste lingers.

Mouthfeel: It's a bit fizzy in the mouth making it less smooth and more combative going down.

Drinkability & Notes: A good hefe weizen but certainly not the best. The carbonation of this beer seems to be where it loses some style. It is very drinkable and if faced witha choice I may consider it again. It will not be a beer a I look for though.

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Photo of azdback
3.92/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Shock Top Hefe glass. Cloudy and light yellow in color. Tons of carbonation bubbles lead to a large three finger head. Head is quite soapy looking from the side and rocky looking from the top and bright white in color. Lace seems to be quite sticky.

Smell is mostly biscuity or yeast. Some spice and banana.

Taste is sweet and bready. I have a hard time describing the flavors I get from this style. Musty, dank comes to mind first. Hay and earth come next. ???

Mouth is crisp with light carbonation, a light body and an average to long finish.

Overall I didn't enjoy this, but that doesn't mean it's not good beer. I really hate this style so it makes it really hard to review them. I hope I never acquire a taste for these either because I believe I would be heading backwards. That being said, I think this is exactly what the style is looking for and if I weren't such a DIPA guy I might have given this a high 4. Thanks to Skip for the sample.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.92/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mission. Came served in the logo hefe glass. Not much head at all. Carbonation was slight. Smell was of tons of cloves and banana. Murky yellow color. As for taste, this one has been brewed for so long for a reason. It's awesome. Lots of bubble gum and yeast in the flavor. Such an easy beer to drink. This is a benchmark for the style.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.92/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier is a cloudy, sparkling, hay-colored beer with a firm, dense off-white head. It has a spicy aroma of banana and clove. It is medium bodied, smooth and creamy with a clean finish. The flavor is clean, bold and smooth with a lot of spice. It's very clovey and peppery. An excellent Hefe!
(rated Jun 30, 2008)

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Photo of blackie
3.91/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Forms a thick, off white head when poured. Has a cloudy golden amber color typical of this style. Smell is clean and light. The yeasty, clove, estery type odors are more subdued than in other examples of the style. The same can be said for those characteristics on the tongue. Highly carbonated, as it should be. Don't get me wrong, this is a good beer, but I prefer some of the other brands (Franziskaner) over it. A nice beer for the warmer weather, and one to definately check out.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.91/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to SebD for sending me this.

A: pours a clear light hay colour with 4 fingers of tight dense off white head. Continuous stream of carbonation trickle to the surface.

S: upfront notes rock sugar, wheat and yeast with spices of cloves and nutmeg. Slight notes of lemon in the background.

T: follows the scent with sweet notes up front followed by wheat, yeast, spices and mineralness. Hints of lemon zest on he finish.

M: medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: an exceptionally crisp and clean refreshing whit. Would definitely seek out again for a hot summer day on the patio.

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Photo of shanblur
3.91/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500cc into a weizen.

A - Impressive thick fluffy head over a clear, straw colored beer.

S - Sweet smell of bubble gum and malts. Some citrus notes as well.

T - Sweet malts on a wheaty backbone with a slightly tart finish

M - Medium bodied with a ton of carbonation

The best in this category that I have had. Though not my favorite style, I could certainly be happy drinking a few of these.

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Photo of sevenarts
3.91/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden and very cloudy with sediment. Nice big fluffy white head that sticks around. Not much lacing.

S: Clean wheaty, malty aroma, very direct and pleasant.

T/M: Wheat, malts, banana, a hint of spiciness in the aftertaste. A little tingly due to all the carbonation.

O: The first weiss bier I've had, very tasty.

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Photo of bobhits
3.91/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Explosive amounts of carbonation creates as much head as you can handle. Huge thick fluffy white head. Golden straw colored body with carbonation exploding up the glass. Not sure what else you can do with this style...it's still a thin bodied opaque wheat beer so this isn't say THAT much.

The nose is of bananas, pears, bubble gum...what would you expect form a hefe? The what aroma finishes things off quickly. Nothing special.

Well, damn. This is amazing. A sweet banana pear bubble gum malt profile that's then turns to a slight hop profile which then dies leaving a what/vanilla finishes that's amazingly dry yet not that off putting wheat flavor that many wheat based beers do.

The carbonation helps make this beer feel thicker and creamier, but you can still tell it's a hair thinner than I'd ideally love.

Oddly enough it's a touch thicker feeling than a summer beer wants to be. That said you could put 3-4 of these away on a nice summer day without a second thought. Extremely worthy!

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Photo of pioppo
3.91/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - Turbid gold with a very fine and very persistent white foam.

S - Banana over all but also a sweetness like vanilla. In the final ovviously come out some yeasty aromas.

T - Again flavour of banana, there's no bitterness and alcohol sensations.

M - A big body but mainly a great smoothness!! This contributes with the crisp of wheat to make this beer not only a drinking but also an eating!!

D - After one of this you are full but immediately you begin to think the way to take it another!!

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Photo of brdc
3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Capped bottle, poured into a pint for lack of a weizen glass.

Hazy light golden, with a good white head and retention.
Aroma is citric, and perhaps a bit too citric, along with bubblegum and bananas.
It is light, refreshing and easy to drink, but the taste, similar to the aroma, is slightly exaggerated on the citric fruits, limiting a little bit its drinkability. Nonetheless, a very good hefeweizen, just not the best IMHO.

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Photo of Cadyfatcat
3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Minor citrus notes of lime and a little orange. Ripe chewy wheat, pilsneresque bitterness comes through a little too much throughout the range of the taste profile.

A very good weissbier, perhaps one that defines the style well, but I don't find anything spectacular about this beer. I have tasted all the flavors in this beer in other weizens. Perhaps the best attribute of this beer is the liveliness of the wheat taste, but many other weizens are equally lively while also providing greater complexity.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.89/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber blonde color with a mountanous bright white head. Nose is of fresh baked bread, citrus fruit, bananas and spice. This beer smells terrific. Palate is subtly sweet in the beginning, and quite well balanced between wheat malts and hops. Refreshing fruity and spicy flavors. Mouthfeel is velvety, light and abundantly carbonated. Finish is quite dry with a slight bitterness lingering. An excellent example of the style!

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.89/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a typically nice looking wheat beer. Big head. Great retention. Lots of lacing. There's a lot of carbonation bubbles streaming up the glass.

The smell is yeasty with hints of banana and spices.

The beers tastes very pleasant and refreshing. There are some citric notes and some bready sweetness with another hint of banana. Not much hoppiness in this beer.

The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and adds to the overall refreshing nature of this beer.

Overall this is a very well balanced and easy drinking beer with some interesting but fairly subtle and delicate flavours. It would be particularly nice on a hot summers day and makes a nice alternative to a pilsener. I didn't think it was quite as amazing and wonderful as the ratings suggest. But it was good.

My mark out of one hundred would be 81.

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Photo of ADR
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy brown peach color with a billowy 1/2 inch head of a nice creamy quality. Fat short strings for laces. Grain and wheat bran aroma, some nutmeg and a mild estery sense. Rolling but light-bodied banana bread ester beginning but a quick turn to a more neutral approach of mild white toast breadiness. Medium to medium low carbonation. A distinct lemony finish, but overall, a dry finale for a Hefe. Very easy to drink with a nice start but a slightly disappointing finish for me.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, split

"german night"

appearance: served in my hilliards can-pint, hazy straw-orange body, thick white foam, wavy retention. Shes a beaut' clark.

smell: banana, clove, crisp wheat, yeast, lemon rind

taste: banana, clove, bubblegum, light grassy hops, wheat cracker. flavor somewhat less pronounced than the aroma would suggest - was expecting a flawless hefe, and just didnt find it

mouthfeel: nice creamy body, quite a dry finish

overall: some highs and some lows - a benchmark of the style but not necessarily my favorite. I miss, *gasp*, dancing man wheat

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Photo of hotstuff
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured into my glass, there was a large white foamy head with small bubbles. The lacing was fair on the sides of my glass. It had an aroma of clove, banana and a light malty aroma as well. The body was yellow in hue. The flavor was smooth from start to finish. This was an enjoyable brew to drink on a warm summer day.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

This beer pours with a huge bone white head. He body itself is a nice straw yellow. The head stick around for a whole and e beer has some brilliance, but there's just something holding this back from greatness in the look. Maybe the head isn't tight enough?

The nose is mostly ripe banana. There's some spice here, too. I'm also picking up some grassy noble hops. This could do without that grassiness.

The taste is a smooth, somewhat subtle banana. There's a tinge of spice behind it, too. The's a lingering wheat / straw flavor in the background, too. Decent, but not overwhelming. The carbonation is nice and it's really easy to quaff.

This is a good hefe, but give me a Live Oak any day over this. Top 20 beer in the world? Not in my book.

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Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

upon pour a 2 finger head slowly dissipates fresh and filmy white ring with a golden yellow glow for color..smell is slight bananathen some clove with yeast and bread/malt kinda light imo..taste is better i get a nice fresh banana and clove and spice hit that finishes with a baked bread and malt taste..a hint of lemon..mouth feel is light/medium but crisp and refreshing nicely balanced as nothing fight for supremacy in this hefe..ive had some better domestic ones lately.maybe due to freshness..but this one is very good

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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Hazy tangerine under a towering, creamy white dense foam. Sweet, spicy scent. Foam tastes like clove. When the head subsides allowing access to the beer, I find more clove than I would like. I can admire its fresh and lively quality, amid the tartness and the tangy lemon finish. Despite the harsh, biting carbonation, it still goes down pretty easily.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 2,379 ratings.