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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

6,739 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,739
Reviews: 2,280
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 517
Gots: 788 | 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 king75
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Golden hazy orange color, with a solid two fingers of head that refuses to dissipate.

Smell- of wheat, slight citrus/banana, cloves

Taste- Can taste the wheat and cloves throughout. Extremely well balanced.

A great beer. Could drink this any day of the week, any time of the year and be perfectly okay with it. One of my favorite beers.

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

Poured from a 500mL bottle into my Ayinger weizen glass. Bottled 2/06/2009 (bottle code "6069"), so this sample is over 6 months old.

Liquid is somewhere between pale old gold and selective yellow, cloudy, and topped with an initially gargantuan head of foam which while thick recedes to less than a finger in height, leaving cresting waves of lacing behind.

The most balanced aroma of any weissbier I've encountered, the perfect marriage of phenols and esters. Banana and strawberry present first, followed up by pepper and clove. Textbook.

Sipping leads to an intensification of the aromas on the palate, leading into the complex flavors of freshly baked, artisan whole wheat bread, with a hint of allspice and citrus (lemon, orange) in the finish. Lovely.

Medium-light bodied, fairly creamy, but very refreshing due to the high carbonation.

One of the very best expressions of the style. While I sometimes prefer something less balanced (weird as that may sound), this is very nearly the platonic form of hefeweizen.

Photo of RickS95
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

For the type, it's a stunning beer to look at. I usually prefer dark beer, but this really is fun to look at. It's a hazy, lazy gold. Cloudy enough to keep the light out, but just light enough that you can see the ever present bubbles rising to the top to form a monster of a white, cloudy head.

Smells like a Belgian. Full of cloves and coriander, and maybe even some orange peel as well.

It tastes like a Belgian too, though the flavors are a bit weaker due to the wheat keeping everything in check.

This is a smooth beer, even with the spicy flavors. For the type, it's about as smooth as I've had. It's medium bodied and while not sweet, it's just sweet enough to round out all the flavors.

I don't know how you go wrong with this beer. It's got everything you want. The only thing I'd change is to give it a little more alcohol, but that's such a minor complaint.

Photo of Treyliff
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a Weizen glass

A- pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with an orange hue. Huge rocky and pillowy white head, sustains long after the pour and reduces to a solid layer leaving sticky lace on the glass.

S- Classic banana and cloves, earthy, cellar like yeast. Sweet wheat with a hint of lemon-grass, just a trace of hop bitterness. Very nice.

T- Sweet malted wheat, highlighted by somewhat tart lemon notes and a bit of clove. Hops are minimal, finishes dry with a cracker like maltiness. The yeast is a bit nutty and I pick up some refreshing fruity notes as well. The alcohol is noticable but is balanced nicely. The linger on the palate is fruity and refreshing, long after tasting.

M- medium body with a healthy bit of carbonation, mouthfeel is super creamy and goes down like velvet.

O- this one lived up to the hype for me. By far the best Hefeweizen that I've had and will enjoy this one many times to come. I can only imagine having one of these fresh overseas.

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

12 fl. oz. bottle marked 8461. Sampled on May 20, 2012. When this brewery was founded in 1040 AD, I wonder if the very first brewmaster expected it would still be around nearly 1,000 years later. But with the cloudy, heady pale yellow pour leading up to a tremendous aroma of pale malts, banana, clove, and yeast, I can imagine how an 11th Century beer drinker must have been refreshed on a warm medieval day. The light body is satisfying for the style. There is a slight zing of citrus goodness in the taste with the same flavor sensations that were introduced by way of the nose. It finishes clean and easy. The original is still one of the best in the world.

Photo of shanny_koenig
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of dolphsexton
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of cpn920
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance was a dull orange with a head that dissipated during the consumption. The smell that I noticed was mostly yeast with a hint of fruit. Taste was very good. Tasted like yeast with banana and cloves. The mouthfeel was one of subtle carbonation and fairly thick for a Hefe. It was a refreshing beer that I could drink several of

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

Poured into a Weizen glass that I'm happy is getting some use...

A - Hazy orange-gold with a HUGE fluffy head. Lovely.

S - Clove and banana. This is a perfect example of what a Hefe should smell like, absolutely iconic and amazing.

T - Again, this beer sets the Hefeweizen bar. More banana, clove, lemon and a light cracker malt. Perfectly balanced with just the right amount of tangyness and bitterness.

M - Light, creamy, crisp and refreshing.

D - The perfect summer beer, I could drink this everyday from May to September. Bow down, all other Hefeweizens, this is your king!

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

A - Cloudy yellowish-orange. Large head, which sticks around for quite a long time.

S - Wonderful banana and malt.

T - Citrusy with keen banana at first, slight hops apparent, with a small bitter aftertaste.

M - Carbonated to excellence, which leads to a great mouthfeel.

D - Goes down easy, heavy drinkability.

Very good Hefe, my favorite to be honest, give it a try.

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

Poured a nice, vibrant amber with a thick white head that diminishes slowly over the course of the 500ml beer. The taste is about what I remember from enjoying this beer frequently while living in Germany, still a nice fruit finish and that wonderful hefe mouthfeel. Overall a great buy, especially for someone looking for a more authentic German experience thanks in large to the 500ml service size. Of all of the wonderful beers I had in Germany, this one seems closest to the real deal as any I've had.

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

16.9 oz. bottle fills my Weihenstepan glass with a beautiful cloudy golden elixir topped with a solid three finger head. Smell and taste are delectable with hints of banana over the wheat. Feel is mellow and very drinkable. Tried this once before, and am now reviewing from the case I just got. I'm in heaven; between this, the Korbinian, and the Stone IRS I finally found last week. What more could I ask for?

Photo of AlienSwineFlu
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%

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

Thanks to YBSober for sharing this beer!
This is by far the best Hefe Weizen I've ever had.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale orange yellow color with a big bubbly head. (BTW don't shake this one up (to mix the sediment) or you may explode the beer all over a friends kitchen. (sorry Wayne ;)

Smell: Boy, from the time this beer exploded all over the wall =) it had a fantastic aroma of lemon and wheat with a hint of fresh baked sweet bread.

Taste: The front of the palate is full of wheat, yeasty lemon citrus, and a nice mildly sweet breadiness. There is a nice gentle bitter that balances this beer perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Oh so smooth, a bit of a nice dry finish.

Drinkability: The most drinkable wheat I have had yet. It is truly German and I highly recommend!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of Dithyramb
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Procured from Grand Cru in Baltimore and poured into a large hefe glass

Humongous white fluffy heat atop a cloudy dark yellow hazy brew. Excellent retention, lacing, and carbonation
Phenolic as all getout, with sweet malts and yeasts vying for space in your nostrils
Medium bodied malt monster. Cotton candy, banana and clove, kept in check by a very light hop bitterness
Carbonation washes off any sticky remnants leaving a very pleasant taste. Worth having many more.

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 bigfnjoe
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- pours a gorgeous cloudy gold with an INSANE three finger white head. Lacing was minimal, unfortunately.

S- banana and cloves...but the thing is, the scent isn't overwhelming like it can be in some hefes, and its not too muted like it can also be. Good blend of a lovely smell.

T- ohhh yes. Mild banana and clove flavor, with an extra bit of sweetness from the banana in there too...tastes awesome. I feel like theres some malt in there too...very interesting flavors.

M- the feel is really good. Theres a real nice character to it...as I mentioned earlier, almost seems a little malty. Adds a lot to the body

D- totally drinkable. Not too much flavor, but just enough to make it awesome. Great summer beer

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml bottle into a wizen glass. Pours a slightly cloudy pale straw yellow, with a 1/2" white head that reduces into a 1/8" lid.

Has a light honey clove aroma, with hints of bananas, and an undertone of grass.

Tasty and refreshing, slightly sweet with mild malt, ending with a gentle grain taste. Hints of banana, honeycomb, and and straw, this ends so pleasant and easy it is hard to simply savor this excellent brew.

Mild an light bodied, this brew has a creamy middle that makes it quite pleasant.

Wow, another excellent beer from Weihenstephaner. This is easily becoming my favorite German brewery, as I've yet to have a bad beer from them. And, as one who is not particularly a fan of heffeweizens. Definitely give this one a try!

Photo of clarkm04
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Dark golden color; the head retention is very big and very white. Good head retention and lacing and very good carbonation.

S- This is the standard that all hefeweizens should be judged against. Notes of banana, wheat malt along with clove and citrus spring up from the glass. Banana is the overall smell but it's very pleasant.

T- Very outstanding taste profile. The beer is rich, refreshing, and very balanced. Just a great all around hefeweizen with great flavor notes of banana with an undertone of clove with a nice dry finish. Definitely deserving of the top 100.

M- Medium bodied beer. Had a nice balance between crisp and slightly creamy. Carbonation is perfect for this style.

D- Very high. I could easily drink six bottles of this especially on a nice warm day.

Overall- I love this beer overall. It's fairly solid in every aspect and THE classic example of a hefeweizen style.

Photo of Karmatacos
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%

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

Poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a pale yellow/golden color. It is very cloudy. It has a very thick, big, white head with significant lacing. It looks very carbonated.

S: There is a pronounced smell of cloves and spices. Leaves a crisp and tart note that stings the nostrils.

T: It tastes mostly of spices and wheat. It leaves a very crisp and refreshing feeling. The aftertaste is great, consisting of a profound wheatiness.

M: It is medium bodied. Very easy to drink because of its great taste. The carbonation isn't too much, just enough to leave a pleasant tingling sensation.

D: A very awesome hefeweizen. Definitely one of the best of this style that I've ever tried.

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

A - Body: somewhat hazy golden amber. Head: Thick, frothy white head with medium retention.

S - Fairly standard for a hefe-weisse but with accents of citrus, yeast, banana, and even bubblegum

T - Malted wheat flavor with sweet, fruity citrus and banana highlights. A mild sourness/bitterness follows and finishes with a bit of pepper.

M - Dry and delightfully complex.

D - Excellent drinkability, definitely at the top of its class

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

Appearance - Golden color with a slight haze. An ample white head that forms upon pour. A lively carbonation keeps feeding the head that resolves after a few minutes to a half-finger remain. Note the beer's color, carbonation, head and its retention. Is it clear or cloudy? Does it look lackluster and dull or alive and inviting?

Smell - Malty sweet aroma with a bit of a grassy presence as well. A bit of a yeasty nose as well.

Taste - For a hefe, this is one of the more dense one's I've tasted. I would almost compare this with even a Belgian strong dark ale, it's that rich of a body. Very smooth with a dry finish. Very well balanced with just a bit of a hop bite at the end.

Mouthfeel - The lively carbonation helps move this beer around very well, making it feel alot more dense than I've come to expect from hefe's. Maybe I need to taste more hefes!!

Drinkability - This was a very nice representation of the style. The complexity is head and shoulders above many beers that dare to put a Hefeweissen label. I'll have to get more of this bad boy.

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

Poured into a weizen glass is cloudy, orangy golden. Has a nice cloud like white head.

Smell is a sweet banana.

Tastes, like the smell, has a slight banana flavor. Nice low carbonation makes a very smooth medium mouthfeel that has a good little chewiness to it. Very easy on the palate and not too sweet makes this a very drinkable beer. Not thin like so many wheats can be, makes it a nice flavor filled brew.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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