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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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6,828 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,828
Reviews: 2,304
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 540
Gots: 865 | FT: 15
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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 Beerbluesbiology
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden-tan-orange body with a lofty 3 finger head. Plenty of rising bubbles maintain this nice head. Smells of metallic banana with a hint of wheat bread. The best tasting hefeweizen I have ever had. Very pure in flavor, begins with an alcohol feel and then sets in the banana bread flavor. A wonderful dry finish tops off the flavor and leaves you wanting the next sip. Truly the best hefeweizen I have ever had.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Weihenstephaner Invitational was kicked off by its kristallweizen, and now its unfiltered version is the second contestant to be sampled. For this one, I'm going to review it in my backyard on this warm evening. On to the beer:

I saved the Weihenstephaner glass that came along in my gift pack for this specific beer. Awesome appearance with its huge billowy head and semi-cloudy body. Smell is soft and pleasant with apricot, a touch of gum, and wheat. The yeast doesn't overpower the flavor but is rather mixed with the wheat. There's some clove, fruit, and a subtle spice. Very smooth going down, and easily quaffable.

Wei's hefeweizen gives a nice performance to overtake for te early lead. The "Original" will be next in line here...

Photo of juhl31
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

-golden yellow with a quality foggyness to it like a good hefe should. all under a nice tall fluffy white head that lays down to a full layer over the top while you drink

-a hint of banana, some yeast, bread, lemon and some wheatness i suppose. the smell is pungent throughout

-starts a bit like a saison with that barnyard like flavor. there is some slight sweetness in there that mellows to a mellow bitterness at the end which i enjoy. most of the smell characteristics are in there as well

-a good body with solid aspects of carbonation, but nothing over the top. just the right amount really. almost a slick like feel to it

-crazy good hefe. i could drink gobs of this. easy drinking, with great taste and all around beer qualities

Photo of JBogan
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Typical hazy golden/peach colored with nary a head nor lacing. Nothing really to distinguish the appearance from any other beer of this style.

Now is where the fun begins. Very nice aroma of banana and spices which beckons you to put your lips to the glass.

So, I put my lips to the glass and am rewarded with the pleasing taste of spices (is that cinnamon?) along with some banana. Very nicely balanced, and with no sign of alcohol present.

Mouthfeel on this beer is about as good as it gets. Medium bodied, with an excellent smoothness which is combined with the perfect amount of carbonation.

This is a very drinkable beer, one which is fairly easy to find, is reasonably priced, tastes great and once you finish one begs you to have another. Hard to beat that combination.

Photo of jwinship83
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a hazy golden yellow with a several finger sized fluffy white head that lasts. some lacing left on the sides of the glass, but not much.

S- clove, banana, coriander, and of course yeast.

T- lots of spices up front. coriander and cloves. lots of yeast and some banana and bubble gum. about as close to hefe perfection as you can get.

M- medium bodied smooth, and creamy.

D- near perfect. very easy to finish and at 5.6% ABV, this is very sessionable. the low price makes it even more attractive. check this out if you get the chance and havnt before.

Photo of CoolJosh
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The appearance is a little bit hazy yellow with tints of orange and ring of head. I don't know what I'm looking for with german beers, but I guess I would have preferred a little bit more head

The smell is very complex with great scents yeast, orange, lemon (which is the most prominent here). It is incredibly smooth and well blended which makes for an enjoyable smell.

Very carbonated feel to it, and very light and refreshing with all of the flavors in the taste corroborating well with the components of the smell. Would love to throw back a few of these on a hot day.

Photo of drinkininthewood
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500ml bottle from the lcbo. BB 2010

Served in a rhinelander glass.

A- Hazy gold with a nice white, creamy head of sticky foam, lots of nice lacing.

S- Your standard aromas of clove, banana and melon with some hints of vanilla.

T- some nice malt up front with good clove flavor, some citrus mid palate without the expected tartness though it is there but slightly subdued. The finish is a mellowing banana flavor rich with nice spices.

M- So smooth and soft on my tongue. Delicate. Light bodied. The perfect carbonation.

D- A great drink.

Overall i'm quite impressed. I've been looking forward to trying this brew and with good reason. This is by far hands down one of the absolute benchmark Hefeweizens. Hopefully no one else was planning on picking up the remaining 9 bottles at the store because i'm heading right back there!

Photo of rye726
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours a hazy golden color and has a perfect off white head. Silky lace down the glass. The nose a collection of tropical fruits, spicy herbal yeasts and bready wheat malts with delicate hops. The taste has a nice wheaty malt structure with tart tropical fruits, light hops and spicy yeasts. Delicious. Body is full yet maintains a nice crisp dry finish. I could enjoy this beer anytime.

Photo of Gritsak
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- hazy yellow with a fluffy white head. some lacing on the glass but the majority of the head dissapates relatively quickly. i was expecting a little more retention on the head.

S- strong grainy, fruity smell. banana dominates overall.

T- lots of orange, banana and citrus flavor.

M- medium body with a good amount of carbonation. even with the carbonation it is extremely smooth and silky.

D- very high drinkability for me. the well balanced taste and smooth mouthfeel makes it a winner in this catagory.

overall- definitely one of the best hefe's ive tried. It would be tough to top this, only disapointment i had was with the lack of head retention. im a little past the best by date on the back maybe that could account for this? eitherway its a hit in my book

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer comes in a dark 50 cl. long-necked bottle. The white label got writing in blue and there's a coat of arms from Bavaria - neat and clean label.

A: The pour is murky pale orange with a large white creamy head that slowly dissipates to rich lacings.

S: Wheat in great balance with the malt. Very obvious bananas (sweet and ripe) and a hint of coriander. A bit yeast is also present.

T: Ripe bananas, a bit less sweet compared to the smell - but this is not a bad thing. Some coriander and a bit of fruityness as well. Well-balanced wheat.

M: The body is light with rich carbonation. The aftertaste is rather short, but very dry.

D: This is a great exampel of a Hefeweissbier (Hefeweizen) from Bavaria. You'll probably will have to spend half a lifetime to get your hands on a better Hefeweizen than this one.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! Pours a cloudy golden harvest amber color with an absolutely HUGE stiff white head that fades slowly, leaving solid patterns of Belgian lacing behind it. The smell is great too. Classic yeasty, banana, clove and pears. Visibly effervescent, the mouth feel is medium bodied, refreshing and creamy with a bright tangy tingle that finishes pretty dry. Full flavored, the yeasty nature, harvest fruit and spicy tastes prevail and linger gently. At 5.4% ABV, this one is a solid drinker. Wheat-based beers tend to stay with me, otherwise I'd choose to enjoy another. Highly recommended.

Photo of Transatlantic
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a weizen glass

A - An orangish yellow color, very hazy, plenty of carbonation bubbles and one huge creamy head to top it off. Beautiful presence and great lacing.

S - The smell of banana just screams out at you with yeast and a smell of citrus in the background.

T - An "in your face" taste of banana, with a citrus backbone. Very well blended together.

M - Near medium bodied

D - You'll have no problem drinking this on a summers day or with a meal. This is a very easy drinking beer.

Photo of jera1350
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a cloudy medium golden yellow with tight white one finger head.

Big creamy wheat smell followed by some citrus, clove and a touch of banana.

Just like the nose. Really rich for this style of beer.

Mouthfeel is glorious. It is like drinking velvet. Fullest bodied hefe I've had. Thick with a tickle of carbonation. So smooth all the way down.

Could have these all night. Finishes so clean. Feels and tastes like drinking a banana cream pie. Great beer! I would have this again.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice hazy light amber with a large amount of white foam. Aroma is strongly fruity, with strong yeast and sweet malt. Tastes like a classic, iconic take on the style, cloves and allspice, banana and perhaps another tropical flavor like subtle mango, more hops than other examples of the style which cut the intense sweetness but not enough to wreck the sweetness or push it too far away, a near perfect balance really. Where Ayinger is weighted towards the fruit, this one leans towards the spice, with a strong clove flavor building as you progress through a bottle. Finish lingers and leaves some yeasty sweetness and a little bitterness. Overall, complex and layered flavors that are light years away from an American wheat made with standard yeast.

Photo of alexgash
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful hazy copper brass body. Tall, creamy, light-sandy white head with yeast debris. Nose is classic, archetypal hefeweizen: yeast, tangy wheat, banana, banana bead, cloves (mucho), and bubblegum. Classic taste too. Very tasty too boot. Crisp, tangy wheat. Bready, banana, clove, yeast, yum. Medium-bodied. Protein-rich feel. Dry finish. Refreshing, classic, delicious.

Photo of jeffjfindley
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cloudy blonde, I've found the head on these to be inconsistent, otherwise I'd throw it a 4.5. Smell is rich with malt and bananas. Taste is banana-centric and absolutely superb, with a very refreshing hop presence, a lot more than most of this style. Mouthfeel could not be better, crisp and refreshing, smooth and malty at once with a fantastic lingering finish. This is the definition of drinkability, and I don't even like Hefeweizens that much. I suppose after 1,000 years they should have figured some shit out.

Photo of bobsy
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We did a blind tasting of hefeweizens by Schneider, Weihenstephaner, Paulaner and Hacker-Pschorr. Weihenstephaner was a clear winner, while the Hacker-Pschorr was the most disappointing of the bunch.

Murky gold body in need of a good polish, with a creamy and abundant white head. Rings of lace are left on the weizen glass as the head descends. A classic, textbook hefe appearance that can't be faulted. Strong banana notes in the aroma, backed up by a healthy dose of wheat, but lacking the complexity of Denison's weisse.

Great flavour, but again a slight step down from the Denison's, which is still the best hefe I've tried. As expected, the banana and grain of the aroma is followed through in bushels. Slight clove taste at the back of the palate, but not as much spice as I was expecting. Very slight citric bitterness. Nice, crisp refreshing mouthfeel, with moderate carbonation. High drinkability for this perfect summer beer.

A top notch hefe, and well-deserving of its reputation as one of the world's best.

Photo of imagineiii
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ive been waiting for quite a while for this beer to arrive on VT shelves and it did today.

Poured into a pint tumbler. Almost 2 fingers of extra creamy white head. Plus plus retention. Plus lace. Hazy light amber/yellow in color. Alot of carbonation.

Sweet cloves and light bananas. yeast and phenols are subtle.

If you can get thru the massive creamy head on this one, the taste is sweet bananas and some citrus.

Mouthfeel is light and sparkling. carbonation is only slightly over the top. Finish is clean and mouthwatering.

this beer is one of my favorite "drinkable" beers. i could put these down for hours.

Im so glad this beer is around now, what an excellent brew!

Photo of dgilks
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500ml bottle

A - Poured a hazy golden colour with a beautiful creamy white 2 finger head. Spot on and very appetising.

S - Clove, banana, light honey even. Quite nice and it makes me want to drink.

T - Great, typical hefeweizen. More banana and hefeweizen spices. Nice flavour coming through from the yeast too. A great beer and spot on what this beer should taste like, just a virtually perfect example.

M - Light to medium body. Medium carbonation. Unlike some German weissbiers this one has something to it and it feels like a beer. Very nice.

D - Very drinkable. This is one easy drinking beer, I can see it being perfect on a warm summer's day. Quite sessionable too at just over 5% ABV.

Overall - A great beer. probably the best in its class and a wonderful summer beer (though I like it at other times too). Really, why would you drink a standard macro lager, when Weihenstaphener Hefeweissbier is so perfectly good for the situation.

Photo of LittleCreature
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - 5.0
A gentle pour yielded two fingers of creamy off-white head which reduced slowly to a thin layer. The body is a highly cloudy orange/dark yellow that almost seems to be glowing.

Smell - 4.5
Extremely spicy while the head is settling, then weakens leaving a smooth, soft, semi-sweet aroma of clove, lemon, mixed spices, slight banana.

Taste - 4.5
Now this is an easy drinker! Starts with sweet wheat malt, nutmeg, clove and a hint of lemon and bubblegum. Finishes with a light, crisp bitterness, and quite dry. Aftertaste is soft, sweet (but not over-sweet), nutty and slightly alcoholic and leaves the mouth feeling refreshed. Delicious!

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Oh so silky smooth. There is a persistent fine carbonation that gives the beer an almost creamy mouthfeel. Moderate weight in the mouth.

Drinkability - 5.0
Argueably the best session beer in the world.

OVERALL
I wanted to review a great beer for my 100th review, and this is certainly a great beer. It is the best beer available in the town of Manjimup, and therefore the best beer available to me. I would love to have been able to review it on-tap (it is supposedly even better!). As it is, this is probably the best beer from one of the world's best breweries. At $6.99 it is too expensive here, but still stands as decent value thanks to the fine quality. It can be found as cheaply as $4.25 in the city, which I think is really a steal. If you are trying to turn someone onto craft beer, forget the Trappist stuff, give them this German beauty.

Photo of Italiano86
4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the ultra hipster joint - Haven, Orange, CA.

Whoa now, my children. Did someone purée a perfect organic banana from the Amazon Jungle and somehow get only its essence into this beer? Raul cannot explain how smooth and tasty this beverage is. I mean, J-Lo fresh off of a bidet has nothing on this thang.

Light, refreshing, incredibly smooth...

A severe Prost! to all the homies!

Photo of _--TAD--_
4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great wheat beer that goes great with any grilled food, I just wish it was more thick. Also for a top quality import beer the price is not that bad as compareded to how pricey Belgian ales can get. The bottle says keep it around chilled to about 46-52 degrees fahrenheit, but if you have it a few degrees warmer than 52 degrees you can really takes the wheat.

Photo of punkindrublic50
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you are a fan of wheat beers then you absolutely have give Weihenstephaner a try. Appearance is perfect hefeweizen - cloudy orange with a cream colored head, sweet smell. You can practically taste the beer just by looking at it and smelling it. Hint of cloves along with the citrus and banana, crisp clean flavor that you could drink all day long. Like most beers best served on tap, although bottled it doesn't step down too much in quality.

Photo of Homebrew35
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice one and half finger head. Color is a hazy golden yellow. Smell is heavy with banana and a touch of clove and maybe some honey. Taste is sweet wheat and honey with a touch of spice in the middle and then finishes a bit sweet and creamy yet surprisingly neutral. Quite a carbonated and mouthfeel is medium bodied. I could drink this all night, this is my first one ever and I love it.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,828 ratings.