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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by pezoids on 01-22-2001

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Reviews: 2,455 | Ratings: 7,961
Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle code 8125 so bottled March 8, 2015.

Very cloudy beer, classic German yeast with light banana notes. Went perfectly with my fire roasted sausages.

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Photo of LampertLand
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier @ 5.4% , a Hefeweizen served from a 500 ml bottle purchased for $5.30

A-pour is a hazy gold in color with a big off white head that is leaving a streaky lace film along the weizen glass

S-banana , alot of floral/citrus also

T-sweet tasting , bit mild on the palate

MF-ok/good carbonation , medium body ,

Ov-very easy drinking beer , another classic

sampled alongside 2 other Weihenstephan beers (Vitus & Hefeweissbier Dunkel)

prost LampertLand

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a goblet and a thick, fluffy head formed. Color is a hazy burnt orange. The nose has a ton of malt with a yeasty/lemon zest. The taste is packed with zesty hop and yeast flavors(earthy lemon). I'm impressed by the dry, bready middle. The finish is a crisp malty/lemon with a dry carbonation.

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Photo of sajaffe1
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I heard great things about this brew, so I picked up a bottle as part of a custom 4-pack at Corks & Tops in Tuscaloosa, AL.

Not bad. Hazy appearance as expected. Strong clove and banana flavors, a bit of wheat and bubblegum. Got a nice fluffy head.

May buy again soon.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50 cl bottle. Pours a hazy golden-orange color with a decent frothy white head, good lacing. Aroma is estery banana and cloves, wheat, caramel malts, yeast, with a citrus and peppery finish. Flavor is about the same, very sweet. Bananas, cloves, wheat, and spicy. Dry but very smooth mouthfeel, light to medium body, sweet on the tongue and fairly lively as far as carbonation is concerned. Very good beer, perfect example for the style.

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Photo of BlackAngus
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark yellow, very cloudy, with a rocky, almost meringue-like head.

Strong wheat smell, as well as a fruity note, and a hint of clove.

Taste is of clove, banana, hint of citrus, strong wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, very well carbed, almost frothy.

Very drinkable. I could have a LOT more of this. Makes me wish more American breweries crafted this style, as opposed to the bland American wheat.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure when or where I first had this, but I've had it several times over the years, bottled and on tap.

Pale golden-yellow pour, hazy, with a tall fluffy white head; decent retention and a bit of lacing. Yeasty aroma, bready, banana esters, clovey spice, pretty much exemplary of the style. The taste reflects the nose, pale bready malts, doughy, toasted wheat, classic hefe yeast, banana and clove. Medium body, fairly smooth mouthfeel, soft carbonation. This is where you go for a no-nonsense hefeweizen.

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Photo of jeff1973
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Czechvar pilsner glass. Freshness code translate to being bottle in April 2011, so roughly 6 months old.

A - hazy straw yellow. Good bright white head, decent lacing.

S - Bananas, clove, Hawiian sweet bread.

T - Lemony, then banana, ends with spicey clove, but also dries out nicely, not to be too sweet.

M - Medium high carbonation. Goes well with the light flavors of this beer.

D - High. Low ABV. Clean taste and very refreshing.

I think this one was a little past its prime. I have had it on tap at the Yardhouse with much better results. But still an excellent beer.

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Photo of champ103
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy yellow. A two finger fluffy white head forms, and slowly recedes leaving some patchy lace behind.
S: Funky, musky malty aroma. Husky yeast and hay. Lots of banana, clove and citrus fruit aromas.
T: Probably the best tasting hefe I have tried. An explosion of sweet malty fruit flavors. Bananas, cloves, citrus, ect. Wonderful.
M/D: A creamy light body that is a bit watery. Very smooth and easy to drink.

A great beer for the hot summer weather. Light, but does not sacrifice anything in terms of flavor.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid, cloudy orange color with a fluffy white head that is dinosauric in size. The aroma is of cloves and bananas. The taste is fairly juicy, citrus, and banana. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a decent hefe. It isn't the best I've ever had by a long shot, but it is still damn good.

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Photo of SchaefMan
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a Hefe Weissbier fan, so this gets good marks from me anyway.

First of all, the appearance was standard orange/brown cloudy, with a white head that dissipated a bit quicker than I expected.

Smell and taste, too, were standard for a Hefe, and the taste was a bit more pronounced than, say, Hacker Pschorr, but with a tad less banana/clove.

Mouthfeel was light, but well carbonated.

Drinkability was good, but I was not as impressed as the rating would lead me to believe.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale, golden orange body with haze from suspended yeast

Aroma: yeasty, cloves, banana (normal Hefeweizen aroma)

Taste: Creamy, peppery, with a light hop finish; very good

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of mikel52588
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: An attractive gold with a slight orange tinge, has the cloudiness of a wheat beer of course, with a nice 2 finger length head and small lacing

Smell: Cloves are very apparent, smells sweet, maybe fruits in there

Taste: I'm getting mostly cloves, the beers a little warm I may have to re-review this one. Some sweet malt qualities; It's a bit spicy; whole--warms the stomach.

Mouthfeel: It feels light and crisp, carbonated, doesn't leave too strong of an aftertaste, rather a faint one that lingers

Drinkability: This brewery's been around for almost a thousand years and they are sure to stay, this beer is unique, has a nice blend of spices. Sets the standard for wheat beers everywhere; nonetheless comparable to Harpoons UFOs though.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very murky and hazy yellow color. Huge fluffy white head. Good aroma-nice blend of banana and phenolic esters. Somewhat peppery and spicy. Very clovey in the flavor though finishes quite crisp and clean. Decent mouthfeel. As usual hefes are not my thing but this one is supposed to be a classic and I find it quite enjoyable. Needs to be a hot summer's day beer for this kid but overall it was quite decent.

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Photo of dank203
4/5  rDev -9.1%

lot of banana and bubblegum type aromas with a big peppery, lime and citrus peel bite on the palate. load of carbonation with clean finish. very intensely flavored without overpowering and burning the palate.

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Photo of 3frog
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the tap at the Weihenstephaner Biergarten into the appropriate glass

Appearance: beautiful gold almost pearlescent with a faint hint of red; my glass runneth over with foam, but it settled fairly quickly; little lace

Smell: clove-olicious, a little lemony, and that faint boiling wort smell I picked up in the dunkel.

Taste: stepped up clove along with a slightly peppery spiciness; quite tart but not overly fruity; lasting moderate hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium body balanced by a high level of carbonation.

Drinkability: certainly a nice example, probably my 3rd favorite after Andechs and Schneider.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass.

A: Pours a murky yellowish orange color with a huge pillowy white head.

S: Yeasty nose with lemon accents.

T: Lemon and banana in the beginning, clove and yeast in the finish. A classic hefeweizen.

M: Medium bodied.

D: A great hefeweizen, outstanding on a hot day.

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Photo of Derranged
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a weizen glass from a 12 ounce bottle.

A- Cloudy golden color, nice, big white head with some retention on the glass.

S- Spicy, banana, clove with some herbal notes.

T- Nice mildly sweet wheat flavor.

M- Smooth and very carbonated.

O- Very refreshing beer. Incredibly easy to drink, decent price depending where you get it.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a major German beer fan, but this is probably my favorite of all time. Very well balanced with a very complex flavor. I get hints of sweetness and the carbonation is perfect.

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Photo of ncvbc
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden straw with big fluffy white head when poured. Smells of banana, wheat, and overall sweetness. The taste was a little muted but still good. Again, a wheat bite and banana flavor that reminds me of Runts. Mouthfeel was good as expected, not too much carbonation and very crisp. I could let it rest on my tongue all day this summer. This is a good beer in every aspect. Nothing too exceptional to me but definitely above average. I'd say it's among the top hefes for me and at a good price. Try it, you'll probably like it.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the overall reviews I was expecting a little bit more from this beer but I enjoyed the experience.
Very as-per-style all around. Some coriander in the flavor, slight banana, a lemon tang going on, that wheaty mouthfeel I've come to expect from the style.
Light, easy drinking, hazy cloudy beer goodness.
A top 100 beer? I dunno.
Definately a good hefe weizen.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, classy, classic label; Some date code that I'm not exactly sure what it means, but I THINK it's at least brewed in 2011, which I'll take, considering I've seen examples that are over 2 years old on the shelf.

Appearance: Hazy dark straw gold beer, with a nice cream-colored cap which, surprisingly, fades a bit fast for my liking.

Smell: Requisite sweet/tart banana aromas, with plenty of spice in the background. A couple of swirls really brings out the spice aromas. Very slight hint of citrus in the background, as well as something nicely floral as this warms a bit.

Taste: Banana and sweet spice (no particular baking spice is coming out here, though I think perhaps I get a slight hint of clove). Slightly tangy wheat backbone, with light, if firm bitterness. All in all, it's a bit like banana bread, though w/out the typical caramelly/burnt sugar notes that confection often (though not always) has.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy and refreshing

Overall: A really tasty Hefeweizen. Is it the world's best, like I once thought? I don't know, though it's certainly top-tier. I do have to say, however, that it's no longer quite my favorite. Overall, however, certainly a tasty offering.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the German's remaining monastic brewers.
Appearence : Pale unfiltered wheat beer
Smell : Ginger and clove aroma
Taste : Hallertau hop give to the beer a spicy and pepper aroma, with a banana and vanilla taste
Mouthfeel : Ginger finish
Drinkability : A typical spicy wheat beer

Thierry (14/10/2007)

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Photo of Nutleybeer
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out leaving a massive head in the glass. A mild, spicy yeast scent hits me as I go in for a sip.

Cloudy gold color. A rush of tiny carbonated bubbles surge to the surface.

Smooth. Highly drinkable. A clove-like presence is there, but not too overwhelming.

Brewed under the purity law on 1516, as per the bottle. A real pleasant treat overall. Perfect for a warm summer day (or a cold December night, like I am doing).

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Photo of chalsk
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours an amber orange color with a white foam head. Has an nice aroma of orange and fresh bouquet. Has a lemon zest taste with notes of banana and clove. Very tasty witbier. Similar to others but a lot smoother. The perfect beer when relaxing with the woman.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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