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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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6,443 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,443
Reviews: 2,254
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 498
Gots: 664 | FT: 12
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

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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4.56/5  rDev +3.4%

frosted33, Sep 12, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy straw to light gold color with a large snow white that left no lace around the glass
S-clove and banana with a hint of spice
T-it was a tart banana flavor with bready aftertaste. It had a very clean finish.
M-high carbonation with a light body
O-this was a smooth beer that was very refreshing. It had taste and flavor, and I will be drinking it again

a0lbudman, Nov 27, 2013
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4.56/5  rDev +3.4%

Todd_Shrader, Oct 01, 2014
Photo of CA_Jim
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance – Beautiful head. Pours great. Cloudy near the top. Hazy. Fine head, begins to collapse.

Aroma – Smells like banana even from across the table! Crisp, sweet, light.

Flavor – Banana, right up front, then more banana. Wheat, of course. Very drinkable.

CA_Jim, Jun 04, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +3.4%

sirhc3034, Sep 05, 2014
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4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure what I can add to 290 reviews...medium sized bottle, no freshness dating, pours cloudy honey yellow, puffy/fluffy white head, just a tad of lacing. Nose is tasty bananas and yeast, glorious yeast. This is the gold standard for German Hefe, yum yum, soft balanced, fruity, tons of bananas and yeast notes. Easy drinking, crowd pleaser, give me some salad, cheese, bread and a glass of this fine brew and I will be a smiling! Great summer quaffer, fine all year round wheat

Billolick, Jul 21, 2005
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4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - vey light straw coloured ale, somewhat cloudy but has some amount of clarity. There is a tremendous amount of head, very white and fluffy. Some very nice streams of carbonation occurring as well.

Smell - banana's, oranges, spices, what a tremendous combination! The beer offers all these great smells, along with the wheat base and a very refreshing balance.

Taste - the added volume adds some good mouthfeel, really fills the mouth full of flavour. little more bitterness at the end, which is very good.

Mouthfeel - lotsa good levels of carbonation enhance all flavours, very good mouthfeel. there is an added bitterness as well.

Overall - this is one of the best beers i have had, it combines everything one could want and so much more. I am very happy i can buy this all the time.

Swedes21, May 13, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Bright and clear golden honey with a huge white foam head with good retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet fruity scent of banana, clove, and yeast with a slight scent of citrus hops.

Taste: Sweetness upfront from the bready yeast and bananas followed by a slight taste of citrus hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Very smooth.

Overall: A very tasty and smooth Hefeweizen from Germany.

MattyG85, Apr 17, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Moment: Simple evening--crosswords and Baseball Tonight... Glassware: Koenig pilsner... Appearance: cloudy, slightly opaque golden body with a soft, thick snow-white head; nice tracings as the glass empties... Aroma: citric notes tickle with an undepining of hops to spice up the experience.... Palate: smooth, creamy texture--as pleasant and inviting a hefe as I have encountered... Taste: Clear, crisp profile, as expected from something with a recipe this old; a bit tart, but softly invigorating... Overall: Can anyone argue with the year 1046? A classic that refreshes easily, evenly, and with a slight twerk that provides character in a genre where the less character, usually the better...

dacrza1, Nov 13, 2010
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4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

1L growler filled @ Al's of Hampden

Poured into my Duvel tulip, has a cloudy, golden straw colored body. Huge head on all of my pours, even though I was being very careful given the style. All kinds of stuff going on in the nose - clove, pepper, banana, and citrus notes are the most distinctive. Some spice and banana flavors upfront in the taste, with a sweetness coming through in the middle, rounded out by some citrus notes. Lighter body with a moderate amount of carbonation, very smooth and refreshing.

Pretty complex, yet balanced all around. Nice to grab a growler of this world class beer.

prdstmnky, Jan 03, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Smoggy yellow with a fat, bulging, slow-to-budge froth above.
Aromatic of banana bread spiced with clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. Touches of lemon as well.
Fully malty up front. Rounded cookie dough, but not necessarily sweet. Bananas too. And loads of them, sprinkled with powdered sugar and vanilla. Spice arrives in waves. Clove is foremost, but ginger and white pepper are clearly noted. Emblematic W'stephaner yeast, like lime sorbet. Minor herbal hop notations at the close.
Medium-hewn with rippling carbonation.
World Class, obviously.

cokes, May 19, 2004
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4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Mammoth, multi-finger head, tremendous retention; hazy, cloudy, honey-orange hue, very lively body.

Wonderful yeastiness, bubblegum fragrance out shines the banana, a whisper of clove.

Glowingly balanced taste with well-placed flavor... more banana is found on the palate, slight bubblegum, almost no clove but solid wheaty-maltiness. Faint mustiness.

Pleasing mouthfeel, this is a very enjoyable quaff. Slightly sweet yet mildly tart finish.

Probably the best Hefe-Weizen on the planet. World Class... very much recommended... why just drink this in the summer?

tobin, Jan 17, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The worlds oldest brewery! I see why they have been in business so long. This is an outstanding Hefe Weissbier the standard by witch others are to be measured. The beer was golden with plenty of cloudieness formed a nice head and left good lace. Smell was a little bit of fresh bread and banana. Taste was remenicent of banana and clove. The beer was very carbonated one of the more refreshing brews I have had. Drinkability well lets just say I could go for a hot summer day good company a barbeque and about four of these 16oz bottles. If you like Hefe then try this beer.

BeerTaster, Jan 17, 2008
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4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into my Pilsner Glass. Honey golden, very hazy color, 3 fingers of fluff, which takes a couple minutes to dissipate. Smells classically Hefe. Banana, cloves, some floral notes. A bit of citrus. Definitely smells sweet. Tastes more spicy than it smells, with a more subdued banana flavor. A nice hop bitterness on the finish. Very lightly sweet. Lots of little bubbles making me want to burp. Fantastic.

WestValleyIPA, Oct 04, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a fresh sqeezed orange juice color and leaves a thick white lace. The smell is aromatic orange, lemon zest, grass, hay, summertime in a bottle. The taste of this beer is so smooth it goes down so easy, lemon, grassy notes, with some subtle orange sweetness lingers on the palate in the finish. This is a simple hefe that just satisfies the tounge with fresh malty sweetness.

Franchise, Dec 18, 2005
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4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a weizen glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with a huge puffy white head. The head sticks around for a real long time. It smells like banana, cloves, lemon and wheat/yeast, very nice. Taste is pretty much the same as the smell, but with a bit of hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is light/medium with good carbonation, a very clean, crisp and smooth brew. Drinkability is very good too, it's a good sessionable beer for anytime but especially refreshing on a hot day. Definitely recommended, I think it's a great beer.

bluejacket74, Jun 22, 2007
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4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle today, drinking it now. Hopefully, it helps me do well in my sprint triathlon tomorrow.

Poured out of a bottle into my hefeweizen glass...fitting, right?

A1 - Been a while since I poured a hefe. I poured way too vigourously and I'll I got was about a hand with of beer, and a hand and a half width of foam. Onto the smell, I'll be back here after 2nd pour.

S - Lots of cloves and bananas! This is some potent stuff. I think Live Oak Hefeweizen had a touch more sweetness...this is all cloves and spices. The belgian yeast/malts definitely shine through.

A2 - The head is pillowy, and soft, and just sits there like a thunderhead...a bulbous thunderhead, on top of the beer. The beer itself is a cloudy golden, but when holding it up to my TV, and wiping the sweat of the glass, I can see the sports commentators. There are some bubbles rising. It's a light golden on the bottom, and a light orange on top. Just a beautiful beer. Beautiful lacing and legs are left after every sip

T - Pretty much follows the nose, but just a tad bit softer than the potency that you get from the smell. Cloves, and bananas, and spices. It's really nice.

M - Slightly creamy at first that leads to light, crisp, refreshing...nice carbonation. Spot on. I have no idea how you can make this any better.

D - What a summer beer. This is fantastic. Though I think I've become a bit of a hophead and would prefer an IPA over a hef, this is definitely worthy of the praise from "the world's oldest brewery."

Kaiser81, Aug 22, 2010
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4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

.5 liter bottle to a Horseheads pint glass

A- Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a giant head of thick white cream that stays for quite a few minutes. Limited lacing.

S- Extensive amounts of bananas, a bit of lemon and some grassiness along with some spice. This is a real winner here.

T- More lemon and yeast character than the nose lets on, but otherwise follows it. Lots going on with banana and citrus, finishing up with a subtle warming on the way down.

M- Light on the tongue, but that's the way it should be. Very bubbly and refreshing. A certain lasting spiciness brings me to take another sip.

O- I really enjoy SN Kellerweis, but this might surpass it. This is surely one i'll go back to again, especially at 3 bucks a piece.

tviz33, Oct 09, 2012
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4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An absolutely impressively thick, white, dense and well retained head tops a light orange hazy brew w/ copious bubbling. The assertive but clean German wheat yeast esters are comprised of the expected bubblegum, light banana, a hint of clove but when combined with the sweet malt notes is quite reminescent of a banana split. Tart wheat notes become perceptible as the beer warms. This beer exhibits excellent balance all around. Yeast esters, although quite prominent, do not dominate the flavor profile and allow the rich, almost chewy malt backbone that consists of pleasant sweetness and an unexpectedly mild toasty malt to add complexity to thiis brew. Hop bitterness is just a touch above the norm, and provides an excellent contrast to the malt flavors and sweetness. This brew finishes w/ an enjoyable sweetness followed by a bit of mustiness from the yeast. The overall flavor is less estery and cleaner than most German wheats, but there's a superlative balance between flavor contributions from the yeast, barley malt, wheat and hops. Just as drinkable as Paulaner, but with more character all around. Excellent.

marc77, Jun 18, 2002
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4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy golden/orange color to it. It has a very nice thick white head that dies down very slowly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of yeast, bananas, wheat, spices (mainly cloves) and some slight citrus.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some nice cloves, bananas, wheat malts, yeast and citrus. Great tasting Hefe!

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. One of my favorite beers.

SebD, Aug 22, 2012
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4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 16.9 oz bottle into weizen glass.

A - Hazy orangish color with a fair bit of yeast sediment. Huge pillowy, 3-4 finger head with decent retention, settles to white cap. Moderate lacing.

S - Fragrant with bananas and citrus, faint clove and wheat malt as well.

T - Starts off a little sweet with the bananas, but soon dives into clove and wheat. Yeasty flavor kicks in near the finish, where a wash of lemon peel and hop bitterness comes through. Alcohol tends to shine through a tad.

M - Light to medium bodied, with prickly carbonation.

D - A great session beer aside from cost; the only thing that cost it half a point was the somewhat prickly carbonation. The flavor however, never gets old and the light/medium body is perfect for drinking.

Overall I prefer Franziskaner when it comes to hefe's, but Weihenstephaner ties for second along with Maisel's Weisse.

PatrickJR, May 07, 2008
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4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at the liquor store last night, and we are eating some spicy food later, so I figured it would be good to go with that. Wanted to review before having the food.

The beer pours a vibrant yellow-gold coloring, with a tremendous amount of foamy, cloudy white head. The head disperses fairly quick while the beer settles. Wonderful blend of smells, including citrus, malt, and wheat. Other sweet and earthy fruit notes deep in the aroma, as well. The beer has a well balanced malt and citrus-sweet flavor, too. Buttery notes of taste help round out the beer. It is very smooth, and almost creamy feeling in mouth. The beer transitions seemlessly to a creamy finish, with a slight roasted aftertaste. Very easy to drink, and I think will go great with the spicy fare we are planning to eat.

GarthDanielson, Jan 23, 2011
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4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. It is a bright lemony yellow, slightly hazy, with a lot of bubbles of carbonation running throughout and feeding a well-retained 1/2 finger fluffy white head. A pretty substantial amount of slippery white lace clings to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Really nice and appetizing aromas of dry, toasted wheat and bright citrusy lemon come through more strongly than expected. The smell is bright and clean and refreshing.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Everything about this beer is light and refreshing. The flavors of lightly toasted malts and hearty, but not heavy wheat come together with a subtly bitter and very bright lemony presence that leaves a tart flavor in the aftertaste. There's no trace of alcohol at all. The feel is very well-carbonated and the beer finishes clean with no stickiness or oiliness to weigh it down.

Drinkability: Extremely high - this beer is so refreshing and tasty that's it's great to drink on its own or with food. Definitely a quintessential summer beer.

kels, Aug 21, 2009
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4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank from a chalice and poured from a bottle.

A: Gorgeous translucent orange-yellow-goldenrod colour; looks like frosted glass. Nice frothy head, but lacing is minimal and dissipates faster than I would like.

S: Sweet nectar scent brimming with fruitiness (banana, kiwi, peach strawberry, and other tropical fruits) a fresh wheaty maltiness, and a deliciously unmistakable Belgian yeastiness. Deliciously tantalizing; brings the drinker in and excites the senses. Just under perfect.

T: Sweet fruity, yet balanced flabour. Powerful/distinct clove and banana with a wide yet still subtle palette of other fruits. Quite wheaty in a pleasant way. Missing the depth of taste that a higher abv would bring, but still DAMN good.

M: I would have loved more booziness, cause I feel the higher abv would bring out more flavours. However, a hefe doesnt usually have that booziness or high abv so I can't really knock it too hard. A little fizzy in the mouth when I might have appreciated a little less. Very very refreshing and satisfying.

D: Good lord, I could and would drink these all night if I could, and I would feel spolied doing it. A rare perfect session beer. 5.4% abv and 100 times its weight in flavour. I'm giving it the rare 5 for drinkability. So effing good.

Whiteweasel, Aug 28, 2010
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4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Frontier on Milwaukee Ave. here in Chicago, which is a large multi-story bar with a small selection of tappers that are fairly well-selected. The Weihenstephaner on-tap is really their stand-out though.

Drank quite a few of these. Big cloudy bright body with a huge head that gives off a ton of yeast funk, deep rich almost deliciously stale fruit and a mountain of wheat sharpness. Taste is crisp, funky and with an excellent malt depth. Darn, this is a yummy beer. Mouthfeel is flawless, absolutely perfect.

If you haven't ever had this, you need to. I'll post a bottle review sometime soon too, I sure do love to crack one of these after some gardening in the yard or just on the deck on a hot Sunday.

chicagoabbot, Jul 01, 2011
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,443 ratings.