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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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6,470 Ratings

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Ratings: 6,470
Reviews: 2,256
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.43%
Wants: 501
Gots: 673 | FT: 12
Brewed by:
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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Photo of JonMich13
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a beautiful yellow gold into the snifter glass. Not much head and what was there didn't last long. Minimal lacing. Smelled of wheat and spiciness followed strongly by citrus and banana. Mouth is crisp and clean with ample carbonation. Very balanced. Taste of wheat and pepper hit early with mellow sweet banana/lemon bringing up the rear - this beer finishes brilliantly. Definitely an easy drinker.

JonMich13, Feb 23, 2009
Photo of FanofHefe
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a fantastic brew! Huge white fluffy head over a hazy yellow/straw colored body with a little carbonation. Some minimal lacing afterwards.

Great sweet aroma of yeast, lemon, and hint of banana and spices.

This flavor is the definition of a superior wheat beer: mildly sweet with the perfect balance of clove, banana, and yeast. Just enough lemon/citrus sour taste to balance the sweetness. Very drinkable.

As a fan of this style, I think this is one of the best. Highly recommend.

FanofHefe, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of eb003
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My fellow BAs, once again you have provided flawless direction into my beer explorations. I tried this one due to the ratings it received amongst the "hefes" and "weiss beers". As you all were correct about Aventinus... you were also with this one. I am not disappointed by your knowledge and recommendations.

The appearance is good and cloudy like a hefe should be. The smell is very aromatic...hints of wheat and I think a bit citrus-like. The taste is very clean, very nice. The mouthfeel is very smooth. I rate this one high on drinkability because--well--put a hose from the tap and let me sip all day.

I'm a big Franzikaner fan and I didn't think I'd ever find a beer to rival it. Well, this one does. My fellow BAs if you ever in your life want to try a good "hefe"... I highly recommend this one. My personal favorite of Franziskaner is also a good choice. I have to rate this one as high as my personal fav, though. This is just one great Hefe, in my humble opinion.

eb003, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of Offa
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is an incredible hefeweizen and almost a paradigmatic example of the German style.

This is cloudy gold with a huge, dense white head that lasts until the end.

The aroma is full of honey and pears with elements of grain.

The taste is crisp, sweet before leaving a dryish but smooth finish, with wheat, biscuit and vague fruit qualities that transforms to a clear bubble gum finish, almost minty, a little bitter, with some grain and fruit.

Offa, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Definitely the best hefeweissen I have had so far. It looks more like honey than beer, being a rich, almost opaque, slightly orange golden color. Aroma is strong and wheaty, with a strong citrus overtone - but the latter may have come from the obligatory lemon wedge. Flavor is rich, typical of a wheat beer but mouth-filling - no "thin" feeling whatsoever. I got a strong hint of citrus, but again this may have been due to the lemon wedge in the beer. Light, smooth and tingly, this beer is a winner. No wonder they have been in business for almost a millennium!

Cyberkedi, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of jenitivecase
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden, reddish yellow. Slightly cloudy, with a nice off-white head that leaves good lacing. Moderate carbonation.

S: After smelling this beer, I immediately had to have a drink - writing these sentences is broken by the smell wafting up and forcing me to drink more and more. Good stuff - bananas, weizen yeast, cloves, and a slight bubblegum-y scent. It is a rare day when the nose on a beer makes me this excited.

T: Not quite as awesome as the nose, but still fantastic. This is everything I expect from a good weizen - good yeast character, with a well-developed version of the characteristic banana taste. The clove character is also very present, and I can pick up a faint hint of that aforementioned bubblegum taste. These all blend well with the wheat flavor to make a beer that is very well-balanced.

M: Very chill, lots of nice carbonation keeps things light. Slightly creamy, but not clinging. Refreshing.

D: If I had a case of these, it would be a very, VERY dangerous evening.

Weihenstephaner just earned itself a very special place in my heart. I am thoroughly impressed, and that's something coming from someone who has consumed a truly ludicrous amount of weizenbier over the last 4 months in Germany.

jenitivecase, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of ChewbaccaSD
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%

ChewbaccaSD, Wednesday at 06:47 AM
Photo of Smurf2055
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured murky golden. Lots of head.

Sweet honey wheaty smell.

Great Weizen taste.

So insanely drinkable, perfect carbonation. World’s Oldest Brewery obviously knows what they are doing.

Edit: Revisited as part of a blind test against Ayinger. Pour was murky yellow, hazy. Very sweet gum and banana smell. The head was taller and fluffier than Ayinger. Sweet, good carbonation, smooth, clean, and crisp. Overall, still a delicious and prime example of a German Hefe.

Smurf2055, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured from 12oz bottle into weizen glass. Cloudy golden hue with a 1.5 finger white head that is so thick you could float a quater on. Good lacing. Tons of carb bubbles. Mighty fine.

S- Esters, yeasty, lemon, banana, bubble gum. Pretty big aroma. Spice at the end.

T- yeasty as the nose indicates. Huge clove. Malty wheat, bubble gum. Smooth and delicious. Slight citrus notes detected. We have a near perfect amount of goodness going on here. Not tart like some of this style can be, but a nice peppery finish. Beautiful balance.

M- Mid body. Smooth start that seems to get drier as this goes down. Wonderful carbonation.

O- A simply wonderful and stunning brew. Lives up to the hype. Certainly a go to beer for this style. Surprisingly inexpensive too.

Bosoxfan20, Apr 03, 2013
Photo of keeganfrank
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden brown beer with a thick, foamy head that leaves thick bunches of lacing. Aromas of fruits and sweet spices. Exceptionally delicious, complex flavor consisting primarily of apricot, apple cider and spice s. Very, very smooth and enjoyable to drink.

keeganfrank, May 18, 2013
Photo of Yavenc
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%

Yavenc, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of frosted33
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%

frosted33, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of a0lbudman
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
Photo of Todd_Shrader
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
Photo of sirhc3034
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%

sirhc3034, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of Billolick
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
Photo of Swedes21
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
Photo of MattyG85
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
Photo of dacrza1
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
Photo of prdstmnky
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
Photo of cokes
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
Photo of tobin
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
Photo of BeerTaster
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
Photo of WestValleyIPA
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
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 6,470 ratings.