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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 2,352
Hads: 7,397
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.39%
Wants: 689
Gots: 1,308 | FT: 15
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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 jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a one-finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Light cloudy amber color. Light bodied and good carbonation. Nose is light lemon. Flavor has some sweetness, lemony/yeasty. Good summer hefe. $3.25 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA. (265 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy light golden color with a big head that fades slowly to ample lacing.

S: Aroma of spice, banana and vanilla with some malt sweetness in the background.

T: Taste of banana, spices and malt sweetness. No real bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly medium body, smooth and refreshing.

O: A very enjoyable beer and an easy drinker. Probably my favorite "Hefe" (377 characters)

Photo of fiver29
3.88/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap pours cloudy with white head. Aroma is clove and banana. High carbonation adds to the tingly mouthfeel. Flavor is a perfect balance of clove and banana and is the best beer to represent this style. Upfront you get the tingly carbonation, then the banana clove hits the middle and finishes semi dry Outstanding. (317 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving type: bottle.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow/ orange color with huge foamy white head. Aroma of yeast, orange and lemon. Very smooth drinkable beer with a nice citurs flavor. Pretty highly carbonated with hints of lemon and orange peel. Very crisp with a slight sour aftertaste. (285 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.88/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Opalescent oranged, quite good foam.
Smell of wheat, quite dry, with yeast, light pepper, light banana. Maybe a pear note?
The taste is dominated by malt and wheat. Lightly tart, with waves of sweetness (pear, marzipan). Dry flowers.
Light in body. Citric in he aftertaste, with notes of honey, and pepper. Soft and wrapping. (325 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.88/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 4/23/08. Bottle. Pours a cloudy golden color with a large white head. Aroma and flavor of spices (the spices are especially present when the beer is fresh...of the hefes that I've had, it has the most spices). Also your traditional hefe flavors of banana and some light fruits. A good hefe, probably one of the best. 7/4/8/4/14 (3.7/5) (347 characters)

Photo of PEBKAC
3.87/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml edition. Bought a case. Then bought the bottles left on the shelf. All the Korbinian. Then all the dunkel & Kristal. Actual people coming over for New Years was just icing. :)

Left the Vitus for all the fanboys. I don't like it. :P

Hef glass. Waited a sec because it was mighty cold. A hazy pale orange/gold beer. Stiff Cool-Whip head. It's as thick as shaving lather in some instances. Swiss cheese lace.

Smell is unexplainably savory, but still bright like a Hefeweizen should be. Like warm pasta tossed with a little fresh butter & a little herbage. Terrible anology(& maybe I'm just hungry), but that's what I'm imagining. Light on the banana(though it's creamier then usual) & barely showing any anise/clove.

Taste is pungent banana esters with a twinge of orange. Sweet biscuity middle with a bitterness that is more green then clove. Finish turns to face dry, but doesn't quite get all the way there.

Good carbonation, if a little ethereal. Body feels heavier then I'd like.

I can't say that this is my favorite hef ever, but I've always come back to it. While imports aren't usually at their freshest, I've still had some really nice ones from Plank, Ayinger, Franz, & Schneider, which I feel are all superior to this one. At least on this side of the Atlantic. :P (1,284 characters)

Photo of ernie
3.87/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer, coming out of the oldest European brewery, is sweeter and fruitier than most its Bavarian counterparts. It's also heavier and fuller, and that makes it not only a summer companion, but also a reasonable drink in winter. I prefer dryer versions of Hefe-Weizen but have to pay my respect to this truly outstanding beer (327 characters)

Photo of stephendr
3.87/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

clear honey color - nice white frothy , long lasting head – nose of extreme candy banana , yeast , bubble gum , spice , and nutmeg – taste of apricots, nutmeg, yeast, bananas , honey , lemon , and spices -- medium body slightly oily – aftertaste sour red fruit, bananas , yeast (280 characters)

Photo of washburnkid
3.87/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a .5L weizen glass.

A: Big four fingers of frothy white head that seems to grow out of the weizen glass. Brew is ever so slightly hazy golden.
S: Spices of mostly clove. Heavy wheat that already makes my mouth water. Citrus zest cuts through, but the spice is really dominating the nose.
T/M: Banana, spices (again, the cloves), and wheat flavors. Mouthfeel is light, and not as crisp as I want from a hefeweizen (despite my decent pour). Bitter hops are present to balance, and the sip ends dryly.
D: Not my favorite Hefe in the world, but not bad either. I thought it was a little undercarbonated, but refreshing and spicy nonetheless. (651 characters)

Photo of kingothewoods
3.87/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

good head but the appearance looks cloudy and murky. almost diluted orange juice. smells of cloves and malt. tastes of cloves. very light, sweet, and smooth. has a slight taste of alcohol. this beer would be great on a hot summer day or with several friends at the local pub. (275 characters)

Photo of MrSeth
3.87/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A sweet and yeasty aroma grabs my attention. It's clean and clearly in great condition. After the initial pour there is no head to speak of with a ton of carbonation coming to the surface. A little murky and orangey in color. The flavor is nothing too special, with a tart citrus peel and yeasty character, it covers all the bases for the wheat beer faithful. A very good lunch time beer. (388 characters)

Photo of SchlaflyFan
3.86/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle at the store today, 1 pint, .9 oz bottle. Poured into my weisbier glass. Poured a deep cloudy yellow, with a tall creamy head that dropped down to 1/8' lasting head with some lacing. Man that's a good looking beer. Smell is a hint of citrus, with some banana too. A nice fruity smell. Taste is banana, spices, and some of that citus I smelled earlier. Bready tasting, but pretty clean and easy going down. Not heavy in the least. I'm not a huge hefeweissbier drinker but this is very solid for the style. Recommended. (534 characters)

Photo of pittvkyle7
3.86/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice looking in its weizen glass. not a big head but it had some lacing while I drank, good and cloudy like it should be.

mostly a yeast smell, sweet, very light fruit like lemon, clove.

a good yeast bite to it, not much for a fruit taste, a little clove, very mild taste with a little sourness to it.

mouthfeel was light with crisp carbonation, a quick finish.

very drinkable (388 characters)

Photo of kinger
3.86/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the second style from the Weihenstephaner family of beers that I have recently tried. A beautiful golden color and very cloudy in the glass with a fantastic head and great lacing. After enjoying it's appearance I took a few drinks and was instantly guessing at all of the different flavors that can be found in this beer. This style is not on my top five list, but It is a well crafted beer. I'm sure a bottle or two will find it's way back into my fridge from time to time. (482 characters)

Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw yellow with a huge bright white head that rises up three inches high and slowly sizzles and pops down to a lid of meringue. Streams of fine bubbles rise up quickly.

Aroma of phenols and clove, some doughey yeast notes.

Flavors of subtle bready malt with notes of honey, yeast and phenols. Notes of clove and banana and mild citrus, a fine spice lingers. Well balanced flavors.

Even mouthfeel, lots of carbonation, gassy. Finishes dry. Decent drinkablity. Good representation of the style. (502 characters)

Photo of SetarconeX
3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Visually very good. Nice yellow color, with a hearty, foamy head. Very interesting scent, with a hearty amount of yeast backed up with an odd pungency (other reviewers say phenols, but it's something more than that. Almost like olive juice, but not quite).

Much more subtle taste than you'd expect, with the scent it has. Had to finish half the glass before I could start to properly appreciate it. Yeasty and malty, though there's an odd metallic aftertaste that I don't quite like. Might just be mine, I don't see anyone else mentioning it.

Not a half bad Hefe Weizen. Give it a try (592 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the most drinkable hefe's I've had, but not the most flavorful. It started with a sweet, spicy aroma, but taste is too mellow, not rich enough, just sweet and bready with a bit of spice. I remembered this being better on tap, so maybe that's the way to go. But for my money, the best Hefe to get is the Ayinger followed by non-skunky Franziskaner. (354 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rich hazy orange/straw pour with the expected towering head.
Aroma is mostly wheaty bread, then some banana and spicy cloves with a final hint of citrus. Personally I was expecting more from what I had heard about this beer.
Wheat also dominates taste, but unfortunately not all that much of the banana and clove transfers through.
Great mouthfeel, perhaps a bit too watery, but spot on carbonation.
Very refreshing but it'd be good if it had a more banana/clove/bubblegum notes. (479 characters)

Photo of 007rtw
3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: pours a murky yellow gold with hints of orange. Bubbling from the bottom is beautiful. Strong, white head, with minimal lacing.

Smell: Wheat, yeast, sourdough bread, caramel, champagne. Hits powerfully, though not hard, but very deep. Considering the "weakness" of the flavors, that's quite good.

Taste: Wheat, malt, maybe a touch of banana. Well done, but there's not too much here, and it's not too interesting.

Mouthfeel: Really smooth, with just a tough of bite from the carbonation.

Overall: A disappointment. A very pretty beer. Smells great. Feels great. Tastes good, but less than I expected. Still, if I wanted good hefeweizen, I'll acknowledge that I've had none better. I think hefeweizen is just not my thing. (766 characters)

Photo of Benish
3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's a great beer. It poured beautifully, had notes of ripen bananas and fruity esters. Very easy to drink and light-bodied. It seems to be missing that subtle peppery bite that I look for in a hefeweizen. It doesn't compare to New Glarus Dancing Man - which has set the bar really high. It might be that this beer is not fresh. Could not find the bottle date and bought this off a shelf at room temp. I have no doubt that drinking this straight from the source or from a fresh bottle would leave this beer tasting much better than now. I will take the next opportunity to try this beer again when I find it refrigerated. (621 characters)

3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you are in Weihenstephan and want a Weissbeer you have two choices, this one and HUBER (the better one in my opinion). Pronounced fruityness, very lively, pleasanr bitterness. This beer is best when drinking it at the Weihenstephan Braustuuberl beergarden amidst student brewmasters! (286 characters)

Photo of katan
3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Undated 16.9 oz bottle - total rewrite as I found that I actually had reviewed the kristalweizen version last time. It was copied to its appropriate location.

A - Pours a true to color golden look with a strong haze from the unfiltered nature of the beer. Light carbonation is apparent which results in a very light film of and light hazing.

S - A bready and spicy yeast backbone is the strongest smell here. Very true to the hefe style where yeast owns.

T - Starts with a muted malt backbone with just enough bitterness to bring it into balance. Mid stream is not all that potent of a flavor, I am surprised at the smoothness of the overall flavor profile of the beer. A sweet and spicy finish to the beer. Very refreshing.

M - Strong carbonation makes this beer just explode in your mouth. Beyond that, it is very full bodied which is right in line for my desire in a hefe.

D - Very easy drinking and refreshing. Light ABV makes it sessionable. Now I may be colored by the fact that I just returned from a 25 mile bike ride, but I can think of no more refreshing summer beer. The only knock here is that perhaps the sweetness would begin to wear on me. (1,159 characters)

Photo of rjlemos
3.84/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As being said, this beer comes from the oldest brewery still producing beer, so they might know something about it... they have a really good reputation...
And, to say more, the master brewer of Eisenbahn, the best brazilian brewery (and shall i say, probably one of the best of the entire world), was taught there... so, a lot of things can be concluded from that...
I bought 3 different Weihenstephaner's beers at the same time (and drank all the three one following the other). I began by this one, and it's very smooth, very soft, even for the style, specially if you compare with other highlights like Erdinger and so on...
Probably my expectations were too high, but, despite being a nice beer, thought i prefer the erdinger ones... (742 characters)

Photo of tigerdoc
3.84/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow with a creamy head that remains as I drink. I was little dissapointed on how clear it is for a Hefe. Very good bannana/clove estery aroma balanced with some light citrus orange hop aroma. The flavor is sweet at first with light bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Definately a very solid Hefe. (339 characters)

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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