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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BA SCORE
98
world-class

6,179 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 6,179
Reviews: 2,231
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 467
Gots: 554 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

12 oz bottle, poured into a weizen glass.

Slow, careful pour with a swirl at the end produces a beautiful looking hazed and slightly cloudy golden orange color. A steady stream of bubbles support a massive, frothy white head that hangs around for the duration of the beer and occasionally leaves a streak of dry lacing. Aroma is spot on for this style, nothing unexpected. Strong notes of wheat, malt, yeast, banana, clove, vanilla and mild citrus. Medium thick body with light carbonation produces a smooth full mouthfeel. Flavor is initially banana sweet and fruity. Mid palate some light hops cut the sweetness and add a lemony citrus balance to the flavor. Finish has nice duration, fairly slick and mildly sweet. Really, not much else you can say about this beer other than it's a near perfect example of the style.

03-28-2010 20:43:01 | More by yourefragile
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Chizoad

California

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured with a relatively moderate, white head that never really went away, with maybe a 1/2 finger remaining throughout the pint. The beer has a pale straw color with only a small hint of cloudiness. Carbonation attached to the side of the glass gave a very nice appearance.

I got a lot of typical wheatbeer aromas, with some bitterness. However, as the beer warmed, it developed a floral bent that eventually was realized in the taste. Top notch.

All of the aromas are amazingly magnified on the palate. It's a very light beer that has layers that just keep evolving. Perhaps the best part is the hoppiness on the finish, which is mild enough to not overwhelm but is the perfect offset to the citrus and wheat up front. This has a different type of bitterness, almost like angostura bitters, and not like a lot of IPAs.

A real sipper for some reason. Pounding this one back just wasn't possible, not that I'd want to do that with a beer this good. Medium body. Would love to drink another.

05-23-2010 16:03:48 | More by Chizoad
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DIM

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

a: This is a cloudy, dirty looking, apple cider yellow. It pours with a medium sized white head that doesn't last long.

s: Mellow, balanced, and non-confrontational. Wheaty, overripe bananas along with some lemon and cloves.

t: This is damn near a perfect hefe. Nothing cloying or artifcial tasting in this one. Wheat flavors that suggest bananas and bublegum rather hit you upside the head with them. Mild peppery spices and a suggestion of citrus.

m: This is the heartiest hefe I've tried so far. Thick with perfectly creamy carbonation.

d: Its hard to imagine a better hefe, I'll be on the look out for a chance to try this one on tap.

06-11-2008 21:36:37 | More by DIM
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

Bomber (1 pint, .9oz), bottled on 6/10/10, poured into my wheat beer glass. (Reviewed in October)

A: Beautiful dark golden color, hazy from all the yeast. Forms a MASSIVE 3-finger foamy white head that is about as inviting as it gets. The head seems to last forever and has good lacing.

S: Dark ripe fruit (very sweet), lots of bright floral yeast, banana, and spices. alcohol esters are present in a very nice way.

T: The banana shines in this one, without overpowering the rest of the flavors. It's a fairly complex mix of sweet dark fruits, floral yeast, and nice esters. It's really well balanced, not too sweet nor to strong, just mellow enough to be really refreshing.

M: Very full body for a wheat beer, crisp mainly due to the light, champagne like carbonation. Has a clean wet finish with a pleasant mellow aftertaste.

D: This is a great wheat beer and would be a 5 for drinkability if it wasn't quite as full body. On a hot summer day it might be hard to drink more than one of these. Other than that, I can drink this all day long on a nice cool summer day.

11-09-2010 20:53:37 | More by Satchboogie
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dpodratsky3

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

500 ml bottle poured into Weihenstephan world cup glass

A: Super frothy white head, like whipped cream topping, the taper and curve of the glass shows off the color spectrum nicely, goes from golden wheat through butterscotch all the way to orange, bubbles rise steadily and continue to increase density in the head, leaves chunks of lace all down the glass

S: As expected, very traditional, big big wheat notes, nicer than most, it lets the main ingredient shine, smells strongly of bananas especially at first pour, a yeastiness is mixed in with the wheat

T: Very smooth flavors, build from a mild wheat notes to full blown yeasty spiciness, the spiciness is definitely more present than in the smell, but its a yeastiness not a spice note, again a slight banana note is there in all that yeastiness

M: Super smooth, but then a decent amount of carbonation is also present, when the carbonation hits it brings all the bright yeasty notes with it, keeps it light too, unlike others the carbonation doesn't hide flavors, it brings them out

D: Very high, there aren't any crazy flavors to deal with here, just deliciousness

Notes: I've been waiting to try this beer or a while. Even though I see it most times I'm at the store I just haven't gotten around to it. I was really in the mood for a Hefeweizen and I was not disappointed. It lived up to everything I expected of it. I don't think it is possible to be let down by this beer. It is the true German Hefeweizen.

06-22-2010 22:28:03 | More by dpodratsky3
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habanosdarklord

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours a nice straw yellow color. I love the head on this beer. Great lacing. The aromas coming from this beer are classic Hefewizen. Bannana, clove, fresh baked bread. The taste is spot on as well. Bannana and clove is what I get first, then some nice bready flavors on the finish. Creamy body and nice carbonation. I love this beer.

05-07-2011 22:19:19 | More by habanosdarklord
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beersarang

California

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

Hefeweizen is not my favorite style in the world, but for the style this is how the beer ranks.

Pours a nice gold with a big white frothy head that holds its own, as a wheat should.

Cloves seem to dominate the banana in the aroma but there is a light bready banana underneath.

Nice wheat bready twang with little to no hop flavor or bitterness to follow. Not sweet either, but quite malty. Banana and spicy clove interplays, finishes sweet on the exhale. Yeast character is the highlight of this beer, subtle and indescribable.

A delightful medium bodied beer with smooth carbonation.

I would not mind drinking this on hot days at all.

08-15-2005 05:37:07 | More by beersarang
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ROMER79

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

If poured the proper way into a Hefe glass it pours a cloudy gold with a three to four finger head. Just don't forget to get all the active east out of the bottle for the head cap. The beer had a strong wheat and citrus aroma. It also tasted the same. The feel was refreshing and rewarding because sometimes the pour can backfire on you leaving you with half of the bottle. It was very easy to drink and a treat if you have a hard time finding it.

03-21-2008 02:30:12 | More by ROMER79
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wahhmaster

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from a 0.5 liter bottle into a Paulaner weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy light orange color with a ton of carbonation bubbles rising to the surface. The head is massive and foamy and dissipates slowly leaving considerable lacing on the glass. Beautiful.

Smell: Wheaty and yeasty with hints of fruitiness and spice.

Taste: Now this is a hefeweizen! Yeasty up front with strong lemon notes. Develops into a sweet, malty flavor with strong fruity flavors in the background. Spicy notes (cloves?) come out in the end as well. Leaves a pleasant lemony aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, and refreshing.

Drinkability: Perhaps a little over-hyped, but not by much. This has been called the standard for hefeweizens and now I know why. An absolute dream to drink on a warm day. The only thing that would make it better would be having it in Bavaria itself. One of these days...

05-15-2010 19:54:57 | More by wahhmaster
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

What a great beer for the style, and so easily available. Wow I'm sad I never tried this earlier.

A pretty lighter orange hue that is quite hazy and a nice small head with great retention and lacing. Looks right to me.

Smells great with a fruity tinged german weiss character, cloves, lemon zest, some raisin/prune buried in there, and more. Pretty nice fragrant aroma.

Taste follows the smell, bread and wheat qualities abound but are back up and surrounded by lemon, raisin, clove, maybe even some licorice notes. Interesting and tasty.

Mouth is of good full carbonation and a creamy feel overall. A very drinkable beer, the style and ABV make it that way. Not my favorite style by any means but man this a great beer and I try to rate within style as much as i can.

01-15-2011 05:23:42 | More by Dreadnaught33
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robbrandes

Oregon

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

500ml poured into a tulip.
pours a hazy, brilliant straw-yellow. insane head, frothy, billowing for days. i actually only drank half the bottle, forgot to cap it in the fridge, still poured to a 1/2 head 2 days later! ridiculous lacing of course.

smell - bananas, cloves, a bit of citrus. taste follows - more cloves and spiciness, bubblegum, and a perfect tang on the back end.

easy to see why it's world class. exceptional example of the style.

12-31-2011 06:37:05 | More by robbrandes
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

Finally got around to picking up a bottle of this for review. I've had it several times, but never had the opportunity to sit and review. The good news is that I already know this is a beer I enjoy.

After the pour a hearty head that looks like whipped egg whites sits atop the brew. Excellent retention. Slightly hazy pale gold color. Not light enough to be called straw, but a very pale gold. Some active carbonation rises to the surface. Not much in the way of lacing.

Aroma is classic and fantastic Banana pudding, slight spice and light grain. Clean, fresh and wonderful.

What I enjoy about this particular WeissBier is that the banana/spice flavor is so creamy. All the flavors are soft and rounded and really compliment each other. Each of the components work together very well. The yeast flavors are great and the spice hides just behind the banana to provide complexity. The creaminess makes me think of vanilla as well. I always think of a great banana pudding with the Nilla wafers. And believe me, that's a compliment in my book.

Creamy, refreshing and alive.. The mouth feel is spot on.

The drinkability is directly linked the great mouth feel and flavor. You can work through this very quickly and you need to remind yourself to enjoy.

02-23-2011 22:37:52 | More by Reagan1984
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0110x011

California

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

pours a pale straw yellow into a weizen glass. Huge head lasts and lasts. Nose is banana, clove, citrus, and cherry. Banana, clove, bread, pear, and sweet fruit on the tongue. Mouthfeel is light, smooth, and creamy.

Complex, mild, and creamy, the drinkability is unreal. Possibly the best session beer I've ever had. Stellar!

05-24-2008 03:22:23 | More by 0110x011
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punkrkr27

Michigan

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

Hazy golden pour with a big, pillowy, 3-finger white head. Sweet fragrant aroma with loads of yeasty banana and clove. Some subtle citrus, pepper and straw add a nice contrast. The flavor is lightly sweet with mellow citrus notes and grains wrapped around fresh banana and clove and a finishing with peppery yeast. Creamy, smooth, medium full body with lots of carbonation and a crisp finish.

05-24-2010 16:27:37 | More by punkrkr27
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dasenebler

Maine

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

16.9 oz. bottle poured into an imperial nonic, the closest thing I have to a Weissbier glass.

Big, billowing creamy head is very nice, as is the hazy straw-orange color and lively carbonation of this beer.

Aroma is fantastic, with lots of banana, warm spices and lively yeast phenols.

Flavor was not as bright as the aroma, but nevertheless good. Very bready and yeasty, with notes of spicy clove and sweet banana. On the sweeter side for a Hefe, but still delicious. Mouthfeel was exceptionally smooth, but also somewhat watery. Lively, effervescent carbonation. Eminently drinkable.

This US-imported, bottled version lacks character. Fresh and on-tap in Germany, the Weihenstephaner has much better flavor, and would achieve a near perfect, "world-class" score. But over here...just "excellent".

*EDIT, January 2011, Germany:
From a fresh bottle and into a proper wheat beer glass here in Germany, the Weihenstephaner Hefe tastes superior to the bottle I had in the states. Mouthfeel is amazingly creamy with perfect carbonation, so I'm upping it to a five. Drinkability is fantastic as well: five. I'm getting a case of this stuff! Prost!

01-11-2011 01:41:16 | More by dasenebler
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mpedara429

Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

A: Poured out cloudy golden color with two fingers of off white head. Not much in the retention and lacing category.

S: Clove, bready yeast and mild fruity esters.

T: The banana really comes out here, especially on the tongue. The characteristics of the nose are also present. Grassy finish.

M: Medium light body and medium light carb. It is a little sticky and creamy, yet also
a little dry. How the…!?!

O: Classic brewery with a classic version of the style. Not much else needs to be said.

10-29-2013 23:03:44 | More by mpedara429
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reebtaerG

Maryland

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured 16 oz pint glass at Lures

A-Orange color with huge off one finger white head. Very good lacing.

S-Aroma is huge. Cloves and bananas.

T-Taste is same as aroma with more cloves and bananas.

M-Perfectly balanced. Medium creamy body!

O-Classic example of style! Perfect beer why did I wait so long to have this beer.

03-25-2014 12:45:17 | More by reebtaerG
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julian

Washington

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

A: Wow, great thick frothy white head that's oozing out of the glass! Doesn't want to go anywhere anytime soon either. Leaves a nice milky lacing. golden orange in color with a hazy clarity and significant amount of bubbles.

S: intense banana esters followed by the expected aroma of clove spicing. What I'd expect from a German Hefe.

T&M: light body, very crisp. perfect level of carbonation. lots of lovely spicing, mostly clove dominant. strong fruity flavors mostly banana with a slight dryness to it, followed by some citrus tones, and a lemony aftertaste. Excellent summer hefe!

D: Excellent beer, probably one of the top in it's style (as most would agree). I think the only thing preventing this from a full on 5 is the spicing. It could be balanced a bit better with the fruit flavoring, other than that, excellent beer!

07-13-2008 01:03:24 | More by julian
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WMEugene

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy deep golden blonde color with a thick white bubbly head. Excellent retention.

S - Fresh wheat smell with notes of banana, cloves, and citrus.

T - Wheat with the complexity of fruit and spice flavors from the yeast (similar, but not exactly the same as the nose). A tasty brew.

M - Medium-bodied, thicker on the tongue. Nice carbonation levels, very refreshing.

An excellent hefeweizen, I heartily recommend Weihenstephaner's Hefeweissbier. To me, it's the definitive version of this style readily available.

10-24-2011 22:53:59 | More by WMEugene
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AmitC

New York

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

This is one of the first beer in a 5 pack that i bought today. The ultimate Bavarian gift pack, with 1 traditional weizen glass.

Poured the hefeweissbier into the glass. Just wow. This glass and the beer in the glass in so enticing. A huge fluffy white head about 4 fingers thick forms and stays for a while, dissipating very slowly. Head retention is good. Pale straw in color. Totally cloudy and unclear as expected. Good amount of bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. Very small sized bubbles here. Decent lacing as well. Appearance is near perfect.

Smell is more phenolic clove like, with a good amount of banana fruity esters. Fairly good balance here, just a tad more prominent on the phenol side. Good characteristic smell of wheat beer. You know you are going to encounter some sweetness.

Taste is very much the smell. Mix of clove and banana flavors. Sweet in taste. A good wheat presence. Some tartness due to high carbonation. Not exactly very dry finish.

Mouth feel: light to medium bodied. Refreshing effervescence due to carbonation, which is too much, exactly as per the style. Good chewy feel.

Style wise. It is the epitome of style, no doubt about it. A well deserved 4.75. Personally a good 3.75 for a wheat beer.

11-03-2012 00:27:10 | More by AmitC
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 2/28/11.

A - Really cloudy pale cantaloupe flesh-colored liquid with a creamy white dollop of foam on top that dispersed into a swirly patch, leaving behind some spots and strings of lace.

S - Classic Hefe aroma with equal parts clove spice and bready malt with a hint of banana and spicy yeast. There is also a pleasant citrus character suggesting lemon zest and orange peel.

T - Opens with a bready malt character paired with clove notes and a more subtle banana presence. There is also a lemony citrus character in the middle, accompanied by toasted wheat grains, which is quite pleasant. Finishes with a hint of peppery spice in the backend, more clove and yeasty notes and a hint of citrus.

M - Medium bodied with pretty lively effervescence and a slightly chewy texture. Finish is subtly spicy with a bit of residual sweetness on the palate.

D - This is a Top 100 beer for a reason and perhaps the benchmark for the style. You don't stay in business for hundreds of years making sub-par beers. I don't usually find myself in the mood for Hefeweizens too often, but this one always delivers the goods.

03-01-2011 14:24:02 | More by ffejherb
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours a very hazy orange-amber with a giant off-white head that slowly recedes. It almost looks like shaving cream as it fades into a rocky layer atop the beer. It was so attractive I had to take a picture of it. A thick-veined lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is bready yeast and a touch of clove and/or coriander. Smells more like the latter. Also a touch of lemon zest in the nose. The taste is superb, with again a nice breadiness, topped with fruity flavors, banana being the strongest of those, with a touch of plum or grape sweetness in the background. A touch of butterscotch adds a nice contrast to the coriander spiciness and wheat crispness on the finish. The mouthfeel is buttery yet very refreshing. Carbonation levels are perfect, providing a nice liveliness on the tongue while not getting agressive and distracting. The drinakbility is exceptional. Even with a full pint, it seemed to disappear quickly. This is a very flavorful and well balanced hefe-weizen. A very nice treat. Thanks to cretemixer for this great beer.

01-16-2003 13:55:32 | More by aaronh
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

A foamy white head erupts from the hazy golden body upon the initial pour and hangs tight for quite some time while leaving a sticky lacing in its wake.

Massive aromas of banana and clove waft from the glass as well as wheat and spice. The traditional phenols and esters are very apparent and well balanced. As the beer warms, the wheat and yeast becomes more pronounced.

The palate is very similar to the nose. The clove and banana are well balanced with the wheat. These characteristics are not quite as intense as in the aroma, but still provide all of the flavor one can handle.

Medium to light in body with high carbonation with a refreshing zest for the palate.

This is a benchmark for the style with amazing flavor and aroma characteristics, great balance, and just altogether enjoyable. A real winner!

05-10-2010 03:00:57 | More by CHADMC3
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%

Bottle purchased from Hyvee in Council Bluffs, IA.
No apparent bottled on date.
Poured into a Schell's weizen glass.

Pours an enormous meringue-like head composed of small and medium-sized bubbles. Peering at the body, I notice aggressive streams of carbonation and the cloudy, nearly opaque character that's due to the unfiltered preparation of the beer. Body color is a dull golden away from light, a hazy orange-yellow when held to a point source. This is like peering into a murky sunrise. As the head descends over the course of many minutes (it always retains about one centimeter of foam) it leaves some good lacing along the sides of the glass, which is augmented each time a sip is taken.

Aromas of bananas, coriander, sweet bread, yeast, slight cloves, and a bit of carmelized butternut squash. The strongest aromas are the coriander, bananas, and sweet bread. There's quite a bit going on with the scent, the aroma never seems to dull my senses, and it's a pleasure to swirl and sip this each time.

Tasting the beer reveals excellent banana, apple and pear flavors with noteable bubblegum, clove (phenolic) and lemon attributes mingled alongside them. Aftertaste is of bananas, apples, and bubblegum, pleasurably tart. It would be amazing if they made this with a slightly higher amount of darker malt, or made an additional version with that grain bill, not a dunkel, but somewhere in-between.

Solidly medium-bodied with a slight light or watery feel, the beer has a refreshing combination of thickness from the wheat/malt mix and crispness from the carbonation level. Very smooth initially, but leads to a dry finish that complements the tart aftertaste nicely.

A highly drinkable weissbier and avatar at the style, refreshing in all seasons.

05-20-2006 21:52:01 | More by falloutsnow
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Trevor030169

Georgia

4.52/5  rDev +2.5%

07-28-2014 00:58:22 | More by Trevor030169
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