Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 2,331
Hads: 7,319
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 8.39%
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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 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)

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

500ml bottle
5.4% ABV

I tried this beer on May 31, 2008 after purchasing from the Queen's Quay LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a hazy orange colour with a generous bubbly head. The aroma was mild wheat, some hops, and some spiciness with a malty feel. The mouthfeel was medium bodied, slippery, with a lot of carbonation. The flavour was sweet and spicy with wheaty, malty, and soime fruit tones in the mix. (433 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Well finally, a decent hefe, even though it ain't my style. This one looks vibrant yellow and even a little orange, uber cloudy. Aroma, citrus and lemon, wheatgrass type of vibe.

More of the same in taste, a big full mouthfeel of said aroma, but also, resonates as a more full bodied beer than your standard hefe. Quite drinkable, although these usually don't come cheap. Worth picking up for a friend who likes hefe. (419 characters)

Photo of BeardedRiker
3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Although German beers aren't always my favorite I still like to have one every once and awhile. They're almost always light and refreshing thanks to the Reinheitsgebot! It was another dinner with pizza and another time to have something light to go along with it that would balance away the spice in the pizza but not be too heavy.

The hefeweissbier poured a thick and very bubbly white head that gave promise to having a good beer session. It's color was a cloudy yellow that was a little more of an amber color in the middle but around the edges was more yellow in color.

The smell was very yeasty with a hint of citrus.

The taste was less full-bodied than I thought it would be but it was very refreshing and light. The yeast could be tasted throughout with lemon-citrus being less prominent. Banana and clove flavors also made themselves known but were slight in strength.

This is a very good hefeweissen auf Deutschland! (933 characters)

Photo of Blargimus
3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle poured into pilsener glass. Did not see date on bottle. It's possible this is old, since it's from a shop without a particularly high rate of turnover.

Pours a slightly hazy straw color, with an enormous amount of white head. Seriously, I poured down the side of the glass slowly, and it's still about 90% head to start off. It takes some time to come down enough to add more beer, and remain highly effervescent. Leaves some slight lacing on the side of the glass, and a few mm of head is left on the surface.

Smells like a classic hefe. Not as much banana as others. Mostly yeast, with some citrus and wheat with only a hint of cloves.

The taste mirrors the smell very closely - very yeasty. The wheat is only in the aftertaste, it seems. While it's very good, and has good balance overall, I'd like a little more banana and a little less yeast.

Medium body and quite creamy from the carbonation. Light enough to be very refreshing, but not special.

Overall it's a very good hefe. I'm not sure I would consider it the 44th best beer in the world, and in the style I like Dry Dock Hefe more. I would like to try it again with a bottle I know is fresh. (1,171 characters)

Photo of philbe311
3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Mammoth head off of a standard pour... The crater like head is pure white and made up of various size chunky bubbles... Stellar retention... Good stickiness... The color is pale golden yellow... Faint orange hue... Hazy...

S - Lemon zest... Clove... Coriander... Mint... Grainy... Yeast... Banana... Orange... Faint peppery notes...

T - Taste was far more subdued than I would have expected based both on the nose and reputation of this beer... Textbook Hefeweizen with well balanced hints of banana, citrus, wheat, and yeast... The spiciness is much weaker than the nose would lead you to believe though faint clove and peppery notes can be detected...

M - Light bodied... Slightly creamy... Perfect amount of carbonation on the tongue (more than a little, but not too much)... Exceptionally crisp... Refreshing and smooth...

D - Very easy drinking... Accessible... Sessionable... Stellar in all areas but taste... The taste is better than average, but doesn't live up to the other categories which are at an all-star caliber... (1,040 characters)

Photo of Padron4KM
3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dusty yellow with a large eggshell white head.
Head settles to a thin cap and leaves no lacing.
Bannana aroma is dominant, with the clove hidding underneath.
Flavor is wheaty, yeasty, fruity, citrus. Finish is crisp. but a little grainy. (256 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

November 8, 2014

500 ml bottle, weizen glass

A – Huge, frothy, slightly off-white head, about four inches and counting with very high retention. Medium gold color with chill haze and mild sediment haze. Beautiful.

S – Lemon spritzer, bubble gum, and banana liqueur. Very sweet. If any hop aroma, it is fruity and slightly earthy.

T – Banana is very first, highly prominent. A slight bubble gum flavor. Clove comes through slightly on the finish. Citrus is mostly on the nose but flavor is there if you look for it. No hop flavor.

M – Very juicy, all the way through. A medium body despite fairly low carbonation. Mild sweetness persists all the way through. Some effervescent bubbles in the finish.

O – Obviously one of the gold standards of the weissbier style, and I would love to drink a lot of this on a warm, sunny spring or summer day. An easy go-to beer. (888 characters)

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was a bit concerned at first because it smelled as if it might be a bit skunky, but fortunately that wasn't the case. Very light and relaxed flavor with an aftertaste that should lend itself to a cheesy dish. Very nice. (223 characters)

Photo of frankiepop
3.82/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a very good beer to me for a wheat beer. Lovely aroma. Nice rich head a murky brown orange brew. The taste represents the genre well. It's almost a little sour, but this beer has a more malty sweet and citrusy undertone of flavor that enriches this beer into something special. I find a little alcohol presence and medicine like flavors reminiscent of this genre. A little too fizzy for me.

This beer pairs will with sounds of Gunter Sommer on his with the group Poire_z on either cds entitled + or Q. (511 characters)

Photo of barefootbrewer
3.82/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a golden cloudy color with a persistent head. It had a mild floral smell. The taste was slightly floral, mild, well - balanced and delicate. The mouthfeel was slightly thin but smooth and mellow. This would be a very drinkable beer for many occasions. (268 characters)

Photo of chaz410
3.82/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this on tap at Duckworths in Charlotte.

Appearance is orangish yellow body with a very thin white head that disappears very quickly.
Smell is full of wheat malt, banana, clove, a little bit of plum and floral hops.
Taste is fresh wehat, lightly malty, lemon and grassy hops with a faint hint of banana and little bits of vanilla.
Mouthfeel is smooth and sweet.
An easy drinker for a large audience. (403 characters)

Photo of BeerManDan
3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured a hazy medium golden wheat color with very little foam and little retention. The smell of cloves with a hint of wheat was not over powering. As for the finish, it had a slight bitterness and that might have been why the wheat taste fell short on the after taste. (272 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, code 0100, bottled April 10, 2010.

Pours hazy orange with a large white head. Leaves a ring and some spots of lacing and holds a light foamy head.

Aroma is strong on fruit, banana particularly, some light citrus, clove, yeast.

Flavor is fruity, starts somewhat sweet, a lot of banana, orange, some clove, finishes dry and a little chalky.

Medium carbonation.

Never been a fan of wheat beers and this does nothing to sway that opinion. I can see the attraction though, and how this would be a good example of the style. (541 characters)

Photo of TK5150
3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow with a nice off-white head. Nice lacing on the glass.

S- Coriander, clove, light banana, slight citrus, a bit creamy.

T- Not as good as the nose. Citrus zest, coriander, clove, and light malts as a background are the main players here. Lingering clove/minty flavor.

M- Light medium body, somewhat watery on the finish. Smooth with a bit of a spritzy feel to it. Fairly high carbonation.

O- A nice hefeweizen. If I ever want a hefeweizen again, this is one I would go for, but I'm not a fan of the style...there are better refreshing styles out there in my opinion. (598 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I can see how this beer is best-in-class. This is quite a good hefeweizen, but I think I'd still rather have a Franziskaner I think.

Appearance of this beer was quite good in my pint glass: hazy yellow with plentiful head (note to self: buy better glasses for this type of beer). Aroma is of wheat, clove, and is quite fruity and pleasant. Flavor is rich and spicy and quite good. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. This beer is very drinkable. (437 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

2467 stamped on the back label. Pours a solid two fingers of yellowed-white head over a murky bright light copper liquid. Smells bready, yeast, wheat, oranges, banana, clove, and mildewed grass.

Tastes spicy zing with clove flavor, undertones of malt sweet, and minimal esters. Not a biting clove sting, which was a surprise to get that strong of a clove flavor without the tongue-piercing phenols. Yeast and wheat are heavy with earthiness in the mouth. Oranges and banana fight to appear, but are driven away by a sting from the strong carbonation. Aftertaste dominated by apricot esters and acrid from the carbonation. Wet can't quite win through the yeast-made zing, yt the finish isn't quite drying. Near balance to the conflict with zing winning out, but not soundly. Mouthfeel is md-light with some dextrinous character. Strong carbonation that melds with the yeasty spiciness. A decent beer, but not one I need to repeat. Wearing by the end of the bottle. (964 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 2" head of fine, dense bubbles over a cloudy straw color. Head stayed as I drank through most of the glass with a coarse lacing.
Smells of citrus, a kind of malty sweetness & grass.
Taste is lemony, some spice (clove?), nicely effervescent with banana esters kicking in later and becoming more noticeable as the brew warmed up. Complex and fairly well balanced, although the banana got a bit much for me at the end. Aftertaste was like liquid banana bread.
A medium body, smooth but not quite creamy feel.
Very drinkable, a great flavor, a great thirst quencher. (569 characters)

Photo of brewskifan55
3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Opaque gold with a white one-finger head that lingers. thick lacing

S: Citrus, floral, wheat

T: Wheat, malts, honey, floral, light. Smooth.

M: Light to medium, strong carbonation.

O: Not bad, but certainly not the the king of hefe's. Perhaps I like my beers on the maltier side. A good summer beer, nonetheless; sessionable. (354 characters)

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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