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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 2,368
Hads: 7,485
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 708
Gots: 1,377 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: pezoids on 01-22-2001

Our golden-yellow wheat beer, with its fine-poured white foam, smells of cloves and impresses consumers with its refreshing banana flavour. It is full bodied and with a smooth yeast taste. To be enjoyed at any time,goes excellently with fish and seafood, with spicy cheese and especially with the traditional Bavarian veal sausage. Brewed according to our centuries-old brewing tradition on the Weihenstephan hill.
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Photo of shanblur
3.91/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500cc into a weizen.

A - Impressive thick fluffy head over a clear, straw colored beer.

S - Sweet smell of bubble gum and malts. Some citrus notes as well.

T - Sweet malts on a wheaty backbone with a slightly tart finish

M - Medium bodied with a ton of carbonation

The best in this category that I have had. Though not my favorite style, I could certainly be happy drinking a few of these.

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Photo of sevenarts
3.91/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden and very cloudy with sediment. Nice big fluffy white head that sticks around. Not much lacing.

S: Clean wheaty, malty aroma, very direct and pleasant.

T/M: Wheat, malts, banana, a hint of spiciness in the aftertaste. A little tingly due to all the carbonation.

O: The first weiss bier I've had, very tasty.

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Photo of bobhits
3.91/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Explosive amounts of carbonation creates as much head as you can handle. Huge thick fluffy white head. Golden straw colored body with carbonation exploding up the glass. Not sure what else you can do with this style...it's still a thin bodied opaque wheat beer so this isn't say THAT much.

The nose is of bananas, pears, bubble gum...what would you expect form a hefe? The what aroma finishes things off quickly. Nothing special.

Well, damn. This is amazing. A sweet banana pear bubble gum malt profile that's then turns to a slight hop profile which then dies leaving a what/vanilla finishes that's amazingly dry yet not that off putting wheat flavor that many wheat based beers do.

The carbonation helps make this beer feel thicker and creamier, but you can still tell it's a hair thinner than I'd ideally love.

Oddly enough it's a touch thicker feeling than a summer beer wants to be. That said you could put 3-4 of these away on a nice summer day without a second thought. Extremely worthy!

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Photo of pioppo
3.91/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - Turbid gold with a very fine and very persistent white foam.

S - Banana over all but also a sweetness like vanilla. In the final ovviously come out some yeasty aromas.

T - Again flavour of banana, there's no bitterness and alcohol sensations.

M - A big body but mainly a great smoothness!! This contributes with the crisp of wheat to make this beer not only a drinking but also an eating!!

D - After one of this you are full but immediately you begin to think the way to take it another!!

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Photo of brdc
3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Capped bottle, poured into a pint for lack of a weizen glass.

Hazy light golden, with a good white head and retention.
Aroma is citric, and perhaps a bit too citric, along with bubblegum and bananas.
It is light, refreshing and easy to drink, but the taste, similar to the aroma, is slightly exaggerated on the citric fruits, limiting a little bit its drinkability. Nonetheless, a very good hefeweizen, just not the best IMHO.

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Photo of Cadyfatcat
3.9/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Minor citrus notes of lime and a little orange. Ripe chewy wheat, pilsneresque bitterness comes through a little too much throughout the range of the taste profile.

A very good weissbier, perhaps one that defines the style well, but I don't find anything spectacular about this beer. I have tasted all the flavors in this beer in other weizens. Perhaps the best attribute of this beer is the liveliness of the wheat taste, but many other weizens are equally lively while also providing greater complexity.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.89/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale amber blonde color with a mountanous bright white head. Nose is of fresh baked bread, citrus fruit, bananas and spice. This beer smells terrific. Palate is subtly sweet in the beginning, and quite well balanced between wheat malts and hops. Refreshing fruity and spicy flavors. Mouthfeel is velvety, light and abundantly carbonated. Finish is quite dry with a slight bitterness lingering. An excellent example of the style!

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Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.89/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a typically nice looking wheat beer. Big head. Great retention. Lots of lacing. There's a lot of carbonation bubbles streaming up the glass.

The smell is yeasty with hints of banana and spices.

The beers tastes very pleasant and refreshing. There are some citric notes and some bready sweetness with another hint of banana. Not much hoppiness in this beer.

The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and adds to the overall refreshing nature of this beer.

Overall this is a very well balanced and easy drinking beer with some interesting but fairly subtle and delicate flavours. It would be particularly nice on a hot summers day and makes a nice alternative to a pilsener. I didn't think it was quite as amazing and wonderful as the ratings suggest. But it was good.

My mark out of one hundred would be 81.

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Photo of ADR
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy brown peach color with a billowy 1/2 inch head of a nice creamy quality. Fat short strings for laces. Grain and wheat bran aroma, some nutmeg and a mild estery sense. Rolling but light-bodied banana bread ester beginning but a quick turn to a more neutral approach of mild white toast breadiness. Medium to medium low carbonation. A distinct lemony finish, but overall, a dry finale for a Hefe. Very easy to drink with a nice start but a slightly disappointing finish for me.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, split

"german night"

appearance: served in my hilliards can-pint, hazy straw-orange body, thick white foam, wavy retention. Shes a beaut' clark.

smell: banana, clove, crisp wheat, yeast, lemon rind

taste: banana, clove, bubblegum, light grassy hops, wheat cracker. flavor somewhat less pronounced than the aroma would suggest - was expecting a flawless hefe, and just didnt find it

mouthfeel: nice creamy body, quite a dry finish

overall: some highs and some lows - a benchmark of the style but not necessarily my favorite. I miss, *gasp*, dancing man wheat

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Photo of hotstuff
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured into my glass, there was a large white foamy head with small bubbles. The lacing was fair on the sides of my glass. It had an aroma of clove, banana and a light malty aroma as well. The body was yellow in hue. The flavor was smooth from start to finish. This was an enjoyable brew to drink on a warm summer day.

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Photo of UTCengOwl
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

This beer pours with a huge bone white head. He body itself is a nice straw yellow. The head stick around for a whole and e beer has some brilliance, but there's just something holding this back from greatness in the look. Maybe the head isn't tight enough?

The nose is mostly ripe banana. There's some spice here, too. I'm also picking up some grassy noble hops. This could do without that grassiness.

The taste is a smooth, somewhat subtle banana. There's a tinge of spice behind it, too. The's a lingering wheat / straw flavor in the background, too. Decent, but not overwhelming. The carbonation is nice and it's really easy to quaff.

This is a good hefe, but give me a Live Oak any day over this. Top 20 beer in the world? Not in my book.

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Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

upon pour a 2 finger head slowly dissipates fresh and filmy white ring with a golden yellow glow for color..smell is slight bananathen some clove with yeast and bread/malt kinda light imo..taste is better i get a nice fresh banana and clove and spice hit that finishes with a baked bread and malt taste..a hint of lemon..mouth feel is light/medium but crisp and refreshing nicely balanced as nothing fight for supremacy in this hefe..ive had some better domestic ones lately.maybe due to freshness..but this one is very good

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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Hazy tangerine under a towering, creamy white dense foam. Sweet, spicy scent. Foam tastes like clove. When the head subsides allowing access to the beer, I find more clove than I would like. I can admire its fresh and lively quality, amid the tartness and the tangy lemon finish. Despite the harsh, biting carbonation, it still goes down pretty easily.

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Photo of aracauna
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as much ester flavor in the taste profile here as in a Schneider Weiss, but it does lurk under the wheaty-maltiness. Not much bitterness at all. I would drink this again as it isn't too expensive and it a pretty good hefe.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
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"

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Photo of fiver29
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of corby112
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of stcules
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
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)

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.87/5  rDev -12%
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

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Photo of ernie
3.87/5  rDev -12%
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

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Photo of stephendr
3.87/5  rDev -12%
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

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Photo of washburnkid
3.87/5  rDev -12%
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.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 2,368 ratings.