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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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6,918 Ratings
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Ratings: 6,918
Reviews: 2,324
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
Wants: 558
Gots: 937 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website
Germany

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 rye726
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This pours a hazy golden color and has a perfect off white head. Silky lace down the glass. The nose a collection of tropical fruits, spicy herbal yeasts and bready wheat malts with delicate hops. The taste has a nice wheaty malt structure with tart tropical fruits, light hops and spicy yeasts. Delicious. Body is full yet maintains a nice crisp dry finish. I could enjoy this beer anytime.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Big pillowy white head stands out over the glass. Unfortunately it doesnt stay massive for very long. The beer is a sexy deep yellow. Totally hazed over.

S- Good, but sort of faint. Lots of banana, bubblegum, clove and spicy wheat.

T- Really really good. Banana bread, bubblegum sweetness, with a slight lemony hop finish. Well balanced and nice.

M- Medium body, fluffy, dry and crisp finish.

D- Such a great classic summer beer. This is making me wish I were sitting in a bier garten right now.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! Pours a cloudy golden harvest amber color with an absolutely HUGE stiff white head that fades slowly, leaving solid patterns of Belgian lacing behind it. The smell is great too. Classic yeasty, banana, clove and pears. Visibly effervescent, the mouth feel is medium bodied, refreshing and creamy with a bright tangy tingle that finishes pretty dry. Full flavored, the yeasty nature, harvest fruit and spicy tastes prevail and linger gently. At 5.4% ABV, this one is a solid drinker. Wheat-based beers tend to stay with me, otherwise I'd choose to enjoy another. Highly recommended.

Photo of Transatlantic
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a weizen glass

A - An orangish yellow color, very hazy, plenty of carbonation bubbles and one huge creamy head to top it off. Beautiful presence and great lacing.

S - The smell of banana just screams out at you with yeast and a smell of citrus in the background.

T - An "in your face" taste of banana, with a citrus backbone. Very well blended together.

M - Near medium bodied

D - You'll have no problem drinking this on a summers day or with a meal. This is a very easy drinking beer.

Photo of burnstar
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours dark murky gold with a nice head which leaves good lacing. Aroma is all wheat- spicy cloves and banana. Taste is spicy wheat with lingering banana flavor. Just a bit sweet and bitter in the finish. Balanced. Pretty much the definition of what a hefe should taste like. Smooth and medium bodied. Extremely drinkable. Excellent stuff.

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a small Weissbier glass. Slightly, and i mean slightly, cloudy yellow body. Medium bodied white head.

The smell wasnt what I remembered. Nice clove presence, with hints of banana in the background. Then there was a pervasive wheat twang that I didnt like all too much.

The taste is dominated by clove all the way. Full body feel from the yeast, but its really all a facade. The mainly clove followed by hints of banana subside, and leave all the clean finish to come through.

Theres a reason Weihenstephan is the king of Hefeweizens.

Photo of alexgash
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful hazy copper brass body. Tall, creamy, light-sandy white head with yeast debris. Nose is classic, archetypal hefeweizen: yeast, tangy wheat, banana, banana bead, cloves (mucho), and bubblegum. Classic taste too. Very tasty too boot. Crisp, tangy wheat. Bready, banana, clove, yeast, yum. Medium-bodied. Protein-rich feel. Dry finish. Refreshing, classic, delicious.

Photo of imagineiii
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ive been waiting for quite a while for this beer to arrive on VT shelves and it did today.

Poured into a pint tumbler. Almost 2 fingers of extra creamy white head. Plus plus retention. Plus lace. Hazy light amber/yellow in color. Alot of carbonation.

Sweet cloves and light bananas. yeast and phenols are subtle.

If you can get thru the massive creamy head on this one, the taste is sweet bananas and some citrus.

Mouthfeel is light and sparkling. carbonation is only slightly over the top. Finish is clean and mouthwatering.

this beer is one of my favorite "drinkable" beers. i could put these down for hours.

Im so glad this beer is around now, what an excellent brew!

Photo of LittleCreature
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - 5.0
A gentle pour yielded two fingers of creamy off-white head which reduced slowly to a thin layer. The body is a highly cloudy orange/dark yellow that almost seems to be glowing.

Smell - 4.5
Extremely spicy while the head is settling, then weakens leaving a smooth, soft, semi-sweet aroma of clove, lemon, mixed spices, slight banana.

Taste - 4.5
Now this is an easy drinker! Starts with sweet wheat malt, nutmeg, clove and a hint of lemon and bubblegum. Finishes with a light, crisp bitterness, and quite dry. Aftertaste is soft, sweet (but not over-sweet), nutty and slightly alcoholic and leaves the mouth feeling refreshed. Delicious!

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Oh so silky smooth. There is a persistent fine carbonation that gives the beer an almost creamy mouthfeel. Moderate weight in the mouth.

Drinkability - 5.0
Argueably the best session beer in the world.

OVERALL
I wanted to review a great beer for my 100th review, and this is certainly a great beer. It is the best beer available in the town of Manjimup, and therefore the best beer available to me. I would love to have been able to review it on-tap (it is supposedly even better!). As it is, this is probably the best beer from one of the world's best breweries. At $6.99 it is too expensive here, but still stands as decent value thanks to the fine quality. It can be found as cheaply as $4.25 in the city, which I think is really a steal. If you are trying to turn someone onto craft beer, forget the Trappist stuff, give them this German beauty.

Photo of peterg321
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is the best beer I can ever remember having!!! It was probably bought it from Total Wine about 4 months ago and stored in a cool basement for most of that time.

It has a strong hefeweizen flavor (but I like that), I find most German-brewed hefeweizens to be skanky, but this was very fresh.

Photo of puboflyons
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 fl. oz. bottle marked 8461. Sampled on May 20, 2012. When this brewery was founded in 1040 AD, I wonder if the very first brewmaster expected it would still be around nearly 1,000 years later. But with the cloudy, heady pale yellow pour leading up to a tremendous aroma of pale malts, banana, clove, and yeast, I can imagine how an 11th Century beer drinker must have been refreshed on a warm medieval day. The light body is satisfying for the style. There is a slight zing of citrus goodness in the taste with the same flavor sensations that were introduced by way of the nose. It finishes clean and easy. The original is still one of the best in the world.

Photo of Dodo2step
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P- Market Cross Pub in carlisle

A- wow a huge head after my pour. I have to stop halfway through so it subsides. Beautiful lacing along my pint glass. a very hazy and cloudy wheat yellow color.

S- a very aromatic spicy smell. Smells like spiced apples and malts. There is banana clove spice as well. Quite yeasty as well. very nicely done.

T- Oh my, the banana makes this beer fantastic. I have to say it is very sweet andmalty but the banana compliments extremely well.

M- very yeasty and spicy. quite smooth and with a kick though.

D- This is a very nice beer to have when relaxing. This is my new favorite beer. Easy toput back but also has that kick of spice. Great brew!

Photo of GreenThumb
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light Caramel, creamy gold head

S: Yeasty with big banana and spice aroma.

T: INCREDIBLE flavor. Yeasty dough with banana and other fruit then a very good spice character at the end. Coriander in this recipe shows throught and complements very well.

M: Effervescent and light as a traditional hefeweiss should be.

D: Extremely drinkable beer. The light mouthfeel and excellent taste make this beer a 6- pack I buy just for myself.

As a homebrewer, I is now a new personal goal to match this level of complexity in a beer.

Photo of jsanford
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Weizen glass that I'm happy is getting some use...

A - Hazy orange-gold with a HUGE fluffy head. Lovely.

S - Clove and banana. This is a perfect example of what a Hefe should smell like, absolutely iconic and amazing.

T - Again, this beer sets the Hefeweizen bar. More banana, clove, lemon and a light cracker malt. Perfectly balanced with just the right amount of tangyness and bitterness.

M - Light, creamy, crisp and refreshing.

D - The perfect summer beer, I could drink this everyday from May to September. Bow down, all other Hefeweizens, this is your king!

Photo of HoustonTX
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy yellowish-orange. Large head, which sticks around for quite a long time.

S - Wonderful banana and malt.

T - Citrusy with keen banana at first, slight hops apparent, with a small bitter aftertaste.

M - Carbonated to excellence, which leads to a great mouthfeel.

D - Goes down easy, heavy drinkability.

Very good Hefe, my favorite to be honest, give it a try.

Photo of DeutscheJeff
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice, vibrant amber with a thick white head that diminishes slowly over the course of the 500ml beer. The taste is about what I remember from enjoying this beer frequently while living in Germany, still a nice fruit finish and that wonderful hefe mouthfeel. Overall a great buy, especially for someone looking for a more authentic German experience thanks in large to the 500ml service size. Of all of the wonderful beers I had in Germany, this one seems closest to the real deal as any I've had.

Photo of luvND
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

P: 1 pt, 9 oz bottle
A: Cloudy orange, nice thick white head with lacing on glass
S: Esters and lots of fruit aroma, subtle hint of mint, bubble gum
T: Awesome. Slightly sweet, nice clean dry aftertaste
M: A little light, but just right for the style
D: All day

Notes: To cut to the chase, I'm not a huge wheat beer guy. That being said, I could drink this all day. This is the quintessential hefeweissbier.

Photo of KBoudreau66
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Table and Vine in West Springfield, MA

A- Pours a cloudy darker yellow color with a white head that lasts the entire time.

S- Smells of wheat, orange, banana, and a faint smell of big league chew bubble gum. Excellent smells to this brew.

T- Hits the spot with tastes very similar to the smell: excellent wheat taste followed by bananas, orange and then a slight taste of bubble gum.

M- fizzy, smooth, refreshing

D- This is the best hefeweizen that I have tried thus far. I have a feeling that it is going to be difficult to find one that I'll like any better then this one. I will definitely drink this beer on days when I'm not in the mood for an IPA.

Photo of Nelli769
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BilbosNuts
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A: Pours a pale yellow/golden color. It is very cloudy. It has a very thick, big, white head with significant lacing. It looks very carbonated.

S: There is a pronounced smell of cloves and spices. Leaves a crisp and tart note that stings the nostrils.

T: It tastes mostly of spices and wheat. It leaves a very crisp and refreshing feeling. The aftertaste is great, consisting of a profound wheatiness.

M: It is medium bodied. Very easy to drink because of its great taste. The carbonation isn't too much, just enough to leave a pleasant tingling sensation.

D: A very awesome hefeweizen. Definitely one of the best of this style that I've ever tried.

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

5.4% ABV. Numerous 1L glasses poured on tap at my local German beer garden as well as from the 12oz bottles poured in a tall glass, steins, or das boot. This is my all time favorite hefe beer. Pours a mildly hazy golden yellow with 3 finger white head. Smells mellow sweet fruits, banana, and cloves. Taste of mellow citrus and orchard fruits, wheat, yeast, banana, cloves, and a bit of bitter hops. Medium body and carbonation with some alcohol warmth and nice dry finish. yeasts and fruit hang around a bit. Excellent brew, beautifully balanced. Alcohol well hidden but lends a nice warmth.

Photo of Sixpoint
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To me, probably the single greatest Wheat Beer on the planet. You'd expect the traditional banana, clove, yeast and spice...but you also get the most awesome vanilla undertone from the wheat malt, coupled with the right amount of tartness and acidity from the fermentation.

This beer is so refreshing and smooth, it might be the ultimate summer beer for me. Summer? Nah. It's September 12, and it might be the most divine beer I could have selected today. Bravo, Holy Stephen.

Photo of abuliarose
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass, revealing hazy golden body with lively bubbling into a tall white head. Some lacing. Very pretty. Smells sweet like hayfields and wild honey with a little breadiness, almost like a saison.

Tastes light and well-carbonated with a delicate sweetness. Nice smooth wheat flavor comes through, with a hint of citrus and a gentle cleansing bitterness right at the end. Carbonation is a little more tingly than creamy, otherwise it's quite refreshing. Light-bodied with a smooth, watery mouthfeel. Totally drinkable.

If I could pick a session beer to enjoy exclusively in the summer for the rest of my life, this might be the one. The saison-like fragrant character really melts my heart. This is the best hefeweizen I've had yet.

Photo of AwYeh
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy golden yellow, with one finger foamy head after decanting.

S: Simply outstanding- perfect representation of banana and clove.

T: Most prominent aroma notes carry over to taste, alongside bubblegum, yeast, wheat, and coriander. Just a tiny bit of bitterness helps balance this nicely.

M: Lively carbonation and light body; easy, wholly enjoyable mouthfeel.

D: Could easily make a night out of this beer alone.

Photo of putnam
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aromas of zucchini, cinnamon and pie crust occupy the nose in a state of utter congeniality. Comfortable toast and white pepper notes weave within a relaxed perfume of evening and earth.
Each note on the palate, whether nutmeg, banana, pepper or linen, intensifies under scrutiny, then fades as another trait earns attention.
More intensely flavored than most bottled Hefes, yet clean as a whistle.

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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