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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Ratings: 7,007
Reviews: 2,349
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%
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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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Ratings: 7,007 | Reviews: 2,349
Photo of beltz15
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Ppuech
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Jboogie47
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CoolJosh
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The appearance is a little bit hazy yellow with tints of orange and ring of head. I don't know what I'm looking for with german beers, but I guess I would have preferred a little bit more head

The smell is very complex with great scents yeast, orange, lemon (which is the most prominent here). It is incredibly smooth and well blended which makes for an enjoyable smell.

Very carbonated feel to it, and very light and refreshing with all of the flavors in the taste corroborating well with the components of the smell. Would love to throw back a few of these on a hot day.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hefeweissbier pours a golden color, with a large frothy massive lacing head. The aroma has a lot of cloves and banana notes, a little ester. The taste has a great creamy crisp wheat backbone, with cloves and banana notes, with a nice mellow ester flavor. Very drinkable, very full flavor, perfect carbonation. Overall, WOW.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer comes in a dark 50 cl. long-necked bottle. The white label got writing in blue and there's a coat of arms from Bavaria - neat and clean label.

A: The pour is murky pale orange with a large white creamy head that slowly dissipates to rich lacings.

S: Wheat in great balance with the malt. Very obvious bananas (sweet and ripe) and a hint of coriander. A bit yeast is also present.

T: Ripe bananas, a bit less sweet compared to the smell - but this is not a bad thing. Some coriander and a bit of fruityness as well. Well-balanced wheat.

M: The body is light with rich carbonation. The aftertaste is rather short, but very dry.

D: This is a great exampel of a Hefeweissbier (Hefeweizen) from Bavaria. You'll probably will have to spend half a lifetime to get your hands on a better Hefeweizen than this one.

Photo of Ian_B
4.64/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Billowing white head, fantastic retention.

Smell and taste of lager flavours, bready wheat, slight citrus/berry with a tinge of earthiness. Smooth, creamy, yeasty, and crisp. This has it all.

Photo of vincentzouzou
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Infamous7100
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When you talk about Hefe's, you have to start here. Thanks to the Party Source in Bellevue, Ky for turning me onto this one. Liquid gold in a glass!
A: Pours a goldenrod color with a thick, rocky, 3 finger head into my pint glass.
S: Tons of wheat (naturally) right up front, but I get some orange, lemon and banana as well. A little bit of the alcohol comes through.
T: At the front, I'm getting a lot of the malty sweetness and a bit of bread flavor. Towards the middle and back, the lemony, citrusy flavors peek through. That's where the alcohol is most noticable.
M: Thick but crisp. Minimal alcohol hang after swallowing. Leaves a pleasant flavor on the tongue.
D: Very refreshing. You feel obligated to have another. The smoothness and crispness lends themselves to the sessionability of this beer.

Go out and get some. Perfect for the spring and summer.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Beautiful. Just beautiful. A crisp golden color with a thick white creamy head that sticks. Looks like a good beer should.

S - Smells of banana and cloves, with a hint of spices (citrus, coriander).

T - Wonderful hefeweizen flavor, with the banana and cloves coming through. Definitely a hint of citrus fruit, but not overpowering like a Belgian Wit. A clear hop finish to balance it out.

M - Crisp & clean. Good carbonation. Nice summery mouthfeel.

D - I could drink these all day. Reasonable ABV makes it the perfect session beer. Highly flavorful for a hefeweizen. No wonder its considered the best!

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

Poured into a hefe glass...

A - golden orange/yellow with an absolute tornado of bubbles, they are everywhere and keep the huge 3 1/2 finger head going. Excellent lacing, excellent look.

S - fresh baked banana bread, very sweet notes of caramel, peaches, and malts.

T - cloves, banana, Belgian yeast, barley, wheatlike bread, surprisingly noticeable hop twang on the backend that I wasn't expecting from a hefe. As it warms, cloves and banana more pronounced. Alcohol presence is slightly noticeable.

M - I was expecting a huge fizzle of carbonation on my first sip but I was greeted with a lesser, more creamy level. Pretty light but very crisp mouthfeel, very nice!

D - this beer borders on almost perfect, it is extremely drinkable no matter what the year, sessionable, and most of all reliable. Must buy - they've been around almost 1,000 years! You know they are doing something right!

Photo of carp420
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured from the bottle into Weihenstephaner weizen glass

this hazy golden brew looks like the top of a lazy golden wheat field just blowing in the wind, awesome foamy head that climbs out of the glass, decent head retention for a minute with some lacing

smells of citrus and flora, mainly banana, lemon, oranges, then some spices and maybe some cloves, nice yeasty smell that comes along with the style.

explodes on the pallet, lot of banana and spices, lemon and yeast, just an overall great wheat beer

the carbonation may be the one drawback to this beer, it's just a little too much from the get go, but it's not too bad and goes away somewhat with warmth.

i can see myself drinking alot of this on a hot day, or just anytime really, an original and staple in the fridge.

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the ultra hipster joint - Haven, Orange, CA.

Whoa now, my children. Did someone purée a perfect organic banana from the Amazon Jungle and somehow get only its essence into this beer? Raul cannot explain how smooth and tasty this beverage is. I mean, J-Lo fresh off of a bidet has nothing on this thang.

Light, refreshing, incredibly smooth...

A severe Prost! to all the homies!

Photo of gopens44
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of boss302
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen, 12 ox bottle

A High carbonation that will spew if you're not careful. I wanted a nice thick head so I poured a little more aggressively than most beers. That is not necessary. As predicted, the head was quite thick and lasted for the whole glass, covering the beer at all times. A nice golden straw color, appropriately cloudy for a Hefe. A really greatlooking beer! To me, it couldn't look much better, I graded it a 5.

S Malt, banana and a little estery aroma. It just smells great, so typical of a German Hefe.

T Malty, balanced by hops without being bitter. Most bitterness is from the CO2. Very clean with no lingering off-flavors.

M Has a thickness and fullness from the wheat. Full body and rich. Like comfort food, this beer is comfort beer.

D One of the best Hefeweizens anywhere. Quite good, and definitely recommend.

Photo of mbusster88
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy orange color. Some sediment on pour but great fluffy head. Aroma is fantastic, wonderful clove and citrus smell. Also hints of banana on the nose. Taste is crisp, with banana and cloves. Aftertaste of caramel and maybe some hay. Fantastic beer, one of the top wheat bears to be had!

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

A - Pours a hazy deep orange-yellow. Lovely, lovely fluffu white head that dissipates slowly- the epitome of what a hefe should look like.

S - Strong banana & clove yeast aromas

T - The banana-like yeast flavors are very prevalent in this bottle, almost banana bread like. Body has notes of light malts and citrus. Finishes with lingering banana notes. An all around clean & well-balanced hefe

M - Light bodied with a clean finish. Good carbonation that doesn't overwhelm the palate

D - Awesome bottle. This is what is expected from a hefe. Well balanced with a great nose & appearance. This is a great brew for beer geeks & novices alike.

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

Poured bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Nice cloudy golden color with a nice head that dissipated pretty slowly.

Smell: Sweet malt with a little banana scent to it.

Taste: Excellent. Sweet but not too sweet with a hint of the banana flavor and very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin but had some body to it. Not too much carbonation either.

Drinkability: One word: Excellent.

This is one of the best beers I've ever had. It works in every situation. It's good with food or on its own. It's good on a hot day or a cool day. It's good to just have one or half a dozen. It's simply a great beer.

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

Many years ago, I visited this "oldest brewery in the world" in Freising, Bavaria. The hefeweizen was definitely my favorite of their brews; indeed one of my favorite brews. More recently, I had this beverage on tap served in a traditional weissbier glass.

Appearance was just about perfect. Golden-cloudy with a magnificent crown. It looked like one of those mock-ups you might see in an advertisement.

Aroma was excellent, cloves and yeast with a hint of vanilla.

Flavor was also excellent. Vanilla and yeast, without the annoying sweetness of many beers of this variety.

Mouthfeel was full-bodied and smooth. No complaints here.

Drinkability was oustanding. A full-flavored beer that is also thirst-quenching. Be careful not to drink it too quickly! ;)

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

After a summer full of wheat beers, whatever the variety, this is always one I can happily come back to.

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow with very apparent carbonation and a large, frothy, bright white head. Lacing is solid for the style all the way through.

Smell: Banana and some citrus. This is one that's certainly about the taste, how it should be.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Take the smell, add some spice, the perfect amount of carbonation and you may have the perfect hefe. The mouthfeel is light, bubbly and perfect for anytime you need refreshment.

Drinkability: I could drink this beer anytime, summer, winter, after a plethora of mediocre wheat beers, anything. Certainly a benchmark for the style.

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

Bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner Weiss glass, produced a proper two fingers worth of white head that lasts. The body of this wonderful brew was a hazy and golden orange in color

The aromas of bananas, wheat and spices filled my head. The nose on this is exactly what I expect in a Hefe. The banana smell wasn't overpowering as in some others

The flavors mimic the nose, but it is very refreshing in the way it plays in your mouth. Good carbonation and light as well, great flavors this is a world class Hefe. This starts of sweet and fruity and had a light dry finish.

Highly drinkable, it would be my go to session brew if it weren't so expensive.

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

Munichy hazy gold with a white, creamy, smooth, big head that has torrents of bubbles keeping it standing tall. Smell is spicy, peppery, cloves, tart apricots, lemon, cut grass, and some ash. Polished flavor flaunts its stuff - wheat gives twang, munich malts give a grainy sweetness, yeast gives smoothness but also spicy phenolics, hops are there more to balance than to provide much flavor. Medium light body with spritzy carbonation, and rediculously drinkable. I had my doubts beforehand, but I am sold. This is wonderful.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

1 pint 0.9 fl. oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy, pale honey color that starts with a big creamy head that slosly fades. There is some lacing present, but not too much.

S - Smells like sweet wheat bread and flowery/fruity spices. Very nice.

T - Slightly tangy spice, floral essence, fruity bread (banana, apricot, citrus). This beer leaves a nice fruity, biscuit like taste in your mouth after each sip.

M - This beer has an excellent level of carbonation with a very smooth almost creamy mouthfeel.

D - This is a most excellent wheat beer (one of the best I have ever had). I can see myself having these around as a staple brew this summer.

Photo of sommersb
4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted On: 06-13-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 500ml brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Weizen glass
Purchased: Single from Craft Brewed, Nashville

A: Massive head of white sits on the cloudy, honey-colored beer, with lots of streaming bubbles seen in the glass. Excellent lacing and superb head retention.

S: Aromas are of sweet malts, banana, cloves and a bit of bubblegum.

T: Light wheat malts make for a somewhat sweet beer, but not overly so. Very light bitterness, with also some lemon citrus fruit notes.

M: Moderate amount of carbonation, with a creamy mouthfeel and medium body. It finishes sweet, crisp and refreshing, with some aftertastes of citrus and banana.

O: Nothing fancy but hits all the high notes for a wonderful overall experience!

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

appearance - very hazy golden color. good 3 inch head off a somewhat rough pour, good rentention and lacing.

smell - banana, wheat, cloves, cinnamon

taste - so well balanced and stronger from the smell. cant wait to get back to austria to drink this all the time. follows the nose but more intense and more of the yeast comes through.

mouthfeel - thick bodied for the style, great carbonation, wettens your mouth for a bit and then dries, very nicely made.

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