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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 2,411
Hads: 7,721
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 18.18%
Wants: 758
Gots: 1,541 | FT: 15
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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | 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 Rau71
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light gold/straw color.

Some Belgian yeast traits hit the nose. Clovers and banana.

The taste follows suit with some very mild clover mixed with banana and fruityness. Crisp and very easy to drink. This is a perfect session beer. I am not usually big on the clover flavor profile but this is so mild that I can still enjoy this beer.

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Photo of danielharper
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

A: Pours into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass with a pale yellow-orange cloudy body and a _very_ thick white foamy head that leaves significant lacing. De rigeur for a hefeweizen, almost perfect for-style.

S: Strong citrus notes, strong orange aroma and a hint of banana.

T: Similar to aroma, but with less banana and more oranges. Slight astringent aftertaste, probably due to yeast.

M: Moderate and enjoyable, but not a palate-coater the way other hefeweizens tend to be.

D: A very good, drinkable beer, but by no means my favorite hefe. I'll take Franziskaner, Paulaner, or Olde Towne before this one any day.

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Photo of rhinos00
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottles into a weizen glass.

A- Pours a pale maize color. Great clarity. Produced three fingers width of white, foamy head. Some lacing as the beer was consumed.

S- Smells mostly of yeast, biscuits and a touch of wheat. There is a slight banana fruitiness to the nose as well along with cloves.

T- Many of the ingredients detected in the nose are present here. Upfront, a large dose of wheat and yeast hit the palate. Has a unique biscuit character to it. The finish has a much fruitier presence then the nose leads to believe. Sweet, ripe bananas and cloves end this one perfectly.

M- Light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Very lively.

D- Very drinkable session beer. One of the better hefeweizens I have had.

Overall, a solid beer for a style that I do not particularly care for. This would be perfect on a hot summer day. Recommended.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange in color with a slight haze to it. Very nice white soapy-looking head.

Aroma is bready with notes of bananas and lemon zest.

A mild, sweet fruitiness begins the taste. I notice lemon or possibly other citrus notes, a touch of cloves. Finishes somewhat dry, with faint bready flavors scattered here and there.

Mouthfeel and carbonation are both extremely refreshing. High quality stuff.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 500mL bottle of this classic brew for a reasonable $3.49 at Hoosick Beverage in Troy NY. Code 3339 on the label. Poured cold into a chilled weizen glass at 9am, I thought it'd make a good breakfast to start the weekend with.

This cloudy golden yellow brew gives a great frothy white meringue head that forms large peaks and sinkholes as it settles, great 3D stucture. On the nose is a strong dose of dry banana peel, earthy yeast, spicy wheat. The feel is light-moderate bodied with carbonation a bit rigorous and fizzy for the style, not as smooth as I had hoped. Taste is dry banana peel, stale cinnamon, yeast, finishes dry with lingering banana peel astringency. The brew has left some healthy wisps of lace throughout the session. A good hefe, and a tasty choice for breakfast on a lazy Saturday morning.

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Photo of Pencible
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a hazy pale straw color with tons of white head. It smelled like lemon and banana with fresh wheat and sour yeast, and some grassy hops and light sugary malt. It tasted like lemon and banana and sour yeast, with fresh wheat and a subtle caramel and sugar malt. It was somewhat thick with smooth carbonation, and had a mild sour aftertaste. Overall this was just about the perfect hefeweizen. It had a nice crisp flavor and great body. It was very nice to drink on a summary day, with the light and refreshing character. This isn't a style that I really like, but this example is about as good as it gets.

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Photo of Indybeer
3.97/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at BW3's in Indy. Poured a cloudy pale golden color with a decent head that really stuck around, and lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is that wonderful spicy yeasty mix that is always present in a good hefe! Taste was all about what a Hefe-Weisen is about, and why I love them so. Great carbonation and silky smooth and creamy mouthfeel. So much better on tap!

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Photo of rfgetz
3.97/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at RFD in DC...

A- Hazy orangy yellow in color, full fluffy white head, diminishes quickly, ok lacing

S- Sweet citrus, grassy, buttery and sugary notes. banana and clove maybe.

T- Mild citrus and grassy flavor... nice little yeasty backbone with a buttery bready tone.

M - Medium bodied, creamy yet ample carbonation, slight staying power in the mouth.

D - Very good Hefe, maybe a little too much citrus flavor gets in the way of the great earthy organic flavor.

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Photo of doubleipa
3.97/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing like a hot summer day in Atlanta for a hefeweizen. Had this on tap, but was served in shaker pint glass. Kind of loses some of it's appeal when it's not served in a weizen glass. Anyway, nice golden color with a great aroma: banana, fruity, lemony, and clove. Good carbonation. Could drink lots of these at a sitting.

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Photo of jdoncbus
3.97/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#2467 on bottle

Pours a cloudy amber-gold with a two-fingerhead. Decent lacing with a lot of carbonation.

The nose is yeast, wheat, & lemon. Grainy after with a nice dose of of a peppery/clove hopiness.

Very crisp on the palate. A sour-honeycomb flavor that blends well with the yeast & wheat breadiness. You get a little pop of spicey hop that leaves the mouth a bit dry.

This one went well with the sausage, portabellas, peppers,and asparagus I was shoveling down for lunch. I am trying to sample and appreciate more hefeweizens and German brews. A vey solid beer and will bring some down for the old man who digs his Deutsch suds.

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Photo of blivingston1985
3.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear ,carbonated orangy yellow. Biiigggg foamy white head
Smell is amlmost non-exhistant, but not unexpected for the style. Taste is very light and refrshing on this hot summer afternoon. Slight banana in the taaste. Very light hops. Clean mouthfeel.

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Photo of vancurly
3.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick, foamy head, good three fingers depth at start, which comes back to a centimetre for the duration. Not much obvious carbonation. Nice frothy lace hangs on 'til the end.
Cloudy pale amber, to a pale golden yellow at the edges.
Wheat malt nose, clove - hint of lemon. With the last pour (and extra yeast), perhaps a note of honeycomb.
Clove flavour dominant in the froth, but once you get through this (and on your nose), a nice wheaty, creamy mouthfeel, light, malty. Some banana, which lingers on a while, but not as estery as the Schofferhofer, imho.

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Photo of TommyW
3.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Cloudy organge/yellow with a very nice head. Great retention.

S- Sweat malted-wheat, some citrus, and only a bit of banana

T- Taste of sweet malted-wheat and some spice. Not a lot of citrus. No banana that I can pick up on. Almost no bitterness from the hops. Very clean finish.

M- Carbonation is good. Leaves almost no coat, and fades out quickly.

D- With the spot-on carbonation and clean finish, as well as slightly milder flavors (for a weissbier), one could definitely drink a few of these.

Overall, this is not my favorite wheat beer. It just doesn't meet the expectation I have for wheat beers in the flavor category. But, it's definitely a good one; worth trying.

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An easy pleasant drink, light on taste yet not thin on mouthfeel. Nice aroma wheat with some vanilla. Smooth though not creamy. Nicely malted. Nice vanilla nutty spice that made this brew go so well with lunch. A summer style that went well here at beginning of winter.

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Photo of AtrumAnimus
3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a good Hefe-Weizen - Not great but very drinkable and qualifies for a occasional supply spot in my fridge. The flavor was good with some fruitiness and cloves. The nose was pretty fair. The mouthfeel was full and enjoyable. Goes down smooth with no bad aftertaste. This could be in my personal top 10 German beers after Schneider, Haker-Pschorr and Paulaner. I would definitely recommend trying this one.

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Photo of Cresant
3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this 16.9 oz. brown bottle into a Weeping Radish Weizen glass. Coded 9158. Created a huge white, creamy head that sat on a hazy golden/yellow body. Minimal lacing but head settled to a constant film.

Smell was not surprisingly fruity. Bananas and spice.

Taste reflected the aroma. Banana puree. There was a nice bitter snap up front with a lingering fruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was zippy and medium bodied.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little dark on the pour. This is an amber in color with a huge, two inch of pillowy head. Looks great! Smell is all wheat, some lemon and some other spice being noticed as well. More wheat and you can taste the yeast in there as well. This is a Hefe in the purest sense of the word. Clean and non-cloying. Refreshing, perfect warm weather beer. Here comes the stateside part of my review: I think it would improve with some vigorous hopping, lol.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap with a big slice of lemon. Poured to a nice hazy orange-red, with minimal head or lacing. Aroma was mostly wheat and bread, although some smell may have been overshadowed by the lemon. Taste was again, mostly wheat, bread and yeast, with a hint of clove spice. Finish was a little dry, though all and all, this was a good beer for a warm summer night.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Popping off the cap a foam head is slowly pushing out. Smells of banana. Poured into a Pilsner glass. Tastes of banana and there's something else in the mix, maybe sweetcorn. Soft malty aftertaste. Took a big manly gulp and got a momentary wash of cloves. Slightly champagney, even reminiscent of Duvel. Fantastic head retention. Very lively on the tongue, lovely.

Overall: This got me onto Weissbiers but I've tried loads since then and this is pretty unremarkable compared to a lot of others. In my opinion it's one of the most overrated beers on BA.

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Photo of danielocean03
3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, golden amber color into a weizen glass. Very thick, foamy white two finger head lasted nearly two minutes before falling to moderate lacing. Smells sweetly of bread, citrus, hints of spices, clove. Tastes very similar to the smell, although more complex. Taste has more of a finshing citrus/ lemon rind bite at the end, although is not in the least bit bitter. Moderately carbonated, this is easily one of the best examples of a hefe weizen I have had the pleasure of sampling this weekend, or ever for that matter. Mouthfeel starts carbonated that quickly changes to smooth and creamy. Very drinkable, less spiced than the other hefes I've had here recently.

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Photo of kevinl6
3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first Weihenstephaner beer I tried was the original lager, and I think I still prefer that to the Hefe. Lots of smell coming from this one. Reminded me of honey/wheat/banana. Poured surprisingly thick with a pretty thick head, even with a perfect pour. The head lingers in some fashion the whole way through this one. Appears very cloudy in the glass, which coupled with the thick appearance, gives the illusion that this isn't a hefe at all. Goes down very smooth, with a taste exactly like the aroma I described above. I think I had my hopes up a little higher on this one. I had the Paulaner hefe a few days earlier, and think I still prefer that one...I'd like to try them both in a taste test! Definately worth a try, but not quite all that I expected.

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Photo of fullsweep
3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: orange-tinted brown beer underneath with lots of foamy head on top--beige in colour

S: sweet, biscuity, a touch of orange zest

T: definitely on the sweet side with a touch of orange (particularly orange zest), a mellow bitterness underneath and a powdery biscuity taste as a foundation

M: earthy and relatively dry on the mouthfeel, and yet very refreshing

D: great beer!

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Photo of hero27
3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark opaque brown. Head retention is nice.
Pungent cloves and peppery smell. Sharp banana flavor compliments the spicy flavors well. Taste is a tad on the sweet side & cloves are very prominent. Pretty sharp flavor and a slightly gritty mouthfeel due to the wheat. A solid, authentic hefe that everyone needs to try.

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Photo of FuzzyGuy84
3.94/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

120z. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - WOW. Gorgeous and large pure white head. Cloudy, orange/yellow appearance w/no sediment. Perfect.

S - Mild smell of hops.

T - Really unique taste. Fruity, but tart. Quite malty. Almost a sugary aftertaste. Very complex, high marks are almost due more to this factor than taste.

M - Amazing. Very chewy, like a Hefe Weizen should be.

D - Somewhat drinkable, heaviness and bitters hold it back.

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Photo of FernMaster
3.93/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

First review on my shiny new mac!


I was excited when I poured this beer, when a beer is poured in a movie it looks like this. Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier (wow, I'm not typing that again) pours a clear beautiful amber color, with two and a half fingers worth of head. There's some decent lacing as well.

The smell of this beer is a wonderful concoction of wheat and banana, it smells a lot like banana nut bread. I like banana nut bread.

The taste is actually a little lighter than I anticipated, sort of watery. There's some decent banana flavor in the beer and maybe a hint of clove. I like the flavor, it's nice and simple, but how is this the best in the world? It's an amazing session beer, but I don't see it beating Boulevard Wheat or Goose Island 312. It drinks easily and is very affordable, but so are those two I listed above.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 2,411 ratings.