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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Reviews: 2,377
Hads: 7,565
Avg: 4.4
pDev: 17.95%
Wants: 723
Gots: 1,433 | 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 SethB2
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into my Franziskaner Weissbier glass.

A - Beer pours a lemony yellow color, a bit cloudy with a huge amount of carbonation. I don't think this can be measured in "fingers". More like hands. Roughly 1.2 hand worth. Several little bubbles continue to race up to the surface. Very good.

S - Ahh, now THIS is a Hefe. Sweet clove, bananas and bubble gum. Yeasty as all hell, but that is how it is supposed to be. Not much in the hop department, other than a Noble hint here and there.

T - Bananas and clove again, but very bready. Like a sweet muffin, really. Starts candy sweet, and then the spice takes hold. Bits of clove and cinnamon and then the pepper, which I attribute to the Noble bite.

M - Excellent. Light, but at the same time it has a chewy feel. Exceptionally smooth and very drinkable. Probably the best Hefe I have sampled to date.

D - See above. Time to get some more.

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Photo of sacfly
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500mL, “7066” stamped in a box on the back label, whatever that means.
Pours a cloudy yellow straw color. Thick head of large off white bubbles. Aroma is of clove and banana with a hint of lemon. A little bubblegum thrown in there. Clove comes out over the others in the taste along with a sweetness. Wheat character is evident. Aftertaste is yeasty and spicy with just a touch of bitterness. Easy drinking despite the medium to heavy body (for a hefe). Definitely not the watered down versions I have been plagued with all summer.

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Photo of BitteBier
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-yellow with a couple fingers of bubbly white head that deplete to a clingy ring that hangs on through the whole glass. Particularly as the beer warms a bit, the nose is soft, clean and grainy with a pleasant bit of spice. That taste carries over nicely to the taste, which is a hefeweizen through and through. The mouthfeel has a crisp snap, but the flavors are able to shine thanks to the pleasant softness as well. I liked this beer well enough the first time around (when I suspect the bottle I had was past its prime). This time it was just what I was after.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml brown bottle, 5435 on back label.

Foggy pale straw. Short, off-white head of small bubbles that settles quickly to a bit of head dust and no lacing. Ample carbonation streams race upwards. Big clove and banana peel as well as an orange-spiked with cloves aroma. Initially tingly crisp with some cloves and light bananas as well as a modest lemon pith note. The cloves gather in intensity in the early finish before giving way to a crisp hop note that lingers briefly with some lemon tartness. Light bodied with a bubbly, yet smooth mouthfeel that accentuates the clove and banana flavors. Enjoyable and a wonderful representation of the style. Refreshing on a hot, sticky St. Louis evening.

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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 rousee
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark murky gold color with a nice healthy head of thick frothy foam. Head holds remarkably well--no lace to speak of.

Smell is perfect for the style. I believe these people invented the hefe-weisse. The nice thing is that there are all the familiar elements--banana, wheat, coriander, clove, etc. but they are so perfectly subtle. The taste is much the same with a hint of citrus--almost lemon zest. I did not put a lemon in this beer--further proof that one is not needed. What more can be said--this is the Hefeweizen against which all others should be compared. Extremely pleasant quenching mouthfeel and very smooth and drinkable.

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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 SteveO1231
4.92/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a big bottle of this brew, really wanted to taste a beer from the oldest operating brewery in the world opened in 1040 very impressive. Pours a hazy golden yellow with an excellent white foamy head. Lots of carbonation, light lacing. Fruity aroma of banana and apples, yeasty with hints of cloves, sweet malted wheat. Smooth, light texture, fizzy aggressive carbonation. Sweet fruity taste of banana, spicy clove and yeast. Hints of lemon zest. Extremely light bitter finish with a peppery aftertaste. All around a very balanced beer. A perfect Hefe, best I've ever had. Very refreshing and delicious.


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Photo of AmorousAngel
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into the traditional Weizen glass that came with the gift pack. Even with careful pouring, a large and persistent head formed. As expected, it is cloudy, with a golden color.

Strong wheat aroma with a hint of fruit, possibly banana.

Rich yeast flavor with smooth, malty background. Hint of spice and fruit.

Slightly frothy, but pleasant mouthfeel.

The overall, a very drinkable beer. Nice, complex flavor. Probably the best hefe weizen I've tried so far.

As a side note, I got a kick out of the picture on one side of the gift box. It is a group of nuns laughing and drinking beer. You've gotta love Bavarian attitude. Prost!

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Photo of BlackAngus
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark yellow, very cloudy, with a rocky, almost meringue-like head.

Strong wheat smell, as well as a fruity note, and a hint of clove.

Taste is of clove, banana, hint of citrus, strong wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, very well carbed, almost frothy.

Very drinkable. I could have a LOT more of this. Makes me wish more American breweries crafted this style, as opposed to the bland American wheat.

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Photo of riversider76
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy golden. Lots of bubbles. Thin white head, with great retention and lace. Smell is of fruit,and spice. Very nice. Body is medium, and carbonated. Taste is rich with spice,citrus, and banana. This is a full flavored beer with out being too heavy. Excellent!

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Photo of xzqrut
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle, this beer came out a nice deep golden color, with good hefe haziness. The beer produced a nice 2" head, with good retention and lacing. It had a nice smell, with hints of clove, lemon, and wheat. Great mouthfeel, with good carbonation in the mouth, with a good frothiness as well. The beer had aa excellent wheat and citrus taste, very crisp and smooth, not too light, but not too heavy. Very drinkable, excellent!

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Photo of GPHarris
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - golden color with high lacing all along sides. poured a two fingers thick head into a weizen glass. right amount of cloudiness but not too thick. just enought to know you're drinking a hefe.
s - hints of pine and a leafy smell.
t - overwhelming taste of cloves
m - smooth yet thick. good balance and tastes clean.
d - easy from beginning to end. very enjoyable and would definitely purchase again.

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Photo of AltBock
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I only got the little 12oz. bottle and after drinking this, I wish I had bought the big bottle. The label is just very simple and nice by having the brewery or family crest in a big white oval with a black background. The back label has the Govt. warning and a number at the bottom. I'm not sure what it means, but it's number 3076.

Appearance: When I poured it into a Weizen glass, the beer was the usual weizen color of hazy orange with the usual massive head of white foam. When it receded it left plenty of foamy rings and barely any lace around the glass. I thought it would leave tons of white sticky lace in its tracks, but it just didn't for some reason.

Smell: It smelled like a Hefe Weizen should smell like, by having a nice aroma of cloves, citrus fruits, some bananas, hint of wheat, and all of these aromas were wrapped around the yeast.

Taste: Like the smell, this beer tastes like a Hefe Weizen is supposed to taste like and it tastes like it smells too. Up front were the cloves, citrus fruits, and a minor taste of the bananas. After that came the wheat and the yeast. What more can you ask for from a Hefe Weizen?

Mouthfeel: It was very light, smooth, creamy, and with a nice amount of carbonation. I did notice a slight aftertaste of yeast, but it left so fast that it was hard to tell it was even there.

Drinkability: Like I said before, I still wish I had bought the bigger bottle of this. It was so easy to drink, that the 12oz didn't last long. If was flavorful and light, that it was hard to put down on a hot summers day. Better yet that it's very affordable and it's almost everywhere. A must try Hefe Weizen!

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle. Left a two finger head that receded to long lasting surface skim, and no lacing. Body was a cloudy pale orange yellow. Looks good.

Smell - bananas and cloves, hint of creamy wheat. Mouthwatering.

Taste - same as the smell. Bananas and cloves with subtle creamy wheat, and even more subtle toasty malt. This is the classic, refreshing, and delicious taste of hefe-weizen. Nothing more complicated than that.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, creamy, low carbonation.

Drinkability - this is very good, and goes down very easy. I'd say this is very sessionable, and very refreshing and satisfying on a hot day.

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Photo of fisherman34
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold and hazy in colour with strong carbonation. Typical hefeweizen aromas of vanilla, clove, banana, and a bit of citrus. Nice tangy wheat flavor, with more vanilla and banana in the mouth. A bit of spicy hops on the finish too. Very nice full mouthfeel that still refreshes. Definitely more on the vanilla/clove end of the spectrum, with the fruity notes being held in check. A classy (and perhaps the "classic") interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Damian
4.92/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank from a ONE PINT, 0.9 FL. OZ. bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA

Poured a hazy, yellow ochre with a two-finger, tight, white, foamy head that slowly faded to a clingy film. Outstanding retention. Spotty drops of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was incredibly rich and smooth. Yeasty, spicy and phenolic. Sweet aromas of bubble gum and cotton candy were quite noticeable. Some wheatiness came through as well, along with a touch of smoke.

The flavor was very similar to the aroma. Lemony, citrusy and spicy (clove and allspice) up front. Semi-sweet and fruity in the center, with notes of bubblegum coming through strong. The finish was crisp, tart and ultra-clean with a lingering bubblegum aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was light, fluffy and highly effervescent initially, yet the liquid soon settled to a rich, creamy froth on the palate.

Drinkability was outstanding. I cannot think of another beer that was so crisp, clean and refreshing, and yet so full-flavored.

It is only fitting that the oldest brewery in the world produces one of the best beers in the world. Pair this one with some fresh wild salmon on a warm summer day. Life simply cannot get any better.

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Photo of egajdzis
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, dark golden color with a huge white head that left nice lacing on the glass, Aroma of banana and clove, wheat, lemongrass, and other sweet malts. Taste of citrus, tart wheat, banana and lots of spices. Very creamy mouthfeel. One of my favorite hefe's tasted.

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Photo of russpowell
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy straw/pink? with a 5 fingers+ head, Not much head retention or lacing

S: Huge banana & wheat malt notes

t: Bananas, bandaids, wheat malt & cloves up front. Fruittyness follows as it warms. Finsihes like a piece of juicy-fruitgum (quenching & fruitty)

MF: Full bodied, semi-effervescent. A little too much going on flavor-wise to get full marks balance-wise

Drinks okay, but not a huge fan of the style, but if the weather is warm. I could throw this down no problem, but I'd be happier with a nice helles or pils. Very much representative of the style.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looking through the reviews of Weihenstephaner beers, I tend to find comments like 'wonderful', 'perfect', 'simple', or admonitions that can be paraphrased as 'if they've been brewing since 1040, they must be doing something right'. I agree with all of these statements.

The hefe pours out a hazed tangerine with a placid skim and a few scant lace lines.

The nose is clearly a clove-bomb. Lime zest.

The taste is intensely delicious - and i'm not the world's hugest hefe fan. Cloves, lemon/lime interplay, and an uber-clean wheatiness are strong and floral.

Much like all Weihenstephaner beers, this is amazing on the tongue. Smooth, silky, and drinkable. The huge clover-load does limit the drinkability to a certain degree.

These beers have been inundating the Fort Wayne area, and for that I am grateful. The thought of DIPAs, Imperial Stouts, et al. are rather ridiculous in this steamy weather so these brews have been tickling me in all the right spots.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a pleasant beer. The pour was near perfect into my glass of the same name. Cloudy dull gold with a thick foamy head, easily three fingers in width. I'm nearly beaten over the head by the nose. Bananas, apricots, cloves, this has it all in full effect. Taste is pretty much the same but I can taste the alcohol a little more than I'd like. Wow, I could drink a ton of this. So smooth in the mouth and just goes down easily.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very murky and hazy yellow color. Huge fluffy white head. Good aroma-nice blend of banana and phenolic esters. Somewhat peppery and spicy. Very clovey in the flavor though finishes quite crisp and clean. Decent mouthfeel. As usual hefes are not my thing but this one is supposed to be a classic and I find it quite enjoyable. Needs to be a hot summer's day beer for this kid but overall it was quite decent.

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Photo of taez555
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured an opaque golden yellowish/orange body with a thick white head.

Nose is extremely present with waves of yeast, bananas, wheat and tiny snippets of lemon zest. Almost the perfect weiss beer smell.

Body is light to medium bodied and very smooth from beginning to end. Immediate grain, yeast, wheat and a nice fresh malt taste. Touches of spices, numbing cloves, some soft nuts, banana, lemon. A nice spicy bitterness that sits well and gives some good balance. Ends smooth with a nice spicy character.

I don't know how they do it, but this beer is just as good here in the US as it is back in Germany. Most others lose that edge after the long boat trip, but this, damn good. Amazing. The bar by which most all weiss beers strive for.

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Photo of clickpush
4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pour: .5L to pint glass. Pour produces a beautiful honey colored beer with a two and a half finger fluffy white head that clings fervently to the glass all the way down. A cloudy body and plenty of bubbles make this a beautiful beer to observe.

Nose: Wow, all the classic hefe-weizen characteristics at their best! Orange, cinnamon, clove, a big yeast spiciness. A tad on the light side (preventing a 5) but damn it smells good.

Mouth: Better than I could have hoped. This beer is a citric mosaic of excellence paired with yeasty spices, plenty of good carbonation, and a dry, light finish. I could drink this beer all day long!

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Photo of shirfan
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Swirl and pour decanted a nice smogy yellow-orange sunset colored liquid.

Aroma of orange zest, cloves, even a bit of scrambled eggs and nutmeg.

Taste is big, sweet, and juicy. No sourness as some hefes seem to develop. Zesty up front, smooth, creamy wheat and yeast tones develop before some clove and mild banana in the finish. A bit more estery after the final pour.

Really nice balance and drinkability here...not boring at any point, but not overwhelming either.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
98 out of 100 based on 2,377 ratings.