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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier - Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner HefeweissbierWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier

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5,378 Ratings

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Ratings: 5378
Reviews: 2190
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 10.2%

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan visit their website

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 01-22-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of BethanyB

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Giant, white head that's foamy on the bottom and thick and creamy on the top. The color is a medium yellow, and the clarity is hazy.

Smell: Creamy banana bread, apricot and tangerine esters. Clove-like scent is more prominent upon warming, as are some peppery and goral spices.

Taste: Bready malt, with the slightest tang from citrus esters. Banana and bubblegum flavors are more present in the aftertaste. Less focused in esters and spices than other Hefeweizens. The flavor is more malty and subdued, which I enjoy because it actually adds a layer of complexity by pairing yeasty flavors with malty ones.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with fair carbonation. The wheat makes the body feel slightly heavier, but there is also a silky quality to the mouthfeel that makes things more smooth and sessionable.

Overall: A more balanced, malt-forward Hefeweizen which creates, for me, somehow both a rounder and more complex flavor profile. An enjoyable example of a traditional German wheat beer that encompasses both creativity and tradition.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 01:04:57 | More by BethanyB
Photo of vette2006c5r


4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 01:22:16 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of 007rtw


3.79/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: pours a murky yellow gold with hints of orange. Bubbling from the bottom is beautiful. Strong, white head, with minimal lacing.

Smell: Wheat, yeast, sourdough bread, caramel, champagne. Hits powerfully, though not hard, but very deep. Considering the "weakness" of the flavors, that's quite good.

Taste: Wheat, malt, maybe a touch of banana. Well done, but there's not too much here, and it's not too interesting.

Mouthfeel: Really smooth, with just a tough of bite from the carbonation.

Overall: A disappointment. A very pretty beer. Smells great. Feels great. Tastes good, but less than I expected. Still, if I wanted good hefeweizen, I'll acknowledge that I've had none better. I think hefeweizen is just not my thing.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 03:26:41 | More by 007rtw
Photo of Fear4Beer


4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers crafted...ever. So smooth, so tasty, ripe bananas, bread/yeast, spices. Delicious. I would rank this my second favorite Hefe beer next to the Ayinger Bräu Weisse. I reviewed that beer already and I think I gave this Weihenstephaner beer a better review, haha, oh well. I just LOVE the really forward banana flavor of the Ayinger and the champagne mouthfeel. Its just a matter of preference. If you handed me either one of these beers I'd give you my first born child. The Weihenstephaner is a better deal though. I can get it for less than $2 a bottle (11.2oz) while the Ayinger is about $3.50 (16oz) a bottle (it has about 5oz more of yummy juice though).

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 03:44:34 | More by Fear4Beer
Photo of Das_Reh


4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a weizen glass

Beer pours a cloudy golden wheat with plenty of swirling yeast, producing a near perfect 3 finger head. From the bottom of the glass an eternal stream of effervescence sustains the head and keeps it perky. Wonderful web-like lacing on the sides of the glass... this beer is beautiful to behold and is almost to pretty to drink

The smell is banana bread, cloves, wheat yeast and spice, exactly what I was hoping for. Aroma is a bit more subtle than I would have liked, however.

Taste is BIG phenolic banana and cloves, wonderfully wheaty and bready. This is a truly delicious beer, and one that I could drink everyday.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy without being too thick. Very quaffable, not that you'd want this beer to disappear too quickly.

Overall, a top-shelf hefeweizen that everyone should try. Sessionable, affordable, and delicious, it is an excellent representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 15:19:10 | More by Das_Reh
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4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into an Erdinger Weissbier glass.

a: Translucent deep gold with a huge fluffy white head which receded to thin surface foam and considerable lacing.

s: Mild ripe fruit. Some floral fragrance mixed in later.

t: Mostly sweet fruit cocktail. Very pleasant.

m: Silky smooth.

o: Highly refreshing and tasty. Certainly one of the best if not the best Hefe I have had.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 22:27:19 | More by scotorum
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New York

4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Poured into a pint glass, aggressive swirl to suspend the yeast. Hazy golden yellow with a thick foamy head. Solid lacing on the glass.

S - Spicy aroma with with banana and clove

T - Pretty much the way it smells, delicious!

M - SIlky smooth, moderate carbonation, not much alcohol

O - Fantastic, satisfying, drinkable, the best I have had.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2013 17:19:27 | More by AiK
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North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy tarnished gold with two fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with a little lacing.

S: Spicy yeast notes with aromas of clove, banana, orange zest, and some flowery notes. The finish is sweet and bready.

T: Spicy yeast here as well with clove, banana, a little citrus, and a nice, hearty bread finish.

M: Light body with mid-high carbonation, this beer is dry, crisp, and very drinkable.

O: One of the best hefeweizens out there. Smells and tastes amazing and is both quaffable and affordable.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 21:14:02 | More by n2185
Photo of tkelley


4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330 mL bottle poured into an oversized hefeweizen glass.

A -- Deep goldenrod color, big puffy white head that quickly dissipates to about a finger.

N -- Yeasty with banana/clove overtones.

T -- Follows the nose, but more mellow. The flavor is nice and full but doesnt have a sharp bite.

M -- Full. This one's a chomper. Very smooth. Tingly on the front end and slick on the back.

O -- Excellent beer on a hot day like this (85-90 degrees, gross and sticky). Very, very good.


Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 23:05:49 | More by tkelley
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice hazy light amber with a large amount of white foam. Aroma is strongly fruity, with strong yeast and sweet malt. Tastes like a classic, iconic take on the style, cloves and allspice, banana and perhaps another tropical flavor like subtle mango, more hops than other examples of the style which cut the intense sweetness but not enough to wreck the sweetness or push it too far away, a near perfect balance really. Where Ayinger is weighted towards the fruit, this one leans towards the spice, with a strong clove flavor building as you progress through a bottle. Finish lingers and leaves some yeasty sweetness and a little bitterness. Overall, complex and layered flavors that are light years away from an American wheat made with standard yeast.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 01:42:51 | More by CalgaryFMC
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4.06/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle at The Jones B-Side in Gainesville. Pours a deep murky yellow with a one finger white head. Smells of banana, clove, yeast. Flavor is banana, pears, apples, clove, yeast with a nice crisp bitter hint and plenty of prickly carbonation. Easy drinking and light with plenty of flavor. This is just so right on and perfect for the style. Could drink it all day.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 16:50:35 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of Jas45678


4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16.9 ounce bottle into tulip

Pours a golden hazy color with a thick off white head. Smell is banana, cloves and spice and yeast. Taste is what you would expect bananas, cloves, spices and citrus. Medium body and prefect amount of carbonation. Great beer. Not a huge fan of wheat beers but this is one I could definitely drink more of.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 20:39:17 | More by Jas45678
Photo of Danasaurusrex


4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

very smooth, unobtrusive taste. subtle wheat flavor - great with dinner. light amber color with a nice thick head. not cloudy at all - perfect thickness for drinking by itself or pairing with a nice meal. subtle sweet aftertaste.

this beer got me hooked on wheat beers, namely white wheats. one of my favorites!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 22:54:40 | More by Danasaurusrex
Photo of SteveB24

New York

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

serving type; glass

appearance; cloudy yellow/straw, the cloudiness hides the carbonation somewhat.

smell; yeast with a touch of tropical fruit.

taste; banana, touch of spice, wheat.

mouthfeel. very nice, smooth but not thin, nor heavy, with subtle but present carbonation.

overall. a very good beer, a nice choice for a refreshing beer if you don't want something too summery, and can easily be enjoyed year-round, which is actually probably its best feature. the only reason i didn't score it higher for taste and overall is that it did not stand out much compared to many other good hefeweizens i have had.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 05:24:39 | More by SteveB24
Photo of JCBears


4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

appearance: how do you compare this perfect head, amber hinted gold and the cloudiness of beautiful unfiltered goodness

smell: wheaty citrus goodness and bit of banana to boot. This is the standard, period

taste: It is golden sweetness combined with a rich blend of awesome wheaty body

mouthfeel: It lasts just long enough and just well enough, it is rich and hearty and brings you to Bayern

overall: Its perfect the gold standard what more can you say, drink one period

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 16:49:17 | More by JCBears
Photo of BWED


3.75/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330 ml bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A- Slightly hazy dark straw color. White head retains at about a 1/4".

S- Wheaty. Some fruit, banana, and spice.

T- Wheat and spice. Mild flavor.

M- Light body and smooth. A bit of a spicy finish.

O- There isn't so much of the banana aspect in this one. I know it's well regarded, and I agree it is good, but I thought this was more mild than my favorite weizens.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 23:16:17 | More by BWED
Photo of FLima


4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy golden color with a thick abundant head with apparent carbonation, great retention and leaving laces.
Very present aroma of banana and cloves with notes of wheat and yeast.
Bold flavor balancing a nice spiced citrusy with notes of banana, cloves, cinnamon, wheat and bubble gum. Barley malt and hops are well perceived, which is nice.
Medium body with perfect carbonation with an effervescent sensation.
Benchmark Hefeweizen that is hard to beat. Bold and not boring given its balanced but not timid bitterness and malts.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 16:44:33 | More by FLima
Photo of brewtus


4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy bright gold with a nice healthy two finger white head. Smell is amazing belgian yeasy, banana, grassy, clove, some slight citrus. Taste starts with a smooth grassy hay, sweetness kicks in with banana, spice, some lemon. Mouthfeel is perfect; enough body to give you wheat flavor while still being thin enough to be refreshing. Overall this beer is a gold standard, I love grabbing this one. so accessible that its easy to forget how amazing it is. No beer lover should miss this.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 02:55:36 | More by brewtus
Photo of admiral


4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A brilliant, World class beer that is full of aroma and flavour

aroma: clove, spice and candy sugar

flavour: Banana, clove, spice, candy sugar, cinnamon and slight Belgian ale

One of my favourite beers - a classic that is very hard to beat. Would suit most palates from the experienced craft beer drinker to someone new to craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 11:24:59 | More by admiral
Photo of JohnnyJam


4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When I was in Germany my friends would say, "When you get old you will drink Hefeweizen." The only Hefeweizen I liked was Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier. Almost 30 years later, I am discovering Hefeweizen beers. How ironic it that?

Poured from a brown 330ml bottle with the date code of 5 June 2013 on the back into a pint glass and got two fingers of head that poured over the rim.

A: Pours a golden color that is hazy with a bubbly two inch head covers the top to the end with 1/8 in. foam. There is not much lacing.

S: Smell of banana and clove big time and spice and sweetness.

T: Taste of wheat and some smooth lemon zing that s balanced with a caramel favor and some mild hops and some fruitiness, too.

M: Very light and the champagne effervescence dances on my tongue. This is very drinkable.

O: Just an absolute pleasure to drink. This must be one of the best beers in the world. It certainly is the beer that I completely enjoy. I must recommend it again and again.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 22:36:22 | More by JohnnyJam
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4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Full two fingers of foam, light tight bubbled head that drops to reveal some spotty lacing, light gold to medium yellow in color, some sediment is visible in the beer – 4.50, S: True to the style, the nose has loads of banana and clove with a light and fruity sweetness that reminds me of mountain papaya and bubblegum – 5.00, T: Tastes like lemon and clove, mildly tart and crisp, some yeastiness and biscuits, wheat is obvious and with a touch of spice – 4.25, M: Light and effervescent body – 4.00, D: Extremely drinkable and spot on to the style, nice all around – 4.00

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 00:09:44 | More by deereless
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Ontario (Canada)

4.84/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 500mL bottle

A - A hazy, murky orange, poured aggressively producing a fluffy, white head that receded to a film, before progressively diminishing.

S - A balance of malted wheat, banana, clove and a slight spiciness.

T - Incredibly balanced. The taste accurately represents the nose.

M - A medium, light body with a dry, crisp, and lingering finish

O - I'd happily drink this all day. Amazingly balanced. This beer is outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 22:10:28 | More by AussieAbroad
Photo of zgren


5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into a .5L Weihenstephaner Wheat Glass. Swirled last 1/3rd and dumped on top. Massive poofy 3" head. Very hazy-cloudy as any wheat should be. Bright Yellow with some orange. Lots of bubble activity.

S - Wowzers. A dropkick in the face of of Wheat, Clove, and Banana. Not a bad dropkick to the face, one that I would pleasantly take each and every day.

T - Perfect balance of banana, clove, bready, and bubblegum with ever so slight tingle of hops. A lot of yeasty tones.

M - Medium-Light body with average carbonation. One of the easiest drinking beers I think I've ever had. You could put these down effortlessly.

O - I might be a bit biased since I am a big fan of wheats, especially a sucker for German Hefe's, but this is literally my favorite beer. It is absolutely perfect beer for it's style; where every wheat in the world should be compared to and strives to be. Weihenstephaner has been open since 1040, and it shows from the quality and perfection of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 19:42:20 | More by zgren
Photo of ThisWangsChung


4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-review. 11.2 oz bottle into a regular pint glass.

A: Pours an extremely hazy golden color. Poured aggressively, it yielded over three fingers of fluffy, white-colored head. Retention isn't the best - I can visibly note it fading away as I type this. It leaves more lacing than others in the style, though.

S: Aromatically, it's just a hefeweizen - banana and clove esters dominate, with only a touch of noble hops to balance. What makes it great is that it seems like the distilled essence of everything a 'weizen should be. Some are heavy in banana, others are heavy in clove; this one is heavy in both, not to mention perfectly balanced between the two.

T: Just like in the aroma, it takes a bit of time for this to 'click' on the senses; before that, this drinks like just another quality hefeweizen...until one realizes that this is so perfectly balanced and delicate, it's freakin' effortless. The best part is that there aren't really any stand out notes, just banana/clove esters to open it up, a faint kiss of finishing noble hops. Oh wait, I lied about that one - there's a distant orange note on the palate somewhere that really make this one special, even compared to other great examples of the style. Not to mention the wheat is incredibly soft yet vibrant. Could go on all day waxing about this one...

M: Light in body, with a dry-ish finish and plenty of carbonation. Only detractor is a touch of finishing astringency. But just like I said, effortless to drink.

O: I have no doubts this is the benchmark of the style for good reason. This one is on my list of "would purchase by the case" beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 21:53:16 | More by ThisWangsChung
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4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Note: best before 09/07/2013 (DD/MM/YYYY)

A: Golden-orange body with a big thick head. Lots of carbonation here.
S: Yeasty, bananas almost goes unnoticed.
T: Hoppy with floral sweet flavors and lots of bread.
M: Smooth, light, creamy with no hint of alcohol. I've drank the Hefeweizen from Erdinger with and besides having lower ABV (4.9%) it was more noticeable.
O: I think this one was not in perfect conditions, but it's still a awesome beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 18:14:53 | More by joaopmgoncalves
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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