Weihenstephaner / Sierra Nevada - Braupakt
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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German Hefeweizen
Ranked #7
Ranked #2,667
4.15 | pDev: 8.67%
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Weihenstephaner / Sierra Nevada - BraupaktWeihenstephaner / Sierra Nevada - Braupakt
Notes: Braupakt is a collaboration between the world's oldest brewery and Sierra Nevada. Brewed using Weihenstephaner's signature yeast and amarillo and chinook hops from Sierra Nevada.
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Photo of stevoj
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Boise Co-op. Hazy golden with small lasting fluffy head. Aroma is spot on, bananas, clove, bubblegum. Taste adds the slightest amount of hops bitterness, not enough to deviate from the style, but enough to give it some extra character. In the same vein as the Schneider Hopfenweisse, but a little mellower.

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Photo of Sammy
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Excellent construction, a wonderful classic that must be sought out. On tap fresh at Biercraft and worth the visit on this alone. Good mouthfeel with substantive orange flavour.

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Photo of MaltyMagic
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heavily hopped hefeweizen. Beautiful barley/wheat malt spine, grainy/bready/doughy. Interesting flavor combination, with the earthy/piney/citrus west coast hops battling banana esters and spices creates a overripe-orange type taste. Almost like a pale ale mixed with a traditional hefe. Bitter resinous finish, which is unusual for the style. Interesting collaborative beer. Doesn't scratch the hefe itch for me.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into custom taster pint; production code 1098, which I gather means it was produced on 3/1/18.
A: Pours a hazy golden to amber color with an initial four finger, egg-shell white head, excellent retention, and rings of sticky lacing.
S: Remarkably light nose initially. First aromas are grassy and grainy with caramel bleeding through and predominating first, then banana or cloves coming front and center, as it warms.
T: Sweet and tart with flavors of caramel, banana, and cloves more consistent with what I associate as representation of the style. Bitterness however substantial and peppery, but never quite out of balance.
M: Medium bodied and solid carbonation. Nicely tingly on the palate.
O: A somewhat flavor forward take on the style. Interesting collaboration. I believe the bittering reflects how the brewery from the New World contributed to that of the Old.

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Photo of Viaduck
4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very hazy amber body with a head so thick you could shave with it. Very pretty aroma: banana, clove, wheat & honey. Taste is salty-sweet -bitter. Flavors consist of banana, clove, lemon, fruity esters, spice, earthy flavors & a hint of alcohol. Feel is slightly thin & slightly under-carbonated. Overall an excellent hefe

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Photo of SB2017
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lovely hazy, almost ciderlike body with a thick finger of snowy foam and good lace. Gorgeous to look at. Clean nose, mainly sweet and slightly metallic. Slightly more earthy than fruity, with a bit of malt at the end. Full bodied and full flavored for sure. Almost syrupy over the tongue. Very impressive. A candylike fruity sweetness is here but it isn't cloying at all. Best hefe I've tried. Supremely balanced, complex, and easy to drink.

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Photo of Roguer
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very good head production and retention. Body is unsurprisingly hazy, but darker than I'd expect for a Hefe, somewhere between lemon and orange colored.

Huge notes of clove and banana on the nose, along with milky wheat, light lemon, grass, and honey.

Flavor checks all the right boxes, from honey and banana, to wheat and white bread, touches of pepper and bubblegum, and sweet, fruity esters.

The hops add a touch of bitterness up front, and a slightly spicy, herbal, and fruity character in the first third, but are very well integrated, allowing the traditional style to stay in the forefront and adding just a subtle twist.

Full mouthfeel with excellent drinkability. A touch of alcohol up front, but smooth through the finish.

This is an excellent Hefe, and a fantastic collaboration brew. The SN hop touch is light but interesting - you really could not ask for a better example of how to add a modern twist to an established style without disrespecting it in any way.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle

An absolutely giant white head bellows over the rim of my can-style glass (no weizen glass available). Could not be more pillowy and creamy, at least two fingers in height. Almost too big, I'd like a little more beer in here please. The body is a dark burnt orange, lots of brown in here. Soooo much carbonation coming up from the bottom. Cloudy as all hell, duh. Head retention is immaculate, also duh? Overall a little darker than I'm used to, but it looks amazing so far.

Nose is loaded with banana and clove. Light bubblegum. A little mineral aroma coming up. Pretty spicy as well. Very estery, fruity. Grain actually comes through here, moderately sweet (makes sense with the color). Not sure how I feel about the grain, usually I don't want to smell that in a hef, but it smells so damn fresh and authentic that I don't think I care. This flowery spice is quite nice as well. More complex than most hefs. Overall fantastic nose.

The flavor is very good, not quite as pungent as the nose though. Banana and clove are very present, not really much bubblegum. Certainly a little sweet, but the fresh bready smell isn't coming through on the taste. A touch spicy, and slightly flowery. Overall this flavor is pretty on par with the nose, it's just not as full. Still very good, but makes for more of a sessionable beer than a flavor packed one.

The carbonation started off medium, but dropped to a sub par level. The mouthfeel is pretty thin for a hef, not sure how I like that. Starts off very wet, finishes a little dry. Smallest touch of bitterness lingers at the veeeery end. Got a fair amount going on, but could use a bigger body, even for a sessionable hef.

The drinkability is certainly unbeatable. It's a world class hef but with a lighter build to it.

The appearance turned out perfect. Lovely thick lacing all the way down the glass. The head diminished a small amount over the course of 20 minutes, but who cares. I still ended up with almost a finger of head at the bottom of the glass. Can't really get any better than this.

Overall this is a wonderful hef. I wish the flavor was as full as the nose, but it's still very very good. Mouthfeel should be able to hold up, and it doesn't over time.

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Photo of G-Style
3.72/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Banana aroma. Spiced clove and strong malt taste. Slightly bitter, slightly hoppy... not a bad brew. I find the original weihenstephaner more palatable.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This very enjoyable hefeweizen
pours a medium hazy amber tinged golden with a fantastic head of
white foam that settles to a thick layer with exceptional lacing. Nose
of banana esters from th yeast, soft wheat, and lightly spicy herbal
hops with a touch of clove. Flavors surpass the nose with an excellent
soft wheat note that is touched with honey malts and light banana notes
around a balanced cascade of herbal hops with a touch of lemon zest.
Excellent mouth feel; smooth, soft carbonation, lightly fluffy, medium
body, and a lightly sweet ester laden finish with balanced hop notes.

In conclusion I see this as one FINE hefe worthy of having!


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Photo of HattedClassic
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a voluminous, fluffy white head that dissipates at a moderate pace but still leaves a good amount on the surface once it's done flattening out. The beer itself is a nice and clear golden orange color that is definitely appealing to look at.

The smell and taste are good but a little too bitter and hoppy for the style. The dominant smell would be the grassy hop notes that mix well with the lighter banana yeast notes. There is some light spice to it but it isn't noticeable underneath the banana. The taste is good but a little too bitter for my tastes when it comes to the style. There is a light to moderate clove and banana note to it.

The feel is good. It has a medium body and a bit creamy, which is nice. It has a slightly drier finish than one would expect.

Overall, a fairly and interesting hefe that changes things up a bit but not too much.

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Photo of chinchill
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, dated 1098 from a Florida Total Wine. Consumed on 10-27-18.

Beer poured with a cloudy orange-amber body topped by a tall, foamy white head that is semi-durable and leaves plenty of lacing.

Aroma: bananas with bubble gum and moderate (yeast & hops) spicing, including cloves. Better balance than usual.

Flavor: bubble gum, spice and banana notes from the German yeast, with light citrus and additional spice notes from American hops.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body that's rather creamy even with high (but soft) carbonation.

Overall: excellent version of the style; not radically different, but better than the original Weihenstenphaner.

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Photo of arizcards
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, dated 1-31-18 1058 (DWWY, 5th week of 2018) purchased at the Craft Beer Hop Stop 5-28-18. Consumed on 10-21-18.

Beer poured a cloudy orange with a very nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is bubble gum and bananas, very nice.

Taste is the bubble gum and banana phenols from the wonderful house yeast strain. Goes down an untraditional path with the use of American hops that provides a citrus finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth and creamy.

Overall a very nice beer that is probably still good if cold stored.

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Presentation: 500 mL brown bottle with no freshness dates. Served in a weizen glass.

Appearance: The thick, bright white, three finger head stays around for a while and leaves behind some thick lacing. It's a hazy, gold color.

Smell: The main aromas are fruity of ripe banana, dried prunes and citrus peel. There are faint grain and pine resin hop notes in the background as well.

Taste: It has a very balanced flavor that leans more towards the grainy wheat but has a good fruity, pine resin hop presence as well.

Mouthfeel: It's smooth, creamy and medium bodied with medium-high carbonation.

Overall: A perfect marriage of "old world" style and brewing technique with "new world" hops that give it a very unique and interesting character.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This pour looks amazing. Big creamy head atop a hazy glowing body. Wonderful aroma. Lots of estery notes, banana and some green apple in there. Spicy, with a smooth body. Delicious.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, date stamp 2088 15:47:37. Served in a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Translucent amber-gold that glows when held up to the light with a very nicely thick off-white head with thick sheets of persistent lacing.

Smell: Citrus with some underlying banana and cloves.

Taste: Orange and fresh cut citrus up front, then a bit of the wheat malt, followed by a citrus bitter finish. American hops dominate. I can get just a tiny bit of noble hop finish after the citrus bitterness passes, but it's not strong.

Mouthfeel: Nicely thick - a bit chewy and smooth. Good carbonation - hits the style perfectly for a Hefeweizen.

Overall / Drinkability: I think some of the classic German Hefeweizen flavors are lost under the American hops, but, it's still a very tasty beer. Looks great, smells good, and is easy to drink. I had one by itself this evening and I find I am enjoying it, but I think I would prefer to pair it with food. One is enough per evening - a very well crafted beer. I think this may be Weihenstephaner's answer to Schneider's Brooklyner-Weisse Hopfenweisse. Nice to see more Germans and American craft brewing starting to collaborate.

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Photo of Blasphemus-Maximus
4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing Hefe! What a perfect collaboration between Weihenstephaner and Sierra Nevada to bring forth honestly one of the finest Hefeweizens' I've ever had. Super smooth, great smell and overall a delicious wheaty ale that acts as a perfect session ale. All in all simply fantastic

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Photo of chitoryu12
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Cloudy golden orange with visible carbonation. A large, thick white head of foam.

Smell: Orange peel, coriander, dry hops, wheat, and a bit of malty sweetness.

Taste: Dry and subdued, a little soapy from the hops. Predominately sweet wheat.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick and decently carbonated.

Overall: A very solid, tasty hefeweizen.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16.9 oz. Bottle

Poured into a Squatters true pint glass a pretty nice cloudy yellow/orangy color, pretty nice carbonation, with a very nice thick/creamy two-finger off-white head, which leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, hoppy, with some nice cloves/coriander, banana, wheaty. The taste is pretty nice, malty, yeasty, hoppy, with a nice touch of cloves/coriander, banana, nice wheat note. Medium body, ABV is hidden very nicely. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of tb420
2.26/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

How to ruin a nice Bavarian hefe weiss 101: overhop it in the typical American "modern" style. It's mostly undrinkable as a hefeweiss ans just an bad APA made with wheat. 3 of us (one a SN pale ale fanatic), an APA indifferent person, and an APA detractor) all thought it was utterly disgusting after each drinking a Weiehenstephaner regular weissbier. Only the APA fan finished it and that was done reluctantly. It's really horrible stuff.

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Photo of JRed
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark grainy in body with frothy off-white head that stays. Aroma of floral notes, grains, banana, light vanilla, spice. Tastes of floral notes, browning bananas, light vanilla, kiwi?, light spice, some grassy bitterness comes through in the finish. Thick body with lighter carbonation.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Got better as the glass is emptied. Looks quite nice in a tulip glass, with a few fingers of creamy, rocky foam atop a hazy golden orange body. Aroma is decent enough, with nice banana and clove notes, but with some earthy (and I mean earthy as in dirt) and herbal notes. Flavor starts off fine, with banana bread and clove but devolves into a bitter/sour/tea like finish that sucks the moisture from the tongue. Astringent. Like I said, it got better as the glass is drained, but not by much. Feel was fuller, fine there. Overall, it's a pass. There are much better and refreshing hefes out there.

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Photo of izraelc
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wunderbar!!! A fantastic collaboration. Pours a frothy gold. Smells great. Incredibly smooth. I could drink this all day everyday. Best beer I've had in a long time.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass

A: Pours hazy golden amber with a frothy light tan head that settles to a dense head that leaves some thick gobs of lacing.

S: Yeasty, bready, twangy wheat, spicy herbal notes, clove and banana, a bit earthy, light citrus, and a touch of pine.

T: Classic hef esters and phenols, clove, banana, and a hint of bubble gum, spicy herbal notes, a touch of citrus, lemon and orange, earthy pine, yeasty goodness, bready malt, and a little wheat twang.

M: A little on the fuller side of medium body, moderate carbonation, kinda chewy.

O: I feel like there's a little more bitterness here than I'm used to with a hef, but the west coast hops add a cool touch to it. Can't wait to try out their Oktoberfest collaboration.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Orange hued golden liquid, mostly hazy. Active. A towering fool of soft-white, sea foamy, silky topping , bubbly, sticky lacing and just plain crazy.

The nose is all about old school, herbal, spicy, earthy hops and malty tones. Funky, eartyy wheat, bold and dense west coasty hops bring in aromas from the vast beyond and back again. Smelly herbal earthiness, funky sour and hearty yeast, dank...dank earth. Easily one of the most complex Hefe-style noses ever.

Sick, earthy wheat and dank grains flavor...burnt and smokey malted wheat and field grains keep the Hefe style true but deep. Crispy, light body, smooth finish...maybe dry at times. Soft and smooth...dense malt complexity with the yeast that goes above and beyond.

Rich, righteous herbal/earthy flavor color makes it Jackson Pollock style. Crazy, brash but in some ways classic.

The west coast, Sierra Nevada style hop profile delivers a serious amount of dank complexity to the otherwise, classical and old world style that is know for light and easy flavours.

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Weihenstephaner / Sierra Nevada - Braupakt from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 444 ratings