Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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From:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
 
Germany
Style:
Hefeweizen
Ranked #1
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
98
Ranked #416
Avg:
4.41 | pDev: 9.98%
Reviews:
2,726
Ratings:
6,391
Status:
Active
Rated:
Yesterday at 09:59 PM
Added:
Jan 22, 2001
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SCORE
98
World-Class
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Notes: 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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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy appearance with a bright, golden body and a strong white head. SRM of 8. (4.25)

Aroma: Moderate aromas of bread malt and spice. There's cloves, coriander, hints of juicy fruit. Some orange citrus as well. Banana bread and a malty aroma.

Flavor: Moderate flavors of pale malt, bread malt, banana bread and yeast. Also a medicinal and aspirin flavor with some hints of juicyfruit on the end. Some orange citrus spice develops as it warms. Lightly fruity sweet.

Feel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation.

Compared to Hacker Pschorr Hefe Weiss 9/28/22: Pours a lighter color. More fruit and banana on the aroma. Less burnt flower and cracker notes.

Compared to Ayinger Brauweisse 9/28/22: Pours a slightly darker color. Milder aroma. Slightly more bread malt, fruity yeast, and a more full mouthfeel. Less sweet cloves. A lighter and cleaner mouthfeel.

Overall: A really nice hefeweizen. It has the balance of fruity yeast, banana bread malt, and a full, yeasty mouthfeel without being too sweet. A nice orange spice component that develops as it warms. A delicate balance of fruity, yeasty, and bready flavors, while being drinkable and clean. Rated a World-class Hefeweizen and I think what makes this one on that level is the drinkability. How can a bready beer be be so clean and drinkable. This one figures it out. (Rating: 4.22)
Yesterday at 09:59 PM
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Rated by Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Coming back to this fabulous beer and writing a great review of this true standard of this style.
Sep 17, 2022
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Rated by Tamu from North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Smooth and creamy.
Sep 14, 2022
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Reviewed by Ant777uk from England

2.04/5  rDev -53.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2
World's oldest brewery? Really? I'm sure I have had the world's oldest brewery beer before, and it wasn't this...

I used to love weissbier when I was about 20...but recently I haven't really liked it so much, anyway let's give this a go. I used to have an Erdinger glass at home.

Very typical bananaey aroma...heavy...sweet like a desert...not really inviting to me. Very smooth head and deep orange colour, looks great in the glass.

Taste is unique for sure. Very different to other weissbiers I have tried, such as Erdinger (my favourite beer around 20 years old). This is much lighter and ever so smooth. And not as sweet as the aroma makes you believe...but for me it's a bit too smooth, and a bit too unexciting...there is no complex mouth feel or bitter hop aftertaste of a Radeberger, West Coast IPA or Belgian tripel. Or the mystical smoothness of a Chimay Bleu. This is kind of simple, pleasant...and easy to like. I'm definitely not a fan of wheat beer, though I kind of understand why people would like this, though...in the same way people like ice cream. It's just not for me.
Sep 07, 2022
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Reviewed by Tonyjaver

5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
The standard against which all Hefeweizens are compared. I honestly cannot find any fault with this beer. My favorite beer of all time, nothing comes close IMHO. Thank you Weihenstephaner!!! Prost!!!
Sep 04, 2022
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Reviewed by JamFuel from Sweden

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a hazy orange with thick, high head.

Smell is fruity and yeasty with notes of banana, banana camdy, citrus, wheat dough and ginger.

Taste is fruity, yeasty and a bit sweet and estery. Notes of banana, cloves, banana camdy, peach, wheat dough and rye.

Mouthfeel is medium and smooth with good carbonation.

Overall, a terrific Hefe, maybe the best one overall.
Aug 27, 2022
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Reviewed by txaudiophile from Texas

4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
My favorite Hefe Weissbier by miles. Complex flavors that are well balanced and I like the amount of carbonation. A deep experience but also refreshing.
Aug 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.35 by JScoby

Aug 20, 2022
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Reviewed by guidodewaal

4.89/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
From bottle at a pub in Germany. Lives up to the high rating. Looks perfect. Smells absolutely amazing. And the taste follows. Smooth as butter. Banana is the keyword here. Banana in both smell and taste. But not overpowering. Simply amazing!
Aug 16, 2022
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Reviewed by Blogjackets from Ohio

4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Beer poured from tap.

The body pours an orange gold with a nice fluffy head. Good retention and lacing. A handsome beer especially in the right glassware.

Nose is the banana-bubble gum aroma for which the style is famous. Hit-or-miss for some folks, but a big hit for me. Add the familiar clove and I was a happy guy.

Taste substantially follows nose with the clove stepping up a bit. A bit sweet but a modest hop flavor is present helping balance the beer.

Good carbonation and mouthfeel make it an easy drinker.
Aug 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.75 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Jul 31, 2022
 
Rated: 4.86 by MrJones07 from Spain

Jul 28, 2022
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
0.5 L bottle
Bottle Date: 6301
Consumed on: 2022-july-26
Glass: 0.5L Weizen Vase
Pouring Temp:


Look:
Cloudy and opaque golden yellow. I can see the shadows of my fingers through the glass when I hold it up to a light. 3-finger pillowy and creamy off-white head slowly dissolves to a 1-finger consistent and creamy cover. When I opened the beer, it slowly started pushing up out of its bottle. Some yeast looks to have remained on the bottom of the bottle, indicating that this sample will not be as opaque as 'normal'.

Smell:
All kinds of banana along with some sweet fruit that has been lightly sugared. Balancing this is a nice clove note. Wonderful nose.

Taste:
Similar to the nose but with the addition of wheat notes that come across as very slightly bready or perhaps doughy. There is also a mineral note. Everything is very nicely balanced. The finish is lightly sweet and clovey.

Feel:
Smooth, soft, and creamy. The body is not quite medium.

Overall:
A great Hefeweizen from a top-notch brewery. Quaffable, balanced, and refreshing. This is the benchmark for the style and has been so for decades. One of my favorite Hefeweizens, along with those from Andechs, Ayinger, and Schneider.
Jul 27, 2022
 
Rated: 4.06 by JoeDKSki

Jul 21, 2022
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Reviewed by gjdgjdgjd

4.94/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Truly amazing beer. Definitely a must try and must have on hand beer. One in my regular rotation. It seems that cans are fresher than bottles where I am in the U.S.

Strong flavors of banana and cloves. Wheat lingers at all times.
Jul 20, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
"Best by 2/23/23"; drank 7/18/22 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy dull orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a big eggshell head; a thick curtain of tree-rung lace.

Banana, caramel & mild clove notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium mouthfeel.

Banana & mild caramel flavors up front; mild clove notes on the finish.

An exemplary take on the style; I'd have another! And another!
Jul 20, 2022
 
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

3.88/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Had 16oz on tap at RiNo Beer Garden

On the pour a 1.5 finger fine head just over the glass that slowly receded and became rocky and creamy looking. Color is a dark gold with standard hefe haze. Carbonation is light enough that it's hard to see through the haze. Some lacing forms if you drink it fast enough but not the best lacing ever.

Aroma is full of banana esters and a bit of acetaldehyde but not anymore than is expected of the style. Aroma is relatively light and not a lot of the malts come through this is all yeast on the nose.

Flavor is similar to the aroma with a certain lightness to it followed by a nice hit of traditional hefe flavors, once again a little tarter than I'd prefer, but nothing overwhelming or out of character for the style. There is a definite minerality to the flavorfollowed by some light bitterness and grassiness from a light dose of noble hops. Followed up by all that a sweet wheat maltiness does creep in making for a nice finish with a bit of sweetness after yeasty slightly bitter flavors.

The feel is once again a bit light and astringent, but the head retention on this makes for a relatively balanced light feeling making it not watery. The finish is relatively long for how light it is and in the chest you can feel the alcohol warming sensation a little bit.

Overall this is a good example of a traditional hefeweisen and a bit drier than the hofbrau hefe but without the citrus notes of an americanized hefe or traditional American wheat.
Jul 11, 2022
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Rated by Acandage from California

4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
This is the standard that all other Hefeweizens are judged.
Jul 08, 2022
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Rated by Spark420

5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
It’s hard to find anything wrong with this.
Jul 06, 2022
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Reviewed by sodavisions from Michigan

5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
LOOK: Golden orange/yellow, semi-hazy, two fingers of very fine foam.
SMELL: little bit of clove and hops, lots of banana.
TASTE: exactly like it smells in a snifter. Directly from the bottle, it’s 100% banana.
FEEL: very smooth and refreshing with medium body and medium-light carbonation.
OVERALL: This is, to me, a perfect beer. It’s insane. It’s refreshing with just enough body to it to be rewarding without feeling bloated afterwards. The tastes are lovely and perfectly balanced, and there’s a variation in flavors between the glass and the bottle that are both wonderful in their own way. The best part about it is that it’s not even expensive, either. It’s like $11 for a 6pk at my local liquor store. That’s only $2 more than a 6pk of Heineken for THIS.
Jul 06, 2022
 
Rated: 4.75 by RahFoodie from Canada (ON)

Jul 02, 2022
 
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Reviewed by Whyteboar from Michigan

4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured golden amber, not transparent but not cloudy either. Unfiltered?
The head was nearly white and fleeting but that may be due to the age of the beer.
The aroma was mostly cloves and, oddly, banana. At least the impression of banana.
The taste, wow. Cloves are prominent but not overwhelming, banana is more an essence than flavor, and the malts are balanced, tasty and rewarding. So good, I think I need more of this one for the summer.
The feel was smooth as the carbonation was slow and sparse, but present. Didn’t detract from the experience at all.
Not sure why I waited so long to try this, it’s really good!
Jun 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4.52 by Beer_Goblin from New York

Jun 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4.19 by Shiredave from New York

Jun 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.34 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire

Jun 03, 2022
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Reviewed by nizzle8287 from Texas

5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Wow. Poured at ~43 degrees F into a pint glass. Cloudy golden nectar with very fine bubbles in the finger of head that reduces to a film and a ring around the glass. If there was a banana Wheaties, this could be the mascot. Smell is, of course, banana, clove, nutmeg, as is taste, but more importantly, this beer does not include any of the previously stated foods as actual ingredients. This beer is brewed under the Purity Law of 1516, meaning it uses only malt, hops, water, and yeast. This philosophy of brewing has led to a masterpiece that lingers on the palette like you've just had a bowl of Cream of Wheat. Mouth feel is velvety creaminess; CO2 level perfectly present and fulfilling. Alcohol is hardly noticeable. Very smooth going down with a a slightly less than medium mouthfeel. Super easy drinker even on a hot Texas day. Easily the best wheat brew I've ever tried.
May 26, 2022
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Rated by ivanbrew

4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Good beer but I would still Choose Francisckiner over it but not bad for IvanBrew1 beer garden
May 23, 2022
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Rated by Bryan-K from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Herbal and mild spice. Unfiltered liquid gold. Poured on tap in Philly in 1L mug.
May 15, 2022
 
Rated: 4.08 by benjaminsa from Vermont

May 15, 2022
 
Rated: 4.43 by cold_beer

May 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.68 by Roejogan from Canada (BC)

May 06, 2022
 
 
Rated: 5 by sglooney316 from Texas

May 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.52 by JonnyCastle from Massachusetts

Apr 26, 2022
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Reviewed by KurtDrinksBeer

4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
A: cloves, nutmeg, yeasty, malt aroma
L: hazy golden, good head retention, creamy foam, medium lacing
T: banana clove heavy, medium to heavy bodied, crisp carbonation
O: very smooth, drinkable, essence of hefeweizen
Apr 16, 2022
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Reviewed by Foyle from North Carolina

4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from 330 ml bottle into pint glass. Thick pillowy white head, mild lacing, hazy golden orange color. Aroma of banana, spices, yeast rolls. Mouthfeel is light to medium. Flavors of clove, cinnamon, banana, bread, herbal hops. Overall: excellent in the style.
Apr 15, 2022
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Reviewed by AlexandraDen from Canada (ON)

4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 500mL glass bottle to my Weihenstephaner hefe glass, just about a finger and a half of dense foamy, uneven head appears. Cloudy orange with a tinge of yellow.

Strong bubblegum aroma hits me first, followed by banana. Gentle spices, of which clove is the most noticeable. Wheaty and gentle yeast ester smell, maybe the palest or grassy funk.

Of all the hefe’s, I have always found Weihenstephaner to be strongest on the bubblegum and banana, which it does not disappoint on the palate here. Of the sweet malt it is crackery like wheat dominated, rather than the doughy malt of Belgians. Great cereal grain taste on the finish. Cloves and mild white peppery like spices wane in and out. A bit of mint was apparent as well.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation of the effervescent kind, tight small bubbles create a mild prickliness on the top of your tongue and a semi foamy sip. A gentle finish, not dry nor wet, which leaves an essence of banana bread and grains on the tongue.

Two things here: firstly, I don’t think my bottle was the freshest. I am going to revisit this review down the line and do a side by side comparison. Secondly, Weihenstephaner is and always will be the first beer that got me into drinking good beer, foreign beer, and craft. Once I had it, I never looked back. It was not my gold standard for Hefeweizens, but beer in general. As stated, I have my own Weihenstephaner glass I drink all my wheat beers out of.

That said… I think in the years that have passed, I can’t really rank it as a 98 like it is on BA. It’s legendary with a strong backing, but in modern times I’ve had too many wheat beers that were so complex and just as good, I think the beer coasts just a little off of its legendary reputation. Keeping in mind, I do believe the beer is the standard bearer/gold standard of the style. It’s the absolute most classic, straight up example of the excellency of wheat beers. For most of its existence it might as well have been Zeus compared to all other beers. In modern times, however, many others have climbed Mt Olympus and taken their place beside it. I say all this despite unending nostalgia for the beer and being it’s biggest lover for well over a decade and a half. This is still a phenomenal beer, best of the old guard. I look forward to revisiting the review with the freshest bottle I can find!
Apr 13, 2022
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 9117 ratings