Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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German Hefeweizen
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4.45 | pDev: 9.89%
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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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Photo of Mugman8
4.27/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy gold color on the pour with a big head and plenty of lacing. Aroma is fruity and bready. Taste is smooth and banana flavor is pleasant. Finish is crisp. This is a very good brew and best hefe I have had. A great brew at a great price. I will be buying again!

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Mugman8 from New York, May 25, 2020
Photo of Troy-Hawaii
4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 16.9oz bottle $4.49 Tamuras
Smell of bananas, oranges
Hazy golden-orange color
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Taste of bananas, cloves, oranges
Overall a good beer. Similar to Vitus that I just had yesterday, but not as good so that affected my ratings.

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

500mL bottle, served in my very old UFO Hefeweizen glass. Cloudy brass in color with loads of white pillowy foam. Phenol aroma of clove. That spice flavor carries straight through to the flavor. Noble hop bitterness is present only enough to keep grain in check. Yeast character dominates over wheat, and provides a citrusy edge. But overall this is an extremely classic German hefeweiss and it deserves outstanding ratings. Is it better than Franziskaner? Probably not to my taste.

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hreb from Washington, Apr 20, 2020
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4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

APP - Poured without rousing yeast just hours after being transported by bicycle. Only the slightest haze gives a luminious glow to this bright canary colored beer. Low bright white head with great retention, but poor lace.

AROMA - Soft citrus, very low banana, no perceptible clove, bit of vanilla, low Sulphur, note of fresh green grapes, low grassy/grainy note, fresh wheat flavor dominates

FLAVOR - light Citrusy acidity balances low malty sweetness, very very low banana is almost lower than subtle vanilla notes with just the slightest wisp of clove in dry wheaty finish. Naturally no hop flavors or bitterness stand out.

MF -Medium-low body with high carbonation, stingy acidity, and light grainy astringency.

OVERALL - Subtle, complex, and super refreshing.

With ROUSED YEAST - slightly more banana, fuller mouthfeel, but really dulls other flavors. Prefer it without.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear yellow amber color with a big two finger head of puffy white foam. The head has an amazing level of retention, very slowly fading over time to leave a decent sum of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is very strong of a wheaty smell mixed with other big aromas of a light banana smell and a decent showing of come clove and coriander. Along with these smells comes a bit of a grassy smell as well as a touch of a musty and hay smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a wheat bread taste mixed with some sweeter tastes of a ripe banana nature as well as a bit of caramel. There is very light yeasty taste throughout as well that is nicely complimented with a decent hit of clove. As the tastes advances from the initial some orange and a little bit of hay work their way onto the tongue. At the very end the hay and banana increase in intensity and a joined a bit of graininess to leave one with a sweeter and sorta fruity, nice wheaty taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is medium in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the blend of flavors the feel is quite nice and makes for a very easy sipping brew that accentuates the wheat, banana, and spice quite well.
Overall – A well crafted hefe. It has a nice blend of wheat, sweet, spice, and hay. An enjoyable drinker.

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Photo of Hooded
4.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Notes from 2/1/2020.
Poured from a 11oz bottle into a Spiegelau Classics Wheat Beer Glass.
The body is golden and cloudy with 4 fingers of white head quickly receding down to 1 finger of foam, and eventually leaving a white cap. There's a small amount of moderately thick lacing. 4.75
The aroma is medium in strength, and of over ripe bananas, cloves, and bubblegum. 5.00
The taste is medium in strength, and of over ripe bananas, cloves, malt, and something at the end pallet I cannot identify. There is an earthy quality to the flavor. 5.00
The mouth feel is above medium in thickness, creamy, and with light carbonation. 4.75
Overall, the over ripe bananas and earthiness of the flavor is superb. The taste is hard to beat. 5.00
I reviewed this beer and Hefeweisen by Live Oak side by side. In comparison with Hefeweissbier by Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan, HefeWeisen by Live Oak has a slightly better appearance due to having a massive pillowy white head and a slightly better mouth feel because of a thicker and creamier texture. In comparison with HefeWeisen by Live Oak, Hefeweissbier by Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan has a slightly superior taste due to the over ripe bananas and overall earthy flavor.

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Hooded from Texas, Feb 15, 2020
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4.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

What a lovely beer! Super smooth. No aftertaste. Very subdued, easy-to-drink. This is a beer I could easily have several of with no problem. No alcohol smell or taste at all yet it is 5.4%. Really like it! Would definitely buy again.

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Photo of ProfessrJoe
5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

best wheat beer I have ever had. I did not think anything could top HB but this certainly did. Smooth taste, pours real nice. tastes real good in a frozen glass

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Photo of Anders91
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: nice golden white with a thin white head

Smell: banana, malt, and wheat

Taste: banana, wheat, and malt. No flavor is particularly strong, but very high quality

Feel: super smooth, just the right amount of carbonation

This beer this far better than Weihenstephaner’s “Original”

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Anders91 from California, Jan 06, 2020
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5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The perfect beer from every angle. Beautiful cloudy, hazy body complimented with a great big marshmallow fluff head. 3-4 fingers. Classic coriander, clove, and banana hefe smell. Taste and mouth feel are everything and anything you want it to be. Definite depth of flavor with a backbone, yet the fruity notes and unbelievably lush mouthfeel give it unparalleled drinkability. Goes down like a glass of milk. 5.4% kick but tastes nearly NA. Cheap and widely available aswell (In Germany, at least). My gold standard for alcoholic beverages and I'm not sure if its possible to top it

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MildlyDrunk from Minnesota, Jan 03, 2020
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3.94/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not a bad beer, was expecting a bit more given it's the highest rated Hefeweizen by a large margin, Personally I've had more enjoyable Hefeweizens but this one was fine, just fine overall. I'm giving the benefit of the doubt and believing the sixer I bought might have been stale because to me, it just doesn't taste all that great. I'd really love to try one on a fresh draft some day but, I can't say the bottles I bought lived up to the hype - Actually there was a small section dedicated to Weihenstephaner beers at my local liquor store and every bottle actually had dust on them and I'm not exaggerating. The bottles were literally covered in a thin sheet of dust

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Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Arguably the Hefeweizen that sets the standard for all others. The clove, banana, bubble gum, and lemon are all in perfect balance in the aroma as well as sip to sip. Mouthfeel is a very solid medium bodied and maybe just a tad full for the style. This is a phenomenal Weiss beer, but just be careful to avoid stale bottles and kegs on this side of the Atlantic.

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Photo of XZacktO
4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

L: Amazing. Cloudy and golden/orange. Just like you expect and WANT your wheat beers to look. Great frothy white head. Perfect example.

S: I'm not quite seasoned in smelling all of the notes like many reviewers are. I'm still very new to the craft beer game. However, banana swept right into my nose as soon as I poured it. That rarely happens for me but boy was it there on this one. Delicious!

T: So smooth. Initially I got that bready, malty taste Germany is so well known for. But then there was a definite smooth banana flavor. I did notice at the tail end of the beer some spiciness. Very faint but it was there. I'm assuming the cloves?

F: smooth. No bitter back end. Pure easy drinking. Could do a couple of these!

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Photo of ForAnarchy
4.8/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer poured a nice, pleasant color. The smell was a little intriguing at first, though I had never tried this type of beer before. Smelled of sharp yeast and light fruit notes, name banana. Taste was incredible — sharp yeast notes without being too sour, and a very overwhelming taste of banana. Mouthfeel was very full-bodies. Overall, excellent beer.

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Photo of obninsk23
4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

If you crave a wheat beer and if it's available with other wheat choices it's definitely a pick to get or to order. Banana, clove, it's all there. But it's a tad too heavy in texture and heavy in the aftertaste. Not in a sense of beiing unpleasant or anything like that, but on a sense of lacking certain quality of freshness of a wheat grain. I guess that's why it's available year round, and the old wheat definitely adds to an old starchy ending.

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obninsk23 from Massachusetts, Sep 15, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It seems a classic beer not in the ratings but also in the taste.. Perhaps it is the most balance "Hefe-Weissbier" beer i have try but not the best for me..
First of all this beer it has a high rate carbonation and that make it little rough in your mouth but also more heavy.. That helps you to drink it slowly because some others "Hefe- weissbier" is more sweet and you drink them like your orange juicy in the morning.. Also is very spicy and remind me a lot the "Paulaner- Hefe".. Is little more lighter and balance this one from "Paulaner" but is very spicy and it stick very well with your food..
The colour and the aroma is the ordinary from one "Hefe-weissbier".. Orange with a lot of spicy and banana aroma..
Overall a decent and classic beer to drink with your food or to go out to listen some music in some place or some live show.. Is a beer that you can drink it with your friends outside and not you can drink it alone in your house i guess.. Little spicy and little bitter for my taste but i enjoy it despite i prefer more the "Franziskaner hefe" on that style..

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Lanas from Greece, Sep 14, 2019
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4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this beer at the brewery and it was great. Cloudy, full bodied, fruity aroma. Everything you want in a wheat beer. This is my wheat beer benchmark.

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Tkdutra83 from Germany, Aug 20, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Exceptionally warm, easy to drink beer. Full bodied, full flavored, yet subtle enough to crush. The malts are toasty and sweet, the yeast is sharp but not sour, and the wheaty balance is exceptional. Don't waste time drinking trendy American hefes, always go German first.

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SB2017 from Iowa, Aug 19, 2019
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4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour to tall glass. Huge, dense, white head with good retention, hazy yellow color, minimal lacing. Nose of banana, yeasty. Taste is bright, wheat, bread, banana, clove. Finish is crisp. Body and carbonation are above average.

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Photo of cannonball_adderall
4.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I tried one of these on a whim while hosting a cheese and charcuterie party, figuring it'd go well with an intense three-year-old Gouda I was gifted. All I can say is WOW.

I've never been a fan of wheat beers (Canadian and American ones, anyway), but I think I "get" them now. Perfect balance of crispness, flavour, and visual appeal (that head, though!). Only critique for me is that the boozy nose is a bit misleading to how smooth and sweet the beer is. A new instant "go-to" for me, and I can't wait to get to know Bayerische beers better.

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cannonball_adderall from Ontario (Canada), Aug 15, 2019
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4.27/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 ml bottle. Pours slightly hazy gold with a huge white head. Aroma of banana, cracker, clove. Taste is wheat, banana, bitter clove finish. Great summer beer. Excellent hefeweissbier, there is a reason this is considered the one to compare to.

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Photo of Pablcol
3.61/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It was the first one served in a tasting of international beers, and it is said is one of the best of its kind, so I was pretty eager to try it. I was uninpressed by it. A good beer overall, but I expected more of it.

We tasted it in the proper glass, and it was served around 7ºC, so optimal conditions. We let it rest a couple of minutes before drinking it and it developed about 2cm of a thick white head/collar.

Charged with cereal aroma, it was too alcoholic on nose for me.

On mouth though, things started to improve: overall good, with cereal taste clearly distinguished within it. With a great mouthfeel, on par with other wheat beers, even better.

A good beer for casual drinking or a tasting. Would recommend.

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Pablcol from Spain, Jul 25, 2019
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4.22/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle - no discernible date - poured into a flared pint at 44F.

Pours a fully cloudy honey golden, with three fingers of completely dense, fiamy white head, which holds its shape for several minutes.

Nose: Sweet, soft, creamy wheat grain, with an incredible classic yeast aroma - bringing an explosion of bubblegum, a hint of clove, unripe banana, and some fruity undertones atop a warm loaf of fresh bread. There's the faintest suggestion of orange rind and some mulling spice tucked in as well.

Palate: First sip brings that creamy grainy wheat flavour, with surprisingly little sweetness. The fruity yeast esters follow, with more bubblegum, faint clove, green banana, apple, faint clove, and some German hop florals. It's very clean, crisp, and tame. There's a subtle spicy kick before the finish, which brings more bubblegum, wheat grain, German hop notes, lots of clove, and a very toned -down bitterness compared to American hefewiezens.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is fairly light in body - crisp - with a noticeable softness to the feel. The soft wheat coats yhe tongue, and gives some nice texture. Effervescence is lively, but not aggressive or prickly. Everything feels appropriate for the style.

Overall: Hefeweizens are not a favourite style of mine. Nevertheless, I try to look at everything as objectively as I can. This is probably the most enjoyable hefeweizen I've had this far. It feela incredibly refined and complete, with no rough edges or off flavours. Unlike many American offerings, it isn't over-hopped or spiced in any way. It isn't a complex beer whatsoever. It isn't wildly unique or groundbreaking. It's a very classic style, after all. It is, on the other hand, a really great example of beer in its most simple, classic, original form. A true German offering. It may not br a glass to dive in and study, but it sure hits the spot when you want a cold beer, and this will certainly pair very nicely with many dishes.

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

Great looking with a huge fluffy head. A little bit of clove in the nose. Crisp, clean, slight banana flavor on first sips. What a wonderful Hefeweissbier!

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DFred from California, Jul 06, 2019
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4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It being in the low 90's at the PONDerosa, today and just back from a stint at the pool, The PubScout decided to take a break from his usual IPA summer slakers and go back in time--like 1200+ years. Weihanstephaner Staatsbrauerei had hops growing near its monastery in 768 AD. And seeing a lonely bottle of this classic wheat beer in the back of my fridge, I decided to try to resurrect the reactions I had when first I tasted this incredible beer decades--not centuries--ago, no matter what Paul Z. says.
I was first impressed back then by the banana-clove-bubblegum notes so very evident in the nose and on the palate. A crisp spiciness could also be detected with a bit of concentration, as well.
Great news! This is still the same wonderful wheat (at least 50%) beer that rocked my beer world back when hazy, juicy IPA's were not even on the radar.
And, with the temps soaring today, it was the perfect beer--smooth, medium mouthfeel, no bitter hop dominance and just a most refreshing, extraordinarily drinkable beer. Its low ABV (5.4%) makes it most sessionable, and I'd imagine it would pair well with anything except game meats and chocolate desserts.
If those Juicy Haze-bombs ever run their course (and they likely will), millennials and everyone else might benefit by going "Back to the Future," and discovering what a classic, refreshing summer beer is supposed to taste like. Everything old may well be new again.

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pubscout from New Jersey, Jun 27, 2019
Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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