Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #1
Ranked #250
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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WaterBoar from Pennsylvania

4.93/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For a Hefeweisbier this stuff is hard to pronounce but dam is it good! This beer pairs well with so many obscure foods, even sushi, cheese, salmon, pretzels, brats, and even pizza. This beer, or i should said Brot Bier tastes like a fruity banana bread you would make in September or a weird time of the year in Winter. I loved the spice notes and the flavor was bomb diggity. They also have other flavors of beers too, but this one takes the cake.

Saturday at 02:18 AM
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NEBeerGoddess from Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lovely golden color. Banana and clove nose. Lively when poured from can into glass. The banana/clove/yeasty flavors seemed more subdued than I remembered - I’m happy about that because most Hefeweizens tend to really overwhelm my palate in general. This was a perfect balance.

Aug 29, 2021
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4.66/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The gold standard of Hefeweizen/Weissbiers. Every characteristic that people associate with weissbier is here. The golden cloudy colour, the thick bone white head (tremendous lacing on this pour by the way, wish I could show a photo here), the banana esters, the bready yeasts and malts. This is the first weissbier that made other people's talk of bubblegum and clove tastes really resonate with me because this one really has them. Overall an excellent beer. The only question that remains is who did it better, Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier, or Schneider Weisse Original? Time for a head to head

Aug 23, 2021
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5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer tastes like banana bread dipped in bubble gum ice cream, and the bottle is glorious. Seeing the words Hefe Weissbier are enough to make some like me have vivid memories; I'd say the beer is a symbol of good luck. Cheers.

Aug 22, 2021
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

from June 11th 2021. On Tap at Sabatini's, Exeter PA.

Looks splendid in the tall Weihenstephan glass. Cloudy bright amber body, generous white head, excellent lacing.

malty, a hint of spice, some banana

On tasting, excellent balance, nothing dominates, reaching quickly for the next mouthful.

Mouth above medium, finish wheaty with a little banana & spice.

Overall, the gold standard for the style.

Aug 17, 2021
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Jaasoares from Virginia

4.23/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy straw color with a big fluffy white head. Banana and spice on the nose as well as taste. A very refreshing and tasty beverage...a classic!

Jul 27, 2021
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SMDEE from Louisiana

4.33/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Cloudy, golden, with a tall, full, thick, white head. Looks beautiful in a weizen glass.
Smell - Cloves and banana detected first followed by a mildly sweet biscuit aroma.
Taste - Cloves and banana are prominent but in proper proportions. A touch of wheat-ish sweetness with a small bitterness to balance the taste well. Cinnamon is barely detectable but in there. Finishes clean and easy.
Mouthfeel - Not as heavy as the thick head would indicate but appropriately smooth and full. Leaves a light, even coat.
Overall - I am not a fan of the style but this is certainly one of the best examples. Unlike many other hefeweizens, this one doesn’t possess overpowering yeast smell and flavor or excessive sweetness that turns me off of so many others. I can certainly see why it is so highly regarded.

Jul 11, 2021
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JacintoCupboard from Australia

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

I can't think of a single reason to take even a fraction of a point from this beer's ranking. This beer IS the holotype for a cloudy wheat beer with extensive fruit and grain flavours. You might have a preference for other wheat beers. You might not like wheat beers. But this is the one against which all others should be measured.

It is a cloudy blond in appearance. Pours a tight white head that is dense and holds. Leaves ample lacing. It has very strong fruit aromas, particularly banana esters, but with balancing spice. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy and the spice lingers on the palate.

Jul 08, 2021
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hbeimers from Minnesota

4.14/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Strong flavors of banana and grain, along with an almost medicinal spice. More bready than a belgian wit, and just the right amount of refreshing. This one has staying power.

Jul 02, 2021
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teromous from Virginia

3.34/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the back label "2061 09:31:25"

Appearance: The body is nearly opaque with a gummi-like transparency that allows deep and fuzzy shadows through but no defining images. There isn't much of a head. It has a short creamy-textured film with sparse bubbles but nothing serious. It is noticeably uninspiring visually-wise; the lack of a substantial head, even when forced from the bottle pour, is disappointing.

Aroma: It smells of clove and old cardboard with a note of burnt pizza crust.

Taste: Under-ripe banana comes through at first and it's really bright tasting. The middle of the palate is a mellow banana flavor and a faint cream of wheat flavor. It's pleasant but very mellow. It invokes memories of sliced bananas over shredded wheat cereal. It has a very nice, clean, precisely flavored finish which consists of green bananas and wheat cereal.

Mouthfeel: It is well carbonated and light bodied. It is easy to drink. No real bitterness.

Overall: An uncomplicated beer with a nice banana flavor with a note of cereal wheat. As an import beer this is alright and it's worth drinking from time to time. It has some very intriguing and unique banana flavors, however it lacks complexity. I could drink it again but I would likely hesitate at a bottle over a keg pour. I would love to try it fresher than an import bottle.

Jun 18, 2021
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beergoot from Colorado

4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Mildly cloudy, light amber body; gentle, slow-rising carbonation; very thick, dense and creamy head, white. Prominent scent of fresh banana; dull sweetness. Rich, full flavor of banana and cloves; biscuit-like malt; very mild bitterness. Full, rounded mouthfeel, heavy body; chewy and velvety on the palate.

This beer certainly reminds me of the hefeweisens I enjoyed in Germany. Still, I think this one is a little old, but the appearance and, especially, the mouthfeel are there.

Poured at 55° F; bottle dating info: 23 60

Jun 18, 2021
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SamuelScott from Idaho

4.9/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer I’ve ever had. If you like a true hefeweissbier this is the beer for you. Brewed under the Bavarian purity law of course. I also like the crystal version a lot!

Jun 16, 2021
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stosh66 from Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into pint glass.
A: Bright golden/yellow,slightly hazy, holds a pillowy 1/2 inch white head.
S: Banana,banana,banana with a hint of clove.
T: banana,clove,cereal maltiness
M: med-light body, carbonation tickles the tongue,
O: The standard for all Hefe's to follow AND The OG summer brew.

May 02, 2021
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md3kcn from Ohio

4.89/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Purchased as a six-pack from a Marathon for $12.99. Poured into a weizen glass.

L - A brilliantly cloudy goldenrod with a steady 3-finger white head.
S - Clove, banana, bubblegum, and freshly-baked bread. Hinting at a mellow hoppiness.
T - Banana and clove is strong in this one! Banana bread, butter, and a nice barley base. Sweet, but not overwhelming.
F - Chewy, yet clean. Lightly carbonated. A slight alcohol warmth towards the bottom.
O - Hefeweizen brewers, this is the definitive hefe. A humble beer that knows what it has. Drink this with traditional German fare, and you'll be in for a larger treat than just drinking it on its own - which is still a very decent experience! Outstanding in the style, owed mostly to its simplicity. Will buy again.

Apr 15, 2021
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mickyge from Massachusetts

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

Poured from a 16.9 oz can bb date of 11/20/21 5.4 abv
Huge creamy white above the rim head, crystal clear golden yellow color

Nose was banana, hint of cloves and wheat. A bit bready/ yeasty

Taste was a little malt and bread up front , some banana and clove with a slight citrus note.

Mouthfeel is kind of chunky, kind of sweet but not sticky, medium carbonation that tickles the tongue up front and a smooth wet finish that kind of coats your mouth

Overall this is not a style I drink often but of the ones I’ve had, this one is definitely well crafted and an excellent representation of the style

Mar 28, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a cloudy/hazy light orange color with a massive off-white head with good retention.
S: Smells rich of cloves & banana, yeasty, grains, bubble gum.
T: Very much follows the nose, has a unique tartness that goes great with the sweeter side of the beer.
F: Medium-Full bodied, moderate carbonation, chewy, smooth, somewhat syrupy.
O: I generally don't like Hefeweizen style beers, but this one really is exceptionally great.

Mar 20, 2021
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spectru from Florida

4.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

3/19/2021 - Light amber, slightly hazy, big fluffy white head recedes to a cap, lacy; Aroma is mild but has some character; Nice mouthfeel, moderate carbonation; Flavor is pleasant, mild, somewhat distinctive, (fruity, bready?) different from my usual fare. It's a good beer, a little different, but not outstanding. Didn't quite meet the 'World Class' expectation, but then this is a style I'm not familiar with. Hope it'll grow on me.

After I finished that beer, it suggested that it wasn't so bad after all, kind of interesting, and I should have another. So I did. I love the way this beer holds it's head, and I love the feeling of sipping the beer through that silky frothy head. And the taste grew on me. This may have just become a favorite change of pace. It's the far end of the spectrum from IPAs and porters. I think maybe I found a new favorite style.

Mar 19, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.88/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

(500 ml bottle). Cloudy golden colour (fairly dark for a Hefe), large head, not very strong aroma of cloves, good refreshing flavour, hints of bitterness (which often seems to be lacking in other Weissbiers).

Mar 18, 2021
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J-legend-K from Colorado

4.4/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden murky yellow with bright white head

S: Spiced sweet banana nose

T: Wow. Powerful sweetness that fades. Heavy clove and banana. Instense up front with a lightening finish

MF: Full bodied creamy mouthfeel that decreases in heaviness. Surprised by how nice it finishes

Overall: Industry standard Hefe

Mar 09, 2021
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STBKelly from Germany

4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Total amateur review: I enjoyed this beer for Sunday breakfast at my aunt's in Füssen whilst recovering from an illness. Breakfast comprised brezeln, leberknödelsuppe, weißwurst, and sauerkraut. By itself, the beer was a revelation in aroma, taste, and texture--my first wheat beer. Taken together, the beer, food, the sun, and the crisp Spring air just seemed right. We finished with apfelkuchen and another 500 mL of the beer. I would invite fans of weißbier to enjoy it with traditional Bavarian fare. If you are in Füssen, try Beim Ditsch for a decent lunch.

Mar 06, 2021
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Teika_Takahashi from California

3.74/5  rDev -16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Look: It looks like your pee when you have only drank mountain dew for like 10 days in a row and not a drop of water, but in a good way. Slightly cloudy, golden yellow.
Smell: Strongly of clove with hints of cinnamon and orange peel. Kinda smells like those red chinese incense sticks.
Taste: The taste reminds me of those alcohol soaked fruit cakes. Bready, fruity, spices, with a hint of alcohol at the end of it.
Feel: Not super smooth but still on the smooth side, medium carbonation, dries out your tongue a little.
Overall, pretty good beer! but one that I wouldn't come back to often.

Feb 27, 2021
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StoutSkull from England

4.9/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beautiful beer looks yellowish orangy and pours cloudy, with an abundant foamy white head typical of the hefe weissber style , the smell is refreshing more fruity than herby, with bread and banana aromas, the taste is balanced and the maltiness, hopinness,do not overpower each other, mildly sweet, and not very bitter finish, banana, clove, barley flavours are present in the aftertaste. It's very refreshing and feels light so it's easy drinkable. This is a very popular beer, one I would recommend to have some bottles in your fridge at all times, as it is a nice beer for sessioning

Feb 06, 2021
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guckymeister from Ohio

4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Perhaps my favorite beer. This was the first hefe I tried, and nothing quite compares to it. The hints of banana, perfect carbonation and a wonderful smell create a great beer. Don't anticipate I'll get tired of this one soon.

Jan 25, 2021
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A - A nice cloudy, turbid, medium golden orange with a dense, thick head of creamy foam settled on top. Carbonation is moderate and looks lovely.

S - Bready, yeasty, bread crust, light citrus, a small amount of clove spice, light banana.

T - A solid yeasty, bready malt base with delicate citrus underneath. Over top is a small amount of cloves and banana. Finishes on the sweeter side with very low bitterness. Nice lingering breadiness with citrus and clove/pepper that coats the mouth and keeps the flavor going on the palate.

M - Big chewy, medium body with just a touch of thinness at the edges, wet finish.

O - Just a fantastic wheat beer and it doesn't get much better than this. I've had this beer several times in the past but scratch my head why I'm just now reviewing this. Highly recommended.

Jan 15, 2021
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IBU_Hunter from California

4.98/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Best German Beer, ever. I mean this is the best in class for looks, color-head, fragrance, taste. The alcohol is so well hidden, you do not even taste its presence. This is the best wheat beer in the world. Don’t waste your time not trying this! You have to taste this.

Dec 29, 2020
Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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