Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #1
Ranked #239
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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Jayster1970 from Virginia

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

Absolutely Heavenly!! Hands down my Favorite Beer Overall !! Love the VITUS as well but this is so smooth a hint of banana and cloves yet not overpowering clean refreshing !! What beer should Taste and feel like only problem with this is you can drink 10 in a blink of a eye lol !!

Sep 05, 2020
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jonphisher from New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very pretty looking beer orange, golden and cloudy. Head lasted a while before dissipating to thing creamy white head that doesn’t leave. Smells just like a Hefeweizen smells but I get nice amount of bubblegum with all the other fruity spicey smells. Tastes just as it smells but there is a lemon/citrus bite to it that makes it super refreshing. It drinks super easy and clean almost lager clean feeling to it.

Aug 31, 2020
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ATL6245 from Georgia

4.63/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Cloudy, straw yellow. White, thick pillowy head with great retention. Fast rising bubbles

Aroma: Estery with banana & herbs noticeable.

Flavor & Aftertaste: Herbal & spicy. Restrained, but noticeable bitterness.

Mouth-feel: Full bodied. Creamy. Medium carbonation prickly on the tongue. Medium sweet. Finish is moderate in length.

Overall: A classic Hefeweissbier. It is lighter in color than Schneiderweisse, for example. still full bodied with a little more noticeable bitterness than others. Great head retention. Estery on the nose. Spicy/herbal flavors come through. All in all another favorite German Hefe.

Aug 26, 2020
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Pinz412 from Pennsylvania

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

Look - Pours a cloudy yellow straw topped with a prominent fluffy white head. Ample carbonation keeps a thin layer of white foam present for the duration.
Smell - Clove and bubblegum are the most pronounced aromas for me. The banana is much subtler than I expected, but is detectable.
Taste - The subtle banana is more forward in the taste while the bubblegum now slides into a supporting role. The clove is also there, but in balance. A bit of bready malt in there as well with zero hop flavor.
Feel - Smooth and creamy with a medium body.
Overall - This hits all the notes that a weissbier should. It should be clear why this beer is held in such high regard.

Aug 22, 2020
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neenerzig from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can't believe I have not ever reviewed this beer here before, as this has long been one of my favorites. Poured out of an 11.2 oz bottle into one of my weizen glasses, this beer pours a pretty cloudy, hazy, medium golden color with lots of stream of little bubbles fairly rapidly and continually rising to the beer's surface. Has a white head that's well over an inch thick when first poured that settles eventually to a good, thick surface coating along with a thick ring lining the inside of the glass and excellent lacing. Aromas of wheat, bready malts, hints of bubble gum, banana, and clove. Hits all the marks aroma wise for a a beer of this style. The flavor follows suit very nicely indeed with the aforementioned wheat, bready malts, hints of bubble gum, banana, and clove all excellently present and very well balanced. Just magnificent! Very little hop presence, just a very slight herbal, grassy hop note that is quite subtle. Has a crisp also smooth, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish. I've had this beer many times over the years, and it is one I always keep going back to, as it is is really a standard bearer for this style, being that it is brewed by the world's oldest and continually operating brewery!


Jul 09, 2020
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poster child for the true Bavarian-style hefeweisen: the appearance is unfiltered gold with a huge white billowy head; the nose is true to the style; the taste is yeasty and develops the banana and spice attributes that one associates with a good hefe, but it does not overwhelm the senses. Very smooth finish. Most enjoyable.

Jun 21, 2020
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

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

I really enjoyed this Hefe!! Very smooth taste and feel. I actually tried it along with some cheese (as mentioned in the notes) and really thought they went well together. Highly recommended if you enjoy this style of bier.

Jun 19, 2020
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DokiDokiLitFam from New Jersey

4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with a mild bit of translucency. A generous two fingers of white, creamy head appears. It stays around for a while, leaving patches of lacing. A fantastic looking brew.

Nose is banana, fresh bread, clove, a touch of vanilla. It's alludes to a banana bread pudding. Not quite in strength but in spirit.

Taste has more presence though. Banana, fresh bread, clove, cinnamon, vanilla, a touch of citrus on the back end. A delicate and light brew, but with an unexpected amount of depth and complexity.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with light to medium carbonation.

This is no surprise that this is the pinnacle of this style. It excels in being light enough to be enjoyable casually, but layered enough to be analyzed and savored. This is great for people who want something different from a standard macro and a refreshing break for those who have had too many 15% barrel aged stouts. This instantly has become a staple of mine and I always enjoy cracking a bottle of this.

Jun 18, 2020
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Mugman8 from New York

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!

May 25, 2020
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Troy-Hawaii from Hawaii

4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 16.9oz bottle $4.29 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.

Apr 27, 2020
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hreb from Washington

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.

Apr 20, 2020
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JudgeRoughneck from Louisiana

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.

Mar 12, 2020
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

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.

Mar 07, 2020
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Hooded from Texas

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.

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.

Jan 27, 2020
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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

Jan 22, 2020
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Anders91 from California

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”

Jan 06, 2020
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MildlyDrunk from Minnesota

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

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

Dec 06, 2019
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AustinBeerLvr from Texas

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.

Oct 26, 2019
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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!

Sep 19, 2019
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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.

Sep 16, 2019
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obninsk23 from Massachusetts

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.

Sep 15, 2019
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Lanas from Greece

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..

Sep 14, 2019
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Tkdutra83 from Germany

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.

Aug 20, 2019
Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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