Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #1
Ranked #244
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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Bierwolf from Missouri

4.35/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a medium yellow with 2 fingers of bubbly, rocky ,slightly off white foam that reduced to a nice froth over several minutes.
Aroma: Sweet smell of fresh wet grass, wheat and yeast.
Flavor: I do not have the palate that others do so I am afraid I missed a lot of the different flavors that we're in this ale. What I did get was a delicious mix of sweetness that was crisp and clean.
Feel: Very smooth medium body with a semi-dry finish that leaves you wanting more.
Overall:Exceptionally great beer. First world class ale I have ever had.
It is a delicious and smoothe drink. I wish I had found this years ago as I now have a favorite go to beer with this.

Apr 21, 2016
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Premo88 from Texas

4.42/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into wheat beer glass

L: murky/cloudy yellow-orange yellow; huge fluffy head of white to off-white foam, a full 2 inches tall and so thick it looks like it's never going to fully dissipate; clears up enough (and quickly) to show hundreds of bubbles flying up the column ... holy cow is it awesome! you'd think the bottom of this glass was scored with a CO2 nucleation point, but it's not -- this brew is that carbonated; the head doesn't stick or lace much, but man is it a pretty beer

S: sweet citrus banana-clove mixed with more sugar ... very sweet, at times like bubble gum ... banana-flavored bubble gum; some grain shows through at times but just barely; wheat bread

T: follows the nose with just a pinch of tartness added; banana, clove, orange/lemon citrusy, sweetness throughout, some grain

F: light by still full ... so bubbly but still soft enough to remain super drinkable ... yeah, it's perfect

O: boy is it good ... loads and loads of wheat sweetness with just enough of a tart note to keep it from becoming too sweet; a brew I will revisit over and over and a definite standard I will use to measure other hefeweizens

Aug 13, 2014
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Jason from Massachusetts

4.85/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz sleek euro brown bottle with the boasting words “Oldest Brewery in the World” on the label, freshness date is on the back label.

Appearance: Cloudy with a murky orange colour, the head is spectacular … dense and rocky with stickiness all over the glass.

Smell: Malted wheat sweetness, mild spicy nose with yeast and light lemon highlights.

Taste: Malted wheat and barley in the raw, earthy yeast character with hints of lemon in the backround. A quick spark of clove hits the same time as the carbonation. Semi crisp with a medium body and a well structured carbonation. Minimal hop bitterness, maltiness is cracker like and gets drier and drier towards the end. Nutty flavours from the yeast and very faint fennel character from the phenols come through. Finish is quite clean and alcohol is a tad noticeable though the extravagant fruity side of the esters associated with this style is held at bay and more spiciness seems to take hold.

Notes: One of the best in the world needless to say, it still lives up to its name. A wheat beer at its best.

Jan 22, 2001
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy light amber. World Class head volume, lacing and retention.

Classic wheat nose of light clove and banana, a touch of lemon, yeast and biscuit. As it warms, a subtle spicy character emerges.

Medium bodied with a very smooth texture that approaches creamy. Well carbonated with a rich effervescence from the middle on.

This beer is the standard for Hefe Weissbiers and is world class. The flavor profile is intense, complex and well balanced. It begins with a mild tartness that separates into lemon and banana. As these fade in the middle, clove comes forward over a biscuit background with a hint of spice and dryness. The finish is crisp, with a mild biscuit fading and leaving clove.

Mar 10, 2015
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Fear4Beer from Pennsylvania

4.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best beers crafted...ever. So smooth, so tasty, ripe bananas, bread/yeast, spices. Delicious. Pour it out into a glass and look at that head! The oldest brewery in the world just showing you what perfection looks and tastes like.

I would rank this my second favorite Hefe beer next to the Ayinger Bräu Weisse. I reviewed that beer already and I think I gave this Weihenstephaner beer a better review, haha, oh well. I just LOVE the really forward banana flavor of the Ayinger and the champagne mouthfeel. Its just a matter of preference. If you handed me either one of these beers I'd give you my first born child. The Weihenstephaner is a better deal though. I can get it for less than $2 a bottle (11.2oz) while the Ayinger is about $3.50 (16oz) a bottle (it has about 5oz more of yummy juice though).

This is perfection in the summer time at a cookout, but you could honestly drink this any time of the year.

Oct 02, 2013
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SensorySupernova from California

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

Appearance: Very hazy straw color with a huge fluffy head that did not want to go down!

Smell: Very strong yeast smell. Some wheat aroma, but mostly yeast - spicy, citric, nutty.

Taste: Yeast are up front, providing that hard to pin down flavor - banana, citrus, spice, clove, soybean, peanut. Dry wheat malt flavor follows it up. The flavors are strong, but smooth and balanced.

Mouthfeel: The thickness and fine carbonation give this one a very creamy feel. No residual feel.

Overall: I can see why this brewery has been around for so long. All the components of this beer are bold, but well blended. I usually get bored of Hefe’s before finishing 12 onces; this one left me wanting another 16.

Mar 15, 2015
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StormKing47 from Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed on tap at my local establishment who has been trying to bring in better stuff as of recently. Reviewed from my trusty napkin notes. I keep forgetting my book so here goes...

A- A very nice hazy straw color with a nice goldish hue and a bunch of active yeast swirling about inside. Has a very nice white, creamy head that is alive with carb. Simply a great looking beer.

S- A very crisp and clean clove smell with a touch of pepper. As it warms some I am getting more of the clove smell with some bananas entwined with a nice subtle citrus aroma. An enticing and wonderful smelling beer.

T- Well they have been brewing this beer for close to a 1000 years probably and god damn they got it right. Definitely not one of my favorite styles, but this is simply astonishing. A great balance of light citrus bite with a great clove sweetness. It's followed by a nice refreshing finish with a touch of pepper in it. Crisp and refreshing!

M- Lively, with a great tingle of carb. Clean, crisp and refreshing. Similar to champagne, it's alive and bubbly all over. Really, really enjoyable.

D- Hahaha, your damn right. It's incredible I could drink this anytime of the year, but by the keg in the spring and summer. It's light, balanced and extremely refreshing. If you haven't tried it what the hell are you waiting for?

I guess that's why they have been brewing for a century. Fantastic beer from a world class brewery.

Dec 21, 2010
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

500 ml bottle from LCBO for $3.05 CDN. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy golden beer with decadent pillows as a cream head. Head recedes to substantial cap reminiscent of cumulus clouds. Wispy top remains through serving.. Brilliant.

Smell - Clove bubblegum, banana and coriander going on. Also maybe a hint of orange and maybe even just the faintest notion of smoke for added complexity. Bubblegum sweetness more prevalent on second and third sniffs.

Taste - The clove really comes through here with fermented banana. The bubblegum sweetness is a supporting figure here as is the orange peel. Sweetness is modest but just right. Tiny amount of hops noticeable adding to the great complexity. Slight aftertaste laves you only wanting more.

Mouthfeel - Perfect. Medium / high carbonation gives a rich, creamy feel but the beer remains astonishingly light given the array of flavors and decent level of booze. Extremely refreshing left with clean plate. Also wet, while retaining the flavors extremely quaffable in mere moments.

Overall - Spectacular beer, one of the top three I've ever had. Also has sentimental value as this was the beer that turned me on to trying all sorts beers instead of the standard non-beer advocate's drink list. Not much else to be said that hasn't already been said about this beer, other than this brew represents beer royalty at its finest.

Jul 12, 2013
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mkh012 from Colorado

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

Pours cloudy yellow-orange with a billowing white head.

The nose is an inviting blend of banana, bubblegum, clove, and bread.

The taste follows, with hints of vanilla.

The mouthfeel is great as well. Creamy and smooth.

This is not only delicious but also the beer that started my craft obsession. My first love in the beer world. You can't do much better than fresh Weihen Hefe on tap.

May 07, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

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

1 pint 0.9 fl. oz. bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy, pale honey color that starts with a big creamy head that slosly fades. There is some lacing present, but not too much.

S - Smells like sweet wheat bread and flowery/fruity spices. Very nice.

T - Slightly tangy spice, floral essence, fruity bread (banana, apricot, citrus). This beer leaves a nice fruity, biscuit like taste in your mouth after each sip.

M - This beer has an excellent level of carbonation with a very smooth almost creamy mouthfeel.

D - This is a most excellent wheat beer (one of the best I have ever had). I can see myself having these around as a staple brew this summer.

Mar 26, 2010
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lIIlIIll from Illinois

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

There's a reason this is the highest rated Hefeweizen. It's amazingly balanced. This is my go to beer, especially in the summer.

Dec 17, 2014
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4.96/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Best hefeweisen in the world!

Jul 02, 2015
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evilpenguin9000 from Virginia

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

Possibly my favorite beer. It goes down so easy. Love in a glass.

Dec 19, 2014
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prost2hefeweizen from Oklahoma

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

My favorite hefeweizen. Pours out to a golden yellow haze. Really nice dense half finger head. Fantastic banana bready aroma. A really smooth and full flavor of banana cloves lemon zest. A great hefe that I would recommend to anyone.

Sep 11, 2015
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.83/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours with a large but very quickly dissipating head. Not much lacing. Straw-colored and cloudy.

Aromas of esters very forward and prominent--banana and citrus as expected, and very pleasing. Bubblegum sweetness in the background. Very little if any phenolic spice. Very little yeast. Rather subdued overall, but still a fine aroma.

Tastes much like the aroma in the same order of prominence, with the esters perhaps overpowering the other aspects. Banana and gingerbread flavors immediately come to mind, with a touch of pepper in the aftertaste. Not sickly sweet, but perhaps a bit sweeter than expected.

The mouthfeel is remarkably full-bodied, and even slick, but with a nice crisp finish, doubtless from strong carbonation.

Overall a fine brew that I will likely try again for a re-rate, just in case I got an "old" bottle. I like wheat beers, including others by this brewer, but was somewhat disappointed in what others have found to be the "paragon" of the style. This one checks all of the boxes for a Hefe, but seemed out of balance, with too much emphasis on the sweetness, and not enough yeast and spice.

Jan 21, 2017
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altecgs from Germany

4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Extremely impressive, dense and thick three finger head which lasts quite some time.
Fruity taste and very clear hefeweizen which is quite unusual.
Although fruity it comes as strong and imo a true man's beer!
Anyway, one of the best beers i ever tried. Period.
Highly recommended!

Sep 02, 2015
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SomethingClever from Ohio

4.51/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into pilsner glass

A: nice clear gold body good head white

S: Wheat clove banana bready

T: nice bready taste with light hints of clove and banana but not overwhelming

M: lighter clean taste with a nice body

O: fantastic beer not a fan of hefe's at all but this beer is wonderful. It is clean crisp and the clove and banana compliments the beer instead of overtaking it.

May 16, 2016
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jws7968 from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Let me start by saying that this is not my choice of beer styles. I was recently on vacation, looked at the rating and decided to give it a try. Some of my rating is based on the comment made by my wife when she said, "That's REALLY good!!!

Brown/gold, a nice foam on top.

Smelled a little like banana, maybe some orange and other spices.

Tastes about the same with some flavors I couldn't identify.

Feel is velvety and thick.

Overall, I liked thought this was probably the best hefe I have ever had.

Jul 17, 2015
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CNoj012 from New York

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

This beer pours a very hazy, cloudy shade of honey gold with a huge, frothy, creamy white head that takes forever to recede to a half finger slightly rocky cap. There are many sticky spots of lacing left on the glass. Absolutely gorgeous.

The smell is excellent. Banana and clove are most apparent with peppery spice, bubblegum and wheat.

Taste is the same. The banana flavor comes on strong at the beginning, but is swept aside by clove and pepper on the finish.

Feel is medium bodied and very smooth. I wish there was a bit more carbonation.

Overall a great hefeweizen. Very flavorful, smooth and easy drinking. Definitely worth the price of admission and a must try for any fan of the style.

Mar 26, 2017
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matcris from Arizona

4.97/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

LOOKS: Hazy dark golden with 3+ fingers of creamy off white head. It sticks around for a while and leaves a pretty nice lacing down the glass. Loads of carbonation streaming up the glass.
AROMA: Fresh cut grass, loads of banana bread, & cloves. That is what you expect, that is what you get.
TASTE: Just like aroma, great bready quality.
FEEL: Ultra smooth. Absolutely nothing harsh about this beer. Soft on the palate. Perfect level of carbonation, not overkill. Dries up nicely on finish, a little slick up front.
OVERALL: I just haven't had a smoother, more flavorful Hefe than this. It tastes very natural, like nothing is being forced to bring this beer together.

Feb 07, 2016
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Lamar from Maryland

4.92/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Fabulous, simply fabulous. Nice golden yellow pour with a perfect foamy head. For me there were hints of spice on the nose and a wonderfully rich yeasty taste with a full mouth feel and hints of banana on the finish. Went superbly with my pasta; a beer that is as good as beer gets.

Mar 15, 2017
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rodndtube from Maryland

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

This weissbier is what I consider to be a benchmark bier. Top marks across the board which against others are evaluated in this style. I am not an everyday weiss fan but this one I could drink just about anyday.

Oct 17, 2018
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Jack_Frost79 from Maryland

4.62/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is what a hefeweizen should taste like. I think this might have been my first hefe way back. I have been trying a lot of American hefes recently and started thinking I have just grown out of the style. I picked this up the other day and was blown away again. This is an amazing brew.

Sep 02, 2015
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Catsociald from Ohio

4.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nice mild golden flavor, definitely feeling German. Maybe the best aftertaste I've ever had in a beer. A little foamy, but not enough to make me care. Goes down very smooth.

Oct 03, 2015
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ChrisCage from Canada (AB)

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

A- This pours an opaque golden/yellow color that is beautiful to look at. The head starts out 3 fingers thick and eventually settles into a meringue like puffy cloud that is still around 1 finger over the Ale....color is super white. The carbonation is much too hard to tell in looks and I can say that the lacing is very modest at best. Still....a very nice looking brew overall!

S- Bananas and yeasty bread is first and foremost on the nostrils, with backing spices of cloves and a peppery note blended in there as well. There are also notes of Lemon and orange citrus zest and sweet caramel malts. The finish has just a hint of hop bitterness and is rather clean and refreshing smelling!

T- Refreshing citrus flavors take over the palate, as opposed to the aromas. Background flavors of baking spice is noted as well.....cloves, nutmeg and a muted peppery warmth balance out the sweet caramel/toffee malts. The finish is of unmalted grains and is very clean and refreshing. The peppery flavors noted linger on the palate with just a hint of heat.

M/O- Solid medium bodied beer with an immaculate carbonation that just blends so well for this style....it's assertive and the way it explodes on the palate really allows the flavors to burst with great intensity! The drinkability factor is perfect and this deserves to be in the top tier of German Hefeweizens.....I could enjoy this all night long without getting tired of it! I will most definitely get this one again!

Aug 16, 2015
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