Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner HefeweissbierWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 Dmann
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a truly world class beer and the most outstanding Hefeweizen I have ever had! This great elixer poured a perfect hazy golden color with a great big fluffy white head that slowly faded into a slight layer of froth on top the beer. The smell was so good I could have sniffed it all night long! It had a great spice character along with a room filling aroma of clove and bananna and a great bready character as well. The taste was heavenly and just erupted in my mouth with a nice citrus twang in the beginning, followed by a rush of bananna, clove, malt and a great prickely mouthfeel that seemed to excentuate the flavors. If you ever have the opprotunity to get this stuff, do yourself a favor and sample a beer at the top of its field!

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Photo of AJA
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolute quintessential heffeweisebeer; the creme de la creme of beers. Flavor, look, body, nose and finish are world class. You simply cannot deny the excellence within the bottle, try as you may.

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Photo of Prospero
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a hefeweizen glass.

Pours a beautiful unfiltered gold color with moderate carbonation and a nice white head. The aroma is very refreshing with a strong sense of clove, fruit and a bit of floral notes. The initial mouthfeel is actually quite sour, but finishes sweet with a strong taste of banana and citrus. Definitely tops my list as a great hefeweizen, I could drink this all day.

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Photo of GarrettM99
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Mr. Dunderbaks, served in a Weizen glass and a side of bratwursts and warm potato salad.

A- A beautiful golden yellow with a multiple finger head that lasted the entire beer. Was easily one of the more beautiful beers I have enjoyed.

S- As mentioned it does have a very nice hint of banana and wheats.

T- A very nice critus taste of some orange, but mostly banana. As well as a nice spice that hits the tongue as it goes down. Very delicious.

M- Smooth, crisp, and refreshing.

D- Drinkability is off the scale. And is my favorite hefe, and could make a great session beer.

Over all: A must try for anyone looking for a great hefe or wheat beer. I can't wait to try one again.

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Photo of MikefromNYC
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is, hands down, the best wheat-beer on the open market. I'm not even going to put up a full review because (1) Look at the score (2) Look at the past 20 reviews.

Bet you didn't find even ONE bad one.

If you ever tried wheat-beer and didn't like it, and it wasn't Weihenstephaner, please try it again (the right way).

If you are a wheat-beer lover, and have never had this beer, GET IT.

If you like beer in general, but haven't tried wheat-beer, or this beer, definitely give it a try.

If you EVER see this on tap, GET IT!! And take pics for the masses :)

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Photo of Auraan
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a gorgeous cloudy, yeasty golden color with a two finger fluffy white head that receded to a ring of white foam leaving lacing on the glass. An excellent appearance, very true to style. Near flawless. Scents of clove, banana, slight citrus, some wheat malt and a low level of vanilla. A very good aroma profile that hits the style dead-on. Nothing is off, everything is present and it's all fantastic. Very nice. Flavor begins with spicy cloves phenols and a bit of banana esters, moving into more clove phenols but now balanced equally with banana esters and a slight citrus-like sourness. An undertone of cracker-like malt is present throughout the entire sip. Finishes with an equal balance of banana esters and clove phenols, with a slight lemony sourness. Aftertaste is spicy clove phenols and faint banana esters. An excellent flavor profile. The main flavors of the style reveal themselves in full form and several of the optional flavors also come into play. Very well done, balanced and refreshing, perfect. Mouthfeel is light bodied, effervescent with high carbonation and a slightly creamy feel. A very nice, refreshing mouthfeel that is perfectly true to style. Overall this is an amazing hefeweizen. Everything about it is a perfect representation of the style, and this is my number one recommendation to anyone who wants to try a good Bavarian hefeweizen.

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Photo of KingEdward
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this beer on-tap poured into a pint glass. This beer has a white two to three finger head that lasts forever and a yellow cloudy color. The beer smells of clove, banana, wheat and yeast. The beer tastes of clove, wheat, and mild citrus, and has a light hop aftertaste. This beer has a nice amount of lacing. This beer is super refreshing, crisp, and a perfect session beer. I have had this beer on-tap and in the bottle either way it is awesome. Drinking this beer makes me want to go on another vacation to germany. This is one of my favorite beers of all time. I have never had a better Hefeweissbier!!!

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Photo of ejr1953
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I must admit, I'm mostly a vodka drinker, so when I sit down to have a beer, I usually only have one...sometimes two. So when I enjoy an occasional beer, it's got to be good. The Fall of 2010 my wife & I traveled thru Europe, for several days thru Bavaria, where I discovered German wheat beers. I found this one to be the best! Fortunately, I'm able to special order this at my local store. I find it to be one of the most flavorful beers I've tried.

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Photo of UGADawgGuy
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a .5L bottle into my .5L Weihenstephaner weizen glass. In case you're new to the style, you should know that it is CRITICAL that hefeweizen be served quite cold and in an appropriate glass, for a number of reasons.

Appearance: This beer pours from a brown bottle with an elegant-looking label, which touts Weihenstephaner as the "oldest brewery in the world." Once it's in the glass, a good weizen pour reveals a hazy, golden liquid with a frothy, meringue-like head. A little beer was left in the bottle for "swishing" in order to unleash that delicious, yeasty sediment into the glass (in my opinion, this is essential with traditional hefeweizens).

Smell: A fantastic bouquet of starchy, mildly citric goodness, with a hint of spice (cloves?). There's a mild banana-like element here, too. The prevailing scent, though, is a uniquely yeasty breadiness.

Taste: Follows the nose. Cold, refreshing bread in a bottle, with a hint of very mild citrus and a very light spice/clove note at the end. Hops are not evident. This is true to the style, and for my taste in hefeweizens, that's a good thing. Regarding the style -- Weihenstephaner practically INVENTED this style of beer, so it stands to reason that they would brew a great one.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, ample carbonation and a low ABV combine with the starchy yeast to produce a cooling, refreshing swallow. This is a beer that you could GULP down if thirsty without being overwhelmed. I don't recommend that, though. This is a beer to be savored.

Drinkability: Again, the low ABV, cold serving temperature, and refreshing flavor profile yield a fantastically drinkable beer. There's a reason this beer is consistently viewed as among the most sessionable beers on the planet. On a hot summer day, there's not much out there that could be more refreshing. Of course, if you're me, you'll drink it year-round, because it is your favorite beer of all time.

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Photo of KensWorld
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A flawless beer! Been drinking this for decades now and it has yet to be out done. It has also not changed. Flawless Weiss. This is the beer to give to new be's that are curious about trying real beer! This might change their life. One of only a few 5.00 ratings I've given in any style category. A must try.

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Photo of ordybill
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 500 ML bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- A fantastic aroma of cloves and bananas.
Appearance- The beer pours a murky yellow/orange color with a thick white head.
Taste- Outstanding flavor of cloves, fruit and wheat. Great balance
Overall- A world class beer, even if you aren't a hefeweizen fan you should give it a try to see what a masterpiece of this variety tastes like.

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Photo of nortmand
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, my first 5. and mostly because this is hands down the best hefe I've ever had. Damn.

Pours yellow orange below a peerfect fluffy head.

Smell is a spicy banana clove yeastiness that literally permeates the entire room. Simply amazing.

Yeasty flavor, huge clove flavor. Esters, grass and fruit to boot. This goes above and beyond.

Chewy yeastiness adds alot of body to this brew, but it remains light and delicious overall.

Extraordinarily drinkable any time of year. Refreshing when its warm out, spicy and fulfilling in the cold. I give it a five based on the fact that it literally takes this style to another level. Sure, if given the choice of only this or Arrogant Bastard for the rest of my life, I'd choose the arrogance, but this is one fine, well crafted brew.
Hot damn!

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Photo of funkyspunk87
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

From Brauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
Brauerei Weihenstephan
Style: Hefeweizen
ABV: 5.40 %

"It was zee greatest hefe in all zee vurld!"

The most solid, best tasting, cleanest, and affordably priced readily available beer around - in ANY category.

People who drink Pyramid hefe are REALLY missing out with this beer. All the complex flavors you look for in a hefe without being overpowering.

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Photo of FungusBrewer
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wait...can it be? Do you hear that?

It's the sound of angels singing in German.

It pours into my Weissbeir Glass with a thud. A small Bavarian farmer fell into it, and threw loaves of bread at my tongue. The beer is hearty, clove like, and packed with yeasty banana effervescence. Next time, I'm pouring this over my ice cream. It's the real deal.

Any product that has been in production for over 500 years doesn't need a review. This beer has achieved more then you and I combined.

Hier ist Götter Bier, Prost!

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Photo of JLaw55
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pinnacle of the Hefeweizen style. This is the one that all others should be judged by. Really nothing more to say than absolute perfection.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of TexIndy
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no apparent freshness date but there was a code on the back label. Was an cloudy honey color with couple fingers foam and good carb. Some lacing. Smell was fantastic - exactly what you expect in a great hefe. Tones of clove, banana, etc. The taste was incredible. This has been one of my top 5 for a long time. Actually suprised that I'm just now getting to reviewing it. Great mouthfeel as well. Great beer to try in general and a must if like Hefe's. Also has a permanent home in my fridge. (5.0,HR,T,Y,HOF)

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is Weihenstephaner. I totla fell in love of this Weissbier beer

Appearance: It is a beautiful, great head retention, some good carbonation, and a pale orange color to the body.

Smelll: Sweet bread, overall not overpowering: just like this beer type ought be.

Taste: banana and vanilla flavors .

Mouthfeel: This is a extremely smooth beer and no after taste

Overall : This is my favorite style of beeer . It is clear his Brewery to be their official representation of the style. This is one of the Greats !

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Photo of HotterThanHell
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Recently bought this at AJ's here in Phoenix but also had it last year at Weihenstephan on tap. One of the top 5 breweries on the planet and and simply put, a top 2 hefewiesse (along with Schneiderweisse).

The aroma is beautifully dominated with cloves with hints of other spices dancing through you nose hairs. I tend to sniff it for a good 4-5 minutes to let it warm slightly before drinking it down.

A nice white head on top of straw/light brown body that is a bit murky because they leave all the good flavorable shit in the beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with multiple flavors cascading around your tongue.

The taste is true hefeweisse and should be the STANDARD. If you know little about this style and are looking for the beer by which all others can be compared, this is the one. Ungespundet will be brewing their soon, so if the quality falters, you will know who to e-mail.

Prosit and see ya in Munich in October!

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Photo of chetti76
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I first tried this beer a few weeks ago on tap at Isaac Newton's in Newtown PA. It was poured into a weizen glass.

Appearence - 5.0 - hazy golden orange color

Smell - 5.0 - hints of citrus with some nice spices and even a little bananna mixed in

Taste - 5.0 - Wonderful! It was sunny and in the mid-high 80's the day I tasted this beer and wow, was it refreshing. the perfect beer to sit and enjoy on a nice day

Mouthfeel - 5.0 - Very smooth with no bitter aftertaste. Every sip actually leaves you wanting to take another.

Drinkability - 5.0 - Had I not had to leave shortly after trying this beer I probably would still be sipping on one right now. This is hands down the best Hefeweizen I have ever tried and is now my favorite beer. You can enjoy several of these in a party environment or just at your leisure without getting too tipsy given the average ABV%

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Photo of anthony-s
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

this is one of my favorite beers so it gets all 5s. weihenstephaner knows their stuff on Bavarian beers and this is the perfect example it pours with a nice head and has a wonderful taste and aroma.

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Photo of cadizkyguy
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my all-time favorite Hefe. Tried so many others but always come back to this one. Poured two-thirds of a chilled bottle into a duvel tulip. After waiting for a gigantic white fluffy head to settle back into the glass, I swirl the other one-third still in the bottle and add it to my glass. I didnt always appreciate this style but my taste buds have evolved in the last 2-3 years and now i find the clove and banana smells to be utter bliss. A world-class beer. Think I'll have another.

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Photo of Clippers652
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply my favorite beer ever. Had it on-tap in Austria the first time. Life changing experience.

Pours a wonderful golden color with a very nice head that lingers for a while.

Smells great - hints of banana, citrus

Taste - tastes just like it smells ... delicious

Mouthfeel - light and easy

Drinkablity - I could honestly drink this all day

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Photo of henkmudi
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gold, clear yellow, white long lasting head, thick and tasty. Smells like rum from barrels, vanilla at first and wheat and fruits later. Lots of hops, cigars and tobacco. Sweetness of grains, bitterness of yeast. Cinnamon, barley, avocado, all in finish. Gold medal, and probably best wheat beer in the world.

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Photo of RnRManifesto
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a weissbier glass. Generous 3" creamy head (or more!) which lingers for a while. Typical blonde cloudy appearance, the way a Hefe should look.

Smells of banana, cloves, yeast. Tastes divine. This is a perfect example of a Hefe in all ways. It just doesn't get much better than this. Franziskaner has been my favorite Hefe for years, but this one just might have surpassed that as of late. It's at least tied for first.

Crisp, refreshing, almost creamy mouthfeel. Exceptional. Made by the world's oldest brewery. There's a reason why they are still around after nearly 1000 years, because this beer is incredible!

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: poured from a 330 mL bottle into a weizen glass, a perfect hazy golden yellow with an enormous white head that lasts throughout the consumption of the glass

S: yeast, banana, clove, fresh baked bread rolls, biscuit

T: banana, clove, cabbage, yeast roll, toast, nutmeg, cardamon, cinnamon, lemon, more flavors keep appearing as the beer warms

M: light, refreshing, lively carbonation, great aftertaste

O: this is the yardstick that wheat beer must measure against, I've had many but none are as good, quite common and quite delicious, treat yourself to a Hefeweizen Mercedes to see why this Bavarian brewery has been around so long, it really is that damn perfect

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