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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just an incredible beer!

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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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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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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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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a tall pint glass.

Very hazy bright golden color with a thick head, high carbonation. Smells incredibly citrusy, with the smell of orange, banana, and pineapple masking my nose. Has a very lovely yeasty taste but also very sweet light taste as well; there's also a lot of different other fruity flavors and spices too.


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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 8,432 ratings
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