Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

BA SCORE
98
world-class
8,356 Ratings
Weihenstephaner HefeweissbierWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
weihenstephaner.de

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.

Added by stirgy on 01-22-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
8,356
Reviews:
2,536
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
883
Gots:
1,982
For Trade:
14
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Photo of Rristow
3.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Taste from bottle. Pours a hazy yellow with white head. Nice yeasty aroma, banana, wheat and spices. Taste is fairly sweet with minimal bitterness. Tastes of grains, yeast, banana. Medium bodied. Very good smooth tasting Hefe. Would love to try this beer fresh at the brewery.

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Photo of GeoffAnton2637
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of M3rk22
4.97/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely best wheat beer around!

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Photo of Brendanjames
4.81/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of avas
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Willgooding35
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of lewith
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Golfontap
4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mthomas1221
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EliW
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mbstrange
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Paal
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BenMaalouf
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamesLeung
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

L: Hazy golden orange capped by an enormous creamy, pillowy white head. Nearly perfect retention, with gobs of sticky lacing.

S: Yellow banana, orange peel, green apple, pear, white bread, honey, vanilla, straw, and clove.

T: Sweet banana like Runts banana candy, complimented by orange zest and more subtle orchard fruits such as red and green apple and pear. The malt backbone correlated with the mouthfeel, being more of a pillowy, doughy sensation than an actual taste, with a dab of that aforementioned honey and vanilla. Upon further drinking, I even notice notes of honeydew melon and green grape. On the back end, the ripe banana/apple/pear/orange sweetness transitions into a light dryness with notes of straw, coriander and clove, giving way to a refreshing clean finish.

F: A little thin than expected given the appearance, but still great. Soft and smooth and gently creamy, a bit thin in the middle, but with a nice moderate carbonation that makes it thirst-quenching and refreshing.

O: Does a traditional hefeweizen get any better than this? Leave it to the Germans to invite AND perfect this tasty style. Truly a world-class beer.

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Photo of Stofko1992
4.06/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ntomich
3.86/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ICTguy21
2.86/5  rDev -35%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 2.5

I've been wanting to try this style of beer and figured I might as well try a world class style defining brew so when I saw this at the store I picked it up with high hopes. For starters this is truly a gorgeous looking beer and has one of the best heads I've seen. When it came to trying the beer though I quickly reached the conclusion that this style just isn't for me. I'm generally not a fan of wheat beers and this one just didn't agree with my palate. Strong wheat flavor with slight banana, clove, floral and maybe bubblegum notes. Again this seems like a well made beer and I'm sure it's great if you enjoy similar styles but this one just isn't for me, I didn't enjoy it.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
3.49/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Here is another BA top 250 that is over hyped and does not belong on the list. I love hefeweisens and this one is very mediocre.

Look is hazy, cloudy, tea like with bubbly lacing.

Aroma is wheat, malt, and mild banana

Mouthfeel is thin, watery, creamy, and flat
Taste is very subtle of bananas and wheat, can't grasp any clove.
Overall there are better hefeweisens out there and was hoping for much stronger banana and clove flavor. When it all comes down to it I'd rather have a Hoegarden and was very much hoping this would be better. Sure in the year 1040 this may have been some amazing beverage but now in 2017 it's pretty plain. Perhaps there wouldn't be other hefeweisens without this but just doesn't cut it for what I want my hefeweisen to be.

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Photo of Jmcj474
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Glennp64
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SpaethJam
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of FyreStorm
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CaptainHate
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AJmon13
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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