Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
brauerei-weihenstephan.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 pezoids on 01-22-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,497
Ratings:
8,153
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
10%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An easy pleasant drink, light on taste yet not thin on mouthfeel. Nice aroma wheat with some vanilla. Smooth though not creamy. Nicely malted. Nice vanilla nutty spice that made this brew go so well with lunch. A summer style that went well here at beginning of winter.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

an outstanding brew, and probably the cheapest highly rated beer here on BA at under 4 bucks a bottle. pours murky orange color, brassy and hard to see through. thicker than a normal hefe, with a huge three inches of lasting bone white head. smells great too, some traditional banana notes, but hardly any of that clove spice yeast aroma. more floral than that, like a dewey spring meadow, clovery, heavy on the malted wheat. flavor also has the springtime essence, slightly floral again, which goes great with the fruity yeast and banana bread malt vibe. finish is a little sweet, a little bitter, a loaded with citrus juice. fuller body for the style is the appeal here, its really soft, but its big for a wheat beer. carbonation is lively, making this an easy drinking beer. honestly one of the best wheat beers I can remember drinking, the yeast is subtle but distinct, and that's what makes it. this is going to become a regular in my fridge for the combination of quality and value. many thanks for this one.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.16/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This Hefe pours out as a cloudy yellowish gold, the head was fluffy and white. There was a subtle banana aroma with hints of spice in the mix. The flavor of the beer was slightly sweet and had a little bit of a clove taste in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel was smooth and slick, there was a light carbonation. Overall this brew isn't too bad, it's worth trying.

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Photo of metter98
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is cloudy yellow in color and poured into a weizen glass with a two finger high bright white head. The head has good retention properties and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of bananas and bubble gum in the nose along with some hints of clove.
T: The taste has flavors of citrus and wheat; some hints of clove are present in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink, refreshing and thirst quenching.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Yea, yea, clove... and bananna, ...and bubblegum... we've heard all of the common attributes that make good Hefeweizens great. But what makes this one different?

A fantastic pour brings a color that rides the line between strong straw and golden. Light rust seems to fit the bill. Very froathy and moussey with head formation and retention. The appearance promises maltiness and creaminess.

Moderate aromas of estery banannas, apples, and peaches lead the way with several phenolic note following closely behind; mostly clove, white pepper, and orange zest.

The fruity, spicy notes in the aroma give a lot of valor to the taste. A strong bready flavor of shortbread, wheat, rye, and barley make for a complex and varying taste. Again, the banannas, clove, corriander, apples, pepper,....(the list can go on and on.) give a lot of varying complexity to the brew. I get a new description in every sip.

The body is a great blend of creamy and drinkability. Initial full, rich, and expanding textures expand wonderfully in the mouth, but subside just in time to allow the beverage to lighten and flow effortlessly into the finish. A great Summertime refresher with a cooling, minty finish.

Ultimately the beer shows a unique balance of bananna esters, clovey phenols, and with a bubblegum (confectionate) sweetness that never allows any one aspect to dominate; but rather come together in a harmonious blend. No other beer does this much flavor with such sensible proportions-- this is why the beer rates among the best!

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Photo of biboergosum
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

20oz pint, on-tap at BeerBistro - an awesome find on the last leg of a multi-year business trip to T-dot.

This beer appears a cloudy, pale golden yellow hue, with two fingers of tightly foamy and somewhat creamy dirty white head, which leaves a slightly pocked, but otherwise sheer veil of painted lace around the glass in its lazy-ass wake.

It smells quite pleasantly of the usual suspects - banana chips, semi-sweet clove, subtle yeast, and breakfast cereal wheat grain. The taste is rather sweet wheaty and grainy malt, bruised banana, middling clove, and a bit of yeast. So simple, and yet so perfect.

The carbonation is equitably moderate in its subtle frothiness, the body duly smooth, fruity, and a stoic medium weight, all in approachable measures. It finishes off-dry, clean, and redolent of all things just mentioned, in equitable doses.

Quite a refreshing, agreeable quaff - all the typical points are hit here, sturdily, yet not over the top, I might add, resulting in a very enjoyable and drinkable progenitor of the style. This shows the rest of the world how it can be done, even if no one else has a thousand or so years of experience under their belt (yet). Oh, and please don’t add that ubiquitous slice of citrus fruit – it just overpowers the gentle aromas and flavours that have worked so hard to get to you.

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

Cloudy and straw-colored with a pillow of foam on top, just like a hefeweizen should be. Sweet, fruity and spicy nose. Bready and sweet taste; banana, clove, light citric hops. Crisply carbonated, medium-bodied. Impressive complexity. Definitely the best hefeweizen I've had.

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Photo of brentk56
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Hazy honey color with a bouffant head, copious amounts of lace

Smell: Bananas, bubblegum and clove

Taste: Big banana and clove flavors up front, with a developing bubblegum aspect by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors are accentuated and complemented by a subtle hopping that cuts on the sweetness

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy, with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: For a hefe, it just doesn't get any better than this

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep amber color weisse with a big foamy head with medium retention and no lacing. Aroma of banana and cloves is quite present. Taste is a mix between some banana and cloves ester and some sweet malt. Body is full with loads of lees and minimal filtration and some good carbonation. Not exactly what I was expecting and a bit darker then expected on the appearance side. It is too bad the bottles are not dated since I believe this may have been an older bottle. I will be adding this one to the need to re-rate list.

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Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Did I buy a case of this last year?
Yes I did. And it disappeared in 2 weeks.

Residual clove in the aftertaste that is a big asset. Nice aroma of clove and bubblegum, encourages one to drink. Smooth carbonation and supreme sessionability, especially on tap. The taste is full-on wheat, with spicy clove and yeast esters bringing up the rear. Check out this stellar Hefe, on tap it is even more tempting....

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Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draught into a .3L beer-specific glass in Berlin. Reviewed from notes.

A: Hazy blonde colour; lovely cream in a 1.5 finger head of very nice retention.

Sm: Wheat, barley, but an absence of hops. Very fresh and fizzy.

T: Wheat-ish open to wheat body with crystal hops with an off-cream finish. Well built for the style, but a but unbalanced in that it's biased towards mainly the body, to the detriment of the other two acts. Not an Aristotelian beer, if you will. (You won't).

Mf: Lovely. It's ideally coarse for a Hefeweizen, and balances wetness and dryness quite well, though it's a bit too wet.

Dr: For the price, it's certainly worth a purchase by Berlin standards. For fans of the style, it's a must-try.

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Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy gold color with a fluffy, three-finger head. Leaves some lacing.

S - It smelled very yeasty and of wheat and clove.

T - It was very wheaty. It also had a good spice kick, plus clove and yeast.

M - Very, very crisp. It is light-bodied.

D - A great hefe, one of the best.

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Photo of oline73
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden light amber color with an aggressive fluffy white head. The head retention is quite good.

Smell: Sweet and crisp with some fruit and spice notes. There are hints of banana and clove with a nice malt background.

Taste: Quite crisp and refreshing. Light malt sweetness up front with some banana and clove notes. There are some other fruity notes along with the banana. There is a mild bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation. The finish is a bit slick.

Overall: This is a fantastic beer. Very refreshing and a great example of the style. One of my favorites.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Slightly-hazed orange with a pretty nice head and good lacing.

S: Sweet grains and some spiciness paired with beautiful hefe yeast.

T: Some spiciness to balance out the sweet malt background. The spiciness seems to come from a bit of clove, and then there is some definite banana with hints of vanilla.

M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D: This is the definition of the perfect summer sessionable beer. Great thing to always have around during the warmer months.

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Photo of oberon
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As much as I drink (at least 2-3 times a week) I noticed I have never reviewed this gem,pours a hazy orange with a hint of gold with a great pillowey head that sticks to the glass like glue.Aromas of clove and citrius I dont pick up as much banana a touch of iron as well,taste is beautiful nicely spiced with more banana in flavor than aroma finishes with a citruisy kick.The comsumant weizen best in the world in my book its great to have it on tap at my favorite local bar.

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Photo of mothman
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Town Hall weizen glass.

Pours 3 fingers of creamy white head. Very great retention leaving some thick lace. Color is a golden sunset orange. Lots of carbonation bubbles in the glass. It doesn't get much better than this.

Aroma: A very nice amount of banana and cloves. Very sweet smelling. Some wheat as well. There isn't too much going on here, but what is here is very great. Lots of flavor here.

Taste: Not as much flavor here as the aroma, but pretty solid. Bananas and cloves present again with some spices as well. A big wheat flavor which was no surprise.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smooth. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry with spice notes.

Overall, I was pretty impressed with this beer. I can imagine it being even better in the summer. Very solid for the style. I really enjoyed this and it was very drinkable.

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Photo of jlindros
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Huge head that takes up about 75% of the glass even though I was pouring carefully. It has a hazy golden wheat color with tons of carbonation floating up.

N: Bavarian hefe def. Lots of wheat, lemon grass, airy, a little juicy, some banana, hints of like a clove spice.

T: Again lots of wheat to start, with almost a little malty sweetness. A little more banana on the taste, not much for spices, but lots of juicy wheat flavors and hints of light fruits. Light but packs a good flavor.

M: Pretty light, tons of carbonation.

F: Pretty dry to finish but not too dry, a light lingering wheat flavor and some lingering hints of juicy banana flavors. No spices here either, and hints of bitterness. This is about as good as a Bavarian Hefe can get!

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Photo of superspak
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a huge 3 finger dense white head with incredible retention that reduces to a cap that stays for the remainder of the glass. Thick lacing clings around the glass as well, incredible. Aromas of big banana, clove, bubblegum, pepper, lemon, and spicy yeast. Fantastic aromas here with great balance and strength. Taste of big clove, pepper, banana, bubblegum, lemon, bread, and spicy yeast. Light bitterness on the finish that lingers with citrus, pepper, banana, and spices for a bit. Extremely smooth and slightly creamy medium sized body. Fairly lively carbonation that dies down as I make my way through the glass. Extremely well balanced with the flavor profile as well. Overall this is an absolutely incredible wheat beer; and the definition of a hefeweizen in my opinion. I will keep coming back to this one at only $3 for a half liter at the store.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle into a Hefe glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a big poof of foamy brite-white head. Shrinks down into a good looking thin and creamy retention that leaves just huge lacing behind. The aroma is a little like a fruit salad off the bat, with accents of oranges and banana esters, followed by clove, corriander, yeast, wheat, and backing sweetness. Quite a lot going on!

The taste is just as complex and well balanced as the aroma. Zesty orange and prominant banana notes up front mixed with a spicy clove presence meld into a earthy blend of caramel sweetness and yeast. There is also just a touch of grassy, light hop bitterness that runs throughout, bringing a little bit of pop to the proceedings. The mouthfeel has a pleasant light medium feel that while going down incredibly smooth still has a bit of a full feel with just the right amount of crisp carbonation.

Wow, a solid Hefe for sure and probably one of the best I've had with a potent mix of flavors that just pop and an oh-so-easy drinkibility. This was delicous and I will definitley be seeking more of it out with the upcoming warm weather.

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Photo of chinchill
3.76/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle apparently dated Feb. 2011. Most sediment added. {revised with fresh bottle in April 2014}

Pours with a large whitish head that quickly reduces to a paper thin coat but leaves some lacing. Cloudy golden tone.

Has a very sweet and fruity aroma with suggestions of banana, pineapple, melon and baked bread. Beyond these it is also yeasty. These aromas appear in the taste, along with clove, allspice, apple juice and wheat.

Light body; crisp with slightly aggressive carbonation.

Clearly not an average beer and clearly exceptional for style. However, I often find this style mostly unappealing. Nonetheless, I did find this one to be appealing and refreshing. Hope to sample at the source in Bavaria in 2012.

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

Cloudy, orange in color, bright white head that holds to the end of the glass and leaves some nice lace. The aroma displays a distinct "German" maltiness (obviously decoction mashed) and lots of phenols. There's some fruitiness with some banana and clove in the background, and a bit of 'plastic' as well. The body is light-medium but very creamy with a tight, crisp effervescence from natural conditioning. The flavor starts with malt backed by a light clove, displays its bolder phenols across the middle (burnt plastic), and then a quick light hop note towards the end of the palate which dissolves in softly sweet banana notes in the finish. The balance of sweetish malt, aggressive phenols, and very light hop and bitterness is sublime. The banana and clove are well restrained - subtle - but present. Extremely refreshing and enjoyable. A fine example of the style.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a large white head that fades at a decent rate and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of wheat and banana, along with spice, light malts and some hops.

T: The taste is sweet and bready with strong flavors of wheat, banana & spices. It’s simple and straight-forward, but done very well. The malt character is light but hearty and there’s a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down extremely easily, not very filling, decent kick, excellent representation of style, this beer has everything that you look for in a Hefe Weizen and it doesn’t need anything above that. I could drink this beer all night long and enjoy every bit of it.

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Photo of mactrail
4.82/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Truly the biggest, richest Hefeweizen I've ever tasted. Powerful clove and banana flavors. Great classic German creamy carbonation, a marshmallow in the mouth somebody said. Spicy and fruity sums it up. Lovely amber cloudy appearance in the tall wheat beer glass. A great mouthful, endless flavors. Sweet but tart enough to balance. Enjoyed at the Church Key in San Francisco.

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

Not sure when or where I first had this, but I've had it several times over the years, bottled and on tap.

Pale golden-yellow pour, hazy, with a tall fluffy white head; decent retention and a bit of lacing. Yeasty aroma, bready, banana esters, clovey spice, pretty much exemplary of the style. The taste reflects the nose, pale bready malts, doughy, toasted wheat, classic hefe yeast, banana and clove. Medium body, fairly smooth mouthfeel, soft carbonation. This is where you go for a no-nonsense hefeweizen.

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