Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Style: German 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

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
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 StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
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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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of jaydoc
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.63/5  rDev +5%
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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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.16/5  rDev -28.3%
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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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of metter98
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
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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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of biboergosum
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
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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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of superspak
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
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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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.38/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draught into a .3L Weihenstephaner glass in Berlin. Reviewed from notes.

A: Hazy blonde colour. Lovely creamy head boasts 1.5 fingers of height and a very nice retention.

Sm: Wheat, 2-row barley, minimal hops, ample yeasty esters and phenols. Very fresh and fizzy.

T: Wheat-forward open gives way to a fresh wheat body with a minimal fruity hop presence and a creamy finish. Well built for the style, but a bit unbalanced in that it's biased towards the body/middle act, to the detriment of the other two acts. Not a gestalt beer, if you will. (You won't).

Mf: Lovely. It's ideal for a Hefeweizen, and balances wetness and dryness quite well, tending towards the wet side of the spectrum. Refreshing and approachable.

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

[2017 note: BeerAdvocate changed their weights for each category relative to the overall score, so I have no idea what rating I originally gave this. Probably a B or B+ if I had to guess looking at my review.]

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4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
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 oline73
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
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 emerge077
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | 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, entices one to drink it. Smooth carbonation and supreme sessionability, nearly perfect 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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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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