Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

8,286 Ratings
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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3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of SLewis
4.89/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bbtkd
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier, 5.4% ABV, 14 IBU. Lots of head. Nose and taste is bread dough and bananas. Truly an excellent beer - if you haven't tried this then you are missing out. I took a chance on this one based on reviews and bought a 6-pack since I could not find a single. I suppose my favorite bottle shop might have cut one from the herd for me, but now I'm glad I bought the 6er. I recommend this highly, a must try. Wow!

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This weissen pours a nice cloudy yellow, a bit darker than most weissen. A nice tight white head appeared on the top of my glass. It stayed around for a few and gave way to a thin lace. The typical weissen aroma was present; cloves bananas and yeast are present. This aroma seemed a bit “crispier” or “fresher” than some other weissen’s that I have had. The flavor has a lemon twang to it along with a slight musty yeast finish, wheat and spices. A very nice and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of TheBierBand
4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

YES!... another GIFT... Thanks Marlene! This came as a 5 pack of 16.9 oz brown bottles... and the slot for the sixth beer was taken by a special 0.5 litre glass (how sweet is THAT!).

I poured it into it's own glass... (proper glassware!) Man, I should have taken a picture! The frothy off-white head rose a full half inch above the rim of the glass and slowly settled down. The nice cloudy weissebier appearance was perfect.

The smell was typical of a weissebier, only moreso. Bananas, citrus, bubblegum sweetness all wonderfully apparent.

Taste: NICE! Very creamy and smooth. A very nice hefeweissen. Notes of banana and a breadiness that contributed to the creamy texture.

Mouthfeel was again nice and creamy.... no hoppy bite and a very clean finish. This beer leaves an aftertaste like a flowery, honey sweetness.

Drinkability: I could have had all five of these this afternoon, but then I wouldn't have anything to look forward to.

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

500ml bottle poured into a 22.3oz weizen glass.

A - Massive head of thick, off-white foam. Hazy golden-honey hue with effervescent carbonation flowing up the glass. Unrelenting head retention. Spotty lacing for a while, but doesn't stick for the whole time.

S - Best smelling hefe I've had for sure. Tons of wheat, bread, and yeast. Lots of citrus notes as well here. Obvious orange, coriander, lemon zest, banana, peach, and a touch of apricot. A hint of honey and vanilla sweetness. A bit of barley malt and light grains as well. Complex and inviting.

T - Tons of yeasty and grainy bread flavors. Wheat and banana are strong as well, but the citric quality I had anticipated is much more muted than the smell had hinted at. Notes of coriander and orange linger around the palate, the don't come through like I had hoped they would. Distinct vanilla sweetness is also present, although subtle. My sample at the Calgary Beer Festival seemed to feel a little more dark, with more emphasis apricot and peaches. I also taste an unmistakable metallic flavor. As it warms, cloves and spices become more evident, especially in the finish.

M - The carbonation sparkles lightly throughout the experience, and is delivered in a medium bodied hefe with a slightly dry, yeasty finish.

D - I've tried a few hefeweizens now, and this one is by far the most enjoyable. Complex aromatic and flavor qualities, with a nice presentation and appearance. The problem I run into with most hefes is a lager-like graininess that just kills the flavor profile for me, but this one keeps those grainy malts in check and delivers and well-rounded and balanced flavor that is thoroughly enjoyable. Well crafted and a must-try for any beer lover.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of SayBoom
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of uustal
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

100th Review

Pours a pale yellow with a nice, bright white head. Good lacing and retention. Nice aroma. Clove, banana and some wheat and lemon. Perfect taste. Starts with a nice balance of clove, light peppery spice and lemon zest. Sweet banana and wheat are next in a perfect mix of flavor. No one aspect of the flavor is overpowering or artificial like some hefe's. The banana flavor is awesome. Crisp, light and refreshing.

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Photo of olympicgatorade
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jurbanik
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of crosenkrantz
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of michaeljstraub
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of berkshire413
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of macher0
4.75/5  rDev +8%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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

Pours a golden color with a slight tint of orange. It is topped by a very frothy white head that does not leave much lace but definitely has great retention. There is a good deal of rising bubbles from the ample carbonation.

The aroma is fruity with notes of banana, clove and green apples. The flavor comes on with a sharp tanginess even though the hop bitterness is minimal. There is a very slight bitterness in the aftertaste maybe brought on by the alcohol. It reminds me of the peeling or rind of some fruits.

This is an fine example of the style. Very good.

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4.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into a Oberdorfer Weissbier glass. Beer was a clear, sparkling, gold color with a huge, rocky head. Smooth, light carbonation and thick, chunky lacing around the glass.

Aroma was bubblegum, spice, pepper, yeast and grains.

Taste was banana, wheat, banana and other light fruits and yeast.

This is a very clean, light and refreshing beer. I could drink several of these. They go down very easy.

The label on the bottle says this is the world's oldest brewery, est. in 1040. Pretty incredible.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This just might be my favorite beer of all time.

Poured from a 1L bottle I purchased at RSVP for $2.50.

The beer pours with a HUGE head that just wont quit. It is creamy, off-white and sits on top of a bright, straw-colored body.

Nose is slightly banana-clove like, but not in an offensive way. Even stronger than the banana-clove smell is an incredibly strong yeasty/bready note, it almost smells like loaf of bread dough.

The taste is strongly yeasty and bready, must like the nose. This is a definitely a hefeweizen and a very, very good one at that. The mouthfeel is perhaps the best characteristic of this beer, it is thick and chewy with lots of suspended yeast.

A MUST buy for any hefeweizen lover and something I will be purchasing a lot of, especially at the price!

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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