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:
2,498
Ratings:
8,155
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
857
Gots:
1,850
For Trade:
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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold/pale orange in appearance, pouring an enormous, bilious white head. Aroma is shockingly fresh, floral, citrus, lemon, orange, lively, and lovely. Light and playful upon the tongue, brief finish, light body, slight texture. No lemon required, unless you're a certified lily-gilder. Refreshing as a beer can be!

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Photo of rab53
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden-hay color. Big frothy white head. Sampled alongside the Hefeweissbier Dunkel. Both have big clove, banana and bubble gum aromas, though this one is more prominent in the nose. Moderate carbonation. I have to admit that I don't care much for hefeweizens, but this I can enjoy.

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

Batch 3211 - ended up with a bottle of this because my wife wanted to make the Sean Paxton injera bread recipe. Apparently 3211 means May 13th 2011? Served in a weizen glass.

A - Voluminous creamy white foam that event settles to a thick cap and a few fingers of lace. Hazy golden peach body.

S - Wheat, weizen yeast, bananas, cloves, faint bubblegum, stone fruits. More understated in the clove department than I remembered. Pretty much reference quality for the style.

T - Taste has a bit more clove, unmalted wheat, some pale malt sweetness, yeast and bread, and a bit of banana in the periphery.

M - Grainy medium body, pleasant carbonation, lightly sticky finish, clean aftertaste. Pretty refreshing stuff.

D - It's a classic, reference-quality hefeweizen. I think I'd score it a bit higher if we got fresher stock, but unfortunately that's not the easiest thing to do around here. Still, a great beer for extended session, beer gardens, etc.

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Photo of Billolick
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure what I can add to 290 reviews...medium sized bottle, no freshness dating, pours cloudy honey yellow, puffy/fluffy white head, just a tad of lacing. Nose is tasty bananas and yeast, glorious yeast. This is the gold standard for German Hefe, yum yum, soft balanced, fruity, tons of bananas and yeast notes. Easy drinking, crowd pleaser, give me some salad, cheese, bread and a glass of this fine brew and I will be a smiling! Great summer quaffer, fine all year round wheat

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at the liquor store last night, and we are eating some spicy food later, so I figured it would be good to go with that. Wanted to review before having the food.

The beer pours a vibrant yellow-gold coloring, with a tremendous amount of foamy, cloudy white head. The head disperses fairly quick while the beer settles. Wonderful blend of smells, including citrus, malt, and wheat. Other sweet and earthy fruit notes deep in the aroma, as well. The beer has a well balanced malt and citrus-sweet flavor, too. Buttery notes of taste help round out the beer. It is very smooth, and almost creamy feeling in mouth. The beer transitions seemlessly to a creamy finish, with a slight roasted aftertaste. Very easy to drink, and I think will go great with the spicy fare we are planning to eat.

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

02/01/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with a code of 7154 on the back label. Poured into my Ayinger Weisen glass.

Appearance- A cloudy golden pour with a 3/4 inch large bubbled head and acceptable lacing.

Smell- Typical hefe scents. A good amount a clove action with some sweet banana scents and maybe a tad of vanilla.

Taste- Nice and sweet tasting brew. A very heavy clove taste and creamy banana background.

Mouthfeel- Left my mouth pretty dry. Although it was fairly creamy going down. Moderate carbonation level on this one.

Drinkability- Finally got around to the #1 ranked Weissbeer. I'm not sure if I like it as much or more than Paulaner, but it's pretty damn close. This beer was a tremendous thirst quencher and the sweetness worked well. Wish I had a Paulaner to sample after this. Either way, a great beer with a good price tag ($2.49) Will be a regualr of mine in the years to come.

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

Beer served on tap at a local bar, served as 0.5L in a Weihenstephaner wheat beer glass, love the extra touches. Beer is cloudy, yellow, and has a great big white head of tiny bubbles, carbonation aggressive and full.

Fruity / ester smell, sweet smelling but not the kind of malt sweetness you may get from a bock, just nice and sweet.

Beer is beautiful. Clean, smooth, good body, not too thick not too thin, I could drink this all day long. Beer is a little sweet, not from alcohol or malt, hard to pin down what is causing the sweetness. Beer is wet, not dry at all. Finishes cleanly. An excellent excellent beer. One of my current favorites.

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

Perfection! Towering creamy head, and taste that captures the essence of a weizen. Doesn’t get much better than this.....Classic and a standard for the style.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a golden orange with yellow highlights with a finger of head that left a little lacing on the glass.

S: big banana and clove aromas with wheat malts, coriander, and slight white raisin notes. There is also slight citrus and spice scents as well.

T: the banana and clove dominate the palate first with the wheat malts pushing through alongside various grain flavors that had some spice and slight citrus accents.

M: light body with a good amount of carbonation that had a sweet, grainy, and crisp finish.

D: overall it drank very well and was good across the board and is a perfect example of the style. I'm glad I have access to it on a daily basis.

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the most drinkable hefe's I've had, but not the most flavorful. It started with a sweet, spicy aroma, but taste is too mellow, not rich enough, just sweet and bready with a bit of spice. I remembered this being better on tap, so maybe that's the way to go. But for my money, the best Hefe to get is the Ayinger followed by non-skunky Franziskaner.

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

Poured in to Sierra Nevada Kellerweis glass.

A - Light to medium yellow/orange colour with 2 to 3 generous fingers of bubbly white head.

S - Cloves, banana, citrus, bready malts and Belgian yeast.

T - Cloves, banana, lemon, bready notes.

M - Medium body wit moderate carbonation. The carbonation adds body to the beer without just bubbling. Very interesting mouthfeel.

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

Poured into hefe glass.
Nice pour, cloudy deep yellow glow with various bubbles for the head that laced and lingered.
I smelled a bit of lemon, grass, peach, hops and some malt.
the lemon and grass were dominate throughout the taste. Hops, peach, honey and a little malt came later. Good crisp feel to it. I should have drank it colder. Nice beer

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Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slighty cloudy golden color with a nice big 2" head. The aroma was of wheat and banana, bit not overly strong. The flavor was much bigger as the wheat, banana, grain, citrus, and light spiciness made the tastebuds very happy. Mildly tangy.

Smooth mouthfeel with a slightly dry finish that was quite clean. Nice carbonation levels. Light and refreshing. Very enjoyable hefe that can be quaffed all day long.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Review from 2/2010 notes. Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a dark golden yellow with two fingers of white foam and lacing. Wonderful aroma of clove, banana and wheat. Dry wheat start and middle with banana and a pleasant, spicy aftertaste of cloves. A nice well integrated, tasty wheat beer, very nice. This beer blew my mind the first time I had tried it, really the first time I had a light colored, relatively low ABV beer that tasted fantastic. One of the world's great beers.

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Photo of aasher
4.83/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm disappointed in myself for awarding near an overall 5 but this one deserves it. This is the prototype for a Hefeweizen. The appearance is a golden, cloudy, murky, dulled orange. It smells spicy and has the yeast you'd expect. This hits on all points. It tastes like a hefe should. It has the sweetness and yeast to represent the style like it should. For other beers I would describe all around aspects but for this, I remarkably, have nothing to say. It is the perfect Hefe. I almost can't believe it. It's very drinkable and you must try this. This is THE Hefe.

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is great. It boasts of fruity wheat malt and hefe yeast scents. It has that banana aroma that is sweet and inviting. The taste is great also. It is crisp and sweet with a bold fruity malt/yeast flavor that finishes very refreshing. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a great hefe. So many hefes taste watered down and weak, but not this one. It has good flavor and great hefe aroma.

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

The Weihenstephaner Invitational was kicked off by its kristallweizen, and now its unfiltered version is the second contestant to be sampled. For this one, I'm going to review it in my backyard on this warm evening. On to the beer:

I saved the Weihenstephaner glass that came along in my gift pack for this specific beer. Awesome appearance with its huge billowy head and semi-cloudy body. Smell is soft and pleasant with apricot, a touch of gum, and wheat. The yeast doesn't overpower the flavor but is rather mixed with the wheat. There's some clove, fruit, and a subtle spice. Very smooth going down, and easily quaffable.

Wei's hefeweizen gives a nice performance to overtake for te early lead. The "Original" will be next in line here...

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Photo of Wasatch
4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Revist: 7 May 16 (On-line Tasting)
500ml Bottle
Code: 2105

Poured into a Squatters true pint glass a very nice slightly cloudy dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a HUGE three-finger plus creamy white head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some very nice banana/clove notes. The taste is malty, yeasty, again very nice banana/clove notes. Medium body, with a slightly dry finish. Overall a very very tasty brew, glad to have it available to me, close by.

Revist: 13 Aug 15
500ml Bottle

It's been many years since last I've had this brew.

Poured into a Squatters true pint glass a very nice cloudy golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a HUGE three-finger plus creamy white head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with some very nice banana/clove notes. The taste is malty, yeasty, again very nice banana/clove notes. Medium body, with a slightly dry finish. Overall a very very tasty brew, glad to have it available to me, close by.

What a delight to drink. Pours a cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, nice creamy white head, tons of lacing afterwards. Scents of yeast, banana, slight hops, and clove. The taste is of slight banana, clove, slightly bitter, with a nice dry finish. Medium body, well balanced. Very drinkable, an awesome brew to at least try once in your life time, hats off to Weihenstephaner Brauerei.

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Photo of tone77
3.92/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown bottle into a weizen glass. Has a cloudy brown color with a 1 inch head. Smells is alive with banana,cloves and spices. Crisp and flavorfull, a touch of fruit and sweet aftertaste, banana and clove is present Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellow straw color with a white head. The aroma is classic hefeweizen, bananas and cloves. The flavor is more of the same with banana being stronger than the clove, but both are present and work well together. Medium carbonation and a thin-medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The classic and best hefeweizen around. 20 oz pour into appropriate hefe glass at The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

One of the best looking beers on the planet, really. Intensely cloudy, pale, gold-colored elixir. Carbonation moves up the glass beautifully.

Smells great. Wheat, esters, banana.

Tastes amazing. The benchmark for hefes. Banana, bubblegum esters, slight wheat bitterness, floral hops, slight malt flavor.

The carbonation is basically perfect. Very smooth, goes down so easy.

The perfect wheat beer. I'll be damned if I find a better one.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a glass mug. Huge pillowy head on top of a dirty gold body.

Aroma is of light citrus and banana peel.

Taste follows the nose to a point, banana and clove flavors. Just a hint of citrus. Funky yeast adds another wrinkle of flavor.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and medium to full bodied.

This is a flavorful hefeweizen. It drinks well and is better than the average hefe. Recommended.

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

"I had a bananer in there."- Junior Soprano.

I cant believe I have not had this in all my years killing my liver. Baby steps, I suppose.

A- Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is a golden colored hefe with a liquid honey look to itself with some light. A nice inch of frothy silky white foam graces the top for a bit before dissipating into a faint skim, very minimal lacing.

S- This smells great with a nice balance of wheat, sweet malt, bananers and light spice including clove. The clove is lighter than I expected. Some light lemon spritz in here. Also getting some sweet honey from this surprisingly.

T- The cloves come out a bit more in taste which is nice. The wheat is up next followed by bananer boats. Not getting any presence of hops in this one making for a smooth ride. Some more sweet malt giving off bananer bread. Some light citrus appeal.

M- Smooth as silk, goes down without a hitch. This is light bodied with low carbonation. No aftertaste at all, this hits you quick and leaves even quicker. No alcohol getting in the way in this low ABV'er. Smooth and tasty enough to down 100oz or so.

D- Easy as pie, this low abv hefe is the golden standard and now I see why. Entirely two drinkable and I would love to drink this out of a boot at a German festival, and get it all over myself. Refreshing is an understatement, would love to find a case of this for the summer months, although I would drink this year round.

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Photo of plaid75
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy straw colored hue with four fingers of foamy white head. There was excellent retention and superb sticky lacing.

The smell was full blown hefe. Banana and spicy clove dominated. About half way through a nice mustard aroma developed.

The taste was very spicy as well. There wasn't the super wheaty flavor that I look for in a hefe. This beer was cleaner than most. Very enjoyable nonetheless.

The mouthfeel was light, yet full. Again, more of a wheaty mouthfeel would have been prefered.

A very drinkable and refreshing hefe. An excellent example of the style. Another case of the far superiority of the German example.

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

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier has the colour of grapefruit skin and a beaming, summery complexion. Its golden radiance is etched over with a natural haze that results from the high protein content of wheat and leaving the beer unfiltered; curiously, it hardly obstructs visibility and its shine is unceasing. Bubbles are constantly in motion. Its head is feathery and fluffy and its lacing gooey and gunky.

The aroma is ambrosial and appetizing, a well-spiced yeasty concoction that is jammed packed to the brim with clove-like phenols and fruity esters. It has a light airiness to it, gently titillating the senses while savory spices hover and banana esters flutter. There is a hint of citrusy tartness, herbs, freshly baked bread and plenty of luscious vanilla. It's a vanilla-banana split!

Weihenstephaner would not have succeeded as the world's oldest brewery if it didn't make tasty beers. This weissbier is likely to be among (if not, the) most flavourful weizen you'll ever taste. It has an untypically high dosage of vanilla, a drop of lemony citrus, a teaspoon of honey, nutty pastry, fresh baked bread sprinkled in zesty spices and savory herbs.

I really can't think of a more refreshing beer. I don't know that there is anything else I'd prefer on hot, sunny days. The beer is gratifyingly refreshing and loaded with full-bodied flavour. It has effervescence and substance. It has a spritzy carbonation but is also remarkably fluffy and creamy. The light peppery spice, the subtle herbal quality and the full-on fruitiness all blend wonderfully.

I say the following with full disclaimer that it may just be my own opinion: Weihenstephaner Hefe-Weissbier is the best wheat beer. Ever. I'm not normally one to make claims like that and I generally don't believe that such an assessment can truly be made. However, this beer is so wonderfully formulated that I still can't help but hold it as the benchmark for every other wheat beer.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.4 out of 5 based on 8,155 ratings.
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