Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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:
8,283
Reviews:
2,522
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
871
Gots:
1,929
For Trade:
13
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 8,283 |  Reviews: 2,522
Photo of Manzanarescarrillo
4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SuiGeneris1
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of andrewh995
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful foggy yellow gold with a nice white head. Smells of bananas, cloves, yeast, and other spices. Tastes of banana, cloves, and wheat. Medium body with medium carbonation. This is an incredible hefeweizen, easily the best one out there.

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Photo of DDrugg
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of _Adam_
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mandrilo
4.99/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of jglaw1
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ABabbidge
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Cloudy amber color with a big fluffy white head.

S: Spicy and has that distinctive German yeast strain smell (at least I think it's the yeast).

T: Of course has the banana and clove notes, but not as much as I expected. Some lemon as well. Some grain qualities, but not really sweet like malt can sometimes be. Very clean, somewhat dry finish.

F: Fairly light body and carbonation. Very smooth and almost too easy to drink.

O: I think the best word to describe this beer is balance. All the flavors work well together and nothing dominates. So easy to drink I wish I had bought a six pack of this instead of a single. I may have to go back to get more.

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Photo of williamphelps
4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful thick cloud of foam with nice lacing. Color is orange and cloudy. Nose is medium plus intensity of overripe bananas, banana bread, banana nut crunch, sourdough, hay, alfalfa, lemon. Palate is full of frothy tropical overripe banana, lemon, yogurt, yeast, honey, sourdough, funk, wet alfalfa. Body is thick, light, and creamy. Carbonation is big yet lacing. Pros beautiful, intense flavor, smooth, crisp, evidence of the 500year rule. Cons rich banana bread flavor can be overwhelming especially if one doesn't like bananas; some complexity but lost slightly in the banana. 96/100.

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Photo of PeterOSU
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Roberto11232
3.83/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bunuelian
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mdecross
4.62/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Imperfectcraftsman
4.56/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WhiteHendrix
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tracker83
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yuno
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 500ml bottle into Weizen glass. Bottled on March 26th 2017.

L: Typical Hefeweizen cloudy orange. Massive Three finger white head with excellent retention.

S: Wheat, orange, clove, coriander, yeast. Inviting.

T: Wheat, yeast, some citrus zest, lemon/orange, and clove. Crackery malts are delicate and nice. No hop bitterness here.

F: Light body, heavier carbonation, clean finish.

O: Hands down the best Hefeweizen out there.

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Photo of tmryan21
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jesterr44
3.97/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This Hefe is quite nice for the style with noticable clove & banana flavours but I'm no expert on the style & frankly the style is not one of my favourites. I'm doing this short review largely for my own records so if you're looking for Hefe advice, you'll need to look elsewhere. That said, as a lover of IPAs & stouts, I would gladly enjoy one of these on a hot day if it were offered, but I won't likely go out of my way to get one.

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
3.5/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Being completely honest, I'm being generous with my numbers above owing to the beer's reputation and my own style preferences and biases. I used to love wheat beers before my IPA and imperial stout days; now, everything else seems to fall short. Additionally, I drank this particular beer immediately after Stone Enjoy By DIPA, which provided a more immediate contrast.
It was beautiful to look at - cloudy and golden with a huge head with good retention and lots of bubbles rising. Aroma is of funky overripe banana, wheat, yeast, lemon, spice. Taste is similar and very wheaty. A tiny bit of sweetness, sourness, and bitterness all balanced together all the way through the finish. There was also a note of artificial lemon juice that I did not enjoy.
I appreciate that it is well crafted but it is not my cup of tea these days so maybe I shouldn't be reviewing it in the first place. I do recommend it highly to anyone who enjoys wheaty beers.

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Photo of AustinRT
3.94/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MNAle
3.94/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this to compare with some of the local Hefeweizens. Hazy, cloudy yellow, lots of carbonation, tall, thick, white head. Nice hefe aroma, banana & clove. Moderate to full mouth feel, tingly from the carbonation. Taste of banana and the wheat. Excellent, easy drinking hefe.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.4 out of 5 based on 8,283 ratings.
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