Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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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Photo of Trevor11
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am glad to see some lighter beers on the Top Beers list. This is a world class hefe from the world's oldest brewery that was established almost a millenium ago in 1040. I had a glass on 1/29/16. Very crisp and clean with some clove notes at the finish. Absolutely fantastic.

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Photo of scrooge-mcduff
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought for $5.90 poured into a pint glass

Look: Cloudy golden straw, large amount of carbonation visible, initial three finger head dissipates into strong lacing.

Smell: Initial sweetness with hint of banana like herb, slightly yeasty.

Taste: Almost exactly the same as the smell, bubblegum sweetness with herb-y, banana/clove.

Feel: Silken, medium thickness, extremely carbonated.

Overall: Great beer, not one for a solid drinking sesh, but perfect for one beer after work, or relaxing on the weekend.

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Photo of MGoBlue93
4.97/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Hefe by which all others should be judged. Excellent on tap. I usually drink IPA - but break my style selection for this authentic German wheat beer that tastes like nothing else. Love it.

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Photo of floridadrift
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Orange gold in a big glass!
S: Citrus, slight hops, some earthy malt sweetness
T: Bubble gum, clove, nutmeg, banana-esq, apple
F: Thick and fluffy
O: Liquid gold

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Photo of Chris_r2112
4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Let me just start this review by saying that I have had Weihenstephaner many times before, and that it is one of my all time favourite beers, and my all time favourite Hefeweizen. Weihenstephaner is the beer that introduced me to a world beyond macros.

Appearance: One of the most appetizing beers I've ever seen. A pale, orange/gold like colour with about two and a half fingers of extremely creamy head. The beer is extremely cloudy, as sediment blocks almost all light from getting through. Gorgeous lacing on the glass.

Smell: I can't get over how clean and refreshing this beer smells. Absolutely incredible, and easily in the top five beers I've had in regards to the aroma. A floral like aroma filled with banana bread and spices. Pepper is also present. You have to smell this beer for yourself to get a full appreciation of how good it is.

Taste: Absolutely world class. I anxiously await the time that I find a hefe better than this one. Bananas on the forefront with cloves, pepper and bubble gum. A sweet, bready taste is also prominent on the back end.

feel: Again, world class. Medium mouth feel with an almost tangy medium carbonation. Despite the medium body, extremely refreshing.

I can't stop raving about this beer. Whenever I have a friend that wants to try something a little better than Miller or Coors, I pick up a couple of these. One of the tastiest, easiest drinking beers I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. I can not recommend this beer enough if you haven't had it.

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Photo of The_Dude_31
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

If there is a better Weißbier out of the bottle I have yet to meet it. I bet this is great on tap too. Only thing I will add to last few reviews is that the feel of this beer reminds me of a nice soft pillow of creamy wheat. By no means a dessert beer, just the best mouth feel I have ever experienced. Can see why this is held in such regard. I am glad I woke up and have started to give these Bavarian Weißbiers the attention they deserve.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Cloudy/hazy pale to light golden color. Beautiful fluffy white head
Smell - Clove, spice, fruity/banana notes, bubblegum
Taste - Follows the nose. Fruity, banana, wheat, clove, spice, lemony type citrus, fresh bread

Overall - Above and far beyond any hefeweizen I've had or probably ever will have. Such a treat. Goes down as smooth as can be.

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Photo of Jerkheart
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is a beer that came out of nowhere and impressed me. It was actually the replacement for another wheaty beer I wanted to try (leffe blonde ale), so I wasnt expecting much. The bar tender seemed disapointed to tell me this all they had when I asked for lighter wheat beer.
"Bananas, cloves" he warned. I dove right in with a pint after only a taste. Wow. So impressed. It was exactly that. Had that signature Belgium sweet with surprising banana/fruit aftertaste. The look is average. Golden yellow could with some fizz. Stays fizzed for a while though. Feels smooth and mellow going down (what I love). The smell is not powerful. Its really quite unassuming until you get your nose up in there. I would reccomend this beer to anyone who is really involved in the taste. It cant be beat as far as im concerned. Sweet, smooth, fruity, drinkable. Love it.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this one half from the glass, half from the bottle. Quintessentially hefe. The aromas of clove and banana bread linger in the nostrils as the flavor of bubblegum joins in on the palate. The gorgeously hazy glow shimmers through even the plainest of glasses, which I was using. More that just worth a try.

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Photo of Dravin
4.76/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 0.5 L bottle into a Weihenstephaner wheat beer glass. Bottled on code is 0335 (10th Aug 2015 if I decoded correctly).

Look -- A gentle pour gives three fingers of creamy white head sitting atop a hazy pale gold body. Minimal lacing as the head just slides right back down the glass as you sip.

Smell -- Clove, banana, and bubblegum atop bready wheat notes. Yeast and apricot notes are also present in the background.

Taste -- Taste like it smells.

Feel -- Lively carbonation combine with a thick body to create a creamy mouthfeel.

Overall -- You'll be hard pressed to find a better hefeweizen.

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4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

notes from Sept 2011 - "pretty good" - I'd drink this all day. Nice color. I love these style beers, so I'm easily impressed. Had at the Bronx Ale House.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

500ml bottle poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Looks beautiful. Pours a hazy, late summer afternoon golden yellow with three fingers of whipped eggwhite head that leaves a solid foothill landscape of lace as it recedes.

Smells of clove, banana chips, faint bubblegum and lemon zest.

Tastes of white bread, more clove and dry banana, lemonade, light crisp apple and faint white pepper.

Feels lovely. Body is medium-light with fuzzy, relaxing carbonation. Finishes clean, dry and refreshing.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Believe everything you've heard.

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Photo of Vogie
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours in orange color with about 1 finger of frothy white head. Aromas of banana, bubblegum, clove, cinnamon, yeast. Taste is similar with banana, clove, and a very yeasty finish. Mouthfeel is light, very carbonated, and refreshing.

A classic German Hefe that is true to style.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My fridge is stuffed with all manner of IPAs, stouts, porters, pale ales, barrel aged offerings and the rest...but this is the only hefeweizen you'll find in there. The best. World class. Delicious, beautiful, clean, crisp and easy to drink. It's a damn near perfect style representation - banana, cloves, nut, malt, wheat, apricot and some peach. Surprisingly affordable and available. Lucky for us!

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Photo of puck1225
3.77/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wondering if I got an old bottle, good beer but not great. I was expecting great. Poured into a pint, cloudy yellow color with thin head and light lacing. Smell was subdued but floral. Taste was again more subdued than expected, faintly of cloves and banana. I will need to try it again, but buy a bottle at another store.

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Photo of SMZBrew
4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A-This beer has a nice hazy golden color. The head is about 2 inches at pour and settles at about half an inch. Decent head retention with minimal lacing. This is a great looking beer and filled out my weizen glass perfectly!

S-Smell is very yeasty with hints of citrus and orange peel.

T-Perfect example of what hefeweizen beer should be. Balanced with a solid citrus note and mild sweetness. Great spice flavor on the back end with a barely noticeable bitterness. The finish is refreshing and clean. I love the lingering spices on the palate.

M-Lots of carbonation in a good way with a medium body. Easy to drink beer.

O-I am a big fan of hefeweizen beers. For my money it doesn't get much better than this one. Definitely my go-to on a hot summer day or when I just want a beer without thinking too much about it.

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Photo of PCole
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Hazy and unfiltered, gold to amber. Poured a thick head, around one inch. Head dissipates quickly, and left little to no lacing.

Smell: Banana and clove, spice and yeast. Everything you'd expect; and I mean that in the best way. If you're drinking this, you most likely have a good idea of what you're in for and it doesn't disappoint.

Taste: Imagine liquefied banana bread with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Unmistakable Hefe flavors. Pleasant aftertaste that satisfies between tastes.

Feel: Fairly carbonated, medium to light mouthfeel. Deceiving amount of creaminess capable of coating the mouth that lingers well beyond the initial impression.

Overall: Very drinkable, and at 5.40% it can go the distance. A worthy standard by which other beers of its nature should be compared.

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Photo of OlaB
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

L: hazy gold color ,clearly unfiltered ,give a big top of foam when i pour it in the glass.
S: Yeast,flowers,banana,spices . A very sweet smell
T:Very smooth and fruity flavour, very similar to the smell
F: Carbonation is high, the beer is full of flavours and very creamy.and so refreshing. This is a delicioius Hefeweiss
O: This is a delicious beer, this beer gives all it promises in the look and smell when you taste it. a world class beer.

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Photo of Spike
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love wheat beers and this is a gem.

Cloudy, golden, yellow colour with huge, dense head that recedes slowly to a 1mm white cap. Some lacing.

The nose is quite subtle for a wheat beer. Plenty of spice and citrus but not overwhelming.

Tons of wheat, yeast, clove & citrus but perfectly balanced and eminently drinkable. So smooth. So refreshing.

Awesome mouthfeel. Coats the tongue. Slight prickle.

A fabulous beer. Excellent in the summer served straight from the fridge and, served a tad warmer, it also makes for a big, spicy hit on a wet, dark day in January.

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

One standout Hefeweizen. Aroma of spicy citrus and grain. Taste of coriander, lemon curd, orange peel and grain. Creamy finish with lemon spIciness shining through. Refreshing. Great with food. Had this on tap. Mind blown!

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Photo of Stevem68
4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color. Has an aroma of Belgian yeast and something that reminds me of coriander. Flavor is a little Belgian yeast / over ripe banana. Leaves a clean smooth aftertaste. Overall very solid.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A long lasting pillow of white foam over a hazy straw color
Yeast grain smell not that strong
Fruity with a very light hint of malt
Unctuous mouthful almost chewy and more than I'd ever noticed in any light beer , wheat or otherwise
This is an exceptional beer, best in style

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: bright orange with white head
S: German yeast and bananas. Light and fruity
T: just like the smell, but I want to add that it's full of flavor
F: tingly feel, almost like soda. Thin, but flavors hang around a long nicely.
O: really good sessionable beer that's full flavored

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Photo of sejorules
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Cloudy, golden with a very thick,white cloud-like head of 3~4 fingers thickness. There are no bubbles to be seen. The foam stays for a really long time, which makes it very inviting, even after drinking half of it.

S: Yeasty smell, bread, and clove. Very gentle and pleasant. Some floral or honey notes. Also, some banana.

T: The taste follows the smell. Very yeasty, bread, clove and banana. Nice and refreshing, There is a bit of bitterness which complements the rest of the flavours perfectly. There is a lot of stuff there, but in a very gentle way. Superb material!

F: High carbonation, creamy and very gentle. Full of flavours, this beer is absolutely fantastic.

O: Really refreshing, gentle, creamy, and full of aromas and flavours. Definitely, the best wheat beer I have tried. Each of the tasting notes are well defined, and makes this beer really pleasant to drink. I will buy it again.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
4.8/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the best hefeweissbier's that I've ever had. It's incredibly good. It's smooth, rich, and aromatic, coupled with a traditional wheat beer taste that leaves you craving more. I didn't couple it with a meal - just slowly enjoyed a bottle (no glasses available - I'd love to try it again in a glass). I can't speak highly enough for this one. Get one and enjoy it.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.4 out of 5 based on 8,193 ratings.
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