Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner HefeweissbierWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier

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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

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 sewald
3.65/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured it on its original glass. Pale, unfiltered yellow colour, with a thick head. Light fruity smell, also reminds me of vanilla. This is a medium-bodied weissbier, with a fruity taste and high carbonation. Tastes of wheat and some barley. Very light mouthfeel, making for a good drinkability. Overall a very light beer.

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

Pours cloudy gold with a thick, rich white head. Cloudy, unfiltered, gorgeous-- looking at this beer is pretty much proof that there is a God and he likes beer.

The aroma is rich, heavy with yeasty banana aromas, cloves, and esters.

Tastes like it smells, only with piles of wheat adding to the rich spiciness and fruit. It feels substantial without being treacly; absolutely perfect. As for drinkability, I could put away ten bombers and still be craving more.

There are no tastes or smells that distinguish Weihenstephaner from any other Hefe, it's just that it takes everything that ever other Hefeweizen does and does it about a million times better. A perfect example of a tasty style.

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

Many years ago, I visited this "oldest brewery in the world" in Freising, Bavaria. The hefeweizen was definitely my favorite of their brews; indeed one of my favorite brews. More recently, I had this beverage on tap served in a traditional weissbier glass.

Appearance was just about perfect. Golden-cloudy with a magnificent crown. It looked like one of those mock-ups you might see in an advertisement.

Aroma was excellent, cloves and yeast with a hint of vanilla.

Flavor was also excellent. Vanilla and yeast, without the annoying sweetness of many beers of this variety.

Mouthfeel was full-bodied and smooth. No complaints here.

Drinkability was oustanding. A full-flavored beer that is also thirst-quenching. Be careful not to drink it too quickly! ;)

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

A - Sediment collects in the center of the glass and slowly descends. After a few swirls the beer is a cloudy dark orange color. Head is a brilliant white which settles at an eighth inch. Lacing is average.

S - Sweet yeast dominates the smell in the form of bananas and cloves.

T - Light spicy malt taste complimented with sweet yeast.

M - Carbonation starts out at an uncomfortably elevated level but thankfully it fades to a more acceptable level after only 5 minutes. Consistency is medium.

D - Very nice representation of the style and truly one of the best.

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Photo of SMark
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Poured into a Hefeweizen glass at 45 degrees with a super head, cloudy, pale color and lots of Brussels or Belgium lace.

Hopefully a hint of things to come with clove, underlying yellow fruit, and yeast. Nectar of the gods.

Not shorted here either as the clove comes through as imagined with a slight comingling of sweet and dry.

Almost hate to swallow as the esters, phenols and other chemical reactions carom off of each other. Nice treat.

Very enjoyable to drink. Will definitely keep this one on my mind.

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Photo of clemtig76
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Standard 16.9 oz European brown bottle purchased at Greens in Columbia, SC. Pours a cloudy orange copper color with an amazing white head that left some nice sticky lacing. Aroma is of clove with hints of banana. The taste is much the same, a wonderful melody of clove and banana with a touch of sweet malt. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, yet light, crisp and satisfying. An excellent hefe, and why not? These guys have been brewing this stuff for over 900 years.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I can see how this beer is best-in-class. This is quite a good hefeweizen, but I think I'd still rather have a Franziskaner I think.

Appearance of this beer was quite good in my pint glass: hazy yellow with plentiful head (note to self: buy better glasses for this type of beer). Aroma is of wheat, clove, and is quite fruity and pleasant. Flavor is rich and spicy and quite good. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. This beer is very drinkable.

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Photo of zeff80
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy gold color with a fluffy, three-finger head. Leaves some lacing.

S - It smelled very yeasty and of wheat and clove.

T - It was very wheaty. It also had a good spice kick, plus clove and yeast.

M - Very, very crisp. It is light-bodied.

D - A great hefe, one of the best.

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Photo of vtfan77
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I liked my experience with Schneider Weisse so much that I went out and got another Hefeweizen.

A- Hazy straw with a touch of reddish-orange, topped by about an inch of head. Looks like a sunset in a glass! Isn't that cute.

S- Ooh, yeasty! Ripe bananas and lemon drop candy in the nose along with a hint of spice.

T- Pretty sour upfront with a lemony tartness. In fact, the tartness pretty much dominates the whole taste. Just a hint of the characteristic banana and clove phenols are evident in the middle. Wheat and a touch of hop bitterness on the finish. Pleasant aftertaste.

M- Very carbonated, but it suits the beer well. Extremely crisp.

D- Quite high. This is a good one to quaff on hot days.

Good beer for sure. Unlike the Schneider Weisse, however, this one is much better suited to the summer. Its tartness makes it very refreshing. Not my favorite Hefe, but still very enjoyable. Recommended.

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

Light straw-coloured with a massive head which disappears slowly.
Vigorous effervescence with bubbles rising rapidly until the last drop.

Smells and tastes of banana, malt, a hint of cloves and that nice tart wheat aroma. Medium-bodied and extremely well-balanced. Mouthfeel is like music in my mouth.

It is a notch above the other wheat beers with regard to the usual weissen characteristics. This is possibly the best wheat beer I've tasted so far.

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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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Photo of mjc410
4.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had a number of 5 dL bottles that were very difficult to keep in their glass, but this particular bottle, even with a shake and a hard pour at the end, refused to raise more than a two finger head (which is quite long-lived, nonetheless). The head is a creamy tan-white, and leaves wide bands of lacing, particularly at the uppermost reaches of the liquid. The body is a hazy yellow-gold with amber highlights. The nose has big banana tones, but even stronger clove notes. The taste is very much like a banana bread with cloves tossed in (not as strong as in the nose) , with perhaps some Nilla wafers for good measure (the pudding association might be having an effect on me). A bit of light breadiness, too. The taste lingers, and has a bit of pepper in it. Phenomenal. It's head and shoulders above any hefe-weizen that I've crossed paths with. The mouth is fairly light, with fine but tingly carbonation. A fantastic beer. It can be overdone, perhaps, since I bought an entire case early in my beer advocacy and grew tired of it, but a year and a half later I'm thinking about another case in spite of myself.

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Photo of jmalex
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On the night of the first significant snowfall in the Northeast U.S., I take myself back 6 months to the hot summer with a thirst-quenching hefeweizen. Ok, I can dream, can't I? I just don't want to wait until June to really enjoy a great beer such as this one. Time to drink up!

APPEARANCE: Nice hazy, golden color - exactly what it should be. A modest head forms after a careful pour and dissipates into a solid white cap which lasts indefinitely. Small tight bubbles cascade up the glass, disappearing into the pillowy cap above.

SMELL: Yeasty and spiced with hints of lemon and, vaguely, banana. I'm somewhat surprised at the breadiness of this one.

TASTE: An initial blast of wheat gives way to some wonderful clove and lemon flavors. The finish is exceptional with the flavors suddenly floating away and leaving a clean and refreshing aftertaste that is bitter at first, but then becomes sweet. This beer just begs you to take another sip. The morphing and melding of flavors makes this beer into an experience for sure.
Edit: As the beer warms slightly, a distinct hop presence becomes noticeable in both the smell and taste. It doesn't change my scores at all, but adds yet another layer of complexity to this fine beer.

MOUTHFEEL: Fantastic. Smooth with perfect carbonation and finishes amazingly. Done absolutely perfect.

DRINKABILITY: Wonderfully refreshing and goes down like it was nothing. I'm almost done this one, and I really wish I had another. Don't buy just one!

On a hot day, this is the ideal beer. I can just imagine sitting back on the deck with a few a these and enjoying everything about the summer months. Instead I'm jolted back into reality, looking out the window at the falling snow and sleet of February. No matter. For 20 minutes, at least, I was kicking back in a summer paradise.

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

Cloudy and straw-colored with a pillow of foam on top, just like a hefeweizen should be. Sweet, fruity and spicy nose. Bready and sweet taste; banana, clove, light citric hops. Crisply carbonated, medium-bodied. Impressive complexity. Definitely the best hefeweizen I've had.

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

12oz. bottle, bottled 7/2006 if I am deciphering correctly.

Poured a cloudy, pale yellow color. Very lively. Large, creamy white head.

Scents of clove and other spices, bananas and flowers. Very mild citrus.

Taste brought out bananas, clove & other spices again. More sweet than bitter, back to bananas and some other fruits. Very light touch of hops, citrus in character. Bit of pepper at finish.

Light bodied. Medium + carbonation, not quite effervescent, but close. Refreshing.

Overall, very easy to drink. Almost Belgian-Saison like in character. I could drink a lot of this, and I would love to try it fresh. Probably have to head to Germany for that.

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Photo of jettjon
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 500 ml bottle with no freshness date, "2186" printed. Into the hefe glass a dusky orange color with traces of yeast at the end of the pour. Small amount of carbonation. Thick, creamy white head, 2 fingers of foam that fades very slowly leaving a solid cap all the way to the bottom and plenty of sticky lace. Looks like a good hefe should. Nose of firm coriander/clove spice, well-balanced and not "in your face." A bit of banana and bread as well. Tastes of subdued, well-integrated coriander/clove spice, a bit of wheat/bready yeast. A tiny bit of alcohol at the end. A well-balanced hefe. Mouth is pleasantly smooth, semi-viscous, and light. Drinkability is high: this beer is tasty, smooth, and enjoyable.

Overall: An outstanding hefe, no doubt, but still I’m hardly a fan of the style. Certainly a great choice if you’re into this type of beer. Recommended.

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Photo of LvilleIPA
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a 16 oz bottle that says this is the world's oldest brewery.

A - A hazy orange color with a huge white head that seems to last forever.

S - I swear this'll make sense - It smells just like other hefe weizens, just better.

T - Wow, by far the best hefe weizen I've ever tasted. It's light-bodied, but there's so many different flavors in it. It is extremely yeasty and malty. This is exactly what a world class beer should taste like.

M - Slightly bubbly, light on body, long on taste and flavor, perfect.

D - If you've never had this before, you'll swear you could drink 15 pints of this after your first sip. It's too tasty, too drinkable and a perfect (if not the definitive) hefe weizen.

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

I have recently been working my way through the available Hefeweizzen's in my area and this was hands down the best available to me. Poured with a tall and durable head and was a beautiful hazy color. Can't wait to visit the brewery and Gasthaus next year so I can imbibe in larger quantitys. As an aside, I had a beer Philistine friend (drinks Icehouse) over and had him sample. He couldn't believe that this was what beer really was supposed to taste like!!!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Brick Store Pub in Decatur, GA. in a .5 Liter hefe glass. Pours a beautiful cludy golden with a perfect fluffy white head and decent lacing. The smell is a little lighter than some other hefes, but there are notes of some light bubblegum and clove. The taste is similar, but also hints of banana and a reserved bitterness. A softer style of Hefe, and less carbonated as well then I remember it from the bottle. Very drinkable, but I found myself wanting slightly more pronounced banana and clove flavors.

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Photo of beveritt
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 500ml brown bottle into a weizen glass. Classic Weihinstephaner label with the coat of arms and the phrase "The world's oldest brewery."

Appearance: Pours with the classic hefe head; 2-3 inches of almost pure white, creamy foam with enough surface tension to stick out of the glass over 1/2 an inch. The head settles to about a quarter inch coating. The beer itself is nice and cloudy and a deep yellow/orange.

Smell: Sweet and syrupy, with hints of bananas and oranges.

Taste: A little bit of carbonation bite upfront, backed by a nice wheat tang and flavors of bananas and citrus. Yeasty and bready. Ever so slight bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation. Good body.

Drinkability: A great exampel of the style. Perfect for when you are looking for a lighter beer that still has plenty of flavor.

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

A - Beautiful gold with huge amount of head and long retention, had to wait a bit to finish the pour. Splendid lacework that sticks around.

S - Huge amounts of banana, clove and spice. I am still getting familiar with the different spices used in beer so i'm not sure what the other spices are.

T - Wonderful immediate explosion of banana, doughy bready goodness. Definitely spicy with clove and what seems like vanilla.

M - Smooth with just a little bite at the end. Good level of carbonation.

D - I could drink this anytime, a winner in my book.

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Photo of guitarmage
4.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pale orange with golden hues and a chill haze. Super sticky white head, huge and foamy, rocky. Many bubbles rising through the glass.

Smell: Big banana bread sweetness, yeastiness, a hint of clove, ctirus spiciness.

Taste: My first problem was I couldn't focus because I took a deep sip and then just kept drinking. Yeastiness, a fresh baked quality, the banana in the nose, then a lemony citrus hit, puckering, lightly hopped, finishes super dry with a little spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth carbonation and makes it super easy to drink, cleansing, dry, tingling in the finish. It just disappears.

Drinkability: This beer is just delicious. As good or better than Paulaner which is a favorite, very well done. Exceptional. I need to keep this around.

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Photo of scythemk
4.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of the bottle with a 1 1/2 inch head. Beautiful to look at, a rusty straw color that is highly cloudy and opaque. Left beautiful lacing. Smell revealed hints of banana, which were fleeting, but also an almost metal-like aroma. Not unpleasant at all. Taste was well balanced with little hops but a fruity, almost playful character. Mouthfeel was fantastic, perfect amount of carbonation that fizzed up on your tongue after each sip, and an almost chewy texture. Overall this beer is very drinkable, and while I might have been expecting a little more as I was told this is the best example of a Hefeweizen, this is defintely a phenomenal beer.

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Photo of kenito799
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle, poured into a pilsener glass.

Lovely white foam rises several inches and slowly recedes leaving a 1/3 inch layer of soft pillowy foam. Slightly hazy golden colored brew.

Aroma jumps out dough, banana, yeast, banana nut bread. Super fresh, clean, inviting.

Soft carbonation, refreshing in the mouth. Banana, but not overwhelmingly, more subtle. Next a touch of clovey spice dances across the tongue, carried by the bubbles popping...leaves a slightly spicy finish, very refreshing. The classic example of the style, as one would expect. Have not had better--this is the gold standard.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into 23oz weizen glass.

Since it was a smaller bottle into a giant glass, I did a "normal pour", so half of the volume of the glass was foam (that was my intention). Therefore, the cloudy yellow amber color supported an extra thick off white head that holds well. It settles unevenly, giving it a smooth cloudy appearance. Solid layered lacing along the glass with spots of spots.

Smooth creamy aroma with banana and some sharp clove.

Crisp wheat malts with a creamy banana bread flavor. A light leafy presence hangs in the background. A little bit of citrus comes in here and there. Medium bodied and sharp on the palate from the carbonation. The finish is clean with maybe a little bit of lingering malt.

A good crisp wheat ale from Germany. I can't say it's the best hefe weizen I have ever had, but it's a solid attempt, which makes sense since it's from one of the oldest. Recommended.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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