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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a hazy, orangish color with a huge frothy head. Smell is typical of a hefe and well pronounced, wheat, clovey spice, yeast, and slightly sweet. Taste is similar to the nose, slightly sweet with the yeasty clove taste being the most obvious. The mouthfeel is excellent, medium-full bodied with a velvety consistency and the perfect amount of carbonation. A very drinkable hefe, very smooth, and one of the best out there.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a wonderful golden yellow/orange with plenty of active carbonation and an inch of creamy white head. Pour the yeast in and you'll get a super hazy orange hue. Aromas of light sun dried grains against lots of clove and banana along with some bubblegum scents as well. Spicy yeast that takes on a peppery aspect. Really vibrant, the aroma itself has a way of grabbing ahold of you. Wonderful.

First sip brings a smooth, lightly toasted sun dried grainy malt that's followed by a nice flow of clove, banana and bubblegum flavors. Light lemon zest along with a big spicy yeast. A touch of black pepper on the way down. Finishes smooth and clean. A super tasty hefe for sure.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with plentiful carbonation. Almost goes down too easily. This could make for a nice session IMHO. This brew deserves the praise...I love finding it on tap at a good German restaurant or pub.

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Photo of Drew966
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier pours a hazy golden color with a thick, white head from a brown half liter bottle. The aroma is intensely yeasty with hints of clove. Fruity flavors, banana, clove and yeast all combine to make a tasty concoction. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of Redwood21
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A great cloudy straw color with a white head that lasts for a long time. great appearance.

S: Malt wheat sweet banannas? Smells "classic wheat beer" if that makes sense

T:Lots of yeast, and wheat. no bitterness etc as all wheets should be. this is one of the classic wheat beer.

M: creamy, medium bodied with a carbonated head

D: If you liek classic wheat beer, this is for you, its like the metric standard for how to make a wheat beer. very good

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Photo of nathanho
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Crisp classic Blue on White Bavarian crested label with matching cap as crown dresses this 500 ml bottle in style. Head rises out of the bottle as I pop the top - I don't remember agitating it. Thin head dissipates quickly to near nothingness - no retention. Maelstrom of carbonation ascends through light golden amber clouds.

S - Bananas, flowers and cloves; yeast and hops; fresh wet grass; apple, plum, prune.

T - Bread, straw, grain, malt, yeast, clove and bananas. Crisp and refreshing. Lingering dry grain.

M - Crisp and refreshing with mild slick viscosity. Balanced finish.

D - Oh my. At 5.4% ABV, we can have as much as we like and STILL invade Poland!

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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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Photo of GimpyCane
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy yellow with a tiny hint of orange hue. The head was a white creamy 4 finger monster with a ton of small bubbles rushing to the rim. The aroma of doughy banana bread came right off the head which also last throughout the drink. When the head settle of bit, the scent of coriander, clove and pepper came out. Also got a hint of pear and lemon somewhere in the middle. The flavor is outstanding, starting off sweet with a spicy middle that ended dry (everything that was smelled was tasted). The body was light, watery and lively carbonated which made it a crisp and smooth experience. Overall, I love this Hefe Weizen. It's a great starter brew for a long night of drink IPA and Stout.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden amber, some small particulates visible floating, a huge dense rocky white head that takes its good time subsidng, very nice. Nose is quite yeasty, full of cloves, with a slight lemon tinge. Taste is an amazing smooth wheat malt overlaid with a wonferful yeastiness, a hint of banana (more subtle than I remember), lemon, a nice dose of cloves, a hint of grassy hops on the finish. Mouthfeel is perfect, medium bodied, moderate carbonation, absolutely smooth and creamy and full. This is a phenomonal hefe, one I could drink all day everyday, if it weren't for the import prices.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

People seem to think this is the best, or at least one of the very best, Hefeweizens out there. I've had a fair variety in Germany, trying every one I've come across, and while Weihenstephaner impresses me, it's not the definitive beer of its style.

Appearance is appropriate - dull yellow-gold body with a dense, smooth head and low-moderate carbonation. Lacing is very nice. As for smell, the strongest one that comes across at any temperature is an acrid lemon aroma, probably due to the yeast. Banana is also evident - bouquet is not overly complex compared to comparable Hefeweizens.

Taste: Satisfying but again, not as complex as some others - some of my favourites are Maisel's and Schneider. Banana is present but not over the top, and a slight bitterness of hop is extremely refreshing. If only it were summer!

I'm not trying to say this is a bad beer. It is of an extremely high standard, and mouthfeel and drinkability are both very pleasing. It is never cloying, and is an appropriate drink on a cold or a warm night. I'd drink more if I could, but it's so expensive here...

Overall, I think it's overrated, but it's still a nice treat once in a while.

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Photo of Mickelswit
3.76/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very nice Hefeweizen. The appearance was the usual hazy straw color with orange overtones. At first, it smelled of ripe pears and cloves; as the beer warmed, ripe banana notes became more prominent. The taste was a complex blend of the fruits and spices from the nose and the strong yeasty backbone I expect from this style. The carbonation was a little more prickly than I am used to, but it gave a great, rocky head that lasted quite a while. Quite a drinkable beer.

Sadly, this bottle was a bit past its prime, which is hard to avoid with Hefeweizen. Some cardboard flavors showed up once the beer warmed. But it was still very close to the stuff you get in Germany, making it one of the best Hefeweizens you can get your hands on.

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Photo of joecast
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

ahh weihenstephaner hefeweissbier. the king of (wheat) beer. (ok, just behind live oak atm) we'll see. roll the tape

500ml bottle. 5.4%abv. best before 10/07

light golden color when held to light. thick cloudiness makes it appear darker when set on the table. medium high carbonation with lots of small bubbles slowly making their way to the top. like a mini co2 assembly line. very uniform.
head forms magnificently. about 2in thick. white thick and frothy with excellent retention. the only blemish being its just a bit more cloudy than i would expect for only pouring half the bottle. i know, anal, but its my review dammit.

mmm text book aroma. strong clove and banana. light yeast and a touch phenolic. seriously good stuff.

mmm text book taste. wait, did i already do this? j/k
honestly though, its all there. light, wheaty, fruity, yeasty, full of flavor, but soo easy to drink. each sip bring another.

smooth on the palate, but starts to get filling towards the end.
hmm, maybe i should have had this before dinner. nah, maybe i should have had this instead of dinner. best beer ive had in a while.

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Photo of BMoney575
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 3-29-07

Pours cloudy, light tan in color, with a tremendous white head that billows to the top of the glass.

Smells is very wheaty and yeasty, with bits of lemon and spice.

Taste is very good, thick wheat beer up front, with a good dose of Belgian yeast. Slight lemon also in the flavor, with a subtly bitter grassy hop finish. Quite sweet, but also well balanced.

Mouthfeel is good, creamy with the perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is good too. Very light and refreshing, a nice change.

Overall, this was my first hefe weizen, and I am impressed. This would be a great beer to have on a nice, hot, summer night.

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Photo of hunteraw
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from mymrnngjckt in the Secret Bunny '07 exchange.

Appearance: Poured into a weizen glass, hazy gold with a ridiculous head - rocky and great retention (billows of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass maintain it). Sheets of lace. Appearance is perfect for the style.

Smell: Complex! Reminiscent of a tripel, really, in its complexity and spiciness. As far as typical hefeweizen aromas go, less bubble gum and banana, more clove. Crisp-smelling, not overdone.

Taste: A little less thrilling than the appearance and aroma. Spice, yeast, doughy malts. Banana and bubblegum are mild. Makes it more balanced, less "heavy" than many hefeweizens. Almost citrus-like acidity, but certainly not a "sour" beer. Not a trace of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy, light-medium body, carbonation seemed high in the glass but works fine in the mouth.

Drinkability: High! Not surprising to see it rated so highly. Easily sessionable.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 500 ml bottle to a pint glass, paired with a delicious spicy bratwurst.

A: Attractive fluffy white head, fizzy/creamy and about 2-fingers high. Golden honey-colored with a little haze and great carbonation.

S: Served a little cold, so the smell was a bit subtle. Yeasty bread and light lemon aromas, with a hint of clove.

T: Flavor is filled with wheat, clove & a touch of banana. Very crisp herbal hoppiness and delicious malty sweetness.

M: Crisp and refreshing... body is medium to light. Mouthfeel and body are clean and fresh. Carbonation is moderate, deserving of a belch or two afterwards...

D: Terrific flavors and very easy to drink...a simple and straightforward hefeweizen without any notable flaws. Recommended as an excellent example of what's right with this style...prost!

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

A: Slightly cloudy, not as much as I'd have imagined. Pale golden with a thick white head and plenty of carbonation bubbles.

S: Raw and grassy with hints of lemon. Banana and clove esters are also present. Very slight floral hop aroma.

T: Very much like the smell. Raw with hints of lemon in the aftertaste. Delicious yeast character. Cracker like malt remains steady throughout and holds everything together. Clove and banana flavors are well integrated. Finishes dry.

M: Light and prickly. Medium to high level of carbonation is perfect for this style. Very well done.

D: Highly drinkable and very refreshing. I imagine this would pair very well with a variety of foods. Benchmark for the style in my opinion. This is what all hefeweizens should be.

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Photo of atsprings
3.72/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at Flying Saucer in a regular pint glass with a lemon wedge. The beer possessed no head when it arrived at the table, likely killed by the lemon juice. The aroma was somewhat alive with wheat and spices. The taste was what I would expect for a hefe, nothing special. The beer was moderately carbonated and rather drinkable, but I expected better from an authentic German brewer.

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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 InsolublePancake
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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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.4 out of 5 based on 8,218 ratings.
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