Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner HefeweissbierWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier

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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 ultralarry2006
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle. Left a two finger head that receded to long lasting surface skim, and no lacing. Body was a cloudy pale orange yellow. Looks good.

Smell - bananas and cloves, hint of creamy wheat. Mouthwatering.

Taste - same as the smell. Bananas and cloves with subtle creamy wheat, and even more subtle toasty malt. This is the classic, refreshing, and delicious taste of hefe-weizen. Nothing more complicated than that.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, creamy, low carbonation.

Drinkability - this is very good, and goes down very easy. I'd say this is very sessionable, and very refreshing and satisfying on a hot day.

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Photo of fisherman34
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold and hazy in colour with strong carbonation. Typical hefeweizen aromas of vanilla, clove, banana, and a bit of citrus. Nice tangy wheat flavor, with more vanilla and banana in the mouth. A bit of spicy hops on the finish too. Very nice full mouthfeel that still refreshes. Definitely more on the vanilla/clove end of the spectrum, with the fruity notes being held in check. A classy (and perhaps the "classic") interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Damian
4.92/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank from a ONE PINT, 0.9 FL. OZ. bottle purchased at Downtown Wine & Spirits, Somerville, MA

Poured a hazy, yellow ochre with a two-finger, tight, white, foamy head that slowly faded to a clingy film. Outstanding retention. Spotty drops of lacing stuck along the glass.

The aroma was incredibly rich and smooth. Yeasty, spicy and phenolic. Sweet aromas of bubble gum and cotton candy were quite noticeable. Some wheatiness came through as well, along with a touch of smoke.

The flavor was very similar to the aroma. Lemony, citrusy and spicy (clove and allspice) up front. Semi-sweet and fruity in the center, with notes of bubblegum coming through strong. The finish was crisp, tart and ultra-clean with a lingering bubblegum aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was light, fluffy and highly effervescent initially, yet the liquid soon settled to a rich, creamy froth on the palate.

Drinkability was outstanding. I cannot think of another beer that was so crisp, clean and refreshing, and yet so full-flavored.

It is only fitting that the oldest brewery in the world produces one of the best beers in the world. Pair this one with some fresh wild salmon on a warm summer day. Life simply cannot get any better.

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Photo of egajdzis
4.18/5  rDev -5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, dark golden color with a huge white head that left nice lacing on the glass, Aroma of banana and clove, wheat, lemongrass, and other sweet malts. Taste of citrus, tart wheat, banana and lots of spices. Very creamy mouthfeel. One of my favorite hefe's tasted.

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Photo of russpowell
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy straw/pink? with a 5 fingers+ head, Not much head retention or lacing

S: Huge banana & wheat malt notes

t: Bananas, bandaids, wheat malt & cloves up front. Fruittyness follows as it warms. Finsihes like a piece of juicy-fruitgum (quenching & fruitty)

MF: Full bodied, semi-effervescent. A little too much going on flavor-wise to get full marks balance-wise

Drinks okay, but not a huge fan of the style, but if the weather is warm. I could throw this down no problem, but I'd be happier with a nice helles or pils. Very much representative of the style.

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Photo of GreenWBush
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Looking through the reviews of Weihenstephaner beers, I tend to find comments like 'wonderful', 'perfect', 'simple', or admonitions that can be paraphrased as 'if they've been brewing since 1040, they must be doing something right'. I agree with all of these statements.

The hefe pours out a hazed tangerine with a placid skim and a few scant lace lines.

The nose is clearly a clove-bomb. Lime zest.

The taste is intensely delicious - and i'm not the world's hugest hefe fan. Cloves, lemon/lime interplay, and an uber-clean wheatiness are strong and floral.

Much like all Weihenstephaner beers, this is amazing on the tongue. Smooth, silky, and drinkable. The huge clover-load does limit the drinkability to a certain degree.

These beers have been inundating the Fort Wayne area, and for that I am grateful. The thought of DIPAs, Imperial Stouts, et al. are rather ridiculous in this steamy weather so these brews have been tickling me in all the right spots.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a pleasant beer. The pour was near perfect into my glass of the same name. Cloudy dull gold with a thick foamy head, easily three fingers in width. I'm nearly beaten over the head by the nose. Bananas, apricots, cloves, this has it all in full effect. Taste is pretty much the same but I can taste the alcohol a little more than I'd like. Wow, I could drink a ton of this. So smooth in the mouth and just goes down easily.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very murky and hazy yellow color. Huge fluffy white head. Good aroma-nice blend of banana and phenolic esters. Somewhat peppery and spicy. Very clovey in the flavor though finishes quite crisp and clean. Decent mouthfeel. As usual hefes are not my thing but this one is supposed to be a classic and I find it quite enjoyable. Needs to be a hot summer's day beer for this kid but overall it was quite decent.

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Photo of taez555
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured an opaque golden yellowish/orange body with a thick white head.

Nose is extremely present with waves of yeast, bananas, wheat and tiny snippets of lemon zest. Almost the perfect weiss beer smell.

Body is light to medium bodied and very smooth from beginning to end. Immediate grain, yeast, wheat and a nice fresh malt taste. Touches of spices, numbing cloves, some soft nuts, banana, lemon. A nice spicy bitterness that sits well and gives some good balance. Ends smooth with a nice spicy character.

I don't know how they do it, but this beer is just as good here in the US as it is back in Germany. Most others lose that edge after the long boat trip, but this, damn good. Amazing. The bar by which most all weiss beers strive for.

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

Pour: .5L to pint glass. Pour produces a beautiful honey colored beer with a two and a half finger fluffy white head that clings fervently to the glass all the way down. A cloudy body and plenty of bubbles make this a beautiful beer to observe.

Nose: Wow, all the classic hefe-weizen characteristics at their best! Orange, cinnamon, clove, a big yeast spiciness. A tad on the light side (preventing a 5) but damn it smells good.

Mouth: Better than I could have hoped. This beer is a citric mosaic of excellence paired with yeasty spices, plenty of good carbonation, and a dry, light finish. I could drink this beer all day long!

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

Swirl and pour decanted a nice smogy yellow-orange sunset colored liquid.

Aroma of orange zest, cloves, even a bit of scrambled eggs and nutmeg.

Taste is big, sweet, and juicy. No sourness as some hefes seem to develop. Zesty up front, smooth, creamy wheat and yeast tones develop before some clove and mild banana in the finish. A bit more estery after the final pour.

Really nice balance and drinkability here...not boring at any point, but not overwhelming either.

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

My favorite of the 4 Hefe Weissens that we are sharing today while brewing on a perfect summer day. Tucher, Paulaner, Weihenstephaner bracketed with our homebrewed Hefeweissen "Wheatholio"

Pours a rich golden orange with a white head and lace for the duration. Aroma from the brewpot gives stiff competition to the wonderful 12.7 °P malt so I take the weissen glass around back and stand by the hops to enjoy the ligher nuessances of phenols -4VG and esters that Weihenstephan 68 ale yeast is famous for: bananna, phenol, clove, citrus and apricot.

A standout by virtue of it near perfect balance and sublime esters and phenols.
There is no dissecting this classic - all the parts fit perfectly and give you the pinnacle of the style as far as my tastes. Great beer - most drinkable!

One you will want to comeback to when serving Bavarian 'Weisswurst' - white sausage.

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Photo of rdailey76
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a golden straw color with a decent finger's width white fluffy head. Continual lacing on the glass as the session went on.

Smell: Bold and upfront estery banana-like nose. The spice is definitely in the background, but way behind the esters.

Taste: Fruity up front, then giving away to the clove-like spiciness in the aftertaste. Rather sweet.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, refreshing and possess a fuller body than anticipated.

Drinkability: Almost too estery and sweet to enjoy more than one. I would sample again, but not a session style beer.

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Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light golden color, beautifully cloudy with little bubbles. Nice persistant fluffy white head. Exactly what I'd want a hefe to look like.

S: Yeasty, spice and a bit of sweetness.

T: Yeasty and spice up front followed by complxities I can't put my finger on. Yeast and Wheat aftertaste. Delicious.

M: Perfect carbonation, full mouthfeel, and somewhat dry finish.

D: Really easy to drink. Light and refreshing.

I think this beer is probably too complex for me too fully appreciate right now, but the best of the style I've had so far.

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Photo of errantnight
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm torn on this beer, and perhaps I should review it again when I've had more experience with true Hefs...

On the one hand, it has remarkable complexity, particularly as it warmed. On the other... I was overwhelmed (particularly in during the first 1/3) by the banana notes. And not in a good way.

I was not terribly impressed at first, or perhaps more accurately, I didn't particularly like it, but was impressed by its craft. The more I drank, the more I reconsidered, and towards the end I found the beer exceedingly quaffable.

I love saisons and I enjoy wheat beers in general, but the banana/clove thing turned me off a little, and then intrigued me towards the end. There's no way a beer of this depth of character, beauty, and aroma (and definitely in no way a spoiled bottle) could be rated less than "good" in any of these areas, but there's no way I can in a clear conscious pretend this approached the sublime to my palate.

But I will say, it has inspired me to approach the rest of the German Hefeweizen world with great interest, and I shall certainly be revisiting this beer this summer.

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Photo of acrawf6
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a slightly hazy yellowish orange with a nice white head.

Smell. good amount of cloves and some bananas, but i also get some apple that is nice. good sweet and clove aromas.

Taste. Dryer than i remember, cloves and banana flavors are at a nice level and have a nice crispness to it with the carbonation to make it extremely refreshing. fruity aftertaste, followed by a spiced and alcoholic taste and feel.

Mouthfeel is good. Beer really fills my mouth, great balance, good amount of carbonation. crisp, yet full.

Overall very good. I still like franziskaner more since it was the beer that got me into craft beer and i have had so much of it, but i can see why this beer is so loved.

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Photo of jslot38
4.1/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dirty yellow colour, a few rays of light linger through. Spoongy white head diminishes to a thin covering.

Smell: Noticed the yeast arising from the beer right at the point of impact from the pour. Some clov, a touch of citrus and some spices linger through. Very pleasant.

Taste: Spices hit first, clov and corriander touch the tounge. Heavy level of carbonation. Yeast and citrus round out the beer.

Mouthfeel: As mentioned before the dominate characteristic of this beer's mouthfeel is the carbonation. Yet it quickly smoothes out.

Drinkability and notes: Doesn't seem like it would even have 4% alcohol in it. Light on the tongue and very drinkable. Great in its simplicity with some good flavours and smells. A great beer all around. No wonder this has stuck around.

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

Appearance: Pours a hazy, murky gold. Sitting atop is an ebullient head of snowy white foam. Retention is magnificent, and lacing is strong.

Smell: Yeasty and citric, emitting a kind of tart aroma. Strongly medicinal with a distinct, toasty malt presence. Warming in the nostrils.

Taste: Rich, flavorful maltiness reflecting barley and wheat. A dull, yet refreshing hoppiness that injects a certain mintiness into the beer. Hints of citrus fruit. Finishes with a pleasant sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and strongly carbonated. Sticky and lip-smacking; it really coats the mouth. Very refreshing.

Drinkability: Rich in flavor, and easy to consume. Very impressed with the refreshing qualities of this beer. Fine for a session beer. Excellent for relaxation.

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

Thanks to YBSober for sharing this beer!
This is by far the best Hefe Weizen I've ever had.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale orange yellow color with a big bubbly head. (BTW don't shake this one up (to mix the sediment) or you may explode the beer all over a friends kitchen. (sorry Wayne ;)

Smell: Boy, from the time this beer exploded all over the wall =) it had a fantastic aroma of lemon and wheat with a hint of fresh baked sweet bread.

Taste: The front of the palate is full of wheat, yeasty lemon citrus, and a nice mildly sweet breadiness. There is a nice gentle bitter that balances this beer perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Oh so smooth, a bit of a nice dry finish.

Drinkability: The most drinkable wheat I have had yet. It is truly German and I highly recommend!

Hope this is helpful.

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

Poured this into a Pilsner glass, as I did not have a Hefe Weizen glass. Huge white foamy head that started out several inches tall, then slowly dissipated to a thick layer of foam with thick lacing on the glass. The beer is a cloudy, medium dark yellow cloudy color. Lots of tiny bubbles continue refreshing the head.

Aroma was yeasty, with fairly strong notes of cloves and allspice. Very similar to Belgian style ales.

Taste similar to smell, with a definite wheat flavor and some clove spiciness.

Light bodied, with plenty of carbonation. Clean, crisp finish.

Very drinkable. I can easily imagine this with a dish of spicy curry.

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

Poured from a 12 oz glass into a weizen-style glass.

Hazy pale yellow with a massive large-bubbled white head.

Smelled of cloves, banana and perhaps allspice. Slightly yeasty.

As for the taste: the cloves hit me first, followed by the allspice I sensed in the nose and finally the bananas. I also described it as "musky;" I think that was the yeast. About halfway down I added a small lemon wedge, as I had wanted to sample both with and without the lemon. The addition of the lemon made the remaining foam ring disappear immediately and cut the muskiness, adding - as you'd expect - a more citrusy taste. Despite the old Norm Peterson adage that "the only thing I want floating in my beer is my liver," I actually preferred it with a lemon.

As for the mouthfeel, I thought it was fizzy, real fizzy, and highly carbonated. That fizziness, combined with the general taste, made the beer finish quite dry and clean.

Drinkable? Oh yeah. Throw in a lemon wedge and this would sure beat the heck out of a lemonade on a hot summer day.

Edit, 8/31/10: Had this again recently, this time without the lemon and some four years after first reviewing this. I'm bumping up the taste score to 4.5 (I'd originally given it a 4), as having had plenty of Hefes over the years, I've come to appreciate this one even more.

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Photo of ej285701
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle with the number 4115 on the back label.

Pours a clear golden/orange color with a half inch off-white head.

The smell is nice with bananas and cloves being the most dominant aromas. Also oranges and some other spices as well.

The taste is more subtle than I was expecting. The bananas and cloves are there, as well as the oranges. But there is also a taste of seltzer water in there that seems to dilute the flavors.

There is a seltzer water feel to this beer as well. Not necessarily a fizzy mouthfeel, but very light, and very carbonated.

Drinkability is good. I wouldn't mind having a few of these on a hot day. A good hefeweissen, but not a great one in my opinion.

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Photo of orfeu
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even with a slow, careful pour, this one has a massively uncontrollable chunky white head -- sitting atop hazy gold with slow but persistent, driving carbonation. I don't have a weizen glass yet (I know, I know), but I did the best I could by drinking this out of a 20-ounce straight-sided tumbler. Aromas of over-warm sprouted wheat berries laced with caramelized date sugar and a dash of clove oil. Some grassy and fruity notes appear as well, with dehydrated banana being the most recognizable. In all, a wonderfully complex aroma that has up till now kept me from actually taking a sip while I try to identify what I'm smelling. The first sip is incredibly grainy overall, but a surprising mineral flavor comes out up front. It then cedes to a yeasty bread dough taste that finishes with Golden Delicious apple and slight banana characteristics. In mid-sip I also pick up some plasticky phenols. The mouthfeel is quite substantial -- moreso than I expected at least -- which gives the beer enough heft to be palatable in colder months, even though it's also refreshing enough for a summer beverage.

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Photo of rjlemos
3.84/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As being said, this beer comes from the oldest brewery still producing beer, so they might know something about it... they have a really good reputation...
And, to say more, the master brewer of Eisenbahn, the best brazilian brewery (and shall i say, probably one of the best of the entire world), was taught there... so, a lot of things can be concluded from that...
I bought 3 different Weihenstephaner's beers at the same time (and drank all the three one following the other). I began by this one, and it's very smooth, very soft, even for the style, specially if you compare with other highlights like Erdinger and so on...
Probably my expectations were too high, but, despite being a nice beer, thought i prefer the erdinger ones...

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Photo of ernie
3.87/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer, coming out of the oldest European brewery, is sweeter and fruitier than most its Bavarian counterparts. It's also heavier and fuller, and that makes it not only a summer companion, but also a reasonable drink in winter. I prefer dryer versions of Hefe-Weizen but have to pay my respect to this truly outstanding beer

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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