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

Poured from the .5L bottle to a .5l swirl hefe glass. No other way to serve fits.
Head is a thick, creamy, towering cloud of fluffy white goodness. I would like to watch as is sub sides but the cool yellow cloudy liquid is calling. This is one fin looking brew, one on the best this style has to offer.

Smell is sweet of fruity yeast and spice, finished with the delicate sent of mild hops.

Taste is Oh So refreshing, The taste is of sweet grains mixed with bananas of the perfect hints of spice finished with a hopy bitterness that drys you out just enough to make you long for the next bi swig.

Mouthfeel is fizzy with just the right bite. Full body lacks the perfect creamy smooth touch but excellent never the less.

Drinkability is top. The brew is at home with any meal of as the solo attraction on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Zum Wohl! MK

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

Bottle purchased from Hyvee in Council Bluffs, IA.
No apparent bottled on date.
Poured into a Schell's weizen glass.

Pours an enormous meringue-like head composed of small and medium-sized bubbles. Peering at the body, I notice aggressive streams of carbonation and the cloudy, nearly opaque character that's due to the unfiltered preparation of the beer. Body color is a dull golden away from light, a hazy orange-yellow when held to a point source. This is like peering into a murky sunrise. As the head descends over the course of many minutes (it always retains about one centimeter of foam) it leaves some good lacing along the sides of the glass, which is augmented each time a sip is taken.

Aromas of bananas, coriander, sweet bread, yeast, slight cloves, and a bit of carmelized butternut squash. The strongest aromas are the coriander, bananas, and sweet bread. There's quite a bit going on with the scent, the aroma never seems to dull my senses, and it's a pleasure to swirl and sip this each time.

Tasting the beer reveals excellent banana, apple and pear flavors with noteable bubblegum, clove (phenolic) and lemon attributes mingled alongside them. Aftertaste is of bananas, apples, and bubblegum, pleasurably tart. It would be amazing if they made this with a slightly higher amount of darker malt, or made an additional version with that grain bill, not a dunkel, but somewhere in-between.

Solidly medium-bodied with a slight light or watery feel, the beer has a refreshing combination of thickness from the wheat/malt mix and crispness from the carbonation level. Very smooth initially, but leads to a dry finish that complements the tart aftertaste nicely.

A highly drinkable weissbier and avatar at the style, refreshing in all seasons.

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Photo of edskirk3
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am accustomed to drinking the products of America's Oldest Brewery, so when I saw this six-pack from the World's Oldest Brewery, I just had to do it. Another thing I like, from inspecting the label, is that they still stick to the German Purity Law of 1516.

Pours a cloudy gold, with a white head that erupts from the glass almost immediately; one must pour carefully to prevent overspill. After the pour is complete, it looks like a textbook hefeweizen, weizen glass included.

I always hear about the banana/clove character that arises from Bavarian wheat yeast, but I could never pick up anything resembling banana. I guess I'm just not sensitive to it. But I think I can smell it from this glass, there's not enough for me to be sure. I do get some cloviness, however.

After a few sips, I sense some banana, bubblegum, some tartness, and a twinge of hop bitterness. There's also a little bit of a citrus tone. It all melds together very well.

This hefeweizen is light, easy drinking, and refreshing. A perfect summer refresher. Overall, an excellent beer. These guys have been around since Medieval times, I guess they're doing something right.

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

Poured into an Erdinger weissbier glass. Oddly clear for a hefe, gold in colour, much higher carbonation than expected. Big fluffy head, good pour.

Aroma and taste are very familiar, although perfect for the style -- bananas, spices, cloves, and some yeastiness.

Wonderfully smooth mouthfeel -- the best part of drinking this beer. Minimal aftertaste, very easy to drink.

A great hefe, but to be honest I think my favourite is still local (Denison's is amazing!)

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

I poured this out of the bottle into a typical weiss bier glass. It has a light golden color with an excellent foamy head that is retained very well. The aroma is dominated by banana-smelling byproducts produced by the yeast, very inviting. It has a light banana fruity flavor with a hint of malt and almost imperceptible hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy with high carbonation. As the beer warms up a bit, the banana flavor is right out front and the smell is irresistible. Unfortunately, my full glass is empty all too quickly.

This is an outstanding wheat beer and an exceptional example of the hefeweissen style. It has a light, refreshing flavor and wonderful aroma. I first tried this from the cask while on business in Austria. I am pleased this imported bottle is very similar to the experience I remember.

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Photo of jaluria
4.31/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Overall, this is a terrific beer and one that probably got me hooked on wheat beers in general.

Pours a murky, yellow color with a pillow-like head that is colored white with a frothy texture. Some carbonation is apparent, but hidden by the massive head. Nice rings of lacing are left behind in my oversized wiess glass. Aromas of grains, cloves, tropical fruit, and lemons seem to come out nicely. The taste is just great; well-balanced and flavorful with hints of various tropical fruits. Grain flavors dominate; bread-like texture and taste. Spritzy and refreshing with a hint of lemon/lime cutting through in the finish. Dry and smooth with great depth making this very very easy to drink again and again.

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

A murky apple cider mimiking hefe emerges from the bottle. Showing off it's gorgeous 3 inch heavanly cloud of pure white atop it.

Wheaty, banana nut bread aromas emanate from my hefe glass, with a smokey mask.

Smooth, rich, silky, mouthfeel.Tastes of banana bread, malt, some slight hop mouthfeel on the finish. Could drink these beauties all day on any nice sunny afternoon.

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

Cloudy amber body with a big white head. The aroma is banana, clove and apricots, light and fruity. The flavor is fruity, bananas and some citrus, light touch of spice, with a dry, slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Terrific stuff.

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

Pours out a cloudy gold with a huge head that seems quite fizzy, but rocky. Goes down to a 1/2" head with lacing down the side. Interestingly enough, the haze was not so much that you couldn't see the strong carbonation. Smell is tart and lemony with an adequate phenolic kick. Grainy, but just the right amount. As I let the aromas linger in my nose, I get a whiff of tart, pulpy tamarind paste. The flavors are full of lemon, banana, and clove, with an aftertaste of orange-pineapple juice. This tastes like some fruit punch. The only problem I see here is that the flavors kind of drop off in the end. Mouthfeel is light, bubbly, fluffy, and doesn't stick to my tongue too much, despite some lingering sweetness. Basically, this feels like liquid marshmallows on my tongue. A lot of people preface the drinkability of weissbier with the current weather conditions (myself included), but this would be highly drinkable in any season. Very hard to keep myself from going through this beer so quickly.

This actually lives up to the hype, unlike some of the stuff BAs go wet over.

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Photo of evanackerman
4.09/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

well, i've been trying many hefe-weizens lately so i've been typing banana, clove, spice, and perfectly balanced a lot lately, this is no exception. simply an exceptional beer, among the easiest drinking beers i've ever tasted, great quencher. the Germans are masters of this style, please try this if you have the chance.

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Photo of danielharper
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

A: Pours into a Weihenstephaner weizen glass with a pale yellow-orange cloudy body and a _very_ thick white foamy head that leaves significant lacing. De rigeur for a hefeweizen, almost perfect for-style.

S: Strong citrus notes, strong orange aroma and a hint of banana.

T: Similar to aroma, but with less banana and more oranges. Slight astringent aftertaste, probably due to yeast.

M: Moderate and enjoyable, but not a palate-coater the way other hefeweizens tend to be.

D: A very good, drinkable beer, but by no means my favorite hefe. I'll take Franziskaner, Paulaner, or Olde Towne before this one any day.

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

Hard to explain this hefeweizen. A most interesting session!! Most hefes pride themselves on the lemon/banana taste. This has almost a corny taste. It is really awesome!! I recommend it. Has a huge head, great mouthfeel, and an excellent summer session brew!

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

a - big white frothy head typical of this style, beautiful cloudy amber in color

s - fruity, yeasty aroma

t - very fruity, definitely picking up banana and some citrus

m - lots of carbonation, pretty light feeling

d - this could easily be a regular beer for me

I was very impressed with this one...it definitely lived up to the hype. I'll be enjoying this regularly from now on.

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Photo of haz77
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pour cloudy amber/orange with a billowing white head that drops down to a fingers worth quite quickly. Lively looking carbonation. Poured into a hefeweissen glass.

S - Citrus and floral smell. Some cloves and esters in there too.

T - Malts up front, then a hit of lemon, yeast and cloves. Not much in the way of hops.

M - Crisp carbonation and slightly dry. Very nice.

D - Good hefeweissen, but maybe my expectation was set too high.

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Photo of DogFood11
4.92/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Easily managed pour although this one requires being gentle, formed a big fluffy, fizzed up head, supported by lots of fine carbonation. Usual unfiltered body, golden with a touch of copper hue towards the core. Inviting is an understatement. Bannana and a delicate soft fruitiness comes alive in the aroma.

Everything except the carbonation in this beer is so delicate, soft and so well put together it could make a man cry. It's been a while since I enjoyed a beer that joined the "elite" class in my rankings but this fits the bill...why? there is a tender clove, bananna taste that makes up the bill but it is backed by some gentle malts that truly give this the backbone that so many miss out on. Lemon makes up the finish and it cleans up remarkably well. It was the opposite of so many american wheat beers that tend to be to grained up.

Notes: A subtle beer that is easily the best hefe I've laid lips on but also in my book one of the finest offerings for any style.

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

found on tap @ the peculiar pub right by NYU (bleeker st), I was in the area for work and popped on in for a pint, this place just brings back memories of the ole college days... this is not a style I go for too often but with hot college chicks abounding and nicer weather.. what the hell...

frothy white pillowy head, cloudy pale straw haze but completely consistent in the entire glass (the bartender asked me about adding a lemon, I declined to taste this pure, kudos for at least asking!), the lacing and cling are absolutely superb, even hiding in the haze you can see the carbonation feeding the head and keeping it constant - absolutely flawless looking, I tried to find something wrong with this beer, and kept looking at it from different angles, but no, this thing was a goddamn beer postcard sent from beer paradise.

had a strange toasty smell (not off putting), there are hints of lemon floating and enticing you in the background, there is a subtle spiciness to it with mild fruit notes like bannana... I loved sniffing this thing even if it wasn't crazy complex or fascinating, it smelled great and the smell was strong, you didn't have to work to get at the tones here, there is also some grain prescence, I was impressed.

taste etc.
somewhat full in the mouth, the carbonation rolls around carrying this lovely libation all around your mouth in a surreal fashion. you can literally roll this around on your tongue back and forth to enjoy the sensation of silk/velvet liquid... amazing and flawless in that department. the wheat coats and sticks in the mouth furnishing the strongest aftertaste I think I have come across for a hefe. there are tones of toffee and noogat (you know, that unidentified crap in candy bars), as I rolled it in my mouth I just couldn't get over the complexity of this little heffer, the carbonation even has a little prickly bite to it, very small, which just accents the experience that much more. it is almost lip smacking refreshing but yet has nutty and toasty tones that really grab the attention of your pallette, it is in a sense dry and yet refreshing.. and complex.

I had to run out and grab a bottle of this on the way home.. and the bottle does not do this justice. still great out of a bottle but the mouthfeel is no where near the experience I had this afternoon. This was the best $5 I spent in a long time... this one was nearly flawless, I wish half the hefes I huff where as bad ass as this monster brew, outstanding.

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

Just spent an unseasonably warm April day moving my sister and her roommate from old to new apartments about nine blocks apart in Boehrum Hts in Brooklyn. On the way back stopped at the beer delis on Atlantic avenue and stocked up on some quality singles. Figuring this was a good way to reward my toil: the highest rated Hefe on the site.
Beautiful thick white puffy cloud style head and healthy lacing coat the upper reaches and the body is spot on in color and cloudiness. Banana and clove are where they're suppossed to be smellwise along with some citrus notes and yeastiness.
Light in texture and carbonation but taste is full if somewhat muted. Balanced mouthfeel and texture makes this for easy drinking. The taste is clean in finish and very satisfying and refreshing. Quenching is the word that comes to mind. I am now quenched.
Yeah, I'll be looking for this again this summer although its excellent, its more difficult for me to find than Paulaner and Erdinger, who make very good (and easier to acquire) hefes.

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

The beer poured a cloudy yellow with a persistent fluffy white head. It smells good, a nice banana and a bit of clove. The taste is very good; my first impression is a sweet banana, then slight hit of vanilla with the cloves finishing it off. It is well carbonated and has a creamy mouthfeel, very refreshing. This is easily the best hefeweissen I've had so far.

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

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with a big sticky, foamy white head that sticks around and laces nicely.

S: Wheat, bananas, sweet grains and a hint of vanilla.

T: Big tasty wheat flavors up front with candy banana, a hint of cloves and vanilla. Delicious and refreshing!

M&D: Smooth, light and refreshing. This brew goes down easy and does not sit heavy. Carbonation is just right.

I've had this one before, but had to revisit it with the weather heating up. I enjoying this bottle with a friend after 18 holes of disc golf. Perfect!

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

The Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is a very refreshing beverage. This pours out of the bottle and into the glass a cloudy golden color. There is plenty of foamy white head present. The smell has a nice wheaty-fruity fragerance, with a bit of yeast. The taste is faintly sweet, with nicely balanced citrus undertones. There is a crispness to the after taste. This beer and Paulaner rank as bench marks for a hefe weizen. While not the type of beer to be searched for, it it definitely worth grapping and giving a try, if you see it on the shelf.

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Photo of sammy44
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was a great beer. Poured a cloudy opaque yellow with a massive rocky white head. Smelled of yeast and citrus and tasted the same. The mouthfeel is hard to describe. The best I could come up with is that the beer felt "juicy" like biting into an orange. I could have several of these at a sitting. Excellent!

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

Pours murky gold with a huge head. The nose is full of yeast and clove and a touch of citrus. It's very warm and inviting. Tasting this beer, the first thing that comes out is some sweet wheat, then bananas, and then a nice creamy clove flavor at the end. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated yet smooth and very refreshing. This beer is a bit thin on the tongue, but very tasty and easy to drink. Overall, one of the best hefeweizens I've had, but probably not THE best I've had.

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Photo of Derek
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at the brewery restaurant on March 20, 2006.

A: Cloudy straw, fluffy off-white head, good retention and lace.

S: Bready malt, slight citrus.

T: Bready, citrus, some spice. Clean, smooth & well balanced.

M: Light to moderate body is creamy. Moderate carbonation.

D: Exceptional. (I think they make some of the MOST drinkable beers).

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Photo of akahn
3.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright opaque yellow color. Pillow, cloud-like head. Impressive puffy lacing. Faint aroma, light and wheaty. Sweet, tart flavor. Definite banana-like notes. Clean finish, but leaves a black pepper spiciness. Light bodied but not watery. Ample carbonation, yet still creamy. Super quaffable.

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

Just grabbed a bottle of this from my local liquor store.

A: Murky as a good hefe should be. Great consistency with lots of yeast shaken from the bottom of the bottle.

S: Even a lot of Bavarian hef's that have the banana and clove's taste to them, don't always have it in the bouquet. This one does, great scent, nice and fresh.

T: Big wheat flavor! The banana and cloves flavoring from the yeast is far from subtle. Everything a great Hefe should be. The consistency was great. By no means watery.

Overall, where it should be, one of the top Hefe's in the world. Mine tasted fresh, but I didn't know how to decipher the date code on back to know for sure. Never can tell with beers coming from overseas. I will definitely be picking up more of these for the warmer months to come, and at $2.50 for a 16.3 oz bottle, how can you go wrong.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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