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 ThePold
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It's like tasting the original pizza. The Ur-Pizza. This is what wheat beer is based on, this one here. Poured into a a DFH wheat beer glass, 2 fingers of foam, opaque rusted gold color, good lacing. Slight carbo. Almost to drinkable. What else can I say?

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint 0.9 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy, straw color with one-finger white head that dissipated until a thin, broken layer of small bubbles remained, there is heavy lacing on the glass, lighter carbonation.

SMELL: bread, banana and cloves.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose precisely, bread, banana and clove, the taste intensified/improved as the beer warmed, this style relies more on the yeast and less on the hops for it's flavor.

PALATE: medium body and somewhat creamy.

OVERALL: I enjoy this style and this is probably going to be hard to beat, these guys have been making this beer a long time and frankly have perfected it, I will buy this again and would recommend to everyone who enjoys the style.

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Photo of Lagerlivesmatter
4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I judge all other Hefewiess against this as the gold standard.

Looks hazy golden. A nice head that quickly dissipated however.

Smells like what you would expect.. yeasty, subtle banana, spice, a bit tangy.

Tastes fantastic. Sharp initially then smooths out letting the yeast, and banana/clove flavors come into play leaving a lingering taste I describe as wheat beer for lack of a better term.

Feel is very good, a bit sharp and drying on the finish, Smooth and very drinkable.

Great beer!

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Photo of dustin22martin
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not a style that I dig, but that doesn't mean I can't appreciate this expertly crafted beer. Boasting a perfect balance of banana/clove yeastiness with a moderate body and clean, crisp finish, this beer is a great gateway beer for people looking to broaden their beer horizons, or for those looking for a perfect example of this classic style.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.75/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Really dug the appearance on this one, benchmark for style kind of stuff. Bright yellow, chunky cloudiness, pristine 3/4" white head. Aroma gives you those health food store wheatgrass citrusy lemon precursors on top of grain.

All of that comes out in the taste. Pretty full bodied mouthfeel kind of stuff. The format 500ml is a little expensive compared to 12oz offerings, but this is some pretty good benchmark for the hefeweizen style. The yeast isnt overly banana or spice rack laden either.

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

Poured a beautiful hazy golden with a thick head. The aroma of banana and pepper. It was very lively on the tongue With a nice level of carbonation. On the palate the flavor of banana and clove and a back note of bubble gum came through especially as the beer warmed while I was drinking it. It had a wonderful mouthfeel and was crisp without being overly dry. For the full experience I suggest taking out of your fridge and letting it stand 10-15 minutes before drinking it. Very good.

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Photo of Hunter
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Cloudy but clear (Does that make any sense? You can see through it, but like any hefe it's not "crsytal clear") ale the color of pale straw. Proper head of dense white bubbles that sit atop the ale for a peoper amount of time.

Smell: Pineapple, banana, wheat. Some notes of pepper and spice, but the fruity esters dominate in a lovely way.

Taste: Banana and bubble gum. What you'd expect of a hefe.

Feel: Very clean and smooth on the palate.

Overall: Easily one of the best of the style I've ever had. I would offer this up to anyone looking for a proper representation of the style.

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Photo of KensWorld
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A flawless beer! Been drinking this for decades now and it has yet to be out done. It has also not changed. Flawless Weiss. This is the beer to give to new be's that are curious about trying real beer! This might change their life. One of only a few 5.00 ratings I've given in any style category. A must try.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
3.81/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden slightly hazy body with big foamy if quickly diminishing white head
Cloves and sweet spice aroma
Toffee & artificial candy banana flavour
Good mf
Decent heff

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Photo of Sconnolly1
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color. Smells nice and spicy from the yeast. Bubblegum accents, like Big League Chew, with citrus and yeasty character. A little too carbonated, but easy to drink. Will definitely keep an eye out for it.

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Photo of Brewxer
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not quite as exciting as I was led to believe by the high ratings, but definitely a smooth, tasty beer, especially on a hot summer day. Bonus points for not tasting like banana puree. One of the better hefeweizens, I'll take this over most of the local craft versions I've had.

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Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
4.92/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours a hazy muted orange-yellow color with a dense two finger head that's made up of lots of effervescent tiny pinhole sized bubbles.

Smell: I'm getting heady aromas of banana, rosemary, bitter orange and lemon rind, marjoram and mild gingerbread on the nose.

Taste: Phenomenal. Initially it starts off with a spicy yeasty flavor on the tongue that's reminiscent of banana, graham cracker and clove. I taste notes of vanilla wafer cookies and savory apple strudel mid palate. It finishes off on a slightly bitter dry floral note with hints of honey. Perfectly balanced.

Feel: Light-medium body. Bubbly, crisp, refreshing and flavorsome. Starts off spicy and sweet but finishes dry and slightly bitter so as not to become cloying. The yeast adds a little roughness and weight to the feel and it works really well.

Overall: I'm not the biggest fan of Hefeweizens but this beer has shown me the light. My only negative criticism is that it doesn't lace the glass very well, but seriously who cares when you have a beer that tastes this good?

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Photo of ThemThangs
3.29/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Has tasting notes that remind me of: citrus, spice, cloves, hints of banana bread, and I'm getting something in the background I guess I'd describe as kind of metallic tasting. Served in a weizen style glass. Pretty good.

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Photo of DocRoc
2.73/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A- golden haze color, thin white foam head but last longer than 20sec.
S- weak grainy, ordinary and lacks any special attractiveness
T- light tanginess, yeasty
M- crisp thin mouth coat
O- average for a hefe. Nicely paired with Shrimp & Grits w/egg brunch dish (Proof on Main, Louisville)

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is a cloudy yellow with beautiful head of foam. Foam lasts for few min with nice cascading down glass. Smells of sweet fruit, citrus orange zest, wheat, and mild hops in back. Taste is very light fruit mix with back notes of some bakery goods or bread, mild wheat notes and finishes very clean and fresh. This is a fantastic beer for any season, I could drink this daily and never grow tired of it, awesome!

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Photo of Kubishark
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the prettiest beers to look at. Big foamy head and beautiful yellow-orange gold color, lots of carbonation. Smells very spicy and fruity, slightly fermented fruit, very sweet. Tastes crisp and also very spicy, cloves, and with some subtle fruitiness that isn't as strong as I think some people make it sound. This is a good thing, as I prefer the wheaty, honey drizzled bready flavors over sweet fruit. Feels super crisp and light, very refreshing and drinkable. Perfect for a warm, sunny day. Overall this is a veritable classic, and certainly deserves its acclaim.

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Photo of B33rB3ar
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look - Nice dark-yellowish orange, unfiltered, looks juicy and fresh.
Smell- Fruits(especially banana and a hint of orange, clementine, tangerine) Yeast and slightly something like butter and bread
Taste- Sweet(while not that much), tart sour like citrus and unriped tangerine, Yeast, excellent mellow and full aftertaste, very refreshening
Feel- Perfect, nothing too add

Overall, outstanding brew

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Photo of janic
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I've been a pilsner guy my whole life. I never liked the taste of wheatbeer, it lacked that 'bite' I enjoy out of pilsners. The critical acclaim of this beer made me give it a try and I have to say - wow. I'm not gonna go into detail but the taste is phenomenal, it's got all those qualities that I enjoy in pilsners but also the smoothness of a wheatbeer, I also love that sour aftertaste. It might just be my new goto brand.

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Photo of BB1313
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a cloudy glowing burnt yellow with a fluffy creamy eggshell white head that sticks around leaving great thick retention and very sticky lacing. The aromas have lots of banana and cloves. Hints of bubblegum. The yeast does its thing. The flavors follow the nose perfectly. The flavors are extremely clean. More banana and cloves with some other subtle spice notes in the mix. More bubblegum. Subtle hints of citrus. The yeast blends well with everything. Solid malt backbone. Alcohol goes completely unnoticed. Mouthfeel is great. It's light with moderate carbonation. Very creamy and fluffy. Too smooth and easy to drink.

This beer is a classic. It's extremely refreshing and perfect for the warm weather, or anytime for that matter. The craftsmanship is very impressive. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Hanglow
3.87/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure what needs to be said about this beer. Looks the part, smells the part, tastes the part, feels the part and at £1.80 a bottle the wallet likes it too. Not my favourite hefe, I prefer them a tad more tart/less sweet and more clovey but it's hard to see past this as an easily available summer beer.


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Photo of ByronDBeer
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Hazy yellow-gold, 1 finger head
S: Sweet banana
T: Just classic hefe, clean banana, mild sweetness. No hops, very light nut malts
F: Carbonated mid-high, sharp feeling on tongue due to carbonation, dry finish.

Classic hefe taste without overly fatty or yeasty feel, very crisp.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 oz. bottle

Pours cloudy hazy bright dark gold with a creamy white foam head. Smells like fruity apples, pears, banana, clove-like spice, some pepper, mild orange citrus, wheaty grains, with earthy grassy pine. Tastes like bready cereal grain, toasty wheat, apples, pears, banana, clove-like spice, mild pepper, lemony orange citrus, with earthy grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, thick and creamy with fairly low carbonation. Overall a really great hefeweizen.

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Photo of theamericanpsycho79
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Been wanting to try this one for a while. The regular version of James Rolfe (the angry video game nerd)'s favorite beer. I heard many good things about it, had to give this one a try. Got a case from Market District for $12, which was a more than reasonable price. Doing this review on the spot.

Poured into a tall glass, its very pure looking. Faint yellow, massive head, very carbonated. The head lingers a long while. The first sip burns. This is a very carbonated beer. The flavor is great upon first impressions, no bitter beer taste, virtually no hops presence. You know its a wheat beer from drinking it. I have heard others say they got hints of bubblegum and banana from this? Not me. Its citrusy, its wheaty, its good. But I would definitely not say its sweet. Its an excellent sipping beer on a warm summer night.

Look: Quite beautiful. Looks like the perfect beer should look. Massive head, bubbly, beautiful yellow color.

Smell: citrusy, pure, literally can smell the history behind the beer. Its no surprise this stuff has been around for so long.

Taste: Delish. An outstanding beer taste. Not bitter one bit. Some citrus hints underneath the carbonation (which assaults the tongue) and a great finish which leaves you begging for more.

Feel: Ouch. Burning sensation from the carbonation which I find to be stimulating. I am used to belgian ales. Anyone that drinks bottle conditioned trappist ales are used to this feeling. I expect it and look forward to it.

Overall: Outstanding beer. Its the best of all worlds, though I am a belgian ale/trappist ale kind of guy, and also love pumpkin ales, this is probably my go-to beer now if I am not forking over all my money for expensive trappist ales or when pumpkin ale is out of season. This is for the serious beer drinker who drinks for the appreciation of a fine brew. Put down the Budweiser and give this a try, you won't regret it.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy yellowish hue. You get some of the esters in the aroma. It tastes like a bouquet of banana and clove, with a nice wheat malt backbone. It is tasty, yet light and refreshing. This is, in essence, the perfect Hefeweißbier.

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Photo of davidperez
4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served in a Paulaner hefeweizen glass, it pours a hazy, solid yet brilliant orange of a yellow hue. It forms a three-finger foamy and creamy head with seemingly everlasting retention.
A bevy of bubbles can be seen going to the surface from the very bottom of the glass, nurturing the head of the beer.
This beer gives a nice lacing.

Lots of banana, mild bubblegum, wheat malts, very strong biscuit, honey, citrus and clove. Assertive and enticing bouquet.

Excellently rounded and subtle.
Upfront the expressive carbonation is felt, and it accompanies the flavor all throughout.
Perfect balance, the sweet notes and the hoppy bitterness are equally present in that uniform yet complex flavor that the carbonation unveils.
Notes of overripe apple, pineapple, banana, biscuit, wheat malts, hay, honey and clove.
The aftertaste is long and slightly sweeter, that crispness dissipates.
Medium to full body, slightly silky and very refreshing.

The subtleties and sophistication of this beer's flavor speak for themselves.
World class beer for sure.

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