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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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4.41/5
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8,459 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
weihenstephaner.de

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.

Added by stirgy on 01-22-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#216
Reviews:
2,551
Ratings:
8,459
pDev:
9.98%
Bros Score:
4.85
 
 
Wants:
899
Gots:
2,045
Trade:
14
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 8,459 |  Reviews: 2,551
Photo of Schmidt07
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aclockworkchris
3.63/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Livyatan1996
4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Stangman68
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nectar of the gods. Everyone mentions the banana flavor, but to me it's more floral. Very smooth and easy to drink.

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

From the bottle, it pours a hazy amber with a really robust, thick, head. In the nose, you get banana, yeast and bread. In the mouth, the same, lots of banana, but not overwhelmingly so, to carry you into the bready malt, followed by clove. Yum!

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Photo of WormGod
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Riv01331
4.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

It's no surprise that Weinhenstephanar is rated in the top spot....however, it lacks the smooth character of Julius Echter and Tucher Weizen (Which I rate #1 however, it's now impossible to get in Massachusetts....so I turn to the smooth, crisp, unique flavor of Julius Echter.....I drink Weinhenstepaner in between bottles of Julius....My brother in-Law turned me onto the lovely, smooth taste of Tucher Weizen back in the 90's....and now I solely drink Hefeweizen...but unfortunately the nearby restaurant that had Tucor...burned to the ground, and they didn't rebuild...I have searched the Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire area, to find similar light Hefeweizens....and I'm stuck with the two.....and I am shocked to see Julius Echter rated so low..especially below Micro turned Macro American brewers who don't brew according to the German 1817 law, of what can be classified as a true Hefeweizen...instead they through some wheat malt in with barrels of Lemon and Citrus flavoring....SO I do rate Weihenstephaner Weisbier at the top of the list....but in the #3 spot below Tucher and Julius Echter....anyway you like it....Jefferies is for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a nighttime snack..Enjoy!!!....Riv

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Photo of Marluc
3.25/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of LarsM
1.71/5  rDev -61.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Photo of G-Style
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorite beers. One of the best wheat beers I've had. Very well balanced. Starts off with a mix of hops, wheat bread and banana flavor, followed quickly by a lovely clove taste..... finishing off with a peppery end. A masterpiece.

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Photo of Tankeray
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of daem3384
4.07/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of PretzeledBreadBeer
4.46/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Waytoplantann
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of White_Whiskey
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lockster
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SaltofOH
3.99/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 3187 (May 3, 2017). Hefeweizen glass.

A: pours a turbid yellow-orange (made sure to swirl the yeast) with 1-1.5 fingers of fluffy, bubbly, white head and loads of carbonation blasting away.

S: more banana and clove than the American hefeweizens I've had. This borders on Belgian wit territory, but without the bubblegummy phenolic edge.

T: bready and slightly sour-tangy arrival. Moderate sourdough breadiness on mid palate, closing out to a light bitterness and underripe banana note. Slight wheaty sourdough taste lingers.

M: light and creamy, loads of effervescence.

O: I know this is a 6 month old bottle, but that's par for the course around here. I'd love to try this on draft next time to see how much better it is. As it stands, I agree with the chorus of people who say this is the best hefeweizen around. But as a style I am underwhelmed as compared to witbiers and American wheat ales. This is an understated and quaffable style, and except for rapid distribution, Weihenstephaner has executed it pretty well, as far as I am concerned. Think it would be better fresh. Liked their dunkelweizen more, and Hacker-Pschorr better.

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Photo of LucMcD17
4.93/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing

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Photo of edcarrjr25
4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Still best on draft, very balanced wheat beer, not very hoppy. A great choice and my introduction to non bmc beer a long long time ago, said I dig you baby, but I gotta keep moving

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Photo of AtaraxiaDnB
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kayakguy
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 94rocker1
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of moltch
4.14/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RockyM72
4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of mrgabrielrodriguez
3.79/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a small head gathering a fine lace. The smell very slight, with floral notes. The taste is extremely tame with almost no aftertaste. Not a ton of hops present but certainly finely balanced. Body is smooth and goes down easy and is overall a teuly refreshing hefeweiss. I'd enjoy this in the spring or summer, possibly at room temp to bring out those darker, sweeter profiles!

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 8,459 ratings
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