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.

Added by stirgy on 01-22-2001

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the brewery's best offering, and one of the most pleasant Hefeweisens I've had the pleasure to drink. Cloudy and orange, with a classic hefe aroma of cloves and a light nose of fruit. Light hops, sweet malt underbody, and a slightly banana-like fruit finish all contribute to an extremely well balanced and very drinkable beer. Medium bodied (feels lighter than it is due to high carbonation), with a slightly dry finish.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.22/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sweet fruity (mostly pineapple) aroma, very thick head. Light bodied and sweet flavor. I'm not normally a fan of the style but this actually wasn't too bad. I guess if you are the oldest brewery in the world you should be doing something right.

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

An excellent hefe-weiss, true to the style. Very bold distinctive wheat flavor, coming off a well-focused nose, and a whopper of a finish. Not only that it looks great too. Highly recommended.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Upon the pour, the amount of yeast and head is teriffic. Orange and cloudy, it just looks so good, you can't wait to drink it. Taste is what a Hefeweiss should be(at least for me); faint clove and banna flavors with a slitght tang and spice. Such as smooth drinkable beer, it's without a doubt, an extremely special for anyone who loves Weiss Beers.

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

Cloudy, orange in color, bright white head that holds to the end of the glass and leaves some nice lace. The aroma displays a distinct "German" maltiness (obviously decoction mashed) and lots of phenols. There's some fruitiness with some banana and clove in the background, and a bit of 'plastic' as well. The body is light-medium but very creamy with a tight, crisp effervescence from natural conditioning. The flavor starts with malt backed by a light clove, displays its bolder phenols across the middle (burnt plastic), and then a quick light hop note towards the end of the palate which dissolves in softly sweet banana notes in the finish. The balance of sweetish malt, aggressive phenols, and very light hop and bitterness is sublime. The banana and clove are well restrained - subtle - but present. Extremely refreshing and enjoyable. A fine example of the style.

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

I always enjoy the cloudy golden color of hefeweizens, and this is no exception, although the thick, creamy white head dissipated quickly. The aroma was very complex, with hints of malt and citrusy sweet wheat. Taste was less malt and more of the citrus sweetness and the excellent carbonation gave a full mouthfeel. This is one of the better hefeweizens around.

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

Pours a decently cloudy golden/orange color with a thick white head that disipates too quickly for a hefe. Not as many fruity tones in the aroma as others in the style but that isn't neccessarily a bad thing. Some lighter banana and cloves with huge vanilla aromas. Again in the flavor there isn't as much banana as in others. Very light cloves and tons of vanilla again. Nice heavy yeaty mouthfeel but it is almost a little too thick. The slightly cloying qualities that the strong vanilla flavors impart make this a bit less drinkable than its brethren. Yet another good german hefe, this isn't one that I would seek out as I liked some of the others better but it is still a great brew.

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

Tawny golden orange color, full head that actually disappeared from my glass... perhaps I need to wash my glasses better. This is a full, thick hefe-weizen. Not heavy, but not as light and frothy as some others you will find - this is in the realm of Schneider Weisse, a bit more serious than some Paulaners and Franziskaners you will find. Truly wonderful, bread-crust maltiness is set afloat by banana flavors coming from the yeast. A nice balance. Hops come at the finish and round the beer out in an incredibly appetizing way, coaxing you to take another sip. The fresh champagne sparkle and chewy mouthfeel sets this beer into the stratosphere. Top notch hefe.

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Photo of marc77
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An absolutely impressively thick, white, dense and well retained head tops a light orange hazy brew w/ copious bubbling. The assertive but clean German wheat yeast esters are comprised of the expected bubblegum, light banana, a hint of clove but when combined with the sweet malt notes is quite reminescent of a banana split. Tart wheat notes become perceptible as the beer warms. This beer exhibits excellent balance all around. Yeast esters, although quite prominent, do not dominate the flavor profile and allow the rich, almost chewy malt backbone that consists of pleasant sweetness and an unexpectedly mild toasty malt to add complexity to thiis brew. Hop bitterness is just a touch above the norm, and provides an excellent contrast to the malt flavors and sweetness. This brew finishes w/ an enjoyable sweetness followed by a bit of mustiness from the yeast. The overall flavor is less estery and cleaner than most German wheats, but there's a superlative balance between flavor contributions from the yeast, barley malt, wheat and hops. Just as drinkable as Paulaner, but with more character all around. Excellent.

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

What might be regarded as a prime example of a classic Bavarian weissbier, it certainly possesses all of the hallmarks of one. Big and robust in body, with an enormous head of billowing foam and a tart, refreshing palate of fruit, spice, and drying wheat. Although I don't especially care for wheat beer, this is a good effort.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle review from 08JUN03...
This is one damn good Hefe! I sampled this in the past on tap, and was not overly impressed. My feeling now is that the tap version I had was not properly stored/served.
The pour produced a cloudy, dull golden colored bier, with an endless stream of bubbles rising to the top. The head was a 2-3" billowy, white mass, leaving nice lacing in the glass.
The aroma jumps right at you with a yeasty sharpness, and plenty of clove and banana. Very nice!
The body was about a medium, and it was fairly smooth, even with the high level of carbonation present.
Malty sweetness first hits the palate, followed by an abundance of banana and clove. A spicy bite at the finish and a pleasant long-lasting aftertaste round things out.
This bier is a keeper! Prosit!!

overall: 4.45
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4.5

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On-tap review from 18MAY02...
Had this on draft. The color on this baby seemed a bit odd: a yellow-golden color, rather than just golden. Was cloudy, with a tiny head and no lace. I'd expect perhaps more head produced from a bottled version. Mild nose with clove, banana and some spice evident. Good body, and nicely smooth on the palate. Enjoyable flavor, with some citrus, banana, some yeast and clove present. Nice bier. I drank this right after the Franziskaner Hefe, and I thought the Spaten product better on this day. (3.5/4.0/4.0/4.0/4.0 = 3.90) Prosit!!


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Photo of aracauna
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as much ester flavor in the taste profile here as in a Schneider Weiss, but it does lurk under the wheaty-maltiness. Not much bitterness at all. I would drink this again as it isn't too expensive and it a pretty good hefe.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge frothy head that stays for awhile. Malty sweet and somewhat complex (including phenol), yet very pleasant aroma. Cloudy yellow to gold color. Nice consistent flavor start to finish, including clove characteristics. Light dryness throughout which makes it refreshing, plus it lingers long and softly at finish. Fairly strong carbonation makes mouth feel full. This is a nice beer.

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Photo of Jason
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz sleek euro brown bottle with the boasting words “Oldest Brewery in the World” on the label, freshness date is on the back label.

Appearance: Cloudy with a murky orange colour, the head is spectacular … dense and rocky with stickiness all over the glass.

Smell: Malted wheat sweetness, mild spicy nose with yeast and light lemon highlights.

Taste: Malted wheat and barley in the raw, earthy yeast character with hints of lemon in the backround. A quick spark of clove hits the same time as the carbonation. Semi crisp with a medium body and a well structured carbonation. Minimal hop bitterness, maltiness is cracker like and gets drier and drier towards the end. Nutty flavours from the yeast and very faint fennel character from the phenols come through. Finish is quite clean and alcohol is a tad noticeable though the extravagant fruity side of the esters associated with this style is held at bay and more spiciness seems to take hold.

Notes: One of the best in the world needless to say, it still lives up to its name. A wheat beer at its best.

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