Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Weihenstephaner HefeweissbierWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
8,403 Ratings
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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4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Perfection for the style! Any scores under 5 are due to my personal preferences, not the imperfection of the brew or brewers.

** It should be noted that I poured a small amount and sampled, decided it was excellent enough to harvest the yeast for my upcoming Hefeweizen homebrew, and decided to not swirl the last inch and pour all the yeast into my glass, as appropriate for the style.**

A - Glowing, but hazy gold yellow. giant head. frothy. chuncky.
S - Fresh banana, sweet banana taffy

T - earthy, yet still fresh yeast. A squeeze of lemon and orange juice. Low Fat banana nut bread. Delicious! Clove. White pepper. A touch of Lysol Lemon, which sounds bad, but is actually pleasant here! It does dry out a little near the end in a way that reminds my of a saison.

(None of that processed fake bubblegum sweetness that I hate)

O - The reputation is worthy.

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4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 500ml bottle, poured into a weizen glass

Appearance - Pours a pale, cloudy yellow colour. With a thick 2-3 fingers of head. A real beauty to look at. Head retention is good, but there is minimal lacing.

Smell - Powerful smell. Sweet and citrus smells, mostly oranges and wheat. Some banana and spice.

Taste - Wow. Orange right away. The banana and spice comes in closer to the finish. Not certain what the spices are, maybe some pepper. It's mostly oranges that I'm tasting tho. Delicious.

Mouthfeel - Very heavy carbonation, which leads to a crisp and satisfying finish. It has a medium body.

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of tut2528
4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: pours a light gold in color with 2-3 fingers worth of bright white, frothy head formation. excellent lacing

S: huge orange peel, banana bread, cloves, wheat, subtle lemon, and a light tough of pepper. beautiful balance.

T: banana bread, citrus, cloves, subtle yeast, light pepper, and an excellent creamy finish.

M: lighter side of medium bodied, leaves a nice pepper and clove taste on the palate with a subtle touch of creaminess.

O: its the best in its class/style in my opinion. terrific balance in both aroma and taste. this was the style that started it all for me and this was one of my favorites when first starting out. still is a solid go-to option for a nice hot summer day.

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Roman5150
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

bottle into pint glass

appearance: cloudy orange, hazy, huge white head

smell: cloves, banana, citrus, apple, wheat

taste: heavy citrus, cloves, wheat, slight banana presence, barley, subtle coriander... the aftertaste is so smooth it almsot leaves you hanging, probably the smoothest beer i've ever had, so refreshing on a summer day. Perfectly well balanced, more flavor than other german hefe's.

mouthfeel: LOTS of carbonation

overall: Best Hefeweizen out there, period. For the style, it is absolutely perfect. In order I would say it goes Weihenstephaner, Franziskaner, then Paulaner as the best authentic german hefe's. So well balanced and drinkable, if you hand this to a non beer drinker, they will love it, very accesible.

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of STEELERFAN2390
4.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

this is possibly the most drinkable beer on earth. I mean what else can be said about the smell ,taste,and overall greatness off this stuff..
I get excited anytime they serve this in any restaurant in florida where I live.
the price is just right on this as well! PROST!

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of TeamMathis
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy. Light orange. A thin lace of head lasts for the duration.
Smell: Slightly spicy, distant apple, lemon, wheat, pepper, and banana.
Taste: Slightly spicy, floral, distant apple, lemon, wheat, pepper, banana, and some bubblegum.
Mouthfeel: Spritzy and decent carbonation.

This is it. King of the Hefeweizens. It's a beautiful, creamy, cloudy, light orange colored delight. The head quickly goes away, but the thin lace that is left is bigger than most and a chunkiness sticks to the sides of the glass. The taste follows the smell almost exactly the same. It is so balanced. Banana and bubblegum don't overwhelm. The spicy and pepper notes lace the predominant lemon and wheat goodness. I will get this again.

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -15%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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5/5  rDev +13.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of ElSid
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Freshness Date: None

A: Golden yellow and hazy topped with a tower of microbubbles which settles to an ample pillow of white foam.

S: Light, buttered bread and crackers topped with banana and hint of mango. There is a good amount of pepper and clove spiciness to keep things balanced.

T: The banana esters come through initially with a faint tropical fruit note which is more subdued compared to the nose. The bready, buttery, and biscuity malt adds a nice smoothness to the entire palate. Black pepper kernels and clove build to the finish hand-in-hand with a moderate earthy bitterness.

M: The carbonation adds a wonderful smoothness to the feel which is overall light and and lively.

O: The touchstone of Bavarian Hefeweizens and a thoroughly enjoyable and wonderfully flavorful beer. A perfect beverage for the warm seasons that are here.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 8,403 ratings
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