Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

8,357 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.

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4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 500 ml bottle into a hefeweizen glass.

A-Pours a light golden color. Hints of orange. Not clear, but not as foggy as I would have expected for a wheat. The head is incredible...really tall, just off-white in color, thick, and long lasting. There is pretty significant visible carbonation.

S-The smell is my favorite aspect of this beer. It smells like banana with a touch of lemon and clove for a kicker. A touch of hay and grass keep things from being too sweet. Really nice.

T-Sweet yeast with banana and a touch of lemon/citrus and clove. No real hop character and just a hint of alcohol. Well balanced acidity...no need to muck this one up with a lemon wedge.

M-Lots of carbonation, but very drinkable. Dry on the finish, but never tart.

O-This is a fine example of how to brew a wheat beer that is drinkable on a hot summer day without tasting like a watered-down mess. It has more backbone than most wheats without tasting gimmicky.

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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

It's foaming right out of the bottle, pour it slow gents. Or chase it around the table.

A hazy August gold with a super tall dense yet fluffy white foam crown sitting atop.
Down below lots of carbonation buoy the foaminess.

Smells great. Lots of pleasent malts, yeast with there clove and bananana aromatics.

Good drinking and easy at that. Bold wheat malts and yeast play a nice match, with banana esters coming through. Even a hint of clove.

On the palette all goes well, smooth and refreshing.
It holds it flavor well as it warms, since I think wheats tend to go flat or water out as they warm.
It's a lazy rainy day. Watching birds at my feeders even saw a bold eagle at peace valley park today, simple man is on the computer....
So simple man I think works well this this wheat.

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of tarheels86
3.58/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle. Pours a murky dark yellow with a decent two-finger white head. Fairly high carbonation. Nose of yeast, bananas, orange peel, lemon zest- standard wheat beer. Taste brings out some cloves and citrus tartness. Fairly light bodied but excellent. Nice dry finish. Inferior to New Glarus hefeweizens. 12/7/2008 7/4/7/4/14=3.6

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

A 500ml bottle with a BB of Sept 2012. Picked up from a supermarket a while back. Been meaning to review this one for ages - beer from the world's oldest recorded brewery!

Poured into a straight pint glass; I swirled the bottle before the final pour. A deeply hazy, translucent golden-amber hue with effervescent carbonation. Produces a large head of creamy off-white foam that lasts for a few moments before collapsing. Aroma of sweet malt and yeast esters, with notes of banana, clove, bread, faint nutmeg and a mild whiff of alcohol. An initial metallic hint fades away after a little while. An earthy, vinous quality lurks in the background. Complex and superb.

Tastes of sweet malt with a dry, yeasty character. Notes of banana, clove, bread, faint honey and subtle stewed hops. Possesses a mildly tart dryness, as if infused with a hint of lemon. A bone-dry finish; no bitterness to speak of. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with pleasing carbonation and great body. Thick and chewy. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of yeast esters and banana.

Simply put, one of the world's greatest beers. All the characteristics of weissbier are superbly blended together - the yeast esters produce a fantastically balanced flavour and aroma. An easy-drinking classic; very refreshing and I could happily imagine sinking a few. Add this to your list of must-try beers.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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

This is the beer I want when I want a hefe weizen.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Hefe glass. Always save that last little bit at the bottom of the bottle to swirl around and get that yummy yeast at the bottom. Pours a hazy yellow with a full head. Minimal lacing.

Smell is banana nut bread goodness. Bananas, clove, biscuits, nuts.

Taste like it smells. Very well balanced. Delicious from start to finish. Yeasty.

Mouthfeel is very thick and perfect carbonation.

Overall this is and has always been one of my favorite beers. Yummy goodness!

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4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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

Pours a nice cloudy yellow with a full white head. Quite a few bubbles, this is what I picture a wheat beer as looking like.

Probably the strongest smell of any wheat beer I have ever tried. A bit bread like at first from the malt and yeast, but there is also a fruit smell, a lot of banana, and a nice amount of clove.

A lot of banana and clove, a bit of fruit. Bit of a bread like taste in there as well. Very flavorful beer, a lot going on here.

Excellent mouthfeel, no complaints here.

Easily the best wheat beer I have tried. Some beers I know from the first sip are something special, and this is one of them. Lives up to it's rating, an excellent beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been a while since I touched a Heff, good change of pace again.

Served from a bottle to pint glass.

A- Hazy amber, great carb bubbles dancing their way up to a tight creamy head. There was barely any retention on the head, as it disappeared quickly into a thin cap that skimmed the top of the beer.

S- Bananas, Yeasty Bread, Some Wheat and a Pinch of Clove. Very inviting.

T- Palate follows the nose big time. Cloves, bananas, a little yeasty, sweet malted wheat, light citrus. Very complex flavor that paints a mosaic of great taste. It all comes together too perfectly and finishes well.

MF- Light-Medium body with a medium carbonation to it. Very tasty beer that goes down plain and simply smoooth! The flavor really hangs around on your tongue and the roof of your mouth.

O- Worth it for me. I got tired of wheat beers and heffs quickly, but this proved to be a worthy contender in a vast sea of complex beers out there. For a moderate price, jump on it! Delicious.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.4 out of 5 based on 8,357 ratings.
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