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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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: into weizen glass; stirred up and then poured sediment in: soft hazy gold beer with a fluffy white head

S: faintly ripe fruit, wiffs of dry wheat fields and floral yeast

T: sweet, fruity, wheaty malts, mild banana and gum; well-balanced with the bitterness

M: soft, creamy, full-bodied and light at the same time

O: I cannot imagine a better hefeweizen. The challenge is to not give this beer 5's across the boards - but I honestly don't think this recipe can be improved upon or bettered. This is a seemingly perfect beer of the style, but have allowed for personal tastes and such. Certainly a hefe you must have when exploring the style.

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

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy golden/orange color to it. It has a very nice thick white head that dies down very slowly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of yeast, bananas, wheat, spices (mainly cloves) and some slight citrus.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some nice cloves, bananas, wheat malts, yeast and citrus. Great tasting Hefe!

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas. One of my favorite beers.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of Living816
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a lark based on the recommendation of the beer counter guy in a grocery store of all places. Good job beer guy.

Average hefeweiss beers are a dime a dozen. It's an easy style of make average / okay, a hard style to screw up. But on the flip, it's a hard style to distinguish yourself in it seems.

This is one hell of a beer to stand out. Pours with a towering thunderhead of dense foam into a weiss glass. A hazy golden, with swirling bits of yellow orange yesty goodness.

Smell is nutmeg, clove, vanilla and banana with a nice yeast aroma.

A subtle sweetness in the mouth. Very smooth. Exceptionally smooth with a nice spiciness and teensy bit of bite. There's some alcohol taste when it warms a bit, which kind of surprises me given the 5.4 abv.

Fantastic beer. Glad to have tried it. It's so smooth and so true to style that this ought to be the benchark for hefe weissbiers the world over.

Loved it. This isn't a session beer. It's a drain the bottle and have three more before you even realize what happened beer.

The simplicity of it blows me away. This is one of those beers that should illustrate that yeast doesn't just add fizz and alcohol to a beer, but actually makes the style.

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4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pilsner

A: A very foggy medium orange color with a beautiful foamy white head

S: a very smooth, appetizing smell that i love and stands out tremendously in this brew

T: Wonderful, kind of a roasty taste. Banana stands out a lot which tastes delicious

M: Mouthfeel is very good, that yummy banana leaves a great taste, wish i could have that flavor on my tongue all day.

Overall a fantastic beer and you dont have to be a beer wiz to tell. It Proves that you dont need an overwhelming amount of ingredients/flavors to make an excellent brew.

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4.01/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After a week or so of devouring stouts and porters, I tried this one at the behest of my girlfriend. As is almost always the case, she was right. This is a good beer. It pours and looks like a typical American lager in some ways, but that is where that comparison ends for me. Right away I was struck but a banana smell and taste. I didn't expect that, for I had never had a banana tasting beer before. I quite liked it. Overall, this is an easy-to-drink refreshing lighter beer that is very satisfying in its splendid and unique taste. Me gusta.

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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

No idea what the freshness is like, 5491 printed on the label. 16.9 oz bottle into a tall pilsner glass. When I opened it it gushed over and the bottle had a large layer of sediment on the bottom.

A - Lightly hazed golden amber body. Massive fluffy bone white head. Amazing retention and lacing.

S - Huge bannana presence. A touch of clove, spicy yeast, wheat, and some biscuity crackers.

T - Underipened bananas, clove, yeast, spices, and bready malts. Very tasty and refreshing. Well balanced and light, but full of flavor. Mouth feel is lightly syrupy yet crisp and well carbonated.

O - Certainly the best hefe I have tried. This is a style that is hit or miss for me as I lean more towards the banana flavors than the clove flavors. This one is very banana heavy with just a touch of that spicy clove. This is an excellent beer.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.4 out of 5 based on 8,305 ratings.
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