Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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 TheCondor
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been a while since I really drank a serious hefe, so I wanted to give one I knew was good a drink and a review. Drank this many times before, just now getting to reviewing it. Side poured with low vigor into a weizen glass.

Appearance - I love the labeling and the history behind this brewery. Simple, old school, tells you right up front what you are getting. Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a huge, dominating four finger pillowy head, looks like a cloud on top of the beer. Good lacing. Tons of sediments and carbonation inside the beer make this a top notch presentation.

Smell - Wheats, Breads, a little earthiness, but the primary smell was banana esters for sure. Powerful banana, fruit smell to the beer. Maybe even a little honey sweetness in there as well.

Taste - The heavy banana esters are still the primary favors, with a good secondary pop of cloves and a little spice towards the end as well. The breads and malts round out this beer. Very well put together, a very complete taste experience.

Mouthfeel - It's like eating a loaf of banana bread, drinking this. Big bodied, Thick creamy mouthfeel, big carbonation, excellent smooth finish. Hard to beat.

Overall - if you haven't had it, go get it and drink it. Excellent beer, almost unmatched in its category. Highly recommended, I will buy it and drink it again. There is a reason it is the top ranked hefe on all of BA.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter

A: Opaque gold with a white one-finger head that lingers. thick lacing

S: Citrus, floral, wheat

T: Wheat, malts, honey, floral, light. Smooth.

M: Light to medium, strong carbonation.

O: Not bad, but certainly not the the king of hefe's. Perhaps I like my beers on the maltier side. A good summer beer, nonetheless; sessionable.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of yamar68
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 500ml bottle to weizen glass:

Pours a burnt straw gold, very lively body to it. A swelling white head leaves good lacing.

Sweet malted wheat, honey, semi-stale hops, faint yeast, something floral.

Cereal malts, banana, sweet wheat, clove... an immortal beer.

Exceedingly drinkable. Dangerously so.

This beer is beyond tried and certainly true.

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip, lacking a good hefe glass. Beautiful deep yellow with a slight twinge of orange. 2 inch head with good lacing which dissipates quickly and a fair amount of sediment. Great looking beer.

Smell is bananna, a little pepper and some definite funky wet earth quality.

Taste is very creamy to start with a nice sweetness and peppery finish with slight alcohol finish and leaves a sweet, creamy aftertaste. Very solid, more substance than white or Saison which have similar tastes for me.

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Photo of jtingue
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a hefeweizen.

Appearance. Luminous translucent orange hued straw in color. Pours with 3 fingers of head frothy head, which leave ample lacing as it dissipates to a half a finger. Tons of carbonation rises form the bottom of the glass.

Smell. Prominent banana character up front. Bready maltiness behind that along with some clove and other spiciness.

Taste. Starts with a moderate banana flavor and some slight earthyness. A slightly tart and citric flavor cuts this leading to a more clove and spice heavy second half. A low, almost imperceptible level of bitterness is there as well. Some more mild tartness leads into a dry and slightly spicy finish.

Mouthfeel. A huge amount of carbonation breaks up a relatively full bodied brew.

My go to hefeweizen. Highly recommended.

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Danny1217
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy yellow with a big head that has excellent retention and lacing. Just about perfect for the style. Wheat bread and light fruits on the nose. A hint of some citrus zest. The taste is astounding. The first thing I notice is the thick feel in the mouth. A very full-bodied hefeweizen. I taste the traditional cloves and banana, and a slight bit of citrus (very slight.) Some bread like wheat flavor comes out too. The hop flavor is very mild.

The perfect hefeweizen? Maybe. I haven't tried enough to say, but it's definitely the best one I've had.

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

Pours a hazy gold colour with a big, beautiful white head that leaves lacing on the glass. Smells of yeast, wheat, malt, banana and cloves. Tastes just like it smells. Big wheat and yeast flavour, some spiciness, wheat/malt backbone, with some green apples, banana and a bit of bubblegum. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth, dry and a bit tart. Overall, a nice beer to have on a hot day.

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -26.3%

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 8,569 ratings