Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

8,355 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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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of blakelive784
3.65/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 0.9 fl oz brown glass bottle served in a weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a cloudy straw golden color with a fizzy and rocky white head that's five fingers tall. Retention is very good. Appealing but largely unremarkable.

S - Citrus esters and a bready yeast note dominate. Light spice, coriander and orange all come to mind. Mild to moderate strength and inviting.

T - The spice notes created by the yeast are awesome, and they blend wonderfully with the spicy wheat body. Light floral hops notes are present as well. It's a little mellow for my tastes, though I think it's probably ideal for the style. I get orange, clove, and coriander. It could benefit from a bit more depth, though whats there is very good.

M - Thick. It's carbonated well and light bodied.

D - You'd be hard pressed to find a better hefe. Incredibly easy drinking with good flavors. Not groundbreaking or entirely remarkable, but a very good beer.

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Photo of sevenarts
3.91/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden and very cloudy with sediment. Nice big fluffy white head that sticks around. Not much lacing.

S: Clean wheaty, malty aroma, very direct and pleasant.

T/M: Wheat, malts, banana, a hint of spiciness in the aftertaste. A little tingly due to all the carbonation.

O: The first weiss bier I've had, very tasty.

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Photo of DB0Z
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Buck
3.68/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good overall Weizen with a good head and taste. The head is produced with very fine bubbles, a mark of a very good brew. A fair amount of hefe but not a lot. Not as spicy as Weizen in wester Bayern. So far the best one I have found that is available in the USA. I am having several right now.

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Photo of supermeniscus
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of bcal16
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of dAS_0
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of rydev24
4.75/5  rDev +8%

Photo of cymru
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of thegerm87
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of beerFool28607
5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Samstronaut
4/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of LouieBreschi
5/5  rDev +13.6%

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

Appearance - Pours a hazy, dark golden yellow with a think, frothy 3-finger white head. The head dissipates slowly, leaving behind a fine, consistent lace.

Smell - Beautiful rip banana, augmented by fair amount of clove notes. The aroma is intoxicating.

Taste - Begins with a prominent clove spice which lasts to the finish. Notes of banana, wheat and a bit of bubblegum-like yeast. Flavors do well to separate, each hitting their stride at different times. Finishes with the aforementioned clove, fading well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - This has a light body, bit just a touch watery on the back end. Decently carbonated, leading to a crisp, sharp bite.

Overall - Oh goodness. This is one hell of a hefeweizen. I feel sorry for the people who get Widmer Hef and think that's the end all, be all of wheat beers. This is a world-class hef, and a benchmark for the style.

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Photo of vr6corrado
4.75/5  rDev +8%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of rfbenavi80
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Weizen Glass.
Bottle kept in fridge.

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow color, with lots of foamy white head that has some staying power. Lots of thick lacing staying on the glass while drinking. Lots of carbonation action going on. Tons of small bubbles rising to the top.

S- Yeast, some banana in the back. Very "spicy" aroma. Not Hot spicy, but like kitchen spices. Wheat is also present.

T- Strong German Flavor. Strong yeast, with the banana/clove taste. You can really taste the kitchen spices after swallowing. Complex but enjoyable.

M- Some what thick. It is thicker than I expected. I can describe it maybe as "creamy". Carbonation is not overwhelming. Feels full bodied, but on the low end of full.

O- Nice offering. I was drawn to this by their advertising as "The Worlds Oldest Brewery". Glad I picked some up, it was nice to try something out of my comfort zone. I was pleasantly surprised.

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

16.9 oz bottle poured into a (edited) wheat glass.

The beer produces a cloudy golden body with a brilliant white head of 2-2.5 fingers. Lots of visible carb going on.

The first whiff brought forth huge banana notes with the spicy clove and wheat right behind.

The spice flavor mixed with the tingling carbonation is so goood. Banana, bread, and a light citrus flavor round out the flavor profile along with a touch of sweetness.

This thing is smooth with medium carbonation and a medium body.

I am looking forward to more of these Bad Boys as Spring springs.

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Photo of ajramirez1
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 20oz mug. Excellent smell of a true German Hefe. Look golden color with a nice look to its body. Taste, authentic German taste to it. Only prefer german hefes, true taste. This hefe is high quality and can be find easily in my neck of the woods, pdx area. Try this hefe & look to compare others to it...

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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