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

Appearance: Poured a medium yellow with 2 fingers of bubbly, rocky ,slightly off white foam that reduced to a nice froth over several minutes.
Aroma: Sweet smell of fresh wet grass, wheat and yeast.
Flavor: I do not have the palate that others do so I am afraid I missed a lot of the different flavors that we're in this ale. What I did get was a delicious mix of sweetness that was crisp and clean.
Feel: Very smooth medium body with a semi-dry finish that leaves you wanting more.
Overall:Exceptionally great beer. First world class ale I have ever had.
It is a delicious and smoothe drink. I wish I had found this years ago as I now have a favorite go to beer with this.

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Photo of Sandalwood
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016, pours a cloudy yellow golden straw color with a huge foamy white head. There is quite a bit of a soapy lacing. The odor for me is spicy, clove, pimento, slightly fruity, banana, slight orange, bread like, cracker, hay, slightly herbal. The taste for me is spicy, cloves, herbal, pimento, hay, bread like, slightly citrus lemon. Not bitter, more spicy dry aftertaste.

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Photo of trishhart
4.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Very delicious tasting Bavarian style ale. Light fruity aroma. With mild foam head. Clear yellow color. Smooth taste with fruity flavor and light finish. Great for drinking while watching a game or in my case James Bond. Made in Freising Germany. They have been doing it right since 1040. Defintely recommend trying,

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured 11.2 oz bottle into snifter glass. 5.4% abv

Appearance- Pours a glowing honey yellow with high white head that hangs around the glass before receding.

Smell- Yeast, banana, clove

Taste- Fresh wheat base grain taste with hints of lemon. Picks up a bit midway into a more floral sweetness with a banana bread flavor. The banana notes hang around and rounds off the flavor profile with a clove/black pepper spice note.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with active carbonation.

Overall- One outstanding hefeweizen to be had here. So smooth with a refreshing feel. The banana bread flavor really shines through in this one which is a showing of a fine hefeweizen. This one is as best as any for the style.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This definitely has all the amazing reviews for a reason. Had this on draft at Au Cheval Chicago. This wheat beer is full those wheat banana flavors that you wish every Hefe Weiss had! It's a tremendous beer and everyone should try it. No questions just tip this bad boy back.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just an absolute classic. Golden/burnt orange colored beer, lightly hazy. Tons of beautiful head.
The aroma and flavor are loaded with banana, clove, and peppery spice, some bubblegum hints as well. The malts are also very dough like and slightly toasty, like bread. The beer has a super rich, ful, mouthfeel yet is smooth and easy drinkable.

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Photo of EMH73
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick, one inc white head that is well retained. Smells of banana spices (especially cloves), and yeast. Taste follows the nose with additions of bread and pepper. Incredibly well balanced and drinkable, smooth mouthfeel . An amazing hefeweizen.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark straw color with a thick, fluffy white head. Aroma is banana, clove, bread dough. Taste follows with wonderful notes of banana and bready malt flavor, yeasty flavors all around, and only a hint of cloves. Smooth and refreshing Mouthfeel. Overall, this is an excellent hefeweizen and definitely one of the best in style from a brewery with amazing history.

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Photo of Ri0
4.92/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured bottle into Weizen glass. It has a golden-yellow couldy color, with 2.5 finger white foam head and some lacing. Aroma of yeast, cloves and a sweet bread along with some banana. The flavor is right on with the nose. It is full bodied and smooth with a nice refreshing, clean finish. Awesome Hefe!

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

This is what a Hefeweizen should look, taste, smell and feel like. This is the epitome of a perfect beer. The quintessential beer made following strictly the German purity law of 1516. If you have not tried this before... You are missing on one of the the bests beers in the world. Period!

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Photo of Martine
4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Weihenstephaner, the king of Hefeweizen, this is truly the benchmark for the style; it's all cloves, banana bread, cream, yeast, and spices; so big, smooth and drinkable. It's excellent to think that a brewery operating for so long is still putting out the best after all this time.

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Photo of tjwarren
4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been on a kick for Hef's since I had Funky Buddha's down in Florida. Had this years ago before the IPA craze and went back to it and it is out of this world delicious. So glad I revisited. Smooth, tart nose and nice banana apple taste with a dry finish. Will have this beer much more in the future. Ice cold makes it even better.

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Photo of Beers-es
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, pours a cloudy orange, like a light-colored apple cider. Smell is fruity and a little spicy, with definite clove and banana notes. Taste is classic wheat beer, with some tartness that offsets the fruitiness. Nice bready, yeasty finish. Not my favorite style, but I appreciate the quality.

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Photo of FBarber
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not much to say that hasn't already been said in someone else's review. I really got a strong pepper-y clove smell in it, but it was nice. Flavor is outstanding for a Hefeweizen - just so smooth and drinkable and the wheat flavor is really crisp.

What I found really cool is that this is a beer thats been brewed at a brewery operating since the 11th century and its amazing.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Light gold in color and very hazy. There's a solid inch of densely packed brilliant white foam on top. Heavy lacing. Aroma is comprised of faint banana esters and pale wheat. I taste very light pale wheat and faint banana esters. The mouth is very delicate, light, and faintly creamy.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably the most perfect hefeweizen there is and certainly the best I've had. Pours a hazy golden orange, looks beautiful held up to the light. Big, fluffy, off white head. Smells like the usual banana and cloves, with a hint of citrus. Taste is more or less the same, rich and full flavored but not overwhelmingly sweet or spicy like some hefes I've had. Just very well balanced. Feel is exceptional. I was amazed at how smooth and creamy this beer is while still maintaining great carbonation. Lingering, pleasant aftertaste on the finish. This beer is legendary for a reason!

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a murky straw color with half a finger fluffy white head. Nose is banana bread and cloves. Taste is similar: banana bread, cloves, pecans, subtle citrus. Nice long finish. Medium carb. Feel is slightly crisp. Overall, an excellent hefe. It absolutely lives up its reputation as the gold standard of the style.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One pint .9 fl oz, coded 2365, poured into a Weihenstephaner hefe glass.

A - Cloudy golden orange/yellow with three fingers of fluffy white head that retains for a while.

S - Banana bread, yeast, clove/spices.

T - Right in line with nose, with some back end biscuit/cereal grains and lemon notes. As it warms, the yeast and spice move more to the forefront.

M.- Carbonation is a touch above medium. Feel seems both creamy and crisp.

O - Pretty tasty, if a little aged. Extremely well made, and holds up as the model for the style.

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Photo of Wobjack
4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Weihenstephaner Hefe glass.

Appearance: A beautiful golden amber, cloudy. Absolute belter of a head; rocky, fluffy and dense. Retains it all the way down the glass. Lacing is sticky and ubiquitous.

Smell: Fresh bread is there, as is banana and a mild clove. Hints of citrus fruit in there too.

Taste: Wow! So good, almost like drinking banana bread, not overpowering or too rich though, and there is plenty of chalky, dry yeast flavour to calm it.

Mouth-feel: Medium body, excellent carbonation and very easy to drink.

Overall: It's been said many times before and with good reason. This is one of the very best Hefes and an easily drinkable beer for the style. I could easily polish off 4 or 5 of these in one sitting. Simply a stunning beer and thoroughly recommended, even if you aren't a fan of the style.

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Photo of clalalive
4.81/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A taste that you could actually recall despite trying other types of beer. Then once in a while, you'd recall the smell and taste of it. Next thing you know, you are at checkout paying for a sixer.

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Photo of matcris
4.97/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

LOOKS: Hazy dark golden with 3+ fingers of creamy off white head. It sticks around for a while and leaves a pretty nice lacing down the glass. Loads of carbonation streaming up the glass.
AROMA: Fresh cut grass, loads of banana bread, & cloves. That is what you expect, that is what you get.
TASTE: Just like aroma, great bready quality.
FEEL: Ultra smooth. Absolutely nothing harsh about this beer. Soft on the palate. Perfect level of carbonation, not overkill. Dries up nicely on finish, a little slick up front.
OVERALL: I just haven't had a smoother, more flavorful Hefe than this. It tastes very natural, like nothing is being forced to bring this beer together.

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

Probably my favorite beer or at least in the top 3. This is exactly what I want in a hefe. Its refreshing, crisp, and quenches your thirst.
The brewery is the oldest in the world- for good reason. This beer is the definition of a hefe.

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

Perfect 10/10. This is not "an" example of Hefe Weißbier, it is THE example. Complex, infinitely refreshing, historically accurate and simply marvelous in every way. An absolute must have for any beer enthusiast, esepecially Bavarian varietals.

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Photo of jackpurvis
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

first beer i had that made me think: "wow beer can be for taste not just to get drunk"
taste is subtle but it lingers in the back of my throat for like 18 hours

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Photo of mjpoole
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Poured into a hefeweizen glass, this beer has a beautiful fluffy white head that remains until your last sip. It has a wonderful straw gold color near the head that fades into a more vibrant yellow near the bottom of the glass.

Smell: I got a lemon-y smell mixed with a fruit that I couldn't immediately identify. Some notes of bread. (I'll be honest, my sense of smell isn't very developed yet)

Taste: Excellent. I was finally able to identify where the smell of the beer was coming from: bananas. It had the taste of bananas mixed with sort of an upfront lemon flavor. The aftertaste leaves that banana flavor on your tongue with just a touch of bitterness, enough to let you know that your just drank a beer. I gave this to a friend of mine who isn't really into beer to try and this is the only thing he's had so far that he likes. Extra props for that.

Feel: It feels really smooth to drink, with I'd say a medium amount of carbonation. You're going to be burping a bit from drinking this beer. You get a medium-light mouth-feel from it and there's just this great refreshing coolness to it.

Overall: Just a great beer, first I've had of the style. Really makes me want to go out and try more hefeweizens! Very deserving of a world-class ranking.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.4 out of 5 based on 8,222 ratings.
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