Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

BA SCORE
98
world-class
8,331 Ratings
Weihenstephaner HefeweissbierWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany
weihenstephaner.de

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
8,331
Reviews:
2,531
Avg:
4.4
pDev:
10%
 
 
Wants:
879
Gots:
1,966
For Trade:
13
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 8,331 |  Reviews: 2,531
Photo of Tracker83
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yuno
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of AlexFreudenberg
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Red5StandingBy
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 500ml bottle into Weizen glass. Bottled on March 26th 2017.

L: Typical Hefeweizen cloudy orange. Massive Three finger white head with excellent retention.

S: Wheat, orange, clove, coriander, yeast. Inviting.

T: Wheat, yeast, some citrus zest, lemon/orange, and clove. Crackery malts are delicate and nice. No hop bitterness here.

F: Light body, heavier carbonation, clean finish.

O: Hands down the best Hefeweizen out there.

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Photo of tmryan21
4.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jesterr44
3.97/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This Hefe is quite nice for the style with noticable clove & banana flavours but I'm no expert on the style & frankly the style is not one of my favourites. I'm doing this short review largely for my own records so if you're looking for Hefe advice, you'll need to look elsewhere. That said, as a lover of IPAs & stouts, I would gladly enjoy one of these on a hot day if it were offered, but I won't likely go out of my way to get one.

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
3.5/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Being completely honest, I'm being generous with my numbers above owing to the beer's reputation and my own style preferences and biases. I used to love wheat beers before my IPA and imperial stout days; now, everything else seems to fall short. Additionally, I drank this particular beer immediately after Stone Enjoy By DIPA, which provided a more immediate contrast.
It was beautiful to look at - cloudy and golden with a huge head with good retention and lots of bubbles rising. Aroma is of funky overripe banana, wheat, yeast, lemon, spice. Taste is similar and very wheaty. A tiny bit of sweetness, sourness, and bitterness all balanced together all the way through the finish. There was also a note of artificial lemon juice that I did not enjoy.
I appreciate that it is well crafted but it is not my cup of tea these days so maybe I shouldn't be reviewing it in the first place. I do recommend it highly to anyone who enjoys wheaty beers.

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Photo of AustinRT
3.94/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MNAle
3.94/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this to compare with some of the local Hefeweizens. Hazy, cloudy yellow, lots of carbonation, tall, thick, white head. Nice hefe aroma, banana & clove. Moderate to full mouth feel, tingly from the carbonation. Taste of banana and the wheat. Excellent, easy drinking hefe.

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Photo of movieclockstar
4.69/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of assman420
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Estria
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vess
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pau622
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mnine
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jerk_Store
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Deano_53
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of notascoolasyou
4.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bangalter
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Everything with this beer is great. You can drink it any time in any condition. Very aromatic with a fruity smell. So easy to drink and goes down through your throat as if it is water. I love its history and golden look. Could be the best Weissbeer.

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Photo of LukeB
4.38/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ledouge
4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SGR1220
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Casey_L
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SteveD082791
4.16/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of Robomunky
3.74/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.4 out of 5 based on 8,331 ratings.
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