Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner HefeweissbierWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

Style: German 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 tkarsies
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was my very first wheat beer. Served from 500 mL bottle in pint glass; sadly no weizen glass at home. Poured a hazy gold color with HUGE white head that lasted forever. Left large amount of lacing. Mild, sweet doughy wheat smell.
Prominent wheat taste, very sweet. Noticeable banana and slight taste of bubblegum present. No bitterness to be found. Minimal carbonation that decreased as beer warmed. Very creamy mouthfeel. Easy to drink, refreshing. Took getting used to the different flavor present with the wheat.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer has a slightly hazy straw yellow body with a dense carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head is a snow white creamy foam that last and last. As it rises about the rim it holds its shape.

S- Very nice fruity notes with hints of banana and a nice smooth slightly sweet wheat aroma. There is a faint bread note but no bubblegum or clove aroma.

T- This beer has a nice soft wheat flavor with some bright notes of lemon which is complemented by a subtle banana flavor. The finish has a very faint noble hop, dry finish. There is a very faint carbonic bite but it enhances the finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy texture. There is no real fizz taste in the mouthfeel but I'm sure it is in the creamy texture.

D- This beer has good complexity but it is very soft. No bubblegum and the banana is secondary not the main player. It is a well-built beer and I'm sure lots of years went into getting it just right.

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Photo of Citadel82
4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is as fine a hefeweizen as any I have tried. I like the fact that it is cleaner and milder with less banana and cloves than many of the others that I have sampled.

Pours a hazy pale straw with a generous white head that fades and leaves plenty of fluffy lace and fades to a flat pancake of foam that never quite goes away entirely.

Smell is faint yeast and floral hop notes with a doughy cracked wheat scent.

Taste is clean and light with wheat malt evident and less fruit than any hefe's that I have tried. Just clean and light and balanced.

Mouth feel is light with abundant tingly carbonation.

All in all a very drinkable brew.

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

Giant soapy billowy whiteish head that settles to about 1/8 inch, but never disappears. Cloudy yellow body with carbonation bubbles rising. Cant find any faults in the appearance. Everything looks perfect.

Fruity banana scent with yeast and wheat underneath. Mouth watering.

Extremely refreshing taste. Light bodied and the epitome of well-balanced. Fruity and mild.

Light, easy mouthfeel. The head retention makes for an interesting carbonated experience.

A great-for-anytime beer. Pretty much a flagship beer for how a hefe weizen should be. I bet this is even more amazing in the summer.

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

Poured into hefe glass.
Nice pour, cloudy deep yellow glow with various bubbles for the head that laced and lingered.
I smelled a bit of lemon, grass, peach, hops and some malt.
the lemon and grass were dominate throughout the taste. Hops, peach, honey and a little malt came later. Good crisp feel to it. I should have drank it colder. Nice beer

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Photo of ToggleEyes
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have steered clear of this beer for a while since the last time I tried it my face broke out. This time no problems at all. Anyway, now that I can appreciate it for its taste and not for it causing a rash I am delited to say that this is a very tasty beer. Poured out a burned orange/ yellow. it quickly filled half my glass with foam and I only got half the bottle in. After the pilowy foam calmed down the taste of sweet wurt, clove, wheat, and tart hops hit my tounge. The mouthfeel has just the right amount of carbonation and is smooth. A very clean crisp beer. Its very easy to drink when its very cold, the warmer it got the more bitter it became with hops coming through. It's sure nice to know I can still drink this beer with confidence.

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Photo of klewis
4.73/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle

A: Pours a light golden color with a massive frothy head and a rush of carbonation. This head ain't going away without a fight.

S: Strong aromas of clove, banana, and lemon with some yeast

T: This is very typical of a hefe with flavors of spice, banana, and citrus, but the intensity of the flavors will knock you on your ass. All flavors are very well balanced with each other. Quite impressive.

M: Medium-bodied, and despite the resilent carbonation, this beer is somewhat smooth on the palatte.

D: The best hefe I've had to date. I need more.

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Photo of drewmprs
4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one fine hefe. Tastes like Germany. I sure wish I could try this one off the tap, but there's nowhere that has it. Light straw color. Rich, creamy head that lasts throughout the beer. 5.4% abv, brewed under the purity law of 1516. I paid 2.99 at hollingshead. Definitely worth purchasing again, one of the best hefes i've had from the bottle.

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Photo of Andreji
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A lucky stop at the airport in Munchen flying from BCN to WIE finally allowed me the chance to taste "the Weizen of Weizens".

I won´t really elaborate much on describing what it is like.

It was pleasant and tasteful, however not my favourite weizen. the flavour was a bit too mild for my taste (lurking ever more into the belgian strengths). but that made it also very desirable to consume. it also allows for a bit more elaborate tasting, and the complexity that is more subtle is still abundant.

very nice beer all-in-all, although not the mother of all weizens for me.

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Photo of danielocean03
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, golden amber color into a weizen glass. Very thick, foamy white two finger head lasted nearly two minutes before falling to moderate lacing. Smells sweetly of bread, citrus, hints of spices, clove. Tastes very similar to the smell, although more complex. Taste has more of a finshing citrus/ lemon rind bite at the end, although is not in the least bit bitter. Moderately carbonated, this is easily one of the best examples of a hefe weizen I have had the pleasure of sampling this weekend, or ever for that matter. Mouthfeel starts carbonated that quickly changes to smooth and creamy. Very drinkable, less spiced than the other hefes I've had here recently.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.28/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy, with a great head of foam, this brew has a very golden yellow color with yet a hint of an orange hue. Sun-colored perhaps. The head dissipates somewhat into a nice foamy ring. The smell is citrusy and floral, with cloves present. The taste is lemony, bready, with more cloves, a little spice too. It has a big mouthfeel with loads of bubbles. Very clean and refreshing, it goes down easy.

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Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WOW! I was blown away by this beer. My fear of foreign beers is brought about by simply region/locale prejudice.

I believe this is the first "5" I've given in the appearance category. Simply awesome. Unrelenting head, upwards of 1 inch, deep gold color, radiant.

Very earthy, musty beer. Slight lemon zest with interesting hop body. Extremely clean on the palate, very smooth.

Downed the 20oz.? bottle in no time, I'd imagine a great session beer. A true gem.

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Photo of budsboy
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep straw color, barely cloudy, with a boistrous head that settles down to a rocky white cap.

Aroma is clove, corriander backed with a rich fruit/banana, dark berry and lemon zest.

Strong flavors ... sweet malt backbone with a heavy dose of clove and corriander, banana, touch of phenols, licorice, and lemon at the end. Makes use of every bit of the 5.4% ABV.

Clean, smooth and medium bodied. Bright carbonation, puckering slightly at the finish.

Enjoyable beer, truly. Bold and flavorful, a big wheat that is well balanced. Professionally crafted.

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Photo of EvilKeith
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Suprisingly light in color for a hefe. Fluffy off-white head, moderate retention. Love the murky cloudiness.

S- Fruity citrus with yeast traces.

T- Wheaty (is that a word?), yeasty with hints of citrus.

M- Light in texture, smooth on the palate. Goes down cleanly.

D- A true classic hefe. I could drink this one year round.

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Photo of edchef1850
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a most satisfying beer. Wonderful aroma, a crisp refreshing flavor with great complexities, amazing that water yeast and wheat can yield so much to enjoy. I drink this beer in the summer, and come the spring time i cant wait for my first pilsner glass of this wonderfully cloudy and fruity potion. it is the quintessential heffe weiss.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's the best wheat beer in the world, IMO. Totally crisp, clean - about as perfect as I could ever hope out of a hefe.

Pours a golden orange color with a thick head. Smells of malts, citrus, and cloves. Tastes about like it smells - carbonation is pretty intense, but in a good way. Slight lemon sensation.

Incredibly refreshing. Even a slight bit of hops in there. A truly great beer.

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

Appearance: Apricot orange, intense carbonation, Stunning thick and wildly head. Great retention. A bit disappointing lacing.

Smell: Spices, alcohol, sweetness, malt, hops its all there.

Taste/ Mouthfeel: Coriander, spices sweet malts, honey with a warming alcohol hit. Goes down smooth but leaves a course dry, bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability/Overall: Great heffe! More on the stronger side. It’s a great beer with all flavours showing clarity. Yummy.

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Photo of bahumutx
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 16.9 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy orange color with about a two finger creamy head.

Smell: Smells of yeast, banana and a slight clove.

Taste: There are many different tastes present. Yeast, Banana, Cloves and Malt. This beer is very balanced.

Mouthfeel: Smooth Mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation. Very nice ending flavor.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could easily have a few of these in a sitting.
This is a great example of the Hefe Wiezen. This beer is very tasty and I will be picking up more of this for sure!!! Great work by Weihenstephaner and I am sure that this is one great brew since this brewery has been brewing since 1040 A.D.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: Half-litre, tall transitioned neck brown glass bottle that holds 16.9 fluid ounces for Uncle Sam. Logo’d crown cap with a generic Weihenstephaner main and neck labels. Listed at alc. 5,4% vol. Reverse label has the Code ‘3285’ if that means anything.

Appearance: Low level turbidity glosses the clear golden straw body with a murky orange tinge. Fast rising head forms from out of the milky upper head and creates a 2” thick polystyrene plug in my straight sided glass. Average conditioning seems to go to great lengths to support the expanded white colored head. Minimal lacing but this looks great in the glass.

Nose: Archetypal aromas exhibit all that is great about the classic Teutonic Hefes. Fruity bananas and a yeasty clove dominate but the odors are more complex with added yeasts and some dough.

Taste: Lots of banana and clove are to be expected but what continually surprises is the clean unfettered profile that this Hefe presents. Touches of spices, yeasts, dough and a fantastic malty presence. It’s all here and balanced in one of those brews that is a perfect marriage.

Mouthfeel: With its fine tuned soft conditioning, this is oh-so good in the mouth, on the tongue and cheeks. Long after the swallow it leaves a soft soothing feel with a spritzy remnant of the carbonation. Lemony black peppers tingle in the back end. Great feel and a concrete body.

Drinkability: One of those great brews that just exhibits a terrific palate, one that is extremely hard to critique but just way too fucking easy to pound.

Overall: As good as it gets. I really cannot believe that I never ever reviewed this definitive Hefe, maybe I did in a drunken haze and it got deleted….who knows?! I returned to a serious classic tonight though, a thoroughly enjoyable reunion, we’ll be meeting up again on a regular basis for sure to catch up for old time’s sake. Superb!!

A Classic Marque.

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Photo of jarmby1711
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If one is to review by style this is pretty well muchas the BA description says it should be.
The bead is lively and dances and is easily seen in the murky orange beer.
The head is cloudy white and laces right to the end of the glass.
The smell is phenolic/yeast.
The flavour is all of cloves apples nutmeg and phenols.
The tartness and wild carbonation along with the mix of fruit and spices makes this a great experience.It isnt a drink all day beer but one to be savoured .

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Photo of maddamish
4.76/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: No head or lacing at all on this beer. Poured a cloudy gold.

Smell: Wheat and orange notes. Very high on the citrus smell.

Taste Strong Orange/Grapefruit notes here.
Mouthfeel: For the type, the mouthfeel was perfect. Smooth but not watery.

Notes/Drinkability: You simply must seek this out and try it if you have the chance. A very good representation of the style.

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Photo of Franchise
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a fresh sqeezed orange juice color and leaves a thick white lace. The smell is aromatic orange, lemon zest, grass, hay, summertime in a bottle. The taste of this beer is so smooth it goes down so easy, lemon, grassy notes, with some subtle orange sweetness lingers on the palate in the finish. This is a simple hefe that just satisfies the tounge with fresh malty sweetness.

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Photo of weeare138
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a cloudy gold with a fluffy white head that slowly fades to a film. Spots of lacing around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, crisp wheat, lemony citrus, and just a hint of banana.
Taste is of the same aromas.
Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, soft on the palate with a citrus sugar and sourness that is superb for the style.
Drinkabily-IMO, the best Weizen yeast out there. Love this beer.

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Photo of ahking
3.7/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a milky yellow color, pale with a thick and bubbly white head. Smell is aromatic and soothing. Flavor is delicate yet full of complexities. Slightly pineapple sour and sweet. Some cloves in the middle and finishes with banana. Semi citrusy and refreshing to drink.

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Photo of yelterdow
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served in the brewery's own Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier glass at just over fridge temperature. Freshness code reads 3285 on the rear label. 16.9 oz.

Appearance- Perfection. The beer glows a cloudy orange with streaming action inside the glass... it takes a few minutes to pour because of the resilience of its gigantic, soapy head. The sheer beauty of this rivals the exquisite presence of Duvel in its own tulip glass, on a perfect pour.

Smell- Even cold, the bananas and cloves leap out of the glass... and a thick, yeasty aroma blankets the nose. Bold and powerful, there is no mistaking the superb craftsmanship that awaits.

Taste- Full and round, the bready notes of the yeast intertwine with the banana-like esters and malts, as the dense wheat character rides alongside. A gentle sweetness is left behind in the finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Prickly and alive in the mouth, with just the right fortitude in the swallow. Medium weight and certainly not wimpy. This drinks so well by itself in the middle of winter, but memories of this by the barbecue in the summer sun with sausage and pepper sandwiches are too much for my brain right now. IMO, the finest Hefe out there.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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