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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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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
Ranking:
#217
Reviews:
2,551
Ratings:
8,459
pDev:
9.98%
Bros Score:
4.85
 
 
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899
Gots:
2,046
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Ratings: 8,459 |  Reviews: 2,551
Photo of Realale
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a full hazy gold. Huge fine head settles slowly to a thin complete cap.

Nose is grainy and forceful, but managing to maintain its balance. The yeastiness, fruity esters and phenol that are the hallmarks of the style are all there, but again, nothing dominates. Instead a cohesive and complete expression of the style is made.

Refreshingly light on the palate. The grains again dominate, but the supporting characters are all there to make a well-integrated whole. First class example of the style.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This weissen pours a nice cloudy yellow, a bit darker than most weissen. A nice tight white head appeared on the top of my glass. It stayed around for a few and gave way to a thin lace. The typical weissen aroma was present; cloves bananas and yeast are present. This aroma seemed a bit “crispier” or “fresher” than some other weissen’s that I have had. The flavor has a lemon twang to it along with a slight musty yeast finish, wheat and spices. A very nice and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.13/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I believe that I have tried most of the widely available German hefe's at this point, and I think I would rate this as the best. Seems to achieve the best overall balance. Exhibits the typical spicy, clovey notes, and pours the usual large foamy head. At times, the clove-like flavors of wheat beers don't appeal to me, but the Weihenstephan is not excessive in that regard. I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of their beers, and would strongly recommend this to fans of the style. Clean and refreshing, all the way.

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Photo of dwarbi
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thick, yet fine head. The kind you could draw shapes in. Choppy and determined. The carbonation is apparent in the pretty clear, yellow-orange beer. This is what wheats should taste like. Transports you to a midwestern farm until the aforementioned head creams your nose. Tastes fantastic. Wheat and some vanilla. Crisp mouthfeel. Amazing clean. Very drinkable. I night of all Weihenstephaner Hefe-Weissbier would be wonderful, if a little gassy.

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

Pours a cloudy beautiful sunset with a major big white sticky/rocky head. Nice carbonation and a lovely dough, yeast, citrus aroma. The head eventually dies down to nothing save a tiny ring around the edge. The taste is wonderful, bready with a light lemon citrus, a touch of pepper and a healthy dose of yeast. Light and crisp in the mouth with a perfect lively carbonation that dances on the tounge and finishes slightly dry. a true masterpiece and "the" weissbier if you ask me. its teh snacks.

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Photo of BierReise
3.93/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I like this Weissbier because it has a uniqueness to it's yeast flavor. It's the one thing that I seem to distinguish among the different weiss/weizens. Pours nice, fat head and nice cloudy honey color. Nice malty wheaty mouthfeel. Good overall balance. Also pairs nicely with smoked ham and potato salad. (just thought I'd through that in)

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

States it is the oldest brewery in the world on the bottle.
1 pint bottle

This beer poured a yellow color from the bottle that was cloudy, which I expected, but when held up I could see the carbonation bubbles, which were plenty. The head that was created was white in color, foamy, dense and long lasting. I you drank while it was freshly poured you would get the milk mustache. I really left no lace behind, just in spots but it seemed watery more then sticky. The aromas that came from the glass were of dough, citrus – lemons, floral hops, malt, wheat and barley grains, and I detected a small, small hint of metallic. The tastes that came from the beer were of floral hops, grains –wheat and barley, citrus – lemons, sweet malt, dough, light nuts and spices and a small hint of alcohol. A very good beer and enjoyed it immensely. A great summer time beer, refreshing. Probably one of the best examples of this style that I have had so far.

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

No surprises here. This is a prime example of the style. Cloudy with threads of yellow and orange. Big white head. Aromas of light lemon zest and spring flowers. Feels silky in the mouth and has a definite citrus zest component. Very refreshing and an excellent summertime companion.

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Photo of pheurton
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into the proper wheat glass, this cloudy brew ended up with a creamy four finger thick head. aroma was fruity and somewhat yeasty. the beer tasted exceptional, a great wheat flavor mixed in with some banana-like fruitiness, that still ended up spicy, lemony, and dry. a superb summer beer, this ranks as one of my favorite hefe-weizens. i could drink these all night out on the deck in june.

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

This beer poured a cloudy yellow color and had a medium amount of carbonation. It formed a hugh foamy white heat that left thick cobweb style of lace as it floated down the glass in float style of descent. The aroma was of malt, hops, banana and cloves. The flavor was of malt, hops and banana. The finish was light with a slight bread aspect to it. This is a fine hefe and very well priced. Holds up it's age well after all these centuries of existence.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a couple of days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-60F.

A gargantuan, white head... mini explosions, mountains of foam. Lots of sticky, clumpy lacing. The beer is slightly cloudy, gold and amber.

There's lots of spice in the nose, along with some citrus, and some detectable alcohol when cold. The front is spicy citrus, turning just a little sour instead of the sweet I was expecting. The finish is bitter fresh, with some green apples. Bread and butter. Nuts make an appearance in the aftertaste. This is a very, very good beer. Even better at temperature. Freshly buttered fresh bread. I wouldn't have minded a little more esters, but really... one of the most delicious beers I've had.

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Photo of daledeee
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

If you want to judge Hefeweisen, this is the one.

Pours a beautiful cloudy yellow with a nice head that hangs around. Some yeast to cloud the issue.

Cool it down. ~40F is a good temp. Get the right glass. Pour it. Taste it. You won't want just one. Beautiful spice taste, hops and citrus bite. Hefeweisen as we define it. I would love to try this fresh in a German pub on tap.

Don't pass this up. $7.99/6pk $25.99/ cs. Worth every penny.
5.5% alchohol to boot. Enjoy.

NOTE: Price has gone up due to poor performance of our dollar. This is one of the finest beers available. Available in .5 liter and 6 packs.

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

Cloudy caramel color with a white head. Plenty of yeast sediment.
Nice aroma of ripe banana, caramel, yeast, and malt.

Yeast contributions mesh nicely with the malt and hops. Nicely balanced. Caramel, ripe banana, spice, and yeast flavor notes. Finishes well.

Good mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a very good hefeweizen. No wonder this brewery has been around all those years.

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

Poured a very pale yellow, quite cloudy. Holy head! Soft, pillowy, and extraordinarily abundant. When I swung my wheat beer glass around I was entertained by explosions of bubbles roaring up to underbody of the head. The carbonation stacked up into an amazing structure: the bubbles pile up like a perfectly aligned brick wall. The head eventually calmed down but can be awakened very easily. (As you can see, I'm easily amused by playful objects)

Nose was of cloves, banana (less than the cloves). Character was neither too sweet nor too lactic. Occassionally, a detected tiny bit of bubblegum ester creeps. Taste was beautifully of wheat, cloves, and a tinge of hops and lemon. Had a light and thin taste, but in the best way possible for a hefe-weisse, and was topped off by a great tasting yeast close to a light nutmeg flavor. The mouthfeel was a sharp spritzy action all over, topped off by a short finish with a a gentle but hearty yeasty-hoppy-creamyblend of an aftertaste.

Way too drinkable, yet has tons of body and heartiness. Cannot drink one, won’t appreciate it until you’ve had, at least, two, an easy thing to do. It would be MUCH better if you could get it much quicker and fresher in America, as I'm sure it loses some of its best qualities since hefe-weizens don't sit or travel well.

Addendum: funny thing is, its even better on tap than in the bottle - that keg has traveled!

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

It poured a hazy medium golden wheat color with very little foam and little retention. The smell of cloves with a hint of wheat was not over powering. As for the finish, it had a slight bitterness and that might have been why the wheat taste fell short on the after taste.

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Photo of optikon44
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and vibrant dark gold color, pretty cloudy. Wonderfull thick, creamy foam that sticks around for a couple of minutes. Exotic esters rise from the glass comparable to a Belgian triple. Full bodied and very flavorful. Loaded with fruit and spice flavors - maybe coriander and lemon. Sweet, rich malty flavor is present in the finish along with some mineral overtones. Pretty smooth, with a clean carbonated bite toward the end.

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Photo of Morris729
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden color with a massive creamy white head that coats the sides of the glass with sheets of lace as it recedes. Nose is ripe banana and lots of fruity esters. Light to medium in body and very smooth and creamy in the mouth. Taste is sweet and malty at first followed by a nutty yeastiness. Flavors of creamy banana and nutmeg come across towards the end. Simply delicious. This is an absolute must try for any fan of the style.

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Photo of Scooter77
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the one hefe-, in which I measure all other’s by. Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with tiny yeasties floating about the glass that ultimately lay to rest on the bottom of the glass. A thick, creamy, full head tempts you to sample what lies beneath. Aromas of citrus, bananas, and sweet malted wheat pull you in even further. Taste is exquisitely balanced for a hefe- of this magnitude. Tastes of bananas, citrus peel and yeast seem to blend exceptionally well with the mild wheat flavor. This is one great and refreshing beer. An absolute must try for all hefe- lovers.

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Photo of stirgy
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Before I opened the bottle, I swirled it a bit to rouse up the yeast on the bottom. The beer poured out a cloudy yellow straw color. The head was colossal and dense white.

The aroma is one of bananas and sweet malt with hints of cloves and spices.

There was a fruitiness and tartness as this beer went down.
Very light in body with a excellent drinkability. There was some pleasant yeastiness in the flavor. This has become my favorite hefe-weizen. Very refreshing. Excellent!

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Photo of WMBierguy
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Weihentephaner Weiss beers are, in my opinion, the best Weiss beers that are widely distributed in the U.S. The taste is great, a rich, flavorful Weiss. The color is nice, but a little on the light side. Excellent drinkability, goes down extremely smoothly. I definately recommend this beer.

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Photo of mickstepp
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color. Soapy, thin head. Yeasty citrus aroma. Light banana clove taste. Very refreshing. A little thin in the mouthfeel. Very indicative of the style. This is a very good Heffe but not the best that I have had. Certainly suitable for a benchmark.

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

I'm thoroughly impressed. This is definitely the best I have tried of this style. It's a beautiful blonde/orange color and very hazy. The head is off-white and enormous. Cloves, yeast, and bananas come through in the pleasant aroma. Zingy carbonation feel on the tongue hits at first, and then an extraordinary smoothness follows. Sweet malts, yeast, cloves, and bananas are all a part of the very enjoyable taste. This is very highly drinkable, a perfect session beer and very refreshing.

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Photo of bditty187
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mammoth, multi-finger head, tremendous retention; hazy, cloudy, honey-orange hue, very lively body. Wonderful yeastiness, bubblegum fragrance out shines the banana, a whisper of clove. Glowingly balanced taste with well-placed flavor… more banana is found on the palate, slight bubblegum, almost no clove but solid wheaty-maltiness. Faint mustiness. Pleasing mouthfeel, this is a very enjoyable quaff. Slightly sweet yet mildly tart finish. Probably the best Hefe-Weizen on the planet. World Class… very much recommended… why just drink this in the summer?

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Photo of jeffboo
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a long morning touring around the Platz in Munich, you see a outdoor market with lots of food stalls and people sitting on benches eating. Many of them seem to be eating the same thing. You ask the person at a food stall , What is everone eating and drinking? The response is simple- weisswurst und hefe weizen. The
beer is poured in a tall,large glass with a thick, billowy head pouring over the side. The nectar is a deep golden,cloudy brew with a cascade of bubbles from top to bottom. It sounds like a bowl full of rice crispies as it snaps,crackles,and pops in the glass.The beer smells of bananas,cloves,buble gum and bready yeast.

The flavors that you can detect are lemon,vanilla, spicy bread and a little malt sweetness. It has a nice crisp mouthfeel that has a little oiliness to it (from oats?) This is a nice proud wheat beer- a benchmark of the style for some, for you, a great escape from the wanderings of a tourist.A rejuvination of the body.You're ready to continue onward.

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Photo of Rocko
3.52/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This color is hazy yellow, a bit to the darker side. Nice foamy head that unfortunately settles quickly and leaves little lazing. It smells fresh and fruity. The taste is also very fresh and fruity and quite sweet, but I dont really like it fully, it's good but it doesn't really float my boat. The carbonation is lying on the border of medium to light. This is quite a good beer though even though it's not one of my favourite types of beer.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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