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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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

Appearance: Hazy medium golden color with an extraordinarily large white cloudtop head, moderate and natural appearing carbonation, lots of stickly lace. The head exhibits extraordinary retention.

Aroma: Consists of the prototypical cloves and ripe bananas that define this style.

Taste: Begins with lots of soft carbonation and a quite full bread malt flavor and lots of yeast, towards the middle of the taste the clove and ripe banana flavors assert themselves. At the end of the taste some mild hops appear along with some residual malt flavor. The finish is clean and a bit dry.

Mouth feel: The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Drinkability/notes: While I do not particularly care for the Hefeweizen style, it must be conceded that this is a superb beer and a must try for anyone who is a serious student of world=class beer.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.13/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I don't know why I keep punishing myself with wheat beers. I don't like them, they don't like me. Sickly sweet taste, way too fruity for me. Pours a nice cloudy amber with good head. Laces well, and smells only faintly vile. If you like wheats try it, as far as they go its better than the alternatives. If you don't like them, don't waste your time...it won't change your mind.

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

Brauerei Weihenstephan Hefe Weissbier: An absolute classic version of this style, in fact, I think it is the standard to judge all others of its style. In the classic half liter brown bottle, stating that this is the oldest brewery in the world. Fantastic looking beer, with a thick white head, with great Belgian lace, and a cloudy orange/yellow. A pronounced aroma of yeast and bananas. Fairly well carbonated, with a smooth mouthfeel. This has the classic taste of sweet malts balanced by the yeast/banana tastes . Had a fairly clean, and somewhat sweet aftertaste. Very easy to drink and very refreshing.

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Photo of MJR
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: If you're curious what a wheat beer should look like, this is possibly the best example on the planet. A hazy, peach-colored body with dull gold edges topped with a massive, fluffy off-white head that stays around forever. Hundreds of bubbles fight their way to the top of the glass from the strong carbonation.

Smell: Very strong aroma with the traditional banana, clove, and bubblegum notes. There's a bit of spiciness in there, as well as a hearty yeasty smell.

Taste: Very full flavored with a strong malted wheat backbone. Lots of banana and clove intermingle with the spiciness, which all come together in a perfect balance. There's lots of yeast in the body, and it makes itself known on the palate. The finish is dry and clean with the alcohol just barely making it's presence known. Wheat beer perfection.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin bodied with a dry, crisp mouthfeel that begs for another sip. It actually starts off feeling a bit creamy, then moves to dry and thin (in a good way.)

Drinkability: This is the top rung of the wheat beer ladder. I could drink these all day, every day in the summer and never tire of it. The brewery has been in the same location since 1040 and have one of the top brewing schools in the world, so trust me...they know wheat beer more than anybody.

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Photo of aaronh
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very hazy orange-amber with a giant off-white head that slowly recedes. It almost looks like shaving cream as it fades into a rocky layer atop the beer. It was so attractive I had to take a picture of it. A thick-veined lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is bready yeast and a touch of clove and/or coriander. Smells more like the latter. Also a touch of lemon zest in the nose. The taste is superb, with again a nice breadiness, topped with fruity flavors, banana being the strongest of those, with a touch of plum or grape sweetness in the background. A touch of butterscotch adds a nice contrast to the coriander spiciness and wheat crispness on the finish. The mouthfeel is buttery yet very refreshing. Carbonation levels are perfect, providing a nice liveliness on the tongue while not getting agressive and distracting. The drinakbility is exceptional. Even with a full pint, it seemed to disappear quickly. This is a very flavorful and well balanced hefe-weizen. A very nice treat. Thanks to cretemixer for this great beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold/pale orange in appearance, pouring an enormous, bilious white head. Aroma is shockingly fresh, floral, citrus, lemon, orange, lively, and lovely. Light and playful upon the tongue, brief finish, light body, slight texture. No lemon required, unless you're a certified lily-gilder. Refreshing as a beer can be!

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Photo of cretemixer
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No matter how hard you try, it is impossible to pour this beer without getting a mountainous head on it. Peaks like merangue finally settle until the cloudy straw colored brew's carbonation keeps it fed at about a quarter inch. Malty, yeasty, earthy. Aroma of cloves dominates. Creamy mouthfeel and on the higher end of carbonation. Slightly dry and very flavorful, peppery notes, clove and banana. Finishes strong and satisfying, nice and mellow.

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Photo of mikes2923
4.97/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This quite simply is one of the best beers I have ever had! The term "Heaven in a Glass" comes to mind quite frequently as I tip the very cloudy almost burnt orange-ish colored beer towards my mouth. If you like Hefe-Weiss beers then there is no way, you cannot love this beer. If you're not a huge wheat beer fan though I might recommend yu steer clear as the taste can be strong for the typical "Miller Lite" drinker. It's avery smooth beer, with strong tastes of wheat, nuts, and clover... and should be at the top of anyone's list who is a fan of Paulaner, Edleweiss, Tucher, Hacker-Pschorr, Franziskaner and the like!

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

This is a good Hefe-Weizen - Not great but very drinkable and qualifies for a occasional supply spot in my fridge. The flavor was good with some fruitiness and cloves. The nose was pretty fair. The mouthfeel was full and enjoyable. Goes down smooth with no bad aftertaste. This could be in my personal top 10 German beers after Schneider, Haker-Pschorr and Paulaner. I would definitely recommend trying this one.

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

After reading Zerk's review, I realized I missed this one along the way. I always have a couple bottles in my fridge.
Cloudy golden yellow to soft orange color. Creamy, foamy, full off-white head. Inviting smells of soft citrus, bananas, sweet malted wheat. Very very inviting. Taste is perfectly balanced for a hefe. Rich banana taste, subtle citrus flavors, and very faint florals. Banana and yeasty, malted wheat sweetness linger, but a crisp refreshing finish wins out. Medium bodied, creamy and super smooth. One of the best of it's style. The ultimate thirst quencher. Please seek it out and try it yourself.

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Photo of zerk
4.97/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I don't know if the German word "Weihenstephaner" is just a name, or if it actually has any meaning, but if it does, I have to imagine that it means "Wheat Bier that all others must bow before."

Pours a cloudy copper with a beautiful foamy head that leaves some lace down the glass. The head retained at 1/4 inch for well over 20 minutes (it took a lot of willpower to make this beer last that long...) Aroma and flavor are perfect... not really as sweet as some hefes I've had... bananas, cloves, wheat... blended together into the most smooth and creamy brew I can recall drinking.

I nearly broke into tears after finishing this one... for 3 reasons:

1) This is true beer nirvana
2) I only had one bottle
3) I can't find this one in stores here (came across it in a special "Beers of the World" pack in a Costco)

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Photo of Kwak
4.88/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer nice head thick and rich nothing to complain about.

Good body excellent prototype for this style.

Taste was unmatchable.

I recommend this one It's hard to find a good bottle that's not to old, would highly recommend the draught version of this one but the bottle wasn't to bad!

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Photo of RBorsato
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bright yellowish orange (cloudy orange after the swirl) with a tall persistent pillowy head. Very nice classic Banana-clove yeast aroma and taste (leans towards the fruity side). Light bodied with light creaminess and good carbonation throughout.

This hefe is the standard !

Label states "Oldest brewery in the world" "Since 1040"

[16 oz bottle for $2.59]

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Photo of mjohn27603
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When held up to the light it is an chestnut color with a slight orange hue. It smells wheaty with some yeast. In the taste I pick up banana and bubble gum. Still refreshing even though I had on a cold winter's night.

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Photo of Gusler
4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chill hazed light amber the color as it sets in your glass, “magnificent”. Capacious is the head, brilliant white in color, creamy like whipped butter in its texture with a velum like lace that clings majestically to the glass. Fresh bread dough, citrus or orange like aromas, malt, light sweetness underlies it all, what a treat for the old honker. Lightly sweet on the start, the top middling to thin in feel, the finish is perfectly carbonated, pertinently hopped, dry linger aftertaste. "Crystal Clean" taste, that are quite satisfying and as much as I rant against lagers/pils, I must say that the beers from this brewery, are exquisite, and well worth the "Hunt"!

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

Pours cloudy yellow, nice thick foamy head, leaves a clingy lace in the glass, aroma of wheat and bananas, banana-clove yeasty flavor. Light body, clean and crisp, very refreshing one of my favorites, always good.

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

This is the brewery's best offering, and one of the most pleasant Hefeweisens I've had the pleasure to drink. Cloudy and orange, with a classic hefe aroma of cloves and a light nose of fruit. Light hops, sweet malt underbody, and a slightly banana-like fruit finish all contribute to an extremely well balanced and very drinkable beer. Medium bodied (feels lighter than it is due to high carbonation), with a slightly dry finish.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.22/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sweet fruity (mostly pineapple) aroma, very thick head. Light bodied and sweet flavor. I'm not normally a fan of the style but this actually wasn't too bad. I guess if you are the oldest brewery in the world you should be doing something right.

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

An excellent hefe-weiss, true to the style. Very bold distinctive wheat flavor, coming off a well-focused nose, and a whopper of a finish. Not only that it looks great too. Highly recommended.

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

Upon the pour, the amount of yeast and head is teriffic. Orange and cloudy, it just looks so good, you can't wait to drink it. Taste is what a Hefeweiss should be(at least for me); faint clove and banna flavors with a slitght tang and spice. Such as smooth drinkable beer, it's without a doubt, an extremely special for anyone who loves Weiss Beers.

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

Cloudy, orange in color, bright white head that holds to the end of the glass and leaves some nice lace. The aroma displays a distinct "German" maltiness (obviously decoction mashed) and lots of phenols. There's some fruitiness with some banana and clove in the background, and a bit of 'plastic' as well. The body is light-medium but very creamy with a tight, crisp effervescence from natural conditioning. The flavor starts with malt backed by a light clove, displays its bolder phenols across the middle (burnt plastic), and then a quick light hop note towards the end of the palate which dissolves in softly sweet banana notes in the finish. The balance of sweetish malt, aggressive phenols, and very light hop and bitterness is sublime. The banana and clove are well restrained - subtle - but present. Extremely refreshing and enjoyable. A fine example of the style.

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Photo of ryanocerus
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I always enjoy the cloudy golden color of hefeweizens, and this is no exception, although the thick, creamy white head dissipated quickly. The aroma was very complex, with hints of malt and citrusy sweet wheat. Taste was less malt and more of the citrus sweetness and the excellent carbonation gave a full mouthfeel. This is one of the better hefeweizens around.

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

Pours a decently cloudy golden/orange color with a thick white head that disipates too quickly for a hefe. Not as many fruity tones in the aroma as others in the style but that isn't neccessarily a bad thing. Some lighter banana and cloves with huge vanilla aromas. Again in the flavor there isn't as much banana as in others. Very light cloves and tons of vanilla again. Nice heavy yeaty mouthfeel but it is almost a little too thick. The slightly cloying qualities that the strong vanilla flavors impart make this a bit less drinkable than its brethren. Yet another good german hefe, this isn't one that I would seek out as I liked some of the others better but it is still a great brew.

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Photo of Thrasher
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tawny golden orange color, full head that actually disappeared from my glass... perhaps I need to wash my glasses better. This is a full, thick hefe-weizen. Not heavy, but not as light and frothy as some others you will find - this is in the realm of Schneider Weisse, a bit more serious than some Paulaners and Franziskaners you will find. Truly wonderful, bread-crust maltiness is set afloat by banana flavors coming from the yeast. A nice balance. Hops come at the finish and round the beer out in an incredibly appetizing way, coaxing you to take another sip. The fresh champagne sparkle and chewy mouthfeel sets this beer into the stratosphere. Top notch hefe.

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Photo of marc77
4.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

An absolutely impressively thick, white, dense and well retained head tops a light orange hazy brew w/ copious bubbling. The assertive but clean German wheat yeast esters are comprised of the expected bubblegum, light banana, a hint of clove but when combined with the sweet malt notes is quite reminescent of a banana split. Tart wheat notes become perceptible as the beer warms. This beer exhibits excellent balance all around. Yeast esters, although quite prominent, do not dominate the flavor profile and allow the rich, almost chewy malt backbone that consists of pleasant sweetness and an unexpectedly mild toasty malt to add complexity to thiis brew. Hop bitterness is just a touch above the norm, and provides an excellent contrast to the malt flavors and sweetness. This brew finishes w/ an enjoyable sweetness followed by a bit of mustiness from the yeast. The overall flavor is less estery and cleaner than most German wheats, but there's a superlative balance between flavor contributions from the yeast, barley malt, wheat and hops. Just as drinkable as Paulaner, but with more character all around. Excellent.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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