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 niall
3.78/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pouring this into a pint glass spins mere straw into foaming, messy gold if you're not careful. This is pretty brash, but quite complex for the style, with a lively spice/sweetness interplay that I'd normally associate with Belgian white ales. On its own, a cloying, boozed-up banana flavour, while not altogether unsatisfactory, threatens to overpower the wheat (and... cloves? coriander notes? aren't those dissonant and verboten in Germany?), but that sweetness pairs most gratifyingly with hot foods. I'll bet you can make pretty great pancakes with this beer.

I can't think of any summertime meal that wouldn't profit from having this beer on hand. Get a few bottles for your next grill event.

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

Poured in a 17-ounce Hefe glass with the Weihenstephaner label. The beer poured a perfect temperature and with the appropriately large head. The beer is a lovely hazy golden brew with tremendous lacing.

The aroma is one of blissful wheatfields. The malted wheat is the overwhelming sense of a great Hefe with just a slight hint of citrus and clove. This is the best Hefe I have tried. The taste is of almost pure malted wheat. It is rich and earthy with a closing hint of citrus. The taste is at once simple but deeply fulfilling.

It is somewhat heavy in the mouth but cleansing and refreshing. On a hot day this proves to be the perfect beer. The experience is one that I will be repeating often.

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Photo of silenius
3.15/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I realize it is a superficial gripe, but I don't like the labeling on this beer. The actual large label proclaiming Weihenstephaner in blue, white, and gold is nice, but I don't like the wrap around label on the neck. I don't particularly know why, though. Maybe it looks like a leg warmer on a beer, maybe it is becuase it looks contrived, or maybe I feel it is too slick or something.

Regardless, this beer pours a hazy yellow with brown and orange tints that glow in the light. The head is big, although I've seen bigger, and lasts a respectible amount of time. The beer bubbles like hell, too. Looking into the beer it almost looks like it is boiling.

The nose starts with equal parts slightly green banana and clove, but as it warms the clove predominates. A hint of bubblegum peeks through in the back. It smells rather sweet to me. Floral and nice.

A soft and light banana hits at first then is whisked away by the biting carbonation. This biting carbonation is a real negative in my book. A slight clove and sweet and juicy bubblegum sneaks in as well, but everything is dominated by the harsh tasting carbonation. This is like seltzer water. I'm gonna hafta knock points for that.

Mouthfeel is too biting and sharp for what I think should be a smooooth beer.

I'll drink what's in the fridge, but I'll be thinking about other beer.

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

Pours a hazy gold, slightly darker than most hefe's, with a large white head with pretty good retention. Smell is yeasty with a little banana aroma. Taste is bready wheat and yeast with banana with maybe a little citrus in the background. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Goes down really easy! Up until now, my favorite hefe has been Paulaner... I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite now! The Weihenstephaner has a more prominent banana flavor, while the Paulaner is more lemony. Both are great!

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Photo of thinkbreakfast
4.03/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Almost opaque orange. Good head which sticks around well throughout.

Smell: The aroma of fruit comes through. I mainly detected a banana like scent. Spice as well.

Taste: As alluded to by the smell, the taste starts off with malty sweetness. The sweetness is briefly followed by a low level crisp bite. This bite in the middle creates an enjoyable balance. Slight alcohol in the finish. There is a dryness present also. --As the beer warms, a crisp/sour taste comes out. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Thick on the tongue. Little or no aftertaste.

Drinkability: I could see myself drinking a few of these. However, I think a need for hops would take over eventually.

This beer tastes better at a warmer temperature.

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Photo of Beastdog75
3.55/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Many fans of wheat beer consider Weihenstephan's Hefe Weissbier to be the #1 wheat beer in the world. Is it a good wheat beer? Why, certainly. The best in the world? Hmmm...

This brew pours a hazy yellowish-gold color with an orange hue. A decent foamy head forms and lasts for about 2 minutes. The aroma is mostly of bananas, with some wheaty notes and mild spices present. The beer feels moderately carbonated, which is a bit typical for the style. I would have to say the most dominant flavor is the fruity/banana presence, although there is a nice wheaty "twang" and some very pleasant toasted wheat flavors present in the brew. The classic "hefe clove" flavors were a bit low in my opinion and were almost absent. There is a low moderate dryness in the finish, which carries over into the aftertaste along with some more wheaty flavors. The brew concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

This is a pleasant drink and very refreshing, but I expected a bit more from a beer that is held in such a high regard. Perhaps I expected it to be a bit more complex, but in the end this was a bit more forgettable than I thought it would be. A good, above average hefeweizen.

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Photo of usualpulp
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a nice cloudy orange color with a thick fluffy white head, much like most german hefe's.

The smell of the beer is great, the wheat comes right out, and is backed up with a malty smell, and some yeast.

The taste is exceptional. Very strong wheat and yeast flavors, with a slight hop bitterness, and spiceyness. The malt flavor is very well balanced. The beer is backed by a slight lemony and grassy tone, but the big thing here is the wheat and yeast.

The mouthfeel is nice, crisp, clean, smooth, nothing short of great.

Overall I would rank this as one of my favorite of the style, if not my most favorite. This is one beer I could drink all day.

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Photo of finepaws
4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This was a new try for me. I was amazed at the smell and flavor. Very banana like. Did not expect it at all. Banana flavored anything is a favorite of mine, so imagine my surprise to find it in my beer. The aftertaste, and quite after, was almost grassy. It is the strangest combination in tastes that I have found in a beer. It was a bit frothy, and I seemed to do a lot of mouth smacking afterwards, but it was light enough to enjoy on a hot evening with friends. Very different from my normal stout, or porter choice. Since most of my friends drink wine or macros, I offered this one around for a taste. Everyone was pleased, now they have to figure out how to pronounce it so they can find it to buy it.

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

Munichy hazy gold with a white, creamy, smooth, big head that has torrents of bubbles keeping it standing tall. Smell is spicy, peppery, cloves, tart apricots, lemon, cut grass, and some ash. Polished flavor flaunts its stuff - wheat gives twang, munich malts give a grainy sweetness, yeast gives smoothness but also spicy phenolics, hops are there more to balance than to provide much flavor. Medium light body with spritzy carbonation, and rediculously drinkable. I had my doubts beforehand, but I am sold. This is wonderful.

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

Smoggy yellow with a fat, bulging, slow-to-budge froth above.
Aromatic of banana bread spiced with clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. Touches of lemon as well.
Fully malty up front. Rounded cookie dough, but not necessarily sweet. Bananas too. And loads of them, sprinkled with powdered sugar and vanilla. Spice arrives in waves. Clove is foremost, but ginger and white pepper are clearly noted. Emblematic W'stephaner yeast, like lime sorbet. Minor herbal hop notations at the close.
Medium-hewn with rippling carbonation.
World Class, obviously.

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Photo of psyco1
3.58/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours out a nice cloudy gold like a wheat beer should with a white-cream colored head about one and a half to two inches thick. It stays for quite a while. It has a very thick lacing as the head dissipates over time.

There's a banana yeast smell over everything, almost like a banana nut bread without the nutmeg. I think they'd go great together.

The taste wasn't too far from the smell, banana and yeast with a bit of citrus and maybe some spices.

It has a very substantial feel to it, nice.

Personaly, I prefer wheat beer to have more of a citrus taste to it, but this isn't too bad, I could drink one once in a while for a change.

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Photo of Gavage
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slighty cloudy golden color with a nice big 2" head. The aroma was of wheat and banana, bit not overly strong. The flavor was much bigger as the wheat, banana, grain, citrus, and light spiciness made the tastebuds very happy. Mildly tangy.

Smooth mouthfeel with a slightly dry finish that was quite clean. Nice carbonation levels. Light and refreshing. Very enjoyable hefe that can be quaffed all day long.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.07/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden cloudy liquid with a white foamy head. The head disappeared rather quickly, and there was no lace on the glass. Smells sour, with a hint of banana. Tastes slightly sour, grainy, with a minimal amount of spice. Seems to be highly carbonated. This is a very drinkable beer. Very refreshing, and easy to drink. Sounds good for summertime.

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Photo of Tballz420
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew is a cloudy orange colored drink, with a good sized white foam head on top. The scent is the classic hefe scent, yeasty, banana, citrus, all the good stuff. A fairly light-bodied beer, we have a nice yeast blend with smooth malt, some bananay/clove tastes, a perfect hefe, probably the best one ive had to this point.

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

Golden and bubbly, then bordering on copper haziness once yeast is added. Fresh fruity aroma, nice full head. Very smooth and drinkable with a delicate mouthfeel. Perfect example of its style. A top notch German wheat beer, but it still plays second fiddle to Julius Echter in my book.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at Redbones.

This hefeweizen poured a cloudy, golden color with white foam that settled. The smell was a very nice: banana, cloves, wheat malt. The taste was fruity banana and wheat malt with a slight sweetness. The flavors of yeast and caramel or toffee were also evident. There was a bit of hops in the finish, and an overall tanginess. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium body and medium carbonation. The flavors of banana and yeast lingered pleasantly. This was a very nice hefeweizen.

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Photo of 99bottles
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer was served in a 22 ounce pilsner with a slice of lemon on the side. I politely tossed it aside, for this beer needs no assitance from slices of fruit.
Appearance: The beer is almost orange. Very cloudy deep yellow that really is closer to orange. Nice frothy white head of about and inch that lasted for quite some time.
Smell: Wow. That's a hefeweizen for sure. Heavy yeast smell, with some malted wheat and citrus, most notably oranges and lemon.
Taste: Ahhh. Exactly what I'm looking for. Great balance of classic spice and unfiltered goodness. The wheat malt is really left to speak for itself, as the clove and light corriander play around more in the aftertaste. Very yeasty, very earthy. Taste of damp grass. Incredible.
Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing, but with the yeast it is somewhat heavier and satisfying.
Drinkability: Not exactly one I would drink non stop, but instead a good one to sip on and quench your thirst. Very excellent indeed. A great example for others to follow.

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

This beer is a hazy yellow/golden color and makes a thick white head. Looks like everything that I would hope a hefe would look like.

Smells great, lots of banana and citrus in the nose... fresh cut flowers... very fragrant.

The flavor is sweet and malty with accents of banana and has a very spicy crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is medium to full and carbonated perfectly. Goes down nice and smooth.

This is a solid & drinkable hefe, I recommend it to anyone who can appreciate a good wheat brew.

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

Pours a cloudy orange brew.

Smell is creamy and spicy grain with a light perfume.

Taste is a very flavorful Hefe-Weissen! Lightly sweet and spicy with a nice full grain flavor and just the right touch of hops to finish the flavor.

Mouthfeel is extra full, well carbonated and lots of wheat body.

Super drinkable.

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

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head. The aroma is great. It boasts of fruity wheat malt and hefe yeast scents. It has that banana aroma that is sweet and inviting. The taste is great also. It is crisp and sweet with a bold fruity malt/yeast flavor that finishes very refreshing. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a great hefe. So many hefes taste watered down and weak, but not this one. It has good flavor and great hefe aroma.

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Photo of ElGuapo
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy golden orange colored brew with a nice fluffy white head on top. Cloudiness is pronounced by the sediment. Beautiful aroma of cloves and bananas, just how it should be.

Crisp and refreshing with tingly carbonation. The flavor is very nice. Citrus is a good addition to the cloves and bananas. Yeast flavor adds a really nice touch as well as light grains. The drinkability is excellent, and for this nice warm night, it really hits the spot. This is what a hefe should be.

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

Pours a cloudy orange with an heroic, frothy head that dares you to even think about it going away any time soon. Yeasty, bubbly...easy on the eye. The smell is dominated by pineapple and spice, with a very very yeasty, bready undertone. The taste is crisp and slightly dry at first, with some hops letting themselves be known before being totally inundated by a menagerie of fruit and spice notes. Pineapple and cloves are notable in the flavor, and as the brew increases in sweetness toward the end, a nice little anise/fennel/licorice note adds a very special something to the brew. Mouthfeel is nice. A bit chewy but, being an American, I could have used a bit more carbonation. Drinkability is fine, though I am not sure that I cold deal with more than a few at a time. A good beer. A stupendous hefe. I'll need to try this brewery's other offerings.

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

It pours a hazy honey gold. A healthy finger of white head clambers upward and persists nicely, then dwindles to a wispy froth.

Lightly sweet malt dances sweetly in the aroma, along with a fresh clove presence. The yeast yields a notion of sourdough at the edges. Vague berry fruit notes carry to the close and fade gently.

On first sip, a somewhat thin sweetness of malt is well matched by a gracious clove character. Mild but brisk citrus fruit notes move in, along with a distant berry essence, both well-placed on the heels of the spice. The finish plays out with a yeast-driven mild sourness holding hands with an indistinct but veritable bitterness. Simply, eveything about the flavor says refreshing.

A bit north of light bodied, it seems almost to glow in the mouth. It leaves its flavor and slips away cleanly, haiving established its identity.

There's nothing especially complicated here, and that goes toward making this so good. Each element does yeoman's work and ends up being fresh and refreshing. Good anytime, the idea of quenching a summer's thirst is appealing indeed. It drinks with no effort and continues doing so well past a couple bottles. During the best of times, or the worst of times, this shows that wheat is good. And in this case, damned good.

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

Pale yellow in color, hazy with a nice creamy head. Overall looks exactly what I think a great wheat should look.

Wheaty grassy smell. Citrus hints and an overall sweetness.

A delicous wheat flavor, not too sweet. Mildly bitter and has a great amount of grain flavor. Taste great. Mild banana and citrus tones.

Thick and creamy in mouth. Coats tounge well.

Great. Goes down smooth and has a super smooth flavor.

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

Now that I had this beer, I looked at the best before date, and it was Feb 03, 04. But this did make it through all right. Poured out a hazy orange with a decent head on it that continues towards the end. Smell consisted of some orange and spices. Taste was very exceptional. Some malts kick in softly at first then some citrus notes hit mixed in with some hops. Some lemon in there too, but very little of it. Finishes off with some bananas and cloves with some alochol and spices mixed in for some balance. Truly an amazing beer. One of the best money can buy. This would be perfect on a hot summer day. I'll be stocking up with plenty of these this summer. Go buy lots of these, well worth it.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 8,582 ratings