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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Ratings: 8,582 |  Reviews: 2,575
Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, cloudy yellow-bright orange glimmering hue; huge, two-fingerish bubble-bath head that clings to the walls of your hefe-glass throughout, rather impressive first impression. A nose that can be detected from a foot away - cloves, bananas, freshly baked bread all compliment a wonderful smelling brew. Sweet up front, a large yeasty-based body, clean, ever so smooth, rich in taste - spices, cloves, traces of lemon, delicate touch of pepper as she warms, wheat, barley malt, hop detection, it's all there. Medium bodied, full flavored, world-class, clearly the hefe-champ-of the world.

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Photo of Indybeer
3.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at BW3's in Indy. Poured a cloudy pale golden color with a decent head that really stuck around, and lots of lacing on the glass. Aroma is that wonderful spicy yeasty mix that is always present in a good hefe! Taste was all about what a Hefe-Weisen is about, and why I love them so. Great carbonation and silky smooth and creamy mouthfeel. So much better on tap!

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

My, my….pours a dark straw color with an absolutely monsterous head. Sold, structural foam rises for an eternity. It’s amazing. Spicy aroma…decidedly yeasty and estery, with the expected clove and vanilla smells. Underpinnings of citrus and wheat. Mouthfeel is extraordinarily soft and creamy, with a nice carbonation bite on the tongue. It’s a little grainy, and full of wheat and yeast flavors. There’s a very slight hop presence at the finish, but it stays far in the background.
Overall, this is a refreshing, clean, tasty beer. It’s exactly what a hefe should be. I’d love to try it on a hot summer day.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer poured out of the bottle had a magnificently tall creamy beige head underlain by a translucent golden pale body. The whiff out of the bottle was wonderfully spicy. Out of the glass the beer smelled more musty, grassy, and yeasty. Tasted wonderfully crisp and spicy with a creamy wheat malt backbone supported by extremely flavorful hints of clove, banana, citrus, and peach. Dry, very refreshing and drinkable as a hefeweizen should be. One minute I had a full bottle, next minute it was gone.

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

Looks absolutely stunning in my Hacker-Pschorr Weisse glass. Heavy visible carbonation in this hazy gold colored liquid that looks like it is producing its own light. Topped off by a full 2 inches of head, even after a conservative pour. Smells heavily of citrus and hops, and maybe even the smell of berries. Makes me think of a summer day. Taste is very mellow and smooth. Bananas, oranges, cloves and a nice hops finish make this a very delicious beer, and a steal at $2 for a pint bottle. I would assume that this is a better Summer brew than a February-in-Minnesota one, but it is still very good.

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Photo of surfmeister
4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

OK, OK, it's as good as they say...
Appearance: hazy yellow, head that filled the room and refused to yield
Smell: hmmm, fruits, malts, citrus, complex
Taste: apricot, is that possible? malty, no hop, totally awesome (dude)
Mouthfeel: thick, carbonated, substantial
Drinkability: exceptional, will buy separate keg fridge for this beer today

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

Pours golden straw with a nice white head that lingers nicely throughout. Aroma is of the expected cloves, yet they are mild. Definite tropical fruit/banana esters in there too. Taste starts off with a dose of cloves, then melds into a nice vanilla type flavor with some slight graininess in there. No nasty clove aftertaste, a definite plus in my book. Full taste without being overwhelming in any area. Mouthfeel is not thin, but just thick enough to keep it silky, with just enough carbonation. Very drinkable, could quaff all night, but I would long for something a bit more complex. The best Hefe i've had besides Schneider & Sohn.

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

this one pours a lovely, very cloudy orange colour with an enormous foamy head that's nice and sticky. smells of grain, lemon, orange, spice, wheat. just an excellent aroma for a hefe. the taste is, like the smell, just like it should be for a hefe. starts a bit spicy then goes into lemon, back to spice and back toa lemon what finish. nothing bold and daring but that's not what a hefe should be (to me). they concentrated on doing an exceptional job with the basis of the style instead, and it works...extremely well. like most good hefe's this is a light to medium bodied brew that is smooth and easy drinking, though i would have turned the carbonation level down just a notch. other than that, no real complaints here about this excellent brew.

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

Weihenstephaner HefeWeissbier was poured into a traditional 500 ml weissbier glass. The beautiful hazy and glowing yellow orange nectar was topped with thick, doughy, fluffy whitish head. The nose was very enticing, with notes of yeasty raw wheat and an orange-tinged hop bouquet. A delicious beer as well, consisting of a bold yet clean and crisp malt body and a satisfying finish that was moderately tart and dry with lingering orange essence. The body was full and smooth, and the carbonation was appropriate. A top-notch hefewiessbier that I could drink all night.

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

Pours a cloudy orange, with yellow highlights. Large, dense head fades slowly. Each sip leaves waves of beautiful white foam on the side of the glass.
Aroma of wheat, clove, light malt and a hint of hop bitterness. Very mild lemon/citrus note in the background.

Sweet malt, buttery wheat bread with plenty of yeast. Clove jumps out in the middle as well as citrus fruits. Finale is a hint of spicy hop bitterness and touch of dry alcohol.

Very refreshing beer, wonderful mouthfeel and very addictive.

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

Appearance – Beautiful orange in color and hazy with some good carbonation and a monster hefe head.

Smell – The aromatic wheat flowed freely from the glass. This is classic German wheat, straight from the oldest brewery in the world (1040).

Taste – This is the taste that many an American brewery has tried unsuccessfully to imitate. The light yeast flavor is incredibly smooth here. It’s not singular and strung out like most efforts of the style. It’s tight and complex with a lightly sweetened orange finish.

Mouthfeel – Wonderfully carbonated just as the style demands. The carbonation is big and fluffy yet the bier is medium-bodied. If you swish this in your mouth the carbonation explodes. This is excellent.

Drinkability – It’s not easy to find, but this is an authentic representation of the style and is terrific to drink during the day or in between meals.

Update – It’s been a full year since I first reviewed this weizen, so I thought I’d take another stab at it after writing reviews for a year.

I feel the same way now as I did then. This hefe is just terrific. It’s one of the few imports that take me back to Bayern where I lived for six years. Zum wohl!

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have to admit, was not the biggest Weiss beer, but man did this one change it for me. I just love the appearance that this beer gives off. It is a beautiful cloudy butter color and the aroma is explosive. When this stuff hits your mouth, a sweet wheaty taste lines your tongue and the finish is very crisp. I could pick up a tiny hint of alcohol taste but the sweetness matched it well. This truly shocked me since I normally don't like this style of beer. Two thumbs up!

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Photo of SilentSabre
4.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was quite good indeed...if, of course, you enjoy Hefeweissen. It had the characteristic peachy/orange-ish/cloudiness of a Hefe. Likewise, it was also quite spicy, aswell, and remniscent of cloves and nutmeg. Medium amount of carbonation lets you know you're drinking beer, but doesn't have the "sting" of something like Sprite. Goes down pretty smooth and leaves a nice, pleasant taste in your mouth. This one seemed a bit sweeter than other Hefeweissen I have had in the past. Not sickeningly sweet, just a wee bit sweeter than say, Franziskaner. All-in-all, I really enjoied it and would certainly spend money on this again.

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Photo of koolk
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy/hazy vibrant orange with a thick creamy white head that is ever persistant. Firm carbonation.

Strong, full aromas of banana, cloves, yeast, bread and spice rise out of the glass in perfect full harmony. Wonderful stuff.

Palate is thick, full, creamy, long and a touch dry. Flavours are fruity (tropical and citrus) and well as some light spice and good wheat/bread flavours. Did I mention full?

I love this beer, and considering I only just discovered a relativley close bottle shop that carries this range I look forward to consuming many over the following summer months.

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

Turbid medium gold. The pour yields a huge, pillowy, off-white head that recedes quickly to about one finger of foam. Not much lace sticks to the glass. The nose is very nice and is of clove, banana and melon.

I love the flavor since it's chock full of yeasty banana and clove. The beer tastes wheaty, with sweet and bitter complementing one another rather than clashing. The finish favors dry, with a crisp, clean mouthfeel. Drinkability is excellent; this bottle disappeared very quickly. Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is my first hefeweizen and I found a lot to like.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
3.68/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled in a pint glass at RFD's.

Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow that almost seems to exude a glowing soft light. Topped by a smallish white head. A constant ring of fine bubbles. Little fingers of proto-lace struggle to stick to the glass.

Smell: Yeasty and bready smell with faint hints of citrus. Not all that estery in comparison to the kristallweisse, faint banana and bubblegum.

Taste: Lightly sweet bready/yeasty malt flavor that gives way to a bubblegum finish. Hints of clove and slightly sour.

Mouthfeel: Very light and effervescent. Not as thin as the kristallweiss, but still very refreshing.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable. Less fragrant and bubblegummy than the kristallweiss, but certainly more yeasty overall.

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Photo of allboutbierge
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My all-time favorite Weissbier.

This beer's head is gigantic and aromatic. Notes of bananas, oranges, clovers, and general fruit smells fill the air. Flavor is complex yet balanced. Notes of vanilla, in addition to bananas, oranges, clovers assault the palate and please the mouth. The mouthfeel is luxurious and thick and the carbonation is light and slow.

A real prize to find. Thankfully, its quite easy to come by in Rhineland pubs.

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

This was one of those beers that I had heard a lot about, and one of which I have been using this yeast forever in my own wheat beers. The Weizen was a nice fruity crisp beer, with a nice balance of the Banana/Clove flavor against a refreshingly wholesome yeastiness. Definitely worth searching out and procuring while I was in Germany, and best of all, I can now get it at my local bottle shop.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma: Classic Weihenstephaner yeast banana smell, with some spicy and candy notes. Smells so good I don’t want to drink it, I just want to sniff it awhile!
Appearance: Brilliantly clear pale yellow with active carbonation feeding a pillowy dense pure white head. Head formed up to about a finger and a half with a gentle pour. Left a few streaks of lace, but mostly the head kept to itself, lasting through the beer.
Flavor: Still sniffing, hold on a minute.
Flavor: Banana like yeast coats a solid malt base that quickly disappears with only a wisp of the pleasant yeast taste to remind you “Hey, take another drink, QUICK”. Clean clean clean, smooth smooth smooth, induces palalia induces palalia induces palalia.
Mouthfeel: Slick, evasive, did I just drink something? Did leave a mild tingle between the lips and gums.
Overall Impression: Well, there is a reason these folks have been around since 1040 AD. They make some outstanding beer. About the only complaint I have is that it doesn’t come in 4000 oz bottles. This was my first Weihenstephan Hefeweissbeir; it will NOT be my last. Recommendation: BUY ON SIGHT, ALL OF IT!

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

Served in the classic tall weiss beer glass, with a lemon which I discarded. Color is a cloudy orange with a short-lived white head. Pleasant aroma consisted of vanilla, bananas and a touch of clove. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied and smooth with good carbonation. Flavors of banana, vanilla and yeast combine with a pleasant malt taste. Finish is very clean and refreshing. A great companion to breaded fish and fries on a Friday night. A smooth, easy drinking and very great tasting weissbier.

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Photo of putnam
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aromas of zucchini, cinnamon and pie crust occupy the nose in a state of utter congeniality. Comfortable toast and white pepper notes weave within a relaxed perfume of evening and earth.
Each note on the palate, whether nutmeg, banana, pepper or linen, intensifies under scrutiny, then fades as another trait earns attention.
More intensely flavored than most bottled Hefes, yet clean as a whistle.

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

Pours a hazy medium golden/orange, huge creamy white head that mostly lasts, leaves good lacing. Aroma is dominated with banana and clove, with a hint of hops in the back. Flavor is sweet, loads of banana, some other fruits, a bit of spiciness in the end, and maybe a bit of smokiness somewhere in there as well. Medium body, finishes dry as a bone. A superb hefe.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clean, crisp beer that has a delightful flavor and decent look. The yellow body is topped by a great cloud of white foam and the residual does its share of lacing. The nose is a bit light and lacks clear definition, but there is enough to give the sense of yeasting and malt that one might expect. The flavor is very special; it's not so much what it gives, but rather what it doesn't give and that is the typical over-cloving sense. This beer impresses of balanced malt and a gentler spiciness than is typical of this style. Quite lovely stuff this. Lighter bodied and crispy without tartness, this has drinkability plus.

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

This was *the* best beer I've had in a long time. For me, this ranks as one of those all time greats. The taste is fantastic and the head is constant. Once I took the bottle cap off, it never stopped foaming. It makes for a great party beer, for sure.

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

Appearance: Good with a nice white head. It is a nice golden color, more towards orange than yellow. It is a bit cloudy however. The head sticks with a small lace aound the edges.

Smell: Very malty with some spices evident. A very crisp and wonderful aroma.

Taste: A good flavor but different, maybe I will have to review this again when I know more about the style. Very malty with a nice mixture of hop flavors. Tangy with a nice carbonation bite to it. Some spices are towards the back.

Mouthfeel: A nice crisp mouthfeel, good carbonation and good consitency.

Drinkability: Excellent! Very drinkable and considering the low alcohol content you could drink this all night.

A very good brew, definitely worth giving a try, will probably keep this as a good backup. I enjoyed this much better than the other beers from this brewery.

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