Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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

This one will convert you to the world of Hefes!! Oh, the semi-hazy amber pour, quant lil’ white head, nice lacing…………. but the aroma and taste – unfreakin’ unbelievable! RICH and malty, perfect touch of lemon with a clove topping, yummm!

Worked well in the mouth, wish I had much more that the bomber to work on – wife & daughter kept on wanting glass pulls off of it!

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Photo of wedge
4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy golden yellow with an awesome densly fluffy white head. Smell is of wheaty malts, lightly sweet - a very nice hefe weizen aroma. Taste is terriffic. Well balanced - yeasty, not too bitter. This German beer seems to highlight everything wrong about "imitations" or other hefe weizens brewed by respectable American brewers. Not to say that we can't brew a decent hefe weizen - this just seems like the ideal model. The flavors and aromas of this beer are so well balanced - mild, sweet banana and a clean, perfect maltiness. Nicely flavored and not overdone. Medium bodied yet refreshing with a light carbonated finish. Soft and dry - very easy to drink, but it never seems lacking.

By far the best hefe weizen I have ever had. Highly recommended.

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

The beer is hazy orange-gold with a sick head. Really thick and floaty, creamy in color, and about 1.5 inches. It looks amazing like I would expect the world's first Hefeweissbier too. Smells full of wheaty malts, yeast, and light spicey citrus. Tastes ultra refreshing. Wheat malts, with spicey citrus overtones, and a nice crisp carbonation. Dryness increases as carbonation decreases, finishing with lemon/orange peel and sweet spices. Nice complex mouthfeel, and very very drinkable. Practically inhale-able.

I really recommend this, epsecially in the Summer.

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Photo of beersarang
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hefeweizen is not my favorite style in the world, but for the style this is how the beer ranks.

Pours a nice gold with a big white frothy head that holds its own, as a wheat should.

Cloves seem to dominate the banana in the aroma but there is a light bready banana underneath.

Nice wheat bready twang with little to no hop flavor or bitterness to follow. Not sweet either, but quite malty. Banana and spicy clove interplays, finishes sweet on the exhale. Yeast character is the highlight of this beer, subtle and indescribable.

A delightful medium bodied beer with smooth carbonation.

I would not mind drinking this on hot days at all.

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

Presented in a 500ml brown bottle with the classic German label. Poured into a pilsner glass, since there was a tragedy involved with my good weizen glass last time I bought one of these (sniff). Body is a vibrant golden hue with a sizeable stark white head. Lots of carbonation in the form of pretty big, coca-cola sized bubbles. Crisp, clean nose of light German hops, tantalizing yeast, and a touch of malt. Palate is much the same - clean yeast, light hops, and just enough maltiness to add some balance. Some tanginess from the hops emerges mid-palate and mellows into a nice, slightly hoppy dry finish. Brilliant in its simplicity, this is a well-built beer. Nice mouthfeel - medium body, highly carbonated but not foamy. I could drink this all day, every day.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.57/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a nice hazy straw color with a fluffy 3 finger head that falls to a finger and a half. Nice bubbles churn through the liquid. The nose is full on banana and clove. Not too sweet. Just a touch of wheat hiding behind it. Very nice. The flavor is a symphony for my taste-buds. Banana, cream, clove, wheat. All balanced and nothing over-riding anything else. As good a hefe as can be found. The feel is moderate to thick with a light to moderate carbonation. A fantastic hefe. Hands down this is a winner. I need to drink it more often.

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

Man, I had heard quite a lot of positive word about this beer, and this is definitely a case where a product lives up to it's hype. The Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is truly a world-class beer, one of the standard-bearers of the Hefeweizen style.

The appearance was outstanding. The Weissbier poured with a massive, creamy head of foam that was so tightly compacted that it resembled whipped cream. The body of the beer itself was a cloudy orange, dense and bubbly.

The taste was sublime. Citrus notes and a smooth banana taste dominated the palate, with hints of clove and/or alspice keeping things interesting in the background. Incredibly tasty. Perfectly balanced.

Great mouthfeel, full-bodied. EXCEPTIONAL drinkability. I could drink these all summer long. I was longing for another as soon as I had quaffed the first one.

Makes a good pair with lighter chicken and/or seafood dishes. I wouldn't be scared to try it with white-sauced pasta dishes, either. Fantastic summertime brew, it's a classic all the way around. Don't pass it up.

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Photo of Gritsak
4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- hazy yellow with a fluffy white head. some lacing on the glass but the majority of the head dissapates relatively quickly. i was expecting a little more retention on the head.

S- strong grainy, fruity smell. banana dominates overall.

T- lots of orange, banana and citrus flavor.

M- medium body with a good amount of carbonation. even with the carbonation it is extremely smooth and silky.

D- very high drinkability for me. the well balanced taste and smooth mouthfeel makes it a winner in this catagory.

overall- definitely one of the best hefe's ive tried. It would be tough to top this, only disapointment i had was with the lack of head retention. im a little past the best by date on the back maybe that could account for this? eitherway its a hit in my book

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

Cloudy straw yellow, big honking billowy head. Lovely, juicy wheat, yeast and clove aroma. Incredibly full malty wheat flavor, with the classic hefe backup of banana and hints of pear and apple. Lots of yeast creates a creamy and slightly chalky character. Incredibly drinkable too, to the point that it goes down like water or soda. Absolutely the classic hefeweizen, and fully deserving of its history and reputation. World class.

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Photo of cypressbob
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle

Pours with a cloudy yellow body, orangey too. Thick voluptuous head, frothy, lots of lacing and sticks around for the whole beer

Smell, lots of spice, clove and banana primarily. Some wheat

Taste, crisp and smooth all in one. Thick and creamy fruity, clovey flavours dominate. Estery but not overly sweet, some lasting dryness on the finish, no hop bitterness

A superb wheat, so much flavour but still so drinkable

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Photo of ypsifly
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Undated 16.9oz poured into a weizen. Lot #4215 on the bottom of the back label.

Hazy straw yellow with a white head that is tall, sticks to the glass leaving good lace, and settles down to about 1cm or so.

The nose is a wonderful balance of strong clove and wheat aromas. Spicy with some banana and honey in the back. Also a bit chalky. WOW!

The taste starts off malty but then quickly changes to some clove, some bite from the carbonation, then a biscuity finish with some suggestion of bitter hop. The yeast gives it an almost bready character.

Nice malty body that works well with the active carbonation. Great session beer during these never ending dog days of summer.

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

Pours a solid, cloudy orange color with a fluffy white head that is dinosauric in size. The aroma is of cloves and bananas. The taste is fairly juicy, citrus, and banana. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is a decent hefe. It isn't the best I've ever had by a long shot, but it is still damn good.

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Photo of Billolick
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure what I can add to 290 reviews...medium sized bottle, no freshness dating, pours cloudy honey yellow, puffy/fluffy white head, just a tad of lacing. Nose is tasty bananas and yeast, glorious yeast. This is the gold standard for German Hefe, yum yum, soft balanced, fruity, tons of bananas and yeast notes. Easy drinking, crowd pleaser, give me some salad, cheese, bread and a glass of this fine brew and I will be a smiling! Great summer quaffer, fine all year round wheat

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.48/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

After a week stashed in a growler, it’s still a pretty good beer. Cloudy pale yellow has just a tinge of pink in the center of the glass. Very refreshing wheat taste, not only a lemony spritz, but a little Belgian candi sweetness, it seems. Shows a little bit of character beyond the standards for the style.

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Photo of RedBaron
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Stellar weissbier beer from "The World's Oldest Brewery"

Appearance: Muddy gold; Uneven rocky head (nice)
Smell: Good banana/apricot and clove mixed with a nice hop aroma.
Taste: This beer seems to be all about the yeast. There is a definite malt complexity to this beer, coupled with a smooth and silky wheat texture, but the fruitiness of whatever yeast strain is being used really shines. Nice job guys.
Mouthfeel: Nicely balanced weiss beer, through and through. The brewers really want the gardens of Bavaria to linger on the palette with this one. It rides a fine line between chewy and thin.
Drinkability: After about 5 sips it becomes evident how special this beer is: not too banana-y, not to clove-y, not too strong, not too weak. Most of all the yeast used in this beer must be a top secret formula -- it just lends such a character to the brew. Crazy good!

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

Appearance is hazed orange amber with tons of foam and lacing. Aroma is of lemon, hefe spice, yeast and honeyed malt. Initial taste starts out with warm yeasts, grains, malt, banana esters, citrus and a touch of cloves. Medium body and just-right carbonation. As the taste fades, one is left with a clean palate and the memory of toasted malt, bitter hops, yeast, hazelnuts, anise and ethanol. The benchmark for wheat beer from the world’s oldest brewery.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.65/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First of all, it’s pretty cool to be able to boast on the label of your beer that you’re “The World’s Oldest Brewery.” And it’s pretty cool to have your own brewing university and proprietary yeast strain. And it’s also pretty neat to actually need to qualify your origins with an “A.D.” on it, as in, “since 1040 A.D.” And it’s also pretty cool that your employees still speak (in German) of “that newfangled Reinheitsgebot law.” But the big question on my mind is, can these guys go head-to-head with Widmer?

Well, alright, I guess they can. The Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier delivers a superb banana nose that segues into pepper and clove. Despite the big, lumpy white head and volatile carbonation, I suspect my bottle was a little fatigued as the flavor seemed to arrive from a distance. The body was sunny chamomile, the flavor infused with the peppery bite of whole cloves and the invigorating tartness of dominant wheat malts.

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3.78/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours out beautifully. It is a pale hazy golden color with a huge 3" cloudy white head (at least 1" above the rim of the glass). The head has great retention and left a little lacing.

The smell is of a spicy yeast, some clove, a little chalky with some powdery perfume aroma. The wheat is also prominent in the nose.

The taste is spicy, with a good chewy, bready yeast flavor. A little sourness from the wheat and I picked out some of the characteristic banana notes. This hefe has a medium finish with the spicy, yeasty notes being the longest visitors.

The mouthfeel is relatively soft with some good tongue tingling high carbonation.

Good hefe-weizen. Not my favorite but a very good example. Very refreshing and does the trick on a 100 plus degree bbq-ing day.

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

Cloudy dark yellow with a monster foamy head that stubbornly held on throughout the tasting, a beauty beer in the big Weizen glass. Nose was citrus rind over a foundation of wheaty yeast (that would be bread, eh?) Taste is pure bliss, with lemon zest, bananas, spices, and a mild carbonic bite. Fine medium body that never let the flavors fall apart. This is one fabulous hefeweizen. This must have decent availability. If you can find it, you should give it a try.

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

Highly carbonated, pours a slightly cloudy golden color with tons of head. Typical hefe aroma, a spicy yeast, banana and clove mixed with just enough citrus. A near perfect example of the style. A refreshing brew, could drink several on a hot summers day.

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.22/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After enjoying this brewery's doppelbock I was very excited to try the hefe...and it did not let me down. It pours yellow with some nice orange hues mixed in and slightly cloudy. Lively carbonation that looks great when drank out of the proper hefe glass. Great aroma. Lots of orange, lemon, citrus, and some bready malts. The taste follows the bill exactly. A great thirst quencher. Very impressive.

Hefe weizens are probably my least favorite style of beer, but I have to say I really enjoyed this one. My new favorite hefe and a must try for all you wheat beer lovers out there. I can see why this one is a classic.

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Photo of Dithyramb
4.56/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Procured from Grand Cru in Baltimore and poured into a large hefe glass

Humongous white fluffy heat atop a cloudy dark yellow hazy brew. Excellent retention, lacing, and carbonation
Phenolic as all getout, with sweet malts and yeasts vying for space in your nostrils
Medium bodied malt monster. Cotton candy, banana and clove, kept in check by a very light hop bitterness
Carbonation washes off any sticky remnants leaving a very pleasant taste. Worth having many more.

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

Poured a beautiful near-opaque translucent pale orange, with the most amazing head - it's thick, bright white and incredibly creamy. Beautiful beer. I could spend all day just watching the head dissipate slowly into rolling hills of foam.

It's sweet and spicy; a very well balanced aroma. Cloves and yeast hit first, with banana and citrus coming on with a bit more subtlety. The wheat imparts a nice grassiness...a bit like fresh-mowed hay.

The taste wasn't quite was I was expecting. It's far milder than I anticipated. Soft cloves and banana, and a lot of yeast; the wheat is gentle and smooth. Interesting, but it doesn't overwhelm me.

This is a wonderfully smooth and drinkable beer. Eminently refreshing, it is a perfect complement to a hot, muggy summer evening. I'm not the biggest fan of the style, but this one gets it right.

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

Pours a cloudy gold in color with a fluffy white head that had excellent retention. Nose is quite spicy and fruity at the same time. Taste is quite complex and extremely well balanced. Heavy on the banana flavor and clove, this is like the quintessential hefe, extremely well done. Lots of flavor layering going on, but not so much that it ruins what is basically a very quaffable and refreshing beer. Very well done, I could drink a lot of this and I will, especially at this price.


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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.26/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer poured hazy pale golden with a very slight amber hue. The head was white, large, and in charge coating the glass as it slowly retreated from the edge of the glass.

The aroma was very fruity with notable banana, a roundness in the aroma of wheat, and a slight spice of clove. Also some malty sweetness was notable.

The flavor was crisp with a nice dryness and quite a bit of banana fruit flavors. The wheat was noticeable and well done. The spice was very low clove but was present as the banana fruitiness diminshed in the flavor.

The finish was dry with a crisp wheat and slight spice lasting into the aftertaste with hints of that banana fruitiness. The body was medium but seemed lighter due to the higher carbonation levels. The beer was immensely drinkable and well done. I used to not like German Wheat beers, but they have certainly grown on me over the years. This is one of the most popular around.

16.9 ounce bottle. Code date on back 1135. This beer is imported out of NC...Yee Haw!

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 8,702 ratings