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 Naerhu
4.97/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Beautiful orange opaque body and pure white head.
S - Banana and cinamon, apple pie.
T - Banana pie, dry, cinamon, goofy amounts of yeast. Spicy, fresh, amazing.
M - Silky smooth, luscious. Medium body.
D - Can there be better drinking better beer. Mind numbingly juicy and fresh, I want to go on this liquid diet.

Purchased from Ueda Beer Cafe

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

advertised as "from the barrell," which i take to mean "on-tap" and not "cask-conditioned" (someone correct me if i'm mistaked so i can change it)

served in a tall spiraly Weienstephaner glass advertising the brewery's status as the oldest in the world (11th century—that's the garfield administration, i think)
the best wheat beer i've had yet? beatiful head and lacing (with the little white circles i associate with belgians). big yeast aroma and delicious spicy flavors with plenty of banana and citrus

well carbonated

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

Poured into a weizen glass, a good 2 finger head on this one. Body is a little clearer than I would expect for a hefe. A nice yellow gold with that crisp white head.

The aroma is classic hefe weizen with banana and cloves, a little saaz too.

This hefe tastes sweet, with the accent being a banana flavor, the spices and hops give it a nice accent. Finish is clean and crisp.

This feels medium bodied, the carbonation and clean taste leads to a refreshing brew.

As far as drinkability this is a beer that can be enjoyed in looonnnggg session drinking due to it's ease of consumption, moderate ABV and overall refreshing taste.

Overall this is a one heck of a hefe, I'd like to try this on tap. I think this style is better tasting on tap and has more flavor. Still a very enjoyable brew on a hot summer day in June!

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

The beer came in a pint glass and appears cloudy yellowish-orange. Great creamy white head on this beer and it hangs around for a long time.

The smell is pleasantly sweet with wheat and slight citrus.

Excellent balanced taste of bananas and yeast with slight citrus/lemon undertones. Very smooth up front and finishes crisp and slightly bitter/tart. Like others who have reviewed, I found the combination of flavors and the finish very refreshing. Glad I chose this on a hot day.

Medium body with average amount of carbonation. Feels substantial.

Excellent drinkability. I'm glad I chose this for my first review. The best hefe that I've tried so far and I will drink it in the future.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very cloudy, pale yellowish-orange with a thick creamy white head, an excellent looking wheat beer. Smell is almost overwhelming, strong cloves, corriander, banana and lemon peel. Taste is lots of banana, cloves, corriander, and a bready malt as well as the fruity yeast flavors. Mouthfeel is chewy and crisp, with moderate carbonation, a world class wheat beer. Drinkability is high. Probably one of the best wheat beers, not as banana flavored as some (franziskaner and paulaner) but still excellent.

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Photo of clvand0
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a little cloudiness and a tall, fluffy white head that has great retention. Looks great. The aroma is full of banana, clove, yeast - very nice. Just what I want in my hefe. The flavor is much the same - lots of clove, banana, citrus, yeasties and a little bit of graininess. High carbonation level. Drinkability is great and the mouthfeel is right where it should be.

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

perfect example of the style.
pours a slightly pale yellow color with a nice 1 inch head thats bubbly and dissipates quickly but not too wuickly and leaves minor lacing. Smell is bready, spicy with clove and peppery aromas along with a slight orange peel/citrusy aroma lying in the background. Taste was refreshing, crisp and thirst quenching. great on a hot day. nice fruity esters blend very well with the light clove spice. Very drinkable especially on a hot day

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Photo of blackie
3.91/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Forms a thick, off white head when poured. Has a cloudy golden amber color typical of this style. Smell is clean and light. The yeasty, clove, estery type odors are more subdued than in other examples of the style. The same can be said for those characteristics on the tongue. Highly carbonated, as it should be. Don't get me wrong, this is a good beer, but I prefer some of the other brands (Franziskaner) over it. A nice beer for the warmer weather, and one to definately check out.

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

Appearance: Golden color, but cloudy, cloudy, and cloudy. A thick white bread like head pours out with good retention and minimal glass sticking. There is tons of carbonation, but it is difficult to see for the opaque characteristic of this one.

Smell: grassy/grainy. Smells like fresh wheat bread and some acidity similar to grapes.

Taste: Spicy and fruity. The malts break through the many flavors and are delicious. The beer is a little sour to the tongue and the spice remains as an after flavor. Other flavors I can taste remind me of cedar, vanilla, and apples. Really comes together well to make a nice fruity and complex taste.

Mouthfeel: medium body. Carbonation plays with the tongue along with a dry/spicy after feel.

Drinkability: This is one of my favorite drinking beers. It is well balanced, delicious, and I can drink this as well as any beer. In fact it is so good that I wish I had another bottle as the glass is empty.

Notes: This is the classic Hefe Weizen in my opinion. It is what the style attempts to emulate. I have never had a better hefeweisbier, and doubt I ever will.

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

Pours a creamy caramel brown with a thick frothy off-white head. I poured the yeast in with it for the full hefe character, so it was quite cloudy. Not a bad thing at all in my book.

Fantastic rich and aromatic nose. Smells like sweet tomatoes with citrus fruit, herbs, a touch of cloves and bananas. There's a siltiness in there, even. Overall, there's layer after layer. A very nice nose.

Sweet initial flavour flettens out to a savoury taste of bread, finishing with a frefreshing bitter tang. A wonderful hefe. It's really pleasant and refreshing. It has a great deal of rich complexity for something with a relatively standard ABV. The advantage of that is that is supremely drinkable.

An excellent beer, one of the best hefes, and probably one of the best wheat beers.

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

The gold standard of what I think of whenever I drink a hefe. This has a great pale color that is slightly orange-tinged and a big white head that goes no where fast. Smell of wheat malt with a touch of sweetness all laced with a clove and bruised bannana smell. The yeast flavor comes through in this cloudy beer and it mixes well with the other flavor. It is eminently drinkable and goes with pizza to duck and will still quench your thirst after mowing the lawn.

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

Appearance: Poured a dark yellow to orange color.

Smell: Bananas and malt.

Taste: The taste was of a sweet fruit begining, which mellowed into a slight bitterness which finished off with a dash of spiciness.

Mouthfeel: There was a good amount of carbonation, not too much but not too little to make it feel flat.

Drinkability: Definitely drinkable. Easily one of the better beers I have had. Definitely reccomend it.

Drink this beer cold. It seems to go down better cold.

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

Decanting this bottle, I fill my weizen glass with a cloudy straw colored brew, liberating a large white head. Nice strong estery aroma of bananas and sweet citrous, with some doughy yeasty notes, and a little spice. Taste is incredibly clean. The bready yeastiness is quick to the palate followed by sweet fruits and creamy malts. Then a blast of very crisp and clean citrous. The sweet and bitter flavors coexist in perfect harmony, without either one dominating. Generous amounts of tight carbonation work very well with the flavor. I could see drinking this beer for many different occasions. Remarkable taste and drinkability.

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

Pours a very pale hazy gold with a thick rocky ivory head. Lots of fine lace. Smell is spicy (cloves) and fruity (ripe banana). Lightly peppery

Smooth and creamy in the mouth. Lightly sour wheat malt. Ripe banana and spicy clove and underlying pepper. Some lemon flavor underneath, lemon rind. Crisp, dry finish. An easy drinker for the hot Georgia summer. If it's not my new favorite hefeweisse, it's in the top three.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.84/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

light brown on the edges with concentrated golden orange running up through the amply carbonated center. perfectly pocked two finger foam in the proper glass. NO LEMON. NO ORANGE. aroma is pure buttery bananas, sweet, bready and a crisp tartness. tastes banana. smooth and rich flavor. mind-blowing in its texture and satisfaction. deep wheat notes coat the fruit and prevent an over-sweetening. slight bitterness initially in my cheeks. wayy to drinkable. goes down fast and slick. a near-perfect beer. only negative here is an excess of crispness and slight puckery finish, throwing off the smoothness in the end.

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

I finally decided to buy one of these after looking at the bottle in the beer store for months. Lets see if it can stand up to my beloved Ayinger Brau-weisse.

A high pour into an Aventinus glass yields a straw yellow/gold beer with flowing bubbles of medium sized carbonation. This particular glass promotes a fabulous head in a wheat beer, and this is no exception with it's high, proud peak of pure white cloud.

The nose screams lemony citrus tang surrounded by a layer of yeasty, banana funk, chalk, and peppery, clove spice.

Taste is initially zesty lemon/orange, followed by a bit of sweet/sour banana phenols and underlying bready malt and white pepper/clove spice. There's a level of tartness that makes this beer the ultimate summer day refresher.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, as it should be with it's light-medium body. The finish is pleasantly sharp with a slight lemony/citrus bite. Aftertaste is clean and lemony.

An alltogether enjoyable weisse beer, worthy of a space right next to my Brau-Weisse.

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Photo of twi1609372
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! this one took me a bit by sauprise. just wanted to try something new. It says it's from germany, kick ass they know their beer, but it's brewed under the purity law of 1516!!! if its brewed under those guidlines, you know it will be different that 99% of domestics. taste is somewhat fruity, very defined, and good. it's a bit rougher to drink for the tastes of some but i find it drinkable and tasty. I will indeed have to try other beers form this brewery. Also the 5.4 alcohol content adds a nice touch.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the quintessential hefe weiss in my opinion. The appearance is a light golden that is crystal clear for the most part and seems to have a very active carbonation without seeming to be too fizzy or harsh in the mouthfeel. The smell is very estery, producing the most beautiful banana/clove mixture I've had from a hefe. The taste is also quite estery, but the sweet malt presence cannot go unmentioned as well. I could drink quite a bit of this stuff, and I surely will in the future. Make sure to try one of these classic brews from the world's oldest brewery if you haven't already.

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Photo of bearrunner44
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been interested in Weiss beer for a while, but I could never seem to find a tasty one in any of my local stores. Then, finally, my neighborhood store started stocking Weihenstephaner. This is generally referred to as a great example of the style, so I just had to pick some up and give it a try.

Appearance: A cloudy orange-yellow with a thin, bubbly head.

Smell: Yeasty, with a distinct banana/spice-like scent.

Taste: A full-bodied, mellow tasting beer with banana-like flavors, bready yeast, and a touch of spicy flavor in the finish.

Verdict: This is a very tasty beer. It's extremely well crafted, and the various flavors are balanced very nicely. The banana flavors are never cloying, and the spiciness in the finish isn't too overpowering.

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

Pours a hazy deep golden yellow with a bubbly, rocky off-white head which diminishes fairly quickly. Lots of banana and some spices and cloves in the nose. Banana esters at first in the taste and then some cloves and wheat malt in the finish. This is a very tasty hefe, and a little mellow then some others which I find can be a little harsh. The mouthfeel is very nice and smooth. This is a very nice and refreshing beer which I could have many of. Most enjoyable.

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

From a bottle in a genuine Weihenstephan weissbier glass. I just love this stuff. It was my intro to the world of real beer when I stumbled upon it accidentally in Freising (fresh from the brewery) where beer is cheaper than soft drink (soda). Bottled version suffers a little from the long journey to Oz. Pours hazy goldish yellow with a HUGE head that retains well. Classic aroma of yeast/bread, bananas and clove which also comes through in the taste in very large measure. Full mouthfeel with medium carbonisation and a yeasty/malty aftertaste that lasts for ages. Did I mention it was smooth and goes down without any resistance? Unable to stop at one.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the first heffeweizen I have had with the intent or rating/tasting/savoring the flavor and I am very impressed. The apprearance is slightly hazy as most wheats are. It is a dark straw color. There is a large, foamy head with great body. The smell is clovey and yeasty but quite subtle. As the beer warms, the yeast and clove smell and taste are more pronounced but very well balanced with the overall flavor of the beer. The mouthfeel is great. Slightly tingy and very comfortable. This is a very drinkable beer. I think it would be perfect during a hot summer day at Wrigley or Fenway with a loaded roast beef sandwich or even a Philly Cheese Steak sandwich. Ahhh, how relaxing.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.85/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Visually very good. Nice yellow color, with a hearty, foamy head. Very interesting scent, with a hearty amount of yeast backed up with an odd pungency (other reviewers say phenols, but it's something more than that. Almost like olive juice, but not quite).

Much more subtle taste than you'd expect, with the scent it has. Had to finish half the glass before I could start to properly appreciate it. Yeasty and malty, though there's an odd metallic aftertaste that I don't quite like. Might just be mine, I don't see anyone else mentioning it.

Not a half bad Hefe Weizen. Give it a try

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

Hazy foggy straw hued pour with a scant layer of off white thin head cap.

Bold nose of coriander and cloves. Yeasty bouquet meets the flavor with a bone jarring assault that blends ripe bananas with a soft bread dough. Clean finish with a bit of citrous linger.

Cushy feel. Loads of sudsy carbonation. Damn near full bodied.

Last swigs: If Hefe is your Yen, this is a 5'er! Frothy wheat infused Hefe. The best Hefeweizen I've ever had.

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

Appearance - Huge fluffy head. Cloudy golden color. The cloudiness intensified when the yeast from the bottom of the bottle made its way to the glass. Head retention is okay, beer lace is minimal.

Smell - Great yeasty and spicy aroma. Malty sweetness hangs out in the background.

Taste - Grainy and spicy. Hops are in there mostly as dressing. The grainy flavor is pretty sweet. This is balanced by a clove/phenolic flavor that I detect more towards the aftertaste. Complex, but unfortunately it does not seem fresh. The taste grows on you.

Mouthfeel - Decent body. At first the beer seemed watery, but it evened out over the time it took me to drink it.

Drinkability - Good drinkability. It improves as it warms.

Comments - This is a good beer. However, I think there are better hefes out there. This one just did not seem to be an ideal summer quencher. Be sure to let it warm up a little bit before you drink it.

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