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 Dmann
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a truly world class beer and the most outstanding Hefeweizen I have ever had! This great elixer poured a perfect hazy golden color with a great big fluffy white head that slowly faded into a slight layer of froth on top the beer. The smell was so good I could have sniffed it all night long! It had a great spice character along with a room filling aroma of clove and bananna and a great bready character as well. The taste was heavenly and just erupted in my mouth with a nice citrus twang in the beginning, followed by a rush of bananna, clove, malt and a great prickely mouthfeel that seemed to excentuate the flavors. If you ever have the opprotunity to get this stuff, do yourself a favor and sample a beer at the top of its field!

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Photo of Globetrotter
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was pleasantly surprised to find this make an appearance at my favorite grocery store last week. Bottle looks just like the picture. Purity law, versteht sich. Best before 5/25/05, I opened it on 9/24/04.

Pours a handsome cloudy orangish-gold under a 1.5 finger white head with good contour and decent staying power. Just a few spots of lace adorn the glass, though. The nose is sublime, fruit and spice in a mild blend that makes the taste buds yearn for a sip. The mouth is very well-balanced, both prickly and syrupy heavy, coating the entire mouth cavity with luscious sensation. The taste doesn't quite live up to the introduction, coming down a bit too heavy on the wheat, without enough of the accompanying spice. Still, a fine tasting beer. An airy feel characterizes the finish, as a bit of spice, and a hint of hops, come through. The aftertaste is all wheat, leaving the jowls feeling full long after the liquid is gone. Nice, yes indeed, nice.

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Photo of ken3c
4.15/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big lumpy head settles to a thin layer of foam after a while. This hazy orange beer laces well.

Smells like cloves and bread. Similar to a bakery.

Tastes like fruit and cloves and a little like bread. virtually no sense of hops.

Mouthfeel is light and well carbonated. Very refreshing.

I like drinking this beer.

I tasted Hacker-Pschorr Weisse the same day as this and they are remarkably similar. Weihenstephaner has a stronger smell and taste and I like it better.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.23/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A decent white head tops the slightly hazy dark golden hue. Big yeasty aroma contains notes of cream, banana and lemon. Nice toasted-bready malt foreground. Wheat comes through nicely, refreshingly without being overbearing. Nice enough and mostly crisp, serving its purpose, but I just don’t dig the style yet.

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Photo of stcules
3.88/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Opalescent oranged, quite good foam.
Smell of wheat, quite dry, with yeast, light pepper, light banana. Maybe a pear note?
The taste is dominated by malt and wheat. Lightly tart, with waves of sweetness (pear, marzipan). Dry flowers.
Light in body. Citric in he aftertaste, with notes of honey, and pepper. Soft and wrapping.

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

A wonderful summer's session beer. color a nice lemony honey yellow, with approriate cloudiness. Pours a nice 2 inch head in requisite glass. Aroma of cloves, bananas, anise. Taste is exquisite with a lemony, bananany, nuttiness. subtle hint of marchino cherry and a even fainter hint of alchol. A nice balance to this beer. the first and still honestly strong representation of this style. A great beer to create summertime memories by.

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

As much as I drink (at least 2-3 times a week) I noticed I have never reviewed this gem,pours a hazy orange with a hint of gold with a great pillowey head that sticks to the glass like glue.Aromas of clove and citrius I dont pick up as much banana a touch of iron as well,taste is beautiful nicely spiced with more banana in flavor than aroma finishes with a citruisy kick.The comsumant weizen best in the world in my book its great to have it on tap at my favorite local bar.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.35/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5.4% ABV? Really? That surprises me actually. The brewer did a great job of hiding the alcohol (even tho not high at all--had a bunch with no effect). But I'm still not fond of hefewiezens. Albeit this hefe I found respect for and would not mind another one. It poured a dark gold in color and was murky/cloudy. There was a slight head that went away quickly. The wheat was not too sugary--which is why I think I am not very fond of hefe. Also, behind the obvious lime taste (there was a lime in it) there were hints of orange as well.

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Photo of Goldorak
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Peachy, orange and very opaque, good head full of tiny bubbles.

Smell: Wow...Banana bread, yeasty, did I detect a slight cherry perhaps?

Taste: Totally smooth, that distinct, yeasty wheat taste really shines.

Mouthfeel/drinkability: Great stuff, I love a good Hefe on a hot sunny day. It wasn't the case yesterday when I sampled this (07AUG2004), in fact it was overcast and cold, but anyways...Good body, coats the tongue well, and very easy to drink. A perfect summer brew and one of the benchmarks of the style.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The mother of all hefeweizens. Seriously, from a brewing perspective; most hefeweizen yeast strains that produce all the hefes in the world can call this beer its grandparent. Pours a hazy orangy-gold color with a nice off white head, but dies a bit quicker than some other hefes. Heavy on the clove and the banana is pungent and ripe smelling. Nice and malty, and its yeastiness leaves a resiny lemon feel in the finish; no need for the addition of one. Pretty darn refreshing. Carbonation is good, because this beer is a little fuller bodied than your average hefeweizen.

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

Orange hazy brew with nice white head of tiny bubbles, not much in the way of lacing. Aroma standard hefe malty, wheaty with some yeasty and lemon highlights. Tastes great malt wheat flavors good raw tasting brew. Nice sharp malt wheat bready yeast with a burst of carbonation enhanced by a dose of clove with a slightly sweet dryish banana flavor. Good medium mouthfeel drinkability is great goes down quick smooth and refreshing great warm weather beer along with other hefe's out there. They say this is the best don't know about that but it is great need to try more hefes before stating that.

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Photo of carln26
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright golden, with huge champagne bubbles, that keep coming. The head is almost too much, with a light lace that stays on for a while. The aroma is citrus, almost banana. This doesn’t have the heavy cloves of some Hefes. You do taste the cloves on the front end, along with the citrus. This is a great Bavarian yeast. On the back end, just a light taste of the grain. Mouth feel is very light. The drinkability? I could have 10 of these. This defines a summer beer, and the Hefeweizen style. I’ve been asked for my opinion of the best, and this is it.

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

This is one of the great hefeweizens. Pours cloudy golden orange with an enormous white, sticky head. Aroma is sweetly malty, very light spice, yeast, and lemon. Big hefe taste - malty, yeasty, very little hops, and some clove and lemon. Semi-crisp and nutty. I really enjoy this hefe, however it is on the pricier end of the spectrum, thus it loses in drinkability. I tend to think Paulaner is a better value, although this is better quality.

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Photo of bigbeerdrinka
4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep cloudy amber, with some dark copper tones. A billowing white head forms about an inch high with a really nice lace. Initial aromas are of sweetness, wheat, bubblegum, and clove. A nice combination of aromas. For flavor this beer packs a punch on the pallate. Initially this beer hits up front with a nice combination of wheat sweetness, a little bubblegum, and some slight spice. Following a nice lemon zest hits, with some nice yeast flavors. This beer finishes with a nice spice and a little sweetness, with the perfect amount of carbonation. Overall just a treat to drink.

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Photo of cbl2
4.07/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


Typical cloudy yellow with a quarter inch of head that vanished as the bartender placed the pint before me.


Beautiful sweet citrus-banana and clove aroma. Very reminiscent of a Willy Wonka ™ Runts.


One of the spicier hefeweizens I've encountered, with an almost overpowering banana aspect that reminds me of a banana split minus the nuts. Very creamy mouthfeel for the style. Goes down smooth and leaves you wanting more.

I've been hearing a lot of good things about this beer recently, and coincidently happened upon it, while out in Hoboken to catch a Joseph Arthur show at Maxwell's.

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

The beer is a classic hefeweizen — the nose has hugely strong clove and banana aromatics, sweet and spicy and way more pronounced than any of the other weizens I've looked at so far.

The color also is exactly what I'd expect with a nice orange hue and a thick white head. The clove and banana flavor carry through to the taste, but it's not overwhelming. The wheat really shines in this beer, giving a clean acidity to the whole profile and making it a definite thirst quencher. The carbonation seems thicker as well, with bigger bubbles. Rather than being creamy, this beer really has a more soda pop carbonation that tickles the mouth.

This is definitely one of the best hefeweizens I've had, though they all have their unique aspects. This beer definitely seems very traditional with the strong clove and banana smell and flavor and an excellent tart wheat profile.

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Photo of tjd25
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick fluffy and creamy head on a nicely hazy golden orange color body. The head last forever and remains incredibly regular and dense the whole time. The smell is greatly wheaty and yeasty. Sweet bananas are noticeabl but not overwhelming. The taste shows a good balance of the traditional flavors of a hefe weizen, nicely sweet and fruity with bananas, nicely wheaty and yeasty; the pronounced citric character is my only reason to complain. Mouthfeel is very smooth and round. There's not that much to say about this beer. It's good, it's a great and harmonious balanced. It's enjoyable to drink.

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

Sampled this from the gentleman from the Weihenstephaner brewery at AJ's in late May. Learned much about their famous yeast that is used world wide. Darn good sample which led me to purchase a 16.9 ounce bottle.

This cloudy golden orange brew poured a 2 inch fluffy head that did not leave any lacing. The nose was of cloves, banana, and maybe honey. The taste is about as smooth as I have had in the beers I have sampled. It was comparable to a blend of banana bread with a fine wheat beer. The mouthfeel was extremely lively on the palate, refreshing and cleansing but a bit thin. This is about as drinkable as a beer gets.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 2" head of fine, dense bubbles over a cloudy straw color. Head stayed as I drank through most of the glass with a coarse lacing.
Smells of citrus, a kind of malty sweetness & grass.
Taste is lemony, some spice (clove?), nicely effervescent with banana esters kicking in later and becoming more noticeable as the brew warmed up. Complex and fairly well balanced, although the banana got a bit much for me at the end. Aftertaste was like liquid banana bread.
A medium body, smooth but not quite creamy feel.
Very drinkable, a great flavor, a great thirst quencher.

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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.88/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Hazy tangerine under a towering, creamy white dense foam. Sweet, spicy scent. Foam tastes like clove. When the head subsides allowing access to the beer, I find more clove than I would like. I can admire its fresh and lively quality, amid the tartness and the tangy lemon finish. Despite the harsh, biting carbonation, it still goes down pretty easily.

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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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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 8,652 ratings