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 mynie
4.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5


Pours a pretty dark orange haze with a nice, fully retentive head.

Smells of strong wheatmalt, cloves, allspice, ginger, and banana. One of the most complex and wonderful smells I've ever come across. Truly something to behold.

Big splash of banana upfront, followed up quickly by a bevy of spices and then the best tasting wheatmalt I've ever had. Just rounded enough, just spicy enough...it's almost perfect! Dry in the back with more fruit, making way for a nice white pepper aftertaste. Wonderful.

Smooth as silk, too. Perfect body. Goes down easy.

Excellent, excellent beer.

I took my ladyfriend out to a chocolate and wine shop for our anniversary. I got to sit and drink this stuff and eat chocolate and I'd never felt like more a fancylad in my life and it was wonderful.

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Photo of malty
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16.9 oz. elongated bottle with the yeast swirled and poured-in also - no freshness date.

A soapy golden color radiates below a pure white fluffy craggy head.

Smell of honey drenched malt with just the right amount of clove and a tad bit of sour notes. FRESH, FRESH, FRESH!!!

Taste: There's that honey-dipped wheat malt again. Earthy yeasts, banana, bubblegum, clove, slight hint of pepper and again - that quenching slight sourness. All these flavor burst at the beginning and the finish mellows but lasts forever.

Mouthfeel is spritzy and soft. The tongue continously tingles as this beer enters your mouth. A perfect balance of acidity and full-on maltiness.

Drinkability is high as this beer is practically flawless. I enjoy this beer year round, but May-August - fahgit abah dit!!!

Overall a stellar brew! My hands-down favorite bottled wheat beer, period. Unfortunately it's hard to find on tap in the Mid-Michigan area. The one time I had it in Ann Arbor (U of M country) - it blew me away!! The king of Bavarian style wheat beers!!

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Photo of afatty
4.65/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Excellent beer that suffers from $2.50 pint night pour. Very little head in a "regular" pint glass. A little work with a straw after a few sips brings the head to life and awakens the hidden aromas developed in this beer. Still not a great presentation for this wheat monster that defines the style for me. Slightly cloudy with dark straw/ amber color. Truly a great summertime beer. But, when it's 65 degrees in February.. it just feels like summer. Malt/fruit flavor complimented by spice/citrus. One of a very few non-killer-hoppy beers that I could drink every day and that I actually keep in the beer frig. Choice is good. Starting a new UFO card does have it's advantages. 3 down, 197 to go.

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

02/01/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 16.9oz bottle with a code of 7154 on the back label. Poured into my Ayinger Weisen glass.

Appearance- A cloudy golden pour with a 3/4 inch large bubbled head and acceptable lacing.

Smell- Typical hefe scents. A good amount a clove action with some sweet banana scents and maybe a tad of vanilla.

Taste- Nice and sweet tasting brew. A very heavy clove taste and creamy banana background.

Mouthfeel- Left my mouth pretty dry. Although it was fairly creamy going down. Moderate carbonation level on this one.

Drinkability- Finally got around to the #1 ranked Weissbeer. I'm not sure if I like it as much or more than Paulaner, but it's pretty damn close. This beer was a tremendous thirst quencher and the sweetness worked well. Wish I had a Paulaner to sample after this. Either way, a great beer with a good price tag ($2.49) Will be a regualr of mine in the years to come.

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

500 mL bottle with a batch number but no freshness date. Pours into the weizen glass a bright yellowish-orange with a 3-4 inch head which forces you to wait several minutes to fit the whole thing in the glass. By the time the glass is full the head is beautiful - rocky with small bubbles and poking more than an inch above the rim of the glass. Adding the yeast makes it a cloudy golden orange/brown. Reduces to a nice layer of foam that leaves slight lacing. Scents are bananas, spiciness, pepper, phenols, lemon, and maybe some vanilla. The beer is pretty thick and tastes like banana, pepper, and citrus (lemon/orange) with a low level of hops. I might have served the beer a bit too warm or released a lot of the carbonation during the poor because it is not as crisp as I remember. I could drink several of these bottles (which at about $2.50 is easy to do) but I'll remember to serve it a little cooler next time. Would be much better on a hot summer day than this snowy evening.

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

Purchased as a 16oz bottle from Marty's Liquors, Allston, Mass., 28 January 2005.

This beer impressed me right from the first pour. It created a very thick head in my 20oz pint glass - I'm guessing this would probably be served better in a proper Hefe Weizen glass. The beer itself was very cloudy, almost to the point of opaqueness. The scent suggested vanilla and malt, with virtually no hop aroma.

This beer was exceptionally light in texture, and it went down very smoothly. A lemon flavor hit my tongue right about the middle, balanced by malt smoothness. There was no hop bitterness at all in this beer.

I would rate this as highly drinkable. One could certainly have several of these in a row. I recommend this as a great crossover for those who are looking to explore the world of better beer.

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

Cloudy golden pour with nice head of little bubbles. Aroma is predominantly malt wheat but I also catch some lemon, vanilla, and maybe a little sweet corn and grass in the nose. Very pleasant. Taste is nice and yeasty, but the lemon is there as well, with a little hint of vanilla in the finish. Mouthfeel is very light, maybe a tad too carbonated for my taste. Overall, though, I love this one. I hadn't had a hefeweizen in a few months, and I'm glad I picked this one to come back to the style.

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

Hmm, what can I say about this beer. Pours a cloudy orange color. The head is a big and white sticky head that sticks all over the glass. Sweet malt, lemon, and yeast dominate the aroma. Has a medium mouthfeel. Citrus, sweet malt, clove, banana bread, and a small amount a hop bitterness come out in the flavor. The yeast stays around for a while too. This is by far my favorite Hefe-Weisse beer!

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

Pours a hazy and somewhat orange beer with quite some carbonation. Theres a nice foam that leaves quite hasty and the beer looks great in its own glass.

Smell is malty and massively fruity. There are citric traces of oranges and pomerans that blends perfectly with the yeasty, big smell.

Taste is sweet, fruity, filling and delicious. Yeast comes first with light and fruity traces. Then comes citric tones with a musty and powerful sweetness that really is perfect. Carbonation is perfect and this beer is really good.

Just the greatest hefe weizen, perfect taste, perfect feel and i can drink these all night long.

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Photo of Backer2004
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time I've tried a Hefe Weissbier that was not home brewed and wow!!, was I impressed this evening. Received this in a Beers of the World 10 pack and this has easily been the best by far. Hazy, dark golden colored, with an incredible head and carbonation. Smells and tastes of vanilla and banana that went down very easy. May have found one of my new favorite styles. Try this one out!!!

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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An easy pleasant drink, light on taste yet not thin on mouthfeel. Nice aroma wheat with some vanilla. Smooth though not creamy. Nicely malted. Nice vanilla nutty spice that made this brew go so well with lunch. A summer style that went well here at beginning of winter.

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

Paid $1.99 for a half-liter bottle...

The beer pours a hazy golden base with a very large white head, the head becomes lumpy and is visually stunning. The retention is phenominal and the lacing is very nice. The aroma was solid with tines of yeast, malt, banana, lemony goodness.

The taste wasn't strong but the smell gave away what was in my mouth, all of the above, but including cloves and honey? The mouthfeel is an good as it gets, this didn't feel like a beer in the mouth. The drinkability is also exceptional, a 5.4% is so smooth, this feels like a light hefe...

Final Thought: Very impressive beer, this and Franizkaner are the leading Hefe's in Germany.

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Photo of merlin48
4.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz bottle pours a cloudy, medium straw yellow body with an enormous, vanilla head that is rocky and pillowy, longlasting, with some patchy lace in its wake.
Aroma is surprisingly complex to my nose, with wheat grain, spicy clove and white pepper, and an unusual lemony banana note.
Highly carbonated mouthfeel has a clove spiciness and medium body.
Taste: This one really surprised me with its complexity of flavors. Wheat, mild coriander, white pepper, lemon banana, vanilla, a note of clove, all meld with the carboantion. The yeastiness, when swirled in, adds some "Cream of Wheat" slickness to the mouthfeel. Finish is crisp, with a lemony citrus aftertaste.
This Hefe will be a staple in my fridge next spring and summer. Really nails down the style with a high quality and excellent drinkability.

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

The beer poured with a glorious bronze with a decent tan head. It's aroma was sweet toasted malt with a hint of cherries in the background. The taste was a robust it was toasted malt with a wisp of grass in the background. It was medium bodied and oily with a dryish finish. I have to put this right behind Schneiders HW, so I'm sure I will be having some more.

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Photo of Quaffer
4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz. bottle. Picked this up in Missouri. Not available here in Wichita.

Appearance: Started off a pale, golden yellow. However, with the addition of the sediment, this beer became an extremely cloudy, murky golden brown. The white head was huge and dissipated at a normal rate, becoming fluffy as it did so. A decent layer of bubbles remained floating on the beer for the entire pint. Lacing was surprisingly minimal.

Smell: Pure hefeweizen. Strong raw grains provided a solid foundation. On top of this was lemon zest and mandarin orange, with hints of sweet vanilla, banana, and clove. A full aroma, but it still had a nice crispness to it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a chewy graininess. Crisp and light, without being thin and watery.

Taste: Damn, this is good stuff. A full bodied, raw wheat component kicked in immediately and didn't ever let up. Even on the aftertaste, you could feel and taste the grain along the sides of the tongue. This was the main component and was only lightly complimented by some lemon and orange in the middle and light banana and spices on the finish. Slightly astringent grain flavor in the aftertaste.

This is one of my absolute favorite hefes, and one of my favorite overall beers as well. I love the fact that it is all wheat, and that the other flavors are just there to compliment the taste, not take over and become the dominant flavors. This stuff is wonderful on-tap, too. One of the handfull of beers that I like on-tap as much as I like it from the bottle.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.92/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Leffe chalice. It pours a semi-clear golden orange color with a white fizzy head that thins to almost nothing in less than 60 seconds. It has champagne like carbonation dancing to the surface of the beer.

Smell: Sweet alcohol, wheat, plae malt sweetness, citrus perhaps tangerine, and a sweet floral note.

Taste: The first thing I notice is a big sweet flavor. Notes of banana, cream, lemon, sandy leaf, and a bready maltiness. There's also a light hop bitterness in the middle that is barely noticable. A fruity aftertaste lingers.

Mouthfeel: It's a bit fizzy in the mouth making it less smooth and more combative going down.

Drinkability & Notes: A good hefe weizen but certainly not the best. The carbonation of this beer seems to be where it loses some style. It is very drinkable and if faced witha choice I may consider it again. It will not be a beer a I look for though.

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

On-Tap at Maxwells (Hoboken, NJ). Cloudy, yellow gold with a nice white head of foam that lasts, and leave nice lacing as well! Aromas are of wheat, yeast, lemon, banana, clove, and more! The taste is sweet and yeasty up front, bready in the middle, and clove-like and more dry toward the finish! The mouthfeel is medium bodied and yeasty and the drinkability is damn nice...

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

The head is a Solid Thing. I mean, the top of the head remains parallel with the rim of the glass when I tilt it. Jeez. Tiny, fluffy bubbles of eggshell white string out into webs that slide back into the liquid after a swirl. Ample carbonation, medium clarity to this ochre brew with pumpkin-yellow highlights. Yeast pour adds a nice murk. Smells like floating face-down in a vat of tapioca or banana cream pie. Malt aromas conjure buttermilk biscuits with fruit syrup and whipped cream; finishes with a hint of nutmeg (?) where I would prefer more spice. Light, smooth, appetizingly dry nosefeel. Taste it... unhhh. Banana cream with banana syrups and liqueurs. Full, dried apple body supporting impossibly rich pureed bananas, french vanilla, Bananas Foster, banana breakfasts, etc... to a finish of fresh plums and black pepper. Wonderful, but again I want spice. Exceptionally viscous and savory body starts creamy and full on the tongue, developing a wheaty wetness and light carbonation, ends dry. The brew seems geared towards filling a belly rather than quenching a thirst. Awesome hefeweizen, 964 years in the making.

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Photo of hero27
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark opaque brown. Head retention is nice.
Pungent cloves and peppery smell. Sharp banana flavor compliments the spicy flavors well. Taste is a tad on the sweet side & cloves are very prominent. Pretty sharp flavor and a slightly gritty mouthfeel due to the wheat. A solid, authentic hefe that everyone needs to try.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half-liter bottle, in a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pale amber, lots of haze. Decent head, but not as big as some.

Aroma: Huge fruity aroma, with a bready malt lingering on the edge.

Flavor/Body: Lots of yeasty spiciness, with full fruit flavors waiting in the middle. Banana esters dominate. Clove phenols are stronger than many weissbiers. Very highly carbonated, and delightfully thirst quenching.

I had my first Weihenstephan weiss about 6 or 7 years ago. Weiss beers had been one of my favorite styles for several years at that point, and discovering this, possibly the pinnacle of the style, was a revelation. I love it especially with breakfast. I just wish that one could get the Dunkel version of the beer here in Texas.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, dusty yellow with a large eggshell white head.
Head settles to a thin cap and leaves no lacing.
Bannana aroma is dominant, with the clove hidding underneath.
Flavor is wheaty, yeasty, fruity, citrus. Finish is crisp. but a little grainy.

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Photo of jvajda
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Very dark wheat bread color. Looks much thicker than the average hefe. Big frothy head that stays around for a while.
Smell: Fresh wheat and citrus tones fill the nose.
Taste: Nutty and bready. Very hearty for a hefe, but still refreshing. Excellent mild finish. This hefe is in a class by itself.
Mouthfeel: Smooth feel and a lot of carbonation.
Drinkability: It just gets better and better. If this was more affordable, it would be my everyday hefe. It's fantastic.

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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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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 8,699 ratings