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

Poured the typical cloudy straw colour with a very full billowy white head that had incredible retention.
Smell was typical of the style, banana, a little yeasty and spicy.
The taste was hefe plus.. It was easily one of the best ive had. Nice banana bread and cloves, a touch of sweetness with just enough bite to level it out before it became cloying. Nice silky mouthfeel left you wanting more.. High drinkability- could be a great session beer. As i said one of the best hefe's I have tasted and will definately get again.

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Photo of Zraly
4.82/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cloudy, hazy, beautiful wheat beer accompanied by a pocky, white, billowing head. Appropriate carbonation and a welcomed sight overall.

The smell is a full-on hefeweizen scent...bananas, citrus, and a wonderful undertone of smooth spice. These smells carry over nicely into the flavor department. In addition, there is that delightful yeasty component that just envelopes the palate. A notable apple cider note comes through as well. The flavor is so full and dead-on, the finish a rich, creamy, complex wheaty-ness...perfect reasons to savor this beer. The smoothness and fullness is really setting a huge benchmark for other wheat beers to follow. Tangy goodness.

To go along with this, I'm gonna having a Jerk Vegetarian Chili made with lotsa lime, clove, and habanero. This might be heaven on Earth. One of the best.

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Photo of SeanChouffe
4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color, a full bubbly head, some lace and a fair amount of carbonation. A fresh fruity smell of bananas, and slightly citrus. A sweet taste that is not too dry, is clear and clean, and finishes quite crisp. Great mouth feel with strong effervescence. An admirable balance of desirable characteristics in a Hefe Weizen.

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Photo of au1sec
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW! This is exceptional. This is the wheat beer that other wheat beers aspire to be. I poured this beer and got the aroma without trying to..its potent. The head is so thick I was tempted to put the bottle cap on it just to see...I'm sure I'd have had no problem leaving it right there for a few moments. Nice golden color..of course its cloudy, its a hefe. Its almsost like a Belgian in its complexity...also with the amount of carbonation. You get the banana & clove taste you'd expect with the yeast, but the subtle spiciness kicks in...feels light and crisp like a good hefe should. Extremely drinkable. This is a top-notch beer...can't wait to have it again.

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

Pours to a cloudy orangish-yellow color with a thick white head. It leaves behind quite a bit of lacing. The aroma that hits me right away was bananas. I then get the clovey, yeasty aroma. The flavor is fruity, like bananas with the cloviness. It also has a wheat and yeasty flavor. Very refreshing, and easy drinking.

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

This is one of my favorite hefe's. They have been brewing beer for almost 1000 years so you can always count on getting a good quality beer. Many of the Hefe=weiss around the world get their yeast from Weihenstephen. I prefer the draft versions over bottles as it seems to have more of the phenolic (bananna) charecter that I like in a hefe. Golden color. Cloudy, rich creamy head that you can float a quarter on...

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Photo of Brent
3.36/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I was surprised to realize I had not gotten around to trying this beer, as I've had several others from the brewery. I was a little let-down by the beer, not because it was bad, simply because it was not as good as I would have expected from them. Hazy golden pour with copious yeast in suspension. Vigorous carbonation and head production. Muted aroma of wheat malt and yeast. Flavor was bright and sharp, but the banana and clove notes were not nearly so evident as I expected (and hoped). Overall, a fairly average representation of the style.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.78/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from a 12oz brown bottle, this beer poured a cloudy dark golden color. A huge white pillowy head formed and I noted a lot of streams of carbonation .

The smell hit immediately. Strong of bananas, cloves, and a bready malt aroma.

Bananas and a yeasty, malty taste were up front. Cloves and spices asserted themselves and I was left with a lingering banana bread taste at the finish.

Feel was light, dry, crisp and very refreshing.

Huge drinkability!! Wonderful taste and aroma made it hard for me to restrain myself from downing my six-pack in one sitting. I'm delaying my self-gratifacation to more thoroughly enjoy them. This is the standard bearer for the style. Truly world-class.

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

Nice looking hazy orange tinted copper. Healthy white head decorates the surface. Retention? Just fine. Lemon, vanilla, pepper and banana aromas hit the nose. The taste is very refreshing. Dashes of lemon pepper mingle with a vanilla/banana blend to serve up a delectable offering. Nicely carbonated mouthfeel. Solid hefe.

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Photo of Jon
4.38/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This German hefeweiss pours a hazy golden color with a huge, pillowy white head sitting atop the liquid. Head retention is superior, as excellent lace appears down the glass. Smell is that of a traditional German hefe -- banana, clove, hops, yeast, and assorted spices on which I can't put my finger. Taste is very nice with notes of clove and assorted spiciness, while a bit of hop flavor kicks in on the finish. While mild carbonation permeates the mouth, this is an incredibly smooth brew. Drinks as well as any hefe I've tried, too. Perfect for the summer. This is the best bottled German hefe I've tried thus far. Tap could be another story, but that will have to wait for another day. Very well done.

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
3.45/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Foggy Copper Color. Quickly dissipating head. Distinct wheat presence in the taste and aroma. Highly carbonated, with a biting aftertaste. A higher percentage of hops than wheat however. A good beer when you want one to two tasty weiss’s. But when there is a choice available, I would go to a different brand.
Served with lemon.

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Photo of granger10
4.75/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A truly amazing hefeweiss. I feel like I could drink this every day during the spring, summer, and fall. I need to go get more immediately. Taste consists of clove with a hint of banana and a dash of lemon, the yeast spicyness comes forward to even out the malty sweetness. A very smooth, very crisp brew. Finishes on the sweet side with minimal hoppiness. A masterpiece of a beer!

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Half a liter bottle poured into a weizen glass. It pours a hazy orangish-yellow color with 3 fluffy fingers of head. There is good head retention and quite a bit of lace. The smell contains clove and banana aromas with a bit of spice to it. The taste is just a bit on the malty side with some orange flavor hiding behind the clove and banana. There is some other spices lurking in there. The mouthfeel is nice and heavy, not too carbonated. The drinkability is great, and this about the best Hefe-Weizen out there!

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

Appears with an off white massive chunky head and golden orange sunset hazed body, the huge head is resiliant leaving heavy annular rings of lace around my wheat beer glass. Aroma contains citrus tones which arise at the forefront of the aroma with magnificant clove and sweet carmalazied banana notes produced by the yeast. Faint hop aroma balanced by the sharp sweetness of the malted wheat. A full flavor that comes throught sharply sweet at first then mellows int a rolling wave of banana, clove, citrus notes that coat the palate very nicely and finally topped of with some balancing delicate hopping. Mouthfeel is lacking a little on the carbonation level not as bubbly as I expected and the body is a fluffy medium to light density. Drinkability overall this is an instant classic representation of the style not my favorite but one them, great.

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Photo of TheDM
3.14/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a very large head of finely sized bubbles and a cloudy light yellow brown body. It has a nice wheat beer aroma not stoo strong though. Its flavor starts off with mild fruity banana lemon and yeast notes then mellows into a lingering soft mouthfeel. It is on the thick side which adds to the smooth mouthfeel. It is an easy brew to drink and is one that you could easily enjoy in a beer tent at the Oktoberfest! Prosit!

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

When poured into my glass, there was a large white foamy head with small bubbles. The lacing was fair on the sides of my glass. It had an aroma of clove, banana and a light malty aroma as well. The body was yellow in hue. The flavor was smooth from start to finish. This was an enjoyable brew to drink on a warm summer day.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Solid looking hefe, super cloudy, hazy, yeast filled golden straw color. One super large fluffy off-white head nearly three inches tall, fades and pops slowly to leave a fine thin head with some stringy sticking lace. Smell is a nice light and airy, fluffy lemon with a nice grainy wheat bread background and notes of banana and spice. Taste is one refreshing, rock solid hefe, with a perfect balance of lemon, not to tart, good breadish tone, wheaty, yeasty, but all very mellowing and smooth. Notes of banana linger and some spice of cloves. Feel is pretty full from sip to swallow, very mellow, has a textured feel in the middle, moderate tartness and a very clean finish. Which makes it incredibly drinkable, no doubt about it.

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

Hazy brown peach color with a billowy 1/2 inch head of a nice creamy quality. Fat short strings for laces. Grain and wheat bran aroma, some nutmeg and a mild estery sense. Rolling but light-bodied banana bread ester beginning but a quick turn to a more neutral approach of mild white toast breadiness. Medium to medium low carbonation. A distinct lemony finish, but overall, a dry finale for a Hefe. Very easy to drink with a nice start but a slightly disappointing finish for me.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.17/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, no matter what the label says, this is not a malt liquor.

Hazy yellow effervescent body, topped by the traditional enormous foamy white head. Wonderful aroma, mostly bananas, with a bit of bubblegum lurking about. Strong lemon taste, but not overly tart. Mouthfeel is nicely full, but could use a dash more carbonation to make it a tinge lighter. This is a fine summertime beer.

Acquired in the Philly Gathering Beer Exchange.

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Photo of kevinl6
3.95/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first Weihenstephaner beer I tried was the original lager, and I think I still prefer that to the Hefe. Lots of smell coming from this one. Reminded me of honey/wheat/banana. Poured surprisingly thick with a pretty thick head, even with a perfect pour. The head lingers in some fashion the whole way through this one. Appears very cloudy in the glass, which coupled with the thick appearance, gives the illusion that this isn't a hefe at all. Goes down very smooth, with a taste exactly like the aroma I described above. I think I had my hopes up a little higher on this one. I had the Paulaner hefe a few days earlier, and think I still prefer that one...I'd like to try them both in a taste test! Definately worth a try, but not quite all that I expected.

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

As good as a Hefe probably gets....cloudy, apricot colored with an impressive, foamy/bubbly head of about an inch....charged up look to it and a charged up, but enjoyable mouthfeel...Nose is incredible....banana's,and nuts(walnuts?)..along wiht a hint of cloves.....body is medium...taste is rather malty for a hefe-weizen....or at least it leans in that direction.....also nice banana nut flavor...the cloves are light on the taste too....

I love this one....wish I had a keg of this in the basement....a true classic of its style...thanks to Bierman9 for this treat...

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I bought a bottle of the 1 pt .9 oz weihenstephaner and pured it into my english pint glass and was rewarded with a wonderful thick whipped head that just sat on top. The cloudy amber color was misleading as it was very clean and light. The aroma was mild yet full of yeasty clove and a touch of banana. The flavor was great as it complemented the aroma well with a more malty and hoppy clove flavor. The finish was so clean that i would love to drink this beer up at lake tahoe in 100 degree weather before i jump into the cold ass lake. The head subsides a bit as you drink it but it is pretty tenacious and clings to the glass. The only letdown was that the head did not leave lines on my glass so i could count how many drinks i had taken. Overall a wonderful hefe and i would definetly drink this one again.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.5/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Originally sampled 29 May 2002. A very nice German wheat beer. It's aroma has some banana in it. It wasn't too crisp, but it was easy drinking. I found it to be very enjoyable, although I would have preferred a bit more crispness, it's a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of Realale
4.52/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a full hazy gold. Huge fine head settles slowly to a thin complete cap.

Nose is grainy and forceful, but managing to maintain its balance. The yeastiness, fruity esters and phenol that are the hallmarks of the style are all there, but again, nothing dominates. Instead a cohesive and complete expression of the style is made.

Refreshingly light on the palate. The grains again dominate, but the supporting characters are all there to make a well-integrated whole. First class example of the style.

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Photo of Stubbie1
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This weissen pours a nice cloudy yellow, a bit darker than most weissen. A nice tight white head appeared on the top of my glass. It stayed around for a few and gave way to a thin lace. The typical weissen aroma was present; cloves bananas and yeast are present. This aroma seemed a bit “crispier” or “fresher” than some other weissen’s that I have had. The flavor has a lemon twang to it along with a slight musty yeast finish, wheat and spices. A very nice and enjoyable beer.

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