Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner HefeweissbierWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier

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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Ratings: 8,690 |  Reviews: 2,602
Photo of Gueuzedude
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was one of those beers that I had heard a lot about, and one of which I have been using this yeast forever in my own wheat beers. The Weizen was a nice fruity crisp beer, with a nice balance of the Banana/Clove flavor against a refreshingly wholesome yeastiness. Definitely worth searching out and procuring while I was in Germany, and best of all, I can now get it at my local bottle shop.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma: Classic Weihenstephaner yeast banana smell, with some spicy and candy notes. Smells so good I don’t want to drink it, I just want to sniff it awhile!
Appearance: Brilliantly clear pale yellow with active carbonation feeding a pillowy dense pure white head. Head formed up to about a finger and a half with a gentle pour. Left a few streaks of lace, but mostly the head kept to itself, lasting through the beer.
Flavor: Still sniffing, hold on a minute.
Flavor: Banana like yeast coats a solid malt base that quickly disappears with only a wisp of the pleasant yeast taste to remind you “Hey, take another drink, QUICK”. Clean clean clean, smooth smooth smooth, induces palalia induces palalia induces palalia.
Mouthfeel: Slick, evasive, did I just drink something? Did leave a mild tingle between the lips and gums.
Overall Impression: Well, there is a reason these folks have been around since 1040 AD. They make some outstanding beer. About the only complaint I have is that it doesn’t come in 4000 oz bottles. This was my first Weihenstephan Hefeweissbeir; it will NOT be my last. Recommendation: BUY ON SIGHT, ALL OF IT!

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

Served in the classic tall weiss beer glass, with a lemon which I discarded. Color is a cloudy orange with a short-lived white head. Pleasant aroma consisted of vanilla, bananas and a touch of clove. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied and smooth with good carbonation. Flavors of banana, vanilla and yeast combine with a pleasant malt taste. Finish is very clean and refreshing. A great companion to breaded fish and fries on a Friday night. A smooth, easy drinking and very great tasting weissbier.

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

Aromas of zucchini, cinnamon and pie crust occupy the nose in a state of utter congeniality. Comfortable toast and white pepper notes weave within a relaxed perfume of evening and earth.
Each note on the palate, whether nutmeg, banana, pepper or linen, intensifies under scrutiny, then fades as another trait earns attention.
More intensely flavored than most bottled Hefes, yet clean as a whistle.

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

Pours a hazy medium golden/orange, huge creamy white head that mostly lasts, leaves good lacing. Aroma is dominated with banana and clove, with a hint of hops in the back. Flavor is sweet, loads of banana, some other fruits, a bit of spiciness in the end, and maybe a bit of smokiness somewhere in there as well. Medium body, finishes dry as a bone. A superb hefe.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clean, crisp beer that has a delightful flavor and decent look. The yellow body is topped by a great cloud of white foam and the residual does its share of lacing. The nose is a bit light and lacks clear definition, but there is enough to give the sense of yeasting and malt that one might expect. The flavor is very special; it's not so much what it gives, but rather what it doesn't give and that is the typical over-cloving sense. This beer impresses of balanced malt and a gentler spiciness than is typical of this style. Quite lovely stuff this. Lighter bodied and crispy without tartness, this has drinkability plus.

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

This was *the* best beer I've had in a long time. For me, this ranks as one of those all time greats. The taste is fantastic and the head is constant. Once I took the bottle cap off, it never stopped foaming. It makes for a great party beer, for sure.

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Photo of Ellbert
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Good with a nice white head. It is a nice golden color, more towards orange than yellow. It is a bit cloudy however. The head sticks with a small lace aound the edges.

Smell: Very malty with some spices evident. A very crisp and wonderful aroma.

Taste: A good flavor but different, maybe I will have to review this again when I know more about the style. Very malty with a nice mixture of hop flavors. Tangy with a nice carbonation bite to it. Some spices are towards the back.

Mouthfeel: A nice crisp mouthfeel, good carbonation and good consitency.

Drinkability: Excellent! Very drinkable and considering the low alcohol content you could drink this all night.

A very good brew, definitely worth giving a try, will probably keep this as a good backup. I enjoyed this much better than the other beers from this brewery.

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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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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 8,690 ratings