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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Ratings: 8,652 |  Reviews: 2,593
Photo of marburg
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

No surprises here. This is a prime example of the style. Cloudy with threads of yellow and orange. Big white head. Aromas of light lemon zest and spring flowers. Feels silky in the mouth and has a definite citrus zest component. Very refreshing and an excellent summertime companion.

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Photo of pheurton
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into the proper wheat glass, this cloudy brew ended up with a creamy four finger thick head. aroma was fruity and somewhat yeasty. the beer tasted exceptional, a great wheat flavor mixed in with some banana-like fruitiness, that still ended up spicy, lemony, and dry. a superb summer beer, this ranks as one of my favorite hefe-weizens. i could drink these all night out on the deck in june.

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

This beer poured a cloudy yellow color and had a medium amount of carbonation. It formed a hugh foamy white heat that left thick cobweb style of lace as it floated down the glass in float style of descent. The aroma was of malt, hops, banana and cloves. The flavor was of malt, hops and banana. The finish was light with a slight bread aspect to it. This is a fine hefe and very well priced. Holds up it's age well after all these centuries of existence.

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Photo of kbub6f
4.8/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought locally (Grapevine refrigerated shelves), a couple of days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-60F.

A gargantuan, white head... mini explosions, mountains of foam. Lots of sticky, clumpy lacing. The beer is slightly cloudy, gold and amber.

There's lots of spice in the nose, along with some citrus, and some detectable alcohol when cold. The front is spicy citrus, turning just a little sour instead of the sweet I was expecting. The finish is bitter fresh, with some green apples. Bread and butter. Nuts make an appearance in the aftertaste. This is a very, very good beer. Even better at temperature. Freshly buttered fresh bread. I wouldn't have minded a little more esters, but really... one of the most delicious beers I've had.

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

If you want to judge Hefeweisen, this is the one.

Pours a beautiful cloudy yellow with a nice head that hangs around. Some yeast to cloud the issue.

Cool it down. ~40F is a good temp. Get the right glass. Pour it. Taste it. You won't want just one. Beautiful spice taste, hops and citrus bite. Hefeweisen as we define it. I would love to try this fresh in a German pub on tap.

Don't pass this up. $7.99/6pk $25.99/ cs. Worth every penny.
5.5% alchohol to boot. Enjoy.

NOTE: Price has gone up due to poor performance of our dollar. This is one of the finest beers available. Available in .5 liter and 6 packs.

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

Cloudy caramel color with a white head. Plenty of yeast sediment.
Nice aroma of ripe banana, caramel, yeast, and malt.

Yeast contributions mesh nicely with the malt and hops. Nicely balanced. Caramel, ripe banana, spice, and yeast flavor notes. Finishes well.

Good mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a very good hefeweizen. No wonder this brewery has been around all those years.

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

Poured a very pale yellow, quite cloudy. Holy head! Soft, pillowy, and extraordinarily abundant. When I swung my wheat beer glass around I was entertained by explosions of bubbles roaring up to underbody of the head. The carbonation stacked up into an amazing structure: the bubbles pile up like a perfectly aligned brick wall. The head eventually calmed down but can be awakened very easily. (As you can see, I'm easily amused by playful objects)

Nose was of cloves, banana (less than the cloves). Character was neither too sweet nor too lactic. Occassionally, a detected tiny bit of bubblegum ester creeps. Taste was beautifully of wheat, cloves, and a tinge of hops and lemon. Had a light and thin taste, but in the best way possible for a hefe-weisse, and was topped off by a great tasting yeast close to a light nutmeg flavor. The mouthfeel was a sharp spritzy action all over, topped off by a short finish with a a gentle but hearty yeasty-hoppy-creamyblend of an aftertaste.

Way too drinkable, yet has tons of body and heartiness. Cannot drink one, won’t appreciate it until you’ve had, at least, two, an easy thing to do. It would be MUCH better if you could get it much quicker and fresher in America, as I'm sure it loses some of its best qualities since hefe-weizens don't sit or travel well.

Addendum: funny thing is, its even better on tap than in the bottle - that keg has traveled!

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

It poured a hazy medium golden wheat color with very little foam and little retention. The smell of cloves with a hint of wheat was not over powering. As for the finish, it had a slight bitterness and that might have been why the wheat taste fell short on the after taste.

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Photo of optikon44
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice and vibrant dark gold color, pretty cloudy. Wonderfull thick, creamy foam that sticks around for a couple of minutes. Exotic esters rise from the glass comparable to a Belgian triple. Full bodied and very flavorful. Loaded with fruit and spice flavors - maybe coriander and lemon. Sweet, rich malty flavor is present in the finish along with some mineral overtones. Pretty smooth, with a clean carbonated bite toward the end.

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Photo of Morris729
4.83/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden color with a massive creamy white head that coats the sides of the glass with sheets of lace as it recedes. Nose is ripe banana and lots of fruity esters. Light to medium in body and very smooth and creamy in the mouth. Taste is sweet and malty at first followed by a nutty yeastiness. Flavors of creamy banana and nutmeg come across towards the end. Simply delicious. This is an absolute must try for any fan of the style.

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Photo of Scooter77
4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the one hefe-, in which I measure all other’s by. Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with tiny yeasties floating about the glass that ultimately lay to rest on the bottom of the glass. A thick, creamy, full head tempts you to sample what lies beneath. Aromas of citrus, bananas, and sweet malted wheat pull you in even further. Taste is exquisitely balanced for a hefe- of this magnitude. Tastes of bananas, citrus peel and yeast seem to blend exceptionally well with the mild wheat flavor. This is one great and refreshing beer. An absolute must try for all hefe- lovers.

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Photo of stirgy
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Before I opened the bottle, I swirled it a bit to rouse up the yeast on the bottom. The beer poured out a cloudy yellow straw color. The head was colossal and dense white.

The aroma is one of bananas and sweet malt with hints of cloves and spices.

There was a fruitiness and tartness as this beer went down.
Very light in body with a excellent drinkability. There was some pleasant yeastiness in the flavor. This has become my favorite hefe-weizen. Very refreshing. Excellent!

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Photo of WMBierguy
4.72/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Weihentephaner Weiss beers are, in my opinion, the best Weiss beers that are widely distributed in the U.S. The taste is great, a rich, flavorful Weiss. The color is nice, but a little on the light side. Excellent drinkability, goes down extremely smoothly. I definately recommend this beer.

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Photo of mickstepp
3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden color. Soapy, thin head. Yeasty citrus aroma. Light banana clove taste. Very refreshing. A little thin in the mouthfeel. Very indicative of the style. This is a very good Heffe but not the best that I have had. Certainly suitable for a benchmark.

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Photo of AudioGilz
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm thoroughly impressed. This is definitely the best I have tried of this style. It's a beautiful blonde/orange color and very hazy. The head is off-white and enormous. Cloves, yeast, and bananas come through in the pleasant aroma. Zingy carbonation feel on the tongue hits at first, and then an extraordinary smoothness follows. Sweet malts, yeast, cloves, and bananas are all a part of the very enjoyable taste. This is very highly drinkable, a perfect session beer and very refreshing.

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Photo of bditty187
4.48/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mammoth, multi-finger head, tremendous retention; hazy, cloudy, honey-orange hue, very lively body. Wonderful yeastiness, bubblegum fragrance out shines the banana, a whisper of clove. Glowingly balanced taste with well-placed flavor… more banana is found on the palate, slight bubblegum, almost no clove but solid wheaty-maltiness. Faint mustiness. Pleasing mouthfeel, this is a very enjoyable quaff. Slightly sweet yet mildly tart finish. Probably the best Hefe-Weizen on the planet. World Class… very much recommended… why just drink this in the summer?

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

After a long morning touring around the Platz in Munich, you see a outdoor market with lots of food stalls and people sitting on benches eating. Many of them seem to be eating the same thing. You ask the person at a food stall , What is everone eating and drinking? The response is simple- weisswurst und hefe weizen. The
beer is poured in a tall,large glass with a thick, billowy head pouring over the side. The nectar is a deep golden,cloudy brew with a cascade of bubbles from top to bottom. It sounds like a bowl full of rice crispies as it snaps,crackles,and pops in the glass.The beer smells of bananas,cloves,buble gum and bready yeast.

The flavors that you can detect are lemon,vanilla, spicy bread and a little malt sweetness. It has a nice crisp mouthfeel that has a little oiliness to it (from oats?) This is a nice proud wheat beer- a benchmark of the style for some, for you, a great escape from the wanderings of a tourist.A rejuvination of the body.You're ready to continue onward.

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Photo of Rocko
3.52/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This color is hazy yellow, a bit to the darker side. Nice foamy head that unfortunately settles quickly and leaves little lazing. It smells fresh and fruity. The taste is also very fresh and fruity and quite sweet, but I dont really like it fully, it's good but it doesn't really float my boat. The carbonation is lying on the border of medium to light. This is quite a good beer though even though it's not one of my favourite types of beer.

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

Weihenstephaner just makes superb Bavarian-style wheat beers, and this is probably their flagship. A nice golden slightly hazey brew with a huge white head.

The typical clove and banana esthers are heavy in this brew, as is a wonderful malty flavor. Sweet yeasts. Creamy mouthfeel and a smooth, crisp finish. There are no surprises here, just a perfectly crafted German Hefe-Weissbier.

This beer surpasses the Franziskaner hefe and ranks right up there with Paulaner's. Worldclass.

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

Appearance: Hazy medium golden color with an extraordinarily large white cloudtop head, moderate and natural appearing carbonation, lots of stickly lace. The head exhibits extraordinary retention.

Aroma: Consists of the prototypical cloves and ripe bananas that define this style.

Taste: Begins with lots of soft carbonation and a quite full bread malt flavor and lots of yeast, towards the middle of the taste the clove and ripe banana flavors assert themselves. At the end of the taste some mild hops appear along with some residual malt flavor. The finish is clean and a bit dry.

Mouth feel: The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

Drinkability/notes: While I do not particularly care for the Hefeweizen style, it must be conceded that this is a superb beer and a must try for anyone who is a serious student of world=class beer.

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Photo of Sixpack595
3.13/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I don't know why I keep punishing myself with wheat beers. I don't like them, they don't like me. Sickly sweet taste, way too fruity for me. Pours a nice cloudy amber with good head. Laces well, and smells only faintly vile. If you like wheats try it, as far as they go its better than the alternatives. If you don't like them, don't waste your time...it won't change your mind.

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

Brauerei Weihenstephan Hefe Weissbier: An absolute classic version of this style, in fact, I think it is the standard to judge all others of its style. In the classic half liter brown bottle, stating that this is the oldest brewery in the world. Fantastic looking beer, with a thick white head, with great Belgian lace, and a cloudy orange/yellow. A pronounced aroma of yeast and bananas. Fairly well carbonated, with a smooth mouthfeel. This has the classic taste of sweet malts balanced by the yeast/banana tastes . Had a fairly clean, and somewhat sweet aftertaste. Very easy to drink and very refreshing.

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Photo of MJR
4.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: If you're curious what a wheat beer should look like, this is possibly the best example on the planet. A hazy, peach-colored body with dull gold edges topped with a massive, fluffy off-white head that stays around forever. Hundreds of bubbles fight their way to the top of the glass from the strong carbonation.

Smell: Very strong aroma with the traditional banana, clove, and bubblegum notes. There's a bit of spiciness in there, as well as a hearty yeasty smell.

Taste: Very full flavored with a strong malted wheat backbone. Lots of banana and clove intermingle with the spiciness, which all come together in a perfect balance. There's lots of yeast in the body, and it makes itself known on the palate. The finish is dry and clean with the alcohol just barely making it's presence known. Wheat beer perfection.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thin bodied with a dry, crisp mouthfeel that begs for another sip. It actually starts off feeling a bit creamy, then moves to dry and thin (in a good way.)

Drinkability: This is the top rung of the wheat beer ladder. I could drink these all day, every day in the summer and never tire of it. The brewery has been in the same location since 1040 and have one of the top brewing schools in the world, so trust me...they know wheat beer more than anybody.

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Photo of aaronh
4.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very hazy orange-amber with a giant off-white head that slowly recedes. It almost looks like shaving cream as it fades into a rocky layer atop the beer. It was so attractive I had to take a picture of it. A thick-veined lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is bready yeast and a touch of clove and/or coriander. Smells more like the latter. Also a touch of lemon zest in the nose. The taste is superb, with again a nice breadiness, topped with fruity flavors, banana being the strongest of those, with a touch of plum or grape sweetness in the background. A touch of butterscotch adds a nice contrast to the coriander spiciness and wheat crispness on the finish. The mouthfeel is buttery yet very refreshing. Carbonation levels are perfect, providing a nice liveliness on the tongue while not getting agressive and distracting. The drinakbility is exceptional. Even with a full pint, it seemed to disappear quickly. This is a very flavorful and well balanced hefe-weizen. A very nice treat. Thanks to cretemixer for this great beer.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.42/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy gold/pale orange in appearance, pouring an enormous, bilious white head. Aroma is shockingly fresh, floral, citrus, lemon, orange, lively, and lovely. Light and playful upon the tongue, brief finish, light body, slight texture. No lemon required, unless you're a certified lily-gilder. Refreshing as a beer can be!

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