Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner HefeweissbierWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier

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Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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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.

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Hazy gold, low amount of visible carbonation, with a one-finger white head.

S: Fruity yeast esters, cracker and wheat malt, and notes of apricot in the background.

T: Follows the nose very nicely. Yeast fruity esters (apricot, pear, apple, banana), nice sweet biscuit malt, all leading to a somewhat dry finish.

M: Light body, good carbonation sensation, low alcohol presence.

O: Not my favorite style but this is example is quite tasty. One of the best hefeweizens I've had.

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Photo of Radome
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 0.5 liter bottle into a large wine glass.

A -4.5 - Beer is a deep, deep golden or orange color, rather than a true brown. It is cloudy but not opaque. The head is not very thick, but is made up of tiny, creamy, off-white bubbles and it persists until the end. The lacing is thick on the glass.

S - 4.0 - Classic banana and clove aromas mixed with warm, toasted malt and alcohol.

T - 4.0 - Lots of banana in the initial taste, followed by bubblegum and wheat grain. There are some dark fruits in the background, but no roasted notes. Very clean and tasty but with complex flavor development.

M - 4.0 - Medium body, creamy and slightly fizzy carbonation. No alcohol burn. Finishes sweet but not cloying.

D - Very drinkable, despite its big, complex flavors. From the taste, I expected the alcohol to be higher because it has the complexity of a much bigger beer.

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Photo of Retsinis
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been picking up a few of these lately, as it's been getting hot, and my fridge is full of RIS, and bourbon barrel aged beers of varying degree, and a good Hefe was in order.

A: Poured from the 375ml bottle into Bruery Tulip glass. The beer pours a hazy honey color with a good two inches of frothy white head that very slowly receded, leaving nice lace behind, before finally settling at about three quarters of an inch.

S: Soft scents of sweet clove, mild spice, banana, wheat toast, and a very mild esters of yeast.

T: Well intergraded flavors. Layers of banana, lemon, some cloves, and toasted wheat bread. Mild mineral quality, but smooth and well rounded.

M: Low to medium carbonation with a mild creamy medium body.

O: Hits the mark. Refreshing, balanced, and though not overly complex, it's brilliant in its execution, and quite enjoyable. Steal at $2.25 for a 375ml bottle too.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this at Bert's Bier Huis in Utrecht

From a bottle into a Weizen glass

APPEARANCE: Deep yellow golden orange with a big fluffy white head. No carbonation evident. A thin film sticks around and lots of lacing lines the glass.

SMELL: Wheat malt dominates the nose. A good amount of clove and a hint of banana and lemon in the background. The malt is the strongest component, and the rest balance it out quite nicely.

TASTE: Wheat malt and slightly sweeter than average. Mostly malt qualities with a healthy dose of clove and some banana undertones as well. A slight bit of bread at the end. Definitely enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium thin body and slightly creamy on the palate. Goes down smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Carbonation is light but very appropriate for the style. No bite and feels right.

OVERALL: Feels and looks right, and has a nice malty taste profile as well. A very drinkable beer that could be drunk all night. This is actually on tap everywhere in Holland and it often turns into my session beer. I'm glad there's a top notch German weizen readily availible on tap here.

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Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I believe that I have tried most of the widely available German hefe's at this point, and I think I would rate this as the best. Seems to achieve the best overall balance. Exhibits the typical spicy, clovey notes, and pours the usual large foamy head. At times, the clove-like flavors of wheat beers don't appeal to me, but the Weihenstephan is not excessive in that regard. I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of their beers, and would strongly recommend this to fans of the style. Clean and refreshing, all the way.

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Photo of Lldeegan
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear with a huge, pillowy white head that sticks to the glass for dear life.

Gives off notes of esters and spices like clove, banana, bread, orange, lemon, fresh cut grass as well.

Light and refreshing on the palate with clove and bready flavors with a hint of wheat twang. The typical banana is not as strong as I expected from the smell.

Very clean flavors, and as most German brews go, it is a perfectly executed beer fit to style, and since it comes from the oldest brewery that basically defined the style, it very well should be.

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Photo of KingPuuChuu
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


When I first started drinking Hefe's, I never knew that there were beers like this. Poured into one of my Thinkgeek "Insert Beer" pint glasses, and was a lovely caramel. Extremely hazy, with a slight head to it. The head left a nice lace on the inside of the glass, while the beer itself was very drinkable. It left a pleasant feel on the tounge, and felt very refreshing.

As for the flavor, there are heavy hints of citrus, along with some herbal hints. The after taste comes off slightly bitter, but not in a bad way, and as mentioned in prior comments, the aftertaste tends to differ between the hoppiness and a citrus ting. The initial sip does take you by surprise, but as you enjoy the beer, it does get easier to drink, I could see myself drinking these during the summer.

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Photo of orsulacp
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured a cloudy yellow with a persistent fluffy white head. It smells good, a nice banana and a bit of clove. The taste is very good; my first impression is a sweet banana, then slight hit of vanilla with the cloves finishing it off. It is well carbonated and has a creamy mouthfeel, very refreshing. This is easily the best hefeweissen I've had so far.

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Photo of BethanyB
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Giant, white head that's foamy on the bottom and thick and creamy on the top. The color is a medium yellow, and the clarity is hazy.

Smell: Puréed banana bread, apricot and tangerine esters. Clove-like scent is more prominent upon warming, as is a smattering of peppery and floral spices.

Taste: Bready malt, with the slightest tang from citrus esters. Banana and bubblegum flavors are more present in the aftertaste. Less focused on esters and spices than other Hefeweizens. The flavor is more malty and subdued, which I enjoy because it actually adds a layer of complexity by pairing yeasty flavors with malty ones.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with fair carbonation. The wheat makes the body feel slightly heavier, but there is also a silky quality to the mouthfeel that makes things more smooth and sessionable.

Overall: A more balanced, malt-forward Hefeweizen, which creates, for me, somehow both a rounder and more complex flavor profile. An enjoyable example of a traditional German wheat beer that encompasses both creativity and tradition.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16.9oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance - Pours with a beautiful white and extremely creamy/velvety head. The color is a honey/orange that is quite hazy, and extremely lively with carbonation rising from the bottom. The head retains very well, and very slowly dies down, ending up at a finger-thick cap of super creamy white head. Excellent, thick lacing all the way down.

Smell - Over-ripe cooked bananas on the nose. Some clove spice is present. Rich malt and wheat smell in the background. Some metallic alcohol smells can be picked-up on.

Taste - A smooth and balanced blend of the cooked dark bananas mixed with mellow but rich traces of wheat and malt. Again there is clove spiciness in the mix, and also some noticeable peppery character. Very little alcohol can be detected, but it's there.

Mouthfeel - A bit high on the carbonation, causing a quick bite at the first part of a taste. The body is very slick and smooth, and extremely "wet" in mouthfeel. Medium-bodied overall.

Drinkability - Very refreshing hefeweizen. It has good flavors and a nice mouthfeel. I could drink several in a night.

A very good hefeweizen we have here. Refreshing, a wonderful "wet" mouthfeel, and pronounced but balanced flavors. Recommended for sure.

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Photo of wl0307
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

BB 21/02/2007. Served chilled in a proper, 500ml weizen glass.

A: pours a cloudy, bright orangey-yellow colour; the semi-lively carbonation supports a medium-thick white pillowy head that sustains throughout the drink. Very nice~~
S: sweet grainy and wheat-ish aroma with a touch of candyish sweetness upfront; a slightly ashy hop resins contradicts with very intense aroma of dried-mangos, sweet bananas, intensely sour-sweet fruity yeastiness, while the tinge of clove is pretty restrained at the back. The nose is richly fruity overall--not bad, but not complex enough.
T: smooth, light, and effervescent textured candyish, grainy and bready malts caresses the tongue... ensued by chewy, tartly-sweet (but not thin) fruitiness of green apples, mangos and green bananas--overall the malt-sweetness is balanced by just enough sour fruity hint... the yeastiness is much softer than most hefe-weizen I've tasted, rendering a balanced profile and a soothing wheat-ish grainy sweetness lingering in the finish aided with a suitable kick of of dryish-bitter spice at the fringe.
M&D: great balance, great body and creamy-fizzy texture, yet the flavour lacks some sparkles--amazingly delicious or weird edge of something... This beer is very easy to drink, enjoyable, and could hardly inflict criticisms thanks to its safe flavour profile; but the "traditional taste" (I imagine so) shown by this bottle doesn't give me the urge or passion to go for more than a bottle at any one time. A "good honest" hefe-weizen it is--not great one, alas.

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Photo of DiabolikDUB
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from Bottle into Weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy yellow with some hints of orange and a fizzy but dense white head that quickly dissolves into a good layer atop the glass. The aroma is banana, clove, fruity esters and yeast, slightly bubble-gummy. The taste is sweet upfront and accompanied by some earthy notes and ends a touch tart with a nice semi-dry finish. Its light bodied with very nice effervescence. Very tasty stuff, I know now why people bring this beer up when talking about a "classic" German Hefe. We done, tasty and thirst quenching.

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Photo of vtfan77
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I liked my experience with Schneider Weisse so much that I went out and got another Hefeweizen.

A- Hazy straw with a touch of reddish-orange, topped by about an inch of head. Looks like a sunset in a glass! Isn't that cute.

S- Ooh, yeasty! Ripe bananas and lemon drop candy in the nose along with a hint of spice.

T- Pretty sour upfront with a lemony tartness. In fact, the tartness pretty much dominates the whole taste. Just a hint of the characteristic banana and clove phenols are evident in the middle. Wheat and a touch of hop bitterness on the finish. Pleasant aftertaste.

M- Very carbonated, but it suits the beer well. Extremely crisp.

D- Quite high. This is a good one to quaff on hot days.

Good beer for sure. Unlike the Schneider Weisse, however, this one is much better suited to the summer. Its tartness makes it very refreshing. Not my favorite Hefe, but still very enjoyable. Recommended.

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Photo of drink1121
4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

High expectations for this beer from reading other BA reviews on it. Nice light light amber color with thin head. No Lacing at all.

S - Orange, some other spice

T- Whoa, heavy for a Heife. Wow, this beer was spicy, bot hot at all. Just full of flvaor and spice.

M - Good carbonation

D - I could have a few of these, but not a ton because o the full flavor. Good on a spring day.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Light gold in color and very hazy. There's a solid inch of densely packed brilliant white foam on top. Heavy lacing. Aroma is comprised of faint banana esters and pale wheat. I taste very light pale wheat and faint banana esters. The mouth is very delicate, light, and faintly creamy.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured into a pint glass to a large, white, pillowy head. It is a slightly hazy yellow. The aroma is banana, clove, yeast, bublegum, and lemon. The taste is much the same with banana, clove, and spices. This is a nice, flavorful hefeweizen as comparred to some of the flavorless ones I've had recently. It's a nice beer but not my favorite style.


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Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color with a touch of haze, a huge freaking white head, fades at a wicked slow rate, maybe a bit too slow since I want to start enjoy it sooner, oddly enough it doesn't leave much lacing on the glass.

Smell has a large presence of clove and coriander, light aroma of yeast and a bit of banana.

Taste is surprisingly straightforward at first with a sweet malt touch, hints of spice start to seep in, like coriander and clove and some citrus, mouthfeel seems thin and watery at times though, carbonation is soft but quite present and lends a subtle creaminess.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

4.0 A: Hazy golden yellow color. Two fingers of dense head with excellent retention and moderate lacing.

4.5 S: Tons of banana esters and peppery spice. Perhaps there is some clove in there, but I'm not picking much up. Something along the lines of lemon as well.

3.5 T: Really crisp and refreshing, but I find it rather bland. I don't know where everyone is getting bursts of flavor from. The flavors of the nose are back again, but really subdued. This, not a bad brew.

5.0 M: Insanely smooth. Frothy and something like creamy, though not actually creamy. Simply wonderful feel.

4.5 D: Mouthfeel is awesome, smell is awesome, appearance is good enough. Only thing holding back this brew is the lack of stronger flavors.

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Photo of Macca
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a light golden amber with a big head which settles nicely making it a great looking beer in the glass. Quite hazy.

The nose is dominated by bananas and cloves.

The palate by wheat.

A high carbonation gives it a big mouthfeel with the tingles continuing for a while. A crisp finish though.

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Photo of zac16125
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark golden yellow, almost orange, with 2 finger widths of dense pure white head. Cloudy, but with no appreciable sediment floaters. Head dissipates at a moderately slow rate, but leaves almost no lacing which is surprising considering how dense the head initially looked.

S: Aromas of clove, banana, and an orangey citrus. Very pleasant and inviting.

T: First sip dominated by strong clove flavors. Clove and banana flavors throughout. Hints of pear, coriander, occasional lemon zest, and a touch of black pepper. Some bread/dough flavors in the after taste. An impressive ability to maintain such a high sweetness but keeping it in a positive way without overtaking or ruining the drink.

M/D: Great carbonation, smooth and easy to drink. Light on the tongue and leaves the mouth feeling wet and eager to take another sip. Slightly too light of a drink for my liking. But certainly goes down easy and leaves you ready for another.

O: Overall, a very good drink that to me comes off like a lighter version of a good tripel. It’s a little too light for my liking, and I would prefer if it had some stronger, more lasting flavors. The style as a whole isn’t my favorite, but this is still a damn good beer and its one I will drink again when I am in the rare mood for a hefeweizen.

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Photo of claytri
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
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 flagmantho
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale, slightly opaque straw-orange color. Thick head settles to a thin foamy layer on top.

Smell: apple and citrus aromas with light floral notes. It smells delicious.

Taste: slightly tangy with a notable citrus flavor. Some nice tree fruit flavor on the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with just the right carbonation.

Drinkability: highly drinkable. It's a hot evening here, but I see it being a great drink when working outdoors.

I don't have a whole lot of experience with European hefeweizens, but I find this beer quite tasty and intriguing.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, yellow colour with enormous white head and good, busy carbonation bead. Head sinks slowly and evenly across the top, but sticks around impressively for the most part. Clings to the glass when tilted, but doesn't leave huge amounts of lacing. Quite exemplary wheat beer.

Very spicy nose with a huge clove hit. Hints around the edge of coriander, banana and a very metallic, chemical aroma. Mostly that sweet but spicy aroma though. Again, exemplaring. Reviewing this now having drunk it so often in the past makes me realise that I've unconsciously spent years reviewing weizens against this one. This just embodies hefe smell.

Taste has far more banana character on it than the nose. Taste is sweet and light with a threshed wheat kind of character followed by a long, tangy banana flavour for most of the palate with hints of basil, coriander and oregano. The back is a nice spicey brush of the tastebuds with a strong clove character and hints of fresh cut grass.

Mouthfeel is quite tingly and almost bitey thanks to the beer's apparent acidity. Otherwise feels slightly thin, I suppose it's appropriate but I think there's enough flavour to expect a thicker body. Overall, while it's beautifully complex and rich in flavour, the sensation it gives me is ever-so-slightly offputting because it is quite tart, like unrripe fruit, and slightly bitey, rendering it not quite quaffable. But it's a prime example of the joy that wheat can produce, and a fine, fine piece of brewing art.

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Photo of baos
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in big Weissbeir glass at Shallos

A: Nice looking dishwater reddish-blonde. 2 finger head that sticks around pretty gut. Das ist gut beir!

S&T: My favorite part of the beer is the smell pink bubblegum, cloves and bananas. Doesn't taste as rich as it smells, but it tastes very good. Lots of clove characteristics.

M: Nice medium body on this girl.

D: I quaffed two big glasses, and would've had 4 more if it wasn't lunch time and didn't want to go back to my store and throw people out for being rude.

try one on. das ist wunderbar.

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Photo of BeerBuilder
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
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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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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