Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Weihenstephaner HefeweissbierWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier

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.

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Photo of hellomcfly
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an attractive deep golden honey color with a bright white head that dwindles down to about 1 third of a finger and rests there persistently.

S - Clove, banana. Bubble gum aroma starts to become noticeable as this warms.

T - Flavors of clove, bubble gum, oranges, banana, wheat, and a bit of a peppery vibe as well.

M - Light but not too light. Strong carbonation.

D - Pretty drinkable especially if hefes are your thing. I'm not a huge wheat beer guy but this was a solid beer. Deserving of its reputation.

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Photo of clabaugh
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, murky gold. Sitting atop is an ebullient head of snowy white foam. Retention is magnificent, and lacing is strong.

Smell: Yeasty and citric, emitting a kind of tart aroma. Strongly medicinal with a distinct, toasty malt presence. Warming in the nostrils.

Taste: Rich, flavorful maltiness reflecting barley and wheat. A dull, yet refreshing hoppiness that injects a certain mintiness into the beer. Hints of citrus fruit. Finishes with a pleasant sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and strongly carbonated. Sticky and lip-smacking; it really coats the mouth. Very refreshing.

Drinkability: Rich in flavor, and easy to consume. Very impressed with the refreshing qualities of this beer. Fine for a session beer. Excellent for relaxation.

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Photo of mcallister
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A murky apple cider mimiking hefe emerges from the bottle. Showing off it's gorgeous 3 inch heavanly cloud of pure white atop it.

Wheaty, banana nut bread aromas emanate from my hefe glass, with a smokey mask.

Smooth, rich, silky, mouthfeel.Tastes of banana bread, malt, some slight hop mouthfeel on the finish. Could drink these beauties all day on any nice sunny afternoon.

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a weizen glass.

A: pours light cloudy orange, finger and half foamy head
S: wheat and yeast, light clove and banana
T: wheat malt, sweet clove more than banana. earthy hops on the aftertaste, also a slight citrus hint.
M: crisp yet creamy, medium carbonation.
D: great, ive had this on tap as well. also had with lemon.

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Photo of thinkbreakfast
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Almost opaque orange. Good head which sticks around well throughout.

Smell: The aroma of fruit comes through. I mainly detected a banana like scent. Spice as well.

Taste: As alluded to by the smell, the taste starts off with malty sweetness. The sweetness is briefly followed by a low level crisp bite. This bite in the middle creates an enjoyable balance. Slight alcohol in the finish. There is a dryness present also. --As the beer warms, a crisp/sour taste comes out. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Thick on the tongue. Little or no aftertaste.

Drinkability: I could see myself drinking a few of these. However, I think a need for hops would take over eventually.

This beer tastes better at a warmer temperature.

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Photo of tubacharlie
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A generous, three-finger bright white head tops this wheat beer, which is a cloudy honey-yellow color. Excellent retention and good lacing.

The aroma has a hint of banana and fruity yeast.

The flavor is typical of wheat beers, somewhat thin for my palate, with a light, grassy presence up front and a bit of hops at the back end. Much carbonation in between, with a decent grain bill.

For those who enjoy wheat beers, this is a good one, but it is not my favorite style.

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Photo of Ralphus
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have enjoyed the Weihenstephaner Dunkel since I found it in the fall. It's become my go to beer after a tough evening of sports as it's incredibly quaffable. So I was quite happy to see the regular Hefeweiss on the shelves and give it a go.

It poured *beautifully*. A golden cloudy golden hue with a big poofy wipped egg white head that stuck around for a while. Excellent stuff. The smell is big on this one. Banana, cloves and fruit are prominent and the taste has even more volume. Loads of fruit, bananas, melons and god knows what else. It's enjoyable and like their dunkel it swims down your throat. Drinkability is high thanks to a near perfect mouthfeel.

My only slight complaint is that this beer is fairly sweet. There are moments when I think it's too sweet for my tastes.

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Photo of RunForYourBeer
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours golden yellow/orange with a big fluffy white head.

S: Lots of wheat with some hints of cloves and banana.

T: Follows the smell. Wheat up front that slowly fades into cloves and banana with some faint hops in the finish.

M: Light with lots of carbonation.

O: This is a good one for a warm day. Light and refreshing.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Served tall in my Weihenstephaner glass. Towering snowy white head governs this beer, leaving lacey goodness behind. The body is a dull cloudy peach with drab specular hits.

S: One sniff and its got your attention. Extremely fresh yeasty aroma, banana peel, light lemon and fresh wheat.

T: Begins lightly spicy; cloves, yeast and bit of coriander. Traditional banana flavor are apparent but not over the top. Dryer than most wheats, bit grainer, low level hops add a touch of complexity. Little vanilla and fresh grass clippings finish it out.

M: Medium body, full smooth mouthfell.

D: The flavors fell short of where I was hoping. This is on the easy drinking side of the spectrum with flavor taking a hit. Very nice beer but not my favorite German wheat.

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Photo of jettjon
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 500 ml bottle with no freshness date, "2186" printed. Into the hefe glass a dusky orange color with traces of yeast at the end of the pour. Small amount of carbonation. Thick, creamy white head, 2 fingers of foam that fades very slowly leaving a solid cap all the way to the bottom and plenty of sticky lace. Looks like a good hefe should. Nose of firm coriander/clove spice, well-balanced and not "in your face." A bit of banana and bread as well. Tastes of subdued, well-integrated coriander/clove spice, a bit of wheat/bready yeast. A tiny bit of alcohol at the end. A well-balanced hefe. Mouth is pleasantly smooth, semi-viscous, and light. Drinkability is high: this beer is tasty, smooth, and enjoyable.

Overall: An outstanding hefe, no doubt, but still I’m hardly a fan of the style. Certainly a great choice if you’re into this type of beer. Recommended.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This brewery's product is so excellently priced that it's hard not to love them. I've had a few of their beers and they are always good and super well-priced. This is a 500ml bottle of 5.4% Hefe Weissbier for $2.99, how can you top that!!??

This is supposed to be the flagship, so let's see what's up...

Pours a slightly hazy straw colored amber. It's certainly not the lemonade color of American versions. A beautiful, creamy two to three finger head flares up and persists at about a half finger. Awesome...Medium carbonation. Slight lacing. Aromas are not what one might expect - way more yeasty than the American versions. A touch of sweetness amidst the yeast components. I get some other items in the aroma profile too: A tiny hint of cinnamon, Some caramel notes, and maybe even something like sarsparilla..Very cool. Flavor is super crisp, super vibrant. Carbonation kinda billows up in your mouth, and as you saw last night, that's not my favorite thing. A lot of yeast aspect to the flavor profile. A nice, clean wheat malt flashes in front of your tongue, tantalizing it with expectation. This dashes away and is quickly replaced by the complex and wonderful yeats aspects. I get a lot of biscuit with butter and bready notes in here. Like the stuff that comes with a bowl of soup - thick and hearty, not white bread. The late middle flashes apart into what I consider a slightly too thin finish. Too clean and watery for my tastes. No real hop component in here at all. Just a burst in the late middle of the drink, then gone. The bready, yeasty notes persist in the finish and that's about it. This is a completely different monster fromn the standard, bastardized American Hefeweizen, which is like drinking lemonade. This is actual beer that has complexity and nuance, and is super highly drinkable. Perfect even in winter with a nice white bean soup and some thick bread. Delicious and classic for the style. My only harp on this is the thin finish, otherwise find and drink folks. I would say you need to stock your fridge full of this brewery's products if you can - at least one of them will please any beer drinker.

What I like most: The wonderful, bready yeasty flavor profile.

What I like least: The thin, albeit nuanced, finish.

Verdict: So good and well priced it's almost criminal. Must have in your fridge at pretty much all times.

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Photo of chiefkellen
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-16.9oz bottle served in Weizen glass.
-03/09/2010 At home, relaxed

Aroma: Some fruity esters (banana is notable) in the nose. Notes of clove are detectable along with wheat malt and yeast.

Appearance: Very hazy, golden pour with a two finger, creamy white head.

Taste: Slightly sweet wheat malt flavor with some banana finishing with notes of yeast and clove. Very smooth and balanced flavor.

Palate: Creamy, light to medium body with light carbonation.

Overall: Excellent Heffeweissbier. Smooth with a great balance of flavor. Slightly more carbonation would be appreciated, but not necessary.

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Photo of BitterBrian
4.03/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my weihenstephan weissbier glass and it looks picture perfect, foggy yellow with pillowy white head. The head was over 3inches upon pouring, minutes later, it is down to about an inch and ready to enjoy.

Smells of heavy yeasts, bananas. Tastes of clove, bananas, yeasts and a little bit of citrus on the finish.

Not many surprises there, I know. But this is the standard for hefeweizens.

I'm actually not a big fan of the wheat beers, but every time I open one of these, I'm glad I did.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap and poured into a pint glass at Legends of Notre Dame on 4/18/08.

A -looks just like a Hefe should as it was orange mixed in with dark gold, bronze, and dark amber. Was cloudy and definitely had a haze to it as well that let barely any light shine through. Had a nice creamy, white head that sat on tap but left minimal lacing.

S - big whiffs of banana, orange and clove come off. The banana and clove really seem to pop and give this beer its big nose.

T - The biggest initial flavor really seemed to be bubblegum to me. There was a hint of banana that shined through as well and this seemed mixed with clove and a hint of lemon citrus. Was well balanced as no one flavor really seemed to dominate the flavor profile.

MF - lots of carbonation in this one that helps to make the citrus flavors really pop. Also, get a mouthfull of a yeasty, bready feeling that just makes your mouth really feel full. The only downside for me was that the carbonation was so unrelenting that it became hard to notice anything else. Because of this, there was a lot of tingling left in the mouth after drinking.

D - overall, one of the great session beers as it has a lot of flavor for the style. The one downside though for this beer was that the carbonation was so unrelenting that I didn't really feel like having another one. That really hurt the drinkability for me as despite everything else going on, I would really wait to have another.

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Photo of paxkey
4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured this straight in to a nonic. not recommended as the head fills up 85% of the glass.
pours a hazy pale yellow with massive fluffy gorgeous head. good lacing

aroma is delicious. christmas cake. citrus. clove. smelling this beer is making me salivate.

almost no bitterness to this beer. very refreshing and easy to drink. lots of lingering flavour in the aftertaste and medium dryness. a little chalky.

the smell is the best thing about this beer. it tastes great but just sits a wee heavy in the belly.

delicious stuff.

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Photo of JulioH
4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy beer, with a nice head.

Pours a nice yellow/orange beer. Has a nice foamy head. Almost no smell, except for yeast and maybe a bit of sweetness. Taste is straightforward, classic, very well executed. It does not need to do anything crazy, it is very well balanced. A classic hefeweizen.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a huge bubbly white head that transforms into meringue on top. A steady stream of carbonation bubbly rise from the bottom causing a seemingly endless head. Smells of banana, bubble gum and a hint of pepper, nutmeg and allspice. A lightly sugary sweet malt provides a backdrop for the showcase of yeasty aromas. the flavor is lightly sweet malt with a bready yeasty taste. Medium to thin body with a spirited level of carbonation and a sweet spicy mouthfeel. This is a really nice beer! I guess if you've been doing this that long you are bound to get it right.

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Photo of JohnfromDublin
4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on 20th Nov 2005, a 500ml bottle best by 09.MAI.06. Poured a cloudy honey coloured brew with a nice white head. Smelled very good, the major component being banana but not overpowering, some spice and floral notes.
Tasted much like the fine smell with a very smooth mouthfeel.
Overall this is a very well crafted beer, maybe just a touch too sweet for my taste but hard to find fault with really.

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Photo of Darkhorse09
4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint bottle, tall and thin.

Appearance: Golden, hazy hue, with straw shimmers. Hazy and cloudy with a big white head. Big bubbles in the head. very little lacing.

Smell: Great nose on this. big banana and clove upfront, with some spiciness hidden. Obvious wheat aroma as well. Some vanilla and perhaps citrus as well. I really enjoyed the aroma of this beer.

Taste: Delicious, but not as impressive as the nose. Tangy, with yeasty wheat flavor. Malty banana on the tongue and ground clove. It's like the aroma travels right to your taste buds. Crisp finish, leaves the taste of wheat malt in your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation, just enough to prick the tongue, in a good way. Very smooth, this beer went down fast!

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Low alcohol and its refreshing flavor make it the perfect summertime brew.

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Photo of Floydster
4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16.9 oz bottle from Cooke's Market

Served in a pint glass with a nice foamy head

This one was a little overrated in my book

It is just a typical German Hefeweizen in my book

It has a subtle, light taste and tastes great with an orange or lemon

Would drink again, but not one of my favorites

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Photo of MoreThanWine
4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 2" head which slowly diminisehd to 1/2" and held. Hazy tan in color. Substantial in mouthfeel. Aromas and flavors were citrus, spices, banana, and left a considerable finish.

Many consider this to be a prime example of the hefeweissbier style and I'd agree, though I still don't see it as an A+.

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Photo of moosiz
4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw yellow with orange accents around the compression in a pilsner glass. 2 finger foam white head that dissapate in 3-5 mins. Small white bubble top ring left behind.

Smells of peppery clove and sweet bready yeast. Citrus friut. Its too complex for me to descibe honestly.

Nice sour complexity in the flavor. It tastes like a farmhouse brew. Sweet notes with a sour kick. Bread/yeast, orange/lemon zest, and spice.

Smooth mouth coating effect that leaves long before the NICE sour aftertaste.

Two bottles, one before dinner, and one while eating dinner was great. But in the right mood with the temperture soaring this baby is a drinker.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.02/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color. Has an aroma of Belgian yeast and something that reminds me of coriander. Flavor is a little Belgian yeast / over ripe banana. Leaves a clean smooth aftertaste. Overall very solid.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.01/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tall Weizen glass

A: Poured an amber/yellow color with a very large head that last a few minutes before it dissipated. A small head remained for the duration of the beer. There was some lacing, but it did not stay on the side of the glass.

S: The aroma is yeasty and has a wheat component. I get some sort of fruit, but can't really place it. There is also some spice mixed in. Unfortunately, there was also a slight metallic smell as well.

T: I found the taste to be relatively mild, with tastes of malt and barley and some lemon. The spice from the nose also comes through a little bit.

D/M: This is where this beer shined for me, it was so easy to drink! I had no problem putting down this 16.9 oz beer. Its a great beer for spring/summer days and was a perfect beer for grilling.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.01/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is a wheat beer with a very... wheaty... flavour.

A: Cloudy orange colour and a 5 cm head that last. 5

S: Pleasant wheatbeer smell. 4

T: Strong wheat flavour. There is some spiciness there too, maybe cloves. Perhaps a hint of lemon, too. It's nice, but I don't love it. 4

M: Foamy. 4.5

O: Nice wheat beer. 3.5

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.4 out of 5 based on 8,218 ratings.
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