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 Lexluthor33
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Where do I start ?
The look is sunny yellow and hazy with a top of heavenly clouds for a head.
The smell is of light,fruits and citrus with cloves. I think I detect so many different things when I take a sniff of this brew. All of them are grand. The taste is sweet,yeast, banana,lemon and spice. One could go on about how good it is and the point is to go out and drink it. It has malts to balance and the sweetness is just right.
The feel is smooth,medium body, high carbonation and yeasty. I could drink this all night and I feel it is one of the best beers I have ever had. Certainly the best for it's style.
+ Buy the right glass for this beer,you will not regret it.
Man, I really love this beer. When I saw the movie "Beer fest" I imagined that the secret brew recipe tasted like Weihenstephaner.

Notes: It is true that learning to pronounce this beer's name makes you seem smarter and even impresses the bartenders.But really,one should just know how to pronounce what one is drinking.This one takes practice.

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Photo of hopsputin
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a: after pouring in the yeast it is a cloudy amber/caramel/orange/burnt orange color with a large 3-4 finger solid white head with a few bubbles up top

s: sweat wheat, bubble gum, banana, pear, clove, sweet malt

t: right away its such a clean wheat taste followed by really sweet ripe bananas, hint of ripe pear, smooth bubble gum. finishes back with that clean wheat flavor and just the faintest hint of something like strawberry

m: its a medium mouthfeel. the pour makes you think there will be more carbonation in the mouthfeel than there actually is - that is not a bad thing

o: flawless. my description doesn't make it look like the most intense beer ever, and its not. however this is a perfect hefe. a perfect beer, in my opinion. its clean, balanced, flavorful, and pretty to look at

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Photo of TheSarge
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier lives up to its reputation as one of the best beers in the world, not just the best hefe. Anyhow this presents itself with a picture perfect three inch bright white head, with a golden orange body, which is hazier than most other hefes.

The aromas I detect are white pepper, a slight perfume aroma, and a kind of cedar smoke fragrance.

This tastes more like blood orange and honey, with a little hint of banana. There is a little peppery taste here too.

By far this is the standard of hefe weizens. This is a true pleasure to enjoy.

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Photo of sethcroisant
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- exactly what you'd expect from Weihensteiphaner. mountainous, dense head

S- lots of banana on the nose. clove and barley sneak through as well

T- banana's up front and aggressive. powdery feel from the clove. tidbit of acidity slips through and makes a brief appearance and helps break things up a bit. gorgeous flavors of yeast and wheat linger

O- more than lives up to the standards set by their other beers. an absolute must have.

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Photo of JGrace4
5/5  rDev +13.6%

By far the best beer I've ever had. The head is thick and lasts for several minutes. Although it is rather expensive, $17 for a pint on tap or around $13 for a 6-pack, it is well worth the price.

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Photo of djbow
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Lovely malted wheat character accented with citrus and nutty yeast in the backround. Also, a subtle hint of clove plays its own subtle tune to round off this quartet of flavor. Just the right amount of carbonation with a very clean balanced alcohol finish. All in all, the beer is the prototype for other Hefeweizen makers to follow. This said, one should expect no less from a beer traditions that dates back to 1040. Enjoy!!

Glass = Tulip.

Drink Temp. = 48 F.

Serving = 16.9 oz Bottle.

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Photo of Brewhead
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

nobody on this site seams to review a beer and give it there perfect rating. I have tried many different Hefeweisse biers for about the last 6 years as well as my own and have found that this example is the best.
it is said that this brewery has the earliest established date for brewing a wheat beer. however, this does not mean that all others should be judged by this breweries product. that said, this beer displays all of the characteristics of a bavarian wheat beer.
the appearance after pouring the beer and its sediment is a hazy light yellow with a full white h ead. the head or lacing, permeates through out the drinking of the beer.
smell is of musty bubble gum (banana and clove)
taste is both banana and clove and earthy.
it has a slight lean towards the bitterness of earthy hops and yeast than most, but in my opinion is the epitomy of german weisse bier.

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Photo of jizdepski
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into room temperature pint glass from a less than cold bottle. appearance is a cloudy orange color, with a good rocky and sticky collar. head dissipates and leaves a white ring hugging edge of glass. a very attractive beer indeed. smells of citrus, malts, and german yeast. taste follows nose nicely. excellent flavor here. has a light citrus bite accompanied by bready yeastiness and wheat up front. becomes more mild in the middle with a bit of sweet banana taste, some spice, with a steadying malt base. a little bit of grassy hoppiness underneath to balance it out. excellent mild bitterness on finish. the mouthfeel is superb; delicate carbonation, medium body, and a creamy consistency. drinkability on this hefe is through the roof. my favorite german hefeweizen i have had. excellent on every level.

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Photo of Mister_Faucher
5/5  rDev +13.6%

I honestly can't believe I passed this beer over based on price point for several years (4$ a pint bottle in Washington State). Glorious head that shadows a variable fruit flavored offering. I got green apple, green banana, pink grapefruit/lemon. Champagne bubbly finish. Must try.

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Photo of TheSicilian33
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type- A brown chilled bottle

Appearance- Brown bottle with "Premium Bavaricum Weihenstepahner Hefe Weissbier The World's Oldest Brewery" on it.

Smell- A strong wheat smell

Taste- A fruity, but wheat taste. An incredible taste that goes down smooth.

Mouthfeel- A simple sized mouth. Great for drinking.

Drinkability- It's an incredible beer. I've had the worst beers, but this is one of the best I've ever had. I drank it faster than a coors light, which is literally water. I can't believe this taste. I've had other Belgian beers that were pure wheat, but this beer is perfect! Social drinking only though!! Don't spoil the night!

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Photo of kegerator
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

perfect example of the style.
pours a slightly pale yellow color with a nice 1 inch head thats bubbly and dissipates quickly but not too wuickly and leaves minor lacing. Smell is bready, spicy with clove and peppery aromas along with a slight orange peel/citrusy aroma lying in the background. Taste was refreshing, crisp and thirst quenching. great on a hot day. nice fruity esters blend very well with the light clove spice. Very drinkable especially on a hot day

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Photo of acelin
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

500 ml bottle, bought it for 2 bucks. Pretty happy my local store has plenty of these.

Beautiful golden could, so gorgeous. The lights in my apartment make it glisten in my weiss glass.

The smell - everything you expect a hefe to be and more. Bananas, cloves, orange, even wheat - all wafting into your nostrils.

It was the smoothest, most beautiful hefe imaginable. This brewery sure knows how to bring out all the flavors without being overpowering in any way. This beer plain out made me feel peaceful just with that first sip, not to mention after 3 bottles.

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Photo of Wiely
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This Beer is amazing! I am drinking one as I type this and I found myself inadvertently typing with one hand because I didn't want to put the beer down :)

The smell is amazing, it doesn't smell like bananas or bread to me. The smell is just beer, the most amazing beer ever.

The look of this beer is phenomenal. I recommend pouring slowly 2/3's or more of the bottle and then spin the rest of the liquid in the bottle before pouring in the remainder. This will complete the look and taste by adding what some refer to as the crud.

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Photo of KFBR392
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: An outstanding head on the pour. Thick creamy head that was about a half a finger throughout after the beer settled. A merky cloudy look to the beer. Some of the most furiously active carbonation I've seen in a brew. Just simply looks outstanding.

Smell: Perfectly clean yeast explodes out of the glass. Bananas, clove, prairie grass, buttery yeast, and fruity undertones. Such an outstandingly profound aroma that really makes you remember this brew.

Taste: The balanced yeast comes in right away at the front. The yeast tingles throughout the body of the brew. The complexity of the brew is fantastic but at the same time comes together so well. A banana and overall fruity taste lingers for so long on the palette. There is a slight dryness during the aftertaste with a completely exotic fruit taste. Wonderful.

Mouthfeel: Yeast dryness. Medium bodied overall which makes this a very easy going drinking experience.

Overall: The fact that everyone calls this such a classic brew is a testament to how wonderful this brew is. A classic that is great for those with a wonderfully developed palette or those who are just breaking into the craft scene. Extremely inexpensive for where this beer comes from.

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Photo of SacredBeverage
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It comes in a 1 pint bottle with a label on it, and when it was made. Also has the crest and "Premium Bavaricum" on it.

A: It pours a cloudy golden straw color with a slow-receding head. It has a great color for a Weiss beer.

S: The aroma is amazing. It has traces of banana, clove honey, and has a nice sweetness to the aroma.

T: Now my favorite part, the taste. I first tasted clove, then slowly different flavors roll over your palate; honey, banana, and a slight lemon zest. It has a great flavor and is not too sweet or too bitter, a nice balance. I like this a little more than Ayinger's Brau Weisse, even though that is a superb Unfiltered-Wheat Beer.

Ml: The texture is outstanding, it is exceptionally smooth with no bitter aftertaste. It just rolls over your tongue with no harsh bite.

D: I could drink this every day and never get bored. Definitely a five. It is just such a great beer you don't get tired of drinking it. I highly recommend it.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Semi-opaque golden orange body, with a long lasting 3 finger creamy froth.

S - Gorgeous fresh smell - definite banana and orange.

T - Not as sweet as the smell indicates. Spicey, taste almost like a Merlot. The alcohol is somewhat more present than in say, a Blue Moon. Aftertaste is also like that of a Merlot.

M - Less creamy than I expected. That actually works very well. Noticeably acidic.

D - Drinkability is where this beer really shines. This is perhaps the most drinkable beer I've had. It has enough complexity to keep me from getting bored, but not too much to where I feel overpowered. I could drink this all night.

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Photo of seanyfo
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my second review of this beer, vom fass at the Weihenstephan outlet in Berlin, at Hackesher Markt.

A: Cloudy amber colour, withlively beading and yeast sediment throughout the glass. Fantastic head, 3 fingers and sustained, lacing is also good.

S: Strong esters of banana and cloves, stereotypical of the style. Slight hints of vanila come through aswell.

T: Typical weizen taste. Strong flavours of banana, and maybe some peaches. finish is smooth and creamy with moderate carbonation, not as watery as others. Slight hint of vanilla on the aftertaste. But it is so well balanced, better than the UK on tap offerings, which i felt had a very medicinal quality in the aftertaste.

M: Refreshing with moderate carbonation, smooth.Not watery and overcarbonated at all as i have found in other big name weizens

D: This is world class! The amazing fresh summery weizen flavours with a superbly comfortable refreshing carbonation and the long linger creamy afterflavours, make this the perfect hefe-weizen!

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Photo of benteach
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Man this is a good beer.

Golden yellow, cloudy (but in a good way) with a tall order of foam. Great lacing throughout the drink.

Wheat, citrus, flowers dominate the smell.

Orange and lemon are very noticable on the first part of the drink. Carbonation remains in your mouth and bounces around in your mouth. Great consistancy. Very drinkable on a sunny, cloudy, rainy, clear, or tornadic day. Have to get more.

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Photo of gottabetweed
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the beer I want when I want a hefe weizen.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Hefe glass. Always save that last little bit at the bottom of the bottle to swirl around and get that yummy yeast at the bottom. Pours a hazy yellow with a full head. Minimal lacing.

Smell is banana nut bread goodness. Bananas, clove, biscuits, nuts.

Taste like it smells. Very well balanced. Delicious from start to finish. Yeasty.

Mouthfeel is very thick and perfect carbonation.

Overall this is and has always been one of my favorite beers. Yummy goodness!

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Photo of shacawgo24
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-The body is the haziest of orange, capped off by mountains of off-white head. Infinite finger thick is the head. It keeps building and growing and spilling out of your glass. Once the head finally falls you can start to see the cascading lace. The lace doesn't cling nor does it fall fast, it streams down in a relaxing fashion. So cloudy is the body and yet it shines like sun-bright egg yolks when held to light. Magic.

S-Banana. Clove. Cinnamon. Bubblegum. Candy sweet. Wheat. Dark bread. Take a hunk of banana bread and sniff it. Now sniff this beer. No difference. The beer will probably smell even better with a smorgasbord of scents on display.

T-Banana. Banana bread. Walnuts, almonds, buttery sweet nuts. Sweet wheat. Honey. Flashes of lemon & orange, very minimal. World class taste.

M-A watery yet still medium body is soft and refreshing. Medium carbonation is aided by beautiful spicy dry clove notes to where you become unsure which is tingling your tongue more: carbonation or spiced yeast? The sip starts, continues and ends in a harmonious fashion: Sweet, bready, lemony tart, mildly-to-heavily spiced and drying. The after-feel is super yeasty and peppery. Your taste-buds stand on end. Like all good things, it just "feels right".

O-The best Hefeweizen. A beer in which I can think of no area to improve in. In fact, stop reading as I'll stop reviewing and lets drink us some Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier.

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Photo of DirtyPenny
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at The Farmhouse in Burlington. Was framed in a stange glass.

A: Sort of a sepia yellow. Or like the hair of that blonde girl on the beach when you were thirteen that one summer. It was a little cloudy She had to be six or seven years older, but you'd swear she winked when you saw her gawking. In any case, you were on vacation and would never see her again. Though you think of her from time to time, by the time you were old enough she'd probably be married and settled down. Best to leave that cloudy banana-yellow hair as a distant memory of your youth.

Beautiful day. The heady seafoam left lines where the waves hit the sand, lacing the beach like a white dress. Yeah, she'd be married by now.

S: The cottage you stayed in had a faint spicy scent like bananas and cloves. It was an alluring and strange scent; a bit foreign, and it made you wonder what the mysterious people who'd stayed here before were like.

T: "Probably just banana cream pie," someone commented at the time. You don't remember who. May have been your older brother, who moved to New Jersey for work and has two kids and is on his second wife.

The exotic illusion left your head, but a new one entered. The place was homey now. Sweet. Nothing so unusual as sweet banana cream and clove. There's also a bready taste to the kitchen air, though this isn't strong enough to carry through the rest of the cabin.

M: When you head back out to the beach, the girl is gone. The sand feels unusually fine between your toes, smooth and a little muddy. The foam collects on your feet and ankles and the little bubbles pop there, faint but enough that you can feel each minute explosion.

O: You don't have her in front of you right now, but you can look back at the framed picture of the beach and reminisce in a bittersweet way.

(I really want another one of these)

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Photo of Drinkerofales
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To start the review, I will admit to being a bit biased by this beer. When I went through a German phase about 16-17 years ago, this stood out in my memory, and I was not disappointed when I picked this up again for the first time in years.

Pours almost clear straw and golden yellow, with a huge fluffy pure white head that leaves chunky lacing and caps the beer until I swallow the last of it.

Smell is lemony, yeasty, light bready malts.

Taste is clean dry malts, pure, a hint of the yeast, and some lemon in the aftertaste.

Feel is smooth, flowing, light bodied, and probably the easiest drinking beer ever!

While it doesn't have the punch of the bigger beers, this is just special. Balanced and drinkable. A classic beer from a brewery that has been doing it right for almost a millennium.


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Photo of Naz-Barman
5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer defines it's style. Delicious, affordable, and available.
World class beer, from the world's oldest brewer.
If you haven't tried it, you should not post another review until you do.

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Photo of MorgothBauglir
5/5  rDev +13.6%

A: Golden haze, vigorous frothy white head.
S: Bready yeast, with banana & clove.
T: All bananas, spicey malt & a clear tartness.
M: Smooth & silky, but finishes lite.
O: IMO, the best damn Hefeweizen I EVER had! This stuff is true magic and a great credit to the "worlds oldest brewing company." I guess after nearly a thousand years though, it should be expected.

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Photo of hulmanite
5/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.4 out of 5 based on 8,184 ratings.
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