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 THSdrummer
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look: Pours a frosty straw color. The head is thick and white, and retains moderate to strong. A nice thin ring of foam sits on top of my beer after a few sips, with any lacing kicked up during the sip sinking back into the ring.

Aroma: Very delightful and playful with the quintessential notes of banana and clove playing a major role. A little Belgian yeast and pollen notes round it out nicely. It reminds me of summer nights spent in the farm fields here in the Midwest.

Taste: A good variety of notes are delivered, and all in balance. Those notes include banana, clove, Belgian spices, yeast, and a hint of pollen/flower. There are complexities that can be sniffed and sipped out, and yet it is just a plain ol' good beer to drink on a hot/warm day. An aftertaste leaves some Belgian yeast and spice on the palate between sips.

Mouth feel: It's well done, with a smooth, velvety texture, and a medium thickness consistency. It certainly keeps it fun and lively to drink.

Overall: This is a beer for any day drinking. The complexities in the aroma and flavor mean it can be sipped and savored or put down in under 60 at a barbecue. Very tasty and fun to drink.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of The_Atom
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful hazy gold-orange with short foam and little lacing that doesn't last too long. Smells of a delicious clove and banana with a subtle hint of other ingredients..

Taste is superb with immediate presence of banana and clove, but with a slight wheat/bread taste as well. Decent carbonation, refreshing, and perfectly balanced flavors for this style. Hands down my favorite Hefeweizen I have ever had.

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Photo of Bierliebhaber3
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This hefe pour a golden color with a thick white foamy head and a good amount of carbonation. The smell is mainly of wheat, but there is also a slight hint of banana as well. The body is light, but there is a nice full wheat and bready malt flavor and a little yeastiness as well. There is actually less fruit and spice flavor than I would have guessed with this one. There is a faint banana flavor in the aftertaste and a little bit of spiciness that lingers on the tongue, but that is about it. The finish is very crisp and a little bit dry. This is much more subdued than the dunkel. This is really an awesomely refreshing beer for a summer day. Everything here is really solidly done, but unpretentious like most German beers. I personally like the dunkel better because it’s slightly heavier and has a little more bold and complex flavors, but I could see how others might like this one better as well.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I don't like it as much as their Vitus, but that's not saying it isn't excellent. Back when I first began brewing this is exactly what I was trying to achieve. Pours hazy golden with thin, lasting white top and some clinging. Aroma is as stated - mild clove, banana, a zesty spice and some bubblegum. Flavor is quite similar. Classic for the style. Very drinkable all day long.

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Photo of janubio
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy pale golden colour, with an enormous head that holds all the while and leaves a great lace. Aroma of banana, coriander, cloves, peaches and citrus. Medium body, great carbonation. Taste is similar to aroma: bananas, clove, citrus... Great.

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

I live in England, UK. I will never forget the first time I drank this beer.

It was a guest draught at 'The Firefly' on Lowesmoor in Worcester.

The barman recommended it.

Came in a tall Weihenstephaner glass taken from the freezer.

Word's cannot really describe and sum up what I want to say about this world class beer.

It wasn't on tap very long and I tried to source the bottled (if any) variety. Some Sainsbury's in the UK stock it (Redditch one of them) and Ocado will deliver but it's quite a rarity on sale here.

I have tried many wheat beers over the years but this is heaven in a bottle.

A masterclass from Weihenstephaner.

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Photo of PhilsPils
4.65/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A solid white head caps a beautiful golden pour. All the expected flavors expected are here with lots of clove and banana and some faint phenolic notes. Very crisp and refreshing. Bready yeast and some straw-like flavors are present. This is probably my favorite Hefe with Ayinger running a close second.

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Photo of TripleSun
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 500ML bottle from my local Wegmans because I hadn't tried many German beers and wanted to try some. Poured into a regular Pilsner glass. Crisp golden color with a lengthy head. Has a lot of banana in the smell/taste. Goes down very easily, just a smooth wheat beer. Glad I picked this one up, thanks to other BA reviews!

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.51/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into pilsner glass

A: nice clear gold body good head white

S: Wheat clove banana bready

T: nice bready taste with light hints of clove and banana but not overwhelming

M: lighter clean taste with a nice body

O: fantastic beer not a fan of hefe's at all but this beer is wonderful. It is clean crisp and the clove and banana compliments the beer instead of overtaking it.

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Photo of buckslayer50
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Not my favorite style of beer, but I see why this is considered the class of the field. Nice straw yellow color with a fluffy white head, the taste of bananas comes through strong for one of the most pleasant beers you will find, especially on a hot day. My best friend who mostly drinks Bud Light says this is his favorite beer he has ever had, and I am happy to drink it with him.

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

This is by far one of my favorite beers in the world. The look for starters is amazing a golden-honeyish hue is beautiful and the head that forms in the glass, whether it be from a bottle or on draught is perfect everytime. The smell is delicious, you get lemon, banana, wheat and i'd even go as far as to mention a hint of hazelnut. Just to die for. The taste is EPIC!!!!! Smooth, mellow, just the perfect combination of wheat, barley, hops, water and yeast. Yes, the perfect beer in my opinion.

If you see this on draught, in a bottle. DO NOT HESITATE TO BUY ONE!!! You won't regret it. I guarantee it.

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Photo of Zaktcc
4.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The pinnacle of a hefeweizen. One of the best beers I've ever had the full exceeds and raises the bar of what to expect with a hefe.

A - Pours a golden, honey color with a full, 3 finger head. Incredible head retention that never fully goes away.

S - Powerful and to the point. Banana and cloves. Not much else to say aside from an incredible aroma; no hidden subtleties.

T - The taste follows perfectly in line with the aroma. Optimal blend of bitterness and sweetness, leaving a lingering, banana aftertaste. Perfect match for my personal tastes.

M - Crisp, incredibly smooth and drinkable with the perfect amount of carbonation. Medium - full bodied beer.

O - As close to perfect a beer you'll find. As a big fan of hefeweizen's, I was estatic to finally get a hold of this beer. My expectations were well surpassed. From the moment you start pouring and as the aromas dissipate in the air around you; to the last sip, this beer will not let you down. Only downside - it's now going to be hard to find something that'll compare. Will be stocking the fridge.

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Photo of Squire123
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a light honey color with the haze one would expect from a Hefe Weissbier. Shimmering gold in the glass. Brilliant fine textured cap with good lacing.

Aroma: Clove accented spices with ripe yellow fruit undertones. No noticeable hop presence.

Taste: Very gentle in a sophisticated way. This beer displays good manners. Not as full flavored as I've experienced in the past which could be due to it's age. Bottling date is 20 OCT 15 and it certainly wasn't kept under refrigeration since then. Perhaps not since it left the Brewery. Some other subdued flavors of banana and/or something similar but not enough to identify let alone quantify.

Overall: I cannot rate this based on what it may have been, only what it is. I bought it for the tasting and figured it would still be ok and it's just that, ok. In the past I've had other Bavarian Hefes that were much fresher and were quite frankly much better. This one seemed like a slightly deflated balloon.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a weizen glass. It pours a cloudy, golden color with an enormous, fluffy, egg-white head and thick lacing. It's a beautiful pour. It smells of cloves, banana, lemon, and yeast. What a delicious beer! It is just the right blend of sweet and tart. The clove taste is huge but there is also some sweet banana and citrus. I think it improves as it warms in the glass. It has a nice, creamy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation, and it's ABV of 5.4% is barely noticeable. Overall, this is clearly one of the finest examples of Hefeweizen brewed in the world. It is equally appropriate accompanying a good meal (preferably German) or for casual drinking. Sehr gut!

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Photo of braker649er
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

You have to love the intentional cloudy haze and the welcoming warm glow of this beer, punctuated by tiny bubbles feeding a rich white head. Good lacing lingers. Also the distinctiveness of the scent and flavor. There's a reason this is such a time-tested beer.

L - cloudy gold with streaming small bubbles, rich white head
S - sniff hard and this tingles the nostrils with spice; the quintessential clove and I'd say not too overwhelming on the banana. Some citrus/lemon detected.
T - sweetness and spice. Zesty and enjoyable.
F - tongue-tingling bubbles
O - excellent. I had this side-by-side with Paulaner Hefe-Weizen and both are great. Go to Paulaner, I think, for even more unbelievable head, though this one might have the slightly zippier taste. Again, both great.

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Photo of Lewnanny
4.07/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nice foamy beer, white and opaque white. The taste is out f the common for a white beer. This one will become easily in my top five.

The 500 ml glass bottle have a ABV of 5.4%. The foam stick to the glass and when the beer become to the room temperature, the taste change and is a bit better, drink by drink. The color is SRM 3.

Really nice beer overall.

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Photo of bbtkd
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier, 5.4% ABV, 14 IBU. Lots of head. Nose and taste is bread dough and bananas. Truly an excellent beer - if you haven't tried this then you are missing out. I took a chance on this one based on reviews and bought a 6-pack since I could not find a single. I suppose my favorite bottle shop might have cut one from the herd for me, but now I'm glad I bought the 6er. I recommend this highly, a must try. Wow!

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Photo of larryarms847
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden amber with a nice plump and frothy three finger head of straight white foam.

Definite notes of banana, wheat, fresh grain, slightly spicy yeasty twang, and clove.

Clove, banana, yeasty spice, cereal grains, fresh baked bread.

Light-bodied, high carbonation, soft, creamy smooth, refreshing, incredible.

Overall, this truly stands out in the style as well as in general as a truly amazing beer. With this style it's difficult to stand out in aroma and flavor due to the subtle nuances, but this beer really provides for an awesome and silky smooth experience.

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Photo of DoctorZombies
4.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Opaque gold pour; large fluffy white head; thick long lasting cap; heavy lace. Spicy clove nose and a whiff of banana. Flavors of clove and fresh baked banana bread. Medium lite mouthfeel; moderate plus carbonation. Long lasting spice and lite clove linger - unbeatable for the style.

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Photo of OldSwampy
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy bright gold, or rich caution light yellow in some light. Serious aggressive, stiff head, white and lacy on the glass as I drank. Nose, yeast and bananas, some minimal grain scents. Pleasant and balanced. Taste: smooth and full, fruity with mild spices and of course the yeast, yet not too sweet. A bit of tingle to offset the creaminess. Too easy to drink too fast. Mouthfeel clean, but almost as though you'd just eaten something, not had a drink. Solid from start to finish.

Bottle poured into glass; label stamp read "6046" and "18 (I think) : 56 : 52."

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Photo of MFMB
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Awesome hefe, pours a golden somewhat cloudy straw yellow with a nice white creamy foam. Clove and grains on the nose. Taste of clove and banana with some malt and a smooth yeast aftertaste. A excellent beer and spot on for the style and why shouldn't it be! It's Weihenstephan!

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Photo of Kazahkstan
3.74/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought a half liter, poured into a beer mug.
Look: Poured a hazy yellow with visible sediment, and a huge two-finger head that blossomed up out of the mug
Smell: Yeasty, skunky, heavy clove, and hints of mold.
Taste: Bright and sweet bubblegum flavor, undertones of banana, medium wheat body, vaguely musty
Feel: Very carbonated, rich, thick and heavy, sits in your stomach like a meal. Mildly refreshing but quite filling.
Overall: A solid traditional hefeweissen, but I noticed nothing as outstanding as other Weihenstephaner brews, like the Vitus. I'll have to pick this one up when Fall rolls around again.

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Photo of Bierwolf
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured a medium yellow with 2 fingers of bubbly, rocky ,slightly off white foam that reduced to a nice froth over several minutes.
Aroma: Sweet smell of fresh wet grass, wheat and yeast.
Flavor: I do not have the palate that others do so I am afraid I missed a lot of the different flavors that we're in this ale. What I did get was a delicious mix of sweetness that was crisp and clean.
Feel: Very smooth medium body with a semi-dry finish that leaves you wanting more.
Overall:Exceptionally great beer. First world class ale I have ever had.
It is a delicious and smoothe drink. I wish I had found this years ago as I now have a favorite go to beer with this.

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Photo of Sandalwood
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016, pours a cloudy yellow golden straw color with a huge foamy white head. There is quite a bit of a soapy lacing. The odor for me is spicy, clove, pimento, slightly fruity, banana, slight orange, bread like, cracker, hay, slightly herbal. The taste for me is spicy, cloves, herbal, pimento, hay, bread like, slightly citrus lemon. Not bitter, more spicy dry aftertaste.

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Photo of trishhart
4.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Very delicious tasting Bavarian style ale. Light fruity aroma. With mild foam head. Clear yellow color. Smooth taste with fruity flavor and light finish. Great for drinking while watching a game or in my case James Bond. Made in Freising Germany. They have been doing it right since 1040. Defintely recommend trying,

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