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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 Bitterbill
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this in a trade with jwc215, thanks Joe!

This pours from 0.5L bottle a cloudy light gold with a large head of foam that dissipates quickly but there's a few spotty islands that stay for the entire session and it has some lacing.

The smell is a nice mix of wheat, yeast, and fruit, mainly apricot.

The taste on first sip is very nice. I can taste good yeast and wheat flavours along with clove and some fruits...banana and apricot. There's some sourness there as well, most notable up front after a few more sips. The finish is pretty strong on the clove and I'm loving it. The body is medium as is the carbonation. Very, very drinkable. I'll have to see if I can pick some up the next time I get to Colorado. Yeah, it's so worth seeking out.

Bottom line: This stuff is *great*! Best Hefe Weizen I've ever had!

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Photo of sinistermadman
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy deep gold color with a majestic crown. Extreme staying power with this head in my weizen glass.

Beautiful Hefe aroma of wheat, lemon, banana and clove... High marks here.

Taste is solid with flavors ranging from lemon-y zest tinged hops to creamy wheat malt. Slightly bitter tonic water-esque finish. This brew strikes a perfect balance amongst all ingredients. Active carbonation imparts a prickly bath on the palate. Creamy-slick mouthfeel renders this brew utterly drinkable. A great example of the style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of ncvbc
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden straw with big fluffy white head when poured. Smells of banana, wheat, and overall sweetness. The taste was a little muted but still good. Again, a wheat bite and banana flavor that reminds me of Runts. Mouthfeel was good as expected, not too much carbonation and very crisp. I could let it rest on my tongue all day this summer. This is a good beer in every aspect. Nothing too exceptional to me but definitely above average. I'd say it's among the top hefes for me and at a good price. Try it, you'll probably like it.

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Photo of CharlieMopps
3.92/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at RFD in Washington, DC.

A: About a finger of bubbly white head tops a hazy, dull orange brew. Looks fairly decent.

S: A nice clean, wheaty, and citrusy aroma swirls for a wonderfully aromatic combination. A bit of fruit (banana-like) and sweetness.

T: Very well-rounded in terms of flavor, a subtle wheat and pale malt intro leads into a bubblegum-esque middle. Following that is a light hoppiness that dries out for a great finish.

M: Not too carbonated, which was nice, but maybe a little more couldn't hurt. Overall, still maintains a creamy texture and nice body.

D: A really relaxed summer style beer with great drinkability. Don't know if it's all I had expected it to be, frankly, but it definitely holds its own.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.57/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very unique beer I want to start off this review with a clever description that a buddy of mine came up with when inquired about the flavor while sampling this hefeweizen at a tasting; "Its banana and fresh-cut grass.

Now that I've given him his reference, this beer pours a cloudy, light gold with a dense peal-white head leaving light lace.

The aroma is fragrant and fruity with hints of cider, banana, wheat. The flavor is smooth and grainy, with notes of banana, spice, and a honey-like sweetness. I did not detect the 'fresh-cut grass'.

The mouthfeel is smooth and clean with a wheaty/fruity after feel (if there is such a thing). A great beer you can drink all summer long.

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Photo of monkeybeer
3.98/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden yellow not clear at all the way good wheat should be
A white creamy head.

S- Light a citric with a hint of banana

T/M - Sweet banana flavor goes down very smooth and clean a very slight taste of clove. Not overly carbonated

D- Very drinkable a nice pleasant beer on a warm day.

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Photo of rmfyeah
4.07/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a nice thick head. Dispates over the coarse of the beer but foam lacing remains on the glass.

Smells citrus lemon and bananas

Tastes surprisingly spicy, the lemon flavor pronounced and nice crisp bite on the sides of the tongue. Taste cuts away fast in a refreshing way.

Mouthfeel is crisp and holds the taste well on the top of the tongue for a few seconds.

drinkability is great, a great hot weather beer that is truly refreshing way more than any macro lager could dream of.

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Photo of pittvkyle7
3.86/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

nice looking in its weizen glass. not a big head but it had some lacing while I drank, good and cloudy like it should be.

mostly a yeast smell, sweet, very light fruit like lemon, clove.

a good yeast bite to it, not much for a fruit taste, a little clove, very mild taste with a little sourness to it.

mouthfeel was light with crisp carbonation, a quick finish.

very drinkable

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Photo of sleazo
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pillowy head on a golden cloudy body.

S-clovey goodness. Some oter pheols. Very much the true weisse

T-more cloves. Perfect hefe balance. Higher on the cloves than the banana. Delicious

M-Rich, creamy and effervescent

D-Oooh i could have abunch. this is exaclty what a hefeweiss bier should be

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Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 1 pt 9 oz bottle into a wheat beer glass.

A: cloudy, orange-golden color with white head that lingers for awhile, gets rocky as it declines, and leaves some lacing as it is consumed.

S: yeast with some banana and more balanced toward the cloves.

T: starts with a yeasty/wheat tart flavor, middle is the signature clove flavor with only a slight hint of banana, and ends with a sharpening of the clove flavor combined with a small amount of bitterness from the hops. Aftertaste does not linger long with this beer and ready for more very quickly.

M: light and well carbonated.

D: very drinkable beer, flavor characteristics make you want to quickly consume, and could probably drink several in a sitting very easily. One of the better I have had with this style recently. If your preference for the style is more toward the clove flavors than the fruity bananas then this is a good example. A great beer for the spring and summer while sitting outside.

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Photo of rjimlad
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A magnificent beer. I drank this from bottle to a 500ml weizen glass and it produced a thick white head which stayed to the end. Off this head sprang lovely banana and dough aromas. The first taste was sparkly banana with clovey counterbalance. I had this too cold at first so it was a bit steely or metallic but as it warmed up it became more balanced and the mouthfeel was less crisp and a little sticky but still dry. This sounds a bit contradictory but that's the intersting thing about this ale. Everything is right with this.

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Photo of coalcracker
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Poured a hazy yellow with good head and retention. Did not lace.
Smell: Aroma of bread/wheat obviously with a spicy background.
Taste: Crisp tasting with wheat predominant, balanced nicely with spicy notes: clove, pepper, maybe a touch of banana.
Mouthfeel: Smooth and very crisp.
Drinkability: Very drinkable at a low ABV. Not difficult at all to quaff.
Overall: As summer gets closer, this beer will be remembered. A very good example of its class and perhaps one of the better hefes I've ever had.

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Photo of tigerdoc
3.84/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours straw yellow with a creamy head that remains as I drink. I was little dissapointed on how clear it is for a Hefe. Very good bannana/clove estery aroma balanced with some light citrus orange hop aroma. The flavor is sweet at first with light bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied with high carbonation. Definately a very solid Hefe.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a modified weizen glass.

Properly decanted, is a hazy yellowy-orange color with a huge billowy white head.

Smell is of banana and grassy wheat.

Taste is quite clean. Very refreshing. Fresh grass and some muted ripe fruit, bananas and lemons.

Light bodied. Highly drinkable. This is a great hefe and could make a fantastic session beer.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a hazy, orangish color with a huge frothy head. Smell is typical of a hefe and well pronounced, wheat, clovey spice, yeast, and slightly sweet. Taste is similar to the nose, slightly sweet with the yeasty clove taste being the most obvious. The mouthfeel is excellent, medium-full bodied with a velvety consistency and the perfect amount of carbonation. A very drinkable hefe, very smooth, and one of the best out there.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a wonderful golden yellow/orange with plenty of active carbonation and an inch of creamy white head. Pour the yeast in and you'll get a super hazy orange hue. Aromas of light sun dried grains against lots of clove and banana along with some bubblegum scents as well. Spicy yeast that takes on a peppery aspect. Really vibrant, the aroma itself has a way of grabbing ahold of you. Wonderful.

First sip brings a smooth, lightly toasted sun dried grainy malt that's followed by a nice flow of clove, banana and bubblegum flavors. Light lemon zest along with a big spicy yeast. A touch of black pepper on the way down. Finishes smooth and clean. A super tasty hefe for sure.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and creamy with plentiful carbonation. Almost goes down too easily. This could make for a nice session IMHO. This brew deserves the praise...I love finding it on tap at a good German restaurant or pub.

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Photo of Drew966
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier pours a hazy golden color with a thick, white head from a brown half liter bottle. The aroma is intensely yeasty with hints of clove. Fruity flavors, banana, clove and yeast all combine to make a tasty concoction. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of Redwood21
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A great cloudy straw color with a white head that lasts for a long time. great appearance.

S: Malt wheat sweet banannas? Smells "classic wheat beer" if that makes sense

T:Lots of yeast, and wheat. no bitterness etc as all wheets should be. this is one of the classic wheat beer.

M: creamy, medium bodied with a carbonated head

D: If you liek classic wheat beer, this is for you, its like the metric standard for how to make a wheat beer. very good

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Photo of nathanho
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Crisp classic Blue on White Bavarian crested label with matching cap as crown dresses this 500 ml bottle in style. Head rises out of the bottle as I pop the top - I don't remember agitating it. Thin head dissipates quickly to near nothingness - no retention. Maelstrom of carbonation ascends through light golden amber clouds.

S - Bananas, flowers and cloves; yeast and hops; fresh wet grass; apple, plum, prune.

T - Bread, straw, grain, malt, yeast, clove and bananas. Crisp and refreshing. Lingering dry grain.

M - Crisp and refreshing with mild slick viscosity. Balanced finish.

D - Oh my. At 5.4% ABV, we can have as much as we like and STILL invade Poland!

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Photo of abcsofbeer
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a slight tint of orange. It is topped by a very frothy white head that does not leave much lace but definitely has great retention. There is a good deal of rising bubbles from the ample carbonation.

The aroma is fruity with notes of banana, clove and green apples. The flavor comes on with a sharp tanginess even though the hop bitterness is minimal. There is a very slight bitterness in the aftertaste maybe brought on by the alcohol. It reminds me of the peeling or rind of some fruits.

This is an fine example of the style. Very good.

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Photo of GimpyCane
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a hazy yellow with a tiny hint of orange hue. The head was a white creamy 4 finger monster with a ton of small bubbles rushing to the rim. The aroma of doughy banana bread came right off the head which also last throughout the drink. When the head settle of bit, the scent of coriander, clove and pepper came out. Also got a hint of pear and lemon somewhere in the middle. The flavor is outstanding, starting off sweet with a spicy middle that ended dry (everything that was smelled was tasted). The body was light, watery and lively carbonated which made it a crisp and smooth experience. Overall, I love this Hefe Weizen. It's a great starter brew for a long night of drink IPA and Stout.

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Photo of cubedbee
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden amber, some small particulates visible floating, a huge dense rocky white head that takes its good time subsidng, very nice. Nose is quite yeasty, full of cloves, with a slight lemon tinge. Taste is an amazing smooth wheat malt overlaid with a wonferful yeastiness, a hint of banana (more subtle than I remember), lemon, a nice dose of cloves, a hint of grassy hops on the finish. Mouthfeel is perfect, medium bodied, moderate carbonation, absolutely smooth and creamy and full. This is a phenomonal hefe, one I could drink all day everyday, if it weren't for the import prices.

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

People seem to think this is the best, or at least one of the very best, Hefeweizens out there. I've had a fair variety in Germany, trying every one I've come across, and while Weihenstephaner impresses me, it's not the definitive beer of its style.

Appearance is appropriate - dull yellow-gold body with a dense, smooth head and low-moderate carbonation. Lacing is very nice. As for smell, the strongest one that comes across at any temperature is an acrid lemon aroma, probably due to the yeast. Banana is also evident - bouquet is not overly complex compared to comparable Hefeweizens.

Taste: Satisfying but again, not as complex as some others - some of my favourites are Maisel's and Schneider. Banana is present but not over the top, and a slight bitterness of hop is extremely refreshing. If only it were summer!

I'm not trying to say this is a bad beer. It is of an extremely high standard, and mouthfeel and drinkability are both very pleasing. It is never cloying, and is an appropriate drink on a cold or a warm night. I'd drink more if I could, but it's so expensive here...

Overall, I think it's overrated, but it's still a nice treat once in a while.

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Photo of Mickelswit
3.76/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a very nice Hefeweizen. The appearance was the usual hazy straw color with orange overtones. At first, it smelled of ripe pears and cloves; as the beer warmed, ripe banana notes became more prominent. The taste was a complex blend of the fruits and spices from the nose and the strong yeasty backbone I expect from this style. The carbonation was a little more prickly than I am used to, but it gave a great, rocky head that lasted quite a while. Quite a drinkable beer.

Sadly, this bottle was a bit past its prime, which is hard to avoid with Hefeweizen. Some cardboard flavors showed up once the beer warmed. But it was still very close to the stuff you get in Germany, making it one of the best Hefeweizens you can get your hands on.

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Photo of joecast
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

ahh weihenstephaner hefeweissbier. the king of (wheat) beer. (ok, just behind live oak atm) we'll see. roll the tape

500ml bottle. 5.4%abv. best before 10/07

light golden color when held to light. thick cloudiness makes it appear darker when set on the table. medium high carbonation with lots of small bubbles slowly making their way to the top. like a mini co2 assembly line. very uniform.
head forms magnificently. about 2in thick. white thick and frothy with excellent retention. the only blemish being its just a bit more cloudy than i would expect for only pouring half the bottle. i know, anal, but its my review dammit.

mmm text book aroma. strong clove and banana. light yeast and a touch phenolic. seriously good stuff.

mmm text book taste. wait, did i already do this? j/k
honestly though, its all there. light, wheaty, fruity, yeasty, full of flavor, but soo easy to drink. each sip bring another.

smooth on the palate, but starts to get filling towards the end.
hmm, maybe i should have had this before dinner. nah, maybe i should have had this instead of dinner. best beer ive had in a while.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.4 out of 5 based on 8,117 ratings.
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