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

Served in a Paulaner hefeweizen glass, it pours a hazy, solid yet brilliant orange of a yellow hue. It forms a three-finger foamy and creamy head with seemingly everlasting retention.
A bevy of bubbles can be seen going to the surface from the very bottom of the glass, nurturing the head of the beer.
This beer gives a nice lacing.

Lots of banana, mild bubblegum, wheat malts, very strong biscuit, honey, citrus and clove. Assertive and enticing bouquet.

Excellently rounded and subtle.
Upfront the expressive carbonation is felt, and it accompanies the flavor all throughout.
Perfect balance, the sweet notes and the hoppy bitterness are equally present in that uniform yet complex flavor that the carbonation unveils.
Notes of overripe apple, pineapple, banana, biscuit, wheat malts, hay, honey and clove.
The aftertaste is long and slightly sweeter, that crispness dissipates.
Medium to full body, slightly silky and very refreshing.

The subtleties and sophistication of this beer's flavor speak for themselves.
World class beer for sure.

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Photo of 0_0
2.65/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Let me try to review this appropriately:
Look - Nice amber looking beer, reminds me of that girl in highschool's hair that refused to date me
Smell - a wheaty, bready smell, remind me of that girl in college who wouldn't go out with me either
Taste - Citrus, clove, bannana kinda tastes like the mouth of that girl i made out with on New Years, whose calls i won't return
Feel- Honestly kind of average, not my cup of tea. I didn't find any of the elements of this beer to be particularly special or fetching. I now know how those girls felt about me.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Yellow and gold, with orange reflections, cloudy. Foam white, huge, fluffy, creamy in consistency. Very durable decorations on the glass slightly.
Aroma: bananas, cloves, damp hay and "dusty concrete floor."
Taste: bananas, cloves and lemon. Next floor dusty, damp, old hay. The beer is slightly sweet, honey, is full, dense, soft until the "fat".
Gentian low (IBU 14), completely satisfactory. High saturation in the direction of the average, ideal.

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Photo of chicagobeerguy
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Nice lacing, quickly dissipating head, creamy orange honey colored
S: Flowery, banana, creamy, white wonder bread , full bodied smell
T: Smooth banana creamy taste, very nice simple hefe flavor
F: Low and slow, very nice feel, glides over tongue and down the hatch, consistent throughout
O: A fine Hefeweissbeer, very enjoyable, top 2 Hefeweizen's in my opinion.

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Photo of Bulabeers
4.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Hazy golden orange with two fingers or frothy white head
S: Banana, clove, honey, wheat, and oranges
T: Banana check, clove check, wheat check, bubblegum dang it. Not too much though. Oh yeah oranges maybe pineapple.
F: Crisp smooth refreshing well carbonated thank god
O: Great beer. Minus the bubblegum it would be perfect.

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Photo of Samlover55
4.43/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9oz bottle into "perfect pint" glass
4056 date code which is approx. beginning of Feb 2016
L- hazy blond, with 2-inch thick head of tightly packed bubbles
S- serious clove aroma woven with banana
T- this beer is one collage of bananas and spices that goes down in a creamy clove-scented finish
F- light bodied but so darn creamy and drinkable with a crispness as well
O- Liquid Banana Cake!!! this brew is awesome i totally understand why this is the top-rated Hefe

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orangey pour with bright white head. Subtle banana and dough on the nose with a hint of spice. Grainy fruity flavour with a medium noble hop presence. Perfect summer dinner beer

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

Poured 0.5l bottle into a Weizen glass.

A: Deep golden color and hazy (although clear for a Hefeweizen). Thick foamy white head, with excellent retention and very good lacing. High carbonation is visible in the glass.

S: Fresh citrusy notes (lemon/orange), followed by clove, bubblegum and hints of banana.

T: Taste follows the nose. Citrus flavors come first, clove follows, with light bubblegum flavor and banana subtly coming through in a sophisticated way. All perfectly balanced.

M: Feels light-to-medium bodied. Very smooth and crisp, with perfect amount of carbonation in the mouth.

O: Very refreshing and drinkable, with gentle velvety structure. I would call it a very sophisticated Hefeweizen. Variety of notes are delivered without allowing any of them to be too prevalent, but rather come together in a very nice balance.

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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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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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