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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier | Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

2,470 Reviews
Weihenstephaner HefeweissbierWeihenstephaner Hefeweissbier

Brewed by:
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Germany | website

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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Reviews: 2,470 | Ratings: 8,006
Photo of Beers-es
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap, pours a cloudy orange, like a light-colored apple cider. Smell is fruity and a little spicy, with definite clove and banana notes. Taste is classic wheat beer, with some tartness that offsets the fruitiness. Nice bready, yeasty finish. Not my favorite style, but I appreciate the quality.

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

Not much to say that hasn't already been said in someone else's review. I really got a strong pepper-y clove smell in it, but it was nice. Flavor is outstanding for a Hefeweizen - just so smooth and drinkable and the wheat flavor is really crisp.

What I found really cool is that this is a beer thats been brewed at a brewery operating since the 11th century and its amazing.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Light gold in color and very hazy. There's a solid inch of densely packed brilliant white foam on top. Heavy lacing. Aroma is comprised of faint banana esters and pale wheat. I taste very light pale wheat and faint banana esters. The mouth is very delicate, light, and faintly creamy.

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

Probably the most perfect hefeweizen there is and certainly the best I've had. Pours a hazy golden orange, looks beautiful held up to the light. Big, fluffy, off white head. Smells like the usual banana and cloves, with a hint of citrus. Taste is more or less the same, rich and full flavored but not overwhelmingly sweet or spicy like some hefes I've had. Just very well balanced. Feel is exceptional. I was amazed at how smooth and creamy this beer is while still maintaining great carbonation. Lingering, pleasant aftertaste on the finish. This beer is legendary for a reason!

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Photo of LADaveBN
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a murky straw color with half a finger fluffy white head. Nose is banana bread and cloves. Taste is similar: banana bread, cloves, pecans, subtle citrus. Nice long finish. Medium carb. Feel is slightly crisp. Overall, an excellent hefe. It absolutely lives up its reputation as the gold standard of the style.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

One pint .9 fl oz, coded 2365, poured into a Weihenstephaner hefe glass.

A - Cloudy golden orange/yellow with three fingers of fluffy white head that retains for a while.

S - Banana bread, yeast, clove/spices.

T - Right in line with nose, with some back end biscuit/cereal grains and lemon notes. As it warms, the yeast and spice move more to the forefront.

M.- Carbonation is a touch above medium. Feel seems both creamy and crisp.

O - Pretty tasty, if a little aged. Extremely well made, and holds up as the model for the style.

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Photo of Wobjack
4.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Weihenstephaner Hefe glass.

Appearance: A beautiful golden amber, cloudy. Absolute belter of a head; rocky, fluffy and dense. Retains it all the way down the glass. Lacing is sticky and ubiquitous.

Smell: Fresh bread is there, as is banana and a mild clove. Hints of citrus fruit in there too.

Taste: Wow! So good, almost like drinking banana bread, not overpowering or too rich though, and there is plenty of chalky, dry yeast flavour to calm it.

Mouth-feel: Medium body, excellent carbonation and very easy to drink.

Overall: It's been said many times before and with good reason. This is one of the very best Hefes and an easily drinkable beer for the style. I could easily polish off 4 or 5 of these in one sitting. Simply a stunning beer and thoroughly recommended, even if you aren't a fan of the style.

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Photo of clalalive
4.81/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A taste that you could actually recall despite trying other types of beer. Then once in a while, you'd recall the smell and taste of it. Next thing you know, you are at checkout paying for a sixer.

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Photo of MACrist
4.97/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

LOOKS: Hazy dark golden with 3+ fingers of creamy off white head. It sticks around for a while and leaves a pretty nice lacing down the glass. Loads of carbonation streaming up the glass.
AROMA: Fresh cut grass, loads of banana bread, & cloves. That is what you expect, that is what you get.
TASTE: Just like aroma, great bready quality.
FEEL: Ultra smooth. Absolutely nothing harsh about this beer. Soft on the palate. Perfect level of carbonation, not overkill. Dries up nicely on finish, a little slick up front.
OVERALL: I just haven't had a smoother, more flavorful Hefe than this. It tastes very natural, like nothing is being forced to bring this beer together.

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

Probably my favorite beer or at least in the top 3. This is exactly what I want in a hefe. Its refreshing, crisp, and quenches your thirst.
The brewery is the oldest in the world- for good reason. This beer is the definition of a hefe.

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

Perfect 10/10. This is not "an" example of Hefe Weißbier, it is THE example. Complex, infinitely refreshing, historically accurate and simply marvelous in every way. An absolute must have for any beer enthusiast, esepecially Bavarian varietals.

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Photo of jackpurvis
4.53/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

first beer i had that made me think: "wow beer can be for taste not just to get drunk"
taste is subtle but it lingers in the back of my throat for like 18 hours

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Photo of mjpoole
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Poured into a hefeweizen glass, this beer has a beautiful fluffy white head that remains until your last sip. It has a wonderful straw gold color near the head that fades into a more vibrant yellow near the bottom of the glass.

Smell: I got a lemon-y smell mixed with a fruit that I couldn't immediately identify. Some notes of bread. (I'll be honest, my sense of smell isn't very developed yet)

Taste: Excellent. I was finally able to identify where the smell of the beer was coming from: bananas. It had the taste of bananas mixed with sort of an upfront lemon flavor. The aftertaste leaves that banana flavor on your tongue with just a touch of bitterness, enough to let you know that your just drank a beer. I gave this to a friend of mine who isn't really into beer to try and this is the only thing he's had so far that he likes. Extra props for that.

Feel: It feels really smooth to drink, with I'd say a medium amount of carbonation. You're going to be burping a bit from drinking this beer. You get a medium-light mouth-feel from it and there's just this great refreshing coolness to it.

Overall: Just a great beer, first I've had of the style. Really makes me want to go out and try more hefeweizens! Very deserving of a world-class ranking.

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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 HappyGuy12345
4.87/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a hefeweizen glass.
Appearance: Golden yellow with hue of orange. Head is mild in size and white.
Smell: Very pleasant mixture of banana and citrus.
Taste: The classic clean hefeweissbier flavor plus a perfect mixture of citrus and banana. There is a very mildly bitter, but pleasant, aftertaste. Absolutely sublime.
Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation, yet this beer goes down very easily.
Overall. Quite simply, this is a superb beer. Anyone who is a fan of the hefeweiss style needs to try this beer.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

smell is very sweet lots of banana.
Taste banana nutmeg a fruity sweetness breadiness lemon in the aftertaste
Overall: it's an awesome beer that you need to try if you like this style probably the best beer in this style.

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Photo of TomMahan
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on draft 1/29/16 at the Maybank Public House on James Island, and enjoyed it very much. It was served in the traditional tall hefe style glass, and had a nice cloudy creamy look to it. The smell was somewhat fruity with banana and a little clove. Taste was great, and spot on for its style. If you like hefe's, you cant go wrong with this.

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Photo of Trevor11
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I am glad to see some lighter beers on the Top Beers list. This is a world class hefe from the world's oldest brewery that was established almost a millenium ago in 1040. I had a glass on 1/29/16. Very crisp and clean with some clove notes at the finish. Absolutely fantastic.

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Photo of scrooge-mcduff
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle bought for $5.90 poured into a pint glass

Look: Cloudy golden straw, large amount of carbonation visible, initial three finger head dissipates into strong lacing.

Smell: Initial sweetness with hint of banana like herb, slightly yeasty.

Taste: Almost exactly the same as the smell, bubblegum sweetness with herb-y, banana/clove.

Feel: Silken, medium thickness, extremely carbonated.

Overall: Great beer, not one for a solid drinking sesh, but perfect for one beer after work, or relaxing on the weekend.

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Photo of MGoBlue93
4.97/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The Hefe by which all others should be judged. Excellent on tap. I usually drink IPA - but break my style selection for this authentic German wheat beer that tastes like nothing else. Love it.

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Photo of floridadrift
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Orange gold in a big glass!
S: Citrus, slight hops, some earthy malt sweetness
T: Bubble gum, clove, nutmeg, banana-esq, apple
F: Thick and fluffy
O: Liquid gold

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Photo of Chris_r2112
4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Let me just start this review by saying that I have had Weihenstephaner many times before, and that it is one of my all time favourite beers, and my all time favourite Hefeweizen. Weihenstephaner is the beer that introduced me to a world beyond macros.

Appearance: One of the most appetizing beers I've ever seen. A pale, orange/gold like colour with about two and a half fingers of extremely creamy head. The beer is extremely cloudy, as sediment blocks almost all light from getting through. Gorgeous lacing on the glass.

Smell: I can't get over how clean and refreshing this beer smells. Absolutely incredible, and easily in the top five beers I've had in regards to the aroma. A floral like aroma filled with banana bread and spices. Pepper is also present. You have to smell this beer for yourself to get a full appreciation of how good it is.

Taste: Absolutely world class. I anxiously await the time that I find a hefe better than this one. Bananas on the forefront with cloves, pepper and bubble gum. A sweet, bready taste is also prominent on the back end.

feel: Again, world class. Medium mouth feel with an almost tangy medium carbonation. Despite the medium body, extremely refreshing.

I can't stop raving about this beer. Whenever I have a friend that wants to try something a little better than Miller or Coors, I pick up a couple of these. One of the tastiest, easiest drinking beers I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. I can not recommend this beer enough if you haven't had it.

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Photo of The_Dude_31
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

If there is a better Weißbier out of the bottle I have yet to meet it. I bet this is great on tap too. Only thing I will add to last few reviews is that the feel of this beer reminds me of a nice soft pillow of creamy wheat. By no means a dessert beer, just the best mouth feel I have ever experienced. Can see why this is held in such regard. I am glad I woke up and have started to give these Bavarian Weißbiers the attention they deserve.

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

Look - Cloudy/hazy pale to light golden color. Beautiful fluffy white head
Smell - Clove, spice, fruity/banana notes, bubblegum
Taste - Follows the nose. Fruity, banana, wheat, clove, spice, lemony type citrus, fresh bread

Overall - Above and far beyond any hefeweizen I've had or probably ever will have. Such a treat. Goes down as smooth as can be.

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Photo of Jerkheart
4.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is a beer that came out of nowhere and impressed me. It was actually the replacement for another wheaty beer I wanted to try (leffe blonde ale), so I wasnt expecting much. The bar tender seemed disapointed to tell me this all they had when I asked for lighter wheat beer.
"Bananas, cloves" he warned. I dove right in with a pint after only a taste. Wow. So impressed. It was exactly that. Had that signature Belgium sweet with surprising banana/fruit aftertaste. The look is average. Golden yellow could with some fizz. Stays fizzed for a while though. Feels smooth and mellow going down (what I love). The smell is not powerful. Its really quite unassuming until you get your nose up in there. I would reccomend this beer to anyone who is really involved in the taste. It cant be beat as far as im concerned. Sweet, smooth, fruity, drinkable. Love it.

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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
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