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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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Reviews: 2,489 | Ratings: 8,113
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 dikebrewery
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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Photo of PA-hunter
4.77/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured 11.2 oz bottle into snifter glass. 5.4% abv

Appearance- Pours a glowing honey yellow with high white head that hangs around the glass before receding.

Smell- Yeast, banana, clove

Taste- Fresh wheat base grain taste with hints of lemon. Picks up a bit midway into a more floral sweetness with a banana bread flavor. The banana notes hang around and rounds off the flavor profile with a clove/black pepper spice note.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with active carbonation.

Overall- One outstanding hefeweizen to be had here. So smooth with a refreshing feel. The banana bread flavor really shines through in this one which is a showing of a fine hefeweizen. This one is as best as any for the style.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.85/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This definitely has all the amazing reviews for a reason. Had this on draft at Au Cheval Chicago. This wheat beer is full those wheat banana flavors that you wish every Hefe Weiss had! It's a tremendous beer and everyone should try it. No questions just tip this bad boy back.

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Photo of edward_boumil
4.74/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just an absolute classic. Golden/burnt orange colored beer, lightly hazy. Tons of beautiful head.
The aroma and flavor are loaded with banana, clove, and peppery spice, some bubblegum hints as well. The malts are also very dough like and slightly toasty, like bread. The beer has a super rich, ful, mouthfeel yet is smooth and easy drinkable.

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Photo of EMH73
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick, one inc white head that is well retained. Smells of banana spices (especially cloves), and yeast. Taste follows the nose with additions of bread and pepper. Incredibly well balanced and drinkable, smooth mouthfeel . An amazing hefeweizen.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4.54/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy dark straw color with a thick, fluffy white head. Aroma is banana, clove, bread dough. Taste follows with wonderful notes of banana and bready malt flavor, yeasty flavors all around, and only a hint of cloves. Smooth and refreshing Mouthfeel. Overall, this is an excellent hefeweizen and definitely one of the best in style from a brewery with amazing history.

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Photo of Ri0
4.92/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured bottle into Weizen glass. It has a golden-yellow couldy color, with 2.5 finger white foam head and some lacing. Aroma of yeast, cloves and a sweet bread along with some banana. The flavor is right on with the nose. It is full bodied and smooth with a nice refreshing, clean finish. Awesome Hefe!

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

This is what a Hefeweizen should look, taste, smell and feel like. This is the epitome of a perfect beer. The quintessential beer made following strictly the German purity law of 1516. If you have not tried this before... You are missing on one of the the bests beers in the world. Period!

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

Weihenstephaner, the king of Hefeweizen, this is truly the benchmark for the style; it's all cloves, banana bread, cream, yeast, and spices; so big, smooth and drinkable. It's excellent to think that a brewery operating for so long is still putting out the best after all this time.

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Photo of tjwarren
4.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been on a kick for Hef's since I had Funky Buddha's down in Florida. Had this years ago before the IPA craze and went back to it and it is out of this world delicious. So glad I revisited. Smooth, tart nose and nice banana apple taste with a dry finish. Will have this beer much more in the future. Ice cold makes it even better.

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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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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
4.4 out of 5 based on 8,113 ratings.
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