White Hoplosion
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

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Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
3.82 | pDev: 9.42%
Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: This unfiltered wheat beer from the beer aficionados of the World‘s Oldest Brewery Weihenstephan combines the typical balanced fruity wheat beer flavors with fine distinctive hop notes which create an ultimate sensation of taste!
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SLeffler27 from New York

3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fills a Weihenstephaner Weizen glass with slightly hazed straw (SRM 3-4) while a two-inch, thick white head lingers a long while, leaving patchy lace and never completely dissipating.

The aroma has an interesting hop presence amidst banana and clove, while odd floral and spice combinations are subdued in the background.

The unusualness of this beer carries into the flavor profile with bitterness. While anticipated from the name, wheat and grapefruit flavors work better than one would expect, leaving a clean crispness normally associated with a Pilsner. A subtle lingering finish presents bananas and lemons as it warms.

Alcohol is as expected in this light-to-medium bodied beer with fine, prickly carbonation and a silky texture.

This is refreshing on a mild summer afternoon. Additionally it is clearly a hybrid of styles, one that is welcome.

Mar 16, 2014
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Took random samples of this on tap at a bar in which I worked at the time around when this was initially released... Lasting impression of this was that (to echo sentiments of others) it surely came across as peculiar hybrid of 2 or more styles that, while it had some interesting qualities, seemed like a test batch...

The styles in question which I felt it seemed to draw from where (perhaps in order of prominence): Keller/Zwickelbier, Witbier, Hefeweizen... Rather cloudy in appearance with ghostly trails and glow to its foam, especially where the foam met the haze of the liquid... the dominant aromas and flavors where: floral, green tea, perfumy yeast/esters, maybe with a light touch of aromatic powdered citrus... The 'wit' element of it was merely the haziness of its appearance and soft, silky texture of its foam - it did not have a spice angle to it reminiscent of coriander or Belgian yeast... the nuances of its hops though certainly brought to mind those of a lightly-fruity kellerbier - this element may have been most central to the beers overall identity

The thing threw me off, as it did not present itself as a traditional yeast/malt-driven Bavarian hefeweizen... a shame I only got to sample it a couple times... more astute palate now - would like to try it again

(original rating: 3.5 on 4 Jan 2014, from a draft sampling; reviewed in full from memory on 27 Dec 2018)

Jan 04, 2014
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falloutsnow from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Blind Pig (Big Pig), Champaign, IL
Date: Keg tapped sometime within last week
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Overall, it may not be a good idea to add hops in large quantities to a wheat beer. The aroma and flavor is fine, but nothing special, and leads me to not particularly want to revisit this relative to the normal hefeweizen.

The pour arrives with 1.5cm tall head of clean, white foam, dense, smell bubbles, yielding a frothy appearance. Retention is good, head lasting over two minutes in a slow decline to a thin film atop the body of the beer. Lacing is excellent, featuring thick patterns and spiderwebs that cling to all sides of the glass. Beer is light golden yellow in color, with light bringing out paler yellow hues. Carbonation is visible, though hazy (50-60% opacity) body, moderate in number and activity.

Aroma of woodsy and herbal hops with a slight grassy and grapefruit edge, yeast mustiness, very low to faint banana esters and nutmeg/clove-like phenolics. Interesting how much the hops influence the yeast and overall resulting scents.

Front of palate features wheat malt sweetness and breadiness, musty grapefruit slices. Mid-palate of spicy, musty grapefruit-like hops, musty yeast, minimal banana esters and clove phenols, modest bitterness, slight white pepper. Back of palate features musty yeast, white pepper, clove phenol spiciness, mild to moderate bitterness. Aftertaste of lingering mild bitterness, light grapefruit, white bread wheat malt, musty wheat bread dough with notable yeast.

Beer is medium-light to medium in body, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a mouthfeel that is foamy (1/2) and smooth (1/2), a bit undercarbonated for the style, but still fine for this beer. CLoses dry, with light stickiness on the palate.

Nov 01, 2013
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 2/12/2013 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, citrus, light caramelized malts, bananas and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a light malt character followed by flavors of citrus and banana. The hops presence is mild given the name but complementary and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent beer to pound down for a long time.

Feb 13, 2013
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this at the Armsby Abbey.

A - Poured into a Weihenstephen mug a slightly hazy straw hue with a good two finger white head that left thick side lacing and slumped to a nice creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of typical Weihenstephan with bananas, cloves, and faint hops. Not hoppy enough.

T - Taste is classic Weihenstephan with tasty bananas, cloves, light malts. Faint bitter hops to round it out. Needs more hops though.

M - mouthfeel is nice for the style. Solid carbonation. Super drinkable.

O - Overall this was a solid beer from Weihenstephan. Not really hoppy but good.

Dec 08, 2012
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BMMillsy from Florida

2.71/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Bar Louie in Ann Arbor. A little suspect here, and was thinking they may have poured the wrong beer. This one came on as more of a berliner weisse than anything hoppy (hoplosion?) or hefe like. It poured a light lemonade color with a small creamy white head. The aroma is wheat and sour lemons. Flavor follows this closely, rather watered down, sour finish, nothing spiced or banana here like I would expect from a hefe. Faint flavor, and unexciting. Any flavor it had is simply sour. Bleh. Just hoping I got the wrong beer, but rating as is for now.

Nov 23, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 38 Degrees Ale House in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same with a mild spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Sep 23, 2012
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justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy yellow with good head retention.

It's pretty much a mix between a classic Hefeweizen and a Czech Pils. Wheat malts and German yeast are in the forefront. Some banana and a hint of bubblegum. The kicker are the noble hops in the finish. It has a nice floral quality.

This is by no means a "Hoplosion," which my uneducated American ass assumes is a mix between the words HOP and EXPLOSION. What happened to you Germans? Us Americans really know how to go over the top.

I am not impressed.

Apr 29, 2012
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Rifugium from North Dakota

3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Iron Abbey, Horsham, PA

Poured a pale lemonade yellow, slightly hazy, with a thin white head that laced the glass just a bit. Very light aroma of grains, grassy hops, distant fruit esters. Basic wheat profile on the palate, lemon pith, grassy hops, a touch of funk, pepper and yeast. Not bad, but not great. Light mouthfeel, bitter and a little stinky in the aftertaste, but fairly drinkable overall.

Apr 06, 2012
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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a hazy looking yellow color with a thin white head on top. The lacing was a little on the sticky side and had some retention to it. The smell of the beer was hoppy with some soft wheat aromas to along with a mild spicy aroma too. The taste of the beer was smooth from the wheat base, the hops come in near the middle and the spices finish this one up. The mouthfeel was soft and had a low carbonation to it. Overall this beer was pretty good, I'm happy to have tried it.

Mar 24, 2012
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Brenden from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was thrilled to be able to try this keg-exclusive release recently.

This beer is very pale, really white gold if anything, and clouded. A nice, fluffy pure white head forms on top and stays the entire way, dropping some very nice patchy lacing as it recedes down the glasRight from the bat this is classic Weihenstaphan, not only obviously Belgian but with a particular character I haven't gotten from anyone else. The yeast isn't overdone but adds a layer of complexity to a beer that's essentially like a bigger wit or hefe. Imperial Hefeweizen? Clove, a little banana but not as much as Weihenstephaner, and a big wheat backbone lay over a bit of floral bitterness. It's not as hoppy as the name would leave one to believe, but it's nice.
Where the Belgians succeed in their beers, even if you don't like the particular notes the yeast imparts, is in the feel. White Hoplosion doesn't disappoint there, offering a beer that's crisp and seems light while still deep and even actually medium-bodied, with a lushness anyone can appreciate.
While not exactly exploding with hoppiness, this is a great beer from a great brewery.

Mar 05, 2012
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plaid75 from New York

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy medium straw hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured light esters and a touch of grassy hop.

The taste consisted of typical esters, chewy wheat malt and a stronger than most grassy hop.

The mouthfeel seemed a bit lighter than the standard Weihenstephan wheat.

Overall a tasty hefe. Not as hoppy as I was expecting however.

Jan 21, 2012
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Gmann from New York

4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind Tiger

Pours a bright but cloudy golden color with a smallish white head.

The aroma is of clovey with light banana, neutral wheat malt.

The taste is clovey and smooth some banana creme. A bit of a wheat edge and a light limey noble hop. It is hoppier than their hefe but it's not hoppy.

Fully feel, quite creamy prickly carbonation. Drinks very well.

Basically a slightly hoppy version of their hefe.

Jan 14, 2012
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brokensail from California

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Gourmet Haus Staudt

Pours a hazed golden color with a massive white head. A really nice aroma to this. Definitely hoppy, but the more restrained, German version of the word. Quite floral with a nice spicy note to it. A bit of yeast in there. Sort of like a lager smell to it, actually. A bit of soft bread and malt notes. The flavor is really nice. Somewhat sweet with a nice floral hop flavor. Not very bitter, which is good. Quite crisp and refreshing.

Jan 04, 2012
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doopydoogle from Canada (NS)

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A cloudy golden with good lacing and a creamy head.

S - Banana, clove, citrus, slight hop, wheaty yeasty biscuity goodness.

T - Good blend of traditional wheat beer vibe with a nice bitter citrusy hop profile that complements the character of the brew nicely.

M - Great, creamy carbonation and a pleasant and smooth mouthfeel.

O - A nice new style emerging here. I hope this style gets further developed either here or abroad as it shows a lot of promise.

Dec 06, 2011
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-12-02 at Teresa's in Wayne, PA

A - Slightly hazy pale straw with a 1-finger white head and decent lacing.

S - Little smell in this pub environment. A touch of malt. No banana. Touch of yeast and clove.

T - Getting a little banana to compliment the clove. Dash of lemon. Yeast. Finish with just a touch of bittering from the hops. Light and tasty.

M - Light body and medium-high carbonation. Crisp. Refreshing.

O - Good but not amazing. I'm rather have their hefe on dunkel.

Dec 04, 2011
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a wheat ale glass at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC.

A great shining orb yellow body, opaque, and just glowing literraly screaming NEON with an almost green florecscent hue along the edges. Head is the typical Weihenstephan creamy white top. It looks spectacular for the style it just doesn't look any better than this.

Nose though is surprisingly basic but good. A creamy lemon going with the standard profile, but an interesting almost sense of tannic nuttines to come. Nothing hop like at all.

Taste is lemon light, with juicy texture, bringing the classic wheat chewiness. Dense grains and malt with a sharp but mild stinging hop presence that does not dominate. In a way the hop profile sort of seems to distract from the other beers greater characteristics.

Overall this isn't that much different from their regular offering, but it is still a real solid enjoyable beer.

Oct 19, 2011
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illidurit from California

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at burger. in Santa Cruz. Hazy opaque straw color with a billowing white head. Around is full of the classic vanilla and banana notes, but there’s a strong apple note along with some floral and mild spice. Creamy banana, clove and nutmeg, and a solid noble hop character with accompanying bitterness. A very well done beer, a little discordant between the creaminess and bitterness, but overall a cool beer.

Oct 19, 2011
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How does Beachwood BBQ get obscure kegs like this? On to the beer:

Looking pee yellow with a fluffy white head on top which lasts and gives good lace. The name would lead you to believe in lots of hops, but you won't get them in the aroma. It smells very spicy with light dabs of lemon. We finally gets some hops in its taste, where the first part is very witbier-like; light lemon and assorted spices. Then the hops kick in and add very grassy elements to the beer.

I wasn't sure what to expect from a beer called "White Hoplosion". It's fine, though I'm more keen of the brewery's traditional weizenbiers.

Sep 28, 2011
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Halcyondays from California

3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours a very hazy pale yellow, looks a lot like a wit, but from the information I can find online it is a hefe so I'm adding it as such. Full fluffy white head with good retention and lacing.

S: Lemon predominately with white pepper, grassy hops.

T: Sweet tangy wheat malt with lots of lemon zest. Spicy yeasty character with a noticable grassy hop finish.

M: Light-bodied, with soft carbonation. Very refreshing.

O: Weihenstephaner making a hop pun has rubbed some the wrong way, but it shouldn't get in the way of trying this beer. Very well made, a tasty effort.

Sep 28, 2011
White Hoplosion from Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 52 ratings