Bayern St. Wilbur Weizen | Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro

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Bayern St. Wilbur WeizenBayern St. Wilbur Weizen

Brewed by:
Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro
Montana, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 51
Photo of Libeertarian
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours an opaque golden amber with fine, filmy off-white head of lower retention. Yeast has sunken to the bottom and resides in several small piles. Some of it remains clinging to the side of the glass below the surface, and an even smaller amount even managed to end up on top of the head. None of the sought-after clove or banana notes on the nose, but still a classic Hefe smell. Wheat and brewers yeast, like sweet dough. Touch of lemon. Very lemony throughout, a bit bready as it lingers and fizzes up, with very mild clove almost taking over in the finish, but otherwise far less wheat or yeast character than in the smell, although I assume that will change if I happen to gulp up any of the chunks. I might just be brave enough to do so. I was! Tastes more like cloves than brewers yeast, but really nothing special. Body is light to medium, with medium level of softer sudsy carbonation. Smooth, and neither favoring crispness nor astringency.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.66/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance- the beer pours a very lightly hazed lighter golden amber color with a billowy white head of three finger height. The head has a pretty nice level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is heaviest of a wheaty and yeasty smell mixed with a lighter showing of a light fruit smell of peach and a bit of pear. Along with these smells comes some lighter notes of spice and a little bit of coriander and some clove.

Taste – The taste begins with a rather nice flavor of a wheat bread taste that contains a rather decent sum of a sweeter fruit flavors of peach and apricot. As the taste advances the wheat peach and apricot all hold, while a little bit of a grassy and hay flavor start to develop more and more. Along with these tastes comes some flavors of a light yeast and a little bit of spice, which in the end, leave a rather fruity and sweet, but very pleasant, wheat bready taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the slightly thicker and chewier side for an only 5.4 % abv brew with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the style and the sweeter wheaty flavors the feel is really quite nice, with it creating a rather easy drinking and flavorful weizen.

Overall – This is one weizen I actually rather like, but one I would likely enjoy on the occasion that I am in the mood for something with a bit more fruity flavor (which I think I am in for right now.) It is sweeter and slightly more wheaty, with a lower spice profile, but even with that said, more purist style weizen drinkers, it is very approachable and tasty. So…. Give it a go!

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Photo of Bunman3
3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

When you are in a ski town surrounded by deep snow, it is comforting to see a St. Bernard on the label of your beer. St. Wilbur makes a nice first impression. The nose is floral and citrus, the head disappears quickly and there is a bit of wheat chewiness. This would be best suited to a warm summer day, but enjoyed it regardless.

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Photo of jesseejames
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice hazy dark golden with lots of head that leaves a nice lacing in the glass. The aroma is of fruits and spices a nice refreshing smell. It tastes of more fruits and much more spices and is quite pleasant on the palate and finishes with a touch of bitterness to cut the sweetness. I think this is a nice beer to have on a hot day to quench your thirst.

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Photo of arizcards
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up for $14.88 as part of a mixed 12 pack picked up on 9-2-11 at Wolds Valley Market in Seeley Lake, MT. Assembled on 7-18-11. Reviewed from notes made 9-4-11.

Beer poured golden-orange with a large head that left lacing behind.

Nose was wheaty on initial pour but nothing more even after warming up.

Taste was wheaty but lacking hefe yeast character.

Mouthfeel was light with good carbonation, refreshing.

Overall a nice refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of chumba526
2.58/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appears hazy orange with a thin white head.

It smells of wheat, and a little like cloves. Not much going on in the smell.

It tastes of slightly crisp wheat. There is a slight citrus flavor and a bit of a clove flavor. This is a pretty basic non-complex hefe.

The mouthfeel is somewhat crisp.

Overall this is an ok Hefe, but it lacks complexity and substantial flavor. It goes down easy though.

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Photo of Bookseeb
2.89/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance has a cloudy golden orange with a pretty thick head and having a lot of bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Smell and taste of wheat thats a very noncomplex Hefeweizen with minimal spice leaving a cloying light bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel light with good carbonation. Nothing too exiting, just a fair Hefewiezen.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz picked up in Lewistown Montana... Poured into the closest thing I could find to a pint glass at Brenda's parent's house.

1" head is rocky and sticks around for quite a while... the brew is not as hazy as most hefes.... lite orangey golden color.

Nose is pretty standard American take on the style... maybe a tad light... mildly clovey with a little more banana..

Flavor has more clove than the aroma.. wheaty and sorta bready throughout with a touch of banana on a fairly short and a little dry finish... the body is light and the carbonation is prickly.

Not bad certainly.. sorta like a "hefeweizen lite".... I gave this to a bunch of Brenda's Pop's farmer buddies and it was quite a hit with them... sooo... I guess it would be a pretty good gateway beer to German styles.

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Photo of PDXHops
2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottled poured into a weizen glass.

Nice looking brew. Cloudy golden body with a bright white cloudy head. Not as fluffy as I'd like, but not bad at all. Retention and lacing are good.

This is a pretty solid little hefeweizen. The nose is to style, but fairly tame. Flavors get a little livelier. Plenty of wheat with a lemony bite around the edges. Cloves are subtly present, banana even moreso. Kind of a general spiciness I can't quite put my finger on, too. Mouthfeel is fairly thick and fluffy. Goes down easy on a sunny afternoon.

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass:

Pours clouded lemon-drop yellow with a frothy white head that thins and stays through the duration. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of wheat tang with a hint of tart lemon. Not very banana/clove, but with some floral and slight spicing. Smells like an American wheat with a Continental leaning.

The taste is of wheat dough/bread, with a hint of lemon. Again, not much banana, but there is a clove spicing in the refreshingly dry, crisp, though rather abrupt, finish.

It is light-bodied and crisp.

A decent summer refresher that is, again, more of an American Pale Wheat with a Continental influence. For that, I think it's not a bad brew at all.

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Photo of heapofaoatmeal
1.91/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

when i was young i used to do bottle drives with the boy scouts. all i remember is the smell of the un rinsed beer bottles. it was disgusting sweet rancid smell. this beer tastes kinda like the bottles smelled. there was little carbonation ~.1cm head. the smell was very sweet, a little tangy. i had almost no smell of clove or bananna. in the glass it was a nice orange -straw color and very clear. all i taste is wheat with a little pique of what might be hops.

is this beer just a wheat based lager? if so it isnt nearly as good as the one i had had bohemian in slc. is there clove in this beer, or is my mind playing tricks on me?

overwhelmingly wheat flavor lead to thoughts of pouring the glass. 25 minutes into this review i am a quarter of the way through a 12 oz bottle. ive had 2 bottled and 1 tap bayern product. the taped beer was amazing, the bottles were both dissapointing. is it the store i purchased them from, or the brewery?

way too many question marks in this review.

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Photo of TheBishop
3.51/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ok, despite what some reviewers here have said, this does not taste like a wit. This is pure Hefeweizen in every respect, I get no citrus overtones at all. This is a good Hefeweizen from Bayern and to be honest I have not found a bad beer from this brewery. Nothing exceptional but just good beer.

This beer pours a cloudy yellow, with a good head. There is not a lot of intense smells with this one just pretty typical. Taste is pleasant but not overpowering. Drinkability is exceptional. A good Hefeweizen

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Photo of hopdog
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle best before date of October '05.

Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of yeast, light wheat, and if I really push some banana in the background. Tastes of wheat, light lemons, light oranges, light bananas and light spices (get the trend - everything on the lighter side).

Notes from 10/6/05

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Photo of therica
3.32/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my idea of a Hefe, more like a Belgian Witbier akin to Hoegaarten or something.

A= zero head, or so minimal that it disappeared after seconds. A few bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass down in the liquid, no lacing whatsoever.

S= modest nice citrus-floral with wheat, not very exciting for us.

T= very dry, yeasty and a slight bit sour-tart, akin as I said above more to a Witbier than a Hefeweizen. Modest citrus.

M= some hops florals and hops-bite in the aftertaste.

D= I couldn't take much of this. In fact, I got it when the other person (who is a major Hefe-fan) took one sip after we watched it pour, and they handed it to me.

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Photo of loren01
4.41/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy yellow color, 2 finger width white head. Good head retention down the glass
S: Smell is very yeasty. Wheat smell is very abundant, slight lemon smell. Not picking up much banana though
T: Wheat/fruity/lemon slight clove taste and a dry finish
M: Smooth and easy drinking, carbonation is perfect
D: Not often do I get this excited about a wheat beer, really not my style usually, however I could drink this stuff all night long. This is an awesome beer.

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Photo of akorsak
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: The weizen is a slightly hazy golden yellow color, showcasing the occasional orange note. The head was close to one finger and has dissapated to a small white band.

S: The aroma is wheaty, wholly devoid of any clove or banana esters. This, based on aroma alone, makes me look at this as an American pale wheat ale.

T: The ale continues the restrained wheat flavor that I found in the nose. The ale has a light tart wheat flavor that is somewhat grainy but finishes with a surprising strength.

M: The beer fits into the American pale wheat classification, IMHO. The wheat is refreshing and slightly tart on the palate.

D: I could drink a few of these. They are light though and lack the weizen esters.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

AKA: Bayern "St. Wilbur Weizen" - listed on their website as a "Bavarian Hefeweizen", ABV 5.1%. Picked up this 12 oz. bottle for 75 cents(!) from the New Seasons clearance bin. Best Before: Feb 07.

A: Poured to a pint glass rather vigorously by my lovely wife, this one's huge frothy white head gushed over the top of the glass. Cresting at 4 fingers+, this was one of the nicest looking hefes I've enjoyed. After a swirl and mixing of the sludgy yeast coating the base of the bottle, this took on a nice fuzzy golden-wheat color. Lace was fairly weak - otherwise, this may have received a '5'...

S: Appealing aroma of wheat mixed with a healthy dose of lemon. Grassy, a little herbal, and yeasty. Not the esters of a German Hefe but still a fine-smelling beer.

T: Quite dry, with dominant flavors of lemon and pepper beyond the full wheat flavors. Nothing very sweet in here; in fact the finish is medicinally bitter and even a little soapy.

M: Nice medium-full body with moderate carbonation, a more substantial mouthfeel than the few other US versions I've tried. Lemony flavor helps keep the mouthfeel crisp & clean, though the finish suffers just a little from that bitter/soapy aftertaste.

D: I'm glad to have tried this, a nice American version of a hefeweizen. It's pretty drinkable (generally tasty & low ABV per the style), goes well with food (tried with po-boys, shrimp & oyster) & is one I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.18/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

St. Wilbur pours a cloudy, yellow gold body beneath a good-sized head of bright-white that holds up quite well and leaves some very nice lacing throughout the entire glass. The aroma is mainly of wheat-malt and fruit with limited greenish banana. The body is medium-light, and it's zesty, and creamy as it warms. The flavor is of a fruity-accented wheat malt with a very light banana and just a suggestion of clove. It's phenolic, but in a different way from many others, and not as sweet as some of the big producers. A touch of spiciness is present, and some floral hops find their way in as well, which is nice. Balanced! Dryish. The finish is refreshing with a touch of hop bitterness. An excellent choice.

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Photo of jdhilt
1.75/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a three finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Cloudy amber color. Very light carbonation and medium bodied. Apple cider nose. Starts with a cider flavor expecting wheat and an unusual smoothness. Hoppy/cidery finish. Best before Oct 2005 explains why it is off. $1.30 for a 12oz bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Label says "St.Wilbur Weizen" and has a St.Bernards Dog busting out of a barrel, but this is indeed an America wheat/hefe so I am sure this is the same beer. A nice looking Hefe, the looks are true to style hazy orange beer with a small tight bubbled white head. The aroma is barely there though some hints of wheat and a tiny bit of mashed banana. Flavours are not bad, mashed banan( like the baby food jars banana), quite spicy and very does tend however to tail off a bit as the beer passes over the tongue. Best part about this beer is the palate, very soft and silky even, thicker than expected for this style..liked it. Overall not a bad attempt..on the border of American Wheat and true Hefe.

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Photo of Knuckles
3.44/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sigh. Back in the day, before I had kids and a wife and a mortgage, I used to live in Montana. One of my favorite things to do in the summer was to drive from Bozeman to Missoula just to go to the Iron Horse (formerly Bayern's brewpub) and drink the Bayern Hefeweizen. It used to be a hefe of glory, a beacon of hefeweizenosity in a barrenwasteland of post-apocalyptic wheat crap like Pyramid and Widmer. Alas, those triumphant days of hefe-perfection are gone, and they've replaced it with a beer that looks like a hefe, feels like a hefe, and almost tastes like a hefe. It's the Manchurian Candidate of hefes.

Appearance: Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Lovely tawny brown, slightly murky from the yeast and the chill, with this incredibly insistent vortex of bubbles swirling up from the bottom of my glass. The head is at least two inches tall, and sticks around for a good ten minutes or so.

Smell: Danger, Will Robinson! Danger! Whereas this beer used to pimp slap you with a nose full of fruit and nut (that sounds dangerously like a Cadbury bar), it now meekly reminds you of the badass mutha it used to be. You shut yo mouth! I'm talkin' bout hefe.

Taste: Again, just the faintest shadow of the majesty that this beer used to be. There is the faintest bit of clove, and a wee nutty finish. But nothing like it used to be. The guy who owns and operates Bayern is a true brewmeister from Bavaria, so it's not like he's pulling this stuff out of his ass. Ok, I ferverntly HOPE he's not pulling this stuff out of his ass. And I swear upon a case of Weihenstephaner that this beer used to absolutely kick ass. It was worth the three hour drive from Bozo to Missoula, so it must have been.

Mouthfeel: Absolutely spot on, dead accurate to the style. Not thick and soupy like Widmer/Pyramid, but right in line with Fransizkaner, etc.

Drinkablility: I've got to give it a four, as I could drink this all night. I would just be very, very sad while I did it remembering just how magnificent this beer used to be.

I'm of the opinion that Jurgen has dumbed down the yeast strain for popular consumption in Missoula, but I could be wrong. Needless to say, I'm still quite sad about it (but I'll soldier on in spite of it). All this said, PLEASE bring back the real hefe yeast strain, pretty please? I promise I'll redo my review if you do...

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.86/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beautifully murky acorn squash gold with lemon peel edges. The impressive head of lightly jaundiced ivory is tight-bubbled enough to persist and tacky enough to leave a respectable amount of lace. This is a good looking hefe weizen.

Unfortunately, it smells more like an American pale wheat ale (APWA) than a hefe. As far as I know, the most important distinguishing characteristic between those two styles is the use of a bona fide hefe weizen yeast strain in the latter. If the brewers used the real deal, then they've gotten ahold of an especially wimpy strain. There's very little banana and no clove.

Same problem on the palate. While I can overlook it to some extent in the nose, the lack of the classic hefe weizen flavors in a beer purported to be a hefe weizen is much less tolerable. For starters, there's too much sweet malt (pale and caramel) onboard. For finishers, banana esters are virtually nonexistent, resulting in a pathetic hefe weizen banan-o-meter score of 0.5/5.0. Hallertauer Perle hops provide a moderate amount of finishing bitterness and virtually no flavor.

I do pick up some spiciness that isn't recognizable as clove. The bottom line is that this beer tastes like an overly malty, overly sweet, generically spicy APWA. Any pride the brewery may have felt entitled to by producing an authentic German hefe is misplaced in my opinion. Reinheitsgebot? Doesn't mean squat in this case. The medium body feels a little ponderous due to the abundance of malt and the relative lack of carbonation.

It should be fairly obvious by now that I consider Bayern Hefeweizen (St. Wilbur Weizen) to be seriously lacking. Not as a beer necessarily, but as a hefeweizen. Still, it's fairly inoffensive and is drinkable in a bland, uninteresting sort of way.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.76/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This attractive brew splits the difference between the familiar NW hefe and the beloved Bavarian original. It's a ripe, fruity orange and a sturdy white head that doesn't blossom as much as a Bavarian but is still a good size. The aroma is waxy, yeasty, slightly off but not at all unpleasant. There's also some bright citric hop flavors that let you know this was made in the US. The taste has wonderful composition, and is totally united without any flailing off-flavors or struggling elements that come short. Everything is here and it's rounded and refreshing. Grapefruit hops lead off, followed by a cookie-sweet malt base, with the yeast and wheat providing a supple, almost oaky-Chardonnay quality. It's very drinkable. A very good hefe; it does not manage to become the oft-attempted-but-nearly-never-succeeded craft American copy of a German, but it's got a bit more going on than most of the Pac NW hefes. It's a fine and likable beer.

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Photo of WesWes
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a 1/4" white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a light wheat malt scent. It's also dry and musty with a bit of lemon zest. The taste is average as well. It has a weak and watery wheat flavor. It has no real character at all. There is no lemon or clove taste and there is no fruity yeast finish. The mouthfeel is average also. It is a medium/full bodied beer with less than adequate carbonation. This is a decent drinker despite it's flaws. It's not a bad brew. It's just a bad hefe.

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Photo of beernut7
4.6/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This unfiltered German ale has an indescribable characteristic. I have had many weis beers with many of the same tangy sweet flavors, but the allure of this beer is strangely cosmic. I really, really like the beer from this company.

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Bayern St. Wilbur Weizen from Bayern Brewing, Inc. / Edelweiss Bistro
3.39 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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