Hefeweizen Love

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by GSS, Oct 4, 2015.

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  1. GSS

    GSS Initiate (0) Sep 30, 2015 China

    Long story short. My wife and I moved to China about six weeks ago and a lot of European beer is available. Hefeweizens, in particular, seem to be very common, so I have been drinking a fair number of them. It's a style I haven't had much of in the past few years and I had forgotten how much I enjoy it. I had a Weihenstephaner for the first time in a while the other day. What a spectacular beer. IMO the best I've had within the style.
  2. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Poo-Bah (1,846) Jul 2, 2014 New Jersey

    A style im getting into currently. Not a fan of banana anything, but i like the more subtle ones ive had. Not a big stout guy anymore so currently, Hefes, belgians and IPAs are getting me through cooler weather months.
  3. OldManMetal

    OldManMetal Initiate (0) Jun 5, 2015 North Carolina

    My favorite hefeweizen. I love wheat beers in general, and hefeweizen is one of my favorite beer styles overall.
  4. afrokaze

    afrokaze Zealot (557) Jun 12, 2009 Oregon

    I think the Ayinger Brau-Weisse is my favorite of the classic German hefes. I'm also a big fan of a good dunkelweisse, it's a shame you don't see them more often.
  5. pat61

    pat61 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2010 Minnesota

    Hefe Weizen is a great breakfast beer. Had one in the Frankfurt train station in the early 70s with a plate of sausage. Also goes well with eggs. Weihenstephaner is especially nice. Found one on tap last night.
  6. ChangSing

    ChangSing Initiate (151) May 5, 2013 Illinois

    That's a great hefe. it's always a very nice summer beer for me. i particularly like that nice banana and clove taste. Having never been to China, I have no idea what options you'll have over there, but you've got one of the best hefe's out there.
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  7. TheBrewo

    TheBrewo Initiate (0) Nov 11, 2010 New York

    We had a similar realization when we moved down and lived in the Caribbean for two and a half years. European beer galore, so we found ourselves drinking a lot, lot more of stuff like Chimay Blue and Delirium Tremens, and the likes, with, of course, a smattering of unmentionable horrors from every corner of Europe. It really gives you a fresh take on things.
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  8. MyThoughtsExactly

    MyThoughtsExactly Initiate (0) Jun 10, 2015 Virginia

    Weihenstephaner's Hefe defines the style to me. If available, you should try their other beers which are also world class. The brewery has been around for almost a millennia, so it makes sense that they know how to produce amazing beers.
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  9. joeyjoey104

    joeyjoey104 Initiate (0) Aug 2, 2014 California

    If you are in SoCal, a great one is Mother Earth Brewing Co.'s Honcho Hef... delicious banana flavor & aroma. Currently, Hefe's are my new favorite style besides IPAs & Pale Ales.
  10. Dravin

    Dravin Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2014 Indiana

    Weihenstephaner is probably my favorite of the style if we're talking German. If we're talking American takes my favorite is SN Kellerweis.
  11. LODGE4

    LODGE4 Initiate (0) Dec 12, 2012 Florida

  12. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Initiate (0) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    Hofbrau, Hacker-Pschorr, Ayinger and Schneider & Sohn (they have 3 different hefes I believe and all are great) are the best aside from Weihenstephaner (its kinda like listing great mafia movies, you already know that Godfather is number 1 so you might as well just list the runner ups :wink:)
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  13. Hoppsbabo

    Hoppsbabo Initiate (0) Jan 29, 2012 England

    I would never have bothered with Hefeweizens had it not been for living in Korea for three years. Like in China there were quite a few European exports. It's firmly one of my favourite styles now.
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  14. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Poo-Bah (1,846) Jul 2, 2014 New Jersey

    While maybe not available in china my favorite Hefeweizen is Neshaminy Creeks Highwater Hefeweizen.
  15. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Poo-Bah (1,880) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina

    Love Hefe's and Weizenbocks
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  16. SummitSeries72

    SummitSeries72 Initiate (110) Mar 17, 2011 New Jersey

    It unquestionably is the best in the style. GREAT, GREAT beer.
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  17. MuFugga

    MuFugga Initiate (0) Apr 3, 2015 Wisconsin

    Picked up a Nein from Surly the other day which is a dark hefe. I'm looking forward to trying it and seeing if it is a true hefe or not.
  18. einhorn

    einhorn Aspirant (297) Nov 3, 2005 California

    My favorite style, hands down.

    Great aromas achieved through yeast rather than hops, bold flavor, medium alcohol level - what's not to like?
  19. puck1225

    puck1225 Poo-Bah (3,221) Dec 22, 2013 Texas
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    I like the Paulaner hefeweizen myself. Good to see that the Chinese have reasonable taste in beer. (I had a Tsingtao this weekend that I would not considers "reasonable"). ☺️
  20. tigg924

    tigg924 Poo-Bah (6,056) Apr 30, 2008 Massachusetts

    I also love Weihenstephaner's Hefe. One of my favorite beers. Domestically I really like Sly Fox's Royal Weiss.
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  21. prost2hefeweizen

    prost2hefeweizen Initiate (0) Aug 6, 2015 Oklahoma

    weihenstephaner is my favorite but i am also a big fan of paulaner and franziskaner! cheers!!
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  22. Cannabanoid

    Cannabanoid Initiate (0) Apr 24, 2015 Massachusetts

    I love Weihenstephaner. This is the beer I judge all other hefeweizen by. Still haven't found one better. Most are pale in comparison.
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  23. UrbanCaveman

    UrbanCaveman Zealot (570) Sep 30, 2014 Illinois

    I'm definitely a banana-ester-head. Hefes, dunkelweizens, and weizenbocks make routine appearances in my fridge. I'd second the person who prefers Ayinger Brau-Weisse to Weihenstephaner, but you can't go wrong with either of those beers!

    If you want to go for some "imperial" hefeweizen flavors, grab a weizenbock! If you can find either of them, Schneider Tap 6 Aventinus can't be beat for those who like the somewhat maltier dunkelweizen flavors, while Weihenstephaner Vitus is the Turbo Edition of their hefeweizen. Awesome stuff.
  24. Belial

    Belial Initiate (34) Aug 9, 2005 Illinois

    its one of my favorite styles. i was really upset when new glarus didnt do dancing man wheat
  25. HopSavant

    HopSavant Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2014 Tennessee

    As mentioned in some of the posts above, if you have the opportunity, try Weihenstephaner's Vitus--their Weizenbock. It is dynamite.

    I've been drinking an obscene amount of Vitus and the Hefe lately.
    #25 HopSavant, Oct 5, 2015
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  26. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,685) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado

    Most of the Munich-area weissbiers are excellent - so just grab whichever one is freshest and most readily available. Some are sweeter and fruitier (Paulaner, Weihenstephaner), and others are earthier (Schneider, Augustiner), so it can be fun to find which you enjoy most.
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  27. SLewis

    SLewis Initiate (0) Jun 17, 2014 North Carolina

    Paulaner is also very very good. It's just a step under Weihenstephaner for me.
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  28. prost2hefeweizen

    prost2hefeweizen Initiate (0) Aug 6, 2015 Oklahoma

  29. didgeboy

    didgeboy Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2006 Washington

    you must have been a tanker, right?
  30. didgeboy

    didgeboy Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2006 Washington

    If you can find it Maisel's is one of the best wheat beers made. Kristalweisse, Hefeweisse or Dunkleweiss. all great.
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  31. prost2hefeweizen

    prost2hefeweizen Initiate (0) Aug 6, 2015 Oklahoma

    hefe's are my favorite styler of beer

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  32. Brutaltruth

    Brutaltruth Poo-Bah (3,520) Mar 22, 2014 Ohio

    Allgauer Brauhaus makes a fine hefe. Not too easy to find around here any more, but a solid offering.
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  33. Erlkoenig

    Erlkoenig Initiate (0) Aug 24, 2015 Colorado

    Hefeweizens were the first beers that pulled me into the realms of GOOD beer. I'm going to reinforce the status quo of "everyone loves Weihenstephaner", but I really love any Hefe with good yeast and balance. And they're as beautiful a beer as you can behold.
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  34. pat61

    pat61 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2010 Minnesota

    Nah, Hippie riding the Amsterdam-Milano Express taking refuge from train food. Your Weizen recommendations are spot on.
  35. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,979) Mar 12, 2009 New York
    Society Trader

    I love em too, especially cause homebrewing a tasty one is fairly easy
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  36. Wiffler27

    Wiffler27 Meyvn (1,026) Aug 16, 2009 North Carolina

    since you're in China (i've never been so i don't know how distribution works) but Hitachino Nest white ale from Japan is fantastic. it's a witbier but still is very good!
  37. GSS

    GSS Initiate (0) Sep 30, 2015 China

    I have yet to see it in China, but was able to get it when I lived in Canada. I agree with you, it is a very good beer.
  38. HopsDubosc

    HopsDubosc Initiate (155) Apr 24, 2015 Vermont

    I miss heading down to the Venice Beach boardwalk and drinking a $3 Erdinger Hef at happy hour watching the sun go down over the Pacific.

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  39. lambpasty

    lambpasty Initiate (0) May 3, 2013 New Hampshire

    Weihenstephaner is incredible, and defines the style imo. Ayinger's hefe is an extremely close second for me.
  40. chinabeergeek

    chinabeergeek Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2007 Massachusetts

    @GSS where in china are you currently?
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