What's your favorite German Hefeweizen?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by Groenebeor, Feb 20, 2016.


What's your favorite German Hefeweizen?

Poll closed Feb 27, 2016.
  1. Weihenstephaner

    128 vote(s)
  2. Schneider

    14 vote(s)
  3. Paulaner

    11 vote(s)
  4. Ayinger

    16 vote(s)
  5. Hofbrau Munchen

    2 vote(s)
  6. Spaten-Franziskaner

    10 vote(s)
  7. Hacker Pschorr

    4 vote(s)
  8. Other (list in comments)

    15 vote(s)
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  1. Groenebeor

    Groenebeor Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2009 California

    Also, are we Americans missing out on the best hefes that never make it to the US?
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  2. SFNC

    SFNC Zealot (562) Apr 7, 2013 North Carolina

    Wiehenstephaner by a mile, though Ayinger is very good. Actually most listed are worthy of buying and enjoying.
  3. BrewsingBuffalo

    BrewsingBuffalo Initiate (0) Jul 6, 2015 New York

    I voted for Weihenstephaner, but Ayinger is very close behind. One issue when comparing these beers is freshness. How can we really compare when it is unclear as to how fresh the samples are? I'd really like to try fresh examples of these. Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier is fantastic, but despite it being my favorite, I've never had a truly fresh example of it. But at least their bottles are dated, while Ayinger's beers are not.
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  4. Mischief

    Mischief Initiate (0) Oct 19, 2015 Texas

    Live Oak imho
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  5. MooseBoose

    MooseBoose Initiate (0) Jun 6, 2007 Wisconsin

    I voted weinhenstephaner, but Hacker pschorr and Paulaner are close
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  6. Groenebeor

    Groenebeor Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2009 California

    Not German, that's brewed in Texas
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  7. nick0417

    nick0417 Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2014 Illinois

    Ayinger. Hands down.
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  8. Groenebeor

    Groenebeor Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2009 California

    I'm surprised there aren't more Schneider fans, even this early in the poll. IMHO it's the #2 and even sometimes #1. Is its distribution more limited in the US that I imagined?
  9. MacMalt

    MacMalt Poo-Bah (5,565) Jan 28, 2015 New Jersey
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    Weihanstephaner, although I like Ayinger, as well. Sierra Nevada's and Flying Dog's are my favorite American Hefe's.
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  10. Beric

    Beric Initiate (0) Jun 1, 2013 Massachusetts

    I guess I wouldn't be overly surprised if Schneider is harder to find, though I feel like I tend to see their weizen and Aventinus pretty regularly.

    I think that, while Schneider is definitely a superb beer, Weihenstephaner is one of the rare examples of a beer that is the perfect embodiment of the style and is widely available, and I think a lot of people voted that way because there is that perception (which I find most deserved).
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  11. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,771) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Maybe I should duck, but I don't like Heffes.
  12. Monkeyknife

    Monkeyknife Poo-Bah (3,519) Jan 8, 2007 Missouri
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    Weihenstephaner was the easy choice for me.
  13. 1000lbgrizzly

    1000lbgrizzly Meyvn (1,103) Jul 16, 2013 Illinois

    Weihenstephaner is on another level, even among the other (very good) German options. Superior balance and clarity of flavors, crisper and warmer nose, creamier mouthfeel and yet dangerously drinkable... poumybfvdopg987\]{Pumygtkuythrg'[fewd.

    Sorry, had to wipe the drool off my keyboard.
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  14. Smakawhat

    Smakawhat Poo-Bah (8,313) Mar 18, 2008 Maryland

    Weihenstephaner is a pretty impressive benchmark... there's lots of decent ones that I have enjoyed as well.
  15. hopsputin

    hopsputin Poo-Bah (2,701) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    I concur with the current poll results :grinning: Weihenstephaner gets my vote.
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  16. Jacobier10

    Jacobier10 Poo-Bah (2,551) Feb 23, 2004 New Jersey

    Andechser Weissbier Hell is my favorite, but Weihenstephaner is a close second. Both are excellent!
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  17. didgeboy

    didgeboy Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2006 Washington

    Maisel's is by far the best hefe being made. The stuff that we get here is not as spectacular as it is in Germany, but still good.
  18. SLewis

    SLewis Aspirant (247) Jun 17, 2014 North Carolina

    Weihenstephaner followed closely by Paulaner
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  19. Groenebeor

    Groenebeor Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2009 California

    The monastery is on my google maps so I make I visit it. I've heard great things about their beer and food.
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  20. captaincoffee

    captaincoffee Poo-Bah (1,831) Jul 10, 2011 Virginia
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    I stopped by last summer. The food is nothing special, but if the weather is nice, you can drink and eat outside by the monastery. When I went, it was pouring rain, so I drank my beer under the tents, got my kids a quick bite, and moved on pretty quickly. Maybe worth a short detour if you are nearby, but not worth a large chunk of your trip. I'd put Weihenstephaner's hefe on top, but Andech's has that doppelbock.
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  21. WunderLlama

    WunderLlama Poo-Bah (3,518) Dec 27, 2010 Massachusetts
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    weinhenstephaner, no contest
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  22. M_C_Hampton

    M_C_Hampton Initiate (0) Oct 9, 2012 Georgia

    Weinhenstephaner is quite possibly the best hefeweizen, period.
  23. laketang

    laketang Poo-Bah (1,536) Mar 22, 2015 Arizona

    andecher weissbier hell
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  24. lbj12s

    lbj12s Initiate (0) Jul 19, 2012 Illinois

    Franziskaner is the best
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  25. Cannibalgasm

    Cannibalgasm Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2015 Minnesota

    Weihenstephaner is my favorite, but Ayinger is a close second.
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  26. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Poo-Bah (1,914) Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    All things considered, I had to vote Weihenstephaner.

    I was at the bar tonight, and while I ordered a Kostrizer Schwazbier, I looked up at the menu and tried to guess which beer had the highest rating on Beeradvocate.

    It was Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen, which is impressive in 2016.
  27. BrewsingBuffalo

    BrewsingBuffalo Initiate (0) Jul 6, 2015 New York

    Indeed. I think it has to be considered one of the best beers in the world. It has such widespread appeal. I was at a bar with a friend who is just getting into craft. He likes BM Belgian White and stuff of that nature. I recommended Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier and he loved it. I think there is something to be said for a beer that can appeal to a novice and an experienced enthusiast (I am not) simultaneously.
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  28. StoutSnob40

    StoutSnob40 Poo-Bah (2,937) Jan 4, 2013 California
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    As if this even needed a vote.
  29. tigg924

    tigg924 Poo-Bah (6,929) Apr 30, 2008 Massachusetts

    Wiehenstephaner is my favorite, but I enjoy most on this list.
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  30. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Poo-Bah (1,843) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa
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    Weihenstephaner, Hacker is not to far behind.
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  31. SaisonRichBiere

    SaisonRichBiere Savant (963) Mar 23, 2011 Michigan

    Pinkus Organic was the most recent one I had. Pretty solid.
  32. Zinzi

    Zinzi Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2015 Italy

    Konig Ludwig Weiss is my favourite.
    All those on the list are great beers and are readily avaiable in Italy except for (believe it or not) Weihenstephaner.
    There are many others that are great like Augustiner's, Maisel's, Rothaus, Mahr's Saphir etc.
    I actually have to say i never tasted a bad German Weiss...some are better than others, but all of them are at least decent.
  33. MusicBeer_1961

    MusicBeer_1961 Initiate (141) Feb 23, 2014 Nebraska

    Honestly, I've drank a ton of authentic German Weissbiers.. If you consider price point, availability and flavor, it's hard to beat Franziskaner. It's my favorite Weissbier, in a close race of 3. I think Franzi gets a frosty response due to its macro relashionship, but the reality is- it's a Munich authentic and DAMN good..

    My favorite 3 in order-


    Honorable mention-
    Hacker Pschorr, Konig Ludwig, Julius Echter and Paulaner..

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  34. darkenbar

    darkenbar Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2006 New York

    Jules Echter was my first Hefe and I'll always love it. I think Paulaner sets the standard.
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  35. tillmac62

    tillmac62 Poo-Bah (1,830) Oct 2, 2013 South Carolina

  36. msscott1973

    msscott1973 Devotee (468) Dec 28, 2013 North Carolina

    I guess we should both duck.
  37. NellysBandaid

    NellysBandaid Initiate (163) Feb 22, 2015 Missouri

    Weihenstephaner and it's not that close. My favorite American ones are SN Kellerweiss and Urban Chestnut Schnickelfritz.
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  38. HopliteMpls612

    HopliteMpls612 Disciple (305) Aug 31, 2015 Minnesota

    Ayinger, next would be Weihenstephaner. Fond memories of drinking Hacker Pschorr in college. All of them are pretty damn good.
  39. lambpasty

    lambpasty Initiate (0) May 3, 2013 New Hampshire

    Weihenstephaner defines the style IMO. Ayinger is a semi-close second. Ayinger is like a 9/10 but Weihenstephaner is at least an 11/10 for me.

    Schneider is also great, and I have enjoyed Echter's hefe more than once. This is one of those lists where the "worst" beer there is still probably at least an 8/10 IMO.
  40. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,487) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Weihenstephaner - no need to play games when it comes to the style

    Top Five IMO:

    Hacker Pschorr
    Julius Echter
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