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Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier by Brauerei Weihenstephan
Hefeweizen
5.40 % ABV


 
Review by younger35 on 08/14/11  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 16 5 8 2011
Picked up a bottle of this to formally review. I’ve had it many times though so it’s nice to really think it over. Drank from my Widmer mine Hefe glass.

Appearance- Pours a straw colored yellow with a hugely beautiful white head that literally has stiff meringue like peaks. An amazing cap and collar stays the ENTIRE beer along with TONS of thick rich lacing. One of the best looking beers I’ve ever seen.
Smell- As you’d expect and just as I remember the light plantain sweetness is softer than most Hefs and the spiciness isn’t as bold. There is a light lemony cleanness to the beer with a touch of orange peel and maybe even coriander. It’s all there, just in more moderation. Maybe I’m just too used to the American versions.
Taste- Much like the nose it’s just ridiculously balanced and nothing is overdone. The spicy bite of the yeast is very neutral as the banana is sort of an afterthought - not the main flavor like most. Other than just a teeny tiny kiss of clove and maybe some white pepper, there isn’t any other spice. The wheat is more of a player than one might expect as it’s doughy and full. The finish is malty and damn near floury (not a bad thing, just the flavor I get) as the wheat is really prevalent.
Mouthfeel- Thick and rich with a crazy creamy feel. The carbonation isn’t all that zippy even with the large head but the feel is great.
Drinkability- Definitely a super good beer that I enjoy every time. The look and mouthfeel are absolutely spot on perfect and the taste is about as balanced as you’ll find in a Hef. There are a few other Hefs I prefer (see Paulaner) but even those are usually more carbonated than I like. Tasty beer that we’re lucky to have everyday access to here in Minnesota.

Price: $5.49 Served In: Weizen Glass

Review by younger35 on 08/14/11  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 5 7 2011
Picked up a bottle of this to formally review. I’ve had it many times though so it’s nice to really think it over. Drank from my Widmer mine Hefe glass.

Appearance- Pours a straw colored yellow with a hugely beautiful white head that literally has stiff meringue like peaks. An amazing cap and collar stays the ENTIRE beer along with TONS of thick rich lacing. One of the best looking beers I’ve ever seen.
Smell- As you’d expect and just as I remember the light plantain sweetness is softer than most Hefs and the spiciness isn’t as bold. There is a light lemony cleanness to the beer with a touch of orange peel and maybe even coriander. It’s all there, just in more moderation. Maybe I’m just too used to the American versions.
Taste- Much like the nose it’s just ridiculously balanced and nothing is overdone. The spicy bite of the yeast is very neutral as the banana is sort of an afterthought - not the main flavor like most. Other than just a teeny tiny kiss of clove and maybe some white pepper, there isn’t any other spice. The wheat is more of a player than one might expect as it’s doughy and full. The finish is malty and damn near floury (not a bad thing, just the flavor I get) as the wheat is really prevalent.
Mouthfeel- Thick and rich with a crazy creamy feel. The carbonation isn’t all that zippy even with the large head but the feel is great.
Drinkability- Definitely a super good beer that I enjoy every time. The look and mouthfeel are absolutely spot on perfect and the taste is about as balanced as you’ll find in a Hef. There are a few other Hefs I prefer (see Paulaner) but even those are usually more carbonated than I like. Tasty beer that we’re lucky to have everyday access to here in Minnesota.

Price: $5.49 Served In: Weizen Glass

Review by tavernjef on 09/03/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 9 18 5 9 2010
Solid looking hefe, super cloudy, hazy, yeast filled golden straw color. One super large fluffy off-white head nearly three inches tall, fades and pops slowly to leave a fine thin head with some stringy sticking lace.
Smell is a nice light and airy, fluffy lemon with a nice grainy wheat bread background and notes of banana and spice.
Taste is one refreshing, rock solid hefe, with a perfect balance of lemon, not to tart, good breadish tone, wheaty, yeasty, but all very mellowing and smooth. Notes of banana linger and some spice of cloves.
Feel is pretty full from sip to swallow, very mellow, has a textured feel in the middle, moderate tartness and a very clean finish. Which makes it incredibly drinkable, no doubt about it.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by everetends on 02/01/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 11 19 5 9 2009
A bottle I got out of the brewers mixed five from I got at Four Winds in P'cola. Poured into the Weizen glass that came with the mixed pack.
Old Review
A: Poured a beautiful hazy yellow/orange. There is definitely some unfiltered goodness going on in there. Constant carbonation activity going up the glass. Poured a huge, rocky,foamy, off white head. Created some decent lacing and had good retention. Beautiful beer.

S: Smell is of yeast, banana and the bubble gum sweetness that many people have pointed out. Smells very tasty.

T: Taste is of a great Hefe. Yeast flavor comes across very subtly. Banana fruitiness is there with just a touch of citrus. Malt and hops are present but take a back seat. A greatly balanced Hefe.

M: Perfect. Just enough carbonation but the brew is still creamy. The beer finishes pretty damned clean. No hint of alcohol heat. Incredibly refreshing. Very happy with this beer

Served In: Weizen Glass

Review by joe1510 on 11/26/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 11 17 4 9 2009
Pint Bottle
$2.99
Binny's Orland Park

Hefes aren't my favorite style but I've been in the mood for one today and what better way to go than Weihenstephaner? Pours a hazy yeast laden golden. The entire glass fills with big carbonation bubbles that speed to the creamy bright white head that forms on the pour. Leaves moderate lacing after each sip. A very nice looking hefe.

The smell is 100% hefe. The benchmark for others. Green bananas have a big spot in the aroma with clove coming in a close second, very spicy. Possibly some white pepper. Solid wheat twang backbone with a drop or two of lemon juice. Smells great.

Flavor is spot on with the aroma. The banana is leaning more toward banana bread as opposed to green bananas. Clove with a twangy wheat backdrop and the lemon shows again..

Lighter bodied with a highly carbonated creamy mouthfeel. Very thirst quenching.

On a warm summer day like today this is about one of the easiest drinkers to find. Thirst quenching and enjoyable.

To me Weihenstephaner is the pinnacle all other hefes try and reach. Like I said not one of my favorite styles but when I'm in the mood none are better than this.

Reviewed: 7/16/07

Price: $2.99 Served In: Weizen Glass

Review by k3n on 02/12/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 10 20 5 9 2008
12 oz bottle into my Paulaner weizen glass.

A: Murky yellow-gold with dark orange highlights. Dense head pops up to a couple of fingers depth, and then sinks down to a nice cap that lasts to the end. Minimal lacing.

S: Bright banana and spice. Possibly a bit peppery on the nose as well. Inviting.

T/M/O: This is an excellently balanced beer. It hits all around the mouth all at once, and strikes the sweet spot between creaminess and prickly carbonation. Snappy wheat malt, and a subtle lemony/hoppy tang as the beer goes down. Uber-good.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 11/22/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 2008
Poured into my Miller Chill sorta-tulip glass. Yes THAT Miller Chill glass. It's nice and thick glass and shaped roughly like a hefeweizen glass. Live with it....

Color is medium gold with a bit of cloudy to it. Perfect for the style. Decent bubbles coming up from their spots on the bottom of the glass. I like this beer, just from looking at it. Smell is oh so nice. I can already tell I am going to rate this one high. Sweet wheat, malts, a little lemon/citrus. I don't get much in the way of bananas, like TT did, but slightly maybe. Taste is nice and light, with sweet wheat and malts first, then a little lemon and a very very slight tartness or bitterness. Feel is has a nice balance of weight and carbonation.

Overall, it's obvious why this one is considered the top or darned near the top of the style.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 10 18 5 9 0
A - Pours a pale yellow colored body with a slight haze to it. Lots of bubbles dancing around in the glass. Head is a very light tan color, rocky looking, and starts off at about one and a half inches tall. Good retention.

S - Wheat, bready pale malts, light lemon, banana and clove.

T - Starts off with some sweet bready pale malts. Almost like it's sweetbread. Wheat mixed with a light dull lemony flavor. Banana and cloves come in before it finishes with a bit more wheat. Your classic Hefe.

M - Medium bodied with light, pleasant carbonation.

D - Good thing it isn't really hot out today. This is one that could be gone in a flash. Great summer quencher.

Served In: Other

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