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Weihenstaphaner Hefe Weissbier*Packaging may vary

Weihenstaphaner Hefe Weissbier

Wheat Ale /5.4% ABV / Germany

Product Details

Tasting Notes
Banana, Fresh, Fruity, Yeasty
Food Pairing
Salads & Greens, Cheese - Hard Aged
Suggested Glassware
Weizen Glass
Suggested Serving Temperature
45-50° F

Product Description

A 99 from Beer Advocate, this beer has a sparkling reputation. Aromas of banana, clove and peppery spice make this incredibly appealing. Some citrus fruit and malts characterize the taste, with great balance and good carbonation. A truly outstanding hefeweizen.

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Community Reviews

4.8(19 Reviews)
  • Brian
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    Jan 14 2022
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    One of my go-to beers. Relaxing after a long day.

  • Jonathan
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    Aug 24 2021
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    I ordered bottles and got cans

  • Katie
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    Mar 17 2021
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    Love German beer. It isn’t easy to find everywhere. Everybody wants IPA. Very happy that Cole’s carries this.

  • Ashley L.
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    Jan 1 2021
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    Very smooth, was delightfully surprised, the taste was not harsh but pleasant and light.

  • Eric
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    Dec 3 2020
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    A little heavy on the clove..... but was smooth.

  • Danny
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    Jul 6 2020
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    Very tasty

  • Kristen
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    Jul 2 2020
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    This is a new brand to the hefe’s I usually pick and it’s a favorite in my book

  • Louie
    Verified Buyer
    Jun 22 2020
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    If you like Hefes you’ll love this. Complex flavor and light weight. Perfect summer beer.

  • Jose
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    Jun 9 2020
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    When I traveled to Europe a few years ago I was introduced to the hefeweissbier variety via Erdinger and Paulaner, but upon experiences with those as well as Franziskaner, I finally came across Weihenstephan, and from that moment forwards, I became a believer in the World's Oldest Brewery. I love their hefe weissbier the most but their Vitus also tickles my fancy. I highly recommend this beer to anyone who wants to taste history. I also must urge any new drinkers to please make sure to properly agitate the bottle so you may fully enjoy the yeast at the bottom and how it makes the beer that much more perfect.

  • Michael
    Verified Buyer
    Jun 8 2020
    Verified Buyer

    A classic. My all-time favorite.


A standard ale is a malty, mildly bitter style of beer that can trace its roots for thousands of years; the more modern style coincides with the Middle Ages when hops were thankfully introduced to the brewing process. Ale recipes use a quick-acting style of yeast that floats at the top of the brewing vessel; fermentation occurs at a balmy 70 degrees Fahrenheit, leading to the style’s signature sweet flavor and subsequent higher ABVs. A basic ale is fruity, slightly bitter and generally darker in color, though there are dozens and dozens of distinct styles of beer that qualify as an ale.
Because ales yeasts ferment at a higher temperature and create more alcoholic conditions, ales are typically darker in color than lagers and lean towards a sweeter, maltier flavor. It depends on the sort of ale you’ve selected, however, as there are over 75 unique types of ale; a pale ale tends to be more bitter and dry, a brown ale delivers a toasted nut and caramel taste, a sour ale is tart and funky and an IPA is bold and hoppy. Many traditional, European-style ales are best described as fruit-forward, warm and even a little spicy, delivering an undeniably rich tasting experience, especially the darker, robust varieties.
Ales are more alcoholic than lagers, largely due to the style of yeast and the temperature at which the yeasts ferment; ale yeasts tolerate a more alcoholic environment and thus provide a darker, richer product. A standard pub-style pale ale or basic brown ale will generally clock in around 5% ABV, though, with dozens of different styles in today’s crowded craft beer market, you can easily find a pint that packs more of a punch. IPAs, the darling of the craft brewing industry, will typically range from 6-8%, and the popular trend towards double and triple-style versions pushes these well over 10% ABV.
Beer, by definition is crafted from cereal grains (very few of which are gluten-safe) and as such, ale is not a gluten-free product; on the beer spectrum, lagers and stouts tend to contain less gluten than ales which rely on the barley and wheat malt to deliver its distinctive sweetness. Some brewers are experimenting with more gluten-safe grains, like sorghum or rice, and others are introducing an enzyme that helps remove the gluten molecules from the final products. Household names like New Belgium Brewing Company and Stone Brewing offer gluten-safe pale ales and even IPAs, though even then, you’re not guaranteed an 100% gluten-free product.
While a rhetorical question no doubt (an ale is, in fact, an ale after all), you might not know what exactly marks the difference between the two fundamental beer styles; it all comes down to the yeasts employed and the fermentation process. The process by which ales are made is much older than that of lagers, as lager yeasts originally came from South America and thus did not enter European markets for some time. Ales rely on top-fermenting yeast strains, which, as the name suggests, remain on top of the warm wort while feeding on sugars, whereas lager yeasts sink to the bottom and ferment at much colder temperatures.
Ales, especially IPAs and Belgian-style ales, tend to be higher in alcohol than other beers, so you’re likely to consume more calories and carbs per pint. A basic, 5% ABV, 12-ounce bottle of pale ale contains around 150 calories and 13 grams of carbohydrates; a common IPA (say, a Lagunitas) is closer to 190 calories and 19 grams of carbs; a glass of dark Belgian-style ale might even surpass 300 and 30 grams of carbs. Ales tend to deliver a richer, maltier taste and often appear as darker shades of ambers and toasted browns — these qualities coincide with a higher calorie count.