About Hefeweizen

About Hefeweizen
Weizen hefes are pale straw to deep golden in color and range from 4-6% in alcohol. These beers are refreshing and highly carbonated with banana and spicy clove-like flavors derived from the yeast strains used in the brewing process. Hop flavors play a very insignificant role in the flavor profile. This is a top-fermenting, unflitered beer style that originated from southern Germany, particularly Bavaria, and is brewed with at least 50% wheat in the mash. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Paulaner Hefe-Weizen, Hacker-Pschorr Weisse and New Glarus Dancing Man Wheat.

Top Picks for Hefeweizen

Hofmühl Weissbier Hell
96 points
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of banana soufflé, pressed flowers, apricot, and honeycomb with a satiny, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, distinctive, medium-long finish displaying accents of sweet zucchini bread with butter, cashew caraway, coriander, and clove finish. A beautiful, nuanced hefeweizen with a celebratory quality; cheers!
Ayinger Bräuweisse
96 points
Hazy yellow straw color. Toasty, fruity aromas and flavors of frosted banana cake, cashew brittle, white macadamia cookie, and kiwi-mango relish with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long finish that shows touches of melon and nectarine and banana custard finish. A superb Hefeweizen with great flavor, balance, and sessionability.
Awards: 2017 Best Weizen Hefe , 2017 Best German Beer
Hofmühl Weissbier Leicht
95 points
Hazy light gold color. Pure aromas and flavors of fresh,spicy banana nut muffin and pudding with a creamy, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long finish revealing notes of wheat wafer, banana chip, jicama, and watercress finish. A fantastically pure and delicious hefeweizen that is a great example of the style; liquid sunshine.
August Schell Brewing Co. Schells Hefeweizen
93 points
Bright yellow color. Savory, umami aromas and flavors of tapioca and banana pudding, toasted banana nut and pretzel breads, and water chestnut and bamboo shoot with a satiny, bright, effervescent, fruity medium body and a seamless, captivating, long finish that presents notes of delicate spiced nuts and minerals finish. A delicious and elegantly styled hefeweizen that is a pleasure to drink.
Hofbräu München Hefeweizen
93 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Attractive aromas and flavors of salty banana chips, lightly buttered baguette and pretzel bread, and yams with a round, soft, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a captivating, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of watercress, wafer cookie in cream, jicama, and minerals finish. A spot-on very tasty hefeweizen with classic flavor, balance, and drinkability.
Hofmühl Weissbier
92 points
Hazy old gold color. Attractive aromas and flavors of honeyed banana nut muffin, honeycomb, bread pudding, and hint of crayon and marker with a velvety, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, long finish conveying nuances of spiced nut brittle, cheese Danish, lettuce, and minerals finish. A picture perfect hefe with delicate enveloping flavors and an exquisitely fine and silky texture.
Hofmühl Weissbier Leicht
90 points
Hazy golden yellow color. Roasted aromas of rye banana bread, dark roasted nuts, waxy honeycomb, and cream cheese with a soft, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-long wheat wafer, banana custard, and sprouts finish. A great lighter style hefe that is amazingly crushable.
Granite City Food & Brewery Prairie Vixen Hefeweizen
89 points
color. Artificial, tropical aromas and flavors of banana nut muffin and delicate brown spices with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length finish evoking overtones of wheat cracker, honeyed nuts, and radish finish. A very tasty and refreshing hefe with clean, balanced flavors.
Burleigh Brewing Co. HEF
87 points
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Hazy light gold color. Aromas and flavors of fruitcake, banana-raisin muffin, and caraway rye bread with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-long finish that exhibits notes of melon and custard finish. A very spicy, tasty and easy drinking hefe.
Samuel Adams Hefeweizen
87 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Earthy, dusty aromas and flavors of toasty banana cream pie, yams and beets, banana blossoms, and poppyseed muffin with a silky, bright, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, cheery finish with accents of plantain and sprouts and grass finish. A sessionable, not too spicy hefe.