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
95 points
Cloudy hazy old gold color. Citrusy, fruity, peppery, inviting aromas of banana creme, big league bubble gum, orange Creamsicle, and croissant dough with a round, spritzy, medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-length raw flour, lemon custard, allspice cookie, and spice cake finish. A delicious, mouth-filling Hefeweizen with fine balance and depth.
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.
Burleigh Brewing Co. Burleigh HEF
89 points
Golden amber color. Aromas of whole wheat banana bread, orange creme cake, and dried herbs with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, relaxed cream of wheat with brown sugar, candied apple, and malted milk balls finish. A rich and chewy Hefeweizen with kisses of brown sugar sweetness.
Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier
85 points
Minutely hazy gold color. Smoky aromas of barbecue baked beans with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, brisk lemon and pear finish. A smoky take on Hefeweizen that will be a fun barbecue brew.
Dos Desperados Brewery El Hefe Hefeweizen
84 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Aromas of spinach, water chestnuts, and banana runts with a soft, petillant, light body and a smooth, momentary water crackers and yogurt finish. A funky Hefe for the table.
Brewster Bros Brewing Co Tilden Weizen Hefeweizen
84 points
Bright gold color. Vegetal aromas of honeyed toasted zucchini nut bread, banana chips, and hint of stewed hominy and okra with a supple, bright, bubbly, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-long banana nut muffin, creamy bread pudding, wheat wafer, and cucumber finish. A soft and fruity hefeweizen that is sure to please.