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.
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.
Mr. Weizenheimer Hefeweizen
83 points
Sedimentary light gold color. Aromas and flavors of banana candies, scented candle, and circus peanuts with a soft, bright, effervescent, fruity light body and a tingling, weird, short finish that shows overtones of banana taffy finish. A creamy and confected Hefe.
Full Sail Brewing Co. Session Hefeweizen
81 points
Old gold color. Aromas of cucumber, tinned asparagus, water chestnuts, and cream of wheat with a supple, soft, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity thin body and a graceful, brisk lemon spritzed green smoothie, ripe pear, parsnip, green plantain, and underripe starfruit finish. A light and crushable Hefeweizen with a funky, bitter backbone.