Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen - Binding-Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
82
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422 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Ratings: 422
Reviews: 177
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 20
Gots: 72 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Binding-Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2002

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Reviews by matjack85:
Photo of matjack85
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I ordered this on my last trip to the Bavaria Hof Restaurant in Schaumburg, IL $5.50 for a 330 ml brown bottle with no freshness date.

This is a beautiful looking beer. Not as cloudy as most hefeweizens, this one produced a slightly hazed deep golden color with 3 full fingers of fluffy white head on top. Retention was forever. I finally gave up waiting for the head to go down and just dove in for my first sip, coming up with white foam on my nose. The lacing was good as well.

Not as much banana/clove aroma as I expected from a hefeweizen, but lots of wheat and lemon instead.

Wheat and bready malt backbone with only a hint of banana/clove flavor. The lemon/citrus that was detected in the nose is also very prominent in the taste. Low bitterness and well hidden alcohol. With all the lemon it was a bit on the tart side, but I didn't mind that at all.

Smooth, light body with medium carbonation.

While not the typical classical hefeweizen, I loved it and will seek it out in 6-packs in area liquor stores, which should have it at much lower cost than restaurant prices.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy, rusty-orange pour....medium white head. Nose was subtle....some clove...only a bint of banana. Taste was modest...again, some banana and glove....little wheat crsipness. Mostly smooth and creamy mouthfeel...light bodied....not as pronounced as i might have liked. Very drinkable however.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served in weizen glass.

Look (4/5) - the color is light yellow, almost like the skin of a banana. Very opaque. A very large head rises and falls slowly, very mousy and very slowly falls. Some nice carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass.

Smell (4/5) - the nose if good for the style. Some nice wheat aroma, almost a bit more than most hefes, which give more on the yeast. As for the yeast, it's a bit more tart than usual (which I like), but well within the usual banana-clove arena

Flavor (3/5) - something's a bit off with the flavor on this one, it's almost more like a witbier than a hefe - more tart and citric than I'd have expected and with a very mild banana-clove profile than I'd have thought given the nose. Also, there is a bit of a latex or surgical glove taste to it, which I'm not digging.

Feel (3.5/5) - pretty standard for a hefe, maybe a touch too heavy with medium body and medium-high carbonation. More-or-less standard, though.

Drink (3/5) - I think the flavor was a bit off here - ended up having a very Belgian profile and didn't taste that much like a hefe. It was decent in terms of drinkability outside of style, if not for that rubbery flavor.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.66/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #66 (July 2012):

LOOK: Hazed-over pale amber, excellent head & lacing

SMELL: Banana bread, dusty clove, bread, green peppercorn, light bubblegum, ripe fruit, yeast

TASTE: Incredibly smooth, big breadiness, medium body, green plantain chips, peppery, allspice, modest hopping, grainy, nutty yeast; grainy, semi-dry finish

More US brewers are emulating this beer style with great success, and it seems to be the trend style of the year as well. With that said, this brand might have a tougher road ahead if it’s trying to make its way into the US beer market. Overall, a good sip and worthy of your time.

Photo of Todd
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

0.5l (in Berlin) ... a cloudy golden/yellow beer, crowned with a creamy, thick ringed lace. Notes of clove, light grain and yeast in the aroma.

Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Semi-sweet malt character with a mineral/steely backbone. Lemon/lime hop bitterness. Nutty suggestions, with a light rounding banana flavour.

A refreshing weizen, quite easily consumed, and enjoyed.

Photo of Weizenmensch
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The trusty Schöfferhofer is really good value at $19 a six pack, when singles of Schneider are $7 and Erdinger's at least $6. Reliable - doesn't vary much in flavour. Appearance is good - strong dense white head sticks around, carbonation great, colour is a rusty yellow, spot on for a Hefe. Smell is overwhelmingly overripe banana, and a few other aromas, nothing too complex but nice, and appropriate. Taste is predominantly thirst-quenching - it's not a rich melange of curious flavours but it's refreshing, tasty, and goes with anything that's not too potent. I had it with some Wensleydale cheese and marinated artichokes today and that was a great combination. Kalamata olives were too powerful in flavour, as was some ashed Tasmanian goat's cheese. Right now I'm having it on it's own and it's delicious.

Mouthfeel is a little thin but undistracting. Better hefes have more to them, and the wateriness of this refreshing beer is noticeable. Still leaves a damn nice taste in your mouth though. As for drinkability - at this price, you can't do better. I had two this afternoon, my girlfriend had one, and I've just had three delicious Schöffers in a row and wish I had another six to enjoy. This isn't the first and definitely not the last time I've had this beer. It's extremely good value for money and every last beer is rewarding. Best value for money Hefe I've had in Australia - with the different beer taxes in Germany, I may find another favourite. Overall, a splendid brew.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle as part of the LCBO's summer release. Hot almost-summer's day, patio and sun - the perfect mix for a hefeweizen!

Poured into a hefe glass. A brilliant looking hefe - cloudy, amber-golden, a two inch head that displays outstanding retention, scads of sticky lacing. First rate.

Nose is pleasant hefe: wheat malt, yeast, a bit of bubblegum, floral hops, citrus.

Dry, good notes of wheat and flowers, and finishes slightly citrussy and bitter. Banana and bubblegum flavors are hard to detect, but they are lurking there. One of the driest hefe's I've encountered in a long time, somewhat lacking in the flavor department. Creamy mouthfeel, sticky, thick-bodied, mild carbonation.

Too subdued, not among my favorites, but certainly pleasant to drink. But there are better hefeweizens to be had at better prices.

Photo of rastaman
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A middle of the road German wheat, which is not a bad thing at all, light, sweetish, fruity (banana), bubblegummy, but not overly so of any of these, very refreshing aswell, not overly interesting, but highly drinkable.

Photo of JohnW
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Have had this beer on tap in Frankfurt Airport, and also in bottle form at home in UK, purchased in a local supermarket.

Appearance is good and typical of the German Hefe Weizen style, though aroma is less pronounced and "fruity" than most other German Wheat beers. This is reflected in the flavours. It has a thinner and much drier taste and texture than the best German Wheat beers, lacking in depth or complexity, though is refreshing. Very little of the cloves and banana hints as in most Wheat Beers, just a dry crisp character that in the end is rather bland and uninspiring. Whilst this would be refreshing well chilled on a hot summers day, it is hardly inspiring or grabs your attention to want more.

There are so many other far better German Hefe Weiss beers than this, Schneider being my favourite, followed by Andechs, Paulaner, Aying, Erdinger, Weihenstephen, Weltenburger, Karg....not necessarily in that order...and many others.

The brewery address seems to indicate that Henninger Brau beers are also brewed on this site, non of those being particularly good either, so it seems to be an "industrial" brewery complex!

JohnW
Bham UK

Photo of watermelonman
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a nice light gold and yellow color, with a large head that lasted well. A thick lace looks good too.

The taste has a light grain feel, along with hints of banana. The smell is highlights the etsers. The mouthfeel is pretty solid, and it's easy to drink.

Photo of biboergosum
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, best before December 2012.

This beer pours a misty, yet bright, medium golden amber, with three fingers of slick, shiny white whipped egg yolk head, which settles at an agreeable canter, leaving some ambitious geologic arches of lace around a portion of the glass.

It smells of grainy wheat malt, banana muffin, mild lemon oil, earthy clove, and subtle musty hops. The taste is fruity wheat, further mild banana esters, a bit of yeast, pleasantly muddled spice - I get more clove and some pepper, mostly, with a soft earthy dryness rounding things out.

The carbonation is a tad zesty at first, but drifts into a more somniferous state soon enough, the body a decent medium weight, no more, no less, and adequately smooth. It finishes off-dry, yes, but between the edgy, spicy wheat, and the latent ambiguous hops, it's not by much.

An enjoyable, fruity, well-balanced hefeweizen, which really has no problem showcasing what the wheat can do for you.

Photo of mintjellie
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Deep golden orange and very turbid. Loads of apparent carbonation on pour. Massive tower of off-white foam shows good retention and cling. Mild banana and lemon aroma also shows a hint of vanilla. Solid bubblegum and banana flavour with bright citrus piercing through. More bubblegum than banana. Clove is muted and hard to detect. This seems a little less carbonated than more well-known weissbiers like Paulaner, Hacker, or Weihenstephaner. Smooth mouthfeel. A decent & simple weissbier that leans more towards the candystore flavours and less toward the spice rack.

Photo of Sammy
2.23/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Nothing special here and unfinishable. At least the L.C.B.O. didn't bring it in cans. Watery minimal taste with enormous bulk of head, that would not go away. Sour milk aroma, the yeast and wheat just didn't add value. This was a fresh bottle. Some malt, didn't work for me.

Photo of tempest
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at EuroMarket in Astoria for $2. It poured a murky amber with a short white head. Mmm, there's a nice juicy aroma and flavor with a mix of banana and orange peel. There's a mild spice and smooth bready undertone. The clove is mild and pleasant, but the flavors seems to drop out toward the finish. You might say it's too clean for a hefe, but I like it. The banana notes ar especially tasty without going over the top or dominating the beer. Give this a try.

Photo of jahsausage
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

oddly for a beer which is so impressively cloudy the taste itself is quite tart and sharp. A long lasting white head lurks on top of a beer that hides whatever is on the other side of the glass. Refreshing wheat flavour with little to no lingering bitterness and a tingle to the tongue as it goes down.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.27/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

from notes
A - Completely swampy yellow brown, thumb of white head retained at a thin covering with consistent lacing

S - Strong eastery aromas of sour fruit, herbs and spices, light grainy

T - Starts with some graininess, yeasy flavours much more subdued, somewhat mineral flavour, a little dissapointing given the aromatic promise

M - Lightish body, slightly flat, light bready finish

O - A decent start led to mediocrity, a little on the bland side for a german hefe

Photo of basica
2.86/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this beer when I was at Brauhaus with Paul, Andre and KK. It was a pretty
disappointing Hefe, I have to confess. It pours out a nice cloudy golden with a nice head
The first part of the taste was a refreshing and nice though a little too light wheat taste.
But what followed was a taste analagous to white board markers! This taste prolongs into the
after taste as well which made it really bad for me. The only salvaging part of it was the
refreshing hefe typicality which we see in every hefes on the market. However this part of it
was apparently only felt by me as the 3 of them begged to differ; different taste buds, I
guess.
(Disclaimer: I did not have enough of this beer to write a review. This review is based on
what I feel from what I have tasted and I am writing it because I probably would not be
having this beer again.)

Photo of Brentkruger1989
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Before getting into beer culture I took a trip to berlin and I found this! It was the best beer as far as I knew it. Now I've tried others/ but would l love to get my hands on this

Photo of DaveBar
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Purchased at the LCBO for around $2.70 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- 4.25- Opens well and pours a nice white head that stays a bit. Unfiltered and medium gold color

S- 4.0- Nice typical white bouquet. Coriander as always.

T- 3.75- A bit light on flavor here. Coriander and orange is there but something is missing

M- 4.0- Nice creamy texture here. Very good

O- 4.10- Nice rating for a nice beer. Will buy again for sure and keep as a side door staple in the fridge rotation

Food Pairing

This nice white beer goes well with anything you would pickup a white for. Not a Hoegaarden but good

Enjoy!

Photo of Stocean1
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured a one finger head - fine sticky lacing - cloudy orange wheat colour

S - sour - wheat - banana - orange - no spiciness

T - malt and wheat - banana and citrus - good but not exceptional - the flavors are present but not bursting out - missing a clove spiciness I like for the style - nicely balanced bitterness

M - medium carbonation - refreshing bitterness in the aftetaste with just the right amount of tingling in the mouth - a little sour as well

O - decent Hefe that one could session on a nice hot afternoon on the deck - not the best Hefe I have had and not overly complex but still very good

Photo of paxkey
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

interesting bottle. cap is nice too.
this is a travelled beer judging by the multi-lingual lablelling.
poured in a duvel glass.
gorgeous caramel and orange colored with giant frothy permahead. so cloudy and multi-colored. ranges in appearance from desert-like caramely to fruity/wheaty spicy and beyond. love this beer in a glass. as the head recedes there is prominent lacing.
clove is evident in the nose. bubble gum followed by malt and citrus. lots of citrus. takes a little effort to get anything else. but it smells nice without much effort.
finishes medium with little to no carbonation astringency. finishes kinda juicy.
overall light on flavor through the open and middle. some of the clove comes through and some sweetness. very easy drinking but also forgetable in flavor.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color hefe with a huge bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of wheat is highly dominant and banana is also easily detectable. Taste is dominated by the wheat and the banana with maybe a bit too much of the banana and not enough citrus feels. Good refreshing example for the style. A bit underrated I think.

Photo of Bluetick
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Having this in Hamburg right this second.

Apperearance - typical cloudy weizen

Smell: light & airy, nothing bad bu nothing stands out either a little citrus, maybe hints of other, but hard to detect

Taste - again, light & airy, nothing overwhelms or surprises your. Nothing tastes bad, but nothing tastes exceptionally good. Nice malt finish though.

Mouthfeel: The one negative I find while drinking is a flat taste on the palate. Despite lots of "lace", no effervescence feel on the tongue.

Drinkability: One could down this like water. Probably very refreshing on a hot day, but its not hot right now in Hamburg.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to SN Heffe glass.

A - Cloudy yellow/orange with 3 fingers of bubbly white head.

S - Cloves, light banana and a slight bitterness. Somewhat muted nose.

T - Cloves, light banana, a tough of citrus and some bready malt flavours.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a wiezen glass. Pours a hazy medium golden amber. Nice two finger coarse head with moderate retention, leaving nice lacing. Aroma of wheat, banana, light fruit and clove. Taste is citric wheat with light malt and wheat. Finish is rather dry with light citrus and a light hops and clove bite. Somewhat subdued flavors with wheat dominating; dryer and less fruit flavors than other hefeweizens. Nicely carbonated, contributing to a medium, above average body for a hefeweizen. An interesting different take on the style.

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Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen from Binding-Brauerei AG
82 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.