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Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen - Binding-Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
82
good

348 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.85%
Wants: 16
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Binding-Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2002)
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Reviews by peensteen:
Photo of peensteen
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange colour, one finger of fluffy white sticky head, some lacing on the glass. Smell is yeasty, banana and faint notes of vanilla are up front, clove and light spice round out the nose. Taste is quite dry and very yeasty, banana and clove are upfront and quite clean, lacklustre spice roll in and out and finishes like it starts...dry and yeasty. Medium body, and very high dry carbonation. Overall this is OK, its above average and more of a 3.25 in this category but I gave it the benefit of the doubt.

peensteen, Jun 14, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Popsinc
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Popsinc, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.43/5  rDev -5%
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.

Rijtjeshuis, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -3%

danthehopslamman, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -3%

csmartin6, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Todd
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Todd, Oct 18, 2002
Photo of Weizenmensch
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Weizenmensch, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

JohnnyBarman, Jun 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

innominat, Nov 21, 2012
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1/5  rDev -72.3%

fionn13, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of rawknrall
3/5  rDev -16.9%

rawknrall, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of Rosethoj
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Rosethoj, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of rastaman
3.43/5  rDev -5%
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.

rastaman, Aug 12, 2002
Photo of JohnW
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
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

JohnW, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of AdrianMendez
4/5  rDev +10.8%

AdrianMendez, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Tarks
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Tarks, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of MJ63
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

MJ63, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of watermelonman
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

watermelonman, Jan 30, 2005
Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  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.

biboergosum, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of mintjellie
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

mintjellie, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of Griffith
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Griffith, May 19, 2014
Photo of DruC4
3.5/5  rDev -3%

DruC4, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of drinking12many
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

drinking12many, Sep 03, 2012
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Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen from Binding-Brauerei AG
82 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.