Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen - Binding-Brauerei AG

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Reviews: 170
Hads: 428
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 21
Gots: 74 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Binding-Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2002

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Photo of basica
2.86/5  rDev -20.1%
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.) (857 characters)

Photo of treque
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A:Completely opaque orange hue but clear to light, with white foam head of good size, continuos carbonation made of tiny bubbles.

S: Aroma of wheat and a touch of lemon and orange

T: Sweet taste with hints at the beginning, they become acidic and bitterness, it always taste Citrus and wheat

An excellent hefeweizen, if you have not try this, give it a chance!! (364 characters)

Photo of evlu1441
2.97/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a light apricot/orange colour, and the head is very insubstantial. It only forms a small layer on top of the beer. It is slightly hazy, but less hazy than a typical hefeweizen.

The aroma is dominated by citrus and a bit of yeast. It smells quite refreshing, and some light malted wheat aroma mellows out the sharp citrus notes.

The flavour is light and fragrant with a hint of hop bitterness. It doesn't have a strong malt backbone, but is slightly sweet towards the end. It is very bubbly as it rolls across the tongue, and on the thin side.

Overall, it's highly drinkable. However, not an expecially great hefeweizien. (632 characters)

Photo of Finite
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy apricot, beautiful balanced head which lasts for a nice while it thickens, leaving a nice display of lacing. It looks like what a Hefe Weizen should look like.

Smell: smells strongly of banana and earthen spices. Great Smell

Taste/ Mouthfeel: Cloves and earthen spices hit the palate and release a range of tarty sweetness on the edge which then changes into the banana we witnessed earlier in the smell. Meanwhile the earthen spices and wheat course dryness attacks the centre of the palate asking for another sip. The aftertaste is that of apple skin with a bitterness of the edge of the palate. The whole mix has just the right amount of carbonisation to make it refreshing yet goes down so easy that drinking this is a breeze

Drinkability/Overall: A great Hefe Weizen. Easy drinking. This one has all the right moves. A great Hefe Weizen to introduce to a beer drinker unfamiliar of the style. (925 characters)

Photo of Weizenmensch
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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. (1,494 characters)

Photo of JohnW
3.21/5  rDev -10.3%
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 (1,151 characters)

Photo of jhtipton
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice cloudy orange tint with some fluffy white head. Smell is wheaty yeasty and a little fruity. Taste is yeasty wheaty some floral and fruit hints and some warm spice after taste. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and slight effervescent. Drinkability is great. A possible session beer with my Heffe lover friends. Still, I miss the hops. (341 characters)

Photo of drinkininthewood
3.01/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle from the LCBO BB 01 04 12
Served into a Hoegaarden Glass.

A- Foggy yellowish color with an explosive head of sticky white foam.

S- Quite fruity and yeasty with aromas of fresh melon, some citrus, and sugary malts also present in the nose.

T- Malty sweet with a touch of honey and vanilla, banana, cardamom, some citrus, Bread and grains, Tangy Metallic finish, bitterness in the end.

M- Fairly sweet, medium body, syrupy a bit.

D- Decent

Overall some good flavors in this beer but it just doesn't quite come together and its a tad too sweet and sugary for my liking. The price of the beer doesn't sit well either as you can find Hefeweizens of better quality for the same price if not better in some cases.

Throughout the entire bottle it just felt as if something was off or I got a badly unbalanced bottle...I will be re-reviewing. (855 characters)

Photo of Cs1987
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Cloudy. Two fingers of head, which reduced slowly.

Smell - Strong, with banana and cinnamon the main odours.

Taste - Very typical of a Hefe, nutmeg and cinnamon balanced with a light banana flavour. Just about as good as Weihenstephaner in this category.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation level and aftertaste.

Drinkability - Very refreshing and easy to drink.

Overall - Almost as good overall as Weihenstephaner, and significantly cheaper at my local bottle shop. I can see this becoming one of my favourites. (523 characters)

Photo of xylophonica
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 50cl bottle into a 50cl tall glass.

A - Very cloudy dark golden colour. About a finger of head.

S - Banana, pear and peach. Slightly tangy.

T - Fairly smooth at first but with a bitter and slightly sour aftertaste following very closely. Soothing on the way down. Typical wheat and various fruits in the taste.

M - Quite bitey on the tongue. Bitter and sour at the back of the mouth.

D - Enjoyable and fairly easy to drink.

A solid wheat beer if not mind-blowing. Has enough variety to keep you interested but isn't overly complex so can be consumed without any trouble. (593 characters)

Photo of tatterdash
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange with a foamy white head. Loads of peachy/citrus and cloves, very good aroma. Taste, hmmm... Not as good as the smell... Rather smooth, some banana and clove, but it is a little too hoppy for a Hefeweizen in my opinion. It does grow on you and is never unpleasent, but if the taste and the smell matched I would have enjoyed it much more. (364 characters)

Photo of Quej
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Peachy orange in colour, hazy and quite effervescent.
S - Quite fruity with tastes of bananas and oranges coming from the yeastines.
T - Yeasty at first, then rather sweet. Tastes of orange and citrus and largely banana. A quick finish, quite a nice Weizen, but a little sweet.
M - Medium body, a bit heavy for a Weizen. Lots of carbonation.
D - Quite good, very refreshing summer beer. (390 characters)

Photo of Lukie
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a vibrant orange with a huge white fluffy head. One of the best looking hefe's I have seen in a while. The head took its time to get down and let me drink!

Strong aroma of banana, some cinnamon, breads. Spicy quality.

Spicy cinammon, bitter orange, banana. It is not overly refreshing compared to some hefe's. The sweetness of the banana is quite distinct in the back of the pallet, but the spiciness of it seems to overpower the banana too much.

It has a strong amount of carbonation, and citrus flavour that overpowers in the mouth. It is a rather heavy hefe aswell. It is great to have a couple, but there are easier to drink hefe's, and much nicer ones on the market, which, for a couple of extra dollars, would go down much better on a stinking hot Aussie summers day. (783 characters)

Photo of paxkey
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (783 characters)

Photo of Parrotshake
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy golden orange with a huge puffy head. Pouring the rest of the bottle into the glass after a few sips only seems to agitate the beer further and produce another colossal head. Awesome.

Your typical hefe smells of banana, wheat, clove, slight citrus, smoke and soap. In the mouth, banana again, backed up by bread and a bit of pepper and clove. Dryish finish with long notes of earthy hop and citric, wheaty sourness. A little less refreshing than others of the style, possibly due to this unusually long, lingering flavor.

Medium in the mouth with a little zing of carbonation with each sip. Smooth. I'm having it for breakfast with homemade Merguez sausage with a bit of baguette and mustard. An appropriate beer for sure. Not quite as rounded and refreshing as the better locally available examples of the style I've had, though. (841 characters)

Photo of sunrisesolara
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

.5L emptied into a Weizen.

A: Pours a cloudy orange with a creamy 3-finger white head which receeds to a thick ring. Some lacing in the upper third of the glass.

S: Under-ripe bananas, citrusy, damp wheat, yeast.

M: Medium bodied with mild carbonation.

T: Wheat malt, barley. Mildly sweet, but without any real depth of flavor. Dirty finish, slightly hoppy aftertaste.

D: Mildly interesting Hefeweizen. Certainly not the class of the field, but drinkable and cheap. (470 characters)

Photo of LagerCognoscenti
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Attractive beer with large head, nice cloudy orange colour and vigorous carbonation.

Aroma is of bananas and cloves. Not a strong smell but fairly inviting.

The taste is slightly sweet with banana notes. There is some bitterness and a yeasty presence. Well balanced and highly thirst quenching. There aren't any noticeable spicy or complex notes to this and the pleasant aromas nd flavours are too mild for my liking.

Mouthfeel is crisp and palate cleansing.

Overall this is just an ok hefe. It's good but Weihenstephaner or Hacker Pschorr' hefes are more interesting. Great bottle design on this one though!

I would mark this beer 75 out of 100. (651 characters)

Photo of rjimlad
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yumm. I love this Hefe because it's good and available. After pouring into a hefe glass there was a substantial and persistent head, cloudy but not opaque. Initial aromas were on the clovey side which is OK but I really like the banana flavour of Hefeweizen and it took some time to kick in. On reflection the slightly repressed banana kept me looking for it and adding to the interest. A more complex hefe might have some citrus and vanilla notes as well but this one is pretty good and true to style. It's also good value. Heavy carbonation prevented cloying and didn't detact from great drinkablity. A great session hefeweizen. Yumm. (636 characters)

Photo of IPA4LIFE
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-GIANT, thick, sturdy head blows up and rises to 3+ fingers and stays up for a while. Really love how the head on this beer looks. The color is a beautiful,hazy rich golden orange.

S- The initial smell is hops, followed by light clove, yeast and some banana. Not very strong on any flavor, the smell is not very impressive.

T- A little malt up front. Bananas and some nice lemon-citrus. Also a good spice note at the end. I'm not one for putting fruit in beer, but I could see a lemon slice accenting this beer really well.

M- Smooth and creamy, really good.

D- Very drinkable. Smooth, tasty, solid. (607 characters)

Photo of WMBierguy
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

If you're in Frankfurt am Main and looking for a pleasant, refreshing beer, you need look no further than Schöfferhofer. I'm a fan of hefeweizens. I have probably tried at least thirty five different examples of the style, and I'd say that this is solidly in the top ten. It pours like the typical hefe, and it has a very balanced, pleasing taste. Definately worth a try, especially if you're new to hefeweizens. Unfortuantely, I've never seen this outside of Germany. (469 characters)

Photo of olimpia84
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on a Mug at WOB's Oktoberfest. Review from notes.

A: typical Hefe in appearance. Cloudy golden/amber body with small foamy white head. No lacing present.

S: slight banana and wheat features along with a sweet fruity aroma. Very nice but a bit faint unfortunately.

T: this beer is yummy. It has a very strong fruit presence with banana leading the way followed by peaches. Wheat and clove notes are found in the taste as well.

M: very smooth and very drinkable. Medium carbonation with light to medium body.

O: a very appropriate Hefe for the occasion, as this one is a bit more light and on the drinkable side. Very good banana taste, makes for a good fest beer. (676 characters)

Photo of Roke87
3.47/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 mL bottle, poured into a weizen glass at fridge temperature
01.04.12 stamped on the back of the bottle, best before date I’m assuming?

Appearance- Pours a golden yellow colour that is very cloudy, so cloudy that you cannot tell the carbonation, with a huge three fingers of soapy white heads that takes forever to reside, literally forever like a good 5 minutes, leaving some of the most lacing I have ever seen on a beer before, period.

Smell- Is rather muted, with such an amazing appearance I was really hoping for an amazing hefeweizen here, but it is already falling short, although it does have a clove and spice characteristic to it, bready malt and wheat aromas come to the nose next with a very mild fruity presence in the aromas as well as a mild bubblegum smell with the usual yeast aroma as well that is always present in a hefe.

Taste- Again the tastes are just like the smells in the sense that they are very muted for a hefeweizen. In the tastes I get a lot more of the bready malt and wheat flavours, then the clove and spice comes through a bit, very mild citrus fruit in there as well as the typical yeast flavours, kinda tastes a bit like popcorn on the finish.
Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied especially for a hefeweizen, it is well carbonated and is very easy drinking with a smooth and crisp taste to it.

Overall- Not really what I was expecting from a German hefeweizen what so ever. The appearance is so promising like it looks absolutely stunningly sexy, then you start to smell it and it is just plain old bland, nothing really going on even the clove and spice aromas are so muted the wheat and bready malt almost take over. Same thing goes for the tastes, very muted, bland, and really not a whole lot going on here, and the wheat and bready malt really take over even more in the tastes. Rather disappointed in this one and would probably not go back to it again, but it would be a good beer for those just getting into the hefe style as it is not overpowering in any way. (2,015 characters)

Photo of hefevice
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle, about 3 months past "Best Before" date which I did not notice until after I had tasted. Presents like a typical German Hefeweizen, but lighter than usual (light straw colour). Aroma is typical but somewhat muted. Flavour is muted as well, and much drier than typical for the style. There are many significantly better hefe's around. Might need to re-rate this one with a fresh bottle, although looking at other reviews, it probably won't make much difference. (467 characters)

Photo of Kartoffeln
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright yellow-orange, cloudy to the point of opaque but with some visible carbonation; has the usual billowy, long-lasting head of dense white foam which settles to a healthy cap and leaves loads of frothy lacing.

S: Wheat malts with a biscuity hint, fresh banana bread, yeast aromas, hints of cloves and cinnamon, and a citric but especially lemony note.

T: Robust, wheaty, and slightly biscuity malts are quickly joined by clove and brown spice overtones and a citrus taste, the lemon less pronounced than in the nose. It all combines in a sort of banana bread flavour towards the finish, balanced by faint herbal hops.

M: Medium-bodied with champagne-like carbonation - lower than in other Weizen, but still lending lively crispness. Refreshing and well-balanced on the whole.

D: Schoefferhofer makes a good, solid Weizen, but it wasn't too remarkable besides the biscuit malt notes. (901 characters)

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (1,182 characters)

Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen from Binding-Brauerei AG
81 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.