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Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen - Binding-Brauerei AG

Schöfferhofer HefeweizenSchöfferhofer Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
81
good

303 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 303
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 13.97%


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.

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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from McHughs, Dublin...

Poured a golden yellow colour with a slight yeasty haze... White head poured typically thick and foamy then faded slowly to decent thickish covering ... lots of carbonation rises to the surface... fair amount of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Very light clove spiciness, light wheatiness, some breadiness, very little malts - just some faint biscuity hints, light sour fruitiness (apples and lemons), some peppery traces, faint ginger, some hay traces...

Taste – Very light biscuit malts, faint clove and wheat notes, quite yeasty, definite breadiness, some graininess, watered down fruits (lots of apples and lemons), light sour notes, peppery hints...

Feel - Fairly smooth with a little bite underneath... light body... As with most hefe's this is pretty refreshing and drinkable although a little on the dull side...

Overall - A pretty standard and average hefe... refreshing and drinkable enough but just not very exciting.... worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2007 14:50:24 | More by mdagnew
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bark

Sweden

3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The colour is orange-yellow; the liquid is hazy. The finger thick head dissolves slowly, leaving some fine lacing.

The smell is yeasty and sour in a fresh way. It is dryer than most of the Weizen I have reviewed so far. Some notes of apples, apricots and a hint of cream flavoured candy.

The taste is overall milder and less sour than I had expected. It is more “creamy” than “sour”. There are notes of green apples, sweet fruit candy and a hint of toffee. The mild aftertaste got some sourish and fruity flavours; it is short and rather anonymous.

The carbonation is a little milder than others of this style, the bubbles are very small. The liquid is creamy – almost thick.

A mild and prudent Weißbier. It is probably better paired whit some hot food than on its own.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2007 17:16:48 | More by bark
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HardTarget

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle Inspection: .5 liter brown bottle, 10/07 (sampled 10/07, right on time). 5% abv.

Aroma: Powdery clove with muted banana and vanilla notes. German yeast.

Appearance: Hazy golden glass holds a solid ½ finger bright white head.

Flavor: Mild banana, soft wheat, mild lemon peel bitter twist at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation, a bit grainy.

Overall Impression: High quality beer! Craftsmanship is obvious.

Big thanks to Max for hand carrying this back from Europe!

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 06:27:00 | More by HardTarget
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a hazy, milky golden colored beer with a towering and fluffy white head. It's got a very herbal and peppery smell, with a nice amount of yeast. Banana is in the background. There's also a little vanilla and a radish-leaf aroma. The flavor is modestly yeasty, with a little citric-wheat quality and a light mouthfeel. It's not as yeasty and bready I'd hoped. Still, it's a respectable Hefe. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 13:03:48 | More by Suds
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this with a pig's leg dinner in Frankfurt. These are the memories that keep me thinking of when I can get back to Germany again, the food is exceptional for a carnivore.

The beer was poured from a 0.5L bottle into a weisse glass, and showed a hazy pale orange color with a big frothy head on top. The aromas were all the standard yeast bu-products in a good weizen, bananas and floral aromas. The taste was nicely fruity as well, but had a noticeable bitter bite at the end. I've had 2 endings to weisse beers in Germany, buttery or bitter. My current tastes run towards the buttery more than the bitter, but neither one is entirely appreciated by me. Good thick mouthfeel helped the drinkability somewhat, but not enough as the bitter after-taste limited my thirst for another.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2007 12:11:32 | More by TurdFurgison
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basica

Singapore

2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
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.)

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 08:37:41 | More by basica
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AlexLMS

Portugal

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First of all I love Weizen biers and although I think Schöfferhofer is a good beer it is not great. I taste it in a Schöfferhofer glass.

Appearance: cloudy, but without the floating yeast, with a deep yellow color. The head is white, substantial in size and it fades slowly (not much lacing though).
Aroma: an agreeable nose with notes of yeast.
Taste: not so sweet with a good citrus presence.
Mouthfeel: smooth, good carbonation, nice alcoholic strength and full body.
Finish: lingering aftertaste with banana notes.

Overall: nice and refreshing hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2007 17:32:40 | More by AlexLMS
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stcules

Italy

2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light oranged, quite carbonated, and a big hat of foam, even if not too compact.
Sweet banana in the smell; then there are also some cloves, and a ligth spiciness: orange peel. Pleasant.
Sweet malt in the taste, yeast, wheat, but again a banana a bit too strong.
In the aftertaste too, though after some while, some cloves and again the orange peel.
Quite sweetish, with "strawberry" hints?

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 19:40:05 | More by stcules
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rjimlad

Australia

4.08/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 09:35:30 | More by rjimlad
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Weizenmensch

Japan

4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 14:35:53 | More by Weizenmensch
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norwichboy

Australia

2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is probably the most widely available hefeweizen in Australia (less so when I was in the UK where Erdinger and Schneider Weisse ruled the roost).

Poured into Weizen glass, appearance cloudy, head lasts well. The expected aromas of citrus and banana are there, oh even a touch of clove, but it is not particularly aromatic. Likewise with the taste, it has all the hefe elements but is pretty average. It improves as it warms, with a nice moderately lasting bananary finish emerging. Mouthfeel is creamy although the carbonation is a bit too strong and distracting from the already elusive flavours.

Overall, this is a rather mediocre wheat beer compared with other German exports. There's certainly nothing wrong with it, but it lacks the full taste and aroma that others offer.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2007 04:58:40 | More by norwichboy
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TheSarge

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drinking a truly brewed German Hefeweizen after a year is a treat. The aromas this brew gives off are adequate of a Hefeweizen in that it gives off fragrances of freshly baked banana bread and hints of orange rind peels.

There's very much CO2 action as is common with Hefe and promotes a rich frothy head that lasts all the way through in the form of beautiful lacing. The body of the brew is translucent from all the yeast that is left unfiltered.

The beer feels rich and creamy and reminds me of eating freshly baked banana nut bread.

This is a great Hefeweizen. I'm partial to Hefeweizen as apposed to Kristal or Dunkel, so I'm a little biased. None the less, this is a very enjoyable beverage.

TheSarge

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2006 13:52:18 | More by TheSarge
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Absumaster

Netherlands

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is orange with lots of carbonation and a big head that clings to the glass.

Smell is phenolic and grainy with strong wheat notes. The yeast is different than other typical Weizen beers, but in a good way, a bit more citric.

Taste is phenolic and grainy, fresh with the yeast complementing. The yeast gives the beer a non-typical Weizen taste, that leans more towards the citric, lemon side. On the back of my tongue is a slightly sharp feel when I swallow, which isn't very nice. And it is not bitterness. The beer is not sticky and body is medium. Aftertaste is a bit rough, it should be a bit milder.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2006 06:56:14 | More by Absumaster
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HappyHourHero

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a huge, creamy, vanilla head that sat a half inch above the top of the glass until it faded slowly leaving thick strands of lace. Hazy golden colored beer. It smells amazing. There is a dose of soft yeasty banana, a pinch of clove, and underneath it all are citrus and floral notes. Soft, moderately full bodied beer holds a good amount of carbonation that keeps it fluffy on the tongue. Cotton candied citrus flavors are supported by yeasty banana flavors. Citrus flavor is a hair sour like a Witbier at first, but then switches to slightly bitter towards the finish. Flavor could be a bit fuller, but otherwise this is a really tasty Hefe Weizen.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2006 16:16:57 | More by HappyHourHero
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.68/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This bottle was hidden away when I held a Bavarian evening for friends of the wife (I thought it looked interesting and I hadn't drank it before), someone brought 3 of them, so I didn't feel bad about stashing away one.

3 weeks later, I poured it into a Franziskaner weissbier glass and all looked well. In fact it looked great, the aroma was also fine, bannanas and vanilla filled my head, but sadly the excitement stopped there. Very soon the head dissappeared, along with the aromatic flavours, nothing replaced them.

The taste was poor for what in was expecting, this is not a sparkling hefeweissbier with an attitude, maybe Frankfurt should leave the style to the boys down south in Bavaria, because I was not impressed at all. Yes, the yeast was there, but it was not strong enough to carry it off, in my opinion.

BH.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2006 19:28:09 | More by BlackHaddock
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WMBierguy

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2006 15:57:22 | More by WMBierguy
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seanyfo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml Bottle poured into Schofferhofer Weizen glass.

A - Deep peach colour, Large ice cream like frothy head, lively beading.

S - Bananas and vanilla

T - Banana flavours come through with hints of vanilla however quickly dissapates into a very watery finish

M - A little thin compared to some other hefe's. Very lively carbonation with medium body.

D - A run of the mill hefe, a sweet vanilla like aftertaste lingers after a glassful. The lively carbonation makes this a little uncomfortable if a few of these were consumed.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 21:43:05 | More by seanyfo
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hazy gold with a thick creamy head that laces a bit on the way down the glass.
lots of bread, creamy citrus, soft banana, some clove and a little tiny bit of a licorice make up the aroma.
a slightly tart under ripe banana and grainy wheat dominate the taste for the most part, followed by bread, citrus, and then clove towards the back to accompany the bitterness. fairly balanced and not overly sweet, if not a little muted.
fuller medium body, with active carbonation that seems to fizz itself out and flatten quickly. not flat by any means, there is just a bigger contrast than usual in my opinion.
good drinkability, for a solid and pretty tasty middle of the road hefe.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2006 01:11:23 | More by kmo1030
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vancurly

Australia

3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Profuse head, moderate bead - remains to end of glass.
Cloudy amber. Probably should be hazier, but I'm going to harvest the yeast, so don't want it mixed in.
Banana bread nose, touch of green herb hop aroma
Tangy taste with ongoing banana.... touch of caramalt...?... with good, wheat malt body and long clove aftertaste. A touch cloying, but with a drawnout bitterness to offset.
If I close my eyes, I can draw parallels to Matilda Bay Redback with the ubiquitous slice of lemon in it, but this beer has enough tartness on its own, thankfully, not to justify such measures (if such measures are ever justifiable...)
Would be good with cold cooked prawns or bugs.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 04:27:50 | More by vancurly
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 02/07, served lightly-chilled in a weizen glass.

A: hazy dark yellowish hue with orangey glows, coming with an explosively effervescent, silky, creamy and rocky beer head which takes more than four minutes to really settle down to a 1.5cm froth; gentle streams of carbonation stay underneath. Marvellous.
S: a overwhelmingly dusty note comes from the thick froth; at the back a sweet wheat-ish grainy note is wrapped with a coating of a mixed exotic fruitiness and yeastiness, like banana, lemon cordial, ripe green melons, a bit of fruit-flavoured gum, plus some sticky but light caramely+candy-sugary sweetness also reminiscent of Belgian pale ales... a touch of clove hides in the corner. Overall the nose is smooth, medium-bodied, and pleasant.
T: chewy, semi-sweet grainy flavour upfront backed by a refreshing banana-ish+limey+faintly fruity yeastiness, leading very fast to a mildly shell-fish like salty-sweet and fluffy-textured wheatish overtone; a much deeper, tangy, and slightly hoppy mouthfeel takes over towards the very end of tasting, where a dryish, clove-like spiciness reveals again. Alas, the aftertaste falls a bit short, in contrast to the harmonious fore-taste, and terminates the overall pleasure prematurely.
M&D: very smooth on the mouthfeel and medium-bodied, the overall profile gears towards the grainy theme while the fruity and spicy edges play a good assisting role. Not a stunning nor very complex example, yet very drinkable as a "session" Weizen, if I may~~

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 23:39:27 | More by wl0307
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JohnfromDublin

Ireland

3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on Feb 25th, 2006 a 500ml bottle best by 10/2006. Nice orange and gold label.
Poured a lightly clouded brew with a colour that was light amber with a decent white head. Purchased in Dunnes Stores (no less), Dublin at a cost of €2.49.
Smell was grassy with definite hint of banana skin.
Taste was a little tame, some banana fruit but not much else.
Mouthfeel smooth.
Overall a decent enough brew, fairly refreshing and easily obtainable (for me), but might not compare all that well to other weizenbiers.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 09:23:17 | More by JohnfromDublin
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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a best before date of 11/23/05

Poured a golden brown with a puffy white head. Not cloudy like most beers of this type. Smell is rather dull, doesn't smell like much really. Taste is a little bland, it tastes like a weak pilsener more than anything else, if anything i'd consider it refreshing more than anything, since it does hit the spot in that sense. Mouthfeel is unoffensive and smooth actually, and this is actually quite drinkable. This does not resemble any Hefe Weizen i've ever had, it resembles more of a Dark Lager/Pilsener more than anything else

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 02:53:44 | More by funkengruven
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Unfortunatly, I found this brew to be less than impressive.
It started out very well having arrived with a full 3 finger crown with extremly lively carbonation.
The colour is a very dull yellow and a little cloudy.
The initial aroma was of yeast followed by a sour fruitiness.
The taste has this sour/sweet/sour thing going for it but that is very short lived, leaving a dry lemony cardboard reminder to end.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2005 23:59:25 | More by Shiloh
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willgro

Texas

4.78/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is made in the state of Hesse, and it makes a great wheat beer. It is the national group of Binding in Frankfurt. The orignial brewery site was the home of Peter Schoffer, a pioneering printer from the same deal as Gutenberg. This is very dry with a plummy, damsonlike fruitiness and a suggestion of grapefruit zest in the finish. It is widely available in Germany and can be drunk at any time of the day (trust me). It is one of my absolute favorite beers in the world.

Serving type: on-tap

12-26-2005 02:09:39 | More by willgro
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled sample. Medium yellow in colour with lots of haze and lots of carbonation. Aromatic notes of banana, apple, and sulfur. This beer is very yeasty in the mouth with a bit of hop spiciness and a bit more banana. Good mouthfeel. Not a bad hefe, but a little too muted for serious consumption or contemplation. It’s more of a patio drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2005 16:52:04 | More by fisherman34
Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen from Binding-Brauerei AG
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