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Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen - Binding-Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
82
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363 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 18
Gots: 33 | 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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Photo of jenitivecase
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Brilliant orange, and moderately hazy. Pours with a tall white head that fades down to a crown that completely covers the surface.

S: The weizen yeast is easily discernable, with the typical notes of banana. Some spicy breadiness is also present.

T: Cloves kick off the taste, which then deepens into a wheat flavor which is also heavily spiced with notes of cinnamon and more cloves. Banana taste is also present.

M: Very creamy and smooth; relatively full-boded.

D: As with most weizens, this is a really drinkable beer. The only deterrent would be the strong spice presence; after a couple, it would definitely be redundant and overwhelming.

jenitivecase, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of wiseguy142
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is sort of a different, more smooth, less "pungently yeasty" take on a Hefeweizen which, in my opinion, is a nice take on a Hefeweizen. Poured glowing orange with a nice high head with little retention after about a minute. Smooth wheaty taste with a slippery mouthfeel. Very very very drinkable.

wiseguy142, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of Lukie
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Lukie, Dec 09, 2007
Photo of Cs1987
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Cs1987, Dec 02, 2007
Photo of brendan13
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden orange colour with a frothy 1.5 inch white head that slowly falls away.
S - Smell is bready with loads of bananna.
T - Very much like the smell but also with some light spice notes.
M - Smooth, medium bodied mouthfeel. Carbonation is fairly low for the style.
D - Not the best hefeweizen out there but still pretty good. Could easily knock a few back.

brendan13, Nov 30, 2007
Photo of Pegasus
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, light golden color, with a large, fine-grained head, which retains well, thick, unbroken lacing, and profuse, fine carbonation.

Aroma: Bready yeast notes, and a pronounced aroma of cloves, ripe bananas, vanilla, and wood.

Taste: Opens with a spicy clove flavor and a rich bread taste. Midway through the taste, the herbal hop notes and cloves intensify. At the close of the taste, there is a renewed wave of cloves, and a lingering metallic hop note.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A very well-crafted example of the style, recommended.

Thanks to Max for hand-carrying this from Germany.

Pegasus, Oct 29, 2007
Photo of mdagnew
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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...

mdagnew, Oct 24, 2007
Photo of bark
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

bark, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of HardTarget
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

HardTarget, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of Suds
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Suds, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

TurdFurgison, Jul 15, 2007
Photo of basica
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
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.)

basica, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of AlexLMS
3.43/5  rDev -5%
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.

AlexLMS, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of stcules
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%
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?

stcules, May 26, 2007
Photo of rjimlad
4.08/5  rDev +13%
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.

rjimlad, Mar 26, 2007
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 norwichboy
2.95/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

norwichboy, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of TheSarge
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
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

TheSarge, Oct 30, 2006
Photo of Absumaster
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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.

Absumaster, Oct 26, 2006
Photo of HappyHourHero
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

HappyHourHero, Oct 25, 2006
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.68/5  rDev -25.8%
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.

BlackHaddock, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of WMBierguy
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

WMBierguy, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of seanyfo
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

seanyfo, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of kmo1030
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

kmo1030, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of vancurly
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

vancurly, Jul 12, 2006
Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen from Binding-Brauerei AG
82 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.