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Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen - Binding-Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
82
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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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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
Photo of wl0307
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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~~

wl0307, May 19, 2006
Photo of JohnfromDublin
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

JohnfromDublin, Feb 27, 2006
Photo of funkengruven
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
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

funkengruven, Jan 07, 2006
Photo of Shiloh
2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
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.

Shiloh, Dec 30, 2005
Photo of willgro
4.78/5  rDev +32.4%
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.

willgro, Dec 26, 2005
Photo of fisherman34
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

fisherman34, Dec 19, 2005
Photo of ohitsbrad
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 December 2005, Best Before Jun 05

Yellow orange colour, slightly cloudy, poured into a Weihenstephan Weizen, decent head, settled to a thin cap, some islands of lace left on the glass. Aroma is mostly of soft bananas and a little lemon. Slightly sweet wheaty taste with banana, lemon and vanilla flavours. Fairly thin mouthfeel. Easy to drink, but not quite Weihenstephan.

I'm aware I'm drinking this out of code and bought it at a significantly reduced price because of it. I'm yet to taste this otherwise but it seems to hold up a little after the best before date.

ohitsbrad, Dec 18, 2005
Photo of Finite
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Finite, Dec 08, 2005
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I like the simple orange label on this beer. It pours a glowing hazy orange with a huge pillowy head thats the consistency of softserve ice cream. The aroma has green apples, citrus, vanilla and cloves. The taste is a blend of green apples, pineapples, bananas and a crisp wheat edge. Theres also some noble hop sea air in there. The mouthfeel is creamy and thick with carbonation.

This is a decent and very fruity hefeweizen. While its not as complex as some, its still an eminently refreshing hefe.

CAMRAhardliner, Oct 09, 2005
Photo of Derek
3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly more amber than most; perhaps a higher malt:wheat ratio? Plenty of hefe to provide the appropriate murky appearance. Nice head, but poor retention, no lacing.

S: Not a lot of odour... just a little cloves.

T: Earthy cloves fading to a citrous flavour, with a slight tang. Taste is a little maltier than average. Not a lot of fruity esters... where's the banana?

M: Light body, moderate carbonation.

D: The flavours are very subdued... perfectly drinkable by any shmoe... not as refreshing as most, but an easy session beer.

Derek, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of jarmby1711
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Being a novice to this style makes it hard to know what is good or otherwise.
It had surprisingly little smell, which belied the very tarty flavour.The tartness was very nicely balance at the end with a citrus fruitiness which made the taste and refreshing.
It was very fizzy which added to the cleansingrefreshing qualoities.
Not a beer I would drink a lot of , but that probably applies to the style, however as a 1 off refresher I think it is pretty god

jarmby1711, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of pootz
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The packaging for this ale pretty much sums up it’s character: bland and commercial. Not that it’s bad, just that there are many tastier hefeweizens out there.

Clouded orange in color, has a modest cap for a hefeweizen but it does lace the glass well. Sparkling natural carbonation. Nose is sweet malts over spices and some fruit tones. Mouth feel is peppery with carbonation but the malts punch through...a tad watery in body...some fruity tastes, not much hopping...a slight taste of the siganture Hefeweizen esters come in near the finish...light banana and cloves...very slight. Not a bad beer but not good either....at any rate it's better tasting and more quenching than the domestic mega brewed beers.

pootz, Jul 15, 2005
Photo of TerryW
2.25/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hazy apricot colour with a good-sized head to start, minimal retention and lace.

Faint aroma of banana, somewhat soapy. Smoky or burned flavour, gently metallic aftertaste. Weak kneed throughout.

Nothing special, has some offputting flavour notes. Awkward metallic finish.

TerryW, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jul 08, 2005
Photo of Sammy
2.2/5  rDev -39.1%
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.

Sammy, Jul 03, 2005
Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen from Binding-Brauerei AG
82 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.