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Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen - Binding-Brauerei AG

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82
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381 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 381
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 19
Gots: 42 | 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 charlatan
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle from Aldi.

Looks like pineapple juice with a head. There are hints of pineapple and banana along with oodles of chalk in the nose.

Surprisingly tangy and sweet to begin, reminding me of bubble gum. The yeast takes a very long time to make itself apparent and even then isn't particularly significant. Could do with a little more hop bite to give it some edge.

Photo of JohnW
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
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

Photo of canucklehead
3.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is B level Hefe compared to Paulaner et al as it lacks real complexity and has too much carbonation. I got the banana nose but the beer seemed watery and ill focused. Not worth the purchase when there are so many better German Hefe's available on the shelves

Photo of juju7
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks the part with a bright, golden orange body and a creamy, ample 2 finger head. Nose reveals the typical banana notes mixed with some clove and spice. A bit of huskiness there too. The flavour is true to style but a touch lacking. A little watery at the back. Doesn't have the same creamy smoothness you find with some other top German hefs. Good, not great.

Photo of AltBock
2.98/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500ml/16.9oz. bottle with a pumpkin colored label with the name of the beer in black old school italics. Above the name are three gold coins with the man himself, Schöfferhofer in the larger middle coin. At the bottom are two flags with the letters "A" and "X" in them and with somebody's signature over them. The back label has the word "beer" and the ingredients in about 100 different languages. At bottom in a gold rectangle is a born on and a best before date. My bottle was born on 14 Jan 2009 with a best before date of 14 Jan 2010.

I wish I had a Weizen glass available for this beer, but I only had a pint glass at my disposal. This Weizen poured the usual hazy lemon yellow color. Nothing all that special about that, but on top was the type of head of foam that makes keep coming back to the Hefeweizen style. On top was a 1+ inch pure as the driven snow fluffy as a kitten head of foam. This head of foam had great retention that left behind a number of clingy spots and streaks of white lace around the glass. Liked the color, but loved that head of foam.

This Hefeweizen absolutely loved the scent of malted wheat. It loved it so much that everything else was very subtle. Behind the malted wheat was a subtle whiff of ripe banana and cloves. If they had increased those two scents, that would have been a nice treat. After the two subtle aromas, the aroma finishes up with a dry scent of citrus fruits. Not bad, but it could have lowered the scent of the malted wheat to let the other aromas shine a little bit more.

The aroma was pretty much the same as the taste. That's too bad! The taste kicked off with a big rich taste of malted wheat. This malted wheat will then roll into an extremely subtle taste of banana and cloves. After that, the beer will suddenly finish up with a dry taste of black pepper and citrus fruits. The taste was only average at best. The malted wheat level was fine, but where are all the spices, banana, and cloves. I don't know, but this taste sure needed them.

This was a light bodied Hefeweizen with more than enough carbonation to keep you entertained and a dry malted wheat aftertaste. Tied into the wheat was was a subtle pinch of cloves and banana.

It's not a bad Hefeweizen, bit I've had quite a few better German Hefeweizens in my time. If you're a fan of real German Hefeweizens, then it's probably best you stay clear of this one. It was mostly all about the malted wheat with nothing much backing it up.

Photo of ccrida
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

.5 l bottle poured into my Supra tumbler, Schofferhofer Hefeweizen is hazy, sunset gold with a large, fluffy white head, slow to recede, leaving nice hunks of foamy lace.

Smell is on the mild side, but estery, with over-ripe banana and cloves.

Taste is good, more banana then clove, but a definite spiciness. There a bit of a sharp bite to this weiss, and the finish is grainy. Also like the nose, it's on the softer side overall.

Mouthfeel comes off a bit flabby and flat, although there is some creamy carbonation if you swish it around. Medium light body.

Drinkability is fine, a decent hefe, but not great. I prefer more banana, less grain, and more smoothness overall. Increased spritz would also help.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale orange-yellow with voluminous white head whose bubbles are larger and more visible than I'd have thought; sinks steadily and gets an uneven, meringue-like surface. Lacing is extremely minimal. Strong cloud in the beer and steady bead. Looks pretty nice, not outstanding though.

Nose is very weizeny, pleasantly so. First smell is sour and quite hoppy, with a lot of herbal phenols; sage and coriander hints on there. A closer whiff gives a pleasant banana aroma and maybe a hint of kiwifruit, with a slightly acidic edge and a very mild clovey spice. Decent, definitely. A dense and layered aroma.

Taste is quite a sharp one, there is a lot of bite from a number of sources. Strong fruit on there with a distinctly underripe character: bananas, green grape, Granny Smith and strawberries, all in their green, tart glory provide a robust acidity on the mid-palate. It doesn't pucker, although there is a slightly acerbic zest on the tongue. Some nice herbal phenols on the back finish the palate with a pleasant spice character, not quite as spruce or pepperty as it might have been, but still lively and leaves dryly. There is a slight hint of booziness towards the back, gained more from spice and tart flavours than any discernible alcohol, but it gives it a pleasant warming texture as it goes down.

A decent hefeweizen, this. Drinks a bit drying and tart, but is pleasantly textured in terms of flavour and certainly holds your interest.

Photo of atis
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy yellowish/orange with dense and large slightly off-white head that slowly diminishes and stays in one finger thickness till the end of the glass, nice dense patchy lacing. Aroma is bready yeast, sourish banana, oranges.

Taste is a bit bready and lightly sour that disappears pretty fast, hints of yeast, but not too strong, sometimes feeling of light touch of bittery roasted. Mouthfeel is medium with average carbonation.

Photo of DerBayer
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can i say - a classic Hefeweizen but not my favourite - an Erdinger rather than an Ayinger I m gonna say:

A - A golden cloudy body with an orange tinge and very good head that doesn t just fizz away

S - Typical wheat beer smell - bananas, orange and clove but this one is a bit bready

T - Das ist sehr gut ja albeit not outstanding decent bananabread with spice taste but lacking in depth and not quite fruity enough for a Hefeweizen

M - High carbonation but pleasant big bubbles not fizzy and refreshing on the tongue

D - Yes all year round high drinkability

Photo of Macca
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours with a big head from my over vigorous pours. Eventually settles down to a half finger which lingers. It's cloudy and dark golden.

The nose - there are some bananas in there trying to get out but it seems a bit dumb for a hefe.

The bananas come through a lot more on the palate.

Medium to high carbo rounds it out in the mouth.

Plenty of length and a good zingy bitterness.

Photo of nick76
2.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The appearance is deep gold with some hazing and a nice head. The smell is malty and lightly spicy with a touch of clove and bubble gum but hardly enough of it. Not to mention there is no banana. The taste is like the aroma and isn't bad. It tastes alright but it does not taste like a hefe. The palate is right for the style. Overall it's quite drinkable but it's not true to the style.

Photo of TubaManJack
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- A solid orange color with an cloudy opaque body. There is some carbonation but little head and lacing.
Smell- A for front yeast note with some wheat in there. However the banana and clove are relegated to the backseat.
Taste- A light dose of wheat with banana/spices. But the yeast is just upfront and always present.
Mouthfeel- An average wheat body and a yeast bitterness lingering for a short time, slight carbonation.
Drinkability- Slight but I am on the fence with this Hef.

Photo of TommyW
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Cloudy gold body with a huge, fluffy white head that fades to a lasting film.

S- Wheat and banana dominate the nose with some subtle yeasty notes as well.

T- Some wheaty and malt flavors start it off, and a little bit of spice comes in. A mineral and yeasty base kinda dominate though. Semi-sweet overall. The banana is very sublte. Not a lot going on overall, a little on the bland side.

M- Medium body with a creamy, smooth feel. Good carbonation level.

D- Not overly sweet, leaves no lingering taste and goes down so well.

Photo of Quej
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of BucBasil
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Darkish cloudy orange, that reminded me of peach juice. Large off-white head with great retention.

Smell: Banana is evident from a few feet away. Pineapple, peach, citrus, biscuity malt.

Taste: Very fruity - pineapple, peach, banana gives a creamy taste to a subdued bready malt... like drinking beer bread

Feel: Somewhat flat tasting... not crisp like I expect hefes.

Photo of Jeffo
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought at Bert's Bier Huis

Poured into a weizen glass

APPEARANCE: Deep yellow golden orange and is very opaque. No carbonation evident. White medium-sized head looks medium thick and levels off into a thin film. Leaves some lacing.

SMELL: Wheat malt and some clove and banana undertones in the background. Very nice and strong; makes a statement.

TASTE: Wheat malt, clove in the background, and some of the nice banana characteristics in the background. I missed the lemon parts though. No strong aftertaste at all. Very nice.

PALATE: Medium body, goes down creamy smooth and finishes pretty dry for a weizen. No bite and the carbonation is in good balance. An excellent feel for this style of beer. Nice job.

OVERALL: An excellent all-round weizen. I didn't know what to expect from this one, but was pleasantly surprised. This one will definitely feature again.

Photo of MTNboy
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a golden orange body with a lot of haze at first that slows down to a moderate haze. The creamy head has some good staying power. When it does start go it makes a great lace. The flavor is bread like and yeasty giving is a spicy clove taste and aroma. There are fruit banana and citrus esters. The mouthfeel is smooth although there is some carbonation bite. A full bodied beer.

Photo of petitearvine
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 0.5 liter ad hoc hefeweizen glass.

Appearance - light orange, cloudy, two fingers of head, nice carbonation helps with the retention (half a finger nearly all the way down)

Smell - Light citrus and orange, with a hint of grass. All in all, not much of a smell; in my opinion, the weak spot of this beer.

Taste - banana and orange, touch of nutmeg, light bitter aftertaste. Alcohol a tad too present, but still very drinkable.

Mouthfeel - rather creamy but not thick

Drinkability - enjoyable and drinkable, you can easily have a couple of these although the alcohol feels a bit too present for only 5% abv. All in all a good enjoyable hefeweizen.

Photo of jenitivecase
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of wiseguy142
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Lukie
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of Cs1987
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of brendan13
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Pegasus
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of mdagnew
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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...

Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen from Binding-Brauerei AG
82 out of 100 based on 381 ratings.