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Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen - Binding-Brauerei AG

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BA SCORE
82
good

395 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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Ratings: 395
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 21
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Binding-Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-12-2002

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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
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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
4.02/5  rDev +11%
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
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
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
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
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
3.41/5  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.

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
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
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...

Photo of bark
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of HardTarget
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

Photo of Suds
3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of basica
2.86/5  rDev -21%
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.)

Photo of AlexLMS
3.42/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of stcules
2.78/5  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?

Photo of rjimlad
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of Weizenmensch
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of norwichboy
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Photo of TheSarge
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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

Schöfferhofer Hefeweizen from Binding-Brauerei AG
82 out of 100 based on 395 ratings.