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Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen - Binding-Brauerei AG

Schofferhofer Grapefruit HefeweizenSchofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 17.91%

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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  2.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Redwood21 on 02-19-2008)
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Photo of madvoice


4.22/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rather bright orange colour (like a muted fanta orange) with a fizzy bubbly head that disappeared pretty quickly.

Smells very citrussy and sweet with wheaty notes.

Has a very subtle and moreish grapefruit citrus/wheaty beer flavour. Very pleasant and refreshing.

Light on the palate and not too heavy on the fizz. Is going down very fast. I could drink this all night.

Could be construed as a girly alcopop type drink (just without the alcopop tax)

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 09:27:58 | More by madvoice
Photo of flagmantho


4.05/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 500mL can into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium yellow-orange hue with plenty of haze and a thick finger of pillowy white foam. A very nice looking beer, if a bit on the orange side for a hefeweizen (though this should be expected).

Smell: big, rich grapefruit aroma with a little bit of malty, wheaty undertone. The grapefruit is quite strong, like a San Pellegrino pompelmo soda. This beer is definitely as-advertised.

Taste: there's a surprisingly good hefeweizen base, with a good wheaty character with a great banana quality. Over this is the refreshing grapefruit flavor, which really works for me. Nice!

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big, satisfyingly creamy carbonation. Boom!

Overall: I really like this beer, and I find it delightfully refreshing. I happen to really enjoy radlers, shandies and the like, and this beer is no exception; radlers almost belong in their own category.

Serving type: can

04-18-2014 20:59:50 | More by flagmantho
Photo of Gary779

South Africa

3.95/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is bright orange, and quite hazy. Poured with a decent 2-finger head that stays a while, but leaves little lace.

S: Strong grapefruit smell. The smell actually becomes apparent the moment you open the bottle. There is a slightly yeasty edge to the smell, but it's well hidden.

T: Very sweet. No hints of grapefruit bitterness, but a distinctive overpowering grapefruit taste. Beer purists might dislike this one.

M: Very pleasing carbonation. Light on the tongue and medium bodied.

O: Overall a very pleasing beer. Should work well on a warm day as a cooler. Should also suit drinkers not fond of a bitter beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 14:39:20 | More by Gary779
Photo of TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An interesting summertime beer. Lots of fruit, but still recognizable as a beer through its taste and aroma.

Pours a great big head over top of an orange -pink brew that shows lots of carbonation. Lots of grapefruit in the nose, but the hefe lurks in the bacground and still delivers some spice.

Drinks more like a spritzer than a beer, but quite evenhanded and refreshing.

Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2008 23:20:38 | More by TerryW
Photo of BrewerB


3.91/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This caught my attention mainly based on the color and the fact that it has grapefruit, one of my favorite fruits. Pouring into a weizen glass, it's a hazy pinkish orange with a thin cap of white foam that dissipated within a few minutes. Prominent notes of grapefruit juice in the aroma overpowering the typical hefeweizen yeast-driven phenolics. Slight banana on the back-end follows up another strongly featured dose of grapefruit up front. Bready malts start to pop up as the beer sits. Hops aren't playing a key role here, finishing with a light sweetness. Light body with a medium carbonation level.

Not my go-to style by any means but I'm enjoying this one. The grapefruit character is definitely pleasing to my palette given the warm weather going on here. I'd have one again under the right circumstances.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 21:19:10 | More by BrewerB
Photo of fourstringer


3.86/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a tap into a Weizen glass. Never seen this before and thought I'd try it out.

A: Very cloudy with an attractive yellow-orange hue. 1 finger of white head. Minimal lacing. Good looking hefe.

S: GRAPEFRUIT very prominently. Backed up with lighter wheat-type scents. Mostly banana, tropical fruit, orange. Maybe some light spice. Very bold and sweet.

T: Very sweet with prominent grapefruit. Minimal to no hop bitterness, although there is a bitterness associated with the grapefruit flavor. Seems to come in waves. Some tartness, but would benefit from more sour to offset the sweet. More subdued banana. Even lighter spice/clove. Not so complex, but I do enjoy the quality of the fruitiness. Does get a bit cloying by the end. Possibly the sweetest-tasting beer I can recall.

M: Very full. Light carbonation for the style, but I think it works. Drinks quite a bit like grapefruit juice. Pretty smooth.

O: I sucked this one down with the quickness. A bit like grapefruit juice spiked lightly with seltzer, in a way, but I'm ok with that. The hefe characteristics play second fiddle, but were of good quality. Would be nice on a scorching Summer day.


Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2013 23:56:18 | More by fourstringer
Photo of A380

Manitoba (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious hefeweizen mix with grapefruit. Now I want to make this clear.. this is not really a real beer. its a mix. and basically drinks like grapefruit juice. Pours a nice hazy orange with a nice white head with good lacing and the smell and taste are pure bursts of grapefruit with a hint of yeast and just perfect carbonation! WOW an amazing drink on a hot day! :) just perfect! but not a beer. its more of a fruit drink :P but still really good :)

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 02:44:15 | More by A380
Photo of tpd975


3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to matta

A: Pours very orange and fizzy, very soda like, if you did not know you would guess more Sunkist than beer.

S: Light grapefruit aromas up front, with notes of acid from the carbonation, sugar, and oversweet malt.

T: Tastes like a mix of soda and beer with soda making up more of the mix. Fizzy orange soda flavors up front with notes of the grapefruit pushing thru. A light boozy beer tasty in the finish.

M: Light and Fizzy.

D: This is a very unique brew. On the surface it is not one that I think I would like. It is also not one that will ever rate off the scale. That being said I could pound a few of them after mowing the lawn on a hot Florida summer afternoon, and to be honest I probably will.

Chicks will dig it as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 20:04:38 | More by tpd975
Photo of lnmackkk


3.74/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I love the taste of this beer. That being said I would only drink it on a hot summer day when in need of a refreshing beer. It has a very strong grapefruit flavor which is delicious but tastes sugary. Almost like a grapefruit soda. I would suggest buying it but it isn't quite what I expected.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 23:18:03 | More by lnmackkk
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

At only 2.5%, I'd be inclined to call this a fruit beer (though it's a dying style on BA). It's sort of a malternative really.

A: Hazy orange. Really orange. I've never seen a beer so "orange". Off-white head, very little retention or lace.

S: Big grapefruit citrus aroma.

T: I'm not overly fond of Radlers, so I was a little skeptical about this mix... but it actually works! Unfortunately, it's hard for it to measure up to a great hefe. Plenty of grapefruit juice, a little lemon & hints of an underlying hefeweizen.

M: Very light body, mostly juice.

D: Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 00:25:57 | More by Derek
Photo of GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy bright orange colour with little head, looks like fruit punch or a cooler or something, interesting.

Skunky with some hints of a wheat beer, bananas and definately citrus/grapefruit.

Tastes almost like Hoegaarden with loads of grapefruit juice mixed in it, nice and bitter at the end.

Decent beer, very unique.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 20:44:30 | More by GodOfBeer
Photo of secondtooth


3.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a weird orange (like a Fanta or Crush), but it's an impenetrably cloudy and opaque -- like a proper hefeweizen! No lace here.

Nose is subtle grapefruit, with some sharp wheat character. Actually not bad.

Taste is sweet grapefruit and a hint of wheat sharpness. Actually, this isn't too far from a citrus soft drink, with an infusion of beer. Call it a radler or a shandy or whatever, but this drinks very easily. And at a lowly 2.5% ABV, this is perfect for Summer yardwork. Enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 01:20:59 | More by secondtooth
Photo of czfreeman


3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Instead of the normal "radler" combination of lemonade and Hefeweizen, here is grapefruit and wheat. This combination is quite intriguing to me, as the top chef in Germany has introduced a dessert of frozen grapefruit with a Hefe cream. Other chefs have introduced similar concepts, so maybe it works.
Cloudy, murky-well, grapefruit colored. Nice head, so far gets to the point.
Smells of the sharp grapefruit juice add and nice acidic peppery character to the creamy beer. Yeast, wheat, pepper, grapefruit, sweet-sour combination that really works quite well.Much better than the Sprite-like normal Radler.
Tastes good-I really like the combination.Sharp bit of acidic grapefruit-pepperiness, creamy Hefe, lemon, citrus. It is a nice combination that works. Unfourtunatly I find the normal Schofferhofer a bit watery, and here is the case as well.
Spritzy, light and refreshing a good beer that sparked my interest in experimenting with this in the future.Maybe fermentating with fresh grapefruit pulp? We will see.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 12:56:05 | More by czfreeman
Photo of hosehead83


3.61/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy peach/pink in color, with a moderate head of white foam.
Aroma-Unmistakable whiff if pink grapefruit
Taste-Big blast of sugared pink grapefruit, very faint wheat note. Light, sweet, tangy and super-refreshing. I had one after mowing for an hour and had to fight the urge to just guzzle it from the bottle. That being said it drinks almost like a soft drink or wine cooler. Could be helped greatly by more beer or wheat flavor or just some grapefruit rind bitterness to offset the almost soda-like sweetness. But hey, at 2.5ABV, on a hot summer day, I'm gonna guzzle one down right out of the cooler.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2013 22:41:29 | More by hosehead83
Photo of JohnnyHopps


3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tall pint glass, the color reminded me of poorly mixed tang.The orange color seemed mysteriously dark and grainy. It gave a nice bubbly white head with little retention on the sides of the glass. The aroma reminded me of walking past fresh grapefruit in the grocery store. One can really detect the grapefruit rind in this one. On the initial taste, one really gets to know the mouthfeel as the beer is exceptionally bubbly. I enjoyed the initial taste as the grapefruit gave a nice sour initial before fading into a mellow grassy hefe taste. Drinkers need to pay attention because the taste fades to nothingness quickly as the hurricane of carbonation sweeps it all away. On might ask, "Why bother?" noticing the 2.5% ABV on this beer. On a hot day, one might be able to drink a whole sixer of these in a half. Given that choice, one might not even feel a buzz. I can appreciate the beer for its style and even enjoy a few.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 23:46:06 | More by JohnnyHopps
Photo of figgyfigg5218


3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a great beer for a nice hot day, or when you want something on the lighter side. It only has 3.25 ABV so it is very low, it almost tastes like juice. I am not a fan of grapefruit but i absolutely love this beer. This beer goes down very smooth because of the fruity tastes. Even though it is fruit you cans till taste the wheat in the beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 20:23:48 | More by figgyfigg5218
Photo of ryan1788a5


3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy pink/orange hue. Two fingers of bubbly white head retain surprisingly well considering this is a 50/50 blend of hefeweizen and juice. No real lacing.

S: Pretty much just grapefruit soda on the nose. Ghost-like clove and a very mild pina colada sort of aroma. Stifled wheat.

T: Much more hefeweizen at play than the nose would suggest. Creamy banana. Wheat. Soft clove and pepper. Sugary artificial grapefruit taste is rather low on bitterness.

M: light bodied. It wants to be full and creamy, but doesn't quite get there. Artificial soda-like carbonation cuts right through.

O: It is what it is. It definitely takes a more traditional radler approach in that it has that soda blend feel and stays at a low 2.5% abv. I would have liked to see a more natural grapefruit taste with better bitterness, but that's not really what a radler is all about anyway. A unique approach using the grapefruit. They downplay the low abv by not including it on the label. Not sure if that's wise or not. Sessionability is a selling point, but an abv that low might also alienate a wine cooler and shandy crowd that expects a "normal strength" beverage.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 13:47:13 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of Fl1pzomg


3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Crisp sweet taste, seemed more like grapefruit soda that beer to me. The color didn’t appeal to me that much, it’s very different. It is definitely refreshing on a hot day, I’ll give it that but it doesn’t quite do it if its a beer that you’re craving.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 07:37:45 | More by Fl1pzomg
Photo of metter98

New York

3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grapefruit are present in the nose—it smells fresh like you just sliced open a grapefruit in half.
T: Contrary to what you would expect, the grapefruit flavors in the taste aren't nearly as prominent as the aromas in the smell and are balanced off with flavors of wheat. Only faint hints of sourness are present.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Coming in a clear bottle with an appearance resembling Orangina, this beer looked a little gimmicky, but was actually rather good and seemed to have a good mix of grapefruit and wheat flavors and didn't taste artificial.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 00:21:06 | More by metter98
Photo of CookstLiquor

British Columbia (Canada)

3.51/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle. Pours a rather bright orange-yellow colour. Very summery looking! This blend of grapefruit juice and German hefeweizen has strong aromas of fresh grapefruit mixed with hefe spice notes (clove). The refreshing grapefruit flavours dominate, with a hint of the clove and banana notes of the hefe in the background. Very delicious and drinkable. A great way to cool down on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 22:22:07 | More by CookstLiquor
Photo of Flounder57


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

11.2 oz bottle was poured into a flute glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to nothing quickly. It is a hazy pale orange color with some clarity and bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Being that grapefruit juice was added, you get all the tart, sweet, grapefruit characteristics. You pick up a little bready malts too.

Taste: The bready malts are more noticeable when tasted. You also get the grapefruit characteristics mentioned above plus the acidity from the fruit itself.

Mouthfeel: Chewy, crisp, refreshing, light bodied, and medium to high carbonation. The acidity from the fruit juice can be a deterrent.

Overall: For a sessionable beer, this is great. Light and refreshing for the warm weathered months.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 04:06:57 | More by Flounder57
Photo of Brenden


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

This one looks like grapefruit juice, a heavily thick red-orange. It doesn't from a whole lot of head, but it does put up some, and the foam that's left for the remainder is strong. Some sturdy patching as well as spotting are left behind.
This beer definitely brings the grapefruit advertised. It's a very interesting take on a hefe, and in an possibly American-inspired turn, the only flavored one I've ever seen. The grapefruit is the dominant force, but the telltale signs of hefeweizen are here: a touch of banana, some dustiness in the malts, a bit of soft clove, and maybe just a faint, very faint, ghost of some bubble gum-like sweetness. Wheat makes itself known as the backbone, and the finish is of some dry, crackery malts and slight ruby red sourness.
The feel isn't as thick or heavy as it seems it might be, but it doesn't have the slight, subtle depth typical to the best of the style. Still, it's light enough and has a nice, sturdy crispness with enough body that's it's not simply a soda.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 20:16:37 | More by Brenden
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Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A soft crayon orange as was evident from the clear glass bottle. Haze is impenetrable near the top although pastel lemon edges allow some inhibited clarity in spots. The head, which later would become no more than a collar, is flawlessly bleach white which gives it an eerily artificial appearance. My better judgment would say this will be a refreshing beverage, whether I'm ready to accept that or not.

The smell is intensely fruity. I usually go to hopped up IPAs for my grapefruit, but this smells considerably more authentically fruity. I do sense a touch of the sharp, cutting acidity of the grapefruit, but more so I'm reminded of the Starburst chewy candies and orange pop-sickles.

I don't think you have to like grapefruit to find this appealing. You do taste grapefruit, but the beer has a citric, fruity flavour in the more general sense. The citrus is cutting, but only as much as it is with an orange juice. The acidity sort of substitutes for bitterness, which like the alcohol, is virtually non-existent. The taste is fine, I almost wish it left a little more aftertaste.

Say what you will, but there's nothing wrong with this beer. I can see something like this being very popular with a number of crowds, including the masses of Germans who can recognize good beer, appreciate a proper hefeweizen, but prefer it cut with a little fruit syrup. This would work well in North America as an " alcopop malternative" with the cooler crowd. Myself personally, I wouldn't buy it again, but I see no reason not to drink the bottle I've opened.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 00:37:20 | More by biegaman
Photo of CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky peach with a very thin, fast dissipating head. Lacings non-existant. Oodles of visible carbonation.

Smells, surprisingly, like a decent hefeweizen. Lots of banana, powdery yeast and sweet citrus, accentuated by the grapefruit.

Tough one to describe. As one might expect, the grapefruit really takes over. You get hints of the wheat beer, which seems to be well crafted, lingering in the background but it isn't allowed to come through. You do get some banana, but the malt is really hard to pin down.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly good for all those bubbles. Medium bodied and very smooth.

This is what it is. A perfect summer brew... although only slightly more manly than a wine cooler.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2008 00:09:20 | More by CanuckRover
Photo of LittleCreature


3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Ok, this beer probably needs to be re-classified. I mean, have you ever seen a 2.5% hefeweizen with no head retention that tastes like grapefruit? I rest my case.

Appearance - 3.5
The actual colour and cloudiness is not too far from a regular hefeweizen, although the grapefruit pink tinge is certainly unusual. Head is pretty much non-existent thanks to the citric acid.

Smell - 3.0
A sharp and sweetish grapefruit aroma, not too dissimilar from what a grapefruit based soft drink would emit.

Taste - 3.5
Far closer to being an alcopop than any fruit lambic I have tried, but that said, it is still far more complex and balanced than any alcopop. The smooth hefeweizen wheatiness is there, but it plays second fiddle to the sweet, sharp, acidic grapefruit flavour. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel - 2.5
This is where the softdrink comparison is most noticeable, the bubbles feel harsh on the tongue, and the sugar leaves the mouth feeling sticky. Surprisingly heavy mouthfeel.

Drinkability - 4.0
Despite the very low alcohol volume, I would not call this a session beer due to the strong acidity, and to a lesser extent, the sweetness. This said, it is very easy to drink one, and it is hard to think of a more refreshing drink for summer.

OVERALL - 3.35
Despite the somewhat mediocre score, this is a beer that I will definitely be buying again. I would rather drink this than any light beer I can think of, and will likely take it to a barbecue on a summer's day. Well worth trying for any beer drinker, and MUCH better than any radler I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 10:03:08 | More by LittleCreature
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Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen from Binding-Brauerei AG
77 out of 100 based on 172 ratings.