Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Weizen-Mix - Binding-Brauerei AG
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3.53/5 rDev +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.
08-07-2013 00:21:06 | More by metter98
3.1/5 rDev -9.1%
Bottle: Poured a glowy orange color weizen with a pure white bubbly head with minimal retention and no lacing. Aroma is totally dominated by the grapefruit which are not as syrupy as I expected. Taste is also dominated by nice grapefruit notes with some very subtle wheat note. Not something I would drink on a regular basis but it does work a lot more then I had expected.
08-19-2008 20:18:47 | More by Phyl21ca
3.1/5 rDev -9.1%
Stuck in that groove when its uncertain whether its a beer or a fruit drink that would be the most refreshing. Thanks to the Binding Brewery, we don't have to choose anymore. Half hefeweizen, half grapefruit juice and whalla!- we have a modestly potent cream sickle!
With the look of spot-on ruby red grapefruit juice, its that specific citrus fruit that takes front and center- singing its vibrant, juicy and tangy praises early and often. Overwhelming the nose and early palate, it takes a few drinks to acclimate and find more subtle nuances buried underneath.
But the middle palate shows a mild bread support, along with those soft fruit esters and yeasty spices that's not all that common to fruit juice alone. Tangerine, nectarine, lemon and apple are mild but weave into the grapefruit character quite seamlessly. Subtle clove and white pepper won't come close to balance but gives the taste a minty smoothness.
Yet as all that trials, its the fruit juice and its associated sugars that linger on the palate- outlasting much of the wheat beer character with ease. Its trail of moderate acidity, fructose and mildly bitter citrus peels will hardly resemble beer but makes for a refreshing palate pleaser when not completely sold on a traditional hefeweizen. A late echo of light bread returns to remind us that there's indeed a beer in here somewhere.
05-29-2014 16:31:26 | More by BEERchitect
3.04/5 rDev -10.9%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
After the runaway success of Stiegl's Grapefruit Radler last year, it's only natural that we'd see the large liquor stores around here with stacks of this stuff, an untested beer from an untested brewer (for the area, anyway). Hell, I've only seen the normal hefe in these parts, and that was only at a couple of random spots. Let's see if this stuff is worth the attention:
It pours a hazy straw-orange topped by a half-finger of rather short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises sharp grapefruit zest. That's it. If there's any hefeweizen in there, I can't smell a lick of it. The taste brings in more of the same, now more of a grapefruit lemonade than anything, sweetener and all. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, this is a pretty weak beer, not altogether unpleasant, but a simple flash of grapefruit. If they hadn't told me there was a hefe base, I'd never have known. Hell, I think it was a waste of a hefeweizen, as all there was was grapefruit. It's not bad, but not my cup of tea.
05-22-2013 03:52:57 | More by TMoney2591
3.28/5 rDev -3.8%
330ml bottle...a beer/fruit juice mix is just what I need after my last dalliance - an 18.5% barrel-aged barleywine - a palate cleanser, as it were. Strange that this isn't classified as a fruit beer, eh?
This beer (mix) pours a cloudy, yet bright medium golden amber hue, with one fat finger of loosely foamy and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves essentially nothing in the way of lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.
It smells of mild wheat malt, somewhat spicy yeast, and zesty, almost overpowering sharp red grapefruit juice. The taste is sweet, sugary, and grainy wheat malt, a more subdued yeastiness, a bit of white pepper, and yes, big pithy and juicy grapefruit flesh, full stop.
The carbonation is moderate, just a meek, trilling frothiness emanating throughout, the body on the light side, and smoothly fruity in a clean acidic manner. It finishes off-dry, the fruit and scaled back wheat malt still the stars of the show, the only drying offset coming from the grapefruit's inherent tartness.
While this mostly reminds me of Italian soda, it's nice that there's some evident traits from the underlying Hefe, even if they are soaked in a sugary and fruity film. Beyond that, we're talking adulterated beer, albeit with one of my favourite juices, so I'm just gonna have to say that this hits the spot, and would anywhere it is too hot/Checkstopped/overserved.
06-05-2011 02:22:32 | More by biboergosum
3.68/5 rDev +7.9%
3.2% abv by weight as listed on the label that may come out to 2.5% abv let me check my math. Appears a glowing orange hue in the glass, bright white head stays pretty resilient with high carbonation I'm guessing this is marketed toward bicyclists and women in Germany. Aroma has straight up sugared grapefruit peel notes, just like slicing into a grapefruit in the AM for the breakfast option sprinkled with some sugar to make it more palatable. Flavor sugar coated grapefruit soda with really pith and peel notes coming out definitely dries out as the sweetness fades with the bitterness from the rind, pith, and peel of actual grapefruits probably harmed in the making of this beer. Good thing I popped a Prilosec earlier and I've noticed that I started a regimen of proton pump inhibitors in the last few weeks. Citric notes kill in this beer it's a mimosa bottled up with grapefruit zest character throughout even the essential oils were bottled in this beer. Enough sugar was added but this is definite real grapefruit juice and others parts added, mouthfeel brings sturdy carbonation a tart citric juice finish with the zest adding to the balance. Overall well done not as wretched as I would expect from such a beer, but I'm good for one and done not much of a session ale or you'll be puking grapefruit zest out your nares just do to the actual sugar content added to this Grapefruit hefeweizen from Schofferhofer!
06-26-2014 04:46:48 | More by WVbeergeek
3.78/5 rDev +10.9%
I would certainly agree this should be in the Fruit Beer category. You can't actually taste whether it's made with Hefeweizen, Old Ale, or Qvass. But as a citrus-flavored, low-alcohol brew, it's quite pleasant.
Flavors to me are more of orange with a grapefruit tang. It's quite sweet, though plenty acidic. Actually it tastes exactly like those tropical Hawaiian sodas. Sweet and fizzy, with a sharp edge. Appearance is nice, even if it's colored to look like fruit juice. Big frothy head that lasts well and a suitably fizzy mouthfeel.
If you're thirsty, this would be a great alternative to a juice drink or flavored tea. From the 16 oz can purchased at Special Brews in Lynwood, Washington.
08-14-2014 04:03:49 | More by mactrail
2.85/5 rDev -16.4%
Cloudy orange yellow with a huge frothy head of dense sparkling yellow bubbles. Very thick. Looks decent enough.
Huge grapefruit sparkling citrus character on the nose. Nothing else. Smells like soft drink, or a premix alcopop. Citrus, acidity, sugar. Not that that's necessarily bad, for what it is. It's just strong, weird and un-beerlike.
Thin alcopop sour-sweet flavour too, with a lingering wheat acidity that tastes surprisingly meaty after the sharp fruit-acid character. Grapefruit leaves a dollop of bitterness on the very back, but don't get me wrong, it's not a beer-like bitterness.
It's very refreshing, and easy to drink, of course, but it's an odd concoction. I'm happy enough to drink it on occasion though.
04-12-2009 23:18:43 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.69/5 rDev +8.2%
I picked this up at The Foodery (Northern Liberties) recently, but I was not in any great hurry to drink it while I still have my bottle backlog in existence. I reviewed Sixpoint's RAD the other day, however, and decided to press on with The CANQuest (TM).
From the CAN: "Grapefruit flavored wheat beer"; "Unfiltered Hefeweizen beer with grapefruit flavoring added and colored with cochineal extract"; "Schofferhofer Grapefruit is the unique combination of sparkling smooth Schofferhofer Hefeweizen with grapefruit flavoring. A refreshing well-rounded taste with tangy character and hints of sweetness. Tastes best ice-cold and right from the [CAN]. 50% of Schofferhofer unfiltered Hefeweizen blended with 50% Grapefruit drink. The natural ingredients may form a sediment at the bottom of the [CAN]."
The Crack was more muted than usual, plus it was not brimful and I wanted to stir up any lees, so I used an CANtinal agitation for my pour. I got a dense, foamy finger of pinkish-white head (not meant to invoke the teachings of the Church of the Subgenius, BTW) with decent retention. Color was a murky pinkish-orange (SRM = N/A). Nose was very sweet, much sweeter than RAD's, softer, fruitier. I got the grapefruit, but it was overlain by a syrupy sweetness. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and while I will not dispute "tangy", it had nowhere near the bite of RAD. Here, the grapefruit was intertwined with a sweetness like fruit salad, undoubtedly from the Hefeweizen. Finish was semi-dry with the grapefruit piercing through at the extreme finish, but rendered muted by the Hefeweizen. This struck me as more drinkable than RAD, but it still was not really my cup of tea.
07-06-2014 14:13:28 | More by woodychandler
3.29/5 rDev -3.5%
A: Pours a cloudy medium golden orange in color (almost like an Orange Crush soda was dumped into a Hefeweizen) with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some fake orange soda highlights. The beer has a half finger tall fizzy light orange/peach head that quickly reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grapefruit juice (ruby red) over the top of light aromas of wheat, banana, and clove.
T: Upfront this beer tastes just like rudy red grapefruit juice with light amounts of sweetness which is followed by a finish that is all light wheat, banana, and just a hint of clove. No perceptible bitterness is present.
M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin.
O: Easy to drink and refreshing but not sure how many of these I could have in a single session, this seems more like something that might go well with brunch. This one is real interesting in that there are two completely separate components to the flavor of this beer - the grapefruit and then the Hefeweizen.
04-18-2013 23:14:48 | More by dbrauneis
2.93/5 rDev -14.1%
Cloudy pink grapefruit juice with a medium sized white colored head.
Smells of grapefruit juice and banana with a bitter grapefruit twang.
Starts out bready beer with grapefruit. Grapefruit juice with some banana and some Hefeweizen yeast.
Mouthfeel is OK.
Overall an OK Radler.
05-30-2014 02:40:51 | More by Zorro
3.45/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
08-04-2008 00:37:20 | More by biegaman
3.31/5 rDev -2.9%
Poured a sight orange hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.
The smell featured a heavy sweet citrus.
The taste was likewise heavily sweet - remember Ecto-cooler? There was a soft chewy wheat detected as well.
The mouthfeel was smooth with a soft carbonation.
Overall more juice than beer. Tasty, but barely beer.
01-31-2014 01:35:37 | More by plaid75
3/5 rDev -12%
330 ml bottle from the LCBO, seems interesting!
Pours a cloudy orange, tangerine/grapefruit kind of colour, thin white head forms, quickly settles to a thin ring, no lacing. Smell is weird, reminds me of a bathroom, grapefruit, oranges, yeast, wheat, bananas, spice, keeping me on my toes. Taste is very sweet, like grapefruit or orange juice, tangerines, some banana/clove weiss character, very sweet and sugary, almost a bitter rind feel to it. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium to high carbonation, feels like carbonated juice. On the sweet side, almost cloying. Pretty neat stuff but not really my cup of tea, little too sweet for my liking.
08-15-2008 03:38:15 | More by Viggo
Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Weizen-Mix from Binding-Brauerei AG
78 out of 100 based on 305 ratings.