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Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Weizen-Mix - Binding-Brauerei AG

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265 Ratings
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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 18.48%
Wants: 10
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Binding-Brauerei AG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  2.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Redwood21 on 02-19-2008)
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Liondiscs

California

3/5  rDev -12%

09-04-2013 11:40:35 | More by Liondiscs
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Chaz

Minnesota

2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear dusky-orange in color, with some yeast suspension evident and a solidly-domed / rocky off-white head. Looks pretty good from the outset, but the color (even in the bottle) looks "fake" or artificial*.

On the nose there's just the merest hint of a light yeast tang and it hides behind walls of sweet, sugary citrus-drink confection. Reminds me of "Tang" or even "Five Alive." Grapefruit? Not so much. Really gotta get my nose down into the glass to smell anything resembling beer -- much less Hefeweizen.

On the first sip it's SWEET! Well, sweet alternating with a bitterness that I normally associate with various artificial sweeteners. An unnatural bitterness rather than a 'citrus peel' type of bitterness, which often works in some spiced and flavored beers (certain Belgian styles.)

There *is* a Hefe yeast profile coming up into the drink, here and there, but it really is clobbered by the sweetness and nondescript citrus fruit flavor. Again, it's not strictly a Grapefruit flavor, as there's heavy orange notes, and the sweetness is just over-the-top.

The touch of alcohol here is light, so 2.5% I can believe. There isn't much mouthfeel or body to go with this flavor profile, in fact it is watery and reminds me of an orange soda with ice cubes that have melted -- but it's still sweet...

I don't like giving bad reviews -and I have been generous in this respect, here- but this beer is really just not to my liking. I'd hardly call it a beer...

*Note: there is indeed artificial coloring (cochineal extract) and as far as the flavoring, I'll just have to imagine that there is something not 100% natural going on there, as with the sweetener.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 23:24:47 | More by Chaz
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GraduatedCashew

California

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

08-28-2013 17:35:26 | More by GraduatedCashew
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HugoG

Portugal

2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

08-25-2013 19:21:09 | More by HugoG
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz. bottle, best before 2014.06 printed on the back label. Found this oddity at a Binny's in the mix a six pack section. I've enjoyed the radlers I've had so far, and this seems to be a similar beverage, so let's see. I've never had anything from this brewery before.

Poured into a clear wine glass.

A - Pours a pale murkish orange pink colored body, same as it appears in the bottle, with about two to three fingers of bubbly pink tinted white fizz which settled to a ring in a matter of seconds.

S - Nose is comprised of sugary candied sweetness, perhaps a faint hint of grains, and some authentic fresh cut grapefruit. Smells similar to the Stiegl Radler Grapefruit.

T - Crisp, tart grapefruit, pulpiness, white sugar, caramel malt maybe. Any actual "beer" flavor from the 50% hefeweizen is only apparent in the first few sips. After that, it just tastes like a grapefruit soda.

M - Sweet, sugary, sticky mouthfeel. Some citric grapefruit and tingly carbonation lingering on the palate.

Overall, a flavorful, highly drinkable, novelty experience. Extremely low 2.50% abv ensures you can toss them back without guilt or remorse, although I couldn't see myself drinking more than two in a session. I mainly got this for the fun and novelty of it, but I sure do love these radler-esque concoctions.

Schöfferhofer Grapefruit ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2013 19:13:36 | More by mfnmbvp
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tfsimpkins

Florida

3/5  rDev -12%

08-25-2013 00:23:25 | More by tfsimpkins
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SeanMcKnight

New York

3/5  rDev -12%

08-23-2013 20:42:59 | More by SeanMcKnight
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RickS95

Indiana

1.75/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

It loosely resembles a hefe. There's a milky haze, a cloudiness to it. But mostly it looks like milky grapefruit juice. The head is bright white, has minimal retention, and really doesn't do it for me. It's an almost average rendition of a hefe.

I don't know how to describe the smell, but I don't care for it. There's no beery quality to it and it barely smells like grapefruit. There's a citrus rind scent, but that's about it.

Doesn't taste like any beer I've ever had, and I've had my fair share. It tastes more like sweet grapefruit juice. There's plenty of sugar in this and it really overwhelms everything else. That said, there is a citrus flavor, but again, too much sugar.

Very sweet, acidic. Light bodied. Fairly carbonated. Little body other than sugar. Little to no bitterness, though it's slightly tart.

Skip this. I struggle to consider this a beer, and it gives a bad name to hefeweizens.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 03:00:02 | More by RickS95
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LarryMyers

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

08-21-2013 14:08:09 | More by LarryMyers
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pknyc

New York

3.75/5  rDev +10%

08-20-2013 19:59:50 | More by pknyc
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djura

Serbia

2.53/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Expected much more from hefe Radler..
A - Really nice orange red grape color,also one finger white foam,big plus on this.
S - Grapefruit only.
T/M - Regular average Radler,nothing to special in it. Medium carbonation,a bit lower bitterness,which is plus. Mostly citrus and Grape.
O - Same as most Radlers..

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2013 21:00:09 | More by djura
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josephwa

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

08-15-2013 20:01:59 | More by josephwa
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mdavidson

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +10%

08-14-2013 03:27:33 | More by mdavidson
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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
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Teddy-Pickles

Connecticut

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

08-10-2013 12:53:09 | More by Teddy-Pickles
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GRG1313

California

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

08-07-2013 23:10:52 | More by GRG1313
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tjsmith910

Florida

3.75/5  rDev +10%

08-07-2013 10:54:49 | More by tjsmith910
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metter98

New York

3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
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
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marqoid

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

08-04-2013 21:40:44 | More by marqoid
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rawknrall

Uruguay

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

08-03-2013 16:19:26 | More by rawknrall
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magictacosinus

California

2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Provided to me for free by a very friendly representative from Binding-Brauerei recently. Freshness date is "2014.1." I would have never bought this myself, but I appreciate the chance to try it. Poured into a stange glass from a 12oz bottle.

Looks completely like an orange cream soda, complete with a similarly looking fizzy white head that somehow holds on to its dear life thanks to the stange glass. Bubbles glide up this thing in the same vein of soda, and otherwise, it's pretty watery looking and lacks any qualities that would make me think that this was a beer if served to me. I'm rating this for what it is, and definitely not to style. Not horrible, but pretty gimmicky looking.

The aroma is not as bad as expected - rather than being pelted with an artificial smelling fruit aroma with a cheaply made beer backbone, there are vibrant notes of fresh squeezed grapefruit, lime peel, and apricots. The hefeweizen surprisingly does seep in under the soda flavors, with notes of wheat and cereal grains, as well as a bit of tart characteristics. Very refreshing. Good quality ingredients were definitely used here.

The flavor coats the palate with notes of juicy grapefruit peel, as well as various other citrus notes and dried fruits, only to reveal the beer that lurks underneath. It tastes slightly artificial, but the wheat backbone, as well as the notes of bready yeastiness and lactic tart phenols save this from being a total disaster. I admit I really like the grapefruit flavor here, and it drinks just like a soda as a result. Extremely low in alcohol, refreshing, and spritzy in feel and body. Not the greatest, but not godawful by any means.

This reminds me a lot more of the same vein of Berliner Weissbiers rather than traditional hefeweizens. Come to think of it, a nicely tart low alcoholic beer would go quite well with grapefruit syrup, but this probably the subjectively better tasting one. This could do the trick out on the beach or at a picnic, although I'd probably just take an actual beer instead most of the time. This also, sadly enough, is a way that many of these breweries abroad have creeped into the American market - by sugarcoating their products with crazy flavorings such as this one. However, this at least avoids being totally artificial tasting, and as I result I recommend to all who are looking for some bizarre beer-related novelty every once in a while.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 07:06:31 | More by magictacosinus
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dphillips

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

08-02-2013 00:14:44 | More by dphillips
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jharris0624

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

07-30-2013 05:45:36 | More by jharris0624
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

07-28-2013 21:34:06 | More by Rekrule
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Marilevan

California

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

07-23-2013 23:51:09 | More by Marilevan
Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Weizen-Mix from Binding-Brauerei AG
78 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.