Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Weizen-Mix - Binding-Brauerei AG

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Reviews: 115
Hads: 519
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 18.77%
Wants: 23
Gots: 131 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  2.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Redwood21 on 02-19-2008

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is like the shandy of all shandy's. Really tasty and refreshing. I could see this getting too overbearing on the sweetness though, as this is more juice than beer. Really great grapefruit flavor though, and doesn't taste artificial like so many others out there.

Would absolutely seek out and purchase again. Although with the low ABV, this is more of a hot day refreshment, not a go to beer. (398 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This wasn't what I expected at all. The best attribute is its look, which is an amber and orange with a foamy head. Aroma is ok, mainly grapefruit. From there it goes downhill for me. It tastes like orange crush much less like grapefruit. I detected neither hops, wheat or any other beer flavors. The feel is light and easy. The low ABV gave me no buzz whatsoever. Despite its lightness, I cannot call it so drinkable because of the cloying artificial sweetness. Not for me. (474 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best before end: 11/2015. 3.2% ABV per the label.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grapefruit, grapefruit juice, and grapefruit candy aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, grapefruit juice, and grapefruit soda flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty and super easy to drink, but it is much more like a grapefruit soda than beer in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle. (695 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

not sure how this stuff is coming into prominence, i know the style is in, especially in the summer, but this is pretty rough stuff. i agree that the grapefruit side of it seems authentic, not artificial, but the thing is way too sweet, and its more of a juice than a beer, not much of the hefe coming through the orange juice textured beverage. i mean, this is almost pulpy in feel, beyond shandy, and the only part of the beer side i really get is the yeast, which exacerbates the fruity side. so much sugar on the back end, heavy in the gut, weirdly acidic, it just doesnt resolve like i hoped it would. ive been a fan of radler and shandy generally, we need more stuff like that, but this one is downright undrinkable. too sweet to be refreshing, but thats just my palate. as far away from beer as anything ive had marketed as such. (836 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Drank a few of these at the Columbus World Beer Fest while waiting in line for a couple of better beers. Extremely pleasing drink, highly drinkable, surprisingly tasty. Red grapefruit, and much more in a sweet delectable way than a citrusy or hoppy way. I was excited to find how tasty this was, until I realized its only 2.5 %.

It reminded me more of a wine cooler than it did a beer. Very flavored. Nice finish. Your girlfriend will probably like it more than you will. (480 characters)

Photo of tjmiller718
4.4/5  rDev +29%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

L: ruby orange/pink grapefruit color, mid/high carbonation, large creamy thick 2 finger head.

N: dry, tart, ruby red grapefruit, soft wheat & oats.

T: ruby red grapefruit, very crisp, slight dryness, oats/wheat, slight creaminess to it, very refreshing.

B: medium body, slight dry/prickly crispness, incredibly refreshing

Overall: this beer is begging to be consumed in mass quantities in summer, right up there with Stiegl Radler. Bring me the heat & beach! (464 characters)

Photo of sbb11
4.4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Enjoyed this hefe quite alot. Was looking for a light change of pace. Although sweet and aromatic and a tiny bit syrupy...the smell, taste and added complexity as it warmed up was a nice surprise. Definitely will have this again! (229 characters)

Photo of DadsDrunkAgain
2.57/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Look like orange listerine, smells like barf, tastes sweet, sour and delicious. This is a nice transition beer to get kid sister off the stronger Mikes Hard Lemonade and into a nice beer gut inducing brew.

Bonus points. Show up any Blue Moon drinker. Bring a grapefruit and hunting knife to the party. Now you're garnishing like a man! (337 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased for $2.25 CDN from the local LCBO.

Appearance - fluorescent orange, hazy as he'll with a small half finger of white head. Poor retention although not surprising given low ABV. A few lively bubbles are present too.

Smell - grapefruit and nectarine. Pretty good smelling actually.

Taste - grapefruit and lemon comes through here but the bitter tartness just isn't sharp. There's some sweetness that comes through and gives it a sweetened orange like taste. Taste doesn't linger nor is intense. Sweetness intensifies too much and instead of this being refreshing like a radler, it's great for the first two seconds after it hits your lips then the sweetness is too much.

Mouthfeel - lively and spritzy carbonation, feels really good going down the back of the throat. A sickly sweet syrupy feel though shows up a bit at the end.

Overall - an interesting concept, not quite a hefeweizen, but not fully delegated to be a Radler, it's interesting to try, but the sweetness is overkill to my lips. (1,050 characters)

Photo of Urk1127
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tumbler. Pinkish orangish color. Half finger of head that stuck around. Mouth feel was bubbly foamy and medium to actually heavy sort of. Tasted like bitter but also sweet grapefruit then subtle beer taste. I like it and it was so easy to drink finished the six pack over the period of a night easily since the such low alcohol content. (349 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Great grapefruit taste with a crisp sparkling feel to it. If you want something very tasty to drink with low alcohol this is perfect. Almost like a grapefruit champaign. (171 characters)

Photo of joesi
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

It's been a while since having it that I review it, so it will be a short and informal description regarding the beer itself.

A great mix of grapefruit flavors with a mild beer. Extremely mild (undetectable) alchol taste, nice mellow tasty beer flavor, will a full scoop of grapefruity-goodness.

If you're into beer and not soda/pop —yet still want something extremely fruity and refreshing— I recommend this over grapefruit radlers like Steigl or Waterloo which were too sweet and soda-like. (498 characters)

Photo of btheluvdoctor
4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I liked the pink grapefruit look to this. If you can get past the fact that they use cochineal extract for the coloring you'll find out the grapefruit taste is paired well with the bitterness of the beer. I will most defintly buy more of this beer. Some may say this is more of a fruity malt beverage then a beer. The alcohol content is low also. (346 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Schöefferhofer Grapefruit Hefewiezen Mix
500 ml can
€1,49 at SSP Germany, St. Nr. 047 243 69921, Berlin, Germany

Odd. Grapefruit (?) over-rides the weizen flavor. Malt takes a back seat. Tangy. Bland... still acidic. I'm not sure what the draw of this is. Is it that it's lower alcohol, and different than other "radlers"? Refreshing, but limited in terms of a beer. Narrow flavor profile. (396 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%

A big shout out to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 16.9 oz. can. Has a golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by grapefruit. Taste is grapefruit, a bit sweet, well carbonated, more soda like than beer like. Feels light in the mouth and overall was a nice change of pace, but wouldn't want this all the time. (354 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%

.33L clear bottle with a BB date of 9/2015.
Unusual appearance, but does look like a hefeweizen with grapefruit juice.
The smell is largely citrus rind and grapefruit juice, but there's a nice mix of hefeweizen with grapefruit juice in the flavor.
Refreshing; exceptionally fruity; lightly sweet. (301 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%

500 mL can dated 04/2015 at 40 degrees into weizen glass
Aroma of grapefruit
Head large (6 cm), white, frothy, very slowly diminishing to 5 mm layer
Lacing – none
Body medium yellow, cloudy
Flavor very grapefruity – nothing else comes through; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3, Overall 3.375. Final weighted score: 3.425
Although I love grapefruit if that was all I wanted, I’d have eaten one. The grapefruit is definitely present, overriding all the hefeweizen characteristics except cloudiness – no yeast phenolics are to be found. (654 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On-tap 8/22/2014 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light orange color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong grapefruit, some wheat, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a strong grapefruit flavor that dominates as you would expect. Then some mild breadiness comes in from wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. The hops presence is very mild and the balance is ok. The after-taste is slightly tart.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, extremely mild kick, decent hybrid of style, it’s a mediocre beer but better than most fruit beers. (857 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (696 characters)

Photo of Whiskers1980
4.6/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer really surprised me. I got a sample at The Wurst Place (Seattle) after I was told it was one of only 2 beers that have a permanent handle there out of 23 craft beers. 2.5%? Really? How good could it be? It was awesome. Well, that's IF you like grapefruit juice which I do. They called it their "breakfast beer". It poured a hazy, light pink/orange and seriously tasted just like grapefruit juice. I had a .5 litre in the Schöfferhofer glass and totally enjoyed it. (475 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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. (1,676 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.07/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew was served on tap at One-Eyed Betty’s in Ferndale, Michigan into a generic but exaggeratedly swooped 23 oz. Weizen glass. The coloring hit hues of yellow and orange, accented by light pinks towards the top of the glass. It held a one finger head of poorly retained white foam, leaving lined lacing around the glass. Haze was definite and persistent, and carbonation appeared light. The aroma was simple and sweet, giving notes of authentic grapefruit juiciness, freshly cut wheat, peach flesh, nectarine syrups, and white sugar cloy. The taste followed with much of the same cloying peachy and grapefruity juice sugariness. This was balanced minimally by dull wheaty undertones, mineral water, and a flash of booze on the far back, just to remind you that you aren’t drinking a soda. The body was light, decently foamy on the sip, and extremely carbonated, although the bubbles were soft. The mouth was left partially puckered and brushed with astringency. The abv was nearly nonexistent, and the beer drank like juice or soda.

Overall, going alongside an early breakfast in the middle of summer, this brew found its place. Otherwise, everything about this, from a beer-lovers standpoint, was disappointing. The aroma was tangy and full of fresh grapefruit notes and residual sugars, but this erases any semblance of the base Hefeweizen. This is much, much closer to a spritzer, shandy, or radler than to any true form of a Hefeweizen. It is just so sweet, with hardly any of that wheat to mix. This can be enjoyed on a beach or by a pool if you’re looking for something cold and sweet, but it won’t refresh you, in our opinions, in the same way as an ice cold IPA or APA would, with much more strength to flavoring to boot. (1,743 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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! (1,423 characters)

Photo of BeerSnobsUnited
2.71/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Very aggressive on the nose. Candied red grapefruit gives off a dominating tangy scent upfront, and subtle hefeweizen spice traits, and almost sickening sweetness in the background.

Appearance: Pale orange and hazy. One finger of pinkish-white head with minimum retention and soda style carbonation.

Taste: Unrelenting grapefruit sweetness, bread like tones, and subtle yeast spice. Small amounts of banana and clove but I am missing the wheat taste.

Palate: Light bodied and refreshing, but closer to a soda than a beer. Residual tongue stimulation from the grapefruit assault with a dry finish.

Overall: Pretty refreshing. A good session-able beer to enjoy by the pool during the summer months. (708 characters)

Photo of EcurbTheProphet
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I do not particularly care for wheat beers. And until now I did not care for fruit in my beer either.

However, after having a few Shiners (seasonal brew with Texas ruby red grapefruit and ginger) at the end of a long day doing yard work... I have come to appreciate the added astringency of the grapefruit with hops (and the ginger, missing in the Schofferhofer anyway).

The store was out of Shiner so I thought this, Schofferhofer, would be a good substitute. Nothing tastes better than a cold beer after a long day doing yard work. Adding the refreshing taste of ruby red grapefruit is simply AWESOME.

But, the Schofferhofer is too sweet tasting (the wheat). I will return to the astringent taste of the Shiner (which is only a seasonal brew) when the store stocks back up. I understand the Schofferhofer is available year round. Well, in cold months I may not have the same appreciation. We'll see.

I finally found a fruit I like in my beer. (whodathunk... grapefruit!) (979 characters)

Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Weizen-Mix from Binding-Brauerei AG
78 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.