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Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen - Binding-Brauerei AG

Schofferhofer Grapefruit HefeweizenSchofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen

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174 Ratings
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 17.86%

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Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  2.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2013 23:14:48 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of secondtooth


3.69/5  rDev +9.8%
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 dansmcd


2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Deep cloudy dark orange colour, hardly any trace of a head, despite being classified as a hefe. Disappointing.

S - Artificial grapefruit and passionfruit flavoured wine gums, starbust, sherbert.

T - Really sweet, pasito, tonic water, slight honey and grapefruit. No wheat or other typical hefe flavours.

M - Light fizzy body, high carbonation.

O - More soft drink than beer, it's certainly not a hefeweizen. Very tasty though and very suitable for an afternoon in the sun.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 08:28:17 | More by dansmcd
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From a 330 ml clear bottle that came in a 6 pack. Pours out a cloudy light marmalade hue, fizzy white head that quickly sets to a thin cap.

Intense bright grapefruit juice on the nose, faint soft wheat malt in the background.

The flavour is predominantly that of sweet ruby red grapefruit juice, with some faint, very faint bready malt in the background. I happen to like grapefruit so it's enjoyable, however seems much more like carbonated juice, or a traditional fruit soda.

Mouthfeel is light and thin, the texture carries a bit of fullness from the wheat malt, while the carbonation is brisk and spritzy.

An okay lawnmower beer for those not very mechanically inclined and fearing the loss of their toes (as this a lightweight 2.5%), quenching all the same, but not something I plan on picking up again. A low-alcohol fruit radler for those into that sort of thing.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 04:04:46 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of Gary779

South Africa

3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
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 biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle...a beer/fruit juice mix is just what I need after my last dalliance - an 18.5% barrel-aged barleywine. Like a palate cleanser, as it were. Strange this isn't classified as a Fruit Beer.

This beer (mix) pours a bright cloudy medium golden hue, with one fat finger of foamy white head, which leaves nothing in the way of lace around the glass as it quickly recedes. It smells of mild wheat malt, strong coriander, and middling grapefruit juice. The taste is sweet, sugary coriander spice, a neutered wheat graininess, a bit of white pepper, and a mild grapefruit essence. The carbonation is moderate to low, the body on the light side, and 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.

It's nice that there's some obvious traits from the underlying hefe, even if they are soaked in a sugary 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's too hot/Checkstopped/overserved...

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 02:22:32 | More by biboergosum
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into pint glass mar23 2011

A cloudy pale orange with a shitload of bubbles feeding a long lasting thumbs width of head that leaves a few random patches of lace

S grapefruit and orange candy, faint yeast and spice

T just a little bit of banana and almost a orange crush pop flavor without as much yeast as on the nose and just a little to sweet

M light but it feels more like juice or pop then anything else

O something different but unless there's a heat wave I can't see myself drinking many of these

something for my lady but not my thing, nothing offensive but I could take it or leave it

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 02:30:32 | More by wordemupg
Photo of czfreeman


3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
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 A380

Manitoba (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
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 pootz

Ontario (Canada)

2.55/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle:

Pours a milky pale orange. small white cap some lacing.

Aroma distinctly citrus and not much else but some sweetness.

Thinish body, sweet citrus flavor, barely detectable malt presence, spritzy drying finish...tastes like grapefruit soda....far too sweet.

I tried it. I don't need to try it again..I can't see the point..fills a niche no one cares about..

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2010 01:57:04 | More by pootz
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought this for my wife but tried some and was confused how i felt about it as the combo of grapefruit and hefe is not bad as a beer alternative but really it is not a true beer. It is refreshing and low in ABV but the desire in my part is just to have a straight hefe,

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 18:51:02 | More by canucklehead
Photo of jazztoloc


1.2/5  rDev -64.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This is a mix drink, If I am reviewing this as a Hefeweizen, I would say it's really bad. It has a very strong grapefruit (not natural) smell and flavor and a small hint of Hefe, almost nothing.
It's like a soda. I think this should not be filed under Hefeweizen.

On the other side, people who like grapefruit soda might like this, as the smell and flavor hints from the Hefeweizen could add some kind of complexity to the very strong soda feel.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 16:49:21 | More by jazztoloc
Photo of LittleCreature


3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
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
Photo of laituegonflable


1.88/5  rDev -44%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

NOTE: I didn't know what I was drinking when I reviewed this

Pours very pale with a cloudy appearance. White, respectable head, leaves a thin-ish film, decent lacing but not great. Too many floaties.

Bizarre nose, like lemon squash, very sugary and fruity with a slight tang. Not beer-esque at all, this is completely anomalous drop that pretty much smells exactly like soft drink.

Again, very lemony with a slight tartness but mostly a candy sweetness that is like beer with sugar cubes dropped in it. Not pleasant, has no beer taste and is also watery. Mouthfeel is VERY thin.

This is piss in a glass, the puckering aspect is all there is to pique my interest. Obviously a chick beer, obviously a feeble attempt to call itself beer while actually tasting nothing like it. Fuck you, drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 04:10:11 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of lacqueredmouse


2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 23:18:43 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of tpd975


3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
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 madvoice


4.22/5  rDev +25.6%
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 brendan13


3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy vibrant orange colour poured with a few centimetres of fluffy white head that falls away fairly quickly.
S - Grapefruit is very dominating, the Hefeweizen character is there but only just.
T - The taste, like the smell, is also dominated by grapefruit.
M - Light to medium bodied. Quite suprisingly the carbonation is quite lower than a regular Hefeweizen.
D - The low ABV% helps the drinkability but I won't be buying this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2008 05:44:25 | More by brendan13
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 20:18:47 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz single bottle purchased from LCBO in Toronto.. Pours a cloudy orange with a tinge of pink. Aroma is slightly fruity. The taste is as advertised. Fruity, first and foremost. The beer flavours are more of an afterthought. Not easily identified as a wheat beer. Tangy on the tongue. A beer cocktail - but not really a beer. Girly and yummy. Sure is going down fast.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 02:27:30 | More by sstackho
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 03:38:15 | More by Viggo
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
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 TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +17%
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 GodOfBeer

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +10.1%
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 CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev +2.1%
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
Schofferhofer Grapefruit Hefeweizen from Binding-Brauerei AG
77 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.