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Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Weizen-Mix - Binding-Brauerei AG

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Reviews: 119
Hads: 548
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 18.42%
Wants: 26
Gots: 143 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  2.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.07/5  rDev -10.2%
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 +7.9%
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 -20.8%
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 -12.3%
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)

Photo of Hawk-MotorCity
4.58/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Loved this beer! After I finished the first 6-pack, I went back to Joe's produce, and bought the rest of their stock. They informed me that there would be no additional shipments from Germany. I am now scouring the other stores in my area! Excellent summer beer! (262 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is not considered a Radler and it should not be because it incorporates a lot of the Hefeweizen properties. The aroma is full of Orange and grapefruit juices with tinges of clove, peppercorn and yeast. The flavor is more to the grapefruit juice with a bit of Orange and apricot. The feel is straight Radler with a very light soda feel, crisp and refreshing, but not very beer like. I enjoyed this and think I could drink several with out a qualm. (451 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

330 mL bottle purchased as a single from the LCBO; served well-chilled. I'm grading this as a fruit beer, not a hefeweizen, because comparing a 2.5% mixed drink to an authentic German wheat beer seems silly to me.

Pours a hazy golden-orange colour, opaque with sediment and topped with one finger of frothy white head that seeps away over the next few minutes. A thin collar and a few swaths of lacing remain behind. The aroma is tart and acidic with pink grapefruit - not entirely unpleasant, but very reminiscent of flavoured soda, and I really wish there were some beer-like elements to describe here.

The first thing that strikes me about the taste profile is the preponderance of sweet flavours. While candied grapefruit is quite prominent, there is some noticeable banana and apricot sweetness courtesy of the hefe base. Some mild coriander spice provides some character for the finish, with the aftertaste dominated by tart, saccharine notes. Light-bodied and slightly syrupy, but still fairly refreshing; I could see myself reaching for one of these after mowing the lawn or some-such. The carbonation levels are about as fizzy as one would expect from something that is 50% soda.

Final Grade: 3.24, a passable C+. Not one of the better radlers I've had in recent months. This is a decent heat beater for the summertime, but Stiegl Radler is noticeably better and available in a more convenient format so I'm not sure I'll be returning to this one any time soon. Fruit beer and radler fans will want to give this one a whirl, but other than that this is more likely to appeal to cooler/malternative enthusiasts than actual beer drinkers. (1,651 characters)

Photo of Zorro
2.92/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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. (282 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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. (1,360 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at Vintage Estate for $1.99. Never seen a half Hefeweizen half grapefruit juice combo. Into a pint glass

A - Looks just like the glass a hazy amber grapefruit color with a 1/2 inch of head that settles to an attractive lace ring.
S - Overripe grapefruit, mild wheat notes, and some coriander it smells pretty sweet and good. I sip.
T - Grapefruit has never tasted better. Not overall tart or dry it mends well with the Hefeweizen base which is mostly wheat and banana. Decent fruit beer.

M - Light to medium it's light but very session able.

Overall I have not had too many Grapefruit beers so this was a good find. German quality Hefeweizen with quality juice mixed. I would drink it again a great summer beer! (734 characters)

Photo of lauries444
1.22/5  rDev -64.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

it looks like a hefeweizen, nice and cloudy, but the smell is horrible, tastes disgustingly sweet and nothing like beer at all. total sink pour on this one. (158 characters)

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500mL can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly pinkish medium golden color, and a good opaque wheaty consistency typical of a good weizen beer. It leaves a nice creamy two finger white foam head that stick with it throughout. Leaves a nice sticky lacing as the drink recedes with sips.

Smell: Has a nice sweet wheat and fresh grapefruit aroma. Very summery and welcoming.

Taste: Just like it smells, a nice sweet graprefruit juice and sweet wheaty hefeweizen mix. The grapefruit is more prominent, but not overwhelming. Very refreshing and a perfect summer beer out of the tall can for summer outings.

Mouthfeel: Slick and creamy, like a good hefeweizen.

Overall: This is a different beer and not for everyone, for sure. But if you like Radlers or fruit beers, this is one of the better ones out there. I happen to love hefeweizens and grapefruit, so this is a win-win for me. Love this stuff, and will buy more throughout the summer for sure. (973 characters)

Photo of bighandsjohn
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very sweet, doesn't taste like beer. Reminds me of sparkling juice. Definite grapefruit flavor. Not bad for a sunny day at the beach or at the park. Very low alcohol level, so can drink quite a few. I like it, even though I'm pretty sure some of the beer purists will not. (272 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into glass

Hazy, golden orange . Thin white foam ring. No cap, no lacings.

Aroma of grapefruit. Pink grapefruit and a whisper of wheat beer yeast

Sweet, sweet, sweet grapefruit flavor first followed by refreshing wheat beer. Grapefruit with a hint of bitterness on the aftertaste.

Low, gentle carbonation . Very drinkable.

Sweet refreshing drink. Reminds me of a wine cooler. Great option for hot summer days where you could drink a couple of them Ina row. Have recommended to this beer to several friends and everyone likes it. Great for around the pool. (576 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
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. (908 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (1,007 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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. (361 characters)

Photo of figgyfigg5218
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (348 characters)

Photo of ManOfBeerMan
3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

This will probably come off as being a jerk, but I can't review this as a beer. It doesn't taste like a beer, it doesn't look like a beer. Nothing about it tells me it's a beer except for a bit of an after taste that screams citrusy wheat beer. It is like some combined Squirt, ruby red grapefruit juice, Blue Moon, and sugar. Which is what brings me to my weird scoring on this beer. It looks, smells, tastes, and feels good in the mouth. Just like drinking a soda. And all of those can equally apply to beer. But in this case they don't. It's great in all categories as a soda, but as a beer it is barely passing. Calling this a beer is calling Smirnoff Ice a beer. And a world where Smirnoff Ice is a beer I refuse to exist. (727 characters)

Photo of fourstringer
3.9/5  rDev +14%
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.

Prost! (1,175 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This pours a pinkish/orange color with just a slight white head. There is the strong wheat and grain scent of a good hefeweizen, but the grapefruit isn’t very noticeable. The texture is thin with very little carbonation so basically this drinks like grapefruit juice in the form of a beer. Interesting and different, refreshing in the summer, but I don’t see myself buying this on a regular basis. (401 characters)

Photo of Chaz
2.6/5  rDev -24%
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. (1,672 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.35/5  rDev -2%
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 (1,348 characters)

Photo of RickS95
1.78/5  rDev -48%
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. (909 characters)

Photo of djura
2.54/5  rDev -25.7%
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.. (306 characters)

Schöfferhofer Grapefruit Weizen-Mix from Binding-Brauerei AG
78 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.