Hofbräu Schwarze Weisse - Hofbräuhaus München

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Reviews: 28
Hads: 72
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 5.39%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 07-29-2003

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Photo of eric5bellies
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Drank from my Erdinger Weizen glass

A - Pours a weak clear Mahogany colour, that has a two fingered off White head that reduces quickly to a film that laces.

S - Nose is mainly dark fruits and small banana.

T - Noy much really other than small Banana and fruity malts and a little metallic.

M - Medium body and medium carbonation,

O - Nothing fantastic and there are much better examples of the style. (406 characters)

Photo of stcules
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown, dark caramel. Light brown foam, abundant.
Weisse smell, with banana and cloves. Then caramel.
At a second try, the caramel is stronger, and there is also a light roasted (hazelnut), and the fruity notes are lighter.
In the taste the classic notes of wheat and caramel, over all.
There is also some roasted hint.
In the aftertaste, after a start of caramel, there is a roasted and lightly burned finish.
Good and thirst quenching beer, after all, even if I'd like it a little less sweet. (493 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting seasonal from Hofbrauhaus (they called it a "DarkWeiz"). Cloudy orange color with a thin off-white head. Aroma is a little fruity and a little wheaty. I am not that familiar with the DunkelWeizen style but the flavor was a mixture of malt, cider, banana and caramel. Smooth and mostly drinkable but lopsided. I would go back to the Dunkel next time. (372 characters)

Photo of karait95
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A very nice dark amber color, a little cloudy against ligth, with a two fingers head faint beige that fades not to fast with some residual.

S: Clear wheat aroma, citrus and sour is at hand.

T: Not very intense flavor, very wheat, some bitterness and in the middle the sour.

M: Refreshing at the beginning then the bitterness and sourness that last good enough with a some sticky feeling in the mouth. (406 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shy of mahogany but past copper. Head is not too timid at first but simmers down quickly and doesn't like much lacing if any. Nose is phenolic with clove and banana evenly balanced. Fruity enough with the hint of wheat.

Flavor is again on par with the style guidelines but in terms of the mouthfeel it's a let-down. Too thin and metallic, not enough good bubbles and the ones present are a little abrasive. Drinkable and decent, but the overall attenuation is off and it takes away from drinking this style. (509 characters)

Photo of boss302
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hofbrau Dunkel Weisse, PC, Florida

A hazy with a thick head. 4

S There is just the estery yeast smell typical of wheat beers with no roast aroma at all. If I couldn't see it, I doubt I could tell from the aroma that this was a dunkel. 3

T Not a lot of roast, but it is there. There is some biscuity flavor also. The taste is more similar to the HB hefe weizen than to a dunkel. In fact, I am puzzled at how they put so much color into the beer without adding roast flavor.  It is smooth, very lightly hopped, and easy to drink. A dark beer for the non-dark beer drinker. A good beer, but lacks the roast to match the color. 3.5

M medium body, thick mouthfeel, carbonation is good. 4

D It is certainly an easy drinking beer, interchageable with the hefe, so far the best Hofbrau beer I've tasted and will be my choice when I visit HB until its gone. 4     (862 characters)

Photo of RodneyFarva
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle, 11/12 date, poured into weizen glass

a: pours a very deep blackish ruby color, very pretty, with a one finger off-white head which stays nicely.

s: wheat and dark malts, but the thing that really hits you is the banana - smells like a tasty slightly overripe banana. really nice.

t: wheat and roasted malts, a bit of the banana but less than in the nose, and some yeastiness as well. tastes less "dunkel" than others i have tried.

o: a really nice dunkelweizen at a good price. perhaps the taste let me down a bit after such a great aroma, and there is a bit of a metallic finish. (599 characters)

Photo of The_Mad_Capper
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is largely sweet with vanilla and honey along with some wax, clove, and a hint of cocoa. The body is deep copper and fairly hazy with a foamy, off-white head that lasts. The flavor is dominated by spicy clove and stalky bitterness along with light honey, subdued bready/grainy malt, some yeasty sourness, and a light waxy/grainy finish. The carbonation is intense and prickly.

Very crisp and satisfying but with a rather straightforward flavor for the style. It's not at all bad, but it could benefit from greater sweetness, a more notable malt presence, and softer carbonation. (590 characters)

Photo of roddwolff
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Taken while watching the first game of Mexico at the world cup, dark wheat beer, one of my favorite styles, served in a weizen-bayern glass. Look: brown-chocolate color, fat foamy head, bad lacing. Smell: Roasted malts with chocolate and biscuity malts, some wheat too. Taste: Roasted malts, similar to the smell but with spicy hops and more wheat. Mouthfeel: Clean, high bitterness, medium body and high carbonation. Drinkability: too much wheat, it's good but has nothing to do against the great erdinger dunkel weissbier. (524 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a half-liter bottle, this beer pours a dark chestnut color with a thick, dense head. The foam is a light shade of tan, and all-in-all, the beer is quite attractive. The aroma clearly has a wheat character, backed by a little caramel and toasted grain. Not bad. The taste is a little drier than expected, but presents a nice wheat twang. There's a little spice and some roastedness in in the flavor was well. Medium in body, with a sharp (slightly acidic) bite in the finish, this is a very engaging and drinkable beer. Enjoyable and worth having again. (557 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into Weisse glass 22/4/13

A hazy reddish brown but has more clarity then I expected, two fingers of tan foam sits around for a few sips before falling to a thin film that leaves a single thick ring of lace

S a little bruised banana and brown sugar with a little chocolate covered raisin and sweet dark bread, earthy notes I can't place with a hint of molasses

T a little spice to go with what I smell but quite similar, solid example of the style but not mind-blowing, a little sweet but it works

M silky at first with the bubbles stopping short of creamy but they play their part, not thin but could use a little more body but it's a minor complaint

O pretty smooth easy drinking beer, not the best example of the style but nothing to be ashamed of

My profile pics from the Hofbrauhaus in Munich and I was pretty happy to have this little memory show up on the shelf here in Alberta (913 characters)

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

500ml bottle, suprisingly avialable at a supermarket

A- Very cloudy brown. Faint head with decent retention except in the end

S- Wheat is obviously perceptible, you can also find caramel and banana

T- Pretty much what the smell suggest. Fine wheat as tipical of the best Weizens, but there is also caramel, fruity notes (banana being the clearest one) and roasted malt in the finish. Really complex for a Weisse

M- As smooth as you could ask but still bodied enough to support a wide range of flavours

D- You could drink this all day (538 characters)

Photo of janubio
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml. bottle. Pours a big head, that doesn' t last much, leaving some lace. Colour is not really black, as the name suggests, is more brown reddish. Aroma of sulphur, yeast, ripe fruits, dates or prunes, clove. Good mouthfeel, with the sulphur flavour, taste of banana, fruits, hints of caramel. If I have to say something bad i tcould be about the not so strong body, but I could have some more of this. (406 characters)

Photo of AlexLMS
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy, deep copper colour. The head is off-white, moderately large and foamy. Good retention but little lacing.
Aroma: sweet malts, wheat, caramel, cloves and yeast.
Taste: lightly toasted sweet malts, wheat and cloves.
Mouthfeel: smooth and creamy, almost unctuous, average to high carbonation, average alcoholic strength (5.1% ABV) and a medium body.
Finish: not very long sweet malts aftertaste.

Overall: nice dunkel weizen. Pleasant taste and great mouthfeel. Could use more hops and I missed a stronger banana presence. (539 characters)

Photo of bark
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The colour os very dark brown, almost black (80 EBC), the liquid is cloudy. The firm four finger head is compact and beige; it sinks slowly leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is a bit roasted and semi-sweet. Low levels of alcohol and bitterness. Christmas spices and tart, dried fruits.

The taste is roasted and a bit similar to a porter in the malt profile. Light bitterness. Some dried fruits and exotic spices, hints of soap. Light to medium body. The aftertaste adds a crispy clean bitterness ans some green fruits. The sweet finish is quite light and short with some spicy flavours.

The carbonation is strong with lots of small long-lived bubbles. The liquid is semi-smooth.

A surprisingly light dunkelwiezen. Much more gulpable than the pale one. (758 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle. Wide lager glass. Dark brown color, chill hazeappearance. White froth creates a close, thick & lasting crown. Some spots are left. Roasted, lager yeast & flowery aromas rounded by bread & subtle banana notes. Malty, sweet & roasted upfront. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Creamy & dense texture. Low bitterness & slight spicy touch. Long sweet finish. Estery & kind nutty aftertaste. A flavorful beer & nice spot of the Style. (440 characters)

Photo of rjlemos
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sipped from a 500ml brown bottle with a very nice label showing a picture of the factory, and saying that is a specialty, brewed under the Reinheitsgebot, and so on...

A: It pours light amber, cinnamon brown, witn a thick die-hard dense head. Very nice.

S: Intense, reminding the belgian beers. Banana, caramel, brown bread. One of the strongests of the style.

T: Slight, malt and hops caracters, along with wheat/bread expected taste.

M: It goes really well, controlled, soft and just a little acid, but dense.

D: I could drink this all day under the sun !

Final notes: a really nice option to the style, it has its own personality, a really nice beer. (671 characters)

Photo of Everydayoff
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into a weizen glass by freshness date.

A:
Mahogany brown color, thick light tan head with good retention, there are particles of yeast floating all around from the push of medium to high carbonation, some patches of lace clinging. The carbonation produces the silky foam on top upon swirl.

S:
The aroma discloses banana to big banana bread, fruity, bready malt to dark bread and some clove spiciness.

T:
Bubblegum, fruity and banana ester snap first then supporting by some malty sweet and some zesty. Phenolic spice yet clove reveal from the middle to the end. Bitterness from hop is at the very end and leaves with just a wee note.

M:
Rather light to medium body with lively good crisp and carbonation generating fine refreshing touch through the palate, smooth and dry finish.

O:
The quaffable quality is so good, worthy Dunkelweizen. (863 characters)

Photo of Ochsenblut
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A one finger off-white head dissipates fairly quickly atop the cloudy, reddish brown body of this Bavarian classic. I was a little surprised at the lack of staying power the head displayed, leaving only a sticky ring of lacing around my Weizen glass.

The smell is spicy, showing the expected banana esters along with freshly cut cucumber.

This Dunkelweizen is creamy, wielding a substantial mouthfeel along with high carbonation. The wheat twang combined with semi-sweet toasted malt notes makes for an interesting twist on the Weizen style. Varying sips render primarily clove, banana, apple skins and more wheaty acidity, gently moving to a faint hops presence in the aftertaste. It finishes fairly clean.

This beer is highly enjoyable, being a bit sweeter and more complex than its lighter sister. Hofbräu nailed the style... because they probably invented it. (868 characters)

Photo of Dentist666
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours light brown/copper cloudy beer with dense head. Yeast, clove, sweet malt in aroma. Taste - expressive, sweet malt, wheat, tints of caramel and banana, light hop finish. A bit harsh aftertaste, it seems not similar to classic dunkelweizen, but pleasant in common. (268 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle. Nice to see more choices than the long-standing (yet of course still drinkable) usual offerings from this most hallowed of beer-producing regions.

This beer pours a hazy, dark chestnut brown-tinged amber colour, with two fingers of fizzy, very tightly foamy off-white head, which leaves a low shoreline of ebbing lace around the glass as it evenly slides away.

It smells of lightly roasted grainy caramelized wheat malt, banana bread, mild cloves, fruity apple and pear, and a slight earthy mustiness. The taste is more bready, wheaty malt, with just a wisp of toasted schwarz character, musty ripe bananas, softly yielding yeast, mildly sweet coriander spice, lilting chewing gum, and faint earthy, weedy hops.

The bubbles are a tad peppy, and somewhat frothy, and fade at an agreeable rate, the body a decent medium weight, and really quite smooth, in an unsurprisingly fruity manner. It finishes off-dry, the fruit and slight char continuing to play well together.

An adequately enjoyable dunkelweizen, the lack of expected roasted notes, while a concern at first, fades from worry rather quickly, leaving us with a nice fruity quaff, suitable for summertime excursions, and early spring snow days alike. (1,225 characters)

Photo of treque
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Coloration reddish-brownish, semi translucent, abundant foam head wide ivory hue, its dissipation is slow and residual. Constant heavy carbonation.

S: Aroma with acid dyes, minimal perception of banana and Hops.

T: Very easy to drink, their flavors are subtle, making it lighter, the acidity is what most stands out, did little to end widespread. (351 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured in a mug.

A: Pours a chestnut cloud color with a medium beige and very fluffy head. Medium retention. In fact it never disappears totally leaving some nice lacings

S: Strong on banana esters as expected. Wheat and roasted malts. Honey and yeasts. Biscuity and bready

T: As the nose. Wheat, roasted malts, honey, yeast, banana. Dry and delicate

M: Creamy full bodied. Good carbonation

O: Very drinkable beer. Creamy and pleasant (452 characters)

Photo of SerialTicker
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drink by 9-17-14. 500ml bottle. Dad picked this up in Italy.

Appearance: Diarrhea water never looked so good. Extremely hazy orange/brown color depending on where the light comes through. Small very light tan colored head goes away pretty quickly leaving about 1/16th of an inch of a thin head on top. No lacing that I can see.

Smell: The malts bog down that normally bright dunkelweizen aroma. Caramel malt with a little bit of that banana character typical in the style. Not a strong aroma, but quite nice regardless.

Taste/feel: That's the ticket! This is really nice. The banana character is there plenty, but the caramel malts keep it under control. The after taste is a biscuity flavor with the banana and it's really nice. There's also a very slight tanginess on the end that calls for you to take another sip. The mouthfeel is outstanding with about a medium body with a mid-level amount of carbonation.

I was thinking about going with 3.75s for the taste, feel, and overall rating, but this is an excellent beer for *me* if I want something of the style. Silky feel on it, pleasant lingering slightly spicy and tangy banana biscuit aftertaste... this is some good stuff. My first from Hofbrau, and it won't be my last. (1,232 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Hofbrauhaus in Munich, presented in a 0.5L weisse glass. It was a dark copper color, very hazy, with a light tan (almost white) foam on top that lasted half-way through the session. The aroma was correct in my opinion, bananas and cloves all the way. This translated to the taste as well, nice estery flavors from the yeast and good solid mouthfeel, not thick per se but it coated the mouth very well. Solid and drinkable, I liked this best from the Hofbrauhaus. But I'm partial to weizenbocks and dunkel weisse beers. (543 characters)

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