Hofbräu Münchner Weisse - Hofbräuhaus München

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88
very good

716 Ratings
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Ratings: 716
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 26
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
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Hofbräuhaus München visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Bierman9 on 05-25-2002

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Ratings: 716 | Reviews: 324
Reviews by BierManVA:
Photo of BierManVA
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Muddy orange in color after proper pouring. Bier was surprisingly clear while the undisturbed yeast was settled on the bottom. Looked more like a kristal weizen in that respect.

Soft on the aroma as far as I am concerned. Light clove and musty odors. Dusty actually like an old attic. Nice.

Flavor is lightly tart with again a musty flavor. Gritty almost. Very refreshing and smooth. Excellent balance (as I find most Hofbraeu Biers).

This is one of those exceedingly drinkable Munich Biers that you find in Birgartens all around that city. it longs for a nice warm day with a light breeze.

John

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy yellow/orange color with big rocky head,smelled clovey and of some ctruis to it.Taste was pretty fresh but I would liked some more spiciness to it,just lacked a little something.I was expecting a little more outta this but wasnt bad by any means.

Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a deep orange in color with a bottle-conditioned haziness and a huge, clumpy, white foamy head. There’s a lot of carbonation going on in this glass, too, making this one a real Hefe.

Smell – The lovely German yeast is right on for the style. I can pick up a light banana and maybe a hint of cherries. The deep, rich yeast though is what does it for me.

Taste – Oh, this is tasty. The yeast steps back a bit at the tongue and the bananas really pick things up. The finish is very soft and fruity.

Mouthfeel – This one is light to medium-bodied with a good, fluffy, Hefe mouthfeel.

Drinkability – The creamy nature of this Weizen helps this one go down like silk. It’s a terrific summer time bier or, as in my case tonight, a good snack when dinner’s still an hour or so away.

Comments – There’s not a lot of variance in my rating of this bottled Weizen as opposed to the on-tap version that I had at the Hofbräuhaus in Las Vegas, but it is far preferable, IMO.

Photo of generallee
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a green 11.2oz bottle into a Weizen glass. The bottle has no freshness date or any info other than the style.

Appearance: There is a thick hazy yeast cloud inside of a yellow orange body with light yellow highlights at the edges. Some yeast sediment settles to the bottom of the glass as well. The head on top builds up tall and full on the pour before quickly settling down to a thin cap of foam. It is a soft plain white in color and it hangs on well making lots of spotty slick lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a light fruity yeast character with a light touch of spice and hops.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a solid wheaty and yeasty, medium to full bodied taste with delicate fruit and bubble gum notes. It finishes with dry dusty yeast and spicy mellow hops. The texture is smooth and almost creamy, but not slick with lots of soft carbonation.

Notes: I was very impressed with the outstanding balance, mouth feel and dryer less fruity (sweet/slick) yeast flavor on this Hefeweizen.

Photo of Jason
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle with a no freshness date.

Appearance: Cloudy pale golden beige colour with a trademark wheat beer tiny bubbled lace.

Smell: Fresh wheat malt in the nose, hints of lemon and powdery yeast as well.

Taste: So crisp and smooth, there is lots of fresh fermented wheat flavour that it creates bit of a twang. Quite malty with a spicy phenolic and faintly bitter hop to balance. A powdery yeast tries to dry the palate. A touch fruity with pear in the back and vague banana in the front with some alcoholic esters wavering in the finish.

Notes: Perfectly balanced for the style and extremely drinkable, its right up there in greatness with the rest of the quality German wheat beers.

Photo of Weizenmensch
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hofbräu Münchner Kindl Weizen, vom Faß beim Hahndorf Inn, Südaustralien.

App: Amber, only partially cloudy, very bubbly. Served with a lemon in a HB glass. Lemon killed the head but it retained a bit after I took it out and disturbed it a bit.

Smell: Refreshing weizen grassy hayy hops smell. phenolic with banana esters. Not exactly citric but refreshing acidic aroma.

Taste: Strange chalky taste on the palate. Served very cold, difficult to discern other characters. Banana on back of tongue. Not massively complex, quite watery, but a little bitter. Onion, banana, limestone.

MF: Thin but pleasant effervescence. Average.

Drinkability: Bloating and watery. Drinkable, but not interesting for long enough. Needs to be followed by a dunkel lager/weizen or a bock/weizenbock.

Pleasant, above-average beer.

Photo of magictrokini
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maybe its because this came in a 44-ounce stein, or maybe it was because I was at the Vegas Hofbrauhaus, but I thought this was a really great hefe. Pours cloudy gold with a massive white head. Wheaty and sweet aroma. The taste is very light and clean. No stickiness. Wheaty, yeasty, and sweet. I recommend having one, or four.

Photo of BranfordBound
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2 oz green (WHY green?!) bottle into a matching Hofbräu München weizen glass. First time I've matched beer with the glass since Sam Adams.

Pours a staple hefe. Cloudy, golden, carbonated, with a three finger head that settles to a half finger. Good lacing. What's not to like?

Smells of cloves, yeast, malt, lemon. Typical hefe with some lemon. Yummy. No skunkiness from the green bottle.

Tastes like the aroma. Very balanced and refreshing. It does get some points off because the banana isn't too present, but it is still delicious. There is a bready malt, followed by a pronounced spiciness and clove, finished with a slight lemon and creamy yeast.

Typical hefe, but not as wet. Probably one of the driest I've had. Ends up being neutral, not too wet or dry. Tickling carb.

Like a good hefeweizen should be in the summer, you can practically chug the whole .5 L weizen glass. My favorite glass, and finally I've found the beer that's supposed to be in it. Although it doesn't replace my favorites, Weihenstephaner and Paulaner, the price does make this one pop up on my summer rotation.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A delightful vibrant, not lazy yellow, cloud and haze just like I like it. Smell, fragrant, break out the lemon zest yo! Taste, no hop quality like I was hoping for a blast of Saaz or something, but its alright, its still decent tasting for a hefe.

Mouthfeel, meh, doesn't develop. Beer goes downhill in the second half. Got me excited there for a bit. Usual mix of estery yeast, banana, clove. . . many of the things I try and avoid in a hefe, which is hard to do since they are hallmarks of the style.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. green bottle not available in the 15.9 oz. brown bottles that would have been preferred, but anyway here we go. Appearance: Cloudy golden tone with a nice billowing highly carbonated effervescent white head leaving behind specks of lace with each sip. Aroma: Starts out very skunky especially after cracking the bottle however, it becomes tamer after pouring in the settlement and letting it sit for a minute. More banana clove tones arise with the sharply sweet malt profile this one comes together, I thought it was a tradgedy but it's not bad at all topped off with a European hop dosage. Taste: Mellow but smooth rolling yeast tones of banana and cloves this has a nice citrusy flow to it as well with the sharp sweetness bringing a bit of a tart tone to the overall profile and balanced with herbal hops nice. Mouthfeel: Spritzy light to medium in body very nice summer brew. Drinkability: Tasty goes down and flavorful this one gets my vote as an authentic Bavarian style weizen.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

ST: 11.2oz poured into a Hefe glass.

A: Cloudy golden-orange with a thick white, fluffy head with rapid carbonation bubbles.

S: Banana, clove, citrus, soda bread.

T: Bite of sweet wheat, orange, banana, a zap of spice and the zing of carbonation.

M: A bit light, though creamy.

O: The first sip through the thick head is very enjoyable, and the creamy mouth fitting finish with a hint of clove is equally nice. There was a metal, medicinal tinge that hurt the overall flavor throughout, though that taste might be the fault of this individual bottle. For the price, it is one of the better Hefes to buy from Germany.

Photo of Auraan
4.45/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a gorgeous cloudy yellow with a thin ring of white head. It looked quite nice, but it was lacking a lot of the normal hefeweizen head, the body however looked excellent. Scents of clove, orange blossoms, yeasty wheat bread and sweet floral aromas. It was a delicate aroma profile, but very nice, quite appetizing and very appealing. Taste began with yeasty wheat bread and wheat cracker, but quickly the wheat was joined by notes of pear, apricot, mild floral hops, sweet spices, particularly clove, and a bit of honey, which became more prominent on the finish and aftertaste. This beer surprises you with it's delicate, yet complex flavor profile. It's excellent. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation and a drying finish. True to style for a hefeweizen. Overall this is an excellent hefeweizen. It's got the bones of the style, as well as a complexity to it's flavor that puts it easily on par with Weihenstephaner. Well worth drinking.

Photo of LXIXME
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big white head that slow recedes into a pretty decent lacing above a clear rich golden colored light bodied beer.

Grains, the wheat is a backdrop for a light lemon citrus hops aroma.

The taste is more of the citrus hops with a very nice honey wheat coming through as well.

A light dry aftertaste that does carry through it some of the citrus and honey of the taste.

Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle, best before Feb 2014. So we're zehr gut, nein?

This beer pours a rather cloudy medium golden yellow hue, with two fingers of puffy, densely foamy, cushioned eggshell white head, which leaves a few instances of wavecrest lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells very much like banana bubblegum, with some semi-sweet clove, tame earthy yeast, wavering wheat grain, and a bit of buttery reduced caramel toffee. The taste is mildly edgy sweet wheat malt, banana chips, subtle dry yeast, soft indistinct spices, a hint of spent bubblegum, wee citrus notes, and a bit of warm caramel.

The bubbles are tame and faintly frothy, the body medium-light in weight, and generally quite smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, the wheat malt, fruity, and gentle spice keeping things well within reason.

A pleasant, fruit and malt-forward hefe, as the yeast and spice seem content in their background role, which lends itself to a balanced, harmonious beer. Tasty and very drinkable, as summer weekend evenings get into full swing.

Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice cloudy appearance, lighter lemony-yellow color, and a dense rocky white head. Lots of bubbles.

Smell: Banana, clove, skunk, and lemon. Good and balanced.

Taste: Good balance of the above: banana, clove, no skunk this time, some citrus, and the slightest hint of bubblegum.

Mouthfeel: A nice medium-bodied creaminess going on here.

Drinkability: A highly drinkable Hefe from a pretty spot-on brewery, if that's not too beneath them to say. A lot of flavor and balance and something that can be consumed easily and often.

Photo of ChopperSmith
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a .5 liter bottle into a tall weizen glass.

Appearance: A beautiful hazy deep golden color with hints of amber. Like the colors of a sunset. Tall creamy foam peaks formed and receded slowly, leaving good sticky lacing.

Smell: Just like a good Hefeweizen should, it smells like banana, cloves and bubblegum. Sweet and wheaty.

Taste: Fantastic. The sweet wheat blends perfectly with the yeast phenols and it's a sweet, rich and tropical fruit mix. This is the taste of Hefeweizen perfected with an old world recipe and old world yeast. Outstanding flavor.

Mouth feel: Rich and creamy with soft carbonation. Perfect for the style.

Overall: Hefeweizen is a simple, yet complex tasting beer. When it's done right, it's a fantastic beer...and Hofbräu does it right. This is a fine example of the Hefeweizen style!

Photo of augustgarage
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed (a day later) from notes. Poured from a 500mL bottle into a large glass tea/coffee mug. Date code unknown.

Orangish-gold and very cloudy body topped by a pillowy ivory head of foam. Good retention and smooth soapy lacing.

Light malt (pilsner?), wheat, and faint coriander aromas. A little one-dimensional but still pleasant.

Very light malt, coriander (again), and a faint orange flavor on the palate. Wheat, a touch of lactic tartness, and slightly lager/pilsner like in the finish. Good, straight forward flavors.

Highly effervescent, soft, light-bodied yet full in the mouth - terrific.

Easy drinking (I had a second bottle right away) and refreshing. I enjoyed this a lot during a weekend camping trip in Summer...

Photo of CanuckRover
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very light, almost gold, amber. Fizzy head settles quite quickly. Missing the haze you would hope for. Ho hum.

Really nice bubblegum aroma, but lacks spice.

Bubblegum up front settles to run of the mill wheat flavours. Dry finish.

Bit of a let down. Lacks the character of the standard-bearers.

Photo of secondtooth
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This traditionally cloudy golden ale features a prominent and heavy head of bubbles, but no lace to speak of.

Aroma is nice and spiced, anticipating a delicious experience typical of the classic German hefeweizens.

And, no doubt about it, this one's a winner. Flavor is heavy on the spices (coriander, clove) and banana, with more than a hint of lemony zest. Light-bodied and drinkable, this would be superlative as a refreshing Summer session.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange lemon juice with a a cloudy appeal, invisible carbonations and a finger of white head...

Smells of a lemon garden with strong yeast notes and a

Yum, mouthful of bread and biscuit, a lovely mild fruity citrus as well, not as much as the nose held but truly a decent flavor

Mouth is wet and medium bodied, a light amount of carbonation tingles just right

Very drinkable, you could definitely slam an orange in here if you wanted, I enjoyed it plain and am happy with that choice, a mellow beer you could chill on for hours give to any new beer drinker or your favorite lady

Photo of socon67
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Orange pour, with a hearty white foam. Slight lacing.

S - Smells of citrus, and some spicyness if cloves.

T - Taste is crisp and refreshing. Very much a traditional German hefeweizen. Has a noticeable yeasty flavor.

M - Very well balanced. There is a nice contrast between the tartness of lemon and the earthy flavor of spice and fresh grain.

O - Been a while since I went back to this and was surprised at how good Hofbrau is at making a traditional German style. Always thought of them as too mass-produced. Don't overlook their offerings.

Photo of ihscout426
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This wheat pours a clear deep yellow, not the usual cloudy hefe-, but that could be do to the yeast settling. A small head due to the beer being a little too chilled. After it warmed up their was a malty wheat nose true to the style. The carbonation was very refreshing with a slight tart and cookie taste from the wheat. The yeast came through at the end of the beer with fruit sharacter, but not as pawerful as some other German wheats I have tried. A solid presentation of the popular German style.

Photo of cjgator3
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma is wheat malt, faint banana, clove and yeast. The taste is rather malty with just a touch of banana with a dry yeasty finish. Mouthfeel is heavily carbonated and fits the style. Overall, this is a pretty decent hefeweizen that is recommended. There are certainly some better hefes out there but this one is still interesting enough.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thin head on a clear straw colored body.
The aroma is banana and grains. A bit faint though.
The taste is mildly sweet fruit with an underlying grain flavor.
The texture is smooth and soft with a little fizz, but moderate carbonation overall.
It's a good weisse beer.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.49/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Weizen glass. Pours a hazy golden color. Nice white head and lacing. Lots of bubbles coming up the glass.

Aroma isn't as strong as it is in other weizens. Kinda clover and wheaty.

Taste is also lighter than other weizens. Cinda wheaty and clovy. Slight banana.

Mouthfeel is refreshing. Mild carb.

Overall an ok Weizen. There are others I would rather have.

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