Hofbräu Münchner Weisse - Hofbräuhaus München

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88
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721 Ratings
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Ratings: 721
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 26
Gots: 60 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of ArrogantB
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle $2.49 poured into a pilsener glass. Hazy golden orange color, decent head. Super yeasty smell, mostly bananas but a little gum. Taste is mostly yeast, yeast, more yeast. Its oddly not offensive, easy to drink but I don;t see myself purchasing this again.

Photo of Troyone
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a grainy and hazy dry straw color with minimal white foamy head.

The smell is some what insignificant with hints of grain malt and banana.

Lightly sweet/bitter, lightly/mod acidic, hints of banana and spice, and a grainy malt taste with some citrus hops flavor.

Light/medium bodied, kind of watery texture, almost flat carb, and a slight astringent finish.

Too watery for me.

Photo of theghost3
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is cloudy golden with a thick, white head. It smells strongly of wheat, yeast with a hint of pears and apples. Not much of a taste--wheat and just a little spicy. No aftertaste. Mouthfeel is crisp. This is a fairly drinkable beer; somewhat refreshing, but nothing spectacular.

Photo of RedHaze
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Pours a fairly clear pale orange with a frothy one finger head that takes a very long time to fade to a thick cap. Even with all of that foam, there's very little of it sticking to the glass. Also, this is much more clear than I'm used to seeing for a hefe-weizen.

Smell; bananas and cloves are definitely the dominant aromas, with a little yeasty spiciness in the background. There's also some sweet malts coming through as well. Overall pretty good, but nothing spectacular.

Taste; damn near identical to the aroma, with the bananas and cloves coming through clearly, with some sweet, bready malts, fading to a nice spiciness. It's by no means a great hefe-weizen, but it's still a pretty good beer that I wouldn't mind having again, especially when the weather is warmer.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with a pretty good drinkability.

Photo of fsimcox
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, straw color. Thick white foamy head dissipates to a thin layer rather quickly. No lacing.

Smells of bananas and orange peel. Some hints of bubblegum, yeast, and maybe a little biscuit.

Tastes of banana, some citrus, fruit and creamy. Some tart sour notes in the finish. Carbonation in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel has some creamyness up front, and some carbonation in the finish.

A good example of the style.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.32/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hofbrau Munchner Weisse, poured a yellow color, with a decent size head. It always has a kinda of skunked smell. The taste is rather light, you can pick out the spices that are typical in a german beer, but nothing is overpowering, and everything is in balance. It was easy to drink, and easy to have another one. Overall not the best German beer out there, but its a good beer.

Photo of theopholis
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a lightly clouded, pale straw color with a creamy head. The head had little retention, and left behind no lace whatsover. Not as cloudy as most hefes.

Aroma- The first thing you smell is bubblegum. Some sweetness with a nice malt overtone. No clove, no banana, no hops. The smell is great, despite the weirdness of a beer that smells like bubblegum.

Taste- Nicely balanced. Doesn't taste as fruity as it smells. Again, no banana, no cloves. Not very wheaty. Tastes good, just not like a hefe.

Mouthfeel- Medium body. Carboantion level appropriate.

Drinkability- Very drinkable. Good either as an easy drinking daytime beer, or as a nice light, refreshing evening beer.

Photo of marburg
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent beer to be sure, but hardly a prime representative of the style. While cloudy, it was certainly more clear that I would think a beer of this style would be. I checked the bottle to see if the sediment had stuck, but it hadn't. Oddly though, the taste and carbonation were both a little on the flat side for a beer like this. It was certainly tasty, but the characteristic citrus was muted slightly -- almost more yeasty in flavor (ironic considering the lack of haze in my glass). With a lot of great hefes, I feel an almost pop-rocks feel on my tongue if I roll the beer around in my mouth for a while. That wasn't so much present with this. I'd have tried another, but I've had it before with the same experience. A good beer, especially if you're a wheat beer fan looking for variety. But judged solely on its own merits, I'd place this as an above average beer that's merely average for the style itself.

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.29/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml bottle. Weizen glass. Pale straw color, cloudy appearance. White froth creates a close but lively & poor head. Yeast, banana & fresh bread aromas with slight phenolic notes. Bready & malty flavors at first sip. Medium body. Moderate but lively carbonation. Dense to watery mouthfeel. Low floral bitterness. biscuit & clove notes linger in a sweet malty/slight bitter finish. Estery aftertaste & bread memories. Refreshing & easy drinkable beer.

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.29/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very good example of a hefe, not great, but not terrible. It looks great. Hazy orange with massive, creamy, white head with great retention and moderat lacing. Smell was average. Some yeast, some banana, some orange but nothing stood out too much. Taste was avergae too. Yeast, bread, some sweetness, banana, pear and apple. Just what you'd expect. Again, nothing really got my attention though. Mouthfeel was fine, light and somewhat creamy. This was a easy drinker IMO and good example of a hefe. There are certainly better ones I've had but I've had plenty worse too.

Photo of marc77
3.28/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Turbid light amber hue. Lively carbonation supports a dense, stiff and dogged pure white head. Sheets of lace remain. Mild banana and herbal clove hints upfront in aroma. Secondary hints of tart, grainy wheat and a cleaner lemon like acidity. Tame and functional aromawise. Prevalent in flavor is a note of doughy banana bread, although the thinnish body dilutes and mutes esters overall. Bubblegum and banana hints add depth, but remain understated enough to allow a simple, wheat cracker note to lend dryness. Trace musty yeast undertone. Tartness augments as the beer warms, but all components remain in a prosaic balance. Finishes lightly sweet, with fleeting honeydew melon and lemon drop hints. Kindl is a respectable hefeweizen and overall a couple notches above the middle of the pack.

Photo of Brent
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a bright golden-orange, very little suspended yeast haze, even after a final swirl in an effort to decant sediment. Aroma was a bit citric acidic. Up front there was moderate citric tartness - as though a dash of lemon had been added to the beer. Some wispy banana notes hung in the background. For a hefe weizen, the yeast was uncharacteristically muted, contributing no breadyness or particularly spicy phenols to the party. More like a plain weizen. Couldn't figure out the date stamp, so it may have been a bit over the hill.

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 blakelive784
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11.2 fl oz bottle served in a weizen glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a murky peach color with a surprisingly creamy 2 finger head. Retention is also good, and the head leaves nice lacing as it dies.

S - Holy yeast. Awesome yeast notes, with some orange peel, spicy wheat, and fruity esters.

T - Strong and spicy yeasty notes play well against the wheat foundation. Orange and lemon compliment the flavors nicely. Refreshing and pleasant.

M - Light bodied and smooth. I wish it were more crisp. Not really tailored to the flavors.

D - Has its flaws, but a good quality, sessionable beer that I'd reach for again.

Photo of granger10
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lighter pale color with lots of bubbles rising to the top. Good carbonation throughout. Smell is a touch banana, not much spice, and lots of dry wheatiness. Taste lacks the usual yeasty goodness I like in a hefe. A bit bland for what I was expecting. More wheat and less spice and fruitiness than I like. Just not my type of hefe. Good body and carbonation though.

Photo of argock
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from green 12oz bottle into a short pilsner glass. No freshness date included.

A: Light hazy straw color with heaping frothy white foam head with minimal lace.

S: Plenty of banana, clove, and soft orange aromas after the initial skunkiness passes.

T: A very tangy wheat with an orange-pepper dominated flavor. Taste is stronger with more warming. Reasonably ester-filled with some bready, yeasty flavors in the background.

M: Definitely not the smoothest hefeweizen I have ever had -- carbonation is remarkably light and the end is a bit more astringent than I like.

D: Passable, but there are many better hefeweizens out there.

Photo of yelterdow
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$2.19 at Cable Beverage, Bardonia, NY. On a hefe kick, I must try this now.

Served at just over fridge temperature in the appropriate glass.

Appearance- Pours an elegant, rich gold... deeper than any I've had before for the style, with a nice finishing white crown that stands firmly at two fingers. Hazy, but not as unfiltered looking as many others. Clean and active in the glass.

Smell- A perfumy, fresh exhibition of banana and clove... with an interesting, floral bouquet that adds a layer of complexity. Some metallic phenols are evident, especially in the head when the beer is swirled.

Taste- Refreshing, yes... but there is nowhere near the level of taste I was expecting from this beer. The wheat malt is clearly way upfront here, with suggestions of banana bread and clove barely peeking through the fog. The most mild and least flavored hefeweizen I've yet to sample.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The carbonation is surprisingly huge for the style, and the bubbles actually *feel* large in the mouth. It's pretty smooth, yet rough and a little noisy. Good with food, though... the carbonation lifts the flavors and cleanses the palate very well. I'm pairing this with eggs on whole grain bread seasoned with fresh pepper and herbs de Provence.

Photo of rkuhnel
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured cloudy and yellow from a 500 ml bottle.

Huge white foamy head that left good lacing.

Nose of wheat and a hint of banana.

Mouthfeel light and smooth.

Flavor of classic hefe.

Overall easy to drink.

Decent brew in the classic German tradition.

Photo of Shiloh
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured a very light golden, almost yellow hue and murky.
Two fisted head which quickly disapated to 3 fingers, and tight high bubbles.
Carbonation seems light but may be disguised by the murky body.
Second glass from this bottle poured with less head but still high.
Aroma is lemony.
The taste is well balanced with a slight malty edge and of short duration.

Photo of BierFan
3.16/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce green bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with big white head. Only spots of lacing.

Smell: My first ever skunked hefe. Why oh why do people insist on using green bottles? I can still tell it's a wheat beer past the skunk.

Taste: Very light compared to other German hefes. Skunkiness is still present in the taste but not as bad as it is in the smell.

Photo of olimpia84
3.15/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured the 16.9oz bottle into my Weizen glass.

A: golden body with orange tones and small one finger foamy head that faded rather quickly. A bit disappointing.

S: wheat, cloves, lemon and hints of banana. A bit plain, but still enjoyable.

T: follows the nose in part with lemon and banana. A bit of apple is also felt and finishes off with spiciness

M: medium body, carbonation was a bit high I thought.

O: I was a bit disappointed with this one. I'm a huge Hefeweizen fan but this one didn't catch my attention. It felt very plain and didn't offer anything that wowed me.

Photo of DrJay
3.12/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I made sure to agitate the bottom of the bottle before pouring in order to suspend some of the yeast, since the beer was quite clear in the bottle. It poured a cloudy straw yellow with an inch of fine white foam, which promptly collapsed into a collar and thin skim of bubbles coating the surface of the beer. It did leave a bit of streaky lacing on the glass as it fell, but nothing to write home about. Nice aroma, lots of banana and a little lemon, cloves, a bit of bubblegum, some earthy and bready wheat. The flavours weren't as bold as the aroma and it ended up tasting a bit thin. Tastes were limited to fruity sweetness (lemon and banana), dry bready yeast, and faint cloves. The body was light, bordering on thin, but with a pleasant smoothness of texture that made it work. This really isn't a bad beer, I'm just not sold on the flavour profile. If the aromas were more closely duplicated in the taste, I'd like it a lot more.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A lesser beer at this location, this brew was disappointing in its presentation, being quite cloudy and missing a decent head. The nose was a bit rude and gave off a sour sense which followed through in the flavor. Not a great fan of this style I was pleased to see that it was less clovish than many others. Definitely my last choice of the Hofbrauhaus beers.

Photo of bigdeuce
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice rocky head and leaves a lot of lacing down the glass. Great appearance for this hefeweizen. Taste is very "mainstream" with some of the "Beck's-Pauli Girl" metallic smell and taste. It is not as bad as the former beers, but still noticeable. With that being said, it is pretty smooth, light and crisp and fairly easy to drink. Just not a great beer.

Photo of maxpower
3.1/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy hazy pale yellow color, with a small white head that doesn't stick around. Light banana-clove aroma, light wheaty, yeasty flavors, very light in body, somewhat watery mouthfeel, finishes too sweet, bland and uninteresting, not very much going on here.

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