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Hofbräu Münchner Weisse - Hofbräuhaus München

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Reviews: 320
Hads: 739
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 18.75%
Wants: 32
Gots: 77 | FT: 0
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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 Mike_Aguirre
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is a great exponent of the hefeweizen style. Pours golden, hazy with a very thick white foam head. Smells right, banana, cloves, spices, bread, wheat. Taste is complex with a dominant banana note, also bread and yeast. Excellent beer.

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Photo of OKbrew89
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Poured into a Hobräu weizen glass. Hazy orangish-straw color with a white multi-finger head that leaves several inches of lacing. Nose of yeast, citrus, and banana. Taste is banana, yeast, and light citrus with a bit of dry, fruity finish. Medium carbonation and medium body with proper carbonation for the style.
Authentic hefeweizen that delivers on classical look, taste, and feel. Smooth drinker that is big enough to pair with a meal and refreshing enough to have on an outdoor porch.

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Photo of Canada_Dan
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ahh, morning beers at the Hofbrauhaus. What better way to start the day. Classic bready banana goodness, not quite the caliber of the Schneiderweiss from the night before. Maybe it's just this bright orb in the sky that seems to be warming my beer rather quickly. Must drink faster...

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle into weizen glass, bottled on 8/1/2014. Pours hazy bright golden color with a 2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, orange, banana, pear, apple, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, orange, banana, pear, apple, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy yeast spice and slight bready tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, banana, pear, apple, clove, wheat, cracker, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish or a good bit. Damn nice robustness and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavor; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Hefeweizen. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, pale malt, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of rjplumer
2.81/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mild citrus aroma with a hint of skunkiness. Hazy mild amber color with quarter inch head. Has a light citrus taste. Seems like a weak representation of this style. Faint banana like taste. Though not bad tasting I was a bit disappointed by this. I’m a huge fan of this style and was feeling let down by this one.

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Photo of seedyone
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Very refreshing. Very little head but the lacing is almost a sheet down the opposite side of the glass from my drinking side. Very nicely balanced taste. A touch of lemon citrus & only enough sweet to keep the bitter & citrus in check. You can always tell a formulation that shows confidence & this is one of those.

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Photo of barczar
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a fairly clear golden with a frothy ivory head.

Aroma is heavily banana, clove, and orange peel, with a bit of yeast funk. Flavor reveals a good amount of wheat, with lightly bready malt and citrus underpinnings. The clove is a nice accent. Not as overpowering as some. Citrus is in good balance.

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Photo of bark
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The colour is dark yellow (15 EBC), the liquid is a bit cloudy. The three finger head is compact and off-white, it leaves lots of lacing.

The smell is malty and sweet-sour with distinct phenolic and spicy flavours. Cloves, green bananas, caramel, orange peels, apricots and some wheat dough. Sophisticated but a bit dense.

The taste is fruity and sweet with very little bitterness. If it hadn’t been for the sourness from the wheat and yeast, this would have been a very thick and sticky brew. Now, there are notes of spices (allspice, white pepper, cloves, nutmeg) and fresh French loaf. In fact, the tart notes are stronger than in most Bavarian Hefeweiss-beers. Medium to full body. The aftertaste got some perfumed notes, delicate spices and hints of cedar wood. Tart fruity flavours of green bananas and green grapes. The finish is fresh with more green fruits.

The carbonation is strong, the small bubbles are fresh and long-lived in the mouth. The liquid is semi-smooth and a bit sticky.

A refreshing and delicate wheat beer with more tartness than in most.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Straight out of the fridge (probably too cold) after a workout. But it goes with a pleasant sunny spring day.
Pleasing fresh clove spice aroma. Banana more background. Spicy.
Somewhat cloudy and biggish head. Yellowish too.
Lighter than many and a little softer in both feel but also intensity of flavors. Nice drying and the spices lay on the tongue nicely. More grain character here than in the aroma. Still smooth and very easy to drink.
Very good and solid hefe.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy yellow, big fluffy head, so a classic pour. Few floaties. Out of the ordinary is a huge (!) amount of carbonation.
Sweet banana and clove, some honey and freshly baked bread in the smell.
Really fruity, a nice mix of sweet-sour-acidic: apple, banana, oranges, pear, like a tutti-fruit soda pop, but in a good way. Pretty faint hints of floral honey and caramel, but they do enrich the whole taste. Wheaty bread, clove from the dense yeasts, going to some herbal notes in the lightly bittered finish.
The carbonation doesn't feel as aggresive as it looks, but it's still bigger than in other weizens. Crisp, not as chunky as others.
Nice weizen, easy to drink and tasty.

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3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of Jordyn
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have only really had 2 kinds of Hefe Weizen's before. One was on tap in Leavenworth, WA and I just cant seem to get the brewers name. However, this beer has came very close to the smooth and heaven like Hefe Weizen I tasted before. The beer has great color and head. The smell is full. The taste is very well rounded and anytime in the mood to really just sit down with a beer and appreciate its existence, this is my go too.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"The origin of Hofbräu Hefe Weizen dates back to 1589 and since then the "Weisse" has a distinctive place in the history of Hofbräu München. Hofbräu Hefe Weizen is characterized by its sparkling, by its rich foam and naturally by its unforgettable refreshing taste.

Poured from a 11.2 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 58º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a crisp, fizzy smooth white foam head over a moderately hazy amber-yellow body. Carbonation is abundant and clarity is higher than expected amongst a standard Hefeweizen. Retention is below average and no lacing is left behind. 3

(Smell) Aromas of sweet, heavy banana bread and cloves up front. A faint grassy and herbal note provides some aromatic complexity and little bitterness. A light bready wheat malt with subtle fruit-yeast undertones rounds out the beer. A very bright and full-flavored aroma with a great deal of Potency is medium+. 4

(Taste) A bit more rounded out in the flavor, but very impressive still. Smooth, silky wheat malt base with a light syrup sweetness, very clean. Banana and clove are more reserved but still play a significant role in the finishing flavor, and joined with traces of orange peel, pair flawlessly with the delicate sweetness of the malt for a perky faintly spiced finish. Very clean and highly drinkable, I'd file it under amongst some of the best-tasting Hefeweizen. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Malt body is slightly sweet, slick and chewy. Carbonation adds some mild crispness and fluffiness to pair. Body is medium for the style, medium overall. Alcohol presence is very low. Balance is slightly sweet over bitter. 4

(Overall) Another fortunate find that I was more than pleased to have, Hofbräu has crafted a very timeless recipe amongst a timeless style. American breweries try, but many still can't pull off the balance, cleanliness, fullness of flavors and delicate characters quite like this beer does. Incredibly drinkable and thoroughly enjoyable, It may not be the finest Hefeweizen on planet earth, but it puts in more than its fair share of effort to yield fantastic results. 4

Hofbräuhaus München's
Hofbräu Münchner Weisse

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Photo of Auraan
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of jimmah120
2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.2oz bottle poured into flute glass

look is cloudy and orange, no surprise there. as soon as i poured the beer, there was the undeniable scent of sugar cookie dough in the air. the taste is less on the cookie dough, but also less on everything: it's crisp and has good bite (light feel), but only faint hefe flavors - mostly cookie dough.

disappointed in this one, maybe it was a bad bottle.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle from the LCBO; best before Jan 29 2014. This is one I've sought after for at least the last year, since I missed my chance to pick it up last summer. Since I'm spending the evening in a stinking hot, non-air-conditioned house during the season's first real heat wave, it can't be much of a surprise that I've been looking forward to cracking this one open all day.

Pours a cloudy golden-yellow colour, generating slightly more than one finger's worth of fluffy, bone-white head. Typical retention for a weisse; it takes more than a few minutes to wilt down to a thin, creamy cap/collar and a ring of lacing around the glass. The aroma is pleasant and covers all of the bases I expect from a hefe - lots of bready wheat malt sweetness, and even more yeastiness, including some clove, coriander, bubblegum, and a big wallop of ripe banana. It has been a while since my last hefeweizen, and a few sniffs of this one already has my mouth watering.

This is a rich, full-flavoured hefe. Bubblegum is the first flavour to come through, leading into a mixture of banana, wheat malt sweetness, with slight hints of lemon zest and clove spiciness rounding it out toward the end. The aftertaste leans toward the sweet side, with the wheat malt being a lingering presence on the palate. Medium in body, with restrained carbonation as well as that velvety-smooth mouthfeel shared by all quality hefeweizens. Extremely drinkable, and a pleasure to do so on a sweltering hot evening like this.

Final Grade: 4.18, a solid A-. There can be no doubt; Hofbräu Hefe Weizen is a classic Bavarian wheat beer that I am glad to have procured. While there are probably other examples of the style I would select before this one, the fact remains that this is still an outstanding hefe I could easily see myself picking up again. This is definitely worth a try if you happen to spot it on the shelves of your local shop, and it makes a perfect quencher for the real dog days of summer.

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Photo of biegaman
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Weissbiers such as this one are bottled sunshine – literally as well as figuratively. Its golden brightness emulates a nice June afternoon (which, of course, is its ideal pairing). I anticipated this golden-orange beer to be highly refreshing but it also looks quite substantial. Its head could serve as a lifesaver - might be a good idea to keep a bottle next to the pool...

The beer smells overwhelmingly of mushy, over-ripe bananas. Better get out the baking pans. The yeast's natural clove-like spice adds a nice dimension to beer (or, as an idea, chocolate-chip banana muffins...) Some sweet malt is noted too but the yeast's perfume is overwhelming.

Most German lagers have a simplicity that is deceitfully challenging; most German Hefeweizens have an apparent complexity that is actually quite simple: just add yeast. It provides clove and white pepper spice, lemongrass herbals and orchard fruit notes. All this is complimented by a light citrus acidity which provides a tiny hint of pineapple.

Weissbier may be the ultimate in zippy aperitifs. They are effervescent and fruity, their citrusy acidity making them both delicious and refreshing. Trust me, no orange wedge is necessary. All that said, this one has a mouthfeel that is quite creamy and considerably filling.

The Hofbräuhaus in Munich has been referred to as the Mecca of all beer pilgrims; the emergence of so many incredible and interesting craft breweries throughout the world now challenges that claim, but with quality, time-honoured beers such as this it's easy to understand why people still say that. If you can't make the trip, definitely buy the bottles.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.57/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy light dirty yellow color weizen with a large white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of banana bread with light cloves and some light bubblegum notes. Taste is also dominated by banana bread notes with some light cloves notes and subtle bubblegum ester. Body is full with great carbonation. Vey refreshing notes with great esters.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $3

Appearance - Hazy yellow colour with a large size fizzy white coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Breads/grains, clove/coriander, banana, metallic

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste breads/grains mixed with some lemon and some clove/coriander. There is also some banana and some floral notes. It ends with a bittersweet fruity aftertaste.

Overall - A solid hefe. The banana borders on tasting a little fake, like a banana candy, but it's still very good and quite refreshing. It has just right amount of fruit and spice balance.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Poured from 12 oz bottle into weizen glass. Slightly cloudy golden, but more clear than what i am used to seeing from this style. Calm bubbles, good lacing average retention.

S- earthy yeasts. Wheat. Slight fuitiness and clove. A nice amount of spice to go along with it too. I like what is going on here.

T- Earthy yeast again, some buttery and taffy flavor, then a huge rush of German tasting wheat malt. Very tart finish that is a nice touch. Just a little off on the balance with the dominance of the wheat.

M- A little thin compared to some others of this style, but still quite drinkable. Touch of dryness in the finish. Moderate carbonation.

O- A good beer. Would have loved more clove flavor and was a little dissapointed the taste didn't follow the pepper i detected in the smell. Not spectacular, but a good beer none the less. A spirited effort for this style.

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Photo of ianjsullivan
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz green bottle

Hofbrau Hefeweizen poured a slightly cloudy gold color producing a soft white head made of tiny bubbles. The nose was on the light side, of mild clove and very mild banana. Thankfully the flavor is stronger than the nose. The taste is dominated by banana, and wheat bread with a touch of clove in the background. The mouth feel is crisp, smooth, with a light-medium body and a little sticky finish.

Hofbrau Hefeweizen is a refreshing Hefeweizen that drinks easy and not too filling. Maybe, a little to light when compared to the better Hefeweizens.

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