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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 BMan1113VR
2.04/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I am afraid I might have gotten a bad bottle, Hofbrauhaus has a good reputation but this stuff was not great to say the least. Aroma was strongly skunky. Pours with a creay white head. Taste is skunky. Goes down alright despite the taste. Hope I just got a bad bottle, as I couldn't finish it, drain pour.

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Photo of dragonWhale
2.06/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Classic. Wanted to try something other than the Weihenstephaner, which I know to be awesome. Picked up this green bottle. A little yeast ringlet sits at the bottom of the glass. Word.
Not super cloudy, but a bit hazy yellow, looks fine and all.
Smells a little skunked with some banana and wheat and clove.
Definitely tastes skunked, which is always strange to me that such a low hop beer can do this. But it does! The sulfur notes dominate, with a little bit of the yeast character to provide some semblance of decency.
A crappin disappointment.

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Photo of Squelch
2.51/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Let me start this review by saying I hate Hefe's. I got this as a gift so I must review it.

Appearance: Looks like a hefe. Cloudy. White head. Head goes away too quickly

Smell: Smells of hops. Quite nice for a hefe

Taste: Tastes almost rotten. Probably good for a hefe but really repulsive for me.

Mouthfeel: Feels heavy. not to style

Drinkability: Probably good for the style, but I just can bring myself to finish this beer.

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Photo of bobhits
2.54/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy yellow/orange body with a white cap of creamy head. Not a lot of carbonation here, but I suppose it does the job. The body is rather lacking in activity, I recall hefs being a bit more active.

The nose is classic hef with vanilla, cloves, bubble gum, and bananas all standing out.

The taste isn’t nearly as strong or sweet as the nose. Sure cloves, bananas, bubble gum are all here, but this one isn’t taking on the right balance and there is a lot of chalky yeast in here which is out of place. The yeast gives this one a similar bready flavor comparable to their Original. It was different and drying there, but in this hef it just seems grossly out of place. I have a feeling this is a result of a certain yeast strain being used across all their beers, but just guessing. I believe if you enjoy the effects of this yeast flavor this beer might be for you, but this one misses the boat for good German made Hefs by a pretty hide margin.

The dry effects of the yeast are taking away from this one a lot. It is still drinkable, but the mouth is just thrown off by the drying effects. Add in this just isn’t the perfect creamy hef body that the better hefs pull off.

There’s nothing “wrong” with this beer. I don’t think it is an exceptional example of the style and certainly don’t think it is a beer I’ll go back to. Still the price at about 2.15 for a 16.6 is lower than most Germans and I believe they do 6 packs for around 10-11 so the price here is justifiable.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
2.69/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

hazy. big head settles to a cap. l 007 h 1313 marked on the green bottle. it was part of a mixed 24 bottle giftpack.
aroma has suggestions of ammonia, oxidation. if this is what it's intended to smell like, not impressed.
taste is lemony, like old lemonade and some pledge mixed in. the mouthfeel, though, is smooth and just about right.

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
2.7/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a thick, lasting head. Lace continues through glass. Light, copper in color. Has a very strong sent of wheat.
Had a slight rusting taste to it. Left an acidic taste on the tip of the tongue. Overall disappointing, as it begins with such favorable characteristics (aroma and look). But the taste is 180 degrees off from what I expected. Perhaps I had a bad bottle. Will be willing to give this one a second try.

Served with lemon.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I feel many will think I had a bad bottle,so I will say this could be the case.
The look was golden,hazy yellow with a nice head.
The aroma was cloves,lemon and yeast.
The taste was a weak,watered down,bland banana clove, It was a bit creamy and it did go down smoothly. Light carbonation with a crisp sensation.

Note: I did not like this beer very much and I guess I judge every Hefe against the King(Weinstphaner).
I will give it one more try to see if I had a bad bottle,but even if the bottle had been fresh I think it would still be a far cry from the King.

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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 Crosling
2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Cloudy yellow orange color. Full, mountainous foam. In the nose, typical weisse characteristics of dough, vanilla, banana and clove clash with the unfortunate green bottle skunk. Flavor has very light flavors of banana bread, pear and apple. Also has some skunk in the flavor from the green bottle. Overall, this is a decent beer, but a poor example of the style, especially considering it's from Munich.

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Photo of Globetrotter
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought in a Moscow supermarket, this beer comes in a green 12 oz. (355ml - gee, guess it's bottled for the U.S. market - yup, back label includes refund info for various states) bottle with a blue and white label featuring the facade of, what else?, the Hofbräuhaus. Purity law applies. Only the Russian import label slapped on the side has the freshness date: best before 8/28/04, I opened it on 2/23/04.

Pours a fairly clear (this is a Hefeweizen, right) light gold under a one finger head that fades to film quite quickly, leaving minimal lace. The nose is very, very mild - just the slightest hint of the necessary clove and yeast. The mouth is light and prickly. The taste is sweet and spicey, like a wheat beer should have, but it is very, very subdued - almost watered down. It's not bad, but there's very little substance here. No discernible hops, but no surprise there. The aftertaste is sweet spice, as it should be. Sure, this is drinkable, but there are much better examples of the style.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16.9 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy, cloudy yellow, with a firm, rocky white head, good retention, no lacing, looks like a standard hefe.

S: Clove dominates, light banana, wheat malt evident as well.

T: Taste is very clovey and bitter. Light bubblegum and banana, but the bitterness and clove dominates, one-dimensional.

M: Spritzy, mild carbonation for the style, brisk, relatively easy to drink.

D: Not horrible, but not a hefe I'd come back to, it's a chore to drink at times.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.88/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, Yellow body w/ minimal carbonation. Forms an average head that is white and lasts throughout. Lacing is sliding.

Lighter than most true german hefe's, Subdued bananna and clove, leaning towards the wheat aspect. Lemon creeps into the picture to clean things up a bit. There is a sort of rawness to this brew even though its sweet in the end. Malts seem bland and dryed, while the yeast really makes this beer enjoyable.

Notes: Huge fan of Hefe's and this is about average to below average for me.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.89/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out a slightly hazy (read: too clear) tamarind drink color. Head is fizzy and wears itself out quickly. Smells malty, and not really very wheaty. There are some esters and phenols here, but they are pretty faint. As with the aroma, this is more of a bready malty brew than a wheaty, citrusy, and phenolic hefe that I was expecting. It has those characteristics as well, but just as pronounced as I'd like. Still, not a bad tasting beer. Mouthfeel is kind of flat and slightly heavy for a weissbier. Overall this is drinkable. Nothing totally offensive.

The flavor here reminded me more of a mix between a decent hefe and Hofbrau's own helles lager. Too malty for my liking of the style, but, nevertheless, this is kind of tasty. I'd definately drink this again, but I wouldn't really seek this out to purchase with my own money.

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Photo of buschbeer
2.92/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hofbrau Hefe Weizen

I poured into a pint glass to three fingers of fluffy, white head. It is a hazy yellow in color. The aroma is masked by that typical green bottle skunky smell. I haved passed this beer over several times simply for the fact of being in a green bottle. I reluctantly purchased this as I was in the mood for a hefeweizen. The taste is ok. I get some banana and clove. The mouthfeel is great and this would probably be good on tap. I debated about reviewing this beer, but the brewer is the one who chose this bottle.

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

Not a great German wheat but I honestly don't know whether the bottle I sampled was very fresh or not. A little darker than most wheats but not as dark as Schneider Weisse. Nice fluffy head and looks great but the flavor was lacking. A little sweeter for a Weizen and doesn't posess the clove/wheat flavors I've grown to expect. I actually tried this in downtown Munich a few years ago but don't remember it because I drank so many others while there. I'm sure it would be better on draught.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
2.96/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle. Left a big classic h-w head that had excellent retention, but not too much lacing. Body was a cloudy light gold. Looked really good, especially the one finger layer of foam that lasted to the end.

Smell - mostly spicy and herbal hops. A hint of cloves, a hint of plum. Aroma strongly suggested a Pils, and the classic h-w scents were rather faint.

Taste - spicy, herbally hops, crispy lemon, especially on the finish.
Weak wheat and malt did not show up much in the aroma, and not in the taste either. Was not very tasty as an h-w, nor as a beer of any sort.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, slightly fizzy, and surprisingly semi-dry.

Drinkability - this was not bad, just not good. It looked great, but taste was rather weak, with a non h-w-like hop thing going on, which would have been okay if there was some wheat and malt counterbalance. I'd only have this only once in a great while.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

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Photo of timbro81
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a standard pint glass. Cloudy straw color with little to no head. Smells of semi sweet malts with cloves and some bananas. Taste is of banana and sweet clove and some malty notes. Light bodied with not much of an aftertaste. Good introductory to German Hefe's.

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Photo of jsh420
3.07/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

pours cloudy golden orange with a 2+ finger that left some spotted lacing

smells of strong banana and yeast

taste is a major let down after such a great nose - very watery and bland

mouthfeel is light with tons of carbonation crisp clean

drinkability is not good - bland watery flavor mixed with $11 sixers - should have bought some SN Keller

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Photo of atigerlife
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color with a big, fluffy white head taht lasts for a long time. Not a bad start.

Aroma was of wheat and rather dusty. Some hints of clove, but that was all. Rather dissapointing.

Taste was dry, citrus, wheat and some spices. Again, it did not deliver a powerful statement.

Mouthfeel was dry, lightly cleansing. It was very spritzy on the tongue.

Overall, this beer is drinkable, but not a great beer of the style by any stretch of the imagination.

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Photo of Phatz
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Recently I have been tackling the Hefe Weizen style and gaining more and more appreciation for it. This beer, however, did not go over well with me. It seemed to have died in the bottle. All the flavors were seriously muted or missing. The beer may have been to cold or too old. I took notes at a German Bar this evening I was underwhelmed with this beer.

Appearance: Beige with hints of orange and massive carbonation.

Smell: The aroma is so reserve that I couldn't find any of the yeasty flavors or banana flavors that I have become accustomed too in Hefe's. There was wheat malts and maybe using a lot of imagination a drop of lemon but that’s it.

Taste & Mouthfeel: The carbonation was so high it was distracting. there was a hint of pepper zesty in the carbonation that has poking me and honestly a bit annoying. The flavor overall was decent. A hint of lemon did show up in the flavor but the beer appears to be filtered or at least not bottle conditioned and there was no sign of the yeasty character. Simply put; uninspired. IMO

Drinkability: If you are thirsty and you can get pasty the zippy spritzer feel then this beer could be quite refreshing. Like Wheat water with a lemon. It is not that this is a bad beer, it's just with all the great Hefe’s available this one is a bit flat and nothing special to me.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of ccrida
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On draught served in a 25 oz mug (~.75L), Hofbräu Hefe Weisse is a cloudy dull gold with a small white head leaving scattered, foamy lace.

Smell is very pithy, minerals, a bit of citrus really, even though there no lemon served thankfully, at this actually authentic German bar.

Taste is pretty spicy, again lots of mineral pith, the wheat brings some spice, not much in the way of the classic Bavarian esters of banana or clove. Not my favorite by any stretch as it's more wheaty then anything else, almost saison like, clean though.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp side, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is average. It's certainly quenching, and while it has some weizen character, it's not bringing the Bavarian yeast notes I love in the style.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.1/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

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