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Hofbräu Münchner Weisse - Hofbräuhaus München

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BA SCORE
88
very good

688 Ratings
THE BROS
98
world-class

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Ratings: 688
Reviews: 316
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 12.05%
Wants: 23
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hofbräuhaus München visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 05-25-2002)
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Photo of beertunes
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in 20oz mug. Poured a hazy, cloudy yellow with over an inch of fluffy white head that had good retention and lacing.

The aroma was the expected banana, clove and yeast you expect from a good Hefe. Yup, you guessed it, the flavor profile was right where you'd expect it as well. Banana, clove and yeast upfront, with a pleasant wheat tang underneath.

The body was little thin for my taste, but was still solid and satisfying. Drinkability was excellent, you could pour these down the hatch all day. Overall, a wonderful beer that's worth your time.

Photo of Risser09
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a semi-cloudy golden yellow with a 2.5" white head. No signs of carbonation activity. Good retention but not really any lace because it all sinks down the glass along with the head.

Smell: Popping the cap reveals that typical green bottle skunk aroma that turns everyone off. Good aromas include wheat and yeast with a faint sweet honeysuckle in the background.

Taste: Rich, buttery and creamy flavor combines with banana and yeast to create that traditional German hefeweizen flavor. A pale malt and wheat backbone hold the beer together. Crisp, bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Buttery, yeasty, moderate sweetness combine to make a delightful summer quencher. Alcohol is somewhat noticeable but the beer goes down nicely. Some snappy carbonation, too.

Drinkability: A great hefe that is hindered by that green bottle skunkiness. When will those silly Germans learn to stick with dark brown bottles?

Photo of DESTRO
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

being a huge fan of hefes ive avoided this for a while for fear od dissapointment. bad move. its readily available at gas stations around here and found easily. good thing. pours clody and a bit pale. good hefe style head, big and full of carbonation. smells nice and "wheaty" with a very light clove touch. a bit of citrus. taste is alot like the nose. i dont get the big banana hit like some other hefes but it has a strong wheat character. a little spicy and tends to lean on the citrus side of things making it very refreshing. light and quenching, a very repectable beer and can be found everywhere.

Photo of scooter231
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with pink hues- almost looks like juice. Some fluffy head at first pour, but goes away rather quickly. Nose is full of things- quite citrusy, but also some sweet fruityness to it- mostly banana and berry.

Taste is fruity and sweet as well, with hints of chocolate in the very background. A slightly sour aftertaste, but all in all a well balanced taste. Mouthfeel is a tad watery, but otherwise nice. Drinkable, for sure, but definitely would be too sweet for me after a while. A tasty hefe.

Photo of plaztikjezuz
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought the only singlebottle at world martket in lansing michigan. they did not sell six packs and it seend to come out of one of there world beer packs. bottle the classic german tapered green with a cool classic label with a picture of the brewery on it.

the beer poured a hazy copper color with a very good white head.
the aroma is sweet and wheaty hint of banana.
the flavor is very wheaty, not much hop flavor i think this bottle could be old, drops off to a minerial flavor lingering in your mouth.
over a good beer little darker then i expected from a hefe but tastes great.

Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Again I am displeased by the green bottles of Hofbrau, but lets see how the beer is. Only one of the three so far has been good.

It pours a big foamy and thick head that fades at a medium pace, with big bubbles popping all around. The beer is a semi hazy golden orange wheat colored with a little yellow tinge.

The nose is like a typical Bavarian hefe, with plenty of wheat aromas, a nice banana and touch of clove, very light citrus and hint of hops. A light crisp lager aroma with hints of the same style fruit.

The taste is very crisp and refreshing, starts lighter than I want, but then the taste starts to come on strong as it goes. Again typical Bavarian hefe, with lots of wheat, some banana, a little creamy malt taste in this one too, some light grainy like tastes, a little citrus and light bitterness. Still has plenty of lager crispness and fruit flavors. A little orange peel bitterness comes through as it progresses, and the finish brings more earthy mineral like hops that one would typically find in an English bitter. Interesting addition. It has a fairly dry finish but leaves a sticky feel in the mouth lightly.0

The mouth is lighter bodied with decent carbonation, and slightly gritty.

The drinkability is pretty high, with the crisp and very refreshing lager flavors, dry finish, and lighter taste. It leaves a slight sticky feel, but it's tolerable.

Photo of bahumutx
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a straw color with a white head.

Smell: Wheat, yeast and pepper.

Taste: Starts with a peppery twang and ends with wheat. In the middle the yeast becomes pronounced but not overpowering. There is also a slight hint of banana and cloves.

Mouthfeel: Smooth Mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation. Somewhat thin.

Drinkability: Very drinkable.

This is my first beer from Hofbrau Munchen. This is a good example of the style and I look forward to trying there other beers.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on draft at the Old German Beer Hall in Milwaukee. I thought it was very similar to Franziskaner, which I've had many times from a bottle, but not quite as spicy nor as good. Still, at least when fresh and on-draft, I'd recommend it (not so much after it sits on a shelf for a year).

Color was a hazy dull yellow with excellent head formation. Served in appropriate glassware, which added to the experience. Aroma was lightly fruity with a good amount of spiciness. Taste was clovey and good, but as I mentioned, not as crisp nor as spicy as Franziskaner. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky, and appropriate for the style. Very drinkable.

Photo of letsgopens
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This German Hefe pours mostly clear with a bright golden/amber body. The fluffy white head recede to a thin sheet of suds that leave a uniform ring of lace around the glass. Certainly pleasing in appearance.

Up front the aroma is primarily yeasty grain and a hint of a dry metallic character. This fades into a more appetizing wheat quality with plenty of citrus and grassy notes. Herbal in the finish with some bright lemon.

Initially the yeasty grain hits you, then the wheat kicks in. Very similar to the progression of the nose. Bright refreshing citrus and spice along with mild grassy hops sing backup for the prominent wheat backbone. Hints of banana and cloves are floating around as well. Well constructed and balanced.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a semidry finish. Bright and clean but with a bit of a starchy remnants left on the tongue. fairly refreshing and again well balanced. Lots of German character and a classic, well balanced representation of the style. Definitely a good session beer as well.

Photo of sleazo
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-An aggressive pour into my weissbier glass produces a huge flowing soapy head. Retention is phenomenol as can be expected for the style. The colour is a pleasant gold that is mildly cloudy.

S-A very clovey weisse. There is also a slight banana scent as well. Not the best, not the worst smelling hefe I have smelled but significantly better than most US interpretations of the style.

T-The yeast is strong in this one, much like the force in the random rebel pilot attacking the death star. Like the smell the cloves are the dominant taste, it is actually kind of spicy. If I could give this a 3.75 for taste I would but I'll give it the benefit of the doubt.

M-Sort of velvety with a less aggressive carbonation than would be expected from the large head.

D-I had this in Munchen about a month ago and it was much better while fresh. This style can travel but is better at the source. Still all in all a good but not great hefe, Paulaner and Hacker Pschor are better choices.

Photo of spinrsx
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of augustgarage
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
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 jackndan
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hofbrau Munchner Kindl Hefe Weizen: In a classic half liter brown bottle. Fantastic looking beer, with a thick white head, with great Belgian lace, and a deep amber glow. Not as cloudy as some other Weiss I’ve had lately. Nice aroma of yeast and bananas. Nice sweet taste, with hints of cloves, bananas and apples. More carbonation than others of the style. Nicely balanced with a sweet malt aftertase. Very nice and refreshing.

Photo of Murph
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color with a thick creamy white head that lasts all the way down. Smell is of light fruit (citrus/banana), yeast and some light wheat. Fruity flavors are the first on the tongue, light citrus (lemon) and banana flavors. Some faint spiciness (cloves) and a nice full yeasty mouthfeel. A very drinkable brew. A nice beer for a hot day but you can get better hefe's for around the same price.

Photo of scottg
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Pours a cloudy honey yellow color with a one finger+ white head with good retention. Aromas of wheat, lemon, peppery clove, and light banana. Flavors are the same as the aromas with very subtle banana flavors. Medium body, light body, a cleansing mouthfeel with a dry finish. Very clean flavors are well balanced, easy drinking hefe.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up over the weekend at Brewforia and am enjoying while putting the final touches on a couple of trade boxes... poured into my small weizen glass.

2 finger head.... the brew is hazed dark straw golden... great retention and lacing.

Fairly common traditional hefe profile.. lite clove and some banana..

Flavor mirrors the nose with a nice sticking power on the clove ... descent body and carbonation...

Nothing to write home about, but still a nice representation... Man.. I wish all breweries would go to brown bottles... This doesn't necessarily seem light-struck, but I keep second guessing myself.

4/3.5/4/3.5/4

Photo of largadeer
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy and straw-colored, typical hefeweizen appearance, with somewhat weak head retention.

Smell: A nice balance of banana, clove and lemon rind with the subtle presence of yeast.

Taste & mouthfeel: Light-bodied, crisp and bready. Plenty of signature clove but more citrus than banana. Moderate dryness in the finish with a hint of citrus and spice remaining on the palate, though it's a touch watery overall.

Notes: Not the best hefeweizen around but certainly a good one.

Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly murky uneven brown with a two-inch head that almost immediately fizzles down to a bare lacing.
The smell was of a sweetish wheat and a slight yeast aroma. There was hardly the banana/clove that was expected, but it was not bad anyway.
The taste was of wheat malt and some yeast. Nothing special, but pretty good anyway. It had some grainy notes as the drink progressed.
It was refreshing. The appearance made it seem heavier than it was. IMO - it was a clean weiss, but lacked the character and banana/clove taste that most weisses have. Nothing about it made it stand out in particular - but still was pretty good.

Photo of crossovert
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Green 12 fluid ounce bottle. Hopefully I have another fine Hofbräu product.

Pours into my pint weizen glass with a MASSIVE white head with the Bavarian Alps formed on top. It recedes decently fast but never gets thinner than 1 finger until you finally begin drinking it. Beer is a hazy gold. The triumphant head alone was stunning enough for it to get a 4 for appearance.

Smells fresh, hooray not a skunked bottle, I'm pretty confident this is a really fresh bottle anyways. Smell is wheaty with a large contingency of lemon, and a little bit of metallic/green bottle scent. A decent aroma.

Its crisp and refreshing. Upfront banana is the main flavor with a little spiciness, lemon is in the middle and it also end with a banana flavor mixed with a nice yeasty bite. Its sweet, malty, fruity, and refreshing. Nice carbonation, good mouthfeel, and a dry finish. After-burps are of banana/clove.

This is a beer that you suck down on a hot day although you gotta keep slurping it or it will leave a subtle dryness in your throat.

Photo of ATPete
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle

A- pours a very hazy yellow orange color with rapid visible carbonation rising to the top of the glass and a booming and foamy snow white head.

S- yeast, biscuits, banana and cotton.

T- Soft wheat profile, lots of bready and yeasty notes, some refreshing citrus blasts

M- Grainy and a bit chalky, good body for its style, not weak and thin like some others.

D- good

its worth a try, its not going to blow you away but it drinks well.

Photo of armock
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a cloudy yellow color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of wheaty malt with citrus and light clove scents

T - Follows the nose wheaty fruity slight clove

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a good enjoyable hefe not as much banana and clove as other hefes but still a good beer overall thats worth trying

Photo of dansmcd
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my Weihenstephan weizen glass.

A - Very pale yellow gold with a light haziness. Very effervescent. Beautiful big white foamy head and sloppy lacing. Just like a hefe should look.

S - Typical hefe aromas of banana and coriander with some yeast and gum.

T - Follows the nose with some light grassy hops.

M - Medium to full body, moderate to high carbonation.

O - Solid German hefe.

Photo of Atron67
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a nice yellow amber foggy with a creamy head that hung around for awhile

S- kind of fruity with a good sweet malt overtone, not much yeast to the smell

T- pretty balanced not much fruit tones in the taste, sweet malty pretty good not much hops in it, enjoyable

M- nice and smooth creamy for a hefe weizen

D- its good gowns down well

A good beer but nothing spectacular, notanything to turn away ,

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.86/5  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.

Photo of dcmchew
3.86/5  rDev -1%
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.

Hofbräu Münchner Weisse from Hofbräuhaus München
88 out of 100 based on 688 ratings.